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MARCH 14, 2018 Nick Joyner, Editor–in–Chief Remi Lederman, Managing Editor Angela Huang, Audience Engagement Director Annabelle Williams, Assignments Editor Autumn Powell, Media Director Haley Weiss, Word on the Street Editor Jamie Gobreski, Word on the Street Editor Emily Schwartz, Ego Editor Zoe Albano–Oritt, Music Editor Julia Bell, Senior Features Editor Sabrina Qiao, Special Features Editor Colin Lodewick, Long–Term Features Editor Dalton DeStefano, Developing Features Editor Lily Snider, Style Editor Catalina Dragoi, Film & TV Editor Sherry Tseng, Arts Editor Daniel Bulpitt, Lastpage Editor Ha Tran, Photo Editor Danny Rubin, Video Editor Lea Eisenstein, Copy Director Chris Muracca, Print Director Ego Beats: Valentina Escudero, Sami Canaan, Caroline Riise, Caroline Curran, Maryanne Koussa Music Beats: Paul Litwin, Amy Marcus, Arjun Swaminathan, Isabella Fertel, Michelle Pereira, Holden Caplan, Chris Troop, Natalia Joseph Features Staff: Emily Rush, Naomi Elegant, Angie Lin, Sharon Christner, Annika Iyer, Emily Cieslak Style Beats: Liz Kim, Frankie Reitmeyer, Lily Zirlin, Molly Hessel Film & TV Beats: Jonnell Burke, Ana West, Avneet Randhawa, Bella Essex, Zovinar Khrimian
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How I Came to Believe in God Again
Chez Yasmine EOTW: Anthony Anchelowitz
Clark Park, Enhance IV, Fake Tanning
Crimes on Campus
Arts Beats: Sophie Burkholder, Lizzy Lemieux, Margaret Zhang, Xinyi Wan Design Editors: Lucy Ferry, Gillian Diebold, Ben Zhao, Christine Lam, Alana Shukovsky, Zack Greenstein, Morgan McKeever, Teagan Aguirre, Judy Zhang, Katie Waltman Lastpage Beat: Eliana Doft Staff Writers: Sophie Xi, Cass Phanord, Tamara Gelband, Jennifer Cullen, Isabella Simonetti, Shinyoung Noh, Caroline Harris, Emma Moore, Anna Callahan, Sammy Gordon, Sydney Gelman, Charlotte Bausch, Jacob Winick, Alix Steerman, Sara Merican Illustrators: Jessi Olarsch, Brad Hong, Anne Marie Grudem, Reese Berman, Judy Choi, Gloria Yuen, Carly Ryan, Saranya Sampath, Catherine Liang, Anne Chen, Jake Lem Staff Photographers: Dayz Terry, Virginia Rodowsky, Christina Piasecki, Bill He, Avalon Morrell, Emma Boey, David Zhou, Ethan Wu Video Staff: Megan Kyne, Jean Chapiro, Anab Aidid, Sophie Pelosi, Abdul Sohu Copy Editors: Kira Horowitz, Kate Poole, Anna Waldzinska, Serena Miniter, Sarah Poss, Amber Auslander, Kimberly Batista, Riley Wagner, Morgan Potts
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LETTERFROM THEEDITOR As I type this, I'm shedding dead skin flakes all over the keyboard. But actually, I'm molting all over this keyboard that wasn't built for my giant hands. My peeling inner elbows are a yummy reminder of spring break and all the fun memories it brought. Over break, I was diligent enough applying Mexican sunscreen to my arms, but I forgot to hit the crook of my elbow with some sweet SPF. Alas, I fell asleep with arms outstretched. I cooked my metaphorical goose. But there's no reason for tears. It's still sweater season in the godless permafrosty tundra that is the eastern seaboard. I can cover up my desquamating limbs with Uniqlo HEATTECH until my calico tan fades entirely. So why am I talking about my sloughing epidermis? Not sure, but bear with me. Spring break—and all superficial injuries sustained therein—are reminders of the high–water mark that we're approaching. I'm a second semester junior on the downhill slump, second– guessing my entire college career and all the other paths I could've taken. My sunburned elbow creases have helped me to see all the alternate–universe Nicholas Todd Joyners who went about Penn in a completely different way. I see the Nick who giddily skips into office hours every week for the sake of intellectual conversation. I see the Nick who actually makes use of academic advisors. I see the Nick who majored in classics or history or another field he pushed away. I see the Nick who doesn't float his entire weekly budget at Magic Carpet, the Nick who has stepped foot in Pottruck for an actual second time. But I also see the flaky Nick sitting here today, who still has an entire year to become all the alternate– universe Nicks. Call me Donnie Darko for the rest of this semester, because I'm about to enter into a vortex and meet a musty bunny who will help me to realize my fate and all of the improvements I can make in my remaining time at Penn. Going to the gym might be a nice and obvious start.
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Stained glass is beautiful, I think, and it’s one of the reasons I feel nostalgic about the church. Dimmed artificial lights warmed the sanctuary. It used to be candles, which I preferred, but somewhere along the way someone decided they were too dangerous. The sour touch of citrus would be in the air—from orange rolls, of course. We’d go to church because my mother needed us to. I remember nothing about what the pastors would say as it was exceptionally boring. But I remember I was full. Full like the moment after you pray and a sense of okayness spills in and and you’re full. That was when I still believed in God. The first Buddhists I ever knew were a couple and their home down the street was filled with plants. They walked so much, morning, night, and midday, too, probably. But I would have been at school during that time, so I can’t be sure. When they left for retreats across the world they would leave detailed instructions. "The weeping fig in the kitchen needs three and a half seconds of water from the blue pail every two and a half days." Just like that. It reminds me of eighth grade and having long hair and realizing I was gay and being confirmed into the Methodist Church. Wednesdays were for bible study, but Sundays after service I debated our youth leader over the more conservative doctrines of our faith. That was when I stopped believing in
HOW I CAME TO BELIEVE IN GOD AGAIN Reconnecting with my spirituality thanks to Buddhists and echinacea tea Mateo Fortes
God. And then I wasn’t full anymore. For several years I stayed that way, searching and searching. Fatigued and sweaty. Confused most days. In fact, I came here to Penn like that. Fatigued, sweaty, and confused. Then I met Patrick. I called him Patrick the Buddhist to all my friends. It was outside of Stiteler, within a month of arriving to Penn, when he got me thinking about God again. During our first conversation, he told me he could tell I was confused and I said yes, thank you. We met for coffee only once after that and he talked to me about Buddhist theology, but it wasn’t mine. Then he asked why I didn’t go to church again, and I said I’m not really sure. So I went to church again. The first time I’d been alone in my life. But the nostalgia was gone and the fullness, too. The pastor was old and the sermon was dry and it didn’t relate to my life at all. Then, they denounced gay people and disparaged immigrants, so I felt I’d overstayed my welcome. When the service ended, I left unsatisfied and quite sad, but I also left thinking. And then I stayed that way for a while. Sad, but thinking. The most recent Buddhist in my life was very short. Shorter than I am, which is notable because I’m a little man of 5'6½". So it begs to mention that this particular Buddhist was the first man I had been with romantically who was shorter than
me. He was a composer of symphonies and a conductor of orchestras. And the most sublime was that he played the piano. We used to talk over chess, and I would tell him about the feeling I was searching for. Full, I would say. Full like the moment after you pray and a sense of okayness spills in and and you’re full. He would laugh and tell me that I was searching for enlightenment, but I was never convinced. Then, he would say checkmate and the game would end. Twenty–four stories up, if I remember correctly, the sun was pink over the Schuylkill. I was sitting on his couch post–Chinese take–out as he poured himself an inappropriately large glass of room temperature champagne, leftover from earlier in the night. Then he smiled and danced for me a bit and said "I’m going to play you something." His black spinet was somehow always out of tune, and I never asked why he hadn't had it tuned properly. But when he played, I cried and cried because I was full. It was when I believed in God again.
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There was this morning a while back. Sweet, bitter cold outside. I had just finished C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain and I was thinking about the why of everything. The sun was still shy, probably waking up from a long night. But suddenly it was soaring and I took a really satisfying sip of echinacea tea. There and then, I noticed that hint of promise that’s only appreciable in morning light. That’s where I’m at right now. Nowhere different, really. Still sad. Still thinking. Confused most days. And even though the fullness I’m searching for sometimes comes in more secular
moments, I believe in God again. Full. It might be during a two to three hour dinner with all of your favorite people on this earth and there’s a quarter–full glass of Cabernet in your non–dominant hand and you’re laughing so hard at the story someone just told across the table and there’s no more room to add anything because you’re full. Or after you flip the last page of the most satisfying book you’ve read in a while and you put on a Liszt symphony or a Chopin nocturne and watch the steam dance away from your cup of echinacea tea and you’re full. Just like that.
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The Ultimate Hub of World Food At Penn Your simple, healthy, and delicious go–to food truck at Penn. Sophie Xi Herbes de Provence from Southeast France, black olive paste from San Remo, Italy, extra virgin olive oil from Nabeul, Tunisia, smoked salmon from Sweden, and bottles of exquisite spices are just a few of the ingredients used at Chez Yasmine, the food truck on 37th and Spruce streets. The man behind the truck and their famous sandwich is Jihed Chehimi. I first visited Chez Yasmine on a Monday afternoon. Jihed and his collaborator, Karim, were busying making grab–and–go food for busy Penn customers. As I waited, I noticed Jihed could easily call out the names of regulars as well as their usual orders. “Hey, you again! Extra spicy right?” Frequent customers at Chez Yasmine are experts at customizing their meals—asking for “a squeeze of lemon on the sandwich,” “extra spice in the soup,” or “tofu instead of chicken.” Armed with a pair of aviator sunglasses, Jihed doesn't resemble the stereotypical food truck owner. The story of Chez Yasmine mirrors that of Jihed's life. Born in Tunisia, he received a PhD in Immunology and Infectious Disease in Paris, worked in Sweden, and taught in Vietnam. Jihed’s experience of living in different countries influences the diversity of his menu. Dishes offered at Chez Yasmine fuse elements of traditional Tunisian, 4
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Swedish, Vietnamese, and French cooking. Jihed was not a chef before he opened the food truck. In fact, he's a former research scientist at The Wistar Institute who conducted research on HIV and Hepatitis C. It was his interest in health that inspired his decision to start Chez Yasmine. “One day, I was walking by the food trucks on Spruce Street," he said, "and the smell of the food there gave me headache.” He says food seasonings such as MSG (monosodium glutamate) are often used in these food trucks without any regulations. He wanted to open his own to offer healthy options. He said, "You can cure disease through food.” Chez Yasmine is a member of the Healthy Food Truck
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Initiative. Founded by a Penn student, this special distinction is one that almost 99% of the food trucks here at Penn do not have. Taieb Cherif, a graduate student, adjunct professor of Near Asian Languages and Civilizations, and a frequent Chez Yasmine customer, told me that many French– speaking students frequent the truck. Taieb is from Tunisia and came to Penn through a Fulbright Fellowship, and he finds traces of home in the food and company Jihed provides. Both the distinct flavors and the health benefits of the food can be attributed to the high quality of the ingredients used at Chez Yasmine. Jihed sources his food from distributors or hand– picked farms while most of
the spices are imported from his homeland, Tunisia. He has an special preference for extra virgin olive oil which is a healthier alternative to butter or vegetable oil. Every day after he closes and sanitizes the food truck, he goes to purchase the ingredients for the next day so that they are always fresh. While Chez Yasmine only opens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, earning profits is not Jihed’s priority. It’s more important for him to connect with the students and to promote a healthy food philosophy. All of the dishes are named after certain students or University mainstays, such as "The Wistar." Customer engagement and guest chefs are two other important features of Chez Yas-
mine. Jihed has been posting pictures of students smiling in front of the food truck on Facebook in an effort called "Humans of Chez Yasmine.” Jihed's friends and regulars are also sometimes invited to be the one–day guest chefs, either learning how to wrap sandwiches or making the delicious couscous. Although it takes Jihed seven hours to purchase all of the ingredients needed for a single sandwich, it usually takes Chez Yasmine's customers less than five minutes to get their food. But with one taste of a salmon Smörgås or a piece of Tunisian Tajine, it is clear that the meticulous selection of ingredients and spices is a product of Jihed’s years of experiences and relationships.
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Street sat down with this multitalented go–getter to talk about music videos, the best part of Penn, and Cadet Kelly.
Anthony Anchelowitz came to Penn as a mechanical engineer but made the switch to cinema and media studies and communication, all while juggling his many passions. He told Street about his role in the a cappella community—the most underrated spot on campus— and what every student needs to do before graduating. Street: What was it like being chair of the A Cappella Council? Anthony Anchelowitz: It was a really incredible experience, because it’s a community that has meant a lot to me over the past four years, but I’ve realized that what it has meant to me over the past four years has been rather insular. So, specifically within Counterparts, those people have been my home base. They’re the people that I know are going to be in my life long after I graduate. Specifically being chair of the A Cappella Council has been an incredible learning experience because I’ve gotten to work with not just the people of Counterparts, but all 14 groups, face–to–face, and see how each individual group brings something special to that community. There’s incredible diversity within the community, and getting to work with all of the leaders and all of the groups has been incredible. And that culminated when I put together a charity concert that celebrated all of the groups. It was called Raise Your Voice. Street: How would your friends describe you? AA: In one word, absurd. Absurd in many different ways. Street: What’s your favorite part about Penn? AA: The people. Here I’ve met incredibly passionate and inspiring people that have inspired me to push the bar with what I do. I don’t think I would be where I am at the end of my Penn career if it weren’t for the people who have pushed me to get here. Street: What’s your least favorite part about Penn? AA: Is it bad to say the people? The reason why I say that is I think there are some pressures from Penn in terms of—we all say “preprofessionalism” but it’s so far beyond that, in terms of this pressure to do the most or be someone
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that you’re not. Just to follow a funnel that goes somewhere that everyone else is going. The reason why I say that people are at the same time my favorite is that I’ve been fortunate throughout my Penn career to surround myself withpeople who don’t fall into that funnel. Street: You came to Penn as a mechanical engineer, and you’re graduating as a communications and cinema studies major. How did that happen? AA: Coming from high school, I thought there were essentially four career paths. I thought if you’re good at science, you were going to be a doctor, that if you’re good English and the humanities, you were going to be a lawyer. I was very näive. If you were good at math, you were going to be an engineer. And I was like, math class is cool, whatever. I’m gonna be an engineer, I guess. So I applied to Penn as an engineer, not knowing at all what I was getting myself into, found myself pretty unhappy freshman fall—freshman spring, even. Then it was being in this place of like, well, where do I fit? It was through a lot of talking with upperclassmen and immersing myself in my extracurricular passions that helped me find what I actually love. I found that doing comm and cinema studies would be the perfect blend of pursuing a major that is both academically stimulating but also tied inherently to my passions. Street: What are you most passionate about? AA: I would say at the base it’s creating things, specifically film. (Ed. note: Alongside a team of many others, Anthony has co–directed and co–produced five music videos with Counterparts.) I think music videos have been a perfect integration of my passion for music, my passion for film, and a whole lot of other things. We have videos that have cool locations, that have dancing, that have elements of fashion. Our most recent video was like a Crayola coloring box exploded. It was a lot of fun. Working on that video absolutely took a village. Street: If you had a free day with nothing to do, what would you do? AA: Wow! Like, nothing to do? Assuming that traveling wasn’t allowed, I would say catch up on movies. Because with Penn busyness,
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something that has unfortunately happened is that I’ve fallen behind on movies, and I absolutely love watching movies. I would definitely squeeze as many films as possible into a day. Street: What should every Penn student do before they graduate? AA: Do something out of their comfort zone. So if you’re an athlete, see a performing arts show. If you’re a performing arts kid, go to a game. Put yourself in a community on this campus in which you absolutely do not see yourself, and experience it.
LIGHTNING ROUND Street: If you could tell your freshman self something, what would it be? AA: It’ll all work out. Street: What was the last movie you saw? AA: Oh my god, my housemates and I watched Cadet Kelly recently. It was trash. Street: What’s the best food truck? AA: Lyn’s. Street: What’s the most underrated spot on campus? AA: The Inn at Penn study room. Street: What was your Common App essay about? AA: My first stage kiss, and how performing has helped me overcome perfectionism. Street: So how was that kiss? AA: Tragic. Street: What’s your favorite movie? I don’t want you to go out with Cadet Kelly. AA: I don’t want to go out with Cadet Kelly. Favorite movie? Simple. Captain Fantastic. Street: There are two types of people at Penn… AA: People who sing collegiate a cappella, and people who are morally obliged to watch their friends sing collegiate a cappella. M A R C H 1 4 , 2 01 8 3 4 T H S T R E E T M A G A Z I N E
The Clark Park Farmers' Market: Better Than Wednesdays at the Bookstore Clark Park hosts a hidden gem for Penn students and neighbors alike. Frankie Reitmeyer
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On a rainy Saturday afternoon at 43rd and Baltimore streets, around a dozen vendors huddle under their tents, selling their various wares next to Clark Park. There are myriad shoppers despite the weather, eager for their weekly visit. This is the Clark Park Farmers' Market, which operates every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. year round. Neighbors gather with their children and dogs to enjoy locally made and grown goods, including produce, meats, jams and jellies, and baked goods. While in the summer there are more vendors, there are plenty of options for those who brave the cold during the winter months. One of the first tents is a produce stand selling mostly apples, but further down the block there are other stands selling mostly root vegetables. Because it is towards the end of winter, root vegetables are the main produce in season. These stands sell whatever produce is the best at the time. Thus, during various times of the year there will be different veg6
etables. There is also a tent devoted to various types of mushrooms, ranging from the typical portobello to the more bizarre mixes that look like something out of a science fiction movie. There are stands that sell a wide variety of baked goods. There are whoopie pies,and breads as well as other sweet treats. One such stand is Slow Rise Bakery. “They have this four–seed cookie
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that is vegan, nut–free, allergen–free, but it’s so good,” says Jennifer Higa (C ’20), an occasional customer of the market. In general, these baked good stands have a much wider variety of goods than the bakery stand in the Wednesday farmers' market at 36th and Walnut. The stands range in more than just their baked goods selection. One tent boasts eight separate coolers full of
different meats for customers to dig through. One tent is devoted to microgreens. Another tent exclusively sells frozen soups: $6 for vegetable and $7 for meat varieties. These soups provide an easy meal, especially for those with little access to a kitchen (looking at you freshmen), because they can easily be microwaved. The beloved Don Memo food truck takes advantage of the market as
well, and is often set up selling tacos and Mexican sodas. All of the products offered at the market are not only local and fresh, but also still very affordable. One of the greatest parts about the Clark Park Farmers' Market is that the vendors accept Philly Bucks, SNAP cards, and other food assistance programs, making healthy, fresh food available to all. This is not the only benefit that the Farmers' Market offers to the community. It also hosts a wellness program—a health booth set up by the Lankenau Medical Center that provides free health screenings. The Clark Park Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for Penn students to mix with the neighborhood in a relaxed atmosphere,while supporting local farmers and businesses. Jennifer was first introduced to the farmers' market through her freshman college house when they took a trip and each resident was given about $10 to spend there. When asked to sum up the farmers' market in one word, she said, “community.”
I s IV Ther apy t he Ha ng over Molly Hessel Cure of the Future? Medical centers in Philadelphia offer IV infusions to cure everyday ailments.
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a stomach bug and had been throwing up. I was super dehydrated, but not sick enough for the hospital. One of my nursing friends recommended it. I definitely think it helped me get better." Besides the expensive price tag, Gabi is hesitant to purchase the treatment again due recent controversy surrounding it. After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, a major producer of medical supplies, many hospitals across the nation have suffered IV fluid bag shortages
since January. “It is sad that people are shelling out for this and the people who need their medicine [from] it are at a disadvantage and a shortage. The people who need it the most should have it, not the people who are willing to pay the most.” While IV therapy has its advocates and its opponents, there's only one way to find out if IV therapy is the future of hangover cures. For those with with the means, try out this cure for yourself. Just be sure you're not scared of needles.
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a combination of both. You think you are doing something good for you, and it helps.” While Gabi does not suggest the “bougie hangover cure” for any occasion, she understands that desperate times call for desperate measures. “It was one of those decisions you made in a hungover haze, and I actually went through with it.” For less severe situations, Gabi recommends just grabbing a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel and a Gatorade to survive a hangover. “I didn’t feel like I hadn’t been drinking, just less hazy.” Gabi experienced even better results after receiving the treatment while ill. "I was sick with
through our doors, or we make house calls, but not just for the hangover infusion. We have had a lot of students come in when they are run down and just need a boost to get them through late nights of studying and exams. We offer a lot of infusions to help maintain a healthy body and mind. In January, we made several home calls to college students suffering from the flu,” said Christie. For those who are too nauseous to risk the Uber (and the possible vomit–cleaning fee), City Hydration’s concierge service is available for $55 for those within a five–mile radius (thankfully, this includes Penn’s campus). According to City Hydration’s website, registered nurses or paramedics administer the IV while the client can “sip on hot tea, cozy up in a heated blanket, and grab an eye mask” during the 45–minute treatment. As the treatment has not been approved by the FDA, some are skeptical of the health benefits of the IV drip. In fact, the treatment could even be harmful if unsterile needles are used, causing infections. Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, spoke out against infusion therapy on UPI.com. "The whole thing is really nonsense," Goldfarb stated. "It's just catering to people's sense that they're taking their health into their own hands." Former Penn student Gabi Novo (C '15) has tried the IV therapy on two different occasions: once for a cold and another for a hangover. After both occasions, Gabi felt relief from her symptoms after the IV drip. “Placebo effect or not, but I felt significantly better. I think it is
Pounding forehead, shaking hands, queasy stomach—the symptoms of an unforgettable night you might not remember. While some hangovers feel as though they're worth medical attention, the next best thing is a concoction of Pedialyte and Alka–Seltzer to sooth the pain. All over the globe, people have crafted their own hangover cures, from pickle juice in Poland to poutine in Canada. Throughout history, people have searched to no avail for the absolute cure to their post–alcohol ailment. Now, the newest evolution in hangover remedies has arrived in Philadelphia: Intravenous (IV) therapy. Medical spas like City Hydration, Restore IV, and Enhance IV all specialize in these treatments. At these centers, customers choose from one of several different liquid infusions injected into the bloodstream, delivering benefits of electrolytes, vitamins, and antioxidants. City Hydration, located in Center City, offers a Hangover Relief treatment for $179 and can be administered to healthy patients over 18 years old. “The hangover infusion has been called ‘the hangover cure’ for good reason. This infusion relieves symptoms, headache, body aches, and nausea, almost instantly. There is an anti–nausea medication, pain medication, powerful antioxidant, and B vitamins that all work together to get you back to your day,” Christie, owner of City Hydration, describes. In addition to relieving the alcohol shivers, City Hydration offers “drips” for athletic performance ($175), colds ($135), and jet lag ($129). “We see plenty of college students come
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Fake Tanning Guide: For Those Who Didn't Achieve a Real One This Break How to look like you've been laying on an island for a week (even if you haven't) Frankie Reitmeyer Spring break has come and gone. Sitting in lecture, people are either peeling or glowing from the sun exposure. However, not everyone is so lucky. For those of us who are limited to cold weather, but still want to achieve that perfect tan, there are a few options. Traditionally there were tanning beds and booths, but they’ve fallen from grace due to their direct links to skin cancers and melanoma. Now, there’s a new sheriff in town: the fake tan. We got the lowdown on where to find these alternatives and how to make them last, so you can make it seem like instead of spending all week in VP, you’ve been tanning on the shores of its distant cousin, PV. The two most popular methods for achieving this false glow are the professional spray tan, and the at–home self tan.
The Spray Tan
There is a lot of prep work involved with spray tans, but it has a great pay off. If you’re going to get a spray tan, it’s recommended that you shave or wax the day before. In order to ensure longevity of the spray tan, shower and exfoliate the morning of, so that the tan can adhere to the skin better. Maintenance is key: “The most important thing is moisturizing after you shower throughout [having the spray tan],” says Lizzi Powers (W ’18) on keeping a spray tan for longer. When going to get your tan, wear baggy, dark clothes; baggy to ensure that you don’t take the tan off before it sets, and dark to ensure that if a little bit does rub off, it doesn’t stain. Also important to note: you can’t shower until at least eight hours after the treatment. Additionally, avoid sweating to reduce the possibility of streaks (Ed. note: What an opportunity to excuse yourself from working out, guilt–free.) There are a lot of spray tan studios in Philadelphia, as well as salons that offer a spray tan service. One of the most popular studios is Sugared and Bronzed because it's a national chain with locations in LA and New York, so you know 8
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what you are getting. Due to their formula and process, there's a very low risk of streaks or orange–looking skin. “Their color is really good,” says Lizzi. They also have waxing options, so you can get everything you need done there in one visit. Another perk is that they have the option for an express tan, which means that the set time is shorter than the typical eight hours. Not to mention, you might not even have to break the bank for their services: they offer a special for new customers, where you can get two tans for $39. Other options in Philadelphia include Sun Myst ($45 for one session, $40 for first time clients) and Lacquer Lounge, which has a face–only spray tan option if you want to give your face a little sun– kiss.
The Self Tan
There are many different options out there for tanning at home, which means the choices can be overwhelming. Luckily, it also means that if one brand doesn’t do the trick for you, you’re very likely to find multiple others that do.
TanTowel is a brand of self tanner with a variety of tanning products, but their most popular is their tanning towelettes. These individually packaged towels require you to use a saturated towelette and literally just wipe your body all over to spread the tan on. This is a no–mess, easy–to–use self tanner that produces great results, running about $15 for a 10–pack. St.Tropez is another brand of self tanner that has a variety of products. Lizzi recommends the mousse, which runs for about $30. You just apply
Anne Chen | Illustrator the mousse to a mitt wipe it onto the parts where you want to tan. The most difficult aspect, Lizzi states, is reaching your back, so she recommends asking a friend to help out. This tanner provides a very natural–looking tan that enhances your skin’s original color and is not streaky.
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An Illusion of Safety: How Crime Can Still Infiltrate Penn's Campus Emily Cieslak
he police officer told him he should have been dead. His clothes were ripped, his eyes bruised. Beaten and shaken, Milo Garcia (C ’18) didn’t want a scolding at 3:00 a.m. on Broad Street. But that’s what happens after you fight back. Like most Penn students, Milo had never been the victim of a serious crime. He was carefree when going out—wearing “a lot of logos,” running to Wawa, making phone calls on the street. So when three men sprang up on him and began tugging at his clothes, his instinct was to fight back. What could have been a quick wallet or phone swipe turned into a full–blown fist fight. Though nothing was taken in the end, he wound up bruised and battered. “It was an adrenaline rush,” Milo said. “I’m from a small town in Mexico where there is a lot of crime and that had never happened to me, so if it hadn’t happened to me in Mexico I wouldn’t think it would happen to me here.” Milo’s experience isn’t necessarily surprising—over the past 30 days, for example, there were 44 violent crimes committed in the neighborhoods making up Center City, compared to only 17 in University City. His reaction represents a larger mentality at Penn, though: Penn appears crimeless, and therefore Penn students think they are immune from crime in the wider city of Philadelphia. From NSO on, that idea of Penn’s safety is drilled into the collective undergraduate consciousness. Despite the relative safety of campus, it isn’t necessarily the sunny utopia of Penn brochures. According to the Campus Crime Report aggregated by Penn’s Division of Public Safety, there were 28 robberies, 18 aggravated assaults, and nine burglaries on and around campus in 2016. To combat these numbers, the Division of Public Safety has constructed a system of manpower and technology—from stationed officers, real–time alerts, GPS tracking, and $3 million worth of lights sprawling the main avenues. The University of Pennsylvania Police Department (or Penn Police) also boasts 120 officers and is the second–largest police force of any private university in the U.S. The “Penn bubble”—that inherent sense of security on campus—popped for 1
Milo in Center City that night when he was assaulted outside the Penn Police’s patrol zone. It was a reminder that, despite the ever–watching cameras and eyes on the street, police can’t be everywhere. When prevention fails, Penn resources can only respond after a crime occurs. Student responses after being criminalized can be complex and unpredictable, and usually invisible resources step in after the moment of danger. While the watchful eye of law enforcement may be comforting for students, others find it overbearing. In the precarious time immediately after the event of a crime, it’s often not clear what resources should be used, and depending on who you are, if you should even use them at all. Milo still advises, though, that students use the support system that Penn has put in place. “My best advice? Use Penn’s resources,” he said. “You don’t think you need it until you do.” Immediately after the attack, Milo had a concussion and was put on brain rest for two weeks. No class. No reading. No TV. Right before fall break, Milo found himself in midterm season without use of his laptop. He was also angry at himself—for going out that night, for wearing his flashiest clothes, for making a phone call in an alley.
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Since coming back to school this semester, Milo has also started visiting the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at Penn Medicine, after a recommendation from SHS. The violent experience triggered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which Milo attributes to other previous traumatic events in his life as well. He describes it as “trust issues on steroids”—he struggles to talk to people and is easily startled, especially at night. For student victims, Special Services offers emotional support, guidance, and counseling for any crime, according to their website. They specialize in “sensitive” crimes like rape, sexual assault, relationship abuse, harassment, and stalking. Director Patricia Brennan said they don’t care about boundaries of where the crime happened or how minor it may seem. “Take phone theft for example. Your phone may be your lifeline. It’s not the severity of the crime, it can still shake you to the core,” Patricia said. “We know exactly how the legal system works and how to walk you through the criminal justice system to get it done.” Milo’s case was rattling, but even close calls can dissolve a false sense of safety. Sara Ibriatta (N ’14) remembers a stressful night on Locust Walk her senior year. Returning from a long night studying in Van Pelt Library, Sara just wanted to go
home to her apartment by Copa when a man began to pester her with random questions, approaching her with his hand awkwardly held in his coat pocket. Soon he was joined by a female accomplice approaching from the other direction. Sara kept backing up, telling them she didn’t have anything valuable, that she just needed to get home. They persisted, telling her not to make a scene. If it wasn’t for a group exiting Allegro and chasing the pair off, Sara doesn’t know what would have happened. She ran home and immediately called Penn Police. She told them nothing had actually happened, but she hoped they would send out an alert warning others about the potential robbers. Yet they never did. The Department of Public Safety doesn’t send out alerts for every crime reported; just last fall, no alert went out after a man indecently exposed himself near 39th and Delancey Streets. “Every time that someone gets robbed, someone else may have interacted with them,” Sara said. She was incredulous that the student body wasn’t warned, that someone else out there could have been victimized by the same people after she made it home safe. What she didn’t know, though, was that as soon as she called Penn Police, she set in motion multiple conversations within the infrastructure of the Department of Public Safety. Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety, said whenever a crime is reported, she and her team get on a conference call to decide whether to send out a UPennAlert. The critical question is if the crime has the potential to affect more people in the Penn community. With the patrol area stretching from 30th Street Station to 43rd Street and from Market to Baltimore, it doesn’t matter if the victims involved are Penn students or local residents. As soon as the crime is contained, a follow–up alert is sent out. “The alerts have to be accurate, timely, and informative,” Maureen said. “We don’t want people to be alert fatigued. Hopefully, when you see that alert on your phone, you know it’s a big deal.” The UPenn Alert system is just one way Public Safety responds to crimes across campus. Security cameras installed all around campus also allow the department to videotape crimes and find students’
exact locations. Cameras are installed in a range of locations, from the corner of 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, to Shoemaker Green. Penn Police told Kiana Cruz (C ’20) that they saw her on one of their security cameras when she called them one evening in the middle of last summer. The network of cameras is an invisible eye over Penn—usually unnoticed by students but always watching campus. It’s composed of about 145 pan–tilt–zoom cameras, which are constantly monitored, and more than 1,200 other fixed cameras. Kiana and her friend had just gotten ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s and were walking back to 41st and Irving around 11:00 p.m. when they sensed someone was behind them. In a matter of seconds, the perpetrator snatched the wallet dangling from Kiana’s pocket and sprinted away. “My friend’s first instinct was we should run after him, but I was like, there is no way we are ever going to catch him,” Kiana said. Instead they called Penn Police and were told to stay put. While Kiana was still in shock, they pulled up. “They found us in like five minutes. Detectives were there. They caught him. I made an ID. I got my wallet back. All before midnight,” Kiana said. Kiana thought that the officers were friendly and professional, and she was impressed by how watchful they were of the situation. While driving them to the station, the two detectives cracked jokes and described stories from their days as former homicide detectives. Several months later, when Kiana had to testify in a court trial, the Department of Special Services, a division of Public Safety, drove her to court and offered support. However, some students like Ernest Owens (C ’14), find Penn’s security measures to be unnecessary and racially charged and aren’t comfortable seeking them out. In an op–ed for Philadelphia Magazine, Ernest said he was often stopped when returning to campus at night by Penn police officers who asked to see his Penn ID and real ID, even though he lived on campus all four years. In the beginning, he thought these were just one–time incidences. But as they happened more often to him and to his friends of color, he realized he was being racially profiled. Once, he was stopped for
Map of DPS coverage area. The red zone represents the patrol area, the icons are individual surveillance cameras. fitting a criminal description. Soon he began to go out less, use Penn Rides to avoid walking at night, and wear university apparel more often to prove he was a student. The random checks decreased, to his disgust. “I shouldn’t have had to wear Penn gear for protection,” Ernest said in an interview. “White students will be walking around at night intoxicated, and Penn Police works around them. Dark and brown students are surveilled whether we are engaging in those behaviors or not.” Ernest never reported his mistreatment because he didn’t know who to talk to or who would listen. He said when other students complained about similar experiences to authorities, he only heard about them receiving shallow responses from Penn Police. Now living in West Philadelphia and spending significant time in Center and Old City as an editor for Philadelphia Magazine, Ernest said his experiences at Penn have prepared him for the real world, where racial profiling still affects him and all people of color. “The issue is we accept this treatment and don’t push back,” Ernest said. “We need people to say there is a problem with racial profiling in Penn Police and listen to the students getting profiled. Bring them to the table and engage with them.” The Department of Public Safety did not respond for comment on the relationship between Penn Police and students of color. Other students simply feel that seeking out Penn Police’s resources is too awkward
or embarrassing. One option is Penn’s Walking Escort Service: for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, officers in neon yellow jackets are stationed throughout the patrol zone for student’s disposal. Anna Schmitt (CW ‘19) was one student who didn’t use it, until her perspective changed last semester. It was only 9:00 p.m. on a Thursday when she was walking along 40th Street to her apartment on Baltimore and saw a large, boisterous group of teenagers. Out of nowhere, she felt the sharp pain of someone yanking on her ponytail and dragging her to the ground. Paralyzed by the shock, Anna could only beg them to take her stuff and leave her alone as the teenagers kicked her relentlessly. Instead, they told her to shut up. Cradling her head with her arms, rocking on the cold concrete, Anna felt helpless. A pair of graduate students saw what was happening and chased the group away. Through tears, Anna told Philadelphia Police what had happened when she got home. They took down her information and her statement, but told her that unfortunately, similar incidents happens quite often, and there isn’t much they can do once the attackers run away. Anna didn’t sustain any serious injuries and only had to miss one class. Nonetheless, the experience made a strong impression on how she gauges her safety at Penn. “In the past, I was privileged to live in neighborhoods where nothing ever happened,” Anna said. “[And now] I have to think twice if I want to walk alone.” Like Milo, the illusion of Penn’s supposed
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safety broke for Anna after her experience, bringing her back to the reality of living in the city. Anna considers herself lucky to have a strong support network of friends as well as the Public Safety Resources to make her feel safe. This means walking home with friends, not leaving the house after a certain hour and using Walking Escorts regularly. Ernest never felt like he could do the same when he was a student. “I never had an experience where I needed Penn Police,” he explained. “But also, I was too busy being described as a criminal than being criminalized.”
Emily Cieslak is a junior studying English and consumer psychology from Wenatchee, Washington. She is a Features staff writer.
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Looking Back on Nujabes' Groundbreaking Anime Soundtrack Nujabes' Music in 'Samurai Champloo' is the best excuse to watch anime.
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When you hit your 20s, being an anime fan who wants adult friends who aren’t necessarily also into ninjas, super–powered high school girls, and giant mech battles proves quite the challenge. Aside from closeting your weeaboo status, one of the textbook methods to avoid universal derision and disdain is attempting to argue for certain shows’ inherent worth and that they’re “not all like Dragonball and Naruto, dude, you should really check some out.” The go–to series for this phenomenon is Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe’s space Western, also famous for its heavily jazz–influenced soundtrack. Its genius and cult status amongst American audiences is often explained due to this mixing of styles from east and west. Interestingly, Watanabe’s trademark mix is much more prevalent in his follow up to Bebop, Samurai Champloo. Champloo (which roughly translates from the Okinawan “champuru” to mean "mix") would go on to become another crossover sensation. Set in an alternate Edo–era Japan, where samurais and tea houses coexist alongside graffiti tagging, baseball and East Coast hip–hop, it follows three outcasts in their quest to track down the mysterious “samu-
rai who smells of sunflowers.” Over the course of 26 episodes, Watanabe works his magic with his trademark gorgeous animation and easily bingeable self–contained episodic style, but the most memorable aspect is the appropriately anachronistic hip– hop soundtrack; the genius behind which was the equal parts elusive and legendary Japanese beatmaker, Jun Seba, more commonly known by the stage name Nujabes. Eight years ago last week, on February 26, Seba was tragically killed in a car crash, cutting short what was an already extremely accomplished, but largely underground, sampling career. What was surprising was the enormous outpouring of grief experienced not only within the fledgling Japanese hip–hop scene, but among anime fans in America, and it's easy to see why. Departure, the most famous of the four Champloo soundtrack records, was Nujabes’ breakthrough record in the West, and for fans of the show, contains by far the most memorable tracks. His Champloo style of production, where he repurposes old jazz classics for a more modern audience, poetically reflects the show’s setting and plot, where dissonant people and themes are brought together to create a won-
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derful blend and amount to something more beautiful than its various constituents. An obvious highlight is the first track, “Battlecry," over which frequent Nujabes collaborator and former disciple Shing02 spits— this track was used as the opening credits for the show and holds aa special place for any regular watcher. Departure may have gained exposure due to its attached show, but it holds more than enough merit to be considered a fine instrumental hip–hop album in its own regard. Each beat is perfectly nuanced to its vocalists' strengths and straddles the line delicately between being arresting yet also being absolutely integrated into the landscape it's supposed to enrich. His style absolutely transcends the simple boom–bap chill–hop that it's often pigeonholed into and creates an immense sense of nostalgia, despite its modern sound. Every Nujabes beat sounds spookily familiar, and I mean that in the least derogatory way possible. I can name very few artists who genuinely create music which truly sounds “timeless," and Nujabes is definitely in that camp. Expert chopping of samples from another era of music and an untimely death followed by posthumous ac-
claim might bring another legendary beatmaker to mind: J Dilla. Widely slated as having paved the way for Kanye’s enormous success with soul– sampling, Dilla is almost universally held in god–like levels of reverence among hip–hop heads and rappers alike, some even making claims that the east–coast scene revolved around him. Nujabes’ influence in Japan is similar and from the few interviews I have seen, it seems that anyone and everyone who had the privilege of working with him was touched by his immense talent and forethought. Rather strangely also, Dilla and Seba were born on the exact same day, which, of course, helps fuel the comparison. Nujabes’ perhaps most understated legacy is that you almost certainly listen to him and people who sound just like him on daily basis. Any YouTube chill–hop playlist, decorated with ten–second loop of an anime clip sounds like or will almost definitely include a Nujabes beat—such is the lasting legacy and unique nature of his sound. On a final note, Samurai Champloo really is excellent, and even as simply a hip–hop fan or if you’re curious, I implore you to check it out. It's not at all like Dragonball or Naruto, dude…
Five Five Ivy Ivy League League Bands Bands That That Aren't Aren't Vampire Vampire Weekend Weekend A heated battle of the bands that started in dorm rooms By Alix Steerman To some, Vampire Weekend is solely recognizable for being at the top of their music library. But for others, the band is known for the fact that it was formed in the Ivy League at a school that some might call our city–slicking but less fun friend, Columbia. So we took to the deep dark web to find out which other bands had Ivy League blood (read: elitism) pulsating through their beats. Here’s what we found:
DIRTY PROJECTORS This American indie–rock band was started at Yale, where its lead singer David Longstreth dropped out during his sophomore year to start pursuing his music dreams instead of his music major. He then went on to become one of the most influential and unique indie singer–songwriters of the 2000s. Their latest album gives an upbeat, pop vibe to brokenheartedness. It was written after his breakup with long–term girlfriend and former bandmate, Amber Coffman.
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This Canadian electro–funk duo was founded at a non–Ivy college in Montreal, BUT their lead singer, David Macklovitch, is currently a PhD candidate in French Literature at Columbia. His other half, P–Thugg, was born in Lebanon and moved to Canada at age eight. The two call themselves “the only successful Arab/ Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.”
Aside from having a really cool name and being part of a really cool band, Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s lead vocalist and guitarist, attended Harvard University. You might be thinking “Say It Ain’t So,” but it is—it really is. In the end, who cares about Boston, because it’s all about “Beverly Hills” ... that’s where we want to be.
DISCOVERY Founded by a former member of Vampire Weekend and a former member of Ra Ra Riot, this electric soul recording duo features Ivy Leaguer Rostam Batmanglij. Batmanglij was happy to join Vampire Weekend during his time at Columbia, but after their first few albums, he found that he’d rather work alone and pursue solo projects. Batmanglij later joined forces with Wesley Miles and the two have been creating ever since. Songs on their album have been criticized for sounding like "kids playing dress up Justin Timberlake," but we think it sounds more like an eager, doe–eyed mashup of Passion Pit and M.I.A.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Tom Morello, the guitarist from this American rock band, attended Harvard University, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history, moved to LA, started stripping, and soon after joined this band. If that’s not what everyone ends up doing with a Harvard degree, then they’re definitely not doing it right. Shortly after forming Rage Against the Machine, Morello started a new band called Audioslave and later toured with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. As of 2016, he's been a part of Prophets of Rage, an American rap–rock supergroup who released a new album last year. M A R C H 1 4 , 2 01 8 3 4 T H S T R E E T M A G A Z I N E 1 3
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Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies; Faculty Director, New College House
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Independent Filmmakers at Penn: Justin Lee, Ari Lewis, and Mary Osunlana Three student–ﬁlmmakers discuss the origins of their passion and their future plans. Walking around Penn’s largely pre–professional campus, the chances of seeing a movie camera that doesn’t belong to a news network are minimal. But Penn does have its fair share of aspiring filmmakers who pursue this art both on and off campus. Street had the opportunity to talk to three of them about how they discovered their passion, how they used it to put their thoughts on screen, and what they plan to do with it in the future.
Justin Lee, C ’18
Justin Lee is a senior majoring in political science and economics. Justin came to Penn with a future in politics in mind, and didn’t pick up a Cinema Studies minor until his sophomore year. “I mostly picked up film because, after the academic stress of first semester freshman year, I was like, ‘get a hobby!’ Then, this thing I was doing for fun turned into the only thing I could think about. I couldn’t wait to pick up the camera again.” Lee’f film, Seagull, which took home second place in last year’s Penn Film Festival tells a big tale about a little dog. “Stuffed dogs are easy subjects to work with,” he says of the film with a smile. On a more serious note, he speaks of his real intention in Seagull saying, “Seagull was a sort of personal therapy. At times, I thought it might be getting too emotional or too sappy … I didn’t want it to just be a sappy, short film. I wanted the whole thing to be self–aware, and to undercut the sappy with the reality. Right now, Justin is working on several outside projects while trying to write the script to his first feature film. As a self–proclaimed Charlie Kauffman fan with an eye for a good story, Justin says he loves when movies feel personal to the director
or writer because that will feel personal to the audience. All in all, he says, “I write me.”
Ari Lewis, C ’18
Ari Lewis is a senior double– majoring in communication and cinema and media studies. Talking about when she first decided film was her path, Ari says: “I vividly remember my aunt giving me a Hot Wheels film video camera for my tenth birthday. I became obsessed with that camera, recording everything from a makeshift safari in my backyard, to a wedding bringing two stuffed animals together in holy matrimony, and to a family brawl of sorts ... that was definitely the first time I tapped into my passion for storytelling through the film medium, and I’ve known I wanted to go into the film industry ever since.” On Penn’s campus, Ari is known as a comedian—but her dedication to her craft is no joke. “Film and television are powerful tools in shaping the conceived notions surrounding particular groups of people. My ultimate goal is to change the dangerous, long–lived stereotypes— which continue to dominate the industry—that hyper–criminalize, sexualize, and generally limit minorities. I am determined to better the current landscape by becoming a creative producer and putting together my own original content.” She talks about the worlds she hopes to invent: vivid societies abiding by her own pre–determined rules. It’s no wonder she states that her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy stories. “These genres create worlds that suspend the audience from their subjectivities and beliefs. Then, they can see a particular issue within another context. Thus, creating alter-
Walk. “I’ve always been interested is arguably more creative control. in English, writing, and art. It’s just “Film is a collaboration, but I want the truth.” to preserve my vision and my voice.” A fan of new cinema, Mary says When asked what she wants the her favorite recent movies are Brigs- voice of her work to say to audiencby Bear and THOR: Ragnarok. es, she admits to simply wanting to Of the latter, she feels the need to capture a moment, and her current explain: “Despite the homogenous work—an upcoming documentary monster Marvel can often be, his about the Kelly Writers House—intends to do just that. “Every day we voice in that movie is so clear.” English major or not, Mary’s create—that’s what I’m doing. That interest in film is less than theo- is the House. All the tools are there. Mary Osunlana, C ’20 of her Double favorite courses It’s so•organic. I love it.” But this Flexible Leasing •retical—both Single and Rooms Mary Osunlana is a sophomore, project also bears the mark of her this semester are hands–on workstudying English in Leases the College, Individual • All Amenities and Utilities Included distinct voice and vision: “I want shops in Digital Photography and who calls Plantation, FL her home. “But we don’t have to talk about Film Sound, which allow her to to capture the moment that we’re leave the classroom with tangible in while we’re here—the people that!” work.” who come through the doors of the Though she came to Penn on the and actionable “nuggets of Call pre–med track and toting an im- It’s no surprise that her affinity for [Kelly] Writers House with their interest in the own beautiful moments and unique 215.662.0802 pressive associate’s degree in Chem- film comes from an production and post–production perspectives, like a collage that amistry, she was honest about her true plifies the whole.” phases of fi lmmaking where there Email passions soon after she hit Locust
nate universes through those genres can potentially break down societal fallacies and develop empathy.” Currently, Ari is working on a music video for a song off her second mixtape, 21 BARZ. Each song on the mixtape is about a different beverage—and this one, entitled “Hydrated Nights,” is all about water. “So, please … stay hydrated folks.”
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How TV Can Get Mental Illness Right Mental health storylines demand nuance and honesty. Ana West
Last spring, I had a conversation with my father about Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. This is a rare thing for us—my dad typically only cares about television if a football game or an OJ Simpson documentary is on. He doesn’t care about most shows, but he does care about his job as a middle school principal and the students he works with. When he became concerned about a new show that they were talking about at school, he asked me if I had seen it. I did—first, a few episodes with mild disinterest, then the rest of the show in one outrage–fueled sitting—and by the end, I came to understand why teachers and administra-
tors as well as TV critics had issues with it: it’s a reductive and glorified account of what it’s like to struggle with mental illness, aimed at an impressionable audience. Earlier this year, I saw a similar storyline play out on a different show—this time on The CW’s Crazy Ex–Girlfriend, when the main character attempts to overdose on anxiety medication. It garnered substantially less attention than 13 Reasons Why’s gruesome bathtub scene, but in many ways it succeeded where its counterpart failed. In recent years, there have been a number of shows that attempt to address mental health in their storylines—BoJack
Horseman, Mr. Robot, and Lady Dynamite, to name a few. As the issue of living with mental illness gains traction in television, it’s worth looking at what separates an honest portrayal from an offensive one. Mental illness is stigmatized, and we need to talk about it more openly. This is not only my personal opinion, but a view that most people seem to hold. These days, it seems that everyone, from politicians to the Pope, has expressed a desire to open up the conversation—but efforts often end there. Suicide rates in the U.S. have been steadily increas-
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ing since 1999, and some experts think that we’re in the middle of a public mental health crisis. Yet discourse always seems to stop before the actual conversation begins. If a majority of people agree that we should be talking about this more, then why has there been a continued silence? The answer is that mental health is a hard thing to talk about. This goes beyond stigma and societal pressure: if you experience a mental health issue, not only can it be uncomfortable to discuss, but it can also feel difficult and isolating to even try to describe what it’s like to others who haven’t experienced the same thing. Conditions like anxiety and depression are almost impossible to talk about in the abstract. Television presents us with both a powerful means to communicate this experience, and countless potential pitfalls. The biggest crime a show can commit is insensitivity. This is the reason why it stings to watch that episode of Full House where DJ “develops” an eating disorder only to recover in 20 minutes with the help of kind words from her family. But even sincerely well–intentioned depictions, rendered with a lot of heart, can end up feeling offensively wrong. The mistake that many showrunners make is getting things wrong by trying too hard to get them right. 13 Reasons Why tried
to be a perfect encapsulation of the diverse array of mental health issues teenagers experience today; by doing so, it set itself up for failure. Poorly written storylines about mental health are plagued by extremes: romanticizing mental illness or vilifying it, portraying the mentally ill as only perfect victims or unhinged psychopaths, letting it define a character or adding it as a “quirk.” Mental illness is not a monolith; in real life, things are rarely so black and white. Shows like Crazy Ex–Girlfriend do not always get the conversation right, nor do they claim to—and this is what makes their voices so strong. There’s a moment in season three of Crazy Ex–Girlfriend where the main character, Rebecca, is sitting in her therapist’s office and says the following: “You know, my whole life I’ve only known how to be, like, really good or really bad ... but being a human is living in that kind of in–between space. It’s making mistakes, and that’s very scary, but also very cool.” The same thing could be said when it comes to mental health storylines on our favorite shows. The topic is loaded and fraught, and there are many places for potential missteps; however, when done well, proper representation is more than “cool”—it can be life–changing.
Club Spotlight: Penn Art Club Makes Art Accessible to All Students A place for all your creative needs. Xinyi Wan Photo Courtesy of Natasha Cheung
Of the many clubs on campus, few serve simply as an outlet for us, let alone a creative outlet. There are of course the typical consulting and finance clubs that seem to have insurmountable barriers of entry. On the other end of the spectrum there are the performing arts groups that spend days and nights together to work on shows. In between are the vast array of other clubs, many of which emanate preprofessional vibes regardless of whether or not they are preprofessional in nature. And then there’s the Penn Art Club, which self–describes as a space that “allows everyone on campus to have a creative outlet, whether its making art, looking at art, talking about art, or just enjoying the company of other artists.” Through a range of activities such as mural painting sessions, field trips, and public art projects, it aims to engage more students with their inner artists. In addition to all of this, Art Club collaborates with Harrison College House to host “Art–Ins,” monthly open arts and crafting workshops. During these two–hour sessions, Art Club provides all the supplies, striving only to help the participants create. “It’s more about expressing personality and individuality rather than building
up skills,” says Eddie Cai (C’ '21), the public art director. But the club expands outside the bounds of Penn’s bubble. It also coordinates educational outreach programs and volunteer activities for younger students in West Philadelphia. For example, during last year's Green Week, a week in which every constituent group of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn hosts a myriad of sustainability–oriented events, Art Club painted a tree on a canvas, laying out the painting for everyone to pick up a leaf and add to the tree. It was an effort to incorporate more of Penn’s otherwise fairly preprofessional culture into the art scene. Last semester, they organized a walking tour to see the Mural Arts in Philly both to admire and engage with the history of the city. This semester they plan to organize several field trips, including one to the James Turrell–designed skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting where they will complete a mural in the Quad. The events are always open to the public. “No one has to apply to be involved. It’s designed for people who like to know others by doing these activities and those who share art as their common interest,” explains Art Club President Natasha Cheung (C ‘20). “Common in-
terest not as a mastery, but just as something they’re interested in.” To Natasha, college, particularly Penn, has often felt like the students have to be good at something in order to validate their interests. But in her view, college is supposed to be a place to try new things. This is where Art Club comes in; it attempts to create “leeway,” as she puts it,
for anyone who’s even remotely interested in the arts to join. Philadelphia itself is a city flourishing in the arts. Take a walk to Center City (or Uber in this weather) and see world– class exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), the hidden gems of the PMA, the Barnes Foundation, and even just the beauty of the city.
“There’s so much art around us. That’s probably why people take arts for granted,” Eddie says. The art scene at Penn is certainly not the mainstream one in a culture predominated by a professional atmosphere. Nevertheless, it serves as a meeting place, a study break, and a scene of creation. And that’s what Penn Art Club is about.
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