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My Final Words “Each of us had felt the same weight of responsibilities, but in our time, for that yearlong term, I am sure we had all felt that same isolating sense of loneliness.” Former Executive Editor Dan Spinelli


Non-traditional Careers From joining a national sports team to moving to another continent, meet the Penn seniors embarking on more unconventional routes after graduation. Staff Reporter Lucy Curtis SPORTS | PAGE 21

2018 Graduate in NFL Penn football star wide receiver Justin Watson has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Senior Sports Editor Jonathan Pollack


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Career Services Report Percentage Seeking Employment


Consulting, finance, and technology have consistently been ranked as the top three industries for Penn graduates throughout the past six years by Career Services reports. While there has been a slight decrease in the number of Penn graduates pursuing finance and consulting, the percentage of those working in technology has doubled over these years, jumping from 7 percent in 2011 to about 14 percent for the Class of 2017. Meanwhile, a combined 52 percent of graduates of the Class of 2011 went into finance and consulting but only 41.7 percent of the Class of 2017 chose to do the same.

As the percentage of students pursuing careers in technology has doubled over the past five years, the top employers for all Penn students have shifted in the same direction. The number of students hired by Google has been greater than 25 for the two most recent graduating classes while it was 15 for the Class of 2011 — jumping from the ninth highest employer of Penn graduates to the fourth, tying with Goldman Sachs and beating out all other finance and consulting employers. Amazon and Facebook were not even among the top 50 employers of Class of 2011 graduates, but for the Class of 2017 they were both in the top 15.

The percentage of graduates still seeking employment as of the winter after graduation has remained below 5 percent for the third year in a row. The all time low of 3.7 percent was set in 2015. Penn’s trend follows that of the nationwide unemployment rate, which has consistently dropped since 2011.

The average starting salaries for Penn students have continued to increase for all four schools except the College of Arts and Sciences, where there appears to be a slight decrease from $61,422 for 2016 to $60,000 for 2017. Graduates from the School of Engineering and Applied Science saw an average starting salary above $90,000 for the first time in history. Wharton graduates similarly broke the $80,000 ceiling for the first time with the Class of 2017. The average starting salaries remain well above the national average starting salaries, according to data published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. GRAPHICS BY GILLIAN DIEBOLD | DESIGN EDITOR


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Honors Sphinx Class of 2018 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS* OF THE SPHINX SENIOR SOCIETY, PENN’S OLDEST SENIOR HONOR AND LEADERSHIP SOCIETY, CONGRATULATES THE 30 MEMBERS OF THE SPHINX CLASS OF 2018 ON THEIR GRADUATION AND WISHES THEM ALL GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS: Dhruv Agarwal, Chief, SEAS’18 Maramawit Abera Sean Collins** Sarah Cornelius** Carter Coudriet Jessica Davis Caitlin Doolittle** Yen-Yen Gao Gabriela Goitia Ramon Garcia Gomez**

C’18 C’18 C’18 C’18 NU’18 C’18 W’18 C’18 C’18

Rogelio Caro, Pharisee, C’18 Rachel Huang Edward Jing Jacob Kahn** Nayab Khan** Kai Kornegay** Kyle Kuhns Blake London Krisna Maddy Johanna Matt-Navarro

C’18 C’18, W’18 SEAS’18, W’18 C’18 C’18 SEAS’18 C’18 C’18 C’18

Ross Wilson, Scribe, C’18 Farah Otero-Amad** Sola Park Malik Patton Sydney Rodriquez Claire Schmidt William “Tre” Solomon Meghavi Talati** Connor Wren Michelle Xu

C’18 C’18 W’18 W’18 C’18 W’18 SEAS’18 W’18 C’18

**2018 Senior Class Academic, Honor & Leadership Award Winner Officers: Gregory Suss, Esq., PhD., C’75, President; Elizabeth Katz Miller, W’87, Vice President; John K. Fiorillo, Esq., W’86, Treasurer; Anita Saggurti, C’12, Secretary; Stephen H. Klitzman, Esq., C’66, President-Emeritus; David Scollan, C’17, Chief-Emeritus. Alumni Members: Eric Apple, Esq., W’91; Joshua L. Chilcote, C’15; Ernesto Del Valle, C’12, W’12; Louis “Tripp” Hornick III, C’02; Urja Mittal, C’14, W’14; Jeremy Pincus, C’14; Kiera Reilly, C’93; Kevin Vaughan, C’77. Undergraduate Members: Dhruv Agarwal, SEAS’18, Chief; Rogelio Caro, C’18, Pharisee; Ross Wilson, C’18, Scribe.

The Sphinx Senior Society inducted two 2018 Honorary Members at its annual Spring Banquet on April 21, 2018: Dr. Valarie Ena Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life, and Fredrick “Hoopes” Wampler, EdD’13, Associate Vice President and Head of Alumni Relations. The Society also awarded its 2018 Paul Miller Leadership Award to Nayab Khan, C’18, Co-Chair of PRISM, Penn Programs in Religion, Interfaith, and Spirituality Matters, and Vice President of the Muslim Students Association. The Society honored Dr. Cade for her service as Penn’s Vice Provost for University Life for almost 23 years. She has been instrumental in bringing about several positive changes to student life on campus. During her tenure, for example, she has led the development of the various cultural centers at Penn to make it a more welcoming place for minority and multi-cultural students. The members also felt that it was an appropriate time in our nation’s history to recognize someone like Dr. Cade who has been a champion for many years of minority groups on Pernn’s campus, as well as someone who is a Philadelphia native with close ties both to the city and Penn. The Society also inducted as an Honorary Alumni Member Fredrick “Hoopes” Wampler, EdD’13, for his excellent direction since 2007 of Penn’s relations with its more than 297,000 living alumni around the world. The Society cited Hoopes Wampler for deepening the engagement and connection of the Penn Alumni community to the University by identifying and championing opportunities for collaboration in alumni relations programming among and between Penn’s four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools. The Society also congratulates Nayab Khan, C’18, winner of the 2018 Paul Miller Leadership Award. The award is named in honor and memory of the late Paul Miller, C’83. Despite suffering all his life from dwarfism and later cancer, Paul Miller excelled in campus and public service leadership as a former Scribe of the Society and cherished Mask & Wig performer. After graduating from the Harvard Law School, Paul Miller became a leading author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a Commissioner from 1994- 2004 on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and until his untimely death in 2010 leaving a wife and two children, a law professor at the University of Washington and White House Personnel Counsel in the early years of the first Obama Administration. Nayab Khan won the 2018 Paul Miller Leadership Award for her outstanding campus and public service leadership in elevating the importance of respect for all faiths as Co-Chair of PRISM, Penn Programs in Religion, Interfaith, and Spirituality Matters, Vice President of the Muslim Students Association, Facilitator of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative and Vice President of International Affairs for the Penn Pakistan Society. The Society cited Ms. Khan as a “committed citizen”working to advance religious tolerance in the face of current xenophobia and Islamaphobia, all “in the spirit of Paul Miler, dedicated to the highest standards of public service.”

Penn President Amy Gutmann joins the Sphinx Class of 2018 making the “sign of Sphinx” on the staircase of her campus home.




What grads can expect from Penn’s alumni clubs There are over 120 clubs across 52 countries NAOMI ELEGANT Staff Reporter

A wine tasting in Rio de Janeiro, a gala at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, and a beachside lunch in Hawaii are just a few of the perks enjoyed by members of some of Penn’s many alumni clubs, which the Class of 2018 will be eligible to join upon graduation. Penn, which has a famously strong alumni network, has over 120 alumni clubs across the globe, spanning 37 states and 52 countries. States and countries home to larger numbers of alumni boast additional regional clubs – Florida has seven alumni clubs and New York has five, while China and India each have four. Bigger alumni clubs like the Penn Club of New York require application forms and membership dues, but smaller alumni clubs like those in Brazil and Hawaii are much less formal. President of the Penn Club of Hawaii and 1998 College graduate David Austin said that joining the Penn Club of Hawaii is as simple as sending an email to the club. Austin said that the Hawaii club is more “informally organized,” since it is much less likely to meet a fellow Penn alumnus on the streets of Hawaii than it is on the streets of New York. He added that the club currently has around 60 active members and hosts


Gradutes from the Class of 2018 are about to become some of the newest members to the University’s 120 alumni clubs. Some, like the one based in New York City, require application forms and membership dues, but others, like the one based in Hawaii, are more informal.

volunteer activities and annual lunches to help Penn alumni meet in a state where it’s not always easy to do so. “It can be challenging if you are returning home or moving here because it is a relatively small community,” Austin said. “The club provides good opportunities to meet people and reconnect with your old classmates.” 2003 Wharton MBA graduate Annie Kim Podlubny heads the Penn Club of Brazil, a country with over 1,000 Penn alumni.

The Penn Club of Brazil hosts social events with other Ivy League alumni clubs, such as wine tastings. The alumni club also organizes a resume book every year, compiling recent graduates’ CVs to pass around the alumni network. Podlubny said that the Penn Club of Brazil does not keep official member numbers or have a strict application process and is “more for social networking”. “We’re definitely here to help any recent grads or people

looking for internships,” Podlubny said. “I would love more students and alums to get involved.” Podlubny has also worked closely with the University administration to promote Penn’s brand within Brazil. Since Podlubny joined in 2006, the Penn Club of Brazil has collaborated with Knowledge@Wharton High School to promote business and finance curricula in Brazilian high schools. Podlubny has also worked with Penn Global to set up internships for

Penn students at different companies in Brazil. Some alumni clubs offer activities that blend Penn tradition with local custom. Accord-

ing to 2002 Wharton graduate and Penn Club of Hong Kong board member Judy So, Penn Club HK recently hosted a Chinese New Year-themed “birthday bash” for University founder Ben Franklin, whose birth date sometimes coincides with the lunar new year festival. So said that Penn Club HK has hosted more than 20 events and connected with over 1,350 alumni since the club relaunched in April 2017. “Penn Club HK strives to promote school pride and engagement by offering diverse activities,” So said in an email statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Many of Penn’s alumni clubs are actively engaged with other Ivy League alumni clubs as well as clubs for Wharton graduates, who in many countries have their own organized alumni networks. According to So, Penn Club HK hosts an annual Christmas party and a weekly “fitness bootcamp” with the Wharton Club of Hong Kong. Penn Club HK also organizes monthly hikes with the Hong Kong alumni clubs of Stanford, Cornell, and Columbia universities.

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With music performances: Penn Glee Club Penn Lions Dania Hallak, Class of ’18 The Baccalaureate Brass IRVINE AUDITORIUM 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Graduating students A through K 3:00 p.m. Graduating students L through Z

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THE 124TH RUNNING OF THE PENN RELAYS From Thursday, April 26th to Saturday, April 28th, Franklin Field hosted the 124th running of the Penn Relays. Competitors travelled from around the world to participate in this track and field event, including high school, college, and olympic athletes.












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y high school campus visit to Penn was my least favorite college tour. The weather was awful, and the only spurts of energy disrupting the otherwise damp and chilly atmosphere were the way-too-enthusiastic flyerers shoving papers in my face. Nothing about my first day on Penn’s campus made me hope for a second one. And yet, the day I opened my acceptance email, I knew I was going to be a Quaker. This caught my parents a bit off-guard — after we calmed down about my acceptance to an Ivy League school, my mom remarked, “I didn’t even know you wanted to go there. Do you actually want to?” Judging by my 2014 Excel spreadsheet of school preferences, she was right to ask. Of the colleges I thought I’d like most, Penn ranked No. 7. I also was accepted to No. 5 – a high-quality school with renowned political science programs and significantly better weather. However, two spreadsheet columns to the right lay what was, at the time, the more important number: Penn was ranked No. 7 nationally, and the other was ranked No. 20. Hurrah for the Red and Blue, for the worst reason. The worst reason, but a reason consistent with the basis of many of the decisions I made in college. Every position for which I ran, every high-ranking student

whose ass I kissed, and even every bombastic bravado-filled insult I slung at my friends (I’ve probably said “You’re small” more often than I’ve said “hello”

I’d learned sooner. Regarding the future, we at Penn have the privilege of going to one of the most respected and genuinely enlightening universities in the world.

I’m still far from the best version of myself ... but no matter what, whether my days are productive or failure-ridden, when my head hits the pillow I know that I matter.” over the last few years) was part of an attempt to craft a persona of confident ultra-competence and excellence. I think there’s a fine line between ambition and vanity, and I’ve lived a lot of life on the wrong side. It’s amazing how somebody can simultaneously care only about themselves, yet not care about themselves at all. My family and close friends know that I spent much of my college career deeply sad, yet they also saw me opt often for misery in the pursuit of success and reputation. And to what end, future job prospects? Personal renown? Some way to actually feel at peace with myself? Here are some things I wish

Life may not work out the exact way we dreamed it, but there are amazing trails ahead of all of us if we’re willing to explore the woods a bit. Regarding personal renown, very few people will remember the presidents of clubs or the biggest social figures in the Class of 2018. We will be forgotten by most of the people who waved at us on Locust Walk, and our accomplishments at Penn will mean nothing to those we sought to impress or influence. We will instead be remembered by the people for whom we genuinely cared, the ones we sat with crying or the ones with whom we could be vulnerable. To take one of Kanye’s iconic lines in a slightly different

direction, one great friend is more valuable than a thousand people who merely know your name. And, regarding my sense of self-worth, the most important lesson Penn taught me is that nothing external can matter if we don’t first matter to ourselves. This is not a new idea – every self-help guide is backboned by this same thesis – but this cannot be reiterated to Penn students, who too often sacrifice self-love for some concocted notion of “success.” Referencing “Hamilton” may be cliche, but the character puts it better than I can: The Founding Father literally shaped our nation, yet he was tortured and ultimately disgraced by his insecurities. As he himself remarks, “I’m never satisfied.” Yet we must seek satisfaction first and foremost. Life is short, and little is important. I’m still far from the best version of myself – I feel guilty every day about the people I’ve hurt, I am hesitant to trust others, and I still battle my own vanity and insecurity – but no matter what, whether my days are productive or failure-ridden, when my head hits the pillow I know that I matter. To my parents and the rest of my family, thank you showing me how important it is to care about myself and love the work I do. To the DP, thank you for challenging me, empowering me and teaching me the tough lesson that leadership necessitates both strength

CARTER COUDRIET and compassion. To my brothers, thank you for pulling me up when I fell and cheering the loudest when I succeeded. To the College Office, thank you for giving me a place to escape the madness. And to my closest friends – especially Huge Eug, who made sure my eye-opening, emotional journey was a fun one too – thank you for leading the hard conversations that have gotten me to where I am today. And, to dear old Penn, thank you for introducing me to the people and resources I needed to turn this college-rankings-driven school choice into an experience more profound than I ever imagined. Because of you, I am deeply, truly happy to be here. CARTER COUDRIET is a College senior from Franklin Park, N.J., studying political science. He served as the president of the 133rd board. Previously, he was digital director, creative director, ΔΠ chair, pizza editor, and an associate sports editor.

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n a frigid Thursday in October, I sat crosslegged on the floor of a cabin lit only by a single, melting candle. I was sobbing and would not stop for a while. For the past three days, I had joined over 30 classmates from my high school on a religious retreat in a suburban campground north of Philadelphia. We spent three sleepless nights spilling our deepest insecurities and recounting our families’ foibles. By the end of the breathless experience, we were urged to go out into the world and live out the message of that week, to not just limit our emotional oversharing to the woods of a retreat house, but to allow ourselves to be “real” with friends and acquaintances alike. It was a radical experience, the type that I can never explain to someone now without receiving an expression of dispassionate curiosity, as in “Are you sure this wasn’t a cult?” I am hardly a religious person anymore, but I understood that Thursday night to be an intensely spiritual one. The message I had received — from God or my subconscious — was to challenge myself to be present with others every day like I was on that one. To be unfailingly honest. To reveal myself entirely. To allow others the space and comfort to do the same. That night receded into the graveyard of my memories until five days ago when I spoke for the last time inside a class at Penn. It was a Wednesday and I was sitting inside the main forum of the Kelly Writers House, the literary programming space that has claimed me and so many others as members of its community. A professor said my name and I was asked to sum up my time at Penn. My short speech never mentioned a cabin in the woods north of Philadelphia — certainly not a religious retreat. But like a fly that clings to the surface of a lightbulb, my thoughts were colored by the gnawing realization of what I have spent the last four years not doing. The same person who left that

retreat four years ago with a plan to allow myself to be vulnerable instead fought back waves of deep pessimism and loneliness here at Penn. Perhaps it was an occupational

that consumed most of my waking thoughts and nearly all of my attention. During the year I spent as executive editor, I quizzed myself almost every day before getting

I understand now the importance of balance and the value of just being present wit those you love. For four years, I was present with a group of amazing people at The Daily Pennsylvanian, friends and classmates who will always have my lasting gratitude and admiration.” hazard. I joined The Daily Pennsylvanian as a reporter and later served as executive editor, where I became a student of Penn’s frailties, the little ways administrators work to silence journalism and activism they dislike, and the apathy most students show toward any injustice outside of their immediate sphere of influence. As the old adage goes, it is not news when a plane lands on time, just when it crashes. The DP, 34th Street Magazine, and Under the Button publish many fantastic pieces that amuse, entertain, and shine a light on student and faculty achievements, but my job for so much of my time at Penn was to locate those plane crashes. As the latest editor of a 134-yearold organization created to hold a powerful institution in check, I believed it was my duty to maintain a mission of independent, fearless journalism. In response to nearly every problem, large or small, my instinct was always more. More reporting. More time spent inside the DP’s cavernous office at 4015 Walnut Street. More staffers to carry the load of more work. More everything except some distance from the place

out of bed. “What stories are we missing? Which editor do I need to check in on? What projects are coming up this week?” The moments for true self-reflection and vulnerability came in private or in isolated moments. I could not let myself show weakness to my staffers, I told myself, or I would lose their respect, or worse, sap their motivation to continue working hard. Never did I once ask myself, “Who have I allowed myself to really get to know? Who have I actively sought out in times where I know they are struggling? Have I been patient with friends I see with enduring pain and insecurity or have I grown resentful of them?” The Daily Pennsylvanian, as the Penn Gazette once put it in a wry understatement, “can be a demanding master.” If that is true, being executive editor is akin to waking up every day with a new master, each with their own particular desires across several different departments. In the moments where satiating so many different people felt impossible, I would often look at the corkboard in my office, where each of my predecessors going back decades had pinned their busi-

ness cards before departing. Each of us had felt the same weight of responsibilities, but in our time, for that yearlong term, I am sure we had all felt that same isolating sense of loneliness. Only I know how this feels. Only I can make my way out of it. I long believed that serving as executive editor could be my window to finally living out that mission I had been given in high school: denying myself at the expense of others. I learned it is possible to go days without responding to your mother’s text messages while letting not the slightest typo in an article go unfixed within seconds of seeing it. On the day I cleaned out of my office and turned in my keys, I thought of all the small things I had succeeded and failed at as executive editor: the initiatives I pushed through, the ideas that flopped, the managerial conversations I wished I could take back. What remained after that rigorous self-examination was a nagging sense of guilt. No matter what goals I had set or plans I had put into motion, the only standard I wanted to hold myself to was the one I set four years ago. Had I become a person who was present with others? Was I someone who prioritized family and friends over work? Did I let my pride and ego govern my interactions with others or did I allow myself to be vulnerable? These are questions I did not answer when, for the final time in my undergraduate career, it was my turn to speak. I wanted to say how journalism provided me a professional excuse to listen and display empathy, but that sounded too corny. I wanted to express how much admiration I felt — and still feel — for the people I worked alongside at the DP, the people who who filled up that office and its garish pink walls with many tears and many more laughs. At the end of my term at the DP in December, I took steps to reorient my life around the principles I learned at that retreat. I spend far more time with my roommate, who has been my buddy since the second grade.

DAN SPINELLI I have reconnected with my friends outside of the DP and visited home more times this semester than I have in the past several ones combined. My adrenaline no longer pumps at the sight of a breaking news alert. I understand now the importance of balance and the value of just being present with those you love. For four years, I was present with a group of amazing people at The Daily Pennsylvanian, friends and classmates who will always have my lasting gratitude and admiration. I was present with these people, sometimes at the expense of myself, because I so believed in what we were collectively doing and so badly wanted to live up to that 134-year-old mission. Early in my freshman year, I heard a poem that, even then, seemed to be in dialogue with the person I so badly wanted to leave that cabin and become, the person I have since tried to become. I can think of no better way to say goodbye to people I deeply admire and an organization whose mission I cherish than with these words, which encapsulate the desire to just be present. It isnt for want of something to say something to tell you something you should know but to detain you keep you from going feeling myself here as long as you are as long as you are. DAN SPINELLI is a College senior from North Wales, Pa., studying English. He served as executive editor on the 133rd board. Previously, he was a news editor and reporter.






o it’s almost over. To be frank, I never fully realized the immediacy and gravity of graduating until around two weeks before finals. In typical Penn fashion, I was swamped with urgent deadlines, group projects and incomplete papers, but still had taken the time to go out for a final BYO with staff from the DP. For some absurd reason (and one which I am admittedly now thankful for), we decided to walk back from our restaurant on 2nd Street, all the way back to campus. In freezing weather. At midnight. As we huddled past the bridge across the Schuylkill River, warmed only by the alcohol swirling in our veins, I paused and loitered behind the group. The chatter of my friends faded slowly away and I stood, silently, in the middle of the Walnut Street bridge. In front of me, the immense FMC tower, with its gleaming glass panes and flashing LEDs, shone vividly on the glistening Schuylkill. The apartments on the other side of the

river seemed dull in comparison, but several windows still emanated a muted glow, no doubt some couple watching “The Late Show,” or a teenager studying through another late night. Cars rushed across the Schuylkill Expressway despite the ungodly hour, weaving through the perennial construction equipment that dot the roadway. There was something strange about the setting. What was it, that feeling creeping into my consciousness? Was it regret? No … I certainly felt nostalgia, but I believed myself to be at peace with where I was, and with the incredible journey that had brought me up to that moment. No … it was a feeling that I could not describe. As I would later learn, there is a Portuguese term — saudade — that perfectly encapsulates such a feeling. It is one that carries many definitions: it’s a melancholy, a nostalgia, a longing for something that has happened; yet it is also an assurance, a “knowing” that it will never happen again. Perhaps Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo

described it best: “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.” Saudade. There’s no other word that would more succinctly describe the feeling at the end of my Penn career.

but the institution itself, the faculty, the memories and the experiences, the failures and the joys, the disappointments and the successes. The work, the challenges, the anxiety, the deadlines, the all-nighters. The

It’s a melacholy, a nostalgia, a longing for something that has happened; yet it is also an assurance, a ‘knowing’ that it will never happen again.” Despite all my cynicism, despite all the jaded comments that I’ve made to underclassmen, I’m going to miss Penn. I think it’s taken a full four years for me to understand that, a full four years of denial, but I will miss Penn. Not just the friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met,

grind in Huntsman. The sunrise from a rooftop lounge. The feeling of dread in the morning of an exam after a night of drunken antics. I will miss the stench of compost, the only event at Penn that marks the true advent of spring. I will miss being harassed by friends

to book GSRs, and having to give excuses on why I “forgot” about their Facebook message. I will miss the snow days, where I’ve cautiously stepped onto seemingly frozen puddles on the corners of Spruce Street, only to discover the thin ice was secretly hiding a waterfilled pothole. I will miss Penn, in its entirety. And for that, I am incredibly thankful. Never could I have dreamt of a better, more fulfilling college career. Coming in as a freshman from over 8,000 miles away, without family and without friends in an unfamiliar country, I had braced for the worst. Of course, my fears were mostly unfounded. My new friends celebrated each and every achievement, while also supporting me through the darkest hours. Thank you especially to the wonderful people at the DP, who adopted me without question into my second family. True, Penn is not without its flaws, its stresses and its failings, but I’ve come out of college stronger, ready to tackle my next chapter of life, despite the

LUCIEN WANG saudade. Penn, with its warts and all, has left an indelible print on my life journey, one that I will not quickly forget. For a brief second on the bridge, I looked back. It wasn’t perfect, but damn, was it a hell of a ride. What an amazing, beautiful, long four years it’s been at Penn. Thank you so much to all that have made it incredible. LUCIEN WANG is a Whar ton senior from Hong Kong, studying finance and statistics. He served as the print director of the 133rd board. Previously, he was the copy editor of the 132nd board.

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thought I knew what I wanted when I got to Penn. I had already planned out which frats I would rush, what kind of friends I would make, what classes I would take, and even what clothes I would wear. To this day, I don’t think the intentions behind those decisions were misguided, but I ultimately got stuck in a tunnel vision that prevented me from making the most of Penn if it didn’t align with my neatly outlined plan. Because of that, I ruined my freshman year for myself. I couldn’t fathom that my college reality didn’t line up exactly with what I thought I wanted, and I took it out on myself. By May of 2015, my only thoughts were, “Get me out of here and let me be an adult already.” The real world couldn’t come soon enough. I had decided not to join The Daily Pennsylvanian as a freshman because I thought that college would be an excellent place to rebrand myself from my days as a high school Opinion Editor. I lied to myself constantly by thinking that journalism wouldn’t (and, more importantly, shouldn’t) have a place in my life.

Yet I decided at the beginning of sophomore year to apply as a columnist. Writing commentary had always been a nice hobby for me, and I came to the conclusion that

saved my college experience; it was the people. I loved my work as a columnist and eventually an editor. Every day since the fall of 2015 until my last

Yet, in 20 years from now, I may not be able to recite a single column I worked on, both as a writer and as an editor. I will, however, always remember the impact those people at the DP left on my life.” even if I didn’t mesh in the DP as an organization, it would at least serve as a solid outlet for my work. While I almost quit in the middle of my first meeting (due to a particularly feisty argument), the DP ended up completely defining my four years at Penn in the best possible way. But it wasn’t the journalism of The Daily Pennsylvanian that

day as a student, I couldn’t stop thinking about how to argue about making Penn better. This school deserves the best because its students are the best, and opinionated journalism can be crucial in opening up campus to ideas that serve the community and, conversely, sometimes fail spectacularly. Yet, in 20 years from now, I may

not be able to recite a single column I worked on, both as a writer and as an editor. I will, however, always remember the impact those people at the DP left on my life. The friends and colleagues I found at the DP are brilliant, and I don’t use that word lightly. They dedicate so much time and effort toward incredible work that impresses me constantly. Their attention to detail is remarkable and their commitment to the organization is sensational. I’ve never read an issue of the paper and not felt immense pride that I associated myself with this tremendous publication. But more so than that, the people of the DP care for their own. The organization makes its members become personally invested in each other and because of that they find friends for life here. DP members don’t just work hard because they feel an obligation, but because their peers make their work so enjoyable. There are so many awful parts of the college experience that won’t go away, but the one thing that college brochures don’t lie about is that there is a community for ev-

eryone. The part they don’t tell you is that it’s not always easy to find. That being said, the only advice I can give is to never give up looking for your niche. It’s easy to see everyone seemingly discover friend groups with ease and feel discouraged or that you’re doing college wrong, but if you really try, you will find others that prove why this school is so great. A fellow columnist at the DP once argued that one of Penn’s major failings is the large inability to recreate the classic late-night academic debates between students that you’d see in A Beautiful Mind or The Theory of Everything. And maybe he was right (to an extent) that today’s students aren’t intent on spending their all-nighters discussing Schopenhauer and Rousseau. But nevertheless, Penn students lean on each other in a way that brings out the best in each other and our impact on our lives can never be understated. So, let me conclude this piece with several messages. To all the columnists I worked with and managed: Never stop writing. Your voices are so lively and wonderful to read. Your work

ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK drives this campus more than you will ever know and can cause real change at Penn. I consider myself immensely lucky to have worked with each and every one of you. To the people I met at the DP: You made Penn great for me, and you might not even know it. Thank you for showing me what a great community can be and for making me want to come into the office just about every day. I’ll miss you all so much, even though I know this isn’t a goodbye. ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK is a College senior studying economics, from New York. He served as opinion editor on the 133rd board. Previously, he was an opinion columnist.



n the second night of my freshman year, I shivered in a crop top on a frat house porch while a guy I’d never met debated whether I was hot enough to be allowed inside. I watched him watch me and felt sweat dribble through the layers of my foundation, my face twisting while I bit my cheeks to look skinnier. A male friend I’d come with nudged me. “You should have worn something sluttier,” he whispered. By the time I actually entered the house, I wanted to throw myself away. I thought this was normal. I had never been to a college party, let alone seen a frat house in real life. I thought The Ratio, and the way I wasn’t allowed to pour my own drinks, and the random men who wriggled through damp basements to palm my hips, and the way I’d feel when I got back in my room in Kings Court and listened to the beer slosh in my stomach, like I’d been dumped in sour milk — I thought it all was just part of college life. This was Penn; I was lucky to be here. I had gotten into my dream school. I

was Living The Dream. I stayed silent for two months. Then I started talking about frats at the place where I talked about everything else: the DP. I was surrounded by people who were older and smarter and more fed up with Penn than I was, and they gave me a space to write and think. I had a column. I used it. I wrote a piece about The Ratio, and even though I’d been writing weekly since NSO, it was after then that people would start coming up to me in Commons and call me “The DP Girl.” Not the most flattering moniker, but hey, I’ll take it. The DP enabled me to be angry. And vulnerable, and funny (well, almost funny), and pensive and kind, but what I needed most freshman year was the ability to call bullshit. I was a campus tour guide; I loved, and still love, Penn, and I woke up on my plastic twin mattress feeling grateful to be here. But I also saw a campus steeped in classism, bigotry, and sexism. Eight months into my freshman year, I was sexually assaulted. After that, I started to see how my trauma fit into the context of male entitlement and rape culture

at Penn — from the frat guys who gawk at women from couches on Locust to the ones who host, attend, and target girls at parties.

shelter, the place where I have grown the most. It gave me some of my closest friends, my best memories from college, and a group of badass

I loved, and still love, Penn, and I woke up on my plastic twin mattress feeling grateful to be here. But I also saw a campus steeped in classism, bigotry, and sexism.” I was scared to come back to campus in the fall. Penn didn’t feel safe anymore; Penn couldn’t be home. And then I got an email during NSO saying that I’d been hired as the Features Editor of 34th Street. I started crying in the self-checkout line at Fro Gro. I had a new purpose now. I had a place. Street has meant everything to me. It has been my family and my

female role models (hi, Alex!). More than anything, Street gave me my self back. When I didn’t know who I was, when I struggled to navigate the impact of my time here, Street reminded me that I’m at my best when I work with words. I had to focus; I had a job to do. And I was rewarded for being good at it. When I became Street’s Managing Editor, I became a fanatic about

details. The color of a pillowcase. The lilt in someone’s voice. The money shot: “So and so declined to comment.” The right details can make or break a piece, and by paying attention to the tiny, sharp, cinematic details of this campus, I didn’t just learn how to edit: I learned how to live. When I picture happiness at Penn, I picture my chair in that cramped, crumb-crusted, overheated Stroffice, tossing around headline ideas with Orly until we find just the right turn of phrase. To everyone who has read Street over the years: thank you. Every comment, every time you pulled me aside at Smokes’ to talk about the latest issue, and every moment of getting waaaay too excited about being quoted in Overheards are what’s kept me going. Penn is frantic and weird and takes itself too seriously, and I’m glad we got to capture this place in all its absurdity. To the DPeople who have been my support system — Jen, Alex, Mikaela, Orly, Carter, Saumya, Annabelle, Angela, Sab, Brandon, and so many others — I love you all. To the people who have been

DANI BLUM my sources through these long four years: I’m so grateful. Thanks for answering all my weirdly specific questions. And to those who trusted us with your voices for our sexual assault issue: thank you. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for these stories to be heard. DANI BLUM is a College senior from Ridgefield, Conn., studying English. She ser ved as the managing editor of 34th Street Magazine on the 133rd board. Previously, she was the 34th Street Word on the Street editor, Features editor, and a DP opinion columnist and video staffer.






henever someone asks me for my opinion of Penn, I typically give them two somewhat conflicting answers. On one hand, years covering Penn’s administration for the DP has left me jaded about a sprawling, image-conscious bureaucracy that often fails to adequately serve its undergraduates. I do believe most administrators care about students and act with good intentions, but a general lack of transparency and condescending attitude towards reporters has frustrated me more times than I can count. At the same time, the people I meet at Penn continue to surprise me with their intelligence, strength, kindness and humor. I’ve been fortunate enough to make several lifelong friends. And writing about the Penn community has given me the unique privilege to talk to dozens of inspiring people as I try to tell their stories. What this leaves me with is that Penn is an amazing place, but not for the reasons we might think when we arrive. And, as

we work to make it better, more welcoming, safer, we need to rely on ourselves to get there. The administration still has a responsibility to address issues like mental health, sexual as-

sages from the President’s Office, we can strive for balance in our own lives, taking steps back when we need them and remembering the things that really matter.

want to work in finance, tech or consulting. I found the loving community I’d always wanted at the DP after growing disenchanted with Greek life. I’ve done my best to change this

The administration still has a responsibility to address issues like mental health, sexual assault, and diversity, but we can’t expect them to do everything. While we wait for the results of yet another vague, directionless task force, we can be there for our friends, supporting each other through the constant intensity of life on this campus.” sault and diversity, but we can’t expect them to do everything. While we wait for the results of yet another vague, directionless task force, we can be there for our friends, supporting each other through the constant intensity of life on this campus. As we skim through verbose, perfunctory emailed mes-

We have more power than we think, and we don’t always need to rely on Penn to make things happen for us. I’ve definitely had to learn this over the years. I sought out my own professional opportunities when it became clear that Career Services offers few resources for students who don’t

campus for the better by helping hold its leaders accountable. And, as it turns out, all my favorite moments of Penn have had very little to do with the institution. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think back to long nights talking with my roommates,

ignoring our work and laughing into the wee hours of the morning. Dancing to live music performed by my talented peers during Fling. Watching thousands of polished Penn students drop everything to join my hometown of Philadelphia in celebrating the Eagles’ victory. Stepping into the press box at a political rally and realizing what I wanted to do with my life. The people of Penn, not the institution, have made my college years unforgettable. And, since this is a rare instance where I’m writing about myself instead of others, I’m going to use this opportunity to thank them. Thank you to Ellie, Jess, and Dan, for being the most wonderful Blue Room. I couldn’t have asked for a better news team to cover the insanity of 2016. To Jill, Lauren, and Kristen, for inspiring me and teaching me everything I know about journalism. To all my other DP friends — Sydney, Genevieve, Carter, Colin, Charlotte, Tom, Tommy, Alec, Lucien — for making

CAROLINE SIMON a dirty, windowless office so much fun. To Hannah, Sheridan, Alice, Sarah, Jessica, and Emily, for keeping me sane and always being there for me. To Mom, Dad, and Adam, for everlasting love and support. Finally, thank you to everyone who’s picked up a copy of the DP, clicked on an article, agreed to an interview, trusted me to tell your story. It’s truly been an honor. CAROLINE SIMON is a College senior from Oreland, Pa., studying English and communication. She served as the campus news editor on the 132nd board. Previously, she was a reporter. She most recently served as the opinion board chair.



oodbyes are never easy, and a goodbye to Penn is extraordinarily difficult. I must admit that I don’t love everything about Penn. I’ve formed a satisfactory lovehate relationship over the last four years, and I have mixed feelings about our soon-to-be long-distance relationship after graduation. You see, although I’ve experienced my greatest accomplishments here, Penn also put me through my greatest failures. One accomplishment was getting recruited to The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. When I tell people I worked at the DP, they inevitably assume I am a writer. I am no writer. I worked in the Advertising Department for three out of my four years at Penn. I remember Katherine Ross’s words on my first day of training as advertising manager — “This will be the hardest thing you will ever do.” Indeed, be-

ing responsible for reaching one-third of our revenue goal of $600,000 was overwhelming. It considerably added to my list of other challenging things Penn had to offer. What made my 20-plus hour weeks at the office worth it was seeing people read the paper every morning and knowing I had a role to play in making that happen. The DP matters; my work here mattered. My time at the DP was coming to an end, and so was my time at Penn. In the past year, my friend Dani had been talking about how crazy it was that we were seniors and so close to graduation. In fact, every time I’d mention the word “graduation,” she did a soft but odd squeal if we were in public and a long drawn out scream if we were at home. I didn’t think much of it until it hit me about a month from graduation. It was past midnight and I was walking back home from

Huntsman with my friend Sharika and I panicked — Penn would end for me in a month. I wouldn’t fit in anywhere as well as I did at Penn, I wouldn’t

truck? Do tofu meatballs exist outside of those from Magic Carpet?? Probably not. I was in tears. Sharika assured me I’d get over this by tomorrow. We

What made my 20-plus work hour weeks at the office worth it was seeing people read the paper every morning and knowing I had a role to play in making that happen. The DP matters; my work here mattered.” find friends like I did at Penn, I wouldn’t get the opportunities so easily available to me at Penn. Had I taken the best four years of my life for granted? Had I truly made use of all of Penn’s resources? Will I ever find a gym as amazing as Pot-

took the same walk back home the next night but this time I rambled about my math midterm and how I couldn’t wait to be done with Penn. That’s when she gave me her whole “I told you so” spiel. Predictable. My point is, I am terrified that

I won’t be calling Penn home anymore. But would I want to relive my four years here? This brings back all the not-so-fun things I experienced at Penn including but not limited to rejection, exams and, brace yourself for this one, on-campus recruiting. So no, I won’t really miss any of these or want to relive them. I am ready to move on to the next chapter of my life, not too far from Philly. Penn is only as good as the people in it. Let me vouch for that. Sharika, Dani, Ana, Rachel, Yamir, and Theresa — thanks for being patient with me, listening to my rants (or at least pretending to) and loving me for who I am. Shruti, Tanvi and Devishi – thanks for being my family away from home. Katherine, Nicole, and Paul — thanks for being the coolest mentors I could have asked for. When I got into Penn, it was a big deal back home in India. However, having never been to campus, I wasn’t sure what

SAUMYA KHAITAN to expect. I fantasized about how great it would be. Today, despite everything, I can confidently say that getting into this school has probably been the best thing that’s happened to me. I am grateful to have had this Penn journey; it’s been one for the books. S AU M YA K H A I TA N i s a College senior from Kolkata, India, studying Mathematical Economics. She served as the adver tising manager on the 132nd board. She most recently ser ved as an adver tising representative.

Redefining greatness SENIOR COLUMN BY AMY CHAN


urt Vonnegut, employed for a brief period at Sports Illustrated, supposedly walked out of his first story about a race horse by writing, “The horse jumped over the fucking fence.” This is me doing the same. After talking to my father, I am not sure I want to pursue journalism or publishing as intensely as I have been. I wish very much to say that my last year of college went swimmingly — it didn’t. I wish very much to say that I enjoyed the days I had left as best I could — I didn’t. The finale of my college career was spent cowering in the shadow of a formless future, a kind of solar eclipse with no end in sight. I’m not sure I have the tenacity needed to throw my voice into the wind. My father asked me why I wanted to pursue these industries so badly. “People can write doing another job, Amy,” he said. “Why are you so stubborn?” I have never been able to explain to him that I am afraid. I

am afraid that I am not talented enough to have a different job, write on the side, and let my writ-

will fall victim to the mundanity of life. But the only thing which came

My whole life, I have pictured greatness as Instagram flashes of beautiful girls fisting champagne on boats, people in fine coats promenading down Fifth Avenue. My idea of greatness was superficial, focused on privilege and not the actual product.”

ing be taken on its own merit. I feel I need to build the following to make it easier to publish my work. I am afraid that I don’t love writing enough to do it if I am not pushed by financial need. I am afraid that whatever childhood passion I had for literature

out of my mouth was, “I want to be great.” My father swiftly chastised me and explained that my idea of greatness was selfish. I was chasing greatness in the form of selfrecognition, when truly great people accomplish their deeds

because they chase something outside of themselves. He was right. My whole life, I have pictured greatness as Instagram flashes of beautiful girls fisting champagne on boats, people in fine coats promenading down Fifth Avenue. My idea of greatness was superficial, focused on privilege and not the actual product. I no longer want to chase a selfish kind of greatness, because that lifestyle is unsustainable to me. Nowadays, in the sweep of social media, we can get lost in what it means to do great things when everyone has always told us to do great things. Great things are not the symbols of recognition which acknowledge largerthan-life actions. Great things are the actions themselves which move society — and which very often go unnoticed. Though deep down, I have always known I would be a good teacher — and like doing the work — I have been averse to becoming one because I thought it would mean I had failed. My high school literature teacher

influenced me in the most profound way, yet I dreaded being like him. To me, he had boundless promise when he was young and wasted it by choosing to live in a small town, alone and nameless. I can’t say that I have completely reconciled myself to being a teacher, but I am ready to think of something besides myself. I can’t say that my story will have a picture-perfect ending, that someday, you’ll see my name again in the bookstores because — who knows? Maybe I have come to the end of my creative rope. In which case, let me take a brief aside to thank Daddy, Mommy, who have given me my imagination and integrity. Mélanie Péron, who believes in me possibly more than any other person ever has. My editors these past two years — Isabel, Alessandro, Harry. My wonderful friends who have been the sources of my stories. All of you who picked up my column and thought it was worth reading till the end — I am more grateful to

AMY CHAN you than you can ever know. As Elena Ferrante writes, “Unlike stories, real life, when it has passed, inclines towards obscurity, not clarity.” I don’t think a story has to have a perfect ending to be valuable, nor even any sort of sense in the middle. We all live lives that are random, filled with meandering, but that are for the most part happy — or trying to be. It is the “trying to be” that ultimately means the most. AMY CHAN is a College senior from Augusta, Ga., studying clas sic s. She ser ved as an opinion columnist from the fall of 2016 to the spring of 2018.




A look back at the class of 2018’s time on campus Seniors weigh in on highlights from college career MAX COHEN Deputy News Editor

When the Class of 2018 arrived on Penn’s campus as freshmen in August 2014, Penn was an inherently different place. New College House was three years away from its opening, Hill House was in its 1960’s state, and Penn’s most famous alumni was still just a celebrity real estate developer. This year’s graduating class has enjoyed an eventful four years at Penn, filled with prominent speakers, headline performers, and lifelong memories formed. As of freshman convocation four years ago, College senior Phil Huffman identified freshman said that significant Penn highlight left him ready to take on all college had to offer.

“It felt incredible to finally be on campus and sitting under College Hall,” Huffman said. “I was excited for all the crazy things that were going to happen in the next four years.” Politics at Penn In Apr. 2016, then-CIA Director John Brennan’s talk at the Penn Museum was interrupted by students protesting American drone strikes. Protestors disrupted the event on three separate occasions, leading the moderator to end the event early after the third interruption. July 2016, Philadelphia hosted the Democratic National Convention. In the weeks before the 2016 election, which pitted 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president hosted a rally at Penn Park. Over 7,000 people attended the rally, in which Clinton proclaimed that “friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.” On Election Day, Donald Trump

was elected president, winning the state of Pennsylvania en route to a Republican victory. On campus, Trump’s election prompted a march in solidarity against the Penn alum just days after the result, where students shared their disappointment. Sports Following the Philadelphia Eagles first Super Bowl victory in Feb. 2018, the downtown riots and the Eagles parade that followed brought together all residents of Philadelphia, according to Huffman. “There was an atmosphere of pure joy and celebration,” Huffman said. “I actually felt connected to the city and more a part of Philly, not just Penn.” College senior Drew McKinzie also said the Super Bowl parade was a significant moment in his Penn career. “I’ll never forget how united the city felt and the mass euphoria filling the streets,” McKinzie said.

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In addition, Penn sports enjoyed numerous championships and impressive victories over the past four years. The women’s basketball team travelled to the NCAA Tournament in both 2016 and 2017, winning two consecutive Ivy League championships. Penn football also won back-toback Ivy League titles in 2015 and 2016, marking their 17th and 18th conference championships in program history. And perhaps the most remarkable of all sports triumphs came this March, when the Penn men’s basketball team clinched their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2007. The Quakers were pitted against Kansas in their first round matchup, and although they were eliminated by the Jayhawks, Penn enjoyed an early lead and played the 1 seed close all game. Controversies But not all notable moments for the Class of 2018 were positive. Multiple Greek life scandals hit Penn over the past four years, starting with the controversy surrounding Phi Delta Theta’s 2014 Christmas picture. The photo featured a dark-skinned sex doll, leading to the fraternity being put on probation in Jan. 2015. Later that spring, Alpha Chi Omega announced plans to move off campus after the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life found it had violated Penn’s Alcohol and Drug Policy. In Sep. 2016, emails sent to freshman girls by the off-campus organization OZ led to a discussion on rape culture on campus and an increased crackdown by administration on offcampus groups. Prominent Penn figures also were the subject of controversial acts that attracted nationwide attention. In Jan. 2018, 1963 College graduate and major Penn donor Steve Wynn was accused of sexual misconduct, and just weeks later his name was removed from Wynn Commons. Penn Law professor Amy Wax also came under fire during the 2017-2018 academic year for making disparaging comments about black students. She was later


As the Class of 2018 entered senior year, community became a bigger theme than before. Vigils, walkouts, and protests were commonplace.

banned from teaching a first year course in Mar. 2018. Community But even as Penn’s community reckoned with controversy, students, staff and faculty also found ways to come together and provide support. After a group of black students were targeted in a series of racist group messages sent by students at the University of Oklahoma, students organized a walkout to stand in silent solidarity with those who were affected. Administrators, including the Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, were present at the event. Similarly, when international students on campus were threatened by Trump’s proposed immigration bans in the early part of 2017, others took to College Green to stand in solidarity. Breaking her silence on the Trump administration for the first time, President Amy Gutmann said the executive order on immigration was “injurious to our work

and inimical to our values.” Community became an even bigger theme as the class of 2018 headed into their senior year. Penn organized its inaugural “Campus Conversation” to help students foster resilience in the face of multiple student deaths, natural disaster across the country and political instability. Students, staff and faculty came together to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by participating in a joint Day of Service. Walkouts and protests were organized around various issues, from gun violence to the proposed GOP tax bill. When Andrea Mitchell delivers the commencement address on Monday, May 14, the Class of 2018 will look back on an impressive four years at Penn. Whether they go on to graduate school, a new job, or even a year off from studies, these graduating seniors will have stories of all kinds to tell from their college days.

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Meet five seniors pursuing non-traditional career paths A quarter of graduates pursue careers in finance LUCY CURTIS Staff Reporter

While many undergraduates at Penn choose to pursue traditional career paths, each year there are some students that opt for less common ones. In 2016, 25 percent of graduates pursued careers in finance, 17 percent pursued careers in consulting, 15 percent pursued careers in technology, and 12 percent pursued careers in health care. This year, too, the percentages are likely to be similar, but here are some of the students who decided to take their own route. Maya Arthur (College, English Major) College senior Maya Arthur will be teaching English at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She currently plans on teaching fifth and 10th grades, though she says that may change. Arthur heard about this opportunity through a professor at Penn, who told her Saint Ann’s was interested in hiring teachers of color to teach poetry in the English Department. She will be teaching off of her own syllabus part-time and working in an administrative and guidance capacity part-time. Arthur said she hadn’t thought a lot about teaching before her senior year, but after teaching at a federal detention center this year she became more excited about the possibilities of teaching. “Saint Ann’s is a cool space because they really do let a lot of experimentation grow in the classrooms, and I’m really excited for the possibilities,” Arthur said. “I would like to be a sort of mentor or guidance to these students.” Regina Salmons (College, English Major) College senior Regina Salmons moves to Princeton University the week after graduation to begin training for the

U.S. women’s senior national rowing team. She first received the opportunity to row for the national team the summer after her sophomore year, when she rowed for the under-23 national team and won races in both boats she competed in, setting a world record in the process. Salmons will be practicing with the senior national team two to three times a day, with an afternoon off every three days. The team makes up the body of the Olympic Team every four years, and when asked if she will be rowing in the Olympics in 2020, Salmons laughed and said, “Hopefully!” While at Penn, Salmons split her time between rowing and her studies in English, and hopes to continue to pursue that passion while she trains. Salmons said that she in interested in exploring the “gray space between poetry and prose” in her writing, and hopes to publish something during her training. She added that she does a lot of her writing when she is physically exhausted from rowing, as it tends to “turn on” her brain. “Every rowing stroke has a rhythm, that rhythm has affected my writing,” Salmons said. “My stanzas, my lines have that one-breath aspect.” Amanda Silberling (College, English Major) College senior Amanda Silberling will be leaving for Laos this June for a fellowship through Princeton University in Asia to work for the Luang Prabang Film Festival. She




will help organize and prepare for the festival throughout the course of a one-year, or possibly two-year, fellowship. Silberling said she became interested in arts administration through her work at both the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Kelly Writers House, and explained that this job seemed like an amazing opportunity to be a part of such an important event. She said she enjoys “thinking about ways to connect the community with art” and is excited to work abroad on something that is so important to her. “I just wanted to do something exciting and different,” Silberling said. “I’ve never been able to travel before and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” She added that while moving to a country where she will not speak the language can be scary, she thinks this is the right step for her. “It is a really simultaneously exciting and terrifying thing, but that was definitely what I was looking for post-grad,” Silberling said. Ari Lewis (College, Cinema and Media Studies Major, Communication Major) College senior Ari Lewis received a scholarship from the Fulbright Program this spring that will allow her to pursue a graduate program in international film business at both the University of Exeter and the London Film School. In this one-year master’s program, Lewis will learn

about multiple sides of the film industry and advance toward her dream career of producing movies. “I envision my work expanding past the American industry and joining a larger, more transnational film movement,” Lewis said, adding that she was excited to finally pursue her ambitions. “That’s particularly important for me as a black woman trying to fight against and create more representations of black women.” Lewis added that she is particularly interested in the use of science fiction as a tool to move past traditional ways of depicting black narratives and tell more “nuanced” stories. “I demand my space,” Lewis said in response to an industry executive who told her there is a closing gap for people of color in the entertainment industry. “I’m carving my own path.” Karis Stephen (College, Cinema and Media Studies Major, English Major) College senior Karis Stephen is also a Fulbright Program scholarship recipient and will be teaching English in Malaysia from January 2019 to November 2019. Stephen says that she has always wanted to go abroad, but has been waiting until after she graduated to do it. While in Malaysia, Stephen will work as a teaching assistant and act as the point person for English within the classroom. While she hasn’t always known she wanted to teach, her participation in teaching


It’s More Than Just a Watch By Katie Waltman

A University of Pennsylvania alumnus and Penn Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, John has many fond memories of his days in college. In fact, ever since his wife, Maria, purchased Penn logoed cuff links, he has worn them often and with pride. However, it wasn’t until 100th Anniversary of Penn Lacrosse Gala that he began to think more about watches. What started out as a simple gift idea for attendees, quickly became a business endeavor for John Kanaras. “When I began exploring watch options for the 100th Anniversary Gala, I quickly noticed a gap in quality and design.” John (center) with his fellow Penn Lacrosse championship Soon after, Kanaras launched two teammates at the 100th Anniversary Gala. different watch designs with four university collection is inspired by the moment when partners: Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, one accepts an offer of admission to his and Penn. Each watch would make a or her future alma mater. fashionable statement, Kanaras wanted to capture while also reminding I wanted to create a this moment in a design the wearer of their fond timepiece that evokes because it is the catalyst college days. John states: “I those special memories that led the wearer to the wanted to create a timepiece from your alma mater path where he or she is that evokes those special every time you look at it.” today. memories from your alma Each style is a limited mater every time you look edition, with only 500 watches made of at it. It’s more than just a watch, it’s a each style, and has many customizable constant reminder of your alma mater in options: from dial colors to surface an elegant timepiece.” The two collections, SOFIA and Kairos, textures to custom engravings. AXIA Time is a company built from are both derived from ancient Greek – an John’s heart. With inspiration and love homage to John’s parents and his heritage. for his parents and family, and his love of “My parents who are immigrants from Greece are my inspiration,” Kanaras notes, his alma mater, Penn, Kanaras created a unique watch company that delivers a rich “They came to America with nothing; not and compelling story. “I want to leave a even knowing the language but pursued legacy for my kids that demonstrates it’s a dream for a better life.” Sofia means never too late to pursue your dream. They “wisdom” in Greek, and the collection is can follow their passion and find success inspired by wisdom gathered from deep in it,” shares John. “AXIA Time is my intellectual pursuit and lessons of a life opportunity to do that.” well-lived. Kairos means “opportune or auspicious time for action,” and this


programs at Penn inspired her to pursue this opportunity. Stephen is not sure if she wants to pursue teaching past this year, but thinks this program is an amazing opportunity. “The fact that I don’t know exactly what I want to do was a big factor in why I’m choosing to do this,” Stephen said. She added that through this experience she believes “many op-


tions will open up.” According to Stephen, another factor in making this decision was a speech she heard Joe Biden give while at Penn. She explained that he urged Penn students to do something for the country, which Stephen said inspired her to accept the position because it made her choice feel bigger than just herself.

The Wharton Council

congratulates our graduating members!

Kayvon Asemani Emily Goldman Kent Hutchison Holly Li Ximei Li Connor Wen Thank you for all your contributions toward improving the Wharton community over the past four years.

We wish you all the best in this new stage of your lives.

Wharton Ambassadors would like to thank our seniors for their service. Congratulations! Sneha Chidambaram, Co-President Aaron Smith, Co-President Sirine Benjaafar Elaine Chen Dave Mathews Christopher Motz Justine Murray Suriya Sharma Nick Silverio Emily Zhen Eddie Zilberbrand

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INVITED The Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association and the staff of The Daily Pennsylvanian cordially invite all DP alumni, graduating seniors, and current staff to

A Reception for Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Saturday, May 12th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the DP offices, 4015 Walnut Street. Please join us for drinks and a light bite to eat. Chat with former colleagues, reminisce about the old days,’ and see the current DP operation.




What to do in Philadelphia over Graduation weekend Skip the Liberty Bell for some lesser-known sites KIRA HOROWITZ Contributing Reporter

This graduation weekend, many families and friends of students in the Class of 2018 will be visiting campus to celebrate the senior’s monumental moment. For the remaining time in Philadelphia, however, there are numerous outdoor festivals, shows, and seasonal parks to attend throughout the weekend. Beyond the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there are several lesser-known sites in Philadelphia. During the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival, Franklin Square will be illuminated by fifteen thousand lights, 28 displays, 1,500 works of art, and a 200-foot-long dragon. The festival, which will be open throughout May and June, will be free during the day, but tickets are required to visit after 6 p.m. The Philadelphia Ballet will

be performing George Balanchine’s Jewels from May 10 to May 13. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing Puccini’s Tosca, a famous Italian opera, at Verizon Hall on May 12. The city will also offer Spruce Street Harbor Park, a popular seasonal urban beach along the Delaware River which is scheduled to open on May 11. There will be no entry fee, and visitors will be able to enjoy the floating restaurant, beer garden, hammocks, boardwalk, arcade, and boat rentals. On May 12 and 13, the park will hold an Art Star Craft Bazaar. There will be over 100 vendors selling various handmade goods, including jewelry, pottery, clothing, prints, and more. The bazaar will have food vendors, a cash bar, and live music as well. Similarly, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair will be held from May 11 to May 13 and feature more than 100 vendors. Photographs, paintings, sculptures, handmade furniture, jewelry and more will all be avail-

able for purchase. The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a child-friendly option, opens on May 11. This outdoor summer roller rink will also feature a play area for children, mini-golf, rides, and food and drink options. Admission will be free, and concessions will be pay-as-you-go. At the Please Touch Museum, another family-friendly spot, every gallery is interactive and designed to encourage the use of various critical thinking skills. There is an outdoor garden, and indoor mini Schuylkill River, an interactive playground, a rocket room, and a room specifically for toddlers. On May 11 and 12, the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, an annual rowing event, will be held on the Schuylkill River, boasting free admission and a food court complete with cheesesteaks and hoagies. Attendees will be able to watch students from over 100 colleges and universities compete on an Olympic-sized course, have picnics along the river, and explore nearby Boat-


There will be an annual rowing event on the Schuylkill River held on May 11 and May 12. The event is free for all vistors, and will offer Philadelphia food specialties like cheesesteaks and hoagies.

house Row, a series of historic boathouses. The Reading Terminal Market, one of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, will still be open during graduation week-

end. Established in 1893, the huge indoor public market is known for its wide range of culinary options including cheesesteaks, donuts, and soft pretzels. The market becomes very busy during the lunch rush, but is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For easy travel around the city, Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop offers stops to a plethora

of popular sites every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stops include: the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Please Touch Museum, and the Philadelphia Zoo. Single rides are $2 per person, all-day passes at $5, and two-day passes are $7.

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Commencement speakers across the Ivy League Journalist Andrea Mitchell will speak at Penn ZOE BRACCIA Contributing Reporter

Ivy League universities are gearing up for this year’s graduation season and, as of late April, all speakers have been formally announced. In February, Penn announced that the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and 1967 Penn graduate Andrea Mitchell will serve as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2018’s graduation on May 14. Mitchell is both a graduate of Penn College for Women’s Class of 1967 and a University Trustee Emerita. She played a key role in the official launching ceremony of the Penn Biden Center in D.C. this February. At Yale, Hillary Clinton will be

featured as the annual speaker at this year’s Class Day, a part of the commencement weekend. Clinton graduated from Yale Law School in 1973 with a J.D., and went on to become the first lady of the United States, the secretary of state during the Obama administration, and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. The announcement of her participation in the event elicited mixed opinions from Yale students, with some students eager to hear from such a prominent public figure and others disappointed with the politicization of the event. “[Clinton’s] perennial power hunger, vapid progressivism, addiction to gender politics and postdefeat logorrhea all reflect the values of my class,” said Cole Aronson, a member of Yale’s class of 2018, to the Yale Daily News. But alas, I shan’t be able to make it.”

Princeton University will host New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as their Class Day speaker on June 4. Booker was the commencement speaker at Penn last year, sparking debate among students. Some students questioned the choice of a Democrat and outspoken critic of President Trump, and the University’s lack of ideological diversity. College and Wharton sophomore and College Republicans representative Michael Moroz criticized the choice of a Democrat during an Open Forum at a University Council meeting last year. In continuing with the annual tradition, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger will serve as the commencement speaker for the whole school on May 16. Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, will speak

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at the commencement of Barnard College. Wambach, who is also a FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, will speak to students on March 16 at Radio City Music Hall. Dartmouth College will host actress, comedian, and best-selling author Mindy Kaling to deliver the commencement address on June 10. Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 as a theater major and was involved in an improv comedy troupe on campus during her college years.



Leader of the Civil Rights Movement and Congressperson John Lewis will speak at Harvard University’s commencement ceremony on May 24. Lewis was awarded two honorary degrees from the University in 2012, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Brown University chooses two members of their graduating class to speak each year for their commencement addresses. Brown


announced that one Biology concentrator, Lexi Lerner, and one Africana Studies concentrator, Naomi Chasek-Macfoy, will be speaking this year. Cornell University announced in late April that award-winning director and civil rights activist Ava DuVernay will speak at the senior convocation on May 26. She most notably directed “Selma,” “13th,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Last year, Cornell hosted Joe Biden, Penn’s 2013 commencement speaker.




Congratulations to Penn’s 2017-2018 Fellowship Recipients!

The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships is proud of what you’ve accomplished. Alumni and Graduate Students: We remain available to help you pursue the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Fulbright, or whatever else interests you! Boren Graduate Fellowship Erik Morinaja Churchill Scholarship Kevin Chen Clarendon Scholarship Kyra Schulman Critical Language Scholarship Emily Eckardt Michael Ernst William Wang

Brian Liu Sofia Lund Jodi Marcus Julia Miller Meghana Nallajerla Amanda Nart Kristina Nielsen Farah Otero-Amad Kristen Pearson Sara Ray Haley Rugh Ivan Sandoval Reece Sisto Julia Slater Kate Sohn Andrew Starling Karis Stephen Sarah Tang David Thai Sharonya Vadakattu Shirin Vetry

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship Victor Acero H. Luke McKenna Anderson Jason Andrechak Michael Barnett Kiara Berrios Mark Campbell Lucy Chong Jordan Compton Elaida Dimwamwa Bonnie Douglas Hailey Edelstein Arielle Fogel Nitsan Goldstein Wisberty Gordian Velez Carla Hoge Ingrid Lan Max Li Hope Merens Demi Moed Brendan Murphy Feven Ogbaselase Simeon Ristic Osvaldo Rivera Kathryn Schertz Daniel Schonhaut Sarah Seeger

Avigal Segal Elizabeth Wade President’s Engagement Prize Griffin Amdur Svanika Balasubramanian Alaina Hall Peter Hjemdahl James Mcphail Andrew Witherspoon President’s Innovation Prize Adarsh Battu Rui-Jing Jiang Brandon Kao

Rhodes Scholarship Christopher D’Urso Adnan Jaafar Schwarzman Scholarship Eric Tse Soros Scholarship Wendy De La Rosa Thouron Award Alexis Ciambotti Isabella Cuan John Paul Hagan Justin Hopkins Gina Liu Ashley Marcus Nicholas Stiansen Emily Zinselmeier

The INSTITUTE for LAW and ECONOMICS Davis Projects for Peace Award Princess Aghayere Summer Kollie Fulbright Award Kevin Berry Petra Creamer Gabriel Delaney Lacy Feigh Alisa Feldman Amber Henry Joshua Jordan Caroline Kim Ari Lewis

Goldwater Scholarship Angus Beane Marcello Chang Luce Scholarship Olivia Route

Princeton in Africa Rebecca Composto Princeton in Asia Seung Hyun Chung Cynthia Wang

Truman Scholarship Stephen Damianos Anea Moore

Princeton in Latin America Sophie Litwin Rangel Inernational Affairs Fellowship Farah Otero-Amad

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Penn launches new office for first gen. students New Executive Director will lead initiatives YONI GUTENMACHER Deputy News Editor

Penn will expand efforts to improve the experience of first-generation, low-income students with a Penn First Plus Office, according to an official statement from Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. The University plans to appoint an executive director for Penn First Plus students who will lead the new office and overlook all expanded efforts for FGLI students, Gutmann and Pritchett wrote in a school-wide email. It is not immediately clear when this executive director will start their term or which departments they will oversee. The office will offer a central location for First Plus undergraduate students to form a community, and

learn about and utilize resources available to them on campus. There will also be two faculty directors — one from the humanities and another from the STEM field — appointed to the office to serve as additional resources for FGLI students. Penn also announced that it plans to appoint First Plus liaisons in every undergraduate school to provide more targeted resources to these students. Two years ago, Penn became the second university in the Ivy League to open a dedicated resource center for FGLI students. Earlier this year, Penn admitted the greatest number of first-generation students in history. One in every seven students admitted to the Class of 2022 is the first in their family to attend college — up from just one in 20 students who entered Penn in 2005. But despite the increase in programs and funding for these students in recent years — including

programming during school breaks for students who can’t afford to travel home — there have been calls for the University to do more. FGLI students told The Daily Pennsylvanian in January that Career Services lacks the right kind of resources to accommodate their needs. Late last year, several students also expressed confusion over how the University chooses to identify “high-need” students. Seven|Eight, Penn’s FGLI group for Asian Americans, also signed a letter denouncing legacy-based admissions policies and calling for greater transparency from Penn’s admissions office, earlier this semester. The May 1 statement from Gutmann and Pritchett said that their announced steps were chosen after months of research and consultation with Penn students and faculty. The decision comes just a week after the University made another major


The office will be led by a newly-appointed Executive Director. It will also consist of two appointed faculty members and “First Plus” liaisons dedicated to helping first-generation, low-income students.

announcement to appoint a chief wellness officer who will oversee a centralized center of wellness re-

sources. Late in April, administrators also indicated that they were currently

considering a two-year-old proposal from graduate students to establish a central diversity office.


GRADUATING MAJORS AND MINORS OF 2018 MAJORS Michelle Abigan Anthony Anchelowitz Winston (Malcolm) Barrant Caroline Cummings Vanita Flanagan Adam Ginsberg Arlo Gordon Orly Greenberg Ottavio Hartman Emily Hason

Jonathan (Jonny) Ho Alexander Kahn Léa Kichler Wai Wing Lau Ari Lewis Angela Ni Barry Oshiba Dafni Passa Cameron Potter Amanda Prager

Michael Prendergast Tucker Reynolds Roberta Rique Sara Sachs Michael Schwartz Myung Jin (Sally) Shin Karis Stephen Bryn Torres Friedenberg Samantha Yorke

MINORS Arsh Arora Saidah Belo-Osagie Georgia Breit Jonnell Burke Mateo Cabezas Garrett Cayton Caleb Chodosh Marcan Delattre Ryan Draper Mary M. (Emmy) Hancock Anna Hess

Justin Lee Ruihong Liu Zander Lopez Rebeca Maia Liam McGrother Dori Morris Lucy Nebeker Eli Nobler

Jacqueline Olemberg Molly Oretsky Shyenne Puello Malachy Quinn Amanda Reid Alexa Reinfeld Logan Rolin Nicholas Scian Yamir Tainwala Samuel Tedori Wanming (Clare) Teng

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The Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries are made possible with lead support from the Selz Foundation and the William B. Dietrich Foundation, and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and the Coby Foundation.


Penn senior biking across the US to raise awareness Geneva Gondak is embarking on a 75-day journey ZACH JACOBS Contributing Reporter

While many graduating seniors will be spending the summer at a new job or vacationing, current College senior Geneva Gondak is planning something different: a bike trip across the country to raise awareness and money for affordable housing. Gondak is starting the 75-daylong trip just two weeks after graduation with the Philadelphia nonprofit Bike & Build, which organizes five annual cycling trips for 18 to 29-year-olds to help address America’s affordable housing issues. Three of the annual trips, including the one Gondak is taking part in, take riders across the country, while the other two are regionally focused. “A few months ago, I was considering road tripping across the country,” she said. “But then I realized that biking across the country — I thought that was 80 times as cool.” Gondak will be biking an average of 70 miles per day over the trip from Richmond, Va. to Seaside, Ore., stopping every three to five days to help build affordable housing in locations such as Charlottesville, Va., Carbondale, Ill., and Portland, Ore. with organizations like Habitat for Humanity. In addition to these housing projects, riders will be seeing some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. “I’m really excited that my route goes through Yellowstone National Park and part of Grand Teton,” Gondak said. “As someone who is currently at a national outdoor recreation conference, I’m really excited about seeing the national parks.” Each rider has to raise $5,000 before the trip for a grant project Bike & Build does with its riders.


Geneva Gondak, a College senior, is working as part of the Philadelphia nonprofit “Bike & Build” to raise awareness for affordable housing.

Gondak is currently in the process of doing that. “Affordable housing nonprofits across the country can apply for grants and our teams actually gets to sit down and choose where their grant money is going,” Bike & Build’s Outreach Director Lily Goldberg said. Gondak, who grew up in the Bay Area of California, said she has been biking her entire life, but has also witnessed, firsthand, many of the problems that could be addressed by affordable housing initiatives like Bike & Build. “Right now, affordable housing is a huge issue in the Bay Area,” she said. “People are really getting priced out and can’t afford to live in homes they’ve lived in for years.” Gondak also pointed out that the lack of affordable housing in some areas makes daily commutes to work for many Bay Area residents longer. This, in turn, causes more hours spent in a car, and more emissions per person.



The trip appealed to Gondak, she said, not only as someone who has spent her life biking recreationally and as someone interested in affordable housing, but also because of these environmental considerations. According to Goldberg, many of Bike & Build’s applicants come from backgrounds where they don’t need to be actively aware of affordable housing issues, and that the program, in part, aims to educate its participants and those they come into contact with across the country about housing. “A lot of people come into Bike & Build doing it for the adventure and for the cycling aspect of it, and they leave having a really good understanding of what the crisis is across the country, and as advocates for affordable housing,” she said. “Stopping in towns, talking to people about what we’re doing — it’s a very intimate way of getting the message out.”

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We are proud of all of your hard work and achievements, and wish you the best in your future successes!

Salutes its graduating seniors Dilina Abudurexiti Jacob Adler Dhruv Agarwal Megha Agarwal William Agathis Gina Alm Giavanni Alves Anuj Amin Grace Arnold Maya Arthur Connor Augustine Sam Ax Shoba Babu Raquel Banks Sarah Barakso Martin Stephanie Barron John Bartlett Gena Basha Madison Bell-Rosof Lavi Ben-Dor Helen Berhanu Djavaneh Bierwirth Irina Bit-Babik Alexis Block Dani Blum Gregory Boyek Blake Brashear David Cahn Jack Cahn Jeffrey Careyva Sara Cerreta Amy Chan Mitchell Chan Miriam Chappelka Aliya Chaudhry Lacey Chaum Amy Chen Connie Chen Sunnia Chen Wing Hei Emily Cheng Kate Hyekyung Cho Stephan Cho

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email to The Daily Pennsylvanian that Kurzban will no longer be serving as the director of the honors program in the Psychology Department. Since the allegations emerged, the longtime Penn professor has also stepped down from his role as the president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, according to a recent email from the former HBES president Elizabeth Cashdan to members of the society. Cashdan added that she will be assuming the role of actingpresident until the HBES council meets for their annual conference in Amsterdam this July. According to their website, HBES is a society for scholars who study the evolution of human behavior, including evolutionary psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and cultural evolution. In her emailed statement to

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HBES members, Cashdan said Kurzban, who was slated to act as HBES president from 2017-2019, chose to step down because “he did not want [the allegations] to be a distraction to the society.” She added in a separate statement to the DP that Kurzban had stepped down voluntarily. The responses from Penn and HBES come after two different sets of allegations emerged against Kurzban, who has taught at Penn since 2002. On April 11, the DP reported that Kurzban allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship in 2017 with a College freshman while she was a student in his course. On April 25, the DP reported that the psychology professor allegedly had another romantic relationship in 2016 with a student whom he directly oversaw as an advisor. Both of these alleged relationships are apparent violations of

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a decades-old University policy that prohibits sexual relationships between faculty and students for whom they have “supervisory academic responsibility.” This policy, which has been in place since 1995, was recently updated to ban all sexual relations between faculty and undergraduate students regardless of time or context. “The account detailed in the April 26 edition of the Daily Pennsylvanian article concerning our colleague Rob Kurzban is deeply troubling,” ThompsonSchill wrote in a statement to faculty and students in the Psychology department. “We are now doing whatever we can as a department to understand what has happened, and we will continue to cooperate with University officials as they follow proper procedures in this matter. For now, we want to make clear that what was described in this article could not

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be more at odds with our educational and moral values.” University spokesperson Steve MacCarthy confirmed in an email that Penn is looking into the allegations brought against Kurzban but did not address questions asking what exactly the “proper procedures” cited in ThompsonSchill’s message referred to or whether the University shares the Psychology Department’s position that this alleged behavior is contrary to Penn’s “educational and moral values.” In a statement to the DP, Thompson-Schill said she decided to issue the statement to faculty within the Psychology Department because she found the allegations brought against Kurzban “troubling.” “I issued the statement you have seen because it is important that members of the community know that the Psychology Depart-

ment is cooperating in the university’s process for investigating all allegations such as this,” she wrote. “As my statement said, we find the allegations troubling and we, as a department, want to understand what has happened, as, no doubt, you do.” Cashban acknowledged the ongoing investigation into Kurzban’s behavior but did not take on a similar position to ThompsonSchill. “We expect our members to abide by our Code of Conduct at HBES events, but we do not have a statement about Prof. Kurzban’s situation at Penn, nor would we, since it is a Penn matter and is still under investigation,” Cashdan wrote in a statement to the DP. “Prof. Kurzban suggested that he step down so that those events would not be a distraction for HBES, and we appreciate that and agree with it.”

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Watson is Penn’s first player to be drafted since 2002 JONATHAN POLLACK Sports Editor

The best of all-time is on to the big leagues. Penn football star wide receiver Justin Watson has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh pick in the fifth round (144th overall) of

the NFL Draft. Despite not being invited to the NFL Combine, Watson garnered a lot of attention before the draft with a stellar pro day and strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Experts praised both his

work ethic and skills as a wideout, and some had projected him being picked as early as the fourth round. “When they first called, it started to hit me, and I started tearing up and getting emotion-

al,” Watson told Penn Athletics. “And I think after getting off the phone with them, it still felt kind of surreal — still feels like a dream right now, but I’m just soaking in every moment.” Watson is the first Penn play-

er to be drafted since offensive lineman Jeff Hatch was taken in the third round in 2002. He joins four other former Quakers on active NFL rosters, SEE WATSON PAGE 27

Quakers, Olympians shine in 124th edition of Penn Relays

Quakers fall in Ivy championship, qualify for NCAA at-large bid

Women’s 4x100 win college championship race

Princeton scores final three goals to top Penn

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Each year, Penn Relays punctuates an otherwise stressful time on Penn’s calendar with a weekend of fun, hype, and glory at Franklin Field. The Relays’ 124th edition did not disappoint. Across the board of high schoolers, collegiate athletes — including scores of Quakers — and Olympians, this year’s crop of competitors at Penn Relays made headlines in practically every event. For Penn track and field, the meet was highlighted by its first relay title since 2016 and its second since 1974. In the women’s 4x100-meter college championship, the Quakers found themselves up against stiff competition, including Ivy League rivals Cornell and Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Notre Dame. Having just missed out on the Championship of America final by finishing 10th in Thursday’s heats, the team of senior Barbara Biney, senior Taylor McCorkle, freshman Camille Dickson, and sophomore Cecil



Sophomore pole vaulter Sean Clarke was one of the Quakers who took advantage of the Penn Relays, finishing in second place.

Ene stood tall as favorites when the gun went off in the college championship. A tight race saw no leader

emerge throughout, and just two hundredths of a second separated SEE PENN RELAYS PAGE 22


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Most people thought that a conference championship contest between the two regular season co-champions of the Ivy League would go back and forth. But Penn and Princeton women’s lacrosse took that to an entirely new level. Yet in a game that included a staggering seven ties after the opening goal was scored, including four in the second half, the No. 2 seed Quakers never could quite finish their cat-and-mouse game with the No. 1 host. Penn never led in the contest, and Princeton scored the game’s final three goals, earning a 13-10 victory and the accompanying automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. “It was a lot of fight, and I think it was a lot different from the last game [when Princeton beat Penn, 21-8, in the regular season],” Penn


Sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig was as good as usual with four goals for Penn, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Quakers to a win.

coach Karin Corbett told Philly College Sports after. “I think that today, we came out to attack and to win, and we played that way. So I was really proud of my team, after being beat so badly, to come in, get

behind, and still feel that they can compete for all 60 minutes.” With the win, Princeton becomes the first school in Ivy SEE WOMENS LAX PAGE 25


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Ene (45.42) from Notre Dame’s Kyra Lewis (45.44) at the finish line. After a moment’s deliberation, the Quakers celebrated, having won their first relay race since the men’s 4xmile in 2016. “We were hoping to get into the first final, but when we got the top seed in the second one, we were like, ‘Okay, we have to win,’” McCorkle said. “I was so proud of the team as a whole, especially Cecil, because she was the anchor, but she’s normally a 400 runner, so I was really proud of her, too.” The race was Penn’s highlight of the Relays, but the weekend saw a number of other historic performances by athletes in red and blue. In the women’s 3000-meter championship Thursday night, freshman Danielle Orie and senior Abby Hong raced to school record and second best times of 9:23.22 and 9:24.28, respectively, to finish third and fourth in the event. The pair finished just ahead of Orie’s twin sister, Gabrielle Orie of Cornell, to give

the Quakers a high-flying start to the weekend. Another third-place finish for Penn came Friday afternoon, when the women’s shuttle hurdles squad, anchored by sophomore Elena Brown-Soler, placed third in the Championship of America, finishing just behind two powerhouse teams that ran in a separate heat. Their time of 56.43 set a new Ivy League record in the event. But if Friday was the day for relay teams, Saturday was the day for individual Quakers to shine bright. A pair of second-place finishes on the field gave Penn a proud place in the leaderboards. In the high jump, junior and reigning Ivy League indoor champion Anna Malizia leapt 1.78m to take second in the college championship. Later that afternoon, sophomore Sean Clarke vaulted 5.30m to take silver in the men’s pole vault championship. Penn track and field coach Steve Dolan noted that although the crowd at the Relays tends to pay more attention to the track events, his team’s field standouts really stole the show early on Saturday.

“They didn’t quite win them, but they were hanging there right with the best,” Dolan added. Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin attracted all the attention on the track Saturday afternoon. In his team’s USA vs. the World 4x100meter relay race, Gatlin dominated the field and won USA a championship. Afterwards, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, he expressed awe for the crowd in attendance. “[This atmosphere] is unique,” Gatlin said. “It’s not really like measuring against a world championship crowd or an Olympic crowd — this crowd is its own. I mean, look to this community. You don’t get to go to Beijing or the Olympics and see Master’s athletes or grassroots athletes running out there as well. This is the only kind of crowd in America or in the world that’s gonna show you really what the community of track and field really is.” All afternoon, the crowd roared for the meet’s standout athletes, though Jamaicans and Philadelphians were crowd favorites. McCorkle and sophomore Mar-


vin Morgan received the ovations of hometown heroes when they finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s and men’s 100-meter dash college championships. It was a pair of impressive results for the Quakers, given the elite level of competition. National Collegiate Athletic Association perennial sprint powerhouses like Houston and Clemson fielded national champions on Saturday, making McCorkle and Morgan go all-out for their finishes as they dominated the field. When asked why he makes sure to bring his group of elite sprinters to the Penn Relays every year, Houston sprints coach and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis told The DP that it’s a no-brainer — the Penn Relays is one of the best meets in the world. “It’s the biggest meet in the country every year, and it’s on NBC Television. That says it all,” Lewis said. “We like to give our kids a chance to be in front of an incredible crowd like this, because we’re an Olympicbased program … We want to put them in that kind of environment, where they can feel that energy and

excitement from all across the country. It’s always great to be back.” The excitement continued into the evening as the meet’s final events approached. Penn fielded two strong 4x400-meter teams in the men’s college championship and the women’s Championship of America Invitational in an effort to finish their Relays with a bang. The men finished third and the women fourth, capping off a weekend nothing short of memorable. “We had a lot of people involved [this weekend], but we didn’t overload anybody,” Dolan said. “I think you’ll see us at our best next week.” That “next week” referred to the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonals, where the Red and Blue proved Dolan’s words right — and then some. The Penn women earned a school-record 177 points at the meet, beating second-place Harvard by 63 and winning their first outdoor league title since 1988, while the Quakers’ men followed up with their own second-place finish for their top performance in more than a decade.







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Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin headlined Relays Our exclusive conversation with the Penn Relays star

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Justin Gatlin just tore The World to shreds in the 2018 Penn Relays’ edition of the USA vs. The World 4x100-meter relay race, creating enough separation in his second leg that the American squad could not be caught on their way to gold. After dominating the race, the reigning 2017 world champion and five-time Olympic medalist took a few minutes to speak with The Daily Pennsylvanian on the field in an exclusive interview.


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By the time the Quakers got their first shot on goal, it was already too late. Penn men’s lacrosse was thoroughly dominated by No. 1 Yale in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal, falling by the score of 21-6. With the loss, the Quakers’ season is over, being eliminated by Yale in the Ivy semifinals for the third straight season. Statistically speaking, the loss was the worst of the year for the Red and Blue by a large margin. The 21 goals given up by the Quakers (7-8, 3-3 Ivy) was the most they allowed all season. They also turned the ball over 19 times and allowed Yale (13-2, 6-0) to pick up 41

ground balls, both season highs. Yale’s offense was electric all day long. Led by sophomore attackman Matt Gaudet, who scored a career-best seven goals, the Elis were relentless. They picked apart Penn’s zone, and once the Quakers switched over to man coverage, Yale continued to create space and find the open man. The Bulldogs finished the day with an astounding 37 shots on goal, their second-highest total of the season. The first 10 minutes of the game, like most of the night, belonged entirely to Yale. The Bulldogs opened the game on a 5-0 run, and kept Penn from even recording a shot until the Quakers’ first goal with 3:27 left in the first quarter. The Quakers started extremely sloppy, committing turnovers on their first four possessions and getting beat to loose balls. Penn settled in a little bit and started to gain some momentum. The next 10 minutes of play saw a mini 3-0 run from the Red and Blue, which also included fending off two

man-advantages. The Quakers brought the score to 5-3 with about 10 minutes left to play in the second quarter, but that was the closest they would get. The Bulldogs went on another 5-0 run, including a two-minute stretch where they scored three straight goals without surrendering control of the ball. The Quakers just had no response to Yale’s aggressiveness, and the goals kept adding up. All told, Yale finished the half up 12-4, which marked the most first-half goals Penn had given up all season, and more than it had given up in all but four games in total. Yale’s dominance shows up in the stat sheet, but even that fails to capture just how much better it played than the Quakers. The second half was just more of the same. Yale kept Penn off the board until very late in the fourth quarter when the game was all but over, and continued to keep pressing for more goals on the other end. Despite a good resume, Penn now is no longer eligible for


Junior goalie Reed Junkin’s best efforts couldn’t keep No. 1 Yale off the scoreboard in Penn’s 21-6 semifinal loss. Despite the scoreline, Junkin managed 16 saves against the Elis in 56 minutes of play.

an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, as the loss puts them under .500 for the season.

It’s a disappointing end to the season for the Red and Blue, but after being outed by Yale

yet again, there’s plenty of motivation to work hard in the offseason and come back stronger.

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courtesy of junior Nicole Macco’s clearance of 4.01m. Penn women could not stop winning the whole weekend, receiving points from all but five of the 22 events and outscoring second-place Harvard by an incredible gap of 63 points. But the women weren’t the only stars this weekend. The men also showed out well among talented competition, securing a clear second place with five champions of their own. The Red and Blue took home a pair of wins in jumps, as senior Mike Monroe took first place in the high jump and sophomore Sean Clarke pole vaulted his way to victory. Monroe’s mark of 2.11m was enough to for his second Heps victory in four years, and Clarke claimed his first Heps win with his height of 5.36m. The Penn men continued their good form on the track, making history all weekend. Sophomore twins Will and Colin Daly took first and second in the 3,000m steeplechase, handing Penn its fifth consecutive win in the event. Sophomore Anthony Okolo gave the Quakers their first win in the 400m hurdles since 2003,

surprising the home crowd with his personal best time of 51.79. His victory was followed by junior Calvary Rogers with a first-place showing in the 200m, whose time of 21.11 was good enough for his fourth Heps title (second outdoor). Freshman Marvin Morgan was right behind Rogers all day, setting a personal best 10.56 for fourth in the 100m and coming fifth in the 200m. The team’s efforts were good for 142 points, 36 behind winners Princeton at 178 but far above Cornell in third with 81. Like the women, the men scored in 17 of the 22 events and had 30 athletes pick up team points. All in all, the Red and Blue came ready to compete this weekend and it showed. 15 champions combined with first and second-place finishes is the best outdoor showing the Quakers have put together in many years. Both teams will look to carry the positive momentum into next weekend’s ECAC Championships and then on to the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in the coming weeks. Let’s see if they can keep up the dominance.


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all of whom have graduated in the past five years: quarterback Alek Torgersen of the Arizona Cardinals, linebacker Brandon Copeland of the New York Jets, center Greg Van Roten of the Carolina Panthers, and tight end Ryan O’Malley of the New York Giants. “I try to tell so many guys, we got guys that can play. And moving forward, having gone around and played in the East-West Bowl and the Shrine Bowl, I know there are guys that are graduating next year [from Penn] that can play in the NFL,” Watson said. “So I just wanna show that you can come Penn, get a great degree, and get drafted.” The Bridgeville, Pa. native leaves Penn as inarguably the most decorated wide receiver in program history. He graduates with a bevy of school records to his name: most career receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and all-purpose yards, as well as the singleseason records for receptions,



receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His senior season was perhaps his most impressive. Watson finished the year with 14 receiving touchdowns, a new program record, and caught at least one touchdown pass in all 10 games, become the only Ivy League player ever to do so. He also became the only Ivy receiver to ever catch a pass in all 40 career games. Watson joins a Buccaneers team, which, despite finishing 5-11 a season ago, has a franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston and an elite reciever in Mike Evans. Behind Evans is a veteran presence in DeSean Jackson and a young slot receiver in Adam Humphries, who will be a free agent at the end of this season. At 6-foot-3, Watson has become the second-tallest receiver for the Buccaneers, only two inches shorter than Evans. “[When the phone] said Tampa, Florida on it, I just rushed with emotion ... the GM [Jason Licht] said, ‘in two picks, we’re gonna make you a Tampa Bay Buc, how does that sound?’ and

I was just so excited,” Watson said. “It was the place I wanted to play in from the beginning; I love the receivers coach [Skylar Fulton], I love the offensive coordinator [Todd Monken], and it’s gonna be a great place for me.” Watson will likely compete for a roster spot from the outset, and figures to be a special teams player and battle for a spot on offense as a receiver in four- and five-wide sets. Coincidentally, if Watson makes the roster, he will be teammates with fellow Ivy League products in starting tight end and 2014 Harvard graduate Cameron Brate and backup quarterback and 2005 Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick. Watson still has plenty of work left to make the opening day roster. But as a fifth-round pick, his NFL dream is in great shape. “You might not know me yet, but I’m a worker,” Watson said when asked for his message to Buccaneers fans. “I’ve worked every day to get here, and I promise I’ll keep working once I get down to Tampa.”

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Anuj Amin

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so proud of our superstar graduate! Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and success will surely follow. Love and blessings, Mom, Dad, Priya, Ba & Dada

Anthony Anchelowitz

Congratulations, Anthony! What an incredible achievement! May your passion and drive always guide you. Never give up on your dreams! We love you, Bud! Mom, Dad & Alyssa

Gena Basha

We are soo proud - from Rochambeau, to Wilson, to Penn, you have accomplished so much! Love, Mama, Baba, Maya & your entire extended family!!

Madison Bell-Rosof

We are so proud of you, Madison! We love you, Mom & Dad

Michael Cabangon

CONGRATULATIONS, WES! Cheers!!! We love you, Dad, Mom & Matt



John George Armstrong

Congratulations, John George! We are so very proud of you! Wishing you continued success and happiness. We love you! Love, Nana, Mom, Dad & James (Future Quaker â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;22)

Adarsh Battu

Jack Becker

Congratulations, Adarsh!

Congratulations, Jack!

We are so proud of you. Wishing you good luck and success all through your life.

We are so proud of your success at Penn, but prouder of the amazing person that you are.

Love, Mom, Dad & Akshay

Love, Mom & Dad

Daniel Borislow

Congratulations, Danny, We are so proud of you! Love, Mom & Kylie

Blake Brashear

Blake We wish you great happiness and success! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Alex, Sam & Caro

Chris Cahill

Your last 4 years: diligence, inspiring speakers, volunteering, great friends, being challenged, learning lessons, research, traveling. Next 40: the same! Love & congratulations from all of your family!

Garrett Cayton

Congratulations, Garrett! We are so proud of you! You lived your dream. Wishing the rest of your dreams come true. Love, Mom, Dad, Lindsay & Derek



Sara Cerreta

We’re so proud of your ability to set goals and attain them. May your life always be a fulfilling journey. All our love, Mom & Dad

Jack Cody

Congratulations to our superstar, Jack Cody! We are very proud of you. Wishing you much success!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!! Love, Mom, Dad, Nicholas & Uncle Deborah

Isabella Cuan


Louisa Colas

Here’s to you and a job very well done! Congratulations! Love, Mom & Dad

Madeline Decker

Kyle DeLuca

Graduating in style! Yep, you’ve been ready for this since you were three! Congratulations! We are SO proud of you!

Congratulations, Mady!! We are very proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished at Penn! Go Quakers!!

Words cannot express how proud we are of you! Congratulations on all your hard work. Wishing you great success!


Love, Mom, Dad, Christine, Caroline & Michael

Love, Mom & Dad

Christopher D’Urso

Congratulations, Christopher! You’re an amazing person and we’re so proud of your incredible accomplishments! We are the world’s luckiest parents! We love you with all our heart, Mom & Dad

Victoria Fishman

Victoria, Working hard for something you love is called PASSION! We’re so excited to watch you change the world!! We’re so very proud! Mom, Dad, Ethan & Adam

Benjamin Facey

Congratulations, Benjamin! You did it! Enjoy the moment, for you deserve it! We are so very proud of you! With love today, and always, Mom, Dad & Hannah

Matt Foman

Jake Fischer

Hurrah! Jake, What an amazing journey! Congratulations to our Wharton grad! Keep following your dreams and doing great things!!! So proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Dani & Rob

Claire Frankel

Yay Matt!!!

Congratulations, CJ!

Way to go - We are so proud of you!!!

You’ve come a long way since your first phone. We’re so proud of you!

Love your Modern Family: Mom, Lexi, Dad, Harvey, Grandmas Rae & Muriel, Leslie, Amy, Scott, Jimmy, et al!

Lots of love, Jason, David, Mom & Dad


Liam Gallagher

Congratulations, Liam! So proud of all you have accomplished and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! Love, Mom, Dad & Meagan

Travis Gosse

Congratulations, Felipe, on your graduation!

We are so proud of you! Wishing you the brightest future and success!

We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. Wish you continued success and happiness!

We love you! Mom, Rick & Hannah

Love, Mom, Dad & Marina

Noah Hollin

Congratulations on 4 great years!!! Continue learning, celebrate success and keep smiling! We’re so proud!

Congratulations, Noah!!

Love, Mom & Dad (& your siblings, too!)

Love, Mom & Dad

Congratulations, Edmund! We love you, Edmund. We are so very proud of you. With much love from your family and friends

Brittany Kaplan

Felipe Haddad

Congratulations on your graduation, Travis!

Nolan Hill

Edmund Hundley



We are so proud of you! Wishing you a big and bright future!! We love you!!

Brandon Johnson

Congratulations, Brandon!! “The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Oh, Happy Days are here again!! Love you to life, Mom, Dad, Bryan & Kyle

Marcus J. Katz

John Holmes

Congratulations, blue eyes! We love you. xoxoxo Mom, Dad, Katie & Pat

Jacob Kahn

Congratulations, Jacob! May your future be filled with wonderful health, happiness, prosperity, family and friends, and a lifetime of learning. Love, Mom, Dad, Julia & Marc

Alyssa Kelly


Congratulations, Marcus!

Congratulations on your graduation! We love you and are so proud of you!

Well done! We are so proud of you, and wish you happiness and success in your adventures ahead.

We celebrate your graduation knowing that Penn has challenged you to grow in ways you never imagined! Beyond proud!!

Love, Mom, Dad, Courtney & Austin

Love, Mum, Bob & Luca

Love, Mom, Dad, Nicole, Mikey & Marissa



Saumya Khaitan

Isabel Kim

Congratulations, Saum!

Amazing work, Isabel!

We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. Wishing you success and happiness. We love you!

We’re so very proud of you! Big congrats and wishing you all the best!

Love, Babaji, Ma, Papa & Mom

Love, Mom & Dad

Noah Klayman

We’re so proud of you. We love you to the moon and back...

We love you and are very proud of you! Your exciting future awaits! Now, it’s time to celebrate!

Excited to share what comes next! Mom, Dad & Julia

Love, Mom, Dad & Catherine

Your talent and hard work brought you such an amazing achievement. Proud of you! Love you tons! Mom, Dad & BRO Soheil

Zachary Landow

ConGRADulations! We are very proud of you and wish you success and happiness as we celebrate your graduation from Penn!

Joe Klinger

Congratulations, Joe!


Benjamin Klausner

Love, Dad, Mom, Sara & Bruiser

Congratulations, Noah!

Kasra Koushan


Kyle Kuhns

It has been a joy and privilege to watch you grow up into the talented young man you are. Best wishes for a bright future! Love, Mom & Dad

Cristina Leon

Ivana Kohut

May God bless and keep you always. It has been a joy sharing your “Reach for the Moon” journey. Hugs and kisses always, Dad & Mami

Michael Kwok

Congratulations, Michael! We are so proud! We wish you success! Venture forth, “Be the Very Best” and “Catch ‘Em All!” All our love, Mommy, Daddy, Alex & James

Maxwell Levy

Congratulations, Zachary!

Congratulations, Cristi!

Dear Max:

Here’s to your exciting future and the happiness that comes with it. We are so proud of you!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

You’ve made Ben Franklin--and us--proud! Now go fly your kite all the way to Julliard! Hurrah Hurrah.

Love, Mom, Dad & Bailey

Te Amamos, Mom, Sergio, Julian & Yulli

All our love, Mom, Dad, Kristen & Scooter




Malia Mandl

Olivia Matlin

Congratulations, way to go!

Way to go, Liv,

Papa is proud of you and so are we all.

(and look out, world...) you rock...!

Love, Mom

We love you, Mom, Dad, Kaos, Cabot & Pip!

Dori Morris

Elena Modesti

Dear Schnuckleputz! We delight in you, love you and always are rooting for you! Tanti Baci! Love, Mom, Dad & Liam

Kristen Moss

Connor Mounts

Way To Go, Dori!!!

Congrats, Kmoss!


Congratulations! Four fantastic years, a lifetime of memories. We’re so proud of you!

We’re so proud of your accomplishments. Can’t wait to have you in NYC!

We are proud and excited! You will no doubt make an impact that is good and helpful to others.

Love, Mom, Dad, Evan, Griffie, Brady & Reggie

Love, Your family

Love, The Fam!

Ellen Naruse

Congratulations, Ellen!

Francesca Nicoletti

Aliza Ohnouna


You did it your way, and we could not be prouder!!! Be the change you wish to see!

Proud of our adorable little girl who has grown into a wonderful woman! We love you so much, Francesca Nicoletti!

Love, Mom, Dad & Robert

Love, Mom & Dad

Love, Mom, Dad & Bob Dylan’s Wisdom

Colleen O’Malley

Awaiting the many surprises we know you will bring to life. We all love you so much! Love, Mom, Dad, Erin & Claire

Donato Onorato

You fill our hearts with joy! May G-d bless and keep you always! May your wishes all come true!

Jacob Pardo

You did it! We are so proud of your accomplishments. May all your hopes and dreams come to fruition.

Congratulations, Jacob!!

Love, Mom & Dad

With much love, Mom, Dad, Jordan, Matthew & Izzy

Hold onto the wonderful experiences you’ve had here at Penn. We are so proud of you!!



Josh Pompan

Emily Pugh

Congratulations, Emily! It was quite a run! So proud of you! Always a Quaker! On to your next adventure!

We are so proud of you and everything you have accomplished!! We know it’s only the beginning...

Love, Mom, Dad & Alyssa

We love you! Love, Mom, Dad & Sarah

Amanda Reid

Alexa Reinfeld

Congratulations! Congratulations, Amanda! We’re all very proud! :)

Isabela Victoria Rovira

We are so proud of you. It is quite clear that you were born to be a Quaker. Love, Mom & Dad


Abhirup Ramachandiran

Abhi, Congratulations on your graduation. You did great with more to come. We are very proud and joyful! With love and wishes, Anu, Mom & Dad

Kyle Rosen

Congratulations to Kyle and the Class of 2018! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Love, Mom, Dad, Jamie, David & Rachel

Brandon Sack

Danny Sample

Congratulations, Isabela!



That wide eyed little girl is still in there. We are proud of your achievements!

You are AMAZING!!! We love you more than anything!!

We are incredibly proud of you and what you’ve accomplished during your four years at Penn!

Love, Mom, Dad, Miguel & Lola Mila

Love, Mom, Dad & Lindsay

Love always, Mom, Dad & Dean

Claire Schmidt

Congratulations, Claire You did it.... We are so proud and happy for you! With so much love from, Mom, Dad, Emma & Isabel

Cole Severance

Congratulations, Cole! We are so very proud of you. Wishing you all the success in the world. Love you lots, Aunt Stephanie & Grandma

Chloe Shakin

Dearest Chloe, We cannot possibly be more proud of you. You are exceptional in EVERY way! Congratulations baby girl! We love you immensely! Mom, Dad, Jillian & Myles


Sheridan Small



Dan Spinelli

Karis Stephen

Congratulations, Dan!


We are so proud of our Phi Beta Kappa, Ivy League graduate!

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often. We love you!

Congratulations on your graduation! We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished!

Mom, Dad, Sydney, Sheridan & Gipsi

Love, Dad, Mom, Andrea & Brenda

Love, Mom, Dad, Bijan & Kalon

Zoe Stoller

Jillian Stone

Congratulations, Zoe!

Congratulations, Little J!

We are so proud of you and love you to infinity! May all your dreams come true!

I am so proud of you and know your future will be as big as your eyes.

With love, Mom, Dad, Jessie & Maddie

Love you always, Big D <3

Matthew Strahan

Congratulations. We are so proud of you. Love, Mom, Dad & Theo

Rachel Walter

Alexander van den Brink

Love you bunches! Mom, Dad & Reid

Congratulations, Jill! With love and pride today and always! Love, Mom & Dad

Rathnam Venkat


Congratulations, Rathnam!

You made it look so easy. We are so very proud. Cheers to you on this happy day!

We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished! Wishing you happiness always!

With love, Mamma, Papá & Lucas

Love, Atha, Appa, Easan & Kathir

Zach Walters

CONGRATULATIONS, ZACH! This girl was always ready to take on the world. Can’t wait to see what you take on next!

Jillian Stone

Remember everything you’ve overcome to accomplish this dream. Now dream bigger, and know you have what it takes. We are so proud of you!! Love, Dad & Christine

Haley Weiss

Mazel-Tov, Halester! We’re so proud of you and excited for your future! Stay kind, humble, spunky, and fearless. Write on! All our love, Mom, Dad & Drew


Gerhard Mennen Williams, IV


Mane Williams

Congratulations, Willzer!


We are so proud of you and wish you success as this chapter closes and the next opens.

You are amazing and we are so very proud of you! WE LOVE YOU!

Love, Mom, Dad & Samantha

Love, ~ Your Loving Family ~

Jaclyn Woodward

Congratulations to our Super Star!!

Victoria Yue Xiao


Carolyn Wong

Congratulations, Carolyn! We are all proud of you!

Maia Yoshida

We couldn’t be more proud of you and can’t wait to see what comes next!!

We are so proud of you and your accomplishment and feel so lucky to have you in our life. Congratulations!

Congratulations, Maia!

Love always, Your Crazy Family (too many people to list!!)

Love, Dad, Mom & Melissa

All our love, Mom, Dad & Nina

Matthew Zwimpfer

This is only the beginning of all you will achieve! We are so proud of you!

Letter from the President To the Amazing Class of 2018: When I welcomed you to Penn at Convocation in September four years ago, I urged that during your time here you work to discover what unites us all. In some respects, August of 2014 may seem like a lifetime ago. We leave college so very changed from when we entered it that we can come to think of ourselves as different people. In some ways, we are. The self you remember before Penn was not nearly as worldly, wise and wonderful as your after Penn self that emerges today.

CONGRATULATIONS, MATTHEW “Z”! We are so proud of you. We have enjoyed sharing your UPENN experience and discovering beautiful Philadelphia. Love, Mom, Dad, Charly, Teeny, Holly & Ryder, Vancouver, Canada

“So love your self, love your work, love the people around you. Dare to love those who are different from you, no matter where they’re from, what they look like and who they love.” Singer/Songwriter John Legend Penn Commencement, 2014

Yet despite all your experiences and the many changes you have undergone, one constant remains. From the day you arrived through to this day you depaii, you have been, and are, and will always be, an exceptionally capable, talented, and caring Class. As individuals and together as a Class you have done great things — on the playing fields, in our community, and in laboratories, classrooms, and seminars touching on every academic discipline. Because of your effmis, the Class of 2018 leaves Penn a fuller, richer, more exciting and dynamic institution than when you arrived. Most importantly of all, in your time here you have discovered what unites us — both as members of the Penn family and as concerned and caring citizens of the world. I hope in the rush to pack up and meet the future you will have some quiet moments to reflect on how much you have grown through your Penn education. Were there peers or faculty members who helped you see and understand the world in a new and deeper context? Let them know. The friends you have made here and the lessons you have learned will only grow in importance in the years ahead. It has been an enormous pleasure to get to know you over the past four years. I say with complete confidence the world needs your optimism, your enthusiasm, and the unique insights you will bring to our planet’s toughest challenges. Nothing gives me greater hope for the future than knowing a new generation of Penn graduates is on the way. Remember us always and do the good work. Penn is immensely proud of you, as am I. With hearty congratulations,

Amy Gutmann

2018 Graduation Issue  
2018 Graduation Issue