Monday, January 23
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My name is Dedeepya, and I’ll be your Monday newsletter anchor this year. Women’s basketball holds onto their tie for first place in the Ivy League this weekend, and students can now enjoy smoothies, PB & J’s, and more pasta, all changes promised by Penn Dining for the spring semester. But first, the Penn community is ambivalent toward the changes made by the U.S. News's ranking system for law schools.

Today's Top Story

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Penn Carey Law maintains opposition after changes to U.S. News rankings

The changes to how U.S. News ranks law schools include more weight placed on student outcomes — including employment and bar passage — and a “deemphasis” on assessments. Penn Carey Law wrote that it has "no further comment" after announcing it would not submit data to U.S. News in December.

Five More Big Stories

  1. Smoothies, pasta, and All Day Breakfast Sandwiches at Gourmet Grocer are some changes—among others—promised by Penn Dining in response to fall student survey results. 
  2. Penn Women’s Basketball dominates Yale, beating them 79-57 and keeping them tied for first place in the Ivy League. Watch them play next at Harvard on Jan. 28 at 2PM. 
  3. Two Penn juniors founded Penn’s chapter of BlackGen Capital, an organization aiming to close the gap between minorities and the financial services industry. 
  4. Following criticism received from students, faculty, and alumni, Yale University initiated new mental health policies that allow students to take a leave of absence. 
  5. Former Philadelphia mayor and Penn graduate Michael Nutter announced that he will not be running for mayor in the near future.


Guest columnist and Senior Crosswords Editor Tyler Kliem encourages you to play our now-released mini crosswords to exercise your brain and to whittle away at the disruptions in our collective lives.


Today in DP History

In 2016, the DP reported on the behind-the-scenes of the rushing process for Greek life. Rush continues in full-swing on campus, with “bids,” “closed-rush,” and “initiation,” becoming buzz words. Nearly 25% of Penn students participate in Greek life. But what population of Penn students does this number represent? 

From 34th Street Magazine

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art's new exhibition, Macho Men: Hypermasculinity in Dutch & American Prints, features late–16th–century Dutch renditions of “manhood and citizenship” alongside American Great Depression representations of the working class. Depicting inhuman proportions of rippling abs, chiseled muscles, thick veins, Macho Men is unlike other exhibitions, showing aggressive men teeming with testosterone.
  • On October 13, renowned music journalist Alan Light discussed his fascination with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” the digitization of music consumption, and his experiences in the ever–changing world of music journalism at the Kelly Writers House. Assignments Editor Kate Ratner breaks down Light's discussion with fellow music writer and longtime faculty member of Penn's English Department Anthony DeCurtis.
Today's newsletter was copy edited by Eleanor Grauke.
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