Unlike the other Colonial colleges that existed in 1749—Harvard, William & Mary, Yale and Princeton—Franklin's new school would not focus merely on education for the clergy.He advocated an innovative concept of higher education, one which would teach both the ornamental knowledge of the arts and the practical skills necessary for making a living and doing public service.
According to Franklin's autobiography, it was in 1743 when he first had the idea to establish an academy, "thinking the Rev.
Richard Peters a fit person to superintend such an institution".
The university coat of arms features a dolphin on the red chief, adopted directly from the Franklin family's own coat of arms.
Penn was one of the first academic institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model pioneered by several European universities, concentrating multiple "faculties" (e.g., theology, classics, medicine) into one institution.
The original sponsors of the dormant building still owed considerable construction debts and asked Franklin's group to assume their debts and, accordingly, their inactive trusts.
On February 1, 1750, the new board took over the building and trusts of the old board.
So what do you do when you’re really not okay with poly and your partner is unhappy monogamous? I’ve been accused, since reviving the Polyamorous Misanthrope column, of seeing relationships as disposable. Suck it up and deal to make sure the kids are properly taken care of and nurtured? I will point out that doesn’t require a romantic relationship. But it is a good way to happiness in the long run, no kidding.
I’m increasingly of the opinion that the only good ways to condu a relationship are going for the “win-win” or the “no deal”. It doesn’t happen by making yourself do or be what you are not. When I say “no deal” I don’t mean anger, bitterness or hostility. Some people, no matter how much they love each other, aren’t compatible in the long run.
I’ve seen descriptions of people wanting to curl into a ball and cry while their partners are with other people. I just don’t think that going through pain and suffering is somehow the hallmark of a “worthy relationship”. It’s too close to the mindset of the woman who is proud of herself for her endurance when it comes to accepting an abusive mate.
I’ve even had communication with people who wanted me to help them be okay with having sex with people they didn’t want to sleep with, but partners wanted them to because they thought that was “how you did poly”. Poly is not martyrdom, and taking pride in being a martyr isn’t going to help you live to the fullest. It’s a preference that has no more to do with goodness, enlightenment or value than preferring linguine to rice. Maybe they saw it as a way to try to stay together. I’m not saying polyamorous/monogamous pairing are bad. But in the good ones, the monogamous member isn’t curling up in a ball when his polyamorous partner is out with another love, either.
Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.