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More than 30 art and culture organizations came together at the Institute of Contemporary Art today, where students explored the many cultural opportunities available at Penn and in Philadelphia.

Phila. school commission cancels teacher contracts JENNIFER WRIGHT Staff Writer


In an impromptu School Reform Commission meeting on Monday morning, the SRC voted to cancel the contract between the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the School District of Philadelphia. The unanimous vote to revoke the teachers’ contract after 21 months of slow negotiations came during a meeting with only one day’s notice and enraged the teachers’ union and its supporters. At Monday’s meeting, the SRC approved changes to health benefits in the teachers’ union contract so that “urgently needed funds” — about $43.8 million — could be reallocated to schools over the course of this year, according to the School District of Philadelphia’s press release. The district said it doesn’t plan to cut current employees’ wages. However, the proposed benefit plan would require employees to contribute to their health plans in amounts based on their salary. “The fiscal stability created by these benefit changes will lessen the dire circumstances facing our teachers and students every day,” Philadel-

NEWS NEW SORORITY LEADERSHIP The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has a new associate director PAGE 2



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The issue of the exploding employment offer Firms who recruit through OCR don’t always follow Career Services’ rules ESTHER YOON Staff Writer

Is a good thing worth sacrificing the opportunity to look for something better? That is a question that participants in on-campus recruiting have to ask themselves when they are presented with exploding offers and bonuses — employment offers that expire before the formal recruiting process has ended. If the offers “explode” before the end of October, they are in violation of Career Services’ policies governing firms who participate in OCR, but students say exploding offers are still a common issue. One Wharton senior, who agreed to be identified only by the initial C. in order to protect his employment status, was invited to a super day on the West Coast as a junior but was pressured by the firm to indicate whether he would take their offer before they formally extended it to him. “Basically, the head of the firm asked me over video conferencing if I would take the offer,” C. said. “When I asked for a few more days to think about it, he told me … to make up my mind first and get back to him.” A lot of other firms also put pressure on the applicants “in an underhanded way,” C. said. “The school can put whatever policies they want in place, but these guys can obviously think of ways to evade [the policies].”


Eminem collaborator Skylar Grey to play fall concert The concert is scheduled for October 25 at World Cafe Live BOOKYUNG JO Staff Writer

Skylar Grey will headline the Social Planning and Events Committee’s Fall Concert on Oct. 25. This singer-songwriter from Wisconsin debuted in 2006 with the album “Like Blood Like Honey” and has collaborated with various artists. She wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s single “Love the Way You Lie,” and was featured in other

singles such as Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” and Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor.” “Traditionally Fall Concerts feature up-and-coming artists,” said College senior Suvadip Choudhury, one of the SPEC concert directors. However, SPEC decided to change up the fall concert by featuring a “well-established artist” to serve a more diverse group of students. Choudhury also said that Grey is a great fit for the new venue because her acoustic music will suit World Cafe Live’s setting well. The cafe is expectSEE SPEC PAGE 7


Five-time Grammy nominee Skylar Grey will be headlining the SPEC Fall Concert, with The Lawsuits opening the show.

In the wake of war, Penn team preserves Syrian culture Penn’s Cultural Heritage Center helps Syrians safeguard artifacts EUNICE LIM Staff Writer

This year, Career Services published Oct. 28 as the first day firms can demand responses from students to whom they have extended offers. “Most students are not ready, nor should they be, to make a final decision before completing all of their interviews,” the policy reads. And “regrettably,” the policy

When the Iraqi government was overthrown, looters destroyed religious and cultural artifacts. Now with chaos reigning in Syria, Penn researchers are trying to preserve Syrian heritage before its remnants are destroyed. The Islamic State group has destroyed Byzantine palaces, Christian graves and Roman bath houses in Syria in an attempt to wipe out the country’s non-Islamic history. But since February 2013, Penn’s Cultural Heritage Center has been working with Syrians to safeguard the country’s artifacts and heritage sites from the Islamic State group, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and looters. The center’s Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria Initiative, started by researchers Richard Leventhal, Salam Al Kuntar and Brian Daniels, is the only organization working to help both Syrian activists and preservationists. “We are trying to understand how cultural heritage






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Penn sororities see new leadership Meghan Gaffney is joining Penn from West Chester University ZAHRA HUSAIN Staff Writer

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has a new member. Last week, Meghan Gaffney took over as Associate Director at OFSL. Gaffney will oversee Penn’s nine Panhellenic sororities, including the Panhellenic expansion plan. She will also help the Panhellenic Council’s Executive Board coordinate formal recruitment and Panhel-wide philanthropy events. Gaffney believes that involvement in Greek life will increase over the next several years and is very excited by the prospect. She noted that across the country, more college students are rushing. “Nationally, fraternity and sorority life is more desirable than it has ever been. There’s a definitely trend of a spike across campuses,” Gaffney said. While Gaffney is excited to start numerous projects and dive right in, she also wants to observe how Penn works and get to know the system first. Gaffney wants to make an extra effort to make sure Panhellenic groups feel supported

MEGHAN GAFFNEY Associate Director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

by the office, especially since OFSL did not begin the year with a sorority point person. With talk of recruitment starting, Gaffney wants to assist Panhellenic chapters with their rush process. She hopes to increase training for Rho Gammas — the women who lead students through Panhel’s recruitment week — so they are better prepared come rush time in January. Gaffney comes from West Chester University, where she was the Assistant Director of Sorority Life, but her duties were evenly divided between Greek life and general student affairs. Prior to West Chester, Gaffney worked at Hofstra University as a resident director. It was

at Hoftsra that Gaffney realized she “loved being involved in student affairs.” Gaffney has a deep connection to Greek Life. Prior to graduating in 2006 from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Gaffney was part of the Theta Kappa Pi sorority, which does not have a national branch. Gaffney is excited to come to Penn because she sees similarities between the West Chester Greek community and Penn’s. She noted, however, that “for Penn students, [Greek life] is part of their experience, but not their whole identity.” At other schools, she explained, students are involved in fewer activities and much more focused on their Greek lives. During her first year at Penn, Gaffney hopes to help strengthen a new partnership between the Penn Greek community and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also acknowledged it can be tough to avoid competitiveness when raising money for causes, so she hopes OFSL can help level the playing field while also encouraging organizations to give as much as they can through their individual philanthropic events. “It’s important to exist not in the spirit of competition,” Gaffney said. “We should see who’s good at what and ask them for help.”



IN CONVERSATION WITH SAM HARRIS American author Sam Harris spoke at the Free Library of Philadelphia yesterday at an event, engaging in conversation with Channel 6 Action News anchor Tamala Edwards. Harris is the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a foundation aimed to promote scientific knowledge and secular values within society.



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THE FAITHLESS QUAKER | International issues require serious debate; we can’t let pathos get in the way of logos

y previous column was on the importance of saying what we mean. It’s time to tackle meaning what we say. Last Thursday, Penn for Palestine set out a collection of small black flags on College Green. Each flag was intended to stand for a Gaza Palestinian “who was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces between July 8 and August 26.” Am I the only person unnerved by such barefaced manipulation? Like any sensible college student, I consider myself open to critical debate and respectful of opposing viewpoints. We should be willing to exchange ideas and be receptive to the reasoned objections of others. No Penn student should be afraid of healthy disagreement, which is essential to strengthening our beliefs. Nor am I opposed to the

vigil. These deaths are indeed tragic, and, like Israeli and other casualties, ought to be commemorated. If Penn students choose to hold such a gathering, that’s their prerogative. But no matter how charitable we are to extreme critics of Israeli policy, the description of deaths in Gaza as “murder” is deceptive — it reflects an unfair simplification of complex political and historical details. Do pro-Palestine activists on Penn’s campus sincerely believe that the Israelis’ actions are simple enough for anyone to write off as outright murder? This is a prime example of deceptive rhetoric. The most effective tactic for pushing a political viewpoint is to imbue weighty and familiar words with corrupted meanings, taking advantage of language to circumvent logic. Ploys such as these, in Friedrich Hayek’s words, pose “barriers to rational discussion … which makes

any real communication between [parties] impossible.” Calling Palestinian deaths “murder” discourages objective scrutiny. To a layperson without serious knowledge of the conflict, it presents the situation in over-simplistic, one-sided and emotionally exploitative terms. For one thing, the accusation of murder yields little insight and discourages scrutiny by those who want to understand the conflict. How many deaths, for example, were accidental, or provoked by local insurgents? How many deliberately attacked Israeli soldiers? On important details such as these, the exhibit was characteristically silent. The charge of murder notso-subtly implies that the Palestinians were killed in cold blood — that their deaths were the Israelis’ primary, sadistic objective. Israel considers itself to be fighting out of self-defense, and labeling the deaths murder

neglects that essential point in the debate. Even if one takes the stance that all acts of warfare are inarguably murderous, the demonstration overlooks violence from the Palestinian side, as well as the murders, so to speak, committed against Israelis by terror coalitions. Take Hamas, the terrorist organization whose official charter explicitly justifies the killing of Jews and asserts Jihad to be the only way of resolving “the Palestinian question.” Their intentions are neither benevolent nor concealed — and come significantly closer to the mark of “murder.” Even if the casualties on the Israeli side are fewer (thanks to advanced defense technology), the demonstration implies that Israel is committing unnecessary, groundless acts of aggression. Though moderate supporters of Israel might indeed take issue with the behavior

of Israeli settlers, the issue is prone to gross overgeneralization. This isn’t about whose “side” we’re on — it’s about objectivity. This is an appeal to emotion, plain and simple. Tactics such as these hurt the pro-Palestinian cause, too. They prevent more discerning audiences from taking activists seriously, and prevent strong rationales from seeing the light of day. If there are good reasons to side with groups such as Penn for Palestine, those reasons should be just as compelling without the polemics. Perhaps these activists really do believe that the killings of these Palestinians qualify as murder. But making such a contentious and one-sided claim without qualification hardly counts as arguing in good faith. Without a doubt, this demonstration was expected to provoke. But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is too complicated and

JONATHAN IWRY serious for any party to resort to emotional tactics. I encourage the Penn community to be vigilant about loaded language — to prevent rhetoric from obstructing our commitment to honest and reasoned debate.

JONATHAN IWRY is 2014 College graduate from Potomac, Md. His email address is jon.iwry@gmail. com. “The Faithless Quaker” usually appears every Monday.

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Making Penn a haven for students in recovery


enn students are passionate about health, but there is one serious health issue that often goes unrecognized: addiction and other substance use disorders. Substance use disorders affect the lives of millions of Americans. Addiction, the most severe form of substance use disorder, affects 23.5 million Americans — almost 10 percent of the adult American population. National Institute of Health researchers estimate that substance use costs Americans more than $500 billion every year. Trends in substance use disorders are only getting worse — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that drug overdose rates have more than tripled since 1990. You might be wondering: If substance use disorders are

such a serious public health issue that affect so many people, how come I don’t know any drug addicts? The truth is, you probably do. By applying national data to the Penn community’s population, it is likely that as many as 2,000 students at Penn struggle with addiction. Even if you don’t currently know a person with a substance use disorder, you will. Researchers at Columbia University estimate that 25 percent of people who use addictive substances before they turn 18 will develop a substance use disorder. You rarely hear about substance use disorders because of the negative stigma. Don’t take my word for it. Students interviewed by 34th Street Magazine’s Manola Gonzalez in her feature article, “Sober, So What?” discussed the various reasons

they decided not to drink. Several of the students interviewed — our fellow Penn undergraduates — abstain from drinking because they are recovering from addiction or another substance use disorder. Despite its prevalence, for many of us, substance use disorders aren’t something we come in contact with on a daily basis. But addiction is a disease, and we must approach it with empathy. A public health issue of this magnitude cannot be addressed solely by its victims. Like we have for mental health, cancer, diabetes, ALS and so many other disorders and ailments, I urge the Penn community to rally in support of those struggling with addiction and other substance use disorders. How can we help? We can help by providing students

with safe and sober living quarters so they can stay in school even as they work to overcome addiction. The Haven At College is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services for students who attend school while dealing with addiction. The Haven has given college students the opportunity to attend college, despite their recovery needs. Tell Vice Provost of University Life Dr. McCoullum that Penn needs a Haven for the Quakers who struggle from substance use disorders! Help bring The Haven At College to our campus. Visit PennDAPA.com to send a letter to VPUL’s McCoullum. Theodore Caputi, W’17 C’17 Co-President of Penn’s Drug and Alcohol Advocacy program

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GUEST COLUMN BY PENN DEMS | While the Affordable Care Act is a good start, we’re


ver the last few years, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has received harsh criticism from the right. Candidate after candidate has called for its repeal, and the House of Representatives has voted to repeal or change the law more than 50 times. The ACA has many great elements, but one thing in particular makes it a crucial law to uphold: its support of mental health care. Until 2008, mental health counseling was regarded nationally almost as a luxury. Under several private insurance plans, a patient could only go to two to three free consults before having to deal with large copays, making continued therapy often too large of a financial burden. This would be like covering only the beginning of cancer treatment, then letting the patient pay for the rest. In 2008, Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which assured that limitations on mental health services would be no stricter than those imposed on other medical and surgical benefits. Legislatively, this was a good start, but by no means did it ensure that mental health counseling would be universally accessible. The ACA created the biggest improvement in the quality of coverage by listing mental

still a few crucial steps away from peace of mind health as one of the 10 essential benefits required in the insurance policies sold on the federal exchange, as well as to patients on Medicaid. Healthcare.gov states that the ACA “expands mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for 62 million Americans,” which is achieved through several

pre-existing conditions such as schizophrenia. The ACA provided muchneeded improvements to the mental health care system in the United States, but issues remain. Twenty-three states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, denying many of these new mental health resources to Medicaid users.

Right now, as we grapple with yet another tragedy on our own campus, any effort to help those suffering with mental health issues should be praised and bolstered, not condemned.” changes in insurance policy requirements. First, according to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, threequarters of mental health conditions develop before the age of 24, and under the ACA people can stay on their parents’ health care policies until the age of 26, which ultimately allows patients a maximum amount of benefits with virtually no cost until the age of 26. Second, health plans must provide free preventative care such as depression screening for adults and behavioral assessments for children. Finally, under the preexisting conditions clause, plans will not be able to deny mental health coverage due to

According to Joel Miller, executive director of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, without Medicaid expansion, “nearly 4 million uninsured people with mental health conditions will be locked out of the health insurance system, and therefore lack access to timely, quality mental health services and a consistent source of care.” Right now, as we grapple with yet another tragedy on our own campus, any effort to help those suffering with mental health issues should be praised and bolstered, not condemned. When even the care that Counseling and Psychological Services provides — from one-on-one counseling to group therapy sessions — is

not always enough for a student struggling with mental health issues, how can we begin to think about repealing a law that works to make this type of care affordable for all Americans? It’s time to realize that the ACA works and that it helps this country in a myriad of ways, not the least of which is how it works to help those facing mental health issues. And until Medicaid is expanded to all 50 states, we deny the poorest among us the care they need, and that is simply unacceptable. Pennsylvania finally agreed to Medicaid expansion, but it’s crucial that everyone voting out-of-state check to see if his or her state has done so. There is no way to reconcile the tragedies that our campus has faced over the last year. However, we must do our part in trying to make services available that could help struggling students or even prevent future suicides. Mental health coverage and affordable healthcare are basic human rights, and we urge you to support candidates who will fight for these important causes.

PENN DEMOCRATS is a student-run political organization dedicated to promoting progressive political values on and off campus through dialogue and action. They can be reached at info@penndems.org.

THE DANALYST | Even when we’re stuck in

the midst of midterms, it shouldn’t feel like we can’t take a break


ast Sunday, I woke up, got ready to hit the library and realized I had no work to do. I had woken up early to do work the previous day — my schedule was clear and I’m one of the lucky few who doesn’t have midterms until the end of October. It was the first free time I’d had in a while. When friends texted me to come study with them, I brought a book I’d been meaning to read for a while and plopped down with them at a table in Fisher Fine Arts. They brought out their laptops and freaked out about English essays. I sank into Michael Cunningham. What struck me was how guilty I felt. I could practically see the cartoon steam coming out of my friends’ ears while they typed. I, on the other hand, settled into a really good work of fiction. I had heard horror stories about people falling asleep in GSRs and kids crying in recitations. I felt like I wasn’t allowed to be an exception. I couldn’t admit to people that I wasn’t stressed, much less flaunt that I had leisure time. Ironically enough, I felt that the library was the worst place for reading.

DANI BLUM days when we don’t have a lot of work, and that’s okay. It’s acceptable to not always be doing something. At Penn, the norm is to overbook ourselves. We feel wrong if we’re not bouncing from one activity to another. But this creates an unhealthy environment — nobody can be “on it” 100 percent of the time. We can’t live up to the perfect image we create on our GCals. It’s downright damaging to be active 24/7. If we push ourselves to the max every day, we’re bound to burn out eventually. The problem is that so many of us would rather overextend than admit our limitations. Maybe the reason for this is that we’re so goal-oriented that we channel our academics into

I couldn’t admit to people that I wasn’t stressed, much less flaunt that I had leisure time.” It’s difficult to fuse a 10,000-person student body into a cohesive culture. Stress serves as a way of uniting us. We identify ourselves by stress — we’re all in difficult courses, the theory goes, so we should all be worried about our work. When we run into people on Locust, the standard, “How are you?” response is either, “Fine,” or “Stressed!” These shouldn’t be the only two options, but stress creates a mob mentality. We talk about how overwhelmed we are, and then we feel left out if we’re not equally as scrambled. If we haven’t worked until midnight like our friends have, then we feel like we’re not adequate students. There’s a general feeling that if you’re not stressed out of your mind, you’re doing something wrong. By constantly talking about our stress, we contribute to an unhealthy culture. We can’t help but overthink our assignments and we put so much pressure on ourselves that we can’t get much done. It’s difficult to separate our work and our expectations. Maybe that’s why we stress out so much. Whatever the reason, though, we need to accept that panic doesn’t have to be our default emotion. There will be

our dreams for the future. We learn, but with the intent of getting into medical school or landing that Google gig. We create too distinct of a barrier between work and play — and yes, while a lot of us genuinely love our classes, we tend to leave that realm of intellectualism after we finish our homework. We don’t let ourselves bliss out academically. A lot of Penn feels like oscillating between extremes. We push ourselves to make every event exciting or important or an accomplishment, from six-hour study sessions to taking charge in our extracurriculars to going hard at parties. We don’t allow ourselves enough breathing room. We’re all for, “work hard, play hard” — Amy Gutmann even said so during Convocation — but we don’t allow ourselves a chance to just stop and take a break. We shouldn’t have to hide our methods of relaxation. Sometimes, we need to be boring.

DANI BLUM is a College freshman from Ridgefield, Conn. Her email address is kblum@sas.upenn.edu. “The Danalyst” appears every Tuesday.



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continues, pressure to accept early makes it harder for Career Services to punish students who accept one offer but then renege to accept another. Typically, the punishment for a student reneging on a contract is a loss of access to PennLink and to OCR in the future — a double standard that seems to punish students who violate OCR policies because of pressure from firms who are themselves disregarding Career Services’ rules. C. was also faced with an exploding offer when he recruited for a summer internship. “I guess I didn’t have to commit, but [the recruiter] kept saying pressuring things like, ‘To me, spoken word is an oath’ and stupid things like that,” C. said. “It made me very scared about going back on my word. Thinking back, I still would have ultimately chosen that firm, but the process was very uncomfortable because it felt like he was making the decisions for me at the time.” S., another Wharton senior who requested anonymity for fear that his firm would revoke his offer, explained that consulting firms put pressure on desired

students more subtly, by having members of the firm reach out. “For a lot of the consulting firms, they put pressure by calling you. It feels sort of like having 20,000 people reach out to you, which is kind of cool,” S. said. “It’s more friendly, but still a form of pressure.” In a January post on LinkedIn, Wharton Professor Adam Grant urged companies to realize that exploding offers are counterproductive. “Exploding offers might give [employers] a better shot at hiring star applicants, but they respond with lower commitment — which means less effort and loyalty,” he said in the post. “it’s very hard because [students] are forced to make these impulsive decisions on these very hard deadlines,” S. said. “And of course being risk-averse like the most of us are … I think it’s a situation that’s not ideal for people of our age.” In his post, Grant advised students to conditionally accept the offers with contingencies like being able to find a good solution for paying back student loans. Students, however, seem to believe that conditional responses are not feasible because the recruiters have more to leverage than they do.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014 Wharton senior Mihir Jain thought Grant’s suggestion was “ideal,” but said that most firms would not entertain conditional acceptances. “There are so many qualified students that if people are put under pressure they’re more likely to just accept it than push back,” he said. “Coming out of college, at least for me, I find it very hard to see myself negotiating with an MD of a bank,” C. said. “I couldn’t bring myself to push back just because it was very intimidating, negotiating with someone with that much power. … There’s just such a big power divide. I think in Adam Grant’s example, he’s talking more about if you’re hiring and you’re the only good candidate.” Instead, C. said his honest advice to other students would be to play along with the firms’ game. Not all firms that participate in OCR pressure students to make premature decisions, though. Jain has an offer from the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked over the summer, but has not been pressured to commit to working there full time after graduation. “I’m strongly considering,” Jain said. “I haven’t really received pressure from them.


They’ve called me a couple times, but I don’t feel like I’ve been pressured at all. Their deadline is not for a few more weeks.” Jain acknowledged, however, that many firms do not comply with the policies set out by Career Services. “I’ve had friends who haven’t been given that much time,” he said. “And that puts them under a lot of pressure.”


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Exposure shaped GSE students paths to education JENNIFER WRIGHT Staff Writer

Education is not necessarily the first job sector you would think college graduates would go into. With the tremendous problems facing teachers in the School District of Philadelphia — including budget pitfalls and low-performing schools — it might be hard for some to imagine entering a career in this field. For Penn’s Class of 2013,

only 9 percent of graduates are in the education sector while 29 percent are employed in finance, according to data from Career Services. But for current students in the Education Policy master’s program in the Graduate School of Education, the moment they knew they wanted to change the system is something they can practically pinpoint. For Morehouse College graduate D’Andre Ball, the moment was during an event featuring

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phia back in December of 2012. As a History major, she planned to become a lawyer to help people in her Southwest Philadelphia community who often lack access to a quality legal defense, she said. Many people in her life thought she would pursue a doctorate after she graduated from Bowdoin College. Even the former president of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, advised her to do a Ph.D. program instead the one time she met him at an event. “People’s criticism made me look further into what I’m doing,” Little said. Like many Penn students, she also applied to Teach For America, the top employer of Penn’s Class of 2013. However, she turned down TFA because she only wanted to work in Philadelphia. “I knew that I didn’t want to teach and it should not be a backup plan,” she said, citing how important the role of classroom teachers is to student outcomes. Now, she wants to change policies to help students. The four students are all studying in the Education Policy program at GSE, and while their stories of arrival are different, the theme they all share is that one experience set them on the path to education. Whether it was a teacher who took special interest in them or a parent who strived to expose their child to higher education, the four were reflective on the

fact that this was something that is not a given for every student. “There were some good teachers and a guidance counselor that took an interest in me,” McCulley said. “I was lucky and it shouldn’t be about luck or chance.” Atkins recalled the formative experiences she had in a private school from second to fourth grade that equipped her with skills she needed to be in an honors track when returning to public school. “I feel very grateful that I was placed on that advanced track, but I’m mindful of all the kids that were not,” she said. McCulley said many have asked her why she just does not simply network her way into the education sphere where she lives in Los Angeles. “I felt responsible to really understand how the system works,” she said. “Policy affects what is happening in the classroom — what the kids are learning.” As for how she can apply skills amassed over a long business career, she was mindful of the notion that some feel that the last thing schools need is another businessperson telling them what they need. “I have to be cognizant to apply my skills in a way that’s going to be effective,” she said. “I really need to understand education before I go and try to have an impact.”


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ban counterparts,” Roebuck said in a statement. PFT President Jerry Jordan called the vote “shameful” in a statement. “Why else would they promote the SRC meeting with a barely legible newspaper advertisement rather than their standard practice of putting it on the District’s web site?” he said.


Institute, also advises Ma’arra Museum curators on protecting collections using locally available materials like sandbags. “I think this one museum is one of our bigger success stories, and we are looking to replicate these processes elsewhere,” Daniels said. Over the summer, Leventhal, Al Kuntar and Daniels organized training sessions for Syrian activists on how to preserve and document heritage. They plan to hold another session this winter in Turkey, conveniently located for Syrians living near the country’s northern border. The Safeguarding Initiative, which received $199,876 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has identified over 1,200 cultural, religious and historically important sites and tracksthe damage to these sites through news sources, satellite images and information from Syrians on the ground. The initiative was founded when Al Kuntar, a Syrian national and former worker at the National Museum of Damascus, approached Leventhal and Daniels about working with Syrian activists on the ground. Al Kuntar helped connect the Penn researchers with Syrian archaeologists around the world, some of whom are still working Syria’s conflictridden regions. “The Syrian Civil War is one of the humanitarian crises of our times, and what we are seeing is not only the murder of hundreds and thousands of people, but also the systematic efforts to destroy physical traces that certain people lived in the place,” Daniels said. “Any student on any campus with the pretense of being globally engaged needs to pay attention to something like this.”

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During the Undergraduate Assembly meeting on Sunday, the UA spent over 30 minutes debating how to improve mental health on campus. UA representative and College sophomore Eric Tepper suggested creating a system where incoming students would be assigned a liaison from Counseling and Psychological Services. The idea was met with broad support. “This is the best idea that this UA has had yet,” College sophomore Kat McKay, another representative, said. Other suggestions included having all freshmen schedule an appointment with CAPS and having CAPS host an open house. Sexual assault bystander intervention Also on the agenda was a dis-

cussion about possible sexual assault interventions and training for these interventions. UA representatives Travis Shingledecker and Jane Meyer, a College sophomore and junior, respectively, have been doing research about the programs at other colleges, such as Dartmouth College, and have spoken with groups such as Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention, One in Four and the class boards. Shingledecker said the goal of the intervention trainings would be to teach students to be “both proactive and reactive” in preventing sexual assault. Meyer and Shingledecker plan to put together a presentation for other student groups to use. They are in the planning stages, and do not have a definite timeline yet. Credit standardization Almost half of the enrolled students in “Mind-Body Medi-

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student personally affected by the situation, will meet with Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns. Tepper said he expects “positive updates” about the project. Water bottle refilling stations UA representative and Engineering sophomore Alexander George is working with Penn Environmental Group to install sustainable water bottle refilling stations. The UA is helping the group connect with the administration to work on the project. UA Representative and Engineering junior Jacob Henner mentioned that if these stations are installed, maintenance should be a priority. Some of the current water bottle refilling stations have outdated filters, he said. The meeting Sunday was also the first time that 10 associate members of the UA joined the body.

At the turn of the century, Penn was trying to turn around gender disparity among the University faculty — a task it is still working to achieve. At a University Council meeting on Oct. 5, 2000, Penn’s Gender Equity Committee co-chairs reported that only 24 percent of Penn faculty were women. The number was similar for Penn administrators: women held 25 percent of deanships and 24 percent of associate, vice or deputy dean positions. However, the disparity was greater among different schools — while 98 percent of the School of Nursing faculty were women, only 13 percent of Wharton faculty and six percent of Engineering faculty were women. “It looks like we are running into some problems in these two schools,” committee co-chair

Phoebe Leboy told the council. Now, the most recent numbers on Penn’s faculty diversity show that the University has increased female faculty representation at Penn, although equality across genders is still a ways off. The percentage of female faculty has increased for all but one of the past 13 years, culminating at 31.5 percent in 2013, according to the Progress Report on Penn’s Action Plan for Diversity and Excellence. Female professors have also been coming to Penn in greater numbers than they have been leaving the University: between 2010 and 2013, women represented 40.5 percent of new faculty and only 32.4 percent of departing faculty. At Wharton, 21.3 percent of the faculty are now women, and at Engineering, that number is 13.5 percent. The Nursing School has increased its percentage of male professors since 2000, as 89.3 percent of its faculty is currently women.



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did not start every game, she saw action in every one of the Red and Blue’s games in the 2013 season. Given the relative youth of this year’s squad, that experience in the midfield is crucial for the Quakers. “I’ve definitely had to take on a bigger role,� Sawczuk admitted. “Overall, everyone has done a great job of stepping up and filling all the holes we need to fill.� This response is typical of Sawczuk — Ambrose describes her as one of the most humble


team around. At the moment, Sawczuk is the most obvious solution. “If she can demand more and get the ball more we’re going to be a better team for it,� Ambrose said. “We are just trying to encourage her to open up vocally and take more of a lead kind of role.� Mikolai agrees. “If anything, I would want [Lindsey] to take the ball more because she’s got that skill where she can go when we want to beat anyone,� she said. “She already earned her spot on the field, so now it is her chance to take us to the next level.�


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Pregame food? Chicken plate from Greek Lady.

Freshman forward Juliana Provini picked a good time to score her first collegiate goal, slamming home a rebound with just seven seconds left in the first half to give the Red and Blue the only score they needed in a 1-0 win over Loyola (MD).

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said. “I think we really got after it tackling this game.� Coach Da r ren Ambrose echoed his praise of the defensive effort in his analysis of the Quakers’ offensive play as well. “We created a ton of chances,� he said. “We got in behind them a bunch of times. I think arguably we could’ve had four or five goals. And I think it’s the first game this year we could say we could’ve had four or five goals. They did exactly what we asked.� With 15 shots on goal, the Qua kers did have plenty of chances, and coach Ambrose says that the next step for the team is capitalizing on these opportunities. Despite these missed chances, Ambrose was still very pleased with the young team’s emotion and effort. “I think after Friday [a 3-2 loss to Cornell], we asked them really what the season was about. And the seniors talked about competing and playing with a little more emotion. I thought we really competed well. I thought there was an edge.� There was most definitely an edge to the Quakers’ attitude, which resulted in a high level of physicality throughout the game. With an abundance of fouls and several players going down, Ambrose said it was important for his young team to recognize the difference between playing physical and being guilty of “stupid fouls.� Nevertheless, Provini agreed that the victory was a confidence booster going in to a tough weekend of matches. “We want two wins,� she said. The Quakers will get their chance to start a win streak at home against Columbia and Navy over the weekend.




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conference losses, the Quakers (4-3-2, 0-2) were finally able to bounce back with exceptionally strong defensive and offensive play in their 1-0 victory over the Greyhounds (4-8-1). With less than 20 seconds to go in the first half, the Red and the Blue capitalized on one of their 17 corner kicks. Junior midfielder Erin Mikolai sent a powerful cross into the middle of the box where freshman forward Juliana Provini flicked it across the line, scoring after junior back Caroline Dwyer’s header rebounded off the post. The one goal held up thanks to strong defensive play throughout the 90 minutes.

It was Provini’s first goal as a Quaker, and she was ecstatic to contribute to the team’s win. “It feels really good,� she said. “I have been working so hard in preseason and training, and it’s nice to finally get some solid minutes and finish.� The defensive back line was equally excited to shut out a tough competitor. Junior back Shannon Hennessy led the Quaker defense, which held Loyola to just two shots in the game. Junior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli remained relatively untested, playing all 90 minutes and only needing to make one save. The defense was especially efficient with its tackling, something Hennessy said the team has been working hard on in practice. “We are definitely happy with the way we played,� Hennessy














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Young talent means Penn should look to 2015 Quakers, who were unable to slow down the Big Green’s rapid-fire, TOM dual-threat offense. Dartmouth’s NOWLAN quarterback, junior Dalyn Williams led the attack, scoring three rushing touchdowns against a shaky Penn defense. One game into Penn football’s Things will not get any easier Ivy League schedule and the 2014 for the Quakers next week when season is not off to a good start. they travel to New York to take Sunday’s 31-13 blowout at the on 5-1 Fordham. The Rams have hands of Dartmouth was just the scored 42 or more points in five of latest disappointment for the 0-3 their six games and have amassed

at least 500 yards of total offense in three of those contests. With Yale, Dartmouth and Harvard all dominating their opposition in the early going, the Quakers’ chances of winning the Ancient Eight are hazy at best. With the current state of the defense, Penn would be lucky to finish in the top half of the Ivy League. Thus, the focus of the 2014 season should shift to rebuilding for the future.

Dating back to last season, the Red and Blue have dropped seven straight contests, surrendering an average of 36 points per game. For a program that has historically prided itself on stout defense, the 2014 season has been highly uncharacteristic. Senior linebacker Dan Davis was supposed to anchor the unit, but injuries have limited his impact thus far, and the Quakers’ defense has looked lost without his typical production.

If Penn is to return to form in 2015, the defense will need to be rebuilt from the ground up. Davis will not be back next year, but he could provide a powerful voice of leadership in the locker room as the program looks to regain its footing. Though coach Al Bagnoli’s final season will likely not be the triumphant sendoff he had hoped for, he can put the team in a position to succeed in 2015 and beyond. To do that, Bagnoli must focus on developing young talent. The defense certainly has some bright spots, led by sophomore defensive lineman Corey Power, who had a team-high 11 tackles against Dartmouth. Freshman defensive end Louis Vecchio has chipped in with six tackles on the season — including one and a half tackles for loss — and sophomore linebacker Donald Panciello has added eight tackles of his own. Perhaps Bagnoli said it best after the loss in Hanover: “We’re still a work in progress. We have a lot of young kids and some kids with some upside, but they’re still learning and still growing.” The young stars are even brighter on the offensive side of the ball. Sophomore quarterback Alek

Torgerson has been very solid in his first year as starter, completing a school-record 40 passes in the loss in Hanover. Torgerson will be the anchor of the offense going forward, a unit that will also return freshman running back Tre Solomon and freshman wide receiver Justin Watson. Despite the tough loss against Dartmouth, senior wideout Spencer Kulcsar was effusive about the team’s overall talent. “I think we’re the most talented team in the league,” he said. “I’m not going to stop saying that.” However, exceptional performances by the offense will be meaningless unless the defense keeps the team in games, something the Quakers’ “D” has been unable to do this season. Though it’s a tough pill to swallow in Al Bagnoli’s final season, the defense in its current state cannot carry the team to an Ivy League title. The sooner the focus switches to 2015, the better. TOM NOWLAN is a College freshman from Montpelier, VT, and is a contributing writer to The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.

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her success to Penn’s strong defense. “Honestly, 99 percent of it can be attributed to the defense and just doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” she said. Eve n w it h t h e Q u a k e r s’ strong defense, Weisenfels has been critical to the team’s wins. In each of Penn’s first three Ivy games, Weisenfels made an impressive five saves. She has also proven to be a strong presence in goal in nonconference play, and her team can always expect her to perform well at clutch moments. One of her best performances was during the game against Fairfield. Weisenfels was responsible for securing the Quakers’ 4-2 win, making three saves at crucial, high-pressure moments. Her strong performances have earned her the trust of her teammates and coach, who can rely on her skills and instincts every game. “[Goalkeeper] is a very skillsp e ci f ic p osit ion a nd most people play that position the majority of their career, [but] she’s definitely an athlete and fearless type of kid [and] she has worked those attributes to her advantage,” Fink said. “My goals for her every game are for her to do her best and rely on her instincts.” Weisenfels is happy that this year, as a senior, she has been able to play with her teammates on the field. “I’ve always been emotionally invested in what happens to the team and everything, but being on the field and being able to communicate with everyone ... just changes everything,” she said. “It’s also great being older

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Weisenfels takes Ivy League by surprise


Not even Cornell can Prevent Forrest Fires (or Goals)



In the 58th minute of Penn men’s soccer’s crucial Ivy League opener, junior Forrest Clancy struck a damn-near perfect free kick, lofting it into the top right corner of the net. The goal broke a scoreless tie and gave Penn the win.

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Beating the Big Red For Penn volleyball, there was nothing like seeing Cornell come into the Palestra on Saturday night. Coming off a loss to Columbia, the Quakers reversed course, winning their first Ivy match in front of their home crowd.

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After Forrest Clancy’s goal in the 58th minute, all Penn men’s soccer needed was to hold a potent Cornell attack scoreless. Easy, right? It was for junior Max Polkinhorne, who made five saves on his way to a clean sheet and a win.

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Senior fullback Matt Schwartz isn’t usually the top target for Penn football, but sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen found him for a 54-yard touchdown catch, in which Schwartz displayed some impressive speed.

The Safety Dance

Junior defensive end Ed Cai helped Penn sprint football narrow its deficit against Navy on Saturday night with a sack in the endzone for a safety. While Penn would lose, it held a strong Navy attack to just 21 points.

A Strong Second Half

Facing a 3-0 deficit at Cornell, Penn women’s soccer found a second gear in the final 45 minutes, scoring two goals and nearly coming back against the Big Red. Senior Haley Cooper and sophomore Ana Chevtchenko provided the tallies.

Not Coming up Paul Short Most of Penn cross country's top runners were held out of Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, but the athletes that did run put up a strong showing. Junior Brendan Smith finished the eight kilometer race in 24:57 to pace the men's side, while the top three women's runners — Hailey Dougherty, Shannon McCarthy, Sophie DeBode — all placed within 11 seconds of each other.


A Solid 125 >>>

Senior wide receiver Spencer Kulcsar says that Penn football’s morale remains positive after Saturday’s loss to Dartmouth, and he may be a reason why. The senior grabbed a school record-tying 15 catches for 125 yards in an impressive showing. Graphic by Laine Higgins

W. SOCCER | The sophomore has held down Penn’s midfield BY LAINE HIGGINS Staff Writer

W. SOCCER Provini pushes Penn past Greyhounds BY ANNA DYER Contributing Writer




Sawczuk’s story goes beyond stats

Lone goal ends Quakers’ slide

It has been a bit of an upand-down season thus far for Penn women’s soccer. However, the Red and Blue were firing on all cylinders in Monday night’s game against Loyola (Md.). A f t er t wo conse cut ive

Wa t c h i ng s e n io r A l l i s o n Weisenfels in goa l for Penn field hockey, you wouldn’t think that she has only played in two games prior to this season. What’s even more surprising is that this is her first season as goalkeeper. Facing a question of who would play goalie this year after previous starter Carly Sokach quit, Weisenfels stepped up and agreed to try out the position, and has played strong between the pipes for the Red and Blue all season long. “I had committed to be the manager this year because of my knee injuries,” Weisenfels said. “[But] I was talking to coach one day and she was like, ‘Do you want to suit up?’ Kind of jokingly, I was like, ‘Sure, why not?’ “I wanted to help the team out, and I guess I wasn’t horrible.” Weisenfels is far from horrible, and has proven to be crucial to the Quakers’ success. It would be tough to blame many of Penn’s losses on the defense as only one of those losses came by more than one goal — a 5-3 defeat at Dartmouth on Saturday. Weisenfels has made an impressive 37 saves, allowing just two goals per game. With each school in the Ivy League having competed in three conference games to date, Penn places fourth in goals against, with Weisenfels only surrendering 16 goals total. Nobody is more pleased with Weisenfels’s success than coach Colleen Fink. “When the season started we came up against an unfortunate series of events with the goalkeeping situation not what we had anticipated it being,” Fink said. “W hen Allison offered up the possibility of playing in goal, honestly the expectation wasn’t high, [but] she’s obviously done a fantastic job.” Weisenfels credits much of


Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Sawczuk is tied for second in points for Penn women’s soccer, but her teammates cite her ability to make a great first touch as her strongest asset. Sawczuk’s midfield presence is vital to the Quakers’ Ivy hopes.



In a sport like soccer, where win-loss records, shots taken and goals scored define postgame analysis, it’s easy to get caught up in the statistics. But sometimes the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Take Penn women’s soccer sophomore midfielder Lindsey Sawczuk, for example. From a numbers standpoint, she is tied with senior back Haley Cooper for second on the team in points with one goal and one assist in the 2014 season. But it’s hard to grasp just how technically adept and quietly dominant the sophomore is on the field until you see her play. “She is like a quiet assassin,” coach Darren Ambrose

said. “She is so humble and quiet, but she plays like a monster.” During games, this “monster” presence is characterized by precise and measured moves. Whenever she gets the ball, the rest of her teammates seem to relax a little bit, because they know that the ball is in good hands — or, in this case, good feet. “She can get the worst ball possible, and she will clean it up in a touch,” senior midfielder Erin Mikolai, one of Sawczuk’s linemates, said. “If I could say the one person where I trust completely on the ball and I know where she is going to be next, it would be Lindsey.” Mikolai’s trust in the sophomore comes from an entire season of holding down the Quakers’ first line of defense together. Although Sawczuk SEE SAWCZUK PAGE 8 CONTACT US: 215-422-4640

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