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Houston Market to get $15.15 million renovation
The food offerings will include sandwiches, specialty coffees, and an expanded sushi station ALIZA OHNOUNA Senior Reporter
7 out of 23 courses fulfill additional College requirements*
Eighteen years after it was first opened in 2000, the food court in the basement of Houston Hall will be undergoing a $15.15 million renovation. Construction for Houston Market, which is located on the bottom floor of Houston Hall, is expected to begin on May 15, 2018, and conclude by the first day of classes for the fall 2018 semester, Penn Business Services spokesperson Barbara Lea-Kruger said. There will be new types of food on offer in Houston Market, including a Mongolian grill station and a sandwich carving station. A Market cafe will also replace the Beefsteak seating area. This cafe will serve specialty coffees, gelatos, and small plates of food, and will likely be open later than the other kiosks at Houston. “It’s going to look completely different,” said Director of Business and Hospitality Services for Penn Dining Pam Lampitt. After the renovations, the seating and dining areas, which are spatially segregated right now, will be interspersed for students to be able to use the space when the dining area is closed. “There needs to be a rejuvenation of Houston Hall to try to get more students to be there and to find community and to gather there,” Lampitt said. The Bon Appétit Management Company will continue to oversee Houston Market, and many of the current food offerings will remain available to students. The sushi station — a favorite among students — will occupy a larger area in Houston Market, and the menu will be expanded, Lampitt said. The pizza and pasta stations will stay the same. A smoothie, hummus, and salad station will replace the Coke Freestyle machine, and PureFare items will continue to be sold out of the Market cafe. Students looking for a quick meal will also be able to take advantage of a new “grab and go” station that will be located at the center of Houston. The station will provide pre-heated meals that will change daily. The renovated market will feature kiosk portals where students can place orders and pay for items from the various stations, instead of waiting in line at the cashiers. “It’s going to be more flexible for students for different uses at different times,” Lampitt said. Houston Market’s $15.15 million renovation is one of many building projects that the University has approved this year. Earlier this month, Penn announced plans to build New College House West, a residential building
0 out of 19 courses fulfill additional College requirements*
13 out of 26 courses fulfill additional College requirements* *Besides the foreign language requirement
s students make the final tweaks to their spring semester schedules, some have noticed a discrepancy among language courses in terms of fulfilling General Requirements. For the upcoming semester, there are 13 of 26 Spanish courses and seven of 23 French courses that fulfill College requirements other than the Foreign Language requirement. For example, both the French course “Perspectives in French Literature: The Individual and Society” and the Spanish
course “Introduction to Literary Analysis” fulfill the Arts and Letters Sector as well as the Cross-Cultural Analysis requirement. However, of the 19 Chinese courses offered, none fulfills any general education requirements apart from the Foreign Language requirement. Additionally, of the 10 Japanese courses and the eight Korean courses offered by the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, none fulfills any additional College requirement.
Undergraduate Chair of the EALC department David Spafford said language courses in the EALC department do not fulfill requirements because they focus on language. Many Romance language courses, however, also focus on primarily on language but still fulfill other College requirements, whereas the only EALC courses that fulfill those same requirements are taught in English. SEE LANGUAGE PAGE 6 ANNA LISA LOWENSTEIN | DESIGN ASSOCIATE
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Student petition calls mandatory freshman dining plan ‘robbery’ It has attracted more than 580 signatures in five days JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter
An online petition from Penn freshmen is calling on the University to re-evaluate its dining plan policies and accusing administrators of the “simple robbery of students.” The petition, which was posted on Nov. 7, garnered more than 580 signatures by Nov. 12. Wharton and Engineering freshman Jack McKnight, who authored the petition, said he wants to encourage Penn to be more transparent about its dining policy, specifically highlighting the conversion rate between meal swipes and Dining Dollars. Meal swipes can be used to gain access to cafeteria-style dining halls like 1920 Commons and Kings Court English House. Students can use Dining Dollars
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Freshmen are required to be on the meal plan, but it is optional for all other students. The meal plan costs $2,624.50 per semester.
to buy a la carte options at retail locations like Houston Market and Tortas Frontera. Freshman students have three dining plans to choose from. The
one with the highest number of meal swipes offers approximately 16 meal swipes per week and $100 in Dining Dollars. Given that the meal plan costs $2,624.50 per se-
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mester, each meal swipe adds up to be about $9.28. The conversion that Penn offers is $4.87 per swipe, which is nearly a 50 percent loss for students. In the other dining plans, a single meal swipe can be worth up to $16. “This is simply robbery of students,” McKnight wrote. “We ask that the University of Pennsylvania changes the exchange rate for swipes to something more reasonable. At the very least, $8 per swipe.” McKnight drafted the petition in response to an email sent by Penn Dining detailing the conversion process. It announced that students on the meal plan can convert up to 30 meal swipes for a limited time from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19. “I was in my writing seminar one day doing the math, and I just thought it was a little bit unfair,” McKnight said. “I at least wanted to make something that would get
the school to speak out about why exactly this is the conversion rate.” Administrators said the conversion rate is designed to prevent significant losses in operating costs. “The current conversion rate was designed to provide students some value for unused swipes, which had not historically been the case, while ensuring that it would not significantly impact operating costs,” Director of Business and Hospitality Services at Penn Dining Pamela Lampitt said in a statement. However, various students have indicated that they do not think this explanation is sufficient. Images of McKnight’s petition and the email from Penn Dining were edited and subsequently posted on the Facebook meme page, “Official Unofficial Penn Squirrel Catching Club,” receiving reactions from hundreds of Penn students. “I just don’t think that’s fair for us to be paying so much for a dining plan that freshmen have to be
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on,” said College freshman Tiphani Swaby. “And when it’s fine have Dining Dollars, which is the favorable currency, it’s not equally converted.” College freshman Emily McCann agreed, “I think most people agree with the petition,” she said. “Some people say that they don’t think it will get anything done, but they agree with it.” This is not the first time that students have raised concerns about the Penn Dining Plan. In July, Engineering sophomore Colby Cox launched a petition to protest Penn’s policy of disallowing students to cancel their Penn dining plans prior to the beginning of school. The petition received more than 200 signatures, but no changes were made to Penn’s policies. In March 2016, The Daily Pennsylvanian also conducted an unofficial survey which found that nearly 80 percent of freshmen respondents wish they did not have to be on a Penn meal plan.
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Group aims to be ‘moderate voice’ in climate talks They hope Penn will gradually divest from fossil fuels DILLON BERGIN Contributing Reporter
Wharton sophomore Shane Goldstein and College sophomore Abigail Waugh ran around Penn’s campus last fall collecting signatures for a petition. They believed that Penn could power its campus with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. One year and 2,500 signatures later, they still believe that Penn can achieve this, but the only problem is convincing the administration. Goldstein and Waugh are cofounders of The Climate Reality Project at Penn, an offshoot
of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Al Gore. Penn’s chapter is one of many at universities across the nation, and it organizes events for Climate Reality staff to educate and train college students. The campus chapters build plans with university administrations to work towards carbon neutrality. The ultimate goal of every chapter is a pledge from administrators to power their campus with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. In 2016, Drexel University President John Fry made the pledge with Drexel’s chapter, outlining a 14-year plan to reach the goal. Goldstein and Waugh both
agreed their mission is different from that of Fossil Free Penn, which advocates for complete divestment from the fossil fuel industry. This semester, FFP has staged two silent protests during University Board of Trustees meetings. On Nov. 3, over sixty students marched with FFP members into the Trustees meeting at The Inn at Penn. “Our original goal was always to be that moderate voice in saying that we understand that divestment is something that involves economic repercussions and conflicts with board members, but actually reducing fossil fuel usage here on campus is doable, which is evidenced by the fact that Penn
is attempting to do it,” Goldstein said. “But, it can still do it faster.” The co-founders said they hope to work with Penn’s administration. “I think that entire purpose of what we were intending to do with [the organization] from the beginning was just acknowledging that yes, grass roots and student movements are very effective in enacting change,” Goldstein said. “But if you’re going to ostracize administration then nothing will be successful.” Waugh said she met with Penn’s Sustainability Office last week to discuss the University’s carbon-reduction timeline. Penn’s carbon reduc-
tion timeline outlines an 18 percent reduction in emissions from 2014 levels before 2042, according to the University’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. This target only applies to emissions from utilities and operations. “It’s hard being an urban campus,” Goldstein said. “But, Drexel, our neighbor, has already made a commitment to this, and they are significantly ahead in the process.” Penn is one of the largest purchasers of Renewable Energy Credits among American universities, according to the University’s website. This means that although Penn is buying the right to emit more carbon dioxide, the money Penn pays to buy the credits is
invested into renewable energy projects. Waugh said that she believes the University is doing a lot to make progress, but the Climate Reality Project aims to accelerate that progress. For the first six months after founding the organization last fall, Goldstein and Waugh were the only members of the Climate Reality Project at Penn. The goal of the organization is now to get over 50 percent of students to sign the petition and to continue recruiting members. “We’re simply attempting to make it so that students are not forced into living lives where they’re reliant upon fossil fuels, when they don’t want to be,” Goldstein said.
Protesters stage walkout to fight Trump’s DACA reversal
Participants included undocumented students GIOVANNA PAZ Staff Reporter
Approximately two dozen Penn students gathered on College Green on Nov. 9 to participate in the National Day of Action for a Clean Dream Act, which inspired walkouts and protests at 30 schools and 10 states across the country. United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led nonprofit organization, spearheaded this initia-
tive. A representative reached out last week to College junior Aiden Castellanos-Pedroza, the community organizing chair of Penn for Immigrant Rights, to invite PIR to organize a walkout at Penn. Of the students present, some were undocumented, some were protected by government programs, and some were just there to stand in solidarity. They listened to fellow students discuss why this cause is important to them as individuals and as part of a larger immigrant community. “As we’re here, a year after
Trump being elected, we want to be able to allow ourselves to speak up,” Castellanos-Pedroza said as he addressed the students at the start of the demonstration. “Especially in cases where our voices aren’t ever really acknowledged. Especially in a place and [at] an institution as oppressive as Penn that has done a lot to gentrify [the] West Philadelphia neighborhood.” In past weeks, hundreds of people nationwide have called on Congress to pass a standalone Clean Dream Act in response to Trump’s reversal of the Deferred
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Action for Childhood Arrivals by Dec. 15, which marks the end of the 2017 congressional session. PIR Media Liaison and College sophomore Erik Vargas spoke to the group about how the repeal of DACA, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainments, and police brutality have been infringing on the rights of immigrants in the United States. Vargas said there needs to be a push for “radical work” to counter radical actions by authority figures. He encouraged students to be involved in local initiatives that empower the immigrant community, citing Juntos — a community-led, Latino immigrant organization in Philadelphia — as a resource. Vargas also invited students to speak out about their connection to the issue. When Vargas invited students to share their own thoughts, DACAprotected College freshman Ale Cabrales encouraged the audience to keep the conversation alive. “Sometimes we forget,” Cabrales said. “We heard the announcement about DACA and then everybody was quiet. This is my reality everyday, so please, please, please, be vocal about this everyday.” “It’s not just an issue of crime as many people frame it to be,” College sophomore Adiel Izilov said, stepping onto the Benjamin Franklin statue. “It’s an issue of the government admittedly taking a stance against immigrants.” Izilov, who immigrated from
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PIR Media Liaison and College sophomore Erik Vargas is pushing for “radical work” to counter “radical action” by the Trump administration.
Israel, entered the United States through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which the Trump administration announced it would end. “I am documented,” PIR Scholarship Chair and College sophomore Miranda Ribeiro-Vecino said. “But I have had experiences with the bureaucracy that goes along with it because I’m not a citizen of this country. I couldn’t even begin to imagine, if I’m documented and even I was frustrated by it, I couldn’t even imagine being undocumented and having to deal with that.” She also spoke about the influ-
ence that Penn students have in Philadelphia, in which there is a large immigrant population. “We’re in a position of power,“ Ribeiro-Vecino said. “We go to Penn. We can speak up for [undocumented youth] and we should.” Toward the end of the walkout, Castellanos-Pedroza led a calland-response chant written by Assata Shakur, a prominent activist in the Black Power movement. “It is our duty to fight for freedom,” the chant began. “It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
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Student group wants to be ‘record label’ for Penn
Students debate merits of ‘progressive stacking’
Penn Records hopes to begin recording music
Event addressed TA’s recent controversial tweet
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A new student group hopes to bring student musicians to the forefront of the University’s social scene. Penn Records hopes to function like a university-level record label, working with student musicians to help them find opportunities to perform and access the equipment they need. The organization also connects students interested in forming bands and handles promotional work. Penn Records President and College sophomore Johnny Vitale said he noticed a dormant live music scene at Penn during his freshman year. He added that his personal background in performing stems from his days growing up in California. “I started playing guitar when I was 9 years old,” he said. “I’m Southern California born and raised and I was attracted to the lofi, DIY, garage rock music scene that was occurring in California.” But Vitale said he found that bringing his love of music to Penn wasn’t so straightforward. “What I experienced very personally was that there was a very high barrier to entry within the live music scene at Penn,” Vitale said. “It’s very difficult to access equipment. It’s very difficult to book shows. Going through that myself I realized that I now have this plethora of knowledge that I can help share with other individuals and create the scene and help it grow.” The group did not initially intend to provide services for all musicians on campus, said Penn
Less than three weeks after teaching assistant Stephanie McKellop sparked national controversy for tweeting about using progressive stacking in the classroom, Penn Debate Society went head-tohead against the Penn Philomathean Society to debate whether the teaching method does more harm than good. Progressive stacking refers to a teaching method that involves giving historically-marginalized students priority in the classroom. In a tweet dated Oct. 16, McKellop wrote, “I will always call on my Black women students first. Other POC [People of Color] get second tier priority. WW [white women] come next. And, if I have to, white men.” In a parliamentary-style debate moderated by the Penn Political Union on Oct. 9, students argued whether it is appropriate for McKellop to use progressive stacking in the class on gender and race. McKellop is a TA for the class History 345, “Sinners, Sex and Slaves: Race and Sex in Early America.” PDS member and College junior Alex Johnson said the debate was intended to address the effectiveness of the method, not its intention. “The debate is more about whether progressive stacking is actually an effective method of making sure people feel comfortable and feel prioritized in academic spaces, not whether if that comfort and that safety is a good thing at all,” Johnson said. “Both sides agree that it is a good thing.” Two PDS members, includ-
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Penn Records’ concert featured student bands, Pico, Brew, and Peachy, and raised funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Records Marketing Head and Wharton sophomore Worth Gentry. “It started off kind of thinking, ‘How can we do logistical support for [Vitale’s] band Pico?’ and as a result of that we did realize this gap in Penn’s live music scene,” Gentry said. “If we’re trying to set up all this infrastructure just to help out this one band, why not make it a service available to the Penn community?” In its first semester, Penn Records has held two fundraising concerts, where students were invited to an afternoon of live music and presented with an option to chip in and support a charitable cause. The concert in October featured three student bands — Pico, Brew, and Peachy — and called for donations for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “The unofficial slogan currently is ‘good tunes for a good cause.’ And if we can have these events for people that are enjoying music why not also help the com-
munity at large?” Vitale said. The next event, “Student Grooves Vol. III,” is planned for Nov. 10 in collaboration with Jazz & Grooves, a Penn concert-planning group. College sophomore Michael Pearson works with Penn Records as the group’s event coordinator, but is also part of Peachy, a student band working with Penn Records. His mother’s battle with breast cancer inspired him to organize the concert in October, providing an opportunity for Peachy to perform. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of Penn Records,” he said. Penn Records also has plans to expand. In addition to sponsoring live music, the group hopes to involve students in the other aspects of the music industry, including recording at studios, releasing albums, and marketing artists. “We want to show that having a career in a creative industry is possible,” Vitale said. “We hope to give them legitimate experience.”
ing Johnson, argued against progressive stacking, while two Philomathean Society members argued in support of progressive stacking. The students were not assigned according to their personal views. The PDS team argued each student’s privilege in a classroom cannot be immediately quantified based on their identity. False “oppression olympics” can lead to an arbitrary yet highly stratified system ”that turns privilege into a system of points,” Johnson said. Minority students may feel they are heard only because of this system and not because of their individual merit. “The opposition never gave us any reason as to why we should prioritize, for example, gender over race in terms of oppression, or why we should prioritize the experiences of a Latina woman over an Asian man,” PDS member and Wharton sophomore Stephanie Wu said. The opposition argued that “academia is not a vacuum,” and that it is impossible to understand the modern effects of slavery and gender discrimination without stressing the lived experiences of minority students. “You could be the most wellread student in the classroom, but you would not have the same understanding as someone who has experienced the modern manifestations of these institutions,” Philomathean Society member and Wharton and Engineering junior Prakash Mishra said. The PDS team argued progressive stacking could make white male students feel excluded and prevent them from taking future classes on gender and race. The opposition responded that progressive stacking can increase empathy
by placing white male students in a disadvantaged situation. “It forces them to see that same discourse from a light of lower privilege, which is the only way you can get someone to understand what it means to not have privilege,” Mishra said. The groups also debated whether asking minorities to speak first strengthens their voices in the classroom. The PDS team argued this could prevent minority students from correcting misinterpretations of those who would otherwise speak before them. “If you have the last say, you get to define the conclusion that the discussion has come to and what the main takeaways are,” Wu said. “That can be extraordinarily powerful.” The opposition rebutted that students who speak first often dominate the rest of the conversation. Asking minority students to speak last could lead to unwanted pressure and “put minorities on the defensive,” Mishra said. During a question and answer session, students asked if progressive stacking was appropriate in specific cases, such as classes where white, male students are outnumbered or a class with a socially-anxious white student. Wharton sophomore Toni Oloko said he was interested in the balance between representing minorities’ voices and avoiding “oppression olympics.” “There are people who support diversity and liberal values but at the same time don’t support the TA’s policy,” PDS member and College freshman Anish Welde said. “I think even though diversity and accepting many different perspectives can be an end goal in society, we have to realize that there are many ways of achieving this.”
Intercultural Greek Council creates collaboration fund Chapters are eligible to receive up to $100 MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter
The Intercultural Greek Council, Penn’s governing body of culturally-based fraternities and sororities, took a major step toward encouraging interactions between IGC member groups on Nov. 8. The IGC consists of three separate national councils: the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association. Last month, the IGC approved the creation of an internal col-
laboration fund to provide grants for events promoting interactions between IGC member groups. Events involving members from different member groups under the same umbrella cultural council are eligible to receive a $50 grant, while events involving members from multiple councils are eligible to receive a $100 grant. The IGC approved the first grant on Nov. 8 for four sororities co-hosting a discussion focused on the Mirabal Sisters, four historic feminist political figures from the Dominican Republic, said Lambda Upsilon Lambda Vice President and College junior José Lopez. The event, which will be held in Steinberg-Dietrich Hall on Nov. 15, is co-hosted by Sigma Lambda
Upsilon, Lambda Theta Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Delta Sigma Theta. Sigma Lambda Upsilon President and College senior María Arévalo González said the event will tie this historic example of resistance with “how white culture and beauty have been imposed on communities of color.” Organizers said that while they planned to host the event before the creation of the fund, they appreciated another source of grant money. “We get more validation for things we are already trying to do because we have more funds for events we’ve planned,” President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and College senior Mara Abera said.
The fund will provide event organizers $100, much of which will cover the cost of food. “Our community has a lot of groups and they’re all different, but a result of having so much diversity is that we don’t have a coherent fabric to bond over,” IGC President and College senior Angie Wang said. “It’s an issue where people tend to be very insular within communities they’re comfortable with.” Chapters interested in receiving funding need to plan an event, submit an online application, and present their proposal at an IGC general body meeting, where members vote to approve the grant. The fund is supported by IGC member dues. Wang said that prior
to the fund’s creation, constituents worried whether the money from dues was being used effectively. Abera said the collaboration fund addresses a common struggle of acquiring money for events. Unlike events hosted by other student groups, events hosted by Greek institutions are not recognized by the Student Activities Council and are not eligible to receive SAC funding, Abera said. As a result, the IGC chapters, which are generally smaller and collect fewer dues than fraternity and sorority chapters under the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, often have to rely on their own fundraising to host events. Abera said some groups such as
‘Major Advising Program’ connects College freshmen with older students in the same major Advisors are not available for every College major COURTNEY BUTTERWORTH Contributing Reporter
Before stepping foot on campus, students in the College already have two advisors: a pre-major advisor and a peer advisor. However, these advisors are not assigned according to students’ intended majors, often leaving freshmen to turn to other sources for advice on their interests. The Major Advising Program is one way that students in the College of Arts and Sciences can find appropriate mentors for their specific interests. MAP allows students to find peer advisors within a certain major on an online database. These advisors are upperclassmen who apply to the program to share their knowledge with students looking to navigate Penn academics. While various advisors say that only a few underclassmen tend to reach out for help, they believe that the program is worthwhile.
College senior Jack Becker has been a MAP advisor for science, technology, and society since last spring, but has not yet had any students reach out to him. College senior Lacey Chaum is a MAP advisor for communication and decided to apply to share her passion for the major. Although MAP advisors are unpaid, Chaum said she believes the program is extremely rewarding because she gets to see how her journey at Penn has come “full circle.” “I was a freshman in their shoes once, nervous about starting my path at Penn and now I can confidently say I’ve had a great experience in my major, and share it with them,” Chaum said. However, only a few students have reached out to Chaum so far this semester. One of those students was College freshman Emily Solomon, who contacted Chaum to learn about possible jobs for Communication majors. Solomon had already reached out to her academic advisor and faculty members in The Annenberg School for
Communication, but was not able to get the specific answers she was looking for. “[Chaum] was the most helpful information source that I had found,” Solomon said. College freshman Ryan Foo emailed several MAP advisors about what classes to take. “[MAP advisors] fulfill a role of an advisor that other [academic] advisors don’t because other advisors are faculty members, so they didn’t actually go through the process themselves,” Foo said. “They didn’t actually go through the major themselves.” Foo found out about MAP on the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Department website, but said he does not think enough students know about the program. “I told some of my friends about it, and not a lot of people have ever heard of it before, and I don’t think it’s that well advertised,” he said. “I got lucky that I found it.” College senior Molly Bucklin, a MAP advisor for biology, also said too few students know about the program, as
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College senior Kim Newman and College senior Jack Becker are both MAP advisors. Becker has not had any students reach out to him.
only a handful of students have reached out to her. “I am more than happy when people reach out,” she said. “I feel like I overdo it sometimes in the responses. I’m just so excited that people reach out that I just write them paragraphs back.” College senior Kim Newman is also a MAP advisor for biology. Newman agreed that too few students know about the program, as, similar to Bucklin’s situation, only a few students have reached out to her. There are not MAP advisors
for every major in the College, and the majors with MAP advisors have vastly varying numbers of them. For example, cinema and media studies has no MAP advisors on the database, while PPE has six. Science, technology, and society has only three. Bucklin has had only a few students reach out to her, but she still stresses the value of MAP. “You can actually reach out to someone who has taken the same classes as you and can give you a very accurate perspective,” she said.
the Latinx Coalition and UMOJA sometimes fund events for specific chapters, but added that IGC member groups lack sources of funding specifically made for them. Wang said the fund can award two $50 grants and two $100 grants per semester. She added that she hopes fundraising can increase the number of grants in the future and that she hopes this initiative will influence campus culture overall. “If you’ve ever been to ARCH you’ll notice that the same groups of people will hang out within themselves and kind of insulate themselves,” she said. “I hope that starting small at the IGC can catalyze the rest of the minority community at Penn to interact more.”
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that will cost the University a record-breaking $163 million. In early November, the University also announced that the vacant food court on 3401 Walnut St. will soon have seven new eateries that are scheduled to open early 2018. “I think [the Houston Market renovation] sounds like a productive change,” College sophomore Daniel Gonzalez said. He added that he feels the food court’s renovation is a more useful change for the student community than spending money on a new college house, but was worried that the new additions, particularly the kiosk portals, might cost many staff members their jobs. College senior Samantha Myers-Dineen said she is ambivalent about the renovation, citing other important concerns like the lack of funding and space allocated to cultural centers, financial aid for fifth-year undergraduates, and resources for mental health on Penn’s campus. “I don’t think it makes sense when there are [other] pressing matters of concern to the student body,” she said.
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In need of a discourse on international trade PENN DEMOCRATS In Vietnam this past week, Trump elaborated upon his frustrations with the current structure of international trade. He criticized past trade agreements for their exploitation of the United States, lamenting these agreements for disproportionately hurting the United States while prioritizing Asian interests. In a classically America-centric speech, however, Trump did not blame the present Asian leadership, but posited that he would not let America be taken advantage of any longer. A far cry from his earlier condemnations of China for currency manipulation, among other trade violations, this backtracking quickly earned rebuke from Democratic leadership. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer publicly denounced Trump’s essential pardon of Chinese trade manipulations that have produced wide trade disparities between China and the United States. And yet, Schumer’s empty criticism gave no alternatives to Trump’s equally vacant plans, highlighting a clear deficit in American politics at large: neither party supports a consistent, viable, and humane position on international trade. In looking at the Democratic party platform, there is clear division that still has not been reconciled as of 2016. Take, for instance, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the brainchild of Barack Obama — Democratic opposition to the policy, led by Bernie Sanders, articulated a defense of American workers’ interests. Conversely, its Democratic advocates posited that non-participation in the agreement would bar Democratic interests — and American interests, by extension — from having a say in some of the most formative discussions of international trade policy in the last decade. That agreement, which sought to reduce tariffs between states involved in the partnership, is juxtaposed against Trump’s suggestions of increased tariffs and protectionism superficially — or at least on the campaign trail, a policy that now seems to be waning in the past week in Trump’s meetings with Asian leadership. However, whether Trump maintains his ideology of economic nationalism or not, Democrats need to form their own party platform that simultaneously addresses the needs of the working class that has seen the most tangible losses at the hands of globalization, while still engaging with the inevitable evolution of increased free trade agreements. To begin, our trade deals are ubiquitously outdated, hardly touching big data or any real form of
data sharing, and failing to adapt to the constantly technologically changing marketplace. Indeed, many technologically driven marketplaces that have formed in the decades since some of these trade agreements were made have essentially no governance or language in international mandates, leaving these agreements outdated by years and years, and rendering them impotent in many international marketplaces. Also, to say that the American government should remove itself entirely from many of these negotiations, as Bernie had suggested, is a naive and unsubstantiated stance that would prevent American say in necessary trade discussions. If Americans do not ensure a seat at the table of international discussion, the rules of modern global trade will be made without American interests at stake. International trade policy, contrary to apparent Democratic understandings, actually presents itself as a critical and necessary opportunity for Democrats to not reject all trade discussion, but to ensure that such agreements are made with recognition of the working class in America, and an effort domestically to offset these costs. While many of the jobs lost to the globalization are unrestorable, the necessity of new educational and training programs for disenfranchised workers could easily become a crux of Democratic trade policy, working to offset employment externalities of international trade through domestically led programs. Thus, Democrats need to form some sort of coherent plan to not only remain engaged in, but also to lead the global discussion of newly forming trade deals, while not neglecting those Americans who will be hurt in the process. Global cooperation is unavoidable, and the continued proliferation of globalization is something that Democrats need to address sooner rather than later, and to their advantage: a constructive message about making trade deals at large better for the United States can be made inclusive to all classes, with the right communications strategy and policy layout. Trump’s proposed isolationism and economic nationalism is not productive, and while it rhetorically appeals to his supporters, is not a sustainable, long-term solution to the current trends of globalization. But the Democrats — and non-isolationist Republicans — need to vocally step into this vacancy and provide tangible solutions for those groups that will be negatively impacted in the process. This needs to be done while working to make trade and global cooperation better for the United States at large in a humane and productive set of trade policies.
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PENN DEMOCRATS ERIN FARRELL is a College junior and the vice president of Penn Democrats.
TOE THE LINE examines issues from two different sides. Both Penn Democrats and College Republicans argue why their collective positions on major political issues is best for the country. MICHAEL BOGDANOS is a College sophomore and a co-chair of the College Republicans Editorial Board.
In defense of free trade COLLEGE REPUBLICANS The rise in free trade throughout the past half-century has been a vehicle for profound economic progress. Despite the increase in popular support for tariffs and protectionism, encouraging trade remains the best framework for United States foreign economic policy. Behind the upsurge in protectionism is the loss of manufacturing jobs. Prominent politicians have tapped into these workers’ fears, blaming job loss on terrible trade deals and foreign boogeymen. But stopping trade and imposing tariffs will not bring back jobs. The idea that free trade agreements have enabled foreign boogeyman to steal American manufacturing jobs is simply in direct violation of the facts. There is no evidence that imports are the primary driver of manufacturing job loss, or even that the manufacturing sector itself is in jeopardy. Manufacturing jobs, as a percentage of the American workforce, have been declining since the late 1940s. They have been dropping in terms of sheer numbers since 1979, significantly before North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization. At the same time, the United States has remained the world’s second largest manufacturer, producing 17.2 percent of global output. In other words, for nearly a century, American manufacturing has remained globally competitive while steadily decreasing the number of workers they employ. Why? Because increases in productivity have allowed firms to produce the same levels of output with significantly fewer employees. Even the most pessimistic studies concede a limited connection between trade and job loss — the American Economics Review, for example, attributed only a quarter of the decline in manufacturing employment to import competition. A more recent study from Ball State University pins 90 percent of the decline to productivity increases. If this decline has been steady and protracted, why do so many Americans suddenly feel abandoned and betrayed by globalization? It comes down to a disturbing lack of labor dynamism. While the rise and fall of various sectors and businesses is, and always has been, an integral part of the ebb and flow of a market economy, the United States has recently struggled to retrain and relocate employees from old industries into new and innovative ones. Ironically, protectionists have capitalized on this struggle (and the ensuing distrust of the American economy) to push an economic policy that would only worsen the symptoms. More specifically, turning away from free trade would enact more damage to the
manufacturing sector and would place an enormous burden on the shoulders of American families. American manufacturing depends on foreign imports and thrives on trade. Instead of competing with American goods, about half of foreign imports are actually inputs for American manufacturers. For example, around 800,000 U.S. auto industry jobs depend on supply chains across North America, a fact conveniently overlooked by NAFTA critics. Placing high tariffs on foreign imports would only serve to make it more expensive for American manufacturers to stay in business, thereby achieving the exact opposite result that protectionists are after. Even if through some econ om ic s - d ef y i ng m i r a cle , abandoning free trade somehow benefited manufacturers, American households would be stuck with the bill. Tariffs raise the prices of foreign goods. They also force families to subsidize price hikes by the American manufacturers that compete with the foreign imports. If the price of a foreign good skyrockets, the domestic corporation can then afford to drastically raise its prices, and American consumers are stuck paying increasingly large amounts for the same products. This was seen in 2009, when President Barack Obama imposed a 35 percent tariff on Chinese tires. Even by the most optimistic estimates, the tariff saved a handful of jobs at a cost of $900,000 per job. Conversely, free trade brings the same goods to American citizens for significantly lower prices. It is this price reduction, as well as the jobs created and maintained by international supply chains and trade routes, that led the Peterson Institute to conclude that global trade liberalization has generated between $7,100 and $12,900 in additional annual income for the average American household. Any other government policy that threatened to lose around $10,000 for the average family, that had to spend $900,000 to create a single job, would be rejected immediately — and with good cause. The fabricated presence of a foreign “adversary” out to steal American jobs does not change the numbers. If industries begin to ebb, the solution is a dynamic labor market that encourages movement to innovative, productive fields. The solution is not to slap a tariff on the foreigners and call them the “bad guys” in the logic defying hope that somehow it will help. American policy makers must move past a “buggarthy-neighbor” view of the world that requires a loser to make us feel like winners. American consumers and manufacturers are objectively better off when they have access to goods and resources from around the world.
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Penn should give a free semester to students affected by Hurricane Maria EDITORIAL BY THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN OPINION BOARD In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s horrific effects in Puerto Rico, Brown University announced on Oct. 22 that it will enroll up to 50 students from the University of Puerto Rico so that they can continue their studies. As part of this program, the exchange students will not be charged a penny in tuition or fees, with Brown assisting the students with additional travel and housing costs. Brown is far from the only school providing these generous accommodations. Cornell University has also extended an offer to accept up to 50 full-time undergraduate, law, and business students as well as eight graduate research students for the spring semester, tuition-free. Wesleyan University, Tulane University, and New York University have all announced similar plans in the past several weeks and many more schools are likely to help as well. We believe it’s time for Penn to do its part in helping the
people of Puerto Rico. In similar fashion to its peers, Penn should allow approximately 50 students from the UPR to enroll tuition-free at Penn for the spring semester. Additionally, these students should be granted complimentary meal plans and housing to alleviate their financial burdens. Allowing these students, whose college plans for the near future have been largely interrupted by Hurricane Maria, to continue their academics at Penn would uphold the University’s stated mission of impacting the world for good. As of today, more than 50 percent of Puerto Rico does not have access to power and electricity, and over 25 percent of the island does not have access to telecommunications services. The total cost of damages have been estimated to be as high as $95 billion. The timeline for recovery will be steep and every gesture we can make to help is extremely valuable. Due to severe power outages
and limited connectivity to telecommunications services, all 11 campuses of the UPR have been closed since Hurricane Maria struck. Hopefully, UPR will be able to resume its operations as soon as possible and get back on track, but in the event that their campuses are not fully mended by the begin-
Leadership Alliance, an organization that partners 35 universities to develop networking and research opportunities for underrepresented students. Penn and UPR are both members of The Leadership Alliance, therefore the University already has the structural communication networks necessary
In similar fashion to its peers, Penn should allow approximately 50 students from the University of Puerto Rico to enroll tuitionfree at Penn for the spring semester.” ning of next year, Penn should open its doors to these Puerto Rican students. Brown University was largely able to implement its Puerto Rico program through The
with UPR to enact a policy similar to Brown’s. Penn has helped affected students so far through its English Language Program, “shortterm research opportunities,”
and some “housing options,” according to Executive Director for Education and Academic Planning Rob Nelson. He said Penn is “working to identify undergraduate and graduate students whose study in Puerto Rico has been disrupted by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath and whose interests and educational needs can be met on Penn’s campus,” but this approach is far from sufficient. Penn’s endowment returned 14.3 percent this year, ballooning the total value of the University’s assets to $12.2 billion. Cornell and Brown are each schools with far smaller total endowments and endowment per student — if these schools can afford to accommodate these students, Penn has no fiscal reason to not do the same. Through various initiatives this academic year, including the recent Campus Conversation, administrators have spoken a great deal about the “devastating natural disasters”
students and the wider world have faced. “Penn’s exceptional staff and faculty have been working diligently to be as supportive as possible,” the email announcing the Campus Conversation read. “They have been reaching out to friends and classmates who have been most deeply impacted and they have been meeting with all who seek help.” Talk is cheap. Leadership requires an active commitment to students and Penn’s global partners through tangible methods, such as financial assistance. In recent weeks, Penn has announced to great fanfare the construction of a new $163 million college house, along with a state-of-the-art food court at 3401 Walnut St. and a $15.15 million renovation to Houston Market. If only among those announcements the University had joined its peers in extending money, not to more dormitory space or another campus eatery, but to students in need.
The unnecessary stress of Advance Registration ROAD JESS TRAVELLED | Why we need to re-evaluate how we select courses Right now, it’s 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting in HubBub trying to figure out my life. Or more specifically, my life for the next semester. Today is the last day of Advance Registration, and this feeling of slight panic is a familiar one. Last year on the same day, I sat in the same seat in HubBub doing the same thing. Every day last week people asked me, “What are you taking next semester?” and my answer was, “I have no idea.” People are usually bewildered by this response,
as if failing to decide exactly what courses are lined up two months in the future is nearly a criminal act. It comes as no surprise that time flies by in college, but the week of Advance Registration serves as an immediate, tangible reminder. Asking students to decide which courses they are taking so early perpetuates a rather stressful pressure of outlining the exact trajectory of one’s academic progress — something that not everyone necessarily knows.
Especially for college students, the amount of courses available to students is certainly overwhelming, and having more time to truly look through and decide carefully what courses a student wants to enroll in is essential in crafting a satisfying college education. Though some may argue that actual course selection begins after Advance Registration, the stress behind the very idea of Advance Registration is something that gives me — as a student who has been unde-
cided for at least the past year — some anxiety. Instead of Advance Registration starting at the end of October and early November in the middle of midterm season, it would be far more effective and beneficial to push the period back to the end of the semester when students have time to truly evaluate what courses they should take. Adding on the pressure of Advance Registration while students are trying to get through their current classes is simply unfair, and can be eas-
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ily remedied by pushing registration a few weeks back. Postponing Advance Registration could, however, lead to difficulties for the administration in assessing which courses have enough interest to continue. But adding an official shopping period at the beginning of every semester would make course selection less stressful, as there would be less pressure to immediately decide on an academic path. Many peer institutions like Yale University and Brown University have designated shopping periods that last multiple weeks, designed to help students get acclimated with the courses they are interested in and allow them time to decide if they truly want to commit to them. If we must work within our current system though, the administration should let students know more explicitly about how flexible switching in and out of courses is. Failing to get into a class after Advance Registration is not the end of the world as many students believe it is — there is so much room before and during the semester to reevaluate a class, drop if needed, and switch around in general. But so many students forget this in the hurry to decide classes so early that even having the registrar’s office send out emails notifying students of specific dates of when course selection begins and ends or the last day to drop a class would alleviate concerns of the seemingly rigid selection process. At the beginning of this semester, I sat in on a total of
JESSICA LI nine different classes, trying to figure out which ones were the best fit for me while still fulfilling the requirements I needed. Though those were a rather stressful two weeks, I do not regret it — in doing this, I ensured that my schedule was something that I could fully enjoy and engage in, and that I felt comfortable with every single one of my classes. Ultimately, our education at Penn is what we are paying for. We should think critically about course selection and take our time to really do it — and not fall into the trap of allowing a week or two in November seem like the only time to do it. At the end of the day, you are the student who will be taking these classes — making sure you think critically about every class by taking the time to think it through, physically being there and feeling it out is far more important than two weeks of Advance Registration. JESSICA LI is a College sophomore from Livingston, N.J., studying English and psychology. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. “Road Jess Travelled” usually appears every other Monday.
A call for more equitable classrooms GUEST COLUMN BY MIRU OSUGA In every classroom, I make a conscious effort to take note of who is noticed and who is not. This year, I decided to count. I have a professor who believes in us. He tells us how we are made from the stars. He weaves his lectures into stories in a way so fluid my attention hardly wavers. Especially since I’ve started recording whose names he calls. To make the class more personable, he’ll integrate our names into his lecture: “These are the five forms of radioactive decay, you got that Brianna?” “Amy would agree that Yellowstone is the most beautiful place on Earth.” “Alex, have you been coming to class? Alex, don’t zone out!!” He’s been integrating my white classmates’ names into our classes. In the past month,
he said white students’ names approximately 88 times and the names of people of color eight times. Like I said, I’ve been keeping a tally. He’s not white. I’m not saying he’s racist. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t subconsciously biased. Our society prefers it that way. This brings me to Stephanie McKellop. McKellop has been both recognized and criticized for using a pedagogical tool called progressive stacking in her recitation. She describes this in a tweet: “I will always call on my Black women students first. Other POC [people of color] get second tier priority. WW [white women] come next. And, if I have to, white men.” Following the tweet, McKellop reported that she had been asked to not come to class and that her recitation had been
cancelled. Steven Fluharty, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, told another account, saying that this was not the case. McKellop recognizes this bias which stems from a histori-
quires us to take a closer look at what it is that makes people so uncomfortable. After all, McKellop is just practicing equity in academia in its most tangible form. For teaching assistants, there is no
Academia does not exist in a vacuum of the University; it is full of real people bringing their own real biases into this space.” cal legacy of privileging white people and voices, especially in academic spaces. The vitriolic criticisms of her method of maneuvering the classroom re-
effective diversity or equity training module. For professors, there is little accountability in not seeing the half-raised hands of students of color sit-
ting at the back of a dimly lit auditorium. Sitting at the back because the pressures of society tell us we’re not enough. We’re not valued in this space. We don’t actually have anything to say that someone white couldn’t say better. Those pressures do not quiver at the threshold of this sanctum of knowledge. Academia does not exist in a vacuum of the University; it is full of real people bringing their own real biases into this space. What we need is comprehensive and effective teaching assistant, faculty, and staff diversity training. We need more diverse faculty members who are committed to uplifting historically marginalized voices. We need TAs who tally. We need to support more TAs like McKellop in their efforts to make the classroom a more eq-
uitable experience. Some classrooms do a good job. I’ve had a professor who tallies participation points in a way that encourages marginalized people to speak. But it shouldn’t be just that professor or McKellop. All professors and TAs should be given the tools necessary to mold their understanding of how to maneuver a diverse classroom. I’d like more than just a glance of semi-acknowledgement in class. I want my whole class to hear my name invited into the mix of names of students who matter, the acknowledgement that I exist and that my participation too is valuable in this space. MIRU OSUGA is a College senior from New York, studying communication, Asian American studies, and environmental studies.
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Spafford acknowledged the confusion this might provoke among students but said the reason for this discrepancy is that many Romance language courses are not taught in English but often teach material that counts toward other sector requirements. For example, “Texts and Contexts” — which fulfills both the Humanities and Social Science Sector and the Cross-Cultural Analysis requirement — is taught in Spanish, but covers material related to Hispanic culture, geography, and history. “So, a course that is marked Spanish can be both a content class and a language class. For us, that is not the case,” he said. Nonetheless, some students and professors have questioned the way that Penn evaluates which courses qualify as fulfilling requirements and which do not. Professor Maiheng Dietrich teaches the first-year program of Chinese as well as higher-level
Chinese courses. Dietrich said Chinese 412, a Chinese literature course, is one example of a course that does include a literary analysis component but does not fulfill any sector requirement. In comparison, several Spanish and French literature courses do fulfill other requirements, such as Arts and Letters and Cross-Cultural Analysis. “From my personal perspective, I want these courses to count towards other College requirements,” Dietrich said. “I think that is the right direction, and it is really the fair thing to do.” Dietrich acknowledged that because Chinese is such a difficult language to learn, there is always an additional emphasis on the language itself. She said, however, that once students reach a certain level, she expects they would be ready to handle literary and analytical elements. College junior Alyssa Yun satisfied the Foreign Language requirement before arriving to Penn and has been taking Chinese courses since her freshman year.
Since then, none of her five Chinese credits has counted toward any sector requirement. These courses have only filled up her elective slots. “Had I known that lower-level French counted for sector requirements,” Yun said, “I would’ve taken French instead of Chinese.” College junior Jacob Anderson, who has been taking Chinese to fulfill his EALC minor, made similar remarks. “I could maybe keep my second job the second half of this year if I could’ve taken one or two classes fewer for my EALC minor,” he said. Anderson noted that he will now have to take psychology and sociology courses next semester to fulfill requirements that he said probably should have been fulfilled by some of the Chinese courses he’s taken previously. “There’s no clear reason to students for a survey class to be required after taking high-level courses that seem to cover similar material,” Anderson said. There is a process through
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which departments can petition for certain courses that they offer to count toward a certain sector requirement. However, the EALC department faces a limit on the number of its courses that can count toward a requirement, Spafford said. College and Wharton sophomore Aiden Reiter, who plans on studying abroad next fall, wanted to take a high-level Chinese literature course this coming spring that would satisfy sector requirements as well. Reiter said he was surprised to find that Chinese courses as a whole do not, but literature courses in Spanish and French do, and when he tried to petition, he faced several obstacles. “Penn’s curriculum committee is way too slow and opaque to actually address inconsistencies within their own course materials,” Reiter said. College sophomore Hugh Reynolds said he placed out of the foreign language requirement for Chinese before school but was set on continuing to learn the lan-
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None of the courses offered by the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department fulfill additional College requirements.
guage. “I was never going to do Spanish or French, so I didn’t even look at what they fulfilled,” Reynolds said. “I just assumed that all languages didn’t fulfill those [requirements].” He added that although there is a strong appeal for Chinese
courses to fulfill sector requirements, he acknowledged the steep learning curve that comes with learning Eastern languages. “In a perfect world, I think it would really be great for it to fulfill the requirements I needed, but I don’t really see how it could be done.”
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No resolutions have been passed this academic year JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter
The low turnout at University Council meetings has prevented it from proposing any policy resolutions since the beginning of the academic year. The UC, which has the ability to recommend general policies to top University administrators, can only do so by forming a quorum, which requires at least 40 percent of the general body to be in attendance. But the two meetings that the group has held this semester have not had the minimum number of members, largely due to the lack of turnout by faculty and graduate student members. The representatives on the UC include a full-time lecturer,
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neering Professor Santosh Venkatesh said. “It’s hard to get everyone to get to every meeting,” he said. “It depends on what is on the agenda. We haven’t had anything to require full attendance.” The lack of attendance from the faculty and graduate students has left some members of
the undergraduate constituencies frustrated. “I do think there is a feeling that we say things during University Council and the administrators hear it, and then the issue can disappear,” said College junior Jamie Ye, the political chair for the Penn Association for Gender Equality. “We take these meetings really seriously, and we understand that faculty have busy lives, but this is one of the only opportunities that many students and student groups [have to] voice their concerns.” “I don’t even know how many administrative or faculty seats are on the council because I never see that many there,” said Miles Owen, the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association and a thirdyear Design and School of Arts and Sciences master’s student.
“But I do not see many graduate students there either.” Owen said only five of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s 15 seats on the UC have been filled so far for this academic year. He said it has been difficult for GAPSA to find graduate students who would be interested in joining the UC. This is not the first time that students have criticized the UC for failing to give students a meaningful platform to discuss policy solutions. In 2015, the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, which is the representative group for Asian Pacific-Islander students at Penn, was denied a seat on the UC, prompting widespread backlash from the community. But in this instance, some members of the UC, such as Nomination and Election’s
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Penn deters internet piracy with ‘warning emails’ Piracy threatens student access to AirPennNet NATALIE KAHN Deputy News Editor
When students use Penn’s wifi network, AirPennNet, they can get caught for not following copyright laws. An Engineering sophomore, who has collected approximately 200 illegally download films on his computer, received a warning email from the University in March 2017 “on behalf of NBC Universal and its affiliates.” The email identified itself as a “takedown notice,” a term that comes from comes from The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. It requested that he stop downloading or uploading NBC Universal property and that he delete any illicit NBC files he had, and said that if he was caught making a similar violation in the future, he
may face “a loss of network access, re-connection charges and referral to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary proceeding.” However, eight months after he received the “takedown notice,” the Engineering sophomore said that he has not changed his behaviors or received more notifications. “I just figured no one really does anything about it,” he said. “It seems [the University is] sending out those notices because they have to, not because they intend on pursuing anyone.” As more users switch to downloading and consuming content online, various students have run up against the law for violating copyright laws while on their university wifi networks. In May this year, a student from Bristol University was banned from her University’s wifi network for downloading an illegal version of the film “Chicken Run.” Students using AirPennNet,
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One Engineering sophomore illegally downloaded approximately 200 films. Despite receiving a warning from Penn, he will continue to pirate.
which can have as many as 32,000 wireless devices connected simultaneously, must follow Penn’s policy on the Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, said Penn’s Information Systems and Computing Department’s leadership team in a statement. “The policy is based on the principle that the electronic information environment is provided to support University business and its mission
of education, research and service,” the policy reads. “Other uses are secondary.” Penn has sent multiple emails to the University community informing students and faculty of copyright policies. According to the most recent email sent on Oct. 17, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires colleges to actively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users
of their network. The ISC said Penn polices its network to ensure the safety of its users and data security, but typically asks for any information that they need from users “whenever possible.” However, this is not how Penn typically receives information on Penn users violating intellectual property laws. This information usually comes from the “copyright holders” themselves, ISC said. Upon receiving this information, ISC relays the necessary takedown notices and complies with appropriate legal proceedings. Associate Dean at Penn Law School and law professor R. Polk Wagner said punishments for copyright violations are generally light unless a student is “running a major bit torrent site out of [their] dorm room.” ISC added that it is only when students receive multiple takedown notices that they are sent to the Office
of Student Conduct, which reviews the University’s copyright policy with the student and the circumstances surrounding their offenses. Subsequently, the student could face education, fines, and discipline, as well as a loss of network access. Penn’s policy on the Unauthorized Copying of Copyrighted Media also states that students could face monetary penalties for serious violations: $750 to $30,000 per work stolen, or up to $150,000 for “willful” infringement. Wagner added that if Penn does not take appropriate strides to stop students violating copyright law, then it could face trouble. “If the student is then doing it again and and again, then I think at some point the credibility [of] Penn’s efforts to clean up its own network becomes an issue and Penn could be held liable,” he said. “Penn has to be strict enough in order to have a real system that tries to prevent piracy.”
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Solomon’s 181 yards earn him Player of the Week FOOTBALL | Career-high effort leads Penn to victory COLE JACOBSON Sports Editor
With the breakouts of sophomore running backs Karekin Brooks and Abe Willows, Penn football has proven it’ll have no shortage of talent in the backfield for years to come. But as good as the team’s young blood has been, the running backs’ elder statesman still has got some moves himself — and those moves perhaps have never been put on display better than they were this weekend. Dominating an outmatched Harvard defensive front all af-
ternoon long, senior running back Tre Solomon put up a career-high 181 rushing yards on only 15 carries against Harvard, propelling Penn to a 23-6 win and comfortably earning honors as the DP Sports Player of the Week. In a rivalry as heated as PennHarvard, setting the tone from the opening snap is a must, and Solomon quite literally couldn’t have done that better. On the Quakers’ first offensive play of the game, Solomon took an outside handoff to his right and went untouched for a 77-yard touchdown, the longest run of his career. Harvard would never lead the rest of the way, and Solomon was a major reason why. Though
the senior didn’t crack the end zone again, his consistent efforts helped Penn control possession and hold off any Harvard comeback attempts late. Led by Solomon, Penn ran for a staggering 281 yards — the team’s most against the Crimson in more than a decade — to finish off the dominant victory. Though Penn can no longer win the Ivy title, Solomon still spearheaded a statement win to bring the Quakers back to .500 in Ancient Eight play. So as talented as Penn’s underclassmen are, Saturday’s win proved one thing: the Ivy League’s defending rushing champion is still here, and he’s got one week left to finish off a storied four years in the Red and Blue.
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Penn sprint football falls in championship battle against Army Offense goes scoreless in three trips to the red-zone JONATHAN POLLACK Sports Editor
This oneâ€™s going to hurt. On a frigid night in West Point, New York, Penn sprint football fell to Army 10-0 in the inaugural Collegiate Sprint Football League Championship. The Quakers (6-2, 4-0 CSFL South) were shut out for the first time since 2011, while the Black Knights (8-0, 3-0 CSFL North) claimed their 35th league title and 18th perfect season. Even though Penn was shut out, it dominated much of the game on both sides of the ball. The Red and Blue held the ball for more than 40 minutes of the game, more than doubled the Black Knightsâ€™ outputs in total yards and first downs, and kept
a potent Army offense from getting into any sort of rhythm. But Penn couldnâ€™t string together all the plays at once to put points on the board. While the Quakers failed to capitalize on their opportunities, the Black Knights took full advantage of the Red and Blueâ€™s mistakes. Those mistakes mostly came on special teams: the lone touchdown of the game was scored on a blocked punt, and the Quakers missed two field goals. â€œItâ€™s really hurting a lot, Iâ€™m heartbroken,â€? coach Bill Wagner said. â€œItâ€™s a big, big disappointment when you play that well and you have a couple key plays that go against you, and you really outplay a team and you let the championship slip away.â€? Army got the scoring going on its first possession of the game. Despite having great field position â€” the Black Knights began at Pennâ€™s 24-yard line after a short Penn punt â€” Army was stymied by Pennâ€™s defense, and it had to settle for a field goal.
The Quakersâ€™ ensuing drive encapsulated the offensive struggles that plagued the team the entire game: a 15 play, 60yard drive that took up nearly 10 minutes, but stalled inside the red zone. Penn opted to go for a 4th-and-6 from Armyâ€™s 19, but pressure from the Black Knightâ€™s defensive line forced sophomore quarterback Eddie Jenkins into making a bad throw. Pennâ€™s next drive was almost identical. With several big pickups on 3rd-and-longs, the Red and Blue once again moved deep into Army territory. But the Quakers were unable to move past Armyâ€™s 18, and they missed the field goal attempt. â€œWe didnâ€™t execute on offense a couple of times when we had an opportunity,â€? Wagner said. â€œI chose to go for the field goal and the snaps were high, the kick was high and wide, and we couldnâ€™t put points on the board.â€? After Penn got the ball back from Army on the next possession, the Black Knights forced a three-and-out at Pennâ€™s 22. But instead of a routine punt, sev-
eral Army players broke through Pennâ€™s line and blocked the punt. The ball jumped backwards towards the end zone, where Armyâ€™s Jake Marchillo scooped it up and brought it back for six. The second half saw more of the same. A dominant defense kept the Quakers in the game, but the offense failed to convert long drives into points. Pennâ€™s last best effort ended much like the previous two. The Quakers marched the ball 65 yards down the field on just eight plays, but the Black Knights stopped Penn at the 12. With 8:34 left in the game, Penn opted for another field goal attempt, which went wide left. To its credit, Pennâ€™s defense put in a performance for the ages. The unit handed the Black Knightâ€™s offense, the best unit in the league, its worst performance of the season. Penn gave up just three points, 132 yards, nine first downs, and no touchdowns, all season lows. â€œHonestly, we came out here in this cold weather, and the first thing we all did was get hype
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Senior wide receiver Marcus Jones and the rest of Pennâ€™s offense gained nearly 300 yards, but couldnâ€™t put any points on the board.
and start yelling,â€? senior captain and linebacker Quinn Karam said. â€œSo we were excited as soon as we got out here, and it just carried onto the field. We had a good defensive scheme, and everyone was fired up and running around, we just played well.â€? It was an emotional end of the night for the Red and Blue, especially the seniors, who played in their final game. But the Quakers could hold their heads high
at the end of the night, knowing they gave it all. â€œHonestly, the first thing that comes to mind is pride,â€? Karam said about the team. â€œIâ€™m not the kind of kid to pretend. You know, if we played bad Iâ€™d say we played bad and we should have done better, but this team played unbelievable.â€? This loss is certainly going to sit with the team for some time. But the Quakers will be back, ready to fight again next season.
Penn squash dominates in-state foes at early season invitational Men, women both defeat Drexel, F&M, and Dickinson ZACK ROVNER Sports Reporter
Total domination. There is no other way to describe it. This weekend, Penn and Drexel co-hosted the first annual Pennsylvania State Classic Squash tournament. The tournament included four teams: Drexel, Franklin and Marshall, Dickinson and Penn. The tournament was a success for Penn in every sense of the word â€” the tournament was organized to perfection, and Penn finished in first place for both its menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams. â€œI think [the tournament] was great,â€? menâ€™s head coach Gilly Lane said. â€œThe fact that we had
four teams behind it, really enthusiastic. We really want to make it a bigger tournament in the future.â€? Womenâ€™s coach Jack Wyant went on to note the sense of camaraderie within the sport, and the tournament was no exception. On Saturday night, between the first and second rounds of the tournament, the four teams shared a dinner together at the Kozloff room in Pennâ€™s Hutchinson Gym. At this dinner, Franklin and Marshall confirmed that the tournament will continue next year with them as the hosts. As for what happened on the court, after a pair of third-place finishes last weekend for both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams at the Ivy League tournament, Penn was motivated to improve on its respective finishes. The Quakers did more than just that.
In their first matches of the tournament on Saturday, the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams both shut out Franklin and Marshall in dominating 9-0 victories. For the women, none of these nine matches lasted more than three games. â€œThe women, weâ€™re a young team,â€? Wyant said. â€œIâ€™ve seen a lot of improvement week to week especially since the scrimmage last week. Weâ€™re gonna need to keep improving because we have Stanford and UVA next week.â€? Playing in the top spot for the women (2-0), junior Reeham Sedky won her match on Saturday, starting off with 28 unanswered points. By the end of the match, Sedky had just let up one point, dominating the entire time. Sedkyâ€™s dominance continued into Sunday against Drexel, winning her match once again, three
field in the first few minutes of the half. Meanwhile, the Stags were dominating down low, scoring buckets at will, and they extended their lead to nine. But Penn was able to turn it around. After a few key defensive stops, several hard-fought layups from Ryan Betley, Jackson Donahue, and Darnell Foreman brought the Quakers back to within one.
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Throughout the match, Murray was able to perfect his combination of slices, drop shots, and lob shots in order to beat his opponent. To conclude the tournament, fellow freshman Andrew Douglas, playing in the one spot, won three games to zero in an intense bout. â€œI started strong. I really wanted to have a good performance this weekend being that itâ€™s my first college matches,â€? Douglas said. â€œI knew there were only two [matches] the whole weekend, so I put everything into each match everyday.â€? Moving ahead, the Quakers seem to have a promising season ahead. â€œItâ€™s just a matter of keeping going the rest of the season,â€? Douglas said. â€œItâ€™s a good start, but we
donâ€™t wanna get too far ahead. We just have to keep going. We have to keep building every week.â€? As the first-ever victors of the tournament, the Quakersâ€™ menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams were rewarded the pride that comes with being champions â€” plus a little something extra. â€œThe deal we made with coaches was that the winning team gets to go out and pick a trophy,â€? Wyant said. â€œLuckily our men and women get to go out and [choose it].â€? Off to a promising start in preseason play, the Quakers look to keep the momentum rolling with wins next week. The menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams play next Saturday at the University of Virginia.
After a pair of Fairfield free throws, Penn had a chance to tie the game. And after a frantic possession, Caleb Wood splashed a trey to tie the game up at 53. But after that, the Quakers put up just seven points in the next eight minutes. Meanwhile, Fairfieldâ€™s offense got into another groove, powered again by buckets in the paint and from the charity strip. By the time Pennâ€™s offense started firing again, Fairfield had built up an insurmountable lead.
â€œWe just take this game as a learning tool,â€? senior guard Darnell Foreman said. â€œWe gotta play harder. We gotta give a lot more effort on defense. We just gotta stay patient, and I think weâ€™re gonna do that.â€? This first game highlighted some of the weaknesses in Pennâ€™s game: streakiness on both sides of the ball, free throws, and defending in the paint. But with nine games this month, the Quakers will have plenty of time to work out the kinks.
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Red and Blue’s cross country season ends at Mid-Atlantic Regionals Both men’s and women’s teams finish in sixth place YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor
Six seemed to be the magic number for Penn men’s and women’s cross country on Friday. Competing at the NCAA MidAtlantic Regionals, the men and women saw their seasons come to an end as the teams both finished sixth. Both would have needed to finish in the top two out of more than 25 schools in each field to advance as a team to Nationals. On the men’s side, Penn was led in the 10-kilometer run by junior Kevin Monogue and seniors Patrick Hally and Chris Luciano. The trio finished 16th, 19th, and 27th, but were unable to stay close enough to the front to help the Quakers outrun Ivy League foe Princeton and Navy, who finished first and second. “The idea was we’re going to put our group up towards the
the door for Jake Smith to lead the Crimson offense. Smith marched Harvard deep into Penn territory, where they were threatening with first-and-goal. However, a key holding penalty forced Harvard into a third and long situation. As they had done all game, the Quakers’ defense got the stop when they needed it, forcing Harvard to settle for just a field goal. The offense, led by quarterback Will Fisher-Colbrie and the rushing attack, played a solid game in tough conditions, totaling 411 yards in the contest. But the real MVP of the game was the Quakers’ defense.
front, and really take a risk. And you know, that’s how they ran they race. They took a real shot,” Penn men’s and women’s cross country coach Steve Dolan said. “They left it all on the course and that’s all you can really ask for as a coach.” While it was a somewhat disappointing end to a promising season that saw Penn’s men ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region at one point, the women’s finish in their 6k race was more encouraging. Just two weeks earlier, the Quakers had finished seventh in the Ivy League championships. “I was very proud of the effort,” Dolan said. “I think we had a really good run. It was arguably the best run of the season as a team.” Leading the way for Penn was freshman Danielle Orie, who finished eleventh overall and just missed on qualifying individually for Nationals. Her time was the 5th-best finish among runners who were not on one of the two teams that qualified, with the top four of such runners being guaranteed to qualify individually. Orie also just
missed out on one of the two available at-large bids nationally. “She was definitely very close and she just missed it as a freshman,” Dolan said. “But she had a great season.” Among the women’s four other scorers, only one was a senior in Abby Hong. For the men, the race was the final collegiate cross country competition for Hally and Luciano, as well as Ross Wilson. While the meet marked the end of the cross country season, Penn’s
The Red and Blue suffocated Harvard’s offense, allowing only two third-down conversions on 13 tries and holding the Crimson to only six first downs. “We think about our defense as a defense that swarms,” junior linebacker Nick Miller explained. “Nothing too much changed [from last week to this week], I think it was just our level of execution [that allowed us to be successful].” To put it into perspective how good Penn’s defense was, Harvard was held to single digits for the first time since 2009. The last team to do it? None other than the Penn Quakers themselves. Coach Ray Priore was proud of how his team has responded after being down early in the season.
“From the first game to this point in time, we’ve had some ups, we’ve had some downs,” Priore said. “But this group is very, very special how they’ve stayed together, and today was our best complete game.” Watson echoed the statements of his coach. “We just kept preaching ‘stick together’,” Watson said. “The guys did a great job of buying in, taking it one week at a time, and that’s what we’ve been doing with these W’s.” Unfortunately, Yale’s (8-1, 5-1) victory over Princeton eliminated the Red and Blue from repeating as Ivy League champions for the third straight year. The Quakers look to finish their season on a high note as they take on Cornell next Saturday for Senior Day at Franklin Field.
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Senior Chris Luciano finished 27th overall at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in his final cross country race for the Quakers.
runners won’t have much time to rest. The men and women will both be in indoor track and field in just three weeks at the Lehigh Season Opener.
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Now, this is not the season that Penn wanted to have, by any means. Coach Priore and the Quakers have set expectations high, and a 3-4, or even 4-3, conference record will never be the goal in mind. Early in the season, Penn did not make the plays that a championship team has to make, leading to its 0-3 Ivy start. And though the team knows that it could have won all three of those games, the game of football, especially in a conference as small and as evenly matched as the Ivy League, is a game of inches, and the Quakers did not do quite enough to get the inches that were all around them. However, given Penn’s situation, its response to adversity cannot be ignored. It shows a lot about a team when it continues to play with pride despite essentially being eliminated from cham-
pionship contention after the first three weeks of conference play. That’s what the Red and Blue have done this season. They could have easily lied down and accepted this season as a lost cause. Some even called for the team to start some of its younger players, in the hope of getting them experience for next season and seasons to come. And while this belief in looking forward to next year is never unwise, the Quakers, by not throwing in the towel on this year’s team, have put themselves in position to garner excitement for the future, as their recent success has proven that Penn football, despite its fall from the throne of Ivy League champions, is still here to stay. DANNY CHIARODIT is a College freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., and is sports reporter for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Quakers beat Harvard for third straight Ivy League victory CARTER THOMPSON Associate Sports Editor
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — If there were any doubts about Penn football’s ability to hold a lead, they are gone now. The Red and Blue took the lead early and never looked back as they spoiled Harvard’s Senior Day with a 23-6 victory. The Quakers (5-4, 3-3 Ivy) seized the lead on the opening play from scrimmage as Tre Solomon took a hand-off 77 yards all the way to the end zone. The run was the longest of Solomon’s career and it set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. The running back triumvirate of Solo-
mon, Karekin Brooks, and Abe Willows racked up a total 281 yards on the ground against the Crimson (5-4, 3-3). “I think it all started up front with the offensive line,” Solomon said. “They’re coming into their own right now. More players are comfortable with the game plan and we opened up some holes.” Despite out-gaining the Crimson in the first half 255 yards to 82, the Quakers only found themselves up 10-3. While a seven-point margin could have been a cause for concern in weeks past, the Red and Blue were determined not to let this one slip. Starting on their own 48-yard line early in the third quarter after an interception by Connor O’Brien, Solomon broke loose again for another big gain of 42 yards to move the Quakers deep into Harvard ter-
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ritory. A holding call immediately after looked like a potential drive killer, pushing the Red and Blue back to the Crimson 19-yard line. But senior quarterback Will Fisher-Colbrie delivered a perfectly thrown ball despite being under pressure to Justin Watson to increase the Quaker lead to 17-3. With the touchdown, Watson set the Ivy League record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception with nine. Harvard responded immediately after the Penn touchdown by putting together a nine-play, 68-yard drive of its own that threatened to result in a touchdown. A poor performance from the hosts’ starting quarterback Joe Viviano opened SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 11
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That was not the opener they had hoped for. In their first game of the season, Penn men’s basketball fell to Fairfield, 80-72. The Quakers (0-1) were very streaky all game, and despite coming out of the gate with lots of fire, they faltered later in the game. Penn’s three-point shooting was perhaps the biggest reason for its offensive woes throughout the game. The Quakers shot an abysmal 23 percent from beyond the arc, and only one player, senior guard Caleb Wood, shot above 28 percent. But despite their struggles, they stuck with the trey — 39 of Penn’s 72 shots were taken from deep. “Some of it was wide open shots we missed that we typically make. Some of it was, because they played a match, it comes in different ways, it’s not your typical off a set, off a drive and kick. It’s different,” coach Steve Donahue said. The Red and Blue also struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 58 percent on 19 free throws. The poor shooting from three and the charity stripe
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Senior guard Darnell Foreman scored 17 points for the Quakers, but it was not enough to keep up with the explosive Fairfield offense.
prevented the Quakers from keeping up with Fairfield (1-0) and establishing any sort of sustained offensive rhythm. On the other side of the ball, Penn had a difficult time stopping senior Tyler Nelson, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. Nelson put up 30 points, including 12 on free throws. His offensive contributions proved too much for the Quakers to handle. The first half was really a story of two parts. For the first 12 minutes, the Quakers dominated on both sides of the ball. They had great ball movement on offense: all six of Penn’s first half assists came within the first 10 minutes of the game. On defense, the Red and Blue played tight, forcing the Stags into touch shots. All in all, Penn had established a 26-14 lead with 8:16 left. But in the final eight minutes of the half, the entire game flipped. Penn’s offense suddenly went
ice cold, as the ball movement stopped and the Quakers stopped making smart decisions with their shots. And on the other end, the Stags came alive, sinking several threes and getting to the free throw line. In just five minutes, Fairfield went on a 15-1 run to take a 29-27 lead. “They do a little different than most teams in college basketball,” Donahue said. “They did a press, then they played a match ... I thought we prepared for it. We did not do a good job in that stretch.” The Red and Blue’s offense got back on track before the end of the half, but they were not able to close the gap, as they went into the break down 36-33. The second half saw some back and forth action. The Quakers came out of the locker cold at first, going just 2-for-7 from the SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 10
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Penn football might just be the best team in the Ivy League. Though Yale, which now sits atop the Ivy rankings with a 5-1 conference record, may have something to say about this, there is no doubt that the Quakers are one of the hottest teams in the conference, having won three straight, completely turning around a season that was labeled by many as a failure just three weeks ago. While Penn has not been playing perfect football during this three-game run, it has been playing winning football. The running game, with contributions from Tre Solomon, Karekin Brooks, and Abe Willows, has been stellar, and quarterback Will FischerColbrie, with the help of Justin Watson, has recently made big plays down the field when the team needed them most. Not to mention the defense has found its stride, evidenced by a masterpiece performance against Harvard, in which the Crimson were unable to score double digit points in a game for the first time since 2009 — when the Quakers also limited them to below ten. The fact that Penn is finish-
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Senior wide receiver Justin Watson extended his touchdown streak to nine games with a 19-yard catch against the Crimson.
ing games is a sign of growth from the team that was unable to close out games early on in the season, losing its first three Ivy matchups by a combined 11 points. And following the Quakers’ 23-6 victory over Harvard, in which they led the entire game, there’s little doubt that Penn can beat any team in the conference. They’ve now shown that they can play a complete football game, and they’ll have one more opportunity to solidify themselves as a quality team versus Cornell. Even though next week’s game will not be for a share of the Ivy League title, it will
be a pivotal one for the legacy of this football team and for the future of the program. The senior players deserve to walk off of Franklin Field next week with their heads held high, as they have given so much to the program and the school. Not only have they earned two consecutive Ivy League titles, but in the process, they’ve helped put Penn football back on the map with the start of the Priore era. A win next week against Cornell would be a fitting ending for a group with these accomplishments. SEE IVY LEAGUE PAGE 11
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