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he Student Committee on Undergraduate Education will release its 2020 White Paper next month outlining goals for improving student life, primarily the ability to schedule Counseling and Psychological Services appointments online, writing seminars with less focus on the literature review, and a new general education curriculum. Since its 1965 founding, SCUE has published White Papers every five years recommending policy changes to administrators. Past White Paper reports have resulted in the creation of fall break, coeducation in the College, and pass/fail

Warren opens first Pa. office in West Philadelphia Former Penn prof. is a major 2020 candidate PIA SINGH Staff Reporter

United States Sen. and former Penn Law School professor Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launched the first Pennsylvania office of her 2020 presidential campaign in West Philadelphia’s Calder Park neighborhood on Jan. 9. Warren is among the first 2020 presidential candidates to open a field office in Philadelphia. The office’s proximity to Penn’s campus has given political student groups, such as Penn for Warren, an opportunity to become more active in her campaign. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also a former Penn Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice, has his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia. U.S. Sen. and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-V.T.) has an office in Bucks County, Pa. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been endorsed by former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, opened a field office in Philadelphia in December. “We’re excited to have opened an office in West Philly to give a home to our grassroots movement for big, structural change,” Warren’s senior strategist for Pennsylvania Anne Wakabayashi said in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian. “We welcome anyone that wants to get more involved or find out more about our movement to come out and join us.” Wakabayashi is a former mem-


SCUE publishes a White Paper every five years based on student feedback and meetings with faculty. This year’s White Paper will be published next month.

ber of Philly for Warren, the former executive director of Emerge Pennsylvania – a group that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office – and is the current Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Penn for Warren leader and College sophomore Abigail Clyde said the group was excited by Warren’s new office. “Penn for Warren believes that the office will help on the ground volunteers work to help Warren and Democrats at large win Philadelphia and Pennsylvania,” she wrote in an emailed statement to the DP. Penn for Warren Membership Director and third-year Chemistry graduate student Borna Saeednia attended the field office’s opening. The opening exceeded turnout expectations with attendance of nearly 140 people, Saeednia said. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner, who have both endorsed Warren, gave speeches at the event. Saeednia said the Warren campaign feels Pennsylvania will play a key role in the next few months of the campaign. “We want to lay the groundwork early on, recruit volunteers, and get people excited because we think the competition in Pennsylvania is going to be very close – both in the primary and general election as well.” Penn Political Science professor Matthew Levendusky believes the Democratic primary race will last throughout the spring as canSEE WARREN PAGE 10

courses. Engineering sophomore and SCUE Secretary Aidan Young said the White Paper’s initiatives are based on feedback collected from students and faculty last April. SCUE will propose both long and short term initiatives in three categories: Wellness, Shared Academic Experiences, and Access and Equity. College junior and SCUE Chair External Carson Eckhard said each of these three categories has a committee within SCUE that work to develop proposals related to their topic. SEE SCUE PAGE 2

Rushing a fraternity? Here’s what you need to know

IFC open recruitment will run from Jan. 16-17 AMJAD HAMZA Staff Reporter

The start of the spring semester means new experiences and, for many Penn students, it marks their first foray into Greek life. The IFC Expo marks the start of open recruitment and will be held on Thursday from 6 p.m.

to 7 p.m. in the Golkin Room at Houston Hall. Prospective fraternity members can meet representatives from each organization at the Expo before visiting a fraternity’s chapter house later that night or on Friday. Any student may visit an organization’s chapter house or another designated campus location during IFC “Open House” on Thursday and Friday across three time slots.

Nine fraternities on Locust Walk will have events on Thursday and Friday. Eight fraternities on Walnut Street can be visited from 8-9:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9-10:30 p.m. on Friday. Eight fraternities on Spruce Street and Baltimore Avenue are open from 7-8:30 on Thursday and 8-9:30 p.m. on Friday. Closed recruitment will begin on Jan. 18, and fraternity-sponsored events will be by invita-

tion only. The fraternity rushing process ends on Jan. 27 with Bid Night, when prospective members gather in Houston’s Hall of Flags to confirm their memberships in fraternities. While approximately 3,000 students participate in on-campus Greek life, not all students looking to join may be eligible. Students must have completed at least 4.0 course units and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

A breakdown of early admission stats across the Ivies Penn and Harvard saw drop in early applicants ASHLEY AHN Senior Reporter

Penn admitted the first students to the Class of 2024 through the Early Decision Program on Dec. 16. Here is a breakdown of this cycle’s early admissions statistics across the Ivy League. Penn admitted 19.7% of ED applicants to the Class of 2024, breaking nearly a decade of declining ED acceptance rates. The University received 6,453 ED applications this year, a 9% decline from last year’s 7,109 applicants. This year’s dip interrupts a steady increase in the ED applicant pool since 2011. Harvard University, Yale University, and Dartmouth College also experienced an early applicant pool decline this cycle, while Brown University and Cornell University saw an increase. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda told The Daily Pennsylvanian that Penn admissions experienced


an increase in applications after the redesign of the SAT in 2017. Furda said he believed students

saw themselves as more competitive applicants after SAT scores increased “along certain areas of

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Eckhard said SCUE will suggest online scheduling to make CAPS more accessible. Eckhard added students currently must make appointments by calling the office and believes an online scheduling system would be both more efficient and encourage more students to schedule an appointment. Former Chair External of SCUE and College and Wharton Senior Arman Ramezani said he hopes administrators will begin implementing the short term proposals

in the white paper, including CAPS online scheduling, within the next one to three semesters. The Shared Academic Experiences committee addressed students’ academic concerns across the four undergraduate schools. Young said one of the paper’s long term proposals includes increasing College students’ access to group study rooms in proposed on-campus building projects. Young cited the large number of GSRs available for Wharton students in comparison to College students. Because survey results indicated strong student dissatisfac-

tion with writing seminars, Young said SCUE will propose changes to writing seminars to make assignments more practical for students in Engineering, Wharton, and Nursing. One suggestion entails spending less time on the literature review, as many surveyed students felt the project was not beneficial to their career goals. Young added the White Paper will suggest writing seminars incorporate books into the curriculum in a more meaningful way, rather than use them as a mere exercise to create outlines. The report will also suggest a

cluster system combining sectors and foundational approaches in order to give students more freedom when choosing general education requirements, Young added. He said, for example, the Quantitative Data Analysis foundational approach and Natural Sciences and Mathematics sector would become one requirement that students can fulfill by taking two to three classes. “It’s less breadth, but a little bit more depth,” Young said. Eckhard said after considering student feedback and meeting with Maryann O’Leary Salas, the Ex-

THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN | THEDP.COM ecutive Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid & Penn First Plus, SCUE will also suggest increasing faculty diversity to make students of color and FGLI students more comfortable in class. The 2019 Action Plan for Faculty Excellence and Diversity found that over 8% of faculty are underrepresented minorities, a slight increase from the 7.9% recorded in the 2017 Action Plan. “Relationships between faculty and students can improve when faculty resemble the student body,” Eckhard said. The last White Paper released

in 2015 included proposals such as creating modules on sexual assault, academic integrity, and mental wellness for students coming back to campus in the fall and a university database of students’ gap year experiences. Ramezani said that while the targeted audience is administrators who have the power to implement changes, SCUE will publish the paper on their website for students to read. “We hope it will shape conversations both in student government and at the administrative level within the next few years,” Eck-


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While this year marks the third consecutive year Dartmouth College has received more than 2,000 ED applications, Dartmouth saw a 16.4% decline in number of early applicants from last year. Dartmouth accepted 26.4% of their 2,069 ED applications on Dec. 12. Brown University, however, saw an 8% increase in the number of applicants on the same day, a total of 4,562 applicants, from which they accepted a record low 17.5% this year. Cornell University similarly experienced a 7.4% increase in the early applicant pool this cycle, receiving a record high number of ED

applications this year with 6,615 applications. Cornell also saw an increase in the ED acceptance rate from the Class of 2023, admitting 23.8% of ED applicants to the Class of 2024 on Dec. 12. Harvard’s acceptance rate rose by .5% from last year, accepting 13.9% of the 6,424 early action applicants on Dec. 12. Last year saw the highest number of applicants and lowest acceptance rate at Harvard since re-establishing the early action program seven years ago. Similarly, Yale admitted 13.8% of the 5,777 early action applicants to the Class of 2024 on Dec. 16, up from last year’s 13.19% acceptance rate. Princeton University offered admission to 791 students on Dec. 12

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UA plans to provide free chest binders for transgender students Student gov. will launch the initiative by fall 2020 HANNAH GROSS Staff Reporter

The Undergraduate Assembly plans to launch a new initiative pushing Penn’s health insurance provider to cover the cost of chest binders for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students by fall 2020. College junior and UA Representative Cam Duran said the UA plans to petition insurance coverage for chest binders when the Student Health Insurance Advisory Board, which Duran sat on last year, reconvenes in the spring to determine exactly what the Penn Student Insurance Plan can cover for the 2020-21 academic year. Chest binders are compression undergarments worn to flatten breasts in order to create a more masculine appearance, according to The New York Times. The Times added that they are not considered medical devices and can be purchased online and in stores. Duran said the initiative was

inspired by a program offered at Cornell University in which students enrolled in a Cornell student health plan or who pay the Student Health Fee can receive up to two chest binders each semester with no copayment. Duran said that Penn should be able to provide chest binders without placing a financial burden on students to help improve transgender students’ mental health and gender affirmation. Duran said Penn’s insurance provider, Aetna Student Health, covers gender affirming services such as surgical and hormone replacement therapy and counseling treatment but does not cover chest binders. Similar to Aetna, Student Health Services does not provide chest binders. Students can satisfy the health insurance requirement through either a private plan that fulfills University criteria or enrollment in the PSIP offered through Aetna. Duran said, however, that chest binders can be extremely expensive for students — especially those from a low-income background or lack family sup-


The project was modeled after a program offered at Cornell University that provides students enrolled in a student health plan or who pay the Student Health Fee up to two chest binders each semester.

port — who are on an insurance plan that does not cover chest binders, such as PSIP. College junior James Aykit, who has worn a chest binder in the past, said they were gender-

affirming and helped make him feel more confident and secure in his body. “I personally felt a lot more comfortable going outside and wearing certain types of cloth-

ing with a chest binder than with some other underclothes that are more related to femininity,” Aykit said. College sophomore and UA Committee Director for Equity

and Inclusion Mary Sadallah said the UA is currently working with Aetna, SHS, and the Director of the LGBT Center, Erin Cross, to get the project off the ground. Cross described chest binders as a “medical necessity” for transgender healthcare. Cross said when students lack access to chest binders, they bind in other ways that are more conducive to injuries, rashes, and other medical complications. “We want students to be able to be students no matter who they are and not worry about those kind of things,” Cross said. Sadallah said the UA is also exploring other options to ensure the project’s launch such as making chest binders available for students at the LGBT Center. Duran and Sadallah said the UA is optimistic about the prospects of launching the initiative next fall. “Penn really prides themselves on being very gender diverse and gender affirming,” Duran said. “I think this would be an important step for the University to take.”

Meet this Penn grad and presidential debate moderator Nawaz moderated the Dec. debate for PBS PIA SINGH Staff Reporter

On Jan. 14, the Democratic presidential candidates participated in the latest debate in Iowa. And in the last debate of 2019, Penn graduate Amna Nawaz made history as one of the debate moderators. In the aftermath of the most recent Democratic debate, take a look at the 2001 College graduate’s journey from Penn to PBS. From covering the United States raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound at NBC to making history as the first Asian American person to moderate a presidential debate, Nawaz is currently one of the most prominent Penn alumni in broadcast journalism. 1. Nawaz currently serves as the senior national correspondent at PBS NewsHour. This year, Nawaz spent time reporting on the migrant crisis from border towns in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. “I think that there are some very important big questions being asked right now about who we are as a country, and we get to tell them in very small, slice-of-life ways in moments in time in particular places,” Nawaz told The Daily Pennsylvanian. Before PBS, Nawaz covered politics and anchored all live stream coverage at ABC for the 2016 election. She has also led projects such as ‘The Plastic Problem’ following the global environmental crisis of plastic and the ‘Broken Justice’

From covering the United States raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to making history as the first Asian American person to moderate a presidential debate, Nawaz is a prominent Penn alum in journalism.

podcast on the state of America’s justice system. Her 2009 NBC News Special “Inside the Obama White House” won an Emmy award in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category in 2017. “I travel the world and the country reporting on a lot of things that are really at the heart of what’s driving people’s decisions when it comes to how they vote,” she said. “It’s incredibly inspiring and it’s an incredible recharging moment to be able to get out and to be in people’s homes and have them confide in you.” 2. She is the first Asian

American and first Muslim person to moderate a presidential debate. “I think it’s fair to say that it weighed very heavily on me just in terms of the responsibility that I feel, but none of that changes how I do my job,” Nawaz said. Colleagues from PBC NewsHour and Politico joined Nawaz on the Los Angeles debate stage in December. She received a flurry of supportive messages, especially from those who identified with her cultural and religious background. “I don’t think a lot of people

would have expected to see that in their lifetimes,” she added. “I know what it would have meant to me growing up to see someone like me in some of those faces, and I didn’t have that.” 3. She said prepping for the debate felt like cramming for a final. “Preparation is like, imagine cramming for one of the biggest finals at the end of the year, but starting way earlier than you usually do,” Nawaz said. “It is an intense and involved process that involves way more people than most people probably expect.” Nawaz worked with her col-

leagues from PBS and Politico to streamline different ideas down to the most important questions related to pressing issues on voters’ minds. Her own questions for the 2020 Presidential candidates tackled topics including immigration reform, financial compensation for vulnerable populations, and race in America. “We tried to really channel our audience and the people that we know turn to us all the time for our news and say, ‘Okay, what do we think really matters to them? What are the issues on top of their minds? What do we hear again and again from people when we’re out in the field reporting that they want answers to?’” she said. “And eventually, you come up with a list of questions and you don’t even get to ask all of them in the actual debate because two hours is not a lot of time and it does fly by.” 4. While at Penn, she planned to be a lawyer and captained the Varsity Field Hockey Team. Nawaz majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and was not a part of The Daily Pennsylvanian (“I never did the DP and that is my failure.”), but spent a semester abroad in Zimbabwe during her junior year.

Nawaz intended to become a lawyer but instead dove headfirst into journalism after witnessing the 9/11 attacks mere months after beginning a fellowship at ABC Nightline. “I was a young, brown, Muslim-American trying to figure out her place in the world at a time when this country was trying to figure out its place in the world,” Nawaz said. “And what I found in journalism, and working with the best journalists of the time in the industry, was that facts and searching for information that you can say is undeniably, provably, true, gave me direction.” 5. She has a plea for Penn students. Nawaz said she recognizes the pressure many Penn students face after graduation to meet familial expectations or follow a traditional career path but implores them to consider journalism. “If I can make a plea to all those incredibly smart Penn grads out there, to look at journalism and to consider your place not just in this country, but in the world in terms of the impact you can have by helping to write the story of this time in American history,” she said. “It’s a pretty cool job.”

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Greek life gives students a social outlet. Penn’s clubs should learn from them

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020 VOL. CXXXVI, NO. 1 136th Year of Publication ISABELLA SIMONETTI President BENJAMIN ZHAO Executive Editor MAX COHEN DP Editor-in-Chief SUKHMANI KAUR Photo Editor AVA CRUZ Design Editor JULIE COLEMAN News Editor ASHLEY AHN News Editor CONOR MURRAY Assignments Editor GRANT BIANCO Opinion Editor WILL DIGRANDE Sports Editor MICHAEL LANDAU Sports Editor ZOEY WEISMAN Copy Editor NAJMA DAYIB Audience Engagement Editor SAGE LEVINE Video Editor ALEC DRUGGAN Podcast Edtor PETER CHEN Web Editor


any first-year and sophomore women arrived early on campus this week to begin sorority recruitment, and their male counterparts will soon begin official fraternity rush. More than 25% of Penn’s undergraduate body is involved in Greek life, with many seeing it as a close-knit peer group. But what does this mean for the other 75%? At Penn, some students may feel Greek life provides one of the few opportunities to form a close social group without a pre-professional focus. This stands in contrast to nonGreek clubs, many of which focus on professional interests such as finance or consulting and require multiple rounds of interviews to be admitted. Other campus groups should learn from Greek life and work to strengthen their internal cultures to aid students with issues like loneliness, depression, and anxiety, provide more outlets for finding a community at Penn, and foster opportunities in forming professional connections. Students at Penn encounter a lot of stress and are involved in many activities, ranging from


classes to jobs to academic and professional clubs. In such a competitive environment, it is important to find time to relax in low-pressure settings, where students can be themselves. These relaxed groups can provide a much-needed break, combat loneliness, and support positive mental health. While some students may find this outlet in Greek life, others choose not to join Greek life for various social or financial reasons. These students may have a harder time finding

a relaxed social environment because of the pre-professional nature of many Penn student groups. But because social outlets are important for all Penn students, student groups should increase their focus on internal culture to better fill this need. Focusing on activities that are not so pre-professional can help students form close friendships and learn more about different aspects of their peers. This is one of the reasons Greek life is so popular

— people join to get to know their peers better. In some nonGreek groups, however, even if leadership may be tight-knit, general body members may not feel the same sense of community. Although these groups have the potential to create community, leaders might not devote as much time to the social aspects since they are busy with their clubs’ particular missions. To remedy this, club leaders can work on improving internal social culture by involv-

ing general body members in major decisions, hosting more group-wide social events, owning a group house, or facilitating on- or off-campus retreats. Many of these measures do not require large financing, just the willingness to put in the extra time and effort into the community. These changes would give more people the chance to experience the close friendships and community often associated with Greek life. Improving internal group culture could also facilitate professional growth in the long run. Many Penn students use connections from Greek organizations or other student groups to help when searching for jobs or internships. A close personal bond between group members can only help facilitate this process. Even if a club has a stated academic or professional mission, investing in internal culture is not a waste of time, but in fact complements the group’s activities. Fraternities and sororities already do a good job providing a conduit to a close social community at Penn. Other student groups can learn from this, and create better environments for all their members.

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Penn, don’t ignore the violence in India

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e write this column in extension of President Amy Gutmann’s “clear call to engage globally,” and because we believe that the academic community at Penn should pay careful attention to developments in India in recent weeks. In particular, these developments concern physical attacks on students and faculty in major universities. These attacks are so severe that they demand that we express our concern and solidarity with our colleagues in India. As many of you are aware, the right-wing, Hindu-majoritarian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in power in India recently passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which allows Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsee, Buddhist, and Christian seekers of asylum from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan a quick route to citizenship, while refusing such rights to Muslims from these countries. The CAA also excludes Tamil Hindus and Muslims from Sri Lanka, Rohingyas from Myanmar, and Buddhists from Tibet. These details are of course important, but even worse is the fact that a new principle of citizenship, based upon religious identity, has been introduced — a

principle that controverts the commitment enshrined in the Constitution of India to the creation of a secular, democratic Republic with equal rights for all. The CAA, in combination with the all-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) being planned by this government, will end in untold numbers of Muslims being declared stateless. As commentators Christophe Jaffrelot and Sharik Laliwala put it: “A nationwide combination of the CA[A] and NRC will mark India as the natural habitat of Hindus while deriding some Muslims as ‘foreigners.’ Indians will be called Indians not only on territorial grounds but also on ethno-racial and religious lines.” There have been massive demonstrations across India to protest the CAA. These protests have been led by minorities, women, and university students, and the government is doing all it can to quell these and other forms of dissent. Peaceful rallies have been disrupted by the police, and opposition politicians have been arrested and tortured. On Dec. 13 and 15, the Delhi Police, which reports to the Home Minister and President of the BJP, invaded the campus of the Jamia Millia Islamia,

where students had gathered in a rally, and beat, tear-gassed, and fired at them, destroying sections of the library, where students were studying. On Dec. 15, the Uttar Pradesh Police stormed Aligarh Muslim University and beat up and arrested students. One student had to have his hand amputated. In each case, the police were recorded using anti-Muslims slurs as they thrashed students. Most recently, the Delhi Police stood by as large right-wing mobs strolled into Jawaharlal Nehru University and then, for the next three hours, proceeded to beat students and faculty, 36 of whom had to be taken to hospital. We highlight these attacks on students and faculty to remind us all that these universities are being targeted precisely because they are institutions devoted to critical thinking and the exercise of reason. They have, not surprisingly, been leaders of the nation-wide resistance to the Hindu-majoritarian agenda of the government currently in power in India, and their bravery reminds us of the importance of dissent and peaceful resistance to the health of any secular democracy. As Indian students and faculty living and working in the United States, we

cannot ignore what many believe to be the fascist takeover or destruction of institutions in India. In fact, we call upon our colleagues at Penn, and at other universities in the United States, to lend their voices to condemn these attacks on Indian democracy. For that reason, we will gather at the iconic button in front of Van Pelt Library at 12 p.m. on Jan. 15, the first day of the spring semester, to rally in support of our colleagues in Indian universities. We will also launch a campaign to reach out to any and all students who are interested in these issues, and we will organize teach-ins with them. There is a lot of work to be done to help

India withstand a government determined to destroy its democratic and secular identity. We invite you to join us in our efforts. APURVA BAMEZAI is a first-year Ph.D. student in Political Science. She can be contacted at abamezai@ BINDU DODDAHATTI is a third-year Penn Law School student. She can be contacted at bindund@pennlaw. SURVI KAUL is the A.M. Rosenthal Professor in the Department of English. He can be contacted at

Penn needs to explain the defunding of Wharton Public Policy Initiative

L LETTERS Have your own opinion? Send your letter to the editor or guest column to Editorials represent the majority view of members of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. Editorial Board, which meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to Penn’s campus. Participants in these meetings are not involved in the reporting of articles on related topics.

ast month, Penn announced the defunding of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and its affiliated groups, such as the Public Policy Research Scholars certificate program and the Public Policy Initiative student group. Students in the Research Scholars Program were abruptly informed of this decision on Nov. 18, and noted the lack of transparency that was provided in announcing the reasoning for the decision. Current funds for the initiative will be available until they run out and already, administrators who worked with the student group have been let go. The decision to defund the Public Policy Initiative, or PPI, comes as a complete surprise to the entire Penn community — even for students in the program themselves. It was a decision made without the community’s input and severed future

REMARKS WITH LARK | Defunding Wharton PPI harms us all

opportunities for Penn students that wanted to pursue public policy research and internships. By deciding to defund PPI, Penn not only devalued students’ opinions but also deemphasized the importance of public policy research. In the past, PPI has provided funding for students to pursue public policy research. This group is an incredibly valuable initiative that opened doors for students. Typically public policy research or internships are unpaid. By providing funding for students with unpaid internships, PPI enabled students from lower-income backgrounds to pursue public policy research. It evened the playing field for those seeking careers in public policy. No Penn student should be limited in the opportunities they seek or receive because of financial constraints. Penn, with its $14.7

billion endowment, has no excuse for defunding a program that allows students to partake in an internship that they otherwise would have been blocked from because of financial constraints. Students also expressed concerns over losing support from Wharton when it comes to public policy, particularly because PPI connects various government agencies with students looking for internships. Students that were a part of the PPI Research Scholars Program had the chance to partake in funded summer internships in D.C. and conduct senior capstone research projects in public policy. Now, future students won’t have the chance to partake in a program that encourages and supports public policy interest and research. Even prior to this decision being announced, Wharton had already significantly decreased

the amount of students it will fund through PPI to conduct public policy research – from funding 63 interns in 2018 to only being able to fund roughy 20 students in 2019. By defunding PPI, Penn has sent a clear message to the community: Public policy research isn’t an area worth funding. The silence on Penn’s behalf and lack of explanation as to why the program is now defunded doesn’t help Penn’s case either. If the University is to take away valuable opportunities from lower-income students, lay off employees, and abolish a student research group, the least Penn can do is provide an adequate explanation as to this sudden course of action. The complete lack of student representation in a decision that so intimately involves students and their career and interest fields is disheartening and unreasonable. Penn

LARK YAN needs to be more transparent with its decisions. It’s time Penn gives students a larger say over these important decisions and re-evaluates what it finds important to spend money on.

LARK YAN is a College sophomore from Toledo, Ohio studying health and Societies. Her email address is


Letter from the President | Ask the right questions BY ISABELLA SIMONETTI



came to Penn with questions. Many of them were vacuous: Where is David Rittenhouse Laboratory? What do I do if I leave my PennCard in my single on the way to the bathroom? If I drop a class does it show up on my transcript? The first one was solved by Google Maps, the second one actually happened to me (I had to walk across the Quad in my robe to get a temporary PennCard), and the answer to the third is no (thank god). But I had other, more important questions to ask, ones that

have framed my Penn experience. I was curious about Penn as an institution: The mental health epidemic on campus that I had read about, the University’s controversial alumni, and socioeconomic diversity here, or lack thereof. During my first semester at Penn, a student died by suicide, the implementation of the task force was under intense criticism, and a Campus Conversation was launched to determine what the University could do to address the issues facing the Penn community. These events are not all con-

nected or of equal weight, but to experience them as a first year was jarring. It was a dark, confusing introduction to Penn that challenged me to ask smart questions about the University, and I grew hungry for answers. The Daily Pennsylvanian provided me with the tools to ask those questions by giving me a platforvm to write columns that simulated conversation, and become a strong reporter. Now, as I take the helm of the organization that gave me a purpose at Penn, I have one request for my team, and for the Penn

community at-large: Ask the right questions. If we, at the DP, Under the Button, and 34th Street Magazine, ask the right questions of students, administrators, and professors, we will continue to deliver journalism that matters. In turn, if our audience asks the right questions of us, and continues to hold us accountable for telling the stories that need to be heard, we will serve you better. By giving us critical feedback and paying attention to what we do, you push us to be the best that we can be.

As the DP enters its 136th year, our mission and goals remain largely unchanged. We aim to deliver high-quality journalism that is fair and honest, to educate students, and to uphold the integrity and sustainability of our media organization at a time when the free press is under intense scrutiny. I cannot provide all the answers to the questions of the Penn community, or even to those of my team of editors and managers at the DP. But I can and will help us ask the right questions.

Two and a half years ago, I left the DP’s office at 4015 Walnut Street after my first edit. I walked into CVS and called my best friend from home, standing in the middle of the candy aisle. I asked him something along the lines of: “What am I going to do here?” Like many other college freshmen, I had a long list of reasons why I wanted to go to Penn. I also had one of those lousy four-year plans laid out. But as a 17-year-old, I did not know much, and that plan quickly fell apart. Writing this now, halfway through my junior year at Penn and as the president of the DP, is surreal, and frankly, almost as terrifying as starting college was. I spoke to my best friend again recently, and posed a different question: How did I get here? This time, however, I had an answer. I did not get here by pretending like I knew things when I did not, or blindly following a four-year plan. It was admitting that I actually did not know anything that gave me strength, and the ability to start to figure out what I wanted to do with my finite time at Penn. As my close friends and coworkers know, I do not like to give unsolicited advice. But I will break that rule to say one thing: Asking thoughtful questions is what got me here. If you do the same, things may very well work out in your favor. Regardless, you will learn a lot along the way. ISABELLA SIMONETTI is a College junior from New York, N.Y. studying English. Her email address is is the president of the 136th Board of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.

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Iowans residing in Phila. can vote in Houston Hall TORI SOUSA Staff Reporter

Though Pennsylvania’s primaries are not until April 28, Iowans in Philadelphia will have the chance to participate in their home state’s famous first-in-the-nation caucus. Penn will host an Iowa satellite caucus on Feb. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Houston Hall. College junior Jessica Anderson, hailing from Titonka, Iowa, coordinated the event in anticipation of the upcoming 2020 presidential election. The satellite caucus will give students and residents of the Philadelphia area who are registered to vote in Iowa as Democrats a chance to advocate for their preferred candidate — as if they were in their home state. Non-Iowans are allowed to observe the caucus. As a Penn student, Anderson is unable to travel to participate in one of the Iowa caucuses held within the state itself, so she searched for a way to bring a caucus to Philadelphia. After considering the idea of virtual caucusing, Anderson discovered a replacement in the form of a satellite caucus while listening to Iowa Public Radio.

“One of the critical parts of the caucus is that, not only do people group up and vote, but they also give speeches about why they think a given candidate is best,” Anderson said. As caucus coordinator, Anderson was responsible for preparing the satellite site as well as spreading the word among Philadelphia-area students. She reached out to Penn and nearby universities, including Temple University, Drexel University, and Villanova University, in an effort to include more students in the caucus. Penn is estimated to have around 40 to 50 Iowan undergraduates this year, though Anderson speculates that less than half will attend the satellite caucus. Because Anderson will participate in the caucus herself, she appointed another individual to chair the event. A member of the Iowa Democratic Committee will train the chair — College junior and former President of Penn Democrats Emma Carlson — before the event. The Houston Hall location is one of 99 satellite caucuses organized by the Iowa Democratic Party. The caucus represents just one of the ways the Penn community is preparing for the upcoming election. Political science professor Matthew Levendusky said for every election year he’s been on cam-

pus, students have become more involved in and curious about political processes. According to Levendusky, Penn’s location is central to this political involvement. “Pennsylvania is a key swing state — especially after the 2016 election,” he said. “So politically interested students will have plenty of opportunities to be involved throughout 2020.” College junior and President of Penn Dems Owen Voutsinas-Klose echoed Levendusky’s sentiments. “Sometimes, these caucuses come down to just a couple of votes. I think anyone registered to vote in Iowa that goes to Penn, if they don’t vote, is missing out on a very historic opportunity to be involved in choosing our next president.” Despite fears of low turnout, Anderson remains optimistic about the event. “I’m just hoping that people come away with a better understanding of the political process and a greater appreciation for the work that people do to allow them to express themselves,” she said. “We forget how much of a blessing and a gift it is.” In order to participate, eligible students must register for the event by Jan. 17.








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The DP kicks off its 136th year with new student board The board reflects a series of structural changes SARAH FORTINSKY Executive Editor, 135

As The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. embarks on its 136th year covering Penn’s campus, its new student leaders prepare for a year driven by digital media strategy and internal board change. Led by President and College junior Isabella Simonetti, the Board of Editors and Managers consists of student leaders from The Daily Pennsylvanian, 34th Street Magazine, and Under the Button. The new board actualizes a series of structural changes, including reducing the number of board members from 42 to 28, centralizing visual departments, and creating an editorin-chief position for the DP’s publication. The DP, Inc. also hired a fourth professional staff member, Director of Development Steven Molberger, who will pioneer the company’s fundraising program. Simonetti said implementing these changes seamlessly will


The 136th Board of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. includes 28 editors and managers from three publications: the DP, 34th Street, and UTB.

be a priority this year. She said she will also focus on breaking news faster, developing a sustainable business model for the DP, and representing more voices on campus. Executive Editor and Wharton junior Ben Zhao will lead the DP, Inc. Editorial Board, which consists of 22 student leaders, a marked reduction from last year’s 36 members.

Zhao, the DP, Inc.’s former digital director, is supported by several senior editors: DP Editor-in-Chief Max Cohen, Street Editor-in-Chief Tamsyn Brann, UTB Editor-in-Chief James Morrison, Audience Engagement Editor Najma Dayib, Design Editor Ava Cruz, Photo Editor Sukhmani Kaur, Web Editor Peter Chen, Podcast Editor Alec Druggan, Video

Editor Sage Levine, and Copy Editor Zoey Weisman. “Today’s media landscape has changed the way we reach our audience. By having a clear, consistent voice for each publication, I believe the DP will gain a wider, more engaged readership,” Zhao said. “Whether through our social media, websites, newsletters, or print, I am encouraging our editors to think bigger and to pursue projects that create impact.” Cohen, a former news editor and politics reporter, will oversee the News, Opinion, and Sports departments and help solidify the DP’s brand as a digital-first news publication. He will report directly to Zhao, the company’s chief content officer, and work alongside other senior editors. Cohen, who covered the 2018 midterm elections as a politics beat reporter for the DP, said the 2020 presidential election will be a coverage priority as well as enterprise sports reporting. Wharton sophomore Dane Greisiger will lead the DP, Inc. Business Board and work

closely with the four professional staff members to oversee all business operations at the company. With a background in the Analytics Department, Greisiger will look to implement more data-driven business strategies and work to establish the DP Consulting Group, for which he said he will be hiring student analysts in the coming weeks. The Daily Pennsylvanian celebrated 135 years covering the Penn community last fall. For the past 40 years, the students and staff at the company

have been supported by General Manager Eric Jacobs, who plans on retiring at the end of the semester. The DP Board of Directors oversees the ongoing search process for his replacement. “Eric Jacobs has been an invaluable asset to the DP throughout his 40 years of service to the organization. His leadership has motivated generations of student leaders, and his legacy will continue to inspire all of the editors and managers at the DP long after his retirement,” Simonetti said.


(From left to right) UTB Editor-in-Chief James Morrison, DP Editor-inChief Max Cohen, and 34th Street Editor-in-Chief Tamsyn Brann.

Simonetti, Greisiger, Zhao to guide the DP through historic year

The ‘big three’ are the top leaders of the organization JULIA SCHORR President, 135

With a new decade comes a new group of students set to take the reins as leaders of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. College junior Isabella Simonetti will lead the organization as president, while Wharton junior Ben Zhao and Wharton sophomore Dane Greisiger will take charge as executive editor and business manager, respectively. Together, Simonetti, Zhao, and Greisiger comprise the “big three,” the top leaders of the organization. They aim to collectively guide the DP with a focus on growing the publication to serve the needs of a fastmoving and diverse student body. As president, Simonetti will oversee all aspects of the organization, which includes The Daily

Pennsylvanian, 34th Street Magazine, and Under the Button. She will be responsible for developing the DP’s strategy and culture, serving as the external leader, and assisting the business manager and executive editor in implementing their ideas. Zhao will be tasked with developing the editorial strategies and operations of the three publications as executive editor. As business manager, Greisiger will work to improve the operations and financial sustainability of the multimillion-dollar company. Simonetti, an English major from New York City, will prioritize improving relations between the DP and the Penn community, cultivating a positive internal culture, and generating a viable business model to ensure the DP’s longevity. At a time when student journalists face much criticism, she wants the DP to be “mindful of its impact on campus,” and continue to produce high-


(From left to right) Business Manager Dane Greisiger, President Isabella Simonetti, and Executive Editor Ben Zhao.

quality journalism. “This job will not come without difficulties, but I am never one to shy away from a challenge. Neither are my team of editors and managers, whom I have the utmost confidence in,” Simonetti said.

In her previous role as Opinion editor, Simonetti said she “strived to represent a variety of different voices on campus,” and she will continue this commitment to diversity in both staff and coverage. Simonetti’s motto for this year is

“Ask the right questions.” She wants her board of editors and managers to stay curious. “In order for the DP to adapt to meet the needs of the Penn community in the digital era, students and faculty must ask the right questions of us at the DP too,” she said. Zhao, a finance and marketing concentrator from Northbrook, Ill., aims to establish a clear and consistent voice for each of the three publications. He will also continue to emphasize accuracy and quickness in editorial coverage. As a past Design editor and digital director, Zhao is looking to elevate standards not just for the DP’s writing, but for its visuals and digital presence as well. “Whether through our social media, websites, newsletters, or print, I am encouraging our editors to think bigger and to pursue projects that create impact,” Zhao said. Greisiger hails from Bryn Mawr, Pa., and is concentrating in finance

and legal studies. He will bring his insight and past experience as a member of the Analytics Department to streamline and optimize decision-making. “Analytics are able to reveal hidden opportunities and improvements and, in general, will allow us to add a new level of sophistication and rigor to our organization,” Greisiger said. As business manager, Greisiger will look to develop new revenue streams in addition to the company’s traditional advertising. He plans to help grow the Product Lab, an arm of the company that produces sponsored content, ancillary publications, and other innovative products. The big three are poised to continue the DP’s 136-year commitment to informing the Penn community and to teaching the next generation of journalists and businesspeople.

Brann leads restructured 34th Street Magazine in 2020

Morrison heads largest Under the Button board to date

The board includes new campus and culture editors

Morrison is joined by Rappaport and Ginsburg

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ELIZABETH BEUGG UTB Editor-in-Chief, 135

After changes to the structure of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc., the executive board of 34th Street Magazine will be led by four new editors. College junior Tamsyn Brann will take the reins as editorin-chief, with College junior Sam Mitchell taking on the new role of campus editor, overseeing the magazine’s Features, Word on the Street, Style, and Ego sections. College sophomore Beatrice Forman will lead the Film and TV, Music, and Arts sections as the magazine’s first-ever culture editor, and College junior Eliana Doft will take over as assignments editor, supervising the magazine’s staff writers. Brann, who previously worked on 34th Street’s design as a DP Design editor, has previously been the science journalism, multimedia, and social media intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight center, which she wrote about for Penn’s XFic Journal of Experimental Non-fiction. In her time at Street’s helm, she says she will focus on diversity initiatives, coordinating with other departments at the DP, and increasing special issues production. Mitchell, who will be the magazine’s first-ever campus editor, was previously podcast editor and Editorial Board chair on the DP’s 135th Board. He plans to focus on training section editors and prioritizing packaging and digital storytelling, particularly for features. “I’m really excited to work on pieces that address important issues and speak to many different communities on campus and beyond,” Mitchell said. He will work closely with Forman, who aims to shape cultural coverage through Street’s voice,

College sophomore James Morrison has been elected as the editor-in-chief of Under the Button on the 136th Board of Editors and Managers at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. He is positioned to oversee the largest board of UTB editors to date. Morrison is joined on the 136th Board by College senior Elias Rappaport and College sophomore Grace Ginsburg, both senior editors of the publication. Under the Button is Penn’s independent satire publication. After a year of unprecedented growth, UTB expanded its internal board of editors, welcoming UTB Video Editor Joseph Elston and UTB Audience Engagement Editor Sydney Judge to head media under Morrison. Morrison joined UTB in 2018 and served as the UTB summer editor-in-chief in 2019. He is a member of Penn Jazz, a former Opinion columnist for the DP, and a cashew enthusiast. Morrison gained notoriety as a UTB staff member for his “Choose Your Own Adventure” style articles. This year, he said he hopes to explore new types of interactive content and “become someone who can eat spicy foods.” Ginsburg, who was born and raised in San Francisco, is an urban studies major with a knack for the ukulele and, regrettably, no proven relation to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


(From left to right) Culture Editor Beatrice Forman, Editor-in-Chief Tamsyn Brann, and Campus Editor Sam Mitchell. (Not pictured: Assignments Editor Eliana Doft.)

which she describes as “rooted in human interest and warmth.” Forman, who is an editorial assistant for the Pennsylvania Gazette, says she will also focus on building community. Incoming Street Assignments Editor Eliana Doft has been a Lastpage editor for the magazine and most recently supervised special issues. She hopes to focus on training and workshop-based instruction for new hires. 2020 will bring significant changes for Street’s internal structure. In 2019, the DP’s 135th Board approved a restructuring of the company that split Street’s single managing editor role into campus and culture editors, in an effort to maintain high quality and quantity outputs as the magazine continues to grow. Another change will occur for the magazine’s visuals departments. The 136th Board will consolidate these positions to a company-wide editor, who will manage internal board members working on audience engagement, photo, video, and design specific to Street. Street’s 2020 internal board will comprise four editors: College sophomore Ryan McLaughlin as audience engagement editor, Col-

lege junior Sophia Dai as photo editor, College sophomore Morgan Jones as video editor, and College sophomore Isabel Liang as design editor. These editors will dual-report to Brann as well as their editor on the 136th Board. In 2019, Street saw over 1 million unique pageviews. The 135th Board focused on training and narrative reporting, and also implemented new special issues, with significant overhauls to Penn 10, changing its structure from a “30 Under 30”-style spotlight on seniors to a random sample of the senior class focused on each student’s individual experience. In the fall, Street released its Climate Change Issue, which featured students’ personal narratives and spotlighted activist groups and individuals on campus. The next board hopes to build on that growth. “The fact that I have always viewed Street as a magazine that not only hears but also acknowledges my voice, my existence, and my individuality is what put me on the path to ultimately leading the publication,” Brann said. “I want to reinforce this personal connection between Street and both new and loyal readers.”


(From left to right) Senior Editor Elias Rappaport, Editor-in-Chief James Morrison, and Senior Editor Grace Ginsburg.

Ginsburg noted the impact of joining UTB on her Penn experience. “When I joined UTB, I had no idea that I wanted to be in comedy. After a relatively uncomfortable freshman fall, joining the group gave me a whole new purpose that I never really considered before. I remember leaving my initiation feeling more confident, funnier, and as if I had really found people I could relate to,” Ginsburg said. Rappaport expressed a similar sentiment. “After transferring to Penn my sophomore year and bouncing around frat rushes thinking maybe I was ‘sceney’ or something, I applied for UTB and finally felt like I had a home on campus.” A proud Philadelphian, Rappaport is an Eagles fanatic and former ball boy. Rappaport plans to pursue a career in media and entertainment after he graduates. This past year, UTB continued to increase both its video

and written content output, debuted a series of videos featuring campus comedians, hosted a comedy night in collaboration with other campus comedy groups, and introduced a bi-annual staff retreat. Now, Morrison, Ginsburg, and Rappaport aim to increase UTB’s campus presence. “I can’t wait to work with our writers to take on bigger, more ambitious interactive projects and grow our audience until UTB and Penn comedy are synonymous,” Rappaport said. Morrison shared this sentiment. “I believe UTB has the potential to become a hub for campus comedy. I want the very best for this publication because it has done so much for me — in making me laugh, in making me think, in pushing me to always do better. I will give my all to UTB because I want it do the same for everyone on this campus, and for generations of Penn students to come,” he said.




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However, she said it roles within the University should line medical website Innerbody, is important to consider other spe- have candid conversations about found that Philadelphia had 1,822 cific factors within a community. sexual health. STD cases per 100,000 people, Robert Gross, a Penn Medicine “A lot of times we’re not always placing behind only Baltimore professor, said that situational fac- having these conversations,â€? Curand Jackson, Miss. in per capita tors, such as poverty, substance tis-Thomas said. “So it’s important sexually transmitted infections. abuse, and mental illness, increase to have those people who are in Doctors say Philadelphia’s high the risk of getting a sexually trans- leadership positions be trained so STD frequency is due to factors mitted infection which can then when it does come up they’ll be such as the city’s high poverty rate create a vicious cycle. 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Gross said. how bad it can be if they don’t take MARIE FORGEARD demic, public concern about STDs STI and STD are terms often it seriously,â€? Sutton said. Kathleen O’Neill, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Penn Med, and Paige Porrett, was at an all-time high, but that this used interchangeably, though inWood said college students are an assistant professor of transplant surgery at Penn Med, led the Uterine Factor Infertility Trial. diligence has since tapered off due fections are not technically clas- particularly at risk of contracting to advances in HIV treatment and sified as diseases until symptoms an STD. O’Donnell urges Penn prevention technology. 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Men’s and women’s squash split Ivy League opening matchups Both teams lost to Harvard before defeating Dartmouth DUSTIN GHANNADI Sports Reporter

Penn squash’s first Ivy League matchups ended in mixed results. Both the women and men were handily defeated 8-1 by both No. 1 Harvard teams on Saturday before rallying to pick up wins over Dartmouth on Sunday. The No. 7 Penn women (5-2, 1-1 Ivy) largely struggled against the Crimson (4-0, 3-0), with the the team’s only game win in the top four matches coming from sophomore Jamila Abou El Enin, who won her first game 11-8 against Harvard’s Amelia Henley. Although Penn was dominated early, freshman Navmi Sharma put up an exciting fight against Harvard’s Madeleine Chai. Taking the first game 11-9, Sharma dropped the next game 11-2. After losing the third game 11-7, Sharma did not lose her composure. Edging Chai in the next game, Sharma pulled out a 12-10 win, setting up a final game. Sharma nearly ended up winning the match but was

ultimately defeated 11-9 by Chai. The Quakers finally achieved a win and their lone point of the day from freshman Amina Abou El Enin, who defeated Harvard’s Grace Steelman in five sets. After taking a 2-0 lead with an 11-8 and 11-9 game wins, Steelman fought back with 11-9 and 11-8 wins to tie the set at 2-2. However, El Enin handily won the fifth game 11-5. “I think the team’s spirit was fantastic. The number one Harvard girl, who’s English, is good friends with our number one Jess Davis, who is also English, and she made a point to come up to Jess and say ‘Wow, it really looks like your team has great chemistry and camaraderie’ and that was reflected over the weekend,” coach Jack Wyant said. For the No. 3 Penn men (7-1, 1-1), the story was largely the same. The first few matches of the day were swept by Harvard (4-0, 3-0), with each game being won by a margin of at least three points. As the competition continued, however, the Quakers began to play on the same level. Junior Yash Bhargava won his first game 8-11, subsequently giving up the next to 11-9 and 11-7. However, the fourth game was a nail-


Junior Yash Bhargava won the first game of his match against No. 1 Harvard before dropping the next three in a loss. Bhargava then won his match against Dartmouth, as the Quakers cruised to a 9-0 win.

biter; deadlocked with his opponent, Bhargava led the game to pass the normal eleven points; however, he was unable to prevail, dropping the game 13-11 and the match 3-1. After another 3-0 Harvard victory, Penn freshman Saksham Choudhary defeated Julien Gosset in four games, achieving the Quakers’ only win of the day. The freshman was able to take the first two games, dropped the third, but rebounded for an 11-9 victory in the fourth to win

Penn gymnastics opens season with Towson loss Sophomore Sydney Kraez was the top individual scorer VINNY VEERAMACHANENI Sports Reporter


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Sometimes the best player on the floor is not on the winning team. Penn gymnastics opened its season with a 192.650-191.425 loss against Towson last Sunday. Sophomore Sydney Kraez led the way for the Quakers, winning both the vault and floor exercise, along with the individual all-around title. However, consistent performances from Towson’s freshman class allowed the Tigers to secure the victory at the Palestra. “I think as a whole we were pretty confident and really calm going into it, which was nice because nobody seemed very stressed or panicked,” Kraez said. “We were pretty confident building off of everything we had done all preseason going into the first meet.” The first rotation started with the Quakers (0-1) occupying the vault, while the Tigers (1-0) began on the uneven bars. Kraez and fellow sophomore Ava Caravela led Penn with respective average scores of 9.775 and 9.700 on the vault, but Towson’s performance on the uneven bars, led by junior Tess Zientek, who won the event for the day, gave it a 0.125-point lead after the first rotation. The Tigers continued to build on their lead in the second rotation with their highest scoring team event of


Sophomore Sydney Kraez won the all-around individual title for Penn gymnastics against Towson, but the Quakers lost the overall match.

the meet on the vault (48.625), while Penn struggled with the uneven bars, posting a 47.100 for their lowest team event score. Moving into the third rotation, where Penn would grace the balance beam and Towson the floor exercise, the running score was 97.000 to 95.350 in favor of Towson. Despite great performances from Kraez (9.675) and sophomore Natalie Yang (9.825) on the balance beam, the Tigers once again relied on consistent, strong performances from the entire team in the floor exercise to build up a 2.425-point lead heading into the final rotation. Kraez noted that there were a few areas that the Quakers will look to improve in the coming meets. “There were a couple [of] bigger mistakes, but nothing that we really had to worry about,” she said. “It’s just little things like details in our routines and presenting and making sure that we’re showing it off just to get the highest score that we possibly can.” The final rotation provided some drama to a meet that was all but considered over up until that point. The floor exercise proved to be the Quakers’ best event of the day, scoring

48.700 points as a team. Strong performances from Kraez (9.800), freshman Rebekah Lashley (9.775), and juniors Darcy Matsuda (9.750) and Jordyn Mannino (9.750) propelled Penn to outscore Towson in the event and make up ground in the running score. In addition to Penn’s great final showing, Towson’s performance on the balance beam was one to forget, posting their lowest team score of the day at 47.500. Despite making up heavy ground in the final rotation, the Quakers’ comeback effort was too little, too late, and Towson finished the day on top. Overall, Kraez saw the meet as a good start to the new season, and a chemistry-building experience for the team. “The energy was great. We were vibing off of each other, having a lot of fun, and were really confident in the routines we were putting up,” Kraez said. The Quakers will look to bounce back and earn their first win of the season when they travel to our nation’s capital to face George Washington next Sunday.

Penn wrestling stays busy over winter break The Quakers closed out the Duals with a 48-3 victory HELEN LY Sports Reporter

While most students spent much of their winter break relaxing with family and friends, Penn wrestling was hard at work, competing with talent across the nation. To start off the winter break, the Red and Blue competed in the Midlands Championships from Dec. 2930 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The team ultimately finished in 12th place with two wrestlers standing out: freshman Michael Colaiocco and junior Anthony Artalona. Wrestling at 125 pounds, Colaiocco dominated, finishing with a 5-1 record over the two days and placing third, the highest finish by a Penn wrestler since 2017. Artalona was also undefeated for the first day of competition but suffered a few narrow losses on the second day to finish sixth at 157 pounds. After New Years’ Day, the Quakers headed to Lancaster, Pa. to play in the Franklin and Marshall Open on Jan. 4. Freshman Cole Urbas was

the highest placing wrestler, finishing second in the 197-pound weight class. To cap off a busy winter break, the Red and Blue competed in three matches at the Virginia Duals from Jan. 10-11. The Quakers lost their opening match to Old Dominion by a score of 18-13, but showed grit in defeat with sophomores Doug Zapf and Ben Goldin picking up wins. Colaiocco and senior Jake Lizak scored the remaining team points in Penn’s loss. The Red and Blue’s second match of the Duals was against Kent State. The match was contentious between the two teams, but the Golden Flashes used two pins and an injury defeat to pull out a 27-12 win. Freshmen Cam Connor and Urbas won their first col-

legiate dual bouts in Penn’s second defeat of the day. Day two of the Virginia Duals ended on a high note for the Quakers with a resounding 48-3 win over Duke to finish in seventh place at the tournament. Sophomore Carmen Ferrante and senior Jon Errico pinned their opponents at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively, in the victory. Zapf, sophomore Jake Hendricks, and Urbas also earned wins by technical fall. Penn’s 48 points in the win were the most the team had scored since 2010. With the team’s first win under its belt, the Red and Blue will hope to keep their positive momentum going when they face Army West Point on the road this Friday.

the match and continue his unbeaten streak. “Saturday was a real eye-opener,” coach Gilly Lane said. “They really showed why they are the number one team in the country. They outplayed us in almost every way and we need to work on how we respond in those situations.” After their defeats, both teams headed to Hanover, N.H. hungry for a win. The women’s team started slowly


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best after such a long break, and that likely contributes in some part to their struggles. A third reason for the Red and Blue’s lack of success, and the one that will have the most ramifications for the team moving forward, is extremely poor three-point shooting. The Quakers shot a shocking 8-for-44 (18.2%) from beyond the arc during the two-game series. When so many possessions end in missed threes, there are inevitably going to be problems producing on offense, and that’s exactly what happened for Penn.

against the No. 11 Big Green (1-4, 0-3), dropping two early matches. Despite being in a hole, the Red and Blue kept their focus. In the next game, freshman Navmi Sharma took a 2-0 lead and sealed the victory in the fourth set with a 13-11 win. Sharma’s entertaining match catalyzed a Penn winning streak. The Red and Blue took the next five games, ending the match with a handsome 7-2 final tally. Although the Quakers achieved a strong win,

Coach Steve Donahue will hope that these results were just an outlier, since his threes- and layupscentered offensive philosophy only works if the team is shooting well from the outside. There’s good reason to think that might be the case, as the Red and Blue were making a respectable 34.6% of their triples going into the second Princeton game. In their best games, the Quakers were even better, including an impressive 11of-22 performance from three in a big win against Providence on the road. For the Red and Blue to be successful and rise to the upper echelon of the Ivy League, those performances need to move closer to the norm. Other than senior forward AJ Brodeur, Penn doesn’t

their composure in high-stress situations was key to their success. “A lot of games are 11-9, 11-8, 12-10, so if we can fine-tune some things and stay calm in those highpressure moments, I think the girls will have success,” Wyant said. The men also had success against No. 11 Dartmouth (1-4, 0-3), sweeping the Big Green for a 9-0 result. The Quakers started strong, with back-to-back 3-0 victories. Freshman Dillon Huang had one of the most exciting matches of the day. Dropping the first and third games to Dartmouth’s James Bell by six points, he fought hard to avoid a defeat. After outlasting Bell to take the fourth set, 17-15, Huang rallied to win the fifth game 11-8 and maintain Penn’s perfection. “I’m proud that the boys rebounded today. This road trip, Harvard and Dartmouth, is historically always a tough one and the Dartmouth team is always ready to play at home,” Lane said. Following these matchups, the Red and Blue have difficult battles coming up. Playing No. 2 Trinity next week and No. 4 Princeton the week after, both teams can use these two matches to prove and improve their rankings.

have a consistent scorer in the paint, so the team will inevitably be reliant on the three. Without guards Jordan Dingle and Ryan Betley, the team’s top two scorers from the outside, hitting threes at better than the 3-for-19 clip they combined for over the two games, the team will struggle. It might be scary as a Penn fan to realize that the Quakers are so reliant on something as variable and unpredictable as three-pointers, but that’s the reality. Now, they just need to start hitting shots again. MICHAEL LANDAU is a Wharton junior from Scarsdale, N.Y. and a Senior Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at landau@

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Freshman Michael Colaiocco took home a third-place finish for Penn wrestling at the Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Ill.




Penn women’s basketball’s weaknesses were exposed against No. 25 Princeton JOEY PIATT

Saturday afternoon’s Ivy League action at the Palestra resulted in another lopsided outcome for Penn women’s basketball. However, in this contest, it was the Quakers on the wrong side of the blowout. Entering the contest against No. 25 Princeton, Penn had cruised through nonconference play to get out to their best start to a season in program history. Despite the team’s strong start, Penn fans still had yet to see how the Quakers would perform against a tough opponent when the stakes were high. Saturday’s game against Princeton offered them that chance. Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, the 75-55 defeat did not

instill confidence in the team’s ability to perform against highercaliber competition. This loss uncovered several issues that have gone unnoticed in the Quakers’ blowout victories thus far. The first — and most concerning — issue is Penn’s struggle to gather defensive rebounds and prevent opponents from getting second and often third chances at the rim. On Saturday, this issue proved it has dangerous consequences, as Princeton tallied 44 rebounds, 17 of which were offensive. Bella Alarie, a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and Princeton’s best weapon, used her 11 rebounds to put up 25 points. While some of the Quakers’ rebounding issues could be attributed to the matchup nightmare that Alarie’s talent creates, Penn still gave up too many extra opportunities to a Princeton offense that has plenty of offensive weapons outside of Alarie.


Junior center Eleah Parker struggled in a matchup against Ivy League Player of the Year Bella Alarie, scoring only two points in Penn’s loss.

Another concern for Penn fans involves reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and Big 5 Player of the Year, junior center Eleah Parker. Coming into Saturday’s contest, the matchup between Alarie and Parker was highly anticipated. In the end, it was Alarie who won the matchup, as Parker struggled to slow down Princeton’s star throughout the game. At the

same time, Parker tallied only two points on the offensive side of the ball. If Penn hopes to contend for an Ivy title this season, Parker must work to regain the success she experienced last season. Once Princeton began to establish a consistent lead, Penn fans could notice another issue, as the Quakers battled foul trouble for the entire second half. Four of the

Red and Blue’s five starters had at least three personal fouls in the contest. Penn’s trouble with personal fouls reveals the consequences of the Quakers having limited experience playing from behind in a game. Princeton controlled the tempo for the second half, and the Red and Blue struggled to slow things down and fall back on their fundamentals. While the Quakers continued to hustle and play aggressive, Penn proved unable to mitigate the effects of Princeton’s command of the tempo. While the Quakers’ on-court performance was sloppy on Saturday, there were still promising features of the game that the Red and Blue can take away. The most promising takeaway is that Kayla Padilla is the real deal. The freshman guard tallied 27 points against the toughest opponent Penn has faced thus far. Padilla did so by making clutch three-pointer

after clutch three-pointer in a performance that shows she has the poise and confidence that Penn needs from its players if it hopes to compete this season. Although it is easy to jump to conclusions after such a lopsided defeat in the first conference game of the year, the Quakers’ fans should remain optimistic about this team’s chances. This loss to Princeton was a single game in what is a long college basketball season. While the first instinct might be to dismiss the Quakers in any talks of Ivy League contenders, Penn’s overall performance this season has indicated that it wouldn’t be wise to count out the Red and Blue just yet. JOEY PIATT is a Wharton freshman from Lancaster, Pa. and a Sports Associate for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at

Swimming and diving sweep Dartmouth, fall to Yale in Ivy League tri-meet The men and women had eight first-place finishes LOCHLAHN MARCH Sports Associate

Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving opened 2020 by closing out their Ivy League tri-meet season. The Quakers kicked off the second half of their season in New Haven, Conn. with their final tri-meet against Yale and Dartmouth. While both the men’s and women’s teams were able to edge out the Big Green, they both also fell to the host Bulldogs. The women’s team (2-5, 2-4 Ivy) earned their second Ivy League victory of the season over Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3) by a margin of 170-130. However, the Quakers fell to undefeated Yale (6-0, 3-0), losing by a

score of 217-83. The women achieved two first-place finishes, including a 1000-yard freestyle victory posted by sophomore Catherine Buroker with a time of 10:09.10. Buroker also finished fourth in the 500 free (5:03.49), just behind sophomore Grace Giddings, who had a time of 5:03.04 to finish third. The women’s other firstplace finish was secured by senior Serena Xue in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:20.48. Xue was joined by sophomore Hannah Kannan, sophomore Monika Burzynska, and senior Emily Layne for the 200 medley relay; their time of 1:45.46 was enough to secure second place, but they were edged out of first by the Bulldogs. On the men’s side, while the Quakers (4-3, 3-3) were narrowly defeated by the Bulldogs

(5-1, 2-1) by a score of 160140, they were victorious over the Big Green (1-6, 0-4) by a margin of 195-105. The men’s team earned six first-place finishes atop the podium and showed off their depth of talent with 19 swimmers placing in the top three. Leading the charge for the Red and Blue with three individual first-place finishes was junior Sean Lee, posting victories in the 100 butterfly (47.85), 200 fly (1:47.34), and 200 individual medley (1:52.21). Lee was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that notched a first-place finish for Penn with a time of 1:30.78. Junior Boris Yang had a standout performance. In addition to helping the 200 medley relay team to victory alongside Lee, Yang notched the two remaining first-place finishes for the Quakers in the 100 breast-


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stroke (56.83) and 200 breaststroke (2:02.69). Yang also finished milliseconds behind Lee in the 200 IM, securing second place with his time of 1:52.27. Freshman Jason Schreiber posted a pair of secondplace finishes in the 100 breast (57.79) and 200 breast (2:03.05), finishing just behind Yang in both events and adding to the tally of Penn swimmers placing in the top three. Neither men’s nor women’s diving was able to finish atop the podium, but senior JohnMichael Diveris finished second in the one-meter dive with a score of 274.75. Trevor Nelson finished just behind Diveris in third with a score of 271.95 The Quakers will be back in action next Saturday at Sheerr Pool to wrap up Ivy competition with a pair of dual meets against Harvard.


Junior Sean Lee posted three individual victories for Penn men’s swimming and diving in a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Yale.

Men’s and women’s fencing begin 2020 at Penn State Invitational after break The women defeated the defending national champion EMMA RONZETTI Sports Reporter

With a strong showing at the Penn State Invitational this past Sunday, Penn men’s and women’s fencing came off winter break prepared for a solid second half of the season. The Invitational saw the Quakers contend with several different opponents, including Ivy League foes Yale and Columbia, the defending national champion. The men’s team struggled toward the end of the meet, winning only one of the final four matches to break even with a total of three overall victories. The women’s team fared much better, losing only to Duke for an impressive total of five overall wins. They were able to defeat the two Ivies in the meet, even beating Columbia by a score of 17-10. “For the women’s [team], all [fencers] are very solid, very consistent,� coach Andy Ma said. “The epee [team] is doing well and are pretty consistent. The other weapons are doing pretty good but are

hopefully a little more consistent next time.â€? Throughout the meet, it was clear that the Quakers did their homework over break. While all competitors were advised to train at their local clubs in December, some Penn athletes were able to get a leg up by participating in the January North American Cup at the beginning of the month. The Quakers then hit the ground running with intensive training during the Penn winter camp last week, only to compete in the Invitational immediately after. No wonder the athletes competed as if they had never left. One meet highlight was Penn’s dual wins over North Carolina after facing the team in November. The men’s team solidified their ascendancy in the rematch, having now defeated the team twice in a single season. The women’s victory tasted a little sweeter, considering their dominating 18-9 rematch win was a reversal of their loss last fall. “November was our first meet,â€? coach Ma said. “They were nervous, especially our freshmen. ‌ But now the freshmen are getting much better.â€? Underclassmen were particularly influential in ensuring the strong

Penn performance. Having the best winning percentage of all Penn fencers, freshman Amber White assisted the Quakers to their Yale victory, securing wins in two of her three matches. Freshman Grace Hao led the women’s team in their triumphant rematch with North Carolina by winning all three of her matches, and sophomore Vanessa Dib helped secure a win over the national champs, collecting victories in all of her matches against Columbia. After this breakout start for the women’s team and strong showing of the men’s team, the Red and Blue should feel confident going into their 2020 competitions. The Quakers have no time to relish their successes, however, considering the crucial Penn Invitational is only a few days away. “This week we have three days of training [to] focus on structure and individual techniques, just to make sure we keep in shape,� Ma said. “Everyone has a strength and a weakness, and we try to develop all [of them] into strengths. Then we’ll be ready for the weekend.� The two-day Invitational will take place from Jan. 18-19 at the Tse Center in Hutchinson Gym.


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Sophomore Vanessa Dib secured wins in all of her matches against defending national champion Columbia. Women’s fencing was able to collect five total wins at a successful Penn State Invitational for the Quakers.




Penn women’s basketball falls to No. 25 Princeton in Ivy League opener Freshman Kayla Padilla led the Quakers with 27 points KRISSY KOWALSKI Sports Reporter


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Coming off a 51-point win against Chaminade in Hawaii, Penn women’s basketball hoped to continue its winning streak at the Palestra against No. 25 Princeton on Saturday. The Ivy League opener didn’t go as planned — the Quakers were dominated in the second half, losing to the Tigers by a score of 75-55. “It was super exciting,” freshman guard Kayla Padilla said.

“Our Ivy play is one thing, but to play with our rivals, Princeton, is another. That was all the talk in this last week with the team, and they really expressed how intense and competitive the atmosphere was, and it lived up to the experience.” The Tigers (13-1, 1-0 Ivy) came out of the gates strong, going on a 6-0 run to open the game, and the Quakers (10-2, 0-1) had to play catch up all game long. The Red and Blue kept themselves in the game, going on their own 7-0 run at the end of the first quarter to briefly take the lead, 16-15. Immediately after, Princeton responded with a buzzer-beating three to take an 18-16 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The start of the second quarter was more of the same, with neither team able to break away

and the lead changing four times throughout the first half. Much of the success was due to Padilla putting the team on her back, letting the Red and Blue only trail by a score of 33-30 at halftime. “[Padilla] is super in all ways, [especially] her approach to the game,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “10-for-14 [shooting] against that level of competition, and they are keying on her, trying to take the ball out of her hands. To be that efficient at that age, she was fatigued at the end. We played her a lot maybe too much, but she is really, really special,” he continued. The Red and Blue came out slow after the half, allowing the Tigers to sink their claws in and build a massive lead that the Quakers were unable to break. At one point, the Tigers led by as




Freshman Kayla Padilla provided nearly half the scoring for Penn women’s basketball on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to slow down No. 25 Princeton.

many as 17 and went on a 10-0 run. “We had good energy and competitive spirit in the first half, but I think we let our guard down in the second half, and that was

when Princeton made their biggest push,” Padilla said. Princeton entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 5442 lead that they built upon, with 10 points coming from inside the

paint and five points from second chances. At the end of the fourth quarter, Princeton built their lead to as many as 21. “I give them a lot of credit,” McLaughlin said. “They really went at the ball, and I honestly don’t think we did a great job of putting [our bodies] on anyone. ... We just put ourselves in a really difficult spot.” The Quakers will try to bounce back from this disappointing loss to their rivals with a game on Wednesday against Villanova in Big 5 play. “We will get a break here in terms of League play,” McLaughlin said. “We have Villanova and Temple for a chance to win the Big 5. We will be okay. This was a good basketball game for the most part. We just came up a little short.”

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It’s almost the same story for the Quakers six days later, but this time they kept it a little closer. Visiting a hostile Jadwin Gym, Penn men’s basketball was unable to slow down a fiery Princeton side, ultimately falling by a 63-58 score in its fourth straight loss to the Tigers. The Quakers found themselves down by as many as 16 in the second half, but mustered together a late rally that fell just short. Senior forward AJ Brodeur led the Red and Blue (7-6, 0-2 Ivy) with another double-double, putting up 22 points and 13 rebounds in Penn’s second defeat to the Tigers (6-8, 2-0) within one week. Senior guard Devon Goodman, who played all 40 minutes, added 15 points. “I thought Princeton played really well and figured out what we were trying to do defensive-

ly,” coach Steve Donahue said. “Nothing was going right but we continued to compete, and Princeton deserved to win.” Eager to shake off last weekend’s lackluster performance, Penn raced out to a quick 10-2 start, although Princeton would tie the game at 10-10 by the first media timeout. But just after the midway point of the first half, the Tigers would get going once again. “They made some adjustments, which was problematic for us, but we wrestled back control of the game,” Princeton coach Mitch Henderson said. With seven made threepointers before halftime, four of which came from junior forward Ryan Schwieger, the home side looked to be coasting. But Penn’s strong start kept them within eight points of the lead at 36-28 going into the break. “Schwieger made some big [shots] on our bigger guys and set the tone, so they made us pay for the defense we were trying to run at that point,” Donahue said. Princeton would hit its stride for most of the second half, seemingly having an answer to every attempted rally Penn tried to put together. The lead swelled to 16 points before the Quakers began to slowly close

the gap. A turning point for the Red and Blue came when senior guard Ryan Betley dove for a steal which Goodman turned into a layup right before the final media timeout. With the score at 58-52, the smaller but still vocal Penn contingent roared to life behind the Quakers’ bench. Both sides traded layups and free throws, but Goodman would again make a big play when he nailed a late threepointer inside the final minute to pull Penn within three at 6158. With the Quakers deciding not to foul with under 30 seconds on the clock, Princeton senior Jose Morales hit a layup — his only points of the game — and drew a foul inside the final 10 seconds to all but ice the game. The Red and Blue continued to struggle from beyond the arc on Friday, making only five of 21 attempts at Jadwin (23.8%), two of which came in the first two minutes of play. In comparison, the Tigers utilized their prowess from distance to their advantage, going 11-of-26 (42.3%) from deep. Although freshman guard Jordan Dingle had an off night with just four points after scor-


Freshman guard Lucas Monroe and the rest of Penn men’s basketball struggled on Friday night in a loss to Princeton. For the second consecutive week, the Quakers had trouble keeping up on the offensive end.

ing 21 last week, Brodeur, Goodman, and Betley combined for 47 points to make up for it. “I think it’s a growing game for [Dingle] and something he’s going to have to learn from, because this league is talented, but more than that it’s usually older,” Donahue said.

Brodeur, for his part, also held Princeton senior center Richmond Aririguzoh to eight points while also drawing fouls, limiting the impact of the Tigers’ big man. However, Aririguzoh’s 16 rebounds — six on the offensive glass — helped keep his team on course for vic-

tory. With a disappointing start to the new year and Ivy League play, Penn will shift momentarily back to its nonconference schedule. The Quakers resume their season with a Big 5 matchup against Saint Joseph’s next Saturday at the Palestra.

The Quakers need to make more three-pointers to find Ivy success MICHAEL LANDAU


Senior guard Ryan Betley is one of the players who Penn men’s basketball relies on from behind the three-point line. Betley went 1-for-7 from three in the Red and Blue’s two losses to archrival Princeton.

Nicole Van Dyke resigns as Penn women’s soccer head coach after accepting job at Washington

Heading into Ivy League play, Penn men’s basketball’s offense was cooking. During a difficult nonconference schedule, the Quakers were consistently able to put up points, scoring over 80 points on six different occasions. Included in this were performances against Alabama, Providence, and Arizona, all of which have bigger and more athletic defenders than the Red and Blue face in the Ancient Eight. That makes the team’s perfor-

mance in their two games against Princeton in the last seven days even more confounding. The Quakers put up 64 and 58 points in the two contests, which mark two of the three lowest totals they have put up all season. The Tigers, who had previously only held their opponents to fewer than 65 points once this year, suddenly looked like lockdown defenders. There are a few different potential explanations for this, and they each probably have some merit. The first is that Penn, in its current form, just doesn’t match up well with its rival. Senior center Richmond Aririguzoh has neutralized the Quakers in the paint over the last two seasons, and 6-foot-7 guard Ryan Schwieger gives the team matchup problems

Stefanski played defensive The Browns are hoping that Stefanski can bring stability to an back for the Red and Blue

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BRANDON PRIDE Senior Sports Associate


After spending five seasons with Penn women’s soccer, coach Nicole Van Dyke is leaving the Red and Blue for Pac-12 member Washington.

the second most in program history. The 2018 team gave up only five goals, the lowest in program history. Penn ended the 2019 season with a 8-7-1 record and a 2-5 record in Ancient Eight play. “We are sad to see her leave, but we understand the draw of returning to the West Coast at a program like Washington. I am confident that we will find a head coach who will continue the upward trajectory of the

program and provide an unrivaled academic and athletic experience for our studentathletes,” Penn Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun said in the statement. A native of California and a former coach at Stanford, Van Dyke will hope to carry over her Ivy L eague success in her return to the Pac-12. Penn Athletics will begin the search for a new head coach immediately.



Cleveland Browns hire former Penn football player Kevin Stefanski as new head coach

Van Dyke led the Quakers for the past five seasons

After five seasons as the head coach of Penn women’s soccer, Nicole Van Dyke has resigned from her position to take on the same position at the University of Washington. In her tenure at the helm of the Quakers, Van Dyke compiled a 41-24-15 overall record. Her .606 win percentage is the second highest in program history for coaches with at least two seasons as head coach. “From the first day at Penn, I felt like I was part of something special,” Van Dyke said in a Penn Athletics statement. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside such professional and dedicated people. The highlight of her tenure was in 2018, when she led the team to a share of the Ivy League championship, ending the season with a 13-2-1 record. The team’s 13 wins were

all over the court. A second explanation is that Penn’s schedule doesn’t allow it to be optimally prepared for two of the most important games of the year. From Dec. 4 to the first Princeton game on Jan. 4, the Quakers only played against a Division I opponent once, and that was a win against a Howard team that is 2-14 on the season. Playing the Princeton games back-to-back over winter break has never made sense, and the inability of the teams make sacrifices in other parts of the schedule to prevent it from happening continues to be disappointing. It’s unrealistic to expect the Quakers to play at their

The Cleveland Browns have hired Penn alumnus Kevin Stefanski as their next coach, according to several news sources. 2004 College graduate Stefanski has coached for the Minnesota Vikings since 2006, serving in various roles before becoming the offensive coordinator this past season. He presided over an offense that ranked eighth in the NFL in total points scored and sixth in rushing yards this year. Stefanski beat out a talented pool of candidates for the position, including New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Stefanski was rumored to be the Browns’ second pick for the job last year after the team hired Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after a tumultuous 6-10 season in which the Browns failed to live up to high offseason expectations.

organization that has performed poorly in recent years. The team has not had a winning record since 2007 and has only one playoff appearance since 1999. Stefanski is the sixth head coach to be hired by the Browns since the Haslam family purchased the team in 2012. Stefanski inherits a talented offense, with star players such as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Baker Mayfield. He will attempt to take the team to new levels after a disappointing season in

Cleveland. Before working in the NFL, Stefanski had an accomplished football career for the Quakers as a defensive back. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year for Penn in 2000 and received All-Ivy honors twice during his time with the team. After graduating, he served as Penn’s Assistant Director of Football Operations for one season before heading to the NFL. Stefanski’s father, Ed, played basketball for Penn from 1973-1976 and later served as the general manager of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.


2004 College graduate Kevin Stefanski was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their new head coach after an extensive interview process.


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