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MEET THE NEW 5B The leaders of Penn’s minority student groups shared their plans with The DP ROBERTA NIN FELIZ Staff Reporter
his semester the 5B, the umbrella groups which house different minority groups on campus, elected a new executive board. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with the chairs of each organization to see what’s in store for this semester.
Chair of Asian Pacific Student Coalition: Wharton junior Yen-Yen Gao Daily Pennsylvanian: What are three things you want to work on this semester? YG: Something I want to work on is making our community more inclusive and open. We want to make it so that anyone who wants to be a part of APSC can be a part of it without feeling like they can’t be in it if they don’t identify as Asian. We want to make our cultural house more open to anyone, our APSC general body meetings more open to people and making sure our constituent groups do so as well. We want to bridge the gap between different ethnicities as well as domestic and international students. Externally, with the 5B, we want to work on how we work with each other to present things to the administration and how we can come up with a united agenda. DP: What do you want the APSC to be
known for in the Penn community? YG: I want the APSC to be known as the organization that ties together so many different groups and as the foundation of the API community. I want APSC to be the foundation that’s serving the community and helping our constituent groups accomplish what they want to accomplish and showing the Penn community, through our constituent groups, how diverse and active the API community is. DP: If you could describe you goal/ mission for this semester in a few words, what would they be and why? YG: Unity through diversity because we have to accept that throughout our community and among the 5B we are all very diverse and you can’t fit everyone into the same mold. You really have to respect the diversity within every community and make that a positive attribute and incorporate that into everything we do. We always learn more when everyone’s voice is heard.
Chair of the Lambda Alliance: College junior Sean Collins DP: What are three things you want to work on this semester? SC: One major thing is getting more
resources out to queer students. One of the things that we’re working on is an LGBTQ+/queer resource guide so they can be given to RAs or just be on the LGBT center website as one big PDF with a paragraph about all the big resources on campus so students can utilize those even if they’re afraid to reach out to someone in the community. A second thing is responding to adversity. We had preachers and all of that. And when those things occur we want to have queer spaces that people can go to and respond in the way that they feel appropriate for themselves and to show that Penn is not a community like that. Third thing is I really want to help our constituent groups collaborate across campus and work with groups we don’t normally associate with. DP: What do you want the Lambda Alliance to be known for in the Penn community? SC: We want to be known an advocacy group that is aiming for acceptance within all of the other movements happening. One of the roles Lambda has, in addition to creating its own political movements, is helping other groups on campus make their initiatives more accepting. So if we see something that might be problematic on their posters, we can go and train them on things like how gay men experiences sexual assault or trans women of color. DP: If you could describe you goal/ mission for this semester in a few words,
what would they be and why? SC: Have people feel comfortable, because with all of the crazy things that happened at Penn, if queer students and all students feel comfortable being at Penn, that makes their time at Penn more comfortable. If you’re not feeling safe here at Penn you’re not going to want to engage in extracurriculars or academics. It’s just not a pleasant experience.
Chair of Latin@ Coalition: College sophomore Caleb Diaz (Caleb’s co-chair, Brailinson Disla, was abroad during the time of the interview and not available to be interviewed for this piece.) DP: What are three things you want to work on this semester? CD: The first thing is to increase collaboration between the 5Bs, and in the past there hasn’t really been any collaboration so that’s a big goal for us. In terms of the LC, we want to work on the relationship between the administration, especially in terms of getting funding, because I think we aren’t getting as much funding as we deserve. We also want to increase collaboration between all the constituent groups. We feel that some groups are a little bit more exclusive when they shouldn’t be. Every group
Calvary Rogers should be interacting with each other and having events. DP: What do you want the Latin@ Coalition to be known for in the Penn community? CD: We want the LC to be known as a representative voice. We want everyone’s voice to be heard and to be the bridge between the Latinx’s on campus and the administration. DP: If you could describe your goal/ mission for this semester in a few words, what would they be and why? CD: Increase collaboration, because it’s so important we collaborate because you can’t get things done if you’re one person. And we’re all Latinx’s and we want to celebrate culture, but what better way to do that than involve everyone.
Chair of United Minorities Council: College junior Krisna Maddy DP: What are three things you want to work on this semester? KM: One is increasing UMC’s involvement in the community because I think that we’re in a special position because we represent all minorities on campus. We’re in this awkward place SEE 5B PAGE A3
New scholarship created for student leaders in mental health
New group aims to engage AsianAmerican women
The scholarship was created by the Stephanie Becker Fund
Its members call themselves the “Spice Collective”
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A new endowed scholarship has been created to support students who distinguish themselves as leaders in mental wellness. The Stephanie Becker Fund created the scholarship and endowed it with $150,000 in honor of its namesake and 2006 College graduate Stephanie Becker, who died in 2012. Since its founding, the Stephanie Becker Fund has actively promoted mental health both on and off campus. Her family, who set up the fund immediately after her death, wants to promote “parity” between physical health and mental health. A person suffering from a physical injury would not feel ashamed asking for a help, but someone suffering from mental illness would not feel as comfortable, said Michael Becker, Stephanie’s brother. Even though mental illness carries a stigma and often goes untreated, it remains pervasive among college students. Currently, suicide is the thirdleading cause of death among people aged 15-24, and one in ten college students have considered suicide. Penn in particular has grappled with mental health and suicide, especially in recent years. The scholarship’s announcement comes as Penn
Aiming to fill a gap in the community of Penn cultural groups, two College juniors started the Spice Collective, which focuses on the intersection of gender and race in the Asian-American women’s community. Previously named About APA Women, the Spice Collective provides a forum for women of Asian descent to discuss social, academic, political and
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The Spice Collective , founded recently, is a cultural group aiming to engage Asian-American women throughout Penn.
economic issues. The group recently became a part of the branch organization Pan-Asian American Community House, and is currently working on constructing a policy agenda, inspired by the one set forth by the Black Lives Matter movement. Co-founders Miru Osuga and Meghana Nallajerla-Yellapragada were inspired to establish the Spice Collective to empower Asian-Pacific American women at Penn and provide a space for them to explore their gender and ethnic identity. SEE SPICE COLLECTIVE PAGE A6
Penn researchers use $1.4 million grant to stop hacking The grant was awarded by the Natl. Science Foundation SARAH FORTINSKY Staff Reporter
As news of Russia’s alleged hack of the Democratic National Convention dominates national political news, a team of four Penn researchers
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have just published new research that takes steps toward explaining certain breaches in online security. Just over one year ago, the team of two computer scientists and two mathematicians — Nadia Heninger and Brett Hemenway, and Ted Chinburg and Zachary Scherr respectively — received a four-year $1.1 million grant from the National Science
Foundation. The team’s research has real-world applications on a personal level and the national level. The systems they study are the same systems that protect email accounts of regular people and the classified accounts of government officials. “The government wants to determine just how secure various
communication systems are,” Chinburg said. “And this kind of work is relevant to that because it says, for example, the implementation of different methods has to be done properly or else there’s potential of leakage of secrets.” Even though the focus of her team’s SEE GRANT PAGE A6
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Group brings students of all faiths together Student-led group meets biweekly at Houston Hall
topics ranging from the definition of love to feminism in Islam. Each week a student chooses a passage from their religion’s scripture and shares it with the group. The group then launches into an hour-long discussion on the theme or question posed by that scripture, making connections to their own experiences or religions. The group was started in the spring semester of 2015 with the help of Associate Chaplain Steve Kocher to bring together graduate and undergraduate students who shared an interest in religion and scripture. The goal of the group, as cofounding member and Physics and Astronomy graduate student Saul Kohn said, is to “make plain how connected everyone is”. He said the group provides an open
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According to the Quran, God made humans differently so we can all get to know one another. The interfaith group “Sharing Our Scriptures” has taken this teaching to heart, as their group has become a space for students to explore their religious beliefs through the lens of other religions. This student-led group includes both undergraduate and graduate students, and has members that practice Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. It meets biweekly in the Spiritual and Religious Life Center in Houston Hall to discuss
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One campus group aims to bring students of all schools and faiths together through biweekly discussions of holy texts and scriptures.
and supportive atmosphere where students “don’t need to be apologetic” about asking questions. The students a r e n’t
Wharton MBA ranked No. 1 The list included 34 other MBA programs RACHEL LIU Staff Reporter
The Wharton MBA in Marketing is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to College Choice, a college ranking website. The list compiled the 35 best master’s in marketing programs for 2017 across the country. The ranking took into account numerous factors such as average early career salary, available financial aid, the University’s academic reputation and average credit hour cost. Although different sources use different weighting systems in their rankings, many different lists have consistently ranked the Wharton MBA in Marketing highly. Chairperson of the Wharton School’s Marketing Department Eric T. Bradlow found it significant that multiple sources rank Wharton as a top program, rather than this specific ranking. “It’s the longevity of the ranking and the consistency of the
“necessarily an expert in their religion,” said co-founder and Graduate School of Education student Irteza Binte-Farid. To join
the group you don’t “have to feel like [you’re] the most religious person in the world,” she added. The group sees itself as a celebration of connectedness, as students learn to not only connect with other religions, but their own as well. College and Engineering senior Gautam Nagaraj said the discussions are “an opportunity to learn” and have helped him see “different interpretation[s]” of his faith. These biweekly meetings are a place where many graduate students feel they can connect with the larger Penn community. Binte-Faird said that, as a graduate student, she “didn’t really feel that integrated” into the larger campus. Since joining the group, she’s been able to “meet people of various backgrounds”, including those in different schools or
Neuroscientist named Penn Integrates Knowledge prof. Jay Gottfried will come to Penn from Northwestern DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor
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The Wharton MBA in Marketing is the No.1 master’s in marketing program in College Choice’s 2017 ranking.
ranking that gives us a clear signal from the marketplace that Wharton Marketing is doing something right,” Bradlow said. Bradlow said that part of the Wharton MBA’s attractiveness is its emphasis on data-based decision making, as well as its focus on the practicality of the course content. For example, Bradlow starts off every lecture by discussing relevant news to incentivize practical and relevant problem-solving. Marketing professor Peter Fader said the breadth of
opportunities to specialize that the department offers is what makes the program stand out. “It comes down to two things: size and scope,” Fader said. “Some of the brightest students in the world come in with great intellect, and it’s our job to provide great content that is relevant for the kinds of jobs that they will be taking”, Bradlow said. Fader said he was “thrilled that the external market is recognizing something we’ve known for a long time.”
majors. Students see the group as a way to form relationships with people who are different from them. Nagaraj said that learning about religion is a unique way to “learn what makes other people tick” and was surprised to find that even though members practice different faiths, they “are pretty similar in what [they] believe.” Binte-Faird noted that recently religion is a topic that’s “so crucial maybe even more crucial than it was before.” She sees religion as “a bridging mechanism” and believes that “a lot of positive change that can come out [of interfaith groups working together] even in this tumultuous post-election era.” “Religion can be very beautiful and very unifying,” Binte-Faird said.
Jay Gottfried, a neuroscientist who studies how the brain translates perception into smells, will join the University faculty as the 18th Penn Integrates Knowledge professor, according to an announcement by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price. The PIK program, launched by Gutmann in 2005, recruits faculty with expertise across disciplines to teach at Penn. PIK professors must have appointments in at least two University schools.
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Once he arrives at Penn on July 1, 2017, from his current post at Northwestern University, Gottfried will have joint faculty appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the
Department of Psychology. His appointment at Penn marks a return of sorts to Philadelphia, where he previously held a neurology residency from 1998 to 2001, according to a statement released by the University. “Jay Gottfried is a pioneer in research that is unlocking mysteries of our sense of smell,” Gutmann said in the statement. “His pathbreaking work already has brought important new insights into the neuroscience of smell by taking a boldly interdisciplinary approach to understand the broad range of physical and psychological dimensions of the phenomenon.” Gottfried was not immediately available for comment on his appointment.
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where we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, so I think a good place to start is to not only represent minorities on campus but get involved in the community. The other thing is to increase our political voice on campus and our political presence because in the past we’ve been more socially oriented, having events that bring different groups together. The third thing is community building within the minorities, so trying to breakdown the divide between different minority groups on campus. In the basement of ARCH, we have La Casa, PAACH and Makuu, and it’s like we’re together but we’re not really together. DP: What do you want the United Minorities Council to be known for in the Penn community? KM: For representing organizations that don’t have a clear voice. For example, UMC has a lot of groups that don’t belong to any other umbrella group
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faces increased scrutiny over mental health issues among students — twelve students have died by suicide over the last four years, and Penn has responded by extending CAPS hours, training faculty to identify mental illness and centralizing resources online, among other things. Becker, remembering his initial response to his sister’s death, believes there are two options when tragedy strikes: turn inward and grieve, or turn outward and try to prevent similar losses. Just as he and his family founded the Stephanie Becker Fund after Stephanie’s death, the new memorial scholarship is, in many ways, a response to the recent string of suicides on Penn’s campus. “We are hoping that in creating this Stephanie Becker Fund scholarship, we can have a direct impact on UPenn’s campus,” he said. “And ultimately, we hope that leads to fewer tragedies like this in
like Penn for Immigrant Rights, and they’re an organization that wouldn’t necessarily be under Lambda or UMOJA. I want UMC to be the go-to place for groups that feel like don’t have another group to be a part of, and hopefully we can be a home for them. DP: If you could describe you goal/mission for this semester in a few words, what would they be and why? KM: Political activism and promoting interculturalism. Because we want to increase our political awareness and promoting interculturalism is the basis by which UMC does what it does.
Co-chairs of UMOJA: Col lege sophomore Calvary Rogers and Wharton junior Briana Johnson DP: What are three things you want to work on this semester? BJ: At the top of our list collectively is making sure that physical
the future.” The scholarship will be part of Penn’s named scholarship program, in which students who qualify for financial aid are paired with donors who fund their aid based on the student’s interests and goals. Typically, scholarships are paid out to students in lieu of a portion of the grants they would typically receive from Penn’s financial aid. The scholarship, in total $150,000, is funded equally by the Stephanie Becker Fund and by Penn and will be awarded to a student every year. Scholarships of this type are typically funded through an initial gift, but continue in perpetuity through endowment returns and continued support from the donors. “What we hope is that they [endowed scholarships] are a philanthropic home at Penn for the family to continue to build for years to come,” said Maryann O’Leary Salas, director of development for undergraduate financial aid. This is not the first time the Stephanie Becker Fund has supported mental health initiatives at
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017 health and mental health-related resources are available to black students on campus. Obviously Penn has SHS and CAPS, but I want to make sure that we’re encouraged to take care of ourselves by the University, especially when traumatic events are happening and we feel like we’re under this Ivy League pressure and we have to push that part of ourselves aside. CR: One big thing is tapping into our history. A lot of times we do demands and protests but we never look at what did students in the past do at Penn. What were demands 30 years ago, because it’s basically the same administration? If tap into our history we can definitely be more effective moving forward. Sexual assault and education is really a big thing for me. It’s not an issue specific to the black community, but it’s definitely important. DP: What do you want UMOJA to be known for in the Penn community? BJ: I think something we started last semester was building this sense of a) trust with the
constituents, b) trust with the administration and this sense of effective urgency. We want to make sure that everyone — staff,
DP: If you could describe you goal/mission for this semester in a few words, what would they be and why?
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faculty, students, organizations — on this campus know that we are as much of a resource on this campus as they are and we are in a position to affect change and hopefully they’ll see progress on the three initiatives we said before. CR: For me, it’s definitely transparency between the administration because I think the administration sometimes doesn’t have a link to students and what they want. I also want there to be transparency from students to the administration because sometimes students don’t know exactly how UMOJA and the administration work together. It makes the community as a whole feel safe.
CR: Empowerment, safety, transparency. Empowerment because every black student on campus needs to feel empowered. I know after the GroupMe incident, I was more black than I was a student, and those should never be two separate things. I’m a black student. BJ: I just think that we need to understand we are entitled to that empowerment. It’s not something that somebody should make us
feel empowered. When you wake up in the morning you should feel empowered. CR: Every black student needs to feel safe on campus. We all know what’s it like to not feel safe on campus and you’re not a student anymore. You’re just black, on a campus, sitting in a class you can’t focus on. We came here to be students. If not, I could have just stayed home. BJ: Regardless of the disproportionate financial aid status among black students here on campus, we pay something to be here. We don’t pay to be harassed. We don’t pay to feel endangered. I am not going to pay you money to make me feel unsafe or give me anxiety. These interviews have been lightly edited for length and clarity.
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A new endowed scholarship has been set up for student leaders in mental health and wellness and named after a former student.
Penn. The Fund has also worked with Counseling and Psychological Services to fund specific I-CARE training sessions in Stephanie’s memory — multi-hour training sessions offered to various Penn groups that teach how to identify and manage mental health issues. This spring, CAPS plans to offer a few sessions in which Stephanie’s life will be “prominently highlighted” — perhaps for campus organizations in which she was
involved, such as the Greek community. Meeta Kumar, Director of Outreach and Prevention at CAPS, who has worked with the Becker Fund to facilitate the I-CARE trainings, hopes the new memorial scholarship will shed light on the important issue of mental health. “I think it grabs people’s attention, I think it speaks to, again, important commitment towards this issue,” Kumar said.
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The shirt read “THE PUSSY GRABS BACK,” accompanied by a drawing of a kitten attacking Donald Trump’s face. My mother stared at it in horror. “Where did you get this?” she asked, and I answered, “Uh. Just, I don’t know, they were selling them to support a nonprofit and I figured I’d help. I don’t wear it outside.” That was a partial lie; I wore mine around campus. “I’m throwing this out. It’s disgusting,” she said and dropped it in the kitchen trash can. I thought the comment wasn’t justified — why was it alright for Trump to say pussy in private to his peers, but it wasn’t alright for me to wear around campus? In my eyes, the shirt was perfectly valid, tonguein-cheek protest in reaction to a disgusting comment that Trump had made. Like many other Penn students, I am in the unenviable position of having significant political differences with members of my family. I am what, at
Penn, would be considered center-left and outside of Penn would be very decidedly left; I am a contributor to the great media machine, and I participate in protests. My mom is a conservative who supports many of Donald Trump’s policies and claims that “the media is misrepresenting him, and he’s actually a good man.” She has un-ironically told me that “your generation is being brainwashed by the liberal media,” which tells you everything that you need to know about her political worldview. In a weird sort of way, it is a blessing to have alternate viewpoints in the family. For all that the media is meant to function as an unbiased vehicle, there is always an angle and a story to every article. In the newspapers, Trump supporters like my mother do not fit the narrative of the disenfranchised white working class. And, as much as I am loathe to agree with my mom about politics these
days, I do agree that it is a problem that neither side seems able to listen to each other, and that people on both sides feel disempowered to speak up. It’s a problem that I am unable to voice my con-
many of his supporters, I suspect that these are in fact the main reasons to support Trump. But for many, this might not be the case, or perhaps these attitudes stem from larger concerns that these supporters do
Moralizing might feel good, it might feel right and justified in the moment. But at the end of the day, we have to live with those who have differing opinions than ours.” cerns and viewpoints to those on the right without being dismissed as young, “brainwashed” and overly sensitive because of modern “PC culture.” At the same time, those on the left dismissing Trump supporters or other alternative viewpoints as purely stemming from racism, xenophobia and such are premature. For
not feel are not being addressed, such as the fear of the changing world we live in. I’d argue that perhaps not listening to these concerns, even when they seem ill-founded, might be more detrimental than castigating them immediately. The counterargument to that statement is that listening to Trump supporters is
the same as condoning the more racist and sexist viewpoints that some supporters hold, which is ethically incorrect. And perhaps it is. But it is also ethically questionable to wear fastfashion clothing and to purchase Apple products, and if I know anything about Penn students — and college-aged Americans as a whole — it is that we do both these things extensively. The easily-perceived take away from my argument is that I think “supporting Trump is okay and great”; however, that is not what I am saying. I offer a far more basic hypothesis: that perhaps getting caught in the morality or ethics of a situation and your personal ethical views on a decision blinds you to the myriad reasons that people have for making choices. For instance, if one assumes that everything the mass media says about a candidate is untrue, then perhaps it makes perfect sense from that perspective to support
ISABEL KIM that candidate. In the end, I suppose I am just making a comment about perspective, and how narrow it can be on both sides of the political divide. Moralizing might feel good; it might feel right and justified in the moment. But at the end of the day, we have to live with those who have differing opinions than ours. We may as well try and understand them. ISABEL KIM is a College junior from Warren, NJ, studying English and Fine Arts. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. “It Keeps Happening” usually appears every other Thursday.
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Last semester was honestly the worst semester I’ve had at Penn so far. And all because of one thing: the white professors I’ve had at Penn. It appears that the term “privilege” does not apply to them. Nor do they care to learn what it is. Imagine being a black student on Penn’s campus with even one of these types of professors. I had three. And each one of those professors either did not care to learn about their white privilege, or lied to me and said that they did. Understanding their privileges to them is very different. They think that by not saying racist comments in class, they are doing good. Not knowing that that half-hearted attempt further contributes to the oppression that I experience in my predominantly white classrooms. One of my professors, for example, constantly perpetuated these systems
of oppression in class. He is a white man from the suburbs. And as the only black student in the class, I was already fearing the possibility of getting mad over something stupid that he was going to say. But I gave him a chance. Unfortunately, he proved my suspicions to be true. There were countless times that his lack of acknowledgment of his privilege led to some of the trauma that I experienced in class. He would show images of slaves on plantations and even allow students to say ignorant comments in class. I remember having an intense conversation after class. I basically told him that what he was doing was traumatic to me, and as someone who has experienced a lot of racial trauma in his life, I would not allow him to continue. He then used the argument that, in order to make the class a “safe space,” he had to protect the voices
of all students in the class. This is where the problem arose for me. This is the same argument that #AllLivesMatter people use. They argue that everyone should be equal and that no life is more im-
So, because my professor wanted to protect the voices of the white students who benefit from black oppression, the oppression unfortunately continued. It even led to me mentally breaking
It is also not enough to be a nice person. Your niceness does not mean that you are not capable of contributing to racial systems of oppression.” portant than another, not recognizing that since we live in a society that does not value black lives, we cannot assume that everyone is on the same playing field. That is the epitome of privilege: assuming that everyone had the same comfortable life that you did.
down in the classroom. And while trying to console me, he said, “There is no way that I could acquire the wisdom that you possess.” That was exactly what I needed to hear! I think he thought that that was a compliment. I stopped going to his class for a month. With different emotions going
through my head from not only this class but from the Trump election, I did not want to step foot into another white space until I made sure that my mental health was restored. These are the types of things that happen when white teachers do not want to acknowledge their privileges; they can psychologically hurt their students. It is not enough to be aware of your privilege. It is also not enough to be a nice person. Your niceness does not mean that you are not capable of contributing to racial systems of oppression. It is not enough that you are sorry for the injustices caused by your people. It is not enough that you read one article on the Black Lives Matter movement because your black friend recommended it to you. It is not enough that you gave your black students extensions on their papers because Trump got elected. The truth is, you as a
JAMES FISHER single person cannot make up for the horrific things that white people have done to us throughout human history. But that does not mean that you do not have the power to stop yourself from oppressing the students that you teach every day. You have to be invested in stopping racism and oppression every day, not just on your free time. JAMES FISHER is a College sophomore from the Bronx, NY, studying Communications. His email address is jafish@ sas.upenn.edu. “Spilling the Real Tea” usually appears eve r y o t h e r T hur s d ay.
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“We both felt like there was misogyny in different APA spaces and we wanted to build a femmecentered APA space where that could be addressed and processed,” Nallajerla-Yellapragada said. Through bi-monthly meetings, the organization focuses primarily on group discussion to explore topics within the Asian-American community such as sexuality and feminism. “The Spice Collective is about creating a space for participants to really shape the discussion and come to their own conclusions about topics they presented,” Osuga said. “It is about the reclamation of identities from being societally imposed to collectively
created.” College sophomore Soomin Shin, a member of the Spice Collective, said the discourse that took place between the members encouraged them to also consider adding an activist role to the group by developing a policy agenda. “When we reflect what it means to be an Asian-American and a woman in this country it’s not hard to see that there is a lot of oppression.” Shin said. “We all felt very energized to take action.” Nursing junior Valerie Bai, another member of the Spice Collective, said the group’s development of a policy agenda was an attempt to further empower and celebrate their ethnic and gender identities. “It was all about how we see ourselves and how we approach asserting ourselves within our
communities,” Bai said. The agenda will include topics that the group feels are significant for the Asian-American women’s community. Topics in discussion for the agenda include sensitivity training and diverse representation in faculty and increased accessibility to mental health resources. Osuga said the agenda is targeted towards both the immediate Asian-American community at Penn as well as higher level figures such as the University’s board of trustees and administration. “We wanted to see how we can organize ourselves to mobilize the fuel that we’ve got going,” she said. “I hope that this will be a space from which we can all come out thinking critically of what our position is within Penn, America, and the world.”
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primary research has been on cryptography and number theory, Heninger said she is not surprised that Internet security has recently emerged as a hot topic in the political arena. She said scientists have been warning of the dangers of cyber breaches for decades, and she only wishes it had been addressed sooner. On a personal level, Heninger describes technological advancements as both as “danger” and as an “opportunity.”
“You can give all your emails to Google, and it will do awesome machine learning and learn things about you and anticipate your every need before you even need to ask, so that’s an opportunity,” Heninger said. “But it’s also a danger if your password gets compromised, and someone gets everything about you from birth, for example.” Heninger said she does not foresee this problem disappearing any time soon. “We are slowly getting better in some sense, but the dangers are getting worse because more
things are online, and I suspect that it will continue to get worse before it gets better in any real way,” she said. Chinburg agrees that the team’s work will only become more important. “I would strongly recommend that students that find security issues interesting and find math interesting think seriously about taking courses about cryptography, about abstract algebra and about how those two subjects combine,” Chinburg said. “Because they are quite relevant to the future of society generally.”
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In a heartbreaking loss at Ivy League favorite Princeton on Saturday, Penn men’s basketball proved that it could compete with the league’s finest. The next step for coach Steve Donahue’s squad? Showing it can beat the best. This weekend, the Quakers will have an opportunity to do
just that in their first Ivy League doubleheader of the season, hosting defending champion Yale on Friday before welcoming Brown to the Palestra on Saturday. “When you have home games, you want to control your home court, and that’s important to us,” Donahue said. “Even more than that, we’ve gotta prove it to
ourselves that we can beat teams back-to-back in this league.” In last weekend’s defeat, a Penn (6-6, 0-1 Ivy) team riding a threegame win streak finally cooled off, allowing a 17-8 game-ending run by the Tigers and leaving an awfully bitter taste in the Quakers’ mouths. “It was a disappointing loss; it
just makes us want to go harder, since we know that we can beat any team in front of us,” senior forward Matt Howard said. “We know how good we can be, since we didn’t even play that well and still ran with one of the top teams in the league.” But unfortunately for the Red and Blue, things might not be much easier against a Yale (8-5, 0-0) team that has defied expectations despite seeing its personnel from last year’s championship squad decimated by the graduation of four starters and a season-ending injury to NCAA
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Tournament breakout star Makai Mason. The Bulldogs, who have compiled a 24-4 record in league play over the last two seasons, have shown that there’s been no rebuilding necessary for coach James Jones’ program – only reloading. Star freshmen Miye Oni and Jordan Bruner have made immediate impacts, both averaging double figures scoring. But the most unprecedented breakout has come from sophomore guard Alex Copeland, who scored only 16 total points against Division I
opponents a season ago but has since emerged with a team-leading 13.3 points per game. “They’ve proven that they’re still good; the young kids that played minor roles last year are much better than people anticipated,” Donahue said. “They’ve always been a top team, and that’s no different.” Regardless of Friday’s result, it will be important for the Quakers to avoid a letdown on Saturday against Brown (9-7, 0-0). Though the Bears were predicted to finish SEE M. HOOPS PAGE B2
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With Penn women’s basketball taking on its first Ivy doubleheader, senior center Sydney Stipanovich will need to dominate as always.
as they begin to move into the heart of Ivy play this weekend. With two home games against Yale (9-4, 0-0) on Friday and Brown (9-4, 0-0) on Saturday, this weekend gives them a chance to further their title defense. Riding a four-game win streak, the Red and Blue are playing some of their best basketball of the season – and at just the right time. They seem
to have worked out several of the kinks from their early season struggles, and are firing on all cylinders up and down the lineup just in time for the bulk of Ivy play. “We’re starting to click better,” junior for wa rd Michelle Nwokedi said. “We’re working really hard in practice together. I think SEE W. HOOPS PAGE B2
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No. 1 vs. No. 2. It doesn’t get any more important than this. Penn squash has a highstakes weekend coming up, including a top-two clash for the women against top-ranked Harvard. It came down to the same two teams at the CSA National Cha mpionsh ips last yea r, when Penn lost to Harvard in a heartbreaking 5-4 match, and memories of that matchup lie
fresh in the minds of the team. “When you ask, ‘Is that day still fresh in your mind,’ I say, ‘Absolutely,’” women’s coach Jack Wyant said. “I’m really looking forward to Saturday as an opportunity to compete with Harvard again.” Penn’s women (2-0) and men (2-3) start their conference play every year against the Crimson (both 1-0, 1-0 Ivy), and last year’s result on the women’s side was a 6-3 loss for the eventual national runners-up. Perhaps with a 6-3 loss to open Ivy play last year and a 5-4 loss to end their postseason run, the women might just grab one more game this time around to shift the balance to a 5-4 win. “That’s our goal,” Wyant said. “Our goal is to play well enough to be competitive. A lot of people have said that Harvard’s team is the best women’s college squash team of all time ... they’re very incredibly talented. And we’re relishing the opportunity to be able to compete with them, and we’re going to try our damned-est to
be successful.” But Harvard isn’t the only opponent for the Red and Blue this weekend. Both teams start off against the Crimson on Saturday, but then host Dartmouth the following day in a match-up they can’t afford to overlook. The women may have bested the Big Green last year by a 9-0 scoreline, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. And the men only slid past the same team in an even 5-4 match. If either set of Quakers wants to take the Ivy crown this year, it’ll have to make it past Dartmouth as well as Harvard. After Dartmouth, though, the women’s side still isn’t done. Two more days of nonconference competition lie ahead after Sunday, with a Monday matchup against Trinity and a Tuesday tout with Drexel waiting in the wings. “We have four consecutive days of competition, which is unprecedented in my tenure of 13 years,” Wyant said. “We’re SEE SQUASH PAGE B2
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For one Pen n women’s squash player, the rise to the top just keeps on going. While the rest of campus was taking time off in December, sophomore Reeham Salah had a busy winter break, traveling to France to compete for Team USA in the World Women’s Team Squash Championships. And for her exploits, Squash Player Magazine awarded her Female Player of the Month for January. T he 19-yea r- old playe d against amateur played against the world’s best professionals, including world No. 11
Sarah-Jane Perry from England and No. 17, Delia Arnold from Malaysia. While Salah couldn’t best Per ry, losing in a five-set match, she did manage to pull an upset off Arnold, winning 3-2 in what she told Squash Player Magazine was “my best career win.” “It definitely was such an honor to be nominated and win the Player of the Month in the world award for squash,” Salah said. “The last few months the award was given to number 1, 2, and 3 in the world, so to be in a batch with such successful squash players humbles me greatly. This award has allowed me to set new goals for 2017 and given me a new-found confidence for my upcoming competition.” That upcoming competition
just went out there and played with all I had and ended up with great results.” In their two opponents this weekend, Penn will find highscoring squads both averaging over 60 points a game. Brown especially has a potent offense, averaging almost 74 points per game with four players averaging double-digit points. Despite this, the Red and Blue are not fazed, and with good reason. Penn has found success against both teams in recent years, as the program carries nine-game and six-game win streaks against Brown and Yale respectively. “For Yale particularly since they’re first, they’re going to bring the pressure in the backcourt, they’re going to try to deny us a lot of wings, so we’re prepared for that,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We’ve seen it, they’re going to do that. We’ve got to show that we can score multiple ways, we’ve got to score inside-out, we’ve got to score outside-in, we’ve got to get our guards to the basket.” Both Brown and Yale enter
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in games it’s just showing all of the hard work that we do in practice is paying off.” At the heart of that success has been two key players down low — Nwokedi and senior center Sydney Stipanovich. The pair have been the focal points on offense, as they both are averaging double-digit points and rebounds, but also contribute significantly on defense, as Nwokedi and Stipanovich are second and third respectively in the Ivy League in blocks. Nwokedi had struggled as of late, but came alive in the second half of the Princeton game, finishing the game with a team-high 13 points and earning co-Ivy Player of the Week honors. Her return to prominence in the box score bodes well for the next few weeks for Penn. “I think the Princeton rivalry, everyone is always really hyped, going into the game I knew I had to play well to get my teammates open and do my best,” she said. “So I
is already at her doorstep — Salah will take on her archnemesis, Harvard’s Sabrina Sobhy. The two players at the top of their ladders have gone into some thrillers recently – most notably at the 2016 CSA Team National Championship – but Sobhy has traditionally been the one to come out on top. That could change, though, as Salah beat the Crimson’s star in an exhibition scrimmage before the beginning of the season. “I am focusing on the Harvard match that we have on Saturday because I know that will be very tough competition,” Salah said. “I have full faith in the team as we have been working very hard together for the whole season and I am ready to play an amazing home match!”
the weekend coming off wins, as the Bears dropped 90 points against Rhode Island College on Monday, while Yale finished its own California trip on New Year’s with a 64-60 win against UC Santa Barbara. Brown will face Princeton on Friday before taking the trip down to the Palestra. The weekend also represents the fivavrst Ivy doubleheader of the season, the hallmark of Ivy play. Two games in 24 hours is always a grueling task, both mentally and physically, but McLaughlin is confident that his experienced team can handle it. “We talked about it,” he said. “We talked about the recovery, the mindset, playing a game 24 hours later and being mentally strong both games. I think we’re experienced now, we just have to execute. We have some new players who haven’t been through it as much, but you have to grind it out, you really do.” And if they put in the grind that they need to, the Quakers can add two more wins to their Ivy record.
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really excited about this stretch of competition.” The Quakers will have to rely on their stars producing for them this weekend if they want to start Ancient Eight play undefeated. For the women, Salah will certainly be playing with a chip on her shoulder, after losing the final game of the final match against Harvard in the CSA final last February. But if she can use that to her advantage, then maybe Penn can find its way to the top of collegiate squash at long last.
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last in the preseason media poll, returning stars Steven Spieth and Tavon Blackmon have led the way for a squad that has already surpassed last year’s win total. “They’re always a very good offensive team,” Donahue said. “But we also have to score and do well on offense. That’s probably been our Achilles heel – like when we lost the other night,
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After two matches, senior co-captain Grace van Arkel is one of Penn’s nine undefeated players. She has wins at the No.5 and No.6 positions.
having those five or ten-minute droughts – and we can’t afford to do that.” Additionally, the weekend will pose a new challenge as the first Ivy doubleheader in the career of Penn’s newcomers like freshmen AJ Brodeur and Ryan Betley and transfers Matt MacDonald and Caleb Wood. “We probably gotta watch the minutes in terms of not giving guys long stretches in that Friday game,” Donahue admitted. “But
there’s no other way to do it but light a fire, see what your body feels like the next day and get the job done.” While the conference’s new tournament means the Red and Blue can’t necessarily move into or out of the title race this weekend, Donahue’s squad can certainly make a major statement. And if all goes as planned, the rest of the league will see that there’s a new threat ready to break into contender status.
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California Dreamin’: How Penn made it to L.A. W. HOOPS | Annual trip
lands in California
NICK BUCHTA Senior Sports Editor-Emeritus
LOS ANGELES — There comes a point in between semesters where you need a break from winter break. That’s just what Penn women’s basketball got with a five-day working vacation in California this past week. Since arriving in University City back in 2009, Mike McLaughlin has tried to make an annual trip an important part of his players’ experiences at Penn. There’s been Italy, Hawaii, Miami — all kinds of opportunities to go places a lot of the athletes may have never gotten to see before. This year, the destination was the City of Angels. The process for coming up with such a trip starts with the seniors. This year’s iteration of the Red and Blue features three: Jackie Falconer (Mechanichsburg, Pa.) and Kasey Chambers (Delmar, N.J.) are both relatively local, so the first
suggestion was a trip to St. Louis, hometown for Sydney Stipanovich. Instead of a Midwestern sojourn, however, Stipanovich had another idea: the west coast. So McLaughlin set out to see what he could do. “We started looking around for some possibilities, availability that fit our schedule and was in an area where we could turn it into the trip where they could see some things,” McLaughlin said. Soon, he touched base with UC Riverside coach John Margaritis who then linked him up with his former assistant, CSU-Northridge coach Jason Flowers. The games were scheduled, so it was then Christine McCollum’s turn to enter the picture. Director of Operations for the Quakers, McCollum worked with McLaughlin to plan out what the trip itself would look like. In Hawaii a year ago, the team had a little longer together — a little over a week in the Aloha State. The shorter nature of the Los Angeles adventure meant fewer organized team events
NICK BUCHTA | SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR
Over winter break Penn women’s basketball took a five-day trip to California where two basketball games were only part of a long itenerary that included a trip to Disneyland and tour of Los Angeles.
— there was the squad trip to Disneyland and some time together at Santa Monica pier — and more free time as individuals. “Once you get into this kind of atmosphere, you want to give them a little bit of freedom to be a team and do their own thing and
have fun doing that,” McCollum explained. It wouldn’t be just the team making the cross-country trek, either. Once the itinerary was in place, McCollum sent it out to the players — who in turn got their families on board. The relaxed
nature of the trip meant there was an opening for families to join their daughters — and almost a dozen parents made their own little vacation out of the Quakers’ two-game stint out West. “The kids had a lot of down time, so we were able to mix
basketball, vacation — the whole thing,” said Kate Ross, mother of junior guard Anna Ross. While it’s not unusual for there to be a strong parental presence even for Penn’s road games, the chance to spend five days as a group was something a little more special. “It combines all the elements,” Ross added. “You get a vacation. You get to know the other parents. You get to spend time in between the semesters with your own kids, and you get to know the other kids too.” In Los Angeles, the team got to explore the town on its own. McLaughlin sees it as important — for on- and off-the-court reasons — that his team develop strong personal bonds. A trip like this is designed to do just that. It always helps too when you walk away with a couple wins. To be sure, on-court success helped put the Quakers in a good spot just before Princeton. But it’s the chance to spend time together that, in McLaughlin’s eyes, does more to make them a better team than any game or practice could.
Nwokedi takes home Ivy League weekly honors
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BREVIN FLEISCHER Associate Sports Editor
It’s safe to say that Michelle Nwokedi had an enjoyable first week of January. The 6-foot-3 junior forward led the Penn women’s basketball team to two wins, one in California against UC Riverside and the other to open Ivy play at Princeton. As a reward for her efforts in those victories, Nwokedi was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week.
Aga inst UC R iverside, Nwokedi contributed eight points, four rebounds, and four assists in limited action as the Quakers (7-4, 1-0) cruised to a 71-55 victory. The Red and Blue opened up a 23-16 lead after one quarter of action, and Nwokedi’s timely assists helped them to never look back. In a much more tightly-contested and meaningful matchup with Princeton, the junior elevated her game even further with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and four crucial blocks in a come-frombehind 62-57 win. Nwokedi’s sixth double-double of the season helped the Quakers to beat their arch rivals for a third consecutive
time and to once again assert their Ivy League dominance. The junior’s prowess on the glass and in the paint has allowed her to average a double-double for the entire season with 15.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, proving that this weekend’s performance was more the rule than the exception. Nwokedi is no stranger to accolades, as this most recent Ivy League Player of the Week award is the fourth she has earned over the course of her career. Additionally, she was a first team All-Ivy selection for the 20152016 season after being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year for the 2014-2015 season.
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Junior forward Michelle Nwokedi added another accolade to her Quaker career this week, being named Ivy Player of the Week after a pair of solid showings, including one in the conference opener vs. Princeton.
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