Penn Daily News Service | Jan 26, 2015

Penn in the News

The New Yorker — February 2, 2015

Emily Wilson of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for her book The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca. — January 26, 2015

Penn’s commitment to local engagement and trailblazing role in procurement is cited.

Washington Post — January 25, 2015

Doctoral student Johannes Eichstaedt of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “We now think of chronic stress as a chronic upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system.” — January 21, 2015

The design for the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics is highlighted.

Noteworthy in Higher Education

Washington Post — January 26, 2015

If you watch college sports on television, you’ve probably seen the ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car featuring former college athletes working behind the counter at your nearby Enterprise location. Enterprise – which hires more entry-level college graduates annually than any other company in the U.S. — likes recruiting college athletes because they know how to work on teams and multitask. “We see a lot of transferable skills in athletes,” Marie Artim, vice president of talent acquisition at Enterprise, told me.

Chronicle of Higher Education — January 26, 2015

The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts. High taxes threatened "economic ruin," said the newly elected Ronald Reagan. Welfare stood to be curbed, the highway patrol had fat to trim. Everything would be pared down; he’d start with his own office. California still boasted a system of public higher education that was the envy of the world. And on February 28, 1967, a month into his term, the Republican governor assured people that he wouldn’t do anything to harm it. "But," he added, "we do believe that there are certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without," for a little while at least. "Governor," a reporter asked, "what is an intellectual luxury?"

Chronicle of Higher Education — January 26, 2015

Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education, including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation, and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report released on Monday by the University of California at Los Angeles. The report, "In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform," is based on a yearlong survey of 909 undergraduate students from 55 countries. Participants attended a range of two- and four-year public and private colleges.

Inside Higher Ed — January 26, 2015

The debate over racial profiling -- already a hot topic on many college campuses -- gained renewed attention this weekend when Yale University police briefly detained a black male student Saturday evening. Black students and faculty members at many campuses charge that racial profiling is a fact of life for them, but this student's experience immediately attracted wide attention. His father is a New York Times columnist who has written about racial profiling and whose Twitter feed attracts many eyeballs.

New York Times — January 25, 2015

The Hunting Ground,” set for release in theaters and broadcast on CNN, was billed by the Sundance Film Festival as a “piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses.” Judging by viewer reaction at the film’s premiere and the comments of two United States senators afterward, festival programmers might have undersold it. Though the subject has been explored in depth by some publications, the response testified to the power of film. At the premiere here on Friday, audience members repeatedly gasped as student after student spoke on camera about being sexually assaulted — and being subsequently ignored or run through endless hoops by college administrators concerned about keeping rape statistics low.

New York Times — January 24, 2015

Has the student loan crisis already been solved? This might seem an absurd question. Student loan debt is at a record high of $1.1 trillion, and the average undergraduate who borrows to attend school graduates nearly $30,000 in debt. Almost 20 percent of student borrowers are in default.

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