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Brett Cooper, 30, was a member of Alpha Psi, the veterinary fraternity DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor

Brett Cooper, a student in the School of Veterinary Medicine, died Sept. 13 afternoon in his off-campus residence, Penn announced in an email to the Penn Vet community. Cooper attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate and was slated to graduate from Penn Vet in 2018. He was 30 years old. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, the vice provost for university life, and Joan Hendricks, dean of Penn Vet, sent the email on behalf of Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. “Any student death is difficult, but a loss in a small school community can be especially painful,” the email stated. “We urge PennVet students, faculty, and staff to comfort each other.” The cause of Cooper’s death was not immediately clear. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office did not return a call requesting comment. Penn Vet also declined to comment. Cooper was a member of Alpha Psi, the veterinary fraternity. In the early afternoon, an ambulance was spotted outside the fraternity’s

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Penn has consistently placed in the top-10 of the U.S. News ranking HARRY TRUSTMAN Copy Editor

Penn remains at No. 8 in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report National Universities ranking, which was released early Sept. 12 morning. Despite some small rises and falls, most of the top universities kept their ranks from last year. For the seventh year in a row, Princeton University topped the list, and it is the sixth

year Harvard University finished in second. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology jumped from No. 7 in the 2017 ranking to the No. 5 ranking, which it shares with Columbia University and Stanford University. Yale University and Dartmouth College remain at No. 3 and No. 11, respectively. In the 2017 ranking, Penn tied with Duke University for the eighth spot, but Duke dropped to No. 9 this year. In an emailed statement, Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda noted that, “Rankings certainly shape the perception of prospective

students, families and to an extent alumni.” “It’s always good to see Penn’s excellence recognized,” Furda wrote. “But each ranking evaluates colleges and universities differently. I believe that students should first look within themselves to conduct a thoughtful, personalized assessment. That’s what can really help them understand what they want out of their college experience and hone in on the colleges that might be the best fit for them, regardless of rankings.” SEE RANKINGS PAGE 7

Penn reacts to DeVos’ proposed changes to sexual assault policy

Administrators and anti-violence educators are still waiting on the release of a formal DOE policy HARRY TRUSTMAN AND KELLY HEINZERLING Copy Editor and Deputy News Editor

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement on proposed changes to sexual assault policies last week has prompted widespread anxiety on Penn’s campus. While students are looking for affirmation, Penn administrators said they are waiting until the Department of Education releases a formal policy before making any definitive statements. “The policy wouldn’t change, but we’re waiting to see if the ‘burden of proof’ is going to be

altered,” Sexual Violence Investigative Officer Deborah Harley said. In a 2011 statement known as the Dear Colleague letter, the Obama administration called on all federally-funded schools use the lowest possible standard of proof, or a “preponderance of evidence” in sexual assault cases. DeVos proposes changing the legal rhetoric from this to “clear and convincing evidence,” which some schools had been using prior to 2011. The shift would make it more

difficult for disciplinary panels to find alleged perpetrators responsible. “We will need to study what they ultimately propose. But at Penn we have worked very hard to address the issue of sexual assault on campus by developing policies and procedures that are responsive to our community, fair and effective,” University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy wrote in an emailed statement. “Penn has a long track record of offering innovative education and prevention programs and has been a longtime leader in responding to complaints of sexual violence,” Penn President Amy Gutmann and former Provost Vincent Price wrote in the policy.

Penn Law professor John Hollway, the executive director of Penn’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, stressed the importance of “accurately” investigating sexual assault complaints. “We need to be aware that sexual assaults happen, and we need to be aware that issues of proof can be very, very difficult,” Hollway said. “The consequences have meaningful impact on everyone involved.” College senior Caroline Ohlson, the president of the Panhellenic Council, a member of Penn Anti-Violence Educators and an executive board member of Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention, said that regardless of policy, the message and

education methods of PAVE would not change. “We live in a culture that already puts so much blame on victims and survivors of sexual assault,” Ohlson said. “It’s important that we continue to push to foster a community at Penn that wants to support people, believe people and demystify a lot of myths surrounding sexual assault accusations.” Ohlson also noted that false allegations for sexual assault are rare — FBI reports show that only about 2 percent of all rape and sexual assault charges are false. Ohlson advocated for continued on-campus conversations about sexual assault, particularly in Greek life.

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“I think that Greek life will continue to promote these conversations, and I personally will continue to push for these issues,” Ohlson said. “Now, just as always, it’s important for us to care for each other, support each other and keep our campus safe.” This message of unity and support was echoed by Vagina Monologues Producer and College senior Ariana Martino. “Penn has done a really great job in the past few years coming together over this issue,” Martino said. “So if anything, that would become even more strong if these guidelines were to change, because we’d just have that much more to fight for.” SEE DEVOS PAGE 7





How students balance academics and activism

UMOJA and SOUL leaders discuss the added pressure ROBERTA NIN FELIZ Staff Reporter

From the racist GroupMe incident last year to the recent protests in Charlottesville, Va., black students at Penn have had to grapple with a range of traumatic events this past year. In the face of this violence, students have found different ways to cope while juggling other responsibilities. College junior Angelo Matos said he does not let protests stop him from prioritizing his education. “When things like Charlottesville happen — and I already know that I’m defying a statistic by being here — I will never compromise my work and ability to perform academically to take a stand,” Matos said. “I know that it sounds drastic, but on the other hand I do understand being there for people and I think that’s something

everyone should do,” he added. Wharton senior and UMOJA Co-Chair Briana Johnson said UMOJA and its constituents respond to traumatic incidents by providing safe spaces for black students. “What we’re looking at, most often than not, is the balance between being a student and having to defend our existence that we did not choose and that we are not trying to undo,” Johnson said. “We want to find ways that black students can be the best students they can be, the best athletes they can be, et cetera.” For student leaders like College junior Mariama Diallo, chair of Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, the constant pressure of having to mobilize in response to incidents of bigotry can be overwhelming. “Even within SOUL, sometimes alumni will ask if we’re mobilizing, and it’s like ‘I just got to school,’” Diallo said. “I think having to balance

Penn with anything is hard, but having to balance it with being black is another level of stress on its own,” Diallo said. “Every time something goes down you feel like you have to mobilize.” Johnson echoed that sentiment, adding that it’s unfair to expect only black students to mobilize after serious acts of racism. Rather, the onus should be on white students and faculty to take a stand. “It’s interesting that racist people and their actions are always directly tied to what is an expected response. White people’s racism is a white person problem,” Johnson said. “For people who want to see all these reactions from students: we’re tired.” The challenges of balancing “studenthood” and “blackhood” is an issue that black student groups are working to address, said UMOJA Co-Chair and College junior Calvary Rogers, who is also an opinion columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian. Part of finding this balance involves

creating safe spaces, forming study groups and creating a comprehensive support network that black students can turn to when traumatic incidents occur, he said. Rogers added that juggling activism and education has been a personal challenge for him. “It was something I had a hard time grasping at first. I’m getting the hang of it now,” he explained. “If you’re passionate about fighting against these things, then do it. But remember that you’re here to be a student first. White supremacy distracts you from many things, and there’s a thin line between that balance.” Apart from building and participating in safe spaces, some black students also turn to the arts as a means of coping with trauma. Matos, who writes and performs spoken word poetry, said he believes the power of communication can help remedy some of the racism black


UMOJA Co-Chairs College junior Calvary Rogers (left) and Wharton senior Briana Johnson (right) help Penn students respond to traumatic incidents.

students encounter both on campus and on a national level. “If I’m just angered by someone’s ignorance, then I’m not fixing anything. There are people who have never

interacted with black people before,” Matos said. “I think it’s our job not necessarily to correct that viewpoint, but to not reply with anger when people wonder why we’re upset.”

New LGBT Center director brings years of experience to the job Erin Cross succeeds Bob Schoenberg as Center head GIOVANNA PAZ Staff Reporter

Erin Cross might be new to the job of director at the LGBT Center at Penn, but she is certainly not new to the work of the Center. Cross has worked for nearly 20 years at the Center, first as a staff member and then as associate director. She is also a 2010 graduate of the Graduate School of Education where she studied gender and sexuality. Starting this Wednesday she will serve in the role of

director, replacing Bob Schoenberg who held the position for 35 years. Cross said her academic background in gender and sexuality studies will help her as she adapts to her new position as director, and especially as she works to focus on issues surrounding intersectionality. Cross also said she wants to reframe the Center’s approach to include more initiatives that celebrate the LGTBQ community at Penn. “A lot of people think of the Center as the place to go to if you have problems,” Cross said. “That’s still really important, but we want to celebrate.

Celebrate who we are, all the different identities in our community.” Cross plans on addressing the needs of students by facilitating more direct relationships between undergraduate and graduate students and between undergraduates and alumni. The main representative organization for LGBTQ alumni, PennGALA, is launching a mentor program this year for Penn students, and Cross said she hopes to collaborate with them to showcase the diversity of Penn alumni while providing a resource for LGBTQ students. “We keep our alum really close and involved,” Cross

said. “I think a large part of Penn, whether you’re an administrator or student, are the connections you can make to really best support folks no matter their role.” Cross also said she plans on connecting LGBTQ students and professors by engaging the LGBTQ Faculty Diversity Working Group, a group founded in 2011 to improve the recruitment of LGBTQ faculty. Cross is also working with a focus team at Pennant — the system that will replace Penn InTouch by the end of 2020 — and with the University Registrar and the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Karu Kozuma to allow students to insert preferred names and pronouns into Penn’s system. Students are excited about Cross assuming her new role. “Erin is someone I look up to as a leader, as a mentor and as a friend,” said College senior Kai Kornegay, who has worked closely with Cross as a workstudy student at the LGBT Center. “She has that forwardthinking ability to be able to see what a student is capable of and help them get to that point.” Kornegay also said she appreciated that Cross granted her a large degree of responsibility over the four years that Kornegay has worked at the

Center. Among various other events, Kornegay has been able to work with Cross on the upcoming 35th anniversary celebration of the LGBT Center. Schoenberg, who has worked closely with Cross for close to two decades, said Cross balances an array of tasks for the Center and is optimistic that she will succeed in her new role. “I know she’ll do an amazing job,” Schoenberg said. “She has been the backbone of the operation. She’s been the most on-the-ground staff member we’ve ever had.” Cross’ new job began on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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Queer Student Alliance holds event for freshmen Some are embracing their identities for the first time GIANNA FERRARIN Staff Reporter

For many LGBTQ freshmen, arriving at Penn is a chance to find a community that might not exist at home. For others, it can be a chance to open up about their sexual and gender identities, maybe even for the first time. “I went to high school in Atlanta, Ga.,” Engineering freshman Seth Rogers said. “Because of that, the culture is far less progressive than it is in the Northeast.” Last week, Rogers attended “The Annual Affair,” a yearly event hosted by the Queer Student Alliance, where freshmen

are invited to mingle with various LGBTQ student group leaders. It’s the first of many events that QSA organizes to facilitate new students’ transition to life at Penn. Rogers said he was happy to see students at the event that he had already met. “It opened up new networks for me to communicate with people and get to know them better,” he said. Rogers also said there is a difference in the maturity levels between high school students and college students. While talking to upperclassmen at the event, Rogers noted the confidence they had in their identities, whereas in high school, students were still “trying to figure themselves out.” QSA Chair and Wharton junior Rio Dennis said the organization


The Queer Student Alliance’s “The Annual Affair” is a yearly event that allows LGBTQ freshmen to mingle and get to know student leaders.

actively works to ensure new students feel welcome at Penn through events like The Annual Affair,

which was publicized through the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2021 Facebook group as well

as through a QSA Facebook event page. To keep students’ identities confidential, the guest list on the Facebook event was kept private. “The reason why we have this event at the beginning of the year is to immediately provide that safe space to students,” Dennis said, “especially for freshmen who are looking for their space when they get to university.” Though the event is meant to connect LGBTQ freshmen, many students arrived with friends in the LGBTQ community they had already met on campus. “It’s really hard not to meet queer folk at Penn,” said College and Engineering freshman Angela, who did not want to include her last name because she has not come out to her family.

For many students, the highlight of the night was The Affair’s unofficial after-party, which took place at Pi Lambda Phi and was unaffiliated with QSA. “It was nice seeing everyone integrating into that different culture,” Angela said. “I definitely see that in some frat parties they have a more straight vibe.” College freshman Ricky Ayala called the after-party a highlight of his experience so far at Penn, second only to Convocation. “It was just very open,” Ayala said. “People could just freely talk to whoever they wanted to, dance on whoever or dance to whatever song however they wanted to. I thought it was very free and expressive, and I thought that was really cool.”

Federal policy prevents SAC from funding charitable events The guideline stems from Penn’s status as a nonprofit JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter

Every year, federal guidelines prevent Penn and the Student Activities Council – the branch of student government tasked with funding over 200 of the student clubs on campus – from funding philanthropic groups that give their proceeds to charity. While Penn makes billions of dollars in revenue annually, the University is technically a nonprofit organization. This means that unlike a for-profit organization that can assign surplus funds as bonuses to employees, Penn has to plough any surplus funds back into University coffers to be used later for a “public purpose” such as research. Student clubs that host charity events do not qualify as a valid expenditure. Over the years, these federal guidelines governing nonprofit organizations have barred student groups from receiving funding for charity events on various

occasions. “The University is not allowed to give money to a student group for a charity event because it then ends up being a donation by the University to that charitable organization,” Executive Director of Office of Student Affairs Katie Bonner said. This also means that coalition groups such as SAC cannot donate funding from their University account to a charitable organization because those funds would be considered as an inadvertent donation from the University. These guidelines prevent SAC from providing resources to groups that are seeking funds to host charitable events. “Based on our policies our recommendation is to not fund [a charitable] event,” he said. “It’s a University policy,” said SAC Chair and College and Wharton senior Edward Jing. Last year, two clubs were denied funding as a result of this policy. Penn’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer was denied contingency funding from SAC for their annual Relay for Life event, which

raises money for cancer treatment, research and education. The group was denied funding since all proceeds are given to the American Cancer Society, a nonprofit institution. CAC’s representative for SAC and College senior Colleen McGrath said in an email that she understood why her club was denied funding: “While I am not completely versed on the SAC guidelines, they do seem pretty strict, and they are in place for a reason.” “It can be frustrating, as aspects of the budget requested, such as food or staging equipment, can be very expensive, and it is very difficult for us to get these items donated in the capacity that we need for the event to be successful,” she added. While the group was able to organize a significant amount of food through donations, it wasn’t enough to accommodate all of the participants at the event, she said. Penn’s Society for International Development had a similar experience. They were denied funding for their annual Global Art

Benefit event where they auction off donated artwork and give the proceeds to an international development organization of their choice. Like CAC, the group was denied funding as the event’s earnings would go to a nonprofit organization. “We applied knowing that there was a pretty strong chance that we would be denied because of SAC policy,” SID President and College senior Hari Magge said. “But we applied anyway hoping that SAC would make an exception for a charity event open to the Penn community.” All clubs that are denied contingency funding have the opportunity to appeal the SAC executive board’s decision in front the greater SAC body at the group’s general body meeting, but according to Magge, SID was told by SAC not to pursue this option. “Someone on SAC told our finance chair that the guidelines are pretty clear, and it’ll be a waste of our time,” he said. “As a result, our contributions to our organization were less than it could’ve been.”


The SAC Fair, pictured here, is the Student Activities Council’s signature event; SAC provides funding to over 200 clubs.

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Lonely at the ‘Social Ivy’

SIMONETTI SAYS SO | Loneliness is normal and Penn needs to improve the resources it has to address it THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 VOL. CXXXIII, NO. 70 133rd Year of Publication CARTER COUDRIET President DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor LUCIEN WANG Print Director ALEX GRAVES Digital Director ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK Opinion Editor REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor WILL SNOW Senior Sports Editor CHRIS MURACCA Design Editor CAMILLE RAPAY Design Editor JULIA SCHORR Design Editor LUCY FERRY Design Editor VIBHA KANNAN Enterprise Editor SARAH FORTINSKY News Editor

If you’re not talking about the fraternity party you went to Saturday night, Snapchatting pictures of the breathtaking campus or posting on Instagram with friends you made two hours prior, are you really having a good time in college? The fact of the matter is, even if you are doing these things, there’s a good chance that you feel alone. As a freshman, there’s a great deal of pressure to prove that you’re enjoying college at any school, particularly at one commonly referred to as the “Social Ivy.” On many occasions, I’ve heard Penn described as a “work hard, play hard” environment. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to attend Penn is its vibrant social scene. I wanted to have friends that are as fun as they are intelligent. However, I’ve found that the academic pressure that exists at Penn very much extends itself into the social life here. Again, social pressure exists at other schools, which The New York Times

columnist Frank Bruni so eloquently articulated in one of his most recent articles, “The Real Campus Scourge.” In the article, Bruni also cited a survey conducted by the American College Health Association that found of 28,000 college students, 60 percent “felt very lonely in the previous 12 months.” Although it seems a majority of college students feel lonely, the obligation to be out and about and doing something exciting with other people is especially prominent at the “Social Ivy.” Simply put, being alone isn’t “cool” here, and Penn needs to improve its existing resources so that it is better equipped to cope with students’ loneliness. At New Student Orientation, freshmen attended numerous panels where the nuances of consent, dangers of alcohol abuse and importance of public safety were thoroughly discussed. During some of the panels, students were provided the phone number of Counseling and

Psychological Services; however, the emotional implications of adjusting to college were not addressed in any major way. It’s not enough to blindly throw resources at students and expect mental health problems to evaporate. There seems to be an expectation that freshmen who

aren’t happy, we are deemed as failing. But starting college is not a class we earn a grade in. It’s a new life. And happiness is not a permanent state — it’s a fleeting emotion. Sometimes you’ll feel good, and sometimes you won’t. That’s life, and that’s college too.

… the University must make it so that seeking assistance with mental health issues is not a last resort or an emergency, but a first impulse.” are away from home, many for the first time in their lives, will seamlessly adjust to college. Peers, friends from high school and family friends do not just check on us based on our GPAs; they also look at how happy we are and if we’re having problems making friends in college. If we

My loneliness set in after my first calculus class at Penn. The curve and homework assignments confused me. I could barely hear the professor or see what he was writing on the board, and it seemed like everyone else knew what they were doing. I held in my tears during

the walk from David Rittenhouse Laboratory to my dorm room in the Quad and immediately called CAPS, explaining that I wanted to talk to someone. They told me they’d call me back in about 24 hours for a consultation, but if it were an emergency I could speak to someone immediately. How could I assess if what I was feeling were an emergency? It didn’t seem like one. Yet, I had no friends that I felt comfortable talking to, so I was left to deal with my anxiety alone. I told the woman on the phone that I was okay. CAPS’ first response to a student call should be to offer instant counseling, as it’s often difficult to admit that what you’re feeling is an emergency. Students have to advocate for themselves a lot in college. If they’re struggling with an assignment, need help applying for a job or are having trouble with time management, it’s up to them to figure it out independently.

ISABELLA SIMONETTI But receiving assistance with mental health shouldn’t be something they have to fight for alone. During future NSOs, Penn should make a more conscious effort to normalize loneliness and strengthen CAPS so that it is more immediately available to students. Ultimately, the University must make it so that seeking assistance with mental health issues is not a last resort or an emergency, but a first impulse. ISABELLA SIMONETTI is a College freshman from New York. Her email address is isim@ “Simonetti Says So” usually appears every other Tuesday.

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Justifying Penn’s exorbitant price tag


SPENCER’S SPACE | What do you get for your $60k?

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“Would you drive a brandnew Mercedes off a cliff each August for the next four years?” I was asked this question by a man sitting next to me on my Amtrak to Philadelphia last February. I was proudly headed down for Quaker Days and suddenly found myself, yet again, working to justify to a stranger why I’d be spending my family’s money to pay for a premier American university education. The question has actually not been that rare for me: I’d been confronted with it in various forms for several years during high school in London. Why not attend a United Kingdom university that would cost far less and only take three versus four years out of my earning life? After all, I’d end up with the same bachelor’s degree. Similar questions arose during my gap year travels in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Europe. “Why go to college?” my colleagues would ask. “You’re an industrious lad who seems to learn quite well on the job, who could easily work his way up in any company,” they would say. My co-workers in Berlin seemed baffled at why I, a

German-speaking, European Union citizen, wouldn’t study in Europe — a seemingly equally valuable but far less financially draining option. Yet I personally believe that the American college experience is without rival on the international stage, as it fosters the building blocks of a robust economy and develops the personal character of all individuals enrolled. American universities are fundamentally superior to their foreign counterparts because of their flexible curriculums, vast endowments and more advanced resources and facilities. The question is actually quite well founded; higher education in the United States has become prohibitively expensive. Tuition at a private university is now roughly three times as expensive as it was in 1974, according to The New York Times. The country’s top 50 private universities, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, have just increased their tuition by an average of 3.6 percent. Penn has followed this trend, recently announcing a 3.9 percent tuition increase for the 2016-2017 academic year. These price increases are on average double the rate of in-

flation. One effect of these costhikes by universities is a very prevalent and very real student debt crisis. According to Forbes, there are more than 44.2 million students with a combined $1.3 trillion in debt, with the average individual owing $37,172. Student loans have become the second highest consumer debt category, exceeded only by personal

States, the American system still nurtures the greatest creativity, resilience and adaptability in its students. The narrower focus found in the U.K. and European university systems forces its students to effectively determine their career path during the college admission process. Once at university, there is no flexibility to switch out of one concentration into another, let

Even though the price tag has undoubtedly reached absurd levels in the United States, the American system still nurtures the greatest creativity, resilience and adaptability in its students.” mortgages. As a result, many students are forced into grueling work-study arrangements that interfere with college life and sometimes force them to abandon their studies. Even though the price tag has undoubtedly reached absurd levels in the United

alone take even a single class outside of one’s subject. The American university system’s curriculum is exceptionally flexible and diverse, allowing me to focus on my intended major — philosophy, politics and economics — while also giving me

the opportunity to explore other disciplines, including building upon my German skills and pursuing my love of history. Beyond indulging my personal intellectual passions, taking a wide range of classes in various faculties — and having the possibility of changing paths along the way — helps create the world’s most successful, innovative and well-rounded students. Furthermore, our educational system creates the most nimble and adaptable workers and is one of the primary reasons our economy is the most robust on the planet. In addition, college life in the United States provides an unparalleled experience. European universities do not have the vibrant campuses found in the States; there, students either live at home or in private accommodations throughout college. I love the fact that it is the norm at American universities for underclassmen to live on campus in dynamic residential houses. Finally, as pointed out by Walter Isaacson in “The Innovators,” the Penn Reading Project book for this year, connectivity is key to learning. And the very essence

SPENCER SWANSON of American college life is connectivity between diverse students focused on a variety of different subjects, in the classroom, the dining hall and the dorm. It may be a very expensive education, but as Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, explained, “If we are sitting around a table, I’ll start a sentence and you might finish it, and that’s the way we brainstorm … How can we do that when we are separated?” In the American university system, we are connected, not separated. We are all sitting around that table. SPENCER SWANSON is a College freshman from London, studying philosophy, politics and economics. His email address is “Spencer’s Space” usually appears every other Tuesday.

Replace more gen. eds with major requirements


FRESH TAKE | The College should dramatically reform its major curricula I’ve learned about the life of a star in my “Survey of the Universe” class. I’ve talked about social justice in Spanish with my professor. I’ve even analyzed my own DNA in a biology freshman seminar. One of the reasons that I flew 9,000 miles to the opposite hemisphere to attend university was that I wanted to be able to take classes about everything. But by the time I finished freshman year, I realized Penn had gone overboard with the quantity of general education requirements, sacrificing the quality of the major in the process. Penn’s liberal arts education, and the general ubiquity of liberal arts curriculums across the United States, is a point of pride for the country’s education system. Not only do students get exposed to more topics in order

to more effectively choose a major, but they also become wellrounded, contributing citizens. The list of benefits of general education goes on. So it is a disappointment that internationally, most nations force students to know what to study from the get-go and limit chances for nonmajor courses. For example, in my home country of New Zealand, if I were a candidate for a Bachelor’s of Arts at the University of Auckland, I would only be allowed to take two general education classes outside of the degree. What if I couldn’t decide between astronomy, jazz performance and chemistry? Sorry, they’d say, you have to pick two. Most other degrees are even more restrictive than the B.A. But at Penn, we see the opposite extreme. The same B.A.

While currently international universities are not doing enough for liberal arts education, Penn must watch out that it is not veering dangerously towards the other extreme of the spectrum.” electives. Twenty out of 32 classes are unrelated to the major. The College of Arts and Sciences has

that will lead to a lifelong career is completely unbalanced. The sheer number of non-major related requirements compromises

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the quality of the major. The College must require fewer electives and instead, use the space for more adequate development of each major. Why study a single major in depth? Because, to obtain only a surface-level understanding of a particular concentration in college warrants the pursuit of further education. By following the current curriculum, Penn forgets that many students do not have the opportunity to attend graduate school. For many reasons, not all students can or wish to continue studying. The undergraduate level should aim to extend students beyond basic understanding. It should not be left up to “professional school” for students to thrive professionally. An egalitarian-thinking institute of higher education should recognize this. Aside from the general education qualms, the current structure (or lack thereof) within each major also requires substantial revision. For many social science and humanities majors, there is no required progression of courses as freshmen move up classes. For example, in the political science major, courses are mostly free reign. Students choose whichever classes they want, without restrictions of prerequisites or necessary prior knowledge. Without prerequisite requirements, there is no foundation. You would never build a house roof-first, and you would never learn advanced concepts before foundational. Without a carefully planned multi-step process, students end up gaining random pockets of knowledge here and there, as opposed to a wellrounded and sturdy education.

LUCY HU Although the University of Auckland can learn from Penn’s Sectors and Foundational Approaches, its major requirements constitute a model Penn must consider. Students must take “Stage 1” courses before progressing to “Stage 2.” A sequential order of courses ensures students learn the most important fundamentals before specializing in topics of their choice. The necessary step is to mandate a progression of courses, as international universities do. Seniors won’t take the same classes as freshmen. Foundations will be constructed and built upon. Graduates will have a solid grasp of the subject, and not merely tidbits of knowledge. With mutual learning, universities all over the world will hopefully be able to strike a balance between courses for majors and general education. While currently international universities are not doing enough for liberal arts education, Penn must watch out that it is not veering dangerously towards the other extreme of the spectrum. LUCY HU is a College sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, studying political science. Her email address is “Fresh Take” usually appears every other Wednesday.

Clubs aren’t firms — stop pretending they are CAL’S CORNER | How clubs have become far too bureaucratic and hypercompetitive Last week a dear friend of mine, Jay Shah, wrote an outstanding piece regarding the unnecessary competitiveness within joining clubs on campus. As vice president of the student body, he affirmed the truth that our club culture here at Penn has unfortunately lead students to feel rejected and discouraged, especially for freshmen who are not accustomed to the level of competition of getting into clubs. Nonetheless, even as the Undergraduate Assembly and Student Activities Council have recently partnered to make club recruitment a less stressful and more fair process, clubs here at Penn still may require applicants to submit official resumes, sit through rigorous interview processes with four or five rounds and not receive prompt notifications when they are rejected. It’s safe to say that this norm

recruitment than syllabi from my classes. However, it was after I had the odd “privilege” of joining these clubs that I spent my sophomore year somehow caught up in an odd threshold of club culture of Penn that goes unnoticed: its overly bureaucratic and hyper-professional semblance that contributes to each and every one of our college experiences. Whether it be eight-hourlong election cycles for board turnovers, two-hour meetings every other day simply for free puppy events or even inner board applications that mirror the hyper-competitiveness of on-campus recruitment, we all know something needs to change. Aspects of club bureaucracy such as election cycles are something that a lot of club leaders realize need to fix, yet push to the side due to the overbooking goals they wish to

From a cappella groups to political organizations, we must re-evaluate and change the hyper-competitiveness of club recruitment as it has proven to negatively influence our behavior once we are in such clubs. has somehow become a part of with the experience of every student who has taken initiative in joining a student-run organization. From a cappella groups to political organizations, we must re-evaluate and change the hyper-competitiveness of club recruitment as it has proven to negatively influence our behavior once we are in such clubs. When I was a freshman, I remember rushing out of track practice to show face to club recruitment events so that when I applied they’d recognize my name. There was even a moment in time when I had more papers regarding club

accomplish during the school year. As these factors have a cost, the steps to lowering them are so simple. Even so, just last year, sitting International Affairs Association Vice President and College senior Marc Petrine said the group had “been taking steps to expedite elections by sending out candidates’ statements beforehand rather than having them delivered on election day” in order to “lessen the burden of elections on students who are already struggling with packed schedules.” This is a great example of a necessary step that club leaders can take in order to alleviate the

pressures of club bureaucracy and competitiveness. But whether the Undergraduate Assembly, Student Activities Council, administration or even clubs themselves take initiative towards this issue, this aspect of club culture at Penn is something no student organization can fix simply through policy, but rather through a shift in mentality. What is just as important as exploring your passions with your club and its members is making sure such passions are being explored in a healthy way that isn’t overbearingly managed by those at the top.

If not true, the bureaucracy of Penn clubs would prove to divide us just as much as it has contributed to our success on campus, which is a dangerous path with which we are too often flirting. Granted, one may argue that the values of club bureaucracy have had a huge role in providing Penn students with a preview of how the real world works. I mean sure, at a firm you will have to go through a hard application process, long weeks of meetings and years of bureaucracy in working your way up. However, we can prepare ourselves in a healthy

way that doesn’t define our academic ambitions, mental health and self worth. Because after all, the job that you will have one day shouldn’t define those either. Just as we were all freshmen once, at some point in time we all were new to the clubs we are currently a part of. It is about time that we utilize that truth to redefine the student club experience here at Penn beyond funding, Facebook invites to events and long meetings. It is about time that we work against the social current that normalizes toxicity in our club culture rather than conform to it.

CALVARY ROGERS CALVARY ROGERS is a College sophomore from Rochester, N.Y., studying political science. His email address is “Cal’s Corner” usually appears every Wednesday.

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Students protest Trump’s decision to end DACA Freshmen organized the protest outside College Hall GIOVANNA PAZ Staff Reporter

On a gray Wednesday afternoon, Penn students took to College Green to stand in solidarity with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which President Donald Trump has decided to end. Around 20 students raised handmade signs that read “Not Just a Latinx Issue” and “I Stand with Dreamers,” as they chanted together, some linking arms. The demonstration, which was scheduled to start at 3:50 p.m., was organized by a group of freshmen. Just before 4 p.m., College freshman Eva Lewis, one of the lead organizers, shouted into a megaphone, “I need y’all to scream or else we don’t get liberation!” Students responded by chanting softly, gaining momentum as Lewis took the lead. They chanted phrases like “education not deportation,” “immigrants equal power” and “protect DACA, protect our dreams.”

Some students trickled into the demonstration while others, who were on their way to class, took photos. University Chaplain Reverend Chaz Howard arrived to the site just before the event ended. The demonstration was motivated in part by the University’s recent statement on DACA, which Lewis said was insufficient in supporting students affected by the DACA repeal. “It’s really easy to say a space is safe,” Lewis said, “but historically, black and brown people have not been safe, and immigrants have not been safe and basically any disenfranchised community has not been safe in this country.” College freshman Ale Cabrales, another lead organizer, said the lack of large and inclusive demonstrations on campus was a strong factor of what led the group to push for this open display. “This is us having something out in the open in a space where everybody walks to class to reach a further demographic,” she said. With the demonstration, Penn joins a series of other schools that have made their opposition to the DACA repeal known. On Sept.

5, hundreds of students in Denver marched chanting, “No justice, no peace, immigrants are here to stay!” On Sept. 12, some 60 students at Tufts University staged a protest on campus to oppose the repeal. Lewis and Cabrales said they have been thinking about organizing an event together since they first met in April at a symposium where they both received the Princeton Prize for Race Relations. When the Trump administration announced their decision to end DACA last week, they started planning. In a statement, the group that Lewis and Cabrales are part of made multiple demands to the University. They called for DACA to be discussed in classrooms, as well as for the University to host “know your rights workshops” so that immigrant students could learn how to protect themselves. College freshman Michiyah Collins decided to join the demonstration after hearing about it from close friends. “We feel like a lot of students really don’t know what [DACA is] or they just might not be focusing on it,” Collins said. “It’s

an important issue that affects many students on this campus and students across campuses everywhere.” Engineering freshman Omar Martinez participated in the demonstration. He said he feels strongly about the DACA repeal, which he calls “a human rights issue,” because he is from a border city in southern Texas. He estimated that at least a fourth of his graduating classmates in high school were DACA recipients. “The University has a plethora of resources, and it is proclaimed that this is a sanctuary campus” Martinez said. “Locust Walk itself is open, anyone can walk in, including [U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement]. We want the University to provide pro bono lawyers to DACA recipients. Give them all resources possible. We want the campus to manifest what they are emailing to us.” The student organizers also said there is a need to move from activism to advocacy to achieve success. They plan to attend the University’s DACA information session on Sept. 14 to find out what resources will be provided for worried students. “This is an issue that cannot be ignored,” Martinez said. “We want other campuses and places in general to learn from out example. We cannot remain silent in times like this.”



The protest, which freshmen largely organized, began just before 4 p.m. near the Button. Protesters chanted, “Education not deportation.”

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Wharton unveils ‘Guide to Success’ for sophomores Students can win padfolios and business cards MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter

Sta r ting t h is semester, W ha r ton sophomores can expect to receive emails about Wharton-themed prizes and activities along with updates on their “Guide to Personal Success,” or GPS. These electronic messages are a new initiative under the Wharton Sophomore Experience. The program launched five years ago and aims to guide sophomores in five areas: academics, career planning, networking, leadership skills and mental and physical wellness, the last of which became a new focus this year. Wharton Director of Student



“For many students [the ranking is] the Bible of which school is more competitive than the next,” said Brian Taylor, managing director of the college counseling service Ivy Coach. “Particularly in other parts of the world, notably China. Chinese parents rely on the USNWR rankings.” Taylor cited Brown University as an example of an Ivy League university that is not well-known in China because of its comparatively lower USNWR ranking — No. 14, tied with Cornell University. Taylor maintained that although most American applicants do not rely on USNWR as exclusively as Chinese applicants do, it still has a great deal of influence in the U.S., calling it the “kingpin” of college rankings. Yield rate, acceptance rates, average SAT/ACT scores and average GPA are some of the metrics that influence a college’s USNWR ranking. Taylor said Penn is one of many schools that sends promotional materials “to students who have no shot

Life Lee Kramer said the program draws on older initiatives and reworks them into an incentive program. Students can collect “points” by attending events, such as meeting with academic and peer advisors, attending information sessions about study abroad opportunities and participating in various campus health workshops such as a stress reduction workshop. Each Wharton sophomore has a Guide to Personal Success that tracks their activities and accomplishments online. With enough activities completed, sophomores can earn a number of prizes such as Wharton-branded travel tumblers, phone wallets and padfolios. Students who complete more than 12 activities earn the top prize of Wharton business cards and an invitation

of earning admission to Penn.” The hope, Taylor said, is that more students would apply, and, in turn, Penn’s acceptance rate would decrease. By extension, the USNWR ranking would also inflate. “The number of students who apply each year is such an important factor in USNWR,” Taylor said. “Something as silly as how far a team advances in March Madness can have a major impact on a school’s USNWR ranking.” On Sept. 10, Politico published a piece arguing that USNWR rankings “promote economic inequality on campus,” as the rankings encourage colleges to accept applicants with higher SAT scores. These applicants tend to be wealthier than their peers because SAT and ACT scores are correlated with income. Taylor, however, said he does not think that USNWR is primarily to blame for this phenomenon. “Every highly selective school with the exception of a few that are test-optional requires the SAT or ACT,” Taylor said. “To single out U.S. News isn’t right.”

to a reception with Wharton alumni. Kramer called the program “successful,” citing the fact that since its inception, the program has had a 90-95 percent participation rate, which counts all students who have attended at least one event. Ten percent of past sophomores have accomplished at least 12 activities. Wharton sophomores Ashlee Fong and Jia Wei Teo attended the Sophomore Experience kickoff event late last month, where attendees received free Wharton-branded shirts. Fong said she appreciated the program’s mission to make sophomores “more aware and more involved” and that she would consider completing over 12 events if she could make the time.



Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault President and College senior Zeeshan Mallick agreed, adding that he was shocked by DeVos’ announcement. Mallick said the existing disciplinary policy creates “a safer campus” and spares victims of sexual assault from “having to be in the same room as the person they are accusing or having to jump through hoops in order to go to a courtroom.” Shortly before DeVos’ announcement, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released a report critiquing due process protection in disciplinary procedures at America’s top universities. FIRE took the top 53 universities in the U.S. News & World Report ranking and gave each school a letter grade based on their disciplinary policies. It reviewed sexual and non-sexual

Teo said was surprised to hear that the program is five years old. “I don’t think any upperclassmen mentioned it,” she said. “Most of my friends thought it was new as well.” Teo also said that she would have already known about most of the events featured in the program because of her subscriptions to various listservs, particularly the Career Services listserv. College and Wharton junior Somina Lee said the Wharton Sophomore Experience was not very relevant to her and her peers last year. She said she had “heard [the name] thrown around” occasionally and associated it most closely with activities organized by Career Services. She added that as a sophomore, she utilized resources

complaint policies separately. Although Penn received one of the highest overall grades, it has the largest gap in scores between sexual assault cases and other cases. Penn’s sexual misconduct policy received a failing grade of only 3 out of a possible 20 points for protecting due process. While Officer Harley disputes Penn’s score, Susan Kruth and Samantha Harris, two of the authors of the FIRE report, remain confident in their assessment of Penn’s disciplinary policies. Penn’s policy does not require a unanimous panel decision for expulsion, but rather a majority. Universities like Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University require unanimity. Penn also does not include an explicit presumption of innocence for accused students. Harley contends that students are allowed the right to outside counsel, whether it be an attorney or an advisor

such as Penn Abroad 101 and the Wharton Undergraduate Leadership Forum without knowing that they were part of the Wharton Sophomore Experience. Kramer said that the Wharton Sophomore Experience was designed to help combat the “sophomore slump.” “A lot of universities put a lot of time and effort into freshmen, onboarding them, getting them acclimated to campus. Juniors and seniors have a lot of attention … sophomores are kind of the class that’s left behind,” he said. “In Wharton in particular, it’s one of the hardest years, because they’re taking core classes. So academically, it’s rigorous.” Lee agreed that being a sophomore, especially in Wharton, is challenging. “I felt like I wasn’t allowed

from the University. To receive credit in the FIRE report, however, outside counsel must be allowed to “take an active role” in the disciplinary hearing. Harris contends that Penn’s policies allows for “conflicts of interest,” which Harley also disputes. “Like many schools, Penn received only partial credit this category because there is no separation between the prosecutorial and adjudicative functions,” Harris said. “So you have the hearing panel responsible not only for deciding the outcome of the case, but also for conducting all of the questioning of the parties, witnesses and investigator.” “It’s not that we feel the issue of sexual assault is not important,” Kruth said. “This report might be helpful to incoming students and parents of students so they can really see what policies they could really be subjected to if they matriculate at any of these schools.”

to make as many mistakes because I ‘should’ know what I was doing. But I wasn’t an upperclassman, so it was a weird in-between,” she said. Lee said that she felt pressure find a job or internship, especially since starting last year, on-campus recruiting occurs in the fall rather than in the spring. Having experienced the “sophomore slump,” Lee said she recognizes the potential benefits in a program like the Wharton Sophomore Experience, but also sees a hidden danger. “[The program] may enforce this culture where as a sophomore, you have to have a sophomore internship,” Lee said. “There’s a fine line between having those resources and ‘oh, everyone’s using them, so you have to do it.’”



house on Pine Street near 40th Street. When approached by a Daily Pennsylvanian reporter around 3 p.m., a Penn Police officer stationed outside the residence declined to comment on why he was there. Members of Alpha Psi were not immediately available to comment on Wednesday. The Division of Public Safety did not return an email requesting comment. A support session for Penn Vet and others affected by Cooper’s death will be held at noon on Thursday in the Old Vet Courtyard under the ARCH building, the email said. Cooper is the fourth Penn student to die this year. Nicholas Moya, who was a College senior, died by suicide on Aug. 31. Only months before, Johnathan Smith, a member of the Class of 2019, died following a cancer diagnosis. He had been on a leave of absence. Aran Rana, who was a College sophomore in the spring, died in Hong Kong while on a leave of absence in February. Rana’s death was a suicide.

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Red and Blue ready for Robert Morris Invitational VOLLEYBALL | Quakers

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Penn volleyball will be in action once again this weekend, playing not one, not two, but three matches at the Robert Morris Invitational. Competing against the Quakers (3-3) will be Rutgers (3-6), Robert Morris (5-7) and Middle Tennessee State (3-8). Though these matches might lack the intrigue of facing an Ivy League rival, all three teams should provide good competition for the Quakers. “All three teams are playing well right now,� coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley said. “It will be a competitive atmo-

sphere, so we need to play our best.� One opponent is already a lot to prepare for, as coaches and players alike usually spend hours watching film to understand how each opponent plays. Facing three different teams in one week provides an extra challenge for both the coaching staff and the players in their preparation. “The coaches have film on all the teams and we are preparing ourselves in order to face all three,� Schumacher-Cawley said. “But for now we are focused on what we need to do to get better in practice this week.� So far, the nonconference schedule has provided mixed results for the team. During their first tournament the Quakers beat Central Michigan and George Mason, but fell to Camp-


In her first season, sophomore outside hitter Caroline Furrer started 24 matches, finishing with the second most total kills on the team. Furrer led the team in digs at the George Mason Invitational this year.

bell. In their second tournament this past weekend, the team defeated Siena, but lost to Navy and La Salle.

The losses against Navy and La Salle highlighted one of the team’s biggest issues for Schumacher-Cawley.

“I think against Navy and La Salle we started pretty slow,� Schumacher-Cawley said. “So, we need to start faster and earn

points right away this weekend, because being down 0-4 or 0-3 at the beginning of a match is tough to come back from.� The team has been working extremely hard throughout the preseason and first few tournaments to improve in their weakest areas, and the team is hoping that hard work pays off this weekend. “We have been working on collectively having a better team defense and being more aggressive,� Schumacher-Cawley said of the preseason. With three wins and three losses, the Quakers’ start to the season has been mixed, and the team now has the opportunity to gain momentum heading into conference play. This weekend’s tournament should serve as a great preview for what to expect from the team this season.

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12 p.m. Vagelos Field With their first win under their belt, Penn field hockey can set their sights on a bigger challenge: the Ivy League. The Quakers (1-3) have an exciting weekend ahead of them

as the team gets closer to Ancient Eight play in two weeks. Penn has its first road game of the year on Friday, traveling only a few blocks away to play Drexel as part of Philadelphia Field Hockey Night. Two days later, the Quakers will return to Ellen Vagelos Field to host Iowa. Last season, the Quakers defeated the Dragons in a tight 2-1 finish. The Quakers are 8-6 alltime against Drexel (3-3). The Dragons are coming off of a 4-1 loss against Lafayette, but Drexel is yet to lose on its home field, defeating both Rider and Brown last week. Iowa (3-4) is coming off a decisive 7-1 victory at home against New Hampshire. In that game, sophomore midfielder Katie Birch recorded her second career hat trick to lead Iowa to victory. The Hawkeys will first visit Penn State on Friday to

start their Big Ten competition, before coming to Philadelphia. Drexel and Iowa represent the final two challenges for the Quakers before beginning conference play at home against Cornell on September 23. The Red and Blue enter Friday’s Philadelphia rivalry match on a high note, coming off their first win of the season, a 2-0 triumph over Villanova. Senior forward Alexa Hoover scored the only two goals of the game to lead the Quakers to victory. Hoover now has three goals and seven total points on the season to begin the final year of her excellent college career. Also in the ‘Nova victory, senior goalkeeper Liz Mata recorded four stops in her first shutout of the year. While Penn only has one win to its name thus far, the team’s three losses have come against very stiff competition. The Red


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In their last meeting with the Dragons, Penn field hockey secured a close 2-1 victory over their crOsstown rivals. After securing their win this season against Villanova, Penn will fancy their chances against another local team.

and Blue opened their season with games against top-ranked UNC, defending national champion Delaware and a very for-

midable Rutgers squad. The Quakers will be eager to begin Ivy League play in two weeks, but first they must focus

on the task at hand. The Red and Blue hope to extend momentum from the Villanova win into this weekend and beyond.

Penn sprint football open title defense at league newcomers Quakers travel to Caldwell for first game YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor


Caldwell (0-0)

1 p.m. Caldwell University Welcome to sprint football, Caldwell University. In Caldwell’s first-ever Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) game — or football game, period, for that matter — the Cougars will take on Penn, the CSFL’s defending champion. While the Red and Blue travel to the Northern New Jersey school as heavy favorites in their season opener, the unique circumstances of the game have left the Quakers very much in the dark. “The only thing I know about them [Caldwell] is that they run a 4-2 defense and that they’re from Northern Jersey,� senior wide receiver and captain Marcus Jones said. That’s not much to go on for a team that’s used to watching film before every game. Penn is confident they will be able to adjust quickly, though. “I think it’s going to be interesting, just how we adjust the first couple of minutes,� Jones said. “And from the way our team looks and the way our guys play, we should have no problem with that. And I think we’re just going to adjust really quickly and give it to them for four straight quarters.� Regardless of how talented Caldwell turns out to be, the atmosphere of the one o’clock Saturday game promises to be a raucous one, as the Caldwell Athletics marketing team has been doing everything in its


Senior wide receiver and captain Marcus Jones will be catching passes from a new quarterback after the graduation of Mike McCurdy.

power to attract a crowd for the inaugural game. The Quakers have their own strategic advantage, namely that they are an unpredictable team with a new-look roster. While the Red and Blue return many key players from last season’s championship roster, this year’s freshman class is one of the largest in school history. On top of that, several upperclassmen have joined the team to bring the number of new players to over twenty. Out of everyone, though, returning sophomore quarterback Eddie Jenkins is likely to pose the biggest problem for Caldwell. Jenkins only saw limited snaps last season as the backup for two-time CSFL MVP Mike McCurdy, but the Pittsburgh native made the most of his appearances and showed in last weekend’s

alumni game that he is ready to lead a new era of Penn sprint football. “I think he adds another dimension with his feet that we had with Mike, but I think his athleticism makes him a little bit more of a threat that we’re going to have this year, which is really going to put teams on edge,� said Jones, who figures to be Jenkins’ favorite reciever this year. No matter the outcome, Saturday will be a day to remember for Caldwell. Nonetheless, Penn hopes to spoil Caldwell’s debut. “I saw a picture on Instagram that they got a whole bunch of new gear that we’re going to get ready to beat up a little bit, and that’s about it,� Jones said. “I just know we’re ready to give them a welcome to the league game this Saturday.�




Penn running with confidence before Main Line Invitational XC | Quakers thriving

in short-distance meets PAUL HARRYHILL Sports Reporter


Main Line Invitational

5:30 p.m. Haverford College Momentum | mōˈmen(t)əm | (noun): starting your competitive season by placing eight women and nine men in their respective top 10s. Despite the graduation of some of their best runners, the Penn men’s and women’s cross country teams got off to a scorching hot start at the Rider Invitational. To the outsider, this would seem like a surprisingly dominant result. To senior Chris Luciano, it was anything but. “One thing that’s made our team good over the years is, you know we always lose guys — we’ve lost Ivy League Champions — yet we always have peo-



for three years now, and it’s easy to go up to Justin [Watson] or [Nicholas] Bokun and anyone and talk to them about a play,” Fischer-Colbrie said. As Fischer-Colbrie takes over for Alek Torgersen, the dualthreat quarterback and the firstteam All-Ivy selection at his position in both 2015 and 2016, he’ll look to settle in on the field and not try to do too much. “We run a great offense and I have a lot of players I can lean on, so taking care of my responsibilities, taking care of the football, getting the ball in the hands of our playmakers,” Fischer-Col-

ple step up bigger and better,” the captain said. “So, although the meet was a huge confidence booster, it proved what we already knew.” With the ideal start to the season accomplished, the Red and Blue will turn their sights to Friday’s Main Line Invitational. This meet will be similarly small in scale to the Quakers’ previous meet, but unlike at the Rider Invitational, which was a 4k (3.1 miles), the Quakers will be running four miles at Haverford College—an important milestone as the team goes forward into the longer, more important meets later in the season. Luciano echoed this sentiment about using the meets in the season’s nascent stages to, most importantly, get comfortable. “You can practice all you want, but there’s something to be said about getting in a jersey and feeling the rhythm of a race with your teammates, even if it isn’t necessarily a full distance,” he said. At the Rider Invitational, the best times from Penn runners came from upperclassmen and

underclassmen alike — a good sign for not only this season, but seasons to come. On the men’s side, Luciano

was the highest finisher for the Quakers and came in second overall. He was trailed by junior Kevin Monogue (third over-

all), fellow senior Patrick Hally (fourth overall) and freshman Ryan Renken (fifth overall). Most impressively, these four

men finished within .6 seconds of one another, with five more Quakers finishing within less than two seconds of Luciano. For the women, junior Marin Warner led the charge, finishing second overall as well. Senior Abigail Hong trailed closely behind her and finished third, sophomore Christina Rancan secured fourth and freshman Niamh Hayes came in fifth place. These four women finished within less than a second of one another, and only ten seconds separated the top eight Quakers. The captain noted that “sending packs of strong Penn runners in together” meant a lot to him and to the team. He can’t complain with those results. While the stakes are not yet considerably high this season, that is not to say that these meets do not mean a lot to these runners. “I think [the Main Line Invitational] is another stepping stone towards those longer meets,” Luciano said. “So if we can go a little faster over the longer distance… and do it as a team… we’ll be in great shape.”

brie said. Torgersen’s top three receivers from 2016 are all returning and figure to remain key targets. Senior wide receiver and captain Justin Watson’s 111.5 receiving yards per game topped the Ivy League charts – Harvard’s Justice Shelton-Mosley was a distant second with 71. A finalist for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016, Watson has been named 2017 FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List, STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List, and preseason STATS FCS first-team All-American. He forms a scary duo with junior wide receiver Christian Pearson, who caught 7 touchdown balls in

2016. Senior running back Tre Solomon led the Ivy League in rushing volume and production with 176 for 907 yards in 2016 and is looking to repeat his first-team All-Ivy selection. He could potentially see a sizable workload to ease the pressure on FischerColbrie in his debut. Ohio Dominican’s (0-2) defense, having allowed 47 and 36 points to California (Pa.) and Ashland, has 3 sacks and no turnovers forced. Linebacker Cameron Kohl leads the unit with 21 tackles. The Panthers have leaned heavily on the passing game thus far, with quarterback Grant Russell averaging 374 yards per

game and 2.5 passing scores. 634 of his 748 passing yards have been funneled to three wide receivers – David Turner, Cory Contini and Cedric Washington. Priore praised Russell, who is in his third season starting for Ohio Dominican. “He can throw the ball,” Priore said. “He’s a tall drink of water, 6-foot-4, can throw all the passing routes.” Starting running back Brandon Schoen has rushed 19 times for 70 yards, but is hoping to regain his form after missing the past two seasons. He rushed for 3,246 yards and 30 touchdowns from 2012-14. With the Panthers having fallen behind early in both of their

2017 games, they largely abandoned the running game, and Priore said the Quakers will try to achieve the same effect. “If you can make teams onedimensional, then you’ve got the best of them,” Priore said. The Penn defense allowed just 16.7 points per game to conference opponents, second-best in the Ancient Eight, and was a key factor in repeating as Ivy champs. But with so much con-

tinuity, senior defensive end and captain Louis Vecchio thinks the unit has yet to see its ceiling. “We’re ready to showcase what this defense is all about and that we’ve improved from last year,” Vecchio said. While conference play does not begin until September 29, when Penn will host Dartmouth, Vecchio is just excited for the games to count again. “Everyone’s itching to play.”


At the Rider Invitational, Senior Chris Luciano got off to a fast start for Penn cross country with a second place overall finish, but the underclassmen have been thriving as well for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Red and Blue seek to enter win column with busy weekend of play M. SOCCER | Penn’s only

scored one goal so far

THEODOROS PAPAZEKOS Associate Sports Editor


Lehigh (2-2)

7 p.m. Rhodes Field SUNDAY



7 p.m. Rhodes Field The third time isn’t always the charm. And after three straight losses to open the season, Penn men’s soccer certainly must be wondering how long it will take to turn things around. The Quakers (0-3) will have two more opportunities to finally get into the win column this week, first against Lehigh on Thursday, and again on Sunday against Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Penn’s lack of goal scoring has been well documented. The Quakers have to find a way to replace the goals lost with leading goal scorer Alec Neumann’s graduation. Perhaps senior midfielder Joe Swenson, the lone goal scorer so far, will be the man to step up in his stead. For his part, Swenson thinks his goal could spark a return to form for his fellow forwards. “I think the opportunities have been there. I think once we get a couple more goals I think guys will get some confidence and we won’t have any problems up top,” Swenson said. Coach Rudy Fuller has expressed confidence in his forwards, citing an increased balance of goalscoring ability with the emergence of sophomore Aramis Kouzine to fill in Neumann’s vacated role. With the exception of the Swenson goal, that ability has failed to transfer into results.


Senior Joe Swenson has scored Penn’s only goal to date. To get their first win, the Quakers will need to improve in front of goal.

That has been the theme of the first few weeks of Penn’s season. The chances –.- to score and to win –.- have been there, but the Quakers haven’t been able to take advantage. Part of that is inexperience – Penn boasts only three seniors – but a difficult schedule has taken its toll. Like the rest of the Ivy League, Penn starts its preseason activities a week after the rest of the NCAA, meaning the Quakers enter the season comparatively less prepared than their opponents. Additionally, Bowling Green, who beat the Quakers 2-0 last week, is now ranked 19th in the nation. “I think people are really starting to click and get a read on each other,” Swenson said. “We’ve been talking about just getting some momentum. Once we get one good game behind us we’ll build on that and see how far we can take it.” On the opposite side of the pitch, Fuller might have created a goalkeeper competition when he started junior Scott Forbes for the first two games and classmate Etan Mabourakh for the most recent one. Fuller suggested that he viewed the two as both being top goalies, and gave no indication of which would play in the upcoming games against Lehigh (2-2)

and SIUE (2-3). This, however, this was not an issue for Fuller last year: Mabourakh was the clear starter for the Quakers his sophomore year. For this week’s matches, the Quakers face two formidable opponents in the Mountain Hawks and Cougars. Both teams will have played Ivy rivals prior to their matchups with Penn: Lehigh beat Cornell last week, while SIUE faces Princeton on Friday. Both of Penn’s opponents feature top goal scorers that could trouble the Red and Blue back four. Lehigh’s Mark Forrest has four goals and an assist in only four games played, while SIUE sophomore Lachlan McLean has four goals in five games. If Penn can manage to stop Forrest and McLean, the Red and Blue have to feel good about their chances of victory. Lehigh’s defense in particular has been somewhat porous, allowing a goal and a half per game on average. All it takes to turn the current slump into a positive run is one win, as Swenson pointed out. Despite the recent struggles, the upcoming seem like a good chance for the Quakers to finally return to their winning ways.





FOOTBALL | Ivy League champs

kicks off season Saturday

lay BALL

JACOB ADLER Associate Sports Editor

Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Quakers are coming off two consecutive shared Ivy League championships in coach Ray Priore’s first two seasons, and return eight starters on defense and six on offense. Saturday will mark the first collegiate start for senior Will Fischer-Colbrie, who beat out


Old Dominican (0-2)

1 p.m. Franklin Field Football is back at Franklin Field. Penn football will open its season on Saturday against Ohio Dominican, a member of the

sophomore Nick Robinson and freshman Ryan Glover for the Week One honor. With two years of experience with the Red and Blue, Fischer-Colbrie’s familiarity with the system and teammates was one of the reasons behind his selection. “I’ve been throwing them balls SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 9


Higa’s strike secures Penn’s first win of the season W. SOCCER | Quakers set

to take on Drexel tonight GREG ROBINOV Sports Reporter


Drexel (3-4)

7 p.m. Drexel University


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Everyone knows the first win is the hardest one to get. Nobody knows this better than Penn women’s soccer, who had to wait six games before securing its first victory over visiting Delaware,

1-0. After merely 45 seconds, the Quakers (1-3-2) put themselves on the scoreboard through senior Erica Higa’s skillful finish off a rebound. After scoring just its second goal of the season, Penn managed to outlast the Blue Hens (2-3-2) for the remaining 89 minutes despite facing a barrage of shots and a few gaspinducing moments. A handful of explosive runs down the touchlines gave the Quakers quality opportunities to extend their lead, but strong goalkeeping from Delaware’s Kailyn Rekos and last-ditch defending by the visitors kept the game on a knife’s edge. Coach Nicole Van Dyke was relieved to secure a win, noting that the result was a long time coming for her squad. “We’re starting to figure out what we’re good at, being really

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A talking point of this season so far has been the youth factor that Van Dyke has brought into the starting eleven as underclassmen are already seeing significant minutes. In fact, the Red and Blue came out tonight with four freshmen, a real testament to Van Dyke’s confidence in her newest recruiting class. Freshman Katherine Larson, who spent much of the game torching the visitors down the right wing, feels this win will do wonders for the team’s confidence going forward. “I think our team could not deserve this more, our poor record does not reflect our quality. Winning tonight especially at Rhodes, the wins are gonna keep coming,” Larson said. “Late goals, other mistakes, and missed chances have cost us before. Now, I’m just really excited for the team.”

The lone goal scorer believes that despite only having a few games under their belt, the squad has already come a long way towards synchronization. Higa added that, as a senior, she feels this team rivals the competitiveness of any she’s played on before and is very optimistic for the season. “I think the nice thing about this group is gelling came quickly for us. From day one or two of preseason we’ve had a great team culture and it’s been competitive from the start,” Higa said. “We’ll keep that with us and continue to grow every practice and game.” Lauding her new finisher, Van Dyke noted that Higa will be taking on a fresh set of responsibilities this time around as the formation has been readjusted. “I think I’ve been most excited for Erica Higa because she’s been a

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super sub her whole career and now she’s taken on a new role as the lone striker. She’s dynamic, she’s creating chances and works well with Emily Sands underneath her,” Van Dyke said. While skeptics may be deterred by the team’s two goals in six games, it should be noted that Penn has created myriad chances, including 10 shots tonight, even if the final touch has not always been there. To that end, Van Dyke said, “this whole team came out without the coaches on Sunday and just worked on finishing. Those are the moments where they’re going to improve when they take ownership.” With a short trip to Drexel on Thursday, we’ll have to wait and see if the Red and Blue capitalize on their changed fortune and start finding the back of the net with regularity.

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defensively solid as a whole, and finding those moments to counterattack. We did it right off the get-go today, but I don’t think that was the only chance we created. I know, we should be finishing more, but sometimes that’s soccer,” she said. “We don’t give up a lot of goals, so we only need to score one, and we got it early and stayed organized the rest of the match.” Regarding the score line, Penn is no stranger to close-fought games, although the results have not always gone its way. All three of the Quakers’ losses have been at one goal to nil, and moreover, one of the draws was a 1-0 lead that slipped away. However, under the lights at Rhodes Field, a strong performance from the back line and flawless goalkeeping from sophomore Kitty Qu ensured an exciting victory to snap Delaware’s four game win streak.


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her days of poor foresight behind her? Will COLE JACOBSON “kill it,” or just kill us all? Will I, TOMMY ROTHMAN, avoid getting fired by Week Six in spite of the reasonable creative freedom these weekly Swami blurbs have afforded me? All those questions will be answered soon enough. But if your question is “who will win Saturday?” I can answer that right now. Prediction: Penn 45, Ohio Dominican 13.

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