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The student play “Dry Land,” featuring an on-stage abortion, will be performed at the New College House


REBECCA TAN Staff Reporter

F Open Expression Observers protect free speech at Penn

ew theatergoers have ever seen an abortion performed on stage. Come the weekend of Dec. 2, audiences at Penn will see exactly that when College junior Esther Cohen stages the drama “Dry Land” at the New College House. First performed in New York City in 2014, “Dry Land” was written by Yale graduate Ruby Rae Spiegel while she was still in college. Tickets will be free and available online. Cohen said she received the script from a friend in the fall of 2015 and knew immediately that she wanted to stage it on a college campus. Set largely in the locker room of a high school in Florida , the play explores the lives of two girls, Amy

and Ester, who are on the high school swim team together. In one climactic scene, an abortion occurs on stage. Notes in the script written by Spiegel indicate that this scene should be “shown head-on.” When Cohen started preparing to stage the play earlier this year, she anticipated she might face difficulties finding resources and venues for it because of this controversial scene. Over the summer, her application to produce the play through the Rodin Arts Collective was rejected via an email that stated, “As much as [we] believe that the play should be put on and that it has a very important message, because of the graphic nature of the content, we can’t justify putting it in Rodin.”

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performance space, Paxton reached out to colleagues in College Houses and Academic Services and received more than one offer of performance venues for Cohen to stage “Dry Land.” “For me, what this play does which is unique is shed a spotlight on a taboo topic,” Paxton said. “It challenges the audience to grapple with the issue of abortion which is too often shrouded in shame and secrecy.” Cohen agreed that abortion is rarely discussed frankly, but said this is also why the prospect of having to stage one is daunting. “The fact is: This is probably going SEE PLAY PAGE 7

Former Penn pres. was Clinton VP contender

The monitors attended recent protests against controversial preachers

Promoting free speech at a school of Penn’s size can be difficult when different student and community groups are constantly holding events and protests around campus. That’s where the Committee on Open Expression and the Open Expression Observers come in. The Committee on Open Expression was founded in the late 1960s in response to Vietnam War protests. The committee — which has included faculty, student, administration and staff representatives since its inception — created a set of guidelines to protect open expression on campus. The guidelines, according to Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Hikaru Kozuma, have remained almost the same in the last 50 years and aim to prevent students from “unreasonably interfering with activities of other persons,” among other things. This “interference” could include impeding free movement in or out of buildings, or

A representative of the Rodin Arts Collective did not respond to request for comment. Following this rejection, Cohen did not approach other theater collectives, but decided to stage this play independently and reach out to the Penn Women’s Center for assistance in finding a venue. Through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, Cohen and her production team raised $3,223, exceeding their 30-day goal of $2,500 in four days. Director of the Women’s Center Felicity Paxton said when Cohen approached the Center, they were impressed with how much thought she had invested in this project. When Cohen said that she was having difficulty securing rehearsal and

Judith Rodin was grouped with other philanthropists WALEY ZHANG Contributing Reporter


A leaked email from John Podesta revealed that Judith Rodin was considered as a VP pick.


As WikiLeaks continues to plague the Clinton campaign with leaked emails, the newest batch includes a shortlist of potential candidates for vice president. One particular name may ring a bell to the Penn community: Judith Rodin, president of the University of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2004 and currently the president of Rockefeller Foundation. Rodin became the first permanent female president of an Ivy League university when she succeeded Claire M. Fagin, the

first female interim president. Rodin is also an alumna from Penn — she received a degree in psychology from the University’s College for Women in 1966. She was president of the Women’s Student Government and contributed to the organization’s merge with the Men’s Student Government. The email was apparently sent by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in mid-March of this year, right in the middle of a restless Democratic primary season. The list is divided into various “food groups,” and Rodin’s name is grouped with notable business magnates and philanthropists including Michael Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates,

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, GM CEO Mary Barra, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Other “food groups” included Latinos, women, white male politicians, African-Americans and military men. Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also found himself in his own food group in the list. In an election season irrevocably tied to Penn due to the GOP nomination process, Judith Rodin has also found herself linked to an investigation of a former Clinton aide. The authenticity of the leaked email still remains to be confirmed. C a m p u s Ne ws E d itor Caroline Simon contributed reporting.





College Republicans focusing on Senate race

The group has decided to avoid the presidential race LEONARD EISEN Staff Reporter

The College Republicans won’t be doing any campaigning on behalf of their party’s nominee, Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean the group has disappeared this election cycle. In the competitive Senate race between incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, the group has done phone banks, door-to-door canvassing and handed out flyers. Political Engagement Director for the College Republicans and Wharton junior Sean Egan has been a major advocate for Toomey’s re-election. “I was approached by his campaign,” said Egan, who believes Toomey is an important moderate voice in Washington. “They asked me if I’d be able to run a student initiative with the College Republicans and other conservative groups on campus, and I guess my role as political engagement director kind of made me a very common-sense person for that role.”

As the founder and head of Penn for Toomey, Egan has encouraged members of the College Republicans to participate in grassroots organizing for the campaign. Toomey’s race is one of the closest in the nation — he leads McGinty by 0.4 points in an average of recent polling aggregated by RealClearPolitics — and when his opponent Katie McGinty came to speak at Penn in September, Egan helped organize a small protest and photo op outside the venue. Like the Penn chapter of the College Republicans, Toomey has declined to endorse Trump, who is losing the state by seven points, according to an RCP polling average. “We actually haven’t been approached by the Trump campaign for any opportunities in Philadelphia,” Egan said. “From what I know, the campaign is focusing resources elsewhere and so it kind of makes sense that they wouldn’t have reached out to us.” Earlier this semester, the Penn College Republicans chapter released the results of an internal poll, which found that only 40 percent of its members supported Donald Trump for president. In light of recent scandals and

plummeting numbers, chapter Vice President and Wharton senior Grayson Sessa said if the Penn College Republicans were to conduct that poll again today, he believes Trump would fare even worse. “I think his personal traits have crossed the line,” Sessa said. “He was my last choice in the very beginning, because I genuinely don’t think he’s a conservative.” Sessa and Egan are both considering writing in other candidates. In addition to campaigning for Republicans like Toomey, and state congressional candidate Brian Fitzpatrick, the College Republicans have also been focused on bringing conservative speakers to Penn’s campus. College Republicans Executive Director and College senior Matthew Shapiro said the club recently acquired a $20,000 grant from the Young America’s Foundation to bring former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove to campus next month. The foundation’s director had concerns about bringing the highprofile figure to Penn’s campus. “They had a bit of hesitation because of protests that they’ve heard about at Penn when

conservative speakers come,” said Shapiro, who is studying political science and history. “It’s likely that we’re going to have questions submitted to us [in advance], instead of having potential trouble with someone standing up and starting to shout. I think we’re just kind of hoping to some degree that the Penn student body is respectful of the speaker.” In addition to the upcoming visit from Rove, the College Republicans also hosted an event yesterday with American diplomat and lawyer John Bolton. The talk was a held at the Penn Law School, and was co-hosted by the Penn Federalist Society. Bolton, a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and an outspoken conservative, discussed what he considers the foreign policy failures of the Obama Administration, calling the nuclear deal with Iran “the worst concession” in U.S. diplomatic history. “I think Hillary Clinton will be Barack Obama’s third term,” said Bolton, who has endorsed Trump. “The risks of continuing to pursue the policies we have pursued these last eight years are extremely enormous.”


In addition to campaigning for Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), College Republicans has invited conservative speakers such as Karl Rove.

How commuting by bike just got easier for faculty and staff The new program will offer compensation for bikers CHARLOTTE LARACY Deputy News Editor

Penn will add a financial reimbursement for bicycle commuters to its employee benefits package in January 2017 after nearly seven years of requests. The Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program will offer bicycle commuting compensation to qualified faculty and staff for any out-of-pocket eligible expenses of up to $240 annually.

Sadie Robinson, assistant to the chair of the Department of Genetics, said she and history of medicine and public health professor David Barnes worked for nearly seven years on building support for the reimbursement to show the administration that people were interested in it. “They were dragging their feet because they believed it was too difficult to implement or too expensive,” Robinson said. “However, Brian Manthe, the current director of [Penn] Business Services, was crucial to getting the reimbursement now.”

With the federal Bicycle Commuter Act, employers can offer bicycle benefits on top of a salary without having it be considered taxable income. Funding for this program is provided by the Penn Business Services in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan. Under Penn’s new program, expense categories that the University will reimburse include bike purchases, parking and safety gear. The introduction of Penn’s new bike commuter program parallels the continual increase of biking

as a primary means of commuting to and from work. According to recent data from The League of American Bicyclists, the growth of bike commuting in Philadelphia has risen 155.4 percent in the period from 2000-2015. Harvard University has offered its employees the bike commuter benefit since 2013. “This is a big step forward for recognizing the legitimacy of cyclists as commuters,” Robinson said. “I hope this reimbursement acts as an incentive for Penn staff and faculty to commute using their bicycle. ”


Sadie Robinson, assistant to the chair of the Department of Genetics, and professor David Barnes worked to build support for the program.

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Penn prof. criticizes changing of Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day” is victimizing, he says CHASEN SHAO Staff Reporter

Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor at the Graduate School of Education, recently wrote an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, criticizing the idea of changing “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day”. According to Zimmerman, the trend is not so positive, and may not be conducive to a good representation of the native peoples. Instead, he argued, the popularization of “Indigenous People’s Day” in towns and cities around the nation, most notably in the


even silencing others in an open forum. Issues of open expression have been especially visible lately. Open Expression Observers attended protests on College Green by anti-LGBTQ preachers who told students they were bound for hell. The Open Expression Observers are faculty and staff volunteers who attend meetings and events where free expression might be violated. These observers help de-escalate confrontations and enforce the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Open Expression.

state of Vermont, could promote negative perceptions of native peoples. “The victimization [of Native Americans] echoes one of the worst trends in our culture”, Zimmerman wrote, “and encourages people to compete over who suffered more.” The Native American population is expected to experience a large growth in the coming years. Based on data from the United States Census Bureau, in 2014, there is a total of 5.4 million native peoples living in the United States, including individuals who identify with more than one race. According to the same census, the Native American population is projected to be a total of 10.4

million by the year 2060. Given the rapidly increasing population of Native Americans in the United States, it makes sense that communities are gradually embracing the concept of “Indigenous People’s Day.” In October of 2011, the first Saturday of every October was designated “Indigenous People’s Day.” However, the resolution and its effects were so minimal that every major news organization failed to take notice, with the exception of a few websites. “If no one knew about [Indigenous People’s Day], it is nothing more than a symbolic gesture,” Zimmerman said. Despite this recent trend towards the recognition of

“Indigenous People’s Day,” Native American students at Penn still feel discriminated against and sometimes insulted from the lack of knowledge of Native American heritage of their peers. The ignorance relating to Native American culture and ways, students say, has often led to stereotypical and racist comments. Wharton sophomore Erica Diene, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Florida, has said these derogatory comments have become commonplace for her even at Penn. “People often ask me if I live in a teepee,” Diene said. “It’s really hard for people to understand sometimes.”

GSE professor Jonathan Zimmerman argued that changing the name of Columbus Day doesn’t matter if no one notices it.

“We are there just in case things escalate to a level when it feels like the event itself feels like it is going to be disrupted or when individual’s thoughts cannot be expressed,” Kozuma said. “We want to make sure students aren’t always on their own trying to work it out [in a] contentious way.” When violations to the Open Expression Guidelines occur, warnings are given first. Then, if the problem isn’t resolved, they can call security and contact the Office of Student Conduct. College sophomore Justin Bean, who is a student representative on the Committee on Open Expression, stressed how important it was to have Open

Expression Observers on campus at a time when free speech is often being silenced. “The primary reason I’m passionate about free speech and why I’m involved with the Open Expression Committee is because, in such a highly polarized world, free speech and tolerance of views are essential to learning and freedom,” Bean said. “Students on college campuses especially feel that just because they are offended by something it doesn’t have a right to be said or heard. I disagree with this 100 percent. The only thing you get when silencing people you disagree with is further polarization.” While most students agree that

Penn should foster a tolerant environment, some argue that the Open Expression Observers have unfairly protected hate speech. “Its entirely reasonable for the university to have these advisers in general, because I think that free speech on campus is

important, but I don’t think that the university should be dedicating any recourses to protecting hate speech,” College sophomore John Matthews said. “The language of these protesters the other day about gay people burning in hell was directly harmful to the


LGBT community on campus because it’s a threat of eternal damnation.” Kozuma said that the Open Expression Observers would not tolerate hate speech, but drew this distinction only when “an actual threat of harm” was delivered.

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In the spring, The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board endorsed candidates from each party — John Kasich and Hillary Clinton — for the primary elections. We now endorse Hillary Clinton for president not only based on the many reasons that we believe make Donald Trump unfit for the presidency, but also because we respect Clinton as a strong, effective and extremely qualified candidate. Throughout her experience as First Lady, senator and Secretary of State, Clinton showed that she prioritizes pragmatism, determination and productive negotiation as means for improving economic opportunity and social equality for all Americans. With an economic platform that has always supported struggling Americans and an ongoing record of championing women and minorities, Clinton has demonstrated an unceasing commitment to staying above partisanship in order to prioritize and fight for important policy outcomes, including more comprehensive background checks for purchasers of firearms, easier access to health care for low-income individuals and equal pay for women. In the international realm, Clinton has maintained a prag-

matic approach to protecting our national interests abroad, while also maintaining key democratic values. In China, Clinton continues her push to deepen trade and diplomatic relations in the region. In the past, she has also demonstrated her commitment to defending women’s rights as human rights in China as early as 1995, when she expressed these principles in a speech made in Beijing. Her foreign policy record also highlights her ability to sensibly negotiate to optimize U.S. interests and security around the world. Most notably, her work to tighten sanctions against Iran led a previously non-negotiating country to engage in a productive dialogue that limited a highly threatening nuclear program. We do not need to attack Trump to explain why he would be a less effective president than Clinton; his track record shows his uninformed approach to tackling both domestic and foreign policy, along with his inability to actually articulate a coherent policy agenda beyond generalized, sometimes implausible or illegal, suggestions. His knowledge of the actual political process and his hypothetical duties and responsibilities as president appear to be completely lacking. We do

not want to support Clinton only by attacking her opponent, but we must acknowledge the many missteps in Trump’s campaign. For instance, he continually disrespects minority groups and makes blatantly racist and sexist comments without apology. If he does admit fault, he excuses or dismisses his mistakes without genuine understanding of the gravity of his rhetoric. Despite having graduated from

her campaign also speaks to the fact that Clinton has fared relatively well over decades as a politician. Against the backdrop of Trump’s endless list of mistakes in his personal life and business career, Clinton’s record should be known more for her consistent commitment to solving important issues, rather than repetitive outcry against one poor decision. Clinton is also critiqued for

... we respect Clinton as a strong, effective and extremely qualified candidate.” our university, he displays none of the characteristics that we expect from a potential president. After outlining the faults in Trump’s campaign, it would be one-sided not to acknowledge Clinton’s shortcomings as well. The email server controversy has contributed to questions surrounding her decision-making abilities and her trustworthiness. While Clinton’s decision to rely on a private email server deserves scrutiny, the fact that this one mistake has dominated the critical voices throughout

being too “robotic” and removed from everyday Americans. Before casting too harsh of a judgment, we must understand the unfair expectations that women in politics face: They must avoid appearing too “emotional” to project a seriousness that preserves their credibility in a male-dominated arena, while simultaneously meeting voters’ expectations for a personable, friendly and relatable leader. However, we are more interested in highlighting Clinton’s effectiveness and capability in

the political realm. Clinton is critiqued for being “part of the system” and part of the corruption often associated with national politics, but frankly, her experience in Washington makes her one of the most overqualified candidates in history. Testimonials from colleagues in D.C. continue to paint Clinton as a natural problem solver and apt negotiator. And although politicians, both Democratic and Republican, respect Clinton and enjoy working with her, Trump, in contrast, has alienated himself from all corners of the political establishment, including key leaders from his own party. Finally, and most importantly, we advocate that all voters, regardless of party affiliation or aversion to the Clinton name, take a step back and consider what their vote could mean during this unprecedented election. Even if you are not voting for Trump, seriously think about the implications of not voting at all or voting for a third party. This is not the election to passively sit back or make a protest vote as a way to express your dissatisfaction with Clinton, the Democratic Party, or the mainstream political establishment in general. The stakes, for the next four years and for the long-term

Papers of Trump and Clinton’s alma maters endorse Hillary JOINT STATEMENT BY THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN OPINION BOARD AND THE WELLESLEY NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD In crafting the personas of the presidential candidates, media outlets have emphasized the role higher education has played in the development of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The relationship between the presidential candidates and their respective undergraduate institutions has, in turn, motivated discussions among students at Wellesley College and the University of Pennsylvania. In its last edition, The Wellesley News endorsed Clinton and appraised her relationship to the college. Meanwhile, as the newspaper of Donald Trump’s undergraduate institution, The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board has a responsibility to discuss its relationship — or lack thereof — with the candidate and his values. Donald Trump has, in the past, brought up his education at the Wharton School to qualify his intelligence and capability; however, overall campus sentiment toward Trump remains negative, and he has been protested both at Penn’s campus and in the wider Penn

community. While The Wellesley News proudly declares Hillary as an alumna, The Wellesley News would like to articulate that its support for her is not based entirely on this identification, but on her experience, tenacity and sound policies. Overall, and despite political variance, most students at Wellesley support Clinton in this election. Donald Trump flaunts his Wharton degree. In a July 11 speech in Phoenix, Ariz., he boasted that “I went to the Wharton School of Finance ... I’m, like, a really smart person.” However, over 3,800 Penn students, graduates, parents, partners and family members have signed a petition stating, “You [Trump] do not represent us.” This petition expresses an “[outrage] that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance” and that they “do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.” The petition has been fol-

lowed by other examples of protest. For example, on Oct. 11, a group of students belonging to the group We Are Watching staged a feminist art protest entitled “YOUR BODY, YOUR BALLOT” to promote voter registration and actively disassociate from Trump on the ba-

ests and beliefs, but above all they seek to respect and understand these differences. Detaching ourselves from the candidate who shares our alma mater is both necessary and natural. At Wellesley, the student support for Clinton is neither unconditional, nor nested in her

... Trump fails to represent the current Penn student body ... ” sis of his sexist and discriminatory rhetoric. The protest aimed to “make a statement that the students of Trump’s alma mater reject his candidacy for president on the basis of his hateful behavior, speech, and actions,” College junior Amanda Silberling told The Huffington Post. This well-received protest speaks to the Penn community’s general consensus that Trump fails to represent the current Penn student body and its values. Penn students reflect a diverse, eclectic mix of inter-

affiliation with Wellesley. Rather, while Donald Trump bases his campaign on racist, sexist and xenophobic rhetoric, Clinton has proposed feasible policies that the Wellesley campus supports, including protections for immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women. Throughout her career and her many years of public service, Clinton has exemplified the Wellesley motto, “Non Ministrari sed Ministrare,” or “Not to be ministered unto, but

to minister.” She worked at the Children’s Defense Fund and has been a strong advocate for women’s rights throughout the world. Clinton served children and families through pro bono legal work, published several legal reviews and has pushed for health care reform throughout the decades. She served as a first lady, two-term senator in New York, and secretary of state. When looking at her professional and personal history, it is clear that Clinton not only upholds the values of Wellesley College, but redefines them. Though Clinton embodies her alma mater’s institutional values, Trump does not. It is clear that Trump has failed to dignify the morals of his institution. Penn’s motto, “Leges sine moribus vanae,” translates as “Laws without morals [are] useless.” In evaluating Donald Trump through this context, the Opinion Board cannot say that his actions attest to his morals: He does not embody the spirit of the school. Students at any institution look up to prominent alumni as models for their futures. We

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future of this country, are simply too high: Not voting for Hillary translates to contributing to Trump’s potential victory, a real possibility, which would mean that ignorant discrimination and self-interested policy-making trumps democratic values and pragmatic problem-solving. Though these statements may sound sweeping or extreme, we have sadly arrived at a reality in which Donald Trump’s presidency is a genuine possibility — and we must recognize the imminent threat to effective policies at home and the nation’s dignity abroad. Based on Clinton’s unparallelled qualifications for the position and her proven commitment to pragmatically tackling the nation’s most pressing issues, The Daily Pennsylvanian is eager to endorse Hillary Clinton for the upcoming presidential election. Beyond outlining why Clinton should be the candidate of choice, we hope that this piece serves to mobilize all Penn students not only to get out and vote this November, but also to take the time to truly understand what a vote against Clinton, as well as no vote at all, could mean for the future of our country.

On a balmy day in May 1969, Hillary D. Rodham stood before her classmates at Wellesley College, prepared to give what would become the College’s first student commencement speech. She had not yet begun the 41 years she would spend in public service, nor had she famously articulated the importance of women’s rights in Beijing. At the time, she was a student, much like all of us, but her words from that day have continued to define her political philosophy: “If the only tool we have ultimately to use is our lives, so we use it in the way we can by choosing a way to live that will demonstrate the way we feel and the way we know.” Throughout her extensive political career, Secretary Clinton has dedicated herself to promoting social justice and economic equity. As she aims to break the highest glass ceiling, it’s worth noting her credentials: First Lady of Arkansas, Senator, First Lady of the United States and Secretary of State. With a history of experience and decades of service, it is clear that she will be the President that America needs and deserves. Unreserv-

edly, the editorial board of The Wellesley News endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Endorsing Hillary Clinton should not be for the simple explanation that she is less harmful than Donald Trump. Indeed, last Monday’s debate was yet another demonstration of Trump’s shortcomings. Trump lacks any constructive agenda or even consideration for Blacks, Latinx/Hispanics, Muslims and other marginalized minorities. At this stage, our country needs a leader with a vision for progress and equality — one who values evidence-based solutions, analytically examines problems and epitomizes strength as well as resilience. Given the divisive nature of this election season, we, as a Union, need a President who is powerful enough to mend a fragmented country back together. Secretary Clinton’s economic proposals have consistently demonstrated a clear vision for the future of our country. Her intention to tax Wall Street bankers in order to create more working class jobs displays her commitment to

helping families during a time of economic disparity. She remains steadfastly committed to passing legislation that would benefit women and children, as she has done for much of her career. Her policies outline a desire to close the wage gap, provide paid family leave and to protect female health and re-

40 years, Hillary Clinton has reversed some of her political stances. Previously, she was in favor of trade deals but now opposes them. She once defined marriage as being between a man and woman but now champions LBGTQIA rights. Indeed, Secretary Clinton has backtracked on various critical

We can and should disagree with her opinions and ask of her, as we would of any President, to do better.” productive rights. Her promise of racial equality distinguishes her from her opponent. She demands voter and immigrant protections, while concurrently fighting against gun violence, environmental injustice and educational disparities. Clinton, unlike her opponent, is a candidate who understands and reacts to the actual realities of American civic life. Hillary Clinton is now steadfast in her visions, but we also acknowledge that over the past

issues, and we do not endorse capricious policies. Rather, the News recognizes that Clinton’s views mirror and follow the liberal opinion with the public’s best interest in mind. Her ability to grow and find synergies in the public opinion is a hallmark of some of our most revolutionary presidents. Moreover, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton is an alumna of this College, we, as Wellesley students, are not obliged to stand wholehearted-

ly behind her every action. Our siblinghood begets constructive criticism; our motto — not to be served but to serve — embodies the spirit of Wellesley, to pursue a path that brings positivity to our communities, in whatever form that may be. In that quest, Wellesley siblings can, do and should hold each other accountable to the fundamental pillars of community: honesty, respect and integrity. Expecting Secretary Clinton to embody these three qualities is natural. While the media selectively magnifies her apparently dubious qualities, we should investigate them critically and justly. We can and should disagree with her opinions and ask of her, as we would of any president, to do better. The outcome of the 2016 election is clear: The President of the United States will either be a polarizing candidate with no political experience or a seasoned politician whose values are embodied by many of us. America needs progress, but we also need a leader who can progress with it. One of Secretary Clinton’s most powerful qualities is her ability to respond to the country’s current

at The Daily Pennsylvanian are concerned about the precedent that Donald Trump sets for our fellow peers and how he chooses to leverage his affiliation to Penn to the rest of the world. His divisive policies are not only orthogonal to those of Penn, but to democracy. Comparatively, Hillary Clinton, time and time again, has embodied pragmatic leadership and service and, more importantly, the desire and capacity to both listen and respond to the needs of a diverse society. Certainly, we cannot expect every alumni to personify the values of their undergraduate institutions. However, when politicians leverage their academic affiliations as credentials, they come to represent the students of those institutions. Each student, alumni and faculty member is then responsible to critique that representation. While The Wellesley News has endorsed its alumna, Hillary Clinton, The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board can not stand behind Donald Trump as a candidate.

needs and demands. While divisive rhetoric may tear us apart and disillusionment render us to political silence, we are, without a doubt, stronger together. Finding unity in our diversity is crucial to the forward motion of our nation. In this critical election, we must not be condemnatory and disillusioned in our voting process. Too many members of our generation believe that abstaining from voting or selecting a third-party candidate better aligns with their personal beliefs. However, in doing so, we abuse our privilege, discounting the power of our voices and our votes. Hillary Clinton is not perfect, but holding her to a higher standard of perfection than any other male candidate is an injustice. Communities that do not activate themselves, and do not harness their power and agency perpetuate silence in which the oppressor thrives. Only one candidate has proven, time and time again, to be a unifier with the willingness and stamina to both bring and keep us together. We, the Editorial Board Staff of The Wellesley News, are with Hillary Rodham Clinton.




Penn teams vie for seed funds in Clintons’ Hult Prize This year’s challenge is the global refugee crisis CHARLOTTE BAUSCH Contributing Reporter

While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may be on most people’s minds because of the election, some Penn students are thinking about the Clintons in a different context as they prepare to apply for the Hult Prize, a project of the Clinton Global Initiative. With $1 million of seed funding at stake, the Hult Prize competition draws thousands of student hopefuls each year. Penn students have special access to the competition through Hult Prize@Penn, which brings the first round of the competition directly to campus. Every year at the end of September, President Bill Clinton announces the theme for the Hult Prize competition, which highlights a global issue that he finds particularly relevant at the time. This year’s theme, “Refugees — Reawakening of Human Potential,” is designed to address the displacement of what the Hult Prize Foundation estimates to be

one billion global refugees. Once the theme is announced, students at universities around the world scramble to put together a business plan that will impress judges at the local rounds of the competition. While thousands enter the general local round, students entering through Hult Prize@Penn compete against a smaller pool made up exclusively of Penn students. “It’s a great opportunity for students at Penn, given that so many students are interested in social entrepreneurship,” said College junior Tiffany Yau, a former Daily Pennsylvanian staff reporter and this year’s Hult Prize@Penn campus director. The board of Hult Prize@Penn is currently working to encourage teams of students to enter the 2016 competition. Teams, consisting of three to four members, can be composed of undergraduate and graduate students from any of the Penn’s schools. Registration for Hult Prize@Penn’s competition is due on Nov. 11. The winning team from Penn will move on to the regional round, where they will compete against

the winners of other local competitions. The six winning teams from regionals enter the Hult Prize Accelerator, a boot campstyle program where they receive mentoring and network with other teams at the Hult International Business School. Finally, the six teams enter the Hult Prize Global Finals, where they pitch their ideas to President Bill Clinton and other industry-leading judges at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. The winning team will then be provided with $1 million of seed funding and continued mentorship and support from the foundation. Many of the social entrepreneurship plans conceived as part of the Hult Prize competition are still in action today, even if they didn’t win the competition. “Just by going through the Hult Prize process, you’re able to gain an invaluable network,” Yau said. Teams that have progressed to the Regional or Final rounds often use this network to continue their work, even if they don’t win the prize. A team of Penn students that was the runner-up in the 2014 competition is still working on


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Harvard alerts past applicants of information release Applicant materials to be discussed in lawsuit TYLER SHEVIN Contributing Reporter

Harvard is releasing years of applicants’ private information to federal court for an affirmative action lawsuit. Harvard sent out an email to all individuals who applied between the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2015, informing them that their application information may be used in a lawsuit that the university is currently facing. Harvard is being sued in federal court for its undergraduate admissions practices in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard Corporation). Students for Fair Admissions, described by The Harvard Crimson as an “anti-affirmative action

group,” is suing the university for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants. The university will be required to send the SFFA certain information from these applications, including academic, extracurricular and demographic information. Harvard made clear in the email that names and social security numbers will not be released. In addition, Harvard clarified that the SFFA may not use the information to attempt to learn the identity of any applicant or contact any applicant without first obtaining approval from the court. The email also linked to a Frequently Asked Questions page, to address potential concerns. However, concerns about privacy still remain. Many high school students consider and apply to both Harvard and Penn, meaning that the email from Harvard was sent to many

current Penn students. Some Penn students are not okay with the court obtaining their application information. “Even though they are not giving out my name or social security number, I’m not so comfortable with the fact that all my academic and extracurricular information could be out there,” said College freshman Arjun Swaminathan, who applied to Harvard and has an older brother currently attending Harvard. Other students do not mind the potential use of their information. “I don’t care that much ... I’m just kind of a statistic, not really an actual person,” said College freshman Caroline Gibson, another past Harvard applicant. Gibson made a comparison between application information and social media. “I wouldn’t have put anything on there that I wouldn’t

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“Frankly I don’t really have anything against it,” College freshman Nick Shevchik said. “I guess I waived that privilege when I applied.” Students who wish to prevent their application information from being released can hire lawyers or attempt to contact the court directly. This option is not feasible or convenient for all students.

“Given that a student needs to go through the process of having a lawyer and all to not have their information released, considering the effort that goes into that, I don’t think there’s really much that can be done,” Swaminathan added. The release of application information to the court begins on Oct. 28.




TableTalk holds event to address rape culture in Houston Hall

Campus leaders came together to discuss the issue JULIANNE SMOLYN Contributing Reporter

Houston Hall was filled with a different kind of chatter Tuesday night, as Penn students and campus leaders came together for a TableTalk event on rape culture and its presence at Penn. TableTalk is a campus organization that serves as a forum for students with diverse knowledge of a subject to come together and engage in an ongoing conversation on a hot-button topic. Typically, TableTalk invites club leaders who champion similar causes to come together and moderate discussions. “Leaders that maybe are united under the same umbrella of work at Penn never rea lly get to collaborate

because they put on their own events,” College senior and copresident of TableTalk Sophie Beren said. “It’s cool that we get to bring together not only the Penn community to talk about this but also the leaders that are at the forefront of these efforts.” The rape culture discussions were led by campus leaders from Penn Anti-Violence Educators, Penn Association for Gender Equity, Abuse and Sexual Violence Prevention, Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault, Penn Women SPEAK, The Panhellenic Council, The Inter-Fraternity Council, feminist literary magazine The F Word and the Penn Women’s Center. College senior Chaz Smith, a member of MARS and PAVE, moderated one of the discussions Tuesday evening. “So many things have happened on both the campus

scale and national scale that a re finally getting attention,” Smith said, referencing the timeliness of a rape culture forum. “Things like this have always been happening and perpetrators have always been assaulting but people are finally having a public discussion so we’re breaking ground.” Wharton junior and one of the heads of the TableTalk committee, Parker Brown, discussed the importance of having these conversations now so they can translate into action in the future. “I think that self-awareness is huge,” Brown stated. “We are talking about it so that next time you see something like this happen, you’ll think about having these conversations there.” The discussion centered around defining and providing examples of rape culture,

discussing its preva lence on Penn’s campus and other settings and hypothesizing solutions to prevent the proliferation. While most people agreed that solving the issue of rape culture may take time, TableTalk board members and event moderators said they hope the event opened avenues for future conversations between Penn students. “We are in a way de-stigmatizing these topics to be brought up and talked about,” Beren said. “We hope that people continue the conversation.” “For bystanders, remaining silent helps nothing,” Smith said. “It only hurts the cause more because it’s allowing people to go unpunished, unchecked and unaccounted for and people will continue to do these horrible acts behind closed doors.”


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to be the first and only time that most members of that audience are ever going to see someone go through an abortion,” Cohen said. “I better strike them in the right way. I better make sure that it is true to what happens in real life.” To prepare for the scene showing the abortion, Cohen has been reading first-hand accounts of women who have gone through medical abortions and speaking to a medical professional who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Another reason that Cohen, together with “Dry Land” producer and College junior Teresa Speranza, decided to produce the play on their own rather than through an existing theater group was so that they could “do the play the way [they] wanted.” For example, Cohen said that casting for the play was invite-only because they were particular about who they wanted to work with and the diversity of their cast. Of the five actors starring in “Dry Land,” three are from an underrepresented minority group. In addition, the entire production

team for “Dry Land,” with the exception of the two male actors, is female or gender nonbinary. The play is about the nuances of female friendship and the vulnerability of having to make important decisions as a young person, Cohen said. It’s not an “abortion play.” College sophomore Annie Fang, who plays Ester, agreed. Fang, who, like her character, also swam competitively in high school, said she was first attracted to the script because she “had not read something that captured so well, so authentically, what [young people’s] lives look like today.” “And part of the point of this play is to show that for women who go through abortions or unwanted pregnancies, [those experiences] do not define their lives,” Fang said. Cohen said she knows there are scenes in “Dry Land” which are provocative, but encourages students not to shy away from the play because of that. “The best theater changes your mind,” Cohen said. “It makes you more empathetic to people unlike yourself — that’s the kind of theater I want to create.”

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“He trains as hard as anyone on the team,” the second-year coach said. “A lot of times kickers get a bad rap, people say they don’t work hard. He works extremely hard.” Kelley is not the only player on the roster capable of impressing with a punt. Senior quarterback Alek Torgersen has a history of punting himself — a talent he exhibited most recently on Saturday, when he pinned Columbia at its own three with a surprise pooch punt, the eighth such time Torgersen has executed the play in his Penn career. That was not the first time Torgersen has one-upped Kelley with his punting skills. “A lot of people don’t know this, but Alek and I went to the same high school [Edison HS in Huntington Beach, Calif.],” Kelley noted. “When I was a junior, he actually [started at punter] over me.” The punter has certainly come a long way from his inauspicious high school start. And if you ask Kelley, the pinnacle of his

kicking career occurred last fall versus Harvard, in the game that all but locked up a share of the Ivy title for the Red and Blue. With just over a minute remaining in the 35-25 victory, Penn punted from its own 34 yard line, hoping to bleed out the clock. Kelley did much more than that; he unleashed a 63-yard missile, pinning the Crimson all their way down at the own three, putting an exclamation point on the season-defining win. “I’ve never seen so many people get hyped for a punt,” he said. “Coaches were coming up to me who would never leave their job in the middle of a game to say, ‘great punt,’ but they did.” Penn’s high flying offense — led by Torgersen, doing his day job — will look to avoid fourth down as much as possible over the next five weeks as they come through the home stretch of Ivy play. But, if and when they’re forced to kick it away, Kelley’s presence means that that’s far from the end of the world.


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The articles all read the same. The offense gets the glory and the keeper gets a shout out for a great save. But what about the defense? All year long, the coverage surrounding Penn field hockey has focused mostly on broken scoring records and seeing new faces contributing consistently on the score sheet. But nowhere to be found is the defense. A job that draws more attention when it’s done wrong than it’s done right, playing defense essentially boils down to keeping the ball out of your cage. And yet, it can be one of the most difficult positions to play on the field. And yet, it is rare that a defender gets the same recognition for doing her job that a forward does for doing hers. No one knows this better than junior back Jasmine Li. After getting some sporadic playing time in her freshman season, Li was

quickly thrust into a full-time starting role in her sophomore season. As a left back, she is often going against the opposition’s most dynamic player, tasked with stifling that player all across the defensive third of the field while also working to deny scoring chances within arc. Additionally, Li is on the defensive corner unit for the Quakers, sacrificing her body in order to keep the ball out of the goal during what is probably the best chance for the opposition to score. Other than junior goalkeeper Liz Mata, Li is the only player to play in every game this year while not recording a single shot. In fact, over her entire Penn career, she has yet to record a single point or shot on the stat sheet. And yet, her contributions never go unnoticed by the team. “The left back position is really a tough spot to be in,” Penn coach Colleen Fink said. “You can really get backed in to the defensive space very easily. But Jasmine really handles the ball well in pressure situations, I think that’s her number one asset. She beats her


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opponent to the spot and I think she’s really good at denying the pass and stepping up to intercept when she can.” “As a defender, you definitely don’t get all the glory,” Li added. “But anyone who knows the game — your teammates, your coaches — definitely notice what every player on the field offers and every good play that a player makes. We’ve always spoken about that saying ‘defense wins championships’ on our team, so coaches have been really hard on us on minimizing our fouls and making those thankless runs. As long as I and my fellow defenders know we contributed to the game, we’re happy.” Li didn’t see success right away at Penn. Despite playing in 14 games during her freshman year, she says that she felt frustrated by her lack of playing time and her performance on the field. On top of this, the Quaker coaching staff began to undertake a significant transition in the defensive philosophy of the team during Li’s freshman year. By changing the focus to

preventative defending across the entire field rather than just defending one-on-one in the defensive third, the players were forced out of their comfort zones and challenged to be more complete players. Through this set of challenges, she developed the mental toughness needed to play one of the most thankless positions on the field. “I had a pretty tough freshman year actually with field hockey and not really getting playing time,” recalled Li. “Alex Agathis was a junior when I was a freshman, and she was really good about reaching out to me and helping me keep my head up and rooting for me to stick with it. ... Learning to confront a challenge, persevere through a difficult time when something doesn’t go your way is a huge thing.” The Quakers will need Li’s mental toughness and stingy defense through the rest of their season as they hope to win out in pursuit of their first Ivy title since 2004. They are next in action on Saturday against Yale in New Haven.


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The final stretch of Ivy play approaches for Penn Athletics’ fall teams. The sports editors debate: Who is the MVP of the fall thus far? Senior Sports Editor Nick Buchta: There’s almost an embarrassment of riches to pick from on Penn women’s soccer — almost all of them freshmen! — but I think the quiet hero on that team is goalkeeper Kitty Qu. Goalkeepers tend to get attention when they let up goals — the less we’re talking about them, usually, the better. But Qu’s rookie year has been something special. Qu has allowed only six goals all season — Penn’s offense, alternatively, has scored 26. In the last six weeks, opponents have found the net just three times in eight games. Even more specifically, let’s look at the goals she has allowed. Not a single one has come in the course of action. Qu has given up a goal off of a free kick, two off corners and three off of penalties. But that’s it. Just penalties

and set pieces. Over 1,010 minutes and not one goal in the heart of the action. That’s absurd. Unfortunately, the few goals she has allowed have come at inopportune times. The questionable penalty versus Harvard, an overtime corner versus Columbia, the second-half penalty at Dartmouth — all in games where the Quakers’ terrifying offensive assault wasn’t able to get much else going. The Red and Blue pride themselves on the ability to take an early lead and run with it. A significant part of their success in doing that is rooting in Qu’s play. Without her steady head in goal, Penn simply would not have to opportunities to play ahead that they’ve relied so heavily on this season. If Qu’s only doing this as a freshman, it’s scary what the next three years might bring.


In her rookie year, Penn women’s soccer’s Kitty Qu has yet to allow a goal in the course of action — conceding only on penalties and set pieces.

has admitted. From sharing time last year to the heart of the Quakers’ running game now, Solomon has torn it up on the field with about 500 yards through five games so far — best in the Ivy League. While 100 yards a game may not seem too impressive, bear in mind that the Quakers don’t run too much — and Solomon is averaging almost

Sports Editor Will Snow: If all of the fall sports ended today (heaven forbid they do), then Penn’s MVP would have to be football’s star running back Tre Solomon. The junior is a new man this season, as he himself

six yards a carry. But his influence doesn’t end there — he’s even taking snaps and playing quarterback now! In one of coach Ray Priore’s new offensive packages, Solomon lines up in the backfield with two other running backs, while senior quarterback Alek Torgersen sits on the sidelines. The formation has been devastating,

and, against Columbia last weekend, Solomon even logged a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cam Countryman. If his sheer numbers on the ground don’t earn him this hypothetical MVP honor, then his versatility should. He’s also come up big with some huge plays. Look at the highlight reel from the Dartmouth or Columbia wins, and you’ll find some eye-popping acrobatics from the running back. Two of those highlights involve Solomon vaulting over defenders in what has become an almost trademark move of his: leaping over the opposition. And I have to reiterate this — the man threw a 23 yard bullet on Saturday! Make a habit of that, and we might start pushing people to get him on that Heisman shortlist! Well, maybe the long list. But still — he’s been pretty good. Sports Editor Tommy Rothman: Alec Neumann of Penn men’s soccer is my pick for midseason MVP. The star forward and two-time second team AllIvy selection has bounced back in a major way after a subpar

junior campaign, and is off to an incredible start to his final year in the Red and Blue. Neumann has scored seven goals in the team’s first 10 games, good for first in the Ivy League, and his 0.7 goals-pergame rank 16th in the nation. He sports a strong .269 shooting percentage and a .500 shots-ongoal percentage. With 15 career goals coming into the season, Neumann could nearly double his previous total by the time he’s played his last game for Penn. Neumann is also the author of what is easily, to date, the most dominant performance by a Penn athlete this season. Against Drexel, the captain had a hat trick — in the first half alone. The Quakers need to step it up and improve on their 1-2-0 record in Ivy play for Neumann’s dominant play to end up as more than a footnote in another disappointing season, but he’s definitely the MVP for Penn Athletics at this point in the fall season. The team’s modest 3-3-5 record would look a whole lot worse without Neumann.

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Fuller said. “When crosses aren’t good enough, our forwards don’t even have a chance to score.” This is a tricky period for the young, talented Penn team. Having started the season so brightly, conference success has not come to fruition in the way that supporters hoped it would. Despite the recent dip in form, Fuller insists the team’s morale remains as high as ever. “We’re fortunate to have a very confident group of guys, and we know that these last couple games aren’t entirely indicative of the work we’ve put in all season,” Fuller said. “I don’t have to say much of anything to keep these men motivated.” Poplawski agreed with Fuller, also noting the strong self-motivation within the team. “Of course we’re still zeroed in,” Poplawski said. “We’ve talked about it all year, the next game is always the most important game. Our focus is on Villanova and winning this City 6 championship.” One thing is for sure — both teams will come out hungrier than ever on Wednesday night. “You have two teams that take a lot of pride in being the best team in the city,” Fuller said. “We believe that with the work we’ve put in, we can beat almost anybody on any day.”


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season be defined by frustration or just getting by. I believe this attitude can do powerful things for athletes in the twilight of their careers. Just consider Maya DiRado. For those of you who aren’t as big of swim nerds as I am, I’ll quickly give you her backstory. A swimmer at Stanford, she graduated with a degree in management science and engineering in 2015, but deferred her start date at McKinsey to keep training with the hope of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team. Then 2016 happened. She dominated the Grand Prix circuit throughout the spring and was swimming the best races of her life. She qualified for Rio in three individual events and one relay and took home four medals, including a surprise gold over top-ranked Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 200-meter backstroke. DiRado’s individual gold medal was fitting: It came in her weakest event, but it also came in her last. She knew that when she touched the wall there would be nothing left to give. So why hold anything back? After she clinched gold, waves

of reporters questioned her decision to retire at age 23 in the zenith of her career. But she stood by her decision. In an interview with the Washington Post, she explained that her success was a symptom of her unique situation: “I think the reason that I’ve had this success this year is because I know that swimming is wrapping up for me,” DiRado said. “It’s so much easier to work hard every day and push myself and be excited about all the little things that make swimming great but are kind of hard to get excited about when you’re looking at this like, ‘Oh, I have so many more years ahead of me doing this.’” This phenomenon of success on the eve of retirement is not exclusive to swimming, however. Take David Ortiz. In his final season with the Red Sox, the designated hitter batted .315 with a .620 slugging percentage, both absurdly high numbers for a 40-year-old with a gimpy knee. Even more staggering is that Ortiz’s numbers from the 2016 season in pretty much every statistical category were the highest they’ve been in nearly a decade. How else do you explain that kind of surge in performance than the finality of it all? Without


For Laine Higgins, the final season for Penn women’s swimming is cause for reflection on a career and a final time in the pool.

the burden of seasons to come, athletes can focus on why they started playing their sport in the first place. I write this column on the eve of the swim team’s first competition, albeit a relay scrimmage against a smattering of Philadelphia schools. The Ivy slate won’t open for another three weeks, but the “last” milestones have already started to accumulate. I don’t anticipate winning any

Ivy titles or setting conference records just because I’m freed by knowing it’s my last season as a swimmer. But I do anticipate being at peace come Feb. 26. After all, it had to end at some point. LAINE HIGGINS is a College senior from Wayzata, Minn., and is a senior sports reporter for The Daily Pennsylvanian. She can be reached at

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HUNTER THE PUNTER Hunter Kelly is building one of the best seasons in the FCS TOM NOWLAN Sports Editor


n what would have been a poetic travesty, Hunter the Punter didn’t always want to be a punter. “I was asked about doing it the summer before my sophomore year of high school. ... I tried it out and didn’t really like it,” Hunter Kelley, Penn football’s standout fourth-down man, said. “I didn’t like just standing on the

sideline. I ended up quitting.” However, the self-imposed hiatus didn’t last long. After Kelley’s teammate on the soccer team ended up kicking on the gridiron in his stead, the California native had a change of heart. The rest is history. “His high school coach called me and said, ‘We have a talented kid here,’”

Penn coach Ray Priore said. “We watched some tapes on him and thought, ‘Let’s give him a shot.’” The decision to bring Kelley on board has paid dividends for the Red and Blue. Starting at punter since the beginning of his freshman year in 2014, SEE KELLEY PAGE 8


City Six title at stake as For college athletes, a Penn takes on Villanova final season must come Let me expLaine

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he farewell tour. The victory lap. The last hurrah. Whatever you call it, there’s no avoiding the inevitability of retirement in athletics. Sure, some of us can manage Gordie Howe-esque careers and stave off the erosion of age for decades, but everyone has to walk away at some point. While it is easy to look at the last season as a series of bittersweet milestones — the last first practice, the last home opener, the last playoffs, the last race — there is something reassuring about knowing there is a definitive end date to this phase of life. I’ve spent the previous 5,252 days calling myself a swimmer. Now a senior, I only have 132 left

where that title is relevant. While I’ve never really thought of myself as only a swimmer, the hours I spend in chlorine on a weekly basis have played a defining role in making me into the person I am today. I’m sure all athletes at Penn and beyond can say the same of their respective sports, and it’s a little unsettling to think that in just five months that chapter of my life will be over and the metaphorical page will turn. Oddly enough, there is something freeing about knowing exactly when your athletic career will end. Barring injury, my last race will be on February 26, 2017. I’ve known that date since the day I was admitted to Penn in December 2012, but it never really crossed my mind until this October during Fall Break. I was standing on the pool deck on Thursday afternoon about to dive in for the second practice of the day. Eight hours of intense training stood between me and


the weekend and, despite the three Advil I had just swallowed, I was still so sore that I couldn’t lift my arms above 90 degrees and seriously doubted whether my muscles could carry me through the next 6,500 meters. In a half-hearted attempt to motivate myself to dive in I recited my favorite quote about training: “You can either get better or get by.” That Thursday, I fully intended to just get by. But that’s when it hit me: I didn’t have very many days left of this. First came relief, then panic. With my days numbered, I didn’t have many opportunities to get better either. In the two hours of swimming that followed that realization I probably excelled more at sinking to the bottom of Sheerr Pool than getting better. But it didn’t matter because in those two hours I decided I wasn’t going to let my final SEE HIGGINS PAGE 11

to end winless streak

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Championship game. It might not be the most widely publicized title in collegiate sports, but under the radar, Penn men’s soccer is one win away from capturing its first title of the year: The City 6 championship. The City 6, which consists of Penn, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova, has for years been crowning an annual champion in several sports — most prominently soccer. To earn the elusive title, the Quakers (3-3-5) will



On Wednesday evening, Penn men’s soccer and senior midfielder Alec Neumann will head to Villanova in search of the City Six title.

have to at least force a draw in Wednesday night’s clash against the Wildcats (6-5-2). Both teams will also see Wednesday night as an opportunity to right a ship that has, for both teams, taken a turn south in the past week or two. Villanova and Penn have both failed

to record a victory in the last two weeks ago. During the sour stretch the past few times out, the Red and Blue have been tormented by a shaky defense, something that earlier in the season would have SEE M. SOCCER PAGE 11

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