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enn students joined local Philadelphia residents and longtime Eagles fans from out of town on Thursday afternoon to celebrate a historic moment for Philadelphia. For the first time ever on Feb. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, sparking chaos across the city. After city officials announced plans for a parade on Thursday, various institutions made plans to suspend operations, Penn included. While the city has yet to release official data on the crowd size, estimates suggest at least 3 million people braved the wind chills to catch a glimpse of the winning team. After starting off at the Lincoln Financial Field stadium at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, the parade

travelled north until it reached Benjamin Franklin Parkway. From there, it continued until the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where thousands of attendees were packed together, elbow-to-elbow. Just before 10 a.m., larger waves of students trekked down to City Hall, the closest point on the parade route to campus. Just outside Hill College House, droves of Penn students marched together toward City Hall yelling, “F**k Tom Brady!” This year’s Super Bowl was the first football game that College and Engineering freshman Arun Kirubarajan had ever seen. Hailing from his hometown of Mississuaga, Canada, Kirubarajan said watching the Super Bowl helped him “assimilate into American culture.” “The Super Bowl has allowed me to understand how

integral football is. At the riots after they won, they were crying and hugging each other, even grown men,” he said on his way out of Hill College House at 9:30 a.m. College sophomore Paige Adams said she woke up at 6:15 a.m. this morning because she was “too excited.” Walking down Locust Walk at 9 a.m., the longtime Eagles fan was completely decked out in Eagles gear, from a green number nine jersey to a pair of sweatpants with “PHILADELPHIA EAGLES” plastered all over them. Adams said she was relieved that normal operations had been suspended on Thursday not just at Penn but at institutions across the city. As a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Adams said she would have skipped the parade to meet her mentor if the Philadelphia public schools had not suspended operations for the parade.





Parade postpones midterms

Portraits of Eagles fans

Avoiding the bird’s eye view

Quakers’ love for Eagles

At least six midterms scheduled for Thursday were pushed because for Eagles parade

A personal look at some of the attendees at the historic Eagles parade on Thursday and their stories

Members from Penn men’s basketball discuss what the Philadelphia Eagles’ win means for them

Staff Reporter Julie Coleman

“I had the most fun I’ve ever had in this city. For the first time in my academic career here at Penn, I felt like a Philadelphian.”

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Around City Hall, a sea of green poured out from all directions. Men, women, and children were decked out in Eagles apparel while babies were wrapped in green blankets in their strollers. People in their late 60s and 70s sported jerseys of retired Eagles players, while some of their younger counterparts showed off green faces, beards, and capes. The area around City Hall was packed by 8 a.m. but fans had started filtering into the sidewalks outside City Hall hours before. Almost all businesses were closed along the parade route, but many awnings and balconies held people up who were hoping to catch a view of the parade or at least escape the strong smell of marijuana SEE PARADE PAGE 8





Sessa appointed as Executive Director of SRFS

Prior to Penn, Sessa worked at U.S. Dept. of Education UROOBA ABID Staff Reporter

Penn appointed Matt Sessa as the new Executive Director of Student Registration and Financial Services in early January. As Executive Director, Sessa will lead the registrar, bursar, financial aid, and operations departments within SRFS. Sessa’s appointment comes at a time when SRFS has come into the spotlight regarding some of the changing policies, and especially the degree of varying information students say they receive about the changes. Some of these policies included reductions in financial aid for those living off campus, as well as for fifth-year students on financial aid.

In his new position at Penn, Sessa said he hopes to develop a onestop model for customer service. Now, students calling SRFS with complex questions often get transferred or referred to other contacts. “It took me a couple of tries to get the answers I wanted,” said College freshman Ashley Anumba, who called SRFS over the summer to get more information about her financial aid statement. “Some people didn’t understand my issue so I was getting answers that weren’t corresponding to the answers that I needed.” The goal of the one-stop model is to streamline the process and make it easier for students and families to access information. “Our goal would be to answer 80 percent of the questions with that first contact,” Sessa said. In order to streamline this process and make sure the same information is delivered to all students,

he plans on cross-training staff members and providing them with technology assistance that will aggregate information in one knowledge base. Sessa said that he also hopes to design a University-wide financial literacy program for students. Through the program, Sessa said he aims to inform students of correct ways to budget, responsibly borrow loans, and strategize in retiring debt. “This is one of those areas where I believe student involvement in the development of the program is important,” Sessa said. College freshman Ava Cruz said she called SRFS to ask questions that fell into that category. “Being a first generation college student, I didn’t have anybody else in my family that went through this before. Everything was new to me,” she said. Although the details of the pro-

gram have yet to be determined, Sessa said that he imagines there being various components to it. “I am still learning the Penn landscape, so I need to determine what work has been done to date, what technology is available to leverage,” Sessa stated. “With that said, I envision the financial literacy program having multiple channels of engagement,” specifically noting, “mobile, web, face-to-face counseling when appropriate.” Before redesigning services, however, Sessa hopes to get student feedback first. “We need to make sure we are designing those services for them and not trying to determine what they need without getting direct input,” he said. Prior to joining the Penn staff, Sessa worked as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Federal Student Aid Office at the U.S. Department of Education. At his position within the Department, Sessa gained valuable experience partnering with schools and financial institutions. “His vast expertise in federal aid programs and managing a complex organization structure will


Sessa aims to streamline processes for students and families to access information, and answer 80 percent of questions on first contact.

make him an invaluable member of our leadership team,” said Vice President for Finance and Treasurer MaryFrances McCourt in a press release. Before working at the Department of Education for almost four years, Sessa also held a Senior Vice President position at the Pennsylvania Higher Education

Assistance Agency. “It was good work and important work, but you didn’t always get to see how your customers were interacting with some of the services,” said Sessa. At Penn, Sessa is looking forward to being present on campus and understanding student experiences firsthand.

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New tax plan will cut top Penn employees’ paychecks GOP tax law will affect the five highest earners MAX COHEN Staff Reporter

Sixteen employees at Penn make over $1 million a year — under the new GOP tax bill five will be subject to a new 21 percent tax on their annual salaries. The bill, which was passed amidst tremendous controversy on Dec. 20, will have implications for Penn in a variety of different ways. While the taxation of tuition waivers — which many claimed would have made a graduate education unattainable — was not included in the final version of the bill, the 1.4 percent excise tax will directly affect Penn’s multi-billion dollar endowment. The final version also implements a tax on the annual compensation of the five highest-paid employees in nonprofit groups. It could affect academic medical professionals who make more than a million dollars a year — excluding “compensation that is directly related to medical or veterinary ser-

vices,” according to The Chronicle for Higher Education. At Penn, this list consists of three known executives and two unknown academic medical professionals. Penn employs 13 academic medical professionals who could potentially qualify for the tax, the highest paid being Chief Operating Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Thomas Beeman. Beeman’s 2015 taxable compensation was $4,460,192, according to The Chronicle. Gutmann is the most prominent employee who would be subject to the tax. According to 2015 statistics provided by The Chronicle for Higher Education, Gutmann’s taxable compensation for that year was $3,047,847. Under the new law, she would pay $640,047.87 in taxes — a number that is likely to increase since her salary has grown since then. Legislators identified highearning college executives as candidates for taxation, and National Public Radio reports that these high earnings can “stoke resentment.”


Amy Gutmann's taxable compensation, according to 2015 statistics from The Chronicle for Higher Education, would be $640,047.87

“Congress is putting non-profits in the same position as for-profit entities when it comes to compensating employees,” tax lawyer Jonathan Sambur said. Yet according to Sambur, for-profit corporations, such as Amazon and Google, have developed ways to evade these taxes on high-earning employees. “The way to get around this rule is to pay executives a relatively

high number, but not a million dollars, and then to give them a ton of stock options and other compensation,” Sambur said. Penn executives such as President Amy Gutmann can’t be compensated with stock options, as non-profits can’t issue stock, Sambur said. Gutmann’s salary is notable as one of the highest in the nation

— according to records Penn filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Gutmann’s pay package in 2015 increased 6.09 percent and reached $3,537,020. Gutmann is one of only two female university presidents on NPR’s list of the top-ten highest paid university presidents. College freshman Theo Yuan supports Gutmann’s salary and said she should be rewarded for doing a “good job.” “She raises a lot of revenue from fundraising, I don’t see why she shouldn’t get a high salary,” Yuan said. When NPR asked Penn about the size of Gutmann’s salary, David L. Cohen, the chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, cited Gutmann’s job performance as justification for her compensation. “Amy Gutmann’s salary is based on the market that exists for research university presidents, the unique complexity of leading Penn, and the extraordinary job she has done as our President,” Cohen said to NPR. “The Trustees believe she is the best university president in the country and that her sal-

ary should rightly reflect the stellar leadership she has brought to Penn.” To Sambur, Gutmann functions like a head of a corporation, and expects to be paid accordingly. “She is no different than a CEO of a large corporation,” Sambur said. “Typically, it is not surprising to see people who were in the corporate world go into the university world and expect to get compensated based on the same level of management skills that they would otherwise have.” According to a representative from the Association of American Universities, this provision of the tax law will not have a large impact on universities as a whole, and as a result, attracted few lobbying efforts. “We just had so many other fish to fry that we’ve left this one up to others to deal with,” Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for the AAU, told CNN. University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy said in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian that Penn did not comment on this new tax.

Penn announces 2018 commencement speaker

NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell will speak

Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, decided to endow Penn with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. The Center has been continuing the work of the Penn Program on Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Citizenship, which was launched in 2006 to encourage research on these topics. Mitchell said in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian at the time that the Center is “non-partisan.” But as a public figure, Mitchell has grown increasingly prominent as a critic of fellow Penn graduate, President Donald Trump. In March 2016, she

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NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and 1967 Penn graduate Andrea Mitchell will give the commencement speech at the 2018 graduation ceremony slated for May this year. Her reporting for NBC News has spanned seven presidencies and included coverage of foreign policy and Congress. She anchors her own show, “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on weekdays, and regularly appears on other notable programs like “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “We are honored to bestow our highest degree on awardwinning journalist Andrea Mitchell, one of Penn’s own, and have her address our graduates at Penn’s 262nd Commencement,” said President Amy Gutmann to Penn Current. Mitchell, who graduated from Penn’s College for Wom-

said the 1968 Wharton graduate is “completely uneducated” about the world; in April 2017, she told Politico that Trump has the most hostile attitude to the press among all the seven Presidents she has covered; and in October of last year, she said at a summit in D.C. that “the fight is on” with Trump. In recent years, Penn’s choice of commencement speaker has sparked conversations over ideological and intellectual diversity on campus. Days before graduation in 2017, students were still debating the choice of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a frequent critic of Donald Trump, as the University’s

commencement speaker. Some pointed out that nearly all of the commencement speakers of previous years have had political leanings to the left. Past speakers include: Biden, John Legend, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers and actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. The announcement from the University also included a list of honorary degree recipients. The list includes Peggy Noonan, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and CEO of Chobani.


Penn has invited seven U.S. political figures to speak at commencement in the past, including John McCain and Jimmy Carter.

en with a degree in English, is also the chair of the Penn Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers and a University Trustee Emerita. She has long had close ties with the University, participating in a range of different initiatives.

On Feb. 8, Mitchell will appear alongside former Vice President Joe Biden for the opening of the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C. In August of last year, Mitchell and her husband, former chairman of the United States

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Penn midterms postponed due to Eagles’ Philadelphia parade

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At least six midterm examinations have been postponed after Penn suspended University operations on Thursday because of the citywide parade for the Philadelphia Eagles. After students petitioned, Penn suspended normal University operations on Thursday to join in the citywide Eagles parade in honor of the team’s Super Bowl victory on Sunday. Some professors, such as Math professor Henry Towsner and Business, Economics, and Public Policy professor Mike Abito, said they were in the process of emailing back students who had asked to move the exam because of the parade to say that was not possible, when the University announced its decision. Towsner moved his MATH114 class’s midterm to Tuesday. He said he thinks the cancelation is disruptive for the course, but also said it was probably the right decision, given the transportation difficulties. “My biggest concern right now is the impact on the drop deadline because we really like to get an exam back to students so they can see it and get a score before that,” he said. “We’re going to be a little squeezed to get that back and have enough time for students to look at it and make decision before the drop deadline.” Abito, who had to reschedule a BEPP-250 exam, also said the decision was for the best due to travel issues, but wishes the decision had been made earlier. He said moving exams is difficult, especially because there are many other classes that also have to do so

On January 18th, Donald Trump came to Pittsburgh, PA. His motive, according to a tweet, was to pledge his “total support” to congressional candidate Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate for the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Saccone’s opponent? Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine and Penn alumnus. Lamb graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a degree in Political Science, and graduated from Penn Law three years later. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and after completing his service, was appointed the Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2014. The election pits the first-time politician Lamb against Saccone, a Pennsylvania State Representative since 2010. The district is located in the southwestern portion of the state, encompassing surrounding areas south of Pittsburgh and other rural areas. Former Rep. Tim Murphy had held the seat since 2003, yet was forced to resign in October amid reports he forced a woman which he had an affair with to have an abortion. Murphy was a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus. According to Political Science professor Matthew Levendusky, the district is “about as Republican as Montana.” Yet the circumstances around the vacancy, shifts in national public opinion, and the quality of the candidates all have made the race more competitive, Levendusky said. “Lamb is a Marine from a local political family, and he’s emphasized positions where he’s more centrist than national Democrats,” Levendusky said. “This

MATH-114, BEPP-250 among exams pushed


As Penn students celebrated the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory, professors were forced to postpone various midterm exams as the University shut down normal operations for the parade.

under such short notice. Abito’s BEPP-250 exam was ultimately rescheduled to Monday during normal class time, though issues remain. “The problem is, our exam is designed for two hours, but the class is just an hour and 20, so I had to adjust the test so it’s going to fit the time.” He continued, “It’s a big class, a class of 300, and typically they have to take the test at the same time, but since it’s three sections, there’s going to be some possibility of cheating and stuff like that.” Some midterms, like PHYS151, have been postponed indefinitely because of difficulty finding rooms. Many students called for the University to cancel operations days before the parade, with over 3,300 signing a petition to Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. Students are largely grateful for the decision, yet some express concern about falling behind in classwork or taking too many exams in the same week.

Engineering freshman Abby Stein said that the exam postponement worked in her favor and gave her more time to study, and is also glad that Penn is allowing students to feel more connected to the Philadelphia community. She did, however, acknowledge that other students were left in “worse situations” due to the cancellation. “It actually worked out really nicely for me because I have another midterm on Friday, but I know that one of my friends has four midterms next week because of it.” Wharton sophomore Jordan Lannone agreed. “I’m pretty happy it was moved, just because I was really busy this week, and I was stressing out a little bit, and now that it’s postponed until Monday, I have a little more time to prepare,” Lannone said. “But at the same time, I have a lot of friends who have midterms next week, and so now it’s actually going to make their next week a lot harder than this week would

have been.” Though College freshman Eva Spier understands Penn’s reasoning, she said she also felt inconvenienced by the cancellation. Spier’s BIOL221 exam was rescheduled to next Thursday. “I was kind of annoyed because I was ready for the exam, and now I have to retain that information for another week,” she said. Spier was also disappointed that her Chemistry recitation was canceled, as she was counting on that time to review for her test on Monday. College freshman Phil Zanfagna was not planning on attending the parade because he is a Washington Redskins fan and does not feel affected by the cancellation. “To be honest, the exam being moved really didn’t affect my schedule that much, it just gives me more time to study,” Zanfagna said. “I think the University made the right call because most kids I know were going to take the makeup exam because they were going to the parade.”

Lamb is running for Pa.’s 18th congressional district

makes him potentially a good fit for the district, but he still faces an uphill battle, given the partisan composition of the district.” For Penn Dems President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan, the qualities of Penn alumnus Lamb, combined with the scandal that engulfed the past candidate, gives Democrats a chance of taking control of the seat, which has been in GOP hands since 2003. “This is a place where the Republicans have shown that they are hypocrites and that I don’t think they’re fielding a very strong candidate,” Milligan said. “The people there are upset with the way Trump has performed so far in office and that’s why the Democrat is polling quite well, and Trump is scared so he has to go there and hold a rally.” Penn Dems have already held a phone bank in support of Conor Lamb, and plan to hold two additional phone banks before the election in mid-March, Milligan said. College and Wharton sophomore Michael Moroz, co-director of College Republicans Editorial Board, said the club currently had no plans to hold phone banks for the race. Nonetheless, Moroz applauded Saccone’s strong Republican credentials. “I can see why Trump endorsed him, he’s conservative on basically every issue- from gun rights to right-to-work legislation,” Moroz said. Recent polls have given Saccone between a 3 and 12 point lead in the race, and Levendusky maintained that a Lamb win would be an upset, but not one that should carry too much significance. “Political scientists always urge caution when interpreting a single election, but prognosticators will attach a lot importance to this outcome,” Levendusky said. “Especially if Lamb pulls an upset and beats Saccone.”







Spring Fling moved to bring back the glory of the ‘70s Directors hope the move will increase turnout JULIE COLEMAN Staff Reporter

The Social Planning and Events Committee announced last week that Spring Fling will take place in Penn Park instead of the Quad, breaking a 45-year-old tradition. According to members of the current Spring Fling Committee, the decision has been a long time in the making. One of the three Fling directors and College junior Michelle Dziedzic said that SPEC is always trying to improve the event, and that this idea had been brought up in the past, but only came to fruition this year. College junior Julia DaSilva, who currently serves as SPEC secretary and Spring Fling liaison and previously served as Fling director, said that in the past SPEC has been “hesitant” to make this change, but the current committee’s past experience planning Fling gave them the confidence to move locations. She added that one of the motivations was to increase turnout, which she said has significantly dwindled in the past few years. “When you see those photos of the Quad filled with people, and people jumping off the stage, and having fun, like that hasn’t actually happened since like five or six years ago,” DaSilva said. “So it definitely came from us as students to revitalize Fling, and sort of bring it back to the glory of what it was in the ‘70s.” One of the Fling directors and College sophomore Chris Mountanos said the committee decided that centralizing Fling festivities to one place on one day might increase turnout, since last year there was low turnout on both days. Mountanos, who is also a social media staffer on The Daily Pennsylvanian, added that the

Fling headliner concert had a very successful turnout last year after moving from Franklin Field to Penn Park. DaSilva said funding for the Fling festivities will not be cut, despite shortening Fling from two days to one. She added that she hopes the decision to host festivities only on Saturday will encourage a greater attendance as it will not coincide with Friday classes. The Fling Committee had been discussing the idea of moving out of the Quad since before summer 2017, and made a proposal to administration this past September. The proposal was approved on Jan. 28, the same day the group made the public announcement. “The biggest safety factor considered by folks in their various areas of administrative responsibility had to do with egress in and out of Penn Park,” Executive Director of Student Affairs Katie Bonner said in an emailed statement to the DP. “It will be a new challenge to consider managing thousands of students over the course of the day.” Still, opinions about the change are split among students, especially among student performing groups. Priscilla Felten, Wharton sophomore and former Quad resident, said that she is in favor of the change, citing the difficulties Fling poses for Quad residents due to security measures that increase each year. “It was definitely a struggle for people who lived in the Quad to get into their buildings because you could only enter in your exact building, and many of us were used to going into a different building to get to our floor,” Felten said. However, College freshman and Quad resident Charles Thomas disagrees, and said he feels that Fling’s further location is an inconvenience for freshmen. “I will attend regardless


The proposal to shorten Fling and move its location from the Quad to Penn Park was approved on Jan. 28 in order to encourage more student turnout. Despite the changes, funding for the festivities will not be cut.

even though it’s further away, but I’m a proactive kind of guy,” Thomas said. “If there’s

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something they’re not that interested in — whereas if it was something right outside their

rooms, they might be more willing to go.” College freshman Georgia Ray, a Daily Pennsylvanian design associate, said she felt disappointed about the announcement at first, but she’s come to accept the Committee’s decision. “I was really excited to have it centrally located around where I live,” Ray said. “I guess they have a good point, and they’re trying to revitalize it, so I guess if they think that is what’s best then I think it’s for the best too.” Dziedzic said she anticipates public skepticism and she’s optimistic that people will come around. “We can make Fling into something better than it was before,” Dziedzic said. “That will convince people that it was kind of a good change.”

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Millions of people attended the victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Every one of them withstood sub-freezing temperatures, wind chills, and congested trains just for a chance to catch a glimpse of their athletic heroes. Reporters and photographers from The Daily Pennsylvanian went out to take their portraits, listen to their stories, and learn why Philadelphia is known for having "the greatest fans in the world." PATRICK SMITH / GETTY IMAGES

In perhaps the unlikeliest event of the NFL season, Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles raised the Super Bowl trophy after Philadelphia earned it for the first time in franchise history. The quarterback accounted for four touchdowns and earned Super Bowl MVP honors.


With just over two minutes remaining, Eagles defensive end Brandom Graham forced Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's lone fumble of the night. With the Eagles only leading by five at the time, the turnover proved vital in the win.


Doing his part in the win, kicker Jake Elliott sunk one of his three field goals on the night. Elliott went on to set the record for longest Super Bowl field goal by a rookie.

Jason & Shiloh Brown 2004 College graduate Jason Brown, 36, is standing 50 yards away from the fence bordering the parade near the art museum. His daughter, 5-year-old Shiloh, sits on his shoulders, waving her arms to Cardi B. Brown and his wife Vanessa, 35, traveled from Wynnwood, a suburb just outside the city with their family of six. While Shiloh sits on top of his shoulders, 10-year-old Zion and 7-year-old Garner stand by their mother, straining their necks to see beyond people’s waists. In between them, 20-month-old Cyrus sleeps soundly in a pram. “I’m Philly all the way,” says Brown, who was born in the city. “Even when the Eagles didn’t do too well, we were in it and the kids, they have no other choice but to be fans too.” Brown says he and his family love Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most active players within the NFL in terms of social and political advocacy. Jenkins was among several Eagles players who recently said they would decline an invitation to the White House if President Donald Trump provided one. “We love Jenkins and what he’s stood for all season long. They’ve shown a lot of class in how they play and what they represent to the organization and to the whole NFL,” he says. The Penn graduate adds that he thought it was important to bring his family to the parade to make a lifelong memory. “This has been a family ordeal and I imagine that we’ll be Eagles fans for generations to come. I want [my children] to look back and say, ‘through all the craziness, through all the cold, mummy and daddy took me to the celebrations,’” Brown says, smiling. “They’ll remember this for the rest of their lives.”

Pat & Dennis Suplee


After the confetti settles and the skywriting that reads “Philly Dilly” starts to fade, Pat Suplee is for a moment, speechless. Dressed in a green fur coat and with green sunglasses on top of her head, she says the parade was “absolutely fabulous.” “I love the Eagles,” she exclaims. “They are together, no one’s a diva, and everyone’s willing to give credit to each other.” Pat, who is with her husband Dennis Suplee, describes how down-to-earth the Eagles players were as they passed by on the parade floats, handing down trophies for parade-goers


to touch. She adds that her favorite moment was when Jason Kelce, the Eagles Center now gaining Twitter fame for attending the parade in a mummer’s costume, waved to fans from atop a float. Dennis, 75, received a law degree from Penn Law in 1967 and recounts the Eagles’ history leading up to Sunday’s victory. “I actually remember the game in 1960 when the Eagles won the NFL championship," he says. “But this, this was even more wonderful.” Pat agrees, adding, “The Eagles have become America’s team.”

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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was one of many people in Minneapolis who was all smiles after the Eagles' upset win, as the Scranton, P.A. native has made his Eagles allegiance well known.


The Scott Family, Danielle & Anthony Leone


Eagles running backs Corey Clement (left) and Jay Ajayi (right) embraced after the former reeled in a touchdown catch. Undrafted out of college, the rookie Clement caught 100 yards in his first Super Bowl.


In the sequence that will go down in Eagles' lore as "Philly Special," quarterback Nick Foles dialed his own number for a trick play, where tight end Trey Burton threw a ball to Foles for an easy touchdown.

In the muddy area outside the Philadelphia Art Museum, Cedric Scott, 50, sits on a lawn chair inside a yellow tent. Scott arrived with his cousin at the site at 5:30 a.m. in the morning and spent half an hour setting up the tent in time for his daughter, Amber Scott, 17, and her friends, Danielle and Anthony Leone, 14 and 18. All three kids attend Williamstown High School in New Jersey, which Anthony says is “as Eagles as it gets.” Amber, who is wearing a yellow ski suit on top of her allgreen get up, says the three of them woke up at 4 a.m. this morning to make the two hour commute down to Philadelphia. “We’ve been Eagles fans since we came out the womb,” she says. When recounting their experiences of the big game, the three teenagers can barely contain themselves. “I just remember the fourth quarter of the game being so stressful because I know Tom Brady is a second-half

quarterback," Amber says. "That last quarter was so stressful, and in those last few seconds, I just started bawling." “I have an Eagles pendant right,” Danielle cuts in, holding out her metal necklace. “I remember, it was the the third quarter and it was 33-32. I was stressing out, and the first thing I did was I kissed my pendant. Soon after that, we got a touchdown,” she says. “I literally couldn’t believe it.” Anthony jumps in, “When they won, my cousin and I — he was drunk off his ass — we grabbed two twelve gage shotguns, walked into the backyard and fired three rounds of buckshots in the air to celebrate the Eagles winning the god-damn Super Bowl." The 18-year-old leaves one last message before reclining back into his chair: “Tom Brady is a piece of shit who doesn’t deserve his sixth ring. Guess who does?” Like on cue, Danielle and Amber yell: “THE EAGLES!”

With a unicorn headpiece and a “Stand with Meek Mill” sign, Minh Truong was easily identifiable in the sea of green that extended across City Hall. Minh, who was with her twin sister Tikki Truong, says she wore the unicorn headpiece “because it’s a magical day.” The sisters were originally born in a refugee camp in Thailand and later immigrated to North Philadelphia in 1991. They were first introduced to football by their neighbors and sponsor family and have been Eagles fans ever since. The sisters say they have since moved out of their sponsor family’s home and found their own place to live. This past Sunday, they watched the Superbowl and the fireworks that followed together. “[It’s] the first win I’ve ever had in my whole life,” Minh says, kneeling momentarily so her point could be heard above the shouts. Tikki continues standing atop a mailbox while discussing what the parade meant to her. Unzipping her heavy coat to reveal her Eagles shirt, Tikki says, “No matter how hard we get knocked down we get back up. All the losses that we have, all the doubts — it teaches us a lot about ourselves. Today’s about hope, about faith in humanity, about faith in brotherly BIRUK TIBELE | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER love.”




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on the cramped sidewalks. Multiple vendors offered free food and drinks for people at the parade. Approximately 40 food trucks were stationed along the route, as well as 850 portable toilets. Nonetheless, many fans attending the parade opted for some other spot to relieve themselves along the five-mile route. Near the Philadelphia Art Museum, there were dozens of men lined up against a fence to urinate. Along the route, there were also people selling Eagles t-shirts, people on stilts, and fans holding signs covered in glitter above hats depicting actual eagles filled the streets. Others brought along a copy of Monday’s newspaper, emblazoned with headlines of the historic victory. As attendees waited for the floats to come by, many grew excited to see a group of planes create phrases like “Philly Dilly” and “Eagles” in skywriting. While some attendees tried tracking the progress of the parades on their phones, many relied on the cheers of fans further down the road to signal the appearance of their athletic heroes. Pat Suplee, who was with her husband Dennis Suplee, said she appreciated how down-to-earth the Eagles players were as they passed by on the parade floats, handing down trophies for fans to touch. She added that her favorite moment was when Jason Kelce, the Eagles center now gaining Twitter fame for attending the parade in a mummer’s costume, waved to fans from atop a float. For many Philadelphia natives, this victory was long overdue and there was little that would stop them from attending the parade. Grace Youngren, an 18-yearold who goes to school at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, missed six classes in order to come back to her home city and attend the Eagles parade. Outside the museum, fans were singing and dancing to music playing on the speakers. There were also two large screens playing the Eagles’ Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots. Every time the team scored, the crowds cheered like it was game night. In the hours leading up to the arrival of the floats, some brave fans


For many Philadelphia natives, this victory was long overdue and many, from young to old, attended the parade this Thursday.

entertained themselves by climbing on trees, telephone poles, and sculptures, while people around them threw beer cans in an attempt to take them down. The loudest cheers of the day might have come when Eagles’ All-Pro center Jason Kelce took the mic at the ceremony held outside the museum. Dressed in traditional mummer’s garb, Kelce brought the chants and applause to a roar repeatedly during his fiveminute speech. “We were a bunch of underdogs. And you know what an underdog is? It’s a hungry dog,” Kelce shouted. “Everybody wonders why the Philadelphia Eagles’

aren’t the nicest fans. If I don’t eat breakfast, I’m f**king pissed off.” 2004 College graduate Jason Brown, 36, and his wife Vanessa, 35, were also taking in the sights near the museum. They traveled from Wynnwood, a suburb just outside the city, with their entire family of six. “This has been a family ordeal and I imagine that we’ll be Eagles fans for generations to come,” Brown said. “I want [my children] to look back and say, ‘through all the craziness, through all the cold, mummy and daddy took me to the celebrations.’” “They’ll remember this for the rest of their lives.”







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Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett, along with 12 other significant figures in Philadelphia, will contribute to the selection of the Philadelphia School District’s first-ever Board of Education. The 13-person group, entitled the “Education Nominating Panel,� was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and given the task of nominating 27 potential BOE members. Kenney will then select the 9-person BOE from those nominees, which will be responsible for a district with the eighth largest student enrollment in the nation. Members of the board will be responsible for improving a school district which has the eighth largest student enrollment in the nation and which is projected to incur nearly a $1 billion deficit by the fiscal year 2022. The board will be facing a projected $105 million deficit in the fiscal year 2019.

According to a report released by Kenney’s office in November 2017, the board members should be chosen early this year to ensure their preparation for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Any Philadelphian who is registered to vote is eligible to serve on the board. “I am honored that Mayor Kenney entrusted me, along with twelve other institutional and community leaders, with the responsibility of serving on this important panel,� Pritchett wrote in an email. “We have been given the vital task of helping to find the best citizens of Philadelphia to serve on our city’s first Board of Education.� This is not the first time Pritchett has worked with the Philadelphia School District. He has served on a variety of committees, including the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and was appointed to the School Reform Commission from which he chose to resign in 2014. The SRC, which took control of the city on behalf of the state in 2001, voted to disband in November 2017, directly

leading to the formation of the nominating panel. Farah Jimenez, 1990 College graduate and 1996 Law graduate, worked with Pritchett on the SRC. Jimenez will serve on the SRC officially until July 2018, when the new school board is officially seated. She is also president of the Philadelphia Education Fund. “Wendell is very thoughtful, a straight shooter, and has a sense of self. He is just very clear about what he believes in,� said Jimenez, “and when you’re serving on a body like that, that’s small, there’s only five of us, who are making decisions that 200,000 plus children, the decisions are weighty, and you need to be working with people who you feel have good judgement.� Jimenez abstained in the vote to disband the SRC, as she “did not feel comfortable� saying that the school district was not under any fiscal distress, a component of the vote. Pritchett wrote that his role on the panel is “an especially meaningful responsibility,� as he is the father of two Philadelphia public school students, and both of his parents taught

in the district. The mayor’s office selected Pritchett for a variety of reasons, including his commitment to education and his role at Penn, according to Kenney’s Chief of Staff Jane Slusser. “Wendell understands what’s going to make a good board member,� Slusser said. “He understands the challenges because he’s been in that position before.� Slusser noted that the panel was designed so that nine of the members would be those who hold high-ranking positions in the city, while the other four would be Philadelphians deeply involved in the school district. As a result, the panel boasts a diverse array of members, including Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware President Dan Fitzpatrick, Director of Partnerships for The Salvation Army of Eastern Penn. and Dela. Bonnie Camarada, various parent activists, and part time senior at Temple University Kimberly Pham. Pham spends much of her time doing advocacy work on behalf of vulnerable and underrepresented youth populations. “My experience is going to

be able to drive me to look for leaders who really are passionate and have integrity about our young people and the systems that they go through to look for certain opportunities,� Pham said. Although the panel has only met once so far, Pham was already familiar with Pritchett’s work on the SRC. The City of Philadelphia website has two separate forms, a nomination form and an interest form, allowing Philadelphians to suggests themselves or others to be considered for a position on the board. Initially, the forms were said to remain open until Jan. 31; however, the deadline was extended to Feb. 7 so the mayor’s office could “give everybody a chance to apply who was interested,� said Slusser. She estimated that over 200 people have applied so far. The Education Nomination Panel will review the applications and conduct interviews. “There’s a lot that goes into this process, but we’re trying to do this in a timely manner and execute this within 40 days,� Pham said. Penn encourages student


interactions with the city of Philadelphia, even calling it “our extended classroom� on the Penn admissions website. Pritchett continues to send this message through his role in the city’s education system. “Penn has an essential role to play in advancing education across our city,� Pritchett said, “and I look forward to the university’s being part of many more such advancements in the years ahead.�

How Penn fared blocks away Social Policy and Practice from the Eagles’ parade dean to switch to Annenberg Wawa and Dunkin’ saw a surge of customers AVNI KATARIA Staff Reporter

Waves of green met the red and blue as Penn students migrated away from campus this morning to attend the citywide Eagles’ super bowl parade. After several student petitions, Penn suspended normal University operations on Thursday, giving most of the Penn community a chance to join the historic celebration. While a significant portion of the Penn community headed north to Center City, campus was affected in a variety of ways — from unusual peaks at Wawa to particularly quiet campus buildings. Ashley Smith, general manager at Wawa on 38th and Spruce, said students were heading to the parade as early as 6 a.m. From well before dawn, the already busy store was completely jam-packed. “This morning we were packed — there were Eagles fans everywhere,� she said. As the number of customers decreased during the day, some of the employees had to relocate to work at stores closer to the parade, Smith said.

Michael Gummery, one of the few employees working today at the Penn bookstore, said the store was less busy than usual around noon, describing the atmosphere as “kind of quiet� with “not much happening.� He said he would have liked to go to the parade himself to see the “spectacle of it,� but since his work schedule for today was made over a week ago, there was no way he could have predicted the Eagles win and the date of the parade. “A couple of employees did pull out today,� he said, “but we have to keep the store open since they decided to keep the store open today.� By 2 p.m., many students seemed to have left the parade early to continue celebrating on campus. Stores that had previously remained relatively mellow saw an upsurge of students, who were returning from the day’s festivities, rush in. Restaurants began to see large crowds especially since popular dining locations on campus such as Houston Hall and Frontera were closed for the day. Shake Shack handed out free scoops of custard at their 32nd and Chestnut location

and was one of the busiest locations on campus. A line extended around the restaurant and students found themselves standing in the cold for up to 10 minutes for the free food. Drexel students Carley Kandler and Amanda Kriston were part of the long line waiting outside Shake Shack. They said they left the parade early because they “couldn’t get a good view from where they were and were trying to use a bathroom.� Nicole Jacqueline, an avid Eagles fan also waiting in line, said she chose to leave early and come to Shake Shack specifically because she heard about the free custard from her friends. Further west, Metropolitan Cafe on 40th and Walnut streets was also crowded by 2 p.m., and Dunkin Donuts on 36th and Walnut streets seemed understaffed with only two people serving a long line of customers. “[It] definitely was one of the busiest days of the year earlier today,� said General Manager of Dunkin Donuts Fatima Mahouao. “It was crazy busy but we were fine.� Mahouao added that the store was the busiest around 3:30 p.m., but the crowd died down slightly after.

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“As a Dean and in his own scholarly work,� Gutmann and Pritchett said, “John [Jackson] has consistently harnessed the power of diverse, interdisciplinary teams – and driven mutually beneficial collaborations between the liberal arts and the professions – to better understand and address society’s most timely and challenging questions.� Jackson joined Penn in 2006 as the school’s first Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, which was established through a program to

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recruit faculty who have “appointments� in at least two Penn schools. “John Jackson has the experience, vision, and collaborative spirit to help ensure Annenberg’s continued place among the world’s preeminent research and teaching programs in communication,� Gutmann and Pritchett said. “As a longtime Annenberg faculty member, we know that John will work very well indeed with the School’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni in the years ahead.�

The position of Dean of Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication will be filled by current Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, according to an announcement from President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett Feb. 6. Jackson will assume the role of Annenberg’s dean on Jan. 1, 2019. He will continue in his present position as Dean of Penn’s SP2, which he has held since 2014, until then. The current dean of Annenberg, Michael X. Delli Carpini, has served in his position since 2003. A search committee for his replacement was created last October, and Carpini has decided to extend his term to the end of the year so Jackson can transition well into his new role at Penn. Jackson is a renowned author and film producer, and has covered themes and issues surrounding race relation and identity. He has also taught The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation FILE PHOTO courses in Africana Studies Avenue, New York,Sales N.Y. Corporation 10018 The 620 NewEighth York Times Syndication Dean John Jackson, Jr. will replace Dean Michael Cardini of the and Anthropology department For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 Annenberg School for Communication on Jan. 1 2019. in the College. For Tuesday, 6, 2018 ForRelease Information Call: February 1-800-972-3550 For Release Thursday, February 8, 2018

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OPINION Avoiding the bird’s eye view: integrating ourselves in Phila. CAL’S CORNER | How the Super Bowl can redefine Penn’s definition of community

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2018 VOL. CXXXIV, NO. 9 134th Year of Publication DAVID AKST President REBECCA TAN Executive Editor CHRIS MURACCA Print Director JULIA SCHORR Digital Director HARRY TRUSTMAN Opinion Editor SARAH FORTINSKY Senior News Editor JONATHAN POLLACK Senior Sports Editor LUCY FERRY Senior Design Editor

Super Bowl Sunday was without a doubt one of the best days of my life and a once-ina-lifetime experience for many of us. As we all watched the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl for the first time ever, frenzy and excitement spread across the streets of the city and history wrote itself. Penn students, staff, and faculty joined thousands of Philadelphians in just about every space of Center City to celebrate their beloved team. Thousands of people joined each other as individuals climbed stop lights, street lights, and practically every other elevated surface in sight. And even

as police officers aimed to use garbage trucks for crowd control, fans decked out in green were seen on top of moving vehicles in various states of unrest. But what I found most interesting was the feeling I had when I first began to approach the swarm of people. Even though I didn’t know anyone there, I felt a part of an imagined community as Philadelphians celebrated not only the Eagles but each other. I caught myself laughing with strangers amid anti-Tom Brady chants that overtook the crowd. I found myself interacting with people whom I never would have interacted with, our only

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connection being the Eagles and Philadelphia area. I started dancing with strangers I had never met even though there was no music playing. And oddly,

fall complicit to the inequalities that exist between ourselves and those that live around us. It is unfair for students residing in the “Penn Bubble” to

I had the most fun I’ve ever had in this city. For the first time in my academic career here at Penn, I felt like a Philadelphian.” I’ll never forget hugging a middle-aged woman that was crying because she never thought this day would come. I had the most fun I’ve ever had in this city. For the first time in my academic career here at Penn, I felt like a Philadelphian. Within this piece I am challenging each and every one of us to make sure our interactions with Philadelphia this week are not our last. Throughout its history, Penn’s relationship with Philadelphia hasn’t always been the best. Many of us are unaware of Penn’s history of gentrification in the area and ignorantly

interact with the greater Philadelphia community for sports while social issues that we can help to mitigate take a backseat. As Penn students, we have a huge responsibility to really engage with our neighbors, old and new, in order to redefine our sense of community on campus in a fashion that works for everyone. If we are going to enjoy the happy moments of the Philadelphia community, it is up to each and every one of us to do a better job of addressing the sad moments we’ve pushed into this area. This week should not be

CALVARY ROGERS the last time many of us want to interact with people in the area outside of the Penn bubble. Thankfully, there are a plethora of ways to do this, both big and small. Maybe it’s volunteering for and integrating your student group with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Or for some, it could simply be supporting a local Philadelphia business. For others it could be a conversation with those in the Fresh Grocer in the bread aisle. But for all of us, we should aim to make history in this area, not just celebrate it. CALVARY ROGERS is a College junior from Rochester, N.Y., studying political science. His email address is calvary@sas. “Cal’s Corner” usually appears every month.



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Our efforts as a Penn community to destigmatize mental health have been working. Like every Penn student, I often feel the overwhelming pressure that inevitably comes from being an overachiever on a campus full of overachievers, but I’ve never felt truly alone when dealing with waves of anxiety or depression. At every turn I’ve been met with friends and acquaintances who were willing to speak up about their own struggles with mental health. They’ve been open about their need to seek help and their decisions to take time off from Penn in order to deal with their mental health. I’ve benefited immeasurably from this honesty and transparency. Invariably, conversations about mental health at Penn center around Counseling and Psychological Services, and my experience with CAPS centers around their referral services. According to estimates by CAPS Director Bill Alexander, 15 percent of students who go to CAPS are referred to an outside provider. Some students receive referrals on their very first visit to CAPS, while others receive referrals after working with a CAPS clinician for some time. Despite the existence of a referral coordinator on staff, there is no set procedure for the referral process. Alexander has said that reforming

the referral process is a goal for the semester. When I first reached out to CAPS for a referral in the spring of my freshman year, I was experiencing the sort of stress that is fairly common at Penn. Academics and extracurriculars seemed overwhelming.

up with a long term provider. My referral experience consisted of a game of phone tag, a series of emails, and ultimately, a 20-minute conversation with CAPS Referral Coordinator Nicole Nardone. After our conversation, during which we discussed my insurance, current mindset, and men-

I went through an administrative process only to end with links to readily available databases. My CAPS experience wasn’t a referral as much as it was a brush-off.” It seemed I was the only person I knew without some kind of amazing summer internship. In addition, my parents had been in the middle of a messy divorce for months. I felt stressed and overwhelmed, so I decided to do what felt like the emotionally responsible decision: what the Thrive At Penn modules I’d completed before I arrived on campus told me I should do — go to CAPS. I went to CAPS explicitly for a referral. The semester was ending and it seemed best to be immediately set

tal health history, I was emailed two links: one to the Aetna Health Insurance’s Student Health webpage and one to Aetna’s general “find a doctor” tool. Both are easily Googleable. Neither was particularly helpful. I thought that CAPS would put me directly in touch with a provider who could meet my needs. Instead, I went through an administrative process only to end with links to readily available databases. My CAPS experience wasn’t a referral as much as it was a brush-off.

For College sophomore Kelly Huang, the referral process was also underwhelming. At CAPS, a counselor searched a database and gave her a list of names. “I think it was something I could have done by myself,” Huang said. “But I have experience looking for counseling/therapy and my parents helped as well. I could foresee it being a much more difficult process if I didn’t have experience or familial support.” I am not under any illusions about the type of services that CAPS offers. Its 45 clinicians cannot offer long-term treatment to every student that comes through their doors. Referrals are a necessary part of what CAPS does, and an important way to connect Penn students with resources that can best meet their mental health needs. But the problem with the CAPS referral process is that it is barely a process. It’s an administrative barrier that sucks time from both students and clinicians and ultimately achieves what could be accomplished with a quick Google search. The underwhelming realities of the referral process frequently clash with student expectations of what CAPS treatment is going to be like. Often, CAPS is treated as the ultimate mental health resource on campus; the best or only place to go

REBECCA ALIFIMOFF during a mental health crisis. A reformation of the referral process will be as much about open communication between students and CAPS as about expectation management surrounding the kind of care that CAPS can offer. With the launch of the University’s new wellness portal and renewed focus on consolidating resources and holding campus-wide conversations about Penn’s mental health culture, now is the time to rethink how we talk about CAPS as a tool and an institution at Penn, realizing where it needs to improve, and recognizing its limitations. REBECCA ALIFIMOFF is a College sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind. studying history. Her email address is “Alifimoff’s Alley” usually appears every other Wednesday.


Battling mental illness in my first year at Penn has made me stronger SIMONETTI SAYS | There’s no hand-holding at Penn, so I learned to look out for myself During my first week at Penn, someone told me I’d never be happy here. I was sitting in the Quad, complaining to some friends about how I hadn’t met that many people in college and felt lonely. That was when one of them turned to me and said it. For a while, I thought he was right. Every day was the same. I’d nibble on a bagel or croissant, go to English classes where I was the only freshman, where I was too nervous to introduce myself and crafted scripts before I spoke in class, I’d go to

dinner with a few friends and eat whatever I could stomach, and spend hours in the library. Embarrassingly enough, on Friday nights, the security guards at Van Pelt would have to ask me to leave, because I’d stay there until closing. On the weekends I’d be too tired to wake up or too anxious not to — it felt like everyone was at parties where I felt unwelcome and unsafe, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Eventually, somewhere in this monotonous routine, I realized my mental health is something I need to fight for. There’s


not much hand-holding at Penn, and maybe there should be. Regardless, I learned to look out for myself. Admitting that I was struggling with anxiety and that I might be depressed was hard, but seeking help was harder. It’s one thing to know that you want to talk to someone. Picking up the phone and calling Counseling and Psychological Services, getting a referral, and Google Maps-ing different doctors’ offices is another. It took time, but I did it. We tend to think of mental illness as weakness. When I tell people I’m going to therapy, they don’t know how to react. I usually just say it’s a doctor’s appointment to avoid the awkwardness. When I open up about my struggles, it makes them uncomfortable. Taking care of my mental health is harder than any class on my schedule. Still, that fight has made me stronger, and I’m not embarrassed about it. I have to keep my sleep schedule in check, visit the gym at least three times a week, go to therapy, monitor my eating habits, and comfort myself when my thoughts spin so fast that I can’t fall asleep. I plan

my days around my mental health. That’s become my first priority. This battle, however challenging and confusing, has taught me how to take care of myself, how to be an adult, how to live with mental illness. No

hitting points. “Essentially, depression can give us new and quite radical insights — it can give us a way of responding effectively to challenges we have in life. In its severe form it is terrible and life-threatening, but for many it ISABELLA SIMONETTI

No matter how much it’s stigmatized, how unusual it might be to be open to talking about it, my anxiety and depression have taught me to care for myself.” matter how much it’s stigmatized, how unusual it might be to be open to talking about it, my anxiety and depression have taught me to care for myself. They’ve forced me to grow. In 2008, Paul Keedwell published “How Sadness Survived: The Evolutionary Basis of Depression,” a book on the ways in which depression can make people stronger. While controversial, Keedwell makes hard-

is a short-term painful episode that can take you out of a stressful situation for a while. It can help people to find a new way of coping with events or your situation — and give you a new perspective, as well as making you more realistic about your aims,” he said. None of this is to say that mental illness is desirable, or as manageable for everyone as it is for me. It is important that

we individualize the way we talk about mental health. I’m lucky enough to have a family that can pay for therapy and friends here who look out for me. My point is that in the mess that is navigating Penn’s mental health resources, in working hard to watch out for yourself, in something that so many students on this campus have to deal with, there’s a silver lining. Struggling with mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of. It has actually made me stronger. ISABELLA SIMONET TI is a College freshman from New York studying English. Her email address is “Simonetti Says” usually appears every other Sunday.


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You didn’t need Penn’s permission to go to the Super Bowl parade DREIM JOURNAL | If an event is important to you, be willing to face the consequences of missing class First off: Fly, Eagles, fly. I’m not a diehard football fan generally, but I grew up in an Eagles household, and my earliest Philadelphia memories are going to their games with my dad, so it’s certainly satisfying to see them earn this Super Bowl win. Like thousands of others, I took to the streets to revel after the game. My housemates took off so quickly I didn’t have time to change, so I went out dressed in a tank top, shorts, and flipflops. It’s a Philadelphia miracle that I made it through the night uninjured. But now, there’s the next stage of the celebration to look forward to: the parade. The parade will undoubtedly be a comingtogether for Philadelphians and fans of every sort, and I’m glad

that Penn has suspended operations so that students will get to be part of this historic event. That said, I don’t think the suspension of university operations was absolutely necessary, and the fervency with which I’ve seen many advocate for a closure is emblematic of an issue which has become particularly notable among young adults: the unwillingness to take ownership of and suffer for our choices. A Daily Pennsylvanian editorial earlier this week declared “Let Penn be a part of Philadelphia” and summarized students’ concerns I saw echoed across social media and through the communal buzz of Locust: Without classes being canceled, we were being forced out of this important event. That is not the case.


Rather than forcibly removing our ability to participate, what Penn would be doing in not canceling classes is making our decision slightly more difficult and requiring students to make a tough call. Just to be clear: The editorial also pointed out concerns for faculty and staff, and I think these were largely well-founded, so I’m looking to respond to students’ perspectives about their own situations. I’m glad my decision to attend the parade won’t be hampered by a class absence, but if the parade were as important to me as it seems to be to some people, I’d happily chug a couple green beers, rub some dirt on that shiny attendance record, and go make memories. That decision may come at a price — maybe I’ll fall slightly behind and need to make up work or borrow notes; maybe if I tell my professor, they’ll mark me absent and not give me a 100 percent attendance and participation score. That professor is probably a Patriots fan. But sometimes the freedom to be adults and engage in a bit of unstructured self-determination requires that we give something up. Not every decision in life

will be an easy one. We won’t always have an Amy Gutmann to cancel the things we’d miss out on in the pursuit of our desires. If we can only make decisions when others have made certain that there are no consequences to them, we probably shouldn’t be making our own decisions.

ments of probable negative outcomes — such as pushing events further off campus or restricting events to wealthier students— I was surprised to see how completely the open party scene I had come to know shut down. If these parties and social events were as important as the DYLAN REIM

If the parade were as important to me as it seems to be to some people, I’d happily chug a couple green beers, rub some dirt on that shiny attendance record, and go make memories.” The petition that was signed by 4,500 people and asserted that Penn should suspend operations reminds me of last semester’s petition to “let students live,” in which 2,500 signed a petition for “the ability to have a social life” in response to increased event observation. While I strongly disagreed with the crackdown on open events and agree with many assess-

petition suggested, we should have been cranking the speakers back up and keeping the parties going as soon as the event observers left the house. The petition sounded like many students’ line in the sand — going as far as to say that competitiveness culture and mental health at Penn were tied into the accessibility of parties—and we simply collapsed at the first opposition

because Penn “wasn’t letting us live” by threatening to close parties quicker. In the end, it seems like we’re faced with two scenarios: Either these opportunities really aren’t all we’re cracking them up to be — in which case we should ask ourselves whether we’re just looking for another day off and using the parade as a scapegoat — or these are truly formative experiences and we must ask ourselves why we’re so reluctant to double down and accept the consequences of decisions we’re confident in. DYLAN REIM is a College senior from Princeton, N.J. studying philosophy and political science. His email address is dreim@sas. “DReim Journal” usually appears every other Thursday.




Wrestling rookie already Sixth man Caleb Wood flourishing off the bench dominating like a veteran M. HOOPS | Guard has appeared in all 22 games

Gianni Ghione ranks second on team in pins

MARC MARGOLIS Associate Sports Editor


The old adage goes “defense wins championships,” but for Penn men’s basketball senior guard Caleb Wood, defense was the only way he would see the court. Last season was his first with the Quakers after transferring from Lassen Community College and the transition proved to be difficult. He only appeared in seven of 14 Ivy league games and was 11th on the team in minutes, shooting 28.6 percent from three while averaging just 1.4 points per game in conference play. His defensive stats were equally unfavorable as he came in 11th on the team in defensive win shares once Ivy league play rolled around. But this season has been a 180 degree turn for the senior from Nevada and it started with him improving his defense and communication on the court. “For defense it was a lot of footwork drills, playing one on one with quicker guys,” Wood reflected. “The talking thing is more of a mental switch.” The senior worked with multiple trainers and other Division 1 players over the summer to work towards getting back into the rotation. This season, his offensive output, in addition to his improved defense, has been a revelation off that bench. He is now tied for third on the team in both scoring (9.1 ppg) and three point percentage (41.1). Furthermore, he leads in true shooting percentage out of all Quakers who have played in all 22 games. In fact, he is the only bench player to play in every game this season. As a result, Wood ranks sixth on the team in defensive win shares. Wood’s offensive versatility has allowed coach Steve Donahue to take out either forward

So much for the mantra that rookies can’t handle the spotlight. Penn wrestling has raced to a fast start this season thanks in no small part to freshman standout Gianni Ghione. After placing in the 133-pound weight class at the opening tournament at Binghamton for the Red and Blue (8-5, 4-4 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association), Ghione has truly carried that momentum on through the subsequent dual meets. Ghione has played an instrumental role in the Quakers’ early success this season as he currently holds a record of 14-6 in duals and stands second on the team with seven pins, trailing only senior Frank Mattiace with eight. However, he is more than up for the challenge, and looks to eventually surpass Mattiace’s tally. “Frank constantly challenges


The team’s sixth man, senior guard Caleb Wood is the only Penn men’s basketball bench player to have appeared in every game.

Max Rothschild or AJ Brodeur and run four guards, or leave the frontcourt in and let Wood make teams pay for focusing on the interior. Unsurprisingly, Wood’s improvements have also earned the praises and his coach and teammates. “He did a great job understanding his shortcomings, worked on it, and dedicated himself to coming back a better player,” coach Steve Donahue said of Wood’s spark off the bench. Junior guard Jake Silpe, who has had a bounce back season of his own, added on. “To see one of your peers, one of your friends, one of your teammates come out of a situation like that and play really well is really awesome to see.” In the last three games, all against Ivy League opponents, Wood is averaging 16 points on 53.3 percent shooting. Against Princeton, he was the only bench player to see significant playing time and played a huge role in Penn’s first regular season sweep of Princeton since 2008. Still, the memories of toiling on the bench last year are not lost

on Wood. “It’s definitely very difficult as someone who’s very competitive. It’s really hard on you mentally just not being in the rotation. It was fun watching our guys do great at the end of last season and I tried to be as supportive as I could off the bench,” Wood reflected. “But during the offseason, I definitely wanted to work as hard as I could to get into the rotation for this year.” Wood cited his love for his teammates and the opportunity to study at an Ivy League school as reasons that he never regretted his decision to transfer to Penn. Donahue added that most players would have sulked and given up if they were in Wood’s situation. However, what makes any player great is the ability to push through adversity. Donahue continued by saying he was not surprised about Wood’s turnaround, citing his strong work ethic even as he fell out of favor last year. “He’s way more competitive and way tougher,” Donahue said. “He guards better, he rebounds better, and he may be our most talented offensive player.”

me because he has more than pins than me and I can’t have that,” Ghione said. Ghione credits Penn head coach Roger Reina and assistant coach Chase Pami, as well as the upperclassmen, for his development throughout the season, especially in polishing the little mistakes. The freshman is currently No. 6 in the EIWA at the 133-pound weight class and sits in good position to qualify for the NCAA tournament. While his early success this season may be unprecedented, he was ranked as one of the top recruits in his class, and Reina has always been able to see his great promise. “He has, what we call, big move capability and a very competitive mindset, which have been helpful in his growth in becoming a very dangerous opponent,” Reina said. Ghione wrestled in a highly competitive division in high school in New Jersey, which truly tested his physical and mental toughness and provided him with valuable experience to build on at the collegiate level. “Translating his high school success to the next level, in Divi-

sion I, is a big step, but coming out of such a hotbed has better prepared him and I think he’s made the transition well,” Reina said. “Before the season, I told myself I was just going to work hard, expect nothing, and see where that took me,” Ghione added. His hard work has taken him quite far already, but there is still room for improvement, and Ghione will work as hard as ever to maintain the impressive start to his collegiate career. “I know I am definitely not a finished product, and I can improve in every area going forward,” Ghione said. The future certainly looks bright, not only for Ghione’s career, but also for the entirety of the program, if he continues to work and building off his strong freshman season. “The sky is the limit if he continues to learn high-level and highpercentage techniques,” Reina said. Ghione will certainly remain in the spotlight as the season winds down and the conference and NCAA tournaments come into view.


Penn wrestling freshman Gianni Ghione currently holds a record of 14-6 in duals and stands second on the team with seven pins. He looks to keep up this pace as NCAA tournaments approach.

Penn gymnastics’ seniors look to shine in tough Senior Meet Temple will provide biggest test in Quakers’ home meet

ing, having improved its overall score in every meet this season.

However, Bridgeport (5-0, 1-0 ECAC D-II) also recently earned a major win, defeating

Brown and Rhode Island with a season-high score of 194.350 — one that, despite the

Knights’ Division II status, is actually more than a full point better than any Ivy League school has done this season. Beyond Bridgeport, Philadelphia rival Temple (9-3, 2-0 ECAC) has also proven to be tough competition, with a season-high of 194.875. While Penn has continued to struggle in vault and bars, Temple sophomore Jaylene Everett earned her career high vault score of 9.825 and floor score of 9.875 this season. Penn will be looking to senior Ally Podsednik, who earned Penn’s highest vault score of the season so far with a 9.750 at Yale, to compete with Temple’s consistency in vault. Despite Ursinus’ (0-8, 0-2 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East) winless record, the team showed significant improvement and earned its highest score of the season at Towson two weeks ago. Even at this meet, though, Ursinus lost to Yale by close to five points, and Penn has already beaten Yale this season.

we’re just going out and competing really hard … that’s what builds that championship culture, just going out every single day and playing really, really hard every single time.” Penn has been playing well, and so should be ready for the challenge, especially if freshman center Eleah Parker continues on her historic trajectory. Parker won her seventh Ivy League Rookie of the Week award last week, and will look to add to her laurels with strong play this weekend. Senior forward Michelle Nwokedi, another star on the team, makes up the second half

of Penn’s frontcourt, a part of its game which has been incredibly dominant this season. Both athletes regularly post double-doubles, and are frequently able to take control of a game with their rebounding and post prowess. The emphasis for the team against Harvard will be defense, as the Crimson currently lead the Ivy League in scoring with an average of over 80 points per game. Harvard is also loaded with guards and typically scores over a third of its total points from beyond the three-point arc, which means defense will have to be stout on the perimeter, especially from senior guards Anna

Ross and Lauren Whitlatch. “We did recognize throughout the season we did struggle on guarding the outside, especially the three pointers and what not,” Whitlatch said. “We’ve had a lot of success lately, but I think it’s just keeping on making sure that we have that hand up and we communicate on knowing personnel.” The game plan for Dartmouth is similar; although the Big Green don’t score quite as prolifically as Harvard, they rely even more heavily on the three-point shot, which means defending deep shots will be crucial. Dartmouth scores over 40 percent of

its points from behind the arc, and leads the league in overall field goal percentage and threepoint percentage. Penn will have to honor those shots and adapt to the extra space that they will create for Dartmouth’s offense. The hope for the Quakers in both games is that a strong perimeter defense will force the opposing guards inside, where they’ll run into the powerful post defense of Nwokedi and Parker, who will do what they always do: block shots, pull down rebounds, and generate offense off of defense. “Within the post, we’ve become so comfortable working

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It’s a particularly significant meet for the seniors, and they will definitely be gunning for a win. This Sunday, Penn gymnastics will face Temple, Bridgeport, and Ursinus in a home meet at the Palestra. It’s the Quakers’ senior meet, so the team will honor the contributions of the team’s seniors in a pre-meet ceremony. “For us to be able to honor them is really important because they are the ones who are leaders and we look up to them a lot,” freshman Darby Nelson said. “It’s our chance to show our appreciation for everything they do.” After defeating defending Ivy league champion Cornell this past weekend with a season-high score of 192.675, Penn (2-4, 2-1 ECAC) is motivated to keep the success go-



Friday and Harvard (13-6, 5-1) on Saturday. Despite the team’s recent success, these matches should not be taken lightly – both teams come into this weekend’s matches off of weekend sweeps, and Harvard is currently atop the Ivy League standings with the best conference record, half a game ahead of Penn. “On any given day, any team can win. Our league is so special in that way, in that teams are so versatile and so different,” Crawford said. “[We’re] not necessarily paying attention to standings,


Coming of a team-high all-around performance against Yale, freshman Darby Nelson has impressed ahead of the final home meet of the regular season.

Though the D-III Ursinus squad will be a heavy underdog this weekend, it has shown glimpses of potential, especially considering the team’s achievements in floor. Focusing on themselves, though, the younger gymnasts on Penn’s team continue to prove their potential. Freshman Darcy Matsuda earned the individual win on the beam against Cornell, scoring a career high of 9.850 and earning ECAC Specialist of the Week in the process. Nelson earned the team’s highest overall score of the season with 38.275 against Yale. “I don’t really think about myself. I try to do everything I can to help the team in any way that I can. Everything I do is for them,” Nelson said. If these freshmen can continue to compete at this level, Penn should have a fighting chance this Sunday. With the steady improvement that the team has shown, senior day could very well be one of the best days for the team’s seniors.

with each other in practice, especially our starting posts Eleah and Michelle,” Crawford said. “I think that us going in, the post players knowing that it’s gonna be a dominant game for us and really using that to our advantage against a more guard-centered team is just gonna [let us] come out on top at the end of the day.” Both Harvard and Dartmouth are formidable opponents, but if the Red and Blue can continue the strong level of play that their talent – and recent success – proves is possible, they will be in good position to extend their winning streak and work towards an Ivy championship.




Penn men’s basketball seeks to emulate Eagles M. HOOPS | Team also includes three Patriots fans WILLIAM SNOW Sports Reporter

The Philadelphia Eagles marched down Broad Street on Thursday to celebrate their Super Bowl championship over the New England Patriots. And Penn men’s basketball is making the most of it. Since classes were cancelled on Thursday, coach Steve Donahue decided to move practice up to 11 a.m., so that the team could get on the long bus to Hanover, N.H. early enough to beat the traffic and settle down at Dartmouth before the big game on Friday. While the team didn’t celebratewith the Birds at the parade, having to prioritize basketball instead, many of the players still feel there’s something to draw from the celebrations anyway.



els in South Bend, Indiana. The men faced off against Notre Dame and Ohio State, the top two ranked teams in the country. They lost to Ohio State by a score of 16-11 and were narrowly defeated 14-13 by Notre Dame, making it the second consecutive week that they had lost to the Fighting Irish by just one point. The team also fought through this tough schedule despite not being at one hundred percent. “I saw a lot of resilience [last weekend]. We were all sick and had a lot of injuries,” said Connor Mills, the sophomore captain who helped the Quakers win the share of the Ivy title last season. “Not a lot of kids made it because they were going to the World Cup as well, so even though we were facing a lot of adversity, we did much better than a lot of people thought, so I’m extremely proud and just looking forward to Ivys.”

“The whole reason why I keep talking about the Eagles is because I feel like it totally translates to what this team is going through,” junior guard Jake Silpe said. “Being 0-6 last year in the Ivy League, everyone counted us out. But we turned it around and made the Ivy League playoffs. This year, we’re clicking, the guys have each other’s backs, there’s a lot of love in the locker room and with the coaches, and we trust each other. It’s one team with one goal. Same as the Eagles.” Silpe isn’t alone in his thinking. With the exception of the team’s Patriots fans — Jackson Donahue, Colin McManus, and AJ Brodeur — the Quakers have aligned themselves with the Eagles’ success story in order to learn from the journey both teams have traveled. Should the Quakers’ play continue this way, they’ll end the season Ivy League champions for the first time since 2007 — but they’re quick to point out the season isn’t even halfway over.

The women’s team faced a similarly rigorous task last week in South Bend, taking on fifthranked Ohio State and top-ranked Notre Dame on its own home turf. Despite losing in both of these duels, the Quakers have prepared themselves for what will be another grind this weekend. Like the men’s squad, the women are slated to face three top-10 teams in Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard. Junior captain Simone Unwalla is confident that this is the year that the Red and Blue break through to win their first Ivy League Championship since 2004. “This year on our women’s side, we’ve gotten a lot closer, and I think we’ve made coming to practice and working hard much more of a priority,” Unwalla said. “The group of freshman that we got really, really want to win, and they’ve been putting in the work, which is important.” Mills echoed Unwalla’s sentiments about this freshman class and the team becoming a tight-knit

The Eagles, however, made it to the end of their 2017-18 campaign supreme champions. And many of the Quakers were there to share in the elation. “Five minutes after the game, we hopped on the train to go downtown, and we were right there to see that kid standing on top of the van,” sophomore Ryan Betley recounted. He could only sum it up by saying it was “a lot of crazy stuff.” Other players were downtown on Broad, but they were smart enough not to go too wild — a rivalry game against Princeton was less than 48 hours away. Additionally, Silpe pointed out that he had a fear of heights. Any light pole or awning would have proved too tall a task. But that couldn’t stop Silpe from enjoying the moment. “I’ve been a fan since the day I came out of the womb,” he said. “I’ve been on the bandwagon this whole time.” Silpe cared so much about the

unit. “[Last season] we didn’t have these freshman who are gifted, and we’re extremely thankful [to have them],” Mills said. “Also, this team has come together a lot more than it has in previous years, and I’m really happy about that.” The strength of both the men’s and women’s units will surely be tested this Saturday and Sunday, but each team will have the constant support of the other during the duels. Typically, the two teams are on strips very close to one another, making it so that the men’s team can cheer on the women’s team and give them possible pointers, and vice versa. If one thing is for certain, it’s that both of these groups are thoroughly motivated to take sole possession of the Ivy League title, a feat that was last achieved by the women in 2004 and by the men in 2009. The Quakers are ready for the crown -- and they know the rest of the Ivy League will be, too.

Eagles’ season that he planned his life out to the tee for two weeks leading up to the big game. When the Quakers gathered to watch the Super Bowl, he ended up retreating to his room because of the Patriots fans on the team. Now that the victory is past, Silpe and his team are determined to capitalize on the Birds’ success story moving forward. “You could say that there are some parallels [between the two teams],” Betley said. “I still feel like we’re underdogs in this league, even if our record in the league might state otherwise.” Even though the Quakers are top dogs, the Ancient Eight still sees them as underdogs when stacked up to Harvard and Yale. Harvard will be the last Ivy team Penn faces this season when the two finally meet on Saturday. It will have been a wild week for the Quakers, who played Princeton midweek after a doubleheader last weekend and Super Bowl celebra-


Penn men’s basketball junior guard Jake Silpe has been a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles since he “came out of the womb.”

tions on Sunday. But inside the team camp, it’s all focus. “I still got to my 9am the next day [after the Super Bowl], with my mind on Princeton,” Betley said. “School and basketball come first.” “This is the most important thing



points per possession. During the last few Big Five games and last weekend’s games against Brown and Yale, Donahue experimented with rotating in players in an attempt to bolster the offense. Junior guard Jake Silpe and senior forward Sam Jones were among those to see looks and could factor into gameplans going forward, but it is clear that senior guard Caleb Wood has earned more playing time. He leads the Quakers in Player Efficiency Rating in conference play and has averaged 20.7 points per 40 minutes off the bench. Donahue is impressed with Wood’s progression into an offensive threat for the Red and Blue. “At this point in his career he’s a senior, he’s been through it all, he’s our most explosive offensive player skill-wise, and makes others better,” Donahue said. “It

we’re doing right now,” coach Donahue said. “We’re all one family.” With that family mentality, and with that chip still firmly planted on their shoulder, the Quakers will keep marching on this weekend — even if they can’t march with the Eagles down Broad.

enables the floor to be spread for guys like AJ, Max, and Darnell.” Dartmouth is in the midst of a 0-6 Ivy start and nine-game losing streak, although all six Ivy losses have been within 10 points. That includes the overtime loss to Harvard and away losses to Brown, Cornell, and Columbia by margins of three points or fewer. The Big Green spread the ball around on offense — its four leading scorers average between 10 and 13 points per game. For the Crimson, this will be one of the more important weekends of the season as they face the two other best teams in the Ivy League. While 5-1 thus far, the Crimson have yet to face an Ancient Eight team of Penn or Princeton’s caliber, meaning this weekend could be an important preview for the Ivy League Tournament in March. Harvard could be without star sophomore guard Bryce Aiken, who last weekend reinjured his knee that kept him limited or out

for much of the last few months. Without Aiken, the Harvard offense that has an Ivy-worst 41.2% field goal percentage and 0.973 points per possession will funnel to forwards Seth Towns and Chris Lewis. Towns has caught fire in Ivy League play, averaging 21.5 points per game with an absurd 22-of-38 (57.9%) clip from threepoint range. For his career, he has shot 42.3% from three, so he will cool down eventually, but sustaining that mark is crucial to Harvard’s success. Lewis has two games in conference play with 16+ points but also has three games with seven or fewer points. Prior to Ivy play, his last game with 16+ points was on November 30 against Northeastern. With victories this weekend, Penn can solidify itself as the team to beat in the Ivy League and pack its lead atop the standings. It can also book a sweep of the Ivy League in its first goaround.






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M. HOOPS | Penn looks for yet another weekend sweep JACOB ADLER Associate Sports Editor


ast season, Penn men’s basketball had six Ivy League wins in 14 games. This season, it has six wins in six games. The Quakers (16-6, 6-0 Ivy) have opened conference play on a tear



(4-15, 0-6 Ivy)

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and head off on their first road Ivy doubleheader this weekend against Dartmouth (4-15, 0-6) and Harvard (10-11, 5-1). Penn played its first five Ancient Eight games at home before squashing Princeton, 82-65,

in New Jersey on Tuesday, and has only one more home weekend remaining in the regular season. After winning its first five Ivy games by single-digit margins, Penn turned what was a close game



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with Princeton at the half into a decisive victory, with all six players who played more than two minutes scoring at least eight points. Senior guard Darnell Foreman led the way with a career-high 21 points, adding five steals and five rebounds, and sophomore forward AJ Brodeur scored all 17 of his points in the second half as Penn pulled away. Penn’s key strength this season has been its defense. The Quakers rank 41st in the nation in Ken

Pomeroy’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, as well as top in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage allowed, three-point percentage allowed, and defensive rebounding rate. However, coach Steve Donahue has said recently that he wants the offense to match the defense. The Red and Blue rank in the middle of the pack in shooting efficiency and SEE SWEEP PAGE 13 CHASE SUTTON | SPORTS PHOTO EDITOR ALANA SHUKOVSKY | DESIGN EDITOR

Penn fencing fired up for Ivy Championships this weekend

Penn women’s basketball ready for Dartmouth, first-place Harvard

SPORTS | Both teams ranked in top 10 in country

Quakers hope to continue seven-game winning streak

DANNY CHIARODIT Associate Sports Editor

SAM MITCHELL Associate Sports Editor

The whole season has led to this moment — and it’s finally here. Penn men’s and women’s fencing will be competing for a pair of conference titles this weekend at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, New Jersey. Both the men (22-8) and women (22-8) put on solid performances in the 2017 Ivy Championships this time last year. The men finished with a three-way split of the title, going 4-1 on the day and sharing the championship with Columbia and Princeton. For the women, the team managed four wins and two losses, good for third in the conference behind first-place Princeton and runner-up Columbia. This season will be no different in terms of the toughness that both Columbia and Princeton present. On the men’s side, Columbia is tied for the second spot in the College Fencing 360 Men’s Coaches’ Poll, while Harvard, Princeton,



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Penn women’s fencing junior captain Simone Unwalla will look to help lead her team to an Ivy Championship this

and Penn sit at number five, six, and seven, respectively. While it is clear that the Red and Blue have a tough task ahead of them, they have already proven that if there’s one thing that they’re

not afraid of, it’s good competition. Take, for example, this past weekend at the Northwestern DuSEE FENCING PAGE 13


Penn women’s basketball is on a roll, and now it gets to bring it home to Philadelphia. The Quakers (13-5, 4-1 Ivy) return to the Palestra following two dominant road wins over Brown and Yale, extending their win streak to seven games. This long and sustained success is a rebound following the team’s early-season loss to Princeton. Since then, Penn has secured a


After achieving the away sweep last weekend, senior Michelle Nwokedi looks to help Penn women’s basketball claim another sweep.

share of its second-ever Big 5 title, reeled off four straight conference wins, and even beaten a team by over 60 points. “Coming back to our home court is a big thing,” freshman forward Tori Crawford said.

“It’s about just protecting our house, and really trying to be good at home and win at home.” Now, the Quakers are set to host Dartmouth (12-7, 4-2) on SEE STREAK PAGE 12


February 9, 2018  
February 9, 2018