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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to speak at Commencement Seniors look forward to the author’s address ASHLEY AHN, ELIZABETH MEISENZAHL, HANNAH GROSS Senior Reporter, Staff Reporters

Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will give the commencement speech at Penn’s graduation ceremony on May 18. Penn students expressed excitement and praised the selection for adding diversity to the graduation ceremony. Adichie is known for her critically-acclaimed works such as “Purple Hibiscus” — which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2004 and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005 — and “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction) in 2007. Her work features themes

such as politics, immigration, religion, and love, and has been translated into more than 30 languages, according to Penn Today. Adichie will be the first Black woman to deliver the address since 1978, when then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia Harris gave the speech. Many students said they were familiar with Adichie’s previous works and praised her speeches and books. College and Wharton senior Maria Curry said that she was excited to see Penn select a Black female speaker for the first time in decades. Curry said that Adichie’s status as an author adds variety to Penn’s past commencement speakers, which featured politicians such as Cory Booker and entertainers such as John Legend and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Adichie has also delivered notable TED talks such as her 2009

TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” which is one of the most viewed TED talks according to her website, and her 2012 TED talk “We Should All Be Feminists.” In her 2009 TED talk, Adichie encourages listeners to seek diverse perspectives when learning about people, places, and situations to prevent a critical misunderstanding. “We should all be feminists” discusses feminism and her experience with sexism growing up in Nigeria and later living in the United States. “The way she’s able to tell stories and talk about really pressing issues is pretty extraordinary,” Undergraduate Assembly President and College senior Natasha Menon said. Adichie will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the 2020 Commencement ceremony along with Anthony M. Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jill

Lepore, Stanley A. Plotkin, Sister Mary Scullion, Gregg L. Semenza, and Henry Threadgill, who will also receive Penn honorary degrees. “We are honored to bestow our highest degree on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and have her address our graduates at Penn’s 264th Commencement,” Penn President Amy Gutmann told Penn Today. “Her compelling narratives and absolutely fascinating commentary on complex cultural issues elevate the power of the individual voice.” Wharton junior Tuti Gomoka said that although she is not graduating, she will attend commencement to hear Adichie’s speech. Gomoka said that Adichie has been her favorite author since she was 15 years old. Gomoka, who is an international student from Tanzania, said that Adichie’s ideas about feminism and the status of women in Africa reso-

Penn Dining revives Black History Month events


King’s Court English House hosted a live pop and jazz performance on Wednesday featuring a keyboard player, trombonist, and singer who performed songs throughout the evening.

Penn Dining canceled celebrations last year EASON ZHAO Staff Reporter

Last year, Penn Dining canceled Black History Month celebrations, prompting backlash from students and dining hall workers. This year, they will feature family dishes created by dining hall staff. Penn Dining is featuring recipes from the staff’s curated cookbook “The Penn Family Cookbook” at various dining halls including 1920 Commons, Hill House, King’s Court English House, Falk Dining Commons at Hillel, and Lauder College House from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13.

The cookbook consists of recipes created by 13 Black dining hall workers at Penn. King’s Court English House also hosted a live pop and jazz performance on Wednesday featuring a keyboard player, trombonist, and a singer who performed songs throughout the evening. In February 2019, Penn Dining called off Black History Month celebrations during which Penn Hillel’s Falk Dining Commons’ workers had cooked and offered students Southern cuisine in the past. Director of Business Services and Hospitality Services Pam Lampitt said that the University Chaplain Chaz Howard and cultural centers advised Penn Dining to cancel the celebrations

after seeing backlash at other universities for serving food that is stereotypically related to Black people for Black History Month. “Many people lost their jobs because of [the stereotypical menu],” Lampitt said. “Not only their students, but our students were upset by it.” In February 2018, Loyola University Chicago and New York University served food and drinks that have stereotypically been associated with Black people, such as fried chicken and Kool-Aid, for Black History Month. In response to last year’s cancelation of the traditional Black History Month celebrations, 15 student groups including Penn Student Power and Penn First

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organized an open forum with Penn Hillel’s Falk Dining Commons workers. Lampitt and Lea-Kruger said, however, the open forum had no influence on the decision to hold celebrations this year. “There was nothing that really came out of that that moved us in a different direction,” Lampitt said. Troy Harris, the Falk Dining Hall worker who reached out to student groups last year to organize the event, said that many dining hall workers were pleased that Penn Dining reached out to them in December 2019 to plan 2020 Black History Month celebrations. Harris said, however, he hopes for more awareness of Black History Month at Penn. “When it’s Christmas, the college is [like] ‘oh get ready for your Christmas break, get ready for your holiday break.’ When it’s Black History Month, [I don’t see] people that I work for coming in talking about Black History Month, unless they [are going to] be announcing to us when they are about to do something,” Harris said. Engineering junior Janine Liu, who is also a member of Penn Student Power, however, believed that the open forum “absolutely” influenced Penn Dining in their decision-making process. SEE BLACK HISTORY PAGE 3

nated with her. “She wrote stories that I could relate to,” Gomoka said. “Whenever I’m in doubt about anything, I always just go and read one of her books.” Adichie was born in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria to Igbo parents. She grew up in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria with her five siblings until she moved to the U.S. to study communication at Drexel University for two years under a scholarship. Adichie then went on to Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied communication and political science, and wrote articles for the university journal. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in African studies from Yale University. Adichie has previously delivered commencement addresses at Wellesley College in 2015 and American University in 2019.


College senior Nyazia SajdahBey said she first heard of Adichie when she read “Americanah” in high school and became more familiar with Adichie through TED Talks and Beyonce’s song “***Flawless,” which featured a sample of her 2012 TED Talk “We should all be feminists.” “I’m really happy to be graduating on the day of her speech,” Sajdah-Bey said.

Penn Violence Prevention returns to Locust Walk


Students involved in PVP groups said the program’s relocation away from the center of campus in fall 2019 hindered their advocacy work.

The office had moved to 3535 Market St. last year HANNAH GROSS Staff Reporter

Following student feedback, Penn Violence Prevention is returning to Locust Walk, administrators said. PVP, a program under the Division of the Vice Provost for Univer-

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sity Life, moved from Locust Walk to 3535 Market St. in fall 2019 due to limited campus space. Students involved in PVP groups said the relocation hindered their advocacy work and pushed for PVP to return to Locust Walk. By moving PVP back to the heart of campus, VPUL aims to increase accessibility to resources SEE PREVENTION PAGE 2





Furniture competition allows students to design lobby of new Wharton building At least 10 designs will be selected for creation SHARON LUO Staff Reporter

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship is hosting a furniture competition to design the lobby of Tangen Hall, a hub for students who want to develop start-ups set to open in fall 2020. The Tangen Hall Furniture Competition, spearheaded by Wharton’s Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Karl Ulrich and the Venture Lab, allows individuals and teams to submit furniture designs for the lobby of Tangen Hall, which cost $46 million to build and will be located at the intersection of 40th and Samson streets. At least 10 designs will be selected for actual creation, of which at least six must be Penn-affiliated submissions. Cash prizes of $1,000 are

awarded to each winning team or individual applicant, according to the competition’s website. Ulrich said he created this contest because he wanted the Penn community to play an innovative role in the building’s construction, especially because Tangen Hall is being built for entrepreneurs. “We hadn’t figured out what to do with furniture for Tangen Hall, but we wanted to do something distinctive and unusual,” he said. “After kicking around with the idea of hiring professionals, we decided, ‘wouldn’t it be fun if we had a competition?’” According to the competition’s website, submissions must have a physical prototype made out of Baltic Birch, a poster, and digital design files. Each submission will go through the Selection Committee and People’s Choice rounds.

said. “We want the furniture to work, so we’re looking for beautiful and interesting objects that are highly functional,” Ulrich said. College of Liberal and Professional Studies junior Erik Fuller said he had not heard a lot about this competition, but he is passionate about furniture design and is excited to apply. Before transferring to Penn, Fuller attended an arts school where he studied fine arts. “I’ve studied sculpture before

and like making things out of materials like metal and wood,” Fuller said. “I feel this is a great way to tie [entrepreneurship] in [with] the creative people on this campus.” Fuller said he plans to craft a winning piece by making his design as functional as possible without sacrificing visual aesthetics. “Any piece of the design world, anything that has an aesthetic reality to it, can change someone’s entire perspective of the space, whether it’s a trashcan or skyscraper,” Fuller said. “However, even if it looks cool, it needs to be functional, because people have to live with these things.” Although this contest is open to all, Wharton first-year Julia Deng, who is interested in marketing and design, said she likes the idea but does not think she has enough experience or time to enter. “I think because [the contest] seems more of a niche thing, I wouldn’t see many students particularly interested,” she said. “I think if I were to do it, I’d definitely need the time available in my schedule and the passion.” The winning designs will be installed in August and displayed at the opening of Tangen Hall in the fall.

former fraternity house. Following PVP’s move to Market Street, students involved with PVP said they were “deeply upset” by the decision, claiming it demonstrated Penn’s unwillingness to treat sexual violence as a serious issue on campus. The 2019 nationwide college sexual assault survey found that 25.9% of undergraduate women reported having unwanted sexual contact since entering college, while the rate was 7.3% for undergraduate men. Among surveyed students who are transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary, 21.5% reported unwanted sexual contact. VPUL said in the press release they want to ensure “that the impor-

tant education and training to prevent sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment takes place close to where students, live, study, and gather.” At the Market Street location, PVP shared a floor with Alcohol & Other Drug Program Initiatives as well as Campus Health. The office included offices for PVP staff, meeting rooms, confidential rooms, and 24-hour student spaces. PVP is still searching for a new associate director, as well as an associate director for graduate and professional students to complete PVP’s four person staff. Once hired, the new staff members will join Washington and the four-person PVP team on Locust Walk.


The winning designers will win $1000 and have their designs installed in Tangen Hall when it opens in the fall of 2020. The building will be a hub for students interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups.

The selection committee will be made up of three to four judges, likely Penn alumni, who are interested in furniture design, Ulrich said. During the

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People’s Choice round, anyone from the Penn community will be able to submit their preferences, most likely through an online survey. Before formal submissions are due on April 1, there will be an optional feedback round where participants can submit sketches or basic prototypes and receive an evaluation from Ulrich himself. The furniture design entries will be judged on real-life functionality and aesthetic, Ulrich


provided by the program surrounding violence and sexual assault, according to a press release sent to The Daily Pennsylvanian. The new location at VPUL’s main office at 3609-3611 Locust Walk will house PVP Director Malik Washington’s office and student meeting space for groups associated with PVP such as Penn Anti-Violence Educators, Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Men Against Rape & Sexual Assault. From November 2016 to May 2019, PVP was located on the second floor of 3539 Locust Walk, a

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Sanders vs. Buttigieg: Youth voters sound off at competing N.H. rallies The candidates had a tighter race than expected

“Green New Deal,” “Health care is a right,” and “We are the 99%.” Meanwhile, about 20 minutes away in Nashua, nearly 1,200 Buttigieg supporters crowded into a community college gym, staring at a large television screen tuned to CNN. As their presidential pick gained on Sanders in the polls, the restless crowd rooted the mayor on, yelling “President Pete” and “Boot Edge Edge.”

The crowd at both events was made up of New Hampshire locals and other East Coast residents invested in politics. Sanders supporter and Virginia Tech junior Lindsay Lozowskie drove up from school for the primary and canvassed for two days before attending the primary night rally. Lozowskie hopes the Vermont senator will win the presidency so she can receive affordable medi-

cal treatment for her chronic Lyme disease. “With Medicare for All, I’ll be able to get the treatment I need without my parents going bankrupt for it,” Lozowskie said. “So I’m really happy that Bernie won tonight in New Hampshire and I’m really excited to see where this momentum goes.” Joe Dakin, a New England College sophomore and New Hamp-

shire local, said he voted for Sanders in Tuesday’s primary. Although he was eligible to vote in 2016, this year was the first time he felt an urgency to head to the polls. “I wanted a certain person to win the election so I made sure to vote this time – I don’t normally vote just because I have a busy schedule,” Dakin said. Attendees at Buttigieg’s watch party at Nashua Community College were primarily white and middle-aged, though many college and high school students were also in attendance. Nashua Community College firstyear Thomas McGreevy attended Buttigieg’s primary night event and said he was not discouraged by the candidate’s second-place finish. “[The race] is still anyone’s ballgame,” McGreevy said. “But, that said, I really feel like the Buttigieg movement has so much energy. It’s so exciting to see with this movement, not only for Pete, but the rest of the Democratic party.” New Hampshire resident and Millford High School senior Kat Raino said she supports Buttigieg because she thinks he can unite the country better than any other candidate. “I see a lot of things in Pete that remind me of that vision of America where we have diverse opinions to come together to get things done,” she said. In 2016, Sanders won the New

Penn Business Services Director of Communications and External Relations Barbara Lea-Kruger said that Penn Dining created “The Penn Family Cookbook” after directly communicating with dining hall workers who expressed frustration about not being able to bring their own family-favorite recipes to the dining halls.

Liu added that despite the University’s decision to hold Black History Month dining hall celebrations this year, more should be done than simply creating a cookbook. “When you have so many people from vulnerable backgrounds on campus, you need to dedicate yourself to ensuring that those vulnerable populations feel safe and feel

welcomed and feel like their culture is as important as white culture,” Liu said. Tracey Matthews, a Kings Court Dining Hall worker who has spent 33 years working for Penn, evaluated the celebration highly. Matthews said that Penn Dining has organized celebrations for many cultures during her time at Penn and she was

pleased that Black culture can be honored as well. “We do so many different things and I just wanted to be able to show our way of how we do things. It’s not the full way but it’s a great start,” Matthews said. “I just would like to see it to be a part of our every-year event.” Harris said that he hopes the Uni-


MANCHESTER, N.H. — They’d been standing for hours in Southern New Hampshire University’s fieldhouse, but when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) walked on stage victorious, the crowd, made up of around 400 of his supporters, cheered with renewed passion. With 25.7% of the vote, Sanders won the Granite State’s first-in-thenation primary by a little over one percentage point. In a tighter race than polls predicted, Sanders was followed closely by former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who attained 24.4% support. Rounding out the top three was Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) with 19.8% of the vote. Next came the two former Penn professors, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden. Both turned in dismal performances, drawing in 9.2% and 8.4% of the vote respectively. Hundreds of people, primarily white, populated Sanders’ primary watch party, ranging from young to middle-aged adults. The attendees cheered and waved posters up and down, chanting a variety of slogans during the victory celebration: “Bernie beats Trump,” “Not me, us,”


“As soon as we did that, [Penn Dining] started planning something for Black History Month. Prior to that nothing had been done,” Liu said. “It seems to be a lack of responsibility from the administration.”


Hundreds of supporters gathered in Manchester and Nashua to cheer on their presidential picks. Though they champion different candidates, all the young supporters stressed the importance of their votes.

Hampshire Democratic primary by more than 20 percentage points over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The winner of the state’s primary has gone on to win the Democratic nomination in three out of the last five elections, according to The New York Times. Though they champion different Democratic candidates, young supporters of Sanders and Buttigieg both stressed the importance of their vote. Twenty-four-year-old New Hampshire local Cameo Bixby, who currently works at New England College, supports Buttigieg. She said all people, especially new voters, should take advantage of their newfound privilege – regardless of their preferred candidate. “I think it’s important to stand up for what you believe in, and if you think the system is not working out, you should stand up and want to see change,” she said. “You need to vote to see change.” Sanders supporter Harrison Herbert emphasized the importance of all votes, but especially for those in swing states. Herbert is now a senior at a New Jersey high school, but was born and raised in New Hampshire where he is still a registered voter. “It’s just important to vote,” he said. “It’s important to get your opinion out there, because if you don’t, the only person to blame is yourself.

versity will put more emphasis on Black History Month celebrations in the future. “Hopefully for the years to come, [Black History Month] can really really be announced,” Harris said. “Not just saying you gotta teach this course about Black History Month, but just let them know that we’re here as a minority.”

SAC will fund rental fees for some on-campus conferences beginning fall 2020 Student groups can receive up to $2,500 ELIZABETH MEISENZAHL Staff Reporter

The Student Activities Council will fund rental fees for groups that hold on-campus conferences for the first time beginning in fall 2020. Former SAC Vice President and College senior Elena Hoffman said that SAC will fund space rental fees for conferences up to $2,500 per group for the 2020-2021 academic year. Hoffman added that SAC will also raise the cap on annual speaker fees from $1,500 to $1,750 per group. Hoffman said, however, that SAC, a student government branch that recognizes and funds student organizations on campus, will not fund every group requesting on-campus rental space funds. Only groups who have successfully held on-campus conferences in the past will receive funding, Hoffman added. In previous discussions between the Undergraduate Assembly budget committee and SAC, members had proposed using some of the $1.1 million reserve,

or “dark,” fund as a one-time expenditure to allow SAC to fund the rental fees. The reserve fund is a University account that holds student groups’ revenue and unused funds from previous years’ budgets. Instead of using the “dark” fund, SAC will use money from its own budget. Hoffman, who serves on the UA budget committee, said SAC leaders and UA budget committee members decided to use the increased funds from SAC’s annual budget to fund the guideline changes. SAC’s proposed budget for next school year includes an approximately $30,000 increase, 2.18% more than last year’s budget. UA Treasurer and College junior Kevin Zhou said the UA will vote to approve the budget on Feb. 23. “[SAC’s budget] is way better than [money] coming out of the reserve, because you get the allocation every year,” Zhou said. Zhou added that SAC currently covers on-campus space rentals but not large conferences for outside visitors, such as Penn Debate Society’s annual high school tournament hosted in Williams Hall and Huntsman Hall. Zhou added that facility costs are one of the biggest expenses

for which SAC allocates money every year, and SAC has been meeting with the UA budget committee and the Office of Student Affairs to discuss how to cover more of these costs. Hoffman said SAC has not covered the costs of these conferences in the past, because of the expense to SAC. She added that student groups often generate revenue through the conferences that can be used for rental fees. Beyond Arrests: Re-Thinking Systematic Oppression Vice President and College senior Jordan Andrews said that BARS will host its first on-campus conference on Feb. 22. While the rooms they booked in Houston Hall and Irvine Auditorium were free through Vice Provost of University Life, Andrews said that BARS plans to apply for funding next year to cover costs related to space rentals, including microphones and furniture. Andrews said BARS would benefit from the cap raise on speaker fees. BARS has invited Cyntoia Brown-Long, a criminal justice reform advocate, to be the keynote speaker for their upcoming conference. Andrews said that BARS received SAC contingency funding to pay Brown-

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Long but added that BARS will apply next year for the increased funds to bring in more high profile speakers in the future. Contingency funding is money from a SAC reserve that groups can apply for in the case of unforeseen costs. Hoffman said that SAC may increase the speaker fees cap by more in the future but does not want to increase their cap by too

much at once. “We usually roll out these increases slowly just to ensure that we don’t overwhelm ourselves,” Hoffman said. “We want to stay conservative.” Penn Debate Society President and Wharton sophomore Shreyoshi Das said the new guidelines will help Penn Debate Society cover rental fees for their annual high school tournament. She

added that the current rental fees limit Debate Society’s ability to use their tournament revenue to send more members to travel and compete. Das said she estimates that the $2,500 towards rental fees will reduce Debate Society’s costs by approximately 20 to 30%. “Even if any part of those costs were covered, it’s still a benefit,” Das said.

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With Adichie, Penn finally moves towards more diverse commencement speakers

arlier this week, Penn students praised the University for selecting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the speaker for Penn’s 2020 commencement, the first Black female speaker since 1978. While this does reflect an unfortunate lack of diversity presented by Penn’s choices of commencement speakers over the last four decades, it hopefully shows Penn leaning toward a more progressive and diverse future list of commencement speakers. In 2004, Adichie’s criticallyacclaimed novel “Purple Hibiscus” was awarded the Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award. In 2003, “Purple Hibiscus” was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Adichie’s 2006 novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” was later awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction) in 2007. Penn students have also praised Adichie’s TED Talks, specifically her 2009 TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” and her 2012 TED Talk “We Should All Be Feminists.” In 1978, then-Secretary of


Housing and Urban Development Patricia Harris delivered the commencement speech, when she held the cabinet position under President Jimmy Carter. Harris was the first

Black woman to enter the Presidential line of succession. In 1979, Harris went on to become the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Previously, Harris had

also been the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg. In the past several years, Penn has featured several minority commencement speakers. Last year’s

speaker, Bryan Stevenson, was well received by Penn students, despite not being many students’ first choice for speaker. In 2017, Undergraduate Assembly leaders said they had little involvement in the selection process, and thought that the Speaker Advisory Group would have a bigger role in the process. After some changes were put in place by then-UA president and College senior Kat McKay, Speaker Advisory Group members have had more of an impact on the speaker selection process. Sadly, Penn’s list of commencement speakers lacks both female and minority representation. Over the last several decades, less than half of recipients of honorary degrees at commencement have been women. The list of commencement speakers since 1938 shows this failure by the University, which has thankfully been slowly corrected in the last years. Even with Adichie speaking this year, however, we must hope that the University will not wait another 42 years to invite another Black female speaker to deliver the commencement address.

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THE OXFORD C’MON | Make change, not jokes

Overwhelmingly white and male.” What am I talking about, you may ask? Yes, but actually, I am talking about the 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and thus, the people who determined who won an Oscar in 2020. The collective surprise that “Parasite,” the 2019 South Korean drama/mystery, directed by Bong Joon-ho, won the Academy Award for Best Picture on Feb. 9, highlights how little we as an audience expect from the Academy. And though “Parasite” made history by being the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture, not a single actor or actress who helped make the film an award-winner was nominated for their performance in it. While this win deserves immense recognition and praise, we must also ensure that a well-deserved victory does not erase all of the women and people of color who have been historically overlooked. The humorous moments of reprieve during the show, such as Steve Martin and Chris Rock ban-


tering about all the ways the Oscars have changed since their beginning in 1929 (there used to be no Black nominees, and now there is one) are only funny because they cut to the heart of what makes viewers uncomfortable as they watch yet another white-washed program. We laugh with these stars who admit how white the awards show is because we feel it too. Martin said, “I don’t know, Chris, I thought there was something missing from the list this year.” Rock was quick to sling

back, “vaginas!” This awareness does nothing to combat the fact that in its 90-plus year history, only 39 Oscars have been given to Black actors and actresses. Shouting “vaginas!” does nothing to recognize that Taika Waititi made history as the first indigenous director to win an Oscar, even if not for Best Director. Instead of empty platitudes, perhaps the Academy should work on not overlooking women and people of color in their nominations, instead of allowing space for so many

jokes about the obvious discrepancies of the ballot. While I love a good cape, the embroidered names of snubbed female directors on Natalie Portman’s body are not going to do anything but make a brief point. Janelle Monáe made the bold statement, “Tonight, we celebrate all the amazing talent in this room. We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films and I’m so proud to stand here as a Black, queer artist, telling stories. Happy Black History Month.” These statements ease the discomfort of invisibility; they are an admission that at least some people in the world of Hollywood see those who have been underrepresented for years. However, if we want to fix the problem that is underrepresentation, we need institutional change. The viral moments that spread on Twitter, snatching public attention because of their meme-ability, will do nothing to aid the recognition for current and future women and people of color. This means that the Academy, and Hollywood itself, is responsible

for dismantling a system that continues to privilege certain groups of people. It means not just recognizing the talent from women and people of color at awards shows, but also making more space for different people to tell different stories. Inclusivity starts when films are green-lighted and funded, not just awarded. Humorous and performative moments of solidarity will continue to fall flat until real and obvious change is secured for the groups of people who deserve recognition.

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The Oscar for ‘Parasite’ is a step forward for diversity, but there’s still work to do

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REMARKS WITH LARK | The Academy has under-represented women and people of color for far too long

n Sunday night, 92 years of Oscar history were shattered when the South Korean film “Parasite” became the first film not in the English language to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The win for “Parasite,” alongside its three other awards including Best Director for filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, marks only the 10th time a foreign-language film was nominated for the Best Picture award in Oscar history, and the first time one actually won. Many critics cite the win for the South Korean film as a promising start for a more inclusive Oscars, an issue which many have begun protesting and drawing awareness to, and with good reason. About five years ago, the #OscarsSoWhite social justice campaign erupted into public attention after the Academy gave all 20 acting nominations to white actors for the first of two consecutive years. This trend reflects the dismal statistics on gender and racial diversity within America’s film and entertainment industry: The pattern of 92% of top film directors being men and 86% of top films featuring white actors in lead roles is a sobering statistic that was sadly reflected in the Oscars for far too long.


So how did this year’s Oscars do? Not that much better from its previous renditions. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a robust and competitive selection of diverse films, actors, and actresses to choose from for their nominees. But to no surprise, the Academy stuck true to its traditional viewpoint, handing out the most nominations to movies such as “Joker,” “1917,” and “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” all films centered around white male narratives. Black actresses and actors were incredibly underrepresented, with British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo being the sole Black

nominee for her role in “Harriet.” In the directors category, females were cut off from all nominations, despite it being a “banner year for female filmmakers.” Competitive female directors such as Lulu Wang for “The Farewell,” and Greta Gerwig for “Little Women” failed to get nominations, while males dominated the category. Combine that with the astonishing fact that only five women have ever been nominated for best director in Oscars history and you start to get a better image of how skewed the Oscars playing field really is against women and minorities. But should these statistics even

surprise us? In 2015, the Academy’s voting body for nominations and awards consisted of 25% females and 8% minorities. This year, the new member class did not improve significantly, with roughly 32% being women and 16% being minorities. Everything about the Oscars is a sad reflection of the unequal opportunities women and minorities face within the industry, and the system’s unwillingness to change anything about it. “Parasite” and its Oscar journey followed this typical fashion when it failed to receive a single acting nomination, which omitted Asian representation within the acting categories entirely. The exclusion of Asians in acting roles, nominations, and awards is not a unique story. Only a handful of actors of Asian descent have ever won an Oscar, and Asian actors have historically held few roles in major theatrical releases. Despite films featuring Asian casts receiving nominations or recognition, the Oscars continuously fails to do its part in honoring and recognizing individual Asian actors and actresses. “Parasite” winning Best Picture is monumental in that it features a definite improvement to the abysmal trends and patterns of unequal

representation of ethnicities and genders that are so typical of the Oscars. It was certainly a well-deserved award for the cast and crew. But let’s not forget the systemic, underlying issues still plaguing the Oscars and Hollywood industry this movie-watching season. The win for “Parasite” was a win for the thousands of deserving, hard-working women and people of color who struggle to shed the burdens of inequality and unequal opportunities within Hollywood. As we celebrate this historic win for “Parasite,” let’s not forget about the fight of those yet to receive their rightful equality and recognition.

LARK YAN is a College sophomore from Toledo, Ohio studying Health and Societies. Her email address is larkyan@sas.upenn.edu.


We Don’t Need a Trader Joe’s Shuttle GUEST COLUMN BY JAMES NYCZ


n December, the Undergraduate Assembly began a pilot program for a nighttime shuttle to the Trader Joe’s grocery store at 22nd and Market streets. So far, the ridership has been below viable, although data is still being collected. This project reflects a wellintentioned effort from the UA to respond to student needs and increase campus wellness. However, this shuttle service is not the best way to accomplish these goals. Penn students should instead have some of the costs of public transport subsidized. Last year when I lived off campus, I went to Trader Joe’s around once a month. Compared to many options in West Philadelphia, Trader Joe’s is a high-quality, healthy option, though the Giant Heirloom Market is now a closer competitor. A free shuttle to get there sounds like a convenience for Penn students, but it is simply

unnecessary. SEPTA’s trolleys follow the same route as the UA shuttle, stop more often, and run at a wider variety of times – not to mention the existence of SEPTA’s bus routes. For students who live off campus as a more affordable housing option, the shuttle service wouldn’t even reach many of those who live west of 40th Street or near Market Street. The main reasons students may have for not taking SEPTA would be inconvenience or cost. When it comes to convenience, many students today just pay for an Uber ride to get to Trader Joe’s. But compared to SEPTA, the UA shuttle isn’t more convenient since SEPTA runs every day of the week, with some lines running 24 hours a day. Additionally, taking SEPTA would be just as, if not more, environmentally friendly than a shuttle. As for cost, while I understand that eliminating any cost can help make a service more af-


fordable, Trader Joe’s as a grocery store is not always an affordable option and it is likely that, due to Penn’s student demographics, most of the people using this UA service would be able to afford the $4 roundtrip SEPTA fare anyway. But even so, public transportation costs add up. That is why the UA should advocate for Penn to work with SEPTA to make cer-

tain transportation around Philly free with a student ID. The student discounts that are currently available are mostly aimed at commuters and frankly aren’t that substantial. This concept isn’t new: Many other universities have set up these subsidy systems in their cities already. American University paid the WMATA $2.7 million

in a deal that gives students an unlimited DC metro card during the semester, saving a considerable amount of money for many students. Schools in Pennsylvania such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh also have similar arrangements. A program like this would not only allow students to access healthy food options, but also allow them to pursue internships around the city and interact with Philadelphia more – getting out of the “Penn bubble.” Eliminating transportation cost would be a big draw for students to experience the city, and unlimited fares have been shown to increase ridership as much as 200% in the first year of implementation. This would likely shift ridership away from rideshare apps as well, creating a more environmentally sustainable student culture. The benefits for SEPTA would be great too, increasing their revenue from ridership – which currently

covers only 36% of their operating costs. There are a lot of issues that should also be considered, such as the general lack of affordable healthy food options in cities like Philadelphia. Additionally, Penn must be conscious of its role in the Philadelphia community and incorporate training for new students on how to behave in a city environment. Still, Penn should join many of its university peers in providing the sustainable, communityoriented solution of subsidizing public transport for students. Sometimes Penn doesn’t need to invent the solution to the problem. Sometimes Penn just needs to support the things that are already there. JAMES NYCZ is a junior in the College from Yardley, PA majoring in Political Science and Classical Studies. His email address is jnycz@sas.upenn. edu.


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Sarah Marshall is a co-host of the podcast “You’re Wrong About,” which discusses how the media misconstrues crime and scandals.

Marshall spoke about the rise of her podcast BENJAMIN MOSS-HORWITZ Contributing Reporter

Podcast host Sarah Marshall spoke about examining media coverage of scandals and crime on Tuesday night at Kelly Writers House. Marshall is a freelance journalist and co-host of the popular podcast “You’re Wrong About,” which examines media controversies that have been misunderstood in the public imagination in the past. Time Magazine named her podcast the second-best of 2019. At the event, Marshall spoke about her lifelong interest in women mischaracterized by the mainstream media and understanding the human side of violent crime, as well as lessons she has learned from the mechanics of podcasting. Marshall began the event by telling the story of how her podcast was created. In 2014, she wrote an article for The Believer Magazine that synthesized previ-


ously existing reporting on the figure skating star Tonya Harding’s scandal to retell the story. This prompted her podcast cohost Michael Hobbes to invite her to look at more stories that may have been misconstrued by the media. “A lot of the time the information was there, but [the public wasn’t] able to confront it in a meaningful way,” Marshall said. Marshall discussed various examples of the kind of stories her podcast addresses. One example she referenced was the public and media backlash to Anna Nicole Smith, who married a man 63 years older than her. “I will always find it fascinating that Anna Nicole Smith, who is guilty of marrying someone, is in the same kind of pariah category as murderers,” Marshall said. She said that there is no shortage of content for her podcast. “If there’s any major scandal, though, there will be a book written about it by a woman who was involved in it and it will be out of print, and that will be the most interesting book about it,” Mar-

shall said to some laughter in the audience. Marshall also said she finds her show special because it highlights the joyful relationship she shares with her co-host and suggested that prospective podcast creators focus on developing similar relationships. “Each episode is our relationship deepening and taking a genuine interest in listening to each other and trying to be a receptive audience,” Marshall said. Kelly Writers House Program Coordinator Alli Katz organized the talk as part of the annual Bernheimer Symposium, in memory of former Comparative Literature professor Charles Bernheimer. Katz said she invited Marshall to speak because she is a fan of the podcast herself and was excited to hear that Marshall recently moved to Philadelphia. Marshall’s work has been published in BuzzFeed, The New Republic, and The Believer Magazine. Recent episodes of the podcast unpack the way the media has handled corporate crime, the D.C. Sniper shootings, and the O.J. Simpson trial. Around 20 people attended the event, some of whom were undergraduate students and several of whom were friends of Marshall herself. There was a questionand-answer session for approximately 15 minutes following Marshall’s talk. College first-year Wes Matthews, who works at Kelly Writers House, said he enjoyed the event and was touched by Marshall’s dedication to challenging harmful tropes. Sabrina Wallace, an attendee who is not affiliated with Penn and had never been to the Kelly Writers House, said she came to the event because she enjoyed the podcast and saw the event pop up on Facebook the night before. She said she thought Marshall’s style was true to the podcast and enjoyed the event overall. “I’m grateful for academic spaces like this that are so open to the public,” Wallace said.







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reduction of fossil fuel use, Mills said. “What we’d ultimately like to do is something as local as possible, maybe even being inclusive of the local economy,� Mills said. According to the Financial Times, however, verifying the exact amount of emissions reductions when purchasing carbon offsets can sometimes be difficult or impossible. “We will, to a certain extent, be reliant on the governance that exists within the industry, but that’s why we’re being careful about who we select, to make sure that they are certified and accurately reporting on their impact,� Mills said. Gutmann also wrote in the Jan. 29 email that the University will restrict its investment program and not invest in the coal and tar sand industries. The announcement came over a year after the University Council Steering Committee rejected Fossil Free Penn’s proposal to divest from coal and tar sands. Glasser said that although Penn has acknowledged climate change is an issue, this initiative will only offset 20% of Penn’s carbon emissions while the University continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry. “Purchasing carbon offsets for air travel is not a solution to the systemic issues causing climate change, including reliance on fossil fuels and overconsumption,� Glasser said. “Purchasing carbon offsets alone perpetuates a ‘business as usual’ mindset that is not sustainable in the face of the climate crisis.�


In an effort to make progress toward Penn’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2042, the University will purchase carbon offsets to help neutralize emissions from Universitysponsored air travel. Carbon offsets allow businesses to fund activities, such as landfill methane capture, which reduce carbon emission elsewhere, according to a report by Penn Computer and Information Science professor Benjamin C. Pierce. Businesses purchase carbon offsets to compensate for their own emissions, which can be cheaper than reducing fossil fuel use, ProPublica reported. Fossil Free Penn, however, argues that purchasing carbon offsets is an insufficient step in comparison to divesting from fossil fuels. Director of Communications and External Relations Barbara LeaKruger said that, collectively, Penn subsidizes approximately 300 million miles of flight each year, primarily for business trips for faculty and staff. Penn-sponsored air travel by students, faculty, and staff generates approximately 64,000 tons of carbon annually, accounting for 20% of Penn’s carbon emissions, according to an email sent by Penn President Amy Gutmann to Penn community members on Jan. 29. Gutmann also


wrote in the email that Penn-sponsored air travel is the second-largest source of carbon emissions at Penn after energy consumption. Chief Procurement Officer for Penn Purchasing Services Mark Mills said that purchasing carbon offsets could “neutralize� University-sponsored air travel by the end of the next fiscal year. The University anticipates that the program will

launch later this year, according to the Jan. 29 email. Penn Purchasing Services, a department within the Business Services Division, helps manage the procurement, or purchasing, of goods, services, and suppliers for the University. Although the decision on how the offset will be paid for is not yet finalized, Mills said that a potential

solution is to add a “carbon offset charge� for Penn-sponsored flights which he hopes would encourage alternate modes of travel. College sophomore and Coordinator for Fossil Free Penn Emma Glasser said the group felt that Penn’s decision to purchase carbon offsets, although a step in the right direction, pales in comparison to the impact divesting from fossil fuels

would make. “[Divesting] would allow Penn to be the leader it claims to be in the face of climate change — fighting against the forces which cause climate change instead of funding them,� Glasser said. Penn Purchasing Services is currently looking for carbon offset providers and locations to “offset� carbon dioxide gases and fund the

Vice Provost for University Life will leave position for new student engagement role

McCoullum has served as the VPUL for 25 years ANYA TULLMAN Staff Reporter

Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum will leave her position at the end of June to become the Provost’s Distinguished Senior Fellow of Student Engagement at the Graduate School of Education. She will be Penn’s inaugural Vice Provost for Student Engage-

ment. In her new role, McCoullum, who has served as the VPUL for 25 years, said she will be able to focus more on Penn’s pipeline and college preparatory programs for high school students in Philadelphia. She said she will partner with leaders in the greater Philadelphia community to better understand the public school system and identify areas where Penn can partner with students who want to pursue post-secondary education.

and the 6B, Penn’s main minority coalition. McCoullum said her favorite part of working as the VPUL has been watching students change their communities. “It’s been a privilege to be here at a time when five of the six cultural centers were established, to watch the growth and flowering of the Penn Violence Prevention [program], to look at the expansion of the numbers and programs for first-generation, lowincome students, and to be able to welcome international students in numbers that we never had before,� McCoullum said. A search for her successor will

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Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum’s new role will focus more on Penn’s college preparatory programs for Philadelphia high school students.

McCoullum said she has always been interested in policies and programs that affect students in urban school districts, or who are first-generation or low-income, as they are groups that she identifies with. In 1979, McCoullum wrote a grant for Upward Bound, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports FGLI students as they pursue higher education. As a graduate of The Philadelphia High School for Girls, McCoullum said her connection with the city of Philadelphia is particularly strong. She added that her oldest grandchild was in the first kindergarten class at Penn Alexander School, a public school Penn partners with to provide curriculum advice and guidance. “It’s so exciting to join my two loves, University of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia, in a way that I can actually have even more of a direct impact on the connections that Penn has woven, and work with all of you as a Penn family in my city to have Penn be even more of a strong partner in the life of our city,� McCoullum said. According to an email sent by Provost Wendell Pritchett to his office on Feb. 6, McCoullum came to Penn in 1977, 18 years before she would become the VPUL. During that time, McCoullum served as the assistant to the VPUL, faculty director of Du Bois College House, and associate vice president at Penn. As VPUL, McCoullum currently works with many student groups such as the Undergraduate Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly,



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Penn Athletics weekend preview: Trio of winter sports in action Gymnastics has its Senior Meet at home this Sunday LOCHLAHN MARCH Sports Associate

As winter sports enter the last leg of the season, here’s a look at what these three teams are up against this weekend. Gymnastics Penn gymnastics will host Bridgeport, West Chester, and William & Mary at the Senior Meet this Sunday at the Palestra, seeking its first home win of the season. While the Quakers fell to Temple this past Sunday by a fraction of a point, their overall score was a season high, and they plan to build on that heading into their final meet before the Ivy Classic. “We’re just going to keep trying to build off of that momentum,” freshman McCaleigh Marr said. “We’re just going to keep going into our meets the same way we always have, and that’s with confidence and trust in each other and the team.” Athletes to watch include two freshmen whose strong showings last weekend bode well for the future of the Red and Blue. Marr finished second on bars and on beam, and Rebekah Lashley notched second on floor against Temple. Both look to continue their standout



Penn’s revamped offense will certainly be challenged by Yale’s League-best defense. On top of this, the Quakers will be forced to contend with the loss of senior guard Ryan Betley, who missed Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury against Columbia. “He’s what we say is weekto-week in our league; he’s not going to play this weekend,” Donahue said. Betley’s 12.4 points per game is good for the fourth best on the team. However, the biggest hole

rookie seasons at the Senior Meet. “At this point, I’ve shown I can hit my routines and I know I can score well, so now it’s just [that] I want to get as close to perfect as humanly possible, if not perfect,” Marr said. “So it’s just a matter of, ‘Okay, I’m going to focus on pointing my feet as hard as I can, or keeping my legs straight, and just keep working on those small details,’ because it’s those small details that make a good gymnast a great gymnast.” Track and field Penn track and field will be splitting up this weekend, with one group traveling to Clemson, S.C. for the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational and the other heading to Boston in hopes of continuing the team’s recordbreaking season at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational. The Quakers will look to use their strong performance last weekend at Penn State’s Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup as a springboard to try to set a few more program records. The Red and Blue continued to impress last weekend in College Park, Pa. by setting 11 top-10 marks and times in program history, with notable performances coming from junior Jake Kubiatowicz, who demolished the weight throw record, and freshman Grace O’Shea, who notched seventh all-time

the Quakers will need to fill will be the lack of a consistent threepoint threat, as Betley is second on the team, shooting 36% from three. On Sunday, Donahue may have found a replacement in freshman forward Max Martz, who impressed with 17 points in the win over Cornell. Beyond his height and rebounding capabilities, Martz brings a dangerous three-point shot. The freshman has connected on 49% of his attempts from deep this season. “Max gives us somebody else who can stretch the floor,” Donahue said. “He just knows how we want to play, for a young guy

in the 60-meter dash and a victory in the 60m hurdles. The Quakers will be a team to watch as both meets this weekend promise to be a hotbed of talent. Wrestling Wrestling is looking to rebound from a pair of losses last

weekend against Columbia and Cornell, facing Princeton and Drexel on Saturday and Franklin & Marshall on Sunday. The Quakers’ first meet of the weekend will likely be their greatest challenge, against Ivy rival No. 16 Princeton. The Tigers will be coming in hot on

their home turf, having made history last weekend by ending Cornell’s 92-match Ivy League winning streak. With that victory, the Tigers clinched their first wrestling Ivy League title since 1986. That evening, the Quakers will travel back to Philadelphia

and face local competition from Drexel. Their meeting with the Dragons last season saw the Red and Blue narrowly fall by a score of 16-15, and they will be looking for revenge on Saturday. “That’s one of the goals, especially when they’re your neighbors,” coach Roger Reina said. “It’s, you know, city rivalry, so we recall that. But going into this meet, it’s 0-0. No individual has scored a point, no team has scored a point, so we’ve got to start fresh.” Penn will be back at home to take on Franklin & Marshall on Sunday evening. Last season, the Quakers dominated the Diplomats, winning by a margin of 30-6, and they will look to repeat that result in the last match of a demanding weekend. Sunday will also mark the wrestling team’s Senior Day, in which the Quakers will honor the team’s graduating seniors and their families. “With our team, a young and emerging program, I think we’re going to really focus on key details in terms of technical improvement going into this weekend,” Reina said. “Whether it’s Princeton or Drexel or Franklin and Marshall, we’ve got four dual-meets before we go to the conference tournament, and we want to use those opportunities to continue to make improvements.”

his ability to cut is outstanding.” While the Quakers are worried about replacing Betley, they are also focused on making sure they get the job done in what may be the most important weekend of their season. First up for the Red and Blue is a contest with Brown, who have nearly matched the Quakers result for result. After dropping both games to their travel partner, Yale, Brown enters the weekend as the only other Ivy League team that has won four consecutive games. As both teams enter Friday’s contest with the same conference record, the outcome of this game

will go a long way toward determining who will make Ivy Madness. The winner will hold a one-game advantage and the tiebreaker. “Every time we play Brown we are prepared to get into a shootout,” senior forward AJ Brodeur said. If the Quakers are able to defeat Brown, and Yale also beats Princeton on Friday, Saturday will be a crucial night. Pending a win against the Elis, a feat that seemed unlikely two weeks ago, the Red and Blue will be poised to be first in the League. The task is easier said than done, as Yale has been perhaps

the best team in the Ivy League all season. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with just one conference loss – a last-second heartbreaker to Harvard. They average the most points scored and fewest allowed per game among the Ancient Eight, and sit at No. 50 nationally according to KenPom. “From the beginning of the year, Yale probably surprised people because they lost four really good players,” Donahue said. “It’s almost like at this point their program is to where they just substitute guys in.” “They just have a lot of experience, and their leadership real-

ly trickles down to their younger talent,” Brodeur agreed. “I think we are similar teams especially in terms of the mental aspect.” Yale has been led this season by a dangerous duo of juniors, forward Paul Atkinson and guard Azar Swain, who combine for an average of 34 points a contest. The Elis are especially successful beyond the arc, boasting a 38% three-point percentage on the season. In a huge weekend of Ivy League basketball, it will be clear whether Penn has what it takes to contend for the Ivy title, or if the season will come down to tiebreakers as it did last year.


Last week against Temple, the Quakers lost by a fraction of a point despite a season-best overall score. Freshman McCaleigh Marr finished second on bars and beam for Penn, continuing her standout season.

You won’t see her on the court, but Satter is a game-changer W. HOOPS | The senior is an active leader for Penn CHARLIE MA Sports Associate

Liz Satter is one of the most impactful members of Penn women’s basketball. However, the senior hasn’t played a minute since her freshman year. It’s been three years since Satter has played at the Palestra – three years since the forward has been healthy. During the past three seasons, Satter has been sidelined by three different injuries. And yet, despite not having the chance to play, she has found different ways to be a leader in the locker room and an important contributor to her team. Satter grew up in a basketball family – her grandfather played at the University of Chicago. Satter started playing basketball in the sixth grade, struggling in her early years, but once she found her footing, there was no turning back. By the end of high school, the standout had earned three varsity letters, served as team captain, and been a nominee for Illinois Ms. Basketball. “Growing up, it was really nice to have people who knew the sport and could help coach me in basketball,” Satter said. “It was also just a great way to connect with my family.” Coming to Penn, the shift from high school to college basketball was not an easy transition for Satter. The speed and strength of the game increased. The hours got longer. And the players got better. But it was Satter’s love of the sport that kept her

going through the hard times. “When I started preseason workouts freshman year, they had given me a packet in the summer, so I thought I would be ready to go and knew what to expect,” said Satter. “I was feeling really good and strong, but then it’s like, oh my God, I’m not ready to go, but having the coaches here and the team, it’s truly a family environment.” Rather than a time to shine on the court, freshman year was a chance for Satter to develop as a player in order to become an asset for the team during her sophomore year. Satter would spend the next few years plagued by injury, effectively ending her college basketball career. In the summer after her freshman year, Satter broke the tibula and fibula in her left leg during a training session. A few months later, Satter suffered a stress fracture in that same leg while in physical therapy. And as if her luck couldn’t get any worse, Satter tore her ACL and meniscus this past summer training for her senior season. “I never really doubted that I would play basketball again,” Satter said. “From the get-go, I thought I would be ready to play soon, and I never took the chance to think about how much it affected me and how much essentially my body failed me.” In spite of these injuries, Satter has found ways to contribute to the Red and Blue. Off the court, she is the team’s biggest supporter. She cheers for her teammates, lifts their spirits, and gives them guidance. “Liz is the best at getting you in your peak mental zone,” junior forward Chris-


Senior Liz Satter (center) faced her first injury at a training session the summer after her freshman year. Preparing to come back for her final year with Penn women’s basketball, Satter tore her ACL in practice. Now as a senior, Satter helps the team as a leader on the sidelines and off the court.

tina DiCindio said. “She is really good at recognizing when players are frustrated and knowing how to coach each individual player in those moments.” Satter has also started working for Penn Athletics Media, where she pursues her passion for photography. Additionally, Satter has started a video segment called “Lattes with Liz,” where she talks with her teammates about their lives outside of basketball. Satter has been the ultimate team player these past three years. Although injuries have kept her off the court, her teammates on the court couldn’t play without her.



that Donahue can trust when the game is on the line. “He’s one of our better, if not our best, defensive players in terms of what we’re trying to get accomplished,” Donahue said. Although Jerome has enjoyed a healthy, productive season this year, things were not always easy for him. He spent much of his first few seasons battling through various injuries that kept him off the court. Having watched him overcome these obstacles, Jerome’s teammates and coaches have been excited to see his hard work and perseverance finally pay off. At the

same time, his success this season has his teammates excited at what he can still accomplish in the remaining weeks of the season. “I think it has been really fun to watch as both a friend and a basketball player,” Brodeur said. “What he has been able to overcome, what he has accomplished, and what we still think he can do is exciting.” Even though he has not always been on the court, Jerome has still been an impact player throughout his four years at Penn. “Although he didn’t play too much [our sophomore] year, I think he was one of the biggest factors in our success,” Brodeur said. “He was our leader on the scout team. A lot of his job was to simulate the

other team’s best player, and he did that so well. His impact and contribution that year, which goes largely unnoticed, was something that was really cool to watch.” Through his four years at Penn, Jerome has clearly had an impact on both his teammates and coaches. At the same time, he has found a way to make a difference both on and off the court. Despite his recent success, Jerome still remains focused on team and what he hopes he can accomplish alongside his teammates. With only a few weekends left in his Penn career, Jerome only has one more thing he hopes to do. “I want to hang up another banner.”




After historic season, Penn men’s lacrosse looks to maintain momentum Adam Goldner is back after scoring 56 goals last year BREVIN FLEISCHER Senior Sports Reporter

After a historic 2019 season in which Penn men’s lacrosse captured the Ivy League regular season title, earned the Ivy Tournament crown, and finished one overtime goal away from the NCAA Final Four, the Quakers are back and ready for more. Penn enters the season as the No. 6 team in the country, according to the preseason Division I Media Poll, and fans and pundits alike are excited to see how the program builds off its most successful season in recent memory. Although most names from that 2019 squad will return to the field this spring, several key players have been lost to graduation. Attackman Simon Mathias, midfielder Tyler Dunn, and goalie Reed Junkin were all four-year contributors for the Red and Blue whose impacts went even beyond the box score. Losing them could demand an adjustment period. But this year’s team is still teeming with talent at all positions. With Mathias departed, the attack unit will be headlined by senior captain Adam Goldner. As a junior, Goldner paced the team with 56 goals and finished fourth in the nation in goals per game. His lightning-quick release and ability to shoot for corners ambidextrously make him perhaps the most dangerous scorer in the country from the high crease. However, Goldner preaches that the 2020 season is a new year, and as such, his role will be different and more expansive. “I’m trying to raise all aspects of my game, whether that be carrying the ball or shooting,” Goldner said. “I’m not necessarily going to be just an offball goal-scorer. I need to take on a leadership role this year as well, being more vocal, stepping up, and taking ownership of the year as a whole.” Joining Goldner at attack will be junior Sean Lulley and sophomore Dylan Gergar. Operating from behind the cage as well as dodging from the wing, Lulley put together an impressive sophomore season, tallying a balanced 19 goals and 17 assists. He could very well take over the quarterbacking duties manned last year by Mathias. As a freshman, Gergar proved to be a crafty crease finisher with 17 goals in limited action, but head coach Mike Murphy asserts that he’s even better be-


After a 56-goal season last year, senior attackman Adam Goldner is looking to lead the Quakers on offense again this year. Joining him on attack will be junior Sean Lulley and sophomore Dylan Gergar.

hind the cage than he is inside, raving about his athleticism and the pressure that he can put on a defense. Additionally, Murphy is excited about the unit’s depth, noting that highly ranked freshman Robert Schain could see some run as well. At the midfield, Penn is led by star sophomore Sam Handley. With 61 points last season, the 6’5” Handley was a First-Team All-American as a freshman, and his unique size and skillset added a layer to the Penn offense that it hadn’t had in years. Handley’s ability to dodge, pass, and shoot with both hands is unparalleled nationwide, and scarily enough for the rest of the Ivy League, he might not have even scratched the surface. “Physically, he’s better than he was last year,” Murphy said. “He’s gotten faster and stronger, and he’s put on 12 or so pounds. As a team, we’re playing faster too, which only benefits [Handley]. His IQ is extraordinarily high, and he processes things quickly, so even though he looks deliberate when he plays and when he leans into somebody, he’s even better when he plays fast because he knows what to do with the ball before he gets it and makes it really tough for the defense.” When asked how he can improve upon last year’s incredible performance, Handley emphasized that any credit for his individual success goes to his coaching staff and teammates. Handley specifically pointed to junior midfielder Mitch Bartolo, who tallied 24 points last season and often creates matchup problems for opposing defensive midfielders. On the defensive end, seniors Mark Evanchick and Kyle Thornton return, as do

their complementary skillsets. Evanchick should once again be tasked with guarding the opponent’s top dodging attackman, while Thornton quarterbacks the slide packages and vocalizes the defensive calls. Fellow senior Matt McILwrick joins them from the defensive midfield, giving the Red and Blue an experienced, talented unit on the less glamorous end of the field. With the season fast ap-

proaching, the goalie situation has yet to be resolved. According to Murphy, senior Alex deMarco and sophomore transfer Patrick Burkinshaw were equally impressive in the fall. “We’re fortunate. We probably have two goalies playing better than any two we’ve had in the past,” Murphy said. “Right now, I honestly don’t know who our starter is going to be.” Another key returner for the

Quakers is senior face-off specialist Kyle Gallagher. After transferring from Hofstra for his junior year, the All-American changed the complexion of the 2019 season, winning 62.5% of his draws and going toe-to-toe with Yale star senior TD Ierlan in their three matchups. His ability to consistently win draws benefits the Red and Blue greatly, allowing them to maintain their own scoring runs and halt any runs from their opponents. Speaking of opponents, Penn’s 2020 schedule, just as it was a year ago, will be among the most grueling in the country. The Quakers’ first three games will all be against teams ranked within the top seven by the Media Poll, including a showdown with No. 1 Penn State as the Red and Blue’s home opener. According to Murphy, the difficulty of the schedule has multiple benefits, including demanding attention to detail from his players, bolstering the team’s resume for the NCAA selection process, aiding in recruiting, and adding to the fun, competitive atmosphere of the season. “There’s really no downside to doing it,” Murphy said. “I mean, obviously you want to win every game, but our goal


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is not to go undefeated or to be perfect. Our goal is to continually improve to see where we can end up in May.” League play won’t be much easier, as the Ivy League should again be among the top conferences in the country. Battling the Quakers for supremacy will be No. 3 Yale, led by one of the best attack groups in the country: Jackson Morrill, Matt Brandau, and Matt Gaudet. That trio — along with Ierlan at the face-off and Chris Fake at close defense — makes Yale one of the favorites to win not only the Ivies but also the national title. Adding to the depth of the conference are Princeton and No. 11 Cornell. The Tigers finished a disappointing 7-7 last season, but with Tewaaraton favorite Michael Sowers back for his senior year, this team could knock off anyone. As for the Big Red, they too are led by a superstar senior attackman in Canadian Jeff Teat. If Cornell improves defensively and at the face-off X, the team could make some serious noise in conference play. As Murphy says, “beating the best teams is what good teams do,” so the Quakers are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead. The team’s first taste comes Feb. 15 against No. 4 Maryland.

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Riding a five-game winning streak, Penn takes on Brown and Yale M. HOOPS | Both squads are in the Ivy League top four JACOB WESSELS Sports Associate

Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Cornell. That makes four wins in a row for Penn men’s basketball. After this weekend, this streak might be extended to six. Back-to-back Ivy Weekend sweeps have helped the the Red and Blue (12-7, 4-2 Ivy) recover from an 0-2 start to League play. This weekend, the Quakers will return to the Palestra for a chance to test themselves


Freshman forward Max Martz has been a key part in the Quakers’ five-game winning streak. The Ohio native has the highest three-point shooting percentage on the Red and Blue through 19 games.

Penn men’s and women’s lacrosse open season with road contests

against two teams currently in a position to make the Ivy League Tournament. Depending on how they perform against first-place Yale (175, 5-1), and fourth-place Brown (11-8, 4-2), combined with how current second-place Princeton does this weekend, the Quakers can either land themselves in first or fall out of the running for the Ivy Tournament. Improved offensive consistency is one reason the Quakers have found themselves in this position. After averaging just 61 points per game in the two losses to the Tigers, the Quakers have scored at least 75 points in three out of their last four Ivy

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The women have a chance at revenge against Georgetown JESS MIXON Senior Sports Associate

Starting off your season with the team that ended your last? That’s one way to pick back up where you left off. Penn women’s lacrosse will do just that in 2020, as the Quakers will have a shot for revenge against Georgetown on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Last year, the women lost to Georgetown in a 13-12 nail-biter in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ending their tournament run. The women had received an NCAA bid for the 15th time in program history despite falling to No. 1 ranked Princeton last year in the Ivy League Tournament championship. This is an unusual kickoff for the women, who in past seasons have opened against Delaware. The rearrangement is in part due to efforts to get Loyola (Md.) on the women’s schedule so that senior Gabby Rosenzweig can play her sister in her final collegiate season. “It’s definitely the toughest opener we’ve had. I really wanted to get Loyola [(Md.)] on the schedule, because Gabby’s sister plays for Loyola and this is Gabby’s last year. I really wanted to do that before she graduated so they can

play against each other,” coach Karin Corbett said. Regardless of the intentions behind the schedule change, the Quakers are rallying to prepare for intense competition at the beginning of their season. “Georgetown is really good. They come out really hard. They played a really highpressure zone the last time we played them, so it’s going to be a lot of discipline and a lot of working them and not looking for the first shot,” said junior Zoe Belodeau. “They’re definitely not a team that you can underestimate, so you have to come out with a game plan and not underestimate them. It’s definitely going to be something that tests us right off the bat.” The men will see a similarly competitive season opener, as they also start off regular season play this Saturday with an away game against Maryland on Saturday. The Terrapins are currently ranked No. 4, just two spots ahead of Penn’s current No. 6 ranking in the preseason Division I Media Poll. The contest will be great exposure to the competition level of this season’s Division I field. The Quakers opened their 2019 season against Maryland last year as well, and fell just short of a marquee early-season win. Then ranked at No. 3, the Terrapins forced overtime with an extraordinary save in the last minute of the game. With just 18 seconds

left, they scored to take home a 13-12 win. Despite failing to topple the Big Ten power in their season opener last year, the men finished 2019 at a historic high, capturing an Ivy League regular season title, winning the Ivy League Tournament, and then advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Red and Blue were one goal short of advancing to the final four of the tournament, losing to Yale in overtime by a 19-18 score. Regardless, the men have an incredible amount of talent returning, and will be challenging themselves with a tough schedule in their early season. After taking on the Terrapins this week, and Duke the following week, the Quakers will look forward to taking on No. 1 Penn State at Franklin Field for their home opener. This weekend will be a clear gauge for the Quakers’ preparedness to take on the season. With these competitive schedules, both the women’s and men’s teams are looking to elevate their game. “We’re definitely a different team this year and we want to show that. I think we’re just fired up for it,” Belodeau said. “There’s definitely that competitiveness, and that bad taste in our mouths after ending last year with [Georgetown], that makes us really excited to start this year with them. We have a lot to prove this year.”



Senior Ray Jerome is making his final year count for Penn M. HOOPS | Jerome is on [work]; nobody is in the gym more than Ray,” Donahue said. Puerto Rico’s national team “He’s a good example for the

In the past, Penn women’s lacrosse has opened its season against Delaware. This season, it changed its schedule in order to play Loyola (Md.) so that senior Gabby Rosenzweig could play against her sister.

League contests. “I think we got back to playing with a really good understanding of how we are going to score in the half-court,” said Penn coach Steve Donahue. “We started playing through the shot clock a little more, we didn’t settle for some bad shots that I think we did over that [losing streak].” Though the Quakers haven’t had stellar three-point shooting recently, making under 30% from distance in both games last weekend, the team shot over 68% inside the arc to make up the difference.

Every player on a college basketball team makes an impact in the outcome of the team’s games. However, while some players make headlines with 20-plus point performances, others can fly under the radar. For Penn, that under-the-radar star is senior guard Ray Jerome. Jerome, a Latham, N.Y. native, first came to Penn as a part of coach Steve Donahue’s first recruiting class. Like most college recruits, Jerome came from a strong high school basketball background. However, unlike most recruits, Jerome also brought with him a unique experience that has helped shape him as a player. “My parents are from Puerto Rico, and I went back and forth from Puerto Rico and New York as a kid,” Jerome said. “I was fortunate to get an opportunity to play for the U-19 National Team, [so] I play knowing I represent more than the University and family, but a whole country.” This unique experience helped him develop a strong work ethic and unique approach to playing basketball at a high level. “There is usually an on and off switch [in college basketball],” Jerome said. “When you’re playing on an international level, there is no off switch. You always have to be tuned in, and you have to be communicating and vocal. Every day is demanding physically and also mentally.” Learning to be engaged with the game at all times has helped Jerome stakes his reputation on being someone who will work harder than anybody in order to make the team better as a whole. For the entirety of his Penn career, he has lived up to that reputation. “He’s always doing the extra

younger guys. I think it has a lot to do with effort and being engaged with every possession. [Instead of] worrying about himself, he just tries to figure things out for the team.” The selfless attitude that Jerome carries with him into practice and games has helped him to become someone his teammates and coaches rely on. “Ray is very willing to play a role, a role that coach might want him to play,” senior forward AJ Brodeur said. “He is very moldable, and he has shown a lot of growth in a lot of different areas. I think that speaks to him as a person, doing what it takes to lift the team above himself.” Jerome’s growth as a player has come full circle this year, as he is enjoying the best season of his collegiate career. While his stats may not jump off the page, Jerome has been a consistent factor in the Quakers’ success this season. Through his unrelenting work ethic, the senior has turned himself into a defensive specialist that Donahue can trust when the game is on the line. “He’s one of our better, if not our best, defensive players in terms of what we’re trying to get accomplished,” Donahue said. Although Jerome has enjoyed a healthy, productive season this year, things were not always easy for him. He spent much of his first few seasons battling through various injuries that kept him off the court. Having watched him overcome these obstacles, Jerome’s teammates and coaches have been excited to see his hard work and perseverance finally pay off. At the same time, his success this season has his teammates excited at what he can still accomplish in the remaining weeks of the season. “I think it has been really fun to watch as both a friend and a

basketball player,” Brodeur said. “What he has been able to overcome, what he has accomplished, and what we still think he can do is exciting.” Even though he has not always been on the court, Jerome has still been an impact player throughout his four years at Penn. “Although he didn’t play too much [our sophomore] year, I think he was one of the biggest factors in our success,” Brodeur said. “He was our leader on the scout team. A lot of his job was to simulate the other team’s best player, and he did that so well. His impact and contribution that year, which goes largely unnoticed, was something that was really cool to watch.” Through his four years at Penn, Jerome has clearly had an impact on both his teammates and coaches. At the same time, he has found a way to make a difference both on and off the court. Despite his recent success, Jerome still remains focused on team and what he hopes he can accomplish alongside his teammates. With only a few weekends left in his Penn career, Jerome only has one more thing he hopes to do. “I want to hang up another banner.” “Ray is very willing to play a role, a role that coach might want him to play,” senior forward AJ Brodeur said. “He is very moldable, and he has shown a lot of growth in a lot of different areas. I think that speaks to him as a person, doing what it takes to lift the team above himself.” Jerome’s growth as a player has come full circle this year, as he is enjoying the best season of his collegiate career. While his stats may not jump off the page, Jerome has been a consistent factor in the Quakers’ success this season. Through his unrelenting work ethic, the senior has turned himself into a defensive specialist SEE JEROME PAGE 10


Senior guard Ray Jerome’s parents are from Puerto Rico, and he traveled there often as a child. Jerome’s growth as a player has come full circle, as the senior guard is having a career season for the Red and Blue.