Research from Katherine Milkman of the Wharton School about the effects of peer pressure on retirement savings decisions is featured.
Penn Daily News Service | Jul 31, 2015
Penn in the News
The Annenberg Public Policy Center is mentioned for organizing a bipartisan group that critiques the Presidential Debate Commission.
Yvonne Romero DaSilva of Admissions talks about Penn’s shift in its application requirements.
Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School pens an op-ed about repairing the Federal Reserve System.
Doctoral candidate Steve McGill of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted about RoboCup 2015.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Nearly three years ago, Trinity College did some soul-searching about Greek life on the campus after a spike in drug and alcohol problems and a drop down the national rankings. The small liberal-arts college in Connecticut announced a major change as part of a plan to improve campus social life: Its seven single-gender fraternities and sororities would have to become coeducational. By the fall of 2016 the groups would need to have virtually equal shares of male and female members.
A draft law that would require foreign nongovernmental organizations to register their activities with police authorities in China has American universities worried about a chilling effect on educational exchanges of all types. The draft law defines foreign NGOs broadly and is sweeping in its scope, seemingly applying not only to universities that have physical locations in China but also to any institution that so much as sends a single student or professor there. If an American university were to conduct an international research conference in China, that would seem to require registration under the law. So would sending a faculty member there to interview applicants for a graduate program. Or sending a professor to give a lecture or take part in a joint research project. Or organizing a networking event for alumni in China. Or sending a student singing group to participate in a competition there.
Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis acknowledged she was being a little irreverent when she wrote an article about student-professor relationships. “Forgive my slightly mocking tone,” she wrote in the article, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe." “When I was in college, hooking up with professors was more or less part of the curriculum.” She was surprised, and a little amused, when she heard that students were lugging mattresses up to the college president’s office in protest of the article.
Some articles may require a password.
Please contact University Communications if you wish to receive this news service via e-mail or to request a copy of any inaccessible articles.