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The Daily Pennsylvanian wins Pacemaker award, known as the 'Pulitzer prize for college journalism'
The Daily Pennsylvanian recently received several college journalism accolades, including the prestigious Pacemaker award and several Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards and Pinnacle Awards.This is the second year in a row the DP has won the Pacemaker award, which is given out by the Associated Collegiate Press and is commonly referred to as the "Pulitzer Prize" of college journalism. Prior to 2017, the DP had not won the Pacemaker for five years.This year, the DP was one of 11 publications to win the award and the only Ivy League university newspaper to do so. Other […]
Former Penn classmates remember Jerry Rabinowitz: 'I don't think I've ever met a finer human being'
On a fall day in 1971, College sophomore Kenneth Ciesielka emerged from his room on a top floor of High Rise East and saw his classmate, Jerry Rabinowitz, in the hallway. Rabinowitz was canvassing his college dorm, searching for a partner to join him in a game of intramural football, and Ciesielka decided to take him up on the offer.In college, Ciesielka and Rabinowitz's relationship evolved from hallmates to friends. And over the following four decades, the two Penn graduates would grow close, following similar paths and ultimately becoming partners in their profession.On Tuesday, Ciesielka […]
Reports of sexual harassment to Penn's Ombuds Office hit five-year high
This year, Penn's Office of the Ombuds' annual report found a significant increase in the number of people who came to the office to discuss instances of sexual harassment and violence. In the past several years, the ombuds' report has consistently reported that no student or faculty member reported instances of sexual harassment or violence. This year, the number jumped to five complaints.According to the report, the increase was likely a result of a July 2016 change in University policy that made the Office of the Ombuds a confidential resource for instances of sexual violence. Lynn Hollen […]
Kavanuagh is Yale Law's ninth grad. on SCOTUS. Why has Penn Law only had one?
During his contentious nomination process to the United States Supreme Court, newly minted Justice Brett Kavanaugh referenced his time at Yale Law School repeatedly in defense of sexual assault accusations.While students and administrators at his alma mater have denounced his nomination, the university can now boast of having nine law school graduates reach the highest court in the land - second only to Harvard Law School, which has seen 19 graduates serve on the court. All the current SCOTUS justices hold law degrees from either Harvard or Yale, except one. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg holds […]
When a Player Gets Up Dazed, Part II
"You don't tell the trainer if you got a concussion. That's rule number one."Matt Gorman vividly recalled how his football teammates in high school would routinely refuse to seek treatment for almost all injuries- including concussions. To give in to the pain, he said, would have imperiled the qualities that made them play well in the first place: bravery, tenacity, and grit.It's ingrained in the sport of football, Gorman argued. It was ingrained in him from a young age, and stayed with him until playing through a concussion in college left him unable to continue his sport - or his education. […]
Dean Furda on Jerome Allen bribery scandal: 'safeguards' are needed to prevent future incidents
In the wake of the admissions bribery scandal involving former Penn men's basketball star and coach Jerome Allen, Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda is saying that safeguards need to be put in place in both the athletics and admissions departments.On Oct. 5, Allen, who is currently an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, pleaded guilty to bribery in connection to the recruitment of a student athlete - now, Wharton senior Morris Esformes - to gain him admission to the University. Allen had been implicated in an indictment of businessman Philip Esformes, who had allegedly defrauded the […]
Penn has a new senior society for Jewish students: Shamash
From Sphinx to Kinoki, there are more than a dozen senior societies at Penn. In April this year, another was added to the list: Shamash Senior Society, designed to honor members of the Jewish community on campus.Senior societies are organizations that honor upperclassmen for their leadership and involvement on campus. Some have existed for decades, but in recent years, a collection of new societies have been established to recognize contributions within specific cultural and interest groups.Shamash, founded by eight current seniors in April 2018, is the latest example of this new wave of […]
Hill College House, formerly one of the 'most-loathed' dorms, wins award for renovation
Hill College House has come a long way from being designated as one of the "most-loathed" dormitories in the country. This week, its $80 million renovation was given the Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration from the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Engineering News-Record, a Manhattan-based magazine that analyzes and provides news for the international construction industry.Originally designed to be a women's dormitory, Hill underwent a major renovation in 2016, reopening last year to freshmen in the Class of 2021. Changes included a revamp of the dormitory's in-house dining hall and the […]
Penn endowment shows third highest return rate in Ivy League, after Princeton and Brown
The University of Pennsylvania's endowment showed a return of 12.9 percent in the past year, the third-highest in the Ivy League.Administrators announced the increase at a Board of Trustees meeting late September where Penn Vice President for Finance and Treasurer MaryFrances McCourt lauded it as a "phenomenal return."She also characterized the gain as unique among Penn's peers.Since then, the other members of the Ivy League have released their endowment returns for the 2018 fiscal year, and Penn does not top the list. The return on Penn's endowment was in the top half of the Ivy League, […]
When a Player Gets Up Dazed, Part I
It was just a normal midseason practice. No full contact allowed, per school rules, so the players hit dummies to practice their tackling.It was just a normal hit. The player dove toward the dummy, like he had countless times before. But he fell awkwardly, hitting the ground head-first. He got up a bit dazed, and he moved on with the drill.It's normal to play through injuries on Penn sprint football, that player - and many of his teammates - said. He continued on to finish the week of practice, and he played a full game that weekend against Chestnut Hill. The Quakers triumphed over the […]