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One-week program began last year with trip to Costa Rica TYLER LARKWORTHY Contributing Reporter
Around 25 Penn students will leave behind their cellphones, laptops and other electronics and head to Nicaragua this May to fully escape the “Penn bubble” and study
strategies for social impact. Penn Impact Lab, a one-week program, includes workshops and training intended to help students develop ideas for social impact ventures. According to the program’s website, participants will stay at Magnific Rock, a resort in Nicaragua. The trip is organized by the Center for Social Impact Strategy, which was founded at the School of
Social Policy & Practice in 2014. Much of the workshop material draws on concepts presented in traditional business classes, with additional focus on social impact, Director of Operations for CSIS Anna Dausman said. She said the goal of the Penn Impact Lab program is for students to develop a “concrete plan for how they want to channel their interests,
passions or skills to create social impact.” Wharton senior and 2016 participant Kevin Park said he had an idea for a social impact venture going into the program,but after workshops and discussions with mentors during the trip, he realized his idea was “not feasible.” SEE IMPACT PAGE 6
TRUMPED Seniors rethink job search following federal hiring freeze CAROLINE SIMON Senior Reporter
The results of the 2016 presidential election are changing lives across the country — and at Penn, they’re even changing students’ job opportunities. As graduating seniors prepare to enter a workforce characterized by political uncertainty, many have had to rethink their professional plans — particularly those students who had hoped to work in politics or government. One College senior, who did not provide a name and gender because their prospective position requires a security clearance, was offered a job in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Like most federal positions, the job requires security clearance, and the offer is conditional upon passing a background check. Since the clearance for the position could take several months, the Department of Defense is continuing the vetting process despite Trump’s 90-day federal hiring freeze. But it can’t make the offer final while the freeze is going on. “Now the issue is how do I plan, and that’s very challenging because this hiring freeze extends for 90 days,” the senior said. “But what happens on day 90? What happens in September?” The senior plans to apply for an internship while waiting for news about the Department of Defense position, but said it’s “disingenuous” to accept another fulltime offer — resulting in an uncertain professional future. SEE JOBS PAGE 3
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How else, after all, can moderate people mitigate extreme views if they are never exposed to them?” - Reid Jackson
Was Trump really a top student at Wharton? No, his classmates say Classmates don’t recall Trump standing out
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Despite repeated claims by President Donald Trump that he “graduated first in his class,” he was not on the Dean’s List in 1968, when he graduated from Wharton.
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For years, President Donald Trump has said it’s clear that he is “a very smart guy” since he attended Wharton — a school he describes as “super genius stuff.” Trump, who graduated from Wharton in 1968, has also told various publishers and news agencies such as The New York Times in 1984 that he “graduated first in his class.” Penn records and Trump’s classmates dispute this claim. In 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year — Trump’s name is not among them. “I recognize virtually all the names on that list, ” 1968 Wharton graduate Stephen Foxman said , “and Trump just wasn’t one
of them.” 1968 Wharton graduate Jon Hillsberg added that there was no indication on the 1968 Commencement Program that Trump graduated with any honors. A copy of the program acquired from the Penn Archives lists 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for the Class of 1968. Trump’s name appears nowhere on those lists. “If he had done well, his name would have shown up,” Foxman said. Given that there are 366 listed 1968 Wharton graduates on QuakerNet, Penn’s alumni database, the Dean’s List of 56 students represents approximately the top 15 percent of the class. The omission of Trump’s name suggests that his academic SEE TRUMP PAGE 6
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Mixed reaction to #DeleteUber CEO’s position in Trump admin. sparked movement STEPHEN IMBURGIA Staff Reporter
When Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, he faced criticism from many of his Silicon Valley employees. And when the company was accused of attempting to profit from Trump’s immigration ban at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the company garnered criticism from across the nation. The hashtag #DeleteUber became a boycott against the company, with some Penn students switching to the alternative ride-sharing service Lyft. However, campus opinions about the effectiveness of the movement vary. “I had Uber, and I deleted it,” President of Penn Democrats and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz said. “I think that boycotting and economic protest is really important.” “If you’re a for-profit company, profits are going to drive what you do,” Pomerantz added. “If politically affiliating with the Trump administration is going to hurt your profit, it should hurt your profit.” Wharton freshman Dylan Milligan, who organized many protests in his role as Penn Democrats political director, agreed.
“I was pretty mad when I heard that Uber’s CEO was going to be on Trump’s transition team,” Milligan said, referring to Kalanick’s former role. In late January, Uber halted its surge pricing in response to cab boycott at JFK — a taxi union response the executive order. Although many considered Uber’s actions tacit support of the controversial executive order on immigration, Milligan believes it was simply a ploy for profits — one that “clearly backfired.” “Companies are very attentive to their pocketbooks,” Milligan said. “So if you really want a company to change its policies, I think boycotts are extremely effective.” But some Penn students aren’t buying it. “I just think it’s kind of a self congratulatory way for Penn students to think they’re engaged — that they give a sh*t,” College sophomore and Penn Democrats Vice President Ari Goldfine said. “If you’re willing to boycott every company Trump has touched, great for you,” she continued. “But I honestly think it’s kind of bullsh*t.” Goldfine jabbed at the financecentered culture of Penn’s campus and — what she perceives as — its lack of true political activism. “How many people who deleted Uber on this campus are going to go work for Goldman Sachs?” she asked. However, Goldfine did concede
that the boycott is “not meaningless,” citing Uber’s pledge to donate to refugees and Kalanick’s decision to leave the Trump transition team. “Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda,” the Uber CEO wrote according to Forbes. “But unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.” Wharton sophomore Caleb Carter agrees with the sentiment of Kalanick. “It’s disappointing that people want to pressure him to step off the council,” Carter said. “I see it as an example of politics getting in the way of policy.” Carter, a self-proclaimed “believer in the power of rational, open discussion and debate,” claimed that only engagement with Trump will prove effective in challenging his ideas. “If immigration is important to you — and Mr. Kalanick has said multiple times, ‘immigrants are massively important to Uber’ — then, why would you pressure someone like that to give up his seat at the table?” Carter asked. But despite the movement’s flaws, Pomerantz remains dedicated in her deletion of the app. “Obviously it’s not a perfect form of activism,” Pomerantz said. “It’s not going to change the world.” “But it’s a good first step,” she added, “And putting your money where your mouth is is important.”
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Quad ceiling collapse displaces two freshmen
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Monday afternoon, two students walked back to their dorm to find that part of their ceiling had collapsed. College freshman Alex Crane and Wharton freshman Gabe Ren discovered that paint and chips from the ceiling had covered the floor of their dorm on the fourth floor hall of Butcher in Ware College House. “Water pooled up and the ceiling collapsed,” Crane said. “We initially put in a work order for a few leaks in the ceiling and then the next day, our ceiling was on our floor.” He noted that he saw parts of the ceiling continuing to fall when he walked into his room, at which point he called Penn Residential Services. Crane said that Ren and him have been temporarily moved to live in two singles in Fisher Hassenfeld College House. Housing services told him that they would be out of their room for at least three weeks, but there is no time frame of when they will be in their old room. Ren was disappointed at the lack of initiative that Housing Services took to right the situation. “There was no compensation for the time spent moving from our old room to the temporary one,” Ren said. “They also didn’t give a clear plan for our housing situation for the rest of the semester.” “Especially during a midterm season like we are in right now, this is a pretty stressful
A student-run innovation fund has already provided capital to launch four Penn startups this year, and it’s only the beginning of second semester. The Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund gives grants ranging from $500-$2000 to startups that involve technology in some way, College senior and Fund co-chair Jason Shein explained. Shein facilitated a recent “relaunch” of the Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund to institutionalize the non-financial resources it now provides to the companies receiving their grants. “We’re aiming to create lines of communication that exist before funding, during the funding process, and after funding,” Shein said. Here are the four companies that were funded last semester: Bright Idea applied a similar model as Elon Musk’s SolarCity, which installs solar panels and then receives some of the savings from the process, Shein said. Bright Idea adapted this concept to LED lightbulbs — they provide and install the bulbs, free of charge, to large companies and then split the savings with them. Bright Idea doesn’t charge for the installation or the bulbs themselves. Instead, they make their money when the company receiving the bulbs calculates their savings and pays half of that to Bright Idea. As their website reiterates, Bright Idea’s business is contingent on their confidence that the lightbulbs will result in lower
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Freshmen Alex Crane and Gabe Ren have no time frame for when they can expect to move back into their room and are disappointed with the response of Penn Residential Services to their situation.
situation,” Crane said. “I think they could have checked on the situation more efficiently because it obviously was a much
bigger issue than just leaks.” Facilities and Real Estate Services did not respond to request for comment.
energy costs, as they will not make money if the LED bulbs are not cost-effective. Sanguis is a medical device for cancer patients and the product of three graduate students in the school of medicine. Co-founder Prateek Agarwal explained that patients receiving chemotherapy can experience sudden drops in their white blood cell count. He added that this can cause complications, some fatal, because lower white blood cell counts equate to weakened immune systems. Daniel Zhang, another cofounder, emphasized the device’s importance. “These patients are already going through the worst challenge of their lives, and, on top of that, the treatment they need is causing them to be even more sick from infections,” he said. “We thought this area could use some new ideas that could improve the wellbeing of these patients.” Sanguis is still in the research and development phase but both Agarwal and Zhang — who do not come from business backgrounds — spoke to the importance of the advice, in addition to the funding, that they have received from the Weiss Tech House. SolutionLoft is a software company working to ameliorate the inefficiency that creator College and Wharton senior William Fry noticed in software development. Fry explained that most software average clients want developed has already been created, but there does not exist a way to find and reuse this preexisting code. SolutionLoft, then, is a shared database of code that grows with
each project its team of 30-plus developers creates. The developers are motivated to post their code to SolutionLoft after they finish their projects because SolutionLoft pays above market prices for the reuse of their code. SolutionLoft is a practical avenue for college students looking to make extra money by coding, Fry added. He explained that the 20-30 hours needed to code a software can be a barrier for many students. SolutionLoft’s extensive database of reusable code thus allows them to complete projects in a fraction of that time because they only have to code the new parts. Fry said that the Weiss Tech House helped him find engineers for his team. In fact, half of his team is current Penn students and alumni. “If anyone’s ever thinking about starting a business, they should reach out,” Fry said of the Weiss Tech House. Twine is a software that finds internal employees to fill open spaces in large companies. It helps reduce hiring costs because it better enables corporations to hire from within, instead of paying recruiters to source new employees. Wharton MBA student Joseph Qian started Twine during his first month at Penn as an algorithm that connected Wharton students so that they could meet new people every month. Although hundreds signed up for his program, Qian ended up shifting its focus it to apply to businesses. Qian described his experiences with the Weiss Tech House as “very similar to joining a family.” “We have an ongoing relationship that doesn’t end with money,” he said.
Foreign policy ‘hobbled’ by U.S. politics, Huntsman, Jr. says The former Utah governor spoke at Wharton CIEL CHEN Staff Reporter
Wednesday evening, students gathered in a Huntsman Hall auditorium for a discussion with 1987 College graduate Jon Huntsman, Jr., the 16th governor of Utah, former United States Ambassador to China and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Professors Avery Goldstein and William Burke-White moderated the discussion, called “The U.S. and China: Where We Go From Here.” Recalling his days in Beijing as the American ambassador, Huntsman described an event at a bookstore associated with
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And at Penn — where many students head to Wall Street rather than the federal government — the senior’s uncertainty has also brought on isolation. “I don’t know anyone else who is in my position, and it’s not something I talk about often because of the sensitive nature of the job I’m going to do,” they said. Although the student’s situation is unique in that the federal hiring freeze has already had a direct impact, the election has sparked uncertainty among job seekers across campus — so much so that Career Services reached out to all students in an email following the election. “Since Tuesday, many students coming to Career Services have expressed concerns about the potential impact of this week’s Presidential election on the job market and their professional plans,” the email said. ”We take these concerns seriously because they challenge the core of our mission—to help you launch your careers in ways that will maximize your future success and allow you to make contributions to the institutions or organizations you serve.” Patricia Rose, the director of Career Services, said the election will have immediate ramifications for many Penn job seekers, including students from the seven countries included in Trump’s recent travel ban, students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
political dissidents where he spoke to young Chinese citizens. He said he sensed that the young generation is eager to “have a conversation that is not taking place right now” within the current political climate in China. Although the Chinese government severely restricts access to certain types of information online, including social networking sites like Facebook, Huntsman pointed out how young people are able to easily avoid the digital “Great Wall” with an virtual private network. He added that his daughter, 2008 College graduate Abby Huntsman, used this approach to access the internet when she visited him in Beijing. He said that “ultimately China will enter an early form of civil
society,” noting that access to prohibited information online will facilitate this transition. Huntsman is the son of 1959 Wharton graduate Jon Huntsman, Sr., the namesake of Huntsman Hall. Responding to comment about the name of the building in which the discussion took place, Huntsman joked he was glad he wasn’t “asked for an ID” when he entered the building. He also discussed President Donald Trump’s relationship with China, remarking that neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence have ever visited the country and that Trump emphasizes domestic issues. After the Washington Post released a recording of Trump boasting about seducing and forcefully touching married
women, Huntsman called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race and for Pence to replace him as the Republican nominee. At the event, Huntsman criticized Trump’s decision to speak on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen before his inauguration. However, he said Trump’s recent statements affirming his commitment to the One China policy — that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China — ameliorated the damage caused by Trump’s earlier actions. Foreign policy is sometimes “hobbled by U.S. political system,” Huntsman added, because politicians may oversimplify international issues in their campaign rhetoric. Commenting on the future of
U.S.-China relations surrounding North Korea, Huntsman said that American policy often has a
short-term focus while China “is one of the best long-term strategic thinkers.”
program and international students looking to obtain work visas. “There is more uncertainty among job seekers now than really at any time in my career, and I’ve been doing this for a long time,” she said. Rose said that traditional employers who recruit heavily at Penn — banks, consulting firms, technology companies — haven’t changed their hiring. But students who hoped to enter fields like public policy, politics or nonprofit work may have to “regroup.” For students who planned on working for a Democratic president or a Democratic congressperson, entry-level political jobs are few and far between. Not only are there thousands of workers from the Clinton campaign seeking jobs, but there are Obama employees are looking for work as well. Sam Iacobellis, a College senior who has worked for multiple Democratic campaigns, is in that exact situation — he said that he is now in the worst job market for Democrats looking for political roles since 1981. “It’s been something we’ve taken for granted — that the political world would not be so upended as it was,” he said. Students who want to work directly in government and politics have not been the only ones affected. College senior Hannah Fagin, who wants to work in a museum, won’t be applying to jobs at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. that have been affected by the federal hiring freeze.
Her interest in the intersection between politics and art also made working at the National Endowment for the Arts an attractive option. But Trump may cut that agency entirely. Fagin is concerned not only about her own job opportunities, but also for the future of government support for art in general. “The NEA funds a lot of artists who make and produce work, it funds so many different things,” she said. “The whole art world would be impacted.” At a university where a large portion of seniors generally receive job offers in the fall, not having postgraduate plans in the spring can be very stressful. Rose advised students whose hearts are set on politics or the public sector to “stay strong.” “If this is what you want to do, don’t listen to the siren song of some recruiter in the fall who’s going to tempt you,” she said. “If you really don’t want to do that, don’t do it, even though you may well be able to
get an offer.” Iacobellis isn’t bothered by the uncertainty of the job market in his field. Instead, the Republican-controlled government has given him more motivation. “If you want to do something, do something. If you’re doing something just because you have to have a job … I’m not one of those people,” he said. “You’ve got to know your stuff and what you really wanna do, and I want to help Democrats get
elected to higher office.” For Penn job seekers who want civil service jobs in the government rather than partisan positions, there’s still the question of whether to work under a president with whom they don’t agree. The College senior with the offer from the Department of Defense doesn’t personally support Trump, and at first was hesitant about working in his administration. But, anticipating a multi-decade career
under presidents of both parties, the senior decided to pursue their goals anyway. “Whenever I anticipated my future government job, I always visualized entering during a Clinton presidency, and I never spent one moment thinking what I would do or what it would be like if Trump won,” the senior said. “It’s a lifetime commitment to saying, ‘I will put the country before my personal politics.’”
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This week, the British government formally rejected an online petition started on its website to cancel U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit on the grounds that it would “cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” The petition amassed more than 1.8 million signatures, the second-most signed petition on the website. A rival petition called for President Trump to be extended an invitation, saying that the “U.K. is a country that supports free speech and does not believe that people that appose [sic] our point of view should be gagged.” Despite the dubious spelling, the petition amassed more than 310,000 signatures, also above the threshold that prompts a response from the government. The British government’s decision to support the leader of the free world should surprise nobody, but it sent a strong signal that they did not believe in objecting to his views by shutting him down. It was the right thing to do. Through the lens of a col-
lege student, the debacle appears like a higher-stakes version of the argument that played out violently in Berkeley, Calif. two weeks ago, when fiery Breitbart News editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned speech was met with protest and riot in the streets. In fact, so infuriated was President Trump with the treatment of Yiannopoulous that he tweeted, “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” It’s a debate that we saw take place at Penn last year too, when former C.I.A. director John Brennan’s talk was cut short by protesters after just 15 minutes. A chorus of boos and heckles from a group that reportedly included at least one Penn student led to the conversation abruptly ending. The sad spectacle of mass movements attempting to silence the views of those they disagree with has become all too common. Of course, there is a big difference between silencing Milo
Yiannopoulous and silencing a sitting president of the United States — at the time when Britain undoubtedly needs America most — but the principle is the same: “This person says things that offend me, and so I don’t think they should be able to speak.” Many things that Yian-
message, allow their message to be heard and the opposition will grow. Shutting down a speech is a sign of weakness. Some might argue that offensive speech, or “hate speech,” is an exception to free speech. Even for those people who do not subscribe to free speech absolutism
If you believe in the repugnancy of somebody’s message, allow their message to be heard and the opposition will grow. Shutting down a speech is a sign of weakness.” nopoulous says are repugnant, but nobody is being forced to listen, and shutting the speech down entirely does nothing but propel him to mainstream headlines and Twitter trends. Shutting down a speech isn’t protest, it’s retreat. If you believe in the repugnancy of somebody’s
in the way I do, the importance of hearing extreme opinions in an academic setting should be obvious. How else, after all, can moderate people mitigate extreme views if they are never exposed to them? The widespread pandemic of crowd censoring is alarming because it implies that
there are vast quantities of generally young, studentage people who believe that shutting down speech is a valid form of political discourse. It’s not. Perhaps the most tragic part of the story is that age cohort. At a time when we college students should be exposing ourselves to more ideas — even those we may rightfully disagree with vehemently or find morally outrageous — many of us have an inclination to wall ourselves off from potentially offensive material. That is harmful to our education and a harmful way to see the world. Rather than engaging with an idea, some of our fellow students are disengaging from it. Students who disagree with a speaker on campus should bring in their own speaker, organize a peaceful protest while allowing the speaker to appear or even engage the speaker in a way that allows them to respond. The nation is polarized to an unhealthy degree, and there will be no improvement in that situation if our
REID JACKSON age group refuses to engage in real dialogue with political speakers, even those from the crazy fringes. Given that Republicans control all levers of government in Washington, it’s hard to see how many leftleaning students could benefit from shutting down these speeches rather than engaging with them. For conservative and libertarian students like me, a more open attitude toward campus speakers of all political stripes would be a welcome change. REID JACKSON is a College junior from New York, N.Y., and London, U.K., studying political science. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. “Common Sense” usually appears every other Thursday.
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CAMBRIDGE, U.K. — Last Thursday, a Pembroke College student burned a £20 note in front of a homeless man on Bridge Street. I’m not certain how many people in the United States, let alone Penn’s campus, heard of it, but it was a huge deal over here in Cambridge. The negative social media reaction was so overwhelming that the Pembroke Facebook page had to disable its comments for a while. Besides being an absolutely ludicrous story to pass around the dining hall table, the event served a more important purpose by betraying something deeper about Cambridge’s socioeconomic difference: that there is little to none. While this student’s actions were an anomaly, and while almost all of his peers outwardly condemned them, it is difficult to deny the lack of economic diversity at Cambridge. Most of the students here have lived around the same upper-class areas, gone to the same or similar feeder schools and
can afford the same type of comfortable lifestyles where they pay upward of £100 for club memberships. If all this sounds familiar, then it should. Because the first thing I thought of when reflecting on Cambridge’s economically homogeneous environment was my home campus, Penn. Last week, two posts in The Daily Pennsylvanian’s opinion section coincided with the note-burning incident to impress upon me the importance of addressing problems of economic diversity. The first was the Group Think discussion on whether Penn has a lack of economic diversity and what the administration should do about it. The answer to the first part of the question seemed evident to me; of course Penn lacks economic diversity. The second part had me stumped. At the time, I had proposed that Penn should go out and actively search for people of different economic backgrounds, that it
should be more direct and recruit them. The answer appeared incredibly wanting, mainly because it was so vague. How would the logistics work out? Would Penn representatives actually go to these schools and hand
do, I realized that I had the ability to raise the issue so that people more educated in this matter would find the solution to it. They would understand that this is an important problem on campus, that it is not going away and that it must be solved.
We should promote an environment that is hospitable to economic diversity so that, when we do finally achieve it, we won’t regret having it.” them applications? Would they look at these students’ FAFSA and SAT scores and choose the best combination? It was an almost childish solution. And to tell the truth, I still don’t know how to answer the original question. But then, in considering further what I had in my power to
Moreover, I realized that while I might not be able to resolve the issue itself, I can change the culture and mentality surrounding Penn’s economic homogeneity. This leads to the second thing I read last week, James Fisher’s article about being at an economic disadvantage.
While at first I found the main takeaway — that Penn students should be more sensitive to economic disparity — insufficient, the more I thought about it, the more crucial I found it to be. One of the largest problems on Penn’s campus is not merely the lack of economic diversity, but the complacent, almost satisfied attitude towards it. We walk proudly in our Canada Goose jackets and we chatter loudly about our weekend trips to Cabo. As James rightly points out, much of Penn’s social scene, including both individual events like dinners and formal groups like fraternities and sororities, revolves around money. I know that it is nearly impossible to ask that we change the way we enjoy ourselves so as not to center on money. But at the very least, I think it’s important that we are sensitive about the way we deal with those who have less money. We shouldn’t disdain those who ask us for money
AMY CHAN by looking at them with disgust and mocking them. If we have a friend who can’t afford to go on that Center City trip, we should plan something a little closer to home. For some of us, we should actually make friends with people outside of our socioeconomic status. We should promote an environment that is hospitable to economic diversity so that, when we do finally achieve it, we won’t regret having it. AMY CHAN is a College junior from Augusta, Ga., studying Classics and English. Her email address is chanamy@ sas.upenn.edu. “Chances Are” usually appears every other Thursday.
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The Penn Congressional Call Center, a newly formed group on campus, aims to increase student participation in the civic process by eliminating some of the “intimidation” of calling elected representatives. The call center is a nonpartisan space that provides all of the resources necessary for Penn students to contact their congressional representatives. The call center provides a comprehensive contact list with the names, office phone numbers and postal addresses of all United States representatives as well as issue lists, facts sheets, conversation templates and scripts for students who lack confidence in a subject they are addressing. After the Women’s March on Washington, which several of the
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record at Penn was not as outstanding as he has claimed. Penn spokesperson Ron Ozio said the University cannot release the academic records of alumni other than to confirm date of graduation, degree and major. “[This] does not change because an alumnus is famous or holds a public position,” he said in a written statement. Nonet heless, m a ny of Trump’s peers in the Wharton Class of 1968 agree that he did not stand out academically, though many offer mixed accounts of how the 45th president acted in class. A 1968 Wharton graduate who did not want to be named said that Trump “sat in the front row [of their Real Estate class], raised his hand a lot to answer questions and had a heavy New
group’s co-founders attended, some students found themselves lacking a concrete way to air their grievances against President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and other issues, and to grab the attention of the federal government beyond just attending protests. The call center’s co-founder, 2016 College graduate and current medical student Alyssa Kennedy highlighted the need for continuous political activism on campus — regardless of political affiliation — as a “tangible accountability measure” for politicians approaching mid-term elections. “The whole vision … is to bring Penn students to a safe space where people can reach out to their representatives … and keep activism going,” Kennedy said. “People don’t really know how to be activists and have an image of activism that is really just stereotypical.” College senior and co-founder of the call center Rhea Singh has been operating as a liaison
York accent.” 1968 W ha r ton graduate Roger Fulton Jr. made similar remarks, adding that he recalls Trump as “very focused on his studies.” 1968 W ha r ton graduate Edward Pollard also described Trump as “very professional” and “different from the rest of the class.” “He was really off by himself. He didn’t party or go to football games ... [h]e didn’t mingle with the guys going back to hang out and chatting, and stuff like that,” added Pollard, who was, like Trump, a junior year transfer student to Penn. W h ile some remember Trump as a studious and solitary figure, others remember an individual who was less invested in his formal education and more involved with his future in real estate 1968 W ha r ton graduate
with intersectionality groups on campus in order to create partnerships to ensure that the group reflects the “accurate voice” of the student body. Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz stressed the importance of call centers as a form civic engagement on campus regardless of a student’s political affiliation. “The need to engage more with your congresspeople cuts across the political spectrum,” Pomerantz said. “People who haven’t done this before who don’t know exactly what to do, who want to call their senator or their representative, I think that is a need that isn’t liberal or conservative.” Penn Democrats had their own call centers and phone banking events during last year’s campaign season and throughout the Trump’s election and inauguration. Similarly, College Republicans hosted their own call banking events for Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey during his re-election
Louis Calomaris recalled that “Don ... was loathe to really study much.” Caloma ris said Tr ump would come to study groups unprepared and did not “seem to care about being prepared.” He added that Trump’s academic passivity likely stemmed from his passion for engaging directly in the real estate business. “He spent all his weekends in New York because residential real estate is a weekend business,” Calomaris said. Five of Trump’s other classmates confirmed this. “He was not an intellectual man, but that wasn’t what his goal was,” he said. “He’s not an intellectual now, [and] that’s pretty obvious ... [w] hat I saw early on was an unbounded ambition that did come to fruition, because it matched his firm’s needs, and that’s how these things work.”
campaign last semester. College Republicans President and College sophomore Ryan Snyder commented on the “constructive dialogue” that call centers on campus facilitate between students and their representatives through direct engagement with representatives. “As a partisan political group we at CRs encourage all strains of political activism but this particular strain of political activism can be particularly useful and effect direct change,” Snyder said. Snyder also mentioned the need for a nonpartisan call center in the midst of what he called the “hyperbolical” climate at Penn. “Certain people who are intimidated by how political it is may be discouraged from openly pledging to certain sides of the argument,” Snyder said. “Having a nonpartisan center is a good way to encourage people who don’t feel comfortable necessarily declaring their political affiliation to talk to Congressmen and
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Congresswomen.” The call center’s next initiative is to place boxes for postcards in buildings around campus — students will be able to fill out a card with a message to their representatives and anyone in the federal government, and the group will then send the card to the correct location for students. Current initiatives are strictly
focused on the federal government, and while College senior and call center co-founder Trudel Paresaid she acknowledges their actions may not be able to “directly … affect what Trump does,” she hopes that congressional representatives will have a greater “incentive to make decisions motivated by whether they may or may not be re-elected.”
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The trip costs $2,450. College senior Emily Irani, who went on the 2016 trip and is now an intern for CSIS, said financial aid is available for some students. The program took place for the first time last year in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Last year’s trip was in January, but Dausman said it was moved to May to allow students the “open door” of summer to begin working on new ventures. Students live in a sustainable “ecolodge” during the program and participate in activities aimed at engaging them with their surroundings. “It was very integrated into the culture,” Irani said. Park praised the community aspect of the program, noting that participants “were able to just hit it off really quickly.”
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The program requires an application, which Dausman said includes a personal video component and is focused on selecting a diverse group of students. “Anything is fair game,” she added, since there are no
eligibility requirements beyond enrollment at Penn. “We try our best to recruit the most diverse group of people possible,” Irani said. “You can be a freshman, you can be a senior, you can be anybody.”
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Long before champions are crowned, they are made. Through hours of blood, sweat and tears, athletes spend countless hours training and fine-tuning their skills in order to compete at the highest level when it matters most. After almost a season’s worth of preparation, Penn wrestling (6-7, 4-5 EIWA) will compete in one final meet against Drexel (11-6, 7-3) this Sunday in what will be its final chance to iron out any wrinkles before the EIWA and NCAA championships. It is no secret that by this point in the year, most grapplers know where their chances of qualifying for the NCAA Championships stand. For a select couple, qualification seems everything but a lock. Both Frank Mattiace (197 pounds) and Casey Kent (174 pounds) have had incredibly successful and consistent years, and seeing them miss
out on the NCAAs (even in the event of a slip-up at the EIWAs) would be a surprise. For many other wrestlers, the NCAAs either never were in the picture or have since faded from it. However, there is a subgroup that will see this weekend as an especially valuable opportunity to generate momentum heading into the EIWAs. These are the grapplers whose NCAA fate is alive but uncertain — “on the bubble,” if you will. This list includes Brooks Martino (165 pounds), May Bethea (157), Joe Heyob (184) and Joe Oliva (149). All four will certainly be in the spotlight against Drexel this weekend. “It’s my last chance to get out there and really test myself before the important stuff at the end of the year,” Bethea said. “If there’s something I need to improve, I need to do it now.” Coach Alex Tirapelle agrees with Bethea, noting the mental gains that can come from late-season success. “I think this meet is as much about confidence as it is about winning,” Tirapelle said. “Heading into the EIWAs feeling good about what you’re doing is key.” For Bethea, the season has been something of an enigma, grinding out tough wins but also suffering questionable losses. Despite great numbers across the board (21-7 overall, 12-2 EIWA), the one
statistic that could prove problematic for the Trenton, N.J. native is his record against unranked opponents. Bethea’s two wins against top-20 opponents are best on the team, but that may not be enough to outweigh his four unranked losses. Against Drexel this weekend, Bethea will likely square off against another unranked opponent. If he is serious about earning his bid to the NCAAs, he will need to show his best against the Dragons. Heyob has a similar problem, but he does not boast the top-20 wins that Bethea does. For that reason, his match against Drexel’s Alex DeCiantis this weekend is vital in terms of preparing Heyob for a strong run towards automatic NCAA qualification at the EIWAs. Martino has returned to competition this semester and impressed, but his issue lies in his early-season absence. Because of his sheer lack of matches, the likelihood of him picking up an at-large bid to the NCAAs is slim to none. Consequently, the automatic EIWA qualification seems like Martino’s best bet. Drexel’s Austin Rose will pose a test for Martino ahead of an immensely vital EIWA championship. But perhaps the most important match of the weekend will be for Oliva. The Ridgewood, N.J. native has an outside chance at qualifying
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Six up. That’s how many gymnasts a team can present to go up on each apparatus during a meet. The order of those six gymnasts is as much of a challenge as their actual performances themselves, crucial to the success of the meet. This Sunday, Penn gymnastics will travel to College Park, Maryland to compete in its third consecutive quad meet of the season. The Quakers will face off against Maryland, Kentucky, and William and Mary. With only a week separating the Red and Blue from the Ivy Classic, this weekend’s tournament will be crucial for Penn to assure confidence in the lineup before the ultra-important conference meet. “You normally put the more difficult routines at the end of the lineup,” junior Ally Podsednik said. “We like to build a ladder; whoever goes first is supposed to hit, and everyone else is supposed to build [their scores] off of it.” It sounds simple enough; the goal is to build. Ideally, with six gymnasts going up and five of their scores counting, if everything is executed correctly, Penn will drop the score of its leadoff gymnast, which would hopefully be their lowest. However, that doesn’t always tend to be the case. In their previous two quad meets combined, the Quakers have dropped the score of only one of their first two gymnasts in the eight rotations that they competed in. Conversely, in its monumental win over Yale, Penn dropped the score of one of its leadoff gymnasts twice out of four possible rotations. In recent weeks, the question has been: how do the anchors respond when the ladder ahead doesn’t build the way it’s supposed to? To Podsednik, who usually anchors on vault, the focus is always on her routine
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for the NCAAs, one possibly so slim that a strong performance at the EIWAs might not be enough if he does not also take care of business against Drexel. However, his contest will be no walkover. Oliva’s Drexel counterpart is No. 18 Matthew Cimato, and Oliva has struggled against ranked opponents this season. But if there was ever a time to notch his first top twenty win, it would be now. Look for Oliva to leave everything on the mat and try to keep his NCAA
dream alive. Notably, the meet is also Penn’s Senior Night, meaning that Kent, Martino, Mattiace and Jeremy Schwartz will all be wrestling in the Palestra for the final time. The senior class has contributed greatly to the program for years and will hope to end their regular season careers with a victory. During a meet in which there is already a healthy local rivalry, look for the heat to be ratcheted up even more for the wrestlers who need to
slightly different time for Penn. In the beginning of January, the Quakers were still able to rely on junior Lauren Whitlatch. The shooting guard since picked up an injury that has her on the sidelines for the rest of the season. Brzozowski came off the bench that weekend, but she has since filled Whitlatch’s spot in the starting lineup. That doesn’t change anything in Brzozowski’s mind, however. “I go into it with the same mentality, and so does the team,” she said. “Obviously
having Lauren out is a huge hit to us, and it hurts...but we go into every game with the same mentality, regardless of what personnel we put out there.” Halfway through the 14game conference season now, Penn sits on a commanding one-and-a-half-game gap over second-place Harvard. The team’s 7-0 start to league play also means that two more wins this weekend would bring them one giant step closer to a perfect 14-0 — a feat that only rivals Princeton have managed in the past ten years. “If you look too far ahead, you’re gonna miss what’s right in front of you,” Chambers said,
finish strong to qualify for the national tournament. “We know their guys pretty well, and they know ours,” Tirapelle said. “Everyone will be focused, and I don’t expect there to be many surprises.” Bethea echoed his coach’s note on concentration. “I think the rivalry has heated up in recent years,” Bethea said. “But this weekend is really about getting in the zone and preparing ourselves for these upcoming tournaments.”
“and we have two really big games coming up. We’re gonna take those, and see what happens in the end.” And now more than ever, staying focused matters, given the Ivy League tournament at the end of the season. Even if the team went 14-0, they could still lose in the postseason tournament and miss out on the automatic bid to the Big Dance in March. So it’s back to the same drill — the Quakers will put their nose to the grindstone, and if all goes according to plan, their position on top of the Ancient Eight will only be further solidified.
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Penn gymnastics will need their consistent anchor on the vault, junior Ally Podsednik, to perform if they want to win the quad meet.
anyway. “It’s the same thing no matter what,” the Houston native said. “Personally, I don’t really watch who goes in front of me, so I don’t know who’s fallen or who’s made great vaults. My job is to hit, so I go up and hopefully do my job.” For junior Alex Hartke, the staple anchor on floor for Penn, the focus isn’t on the pressure of her performance, but excitement of watching her teammates. “It feels like there is less pressure on me [to anchor] just because of the nature of floor,” Hartke said. “Having a lineup that the whole team is confident in and has so much fun watching makes me feel that there isn’t as much pressure maybe it seems.” The task never really changes: hit your routine. But for an anchor, the routines that occur before her set contextualize how important it is that she complete her task. For some, it takes an
enhanced attention to their own routine. For others, they have don’t think about the routine until their name is called. Either way, being near the end of the ladder means finding a way to hit, no matter what. The ladder can work in more ways than one. In an individual rotation, Penn will put its routines in order of ascending difficulty, looking to peak with the score of their anchor gymnast. Similarly, the Red and Blue are always looking to add difficulty to their routines and clean up their execution to peak for the bigger meets. With the Ivy Classic fast approaching, the time has come for the Quakers to hit one of the upper rungs of the ladder. This weekend is their last chance to climb up another rung, and it’ll take a total team effort to get Penn back on track. After all, though six go up, only five count.
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It may still be cold outside, but lacrosse season is about to heat up. This Saturday, both Penn lacrosse teams will open their 2017 campaigns. For the women, this will be first test of their No. 11 preseason ranking in this yearâ€™s ILWCA poll. As has been the case in the past three years, the Quakers will start off against Delaware, in what has been a notably close rivalry of late. In the teamsâ€™ last meeting, Penn came out on top by the narrow margin of 12-10, but in the 2015 opener, the Blue Hens (1-0) grabbed one of their only two alltime wins over the Red and Blue. â€œDelaware is a good team, and they wanted to play us, so weâ€™ve gone that route,â€? coach Karin Corbett said. There are two things that Corbett and her side will be paying special attention to when they travel down to Delaware on Saturday. In recent years, the Blue Hens have been known to play a zone defense, something that the Quakers do not come up against often. The biggest shakeup, however, is arguably the visible 90-second possession clock that was introduced to NCAA Division I womenâ€™s lacrosse this season. This weekend will be Pennâ€™s first encounter with the new regulation, which requires that the attacking team register a shot
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within the allotted time. â€œWeâ€™re really excited for our first game,â€? senior goalkeeper Britt Brown said. â€œEveryone in the locker room can feel the energy.â€? For the past ten years, the Quakers have cited the same season goals: to win the Ivy League and a national championship. The former has been almost a routine for the Red and Blue, who have finished atop the Ancient Eight in nine of the past ten seasons, but as they look to break back into the countryâ€™s top ten, these non-conference games are just as important. â€œItâ€™s a tough game to begin with,â€? Corbett said. â€œBut I think we need to play a tough schedule. We want to challenge ourselves, and I think thatâ€™s a game that we have to bring our best to.â€? The men will be presented with just as difficult of a challenge as coach Mike Murphyâ€™s side heads to Saint Josephâ€™s (0-1) on Saturday. In late April of last season, the
Hawks beat the Quakers for the first time ever, bringing the rivalry to 12-1 all-time. The 9-8 overtime thriller was the final game of the regular season before Penn fell to Yale in the Ivy League Tournament, something the Red and Blue are surely looking to avenge when they head to play their nearby rivals. The season-opener will be a welcome one for honorable mention All-American Connor Keating and co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year winners Simon Mathias and Reed Junkin as they look to repeat their success from the last campaign. For the men and women, these opening tests also come against teams that already have a game under their belts, leaving the Quakers at a disadvantage. Regardless, the days to Saturday are winding down, and both Penn sides are eager to get their seasons underway. With such challenging openers, however, theyâ€™ll hope they donâ€™t live to regret it.
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After a two-week hiatus from competition, Penn womenâ€™s tennis is itching to get back on the court. This weekend will take the Quakers (1-2) south to face Virginia on Saturday and Old Dominion on Sunday. Historically, the ACC has been a hotbed for womenâ€™s tennis, and the Cavaliers (2-3) are no exception. Last yearâ€™s squad finished the season ranked thirteenth in the nation and made it to the semifinals of ACC championships before falling to North Carolina, the eventual conference champions and No. 4 team in Division I. Despite the stiff competition that awaits the Quakers in Charlottesville, coach Sanela Kunovac sees the match as a meeting of equals. â€œItâ€™s amazing opportunity to play the teams that we should be pretty much even with,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t think anyone is looking at it as challenging.â€? The singles play on Saturday is shaping up to be intense, as both Virginia and Penn have three players ranked in the top twenty for the Atlantic and Northeast regions, respectively. The Quakersâ€™ top singles player, No. 3 Kana Daniel, shares the mentality of her coach. â€œWeâ€™ve been training really hard this whole season for the last two months,â€? the senior said. â€œNow that we have some match exposure, weâ€™re going with the mentality to beat these schools as well.â€? Sundayâ€™s match against Old Dominion (4-1) will be no less competitive, as the Big Blue roster also features three players with top-twenty rankings in the Atlantic region. In its four
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Senior Kana Daniel is a top player in her region, but many of the foes Penn womenâ€™s tennis will meet this weekend share that distinction.
wins of the 2017 season, Old Dominion has only dropped two games. In anticipation of the pair of matches this weekend, Kunovac ramped up the intensity of her teamâ€™s workouts since their 6-1 win over Temple on February 4. â€œWe took notes on the Temple match and we realized that weâ€™re looking really strong on court and weâ€™re generating power,â€? she said. â€œTypically this time of year, weâ€™re still picking up the pieces, and then we try to put them together around March. And we look like weâ€™re about two weeks ahead of schedule in that sense.â€? Although it is early in the Quakersâ€™ season, Kunovac is impressed with how quickly the individuals on her team have coalesced and adopted a professional mentality towards training. â€œI love the vibe in the locker room. As much as the coaches would love to take the credit for it, Iâ€™m completely aware that the credit goes to Kana and Luba [Vazhenina], the two seniors.â€? Creating such a positive dynamic amongst the teamâ€™s ten
players came as second nature to Daniel and Vazhenina. â€œIt comes from within ourselves to believe that we can be a top ten school in the future potentially,â€? Daniel said. â€œWeâ€™ve been able to have an impact on the team by showing that we can be the best team in the Ivy League.â€? The Quakersâ€™ early success is not due to their winning mindset alone. Rather, Vazhenina attributes the teamâ€™s professionalism to the consistent work ethic of the senior class. â€œItâ€™s setting a consistently good example,â€? she said. â€œBoth of us work as hard as we can and would never take any reps off or any days off or ever slack.â€? The intensity the pair of seniors brings to practice will certainly help the Red and Blue on their campaign through Virginia. If the teamâ€™s sessions down at the Hecht Tennis Center over the past two weeks are any indication of the results to come, the Quakersâ€™ are primed for success. â€œWeâ€™re looking good, and Iâ€™m really excited for the weekend,â€? Vazhenina said.
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Donahue instead attributes the inconsistent lineups to inconsistent performances from his players, and an attempt to ride the hot hand. One of the most affected by this strategy was guard Devon Goodman. While he failed to see the court early in the season, the freshman has been a big contributor of late, scoring 22 points over the weekend and logging 53 minutes. Goodmanâ€™s speed and playmaking abilities have allowed the Quakers to have two natural point guards on the floor at the same time when Goodman joins junior Darnell Foreman. For his part, Goodman doesnâ€™t think the lack of minutes early has hurt his play. â€œI think that coach has been trying to find a core group of guys that can contribute to the team and find that right lineup,â€? he said. If the last two games are any indication, the lineup that Donahue has settled on includes three freshman contributors. Along with leading scorer AJ Brodeur and Goodman, guard Ryan Betley has earned increased minutes, especially after his 22-point performance against Cornell. The casualties of the freshman insurgence have been junior guards Caleb Wood and Matt MacDonald, both of whom failed to see the court last weekend. This weekend Penn looks to continue its resurgence and avenge early season losses to Brown and Yale. Yale (14-7, 6-2) in particular has proven to be a tough foe, currently sitting comfortably at third in the conference. The last meeting
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between the two teams ended poorly for the Quakers, especially on the glass, where they were outrebounded 42-31. â€œ[Rebounding] is something Yale does well... We didnâ€™t do as bad as the raw numbers indicated. We got to do a good job on the glass whoever we play,â€? Donahue said. â€œYale is one of the few teams in this league that plays two traditional bigs.â€? Expect to see both Brodeur and sophomore Max Rothschild on the court at the same time to combat Yaleâ€™s size. That said, the best way to prevent the other team from rebounding is to make your shots. The Quakersâ€™ shooting could still stand to improve, especially from the free throw line, where the Quakers make
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a conference-low 64%. As the stretch run continues, the Quakers will undoubtedly find themselves in close games (at best), including this weekend. If Penn wants to escape the lateseason road trips with wins they will have to improve from the charity stripe. For all the reminders of the previous meetings with Yale and Brown, the Quakers have an entirely new look. The Quakers know the pressure is back on. Their new mentality and refocused lineup will have to maintain the energy and desperation of last weekend. Itâ€™s time for the Quakers to prove that last weekend wasnâ€™t a fluke, and for us to find out whether the team is made of diamonds or pipes.
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Red and Blue looking to make a statement at ECACs M. TENNIS | Indoor
season ends with tourny ZACH SHELDON Sports Photo Editor
Penn men’s tennis hopes to bring their fiery passion on to the court this weekend as they head to the ECAC tournament for their first post-Valentine’s Day match. In last year’s tournament, the team made it into the winner’s bracket by upsetting Dartmouth 4-3 before ultimately being knocked out by the Crimson to take fourth place. However, they won’t have the same benefit of home-court advantage that they did last year, as this year’s tournament will be hosted by Princeton at the Letz Tennis Center. Kyle Mautner (6-1), Josh
proven himself on the national stage more than anyone. “Ideally every player will give it their all this weekend, but one player I do not have to worry about is B.G Lemmon,” Lane said. “After going 3-0 at the team championships last season, I am sure he cannot wait to be back.” Win or lose, the team championships will be the final opportunity for the senior class to play for the Red and Blue. No matter what happens this weekend, this class has enjoyed unprecedented success in its four years at Penn. “You just have to look at the results,” Coach Lane said when asked about the seniors’ impact. “We had not beaten Harvard, Princeton, or Yale since 2006 when these kids first got here. Now Yale is the only school that remains on that list. They brought a new mentality to Penn squash that we are good enough
Pompan (5-2), and Max Cancilla (6-1) have all played consistently well so far this spring, so the team will be looking to them as they face off against 5th-seed Dartmouth when round robin play commences on Friday morning. Penn is seeded 4th, and if they defeat the Big Green once again, they will move into the winner’s bracket to play either 1st-seed Columbia or 8th-seed St. John’s on Saturday. The Quakers will have to be wary if they end up facing Columbia since the Lions swept 11 out of the 13 matches the last time the two faced off at the Penn Invitational in September. Cancilla said that this weekend will be “a good opportunity to show us where we’re at in comparison to the other Ivies,” as this will be the first time this season that Penn will take on
other Ivy League teams. Coach Geatz called the ECAC tournament “a sort of preseason to the Ivy season,” and says the Quakers are looking to “send a message and let everyone know that Penn’s good”. Cancilla, who went undefeated through his first 6 matches this spring, plans to maintain his 2017 momentum by drawing on the motivation from his teammates, asserting that “when you’re playing for a team it’s easier to just push on” compared to playing on your own in the junior leagues. This will be their first match back after an emotional doubleheader last weekend when they upset the previously undefeated Wisconsin team 4-3 but fell to Rice 6-1 the following day. The team has had three weekends of back-to-back play so far this year, which raises some concern
about the players’ physical health going into this weekend of nonstop tournament play. According to Geatz, “the biggest weakness in our team is the amount of players that we don’t have ready to play who could be starters”, referring to Marshall Sharp, Nicholai Westergaard, Robbie Smithline, and Dmitry Shatalin, who’s now out for the season with a torn rotator cuff. However, tennis is also a very mental game, and Valentine’s Day being this week could have thrown some of the players off of their mental game. Fortunately, Cancilla noted that “besides maybe some of the older guys, it’s not too big of a deal”. With tired legs but fresh hearts, the Quakers are feeling hopeful going into Friday as they make the 50-minute trek over to Princeton.
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College freshman Max Cancilla has been one of the best players this season for the Quakers, winning each of his first six matches.
to beat anybody, and they have worked tirelessly to make that a reality.” This season, though, has been somewhat up and down for the team. After finishing last year ranked No. 5 — Penn’s highest final ranking since 2007 — there were high expectations for the team this season. “It is hard to look at a full season and determine whether it was a success or not — we would rather look at it in parts,” Laine said. “There are definitely some matches we would like to have back, but there are also matches like the win at St. Lawrence that were very impressive.” The team championships mark the conclusion on the season in terms of team play, but for a few Penn players, their season will continue into the beginning of March when the individual championships are held. In the meantime, the team is hoping for something special this weekend as it finishes a season full of hard work.
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BACK IN THE HUNT
Brown (11-13, 2-6 Ivy) 8 p.m.
Yale (14-7, 6-2 Ivy) 1 p.m.
New Haven, Conn.
M. HOOPS | Quakers look to keep
Ivy Tourny dreams alive after last weekend’s pair of wins
THEODOROS PAPAZEKOS Sports Reporter
Pressure bursts pipes, but it can also make diamonds. Penn men’s basketball had a diamond weekend against Columbia and Cornell, winning its first two Ivy League games of the season under immense pressure. The pressure was both expected and self-imposed; the result of an 0-6 run
bookended by twin loses to rival Princeton. The Quakers (9-12, 2-6 Ivy) knew that another loss meant the end to their post-season chances, and they responded with two of the most spirited performances to date. “I think in the last week and a half we turned up our intensity on both sides of the ball. [We have a] sense of urgency,” coach Steve Donahue said. “I thought our poise [and] confidence [were] better.” Donahue also suggested that the turnaround could be explained by a shift in personnel. The rotations early in the season were inconsistent to say the least, with nine players having reached the starting lineup and seven averaging
15 minutes a game. In particular, Matt MacDonald, Caleb Wood, Jackson Donahue, Sam Jones and Devon Goodman have played considerable minutes, but seemingly not enough to get into a rhythm. It makes sense that this should be the case more often in the Ivy League, where teams may be more careful to limit minutes logged by the stars to preserve them for the second game in the back-to-back Ivy weekends. However, Donahue claims that he never rested his players for future games, choosing instead to play “whoever was going to help us win.” SEE M.HOOPS PAGE 10
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Quakers look to stay in control as they pass midway point W. HOOPS | Penn still
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Brown (14-7, 5-3 Ivy) 5:30 p.m.
Yale (11-10, 2-6 Ivy) 6 p.m.
New Haven, Conn.
By now, you ought to know the drill. Ivy League-leading Penn women’s basketball faces a tricky trip up to New England this weekend, with Brown and Yale on tap.
Still undefeated in the league, the Quakers (14-6, 7-0 Ivy) are clear favorites to take another pair of wins on Friday and Saturday, but they can ill-afford to take their eyes off the ball. In Brown (14-7, 5-3) they face what some might call a sleeper team, currently fourth in the league and playing some solid basketball. According to senior Kasey Chambers, the Bears are a force to be reckoned with. “I wouldn’t consider them a sleeper team. I don’t think anyone is,” the guard said. “Brown has been really good this year — they have multiple ways to score at all positions, and they run the ball really well.” But when Penn hosted the Bears earlier this season, the result wasn’t that close. In the team’s highest-scoring conference contest thus far, the players
were rampant, putting up 86 points and winning by a margin of 26. Four Quakers put up double-digits that night, and junior Beth Brzozowski scored nine points of her own. As coach Mike McLaughlin put it, everything went right for his team that night. The players were able to counter everything Brown had to offer. “What they do well, we did a good job of,” McLaughlin said of the 86-60 rout. “We were able to contain them, and we made shots against them.” That game followed a win over Yale (11-10, 2-6) just a night earlier a little over a month ago. Although Yale sits lower in the conference standings, the Bulldogs were able to hold their hosts to a tighter game, ultimately finishing 66-55. But that weekend was a SEE W.HOOPS PAGE 9
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top seed in first round JOSH STONBERG Sports Reporter FRIDAY
No. 1 Trinity (16-1) 3:30 p.m.
The finale of the squash season is upon us as No. 8 Penn prepares for the CSA tea m cha mpionsh ips th is weekend. The Quakers will be challenged right off the bat with a first round match Friday against No. 1 Trinity, who defeated Penn 8-1 in January. For those unfamiliar with how the team championships work, the format is fairly simple. Only the top eight teams in the nation make it, with the teams seeded No. 1 through No. 8. As the bottom seed, Penn (8-5, 3-4 Ivy) draws the hardest first round match — Trinity (16-1, 6-0 NESCAC). If the Quakers manage to pull off the historic upset there, they will face the winner of No. 4 Rochester University and No. 5 Saint Lawrence University. A second win would see Penn advance to the finals, where the Red and Blue could face No. 2 Harvard, No. 3 Columbia, No. 6 Drexel or No. 7 Yale. A lot needs to happen for Penn to come away from the weekend with that coveted national title. For starters, Penn is 1-6 this season against the
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Penn men’s squash will be tested right off the bat as the Quakers will face No. 1 Trinity in the first round of the CSA National Championships.
other seven teams, with the lone win coming against Saint Lawrence. “There is not a lot of room for error when you play these teams,” coach Gilly Lane said about their opponents, “but with the underdog mindset that anything can happen, and a focus on taking it one point at a time, we have a shot.” Penn will need some big performances from its best players in order to have a chance this weekend. Hayes
Murphy, who has been excellent all year, will be looking to add to his 11 wins against Trinity on Friday. Marwan Mahmoud, the team’s No. 1 player, enters the weekend with a 9-4 record, and will be looking to hit double digit wins before the season is over. But despite this year’s successes of the players at the top of the lineup, there’s one Red and Blue standout who’s SEE SQUASH PAGE 11 CONTACT US: 215-422-4640