Pennsylvania Gears Up for 2018 Election

As the nation is still adjusting to the starkly different policies of the Trump administration compared to the Obama White House, aspiring politicians across the nation are looking ahead to the next major election in 2018. For Pennsylvania, that means two critical elections – for our Governor and for one of our U.S. Senators. After…

Violating the Privilege Binary

A couple months ago, I opened up about the intersectional oppression I face here at Penn. However, as the semester has progressed, I have meditated on my experiences. I have received sparse yet impactful criticism for my confessions, which I feel prepared to unpack. I have dug deeper into my identity, and I now believe…

Cuo-No

On April 10, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced the incoming arrival of a legislative bill entitled the Excelsior Scholarship. The bill is said to provide free tuition at any public two or four-year university in New York for state citizens making less than $100,000 per year (for 2017) and eventually for those making…

The Liberal Case for Capitalism

Usually, political debate with my peers ends in impasse, but I still do it, because an unquestioned viewpoint is never valid. As someone whose broader ideology began in fiscal conservatism, I have always asked with genuine curiosity why my liberal peers believe in their economic platform. And although I have yet to be persuaded leftward,…

Film Review: “An Inconvenient Sequel”

Self-proclaimed “man who used to be the next president” Al Gore is releasing an “Inconvenient Sequel” to his award-winning 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” The trailer was recently released, and the film itself will be released later this year. Gore and his original film have been overwhelmingly lauded for his predictions that the North Pole…

Solid Walls vs. Flimsy Rhetoric

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) recently posted a message on Locust Walk comparing Israel’s border security operations to Donald Trump’s controversial political statements in an effort to convince people who dislike Trump to side against Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Unsurprisingly, SJP neglects to mention the persistent threat of terrorism against the…

Obamacare 2.0: TrumpCare

The state of nationalized healthcare has been subject to debate within the United States most notably in the past decade. In the beginning, ideas that were flung “across the aisle” contended that either America needed a national healthcare initiative or that the sector should stay privatized. Now, the debate centers around what style of national…

How to Approach Political Discourse: 5 Steps

There are many important issues on which conservatives and liberals disagree – issues like the best way to approach healthcare and the free market, for instance. However, is the best way to approach this discourse to call your friends and colleagues immoral or stupid on Facebook? Free speech allows us to voice our opinions in…

Huntsman Speaks on U.S.-China Relations at Penn

Jon Huntsman, Jr., Penn alum and former governor of Utah, spoke at Huntsman Hall on February 15 in a forum titled U.S. and China: Where We Go From Here. Huntsman participated in a question and answer session on U.S.-China relations based on his public service experience, which has ranged from working as staff assistant for…

Former Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Announced as Penn Executive Fellow

Former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter has been announced as the Senior School of Social Policy and Practice Executive Fellow at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, according to the School of Social Policy and Practice. Nutter is a 1979 graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The Democratic former mayor who…

Femi-Not-Quite: When Modern Feminism Fails to Champion True Equality

One of the most central bipartisan agreements is that words have meanings that are inextricably associated with ideas and movements. It is important to understand this concept because the agreement that words shape expectations is the basis for conducting politics. “Feminism” is once again a salient word uttered by everyday citizens. By pure definition, feminism…