Links to Recent DP Articles
DP alumni often ask student editors and professional staff members what's been in the news at Penn recently. Here, we've collected a number of links to some of the best writing, most interesting, and biggest news stories in the DP recently. Check back here periodically for the latest from your favorite college newspaper -- or sign up to receive a daily email of DP headlines.
Fraternity AEPi votes to lose University recognition
In a highly unusual move, after Penn’s Gamma Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi was cited for hazing activities, the students in the fraternity in April voted to relinquish its charter as a University-recognized fraternity. The fraternity's national organization had removed the students who oversaw the hazing from their leadership positions, as a first step to work with the university on sanctions "to put our chapter back on track" -- but the students in the fraternity decided to rebuff the university by relinquishing their status, moving out of their chapter house, and re-organizing as an unregistered off-campus pseudo-Greek organization. Both student fraternity leaders and Penn officials expressed disappointment at the students' decision.
Looser legal standards for sexual assault conviction on campus spark heated debate
The Office of Student Conduct's April announcement of a revised sexual misconduct policy was met with mixed reactions and heated debate. The changes include lowering the burden of proof in a sexual violence case to the "preponderance of the evidence" standard -- which requires finding the accused student more likely responsible than not of committing an alleged act.
Demonstrating for a dream
Choking back tears, Wharton sophomore Tania Chairez -- an undocumented immigrant -- stepped in front of the Ben Franklin statue on College Green and delivered a message more than 100 students, staff and faculty who came out to support her: “I know maybe not all of you know what it means to be undocumented, but it really means a lot having you guys here supporting me." She had been arrested for civil disobedience the day before at a rally in front of the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office in Philadelphia. "This is a lot bigger than just me -- this is about a lot of people that are being oppressed, and I thank you so much.”
Critics respond to dismissal of ghostwriting accusations
Some bioethics experts are criticizing Penn's dismissal in March of the research misconduct charges levied by a psychiatry professor against two of his colleagues in the department. Last July, professor Jay Amsterdam alleged that a paper published in 2001 under the names of Psychiatry Department Chair Dwight Evans, professor Laszlo Gyulai and three researchers unaffiliated with Penn had actually been ghostwritten by a company hired by the manufacturer of the drug that the paper was examining.
Penn announces partnership with online courseware provider
In a move that will put Penn at the forefront of an online learning movement making waves throughout higher education, the University announced in April that 12 Penn professors will open versions of their most popular courses to a global internet audience. The courses will be offered in partnership with Coursera, a fledgling startup created by two Stanford University computer science professors. The 12 Penn classes will be available for free online to anybody with internet access, but students who take the courses cannot receive Penn credit for them.
Camping out for Spring Fling seats: a new Penn tradition?
Hundreds of students pulled all-nighters for an impromptu overnight encampment on College Green in an effort to score floor passes for the annual Spring Fling concert. Students pitched tents, brought their warmest sweatshirts and sleeping bags and stocked up on supplies from Wawa in preparation for the long night. Many also squinted at their textbooks to finish reading for class, while others caught some shut eye on air mattresses. Others bonded as they sat on the sidewalk, playing card games and listening to a stream of lively music that was blasting from speakers. In the end, not everyone got the coveted tickets, and many walked away disappointed.
BDS conference proceeds without conflict, protest
Despite heated rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the February Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at Penn, the weekend conference came off relatively smoothly. Participants from around the country gathered at Penn to learn and exchange ideas during the two-day conference, while many members of Penn's pro-Israel community held separate events. “I think the University of Pennsylvania ought to be proud that this conference took place,” said the conference keynote speaker, while a student organizer of the counter "Israel Across Penn" sessions said, "One thing we found quite distasteful about the BDS conference is it shuts down dialogue." Opinions both against and in favor of the BDS conference filled the DP's opinion page and online comments in the weeks before and after the event.
University finds UA guilty of hazing, alcohol violations
After a column in the DP last November by a former UA member claimed that Penn's student government initiated its new members with activities including blindfolding, being yelled at while locked in a closet, and drinking games, the University's Office of Student Conduct investigated -- and in late January found that the UA as a body violated Penn's anti-hazing and alcohol policies.
Gluing back the shattered glass
Columnist Brian Goldman writes about DP alumni Stephen Glass '94, who disgraced himself and put a black mark on journalists for his fabricated magazine stories in the 1990s, and who more than a decade later is fighting before the California State Supreme Court for his right to be sworn in as a lawyer. Goldman argues that a second chance should be given to someone who "killed journalism's code of ethics -- a set of principles, not a body or a mind."
Undocumented and unapologetic
A Penn student who is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico writes about her fight for my rights as a human being and as an unrecognized American, generating more online comments and letters to the editor than any piece in recent memory. Read the comments following the article, and letters to the editor here, here and here.
Penn's 'Making History' campaign lands some unusual donations
A 78-year-old Steinway piano and a collection of nearly 300 manuscripts from Medieval and Renaissance times are among more than 900,000 gifts Penn has processed in its “Making History” fundraising campaign, which hit its goal of $3.5 billion in late-September.
Students not informed of professor's death
Students enrolled in the Political Science class “Citizenship and Democratic Development” this semester were shocked when they heard why their professor, the late Henry Teune, couldn’t be at the first day of class. Teune had passed away five months earlier.
Echoing 'The Voice' of Franklin Field
Saturday, for the first time in 51 years, it was not C.T. Alexander who held the position of Franklin Field’s public address announcer and the honor of relaying the game’s details to thousands of fans. It was the retired C.T.’s son, John.
Remembering Penn's lost alumni
On any given day, hundreds of Penn students may pass it by while giving little or no notice. But tucked away in front of Van Pelt Library it has sat since the second anniversary of 9/11 — a plaque paying homage to 16 alumni who were killed in the attacks. The plaque, though simple and nondescript, opens the door to a lifetime of stories.