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Alumni weigh in on Wax controversy BLM supporter calls for her to be fired MADELEINE NGO Staff Reporter


Penn men’s basketball faced off against the University of Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After starting off strong and jumping out to a 21-11 lead, the Quakers eventually fell to the Jayhawks, 76-60.

Former Law prof. redraws Pa. district lines

Penn is now the under 3rd Congressional District LUCY CURTIS & MAX COHEN Staff Reporters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released an updated state congressional map on Feb. 19, redistricting the University of Pennsylvania from the 2nd Congressional District to the 3rd Congressional District — a map drawn by former Penn Law professor Nathaniel Persily. The decision was made in

January after the state Supreme Court ruled that the previous map violated the state Constitution due to gerrymandering. Since the old map’s implementation in 2011, Republicans have won 13 out of Pennsylvania’s 18 districts, despite never gaining more than 55 percent of the vote. An expert in redistricting and election law, Persily has drawn districts for Georgia, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina, and was selected by the state Supreme Court to draw the map after Gov. Tom

Wolf (D-Pa) rejected the Republican House’s proposal in Feb. The updated map has major ramifications for Penn, as students and faculty will now cast their votes in the 3rd Congressional District instead of the 2nd. In the old 2011 map, the City of Philadelphia was almost entirely encompassed in the 2nd district. Election experts estimate Democrats can now compete in eight to 11 of the new seats. State Republicans have blasted the new map, accusing the court of partisan favoring of Democrats.

According to the Washington Post, Democrats could see a net gain of three or four seats in November’s midterm elections, which would provide a crucial boost in the party’s bid to reclaim control of the House of Representatives. Persily taught election law and political science at Penn from 2001 to 2007. He taught courses titled Law and the Political Process, Contemporary Issues in Law and Politics, as well

As the debate around Penn Law professor Amy Wax continues to grow, pundits are calling her comments and her experience emblematic for what they see as larger, endemic issues within higher education. In the past weekend alone, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement has weighed in on Wax’s comments, prompting a fiery response from a notable critic of the BLM movement. For reasons beyond their control, Penn Law has found itself at the center of a national debate around free speech and racism on college campuses. Asa Khalif, the leader of Black Lives Matter in Pennsylvania, told the Philadelphia Tribune on March 17 that he wants Wax fired for her claims that black Penn Law students have never graduated at the top

of their class. Khalif added that if no action is taken by Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger within the week, he will plan to lead petitions across Penn’s campus as early as Mar. 23. He referred to the protest as a “last resort,” but said that he was prepared to disrupt classes and other campus activities. Khalif’s comments come less than a week after a 2017 video of Wax claiming that her black students had never graduated at the top of their class incited widespread controversy on campus. Following a petition signed by students and alumni, Ruger sent an email announcing that Wax would be banned from teaching a firstyear class. “Anyone with the types of beliefs she holds teaching Black and brown students is a danger to them and their future,” Khalif told the Tribune. “We are unwavering in our one demand that [Wax] be fired. Based on her beliefs and the SEE WAX PAGE 6


No clear timeline for gender-neutral bathroom installation across campus since fall semester The LGBT Center website keeps track of locations


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Penn has been working on installing gender-neutral bathrooms in buildings around campus, but since last fall, almost no new bathrooms have been converted to or installed as gender-neutral. Additional steps toward achieving that goal, however, are well underway. The latest stage in the process, according to University Architect David Hollenberg who is leading the project, has been the creation of a design study. Last year, Facilities and Real Estate Services, in partnership with LGBT Center Director Erin Cross, determined that over 100 single-stall bathrooms in academic buildings met the criteria set by Cross in order to become genderneutral bathrooms. In September, Hollenberg then laid out his goal of converting as many single-stall bathrooms into multi-stall bathrooms in buildings, similar to the layout in Hill College House, which reopened last fall after undergoing an $80 million renovation. Included in the renovation were the first multi-stall gender-

The White House released a statement that accused the economists of bias and a lack of transparency in their analysis of the plan.

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neutral bathrooms on campus. Hollenberg had said he was waiting on buildings to express interest, but that they would be selected to undergo the transition to gender-neutral by early November. So far, only three academic buildings have expressed interest. Cross, however, said some administrators of other buildings and academic departments also have shown interest in the project.

Hollenberg confirmed that the group has also hired an architect for the study, which will help “identify any code implications, and provide conceptual designs and cost estimates for the rooms in the study.” A “kickoff meeting” planned for today hopes to set the project in motion. Less than 20 percent of nonresidential campus buildings, maintained under FRES, had at

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least one gender-neutral bathroom accessible to all community members. At the time, some students still expressed frustration over the accessibility and convenience of these bathrooms. The LGBT Center website keeps track of gender-neutral bathrooms, and how to access them, in various Penn buildings. The list on SEE BATHROOM PAGE 2

President Donald Trump’s White House has sparred with porn stars, actors, and even his own “Saturday Night Live” impersonator. Now, the president is fighting with economists from his own alma mater. Earlier this month, the team of economists behind the Penn Wharton Budget Model became the latest target of Trump’s ire when the nonpartisan research initiative unexpectedly found itself in an online back-and-forth with the White House over the group’s





Wistar Institute organizes walkout against gun violence

analysis of Trump’s infrastructure plan. Trump unveiled his longawaited plan on Feb. 12 after repeatedly emphasizing infrastructure as a major priority for his administration. The proposal would inject $1.5 trillion into the nation’s roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure. Ten days later, PWBM released its analysis of the plan, concluding that it would spur only an additional $30 billion in spending by non-federal agents and have “little to no impact on the economy.” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was questioned in SEE TRUMP PAGE 3

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Wynn misconduct allegations continue to pile up Cornell rescinded Wynn’s Hospitality Icon Award

counts of sexual misconduct in a statement to the WSJ, he has faced a range of personal repercussions for these reports. A day after the WSJ report, Wynn resigned as the finance chairman of the RNC. On Feb. 9, Cornell University followed in Penn’s footsteps and rescinded the Hospitality Icon Award that was given to the hotel mogul last year. On Feb. 18, Steve Wynn announced that he was resigning from his position as CEO and chairman of the Wynn Resorts board due to the “avalanche of negative publicity.” Days later, the New York Times

reported that he left without a severance package. Closer to campus, the former Penn trustee member has been roundly denounced by his alma mater. Four days after the WSJ’s report, the “Wynn Commons” seal outside Houston Hall was defaced. Within hours, the University sent police officers to clean up the black paint, though this was then followed with the historic decision to formally strip Wynn’s name from the seal altogether. The area outside Houston Hall was named “Wynn Commons” after the real estate mogul donated $7.5

million for the construction of the Perelman Quadrangle in 1995. Incidentally, this was the same amount of money he allegedly paid in a settlement case to a manicurist who told the WSJ that he had forced her to take off her clothes and have sex with him. Apart from being a key donor, Wynn has also served on the Board of Trustees and was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws from Penn in 2006. A billionaire based in Las Vegas, Wynn was named the financial chair of the Republican National Committee after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and is also

reportedly a good friend of the president. On Feb. 1, Penn broke its silence on the growing media storm around Wynn by announcing that it was going to remove Wynn’s name from the seal outside Houston Hall and from the scholarship fund that he established by donation. The University also said it would be revoking the honorary degree granted to Wynn along with one granted to Bill Cosby, the American entertainer who has been accused by over 50 women of sexual misconduct. Early in the morning that Thursday, the signage for Wynn Commons was covered up by a metal board. The next morning, when a black tarp was removed from the sign, it was revealed that the engraving of the name “Wynn” had been taken out and replaced with grey bricks, which is how it remains today. Late in February, a Penn spokesperson confirmed that there were current plans to rename the area “Penn Commons.” The University’s historic decision to revoke Wynn’s and Cosby’s degrees was a direct reversal of a position it had adopted in 2016 when over a dozen other schools made the choice to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree. This was the first time in a century that Penn had decided to rescind honorary degrees. In a statement provided in 2016, University spokesperson Steve MacCarthy said, “While the allegations against Mr. Cosby are deeply troubling, it is not our practice to rescind honorary degrees.”

she described as “more than just changing a sign on the door.” The group plans to examine certain aspects of the restrooms to determine whether the bathroom is properly ventilated to accommodate individual “toilet rooms” and what sort of partitions are necessary to include. The timeline for the construction will vary building to building, but she said she hopes the study will be completed such that the construc-

tion can be finalized by this fall for the upcoming academic year. “It’s going to take a little bit,” Cross said, “but I think with these feasibility studies it’s going to show that it’s not that hard to convert, even if it’s just getting new partitions that go down lower in some spaces. And that it’s worth it in the long run, by far for everybody involved.” Chair of the Lambda Alliance and College junior Julia Pan said in

speaking with Cross and Associate Director of the LGBT Center Tiffany Thompson about this process, there does not seem to be a firm timeline. Pan also said she understands why the project has not been widely publicized by Penn. She explained that though the existing gender-neutral bathrooms in academic buildings are open to all, it is important that members of the non-cisgender community are pri-

oritized. “It’s a difficult balance between keeping the bathroom usage private and also accessible to everyone who actually needs it,” she said. Pan referenced the one genderneutral bathroom in Huntsman Hall and said for non-binary students in the Wharton School, it is difficult for them to be able to use the sole bathroom, especially when it is accessible to all, including those who

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It has been over a month since the 1963 College graduate and former Penn Trustee Stephen Wynn was accused of sexual misconduct, but the fallout from these allegations have continued. Last week, the state of Oregon sued Wynn and the board of Wynn Resorts for failing to act in the interests of shareholders by putting a stop to Wynn’s sexual misconduct, which they allege was well-known in the company. Since the Wall Street Journal article where dozens recounted incidents of sexual assault and harassment by Wynn, the real estate mogul’s company, Wynn Resorts, has lost $2 billion in market capitalization, prompting a slew of lawsuits from shareholders alleging that the company’s leaders ignored their fiduciary duties. Since the original report, more reports have emerged of Wynn conducting sexual assault and harassment. In February, the Associated Press obtained a police report filed by a woman alleging that Wynn had raped her multiple times in the 1970s. In another police report also obtained by the AP, a separate woman alleges that Wynn forced her to resign after she refused to have sex with him. While Wynn has denied all ac-



are not non-binary individuals. She highlighted the issue surrounding gender-neutral bathrooms as it affects people’s daily lives in the LGBTQ community. “If they can’t use a bathroom in Wharton, they literally have to exit the building, go to Stiteler, maybe walk all the way to the LGBT Center, or maybe go back to the high rises where they live,” Pan said. “That just takes so much time out of their day.”

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the LGBT Center website is updated every time a bathroom is added to the roster. The Center also works with RAs and GAs to disseminate the information, especially when first-year students come in. Along with the University architect, Cross will look at bathrooms in the three academic buildings included in the pilot study – a process


This fallout continues after Steve Wynn announced that he was resigning from his position as CEO and chair of the Wynn Resorts board due to the “avalanche of negative publicity” on Feb. 18.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reached out to dozens of Wynn’s peers from the Class of 1963 to hear their thoughts on the University’s decision. While some felt Penn’s decision was a “dramatic mistake,” others, like 1963 Wharton graduate David Ferber referred to Penn as “an institution of integrity,” and that continuing to honor Wynn would throw “a little stain on that integrity.” According to the Penn Law School professor David Hoffman, an honorary degree is neither paid for nor earned so it can be revoked at any time. However, a four-year degree is different. A school could revoke a degree if it were to become clear that fraud was present while a student was earning it, but otherwise, once a four-year degree is earned, it cannot be taken away. Philadelphia attorney William Brennan asserted, “Mr. Wynn is innocent until proven guilty. These are unsubstantiated allegations, and if I represented Mr. Wynn I would dig my heels in and start swinging.” Since Wynn has not yet been convicted of anything, Brennan explained that removing Wynn’s name from campus or revoking his honorary degree is a violation of his rights to due process. Additionally, Brennan argues that the University should give his money back. President Amy Gutmann seemed to address these arguments directly during an interview with the DP. “These are honorifics that we are rescinding,” she said. “We are not a court of law. We are not meting out legal punishment. We are rescinding honorifics.”

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Penn groups participate in national gun protest Groups included Wistar Institute and Penn Law

utes. “I am the father of a sixteenyear old, probably not much different from the students at Stoneman Douglas,” Altieri wrote in the email. “And I will do anything, absolutely anything humanly possible to protect him and his future.” In the email, Altieri said that his intentions in sending it were “purely personal” — not a reflection of the organization’s views. He made it clear that he was not asking anyone to join him but that all were invited. Minutes after the email was sent out, numerous administrators replied to the email chain, expressing their intention to walk out alongside Altieri, said

Ashani Weeraratna, a professor and co-program leader at Wistar. “I got so emotional when I watched that because I have a 13 year old daughter and her school had planned a walkout as well,” Weeraratna said. “So, I emailed him back immediately and wrote ‘I’ll be there with you.’ “The emails just started coming through one after the other from all the faculty — from our legal department, from our HR. Everyone was just like ‘We’re With You,’ We’re With You,’ We’re With You’.” Some employees, like Weeraratna, said that it was the parental aspect of the walkout that inspired them to join.

James Zaleski, the director of facilities at the institute, is a grandfather to two young grandchildren. He also responded immediately to the email saying that his entire department would join in the walkout out as well. Erica Stone, assistant professor at the institute, said that her memories of seeing school shootings on the news when she was in high school compelled her to take part in the walkout. “I was in high school when Columbine happened. It was traumatic for me in high school,” Stone said. “I can’t imagine that we are still talking about this, that this is still an issue and how much scarier it must be that it is not rare anymore. That’s really

sad.” In an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian, Altieri said that the walkout was a “truly fantastic experience.” “Everyone walked out for those seventeen minutes to stand next to the students and their families who suffered through unspeakable horrors,” he said. At Penn Law, the speakers told their gathered peers, who numbered around 40, to urge their representatives to take action on gun control. “Like most of the country, [we were] inspired by students’ reactions to the Parkland shooting,” first-year law student Ben Schwartz, one of the organizers of the walkout, said. “There’s really not been a serious policy response to what is really a public health crisis, so we jumped at the opportunity to join the national organizing effort to create that response.” First-year law student Erik Lampmann, another organizer, said the fact that the current students are “the first generation to go through the lockdown drills since Columbine” put them in a unique position to address gun violence. “We empathize and want to be in solidarity with other students who are impacted by gun violence,” Lampmann said, adding that law students also have a responsibility to take action. “As student lawyers [we want] to make sure that we use our skills to end this epidemic of violence and establish policies that make schools, but also society, safer for all,” he continued. First-year law student and organizer Allison Perlin said that when organizing the walkout,

additional $1.3 trillion in investments from state and local governments and the private sector, a conclusion the PWBM sharply disputed. In a March 8 rebuttal, titled “Why Is the White House Challenging the Penn Wharton Budget Model?”, the PWBM team stood by its original analysis. “Despite our broad search of over two dozen published studies, we are not aware of any paper published in a leading peerreviewed economics journal that supports the large financing multipliers suggested by the White House,” the team wrote. Kent Smetters, the PWBM faculty director who formerly served as an economist in the Congressional Budget Office, tweeted a series of responses to the White

House, including the PWBM’s official rebuttal. While the PWBM has and continues to work with legislators and political organizations, this conflict marks the first time the group has received such a high-profile and official online response. The administration may have panned the team’s analysis, but Kimberly Burham, the PWBM’s managing director of legislation and special projects, said the exchange is a promising start toward maintaining a meaningful dialogue with policymakers. “It’s not really discouraging to us,” she said. “I think, if anything, we’re encouraged to see the White House is paying attention to our work and that our work is important enough to

merit this kind of analysis.” Five of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries spoke in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on March 14 to answer questions about the plan. Lawmakers have expressed

concern about where funding for the proposal would come from and whether it places too much burden on the states. “I think it’s realistic that something could happen that would


As thousands of energized students across Philadelphia joined the nationwide protest against gun violence on Wednesday, some on Penn’s campus left their desks to show their support. High school students across the nation organized National School Walkout Day on Mar. 14 in response to the mass shooting that happened on Feb. 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School last month. To show their solidarity, students at Penn Law School staged a walkout at 1:30 p.m., leaving their classes to gather in the Law School courtyard. Members of the Law School’s American Constitution Society, the group that organized the walkout, gave brief speeches that detailed the issues of gun violence in the United States. Earlier that day, as other Penn students rushed to their regular classes, many also passed by a crowd of about 150 employees from the Wistar Institute, a private biomedical research institution located within Penn’s campus. These employees had left the lab at 10 a.m. and stood on the sidewalk for 17 minutes as part of the nationwide walkout. At 8:30 a.m. that morning, Dario Altieri, director and CEO of the Wistar Institute, sent out an email to all of his employees, notifying them that he would be joining the high school students across the country by walking out of the laboratory for 17 min-



a Senate subcommittee hearing about the team’s criticisms on March 1. A day later, the White House released a formal response to the report, which said, “the Penn-Wharton study does not actually model nor even resemble the President’s proposed framework.” The response went on to accuse the economists behind the budget model of bias. “The model is also not transparent to the point where one cannot help but question whether the authors who produced it had any bias,” the statements read. Trump’s infrastructure plan claims that $200 billion in federal spending will prompt an


Director and CEO of the Wistar Institute Dario Altieri sent an email to his employees detailing that he would be leaving his lab for 17 minutes at 10 a.m in solidarity with high school students nationwide.

students wanted to make sure it was “student-centered and student-led.” In the days leading up to the event, the students put posters up around the Law School, made announcements in their classes and online, and reached out to students in other graduate schools to encourage them to join the walkout. Perlin, Schwartz, and Lampmann, who all spoke at the walkout, are board members the American Constitution Society, which partnered with Ceasefire PA, a local grassroots organization focused on gun violence prevention, for the walkout. Representatives from Ceasefire PA were tabling at the walkout. After the student speeches, the gathered crowd chanted “Never Again” — the hashtag that arose after the Parkland shooting — three times, growing louder each time. Schwartz said that while the Parkland shooting and other mass shootings were the catalyst for the national school walkout, the organizers wanted to make sure that other forms of gun violence, such as everyday shootings and accidental shootings, were also brought to attention. “We’re really cognizant of the fact that the primary toll of gun violence is everyday shootings and that a disproportionate share of that falls on communities of color,” Schwartz said. “That’s another part of this that we’re pushing and thinking about.” The walkout that happened on Wednesday was also not the first student-organized effort to protest gun violence. Last month, undergraduates at Penn held a demonstration on Locust Walk to protest gun violence.

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OPINION Don’t forget to have a summer MERICAN IN AMERICA | Not every day on your calendar needs to be filled

MONDAY MARCH 19, 2018 VOL. CXXXIV, NO. 18 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 GILLIAN DIEBOLD Design Editor CHRISTINE LAM Design Editor

The sun is high in the sky, shining. The crisp, winter air grips your face and fingers. Locust Walk is a flurry of activity. Your favorite song is playing through your earphones. You suddenly spot a friend. You exchange greetings. “How are you?” Great, thank you. “How was your week?” More pleasantries ensue. Then, she drops the bomb: “What are you doing this summer?” Ah, March. The month of W h a t -A r e -Yo u - D o i n g -T h i s Summer madness. Resumes have been written; cold emails have been sent. The circus of cover letters, aggressive LinkedIn stalking, applications, and interviews is finally in full swing. Behold, the agonizing wait. Behold, the heartbreak. In a school as pre-profession-

al as Penn, summer internships feel like a make-or-break deal. While I agree it is important to fill the summer with one “big” thing like an internship, research position, major personal project, or summer class, we should be careful not to pack our summer to its brim. Leave a few weeks of your summer to rest, resurrect an old hobby, and spend time with family and friends. Be present. You don’t have to get that “big name” internship. You don’t have to be in New York. You also don’t have to be in Los Angeles. You really don’t have to do two internships. You don’t have to fill every week. You don’t have to always be doing “something.” Summer isn’t a competition. Take a step back. Breathe. I think back to my freshman




summer. Yes, I enrolled in a summer class. I went abroad through the Penn in Cannes program. I watched 30 films in two weeks there. I wrote two papers. Yes, I joined a program in Israel — an intensive, packed eight days learning about Isra-

passioned, off-tune crooning and violent thumping on the guitar. I rejoined my club soccer team, played in the local women’s league, and experienced the joys of training and competing again. I had sorely missed SARA MERICAN

You don’t have to fill every week. You don’t have to always be doing ‘something.’ Summer isn’t a competition.” el’s history, politics, religions, and culture. In sharp comparison, when I finally returned home to Singapore, I was suddenly confronted by empty days and calendars. I learned to be comfortable with that. I took the time to look inward, reflect, and recharge. I decided to wipe off the dust on my guitar, only to discover that half of its strings were broken. After getting it fixed, I vowed to (finally) venture from the safe shores of the G-CEm-D progression. The guitar groaned back to life. I learned new chords. I learned new strumming patterns. I watched YouTube tutorials on my favorite songs, before proceeding to deafen my family with my im-

the exhilaration of victory and the rawness of loss that the sport gives. Out of curiosity, I fiddled around with some HTML course on Codecademy, just to see what all the “coding” fuss on campus was about. My painfully scant webpage on “brown bears” that the course guided me to create stared pitifully back at me. Cute. I reconnected with old friends, most of whom I had not seen in a year. Many were going through big changes in their lives: last years of school, first jobs, first children, new relationships, engagements, and marriages. We shared our anxieties about “growing up”; yet there was a sense of peace and

solidarity that we were going through the different phases of life together. I spent long, lazy afternoons at my grandmother’s house, watching re-runs of Hong Kong TV soap operas, and was reminded of what TV looked like before high definition was a thing. In the familiar, humid air, seasoned by the heavenly smells of my grandmother’s cooking wafting from the kitchen, I indulged in the nostalgia and memories of a golden, far-tooshort childhood. Summer can be a time to work toward our future and explore the ever-expanding world of possibilities before us. However, it is also a time to reconnect with our past and appreciate our present. Let’s not forget that this can be fulfilling and meaningful too. SARA MERICAN is a College sophomore from Singapore, studying English and cinema studies. Her email address is

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“Loneliness should not be avoided. It acquaints you with yourself.” I had been explaining to the mother of a prospective student with a head for the humanities that Penn can be an isolating place for people who read books. Her response in praise of a certain kind of aloneness was wise. Such respect for loneliness is antithetical to the culture of the community in which we students live. Penn conditions us to devalue time spent inside ourselves. Our environment instead teaches extraversion and outer-directedness. We grow networks, not inwardness. Every student who has been introduced by Penn friends has heard herself flattened and gift-wrapped into a litany of LinkedIn-worthy platitudes. We are not supposed to be unique; we are supposed to be digestible and impressive and an inventory of status attributes. An undergraduate’s four years here are spent syncopating our rhythms to the rhythms of the (usually elite, usually wealthy) ecosystem into which we hope to integrate. We are constantly aspiring toward, or working to maintain, membership. Membership in any group requires at least a minimal erosion of individuality, but in our booming

networks, we are systematically, harshly sanded down. Our essential attributes are the external ones. We are our connections. Pressure to prove that we are a profitable connection, that we may be useful to know, is ubiquitous. We commodify ourselves, our friends, even our families. Alienation is poison for a networker. Uniqueness, idiosyncrasy, distinctiveness, eccentricity — it is all disconcerting. Instead we choose conformity, in a spirit of premature worldliness. We are what a writer once called “the herd of independent minds.” We must never stand outside of a framework. We only relate to one another through socially accredited frameworks which are outfitted with their vernaculars, styles, and value systems. All interactions among Penn students are mediated. Alien behavior is immediately detectable and scanted. Outsiders are ignored because outsiders are not profitable. This transactional culture is pervasive and powerful. Consider this: If I were to sit on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art reading Marquis de Sade (Google him), it would not take long before some stranger struck up a conversation with me. If I

were to do the same thing on the steps of College Hall, passersby would assume I had not heard of Course Hero. Think of the Penn interpersonal philosophy as SparkNotes for human beings. Best to reduce ourselves to the content that is essential for us to gain and maintain

trained to relate to one another as if relationships are only relevant to our position within our network. In our social relations, we are fanatical utilitarians. The networking way of life is supposed to be good for our future. But the joke will be on us: Our world is like this, but the world


membership, which of course can later be important for success. Best to present as a brand, not a human being. Just as Penn students are trained to read literature, philosophy, and history as if the material is only relevant to their transcripts (rather than their faith, lifestyle, worldview, etc.), Penn students are

is not like this. Our networks are artificial worlds into which Penn grants us entry. They prepare us for nothing outside of them. We learn to operate only within our bubble. We are dead to the distinction between the artificial knowledge accrued within our network and the human wisdom won through

unrigged and unmediated human experiences. Human experiences stretch our imaginations, our compassion, and our minds; networking demands all those fundamental muscles lay fallow. If, at the end of our four years, we choose to step out of the network, we will discover that we are lost and incompetent. Of course most of us will not make that choice. We will stay in what we know. Forced giggles, hours of small talk, and thousands of tuition dollars have secured our spot inside. When we graduate, we will transition smoothly from one parcel of our network to another. Structurally, very little will change. The names and faces within our former context will be exchanged for new ones, but they will be absorbed into the protective categories, into the club and the posture, that we already possess. We will continue to be insulated from the outside world. We will shun adventure, foreign beauty, doubt, serendipity, and fear. We will not be lonely, but we will not know ourselves. CELESTE MARCUS is a College junior from Lower Merion, Pa., studying intellectual history.


Kicking and screaming into adulthood CHANCES ARE | The path after college won’t always look like what we planned In Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels,” the main character, Elena Greco, feels a sentiment throughout her life that many small-town kids know all too well. It is the fear of never getting out, never making it, never leaving behind this little place and these little people who never could contain the big dreams you were hiding in your heart. Since the first time I learned I was different from the kids of my hometown — that I wanted to do something great — I’ve wanted to leave behind everything I know and go to New York. In my head, New York

was always the city of realized dreams. I know most of that idea is cultural construction, but I just can’t seem to overcome the hold New York has on me. Like the Frank Sinatra song, I’ve thought that “if I could make it there, I could make it anywhere.” But, as is often the story of my life, the dream of New York is much easier than the reality. And as I come closer to the end of college, the dream slips further away. No matter how much experience I’ve had, nothing has saved me from being constantly re-

jected by the jobs in New York to which I’ve applied. I am still here, a second-semester senior in March, hoping for at least a phone-call interview, with no clear future in sight except to return to the small town I’ve longed so much to escape. I am conflicted with several different possibilities, which all appear to me as failures. I can go home and try to write that novel I’ve been planning since I was 6 years old, rolling the dice on whether anyone will take my work. Or I can move to New York anyway, accept a job that I hate in a field that bores me, letting ennui sap my soul. Or I can take an unpaid job at a literary agency and try to waitress on the side until I get money doing what I really love — a suggestion my friend scoffed at, claiming it was beneath me and hurting me in the process. I feel as if there is something wrong with me, especially because everyone around CC0 me seems to be

moving on. And for the first time in my life, I don’t know what’s going to happen. One day, another friend told me the most surprising thing. She said that she was slightly sad to have already received a job, because she was “looking forward to struggling after college.” She said that she had grown up with the sitcom “Friends,” watching Rachel waitressing until she made it in fashion and Joey and Chandler living together, supporting each

can truly achieve. And it hit me that, even though the other Penn seniors appear to be having smooth transitions into adulthood, I don’t have to. It’s somewhat abnormal to go straight into what you want to do and have an amazing job right after college. According to a study done by Jeffrey Selingo for his book “There Is Life After College,” two-thirds of the 752 young adults he interviewed didn’t have a direct path from college into the ca-

I feel as if there is something wrong with me, especially because everyone around me seems to be moving on. And for the first time in my life, I don’t know what’s going to happen.” other. It was the thought of having fun, while floundering and enriching yourself at the same time. She made it sound like struggling when you are young is what you are supposed to do. In fact, that’s what being young is: figuring out from your difficulties who you are and what you

reer they wanted. And while it’s wonderful that so many people at Penn are ambitious and successful, it doesn’t mean that those of us who perhaps aren’t as sure or who haven’t had as fortunate circumstances have to guilt ourselves for not producing equal results. Everyone has a differ-

AMY CHAN ent way and a different pace to reach their destination, and no one person is superior to another. At our age, Meryl Streep, though she was a driven woman, was still debating whether she should be an environmental lawyer or actress when she slept through the law school entrance exam. At our age, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. It just goes to show that you can still do great things, even if you didn’t get a glowing start. Sometimes, life is about planning what you want to do and carrying out that plan. And sometimes, life is about letting things roll and finding meaning in those events retrospectively. The transition from college to adulthood is somewhere in between those two extremes. AMY CHAN is a College senior from Augusta, Ga., studying classics. Her email address is



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Wharton MBA and Penn Law compete at ‘Fight Night’ The event was held to raise money for charity RUTH SCHEINBERG Contributing Reporter

At the annual “Wharton vs. Law Fight Night” event Saturday night, thousands of rowdy graduate students flooded the Palestra wearing cocktail attire and cheering on the fighters. Over the past 14 years, the Fight Night has been a “student-run amateur boxing event” to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, according to their Facebook page. A committee of Wharton Masters of Business and Penn Law School students organize the event each year. About 2,500 graduate students from different schools across campus filled the event. Eighteen beginner and intermediate student boxers from the Wharton School, Penn Law, and the School of Engineering competed against each other. Boxers landed jabs and punches on their opponents in an attempt to win the title for their school. “[A] highlight was definitely



things she has said, she is a threat to Black and brown students.” Just a day after Khalif’s comments, Heather Mac Donald, a prominent critic of the BLM movement and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal criticizing Khalif’s comments and the “mob” at Penn Law that prompted the University’s action against Wax. “The campus mob at the University of Pennsylvania Law School has scored a hit,” Mac Donald writes. “Prof. Amy Wax will no longer be allowed to teach required first-year courses, the school’s dean announced last week. Now the leader of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania wants Ms.Wax’s scalp.”

watching the Law School kick some ass out there,” First year Penn Law student Sam Weiss said. “There were a couple of fights that were quite contentious, and it was exciting to watch us take the win.” Other attendees, such as firstyear Wharton MBA student Jon Rosenberg, appreciated the event for its ability to bring together the two often separated groups of students. “It’s wonderful we have this forum to build friendships, even though in the ring we are literally fighting each other,” Rosenberg said. Toffy Charupatanapongse, a master’s student at the Graduate School of Education said her favorite part of the event was seeing women take to the ring. “I was really surprised to see the female fighters and I think it’s great that we have girls out there because that sends a really important message to the Penn community,” Charupatanapongse said. Each year, the board of Fight Night lines up an artist for an included after-party, with previous artists including Ja Rule and Yung

Joc, according to the events’ Facebook pages. Fight Night Co-Chair and third-year Penn Law student John Kostelnak said that this year’s after-party featured the most prominent artist in the history of Fight Nights, T-Pain. Kostelnak, who had been helping plan Fight Nights since his first year at Penn Law, said the Fight Night planning committee wanted to make the event as popular as Spring Fling by inviting wellknown artists like T-Pain. “We want to eventually be the event on campus,” Kostelnak said. Fight Night relies on sponsorships and donations in order to fund their event, with the committee having spent over $100,000 this year. Kostelnak said they reached out to many more sponsors in order to make this Fight Night unique, such as Goldman Sachs, Proskauer Rose LLP, a law firm that Kostelnak works at, and SoFi, a personal finance company that assists with student loans. Kostelnak said the short amount of time committee members spend studying at Penn makes it difficult to build relationships with spon-


The focus of this year’s planning committee was building stronger relationships with event sponsers.

sors and scale the event up, which made it the focus for this year’s organizing committee. According to Kostelnak, an average Penn Law degree is about three years. According to their website, the Wharton MBA program is less than two years.

In the editorial, Mac Donald also describes Wax’s claims about black Penn Law students as “too sweeping” while arguing that what she saw as problematic with the recent incident was not Wax’s statement, but the subsequent reaction. “The diversity industry has given notice: Discuss the costs of affirmative action, and you can be punished and publicly shamed,” she writes. “The real scandal is not what Ms. Wax has said but that schools refuse to be transparent about admissions policies that impede students’ success.” This is not the first time Mac Donald has entered the Penn sphere. When the controversial author of “The War on Cops” visited campus last September, dozens of graduate students stood outside the lecture hall in protest. Khalif, a well-known activist,


as courses on constitutional law and the first amendment. Persily is now the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School in addition to teaching in the departments of Political Science, Communication and the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. Persily declined an interview for this article as he cannot speak about the case publicly. In his 2005 essay ‘When Judges Carve Democracies,’ Persily called maps drawn up by courts a “last resort” and an “emergency measur[e].” Additionally, he said that creating congressional districts is the “stuff of the legislative, not the judicial, process.” Penn Law professor Jerry Goldfeder explained that “independent redistricting commissions, or nonpartisan redistricting commissions, generally produce maps that are fair and relatively acceptable to both sides.”

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Kostelnak added that this year’s event was the the most expensive to organize compared with other Fight Nights in the past. However, he added that the Fight Night committee sold more tickets than ever before. The VIP and Premium tickets sold out the fastest in the history

of Fight Nights, according to the event’s Facebook page. Kostelnak said that although they have not calculated final numbers for this year, he said that they raised over $65,000 last year. He added that the committee’s goal for this year is to raise over $70,000.


has faced criticism for his methods in drawing attention to civil rights issues. Last November, Khalif was arrested for breaking a window outside of Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office while demanding answers regarding the open investigation of the deadly police shooting of David Jones. He also helped campaign for current Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner last September. With regard to Wax, Khalif believes that Penn needs to do more than remove her teaching abilities to first-year students. “It’s not a safe environment for students who are trying to get an education,” Khalif said to the Tribune. “We have to speak for the students who can’t speak for themselves. As far as I’m concerned, all she’s been given is a slap on the wrist.”

“When a court is compelled to draw lines, relying on a special master or an expert to do so, it should remind legislatures that they have the opportunity to do so if they can come to an agreement,” Goldfeder said. “The courts involvement should incentivize a legislature to work out their differences and come to a resolution,” he added. College senior Gabe Solomon was in favor of the Supreme Court decision, and explained that he thought the new map was more fair and representational of “Pennsylvania’s political identity.” He added that as a voter the new map made him feel more comfortable that he is “voting in a place that will send members of Congress [who] accurately reflect who lives here.” The new districts are thought to favor the Democratic party, and Penn political science professor Marc Meredith said that previous estimates and the new districts may benefit Democrats in PA during the 2018 midterms.

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Both Meredith and Goldfeder agree that this case may set a precedent for gerrymandering suits to be considered under state law instead of federal law, though this may depend on the outcome of several cases currently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump weighed in on Twitter on Feb. 20, urging Pennsylvania Republicans to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court. “Your Original was correct!” Trump wrote. “Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!” Republican legislators have already challenged the map in both federal and district courts. These challenges are not expected to get very far and Persily’s congressional district map is expected to be implemented for the midterm elections. “You don’t want to see politicians choosing their voters,” Solomon said.



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New scholarship created for midwives of color The fund will be this year’s class gift KATIE BONTJE Contributing Reporter

Each class of Penn’s School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery program delivers a class gift to their professors, usually including artwork or donations to charities. The Class of 2017, however, decided to do something unconventional: they created a scholarship for midwives of color. 2017 Nursing master’s graduate Nicole Chaney originally had the idea for the scholarship. She said that, first and foremost, her inspiration for the scholarship was simply looking around her classroom, which only contained two students of color out of a 21 person class. Penn Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program Director William McCool


2017 Nursing master’s graduate Kateryn Nunez said this scholarship was created beause over 95 percent of U.S. midwives are white.

said over the past seven years, an average of 22 percent of graduating classes have been people of color,

with each class consisting of around 20 people. While last year’s graduating class had two people of color,

this year’s class currently has four out of 18, he said. “The point of the scholarship is to address the fact that over 95 percent of midwives in the U.S. are white, whereas the people they care for, the majority are people of color, are poor people, are immigrants, LGBTQ,” said 2017 Nursing masters graduate Kateryn Nunez, one of the two students of color in her graduating class. A midwife provides a personalized approach to childbirth for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. While originally common among black and immigrant populations in the United States, stigma around home births in the 20th century discouraged people from communities of color from going into the field, according to the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. In recent decades, the “natural birth” movement popu-

larized midwifery, but created a racial imbalance within the profession. “We are more likely to serve people of color. We are more likely to serve vulnerable populations,” Chaney said. “There is a lot of research that says when people who look like the people who they care for, they end up having better outcomes.” Nunez, now working as a midwife in a private home birth practice in New York, explained the racism she experienced in the classroom. “It was very awkward for me, as a black Latina, to be at clinical and hear from a white midwife who is supposed to be teaching me, say something so racially inappropriate and me just have to sit there,” Nunez said. “Because the profession is so white, there is invariably going to be a lot of midwives with prejudices and biases, and they’re caring for

black communities.” Chaney added that “like anything, there are a million barriers for people of color to become midwives, but money is a big one,” which is largely why the scholarship was created. Currently they have raised $11,062 from grassroots fundraising alone, primarily from family and friends. Chaney said that their goal is to raise $125,000 in total. Should they do so, Penn will contribute an additional $25,000, making this scholarship an official endowment. In Chaney’s words, reaching this mark will let the scholarship “live on forever.” “This scholarship, it is a very downstream solution,” Nunez said. “It is one school and it is a drop in the ocean but we’re hoping that this sends a message to other universities and sends a message to the administration that this matters.”

Former Congress members gathered for Law School panel The panel was called “ReFormers Caucus” KARISMA MAHESHWARI Contributing Reporter

Eight former Congress members talked to students and alumni about the importance of political activism among young people this past Friday, March 16. The panelists answered questions about their own experiences running for Congress and the current state of politics, and discussed their personal views on corruption in the electoral process. The panel was called the “ReFormers Caucus” and was organized by Issue One and Penn Law School, where the event took place. Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to political reform and government ethics. The panelists were Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.), Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa.), Rep. Heath Shuler

(D-N.C.), Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (DCalif.), and Rep. Jim Gerlach (RPa.). Roemer spoke about the need for university students to take leadership in places they want to see change, noting that only 16 percent of millennials voted in the last election. Roemer added that he noticed that political divides start at the campus level, saying that many college campuses have Democrat and Republican parties that stay separate rather than meeting to debate and respect each other’s views. “If that does not start happening at your level, the graduate or undergraduate level, this division that you talk about is not going to be conquered by Congress,” he said. “Imagine if the founders had tweeted all the time, and Jefferson and Adams had not exchanged these extraordinary letters that they wrote each other,” he said. Attendee Molly Sinderbrand,

who works at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, said the panel was very instructive about how to influence change. “I understood that the ways we need to reform government are not really structural, they’re social.” The representatives identified some problems in politics that need improvement. Shuler detailed the lack of propriety and communication among congressmen, while Roemer noted competitive campaign finances that prevent people “from even considering putting their hat in the ring. Both agreed that constituents, especially young ones, need to hold government officials accountable for these issues. Representatives also spoke about the difficulties women face when running for congress. Margolies joked that, “The number one fear of women worldwide is public speaking. The number five is death.” Schneider agreed. “Unfortunately, women have to be asked three times to run for congress. We do not

have the self-confidence.” To young women looking to enter politics, she encouraged them to look for insights from women mentors like herself. The panelists stayed after the panel to speak to students, urging them to participate in politics. Schneider told the Daily Pennsylvanian that she would love to see students take action against corruption in politics. Penn students should go to chapters of local media such as ABC and CBS and have them pledge not to air political advertisements which do not fully disclose their source of funding, she said. According to Schneider, students also should attend rallies and town meetings and ask candidates, “Would you pledge not to take money from the NRA?” Wamp added that a generation shift is required to create change. “I have more faith in your generation than I have in mine. I am the end of the Baby boomers, but we made a mess of it. We are too ideological and too stubborn. I am hoping your


The event was organized by Issue One, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to political reform and government ethics.

generation is the hero generation.” Meredith McGehee, executive director at Issue One, said she was very pleased with the panel. “People who listened to it found out we had people across very deep

ideological chasms, and yet they all came together today to focus on solutions, not just to complain, but rather to find where are the places where we can start making a difference,” she said.




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M. HOOPS | Quakers shine early, fade late against Jayhawks


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WICHITA, Kan. — They hung around for a while, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. No. 16 seed Penn men’s basketball fell to No. 1 Kansas 76-60 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Quakers gave the Jayhawks all they could handle, but the talent and athleticism of Kansas, especially that of senior guard Devonte’ Graham, pushed them ahead for good. Graham, the Big 12 Player of the Year, proved why he’s considered one of the best players in the nation. He took over towards the end of the first half, pouring in 15 of his 29 points in a sevenminute span. He beat the Quakers from everywhere on the floor, attacking the basket with ferocity, spotting up from three, and getting to the foul line. “Just trying to be aggressive,” Graham said about his run at the end of the half. “One

of the assistant coaches told me I needed to attack more off the ball screen, because they weren’t hedging it, they were just bluffing and falling back, so he told me I can get to the paint.” The game started off as well as Penn coach Steve Donahue could have imagined. In the first 12 minutes, the Quakers built a 21-11 lead behind some of the best defense they’ve played all year. The Red and Blue refused to give the Jayhawks any easy looks and forced them to take contested shots from well behind the three-point arc. But that’s when the Jayhawks woke up. “We were just trying to realize that as a good team as they are, to take that punch that they’re gonna give us. They’re gonna go on a run inevitably. What we were focusing on was how we were gonna handle that,” sophomore forward AJ

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Brodeur said. Led by Graham, Kansas stormed back and closed the half on a 22-5 run. The entire tide of the game seemed to change, as the Jayhawks started playing with the confidence one would expect from one of the top teams in the country. Meanwhile, the Quakers started to miss opportunities and turn the ball over. “Credit to [Graham], but he realized what was going on in the game, he has a great feel for the game,” senior guard Darnell Foreman said. “He got our guys in rotations, he was able to finish at the rim.” Still, Penn went into the halftime break down just 33-26, very much within striking distance. The floor opened up a bit in the second half, leading to a faster, higher scoring contest. And SEE MBB PAGE 14


All-American Keating continues to adapt for Penn

Following injuries, junior Andersen switches from football to lacrosse

Star senior changed to close defense this season

Backup goalie came to Penn to play football

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Without a doubt, Penn men’s lacrosse’s Connor Keating is one of the sport’s brightest stars. Not just in Philadelphia. Not just in the Ivy League. Period. Operating for the last three seasons as a long stick midfielder, Keating has been deservedly shrouded with honors. He’s been an All-American. He’s been AllIvy. Earlier in March, he was even named to the official 50-player Watch List of the Tewaaraton Award, annually given to the best player in college lacrosse. He really is that good, even if nobody saw it coming. When Penn coach Mike Murphy first saw Keating play as a high schooler, he was a more traditional short stick midfielder buried on the depth chart of The Haverford School, one of the best high school lacrosse programs in the country. In Keating’s own words, he didn’t really have an identity as a lacrosse player at the time. “I wasn’t really that good to be honest. I was on JV actually until my junior year. I didn’t even make the varsity until I switched to long pole.” Still, even as a self-described “average short stick” stuck on the junior varsity, Keating demonstrated enough potential to capture coach Murphy’s eye, even if Murphy and his staff weren’t fully sold on his abilities. In fact, the main reason that the Penn coaching staff kept tabs on Keating at all was the fact that coach Murphy had a good relationship with the Keating family.

Two consecutive hip surgeries usually spell the end for an athlete’s career. However, walk-on Penn men’s lacrosse junior goalie Alex Andersen is not your typical athlete. After injuries forced the premature end of one career, a new one began for him this spring. The origins of his collegiate lacrosse career didn’t come on Penn’s campus, however. Rather, they came back at his alma mater, Radnor High School, where he was a twosport standout in football and lacrosse. Over Thanksgiving break last fall, his school had an alumni lacrosse game where he played particularly well, especially considering that he had not played organized lacrosse since leading his team to the Pennsylvania state championship his senior year. “One of my buddies said, ‘man, you should totally come out of retirement and play at Penn,’” Andersen reflected. “I didn’t really think much of it.” Andersen was particularly pushed by former teammates Tom Meyers and Jack Wilson, who play lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts and University of Maryland, respectively. Thus, after realizing his football career was over, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound former offensive lineman decided to reach out coach Mike Murphy over winter break about walk-


Senior defensemen Connor Keating may look comfortable with a long stick in his hands, but he used to play a completely different position.

“To be honest, I really wanted to recruit him, knowing that he was a good athlete and a good kid from a good family,” Murphy said. “The problem was that he just never quite did enough offensively to warrant us recruiting him, and so I said to his brother and to his high school coach that I thought that he could become a pretty good long stick [midfielder]. I obviously didn’t know that he’d become what he has become, but I figured it was worth a try.” On the advisement of both the Penn coaches and his coaches at The Haverford School, Keating embraced the position change. “At the time, I was open to any suggestions,” Keating said. “I trusted that [coach Murphy and his staff] knew what they were talking about it. They’ve seen more lacrosse than anyone. I’m glad that coach Murphy suggested it too because it’s been great for me.” A few weeks after advocating for the position change, Murphy watched Keating play as a long stick midfielder for the first time at a tournament in Baltimore. While his positional play still lacked polish, Keating performed

well enough to earn an invitation to one of Penn men’s lacrosse’s recruiting clinics in the fall. It was at this clinic where the fate of a future All-American’s career hung in the balance. And even after the position switch, the path to convincing the Penn coaching staff that he was worthy of a roster spot wasn’t a smooth one. “At the clinic, I was really impressed by his growth, but he was a little rough. Technically, he didn’t really know how to play defense yet,” Murphy said. “Not everyone was sold. Some of our coaching staff didn’t think that he was very good, and in some ways, they were right.” Fortunately for the entire Penn men’s lacrosse program, the staff took a risk and offered an unpolished, still-developing long stick midfielder a spot on the team. And, as the old adage goes, the rest is history. In the subsequent years, Keating would hone his craft and earn a starting spot on Penn’s team as a freshman, a far cry from his days as a high school sophomore SEE KEATING PAGE 10



Junior Alex Andersen started his collegiate career as an offensive linemen for Penn football, but now is a goalie for Penn men’s lacrosse.

ing on. As Andersen put it: “The rest is history.” Currently, Andersen is behind starting junior goalie Reed Junkin and talented sophomore backup Alex deMarco on the depth chart. Still, where he lands on the depth chart was not a factor in his decision to return to lacrosse. “I wanted to be able to come in and push those guys to get better. It really doesn’t matter to me exactly where anything with the depth chart lies. That wasn’t my focus going in,” Andersen said. “My focus was that I wanted to come in and make Penn lacrosse better and have fun doing it.” Even with two established goalies, Murphy was pumped when he heard Andersen wanted to return to lacrosse. “I was really excited. He’s a great kid and a really good

athlete, and we never turn one of those down.” Additionally, it did not take long for Andersen to get acquainted with his new teammates. He already knew a few of them. Growing up, Andersen played for one of the top club lacrosse teams in the country in Mesa Fresh. From his class alone, the club produced 19 Division-I lacrosse players, including current teammates junior defensemen Mike Mulqueen and Noah Lejman. Throughout his high school career, the current backup goalie was arguably more touted as a goalie than as a lineman, given the Ivy league’s prowess in lacrosse compared to football. Andersen visited Penn’s campus his sophomore year as a lacrosse recruit. However, SEE ANDERSEN PAGE 15



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Red and Blue’s offense loaded with scoring talent

M. LAX | Penn returns top 11 scorers from last season SOPHIE RODNEY Sports Reporter

One may have been worried about Penn men’s lacrosse this season after graduating 10 seniors last year. However, with the returning

players accounting for 212 out of the 220 points scored last season, this offense should have nothing to fret about. The seniors have led the way to a strong start for the Quakers (43, 1-0 Ivy). In the unexpected but close 10-9 upset against then-No. 1 Duke, senior Chris Santangelo won 15 of 22 draws. In the seasonopening win against Michigan, captain and attackman Kevin McGeary

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scored 4 goals and made one assist. Even though many strong players did return, there are still many readjustments Penn has to make. After losing starting defensemen Kevin Gayhardt, Eric Persky, and Kevin McDonough, the defense, specifically, has focused on readjusting. In the past, All-American senior Connor Keating was a long stick midfielder who often had to substitute for a different long stick midfielder or offensive midfielder. However, this season he is playing close defense so that he is on the field almost all the time and is able to help the younger defensemen grow. After all, even with Keating moving to the defense, it’s not like the other side of the ball will be at all short on talent. Each of Penn’s top 11 — yes, 11 — scorers from 2017 returns, with big names like Simon Mathias, Kevin McGeary, Tyler Dunn and more ready to come back even stronger with another year of experience under their belts. “We need to build on our past performances obviously,” Keating said. “We need to rely heavily on

the coaches and what they’ve been preaching, our pace of play, winning our matchups, and kind of just trusting our personnel out there and trusting the leaders.” In order to make sure next season sees as many strong returning players as this season did, the team is focused on developing the younger team members while also capitalizing on the more experienced players. “Last year, we thought we had some great personalities who graduated, and we thought there was gonna be this huge void in the defense. It happens each year; the younger guys step up,” said Keating. “The kids all work extremely hard. Next year they’re gonna be great, if they keep working hard they can be better than we are this year.” To that point, the juniors have also shown great promise for next year’s season. In the game against Michigan this season, goalie Reed Junkin was in for the last three quarters and made seven saves, while only letting in four goals. Dunn scored two goals. Against No. 4 Villanova, Junkin made 13 saves in

a tough loss. Mathias, a valuable attackman to the team since his freshman year, scored three goals against Michigan. Against Villanova, he extended his school record point-scoring streak to 34 games. However, even with so many strong upperclassmen, he believes, like Keating, there is still a lot of hope for the future of the team.

“We have some young guys who have a lot of talent and show a lot of potential,” said Mathias. “Here, on our team, we have standards that we set for each other in how we are on and off the field.” “We just try to instill those standards in their heads and once they feel like they are really immersed in the Penn lacrosse culture, it kind of works for itself.”


the staff turned to the team’s best player for help. “I knew that the team might need some help at that spot,” Keating said. “The switch from long stick midfielder to close defenseman was something that the coaches approached me about. They felt that it was what the team needed, and I’m always willing to do whatever the team needs to succeed.” And so, as a senior All-American, Keating has made yet another successful position change, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by his coaches. “To make the switch, as the high-caliber player that he is, that just tells you the kind of kid he is,” Murphy said. “He’s really selfless and committed to us. He’ll do whatever we need him to do to help us win.” According to Keating, the selflessness and commitment that he

shows are simply reflective of the support of his coaches and teammates. “These coaches are awesome,” Keating said. “They work with me all the time, and they’ve taught me really quickly, so that I can keep getting better at it.” Even more praise was heaped upon his teammates, as it was obvious from Keating’s energy and voice how thankful he is for the work that they have put in to help him become the player that he is — first as a long stick midfielder and now, as a close defenseman. “My teammates have helped with the transition tremendously,” Keating said. “I try to learn as much as I can from every player. Each guy on the team has a distinct skill set that I can learn from.” Specifically, Keating attributes most of his success to Penn’s scout team, the group of players that

rarely sees action during games but practices every day against the starting defense, mimicking the formations and characteristics of Penn’s next opponent. “The guys that have been most helpful to me as far as learning the new position have really been the scout guys,” Keating said. “Guys like Kyle Scheetz, Drew Robshaw, and Nolan Munafo come out here at practice everyday and play attack and dodge against me everyday. These guys don’t often get recognized in terms of accolades or even playing time, but they work as hard as any of us. I have been beyond fortunate to play with and against all of those guys this year.” In this, his final season, you can bet that Keating will savor each and every one of his relationships with his teammates and coaches, all of whom have helped him and all of whom he has helped right back.


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Introduction of shot clock could change pace of play NCAA tested 60 second shot clock in preseason GRACE HYLINSKI Sports Reporter

For Penn men’s lacrosse, the game is always changing. There has been chatter within the men’s lacrosse community that the NCAA is interested in implementing a visible 60-second shot clock in hopes of speeding up the game. This past fall, the NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee requested that teams use a visible shot clock during pre-season competitions. The 60-second timer is set to start once possession is established, while teams will continue to have 30 seconds to clear the ball into the attack area. In other words, this would be an automatic shot clock, which is what the

women in the NCAA play with. Currently, men’s collegiate lacrosse operates under a system where, when a referee deems that a team is stalling, a 30-second countdown is administered. Under this rule, consistency and accuracy of the implementation of the shot clock are questionable and well prone to human error. Allegedly, a shot clock is coming full time next season, and Penn coach Mike Murphy believes this will undeniably speed up the game. “There will be more shots, more goals, more changes in possession and more faceoffs. It simply increases all these elements as well as the speed of the game,” Murphy said. Regardless of the future changes, it is still imperative that, with the current shot clock, teams place the utmost importance on possession, as well as putting pressure

on the cage. Quakers’ standout midfielder Tyler Dunn likes the shot clock because it increases the pace of play, creates early offensive opportunities, and makes the game more exciting. “We play with a settled offense, but we still like to get shots off early,” Dunn said. “Typically, we try to get a good look at goal within the first 30 seconds of possession.” On the defensive end of the field, senior Connor Keating does not believe that the shot clock will affect the style of play on defense. “We cannot deviate from our game plan purely based off the shot clock,” Keating maintained. Murphy believes that the shot clock can be the deciding factor in a tight game. “The shot clock is probably the most disproportionately important part of our game,” he said.

“For example, in the Penn State game, we lost around 90 percent of the faceoffs, and so when the other team has that many more possessions than we do, it makes it very hard to win a game.” The primary faceoff man for the Red and Blue is senior Chris Santangelo. Last season, Santangelo had a faceoff win percentage of 52.8, the highest of his collegiate career. In his final season, winning as many faceoffs as possible is crucial. “Every faceoff won is not only one that is won for Penn, but one that is taken away from the opposing team,” Santangelo explained. When questioned on his mentality and technique going in to each faceoff, Santangelo responded that he likes to keep it simple. “I get down on one knee, take a deep breath, clear my mind, put my right hand down, punch my left, and try as hard as I can to le-


Senior faceoff man Chris Santangelo has a crucial role in helping the Quakers receive and maintain possession of the ball.

verage the other guy. After that it comes down to hand speed, form, and core strength.” For Penn, getting these techni-

cal aspects down to a science will be important going into competitive and cutthroat Ivy League play — and hopefully beyond.

Men’s lacrosse starts off Ivy play with huge win against Princeton

Dunn nets five goals while Junkin stops 20 shots in win BREVIN FLEISCHER Associate Sports Editor


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Oh, what a difference a year makes. 364 days after losing to Princeton at home in game that wasn’t even as close as the 17-8 score would indicate, Penn men’s lacrosse travelled to New Jersey and turned the tables on the Tigers, earning its first Ivy League win of the year, 14-7. For the Quakers (4-3, 1-0 Ivy), Saturday’s game may have represented their most complete performance of the season. Highlighted by the play of Tyler Dunn and Simon Mathias, the offense was explosive, especially in the second half, when the team scored nine goals. Dunn, a junior midfielder

coming off of a five-goal outing against Villanova, scored another five against the Tigers (3-3, 0-1 Ivy), demonstrating his offensive versatility throughout the contest. A lefthanded player, two of Dunn’s goals came with his off hand, one a step down shot and the other an underneath dodge from the wing. With the offense occasionally longing for explosiveness so far this season, Dunn’s combination of speed, shooting accuracy, and fearlessness could be just what the Quakers need to complement their stout defense. “The last couple of games especially, Tyler has come on,” Penn coach Mike Murphy said. “His physical presence and his athleticism stand out. When he has the ball in his stick, going to the goal, he’s hard to stop. It’s hard to prepare for his athleticism.” However, Dunn was by no means alone in this impressive performance by the Red and Blue offense. Mathias, a junior attackman, scored three goals

of his own, predominantly operating from behind the goal, constantly forcing the Princeton defensemen to slide and recover as he pressed either the right or left side of the cage. Still, as well as the Quakers played on the offensive end, the Penn defense stood out as the game’s ultimate storyline. The Tigers, known and feared for their high-octane offense, are led by All-American and last year’s unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Michael Sowers. Entering Saturday, Sowers had recorded 36 points in just five games to cement his place as a frontrunner for the Tewaaraton Award as the best player in college lacrosse. Against the Quakers, he was held to zero goals and three assists, with one of those helpers coming in the fourth quarter after the game’s status was out of question. Guarding him throughout the entire contest was sophomore defenseman Mark Evanchick, who was tenacious in his coverage. He matched the shifty Sowers step

for step and constantly forced the ball out of his hands. One sequence definitive of Evanchick’s efforts occurred as time was running down in the third quarter. Sowers got the ball behind the goal with about a minute left and spent that entire time period attempting to dodge past Evanchick. While most dodging sequences do not last more than ten seconds, this one encompassed a full minute, yet Evanchick never tired or relented, forcing Sowers to throw the ball away helplessly as time expired. “He is really making strides, getting better everyday,” Murphy said. “He’s done an unbelievable job for us….He’s really evolved from September to now.” Matching Evanchick’s heroic efforts were those of junior goalie Reed Junkin. In last season’s loss to Princeton, Junkin surrendered 15 goals while only recording eight saves. As a result, he was replaced by backup goalie Alex DeMarco to close the game. Well, there will be no goalie

controversy after this game. That’s for sure. Allowing only seven goals, Junkin made 20 saves, many of them from point blank range. Against a Princeton offense littered with great time-andspace shooters, Junkin saved just about every type of shot. Whether the shot was high, low, or off-side hip, Junkin was up to the task. “He started off the year pretty well, but the last couple games, obviously including this one, he’s been seeing the ball really well. He’s been comfortable and gaining confidence, but he’s not getting ahead of himself,” Murphy said. “He’s in a really good place.” Still, even in a game in which most everything went according to plan, there are aspects of the game upon which the Quakers will need to improve in order to capture an Ivy League title. For instance, Penn allowed Princeton 10 separate extraman opportunities, committing penalty after penalty in the second half. While some of the officials’ calls were questionable

at best, many others were obvious mistakes that, in a tighter game, could prove costly. Perhaps many of the penalties could be owed to the fact that it was a rivalry game against an opponent that had soundly beaten the Quakers last year. The chippiness, especially in the final minutes of the game lends credence to that idea, but either way, the Red and Blue will have to remain composed in the future. “We definitely need to foul less and commit fewer penalties, especially things like offsides,” Murphy said. “Those things cannot happen. Also, it was a little bit chippy at the end. We need to be more mature, so hopefully this can be a learning experience for us. We will certainly address that on Monday.” Overall, the Quakers accomplished what they had set out to do. They defeated a bitter rival, rebounded from a loss, and established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the highly competitive Ivy League. Not a bad day’s work.

Junkin earns DP Sports Player of the Week after record showing Junior goalie set a new career high with 20 saves BREVIN FLEISCHER Associate Sports Editor

Reed Junkin is simply on fire. A week after recording 13 saves in a loss to Villanova and two weeks after allowing only three goals against Navy, Penn men’s lacrosse’s junior goalie made a career-high 20 stops in a 14-7 win over Princeton. For stretches of Penn’s dominant performance, Junkin appeared as if he couldn’t be beaten, stopping multiple shots from point blank range and stifling nearly every outside attempt he faced.

As the game’s score would indicate, the Quakers played particularly well against their arch rivals, but in their one obvious area of weakness, Junkin came to the rescue time and time again. Throughout the game, Penn provided its opponent with multiple opportunities to score by consistently committing penalties. The Quakers’ 13 separate infractions led to 10 extra-man opportunities for Princeton, but, thanks to Junkin, the Tigers were largely unable to capitalize, especially when the game was still within reach. Whether the Tigers shot high, low, stickside, offside, or bouncers, Junkin was up to the task, seeing the lacrosse ball as if it were a beach

ball. With Junkin operating at this level, the Quakers will be difficult for the rest of the Ivy League to contend with. His dominance not only shut down the opposing offense, but his saves also led to quick outlets and transition opportunities for Penn’s attack. With Connor Keating at long stick midfield and an array of shooters on the Quakers’ roster, transition can become a real weapon for the Red and Blue as the season progress, and it all starts with Junkin. For his efforts against the Tigers, Junkin has earned DP Sports Player of the Week, but if he continues to play at his recent advanced level, greater accolades, for him individually and for his team, may await.

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For one more weekend, Penn women’s basketball’s season is alive. Taking on Albany in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Quakers overcame a rollercoaster first half to live for another day. Leading for all but 33 seconds of the contest, Penn jumped out to an 18-3 lead and held on the rest of the way in a 76-61 win, advancing to face St. John’s in the Round of 32. It might not have been the Big Dance, but the first half was still one crazy party for Penn (21-8, 11-3 Ivy). Only seconds into the contest, the Red and Blue appeared to be cruising to an easy win, as Penn tore apart



while the Quakers kept pace with the Jayhawks for most of the half, they were never able to string together a run long enough to put them back in the lead. Penn’s best effort came in a quick

Albany’s zone defense with ease and senior guard Lauren Whitlatch hit three treys in the first 90 seconds. “It was great, but it was more so because my teammates got me so open,� Whitlatch said. “And after that, I struggled, but so many people were ready to pick us back up.� Whitlatch cooled down from there, missing her remaining six downtown attempts of the half, but Penn continued to make mincemeat of Albany (24-7, 12-4 America East), jumping out to a 25-9 lead with the help of an active press defense that forced 10 first-half turnovers. “That last game [a 63-34 loss to Princeton in the Ivy League championship], we don’t talk about any more, so we just wanted to come out and show that we can play better than that on our home court,� senior forward Michelle Nwokedi said. “Just coming out and playing the basketball we know how to, that was our motivation.� But the Great Danes (24-7,

12-4 America East) made sure their season wouldn’t end without a fight. Albany had its own stretch of hot three-point shooting, including a remarkable first quarter buzzer-beater from senior guard Jessica Fequiere. The Great Danes took a 2827 lead on what amounted to a 19-2 run between the two quarters, before Penn settled down and took a 39-32 lead into the break. “I think it’s a unique defense we don’t see much, a true matchup [zone],� coach Mike McLaughlin said. “I thought they adjusted to us a bit in the second; we didn’t get good shots, we didn’t get below them, and they started to push us away.� The second half was a catand-mouse game the whole way, but the Great Danes could never quite catch the hosts. With four fouls apiece, Whitlatch and Nwokedi were on the bench for much of the second half with four fouls each, allowing the Quakers’ youth movement to shine.

And shine they did. After being held to two points in the first half, Ivy League Rookie of the Year Eleah Parker scored 10 points in the third quarter, helping the Red and Blue maintain their lead. Freshman Tori Crawford also excelled off the bench, securing nine points and five rebounds on 3 of 4 shooting. “Coach said it best when we went in the locker room: we won with a different group,� Nwokedi said. “And it’s great to see that growth — at the beginning of the year, it’d be like, ‘oh my god, my two starters have four fouls.’ But now we can trust each other to pick up right where we left off.� Albany cut the lead to as little as five points in the fourth quarter after a bizarre technical foul on coach Mike McLaughlin with just under seven minutes remaining, but it was all Quakers from there. Penn senior Anna Ross scored nine fourth-quarter points, and the Red and Blue held strong on defense to close

out their 15-point win, keeping their season alive for at least one more game. That game will come on Monday night, as the Red and Blue will be taking on St. John’s (17-14, 9-9 Big East) on the road. Though the No. 75 Thunderbirds rank below the No. 61 Quakers in terms of RPI, St. John’s does have quality wins over Miami, Kansas,

and Villanova, providing quite the challenge for the Red and Blue. “Us being seniors, we’re just trying to get as many games as possible before we have to call it quits,� Nwokedi said. “The NIT is a great tournament, we’re playing some great teams, and we want to make a run in this — we want to win it all.�

two-minute run that started around the 14:30 mark. Junior guard Antonio Woods started Penn off with a three, then senior guard Caleb Wood hit one from deep on the next possession. After another defensive stop, Brodeur made a floater to bring Penn within five, causing Kansas coach Bill Self to call a timeout.

Out of the break, Graham stopped the bleeding with a tough layup over Brodeur. After that, a few key Quaker misses over the following minutes gave Kansas breathing room for the rest of the game. Perhaps the biggest factor down the stretch was free throws. Penn, notoriously a poor free-throw shoot-

ing team, struggled mightily from the charity stripe, going just 4 for 12 in the second half. “I do think foul shots were a big part of this, and this is unfortunate, it was part of our DNA this year, we were able to overcome it,� coach Steve Donahue said. “But if we’re gonna beat a team like Kansas, in this environment, you just gotta make them.� Meanwhile, the Jayhawks aban-

doned their usual strategy of pouring in threes and instead attacked the Quakers down low. They were rewarded with 14 free throws, which they made at a rate of 85.7 percent. Penn kept at it though, keeping Kansas’ lead under double digits until there were just about six minutes left in the game. But a deep three from Graham, followed by an alleyoop to junior guard Lagerald Vick, put the game out of reach for good.

While the Jayhawks are headed to the next round, Penn’s season is done. And while it may not have ended with the result the Quakers were looking for, they can keep their heads up. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys and how we played,� Donahue said. “We did everything that I would hope. “It was a great college basketball game.�



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Positive publicity a silver lining from men’s hoops’ loss WILL DiGRANDE

The historic upset was not meant to be for the Quakers, but the real win was in the hype. In recent years, Penn men’s basketball has not been at the forefront of the Ivy League scene. Rivals Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have stolen headlines and all played well in the past few NCAA Tournaments. But this time it was Penn’s turn. Ever since the official pairings were revealed on Selection Sunday, one matchup caught the eye of bracket makers everywhere. Usually, games between 1 and 16 seeds are obvious, but when Penn was matched up with Kansas, the top seeds’ perfect record against 16s was cast into doubt. Of course it would be unlike-


the nature of college lacrosse recruiting at the time pushed prospects to commit early, oftentimes by ninth grade. By 10th grade, most of his peers were committed. When his junior year rolled around, he let the various schools recruiting him know that he was leaning heavily towards playing football in college. “If an opportunity for lacrosse came up later in my junior year, maybe I would have looked at it then,” Andersen said. “But having to choose between the two sports that early was a decision I didn’t want to have to make.” Despite not being able to suit up for Penn football again, Andersen found ways to stay involved. After he told football coach

ly, but this season’s Penn team has been regarded by many as the best 16 seed ever, if not just in recent memory. Since the night of Selection Sunday, some of the sports world’s bravest analysts boldly predicted Penn to prevail, or at least give the Jayhawks a run for their money. Sportswriter and CBS broadcaster Seth Davis began the excitement Sunday night with a tweet about the possibility of a Red and Blue victory. Pablo Torre, an ESPN columnist and a frequent on the sports network’s talk show Around the Horn, even predicted the Quakers to make a run all the way to the Sweet 16. Others soon joined in on this thrilling prospect and Penn became a hot pick nationwide to pull off the upset. Nearly five percent of the 17.3 million brackets in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge had the Quakers winning, a higher chance than three of the 15 seeds and all of the

Ray Priore that he could no longer play following the 2016 season, the two-time Ivy league champion coach told Andersen he wanted him to stick around as an offensive assistant. “He said, ‘we still want you here now’ and really let me be apart of the family even though I wasn’t playing,” Andersen said with a smile. “He’s just a great guy and I really wanted to thank him for the opportunity to be a part of something special with Penn football.” Andersen could have sulked about how injuries robbed him of the back half his football career or how he is not receiving a lot of playing time this season. That is not how he is wired. “I try to bring the juice as much as I can, bring energy to practice everyday and get better every single day.” Murphy has taken note of Andersen’s enthusiasm and found many ways to utilize the

other 16s. It was still a long shot, but by no means was the game going to be a walkover for Kansas. More importantly, all the support from both professionals and fans alike gave the Quakers confidence they needed to play well against the Jayhawks. Sophomore AJ Brodeur looked back on fellow Ivy Cornell’s Cinderella run back in 2010 for inspiration. “Coach Donahue’s team from 2010, they were such a great team,” he said. “Following their run and seeing them go from the first round to the Sweet 16, I hope that might be us.” Likewise, fellow sophomore Ryan Betley appreciated the extra attention from the media. “It’s all been fun,” he agreed. “Coach told us when you’re on the court you have to be focused, but he told us to just enjoy the moment and all the extra things that come with it.” During the game, the Quak-

goalie as he shakes off nearly three years away from the game. “He’s given us [looks] in practice if we need a bigger goalie or a right-handed goalie based on the scout,” Murphy said. “He steps up and does a great job.” While Murphy thinks it will take a year for Andersen to shake off the rust and get his lacrosse body back, he did not rule out the possibility of Andersen challenging Junkin or deMarco on the depth chart a year from now. “If he gets back to 100 percent physically and gets his technique down again, I think he can compete for a starting job,” Murphy said of the former lineman. From injured offensive lineman to walk-on lacrosse goalie, Andersen may be more than just a feel-good story come next spring.

ers’ blazing start rocketed them to instant popularity online. According to Google Trends, a metric which measures trending search topics, internet searches for “Penn” and “University of Pennsylvania” spiked during game time on Thursday. While many of the searches were from the Philadelphia area, a large number interestingly came from two cities in Kansas: Wichita, where the game was being played, and Lawrence, the home of the Jayhawks, as nervous Kansas fans expecting a blowout frantically sought information on the team that was giving their own a fight. Ultimately, Penn’s upset bid fell short as the Jayhawks pulled away late to win 76-60. However, the notoriety the team received in the build up, during, and after the game is what matters.


Coach Steve Donahue and the rest of Penn men’s basketball may not have earned the win, but they did garner a lot of national attention.

Upon hearing the name “Penn” before last Sunday, many people might have first thought of a certain school in State College, but the Red and Blue’s respectable showing has earned them America’s admiration. If people didn’t know who the

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