To our dear readers,

We know the past few weeks have been uncertain and difficult, and we at The Penn hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. The COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s mind, and we also know the past few weeks have been extremely confusing as news and precautionary measures for stopping the spread of COVID-19 have changed not just daily, but hourly.

IUP has decided, along with many other higher education institutions, to suspend in-person classes and ask those living on campus to gather their things. The semester resumed Monday for many classes that were supposed to meet in person, so this week students and professors will do their best to adapt to their new online or video-chat-led lectures.

The Penn is honored to serve as your source of answers during this confusing time, and we’re not going anywhere. Although we plan to scale back our publication schedule, The Penn will continue to publish for the remainder of the spring semester. Beginning today and every Wednesday through May 6, we will publish one weekly issue over the final seven weeks of the semester.

Our decision was not made lightly. Over the past week, we have had extensive discussions as a staff, and we universally felt a strong sense of duty to document the pandemic's pervasive effect on our community. Our editors have spent the past week coordinating with writers from afar as we prepare to resume publishing. We are also taking precautions to keep our staff safe, such as limiting the number of editors in the office at one time.

The Penn staff, all students ourselves, are devoted to providing you with the most accurate, up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation. Our editors and writers, like you, are displaced from our usual school location and routine, but we promise to do our best to keep you well-informed.

When we joined The Penn, we committed ourselves to the all the responsibility that comes with a newspaper, including reporting the news during times of crisis. While we certainly never thought we would be faced with such a situation, just know that we will not be abandoning our posts any time soon.

We are committed to covering the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to our university, our students and the Indiana community. And we want to hear your stories and thoughts during this pandemic. We would like to bridge the IUP community while we are away from campus.

As always, each new issue of our e-paper can be found at The new issues will also continue to come directly to your inbox through our newsletter. If you are not signed up for our newsletter, you may subscribe on the homepage of The Penn website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at Be well.

Katie Mest


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