The Rhythms of a Busy Campus, Once Again

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If you took a stroll down a leafy Locust Walk in the middle of any weekday this fall, you might have seen students rushing to class, or scarfing down their lunch at a picnic table, or handing out flyers for an upcoming performance.

In other words, life on campus seemed … well, normal.

While there were still plenty of signs this pandemic is far from over (note, for instance, the huge COVID-19 testing tent on 39th Street), you’ll see from these photos that many in-person activities returned this fall after 17 months of a quieter, emptier campus.

Photo from move-in at Penn's Quad.
A student, with some help from her mother, was all smiles as she hauled her things into the Quad during Penn’s official move-in on August 25.
Photo of juniors enjoying Hey Day at Penn.
Seniors got a chance to enjoy Hey Day, which is traditionally held for juniors in the spring, but this year was moved to October.
Photo of President Gutmann enjoying a football game with students.
Franklin Field reopened for games—and welcomed in President Gutmann—for the football team’s Ivy League opener against Dartmouth on October 1.
Photo of students holding toast at Penn's homecoming football game.
“Here’s a toast to dear old Penn!” was sung and toast was thrown at Penn’s Homecoming football game on November 6.
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