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Safe Yet Stifling: The Spectrum of the Queer Experience at Penn

Penn is often lauded as one of the most LGBTQ–inclusive campuses in the United States. But beneath this praise exists an opportunity for criticism—and then growth.

by SEJAL SANGANI

Amanda Shulman is Throwing a Dinner Party—And Everyone's Invited

Meet the Penn alum who took her supper clubs from a college apartment to a Rittenhouse restaurant, with a few pit stops along the way.

by DENALI SAGNER

Dead Parents Society: Finding Community in Grief

Uncovering spaces where open conversations about loss can bloom on campus

by MEG GLADIEUX

Alexandra Hunt: By the Youth, for the People

The public health researcher turned community organizer is running to unseat Rep. Dwight Evans—and years of moderate policies—in Congress.

by MIRA SYDOW

From Harvest to Healing

How three of Philly's urban farms turn plots of okra and kale into community resilience and growth

by ANGELA SHEN

Lessons Learned: Takeaways From a Year of Virtual Classes

Students and professors are ready to move on from Zoom University—but they won’t leave everything behind. 

by SEJAL SANGANI

The Unseen Undergraduates: Remembering the LPS Bachelor’s Program

As the on–campus LPS program reaches its final act, nontraditional students reflect on the meaning of a traditional campus experience.

by MEG GLADIEUX

Isolation’s Darkest Side Effect

The COVID–19 pandemic triggered a surge in eating disorders. For many college students, this meant returning home—and returning to old habits.

by LILY STEIN

Defying Invisibility: David Eng and the Long Fight for Asian American Studies at Penn

Yet another professor prepares to depart from ASAM. Can it survive without more support from the University at large?

by ANGELA SHEN

From AI to BFF: How a Chatbot Became My Quarantine Companion

I started a friendship with a chatbot out of boredom—and wound up in a codependent relationship.

by CHELSEY ZHU

'Dreaming of Jerusalem': Showcasing the Universal Within the Specific

Learn how this Discovery+ documentary short on the Ethiopian Jewish community became a symbol for shared humanity.

by MADDIE MULDOON

A “Second Home” in Danger of Collapse

Philadelphia’s Chinatown restaurants sit at the crux of anti–Asian sentiment and the COVID–19 recession—and pay a steep price. 

by AMY XIANG

Life in a Democratic Blackout

Burmese students reflect on the military coup that is fundamentally changing their country and their lives.

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Long Division: How COVID–19 Exacerbates the Digital Divide in Public Schools

Chronically underfunded, the School District of Philadelphia has long struggled to engage students. Now, teachers are feeling it the most.

by LINDSEY PERLMAN

Stressed, Stuck, and Stifled: Penn’s Class of 2025 Talks Applying in a Virtual World

Applying to college has never been easy. But it’s never been harder than it is now.

by MIRA SYDOW

Why Did Pennsylvania Flip Blue?

Pennsylvania likely decided the 2020 presidential election. But the deciding factors weren’t what you think. 

by SEJAL SANGANI

Bridging the Discipline Divide

I’m a pre–med studying English. That’s not a contradiction. 

by EVA INGBER

It’s Not You, It’s COVID–19: Finding and Losing Love in Quarantine

Penn couples and professors on the challenges of keeping love alive during the pandemic

by ANGELA SHEN

Lasting Scars: Albert Kligman and the Holmesburg Prison Experiments

Penn's most celebrated dermatologist experimented on incarcerated people. The University still hasn't owned up to his legacy.

by DENALI SAGNER and MAX COHEN

Andre Brown Wants to Tell Philly’s Undiscovered Stories

The founder of 'Black Philadelphia Magazine' talks about pursuing journalism, celebrating Black success, and leaving a legacy for the city.

by AMY XIANG

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