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“My disease no longer runs my life.



Recent events have spurred a tremendous amount of discussion surrounding mental health. Countless words have been written and countless more words will be written about the state of mental health services at Penn and the stigma surrounding these issues not just on campus but also across the country.

Many more will address the difficulty of confronting illnesses that we often would like to think ourselves stronger than by sheer force of willpower. Today, we, The Daily Pennsylvanian, wanted to devote some of those words to those of us who have fought mental illness and those who

may still be fighting it. We want to urge any of you who need help to seek it, whether in the form of CAPS, an outside therapist, or a trusted friend or parent. Finally, we — along with many of the people who have shared their stories in this paper today — want you to know that this is a battle that doesn’t have to be fought alone.

“We’ve lost enough young souls. We’re losing the future.”

“In times like this, we have all lost, and we all grieve.”

I am back in control.”

“This year, I realized I had a problem.

And I don’t think I’m alone.” HILLARY BARLOWE is a student from Millburn, N.J. currently on leave. You can email her at hillary.barlowe@gmail. com.




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is a College senior from Bronxville, N.Y. studying economics. You can email her at mccabea@sas.upenn. edu.

is a Wharton sophomore from Reading, Pa. You can email her at erica.ligenza@gmail. com.

When a student dies

As the University begins to heal, The Daily Pennsylvanian looks at how death is handled on campus BY FOLA ONIFADE Staff Writer News travels fast. Via University emails, Facebook posts, tweets and rumors, the whole campus can learn of a student death in a matter of hours. But what is the University’s process of notifying friends, family and community of a student death? The University waits for official confirmation from a medical examiner or a hospital and a police investigation always follows. That begins a protocol, detailed in the Campus Emergency Procedures Manual. There is a collaborative effort between different departments across campus. While each has its own duties during an emergency response, the “boundaries are not so clean, and the lines often get blurry,” Bill Alexander, who directs Counseling and Psychological Services, said. While there are guidelines pertaining to different emergency responses, each situation is handled differently, with the family’s needs in mind.

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Informing the family When a student dies on campus or in the Penn Patrol Zone — which stretches between 30th and 43rd streets and from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue — the University chaplain will notify the family following an official confirmation from a medical examiner or hospital. If a student dies outside the Penn Police Department’s jurisdiction, the responding authorities will normally notify the family. The University provides resources and assistance to the family including travel arrangements and lodging, if they travel to campus. If a student dies at home or elsewhere, the family usually notifies the University. Telling the community After calling the family, the University sends a notification to student communities who are impacted by the death. These communities include the student’s school, college house, clubs or

Greek organization. The notification is also used to inform affected students of the resources available to them. After the recent death of College freshman Madison Holleran, President Gutmann issued a statement. A public statement by Gutmann is not a standard procedure when a student dies. “Given the public nature of this particular death and the unique circumstances, we felt a public statement was warranted,” University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy said. Whether or not a public statement is made, the President always communicates privately with the family of the student.

Helping the friends Student Intervention Services generates lists of students who are in communities directly affected by the student death. Staff members of both CAPS and the Chaplain’s office reach out to students. In some cases, they have gone to College Houses to help students on the night of a student death. Director of SIS Sharon Smith declined to comment, citing the confidential nature of her work. CAPS takes a stratified ap-

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proach to counseling the student body. They begin with students directly involved in the particular crisis or immediate people who are affected, then reach out to other communities. “We want to play close attention because there will be people whose emotional reaction is fear due to their own histories and events,” Alexander said. CAPS also functions as a consultant or collaborator with larger university offices. Advice is often provided to staff and faculty about the appropriate way to address their students during a recent tragedy. Alexander said there is a fine line between being present and being overbearing that CAPS tries to respect during a tragedy. Most people just need to grieve, but don’t need to be “psychologized,” he said. “[We] try to be aware on the sidelines, but we don’t want to be a ■ central player.”

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Wharton grad, army veteran runs for Congress

Michael Parrish, a former GOP member, is running for the Dem. nomination BY SAMUEL BYERS Staff Writer A Wharton graduate and Operation Desert Storm veteran says he’s running for Congress in Pennsylvania to hold Washington accountable. Michael Parrish, a graduate of Wharton’s Executive MBA program and former U.S. Army attack helicopter pilot, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to fill retiring representative Jim Gerlach’s seat in Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district. “My father always taught us to put up or shut up,” Parrish said. “You don’t just complain about something, you come up with a solution. That’s what I’m going for; hopefully I can help affect change down [in Washington].” In a campaign video released early this month, he cites the

fact that several service members’ families were denied death benefits as one of the final straws that made him decide to run for office. Parrish is a 1985 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served 14 years of active duty in the U.S. Army before earning a master’s degree in astronautical engineering from Stanford University and going to work for General Electric. In 2002, Parrish earned his MBA from Wharton and went on to found Equisol LLC, one of the fastest-growing environmental service companies in the country. He believes that Wharton gave him the confidence he needed to go out and think entrepreneurially and to succeed in business. Raymond Sobieski, who was in Parrish’s MBA class at Wharton, recalls that even then he was intelligent, outgoing and a natural leader. As part of the Executive MBA program, each class took part in a one-week-long international

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Wharton graduate Michael Parrish, who is running for Congress, describes himself as fiscally conservative, but progressive on environmental and women’s issues. seminar. By sheer happenstance, Parrish and Sobieski found themselves and their classmates in Tokyo during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember spending time with Mike during that period,” Sobieski said. “He was one of the people who exhibited some lead-

Seniors join the Feb Club Don’t ask for this year’s full Feb Club schedule. It’s a secret. This year, the events of Feb Club, a month of events for seniors, will be released on a weekly schedule, which the 2014 Class Board has done to leave students in suspense and keep them engaged throughout the month. Only the first week is available now. According to senior class president and Wharton senior Spencer Penn, the event lineup will include trips to famous bars, restaurants, athletic arenas, concert halls and national landmarks. The first event is the Feb Club First Toast, which will be held at the National Constitution Center and catered by renowned chef Jean-Marie Lacroix. While previous years have seen daily events, the senior Class Board has decided to eliminate events from Monday and Tuesday nights to offer

students an opportunity to catch up on assignments. This has allowed the Class Board to dedicate more funds and effort to the events. Collaborating with seniors for the Penn Fund, chefs Stephen Starr and Jose Garces, and others, the Class Board will subsidize events to promote accessibility to all members of the senior class. Additionally, a PennCard swipe system — a more efficient method of tracking attendance — will replace the punch booklets of previous years. As always, students who attend all 20 events will have their names engraved on a plaque at Smokey Joe’s and receive a monogrammed zip-up. “Time at Penn accelerates,” Penn said. “Our hope with Feb Club this year is to encourage seniors to live in the moment for this month and make the most of the time we have left at Penn.”


ership in that situation, telling people ‘we’ll get through this.’” Sobieski added that Parrish “gave encouragement to the other people in the class,” and that “it was comforting for a lot of people to have Mike there; he stepped up and was a rock for us, if you will.” Parrish believes that his



leadership abilities and a wide range of experiences garnered from a lifetime spent working in the military, business and nonprofit worlds will help him in Congress. He hopes he will be able to look at problems from many different angles and address them in the most effective manner possible, rather than by following the same old partisan thinking. Since the announcement of his candidacy, some have criticized Parrish, a life-long Republican, for running as a Democrat. He officially switched his party affiliation late last year prior to announcing his intent to run for Congress, a move that some Democrats in the 6th district feel makes him an impostor, looking to win their support in the election only to side with the Republicans as soon as he reaches Washington. In response, Parrish described himself as a “cent r ist -mo der at e”— f isc a l ly conservative, but a big believer in progressive social causes, especially environmental and














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women’s issues. “The Republican Party is going farther to the right and it no longer reflects my values,” Parrish explained. He went on to criticize what he termed a “nonperformance-oriented culture” in Congress that was more focused on party politics and making a point than getting results for constituents. He tied these problems to the prevalence of career politicians interested in retaining their seats rather than getting things done. “Career politicians aren’t good for the nation,” Parrish said, “I am not a career politician. I’m not doing this for any future gain, I’m doing this because it seems like the right thing to do.” Parrish referred to his past when speaking about his future hopes for Congress. “The thing they teach us [at West Point] is a lifetime of selfless service to our country,” he said. “That’s in everything we do, not just as a military officer, which I did, but also as a businessman or member of Congress.”






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The Campus of Sisterly Love: Recruits get bids for sororities

Penn think tank program hosts first African summit The summit will almost definitely become a yearly event BY MELISSA LAWFORD Staff Writer Penn staff and students are organizing the f irstever think tank summit in Africa.

of information and technological advances” that are transforming methods of analysis. McGa nn sa id the re sponse to t he work t hat TTCSP has done has been “incredibly positive.” While TTCSP had expected 40 or 50 think tanks to register for the conference, McGann said that currently

SP’s think tank report . Lauder Institute Director Mauro Guillen explained how the Go To Report and i nter nationa l thi n k t a n k summits are making TTCSP, an organization which the institute provides funding to, the “gold standard” of think tank research and technical assistance. As think tanks are be-




South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) (South Africa)


Institute for Security Studies (ISS) (South Africa)


African Economic Research Consortium (Kenya)


IMANI Center for Policy and Education (Ghana)


Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) (Senegal)

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Source: 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index & Abridged Report

Penn International Relations’ Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, directed by James McGann, is working w ith student inter ns to br ing represent atives from A frican think tanks together for the first time . The three-day conference will take place in Pretoria, South Africa between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5. TTCSP researches the impact of policy institutes on civil societies and governments around the world. Last Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it released the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, which provides the only comprehensive global listing of think tank rankings in the world. The A f r ican summit is one of several conferences TTCSP is organizing around the world and follows a Middle Eastern and North African summit, which was held in Istanbul in December. McGann explained how the summit was designed as a forum where the issues facing think tanks can be discussed. He outlined how these institutions are currently facing “fundamental and existential challenges,” which are arising from “the intensity and velocity

71 organizations have decided to attend. He added that this “overwhelming” interest means the summit will almost definitely become a yearly event. The summit will consist of panel presentations and round-table discussions under the working title “Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa.” TTCSP’s Global Summit Intern Coor d i nat or Er i n Mc Cabe, a graduate student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, said the role of TTCSP at the summit will be that of “a neutral party but also an author itative voice.” The organization aims to help unlock the potential in Africa’s diversity by “fortifying the think tanks” so they can have “fertile resources to stay alive and stay active,” she said. McCabe will be traveling to the summit in Pretoria and writing a comprehensive report after the event so participants can “walk away with a really strong deliverable,” she explained. McGann said that summits provide the opportunity for think tanks to network and transfer identified best practices, which have been freshly analyzed in TCC-



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Registration for recruitment increased by 13 percent this year BY MELISSA LAWFORD Staff Writer Freshmen and upperclassmen going through sorority recruitment received their bids last night in a storm of cheers and balloons. Yes, balloons. Tons and tons of balloons. Bid night, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, marked the end of the formal recruitment process for women. Registration had increased by 13 percent this year, which the outgoing Panhellenic president Jessica Stokes, a senior in the College, acknowledged in an email as “record high numbers.” Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life Scott Reikofski explained that this was in line with a national trend of growth in the Greek community. Over 100 women dropped out of the recruitment process, he said, but this was proportionately comparable to previous years. Women who received a bid were contacted by their rho gammas — sorority recruitment guides — before heading to the Hall of Flags to find out which sorority had accepted them. Amy Beauchamp, a College senior who had been

a rho gamma during the recruitment process, described the atmosphere as being filled w ith “yelling, screaming, chanting” and excitement. “Everyone was really happy and super excited,” she said. After receiving their bids and meeting their sororities, new members were taken off to bond with their sisters. Brigitte Ehman, a Wharton senior and outgoing president of Chi Omega, said how excited she was to meet her new member class and particularly to be getting a new little. “I’m a great great grandma now!” she added. College freshman Casey Lipton said that she was “very excited” to be accepted to Sigma Delta Tau, as it was her first choice sorority. Women who did not receive bids were privately contacted, said Stokes. “[We] take the time to review with them all post-formal recruitment options for going Greek,” she added. Bid night also marked the change-over of the Panhellenic council. Stokes described passing on her position as a “bittersweet” event and expressed hope and enthusiasm for the incoming council. Bid night this year also came later than expected, after several unanticipated events caused recruitment events to be postponed. The recruitment schedule was

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Social media and the new modernity THE QUAKING POINT | Reducing our relationships with each other to 140 characters or less


riving back from a party over break, I witnessed a friend experience something between an epiphany and a mental breakdown. He felt as though technology was engulfing his life and asked whether our generation had sold its soul to social media. “This isn’t what I signed up for,” he confessed, “and I don’t think I want it anymore.” My friend exited the car swearing to delete his Facebook account when he got home. He might have convinced me, too. I had just gone to see “Her,” the new Spike Jonze film about a man who falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system. This might sound like the setup for a feel-good rom-com. It’s anything but. The barely futuristic metropolis in which the movie takes place could not be more lonesome — this is a future so de-

void of personal authenticity that people hire companies to write their love letters for them. It doesn’t take much to pick up on the symbolism: This is clearly Jonze’s take on the present day. The protagonist’s computerized love interest represents the gilded intimacy of technological society, and he himself embodies the loneliness of modern man — the absence of personal contact, as well as our transient faith in technology to fulfill our most personal human needs. “Her” is not the only skeptical voice in the fold. In a recent interview with Conan O’Brien, comedian Aziz Ansari lamented the damage done to modern society by technology. Personal consideration, reliability and communication skills have waned. Dating has become fleeting and transient; everything is casual, nothing lasting longer than a Snapchat.

For Ansari, dating is “like you’re a secretary … scheduling the dumbest shit with the flakiest people ever.” Even before the industrial era, philosophers, artists


The geezers are right about one thing: It’s a brave new world. And mass media is starting to taste like soma.”

and social critics expressed anxiety about the massive changes sweeping across Western society. Modernity has intrigued and frightened thinking people for the last two centuries, and the quest to make sense of modern times has given birth to sociology, phenomenology, exis-

tentialism and Prozac. This angst resurfaced in the ’90s with political theorist Robert Putnam’s magnum opus, “Bowling Alone.” Putnam describes the collapse of meaningful social connectedness in the United States. Politics has become an industry, grassroots participation has dwindled and people are giving in to “the one activity — TV watching — that is most lethal to community involvement.” From Rousseau to Putnam, from Marx and Heidegger to Ansari and Jonze, the diagnosis is the same: Technology and mass society are making our lives lonely, unhappy and empty. Or do these forecasts of doom and despair — not to mention the finger-wagging of crotchety elders who still use dial-up — simply reflect fear of change? After all, being accused of not living up to our predecessors has become something of a rite of

passage for each successive generation. Yet, thanks to the web, old friends are now easy to stay in touch with, and with online dating on the rise, your soul mate might be only a friend request away. Technology has given us the freedom to express ourselves more creatively and publicly than ever before. Unfortunately, recent studies suggest that happiness is actually inversely correlated with the amount of time one spends on Facebook. For all our reaching out, it appears that the attempt to lose ourselves in a sea of tagged photos has only rendered our experience of the world less authentic. We have never been more connected, and we have never been more alone. T he geezer s a r e r ig ht about one thing: It’s a brave new world. And mass media is starting to taste like soma. Every day, Penn students pass the Love statue on their way to class. It’s a flashy fix-

JONATHAN IWRY ture that sits in place for all to ignore, a symbol of something intangible and elusive. It might have been adored were it here in the ’60s, but on a campus constantly scrambling to the next interview — to the next distraction — it is almost a cliche, something to be Instagrammed. That statue’s the closest thing we Penn students have to a reminder to put down our smart phones and reach out to one another through the crowds of University City — lest we become prisoners of our own devices. JONATHAN IWRY is a College senior from Bethesda, Md. His last name is pronounced “eevree.” Email him at

Misanthropy 101

SARA, STRUGGLING | How I went from a typical overeager freshman to a hermit — and why I’m resolving to go back


he first week of a new semester is a beautiful time when my school supplies are new and I haven’t lost all of my pens yet. I spend my first round of new classes trying to decipher syllabi, updating my planbook and dealing with unexplainable feelings of aggression towards freshmen. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere between Intro to Experimental Psych and General Chemistry, I became the dreaded upperclassman. I bought one of those messenger bags with a little duck on it, I got a sorority rain slicker and, to complement the physical transformation, I began staring at my toes and not making eye contact — not ever. I keep my headphones in until the professor starts talking, and every second that

I’m not taking notes, I pretend to text on my phone. The first week of classes had been going well. Before my creative writing seminar, I had been having a good day. I had color-coded my binders and put on the latest Carly Rae for my jaunt down Locust. And then, just before class started, a kid decided to sit next to me. Not just directly to my right, but at a desk that bordered on mine. No demilitarized zone, no buffer seat. I could actually see his elbow in my peripheral vision. I had the impulse to physically remove him from the seat with a two-handed shove (I promise you, I didn’t). It was an instinctual reaction. This may be why they give upperclassmen canes on Hey Day: so we can shake them at freshmen like old men in rocking chairs, yelling, “Get

off my lawn!” As my teacher made the rounds, ask ing people to introduce themselves (my per sona l- space i nvad i ng neighbor was, of course, a freshman), I began to question my internal monologue of violence and hatred.


It’s common courtesy at Penn, I think, to not talk to people during class unless you know them already.” After this near-assault, I determined I should reevaluate my life decisions — and not just his. It’s common courtesy at

Penn, I think, to not talk to people during class unless you know them already. A head nod to the girl from down the hall; perhaps a spoken greeting to that guy who plays on your rugby team. For some reason, though, it feels taboo to strike up a friendly conversation before a lecture starts. At best, the conversation fizzles out after questions about other classes and dorms, and you end up nodding to yourself, muttering, “Cool, that’s cool. Very nice. Cool.” As I personally don’t enjoy anything that causes me to resemble a schizophrenic bobblehead, I keep quiet and play Candy Crush on my phone. The few times that I’ve attempted some sort of intrapersonal dialog ue not contained within my mind, friendly overtures have sadly inspired a hostile response.

It’s a trademarked look — that “why is she talking to me,” followed by an awkward laugh and an eyeroll that can only mean, “Wow, she’s weird.” What happened to all the friendly people I met during NSO? Where are they? Did they give up on Penn after being rebuffed at every lecture? Is there an enclave of outgoing people who have been relegated to certain corners of campus? Or worse, have they all, like me, slowly descended into silent ridicule of any and all strangers? I wish I could say that it is mere fear of rejection that keeps me antisocial and staring at my shoes. As much as I make excuses about my general shyness, part of me has started ignoring every other human being in my classes. I sit down. I take notes. I leave. So, to the freshman who



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SARA SCHONFELD was on the receiving end of my many death-glares, I apologize. If my hostility hasn’t motivated you to drop the course, I’ll make sure to attempt at least a cursory smile next class. A nd as a belated New Year’s resolution, I’ll try to rekindle my doe-eyed freshman openness. I’ll try to see every person as a potential friend, not just a fratty T-shirt blocking my view of the professor. Unless it’s a Friday morning class. Then all bets are off. Nobody should have to be social before 10 in the morning. SARA SCHONFELD is a College senior from Philadelphia, Pa. studying English. Her email address is s.schonfeldthedp@ Follow her @SaraSchon.

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Worth Fighting


The gifts we give ourselves



ear friends, Still processing the recent deaths of Penn students over the past weeks, I want to reach out and “huddle up” with you. As Melanie Wolff wrote in her DP ref lection, loss “create[s] a ripple effect” —

and it’s so absolutely important that each of us is sensitive to how these ripples might lap against the shores of our own hearts. Even if we didn’t know these students personally, we shared the streets they walked on, the classrooms they sat in and the hopes and concerns we all have in common. In times

‘‘ A communal fight

like this, we have all lost, and we all grieve. It goes without saying that these are not days for stoicism. Even if we were never taught to share what’s going on inside nor encouraged to earnestly ask the well-being of our friends, we must, nevertheless, courageously do so. Check in

with three of your peers — see what they’re thinking about — and share what’s going on for you. It’s a small gesture with huge potential. And one final thought. Our life, the beating of the heart, the joy of friendship, the peace of well-being — these are the most precious gifts. Nothing is more important than them. No exam, no re-

cruitment, no rush, no anything is more important. There is no celebrating a culture of exhaustion and stress. And if you feel like you are being forced to compromise the ultimate value of health and well-being — whether physical or emotional or spiritual — you have an obligation to say “No.” And if you can’t do that alone, then please, please seek coun-

sel and help. May the Spirit of Consolation send comfort to the families and friends of those we have lost, and peace to each of us. Rabbi Josh RABBI JOSHUA BOLTON is a senior Jewish educator for the Jewish Renaissance Project and Penn Hillel. He can be reached at

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our thoughts are not your own. Not anymore. Ever ything you see suddenly becomes an instrument of selfdestruction. And you think that you’ve lost your mind, that you’ve lost yourself, that you’ve lost everything. You’re alone, helpless and hopeless. Your bones ache, and your insides churn as though your blood corrodes your veins. You count the hours in the day and tell yourself things like, “I can make it three more hours.” You try to drown yourself in a pool of blood and alcohol, but it’s too shallow. This is what it felt like when I was suicidal. But I am a survivor of suicide, and I’d like to offer my thoughts after the recent tragedy at Penn. I went on a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania in March of 2013 after calling the suicide hotline. I was told I could come back the next year, but I knew that would never happen. After hearing that a friend of a friend had committed suicide, my first thought was: “Wow, I wish that was me.” I told my friends this. They looked confused but said nothing. I wish they had said something — that someone had said something. And that’s where the Penn community failed. I won’t pretend my friends didn’t notice the indications of my self-destruction, and I won’t pretend they didn’t smell alcohol on my breath at strange times of the day. We all have a responsibility to each other to lend a helping hand. Please, if you know someone who you think is depressed or suicidal: Say something. Get help if you don’t know what to say. This goes for students and faculty. A school like Penn has resources, and, like all schools, it should allocate them to things like mental health. Student psychological services are, frankly, insensitive and out-of-touch. My experience with CAPS was dismal; they assured me that my depres-


sion was just the normal adjustment to college. I urge Penn to take this more seriously. I went to a day program and an intensive outpatient program this summer, and they helped me immensely. I suggest that universities have therapists on staff to run group therapy sessions twice a day — once in the morning before class and once in the evening after class. Group therapy has benefits such as support, structure and skillstraining. Penn could also have educational programs for incoming students on how to help friends and how to help one’s self. Faculty should be trained on how to help should a student confide in them. I believe Penn should institute a threepronged approach: training students on how to help themselves, training students on how to help their friends and training faculty on how to better serve students’ needs. We’ve lost enough young souls. We’re losing the future. These students won’t have the opportunity to become what they should have become, and it isn’t their fault — it’s ours. We haven’t taken responsibility for the well-being of our friends. For those still struggling, please seek help and remember to take it one day at a time. Be a warrior. It gets better. I know it feels like it can’t possibly, but it does with the right help and support. My heart goes out to the families affected by suicide and to those still struggling. Help is a phone call away. It saved my life. If you’re currently struggling, here are some numbers both at Penn and nationally:

ike everyone at Penn, I have been incredibly saddened by the losses our community has faced, not just over the past few weeks but also over the whole of the last year. It obviously takes time to grieve the loss of friends, but it’s also important to take a message from their lives — to make sure they didn’t die in vain. I think that a vital message that we can take, at least from Madison Holleran’s case, is the importance of addressing mental health.


The constant feeling like you’re alone inside your head and helpless is a very scary thing to deal with, but it’s important to know that you are certainly not alone and … it will get better.”

Penn’s suicide prevention hotline: 215-686-4420 National suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 HILLARY BARLOWE is a student from Millburn, N.J. currently on leave. You can email her at

overcome them. My disease no longer runs my life. I am back in control. In his interview with The New York Post, Mr. Holleran noted that Madison had begun therapy in December and, on the day of her death, he urged her to make an appointment to discuss medication with a therapist. I am so saddened that Madison lost her battle before she got a chance to work on her illness with the help of extended therapy and medicine. My message to all of you is

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I have per sona l ly su ffered from mental health issues while at Penn (though thankfully they did not manifest themselves in suicidal thoughts), so I know first-hand the unbelievable difference that therapy and medication can make. Believe me, it is not easy to go on the public record as having suffered from these issues, but if this column can inspire even just one person to seek help, then it is worth it. For years, I put off seeking professional help for problems like stress and anxiety because of embarrassment or a belief that “I could handle it.” However, over time these took their toll and spun out of control. When I first started to suffer from my disease, it was hard for me even to leave my dorm and go to class. Now, after almost two years of treatment and hard work, I am so proud of what I have accomplished. I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. Every single day I am plagued by the same thoughts I have always been, but what is different now is that I have learned how to manage and

to please speak up if you’re having issues. The constant feeling like you’re alone inside your head and helpless is a very scary thing to deal with, but it’s important to know that you are certainly not alone and — with time and help — it will get better. Madison didn’t have the benefit of time. Please make sure that you do. Finally, even to those who are not personally struggling with mental health issues, there is an enormous stigma attached to mental health issues, and it can make an already hard-to-battle problem even harder. The fear of being labeled “crazy” or “insane” prevents people from confronting their problems. It is important to remember that mental health issues are not the individual’s fault. They are illnesses. People with these diseases need support, not ridicule. ALEXANDRA MCCABE is a College senior from Bronxville, N.Y. studying economics. You can email her at mccabea@sas.

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f anyone were to ask me to describe myself, I’d probably include “perfectionist” in the mix of descriptors. I’ve been told I’m a bit Type A, whatever that really means, and I can get pretty wigged out if things are unorganized or disarrayed at a seemingly wrong moment in life. It never really took a toll on my pre-college life, and I never felt truly inhibited by my need to “succeed” and my over-achieving tendencies. I just always figured that it was a path to a strong future and happiness. This year, I wasn’t just getting a little over-stressed when

times at school got tough. I was having physical pain. I’d skip full meals to save time while working, and I’d restrict myself from my favorite foods if I scored poorly on an exam. I started having all sorts of stomach problems, and I just didn’t feel like myself. I could be reduced to tears at the slightest inkling, and this got to be regular. In college, we’re bombarded with a gazillion and one expectations: We must be above the mean, we must have a standout GPA come recruitment, we have to kick butt on our 50-percent-of-your-final-grade exams in order to get that GPA

to get our dream jobs and to have a good life and ultimately be happy. This was my downward spiral. So this year, I’d study, take a test, let momentary emotions come and go, vent to my mom about whatever I inevitably goofed on and then just move on with my day. Then the test results would come — in the form of charts and graphs of grade distributions. Cue my anxiety. Thoughts would race in record time (I’m talking 47 seconds flat) from “Guess I need to study more next time” to “I’m a failure. I’ll never be successful — I’ll just be a laughing stock. What am I even doing here? I don’t belong here.”

This year, I felt like I was being shown with statistical evidence that I was inferior to my classmates. That I was unable to handle the stress to get to the top, wherever that may be. That I was just not good enough. And that, worst of all, I no longer deserved happiness or love until I picked up my academic game. This year, I realized I had a problem. And I don’t think I’m alone. For as alone as I felt, I knew that other people — maybe some of you — had to be feeling the same way. It’s virtually taboo here to hint at insecurity or failure. If you’re not talking the talk or walking the walk of “success,” you can’t sit at the big boys’ metaphorical lunch

table. People get the same bland comments any time “How are you?” or “What’s new?” is asked — everyone is “good,” “tired,” or some derivative of the two, regardless of how they really are. Late last semester, I cracked. I hit my lowest low, and I knew I needed something more to protect me from my own mind. I started going to counseling on campus with a pro. Therapy is showing me, in a plain-as-day sort of way, the power of thought in every capacity. You ca n cha nnel you r thoughts to be however you want, really. If need be, you can stop them dead in their tracks and refocus them on the beauti-

ful realities of your life. You can realize the beautiful realities of your life. You can enjoy them and cherish them and make more of them. And best of all — you can believe them. Some days are hard — really hard. You can’t see things straight or clearly, and throwing in the towel feels like a good alternative. But anxiety is only a part of you — a small part of you, no matter how big it seems. And you’re not alone. You never have to be. ERICA LIGENZA is a Wharton sophomore from Reading, Pa. You can email her at erica.ligenza@ Excerpts of blog post republished with permission.




Alum leaves Phila. for life as dog sled racer

1992 graduate will compete in the Iditarod for the 14th time BY MARJORIE FERRONE Contributing Writer 19 9 2 C ol le ge g r a d u at e Aliy Zirkle will be trekking 1,000 miles through the Arctic wilderness this March with only her 16 sled dogs for company. A former biological basis of behavior major, Zirkle is now a competitive dog sled racer. She lives in Alaska, operates her ow n ken nel and has placed in the Iditarod’s top two for the past two years. The Iditarod is one of the best-k now n dog sledd i ng races in the United States. It begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska. The race can take almost three weeks to complete. Zirk le f irst participated in a dog sled race in a small Nat ive A mer ic a n v i l lage, where she came in second to last. In the years since, she has grow n as a racer and in 2000, she became the first female winner of the

Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race. Her husband, Allen Moore, is also a dog sled racer and took home the 2013 Yukon Quest title. Moore has also been a competitor in the Iditarod. Zirkle decided to pursue her current lifestyle after her sophomore year at Penn, when she was looking for a reprieve from “all the people” in urban Philadelphia. She took a flyer advertising summer biology research in Alaska on her way out of a spring-semester biology lab and decided to intern with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With the permission of her parents, she took off the following fall semester in order to continue the internship. That summer, she and her team f lew over wolf packs to the Arctic, identified the alpha male and female of one pack and tracked their number of pups. They also tracked the pack’s daily activities in correlation with the local moose and caribou. “That’s how I got to Alaska for good 20 years ago,” Zirkle

said. Upon her return to Penn — w her e se ver a l f a m i l y members are also g raduates — Zirkle worked hard to graduate on time with her classmates in May 1992. She wrote her senior thesis on that summer ’s work w ith the guidance of her biology advisor. A f ter g raduation, she hiked the Appalachian Trail for five months with a friend. The next year, Zirk le accepted a position in Bettles, Alaska, a small village north of the Arctic Circle. The 2010 census repor ted that the population of Bettles was 12 people. “When you walk into Wawa [at Penn], the amount of people that are in Wawa is the amount of people that lived in that village,” she said. W it h no g r o c er y st or e or roads in Bettles, Zirkle learned how to live “every woman for herself,” even hunting moose and catching fish for survival. During her second winter in the Arctic, she adopted six Alaskan huskies and dove into the world of dog sled competitions.

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Zirkle moved to Two Rivers, Alaska, which is known as a prime training ground for competitive mushers. It was in T wo Rivers that she established her kennel, called Skunk’s Place after the f irst dog that she adopted. “My husband Allen and I have probably the most successful sled dog kennel in Alaska,” Zirkle said. Skunk’s Place is dedicated to giving each dog individualized attention. “I pride myself on knowing what my dogs need and keeping them happy with wagging tails and smiles,” Zirkle added. This philosophy has earned her multiple awards for dog care along the competition trails, including the Id it a r o d ’s Hu m a n it a r i a n Award in 2005 and 2011. Regardless of race outcomes, dog sledding will remain a way of life for Zirkle. “ You get on your dog sled and you say ‘Please pull me 1,000 miles’ and a few weeks later you get off your dog sled and you look at your dogs and you say ‘Hey, thanks guys. That was great,’” she said.

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Sharing photos, videos from travels abroad The first Travel Arts Festival allowed students to showcase stories from their semesters overseas BY MAYA RAWAL Contributing Writer On Friday, Penn Abroad and Penn Summer Abroad collaborated for the Inaugural Travel Arts Festival. Held in the Fox Art Gallery in Cohen Hall, the festival showcased photographs, videos and stories from students’ travels abroad. Col lege ju n ior Mela n ie Yo u n g b e g a n t h e e v e n t by describing her time in Ghana. She started a weekly girls’ club to give young schoolgirls a way to voice their opinions. “School isn’t

a given for so many people in this world,” Young said. “[The club] definitely made me more connected to people all around the world.” A f ter ward, a few dozen people admired photos in the gallery and watched five videos from student experiences in Botswana, France, Spain and South Korea. College junior Zoe Gan attended the Cannes Film Festival this summer and included footage from the event. College senior and former Daily

Pennsylvanian staff member Quan Nguyen spent his entire junior year in Seoul, South Korea and showcased his encounters with Korean culture through a video montage. Penn Abroad Resources Coordinator Anna Spadafora worked with International Internship Manager Cara Bonnington from Penn Abroad and International Programs Coordinator Sarah Mullen from Penn Summer Abroad to organize the event. “We thought it would be a great collaboration between the programs,” Spadafora said, because the g roups a r e usu a l ly sepa r at e. I n past years, a photo contest

targeted photos from study abroad trips and has been hugely popular. Spadafora, B o n n i n g t o n a n d Mu l l e n wanted to create an alternate venue through which students could display these photos. The Travel Arts Festival concluded with stories from College sophomores Luisa Patino and Rachel Buff. Patino ended with a description of her time in Tours, France and the close bond she still shares with her host mother. Buff shared a piece of creative writing about her love for Swedish culture. “I fell for Sweden by accident and have been in love ever since,” Buff said.

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Penn students gathered for the first Travel Arts Festival showcasing student art and stories from foreign countries including France, Botswana and South Korea.


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able to make it a game, going on a run in the early second half to cut Penn’s lead to 10. Foul trouble began to plague the Red and Blue in the second half, as Henry Brooks, Cameron Gunter and Fran Dougherty — three of Penn’s top forwards — each picked up four personal fouls within the first 12 minutes of the period. But Penn took advantage of NJIT’s own foul troubles by making 26 free throws in the second period, holding off NJIT at the charity stripe. The Quakers went 35-for-42 from the line for the entire game, and it seemed that they answered with free throws every time the Highlanders cut into Penn’s lead. “It doesn’t get highlighted, and I don’t think you can practice enough shooting free throws in

Star of the game: Penn Sr. G Miles JacksonCartwright

The guard has been struggling with his scoring recently, but that didn’t stop the senior against NJIT. Jackson-Carwright went for 23 points on Saturday, including 17 in the first half. He also canned four three-pointers before halftime to give Penn a commanding lead.

Play of the game: JacksonCartwright makes fourth three-pointer.

With Penn leading by 19 with three minutes to go before the half, Jackson-Cartwright sunk a three from the left wing. After an NJIT bucket, the senior came down and did it again, hitting a trey from the right wing. The basket gave Penn a 23-point lead, the biggest disparity of the day.

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to the beginning of its Ivy doubleheaders against Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend. Yet despite Saturday’s win, Allen was not satisfied with the overall performance. “I’m happy we got the win,� he said. “But I think more impor-

tantly, this game teaches us that we have to continue to value the basketball and play for a full 40 minutes. “We have to demand more of ourselves if we want to obtain what we set out to obtain at the beginning of the season.�

formance against the formidable Chandler Smith on Sunday. Wukie, seeing his first dual action since Dec. 1, failed to score after a first period takedown against Brian Harvey. Down 18-6 and heading into the 184-pound match, No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas was able to keep the Red and Blue’s hopes alive with a 12-2 major decision over opponent Ryan Tompkins to make the score 18-10 with two bouts remaining. However, freshman Frank Mattiace was not able to keep

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Points scored by Penn guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright in the first half on Saturday. Jackson-Cartwright hit four threes against NJIT in the first 20 minutes, and wound up with 23 points on the night.

Guard Tony Hicks was instrumental in Penn’s win over NJIT on Saturday. Hicks notched 23 points, his highest total since scoring 23 against George Mason on Jan. 2.

match. Lenzi capitalized on an early takedown and added an escape late to cement the win. “It was nice to see Andrew get a win after being out for a couple weeks,� Eiter said. “He’s wrestling much better already.� Moving up the weightclasses, a solid 4-0 Casey Kent win at 165 pounds was sandwiched between losses by sophomore Ray Bethea and senior Brad Wukie. As the No. 17 wrestler in his weightclass, Kent improved to 7-1 in duals with his shutout per-

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He dropped a 9-6 decision to Logan Everett after leading 5-2 going into the last period. “Ken’s still feeling his way through things right now,� Eiter said. Similarly, at 141 pounds, Jeff Canfora lost his first dual match of 2014, 5-3, after failing to maintain a slim 3-2 advantage in the last period. Captain Andrew Lenzi, coming off a knee injury, gave the Quakers their first victory of the day with a gritty 3-1 decision over Mark Marchetti in the 149-pound



Number of free throw at tempt s combined from Penn and NJIT. The Quakers shot 42 time s from the charity stripe, missing only seven times on the night, while the Highlanders shot 65.6 percent on Saturday.

followed it up with losses at 133 and 141 pounds. T her e wer e hopes t hat standout 125-pound freshman Caleb Richardson would return from injury for his first dual match of 2014, but they were not fulfilled. “Army used [the forfeit] as a spark,� coach Rob Eiter said. Eiter described his team’s early performance, which led to a 12-0 deficit, as “flat.� F reshman Ken Bade, a 133-pounder, wasn’t able to build on a two-match winning streak.

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virtually complete games. Allen consistently talks about pushing his team to be perfect, but even he knows that idea is unrealistic. “I think we strive to play every phase of the game as best as we can,â€? Allen said following Saturday’s victory. “We’re aiming for perfection even though we know we’ll eventually fall short of that. “I didn’t think we played a complete game. I thought we had a couple of spurts that were solid but the unforced turnovers ‌ it bothered me.â€? The losses for Penn this sea-

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came from the charity stripe. Including Nelson-Henr y, Penn’s four best players combined for 66 of the team’s 89 points, with Miles JacksonCartwright and Tony Hicks scoring 23 points apiece and Fran Dougherty adding another 10. Still, the Highlanders managed to score 22 points off of Penn’s 18 turnovers. With that quartet of stars, Penn could have easily scored 100 if it ended more possessions with shots instead of the ball in NJIT’s hands. Despite Allen’s wishes, the Red and Blue certainly didn’t play perfectly against the Highlanders. But they didn’t have to. The Quakers rode Cartwright’s hot hand and Hicks’ aggressiveness to a relatively comfortable win. Sure they turned the ball over a lot, but that’s the only thing that can be held against them from this




son have piled up, and it says enough that the sample size for what Penn does right in victories is limited to just four contests. In most cases, including the four wins in 2013-14, Penn is still its own worst enemy. In their first win of the season against Monmouth, the Red and Blue gave up 23 offensive rebounds. They turned the ball over 15 times against Niagara and another 19 against Princeton. That goes without mentioning the 18 turnovers and 32 free throw attempts Penn surrendered against the Highlanders on Saturday night. All things considered, it’s kind of scary to picture how good this team could be. The Quakers racked up 89 points against NJIT, and that’s with Darien Nelson-Henry going scoreless from the field. The sophomore center’s 10 points all

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game-like situations,� Allen said. “[Free throws] are going to be important moving forward.� Despite the slow-paced finish to the game, with the two sides combining for 59 personal fouls, the Quakers still had four scorers in double figures for the first time all year, getting a game-high 23 points each from Hicks and JacksonCartwright. Darien Nelson-Henry and Dougherty — who had 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively — added 10 points each to Penn’s winning effort. The Red and Blue were dealing with a short bench, missing guards Steve Rennard and Julian Harrell while junior forward Greg Louis also sat out. But with those players inactive, coach Jerome Allen turned to a smaller rotation, relying on extended minutes from Jackson-Cartwright and Hicks, as well as sophomore guard Jamal Lewis, to make up for the lack of depth in the backcourt. Penn now goes into Iv y League play with a clean slate, bringing a 1-0 conference record



Number of field goals made by center Darien Nelson-Henry. Despite the size advantage over NJIT’S big men, the sophomore went 0-for-4 from the field, but scored 10 points from the free-throw line.

performance. Moving ahead, it’s clear what Penn needs to do as they enter the bulk of Ivy play: The team needs to play the way it did on Saturday in every conference game. If the Quakers can manage that, their games won’t be perfect. They may not even be pretty. But if Penn can limit its errors to one phase of the game while doing everything else well, it will put together complete performances. And if the Quakers do that for the rest of the season, just like against NJIT, the Ivy success that comes with it will be good enough to let Allen forget about Penn’s abysmal nonconference run.



























the Quakers in contention. He dropped his 197-pound match, 9-4, after suffering several takedowns in the final period of his match against Bryce Barnes. Senior Steve Graziano capped off the afternoon for Penn with a sudden victory of 5-3, which cemented the final margin of defeat for the Quakers. The Quakers will look to find some rhythm — albeit in tough circumstances — against undefeated Ivy foe Cornell next weekend.

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Not yet at full strength, but still going strong TRACK & FIELD | Penn sees success at non-conference meet at neighbor Haverford BY SAM ALTLAND Staff Writer If this was any other team, there might be reason for concern. Three meets into the 201314 season, the Penn men’s a nd women’s indoor track and field teams haven’t been at full strength for any contest. Neither team has had all of its players for any of its meets thus far. But for Director of Track and Field Steve Dolan’s program, that’s all just part of the plan. “These past few weekends we are still sor t of at half -speed ,” Dola n sa id. “ The way we approached this season was with the mentality that January would be our development month and that we would look to build into our harder meets in February.” With their eyes set on further development, the Quaker s spent t he weekend at the Haverford College Invitational. The Red and Blue squared of f against a f ield that included Johns Hopkins, Swar thmore, Widener and Messiah College. But while Haverford may have been just a t ra i n i ng meet for Penn, the members of each squad that did compete seemed ready for the real racing to start. On the men’s side, sopho-

Freshman Noel Jancewicz led the way for Penn . The rookie won the 800m race in 2:20.78 , f inished second in the long jump and also captured third place in the 60m hurdles. “ It f e el s g r e at t o k now that I am able to contribute to such a g reat prog ram,” Jancewicz said. “I’m pretty happy with my performance today, especially getting a personal record in hurdles.” Penn had several other toptier races on the day. Freshman Ashley Montgomery won the one-mile race with a personal best time of 5:00.93, a time that Dolan deemed to be the highlight of the day. Montgomery’s fellow freshman, Cleo Whiting, carried over her winning ways from the cross-country season to Haverford. Competing in her first-ever indoor event, Whiting won the 3,000m race in 9:54.35. Senior captain Kersie Jhabvala finished the 3,000m race at third place w ith a time of 10:16.91. T he Q ua ker s ended t he day with several more wins, including victories by junior Jenny Thompson in the triple jump, sophomore Gillian Berger in the long jump and Andrew Dierkes/Senior Staff Photographer sophomore Eliana Yankelev One of the stars of the Haverford College Invitational this weeked was sophomore Ben Bowers (left) who made the podium three times, winning the 60-meter sprint, the in the 60-meter hurdles. Next up for the Quakers 200-meter race and the 60-meter hurdles. Bowers has competed in six different events in his college career, adding the high jump and long jump to his running events. w ill be the Columbia Inv imore Ben Bowers was the nitely our team’s sprinter of mance for the Red and Blue. Clark Shurtleff placed first tational next Saturday. The standout performer for the the day,” Dolan said. “He is The junior captured the triple and second in the one-mile training wheels will almost Quakers. Bowers reached the really star ting to build up jump with a winning distance race, with times of 4:12.56 and m o s t c e r t a i n l y c o m e o f f podium three times, winning his speed, and he just had a of 14.08 meters and also fin- 4:12.80, respectively. there, and Dolan will finally the 60-meter sprint, the 200m really strong performance.” ished third in the 60m dash. However, it was the wom- see what kind of damage a race and the 60m hurdles. Jorda n Jett also had a n To cap off the day, soph- en’s team proved to be even f ull Penn squad can do on “I thought Ben was defi- excellent all-around perfor- omores Thomas Awad and more successful on Saturday. the track.

Red and Blue falter at dual meet against Ivy foe Bulldogs GYMNASTICS | The Quakers scored lowest point total in seven years at first conference meet BY ALEXIS ZIEBELMAN Associate Sports Editor On Saturday, Penn gymnastics traveled to New Haven, Conn., for its first Ivy League competition of the 2013-14 season. What started out as a possible turning point for the Red and Blue ended up with the Quakers posting their lowest score of the season thus far. Despite strong performances from junior Wynne Levy and freshman Rachel Graham, Penn fell to the Bulldogs, 184.350-182.800. The Quakers have yet to break 190.000 this season, a mark that usually isn’t difficult for the team to reach. Last season, Penn failed to break 190 only twice, and both times ended with the Quakers accumulating 189. Saturday’s dual meet began on the uneven bars where no

Penn gymnast broke a 9.0. The Red and Blue’s highest scorer was junior Makeda Constable, who placed sixth on the event with an 8.975. Vault was Penn’s highest scoring event. Levy and Graham tied for first in the event with a 9.425, helping Penn rack up 46.6 total points on the event. Floor exercise also gave the Quakers a first-place spot. Sophomore Carissa Lim scored a 9.600. The Red and Blue’s last event of the day was on the balance beam. Penn also had some success in this event, but only one score was in the 9.0 range. Junior Amber Woo placed second with a 9.550. Though there were some high points, Saturday’s meet was ultimately a disappointment. The meet marked Penn’s lowest point total since the 20062007 season. With much of the season still to come, the Quakers need to work on becoming more consistent and harness the young talent they have in order to contend in Ivy play down the line.

Penn has momentum as Ivy play begins W. HOOPS from page 10 goal is just to affect shots,” Stipanovich said. While Stipanovich was taking care of the team’s dirty work, her fellow frontcourt starter — junior Kara Bonenberger — was carrying the load on the offensive end with her aggressive play. Propelled by 15 points on an efficient 3-for-3 shooting per for mance f rom Bonenberger, the Quakers led the

Highlanders by 12 at the half. With senior guard Alyssa Baron str uggling with her shot, NJIT hung around for the first few minutes of the second half, but Penn’s offensive efficiency proved to be too much to overcome. With 10 minutes remaining in the ga me, the Qua kers had expanded their lead to 20, and they didn’t look back. Bonenberger followed her career-best 20-point performance against the Owls with a team-high 18 points. “She has put together a string of great games, and it’s just her basketball maturity,” McLaughlin said. Stipanovich and junior forward Katy Allen also chipped i n 21 p oi nt s combi ned as



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TWO’S COMPANY, 89’S A CROWD M. HOOPS | Miles JacksonCartwright and Tony Hicks lead Penn to victory in final non-Ivy League matchup

quickly recovered from its loss to St. Joseph’s and came out firing on all cylinders, holding on in a foul-filled second half to win, 89-74. After scoring just 23 points in the first half of its previous game against St. Joe’s, the Quakers (4-11) displayed offensive firepower from the opening tip, taking a 12-2 lead in the first four minutes. “The way they came out and played in the first half was really impressive,” NJIT coach Jim Engles said.

BY STEVEN TYDINGS Senior Sports Editor What a difference a week makes. With a struggling NJIT squad making its way to the Palestra on Saturday night, Penn men’s basketball

“That might be one of the better first halves [from] a team we’ve played against all year.” The Highlanders (8-13) responded with a small run, but then Miles Jackson-Cartwright and Tony Hicks got going. The duo combined for 27 points in the first half. Jackson-Cartwright went 5-for-8 from the field and made four threes on the way to 17 points, while Hicks made two threes, scoring 10 points in the opening frame.

“We just wanted to come out and have a great start,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “We haven’t had too many of those, so we were just focused on coming out with the right pace.” Penn’s offense had the advantage in almost every category in the first half, outrebounding NJIT, 26-11, while going 8-for-10 from beyond-thearc. However, the Quakers were still hampered by turnovers, coughing up the ball 10 times en route to a 47-32







lead at the break. “We’ve been really trying to focus in on [turnovers] all year,” coach Jerome Allen said. “To be honest with you, I wish I had an exact answer. “We don’t value the basketball. Sometimes, we just play basketball without understanding that each possession is important.” Taking advantage of all the Quakers’ turnovers, the Highlanders were


Penn finishes non-Ivy play with NJIT win W. HOOPS | Quakers put Highlanders away early, as Stipanovich finishes with eight blocks after a stellar first half BY COLIN HENDERSON Associate Sports Editor

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With the toughest stretch of its schedule completed and Ivy League play fast approaching, Saturday’s matchup at home against the NJIT presented itself as the eye of the storm for Penn women’s basketball. After a thrilling midweek win over Temple, however, the Quakers did not allow themselves to be lulled by the calm before next weekend’s Ivy League storm. Playing in its final nonconference matchup of the 2013-14 season, the Red and Blue took care of business on Saturday night, handily defeating the Highlanders, 84-48. “It was a week of challenging competition, and we matched the intensity level [of earlier in the week] right away,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. The win allowed the Quakers (10-5) to set the record for best nonconference mark in school history. No other team in Penn’s women’s basketball history reached double-digit wins before Ivy play. The Highlanders (5-18) entered the game on a two-game losing streak after losses to Harvard and a struggling Dartmouth team. Given the circumstances, the Quakers could have been complacent in their matchup against NJIT. But that wasn’t the case. In the second start of her career, freshman center Sydney Stipanovich set the tone for her team early. Only eight minutes into the game, the rookie had already recorded a staggering six blocks and six rebounds. She ended the game with a Penn single-game record of eight blocks. “I was just trying to stay straight up, and my main


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s Penn basketball gets ready for the Ivy League homestretch of this season, there are a few takeaways from the Quakers’ less-than- stellar 14-game nonconference stretch. Unfortunately, most of them are points that coach Jerome Allen has heard enough about.

Losing the rebounding margin. Stupid fouls. Turnovers. Blowing large leads to inferior teams like Rider. More turnovers. Not showing up for games against La Salle, St. Joseph’s and Iowa. That list is probably long enough to keep Allen up at night. But there’s one other trend that the team can reflect on as it prepares for the rest of Ivy play: When Penn plays a near-complete game, when the Quakers limit their boneheadedness to a sole phase of the game, they tend to come out on top. Take a look at Penn’s four wins this season and it’s clear how Penn won. Against Niagara, Monmouth, Princeton and now NJIT, the Quakers played

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Black Knights spear Red and Blue WRESTLING | Penn can’t rally back from 12-0 hole, falls to Army in first meeting since 2007-08 campaign BY SEAMUS POWERS Staff Writer

vs. Army “Army Strong.” Penn wrestling was not. The Quakers dropped their Sunday afternoon match to their EIWA foe, 2113, at the Palestra despite two seniors returning to the lineup. The Red and Blue (4-4, 3-2 EIWA), who won their last contest against Army, 25-9, in 2008, struggled in put-

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Senior 149-pounder Andrew Lenzi enjoyed a successful return to the lineup after missing last weekend’s dual meets with an injury, defeating Army’s Mark Marchetti by decision, 3-1. ting success together, failing to win any back-to-back matches against the Black Knights (6-3, 5-3) and tallying just four wins on the afternoon. Penn highlights included the reli-

able Casey Kent and Lorenzo Thomas scooping up decisions, heavyweight Steve Graziano winning his first dual


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