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A look at Corbett’s decision to back down on gay marriage

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Presidential Prof. to join Africana Dept.

Heather Andrea Williams will join the department on July 6 BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer

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With a gubernatorial election on the horizon, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced in a statement that despite his religious opposition to same-sex marriage, he will not appeal last week’s federal court decision overturning the state’s Defense of Marriage Act.

Corbett chose not to appeal the court decision legalizing gay marriage BY JENNIFER WRIGHT Staff Writer Wedding bells rang out statewide following Governor Tom Corbett’s Wednesday announcement that he would not appeal the federal judge’s decision striking down the ban of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

As an opponent to samesex marriage on the grounds of his religious beliefs, Corbett said in a statement, “I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. My duties as governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the Courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal. The Daily Pennsylvanian examined some of Corbett’s possible motivations for

choosing not to challenge the ruling.

Election on the horizon With a gubernatorial election looming in November, the issue of same-sex marriage is now off the table as ammunition for Democratic nominee for governor Tom Wolf. Rogers Smith , Penn professor of political science, explained that since Corbett

is seeking re-election and “his poll numbers are low,” his decision may impact his campaign for re-election. “He correctly decided they were likely to lose on appeal and there was no point in extending state funds to end up on the losing side of a controversial issue,” Smith said. When it comes to the reaction of those who supported the ban, “They will be disappointed,” Smith said, but SEE MARRIAGE PAGE 2

When Africana Studies department chair Barbara Savage came to School of A rts and Sciences Dean Steven Fluharty to suggest hiring historian Heather Andrea Williams, “I think my reaction was ‘wow, can we get her?’” he remembers. “My reaction was immediate. Let’s do it.” Williams specializes in African American slavery and has written two books on the topic, the first of which started as her dissertation and became, Selt-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom. On July 1, Williams will join the Africana Studies depart-

ment as the sixth recipient of the Presidential Professorship. The professorship is sponsored in part by a $2 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was conceived as part of the Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence. “She brings a much-needed dimension of history,” Africana Studies department chair Barbara Savage said. The multi-disciplinary department also includes professors specializing in political science, sociology, and music among other fields. Her latest project, supported by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, breaks the boundaries of the page. She is creating a documentary and archive of interviews with Jamaicans who migrated to the SEE PRESIDENTIAL PAGE 2

Charles Plaza bids farewell to Kelly Writers House to build new recording studio loyal students and alumni The new recording studio will be part of a two-story addition BY JESSICA WASHINGTON Contributing Writer A summer expansion project at the Kelly Writers House is sure to make waves — sound waves, that is. The Kelly Writers House broke ground last week on the new Kelly Family Annex and other improvements. The house’s staff teamed up with the Facilities and Real Estate

Services to plan a two-story addition that will include a new digital studio for audio and video recording. The addition will also include an exterior porch, oriented toward the garden area, that will accommodate small-size outdoor events including performances. Cur rently, the Wr iters House gives students free access to online digital recordings of poetry, fiction and other literary materials. This summer’s expansion will greatly increase its ability to distribute the free materials

to students. According to a representative from FRES, the addition will maintain the character and structure of the original building. “[FRES] is pleased to be working with the Kelly Writers House on this important project,” said Michael Bausch, FRES executive director of design and construction. Bausch noted that the Perry World House and the 38th Street bridge — formally known as Generational Bridge — will also be under construction this summer. ■

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The addition will bring a new digital studio for audio and video recording, as well as an exterior porch, which will accommodate small-size outdoor events and performances.

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The “Best BYO to Get Rowdy” shut its doors for good on May 4 BY KATHERINE CHANG Staff Writer

This summer, Penn students will have to find a new restaurant with seven-course meals and red solo cups. After over 20 years of service to the Penn and Philadelphia communities, popular Chinatown restaurant Charles Plaza closed its doors on May 4. Voted “Best BYO to Get Rowdy” in the Daily Pennsylvanian’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Best of Penn, many Penn students f requented Charles Plaza. Owner Charles Chen recounted fond memories of the Penn fraternities, sororities and clubs that dined there. Over the years, he has served many students from their freshman years to their graduations, as well as many alumni upon their return to Philadelphia. Chen recounted the disappointment he felt when notifying a 2011 graduate that his May 17 reservation during graduation festivities had to be cancelled after the restaurant closed for business. “He always brings people back to the restaurant. It’s like he’s bringing them home,” Chen said of the loyal patron. “...Then I was cancelling the reservation, he

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Due to a “sky high” rent following a change in building ownership, Charles Chen closed his restaurant. He hopes to reopen at another location in the future. almost cried.” Chen attributed the termination to a 2013 change in building ownership, saying that the new rent was “sky high.” However, he is currently looking for a new location to continue his restaurant. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in Chinatown, out of Chinatown or in University City — my first priority is to come back for the students,” he said, laughing.

In the meantime, Chen plans to continue his daytime work in traditional Chinese medicine. He has been working with various chiropractors for the past 30 years, and is preparing for a teaching position in anatomy and physiology. “From my heart, I appreciate all the Penn students these years. They’ve supported me and helped me,” Chen said. “I love them all. Every single one.” ■

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Penn alum to compete on Food Network Star

Emma Frisch has gone from small kitchens to national television BY MADELINE MCCALLUM Staff Writer Her Instagram is full of pictures fit for the cover of Real Simple Magazine. Her website features delicious yet nutritious dishes such as rutabaga hummus and chai shortbread cookies. She’s a first generation American and has family on five different continents. Emma Frisch, a College alumna, cur rently residing in upstate New York, is a food blogger and the owner of Frisch Kitchen, where she showcases her culinary talents and brings nontraditional, healthy food back to the table. She will be a contestant on the Food Network’s show “Food Network Star”, premiering this Sunday, June 1 at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Frisch transferred from the University of Maryland to Penn because “she wasn’t able to customize what [she] wanted

to study.” At Penn, she “felt so supported by the community to follow [her] passion and build whatever [she] wanted to.” While a student, Frisch took advantage of every kitchen she found — whether tiny, communal or lacking in cleanliness — to further develop this passion that had been instilled in her since childhood. “I was raised cooking with my mom, and she just made phenomenal food. I don’t think I was really able to appreciate it until I went to college,” she said. Being on a meal plan definitely brought out the creative side in Frisch’s cooking. She became a vegetarian to accommodate for the high price of meat, although she admits she is the “biggest omnivore” now. “I realized that food was really important… I was missing the flavor and the healthy feeling I had growing up,” Frisch said about the beginning of her college experience. The first dish she mastered was sauté and stir-fry. She recommended this cooking style as a great way to start off, because “you

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Emma Frisch is currently a food blogger and owner of Frisch Kitchen. As a student at Penn, she co-founded the Farm to Table program and the Farmecology club. can put everything in one pan and end up with a complete meal.” While at Penn, Frisch cofounded the Farm to Table

program, which has taken off in the Philadelphia area. With help from the Fox Leadership Program, Frisch helped create the Farmecology club, which


Incoming freshman Tansylu Gimadeeva prepares for ‘overly free American society’ Penn is much different from her home in southwestern Russia BY JESSICA MCDOWELL Staff Writer For Tansylu Gimadeeva, a new member of the Class of 2018, Penn is worlds away. Growing up in the Republic of Tatarstan in southwestern Russia, Gimadeeva is used to the “rustic” feel of nature and her village at home. She comes from “Muslim family with strict moral rules and regulations,” she said, and wasn’t even sure she wanted to leave Russia for college until she received her acceptance from Penn. Despite what she expects will be a “small cultural and mentality shock,” Gimadeeva has remained positive a nd op en - m i nde d ab out moving to the United States to attend Penn. “It might be difficult for me to get used to the overly free American society, but I hope to get used to it and become an even more openminded person,” she said. “I guess in the USA I will have more freedom, more prospects for development and even less free time than I have here.” Gimadeeva was convinced to join the tens of thousands of students who apply regular decision to Penn each

“I have a lot of anticipation of loving it” PRESIDENTIAL from page 1 U.S. in the 1950s and 60s. She seeks to answer the question of “what’s it like to come to a place struggling with racial discrimination where in Jamaica that had not been an issue,” Williams said, emphasizing that class conflict was a more prominent struggle in Jamaica at the time. Despite her technologically ambitious undertaking, Williams said, “When I bought the video camera to do this project, it was the first time I ever used a video camera.” She said that by taking classes and getting tutored by her students on how to use the technology, she learned to empathize more with her students who come to her with different levels of knowledge. Still, some of her students

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Tansylu Gimadeeva was recognized as one of the best English speakers in her country after she competed in the National English Olympiad of Russia. year by her cousin, who also studied at an American university. Her cousin introduced her to “the American educ at ion a l sy st em a nd Penn in par ticular,” she said. As an international student, Gimadeeva did a significant amount of research about the University before applying. In particular, she found biology professor Brian Gregory’s research on

already see her as a compassionate and understanding teacher. “Her greatest asset is that she leads by example,” sixthyear UNC doctoral student and one of Williams’ advisees Shannon Eaves said. “She doesn’t expect anything of you that she doesn’t also expect of herself.” One of these expectations is creativity, which she says is her favorite part about teaching. In one of her classes, students participate in a mock trial, where she also employs her legal background. Before her ten-year-long professorship at the University of North Carolina’s Department of History, Williams practiced civil rights law and litigating. She found her passion in teaching at Saint Ann’s, the Brooklyn private school she attended after moving from Jamaica when she was 11 years old, which led her to pursue her PhD in history at Yale. In a “Maymester” class, a three-week class over the summer at UNC, Williams brought students to Charles-

RNA silencing pathways to be fascinating. She hopes to major in biology and has expressed interest in molecular biology and genetics in particular. She ended up deciding between Penn and Johns Hopk i ns Universit y, a nd eventually committed to Penn. “It was a hard decision to make, but I always knew I would choose Penn because

ton, SC to experience firsthand the place where many slaves lived. “One of the things that Heather has always conveyed to me that kept me motivated and going is that the stories of the people we’re studying are important and need to be told,” Eaves said. “Even when there were times when I wanted to give up, I remembered that if I didn’t keep going, this would be a story that someone would never know.” Her colleague and department chair of History at UNC, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, recognized Williams’ unique talent for making her research relatable. “She keeps her eye on the human dimension of the story,” Brundage said. “It makes what she talks about very poignant.” Williams’ commitment to the lives of her students as well as the lives of her research subjects is also noteworthy. Mishio Yamanaka, a third-year graduate student at UNC who moved from Japan just before entering her

it appeals to me. I do not know how to express it; just my gut feeling is that I have to be there,” she said. Throughout high school, Gimadeeva was involved in countless extracurricular activities, which she thinks made her application stand out to the Admissions Office. “I took part in every possible activity in my city … scientific clubs, community service, charity organizations, music, and I even organized a tutoring program,” she said. Just a few weeks ago, Gimadeeva participated in the National English Olympiad of Russia, where she was recognized as one of the best English-speakers in the entire country. While at Penn, Gimadeeva hopes to continue with a number of the activities she did in high school, as well as try new activities like sports. Overall, she hopes to enrich her undergraduate experience with new experiences that she has not tried in Russia. “I am looking forward to meeting new people from all over the world and getting new knowledge. I am a total bookworm,” she said. “Surely, as I already said, the culture will be different, the society will be more diverse and the people at Penn will be more interesting. That is what I hope for,” she added.

graduate program, said that Williams helped her make the transition to life in the United States. When Yamanaka found it difficult to adjust, Williams, her advisor, suggested she find a non-academic hobby to enjoy, so Yamanaka took up biking. “She did not only care about students’ academic ability, but also about students’ lives,” Yamanaka said. At Penn, Williams said she is most excited to engage with students and the Philadelphia community. “Philadelphia will end up becoming a classroom for us,” she said. She also hopes to create an oral history project, similar to the one she is creating for her documentary, of the African Diaspora, a project that would be “something that is singular to Penn,” Savage said. Although her colleague and advisees said they are sad to see her go, Williams is hopeful for her future at Penn. “I’m leaving a place that I love and I’m going to a place where I have a lot of anticipation of loving it,” she said.

taught members about food distribution in Philadelphia. She spent a couple months traveling around the Philadelphia area to learn how food

Gay marriage now moot for Nov. election MARRIAGE from page 1 added, “The bet he’s making is that their disappointment will not be strong enough to determine their vote.”

Not worth the fight... John Stapleton, Attorney for the law f ir m Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, represented the plaintiffs in the case. “The writing on the wall is that it’s a matter of time before we have marriage equality in all 50 states,” Stapleton said, noting how 44 percent of the U.S. population currently lives in a state with legal same-sex marriage. The case saw a quick turnaround — having been filed just last summer — and follows a high rate of success seen for attempts to strike down bans on same-sex marriage cases in federal courts around the country. “ G i v e n t he h i g h le g a l threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal,” Corbett said in his statement. Law School professor Kermit Roosevelt noted that the issue of same-sex marriage is becoming a “legal question rather than a factual question.” Smith said: “Since there is no evidence of harm, there is no real argument other

travels between farms and the city. Now, Frisch wants to teach what she learned to others since farm to fork currently sounds “really intimidating and more romanticized to people.” One of her goals is to help people find simpler and more accessible avenues to living a farm to fork lifestyle. Frisch started an online cooking show on her blog,, last summer. Her cousin recommended that she apply to be on “Food Network Star”. “It seemed like such a great fit,” Frisch admitted. “It has more of a positive feeling to it than most reality shows...[it was] something I was willing to get behind.” As for her goals for being on the show, Frisch said that she hopes to win. “I’m excited about being able to share what I love about food with so many more people,” she said. Frisch admits that cooking and experimenting with food has become trendier. “Cooking as a career is something that people are getting excited about,” she said.

than people have religious or moral objections and that isn’t sufficient to deny people these rights.”

... Or worth the money “It also makes a lot of sense for a state that has a lot of issues going on right now. [Pennsylvania] can focus its resources on good things rather than trying to support discriminatory laws,” Stapleton said. H a v i n g a l r e a d y s p e nt $558,000 to defend the ban, it would not have been fiscally responsible to keep the battle going, according to a Pennsylvania Treasury Press Release from May 21. Roosevelt explained how not a single state court decision regarding same-sex mar r iage has been overturned since United States v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case that put the decision in the hands of the states. “It’s still an issue that could motivate part of the Republican base to go out and vote,” he said, but he added that there is a younger generation of Republicans who might not have supported the ban. “It would not have helped him [politically] to be in opposition to same-sex marriage,” Roosevelt said. With the standing precedent of success in other states, Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord advised Corbett in the Treasur y’s press release prior to to Corbett’s statement on Wednesday, “Here is an easy choice: Don’t waste any more money on court battles the majority of Pennsylvania citizens don’t want to wage.”

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Heather Andrea Williams is excited to engage with students and the Philadelphia community when she takes her new position on July 6.



Penn grads apt for asset management, ranking shows


University announces Law Professor as inaugural director of Perry World House

By Luke Chen

A new report by analytics company eVestment demonstrates popularity by measuring the amount of Penn alumni in asset management firms. Careers in finance are a popular choice for many Penn students, especially for Wharton undergraduates and Wharton MBA students. Penn ranks first in the "total number of alumni working as key professionals at asset management firms." according to the eVestment report. Penn is also ranked first by eVestment as placing the most alumni as "key professionals at asset management firms" out of all American universities.

Nationwide universities ranked by number of graduates in investment management firms 1. University of Pennsylvania 2. Harvard University 3. Columbia University 4. University of Chicago 5. New York University 6. Stanford University 7. Northwestern University 8. UCLA 9. UC Berkeley 10. Boston College 11. Cornell University 12. MIT 13. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 14. University of Virginia 15. Yale University

29% of Penn graduates go into finance



of Wharton of Wharton undergrads go undergrads go into i-banking into investment management * data from Penn 2013 Career Plan Survey Report

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As inaugural director of Perry World House, William Burke-White plans to shape the iniative into a conjunction of Penn’s international pursuits. “The World House will be able to create connections and cross-fertilize ideas around the University,” Burke-White said.

William Burke-White will turn House into an international hub BY ALISON ELLIOT Staff Writer The University announced that Law School professor William Burke-While will be the inaugural director of the upcoming Perry World House. Burke-White plans to shape the initiative — scheduled to open at Locust Walk and 38th street in January 2016 — into an international hub. He sees the House as a place to connect different facets of Penn’s international relations research as well as expose the University to global discussions. “[The] World House will be able to create connections and cross-fertilize ideas around the University,” Burke-White said, “not by offering degrees or becoming a pure public policy school, but in terms of a place to convene conversations and link the global and the policy world together.”

Burke-White said that he plans to embark on a ”‘listening tour” around the University to take the pulse of current international pursuits in order to transform the World House into a useful resource. “I want World House to be a catalyzer and help bring the extraordinary academic knowledge that Penn has to bear on serious global challenges of all sorts,” BurkeWhite said. He also described several important tasks that World House will strive to achieve. It will serve as the first physical location on Penn’s campus to connect international professors, students and researchers. The house will also host visiting scholars from all over the world. “It will be a kind of gateway to Penn for the world,” BurkeWhite said. Additionally, every year World House will hold conferences, in which Penn scholars and students will join with international experts to discuss different issues ranging from global health to environmen-

Gangnam Gutmann, jesting John Legend rock 2014 Commencement ceremony Music punctuated the proceedings, ending the Year of Sound in style BY JENNIFER WRIGHT Staff Writer “You have to go all in,” Grammy-award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend told Penn’s graduating class in his Commencement address on Monday. The 1999 College graduate spoke to this year’s graduates and their guests about love, happiness and following their passions at the 258th Commencement Ceremony on Franklin Field. While last year’s Commencement speaker Vice President Joe Biden urged graduates to develop their potential to become world leaders, Legend advised the Class of 2014 to “open your mind and heart to love.” Founder of the Show Me campaign, a movement dedicated to improving access to education across the globe, Legend spoke about inequalities that exist today, saying that it is important to “make sure all [children] have the resources they need.” He also offered the graduates a lesson from his father, saying that success is “measured in love and joy and the lives you’re able to touch.” Penn President Amy Gutmann tailored her speech to suit Legend’s career, using music as an overarching theme of her opening remarks. The ceremony’s musical undertones were an appropriate ending for Penn’s Year of Sound. “Music marks the defining moments of our lives,” Gut-

mann said. Highlighting themes of courage, community and freedom, Gutmann punctuated her speech with clips of popular songs, including Psy’s Gangnam Style and Katy Perry’s Firework. The musical interjections were met with applause and laughter from the crowd. “When respect takes root, freedom flowers,” Gutmann said following a clip of Aretha Franklin’s Respect. Legend recalled his upbringing, sharing how he focused his time in high school and at Penn on musical endeavors in an effort to avoid troubles in his personal life. “When you actually care about something, you want to lead. Apathy’s not so cool any-

more,” Legend said. Graduates cheered when Legend parodied his song All of Me with a Penn twist. During the opening of his speech, he jokingly sang, “All of you / are so over me / you’re tired of hearing that I went to Penn / why’d they bring him back again?” “I thought that [Legend] was awesome, I liked that he sang that little snippet. He was really inspiring,” Nursing graduate Victoria Williams said. Legend also spoke at the College of Arts and Sciences graduation in 2009, but returned this year to receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree at this year’s ceremony. Also among those who received honorary degrees were Olympia Snowe, the first wom-

an to serve in both houses of Congress and both houses of a state legislature, and Raymond Perelman, who endowed $225 million to the Perelman School of Medicine — the largest single donation in the University’s history. Other speakers over the weekend included President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma Laura Alber at the College graduation ceremony and Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the fair pay bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009, at the Law School ceremony.

tal issues. “It’ll be a place to think through and develop public policy approaches to major public issues. There’s a whole variety of major activities that could go on — we might even hold an international music or film symposium,” Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Ezekiel Emanuel, who was also involved in the World House’s development, said. “It’s going to be a wonderfully beautiful and attractive space — there’s no limit to the kinds of things that we can do in it.” Burke-White hopes to apply his extensive background in foreign affairs, which “cuts across many different countries and regions,” as director of the World House. Currently a professor at the Law School, he hopes to supplement the initiative’s “think-tank policy” with his experience working in policy planning for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He’s also worked for other organizations including the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “With his real world policy

experience in Washington D.C. and proven academic credentials, Professor BurkeWhite is well positioned to ensure that Perry World House both expands UPenn’s global profile and becomes a center of excellence for the University,” professor of political science Michael C. Horowitz, who was also involved in the creation of the Perry World House, wrote in an email statement. Currently, Burke-White encourages students and faculty to get involved in the creation of World House and take advantage of the many resources that it will provide, as he views global issues as an important factor in a variety of disciplines. “Whatever area of academic work one is interested in today, international elements have become and are continuing to become more important. Whether that’s in business, philosophy, history, law or medicine,” he said. “Consider my office door open to anyone who has an interest in World House.”

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‘Celebrating’ Memorial Day A VET-TED MIND | Prioritizing parties over reflection causes us to lose sight of purpose


emorial Day. Depending on who you ask, the day will have a different meaning. For most students at Penn — or students in general — it signifies the start of summer vacation. It’s part of a three day weekend that includes barbecues and parties. Yet for myself and many others, there is a much deeper significance. Memorial Day is a day we remember those who gave everything in defense of something they loved. Whether it’s patriotism, family or a loved one, it all boils down to protecting what you love. Some take the day to visit the graves of family relatives, others just to pay their respects. I take the time to remember those who I served with. If it’s not immediately obvious yet, I’m not your typical Penn student. I enlisted

in the Nav y while I was a senior in high school. During my time in the service I took part in the enforcement of the Iraqi no-fly zones and had friends deployed to assist in operations in Kosovo and East Timor. For some it was their final deployment. After five years I left the military, only to be confronted with the choice of reenlistment a year later after the Sept. 11 attacks. Again, those I had served beside were deployed, and not all returned. While I carry their memories with me every day, Memorial Day holds a place in my life for me to really thank them for everything they did, both in their duty and through their friendship. The experiences I’ve had have made friendship difficult at times. I don’t think I’m the only veteran that has felt like only veterans could under-

stand. In part I still believe that those unique experiences we go through create an unbreakable bond. R etur ning to school 14 years after graduating high school created new challenges, mostly in my interactions with other students. Attending Penn I wondered how I’d be able to communicate with


We only have one day that we have set aside to remember the sacrifices made by those in defense of what they loved.”

someone half my age, with such a disparity in experience between us. My first year here I felt some of that ap-

prehension and didn’t speak out too much. However, this year Penn experienced some losses felt by a large number of the student body. As I saw those affected, I recognized that pain. I began to focus less on differences and more on similarities. I opened up more to those around me. By doing so I’ve made some great friends. I encourage both my fellow veterans and the Penn student body to communicate and support one another. Still, I feel there has been a disconnect along the way — that we’ve lost sight of the meaning of Memorial Day. I asked some of my friends recently: What does Memorial Day mean to you? Not surprisingly, a majority of them responded with “parties,” “picnics with family” and “catching up with work.” Case in point, not many know that Memorial Day was

moved to the last Monday of May simply to give Americans a three-day weekend. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator, as well as a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, introduced a bill into legislation calling for a return of the day to May 30. In his introductory remarks, he says: “Mr. President, in our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer.” I have to agree with the former senator. I fully believe that as a nation, we already have plenty of holidays we

SHAWN KELLEY use to do the same activities that are currently partaken in during Memorial Day weekend. Yet we have only one day that we have set aside to remember the sacrifices made by those in defense of what they loved. Let us take that one day out of all our lives to commemorate and reflect on the parents, siblings, children, relatives and friends that deemed that sacrifice worthy. SHAWN KELLEY is an LPS sophomore from San Diego studying English and Japanese. His email address is skelley@sas.

Safe spaces for different races

MARGER THAN LIFE | Racial issues might go unnoticed by those untargeted, but at Penn change is possible


never noticed the impact of my whiteness until I came to Penn. This is a problem. My experience attending the United States Naval Academy has given me a backdrop in front of which my current Penn experience unfolds. Memories from the military float through my mind as I stroll down Locust, chuckling at the stark contrast. At the Academy, the unif o r m s a r e t he su r f ic i a l representation of internal standardization. Individuals walk though the gates on Induction Day and exit four years later as a product of the United States government. The buzzword “diversity” — as I now understand it — does not exist there. The attendance requirement is American citizenship, so the overwhelming majority of the student population has a similar background and belief

system. Even the wild cards quickly conform to the rules of the road. Obedience is a necessary ingredient for success. Tired of taking orders without question and starved for intellectual stimulation, I arrive on Penn’s campus to find a cultural carnival displayed every day. I now scream from the rooftops and savor the echo of “Diversity!” Plastered on every college brochure, this word carries the weight of a heavy history — human differences have sparked wars and holocausts. And yet, here at Penn between ten city blocks there exists a safe haven. Here, differences are celebrated and encouraged. A whole new world opened up to me in which I could join hands with my peers and sing “Kumbaya.” Or so I thought. With this newfound freedom to explore such diversity, I attended many spoken word

events and open discussions. I engaged with international and exchange friends, prodding their perspectives to gain insight into their worldviews. The more I listened, the more I noticed a trend: minority struggles within a whitedominated society. I heard stories of non-white girls getting rejected from white fraternity parties and how peers have grown up pressured to emulate white models. I learned of friends’ continuous struggles with appearance “because their nose doesn’t look like mine and their eyes will never be blue.” At charged spoken word events, I would sit in the audience, watching waterworks flow down the presenter’s face, and think: “I am so glad to be white because I haven’t had to shed those tears.” Here is the problem: Penn mimics society’s structure; therefore, society’s issues are

mimicked as well. From what I have learned, the white privilege on this


Here is the problem: Penn mimics society’s structure; therefore, society’s issues are mimicked as well.” campus propagates the cycle of racism. Unfortunately, by recognizing the status quo, we run the risk of giving more power to it. However, even though speaking out against injustice may reaffirm this dominance, it is still better than silence. And to those who are willing to listen, especially those previously unaware like I was, there is hope for change. M ay b e t hen , exclusive

events like white frat parties would no longer be coveted and those rejected would no longer feel a sting. I am advocating for a social system in which there is no single standard for inclusivity. I admit that the solution to this problem is elusive, but ultimately, dialogue is key to eventually solving the issue. Never before have I been so blatantly told by friends and peers — those same people who are victims of white dominance — that white is the standard of beauty and the image of power. This is depressing because the more it is said, the more it is believed. Before seeking out events that focus on this very issue, I never would have been so aware that the way I look holds such importance and dictates social opportunities. Though not perfect, Penn should still be praised for the safe spaces it establishes in

MARJORIE FERRONE which these issues can be discussed. I hope that the dialogue will continue and compassion will spread, ultimately leading to a society in which there is no exclusive status quo. I want my friends to see in themselves the beauty that I see in them. Generally, Penn students are supportive, open-minded and interested in what their peers have to say. Unlike at the Naval Academy — where these issues were not talked about — I believe that at Penn change is an attainable goal. Through those willing to listen, maybe there’s a Kumbaya within reach. MARJORIE FERRONE is a College junior from Houston studying geology. Her email address is

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PHILLY CYCLING CLASSIC When: June 1, 12 p.m. Where: The race takes riders through Manayunk, East Falls, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park neighborhoods. Price: Free Why you should go: The Philly Cycling Classic is actually a trimmed down version of Philadelphia’s original annual bike race. The neighborhoods that the race runs through usually get pretty spirited, with lots of day drinking and street food to be found. Unless you or a friend has a house along the route, the best places to watch are Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, along Kelly Drive (bleachers provided) or along Boathouse Row. For more information:

THE ROOTS PICNIC When: May 31, 1 p.m. Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Price: $65 Why you should go: While this recommendation may come on the late (and expensive) side, the Roots Picnic always offers a good time for music lovers. The annual concert is (shockingly enough) hosted by The Roots, and the Philadelphia natives always put on a damn good show. This year’s line up includes Snoop Dogg and Janelle Monae, among others.

Clark Park might just be the perfect place to picnic one weekend when you want to keep it in the neighborhood. With its full view of the colorful and window–patterned porches of Baltimore Avenue, Clark Park provides a convenient place for families to relax on the grass, and youngins to sip their summertime sodas. For you, Clark Park sits in close proximity to Baltimore’s best restaurants, so you and your friends can grab food from different places. On 42nd and Baltimore, if you’re in the mood for Indian food in lieu of traditional picnic fare, Desi Chaat offers a variety of delightful dishes including mango lassi and chaat. If you stick around while waiting for your order, you might score free rice pudding. Another option, Best House Pizzeria (always believe what you are told), has a menu too diverse for your own good, but stick with pizzas, mozzarella sticks and fries right while on the go. Finally, on 44th, Milk and Honey offers fresh bagels, egg sandwiches, soups and paninis (spicy thai tofu comes highly recommended). To BYO, depending on where you’re coming from, you can stop at Allegro’s on the way for Italian beer, Best House Pizzeria offers cold beer or go to 49th and Baltimore at PA Wine and Spirits.Across from the park, Green Line Café offers Italian sodas and a diverse range of iced drinks to quench your thirst, and brownies and cookies mixed with peanut butter and the like can top off any meal. Grab a blanket you found again while spring-cleaning or sit at one of the parks many benches or swing sets (if you’re into that). Dig in!

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On the Wings of Eagle and Raven seeks to tell the story of the attempt of both the Haida and Tlingit to preserve their cultural craftsmanship. European colonization of the Pacific Northwest region threatened the homelands of these Native Americans in the 19th century, as Christian missionaries sought to change the natives’ ways of life. Potlatches – the tribes’ primary gift-giving feast and economic event – were banned, and thus the language and art of the two indigenous groups weakened. Luckily, there has been a resur-

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Penn’s latest student-run exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery celebrates the lasting artistic presence of two Native American cultures. Located in Fisher Fine Arts Library, On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions highlights the rich visual tradition of the Haida and Tlingit tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The exhibit is the final product of the most recent Kaye Curatorial seminar, taught by Dr. Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Dr. Robert St. George, Associate Professor in the Department of History. Over the course of the spring semester, students were involved in curating the exhibit, as well as writing its brochure.


gence today of Native American artists who assert the tribes’ creative heritage. The exhibit features 41 cultural and material objects that date from the late 19th century to the present. The highly stylized artifacts reveal the remarkable artistry of the Haida and Tlingit, with objects crafted in wood, shell, hair, pigment, sinew, feather, and spruce root. The series of totem representations also marks an important aspect of the two tribes’ traditions. The Haida and Tlingit organize their societies into two matrilineal moieties: Ravens or Eagles. Families within each moiety recognize an animal to identify their clan, after which they develop crests on objects such as headdresses, bentwood boxes, and Chilkat blankets. 33 of these artifacts are lent generously from Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A series of lectures and programs by various university professors, curators, and native artists have already taken place throughout the spring semester. However, it is still possible to appreciate the skill and beauty of these Native American masterpieces this summer. On the Wings of Eagle and Raven will remain in the Arthur Ross Gallery until early July.

By Diane Bayeux If you are looking for new summer dancing rhythms, Afrojack’s new album came at the right time. This debut compilation of his beats features the vocals of Sting, Chris Brown and Wrabel among others. The 26-year-old’s signature styling stays true to form with a remix of Thirty Second To Mars’ “Do or Die” as a bonus track. The lyrics themselves have little effect with generic talks about “never coming down” and “touching the sky” with backdrops of high octave beats in “Ten Feet Tall”. On the other hand, only Sting’s “Catch Tomorrow” offers some light pulsating beats compared to the other twelve tracks. Some of the other songs are bass driven with loud, dirty beats, such as Snoop’s “Dynamite” and Khalifa’s “Too Wild”. It is an album deeped in a feel of pop from the past decades, a promising debut album after four years in the game.

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Lacrosse sends stars to Baltimore MEN’S LACROSSE Feeney and Bellinsky represent Quakers in USILA All-Star Game BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Sports Editor Penn men’s lacrosse was represented at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Monday. However, it wasn’t quite the way they had imagined it. “[ T he USI L A A l l- St a r game] was right before the championship game,� 2014 College graduate and goalkeeper Brian Feeney said. “If someone told me I was going to be in M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day, I would have hoped it would have been for the big game.� Fellow 2014 College Graduate and midfield Drew Bellinsky joined Feeney on the South team as the pair had one final hurrah to their collegiate lacrosse careers. Their team prevailed in a close contest, edging the North team by a score of 17-16. “I knew most of the players that were there,� Feeney said. “It was a great day to play lacrosse, just to do that with a bunch of guys that I’ve grown up playing with or against was a great experience for me, especially because my roommate [Bellinsky] came with me.� Though many have the experience of playing against familiar foes, Feeney and Bellinsky had the unique experience of playing in their

Success sets a blueprint for future MCGINNIS from page 8 It might not always end in success (see men’s basketball coaching changes in the past decade), but repeated disappointment needs to be addressed directly . Second, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While there are plent y of prog ra ms w it h room for serious improvement , t here w i l l st i l l be some, like women’s lacrosse, that are in a good place and moving in the right direction. While it should be obvious enough, there’s definitely a time and place to give a coach and a program plenty of space to operate and the spring showed a few more places where that’s the right approach. There’s certainly no rea-

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2014 graduate Drew Bellinsky finished his collegiate lacrosse career playing with 128 of the best players in the country after finishing third in scoring for the Quakers in 2014. final collegiate game with a close teammate. “Having Drew there the entire weekend in Baltimore, having my best friend there made it a lot more fun,� Feeney said. “It was great to finish my collegiate career with someone who I actually played with.� And though Feeney is finishing his collegiate career and moving into the workforce, he hopes this isn’t the end of lacrosse in his life. “I’m still trying to figure out if I want to continue to play lacrosse, I’ll need to run

son to mess with the success that Karin Corbett and Leslie King have found with their teams, for example. Third, sometimes it’ll just take a little time. It’s certainly surprising that men’s lacrosse was able to turn things around so much this season after a few years of mediocrity. Were there any significant changes? Not particularly, this year’s team was fairly similar to the year before, but the continued growth of the players and a tough schedule led Penn to a four seed in the NCA A tournament. When M. Grace Calhoun takes over on July 1st, she’ll have a lot on her plate, but looking back at the successful spring season she’ll definitely have something to build on.

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it by [my job], but I do have aspirations to somehow continue my career,� Feeney said. “There’s plenty of summer tournaments that I’m doing and plenty of leagues, but if I were allowed to, I’d try out for an MLL team.� For the Penn players, the All-Star game wasn’t the only Baltimore festivity as members of the team arrived on Saturday for the All-American banquet. At the banquet, three 2014 Quakers – Feeney, Zack Losco and Maxx Meyer – earned third-team honors. This was

Successful season despite playoff loss TYDINGS from page 8 staff was just as potent and the bullpen helped close important games. But what was most impressive of this team was the camaraderie it displayed on a weekly basis while taking the field in the hidden gem of campus at Meiklejohn. There was excitement at the stadium. There was ridiculous dancing whenever Brebner’s at-bat music was on. There was a true team on the field instead of a group of individuals, with that team fighting for a singular goal that it ultimately came just short from achieving. So while the plaque in Meiklejohn will likely change and rightly display Yurkow as Penn’s top man (especially now that I’m pointing it out), there won’t be much more than that



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BY STEVEN TYDINGS From The Daily Pennsylvanian’s sports blog, THE BUZZ Penn softball had a banner year in 2013 but it looked like the Quakers were a sure bet to fall this year after an important senior class graduated. However, despite a majority of the players on the roster being underclassmen, the team found a way to repeat atop of the Ivy South and made its way to the winner-takeall Game 3 of the Ivy League Championship Series. While Penn ultimately lost that final game and ceded the Ivy title to Dartmouth, coach Leslie King and her team proved that Penn is still a program on the rise and that 2013 was not an anomaly. With that in mind, here are some of the players and moments that defined the upstart 2014 Penn Quakers. The Yale sweep: Going into their March 31 matchup with the Elis, the Red and Blue were playing just like a freshmenladen squad is expected to play, going 4-11 in their first 15 contests. The team had lost seven straight games going into the two-game set at Penn Park and was in desperate need for a turnaround. So when Penn swept the Elis by identical 3-0 margins, it was a big moment for the team. Junior A lexis Borden and freshman Alexis Sargent each pitched shutouts, combining to give up just nine hits in 14 innings. Sargent also contributed with her bat, hitting two home runs to power the Red and Blue while fellow freshman Leah Allen belted a long ball as well. Player of the Year — Leah Allen: Penn lost so much talent to graduation that things looked somewhat bleak heading into the year. While Borden, Penn’s all-time leader in wins

to immortalize Yurkow’s first year as coach. Yet that doesn’t seem right. Just because the Red and Blue finished a game behind Columbia (which now goes to Miami for the NCAA Tournament) and didn’t get the chance to play for the Ivy crown doesn’t mean this season didn’t make a big impact on the program. Penn baseball went from cellar dwelling in the Gehrig Division to top contenders all thanks to a change in philosophy and demeanor, as well as a few remarkable strides forward. While players like Brebner, Brandon Engelhardt and Pat Bet won’t be a part of next year’s squad, it isn’t hard to see Yurkow continuing to guide his team to contention. And the 2014 season was the unforgettable first step in that process.

STEVEN T YDINGS is a rising Wharton junior from Hopewell, N.J. and is the senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@

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and strikeouts, was expected to carry the load in the pitching circle once again, there were legitimate questions as to who would hold down the fort on the offensive end. Allen made all those worries wash away, hitting .383 for the season while setting Penn program records for home runs (13) and runs batted in (43). Allen took home Ivy Rookie of the Year and made Penn’s offense feared within the conference. Moving forward, it should scare everyone in the Ivy League that Allen could get even better during her sophomore year. Most ind ispensable — Alexis Borden: Borden proved herself once again, shrugging off early season losses to post a nother strong season at pitcher. The junior posted 12 wins to go with a 2.26 earned run average. She also pitched every game of the ILCS, winning Game 2 and falling just short in Game 3. Teaming with Sargent, Penn rode both pitchers named Alexis to a strong season. Player Penn will miss the most — Elysse Gorney: While Penn’s senior class was smaller in 2014 than in 2013, the class still had a large impact, especially thanks to a first-team All-Ivy catcher in Gorney. The senior batted .304 on the year and upped her game in Ivy play, batting .356 during that 20 game stretch to help propel Penn to its third straight Ivy South title. Gorney was also the Quakers’ captain and her leadership will certainly be missed. Her presence was a noticeable one after spending two years as team captain and the rising senior class will need to find a way to replace her. Penn will also miss seniors Kirsten Johnson and Kayla Dahlerbruch, who was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.


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the first time that a Quaker had been named to the first, second or third teams since 1988 and the first time that three Penn players had been named since 1984. For the Quakers to turn things around in the past few years, it took more than individual talent. In the eyes of Feeney, it’s the team leadership and decision-making that has developed during his career. “We decided amongst ourselves that [the social side] wasn’t something coach Murphy had to go ahead and [get involved in]�, Feeney said. “The players themselves got involved in making decisions that are best for the team without the help of the coaches and everyone abided by that.� And for Feeney and the rest of the Class of 2014, that fateful Ivy League tournament title will always overshadow their early NCAA tournament exit and their individual accolades. “It’s tough to go out the way we did in the first round, but in the end I’m always going to remember the Ivy League championship. That’s been our number one goal since I was a freshman, we had come close to it, but never made it past that first round hump,� Feeney said. “None of the accolades that me or some of the other guys received at the end of the season will amount to winning that championship as a whole and as a team.�


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Memorable season for Penn baseball STEVEN TYDINGS There is an old saying that history only remembers the winners. And that’s a shame. Penn baseball didn’t win the Ivy League Championship this year. The Quakers also fell just short of the Gehrig Division, losing in a one-game playoff against the eventual champion Columbia Lions. But neither of those facts make the season that the Red and Blue had in John Yurkow’s first year as head coach any less remarkable and worth remembering. Despite the fact that a plaque in Meiklejohn Stadium still says that John Cole is the current coach of Penn baseball, Yurkow has taken the bull by the horns and remade the Quakers back into a strong program able to challenge for the Ivy title. In fact, Yurkow, formerly the recruiting coordinator for Penn, had brought

in many of the players already on the roster and got to reap the rewards this season. There were many players who took the next step forward this year, and there were contributors from the freshmen all the way to a strong senior class. Look at the lineup for example: senior outfielder Rick Brebner had a solid 2013 but became arguably the most feared power hitter in the conference in 2014, smacking eight home runs to help pace the Quakers to an 11-1 Ivy start. And junior Jeff McGarry went from starting pitcher to full-time first baseman, leading the team in batting average and providing the right-handed power to team with Brebner in the middle of the lineup. On top of that, sophomores Ryan Mincher and Michael Vilardo (who were first and second-team All-Ivy respectively) were steady up the middle for the Red and Blue. And all of this is before you factor in junior captain Austin Bossart at catcher or his capable backup, freshman Tim Graul. All of this to say, Penn baseball had a lot of depth this year. The pitching


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BASEBALL The season started out slowly, to the tune of six straight losses, but under first year skipper John Yurkow, Penn righted the ship and finished the season with a 24-17, 15-5 record. Though they failed to advance to the Ivy League Championship Series, the Quakers had their first winning league record since 2007.

TRACK & FIELD For both the men’s and women’s teams, the spring season offered to highlight impressive individual performers as the Quakers had five athletes named first-team All-Ivy. The team will send 14 players to NCAA East preliminary, 11 men and three women. The record-setting performance by the men has them ranked No. 32 by USTFCCCA.

M. LACROSSE Though the year ended with a tough loss to neighboring Drexel in the NCAA tournament, the fact that the Quakers earned a four seed in the tournament speaks volumes to the program’s improvement. Just two seasons ago, Penn finished last in the Ivy League.

SOFTBALL For the third consecutive season, Penn advanced to the Ivy League Championship Series, where they faced a Dartmouth team that they had defeated to win the title last season. However, things would end differently this year for the Quakers as the team fell in a heartbreaking loss in the deciding game.

W. LACROSSE Another successful season for the Quakers, who won their eighth consecutive Ivy League title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual champion and No. 1 ranked Maryland by a score of 13-5. The team finished the season ranked No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches poll.

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Behind coach John Yurkow, Penn baseball weathered an 0-6 start and turned its sights on the top of the Ivy League en route to a second-place finish in the Gehrid Division.

Penn wrestling coach Rob Eiter resigns

ROWING Though their season has yet to finish, the past few weeks have been successful for Penn rowing. The lightweight freshman won the Eastern Sprints for the first time since 1976 and the women’s varsity 4 C won their race in the Ivy League championship as the team finished 6th overall.

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BY STEVEN TYDINGS Senior Staff Writer After six seasons as the head coach of Penn wrestling, Rob Eiter has decided to resign. Eiter, who came to Penn as an assistant in 2006, chose to pursue other opportunities, according to a press release sent out Wednesday afternoon. “We are sorry to see Rob leave,” Athletic Director Steve Bilsky said in a press release. “Our wrestling program has a proud history, and Rob has done his part to add to that legacy over the last six years. We wish him well with his future endeavors.” In Eiter’s six seasons, Penn wrestling produced four All-Americans, including junior Lorenzo Thomas this past season. Eiter was also the top scheduler, putting the Quakers up against top competition each year to prepare for EIWA and NCAA Championships. “At the conclusion of the season, I had a chance to step back from the daily grind a bit and evaluate myself, and I realized that the energy needed to serve as head coach at a

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Coach Rob Eiter served as an assistant to predecessor Zeke Jones for two years before taking over the program in 2008-2009. Eiter had previously coached at Clarion and Northwestern. program like Penn wasn’t there,” Eiter said. “I am thankful to Mr. Bilsky, Alanna Shanahan, and everyone at Pennfor six great years as head coach and eight years overall as a member of the Penn Athletics family. I am excited to be able to spend some time with my family and re-energize myself.” Prior to coming to Penn, Eiter had worked as an assistant at Clarion

University of Pennsylvania as well as Northwestern, where he served as recruiting coordinator. Eiter also has coached the United States women’s team in international competition. Eiter himself represented the United States in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. According to the press release, Penn will now begin a national search for his successor. ■

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It was a tough winter for Penn and a long fall before that. But in the spring, the Quakers came into their own across all sports and found the success that we had long awaited. There were the triumphant Ivy League titles for Men’s and Women’s lacrosse, followed by strong efforts in NCAA tournament losses. There was softball falling in the Ivy League Championship Series, yet showing a bright future with the success of freshman Leah Allen and Alexis Sargent. T he r e w a s b a s e b a l l , w h ic h turned itself around in coach John Yurkow ’s f irst season, coming within a win of playing in an ILCS of their own. There was outdoor track, which continued to highlight incredible individual talents, like senior high jumper Maalik Reynolds and sophomore distance runner Thomas Awad, while appearing poised to continue to climb the Ivy League standings with their bevy of superb underclassmen. In short, it was one of the stron-

gest springs across the board for the Quakers in recent memory. Now what does this all mean for Penn Athletics and for new athletic director M. Grace Calhoun? To begin with, it might not be quite the same mess that many thought she would have to clean up when her appointment was announced in March. Sure, some marquee sports like men’s basketball and football are coming off rather disappointing seasons, but this spring season provided a building block. In fact, it should give Calhoun a few lessons on how to lead Penn into the future. First and foremost, coaching can change everything. How else can you explain what happened to Penn baseball? Last season, the Quakers finished with a 7-13 record in the Ivy League and after a few seasons of futility, the decision was made to replace head coach John Cole. So with a relatively unchanged roster, his assistant John Yurkow took over. As mentioned before, the team found its way to great success and finished with a 15-5 record in the Iv y League, their first winning League record since 2007. So should Calhoun be af raid to make coaching changes when they’re necessary? Of course not.


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