Did you know Ben Franklin founded our school? Yes? Then you would’ve absolutely killed 3-Down on the NYTimes crossword from a couple days ago—unless you’re the poor soul that’s still convinced “UPenn” has four letters. Other fun facts about Benjamin Franklin: he was also a Founding Father of our nation (the United States of America), and his name was Benjamin Franklin.
Who needs to be first place in academics or athletics when you can be first place in popularity? A recent article in the New York Times reported that the number of applications to Penn this year rose by 14.4%, the highest of all Ivies. Apps to Dartmouth decreased the most, by 14.2%. While Dean Furda attributes this newfound popularity to greater outreach efforts, we can’t help but think it’s because of the Qdoba on campus. At least this increase in apps explains the unwelcome hordes of naive tour groups invading campus every day.
You know you’ve made it when you’re lampooned on national TV, so trend piece journalist/Penn sex fiend Kate Taylor is a major success story! That’s right, the one and only Stephen Colbert devoted a few minutes of his Report last week to “She Can Play That Game, Too.” The clip doesn’t seem to be going as social media viral as certain Quakers’ rebuttals to the offensive/biased/dismissive/long article, so if you haven’t seen it, indulge in the anchor’s satirical rampage of Taylor’s piece. While he doesn’t name drop Penn (this time) and keeps his critique comical rather than substantive, the underlying message about the article’s thesis being inherently obvious is legit. And that’s The Word.
Did you hear about that woman who spent an absurdly long time on campus to write an absurdly long New York Times article that was absurdly non-groundbreaking? Yeah, you did, and your great-aunt called to discuss how “sad” and “empty” your existence must be.
Regardless, the Times is surely sittin’ peachy this week as Kate Taylor’s trend piece is the paper’s most emailed and is getting tons of buzz nationwide. Of course, commentary about the article has dominated Quakers’ news feeds and Twitters, criticizing everything from the article’s limited pool of profiled subjects to its casual insertion of a sexual assault.
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Ah, college. A time for independence. A time for experimentation. And apparently, a time to “hook up without the emotional entanglement of a relationship.”
Such is one of the claims that Kate Taylor makes in her article Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too, which was published in Friday’s New York Times. Known to some sorority girls as “the creepy reporter you probably shouldn’t talk to,” Taylor was a somewhat under-the-radar presence on campus this past school year. In her article she examines the sex culture at Penn from the female perspective, arguing that most girls are too career-oriented and success driven to make time for a serious relationship. Instead, they look for “hookup buddies” (her words, not ours) to fill a certain void.
Yesterday, the NYTimes cast a spotlight on a group of eight Penn freshmen who are questioning not only traditional gender norms but traditional LGBT norms as well, and dubbed them Generation LGBTQIA.
“Q” can mean “questioning” or “queer,” an umbrella term itself … “I” is for “intersex,” someone whose anatomy is not exclusively male or female. And “A” stands for “ally” (a friend of the cause) or “asexual,” characterized by the absence of sexual attraction.
Despite the booming activity and many successful efforts of the LGBT community at Penn, these freshmen hope particularly to expand the definitions and awareness of “non-cisgender” people, or people whose gender identities don’t align with their biological sex. While the L, G and B are heavily emphasized at Penn, these students aim to address the void left by the other letters.
But only for 36 hours—two of which you will spend in Rittenhouse Square because, duh, that’s how long it’ll take you to look at “bronze sculptures, like the 1832 allegory of the French Revolution, ‘Lion Crushing a Serpent,’ by Antoine-Louis Barye.” Amirite?
Snark aside, the article does highlight a bunch of Philly notables including the Barnes, Federal Doughnuts, the up-and-coming Fishtown scene, and the city’s weird fixation with the Prohibition era. (Maybe because like Philly’s nightlife, it ended before it even started.)
We’ve all heard the same spiel: Drugs are bad. You shouldn’t do drugs. If you do them, you’re bad, because drugs are bad, mmmkay? But then along come those pesky, know-it-all scientists who barge in and claim that, well, maybe not all drugs are entirely bad! Ugh, science! Why you gotta be so contrary?
According to CBS, a team of Penn researchers is exploring the potential clinical uses psychedelic drugs with hallucinogenic effects to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions, including depression. Interestingly enough, the study comes on the heels of a Times article detailing the advantages of psychedelics for terminally ill patients, many of whom were able to come to terms with their impending deaths as a result of these controversial substances.
Though the Penn researchers note the advantages of hallucinogenics, the team is also very wary of the potential risks. Jonathan Moreno, a professor of Medical Ethics, notes that the drugs can be very dangerous if not used properly and under medical supervision, but adds that “it is time to open up the question of whether any of these hallucinogens can have some good medical purpose.” Far out!
According to the article, disgust, which up until recently was not fully understood from a psychological perspective, is one of the most universally elicited emotions–more so than anger and even fear. Initially, disgust evolved so we would avoid putting dirty things in our mouths (as if that’s ever stopped anyone). Rozin and his colleagues conducted research to elaborate this hypothesis, finding that another reason disgust exists is to separate ourselves from animals–which explains why we (well, some of us) find behaviors like pooping, dying and sex super icky.
The rest of the article reflects on the immunological response to disgust and how it’s used to promote cleanliness in advertising. Yay, science! Yay, Penn! And most of all: YAY, POOP.
New York Times blog The Choice, created to “demystify the process of applying to American colleges and universities,” will now also have some of its content featured on India Ink. And perhaps the only thing better than The Choice‘s South Asian expansion is the fact that Dean Furda, who you know from this, this and/or this, is part of the inaugural post.
Furda, along with regional director of Admissions, Patrick Bredehoft, chats in a mini Q & A intended to answer any inquiries that prospective Indian students will likely have about the admissions process. The run down: Penn is impressed by many Indian applicants and is down to continue increasing diversity. Also worth noting is the shout out to Penn Masala.