Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
MOTHERS OF PENN STUDENTS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE WANT SCHOOL TO DO SOMETHING
At least seven students at the University of Pennsylvania have committed suicide over the last two years, and after a task force deployed by the school came up with only small changes the university could make in its culture, some are taking a stand. Thursday marked World Suicide Prevention Day, and Penn students held a silent march through campus holding the names of their fellow students who took their own lives. That march was sponsored by a new initiative called the Hamlett-Reed Mental Health Initiative, started by the mothers of two of the students who died. The march culminated with a letter drop-off at Penn president Amy Gutmann’s office; the Daily Penn has all the details.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THAT TEMPLE CYCLIST HIT-AND-RUN?
A cyclist and a driver collided near Temple in late April. The cyclist was Rachel Hall, a Temple student and former lacrosse player nearing graduation. The driver, who fled the scene, was Rashan Roberts, a 19-year-old who lived a few blocks south of Temple. So what’s happened since then? Four months later, Hall is still recuperating and Roberts is awaiting sentencing — here’s what’s next.
Point Break LIVE: The stage version of the surf heist movie, which starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu "Whoa" Reeves.
Where: Underground Arts at the Wolf Building at 1200 Callowhill Street
When: September 11, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $20
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING DURING POPE WEEKEND
Since news slooooowly trickled out about massive security plans and street closures for the upcoming Papal visit, all we’ve heard from many people is some iteration of “I’m going to GTFO.” Rumors even circulated that shore towns were prepping for an influx of visitors — as in, Philadelphians trying to get away from the traffic and tourism nightmare. We took an informal poll of 50 Philadelphians online and in-person to ask people where they’re going and what their plans are for the Papal visit. Sure, it’s not perfectly scientific. But it gives us a good idea of what our fellow Philadelphians are planning for the weekend.
A COLLEGE STUDENT’S GUIDE TO 12 PHILLY NEIGHBORHOODS
The Penn Bubble — AKA the idea that Penn students don’t leave the general vicinity of their school — is a real thing. And it’s safe to say that Penn isn’t the only Philadelphia college that can have this problem of students sticking around near their classes and their dorms tucked away in University City or near Temple’s campus. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But let’s get you out of that bubble. Here’s 12 neighborhoods that aren’t University City, and what you can do while you’re there,