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Following superstar Harry Styles’ 15–show run at Madison Square Garden, he continued his “Love On Tour” campaign by taking to a Texas stage. One key difference? He had an exceptional fan in his Austin audience: Beto O’Rourke—the Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate running against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott. At the sold–out show, Styles flashed his brown and black guitar advertising a “Beto for Texas” sticker. He motioned toward the logo as the endorsement shone on the jumbotron, panning to reveal O’Rourke beaming in attendance. The young crowd shook the stadium in applause at the singer’s political statement.
Tove Lo has been a silent force in pop music for years. The Swedish star expresses her candor through her self–reflective lyrics and her escapism through club–ready beats, giving pop music the breath of fresh air it sorely needs.
For years, I’ve had a weekly tradition of tuning in at 11:30 PM to watch Saturday Night Live as it airs. To me, SNL is the pinnacle of comedy, with hilarious sketches and insanely well–produced pre–tape videos, all created from scratch within a week.
With yet another attempt to be “woke,” America is actually harming one of our most vulnerable demographics of society—adolescent girls.
Majo Rodríguez’s (C ‘23) bubbly personality shines as she expresses her passion for languages, voices her love for Germany and her home country of Mexico, and shares her favorite words in German, Spanish, and English. Majo’s story of cultural connections began 40 years ago with her father’s first trip to London, and she’s proud to carry on his torch. Whether she’s gathering with her friends in Mex@Penn or listening to German music with the Penn German Society, it’s clear that Majo has found a home in many communities here at Penn.
Over the past few weeks, a certain orchestral tune may have crossed your TikTok For You page. Typically accompanied by either pleased or horrified reactions to the Face Zoom filter, the sound has nearly 300,000 videos on TikTok, yet many remain unaware of its origins. If you grew up in a Hispanic household, though, you may recognize the hymn as an orchestral version of "Hijo de la Luna," or "Son of the Moon," a song by the Spanish '80s pop group Mecano.
Between Van Pelt’s endless stacks and tables full of stressed–out students exists the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The Kislak Center is now exhibiting photographs by Arthur Tress in dialogue with Japanese illustrated books from his personal collection. The special exhibition, which opened on Sept. 29, will remain on view through the end of the semester on Dec. 16. Visitors can find the show, curated in collaboration with faculty and graduate students, within the Goldstein Family Gallery.
Free Library of Philadelphia. The Fashion District. Jefferson Station. Starbucks. Independence Visitor Center. These may seem like a disparate list of places, but for Philadelphians experiencing homelessness, these locations all provide a vital human right: basic sanitation. With indoor plumbing and hand washing stations, restrooms are vital to preventing disease outbreaks such as hepatitis A. Additionally, these restrooms give people experiencing homelessness privacy and dignity. But with the increase in passcode-protected bathrooms and the closing of retailers—due to factors like the rise of online retail and COVID-19—the number of free bathrooms is decreasing. The few public restrooms operated by the city government, including those in libraries, recreation centers, and City-installed porta-potties, do not make up for this gap in access to restrooms.
Amid the sea of seats in a dimly lit, empty theater screening the horror–thriller Barbarian, there was just me and my bucket of buttered popcorn. Watching horror films alone is already sort of a death sentence for someone who gets scared easily. However, what frightened and excited me the most as Barbarian began was not the emptiness of the theater or the prospect of watching a horror movie alone in the dark. My excitement was because I knew absolutely nothing about the insanity I was hurling myself into.
When the first season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale premiered in the spring of 2017 to critical acclaim, pundits, critics, and journalists interpreted this dystopian tale through a frighteningly current lens. The show, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, follows June Osborne as she is forced into childbearing labor by an America consumed by religious extremism. Premiering a few weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the show was backdropped by Trump’s presidency. The show’s villains were often compared to corrupt members of Trump’s cabinet, and even the show’s lead actress, Elisabeth Moss, and showrunner Bruce Miller were vocal on their belief that The Handmaid’s Tale was crucial to resisting the current political moment. The show quickly found its cultural niche as a narrative of feminist resistance. Yet even as much as it abhorred the Trump presidency, the show heavily leaned on the Trump administration and particularly its hard line on abortion for inspiration and relevance.
The phone rings at one o’clock sharp, signaling an incoming call from Diane Cornman–Levy.
Put your right hand here. Try moving your hips down a little. This position looks odd.
On Sept. 7, 2022, more than 100 students, faculty, and staff celebrated the reopening of Locust Walk’s Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH). After decades of being a hub of student advocacy, cultural houses once relegated to ARCH’s basement like Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, La Casa Latina, and the Pan–Asian American Community House (PAACH) now technically were allowed full use of the building.
Ten years after his bizarre, stylized neo–noir crime story, Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik returns with his newest, almost three–hour long feature film: Blonde. The film, which premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival and arrived on Netflix on Sept. 28, has faced heavy criticism over its extreme exploitation and overt simplification of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic life events. The runtime may seem to promise an in–depth, holistic rediscovery of Monroe’s life. Yet, Blonde is not a biopic, and despite the film’s blatant flaws, Dominik’s intention may lie somewhere other than an authentic representation of the blonde bombshell.
Climate change is afoot, but young people feel their voices are too small to make a change. But the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) is using their new project, "My Climate Story," to remind students, "know that your story is enough."
The world screeched to a halt throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, disrupting the world’s daily routines as we knew them. Nonetheless, stay–at–home orders and social distancing during a national public health emergency would not—and could not—postpone pediatric cancer. Families and children would continue to receive the terrifying news that their lives would change forever. For these families, there’s no alternative to taking on the challenge, despite societal shifts. The world simply does not stop for them as the all–consuming clouds of cancer press further and further, surrounding families while brewing a formidable storm of suffering and sacrifice. Waiting just isn’t a possibility.
Warning: this piece contains spoilers and mentions topics relating to suicide and mental illness.
Angelina* (‘26) can’t eat most of the food served in Penn’s dining halls. She’s allergic to many of the “Big Nine” food allergens, as well as several other foods. Exposure to any one of these allergens can elicit a range of reactions—running the gamut from mild dermal symptoms to a response as severe as anaphylactic shock.
Andrés Gonzalez–Bonillas (C ‘23) is one of two students currently facing disciplinary proceedings from Penn’s administration after the Convocation protest in August 2022, despite over 100 protestors taking part in the action. They're one of the most visible organizers on campus through their involvement with Police Free Penn and the Coalition to Save the UC Townhomes—and their activism is motivated by a desire for justice and a keen sense of empathy. Yet despite the doom and gloom of our capitalist world, he manages to navigate it all with kindness and humor, taking everything in stride while also holding Penn accountable for the violence it perpetrates against its surrounding community.
Throughout the course of Street’s latest Ego of the Week interview, Luis Leme (C ‘23) wears the brightest smile possible on his face, bringing his personal sunshine to Philly’s gloomy Thursday storm. It’s clear he’s fully invested in everything he does, whether it's writing a smashing song with his friends or spending countless hours in the lab studying what goes on inside people's heads. He himself is a case study in how passion is the greatest motivator—through both arts and sciences, Luis is looking to make this world a better place.