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Deans urge graduate students to vote against unionization

Take Your Professor to Lunch program revamped


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It has been expanded to offer more opportunities for meals

Students were directed to an FAQ page on the Provost’s website

As Penn’s graduate students move closer to a vote on whether student workers can unionize, the University has increased its efforts to prevent the union from forming. Graduate students, led by the prounion organization Graduate Employees Together - University of Pennsylvania, received permission in December 2017 from the Philadelphia National Labor Relations Board to hold an election deciding whether or not they will form a union. While Penn has not been shy about its opposition to graduate students unionizing in the past, administrators now have been taking a more active role in the past week in reminding students of what they see as the possible negative consequences associated with a unionization vote. Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein sent out an email to all graduate and professional students concerning the upcoming election. Pritchett and Winkelstein wrote that the location and date of the vote had yet to be determined, but that “any graduate student in Annenberg, SAS, BGS, Design, GSE, SEAS, Nursing, SP2, or Wharton who is providing instructional services and/or performing research this term (Spring 2018) or who did so in the Spring, Summer, or Fall term of 2017 is eligible to vote.” They reminded the students that all graduate students would be subject to the decision and directed them to a recently created FAQ page on the Provost’s OfSEE UNIONIZATION PAGE 7


University may have to give the money back. Information on individual donations is privileged, and therefore this cannot be confirmed at this time. “The actions we took were consistent with our values and ethical principles, and consistent with our legal obligations. The scholarships will be honored under a new name: University Scholarship,” Vice President for University Communications Stephen MacCarthy wrote in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian. MacCarthy did not provide further comment on the nature of the contract between Wynn and the University and did not address directly whether Penn has any inten-

The Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives is rolling out an expanded program for students who wish to take their professors or graduate student teaching assistants to lunch. The revamped program was announced after the Campus Conversation, which was the same time Penn announced it would hire five new staff at the Counseling and Psychological Center and undergo an extensive operations review of the efficiency and structure of CAPS. Before this semester, the Take Your Professor to Lunch program had not changed within the last decade, Director of New Student Orientation and Penn lecturer David Fox said. The program began as an initiative of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education before it became the responsibility of the administration. Recently, it has been expanded as a part of the University’s Campaign for Wellness. While the older version allowed students to book lunch with a teacher once per semester, the new system allows students to initiate up to five lunches or dinners per semester with professors, teaching assistants, or mentors. Each meal, however, must be with a different instructor. Students can dine with their instructors at a variety of Penn’s dining halls, including 1920 Commons and Kings Court English House, and can invite up to two additional students as guests. For lunch, students can dine with their professors or mentors at the University Club.



Experts discuss decision to revoke Wynn’s honors Many disagree about whether Penn’s action again former trustee Steve Wynn violated due processs LUCY CURTIS | Staff Reporter

Following allegations of sexual misconduct against 1963 College graduate and former trustee Steve Wynn, Penn removed his name from Wynn Commons, revoked his honorary degree, and removed his name from a scholarship made up of his donations on Feb. 1. In the aftermath of this decision, questions have arisen concerning due process, legal ramifications, and whether Penn would be required to reimburse Wynn after removing his name from campus. According to Penn Law School professor David Hoffman, an honorary degree is neither paid for nor earned so it can be revoked at any time. “I don’t think anyone has any legal right to the honorary degree,” Hoffman said.

A four-year degree is a different matter, however. According to Hoffman, a school could revoke a degree if it were to become clear that fraud or misrepresentation were present while a student was earning it. Barring that situation, once a four-year degree is earned, it cannot be taken away. The second legal question that comes to light is whether or not removing Wynn’s name from campus violated any contract made when he donated to the University. “Universities and other charitable institutions routinely make agreements where they agree to take money for, in part, the promise to put someone’s name up,” Hoffman said. He added that depending on the kind of contract Wynn’s 1995 $7.5 million donation was accompanied by, the

Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses politics, #MeToo, and millenials Penn Law celebrated her 25 years on the Supreme Court MAX COHEN & JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporters

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored by Penn Law School on Monday, in celebration of her 25 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her visit was split into two events. The first, a Penn Law symposium, was held on campus in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium during the early afternoon. There, Ginsburg fielded questions from law students and a five-person panel consisting of two judges, a Penn professor, a prominent women’s rights advocate, and a journalist shared their memories of the justice with the crowd and commemorated her career. The second appearance was held in the National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. where Ginsburg was honored as the annual Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecturer with Penn Law. At both events, Justice Ginsburg offered glimpses into her career in law and weighed in on contemporary issues such as the

#MeToo movement, the national political climate, and her hopes for future generations. At the first event, one panelist, John Owens, a circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, clerked under Justice Ginsburg in the late 1990s and marveled at her work ethic. “I’ve never met someone who tries so hard to get to that right answer,” Owens said. “To see how hard she works is very inspiring.” The #MeToo movement has been a prominent topic in Ginsburg’s recent public appearances. She offered support for the movement, while expressing her desire that change affected by the movement help people at all levels of society. “I do hope it will not be just Hollywood stars and other prominent people, that it will go down to the maids in the hotel,” Ginsburg said. “I’m hopeful this movement will succeed in stopping something that should’ve been stopped a long time ago.” During the evening lecture, Ginsburg recounted one of her own encounters with sexual as-

sault as an undergraduate at Cornell University where a teaching assistant offered her an edge on an exam in exchange for sexual favors. “I confronted him and said, ‘How dare you do this?’ It’s just one of the many stories women of my vintage have experienced.” Asked about whether or not the momentum of the #MeToo movement will translate into new legal precedents, she replied, “The laws were always there, it takes people to use them.” When the moderator of the second event Jeffrey Rosen, who is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, steered the conversation toward the national political climate, Ginsberg offered the advice that her mother-in-law gave to her on her wedding day decades before: “In every good marriage it helps, sometimes, to be a little bit deaf,” Ginsberg counseled. “And that is advice that I have applied to 56 years of marriage, and more recently in my current workplace.” When Ebenezer Gyasi, a second-year Penn Law student, questioned her during the earlier

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Her visit was split into two events: a Penn Law symposium during the early afternoon and an evening event at which Justice Ginsburg was honored as the annual Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecturer.

appearance about what made her positive about the United States in the long run, Ginsburg responded optimistically. She recalled her time as a college student — when the Red Scare gripped the country and

civil liberties were at risk — and said the country “got over that period.” Ginsburg added that she believes the new generation of Americans to be a force of change, noting that she was heartened by

the recent Women’s March following the presidential election. “If liberty dies in the hearts of the people then no court can restore it,” she said during her closing statements, “but I have faith in this generation.”

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Congressman visits Penn to discuss Israel-U.S. relations Students who attended had a dialogue with him GORDON HO Contributing Reporter

Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) visited Penn to discuss the current state of Israel and its relationship with the United States. The Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, Penn Government and Politics Association, and Penn Democrats co-hosted an event for Boyle, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, to discuss the U.S.Israel relationship on Feb. 12 in Houston Hall. While GPA provides ways for students to exchange and implement different political values, Penn Dems campaigns at local and national levels to promote progressive political ideas. PIPAC, according to its official website, aims to educate “the current issues and challenges surrounding the U.S.-Israel relationship.” It supports “the U.S.-Israel alliance through involvement in the American political process” and works “on and off Penn’s campus to bolster support for a Jewish, democratic state of Israel living in peace and security.”

During the event, Boyle said that while “Israel is stronger today than any time in the history of the modern state,” with its strategic advantage over its neighbors in terms of weapon and armed forces capabilities, Israel’s future is more threatened and uncertain today than at any time since 1948. Some of the reasons that Boyle mentioned include the United Nations’ bias against Israel, many European countries’ foreign policies that differ from those of the United States, and the worldwide Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement aimed to pressure Israel economically and politically amidst its violation of international laws. Boyle said there is a “growing international effort to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist.” “Israel’s standing in the world under Netanyahu is in a lower position today than it was at the beginning of his tenure,” he added. Currently in his second term, Boyle represents Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District and sits in the House Committee on the Budget and House Foreign Affairs Committee. Last year, Boyle introduced the House Resolution 276 that aimed to include Holocaust education into U.S. public school curricula.

Students attending the event had an opportunity to have a dialogue with Boyle, who is politically experienced in the Middle Eastern politics. College sophomore and GPA member Justin Iannacone said he was glad that Boyle could speak to Pennsylvania constituents and that students could converse with representatives from this area. Boyle also discussed his predictions on the future relationship of the United States and Israel. Boyle noted that he doesn’t think the United States will soon change its support of Israel, though he added that the current affairs’ trajectory “would increasingly create conflict between the United States and our European allies.” When asked by an audience member about his view on Israeli settlements on the West Bank, Boyle said that continuing settlements can be a deterrent to the two-state solution, which calls for both Palestinians and Israelis to coexist peacefully within recognized borders, and has the risk of pushing even moderates into opposition of supporting Israel. Boyle said it is important to stay respectful of each country’s political sovereignty in domestic affairs, but continuous building of


Currently, in his second term, Boyle represents Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District and introduced the House Resolution 276 that aimed to include Holocaust education into U.S. public school curricula.

Israeli settlements make the support and defense of Israel challenging. “We are not questioning necessarily the right to do it, but we are questioning the wisdom in doing it,” Boyle said. This is the second time that Boyle came to Penn. Last year, Boyle also talked about the U.SIsrael relationship in a similar event hosted by PIPAC and Penn Dems.

PIPAC president and College junior Samara Wyant said PIPAC tries to bring different local congressmen to Penn to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance. By bringing “congressmen and other people from both sides of the aisle,” Wyant, the former circulation manager for The Daily Pennsylvanian, said the event hopes to “support Israel from a bipartisan standpoint.”

PIPAC political committee chair and College sophomore Ariela Stein agreed. While she said a pro-Israel stance is often associated with right-wing politics, Stein said “there’s different flavors of being pro-Israel.” “I think this event really solidifies the fact that we have a congressmen coming who didn’t even go to Trump’s inauguration but yet is one of the strongest supporters of Israel in Congress.”

LOVE statue returns to Philadelphia’s Love Park location

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day photo-ops, the iconic LOVE sculpture has returned to downtown Philadelphia’s Love Park.

According to the Associated Press, Philadelphians broke out in Eagles cheers and Beatles songs as the sculpture was being re-installed on Feb. 13.

While its mainstay park was closed for renovations last year, the famous sculpture made by Robert Indiana in 1976 made many stops along various loca-


The sculpture looks different, as it has been repainted to its original colors of red, green, and purple, since it had mistakenly featured the color blue.

tions. The sculpture temporarily resided at nearby City Hall during 2016, reported the Associated Press. ABC News talked to people at the reopening who said that they had missed the sculpture. “This is what we are known for, and it’s wonderful to have the ‘LOVE’ back. The city seemed empty without it,” a local named Susan Murphy told ABC. The sculpture is back but it


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Class of 1963 weighs in on U. response to Wynn Reactions vary among Steve Wynn’s classmates MAX COHEN & LUCY CURTIS Staff Reporters

Penn revoked Steve Wynn’s honorary degree and removed his name from campus, as well as from a scholarship on Feb. 1, eliciting fierce debate and widespread difference of opinions among members of his graduating class. Penn’s decision came several days after Wynn’s resignation as the Republican National Committee finance chair, and five days before his resignation as CEO of Wynn Resorts. The Daily Pennsylvanian interviewed dozens of members of Wynn’s graduating class to investigate who Wynn was at Penn and to gauge how the Class of 1963 has reacted to the scandal engulfing one of their most notorious classmates. For 1963 Wharton graduate Robert Aresty, the University’s decision to strip Steve Wynn of his honorary title and spot on campus is a deeply misguided one. “I think to take his name off of anything he’s given to Penn would be a dramatic mistake,” Aresty said. Wynn started school at Penn in the fall of 1959, and graduated in 1963 with a degree in English. Shortly before his graduation, his father passed away, leaving behind $350,000 in debt, which led Wynn to decline his offer at Yale Law School and take over the family business. Aresty, a friend of Wynn’s at the time, recalled him in a positive light — how Wynn showed courage during a difficult time in his life and dedication to the school. “I do remember just when we graduated his father passed away and he went back to run the family business,” Aresty said. “I remember he hired two or three guys from our class that fell on hard times. He really went out of his way to help classmates who

needed help.” Others in the Class of 1963 who were less close to the casino mogul are split over whether Penn acted appropriately in distancing itself from Wynn. Many members of the Class of 1963 agree with Penn’s decision to remove Wynn’s name from Penn’s campus and legacy. Many cited the growth of the #MeToo movement — victims of sexual abuse have sharing their stories — as a factor that influenced their support of Penn’s decision. According to Bill Boggs, 1963 College graduate and media personality, the wave of sexual assault victims coming forward has been eye-opening and has caused society to take allegations more seriously. “What’s interesting is how rapidly these changes have occurred since the Harvey Weinstein case,” Boggs said. “There has been an avalanche of accusations and an avalanche of changes, largely in the creative community.” 1963 College graduate Richard Bartholomew said he has faith in the University’s decision-making process and noted the nationwide movement of people in power being held accountable for their actions. “This is a phenomenon that is going on all over, on many campuses for many different reasons,” Bartholomew said. “I’m not surprised the University did what it did.” Several alumni said they support the University’s decision as they do not think Wynn’s alleged actions reflect the values of Penn. Wharton alum David Ferber referred to Penn as “an institution of integrity,” and said continuing to honor Wynn would throw “a little stain on that integrity.” Supporters of the decision also drew connections between Wynn and Donald Trump. President Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate, has also been accused of sexual misconduct. Wynn became the RNC finance chair after Trump’s election. “I also hope that no honors or recognition be given to the


Many members of the Class of 1963 agree with the University’s decision to remove Wynn’s name from Penn’s campus and legacy.

Wharton student now occupying the White House,” 1963 College

graduate Jere Blackwelder said. The distinction between crimi-

nal charges and allegations was a major theme brought up by those who disagreed with Penn’s decision. Many of these Penn grads did not have close relationships with Wynn yet still opposed the measures taken, which they saw as a legal injustice. 1963 Wharton graduate Burke Asher said Penn’s decision reveals a lack of belief in due process, a fact that ultimately “doesn’t surprise” him. “The University has been that way in the past. In the current environment it’s just fashionable to take someone down without the process completing itself,” Asher said. For 1963 College graduate Marcel Jean Arrouet, Penn’s decision to revoke Wynn’s honorary degree and erase his name was reminiscent of the Duke University lacrosse case, where members of the lacrosse team were

falsely accused of rape. “A guy should be reprimanded if he has been proven guilty of charges,” Arrouet said. Another common criticism of the University’s decision was the accelerated timeline of the events — 1963 Wharton graduate William Englesbe categorized the decision as “premature.” “I despise these knee-jerk reactions,” Englesbe said. Other graduates noted Penn’s misogynistic culture in that era, and described Wynn as a product of his time. “The atmosphere at Penn was super sexist — it seemed the goal of every undergrad was to find a woman and go all the way with her, and after that her reputation was ruined,” 1963 College graduate John Berry said. “This permeated the whole culture at Penn, and Trump and Steve Wynn were perfect exemplars of the culture.”

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OPINION Gone with the Wynn: dealing with controversial alumni legacies SPENCER’S SPACE | Ben Franklin statue should be amended, but not removed

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In 2004, former Penn trustee Steve Wynn donated $7.5 million for the building of the Perelman Quadrangle. The common area outside Houston Hall was named Wynn Commons in his honor. The next year, Wynn the same amount — this time to a manicurist he allegedly forced to have sex with him. As most of us on campus already know, on Feb. 1 Penn’s trustees announced that Wynn Commons would be renamed, along with the scholarship fund established in 2008 by his $2 million donation. Wynn is also being stripped of the honorary juris doctor degree he was awarded in 2006. Simultaneously, the University announced it was also revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. This is a weighty step for Penn, which hadn’t rescinded an honorary degree since 1918 when German Kaiser Friedrich

Wilhelm II and the German ambassador both “had their degrees rescinded … following the United States’ diplomatic break with Germany during World War I.” The administration’s actions do, however, open the University up to serious and murky questions regarding how to address and deal with its history. Penn has now joined dozens of institutions, ranging from the entertainment industry to Congress, in distancing itself from men accused of sexual misconduct and assault. Many in the Penn community immediately applauded the administration for cutting ties with Wynn. In her letter announcing the decision, President Amy Gutmann underlined that as “a University, we have always been, and will always continue to be, looked to by our alumni and neighbors, our faculty, and most of all by our students,



for moral leadership.” Penn wants to make the message of its moral leadership clear: The University takes allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. Trickier perhaps is the question

University’s identity, but that we consider including the fact that our most famous founder was indeed a slave owner, a historical truth. This is acceptable to me. However, I genuinely fear that

We must guard diligently against rewriting the past just to please the popular opinion of the day and to make people comfortable in contemporary society.” of how to address the morality and actions of supporters and founders long deceased. As pointed out by Penn education and history professor Jonathan Zimmerman, “whereas Wynn abused the people in his charge, Benjamin Franklin enslaved them.” While Franklin was president of an abolitionist society in his old age, records show that he did, at one point, own five slaves. As Zimmerman aptly writes, even if “Franklin had grown to detest slavery … he just didn’t dislike it enough to stop practicing it himself.” I would concur with Zimmerman who suggests that a good first step for Penn would be to keep Franklin front and center in the

this may start a snowball effect where we hastily head down the very slippery slope of thoughtlessly applying modern standards to the actions of individuals who were immersed in profoundly different historical realities, and end up censoring them completely. This may sounds paranoid, but it is already happening throughout the nation. Calls for complete removal or renaming of monuments, parks, and statues dedicated to presidents like Jefferson and Washington have become more common. One memorial of President George Washington and Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which stood on either side of a church altar in Virginia, was taken down because the

SPENCER SWANSON plaque made “some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome.” While reaction to the church’s actions was speedy, with some praising the “courageous stand, while critics compared the leaders at the Episcopal Church to the Taliban or the Islamic state,” the plaque remains down and begs the question if there are limits to how far an institution should go to please its audience. Hell, some even want to get rid of Mount Rushmore. We must guard diligently against rewriting the past just to please the popular opinion of the day and to make people comfortable in contemporary society. As a University and as a nation, we should be willing to acknowledge and discuss the truth, even if it is difficult, not simply remove it from our sight through censorship, which coddles us from shared history. S P E N C E R S WA N S O N i s a College freshman from London, studying philosophy, politics, and economics. His email address is

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The word “masculinity” has a lot of connotations, conjuring up images of macho men, refusal to talk about feelings, and overall, the toxic perpetuation of gender norms and attitudes. However, in the midst of recent events inside and outside of Penn, from Wynn Commons to Aziz Ansari, we need to do more to unpack what this means and hear from one side of the conversation that is oddly silent — men. Two weeks ago, Penn held its first Men & Masculinities Summit on Feb. 3, where students and administrators came together to discuss men’s gender identity and the toxic effects of masculinity, as well as intersectional aspects such as race and mental health. During this summit, some much-needed conversations arose about what it means to be a “man.” College junior Yuan Zou, one of the student organizers of the summit, recounted some key takeaways from his experience. “It’s important to realize that men can have vulnerability,” he said. “Men don’t have to conform to all those preconceptions [of masculinity].”

Another participant, College junior Luke Kertcher, said he enjoyed the workshops in general. “There were really candid conversations and discussions on how masculinity and gender roles impact the way we talk

— men and women — and active participation from both ends, too. Historically, the idea of “masculinity” alienates men from actively talking about their thoughts and feelings, and

It’s important to realize that men can have vulnerability … Men don’t have to conform to all those preconceptions [of masculinity].” — College junior Yuan Zou about and approach sex and sexuality.” Our conversations about sexual assault prevention require women to speak up about their own experiences — acknowledging and giving power to women’s stories shines light on issues we’ve previously ignored and need to recognize. However, the conversation requires communication from both sides

prevents men from connecting to their vulnerability. “Toxic” masculinity encourages men to take without asking, act without thinking, stay silent when discourse is required — all under the guise of “being a man.” Indeed, while women have often taken the initiative to discuss matters of sexual assault and violence, the absence of men in these spaces speaks

louder than words. The problems that we have on college campuses, and specifically at Penn, with sexual violence are on all of us, and no one can be absent from that conversation, especially men. This stigma against men partaking in active dialogue ultimately festers a harmful campus environment, one that silences much-needed voices that can help us in figuring out how to best combat this problem. When miscommunication leads to both parties confused and hurt, one cannot stay silent — there needs to be honest discussion and a willingness to genuinely listen and learn something from each other. At Penn, we recognize there is a problem. However, there are still so many steps we need to take to continue to understand and combat sexual violence, and we must start by breaking down the barriers that prevent us from speaking honestly with each other. Acknowledging the construct of masculinity and breaking this construct down, encouraging men to be honest and vulnerable about what they feel and what they do not know,

JESSICA LI are some of the first steps we need to take. Constant reminders on campus show us that the problem of sexual and relationship violence, from microaggressions to assault, continues to exist and haunt us. The blocking out of Wynn Commons, 34th Street Magazine’s heart-wrenching sexual assault narratives, national headlines, and court cases — all of these events signal an urgent need for continued conversation, dialogue, and understanding between both sides of the story. JESSICA LI is a College sophomore from Livingston, N.J., studying English and psychology. Her email address is jesli@sas.


How hookup culture has stolen our manners SIMONETTI SAYS | Kissing and telling is never classy Our generation likes shortcuts. Instead of challenging ourselves to remember, we Google facts that escape us; we participate in text wars to dodge the awkwardness of confrontation; we ghost people to express our anger or disinterest so we don’t have to engage in difficult, honest conversations. Hookup culture is just another shortcut. It’s how we avoid the pain that comes with romance. In choosing to be in a relationship, you’ve decided to dedicate yourself to someone: to make time for them when

they need you, to take on their fears and goals, to build them into your life. Because of this intense connection, there are bound to be missteps and pitfalls along the way. Who wants to deal with that? So we choose to hook up: We reap the the physical rewards of a relationship without the emotional fatigue. Making out, sex, and everything in between — all with no strings attached. Sounds perfect, right? But every shortcut has a downside, and the problem with hookup culture is that it has re-

sulted in an abandonment of our manners. Bear with me while I resurrect the mistakes of 16-year-old Isabella. For a few months in high school, there was one guy I’d hook up with when we attended parties together. We didn’t ever have much to talk about, except when I lied about my music taste to impress him (now I’m unapologetic about my love for Taylor Swift). Still, the situation was mutually beneficial. But one night, after we made out at a party, I left early. The


next day, one of my friends told me he’d been with another girl just hours later. No matter how much I pretended not to care, that stung. Even though we weren’t dating, it just seemed like common courtesy to wait at least a day before hooking up with someone else. Maybe I was too sensitive or I didn’t understand how

Ignoring someone you’ve been seeing has become the solution for growing frustrated or tired with that person. Imagine being on the receiving end of this, and left powerless in a relationship with no means of communication with your ghoster. This cruel practice is widely condoned. At Penn, I’ve heard people debriefing with friends, gos-

I’m not condemning hookup culture. For better or worse, it’s not going anywhere. Still, we as individuals have the power to make it healthier by treating one another with respect.” limited our relationship was, but I have trouble believing others in my position wouldn’t be upset too. When we reduce each other to objects for physical pleasure, as hookup culture suggests we do, our manners tend to evaporate. But just because we aren’t dating someone doesn’t mean we have no loyalty to the person we’re hooking up with. These impolite tendencies of our generation can also be seen through trends like ghosting.

siping and trash-talking their hookup from a frat party about their appearance and physical performance. While it’s normal to discuss these things, if we truly want hookup culture to be unemotional, we shouldn’t engage in childish kissing and telling. Because odds are, the other person will find out. I’m not condemning hookup culture. For better or worse, it’s not going anywhere. Still, we as individuals have the power to make it healthier by treating one

ISABELLA SIMONETTI another with respect. Again, my intent is not to come off as condescending. I, too, have been complicit in the problems I’m discussing. But the emotional dangers of hookup culture warrant a conversation, because when you treat someone poorly, emotions inevitably get entangled. Here, at Penn, I don’t know many people in monogamous relationships. Hookup culture dominates this campus. So however problematic Valentine’s Day may be, it lends us the opportunity to see how our generation’s attitude towards romance has, in a sense, robbed us of our manners. Take it from 16-year-old Isabella, hookup culture can take a real toll on one’s feelings; let’s acknowledge it. ISABELL A SIMONET TI is a College freshman from New York studying English. Her email address is


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Reflecting on my first Super Bowl MERICAN IN AMERICA | How sports can unite us in uncertain times

With the adrenaline from the Super Bowl still running high and the thrills and spills of the Winter Olympics gracing my Facebook News Feed every day, I’ve watched and engaged with sports more in the last two weeks than during the entire fall semester.

to hide the fact that I, like many Penn students, totally hopped on the bandwagon. If the Philadelphia Eagles had not been in this year’s Super Bowl, the Super Bowl would have barely registered in my head, and passed me by with barely a whimper. I don’t even remember the Super Bowl


Before Feb. 4, Super Bowl Sunday, I honestly could not have cared less about football. Or at least, this “football.” I cared a lot about the “other” football (ya know, the one where you — actually — use your feet a whole lot). I am not even going to try

happening last year. This year, I didn’t need to follow football to understand what was at stake. There’s something universal about the stories we tell in sports. Triumph and defeat, hope and disappointment, courage and fear. Against in-

jury, doubt, and uncertainty, the Eagles made it to the last game of the season, to face the New England Patriots. The country’s underdogs against the decorated defending champions. A gritty city on the cusp of triumph. For 60 minutes of playing time and 3-plus hours of viewing time (seriously what is with this game?), the Philadelphia Eagles danced between tragedy and glory. Tragedy, for if they had lost, it would have been another case of “almost,” “nearly” — a story of having come so far but fallen so painfully short. Another Super Bowl appearance, another loss. Glory, for history rode on their shoulders, the weight of the city’s hopes and dreams. They would either win big, or fail spectacularly. Sports can turn athletes into heroes and stars, but can mercilessly brand them as villains and duds just as quickly. The finest of margins, the smallest of plays, the littlest of mistakes, can rapidly determine the vanquisher, or the vanquished. At the final second, you could almost feel the city erupt in victory all at the same time. I flung open the windows on the ninth floor of an apartment building,

and the cacophony of shouts and car honks flooded into the room. I went downstairs with friends, eager to soak in the revelry of the city. Our intended “quick trip” turned into a long, rowdy walk to Center City, as we soaked in Philadelphia in all its brilliant,

ships with place. Philadelphia had always been a tough place for me to love. I travel around Philadelphia at least twice a week, often on SEPTA. I am not unaware of the problems that plague this city. Yet, the Super Bowl was a moment that redefined PhiladelSARA MERICAN

Sports can turn athletes into heroes and stars, but can mercilessly brand them as villains and duds just as quickly.” flashy, beeping, honking, waving, screaming, shouting splendor. For a night, high fives with drunk strangers and people hollering at you from cars were nothing terrifying. In fact, they were reciprocated with zeal. Nothing could separate us. Not that night. That night, under the night sky set alight by the dazzling glow of fireworks and abuzz with the fervent chants of feverish supporters, we were one and the same. The Super Bowl showed me how sports can redefine relation-

phia for me. Yes, Philadelphia was a place I associated with grit and grime, conflict and crime — but now, also with glory and victory, pride and community, hope and ambition. Forgive me for saying this, but I always thought football was silly — some invented game that one country plays, makes a big deal out of, and calls their top team “world” champions. Yet, Feb. 4 changed my views radically. Football in this country — a sport ardently loved and revered

— can smash barriers and bind communities together in ways that no government nor social cause ever could. Super Bowl night in Philadelphia provided a precious glimpse of a united city — out of reach almost all the time, save for that fleeting night. Shortlived as it may be, it ignited questions: How do we make community a reality? How do we break down barriers, for good? Turning our eyes towards the ongoing Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the midst of heated political tensions, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on what truly separates or binds us together. SARA MERICAN is a College sophomore from Singapore, studying English and cinema studies. Her email address is


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fice’s website. The site explains the details of the upcoming election, the possible effects of unionization, and the support the University provides for graduate students. It also provides links for further reading regarding unionization attempts at other schools. To explain what a union would do for students, the website emphasized a lack of clarity regarding the possible benefits of a union, stating that collective bargaining will determine the possible effects. “[T]here is no guarantee that collective bargaining would result in any increase to stipends or benefits. In fact, students could be worse off in the long run under collective bargaining,” the website read. Dean of Engineering Vijay Kumar and Deputy Engineering Dean for Research and Innovation Kathleen Stebe coauthored an email sent out last week on Feb. 7 to Engineering doctoral students warning them about the possible negatives associated with unionization.

Kumar and Stebe cautioned that a vote for unionization could result in a loss of academic flexibility, a financial burden in terms of union dues, and a possible change in students’ relationships with their academic advisors. “This vote is very important for several reasons. If the union wins, you will lose your own voice and the right to advocate for yourself with respect to any item covered by the union contract,” the email read. “Please give this vote the attention that it deserves and engage with your colleagues and the faculty in a serious discussion.” Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, director of the Biomedical Graduate Studies and associate dean for Graduate Education at the Perelman School of Medicine, co-authored another email along with more than 20 other colleagues in Biomedical Graduate Studies. Sent out around 11:46 a.m. on Feb. 7, Jordan-Sciutto and other leaders of the department encouraged students to vote in the election. “Under current National Labor Relations Board law, gradu-


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 ate students may unionize based on their teaching and research roles,” the BGS email read. “To us, the primary question at stake is this: Are you students or employees?” The writers argued that the graduate students are fundamentally students due to the fact that their work in the program is “designed to foster your personal and intellectual growth.” They warned that the formation of a union could jeopardize the financial stipends and research training of BGS graduate students. “We are concerned that GET-UP will not be able to adequately serve the unique needs of BGS students, which are different from the needs of other students in the many diverse programs the union seeks to represent,” the email concluded. “Union contracts are often one-size-fits-all, and we are concerned that this means Penn’s graduate students will end up with a one-size-fitsnone contract.” The date for the election has yet to be established.


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Penn State was The search for Penn’s new granted right to Greek life director continues unionization vote The new director will replace Eddie Banks-Crosson

The decision about voting rights was made on Feb. 9 RUTH SCHEINBERG Contributing Reporter

On Feb. 9, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board issued a ruling allowing graduate students at Pennsylvania State University the right to hold a vote concerning whether or not they will unionize. In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board released a decision categorizing student assistants working at private universities as “statutory employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act.” The vote meant such graduate students could apply to unionize. The first step in the process of graduate student unionization is to apply for the right to hold a vote for unionization. Now that the PLRB granted their request, graduate students at Penn State will be able to schedule and hold a vote concerning the formation of a union. Students at other schools such as Columbia University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago have already voted in favor of unionization. The Daily Collegian reported

that Katie Warczak, the media officer for the Coalition of Graduate Employees at Penn State, described students as “ecstatic” in a press release after the PLRB’s ruling. “We’re looking forward to exercising our right to vote and we’re confident that it’s a vote we’ll win,” Warczak wrote. At Penn, graduate students are undergoing a similar process as they, led by Graduate Employees Together—University of Pennsylvania, a pro-union student organization, work to organize a vote concerning unionization. The University, however, has been quick to push back against the formation of a union. Last week, various administration members circulated emails addressing the potential negative repercussions of unionization. This comes as graduate students at Penn, under the leadership of GET-UP, attempted to secure a similar right to vote for unionization. Graduate students have been looking to unionize for some time, and were inspired by the PLRB ruling in December last year. The dates for the unionization votes at both Penn State and Penn have yet to be set.


Just after sorority recruitment, news surfaced that Eddie BanksCrosson would leave his position as the director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to become the director of Wharton’s MBA Office of Student Life. Nearly a month after the announcement, there is still no replacement for Banks-Crosson. Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Hikaru Kozuma has temporarily assumed BanksCrosson’s responsibilities while the administration searches for a new director. Banks-Crosson officially left the position on Feb. 1, but Kozuma said the former director worked “until the last minute.” Kozuma added that this situation is “not unusual,” as “opportunities come up at various times a year.” Kozuma said he anticipates the search for Banks-Crosson’s replacement will take most of the spring semester. He is hopeful, as people are usually looking

for a new job or career path in the spring semester, typically in March or April. He said that he expects a “deep pool” of applicants. Kozuma added that he has reached out to the Interfraternity Council, the Intercultural Greek Council, and Panhellenic Council presidents to offer them a role in the hiring process. President of Beta Theta Pi and College junior George Avdellas said he has “nothing but respect” for Banks-Crosson and hasn’t noticed much of a difference in his relationship with OFSL in BanksCrosson’s absence. Avdellas said he realized in midto-late January that there had been a change in the position, but noted that his primary liaison has been Helen Xu, the IFC advisor and associate director for Diversity and Co-Curricular Education, so the day-to-day operations of the office did not change significantly. “It really hasn’t been a tough transition for any of us,” Avdellas said. Kozuma said that the OFSL employees are a “capable and talented group.” “Not much of what they do on a day-to-day basis has changed,” Kozuma said, adding that there was no “ellipse” in the day-to-day

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“apprehensive” or “nervous.” “Eddie is one of the great examples of how to lead in the 21st century because he’s so openminded,” Avdellas said. Jannetta said that Banks-Crosson always had a “nurturing demeanor.” “I didn’t look at him as an administrator, I looked at him as almost a mentor,” Jannetta said. Jannetta added that any future director should have a similar relationship with presidents, students, and other leadership on campus. Kozuma said that Banks-Crosson’s role as mentor to students has not changed. “He’s not gone away. A lot of relationships that he’s built with students he’s still able to maintain,” Kozuma said.

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Fox said the program has also been opened to graduate students. He added that at this point in the semester, three times the usual number of students have signed up for the program. Some students who have participated in the program praised its effectiveness in helping them to get to know their professors outside of the classroom. College freshman Ben Dubiner was able to take part in the expanded Take Your Professor to Lunch program this semester. He said that he and three other friends shared a dinner with their Nursing 163 professor Connie Scanga in Falk Dining Commons in Steinhardt Hall, the dining hall in Hillel. Dubiner said he and his friends chose Hillel because they wanted to introduce Scanga to the friendly and close-knit environment there. “She’s an amazing person – we already knew that, but [we enjoyed] learning more about her life,” Dubiner said. “It was a really great conversation.” College senior Kate Panzer said that she and two other friends participated in the program in the fall prior to its expansion. Instead of sharing a meal with one of the professors she had in the past, she said that she and her friends went to lunch with Engineering lecturer Marcia Wilkof to get her help on a team project. “It was a good connection,” Panzer said. “It was nice to sit down and have a meal with her for a little bit in a more personal, or a more casual, setting.” Panzer added that she wished she had taken advantage of the program earlier in her time at Penn. While the NSO and Academic Initiatives’ Take Your Professor to Lunch program is the only program available to all students at Penn, similar pro-

grams exist across Penn’s different schools. Wharton’s Lunch and Learn program, which is sponsored by Wharton’s Undergraduate Division, allows students to invite their professors to lunch along with one or two of their classmates at certain local restaurants including City Tap House and Pattaya Thai Cuisine. Professors also have the option to set up a lunch with students through the program. Wharton sophomore Victoria Sacchetti said she has participated in Wharton’s Lunch and Learn program a few times. This semester, her corporate finance professor William Diamond scheduled a date for lunch at a restaurant called Perla in Center City. Sacchetti said that she and six other students signed up for the lunch. “It was a really unique experience because it got us to leave campus and experience new things [in Philadelphia],” Sacchetti said. She said that during the lunch, they discussed Diamond’s research, which she thought they would never have had the chance to talk about in class. She added that she believes it is common for Wharton professors, especially those who teach smaller classes, to initiate these lunches. “It’s not just meeting the professors, but it’s also meeting a lot of the people in the class with you, who you don’t know that well, and being able to get to know them as well,” she said. All Penn undergraduates were informed of the expanded Take Your Professor to Lunch program through an email sent out by the Office of NSO and Academic Initiatives in late January. Fox said the expansion of the program is funded by the Provost’s Office and that he is actively looking for more student feedback on how the program could be improved.

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tions of returning money. Wynn’s named scholarship was established in 2008 and is a challenge fund that encourages other donors to give money, while directly going toward student financial aid, according to the Penn Giving website. Hoffman said that the University clearly feels it has the “moral responsibility to take the name off even if it loses the money.” According to a statement from Director of Student Financial Aid Elaine Papas Varas, Wynn’s renamed scholarship will continue to be rewarded and the current student recipients receiving this scholarship in the 20172018 academic year have been informed of the name change. William Brennan, an attorney at Brennan Law Offices in Philadelphia, had a different perspective. “Mr. Wynn is innocent until proven guilty, these are unsubstantiated allegations, and if I represented Mr. Wynn I would dig my heels in and start swinging,” Brennan said. He explained that since Wynn has not yet been convicted of anything, it is his opinion that removing Wynn’s name from campus or revoking his honorary degree is a violation of his rights to due process. In addition, Brennan said he strongly feels that since the University decided to remove Wynn from campus, it should give the money back to him. “Steve Wynn should hire the best lawyers in the country and fight this thing,” Brennan said. Third-year Penn Law student

Ernesto Sanz said he thought that this action should depend on the strength of the allegations. He said that a better course of action would be to wait until the legal process came to a conclusion and make a decision afterwards. “Swift forceful responses are necessary, but when we know enough,” Sanz said. “Whenever one of these things comes out I think people place a lot of emphasis on the few facts that are presented in the initial stages of any investigation, lawsuit, etc.” Sanz explained that the way these cases are handled can be dangerous for both parties, and forming strong opinions before a trial takes place can get in the way of a proper legal response. Second-year Penn Law student Jacob Morton said he is “thrilled” by this decision, but thinks Penn isn’t taking it far enough, adding that he thinks women’s voices should be listened to “first and foremost” in cases involving sexual misconduct. “Most spaces on campus are named after white men. That’s a problem. It sends a message, intentional or not, that Penn is a white space where the patriarchy is honored and preserved,” Morton said. “While we have the momentum and courage to erase people like Steve Wynn from the campus, we should fight to lift up women and other people who have made this university a better place or who have been denied access to the University over the years.” Staff Reporter Max Cohen contributed reporting to this article.



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Penn women’s lacrosse kicks off season with Delaware Freshmen expected to make an immediate impact CARTER THOMPSON Associate Sports Editor

One of the most dominant teams on campus is back this weekend. Penn women’s lacrosse will hold their season opener against Delaware this weekend at Franklin Field. The core of last year’s Ivy League Championship team is returning to defend its title this season. Anchored by Ivy Midfielder of the Year and Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, Alex Condon, the squad also returns Inside Lacrosse Preseason AllAmericans Katy Junior and Emily Rogers-Healion. While the core of the team will be back, there will be some new faces and changes in the starting lineup. Arguably the most important change is who will be in goal for the Red and Blue. Following the graduation of stellar goalie Britt Brown,

neither of the two goalies left on the roster, Mikaila Cheeseman and Maggie Smith, have much experience. The two have combined for only four games total in their career, and Smith missed the entire 2017 season due to injury. The competition leading up to the season between both goalies hasn’t produced a winner, so the Red and Blue will go into the season with a little uncertainty. “I think that is the plan [to play both goalies this weekend],” coach Karin Corbett said. “It’s up to one of them to outright win [the job], or we alternate and see how they handle it.” While there is uncertainty surrounding the goalie position, there is less uncertainty about who will be playing on the attack. Freshman attacker Zoe Belodeau and freshman midfielder Abby Bosco will be starting for the Red and Blue this weekend, with freshman attacker Laura Crawford promising to play a large role as well this season, according to Corbett. Compared to years past,

when the team has played with four attackers, this year’s squad will have five; something that Corbett says will give the team a slightly different look. The attack is shaping up to be a strength for the Quakers this year, and Belodeau and Crawford will be a part of that attack all season. “[Zoe] is a complete catalyst,” Corbett said. “She’s probably one of the best freshman I’ve coached in her vision and her reading of the play. She just gives us a really great option as a lefty behind the net to feed some really good cutters that we have.” Bosco, on the other hand, will be a part of midfield that has a great deal of depth. Depth at midfield has not been a luxury for the Red and Blue in the past but it will be a necessary component this year due to a few rule changes. “There’s no stopping on the whistle so it’s a faster paced game,” Corbett explained. “We’ll need depth in order to play that way.” With so much depth at the

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midfield, the Quakers have the ability to switch some players to different positions to keep them on the field. Senior Natalie Stefan, following multiple ACL recoveries, is switching to defense from the midfield. Corbett believes this move will be very helpful for their defense.

“She’s very strong at the crease so we’re excited to have her at defense,” Corbett said. The Red and Blue go into this matchup against Delaware with a level of unfamiliarity with their opponent. The Quakers have opened with Delaware the past two years and have won both games.

This year, however, they are going into the game blind, since Delaware has not played a game yet this season. “Always the first couple of games it’s about trying to gel on offense and defense,” Corbett said. “We will have to make some adjustments in game, so it’s about us this weekend.”


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M. LAX | Red and Blue return 212 of 220 points BREVIN FLEISCHER Associate Sports Editor

We may only be midway through February, but the season is already about to commence for Penn men’s lacrosse. And if you think February 17 is an early start date for a spring sport, check out the schedule for Penn’s opponent, Michigan. The Wolverines (2-0), who defeated Penn last year, 13-12, have already played two games this season. In their first contest against second-year program Cleveland State, they won 15-5, and on Tuesday, they defeated Bellarmine 9-7. Whether the discrepancy in games played serves the Quakers positively or negatively is yet to be seen. On one hand, Michigan has had two chances to play at game speed against another colored jersey, while the Red and Blue will have to adjust to the accelerated pace of gameplay on the fly at Franklin Field. On the other hand, the Quakers will be able to dissect the film from two different Michigan games, while the Wolverines will have little on which to base their predictions regarding the 2018 Penn team. Those two games of film could prove especially crucial for coach Mike Murphy and the Quakers, as this Michigan team will look much different from the squad the Quakers played last season. For starters, the 2018 season will be Kevin Conroy’s first year as Michigan’s coach, and with Conroy comes a new defensive strategy for the Wolverines. Instead of confining his players to specific designations on the defensive end, Conroy has employed a more free-flowing approach to start the season. Under this system, long stick midfielders and close defenseman operate nearly interchangeably. The effects of those defensive changes could be mitigated by a veteran Penn offense, however. The Quakers return 212 of 220 points from last year, accounting for 96 percent of the team’s total offense. Leading the charge for Penn on that end of the field are junior Simon Mathias (28 goals, 20 assists) and senior Kevin McGeary (23, 12). But, as the sheer number of returning points would indicate, those two are far from alone. Nearly every 2017 contributor is back, which, as Murphy says, has led to intense competition. “[The returning talent] makes it competitive for us,” Murphy said. “I think we will be able to play more guys. We have five attackmen that are all proving that they can contribute. A similar thing is happening in the midfield. We’ll

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have nine or so middies at the offensive end, and we have guys at the defensive end too. So, with all of those potential contributors, it makes it pretty competitive to get on the field for us this year, more so than it has been in a while.” While the offense is flush with returning stars, Penn’s defensive identity will have to change considerably with the graduation of 2017 starters Kevin Gayhardt, Eric Perky, and Kevin McDonough. “The heart of the close defense graduated, so we’re just trying to get better day-by-day and weekby-week, by giving our guys experience in practice,” Murphy said. “The nice thing is that our offense is really good, so practicing against that offense has accelerated our growth on the defensive end.” Another factor that could accelerate that defensive growth is the role change of All-American senior Connor Keating. Working as a long stick midfielder the past three seasons, Keating has scored 34 points, an extremely high total for a defensive player. However, as a function of his position, Keating spent much of his time racing towards the sidelines to substitute for an offensive midfielder or for another long stick midfielder. This season, Keating is shifting to close defense so that he can be on the field at all times and so that he can facilitate the growth of this year’s younger defensive corps. When asked if this position change would limit his ventures onto the offensive side of the field, Keating responded emphatically. “No. That’s my game. That’s what I do. I’ll still be moving up and down the whole time, but now, I’ll be on the field the whole time too.” As anyone associated with Penn men’s lacrosse would attest, Keating’s increased presence on the field is good news for the Quakers. “He’s as skilled as any defensive player that I’ve ever seen,” Murphy said. “We’re just starting to scratch the surface there.” That’s undoubtedly a scary thought for the rest of the Ivy League, but more immediately, for Michigan. Although Keating was held scoreless in last year’s contest and although the team itself severely underperformed, this year’s Quaker are confident. “After losing to Michigan last year, we really have our sights set on them. It should be pretty exciting,” Keating said. “We know that if we play our best game, it’s not really going to matter what they do on offense or defense. It’s up to us to dictate the tempo of the game.” With Keating leading the way, Michigan should expect that tempo to be fast — really fast.

In most sports, making a splash means doing something well. Penn diving, though, is teaching us that there may be times where this is not the case. Penn swimming and diving has prepared all season for the Ivy League Championships. The women’s meet is taking place this weekend at Harvard, while the men’s meet will take place next weekend in Princeton, N.J. While many will be focusing on the swimmers, the Red and Blue diving team will be looking for top 10 finishes at the Championships. For most of us, the only exposure to competitive diving is at the Summer Olympics once every four years. As a result, one can’t be blamed for not knowing the ins and outs of the sport. Yet Penn diving

coach, Rob Cragg, is with the divers throughout the year to ensure that they will be ready come late February. “In all reality, we’re thinking about the Ivy Championships from the day we start,” Cragg said. He went on to detail some basic techniques that he focused on when training his divers to maximize their scores, with an emphasis on taking into account how they judges will score them. He also stressed that each part of the dive, such as approach, height, execution, and entry, are all important. Before any dives take place, each diver must submit their planned dives to the judges. With this baseline, the judges will know what to compare the following dives to and can create an appropriate score. The judging system, as Cragg explained, is entirely subjective. Scores range from zero to 10 in half-point increments, with scores listed as 5-6.5 labeled “satisfactory.”

Don’t expect low scores at college meets, though. “A lot of your judging skills come from... knowing what meet you’re at. The technical judging level is dramatically different here than it would be at the finals of the Olympic Games,” Cragg explained. Whichever diver has the highest cumulative score wins that event. Since there are only two heights that college athletes compete in, the one meter and the three meter, each dive is that much more important. Typically, most schools send three divers for each team to compete in the two events. Although teams with great programs, such as the women’s teams for Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, will likely send twice that amount to increase their opportunity to win. This presents a large obstacle on the women’s side for Penn’s freshmen representatives Madison Perry and Juliette Pozzuoli. Unfortunately, senior Maggie Heller will

have to sit out of the Championships with a broken foot. “From a success standpoint, if we would place in the top 10, I think that’d be really good. If we were to make finals, that would be really good,” Cragg said. The men’s field is much more open when it comes to powerhouse schools. All three Penn divers — Cameron Rhind, John-Michael Diveris, and Andrew Bologna — will be looking to make some noise. “A success case would be having one of those guys make finals in the one meter and/or three meter,” Cragg went on. With goals set and rules explained, the Quakers have their eyes set on Harvard and Princeton. Though the two lady Quakers will enter a loaded field of divers, a top-10 finish will be in their sights. As for the men, all three will look to place highly and give their swimming counterparts a good shot to lead Penn to Ivy glory.



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marized by their high school coach Jason Ritter. “Josh and Ryan were my program. Ryan is the all-time leading scorer for boys in Downingtown West history and Josh is second behind him, so they meant the world to the program.� Still, prior history and sentiments are thrown out the window once the two teams square off. As Warren put it, “If I get on Ryan I’ll do as best as I can. I don’t like when he scores on me.� Penn is looking to rebound after suffering its first Ivy league loss at the hands of Harvard last weekend. With Penn fighting for sole possession of first place and a number one seed in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament, every game is amplified just that much more. Cornell is currently tied for fifth in the conference, a position Penn saw themselves in for much of last year. The Big Red feature two of the best scorers in the league in Matt Morgan and Stone Gettings, who put up 22.8 and 17.0 points per game respectively. “Those two are as good a combination that I can remember in this league in terms of scoring,� coach Steve Donahue said. “We are going to try and play our team defense, which

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When Penn men’s basketball (17-7, 7-1 Ivy) takes on Cornell (9-12, 3-5) on Saturday, the history between the two teams will go back much further than the Quakers’ win over the Big Red earlier this season. That’s because Penn’s Ryan Betley and Cornell’s Josh Warren go all the way back to their days as teammates in high school. At Downingtown High School West, in Downingtown, Pa., the future college rivals were instrumental in turning around a program that went 11-11 the year before their arrival, won a league championship their junior season, and ended with a 23-5 record their senior year. “It’s kind of similar how my high school career played out as to how it’s happening right now at [Penn],� Betley said. “Trying to take a program that hasn’t been doing too well and trying to make it a league championship type team, it feels kind of the same.� Betley and Warren’s impact on the Downingtown West basketball program was best sum-

we’ve done really well this year.� Besides great output in terms of volume, Gettings and Morgan also pace the Ivy league in player efficiency rating at one and two, respectivly. In the last meeting, Penn largely held Morgan in check, only surrendering 13 points on 25% shooting from the field. However, Gettings exploded for 20 points and 17 rebounds. Still, largely as a result of stopping one of the two Cornell bigs, the Quakers held a comfortable lead against the Big Red for most of the game. Besides the Cornell game on Saturday, Penn also faces Columbia (6-15, 3-5), another team tied for fifth in the Ivy league and desperate for a win this weekend. The Lions largely rely on Mike Smith, a 5-foot-10 guard who puts up 17.3 points per game and leads the Ivy league in assists per game with 4.6. In their last matchup, Smith torched the Quakers for 27 points and 6 assists. Given his ability to pass and score, Donahue stated how imperative it is to not only key on Smith but also try and neutralize his ability as a playmaker. This weekend will provide Penn with a chance to rebound after its first Ivy League loss and a shaky performance against Dartmouth.


Sophomore guard Ryan Betley scored 13 points against his former teamate in the last game against Cornell earlier this month. He then scored 20 more the next day against Columbia.



Harvard’s best swimmer in the 200 free. Dahlke qualified for nationals as a freshman last year and had an outstanding overall season that included a victory in the 100 free in a meet against Penn. Burwns got the last laugh though, beating Dahlke by three tenths of a second to win the 200 free at the Ivy League Championships. “I only won it in the last 30 yards or so,� said Burns of the photo-finish. “I know my competitor Miki Dahlke is really strong and a great competitor — she got to go to nationals last year but was not happy that I out-touched

her in the 200, and she is going to be coming for me this year.� Despite the rivalry, there are no hard feelings between the two. Burns noted that Dahlke is really nice, and she is looking forward to facing her again. After the Ivy League Championships, Burns will either have one meet left in her collegiate career, if she qualifies for nationals, or none. Though still unsure of what she will do upon graduation, Burns knows she would like to be in D.C. working for some type of social impact organization. Swimming will no longer be part of her everyday life, but she will still carry with her

the lessons she learned as a member of Penn swimming, and the person she credits the most for that is coach Mike Schnur. “I adore Mike; I can’t put into words what his leadership has meant to me over the last four years,� explained Burns. “I know that I would not be the athlete I am without him, but more importantly I would not be the person I am without him.� Four years of hard work have led up to this moment, and now it is time for Burns to end her career with the bang she and her fellow seniors have been looking forward to since the start of the season.

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Junior gymnast and Olympic great share unique bond Nicole Swirbalus trained with Aly Raisman for years COLE JACOBSON Sports Editor

It’s what you do when no one’s watching that determines what happens when everyone is. And when the former action comes with the help of one of the best athletes in her sport’s history, the latter one might turn out a lot better. Such is life for Penn gymnastics junior Nicole Swirbalus, who has had the privilege of honing her craft in the presence of one of the sport’s all-time greats. For nearly a decade, Swirbalus has trained with six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, and formed a strong bond in the process. Though both have excelled in

their respective careers, one must take a trip back a full decade to see the origins of the pair’s friendship. Raisman and Swirbalus, only approximately three years apart in age, both grew up in Massachusetts and began their respective gymnastics careers early in childhood. When Swirbalus was 10 years old, she switched her primary training gym to Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club in Burlington, Mass., where Raisman had already been for a few years. Though the two didn’t become friendly immediately, one coincidental driving arrangement was all it took to help create a bond that would last for years. “I didn’t really become friends with her until a couple years later [after I joined Brestyan’s], and over the years, we’ve gotten a lot closer, because we’ve trained together forever and she was always under

a lot of pressure,” Swirbalus said. “Being in a gym with someone, you really bond a lot with them, and carpooling with her, we got a lot closer too, because it was a nice way to get to know her outside the gym as well.” As Raisman, who has recently been in the news for her role in the #MeToo movement, embarked on one of the most elite careers in USA Gymnastics history, Swirbalus was always one of her biggest fans. Raisman was the team captain of both the “Fierce Five” gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the “Final Five” team four years later, where she stole the show time and time again on the world’s biggest stage. Though her Olympic career may not be over yet, it already is one of the more impressive resumes the sport has ever seen. Raisman’s six total medals are

the second most in USA Gymnastics history, and her three golds are second as well. Raisman and Simone Biles are the only gymnasts in national history to win both at least three gold and five total medals, and the pair combined to lead the 2016 Olympic team, often regarded as the best of all-time. And as Raisman wowed the world on two straight Olympic occasions, Swirbalus was watching it all from American soil, eager to learn from the best as she embarked on her own career. “Those were some of the most exciting moments of my life, but also the most stressful. Because I knew her so well, I could hardly watch her on TV because I was so nervous,” Swirbalus said. “I started crying during both Olympics whenever she would do so well, because I saw all of the hard work behind the scenes that no one else

really gets to see, so it meant a lot more to me.” Proving to be more than just a fan, though, Swirbalus has used the years of work with Raisman to her own benefit as she’s quickly risen to stardom for Penn gymnastics. After contributing throughout the year as a freshman, Swirbalus broke out in her sophomore seasons, securing career-high scores of 9.850 on both the beam and floor events — the latter of which earned her fourth place and first team All-America honors at the USA Gymnastics Nationals. Though Swirbalus hasn’t yet beaten those personal bests this season, she has excelled this season, most notably with a 9.775 on floor in the team’s Senior Meet en route to helping the team to an all-time school record in the event. And while her own hard work undoubtedly has been the core factor behind such performances, Swir-

balus didn’t hesitate to give some credit to her longtime friend. “She is the most motivating and inspiring person to practice with, because she hasn’t always been the most naturally talented, but she has always been the hardest worker. I’ve practiced with her for almost 10 years, and I think she always motivated me to be better,” Swirbalus said. “Everyone looked up to her and always wanted to be more like her at practice, and I really think she helped me become a better gymnast.” One of Penn’s most consistent athletes on the beam and floor, Swirbalus is set to play a major role as the Quakers seek their first Ivy championship in three seasons. And if the gold medal magic from Swirbalus’ friend, mentor, and training partner can rub off, the Red and Blue just might be in for a bigtime podium finish of their own.

Women’s hoops looks to bounce back after disappointing Princeton loss Quakers to face bottomfeeding Columbia, Cornell WILL DiGRANDE Associate Sports Editor

It’s time to bounce back. After a 20-point loss to Princeton, Penn women’s basketball will look to get its season back on the right track this weekend as it takes on Ivy League bottomdwellers Columbia and Cornell on the road. The loss on Tuesday night in New Jersey snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Quakers (15-6, 6-2 Ivy), and was their second defeat this season to the league-leading Tigers (17-4, 7-1). “It’s important any time we win or lose to try to debrief ourselves, go over a few things, and learn from the mistakes,” said coach Mike McLaughlin. “Friday’s the most important thing in front of

us, so we’re on to the next task.” However, Penn still remains in good position for a spot in the season-ending Ivy League tournament, currently sitting in second place with only teams below them left to play on the schedule. “We’re looking forward to these games coming up in the Ivy League and securing our spot, whether it be one through four, and getting to the tournament,” said senior captain Anna Ross. Already having played both New York Ivies earlier this season and winning the two games by a combined 39 points, the Red and Blue are likely to pick their winning ways back up again this weekend. This Friday night, the Quakers start their road trip in the Big Apple, where they will take on struggling Columbia (7-16, 1-7). The Lions have lost 10 of their last 11 games, including eight doubledigit defeats.

In the games against Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, for example, Columbia went 0-3 and lost by a combined 64 points, while Penn defeated all three and won by a combined 53 points. If Columbia has one player Penn needs to keep an eye on, it would be senior Camille Zimmerman. Averaging nearly a doubledouble with 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, she is no doubt the Lions’ strongest player and must be kept in check by the Quakers to seal the win. The next day, Penn will make the long trip up to Ithaca to face off against Cornell (6-15, 2-6). The Big Red are only doing marginally better than Columbia in the Ivy League, and are also responsible for handing the Lions their lone conference win. Cornell has kept its games close, and even picked up a narrow win over Brown last weekend, so it will be looking to carry

that positive momentum from the victory into this weekend’s games. The Big Red also have a clear leader in sophomore Samantha Widmann, but outside the five starters, the team lacks the depth needed to finish the job in games that come down to the wire. The gap between Penn and these two teams is wide, and although the Red and Blue will be heavily favored in both games, Columbia and Cornell are currently fighting to stay in the hunt for a playoff bid, and it would be dangerous to underestimate any team playing with everything on the line. “Our aim is to get up and have a good weekend, but our goals are still the same,” said McLaughlin. “We want to be the best in our league, and whatever that is at the end, that’s gonna be our goal. We’re still trying to be that team that can win this at the end.”

As the regular season nears its end, Penn hopes its season will continue deep into March. The Quakers came into this season looking for a “three-peat” of the

Ivy title, and although they have gotten slightly jolted, they are by no means out of it. This weekend, it’s time to prove what they can do.


After the Princeton loss, senior Anna Ross and women’s basketball hope to return to their winning ways against Cornell and Columbia.










Senior looking for fourth consecutive Ivy title JOSH STONBERG Sports Reporter


Virginia Burns

ormally water is the best way to stop a fire, but this weekend, the Ivy League’s best swimmers will not be safe from Burns while in the pool. Virginia Burns, that is. Penn’s star senior has been a force to be reckoned with at the Ivy League championships for three straight years now. She has won the 500yard freestyle in all three years of her collegiate career, and broke the pool record at Brown in the 200 free on her way to victory as a junior.

With just one go-around left, Burns is not planning on slowing down. “Personally it would be great to see a four-peat,” Burns said of her pursuit of another 500 free title. “On top of that, I want to make NCAAs.” These goals might seem lofty, but with the season Burns has had, there is no reason to think she cannot accomplish them. Burns has had the team’s best times in three of the four events she competes in, the 100, 200, and 500 frees.

Burns’ team-best times are not only a testament to her skills, but also to her drive to succeed in her final year. “The big goal for my whole class this year was to go out with a bang,” she explained. “I would love to see us have the highest finish in the league that we have ever had.” In order for Burns to help her team meet that goal, she will likely have to beat out Mikaela Dahlke, SEE BURNS PAGE 14



Hu ready to capture Ivy League glory Junior missed all of last season due to injury, but has been dominant since returning to the pool EVAN VIROSLAV Associate Sports Editor

Nancy Hu might just be asking “Who?” in regard to her competition at this year’s Ivy League swimming championships. No other words but utter dominance can describe the junior’s outstanding season in the 200-yard butterfly. Besides two races, Hu has finished first every single time she’s lined up on the blocks for the 200 fly so far. She will hope to continue her winning trend this weekend at the Ivies. But what about those couple of times she didn’t finish first? Well the first time, at the Tennessee Invitational, Hu competed against teams scattered throughout the NCAA top 25 rankings — three competitors finishing before her hailed from two of these ranked schools — and she still managed a top-10 finish at sixth. The invitational was also the most competitive of this year’s season, with seven schools in competition compared to the Ivy League’s usual two or three. The second instance happened during Penn’s dual meet with Dartmouth and Yale at the beginning of January, where Hu received second place to Yale’s Bebe Thompson. Although Thompson, a freshman, has also had a successful year, her best 200 fly time is more than three seconds slower than Hu’s best time, 1:58.20. That time is a current Penn record she set her freshman year at the championships, where she came in third. Furthermore, according to Hu’s coach Mike Schnur, he expected her to be slow at the meet against Dartmouth and Yale, which fell towards the middle of the season. “She should’ve been slow, and now she’ll be peaking [at the championships],” Schnur said. Having been injured last year and having set an unbelievable precedent her freshman year, many would expect Hu to be drowning in worry, and yet she’s more balanced than ever. “I’ve been around the blocks several times, so I trust what I’m doing,” Hu said. Of course, Hu’s success this season has simply been a lead-up to her actual goal of winning the Ivies once and for all and cementing her legacy as a champion. Last year’s winning time, 1:57.96, swum by Harvard’s Britta Usinger, undercuts Hu’s freshman-year record by less than three tenths of a second. If her training has provided her with enough momentum, Hu seems more than poised to claim her first championship win — and maybe even another record while she’s at it. The funny thing is that, before joining Penn’s swimming and diving team, Hu had never really focused on the fly stroke. It was Schnur that convinced her to work at it, and the rest is history. “[He] just makes me do fly every single day, all day, every day. It’s tough but it builds my confidence quite a bit,” Hu said about her coach’s unrelenting, but encouraging demeanor. Given the confidence she’s built while training and the stacks of accolades she’s claimed this year alone, Hu should have no trouble mustering a winning mindset for this weekend. “Nancy’s goal from day one this season has been to win the Ivy championships,” Schnur said. “I definitely have a shot,” Hu said. “But it comes down to that day and who wants it more.”

As Ivies near, Penn men’s swimming focuses on team approach Several Quakers set to contend for platform finish VINCENT LUGRINE Sports Reporter

It takes a team. With the Ivy League Championships quickly approaching, Penn men’s swimming and diving has been actively preparing and building confidence for the meet next Thursday. The Red and Blue (6-4, 2-4 Ivy) will certainly need to swim as well as they have all season to achieve their ultimate goal and claim the title. And the team expects to do just that. “I expect the team to compete the best they have all year and to the best of their ability,” coach Mike Schnur said. The Quakers have been led the past two seasons by junior Mark Andrew, who earned All-American honors a year ago while winning the 200 and 400-yard individual medleys at the 2017 Ivy

League Championships. Penn will certainly count on Andrew to continue his excellence and look to other upperclassmen to lead the way, as well. The upperclassmen have experienced the Ivy League Championships over the past couple seasons and understand what is needed to face the challenges that lie ahead. Penn will rely on junior Thomas Dillinger to compete for championships again this season as he was a member of 400 freestyle relay team that took second place at the Championships last year. Dillinger looks to take on a new challenge this season, as he will not compete in the 400 free this time around. Instead, Dillinger will represent Penn in the 100 breaststroke, an event in which he has significantly less experience. “The preparation for this meet is ongoing throughout the course of the year,” Dillinger said. “We’ve recently had more time

and the mental capacity to think about each stroke and how we need to finish.” The Quakers will also lean on senior CJ Schaffer as he looks to continue his success from last year’s finale, where he was a member of the 200 individual medley relay team that broke the program record. While individual accomplishments and accolades are great, each swimmer knows the true importance of having a teamfirst mentality, and everyone is confident in one another. “They’re all contenders and we have a great group and I look forward to seeing them all compete with one another,” Schnur said. Each member of the team has worked for the opportunity that stands before them and they have not held back at any point this season. The Ivy League title has remained the focus for the Red and Blue to this point in the season and has truly inspired the team every step of the way. “We always have our eyes on



After being part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that won at last years’ Ivy Championships, junior Thomas Dillinger will compete for a medal in the 100 breastsroke at this year’s meet.

the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s easy to push through fatigue, especially when our whole team is vying for the same goal,”

Schaffer said. “We will race our hearts out and we’re ready to swim.” The Quakers are confident

they have what it takes to finish the season as Ivy League Champions as the team stands behind and truly supports one another.


February 15, 2018  
February 15, 2018