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Any academic program with a 77 percent dropout rate would likely be considered a failure. But most alumni of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences — even those who transferred out of the program — still consider it a success. Penn boasts a plethora of activities and programs that can elicit a response of “you’re crazy!” from fellow classmates. But the MLS program ranks high on the list of awe-inducing activities. With an average dropout rate of 77 percent in the last 11 years, as previously reported by The Daily Pennsylvanian, MLS is easy to characterize

by a snap judgment as a program effective in rooting out the weak. But while MLS graduates may have experienced a survival of the fittest of sorts, they emphasized in interviews with the DP that even completing the first year of the program is a notable feat in itself. They added that the dropout rate is often indicative of the program’s unique acceptance policy — where Penn invites students from the top 20 percent of the incoming freshman class who have indicated an interest in the natural sciences — not of any failure or lacking on the part of the students who choose not to follow through.

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“We don’t just kick them out and laugh at them,” Ben Wieder, an 2009 MLS alumnus and current PhD candidate in Physics at Penn, said of MLS dropouts. If the student chooses to take the MLS path, he will complete two natural science majors or submatriculate with one natural science major in four years. This is on top of completing at least two summers of research and fulfilling all of the standard College requirements. “No matter what state you are in you always feel very overwhelmed, but in a healthy way,” Cyndi Chung, 2010 MLS graduate and current Penn MD/MBA candi-

date, said of the workload. She completed the Vagelos program on top of an additional English major, while participating in various activities including writing a column and designing at the DP. Chung wasn’t the only one who was able to branch out of the sciences outside of class. Wieder fenced on both the Penn and U.S. Junior National teams, travelling every weekend of the second half of his sophomore year around the world. When his grades slipped as a result of his busy schedule, MLS advisor Ponzy Lu dished out SEE VAGELOS PAGE 2

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Hillary Clinton shook hands with each attendee as they approached the table, comparing the event to the “red carpet of books.”

Penn student Dylan Hewitt was first in line to meet Clinton BY KRISTEN GRABARZ News Editor For mer Secretar y of State Hillary Clinton visited Philadelphia last Friday to sign copies of her new book, “Hard Choices”

— and a Penn student was first in line to meet her. Fels I nst it ut e of G over nment MPA candidate and 2014 College graduate Dylan Hewitt arrived at the Free Library of Philadelphia at 5:30 a.m., about an hour before the next person in line, to secure the first spot in line. SEE HILLARY PAGE 2

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Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura shares his perspective on Hollywood and career choices BY ALISON ELLIOT Staff Writer “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is scheduled for release later this month — and a Penn alumnus will be high in the credit reel. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with producer and Wharton MBA recipient Lorenzo di Bonaventura about his Hollywood career and industry advice. Da ily Pennsylv a nia n: What are you most excited about for the new Transformers movie? Lorenzo di Bonaventura: When you work with Michael Bay, he always wants to top himself, so the movie as a whole is very exciting. But I think the really big news is how much difference casting Mark Wahlberg has made to the movie. Shia was great and he was a young guy, but you can only employ him in a certain way. Now you have Mark

Wahlberg who can pick up a gun and shoot at the bad guy and you feel like you’ve entered, in a way, another genre of a movie. DP: Can you describe your role as producer of the Transformers movies? LDB: I think a lot of producers do different things and each movie demands something different of the producer, which is what I like about it. My job does not have sameness; it doesn’t have monotony. What I do as a producer is find ideas. I come up with my own ideas, I find books, I find graphic novels, remakes of movies, existing scripts ... and begin that process: develop them into a movie, sell it to a studio, try to attach a director or a movie star and then once you actually are lucky SEE TRANSFORMERS PAGE 3

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The Penn Bookstore escalators will be closed for construction until June 30. Until then, shoppers and coffee-seekers will have to take the elevator located on the Sansom Street side of the bookstore store get to the second floor.

The Class of 1949 Bridge will be closed until mid-August BY EMILY OFFIT Staff Writer If you’re trying to talk on your cell phone as you walk through campus this summer, the sound of drills and jackhammers might make it difficult.

While the majority of the student population is away for the summer, construction sites are taking over campus. Some of these projects are part of Phase II of a 10 year long campus building project known as Penn Connects, which began in 2006 and will bring big changes to Penn. A c c o r d i n g t o P e n n ’s Real Estates and Facilities (FRES), “Summer is the time of year that FRES

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Operations & Maintenance teams take advantage of vacated spaces to do repair, renovation and refinishing projects.” The Class of 1949 Bridge which connects the core of campus to the living facilities, will be closed until the middle of August for “repairs to drainage, paving, donor plaques, railings and the installation of new lighting,” according to a construction

summary from the FRES Associate Director of Communications Heidi Wunder. The Kelly Writers House has begun construction and will feature a new recording studio, publications room and an outdoor reading and performance venue in the fall. The new college house at Hill Field — a $127 million project that began this past SEE RENOVATION PAGE 5

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How to make the most of your internship

There’s more to professionalism than wearing a suit BY KATHERINE CHANG Staff Writer With internship season in full swing, Penn students scattered throughout the world might be wondering how they can take their positions to the next level. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with Career Services and Penn alumni who have capitalized on their own internships to put together a collection of effective insider tips.



Without an idea of job expectations, it’s difficult to meet or exceed them. This understanding applies to both the role of the intern as well as to the office culture, said Senior Associate Director of Career Services Barbara Hewitt. “When I speak with interns or supervisors who have not had a good experience, it is usually because of misunderstandings,” Hewitt said. Common miscommunications are not limited to the job description. Hewitt advised that interns should be wary of assignment due dates, levels of professionalism and correspondence with supervisors, including “checking in too frequently or not frequently enough.” Hewitt also stressed the importance of making good first impressions. “It is much easier to work hard in the beginning of the summer to develop this positive impression than to try to correct or change a negative one after it has occurred,” Hewitt said.

2014 Col lege g raduate Jennifer Kang who will be working full-time at a major consulting firm, reiterated the importance of adjusting to the job. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Supervisors generally respond more positively, even when they are busy, toward an intern who is proactive than one who is passive,” Kang suggested. “On the first couple of days, you should try to get a good sense of these factors to assimilate and maximize your performance and your own growth.”



While interns may spend a large amount of time around colleagues and bosses this summer, it is important to maintain a professional relationship, advised Director of Career Services Patricia Rose. “Being clear on expectations, communicating with the supervisor and being professional are all extremely important,” Rose said. Adequate professionalism in the office encapsulates more than a shirt and tie. “Being professional also includes such things as not consuming alcohol at employer events if you are underage, and not posting on Facebook, tweeting or otherwise commenting about the workplace on social media,” Rose said.



Kang used her four years at Penn and five internships to identify her career pursuits. “In the stressful, yet enlightening process of the internship and job search and the actual internships, I learned a great deal, one of the most significant of which


is that I personally need to be a bit more risk-taking, within reason,” Kang said. “Through my internships... I explored quite a few different fields within the financial realm. If I had not forced myself to try these out, I probably would not have felt as confident about the field that I will be entering in a couple months.” 2007 Wharton MBA recipient Alexandra Kenin — who currently works as a studio director at a marketing consulting agency and founded her own company, Urban Hiker SF — also benefited from an internship. While earning her MBA, Kenin was devastated when she did not receive an internship offer at her dream company, Google. Instead, she used her summer as a learning opportunity to refine her skills. “I ended up with a mobile marketing internship at AOL where I would develop exactly the same skillset that I would need to be a Marketing Manager at Google,” Kenin said. “When it came time for full-time job hunting the next year, I had more skills on my resume, and was able to secure a job as a Mobile Ads Marketing Manager at Google.”



Kenin stressed that internships are just a step in one’s career process. “One of the major things I’ve learned from my summer jobs is that they don’t have to be perfect — they just have to take you one step closer to where you want to go with your career,” Kenin said. “You can take a lot of pressure off yourself if you think of internships as a means to an end, not an end in and of themselves.”


MLS program sees 77 percent dropout rate VAGELOS from page 1 some tough love. Lu said he warns students with lower grades that they are at the bottom of the pool. “When you tell people that, they tend to do much better,” Lu explained. For Wieder, his academic performance improved. “Even when I was messing up, I was learning how to be a good graduate student,” Wieder said. He said he learned how to work “smart” instead of “work hard,” which allowed him to balance his intense academic and athletic schedules. He credits the somewhat rigid structure of the Vagelos program for making it easier for him to schedule his classes around practices. For Chung, adding timeconsuming activities and an extra major to her curriculum wasn’t just a resume-booster — it was imperative to her success. “I think it was necessary,” she said. “I don’t think I would

No word of presidential bid for Clinton HILLARY from page 1 Originally from upstate New York, Hewitt remarked that he’s “had the pleasure of being represented” by Clinton. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke were present to greet the for mer f irst lady. For mer congresswoman, 1963 College graduate and Fels professor Mar jorie Margolies

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have made it out and be the same human being without it.” Still, she clarified, if it came down to it, it was clear to her that science would be the thing that stuck. “I never thought of replacing Vagelos, just adding to Vagelos,” she said. Eileen Moison, on the other hand, was not as content with the science and researchintensive program. The 2012 College and Wharton graduate found herself more interested in the business side and direct applications of science that she read about in articles during her time in MLS. She decided to apply as a transfer student to the Life Sciences Management program for her sophomore year. “I didn’t find the workload overwhelming,” Moison explained of her transfer. “Mostly that it just didn’t serve my interests.” The LSM program has an application process that can be submitted along with a student’s application to Penn, contrasting from the MLS program’s invitation upon acceptance. This likely contributes to the LSM program’s relatively small dropout rate of 13 percent, as previously reported by the DP. “It’s very much an invita-

tion,” Sumeet Khetarpal, 2011 MLS graduate and current MD/PhD student at Penn, said of the MLS process. “The ball is in the student’s court to try it out.” The Vagelos alumni argued that the numbers are irrelevant to the program’s success. “I think that attrition rates are rarely a good metric for evaluating how good any program is,” Khetarpal said. “Attrition is natural. It’s inherent that people’s interests change.” Moison believes that Vagelos should be judged by success, not statistics. “If grads are graduating and not being able to do what they want to do with their degrees, then that says a lot about a program,” she said, noting that this is a problem Vagelos does not seem to have. She was a Gates Scholar at Cambridge and is pursuing her PhD in Chemistry at Harvard. Roy Vagelos, the 1950 College alumnus who created and funds the Vagelos programs, is also unconcerned with the dropout rate. “I suppose it would look better if fewer students left the program,” Vagelos said. “But that’s a matter of how you look at it.”

— whose son married Clinton’s daughter — was also in attendance. One thousand people in total braved the sweltering weather to line up in wait for Clinton. Tickets — which sold for $35 each and included a copy of the book — sold out in under 24 hours, library Director of Communication Alix Gerz said. Despite speculation of a bid for the 2016 presidential election, Clinton gave attendees no inclination of her political plans and delivered no formal statement. While smiling at the slew of cameras with a copy of “Hard Choices,” Clinton said that the event was “the red carpet of books.” Clinton’s entrance into the book sig ning room — ap propriately stationed in the library’s government wing — elicited cheers from attendees. One voice exclaimed, “She’s a real person!” The jubilant crowd was not the only factor infusing the book signing with a campaign-like feel. Campaign buttons peppered the line of attendees, and folks could

purchase new ones outside the library with slogans such as “Hillary 2016” and “Madame President.” The pro-Clinton political action committee Ready for Hillary — and their boldly painted bus — were noticeably present, likely hoping to add to their support base in preparation for Clinton’s possible declaration of candidacy. For Hewitt, meeting Clint on was wor t h t he e a rly start. “I thanked her for her service and I’m sure the best is yet to come,” Hewitt said as he exited the signing room. After shaking hands with Clinton and obtaining his signed book, Hewitt stopped to exchange words with Margolies. “She’s a close mentor of mine,” he said of the former representative. “She’s been my professor over the past three years, and I worked closely on her campaign.” In Hew itt’s copy of her book, Clinton wrote a single word: “Hillary.” “It’s all I need,” Hewitt said.

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if you get into your later 20’s and early 30’s. But the truth is everybody’s going to find their direction at a different time. If you’re going to really enjoy what you do and trust that you’re going to figure it out, it may require some experimentation. But dive headlong in. Don’t sit on the sideline, thinking.

TRANSFORMERS from page 1 enough to get a green light, manage financially how the movie performs and oversee and be part of the creative team as it evolves ... Some producers don’t do all of those things; they specialize in one area or another. I tend to do the whole process. DP: How does what you learned at Penn help you in your career as a producer? LDB: Earlier in my career when I was studio executive and I was overseeing the Warner Brothers’ movie slate and marketing, there was a lot of direct application to what I had learned in business school. But I think where business school helps you as a producer is, first of all, it teaches you about risk assessment ... I know the popular view of Hollywood is a bunch of flaky people running around enjoying the highlife not working really hard. The reality is, we’re very akin to investment bankers ... You get inspired creatively but from a business point of view you have to evaluate different kinds of risk, and if you do that well you’ll get a lot of movies made. DP: When did you first decide that you wanted to pursue a career in film? LDB: I was actually at Wharton, and I was having a life crisis about what I was going to do. And while I was at Wharton I began to experiment in a lot of different directions, and I kept asking myself the question: what could keep me excited everyday to go to work? I’d worked on Wall Street before, I’d worked a bit in sports programming and those things didn’t get me excited. They’re exciting arenas, but they weren’t for me. So, I really sat down and really analyzed what was ... I came


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Transformers producer and Wharton MBA recipient Lorenzo di Bonaventura has worked on such films as “Salt”, “G.I. Joe” and “The Matrix”. down to frankly between two businesses, one was the restaurant business and one was the movie business. I chose the movie business and came out to Hollywood. DP: Part of the second Transformers film was filmed at Penn. Were you involved in that decision? LDB: It was really fun actually ... I of course voted for Penn because I knew the look would be right and I had some loyalty to it. But the look of the university had to serve the movie; you can’t let your personal choices affect how you make a movie because that’s the way to make a mistake. But in reading the script, it was the same kind of idealized university that I think Penn is, that kind of feeling of freshman year going to college. It has that great feel to it, tradition bound and all of the things you are hoping to communicate. DP: What advice would you give to students who don’t know what they want to do after college?

LDB: Don’t be afraid to experiment. The pressure is on you to find your direction, and I didn’t find my direction until I was probably 33. Because it’s scary, and it’s slightly destabilizing not to know, particularly

DP: What advice would you give to students who want to pursue film? LDB: Here’s the truth, it’s a difficult business. [But] It’s actually a much easier business to break into than people think it is. But, you have to commit to something with no sense of certainty. So, my advice if you want to be in film: move to Los Angeles. Whether you have a job or not, move to Los Angeles because it is definitely a business of networking where you meet somebody, you hear about a job, you pick up a little bit of experience. And gradually you form a personality in the business, you find what you like, you find what you’re good at. The business is used to having young people come in with enthusiasm, so it’s actually a very welcoming business on that level.

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Eating green

GIRL, INTERRUPTING | The meat industry poses a greater threat to the environment than many think


t sounds like the plot of a made-for-television science fiction movie, or maybe an episode of “South Park”: As the global population continues to grow exponentially, so does the demand for meat. Cows proliferate, taking over virgin forestland worldwide and passing enough methane gas to eat through the atmosphere and bring about an environmental crisis. It sounds, in a word, ludicrous. It’s also not far from the truth. By now, it’s common knowledge that an excess production of greenhouse gases is contributing to global climate change — a process which threatens to raise the sea level, drive a number of species to extinction and deplete available sources of fresh water, among other crises. What’s less common knowledge is the fact that between the methane they pass, the nitrous oxide their manure gives off as it decomposes and the energy used to transport and process them on their way to our dinner plates, cattle and sheep are responsible for an estimated 18 percent of those harmful emissions. When people ask why I’m a vegetarian, they’re never surprised to hear that the decision was in part motivated by the inhumane treatment of animals

by the meat industry. This answer, I’ve found, is what people generally expect. Most of the vegetarians I’ve talked to give the same rationale.


The link between environmentalism and our diets … is left largely unspoken and untaught.” When I cite environmental concerns as a reason for my vegetarianism, however, I’m more often met with confusion. Just as we know that the meat industry spares little suffering on the part of its livestock, we have by now learned that our cars, our appliances and our landfills are poisoning the atmosphere. We’ve been taught to reduce our carbon footprint by turning off the lights when we leave a room, taking a bike or the bus instead of driving and separating our trash from our recycling. The link between environmentalism and our diets, by contrast, is left largely unspoken and untaught. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I really began to comprehend the ways in which

the organic, locally-grown food my family had always sworn by benefitted not only us, but the planet as well. Before this, I assumed that my responsibility to ANNIKA NEKLASON the environment began when a meal was finished, when I of the planet. We’re faced with a would recycle any metal or lot of those choices, now: whethplastic packaging and relegate er or not to drive, to buy organic, leftover pieces of bread, pasta or to go paperless. As a teenager vegetables to the compost pile. living at a boarding school I had gathered from my classes where many of those choices that fragile ecosystems were were made for me by higher audestroyed by the plastic config- thorities, my vegetarianism felt urations that held together six like something I could control. packs of soda, by recycling that Something I could do, myself, made its way into landfills and to fight for a cause I cared about. failed to break down as years For most of us, meat is not a passed. No one had ever told me dietary necessity. Despite that, that food itself could constitute only 5 percent of American an environmental issue. adults identify as vegetarians, When I was 17, I decided to and 2 percent as vegans. The revert to the vegetarian diet I production and consumption of was raised on after four years meat worldwide has risen subof hot dogs, pepperoni pizza and stantially in the last half century constant, low-level guilt. To a and is expected to continue to degree, the decision was mo- do so. It’s a trend that threattivated by the cruel treatment ens the environment through of livestock, which struck — the production of greenhouse and continues to strike — me gases, the clearing of forests viscerally. But it was also the and the disruption of aquatic culmination of my education in ecosystems. And it’s one we’re sustainable eating — an educa- not talking about. tion which I, for the most part, I think it’s time we started. had to seek out for myself. I chose to be a vegetarian for ANNIKA NEKLASON is a College a lot of complex reasons, but sophomore from Santa Cruz, perhaps the biggest one was Calif., studying English. Her that it was a sacrifice I felt I email address is aneklason@ could gladly make for the sake

Guilty pleasures

THE CRITICAL CONSUMER | How the O.C. has fostered my personal conflict between feminism and entertainment


he has fake boobs.” “Those are Botoxed lips, for sure.” “She’s not a real blonde.” This is just a sampling of the phrases that I commonly use while watching some of my favorite summer shows. Growing up in Orange County, Calif., has had a huge impact on how I view certain things — specifically women. A woman in the O.C. is expected to be white, blonde, have big boobs and be thin. As a biracial black and asian woman, I am not white, I don’t have blonde hair and I am not thin. Growing up being different from my friends has caused me to have a critical outlook on a lot of the women surrounding me. A day spent at the beach often consists of me casually pointing out the women with augmented breasts, dyed hair and fake tans. I’ll even stoop so low as to comment on how some women shouldn’t be wearing bikinis because it just doesn’t look good, projecting my own reason for not wearing one. Don’t get me wrong, I am a feminist. I’m anti-sexism, pro-

choice, and I advocate equality for all. In addition to promoting the tainted thoughts my mind has adopted, Orange County has played a part in my development as a feminist. As a child who was clearly different from all her friends, I was forced into seeing the differences between how I was treated versus how other women were treated. While my friends discussed how they were going to do their hair for the school dance, I would listen with a jealous ear because all I could do was leave my bushy, curly hair as it always was because there were no salons that could cater to my type of hair. In line with my drastically unique hair, I had boobs and a butt years before some of my other friends. This lead to me having to buy clothes from the women’s department since the fourth grade and being catcalled on the street at the age of 12. I quickly realized that the stereotypical “California Girl” was just not me. At heart, yes. But physically — definitely not. This realization made me understand the great emphasis

that is put on women’s looks, especially where I grew up. I hated how I felt bad for being different even though I hadn’t done anything to warrant these feelings in the first place. That’s when I knew that it wasn’t me that was wrong, it was the way that women are treated. On the other hand, I have been obsessed with Hollywood for as long as I can remember. The movie industry, the celebrities and the glamour are all a part of one of my greatest interests. Along with this comes my love for reality and celebrity TV shows. Some of my favorite summer shows include “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Fashion Police.” The former follows the Kardashian family’s life, and the latter scrutinizes celebrities’ looks. Sometimes while watching these shows, I’ll comment on their bodies; other times, I’ll mention their clothes. The point is that I’m quick to judge. I think that my upbringing has a lot to do with this because in order to make up for my differences, I felt as though I had to comment on other women’s bodies. Judging became my de-

SIYUAN CAO is a 2014 College graduate from Bronx, N.Y. Her email address is fense mechanism. The fact that women are so often criticized for their choices has been at the forefront of my sense of feminism because I understand what it means to be judged and to feel that pressure to fit in. No one should have to go through that torture. However, I cannot deny that growing up in Orange County has also had an impact on how I view oth-

ers. Obsessing with Hollywood and criticizing celebrities are guilty pleasures of mine. I’m only human, after all. Still, I do not believe that it should be the norm to feel judged or to be criticized. As such, I have an internal struggle between what I find entertaining and what I know to be wrong. But I believe that as long as I keep my judgments silent and continue being self-aware, I

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am the spinster aunt of my family. My position was solidified this weekend as my older brother got married. I was a bit of a “surprise” for my parents, and so I trail 18 years behind the rest of the family. I’m now the only unwed among us. My role has some distinct advantages. Birthday presents from sisters with incomes are pretty good. I have numerous opportunities to build dens with six-year-old nephews. In wedding photos, however, I am rather an awkward addition. I lurk on the edge of our little cluster of young families. I tend to resort heavily to the good old remedy and social lubricant that is Cabernet Sauvignon. This preference therefore presents me as bonafide living

proof of the fact that many wedding stereotypes are breathing realities. Last Saturday also featured several creepy uncles, the whiffs of family feuds and a red-nosed old man who somehow left his chair a pile of splinters after dinner. Yet, having attended a fair number of weddings in some form or another — the result of both a large number of cousins and a summer job in events catering — I have observed the beginnings of a welcome evolution in other traditions. For those of you who might enjoy the details of British nuptials, this one was in Scotland and featured an audience of Highland cows, who lined up and peered over the fence at the ceremony under the trees. There was also a ceilidh, nu-

merous kilts and, blessing of all blessings to a greedy spinster, a hog roast. Those traditions, bar perhaps the fact that underwear is not worn beneath kilts, are warming and beneficial to all. Some classic wedding features, however, are beginning to fall rather behind the times. I love my parents very much, and, by all means, I would want my father to walk me down the aisle. But I would not want anyone to consider that he is “giving me away.” Weddings are no longer about a little girl being handed over from man to man. I feel the event needs a tweak or two to acknowledge this. I may only be 21, but my spinster role is firmly entrenched. Even the youngsters can smell it in the air. My three-year-old

niece brazenly announced last summer: “You’re very alone, aren’t you, Melissa?” Her solution — “Why don’t you marry my daddy?” — didn’t really hold fast. I am trying to work out how to tell her that I am a strong, independent woman. So in the midst of the plagues of convention, I would like to commend my new sister-in-law for acting as power bride. She broke tradition and made her own speech. I saw another relative try this at her wedding a few years ago. It went badly. I think she was trying to plug for laughs, but her tactic was mostly just to insult people. It went on for a solid half hour and fell flat as a bulldozed pancake. My sister-in-law’s speech wasn’t a call for attention or an

attempt to be a stand-up comic. She didn’t pull a bridezilla or humiliate anyone. She told everyone how happy she was, expressed her regret for absent family members and gave some personal thank yous. It lasted five minutes and was a brief interlude in the general scheme of groom, best man and father of the bride, but I think it was important. In all honesty, I consider wedding speeches generally too much talk and not enough toast. But, if we must be subjected to them, I am happy to see the process adapting to the modern day. I feel that this is what we need right now. I believe the time for bra-burning has come and gone, but there are so many leftover social norms that still

MELISSA LAWFORD need alterations. I think more people should start considering it odd that no woman talks traditionally at a wedding — even her own. We need to work at the little things — changes seem to be pretty happily accepted. I reckon then that my niece will learn that getting along happily in life isn’t necessarily all about shacking up with Prince Charming. MELISSA LAWFORD is an exchange College junior from the University of Edinburgh studying English literature. Her email address is melkalawford@




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RENOVATION from page 1 November — is making major strides. According to the construction report, the 190,000 gross square foot freshman living facility will be completed by the fall of 2016 and will provide “350 undergraduate bedrooms, faculty and advisor apartments, social and academic support spaces and a full-service dining hall.” Construction on a $68.6 million Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building has started near Leidy Labs and the Biopond. This building, which will be completed in spring 2016, will foster collaboration between the disciplines of

BY ARIEL SMITH Staff Writer Philadelphia could be the scene of the next Democratic presidential nomination. The Democratic National Committee revealed on Saturday, June 7 the six final candidate cities for the 2016 convention — and Philadelphia made the cut. In April, the Committee initially invited 15 cities to submit bids, but only Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix submitted proposals by the deadline. “Hosting a party convention is a true honor and we’re thrilled with all the fantastic options that we have going into the next cycle,” Democratic Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a press release. Convention bids will be appraised by a Technical Advisory Committee in a process including site visit and other inquiries. Wasserman Schultz will release the final decision later in 2014 or early in 2015. Selection criteria include whether the city has facilities capable of staging the event and if there are enough hotels to accommodate the delegates and media. “ By nat u re of bei ng a p opu l a r t ou r ist dest i nation, Philadelphia already has first-class hotels and a comprehensive public transpor t at ion system,” Pen n Democrats President Amiyr Jackson said, noting that the city commonly stages large events such as the Welcome

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biology and psychology. “Our new construction, such as the new college house and the Neural and Behavioral Sciences building, are moving along well this summer” said Executive Director of Design & Construction Michael Dausch. “Our timelines are tight, but our teams are used to this summer turnaround work and we anticipate being on schedule as the student body returns at the end of August.” The $ 14 million Gregory College House renovations will also be completed this summer, with upgrades to the bathrooms, lighting, infrastructure and landscape. In addition to the multiple construction sites, the escalators at the Penn bookstore are out of commission until June 30. People are asked to take the elevators located on the Samson street side of the store.

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Philadelphia last hosted a national political convention in 2000, when the Republican Party met to nominate George W. Bush as their candidate for president.. America 4th of July celebration, the Made in America music festival and the Philadelphia Marathon. Of the six competing cities, New York City most recently hosted the Republican Party in its 2004 National Convention in Madison Square Garden. Philadelphia is the only other candidate to have hosted a significant party convention. In 2000, George W. Bush was officially nominated in the First Union Center — which is now the Wells Fargo Center. U.S. Rep. Robert “Bob” Brady [ D -PA1], spoke to Philadelphia’s merit as the potential host city. “[ P h i l ad elph i a] i s t he bi r t hplace of democrac y and liberty ... we have great tourist attractions and restaurants,” Brady said. “We did a great job in the year of 2000. [People are] still raving about it.” New York mayor Bill de

B l a s i o ’s a d m i n i s t r a t i o n pitched a 200-page formal bid to hold the convention in the Barclays Center near Brook ly n — the mayor ’s home borough — rather than in Manhattan itself. New York also has the advantage of being potential nominee Hillar y Rodham Clinton’s political home turf, as she represented the state from 2001 through 2009. Brady, Jackson and Penn Dems Vice President Jane Meyer, all contested New York’s advantages over Philadelphia. “If Hillary ends up as a nominee you can imagine people from New York will be voting for her anyway,” Brady said. Meyer pointed out that Clinton also has a connection to Pennsylvania. “Her father is from Scranton and she spent part of her childhood in Pennsylvania...she has some personal roots in

this state, which not many people highlight,” she said. Jackson noted that New York is a “reliably blue state and it makes more sense to grow the base in other parts of the country.” He added that Pennsylvania is a swing state that “plays an important role in presidential politics.” The Republican National Committee has already narrowed down its potential location to either Denver, Dallas, Cleveland or Kansas City — Cincinnati and Las Vegas were booted out in May. The Republicans’ final decision will be announced in the fall. A P h i l ad elph i a - ho st e d DNC would be also be a major boon for the university. “Having the convention in Philadelphia would allow the vibrant political community at Penn to experience campaign politics firsthand and spark interest in the election among those who typically haven’t been politically involved,” Meyer said.

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Street: Heard you’re doing something cool this summer! What are you doing? EA: I am currently taking part in the Penn language immersion program in Tours, France. So basically that means that for six weeks I’m living in France while taking classes (in French) with Penn professors at the local university. It’s a really great program not just because the classes are interesting, but also because the program is designed to let you explore France as much as possible.

Street: So it’s “studying abroad,” but with a little less emphasis on “studying.” Nice. What if you’re on a traveling budget, though? EA: It’s no problem! Even if you don’t feel like leaving Tours on your own, you go on a lot of day trips to other regions of France through the program. My favorite excursion was definitely the day at Versailles. The gardens are unbelievable. Street: So you get to travel around Paris too, right? What’s that like? EA: I got most of the touristy things done the first weekend I was in Paris, so the second basically consisted of me and a couple friends lounging around Paris, eating (a lot), and people watching. It might not sound like a lot, but people watching in Paris is amazing, especially in the Tuilerie gardens where a mangy pigeon unfortunately decided to poop on my arm.




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ing to come in and definitely increase that aspect. DP: That being said, Penn basketball has str uggled mightily in the last two years and a lot of people surrounding the program have been calling for coach Allen’s job. Did the coaching staff’s job security factor into your decision at all, considering you could step on campus in 2015 with a whole new staff? JD: A couple people asked me about that as well and I try to just live for what is happening now, look at it for the coaches that are there now and try and make the best of the situation. I think that if you spend a couple seasons ... coming in with the right mindset, then things can definitely change. Coach Allen is a great coach and it will definitely turn around here in the next couple seasons.

Q&A from page 8 dle of May. They were the most head strong about [recruiting] and I was very impressed by them and the team in general. DP: So why did you choose Penn over the other schools on your list? J D: I chose Pen n be cause when I went on my visit, as soon as everything happened, everything I was hoping to achieve on my visit I did and more. I love the coaches, I love the campus, I love the facilities. The students that I met were great. The faculty that I spoke to were incredible. Some of the players that I met were really great people and it is definitely something I see myself being a part of, which is why I was so excited. The facilities, the Palestra, all the history and the legacies in that building is incredible and it really heightens the experience of the basketball process. DP: On v isits at other schools, have you felt that other coaches were lying to you or at least embellishing their pitch? JD: Not lying but stuff that I didn’t feel too strong about. I won’t go into specifics but like I said before, the fact that all four coaches went

Reynolds ends career with top finish TRACK & FIELD from page 8 his storied career in the Red and Blue. Over the past few years, Reynolds has been the undisputed face of Penn’s track and field program, consistently ranking amongst the top high jumpers in the nations and racking up enough accolades to make several premiere athletes careers. However, Rey nolds has had a relatively up-and-down year by his lofty standards, most surprisingly registering a disappointing showing at this year’s indoor Heptagonal Championships. But Reynolds erased all memory of indoor Heps with a solid seventh place, becoming

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Jackson Donahue committed to Penn after the coaching staff made a late push for the rising high school senior. on the tour was something I never had before. When I visited other schools, I was always with just one assistant or maybe assistants or an assistant and a manager. To have all four of them there and all of them saying the same thing and having the same vibe, that support was just incredible and made it realistic for me. DP: What did the coaching staff tell you about where you fit into Penn basketball in 2015? JD: Coach Allen has been telling me that we’re gonna work hard [at Penn] and I am really looking forward to showing the team and the coaches that it is something that I take seriously and just kind of work hard offensively and defensively, whatever they need me to do. I’m really hoping to come in and knock down shots. That’s what I do best. I know it has been a struggle the last few years for them from beyond the arc, so I’m definitely hop-

a first-team All-American for the sixth time and ending his storied college career on top. Reynolds’ exit will undoubtedly be a huge blow to Penn’s program, but there is an exciting group of young, talented athletes who are more than ready to take his place at the helm. Among this group of upand-coming stars are Mattis and Hay, both of whom broke out during the season. Mattis and Hay have led the resurgence of the Quakers’ throwing program, which was arguably the most consistent source of the team’s relative success throughout the outdoor season after a few years of relative obscurity. Mattis was one of the nation’s top performers in the discus and one of the stars of the men’s squad all season, and he continued his winning ways over the weekend at the NCAA Finals. With a monstrous toss of 60.33-meters, Mattis earned a




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W. LAX from page 8 ing the way for the Ivy League crowd was team USA veteran goalkeeper and 2006 Dartmouth grad, Devon Wills, who earned All-World honors in leading the team to the title in 2013. Markham was also joined by a number of current Ivy League players including Princeton rising seniors Erin McMunn and Erin Slifer, Harvard rising sophomore Marisa Romeo and Dartmouth rising sophomore Lauren Maiorano. “It was an honor to be there. I was one of two Ivy League players there [at my position], a lot of players were from the ACC and other top programs,� Markham said. “I felt like I was keeping up with them and it

Allen following in Miller’s track TYDINGS from page 8 So it is all well and good that Allen finally seems to have turned around his recruiting woes, but it is far too late to matter unless we see losses turn to wins this winter. Another losing

was a great experience having fun with all these top players in the country.� Markham hopes to bring that experience back and translate it into future success with the Quakers. Just as playing against top-level teams in the NCAA tournament can help foster future success, so too can the individual experience of playing against some of the best lacrosse players of the last decade. “One of the most interesting parts was playing with these lacrosse players who you grew up knowing and hearing about. Keeping up with them and becoming friends with them and building relationships and they’re giving you compliments that you never thought you would get,� Markham said. “You’re playing with lacrosse legends and it’s making you better and that opportunity is something that’s once in a lifetime.� And while some athletes take making the national team as an all-encompassing goal,

for Markham the national team wasn’t on her radar until this year. “I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to try out for the national team, before I even started playing college lacrosse,� Markham said. “It never crossed my mind until my coach suggested that I try it out.� Even though Mark ham wasn’t selected to the team following its announcement at the end of the weekend, it might just be the beginning of a long process for a player who hopes to eventually make the team. “Unfortunately I didn’t make it, but the selectors were saying how it could take two to three years of trying out to actually make the team, so I think trying out each year gives you some new experiences and you learn how to try out in the best way you can.� Markham said. “We’ll see how next year goes. Hopefully there are no injuries and I’ll be healthy enough, but I’ll definitely try to try out next year.�

season won’t be enough to save the current coaching staff. As much as Allen’s predecessor is hated by Penn’s fan base, Glen Miller began to turn things around in recruiting by the end of his tenure as well. It was Miller’s final recruiting classes that provided the core of Allen’s best team, with Zach Rosen and Rob Belcore thriving under a new coach long after Miller was fired. That very well could be Allen’s fate. This isn’t to say that Brown or Donahue will be the

dynamic leader that Rosen was, but they do provide hope for the not so distant future. So much like his predecessor, Allen is well on his way to turning around Penn basketball and providing the next solid core for the Quakers. But that core likely won’t be his to coach for very long. 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

what was an otherwise utterly dominant season for the rising junior. In this respect, the Finals were a bit disappointing and the pot of gold a bit less heavy. But it is doubtful that Dolan views the situation the same way. Dolan has always stressed the importance of his team’s journey, but to him, there never was a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the season. In fact, he has already moved on from the outdoor season and made a trip overseas, supporting a select group of his athletes who will compete in Europe over the summer. To him, the NCAA Finals were never supposed to provide any tangible payoff, but rather just another checkpoint on his young team’s journey to greatness. The real payoff may lay months or even years into the future, but at this rate, it looks like it will be sweet.

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At 6-foot-1, Sam Mattis was notably shorter than other top discus competitors on the podium, who stood between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-7. all year for Penn track and field: the rise of the program’s young athletes. However, one of the program’s young guns was conspicuously absent from the

proceedings. Distance runner Thomas Awad was unable to qualify for Finals after falling ill during his qualifying meet. It was an unrepresentative end to

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NCAA Finals highlight season The future of track and field success can’t come soon enough

STEVEN TYDINGS Since the end of the dreadful 201314 season for Penn men’s basketball, we’ve seen three players and two assistants leave the program. But we’ve also seen coach Jerome Allen go to work. While things seemed to be crumbling around him, Allen kept on moving, introducing his former Penn teammate Nat Graham as his assistant while adding four recruits. And looking at the four recruits (incoming freshmen Darnell Foreman and Dan Dwyer as well as rising high school seniors Jule Brown and Jackson Donahue), they each address an important area of need for the Red and Blue as they filter in over the next couple years. Foreman, a point guard, will look to fulfill the role that Tony Bagtas unceremoniously vacated — point

guard of the future. Dwyer has the potential to be a solid forward in a team lacking depth in the frontcourt after rising senior Henry Brooks joined graduated forwards Fran Dougherty and Cameron Gunter as former Quakers. But the real jewels (pun very much intended) are Brown and Donahue. By all accounts, Brown has the potential to be the small forward Allen has never had, playing well within the three guard system while having the desire to play defense just as well. And Donahue addresses one of the biggest needs in said three guard system, pinpoint three-point shooting. The 6-foot-1 guard is the strong shooter that Allen hasn’t been able to recruit before. All of this to say that Allen knew exactly what was wrong with his program and is taking steps to fix it. But when you are simply laying and waiting for the 2015-16 season, there is something wrong. That’s because you can’t ignore the losing. In case you haven’t noticed, Penn’s most visible program hasn’t been able to crack double digit wins for two years while recording more than 20 losses in consecutive years. SEE TYDINGS PAGE 7

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In what has certainly been a breakout year for the rising junior thrower, Sam Mattis continued to shine in a strong performance at the NCAA Finals. Mattis earned his first career first-team All-American honors with a 60.33-meter throw and fifth-place finish in the men’s discus.

TRACK & FIELD | Hay and Mattis show bright future for throwing program BY COLIN HENDERSON Senior Staff Writer For Penn track and field, the past weekend was the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. After months of hard work and continuous team improvement, three of Penn’s top athletes got the chance to represent the school

at collegiate track and field’s most elite and competitive meet: the NCAA Finals. Those athletes were 2014 Penn graduate jumper Maalik Reynolds and rising junior throwers Sam Mattis and Kelsey Hay, all of whom advanced to the Finals after strong performances in NCAA Regional competition. All three made the trip out to compete in Eugene, Ore. along with various members of Penn’s coaching staff, including head coach Steve Dolan. Dolan was unable to be

reached for comment at this time. Going into the weekend, Dolan had high expectations for all three of his athletes, but especially for Reynolds and Mattis, both of whom were high qualifiers in Regionals and were expected to compete for All-American honors. And in the end, all three athletes would deliver on their respective expectations. Of special significance was the performance of Reynolds, the last of SEE TRACK & FIELD PAGE 7


Q&A with 2015 Penn basketball commit Jackson Donahue BY STEVEN TYDINGS From The Daily Pennsylvanian’s sports blog, THE BUZZ

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While men’s basketball head coach Jerome Allen has certainly done his part recruiting future talent since the turn of events earlier in the offseason, it may end up being too little too late.

Want to meet another future member of Penn basketball? Well, rising high school senior Jackson Donahue is just that, since the strong three-point shooter committed to Penn earlier in the spring. Donahue spoke with the DP about his college decision and his own

playing style. Daily Pennsylvanian: What kind of school were you looking for during your recruitment and where did Penn fit in during your early recruitment? Jackson Donahue: I was looking for a great program that would allow me to achieve the highest possible academics that I could, and be able to play basketball as well. Also I was looking for a program that I

could see myself playing in, that I really saw myself being able to have an impact on, whether it be immediately or down the road. But that collectiveness of great aspects was really what I was looking for as well as playing competitive basketball. And Penn specifically, they’ve actually been recruiting me for the shortest amount of time. [The coaches] were up here in the midSEE Q&A PAGE 7

Penn’s Markham tries out for U.S. national team

W. LAX | Rising senior hopes to make national team in future years BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Sports Editor

While all the national sports focus has shifted to the U.S. men’s soccer team in Brazil, the focus for one Penn athlete shifted to a national team of another sort. R i si ng sen ior defense Meg Markham spent the past weekend trying out for the U.S. women’s lacrosse team in Washington, D.C. along with 83 of the best lacrosse players from around the country. Though Markham didn’t make the final roster, the experience was definitely a valuable one for one of Penn’s key returning starters. “It’s definitely an experience. I didn’t think that there would be a level higher than D-I college lacrosse but I was wrong,” Markham said. “It’s a much faster game and there’s not re-

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ally a lot of down time, you’re always going, always competing with the top players in the country.” The honor was just the latest in a long string for Markham, who has received significant recognition for her stellar season with the Quakers in the past season. The rising senior was named Ivy League defender of the year, as well as first-team All-American and ECAC first-team All-Star. For Markham, along with many of the players there, it wasn’t an entirely unfamiliar crowd. The list of players trying out was composed of players from other top programs, many of whom played against Penn earlier in the season. “A lot of the top players that we played during the season, their top scorers, their top defenders, were all there,” Markham said. “It was interesting to play with them and against them.” In representing the Ivy League, Markham was far from alone. LeadSEE W. LAX PAGE 7

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Rising senior defense Meg Markham hopes to translate her experience playing with “lacrosse legends” over the weekend into future team success as one of the leaders of Penn’s team next year.

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