End Penn's Profiteering—Reduce Tuition For Fall 2020

End Penn's Profiteering—Reduce Tuition For Fall 2020

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Amy Gutmann and Penn's administration continue to conduct exploitative and shameful profiteering off their customers, or as they call us "students". Their blatant propaganda on being able to provide a "robust and meaningful" education is inexplicable at best and fraudulent at worst. Not only considering the continued rise of coronavirus cases, but their denial of the unequivocal inferiority of an on-campus-but-online education coupled with the premature ending of the fall semester makes Penn's insistence or, specifically, complete and utter negligence of the topic of tuition deeply disturbing. This is a question of principles.  

And the University has spoken.

Penn chooses money over morals. Deceit over decency. Tales over truth.  

This, perhaps, is unsurprising. Millionaires (of "non-profits") like our president believe where there is ignorance there is strength. This could be the only explanation for why the University continues to gaslight students and parents alike, doing whatever they can to desperately protect their dear dear endowment.

But we are better than that. We are not spineless souls, but critical independent thinkers. Agents of our own collective destiny. We will not blindly obey institutions. Martin Luther exposed the Catholic Church in 1517 for selling indulgences (pieces of paper) that promised to salvage someone's soul; the modern-day university seeks to do the same.                   

They, though, call it a degree. 

Laws without morals are nothing. This is our school motto. Without this cry for decency, without this plea for truth and thoughtfulness, what is our school? It is easy to virtue-signal, and even easier to criticize others for hypocrisy and living in their own reality. It seems that the same institution—similar to the Catholic Church—that proclaims moral superiority actually commits sin. The same institution that is built on principles, on independent thought in search for the truth, is equally as devious and perverted by demanding our obedience and ignorance. We as a thinking, breathing student body cannot help but notice that the only Benjamin Franklin that matters to the university is the one on the $100 bill...

We ask, humbly, to Amy Gutmann, the board, and the Penn Administration: what do you believe in?

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