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Task force aims to regulate off-campus organizations The University formed the task force after the OZ email incident CAROLINE SIMON Senior Reporter
A University task force recommended that Penn register off-campus groups, expand education on anti-hazing efforts and update the alcohol and other drug policies, in a report issued Wednesday afternoon. Off-campus organizations, which often function like underground fraternities and sororities, might also need to register their events in offcampus locations and comply with University anti-hazing regulations. The task force’s eight general recommendations were announced by Provost Vincent Price, who said that he and Penn President Amy Gutmann had already accepted them and will work to implement them immediately. Penn created the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community earlier this year, largely in response to an incident last fall when an off-campus organization known as OZ sent sexually suggestive emails to freshmen women. The administrators, faculty, staff and students on the committee spent the last three months deliberating how to combat sexual harassment and violence, substance abuse and other student conduct code violations. The task force also met with a series of student groups, including affiliated fraternities and sororities, athletic teams and The Daily Pennsylvanian, to brainstorm solutions. One major recommendation involves the creation of a new category for off-campus organizations — which were a specific focus of the task force — called “Identified Off-Campus Groups.” If Penn adopts the recommendations, groups designated as “Identified Off-Campus Groups” would have to provide Penn with members lists, leader contacts and addresses. They would be held to the same behavioral standards as on-campus groups — including being subject to alcohol and hazing policies. And they would be eligible for the same kinds of educational programming that on-campus groups like Greek organizations require of their SEE TASK FORCE PAGE 7
If culture change is going to happen, it must be a product of effort by administrators, faculty and students alike.” - The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board on the task force’s suggestion to the administration PAGE 4
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How professors adjust to Fling Some noticed that few students come to class on Friday
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Physics professor Elliot Lipeles teaches a course on Fridays at 10 a.m. But during Spring Fling each year, he knows to expect less than perfect student attendance. Lipeles is one of several Penn professors who adjust their course schedules so students can enjoy Fling and also make the most of their last few classes of the year. This Friday, he will be doing an optional “fun lecture” that is an extension of the coursework in his combined section of Physics 141 and 151.
“I decided to do something where it would still be an interesting lecture relevant to the class but not something that everybody needed to know,” Lipeles said. “If people didn’t come, it wouldn’t be confusing or set things back.” He plans to focus his lecture on electromagnetism and relativity, a topic that is “a little bit beyond the scope of the class.” Lipeles has learned from past experience that holding a regular class during Fling is not the best idea. “In the past, I’ve shown up with a lesson plan and there are very few people there — maybe a third of the class,” he said. He began making a different SEE CLASS PAGE 3
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Iranian grad students suffer effects of travel ban Many received 2-year visas for much longer projects NATALIE KAHN Staff Reporter
Ayla r Abdola hzadeh is looking for 200,000-year-old evidence of fire in Western Europe. But there’s a problem — her visa will run out in less than a month. Because of her Iranian citizenship and the fact that she must leave the country to renew her visa, she’s decided it’s not worth the risk. She’s going to let it expire and rely on her I-20 form to allow her to stay in the country for the remainder of her degree. She won’t be able to go to Europe this summer to do the necessary research for her project. Instead, she said, she may have to rethink her entire thesis. *** Abdolahzadeh is a second-year Ph.D. student in anthropology. Although her program is five years long, she said she was granted just a two-year visa to come to the United States to study. She attributed this to her Iranian nationality. United Statessp. out on first reference student visas can only be renewed in foreign countries.
Abdolahzadeh had planned to attend a conference in Canada and renew her visa while there, but while she was filling out the forms to attend, President Donald Trump issued the executive order that barred entry of Iranian citizens into the United States. This was before a U.S. District Court judge issued his temporary stay on the order, allowing those with valid visas to enter and leave the country. Abdolahzadeh said she was concerned she would not be able to reenter the United States after the conference and opted to cancel her plans. M.K., a second-year Iranian Ph.D. design student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, is in the same predicament as Abdolahzadeh. The two-year visa she received for her four-year program expires on July 12, and she has no plans to renew it. M.K. requested to be referred to by her initials due to potential backlash related to her Iranian nationality. She’d hoped to go home over the summer and renew her visa because she hadn’t been back to Iran in a year. Now, she’s not sure if she will be able to return before she finishes her degree.
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She’s concerned because her elderly father is in poor health. He could pass away, she said, and she would not be able to come home. “I have to basically sacrifice everything because of my Ph.D.,” she said. *** Despite the temporary halt on the executive order, Abdolahzadeh and M.K. feel stuck. Though Trump has since lightened the initial ban to account for fewer people — and Iranians are not exempt — Abdolahzadeh and M.K. do not feel any reduced pressure. Although the new ban has not yet gone into effect, they still fear that the general sentiment surrounding Iranians could present challenges. Abdoladazeh explained that there is a chance she will be denied a new visa on the sole basis of her country of citizenship. She added that renewing a visa could take a month, and she’d have to stay outside of the United States while waiting to receive it if she ends up lucky. Besides, she noted, pausing degree progress in the middle of the semester is a logistical challenge. M.K. agreed, noting that she feels as though authorities often search for reasons to deny visas to people like her. She is also concerned that if she leaves the country, the court could release a final decision that would bar her reentry into the United States. “It’s a hypothetical situation,” she said, “but nowadays, anything can happen.” M.K. also emphasized the confusion surrounding the executive order and the temporary ban. She said that if she were to leave,
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Aylar Abdolahzadehok is a second-year Ph.D. student, but her visa will run out in less than a month so she won’t be able to go to Europe this summer to do the necessary research for her project.
there remains a chance she would get stuck at the border because, as the executive order remains in legal limbo, she has not found a clear current interpretation. She’s not even sure if she would pass an extra screening at an airport on her way to the United States. “I don’t feel comfortable giving them all of my personal information,” she said. “Maybe they’ll just find something which is innocent to me and they’ll be like, ‘no, that specific thing that you said that one time is very threatening and because of that, you cannot come in.’” Even experts, she mentioned, don’t quite understand the situation. “You just feel really scared,” M.K. said. “Even lawyers and
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the people who are supposed to know the law, they think there is no one answer — you just feel that you can’t make such important life decisions based on very unclear answers.” M.K. takes comfort in the resources Penn Law’s Transnational Legal Clinic has provided for her. For instance, she has had conversations with them to weigh out the risks and benefits of leaving the country. “UPenn has been supportive,” she said. “As much as it could have been.” *** Abdolahzadeh fears for her studies — as an archaeologist, her work mandates that she travel to other countries to view different collections and historical sites. She started her project on European Paleolithic fire last year, and she’d planned to examine the necessary artifacts
firsthand this summer. She lauded her advisor’s support in helping her redirect her focus. She said she and her advisor are looking into the possibility of shipping materials from France to Philadelphia. Still, she added, it could take longer to send the artifacts and, since it is impossible to ship an entire collection, she would have to shrink the scope of the research. Chair of the Anthropology Graduate Group Deborah Thomas said that although most students have to rethink their thesis topics at some point, Abdolahzadeh’s situation is unique. “You don’t come into a program like this imagining that the political situation is going to change so drastically that you’re not going to leave the country,” she said. “I think it’s been startling for everyone.”
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Medical marijuana in Pa. projected to start by 2018
Wharton to expand real estate program
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Most of the licenses were for marijuana dispensaries
Philadelphia is now one step closer to authorizing the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. One year after Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana, Philadelphia’s Department of License and Inspections has created nine zoning permits for the city’s dispensaries and possible growerprocessors, according to the Philadelphia Tribune. Eight of the licenses were designated for medical marijuana dispensary zoning and one for medical marijuana growing facility zoning. This follows an event in Harrisburg on Monday that recognized the individuals and families who advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana, according to Philly Voice. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has projected that its medical marijuana program will launch by 2018. “We actually have doctors that are going to understand why this is good,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said during Monday’s event. “We’re going to have medical professionals in hospitals who have done the research and are going to know how this is going to help their
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Fling lesson plan three or four years ago after he noticed this trend. “After a couple years I realized I should probably look up when Fling is happening and do something about it,” Lipeles
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The nine new zoning permits come one year after the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
patients.” NBC10 reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has been reviewing applications for medical marijuana business licenses but did not provide any details on when it plans on disclosing the number of applications or notifying individuals of their application status. “It’s important that we take this time to ensure that we are conducting every part of this intake and review process carefully, and according to our regulatory requirements,” the state’s Secretary of Health Karen Murphy told NBC10. “Once that is completed,
said. For several years Lipeles, like many professors, was not aware of the existence of Spring Fling. “When I first started teaching, I didn’t know what Spring Fling was until I started noticing that no one showed up to class on a certain day,” he said.
we will be able to release the number of applications that were received.” While CBS News reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formed a crime reduction task force two weeks ago to evaluate the current enforcement of marijuana laws by the Department of Justice, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro expressed to NBC10 his support of the state’s emerging medical marijuana program. “We’ll be overseeing it. Regulating it and ensuring that people handle both the dollars and cents and the marijuana in an appropriate way,” Shapiro told NBC10.
“They don’t tell you this when you’re faculty, so you have to figure it out.” Like Lipeles, math professor Nakia Rimmer made adjustments to his Math 170 exam schedule to accommodate for Fling. After realizing that Fling was this weekend when he was creating his syllabus, he moved
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This month, the Wharton School welcomed a new program to its Real Estate Department. Announced on April 4, the Grayken Program in International Real Estate will be based in the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center. The program is funded by donations from 1978 College graduate John Grayken, who is the founder of the private equity firm Lone Star Funds. “The Grayken gift will allow the Whar ton Real Estate program to be a truly global program,” said Joseph Gyourko, a professor of real estate, finance and business economics and public policy. Gyourko is also the director of the Zell and Lurie Real Estate Center. “I’ve been impressed by the Zell/Lurie Center’s faculty and programs, including their annual London event, which brings together real estate industry leaders from around the world,” Grayken said in
an exam that was originally scheduled for next Monday to April 19. Roughly five years ago, he began noticing poor performance on exams on a certain day — the Monday after Fling. He said that the exam average was always particularly low. He now tries to strategically place exams to avoid such an anomaly. Rimmer said this was a
the press release. “It’s a pleasure to help Joe Gyourko and his team build on these successes and expand Wharton’s global activities in the field.” According to the Wharton press release, the Grayken Program will increase academ ic prog ra m m ing for students and faculty research. “We have built a program that allows us to do three things: educates students, helps faculty do research and allows students and faculty to engage with leaders in the industry on neutral ground,” Gyourko said. “The Grayken gift allows us to do what we already do domestically and now do it globally. Gyourko added that since the gift is so new, there are few specific plans that have been made on how to use the funds. One confirmed proposal is for the Real Estate Department to hire two fulltime assistants to aid faculty with international research projects. Be cause t he G rayken Program is so new, some Wharton students — including those concentrating in real estate — said they had not heard about it when asked.
difficult exam to schedule as it is sandwiched between several holidays and the end of the semester. “It’s tough with the late holidays — both Easter and Passover,” he said. “You want to be able to grade the exams and get them back before the end of the semester on Wednesday.” Rimmer’s class this Friday will switch into final exam review mode — it will be
Wharton Dean and management professor Geoffrey Garrett said in the press release that, “[Grayken] is helping us expand the depth and reach of our programming in global real estate — from students who aspire to become real estate leaders, to alumni and executives around the world driving and defining the industry to faculty whose research is shaping how academics and professionals understand one of the world’s most important industries.” W ha r ton MBA student Eduardo San Martin is an international student from Spain who plans to pursue a career in real estate in London after he graduates. He will also be attending Wharton’s real estate event in London on May 24 at the Royal Automobile Club. He described how Wharton’s i nter nat iona l rea l estate network, including the Grayken Program, would allow him to “meet business leaders from London, in London.” “Having those resources being provided by the University is a game-changer,” he said.
optional for students, but he said that it would be beneficial to those who attend. History professor Ann Farnsworth-Alvear also moved a paper due date back by two days, describing Fling as “distracting” to students. “I look at the Fling dates every year as part of trying to remind myself of the social context in which students are embedded,” she said.
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The task force recommendations leave us skeptical, but hopeful EDITORIAL BY THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN OPINION BOARD
THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2017 VOL. CXXXIII, NO. 52 133rd Year of Publication CARTER COUDRIET President DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor LUCIEN WANG Print Director ALEX GRAVES Digital Director ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK Opinion Editor SYDNEY SCHAEDEL Senior News Editor WILL SNOW Senior Sports Editor CHRIS MURACCA Design Editor CAMILLE RAPAY Design Editor JULIA SCHORR Design Editor LUCY FERRY Design Editor VIBHA KANNAN Enterprise Editor GENEVIEVE GLATSKY News Editor TOM NOWLAN News Editor
Today, the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community released a list of recommendations intended to “foster a campus climate and culture that is free of sexual harassment and sexual violence, alcohol and other substance abuse, and other forms of behavior that may violate Penn’s Code of Student Conduct.” The Daily Pennsylvanian is pleased that the task force sought and used student input, and we believe the recommendations are mostly practical and well-considered. There are, however, serious questions that will need to be answered, and we harbor some doubt as to whether and to what degree the recommendations will actually be used and implemented. Promisingly, student input offered during the deliberation process appears to have been seriously considered and ultimately heeded. As one of the groups that collaborated with the task force, we are pleased to see that many of the questions answered or pieces of advice given at our Feb. 23 town hall event appear in this document. The
inclusion of these conversations, which included the suggested appointment of a chief diversity officer and the importance of addressing cultural issues in Greek and non-Greek organizations alike, legitimizes the recommendations as well-sourced and well-informed. Going a step further than the formulation of the document, we agree with many of the recommendations’ sentiments. We are encouraged to see that the task force’s most significant recommendation with regard to off-campus organizations — the creation of an “Identified OffCampus Group” status — appears to be grounded in voluntary action on the part of those groups, rather than the coercive approach adopted by a similar task force at Harvard. The recommendation as currently written, however, does not appear to provide any incentive for opting into the scheme. Assuming participation is ultimately voluntary, we strongly suggest that some benefit to gaining “Identified” status be made a part of any final policy.
The goal of “[updating] alcohol and anti-hazing policies to clarify student responsibility and accountability, regardless of group affiliation or the location of specific activity” also makes sense. Though hazing and alcohol violations receive
the more vaguely defined ideas — the recommendations regarding “an educational campaign to reinforce community standards” and “existing student conflict resolution and peer mediation programs” — speak to positive intent. If culture
There are, however, serious questions that will need to be answered, and we harbor some doubt as to whether and to what degree the recommendations will actually be used and implemented.” the most attention within the context of Greek life, accountability for violations of Penn’s Code of Student Conduct should extend evenhandedly to all individuals and groups. Penn’s existing conduct policies should be modified to better enable their equitable and thorough application and enforcement. Indeed, the sentiments of
change is going to happen, it must be a product of effort by administrators, faculty and students alike. These recommendations appropriately place a substantial portion of responsibility with students, and we call on students to rise to the challenge. As well-constructed as the recommendations are, however, we retain a healthy degree of both skepticism
regarding their implementation and concern about the absence or ambiguity of some information. There are questions regarding the language of the report that our community needs answered. What is the extent to which the University plans to collaborate with off-campus landlords? How can Penn enforce its requirements for off-campus organizations without overly regulating students’ private, personal choices? How is the sophomore experience any different than the current programming available to on-campus sophomores? In addition to these lingering questions, the task force’s recommendations fail to include any provisions related to directly addressing campus sexual assault and sexual harassment. Given that Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced the task force’s formation in November by acknowledging “there is always more work to be done” to prevent sexual violence, we are disappointed to not see any tangible recommendations made in this area.
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Moreover, Penn’s history with implementing task force recommendations further tempers our optimism. In February 2015, the Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare released an eight-page report detailing recommendations aimed at better educating the Penn community about mental health and better treating those who needed help. Though the recommendations were welcomed enthusiastically by students, some still haven’t reached fruition. So while past events leave us skeptical, the proactive and collaborative approach taken by this task force makes us hopeful that the University — administration, faculty and students, alike — will follow through on these recommendations in a fair and just way. As a journalistic institution, we intend to hold the Penn community accountable to carrying out these recommendations and establishing a better campus environment. As a student group itself, the DP looks forward to working toward a better culture for our staff and for our readers.
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Overall, I have had a transformative experience writing as an opinion columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian. I gained so many insights from a tremendously diverse group of individuals, and I would not trade the experiences and skills I learned at the DP for anything. However, I will not be returning to the DP due to the discrimination I faced on several occasions. To be honest, I had a lot of difficult moments where I felt marginalized. From receiving racist comments from Internet commenters on my first article like “The author is a butt-hurt, candy-ass wannabe intellectual,” to getting threats from a guy in the South telling me that he was a Nazi who wanted to come to my house, there were several times when I questioned why I was still writing for the DP. From the first columnist meeting, I knew that I was in for a ride. I walked into the conference room not knowing what to expect. But then when the columnists started to give critiques about the
past week’s articles, specifically mine, I began to see how seriously the DP took the quality of its articles — and also how insensitive some of its members were to my experience as a black person. In terms of my interactions with the columnists, some of them had opinions that I agreed with, some had some valid points that I disagreed with and others had some misguided views on the experiences of marginalized groups that they did not represent. And it was very hard continuously being the only black person in the room trying to defend himself. This led to feelings of inadequacy and isolation. I began to feel like I was not as good as the other columnists. I even tried to change the style of my writing to appease their sensitivities. I remember one columnist telling me that my argument was “aggressive” and that if I changed my approach to try to change the minds of the people who disagreed with me, I would be better off.
I also struggled with the themes of my columns. Originally, I came to the DP wanting to write stories that spoke about my experiences within my different intersectionalities as a Penn student, i.e my blackness, my queerness and my “brokeness.” But over time, the other columnists
evidence to my experiences. I was not directly mentioning names in my articles, so I did not feel the need to cite their words. That was not the point for me. The point was to write a piece that other people who had to navigate the harsh realities of Penn and this world could relate to. And I did not
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want to reduce my argument to mere facts and numbers. So, I did not. Even more importantly, I continued to stay in the DP to make sure that the voices
of other people like me were heard. As the only black, queer male in the space, I felt that leaving would erase the possibility of our narrative being told. So, I decided to endure the discrimination. Looking back on it, I do not feel like the sacrifices that I made were in vain because amongst the sea of hateful emails and Facebook messages, there were also people that valued and appreciated my columns. There was one guy from Connecticut that had a hard time coming out to his family. He sent me a message on Facebook thanking me for my article “A letter to the Black, Queer students at Penn.” He said that because of my bravery, he was able to come out to his family. That honestly made me cry, while also affirming my decision to write the way that I write and not let anybody influence me to change my objective. So despite the negative experiences I had at the DP, I was here for a bigger purpose that was greater than
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College junior awarded 2017 Truman Scholarship Sarah Cornelius wants to improve education policy STEPHANY LI Contributing Reporter
College junior Sarah Cornelius was recently awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship to support her passion for education policy. The Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000, is a merit-based award that supports graduate studies of students who
want to pursue careers in government or public service. Previous recipients of the Truman Scholarship include New York City major Bill de Blasio and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. Cornelius is one of 62 college juniors from 54 institutions awarded the scholarship this year. The 23rd Truman Scholar from Penn since 1981, Cornelius is a political science major with minors in urban education and Spanish.
Cornelius said she is interested in using the scholarship to pursue education policy at the graduate level. She said she believes that education needs to be “made more equal.” “A lot of the policies created are just temporary fixes to problems, and those fixes can often exacerbate the underlying issues,” she said. “I think we need to prioritize education a lot more than we do. Make sure our schools have the resources to educate every student, especially those who are underserved. We need
to value and respect teachers a lot more than we currently do.” Cornelius said she developed an interest in education after experiencing a range of schooling systems. She attended a public magnet school in Philadelphia before transferring to a private boarding school in Massachusetts, and then attending Reed College before transferring to Penn. She said she noticed the differences between her high schools in terms of resources, support and opportunities to learn, which
motivated her to work for education equality. Cornelius was advised by Center of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Program Coordinator Lauren Orr during the application process for the scholarship. Orr said she was impressed with Cornelius’ accomplishments and her dedication to education policy. Last semester, Cornelius was co-president of Penn Education Society alongside College senior and fellow co-president Golda Kaplan.
PES brings in guest speakers and hosts panel events centered around education policies in different kinds of schools in Philadelphia. Kaplan said the organization benefited from Cornelius’ extensive knowledge of education in her hometown of Philadelphia as well as her familiarity with the history of education policies. Cornelius is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will be back in the United States to accept the award in late May.
How Penn is using Big Data to target high school students One goal is to recruit more first gen. students REBECCA LIEBERMAN Staff Reporter
It’s well known that applications like Spotify and Netflix use Big Data to recommend music and movies. Now, colleges are using similar methods to target high schoolers they want to recruit. Big Data, which refers to extremely large sets of information, has become a crucial marketing tool for universities. At Penn, the admissions department uses biographical data to identify and
reach out to students who are statistically likely to apply to, attend and succeed at Penn. Director of college preparation group, One-Stop College Counseling, and 1986 Wharton graduate Laurie Kopp Weingarten said there is a potential for colleges to use this information to increase their prestige. “The biggest thing colleges are rewarded for is having low acceptance rates,” she said. “The more kids that apply, the lower the acceptance rate, and often the higher their ranking goes.” Weingarten said she has heard admissions officers discuss using
Big Data to track the demonstrated interest of potential students. “The last school I was at called it an ‘interest index,’” she said. “It’s kind of like what they think is the prediction of whether you’ll attend or not.” Weingarten described Big Data as “the wave of the future” for college admissions. “Many times now instead of just meeting a Director of Admissions, I meet the Vice President of Enrollment Management,” she said. One enrollment manager shared with her that there is a potential correlation between students’ Algebra 2 scores and their ability to
succeed at a specific university. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said Big Data helps colleges attract often underrepresented students. Big data can help Universities uncover where there are “more first-generation and Pell grant recipient students,” Furda said. Weingarten agreed, adding that colleges are run like businesses, and have institutional priorities that they need to meet. One of them is diversity. “I think it’s great that they have [Big Data] available to them,” she said. “They need it so that they can get the geographic diversity which is important to education … and
they can attract students of different backgrounds.” However, building a class of students involves more than data analysis, Furda said. Penn’s admission officers still travel nationwide to find students with different experiences and identities. Penn Admissions Marketing and Communications Director Kathryn Bezella agreed, adding that her office has used Facebook Live to connect with students across the world. “We’re starting to branch more into virtual recruitment,” she said. “At least one of [the office’s Facebook Live videos] was viewed
more than 1000 times.” While big data is playing a bigger role in recruitment, high school guidance counselors are still an essential medium for attracting students who will succeed at Penn, Bezella said. “When you think of a guidance counselor being embedded in a school and a community, we would want them to be able to really talk about Penn and know Penn very well,” she said. “So that when a talented student comes to them, they could say what Eric [Furda] and I wish we could say if we were in the room.”
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From test preparation classes to meetings with higher education counselors, high school students from low-income backgrounds don’t always get access to the resources that their peers do. This has been mitigated in recent years
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members. According to the recommendations, Penn will also consider creating a process by which Identified Off-Campus Groups must register to host events in off-campus locations. It was not immediately clear whether groups can voluntarily designate themselves as “Identified Off-Campus Groups,” or whether Penn would proactively register groups. A spokesperson for the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life, which oversees Greek life, did not respond to an email and phone call requesting clarification on Wednesday. At the University Council meeting on Wednesday, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police Maureen Rush responded to student questions on recommendations for the task force, but did not provide specific details on how they would be implemented. Rush said that the University is still working towards figuring out how they will be executed. “These are recommendations that now will be worked on for all the procedures that will be put
through federally funded programs, although the recent White House budget may change this. Under the proposed federal budget, TRIO — a consortium of programs that includes Upward Bound and Student Support Services — would have its budget slashed by 10 percent . Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — a state and partnership grant program for public schools in
in place,” Rush said. “We will be doing this collaboratively with student groups, VPUL.” Rush added that she is very open to involving the student body in further discussions on how the recommendations on the task force will be implemented. “We’ve had some wonderful discussions with all types of student groups. It’s important for us to have them be part of forming how these policies would work,” Rush said. Though the new designation for off-campus organizations marks a shift in Penn’s policy towards tighter surveillance of off-campus groups, the recommendations do not take the extremely harsh stance that some campuses, like Harvard, have taken towards unofficial student groups. Last May, Harvard announced that it would bar members of single-gender organizations — including its controversial final clubs — from holding leadership positions in campus-sponsored groups or getting the dean’s endorsement for scholarships. Penn’s task force was chaired by Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush and Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein. It
low-income neighborhoods — would lose one third of its federal funding. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said reductions in funding would diminish the after-school and summer opportunities that equip low-income high school students with the skills and knowledge to apply to and attend college. “Every step of the way,” Furda said, “if you’re cutting programs that are supporting students,
also included three faculty members, three administrative staff members and three students. Aside from the new designation for off-campus organizations, the task force made a number of other recommendations, including: Update Penn’s alcohol and antihazing policies to ensure students know they are being held accountable for their actions, regardless of location or group affiliation Work with student leaders to develop an educational campaign to “reinforce community standards and expectations of behavioral responsibility.” Explore the creation of a “sophomore experience program” to encourage freshman and sophomores to take advantage of on-campus resources and prepare them for potentially living off campus as upperclassmen Work more closely with landlords so that student tenants and their parents are aware of rules and consequences for lease violations Appoint a chief diversity officer so that there is a single point person for bias and diversity incidents Promote current peer mediation and conflict resolution platforms so that disagreements among students do not escalate to policy violations.
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nobody benefits from that.” Furda said that while support for low-income students must come from a combination of public and private initiatives, support from the government is key. “If you pull from one, you’re not going to be able to fill it from another,” he said. Furda also noted that the federal government is in a unique position to support low-income students because of their financial resources. “Nobody has the reach of the federal government in terms of pure dollars,” Furda said. “Even a multibillion-dollar corporation, like Comcast, can’t match what the federal government can do and what some state governments can do.” Co-Founder of One-Stop College Counseling and 1986 Wharton graduate Laurie Kopp Weinga r ten cha racter ized
programs such as TRIO and GEAR UP as “phenomenally important” and “crucial to the success of so many students.” “They need to inspire kids, motivate kids, guide them in the right direction,” Weingarten said. “The thought of cutting funds geared towards these students who are at a high risk of either not attending college or dropping out of college is not a good thought.” Weingarten explained that these programs facilitate constant interaction between mentors and high school students which is very valuable to these students. “What I found talking to the students who have gone through these programs is that they talk equally about the college support and the social support and the emotional support,” Weingarten said. “Even though [high school counselors] want to help, sometimes there’s not enough time in
the day to be able to support these kids.” College freshman Dan Gonzalez, who currently works in GEAR UP, said that as things are, these programs do not receive enough funding to support low-income high school students. Further cuts to these programs will just exacerbate the problem, he added. “There’s always someone in your way who doesn’t want to help you,” Gonzalez said. “My mentor would try to start a project, then she’s told she can only spend $500 to implement this weeklong event or programming, or the funding she was anticipating didn’t come at all.” “This wouldn’t be the first time that GEAR UP or TRIO or any other program that receives funding deals with cuts and having to work with less,” he said. “They’ve done that before time and time again.”
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specifically in the 1500 and the 800 [meters], this weekend.â€? Following an impressive performance at the annual Transatlantic Series on Franklin Field last weekend, the Quakers hope to push their success over to the Larry Ellis Invitational and expand upon the seasonâ€™s hoard of victories before regionals. â€œWeâ€™ve typically performed pretty well [at Larry Ellis]; usually for us this is a preview to Penn Relays to work out the final kinks,â€? Hatler said. â€œWeâ€™ve had some guys have good PRâ€™s in the 1500 [meters], so hopefully weâ€™re going to have some good young guys run fast this weekend.â€? Previous Larry Ellis showings by the Quakers have featured a significant number of event finalists, and though some of these finalists have since graduated, a talented group of Red and Blue underclassmen seems ready to fill these shoes. Last year, then-freshman breakthrough sprinter Calvary Rogers finished 16th in the final round of the 100-meter dash, while then-senior Thomas Awad snagged eighth in 1500m, thenjunior Nick Tuck took second in the 3000m steeplechase and then-sophomore Michael Monroe second in the high
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As finals week approaches for students around campus and the stress in the air seems to outnumber the pollen count, tensions are rising in the sports world as well. Spring regular seasons are coming to a close, and only several meets stand in the way of Penn track and fieldâ€™s pursuit of regional and national success. The Larry Ellis Invitational â€” a massive annual track and field conglomerate to be held at Princeton University this Friday and Saturday â€” is one of Pennâ€™s most critical meets. Over 150 collegiate teams and 36 club associations bring together roughly 2,560 athletes to compete for meet scores and, more importantly, regional qualifying times over the course of the weekend. â€œLarry Ellis is one of the bigger meets in the East Coast where a lot of the Ivy League athletes from other schools come to try to get their regional qualifying times,â€? senior captain and distance runner Chris Hatler said. â€œSo youâ€™ll see a lot of really fast times run,
jump, among many other finalists. The womenâ€™s team was able to capture first in the 100m and 200m through then-sophomore Taylor McCorkleâ€™s sprinting talent, while then-junior Ashley Montgomery strode to second in the 1500m and Olivia Ryan took first in the 3000m. â€œLuckily we have a little bit of both [upperclassmen and underclassmen]. Our seniors are very strong; we have a couple Ivy League champs, we have some guys who have qualified for the NCAA regionals before, but we also have a really strong young squad of guys who are ready to step into our shoes after our class graduates,â€? Hatler said. â€œWeâ€™re lucky to have some elite young distance runners that are up-and-coming.â€? With the full confidence of a team captain behind them, the underclassmen will feel emboldened to perform to their full potential on one of the larger stages of the spring season. While the Penn Relays and outdoor Heps still loom large in the distance, a strong and clear focus on Larry Ellis is integral for admission into meets beyond the regular season. â€œThis meet is where a lot of guys will try to get their qualifiers for regionals. They [NCAA]
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As a veteran presence for a young Penn track and field program, senior distance runner Chris Hatler will put his experience to use as several Quakers hope to qualify for NCAA Regionals.
only take the top-48 in the region, so weâ€™re hoping to have a couple guys hit the standard for regionals,â€? Hatler said. â€œThis is a good set-up in the way that you get to see a lot of competition that youâ€™ll see later on after all
the Ivy League competition. Itâ€™s an exposure to different teams that we normally wouldnâ€™t race, and itâ€™s also trying to get the time to qualify.â€? While this meet is especially crucial for senior NCAA
hopefuls like Hatler, the poise and composure under pressure that the Quakers have demonstrated thus far can guide them all towards the new records and heights theyâ€™ve been striving for.
Questions remain for final home matches for Penn menâ€™s tennis Quakers set to welcome Harvard, Dartmouth
Red and Blue try to play spoiler for the Big Green (10-13, 2-3) and the Crimson (16-9, 4-1), here are three key questions to look out for in Pennâ€™s final home matches of the season 1. Will Kyle Mautner and Nicolas Podesta be in the lineup? Unfortunately for the Quakers, the status of sophomore Kyle Mautner and junior Nicolas Podesta remain in question heading into the weekend. While Mautner was impressive last Sunday in a three-set victory over Brown in the No.
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With just three matches left in the season, Penn menâ€™s tennis is in the home stretch. Currently three matches behind first place, the Quakers (14-9, 1-3 Ivy) do not have a chance of winning the Ivy League, but their two opponents this weekend â€” Dartmouth and Harvard â€” are still in contention. As the
1 singles spot, an injury forced him to retire early in his other top singles match against Yale. Podesta, on the other hand, was not even able to suit up for last weekendâ€™s matches due to illness. It is not entirely clear what kind of illness Podesta is suffering from, but before rejoining the team earlier this year, a serious case of mononucleosis kept him sidelined for several months. It is challenging anytime a player is not able to compete, but Mautnerâ€™s and Podestaâ€™s positions near the top of the lineup
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weekend will carry a different meaning for the four seniors on Pennâ€™s roster. As most of Pennâ€™s seniors fall towards the middle and the bottom of the lineup, it will be especially interesting to see how they respond if Mautner and Podesta are not able to suit up. Will the seniors rise up to the occasion or will the pressure of the moment just be too much? For senior Matt Nardella, whatever the situation is, he will just approach it as he does every other match. â€œ[I plan] just to go out and do what I normally do and everything will take care of itself,â€? Nardella said. Geatzâ€™s message to the seniors is pretty simple, too: â€œFinish strong.â€?
enough motivation, but even if not, Geatz still believes these matches have lot of importance. â€œWhen I was in the Big 10, the whole emphasis was on winning the tournament, winning the conference championship, making it to the NCAAs,â€? Geatz said. â€œBut at Penn, itâ€™s like every Ivy League match is like a little NCAA Tournament first round tournament match.â€? 3. What will we see from the seniors in their last home matches for the Red and Blue? Although the Quakers will have one final road match against Princeton next week, this weekend will be Pennâ€™s last home matches of the season. While many of the younger players may just be looking ahead to next season, this
make their absences especially difficiult. â€œThose are two of the better guys in the league, and we need both those guys in the lineup,â€? coach David Geatz said. 2. How will Penn respond to being out of Ivy contention? It will also be interesting to see how the Quakers approach their matches this weekend. With any hopes of a league crown or playing in a postseason gone, it might be easy for some of the players to lose their edge. Still, the matches will have plenty of meaning for their opponents, as both Dartmouth and Harvard are still fighting for a chance to win the conference. The chance to spoil a rivalâ€™s season might be
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This weekend represents the last time that senior captain Matt Nardella will have the opportunity to compete at home for the Red and Blu, as his Quakers get set to take on Harvard and Dartmouth.
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impossible.â€? Though Morales would never admit it, her dreams are also viewed as impossible. To remain at the top of the sport while studying among the top of her class is a feat in itself. Not to mention that her achievement largely goes unknown to the rest of campus. As she hopes to be ready for the upcoming professional season, her academic season begins to wind down as her athletic season ramps up. While her future in both disciplines in unsure, her commitment to both of her passions is impressive in the least. And before departing for the summer, it feels like high time to give a shout out to the girl who walks on water, unbeknownst to those who walk on Locust.
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Ivy title on the line for Penn women’s tennis Quakers to end regular season with road matches
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face-offs would be the key to victory for the Quakers, and he was certainly correct. After failing to win the face-off battle in their previous three contests, the Quakers saw junior Chris Santangelo put on an all-star performance against the Crimson, setting a career high by winning 22 of 29 face-offs on the day. Right now, the Quakers feel good about their chances of making the Ivy tournament, with a boost of confidence after handling Harvard last week. Gayhardt and the rest of the
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place, it will take a team effort. In golf, one player cannot carry the whole load by herself. Penn’s biggest strength is balance — the team is confident in all five of its top players to come through in big moments. “If any one of the five finished near the top, I wouldn’t be surprised at all,” Anderson responded when asked which golfer in specific to keep an eye on this Friday. “As long as we can avoid triple or double bogeys and keep our three-putts in check, we will have an excellent chance.” The men’s team will likewise hope to come back to Philadelphia with a championship. The team seems to be hitting its stride late in the season, but the road it took to get to this point has not been easy. “We have played through adversity all season,” coach Michael Blodgett explained. “Bad weather has limited the number of practices we have had this season, and has affected us during tournaments, too. We
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ANDREW ZHENG If things go its way, Penn women’s tennis could end up with slice of this season’s Ivy League title, but ask anybody on the team, and it’s clear that the players have better things to focus on. Yes, wins are important, but for coach Sanela Kunovac’s side, this season has been made to be about one thing – the process. After an incredible spring break trip down to Florida saw the Quakers win four out of five matches, the team (10-8, 3-2 Ivy) hit a setback when it dropped its opening two matches of Ivy play to Princeton and Columbia. But the tides have turned since, as the Red and Blue are on a three-game winning streak after beating Cornell, Brown and Yale. But once again, it’s not about the wins. “Are we taking care of all the things that we can control? That’s the number one thing that we’re focusing on,” Kunovac said. “As long as the answer is yes, the outcome is going to be what it’s going to be.” But even taking each match point-by-point might not totally relieve the Quakers of their stresses, as the team will end its season against the Ancient Eight’s two highest nationally ranked teams. To close out the regular season, Penn will travel to No. 44 Dartmouth and No. 49 Harvard in what Kunovac says will be guaranteed battles. In the standings, the Crimson (16-7, 4-1) are tied for first alongside Princeton, while the Big Green (15-4, 3-2) are one of three teams tied for third, alongside Penn. Wins over both teams and a Princeton (13-7, 4-1) defeat would guarantee a slice of the title for the Quakers, and if things play out a certain way, four teams could end up with 5-2 records, making half the league eligible for first place. “I think it’s pretty great for our league,” Kunovac said of the Ancient Eight’s recent surge in
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Senior Kana Daniel is looking to finish strong in this weekend’s doubleheader as her tenure donning the Red and Blue comes to a close.
parity. “It also means that every single win has been much more meaningful.” For senior Kana Daniel, the meaningfulness of these matches goes without saying, with a chance to finish her final season with her first Ivy League title. Over the past four years, Daniel has established herself as one of the program’s most accomplished players, and she is the only nationally ranked singles player in the Ivy League. When injury struck earlier this spring, the Spanish-international’s last year of collegiate tennis threatened to take a turn for the worse, but after last Sunday’s win – in which she didn’t drop a single game – the Dartmouth and Harvard’s number ones will have something to worry about. “That [injury] would be enough to rock most people’s drive and confidence in her play,” Kunovac said of the injury. “But that was not the case with Kana. She just put her head down and did what she does the best, which is work.” When she graduates this spring, Daniel plans to start a new chapter in her tennis career. After four years at Penn, the All-Ivy
star will step onto the pro circuit, not a frequently traveled path for many collegiate tennis players. “The pro-circuit is very tough, at times it can be a very lonely place... not even knowing what city you’re in because all that matters is the hotel and the tennis court,” Kunovac said. One thing college tennis products do have that their professional competitors often do not is the experience of playing for a team, something that Daniel said has been the most meaningful component of her tennis career. “We really are stronger as a team than as individuals, and I think that’s something that will help even when I’ll be playing for myself after I graduate,” she said. “I get to have this family with me here that is going to be supporting me for the rest of my life.” But before she turns professional, there’s a couple things Daniel still has to take care of this weekend, and maybe, just maybe, she’ll be able to walk away with something not even players like Serena Williams can lay claim to – an Ivy League Championship. Although the process is important, as Daniel puts it, “at the end of the day, we do want to win.”
senior class are the last remaining members of the 2014 NCAA Tournament team, and they know just how hard it will be to get back there; the Quakers will likely have to beat two teams that they could not defeat in the regular season if they are to win the Ivy tournament. But that doesn’t keep them from pursuing Gayhardt’s goal of leading the team back to the national tournament for the first time in three years. “We’ve really been in this situation each of the past three years, so we’re just focusing on taking it one day at a time,” Gayhardt said. “When it gets to this point of the season, mid-April, that’s
when you can focus on gearing up to make a run in to the postseason, but that all starts with taking it one day at a time, one play at a time in practice, staying in the moment and focused on the task at hand, and everything else will take care of itself. “My freshman year was awesome; seeing that group of seniors carry the team to victory in 2014 up at Harvard was something I’ll never forget,” he added. “That’s definitely something we would like to do to leave our mark on this program and hopefully make it to the NCAA tournament and accomplish some even greater goals that we have.”
have preached to the guys not to let the outside factors influence our game and to only worry about what we can control. I think they are finally starting to understand that, which will be an advantage for us in the highstress environment of the Ivy League championship.” The strong senior leadership of Dane Walton and Matt Kern has played a huge role in helping the team improve throughout the season despite some of the extenuating circumstances. “Matt Kern has helped each player prepare properly for each course this year,” sophomore Josh Goldenberg said. “He’s really good at playing smart and suggesting strategic ways to play each hole.” While Kern has competed at each event this semester, Walton has not been able to help the team through his play, being sidelined due to injury. While dealing with this can cause some athletes to become checked out of their sport, Walton has provided a boost to his team despite being sidelined. During practices, he will constantly ask players what they
are looking to accomplish and how they are preparing to meet their goals. “They fill different roles, but each is imperative to the success of the team,” Goldenberg said. Like the women’s team, the men’s team thrives because of its balance. The lineups have varied throughout this semester, showing that coach Blodgett has confidence in his entire roster. After some struggles at the beginning of the year, Blodgett’s lineup changes seem to be paying off in a big way recently. “We finished dead last in our first tournament, middle of the pack in the next two, and second at Yale in our most recent event,” he said. “Yale is a course we have not had success at recently, so the second-place finish was big for the confidence of the guys.” This Friday will be a big day for Penn golf, with both Penn teams having a chance to bring home the Ivy League championship. After both squads’ slow start and steady improvement, a top-tier finish would be the cherry on top of an already positive season.
Penn softball really can’t catch a break. In a rollercoaster matchup between Big 5 rivals that saw three lead changes in the final three innings, the Quakers fell to Saint Joseph’s by the score of 5-4 on a two-run walk-off single. This loss is the fifth straight and six out of seven for the Red and Blue (15-17, 5-7 Ivy), who were recently swept in a four-game weekend set at home against Princeton. The Quakers once again struggled with runners on base, scoring only four runs despite 11 hits. Penn went a measly 3-14 with runners in scoring position, whereas St. Joe’s (18-20, 9-3 Atlantic 10) had much more success, going 7-18. The inability to capitalize with runners on base was also crucial in Penn’s losses to Princeton, where they left a total of 30 runners on base across the four games. Penn got the scoring started in the top of the third with a perfectly executed doublesteal that saw senior Lainey Dorris swipe home and sophomore Jess England slide safely into second. The Hawks responded in the bottom of the frame with a run of their own via a pair of singles and a stolen base. The Quakers took the lead again in the fifth, this time with a bases-loaded walk from senior Cedar Sloavacek, but could not capitalize further. The lead was short-lived once again, as St. Joe’s took its first
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Senior pitcher Alexis Sargent wasn’t her usual self against St. Joe’s, as she gave up the winning run on a two out single.
lead of the game, scoring two runs in the bottom half after stringing together several hits. Freshman Raven Houck gave Penn a 4-3 lead with a clutch two-run homer with two outs in the top of the sixth, the first of her career. And that’s what the score was heading into the bottom of the seventh, when everything fell apart. With star pitcher Alexis Sargent in the circle, Penn had reason to feel confident heading into the final frame, but the Hawks led off the inning with two consecutive hits. Sargent retired the next batter, but let up a single to load the bases. After getting the second out on a strikeout, sophomore Amanda Kulp delivered the final blow, a single into left field that plated two. Penn has little time to dwell
on this letdown though, as the team will head up to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend for an important four-game set against Cornell (9-21-1, 3-9). After last weekend, every Ivy game is a must-win for the Red and Blue, who trail Princeton by five games. Luckily for the Quakers, their opponents are tied for the worst record in the Ivy League and have a league-worst 5.99 ERA. Unfortunately, Princeton also has a four-game set against the Big Red left on their schedule, making Penn’s postseason chances bleak. So if the Quakers are to have any chance at postseason play, they need to turn recent trends around, and fast, or they’ll be left out of the Ivy League Championship Series for the second straight year.
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GOLF | Men and women seek exposure to Florida as we could.”
to clinch Ivy Championships JOSH STONBERG Sports Reporter
It’s title time. This Friday, Penn’s men’s and women’s golf will take to the courses for the Ivy League Championships. Both teams will be looking to finish the season on a high note. The women’s team will be heading to Orlando for their competition, while the men’s team will be playing in Connecticut. Though the trip to Florida is not short, the women’s team will not feel out of place playing in the sunshine state. “When making our schedule this year we took into consideration that the Ivy League Championships would be played in Orlando,” coach Mark Anderson said. “It has been part of our plan to give the team as much
On the heels of a strong season, the team is confident it can get the job done in Orlando. At its most recent competition, the Hoya Women’s Invitational, Penn finished sixth out of fifteen schools with a score of 915. For comparison, the other Ivy League schools at the tournament, Princeton, Yale and Columbia, finished with scores of 910, 913 and 917 respectively. With those four teams being separated by only seven strokes, it is clear that there is no heavy favorite heading into the Ivy League Championship. “I would say I am very excited about our chances at Ivies,” coach Mark Anderson said. “It would certainly be optimistic to say we are going to definitely win, but we have a lot of players on their game right now that have been playing great rounds all spring.” For the women to finish in first
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World champ wakeboarder pauses career to attend Penn Larisa Morales enrolled in Wharton this year MOSES NSEREKO Associate Sports Editor
They call her the girl who walks on water. But on campus, she is simply the student you sit next to STAT 101. Larisa Morales lives what can be best described as a double-life, by school-day a freshman at Wharton, by summer a world-class wakeboarder. “I sta r ted wa keboa rding when I was six,” Morales said. “My whole family went on weekend trips, and on one of those trips, we went to the lake, and it started from there; my dad bought a board and that
was it.” For Morales, that day at the lake began a successful career that, frankly, may still be in its adolescence. After achieving quick success in national competition, including a title on the junior Mexican Wake Tour, Morales decided to compete on the international level. In little time, she rose to the top of the international scene as well. In one of her first internationa l outings, Mora les finished runner-up in WWA World Championship in the girls’ division. In 2012, the Monterrey native secured the Junior World Championship title in the women’s category. The following season, Morales entered the pro ranks, competing against the sport’s
best women as a high schooler. Even still, the pro ranks failed to slow down Morales, who finished second in the IWWF World Wakeboard Championships a year after winning her junior title. It did not take long for companies to recognize the phenom’s potential. She is currently sponsored by Red Bull, who published a feature video on Morales, aptly nicknamed “The Girl Who Walks on Water.” Even when confronted with choosing her best achievements, Morales’ focus is aimed at personal goals she reaches, as opposed to the trophies she collects. She cited the first time she landed a 720, becoming the first female wakeboarder to complete the trick successfully,
as the peak of her accomplishments so far. For Morales, coming to Penn came with the luxury of ambiguity not usually afforded to athletes of her caliber. Part of that comes from the niche nature of the sport of wakeboarding; another explanation is her humble comportment. “It’s helps that wakeboarding is a small sport, so I never really experienced that ‘you’re so famous’ thing,” the junior world champion said. “Coming to college, you get to build this whole new reputation as a freshman where nobody knows who you are, and it’s kind of like starting all over.” As a st udent, Mora les also prides herself on being an ambassador of her sport,
spreading awareness. As she meets students on campus, she appreciates their genuine interest in the sport. The phenom’s greatest challenge comes from managing an intense academic schedule with an equally demanding training regimen. As an international student who primarily trains in Florida, finding a contingent of people who were willing to train proved difficult. Nevertheless, the Wharton student manages, setting aside her weekends to keep herself in shape while waiting until the summer season arrives to ramp up her schedule. As a wakeboarder, Morales competes in a sport that is not a part of the NCAA program. For her this meant she would
not be able to compete as a student-athlete. Nevertheless, Morales once more found a way to engage in athletics on campus; she currently manages media content for Penn Athletics’ social media accounts. It is through this work that Morales gains passion for the effort put it in by student athletes at Penn. “I appreciate all the athletes [I’ve seen]. With wakeboarding, especially right now, I don’t get to train as much and work as hard as these guys do,” Morales said. “I know the opportunities I have aren’t the same as they do and that doing collegiate athletics is something that is really hard to do in America, and mostly seen as SEE MORALES PAGE 8
Quakers’ postseason hopes rest on final Ivy game M. LAX | Penn can reach
Ivy tournament with win DAVID FIGURELLI Sports Reporter
While most of the campus will be out celebrating Spring Fling on Saturday, Penn men’s lacrosse will be faced with a must-win game for the second week in a row if it wants to keep its Ivy League and NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The Quakers (5-5, 2-3 Ivy) will match up against Dartmouth (2-9, 0-4) for their final regular season conference game of the season. A victory would put the Red and Blue in a position where they are very likely to secure the last spot in the Ivy tournament, but the Big Green will certainly be hungry to spoil the Quakers’ dreams by winning their first Ivy League
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Senior captain Kevin Gayhardt and the rest of Penn men’s lacrosse need a win this weekend to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive — and a win would secure them an Ivy Tournament bid, too.
game since 2015. As it stands, the Quakers are on the outside looking in, with
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Cornell and Brown both sitting at 2-2 to get the final two spots in Ivy postseason play. Those two
teams, however, will play each other this weekend. The Quakers own the tiebreaker against
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Cornell but not against Brown, so the outcome of the game will be of utmost interest to Penn should it come up with a win against Dartmouth — the only way the Red and Blue wouldn’t make the tournament would be if Cornell wins against Brown this week and also defeats second-place Princeton next week, while Brown also beats Dartmouth in the following week. Though the likelihood of making it to the postseason increased dramatically for Penn with last week’s win against Harvard, the team knows that it is still far from guaranteed a spot; the Red and Blue will need to maintain a high level of calmness and focus in the face of pressure while addressing some lingering gameplay issues. “Offensively [Dartmouth] is good, they’ve got three guys in
particular that are very dangerous, and their goalie is excellent,” Penn coach Mike Murphy said. “Against Brown two weeks ago, we start real fast going up 5-1, and then we didn’t sustain that. Against Harvard, we were down 5-2, and then we poured it on in the last three quarters. So it would be nice to see us play four quarters of complete lacrosse.” “I think we just stayed together down the stretch,” said senior captain Kevin Gayhardt, speaking about the win against Harvard. “We went down for a little bit, but we’ve put a lot of attention and focus recently on being resilient, and I think that really showed up when we went on that 5-0 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.” Last week, Murphy said SEE DARTMOUTH PAGE 9 CONTACT US: 215-422-4640