Goodbye, paper Penn Current

University founder Benjamin Franklin seems to have the perfect quote that fits any occasion. And because this is Penn, we’ve searched for one of his quotes about writing that fits this particular occasion.

As he wrote in the 1738 edition of “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”

This particular occasion is a bittersweet one, because this is the last print issue of the Penn Current.

In these pages, since the Current’s launch on Dec. 10, 1997, we’ve tried to write things worthy of your time and attention. And as anyone who’s worked here for any amount of time knows, there are so many members of the campus community doing things well worth writing a story (or two) about. There are the world-class researchers who examine the universe to nanoparticles—and everything in between—and students who forge a path for themselves and others through peer initiatives, mind-blowing projects, or good deeds.

There are the stories that capture Penn’s wide reach and relationship to the city and land around it, like the opening of Penn Park or numerous campus buildings, and the staffers who work with veterans, working dogs, and public school students in West Philadelphia.

We’ve never had a shortage of stories to tell. And even though the print version is going away, we’ll still be telling those stories—just in a new space.

In the spring of 2018, the Office of University Communications will launch Penn Today, a one-stop portal for all news at Penn. We’ll be folding the stories that we wrote for the Current into this new online publication, along with content that now appears on Penn News and on the University’s homepage.

We’ll also be expanding our coverage to include more stories that reflect the array of Penn life, including a focus on the student experience, expanded sports coverage, and more attention to community news.

Until Penn Today launches, we’ll continue to publish the Penn Current Express, the weekly e-newsletter that’s been a companion to the print edition.

So, keep sending story ideas our way (you can still reach us at and tell us when you think there’s something we should be covering.

In short, we’ll still be writing. We hope you’ll keep reading.

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