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In 2021, the Penn community celebrated, grieved, and navigated change. The year was marked by a return to on-campus life across the University. Community members coped with the ever-changing pandemic and associated losses, and they managed a complicated and often stressful return to in-person classes and exams. With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, students were once again able to gather in person, whether to celebrate campus traditions or express their grievances with the University — from Penn’s handling of the 1985 MOVE bombing to its inaction following the alleged assault of a sophomore at a fraternity party. Take a look back at the year’s biggest stories with The Daily Pennsylvanian’s Year in Review.

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Penn community responds to Donald Trump presidency, Biden administration’s first steps In-person life allowed Penn’s political clubs to restart in-person programming and voter mobilization efforts for both local and national elections IMRAN SIDDIQUI Staff Reporter

2020 was a year impacted by the start of the pandemic and a contentious presidential election. In 2021, members of the Penn community reckoned with the aftermath of 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump’s presidency while also adjusting to the initial actions taken by the new administration. As campus reopened and students returned to Locust Walk, in-person life allowed Penn’s political clubs to restart in-person programming and voter mo-

Students protest injustice and inequity The return to campus life allowed students and community members to resume in-person demonstrations against the University LINDSEY PERLMAN Senior Reporter

Penn student groups, in addition to West Philadelphia community members, have taken to different forms of activism over the past year to address and redress different diversity, equity, and inclusionrelated causes. In 2021, the return to in-person campus life allowed students and community members to resume gathering to demonstrate their grievances and frustrations with the University. March 30 — Around a hundred educators, students, and activists marched through University City to urge Penn and other property tax-exempt universities, such as Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University, to pay Payments in Lieu of Taxes to Philadelphia. April 28 — More than 300 West Philadelphia and Penn community members gathered outside the Penn Museum to demand the immediate return of the remains of victims killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing and to honor the lives of Tree and Delisha Africa, whose remains the Africa family believes were held by the Museum. In August, a Penn-commissioned study found that two professors demonstrated “extremely poor judgment and gross insensitivity” in retaining human remains from the bombing and using them as educational materials in an online course. June 23 — Hundreds of members of the Penn

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021 bilization efforts for both local and national elections. The Daily Pennsylvanian’s coverage followed how the University and its students and faculty members reacted to this year’s biggest moments in politics — ranging from the Capitol insurrection and Trump’s subsequent impeachment to former Penn Presidential Practice Professor Joe Biden’s first actions in office. Jan. 7 — After a right-wing, insurrectionary mob stormed the United States Capitol, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett condemned the assault in a written statement. The University’s statement denounced the “dangerous propagation of falsehoods and disproven allegations” of a fraudulent election that Trump and his supporters had claimed, but it did not make any mention of the former president or acknowledge the University’s connection to the Penn alumnus. Following the insurrection on Jan. 6, Penn alumni called on the University to revoke Trump’s degree. Jan. 13 — Trump became the first president to be impeached twice after the 232 members of the House of Representatives passed articles of impeachment — charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” Trump was impeached for the first time in December 2019 after being charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was accused of soliciting election assistance from the Ukrainian federal government to investigate then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Jan. 20 — Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president. Kamala Harris became the first woman, Black American, and Asian American to serve as vice president when she was sworn in during the ceremony. Biden’s address focused on unifying the country, as he promised that he would be “a president for all Americans,” a common theme throughout his camcommunity signed a Police Free Penn petition calling on Penn President Amy Gutmann and the University to address the harmful medical experiments done on Philadelphia prison inmates conducted by the late Penn dermatologist Albert Kligman. The petition demands a formal apology from Gutmann to the victims and their families and financial reparations for those affected by the experiments as well as complete disclosure of all profits Kligman and the University made from the experiments and removal of Kligman’s name from all Penn-related entities. Sept. 23 — After news broke that a Penn sophomore was assaulted by a Psi Upsilon “Castle” fraternity brother in September, students took to Locust Walk to distribute and hang 300 flyers around campus protesting an end to “frat culture.” Sept. 26 — By the end of the day, a substantial amount of the flyers were torn down, in what some students said was a broader cultural clash about whether Greek life on campus should be abolished. Campus activists held multiple sit-ins and protests outside of the fraternity, located at 36th and Locust streets, calling on the University to expel the alleged assailant and to remove Castle from its chapter house. Oct. 11 — The following month, the student group Natives at Penn marched across campus demanding Penn to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day by adding it to the academic calendar, as well as increase the institutional support of Indigenous students on campus. Nov. 18 — As Penn continues to add more multistall, all-gender bathrooms to buildings across campus, student leaders are keeping up the pressure on administrators to redouble their efforts. Less than 50% of Penn’s buildings have all-gender bathrooms, according to LGBT Center Director Erin Cross, while University Architect Mark Kocent stressed that the bathroom renovations in older buildings take time due to logistical constraints. Dec. 8 — Natives at Penn officially joined the 7B, formerly the 6B, a coalition of minority student groups on campus that periodically meet with the Penn administration.

paign — in light of the COVID-19 crisis and increased political polarization. As the Biden-Harris administration took office, it brought over 10 Penn graduates and affiliates to serve in the White House. 2019 Penn Law School graduate Ashley Williams became the first Black woman to be deputy director of Oval Office operations, while 1991 College graduate Michael Hochman was appointed deputy staff secretary. Feb. 13 — After being impeached for the second time, former president Donald Trump was acquitted again by the Senate. Seven Senate Republicans voted ‘guilty’ along with Democrats to make the 57-43 vote the most bipartisan margin in favor of conviction in American history. March 8 — Following through on campaign promises, Biden signed an “Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.” Penn students leaders told the DP that they hope Biden would be able to deliver much-needed reforms of current regulations but questioned how long the process might take before actual policy changes are made. They also expressed hopes that the University would provide further support to victims of sexual assault. July 2 — Gutmann was officially nominated by Biden to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Hours after the White House’s press release, Gutmann wrote in an email to the Penn community that she planned to continue in her position as president

either until June 30, 2022, as originally planned, or until whenever the Senate confirms her ambassadorship. Penn professors largely agreed that Gutmann has the capability to rebuild relations with Germany, while some students were wary about change in University leadership. July 21 — Weeks later, Biden tapped former Board of Trustees Chair and 1981 Penn Law graduate David Cohen to be the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Sept. 27 — In anticipation of National Voter Registration Day, Penn’s political clubs began to transition toward in-person strategies and initiatives for the first time in over a year this past September. With hopes to boost student turnout, Penn Leads the Vote, a nonpartisan, student-run program, and Penn Democrats both told the DP about their goals to regularly have voter registration tables set up across campus. By Election Day, Penn Dems said that it was able to register over 350 voters during the semester. Nov. 3 — Nearly 400 ballots were cast in Penn’s two campus polling locations during this year’s general election. Both Houston Hall’s Bodek Lounge and the ARCH Building’s room 108 were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for registered voters. Students reported that the voting process was quick and easy to navigate. Students who voted on campus predominantly voted for the Democratic nominee, according to results posted outside the polling locations. The Democratic incumbents, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart, were reelected to serve as Philadelphia’s district attorney and city controller, respectively.

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t Penn, 2022 will bring more than just the start of a new calendar year. It will mean the departure of longtime University President Amy Gutmann, who was nominated as the next United States ambassador to Germany. Gutmann’s successor will have big shoes to fill. The search for her successor is already underway, with students, faculty, and trustees having various degrees of input and influence. Although we do not yet know the next president’s identity, one thing is clear: They will have a major opportunity to make their mark on campus. Given the social upheaval of the past few years, both at Penn and in the United States at large, the new president will have the opportunity to improve systemic areas of concern. As such, they must make major changes to several areas fundamental to Penn. Start with admissions. As a result of COVID-19, Penn instituted a number of changes to its admissions policies. Most notably, the University extended its temporary test-optional policy, with the SAT and ACT no longer being mandatory. Furthermore, the admissions department has pledged to take into account the individual circumstances that students may have faced as a result of the pandemic, such as personal hardships. These changes had enormous impacts. From the Class of 2024 to the Class of 2025, Penn’s applicant pool grew by 34%, partially as a result of the test-optional policy. Given that high school grades are both a more accurate and more equitable measure of future academic performance than standardized test scores, extending this policy, or at least strongly considering doing so, makes sense. The new president, through implementing changes like this permanently, would have the

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Cloobeck’s Call | Archiving our pandemic experiences can be a helpful way to reflect upon the past year while preparing for future historians to prosper from our documentation

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very day when I leave class, I step outside into the wintery Philadelphia weather, take off my mask, and take a deep breath of the crisp air, feeling refreshed. It is almost comedic how an act as trivial as taking off a mask can bring someone so much relief. A year and a half of pandemic life, more than anything, has taught us to be grateful for the little things in life. Especially now, thanks to the help of vaccines and the hard work of so many health care workers, we are able to mimic our pre-pandemic life in postpandemic ways: Going to concerts masks-off with our vaccination cards, attending athletics events sociallydistanced, hugging each other without hesitation, seeing friends and families we have missed so much because COVID-19 restricted our ability to travel, and more. However, the recent appearance of the Omicron variant has begun to loom over the world with a new shadow, keeping everyone on their toes. Mask mandates have been renewed, businesses have started to shut down, and even Penn has issued a strong guidance against social events sponsored by student groups. While the world is well-justified in lamenting yet another variant and taking all the steps to avoid another wave, to me, this is a reminder

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been a topic of conversation for decades, yet no president has gone so far as to put words into action. Penn’s next president has the opportunity to change this. Specifically, they can and should ensure that cultural centers and support systems, which serve as valuable resources for marginalized groups of students, receive prominent places on campus. The full extent of President Gutmann’s legacy will likely take years to assess. However, although the impact of her tenure is not yet fully understood, the new president must get to work immediately, and pursue systemic reforms for the betterment of Penn. If they do so, they can ensure the well-being of the University, both in 2022 and beyond.

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take steps to further ensure the safety of the Penn community and its neighbors. For one, the next president will no doubt have significant influence over whether to require COVID-19 booster shots. This Editorial Board has already recommended that the University do as such, for boosters can serve as an added line of defense against the virus. However, boosters are far from the only area where the next president can make major policy changes. As the pandemic evolves, the president must react appropriately, and loosen or tighten mitigation measures when fitting. Finally, the next president has an opportunity to diversify Locust Walk. Ensuring the presence of various interests on Locust has

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opportunity to make their mark on Penn early on. Those students who performed well on their standardized tests should obviously still have the opportunity to submit their scores, and be rewarded for demonstrated potential. However, those who cannot score high on such tests because of factors outside their control should not be punished. With regard to COVID-19 itself, the new president will have a considerable amount of leeway in where to take the University. President Gutmann’s administration has done a good job at keeping cases low, with little widespread transmission of the virus, despite the emergence of new, contagious variants. That being said, the University’s next president must

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for us to not overly revel in the slightest joy of normalcy and be oblivious to the challenges that we still face. Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing: a salient reminder to myself, an international student from China, of the diplomatic tensions between the two countries and the intricacies of my identity. Wildfires, rising temperatures, and Hurricane Ida have made the crisis increasingly visible. The death of George Floyd and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse reminded us of the systemic racial injustices that plague our society. There are many other issues that loom over our world, and there is simply no singular issue that defines our era thereof.

I’ll admit — all of this is very overwhelming. Especially after almost two years of pandemic life, we are exhausted by all of the grave challenges facing humanity. We may feel that it is simply easier to forget all the turmoils for one second and take pleasure in the little things. We may want to resort to unawareness as a remedy for mental and physical fatigue. After all, it can be taxing to think about the impending doom of climate change following a year and a half of quarantine. While these feelings are well-justified, and I myself am guilty of wanting to pause all the chaos for one moment, we must not be overtaken by the sense of relief from post-pandemic life and start living in a bubble. It is dangerous to ignore the challenges that face us just because we are seemingly on the brink of leaving one behind. Many of these issues, such as climate change and systemic racial injustice, cannot wait, and require our active engagement. Moreover, thinking that our efforts are feeble and that someone else will fix the problem is part of the problem itself. I do not wish to argue that we should all be thinking about how to resolve climate change, or any other challenges, on a global scale. Rather, I want to encourage the Penn community to take small steps to resolve the pieces of a larger issue. Now, more than ever, I am reminded of the motto of my own school, Wharon: “knowledge for action.” If you are passionate about COVID-19 relief, you can buy local and support small businesses. If you care about climate change, you can bring tote bags to ACME and use silverware to avoid single-use plastic. You can also initiate courageous conversations to help resolve racial discomfort. While these actions are certainly not enough, they are good places to start. Through focusing on the little steps, we can subdue the anxiety, fatigue, and overarching stress of resolving issues on the global scale. The Chinese Confucian philosopher, Mencius once evoked that when heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will test their strength with challenges and hardships first. As we reflect on the challenges of 2021 and contemplate how we want to live in 2022, consider this not to be a nihilistic outlook, nor a stark warning, but a call to action: Do something in 2022 about an issue you care about. I recognize that all of this is easier said than done. I am still actively figuring out how to live freely yet consciously in a post-pandemic world. Nevertheless, I believe Malcom X put it best: “If not now then when, if not me then who?” JESSE ZHANG is a College and Wharton sophomore studying marketing and communication from Shenzhen, China. His email is zhexi@ wharton.upenn.edu.

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he year 2021 has been a year of conflicting emotions for me. I experienced isolation in living alone, and contentment in developing closer friendships. I felt hopelessness during the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol, and hope for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. One thing that has given my life purpose during this pandemic has been documenting my experiences with the intention of preserving them. As a way to reflect upon 2021, I would like to encourage everyone to archive their stories. I will share a piece of my story and then offer some suggestions of how you can preserve your experiences. In mid-March 2020, just as COVID-19 upended our lives and we went into lockdown, I started taking pictures and journaling about my experiences. I took a picture of a grocery store bereft of produce. A picture of a closeddown beach park in my hometown. In fall 2020 at Penn, I documented boarded-up stores and protests near 40th and Walnut streets. In December 2020, I began to compile journal entries and pictures that I wanted to share with the Penn COVID-19 Community Archiving Project. The project invites all members of the Penn family and the West Philadelphia community to contribute their stories to the collection. J.M. Duffin — acting University archivist at Penn Archives — shared that the project was started in May 2020 as a proactive step to make sure that the Penn community intentionally documents this pandemic better than the 1918 influenza epidemic. As of the time of this writing, the archive has received 45 submissions. I think we can increase this number substantially. The more materials people share (e.g. pictures, journal entries, physical items, etc.), the more complete a picture we will have of this tumultuous period in our lives. Someone may argue that they don’t need to share their experiences because newspapers are already documenting pandemic stories, such as The Daily Pennsylvanian’s 52 Weeks, Faces, and Stories Project. While I think projects like these are a great start, capturing more stories will take individual initiative. You may be thinking, “Why should I spend the time contributing to this archive if we are still living in the pandemic?” Duffin described that there are advantages and disadvantages of recording our memories as COVID-19 still continues to unfold. An advantage is that we are more likely to remember the fine details now as opposed to years from now. A disad-

vantage is that we are less able to understand the long-term impact of COVID-19 on our lives. It is important to record our experiences both now and in the future. That way, we can have both detailed recollections and poignant reflections in hindsight. How can you protect your privacy? Duffin describes that in your submission form, you can explicitly state how long you want your materials closed for, which can range from 25 years to your lifetime. If you don’t know where to start in organizing what you’d like to contribute, I recommend going online to skim the Library of Congress’ guide on personal archiving projects. If you decide to make a submission to Penn’s COVID-19 archive, here are some tips. First, Duffin advises you to keep it simple! You do not need to capture your entire pandemic experience in what you send in. Focusing on a single story from this year may be more manageable. You can send in almost anything to this archive: Pictures, journal entries, or any physical or digital item that you find meaningful. If you have multiple submissions and you want to make your life easy, compress all your files into a single zip file so you only have to send in a single form. Of course, use good judgment in making submissions. Duffin said they will not be accepting used masks. Duffin shared that people should avoid providing others’ health information without their consent since this would be a violation of HIPAA. If you send in a photograph, include the names of the people in the picture (you do not need the people’s consent for pictures). If you need inspiration, you can look to other outstanding COVID-19 oral history projects, such as Generation Pandemic, created by College seniors Alan Jinich and Max Strickberger. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you archive your experiences in some way so that you can reflect in the present and preserve for the future. Archiving our experiences — both as individuals and in our groups — can be a meaningful way to reflect upon this year. Your story deserves to be remembered. Share it.

JADEN CLOOBECK is a College fourth year studying psychology from Laguna Beach, Calif. His email is jaden@sas.upenn.edu.


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feel the year 2021 has this “Groundhog Day” quality. If you described 2021 to me in 2019, I would be flabbergasted. But after living through 2020, 2021 feels like a mix of unexpected and unwanted repetitiveness. 2021 was another year of climate disasters and political dramas. 2021 was another year of COVID-19 variants that continue to threaten to upend our daily lives. Will 2022 be any different, with Americans even more concerned over the emerging Omicron variant than they were with Delta? At the time of writing, there’s a lot about Omicron that’s uncertain. The variant has an advantage over others due to its unique protein structure, and an evolutionary biologist has estimated that Omicron can infect three to six times as many people as the Delta variant can in the same time period. Omicron has been detected in 20 states as of publication, but local transmission has already begun, and some suspect that the variant was in the United States before we even had a name for it. Governments around the world are taking varying degrees of caution, from shutting down borders to complete lockdowns. Are they overacting or not doing enough? We don’t have enough information to know. I hate uncertainty, and in this circumstance, you probably do too. Reaching certainty is central to what many of us do as students, whether we’re conducting lab experiments, predicting stock growth, or writing persuasively. When I

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write, it’s incredibly fulfilling to publish what feels like a bulletproof argument. But I also recognize that shoehorning material for the sake of certainty would be a disservice to readers. I strive to write something that acknowledges problems, but also encourages open discussion about solving them: It’s why my columns are “queries.” To spite uncertainty, I declared a major in systems engineering at Penn, where predictions and optimization are our bread and butter. My peers and I transform word problems into equations detailing our constraints and goals, and alter decision variables to meet these goals. Uncertainty is chopped up into probability distributions to represent varying outcomes, so that we can at least ascertain measures like expected value and variance.

I strongly believe in the power of the models we work through in class, because though we can’t simplify all of real life into a set of equations, these approximations often work better than nothing. That said, when it comes to a situation like Omicron, even the most powerful people right now only have access to a handful of decision variables, and extremely limited information. How deadly is Omicron compared to other variants? Do existing vaccines work against Omicron? If so, which ones? Under deep uncertainty, most people aren’t going to jump to Excel and start making graphs — and they probably shouldn’t. We’re getting more and more information by the day, and as Penn students, the best most of us can do is wait and see. Easier said than done. We’re programmed to fight or flee when we sense danger, and 2021 was chock-full of it. On campus, we saw rising cases in January, and we see them again now. We saw major flooding and heavy wildfire haze. And yet, the best way to protect ourselves from these biological threats and natural disasters has been to stay put. After the coronavirus hit, I was flooded with the leftover energy that I once used to chant, protest, and canvas. All of that energy had to go somewhere, and in 2021, it went into poor coping mechanisms like doomscrolling. Understanding tragedy in the world made me feel productive in the short term, but even more powerless in the

long term. In tumultuous times, the best we can do is to accept what we can’t control and instead focus on what we can control. The world around us may follow cycles of tragedy, but as a few variables among billions, our immediate actions can’t change this repetition. But we can shift the trajectories of ourselves and those around us into unique, ever-changing paths. With the changing year, I intend to do just that, spending the holiday season cherishing my family and friends, offering compassion (and presents!), and receiving in turn. In the new year, I will take more time to consider: How can I be better to my friends, my family, and myself? Though we aren’t repeating one day over and over like in “Groundhog Day,” it may be best for us to take small steps toward normalcy and follow regulations as they emerge, rather than hyperfocusing on every new COVID-19 story. Even if Omicron does send us backwards, we can now carry the lessons from 2020 and 2021 with us into 2022, emerging more equipped and resilient than we were in March of 2020. CAROLINE MAGDOLEN is a College and Engineering sophomore studying environmental science and systems engineering from New York City. Her email is magdolen@ sas.upenn.edu.

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n a rather quiet and empty train ride back from New York to Philadelphia from Thanksgiving Break, I had a lot of time to do some thinking: of what I was going to pick up for dinner, of how I was going to pace out the rest of my semester, and ultimately, of what it means to be thankful. Every mile closer I got toward the City of Brotherly Love, the more my reflection became pensive about the semester, and year, that is about to transpire. And as I kept imagining how different life was for all of us exactly one year ago from today, all I kept thinking was how grateful I am to be back at Penn, happy and healthy. Life, we have learned, is fickle. 2021 has shown us that none of what we have come to expect of life is a promise, and that at any moment, our world can turn upside down. I often feel we’ve forgotten that we are still within the grasp of a worldwide pandemic that has farreaching consequences. I count myself lucky that no one in my family, including myself, suffered at the hands of the pandemic, unlike so many others around the world. Or that vaccines allowed a return of in-person learning and social gatherings at an institution that is a privilege to attend in its own right. How did we stop being grateful for the people, things, and experiences around us? When I got off that train, I tended to view the disappointments around me differently. Overhearing someone’s qualms about an unfair exam seemed trivial, or, in another situation, someone’s incredulity that a party was canceled because someone tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day seemed to miss the point of just how precarious and fragile society’s situation has become. I myself was not immune to this thinking either. Before the break, I was

miffed that the indoor seating for one of my favorite cafes was still closed off despite many other institutions resuming their pre-pandemic policies. I have since learned that I’ve been looking at it all wrong; instead of viewing what is closed off, I should instead be looking at what has opened up, and I mean this both literally — in terms of this cafe situation (there is never a dearth of cafes in Philadelphia) — but also on the grander, metaphorical level. From our perspective as Penn students, things worked out and life got “back to normal.” We quickly forgot what it was like to watch endless dread on the news, or the need to conserve toilet paper as each roll became more valuable than gold itself. Despite some setbacks, such as the return to masking and increased surveillance testing, the fall semester was an undeniable success. Extracurriculars sprung back to life, gatherings returned from hibernation, and we started to see less of Zoom. But as my previous encounters have shown me, we’ve also become too complacent, and in my opinion, are treading without caution. We have forgotten to be grateful for what we do have. With winter upon us, and concern about the effects of the Omicron variant becoming more salient, in a blink of an eye our lives could be different again. We could very well lose all the progress we’ve made and the life and loved ones that we now take for granted. When we receive gifts, we’re grateful, and the gift of today should be no different. As we reach the end of this calendar year and we make arrangements to see family and friends for the holidays, this soapbox columnist has a favor to ask you. Stop and ask yourself: Despite everything seemingly difficult in life at the moment, what am I grateful for? Who or what am I thankful

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to know or experience that in another twist of fate possibly would not have occurred? For myself, I am thankful for that train ride of reflection, and I am grateful to you for allowing me to converse with you throughout this semester. As we anxiously await to ring in 2022, full of its uncertainties and expectations, let’s finish this year off strong and be grateful for what

occurred and what is ahead. We made it. Life is fickle, but our gratitude doesn’t have to be. JOSEPH M. SQUILLARO is a College senior studying philosophy, politics and economics from East Setauket, N.Y. His email is jsqu@ sas.upenn.edu

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hen I first heard the news that Penn President Amy Gutmann, more affectionately known by students as “Amy G,” would be leaving Penn, I was surprised. I was also saddened, as one might expect to feel when a longtime friend is telling you they are moving away. In discussing the news and my emotions attached to it with my friends who attend other institutions over Thanksgiving break, I was met with perplexed looks. Apparently, it was uncommon to feel strongly — or have an opinion at all, rather — about a university president’s departure. That’s when I realized, Amy Gutmann is no common university president. My first interaction with Gutmann came in the fall of my first year at Penn. As a student in the Class of 2024, I was starting college virtually; so, like many other first years across the country, I joined campus groups like The Daily Pennsylvanian to both meet other students and feel as though I was contributing to the overall culture of our school. 2020 was also a major election year, and as a first-time voter, I had thoughts. This led me to publish my first DP column in which I encouraged my fellow classmates to get out to vote. The day after the article was published, I was shocked to see an email from Gutmann waiting for me in my inbox, double-checking the email address and reading “president@upenn.edu.” In the email, she commended me on the column and wished me well in the upcoming semester. After the initial surprise wore off, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. If I didn’t feel like a Penn student before, due to the virtual nature of things, a personal welcome from my university’s president sure made me feel like one now. That incident might’ve seemed like a one-off to my first-year self. But as fate would have it, we met in person one year later at an Undergraduate Assembly cabinet meeting, this time on Election Day 2021. Though it had been an entire year since I wrote my piece on voting, upon introducing myself to Gutmann at the meeting, she once again spoke on the article’s importance. But it was something she said later in the meeting that

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particularly stuck with me. In discussing how her departure could potentially stall the progress of both UA and University projects, she remarked that as long as she was in the position of president, supporting the work of the University would continue to be her utmost priority, regardless of her Senate appointment proceedings or the end of her contractual term, and that her fellow administrators should act in the same regard. Like any university administrator, however, her term has not been without frustration on the part of students — myself included — at the decentralized and slow-moving nature at Penn that plagues perennial campus issues like prioritizing

our cultural centers. It can be easy to mistake this as complacency, as I first did, but behind each of Gutmann’s decisions is a genuine concern for the impact it will have on students, which may mean taking longer to get right. In fact, most of what I’ve written this far will not come as a surprise to many Penn students. Having had the opportunity to walk and talk with her down Locust Walk recently, I watched firsthand as she stopped for every club when they called out “Yo, Amy G,” posing for group pictures and making conversation with vocal groups about her questionable attempts at singing in the past. She was visible, present, and real, and that matters to students.

When I was first tasked with writing about Gutmann’s legacy at Penn, I thought I might write about the billions of dollars she has raised for the University over her tenure in the position. However, quoting dollar amounts would not be a fair representation of her success because Gutmann views her own success in the successes of her students. And that, well that’s what makes Gutmann no common university president. ALEX EAPEN is a sophomore in the College from Elkridge, Md. His email is aeapen@sas. upenn.edu.


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The Penn Musuem was found to be in possession of the remains of victims from the bombing KAMILLE HOUSTON Senior Reporter

Earlier this year, Penn was the subject of national controversy when it was discovered that the Penn Musuem was in possession of the remains of victims from the 1985 MOVE bombing. In 1985, the Philadelphia city government bombed a home on Osage Avenue that housed MOVE, a Black liberation advocacy group. The bombing had killed 11 people, including five children aged seven to 13, and destroyed 61 homes in the neighborhood, leaving 250 local residents without a home. A forensic anthropologist hired by the MOVE Philadelphia Special Investigation Committee identified some remains as belonging to a 12-year-old victim known as Delisha, and a 14-year-old victim known as Tree. The remains were previously in the custody of now-retired professor Alan Mann, who received the remains from the city in the 1980s after the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office asked for assistance in identifying them. Mann later studied the remains with Janet Monge, curator of the Penn Museum’s physical anthropology section, Billy Penn previously reported, before taking them with him to Princeton University. The remains, a pelvic bone and a femur, were transferred back and forth from Penn to Princeton for over 35 years. Members of the Africa family called on the Penn Museum to return the remains and demanded an official apology from Penn and Princeton, as well as financial reparations and the immediate termination of Monge from her positions. April 21 — The Inquirer published an op-ed by West Philadelphian Abdul-Aliy Muhammed that exposed the Penn Museum’s possession of the remains from the 1985 bombing. Muhammed criticized Penn’s possession of the remains while simultaneously committing to repatriate the remains found in the Morton Collection. April 23 — Anthropology Department Chair Kathleen Morrison spoke out against the Penn Museum’s possession of the remains in an email to anthropology students, faculty, and staff. Morrison pledged to develop a more comprehensive framework for using human remains in teaching instead of the “minimal” guide currently provided by the Penn Museum. Morrison

also wrote that the Anthropology Department is creating a content warning system to alert students if classes involve the handling of human remains. April 26 — The Penn Museum issued an apology to members of MOVE and the University community for its possession of the remains. Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett also released a statement condemning the possession of the remains. Gutmann and Pritchett also announced that the University had hired attorneys from the Tucker Law Group to investigate how the Penn Museum came in possession of the remains. Members of MOVE rejected the apology in a press conference and reiterated their demands of an immediate return of the remains, an apology from Princeton and Coursera, financial reparations, and the termination of Monge from her positions in the Penn Museum and the Anthropology Department. April 28 — The Penn Museum and University administrators issued a second apology for housing the remains. In the statement, Pritchett and Penn Museum Director Christopher Woods wrote that they are working toward a resolution with the Africa family. “While the remains recovered from the MOVE house were not part of the Museum collection, it could not be clearer that this same standard should be applied here as well — these remains should be returned to the Africa family as soon as possible,” the email read. “The research of our physical anthropologists was done in the interests of serving our community, but by any measure 36 years is far too long to have waited.” April 28 — More than 300 West Philadelphia and Penn community members gathered outside the Penn Museum to demand the immediate return of the remains and to honor the lives of Tree and Delisha Africa. Protesters marched from the Penn Museum to Gutmann’s home on 3812 Walnut St. During the demonstration, the Africa family and members of Black Lives Matter Philadelphia criticized Penn’s apology and the treatment of the remains. Mike Africa, Jr. also shared memories of Tree and Delisha Africa and emphasized the importance of honoring their lives. Penn’s Department of Africana Studies also published a guest column condemning Penn’s treatment of the remains, urging for the University’s Board of Trustees to be held accountable and for the Penn Museum to report the use of the remains as a violation of Institutional Review Boards protocol. July 2 — The remains are returned to the Africa family after more than 30 years. MOVE members received the remains from the Terry Funeral Home in West Philadelphia, which arranged to pick up the remains from Mann’s home, WHYY reported. Aug. 20 — Penn’s investigation into the mishandling of the remains concluded that Mann and Monge demonstrated “extremely poor judgment and gross insensitivity” for retaining the remains.

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It’s been an odd year for music. Accordingly, the year's most popular releases reflected this awkward, transitional state. Two of them were re–recordings of Taylor Swift albums we had already heard before. Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo went from getting her “drivers license” to generation–defining ubiquity in mere months. Indie was likewise divided between genre stalwarts (see: Snail Mail) and underground artists finally claiming their spot in the limelight. But fear not, Street’s best albums of 2021 has it all; we strived to represent both old favorites and new, along with the variety and eclecticism of the records that gave us comfort during this tumultuous year. –Walden Green, Arts editor Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift Listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is like perusing your old diary entries from high school after years of therapy: You get to relive your biggest life lessons with a little less bitterness than the first time around. From manipulative first relationships in “Fifteen (Taylor’s Version)” to the hopeless romanticism of star–crossed lovers in “Breathe (feat. Colbie Caillat) (Taylor’s Version),” each song is its own three–act vignette in which Swift’s older self is a puppet–master; her younger self the marionette. The not–so–subtle recreation of the album cover for the 2008 original version of Fearless, this time bathed in golden light, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to this re-release. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is a warmer, bolder, and more reflective version of its former self, craft-

ed with the wisdom of someone years older. I don’t know much about music—seriously, someone had to explain The Velvet Underground to me yesterday—but I do know that this album is still “Untouchable (Taylor’s Version).” –Emily White, Focus editor CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Tyler, the Creator After more than a year of lockdown, Tyler, the Creator, embraced adventure and travel on his opulent sixth studio album. The scuzzy breakup tale of his last record, IGOR, gives way to a luscious victory lap where Tyler revels in his successes as much as he uses them to mask his insecurity. Tyler revisits his old style, with tracks like “RUNITUP (feat. Teezo Touchdown)” and “LEMONHEAD (feat. 42 Dugg)” calling back to his Odd Future days. He also makes pit stops at new sounds, dazzling with the ‘90s–R&B flair of “WUSYANAME,” the elegant woodwinds of “HOT WIND BLOWS (feat. Lil Wayne),” and the soul–reggae fusion of the sprawling double track “SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE.” However, the album’s penultimate track, the eight–minute “WILSHIRE,” takes a hard left turn. The clean production yields to an off–kilter mix, as Tyler rants about a love interest who is dating someone else. After an album’s worth of bombast, he finally sounds lost himself. He closes the album out with a guttural “Wolf!” that directly calls back to his old persona: the edgy, abrasive anti–hero that got him to where he is today. –Grayson Catlett, Music beat SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo Olivia Rodrigo’s chart–topping album was nothing short of a sparkling debut. The album is cohesive—with a pop–rock sound reminiscent of Avril Lavigne—and yet the songs

themselves are vastly different. Try juxtaposing the angsty, grungy rock of “brutal,” with the gentle string–plucked ballad “enough for you.” Rodrigo’s voice sounds amazing on each track, cementing herself as a master of versatility. This kind of music feels nostalgic, and yet so incredibly fresh. But aside from its unique sound, what I adore most about SOUR is how unexpectedly poetic it is. Rodrigo’s lyrics are evocatively profound and relatable. It’s essentially a coming–of–age album, crafted around topics like first love, loss, and self–worth—all areas that resonated with me and millions of other young listeners. Her lyrics have a Taylor Swift–ian rawness to them: “But don’t tell me you’re sorry, boy, feel sorry for yourself / ‘cause someday, I’ll be everything to somebody else” (see: “enough for you”), or “I kinda wanna throw my phone across the room / ‘Cause all I see are girls too good to be true” from “jealousy, jealousy.” Rodrigo somehow perfectly captures the existential angst of growing up and all the pains that often come with it. –Eva Ingber, Features editor 333, Tinashe After her debut single “2 On (feat. Schoolboy Q)” was a huge success on the charts, Tinashe never quite reached the same commercial heights with her later efforts. But for the singer–songwriter, popularity always comes second to authenticity. Tinashe’s independent artistic vision is on full display on 333, her second full–length album following her departure from RCA Records. While Tinashe ventures into pop, R&B, hip– hop, and electronic music on the album, her ability to speak about vulnerability or bask in confidence no matter the genre is unrivaled. From the dreamy wishes of love on “SHY GUY” to the seductive intimacy of “Bouncin’,

Pt. 2,” 333 is a portrait of a musician well on her way in realizing her true desires in life. Tinashe believes that the number “333” represents a “good omen,” and 333 is a perfect representation of her carefree yet honest approach to channeling her happiness through her music. –Evan Qiang, Music beat Valentine, Snail Mail Though Lindsey Jordan—aka Snail Mail— wrote much of her sophomore album Valentine in her childhood bedroom, she proves that evolution and progress can happen even in a place you feel you’ve outgrown. It’s a stark break from the teenage angst and guitar/bass/ drums arrangements of her debut Lush: Her songwriting, paired with softer melodies and the occasional trippy synth (hear “Light Blue” and “c. et. al.”), embraces a more resolved sort of pining—a commentary on those all–consuming relationships we tend to tear ourselves up over. Snail Mail’s music is comforting for those of us who’ve found ourselves in similar positions. A year ago, I began my college career in my childhood bedroom, feeling stuck and stagnant, but I realize now how much I learned from my relationships during that time. Many of these lessons are reflected in Valentine, making it bitingly relatable, not to mention extremely cathartic when you scream–sing along. Valentine is simply dazzling. Jordan’s lyrics speak to my English major self—on “Headlock” she references e e cummings via Joan Didion—and her melodies, neither too upbeat nor too depressing, foster the perfect mood for personal reflection. I emerged from the record feeling refreshed yet introspective. Snail Mail managed to make the optimal soundtrack to my year. –Arielle Stanger, Film & TV editor

Street’s Favorite TV and Movies of 2021 SHERRY LI

Entertainment has been a crucial part of the transition this year from isolation to pseudo–normalcy. Last winter, we snuggled up in bed binging tried-andtrue comfort shows (Community for me), while major blockbusters like Dune were postponed due to COVID–19 concerns. In the spring, streaming platforms granted us a fix of newness—Made for Love and Shiva Baby provided an escape into equally nerve–wracking worlds—as we pondered a return to the theater. How can we do so in the safest way possible? Is it even worth it? This summer, In the Heights was the first movie I saw in a theater in over a year. I was hesitant, but once the big screen lit up with colorful dancers, I felt at home again. Though we’re already careening into a new winter, we’ve come a long way. Street’s best of 2021 takes into account the shows that got us through quarantine and the films that fell back on track by the end. Sit back, relax (we deserve it after this year), and enjoy. –Arielle Stanger, Film & TV Editor Shang–Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings As Marvel’s first Asian superhero, ShangChi had a lot of expectations to live up to. Fortunately, the Chinese dialogue was delivered with refreshing authenticity, and the movie’s accurate yet subtle depictions of Chinese culture served to represent instead of appropriate. The blockbuster follows the journey of Shang-Chi, whose normal life is upended when he’s dragged back into his father’s Ten Rings organization. The plot alone deserves a standing ovation–the seamless transitions

between flashbacks and the present, the buildup of tension as father and son grow increasingly divergent in their views, and the cathartic release of emotions as forgiveness is sought and implicitly granted. The relationship between Shang-Chi and Katy, played by Simu Liu and Awkwafina, respectively, remains platonic—the singularly most satisfying rejection of the friends–to– lovers trope. The predominantly Asian American cast holds a lot of promise for increased Asian American representation in film. It’s safe to say that Shang-Chi was inspiring both as a piece of fictional work and a model for casting. –Cindy Zhang, Film & TV Beat WandaVision Post–Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could have lost its way—the blockbuster realized the cumulative effort of over twenty films and saw many of the franchise’s founding characters exit. However, the MCU tapped into its still–abundant creative potential with the refreshingly experimental WandaVision. Wanda Maximoff and Vision create the picturesque suburban family in an enticing ode to sitcom television. However, beneath its trope– y humor lies a burgeoning mystery. The series deviates from audience expectations—its first half plays with a unique style that wouldn’t make sense creatively in a film. WandaVision is a poignant look at escapism and a touching exploration of grief and trauma that feels especially timely on the heels of quarantine. The time allotted to character exposition allows Marvel to place complex issues front and center for the first time in its repertoire. While the second half may succumb to the action–packed CGI sequences that define the franchise, WandaVision still manages to highlight the power of an episodic format and revive a tired genre. This Disney+ original

is not only a must–see for Marvel fans, but a compelling watch for anybody who appreciates the introspective mystery. –Kayla Cotter, Staff Writer Dopesick Dopesick doesn’t shy away from the intricacies of drug manufacturing and marketing, forcing viewers to understand exactly how Purdue Pharma fueled addiction—intimidating pharmacists into selling their product and pushing doctors to “double the dose,” all in the name of profit. The first of three parts follows the Sackler family as they falsely market their drug as “non–addictive.” The second centers on law enforcement efforts to hold the Sacklers accountable. The show also delves deeply into the personal, as the third part depicts the drug’s devastating effects on the residents of an Appalachian mining town—a representation of countless rural towns that have been destroyed by the opioid crisis. More than 100,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses from April 2020 to April 2021, the most ever in a one–year period. There has never been a more urgent time to confront our country’s opioid epidemic. Through the realm of fiction, Dopesick can help us learn, empathize, and process. –Chelsey Zhu, 34th Street Campus Editor Mare of Easttown For a Pennsylvania native, Mare of Easttown’s great joy is watching Kate Winslet say things like “wudder” or “hoagie” in her shaky Delco accent, and rattling off the names of familiar West Philadelphia suburbs like Conshohocken and Valley Forge. What Mare of Easttown does best is creating character dynamics that feel lived–in while burying just the right amount of mystery under the surface. A show about law enforcement could’ve left a bad taste in our

mouths this year, but Winslet’s career–best performance is saved by making it clear as day that Mare is a servant of her people above all else. It’s hard to talk about this show without spoilers, but the twists and turns of plot seem to fall away as you become immersed in Easttown’s intoxicating sense of place. With a cliffhanger at the end of just about every hour, one might be tempted to binge Mare of Easttown all at once, but I recommend consuming the show in the way it was originally, and very much intentionally, released: one episode at a time, once per week. –Walden Green, Arts Editor Storm Lake Despite the film’s setting in sleepy Storm Lake, IA, with its pastoral fields, quaint Main Street, and charming parades, Storm Lake hums with perpetual fear and chaos. Watching the film is excruciating in a necessary way, forcing viewers to confront a reality they’ve never considered: If local news dies, so does American democracy. The documentary follows The Storm Lake Times, a Pulitzer Prize–winning, family–run newspaper serving rural Iowa, as it diligently covers 2020’s messy caucus and a bevy of crucial local affairs. The skeleton staff of The Storm Lake Times does a lot, and the film oscillates between them preparing to do more or preparing to be laid off for good. Like most hyperlocal news sources, The Storm Lake Times doesn’t have enough money to exist in perpetuity, though it must—as a paper of record, as a community cornerstone, as a bulwark against news deserts. While the documentary’s pacing is an occasionally boring steady drip, the film is effective at communicating something bigger than an underdog story. It tells viewers to keep believing in journalists. –Bea Forman, 34th Street Editor–in–Chief


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Major changes to University admin. cause uncertainty Penn President Amy Gutmann was nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Germany ELIZABETH MEISENZAHL Senior Reporter

In 2021, several high-ranking members of Penn’s administration announced their plans to leave Penn, either temporarily or permanently. Penn President Amy Gutmann’s nomination as the United States ambassador to Germany left questions about who will lead the University if she is confirmed, and Provost Wendell Pritchett’s leave of absence led to a temporary transition in one of Penn’s highest-ranking administrative positions. Whitney Soule also replaced Eric Furda as dean of admissions this year, and Penn Police Superintendent Maureen Rush announced her plan to retire. Feb. 9 — In February, Penn announced that Whitney Soule, senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Bowdoin

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021 College, would be the next vice provost and dean of admissions. March 19 — David Eng, a professor of the Asian American Studies Program, left the University in the spring because of the longstanding issue of declining support for the program. Prior to his departure, Eng was one of only three tenured professors in the program. The fight to preserve Asian American Studies at Penn began when former Sociology professor and longtime Director of the Asian American Studies Program Grace Kao departed for Yale University in January 2017. Since Kao’s departure, the program has lobbied for funding, support, and more teaching space for courses. Eng’s departure left students and fellow ASAM faculty concerned about the future of the program and the lack of support from Penn’s administration. May 6 — Philosophy professor Karen Detlefsen began her new role as vice provost for education on July 1, following a May announcement. Detlefsen took over the role — which oversees undergraduate and graduate education at Penn, designing and implementing policies that promote academic excellence, innovation, and interdisciplinary knowledge — from Beth Winkelstein. May 11 — Gutmann announced in May that Pritchett would take a leave of absence through

the fall 2021 semester due to health issues. Deputy Provost Beth Winkelstein temporarily took over Pritchett’s role as provost beginning July 1. The Provost’s Office oversees all departments pertaining to University life including teaching, learning, and research across the University, as well as student life. July 2 — In July, President Joe Biden nominated Gutmann to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Gutmann wrote to the University community that she plans to continue to serve as president until June 30, 2022, or possibly earlier if the U.S. Senate confirms her as ambassador. Students largely embraced Gutmann’s nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, but several expressed uncertainty about the University’s transition to new leadership. Sept. 8 — In September, Penn announced the formation of the Consultative Committee to select the next University president. The Consultative Committee consists of seven trustees, two deans, five faculty members, one staff member, one undergraduate, and one graduate student. The committee was formed by the Executive Committee of the Trustees and is charged with “seeking the advice of their respective constituencies on the challenges a new president might face, strategic priorities, and recommended strengths and experience for the new President,” according to the Almanac.

Members of the Penn community can fill out a survey to nominate candidates, list characteristics they hope to see in the next president, and describe challenges they see Penn facing during the tenure of the next president. Oct. 12 — In October, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police Maureen Rush announced that she will retire from Penn at the end of December. Rush has been at Penn since 1994, during which time she has launched several public safety initiatives on campus and faced criticism from University and Philadelphia community members. Rush has received heightened criticism from members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities in recent years. The police murder of George Floyd in May 2020, which prompted nationwide protests against police brutality, sparked scrutiny of Rush and of Penn’s police presence on campus and in the greater West Philadelphia community. Nov. 3 — The U.S. Senate confirmed 1981 Penn Law graduate and former Board of Trustees Chair David Cohen as the next U.S. ambassador to Canada. President Joe Biden nominated Cohen — a former Comcast executive who previously served as chief of staff to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell — to the position in July. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, signaling bipartisan support for his nomination.

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Students return Penn students to in-person, return, angering on-campus life Philadelphians From classes to social gatherings, a and increasing modified version of Penn student life resumed in fall 2021 local business revenue KOMAL PATEL Staff Reporter

As the pandemic continued, Penn welcomed students back to campus for the spring 2021 semester. While thousands of students returned to campus in mid-January, many chose to stay home due to COVID-19-related fears. Classes remained largely virtual until fall 2021, when in-person instruction — as well as the oncampus party scene — resumed. Feb. 4 — After the University linked a “disproportionate amount” of COVID-19 cases to Greek life in early February, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Tamara Greenfield King demanded that all fraternities and sororities halt in-person social events. King pointed to fraternities that were holding maskless indoor parties and events in downtown Philadelphia and out of state to avoid punishment for breaking the Student Campus Compact. Feb. 23 — Throughout the spring semester, students who tested positive for COVID-19 were forced to isolate for at least 10 days in Sansom Place West, while students who were exposed to the virus had to self-quarantine in their rooms for 10 days. As a consequence, many students reported warped senses of time and mental exhaustion, which negatively affected their ability to do schoolwork. March 8 — Penn announced that a limited inperson commencement would be held on May 17 for the Class of 2021. Seniors who participated in Penn’s testing program and followed the Student Campus Compact throughout the spring semester could participate in the ceremony, although guests had to watch the ceremony online. The date fell on the Jewish holiday Shavuot, resulting in a petition asking the University to move the date, which did not occur. March 15 — First generation, low income students remained frustrated with the University, citing Penn’s poor communication and lack of financial support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Students said that they were struggling with financial burdens, worsening mental health, and difficulties finding affordable groceries, and that Penn could have provided better support. May 21 — Penn initially announced that fully vaccinated community members would no longer be required to wear a mask outdoors, and later added that masks would no longer be required indoors for vaccinated community members, except for those with certain special circumstances. Students praised these moves, saying they would bring back a “sense of normalcy” to an in-person fall semester. June 24 — Penn confirmed plans to conduct a fully in-person fall semester. All students would be required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival, but fully vaccinated students would not be required to regularly test for COVID-19. Aug. 5 — Penn reversed several previously announced policies for the fall semester, announcing that masks would be required indoors. Aug. 24 — Penn confirmed that all classes across the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and School of Engineering and Applied Science were slated to be held in person with limited exceptions. Sept. 2 — After over a year of virtual learning, students jumped back into the party scene. First years were eager to attend maskless parties during New Student Orientation — some said that contracting COVID-19 might be inevitable, while others said they weren’t worried about experiencing detrimental symptoms from the virus because of Penn’s vaccination requirement. Oct. 2 — After over a year of virtual exams, students were forced to adapt their study strategies. Regarding their assessments, students reported facing stricter time constraints and focusing more on memorization, as in-person exams were often closed-book rather than open-note. Oct. 19 — In October, Penn issued over 9,000 red PennOpen Passes for COVID-19 testing noncompliance, and later in the month, they restricted noncompliant students’ access to academic spaces. Nov. 11 — Professors and students alike reported struggling with added stress amid the return of in-person midterms after three semesters of virtual exams. Some professors chose to continue delivering exams virtually, citing increased flexibility and decreased pressure. Others returned to in-person midterms, in order to mitigate issues of academic integrity. Nov. 16 — Penn confirmed that the vast majority of spring semester classes will be held in person. Some Wharton courses will include virtual instruction, but will still have in-person recitations or office hours.

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People pack Locust Walk on Aug. 31, the first day of classes of the fall 2021 semester.

The return of students to campus boded well for many local businesses after a year of financial hardship brought on by the pandemic KEVIN BRYAN Staff Reporter

Life at Penn was in disarray after students left campus in spring 2020. A year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Penn’s decision to bring back students for the spring 2021 and fall 2021 semesters seemed to be a positive sign for a return to post-pandemic normalcy for both campus and Philadelphia businesses. Many local restaurants and stores in Philadelphia reported that they were struggling due to pandemic restrictions imposed by the federal and state governments and a lack of foot traffic in University City. The return of students to campus boded well for many local businesses after a year of financial hardship brought on by the pandemic. Jan. 10 — After the University’s decision the previous month to transition to a hybrid learning model with virtual instruction but on-campus residence, more than 3,000 students elected to live on campus for the spring semester. Jan. 25 — Philadelphia community members reported feeling blindsided by this decision as the University did not notify the surrounding area about its plans in advance. While some city residents expressed hope for the potential benefits local restaurants would see from the influx of students, others maintained that the University made the wrong call altogether. Feb. 22 — After a year of fiscal hardship stemming from the pandemic, city officials reported that Philadelphia was facing a $450 million deficit, and they speculated that it could take the city years to recover. They projected that Philadelphia would soon only have enough money in its reserves to run the city for three days, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. March 5 — As COVID-19 cases declined in the spring, Philadelphia began to ease its pandemic restrictions. Beginning in March, the city announced

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As the year went on, restaurants began to see the amount of diners return to pre-pandemic levels.

that restaurants would once again be allowed to seat six people per table in outdoor dining. Professional sports teams were also able to resume housing spectators in their stadiums at limited capacity, and senior centers opened for the first time since March 2020. March 26 — The City of Philadelphia unveiled “Ready. Set. Philly!” — a $1.5 million initiative that aimed to prop up many small businesses struggling during the pandemic over the next year. The initiative allowed employers to welcome employees back to work as a next step toward post-pandemic normalcy. April 6 — The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to local food truck owners who reported difficulty keeping their businesses afloat even as thousands of students returned to campus for the spring semester. While businesses reported a slight increase in customers from the previous fall, business owners told the DP that sales were still far below what they were prior to the onset of the pandemic. In 2020, Philadelphia offered $30 million to support small businesses including food trucks. Despite this aid, multiple food truck owners reported difficulties requesting the financial assistance, with some having never heard back from the city at all. June 28 — By the end of June, 70% of adults in

Philadelphia had received their first dose of the vaccine, ahead of President Biden’s target date of July 4. The city had championed many initiatives to encourage Philadelphia locals to get vaccinated. One initiative, implemented in partnership with the University, was the “Philly Vax Sweepstakes,” which aimed to incentivize individuals from areas with low vaccination rates to get vaccinated, awarding monetary rewards of up to $50,000. Sept. 21 — Many local restaurants and food trucks began to see returns to pre-pandemic revenue levels owing to the fact that nearly all Penn students returned to campus for the fall 2021 semester. Local bars and restaurants like Smokey Joe’s and Greek Lady opened back up to full capacity. Other eateries like Magic Carpet Foods and Allegro Pizza that suffered financial losses during the pandemic reported a significant uptick in business once students returned to campus for New Student Orientation. Oct. 25 — University City foot traffic reached pre-pandemic levels, bolstered by the increased residential population and influx of tourists and shoppers, WHYY reported. Conversely, Center City has not seen the same uptick in traffic as many workers had not yet returned to their in-person jobs.

Penn community critiques University climate action for stopping short of divestment

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College senior and Student Sustainability Association at Penn Co-Chair Vyshnavi Kosigishroff speaks during the 1.5 Minute Student Climate Lectures on Sept. 24.

Penn halted new commitments to private equity vehicles dedicated to investments in fossil fuel production WILLIAM KUSTER Staff Reporter

2021 was shaped by increased global warmingrelated disasters, student and faculty pressure on Penn to divest from fossil fuels, and new climate commitments by Penn and other Ivy League universities. Penn’s climate-related initiatives ranged from its commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to its second annual Climate Week, and most recently, its decision to halt new investments in fossil fuels. While student groups praised some of these actions, they criticized Penn for stopping short of full divestment. Feb. 18 — At a University Council Open Forum, student activists demanded that Penn fully divest from fossil fuels and increase climate education efforts. Topics discussed ranged from mitigating local climate risk and supporting environmental justice issues, to calling for a required climate change course and full divestment. April 7 — Penn announced its endowment will achieve net-zero fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Students criticized this move for stopping short of complete divestment from fossil fuels. April 8 — Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli criticized Fossil Free Penn’s efforts to communicate with the administration. Carnaroli claimed Fossil Free Penn was too concerned with divestment rather

than other methods to achieve sustainability. April 28 — The Student Sustainability Association at Penn collaborated with Penn’s Undergraduate Assembly and drafted a resolution which all eight Ivy League student governments signed. The resolution called for their universities to achieve complete divestment by the fiscal year 2025. Sept. 11 — Harvard University announced its plans to let remaining investments in fossil fuels expire. At Penn, spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy declined to comment on whether the University will follow suit. Sept. 14 — Penn professors and climate experts reflected on the events of this year’s International Panel on Climate Change, which formally recognized human activity to be the leading cause of global warming. Philosophy Department Chair Michael Weisberg will contribute to the report’s second installment. Sept. 20 — Penn hosted its second annual Climate Week, which offered over 45 in-person and online events from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24 and emphasized intersectionality. The keynote event approached climate justice through a feminist lens, in a dialogue with Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson, who are co-editors of “All We Can Save,” an anthology that consists of writings by 60 female climate pioneers. Other offerings included 1.5 Minute Climate Lectures, which are based on the School of Arts and Sciences’ 60-Second Lecture series and named to emphasize 1.5 degrees Celsius — the maximum average temperature threshold before humans face the extreme consequences of climate change. Oct. 10 — Dartmouth College announced its plan to divest from fossil fuels, joining Brown University,

Columbia University, Cornell University, and Harvard University in their pledges to divest. Oct. 22 — Penn faculty called for bolder climate action and fossil fuel divestment. A subcommittee of the Faculty Senate released a resolution in September that aimed to raise more awareness of climate-related issues among University departments. Nov. 9 — Penn announced in an email that the University will halt new commitments to private equity vehicles dedicated to investments in fossil fuel production — a step further than its prior decision to no longer make direct investments in companies engaged in the production of fossil fuels. The University’s top administrators cited the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s August report — which warns that many of climate change’s impacts are now irreversible — as a primary reason for the policy change. Student groups criticized the move for stopping short of divestment and shared mixed reactions. Engineering senior and Fossil Free Penn coordinator Ari Bortman said that Penn’s announcement was “not a [pledge of] divestment in any sense,” while College senior Vyshnavi Kosigishroff, one of the co-chairs of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn, said that the move resembled “partial divestment.” Dec. 7 — Penn Sustainability released its most recent financial year report reviewing the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. The report indicated improved carbon emissions, with a reduction of 44.3% since 2009, and the continued advancement of the Environmental Innovations Initiative, which seeks to connect environmental teaching and research across the University’s 12 schools.


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In Photos: 2021

The world ebbed and flowed with its fair share of monumental events in 2021. Riding alongside the waves, the Penn community lived no exception. Mimicking their pre-pandemic life in post-pandemic ways, Penn community members returned to campus, got vaccinated, and attended classes inperson. In the meantime, Hurricane Ida halted classes, the Class of 2021 graduated with a socially-

distanced ceremony, and the Omicron variant loomed like a new shadow, serving as constant reminders that Penn is never disconnected from the challenges of the world. The Daily Pennsylvanian’s photographers documented the stories of 2021, at Penn and beyond, as they marked history in their stride. These 12 images serve as bookmarks for yet another year that we will not forget.

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A family helped move their student into the Lower Quad on Jan. 11. The spring move-in period was the first time the University welcomed students back to live on-campus since campus closed in March 2020.

A Philadelphia resident received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium’s 24-hour clinic at Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Feb. 19.

The men’s track and field team watched from empty stands in Franklin Field as the women’s team competed in the 1500m on Mar. 27. Fans, spectators, and media were not allowed to attend any sports competitions for the spring season.

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2021 College graduate Laura Beck received a dose of the Pfizer/ BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Penn’s vaccine clinic in Gimbel Gymnasium on April 21.

College graduate Eva Spier wore a specially-made mask for the Class of 2021 while exiting Franklin Field after the commencement ceremony on May 17. Family and friends were not allowed to attend the ceremony in-person this year.

Starting on June 11, fully-vaccinated Penn community members were no longer required to wear a mask on campus in nearly all circumstances. This policy was later reversed in August.

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Two weeks after having 70% of its adults receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day throughout the city maskless and in-person, marking a major milestone in the return to normalcy.

New College House West, after facing minimal delays due to COVID-19 and costing a record-shattering $169.5 million, opened in August and welcomed its first residents.

Students protested outside of Psi Upsilon’s chapter house on Sept. 28 in response to an assault at one of the fraternity’s parties earlier in the month when a Penn sophomore sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a fraternity brother.

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Students lifted their canes while singing “The Red and The Blue” after President Amy Gutmann officially declared them seniors. Hey Day took place on Oct. 13 for the Class of 2022 after a sixmonth delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Penn men’s basketball, in their first home game in nearly two years at the Palestra, dominated the Lafayette Leopards with a 85-57 victory. Junior center Max Lorca-Lloyd, pictured above, matched his career high with six points and also had six rebounds.

First Lady Jill Biden met a family in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Karabots Pediatric Center on Dec. 3 during an event encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 and get booster shots.


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Jan. 10 For the first time in nearly a year, Penn welcomed all students back to on-campus housing. Upon arrival, students entered a three-week Quiet Period until Feb. 1, which ended up being anything but quiet.

April 22 Just days after opening the on-campus vaccination site, Penn announced it would require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the in-person fall semester.

Aug. 31 Students returned en masse to in-person classrooms for the first time in well over a year, marking a massive step in the reopening of campus amid the ongoing pandemic.

April 14 Penn administered the first COVID-19 vaccinations on campus. Community members praised the vaccine clinic, calling it a "well-oiled machine" and noted the convenience of getting vaccinated on campus.

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Penn hit a milestone vaccination mark when it announced that 99% of undergraduate students had become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Penn announced it had noticed "worrisome trends" in the COVID-19 positivity rate on campus in a Friday night community alert.

How the ups and downs of COVID-19 defined 2021

Whether in-person or online, masked or unmasked, socializing or isolating, COVID-19 continued to define life at Penn in 2021.

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Penn issued 9,130 red PennOpen Passes to students who had failed to comply with the University's COVID19 testing requirement within the past two weeks.

Penn issued a strong recommendation to limit social gatherings in the final weeks of the semester as the COVID19 positivity rate increased across the country and the Omicron variant began to spread.

Oct. 29 The University placed 1,150 students on course registration hold for violating the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Graduate and professional studies students made up the vast majority of the noncompliant students.

Dec. 7 The University announced it will hold a COVID-19 booster vaccine clinic on Dec. 15, 16, and 17. All students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral students are eligible to attend the clinic.

Dec. 1 Penn administered its landmark 500,000th COVID-19 test.

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Despite COVID-19 restrictions across the Ivy League limiting athletic participation in spring 2021, several athletics teams in that part of the season were able to participate in limited capacity. Baseball The Quakers finished their 2021 baseball season with a 6-8 record, highlighted by a two-game winning streak against La Salle to end the year. Strong performers included sophomore Wyatt Henseler, senior catcher Andrew Hernandez, and senior pitcher Kevin Eaise. Despite being only his first season of collegiate baseball and having limited practice leading up to the season, Henseler led the team with 17 RBIs, a .365 average, and a .990 OPS. Hernandez was a steady force behind the plate, while also batting in 11 runs. On the mound, Eaise went a perfect 2-0 in three starts, and maintained a 2.42 ERA for the season. The Quakers return to action on the diamond this season on Feb. 25, 2022 against Texas A&M. Softball The Quakers finished their 2021 softball season at 5-5, highlighted by a midseason three-game winning streak against Villanova and La Salle. Strong performers for the Quakers included junior outfielder Emma Nedley, freshman infielder Sammy Fenton, and junior pitcher Julia Longo. Nedley led the team with three home runs and seven RBIs at an impressive .333 batting average. Fenton led the team with a .393 batting average and batted in six runs of her own. On the mound, Longo went 3-2 in five starts with an outstanding 1.66 ERA. The Quakers open up their 2022 season against Delaware State on March 16. Track & Field Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams performed well this past season, as 10 runners qualified to compete in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL. Strong performers for the men included senior Anthony Russo, who finished 17th for the 10,000 meters, junior Michael Keehan, who ran the 3,000m and finished 13th, and junior Noah Carey, who finished 12th in the 5,000m.

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Joe Miller pitches during a game against La Salle on April 2.

For the women’s team, freshman Isabella Whittaker broke out as a star. She finished third in her heat in the 400m, and 11th out of 48 total runners, to qualify for the quarterfinals. Whittaker then went on to finish 10th in the quarterfinals and set a program record with a time of 51.92 seconds. This performance qualified her for the national semifinals in Eugene, Ore., where she finished 24th and earned an All-American Honorable Mention. Rowing Penn men’s heavyweight rowing competed in four regattas this past season, with its best quad performance coming in the IRA Invitational, the final regatta of the season. Members on that quad were rowing sophomore Jake Nordell, and freshmen Brian Decelles, Colin Rosser, Ben Rutherford, as well

as cox Nicole Ahadian, who finished 5th out of 20 competing boats. Penn men’s lightweight rowing also competed in four regattas this past spring, with first-place finishes in three of the four competitions. Penn women’s rowing also competed in four regattas this past spring and finished with two first-place finishes in the Murphy Cup and Kelly Cup. Tennis Penn men’s tennis finished with a 4-2 record this past spring, highlighted by two dominant 6-1 wins against rival Villanova. Strong performers include sophomore Zach Smith, who went 6-0 in singles, and juniors Harsh Parikh and Aditya Gupta, who went a perfect 5-0 in doubles. The team overall finished 25-11 in singles matches and 12-6 in doubles.

Penn women’s tennis finished with a 2-0 record against Drexel and Villanova this past season, with its remaining two scheduled matches being canceled. Strong performers included senior Marija Curnic and freshman Iris Gallo, who both went 2-0 in their singles matches. The team overall finished 9-3 in singles matches, and 3-3 in doubles. Lacrosse Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams played in only one game this season. The men’s team beat Carbini 23-9, led by seniors Adam Goldner’s nine goals, and Dylan Gergar’s seven goals. They open the 2022 season on Feb. 19 against Georgetown. The women’s team beat La Salle 16-11 led by five goals from senior Zoe Belodeau. It also opens up its 2022 season on Feb. 19 against Delaware.

try take fifth place. In the same competition, senior captain Noah Carey took seventh place with a personal careerbest time as well as the second-best time in program history. At the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, Gardizy led the Quakers, finishing in 22nd with an All-Region performance. This race also marked a new season-best time for Gardizy, ending two seconds faster than she did at the Ivy Heptagonals. Carey finished third in the 10K at the NCAA MidAtlantic Regional Championship, ending with a time just seven seconds behind first place. In his first collegiate NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, Carey took 119th place out of 253, and missed his career-high mark by just three seconds. Volleyball finished the season with its best Ivy League record since 2017 Although it finished 8-15 overall and 5-9 against conference opponents, Penn volleyball secured its best conference record in four years. In 2018, the team finished 3-11 in the Ivy League, and 4-8 for 2019 in

the conference after its last two games were canceled. The Quakers earned a sixth-place finish in the conference after their improvements. They finished ahead of Cornell and Columbia, which were the last two teams they beat — both in straight sets — in the season. Penn’s other Ivy League victories included a close one on the road at Harvard, and two decisive wins against Dartmouth and Columbia. Isaiah Malcome in the record books Despite a disappointing season, individuals still shone for Penn football throughout the year; most remarkably Isaiah Malcome. The graduate student running back ended the season leading amongst starting Ivy League running backs with 5.9 yards per carry. Malcome was the only running back in the Ancient Eight with a 200-yard rushing game this season. In impressive fashion, Malcome will finish his career as the Quakers’ all-time leader in yards per carry. After spending most of his time with Penn as a return specialist and back-up running back, this past season was Malcome’s breakout performance, rushing for 711 yards on 123 carries and six touchdowns.

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Winter sports look poised for some success as they head into second half of season SPORTS | Men’s squash is currently ranked at No. 1 in the country MATTHEW FRANK Incoming Senior Sports Editor

As did fall sports, the winter athletics teams entered the season having not played in almost two years. Unlike this past fall season, however, it looks like a few of these teams have a shot at competing for Ivy League titles. Women’s basketball Coming into the season ranked at No. 2 in the Ivy League preseason rankings, the Quakers looked destined for a strong start to their season. They did just that, starting out the season 4-1, but in the absence of numerous upperclassmen. Prior to their first game, Penn’s juniors and seniors were each suspended four games, which was doled out over the course of the team’s first eight games. This reduction of a veteran presence on the court resulted in Penn’s next three consecutive losses, and the team also lost its first game back at full strength on Sunday by 22 to Duke. Now the team sits under .500 while it is just two games away from the beginning of conference play. Although the suspensions certainly did not help Penn, one silver lining was that it gave sophomore forward Jordan Obi a chance to break out, who currently ranks second on the team in both points per game with 13.4 and rebounds per game with 7.0. Men’s basketball Despite the women’s team’s troubles with suspensions, men’s basketball is having an even tougher time finding its footing so far this season. As of the morning of Dec. 8, it sits at 3-8, with six of those eight losses coming by double-digits. Granted, the Quakers have faced three nationallyranked opponents in their first 12 matchups, but the losses are still a worrying development. In addition to the tough schedule, the Red and Blue are currently missing two of their three most valuable frontcourt players in junior Max Lorca-Lloyd and freshman Nick Spinoso, which hasn’t helped with the team’s paint presence on either end of the floor. But like the women’s team, the men’s squad also features a sophomore on a breakout season. Jordan Dingle, who leads the team as of the morning of Dec. 8th in minutes per game with 32.4 despite his collegiate inexperience, currently sits as the team’s leading scorer with 20.0 points per game. More worrisome in the scoring department — Dingle is the only player on the team averaging over 10 points per game. If the Quakers want to see success in upcoming Ivy League play, they’ll need more players to shoulder Dingle’s large portion of the scoring workload. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving Through five meets, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Both squads finished out their 2021 slate with the Zippy Invitational. After three days, the men’s team finished in first place out of the seven-team field, while the women’s team finished in second place. Heading into 2022, both units will have four meets,

three of which against Ancient Eight foes, before competing in late February at the Ivy League Championships and the Easter College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. The last time both teams competed at the Ivy Championships — in 2020 — the men’s squad finished seventh out of eight, while the women’s team finished fourth. Men’s and women’s squash Coming out of a canceled season for almost all Penn teams, these two look the most likely to secure the school’s first significant championship. The men’s team, which holds an undefeated 9-0 record, currently ranks No. 1 in the nation, and for good reason. Two key contributors to the program, graduate student Andrew Douglas and senior Aly Abou Eleinen, have all the makings of professional squash players after their time as Quakers. Through their first nine matchups, the team holds a combined 79-2 record in individual matchups. Although not as dominant as the men’s program, the women’s squash team — which currently holds the No. 9 ranking in the country — is finishing the year with a respectable 6-2 record. The Quakers’ only two losses came to the No. 5- and No. 6-ranked teams in the country by tight 5-4 margins. As they enter the latter portion of their season, they’ll be led by veterans like Ashley Manning, who was named Penn squash’s rookie of the year in 2019-20. Wrestling Through three competitions, Penn’s wrestling program looks destined for success as it enters the bulk of its schedule. During the team’s first action of the season at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic, sophomore Michael Colaiocco won the Hammer Award at 133 pounds. A week later, the Red and Blue competed at the 2021 Keystone Classic, in which they bested seven other teams for a first-place finish. The big challenge, though, was just ahead, as Penn faced No. 2-ranked Penn State on Dec. 3 at the Palestra. Although it had some strong moments, the team lost 2016 and won’t compete again until the Midlands Championship from Dec. 29 - Dec. 30. Whether or not Penn can keep up this momentum until the NCAA Championships in mid-March will determine just how successful this season can be. Men’s and women’s fencing Starting the season off with just two invitationals, both the men’s and women’s teams have displayed a solid amount of potential. The women’s program began the season 4-1, with three of their wins coming by double digits. Although a freshman, Katina Proestakis Ortiz has been a key contributor for the team. Prior to arriving at Penn, Ortiz competed this year for Chile at the Tokyo Olympics, so she headed into the season with valuable experience. Canadian sophomore Blake Broszus of the men’s team also competed this year at the Summer Olympics and has been a crucial component of the program. Although the team struggled at the recent. OSU Invitational, it had some success at the Temple Open in late October. Both programs will have two more invitationals and a matchup against Brown before heading to the Ivy League Championships in February.

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Amina Abou El Enin competes during a meet against Stanford on Nov. 21.

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FIFTH-YEAR PLAYERS AND SOPHOMORE ROOKIES:

PENN’S UNUSUAL ROSTERS UPON RETURN TO PLAY

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Penn football at its game against the Cornell Big Red on Nov. 6, 2021.

SPORTS | From gap-year freshmen to graduate students, Penn fielded teams of extensive player variety ESTHER LIM Incoming Senior Sports Editor

With two classes of rookies, plus an additional year of graduate students returning to play, the vastly varying makeup of rosters presented unordinary opportunities for many Penn athletes — another result of the unique circumstances for sports competition in 2021. Feb. 11 Current senior athletes at Ivy League institutions, who have lost their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be permitted to compete for their respective schools next year as full-time graduate students. As of now, this exception only applies to current seniors whose seasons were suspended by the pandemic. To qualify, students must be admitted as graduate students to degree-seeking programs through “regular channels.” Last week, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee presidents from each Ancient Eight school circulated a survey meant to gauge student-athletes’ opinions on graduate school eligibility, per the request of Ivy League policy members and athletic directors. The decision comes at a time in which many Penn athletes have already entered the transfer portal, or even enrolled at other institutions as graduate students. March 30 Within a week of the Ivy League’s decision to

extend eligibility to current seniors, senior Andrew Douglas of Penn men’s squash applied to Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. In a matter of a month, Douglas was on track for another season of play and an opportunity to further cultivate his passion for political science. “I had in my head an idea of which school I wanted to apply to, and I knew that it would be Fels. But when the decision came out of the Ivy League, I just jumped to apply within the next week,” Douglas said. “So next year, I think, is going to be a really cool year for me. I’m excited to redefine who I am and shape what role I want squash to play in my life.” The extra year of eligibility will be Douglas’ opportunity to make up for a lost season, but also Penn men’s squash’s chance to resume its highly aimed goals with Douglas leading the team. June 10 After spending time at both Penn and Western Carolina University, Penn quarterback Ryan Glover has chosen to continue his college football career at the University of California. Through a graduate transfer, Glover will use his final year of eligibility to suit up for the Golden Bears this upcoming season. “It was a pretty complex process I went through,” he said. “I graduated a semester early and traditionally, Penn doesn’t allow grad students to play football. That’s one of the main reasons I needed to transfer from Penn after the Ivy League canceled their season in the fall as well as spring.” Without Ryan Glover, Penn football must decide a new starting quarterback, with five quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Additionally, 57 new players will start their Quaker careers this season, as COVID-19 shuttered any chance of the 2020 recruits to play. Sept. 6 In its first match at Rhodes Field since Nov. 16, 2019, Penn men’s soccer dominated Colgate 3-0 with its upperclassmen paving the way. Graduate student Joey Bhangdia and senior midfielder Ben Stitz spearheaded the attack, combining for three goals and an assist. Senior forwards Matt Leigh and Ben Stitz played in remarkable harmony with graduate student RC Williams to put the Quakers ahead by two goals. Bhangdia added another goal at 70 minutes to increase the Quaker lead to 3-0, assisted by Stitz and freshman Charlie Gaffney. Bhangdia, the leading scorer for the Quakers in 2019, picked up where he left off as leader of Penn’s offense. The Quakers finished the match with six shots on goal to Colgate’s one. Oct. 6 In 2018, former field hockey team captain Ava Rosati totaled six shutouts and 62 saves; the next year, she marked 1,007 minutes and 67 total saves. Now in Rosati’s place is sophomore Sabien Paumen, a Netherlands native who, until this season, had never played a minute of collegiate field hockey. Rosati’s departure left Penn without any veteran goalies in the program. Despite this, Paumen’s coaches have been impressed with her maturity. “For Sabien, one of the things that really gives credit to her is [that], for a majority of the games, she just has really good confidence in herself,” goalkeeper coach Sydney Rhodes said. “She’s very level-headed, so she doesn’t

really get frantic as easily. If a goal does go in, there’s not much effect on her gameplay, which I think, especially for young goalies, is really hard sometimes.” Oct. 9 Despite 10-hour days and challenging playing conditions, the inexperienced Penn women’s golf team’s weekend invitational at the Yale Fall Intercollegiate was marked by career-best finishes. Freshman Natalie Cao and junior Selina Li both shot an even-par 71. In addition, sophomore Debby Chang and freshman Eunice Kim both shot a 74. “We had a good talk about the mental game last week,” coach Mark Anderson said, “and we’re just focusing on trying to be a little more consistent with our playing.” Oct. 30 Get used to the quarterback wearing No. 4 for Penn football — he has a name we might be sayin’ for a while. Making only his second collegiate start, freshman Aidan Sayin broke out against the Brown Bears at Franklin Field, leading an offense that couldn’t be stopped, as the Quakers (3-4, 1-3 Ivy) routed the Bears (2-5, 1-3) by a score of 45-17. In these unusual times, being a freshman may be more advantageous for Sayin. He was playing high school football last fall in a competitive California conference, when most of his opponents were on an Ivy League bench. “Aidan’s just a very mature kid,” Penn coach Ray Priore said. “He’s got that poise and that charisma, and that way about him where he just plays. Some people have to think about it, but [for him] it’s just natural.”

Penn’s Olympians: How nine Quakers fared in the 2020 Games SPORTS | Tokyo marked the Olympic debuts for all nine athletes LOCHLAHN MARCH Senior Sports Editor

Nine Quakers, six countries, and six sports sums up the athletes who repped the Red and Blue in addition to their countries’ colors at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. At just 24 years old, 2018 graduate Regina Salmons was the youngest member of the United States’ women’s eight boat. Salmons’ boat advanced through preliminaries and finished fourth in the final at 6:02.78, around three seconds behind the Canadian gold medalists. While their efforts were short of gold, making the squad was the culmination of a decades-long journey for Salmons. “Had I gone to any other school, I don’t know if I would have made it,” Salmons said. “Being at Penn — being a part of a program that is building — you have this hunger to keep biting the heels of whoever’s faster than you. If you just keep chasing down the person in front of you, eventually there’s not so many people left in the race.” 2015 graduate Dara Alizadeh also made his Olympic rowing debut this year. Alizadeh, rowing in the men’s single sculls competition, is just the third-ever Olympic rower to represent Bermuda. He also held the honor of carrying the Bermudian flag during the Opening Ceremonies. Alizadeh finished 18th overall in the finals with a time of 7:09.91. Sam Mattis, a 2016 Wharton graduate, was the only American to make the discus final this year in Tokyo. His throw of 63.88 meters landed him an eighth-place finish. Mattis was the NCAA National Champion in discus his junior year, and was a three-time recipient of first SEND STORY IDEAS TO DPSPORTS@THEDP.COM

team All-Ivy honors. He still holds the school record for the discus throw. Another member of Penn’s Class of 2016, and one of three Penn fencers at the Games this year, Shaul Gordon competed for Canada in the men’s sabre individual tournament. The tournament was held in a single elimination format, and Gordon fell in the Round of 32 to Mojtaba Abedini of Iran, by a score of 15-10. Blake Broszus, a member of Penn’s Class of 2024, arrived in Tokyo as an alternate for Team Canada’s foil group, but wound up seeing time on the strip. In the men’s foil team tournament, Broszus and his teammates Alex Cai and Maximilien Van Haaster fell to Germany by a score of 45-31. Broszus earned a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Championships in the junior men’s foil, and came 12th at the 2020 World Cup in the same event. Rounding out the Penn fencers at the Games, Katina Proestakis of Penn’s Class of 2025 represented Chile in the women’s individual foil event. In the Round of 64, Proestakis lost to Martyna Jelińska of Poland by a score of 15-12. Proestakis has been competing internationally since 2017. At the 2021 World Junior Championship held in Cairo, Proestakis finished ninth in the women’s individual foil. Keanan Dols, a rising senior at Penn, represented Jamaica in the 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley. Dols finished 34th and 43rd in the qualifying rounds of each event respectively, shy of the semifinals cutoff. Dols was selected for one of Jamaica’s two Olympic universality spots after an impressive finish at the 2021 Pro Swim Series earlier this year in Mission Viejo, Calif., with his time of 2:02.15 setting a new national record for Jamaica. Chieh-Yu Hsu of Penn’s Class of 2014 represented Chinese Taipei in the women’s doubles tennis event. Hsu and her partner, Yu-Chieh Hsieh, fell to the pair

Nine Penn athletes competed in the Olympics this year. Top Row- Jasmine Chen in equestrian and Regina Salmons in Rowing (Both photos courtesy of Penn Athletics). Mid row- (L-R) Shaul Gordon (Photo by Arabella Uhry), Blake Broszus (Photo from Canadian Fencing Federation), and Katine Proestakis (Photo from Penn Athletics) and Keanan Dols in swimming Photo from Keanan Dols). Bottom Row-Sam Mattis in discus (Thomas Munson) and Dara Alizadeh (Courtesy of Penn Athletics). Not pictured is Chieh-Yu Hsu who competed in fencing.

from the Czech Republic in the first round. Hsu only played for Penn for one season in 2010-11 before turning professional, and has since won six singles and 24 doubles titles on the International Tennis Federation’s Women’s Circuit.

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Jasmine Chen, a 2011 College graduate, represented Chinese Taipei’s equestrian team in the jumping individual division. The first woman with Penn affiliation to compete in Olympic equestrian, Chen finished short of the top-30 mark necessary to move onto the finals. CONTACT US: 215-422-4640


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