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How the first Quaker to sit in the Oval Office managed his inaugural year

The year in mental health on campus

Off the field, Penn Athletics admins, coaches and athletes made headlines

Post-Trump, students question limits of free speech Penn professor Joe Biden has yet to make his mark

University City welcomes new eateries and buildings

What got Penn students riled up this year

A look at Penn Athletics’ craziest moments

Inside one of Penn’s most financially successful years

A rollercoaster year for Penn basketball

The battle to preserve the Asian American Studies program

Going for Greatness: Penn’s champions

Teams that were one win away from glory

Former Quakers try to make NFL rosters Penn club sports shine on national stage




Grad students hold town hall about GOP tax plan Tuition waivers will potentially be taxed MANLU LIU Staff Reporter

Graduate students met with an administrator and faculty on Dec. 8 to discuss any plans Penn has to respond to the Republican tax bill and to address any concerns during an hour and a half at a town hall. Roughly 50 graduate students attended the event led by Eve Troutt Powell, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Troutt Powell emailed all graduate students on Nov. 27 offering the meeting as a space where students could speak “collectively” about their concerns regarding the effects of the proposed tax bill. A version of the $1.5 trillion tax plan was passed by the House of Representatives on Nov. 16 and another by the Senate on Dec. 1. The plan promises a comprehensive rewrite of the tax code. The House version contains a provision taxing tuition waivers for graduate students. The bill is currently in a conference committee, and if the tuitionwaiver tax provision remains in the final version, graduate students could stand to lose almost 40 percent of their income. On Nov. 9, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Provost Wendell Pritch-

ett, and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli released a statement condemning the tax plan as “regressive.” At the town hall, one graduate student noted Cornell University has assured its graduate students that they would not be affected by the proposal because Cornell’s scholarships for graduate tuition are classified as nontaxable. The student asked whether Penn could act similarly. In response, Troutt Powell said she was not aware of such a classification, but would relay the message to the appropriate administrators. SAS Graduate Student Government President and Ancient History Ph.D. student Greg Callaghan said the proposal could decrease the number and quality of graduate applications to Penn. “Grad students are currently freaking out. How do we try to convince [prospective students] that we’re not [freaking out] and that they should come to Penn?” Callaghan said. “If I were well informed, I would have gone to Cornell Classics over Penn, just based off the fact that they have reassured their students [that their tuitions would not be taxed].” Troutt Powell asked Associate Director of SAS Graduate Admissions Pat Rea to confirm that application numbers had not significant-


School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Eve Troutt Powell emailed all graduate students on Nov. 27, offering the meeting as a space to voice concerns about the proposed tax bill.

ly decreased this year and added that applications had not yet closed. Several graduate students suggested that members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Graduate Employees Together — University of Pennsylvania, and SASGov should be involved in meetings with top administrators. Troutt Powell said that she would try to act as a liaison by initi-

ating a meeting after winter break. Several graduate department chairs were also in attendance, including English Graduate Chair David Eng, Philosophy Graduate Chair Samuel Freeman, and Religious Studies Graduate Chair Anthea Butler. Butler said she attended the meeting because religious studies faculty were worried about the bill. She emphasized that the University

has been trying to draft a proper response to the changing bill. “If you’re here in this room and if you didn’t call [any government officials] and fuss about it before it’s happened, then I would ask you to take that anger and point it towards your representatives and your senators,” Butler said, “before you get upset with the University about what the University has or has not done.”

“We’re all in the same boat on this one,” Butler added. In response to Butler, a graduate student said that faculty and students are not “in the same boat,” as only graduate students are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Second-year Ph.D. Chemistry student Peter Amadao said he attended the town hall to see if the University was responding seriously to the bill, and if it had created a plan to protect graduate students. “I guess it’s difficult because there is no bill, nothing is finalized, Amadeo said. “I really respect the fact that Eve Troutt Powell was very open saying that [administrators] will be there when the bill is finalized.” Troutt Powell said in an email statement that “[she] was delighted to meet with the grad students and hear their very thoughtful ideas.” While Callaghan agreed that he appreciated the Trout Powell’s recognition of the importance of having graduate students involved in ongoing discussions, he said he was not surprised by the content of the meeting. “[The meeting] stands about the level that I expected that there is discussion that’s happening at a higher level and they can’t make much public,” he said. “But we as students want to know what those discussions are because they affect us.”

Practice space in Pottruck will be less affordable for groups Pottruck will end its performing arts group discount MANLU LIU Staff Reporter

Performing arts groups have long struggled to secure rehearsal and performance space at Penn, but this semester the task has become even more challenging. Over the past three years, Pottruck Health and Fitness Center has phased out a discount offered to student performing arts groups reserving studio space. Next semester, the discount will be entirely eliminated. The loss of the discount has resulted in a dramatic increase in the cost of the rehearsal space at Pottruck — a popular rehearsing option for many dance arts groups — prompting the Performing Arts Council to reserve less space there for its constituent groups. Of all the rehearsal space available to performing arts groups, nearly 100 percent has been used up, according to the September and October data provided by Wharton senior Nick Silverio, who serves as the financial coordinator of PAC, which houses other groups such as the Dance Arts Council, of which Silverio is chair. Many students have noticed a space crunch as groups under PAC scramble to find places to both rehearse and perform, sometimes alternating times with other student groups who use the same space during a given week. How have Pottruck’s policies changed this year? Director of Penn Athletics Busi-

ness Development Joe Haughey wrote in an email that rates for Pottruck’s spaces have not increased, but management started applying full fees to all students including groups with PAC “to be equitable.” Silverio said in previous semesters that DAC groups would spend about 20-30 hours a week in Pottruck studios, as opposed to an estimated eight hours a week they spend there this semester. “Pottruck is trying to create a more sustainable business model, which I understand,” Silverio said. “The problem is that many of the facilities go unused … we’re fighting for space while the studios are sitting there open most of the time except when [Pottruck] has group classes.” Silverio added that this increased expense is “disheartening” considering that Penn students pay for Pottruck with their tuition. In addition to the tuition cost of $47,416, there are added fees that students pay to attend Penn. The general fee is $4,752, the technology fee is $820, and the student health and clinical fee is $546. This is the first year, however, that there is no separate fee for recreation. Instead, that fee was added to the general fee, which resulted in a 12.5 percent increase in the general fee since the previous year. This year is also the first time that the recreation fee is required for all graduate and professional students to pay. Over the next four years, the general fee for graduate and professional students will increase gradually in order to account for the incorporated fee.

What are the effects of these shifts? With Pottruck no longer affordable, PAC reserves more space in Platt Performing Arts house, Perelman Quad, Harnwell, Emily Sachs Studio, and Houston Hall, which have been at near maximum capacity this past semester. Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House Laurie McCall said that the high demand of space is due to the large number of performing arts groups at Penn. The Performing Arts Council alone encompasses over 46 different student-run performance organizations, which conduct more than 60 performances annually. INtuitons Experimental Theater Chair and Engineering senior Noah Lee said that because of the recent “space crunch,” his group sometimes does not receive as many rehearsal slots as they request from PAC, which is responsible for scheduling practice space for its constituent groups. Executive and Artistic Director for the Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts Christopher Gruits said groups prefer to perform in the late fall and late spring, which creates a scheduling “bottleneck.” Many groups “space share,” which means two or more groups prepare their productions in the same theater for the same week, staggering their performances, Silverio said. Penn Dance president and College senior Emilia Hinckley said her group was scheduled to perform at the Iron Gate Theatre with two other groups in the same week this

Percent of Studio Space Used* *Includes Platt 175, Platt 180, EmSachs, HH Platt, Harnwell, Pottruck 409

September 0.54%


October 1.55%


Space used by Dance Arts Council (DAC) Space used by non-DAC Space Unused



semester, which she described as logistically “insane.” Hinckley added that she had never before heard of three groups having to “triple space share.” How is the performing arts community coping? McCall said Platt, which works closely with PAC to provide spaces for groups and to cover rental fees, is seeking more space in unconventional places. Gruits added that Annenberg plans to collaborate closely with Platt to keep spaces open for for students, especially during times of the year that are traditionally popular. Staff at Platt have recently started connecting students to rehearsal and venue space off campus, such as the

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “They have classroom auditoriums, but I don’t know if we can perform in them,” McCall said. Lee, who is also an executive board member of the Students Activities Council, said the PAC executive board is working with the Undergraduate Assembly and SAC to vocalize its concerns to the University. Silverio said he hopes this effort will encourage the University to build a new performance arts space for students. “If you compare with other schools, like Princeton just got a brand new state of the art studio, it’s sort of disheartening. It doesn’t feel

as though we are as supported as we could be,” Silverio said. Hinckley said that the University should take the performing arts community’s concerns more seriously, noting the “thousands” of students involved in performing arts and noting famous alumni like John Legend and Elizabeth Banks. “We have professional-level talent on this campus, but I don’t think the University all the time pays that much attention to it,” Hinckley said. “Especially since we don’t have a lot of academic routes for exploring talents, student groups become some of the only performance spaces that students have. Penn should treat [us] with a more professional quality.”

International student office to change location next semester New office will be on third floor of 3440 Market St. ANIA ALBERSKI Contributing Reporter

The International Students and Scholar Services office, which helps international students with immigration assistance, will close operations early this semester to relocate to a new building for next semester. According to its website, ISSS’s office at 3701 Chestnut St. will be temporarily closed after Dec. 15 for renovation and relocation. The office will be relocating to the third floor of 3440 Market St. next semester while the renovations are underway at the Chestnut Street location. Students say ISSS sent them emails in advance, notifying them of the move and reminding them to finish any immigration or employment forms early, though some say it has been difficult to get their forms in on time. “To travel in and out of the United States, I need to get my I-20


Although the International Students and Scholar Services office will close operations after Dec. 15, during break, students may reach out to the ISSS via the Department of Public Safety in the case of an emergency.

form signed each year by ISSS,” said Engineering freshman Maher Abdel Samad, an international student from Lebanon. “With the early

closing, you can’t do that late, so they sent out a few emails to remind everyone to finish their business early.”

The last day for international students to request travel signatures is Dec. 15, since the ISSS office will only be open for drop-offs and pick-

ups, but not advising after this Friday. During the break, students may reach out to Penn Global and ISSS via the Department of Public Safety in the case of an emergency. Starting on Jan. 2 of next year, ISSS staff will be reachable without interruption, even on days when the University is closed. Engineering and College freshman William Deo, who is an international student from Canada, said the timing is particularly difficult to manage. “I think that it’s unfortunate that [ISSS] has to close right before the break,” Deo said. “For a lot of international students, this is their first time going home since arriving here in August. “Many countries have different requirements for proof of enrollment at a university,” he added. With an early closure, some international students have found themselves rushing to get travel documents settled to be able to go back home for winter break. “I have some friends who have

had to scramble over the past few days to get requests in and have received slow processing given an overload at ISSS,” Deo said. As the goal of ISSS is to “to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at Penn,” the staff is available for advising sessions to settle issues concerning travel, immigration, taxes, social security, and other U.S. documents for international students. Each international student is also assigned a designated advisor. Director of ISSS Rodolfo Altamirano wrote on the office’s website that part of the overarching mission is to “advocate for international education as a campus-wide and a national priority.” The renovation is anticipated to be completed before late spring. “The renovation is aimed at creating a welcoming, dynamic atmosphere for students, scholars and University staff who visit and work in the space,” Executive Director for Penn Global Amy Gadsden wrote in an email.




Why few students choose to pursue multiple majors Less than 0.5% of College students pursue three majors YONI GUTTENMACHER Contributing Reporter

College and Wharton junior Jacob Stern started his freshman year studying business economics and public policy in Wharton, but soon realized he wanted to pursue a different path. Instead of transferring or switching majors, however, Stern decided to take on two additional majors in the College. “I just became disenchanted with Wharton,” Stern said. “I wasn’t studying what I loved.” When he added on a College of Arts and Sciences degree, Stern decided to pursue his passion in both political science and philosophy in order to expand

the breadth of his undergraduate education and to better prepare himself for his intended career path in legal academia. In doing so, Stern became a part of the less than 0.5 percent of College students pursuing three majors, which Associate Dean of the College and Director of Academic Affairs Kent Peterman said was an “exceedingly small” number, in an email to the DP. These students make up a small portion of the 25 percent of College undergraduates who graduate with more than one major. According to the Penn College website, the reason for the low number of students pursuing more than one major is that “most students find that studying one major from one school at Penn, and doing very well in that area,

prepares them best for a first job or graduate school.” “Additionally, the College’s curriculum allows for the flexibility to study many unrelated areas, so students satisfy curiosities without having to take on additional majors or degrees simply to take classes that interest them,” the website says. Despite the range of content that his different majors cover, Stern said that he is confident he will utilize the various skills and knowledge that he has obtained as a triple major. “I think I will absolutely be drawing from both of my degrees,” Stern said. “In addition to the actual substance of my studies, I’ve acquired different ways of thinking. I’ve become better at analyzing problems and critical thinking as a result of the indi-

vidual majors.” College junior Matt Osborn, a student in the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Science, began his studies intending to major in biochemistry and physics, and only later decided to pursue biophysics as well during his sophomore year. After finding out how easy it would be to get the additional biophysics major, he jumped on the opportunity. “You only have to do one extra class to get the biophysics major and I wanted to take it anyways,” Osborn said. For College freshman Emily Yao, however, settling on just one major was not sufficient to satisfy her broad range of interests. Yao currently plans on completing both a communications major and a science, technology


College freshman Emily Yao hopes to complete both a communication major and a science, technology and societies major.

and societies major, in addition to two minors in fine arts and creative writing. ”I have absolutely no idea what

I want to pursue after college,” Yao said. “I am doing all these majors just because I am interested in each and every one.”

Penn Medical student creates podcast on health care industry Penn HealthX will highlight innovations in the field LUCY CURTIS Contributing Reporter

To showcase innovation in the health care industry, second-year Penn Medicine graduate student Ryan O’Keefe created the Penn HealthX podcast. The podcast is part of the Penn HealthX program, a student-led initiative focused on exposing medical students to innovation in the health care field. The podcast’s first episode aired on Feb. 21 of this year, and 15 episodes have been released so far. The inspiration for the podcast came from the events O’Keefe organized as curriculum vice president of the Penn HealthX program. These events highlighted the efforts of medical students and professionals who use their medical knowledge to shape the health care industry. O’Keefe said that he thought


Penn Medicine graduate student Ryan O’Keefe designed the podcast as an interview rather than a narrative because of time constraints.

other people would be interested in the content of these events as well. “It was really a shame that all of these awesome conversations were happening just within the walls of Penn,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe said he wanted to explore the question: “How do you become an industry leader?”

Though his content is created with medical students in mind, O’Keefe said he wants his podcast to be “accessible to anyone.” The first episode featured Penn Medicine professor David Fajgenbaum, who discussed his struggles with Castleman’s disease and how he created the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. Fajgen-

baum also gave advice on how to become a physician-leader. The podcast is structured the same way as Penn HealthX seminars are. Guests introduce themselves before discussing the topics of interest. O’Keefe said that he structured the podcast as an interview instead of a narrative because of the time constraints involved in editing. Each episode of the podcast takes around three hours to edit, while a narrativebased podcast could take up to 30 hours. O’Keefe began the podcast with no knowledge of how to create one. “It came down to googling ‘how do you start a podcast,’” he said. O’Keefe researched what equipment and software he needed, and created the Penn HealthX podcast from scratch. Though he founded the podcast alone, O’Keefe brought his fellow Penn HealthX Curriculum Vice President and first-year Penn Medicine graduate student Logan

Brock, on board as a co-host. “It’s pretty amazing seeing the things that they’re doing outside of clinical medicine to really redefine how the health system works,” Brock said. Starting in 2018, both O’Keefe and Brock will begin their clinical curricula, and incoming Penn HealthX Curriculum Vice Presidents, Penn Medicine students Elana Meere and Raymond Liu, will take over production. Meere said that while she and Liu plan on mostly maintaining

the production’s structure, they are also planning on introducing new ideas to the podcast. In particular, they are interested in creating several episodes with more of a “documentary” structure, Meere said. Though this new leadership will come with some changes, their goal remains the same. “We will continue meeting with as many individuals as possible who have interesting takes on the intersection between health and technology, or who have interesting experiences to speak to.”

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THE YEAR IN MENTAL HEALTH ON CAMPUS After a string of student deaths and campus tragedies, Penn convened a "Campus Conversation" to promote a resilient attitude REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor Few issues in Penn’s history have affected Penn's community as profoundly and as relentlessly as those surrounding mental health on campus. In 2017, the conversation around stress and mental illness remained prominent throughout the year. The death of seven students this year, along with dramatic policy changes on a national level that caused widespread instability and a series of natural disasters across the country, left large swaths of the University feeling battered, scared, and uneasy. During this time, Penn’s ability to provide for the mental health of its students came under even greater scrutiny than it had in previous years. Even as administrators worked to provide more resources, it became clear that their effort to support students had not been as vigorous, transparent, or comprehensive as it needed to be. Nearing the end of the year, Penn leaders made several significant commitments to beef up the school’s mental health resources and set new expectations for themselves that students will look to monitor in 2018. Other community stakeholders are likely to continue critically assessing their role in promoting mental health at Penn, whether that means working to change club recruitment

REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor


his year marked the first time that Penn had a graduate in the country’s top office. And regardless of what students, alumni, or faculty thought about President Donald Trump’s first year, the Penn brand has inevitably entered the national discussion surrounding Trump’s administration, personal background, and combative late-night tweets. Throughout the year, the 1968 Wharton graduate repeatedly referred to his business degree as evidence of his intelligence and proof that the media was actively making him “look more uncivil than [he is].” The former real estate mogul also invoked Penn’s brand in various policy discussions, referring to Afghanistan as “the Wharton school of finance for terrorists” in private remarks to The Washington Post. Trump's relationship to Penn has come under scrutiny While Trump continues to flaunt his Wharton degree, his actual legacy at the school remains much murkier. An investigation undertaken by The Daily Pennsylvanian in February found that even though Trump has never corrected the widely-reported claim that he "graduated first in his class," academic records and dozens of his classmates say he was a mediocre student at best. In fact, even though a handful of his classmates say they remember Trump talking in real estate classes “with a heavy New York accent,” a majority of his peers note that they don’t even remember him being in the school. Trump’s post-graduation links to the school are also somewhat obscure. In the 1980s, when

Trump stood out among Penn alumni as a celebrity and successful businessman, the University Board of Trustees nominated him to the prestigious Wharton Board of Overseers. Archives, documents, and other reporting also show that decades before he entered politics, Penn was actively courting the real estate mogul for donations. The current Penn administration took a markedly different approach during his rise to the presidency. President Amy Gutmann stayed silent on Trump throughout his campaign, choosing only to break her silence on the controversial alumnus in January this year, when she condemned the President’s first proposal for the travel ban as “injurious to our work and inimical to our values.” Three days after Trump's inauguration, he wasn't even listed on Penn's list of "notable" alumni involved in government. (The list updated with his name online after The Daily Pennsylvanian noticed the omission.) Trump drops the Penn brand more frequently — and more defensively — than other alumni typically do, but he is not the only Quaker who has entered the political spotlight in 2017. Trump’s three oldest children, who all graduated from Penn, have also been hurled into influential positions and have found themselves at the center of national controversies. While 2000 Wharton graduate Donald Trump Jr. has become a subject of controversy for his implication in the ongoing probe into the 2016 Trump campaign’s links to Russia, 2004 Wharton graduate Ivanka Trump has been repeatedly criticized and satirized for what critics call her “complicity." Trump’s eldest daughter, who has been described by her University classmates as polished, removed, and “destined for success," was appointed by her father to take on an official role in

A string of student deaths opened up an urgent conversation around mental health In August, Penn’s method of notifying the University community about student deaths came under fire when students affected by the death by suicide of College senior Nicholas Moya found that many of their professors were not informed of the incident, even days after the event. This meant that some students had to independently inform their professors of Moya's death and make academic arrangements, even while they were grieving. When both students and faculty spoke out against this “mind-boggling” policy, Penn moved to change it. Following the death of Wharton senior Henry Rogers in October, faculty, as well as students across all four undergraduate schools, were notified. Nonetheless, throughout the rest of the semester, students continued to reflect on the death of Moya, who became the 14th Penn student to die by suicide since 2013. An art exhibit from College senior Kate Jeon documenting the names of these 14 students

raised complicated questions about how to discuss the deaths of students with sensitivity. Others who had been affected by previous student deaths said the way Penn communicates and manages a death by suicide can differ from case to case, leaving some students feeling supported and others grieving alone. Moya’s death also brought renewed attention to Penn’s reconvened mental health task force, which concluded over the summer that ongoing initiatives around mental health were adequately addressing student needs. Students disputed this conclusion at various points throughout the year, expressing that among other issues, the University still needs to work on communicating the resources available at Counseling and Psychological Services with greater clarity and tweaking its academic schedule to provide adequate mid-year breaks. Some students have also explicitly called for reform to the CAPS referral system. Approximately 15 percent of all students who visit CAPS are referred to an outside provider, which students say can disrupt their treatment, leaving them feeling not in control over their own recovery. Students stepped forth to destigmatize mental illness and improve Penn’s culture For years, students and faculty have identified Penn’s “hypercompetitive” culture as a contributing reason for poor mental wellness on campus. This year, various student groups stepped forward with

initiatives to change that. New clubs in comedy and game design opened their memberships to all students, aiming to combat Penn’s competitive club culture, while leaders in the Undergraduate Assembly, the Student Activities Council, and UMOJA wrote columns calling on students to act against the exclusivity of student groups. Earlier this year, leaders in student government also wrote a list of potential guidelines for club recruitment, including rules banning resumes for freshmen and more than two rounds of interviews for general membership. Individual students also began stepping up to destigmatize mental illness, as well as the general experience of struggling at an institution like Penn. Some shared the costs and challenges of taking psychiatric medication as a student, while others briefly suspended “Penn Face” to frankly discuss the reality of living with mental illness. Penn acknowledged that students were struggling In a remarkable move, Penn announced a school-wide “Campus Conversation” in October to discuss community resilience in the wake of various tragedies, including the deaths of Moya, Rogers, Law student Justin Hamano and Vet student Brett Cooper. The causes of Hamano's and Cooper’s deaths have not been formally confirmed. According to current students, this was one of the only times that Penn acknowledged the connection between disparate events and one of the few times




strategies or taking steps to destigmatize mental illness. The events of 2017 firmly make mental health a top priority on Penn’s collective agenda moving into the next year. As a means of taking stock of how this conversation has evolved, here is a guide to the year’s most important developments in the realm of mental health:

Trump gave other Penn alumni, including Jon Huntsman Jr. and daughter Ivanka, positions in the White House

the White House in March. As the assistant to the President, an unpaid job, Ivanka Trump has met with foreign dignitaries and lobbied Congress, but has done little in the way of advocating for women’s rights and environmentalism — both of which were causes she championed during her father’s campaign. Other notable Quakers became embroiled in the Trump administration Outside the Trump family, several other notable Penn alumni have also been tapped to join the Trump administration. In July, Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, diplomat, and 1987 College graduate, was formally nominated by Trump to become the U.S. ambassador to Russia. While the two former Quakers have had public spats before, they both share the distinction of coming from two of Penn’s most notable families. Like the President, Huntsman Jr. was also relatively unknown during his time at Penn, though he later became one of the University’s most important alumni, serving as a University trustee from 1996 to 2001 and is now listed as a trustee emeritus. Amid all the different alumni who have populated the Trump administration, one Quaker has emerged as a growing thorn in Trump’s side. U.S. Deputy Attorney General and 1986 Wharton graduate Rod Rosenstein has taken on a pivotal role in the Justice Department’s Russia probe, which Trump has described as a "a total fabrication" and "a witch hunt." Rosenstein’s name will continue appear in headlines in 2018, though his reputation as an undergraduate at Penn was decidedly more understated. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, Rosenstein discussed his role in the Russia probe, his interactions with Trump, and how he spent his days on campus.



aking a step back from the actual games themselves, 2017 was an exciting year for the Penn Athletics community. There were several coaching changes in Penn Athletics in the past year. In a surprising turn, men's golf head coach Bob Heintz announced in late January that he was resigning from his post at Penn to take an assistant coaching position at Duke. Just three days later, former Penn golfer Michael Blodgett was tapped as the interim coach for the upcoming season. Blodgett led the team to a fifth-place finish at Ivy Championships, a two-spot improvement from the previous year, but the highlight of the season was a second-place finish at the Yale Invitational. But despite his success and the support of the team, Blodgett was not offered the head coach job at the end of the season. Instead, the job was given to Jason Calhoun, the husband of Athletic Director M.

Grace Calhoun and former women's golf coach at La Salle. Their relationship prompted many questions about his hiring. Penn volleyball entered the year with a vacancy at the head coach position following the resignation of Kerry Carr. But that too was filled quickly, as Katie Schumacher-Cawley was named the new coach in late February. Schumacher-Cawley came in with eight years of head coaching experience, and was a two-time All-American back at Penn State. She led the team to a 12-11 record, its first winning season since 2013. The final coaching change in Penn Athletics came from wrestling. A surprise resignation from coach Alex Tirapelle paved the way for legendary coach Roger Reina to return to the helm of the program. Reina had previously coached the team for 19 years, and holds the program record for most wins. Penn Athletics made a huge announcement in April, becoming the first Ivy League university to take the "It's On Us" pledge against sexual violence. The awareness campaign, which was launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden, is aimed at ending sexual assault on college campuses. The NCAA and 11 major conferences


that the University has recognized that students are struggling. Various student groups expressed high hopes leading up to the conversation, but many were disappointed that at the event, Penn’s top administrators did not address specific policy solutions that would improve the University’s resources and culture around mental wellness. Administrators didn't allow audience members to directly or publicly communicate their grievances to top administrators. Nonetheless, administrators said that followup programming would be arranged after the conversation. In November, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced several new mental health initiatives, including the hiring of five new CAPS staffers. This was the second time in 2017 that Penn had decided to expand CAPS staff. In February, they hired four new staffers and their operating extended hours. For students and campus officials, 2017 has been a watershed year for dialogue about and activism around mental health. Since the death of College freshman Madison Holleran in January 2014, which sparked a national conversation about mental illness and suicide, students have kept up the fight to destigmatize stress and unhappiness at Penn. These efforts, never popular at a university conscious of its elite brand, may have finally breached the administration’s reputational wall in recent months. But for community members affected by mental illness, more work can be done.

The stories that highlighted an exciting year in the Penn Athletics community

have also taken the pledge, but the Ivy League is not yet among them. Athletes also spoke out about the topics that were important to them. Guest columnist and sprint football quarterback Zack DiGregorio gave everyone an inside look into the mental health struggles that many athletes deal with. Football captain Louis Vecchio detailed how the teams that athletes are a part of become like family. And women's basketball captain Kasey Chambers reflected upon the team's collapse in the NCAA Tournament and how it didn't define its season. The Daily Pennsylvanian also embarked on a study of Title IX at Penn and the Ivy League, and found that while the Ivy League received the highest grade for women in the College Coaching Report Card, Penn itself had the lowest percentage of females coaching women's teams in the Ivy League at just 40 percent. Upon further investigation, it was determined that a number of factors contributed to this, including the discrepancies between individual and team sports, and the overlap of coaches in male and female programs. From start to finish, Penn Athletics has made major waves off the field — and if these 12 months have been any indication, it'll be hard for 2018 to match.

Several high-profile changes occurred across Penn Athletics in 2017, including the addition of three new coaches, the installation of new department initiatives and more.



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THURSDAY DECEMBER 14, 2017 VOL. CXXXIII, NO. 94 133rd Year of Publication CARTER COUDRIET President DAN SPINELLI Executive Editor LUCIEN WANG Print Director ALEX GRAVES Digital Director ALESSANDRO VAN DEN BRINK Opinion Editor REBECCA TAN Senior News Editor WILL SNOW Senior Sports Editor CHRIS MURACCA Design Editor CAMILLE RAPAY Design Editor JULIA SCHORR Design Editor LUCY FERRY Design Editor VIBHA KANNAN Enterprise Editor SARAH FORTINSKY News Editor MADELEINE LAMON News Editor ALLY JOHNSON Assignments Editor

As the semester winds down and I inch closer to the end of both my sophomore fall and my first semester at Penn, I can’t help but think about how little time I have left here. Two and a half years. That’s it. What have I made of my time here? What will I do to make sure that my years here are as memorable as possible? Will I bear any sort of real impact on this school, or will I be just one of hundreds of thousands of Penn alumni? Every day as I walk to class, I pass by buildings named after people who bore meaningful impacts on this institution. They’ve made sure to make their mark on this campus through all of the buildings named after them. Just think of Huntsman Hall, the Perelman Quadrangle, Perelman School of Medicine, Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Building … the list goes on. This is a school of names and namesakes. What’s more, this school is built upon heaps of donations. How do I feel about the nature of these donations? In a word, conflicted. Predominantly, I feel that naming all of these buildings after people who have donated to Penn is hilariously ostentatious. It almost seems like nothing more than an inherent

display of wealth and reputation. On the other hand, donations demonstrate a real sense of dedication and devotion to a place that endowed you with valuable lifelong memories. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be proud of where you went to college. More so, money that these donors provide is the reason for Penn’s robust infrastructure. We also cannot forget that these donations give students like you and me a bevy of resources that we’d not have otherwise. Why do people donate to their alma maters? It’s a question that is less straightforward than it may seem. Some donors claim that they donate to help other students who are in the positions they were once in. Many others are much more selfinterested. Why donate to your alma mater rather than a charity? Some donations may not be made in the name of financing the college career of a lowincome student, but to help the donor’s own children get a Penn acceptance letter. In fact, one-

sixth of all Penn undergraduates are legacies. That’s not likely to change, since 16 percent of this year’s Early Decision applicants are children or grandchildren of alumni. Take Claudia Cohen Hall, which billionaire donor and Wharton alumnus Ronald O. Perelman named after his exwife and Penn alumna Claudia Cohen, a gossip columnist for the New York Post’s Page Six.

that of his loved ones, along with some of the other hefty donations made by wealthy donors. Another example of the curious nature of these donations is one of the urinals at the Van Pelt Library that was named after donor Michael Zinman. He made a five-figure donation with the intention of having the urinal named after him. The plaque over the urinal reads, “The relief you are now experiencing is made possible by a gift from Michael Zinman,” making Penn boys uncomfortable for more than a decade. These unique and absurd examples make me think not only about the nature of alumni donations, but of the need for us to leave behind, or even impose, some sort of legacy onto our alma mater. Penn students want to take classes that pique their interest, handle leadership positions, maintain a robust social life, and apply for lucrative jobs post-graduation. It’s a handful, but while we juggle it all, we also want to make sure that we are the best at what

The drive to create some sort of legacy, though often expressed in unusual ways, stems from a common desire to remember and be remembered.” After Perelman donated $20 million to Penn, he had the building renamed to Claudia Cohen Hall. While the donation was a quantifiably generous one, it makes me think that he was less concerned about his legacy at the University and more concerned about

ALEX SILBERZWEIG we do. We want to be more than just another alumnus. We want to be remembered once we graduate because, after that, we’ll be out in the world, doing our own thing, competing against ourselves, and simply living lives of our own. College is a time where we still get to shine in the spotlight and attempt to outdo one another as a source of motivation, rather than malice. The drive to create some sort of legacy, though often expressed in unusual ways, stems from a common desire to remember and be remembered. ALEX SILBERZWEIG is a College sophomore from New York, studying mathematics and economics. Her email address is alexsil@sas.upenn. edu. “Brutally Honest” usually appears every other Tuesday.



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At Penn, we like to complain. We criticize the University’s hypercompetitive culture, lack of mental health resources, and social scene that feels very Greekcentric. These are extremely important issues that demand attention. And we, as a student body, have done a good job of holding the Penn administration accountable for their mistakes in order to promote policy change. For example, following the recent Campus Conversation, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced new wellness initiatives, including increased funding for Counseling and Psychological Services and a new system to evaluate the administrative process at CAPS. These efforts are by no means the ultimate solution to Penn’s mental health crisis, but are steps in the right direction. There are many other prominent issues that the administration has yet to address like the intrusive efforts of the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community to curb on-campus parties and social events. Still, a lot of the time, we are so busy pointing fingers at the administration that we fail

to recognize our own responsibility for Penn’s culture. Our actions shape our own environment, and they speak much louder than our complaints. Neglecting to take responsibility for our contribution to the toxic parts of Penn is what allows it to persist. We are critical of forced grading curves and how they encourage competition, not collaboration. But for the moment, the curve isn’t going anywhere. Yet, we continue to refuse to find ways to be collaborative and share our notes. A few weeks ago, the Class Boards, Undergraduate Assembly, and Penn Wellness created the Random Acts of Kindness initiative. Jars were placed around campus with suggestions of nice things to do. During Random Acts of Kindness, College junior Maria Formoso noted that she “overheard one girl pull out a deed that read ‘share your study guide,’ and right away she said, ‘no way

that’ll mess up my curve.’” Even an attempt to foster a sense of community on campus brought out Penn’s cutthroat culture, which clearly we perpetuate by rejecting opportunities to be collaborative and kind. We are the primary forces that shape campus culture here, not the administration. So the responsibility to change Penn falls

but when it comes to admitting that we ourselves are having trouble, we continually fail. It makes sense that it is difficult to say that we, as individuals, battle mental illness or struggle to keep up in our classes. Still, if we want to have a healthier campus culture, these are the steps we need to take. We criticize the amount of power held by fraternities on campus, yet continue to attend their parties every weekend. Perhaps if we got serious about boycotting frat parties, they wouldn’t hold so much clout on campus. Simply put, if we are going to complain about Penn, we need to make sure our actions do not undermine our words. Although it might not feel like it we, as individuals, have the power to change our school. A lot of upperclassmen I’ve met have noted that the Campus Conversation was the first attempt of the University to address student concerns dur-

Our neglect to take responsibility for our contribution to the toxic parts of Penn is what allows it to persist.” on us. We need to rethink how we approach everyday life here and how we can make positive contributions to the community. What’s more, we talk about “Penn face” like it is a distant issue instead of understanding that it is something we contribute to. We can discuss the University’s issues at length,

ISABELLA SIMONETTI ing their time at Penn. In other words, the administration has historically not jumped to dismantle the many toxic elements of this campus. We need to hold the University to a high standard, but we also need to recognize that we can effect change ourselves. Our campus culture will only evolve to meet our standards if we make sure that our actions align with our values. Demanding kindness, collaboration, and honesty from ourselves is the ultimate way to shift our campus culture so that it reflects our ideals. ISABELLA SIMONETTI is a College freshman from New York. Her email address is “Simonetti Says So” usually appears every Tuesday.


Penn students don’t just want longer breaks. They need them. CONVOS WITH CARLOS | Extending winter break would prove Penn’s commitment to mental health This is the second year in a row that Penn has had a winter break lasting only 19 days. The 20162017 academic year parallels the current one with the same number of days off. The University’s academic calendar is set three years in advance with all breaks finalized from the 2017 fall term until the 2020 spring term. Penn’s hypercompetitive environment can be taxing on its students and stress can accumulate all semester, leading up to winter break. Honestly, 19 days does not seem like enough time to adequately switch gears from finals season at Penn to spending time with family during the holidays.

For international students who pay thousands of dollars to fly home, spending only three weeks with their families and friends is ridiculous. Although the University tries to get involved by having a “Campus Conversation” and rolling out initiatives like the “Campaign for Wellness,” it still manages to not really listen to what its students need. As we transcend into finals and plunge into our winter breaks, in the back of my mind, I truly ponder over the question, “Is Penn doing all that it can for the mental health of its students?” Since the start of this year’s

fall term, there has been an increase in student deaths by suicide, many natural disasters, and executive orders such as the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. All of these events, this year in particular, have hit the Penn community very hard. After all that has happened, I implore the Penn administration to re-evaluate the academic calendar for next semester and the next two years. Students should have adequate breaks that enable them to destress and process everything that has happened since the beginning of the year. The biggest hurdle standing in

the way is Pennsylvania state law that requires every class to meet 14 hours a semester and does not allow one semester to have more

weeks than the other. According to a past DP article on why Penn has short winter breaks, “these laws apply to all colleges

Students should have adequate breaks that enable them to de-stress and process everything that has happened since the beginning of the year.”


in Pennsylvania, public and private.” It baffles me that this is the excuse that Penn takes to justify why we have shorter breaks when there are other private colleges in the area that also follow the same Pennsylvania state law but have longer fall, winter, and spring breaks than Penn. Students at nearby Swarthmore College get a lot more time off. Since Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr College are in the Tri-Co Consortium, they have relatively similar academic calendars. These three small liberal arts schools just outside Philadelphia have a week off for fall break, about a month off between both semesters, and a slightly longer spring break by a day. It is important to note that these schools start on Sept. 4 and 5, a week later than Penn’s official start day of classes on Aug. 29, but they end a week after Penn’s official last day of spring term, May 8. All of these schools follow the same Pennsylvania state law. There’s no excuse why Penn does

CARLOS ARIAS VIVAS not have longer breaks. Summer vacation is supposedly extended by ending on May 8 because the University needs to have the space ready to house educational programs over the summer. Although Penn has an earlier end date than that of its peer schools, these other institutions start their terms much later. The University is capitalizing on summer programs for high schoolers and has designed our academic calendar with them in mind. We do not need to have such short breaks if other neighboring schools have found a way to comply with the law and give their students the adequate month off that they deserve. The University has only simply acknowledged some of the significant events that have affected the student body in some way or another. If Penn really wants to effect positive change on the community, it will start off by re-evaluating its academic calendar to add longer breaks and reading days that, in return, show they actually care about their students’ mental health. CARLOS ARIAS VIVAS is a College freshman from Stamford, Conn., studying communication. His email address is “Convos with Carlos” usually appears every other Tuesday.

There really is no such thing as lost time CHANCES ARE | We can find meaning in our time if we choose to If you are as introverted as I am, you probably spend a lot of time reflecting on your life. The quiet three to five (more like seven to nine) minute intervals in which I brush my teeth are often when I experience my revelations, which bloom in my mind like little fireworks on the Fourth of July. In my latest toothpaste epiphany, I was thinking about where my life has gone these past few years. I was sighing about how I wasted so much time getting my writing career started, sighing about how that had hurt me in the long run. I’m a senior now, with primarily these opinion columns to my name and a few other news or magazine clips. And from what I’ve been told, the only things publications are looking for are: A) writing that dazzles, or B) published writing experience. As to the first, I’m not sure I have it. Like most naive artists when they start, I used to think I was something special until I read more and more authors and realized that they had said

it all — and better. As to the second, while I love my columns as extensions of myself, they don’t demonstrate my ability to report or research or all the other skills necessary in journalism. I despaired that all these years had been exactly what I wrote this piece to define: lost time. I sat on my bed for a while longer and, though I was supposed to go to class, lost time thinking about what it means to lose time. We always view time that is lost as if somehow we had genuinely misplaced it. As if those moments, in which we were present and which we had decided to use in ways most comfortable to us, were no longer ours. As if they, however happy they might have been, had vanished — poof! — like a teenage diary from our sock drawer, because they weren’t in the service of some materialistic result. When a relationship ends that has been full of turmoil and strife, we call it all lost time because it didn’t finish by

returning lasting benefit to our lives. Or we spend years, or maybe months, even days, researching, working, putting effort, and putting more — maybe our hearts and our souls, our selfidentity and self-worth, too — into a project that doesn’t come

pus. That lost time functions in terms of a competition, and of a winner and a loser and an agony to land in either one camp or the other. That we have actually placed last in the struggle to use our time the best. And why have all those moments been lost in the first

If we insist on viewing [time] as ours, then we have to acknowledge that we’ve never misplaced a single second; only put it somewhere it’s a little more difficult to show off on a plaque.” to fruition, and we call it lost time. I sometimes think that lost time even comes to have a different definition on this cam-

place, I reiterate? Because they’ve seemingly given us nothing. But perhaps they’ve given us something we can’t immediately recognize.

Because in those moments we should have been doing something else, we were probably happy doing whatever we were doing. And infinity isn’t made up of endless “shoulda, coulda, wouldas”; it is made up of the numerous little “nows.” Because those times we wanted something beyond our reach and couldn’t grab it, we probably weren’t ready for it in the first place. If we weren’t mature enough to do the right thing, we probably couldn’t have handled the responsibilities that come with doing the right thing. Because nothing in life is ever wasted if we choose not to let it be wasted. Sometimes, that entails a retrospective redefining of a moment’s usefulness. I don’t wish to pull out a cheesy “everything has a purpose” platitude, because that’s not what I’m saying at all. But I am leaning closer to another “view the glass half-full” kind of cliche. Moments in life often give no obvious benefit, and thus can seem wasted. However, if only to comfort

AMY CHAN ourselves, we can try to learn something positive from every experience, even if all we learn is that we have the ability to work hard with no reward. Besides, if we are being really philosophical, how can we lose time anyway, when it doesn’t belong to us? If we insist on viewing it as ours, then we have to acknowledge that we’ve never misplaced a single second; only put it somewhere it’s a little more difficult to show off on a plaque. AMY CHAN is a College senior from Augusta, Ga., studying classics. Her email address is chanamy@sas. “Chances Are” usually appears every other Thursday.




POST-TRUMP, STUDENTS QUESTION LIMITS OF FREE SPEECH 2017 Controversies included Neo-Nazi flyers on campus JAMES MEADOWS Staff Reporter

With the rise of social media and growing numbers of national protests, hotly contested debates over free speech in the context of religion, politics, privilege, and race have played out online and on the streets. This year saw free speech dominating headlines nationally as well as on Penn’s campus. As the year comes to a close, here is a look back at what issues drove the free speech debate in 2017. Donald Trump’s election put free speech into focus on a na-

tional stage Following Trump’s inauguration, millions of protesters, including some Penn students, donned vibrant pink hats and flooded the streets of Washington in January’s “Women’s March on Washington,” speaking out against the incoming president and his history with alleged sexual misconduct. In August, thousands of white nationalists associated with the “alt-right” movement converged in Charlottesville, Va. for a rally that left three people dead. Trump drew heated criticism for suggesting that counter-protesters deserved as much blame for the violence as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who organized the rally.

Trump, a 1968 Wharton graduate, clashed next with NFL players who, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, kneeled during the national anthem in silent protest of police brutality and the plight of black Americans. Trump said the protesting players should be fired. At college campuses like Penn’s, the line between hate and free speech blurred At Penn in mid-April, neo-Nazi recruitment flyers with messages like “Stop the blacks” were displayed across campus. In response, Penn President Amy Gutmann and former Penn Provost Vincent Price declared that “hatred and fear-mongering have no place at Penn,” in a University-wide email.

In the days after the neo-Nazi material first appeared, students took public space into their own hands, covering the LOVE statue near College Green with posters depicting a figure throwing a swastika in the garbage. The image sported the caption, “AntiFascist Zone.” Following multiple appearances in 2016, a group of antiLGBTQ preachers continued to visit Penn and other local colleges multiple times this year. Armed with explicit banners, the group chanted jeers against “homo-sex,” Jews, Muslims, and women. Many of their appearances were met with organized resistance from LGBTQ-identifying students, and faculty members such as Univer-

sity Chaplain Chaz Howard, who called the preachers’ messages “terribly hateful.” While many students called for the preachers to be ejected from campus on the grounds of spreading hate speech, the University could not bar them from protesting outside of Van Pelt Library since Locust Walk and College Green are public spaces. Not all of Penn’s most contentious displays of free speech happened in public spaces The months-long controversy surrounding Penn Law professor Amy Wax began with an op-ed, published without much notice in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, Aug. 9. That piece, entitled “Paying the price for break-

down of the country’s bourgeois culture,” was co-authored by Wax and quickly became a source of widespread debate on campus and beyond. Wax and her co-author, University of San Diego School of Law professor Larry Alexander, said America’s success depends on “the hegemony of the bourgeois culture” — a claim 33 of her Penn Law colleagues said they “categorically reject” in a DP op-ed published on Aug. 30. Shortly after the uproar over Wax’s column, Penn’s chapter of the conservative Federalist Society invited her to speak at the law school in October, where she decried her colleagues as the “Gang of 33.”

PENN PROFESSOR JOE BIDEN HAS YET TO MAKE HIS MARK 2017 Rumors of Biden coming to Penn arose in late 2016 CARTER COUDRIET President

After wrapping up his term under President Barack Obama in January, Joe Biden accepted the title of “Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” and a position leading the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, based in Washington, Biden was named a Penn professor about a year after partnering with Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center following the death of his son, 1991 College graduate Beau Biden. Biden remains a figure of intense fascination on campus. Students swarmed the former vice president nearly every time he appeared on campus this year, and

events where he spoke consistently elicited a full house. While the exact nature of Biden’s role is still unclear, many students have been inspired by his talks on grief, immigration, and research. How did Biden get his title? Toward the end of 2016, rumors about Biden coming to Penn started to become a reality. Politico reported last December that Biden would be heading to Penn to “set up shop,” and in the following weeks, the former vice president all but confirmed the rumors. Quartz reported Biden saying on a hot mic at a ceremonial swearing-in event for the Senate that he would be “based out of Penn for foreign policy,” substantiating campus rumors and building a fair degree of excitement and anticipation. The official announcement came in February, when Biden’s


arrival and the opening of his D.C. research center were announced. Biden officially held joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences, with a secondary affiliation in the Wharton School. But with the good news came

some disappointment for Biden fans at Penn; while his center would focus on relevant hotbutton topics like diplomacy and foreign policy, Annenberg Dean Michael Delli Carpini said in a statement that Biden was “not scheduled to teach a formal course at this time.”

What has the former vice president been doing for the past year? While students have yet to enter a classroom led by Biden, the former vice president has persisted as a de facto campus celebrity through multiple speaking events on campus. At Biden’s first major speech after his appointment, he called on the United States to take a lead role in the fight against cancer. “We have more high-quality research universities than the rest of the world combined,” Biden said. “We have the greatest capacity to make progress as any time in the history of the world.” The event — which was originally going to feature former Penn Medicine patient and ambassador Lori Alf, whose invitation was rescinded after a report that she had been accused of discriminat-

ing against an Iraqi family — featured both Biden and Penn President Amy Gutmann, who praised the former Delaware senator as the only Penn faculty member in the world to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction. Biden’s other major speaking events included a dialogue in September with former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and an emotional interview in November, where he promoted his new book, “Promise Me, Dad,” and spoke heavily about Beau, his son who died of brain cancer in 2015. “He still went to work every single day as attorney general until the day he died,” Biden told a tearful crowd in Irvine Auditorium. “He told me to smile if anyone asked about him. ‘Smile, dad, smile. I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me,’ he’d say.”



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WHAT GOT PENN STUDENTS RILED UP THIS YEAR 2017 Students penned more than a dozen petitions MICHEL LIU Staff Reporter

Activism has been a cornerstone of the Penn student experience for years, and 2017 was no different. Throughout the year, undergraduate and graduate students penned over a dozen strongly worded letters and collected thousands of signatures for a wide range of issues. From Penn’s dining hall policies and new rules surrounding social events to the Trump administration’s appointment of key personnel, here’s what students got up in arms this year: Students, staff, and community members took on University policies The fall semester got off to a contentious start with a column titled “Who killed Asian American studies?” penned by students from the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. Alongside the column, students involved in the ASAM program launched a series of petitions and protests in response to the departure of Grace Kao, a founding faculty member and longtime director of the program. Kao left Penn and became a professor at Yale University.

But months after these efforts, students and faculty say the University has still left many of their requests around the ASAM program unaddressed. In the fall, student outrage was channeled towards Penn’s new policies governing social events. In response to a series of policies stemming from recommendations set forth by Penn’s Task Force for a Safe and Responsible Campus Community, College senior and 34th Street writer Cami Potter wrote an online petition titled, “The Ability to Have a Social Life at Penn.” While the letter drew criticism for arguing that new event registration policies were actively worsening Penn’s issues with mental health, it still managed to collect over 2,000 signatures within a day. This year has also seen two major petitions made against Penn Dining. In June, students launched a petition to protest Penn Dining’s policy of disallowing students to cancel meal plans they chose during on-campus housing selection. Engineering junior Colby Cox, who wrote the petition, said it was “insane” that Penn did not allow students to cancel their dining plans before the semester started. More recently, in November, numerous Penn freshmen signed a petition calling Penn’s dining plan policies


College senior Cami Potter wrote a petition titled “The Ability to Have a Social Life at Penn,” critcizing Penn’s efforts to curb on-campus parties.

the equivalent of “simple robbery.” The petition, which gathered close to 600 signatures, called attention to the dining plan’s conversion rate between meal swipes and Dining Dollars, which can lead to a nearly 50 percent loss in value for students. But students weren’t the only ones who aired their grievances against the University this year. In January, the Fresh Grocer supermarket launched a petition urging community members to speak out against the University’s decision to end their lease. The supermarket’s efforts to stay seems to have worked — at least momentarily. Months after Fresh Grocer was asked to leave,

it remains operational at its Walnut Street location. In September, the Penn Police Department called on the University to “compensate their police department fairly.” While representatives from the Penn Police Association and the Division of Public Safety began discussions over a new contract in the summer, they have yet to come to an agreement as of November. Students responded to President Trump and his policies The election of President Donald Trump began with tear-filled protests last November, and continued with protests throughout 2017. Hours after the 1968 Wharton

graduate was inaugurated, dozens of students walked out of their classes to demonstrate their opposition to his administration. When Trump announced his initial proposal for a travel ban, students also took to the streets in protest. The March for Immigrant Rights, which was sponsored by a number of campus groups, was accompanied by two petitions: one for signees to indicate their solidarity with the immigrant community to University administrators and another that called on Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to reject Betsy DeVos’ appointment as secretary of education. And students aren’t the only ones who have voiced criticism of the Trump administration. Penn President Amy Gutmann broke her silence on Trump’s leadership in January at a public speech where she called his executive order on immigration “injurious to our work and inimical to our values.” In February, she joined 47 other university presidents to sign a letter condemning the immigration ban. Penn faculty have also made their dissatisfaction known. In March, nearly 200 faculty members wrote a petition objecting to the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Graduate students pushed to increase visibility of their activism This year has been particularly eventful for activists within the graduate student community. In the spring, graduate student workers moved to set up a labor union by filing a petition with the Philadelphia’s National Labor Relations Board to hold a formal union recognition election. Months later, the voting process has yet to move forward, even though graduate student groups at other peer institutions have successfully unionized in a shorter timeframe. In October, following a series of national stories on sexual assault, graduate student leaders wrote a petition to Graduate School of Education Dean Pam Grossman. The petition gained over 90 signatures from Penn students, faculty, and alumni and calls on the dean of the Graduate School of Education to “strengthen and clarify” sexual harassment procedures. Less than a month later, graduate students were sent into a frenzy following reports of the new GOP tax plan, which threatens to significantly increase the price of a graduate education. In response, Penn students have organized a petition and “work-in” calling on University administrators to “protect” grads from the tax plan.

INSIDE ONE OF PENN’S MOST FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL YEARS 2017 Penn isn’t likely to change its spending in 2018 VIBHA KANNAN Enterprise Editor

With Penn’s ranking as the eighth richest university in the world, its vast financial resources are always a topic of discussion within the world of higher education. In 2017, the University’s endowment reached an all-time high, making it one of the best years for investment returns in Penn’s history. While experts say this spike in returns will have little impact on University spending, the controversy that erupted over a series of leaked documents known as “The Paradise Papers” in November placed the financial maneuvering of various elite universities in the spotlight — Penn included. Federal and state policies from the new Trump administration also brought increased attention to Penn’s finances this year. In early 2017, Penn faced a $30 million funding cut when Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.) proposed large budget cuts that would eliminate all state funding for Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Just as this proposal was reversed in October, the new GOP tax plan began introducing a range

of concerns for other members of the Penn community. Now in December, the University continues to face many unanswered questions about its investments and how they will hold up against shifting federal guidelines. To understand how Penn is moving into 2018 as a financial entity, here is a guide to the year’s most important milestones in University finances. Penn had one of its most successful financial years The University’s multi-billion dollar endowment, the main source of school funds, reached new heights in the 2017 fiscal year. Penn reported a 14.3 percent investment return on its endowment, bringing the endowment’s total value to a record-high of $12.2 billion. These high returns were largely driven by equity investments, which refers to the buying and selling of shares of stock on the stock market — but the larger endowment is unlikely to change University spending for 2018. Penn administrators and experts noted that one good financial year would not alter parts of the institution’s operating budget, which suggests that funds impacting students directly like financial aid will not be changing.


Penn reported a 14.3 percent investment return on its endowment. The endowment’s total value is now at a record-high of $12.2 billion.

Students and experts criticized the University for how it allocates its money Penn’s successful returns on its endowment were paired with new questions on how this money was being spent. Fossil Free Penn, a campus organization pushing for the University’s divestment from fossil fuels, took new steps in their activism this year. In February, the group wore surgical masks at its demonstration at a University Council Open Forum before staging a multiple day sit-in in March in College Hall that gathered over 100 people and ended with the Office of Student Conduct citing 13 students. Despite the multiple protests, the University did not respond to

FFP, prompting the group to reorientate its strategy from “inflammation” to recruitment and education in the fall. While the shift has expanded the membership of the group, it has not led to tangible policy change from the administration. FFP leaders say they will continue to work on refining their approach in the new year. Students aren’t the only ones calling attention to Penn’s investments. The investment techniques of large universities like Penn became a topic of national discussion with the release of “The Paradise Papers” — a collection of more than 13 million documents revealing that Penn was among dozens of universities to store millions of dollars in offshore tax havens.

The University’s tax forms revealed four funds in the Cayman Islands where Penn has stored more than $80 million dollars. These offshore private accounts, while riskier than government equities that universities have traditionally placed their money in, can also be much more lucrative, bringing higher returns for Penn. Penn actively worked against state and federal policies that affected its finances As a private institution, Penn is less swayed by government higher education decisions than public institutions. Nonetheless, major state and federal policy changes presented a range of concerns for University administrators in 2017. When Wolf announced sweeping cuts to state funding for universities in February, the University found itself at risk of losing almost $30 million for Penn Vet, 20 percent of the school’s budget. After months of uncertainty, which sparked outrage from veterinary students and faculty, Wolf signed a bill allocating state funding for Pennsylvania schools and alleviating Penn Vet’s financial stress. However, just weeks after, new concerns arose around the new GOP tax bill which has officially passed the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both bills

propose a 1.4 percent excise tax on private universities’ endowments. This means Penn’s highest paid employees, like Penn President Amy Gutmann whose pay totaled $3.5 million, could also stand to lose large parts of their income under the new proposal. The version of the bill that passed the House also includes several provisions that could significantly increase the price of a graduate education, prompting protests from students across the country, including at Penn. Dozens of graduate students marched into College Hall in November calling on Gutmann to “protect” them from the repercussions of this bill. In the coming weeks, state representatives will head to a conference committee to solve the differences between the House and the Senate proposals of the GOP tax plan. Given the potential repercussions of the plan, many members of the Penn community will be looking to University leaders to exert their influence on the legislation. In April, reporting from The Daily Pennsylvanian showed that Penn spends over $1 million each year trying to influence legislation on the state, local, and national level, which is almost twice as much as any of its peer institutions.

THE BATTLE TO PRESERVE ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM 2017 The program’s longtime director left Penn in January ALISA BHAKTA Copy Associate

In the fall of 1996, Penn created an Asian American Studies program, home to a series of interdisciplinary courses and an undergraduate minor. Twenty one years later, the ASAM program has no formal director, despite months of student petitions and protests geared toward increasing University support for the small program. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Steven Fluharty and other top University officials have expressed support for ASAM, but Penn has not set into motion any formal plan or policy change to reassure students desperate to preserve the program. Heading into 2018, the ASAM program is at a crossroad: its courses cross-listed with the English and Sociology departments are some of the largest

courses in those departments, but without a director or robust physical space, the ASAM program may not thrive for much longer. As a means of tracking the changes to ASAM over the past year, here’s an overview of the most important developments in the battle to preserve Asian American studies at Penn: When ASAM lost its director, Penn never replaced her The state of Asian American studies at Penn became uncertain when Grace Kao, a founding faculty member and longtime director of the program, departed for Yale University in January. Kao’s departure sparked protests and action by ASAM’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, which held an open forum, released a petition aimed at Penn administrators, and wrote a guest column in The Daily Pennsylvanian entitled, “Who killed Asian American studies?” Without Kao as director, the bulk of the program’s adminis-

trative duties fell on Associate Director Fariha Khan, “leaving her unable to focus on the growth of the program and limiting her ability to teach,” the ASAM UAB petition said. A petition launched months of protests and overtures to the administration In the guest column, the ASAM UAB spelled out five “suggestions on how to best support and proceed with the program,” including hiring a professor to replace Kao, increasing administrative support, physical space, the variety of courses offered for the program, and providing more support for all ethnic and minority studies programs on campus. Many of the sentiments in the column were echoed during the open forum, which was held in February following protests by Asian American students and faculty members on College Green. During this time, Fluharty had been slow to respond to emails from the ASAM

UAB. After three emails over the course of two months, he responded, “Penn will continue our strong commitment to the Asian American Studies Program,” and cited traveling and the holidays as reason for his delay. Months after the protest, students and faculty noticed little change Despite a semester of protests and outreach to University administrators, ASAM UAB members said in September that there has been almost no progress toward addressing their concerns since Kao’s departure. Fluharty’s office agreed to put out an ad for a full time lecturer, but for administrators, ASAM appears to not be a high priority. In an interview with the DP in October, Provost Wendell Pritchett — who was appointed in the spring and installed in July — said ASAM “hasn’t come up” in his periodic meetings with the deans of Penn’s major schools, but is “certain that it will.”


“Direct action must be taken to save this program that is essential to the fabric of our University,” wrote DP opinion columnist Jessica Li..

“Despite the College’s claims that it is ‘firmly committed’ to ASAM, their actions speak louder than official-sounding statements via email,” DP col-

umnist Jessica Li wrote in early October. “Direct action must be taken to save this program that is essential to the fabric of our University.”







A LOOK AT PENN ATHLETICS’ CRAZIEST MOMENTS 2017 Overtime games and thrilling comebacks highlighted 2017 COLE JACOBSON Senior Sports Reporter

When you give 31 varsity teams a full 12 months of competition, some pretty exciting games are bound to pop up. But 2017 has been a walking hyperbole for Penn Athletics. With various teams engaging in some instant classic battles, the Quakers have given fans a wild range of emotions throughout the calendar year, with the lone constant being thorough entertainment across the board. Where to even start? First, one can look at men’s and women’s basketball. The entire men’s basketball 2016-17 regular season was a rollercoaster in its own right, but the way it clinched its Ivy tournament spot was especially crazy — that is, Jackson Donahue’s three-pointer to clinch a 75-72 upset of Harvard. And yet what happened once the Quakers got to that tournament was even crazier. Entering

as a huge underdog to undefeated Princeton, Penn led by 10 points in the second half before falling victim to the Tigers’ late comeback in a heartbreaking overtime loss to end its season. As for the women? Their regular season might not have been as dramatic, but their postseason made history on a national scale. When the Quakers lost their 21-point fourth quarter lead en route to falling to Texas A&M in the first round of March Madness, marking the biggest comeback in the 36year history of the women’s tournament, one had to acknowledge it was unbelievable, no matter what his or her rooting interests were. The drama hasn’t stopped for either team in the brief 2017-18 season. The women slightly atoned for their March Madness result with their own huge comeback, overcoming an 18-point halftime deficit and beating Missouri State in November. As for the men, they battled La Salle to a 75-71 loss in the first double-overtime game in the Big 5 since 1983 — and they were just getting started. Not even two weeks later, Penn travelled to Mon-

mouth and played the school’s first quadruple-overtime game in 97 (!) years, topping the Hawks in a game that featured Penn blowing a 15-point second half lead, two buzzer-beating shots from Monmouth, and the entire Monmouth Internet collapsing during the third overtime. Speaking of four overtimes, Penn men’s lacrosse had a similar battle with far higher stakes. Facing conference leader Yale in the Ivy League semifinals, the Quakers played their first four-overtime game in school history, but the team came up agonizingly short in a 13-12 loss. That said, the Quakers still pulled off one big upset in an almost-as-wild 11-10 win over No. 6 Virginia in March. On the women’s side, after yet another Ivy title, Penn earned a first-round NCAA Tournament contest at home. Despite the result — the No. 7 Quakers’ 11-10 loss to unranked Navy, which featured a furious late comeback buoyed by freshmen Gabby Rosenzweig and Erin Barry — it undoubtedly stood as one of the most exciting games the program has seen in recent years.


How about that football season? Penn’s first two Ivy League games were both decided on the final play, with Dartmouth punching in a one-yard touchdown at the buzzer in a 16-13 win before Columbia overcame a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit to stun Penn with a 24-yard touchdown pass in overtime for a 34-31 victory — the Lions’ first win over Penn since 1996. But the latter part of the season saw some epic games finally go in Penn’s favor. On Homecoming, against rival Princeton, Penn got Will Fischer-Colbrie’s best performance of the season, and the Tigers missed a 31-yard field goal with six seconds left to clinch a 3835 win for Penn. Two weeks later, backup quarterback Nick Robinson led a late touchdown drive before Penn’s defense stopped Cornell at the one-yard line on the final play of the game, allowing the Red and Blue to end 2017 with a 29-22 win. For Penn’s other teams, the list goes on and on. No. 2 Penn women’s squash memorably came back from a 3-0 deficit to win its national semifinal against No. 3 Trinity. Penn wrestling stunned


In 2017, both Penn men’s and women’s basketball competed in the inaugural Ivy League tournaments that were hosted in the Palestra.

No. 17 Stanford, 19-17, for its first win against a ranked foe in five years. Penn volleyball had a pair of thrilling five-set wins over Columbia and Yale — the latter of which broke a seven-year losing streak against the Bulldogs. Penn field hockey got arguably its best win in school history when the Quakers upset No. 10 Syracuse, 3-2, using what was likely the best one all-


2017 Women dominated Ivy League as men rebounded from 0-6 start YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor

Both Penn men’s basketball and women’s basketball saw their seasons end in agonizing fashions last March, but neither of those final games should take away from thrilling 2017s for both teams. The year got off to an absolutely blazing start for the Penn women. Penn won its first four games of the 2017 calendar year, which included a thrilling comeback victory on the road against Princeton that featured then-junior guard Beth Brzozowski scoring all nine of her points in the final seven minutes of crunch-time. As it would turn out, that hot start to the new year was only a taste of the dominance the Red and Blue would achieve in the coming months. After falling in consecutive games to Big 5 rivals Villanova and Temple, Penn proceeded to absolutely tear through the rest of its competition. From the end of January through the end of the Ivy League Tournament, the Quakers lost only once in fourteen games. All of the winning culminated in a dominant effort in the inaugural Ivy Tournament that saw the Red and Blue finish their Ivy season the same way they started it:

by beating Princeton — just five days after Penn had beaten Princeton for the second time in 2017. In the Ivy Championship against the Tigers that clinched Penn’s second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, thenjunior forward Michelle Nwokedi showed exactly why she had been honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year. After scoring 25 points in the Quakers’ semifinal match-up with Brown, Nwokedi led Penn once again with 15 points against Princeton. Her efforts were enough to earn her Ivy League Tournament MVP, as she was joined on the All-Tournament team by fellow junior Anna Ross. The final victory over Princeton also served as a fitting Palestra send-off for then-senior and 2015-2016 Ivy League Player of the Year Sydney Stipanovich. Stipanovich finished her career with the Red and Blue as the Ivy League’s all-time leader in blocks, but her contributions to Penn went much deeper than just the box score. In the NCAA Tournament, Penn was just minutes away from earning the team’s first-ever win in March Madness when it led Texas A&M by 21 points in the game’s final quarter. But in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be as the Aggies rattled off a 25-1 run to stun the Quakers and avoid the colossal upset. It was a crushing end to an otherwise historic season, but

through the early stages of the 2017-2018 season, the Red and Blue have already shown glimpses of what could be an even better year for Penn women’s basketball in 2018. Penn currently stands at just 3-4, but the Quakers have already pulled off an epic comeback of their own to defeat Missouri State in the Bahamas. More recently, the team more than held its own against No. 3 Notre Dame. The Red and Blue ultimately fell, but not before holding the Irish to its lowest scoring total of the season. For the Red and Blue men, 2017 couldn’t have gotten off to a rougher start. After losing to Princeton narrowly on the road to start off the new year, things only got worse for the Quakers as they lost their first six games of the Ivy season. Had it not been for a nail-biting win over La Salle that saw thenfreshman AJ Brodeur explode for 35 points, Penn would have been the loser in every single one of its games in January. After Penn fell to Princeton again it its sixth straight Ivy loss, some even declared that the Quakers’ chances of making the first-ever Ivy League Tournament — hosted in Penn’s own Palestra — were all but dead. But instead of giving in, the Red and Blue zombies revived their season in stunning fashion as they rattled off five straight Ivy SEE BASKETBALL PAGE B2


Captains Darnell Foreman and Michelle Nwokedi led their teams to their respective Ivy Tournaments where the women won and but the men fell agonizingly short in an overtime thriller.

time out of Alexa Hoover’s school record 68 goals to break a tie in the final minutes. Penn Athletics gave its followers some moments to remember for a lifetime in 2017. And as the calendar soon turns to January, fans and athletes alike can reflect on a year that was consistently, both for better and worse, one for the ages.

2017 Among others, women’s lacrosse and men’s fencing won back-to-back titles COLE JACOBSON Senior Sports Reporter

The wire-to-wire domination that Penn women’s basketball displayed en route to its third conference title in four years was impressive, but that wasn’t the only Penn team to bring home Ivy League glory in 2017. A pair of Penn programs continued the elite play they’ve shown in recent years, as both Penn men’s fencing and Penn women’s lacrosse took home shares of the Ivy League title. The pair of teams had eerily similar final results, each finishing in a three-way tie and each winning its conference for the second straight year, as men’s fencing took its 16th title in school history while women’s lacrosse took home its 12th-ever championship. Coming off its 2016 Ivy League championship — a season in which the team briefly was ranked No. 1 nationally for the first time in school history — with Ivy League saber champion Shaul Gordon being the only major loss to graduation, expectations were high for Penn men’s fencing entering 2017, and the team cruised to wins in seven of its first eight matches of the year. In a highly anticipated regular season showdown with defending NCAA champion Columbia, Penn fell to the Lions, 15-12, relegating the Red and Blue to underdog status. But the Red and Blue would get another chance at payback with higher stakes, and they wouldn’t let it go to waste. In the opening match of the round-robin style Ivy League Championships at the Palestra, Penn happened to come across none other than the then-No. 1 Lions — and this time, the Quakers pulled off the upset, topping the defending national champions by the same 15-12 score. Unfortunately, Penn went on to fall to Princeton in the final match of the Ivy Championships, and Columbia had beaten


Penn men’s fencing and women’s lacrosse both overcame regular season losses to finish as champions of the Ivy League.

the Tigers earlier, forcing the three schools into a three-way tie for the conference title for the second straight year. For Penn, sophomore Justin Yoo and junior John Vaiani took first team AllIvy honors. All three schools proceeded to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where Penn took eighth place to Columbia’s third and Princeton’s fourth. While men’s fencing had relatively little roster turnover from 2016, Penn women’s lacrosse had to deal with the loss of three of its top four scorers, including program legend and 2016 Ivy League Attacker of the Year Nina Corcoran. But for a program that entered 2017 having won the conference in nine out of the past ten seasons, the message was clear: no matter who was leaving, this was a team that would be reloading, never rebuilding. The path to a repeat title certainly didn’t come without adversity, though. In its Ivy League opener, Penn was upset by Cornell at home, 10-4, forcing the Quakers into win-or-go-home mode for the entire remainder of conference play. Making matters more difficult, a pair of opening day starters in junior defender Katie Cromie and junior attacker Caroline Cummings went down with season-ending injuries, forcing the Quakers into a series of games without playing a single substitute. But all that mattered was Penn’s 12 women against the 12 women across from them — and more often than not, the Quakers’ were superior. Defin-

ing themselves as a defensive juggernaut behind star defenders Megan Kelly and second team All-American Katy Junior, not to mention the consistently elite play of senior goalie Britt Brown, Penn finished the regular season third in the country with a meager 7.73 goals allowed per game, while Brown led the nation in regular season save percentage at .562. And on the opposite side of the ball, the Quakers didn’t exactly fall off. Junior Alex Condon earned her second straight All-America nod after leading Penn with 44 goals, senior Emily Rogers-Healion became the 24th player in school history with 100 career points, and freshmen Gabby Rosenzweig and Erin Barry respectively scored the highest and third-highest goal totals for any Penn rookies this decade. Though the team clinched the Ivy League title with a comfortable 18-7 win over Yale, the top performance of the regular season was undoubtedly a showdown against rival Princeton. Led by eight goals from Condon, the Quakers gave the Tigers their only Ivy loss of the season in a 17-12 win, memorably allowing Penn to stay in championship contention. Though Penn’s postseason didn’t go the way it planned by any means, falling in the opening rounds of both the Ivy League and NCAA tournaments, its 13-2 regular season concluded in the program’s 10th conference title since 2007 — and with that, the continuation of the school’s top dynasty.




victories to put themselves right back into tournament contention. But the drama was just getting started. After choking in two straight games against Columbia and Dartmouth, Penn found itself facing a do-or-die situation to finish the regular season against Ivy power Harvard at home. Led by thensenior and captain Matt Howard’s 24 points, the Quakers found themselves locked up at 72 with just seconds left. Instead of going to Howard, Penn found itself the unlikeliest of heroes: then-sophomore guard Jackson Donahue. With one sweet stroke from distance, Donahue saved Penn’s season and provided one of the most memorable Palestra finishes in recent memory. In the Ivy Tournament, Penn found itself matched up with the same Princeton team that had already been the Quakers twice in the season. Instead of being intimidated by the Tigers’ undefeated record in Ivy play, Penn rallied in front of an electric crowd to play one of it’s best games of the season. The Red and Blue did not trail for a second of regulation, but Princeton tied the game on a tip-in with just seconds left. In overtime,

the Tigers proved to be too much, ending the Quakers’ miracle season in heartbreak. As agonizing as the final loss was, fans knew the Quakers would be well-positioned for another strong season behind the strength of its then-freshmen and current sophomores Brodeur and Ryan Betley. After 12 games of this new season, it seems safe to say that Penn is primed for another Ivy Tournament run. The Red and Blue fell in their first two games of the year, but have since won eight of ten games in their best start to a season since Penn went undefeated in Ivy play in the 2002-03 season. What makes the start to the season even more impressive is that so much of Penn’s success has come on the road. The Quakers have played their last eight games away from the Palestra on a road swing that has seen Penn lose to the No. 4 team in the country, win a thrilling quadruple-overtime game over Monmouth, and pull off an improbable upset over mid-major powerhouse Dayton. In all, it’s been a year of mostly highs, but a few stinging lows for Penn men’s and women’s basketball. At the moment, however, things appear to be looking up for both teams to have an even better 2018.

Men’s basketball is off to its best start in 15 years after latest wins Inside the highlights of a wild ride thus far for Penn YOSEF WEITZMAN Sports Editor

It’s only December, but Penn men’s basketball has already shown that this year’s team could be special. At 8-4, Penn is off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, when the Fran Dunphy-led Quakers finished undefeated in Ivy League play. That’s notable in itself, but what’s even more impressive is that the Red and Blue have been doing nearly all of their damage away from the Palestra. One has to go back more than three weeks on the calendar just to find the last time Penn played at home, but since that game, the Quakers are 6-2 — and one of those losses was to Villanova, the country’s cur-

rent No. 1 ranked team. The Red and Blue have been solid throughout their eightgame road swing, but two wins have stood out as particularly memorable. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Penn took down Monmouth in the Quakers’ first quadruple overtime game in nearly 100 years and most recently, Penn dispatched Dayton — a team that has gone to the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years. Each of those victories saw unlikely heroes step up, and both games also forced the Red and Blue to overcome adversity. Against Monmouth, freshman Eddie Scott exploded for 21 points on a perfect eight-foreight night from the field that included a pair of highlight reel dunks. Outside of that game, Scott has scored only 12 points in the entire season. The Quakers beat the Hawks

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despite blowing a 15-point lead in the second half and trailing by five in the final overtime period. “I don’t even remember everything — I don’t know how you could,” coach Steve Donahue said after the game. “We did so many things that were out of character; we just wondered how we were gonna pull this off on the road. This is wild, just crazy.” In Saturday’s win over Dayton, it was senior Sam Jones who stepped up. The Arizona native has bounced in and out of the rotation throughout his four years in University City, but he’s never let his playing time affect his performance. Against the Flyers, Jones took all six of his shots from behind the arc, and he drilled five of them to finish with a seasonhigh 15 points in just 13 minutes of action. While Penn trailed for less than two minutes of the game against Dayton, the Quakers were forced to rally after several big Dayton runs. The most threatening came midway through the first half; after jumping out to an early 21-7 lead, Penn fell behind after allowing the Flyers to score 16 straight points. But instead of succumbing to a team that has lost only four games at home in the last three seasons, the Red and Blue responded, finishing strong to leave Ohio triumphantly. The win was perhaps the most impressive of Donahue’s tenure with Penn, but after the game, both him and Jones were quick to suggest that wins like this could be a new normal for the Quakers. “This was our eighth straight away from home, and we’ve done a lot of good things, but we haven’t played our best game yet,” Donahue said.

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“It didn’t feel like an upset. It felt like we were supposed to win that game,” Jones added. If Penn can continue to get contributions from players deeper in the rotation like Jones and Scott, opponents will only have a tougher time matching up with the Quakers’ proven stars. Sophomore forward AJ Brodeur is one who stands to especially benefit. Brodeur led the Quakers in scoring last year as a freshmen, and as a result, he’s seen his fair share of double teams this year in the post. Brodeur’s scoring has been down a bit this season, but if supporting role players can step in to make shots along with starters like sophomore guard Ryan Betley and junior guard Antonio Woods, he will only have more room to operate down low as opposing defenses are forced to respect Penn’s other weapons. When defenses still insist on doubling Brodeur, he’s shown the ability to pass the ball to open shooters like he did against Dayton, finishing the game with a career-high seven assists. Brodeur with space down low and shooters surrounding him is a scary thought if you couple that with the improved perimeter game he has shown glimpses of this season starting alongside fellow big man Max Rothschild. Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how opposing Ivy coaches game plan for the combination of Brodeur’s expanded game and the Quakers’ other weapons surrounding him, both new and old. And if it’s true, as Donahue says, that the Quakers’ best basketball is still ahead of them, Penn fans have plenty to be excited for — and the rest of the Ivy League has a lot to be afraid of.




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Women’s basketball’s start not indicative of play Quakers begin with a tough schedule, search for chemistry JONATHAN POLLACK Sports Editor

Sometimes, the numbers don’t tell everything. With a little more than a month gone in the season, Penn women’s basketball currently sits at 3-4. The small number of games played by the Red and Blue has led to a small sample size of stats and observations, but there are several overarching trends from the team as it approaches Ivy play. As has been since coach Mike McLaughlin took control of the program eight years ago, defense is the hallmark of this team. Despite a middle-of-the-pack 61.4 points against per game, the Quakers have hit their defensive stride in the previous few games. Penn held No. 3 Notre Dame, one of the top offenses in the nation, to a seasonlow 66 points, then captured its first Big 5 win in nearly two years by holding Saint Joseph’s to just 50 points.

Much of that recent success has been due to the growing chemistry between senior forward Michelle Nwokedi and freshman center Eleah Parker. The two stand form an imposing force on the inside, and it showed itself against Saint Joseph’s: the duo combined for 12 rebounds, six blocks, and six steals. Consistency has been an issue for the Red and Blue, not necessarily in between games but even from quarter to quarter. Against both Binghamton and La Salle, the Quakers jumped out to substantial early leads, but were unable to keep the pressure on in the second quarter and beyond. For the season, Penn has outscored opponents by 13 points in the first quarter, but has been outscored by 14 in the second quarter. That lack of continuity between quarters has led to losses, even though the Quakers were the better team on the floor for the majority of games. “There are things that happen in a basketball game ... how are we going to maintain our composure? How are we going to just look to the next play?” McLaughlin said.

“I see progress, but I’m still seeing runs that are a little bit large at times, and we just need to find a way to get through them.” One of the biggest trends early this season has been the continued success of senior Anna Ross at point guard. Last year, Ross shared much of the ball handling responsibilities with then-senior Kasey Chambers, but with Chambers’ graduation, Ross has been thrust into the role of the primary facilitator. Ross has thrived in that role this season, averaging 4.9 assists and 8.1 points per game. But her impact goes beyond the stats. She’s become the engine behind the team’s offense, and any success the Quakers have will undoubtedly run through her. “She’s doing a lot of things that don’t show up on the statistics and that’s pretty much Anna’s career,” McLaughlin said. “She’s a winner, she does little things that make the team really good, and we trust her.” Finally, the growth of Parker and fellow freshman Katie Kinum has provided the Red and Blue several additional scoring options. Parker


Penn women’s basketball has experienced some growing pains so far, but the potential for a fourth Ivy title in the last five years remains on the table after promising showings against tough opponents.

is third on the team with 8.9 points per game, while Kinum is averaging 5.4 points per game, leading all bench players. The offensive emergence of the two freshman will certainly be beneficial in Ivy

play, as teams will now have to be wary of the offensive potency of even more players. So while the Red and Blue might continue to experience some growing pains, make no mistake

— the team that’s won three of the past four Ivy League titles has major room for improvement, and if it hits that potential, the rest of the Ancient Eight has much to worry about.

Just two games lie between men’s basketball and Ivy League play THEODOROS PAPAZEKOS Associate Sports Editor

The next two weeks for Penn men’s basketball are just as notable for what the team won’t do as what it will do. After playing the most minutes of any men’s basketball team in the country in November, the schedule quiets down considerably in December. After dispatching Dayton at their home court on Saturday, the Quakers won’t return to action until December 27. That is a

gap of 17 days without a game. The extended break allows the student-athletes to focus on the first half of that moniker. With finals season in full bloom and the holidays in sight, coach Steve Donahue decided to give his players the time off. “[Academics] is always our first priority,” Donahue said. “We have such a long window for finals, and it backs up to Christmas.” Instead of games, Penn will have a chance to catch up on some of the practicing it’s missed out on thus far. While not playing in any games will allow the team to recover from the grueling schedule, Dona-

hue also suggested that prac- playing at home after the break tices can be even more tiring was a deliberate choice. than games. “I got a couple of home “We’ll be going two hours games after Christmas, which in practice. There’s a lot more I thought was great so the kids chances to get hurt in practice that have to travel don’t have to be honest with you. There’s to travel again. It just worked a lot more drilling. There’s a out,” Donahue said. lot more stop and ‘let’s go do The Red and Blue resume this’ for twenty minutes really their season with the first three hard,” Donahue said, while ac- of a nine game home stand. The knowledging that, “[The play- break will end against Delaers are] going to get a chance to ware State, who has struggled really just get our bodies back.” lately. The Hornets only have When the Quakers return two wins all year and lost to to campus after the holiday, Duquesne by 49 points in their they will play their first home last game. Delaware State is games since blowing out Penn 34 the worst Division I team in the 3434 State Brandywine over a month STcountry according to Kenpom, STST before. Donahue suggested that a comprehensive statistical

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measure. Two days later, Penn will face a much tougher challenge against Toledo. The Rockets managed to beat Saint Joseph’s but fell to Cornell, both opponents Penn will face later in the season. Toledo’s greatest threat is senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher who currently leads the team in rebounds, points, and assists. Fletcher is big enough to dominate the boards and has a good enough touch to make 38 percent of his three-point attempts. The Quakers will have to contain Fletcher to be successful. The following week, Penn kicks off the new year and


the Ivy League season against archrival Princeton. The Tigers swept the season series last year, beating the Quakers in all three games for the first time in the illustrious rivalry. Those three wins over the Red and Blue included a win in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals that ended Penn’s season. To exact revenge, the Quakers will look to neutralize Princeton’s leading scorer Devin Cannaday, who is averaging 19 points per game. The pivotal Princeton opener isn’t until after the new year starts. Until then, the Quakers have plenty of time to rest and recover before Ivy League play.

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The chance to gel over break awaits women’s basketball Penn has three games before Princeton in January

Tournament on Dec. 28-29. The Rams do not appear to be a difficult opponent. They currently have an 0-6 record away from home and are averaging just 52 points per game compared to their opponents’ average of 66. Four of the five Rhode Island starters are underclassmen, including three freshmen, as well as leading scorer Nicole Jorgensen. While the Quakers should not be too complacent when they face their much younger opponent, they will no doubt be favored under the lights of the Palestra. The Red and Blue will also be the favorite heading into the NJIT tournament, as they will be the only team present that currently has more than two wins. Penn knows its opponent for the opening night game will be Virginia Commonwealth (1-7), who have lost six of their eight games by double digits and whose only win came over 1-8 Old Dominion. The Rams are led by the duo of Tera Reed and Jailyn Maddox, both averaging over ten points

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Three games in just under four weeks. That’s a lot of downtime. After playing seven games in just about as much time this past month, Penn women’s basketball will look rebound from a tough early schedule over winter break and come out with its heads held high. Currently riding high after a close 57-50 win over crosstown rival Saint Joseph’s for their first Big 5 win in nearly two years, the Red and Blue will aim to capitalize on this momentum and not only carry it into the break, but keep it going until they return to action. On the docket for the Quakers (3-4) over the next few weeks is a home game against Rhode Island (2-8) on Dec. 22 followed by a trip to Newark, N.J. for the New Jersey Institution of Technology Highlanders Christmas

per game, so a key to victory for the Quakers will be to shut down this pair before they get hot from the floor. For the second game of the tournament, on Friday night, Penn’s opponent will depend on whether they win or lose their first game. If they are victorious against VCU, they will face the winner of Long Beach State (2-7) and the host NJIT (1-10), but if they are defeated, they will face whichever team lost. Again, both teams are not very strong on paper, combining for just three wins, but games are not always won on paper. Curiously, Long Beach State has suffered losses to mid-major teams as Montana State and Oral Roberts, but picked up an away win in upset fashion over Pac-12 member Arizona. Both teams also won their last game, Long Beach in a nail-biter over Grand Canyon, 65-63, and NJIT in a blowout against St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn, 106-42. NJIT has struggled offensively and defensively all season, only putting up more than 60 points

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twice while allowing more than 60 in all but three of their games thus far. Of all the teams they will or may play this break, Penn is the only team to have wins in all of

the home, away, and neutral columns. They have the experience and talent to go from 3-4 to 6-4 before they open up conference play against Princeton on Jan. 6, helping to continue their Ivy title

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TEAMS THAT WERE ONE WIN AWAY FROM GLORY 2017 Sprint football, baseball fall short in championships CARTER THOMPSON Associate Sports Editor

For many teams at Penn, there is one event that stands out over the others: The Ivy League championship. It’s circled on the calendar. It’s yelled in the locker room. It’s posted up in the weight room. Teams tirelessly work to be crowned as kings or queens of the Ancient Eight, and many succeed. But others don’t get their storybook ending. The crown is never captured. The blood, sweat, and tears poured in, don’t get returned. The losses that leave the longestlasting scars are in the champion-

ships that almost were but never will be. Reaching the championship game. Being only a few points away. Having your opponent on the ropes. Unfortunately, women’s squash felt the agony of such a defeat this past season. Fresh off a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to No. 1 Harvard in the national championship in 2016, the Red and Blue had the opportunity for a dreamlike comeback in 2017. Led by eventual Ivy League Player of the Year, Reeham Sedky, the Quakers had revenge in their minds. Penn. Harvard. A rematch for the National Championship. The stage was set. But the curtain never opened. The lights never came on. Sadly, the match was over before it started. Harvard swept the first five matches and with it, the na-

tional championship for the second straight year. However, one comeback attempt was nearly a success later in the year. Penn women’s tennis got off to an 0-2 start in Ivy play before rallying to win its next three matches. The Quakers approached the last weekend of the season with a chance to capture the Ivy title. In their way? Current top teams Dartmouth and Harvard. Their task was simple: Win the next two matches and the championship was theirs. Led by eventual first team All-Ivy selection Kana Daniel and a strong supporting cast of Lina Qostal and Ria Vaidya, the Quakers looked poised to pull off a huge comeback. The Big Green looked, early on, to be well on their way to squash-

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FORMER QUAKERS TRY TO MAKE NFL ROSTERS 2017 Alumni cut from final rosters while current hopefull waits WILLIAM SNOW Senior Sports Editor

2017 might have been the busiest year for Penn football’s relationship with the National Football League since the new millennium. While multiple former Quakers have been bouncing around preseason and practice squads for the last few years, this past year represented the program’s best chance in decades to land skill players in high-profile spots. Alek Torgersen graduated in May as possibly Penn’s greatest quarterback in history, having broken the program records for career touchdowns (52), pass completion percentage (65.1) and yards of total offense (7,937) in his four years for the Red and Blue.

While many tapped Torgersen to be the first Quaker drafted in 15 years during the NFL Draft in April, his name was left on the board after all 253 picks had been used. Just minutes after the end of the draft, however, Torgersen found himself in negotiations with the reigning NFC Champions, the Atlanta Falcons, and ultimately joined them during the summer to fight for a spot on their roster. His NFL debut came during the preseason when the Falcons played the Miami Dolphins in August. Torgersen completed all five of his passes for a total of 19 yards and rushed for 17 in addition to being sacked once. Unfortunately, his next game didn’t fare as well. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 20, Torgersen threw an interception and went 2-for-8 for 25 yards. He was cut from the 90-man roster on Sept. 1. It was a bad weekend for the Quakers — 2016

graduate and former Penn tight end Ryan O’Malley was cut by the Oakland Raiders the next day. Just days later, Torgersen was picked up by the Washington Redskins and placed on their practice squad. One month later, though, he was cut once again, setting back his thought-to-be promising career prospects. Similarly, O’Malley signed for the Buffalo Bills to play on their practice squad on Oct. 10. He has since been dropped and remains a free agent at the present date. A third former Penn player who was frustrated this season was Detroit Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland. The 2013 graduate, who recorded 30 tackles and half a sack for the Lions in 2015 and 2016, tore his pectoral muscle in his preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Copeland was ruled out for the season, forcing him to wait until 2018 if he wants to continue getting reps in the

NFL. Not all hope for the Quakers is lost, despite facing setbacks in 2017. Copeland could very well return to the fray next season, but in the meantime, the Wharton alumnus has received attention from national media outlets like ESPN for his special balance between playing in the NFL and working on Wall Street. Meanwhile, Penn senior wide receiver Justin Watson finished a record-smashing career in November and has been preparing for a potential campaign to hear his name called in the NFL Draft next April. Watson holds the Penn program records for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions, and the Pennsylvanian also broke the Ivy League record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (10). He could just be the Quakers’ next best chance of


After going undrafted, former Penn football quarterback Alek Torgersen signed with the Atlanta Falcons before being waived after the preseason.

a first draftee since 2002, having been observed by scouts from multiple NFL teams during his senior season. So while 2017 was a busy year

for Penn football alumni in the NFL, it looks like 2018 could be an even busier one as the program continues to grow in national relevance.

PENN CLUB SPORTS SHINE ON NATIONAL STAGE 2017 Club men’s soccer flew to Arizona for national tourney BREVIN FLEISCHER Sports Editor

Considering the sheer competitiveness and ubiquity of Penn’s club culture, it seems only fitting that the Year in the Review issue takes into account the successes of Penn’s club sports in 2017. Leading the charge for Penn’s club sports programs is the men’s hockey team. After starting their season off with a bang, the Quakers have not relented

whatsoever. Their 14-3-1 record paces the Colonial States College Hockey Conference, and behind the scoring prowess of Brett Rahbany (52 points) and Alex Beckert (50 points), the Red and Blue offense has been unstoppable all season. If the Quakers can sustain their early season success, they’ll have a strong chance to end the season as the conference leader after finishing in a close second-place last season. Matching the dominance of the ice hockey program in 2017 was the women’s club soccer team, which blew away the competition right from the season’s

start. Blitzing their opponents with 35 goals in just eight games, the team finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record that earned them a spot in Regionals. Meanwhile, the men’s squad has been equally impressive, going 6-0-1 in the regular season before winning the Philadelphia Division at the Region I Tournament and advancing to the College Club Soccer Championship National Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Not to be outdone, Penn club tennis had a season for the ages in the spring of 2017, earning a trip to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Champion-

ship in Orlando, Florida as a top seed. Inarguably one of the most selective and skilled club teams at Penn, club tennis has a rigorous try-out process which results in a truly elite group of players. As a testament to that talent, Penn regularly receives top 20 consideration in the national rankings. Speaking of Nationals, Penn club ultimate’s Anna Thompson established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of frisbee. The junior earned a spot on the United States National Team at the World Under-24 (U24) Ultimate Championship in Australia and will represent

her country in early 2018. Additionally, Penn’s sailing team has had quite the year in its own right, as both the women’s team and co-ed team earned top 25 rankings while competing primarily against varsity opponents. Without a full-time coach to organize and teach, captains Ava Esquier, Max Slosburg, and Raemie Ladner have been crucial to sailing’s successes in the fall season. With a team full of young talents such as sophomore skipper Lenox Butcher, Penn club sailing could be a force for years to come. While the aforementioned sports have cemented them-

selves as parts of the very fabric of Penn’s club athletics scene, junior Connor Borkert, formerly a member of Penn Track and Field, spent 2017 looking to receive official Penn recognition for his weightlifting club. Borkert, one of the 10 best powerlifters for his age group in the entire country, attempted to elevate Penn Barbell Club from a loosely-associated collection of guys to an official, organized, and Penn funded program. All in all, 2017 has been a successful and active year for Penn’s club sports. With all the talent across campus, 2018 should be just as impressive.


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