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A new Astroturf abode for field hockey At River Fields, field hockey gets a new home near Rhodes, sharing a scoreboard with soccer BY JOHN PHILLIPS Sports Editor JUNE 20 — After years of being pushed aside by Penn, the field hockey program is finally getting a home of its own. Just as softball received a new stadium when Penn Park opened, the renovations going on at the River Fields will provide field hockey with a new stadium, which will lie right next to soccer’s Rhodes Field. The idea behind the creation of this new field is not just to give field hockey a state-of-the-art facility that
will appeal to recruits, but also increase the aesthetic look of Penn’s entire sporting landscape. “We’re going to try and have a Penn Park feel to it, so there will be ferns and trees and walkways going around, and so it’s more customer friendly,” athletic director Steve Bilsky said a month ago when renovations began. “It just looks nicer, so that if you were looking down from Center City, you would see Penn Park here, and the River Fields here, and it would look like they go together.” While Rhodes will continue to carry a brick feel, this new field hockey field will have more hedges and more landscaping surrounding it. A brick path will sit in between the
fields, as well as a video scoreboard not quite the size of the one recently installed in the Palestra. “It will basically be one stanchion, but the soccer scoreboard will face one direction, and field hockey will face the other direction,” Bilsky said. “You can show streaming, you can show games. It will really be a high quality video.” The 9.5’ x 21’ LED scoreboard and the walkway underneath it will give the River Fields a more open feeling than existed previously at Rhodes. While Rhodes and the new field hockey field will have a lot in common in regards to their surroundings, the field turf will differ. Field hockey is one of the few sports left that uses
AstroTurf, and thus, the old carpet will be laid at this new field. The new field may push the program over the edge and give the team its first back-to-back winning seasons since the 2005 and 2006 campaigns in the same way that softball’s new stadium helped grow the program. Of softball’s stadium, Bilsky said, “It’s a national level stadium. So, from a recruiting standpoint, from a coaching standpoint, from the whole idea of being able to promote something like that, it’s a win for everybody. And it’s not a surprise that we’ve gotten good at softball.” It won’t take long to see if field hockey’s field will have the same effect on the program.
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played Big 5 basketball in the Palestra [Flint is a St. Joseph’s graduate]. “And it’s the Palestra, they’re closer to the Palestra than our students are. It works!” Drexel Athletic Director Eric Zillmer knows it works to Penn’s advantage here, too. A professor of neuropsychology, Zillmer himself is a Palestra historian, even lending his insights on the Greek origins of the arena for the 2007 ESPN Antoni Gierczak/Associate Photo Editor documentary “The Palestra: The Daskalakis Athletic Center, better known as the DAC, opened in Feb. Cathedral of Basketball.” So what does Zillmer think of 1975, 48 years after the Palestra first opened. the DAC? Sure, Penn can continue to “It is a quirky, boutique-like squeeze into the DAC. Indeed, arena. Because of its intimacy 6,879 watched the Dragons ﬂaunt its Marilyn Monroe, and the fans are part of the game,” steamroll Penn, 77-56, at the sure, there are very valid arguZillmer wrote in an email. height of the rivalry in Novem- ments as to why Drexel ought “There have been some great ber 2010. Flint’s digs can’t com- to just swallow its pride and worship at the Cathedral. The men’s and women’s teams that pete with that. have visited the DAC includBut why should they? The Palestra is bigger and better, ing Florida, Saint Joseph’s, atmosphere was great for and it’s a reasonable defense future home-andUtah, UMass, N.C. State, VCU, Penn’s lone stroll to the DAC in against Creighton, Princeton and Cor- November 2008 — a game that homes with Drexel. But not quite reasonable nell among many others. The drew a national television audiDAC is not the Palestra, but ence and a 10 a.m. tip-off as part enough. 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Student robbed at the 4000 block of Pine Street The suspect was arrested, will be charged with at least two counts of felony robbery BY BRYCE ARBOUR Staff Writer A fema le Penn student was robbed on the 4000 block of Pine Street at around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday with what was discovered to be a BB gun. The student and her friend called 911 at 2:01 p.m. The suspect was arrested and w ill be charged w ith at least two counts of felony robber y. The students descr ibed the suspect as a black male, 5’7” to 5’8”, with short hair, scruffy facial hair and a multicolored striped shirt. Penn Police utilized the multi-agency radio network to broadcast t h i s d e s c r ipt io n t o su r rounding law enforcement
agencies. The apprehension came af ter Philadelphia Police wer e d ispat ched t o 4 9 t h Street and Chester Street — west and south of 40th and Pine — for a report of a not her a r me d r o b b er y. The suspect in this robbery matched the description given earlier by the two female Penn students. At 2:51 p.m., Philadelphia Police located and detained a man at 51st Street and Regent Street matching the description. The two female Penn students were driven to that location where they were able to make a positive identification of the suspect. A UPennAlert was sent out at 2:32 p.m., and the all-clear was sent out at 3:18 p.m. Two hours earlier, an unrelated strong-arm robbery occurred at the The Fresh Grocer at 12:01 p.m. An elderly male victim leaving
The Fresh Grocer was accosted by another male who attempted to rob him. A n AlliedBarton security guard positioned at 40th and Walnut immediately obser ved the incident and called the PennComm Center while following the suspect at a safe distance. Penn Police responded and apprehended the suspect at 12:10 p.m., nine minutes after the original report. When asked why a UPenn Alert was not sent out for The Fresh Grocer robbery, the Division of Public Safety stated that “based on the swift apprehension of the suspect as well as other circumstances, we did not send out a UPenn Alert.” “This was very aberrant behavior,” Vice President of Public Safety Maureen Rush said, “but if we observe any sort of pattern, we will absolutely adjust staffing."
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Three’s company for set of ascending sophomores Sophomore trio ready to make leap forward and provide a bigger impact in 2013 BY Alexis Ziebelman Staff Writer From newbies to vets, three of Penn's sophomores will have to show they've grown up if the Quakers hope to reverse Penn's 0-6 start from a season ago. All of the sophomore class on the Penn men’s soccer team has made great improvements from the start of their college careers a year ago. Forrest Clancy, Griffin Heffner and Alex Murphy exemplify this transformation. “I think the big thing we have to remember is that it is a process and they are one season into their college careers,” coach Rudy Fuller said. “We don’t want to be asking too much of them, but I can say all three of those guys … are much further along than they were at this time last year when they were coming in as freshmen.” “Forrest was just starting to find his stride when he went down with an injury,” Fuller said. For Clancy, who tore his ACL in a 5-3 loss to Villanova on Sept. 14, it was a long and winding road back to 100 percent. But he's back now, even though he says his touch is "still a bit off." “Physically his knee is 100 percent," Fuller said. "But from a soccer sense he is still getting back in the swing of things.” Fellow sophomore Heffner had a very different freshman campaign. “Griffin was not as fit as he needed to be when he came in as a freshman and it took him the better part of the first half of the season to get to where he needed to be fitness wise,” Fuller said. “Then he was im-
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The Quakers are looking from a good season out of sophomore Alex Murphy. The midfielder won the US U-19 National Championship with Lehigh Valley United ’93. mediately thrown in and given an opportunity which was important in his longer-term development.” Since Heffner was thrown in prematurely, he acquired valuable experience and has made some of the biggest strides on the team from last season. But it was Murphy, free of injury and fitness issues, who played the most out of any freshmen last season, seeing time in 13 games off the bench. “Alex is a soccer rat. He is a guy that every coach wants on his team because he just loves to play every day,” Fuller said. This summer, Murphy was part of a Lehigh Valley United squad that won its first-ever U.S. Soccer Youth national title in July. Murphy played out of his normal center midfield Position, playing defense instead. “That to me says everything you need to know about Alex Murphy as a player,” Fuller said. “He will do whatever it takes to win a game.” Clancy, Heffner and Murphy
are sure to have a far greater impact on the 2013 Quakers. “As a class we have more responsibility … we can tell that there is more weight on our shoulders,” Clancy said. “People show you more respect but you also owe more.” “There is less room for error," Murphy said. "If you make mistakes, it’s less acceptable because you have the playing time under your belt.” The sophomores are not only playing together but living together. “Last year we didn’t really develop that team dynamic with everyone," Heffner said. "And now that we have been through the whole spring season with everyone, we have a much stronger team dynamic where everyone understands each other’s roles.” And as they eventually grow into grizzled veterans, this trio will go a long way towards determining whether Penn's team dynamic is strong enough to flip the script in 2013.
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Russia just passed an anti-gay law RUSSIA from page 1 ulty master in Kings Court English College House and one of Bee's emergency contacts in the States. “While nothing that Kelby does surprises me, at the same time everything does.” While at Penn, Bee was either stage managing or directing half a dozen plays at a time, being an R A in Kings Court and writing a senior thesis. According to Grey, she exhibited an almost supernatural ability to be extremely organized and involved while getting very little sleep. Bee says she was never an activist at Penn. After her graduation, Bee met the other members of the group during a Google Hangout about gay r ig hts i n Russia. Dur ing the Hangout , some of the participants expressed an interest in traveling to Russia to work as activists. “A lot of us decided that we were in a logistical position to go [to Russia],” Bee
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said. “We didn’t have fulltime jobs or families.” Rather than taking the route of traditional activism, such as organizing rallies, the group decided to pursue community projects. “ We r e c og n i z e t h at a small group is not going to change much politically,” Bee said. [ Instead] we’re going to tr y to implement prog rams that worked in our own countries.” Bee and several others plan to find an inexpensive foreclosed property in Moscow and conver t it into a sa fe house for d isplaced LGBT youth. In addition to hav ing a safe and secure place to stay, residents will have access to in-house doctors and a rotating group of psychologists. Russia’s current homophobic political climate and new anti-gay propaganda laws will complicate setting up such an institution. “The laws in Russia have rendered illegal what is known as gay propaganda," post-Soviet expert and professor Kevin Platt said. Propaganda is defined as disseminating information, especially to children. "It’s hard to imagine a sa fe house w ithout some sort of outreach,” Platt said about Bee's plans. However, Platt believes
that Bee and the other activists are unlikely to face legal implications if they do not take part in protests. Even if she is arrested, it is more likely that she will be deported than charged. “ The inter nationa l climate is such that I doubt Russia would be interested in prosecuting foreigners,” he said. However, roaming homophobic gangs pose a physical threat to the activists and the house’s residents. The group set up an extensive system in the States in case they run into legal trouble while abroad. They also plan to have guard dogs at the safe house. Platt also said that the g roup w ill likely encounter uncooperative and unsy mpathetic bureaucrats in Russia, who w ill make setting up the safe house all the more difficult. “I was raised in a community [in rural Pennsylvania] where the attitudes of people [toward gays] were more like Russia than Penn and other urban areas. I was luck y enoug h to get out,” Bee said. “I know I’m not going to change every thing but if I can help people change their lives in any small way, it will be worth it.”
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The DP presents: The Daily Pennsylvanian is pleased to present EventsAtPenn.com as a central place to find out about events on campus. T he site, f u nded by t he Under graduate Assembly and developed by PennApps Labs, launched Thursday. Event postings are sorted by categories, including performances, speaker events, sports and general body meetings, among others. Events with free admission or refreshments are also easily sortable. In order to post events, students and campus groups must register as users. Registered users also get access to a list of events recommended by the DP. Undergraduate Assembly President and College and Wharton senior Abe Sutton, who served as UA vice president during the planning stages of the
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