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Branching Out with Penn Student Government

PSG advocates on behalf of the student body. But what are the limits of its powers as a constituency of the University?

by AVALON HINCHMAN

Living with Long COVID

Two years after the COVID–19 pandemic’s onset, cases are falling and restrictions are being lifted. But for many, symptoms still linger.

by SEJAL SANGANI

Behind the Mask of @pennmemes

Street sat down with the owner of the most known account on campus, and she tells all—except for her name.

by MEG GLADIEUX

Between the Lines of Philly's Radical Reading Scene

For Philadelphia’s radical, queer, and feminist bookstores, the spaces they create extend far beyond their shelves. 

by WALDEN GREEN

Leading with Love

With warmth and care, these grassroots organizations show how their work for social justice is a labor of love.

by JEAN PAIK

A Fireable Offense

Despite repeated racist remarks, Amy Wax is still teaching. Where does Penn draw the line between free speech and hate speech?

by MIRA SYDOW

Sitting for the Anthem, Standing for Justice

After a year of reflection on racial injustice, Penn men’s basketball players return to the court inspired to sit during the national anthem—a choice met with solidarity and controversy.  

by JIAHUI (EMILEE) GU

Planting the Seeds of Food Justice at Penn Farm

How the Penn Park Farm is working to empower students and address campus food insecurity sustainably

by AVALON HINCHMAN

Dispatches from Isolation

Confusion. Chaos. Miscommunication. When Penn students test positive for COVID–19, nothing about the isolation process is clear. 

by MIRA SYDOW and MEG GLADIEUX

A Complicated Ally: Navigating Crises With Student Intervention Services

SIS is designed to help students with immediate needs. But for some students, does the organization's fast action cause more harm than good?

by MIRA SYDOW

Desegregating the Mind: Slought Questions City Life Through Art

The nonprofit and radical art gallery on 40th and Walnut has been around for 20 years. Why don’t students know about it?

by WALDEN GREEN

When Women’s Rights Are at Stake, Carol Tracy Takes a Stand

Penn alumna, lecturer, and full–time lawyer talks feminism on campus and the future of women’s rights in the United States. 

by JIAHUI (EMILEE) GU

A Trip Into Psychedelic Medicine

Psychedelics are revolutionizing the health care and wellness industries. Now, they’re at Penn’s doorstep. 

by MEG GLADIEUX

A Chance That Doesn’t Come Twice

Meet three International Guest students at Penn, who are participating in a program that offers much more than a taste of an American education.

by TARA ANAND

Mike Blackwell Dreamed of Penn. But Dreams Come at a Heavy Cost.

Mike’s decades of learning culminated in his acceptance to Penn’s MLA program. But now, he says the University isn’t willing to support nontraditional students like him. 

by MIRA SYDOW

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

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