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he Penn Biden Center officially launched in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8. At the opening, former United States Vice President and Penn professor Joe Biden faced a packed room of policy makers, international affair advisors, and University administrators to answer questions on foreign policy. The celebration marked the official opening of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, but the center’s “soft opening” took place in March 2017, according to its Director of Communications Carlyn Reichel. She added that since then, Biden has led its work in diplomacy, national security, and

foreign policy. Biden was interviewed by former NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell — a 1967 College graduate, who was recently announced as the 2018 commencement speaker — following an introduction from Penn President Amy Gutmann. Since Gutmann announced Biden’s new appointment as a Penn Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice professor last year, students have flocked to attend Biden’s appearances on campus, with tickets to his speaking events selling out in a little over an hour and Snapchat stories flooding social media. Many students have questioned exactly what Biden’s role at Penn would actually involve. In February 2017,

Biden’s spokesperson Kate Bedingfield confirmed he would not be instructing classes. Several Penn undergraduates, however, have had opportunities to work alongside Biden by taking on semester-long internships at the center. The event took place in the Penn Biden Center’s conference room. The center itself consists of a series of about 10 office spaces located in the 101 Constitution building. This functions as Biden’s main office for the roughly two or three days a week that he is in Washington, D.C. In attendance were various Penn administrators and SEE BIDEN PAGE 2

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Penn Appétit faces challenges after loss of managing editor

New Penn club teaches students to train service dogs

To honor Blaze Bernstein, it will feature his recipes

Trained dogs are given to people in need for free

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After news of the death of College sophomore Blaze Bernstein surfaced on campus, many of those close to Bernstein — and many who had never met him — found support among friends and loved ones and found ways to mourn his loss on campus. Board members of Penn Appétit, however, had the additional task of making challenging decisions about the future of the magazine. Before Bernstein went home for winter break a couple months ago, he was elected to serve as the managing editor of the food publication Penn Appétit, where he previously worked as a copy editor for both the magazine and “Whisk,” Penn Appétit’s upcoming cookbook. Bernstein was involved with both the editorial and culinary side of the magazine, creating recipes and editing articles. College sophomore and Penn Appétit Culinary Director Jennifer Higa said deciding the direction of the magazine

A new club on campus wants to give students the opportunity to work with and train service dogs. Service Dog Training and Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, or STEP UP, formed this semester by Nursing sophomores Malia Szyman and Ally Sterner, and College sophomore Matt Kolansky. The club aims to train students to build a dog-raising community for the nonprofit organization Canine Companion for Independence. Canine Companion for Independence trains dogs that would help people with disabilities. The dogs can be taught how to turn on lights or pick up dropped items. After training, the dogs are worth $500,000 and are given for free to people who need them. Kolansky said that STEP UP can provide a unique hands-on experience for Penn students. “I didn’t join a lot of clubs

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Higa said Penn Appétit board members decided to publish the magazine and add pieces in the issue that honored Bernstein’s life.

has been difficult for board members. “Blaze put so much time into [the magazine],” Higa said. “It’s hard to find someone as passionate, devoted, and who liked writing so much.” In charge of all written content, the managing editor is integral for the magazine, which generally completes the written component of the process within the first month of the semester, according to Higa. “We had to figure out what to do about the magazine fairly quickly because the club fair was coming up and we had our new

member recruiting GBM the week after we got back to school,” said Rachel Prokupek, Wharton sophomore and Penn Appétit’s executive director. Bernstein went missing last month on Jan. 2 before his body was found in a park in Orange County, Calif. a week later. Authorities ruled his death a homicide and charged Samuel Woodward, a 20-year-old male who went to the Orange County School of the Arts with Bernstein. A report from ProPublica found Woodward has ties to a neo-Nazi hate group. SEE PENN APPÉTIT PAGE 9

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The club hopes to train students and build a dog-raising community for the nonprofit organization Canine Companion for Independence.

at Penn because I feel like they just sit and talk about what they want to do, but they never get around actually doing it,” Szyman said. “Our club is very unique in that when you come to your first GBM, you already get to work with Maui and learn

how to train dogs.” STEP UP allows members to get hands-on interaction by practicing basic dog commands with dogs like Maui, a mixed breed of labrador and golden reSEE STEP UP PAGE 7

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Penn students reflect on 2018 commencement speaker choice

In 25 years, Penn has chosen seven political figures LUCY CURTIS Staff Reporter

Penn announced on Tuesday that Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC and 1967 College graduate, was selected to be the 2018 commencement speaker. Mitchell has had a decadeslong career in political journalism and has received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the Society for Professional Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award. While some Penn students see Mitchell as a political figure since she has been outspoken against Donald Trump in the past, many see Mitchell as a solid choice and not indicative of any political leaning. “I don’t really think the University looks at politics when choosing a commencement speaker,” said College sophomore Hayley Boote, president of Penn’s Government and Politics Association. “Andrea Mitchell is a fantastic example of a public servant. She has brought a lot to the Penn name, and I think she is extremely worthy of an honorary degree.” She added that well-informed and fair political jour-

nalism is incredibly important in today’s political climate, and bringing in speakers who encourage discourse is important, regardless of political affiliation. College sophomore and Co-Director of Penn College Republicans’ editorial board Michael Moroz said he is “worried about the lack of ideological diversity” in commencement speakers. “I think it’s fair to call into question the process that chooses repeatedly, and seemingly without fail, left-wing speakers,” Moroz said. He added that he doesn’t believe commencement speakers should be political figures since that is not the goal of a commencement speech. In the past 25 years, Penn has invited seven U.S. political figures to speak at commencement — four Democrats and three Republicans. The Republicans include former U.S. Ambassador to China, Russia, and Singapore and Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Secretary of Treasury and White House Chief of Staff James Baker III, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The Democrats include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of Treasury Robert E. Rubin, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). “I question the wisdom of turning something that’s sup-

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drea Mitchell,” Gutmann said. Gutmann also praised Biden’s connections to world leaders and knowledge of foreign politics. Mitchell then began the conversation by asking Biden a series of questions about foreign policy and the state of the country. In the conversation, Biden mentioned instances in which global leaders anxiously called him concerning the actions of President Donald Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate. “I started off being confused, confused – and moving from confusion to worry,” Biden said. “What is going on?” Biden added that he will never undermine a president with whom he disagrees now that he is no longer in the White House. In response to such phone calls, he said he calls officials in the current administration to ask them what he should do. While Biden clearly indicat-

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former politicians including former Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Penn Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine Larry Jameson, and Director of Perry World House William BurkeWhite. Following a brief introduction from Penn Biden Center’s Managing Director and former Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 under former President Barack Obama Tony Blinken, Gutmann took the floor. “I’m reminded today of a line from Cole Porter. It goes like this: ‘It’s always darkest just before they turn on the lights.’ So today, here in Washington, D.C., the Penn Biden Center is turning on some lights,” Gutmann said, perhaps in reference to the event’s 15-minute delay due to an accidental power outage in

While some Penn students see Mitchell as a political figure, many see her as a solid choice and not indicative of any political leaning.

posed to unite a class that’s graduating into what’s effectively a political exercise,” Moroz said. Even when Penn does select politicians, however, many say they have not noticed any political messages or undertones to the politicans’ speeches. 2017 College graduate Samantha Rahmin said she was initially against Penn inviting a politician to be a commencement speaker last year when Penn invited Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), but after hearing Booker speak she said she changed her mind. “I was so impressed and wowed with his ability to unify

everyone, even as a politician,” Rahmin said. She went on to say his “incredible speech” has given her “full faith in who the University chooses.” President of Penn Democrats and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan echoed this sentiment, and said that he thinks politicians from both sides of the aisle have important messages for college graduates. “I think political speakers are engaging to listen to,” Milligan said. “I don’t think a Democrat or a Republican coming and speaking is trying to impose an agenda on anyone.”

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The celebration in Washington, D.C. marked the official opening of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

the center. Gutmann continued addressing the importance of educational diplomacy. “Our nation’s need, our world’s needs is to connect and understand the power of connectivity, and the power of communicating across divides,” she said. “And this jives perfectly, not surprisingly, not coincidentally, with the historic mission of the University of Pennsylvania.” Gutmann then continued by introducing both Biden and Mitchell as participants in the conversation. “There’s no one in Washington or anywhere else for that matter, better at posing pressing questions and eliciting compelling answers than An-

ed that he will not run for president, he expressed his views on some of the controversial topics that have emerged under the current Trump administration, such as his belief that individuals currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act are United States citizens. “I don’t know whether or not the president understands how much damage he’s doing around the world,” Biden said. Exactly an hour after the start of the event, Gutmann took the podium and ended the conversation by thanking Mitchell and Biden and then announcing the following reception. “There is more to come,” she said.

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Penn professor discussed translation of the ‘Odyssey’ She offered insight into her process with Homer’s work RUTH SCHEINBERG Contributing Reporter

After the overwhelmingly positive reception of the first entire version of the “Odyssey” translated by a woman into English, the translator, Classical Studies professor Emily Wilson, returned to Penn for the annual Petersen Lecture to offer insight into her process. On Feb. 10, attendees filled an auditorium at the Penn Museum to listen to Wilson, who received widespread acclaim last year for her contemporary translation of Homer’s “Odyssey” that the Washington Post described as “fresh.” During her talk, Wilson emphasized her desire to write a

translation that was “differently authentic” to the over 60 existing translations of Homer’s “Odyssey.” She said to The Daily Pennsylvanian her translation was “both metrical and musical, but also very clear,” describing these aspects as the main benefits of her work over other translations. Penn professor Brian Rose, who introduced Wilson before her presentation, said he was impressed by Wilson’s talk, noting, “I think the audience would have been happy to hear one more hour.” Modern translations of ancient texts are inherently anachronistic, as Wilson claimed in her talk, so her aim was not to try and hide the modernity of her translation but rather write the classic in a way that is accessible to the modern reader and actually makes Homer enjoyable.

College senior Marisa Reeves is reading Wilson’s translation as part of her Greek and Roman mythology class this semester. Reeves said during the talk, Wilson spoke in a tone similar to her translation, noting the “straightforward, easily approachable manner” that her style of writing also exhibited. Despite having read three different translations as part of her studies, Reeves said Wilson’s translation is her favorite. As a professor of classical studies, Wilson is well-versed in the appreciation and teaching of ancient texts. However, she said “studying and reading a poem is a completely different process from translating it,” and describes translating as an “intense, intimate form of writing.” During the Q&A section of the talk, an 8-year-old boy asked

Wilson whether or not she enjoyed writing the translation. Wilson emphasized the difficulty of translating an epic such as the “Odyssey,” but said that she did indeed enjoy it. The annual Petersen Lecture occurs at the Penn Museum in honor of Howard C. Petersen, who was chairman of the museum in 1970 when they chose to stop acquiring antiquities that were looted and illegally exported from their country of origin. Previous years’ speakers for the Petersen Lecture include curator Megan Kassabaum, who spoke about the cosmic beliefs of the indigenous people of the Americas. Rose sees the brilliance in Wilson’s translation’s “faithful[ness] to the original Greek.” While reviews about the translation often focus on Wilson’s position as the first woman to pub-

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She said to the DP that her translation was “both metrical and musical, but also very clear,” which differentiates her translation from others.

lish an English translation of the “Odyssey,” College junior Maddie Tilyou, who is also studying the translation in her Greek and

Roman mythology class, said “it has value for the translation in and of itself regardless of the gender of the translator.”

Wharton’s MBA program retained its No. 3 ranking The Financial Times compiled the rankings for 2018 KELSEY PADILLA Contributing Reporter

The University of Pennsylvania retained its No. 3 ranking in the 2018 edition of the Financial Times Global MBA ranking. Wharton has held the No. 3 ranking for two years in a row, after rising to the spot in 2017 from No. 4. The Stanford Graduate School of Business regained the top spot on the list from Insead, which fell to second for the first time in two years. The ranking compares the top

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OPINION While you’re glued to your smartphone, Penn is passing you by EBONY AND IVY | Why you should replace aimless scrolling with real conversations

MONDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2018 VOL. CXXXIV, NO. 10 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 GILLIAN DIEBOLD Design Editor

Undoubtedly, the advent of modern technology has made the possession of a smartphone (whether it be of the Samsung or Apple variety) a fairly common occurrence. One might even deem it a requisite for the ever-moving, fast-paced lifestyle of the student or young professional (along with a proper suit and a cherished pair of Stan Smiths, I might add). Such a tool has severely altered our way of living, either by facilitating the movement of information or by creating a new tool for addiction. What truly bothers me, however, isn’t the typical distaste for social media often found among articles lamenting over the adverse effects of technology. It is the type of attachment that exists toward our phones these days that is slightly troubling. Such an attachment extends beyond the need to

use the phone itself and perhaps may stem from something entirely unrelated: its convenience in uncomfortable situations, a barrier of sorts preventing us from having much needed conversations. I’ve always felt as though I had never quite developed the bond that it seemed many of my peers had with their own devices. My phone was something that I checked up on once in a while, sure, but never more than a glance at a message or an email for a minute or two. So upon my arrival on campus last year, I was a bit frazzled, to say the least, by the rushes of students on Locust Walk with phone in hand and eye on phone. At the time, I felt as though I was I was missing out on a world that I never quite explored. Perhaps this was true, but perhaps

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I was also missing out on a use for such a tool as well: the facade of occupation. Now, as a sophomore, I, too, have integrated with Penn culture. I slowly began to

hall alone, we use our phones as distractions. It seems as though these moments, when we turn away from our peers and from our neighbors, could have potentially

The moment our phones are held up in our hands and our headphones in, walls are put up and barriers are created.” see that many people on Locust, although validly occupied, were on their phones so as not to have to look up, to not have to see faces above them — a fear of looking up, perhaps. I cannot say that this is the case for all, because such a broad statement is unjustifiable. But I can say that I’ve observed it enough to claim it as a common occurrence. All too often have I seen individuals appear to be open, and so quickly close themselves from those surrounding them with the simple glance toward their devices. Such a phenomenon isn’t only confined to Locust Walk, however; Locust is simply a conglomeration of such occurrences. On buses, while waiting (for anything), sitting in the dining

been useful moments. The moment our phones are held up in our hands and our headphones in, walls are put up and barriers are created. Perhaps, that moment spent in silence in the elevator could have been a chance to share a connection with an unlikely passerby, an opportunity to share a conversation and hear a perspective that we might never hear again. Moments such as these are windows for sharing stories and perspectives that might be lost to our ears otherwise. These gaps in time that are often lost to our phones might be useful spaces to mitigate misunderstandings and tensions that plague our campus, our community, and hopefully, even our world. This isn’t to say that all the

CHRISTINE OLAGUN-SAMUEL world’s problems and disagreements would be solved if we put down our phones, but perhaps it is a step in the right direction. I recognize that I, too, am guilty of using my own phone as a barrier, simply because it’s easy. It is easy to turn to our phones. But, I write all this to hopefully change a culture and spur conversation in place of silence. These moments of looking down in the dining hall, while waiting on line, standing outside the lecture hall could all be useful spaces. Maybe if we used these spaces, there would be less disagreement and more understanding. If we all looked up for once, maybe we could really see each other, not just as passersby, but as fellow peers. CHRISTINE OLAGUN-SAMUEL is a College sophomore from Paramus, N.J. studying health and society. Her email address is colaogun@sas.upenn.edu. “Ebony and Ivy” usually appears every other Monday.

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To experience Philadelphia, Penn students need to ride SEPTA THE WALLFLOWER | Move aside Uber, SEPTA is the better bang for your buck

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Penn students love to Uber. Whether it’s to a Friday night downtown, to a Center City shopping trip, or even to class (DRL though), we are always using Uber to remedy our lack of cars on campus. But while Uber is safe and convenient, I think we should learn to love the campus-accessible SEPTA system a little more. I admit I always have a mini battle with myself on deciding whether to SEPTA out to the city, but I never regret it when I choose to. That’s because, throughout the entire journey, from hopping onto a packed trolley car to emerging aboveground through the beautiful glass head house of Dilworth Park, I feel completely immersed in the Philadelphia community. Here is my typical SEPTA experience: On a Saturday morning, I head down Spruce toward the 37th Street station, passing the Quad and a fruit cart along the way. Upon descending the stairs of the trolleyshaped entrance, I wait for a 13thStreet-bound trolley while bobbing my head to Portugal. the Man. Once the trolley grinds into the station, I tap my trusty KeyCard against the red-rimmed SEPTA interface and let out a tiny sigh of relief when I have enough money for

a ride. I move toward the back of the car to find an empty seat, which is usually not hard to find. And once the trolley rolls into motion again, I always take a discreet look around at my fellow SEPTAers. In front of me is a young woman brushing her hair using the reflection in the window. On my left are two school-age boys having a heated discussion about a recent phone

never feel out of place or somehow excluded from the ridership, which tends to vary every time. Some passenger groups are rowdier than others or more numerous on any given day. But what’s always the same is the up-close look at pure humanity I have on the ride. During a trip to Center City last fall, I glanced out of the trolley window and noticed two women

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app. And right next to me sits a tired Penn Medicine nurse retiring home after a long day on call. The vast majority of the trolley guests are black, and I admit that I usually find myself the only Asian woman seated on the trolley. But despite being rather conspicuous, I

boarding the trolley. One of them was a young mother pushing a large baby stroller and ahead of her was a tall woman with pretty cornrowed hair. The tall woman began stepping aboard the trolley, but suddenly turned around mid-step. In silence, she lifted the front end

of the mother’s stroller and heaved it up and onto the trolley. I was touched by this kind gesture and expected that the two women were friends. But I was surprised to find that once aboard, they moved to opposite ends of the trolley. I realized that this was something I’d been seeing less and less of recently — a stranger helping another stranger, without asking for help or any previous arrangement. This is just one of many acts of humanity I see while on SEPTA. Trolley riders joke with one another and learned mothers dote on quibbling children. But some occasions aren’t quite as wholesome; once, I witnessed several passengers openly criticizing a clearly troubled woman who was yelling obscenities on board. But nonetheless, these are all things I don’t see quite as often at Penn, where the norm seems to be avoiding eye contact and interaction with strangers whenever possible. We here at Penn have a very unfortunate habit of antagonizing the West Philadelphia community, with even the cute catchphrase, “Don’t go past 40th.” But if this is the kind of community I have been taught to avoid, one where people aren’t afraid to laugh with strang-

JENNIFER LEE ers, correct wrongdoings, and live independent and productive lives, I want to spend more time out in this community and reconsider our preconceived distrust of West Philadelphia. So while I admit that it might not be the best idea to use the trolley or subway late at night, I highly recommend for Penn students to utilize SEPTA more often. Not only is the fare cheaper and the trip faster than Uber, but the humanity you will see makes the trip all the more worth it. And besides, who doesn’t want to look like a hardened, bona fide Philadelphian? JENNIFER LEE is a College sophomore from Fairfax, Va. studying international relations. Her email is leej@dailypennsylvanian. com. “The Wallflower” usually appears every other Monday.


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Fraternity pledging needs to end FRESH TAKE | Suffering is not the only way to build friendships Fraternities have been institutionalized in American college life since the 1700s. These organizations promote values of community, support, and brotherhood. It is therefore ironic that their new member

or physical health or safety of a student.” To find out more about Penn’s stance on pledging, I sat down with President of the Interfraternity Council and College junior Reggie Murphy. On

vent the death of 19-year-old Pennsylvania State University student Tim Piazza, who was served 18 drinks in just over an hour. Nor did law prevent the death of an 18-year-old freshman at Louisiana State Univer-

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education processes can be entirely antithetical to these values. The line between pledging and hazing is blurred. Despite many fraternities’ cult-like efforts to keep pledging under wraps to avoid prosecution, most Penn students have heard accounts from pledges about sleepless nights, humiliating activities, and servant-type orders from pledge masters. The evidence is indisputable and widely known that many fraternities across the country haze as part of pledging. In fact, the national Zeta Beta Tau organization said it themselves: “Pledging always results in hazing.” The University and the state have laws and regulations prohibiting hazing, which is defined as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental

the subject of hazing, he insisted, “That’s against our policy, and it’s punishable.” “The things that we’re doing to deter them … people could not listen to them at all,” Murphy said. “The numbers show that our chapters are not hazing, and if they are, it’s not being reported to us.” While he denies that incidents of hazing at Penn occur, Murphy partly attributes this to underreporting and speculates that “maybe there’s a sort of taboo like you’re not supposed to talk about that and … people are less open to saying, ‘This is what happened to me.’” But it is clear that university regulations do not always prevent the occurrence of hazing. Pennsylvania law did not prevent the death of Chun Hsien Deng, a Baruch College freshman who died while pledging Pi Delta Psi. Nor did it pre-

sity after a fraternity hazing ritual. Nor did it prevent the deaths of two pledges at Texas State University and Florida State University. Four fraternity-hazing-related deaths, in 2017 alone, led me to realize that the concepts of pledging and hazing are so historically intertwined that simply outlawing hazing is not enough. We must also stop clinging to the idea of pledging. Stories of pledging activities are wide-ranging and innumerable, and evidence is not only anecdotal — it is not uncommon for pledging stories to make headlines. “Perform[ing] errands and favors for fraternity brothers,” menial labor, confinement, forced consumption of food and alcohol, sleep deprivation, and far more physically and mentally damaging situations are the norm in many

pledge processes. So common that we are numb to it, upperclassmen augment their own power by making pledges subservient to their demands. Even in a fraternity that takes anti-hazing seriously, the inherent power dynamic associated with pledging makes it all too easy for an upperclassman to say, “Pledge, pick this up. Move that. Clean those.” Although Murphy emphasizes that pledges may say no to tasks without adverse effects, “I don’t think that you can ever ask people not to take advantage of, or try to take advantage of, the hierarchy,” he admits. “I don’t think we are at a point where older brothers are not asking pledges to do things.” Murphy and the IFC also dispute the benefits of suffering. “You’re not gonna form a relationship with some guy that’s making you do something you don’t want to do.” So what do proponents of pledging say? The main argument in support of pledging, hazing included, is that mutual suffering and hardship create bonds and promote pledge class unity. Of course, people bond through suffering together. But does that mean we, as a society,

Under any other normal situation, our best friends are our brothers and sisters because we engage with them on a deep level. We certainly could lock ourselves in dog cages to strengthen our bond through our shared tears … but most best friends across the globe have — probably — not done that together. Beyond Penn and the United States, is it really plausible that no one has experienced a fraternity-like community in countries and cultures where pledging is unheard of? Fraternity bonds transcend pledge class, proving that friendships are created through spending time together, living in the same house, or planning events together — forced mutual suffering is not the sole, or most significant, prerequisite to friendship. The intended purpose of pledging “is to educate new members about the organization they’re going to join,” Murphy explained. Given the abundance of evidence that pledges are frequently assigned tasks that do not align with this mission, pledging must be overhauled and replaced. It is fine to educate brothers on their organization, but we must instead employ a mechanism

People bond through suffering together. But does that mean we, as a society, should create artificial environments of brutality for the purpose of forging friendships?” should create artificial environments of brutality for the purpose of forging friendships? No. Not only because it’s horrific and dangerous, but also because suffering is not the only way through which strong friendships develop.

that is not prone to abuses of power. ZBT believes that pledging creates second-class citizen status, and that “brothers need to earn their membership every day.” It was the first fraternity to abolish pledging nationally,

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LUCY HU with all new members initiated within 72 hours of receiving a bid. It is true that all fraternities are different in the level of hazing they employ in their pledge processes. Fraternities that face hazing allegations often continue to operate by moving off campus, no longer facing the same disincentives from the IFC as the 27 registered chapters do. Regardless of jurisdiction though, pledging is conducive to demeaning, unnecessary, and dangerous tasks. A large reason that we continue to defend pledging is the unquestioned pervasiveness in college culture. An undignified process perpetuated by blind tradition, it is taken for granted and justified because it occurs generation after generation. Anti-hazing regulations are not followed. The root of the problem is society’s elevation of pledging’s position and this tradition’s accentuation of a dangerous power dynamic. So, fraternity presidents, new member educators, and brothers, please realize that while you may think your intentions are innocuous, pledging can create a slippery slope for tasks that sway from your intended purpose. It’s time that we respect those whose respect we warrant. LUCY HU is a College sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, studying political science. Her email address is lucyhu@sas. upenn.edu. “Fresh Take” usually appears every other Sunday.


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Houston Market to undergo summer renovations Renovations begin on May 15 or 16 and end before fall JONAH WEINBAUM Staff Reporter

Penn Dining has finalized its plans for this summer’s Houston Market renovations. The $15.15 million renovation, which includes the addition of food stations, kiosks for ordering, and a new seating layout, will begin on May 15 or 16 and end before the fall semester in August. The decision to renovate the market was made by Penn Dining in the spring of 2016, largely in response to students’ complaints about long waiting lines, lack of seating areas, and requests for a space more conducive to studying and hanging out. “It’s going to be like a new public space on campus,” similar to the Starbucks under 1920 Commons, Penn Business Services spokesperson Barbara Lea-Kruger said. The seating and lighting in the basement will be altered

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triever, which Szyman is raising for service. The club also lets members volunteer as puppy sitters or puppy raisers. Puppy raisers are volunteers who train puppies for free and give the puppies back to the organization. Puppy sitters can support puppy raisers who may need help caring for the puppy. Sterner said that while raising a dog may seem challenging, students in this club will have an advantage because the puppies are purposefully bred to be trained. “It is rewarding because you do something good for someone else,” Sterner said. College junior Arlene Garcia was interested in the club because she feels nostalgia for dogs that

so that it becomes a space that invites activities beyond simply eating. “Houston Hall was the first student union in the country, and we want to maintain that feel,” Lea-Kruger added. Administrators in charge said that when it opens, Houston Market will look and feel completely different than it has for the past 18 years since its opening in 2000. “It’s being fully gutted,” said Director of Business and Hospitality Services for Penn Dining Pam Lampitt. Lampitt added that changes to Houston Market will reflect Penn Dining’s emphasis on sustainability. Instead of exclusively providing disposable containers, diners will be given the option to eat on plates that will then be washed. The sushi station will also expand under the renovations in Houston Market. In place of the Coke Freestyle machine, there will be a smoothie, hummus, and salad station, Lampitt told The Daily Pennsylvanian when Penn Dining first an-

she grew with. She said the club would allow her to care for a dog with a lower time commitment while still getting emotional support from the puppy. Garcia wanted to get involved with puppy sitting but also showed further interest in being a raiser in the future. “It would be amazing to learn how to raise [Maui],” Garcia said. “Training in general is valuable to any dog I own.” Sterner said the club hopes to acquire more dogs next semester and have more puppy raisers. The club leaders emphasize that no prior experience is needed to join. “Anyone can join, we’re super new,” Szyman said. “You don’t need training; we’re here to do that. Maui will be at all the meetings.”

nounced the renovation. College junior Caroline Moore said since she and her gymnastics teammates eat at Houston daily, seating is important to her. “Sometimes it’s hard to find a seat if it’s during the lunch hour,” she said. Another key aspect in the revamped Houston Market is its increased efficiency. Students currently have to order and wait in line at a food station, then wait to pay at one of the centrally located cash registers. After the renovation, Houston Market will have cashiers at every station, as well as computer kiosks for ordering. Houston Market will also use the app Tapingo to enable mobile ordering and payment. College freshman Ben Zhang said he often eats at Houston

Market because of its proximity to the Quad, but that “it’s not the cheapest option,” and that service can be slow, especially at the grill station. College freshman Paulina Pedas echoed Zhang’s statements, saying that she “loved” Houston, but that “it’s frustrating at times because the lines are so long.” In addition to the logistical changes, the food hall will boast new offerings, including a cafe, a pizza station, and a Mongolian grill — named Ivy Leaf, Pi, and Locust Wok, respectively. Some of the existing food stations will expand, including Sushi Do, which will have its own seating area and a larger selection of its signature bowls. The salad station, which will add Mediterranean food to its menu, will also be expanded.

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Lack of female faculty within the Engineering School Some Engineering students haven’t had a female teacher MADELEINE NGO Staff Reporter

As a part of the University’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, Penn released a report on the diversity breakdown among faculty across schools. The five-year initiative was launched in 2011 and culminated in a Faculty Inclusion Report that was released in March 2017. In addition to various other trends, the report tracked the number of women in faculty positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2011, women made up 12.3 percent of faculty in the Engineering School and in 2016, women made up 18.6 percent of faculty in the Engineering School, according to the report. Yet, according to new data provided by the Engineering Director of Faculty Affairs Karen Brann, women now make up 16.7 percent of standing faculty in the Engineering School. This seems to indicate a drop in the percentage of woman faculty members, from 18.6 percent in 2016 to 16.7 percent currently. The percent of woman faculty members in

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After news of Bernstein’s death broke, all members of the board were originally going to collectively fill the role of managing editor until they decided to open applications after their first general body meeting on Jan. 17. “We realized that the amount of work and feasibility of having a managing editor team was not going to work out,” said College sophomore Chris Muracca, the Penn Appétit treasurer. Higa said Penn Appétit board members also considered not releasing an issue this semester before coming to the conclusion that they would publish the magazine and

the Engineering School is the lowest when compared to all other schools in both 2011 and in 2016. There is no update on the current data for other schools. This low percent of woman faculty members is evident in anecdotes, as many Engineering students say they have never had a woman professor. Others also say this low number sometimes creates an environment that allows for insensitivity towards women. During the entirety of her time at Penn, Engineering sophomore Curie Shim said she has never had a female professor in any Engineering course that she has taken. “It can be hard to find mentorship from faculty when a lot of them don’t understand your experiences or don’t have those experiences themselves,” Shim, who is also the chair of the Penn Association for Gender Equity, said. The Electrical and Systems Engineering Department, in which Shim has taken a majority of her courses, has only two female identifying professors, according to data from the Engineering Director of Faculty Affairs Karen Brann. Stephanie Tang, an Engineering junior who is the vice president of advocacy for Penn Women in Computer Science and is also pursuing

her master’s degree in robotics, said she once had a female professor in her Engineering Ethics class, but she has never had a woman teach any of her technical Engineering courses. “It’s really strange to say that you’ve been learning and you’ve been in college for three years and never had a professor that looks like you,” Tang said. “There’s already a distance between students and professors and that can only widen the distance.” Only six female standing faculty members teach in the Computer Science Department, but it still has the highest number of woman faculty out of all the departments in the school, according to Brann’s data. Brann said the Engineering School is actively trying to address its diversity issues. She added that the school has recently instituted and advertised “family-friendly” policies, such as extended maternity leave, in the hopes of attracting more female faculty and increasing retention rates. “I think there’s a lack of overall dialogue around this because it’s so male-dominated so a lot of people barely, if at all, talk about the way that women are treated in the classroom,” Shim said. Laura Stubbs, Engineering direc-

tor of diversity and inclusion, said the Engineering School was “committed” to promoting faculty diversity. Although Stubbs indicated that the number of job offers made to women has increased in the past few years, she said she could not release the specific numbers. Andrea Baric, Engineering senior and founder of FemmeHacks, said she has witnessed multiple instances of insensitivity in her CIS classes. She recounted an instance in which one of her male professors had an all-female teaching staff and said he was “excited” about having the staff, adding that he “could say more about that, but I won’t.” “It had sexual undertones, which was very strange to us. He might not have meant it that way, but people took it in that way,” Baric said. “You kind of face that all of the time and it gets really exhausting after a while.” Vice Provost of Faculty Anita Allen said the University does not mandate a form of sensitivity or diversity training for all faculty. Baric added that although these uncomfortable experiences are common, there are many men who are actively trying to promote and support diversity within the Engineering School. Tang said she started meeting with the Director of the Master of

Computer and Information Technology Chris Murphy and CIS Lecturer Swapneel Sheth to discuss diversity issues within the CIS faculty since the end of last semester. She said the group had discussed hosting a possible diversity summit and an event to celebrate the six female programmers who helped to create the ENIAC machine. Allen noted that one of the barriers to hiring more female faculty members stems from the lack of women studying engineering. Approximately 40 percent of students in the Engineering School identify as women, according to Stubbs. The faculty diversity report also noted a slight increase in the number of underrepresented minority

groups within the Engineering faculty, from 7.5 percent to 8 percent throughout the years of 2011 to 2016. Shim, who is also on the University Council’s Committee for Diversity and Equity, said she has not heard of any specific initiatives or plans that Engineering administrators are taking to increase women and minority representation within the school’s faculty. “I wish there was more transparency about what specific measures they’re taking or what goals they have because right now it seems like there’s a lot of people talking about it, but maybe not much being done or not letting students know,” Shim said.

add pieces throughout the issue that honored Bernstein’s life. “Blaze wouldn’t want us to stop because of him. He was very thoughtful,” Higa said. College freshman Alexander Gottfried will be taking over the role as Penn Appétit’s managing editor. He said he was originally not aware that it was Bernstein’s position when he decided to apply. “I felt horrible that the position was up for grabs in this way,” Gottfried said. “I’ve tried to respect what he started and incorporate some of his themes [into] the magazine.” Muracca said it was difficult for board members to be making these decisions given the recent public attention toward Bernstein’s death.

“As sophomores, we don’t feel as experienced to handle the situation,” said Muracca, who also serves as The Daily Pennsylvanian print director. “We [have] to make these executive decisions, even though we are young and don’t have as much experience with the club as some of the older members that had previously taken on these leadership positions.” Prokupek worked closely with Bernstein on the editorial team last semester. Bernstein’s father, Gideon Bernstein, sent her Blaze’s recipes and notes that he prepared over winter break. The next Penn Appétit issue will feature a theme directly from Bernstein’s list of potential themes he had for the magazine. “The first thing we wanted to do

immediately was to choose a theme that not only honored him, but honored something he would liked to have done,” said Kate Kassin, College sophomore and Penn Appétit business manager. Kassin said board members of Penn Appétit started a group chat over winter break, but Bernstein never responded. “He really was such a great kid. We always joked that he was quirky and had such fun, out-of-the box ideas,” Kassin said. Prokupek added that the Penn Appétit cookbook, “Whisk,” will be dedicated to Bernstein and will feature some of the recipes he created over winter break. She said that Bernstein helped create a visual style guide for the recipes, planned

to copy edit recipes for “Whisk,” and set up meetings with publishers. Gina DeCagna, 2016 College graduate and Kelly Writers House fellow, reached out to Prokupek after hearing about Bernstein’s death and offered to help advise the publishing side of the cookbook. DeCagna has previously worked with Jamie-Lee Josselyn, Bernstein’s pre-major academic adviser. “Of course, it’s so devastating and heartbreaking,” Higa said. “But in a way it’s brought so many people together and we really feel the strength of communities coming to support each other.” For the upcoming spring Penn Appétit issue, the board will also republish one of Bernstein’s articles that was featured in the “Get Rich”

issue released last fall. The next issue will be distributed during the last week of classes at the end of April. Kathleen Norton, College junior and previous Penn Appétit managing editor, worked closely with Bernstein last semester when he was a copy editor. “He knew so much about food and cared so much about the magazine,” Norton said. “I always wanted his opinion because I trusted him really strongly. I was so excited for him to take over.” Bernstein was also involved with a number of publications on campus, as he served as a copy associate for the literary magazine, Penn Review, and was an incoming copy associate for 34th Street Magazine.

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Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 promotes green living ALICE GOULDING Staff Reporter

New College House has been recognized by Penn students for its innovative design and desirable features, like in-room TVs and air conditioning. But it has also received praise on a citywide and national level for its commitment to sustainable and ethical practices. NCH was built with Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 in mind, according to the website. The Climate Action Plan was enacted in 2009 to promote green living on Penn’s campus with an emphasis on climate conservation. Upon its completion, the college house received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification from

the U.S. Green Building Council, which scores various building structures on criteria ranging from innovation to water efficiency. Yet, despite recent efforts to promote sustainable infrastructure in University City and West Philadelphia, the neighborhoods have significantly fewer green buildings than Center City and other areas of Philadelphia do, according to a graphic produced by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability. Philadelphia also ranked 11th in the 2017 Green Building Adoption Index’s annual list of eco-friendly cities, falling from its 2016 10th place standing. “Some of that just has to do with density. There are taller and bigger buildings in Center City,” Marketing and Communications Fellow for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability LeAnne Harvey said.

Harvey said West Philadelphia’s history as a more residential area contributes to the state of its current infrastructure, but added that she expects the neighborhood to “see a lot more development” over the next five years. “It’s not as scary anymore for building owners and energy project managers, who see the payoff,” Harvey said. “There are more resources in place and models to look to to carve out a space for green infrastructure and sustainability.” Independent of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, outside groups have started initiatives to create an accountability system for building owners in the West Philadelphia area. Philadelphia 2030 District, a project started by Green Building United, hopes to reduce energy, water use, and transportation emissions, in a defined area that includes the majority of Penn’s

undergraduate campus. Members of the project include Drexel University, the City of Philadelphia, and SEPTA. Penn was not listed as a participant in the initiative. NCH strives for many of the same goals as Philadelphia 2030 District, including green initiatives within the house to reduce energy emissions. Classical Studies professor and Faculty Director Campbell Grey lives in NCH with his family and said NCH’s commitment to the environment informs student and faculty experiences within the building. “It’s exciting to be able to use our own building as a foundation for our conversations … [about] the intersections between sustainability and social engagement,” Grey said. “We’re living within an explicit expression of these principles, and can

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U. promotes sustainability in classroom curricula New program encourages green content in courses DEENA ELUL Staff Reporter

Over the past five years, the number of courses that include a sustainability component has increased from 120 to about 300. This uptick largely traces back to the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program — a program that aims to promote the topic of sustainability to as many disciplines and curricula as possible. The program matches selected faculty members with undergraduate researchers who help them update their courses to incorporate environmental themes. Over the summer, faculty and students spend eight weeks working together to develop syllabi, assignments, and content. Past courses have included “Environmental Ethics and Business,” “Energy in American History, Preservation Through Public Policy,” and “Design for Manufacturability.” “We want to make sure that

the courses are available so that students can really learn about sustainability,” Director of Sustainability Dan Garofalo said. “This is just another way that we’ve really been successful in expanding these opportunities.” Madeline Schuh, sustainability analyst at Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services, said that since the program started in 2012, 12 faculty members have developed entirely new courses and 29 have updated existing courses to include aspects of sustainability. Overall, 24 students and 48 faculty members have participated. Participating faculty come from many disciplines, including legal studies, engineering, biology, design, communications, economics, anthropology, and Germanic languages. Garofalo said that this diversity is natural. “Sustainability is one of those issues, like social equity, that cuts across every discipline almost,” he added. Students agree that it is important to incorporate environ-

mental issues into curricula. “Education surrounding sustainability and the environment in general [is] something that the education system really lacks in providing,” said College sophomore Jacob Hershman, a student outreach coordinator for Fossil Free Penn. Hershman added that the ISAC program is “a great way for the University to engage students not only in the act of educating themselves on the environment, but creating the avenues for the student populace at Penn at large learning about the environment and sustainability.” However, Hershman said that while new sustainability initiatives such as ISAC are “impressive,” they are outweighed by Penn’s decision to invest in fossil fuels. Many other universities also provide support for faculty to integrate environmental issues into their coursework. However, Garofalo said that Penn’s program is unique because of its focus on student researchers. “[Student researchers] really get an in-depth view through a

particular aspect of sustainability,” Garofalo said. “And sometimes it really changes what they think about for the rest of their academic career at Penn or what they do afterwards.” Senior Lecturer Jane Dmochowski, who helped develop the ISAC program, emphasized that faculty also benefit from hearing a student’s perspective on their curricula. Engineering senior Cody Clouser, who was a student researcher for ISAC in 2016, added that the program “definitely helps build connections with the professors you’re working with.” Students agree that the program opens their eyes to environmental issues at Penn. “I was able to look around campus and see what things Penn was doing to become more sustainable as a campus,” Clouser said.

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have been able to score higher than they did the previous week. “This was a huge improvement for us. ... Each week we’re kind of building on what we’ve done the week before,” Levi said. “This is really how you win Ivy championships, so I think we’re in a really good spot and everybody feels really motivated to keep improving.” To honor the seniors, their families played short slideshows displaying each senior progressing through their gymnastics careers. Sunday’s performances of these 21-

and 22-year-old women, compared to the videos of six-year-olds dancing around the kitchen or doing backbends in the living room, show how far these seniors have come. But perhaps the biggest way to show that development would be to win the Ivy Classic in a couple weeks. The last time Penn won the Ivy Classic was in 2015, when this class of seniors were freshmen. Senior Megan Finck intends on “going out with a bang … just like we started.”

Fly, gymnasts, fly! On Sunday afternoon, Penn gymnastics hit its season high score in its Senior Meet, beating out its previous high earned last week at Cornell by more than a full point. Among the highlights for the Red and Blue was a combined score of 49.300 on floor, tying a school record last set in 2003, and ultimately leading the Quakers to take third place in the contest. Penn came into the weekend with electric energy, coming off CARSON KAHOE | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER a big win against defending Ivy League champion Cornell last In the final home meet of her career, senior Kyra Levi was as strong as week. On paper, Sunday’s meet ever, scoring a 9.900 in the floor for the third best score in school history. went as expected with no upsets. No. 59 Penn posted a final score of placed fifth on the vault (9.725). Se- more than anybody else. I don’t 193.725, placing third behind No. nior captain Kyra Levi was fourth think we would feel as much of a 50 Temple (194.700) and No. 52 on the uneven parallel bars (9.750), team without them.” Bridgeport (194.225), but ahead of second on the balance beam with a Levi says that her senior class No. 73 Ursinus (186.900). career high of 9.775, and second on has “developed a really strong team However, the meet itself was floor with a stellar 9.900 on floor. dynamic. All six of us all chipped in anything but conventional. This Contributions were not just made in any way we could and it worked was the Quakers’ (3-6, 2-1 Ivy) Se- • by Single the gymnasts routines. out.” • This mentality was apparent Flexible Leasing anddoing Double Rooms nior Meet, and the gymnastics class Injured seniors Olivia Neistat and when senior Alex Hartke’s team- 4 4 4 3 33 Individual Amenities Utilities mates Included of 2018 lived up to Leases expectations• All Emily Shugan wereand seen boosting danced alongside her at the ST STST with solid performances. Coach the energy in the Palestra, cheering edge of the mat during her floor John Ceralde says that this class and high-fiving their teammates. routine. has “represented Penn gymnastics “They’re contributing just as Hartke earned a career high of Call very well.” Sunday was no excep- much, if not more, than people do- 9.925, taking first place in the event, tion, with senior gymnasts holding ing the actual routines,” said Levi. and securing the second-best score Film Film Film polled polled polled you you you totofitond fifind nd out out out how how how you you you are are are getting getting getting your your your Sunday Sunday Sunday afternoon afternoon afternoon 215.662.0802 the leading scores on Penn’s team “Over half the battle of gymnastics in the event in school history. This BYBY ANTHONY BYANTHONY ANTHONY KHAYKIN KHAYKIN KHAYKIN movie movie fixes. fifixes. xes. Here’s Here’s Here’s what what what wewe we learned. learned. learned. in every event. is the mental and the team aspect, is Hartke’s second week in a row movie Ally Podsednik individually and I would say they contribute Email earning a career high, also scoring a

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Look out Princeton, Penn Men’s hoops’ loss might be just what Penn needed is ready this time around wasn’t at its best, there are positives to build on. As my colleague Theodoros Papazekos wrote earlier this week, Penn still needs to approach its daily grind like it’s an 0-6 team, and it’s a lot harder to do that when that zero still exists in the loss column. By no means was Penn a perfect basketball team even when its conference record suggested such. Single-digit wins against Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Brown proved that this team wasn’t flawless. But winning masks problems, and as long as the Quakers stayed unbeaten in Ivy play, they might not have fully diagnosed what those problems were. Harvard guard Justin Bassey admitted that one of the Crimson’s biggest takeaways from Saturday’s game was that “we proved Penn was beatable� — and this should also be Penn’s biggest lesson. In all of those earlier wins, Penn managed to find a way, and that trait of buckling down in the clutch minutes should be admired. But there’s a positive and negative side to feeling like you can’t lose. On one hand, an undefeated team can walk around with the swagger of knowing it can beat anybody. But on the other hand, there’s a risk of developing a sense that you can play sloppily and still escape with a win on any given night. And even if Penn has proven that to be true on occasion, that’s a mentality that won’t fly against the league’s top teams. It’s not like Penn had no excuse for a slip-up on Saturday. Road back-to-backs in the Ivy League

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CAMBRIDGE, MA — The dream of an undefeated season is gone, and the cloak of invincibility for Penn men’s basketball has disappeared with it. And that’s one of the best things that could’ve happened to the Quakers. No, the Red and Blue shouldn’t be happy that they lost; who wouldn’t have wanted to see the school’s first perfect Ivy League season in 15 years? But seeing that one in the loss column can work volumes for any team’s mentality, and as soon as that long and frustrating bus ride home is done, the Quakers will know what needs to be done the rest of the way. This wasn’t a fluke loss where Penn happened to overlook its opponent and play uncharacteristically sloppily, or one where the Quakers outplayed their opponent and deserved to win but were victimized by a few unlucky bounces or bad calls. Penn deserved to lose this game, and as a matter of fact, it probably deserved to lose by more than it did. The Quakers had no answer for Harvard center Chris Lewis all evening, with the sophomore eventually finishing with a careerhigh 25 points, and had Ryan Betley not turned into Superman during the game’s last ten minutes, this final score would’ve been a lot more lopsided. Yet even on a day where Penn

are notoriously difficult, and that’s only exacerbated when a team is coming off a win as emotionally draining as Penn’s comeback at Dartmouth on Friday. Throw in the facts that this was the team’s fifth game in nine days, and that junior center Max Rothschild was playing through a tailbone cyst, and it’s fully reasonable that one of the team’s weaker performances would come on this night. But excuses be damned, Saturday night showed us one thing: Harvard is better than Penn. That doesn’t mean that Harvard will be better than Penn the next time they play, or that Harvard will be better when Ivy Madness rolls around in March. But right now, after the Crimson so thoroughly outplayed Penn even without their arguable best player, defending Ivy League Rookie of the Year Bryce Aiken, it’d be foolish to suggest anyone but Harvard as the league favorite right now. And at the end of the day, that’s just what Penn needs. These last few weeks have felt like a movie, where the Quakers just couldn’t lose no matter what, but the dream is over now. Thanks to Harvard, Penn knows exactly where it is, and exactly where it needs to be when the games really count — and now it’s taken the ass-kicking it needed to provide the fuel to get there. COLE JACOBSON is a College junior from Los Angeles, Calif., and is a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at jacobson@thedp.com.

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They stumbled out of the gate, but Penn women’s basketball is exactly what we thought they were: a team that should win the Ivy title. Coach Mike McLaughlin has lead his team to back-to-back conference titles, including last year’s triumph at the inaugural Ivy Tournament. This year, the gap between Penn and the rest of the league has closed – or at least, the gap between Penn and Princeton has. Want proof? Harvard, the next closest team behind Penn and Princeton, is now two games back after two straight blowout losses to those two teams. Last season’s runner-up, Princeton shocked the Red and Blue in their conference opener last month by a score of 70-55. It was the worst possible start to Ivy play for Penn, one that meant they had to work themselves back to the top of the league the hard way. Now, after three straight Ivy weekend sweeps, Penn finds itself in a tie for first in the conference with the only team they have yet to beat. Since that loss to Princeton, Penn has won nine straight, including two Big 5 title clinching wins over Villanova and Temple. Of those nine, only the two-point win over ‘Nova was within 15 points – that’s right, Penn has won eight of its last nine, including six

Ivy and one Big 5 matchups – by a margin of 15 or more. So what’s the lesson? First of all, not to panic. One loss in the Ivy League is anything but a death sentence; both of the last two years Penn has won it all with a one-loss record. Even if the Quakers drop another game, the Ivy Tournament and the home court advantage it provides make perfection less of a necessity. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be strived for or even achieved. Penn has the talent to go perfect in the conference, fluky opening losses notwithstanding. This team has high standards: like last year, the goal shouldn’t be to qualify for the tournament, or even to win it. The Quakers should strive to pull of the double: win both the regular season and tournament conference titles. And, optimistically, to win a game even after that. The second lesson from Penn’s recent run of play is that the Quakers are who we thought they were. They didn’t always show it early in the season, but this is a good basketball team by any standard. They have the best frontcourt in the conference in reigning Ivy Player of the Year Michelle Nwokedi and presumptive Ivy Rookie of the Year Eleah Parker. They have one of the better defenses in the country (the Quakers are 27th nationally in points allowed per game), a great stable of guards, and a coach who has been there and done that. Princeton is a good team, too, which is why Tuesday’s game will be so fun to watch. The Tigers are just as good, if not better,

defensively. They have one of the better players in the league in Bela Alarie, and when their three ball is on like it was in January, they are nigh unstoppable. While it will be just the eighth conference game of the season for both these teams, Tuesday’s game will likely decide the league. The top seed is up for grabs. It will be low-scoring, physical, and spirited in Jadwin Gym. Here’s what it comes down to: who wins the guard matchups? How will seniors Anna Ross and Lauren Whitlatch matchup against Princeton’s Gabrielle Rush’s sharpshooting and Alarie’s versatility? Down low, will Penn win on the glass and prevent the Tigers’ Leslie Robinson from racking up easy buckets? I think the Quakers win those matchups. As McLaughlin put it, “We’re better than we were then [in January].� The Quakers are better than they were in January and certainly better than they were on January 6th. Nwokedi and Parker are more comfortable playing off each other, as Nwokedi’s 30-point outburst on Saturday proved. Junior Ashely Russell’s role as the gritty defender has come into focus. Three-point shooting is up too. Penn should win this game. Because they are who we think they are.

THEODOROS PAPAZEKOS is a College sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., and a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at papazekos@ thedp.com.

Gymnastics, field hockey come together to form unlikeliest of bonds Juniors on both teams have lived together for two years

since the start of their sophomore With the house vacated after year, facilitating an unforeseen bond Venuti’s class graduated, and the between their respective teams in the growing rapport between Hunker’s process. and Seid’s teammates, the arrangeCOLE JACOBSON “My favorite thing is just being ment almost made too much sense, Sports Editor able to live with my best friends, and the rest was history. being able to come home and go “I got to know her team really They’ve got depth and versatility up to anyone in the house and feel well, because they invited me to a in spots one through 11. They’ve comfortable,� said junior gymnast lot of events they did together, and I got experience across the board. Caroline Moore, the Ivy League’s invited them to a lot of events we did They’ve got all-conference selec- defending champion in vault. “You together, so we knew that our teams tions left and right. wake up and you’re in the kitchen, got along really well,� Seid said. Sounds like the makings of a and there’s someone there wanting “We were both looking for housing, championship team, but it’s not quite to know how you’re doing.� and we always have a good time tothat. Rather, this group of 11 female As recently as two years ago, field gether, so it was a perfect match.� juniors combines to form a house, hockey and gymnastics weren’t any Seeing two different Penn teams and in the process, perhaps one of closer than any other Penn teams. share a tight friendship isn’t unthe more unique bonds Penn Athlet- But gymnastics then-senior Morgan common by any means. Teams like ics has ever seen. Venuti happened to share a large men’s and women’s swimming, The group includes an all-star off-campus house with a variety of fencing, and track and field share cast of athletes: all six juniors on senior athletes, including a few field the same coaching staffs and therePenn gymnastics, four of the five ju- hockey players. fore practice simultaneously. Even niors on Penn field hockey (the fifth, Simultaneously, then-freshmen for teams with different coaches, Kelsey Mendell, transferred to Penn Karen Seid of field hockey and those that play the same sport often from Providence after the group had Morgan Hunker of gymnastics share a special bond. For example, already agreed to rent the house), were roommates after connecting one might see the whole men’s or The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation and field hockey player-turned-row- 620viaEighth Facebook, andNew quickly became women’s basketball team in the Avenue, York, N.Y. 10018 The York Times Syndication Sales Corporation er and DP sports staff writer ReinaNewfriendly with both each other and the crowd when the other one has a Information 620For Eighth Avenue, Call: New 1-800-972-3550 York, N.Y. 10018 Kern. The 11 have lived together For other’s respective teammates. For Release Friday, February 9, 2018home game. Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For Release Monday, February 12, 2018

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SPORTS 15

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Quakers pull off another dominant weekend sweep W. HOOPS | Penn extends winning streak to nine games SAM MITCHELL Associate Sports Editor

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Penn women’s basketball just made a statement. The Quakers (15-5, 6-1) had been rolling coming into this game, reeling off five straight conference wins, including a 65-47 drubbing of Dartmouth, but the latest, by a score of 69-49 over Harvard (13-8, 5-3 Ivy), is more than just another solid conference victory. It proves that this team has the talent for a run in March. No one is more deserving of credit for this win and the team’s success than senior forward Michelle Nwokedi, who was unstoppable on both sides of the ball and seemingly at every position during Saturday’s

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with one bout to decide the contest, sophomore foil Willie Upbin gave an incredible last-minute performance to gift Penn the win against Princeton, one that Vaiani was especially proud of. “We lost to Princeton the last three years [at Ivies], so it was sort of our goal to beat them at home,” the senior foil said. “It was 4-4 between Willie and their fencer, [freshman] Sam Barmann. Willie just had a beautiful action, and completed the victory for us, and basically sealed the title right there for us.” With all of his triumphs on the strip at the Ivy Championships, Vaiani named that moment as the best one

matchup against the Crimson. “We’ve been playing great basketball as a team, and any given day it’s anyone’s time and so for us, it just happened to be my day and so, credit to my teammates, credit to the coaching staff,” Nwokedi said. “We came out here ready to play.” Nwokedi outscored Harvard in the first half, putting up 27 points of her own to only 21 from the visiting opponents. She also proved she was more than just a dominant low-post player, shooting 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc on eight total attempts. She didn’t get a double-double – in fact, no one on Penn did – because the team shot such a high percent that there weren’t enough chances to pull down rebounds. “My mentality this whole season has been the same: come out, play, and see what they do, see how they play me, see how I can get my teammates involved,” Nwokedi said. “It just happened to be that they were giving me that three and I’ve been working so hard with coach Killion and all the coaches on that three, so it was just a day when it was going in and I

just kept shooting it.” Turnovers were also crucial to Penn’s cruise to victory. Penn turned the ball over only 15 times, with most coming late in the game once the win was assured, while Harvard had 22 turnovers. This accounted for 26 points off turnovers for the Quakers, compared to only 9 from Harvard. This weekend’s games demonstrated that Penn is very difficult to beat when one of its weapons can get going. The team has so many weapons though that it would be a pretty rare occasion that no one is able to get the offense rolling. “We moved the ball well, we got open shots – that’s the best I’ve seen us score the ball this year,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “I thought defensively we were really good, getting them unsettled ... We worked really hard on [Harvard guard] Benzan, she’s so good, and she’s got a quick release – Anna did a terrific job with her. We really wanted to try to not allow them to get their feet set behind the arc; for the most part we did a really good job.” In Friday’s game against Dartmouth (12-9, 4-4), junior

he’s ever had at Ivies. The Quakers exhibited one last final display of grit to grab their share of the title. After falling in a tight 1512 contest to Columbia, the men, then 3-1, needed to win against Brown to join Columbia and Harvard atop the standings. Where they were left watching their title fate be decided by someone else last year, this time, the Red and Blue had control of their destiny. Against Brown, they only lost four bouts. The title was Penn’s once more. In reflecting on what has become a custom for Penn fencing, Vaiani, who played his last bout at the Ivy Championships Sunday reflects on a time when the men’s squad wasn’t this dominant.

“A lot of the kids on the team don’t know what it feels like to lose Ivies, but my freshman year we lost, and from personal experience, it’s the worst feeling in the world,” Vaiani recounted. “Winning it a third time feels just as good as the first time, because this isn’t something that is always going to happen; you are not entitled to win this championship.” It is clear that Penn men’s fencing understands what each victory means for the legacy of its program, and the Quakers are more than wary not to overlook the successes that have defined them. But for the time being, might as well get used to the throne, because it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

guard Ashley Russell started heating up early in the game, and ended up shooting 60 percent on the night, with a mark of 40 percent from beyond the arc, notching her a team-high 14 points. Her dominance, especially in the first half of the game, helped to spread the floor on offense, and in the second half freshman center Eleah Parker was able to get into a rhythm down low. It seemed like the Big Green knew they’d have to prevent the Penn frontcourt from finding their groove, but the Quakers passed and communicated well on offense, spreading the floor and playing selflessly. Perimeter defense was also key in shutting down Dartmouth’s guards, who typically shot the three with very high accuracy. “We knew this weekend was a huge weekend for us guarding the three point line, and we kind of just made a point for our guards to guard the arc hard, close out really hard” Russell said. From Russell’s sharpshooting, to Parker’s rebounding, to Ross’s passing and defense, to Nwokedi’s all-around dominance, the Quakers have an

ZACH SHELDON | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Senior Michelle Nwokedi scored a career-high 30 points against Harvard while propelling the Quakers to back-to-back blowout wins.

incredible array of talents who can take turns beating up on their opponents. Not to mention the fact that Penn’s deep and talented bench provides lockdown defense and solid shooting no matter who is on the floor. Although this win techni-

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this was their third game this week.” The Red and Blue will be back in action Friday, when they travel to New York City to take on Columbia (6-14, 3-4). Despite Saturday’s loss, the Red and Blue remain tied with Harvard atop the Ivy League and poised to qualify for the league’s championship tournament. The tournament provides a key reprieve for the Red and Blue, who needn’t remain perfect in conference play to capture a league title. “It’s great. I’m a huge pro-

ponent of the Ivy tournament,” sophomore guard Ryan Betley said. “It gives four teams a shot; it keeps the rest for the league competitive.” “It makes these weekends all that more exciting. For the kids, for the fans,” Donahue said. “It’s a great thing all around.” The Quakers looked particularly weak before halftime, trailing 31-24 at the break. While the Quakers still lost the second half by two points, the Red and Blue experienced clear improvements after intermission. Much of the increased offensive output came from Betley, who scored all 16 of his points after halftime, exceeding the 12 he scored during the entirety of

cally counts just as much as all the others, it’s a statement from this team that they are back. Princeton, who the Quakers lost to in the conference opener and will face again on Tuesday, will serve as the next test for this team on their path to a championship repeat.

Friday’s contest. “It was just getting back to what I do. Just playing with a better flow,” Betley said. “I was confident in my shot.” The Quakers were hampered by the ailment of starting center Max Rothschild. The junior was “not 100 percent” all weekend due to a cyst in his tailbone, according to Donahue. “He was completely dehydrated, drained, exhausted,” Donahue said. “He had sleepless nights coming into the weekend. I’m surprised he even played.” Luckily, Rothschild and the Quakers will have a full six days of rest before they head back to the road to take on Columbia Friday night.

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M. HOOPS | First Ivy League ends Quakers’ five game winning streak

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AMBRIDGE, MA — All good things must end. Penn men’s basketball dropped its first Ivy League contest of the season Saturday night, falling, 76-67, to Harvard in a contest that it trailed in since the beginning. Sophomore guard Ryan Betley led the Quakers with 16 points in the defeat, all in the second half. “They played well. We did not play all that

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well,” Penn coach Steve Donahue said. “Give Harvard all the credit.” The loss came on the heels of a 64-61 nailbiter of a victory over Dartmouth Friday night. That win allowed the Quakers (17-7, 7-1 Ivy) to stay undefeated in conference play, a distinction the Crimson would topple a day later. The Red and Blue trailed for almost all of Saturday’s contest, falling victim to the efficient scoring performances of Chris Lewis and Justin

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Bassey. Lewis, a sophomore forward, scored 13 of his career-high 25 points before intermission, dominating in the paint as Harvard adjusted to the injury of sophomore guard and reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Bryce Aiken. “Tonight was really great for us; it was a big confidence booster,” Lewis said. “But at the same time, we’re gonna see them again … and SEE M. BASKETBALL PAGE 15

CHASE SUTTON | SPORTS PHOTO EDITOR BEN ZHAO | DESIGN EDITOR

Men’s fencing wins share of Ivy title for third straight year

Women finish in fourth place after 3-3 weekend MOSES NSEREKO Sports Reporter

Penn’s AD seeks alumni feedback following softball investigation Calhoun’s email indicated a “wide range of feedback” had already been received YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor

Third time’s still got that charm. On Sunday, Penn men’s fencing secured a share of its third consecutive title at the 2018 Ivy League Championships. Penn shares its 17th overall title with Harvard and Columbia, after the three teams recorded identical 4-1 records against the rest of the league. On the women’s side, Penn finished 3-3 overall, taking fourth place in the league as Columbia eventually won with an unblemished record. The male Quakers travelled to Princeton’s Jadwin Gymnasium under the pressure of having to defend their title against an everimproving men’s field, which was immediately reflected in their schedule. The Red and Blue faced only one opponent during the first day of the Round Robins: No. 1 Harvard. “[Harvard’s] men’s team this year was much tougher than the last two years; every team is getting better,” coach Andy Ma recalled. “[But] when you face stronger teams, you feel the challenge; you’re more motivated. We always like to face stronger teams.” And with that motivation, No. 7 Penn overcame its first major challenge, taking down its eventual fel-

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Senior foil John Vaiani helped the Quakers to a third straight threeway tie for first in Ivy round-robins by earning six iindividual wins.

low co-champions 15-12 in their opening matchup. While the overall score tells the tale of a close encounter, what was remarkable is where the Quakers earned their points. The men were bolstered by an unbeaten 9-0 performance from their epee squad, consisting of Justin Yoo, Zsombor Garzo, and Jake Raynis. Yoo and Raynis each went 10-4 in their bouts, the best men’s epee performances throughout the entire league. When asked how they handled facing such elite competition so early in the event, senior foil John Vaiani explained that when it comes to facing off against Ivy opponents, rankings never seem to faze the Quakers. “It’s always extremely close, especially between the Ivy schools,” the veteran Quaker commented.

“I think every fencer out there is a world-class fencer, so I think you have to trust yourself, and know that, no matter how close it is, you’re really taking it one touch at a time.” Penn’s victory gave Harvard its only loss of the season. But despite the high of delivering on the first day, everyone knew that the fight had just begun. The Quakers’ second day, highlighted by tough matchups against fellow defending co-champions No. 6 Princeton and No. 4 Columbia, proved to be just as close as the opening battle against the Crimson. After taking down Yale, the Quakers faced a tough bout against the host Tigers. Tied up at 13-13 SEE FENCING PAGE 15

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Less than two weeks after The Daily Pennsylvanian published an article detailing poor playerretention on Penn softball and allegations of mistreatment from Penn softball coach Leslie King, the DP was forwarded an email sent to Penn softball alumni from Penn Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun. The email, which was forwarded to the DP anonymously on February 7, stated that Penn Athletics had received a “wide range of feedback” in response to the DP’s article. The email also invited alumni to share additional information by contacting Associate Athletic Director Matt Valenti. In response to a request for comment from Calhoun or Penn Athletics, Penn Athletics provided the following written statement. “Penn Athletics regularly communicates with its alumni and supporters throughout the year,” the statement read. “The student-athlete experience and the health and safety of our student-athletes remain our top priority and we want to ensure that there is always an open line

ANANYA CHANDRA | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

After allegations of mistreatment by softball coach Leslie King surfaced, Penn’s AD contacted former players and coaches for input.

of communication between the Division and the alumni.” The statement did not directly address the DP’s questions about what kind of feedback Penn Athletics had received or whether Calhoun had also contacted current Penn studentathletes following the article’s publication. The statement also did not address a question about whether a plan had been made for further action. Since starting as Penn’s head coach in 2004, King has led the Quakers to one Ivy League Championship and five South Division titles. The team’s 2018 season will begin on March 4th when the Red and Blue travel to Florida to compete in the USF

Under Armour Invitational. The DP’s original article reported that since 2010, there was evidence to suggest that 26 players have left the team before their senior seasons. By comparison, an online list of Princeton softball’s letterwinners organized by year suggests that only five players left Princeton’s team over that same time period. Multiple former players also alleged that King had put pressure on them to return prematurely from injuries. Others defended King, and said that she was a supportive coach who did not push them harder than what would be expected from a college athletics coach.

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