Campus & Community

Biden talks March for our Lives, Russia, and Cancer Moonshot

In Joe Biden’s opinion, if there’s one line from JFK’s famous “moon speech” that can best describe where the nation is at in curing cancer, it’s that “we are unwilling to postpone.” To a jam-packed Irvine Auditorium, Biden deliberately and passionately declared: “Every second counts.”

Lauren Hertzler

Mental wellness week: Collaborating to advance well-being

Penn Wellness, a student-run organization, is hosting a series of events dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues and how anyone can help. It begins with a Campus Conversation and includes free yoga sessions, intervention training, discussions on mental health, Take Back the Night, and more.

Jill DiSanto

Film stars

The Penn Student Film Festival celebrated collaboration and creativity with a red-carpet gala and big-screen showing of eight finalists, chosen from 24 entries, at the New College House.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Penn Law alum and former Pa. Governor Edward Rendell announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis with support from Penn President Amy Gutmann and Matthew Stern, director emeritus of Penn’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.


The Washington Post

Should Colleges Let Students Choose Their First Roommate? Some Say No.

Ryan Keytack of College Houses said that Penn tries to accommodate mutual roommate requests, but also encourages students to “experience something new.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Up in the Air, Carson Wentz Is Down to Earth

Retired professor Kenneth Thomas of the Wharton School recounted his chance meeting with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on a flight to Philadelphia.


The Atlantic

The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less

Dean of Admissions Eric J. Furda recommends college applicants and their parents rethink grades and test scores as the sole measures of their eligibility. Furda encourages his admissions counselors to balance those markers with the “relative growth and trajectory” of potential students.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Appétit! In Their Spare Time, These Students Publish a Food Magazine and Cookbook

Penn-based publication, Penn Appétit will celebrate its 10th anniversary by releasing a cookbook. Entitled Whisk, the collection of recipes will feature a wide range of cuisines and techniques designed for the home cook.