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Data breach affects over 9,000 students Mask and Wig identified as group linked to breach KELLY HEINZERLING News Editor

Mask and Wig is the “extracurricular group” whose listserv was connected to the release of the private information of approximately 9,000 Penn students. Earlier this week, the University notified the students affected via email that their personal information had been accessed and that an investigation was ongoing. The email indicated that an extracurricular group had been sent the downloaded information — which included class enrollment, student names, and the last four digits of their social security numbers. A subsequent email sent by Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer of Penn Law

Kay McDonnell on Tuesday to all Penn Law students revealed the number of students affected, which included 867 Penn Law students. Chief University Privacy Officer Scott Schafer, who sent the initial email, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The private information was sent by a Mask and Wig alumnus to one of the group’s listservs late this February, Mask and Wig SecretaryTreasurer and College senior Ethan Fein said. He added that the listserv is primarily used by alumni and undergraduates to send funny or interesting articles from the Internet. “It was completely unsolicited and [the alumnus] sent it out without any warning,” Fein said, stressing that the alumnus currently “has no connection to the undergraduate organization of Mask and

Directors of CAPS and Career Services retire After decades of work, the directors will retire by this summer SARAH FORTINSKY Senior News Editor

Counseling and Psychological Services Director Bill Alexander and Career Services Director Pat Rose will both be retiring this August after decades of working at Penn in their respective departments. This year marks Alexander’s 19th year at CAPS, where he has been the director since 2009. Rose has worked at Penn’s Career Services for nearly 40 years, serving as director since 1982. “Alexander has presided over CAPS during a period of dramatic growth in staffing, outreach, and utilization,” a written statement from the Vice Provost for University Life reads. The statement also indicated that throughout Alexander’s tenure, Counseling and Psychological Services created the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention team, expanded its hours to some nights and weekends, and implemented an embedding system through which therapists serve specific graduate schools from within. “I am enormously grateful for Bill’s years of service and leadership to VPUL and the entire Penn community,” said Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, the vice provost for University Life, in the statement. “He has led CAPS thoughtfully, with kindness and compassion, innovating and employing best practices to deliver world-class clinical care for our diverse student body.” Alexander has also served as direcSEE RETIRE PAGE 5

Wig.” The individual’s motivations to download the personal information and send it to recipients of the listserv were not made clear to the group, besides an accompanying message that said “why not.” Fein said he thought that the alumnus may have been “making fun of the system” by demonstrating his ability to access class enrollments. After receiving the email with the information from the alumnus, Fein said the group did not reach out to the University to report the individual, but rather removed him from the listserv and told members not to download the information. “At the time he sent the email, we weren’t aware of the seriousness of the information that the document he sent contained,” Fein said. “He said it was a list of what classes dif-

ferent individuals were taking. We didn’t think that that information by itself necessitated action on our part.” According to Fein, Penn Information Systems and Computing reached out to Mask and Wig via email after spring break notifying the group there was an ongoing investigation into the incident. Working with ISC, Fein said that the group instructed everyone on the listserv to delete the information that they had received. Fein estimated that approximately 20 undergraduate Mask and Wig students received the leaked information because they were on the listserv, but said that he was unsure whether any students downloaded the information to their computer before Penn deleted it from the server. SEE BREACH PAGE 3

Penn men’s basketball ready for No. 1 Kansas This is the Quakers’ first game in NCAA Tournament since 2007 CARTER THOMPSON Associate Sports Editor

March Madness is upon us. And this season, Penn men’s basketball brought its dancing shoes. The No. 16 Red and Blue have a date in the Big Dance with No. 1 seed Kansas on Mar. 15. The Quakers will look to make history as the first ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the modern era of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. Although it has never happened before, Penn (24-8, 12-2 Ivy) is not your run-of-the-mill No. 16 seed. By some metrics, the Red and Blue are statistically the strongest No. 16 seed ever. That fact has some college basketball pundits picking the Quakers to upset the Jayhawks (27-7, 13-5 Big 12) in the

opening round. “This doesn’t feel like a 16-1 game,” coach Steve Donahue said about the matchup. “That doesn’t mean Kansas isn’t terrific and we have our work cut out for us, but I do feel strongly that we’ll perform well.” Penn’s task will be a tall one, however. One of the best players in all of college basketball leads the Jayhawks, winners of the Big 12 Conference: Devonte’ Graham. The senior point guard was recently named the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and is one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is given to the country’s most outstanding men’s college basketball player. The Quakers will likely need to slow Graham down if they have hopes of pulling off an upset. “He’s a great player,” senior guard SEE NCAA PAGE 8


Wax barred from teaching intro course She made ‘disparaging’ remarks about black students MADELEINE LAMON News Editor

For the first time since Penn Law professor Amy Wax made headlines last year for controversial comments on race and free speech, the University that employs her has responded with action. Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger announced on Mar. 13 that Amy Wax would no longer be allowed to teach a mandatory first-year course. This comes days after students and alumni responded with outrage to a video of Wax saying she’s never seen a black Penn Law student graduate in the top quarter of their class. Earlier this week, an online petition was launched calling on Ruger to take action against Wax for her comments. Ruger responded publicly for the first time in an email where he defended Wax’s right to free speech but stated that she had violated policy by mentioning students’ grades. “As a scholar she is free to advocate her views, no matter how dramatically those views diverge

from our institutional ethos and our considered practices,” Ruger wrote. “As a teacher, however, she is not free to transgress the policy that student grades are confidential, or to use her access to those Penn Law students who are required to be in her class to further her scholarly ends without students’ permission.” Wax has made controversial remarks on race in the past. “Here’s a very inconvenient fact, Glenn,” Wax said in the discussion titled ‘The Downside to Social Uplift,’ which was part of a series hosted by Brown professor Glenn Loury. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the [Penn Law School] class and rarely, rarely in the top half,” Wax said of her belief in the downside of affirmative action in universities. “I can think of one or two students who’ve graduated in the top half of my required first-year course.” In the email, Ruger explicitly stated that her claims are false. “[B]lack students have graduated in the top of the class at Penn Law, and the Law Review does not have a diversity mandate. Rather, SEE WAX PAGE 3

Crowds rally for the release of Meek Mill at Penn The event included a discussion about mass incarceration JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter

Thousands gathered at Penn on Tuesday to rally for the release of Philadelphia-native and notable rapper Meek Mill and to listen to a discussion about mass incarceration among celebrities, Mill’s mother, Mill’s attorney, Penn professors, and other leaders — and even Mill, who spoke briefly on the phone to the audience in Irvine Auditorium. Several groups collaborated to organize the event, entitled “REFORM: Bringing Injustice to Light,” including the American Civil Liberties Union, Mill’s music label, Roc Nation, and Penn student groups like Beyond Arrests: Rethinking Systematic Oppression.

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Several groups collaborated to organize the event, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Meek Mill’s music label, Roc Nation, and Penn student groups.

The event was largely inspired by recent developments in the case of Mill, whose legal name is Robert Williams.

The hallmark of the evening occurred when an aide ran onto the stage halfway through the event and handed a phone to

Joe Tacopina, Mill’s lead attorney. As Tacopina held the phone up to a microphone and the crowd realized it was Mill, who was calling from the State Correctional Institution — Chester in Delaware County, the auditorium erupted into cheers. “I’m just appreciative of all of the support that everyone is bringing to the table,” Mill said on the phone. Mill, who performed at Penn’s Spring Fling in 2011, was arrested in November 2017 due to probation violations, and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison, prompting widespread outcry. His violations included a failed drug test, unauthorized travel for concert appearances, and two unrelated arrests in St. Louis and New York for misdemeanor assault and reckless driving, respectively. SEE MEEK PAGE 4

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First teach-in in 49 years to address race, wellness

The teach-in will take place from March 18 to 22 DEENA ELUL Staff Reporter

At the end of a decade of social and political upheaval, Penn faculty members conducted a school-wide “Day of Conscience” on a Tuesday morning in March 1969. Over 800 students had crowded into Irvine Auditorium to hear from influential ecologist Barry Commoner and other speakers for a lively discussion about higher education and academic research. Forty-nine years later, the Faculty Senate is now set to revive that historic moment during a four-day “teach-in” from March 18 to 22. The first of its kind since 1969, the teach-in will focus on “the production, dissemination, and use of knowledge.” The event will feature lectures,

panel discussions, and other activities that celebrate the nuances and value of scholarship in the modern world. Some planned sessions include “Teaching Race: a Roundtable,” “The Knowledge and Practice of Well-Being,” and “Left, Right, and Center: Can We Talk about Sexual Harassment?” One panel, “The Role of the University in Responding to and Shaping Immigration Law and Policy,” includes Miriam Enriquez, executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs, Sozi Pedro Tulante, who recently joined Penn Law after serving as city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, two distinguished Penn professors, and a Penn Law graduate. The program, which is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Assembly and the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, is free and open to the public. Faculty Senate Chair Santosh S.


The event will feature lectures, panel discussions, and other activities that celebrate the nuances and value of scholarship in the modern world.

Venkatesh, who is a professor of electrical and systems engineering, said the debate about education today mirrors the controversies of the









Admin. calls for input to better sexual harassment policies MADELEINE LAMON News Editor

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Penn’s top administrators have made an open call to students soliciting suggestions on how the University can improve policies around sexual harassment on campus. In an email, which was sent a little after 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, several of Penn’s leaders, including Provost Wendell Pritchett and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, wrote that they “would like to learn more about

New College House presents the annual Global Citizenship Forum:

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Responsibilities, Opportunities, and Challenges

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New College House Dining Pavilion (3335 Woodland Walk)

Featured Speakers:

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pline, but eventually realized that it “could be an interesting way to educate the Penn community about what modern computer graphics and some machine learning methods are capable of doing.” Badler’s presentation on “Lies, Pixels, and Video Fakes” will address the technology behind image and video modification, a topic he says is “extremely current” and relevant to debates about “fake news.” “We felt collectively as a faculty that sitting idly by in the ivory tower is not an option,” Venkatesh said. “We should try to reach out.” Students will not even necessarily need to attend a session to reap the benefits of the teach-in. On March 20, a stretch of Locust Walk will transform into a walk through evolutionary time from primordial soup to homo sapiens. Later that day, students can compete for prizes in an “augmented reality scavenger hunt” with 3D graphics expert Stephen H. Lane and graduate student Jonathan Lee of the Computer and Information Science department.

The email comes shortly after the U. Council forum







‘60s. “This is a particularly tumultuous time in our recent history,” Venkatesh said, noting the rise in anti-intellectual discourse and an increasing public distrust of the value of scholarship. A Pew poll released last year

found that 58 percent of Republicans believe that colleges and universities have a negative effect on America. “The academy itself seems to be under siege,” Venkatesh said. “If you start challenging that fundamental compact in society, then we are at a breakdown.” He added that the goal of the teach-in is to “rekindle a compact between these academies of higher education and the body politic, or society at large.” Student leaders and faculty members from all twelve schools were involved in planning the event, and Venkatesh said he hopes they will share their diverse perspectives. “We want to create a conversation between all the parties involved,” Venkatesh said. “We are casting as wide a net as we possibly can.” Computer and Information Science professor Norman Badler said that he initially thought that the teach-in would not be particularly relevant for scholars in his disci-

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Earlier this year, a public survey revealed that five allegations of sexual harrasment may have been perpetrated by Penn community members.

how members of the Penn community experience our procedures specifically related to sexual harassment, how [they] suggest those procedures could be made more effective and equitable, and what [they] believe are the best practices among our peer universities.” “Creating a campus free of sexual violence and sexual harassment is one of Penn’s highest priorities,” the email read. The email asked recipients to submit their “ideas and suggestions” via email to the Provost’s Office by Apr. 6, adding that comments would be kept confidential. Julia Pan, the Chair of Lambda Alliance and College junior, said that while she generally approved of the initiative, she questioned the lack of specific details provided in the email. “What I thought was unusual was like ‘Okay say I want to send my questions, ideas, or experiences to this email by April 6, what is going to happen with that.’ Who exactly is looking at this? Is there a working group? Is there a committee? If we send it, is it just going to be a black hole,” Pan said. The appeal comes less than a month after two students at the University Council Open Forum called on the administration to improve policies concerning the reporting of sexual harassment and assault complaints on campus. At the forum, Engineering senior Carolyn Kearney told council members that Penn does not currently do enough to ensure that students who have been victims of sexual assault are able to avoid interacting with their assailants while on campus. Kearney also said at the forum that the University has not been transparent in its rules around incidents of sexual assault. “The reason you only hear vague statements about the failure of the process is because Penn lies to victims about their free speech rights,” Kearney said. “Penn has never expelled a student for rape. Never.” A day before the University Council forum, The Daily Pennsylvanian had spoken to Pritchett about existing policies concerning sexual assault and harassment on campus. While the Provost indicated at the interview that the University did not know of substantive negative feedback on Penn’s sexual assault procedures, he also said that his office had plans to solicit more feedback from students.

“I think our procedures [around reporting sexual assault and harassment] are, as [President Amy Gutmann] said, pretty good,” Pritchett said in the interview on Feb. 20. “We haven’t had feedback that they are deeply problematic, so I don’t have an answer to your question about what else we’re going to do other than we’re investigating and we’re continuing to improve our practices.” Curie Shim, the chair of the Penn Association for Gender Equity and College sophomore, said she hoped the initiative would produce concrete action in light of these past statements. “What I really hope is that they’ll take that feedback and use it to actually implement concrete measures to these problems on campus. I also kind of think its ‘too little too late,’” Shim said. “After reading about what happened at the UC forum, and hearing that admin was saying they hadn’t really heard any negative feedback from students, it’s kind of clear to me that I guess there wasn’t a large effort being made before now. That’s really disappointing because this should be one of the basic things about student life that should’ve been addressed years ago.” Earlier this year, a public survey with over 2,300 responses also revealed that five allegations of sexual harassment may have been perpetrated by members of the Penn community. In a Google spreadsheet, one anonymous respondent said her Penn professor hugged her and caressed her neck even when she tried to break free; another wrote that “in a sick moment, [her professor] stuck his tongue inside [her] mouth.” The University’s Tuesday email is similar to steps taken at other universities to combat sexual violence on campus. Two weeks ago, the former Penn Provost and current President of Duke University Vincent Price sent a similar message to the Duke community. Price announced the creation of a “self-assessment” of sexual harassment at the university, which would ideally allow administrators to be more proactive in preventing such instances, reported the Chronicle. Reporters Giovanna Paz and Marina Gialanella contributed reporting.




Penn Slavery Group criticizes faculty group formed Undergrads express concern over short timeline MAX COHEN Staff Reporter

Student researchers in the Penn History of Slavery Project have expressed concerns about the decisions made by the faculty working group, created in January to investigate “the reach of slavery’s connections to Penn.” The Penn Slavery Project, formed in spring 2017, is a group of undergraduate students dedicated to researching Penn’s founding trustees’ ties to slavery and the slave trade. It is led by Penn History professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Kathleen Brown. In December 2017, the group released a report which discovered that 20 of the 28 Penn trustees the group investigated held slaves and had ties to the slave trade, contradicting a previous University statement that Penn had “no direct University involvement with slavery or the slave trade.” On Jan. 23, 2018, Provost Wendell Pritchett officially recognized the Project and announced the creation of a collaborative faculty group to further investigate the



Fein said Mask and Wig was not informed by ISC that they would be notifying all 9,000 students who were affected by the leak. Undergraduate Mask and Wig members who were included in the folder received the email from ISC the same time their peers did. “We’ve conveyed the seriousness of the issue to all undergrads, and we’ve spoken personally with anyone who we thought downloaded the information,” Fein said. “We believe that the structure of our organization is



its editors are selected based on a competitive process,” the email read. “And contrary to any suggestion otherwise, black students at Penn Law are extremely successful, both inside and outside the classroom, in the job market, and in their careers.” In his expression of support for Wax’s right to free speech, Ruger maintained that Wax’s status and course-load at the University will remain the same for the upcoming academic year.

matter. “It is our expectation that the broad contours of the work could be completed this semester – at least sufficient to help us shape a set of next steps to allow a fuller illumination of this part of Penn’s history,” Pritchett wrote in the statement. But this one-semester timeline for the faculty working group has prompted some questions among the undergraduate students in the Penn Slavery Project. “It’s tempting to treat slavery like it’s in a vacuum, and if you were to do that then you could potentially say you could get everything done in a semester,” Penn Slavery Project member and College senior VanJessica Gladney said. “But I think every Penn kid knows that you have all these ideas to get things done in one semester, and it just doesn’t happen.” Gladney added that she thinks the short time period reveals a tendency to treat slavery as an isolated event. She referenced the deep effects slavery has had on the educational system, the justice system, and socioeconomic disparity, as examples of the need to further investigate Penn’s ties to slavery.

“I think it’s going to take a little longer than one semester,” Gladney said. College sophomore and fellow member of the Penn Slavery Project Dillon Kersh echoed Gladney’s concerns over the announced time frame. “I personally don’t think the one semester time they put out in their statement is at all realistic,” Kersh said. “In one semester we just looked at trustees, and they’re full-time faculty and administrators; I don’t know how they are going to do all the statement expects them to do in one semester.” Kersh added that although the Penn Slavery Project has been extremely transparent with the working group, it would be ideal to allow the original students to conduct the research. “I think the formation of the faculty group shows the school is listening, however I think that the undergraduates should really be taking the lead on doing the research,” Kersh said. “We formed the project and we have more time to do the research. Since they are high level administrators, they don’t really have the time to devote to this project in the way the undergraduates do.” However, students also ex-


The Penn Slavery Project formed in spring 2017 and is a group of undergraduate sutdents dedicated to researching Penn’s founding trustees’ ties to slavery and the slave trade and is led by Kathleen Brown.

pressed optimism over their initial interaction with the faculty working group on Jan. 12. During this meeting, the undergraduate researches walked the Provost through their first semester findings, presented their individual research papers, and gave their suggestions for the school moving forward, Kersh said. “I think coming out of the Provost meeting I felt very validated

such that nobody would betray our trust and keep the information.” He added that the group has not seized any computers to see if the information was downloaded. Fein could not speak to the identity of the hacker due to ISC instructions, but he believed that no current undergraduate students had a relationship with him. “The Graduate Board of Mask and Wig is looking into taking further action against the individual in question,” Fein said. “We obviously take the matter extremely seriously.”

The downloaded information included class enrollment, student names, and the last four digits of their social security numbers.

Because of these statements, however, Wax would no longer be allowed to teach mandatory first-year courses. Ruger added that he made the decision after consulting with “faculty, alumni/ae, Overseers, and University officials.” “Our first-year students are just that – students – not faceless data points or research subjects to be conscripted in the service of their professor’s musings about race in society,” he continued. Various members of the Penn community have been calling for Wax’s removal from the manda-

tory first-year course since she co-wrote a provocative op-ed in August 2017 arguing for a return to 1950s American cultural norms. In a subsequent interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, she said Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior. In a more recent op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Wax alleged that Ruger asked her “to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory first-year course.” At the time, Penn Law spokesperson Steven Barnes said that nothing had changed in her status with the University.

in my research,” Kersh said. “I felt that they definitely supported our work, especially Provost Pritchett.” Provost Pritchett earned his Ph.D. in history at Penn and is a scholar of race relations, which Gladney said she appreciated. “It is really cool to know that there are historians involved in the project,” Gladney said. “There are people who are involved that are

actually interested in getting into the nitty gritty and treating this as a research project, and not a PR move.” Professor Kathleen Brown, who heads the Penn Slavery Project, said the undergraduates continue to work hard in their research. “We hope to have another presentation of findings at the end of the semester,” Brown said.



The Penn History Department presents…

History Matters Now

a series of dinner talks by Penn History faculty



11:00am - 2:00pm

Kathy Peiss, “Entertainment and Politics: An American History” Harrison House, 1/24, 6:00

Hall of Flags – Houston Hall

Kathy Brown, “Thinking about Race in the United States” Kings Court, 2/1, 6:30 Beth Wenger, “Is Anti-Semitism Resurgent?” New College House, 2/21, 6:30 Hosted by Cam Grey All College House residents welcome Ben Nathans, “Are We Headed for a New Cold War with Russia?” New College House, 3/20, 6:30 Hosted by Cam Grey All College House residents welcome Mary Berry, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times” Dubois House, 4/4, 6:00 Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, “Banned—Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You!” Gregory College House, date TBD

- Schedule viewings with property managers - Schedule tours of apartment communities - Meet with local apartment community reps - Meet with city businesses and vendors like SEPTA, PECO and University departments - Free food, raffle prizes and giveaways!

Open to all Penn students, faculty and staff

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Lamb stuns with victory in Republican territory Penn grad wins special election by slim margin MAX COHEN Staff Reporter

2006 College graduate and Democrat Conor Lamb defeated Republican Rick Saccone in the closely-contested special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Vote tallies as of 10:48 a.m. gave Lamb a slender lead of 627 votes — 0.2 percentage points — out of the 228,378 total votes cast. The two candidates were neck-and-neck for much of Tuesday night, but Lamb declared victory at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, before the race was officially called and many absentee ballots had yet to be counted. By Wednesday afternoon, all of the absentee ballots had been officially counted, and The New York Times called the race in Lamb’s favor. The race, considered a “bell-


wether” for the November midterm elections, has captured national attention. The election of a Democrat in the 18th District is notable, as the district, located in southwestern Pennsylvania, voted for Donald Trump by double digits in the 2016 presidential election. The seat had been held by Republican Tim Murphy since 2003. Murphy was forced to resign in October after he allegedly asked a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion. President Trump made two appearances in the district during the current campaign, en-

dorsing Saccone and deriding Lamb as “Lamb the sham.” The Penn alum achieved a narrow victory largely by distancing himself from the Democratic establishment and portraying himself as a moderate. Lamb graduated from Penn in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and graduated from Penn Law three years later. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was appointed in 2014 as assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The special election against 60-year-old Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth) marks the 33-year-old Lamb’s first foray into politics. Lamb has opposed stricter gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland massacre and also publicly announced he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Democrat has stated that he personally opposes abortion but is supportive of a woman’s right

to choose. This election marks the second high-profile victory for Democrats in traditionally Republican territory. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate election in December, surprising the conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump. For the winning candidate, the 18th Congressional District will soon change form based on the redistricting of Pennsylvania’s congressional map. According to FiveThirtyEight, most of the 18th District will be split up between the Republican 14th District and the more competitive 17th District. Lamb is expected to seek re-election in the new 14th District, per FiveThirtyEight, and will have to run for Congress yet again in November. According to the Associated Press, Republicans are considering requesting that all ballots be impounded to prepare for a recount.


Annenberg grad and San Antonio mayor hosts talk at Penn He discussed challenges of running for mayor’s office JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter

Seventeen years after graduating from Penn, the newly elected Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg returned to the Annenberg School for Communication on Monday evening to talk to students about his political career as a progressive independent. Nirenberg, 40, was invited back to campus to speak at the annual George Gerbner Lecture in Communication. His lecture, titled “Be A Better Neighbor: The Education of a Mayor,” charted his journey from Penn to the mayor’s office. Last year, Nirenberg made headlines when he unseated the former mayor Ivy Taylor in a decisive election victory in San Antonio, Texas. Recounting the experience, the 2001 Annenberg School graduate described the challenges of running as a progressive independent against a sitting mayor. He noted the repercussions of challenging an “establishment pick,” such as the threat of antagonistic smear



Mill’s probation stemmed from a 2007 arrest, after which he was convicted on seven charges relating to drugs and guns. In 2009, Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to 11.5 to 23 months in county jail as well as eight years probation. His case has resurfaced in public attention multiple times since November as a result of news that the FBI had launched a review of her “conduct in connection” with the rapper since the prior year. During a press conference before the formal event, Mill’s mother,

campaigns. “If you threaten that establishment you will have the kitchen sink thrown at you,” he said. In response to these challenges, Nirenberg said he opted for transparency, and released a 24-page “vision plan,” which outlined his goals and aspirations for his time in office. “My consultant said, ‘Don’t do this. Don’t put all of your ideas on paper because that would hold yourself accountable to every dot you put in there,’” he reflected. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m not in this for glory and career, I’m in this to make sure people who vote for me know what I stand for.’” The Monday lecture opened with brief remarks from Michael Delli Carpini, the dean of the Annenberg School, followed by a long introduction from Carolyn Marvin, an emeritus Communication professor and Nirenberg’s former academic advisor from his time at Penn. Marvin described Nirenberg as she once knew him: a budding ethnographer and an avid bodybuilder, who sported bell-bottom jeans and a curly haircut; but on this evening, she said she saw him

Kathy Williams, called upon Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, to “step in” and help free her son. “This judge has been so hard on my son,” Williams said. Several celebrities, including Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Lil Uzi Vert, a fellow Philadelphia rapper, and Malcolm Jenkins, a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, spoke at the press conference as well. “Meek means more to the city more than anything,” Jenkins said. “[The Eagles] are a team that embodies the spirit of city and he’s a great representation of that, and he reflects it.”

as a “son of Annenberg,” who is a part of a wider movement to shift Texas’ political leanings. “He’s part of a generation that is kind of beginning to turn Texas blue,” Marvin remarked. Nirenberg, who received his master’s degree in Communication in 2001, began working at the Annenberg Public Policy Center the year of his graduation directing the Student Voices program. Accord-

ing to the program’s website, Student Voices is a “nationwide civic engagement initiative to address the problem of declining political involvement by young people.” Nirenberg said working with Student Voices provided “some real world lessons about the positive impact that communities can have on systems of government,” adding that this experience taught him about what people want in a

politician and inspired him to pursue a career in civic life. Jeremy Quattlebaum, a content creator for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, who worked with Nirenberg during his time with Student Voices, said his former colleague’s path to civic success was unsurprising. “Our project was to see what students can do to affect local government, now he’s the chief executive of a major city,” he said. “The shoe is on the other foot.” Nirenberg left his Annenberg job in 2009 and moved with his wife Erika Prosper, who also received her master’s degree in Communication from the Annenberg School in 2000, and his young son, Jonah, to San Antonio. While working part-time as a professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University, he said he also led the university’s radio station where he worked to develop a “Year in Jazz” project that crafted a music series covering the city’s history and collaborated with city leaders in a social impact project. In 2013, a city council seat opened up and Nirenberg’s friends and family convinced him to run.

At the event, an introduction from College junior Madison Dawkins, the founder and copresident of BARS, was followed by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, opening the event by addressing racial incarceration across the United States. “I want us to fight for Meek Mill, but I also want us to fight for all the men and the boys, and the girls and the women in jail because of injustice,” Stevenson said. After Stevenson concluded his remarks, Tacopina, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Williams took the stage to comment on the situation. Tacopina was the first to speak,

condemning the current state of the U.S. justice system. “I’ve never, ever, seen a case that has come close to this perversion of justice in so many ways,” he said. Sharpton spoke next, heavily criticizing Brinkley, who is black and has been in charge of Mill’s court case since his original trial more than a decade ago. “We did not march, and go to jail, and suffer, for our people to get on the bench and look down their nose and forget how they got there,” he said to resounding applause. Both Sharpton and Tacopina thanked Mill’s mother for acting as a public figure throughout this case

and the subsequent protests. “Your mere presence here is enough. You’re Meek’s face right now,” Tacopina remarked. Following the leading discussion, prominent academics, career civil rights lawyers, and social justice advocates – including Marie Gottschalk and David Rudovsky, Penn professors of political science and criminal law respectively – discussed Williams’ incarceration and the state of the criminal justice system at large. “Things are really hard, but we are at the epicenter of criminal justice reform in the United States today, and I never thought I’d say that,” Gottshalk said.


Ron Nirenberg, who served two terms as the councilman for District 8, spoke about keeping the younger generation in mind in politics.

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Panelists discussed the state of the Pennsylvania justice system, in particular, noting that 50 percent of the state’s prisoners are incarcerated under detainers for minor violations. They repeatedly referenced Krasner as a possible agent for sweeping criminal justice reform in Philadelphia. While participants stressed dubious aspects of his case, they continually emphasized the larger context of criminal justice in the U.S. “We need to make an example by walking Meek out of there so all of the Meek Mills out there will know that we are not going to tolerate this,” Sharpton said.


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After the final buzzer had sounded, the fans had stormed the court, and each player had cut off a piece of their own net, senior point guard Darnell Foreman climbed up the ladder in the east end of the Palestra one more time. He hoisted himself on top of the hoop and unleashed a cheer while swinging the remainder of the championship net high above his head. After four long seasons for Penn basketball, Foreman had pulled off the improbable. He was a champion, and the snapshot of him atop the basket would go down in Quakers history forever. Winning has always been at the forefront of Foreman’s mind. He came to campus in 2014 with one main goal: bring Penn men’s basketball back to relevancy. “That was his dream,” coach Steve Donahue said about bringing an Ivy League title back to the Palestra. “That’s what motivated him and inspired him every day to work.” Foreman sought to add another chapter to Penn basketball’s legacy, and in the process has become something like a team historian. He’s familiar with the successes of James “Booney” Salters, Ibby Jaaber, Jerome Allen, and Mike Jordan, and prides himself on mirroring their work ethics. For four years he awaited his own championship moment. On Sunday afternoon, he got it. The image of Foreman sitting on top of the netless rim,

arms outstretched, echoes distant but familiar memories for the Quakers. Photos of Jordan and Jaaber in the same victory celebration after their respective titles hang in the Palestra atrium. Those shots served as an inspiration for Foreman each time he entered the gym. “I wanted to be like Mike Jordan,” Foreman said after the game. “Like Mike” might have a different meaning to Penn basketball than the rest of the hoops community. But for Foreman, it carries the same message: embody greatness. “Hopefully it serves as some type of motivation,” Foreman said. “It’s just something to add to the history of this place. When people come back here they’ll look at that 2017-18 team.” After enduring three losing seasons, the success of Foreman’s senior year has been even sweeter for the Camden, N.J. native. But behind the scenes, this campaign has presented roadblocks of its own. Around halfway through conference play, Foreman suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. Donahue says he hasn’t practiced in six weeks, and he is often forced to wear a walking boot. But Foreman wasn’t going to let an injury get in the way of his goal. As the season hit its final stretch Foreman didn’t let up. Over his final five games, while injured, and without practicing a minute, he averaged 16.2 points per game on 63.6 percent shooting. “It sucks because it’s so boring. You wish you were going up and down a lot,” he said about missing practices. “In the games you just got to fight through it.”

“Right now I’m not worrying about it. The pain is far less than the joy of the game.” He did more than fight through it on Sunday. “I thought his energy in the first half, his step was as good as it’s ever been in his career,” Donahue said. Full of exuberance from the beginning of warm-ups, Foreman often had a huge smile on his face throughout the title game. Down 13 early in the first half, Foreman sparked the crowd by leading the Quakers on a tear to finish the first period. He ran down the court celebrating made baskets, waved his arms to pump up the Penn faithful, and put on an offensive clinic. After hitting a heavily guarded three-pointer as the first-half buzzer sounded, Foreman sprinted off the court with an outstretched hand, sending the Palestra into a frenzy. “Hard work can take you to a lot of different places,” Foreman said the day after the victory. Soon the spoils of that labor will be on display throughout the arena. The photo of Foreman atop the basket will be placed alongside those of Jordan and Jaaber, and the title banner will hang amongst those won by Allen and Salters. In the more immediate future however, that same hard work will take the Quakers to Wichita, for a matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks and an opportunity to take down Goliath. “This whole season has been a dream come true,” Foreman said ahead of the first NCAA tournament game of his career. “Let’s make it even sweeter.”

M. HOOPS | Historically, Penn has managed upsets SAM MITCHELL Associate Sports Editor

A blue-blood basketball program, playing at a supposedly neutral site located in their home state. An underdog, low-seeded Penn basketball team that no one outside of West Philadelphia believes in. The year, of course, is 1979. The Quakers are the No. 9 seed and coming off a close win in the first round over Iona. They are set to face No. 1 seed North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C. “Having to play at North Carolina, I guess you could say it’s a little similar to Penn this year having to play Kansas in the state of Kansas, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I never went into a contest worried about the other team,” said class of 1979 and star guard Tony Price. “71-70 [was the final score]. It was very exciting. The main thing was, a lot of people thought we shouldn’t even show up … to this day I don’t think the University of North Carolina has lost an NCAA [Tournament] game in the state other than the one, and the University of Pennsylvania is the ones that beat them.” The Quakers then pulled off a couple more upset victories to advance to the Final Four. Here, they faced No. 2 Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, for the chance to face Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in the final. The deep and talented Spartans were too good for the Quakers, and that’s where the

Cinderella story ended. It remains the most recent time an Ivy League school has made it that deep in the NCAA Tournament, and no team has made it further, other than a 1944 Dartmouth team that made the championship game when the tournament had only eight teams. Penn’s basketball history extends much further than the ‘79 run. In fact, Penn played Yale in 1897 in one of the first recorded college basketball games to use modern rules, such as limiting each team to five players on the court at a time. Since then Penn has made the NCAA tournament 24 times, tied for best in the Ancient Eight with Princeton. The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were an important time for Penn. The team was frequently ranked and regularly sent graduating seniors to the pros. In 1970-71, a Quakers team featuring Dave Wohl, Steve Bilsky, Bob Mores, and David ‘Corky’ Calhoun, the last of whom would go on to be drafted fourth overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1972, went undefeated in the regular season, before eventually being defeated by Big 5 rival Villanova in the Eastern Regional Final. The loss was eventually scrubbed from the record books when Villanova was caught using an ineligible player. Due to that technicality, Penn is the only college basketball team to never lose a game but fail to win the national title. Next, of course, came the 1979 team. “The University of Pennsylvania, at that time, was one of the top

teams in the country and they had a great [academic] program, and I wanted to go somewhere where I could develop both as a student and an athlete,” Price said. Led by Price, the Quakers put together a string of upsets that reminded the country not to write them off. In many ways they’re similar to today’s team: nobody believed in them, but they played with grit and toughness that made them victorious anyway. One major difference is that, while Price’s Quakers were still basking in the afterglow of an awesomely successful decade, the current team is not. Penn had not won a bid to the NCAA tournament in 11 years, a drought stretching from 200607, when star point guard Ibby Jaaber’s senior season came to a close to just last week. Jaaber, who won back-to-back Ivy Player of the Year awards in his last two seasons, went on to play professionally in Europe and is considered one of the greatest basketball players in Penn’s history. Few expect Penn to make a deep tournament run in this era, but getting a first round win in the tournament is an attainable goal and helps prove that an Ivy winner can compete out of conference, too. The last time Penn managed to do that was in 1994, a year before current assistant coach Ira Bowman came to Penn. “I think they’re gonna compete, and make Penn proud,” said Price. “They’ve done that all year, I’m very proud of the team.” And they’ll surely have the weight of those giants in Penn history behind them.



OPINION Penn men’s basketball has made history. It’s time to rally behind them.

THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2018 VOL. CXXXIV, NO. 17 134th Year of Publication DAVID AKST President REBECCA TAN Executive Editor CHRIS MURACCA Print Director JULIA SCHORR Digital Director HARRY TRUSTMAN Opinion Editor SARAH FORTINSKY Senior News Editor JONATHAN POLLACK Senior Sports Editor LUCY FERRY Senior Design Editor

THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN EDITORIAL BOARD At an institution as massive as Penn, it’s hard to think of a single moment when the entire campus united for a common cause. The closest example in recent memory is perhaps the momentous night of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory last month, when masses of Penn students threw down their books and flooded into Center City to join thousands of Philadelphians in their celebrations. For many at Penn, that night was the first time they felt like Philadelphians; like they were part of this city.

Now it’s time for Penn students to act like they’re part of Penn, too. This past weekend, Penn men’s basketball beat Harvard in the final of the Ivy League Tournament, earning an automatic bid to the annual NCAA Tournament. Their last appearance was 11 years ago, in 2007, at a time when most of the current team’s players were just in elementary school. The Quakers are ranked as a No. 16 seed, and are set to play basketball powerhouse University of Kansas on Thursday afternoon in Wichita, Kan. This is the moment for every-

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one on this campus — sports fans and otherwise — to rally behind a team that truly represents this institution. A 2017 study from the data

on the court. The game in Wichita is an opportunity for Penn to partake in that experience. It’s an opportunity to feel — like we did after

This is the moment for everyone on this campus — sports fans and otherwise — to rally behind a team that truly represents this institution.” analytics group Nielsen found that almost one-third of the United States television audience watched at least six minutes of the NCAA Tournament last year. Collectively, the 23 telecasts in 2016 reached 97 million people. These numbers show that what sets this tournament apart is just how much it means to communities across the country. At the heart of March Madness are the fans who watch from the stands and from their living rooms, holding their breath as their friends, brothers, and sons lay down months of hard work

the Super Bowl — as though we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Despite the team’s outstanding season, Penn students have not been present. The average attendance at Penn men’s basketball games in the 2017-2018 season was 2,960 people, which is less than 35 percent of the total seating capacity at the Palestra. While this number is higher than the average attendance for any other Ivy team, we’re also the best team in the Ivy League. We could do better. It’s unreasonable to expect students to stow away on the

next flight to Wichita, but if ever there were a time to call for some Penn pride, this would be it. Wear some red and blue as you walk down Locust Walk. Host watch parties for the game, or go to the watch party in Houston Hall which starts at 1:30 p.m. Consider picking the Quakers in your bracket to pull off the first-ever upset of a No. 1 seed by a No. 16 seed. And when the tournament ends, keep up the Quaker pride. The women’s basketball team is moving on to the National Invitational Tournament; the men’s lacrosse team made headlines by beating the No. 1 ranked team in the nation last month and the squash team is home to a player with an undefeated season. There are little ways we can all support any one of the 30-plus varsity teams that compete at Penn. When the men’s basketball team beat Harvard on Sunday, they did not just win a chance to play on a national level; they also earned an opportunity for their school — for us — to join them on their journey and to experience some of the anticipation, faith, and pride that they worked so hard for.



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During one late night bonding session with my hallmates, one of them revealed to the group that they took a DNA test and discovered more about their background. Intrigued, I sought out to buy one of the kits for myself. The major players in this industry are and 23andMe; both offer DNA tests that can shed light on your lineage as well as an optional health risks assessment. Now, I knew that these tests are very expensive. For 23andMe, the basic ancestry service costs $99 and the Health + Ancestry service costs $199. I ended up choosing to go with 23andMe based on positive online reviews. Also, this was the brand my hallmate had used. Luckily, for me, there was a special Black Friday sale, so I snatched up the kit and waited for it to arrive at Amazon@Penn. Before doing the spit-test that is required, I knew that I was going to be Latino. My parents are from Ecuador, and I imagined that my ancestry composition would show a high concentration of Latino ancestry. I never questioned my background because that was never a conversation I had with my family. After countless times of spitting in

my tube, I entered my registration code to track my kit, sealed up the test tube in the box, and dropped off my sample at the post office. This “waiting game” was an agonizing process. But even though I was excited to receive my results, I knew that the outcome wouldn’t dramatically change who I was. Whatever 23andMe had in store, my upbringing is already set in stone. While growing up, the most dominant cultures in my apartment complex and in my community were Guatemalan and Mexican. I was immersed in the beauty of the Latin American diaspora. I do not label or identify as a member of these backgrounds. However, these are the cultures I have known myself to connect most naturally with. My results from the test were as follows: 46.5 percent European, 44.6 percent Native American, 2.6 percent Sub-Saharan African, 0.2 percent Western Asian & North African, and 6.1 percent Unassigned. To be completely honest, these results were not shocking. After learning the history of colonization and the Slave Trade, it makes sense why my ancestry composition has a mixture of European, African, and Indigenous makeup. I am 46.5

percent European, but that doesn’t make me “white.” It doesn’t allow me to claim “white privilege” and have it easier like most Caucasian individuals do since I am not “white passing.” I am 2.6 percent Sub-Saharan African, but that doesn’t make me “black.” It doesn’t allow me to

ly White Institution) that is, like all Ivy League schools, filled with an abundance of wealth. Wharton senior Artemis Tiburcio also took the 23andMe ancestry test and said, “Although the results were different from my expectations, it’s interesting to witness the complexity CARLOS ARIAS VIVAS


claim all the struggles an African American in the United States goes through. I am what I choose to identify myself as, which is a first-generation, low-income, Latinx male. All of these identities play an integral role in how I navigate my next four years at Penn, a PWI (Predominant-

behind my own DNA. Regardless, it doesn’t change my identification as Afro-Latinx.” Ancestry tests allow for the opportunity to explore your maternal and paternal lineage through conversations with your family and any matches found through the DNA Relatives featured on 23andMe.

While my “little experiment” was fun, cool, and expensive, I learned a lot about myself through self-reflection. The background in which I grew up in is so important to me and makes me the person I am today. All the experiences, friends, and cultures I have interacted with since my youth all help me shape the identities I choose to represent to the world. Ultimately, if you decide to take an ancestry test, it’s up to you to decide how seriously you want to take your results. How it affects your identity moving forward is your choice. CARLOS ARIAS VIVAS is a College freshman from Stamford, Conn., studying communication. His email address is cariasv@sas.


Don’t feed the ravenous internet mob ALIFIMOFF’S ALLEY | Why we should forgive internet infamy Listen, I’m a child of the digital age. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not aware of the repercussions of posting things on the internet. The stakes were drilled into me at a young age by well-meaning, if slightly alarmist adults: Anything you post online will be around forever. Anyone can see it. Beware, here there be dragons. I’m not saying I wasn’t warned. I’ve watched the public shaming of dozens of people who have posted incriminating, racist, or just plain dumb things online. In 2013, I eagerly refreshed my Twitter and watched as Justine Sacco’s life was destroyed by an internet mob after she posted a glib,

poorly phrased joke intended to lampoon racist views of Africa. Sacco fired off the tweet before she boarded a plane headed for South Africa. Unbeknownst to her, while she was in the air, her joke was misinterpreted and misconstrued as an expression, rather than a satire, of racist views. Justine, whose original Twitter had just 170 followers, became the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide. It was the Blue/ Gold dress debacle of 2015. The ravenous internet mob waited until her transatlantic flight landed. They wanted blood. Justine landed to discover that she was infamous. Her reputation was in tatters. She was fired from her job.

Not everyone who gets shamed on the internet is as sympathetic as Justine Sacco. In January, Harley Barber, a student at the University of Alabama was expelled from school after videos that she’d posted to her private “fake” Instagram (or finsta, if you’re hip with the lingo) of her spewing racist expletives were made public. Unlike Sacco, Barber is pretty clearly an unapologetic racist. It was somewhat thrilling to revel in the schadenfreude of watching Barber get what seemed like her just desserts, just as it was equally satisfying to watch as the Harvard University men’s soccer team was sidelined for the remainder of their season in the fall of 2016 after sexually explicit “scouting reports” on the incoming class of women’s soccer players which were sent to the team listserv were made public. In these cases, there is always the blinding thrill of vigilantism — the ability to believe that justice is finally being served. White privilege is excoriated, blind racists held accountable, sexists punished. It’s the internet delivering on its premise of equality. Online, we can right the systematic wrongs that remain untouchable in our nondigital lives. Internet backJULIA SCHORR | DIGITAL DIRECTOR lash isn’t about growth or

redemption. The internet has receipts and it wants justice. But what we’ve gained in instant, blind, furious justice we’ve lost in nuance and privacy. It doesn’t matter that Sacco’s tweet was satire. It matters even less that Barber’s racist videos were intended for her small audience of “finsta” followers. Lost in the larger conversation about the culture of college sports at large was the fact that the Harvard “scouting reports” that came to light in

information no longer controls who can see it. Even information disseminated through private listservs, group chats, or Instagrams can reach beyond its intended audience. The screenshot exists, a terrifying reminder that anything we create in the digital world can and most likely will exist forever, blind testament to our worst moments. For millenials, none of this is news. It’s been drilled into our minds by teachers, parents, and

Discretion in social media is a well-advised and important life skill. But we can no longer completely separate our private lives from our technological footprint.” 2016 were from 2012. Legally, most existing conceptions of privacy are dependent on physical space and the typical expectations that accompany that physical space. This makes privacy law poorly suited to govern the demands of the digital age, where information can be easily separated from its context and its intended audience. Simply controlling who has access to

after-school specials. But as the internet matures and technology advances, it’s become an inexorable part of our lives. Yes, discretion in social media is a well-advised and important life skill. But we can no longer completely separate our private lives from our technological footprint. The inability to separate our private digital lives from our professional digital lives has plagued everyone

REBECCA ALIFIMOFF from Hillary Clinton and Jared Kushner to two philandering FBI agents whose private texts, discovered on their official FBI devices, have put the Russian investigation under fire. As we each leave behind an increasingly complicated record of our lives — messy, contradictory, sometimes unflattering — we have to remember that with the great power internet receipts bring, the power to hold people accountable for their bigotry, their sexism, their idiocy, or their oversight, we also have the responsibility to temper our responses with the recognition that we each are all only human. Yes, we’re capable of stupid or terrible things, but we’re also capable of learning and growth and deserving of forgiveness. REBECCA ALIFIMOFF is a College sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind. studying history. Her email address is “Alifimoff’s Alley” usually appears every other Wednesday.


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Advice for seniors still looking for jobs GUEST COLUMN BY CAREER SERVICES DIRECTOR PATRICIA ROSE Spring break is now in the rearview mirror, and graduation is just around the corner. The job market, somewhat surprisingly, has remained strong, which makes it all the more likely that many seniors have already found jobs. If you are a senior who does not have a firm plan for next year, it may seem like everyone you know has a job, a graduate school acceptance, or a fellowship all lined up. This is especially true at a school like Penn, where so many students wrapped up their job search during the fall semester, when popular industries like banking and consulting make their offers. It is true that just over half (51 percent) of last year’s employed students had their job by the end of first semester. But almost as many didn’t get the offer they accepted until second semester, or after graduation. And that’s fine. Some students aren’t interested in the opportunities that many classmates covet. Nor should they be. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest

accomplishment.” If you have remained resolute that you want to follow your own path in the face of lucrative, popular choices, congratulations! If you were too busy to deal with the recruiting circus last fall, that’s OK. And if you did pursue positions and weren’t selected, don’t panic. The fact is, many employers in a broad range of fields don’t recruit new college graduates before spring at the earliest. They do what we call “just-in-time” hiring. A few facts: of those who took jobs in the public interest sector, almost all (97 percent) got their jobs in the spring, summer, or even fall after graduation. Of those going into media and entertainment, 72 percent took jobs second semester or later. That’s also true for the 66 percent who took jobs in the federal government. Almost two-thirds of Penn nurses (64 percent) got their offers second semester or later. For those going to work in startups, 60 percent took jobs in the spring, summer, or fall. If these fields interest you, now is the time to be actively networking and applying for positions.


I reached out to recent graduates who accepted positions second semester or after. Here is some sage advice from them. 2017 College graduate Peter LaBerge, who is a content marketing associate at Branch, wrote, “It helped me immensely to remember that finding a job is not about acceptance — it’s about fit … It may feel like you’re the only one who hasn’t found yours, but you aren’t. You can rush finding a job, but not the right one.” 2017 Engineering graduate

Nick Wein, now a robotic process automation developer and consultant at UiPath, echoes this thought: “While it was stressful at times to see so many people settled in and finished with the recruiting process, I’m very happy that I waited for the right opportunity to come along at UiPath before accepting a position I was unsure of. Looking back, I would say that patience was as crucial as any technical interview preparation.” 2017 College graduate Re-

becca Silver, who now works as a recruiting coordinator at ZocDoc, provided this advice: “It’s not worth it to compare yourself to others — doing so will make you more unhappy than productive. Better to compare yourself to how you’ve progressed throughout the job hunt … What I learned from this experience is that it’s perfectly normal not to have a job by the time you graduate from college, and everyone finds a job that’s good for them eventually … In fact, some of the most interesting companies don’t start recruiting recent grads until the summer or fall anyways! So graduating from college without a start date does not mean that you won’t find a job that’s a good fit for you. And when I say a good fit, I mean a good fit. It doesn’t need to be an incredible fit. Your first job is not your last one, and a good job is a step in the right direction. Additionally, reaching out for guidance from Penn alumni and Career Services were incredibly useful tools throughout my job search. People want to support you during this time — and asking for help is necessary when

PATRICIA ROSE trying to navigate the murky waters of your job hunt.” So there you have it: fit, patience, asking for help. Take advantage of this strong job market: over 100 positions are posted every day on Handshake, and over 3,000 full-time positions were posted in the last month. Make sure you complete your Handshake profile so that the jobs that align with your interests will appear first. All of us at Career Services look forward to helping you in the coming weeks, and beyond. Enjoy your senior spring, and good luck! PATRICIA ROSE is the director of Career Services.




AJ Brodeur ecstatic after lifting Amy Gutmann, Ivy trophy

M. HOOPS | Sophomore was key in Ivy title victory

and the other wrapped around Gutmann, AJ did something he never saw himself doing. He picked up Penn’s president. “Never would I have ever thought that I would have been picking up Amy Gutmann coming off an Ivy League championship game,� Brodeur said just moments after the hug. “That was definitely not something I pictured.� It’s hard to blame AJ for that. After all, when he committed to play for Penn in July of 2015, few could have ever expected the Massachusetts native to lead the Quakers back to March Madness so quickly. Back then, the Red and Blue were coming off a 9-19 season that saw them finish tied for last-place in the Ivy League, and at the time of his commitment, then-newly hired coach Steve Donahue had yet to sign a single other recruit.


In the minutes after the final buzzer sounded and sent Penn men’s basketball to the NCAA Tournament, sophomore AJ Brodeur hugged a lot of people. He hugged his teammates. He hugged his friends. He even hugged a few strangers. But out of all of AJ’s hugs — “hundreds,� by his own estimation — there was one that stood out. As the team eagerly waited to cut down the net in celebration of its Ivy League Tournament championship, Penn President Amy Gutmann made her way to the players. With one of his arms pointed to the Palestra’s banners,

But AJ stuck with Penn anyway — even though much higher-profile programs like Notre Dame also came calling. And now it’s all paying off for the sophomore. Brodeur, who was named the Ivy League Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, is preparing for a chance to be a part of the first-ever No. 16 seed to take down a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. And as for Notre Dame, who was at one point this season ranked top five in the entire country this season? They’re getting ready for the National Invitation Tournament after failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. “I can’t say that I expected it to happen, but I can definitely say that I thought that it was possible,� Brodeur reflected a day after the Ivy Championship. “Just seeing it all come to fruition, at the end

where we are right now, is a dream come true.� The dream season very well might reach its end on Thursday, but regardless of what happens against the Jayhawks, AJ will now always be able to call himself something that, for the last eleven years, had been virtually taboo within the halls of the Palestra: a champion. “Waking up a champion, being able to come back to the Palestra, see the new nets after we just cut them down — it’s a great feeling,� he said. And it’s a feeling that won’t be going away anytime soon. “I don’t know how long it is going to take for me to get over this Ivy League Tournament win that we just had,� Brodeur added. “I woke up this morning, I thought I just woke up from the best dream of my life because I woke up and I


Sophomore forward AJ Brodeur had offers to play at programs such as Notre Dame, but now is reaping the rewards of sticking with Penn.

felt like a champion. “In a way, I didn’t really wake

up from it because it is kind of like I’m living that dream now.�

If you look at the numbers, Penn actually has a shot at history ZACK ROVNER

Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. For those who have not yet seen the tournament seeding, Penn men’s basketball is a No. 16 seed playing No. 1 seed Kansas, a consistently great program coached by a Hall of Fame coach, Bill Self. Kansas even has multiple top recruits and future NBA stars on their roster. On top of that, the game is being played in the state of Kansas, nearly rendering this a home game for the Jayhawks. And, on top of all of that, no No. 16 seed has ever defeated a No. 1 seed in

NCAA Tournament history. But, that all has the potential to change this Thursday as the Red and Blue have a chance to stun the Jayhawks. That’s right, you heard me correctly. The Quakers have an actual prospect to win this game and move on to the next round in the NCAA Tournament. This is not an outlandish opinion either, as history and trends actually show that the Red and Blue have a legitimate shot to shock the world. At the most basic level, this can be seen through the many different basketball rating systems that have the Quakers as an extremely underrated and under-seeded team. Specifically, one of these ratings systems, Kenpom, which has accurately predict-

ed the success of under-seeded teams in the past, says that the Quakers have more than just a fighting chance. According to the Kenpom rating system, the last No. 16 seed to be ranked as high as the Quakers was UNC Asheville in 2012. UNC Asheville lost by single digits to the No. 1 seed Syracuse and were within two possessions of the lead with one minute remaining in the game. The game ultimately ended with questionable officiating resulting in a victory for the Orange. Kenpom currently gives the Red and Blue an 11.2 percent chance of upsetting the Jayhawks. For reference of how high that probability of winning truly is, the 16 seed with the next highest chance of win-


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ning their first round game this year is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a 3.3 percent chance of pulling off an upset. These odds give Kansas a higher probability to lose their first round game than any other No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament. Beyond the current numbers, recent years have shown that, given their seed lines, Ivy League champions have had great success in the NCAA Tournament. In the past eight NCAA Tournaments, Ivy League teams have won four first-round games. In all of these wins, the Ivy League team was awarded a double digit seed, just as the Quakers are this season. Ivy League teams have had relative success against No. 1

seeds in the past as well. The closest matchup ever between a No. 1 seed and a No. 16 seed was between Georgetown and Princeton in 1989. The Tigers lost this game by only a single point. The Ivy League has come close to accomplishing this daunting task of dethroning a No. 1 seed before, suggesting that the Quakers might just have the makeup to do it again. Further promoting Penn’s plausibility of a victory over Kansas is the fact that Penn coach Steve Donahue has a good history when playing against Self. In 2010, Donahue took Cornell on the road to play, at the time, No. 1 Kansas. In a game where Donahue and Cornell had the lead at half time, the Jayhawks were able to come

back and win by five, avoiding the upset. This narrow defeat against Self and the Jayhawks is something that Donahue will try to bring to the Quakers this Thursday, once again playing against the one seed Jayhawks on the road. So, the matchup this Thursday was a tough draw. And no No. 16 seed has ever beaten a one seed before. But, eventually, it is bound to happen. It looks like the Quakers have as good of a chance as any team before to make history and shock the Kansas Jayhawks and the world. ZACK ROVNER is a College freshman from Holland, Pa, and is a sports reporter for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at

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it off? Experts think it’s possible

M. HOOPS | Kansas in 29th straight NCAA tourney DANNY CHIARODIT Associate Sports Editor

To the dismay of some Penn fans and to the excitement of the men’s basketball team, the Quakers received the news on Sunday evening that they would be taking on Kansas in the NCAA Tournament opener in Wichita, Kansas. A lot of hype surrounds this monumental showdown versus the top-seeded Jayhawks on Thursday — so let’s get to know them and see how Penn stacks up. Kansas knows what it’s like to win in the tournament Kansas (27-7, 13-5 Big 12) finished its season atop the Big 12 standings for the 14th consecutive year, en route to a conference tournament championship. Coach Bill Self, now in his 15th season at the helm for the Jayhawks, has built a program that is expected to win the Big 12 title and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament every year. Self and the Jayhawks have been here before. In fact, they’ve been here a lot. Kansas has now appeared in 29 straight NCAA Tournaments, which is a men’s college basketball record. On this year’s squad, three starters — senior guards Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and junior guard Lagerald Vick — have significant experience playing in the Big dance. Penn, on the other hand, is looking for its first NCAA Tournament win in 24 years. With that being said, coach Steve Donahue is no stranger to Ivy League upsets on the biggest stage. In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Cornell, led by Donahue, took down fifth-seeded Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the opening week-

M. HOOPS | No top seed has ever lost in first round YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor


Kansas men’s basketball may not be the strongest No. 1 seed, but the Jayhawks are strong from top to bottom. Bill Self’s team shoot a lot of three pointers, but have the athleticism to run the floor.

end. Matchups will be a problem for the Quakers This year’s Kansas team, as per usual, is loaded at every position on the floor, with all five of its typical starters averaging at least 12 points per game. Self believes that Graham (17.6 ppg, 7.2 apg), who won the 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year award, will be the key to the Jayhawks success this March. “When he plays well, and he doesn’t have to play great, but when he plays well, he just gives us a confidence that brings out the best in others,” Self said in an interview during Sunday’s March Madness Selection Show. Graham is not only difficult to control on the offensive end, but he is also a terrific perimeter defender, capable of locking down one player for an entire game. His playmaking ability on both sides of the ball is what makes him a likely candidate for the All-American Team.

While Graham presents a unique challenge to Penn, perhaps the toughest assignment for the Quakers will be dealing with the 7-foot, 280-pound sophomore center Udoka Azubuike. Azubuike, who injured his left knee last week, is now expected to play on Thursday, despite missing the Big 12 Tournament. With his size and strength alone, Azubuike (13.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) will be a matchup nightmare for Penn. The Quakers’ frontcourt of sophomore AJ Brodeur and junior Max Rothschild has to hold its own in the rebounding and low post battle if the Red and Blue have any chance of notching a historic victory. This is not a typical 16 vs. 1 matchup Kansas may be the better basketball team, but the Quakers are one of the best No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament. In fact, Penn is currently ranked higher on KenPom than the other No. 16

seeds, three No. 15 seeds, and one No. 14 seed in this year’s field. Of course, no No. 16 seed has ever beaten a one seed, but there’s a first time for everything. Kansas has relied heavily on the three-ball this season, ranking 10th out of 351 Division I teams in three-pointers made. This is actually good news for Penn, which holds its opponents to 29.2 percent from beyond the arc, ranking second in the nation. Thus, the success of the Jayhawks from long range will likely be a key indicator of the final result of the game. Additionally, Kansas has had its struggles throughout the season, losing to five teams ranked outside of the RPI top 50. Earlier this year, Self called this team “the softest team that Kansas has had since I’ve been here.” Though Self is known for making these types of inflammatory statements about his teams, this comment shows that the Jayhawks are not necessarily too mighty for the Quakers.

If you follow college basketball at all, you’re probably aware of the fact that no No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history. That doesn’t exactly seem to bode well for Penn men’s basketball’s chances against top-seeded Kansas (in Wichita, Kan. no less), but more than a few prominent college basketball analysts and publications have gone on the record giving the Quakers a fighting chance. Seth Davis, as seen on Selection Sunday, might have been the first to get the ball rolling with this tweet, and The Ringer’s NCAA Tournament Breakdown highlighted Penn with “Historic 16-over-1 upset-watch” status. FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s statistical analysis website, broke down how Penn stacked up to other No. 16 seeds throughout history. According to The Spun, ESPN’s Pablo Torre also gave the Red and Blue a shout-out, calling Penn the “strongest” No. 16 seed of

all-time. Even The New York Times got in on the fun and featured the Quakers as one of six “NCAA Bracket Busters” to be wary of (and the main photo in that article shows none other than Penn junior guard Jackson Donahue celebrating from the bench). But perhaps the most encouraging endorsement of the Red and Blue’s chances has come from Kansas coach Bill Self himself. “They are really, really solid. Steve [Donahue] has done a great job with them,” Self told The Kansas City Star. “They’ve got our attention. We’re going to focus in on Penn even though we know it’s a two-game weekend if you win, but our focus is on Penn.” While all the national attention is exciting, the earliest betting lines still favor the Jayhawks by 15.5 points. That might seem like a steep set of odds to overcome, but it’s a smaller spread than any of the other No. 1 vs No. 16 game, or even all of the No. 2 vs No. 15 match-ups. In other words, don’t get a “Greatest Upset Ever” tattoo just yet — but it wouldn’t hurt to make an appointment.




Bracket Busters?

Sophomore guard Ryan Betley

Junior center Max Rothschild

Senior guard Darnell Foreman

14.5 points per game .389 percent shooting from three Second-team All-Ivy

Junior guard Antonio Woods

10.7 points per game 3.6 assists per game Honorable mention All-Ivy

Sophomore forward AJ Brodeur

7.3 points per game .424 shooting percentage

No. 1 Kansas 27-7, 13-5 Big 12

7.8 points per game 5.8 rebounds per game

13.1 points per game 7.1 rebounds per game First-team All-Ivy

No. 16 Penn 24-8, 12-2 Ivy



M. HOOPS | Four keys to victory for the Red and Blue JONATHAN POLLACK Senior Sports Editor

Penn men’s basketball is looking to become the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on Kansas on Thursday. While it’s never happened before, many pundits are giving Penn as good of a chance as any No. 16 seed in history. If the Quakers are going to shock the world and pull off the historic upset, here’s four things they will have to do. Win the three-point battle Perhaps the best reason to get hopeful about this matchup is that one of the Quakers’ biggest strengths lines up perfectly with how the Jayhawks run

their offense. Kansas lives and dies with the three; on average, they make 10.1 treys per game on 25.1 attempts, good for a rate 40.3 percent. Meanwhile, defense, especially on three-point shots, is Penn’s specialty. The Quakers own the second-best threepoint defense in the NCAA, holding opponents to a paltry 29.2 shooting percentage from deep. They also have the 12thbest effective field goal percentage allowed, which factors in the added worth of threepointers. On the other end of the court, while the Quakers don’t always shoot the lights out, with just a 35.1 percentage from deep, they are prone to getting hot from beyond the arc. When they get in the zone, Caleb Wood and Ryan Betley seemingly can’t miss from three. One of the most quintes-

sential formulas for a March Madness upset is when a team that shoots the three well goes cold and their opponents catch fire. The Quakers have the right build to make that happen. Rebound, rebound, rebound Despite the presence of 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike, Kansas is actually a relatively weak rebounding team. The Jayhawks grab just 35.2 rebounds per game, only 0.1 rebounds more than their opponents. They own the 44th-worst defensive rebounding percentage, and give up almost 12 offensive rebounds per game. Grabbing offensive rebounds will be crucial if the Quakers are to have any chance at pulling off the upset. Penn is going to need all the points they can get against a high-powered offense like Kansas, and offensive rebounds are a huge way to extend possessions, gain


momentum, and deflate an opponent. This is going to require not only monster performances from forward AJ Brodeur and center Max Rothschild, but help from up and down the lineup. The Quakers can overcome the height advantage that Kansas has if they position themselves well and everyone crashes the boards. Survive the first four minutes The first few minutes of the game are going to be the most influential in determining what kind of chance Penn has at an upset. If the Jayhawks come out of the gate firing on all cylinders and open up a big lead before the first media timeout, it’s over. In front of what will essentially be a home crowd for the Jayhawks, against one of the best teams in the country, the Quakers don’t stand a

chance of digging themselves out of an early hole. Kansas is just too good to let up a major run and not finish the job. But if Penn makes it through to the first media timeout within striking distance, or even leading, they have a chance. It’ll give the team confidence in the knowledge that they deserve to be on the same court as the Jayhawks. Once they start believing, anything can happen. Get lucky Kansas is flat out a better team than Penn. There’s absolutely no denying that, and if the Quakers played the Jayhawks 10 times, the Jayhawks would win at least nine. But this is March, this is the tournament, and anything is possible. The recipe for the upset of the ages starts and ends with the Quakers getting scorching hot from the field and playing

out of their minds. They’d need the likes of senior guard Darnell Foreman’s incredible 19 point first half against Harvard from several different players. Someone has to take control like Foreman did, but they will need support from everyone on the floor. They will also need Kansas to play one of its worst games of the year. For the Quakers to have a chance, the Jayhawks must go cold shooting and get in their own heads. They need Azubuike, who sat out the Big 12 Tournament last week due to a sprained knee but is expected to play in the tournament, to not be at full strength. They need to take the crowd out of it by not letting Kansas run away. Penn certainly has the odds against them. But winning this game isn’t impossible, and if the chips fall the right way, Penn might just make history.


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