Gutmann’s holiday celebration relocated after unruly display final year

December 7, 2015 - Picnic Time

About a year ago, students disrupted a annual holiday investigate mangle during Penn President Amy Gutmann’s residence with a protest. This year, a eventuality will be hold on Tuesday during a Annenberg Center instead of a normal plcae during Gutmann’s residence on 38th and Walnut streets.

When a eventuality was hold a year ago, it was protested by a Student Labor Action Project and Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation. The dual groups hold a die-in to move courtesy to a genocide of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot by military officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. final year. The groups demanded that Penn compensate $6.6 million in payments in lieu of taxes — also famous as PILOTs — to a School District of Philadelphia.

University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy wrote in an email that a change was done for logistical reasons. “Last year, [attendance] exceeded a glow formula limit, so we indispensable to find a incomparable venue,” he wrote.

In August, Gutmann’s annual acquire behind cruise for sophomores and juniors was hold in Wynn Commons rather than her residence as it had been in prior years. At a time, a Office of a President pronounced a change was due to a ongoing construction of a Perry World House nearby. Over Family Weekend this October, Gutmann hosted a entertainment during her house, including students and alumni.

Gutmann’s residence has turn a renouned criticism mark recently. The #WeArePhilly criticism in November, that criticized a viewed miss of support for minority students during aloft preparation institutions opposite a country, finished in front of Gutmann’s house, where students from SOUL review a list of final for a administration.

Though Gutmann participated in a 4 and a half notation die-in for Michael Brown final December, she has nonetheless to accommodate with members of SLAP to plead a emanate of PILOTs and called a criticism an “ambush.” President of a Penn Police Association Eric J. Rohrback wrote a guest mainstay for The Daily Pennsylvanian criticizing Gutmann for her appearance in a die-in, observant it showed a miss of support for a military complement she oversees. Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush after sent a summary to members of her military dialect — that was after published in a DP — addressing a guest mainstay and display her support for Gutmann.


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By Luke Chen

President Amy Gutmann participating in a “die in” during her annual Christmas party.

Despite a miss of transformation by a University on a emanate of PILOTs, SLAP members have continued their fight. Last March, SLAP member and College youth Devan Spear addressed Philadelphia City Hall about a proposal.

Following her speech, a Philadelphia City Council authorized a non-binding fortitude job on Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration to ask vast nonprofits in a city to compensate PILOTs. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, however, ran on a height ancillary PILOTs, so a emanate is expected to come adult on a city turn subsequent year.

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