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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

The Invisible Burden

As the tenure clock ticks, professors with children face the added pressure of child care now that COVID-19 has merged work and home life.

by LINDSEY PERLMAN

Rethinking Rush: Greek life adapts to a world with COVID-19

With remote events and the dangers of in-person gatherings, members are split on whether Greek life is worth it

by SEJAL SANGANI

Keeping the Magic Alive

Magic Carpet owners reflect on their time at Penn in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact

by MIRA SYDOW

The Right Side of History: Republican Students Split On Support For Trump

In the wake of a Trump loss, the future of the Republican Party lies in the hands of some of its youngest members.

by DENALI SAGNER

A Silent Symphony: Penn musicians attune to practicing during the pandemic

Penn Symphony Orchestra members discuss the difficulties of preparing for a digital concert. 

by CHELSEY ZHU

‘Zoomed Out,’ ‘Lonely,’ and ‘Tired’: Hours online with little social interaction wear on Penn students

Mental health organizations on campus discuss the challenges of online learning during the pandemic. 

by PAIGE FISHMAN

Remembering Dear Old Penn

Alumni through the decades recall their fall at Penn memories in the age of online school

by DENALI SAGNER

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