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CAPS to hire permanent new staff BY FOLA ONIFADE Staff Writer


he University administration announced immediate, permanent new hires at Counseling and Psychological Services on Thursday morning.

Emails sent to students and parents from Penn President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli announced the changes, which come days after the suicide of College sophomore Elvis Hatcher on Tuesday. Three new permanent clinical staff

members will be hired at CAPS, effective immediately, the email said. Scheduling of current staff will also be altered to accommodate student needs. CAPS will extend hours into the evening and will now offer weekend appointments. “I think it’s amazing that they’ve

been able to respond quickly,” College senior Michael Accardo, co-chair of the CAPS student advisory board, said. “In a perfect world there would be no waiting time for anyone ever.” The changes come a week after the

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College junior Leila Ehsan, pictured here, reaches for a hug on Locust Walk. A group of students braved the cold Thursday afternoon to give out free hugs and free candy. Engineering sophomore Rachel Brown and about 15 friends gave out chocolates with inspirational quotes attached and hugged students by the Love statue to “spread the love on campus.” She said she and her friends wanted to do something in light of the recent student deaths: “I don’t want anyone to feel they don’t matter,” she said. Max Morant, an Engineering junior, made a special playlist and burned 100 CDs to give to students. “Penn just seems very down at the moment,” he said. “I want to do something to cheer people up.”

BY JILL CASTELLANO Staff Writer In light of recent undergraduate deaths on Penn’s campus, The Daily Pennsylvanian examined how students, administrators and communities at two other universities have reacted to student deaths on their campuses. At Cornell, three students committed suicide within the span of a month in 2010 by jumping off of campus bridges. At Boston University, 12 students died between April 2012 and May 2013, one of whom was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Cornell University According to The Daily Sun, Cornell’s student newspaper, following the three student deaths in 2010, Cornell immediately attempted to publicize the university’s counseling services. The university created, a resource that tells students where they can go to get help, how they can become involved in providing support for others, how to reach out to others in distress and

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Biden unveils new line of trains at 30th Street Station Vice President Joe Biden unveiled Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive yesterday at 30th Street Station in what one presenter termed “the greatest gathering of train lovers and enthusiasts since Joe Biden rode Amtrak alone.” The 70 Siemens-built engines, which were purchased with part of a $593 million loan from the Federal Railroad Administration, replace trains which have been on the rails for 20-30 years and traveled an average of 3.5 million miles, Biden said. The Daily Pennsylvanian examined the top five points made by Biden during his speech.

Energy efficiency The locomotives are lighter, safer and more powerful, Biden said. The train’s braking system also generates energy and funnels that energy back into the grid. He aimed his remarks about environmental friendliness to students in the crowd. “It matters to your generation of students, it matters to global warming, it matters to the atmosphere," he said.

Ending traffic jams In a portion of the speech heavy on statistics, Biden stressed that a network of reliable modern trains will increase productivity. While half of all flight delays are in the United States and 50 percent of bottlenecks occur on the Northeast Corridor, Biden argued that faster and more appealing trains will alleviate this congestion.

The airport of 'some third world country' Biden also compared the United States transportation system to those of other countries, arguing that we are falling behind. “If I blindfolded someone and took them at two in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, ‘Where do you think you are,’ they’d say, ‘This must be America, it’s a modern airport,’” he said. “But if I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, ‘I must be in some third world country.’ I’m not joking.” SEE BIDEN PAGE 7

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The International Affairs Association’s large high school conference funds everything from college model United Nations trips to social festivities


Jerry Zhu, a sophomore at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., attended the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference for the first time this year. He paid approximately $500 to spend a weekend debating current events in international affairs with about 3,000 other high school students from around the world. ILMUNC, the International Affairs Association’s high school model UN conference, concluded last Sunday. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the conference is one of the IAA’s two largest conferences, and it competes with Harvard and Georgetown universities’ conferences as one of the top high school conferences in the world. High school students gathered at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel to participate in what the IAA calls “The Championship Conference.” The three floors filled with thousands of delegates socializing, purchasing merchandise and doing last-minute research before making their way to their next committee session. As delegates opened their guides, the first thing they saw was a letter from Penn President Amy Gutmann endorsing the entirely student-run conference. “Penn is delighted to sponsor the 30th annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference,” Gutmann wrote. “We at Penn hope you will emerge from this Model UN Conference empowered, enlightened and enthusiastic about your ability to help lay the foundation for a better and brighter future for humankind.” IAA members have been preparing for ILMUNC for almost a year. Last Monday, members of the secretariat — the primary planners and coordinators of the conference — began preparing the Sheraton for the massive conference.The enormous undertaking required highranking leaders to prioritize the conference over all other commitments. “I always skip my classes for ILMUNC,” College junior Devin DiSabatino, ILMUNC’s secretary general, said. “Setting up the hotel is always a huge, huge thing.” The conference is staffed by about 300 Penn students, including nearly 30 members of the secretariat. Students that staff the conference do so for many reasons, ranging from genuine interest in international affairs to the attractiveness of the IAA’s social programming. In order to be a member of the IAA, students must staff both ILMUNC and the IAA’s college conference, the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference, also known as UPMUNC.

“I joined for the combination of the challenge and the ability to help plan such a big event and hopefully see awesome results and a positive impact on high school students,” College freshman and assistant secretary general Mitchell Kaufman said. “Conference itself creates this euphoria that comes over you while you’re operating at 100 percent, and running this huge thing and seeing it come together. It’s such an incredible feeling,” DiSabatino added. Delegates — the high school participants — and their faculty advisors travel from around the country and the world to attend this conference, often at very high costs.Once at the conference, delegates participate in six three-hour simulated UN committee sessions, along with opening and closing ceremonies, campus tours, a summer opportunities fair and social activities. “ILMUNC has given me the opportunity to meet a ton of [Penn] students and it has exposed me to the community and culture of Penn,” Zhu said. He plans to apply to Penn, probably early decision. Similarly, Emilia Feldman and Olivia Backal-Balik, a se-

approximately six hours per week and prepares primarily for ILMUNC. The students paid $425 each to attend the conference. “At times, it can be dry, but I think the material is interesting,” Backal-Balik said. “It shows a bright future when most people seem skeptical of our generation.” Feldman praised ILMUNC’s ability to attract students with common interests. “It brings together a lot of really interesting people who are really passionate about politics and conflict resolution,” Feldman added. Many delegates use ILMUNC as an opportunity to explore Penn. The conference coordinates with the Kite and Key Society to offer campus tours to interested delegates. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said ILMUNC is a “lasting Penn experience,” and noted that some applicants mention the IAA in their “Why Penn?” essay. Facilitating debate: A prospering business For high school students, the conference is a unique opportunity to debate current international relations issues, meet other students and learn more

“There are a lot of other conferences and we have a competitive edge because of the way we do things and operate, and that’s why we are one of the best conferences in the country,” IAA President and Wharton senior Yadavan Mahendraraj said. “We like to keep our operational processes to ourselves because that is what makes this the Championship Conference of the world.” An analysis of ILMUNC’s sources of income, however, shows the conference to be a big money-maker. Registering for the conference costs $75 per delegate, in addition to a $60 deposit for each school. Additionally, each school must send one faculty advisor for every 20 delegates, at $40 per faculty member. With 3,000 students and 115 schools, that amounts to over $235,000 in revenue from registration fees alone, minus some scholarships that ILMUNC provides. Student delegations pay for hotel accommodations separately, but ILMUNC works out a rate with the Sheraton and guarantees a block of rooms that can be booked by ILMUNC attendees, according to DiSabatino. In return, ILMUNC re-

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High school delegates at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference buy merchandise from members of Penn’s International Affairs Association. nior and junior, respectively, from the Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pa., came to the conference for the first time this year with 13 other students.Their MUN club meets

about Penn. For the IAA, it’s also a huge source of income. The leaders of ILMUNC and the IAA are reluctant to release any of their financial information.

ceives a portion of the proceeds, which it then uses to rent out the conference spaces in the hotel and book the rooms for staffers and the secretariat. “It’s all one big contract with

a whole bunch of moving parts,” DiSabatino said. While most delegates and faculty advisors stayed at the Sheraton, some chose to stay at the Embassy Suites, the Sonesta or the Four Seasons. Overseeing much of the conference’s finances is College and Wharton sophomore Ankit Gulati, ILMUNC’s business director. Gulati believes that the IAA is “a great breeding ground for management skills.” In addition to registration fees and hotel proceeds, ILMUNC has additional sources of revenue, such as conference merchandise. Roses, conference apparel, sunglasses and teddy bears were available for sale for the entire duration of the conference. “We’re known for being able to provide [merchandise] in unheard-of quantities,” Gulati added. At the conference, staffers selling merchandise were urged to try to sell higher-margin merchandise first. Also adding to ILMUNC’s revenue are its sponsors, most of which are academic organizations and teen summer programs, DiSabatino said. Sponsorship packages ranged from $200 to $6,500 to advertise at the conference. Previous sponsors include Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Starbucks, Wawa, and Krispy Kreme. Proceeds from sponsorships range from $15-$17 thousand, according to members of the secretariat. Gulati declined to confirm these numbers. While the IAA is registered with SAC, they do not receive any funding, DiSabatino said. SAC declined to comment on whether or not the IAA receives any SAC money. “ILMUNC and UPMUNC are where we make our revenues,” DiSabatino added. ‘The club pays’ After the costs of the conference, including the costs of printing and renting all the necessary equipment, are covered, remaining revenues go to the IAA to fund several types of club activities — from college conferences to open bars. Mahendraraj said “the vast majority of [the] proceeds” from the conference go to funding IAA delegations to the 10 collegiate conferences that the club attends. The rest of the money goes to social events, academic programming, the Consul — an international affairs magazine — and philanthropic programs. The IAA does not maintain an endowment, according to Mahendraraj. The IAA also sends approximately 10 members to run annual high school conferences in both China and India. However, Mahendrarj explained that those conferences only generate enough money to cover travel costs and conference expenses.

The trips, which take place over winter and spring breaks, are entirely free for IAA members. A great deal of the proceeds from ILMUNC and UPMUNC are directed to social events. In fact, the IAA has an entire division dedicated to special events. These events range from paintballing excursions to BYOs, fancy dinners and even extravagant formals. College freshman Avi Colonomos was a staffer at both ILMUNC and UPMUNC this year.


It’s a good way to meet a diverse group of people … It’s really social.” -Avi Colonomos

ILMUNC and UPMUNC staffer

He did MUN in high school, and has traveled to conferences at Yale and Georgetown with the IAA. “It’s a good way to meet a diverse group of people … It’s really social. We have BYOs,” Colonomos said. “The club pays for them.” “There is a semiformal and a formal each year,” Colonomos added. “They do have parties, especially during homecoming when a lot of alums are here.” The parties are hosted at off-campus houses, and both members and nonmembers can attend and drink free of charge. The IAA’s fall semiformal and spring formal — events almost completely subsidized by the club — are highlights for many members. The cost per person for the upcoming IAA spring formal is around $100, and the IAA will subsidize $75 for each member that attends, according to a member of the IAA’s special events division. The formal will have hors d’oeuvres, a threecourse meal and an open bar. Some groups within the IAA also have their own events. To celebrate the end of UPMUNC this fall, the conference planners went to Zahav, a renowned — and expensive — Middle Eastern restaurant in Old City. Not only did the IAA pay for dinner and cocktails, but also for the stretch limos which brought them to and from the restaurant. The IAA’s special events division also plans trips for members to go bonding in the Poconos. “We do all sorts of really cool social things,” College freshman Syra Ortiz-Blanes, an IAA member, said. “Formal is going to be great. I am really excited about it.”



Spicing up Locust, ARCH opens BY JENNY LU Staff Writer


In Loving Memory of Arya Singh And Those We Have Lost Far Too Soon

A whole afternoon of food and celebration filled the Arts, Research and Culture House on Thursday. Activities were scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the ARCH Open House, with events ranging from free samples from the new Tortas Fronteras cafe to a short speech by Penn President Amy Gutmann. The Daily Pennsylvanian took a look at some highlights of the building’s grand opening. New ‘Fronteras’ Renowned chef Rick Bayless, who won season one of “Top Chef Masters,” was at the ARCH to celebrate the opening of his latest venture, Tortas Fronteras. The cafe, located on the first floor of the ARCH, will serve traditional Mexican specialties focusing on tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. “We’re trying to offer to people a different way to experience Mexican food,” Bayless said. He emphasized the food will be “really real” — referring to his company’s commitment to freshness by sourcing local ingredients as much as possible. This philosophy aligned perfectly with that of Bon Appetit Management Company that provides food services for Penn Dining. CEO Fedele Bauccio, who also attended the ARCH event, also described his commitment to local ingredients and sustainability. The menu of Tortas Fronteras, which will officially open on Tuesday, includes items like egg breakfast sandwiches with a Mexican twist, a guacamole bar where students can customize their guacamole with toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and bacon and Rival Bros. coffee. Free samples of the cafe’s menu were handed out all afternoon, with people of all ages lining up around the cafe to try items such as the chips and guacamole. Overall, students enjoyed the offerings, with many expressing eager interest in coming back once the cafe is officially open.

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“It’s even better than I expected,” Engineering sophomore Jessica Hasson said. The ARCH Express, a “grab and go” station in the ARCH similar to Hemispheres in Houston Market, is still under construction and will open soon. ‘Welcome, welcome home’ ”The ARCH positively pulses with the vision of Penn life,” Gutmann said in her opening remarks. Gutmann also thanked David and Melissa Raso, who were in attendance on Thursday. The Raso family’s $1.5 million gift created the DiLorenzo Lounge on the first floor by the main entrance, named after David’s grandfather, John. She ended by celebrating the diversity and spirit of Penn that is expressed in the ARCH. “The heart of Penn is back, stronger than ever before in Penn’s history.” Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum made closing remarks at the ceremony. “The ARCH will fuel your aspirations,” she said. “Welcome, welcome

home.” A blessed new home After the ceremony, the Penn Hawaii Club passed out leis to the crowd in the DiLorenzo Lobby, as a symbol of “aloha” — which, aside from a greeting, also conveys love and affection. University Chaplain Chaz Howard stepped up for a short speech, acknowledging that recently, it has been a hard few weeks on campus. But with the ARCH, “it’s nice to celebrate a new beginning,” he said. Howard, with the accompaniment of a drum, then invited the crowd to gather in a rough circle and link hands as he blessed the building. Occupants of the ARCH also hosted celebrations to promote their work in their new home. CURF sponsored a research poster symposium in the Fireside Lounge all afternoon. Cultural centers Makuu, La Casa Latina and the Pan-Asian American Community House hosted a “Treasure SeARCH” scavenger hunt throughout the building with the winners receiving prizes.

9/18/1992 - 2/8/2013 Class of 2014 To all those in our Penn Family who have felt the profound pain of loss: There is little solace when a loved one departs before their time. All we can do is try our best to support one another, hold each other a little closer, celebrate life a little louder, and make this world a little better in their name. With Infinite Love, Shweta Singh (Class of ’08) & The Singh Family


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Feminist fashion?

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SARA, STRUGGLING | Why what we wear — or what we don’t wear — shouldn’t define women


have to admit, I spend a fair portion of my day staring at my heaps of clothing wondering what to wear. But so many recent debates on campus about clothing have made me worry about more than if my pants match my top. Does what I pick to wear define me? Am I my favorite pair of skinny jeans? Though these questions might sound foolish, I think this discussion has been happening on Penn’s campus for weeks now in different forms. Can a sorority woman dress a certain way and still respect herself? What about a businesswoman — what does she have to wear to look professional? What does a feminist look like? Feminism as a term has been around for over a hundred years and has covered a broad range of political and social concepts. Even today, it’s hard to pin down exactly what the term means. Whatever it means, I realize it goes deeper than a polyester blend sweater. As a twenty-something, I probably put too much power in clothing. Just a few years ago, I used to think that all cute clothing had to have a little animal on it. I went through a pink phase. I’m still rather fond of hair bows. But the idea that people could look at my fashion choic-

es and make a decision about my political or social beliefs is rather terrifying. Looking to the experts on campus, I realized that groups like the Vagina Monologues have tackled this question, in part by refuting the notion that certain kinds of clothing imply consent.


Does what I pick to wear define me? Am I my favorite pair of skinny jeans?” Others have begun to question if clothing can hinder feminism. In a guest column published during the height of sorority rush, College sophomores Catalina Mullis and Emily Cutler brought up the idea that, in some ways, organizations like sororities can dictate wardrobe and take away from women the power to decide what to wear. While many happy sorority members responded that letters aren’t in any way debasing or objectifying, I haven’t found an easy answer when I think about the idea that, for some sisters, letters are imposed and not a choice. All these discussions about the importance of clothing in expressing independence have made me paranoid about

dressing myself. I had never thought about my letters as objectifying me, but I began to worry: When I decided to wear my letters for Bid Day, was I being unfeminist? Asking “what does [clothing] mean, and what does that mean about self-presentation is a discussion that’s really worth having,” Kathy Peiss, Nichols professor of American History, said. Even looking beyond Penn, many outspoken vloggers and bloggers of our generation have been struggling with the same issue. On one end of the spectrum, we have teen Vine star Nash Grier, who uploaded a Youtube video entitled, “What Guys Look for In Girls.” In his video, Grier and his friends listed out what girls should — and should not — wear, according to their own standards of beauty. YouTube exploded with response videos, demanding an apology from Grier and tearing apart his commentary. The video has since been removed. But this teenager isn’t the only one claiming to post a list of style commandments for women to follow. Sites like The Huffington Post and Yahoo have been creating lists of “Style Trends Guys Hate” in the past year. (Apparently, I have to stop wearing leggings. I refuse. Leggings are my favorite

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SARA SCHONFELD fashion trend.) I don’t think my fashion choices, regardless of what they are, could ever stop me from being a feminist. Luckily, it seems like the experts are on my side. “There should not be an automatic association between a particular kind of dress and being a feminist,” Peiss said. And although I can’t envision a world where we don’t do a little bit of judging based on clothing, I don’t think what I wear should define me or anyone else. I can respect myself and wear my sorority letters. I can go to a job interview looking ridiculous in a lady-suit. And regardless of what Grier says, I don’t have to wax my arms. One day I might muster up the courage to wear a peplum top or a miniskirt, and that’s my decision. SARA SCHONFELD is a College senior from Philadelphia, studying English. Her email address is s.schonfeldthedp@ Follow her @SaraSchon.

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“Many students won’t understand the need to go [to CAPS] until after a mentor in one of these spaces … breaks down misconceptions about getting help.” — A Different Interpretation

“Psychiatric services are not a bandaid, and for most people with serious mental health problems, [they] are the only cure.” — anon

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he issue of mental health has recently been given a lot of attention on campus. It has been on the agenda of various meetings; it has also been the impetus for the creation of new advisory boards and coalitions. There is a growing sense and demand that the University should not only do more to increase awareness of existing mental health services, but also do a better job of promoting students’ mental wellness overall. According to a Daily Pennsylvanian article from last week, the Undergraduate Assembly has proposed the creation of an online mental health forum that would be somewhat akin to the Penn Admirer’s Facebook page and allow students to ask anonymous questions to health professionals. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services has added hours in the evenings and hired three additional staffers. Groups of students had been advocating for these changes for a while, but funding only recently became available. The University’s mental health facilities needed to be better resourced, and they still do. At the same time, however, some of these efforts and conversations reflect a flawed understanding of mental health and wellness. The current conversation implies that CAPS is not well resourced enough to “fix” students’ mental illnesses. But the amount of staffing or funding the University allocates to CAPS is not the issue. Mental illness is not something that is simply “fixed.” “Mental illness” is not like cancer, and going to CAPS is not the equivalent of radiation. According to its website, some common concerns students have revolve around stress and anxiety, trouble adjusting to college and academic and career concerns. CAPS cannot change the environmental factors that create and contribute to this stress, and after an appointment, we still have to go back to an environment full of those external stressors. CAPS can help us better manage the stress that comes with balancing a rigorous course load, but it can do relatively little to make those courses less difficult or challenge commonly held conceptions that in addition to acing six courses, we should also



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ABEL MCDANIELS be heavily involved in about five organizations and have meetings scheduled until 2 a.m. We need to take a more active role in addressing these attitudes. There is no question that CAPS is the best place to go for professional support, and it would be even more effective if complemented by concentrated efforts to bring about cultural change. We cannot continue to confine the pursuit of mental wellness to a vacuum located on 36th Street, separate from the realities of Penn’s culture. As Ernest Owens reminded us earlier this week in a guest column, it’s also important to find supportive people we trust and feel comfortable talking to elsewhere in the Penn community, in addition to CAPS. Whether it’s a friend, advisor, professor, house dean, cultural center director or mentor, these people are everywhere. Aside from asking the University to allocate more resources to CAPS and other mental health facilities, it’s also important for us to think about how to create a more positive and healthy campus environment. We already have several groups that are trying to do this work. Believing that it’s sometimes easier to talk to a peer than a professional, Penn’s chapter of the national organization Active Minds is trying to focus on adult mental health and eliminate the stereotypes that surround it. The student-run mental health group Cogwell tries to help students learn valuable communication skills and encourage the development of tight-knit networks of students who can support one another. This is something that University staff and administrators can definitely support, encourage and facilitate, but we as students need to play a role as well. ABEL MCDANIELS is a College sophomore from Lawrenceville, N.J. His email address is mcabel@sas.

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Wharton vice dean to lead William Penn Foundation BY HARRY COOPERMAN City News Editor Just two days after Tulane University named Penn Law School Dean Michael Fitts as its new president, the William Penn Foundation announced that Wharton Vice Dean for Finance and Administration Peter Degnan would become the foundation’s new managing director. The foundation, which aims to improve the life of residents in the greater Philadelphia area through programs that help close the achievement

Hires address wait time complaints CAPS from page 1 University announced temporary staff hires, which began to address complaints of long wait times. Julie Bittar, a College sophomore and member of the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition, appreciated that top administrators communicated with students. “Having a message from [Gutmann] was extremely important, because it’s been very quiet on the side of the administration,” Bittar said. “People want to see that the administrators were doing something and want to see that administrators care.” College junior Changhee

gap for low-income students and by supporting local cultural groups, announced its new head on Tuesday. Degnan will officially assume his new role on March 3, according to the organization’s press release. In his new role, Degnan will oversee the foundation’s operations, including “researchbased evaluation, community engagement, and the Foundation’s financial and organizational management,” the press release said. Prior to his position as vice dean for finance and admin-

Han, vice president of the suicide prevention group Active Minds, thought the CAPS hires were more of a band-aid than a cure to mental health issues on campus. “I think that while the University’s attempts to expand CAPS is admirable, they fail to address the stigma around mental issues that prevent people from using these resources,” he said. “The fact that they’re now expanding mental health ser vices is essentially an admission on their part that mental health services on campus wasn’t a priority before.” The emails came in response to the recent string of student deaths. Four undergraduates have died since winter break, including two suicides. “I don’t want to waste time in reaching out to students who are so saddened by this,” Gutmann said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “It’s really right now that we have

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istration, Degnan worked as the executive director of Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education and as director of Wharton’s MBA Career Management Office. “We are excited about Peter coming on board,” said David Haas, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “He will not only bring his strong management skills and experience, but will be the ideal leader to work with the board and the family to sharpen the Foundation’s vision and carry our mission with greater impact.”

great need, and I want that need to be addressed to the best of our ability.” “These deaths are not connected but raised the issue and put students under significant stress that needs to be addressed immediately,” she added. Staff writer Claire Cohen contributed reporting.


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Alums direct and produce ‘Someone Marry Barry,’ which comes out today BY KRISTEN GRABARZ Staff Writer Everyone has a Barry in his life — that ruthlessly crude friend who lacks any semblance of a filter. Three Penn graduates recently came together to bring Barry and his lady equivalent to the big screen in a comedic account of love, friendship and inappropriateness. “Someone Marry Barry,” an indie romantic comedy written and directed by 1995 College graduate Robert Pearlstein, was released in select theaters today. Jeremy Bailer, a 1998 College graduate, and Marc Simon, a 1996 College graduate, served as executive producers for the film. The film, which stars Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch and Damon Wayans Jr., who plays Coach on “New Girl,” is about a group of friends who scheme to drive away their socially inappropriate friend, Barry, by finding him a wife. To their dismay, the woman Barry finally

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Tyler Labine, who played Barry, with executive producer Jeremy Bailer and writer and director Rob Pearlstein on the set of indie film “Someone Marry Barry.” chooses turns out to be just as much of a social wrecking ball as he is. “It’s a love story between two people who usually get second billing,” Pearlstein said. “The funniest, most outrageous characters are usually just the sidekicks, but we brought them front and center.” The film is a manifestation of Penn networking power. Pearlstein and Simon became friends through Sigma Alpha Mu. After Pearlstein wrote “Someone Marry Barry,” Simon reached out to Bailer and encouraged him to read the script, and the triumvirate was formed. While

Pearlstein managed the creative aspects of the film, Simon, an entertainment attorney, handled the legal affairs. Bailer, who works on Wall Street by day and runs a film production and financing firm on the side, helped to fund the film. “We’ve been talking about Rob making a movie for years. My favorite part of being involved was helping to make that become a reality,” Simon said. Like most independent films, “Someone Marry Barry”was made on a low budget. During the 21 days of on-site filming in Los Angeles, the crew relied largely on donated locations,

including a bar that belonged to one of the actors’ friends. “We had to shoot crazy hours at the bar, sometimes 2 AM to 4 PM, but it was a fantastic location and we couldn’t afford anything else,” Pearlstein said. He also described filming a scene in an on-duty taxi cab. “We were lying on the taxi floor at the actors’ feet. It was extremely uncomfortable, but the scene turned out great,” Pearlstein said. Pearlstein recalls filming as being fun and cohesive with laughter permeating the set on a daily basis. Both Bailer and Simon made cameo appearances in the movie during a speeddating scene and a bar scene. Simon joked that he requested a speaking part in Pearlstein’s next movie. “We were all very friendly and open with projects. We all got along. It doesn’t always work that way in film production,” Bailer said. Bailer has contacted the Social Planning and Events Committee about a potential screening of “Someone Marry Barry”at Penn. The film will also be playing in Lansdale, Pa., and it will be available through Video On Demand and iTunes beginning Feb. 14.

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ence” applies to those within three social connections. The team’s initial work on obesity showed that when you consider someone a friend and he or she becomes obese, your own risk of becoming obese within two to four years increases by about 57 percent, Fowler said. If the person considers you a friend as well, your risk triples. Smok ing behav ior and happiness showed the same patterns. People beyond the three degrees of influence were usually not affected. “It’s this power that we’re hoping to exploit whenever we’re trying to make the world a better place,” Fowler said. He also discussed how his theories relate to social media. One of his studies on social media analyzed Facebook networks. After viewing an Election Day announcement in their news feeds, 60,000 people went to the polls. An additional 280,000 people voted upon seeing an “I Voted” message from their friends. Public voting records were used to verify the results. After the event, Wharton senior Michael Ma said that he was most curious about “more ways we can influence people via these social networks.” Fowler remarked that while socia l med ia is a new way to communicate, “friendship networks” have always existed. “It’s pretty much using the same mechanism that we’ve always used,” he said. At the end of the forum, Fowler advised people not to break off a relationship just to avoid a negative influence like obesity or smoking. Instead, he encouraged using these patterns as motivation to “pay it forward” and act as a positive influence. Twenty graduate and undergraduate students were presented with a certificate, $250 and a signed copy of Fowler’s book at the event to honor work in their respective fields.

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Student groups launch blog on mental health issues Submissions to the blog can be anonymous and will contain videos, advice and testimonies BY ALEX GETSOS Staff Writer The student-run mental health group Active Minds launched a new blog Monday to provide students with an forum to discuss mental health issues. The blog, called Pennsive and hosted at, features pictures and stories related to mental health. “We decided that we wanted it to be where [students] can share their thoughts and feelings, a safe place for people,” College sophomore and Active

BU contacted affected students RESPONSES from page 1 more. Compared to Cornell’s response to the first two student deaths that year, the third student death led to a more urgent tone by the administration, The Daily Sun reported. “If you learn anything at Cornell, please learn to ask for help. It is a sign of wisdom and strength,” Cornell President David Skorton said in a statement that was emailed to Cornell students at the time. “We know we need to be doing more than what we regularly do, and we have that underway,” Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy said in a video posted on the new website. In addition to extending hours of Cornell’s Counseling and Psychological Services program into the weekend and communicating with faculty members, students and others over email, Cornell administrators met with student groups to coordinate a response effort. Cornell’s Empathy, Assistance & Referral Service, a peer counseling organization comparable to Penn’s Reach-a-Peer Helpline, was also open for extended hours. The student group Cornell Minds Matter conducted workshops in residence halls to inform students on how to recognize symptoms of depression and respond to them. Cornell also created a workshop called “Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend,” where attendees were trained to identify and help students who are stressed. According to the Cor-

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Minds board member Yuki Knapp said. “We included the option for being able to submit anonymously.” Another board member, College senior Luckmini Liyanage, pitched the idea of creating a blog early in November and brought it to the board to be considered as the group’s next project. “I really want this to be a place where people don’t have to feel that they need to sugar coat — whether they speak or not, go to a therapist or not, I want them to be able to talk about it,” Liyanage said. “It’s not a place that substitutes for professional help, but it’s important to just talk about it first.” Active Minds worked in conjunction with the chairs of the Counseling and Psycho-

logical Services student advisory board to create the blog. Two Active Minds volunteers, who are a part of the advertising committee for the group, were responsible for designing the general aesthetics of the page on Tumblr. Liyanage and Knapp will be reviewing the posts along with College senior Michael Accardo, one of the CAPS advisory board co-chairs. “We want to make sure they ’re nothing negative against someone with mental illness and make sure everything is appropriate for the blog,” Knapp said. The blog is intended for anyone and everyone to use, in addition to the board members who will post videos, advice and testimonies from faculty span-

ning topics from “from eating disorders, to anxiety, to depression and the like,” Knapp said. “We would encourage everyone — even if they don’t necessarily feel like posting — to just look at the blog because it can really help put stuff into perspective,” Liyanage said. In addition to the blog, the group has decided to release one in a series of videos featuring students who have suffered from mental illness or know someone who has. The blog’s anonymity is not its only motivating factor. Its accessibility to the entire Penn community is also very appealing. “Anybody who wants to post something or has an idea — they can start a conversation,” College sophomore and Active

Minds member Emily Cutler said. “I personally feel that the goal is that people will not want to be anonymous eventually and will be totally comfortable putting their name on something.” Cutler expressed that social media is one place where stereotypes are prevalent, and she hopes that this blog will be a forum to combat stigma while also being an outlet for people to vent. “[Penn] needs to be more open and make it OK to admit and say that you have a mental illness or you’re struggling,” Cutler said. “Writing has always helped me deal with my mental illness, and it can be something to help students and encourage them to deal with it in a healthy way.”

nell Chronicle, this followed a study claiming that students are more likely to turn to peers than mental health professionals when dealing with anxiety or depression. As of 2011, over 2,500 Cornell students had been trained, most of whom were firstyear engineering students, resident and graduate advisors and undergraduates in leadership positions at the time. At the end of 2010, Cornell decided to put a permanent $1 million budget increase into Cornell’s Gannett Health Services to help with increased demand for student mental health counseling, The Daily Sun reported. Some students, as is the case with Penn, complained of long wait times to receive appointments at Cornell’s CAPS, which Cornell’s money was intended to address by hiring new counselors. Similar to Penn’s Student Intervention Services, Cornell has a crisis response team with a member on call at all hours of the day in case of an emergency. They will contact family members, friends and other affected people of a deceased student and provide them with support. Following the suicides on Cornell’s campus, aluminum fences were installed at all three of Cornell’s bridges to prevent students from jumping. Following heavy debate, the aluminum fences were removed and replaced with steel mesh nets over the summer of 2013.

university sent emails to affected members of the BU community and set up memorial services in honor of the deceased. Christopher Lisinski, former editor-in-chief of BU’s student newspaper The Daily Free Press, reported on over half of the student deaths that year. He said there was never an organized effort by the BU administration to address all of the student deaths, although certain deaths sparked individual responses. Lisinski said that some students felt that the emails were so frequent that they almost began to seem repetitive. “I think we all had such distinct memories of all the other tragedies and then

hearing about a new one we all had a collective, ‘Oh no, not this again.’” After the most recent student death, in which a senior died in a fire, the email sent out to students by President Robert Brown addressed the multiple deaths. “Once again we are grieving the loss of a member of our student community,” he said. “While we continue to work to provide support and care to those most in need, each of us should hold close all our friends and colleagues.” The parents of Lu Lingzi, a graduate student studying statistics who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, worked with BU to set up a scholarship

in her name. According to the scholarship website, members of the BU Board of Trustees have already collected over $560,000 for the fund. The family just announced that five of 15 spots given to the Lingzi family at this year’s marathon will be reserved for BU students, who can apply by Friday and be selected by the family. The string of student deaths at BU has not gone unnoticed by students. “In my experience as a student, it used to be a lot happier and a lot more care-free,” Lisinski said. “Last year really got in a lot of people’s heads, and now we worry about things we shouldn’t need to worry about.”

Boston University The 12 student deaths at Boston University in little over a year were due to a wide range of causes, including apparent overdose, murder, car and bike accidents, a heart condition, a fire and the Boston Marathon bombing. In response to most of the student deaths and after considering the wishes of the family, the

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Will Penn seize a big chance at Ivy championships? FENCING | Columbia, Princeton and Harvard stand out as top targets for No. 8 Quakers BY DANIEL RICH Staff Writer For Pen n fenci ng, t his weekend is all about Ivy. The Quakers head to Brown to compete in the Ivy League Championships. The No. 8 men’s and women’s teams are both coming off successful weekends at the Northwestern University Duals, each defeating No. 4 men’s/No. 3 women’s Notre Dame, Northwestern and Stanford. Bot h Penn squads w i l l square off with three of the top ten teams in the country — Princeton, Harvard and Columbia — when they get to Providence. Coach Andy Ma described his team’s goals and spoke about what it will take to win the league championship. “For the men’s team, we hope we win the Ivies this year. Last year we got second; we were one touch short,� Ma said. “For the women, I don’t

think we’re ready to win the first place yet. Hopefully we can get top three this season. “But Penn, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton are all top men’s teams and are very close. Either team could win. If we have a good day we’ll win; if we have a bad day we’ll be number four, and if we have a decent day we’re number two or number three.� Men’s senior co-captain Michael Mills, last season’s NCAA champion in sabre, has never posted a losing record in Ivy League championship duals. In epee, junior R ene Gannon-O’Gara won duals against Yale and Brown in the Ivy League championships, and he knows how important an Ancient Eight title would be for the program. “It’s one of our major goals for the year, ever y year,� Gannon-O’Gara said. “Because our school is in the Ivy League, which is unlike most fencing schools, we have the ability to compete for this against some of the top fencing schools and academic schools in the country.� A sked about specif ic

matchups, Gannon-O’Gara sees his team’s opening duals as a chance to open the championships with a bang. “On the first day of competition we have Columbia right off the bat and then Harvard right after them,� Gannon-O’Gara said. “Those two teams are probably our toughest competition. Princeton is pretty good, but those two are definitely the top guns that we’re looking at. “Like our coaches have been telling us, if we really hustle, warm up and make sure we’re ready right off the bat, then we’re easily as good of fencers as them.� The women’s team lost at the Penn-Princeton Invitational in November, 19-8, and will likely have to go through the Tigers in order to win the league crown. In foil, freshman Cassidy Seidl alongside junior captains Sarah Parmacek and Luona Wang helped lead the Quakers to last week’s victory over Notre Dame. Freshman sabre Shriya Joshi recognizes the importance of the rematch with the Tigers in the context of the

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Senior Mike Mills will need to keep his sterling Ivy record alive if Penn wants to have a strong showing at Ivy championships this year. Mills had eight wins at the Ivy championships last year en route to winning a national title in the sabre. matchup with the conference. “I think it’s a lot of more competitive usually because we don’t face any of the other Ivy League schools during the regular season, so I feel

Last Sheerr pool swim for Penn seniors M. SWIMMING | Quakers look to take seniors out on top in dual with Ivy-best Crimson BY SAM ALTLAND Staff Writer No. 23 Harvard 6-2, 6-0 Ivy Saturday, 12 p.m. Sheerr Pool

The Penn men’s swimming team will have its hands full this weekend when a talented No. 23 Harvard squad visits Philadelphia. On Saturday, Sheerr Pool will see its last meet of the season, as both Penn and Harvard wrap up their conference play in a great opportunity for the Red and Blue to see what they are really made of. Penn will be facing a Harvard (6-2, 6-0 Ivy) team that is coming off two big wins last weekend, as the Crimson soundly defeated both Yale and Princeton to remain undefeated in the conference. A ll that now stands between Harvard and a perfect Ivy League campaign is a Penn squad that will try to play spoiler on the final weekend of the dual-meet season. Penn (6-3, 4-2 Ivy) has had

its own share of success in the Ancient Eight this year as well. The Quakers’ only conference losses came in close meets against Yale and Princeton. Penn is currently coming off a winning weekend itself, as the team claimed victories on back to back days against West Chester and La Salle. Har vard may be the favorite this weekend, but the Quakers are approaching this challenge with their trademark positive and competitive mentality. “Racing the best is always something to look forward to,� senior Rhoads Worster said. “Especially at this point in the season where everyone is thinking about the Ivy championship meet, we want to match up with them as best we can.� Taking on Har vard may prove especially difficult this weekend for Penn, as it will be racing against a modified lineup of Harvard swimmers who have been training exclusively for this race. “A lot of their guys will have been in preparation for this meet specifically,� coach Mike Schnur said. “But we are still going to put the best guys we have right alongside theirs and just go after them.� In particular, distance and the relay events will be key for





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dow ntrodden after being shut out. “I thought we competed very well, but the tiny little things we need to do better,� Eiter said. “That’s what is going to get us to win those top-five bouts.� Those little things, like attention to detail, will be a crucial component of Penn’s game plan in its duals against Har vard (3-4) and Brown (1-6). Despite Brown’s subpar record, both teams will pose stiff competition for the Quakers. “Brown is in a little bit of a different situation with a new coach,� Eiter said. “Their record doesn’t show that they’ve improved quite a bit. “In years past, we usually had our way with them, but they’re going to come out and be ready to go.� The weekend’s most anticipated match will occur between Penn junior No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas and Brown’s No. 14 Ophir Bernstein in the 184-pound weightclass. The pair last met at the East Stroudsburg Open in November, where Thomas

defeated Bernstein, 10-6. “They are probably two of the more unorthodox wrestlers [in the Ivy League],� Eiter explained. “There’s going to be absolutely no technique involved.� For Thomas, a lack of technique might be just the change of pace he needs. In his third year with Penn, the Pittsburgh native is winless against top-20 wrestlers, having dropped all five of those bouts this season. Penn’s duals against Harvard and Brown mark the first of three consecutive weekends of conference play for the Quakers. With just one month left in the regular season, the Red and the Blue will have to make the most of every dual to prepare for the EIWA Conference Championships. Penn is likely to compete against some of the best wrestlers in Division I at the Championships, with teams like Cornell, Navy and Lehigh sending their top talent forward. “W hen you’re going against some higher-level competition, you’ve got to pay attention to small det a ils because one w rong attempt or one wrong tr y and we may not get another oppor tunit y,� Eiter sa id. “ We’ ve got t o c apit a l i ze while we can.� And capitalize on the Crimson and Bears is just what the Red and the Blue hope to do.


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PENN-CORNELL WHEN: Friday, 7:00 p.m. WHERE: The Palestra TELEVISION: None RADIO: WNTP 990 AM

THE RECORD ALL TIME RECORD: Penn leads, 144-74.



THE LAST TIME: Friday Feb. 22, 2013, 79-71 Penn, at Ithaca, N.Y. Tony Hicks had a breakout party which left the Big Red shaking their heads, as the freshman scored a then-career high 29 points to spark the Red and Blue to a comfortable victory. Hicks’ effort was the best scoring performance by a Penn freshman since Jerome Allen dropped 31 on Cornell in 1992.

PLAYER TO WATCH Penn Sr. G Miles JacksonCartwright. The senior captain has increased his consistency as of late. He was the only member of the Red and Blue to score in double figures in both games of their first Ivy doubleheader.

Quakers not taking Lions or Big Red lightly M. HOOPS from page 10 ly having a tough time finding a solution to those problems. “This is definitely a time where we need a sense of urgency from all of us.” If the Red and Blue hope to get back into the thick of the Ivy League race, they’ll have no better opportunity than Friday night. Against Cornell (1-17, 0-4), Penn will be facing a team that has zero wins against Division I opponents. The Big Red rank last in the Ivy League in points per game and field goal percentage, and second to last in rebounds per games. But the Quakers refuse to take Cornell lightly. “First and foremost, we need to respect the game and ignore the numbers,” Allen said. “Those guys have Division I basketball players, [Cornell] coach [Bill] Courtney is doing all that he can in preparing his guys, and if they come out with the right mindset, we can easily be beat.” The following night, Penn will do battle with one of the

Ancient Eight’s upstart programs. Though Columbia (13-8, 2-2) dropped both Ivy contests last weekend, coach Kyle Smith has done wonders turning around a once-struggling program since taking over in 2010. Thanks to a tough nonconference schedule and the play of junior forward Alex Rosenberg, the Lions are poised to finish the season near the top of the Ivy standings. Saturday’s contest certainly will not be an easy task for the struggling Quakers. “Give coach Smith credit, his guys are playing well, they’re sharing the ball and doing things the right way, they play hard,” Allen said. “We’re gonna have our work cut out for us.” For Penn to have any realistic shot at winning the Ivy League, two wins this weekend are essential. Maybe the Quakers will benefit from having their backs against the wall. “Cornell is going to come in here, and even though they’re not playing well, they’re going to come in thinking they can beat us and so will Columbia,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “And both of them can. “If people don’t have a sense Isabella Gong/Staff Photographer of urgency, a sense of desperation, then it needs to come Penn captain Miles Jackson-Cartwright will need to impart a sense of urgency to the rest of Penn basketball for the team to save its season this weekend.. pretty damn soon.”

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W. HOOPS from page 10 Ivy League. C or nel l s wept t h r oug h Yale and Brown last weekend behind a dominating performance from Iv y League co-Player/Rookie of the Week Nia Marshall, who averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 12for-17 shooting during those two games. Then again, Marshall is just the first of several potential matchup problems for the Quakers against the Big Red. The Red and Blue w ill also have to contend with senior guard Allyson DiMagno and forward Shelby Lyman, a pair of experienced leaders who possess elite scoring capability. “ T hey have some good senior guards and a nucleus of you ng player s t hat have made t hem better,” Mc L aug h l i n sa id . “ T hei r post game has been effective with Marshall, and they probably have the best allaround offensive scorer in the league in DiMagno.” In addition, the Quakers will have to deal with a hostile environment at the Newman Arena. “It’s a dif f icult place to pl ay,” Mc L au g h l i n s a i d . “We’ve had some success there, especially last year,

but struggled the previous few years. They’re a wellcoached team and definitely in the hunt right now.” As with all Ivy weekends, Penn will have to do an excellent job turning things around from Cornell to Columbia (4-14, 1-3 Ivy). The game against Columbia should be a bit less of a challenge. However, the Quakers need to focus to avoid losing in a game where they are the clear favorite against a seemingly overmatched opponent. Columbia poses different challenges w ith its much more balanced scoring offense. Four players for the Lions are averag ing over

Penn State meet will feature team scores. “It will be nice to see, with team scoring, how we fare against … the higher competition,” Delaney said. However, bot h coaches and players have maintained that scoring for track and f ield d if fers g reatly f rom that of most other sports. “It’s different than other sports. You don’t worry too much about the scoring of the meets,” Dolan said. “ We d id n’t ex act ly put together a lineup to try to score points. We just put

nine points per game, albeit none over 10.4. “They ’re a ver y hungr y team with a new coaching r eg i me , so t hey ’r e pl aying w ith a lot of energ y,” Mc L aug h l i n s a id . “ We’ l l certainly be prepared and ready for that one when the time comes.” As always it will be interesting to see how both teams match up with the size of Penn’s frontcourt. Cor nell’s tallest star ter this season has been Marshall, who at 6-foot-0 stands a full three inches shorter than Penn’s freshman center Sydney Stipanovich. Meanwhile, Columbia hasn’t started a player taller

PENN-COLUMBIA WHEN: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. WHERE: The Palestra TELEVISION: None RADIO: WXPN 88.5 FM

THE RECORD ALL TIME RECORD: Penn leads, 137-86.


PLAYER TO WATCH Columbia Jr. F Alex Rosenberg. He has provided a much needed veteran presence on an otherwise inexperienced Lions squad. He has also carried the load all season on offense, leading Columbia with 14.1 points per game.

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M. HOOPS | After dropping both games a week ago, the Quakers are playing with no margin for error

an abysmal nonconference run that included zero wins over Big 5 opponents and a seven-game losing streak, the Quakers everyone had been waiting for were ready to make a leap forward. Now, almost a month later, all good vibes stemming from that Princeton win are gone. Penn is a desperate, beaten team. It’s the 12th round, and one more punch is going to knock the Red and Blue out for good. Maybe that’s exactly what the

BY RILEY STEELE Sports Editor Things couldn’t be any clearer for Penn basketball this weekend. In its first conference game of 2013-14 on Jan. 11, Penn knocked off archrival Princeton. Finally, after

Quakers need. Following back-to-back losses in its first Ivy doubleheader of the season, Penn (4-13, 1-2 Ivy) returns to the Palestra to host its New York rivals over the weekend. On Friday, the Red and Blue will match up with a sputtering Cornell team before taking on Columbia the following evening. After last weekend’s sloppy loss to Dartmouth and embarrassing blowout against Harvard, Penn has no more room for error. This week-

end — and the rest of the season — the message is simple: win . . . or that’s it. “Last weekend obviously wasn’t a great weekend for us, not even looking at it in terms of wins and losses, but in terms of how we competed,” coach Jerome Allen said. “I’m disappointed, but the challenge now is to get these guys motivated and ready to use last weekend as a learning tool.” While Harvard is by far the best team in the Ivy League, many ex-

pected the Quakers to at least split last weekend’s games. But facing a Dartmouth squad missing its leading scorer and rebounder, Penn committed 18 turnovers and blew a seven-point halftime lead. Now, the team’s desperation is palpable. “It’s really been just two years of the same stuff,” senior captain Miles Jackson-Cartwright said. “We know what the problem is, we just are realSEE M. HOOPS PAGE 9

Penn looks to take it one week at a time, one more time W. HOOPS | Red and Blue know that they will need to maintain their focus to take down Cornell and Columbia BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Associate Sports Editor Cornell 11-7, 3-1 Ivy Tonight, 7 p.m. Ithaca, N.Y.

Columbia 4-14, 1-3 Ivy Saturday, 7 p.m. New York

T h is is t he most i mpor t a nt weekend of the season for Penn women’s basketball. Then again, that’s the mentalit y that’s been the reason for Penn’s success this season. “We started talking Ivy League play in the beginning of the year and how these games are and u nder st a nd i ng t hat what’s i n front of us is the most important,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We’ve set up this tone right now. They know that this is the most important game, the one in front of us.” Coming off of last weekend’s dominant wins over Dartmouth a nd Ha r va rd , Penn (12 - 5, 2 -1 Ivy) is looking to continue its hot streak this weekend as it travels to face Cornell and Columbia. The challenges will begin early for Penn as Cornell (11-7, 3-1) has proven itself to be one of the strongest contenders within the SEE W. HOOPS PAGE 8

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Penn women’s basketball will look to use its veteran leadership — especially with players like senior captain Alyssa Baron on the floor — to bully Columbia and Cornell on its road trip this weekend. The guard is the heart and soul of a resilient Quakers squad, showing her hustle at both ends by leading the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game and steals with 26.

Quakers aiming to regain some respect WRESTLING | Tough Ivy duals will be key after difficult loss to Cornell last Saturday BY LAINE HIGGINS Staff Writer Harvard 3-4 Tonight, 6 p.m. Cambridge, Mass.

Brown 1-6 Saturday, 2 p.m. Providence, R.I.

With just a handful of conference duals standing between now and the end of the regular season, the Quakers need to make every

second on the mats count. Penn wrestling will hit the road to take on two conference foes this weekend. The Quakers (4-5) will do battle with Harvard on Feb. 7 before visiting Brown the following afternoon. After falling to Cornell, 32-(-1), in an embarrassing dual at home on Feb. 1, this weekend’s doubleheader will give the Quakers a chance to pick themselves up and re-establish their confidence on the mats. “It was a tough loss,” coach Rob Eiter said about the Cornell defeat. “But if you step back and look at it, we were in almost every single set. We just didn’t get that break or that call that we were hoping to get.” Never theless, Penn is not

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It is no secret that Penn’s Director of Track and Field Steve Dola n is a d ist a nce r unner at hear t. It should come as no surprise, then, that he has instilled a distance r unner ’s strateg y in his program’s approach to the indoor season: to stay the course and finish strong. On Saturday, Penn track and field will take another step toward its final kick at the end of the season, this time at Penn St ate in the

Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup. After beginning the season with a series of meets that had little in the way of competition, the program got its f irst taste of the big stage last weekend at the expansive Columbia Invitational. This weekend’s meet at Penn State promises to provide an even larger scope. “There are good teams at both of them. Penn State, I think, will have more of the high-caliber people,” senior middle-distance runner Chelsea Delaney said. While the Columbia Invitational only provided a slew of individual results that were virtually indecipherable, the SEE TRACK AND FIELD PAGE 9

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