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The Homework Machine can finish a math worksheet — in your handwriting BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer

Two hardworking Columbia students figured out a way to never do their math homework again. “The Homework Machine,” designed by Columbia sophomore Derek He and Columbia junior Chris Yan, is the winner of the Spring 2014 PennApps hackathon, which took place over the weekend in the Engineering Quad.

The app is a robot which scans a worksheet of math problems and writes solutions to them in the correct spot, in the student’s handwriting. Rob Spectre, an eight-time PennApps judge and employee at cloudbased communications company Twilio, was impressed by the team’s innovation. “If they were doing half the problems … or if they were just doing handwriting recognition … or if they were trying to make a robot, it would be very difficult. But they did all three and delivered all at a level of excellence,” Spectre said. Yan noted that it is less difficult to program the robot to solve an equa-

Manipulating math and stumping Siri The 2nd and 3rd place PennApps teams created apps to simplify daily tasks BY CLAIRE GREENBERG Contributing Writer Siri might soon be able to Venmo a friend. The second and third place winners at this weekend’s PennApps competition developed apps meant to make daily life a little simpler. The second place app makes computerized math clearer and the

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third place app links iPhone’s Siri to non-Apple apps. The winners were determined by four main criteria: originality, technical difficulty, polish and usefulness. PipeTeX won the $2,000 second place prize. The app makes doing homework and taking notes in math classes easier by reformatting the syntax of mathematical symbols typed by a student on a computer. Engineering sophomore Meyer SEE RUNNERS-UP PAGE 5

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tion like five plus five than to have the robot find it on the page. The morning of the finals at 4:00 a.m., He and Yan saw a “glimmer of hope,” as Yan described it. At first they thought their machine was not printing anything useful at all. They soon realized it was actually printing the correct numbers, just flipped upside down. PennApps participants are no strangers to working into the early hours of the morning. One of the challenges of PennApps is completing a complex project during the 48-hour SEE WINNER PAGE 5

New home for hardware hackathon PennApps worked with the founders of PennHacks to create a hardware competition BY YUEQI YANG Staff Writer While PennHacks no longer exists in name , the competition now exists as part of PennApps. This year, PennApps added a hardware track to the international competition , allowing participants to build projects combining software and hardware. The Architects, the student club which organized the former hardware hackathon PennHacks , worked with PennApps to incorporate the two events. Participants in the hardware track could choose to operate in the Detkin Lab, which has electrical engineering equipment that the students could use. However, they could also check out portable equipment, such as sensors, and work in any place in the engineerSEE HARDWARE PAGE 5

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“I was worried what we think about vaginas. And I was even more worried that we don’t think about them. I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context, a community, a culture of other vaginas,” begins Eve Ensler’s seminal play the Vagina Monologues, which was performed at Irvine on Thursday and Friday to a nearly sold out house. In the past five years, V-Day UPenn raised more than $221,000 for Women Organized Against Rape, Philadelphia’s only full-service rape crisis center.

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Sampling the city at Penn Restaurant Week

Students are bringing Phila. restaurant samples to campus on Thursday BY CLAIRE COHEN Deputy News Editor On Thursday, students will eat their way around Philadelphia — without leaving campus. A Management 230 team is holding Penn Restaurant Week, which will bring restaurants from around the city to offer their best dishes from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured restaurants include soul food restaurant Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat, Pod and Barbuzzo Mediterranean Bar & Grill. “The goal is to celebrate the diversity of the food scene in Philadelphia,” event organizer and Wharton junior Benjamin Yahalomi said. “Students want to try out all the different food on campus at an affordable price.” Students pay 10 dollars for eight tickets or five dollars for three tickets, with each ticket buying a small tasting dish. The first 100 people who pay ahead of time will qualify for the “early bird special” and will be able to enter the event at 5:30. Food at t he event w i l l include d ishes f rom food trucks, brunch places and fine restaurants in Center City and West Philadelphia.

The team is currently negotiating with Stephen Starr and Kevin Sbraga for their restaurants to participate in the event. To make the event friendly to those with dietary constrictions, the team partnered with the Penn Vegan Society and will serve dishes from at least three vegan restaurants such as the Vegan Food Company. “It’s really for anyone and everyone,” event organizer and Wharton junior Christian Cortes said. “We definitely have those options for students with dietary restrictions.” Aside from stress relief, the team hopes that Penn Restaurant Week will encourage its peers to explore Philadelphia cuisine. “I think it’s a really great way to bring ever yone together and bring Philadelphia to Penn’s campus,” team member and Wharton senior Stepha n ie Joh nson sa id . “Maybe this will give them the push to get out of the Penn bubble.” Students can buy their tickets ahead of time using Venmo to send money to an account called A Taste of Life, or they can fill out a Google form on the event’s Facebook page and then pay cash in person before the event. Those who pay using Venmo can pick up their tickets at the event. Tickets will also be sold at the door.



Penn Restaurant Week Where: Huntsman Hall When: Thursday, Feburary 20 6 - 8 pm Price: $5 for 3 tickets $10 for 8 tickets - One ticket equals one tasting plate Some of the featured restaurants include: Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat Pod Barbuzzo So far, the team expects a large turnout at Penn Restaurant Week. Less than 24 hours after the early bird special launched, it was almost at capacity and more than 600 have said they are coming on the event’s Facebook page.

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Penn Law School announced on Monday the creation of a new Masters in Law and Health program that will allow medical professionals to better understand their field, which is constantly changing due to new regulations and reforms.

Penn Law adds masters degree for health professionals BY VICTORIA MOFFITT Staff Writer

The University of Pennsylvania Law School will offer a new master’s degree program for medical professionals in the next academic year. The Master’s in Law and Health program will provide medical professionals with the legal education necessary to better understand their changing field in light of recent health care regulations and reform like the Affordable Care Act. “Few areas today are more heavily regulated than the health care field, and our master’s program will give students a solid understanding of the major legal issues

faced by physicians and other health care providers,” professor Ted Ruger, a health law expert who helped design the program, said in a press release. This one-year program will be available to Penn medical students, residents, doctoral students and other Penn graduates and postgraduates working in medical fields. Recipients of the deg ree w ill obt ain legal knowledge concerning their professional fields, but unlike graduates of Penn Law’s more traditional three-year juris doctor program, students receiving their master’s in law are not eligible to sit for the bar exam. Students in the new prog ram w ill enroll in four

courses covering the basics of general law and health law. They will then receive more specialized knowledge from elective courses on topics such as the regulation of health insurance markets, mental health law and drug product liability. Gail Morrison, senior vice dean for education at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, commended the advantages that legal training offers to medical professionals. “Understanding how law establishes parameters for the delivery of health care enables doctors to shape and participate in the debates and inform the decisions that set those parameters in the first place,” Morrison said in the press release.



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Penn Medicine creates specialized initiative for LGBT healthcare Penn’s program is one of only a few at academic healthcare institutions BY COSETTE GASTELU Staff Writer Penn Medicine is looking to change the face of healthcare for LGBT patients. The University of Penns y l v a n i a He a lt h S y st e m announced last week the creation of its new Program for LGBT Health, an initiative dedicated to tailoring healthcare practices to the specific needs of the LGBT community. The program aims to improve LGBT healthcare in five key areas: institutional climate, education, research, patient care and community outreach. The Program for LGBT Health is one of just a few programs that academic health

institutions throughout the country have started in order to serve the LGBT community. The initiative — which will be introduced across the medical, dental and nursing schools as well as the Penn Medicine hospitals — is a response to the “increasing national need to address healthcare disparities” within the LGBT community, Baligh Yehia, the program’s director, said. “It’s a confluence of two big factors: the growing national attention devoted to LGBT health and the social and political movements that have brought the population into the spotlight,” Yehia added. Researching and implementing better methods for educating healthcare professionals about issues related to LGBT health are major parts of the program. Most medi-

cal schools across the country currently lack this type of education; a 2011 study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average medical student receives less than five hours of LGBT health training in a four-year curriculum, and most of that training concentrates on HIV/AIDS. In recent years, however, medical institutions have recognized that issues that particularly affect LGBT individuals go far beyond just HIV and AIDS. According to data from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, lesbians are more likely to have risk factors for breast cancer, but are less likely than heterosexual women to get screened for these factors. Additionally, lesbians and gay men use tobacco and abuse substances at higher rates than heterosexuals, habits that can result

Baligh Yehia will direct the Program for LGBT Health at Penn Medicine. in various health problems. By filling the educational gap, Yehia and his team seek to foster a new climate within the healthcare industry that welcomes diversity and encourages open dialogue between patient and physician. “Most of the issues relate to how to communicate with patients and be able to treat them with respect and com-

passion,” Yehia said. “Communication is half the battle.” Jesse Ehrenfeld, co-director of Vanderbilt University’s Program for LGBT and Intersex Health, emphasized that knowledge of a patient’s sexual identity can impact the type of preventative care that a doctor administers. “It is so important for people to come out to their physicians, because it is the only way that we can provide the best individualized care,” Ehrenfeld explained. “Part of that is making sure that it can happen in an comfortable and honest setting.” “For example, all gay men under the age of 27 should be offered the HPV vaccine… this is not something we do unless we know that the patient’s sexual orientation,” Ehrenfeld said. Since program’s announcement, it has received support

Penn Medicine and the rest of the Penn community, Neil Fishman, the program’s faculty advisor, said. Fishman added that the latest program’s reception is a “stark contrast” to the response to efforts to create an HIV/AIDS program in the 1990s garnered. “Penn’s early response to the AIDS epidemic was fear,” Fishman said. “We’ve really come a long way because we really had to fight for it back then.” LGBT Center Director Bob Schoenberg, who has been at Penn for over 30 years, called the program “a significant advancement” that will “enhance Penn’s reputation as being receptive to the needs of the LGBT community.” In the LGBT community, “things are changing practically daily, so it is very timely that health care should follow,” Schoenberg said.

LGBT advocates converge at Penn to talk transgender issues This was the second time campus played host to the conference BY LAURA ANTHONY Deputy News Editor This weekend, the ARCH was buzzing with activity. Approximately 100 Pennsylvania college and high school students from about 35 different schools convened at Penn for the third annual Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference, this year focusing on “Igniting a Pennsylvania Movement for Trans* Justice and Freedom.” “The ‘T’ in LGBT is so overlooked all the time,” Bucknell University sophomore Turner Stulting , co-chair of the conference, whose preferred pronoun is “ze,” said. The Pennsylvania YAC, which is run for and by teenagers and young adults in the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. PSEC is the first youth-led statewide LGBT organization in Philadelphia and one of six in the entire country, according to PSEC Executive Director Jason Goodman . The conference started with a panel discussion on Friday night and continued with discussions and workshops throughout the weekend, all planned by PSEC members. It focused on a number of issues in the transgender community, including homelessness, visibility and representation, gender neutral facilities on campuses and support in the juvenile justice system, Goodman said. College sophomore and conference co-chair Roderick Cook , who is a columnist for

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The Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference titled “Igniting a Pennsylvania Youth Movement for Trans* Justice and Freedom” was held at Penn this weekend. the Daily Pennsylvanian, said that trans issues are not always covered in “mainstream LGBT activism” but that trans youth in particular have their own set of struggles and needs that may be different from other gay, lesbian or bisexual youth. “It’s so often ignored or sort of sensationalized or just tagged on to the end of LGBT sometimes without people really paying attention to it,” Cook said. Stulting said that one of the most salient topics that came up throughout the course of the events and workshops was intersectionality — bridging the gap between people of color and trans people, for example. At Friday night’s opening panel, Philadelphia minister and transgender activist Charlene Jacqueline Arcila, who was a plenary speaker

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at the conference, brought up another idea that she sees as having significant implications for trans people. “I don’t see a trans community,” she said. “I see a trans population because I am a part of every community.” Stulting said that although ze still believes in the merit of community, “Hearing [Arcila’s remarks] on Friday night definitely got me thinking about that.” Cook , whose prefer red pronoun is “they,” also said that Arcila’s comments made them consider how they use

the word in their own activism. “There are things that bring this community together but we all have very specific needs. By talking about it as populations and groups of people I think that we really understand that we have that commonality but we don’t just try to oversimplify a group of people that are much more diverse,” they said. This was the second time that Penn hosted the Pennsylvania YAC — the first time was in 2011, the first year of the conference. The conference is linked to campus in a number

of ways. “Philadelphia is a leader in trans issues and activism and always has been,” Kathy Padilla, an LGBT advocate and plenary speaker at the event, said in the opening panel discussion on Friday night. Padila worked toward the passage of Philadelphia’s 2013 LGBT Equality Bill, making Philadelphia the most inclusive LGBT city in the nation — on par with Seattle — and the largest and first east coast city to have municipal employee health plans without transgender health care discrimination.

Penn has also hosted its own conversations about topics in the trans community, particularly at QPenn, an annual week-long celebration of LGBTQA culture. Last year author and transgender activist Janet Mock was the keynote speaker at QPenn, and this year actress Laverne Cox will be the speaker for that event. “I think that it speaks a lot to the community at Penn that two years in a row our QPenn keynote speakers are black transgender women, that we understand whose voices are really important and whose voices have been traditionally left out and we’re actively elevating those voices here on campus,” Cook said. “Penn’s always been kind of at the front of trans activism.” Goodman, who held Cook’s current position as the political chair of the Lambda Alliance when he was a junior, said he started considering the possibility of regional conversations on LGBT youth issues when he was an undergraduate. He said it was “humbling” to see this event come “full circle.” Goodman said that he is particularly inspired to see LGBT youth at the forefront of this issue. “As a generation we can be responsible, we can be effective, and we should be a part of leading this fight … and are,” he said.



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Good grief THE INTERNET EXPLORER | If this administration wants to be remembered for championing mental health, it should start by actively listening to student needs


n Feb. 7, sophomore Eve Bowe r s st a r t e d a f lash Facebook campaign: post an unflattering profile picture and admit to having bad days. The backlash was immediate and extensive: Is this just repackaged narcissism? Will participating boost social relevance? Does advertising ourselves really help those in need of acceptance? The politics of profile pictures are complicated. The internet is the new public eye and our online selves are constantly being scrutinized. There’s no reliable way to detect authenticity from PR — it’s a spectrum, clearly, not a binary — although I believe that Eve Bowers acted selflessly when she deleted all of her profile pictures and uploaded one “ridiculous” one. The shortcomings of

her movement have nothing to do with her intentions but ever ything to do with our self-absorbed, hyperreactive culture. But the back-and-forth debate hides a larger issue: The administration has not done enough to help students organize and mourn together. We seem to want a culture of “coming out” as sad or anxious or depressed — but so far, the best we can do is bare it all online. Where is the candlelight vigil outside College Hall for Madison, Elvis, Kevin and Josh? Where is the school reserving space and time for students to ask questions and hold each other and share our fears? We are so lacking in a public space to come together that two weekends ago, a group of students started spontaneously hugging people on Locust Walk. There

wasn’t an email sent to ALLUNDERGR A DS -EM A IL@ about that. But if you walked past the LOVE statue at the right time on that Saturday afternoon, there was another student with their arms outstretched ready to physically hold you. We should be together in person because those connections create a support network that lasts longer than an a status update. Yes, I agree that the recent addition of three full-time and three temporary clinical staff members at CAPS is a step forward, and it will allow for more students to seek help during this time of need. But as a student body, our needs go beyond the individual. Talking to someone inside four walls for an hour once a week should not be our only option. What we need right now is space to be together. And if we can’t do

that outside College Hall, we will take to the internet — as


We should be together in person because those connections create a support network that lasts longer than a status update.” we have been doing. Eve Bowers’ call to action may signal change to some and social currency to others, but it was the best she thought she could do at the time. She’s not alone; this semester, many of my friends h ave w r it t e n long- f or m , thoughtful status updates

about their own experiences with mental health and deFRIDA GARZA pression. Some students creIf this campus is serious ated a Tumblr blog called “Pennsive,” where anyone about championing mental can share his or her own health, then we need to start battles with mental health by listening when somebody and this unfortunate campus says there is a problem. To culture of silence. One stu- Amy Gutmann and the Unident submitted an essay titled versity administration: That “Why I Tried To Kill Myself means you too. To students: At Penn.” The author writes: Continue to be critical. Not “After suicides, everyone la- just of your peers — who may ments, ‘Why didn’t they talk?’ not think twice (or may think entirely too much) about what Often, we did.” I’m not saying that sharing we say online — but also of on the internet is better or the University. There needs worse than sharing in person. to be more ongoing dialogue I’m saying it’s the best that on this campus about mental we’ve come up with, consid- health and about what we can ering what we have. I still do to move forward together. believe in the value of shared human exper ience, and I FRIDA GARZA is a College think the University should senior from El Paso, Texas, be doing more to create those studying English. Email her at moments of togetherness and or follow her @fffffrida. strength on campus.

We’re all blasphemous THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE | Blasphemy laws don’t protect freedom of religion — they destroy it


n 2007, George K alman was notified that his chosen corporate name, “I Choose Hell Productions, LLC,” violated a local blasphemy law. The law stated that a business name “may not contain words that constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord’s name.” Kalman didn’t live in Syria, Saudi Arabia or Iran. George Kalman lived in the Philadelphia suburb of Downingtown. Blasphemy laws are not a vestige of a bygone era. Blasphemy laws are appearing with increased frequency all over the globe today. The Pennsylvania law in this case was penned as recently as 1977 and was not overturned until 2010 for violation of the First Amendment. I am diametrically opposed to any legislation that would seek to curtail our most important right, whether at

home or abroad. I believe all people should have the right to have their voices heard, but that also means that all people must have a right to voice a contrary opinion. Free speech means nothing if people are not free to say things that may offend us, and I think we should honor this principle around the world. So, let me offer some reasons why you should support blasphemy. First of all, there is no clear line between religious dissent and blasphemy. A Christian who denies that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His prophet blasphemes Islam by her very existence. A Jew denies the divinity of Jesus, and hence blasphemes against Christianity. Every single one of you reading this post is a blasphemer or a heretic to someone’s religion. The freedom of religion depends on the freedom to disagree with

other religions. Blasphemy laws disallow that freedom in countless cases around the globe.


The freedom of religion depends on the freedom to disagree with other religions. Blasphemy laws disallow that freedom.” In Ireland, the constitution requires a blasphemy law to be on the books and in 2009 a law was passed stating that: “A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding 25,000 euro.” In 2013, Russia passed a

controversial blasphemy law to accompany its new antiLGBT legislation. The law makes it a federal crime to perpetrate “public actions … clearly defying the society and committed with express purpose of insulting religious beliefs.” Ju s t l a s t m o n t h , Mu hammed Asghar, a 69-yearold mentally ill British man was sentenced to death in Pakistan for writing letters claiming to be a prophet. The f ight against blasphemy laws even transcends national boundaries. Almost every year since 1999, the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation has put a resolution “combating defamation of religions” before the United Nations Human Rights Council. The resolution urges states to provide religions “protection from contempt” and to consider criticism of religion comparable to a racial hate crime. Fortunately, 40 hu-

man rights groups petitioned against the motion because they saw through it. If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard about it on ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN or any other major news network, it’s because they didn’t cover it. All of the examples I’ve given so far have involved legal consequences just for the blasphemer, but the existence of such laws also has a much wider impact on social issues. Not all religious people are opposed to contraception, LGBT equality, gender equality, stem cell research, assisted suicide or the teaching of science in schools. But the driving force behind the opposition to each is overwhelmingly religious ideologies. If secularists, and perhaps more importantly liberal believers, are not allowed to voice contrary opinions because of deference to religious beliefs, then we will never escape the gravity well



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COLLIN BOOTS of those ideas. Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, said it best: “We are in danger of conceding the step between the state respecting somebody’s right to believe what they want and the state automatically respecting the content of the belief itself — and insisting by law that citizens do so also.” Blasphemy is a victimless crime, and even if by some off chance God is real, I don’t think she would need her followers to step in and defend her at the expense of free speech. COLLIN BOOTS is a master’s student from Redwood Falls, Minn., studying robotics. Email him at or follow him @LotofTinyRobots.

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Alternative paths to an Ivy League degree BY MARJORIE FERRONE Contributing Writer From rock bands to shaking hands, the “non-traditional” students of five Ivy League universities came together this past Saturday. The second annual 2014 Ivy Returning Students Conference was hosted at the Kislak Center on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Participants included members from Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, Brown’s Resumed Undergraduate Education Program, Columbia’s School of General Studies, Harvard’s Extension School and Yale’s Eli Whitney Program. The conference was spearheaded this year by President of the Liberal and Professional Studies Student Association and LPS senior Cory Boatwright, who calls himself “the only bald person on campus who is not a professor.” Boatwright jumped at the opportunity to host the conference at Penn. “By providing a place where we can have a community, we can help solve

Hardware competition now open to all HARDWARE from page 1 ing quad. Combining the software and hardware hacks allows participants to work on projects that require both parts. “Software hacks don’t provide equipment, and hardware hacks might want to see more hardware-based projects,” said Engineering sophomore Xiuruo Zhang, a member of the Architects. “We combined the events, so that they can do everything.” C o lu m b i a e n g i n e e r i n g sophomore Derek He, one of the two members of the first-prize team from all of PennApps, supported incorporating a hardware track

Teammate will work for Apple this summer RUNNERS-UP from page 1 Kizner and University of Washington sophomore Ty Overby created the app. GoogolPlex took third place and a $1,000 prize. The app integrates third-party apps into Siri, iPhone’s voice-controlled user interface navigator. A team of four freshmen from the Jerome T. Fisher Program in Management and Technology created the app based on an idea they developed over the weekend. Wharton and Engineering freshmen Ajay Patel, Alex Sands, Ben Hsu and Gagan Gupta had worked together during the fall PennApps competition. “The problem is that right now people can only use Siri with certain commands and apps that Apple has programmed in — not third-party apps,” said Sands. Hsu, a Daily Pennsylvanian staff member, said that by connecting Siri with third-party apps, GoogolPlex allows iPhone users to ask Siri to Venmo a friend, play a song on Spotify or post a picture on Instagram. “Our goal coming into this PennApps was to focus on a more technical aspect, instead of a business idea,” Gupta said. Patel explained that the team “wanted to place in the top.” However, he added, “As freshmen, we didn’t expect it.” All four members of the GoogolPlex team had backgrounds in iOS, but each member contributed different skills. The team had “one developer that [stayed] up all night, a cold caller and a designer,” said Sands. The “cold caller” was respon-

each other’s problems,” he said. Conference attendee and President of Brown’s Resumed Undergraduate Student Association Will Hewson pinpointed getting back into a student’s routine as one challenge that some returning students face. “We didn’t just spend the last 10 years getting really good at school, so there can be a little bit of a shock competing against ‘professional students,’” he said. Hewson mentioned, however, that the conference mitigates the shock by bringing together people who are facing similar situations. “It’s working,” he said. “People from different schools are chatting, and there’s a lot of energy to it.” The LPS Student Association’s 200 active members aim to install a framework within which returning students can create a more traditional undergraduate experience. “Much of [university] infrastructure is set up to support full-time residential undergraduates, and so it is a given that students are developing their lifelong networks,” Vice Dean for Professional and Liberal Education Nora Lewis, who

spoke at the conference, said. “That is every bit as important or more important for our nontraditional students.” Several attendees said that creating a synchronized community between traditional and returning students is imperative, both at Penn and at other institutions of higher education. Returning students contribute unique perspectives to the classroom and on campus, they said. Boatwright, the first member of his family to go to college, exemplifies the diverse per-

spectives of returning students. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Boatwright served in the United States Air Force as an Aerial Combat Videographer before coming to Penn. Military veterans — “serving as diplomats on the ground” — are one of many kinds of nontraditional students who add to campus diversity, Lewis said. The passion and drive of returning students is evident, according to LPS senior Selena Oleck, the Social Coordinator of LPSSA. “Because LPS students have life experience, and

in PennApps. “People can certainly meet [people] with background[s] in other subjects, and they can collaborate to make new things,” he said. His team built “The Homework Machine,” a combin at ion o f h a r d w a r e a nd sof tware that mimics the user’s handwriting and completes their math homework. Christopher Moody, a mentor from Intel, agreed with the decision to combine the two hackathons. “Most people who do hardware also need to make use of software. I’d like to see it all the same time … to get a variety of things,” he said. The hardware hackathon makes use of resources from PennApps, such as sponsorship, food and transportation costs, which Zhang said “saved a huge expense for PennHacks, so we can buy our equipment.” The hardware hack re -

quired more resources than the software hack in order to guarantee the safety of students,from Zhang especially for certain activities such as soldering — combining metals at high heats. “We have people from our club on duty for 24 hours,” Zhang said. “For hardware you have to obey some rules, otherwise you might be damaging something or burning the lab.” While PennApps has hosted participants from other sc ho ol s for m a ny ye a r s , this was the first year that non-Pen n students cou ld participate in the hardware hack at hon at Pen n. Pa r ticipants hailing from Yale, C olu m b i a a nd V i l l a nov a universities, University of California at Berkely and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Applicants for the ha r dwa r e t rack apply t o PennApps like other compet-

itors, with the organizer of PennApps deciding whether or not to accept teams from other universities. Zhang said that because students from other universities were participating, the hardware hack athon now had a “liability issue for nonPenn students.” “We want to give people the best available resources to build some really cool things, but we also don’t want to lose anything,” Zhang said. She explained that the hackathon keeps track of all equipment in order to prevent any tools from going missing. In the future, Zhang anticipates that the hackware hackathon will continue to be part of PennApps.

sible for pitching GoogolPlex to judges and company representatives at the event. The team does not plan to pursue GoogolPlex as a business venture. They see it as a “pretty flashy, cool” app, according to Hsu, and plan to make it openly available online. Instead, the team plans to focus more on LoudCrowd, the app they developed at the PennApps hackathon last fall. Patel, however, will be interning with Apple this summer — and specifically working on Siri. He recognized the irony of tak-

ing the job after hacking Siri this weekend. Around 1,200 hackers came from around the world to participate in PennApps. Teams coded and hacked for 48 hours to develop apps like PipeTeX and GoogolPlex. On Sunday, teams demoed the apps to panels of judges. Among the 220 submissions, the top three overall apps were awarded between $1,000 and $5,000. The first-place team also received prizes from sponsors, and awards were given to top teams in specific categories.

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Attendees of the Ivy Returning Students Conference are pursuing undergraduate degrees after the military, other careers, having a family and other pursuits. many of us have held full-time jobs, we have a different perspective on being here,” Oleck said. “Most of us are here because we want to be here. Having that desire helps us bring a different perspective to the traditional classes that we are in,” she added. Among the attendees of the conference was Student Body President of Columbia’s School of General Studies Hannah Germond, a sophomore in the School of General Studies. Germond suffered an injury in a

Winning app inspired by friend’s project WINNER from page 1 Hackathon. Yan and He conceived their app months in advance, after Yan’s friend built a device that could solve puzzles to win HackNY, a hackathon co-hosted by New York University and Columbia. Yan described the app as “mystifying, paired with childhood wonder.” However, the pair did not make any real preparation. They did read relevant re-

car accident that crippled her career as a concert pianist. She decided to “find another way to use [her] skill set and put [her] passion elsewhere.” After 12 years of teaching music and a stint as a city council member in Indiana, Germond found her way to Columbia. “After I ended my career, and because I was performing at such a high level, I wanted the same excellence out of my education,” she said. While the conference may eventually include a variety of universities, it was founded on the existing spirit of cooperation between the Ivies, Boatwright and Oleck said. Aside from creating solutions and relationships that are mutually beneficial within the student community, the conference included administration in an open forum on better integrating returning students. “We’re trying to let the administration know that we’re here. Not only are we vested in our own success, we are vested in the success of LPS and Penn and the broader community,” Boatwright said. “We’re all in this together.”

search and buy a couple of pieces of hardware the day before the competition. Derek He was concerned about constructing the hardware aspect of the hack, since it was something he’d never done before. Two plastic dinner knives ended up playing an integral role in their design. “We grabbed whatever was around us [at PennApps],” Yan said. While Penn might be concerned with the academic dishonesty implicit in “The Homework Machine,” Spectre is not. “That’s awesome. That’s hacking,” he said. “If they have the capability of building something like that, they deserve an A.”

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TRACK & FIELD | Junior Lydia Ali led the Quakers and claimed two top-10 records BY SAM ALTLAND Staff Writer A fter a successful weekend at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge in early February, the Quakers returned to the historic New York A r mor y this week for two more competitions. On Friday, the men’s and women’s t e a ms combi ned to post seven top-10 school records, as the Quakers put forward another impressive performance at the Lafayette/ Rider Invitational. Among those athletes that raced their way into the record books on Friday were freshman Ashley Montgomery and senior captain Chelsea Delaney. In the 1000 meter event , Montgomer y placed herself at sixth all-time for Penn with a time of 2:53.22, and Delaney finished with a time of 2:54.24, which landed

intermediate distance events, A li placed seventh in both the 200m and 400m races, with times of 25.21 and 56.75 respectively. Both of these marks were fast enough to give Ali claim to two top-10 records for Penn. “We had lots of performances to be proud of this weekend,� Director of Track and Field Steve Dolan said. “The whole essence of track and field is making steps forward, and I think we are making tremendous improvements week in and week out.� While the bulk of Penn’s racing was concluded when the team returned to campus Friday night, some members of the team had racing to do the following day. On Saturday, Penn sent a select few members of their squad to compete at the prestigious Millrose Games at the Armory. The team of sophomore Tim Hamlett, junior Mato Bekelja, sophomore Drew Magaha and freshman Chris Hatler took fifth place in the 4x800-meter relay event against a tough

her in seventh all-time. The pair finished behind only Olivia Sadler of Columbia on the podium for the event. Penn continued to have success throughout the day in the long distance events. In the 3000-meter race, sophomore Elyssa Gensib finished fourth overall with a time of 9:41.21, which was good enough for third all-time for the Quakers. Freshman Cleo Whiting was also third in the mile race with a time of 4:56.87. In the men’s 3000m event, t wo underclassmen added their names to the all-time list. Sophomore Clark Shurtleff and freshman Nick Tuck moved into sixth and eighth in the record book with top five finishes on the day. Shurteff crossed the finish line 8:13.99, which was good for a third place podium spot, and Tuck finished in fifth overall. However, the highlight of Friday’s meet for the Quakers was the all-around per formance of junior Lydia Ali. Ali clocked a season best 7.67 in the 60m, which was good for second place overall. In the

field of competition that included Duke, Villanova and Monmouth. In addition, senior Maalik Reynolds, Penn’s All-Americ a n h ig h ju mp er, pl ac e d fou r t h i n h is event as he cleared the 2.19 meter mark, but failed to advance past the 2.24 meter distance. Meanwhile, the Red and Blue sent sophomore Tom Awad to compete in the Scarlet & White Invitational at Boston University on Saturday. Awad beat the field in the 3000m event with a time of 8:03.34. With only the Princeton Invitational now standing between the Quakers and the Iv y Heptagonal Championships, Penn’s athletes are hitting their stride at the best possible time going into the most competitive and significant part of their season. “It’s been great watching t he at h letes compete a nd get the opportunity to see so many make consistent impr ovement s ,� Dol a n sa id . “These next few meets should be fun.�

Red and Blue chill southern opponents SWIMMING | The men’s team finished first while the women took third for a strong performance BY TODD COSTA Staff Writer T he Pe n n me n’s a nd women’s sw imming teams travelled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to compete in the Cava l ier I nv it at iona l t h is weekend. Facing obstacles from both Mother Nature and competitive opponents, the Red and Blue were able to emerge victorious. Facing tough competition that included Duke, Virginia, William & Mary and James Madison in a championshipstyle meet, the Quakers were able to put for ward strong per for ma nces. T he men’s team (6-4, 4-3 Ivy) took the top spot in its competition while the women’s squad (5-5, 2-5) finished in the middle of the pack. Prior to the meet, Penn was not able to arrive in time for Friday’s preliminary swims due to the snowstorm that



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“It could have been something where we let the weather get us down,� Schupsk y said. “But our kids were really positive and really upbeat, and we just stayed with the game plan, which was to swim fast.� Saturday marked a strong showing for the Penn men’s t e a m . T he R e d a nd Blue were able to take advantage of strong individual and relay swims to position themselves atop the leaderboard by the end of the meet. Alex Elias was the standout performer of the weekend for Penn. The junior not only put together a fourth-place finish in the 400 individual medley, but also took second in the 1650 freestyle. S at u r d ay ’s e v e nt s a l s o showcased some of the young talent that the Quakers have b o a st e d a l l s e a s o n l o n g . Freshman Jimmy Jameson finished second with an excellent swim in the 100 f ly with a 49.01, a mark that was only a second off senior captain Rhoads Worster’s school record. W hile the women’s team wasn’t able to pull ahead of

swept across Philadelphia on Thursday. The delay prevented the Quakers from competing in individual events for points, putting both teams in a bit of a hole. “I told [the swimmers] that it was a good challenge for us, that we wanted to try to get as many points as possible, and that we were going to swim to win,� assistant coach Dan Schupsky said. A c c o r d i n g l y, t h e P e n n men’s team swam only two events for points on Friday, which included the 200-meter freestyle and 400 medley relays. The team was able to take first place in the freestyle, finishing one second f a st er t h a n se c ond pl ac e Duke. Like the men, Penn’s women’s team swam the same two events on the first day of competition with similar results. To kick off the meet, the Q u a k e r s f i n i s h e d w it h a second-place f inish in the 200 freestyle relay. After the dust settled on day one, the women’s team found itself in fourth place overall and needed to make a move on the second day of the meet.


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the pack, they still finished the meet in third thanks to some strong performances from veteran swimmers. In the 400 individual medley, Penn was able to earn a large chunk of points with a second-place finish from junior Ca rly Gur ick a nd a third-place finish from senior Julia Anderson. Senior A nne Maerck lein also took fourth overall in the 200 -yard breaststroke, lifting the Red and Blue slightly higher in the standings. “[ T h is meet] shows t he strength of our team, how fast our team has gotten and how good our freshman are,� Schupsky said. The Cavalier Invitational was able to showc ase not only the strength of the Penn swimming program, but also t he d e pt h o f Iv y L e a g ue swimming overall. Penn was able to represent the Ancient Eight well over the weekend, and with less than two weeks until the Ivy Championships, the Quakers will soon have the opportunity to prove themselves against their talented conference opponents.

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BasketballExtra AT A GLANCE Star of the game: Penn Jr. F Kara Bonenberger

Te aming wi t h f r e s hm an center Sydney Stipanovich, Bonenberger was a force in the post, going 6-for-9 from the field to post 16 points and eight rebounds in Penn’s victory.

Play of the game: Renee Busch’s clutch threepointers Penn

seemed to be slipping late in the second half, letting Yale cut its deficit from 15 points to just four. But junior guard Renee Busch sealed the Quakers’ victory, hitting two triples in the span of four possessions to extend Penn’s lead to double digits.



Blocks by freshman center Sydney Stipanovich. After posting five blocks vs. Yale, she now has the school record for blocks in a season with 82 total blocks.


Offensive rebounds surrendered by the Red and Blue. However, Penn still held Yale to just 28.2 percent shooting thanks to a strong 2-3 zone.


Free throw attempts for the Red and Blue in a foul-filled second half. The Elis only mustered 10 attempts for the entire game.

Defense allows Penn to move past mistakes STEELE from page 8 3.9 blocks per game, and ranked fourth nationally in that category entering Friday night’s game against Yale. In addition to Penn’s young contributor, the Quakers also feature a plethora of veteran wisdom. Along with junior guard Kathleen Roche, seniors Baron and Meghan McCullough all combine to give the Red and Blue a steady dose of leadership. And don’t forget the depth of Penn’s bench. Busch drilled three backbreaking three-pointers in the opening period, while Roche led the charge early in the second half, scoring nine of the Quakers’ first 11 points to emphatically seal the game. Take into consideration the Red and Blue’s depth in the frontcourt with junior forwards Katy Allen and Kara Bonenberger, and it’s hard to imagine this team losing multiple games the

Penn prepared for big game vs. Harvard W. HOOPS from page 8 with their key players on the perimeter.” A nd af ter Brow n senior guard Lauren Clarke kept her squad in the game with eight early points, the Quakers took off, turning a 9-8 lead into a 27-8 blowout, taking Brown’s hopes of pulling an upset away early on. “Their offense really runs t h r oug h [Cl a rke],” Ba r on said. “She was on fire in the beginning, but once we contained her, they struggled to score.”

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“Alyssa just wants to win ... What I really liked about her performance today was that she made the extra pass.” — On the performance of Alyssa Baron against Brown

AT A GLANCE Star of the game: Penn Fr. C Sydney Stipanovich

The center notched another double- double and added five blocks against Brown. Stipanovich set the tone for Penn early, scoring buckets on the Quakers first two possessions.

Play of the game: Kathleen Roche’s threepoint play early in first half

The junior guard scored a nifty, acrobatic bucket while drawing a foul with 17:53 remaining in the first half. The and-one helped the Quakers jump out in front of Brown early on, and squashed any potential for a hot start for the Bears.


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Penn freshman Sydney Stipanovich continues to dominate Ivy competition. The rookie scored 13 points against Brown to go along with 10 boards and five blocks.

Baron led the charge for Penn’s offense. The Quakers’ senior captain shot lights out in the first half, going five-forfive on her way to 17 points while adding four assists. Those 17 points were enough to outscore the Bears as the Quakers led, 43-15, at the half. “I kind of just tried to get the last game out of my mind,” Baron said after dealing with foul trouble against Yale on Friday. “There is always new officiating so it is [about] coming with the same mindset and attacking the basket.” But it wasn’t just Baron making things happen. Penn’s first two baskets came from Stipanovich, the Quakers’ freshman sensation in the frontcourt. And she didn’t let up, putting up eight points, six rebounds and two blocks for good measure in a strong

opening half. Meanwhile, junior guard Renee Busch picked up where she left off against Yale, making three triples to contribute off the bench. Brown put up a fight in the second half, going on a 15-0 run after falling behind, 5922. But coach McLaughlin brought his starters back in, letting Baron and company finish off the Bears. “Alyssa just wants to win,” McLaughlin said. “What I really liked about her performance today was that she made the extra pass.” Ba ron f inished w ith a game-high 22 points while Stipanovich posted a doubledouble with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. To top it off, Roche added 15 points to help Penn pick up an easy win.

A ll in all, it was another strong weekend for the Quakers. The two victories marked Pen n’s t h i r d st r a ig ht Iv y weekend without a loss, giving the squad an eight-game winning streak, its second such streak of the season. A nd w it h H a r v a r d a nd P r i nc et on b ot h swe epi ng their two Ivy opponents this weekend, Penn remains in a virtual tie with each squad for first place in the Ancient Eight. But that tie won’t last for long as the Tigers and Quakers travel up to Cambridge next weekend for a seasondefining set of games. “We’ve been through the leag ue once,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll use some of what we did the first time against [Harvard] … and then it’s on to Dartmouth.”

Dylan Jones committing at least one giveaway. However, Brown failed to capitalize, managing just 10 points off of turnovers, while McGonagill was unable to get anything going. “I thought for the most part we did a solid job defending [McGonagill] throughout the game,” Penn coach Jerome Allen said. When Penn managed to actually get a shot off, it found great success inside as senior for ward F ran Dougherty and sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henr y combined for 20 first-half points. The second half began with much of the same, though Penn managed to string together an 8-2 run together midway through the half to go ahead, 46-40.

“We weren’t really operating the same way as we were in the first half and we didn’t have as much success running our motions,” NelsonHenry said. “They adjusted to our actions and you have to find counters, but we didn’t.” A nd it wasn’t long af ter that McGonagill found his spark and lit up the Red and Blue down the stretch. Once Brown claimed the lead with under four minutes to go, the Bears would never relinquish it. The main bright spot for the Red and Blue throughout the night was Nelson-Henry, who contributed 20 points, se ve n r e b ou nd s a nd f i ve blocks, following up a strong performance against Yale. McGonagill weathered his slow start to finish with 15

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rest of the season when all of its pieces mesh so well. Sure, the Red and Blue have their weaknesses. But compared to the other Penn basketball team that calls the Palestra home, coach Mike McLaughlin’s squad’s issues are trivial. Even as the Quakers turned the ball over 16 times against an inferior Brown team, Penn used its defensive tenacity to limit the damage. Only 12 points off that many turnovers is a statistic any coach will live with. Halfway through their Ancient Eight slate, the Red and Blue have one blemish on their record. Despite the hiccup, the Quakers are tied for first with both the Tigers and the Crimson, and could very well play their way into the NCAA tournament. With a couple of haymakers, a few more knockout blows and by taking advantage of the tools that were on display against Brown, Penn could be well on its way to ending the Tigers’ run as title holder atop the conference.

Leading Ivy scorer heats up, downs Penn

After being outplayed by Yale’s Justin Sears on Friday, Penn sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry performed well on Saturday, posting 20 points and seven rebounds.


dogs’ Justin Sears put the game out of reach for the Red and Blue. S at u r d ay was a si m i la r story for the Red and Blue as the game was a back-andforth affair from the start. Ea rly on in the f irst half, Penn struggled ahead to an early lead, but was unable to pull away due to a slew of turnovers. The Quakers committed 13 in the half with every player except f r esh ma n for wa r d

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Brown’s field goal percentage in the first half against Penn. The Quakers limited the Bears to 15 points in the opening period on 5-for-23 shooting.


Elapsed time between Brown baskets in the first half. The Quakers went on an 18-0 run over that stretch and pushed their lead to 19.


Thre e - p ointer s made by senior guard Alyssa Baron and junior guard Renee Busch in the first half.

points for the Bears, while s o phomor e f or w a r d C e d r ic K u a k u men s a h sc or e d a team-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds. “[ K u a k a men s a h] w a s a warrior in the paint,” Martin said. “He stepped up to the challenge. Nelson-Henry is a good player, and he responded well.” Look ing for ward to next weekend’s matchups w it h Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, respectively, the Quakers are going to have to adjust to find any form of success. “ We just need to have a good week of practice,” Nelson-Henr y said. “ We need to get our minds right, our bodies right. We have to use this loss as a learning experience.”

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WINNING COMFORTABLY W. HOOPS | Alyssa Baron and the Quakers took care of Brown easily a night after beating Yale

Quakers show they are poised to push for Ivy title belt

BY STEVEN TYDINGS Senior Sports Editor Another strong scoring effort for Alyssa Baron . Another block party for Sydney Stipanovich . And another dominant defensive effort by the Red and Blue. In other words, it was a typical Ivy weekend for Penn women’s basketball. In a game that was over well before halftime, the Quakers dismantled Brown, leading by as many as 37 points before beating the Bears, 78-51. “We were really hy ped after beating Yale,” junior guard K athleen Roche said. “Penn doesn’t beat Yale very often historically so getting that win was really important, and we wanted to cap the weekend with another sweep going into Harvard [next weekend].” The Red and Blue (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) came into Friday’s game w it h t he nation’s si xt h- best shooting percentage defense, and they did not disappoint this weekend. After holding Yale (1012, 4-4) to 28 percent shooting on Friday in a 62-50 win, Penn held Brown (8-14, 2-6) to a mere 21.7 percent shooting in the first half. “We were in a zone press into a zone after a make,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “I thought we did really good job matching up



SEE W. HOOPS PAGE 7 Michele Ozer/Sports Photo Editor

After fighting through foul trouble against Yale, senior captain Alyssa Baron led the charge for the Quakers against Brown, outscoring the Bears by herself in the first half, 17-15, while the Red and Blue took a 28-point halftime lead. Baron finished with a game-high 22 points and seven assists, as Penn stayed in a first-place tie for the Ivy lead.

f Penn women’s basketball’s game on Saturday was a heavyweight fight, when would Brown coach Jean Marie Burr have thrown in the towel? Would she have called the fight after senior guard Alyssa Baron canned a three-pointer with 7:07 remaining in the first half, a shot that pushed the Red and Blue’s lead to 19? Would she have called the fight while the Bears were in the midst of a 9:48 scoring drought, a stretch in which the Quakers were able to score 18 unanswered points? Or would she have waited until just after halftime, when one of the game’s three referees glanced down at a stat sheet and seemed shocked that the first half carnage was even worse on paper? Sometimes, numbers and statistics don’t tell the full story. But Saturday night against Brown, with Penn methodically picking apart the Bears in the first half, the Quakers let the box score do all the talking. Only three Brown players scored in the game’s opening frame and the Bears were a mere 5-for-23 from the field. Over the same period, the Red and Blue made 56 percent of their shots, while Baron and junior guard Renee Busch each knocked down three attempts from beyond the arc. Put it all together and Penn’s 43-15 halftime lead was the equivalent of a first-round knockout. And with Saturday’s performance fresh in mind, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious now: In this 14-game tournament that is the bout for the Ivy League championship, the Quakers are proving that they are a worthy challenger for the title belt. Take a closer look at the makeup of Penn women’s basketball. You’ll notice that they have all the tools capable of pushing both Harvard and defending champion Princeton to the brink as the season winds down. The Quakers feature the most dominant defensive force in the Ivy League in freshman center Sydney Stipanovich. After this weekend, the rookie is averaging


Red and Blue snatch defeat from jaws of victory ... twice M. HOOPS | Quakers lose both weekend contests despite Yale and Brown struggling in the first half BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Associate Sports Editor P R OV I DE NC E , R . I . — W it h Penn basketba l l a head aga i nst Brown, 51-47, and with five minutes left to play, Red and Blue senior guard Steve Rennard dove for a

at Yale

at Brown loose ball at the top of the key. As he got up, Bears guard Sean McGonag ill dar ted around a screen, caught a pass in the right corner and let loose a trey over

Rennard’s outstretched arms. On the next possession, the same thing happened, with McGonagill draining another three over Rennard. Just out of reach. And with that, Brown turned the tide of the entire game. In a game that was close from the beginning, the Bears found a way to light a fire in snowy Providence and down the Quakers, 62-55. “Well, that certainly wasn’t pretty. I don’t think [Penn] played their best game offensively [with] turn-

overs, missed shots,” Brown coach Mike Martin said. “But I certainly have great respect for those guys. “They’re a good defensive team and cer tainly better than their record is.” The loss was the second of the weekend for Penn (6-15, 3-4 Iv y) after their defeat to Yale on Friday. Brown (13-9, 5-3) split its weekend, rebounding after a tough loss to Princeton on Friday. Against the Elis, Penn had several oppor tunities to break the

game open, but failed to do so. The Quakers failed to take advantage of Yale’s miscues and missed shots in the first half, and let an early eightpoint lead slip away. Despite a decent start, Penn allowed Yale to dominate the end of the first half and beginning of the second period. Turnovers and a lengthy scoring drought, combined with 25 points and seven rebounds from the Bull-


Senior Day brings impressive performances and a big win WRESTLING | The Quakers crushed Columbia at the Palestra on Saturday after a loss to Brown BY SEAMUS POWERS Staff Writer “Overly focused, it’s far from the time to rest now,” rapper Drake insists on “Pound Cake,” a recent album. The same goes for Penn wrestling, a team that issued a 24-10 pounding of Ivy League foe Columbia at the Palestra on Saturday. After a letdown against Brown last weekend, the Quakers (6-6, 2-2 Ivy) knew they had to lock in and exhibit a more complete performance against a Lions squad that Penn coach Rob Eiter described as

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vs. Columbia “blue collar.” While the final score was lopsided, Columbia (6-5, 0-2) was every bit as tough as the Quakers expected. Most duals were tight — seven of Penn’s eight wins were decided by three points or less — and coach Eiter’s mantra of not letting up and wrestling a full seven minutes was as pertinent as ever. “We really told [our wrestlers] that to win this dual meet we just have to continue to wrestle,” Eiter said. “The first one that stops loses. “And that was pretty evident here. I think we wrestled through a lot of situations until we scored our points and then

didn’t relax.” Perhaps the biggest points of the day came fittingly from senior Steve Graziano, as the Red and Blue celebrated Senior Day for its veteran wrestlers. The heavyweight’s last home dual match remained close throughout, but Graziano came out on top after executing a monstrous takedown just seconds before time ran out to seize a 3-2 decision. The move brought the crowd and his teammates to their feet, producing the most electrifying moment in an afternoon that featured plenty of intensity. “I was looking for my shot throughout the match,” Graziano said. “I knew it was just a matter of time before I was going to get to it. “It was going to be a special match.


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Senior heavyweight Steve Graziano’s forceful last-second takedown was the highlight in a banner dual for the Quakers in his final home bout of his career.

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