Penn Prof Faces Backlash for Saying “Not All Cultures Are Created Equal”

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L: Amy Wax via Penn Law

A professor at the University of Pennsylvania is being harshly criticized for calling for the “re-embrace of bourgeois norms” in an op-ed published Thursday on Philly.com.

In the piece, Penn Law School professor Amy Wax and co-author Larry Alexander, a University of San Diego law professor, attempt to tie what they call the “breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture” to an overgeneralized list of societal ills, such as “Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available,” “Opioid abuse is widespread,” and “Homicidal violence plagues inner cities.”  Read more »

How to Book the Nittany Lion and Other Pennsylvania College Mascots for Your Wedding

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If you and your fiancé(e) met a college, why not consider surprising your wedding guests with an appearance by your mascot? From the UPenn Quaker to the Penn State Nittany Lion, here’s how to bring the ultimate form of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-area school spirit to your wedding (or other large party that several fellow alumni will be attending).  Read more »

Penn Med Students Create App to Address LGBTQ Health Disparities

The SpectrumScores Team (L-R): Naveen Jain, Phil Williams, and Jun Jeon

Three University of Pennsylvania medical students have created an app that they hope will put an end to LGBTQ healthcare disparities.

SpectrumScores, being developed by Phil Williams, Jun Jeon, and Naveen Jain, plans to connect LGBTQ patients with the right providers to meet their unique needs. The concept came from the team’s shared negative experiences with providers they described as “well-meaning but under-informed” coupled with their understanding of “how much of a significant impact an LGBTQ competent provider can make.” Read more »

Oops! Penn’s Anti-Union Graduate Student Group Hired, Then Immediately Fired This Far-Right Attorney

Right: No Penn Union’s logo. Left: Attorney Wally Zimolong. Photos via Twitter.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearings that could grant the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate students the chance to vote on unionization are ongoing, but Penn’s anti-union organization has already lost big-time this week.

The aptly titled No Penn Union has terminated a week-long partnership with right-wing real estate and development attorney Wally Zimolong amid accusations of xenophobic, classist, and otherwise offensive tweets that Zimolong had previously posted to his account, reports Philly.com.

No Penn Union first announced their partnership with Zimolong in a June 19th post on their website, explaining that they had sought out legal representation after continued harassment that they claim to have faced from Penn’s pro-union group GET-UP. Following No Penn Union’s announcement, it didn’t take long for their pro-union opposition to do the background research on Zimolong that they’d apparently neglected. Read more »

Penn Grad Students Race to Unionize

GET-UP members rally on Penn’s campus on May 9th. Photo courtesy of GET-UP

Graduate teaching and research assistants attempting to organize a labor union at the University of Pennsylvania filed a petition for a recognition election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 30th, hoping that the vote can be completed and certified before President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can reverse a less-than-a-year-old ruling that granted them the right to do so. Read more »

Guess How Much Penn President Amy Gutmann Makes Now

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University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann made more than $3.5 million in 2015.

According to Internal Revenue Service records filed by Penn (and obtained by the student-run Daily Pennsylvanian), Gutmann received $3,537,020 in 2015 – reflecting a 6 percent salary increase compared to 2014, when The Chronicle of Higher Education found Gutmann to be the fourth highest-paid university president in the country.  Read more »

Penn Student Sustains Brain Injury After Falling From Campus Building

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A rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling 25 to 30 feet from a campus building earlier this month.

According to the student-run Daily Pennsylvanian, Mason Mings, an engineering and Wharton student, fell from the second story of the Riepe College House, located at 310 S. 36th Street, on May 11th.  Read more »

Here’s Why Brookings Thinks Philly’s Innovation Scene Isn’t Competitive Enough

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A new report released on Thursday by the nonprofit Brookings Institution tries to tackle a major, eternally looming question for Philadelphia: With all of the city’s recent advancements in innovation, why isn’t Philadelphia more competitive on the national and global stage?

The answer: Philly leaders and institutions lack “a sense of collective urgency” to help the city intentionally connect the dots on how to best leverage its innovation capacity.

The report examined what it calls Philadelphia’s “innovation district” the area from 17th Street in Center City to 44th Street along Market in University City and South along the Schuylkill River to Grays Ferry and determined that this region, home to anchor firms and institutions like CHOP, FMC, the Science Center, Drexel, Penn, Comcast, IBX, and PECO, can be further developed and more interconnected to push Philly past its innovation tipping point.

Philadelphia’s Innovation District. Courtesy of Brookings.

But before the authors prescribed their recommendations on how to bridge the innovation district’s gaps, they took a deep dive into what continues to ail the district and also what keeps it alive. Here are the strengths and challenges identified in the report:  Read more »

White Supremacist Flyers Found on Temple’s Campus

Temple University Bell Tower. Photo | Rob DiRienzo

Flyers promoting white nationalism have been discovered on Temple University’s campus – for the second time in the last two months.

The flyers promoted the “skinhead” organization Keystone United, which the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes as an “Active White Nationalist Hate Group.” The group is one of six hate groups operating in Philadelphia, according to the SPLC.  Read more »

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