Apartheid, SJP Style

By Toren Arginteanu Towards the end of spring, various student groups at universities worldwide held events for “Israel Apartheid Week.” According to its website, “Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and build support for the … Continue reading Apartheid, SJP Style

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 … Continue reading How to Approach Political Discourse: 5 Steps

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

Intersectionally Oppressed: My First Semester at Penn

One semester under my belt at Penn, and I can tell it’s going to be a long ride. When I first made the excruciating decision to attend an Ivy League university, I knew what I was signing up for. I knew which identities I’d be carrying with me. I knew it’d be hard academically, of … Continue reading Intersectionally Oppressed: My First Semester at Penn

The Good – but Mostly Bad – of Trump’s Immigration Order

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. Now, it’s Monday, and the uproar from the media and the public is still thundering, and I doubt that the disenchantment people feel will subside anytime soon. Before I state … Continue reading The Good – but Mostly Bad – of Trump’s Immigration Order

Branching Out of the Penn Bubble: Understanding Flyover America

After last November’s elections, many on Penn’s campus had a pervasive feeling of shock and disbelief. Students simply couldn’t stomach the fact that Trump would soon be President; professors and administrators, eager to assuage the feelings of the strongly left-leaning student population, offered canceled classes and coloring books. Admittedly, I was surprised that Trump won, … Continue reading Branching Out of the Penn Bubble: Understanding Flyover America