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Wax fights back Penn Law professor Amy Wax ripped into her colleagues in her first public talk since writing a divisive op-ed on ‘bourgeois values’ MANLU LIU | Staff Reporter


s she took to the podium at Fitts Auditorium in Penn Law School on Oct. 11, Penn Law professor Amy Wax silenced a rowdy auditorium of more than 300 law students, faculty and staff in a talk sponsored by the Penn Federalist Society. “[Penn Federalist Society President] Paul Cozzi thinks I need no introduction,” Wax said. “So I will just start.” Titled “Stop Saying That: Dissent and Disagreement at Penn Law,” Wax’s talk, which was only open to law students, faculty and staff, marked the professor’s first

oral rebuttal to the widespread backlash she received after the publication of a controversial op-ed that praised bourgeois values and argued that not all cultures are created equal. Co-written with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego School of Law, the op-ed has garnered widespread criticism, both on campus and nationwide. Wax emphasized that her talk to the law students was not meant to cover the same ground as her op-ed. “My talk today is about that response but also about the academic enterprise itself,”

she said. “How should academic institutions and especially law schools deal with dissent, with opinions and positions and some or many in the university disagree with?” Wax began by contending that law schools and universities need a wide range of views and should avoid “unreasoned speech,” such as epithets, name calling and the rejection of arguments without justification. “One does have the right to hurl crude words like yuck, ick, xenophobe, hater and of course, the ubiquitous, accusatory ‘racist,’” she said. “But that doesn’t make it the

right thing to do or the right way to go about academic discourse.” She added that such rules have been violated repeatedly by many of those who have responded to her op-ed, specifically the 33 Penn law professors who signed an open letter published in The Daily Pennsylvanian which “categorically reject[ed]” Wax’s claims. Referring to her colleagues at times as “the Gang of 33,” she called them “quintesSEE WAX PAGE 3 JULIO SOSA | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Student-organized speaker events can cost up to $17,000 Politicians, however, cannot accept compensation GIANNA FERRARIN Staff Reporter

Student groups at Penn regularly invite high-profile speakers to speak on campus. Depending on the honorary guest, the cost of a visit can sometimes reach up to $17,000 and other times be completely free. This multi-step process of obtaining funding can often be lengthy, unpredictable and filled with obstacles. “We sent out hundreds of emails in the span of a few weeks asking people for funding,” said College sophomore Anisa Hasan-Granier, who serves as programming co-chair for the United Minorities Council. “So it’s definitely one of the more difficult aspects of planning events like this.” For the UMC’s annual Unity Month — a series of events hosted from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15 — the group is trying to raise

over $12,000 to host social justice comedian Negin Farsad for this year’s theme of “recognizing resistance.” When student organizations host speaker events, they must first send representatives to present to committees that are tasked with allocating funds for the guest visits. These committees — such as Tangible Change, the Social Planning and Events Committee and the Intercultural Fund — comprise representatives from other student organizations who can designate funds to other student groups that apply. This whole funding process can last up to nearly two months, and, as a result, often forces student groups to book guests during the summer in order to secure any fall visits. UMC Financial Chair and Wharton sophomore Shamar Waterman, who sits on the boards of T-Change and ICF, said that collaboration and accessibility SEE FUNDING PAGE 2

Penn to standardize how undergrad faculty are notified of student deaths This decision was previously left up to deans DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor

The University will now proactively notify faculty when an undergraduate student dies, Penn officials said Monday morning. The deans of each undergraduate school had previously been able to choose whether or not to inform their constituent faculty members, leaving swaths of faculty uninformed of student deaths. Around 1:10 p.m. on Monday, Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum informed the undergraduate student body of the death of Henry Rogers, who was a Wharton senior. The Daily Pennsylvanian confirmed on Tuesday that faculty in the Wharton School, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing all received notifications of Rogers’ death on Monday afternoon. Spokesperson for the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life Monica Yant-Kinney wrote

in an email that student advising staff would be notified along with undergraduate faculty. In recent years, Penn has begun standardizing and broadening its policy for notifying members of the University community when a student dies. Prior to September 2016, the University drew criticism for an inconsistent process that occasionally gave some students and faculty more complete information than others. When Olivia Kong, who had been a Wharton junior, died by suicide in April 2016, Penn President Amy Gutmann and former Provost Vincent Price sent an email to all undergraduates that did not name Kong, even though an email sent by Wharton officials to Wharton’s community named her and inaccurately referred to her death as an “accident.” Last September, Penn announced a codified policy for notifying University affiliates when a student dies. If the student is an undergraduate, Cade will email the entire undergraduate student body. When a graduate or professional student dies, members of the student’s home school and editors of The Daily Pennsylvanian

The deans of each of the four undergraduate schools will no longer have the option not to notify faculty when a student death has occurred.

will be notified directly. “Any notifications in the past have been episodic,” Cade told the DP at the time. Penn administrators have tentatively voiced support in the past for a more comprehensive notification system for faculty. During a recent interview with the DP, University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy indicated that deans would be required to inform their school communities in a more timely, consistent fashion. “It was originally left to the discretion of the dean … so now, we’re trying to have a discussion

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about how we modify that a little bit,” MacCarthy said. After Nicholas Moya, formerly a College senior, died by suicide on Aug. 31, only certain faculty members in the College were notified. Uninformed students affected by the death of one of their peers may have been put in the uncomfortable position of personally informing their professors. It is still unclear whether Penn plans to notify a broader contingent of the University community SEE NOTIFICATIONS PAGE 3





Wharton senior Henry Rogers, 22, died Monday

He appears to have died of ‘natural causes’ REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor

Henry Rogers, a Wharton senior studying finance and marketing, died the morning of Oct. 9, according to an email notification from Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum. Rogers, 22, died in his offcampus residence, the email said. At Penn, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a former captain of the heavyweight rowing team and part of Cohort Shekel in the Wharton School. He was from St. Louis,



of events are some of the main factors considered during these votes. “For example, high ticket prices might deter us from giving more than we might have had it otherwise been the event was free and accessible to all people,” Waterman said. Student representatives who present to funding boards must be aware of the different restrictions certain committees have on funding. T-Change, for example, will not fund speaker honorariums and will only cover costs of the venue and food. When groups present to T-Change or ICF, their requests are voted on by students who have personal experience with the funding process due to their involvement in groups such as Lambda Alliance, Penn Association for Gender Equity, and the Asian Pacific Student Coalition. Political organizations at Penn, however, can sidestep this fundraising process almost entirely. Penn Democrats President and College junior Rachel Pomer-

Mo., where he attended the John Burroughs School from 2008 to 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. According to a member of Beta Theta Pi, Rogers did not die by suicide. “We do not know the exact cause of death, due to the pending report, but it was most likely natural causes,” he said. “We have had many people ask about it as if Henry’s death was a suicide, and it was not. It was a sudden incident that shocked us all.” The spokesperson for the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office Jim Garrow said confirmation on Rogers’ cause of death is still pending and may take up to 12 weeks to confirm.

antz said the group does not pay guests because political speakers cannot accept compensation, and most other speakers often visit on a volunteer basis in order to promote their message to students. In order to cover other costs, such as the venue or food, however, political student organizations can co-sponsor events with other groups in order to get funding from the Penn Political Coalition. This was the case at last Tuesday’s town hall, which was coordinated by Penn Dems in conjunction with PAGE. The event welcomed Mary Donahue, the Planned Parenthood community resources manager, and served as “an opportunity for members of the Penn community to understand the state of reproductive rights not only in Pennsylvania but also the whole country,” according to the Facebook event’s description. “Unlike groups that are able to get their yearly budget through SAC, we have to go through an ad hoc basis getting funding for each event,” Pomerantz said, “which, by that bureaucratic process, makes it a bit harder.”

Rogers is the fifth Penn student to have died this year, and the third to have died this semester. College senior Nicholas Moya died by suicide on Aug. 31, and Brett Cooper, a student in the School of Veterinary Medicine, died less than two weeks later on Sept. 13. Cooper’s cause of death is still unknown. “Henry was and always will be the prime example of what a Beta should be at Penn,” College senior and President of Beta Theta Pi George Avdellas said. “But more than that, he was an example of what everyone should strive to be at Penn. Henry lit up every room that he walked into and made sure everyone felt welcome and safe.”

“Both at Burroughs and at Penn Henry was an all around superstar,” said College sophomore Elizabeth Luhnow, who attended the John Burroughs School with Rogers. “Smart, athletic, charismatic, social — but most importantly, he was kind to everyone. That’s a trait not many people can say they have.” Rogers’ team mates from the heavyweight rowing team said the Wharton senior was a natural leader. “Everybody on the crew team gravitated towards him because he brought a positive energy and was always ready with a quip on the toughest, most stressful days,” said 2016 College graduate Conor Davenport, who was



the captain of the men’s heavyweight rowing team last year. “Even the older, self-assured guys on the team looked to Henry for approval, and he strove to make everyone around him happy.”

Libraries director retires after 42 years Carton Rogers led shift from paper to digital RAHUL CHOPRA Staff Reporter

The Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Carton Rogers will be retiring at the end of this year. Rogers has been with Penn Libraries since 1975 and was appointed director of libraries in 2004. During his considerable time at Penn, Rogers has overseen many updates to the University’s library system. “I’ve seen an incredible number of changes, both at the institutional level, and certainly within Penn libraries,” Rogers said. “Watching Penn become the kind of institution it is today has been very exciting and professionally rewarding.” As director of Penn Libraries, Rogers led the initiative for the Weigle Information Commons; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; the Moelis Grand Reading Room and several other projects. “I’m very pleased about how we’ve been able to transform space in Penn Libraries to meet changing user needs,” Rogers said. Rogers said his relationship with libraries has a long history. “This probably says more about me, but when I was in college,


I spent most of my time in the library,” Rogers said. “I was totally immersed in material I wasn’t learning in the classroom, and I felt that I learned an awful lot spending time in my college library.” Kislak Center Director William Noel said Rogers transformed Penn Libraries during his tenure. “Carton leaves Penn Libraries with a film studio, a place where you can hire video equipment, a place where you can have a conference and even a place where you can have a party,” he said. Noel added that Rogers has continually embraced change while maintaining a traditional emphasis on knowledge and resources. He cited Rogers’ decision to build the Moelis Grand Reading Room as one such example. “One of the things that [Rogers] is really good at is seeing librar-

ies as a series of different kinds of places,” Noel said. Previously, as the director of information processing, Rogers spearheaded Penn’s shift from traditional paper libraries towards more digital resources. “Navigating that organizationally has been challenging, but I think that Penn Libraries has met that challenge, and it’s pushed us along to the top tier of research libraries in North America.” Rogers said he’s faced pushback from some of his proposals to digitize the library, such as implementing an online catalog to replace the University’s sprawling paper catalog. “It did cause quite a bit of consternation in the community,” Rogers said. Penn President Amy Gutmann cited Rogers’ ability to facilitate the digital transition of Penn libraries in a press statement released when Rogers’ was appointed to vice provost and director of libraries. Rogers said that although his role doesn’t give him much of a chance to interact directly with students, he listed working with the Student Committee for Undergraduate Education for the collaborative classroom project in Van Pelt Library, and working with students employed by the libraries as highlights of his career.

Rogers said he’s also grateful for the support he’s received from Penn faculty. “I’ve been really blessed by having great staff report to me, and I’ve really treasured the relationships I’ve had with faculty” Rogers said. Art History Department Chair Karen Redrobe, who has worked extensively with Rogers in the past, praised his leadership and his openness to change. “He’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever worked with at Penn. He’s a very quiet and modest visionary with outstanding academic values,” Redrobe said. Rogers says that if he has one regret, it’s that more students don’t have time to access Penn library resources. Rogers says that he hopes that more students have the chance to explore Penn Libraries. “We want you to handle primary resources. We want you to appear in our rare book and manuscript reading room,” Rogers said. “Take advantage of being at Penn. Go up there and pull out a 16th century book and just look at it; feel it.” And while he’s ready for retirement, Rogers said he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time at Penn. “I think it’s safe to say that if I didn’t love working at Penn, I wouldn’t have stayed here for 43 years.”

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Penn students targeted in threatening hoax

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Many email threats came from the same address

The Division of Public Safety recently warned the University community of a threatening email and text messaging hoax that has targeted students. Penn Police said multiple individuals have reported incidents where they received threatening emails and texts over the last two weeks, according to a report from Philadelphia’s Fox 29 affiliate. The emails and texts included claims that the sender had been hired by someone to kill the recipient or a member of the recipient’s



sential anti-role models” and said she thought many of them had signed the letter without believing its contents. “The piece contained no argument, no substance, no justification on the merits, no reasoning and no explanation for any or all of what we said was in error,” Wax said. She added that the article did more harm to Penn Law’s “brand” than her op-ed did or could ever do. Despite negative responses, Wax said she found that many responses on social media and in private emails that were supportive and well-reasoned. “There was a truly massive amount of commentary and reasoned discussion surrounding the op-ed in the media generally, with ordinary people adding thoughtful and intelligent views, almost all of them positive,” she said. “That was gratifying.” Penn Law student Jacob Abrahamson said he agreed with

family. They also said the recipient must pay the sender money to prevent these violent acts from happening. Police have noticed that the scams often include the email address “worldkiller100@outlook. com” and seem to be part of a nationwide scam. DPS Vice President Maureen Rush said that the perpetrators could be coming from all over the world, and are not looking for a high number of responses. “These are groups, and sometimes they are international. If they can get out mass messages, they only need a handful of people to give them money to make it successful for them,” Rush said. Rush also recommended reach-

ing out to Penn CASE, an organization devoted to consumer awareness for additional assistance. DPS urges anyone who receives the email, texts or similar messages to contact Penn Police and refrain from responding to the sender, according to Fox. This is the second scam through online messaging that has occurred this year, following the mass email phishing scam that affected more than 100 Pennaffiliated individuals in February. Rush said that this is the latest variation of an ongoing trend in messaging scams and that similar incidents included phone call threats and messages from senders claiming to be the IRS.

Wax’s arguments concerning free speech because he believed that in modern society people tend to disagree on how dissenting opinions should be viewed. He added that he thought she made valid points in her open letter. In the question and answer session following the talk, an audience member asked if there were any views that Wax would deem unwelcome in the mainstream market of ideas. Wax responded that there are a small number of issues which she believes “society has settled.” “I will take slavery. We fought a war over that. Many people died over that. We have written that into our constitution,” Wax said. “It’s settled for maybe no other reason than that the antislavery side won. I think that would be an issue that would not be discussed or worthy of discussion.” Penn Law student Ryan Plesh said he was dissatisfied with the topics that Wax covered in her talk and that she deflected his question about her distressing

students who belong to minority groups. “I believe that her op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer has created an environment that some students may not be comfortable with,” Plesh said. “I think if even one student is discouraged from participating in her class in any way, that’s evidence that there’s a new burden on her students that she’s created with this op-ed.” Wax mentioned that she was invited to contribute more columns to The Philadelphia Inquirer because of the popularity of her op-ed and suggested her future pieces will be equally, if not more, controversial. She specifically repudiated a colleague’s claim that her stated support Anglo-Protestant cultural norms in an interview with the DP was “code for Nazism.” She said explicitly that she was not Nazi. “I think that anytime that a person has to explicitly state that they don’t condone Nazism, that’s probably a statement about her,” Plesh said. “That’s not a great place for anyone to be in.”

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Penn students concerned about human rights are working one-onone with refugees in a new club. Founded last semester, Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment is a group dedicated to raising awareness about issues relevant to international refugees and migrants by hosting on-campus events, partnering PURE members with refugees through online tutoring services and participating in human rights law clinics. College junior and PURE President Stephen Damianos started the club after unsuccessfully searching for a community service group focused on international refugees. “I looked into refugee work at Penn, partially because I’m Greek and the issues they are having there started affecting the culture here at home,” said Damianos, a former copy associate for The Daily Pennsylvanian. “I was disturbed to find that the University didn’t have refugee advocacy or awareness groups on the undergraduate level.” A refugee is any person who is forced out of their home country because of natural disasters, war, persecution or any other act of violence, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. PURE is made up of three primary groups, each of which functions differently on campus. The educational branch of PURE puts Penn students in direct contact with refugees of all ages


when a graduate student dies. “Part of the problem,” Mac-


PURE members can work with refugees in legal proceedings and organize events to raise awareness about human rights issues.

through tutoring services. Working with international organizations such as Paper Airplanes and the Invictus Institute, PURE members communicate with refugees using services like Skype. “We are different from most tutoring groups because we are helping students from around the world,” College sophomore and Co-Director of Tutoring Gina Kahng said. “You could be Skyping with a refugee from Syria … or working with [refugees] living in Greece that come from all over. Our impact is much broader.” Another branch of PURE organizes events to spread awareness about human rights issues. Although the club has only held one event so far, PURE Vice President and College junior Reem AlRabiah said she hopes to include include presentations from prominent figures in the Philadelphia refugee community in future events. The third branch of PURE partners with the Transnational Legal Clinic, Penn Law School’s human rights and immigration

clinic, allowing members to work alongside refugees during legal proceedings. “Students that are not fully bilingual might only translate documents, but more proficient students could be sitting and translating for a client in court,” AlRabiah said. AlRabiah said PURE is “all-inclusive.” It requires no application and students can join at any point in the semester. “PURE is so much about showing people that they are enough and with the right tools they can succeed … it seemed antithetical to our mission to restrict who could join,” Damianos said. Looking to the future, PURE hopes to expand its tutoring program to work with refugee students in Philadelphia public schools, Kahng said. PURE is also working to create a fundraising program at Penn that would subsidize the tuition costs for a refugee attending university in Syria. “We are trying to simply make the lives of refugees better by giving them the tools they need to build better lives,” Damianos said.

Carthy said, “[is] should the [Perelman School of Medicine] be sending something out when it’s somebody over in the College [who has died]?”

In an interview last week, Provost Wendell Pritchett told the DP it was “a decision by the dean of how quickly” to inform their school communities.

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OPINION Is there a right way to respond to tragedy? REAL TALK | The importance of being critical about how we address mental illness

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017 VOL. CXXXIII, NO. 77 133rd Year of Publication CARTER COUDRIET President DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor LUCIEN WANG Print Director ALEX GRAVES Digital Director ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK Opinion Editor REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor WILL SNOW Senior Sports Editor CHRIS MURACCA Design Editor CAMILLE RAPAY Design Editor JULIA SCHORR Design Editor LUCY FERRY Design Editor VIBHA KANNAN Enterprise Editor SARAH FORTINSKY News Editor MADELEINE LAMON News Editor ALLY JOHNSON Assignments Editor YOSI WEITZMAN Sports Editor

There are 14 white posters hanging in the the first floor hallway of Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall. Each poster has a single name printed on it: one for every Penn student who has died by suicide since February 2013. The names were laser cut into the material and are, therefore, so faint that you have to be up close to really see them — that the idea being that those around us require the same attentiveness and care. It’s a provocative installation, and its message — combatting mental illness requires greater awareness and concern for others — is surely one we can all support. But while the intention of the artist was undoubtedly noble, the sensitivity of the piece itself has been scrutinized. In fact, the intended location for the installation, a more public space outside of the Annenberg School for Communication, was rejected because of concerns that it would be disturbing to some students. On its face, it’s difficult to understand how the subtle display of those 14 names could be deemed insensitive, especially when it was done with the best of intentions. However, it is important to think critically about the ways in which we respond to tragedy or discuss mental illness, and, for that reason, criticism of the art

installation is valuable. Promoting a dialogue on mental health is important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all attempts to do so are equally beneficial, or even benign. We should all strive to be conscientious in the ways we respond to mental illness, and to question those approaches that we find troubling. Adding credence to the concerns of insensitivity surrounding the posters are a series of anonymous messages — presumably written by students — that have been left at the foot of the installation. One message reads, “Elvis was a very good friend of mine. Seeing his name carved out of translucent paper like a ghostly tombstone was extremely upsetting and triggering. Shame on the artist for her insensitivity.” I’ve never personally known any of the Penn students who have died by suicide. For me, these were not friends, or even acquaintances. They were just fellow students. I felt a connection to their passing, but in an abstract sense. If I’m being honest, I think I focused less on the

person and more on what they represented. Every new tragedy seems to be a further confirmation that there is something unhealthy about our culture and our community — that there is something about Penn that exacerbates mental illness. I still feel that the sheer number of suicides — 14 in four years — speaks to a systemic problem with our campus culture. But that

The real issue at the heart of the anonymous message, as I see it, is the tension between viewing suicide as a symptom of communal rather than personal illness. Clearly the art installation prioritizes the communal perspective — it focuses on our collective failure to take care of one another. But in doing so it also subsumes the individual names, and by extension, their personal struggles, into the larger message. It’s no longer about their illness — it’s about our own. For the artist who wants to confront Penn’s toxic mental health culture, the inclusion of those 14 names — the apparent victims of that culture — would seem like a justifiable choice. This is what I thought when I first saw the installation. And it’s why I’m glad it’s there. But for that person who now continually walks by and sees the name of their late friend incorporated into someone else’s art project, I imagine it must be painful. A few feet from that anonymous message is another that reads: “I don’t know these stu-

Promoting a dialogue on mental health is important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all attempts to do so are equally beneficial, or even benign.” anonymous message left beneath the posters has helped remind me that each situation and each person is unique. Recognizing the greater context in which suicide occurs is important, but we also shouldn’t forget that these were real people with friends and loved ones, not simply symbols of our toxic campus culture.

CAMERON DICHTER dents personally and I don’t feel the need to comment on individual grief but all of us are affected by the scope of this trauma and the issues behind it. We need to properly remember these individuals. Silence is not an option.” I keep thinking about these conflicting messages and the message of the artwork itself, and all I can say is, I’m torn. Clearly there’s no easy solution, no right way to deal with this trauma or confront these issues. But that shouldn’t deter us from being contentious and thinking critically about how to address those problems. Mental illness is an extremely messy and complex issue. Why should the healing process be any different? CAMERON DICHTER is a College senior from Philadelphia, studying English. His email address is camd@ “Real Talk” usually appears every other Monday.



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SIMONETTI SAYS SO | Penn’s restrictive culture of wealth is worth a conversation Nobody likes to talk about money. It’s a sticky, uncomfortable topic that’s seen as distasteful and gauche to discuss. But there’s a culture of wealth at Penn that can be extremely restrictive and divisive. Socially, academically and professionally, students who come from affluent families have a leg up — and that’s worth a conversation. In 2015, the median household income in the United States was $55,775. Penn’s tuition, excluding room and board, costs $53,534 — a bill of which 52 percent of full-time undergraduates are paying. Only 16.5 percent of Penn students come from families that are in the bottom 60th percentile, making less than $65,000 per year. Comparatively speaking, 18.7 percent of Penn families make over $630,000 per year, which lands them in the top 1 percent of households in the United States. The wealth of Penn’s student body is fact, not opinion. But how it affects the social lives of lessprivileged students demands further exploration. If the objective is to make Penn a more inclusive environment, conversations regarding money and student life need to take place now. Before starting at Penn, I stumbled across a “Disorientation

Guide” that aims to highlight pertinent issues on campus like sexual assault, racism and socio-economic inequality. David, the author of one chapter entitled “Being First Generation, Low-Income” discussed the social limitations of not coming from socio-economic privilege. He spoke to the all-consuming pressure to fit in and make friends as a freshman; a pressure which is blind to socio-economic diversity. New students are bombarded by invitations to events that, for many, have price tags too hefty to bear. The result: feeling isolated from the social scene. The unfortunate truth is that too many of Penn’s social events cater to the wealthy. Not everyone can afford to spend 20 or more dollars on a BYO or “downtowns” and formals hosted by Greek organizations. While fraternity parties, which are free, are a dominant part of the social scene for freshmen, actually joining a Greek organization is not. There are exorbitant dues students must pay to become members of sororities and fraternities.

Another component of the culture of money at Penn is that a lot students come from the same states: 1,036 of the Class of 2021’s 2,457 students hail from Pennsylvania, New York, California or Florida. Many students from these places, particularly Pennsylvania and New York, attended high schools that are feeders to Penn. This network gives them a unique advantage to talk with alumni of their high

nect me with his friends for suggestions on classes to take and clubs to join. The ability to connect with alumni and have large networks from one’s high school or home state is a benefit that’s specific to a few states. In the Class of 2021, 309 students come from New York, while only four are from Louisiana. I’m grateful to have read the Disorientation Guide before stepping foot on Penn’s campus. Without it, I might have spent my freshman year blind to the anxiety that money can instigate in college. What I’ve described is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to socio-economic inequality at Penn. Aside from the social life, coming from money lends itself to professional networks that make it easier to find jobs and internships too. There are innumerable ways that money influences the lives of students. While there are efforts on campus to combat socio-economic insecurity, more inclusive conversations need to take place surrounding these issues. The 52 percent of

If the objective is to make Penn a more inclusive environment, conversations regarding money and student life need to take place now.“ schools that are upperclassmen at Penn and obtain information they otherwise couldn’t. Before coming to Penn, I was able to speak with a current student who had attended my high school in New York. He told me about the best places to live on campus and the social life and offered to con-

ISABELLA SIMONETTI Penn students who aren’t on financial aid need to include themselves in these discussions too. Our biggest problems are often the ones we don’t discuss. The unfortunate truth is that Penn students from less privileged backgrounds struggle with the culture of wealth that exists on and off campus. There is a high concentration of rich students at Penn, and the socio-economic diversity of the student body does not come close to that of the United States. How this influences campus culture and student life warrants a discussion that hasn’t completely found its place at Penn. ISABELLA SIMONETTI is a College freshman from New York. Her email address is “Simonetti Says So” usually appears every other Tuesday.


Your net worth isn’t your network CAL’S CORNER | How the obsession with networking pushes us away from authentic relationships Network, network, network. After, during, and even before our time here at Penn, despite whatever professional experience any of us may have the vast majority of us can say that we’ve used the networking at Penn to advance our careers to our benefit. But what does this process entail, and how does it affect the relationships we have at Penn? I spent my underclassmen years set on being a lawyer. Seriously, you could not tell me anything to convince me that there would be a day when I would not considering law school anymore. And similar to so many students at Penn, I tailored my network and my day-to-day relationships to the career path I chose for myself. I began to join student government groups and clubs. I showed interest in organizations that were specific to advancing the life of Pre-Law students professionally. I would find myself day in and day out looking to befriend Pre-Law students in order to feel safer, socially accepted and, in a sense, secure. Because of my chosen career path at the time, I limited my network to the people I thought could help me

advance my goals and career, rather than people who had my best interest in mind despite whatever I chose to do in life. Formally, professional networking can be defined as a socio-economic business activity by which businesspeople and entrepreneurs meet to form business relationships and to recognize, create or act upon business opportunities, share information and seek potential partners for ventures. But as a group of students stuck in our 20s, is this really how we want to define our relationships, friendships, and social encounters during our college years? Within the idea of networking is a painful truth. While often beneficial, an obsession with networking can stimulate fabricated relationships that only serve the purpose of benefit, so that when someone is not of professional value to you, they lose their value completely. We as students should stop defining and structuring the relationships we have around our career paths and instead by how much we authentically value their company, personality and friendship. At Penn and beyond, there is a

general understanding and culture we have set up that affirms the goal of eternally increasing the number of the professional contacts we have in order to help further our careers. But when the focus of networking is primarily quantitative in nature, we find ourselves neglectful to value the importance of having high-

We as students should stop defining and structuring the relationships we have around our career paths and instead by how much we authentically value their company, personality and friendship.” quality relationships outside of our professional identities. Whether it’s a chaotic club fair or on-campus recruitment, Penn has frequently reaffirmed a harmful urgency and push to network in

The universal value of ethnic studies PHONE HOME | How I found myself and how you can too My mother, for as long as I can remember, has urged me to befriend more of my fellow IndianAmericans, particularly Hindu ones. It’s for my own good, she says — even more so now that I’m in college, where it’s so easy to get lost, but also so easy to find other Indian-Americans. “What if we don’t have anything in common?” I say. “You always have your culture in common,” she replies, and I can never argue much with that. The trouble is that to me, “culture” has never seemed like enough. This isn’t to say that I haven’t found fulfillment in sharing my heritage with other IndianAmericans at Penn; it’s just that every instance of that sharing (usually about Indian food) has to me been somehow incomplete, transient. It’s not anyone’s fault; I suspect this is because I didn’t grow up versed in the right kind of Indian culture. Sure, I attended the Hindu equivalent of Sunday School, Balavihar, and even went through the spelling bee circuit with the best of them — but at age 14, I outgrew the latter and became too “atheist” for the former. That ended most regular interaction I had with Hinduism and I’ve been feeling the real or imagined effects of that ever since. What I didn’t realize is that there are a variety of ways to find one’s cultural footing in a new environment, and not all of those ways involve interacting with other people — despite what my mother told me before I came to Penn. My own cultural background drew me to South Asia studies, but I’ve managed to ground myself in the study of South Asian cultures and ideas that I’d never heard of before. Courses in ethnic studies departments, because they’re about real people with real beliefs, can prove entirely fulfilling even to people

who have little or no ethnic connection to the culture they study. Last fall, I found that my Western-centric philosophy class bored me, and, right before the add/drop deadline, I realized that I might find Indian philosophy more stimulating. During the first weeks of class, I began to recognize terms I’d heard in childhood — in Balavihar classes, or from my grandparents. The lectures were instructive and fascinating, and each time that jolt of recognition arrived, I felt guilty for not having paid more attention to my elders and teachers as a child, for not having shown any interest in what they were saying, whether they were trying to teach me about language, religion, or philosophy. I enjoyed the class on its own merits, but part of me also felt that I was atoning for my many, many years of not caring, and that process helped me (and continues to help me) find my feet in the Indian-American world. I almost didn’t write this column because I was afraid it’d be taken the wrong way — that you might think that ethnic studies programs only benefit people who somehow find it easiest to engage with their own heritage in an academic setting. I completely understand how my experience would seem to say that South Asia Studies courses were “useful” to me because I am South Asian; this would imply that they would not be “useful” to people who are not South Asian. But in characterizing these courses as “useful” or “not useful” based on their relevance to our individual heritage, we’re being more severe on ethnic studies than we tend to be on most other fields. We choose so many courses based on interest alone; why should we treat ethnic studies courses any differently? I admit that my initial interest

order to advance our careers and life goals, even though the majority of us are still determining what those may entail. Such a habit has lead to so many students feeling like the relationships they are embarked in are only for self-benefit and value, leading to many of us feeling like our worth does not extend beyond

SHILPA SARAVANAN in South Asia Studies was fueled by a desire to learn more about my ancestors’ country and culture. At this point, though — after three semesters of taking courses in Indian philosophy, religion, history and language — I find that my continuing interest in the field is simply because it’s, well, very interesting! I approach it no differently than I would any other. The courses often contain very little of what I learned growing up; sometimes they contradict that knowledge, favoring an outsider’s academic, objective perspective, and most of the time they cover subjects that I’d never even heard of in my previously narrow conception of South Asian culture. Support ethnic studies; the word “ethnic” shouldn’t automatically stigmatize these fields and make them less than any other. Support them if you’re an ethnic minority — and recognize that they’re a perfectly valid way of engaging with your heritage. And support them if you’re not — their academic contribution is just as interesting and valuable as that of any other field, and as a bonus, sometimes they can bring a little extra light into a lost student’s life. SHILPA SARAVNAN is a College junior from College Station, Texas, studying linguistics. Her email address is shilpasa@sas.upenn. edu. “Phone Home” usually appears every Thursday.


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our professional endeavors. For me, I’ve found this truth more evident now than it ever was in my previous years here at Penn. The second I began to shift my major, my career path, and even my

club involvement, I began to lose the relationships I had with so many people I had been close with simply because our relationships were only constructed to advance our professional lives. And no matter what one may say, that isn’t healthy or beneficial to anyone here. For me, I would much rather have outstanding, authentic relationships with 15 people than be marginally associated with 150 on a professional scale. Even so, I’ve found this mentality to connect me to more and more people that help me outside and inside of my career, causing my network to grow even faster through a central and necessary focus on building strong relationships and friendships first. I used to believe that my network was my net worth. That my identity could be found in how profile those who I associated were. But why? It forced me into a plethora of relationships built on a weak foundation of professional selfishness and a cycle of social comparison in which I never felt good enough. When in reality, I am the one who defines who I am and who I want to be, and it is the role of my rela-

CALVARY ROGERS tionships and networking to help encourage that process, not determine it. Every single student at Penn is driven, passionate and a world changer. And amongst your time here you will cross paths with many people that have joined clubs and formed relationships to simply advance their career and professional resume, rather than advance their passions and the thinking of others. Too often we do not balance both. CALVARY ROGERS is a College junior from Rochester, N.Y., studying political science. His email address is “Cal’s Corner” usually appears every other Wednesday.

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The UA wants to ease the financial burden of studying abroad Penn tuition exceeds the actual cost of many programs JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter

Every year, Penn Abroad sends more than 1,000 students to study overseas — but the sticker price of Penn tuition that all students pay can be tens of thousands of dollars more than what students at some other universities pay.

After learning that some students who studied abroad paid much more in tuition than those from some Ivy League institutions — even while participating in the same program —, the Undergraduate Assembly’s Academic Initiatives Committee decided to re-examine the cost of studying abroad. Engineering senior Kaylin Raby studied at the University of Edinburgh during the 2017 spring semester. Raby, a first-generation col-

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lege student, had never been abroad and wanted to go, since she came to Penn. But she said she was disappointed to discover that she was paying a significantly higher price than her Ivy League peers. “When I was abroad, I learned about how other schools operated, the costs of tuition abroad and the admissions maintenance,” Raby said. “The price I was paying just did not add up.” In comparison to the rest of the world, the cost of attending a university in the United States is demonstrably higher. According to the College Board, the average annual tuition and fees of attending a four-year nonprofit university like Penn is roughly $33,480 in the 2016-2017 academic year. Last year, Penn’s tuition and fees were $51,464, not including room and board. In 2017, the average annual tuition cost for a non-European student studying in Europe was roughly 8,600 euros approxi-

mately $10,160 based on current exchange rates. A sample budget sheet on the Penn Abroad website estimates that Raby paid a total of roughly $34,111 for her semester in Edinburgh — $24,891 for tuition and administrative fees and an additional estimated $9,220 for flights and living expenses. But according to the University of Edinburgh’s website, the full tuition for the 2017 spring semester was 7,650 pounds, or approximately $10,117 based on current exchange rates. Factoring in a conservative estimate of “upper range” living costs in Edinburgh and estimated program fees and travel costs provided by Penn Abroad, an average non-Penn student would pay a total of roughly $21,613 for the semester. Based on these estimates, Raby paid nearly $12,500 more than the University of Edinburgh’s suggested pricing. Among the Ivy League univer-

sities, the costs of studying abroad vary. Some Ivy League schools such as Yale University require students to pay their semesters’ tuition to the foreign university directly if it is a non-Yale program. Most of Princeton University’s study abroad programs require students to pay the tuition of the program they are attending. Only students enrolled in 11 specific programs are required to pay the full Princeton tuition while studying abroad. Cornell University offers university-led programs that cost the same as a regular semester, but also offer approved programs that provide students with the option to pay the tuition and fees of the institution that they would attend. Pennv, Brown, Columbia and Darmouth are the four Ivy League schools that require students to pay full in-house tuition for all semesterlong Penn Abroad programs. According to Nigel Cossar, the director of Penn Abroad, paying

the fixed Penn tuition comes with a variety of benefits. Students have access to a range of Penn resources back on campus such as Counseling and Psychological Services, consultations with their academic advisors, the Penn Online Library and financial aid. Cossar also emphasized that the ability to transfer academic credits was a fundamental reason for retaining in-house tuition costs. “Penn actually awards Penn credit, and a lot of the Ivies don’t award in-house credit. They award transfer credit,” he said. The Undergraduate Assembly has not yet met with administrators to begin to assess the cost of study abroad, but the two UA members spearheading this project, Wharton junior Nile Nwogu and College sophomore Noah Kest, said their focus is to increase transparency. “We are basically trying to reassess the policy partnerships in general, and see where the real variables are,” Nwogu said.

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‘Mapathon’ aids victims of Puerto Rico hurricane Students’ maps meant to provide data for Red Cross KAITLYN BOYLE Contributing Reporter

Penn students and faculty have found a tangible way to contribute to on-the-ground relief for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico without leaving campus. Penn students and faculty participated in a five-hour mapathon on Oct. 11 to support Puerto Rico residants devastated by Hurricane Maria. During the mapathon, volunteers used satellite images from the website Open Street Map to

locate landmarks on a map. Users across the world work on the map, and Open Street Map will verify the information once multiple volunteers have outlined the same locations. Mapathon coordinators displayed satellite images of the most devastated regions on a large screen so that volunteers could focus their efforts on these towns. Penn librarian Amanpreet Kaur reached out to fellow librarians Girmay Missgna and Coral Salomon about organizing the event after reading about a similar mapathon organized by librarians at Columbia University. “What’s made the situation [in

Puerto Rico] worse has been the lack of urgency,� Salomon said, “as soon as we heard that we could do something, we didn’t want to waste any time.� The Mapathon comes as the latest effort among Penn affiliates to assist the victims of Puerto Rico. The group “Students with Puerto Rico� helped organize a GoFundMe page that has raised over $200,000, including a $20,000 donation from Jimmy Fallon. The Mapathon is an attempt to provide logistical, rather than financial help. Relief organizations working in Puerto Rico struggle to help those trapped in rural areas in the interior of the island, since

there is little data on roadways and buildings. Small towns may also not be labeled on maps, so in some cases, aid workers may not even know what towns exist. For postdoctoral medical student Amaliris Gonzalez, her own family members were trapped in the very streets she was mapping. “Most of my family is in [that] area, so I have no idea how idea how they are, and this is my way to help,� Gonzalez said, adding that she was not able to contact any of her relatives until weeks after the hurricane. Missgna, a mapping specialist, was on hand to teach volunteers how to use Open Street Map as they arrived at the event.

“You don’t need to have any background or anything,� Missgna explained. “The training takes 20 to 30 minutes.� College freshman Suzan Kim also helped to train volunteers who dropped in at the event, but pointed out that users can also contribute from the comfort of their dorms. “You just have to create an account on Open Street Map, and at that point you can log onto your account at anytime, from anywhere, as long as you have Wifi, and continue to add onto the mapping information, � Kim said. Student volunteers have focused on the areas that the Red

Cross has prioritized, such as the region between the cities of Sabana Grandes and Adjuntas. “A lot of the aid has been concentrated in the northeast area of Puerto Rico, so we also really want to help these organizations get to the interior of the island,� Salomon said. For Salomon, the disaster also hits close to home. Salomon was born in Mayaguiez, Puerto Rico and all of her family still lives there. “I still don’t have consistent communication with my family members,� Salomon said. “It’s just hard to know what’s going on, and why has there been such a breakdown in the relief effort.�

Months later, IFC still lacks a diversity chair Plans for a diversity chair followed controversy MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter

Following a racially insensitive incident at a fraternity last semester, the Interfraternity Council said it would add a diversity chair to its executive committee. Nearly seven months later, it has yet to finalize the position even though various other leaders in the Greek community agree that having a point person for diversity and inclusion is important for the IFC. Last February, an incident at Phi Gamma Delta fraternity received backlash from students after a member and his date named their beer pong team “VietPong,� and dressed in camouflage gear with war paint on their cheeks. “VietPong� is a reference to the Viet Cong, a guerrilla army that aligned with North Vietnam and against the United States during the Vietnam War. Members of the Vietnamese Student Association criticized the students for treating this history “as a joke.�

In response to the incident, IFC President and College senior Bradley Freeman announced the organization’s plans to create the position of Diversity Chair, which would be similar to the Vice President of Diversity position created by the Panhellenic Council last semester. In an interview on Oct. 10, Freeman, who is a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, said the IFC has not yet decided upon the chair’s responsibilities or formally created the position. “It’s just been hectic this semester with the task force and registered events. I don’t want to make it seem like it’s not a priority for us, but at the same time there’s been lots of other things going on,� Freeman said. “Now that things are settling down it’d be a good time to reopen and reexamine that topic.� He added that the IFC is currently observing other diversity initiatives in Greek life and that members of the board have discussed the possible position with Sesana Allen, the first-ever vice president of diversity for Panhellenic and College senior, as well as the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Allen, a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Greek Diversity and Inclusion Board, said her position was a “grassroots� creation as sorority members saw the need for an increased focus on diversity and inclusion within their organizations, and implemented the position without prompting from the University. She also founded the Diversity Chair position in Tri Delta as a sophomore. As VP of Diversity for Panhellenic, Allen organizes events with student organizations including, but not limited to cultural groups. She added that she wants to be mindful of different “identifiers� such as socioeconomic status and gender identity when planning inclusive events. This month, Allen helped to coordinate a panel for members of the South Asia Society to discuss their participation in Greek life. “When you get them in the setting, [people] actually do care about diversity,� she said. “Getting people there is kind of the hardest thing, especially when people are focused on academics or social life.�

Freeman said the IFC was also observing how the Diversity and Inclusion Board is progressing as an initiative. According to Allen, the board, which was created in spring 2016, works closely with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life within the preexisting Greek community to promote diversity and plan an annual retreat. “Obviously we care a lot about diversity but right now we’re waiting to see how the Diversity and Inclusion Board develops. If they start becoming more active and the amount of initiatives they are doing would warrant a new position on the IFC, we’d be totally open to it. Because [DIB] is so new, we’re just feeling things out,� Freeman said. Freeman said that the IFC has not organized or participated with DIB in an “explicit event just for [diversity].� Chair of the DIB and College senior Conrad Mascarenhas said he encourages the creation of formalized positions concerning diversity within Greek life and that he thinks it would be beneficial to have a specific “point person� to reach out to in the IFC.


College senior Sesana Allen is the first-ever vice president of diversity for Penn’s Panhellenic Council, serving as an example for the IFC position.

“If we’re recruiting for DIB, and there’s low turnout from the IFC, I can reach out to the diversity chair of IFC and he can bring it up at the next IFC meeting,� he said. Mascarenhas added that the existence of a Panhellenic diversity chair has enhanced interaction between the two groups. Allen also said that she thinks the creation of a Diversity Chair position in the IFC would be beneficial.

Eddie Banks-Crosson, the director of OFSL, said that ideally there would be representation for a diversity position for IFC, Panhellenic and Intercultural Greek Council. But he added that the efficacy of a diversity chair depends on the student in charge. Banks-Crosson said that while OFSL advises the councils, it is ultimately up to them to regulate their board positions.


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Men’s squad enjoys unprecedented, historic success

Quakers are ranked recordhigh 2nd in the Mid-Atlantic VINCENT LUGRINE Contributing Reporter

After a fourth-place finish at the Paul Short Invitational, Penn men’s cross country walked away from Lehigh University ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the NCAA. With their No. 2 ranking, the Quakers have approached historic territory, matching the best ranking in program history. Junior Kevin Monogue led the way for the Quakers in the 8,000-meter race, with a final time of 23:56, while seniors Patrick Hally and Chris Luciano and sophomores Aaron Groff and Colin Daly also made considerable contributions to their team’s effort in the event. The newly released Mid-Atlantic ranking is encouraging for the team, but the Quakers know there is still more to be done and the team is hopeful for things to come as the season progresses.

“It’s a good confidence booster, and it lets us know how we’re doing thus far, but there’s still a lot to be done,” Monogue said. “I don’t think we feel pressure, but we feel that other teams are starting to recognize that we are still competitive, despite graduating a really good class last year,” freshman Ryan Renken added. That senior class last year led the Quakers to one of their best seasons ever, as they captured their first Ivy Heptagonal Championship in 43 years. Additionally, then senior Nick Tuck also qualified for Nationals after a stellar season. The senior trio of Tuck, Chris Hatler, and Brendan Shearn formed the heart of the Red and Blue’s lineup that also earned a No. 2 ranking, But based on this season’s results, the Quakers haven’t missed a beat. Penn’s success thus far has caused excitement to rapidly spread throughout the team, as players and coaches alike are optimistic for the upcoming Wisconsin Invitational and meets thereafter.

Although the Wisconsin Invitational presents a great challenge for the squad, they are up for the test and ready to show the country just what they have to offer. “It’s going to be a great meet with lots of good competition, and it’s a chance to test ourselves and see what we’re made of,” Monogue said. The Quakers have been led all season by Luciano, who has developed and solidified himself as one of the best runners in the Ivy League. Coach Steve Dolan has seen Luciano’s growth over his collegiate career and has been truly impressed by his work ethic and his drive for success. “Chris is a good example of a runner who has gotten better every year and now it’s his time to really be a key contributor,” Dolan said. “He’s a competitive racer and you see, during those moments, his ability to push himself and bring out that extra effort, that’s special in a good racer.” The men are certainly confident in their abilities and are seemingly ready to make their leap into the national conversa-


Despite losing a few key seniors at the end of last season, junior Kevin Monogue and the rest of Penn men’s cross country have had another wildly successful season, earning a No. 2 ranking in the latest regional poll.

tion. “Our goal every year is to do well at the Ivy League championships, and of course try to win

and, hopefully, make it to the national championship,” Monogue said. The Quakers will see if they

can continue to build momentum this weekend in Madison, as they hope to make a run for the championship.

Abby Hong continues meteoric rise in her final season for Penn

Women’s soccer seeks to put Ivy campaign back on track

The senior captain has led Penn at every meet this year

Team looks to avenge tough Columbia loss vs. Dartmouth


If you had asked Penn women’s cross country senior captain Abby Hong what her goals for the season were just a few weeks ago, she probably would have told you that she was just hoping to be a leader for the team and compete towards the top of the Ivy League. Oh, what a difference a few meets can make. After recording impressive results in the Quakers’ first three meets of 2017, including a second-place individual finish at the Main Line Invitation, Hong’s expectations for the season are higher than they have ever been before. “Definitely I did not expect as much as success as I’ve had so far. But you know, with that success, I’ve set more and more aggressive goals,” the Californian said.

And Hong is far from the only one who has taken notice of her improvement. “She’s definitely having a breakout season,” coach Steve Dolan said. Marin Warner, a junior who has been teammates with Hong for three years, agreed. “She’s definitely a leader by showing how great she is,” Warner said. “Everyone wants to be as good as her, and she makes the team better by leading by example.” While Hong has made huge strides this season, her success is far from an overnight success story. Hong has been a valuable member of the team ever since she started at Penn as a freshman. In 2016, Hong scored in all seven meets she competed in, and in 2015, she scored in all but one out of six. What, then, does Hong attribute as the biggest reason for all her achievements? Unlike many others runners, it has nothing to do with superstition or pre-race rituals. “I actually try to not get too held up on trying to do one

particular thing before a race,” Hong said. “That way I have more flexibility.” Instead, it’s simply been hard work that has helped Hong pave her path. “She’s always been a consistent contributor, but clearly she worked super hard over the summer and has come back at the next level,” Dolan said. Once again, Warner concurred. “She is definitely one of the most dedicated athletes I know,” Warner said. This weekend, Hong will have another opportunity to enjoy the fruits of her labor as the Red and Blue head Midwest for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. After this meet, Hong will only have three more opportunities to run cross country for the Red and Blue, and it could be just two if Hong does not qualify for NCAA Nationals. But if there’s anything Hong has shown during her four years as a Quaker, it’s this: don’t bet against her.

GREG ROBINOV Sports Reporter

It’s time to make up some ground. With three big points on the line, Penn women’s soccer will look to take care of business against visiting Dartmouth this weekend. After falling in overtime on the road in their last outing, the Red and Blue (3-6-3, 1-1-1 Ivy) have a key opportunity at Rhodes Field to gain traction in the Ivy League with a win over the struggling Big Green (6-7, 0-3). Despite playing 114 shut-out minutes at Columbia, Penn’s line was finally broken and the loss was accompanied by a fall to fourth in the table. Building on that disappointing defeat, coach Nicole Van Dyke found the silver lining in her squad’s impeccable defense, which has yielded only once in three conference matches. “We recognized that we are really hard to score on. Defensively, we’ve played well and we’ve improved tremendously there,” Van Dyke said. “We have three new people in the back line in a really young group out there with ten un-



With several impressive showings early on in the season, including a second-place finish at the Main Line Invitational, senior Abby Hong has raised expectations for the remainder of the year.


Nia Akins, among many others, as a source of support. “Nia was super understanding of my situation. She’s my peer advisor,” Orie said. “I am so grateful to have another girl who has gone through that.” When it comes to racing, Orie’s philosophy is that heart is what matters most. “Winning comes down to giving it your all, putting your heart into everything, and knowing you pushed yourself to

your limit,” she said. Orie may put her heart into everything, but it isn’t always so easy. The rookie now has to race against her identical twin sister Gabrielle, who runs for Cornell. The two raced against each other once already at the Paul Short Invitational at the end of September — where Danielle beat her twin by less than one second. When they meet again at Heps, the stakes will be much higher, but Danielle knows that it’ll still be for the best that her sister is in the race alongside her.

“We race together and we push each other,” Orie said. “I know we rep different uniforms, so when it comes down to it, definitely you’re racing for your team and stuff, but it’s nice to know that even though you’re supposed to have enemies, I’ve still got one friend in red and white.” Both Renken and Orie have already had great success on their respective teams, but with some of the biggest meets of the year ahead of them, they are certainly far from finished in making their impact.

hard,” the sixth-year coach said. “He’s had that since he arrived.” In Luciano’s freshman season, the Red and Blue finished third place at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Luciano personally finished in 64th at the meet, narrowly missing out on the top seven for the Red and Blue. His sophomore season, Chris would experience the low point of his Penn cross country experience: a heartbreaking second place finish to Columbia at the Ivy Championships. “I remember that walk [after the race] so vividly. Everyone had their heads down. People were saying, ‘don’t be that mad, you did great.’ We were thinking, ‘no we didn’t’,” recounted Luciano. Even though Luciano recalled this memory with a smile on his face, the intense emotional impact that the result had on him and the team was evident. The memory also helps illustrate just how far the program has come under Dolan. Luciano put it in perspective: “If you had told people a few years ago, ‘You’re going to come in second by four points and be devastated,’ they would have said, ‘What? We’re not last?’” Next season, the Quakers would turn this heartbreak into motivation, training harder and with more grit than ever before. “Every morning when you

derclassmen starting the majority of the time.” Leading the team in minutes this season is freshman defender Jadyn Wilensky, with fellow classmates Katherine Larson and Chase Geffert following close behind. This talented class of 2021 has gelled together quite effectively, and should help to give the front lines the peace of mind to press forward. Having only managed six shots in its previous 120 minutes, Penn is still searching for answers on how to find the elusive back of the net. Last year’s breakout star, sophomore Emily Sands has benefitted from the play of freshman forward Paige Howard – the duo generated 25 shots in the past three matches. While noting the importance of improving finishing proficiency, Van Dyke emphasized that there’s much more to scoring than just the final shot. “Players just have to continue to hone those skills. [Scoring is] not something that you can just fix week to week. You have to spend all that extra time in front of goal, find ways to make the final pass better,” she said. “If you only focus on goal scoring, it makes it a massively weighted issue. We try to focus on everything around it, and that’s going to make the opportunity better.”

With regards to Dartmouth, the visitors’ record may not be indicative of the threat they pose. To that end, two of their three conference losses have been overtime nail-biters against the number two and six squads in the Ivies, respectively. Fighting till the bitter end, the Big Green managed to put up 16 shots and 11 corners in its fall to Yale, so the resilient Penn defense will need to be at its best to keep another clean sheet. On the other hand, this might be the golden chance for the Quakers to make their mark on the scoreboard. Given their success at formidable Harvard, the defensive tactical similarities between Dartmouth and the Crimson give Van Dyke optimism for her striking corps. “We feel like we have some good tactics and patterns that we run where we can create some numbers-up situations and really go at their back line,” she said. “One of our strengths is getting in behind teams, and Kat Larson does a really good job of going to the end-line. So, we much rather be doing that against a back line of three instead of four.” With the Ivy League season half gone, now is the time for the Quakers to come alive if they are to make a run at a coveted title.

would wake up at 5:30 to run before work or class, when it’s cold or rainy and you really don’t want to, you just remember that,” Luciano said. Oh, how it paid off. In Luciano’s junior year, Penn cross country won its first Ivy League Championship in 43 years. In five years, Dolan’s Quakers went from rags to riches. Over the course of those five seasons, the Red and Blue were led by some truly incredible runners: Brendan Shearn, Thomas Awad, and Conor Nickel, to name a few. Now, it’s Chris Luciano’s turn. The team that Luciano joined possessed a maverick attitude — they were a group of men who fundamentally reshaped the expectations of Penn men’s cross country. Luciano, one of the only remaining members of the team who was exposed to that attitude, considers it essential that the flame they ignited remains lit. When asked what it means to be an important leader of the team, he replied: “It’s about carrying on the legacy of that original group of guys who decided: ‘Enough is enough. It’s time to be great.’” To do this, Luciano leads by example. “He’s very much a team guy, and he wants to take those around him on that journey to be great,” Dolan said. “Those attributes are tough to find.” At this point in the season, the leadership Luciano and others have brought to the table

have reaped massive rewards: the team won both the Blue/ Gold Classic and the Main Line Invitational, and placed fourth in the Paul Short Invitational from a pool of 40 schools. The biggest meets — the Ivy League Championships and the NCAA National Championships — are still to come, and, despite the heavy weight of expectations that come from snapping a 43year long drought, Chris could not be more optimistic. “This year was that year where it’s like, ‘Alright, what’s going to happen with this team? Are you going to stay good, or are you going to regress into what it used to be? We’re going to be awesome,” he said, beaming. College sports can be quite unfair. Four years is all athletes have to carve out a legacy, and any number of factors can derail an individual along the way. Luciano came at a time when the tides were shifting, stayed healthy, and now is ready to cement his and this year’s team’s place in program history. “I think — being a little selfish on this one — I want to be the leader who was able to put the Ivy League and National Championships together, that is, win Ivy Leagues and go to Nationals and do well there… The legacy of putting the two together and carrying on what Penn cross country is all about would be the most satisfying for me,” Luciano said. It’d be hard to bet against him.




DP SWAMIS | WEEK FIVE Reader, have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Bagnoli the Wise? I thought not. It’s not a story ACOMM would tell you. Darth Bagnoli was a coach so powerful he could control the athletic, academic and social lives of his student-athletes. He had such a knowledge of the NCAA eligibility rules that he could

even keep the ones he coached from profiting off of their own talents and labor. The NCAA is a pathway to many wage labor systems some consider to be unnatural. What happened to Darth Bagnoli? He won nine Ivy League championships with Penn football. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he

knew, then followed the money and left to coach a far inferior team. Ironic. He could save others from ruining their careers in the pursuit of money, but not himself. Now, you probably noticed that the weekly SWAMIS didn’t show up last week. You also probably noticed that Penn

football didn’t show up last week. So while Penn should beat up on Columbia and their old (as in former) coach for the third year in a row, I’ve gotta be honest. I have a bad feeling about this. You may find my lack of faith disturbing. Penn hasn’t been great, but the odds of us, the Reigning Ivy League

Champions, losing to COLUMBIA, are... But wait! I should never tell you the odds. Especially since Columbia just beat Princeton, the Reigning Ivy League Champions. I still think the Red and Blue will win. I’m just saying they would be unwise to lower their defenses. The key to the game will be getting off to a good start. I’m


going to go out on a limb and say the team that scores first will win. And so I’m picking the Quakers, because I think they’re going to fire the first shot. Just like Han. Prediction: Penn 28, Columbia 17

















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Quakers take to the country for high-stakes meets before season’s climax This is the final tune up before Ivy Hepts in two weeks EVAN VIROSLAV Contributing Reporter

Penn cross country, running with a team-oriented mindset, is headed off to race on the national stage this weekend after consistent success locally. After both securing topten finishes at their last meet, the men’s and women’s teams climbed in the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region standings, with the men jumping to second and the women reaching sixth. The Quakers hope to continue their upward trend this weekend

at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The meet, in its ninth year, has earned the reputation of being one of the most competitive collegiate contests in the country, so a lot pressure seemingly rests on the Quakers to maintain their recent momentum. Kevin Monogue, a junior and one the men’s top performers this year, however, begs to differ. “It will be a really good chance to test ourselves and see what we’re made of,” Monogue said. “Instead of pressure, it’s just excitement.” Perhaps Monogue’s confidence lies in the team’s depth, which many have highlighted as

a key factor in its current success. Elaborating on the importance of having a number of contributors, Ryan Renken, a freshman who has earned the chance to travel to Wisconsin, knows he can rely on his teammates when he can’t churn out a great race and, conversely, his teammates can look to him when they aren’t at peak performance. “I think it’s really awesome to be a part of,” Renken noted. Unfazed by the fact that the Quakers lost a lot of talent heading into this season, he emphasized the capability of each of his fellow runners to keep the team at the forefront of the competition. Marin Warner, a junior on the

women’s team who has posted two top-ten finishes so far, also touched on the nature of the cooperative atmosphere. “We’ve definitely been focusing on improving as a group,” she said. Apart from the Wisconsin meet, where Penn’s top runners will be competing at on Friday, Saturday’s Princeton Invitational will also feature many Quakers hoping to showcase the team’s all-around proficiency. With competition mounting, the Quakers – despite the looming distances from Penn, teammates, and the finish line – look to find strength, not in their legs, but in their numbers this weekend.


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n his sophomore year of high school, Chris Luciano was frustrated: his winter swim season did not go as well as he wanted it to. “Man, this is annoying; let me try something else so I can stay in shape,” he recalled thinking to himself. This internal monologue would lead to Chris testing out track that spring. “I ended up being pretty good at it.” So, he kept it up, experimenting with cross country that next fall. The season was a success, and he found that he preferred the course to the pool. He hung up the goggles… “…and now, here we are.” After years of languishing at the bottom of the Ivy League, coach Steve Dolan lifted Penn cross country out of the ashes to the middle of the pack — and higher. Now a more respected presence in the Ivy League, Dolan could attract stronger prospects. Luciano, who at this point was the star of Mountain Lakes High School’s cross country team, chose to continue his career with the up and coming Quakers. From the moment he stepped onto that track in Franklin Field, Dolan knew he had a special runner in Luciano. “With Chris, you’ve got one of those guys who loves to run and is always willing to work SEE CHRIS LUCIANO PAGE 8


For these Penn freshmen, going fast is a way of life. Whether it’s in adjusting to their new life as college students or out on the cross country course, runners Danielle Orie and Ryan Renken move quickly. With the teams almost halfway through the season, Penn’s top two rookies have had a significant hand in the success that both the men’s and women’s teams have achieved, helping to score points at the past three meets and contribute to the dominance of the program. For freshman Danielle Orie, a top performer on the women’s team who has placed in the top ten of meets twice this year, mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation. “I just want to make sure that I’m staying strong mentally and that I put in the effort that I have,” Orie said. “It’s about my team, so I want to do what I can to help them out and get us to the best place possible.” Renken, who placed sixth in his first-ever collegiate race, also discussed the importance of his teammates in competition. “[In the future] I’d like to just from the start run with teammates,” Renken said. “I’ve gone a little fast and found myself alone…. [I’d like] to go out a little slower and run with teammates and be able to finish stronger.” Renken spoke highly of his teammates, explaining how they’ve eased his transition to college. “It’s always difficult just coming from California. It’s hard getting adjusted to a new environment,” the rookie said. “It’s awesome to have a team, because they’re just the best source available... they’ve all done it before.” Renken will be traveling with the team to the Wisconsin Invitational this week, in what should be a highly competitive and exciting race. Looking to the future of the team, Renken expressed excitement and optimism. “All the freshmen have been running really well, so I think we’re at the point where our team [is] good now, but [is] also gonna be good for years to come.” As a student in the Nursing School, Orie has unique challenges due to scheduling conflicts with her classes. She highlighted teammate and fellow nursing student SEE FRESHMEN PAGE 8

Penn football heads to New York looking to stop two-game skid

Quakers can restore season with win over Columbia TYLER SHEVIN Sports Reporter

At a time when Penn football needs a bounce-back game, the Quakers are running into the wrong team. Penn (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) visit Columbia (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday in a critically important bounce back opportunity. Penn has a twentygame winning streak against the Lions, and the Quakers hope to continue this trend this weekend. However, the Ivy League has seen a new and improved Columbia team this year. The Lions won their first conference game against last year’s co-champion Princeton Tigers on the road by the score 29-24. They then defeated Marist with ease, by a whopping score of 41-17. In fact, Columbia remains only one of two undefeated Ivy League teams left, alongside Dartmouth, who is 2-0 in the conference. “I feel like they are a different team from last year… they are a physical group,” senior defensive end Louis Vecchio said. Penn, on the other hand, has struggled as of late. After winning the first two games of the year against Ohio Dominican

and Lehigh, the Red and Blue dropped two straight against Dartmouth and Central Connecticut State. “We just realize we need execution. We need all 11 guys to do our jobs. The past two weeks showed us that we can have ten guys doing their jobs, but if one guy doesn’t, it could really gash us. It just brought the focus to a higher level and made us tighten things up as a defense,” Vecchio added. Penn’s first Ivy League showdown of the year was a nail-bitter, ending in a game-winning touchdown for the Big Green as the clock expired. Penn was then routed this past weekend 21-42 by Central Connecticut State. The Quakers scored all twenty-one points in the second quarter, with sophomore quarterback Nick Robinson throwing three touchdown passes. “We put the film on and really the only difference was we weren’t shooting ourselves in the foot. We were just doing our jobs in that quarter. There were no penalties. Everyone was taking care of their gap responsibilities. Receivers were catching passes,” senior wide receiver Justin Watson said. “We worry about the next game up. We don’t worry about


anything other than playing Columbia. Obviously, we have been here before as a staff, two years ago, losing to Dartmouth…Our games understand that we don’t have the playoffs, so our whole season is sort of like you are always in playoff mode,” coach Ray Priore said. Lately, Penn has been battling many injuries. “We have a mentality of next man up. You don’t worry about injuries; they are going to happen. The guys who are injured are working hard to try to get back. The other guys have been prepped and coached and are ready to take their roles in wherever they may be,” the third-year coach added. There seems to be a strong emphasis on trust. “It’s just kind of a thing that we preach. Just complete trust, and next man up. The past few weeks have been tough... If everyone trusts the guy next to him, you only have to worry about your own job,” Vecchio explained. There is a question mark in practice about who will be taking snaps offensively this weekend. Senior quarterback Will FischerColbrie was injured last week, and Robinson played well in Fischer-Colbrie’s place. “We want to give Will all the time he needs to recover from it.


Senior linebacker Louis Vecchio and the rest of Penn football’s defensive unit will look to rebound from a sloppy performance against Central State Connecticut University, in which they gave up 42 points.

Nothing major. He has practiced the last two days, so that has been good. Nick, from the start, has been getting reps in games which is phenomenal,” Priore said. “Both have come out here and had two good days of practice so far… They both look healthy and


confident,” Watson said. The Quakers are focused on preparing for Saturday and executing against the Lions. “I think that the main thing we talk about is if things are going well around here or if things are a little shaky, we are going to

work,” Watson explained. “Our job never changes. If we scored last time or we didn’t score or whatever the defense does, our job is always to go out there and score. “That’s kind of the mindset we have kept.”

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Kruger added that these figures are only for students living in the residential buildings and do not include Greek housing. Benefo said he was also surprised at the high-end amenities that some of the off-campus apartments such as the Radian and Domus featured. “I was a little bit disappointed coming into the school, because I didn’t know that so many people lived off campus after their freshman year,” Benefo said. “This works against the idea of community that I was really going for. “I guess it shocked me a little when I went into Domus, just compared to where I was living,” he said. “I’m not being denied anything [by living in the high rises], but I find it problematic that once people start living in these luxury houses, the social circles can become constrained to those that live in those’s essentially dividing up students based on what they can and cannot pay for,” he said. Executive Director of Real Estate Ed Datz was not immediately available to respond for request to comment. College sophomore Alina Peng, who lives in the high rises, shared Benefo’s sentiment that friendships could be reinforced based on where people lived after freshman year, but added that she doesn't think apartment complexes like the Radian and DOMUS are entirely exclusive to wealthy students. “I know some people at the Radian who are sharing the room and splitting the rent, and getting a good deal. So there are ways, even for those who are on scholarships or financial aid, to get good housing and get it for cheap,” Peng said. College sophomore Ellen Kim, who currently lives in Domus, said splitting a two-bedroom unit among three roommates including herself cut the rent in half for her. “Since it’s a nice apartment complex, the perception of Domus is that it is elitist and seems inaccessible, but for my situation, I’m actually paying less than I would be in a campus high rise,” Kim said.

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volves communication between Penn's upper administration, Facilities and Real Estate Services KELLY HEINZERLING and the University Board of Deputy News Editor Trustees in order to determine which buildings require safety Hill College House was con- and facilities updates. structed 57 years ago as a womNCH, which was the first colen's-only dorm on Hill Field at lege house constructed at Penn the southeast corner of campus. in over 40 years, was approved The now co-ed dorm re- by the Board of Trustees in Sepopened after spending a year tember 2013 with a $125 milundergoing multi-million dol- lion budget. Hill's renovations lar renovations to share its field were approved by the Board with the one-year-old New Col- of Trustees in November 2015 lege House. with an $80.5 million budget. In May 2016, Penn began 15 “There is no concern about months of renovations to mod- the modest overlapping schedernize the 550-bed Hill, which ules of timing and cash flow The New York Times named in related to The New College 2.5 years design 2 years design 2015 as one of the top five worst House and Hill College House,” college dorms. Executive Vice President Craig Executive Director of Busi- Carnaroli said in an emailed 15 months building 2.5 months building ness Services Doug Berger said statement to The Daily Pennsylit is important to take the NYT's vanian. poor ranking of Hill with a grain Since 2004, Penn has investof salt. ed $425 million in residential Approved by the Approved by the “Those were more mainte- services, which has included nance and pest control issues updates such as including fire Trustees on Nov 5, Trustees on Sep 19, that were being complained sprinklers in every dorm. 2015, for $80.5 2013, for $125 about," Berger said. "The buildThe actual creation process ing was old and did need work." for NCH lasted five years and million million Hill's renovation was the first began when the Office of the time the University had closed University Architect launched a a dorm for construction during competitive search for architect Completed between Completed between the school year. In the past, ren- and construction companies. May 2016 & Aug 2017 July 2014 & June 2016 ovations of residential buildings Two and a half years later, would only occur during the as the designs for NCH neared summer because there would completion, a similar search for ign not have been enough space to architect and construction comhouse students during the year. panies for Hill launched. ths building The last major residential Although the two buildings renovation was for the three were designed by different PENN 4040 Locust Street | 215-243-9999 high rise buildings — Harnwell companies, they were both conDREXEL 3438-48 Lancaster Ave | 215-921-5804 by the Trustees on November 5, 2015 for $80,500,000,was completed between May 2016 and August 2017 College House, Rodin College structed by InTech ラーメン ラ メン バ バー House and Harrison College tion, which renovated the high House — and began in the sum- rises and built The Radian. mer of 2002 and cost $80 milBerger said the community lion. The Quad also underwent fostered by Hill, as revealed renovations during the summer by student surveys indicating it 2000 and lasted nearly four had the “best social experience design of summers. of any of our College Houses," hs building During the time Hill was inspired the creation of similar undergoing renovations, Penn spaces in NCH. strategically built NCH to “The students’ experience at compensate for the decrease of Hill and other facilities definiteavailable freshman housing in ly informed the design of New LUNCH Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3:00pm HAPPY HOUR the two years before Hill College 19, House's social by the University Trustees on was September 2013 forspaces,” $125,000,000, was 2016, Satconstructed – Sun: 12:00pm –between 3:00pm July 2014 and June Mon – Fri: 4:30pm – 6:30pm set to close down. The 350-bed, Buchman said. Sat – Sun: 9:00pm – 11:00pm (drink specials only) four-year dormitory was home She said the student surveys BAR 11:30am – 10:00pm to only freshmen last year, of last year’s freshmen experiwhich Director of Design and ence in NCH were not available $4 Appetizers (excluding certain dishes) DINNER Mon – Sat: 4:30pm – 10:00pm Construction Mariette Buchman yet. $4 Drafts & Well Drinks Sun: 4:30pm – 9:00pm said was “unusual." “Renovation cycles are an $5 Wines & Sake Bombs According to Berger, the pro- ongoing process, they’re never $6 Specialty Cocktails cess of upgrading or construct- done,” Berger said. “It’s a ques$1 off all other alcoholic drinks ing a residential building in- tion of what we need to do next.”





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Houses and Academic Services or the House Dean may assign Graduate Associates who reMANLU LIU ceive housing over the summer Staff Reporter light duties.” Harnwell College House Both graduate associates and RA and College senior Emily residential advisors are tasked Marucci said that it is her unwith supporting their fellow derstanding that all GAs have students, but only GAs are the opportunity to stay in the permitted to stay in their dorm dorms for the summer while rooms over the summer. RAs can’t. The RA contract starts a Even though she was forced little more than a week before to move out of her dorm before the beginning of the academic returning for her second year year and ends a few days after as an RA to the same floor of commencement. Those who Harnwell, Marucci said she did are staying on campus over the not think the lack of summer summer must look for housing housing was a huge inconveon their own, either by apply- nience because she spent her ing to stay in on-campus hous- break interning in Cincinnati. ing for the full rent or sublet“[I think the policy exists] ting from off-campus housing because they know that RAs services. tend to go out of Philadelphia College Houses and Aca- for the summer because we’re demic Services runs both the doing internships and various HAIN YOON | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER RA and GA programs. Al- industries in other cities,” she though the GA contract does said. “I think GAs tend to have Emily Marucci, a resident advisor in Harnwell College House and College senior, was not permitted not explicitly state that GAs classes during the summer and to stay in her on-campus room for free this summer, even though graduate associates were. can stay in college housing have already decided on their over the summer, it does in- trajectory of study, so it makes She added that if RAs could pede residential services from is really just having to pack clude a line that is absent from more sense for them to stick stay in their rooms for the sum- touching up and cleaning the up and store all my belongthe RA agreement: “College around.” mer, she thought it might im- rooms. ings only to unpack them and Riepe Faculty Director Den- unstore them into the same nis DeTurck wrote in an email room,” he said. that his understanding of the Marucci agreed, adding that policy is “that graduate stu- it was a tight schedule to get all dents’ research work very often her belongings from summer requires them to be in residence storage back to her room when at Penn during the summer to she had to return to campus do lab/library/other work to- early for training and said that 41st & Pine ward their dissertations.” she would appreciate it if the 42nd & Spruce “The expectation is that RA program offered summer [undergraduates] generally do storage for RAs. not stay around in the sum“[The storage service] Available for June Lease mertime (and in any case are wouldn’t be super costly, I not required by their degree wouldn’t say, and they would 8-9 Bedroom Houses programs to do so),” DeTurck still be able to lend out our From $790/person + utilities wrote. space for … the programs they College senior Francisco host over the summer,” she • Large living rooms • Modern kitchens & bath Gomez-Alvarado, who has said. • Private Backyard • Lots of Storage been the Harrison College House third floor RA for two • Washer & Dryer • 3+ bathrooms consecutive years, said that although he personally did not Contact us today to get on the house waiting list stay in Philadelphia last summer, he understands that having to find and pay for temporary off-campus housing for the summer could be difficult for some RAs. 610-941-7013 | “The biggest inconvenience



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alumni took refuge while they were on campus: Tiffany Trump: The youngest daughter of President Donald Trump, Trump graduated from the College in 2016 and lived in The Radian, according to multiple sources in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. Ivanka Trump: The oldest daughter of President Donald Trump and current advisor to the President, Trump transferred to Wharton from Georgetown University in 2002 and graduated in 2004. She lived in The Left Bank, a luxury loft apartment building on 31st and Walnut. Candice Bergen: Bergen, the Emmy-award-winning actress,

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From leaders in the technology industry to high-ranking members in the Department of Justice, Penn alumni hold prominent leadership positions across the country. While many of Penn's best-known graduates lived around Locust Walk when they were students, others, like Jon Huntsman Jr., lived some ten blocks away. After some investigation, The Daily Pennsylvanian presents a quick guide to where some of Penn's most celebrated

should have been a 1967 graduate, but after poor academic performance, was asked to leave by the University. (Later, in 1992, Penn conferred on her an honorary doctor of laws.) While Bergen was here, she lived in the U of P Women’s Residence, now known as Hill, according to the student directory from 1965. Elon Musk and Adeo Ressi: Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, graduated from Penn in 1997 after transferring from Queen’s University in Ontario. His roommate was Adeo Ressi, founder and CEO of The Founder Institute. Ressi confirmed over email that they rented a house at 3721 Chestnut Street

during their senior year. Elizabeth Banks: Banks, the award-winning actor, producer and director who directed "Pitch Perfect 2," graduated from Penn in 1996. She lived at 4050 Irving Street, according to student directory records from 1996. Jon Huntsman Jr.: The son of the donor to Huntsman Hall, Huntsman Jr., the former governor of Utah and the current United States ambassador to Russia, graduated from Penn in his late twenties, while he was already married with children. He lived with his family at 2400 Chestnut Street Apartments, a luxury apartment building on 24th and Chestnut streets.

Rod Rosenstein: Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general for the United States Department of Justice, graduated from Wharton in 1986. Rosenstein lived at 37th and Spruce streets, in the Quad, according to student directory records from 1986. In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, Rosenstein said that many of his closest friends were made in Ware College House, where he lived during his last three years at Penn. John Legend: Legend graduated from Penn in 1999. According to student directory records from his freshman year, he lived in Butcher BU hall, located in Ware.



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Penn amps up sustainability efforts across all college houses Small tweaks improved efficiency of old houses CHRIS DOYLE Staff Reporter

Penn's newest college houses, Hill College House and New College House, are frequently recognized for their environmentally friendly designs. Just last month, NCH was selected as one of six projects honored for sustainability. But Penn has also been working to improve environmentalism at older college houses, changes which perhaps, students may not even have been aware of. As stipulated in the Penn Climate Action Plan 2.0, NCH has received a gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally efficient design. Similarly, University Architect David Hollenberg said Penn is confident that the recently renovated Hill

College House will receive at least a silver LEED certification from the USGBC for its sustainable design. According to Penn Green Campus Partnership website, some environmentally responsible renovations coming to the older buildings across campus include overhauls of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as the installation of more sustainable lighting. Penn's Environmental Sustainability Director Daniel Garofalo said seemingly small changes in older buildings can make a large difference in helping them become energy efficient. He referenced the new housekeeping protocols as an example of small-scale innovation that is taking place at Penn. The revised floor cleaning process that was introduced in NCH is gradually being phased into the other dormitories. The new pro-


As stipulated in the Penn Climate Action Plan 2.0, New College House has received a gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally efficient design.

cess does not require the use of caustic chemical as “floor strippers,” or the energy intensive la-

bor that comes with applying it. “Less product, less fumes, less labor equals greater sustainability,” Garofalo said. Garofalo also noted an automated heating and cooling system that Penn has installed in some rooms in the Quad and Mayer Hall. Under the new system, motion sensors on doors trigger the air conditioning system to turn on when a resident enters a room and shuts the system down once all residents leave. Other changes include replacing paper towels with microfibercloth for routine cleaning; using paints with low levels of volatile organic compounds, which has already been implemented in every college house and promoting fuel efficient modes of transportation, like bicycling. “These are a few things that are completely out of view, but have a significant environmental impact,” Garofalo said. Garofalo added that Penn was encouraging students to help with these sustainability efforts. “We took a page from the U.S. Green Building Council and also looked at what our peer institutions are doing, whether it’s Stamford, or Duke, or Princeton or Yale,” Garofalo said. “And we came up with a check-list for

student behaviors that would be really helpful for learning about sustainability, for being a leader among your peers in terms of the environment and actions taken that will improve the environment, and also, at the same time, minimizing waste and conserving energy.” Garofalo specifically urged students to follow the “Living Green" program, which promotes environmentally conscious habits like recycling and conserving electricity. Hollenberg added that students can continue to help with sustainability efforts like these even after they graduate. “Students can graduate as being part of a culture where sustainability really matters, and go out into the world and make a difference, carry that into their future lives," Hollenberg said.

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The New College House was completed in 2016 and intended as another four-year community for undergraduates, joining dorms targeted largely at freshman and upperclassmen.

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Freshmen often expect to make close friends in their dorms, where they are surrounded by other new students. But each year, whether by choice or luck, some freshmen find themselves living among mostly upperclassmen. The Penn college houses that are four-year communities include: Harrison, Gregory, Stouffer, W.E.B. Du Bois and New College House. The five first-year houses are Riepe, Ware, Fisher Hassenfeld, Hill and Kings Court English, while Rodin and Harnwell are reserved for upperclassmen. College and Wharton junior Sue Roy, who lived in Gregory during her freshman year, said she only saw upperclassmen during dorm-wide social events. She added upperclassmen “were there as advisors if you needed them to be, but they were mostly doing their own thing.” Wharton freshman and NCH resident Evan Viroslav agreed, adding that upperclassmen “haven’t grown to be a big part of [his] life." He said that he thinks most of the upperclassmen in NCH stay in their suites because they arranged to live with friends. Viroslav originally ranked the Quad as his first choice in his housing application, but said he has been impressed with the amenities in his NCH dorm, where there are 40-inch flat screen TVs in each suite. “The conditions are relatively hygienic and spot-free compared to rats scurrying around in the old Quad,” he explained. Nonetheless, he sees some difficulties in being so far away from places like the Quad, which is often the center of freshmen activity. “Word doesn’t get around here as easy as in Hill or the Quad,” Viroslav said. “I’ll often have to hear about events from my

friends … and unfortunately I end up missing out on some things.” Milo Frayre, a College junior, lived in Gregory his freshman year. He chose this house to be a part of the Film Culture Residential Program, where students can earn half a course unit for attending faculty discussions on cinematic subjects and watching films in city center. Despite the building's lack of air conditioning, Frayre said he is glad for the "really close" friendships he formed with his suitemates. College freshman Abraham Mascio agreed, saying that his house, Du Bois, was “really cozy” and actively tries to create a “strong community” of students. Mascio also said Du Bois’s facilities are not as modern as those in the other houses, especially given that his dorm does not have air conditioning, but added that staff tries to help students beat the heat with free fans. The fourth floor of Du Bois is made up predominantly of freshmen, which Mascio said means that “unless you actively try to mingle with upperclassmen you won’t see them as much.” Despite enjoying her freshman year in Gregory, Roy still wonders what it would have been like to live in the Quad. “Having the Quad experience is a freshman experience,” she said. “Living in Gregory was its own experience and I had similar experiences like being close with my hall, meeting new people and all that, so I didn’t miss out in that way but sometimes you kinda wonder, ‘what if?’”


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Transfer and exchange students must live on campus for one year Some students choose to live in the high rises NATALIE KAHN Deputy News Editor

Penn upperclassmen can choose to live on or off campus, but transfer and exchange students don't have the same options. About 5,600 Penn students — roughly 54 percent of the undergraduate population — live on campus and approximately 3,100 of them are not freshmen. While most upperclassmen live on campus by choice, transfer and exchange students are required to live in campus housing for one year. Many students, though, are happy to have a required living arrangement, which they say can help them to build a community as new students at Penn.

College junior and transfer student from Georgia Institute of Technology August Gebhard-Koenigstein lived in Mayer Hall in Stouffer College House during his sophomore year, his first year at Penn. He chose to live in Mayer because of the designated “transfer community” there. Transfer students have to reside in a four-year college house or upperclassman college house during their first year, and the meal plan is required, according to Penn Residential Services’ website. “In order for all new students to Penn to get the most out of their experience, residing on campus provides the greatest opportunity," Executive Director of College Houses and Academic Services Martin Redman said in an email statement. Gebhard-Koenigstein said about half of his hall — at least

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harder because people already have their friend groups,” he said. “It’s nice to get to know people right away on your floor." Gregory College House has a transfer community too. Until last fall, transfer students lived throughout Gregory. However, the Transfer Student Organization pushed to move transfer students nearer to each other and the house made the changes, Gregory College House Dean Christopher Donovan wrote in an emailed statement. “The students enjoyed living among residents going through a similar adjustment to Penn,” Donovan wrote. Gebhard-Koenigstein said some transfer students opt out of the transfer housing and live elsewhere on campus, such as the high rises. Gregory does not have air conditioning and Gebhard-Koneigstein had to share a room in Mayer, which he said can be a deterrent for some. He explained that older transfer students sometimes prioritize amenities and features like single rooms, which can motivate them to live in the high rises. College junior Aliki Karnavas transferred from Georgetown University last year and decided to live in the high

rises. She was assigned a random roommate, who was also a transfer, for her second-floor room, which she said worked well. “I probably would have lived on campus,” Karnavas said. “My mom went to Penn in the '80s and she still has this image of, ‘Any off-campus housing is super dangerous.’” Karnavas added that she wished there was more information about the buildings on the housing form. She said she had to ask current Penn students to find out which were high rises. Macarena Perez-Herrera, an exchange student from Seville, Spain, is living in Harrison College House this semester with many exchange student neighbors. Perez-Herrera’s three roommates are exchange students, she said, one of whom is a Spanish student she requested to live with. She said she would have chosen to live in campus housing anyway, as she is just at Penn for this semester and has never lived in the United States before. “When we need something or we’re going to do [an activity] together, all of our friends live one or two floors above or under us,” she said.



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Freshmen weigh in on housing Current residents debate the merits of the Quad CLAIRE SLINEY Contributing Reporter

With flashy new study rooms and state-of-the-art dining halls, newly renovated Hill College House and recently opened New College House have changed the freshman dorm experience. But many students are still unwilling to sacrifice a spot in the Quad for the luxuries that other houses have to offer. Established in 1895, the Quad now houses over half of all freshmen annually across three college houses: Ware College House, Riepe College House and Fisher Hassenfeld College House. Hill resident and Engineering freshman Eva Killenberg said she was disappointed to miss out on the tradition and social life of the Quad. “It’s the quintessential Penn experience to live in the Quad,” Killenberg said. "It makes peo-


The newly renovated Hill College House, which was previously included in The New York Times' list of undesirable dorms, now boasts a state-of-the-art dining hall and other new amenities.

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“Alumni will ask, ‘Oh, where in the Quad do you live?’ It’s been around for so long that everyone knows it’s the place to be," he said. "It definitely has the reputation of being the constant social hot spot for freshmen on campus.” Riepe resident and College

freshman Whitney Elmlinger said she chose to live in the Quad based on advice from upperclassmen. “That’s just what everyone tells you to do, even if you don’t really know why,” Elmlinger said. “I would talk to older students and follow what they told me to do, which was to pick anywhere in the Quad as your first choice, no questions asked.” Other students have different thoughts.

NCH resident and College freshman Alex Seidel said the facilities within NCH are incomparable, and while the dorm is not entirely composed of freshman residents, there’s always something going on within the house. “Regardless of what house you’re in, now that we’ve started classes it’s really starting to matter less and less where you’re living anyway,” he added. “I’ve found that the differences between the houses have really minimized.” Zamore said he did not consider living in Hill, despite its $80 million renovation, after hearing “horror stories” from residents who lived there before the renovation. In 2015, The New York Times named Hill one of the country's "most loathed" college dorms. Hill resident and Engineering freshman Alexa Spagnola said Hill fosters a tight-knit community for many freshman in STEM because of its proximity to the engineering school. She said she loves living in Hill and “wouldn’t change living there for anything, 100 percent.” “It combines the social atmosphere that I want, with the ease of access to all my classes,” she said, adding that she feels like she has become “a part of Penn’s history” living in Hill during the first year after renovations. She said she believes Hill will gain traction as a popular choice for freshmen. "It can be hard, as a freshman, to know concretely where you want to live. But really there are advantages to living everywhere and communities exist within every college house,” she added. “You just need to wait and stick it out.”

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The high rises throughout history Penn bought the area called Hamilton Village in 1968 MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter

Today, Penn's three high rises are home to nearly 2,400 students, but much has changed since they started housing undergraduates in the 1970s. From high rise semi-formals, which are no longer organized, to campus uproar in response to a photo of students having sex against a high rise window, the stories that have happened in these three buildings are far from boring. Here's a quick look into this colorful, and often, surprising history: In 1968, the University acquired land between 38th and 40th streets, now known as Hamilton Village, to expand its residential capacity for an increasingly large student body despite fierce opposition from existing residents of the area. Constructed in the early 1970s, the new t-shaped buildings were designed by George Holmes Perkins, former Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts. At the time, students said it was more important

for the new buildings to have comfortable and modern apartmentstyle interiors rather than attractive exteriors. The high rises were named after several prominent figures in University history, but until recently, students commonly called the buildings High Rise East (Harnwell College House), High Rise North (Harrison College House) and High Rise South (Hamilton, now called Rodin College House). They referred to the area as the "Superblock." Several residential programs made their homes in the high rises early on, including the Arts House Residential Program and international programs like the East Asia House Residential Program, both currently located in Harnwell. Kent Bream, faculty director of Harnwell house, medical professor and 1990 College graduate, has lived in Harnwell as a faculty member for a total of 10 years. He said that when he was a student the high rises had “dark brown windows that couldn’t really close.” From a distance, due to the development of the city, the high rises “dominated the skyline” of

West Philadelphia. He added that at the time few people wanted to live in the high rises because living there seemed “dark” and “miserable.” In 1998, the University planned an overhaul of Hamilton Village, including the repair of all three high rises, costing more than $380 million. After financial setbacks and delays, an $80 million renovation of the high rises began in 2002. Judith Rodin, the president of the University from 1994 to 2004, was heavily involved in the renovations, which included upgrading the elevator systems, installing a new fire alarm system and fire sprinklers in all rooms, repairing and coloring the buildings’ concrete facades and landscaping parts of Hamilton Village. Hamilton College House was renamed Rodin College House in her honor. Bream said he remembers how renovators “gutted everything,” exposing a honeycomb-like interior as they installed floor-to-ceiling windows and repainted walls. After the renovations, students resumed living in the buildings, and the community in the high rises continued to grow. In 2003,

1968 Penn bought the land between 38th and 40th streets.

1998 Penn announced a $380 million renovation of the Hamilton Village, which included a major renovation of the high rises.

2003 Front Row Theater became Harrison’s in-house theater company and also became a residential program within the house.

2005 An Engineering junior takes a photo of students having sex against a high rise window. Charges are pressed.

2009 Rodin stops admitting first-year students. Harnwell follows in 2013. Ed Zhao Design Associate

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Front Row Theatre Company became Harrison’s in-house theater company and also became a residential program within the house. Bream said the high rises used to have highly anticipated “semiformals,” which no longer occur, though the remnants of the tradition live on in Harnwell’s annual Sapphire Ball. Frank Pellicone, dean of Harrison College House, has lived for 17 years in Harrison and said that “staff and faculty have become much more integrated in students’ lives” since he has served as house dean and that students have grown more enthusiastic about houses’ programming. He cites the Dinner and Conversation series with faculty and courses taught in residence as examples of increased interaction between students and staff. In 2005, what started as a risque photo turned into legal charges when a student shared a photo online of a couple having sex against a Rodin College House window. The Engineering junior who took the photo was charged with sexual harassment, but in the end, neither the couple nor the photographer

were punished. In 2009, the high rises became more exclusive to upperclassmen when Rodin stopped admitting freshmen. Harnwell College House followed suit in 2013. Pellicone said the loss of the four-year-living status and freshmen was a “disappointment.” “Four-year-students really understand the traditions and culture of the house,” Pellicone said. He added that he thinks the higher participation rates of younger students that events enjoy and the mentorship they receive from older students are benefits of living in a four-year college house. According to Bream, Harnwell had about 60 students per year who had lived in the college house for all four years. One reason for the exclusion of freshmen from the high rises was so administrators could better accommodate the housing preferences of a larger number of upperclassmen. Pellicone also said he thinks the introduction of new dorms like New College House has decreased the need for freshman space in the high rises.


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selor. The length of time before receiving a disciplinary email, the number of students receiving the email and the ultimate punishment were different in these two parallel situations. Keytack said that, while the ultimate punishment given to a student often varies by each case, there is still a general process that must be followed. Keytack, who served as the dean of Rodin College House from 2010 to 2015, said that when an RA or Graduate Associate suspects a student of violating housing standards, the student is called into a meeting with the dean of the respective college house. At this meeting, the dean determines the best course of action. “If they find them responsible, they will apply an outcome that could be anything from a warning to an educational project,” Keytack said. But this conversation will not always result in a punishment. Keytack said as the dean of Rodin, he would occasionally decide that having a conversation with a student was enough to discourage the behavior from happening again. However, in all situations, infractions follow students throughout their time at Penn, and any additional offense will precipitate greater consequences in the future. If a student gets caught again, additional sanctions could apply, such as referral to the Office of Student Conduct,

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epe is a $50 fine, but smoking in Rodin is a $100 fine. And in Rodin, a second offense would prompt a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and potentially terminate the housing contract. The individualized rules for each dorm can also cause confusion as to what a punishment is for a given infraction. While the policies on drinking in on-campus housing are meant to prevent drinking,

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While brief, this past long weekend provided a welcome break from the routine I’d settled into well since late August. I was, however, also very happy to board my train back down to Philadelphia on Sunday night. After all, I truly enjoy the already comfortable rhythm of attending my classes, studying at Van Pelt Library, playing a bit of tennis and, most of all, spending SPENCER SWANSON time with my friends. I’ve been fortunate to meet some extraordinary people since of envy for the rich diversity the semester started with whom I of their freshman rooming exshare similar backgrounds, inter- periences. Along with all Yale ests and goals. In fact, thanks to University freshmen, they were Penn’s housing policy that per- assigned roommates from enmits choosing one’s roommate tirely different walks of life, in advance, I actually began most with completely different curating my Penn social experi- interests. While they are no lonence long before ever stepping ger particularly close with any foot on campus — a fact that of those previous roommates, made my arrival in Philadelphia my relatively shy theater-loving for New Student Orientation and cousin learned to cope and actumy first days at Penn quite a bit ally enjoy his frenetically social less daunting. roommate. Similarly, my other But is this a good thing? politically active cousin relayed Might not the challenges of in- that debating with her Republiteracting and learning to live can suitemate helped her finewith totally random strangers as tune, articulate and defend her we start our university careers own positions. have been a valuable learning Like a handful of colleges experience? We Penn students, holding onto the tradition of as well as the great majority of random rooming, “Yale strongly American college freshmen, believes that the best housing are potentially missing out on situations involve an interplay an extraordinary chance to in- of people with different backteract with peers who do not grounds and interests, and it share our backgrounds, interests is our experience that students and goals. In fact, choosing our gain much from this interplay.” roommates can reinforce an al- My cousins’ experiences seem ready prevalent and quite dan- to bear out the value of Yale’s gerous worldwide propensity to policy. think and speak only within our While what we learn in our social and intellectual silos. classes is of course of paramount Instead, Penn should revert to importance, we attend college a solely random rooming pro- versus living at home with our cess for all incoming students. families in order to live together Establishing our social circles, on campuses where we have the whether this includes Greek life opportunity to interact with and or not, choosing our classes as learn from other highly motivatwell as developing our extracur- ed and intelligent peers. ricular activities all involve deliberate and proactive choices. By definition, we leave none of this up to chance, which is of SPENCER SWANSON is a Colcourse a good thing, and reflects lege freshman from London, our maturity to take responsibil- studying philosophy, politics and economics. His email ity for our individual lives. But while talking with my address is sswanson@sas. cousins over the weekend — one “Spencer’s Space” a college senior and the other usually appears every other a recent graduate — I felt a bit Tuesday.

Chances Are | Why home is a place that defines you, not vice versa thinking about it is a concept that has been pounded and expounded by moviemakers, Christmas carols and Hallmark cards the world over. Maybe, also, it was time for a fresh definition that captures the nuances of home. Moreover, I felt uneasy myself, since I have never felt truly at home in any place. Growing up in Augusta, Ga., was lonely and alienating — the very opposite of comfort, even though it was my home. Philadelphia, though I’ve lived here for four years and know the area fairly well, has given me some of my saddest moments and disappointed me. It, too, I am reluctant to declare home. If home was limited to a place where we felt comfortable, and our spirit felt at sync with the surroundings, then what would that mean for me, and I’m sure for many others, for whom that place doesn’t exist? Are we now all homeless? In search of truth, I turned to the sacred text of the English language: the Oxford English Dictionary. Unfortunately for me, the first definitions supported that same old concept of home. So, at the risk of sounding arrogant, I suppose I’ll just have to propose my own. Home is any place that defines us. It is any place that has changed or formed our character, and made us more the person we are today, no matter how long we have stayed there or how comfortable we have felt. Home informs us of who we are and helps us understand ourselves better in reflection,


personal valuing of friendship. I may not have always been happy in all those locations, I may have felt slightly out of place and I may not even have spent that much time in all of them. Nevertheless, Icame away with a more fully formed mold of who I am. While we may not always be able to feel comfortable somewhere, we can always take something away. That’s what gives all of us a claim to a home. So forget comfort, forget the perfect place and the end of the yellow brick road; it’s all Neverland. There is a home waiting inside each and every one of us. We only have to know ourselves first to recognize it.


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When I was abroad last semester at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, Pembroke Street, the college's magazine had an issue all about the theme of “home.” It was an interesting idea and an apt topic for my temporary displacement overseas, but — being too lazy at the time — I didn’t contribute to the magazine. I did, however, read all the articles, many of which had been written by my new friends. Some of them discussed the globalization of home: the increasing ease of travel leading to the ever-expanding borders of what we can call home. Others elaborated on the flexibility of the word, how any space, however small or unconventional — like, say, a bedroom — can be made a home, as long as a certain level of comfort and familiarity exists. Still, others wrote about a nomadic experience — how home is what we make it, as long as we allow ourselves to make it ours. They were all good articles, and I don’t mean to disparage anyone. Yet, I couldn’t help feel incredibly dissatisfied with the unanimous message emerging from the articles. All of the articles carried a similar idea: Home is a place that makes us feel comfortable, which is a place linked to security and knowledge. Home is a present-tense, in-the-moment creation that is born and shaped only while we are there. It felt like a rather tired, cliche thought. Home being anywhere that makes us glow just


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