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Despite President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric during both his campaign and while in office, his administration last week ruled to allow more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States — at least temporarily. Penn students, while relieved at the ruling, are hesitant to celebrate just yet. Trump said in a June 16 memo that he plans to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects “dreamers” — individuals who entered the United States as children. However, White House officials have been quick to emphasize that this is just a temporary ruling. “There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart,” said Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Penn’s administration was pleased with Trump’s turn on DACA. “We are glad that President Trump has expressed this new position,” University spokesman Stephen MacCarthy said in a statement. Penn has been outspoken in favor of immigrant rights in the past. After several petitions from student groups last year, Penn declared itself a “sanctuary” for undocumented students, in a

letter sent by top administrators, including Penn President Amy Gutmann. In the Nov. 30 letter, Penn affirmed that the University wouldn’t allow immigration officers on campus without a proper warrant, or proffer any information about undocumented students without proper legal proceedings. Frank Calabrese, a former immigration lawyer and the associate director of Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services said DACA is a worthwhile measure that provides individuals “hope and a means to come out of hiding.” But Calabrese added that he did not consider this any great victory, as Trump made no definitive statement on the permanent status of DACA. “This could change. Who knows? I think the president’s a little bit erratic in what’s going on, and the thing with DACA is that it doesn’t necessarily work,” he said. “It’s not a pass to a green card.” Besides, the extension of DACA doesn’t solve all the problems that undocumented immigrants face, according to Erik Vargas, a rising College sophomore and media liaison of Penn for Immigrant Rights. Many students at Penn protected under DACA still fear for the potential separation of their families if they have undocumented, and thus unprotected, parents, he said. Vargas noted that there are also Penn students who are citizens

The state will continue giving $30 million to the school HALEY SUH Staff Reporter

Penn Dining does not currently permit withdrawal from meal plans CHRIS DOYLE Staff Reporter


but have undocumented parents. Like many DACA students, they too face the threat of homelessness if their parents are deported. Vargas said he is particularly worried about potential legislation in his home state of Texas. According to The Los Angeles Times, Texas legislators have already passed a bill that allows local law enforcement to request the immigration status of anyone they arrest for any type of felony. The state has also passed laws punishing local police who ignore federal immigration requests to detain suspected undocumented immigrants. The bill is supposed to go into effect on Sept. 1, but five large Texas cities such as Houston, Dallas and Austin have challenged it, halting its progress for now. Vargas fears that, if passed, the bill could set a precedent that could influence Pennsylvania legislation and threaten Penn’s current status as a sanctuary campus. Calabrese said it is crucial that Penn remains a sanctuary campus in order to protect the students who are not on DACA — in other words, undocumented students who didn’t come to the United States as young children, or who fail other requirements of the DACA program. Calabrese said he thinks students protected under DACA are “relatively safe,” but Vargas is still skeptical. “Although it is a source of relief, there is plenty that has to be done,” he said. “It’s not just something that you can sit back on.”

Penn Vet’s state funding restored

Penn students petition for the right to cancel dining Penn students launched a petition to protest Penn Dining’s policy of disallowing students to cancel their Penn dining plans. The petition, which had collected 131 signatures by Wednesday evening, was created by rising Engineering sophomore and web developer for The Daily Pennsylvanian Colby Cox. While students are able to register for a dining plan independent of a housing plan, there is also a section of the undergraduate housing plan application that prompts students to register for the dining plan at the same time. So, in the process of settling his housing for the upcoming year and making choices on bedroom types, roommates and other living conditions, Cox said he registered for one of Penn Dining’s eight meal plans “not even thinking about it.” As a result, Cox said he didn’t have the opportunity to properly consider the expense and logistics of the plan he chose. Before selecting a dining plan, students



The dean of Penn Vet urged people to recognize that veterinarians help provide care for companion animals, and protect the food supply and public health.

The School of Veterinary Medicine, which for months appeared to be on the verge of losing millions in state funding, will almost certainly have its funding from Harrisburg remain in place, according to the latest updates from the state budget negotiations. In the Pennsylvania state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, funding for Penn — close to 90 percent of which goes to the Vet School — was slated to be cut. The Vet

School stood to lose almost $30 million, which constitutes 20 percent of their total budget. This funding now looks like it might be restored by a bill that allocates $30.1 million from the state budget to the Vet School and over $281 thousand to the Division of Infectious Diseases at Penn Medicine. The state Senate has already voted unanimously for the bill to pass and the House of Representatives will vote on the bill later this week, University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy said in a statement. SEE PENN VET PAGE 3

Kelly Writers House announces its 2018 Fellows The KWH Fellows program is in its 19th year MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter

The Kelly Writers House has announced the KWH Fellows for 2018: novelist Paul Auster, poet Bernadette Mayer and journalist and


commentator Charles M. Blow. The KWH Fellows project is in its 19th year and is funded each year by a grant from Paul Kelly, according to Penn professor and KWH Faculty Director Al Filreis. It consists of a semester-long seminar for undergraduate students on the work of each of the KWH Fellows.

This culminates in a three-day visit from each of the fellows, during which students can interact with the writer and ask them questions. The writer will also hold two programs which will be available to all members of the public. The KWH Fellows for 2018 have a wide range of backgrounds: Auster is

an experimental novelist of postmodern fiction, Mayer is an avante-garde feminist poet and Blow is a New York Times columnist and commentator on contemporary topics. All three authors are doing work that is very cutting edge,” said 2012 SEE KWH FELLOWS PAGE 3





Longtime LGBT Center director to retire after 35 years Schoenberg first joined the center as a graduate student CHRISTINE OLAOGUN Staff Reporter

LGBT Center Director Dr. Bob Schoenberg will be leaving Penn this September after 35 years at Penn. In an interview with Penn Current, Schoenberg pointed out that during his tenure at Penn, he has seen massive change in the LGBT climate on campus. Schoenberg first joined the LGBT center while he was still a graduate student at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice. During this period, he was a part-time member of the staff. He was later hired full

time, after he completed his dissertation. “The timing feels right to retire now,” Schoenberg said Schoenberg has worked on some of the most consequential changes to the LGBT community on campus. When the center first opened in 1982, it began with a small staff that worked out of the Student Activities office. The center was founded in response to several instances of assault on LGBT students on campus. “The most dramatic [incident] was that a student in Van Pelt College House (what is now Gregory College House) was rather badly beaten up for no other reason, apparently, than that he conformed to the


In 2000, the center became only the second university in the country to have an entire building dedicated to LGBTQ students.

stereotypes of what it is to be a gay man,” Schoenberg said. In 2000, the center moved out into its own physical locations

at 3907 Spruce Street, becoming only the second university in the country to have an entire building dedicated to LGBTQ

students. Penn students said they are grateful for the impact the Schoenberg has had on their time spent at Penn. “There’s a lot we take for granted that he’s done,” College senior Kai Kornegay said. 2017 College graduate Brittany Brown agreed. “Bob’s done a lot for making the center what it is.” Brown highlighted Schoenberg’s efforts in pushing for a building to house LGBT students — a move that was largely unprecedented when Schoenberg led it, and is rare even today. “Penn is one of the only schools in the country that has a dedicated building for LGBTQ students, which is pretty

unbelievable,” Brown said. “The fact that this center is the second in the country is noteworthy,” Kornegay pointed out. “Bob started this center. That is something that I don’t want us to take for granted. It’s really important for us to remember all that he’s done in really creating a space for queer and trans students.” Kornegay added that she’s learnt to appreciate Schoenberg’s legacy even more after speaking to Penn alumni about their interactions with him. “There are many people for whom Bob has been central to being comfortable with their identities. Seeing all the people he’s touched has been really really helpful,” she said.

Penne Restaraunt & Wine Bar to close permanently

Biology professor named new Dean of the College

The eatery closed after 15 years on June 25

The appointment came after Dean DeTurck stepped down

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Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar, the Italian eatery known for its homemade pastas at the Inn at Penn, has closed after 15 years. June 25 marked the last day of operations. Penne was part of the the Inn at Penn hotel located at 3611 Walnut Street. The website for the restaurant has been taken down from the main Inn at Penn page. “Within Penn’s retail portfolio, the University is always looking at opportunities to bring new offerings in order to continually renew the dining and shopping mix,” Barbara Lea-Kruger, a spokesperson for Penn Business Services Division, said in an email.

There’s a new sheriff in town. Paul Sniegowski, a professor of biology, will be the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to an email announcement by Steven J. Fluharty, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. (The College encompasses just undergraduates, while SAS encompasses both undergraduate and graduate students.) Sniegowski will take the reins on July 1 from Andy Binns, who filled in as interim dean in the spring while Dennis DeTurck, the longtime College dean, was on a leave of absence. In early May, DeTurck formally stepped down from his post after 12 years of leading the College. “Paul has demonstrated a deep commitment to excellence in liberal arts education and to student wellbeing that positions him well to lead out undergraduate programs,” Dean


Penne’s website for the restaurant has been taken down from the main Inn at Penn page

According to a report, Penn plans to use the “slow season” to remodel the restaurant with a new name and concept. “Penne successfully served Hilton guests as well as the community for over 15 years and there was general agreement that this was the right time to introduce a fresh


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agree to a list of terms and conditions. This list includes a section stating that cancellations are not permitted, except in a situation where a student leaves campus. It also explains that students cannot be released from a dining plan agreement for financial reasons because Penn Dining is not affiliated with Student Financial Services. Cox said that although these terms and conditions are made readily available, students are still left in an unfair position. In his situation, he technically agreed to the terms of conditions of the dining plan when he was filling out the housing application. “It’s kind of insane that we can’t get out of this, even though they say it’s in the terms and conditions of the housing application, that you can’t get out of the dining plan if you chose

concept,” Lea-Kruger added. On Yelp, Penne received two and a half stars from 86 reviews. Penne’s closure comes after the University announced that it would shut down six other campus eateries — Quiznos, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Mediterranean Cafe and Nom Nom Ramen — by the end of June.

one,” Cox said. “You’re not thinking that terms and conditions are going to have anything to do about dining when you’re applying for housing.” After seeing his student bill, Cox called the University to cancel his meal plan, but discovered that it was binding and, therefore, interminable by the student. “I was looking at things the other day, looking at Penn Pay and looking at all the costs, for the semester,” Cox said, “and I see $1,500 for the dining plan, and I’m like, ‘Oh, crap. I don’t want to do that.’” That’s when Cox did some research and found a thread on the Class of 2020’s Facebook page on this exact issue. Cox realized he was not the only student experiencing this problem. A number of other students on the Facebook page said they also chose a dining plan for the upcoming semester last spring from which they now want to withdraw.


Paul Sniegowski has been published in esteemed journals and supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Fluharty said in the email. Fluharty’s announcement praised Sniegowski’s 20-year tenure at Penn and noted that Sniegowski has been “widely published in top journals and supported by such agencies as NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.” Outside of the Biology


Students agree to a list of terms and conditions, which explains that students cannot be released from a dining plan agreement for financial reasons because Penn Dining is not affiliated with Student Financial Services.

“Even people with financial aid reasons for trying to get out of the plan, couldn’t get out of it,” Cox said, “even with the

help with their financial aid advisor.” In addition to petitioning for cancellations, Cox is also

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Penn students talking business in summer Israeli fellowship The experience is sponsored by Birthright Israel RAHUL CHOPRA Contributing Reporter

Seven Penn undergraduates and one Penn alumnus are participating in an elite 10 -week-long fellowship in Israel this summer. Organized by Bir th r ight Israel — the same company that brings young adults, including many Penn students, to Israel on a free trip — the Birthright Excel Fellowship runs two programs: The Business Experience Program, open to college sophomores, juniors and select seniors, and The Excel Ventures Program, open to college seniors and recent graduates. According to the organization’s website, the programs are “each uniquely designed for talented Jewish future leaders

pursuing a career in business and/or entrepreneurship.” This year, the Business Experience program accepted 44 North American and 44 Israeli participants while the Excel Ventures Program accepted 20 young adults, 10 American and 10 Israeli. Both programs — which are sponsored in part by the State of Israel and in part by other foundations, such as The Steinhardt Family Foundation, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Paul E. Singer Foundation — aim to build connections between the Unites States and Israel. The Business Experience Program, which the seven undergraduate Penn students are in, offers participants an internship at a prominent company in Israel and guidance from professional mentors. Participants are also matched with an Israeli peer who helps to

expose them to Israeli culture. Wharton sophomore Ethan Arbess is interning at venture capital fund F2 Capital as part of the Business Experience Program and said he enjoys the responsibilities he has to take on by interning. He added that he likes the program for exposing him to “the entire Israeli tech ecosystem” and allowing him to explore Israeli culture. Throughout the Business Exper ience P rog ra m, pa rticipants learn about business and entrepreneurship from CEOs, venture capital investors and business leaders such as general manager for Uber Israel Yoni Greifman, and vice president of eCommerce at the Israel-based company Wix, David Schwartz. Students also attend talks by prominent figures such as the CEO of Google Israel Meir Brand, and the former head of

Unarmed robbery at 42nd and Spruce streets on Friday This was the fifth safety alert by DPS this summer

green shirt and jeans. They were last seen going east on Spruce Street, according to a statement posted to DPS’s website. DPS issued an “all clear” message about 20 minutes after the initial alert. The follow-up alert added that police and Allied Security security guards were patrolling the area. A little over one month into the summer, DPS has already sent five safety alerts. Prior to last summer, DPS did not send safety alerts to the bulk of students and faculty who regularly receive them during

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An unarmed robbery occur red at the intersection of 42nd and Spruce streets on Friday around 1:13 p.m., prompting the Division of Public Safety to send its third safety alert in the past three days. The two suspects were each black men: One is 5’6” and was wearing a red shirt and tan pants, the second is 6-feet-tall and wearing a


“We are grateful to the Senate for unanimously voting to restore funding for the School of Veterinary Medicine and look forward to continuing to advocate for the House of Representatives to support restoration,” MacCarthy said. The bill comes after advocates urged the government to reconsider the restoration of funding that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf proposed eliminating in his budget address in February. Wolf’s cut came as a surprise to the Vet School, which has received funding from the state for the past 133 years. Vet School Dean Joan Hendricks wrote a letter earlier this month to the editor of The Pike County Courier, a newspaper in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, urging people to recognize the vital role that veterinarians play in not just

providing care for companion animals, but also in protecting the food supply and public health. Hendricks cited the Vet School’s ability to “fight reemerging th reats such as rabies,” “[help] farmers and tr uckers see where [swine virus] is present to prevent its spread,” and ensure that “99.99 percent of Pennsylvania eggs [make] it to market without salmonella.” She also noted that Penn Vet was the only school of veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania. Richard Ebert, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which provides legislative support and services to farmers in the state, also spoke out against the cut in funding. Ebert wrote to the Centre Daily Times, a periodical based out of State College, Pa., urging state lawmakers to support the restoration of state funding to Penn Vet. He cited the organization’s role in studying diseases that

the academic year. Months after The Daily Pennsylvanian first wrote about the absence of summer safety alerts, which came to light after a shooting near campus over Fourth of July weekend in 2016, DPS announced a change of course in March 2016. Students now receive alerts automatically in the summer and are able to opt out of receiving them through Penn InTouch. This is a developing story that was last updated on June 23 at 2:42 p.m. Check back for updates.

could influence human health. “As a d a i r y fa r mer, I couldn’t imagine losing access to Penn Vet’s world-class research, food protection programs, and veterinarian care,” Ebert wrote. “That’s why we’re calling on the state general assembly to fund this critical support system of agriculture.” Mark O’Neill, director of communications at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, said in an email that the organization was concerned that a loss of funding would diminish the Vet School’s “strong focus on Pennsylvania agriculture,” as well as its partnership with the State Department of Agriculture and Penn State University to monitor animal diseases. O’Neill also wrote that farmers were concerned the loss would “hur t Penn’s ability to attract, train, and produce la rge animal veterina rians, who are decreasing in numbers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.”

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This year, the Business Experience program accepted 44 North American and 44 Israeli participants, including seven Penn students.

the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, Yuval Diskin. The Business Experience internships are unpaid, but

Birthright Excel covers all expenses related to f lights, programming and housing for North American participants in

both the Business Experience and Ventures programs. Another goal of the program is cultural exposure. Each participant is assigned an Israeli peer who is either a member of the Israel Defense Forces or studying in areas of comparable interest to the participant. Peers help participants explore Tel Aviv and travel around Israel. The program’s curriculum also emphasizes learning about Israeli society through a three-day trip to Jerusalem and seminars on the Israeli ecosystem and venture capital landscape. Wharton sophomore Audrey Goldberg said the program has been engaging on both a professional and a cultural level. She said she often finds herself “discussing geopolitics of the Middle East over breakfast and the role religion plays in an individual’s identity while walking to work.”


College graduate Lily Applebaum, who is also the assistant to the faculty director and the coordinator of the KWH Fellows program. She said she is excited to see how the students who enroll in a class focused on these writers will draw inspiration from these innovators. Filreis, who has been teaching the selective seminar since it started in 1999, predicts that this year’s class will be “outrageously good” because of the group of Fellows that he said mixes well and are different enough that they balance each other out nicely. “The class keeps me on my toes because it is new every year,” Filreis said. “The students and I are doing this together, so it is a true seminar.”


The Fellows program is one of the opportunities that Kelly Writers House has to host famous writers with household recognition.

He also mentioned that he particularly enjoys this type of seminar because “as a teacher I rarely meet the writers of the content I teach.” The KWH also hosts the two public events, which often include readings, book signings and a casual interview/conversation session served with brunch. According to Applebaum, the Fellows program is one of

the opportunities that KWH has to host famous writers with household recognition, like past Fellows T.C. Boyle or Joyce Carol Oates. “We are able to have smaller, intimate gatherings that the Kelly Writers House is known for,” Applebaum said, “even with these bigger-name writers, who could sell a huge venue elsewhere easily.”



Finding identity and responsibility in the environment SUMMER POSTSCRIPT | More thoughts on our interactions with nature

THURSDAY JULY 6TH, 2017 VOL. CXXXIII, NO. 61 133rd Year of Publication AMANDA GEISER Editor-in-Chief MADDY OVERMOYER Business Manager REBECCA TAN News Editor SARAH FORTINSKY News Editor YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor CAMERON DICHTER Opinion Editor REMI LEDERMAN 34th Street Editor JAMIE GOBRESKI 34th Street Editor WENTING SUN Design Editor ZACH SHELDON Photo Editor ZOE BRACCIA Copy Editor LUCY HU Social Media Editor BROOKE KRANCER Social Media Editor

The trail began at the grounds of the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a pink concrete building perched on the slopes of Green Mountain, near Boulder, Colorado. Designed by I. M. Pei (a one-time Penn student and architect of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris) the laboratory’s turrets and windows match the the Flatirons behind it — rare, naked pink rock formations that bolt towards the sky from the hills. It was from this location that, last Monday, my sister and I headed west through a forested trail in search of Mallory Cave. Two weeks ago I wrote about how we shape, and are shaped by, the physical world that surrounds us. After my hike on Green Mountain, however, I realized that I had left something out. To notice that we are not much different from our surroundings is only the first part of the story, and what comes next is to find how we can better fit within this nature, while accepting our responsibility for the damage we have already

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inflicted against it. For a while before the hike, I had been reading the philosophy of Robert Nozick, which I found helpful for exploring these ideas. In his book, “Love’s Bond,” Nozick argues that the boundaries that define our sense of self are always drawn in light of what we own — our perception of the world, our personal memories, our current spatial location all separate us as individuals. But Nozick admits that there are times when these boundaries lose definition. The places, experiences, conversations and problems that we share with each other don’t have a special relationship to any one of us alone. Instead, in having these things together, our selves and the selves of others overlap, and the boundaries between us become less defined. As we hiked up the mountain, I wondered whether I could think of the forest around us as a thing in this sense — not only as a part of my individual experience,


but one which I shared with my sister and dozens of other hikers on that summer morning. Whether I noticed it or not, I was joining everyone else in having the forest, making it a part of myself, and in so doing gaining a responsibility for it not

of a single quaking aspen, which, in the fall, would turn yellow with the other aspens — in contrast to the surrounding pines — a single, living body connected by a vast underground root system. We stopped to rest there,

Now, even when absorbed by the natural world, it’s hard not to come across the damage we have caused. unlike that which I have for my own body. That our sense of identity can stretch beyond us to include other places and other people is a strange and beautiful idea, but one that is also reflected in nature. Halfway through our journey, the trail cut across another wooded area on the slopes of the mountain. Seemingly composed of hundreds of separate trees, this forest was actually the clonal colony

sitting on a mossy trunk overlooking the foothills. The beige walls of the Mesa Laboratory could be seen through pockets of space between the trees, looking as natural as the bedrock. This was not unintentional — achieving this harmony was a crucial part of I. M. Pei’s vision. “By taking the position of being different from nature, you are less likely to be compared to nature,” he once

said in an interview, “you are saying that we’re different. That we’re man made.” “But that is not what you wanted to do?” The interviewer asked. “I didn’t think so, I didn’t think I could reach a spiritual dimension by taking that approach.” It’s evident that Pei, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year, was able to alter the world in a responsible, conscious and artful manner. However, it will always be easier for us to avoid being compared to nature, to think that we are not accountable for the way we mark our surroundings — how our lives compare, and fit within, the world that was there before we arrived. The consequences of living this way have come at a cost: Now, even when absorbed by the natural world, it’s hard not to come across the damage we have caused. At the endpoint of the trail, we found the entrance to Mallory Cave boxed by a wrought-iron cage. The gate, complete with the likeness

JUAN SEBASTIÁN PINTO of bats straddling the metal bars, had been built to protect the animals inside from the human spread of White Nose Syndrome. Since it had been discovered in a single New York cave in 2006, the disease had killed nearly six million bats in North America. “The afflicted animals are often seen flying outside their caves in the winter,” a sign nearby explained, “waking up prematurely from hibernation, and dying, shortly after, from cold or starvation.” JUAN SEBASTIÁN PINTO is a College senior from Quito, Ecuador studying English.


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How to change someone’s political views PHILOSOPHIZING | A commitment to evidence is key

Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it would take for someone of one political persuasion to “switch sides.” There’s a lot of merit to the idea that we, especially at Penn, restrict ourselves to “echo chambers” where our communities and groups are just reflections of our own backgrounds and beliefs. I think it’s a good exercise to find someone of an opposing viewpoint, and convince them that they are wrong — or be convinced that you yourself are wrong in the process. Things were a lot easier when I was a debater in high school. In organized debate, you have a set resolution, an affirmative side and a negative side, and a neutral (as neutral as someone can be) arbiter of arguments who decides the winner of the debate. The name of the game is to appeal to the sensibilities of the judges, whatever they may be, when constructing your arguments. But it’s very different from the real world. When you argue with someone to convince them

of something, they are both your opponent and the judge — they actively disagree with you and ultimately decide the merit of any arguments you present. The content of political and economic beliefs is too closely tied to the daily lives of people to allow for neutral evaluation. When debates center around feelings and not facts, you reach an epistemological impasse. Ann Coulter might believe that Mexicans are inherently violent. I disagree. I might be able to present an abundance of psychological, historical, biological and sociological evidence explaining why she’s wrong and how her belief is biased, but there is a high chance that she will remain unconvinced. The issue is that debate requires points of stasis; which is to say, points of common ground and disagreement. The first step in convincing a rational person of something (and the first step for any sort of discussion at all) is a discussion of what counts as evidence and what doesn’t.

This should not be a controversial discussion. The most powerful evidence is data, coupled with people’s narratives and experiences. There is a multitude of research saying that humans are not convinced by facts — but I think that if we couple reason and argument with intuition and experience,

possible to manipulate and spin evidence in particular ways, but it is not possible to fake trends in data. The objectivity of raw data allows us the assurance of saying: “If the data is correct, then the argument is correct.” It’s analogous to saying that the conclusion naturally follows from the premises, if the prem-

Some people’s beliefs are true and others’ are false; not just as a matter of preference but as a matter of fact. we can achieve a powerful method of convincing someone of something. When people agree on what doesn’t and does count as evidence, they are, in some sense, creating an emulation of a neutral arbiter of debate. It is

ises are true. A rea l ag reement a nd commitment to appropriate standards for evidence means that stasis can be reached. Discussion becomes possible, because people stop talking past each other and start talking to

each on the same points. However, I think an important, non-trivial addition to establishing a commitment to evidence is a cohesive narrative. The academic literature can dryly make claims about poverty, but it is something else entirely to be experientially aware of what the stark conditions of the poor are. The latter kind of information develops empathy and intuition. This kind of thing, whenever possible, is absolutely essential. It is quite easy to generalize and say poor people are where they are because of laziness. But it becomes very, very difficult to say that when you are actually exposed to impoverished communities. Abstraction and distanced analysis can be important academic tools, but sometimes they can result in the loss of valuable context-dependent information. Omitted variable bias can occur this way. Convincing someone of something will always be a localized interaction, dependent on the ‘someone’ and the ‘something.’ Most people will

VINAYAK KUMAR find narratives, stories, pictures and emotions more convincing than facts, studies and data. But there are some who will attempt to stay away from narratives and pictures and will claim to want hard data. Whether, as a matter of epistemic normativity, one method is preferable is irrelevant. A framework for persuasion will blend the two, in a never-ending process of calibration to find the optimal melangé. VINAYAK KUMAR is a rising sophomore from Parsippany, N.J., studying finance, physics and philosophy.




The Fresh Grocer still open after its supposed shut-down date The grocery market’s lease expired on March 31 MICHAEL SCHWOERER Contributing Reporter

Two months after it was originally slated to close, the Fresh Grocer at 4001 Walnut Street is still in operation. Penn said last December that the Fresh Grocer — which has occupied its spot on the corner of 40th and Walnut streets since 2001 — would be evicted after failing to renew its lease by the deadline. Plans for an Acme supermarket, complete with a Starbucks and guacamole station, were announced on April 10. Come July, however, and the Fresh Grocer still stands. How is that possible? The supermarket was supposed to vacate the building

by March 31, according to Ed Datz, the executive director for real estate at Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services. The Fresh Grocer has rejected Penn’s reasoning and the University has been engaged in litigation with the grocery for the past few months. As of June 1, the legal proceedings are ongoing, Datz said, adding that Penn seeks “to enforce the lease and enable its new supermarket tenant to begin renovations to the market space.” Maureen Gillespie, a spokesperson for Wakefern Food Corporation which owns the Fresh Grocer, told The Philadelphia Inquirer in April that the supermarket has no plans to leave Penn’s campus. “It is the Fresh Grocer’s intention to remain at the Walnut Street location,” Gillespie said.


A Penn survey collected data on students’ grocery shopping habits in the spring semester, but the University has not published its results.

“It will continue to avail itself of all options to make that happen.” In the meantime, Datz said the administration “will implement a plan to assist the Penn

community with its food shopping needs” but did not indicate how this would be put into effect. President of the Undergraduate Assembly and rising

College senior Michelle Xu said the UA has been very concerned about students’ access to food during this transition period. Xu said the UA was contacted by Barbara Lea-Kruger, a spokesperson for Penn Business Services Division, to send out a survey collecting data on students’ grocery shopping habits in the spring semester. “Their idea behind it is to provide a Penn bus or some form of transit to be able to take kids to a grocery store somewhat close to the area, with the same kind of affordability as FroGro,” Xu said. This survey was sent to the undergraduate student body on April 16, over two weeks after the Fresh Grocer was scheduled to close. The email said the administration needed this information “so that they

can provide the most efficient support, when that becomes necessary,” Xu said. Two months since that date, the University has not followed up on this survey, or published its results. “The next step comes up when The Fresh Grocer closes, and [we] don’t have any updates on that,” Xu said. Other students agree that the transition between supermarket stores has not been as transparent as they had hoped. “I feel like none of it has been com municated well,” said rising College junior Jolie Gittleman. “I think a lot of Penn students will manage either way, but for other people around here who shop or work there, it could be a much bigger problem, especially if this is the only place they can go to buy healthy food.”

Former physics professor emeritus dies at 99 years old Burnstein’s research has won him many accolades ESHA INDANI Staff Reporter

Former professor emeritus of physics at Penn Elias Burstein died on June 17 due to heart failure at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. A groundbreaking physicist with over 200 scientific papers publ ishe d t h roughout h is career, Burstein was 99 years old and is survived by his wife, three daughters and two grandchildren. Burstein began teaching at Penn in 1958 following positions at the University of Kansas and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1961, along with chemistry professor Robert Hughes and

member of the Metallurgy Department Robert Madden, Burstein founded the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at Penn. He became the Mary Amanda Wood Professor of Physics in 1982 and retired in 1988 as professor emeritus, often working in labs with students. Burstein was a pioneer in research that aided in the development of silicon semiconductors. He was one of the first scientists to use lasers to further explore the properties of silicon. “He’s really more of a basic scientist in understanding the properties of silicon and how to manipulate the properties of silicon, the material that underlies all computer technology,” his former Penn colleague A.T. Charlie Johnson said to Philly.

com. “This has paved the way for the modern computer chips that we have today.” Burstein also helped to develop cu r rent scientif ic knowledge on Raman scattering, a process that describes the mechanism behind the production of one in every 10 million photons at varying frequencies from an atom or molecule. Many of Burstein’s published papers focused on his work concerning crystalline structures like rock salt or zinc ore. His work led him to be elected in 1979 to the National Academy of Sciences. He also received the Frank Isakson Prize of the American Physical Society for his research in the properties of insulators and semiconductors in 1986 according to the Boston Globe.


Burstein helped to develop current knowledge on Raman scattering, a process that describes the mechanism behind the production of one in every 10 million photons at varying frequencies from an atom or molecule.

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M. GOLF | Jason Calhoun hired as new

coach to replace Michael Blodgett COLE JACOBSON Sports Editor

The search for Penn men’s golf is over — again. Just under five months after Bob Heintz resigned from his head coaching role to take an assistant job at Duke, and just over two months since 2010 College graduate and interim head coach Michael Blodgett finished his first season at Penn, the Red and Blue have found their newest coach. In a press release on Monday, Penn Athletics announced that Jason Calhoun, who most recently served as the La Salle women’s golf head coach in 2016-17, would be taking the Penn men’s job. “I was over-the-top excited; it was something that I wanted, the program that I wanted to lead into the future, and it’s a great situation … the program is probably in the best situation it’s been in in a a long time, and I feel very fortunate to be walking into a good situation that can only get better,” Calhoun told The DP on Thursday. “The only drawback to getting the job at this point is that we have a couple months before we get started.” The move to hire Calhoun brings an end to a coaching search of nearly two months, as the Penn players learned that Blodgett would not be returning at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season. Despite the University’s decision not to bring Blodgett back, the program did make some strides in his lone season running the helm. Though the squad had ups and downs with a roster featuring only two seniors, a breakout second-place performance at the Yale Invitational in April was the team’s best finish at the event since 2010, and Penn’s fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships was a two-spot improvement from its result a season prior. “We had grown really close to him, and he’s such a great mentor and even a friend. I think we all felt like he had done so much for us both on a golf level and on a personal level, so when he told us that he wasn’t going to get asked back, we were all a little sad,” rising junior Josh Goldenberg said. “They were looking for someone who has a tremendous amount of experience ... so even though they did really enjoy having him in Penn’s athletic family, I just don’t think he qualified for what they were looking for, as much as they liked him as a person and as a coach — it didn’t really have anything to do with how we finished.” SEE CALHOUN PAGE 7

Meet the four players vying to be next Quaker QB

Penn must replace NFLbound Alek Torgersen COLE JACOBSON Sports Editor

As the weeks count down until opening kickoff, it’s hard to find too many holes in Penn football’s personnel. Big names like Justin Watson, Louis Vecchio, Tre Solomon and Mason Williams headline an unreal group of 11 returning All-Ivy selections — a full four more than the next closest squad in the league, Princeton — that gives the Red and Blue a plethora of returning talent not seen elsewhere in the Ancient Eight. But while there aren’t many questions regarding who will take the field when the 2017 season rolls around, it’s no secret that one uncertainty still hangs over the squad, one that by and large may determine whether Penn can turn its three-peat dreams into a reality — who’s going to be calling the shots on offense? As goes without saying, whoever finds himself as the next starting quarterback after the graduation of current Atlanta Falcon Alek Torgersen — who, among other absurd stats, is the all-time program leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage — will have some giant shoes to fill. But fortunately for coach Ray Priore’s program, there’s no shortage of talent vying to be the next face of the offense. At the beginning of the conversation, naturally, are the only two returning quarterbacks from last fall’s championship squad: rising sophomore Tyler Herrick and rising senior Will Fischer-Colbrie. As the lone guys taking reps in the backfield during spring ball, the returnees have the inherent advantage of having operated in offensive coordinator John Reagan’s scheme before. Though neither has thrown a regular season pass in his Penn


At 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, rising sophomore quarterback Tyler Herrick will look to win over the new starting job with his dual-threat ability as both a passer and runner despite not having thrown a single regular season pass for the Red and Blue last season.

career, Fischer-Colbrie would appear to have the edge based on experience — the 20-year-old actually spent some time on an FBS roster, signing with Colorado out of high school before transferring to Penn at the conclusion of his freshman season. FBS-to-FCS transfers are rare, but Fischer-Colbrie happens to have a classmate who did the same in senior linebacker Colton Moskal, who joined the Red and Blue program after playing for Syracuse in 2014. And if the career path of the latter, who finished fourth in the Ivy League with 89 tackles in 2016, is any indication, FischerColbrie could be in awfully good shape if he does finally get his own starters’ minutes. But even with FischerColbrie’s edge in both age and FBS experience, Herrick

didn’t back down remotely in the early stages of the ongoing competition. Though significantly smaller than his senior counterpart — Fischer-Colbrie physically resembles Torgersen quite well at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, while Herrick is listed at the same height but only 178 pounds — the rising sophomore certainly has an edge in mobility, as the explosive dual-threat rushed for 1,994 yards in addition to his 5,138 passing yards over two seasons starting for Hutto High School in Texas. If the past two seasons, in which Torgersen rushed for 14 touchdowns, have shown anything, it’s that Reagan isn’t afraid to keep defenses on their feet by letting his quarterbacks run in the option game, which could bode well for the sophomore. Indeed, as of the end of

spring ball in April, there really was no separating the two. “Right now it’s still open game,” Priore told the DP after the team’s spring game. “I think anytime you have a transition at the quarterback position we’re not gonna make those decisions until we’re into camp. Guys have worked really hard going through the spring, have showed great promise, understanding what we do offensively, which is the most important part.” But the best part? Those two aren’t even the only feasible options, as a pair of newcomers could very quickly break into the mix with strong efforts in summer camp. Like Fischer-Colbrie, rising sophomore Nick Robinson enters with an FBS pedigree — his college career began as a walk-on at SEC power Georgia,

where he redshirted during the 2015 season. But unlike the remainder of his competition for the Penn starting job, Robinson does have in-game experience at the collegiate level too; he spent last fall starting at Saddleback, a junior college near his Southern California home. And though the competition was undoubtedly a notch lower than what he’ll see in the Ivy League, his numbers didn’t leave much to complain about — 2,127 passing yards (8.5 per attempt), 16 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and Team Offensive MVP honors as he led his squad to a 9-2 record. But perhaps the best sign of Robinson’s prowess actually comes from his high school days, where he starred for JSerra Catholic with eventual Penn teammates Sam Philippi, Conor

O’Brien and Riley O’Brien. Playing in the notoriously difficult Trinity League — rated by MaxPreps as the nation’s most difficult league in Robinson’s junior year, and the second-best the following season — he threw 22 touchdowns to only three interceptions as a senior, leading his school to its first-ever playoff appearance. For his efforts, he was named the Trinity League co-MVP, sharing the honor with another quarterback named Josh Rosen — the same Josh Rosen who’s already been rumored as the potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in 2018. Rounding out the list of candidates is the only freshman of the bunch, Ryan Glover — but while he may be the youngest of the group, he was actually the highest touted coming out of high school. Though never on an FBS roster like Fischer-Colbrie and Robinson, Glover verbally committed to Colorado State last summer before changing routes during his senior year — and courtesy of ESPN, other FBS schools to extend scholarship offers included Southern Mississippi, Minnesota and Ohio, among others. The 34th-ranked dual-threat QB nationally in his class by 247Sports, Glover may have had the best prep career of all, having accounted for a ridiculous 74 touchdowns and only nine interceptions over two seasons starting at Woodward Academy (GA) en route to backto-back Georgia AAAA Player of the Year honors. Sure, no true freshman has ever started an entire season for Penn at the sport’s most important position, making him the natural underdog, but recruits of Glover’s caliber don’t come by every day either. So who’s it gonna be? Even if we might not know for sure until Penn’s first game on September 16, it’s clear that one of Penn football’s most important competitions of the 2017 season has already begun.




Mixed results at USA Track and Field Championships Seven athletes competed for the Red and Blue REGORY ROBINOV Sport Reporter

For most students, summer vacation begins as soon as they walk out that dreaded last final exam. However, a select few Penn track and field athletes have yet to experience the luxury of “time off.� Instead, seven Quakers have ventured out to the USA Track & Field’s two championships, the junior and senior outdoor, held in Sacramento, CA spanning June 22 to 25. These are not taken lightly by the athletes, as the top two juniors in each event will see themselves through to Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, while seniors have a shot at London’s IAAF World Championships this summer. On the junior side, freshmen Maddie Villalba, Mikayla Schneider, Nia Akins, Tia Livingston, and Sean Clarke got their taste of the spotlight while senior Chris Hatler and 2016 graduate Sam Mattis shone in

the senior competition. The events kicked off Friday, with Quakers hoping to work their way through the qualifying rounds to earn a spot in Saturday’s finals. In the women’s 800m, Villalba and Schneider did not post times fast enough to see them through, but Akins made the cut and continued on to place seventh overall on Saturday. In pole vault, Clarke cleared 5.15m on his third try, good enough for fourth place among a host of strong competitors in the field. Livingston out-hurdled the competition in qualifiers to come in fourth and then put in another strong performance a day later resulting in an impressive sixth overall finish. In the senior competition, Hatler ran the 1500m qualifiers well but would not go on to secure a spot in the final heat. Mattis, who now competes for Garage Strength Performance Training, took his best shot in discus, but failed to register any scores. While not all competitors came out on top, the experience

championship meet with a lot of my teammates and I had a lot of fun. It was a new experience and I really enjoyed myself, and am hoping for something great again next year,� Livingston said. With all the competition wrapped up and pre-season still far away, it is finally time for those elite members of Penn track and field to enjoy some well-earned relaxation. Lamenting her exhaustion during exams and training, Livingston certainly plans on unwinding a bit now. “Having to put in as much training and work as usual during finals season is just incredibly difficult,� she said. “Right now, I’m taking time off and finishing some classes over the summer as well. I just want to be normal — do nothing, watch movies, be a teenager.� Now able to breathe a sigh of relief and relish in their accomplishments, these Quakers can now finally focus on catching up on their favorite shows and lounging by the pool, like the rest of us having been doing since May.


Recent graduate Chris Hatler was one of two Penn graduates to compete in the senior competitions at the USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California.

alone was certainly worth the trip. Reflecting on the magnitude of the competition, Livingston was simply in awe of the spectacle around her. “It’s exhilarating. You’re going into an environment

where there’s professional athletes, top in the world, and you’re surrounded by them,� she said. “It just makes you want to succeed, and it forces me to push myself even further. It puts the other meets in perspective.�

The Penn contingency was by no means small, a huge plus for the athletes in terms of support and socializing when on the other side of the continent. “This is the first time that I’ve been able to travel to a

New report finds little progress from Title IX YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor

For all the time that has passed since Title IX first made its way into federal law 45 years ago, a new report suggests that improving the status of women in intercollegiate athletics has largely stalled. According to the report, which was commissioned by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics, the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, and the Gender


If finding experience was the goal, Penn couldn’t have done much better with its latest hire. In addition to having been a twotime All-NEC selection during his playing career at Saint Francis and owning Class A PGA Golf Professional status since 2004, Calhoun brings more than a decade of coaching experience at a total of five colleges to University City. His lone stint as a men’s head coach also happened to come in the Ivy League, as he led the Dartmouth men’s program from 2001 to 2005, including a career-best third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in 2002. His most recent task may have been his most difficult one, as Calhoun was tasked with compiling the first-ever La Salle women’s team and leading that squad in its inaugural season. Hired in January 2016, Calhoun recruited a team of almost exclusively freshmen for its debut season in 2016-17, where the inexperienced Explorers took a last-place finish at the 2017 MAAC Championships. “I was very happy at La Salle, built a program from scratch, and I had five really good players coming in. We were gonna go from being not-so-good to being really good in a matter of a year, so I was really excited about that team and the direction things were going,� Calhoun said. “I feel like I’m leaving the program in good shape, and somebody’s going to be able to walk right in there and have a good first year and keep building on that. But even in the process of creating something out of nothing with the Explorers, the temptation of joining the Penn program proved too great for Calhoun. Though he admitted he first considered the Penn job as a possibility back when Heintz resigned in January, it wasn’t until the University announced that it wouldn’t be retaining Blodgett that Calhoun made serious moves on applying for the role. “I was coaching at La Salle and certainly was not going to leave them in the lurch midseason, so no [I didn’t make an effort at the job in January],� he said. “But as it relates to golf coaching jobs, if all the Big 5 coaching jobs were open right now, Penn would be the one I want. So

Equity Task Force, the numbers of female head coaches and athletic directors have actually declined in the last 45 years. For some, this finding may come as a surprise. Although Title IX was not explicitly designed to increase female participation in athletics, that has been one of its most visible effects. But at the same time, it seems likely that these increases in female participation have also driven more men towa rds coaching women’s teams. In 1972, the vast majority of women’s teams were coached by women. In 2014, the percentage of women’s

teams coached by women was measured at about 43 percent. While that number is based on national averages, another new study titled, “Gender, Race and LGBT inclusion of Head Coaches of Women’s Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division 1 Conferences for the 45th Anniversary of Title IX,� examines data for eight specific athletic conferences. The Ivy League was included as one of the conferences in the study because its executive director, Robin Harris, is a woman. According to the report, which was produced by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics

in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota and LGBT SportSafe, the Ivy League had the highest percentage of women’s coaches for women’s teams. At 55 percent, the Ivy League was the only conference that earned a “B� in the Women in College Coaching Report Card. At Penn specifically, six head coaches out of 15 varsity women’s teams listed on the Penn Athletics staff directory are women. Penn’s athletic director, M. Grace Calhoun, is also a woman.

certainly when it came open, I was intrigued and interested ... Obviously I was on the edge of my seat wanting to see what they did as far as an interim coach, but all of those things were out of my control; when they did hire an interim and revealed they were going to do a national search, I figured I would have a chance.â€? When all was said and done, Penn deemed Calhoun the best of its available candidates, forcing him to make the brutally tough decision of leaving the squad whose creation he had helped facilitate. “It certainly wasn’t something that I was looking for; it came open and I was lucky enough to be the successful candidate,â€? he said. “Once the offer came in, I started reaching out to the players and letting them know, and every one of them certainly understood the difference in role, the fact that the Penn job was something I wanted and was a great move for me. I was very upfront with them, letting them know that it wasn’t like I was dying to get out of La Salle or anything like that; it was just a great opportunity and something I couldn’t pass up.â€? Adding an interesting wrinkle to the situation, Calhoun is the husband of Penn Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun, who is entering her fourth year at the University. Despite the pair’s connection, though, Jason Calhoun insisted that his wife’s presence was merely an added bonus to the role he so thoroughly sought after, and that she ceded all control in the hiring process to Assistant Athletic Director and Penn men’s golf sport director Jake Silverman. “If my wife was the Athletic Director at Villanova or Temple, I still would’ve wanted the Penn job. Do I think it’s nice to be able to work in the same athletic department as my wife? Sure. But again, the Penn job is something that I wanted,â€? Jason Calhoun said. “I coached at an Ivy League school before and I know what that’s about, it’s a very prestigious role and it’s an honor to be an Ivy League coach for sure. ‌ I wanted the job, I know the program, I know what the Ivy League schools are about, and it’s something that I wanted.â€? The Penn players themselves were notified of Calhoun’s hiring on Sunday evening via a conference call with Silverman and Calhoun. And despite their established bonds with

Blodgett, the instant reaction was overwhelmingly positive from the Red and Blue athletes, with a special appreciation for the coaching stability that Calhoun should present after a six-month rollercoaster stretch for the program. “We were all really excited to hear about him, because we’re looking to get momentum and get ready for the season, and this kind of allows us to do that. ... I think he’s going to bring not necessarily a better mindset, but a different one, and really kind of reenergize our program,� Goldenberg said. “For the whole morale of the team, I think having a permanent coach will help us in the long run and kind of bind us closer together. A lot of what we were saying on the phone was about tradition, and how he wants us to kind of start that — the tradition so that 10, 20 years from now, people will say, ‘Wow, that team kind of started it, look at all they accomplished.’� And with only the aforementioned two seniors graduating — not to mention the team’s top four scorers from the Ivy League Championships all returning next season — there seems to be no doubt Calhoun is inheriting a program on the rise. Combining a plethora of returning talent and the newfound coaching stability that had been absent months ago, optimism is through the roof as expectations will be high for the program to become an Ivy League contender in 2018 and beyond. “The biggest thing is letting the players know that they can do it and they can play. Being able to play is one thing, but having that confidence is another thing,� Calhoun said. “We have great talent on this team, but it’s been kind of a rollercoaster, so I think they probably underachieved these past two years. “But my goal is to get them to relax and play the best golf they can; we have a very talented team and, I think the Ivies in general are up for grabs,� he concluded. “We’ve got some good players coming in, we’ve got some good players coming back, and my goal is to provide them with the best opportunity to take that next step and get us back into title contention.� This story is ongoing and will be updated as we receive further information and comment. Last updated at 11:39 P.M. on Thursday, June 29.



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ANNABELLE WILLIAMS Thomas Calder (C’20) walks us through his first–ever Pride. With June, better known as Pride Month, almost over, Street conferred with Thomas Calder (C’20) to talk about his reactions to his inaugural pride, even in the Trump era. Thomas Calder is living in Philly this summer and attended some of the city’s Pride celebrations the weekend of June 16. Thomas walked us through the all–important process of picking the right events, outfit and entourage for Pride. Street: Can you just give an overview of your day? Tell us where you went, who you were with and what fun stuff you saw. Thomas Calder: I spent the whole day with some of my most treasured queer and not queer friends! We started at the festival at Penn’s Landing and then went to Woody’s, one of the most famous LGBTQ bars in Philly. Street: What was your favorite part of the experience? TC: My favorite part of the day was probably the people I willfully spent it with. Even though pride is a highly social event and a great way to


meet new people, I feel like it’s important and easy to remember who really matters. Street: Have you been to other pride celebrations before? If so, how did your experience at Philly Pride compare? TC: I’d never been to pride before! I missed the parade completely which I’d like to see at some point in the future. Street: Was there any political subtext to the celebrations in light of the Trump administration? TC: I feel like while some political messages were around most of us didn’t really want to think or talk about Trump/related issues (Ed. note: we feel you). The people I was with instead wanted to make the day about pride and ourselves and our loved ones. Street: Walk us through the process of picking an outfit. TC: Picking an outfit for Pride is awesome. You have this sense of security in knowing that whatever direction you go in, there’s always going to be someone more extreme than you, you know? It’s no pressure because everyone looks as outlandish or as casual as they want to—everything is fair game. Happy Pride! xoxo, Street.

Every member of One Direction has officially gone solo, with each guy releasing a single this year. Zayn Malik led the charge in 2016 with “PILLOWTALK” and now Niall, Harry, Louis and most recently Liam are also Timberlake-ing. Street listened to all their songs so you don’t have to. *** ZAYN is really pushing the bad boy aesthetic. If his first single named “PILLOWTALK” didn’t send the message, ZAYN is flexing his “I’m the cool kid of One Direction” muscle once again with his latest single. “Still Got Time” is an optimistic, up–tempo jam that came out right in time for summer. It’s got the cuttingly rhythmic vocals of a Drake track with the tropical–infused production of a Kygo song. The song features PARTYNEXTDOOR, the singer/songwriter who co– wrote Rihanna’s “Work.” Listen to “Still Got Time” if you like: Drake, The Weeknd, bad boys who can sing.


Harry Styles thinks he’s Bowie. Styles is a bit late to the solo– album party—he only released his self–titled album a little over a month ago. The song, though released on Prince’s 30th anniversary of his song “Sign O’ the Times,” likens more comparisons to Bowie’s “Life on Mars” with its the piano–infused dramatics. Listen to “Sign of the Times” if you like: David Bowie, “Hey Jude,” dad–centric classic rock.


Niall is playing the singer– songwriter card. “Slow Hands” is the second song that Niall has released in the past year, preceded by the acoustic, confessional “This Town.” Slow Hands is a refreshing contrast from the Top–40–inspired jams of his fellow ex–bandmates. This slow country–inspired jam lets Niall show off his fantastic vocals and guitar prowess— seriously, the chorus has a lick that sounds like it would be fun to learn on guitar. Listen to “Slow Hands” if you like: Alabama Shakes, Shawn Mendes, songs that make you feel like you should drive a tractor as you listen to them.


Louis Tomlinson wishes he were headlining Ibiza. Louis partnered with Steve

Aoki to produce a tropical house hit. “Just Hold On” is also accompanied by 8 official remixes—which makes sense given Tomlinson was ranked as one of the worst singers in the group. Maybe that explains why he released only remixes to the song. Now that I think about it, his name actually sounds like he could be a DJ. The music video, featuring a couple ending up in different parts of the world by traveling through space and time, took place in Vegas. He doesn’t even make an appearance in the video. Serious DJ vibes. Listen to “Just Hold On” if you like: Dillon Francis, Gov Ball, festival tans.


Liam should be bumping’ in the club. Liam Payne’s first single is an absolute club banger. No, the lyrics are not the most profound (“Girl, I love it when your body grinds on me. Oh yeah”), but sonically, “Strip That Down” is bound to make you want to move. The beat is an instant banger, verses are fun, and the chorus is insanely catchy. And rightfully so—this song was co–written by Ed Sheeran. Well played Liam, well played. Listen to “Strip That Down” if you like: Ed Sheeran, Migos, Jason Derulo



HUGHES RANSOM Contrary to popular belief.

Christine Chubbuck was born in 1944. She had two brothers, Tim and Greg. She attended Laurel School for Girls in a suburb of Cleveland. She went to Boston University to study broadcast. After a few years working on the East coast, she got a job hosting a morning show in Sarasota, Florida. On the side, she volunteered at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital giving puppet shows to children with intellectual disabilities. On July 15, 1974, she shot herself on live television. That’s what’s true. That’s what’s non-fictional. In typical fashion, director Robert Greene includes facts about Christine in his documentary Kate Plays Christine, but his focus is on teaching a broader lesson: all documentary films contain elements of fiction storytelling. He follows Kate Lyn Sheil, an actress, as she prepares to delve into Christine’s mind for a role. Kate attempts to understand uncertain things

such as depression, suicide and divorce. The audience trusts her, follows her (dangerous!) method acting process and learns a lot. But the audience never sees Kate’s final project, because the audience had already been watching it. Greene, in a magician–like move, uses Kate and the pretense of non–fiction that surrounds documentary to make the audience believe what they were seeing was real. Yes, Greene’s film says truthful things about Christine, but that doesn’t make it real. By the time his film ends, Greene has made obvious what is usually so subtle about documentaries: they’re all at least partially untruthful. Documentaries rely on manipulation of our expectations. In other words, they’re goddamned liars! Before Greene’s big reveal, the expectation was the information in Kate Plays Christine was to documentaries as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was to non–fiction books. People are taught to trust non–fiction without regard to medium. Remember the Dewey Decimal System? It was only for “true” books! But


it’s hard to place blame because the logic makes sense: The Lord of the Rings film trilogy didn’t happen, the police case in Thin Blue Line did happen, so you admire the artistic value of one and trust the other. But in films, footage is cut, characters are edited out of the story and events are placed in a specific sequence to emphasize importance. Of course, non–fiction authors cut out information and order things accordingly too, but they have potentially thousands of pages

to include all that they can. Documentaries are condensed into a 2–hour package. Non–fiction authors often have their research peer–reviewed and edited through publishing companies before they are released. Often, no such restrictions are placed on non–fiction filmmakers. All this said, why do we consider documentaries to be easy substitutes for book learning? A study on shows that, since spring 2008, the amount of regular TV viewers in the

United States who watch documentaries has increased from 70.8 percent to 93.8 percent. People are relying on documentaries for their information more than ever. Perhaps because non– fiction is a broader term than we’re taught, but that’s a longer discussion. It’s more likely that documentarians lack transparency about their intentions in making their films. For example, Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing uses reenactments to show the gruesome reality of the Indonesian genocide from 1965 to 1966. Non–fiction books can’t show us a reenactment and instead rely on disseminating researched information. Yes, the audience watches the reenactments. They’re dramatized to almost an eerie comedic effect. However, Oppenheimer’s film still lacks Greene’s film’s moment where the audience realizes that none of this was real. The actors are the actual generals (now, the leaders of a military–run Indonesia) who facilitated the genocide, and they’re describing lived experiences, so it can be easy to take these reenactments at face value.

Little does the audience know, they’re placing their eggs in a bunch of extremely violent old men’s memory baskets. And how should they know this without Oppenheimer’s revealing his intentions? An audience full of people who expect documentaries to be true likely will believe these reenactments, and they likely could be led astray. Like many documentary viewers, Greene’s audience assumed that documentaries provide truthful information aimed at enlightening society. Likely, other audiences assume the same thing when they watch documentary films. The only difference with Greene is that he’s transparent with the audience. At the end, when Kate’s acting preparation does not result in the making of an actual film, there’s this moment of revealed non–reality. Blurring this line between true and false can be dangerous in a medium that carries such weighty expectations, but Greene’s experiment has made people look at documentaries in a new way––the way people should have been looking at them before.


ANNABELLE WILLIAMS Lana may be having summertime sadness, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

The famed Penn news source “Unofficial Official Penn Squirrel Catching Club” features some heavily circulated memes about Penn’s concerning lack of mental health infrastructure. Though funny, the memes are getting at something important. And our mental health concerns can’t disappear over the summer. With the stress of moving, new routines and transitions to work or back home, summer can seriously

suck. Street is here to give you some tips on how to take care of yourself this summer, no matter what you’re up to. *** Structure, Structure, Structure: You need a schedule. It doesn’t have to be jam–packed or filled with academic study. But you need one all the same. The beauty of our childhood summers often sprang from the lack of direction. But college students going home for the summer often struggle with reframing their minds to the different schedule. Working at an internship or summer job may help, but for students with less–than–full–time responsibilities, it’s important not to lie in bed all

day, everyday (that’s what Sundays are for). Even the APA (American Psychological Association) advises building a schedule and adhering to it, within reason, for people with personality disorders or struggling from depression. Even if you’re not working full–time or taking summer classes, something as simple as cooking a meal or going for a quick hike will help—the key is to feel like you’ve accomplished something. Parents Just Don’t Understand: Returning home (if that’s what you’re up to this summer), presents some significant challenges. Every family is different, but chances are, your parents are going to impose some structure on you that

didn’t exist at school. Change sucks, especially when the change is that you have to be home by midnight on weekdays. The best way to address this is to sit down and have a frank and adult conversation about your role as an “adult child” (Ed. note: we know it sounds weird, but this is apparently the technical term). It’s just for the summer, and your parents are most likely just trying to protect you in their own smothering way. Also, remember that it’s okay to need some distance from your family. You live on your own with your own habits. But making an effort to participate in your home life, if that’s something that’s possible, can provide a sense of community

and support that will further bolster your mental health—both for the summer and when school starts up again. Only Boring People Get Bored: It’s so annoying when people say this. But maybe that’s because some of it rings true. People often engage in self–destructive mental and physical behavior patterns when they’re bored or operating without a goal. Going back to the schedule, it’s important to make sure that even your downtime isn’t spent entirely aimlessly. Whether you find a creative outlet like writing or painting or you focus your efforts on volunteering, the beauty (and curse) of life is that there’s always more shit

to do. Maybe pick up a book this summer—try out some of street’s picks. Shore Up Support Systems: Jay–Z rapped about his therapist. That’s definitive proof that therapy is cool now, right? If you have a therapist in Philly or use CAPS, work with them to get a recommendation for someone to see during the summer, wherever you are, or ask if they do phone/Skype sessions. Even if you’re not actively in therapy, it’s important that being out of school for the summer doesn’t leave you without someone to talk to. And, please, go outside, drink water and if you have meds, take them. You’ve got this.

July 6, 2017  
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