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Penn freshman creates works of art for major companies and institutions
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Connor Wright is only a freshman, but he has already made massive murals for Facebook headquarters and counts Mark Zuckerberg as a fan. Wright’s artistic career started with his senior thesis project at St. Louis Priory School in St. Louis. Although his background was in math and science, he took a liking to pointillism after learning about it in his high school art history class. Pointillism is a painting technique in which small, distinct dots of color are arranged in patterns so that they blend to create an image in the viewer’s eye. “When I came across pointillism, basically it’s like it has the exactitude of math but still has that freedom that art provides, so it’s like a combination of my two passions,” Wright said. “So I don’t have to worry about being a perfectionist because it’s gonna turn out exactly how I want it to turn out with no exceptions because it’s just the physical pieces and it gives you that liberation that I get through art.“ When he got home from class one day he noticed a Rubik’s Cube on his desk, and thought that if he had enough of them they could be used like pixels to create an image. That was when he got the idea for his high school senior thesis, to make a mural of St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, completely out of Rubik’s Cubes. He got to work, first speaking to the senior vice president of Rubik’s Cube. At the time there weren’t enough available Cubes in the country to complete the project, so the company arranged for extra shipments from China. He then emailed the president of the Cardinals and convinced him to make space for the mural in Busch Stadium, the team’s home. “He did say that if I were actually really passionate about the project then I would be able to come up with the money myself,” Wright said. Wright ended up emailing parents of friends throughout the city offering to sell charcoal portraits to raise the roughly $20,000 needed to COURTESY OF CONNOR WRIGHT
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Under pressure, Gutmann calls Penn ‘sanctuary’ campus
Wharton grad and Jesuit priest consults new Scorsese film
President announced policy in a University-wide email Wednesday
Father Jim Martin advises Scorsese on religious references in movie
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Father Jim Martin: Wharton graduate, Jesuit priest…and film consultant? Martin, a 1982 Wharton graduate and former Daily Pennsylvanian cartoonist, has led an eclectic career since leaving Penn: a job in corporate finance for six years at General Electric, a life change to become a priest in the Jesuit order in 1999 and now, a consultant on director Martin Scorsese’s passion project, the film “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield. On Tuesday, Martin premiered the film in a special screening at the Vatican. Scorsese, who for a long time has wrestled with his devout Catholic upbringing, based the film on the 1966 novel of the same name by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. It tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries in Japan during the country’s isolationist period when Catholics were persecuted and tortured for their faith. The DP exchanged emails with Martin, who has been in Rome to premiere the film, to learn more about his experience working with Scorsese and his own spiritual growth since Penn. DP: In general, how was working with and advising Martin Scorsese? Perhaps what was the capacity in which you consulted him? Was SEE SCORSESE PAGE 5
Facing pressure from student groups such as Undocumented at Penn, President Amy Gutmann declared Penn a sanctuary campus.
Penn will stay a “sanctuary” for undocumented students, President Amy Gutmann announced in a University-wide email on Wednesday morning. “Penn is and has always been a ‘sanctuary’ — a safe place for our students to live and to learn,” her email read. “We assure you that we will continue in all
of our efforts to protect and support our community including our undocumented students.” Gutmann’s announcement comes amid calls by undocumented students for her to make an active, concrete statement about Penn being a “sanctuary campus.” Various other colleges including Portland State University and Reed College have declared themselves sanctuary campuses. While her statement did not use the phrase “sanctuary campus” itself, the SEE GUTMANN PAGE 3
Women’s center kicks off ‘Got Consent?’ campaign Group seeks to encourage conversations online, on campus SARAH FORTINSKY Contributing Reporter
Penn’s Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention group celebrated its annual “Got Consent?” photo campaign at a launch party Wednesday evening. The group, affiliated with the Penn Women’s Center, debuted posters of over 60 student groups on campus stating what
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consent means to them. The number of campus groups that participated in ASAP’s campaign is double what it was last year, a fact that Isabella Auchus, the chair of ASAP and a College senior, attributes to greater outreach by the group and an increased awareness of consent issues on Penn’s campus. “All of these issues that have happened, like Brock Turner, have brought to light rape culture and sexual violence and consent,” Auchus said.
“People are starting to talk about it in their communities even if they aren’t a group centered on these kinds of issues, and they’re learning that it’s more pervasive.” ASAP’s executive board began outreach for the campaign as soon as the fall semester began, but Outreach Chair and College junior Caroline Ohlson said throughout the past year, she’s heard interest from student leaders in participating for a second year. “It’s definitely something that
people have come to look forward to in the fall and to associate with ASAP,” Ohlson said. “I think a lot of people really care about the issue and want to be involved, but not everyone can designate the time to come to ASAP every week.” On Wednesday evening, though, many campus leaders gathered at Penn Women’s Center to demonstrate support for ASAP’s campaign and to SEE CAMPAIGN PAGE 5
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Professor Angela Duckworth discusses new book on success The 2013 MacArthur fellow spoke with Adam Grant ADELAIDE POWELL Contributing Reporter
Thinking about grit has become Angela Duckworth’s passion and full-time job. The Penn professor, psychologist and 2013 MacArthur fellow spoke at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as part of the Authors@Wharton Series on Wednesday night about her new book, ”Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” Duckworth discussed her findings about what it means to have grit and how you can “reverse engineer” grit in her presentation, which was followed by a moderated discussion with fellow Penn professor Adam Grant. Duckworth said that in studying the quality of grit, she aims to understand “the process of excellence.” Talent, according to Duckworth, is not synonymous with skill or an immediate recipe for success; rather, it requires immense effort. “Talent counts, but effort, in my view, counts twice,” Duckworth said. Duckworth’s model for studying grit, explained in her book, says that talent combined with effort equals skill, and skill mixed with effort equals achievement. In this way, effort is
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buy the cubes. After receiving lessons from several pointillistic artists in Germany and New York via Skype, he successfully installed his project the day before the playoffs, a triptych of three Stan Musial portraits using 5,980 Rubik’s cubes. The mural attracted a flurry of media attention from local news sources, with even The Washington Post publishing the headline, “Teen uses Rubik’s Cubes in least dorky way possible.” “I am really impressed with Connor’s initiative, creativity and enthusiasm,” Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III told the Riverfront Times in 2015. “This remarkable mosaic of Rubik’s Cubes depicting Stan Musial is something our fans will be amazed to see when they visit Cardinals Nation.” After the success of the mural, the St. Louis Children’s Museum reached out to Wright, then in the spring of his senior year, and asked him to make a similar one. Wanting to move away from Rubik’s Cubes, he decided to use crayons to design the St. Louis skyline. Instead of laying out the 305,000 crayons by himself, he used an algorithm to convert the design into crayons. He then divided it up into 132 sections and sent each one to a different St. Louis grade school so that children could assemble the pre-planned boxes. Wright even
factored in two times. To be gritty, you must develop your interests, Duckworth said. Sometimes, your interests are not always apparent and it may take patience for you to see them, she added. Duckworth shared the anecdote that her daughter is always watching cooking videos, flipping through cookbooks and whipping up baked goods, but didn’t realize that she was actually interested in baking. The professor also advised to, “align your interests with what you do all day,” as interest is a high predictor of job satisfaction. Knowing the science of deliberate practice is another key element of obtaining grit, Duckworth said. Deliberate practice involves having a focus on what you want to work at, practicing alone, getting feedback and listening to the feedback in a non-defensive way. The author used renowned psychologist Benjamin Bloom’s ideas that high-achievement develops in stages and must involve interest, practice and purpose, to back up her own arguments. It is particularly necessary to cultivate purpose in whatever you are trying to achieve, Duckworth said. Duckworth remembered that when interviewing a successful wine taster about how he finds purpose in his job, he said, “I know I’m not curing cancer, but when I help someone appreciate their palate and see them holding
taught art lessons on pointillism to some of the schools. The mural current holds a world record for largest crayon mural in the world. Wright felt that the mural brought a positive impact in a city reeling from the shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. “Especially in light of events like Ferguson and stuff, the like St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and St. Louis publications really liked this because it was an opportunity for them to say this was our true colors, like this is what we really are,” Wright said. His artwork goes along with his commitment to social impact. The summer before his senior year while he was working on his Rubik’s Cube project, he simultaneously raised $15,000 to supply books for four St. Louis schools without libraries as his Eagle Scout Service Project. And when The Magic House offered Wright a $5,000 commission for his work, he declined it. Instead, he asked that the museum offer free admission for 5,000 children throughout the year who couldn’t otherwise afford the $10 admission fee, to which they agreed. “I think the artwork is definitely large scale physically but I also think it can mean large scale in impact especially the bigger things tend to grab attention. So you’re able to say a lot with a little,” Wright said. “So when thousands of children across St.
the glass in their hand, it’s like a light bulb going off.” Duckworth also incorporated the perspectives of some of her mentors and favorite high-achievers into her talk. She showed a video of her “tremendous crush” Will Smith talking about where his success comes from. In an interview, the actor said, “I am
not afraid to die on a treadmill,” meaning that there will always be a person who is smarter, prettier or stronger, but if someone challenged him to run on a treadmill, he would not stop until the other person gave up or he died from exhaustion. In the moderated discussion, Grant asked Duckworth
if there can be such a thing as too much grit. Both professors acknowledged that sometimes perseverance can be wasted on an endeavor that is not worth the effort put into it. Duckworth said having an outside perspective on the thing you’re trying to work on might be a way to monitor when it is time to stop investing in a skill.
She acknowledged that Grant actually might have given her this idea when they were talking a few years ago. Grant also brought up that fact that “grit” has been critiqued as blaming people for their own problems and inability to succeed, without acknowledging the role that privilege and social conditions play in the attainment of success. Duckworth fully agreed with this criticism. She noted that at one time she had been asked to help make Baltimore public school kids “grittier,” so she observed their classes and felt that they were generally not being taught anything. Thus, “their circumstances weren’t allowing them to develop anything I study,” Duckworth said. Duckworth applied her research to theory about parenting and to her own personal parenting style. The author said that leadership is like parenting. In the Duckworth household, they have the “hard thing rule” which means that each family member must have a hard thing that they are working on, and that they cannot quit halfway. Only you can pick what your hard thing will be, Duckworth said; it can’t be imposed on you by anyone else. Grant remarked that Duckworth truly lives by grit. “In everything I do, I look for if there’s something it can teach me about grit,” Duckworth said.
Louis came together to help make this mural it said a lot about our school districts. It said a lot about our teachers. It said a lot about the kids.” After his second success, his third big break was when he met Priory alumnus and Chief Financial Officer of Facebook Dave Wehner. Wright, who was student council president at the time, got a chance to speak to Wehner when he came to speak
father of computer science. For approximately 10 days, Wright lived at Facebook headquarters, working 10 hours a day on the mural. He took naps on the couch next to his work station, used the showers in the Facebook bathrooms and ate his meals in the cafeteria. Wright recalls Mark Zuckerberg himself remarking that the piece was “looking awesome.” “I turned around and there
“He never talks about it unless provoked,” College freshman Julia Frontero said. “I can honestly say I haven’t met anyone like him.” “He just randomly whipped out some art things,” College freshman Anna Barber said. “I didn’t know what a mural was, I didn’t know you did this big painting.” “He’s really genuine,” Barber added. “It’s definitely a passion of mine so when I’m talking to people about…what they love and I’m talking about what I love it’s kind of comes out,” Wright said. Despite taking one fine arts class in photography, Wright does not plan to study art at Penn, instead considering a major in political science, or an uncoordinated dual degree with the Wharton School. He has toyed with the idea of starting his own company to make murals. “The design’s fun, but it’s really really really tedious. Cause for a lot of it it’s just hand changing pixels to a different color and when you get to like 10,000 it can take quite a long time,” Wright said. “But just like the negotiations and the planning of everything and getting it together is probably one of my favorite parts because…the problem solving happens at every turn.” Wright is also considering a career in politics, although he is not off to the best start. He was disqualified from the election for Class Board President by the Nominations and Elections Committee for allegedly violating the Fair Practices Code, although he plans to run again in March. “I’m hoping to pull a Mak, for sure,” Wright said, referring to 2017 Class Board President Makayla Reynolds, who was
elected her sophomore year. However, despite his interest in politics, Wright is wary of making his artwork overtly political or election-oriented. “The problem with elections is that no matter what, half the people that see it are gonna be unhappy. And I wouldn’t want to make artwork that makes people not happy. I think that it’s definitely good to make socially relevant things, but it’s also really good to respect other peoples opinions and stuff like that no matter how unhappy you are with the election,” Wright said. “How much impact can it actually have is kind of a question that you have to ask yourself.” He values the impact of his work over making a statement. “Social change I think is great when you exert your energy towards something that you can actually change…rather than trying to undo something that’s not undoable,” Wright added. “I think statements are really cool, but I don’t think they’re lasting. Statements say a lot in a little amount of time. And I think impacts can sometimes do a little bit, but they last for a long amount of time. And I think that’s overall something that makes the biggest difference.” Despite his competing interests, Wright will not be giving up murals anytime soon. He is currently in talks with Instagram and Maybelline to create artwork. Additionally, he hopes to build a project for Penn during his time here. “One idea that I was throwing around…would be making Ben Franklin out of buttons,” Wright said. “That would trump all of them.”
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Penn professor Angela Duckworth talks about her newest book “Grit” and the ways in which working hard can lead to achieving goals, in a conversation with Wharton professor Adam Grant.
Wright’s piece was one of 12 photos that Mark Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook...and the only one posted to his Instagram. Zuckerberg called the piece ‘one of [his] favorites.’” at the school. He recalls Wehner telling him he shared Wright’s Rubik’s Cube mural on his own wall. They kept in touch, and Wehner eventually asked him to create something for the Facebook headquarters. They brought Wright in as an artist in residence over the summer, during which he designed posters and learned screen printing techniques, all while contemplating ideas for a mural. “They said only do a mural if you’re inspired,” Wright said. Three days before his commission ended, Wright got the idea to use dominoes to make a portrait of Alan Turing, known as the
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was Mark and I was like, I probably peed my pants he probably thought I was so weird. I don’t think I said anything else after that I kind of just stared at him and then he eventually walked away,” Wright said. “And then I had to walk around for 30 minutes and gather myself cause I was just so excited.” He finished the mural in time to go home before starting his freshman year at Penn. In October, Wright’s piece was one of 12 photos that Mark Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook account showing different pieces of artwork in the Facebook offices, and the only one posted to his Instagram. Zuckerberg called the piece “one of [his] favorites.” “I was like ‘mom, I’m so excited,’” Wright said. Despite Wright’s lengthy resume, his friends say he rarely talks about his success.
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Politico editor talks future of media in the age of Trump Canellos urged print media to improve online coverage HARI KUMAR Contributing Reporter
“Imagine in a few decades, Houston Hall being demolished to make way for the Trump Presidential Library. It’ll be interesting to see if Penn ends up vying for [the library],” journalist Peter Canellos said to a room full of Democrats in Houston Hall. Canellos, a 1984 Penn graduate and former executive editor of Politico, spoke at Penn Wednesday night at an event hosted by the Penn Democrats to discuss the political climate after the presidential election. He is transitioning towards becoming Politico’s editor-at-large
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protections for undocumented students she described align with what a sanctuary campus typically offers: “The University of Pennsylvania will not allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)/ Customs and Border Protection (CBP)/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on our campus unless required by warrant,” she wrote. “Further, the University will not share any information about any undocumented student with these agencies unless presented with valid legal process.” At Penn, undocumented students and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan will continually be supported through financial aid and fellowship stipends, according to the the email. DACA
in order to work on broader issues across the country, not just in Washington D.C., he said. His talk was largely focused on President-elect Donald Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate. Canellos, who holds a degree in American history from Penn, served as the executive editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He reflected back on his time at Penn and the state of politics during his college years. “Ronald Reagan ran for president when I was at Penn, so all of the political groups on campus just debated supply-side economics for an entire election season,” Canellos joked. Canellos worked at the Boston Globe in a number of positions over a 26-year period. Canellos was the Globe’s Metro
editor for a number of years, including in 2002, when the newspaper broke its award-winning coverage about child sex abuse committed by a number of Roman Catholic priests, documented in the 2015 film ”Spotlight.” After working for more than two decades at the Globe, Canellos decided he wanted to work for a more digital media-focused organization. He argued that traditional newspapers, like The Boston Globe or The Washington Post, need to work harder on improving their online coverage to remain competitive in the industry. The conversation was centered around the current state of media and how political coverage has changed in the past few years.
Canellos also talked at length about the connection between media and politics, especially when it came to the 2016 presidential election. During his talk, Canellos discussed his interest in learning more about how political coverage played a role in determining the outcome of the election. “I want to see how many counties that voted overwhelmingly for Trump had nonpartisan newspapers. Probably not that many,” Canellos said. Canellos took a strong stance against recent “fake news” spread on social media, which analysts claim played a huge role in the Nov. 8 election. “Fake news is the biggest threat to journalistic integrity. We have to stop its growth at all costs,” he said.
Peter Canellos worked for over two decades for The Boston Globe when the paper broke its investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
allows certain people who came to the United States as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Since the results of the 2016 presidential election, Penn students and faculty have petitioned for the administration to publicly announce that Penn will be a sanctuary campus. Until Wednesday morning, Gutmann remained silent amid these requests. The email also endorsed Philadelphia’s citywide move to block local law enforcement from turning over unauthorized immigrants to the federal government. In early November, Mayor Jim Kenney said Philadelphia will remain a sanctuary city, regardless of President-elect Donald Trump’s efforts. Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate, has called for a crackdown
on sanctuary cities. His newly named chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said that Trump will consider cutting millions in funding to so-called sanctuary cities on the first day of his presidency. 2016 College graduate Silvia Huerta, a member of Undocumented at Penn, said she was excited to hear from Gutmann and happy that the efforts of students and faculty on campus paid off. However, she said there is still more work to be done. In particular, she was “pretty disappointed that [students’] request to meet with the President has still not been acknowledged.” Board member of Penn for Immigrant Rights and College senior Daisy Romero said a meeting with Gutmann is necessary to “establish what being a sanctuary means for Penn.” Gutmann’s email suggests that Penn has always held the status of a “sanctuary” for
undocumented students. While the term “sanctuary city” refers to a city wherelocal law enforcement is prohibited from turning over unauthorized immigrants to the federal government, the term “sanctuary campus” does not yet have a clear, unified definition. Students also want to meet with Gutmann to discuss a particular point raised in her email about Penn having “a number of permanent staff who serve as advisors to support the specific needs of undocumented and DACA students.” Huerta said while there are indeed staff at La Casa Latina and the Greenfield Intercultural Center whom undocumented students are “extremely grateful for,” these people are not always equipped to handle the specific problems that undocumented students face. Helpi ng u ndo cu m ent e d students “is not in their job
description,” she said. “They do it because they care about these issues and they care about their students. What we need is somebody whose job it is to help and protect undocumented students.” Huerta added that relying on staff from La Casa Latina also makes the assumption that all undocumented students are Latin American, which is not true. In a national sanctuary campus walk-out being held at College Green on Thursday, undocumented students will focus their advocacy on securing a meeting with Gutmann, said College senior and Chair of PIR Tiffany Rodriguez. “I’m sure she’s very busy but I think a simple acknowledgement that she’s willing to have this meeting is important,” Huerta said. “We are about to go off for break and for finals, but we would really like to have that sense of security before then.”
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Not all student groups were enthused with Gutmann’s announcement. The College Republicans’ official Facebook page posted an earlier version of this article with the headline, ”#NotMyPresident.” In the end of the email, University officials called for students, faculty and staff to come together during times of fear and anxiety about the future. “United, we will do everything in our power to ensure the continued security and success of our undocumented students,” the email read. “It is times such as these when we must hold even closer our cherished Penn values of inclusion, diversity, equity and mutual respect.” A spokesperson for Gutmann’s office did not answer questions over email but referred back to Gutmann’s comments on the statement at Wednesday’s University Council meeting.
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OPINION The Blue Scare SMALL TALK | The Professor Watchlist is the latest threat to academia
THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2016 VOL. CXXXII, NO. 118 132nd Year of Publication COLIN HENDERSON President LAUREN FEINER Editor-in-Chief ANDREW FISCHER Director of Online Projects ISABEL KIM Opinion Editor JESSICA MCDOWELL Enterprise Editor DAN SPINELLI City News Editor CAROLINE SIMON Campus News Editor ELLIE SCHROEDER Assignments Editor LUCIEN WANG Copy Editor SUNNY CHEN Copy Editor NICK BUCHTA Senior Sports Editor TOM NOWLAN Sports Editor WILL SNOW Sports Editor TOMMY ROTHMAN Sports Editor JOYCE VARMA Creative Director
On Nov. 21, the conservative activist group, Turning Point USA, announced their latest creation: the Professor Watchlist. The goal of the website is “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Discrimination and bias in academia is a very serious issue, but even a cursory look at the Professor Watchlist proves that it’s just a McCarthy-esque ploy to vilify anyone who doesn’t buy into a narrow conservative worldview. The project is the brainchild of conservative wunderkind Charlie Kirk, who founded Turning Point USA in 2012 as an alternative to popular liberal activist networks such as MoveOn and Organizing for Action. However, the 22-year-old Kirk — whom some conservatives have even touted as a future Republican presidential nominee — never went to college. Surely if conservatives want to attack leftist propaganda in universities, they could have at least chosen someone who has actually experienced it firsthand to spear-
head their crusade? While some of the professors listed in the watchlist’s database of over 200 academics have indeed committed ethical violations, many of the crimes these professors are guilty of include the basic act of being card-carrying liberals. My personal favorite listing in the Professor Watchlist is Penn Law’s very own Regina Austin, whom they label a “chief indoctrinator.” Austin, the site claims, “espouses ‘critical race theory,’ a Marxist-inspired ideology that views white racism as the cause of most societal problems” and “uses her classes to promote the ideas of social justice as well.” A professor believing that racism is a bad thing? Marxism? Social justice? Pure liberal drivel! The logic behind the Professor Watchlist is that if a professor openly holds liberal beliefs or has some form of discontent with contemporary conservative thought, he or she can not possibly stay neutral when teaching students. This is an outright attack on the academic integrity of these professors based on no
evidence other than the fact that they may not agree with conservatives on certain elements of policy.
that academic bias and propaganda is only propagated by the left. The site conveniently fails to mention the fact that at
... the Professor Watchlist is discouraging the very kind of intellectual dialogues most conservatives seem to be calling for.” This calls to mind when Donald Trump claimed that United States District Judge Gonzalo Curiel couldn’t possibly fairly preside over a trial on Trump University due to Curiel’s Mexican heritage. Even Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan dubbed Trump’s musings “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” yet many conservatives seem to think this is acceptable when it is done on an ideological basis as opposed to a racial one. The Professor Watchlist also makes the assumption
Liberty University, students can major in “Creation Studies,” a discipline that “seeks to equip students to defend their faith in the creation account in Genesis using science, reason and the Scriptures.” Of course being taught how to defend one’s prior conceptions defies the basic academic principle of challenging one’s own beliefs, but hey — at least it isn’t liberal propaganda. Jerry Falwell Jr., the current president of Liberty University and vigilant Trump apologist, also notably denied a student from publishing an
anti-Trump column in the school’s official newspaper. This was a clear act of censorship on Falwell’s part and violates freedom of the press, yet I wasn’t surprised that Liberty University and Falwell’s name didn’t make the cut on the watchlist. Kirk defends the Professor Watchlist by claiming it is an exercise in free expression but by creating it, he has created a way for conservatives to shelter themselves from opposing viewpoints using the dog whistle of “propaganda.” This will only spur greater animosity between the political parties and convince even more conservatives that general academia is out to get them. The Statesman, a conservative publication at Penn, recently claimed in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian that liberals are “putting up barriers to conversation rather than actually engaging.” However, the Professor Watchlist is discouraging the very kind of intellectual dialogues most conservatives seem to be calling for. I urge The Statesman and all other conservative voices in higher education to con-
ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK demn the ignorance of efforts such as the Professor Watchlist. If they fail to do so, they are simply miring themselves in their own hypocrisy. Liberals need to do better to make sure that conservatives feel more accepted in higher institutions, but the Professor Watchlist only serves to stoke the fires of division between the right and the left. We can find better ways of tackling malpractice in universities without waging a total war on liberals. ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK is a College junior studying economics, from New York. His email address is alevan@ sas.upenn.edu. “Small Talk” usually appears every other Wednesday.
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I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collection of superhero movies including titles like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. They are huge blockbusters filled with action and adventure, dazzling images and headspinning acrobatics, fantasy and thrill. They are not known for their incisive social commentary. Or to put it more bluntly, you don’t watch these movies for the plot. The most recent Marvel movie, Dr. Strange, was much like every other Marvel movie, with dazzling fight scenes, funny one-liners and awkward character exposition in between. In the comic books, neurosurgeon Stephen Strange suffers massive nerve damage to his hands in a car accident, and thus loses his ability to perform his work. Increasingly desperate for a cure, he goes to a Himalayan temple seeking the “Ancient One,” a Tibetan monk with magical powers who teaches him the mystic arts. Cue the
CGI. Except in the movie, he learns magic from a Celtic monk. That seems like a minor detail to change, but it isn’t. It was a very deliberate decision on the part of the studio to ensure that Dr. Strange could be marketed to Chinese audiences. In 2017, China’s box office revenue is expected to overtake the United States, and clearly is a better revenue source. This trend will only continue as the Chinese middle class grows. The Chinese government has strict regulations on movies, only allowing 34 foreign films to be marketed to Chinese audiences per year. All 34 must pass the propaganda and censorship agency, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The Chinese government also has an ugly history with Tibet. So the monk’s backstory was changed. Just like that, the “Ancient One” was Celtic and everyone was happy (except die-hard com-
ic book fans). This isn’t the first time Hollywood has changed its storylines to ensure China was satisfied. The 2012 remake of Red
nese government in order to access the extremely lucrative market. Of course, one might ask, “Who cares if Dr. Strange changes a minor plot point
American film studios are voluntarily censoring themselves to appease the Chinese government in order to access the extremely lucrative market.” Dawn was originally about young American guerrilla fighters rebelling against a Chinese invasion, but the enemy was changed to North Korea in post-production. In the book World War Z, the “zombie outbreak” originates in China. In the movie, it originates in South Korea. American film studios are voluntarily censoring themselves to appease the Chi-
from the comic books? You don’t watch movies like that for the plot.” It is a fair argument. The biggest box office successes are not always known for their lasting merit, and are often more reliant on flashy CGI than meaningful storylines. Any movie that is in a position to self-censor to market itself in China is probably more similar to Transform-
ers: Age of Extinction than Citizen Kane or Lawrence of Arabia. But Chinese officials have already indicated that they will further open up their film market to American competition, and as this trend continues, it won’t just be the billion dollar box office movies that have to avoid stepping on the toes of JOE THARAKAN the Chinese government. There are only two ways revolution. out of this quandary: Either So far, the Chinese govAmerican filmmakers stop ernment has used our films liking money or the Chinese more as a business opportugovernment becomes more nity than a propaganda outtolerant of political dissent. let, but the only safeguard I’m not holding my breath guaranteeing it will stay that for either. It looks like this way is the Communist Paris the new world order. Our ty’s desires. The next time massively influential media you watch a blockbuster, industry that shapes Ameri- consider for whom it is becan culture could potentially ing made. be subject to the whims of a foreign government that JOE THARAKAN is a College does not put much premium senior from Bronx, N.Y., in the on the importance of free Biological Basis of Behavior speech. Xi Jinping’s speech Program. His email address is two years ago stating that email@example.com. “Cup “Art should serve the peo- o’ Joe” usually appears every ple” has haunting echoes other Thursday. of the last Chinese cultural
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there a spiritual conversation or was it more consulting on technical aspects? JM: It was a deeply moving experience. In essence, I helped in a few areas: First discussing with Mr. Scorsese and his co-screenwriter, Jay Cocks, the script in various stages. They were very open to my suggestions about how to make it more faithful to what a Jesuit would say and do in particular situations. And the conversations were both technical (how would someone celebrate Mass, for example), but also more spiritual (what a Jesuit’s response be to a period of spiritual silence might be.) Second, helping the actors, especially Andrew Garfield, whom I led through what we call the Spiritual Exercises, an intensive program of prayer and meditation, which took over six months. DP: More personally, what defined your transition from man of the suit to man of the cloth? What sparked it and made the Jesuit order stand out? JM: Well, I had gone to Wharton as an undergrad and then took a job at GE in New York. Wharton is, needless to say, an excellent school, and GE was a great place to work, but eventually I discovered that I was in the wrong place. One day I came upon a TV documentary about the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, and that prompted me to think about religious orders. Then a chance remark from a priest led me to the Jesuits. And what I liked most about them was the variety of their ministries: you have Jesuit scholars, pastors, physicians, social workers, and on and on. That appealed to my sense of adventure. DP: The stereotypes of Wharton as a place that worships money abound — do you find them accurate? JM: Remember, I graduated in 1982, so things may have changed. But I have to say, sadly, I did find some of that in the air when I was studying there. I received a superb business education, and was readied for a great career, but not once
show that the issue of consent is important to their respective groups. College junior Silicia Lomax attended as the vice president of the dance group Strictly Funk and was excited to participate in the campaign, especially as a representative of a group in the arts. “It is still something that everyone should be aware of regardless of what group you represent,” Lomax said. “So yes, we dance, but it’s an expressive art form where we actually have done things that represent domestic violence or sexual assault. “Especially within a college campus like this, it’s important to try and get the word out to as many people as possible because then you can spread it from there.” This focus on what Auchus refers to as intersectionality has been at the core of ASAP’s conversations this semester. Instead of centering on exclusively rape culture in a specific context, ASAP’s weekly meetings have largely sought to broaden the range of topics discussed. “Sexual violence affects different communities and different
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Father Jim Martin graduated from Wharton in 1982 and worked for General Electric, but eventually decided to take the cloth. Now, he is consulting on Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “Silence.”
did anyone ask me the most important of questions: What are you made for? What would you most want to do with your life? Perhaps professors and advisers assumed that I knew that already, being at Wharton, but those essential “vocation” questions, which all young people need to hear, were not asked. DP: Is there any overlap with Scorsese’s long relationship with the Catholic faith and your spiritual direction? JM: Oh yes. Mr. Scorsese’s long relationship with the church has been, as he described it last night in a talk in Rome with us Jesuits, a “pilgrimage.” We all are traveling along a road when it comes to the church, and it can be smooth at times and bumpy in others. I feel much the same. It’s like any relationship, after all. DP: How do you think your time at Penn and Wharton prepared you for meaningful and positive life? JM: There is a social impact aspect of Wharton, but that is sort of pigeonholed. If things lacked, what advice do you have for Penn grads who seek to be better people? Penn changed my life. How
could it not? It’s an amazing place. For one thing I am still close to my friends — many of whom I met in my freshman year at the Quad (Speakman [Hall], to be exact). Friendships like that always change your life. Second, my studies at Wharton really did help me to understand the world better. I often smile when I meet Jesuits who rail against corporate America or the business world, without really knowing much about the topic. So Wharton helped me to understand the way much of the world works. As for advice to Penn students? I suppose it would depend on the Penn student. But in general I might say that Penn, while one of the greatest universities in the world, sometimes has a rather professional aspect to it. Maybe is colored by my experience at Wharton, and maybe this endemic in the 1980s but it sometimes felt that the mission of Penn was to help you get a good
job. And that’s rather limiting. So my advice might be to try to prepare yourself not for a good job but a good life. What courses, situations, encounters, and so on, will help to, as we Jesuits say, “form” you into a good person? DP: What about other alumni who find themselves in positions of high political power? JM: Well, one of them is about to become president. But I’d say the same to all alumni in any position of high power, political or otherwise. Make decisions that are based not just on the bottom line, or on advancing your career, but on morality and the common good. Also, always ask yourself, “How will what I do affect the poor?” And if you are in a position of power make sure that you still encounter and accompany those who are poor and struggling. This interview has been lightly edited for style and condensed.
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races and religions,” Auchus said. “Our discussions this year draw from all different aspects, not solely rape culture or sexual violence on campus. It’s a broader range of how these things interconnect and why that’s important.” Penn Hillel’s Engagement Associate, Mia Yellin, represented Hillel at the launch party and was enthusiastic about the prospects of the campaign, especially on social media. “The influence of social media campaigns is so prominent in seeing shifts in cultures on campus,” Yellin said. “This kind of campaign, where you have people putting up pictures and saying ‘This is what we call consent’ and having campus organizations all take part in it is a great way of utilizing social media to start the conversation and hopefully shift campus culture.” The importance of the movement — be it online, on campus and elsewhere — is not lost on Kara Hardie, College sophomore and class internal chair. “There’s a huge momentum toward wanting to be involved and show support for these issues on campus,” Hardie said. “This is a pretty tangible example of that happening.”
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Theyâ€™re already Phillyâ€™s finest; now itâ€™s time to take it nationwide. Penn menâ€™s and womenâ€™s swimming are on the road to Gambier, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College. Both teams are looking to swim their best and grow stronger and faster after each team topped local rival La Salle last Tuesday. â€œIâ€™m very happy with where both teams are,â€? Penn coach Mike Schnur said. â€œAt 5-1, both teams having been competing great, and we have a lot of good things ahead of us.â€? Both teams have strong dual meet records, with a few wins over very impressive opponents. After big wins against Ivy foes Princeton and Cornell, the menâ€™s team is looking to keep up the momentum. â€œWeâ€™ve had some ver y
impressive and fast swims from key members of the team in recent meets. I think weâ€™ll carry out the momentum right into TPI,â€? junior Taylor Uselis said. â€œEveryone has worked hard and we have great depth,â€? Schnur added. â€œWe have confidence in every one of these guys.â€? On the womenâ€™s end, this weekend is looking promising for improvement and is a chance for some new faces to step up and compete for the Red and Blue. â€œEveryone is feeling really great going into this weekend. There have been a few potential setbacks in these last few months that the team has really worked through, [but] this is the first chance that a lot of people have to perform, and everyone is really excited,â€? junior Virginia Burns said. â€œOur team motto for the season is â€˜close the gap,â€™â€? Burns added. â€œThe past two years weâ€™ve ended the season at fourth in the league, a decent amount ahead of fifth, but also a decent ways behind third. We really want to show the league what
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we can do, so our motivation is trying to catch up to those top three.â€? Schnur is finding that the older girls have been great role models for the younger
swimmers, which has vastly helped the teamâ€™s development from top to bottom. â€œThe older girls are showing [the younger girls] what do to, how to do it, and how to prepare
properly every day,â€? he said. This rapidly building chemistry will prove to be a key factor in the upcoming months, as the team prepares to take on strong opponents in increasingly
important races. â€œThis meet is a good way of reminding us what we are doing and why weâ€™re working for it,â€? Burns said. â€œWeâ€™re hoping to post some fast times, but weâ€™re also keeping in mind that the end of the year is when it is most important to perform.â€? Understandably, the men have similar goals. â€œThe goal going into any meet is to win, and TPI is no different,â€? Uselis said. â€œWe donâ€™t race any Ivy teams there and it is an opportunity for us to post lots of personal best times and show the rest of the league what weâ€™re capable of. â€œOur main goal for this meet is to get qualifications for NCAAs. Another goal is to see where everyoneâ€™s training is. If people are great at this meet, we know we are on the right track, but if they donâ€™t do so great we have to adjust their training over the next five to six weeks. For the Quakers, this meet will prove to not only be important for the win, but to also show the coaching staff as well as the athletes where their abilities lie at this point in the season.
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In order to move on from a defeat at the hands of Villanova, Penn basketball must internalize the immortal words of the great Chumbawamba: â€œYou get knocked down, you get up again.â€? The Quakers (2-3) donâ€™t have long to lick their Wildcat-inflicted
wounds from Tuesday night, as another Big 5 matchup beckons a few blocks down the road with Temple on Saturday afternoon. The Red and Blue will look to get back on track after losing their last two, but it wonâ€™t be easy going against a Temple team (5-2) that has won two straight over top 25 teams in No. 25 Florida State and No. 19 West Virginia. However, Penn is no stranger to playing strong teams either, as the team traveled earlier in the year to Florida to play perennial ACC power Miami before getting trounced by the defending national champions, No. 2 Villanova, at the Palestra. Despite the lopsided 82-57 score, Penn coach Steve Donahueâ€™s film session
allowed him to find positive takeaways from the game that will be emphasized in order to beat Temple. â€œAfter watching the film, I thought we really competed well,â€? Donahue said. â€œWe competed hard when nothing was really going our way in terms of balls falling, so I am encouraged and pleased, but we have to keep working to get better.â€? Especially playing against a Temple team with four players averaging double figures in scoring, Penn will need to match the competitive level they exhibited against Villanova with execution. Donahue mentioned the teamâ€™s notable size and athleticism as factors that the Quakers will need
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to be prepared for. With a high level of execution and great effort, he continued, they might stand a chance of topping the high-scoring Owls. Among Templeâ€™s four high scorers, junior forward Obi Enechionyia stands out as the catalyst for an offense that has scored over 80 points four times this year. His 20.2 scoring average combined with his 9.0 rebounds per game average makes him a unique threat for the Quakers to handle. â€œEnechionyia is obviously their main guy, so you have to figure out how to slow him down and not give him open looks at the basket,â€? Donahue said. â€œWhen he plays well, they certainly play well.â€? Contributing to the importance of the game is the fact that it is a Big 5 matchup, something that means a great deal to the entire Penn basketball program. â€œThe Big 5 to me, and to a lot of people, is still very relevant, and itâ€™s very exciting for our players,â€? Donahue said. â€œIt means a whole lot. We play against these guys during pickup in the spring and summer. Itâ€™s a real rivalry between the players and the schools.â€? Donahueâ€™s hope is to grow those Big 5 rivalries back to the levels of their 1970s heyday. His goal is to translate the passion and excitement that his players feel for those games to the students.
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Following a frustrating defeat at the hands of Villanova, Penn coach Steve Donahue and his squad seek to respond in their next Big 5 game.
â€œI think that students at Penn will start to feel differently about the Big 5 when we start getting our share of wins in the conference.â€? Well, luckily for Donahue, this
Saturday offers a golden opportunity to tally one of those elusive wins and to build that campuswide Big 5 excitement that was on display in flashes at the Villanova game.
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that Drexel truly earned the win. â€œWe have to play the bigger points better. We had the opportunities in a couple matches today, but they didnâ€™t go our way,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve wanted this win for a couple of years now and have been getting closer and closer. They wanted it more than us today I think. They played the bigger points better, they are very well coached, and thereâ€™s a lot of talent on that team so theyâ€™re gonna be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.â€? Penn will have an excellent opportunity to rebound this weekend, with a trip up to New York to face powerhouses Rochester and then St. Lawrence on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Yellow Jackets walked over the Big Green on Wednesday when Dartmouth faced them on the road, while the Saints swept the University of Western Ontario Mustangs on their home court in their last time out. Lane is excited for another chance to move the season in the right direction against well-respected opposition, but notes that conference play is still yet to commence. â€œWe have to move forward, thereâ€™s no looking back. We have to keep working to improve and find ways to get better. Dwelling on the past wonâ€™t help us accomplish what we want to this year,â€? he said. â€œOur goals are still in sight, and though
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Junior Hayes Murphy logged one of four wins for No. 6 Penn menâ€™s squash on Wednesday, but the Quakers couldnâ€™t get past No. 9 Drexel.
itâ€™s a tough loss today, the Ivy League season still to play. Weâ€™ll take this one on the chin. Weâ€™re gonna go back to the drawing board and redraw it up for this weekend.â€? If last year is indicative of anything, then perhaps the spark of
Pennâ€™s upsets of these two at 6-3 and 5-4 in early December will carry the Quakers this time around. Perhaps conventional wisdom goes out the door, and the team with the most passion will walk away victorious this weekend.
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Penn readies for elite competition at N.Y. tourney WRESTLING | Quakers
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“We’re just trying to get better every day.” At first glance, some of the early-season competitions for Penn wrestling may seem lackluster in importance and potential reward. However, as junior May Bethea asserts, small improvements over the course of these competitions are essential to getting where the team wants to be come the Ivy League season and the NCAA Championships. After a couple tournaments to begin the year and shake off some offseason rust, the Quakers are preparing for a trip to Long Island to compete in the Journeyman Tussle. This is the first time the event has been held; the tournament notably features a round-robin format, meaning there is no bracket-style progression to a championship match like in other competitions. One of the advantages of this tournament style is that it guarantees
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figures, while three Penn players achieved that mark. The Penn duo of forward Michelle Nwokedi and center Syd ney St ipa novich each blocked four shots, continuing Penn’s early season success in the paint. “We really played well on the defensive end … which helps our offense, which I thought was an improvement from last game,” Chambers said. The performance from the Quakers was just as balanced as it was dominating. Penn trailed for under a minute at 2-0, took the lead with 8:17 remaining in the first quarter and never
each wrestler a certain number of matches, which in turn ensures each competitor an ample amount of experience. The competition the Red and Blue will see in New York is primarily foreign to Penn — only Brown could be considered a usual foe. All other schools present, including North Carolina State, Rutgers, Campbell, the Citadel and hosts Hofstra, will offer a fresh set of challenges for Red and Blue wrestlers to tackle. In particular, NC State and Rutgers are top-15 programs that will surely, if nothing else, provide valuable experience for the Quakers’ grapplers. “It’ll be a good opportunity to see how we stack up against some of the better teams in the country,” Penn assistant coach Mike McMullan said. “It’s important to get our guys some exposure to different wrestlers.” The last time out, Penn experienced modest success at the Keystone Classic, with Bethea and senior Frank Mattiace the standout performers for the Quakers. For the sake of the Penn squad, it is imperative that those two continue to perform at a high level
and carry their success into this weekend and beyond. “I know that individually improving is the most important thing,” Bethea said. “Coach talks to us all the time about how it’s not how good we are today but how good we are tomorrow that
matters.” “We just need to keep practicing right and having the right mindset,” Mattiace added. “We make sure we’re just focusing on the task at hand, which right now is this weekend’s competition.” Both Bethea and Mattiace
looked back on their way to a 17-point victory. Penn led the Leopards in shooting, rebounds, assists and blocks, all while committing fewer turnovers and fouls. It was a marked improvement from a rocky start to the season which featured a lack of consistency for the reigning Ivy League champions. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement. “After the game we talked about pace …and controlling the game a little bit more which we’re still working on,” Chambers said. Next up, the Quakers will travel to Staten Island to play Wagner (1-5) on Saturday. The Seahawks are fresh off a
14-point loss to Yale, meaning the matchup will provide an early barometer for seeing how Penn stacks up against the rest of the Ivy League. Penn will look to improve to 2-0 all-time against the Seahawks and build on what was a commanding victory against Lafayette. A performance like this one on Saturday will bring the Quakers back to .500. Look for Penn’s front court to flourish against a Wagner team that has struggled rebounding the ball this season. If the Quakers can build on their performance from Wednesday and keep the momentum going, another win this weekend seems like a good possibility.
Junior Michelle Nwokedi recorded four blocks in the win over Lafayette, bringing her to a total of 16 for the season. On the attack she has proven to be just as potent. She leads the team with 84 points in five games.
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Junior May Bethea and the rest of Penn wrestling are in for a different experience this weekend at the Journeyman Tussle, as the meet is round-robin style as opposed to the usual bracket based competition.
will have their work cut out for them this weekend. In particular, Bethea will likely see two top-ten wrestlers from his 157pound weight class in NC State’s Max Rohskopf and Rutgers’s Richie Lewis. So it’s fair to say the results from this weekend will
provide an accurate measuring stick as to how far Bethea has progressed this season. One of Penn’s top wrestlers, senior Casey Kent, is slated to return to action at the Journeyman Tussle. For a Quakers team that could use a spark, the return of Kent could not come at a better time. Although there are some questions about how effective Kent will be in his first action of the season, McMullan was quick to dispel any worries. “Casey has been preparing diligently,” McMullan said. “He has remained focused and disciplined like he always has been. I wrestled him today and he put a whooping on me, so if he wrestles like that this weekend, he’ll be more than fine.” When further probed about Kent possibly being a bit rusty, McMullan maintained that the senior’s experience overrides any possible rust. “If anything, I think he’ll be fresh, not rusty,” McMullan said. “When you’re a senior and have wrestled in dozens of collegiate competitions already, you don’t need the early-season tune-ups that some of the younger guys might need.”
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BACK IN ACTION
Penn wrestling is set to compete for the first time in nearly two weeks
After Tuesday’s loss, Penn basketball has a second chance at capturing a Big 5 win
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
Back on Track
Red and Blue fall at Drexel M. SQUASH | Early losses too much
to make up in cross-city contest GREG ROBINOV Sports Reporter
and Blue: they have now won 54 straight regular season games when reaching that benchmark. Defensively, the Quakers did well to shut down the Leopards, allowing only one player, their leading scorer, Anna Ptasinski, to reach double
All good things must come to an end. For Penn men’s squash, that includes the winning streak over crosstown rival Drexel. On Wednesday night, the ninth-ranked Dragons took down the visiting sixth-ranked Quakers, 5-4, for their very first victory in the six-year history of the matchup. The contest came down to the wire, with only a couple of points reversing the score line from last year’s match. Things started out steady for Penn (2-1), with senior captain BG Lemmon leading the way with a win in four games. However, Drexel (4-2) took the next three slots, including a forfeit by junior Derek Hsue in his fifth game after tweaking an ankle. Juniors Hayes Murphy and Anders Larson managed to pull the score back to three apiece. After going up 4-3, the Dragons’ fourslot senior Michael Thompson was able to close out against Penn junior James Watson in the fifth game, clinching the match for the home team despite Watson mounting a valiant comeback from down 2-0. This certainly comes as an upset to Penn, especially after coming in with a head of steam thanks to two 9-0 victories over George Washington and Virginia. Considering the Red and Blue only dropped two games combined between those two opponents, this raises the question of whether complacency was a factor in the Drexel defeat. Lemmon doesn’t believe the team can go on cruise control, citing their incredibly hungry mentality. “We like to go after teams, and we’re aware after our success last year we have the target on our back, and we keep reiterating the points of not being complacent or satisfied with where we’re at,” he said. “As long as you keep that mentality in check and keep approaching everything as the hunter it’s pretty easy to lock down and stay focused.” The win marks a milestone for the Dragons, who have been building their program for some time and now are reaping the rewards. Penn coach Gilly Lane noted that their powerful presence in University City will benefit both programs down the road. “We’re just excited just have a Philadelphia rival just like basketball does and growing up around the Big Five you always want that, especially in squash as well,” Lane said. To have such a great program such a short walk away is great for us and for them. It makes us get better each year.” Regarding his own squad, Lane feels that the performance left something to be desired, but
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W. HOOPS | Red and Blue rebound from tough Saint Joe’s loss with big win on the road Wednesday at Lafayette THEODOROS PAPAZEKOS Sports Reporter SATURDAY
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Just what the doctor ordered. After a slow start to the season, Penn women’s basketball headed
to Lafayette seeking a win to turn its season around. The Quakers got their win, and matched last year’s margin of victory in a 64-47 win against the Leopards. Penn (2-3) dominated Lafayette (1-7) from the start, especially behind the arc. The Quakers went 10-for-24 from distance, led by
guards Beth Brzozowski and Kasey Chambers with three treys apiece. “It was awesome to get a win up there,” Chambers said. “We did a lot better offensively, we were able to get above 60 which was one of our goals.” Scoring above 60 points seems to be the key to success for the Red
Hail to the Victors, Pt. II
November 2016 has been full of tough losses. It began with a 28-0 mauling of the Quakers in Princeton (but if Penn fans were prevented from busing to see it, did it really happen?). That was followed by an Electoral College upset. And the brutal month ended with the Bucking F**keyes stealing a win from the more deserving Michigan Wolverines. But sandwiched in between were one and a half glorious triumphs. First, Penn took home (a share of) Ivy hardware for the second time in as many years. But, while Penn and Princeton sweat out how the College Football Playoff Committee
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will view their shared conference title one Swami will be sitting calm. In Swamis, there can only be one true champion and in 2016 the victory belt won’t have to move because the winner just went back-to-back. “Goodbye and Hello Heisman!” Unlike 2015 this victory wasn’t wireto-wire, yet no one ever doubted the final outcome. Recounts might occur and final playoff rankings could shift, because B1G things can happen on any given Saturday. But, one thing is for certain, this Swami is the runaway champ, and he’s coming back for his final year of eligibility to defend he title yet again, because “those who stay will be champions.” Get ready for the three-peat trademarked by Pat Riley.
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