Word on the Street

A Balancing Act: Being Black, Gay, and Female

From homophobia within the black community to white feminism and more, intersectionality was more than a textbook term for me. 

by MARIA CURRY

Growing Up, I Distanced Myself From My Judaism. The Pittsburgh Shooting Changed That.

I realized that the hatred others had for Jews scarily resembled my own subtle self–hatred.

by ARI GOLDFINE

Choosing Abstinence in College Left Me Excluded

I came to Penn expecting acceptance. Instead, my lifestyle is still being mocked. 

by SARAH BETH GLEESON

Surviving an Abusive Relationship

After being manipulated and assaulted, it took me years to heal. But I know now that I deserve better.

by ANONYMOUS

Searching for a Queer Social Scene at Penn

My experience with fostering queer community, before and after PiLam.

by JOHN WILLIS

Why I Left Wharton to Study English

It wasn’t a popular or practical choice. But it was the best choice for me. 

by ANNABELLE WILLIAMS

Street in the Late 1970s: ‘Stayin’ Alive’

Eliot Kaplan recounts his experience as Street Editor–in–Chief in 1978 and how routine brought him sanity.

by ELIOT KAPLAN

Street in the mid–1980s: ‘Under Pressure’

Sabrina Eaton remembers a stressful time as Street Editor–in–Chief in 1984.

by SABRINA EATON

Street in the Early 1970s: Getting off the Ground

Arnie Holland talks about what 34th Street means to him 50 years later, and how he helped get the publication into rackboxes all around Philly as Editor–in–Chief from Feb. 1970—to Feb. 1971.

by ARNIE HOLLAND

Street in the Late 1960s: The Tumultuous Times That Gave Birth to Street

Bill Mandel reflects on his tenure as Street’s founding Editor–in–Chief in 1968 and 1969.

by BILL MANDEL

Street in the mid–1970s: ‘What’s in a Name?’

Lee Levine talks through his co–editor tenure in 1975 and Street’s move to a new office.

by LEE LEVINE

Street in the Early 1990s: Things I Learned That Have Helped Me Produce 'The Simpsons'

Matt Selman talks about how he became Editor–in–Chief of 34th Street, did an okay job, and bailed on journalism, but learned some things that really came in handy later.

by MATT SELMAN

Street in the Early 2010s: ‘Not Terribly Dramatic,’ but ‘Contagiously Fun’

2012 Managing Editor Joe Pinsker recalls Street’s not–so–distant past.

by JOE PINSKER

Street in the 1990s: It Was Fun to Be the Underdogs

Doree Shafrir (C' 99) still wants to know “Did you write for Street?”

by DOREE SHAFRIR

Street in the 2000s: How Did We Get Here?

Ross Clark (C’04) wonders, ‘How did I get here?’

by ROSS CLARK

There's an Uprising in my Home Country—and I'm 2,000 Miles Away.

When the political climate in Venezuela started getting dangerous, living here became as much of a burden as it was a privilege.

by EMILIANA SANTANDREU

Street in the 1980s: Delving into Philadelphia

Ellen Flax (C'86) considers her “second chance” on Street.

by ELLEN FLAX

My Xanax Addiction Made Me Fear Everything

I never thought anti–anxiety medication would make me panic at the thought of leaving my room.

by ANONYMOUS

What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Being American

I am the physical embodiment of the fundamental American ideal that with hard work and perseverance you can achieve your dreams.

by LUIS BRAVO

Reconciling College Life When Your Mom Has an Aneurysm

I have to remind myself that leaving my parents for a few months doesn’t mean I don’t care, or that I take all of it for granted.

by CAROLINE CURRAN

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