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It’s hard to say what the proper relationship between journalism and the political process should be. The Daily Pennsylvanian has historically been forthright in its vision for the future leaders of this country, endorsing candidates for offices ranging from the city council to the presidency.
Oops! Shawn Merling (C’ 21) didn’t see this one coming. After three years being at the top of the English major, Merling thought it was time to try something new. “I didn’t want things to get stale, you know?" he explained. "Thought it was too early to pick one thing and just be good at that.”
The life of an actuary is often grim. Spending every day calculating the odds of death and disaster can make the world seem like a dark and depressing place. Even so, a brave and money-obsessed few study this subject with an intensity that few other fields can match.
Nowadays, it is all too easy for people in power to shrug off their mistakes. Rare is the official who is willing to humble themselves with an apology. Last week, admissions dean Eric Furda did something that no administrator of the University of Pennsylvania has ever done. Before the eyes of the world, he apologized to the Philadelphia community for his unseemly actions.
With all the recent construction around campus, you might start to wonder where exactly all the money is coming from to fund all of those fancy cranes. Look no further. Starting Spring 2020, Penn will close Pottruck gym after the first week of the semester, and it will remain closed until the fall semester, upon which it will reopen for another week. According to Campus Recreation Director Dr. Saul Marsh, “the gym basically goes empty after week one. Either its people giving up on their new years’ resolutions, or realizing that their schedule isn’t quite as soft as they thought. No point lighting and heating an empty mausoleum for 12 months a year.”
Every year, parents struggle to find accommodations near campus during graduation season. When Bob Mallow (N ‘20) learned that his parents would be Skyping in on his big day, he knew things needed to change.
Peace of mind can be hard to find in college. Many students are hard pressed to find a stable way of living.
We in the class of 2004 have been through a lot. Our sophomore years were punctured by 9/11, and we began our careers in one of the worst job markets in America’s history. You know what kept us going? You did, Amy.
Oh no! Dani Kroll (C ‘20) was all set to start senior year off with style. With stellar grades and a stunning portfolio of community service, Kroll was already fending off CURF emails begging her to apply for the Rhodes.
Bobby Moller (C ‘19) has had a pretty rough week. With a host of upcoming final exams and little more than a Williams Cafe barista job lined up after graduation, Moller really doesn’t need any more stress in his life. That’s why, when it came time to submit his final report for PSCI 237 (The Science of Why Political Science Is a Science, We Swear), Moller knew that he had to do something creative. His report was a mess, and there was no time to edit.
While the science world has been abuzz with talk of the first-ever image of a black hole, Penn Astronomy quietly announced something arguably far more impressive.
We’ve all been there. You’re walking into class, all set for another day of learning, and then your path is blocked. By what?
Freshman year feels like yesterday! One of the scariest parts of getting older is realizing that the world is steadily being filled with people who weren’t even around to experience the events so fundamental to our collective worldview. Those who stride the halls of power in a few decades will be part of a different cultural dialogue. We can only pray that they will be mindful of the perspectives of those who lived their lives in a world long gone.
20-year-old College sophomore Claire Sliney recently achieved what most thespians will spend a lifetime striving for — an Oscar. We at Under the Button congratulate Sliney on her stunning achievement!
Anne Raymond (E ‘22) has had just about enough of Penn. For all the opportunities she’s been afforded, none of them seem compelling enough to warrant emotional investment.
Often, I hear my peers share their plans to raise large, happy families with their loving future spouses. I find this to be deeply troubling.
Watch out upperclassmen, because the incoming batch of freshman is set to give you all a run for your money.
Tight-knit friend groups are supposed to be unique to freshman year, yet this was not the case for Mark Lucas (C ‘19), who has managed to maintain a close bond with six of his quad hallmates. Lately, Mark’s been feeling like a washed-out senior: his classes aren’t going his way, and he can’t muster up the discipline to eat healthy.
The lovingly home cooked meals I carry with me down Locust walk always feel tragically floppy whenever I see someone stride past me with a take-out bag from Goldie. It’s silly, I know. My parents put hours of work into prepping enough meals to last me the first few weeks of school, and I’ve happily eaten this stuff since childhood. But still, sometimes it's hard to escape the glaring realities of inequality at Penn.
Head of several clubs dedicated to empowering women in the STEM fields, Sammie Tomson (C ‘19) is committed to shattering artificial barriers to success.