Campus & Community

First snow

The earliest record of accumulated snow in Pennsylvania fell in October, 1972. This year's first snow wasn't as record-breaking, but it was an unexpected, one-day autumnal wonderland.

Penn Today Staff

Celebrating 30 years with Stimulus Children’s Theatre

The campus theater group focused on entertaining children marked its 30th anniversary with performances during Homecoming Weekend, along with an alumni gala at the Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Jill DiSanto

The Power of Penn in London

In London, President Amy Gutmann presented the vision for the University’s $4.1 billion campaign, The Power of Penn.

Penn Today Staff

Showcasing veteran voices

After regularly searching through campus events, sophomore James “J.D.” Goins says he had a difficult time finding activities that showcased veteran voices. To change that, he is launching a series of campus conversations, bringing veterans who are now involved in business, politics, and other industries to Penn to share their insights on success.

Jill DiSanto

A veteran’s story: Saluting diversity at Penn

Senior Jesse Morgan Raines is a veteran who spent eight years in the Army. Today, he volunteers with Service2School, a non-profit organization that helps veterans gain access to higher-education opportunities.

Jill DiSanto



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Libraries and venerable Philadelphia Athenaeum form bookish alliance

The Libraries have entered a partnership with the Athenaeum, Philadelphia’s last remaining subscription library. “Our new library partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia makes easily accessible the Athenaeum’s unmatched collection of historic architectural publications and other documentation for the study of this rich legacy,” said David Brownlee, a School of Arts and Sciences professor and an Athenaeum board member. Jon Shaw and Constantia Constantinou were also quoted.

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Forbes

Love and college admission

In an article comparing college acceptances to valentines, Dean Eric J. Furda of Admissions said “the concept of the ‘ideal partner’ may not have a place in the college search process, lest we set ourselves up for disappointment and denial.” However, he said, “in the end, I do believe the vast majority of students find their true love; it just may come from previously unexpected places and takes an open-minded person.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Running club chases down theft suspect in University City

The Annenberg (Lunchtime) Running Club was lauded for its role in capturing a man accused of theft during one of their triweekly outings. “Running is typically a useless sport where you turn fat cells into heat, but occasionally it can be useful, and here was one of those opportunities,” said founding member Kyle Cassidy.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn president Amy Gutmann helped prepare report on restoring faith in the media

President Amy Gutmann contributed to the Knight Foundation’s report on the state of diversity, transparency, and public faith in the media. “We call on and depend upon media for speaking across multiple perspectives,” Gutmann said. “You can only do that if you have a newsroom where there is that kind of diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Hive mind: What’s in these Ed Bacon photos?

Hannah Bennett of the Libraries spoke about an unlabeled trove of photographs donated to Penn by urban planner Ed Bacon before his death in 2005. The photos are now being posted to Flickr to solicit public help identifying the locations depicted. “You don’t have to be a Bacon scholar – or a Bacon enthusiast – to enjoy these pictures,” said Bennett.

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