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The last mental health task force, in 2002, made four successful recommendations BY SARAH SMITH Senior Writer Twelve years before Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced the creation of a task force to study mental health on campus, a similar committee presented its findings to the University’s provost in June 2002. Last week, the administration commissioned a task force to com-

prehensively evaluate the policies and procedures that address mental health at Penn, a task last done in 2002. The 2002 Mental Health Outreach Task Force, made up of students, administrators and staff, presented six key recommendations. The University implemented four of the six, said Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry Anthony Rostain, who

chaired the 2002 task force. The recommendations to create a mental health outreach coordinating council and to clearly identify mental health outreach goals for the community got lost in the shuffle. “I thought mental wellness and mental health of the staff and faculty and students ought to be something that every year people systematically look at,” Rostain,

who will also co-chair this year’s task force, said of the outreach coordinating council. “Part of what I’m going to do now when I’m charged is try to figure out whether there needs to be something like that.” Another suggestion that fell through was to create “health graduate assistants” for the colSEE TASK FORCE PAGE 3

BY KRISTEN GRABARZ Staff Writer One class at Penn celebrates Black History Month every month. An undergraduate course entitled “The History of Women and Men of African Descent at the University of Pennsylvania” seeks to educate students about scholars and black leaders who have shaped the University and the world. About 25 students attend the class in DuBois College House each Monday. “You can take notes if you feel the need, but it’s very much just a conversation,” said College senior Tanisha Hospedale, a student in the course. “The location is symbolic in itself because of the history of Du Bois. The walls of Du Bois are almost like us being surrounded by our history.” Du Bois College House was opened in 1972 in response to discrimination concerns raised by Penn’s black students. Informally dubbed “Blacks at Penn” by students in the class, the course delves into the contemporary African-American experience, touching upon topics such as Greek life, athletics and classroom environments. The seminar is taught by its co-founders, University Chaplain Charles Howard and Makuu Director Brian Peterson, as well as Associate Director of Makuu Marlena Reese, all of whom seek to spark conversation about the African-American experience in a comfortable setting. “It’s a profound experience to have not only the classmates look like you, but to have the professors look like you too and to have the subject matter you study look like you and resemble you,” Howard said. Guest speakers both from Penn and beyond are common visitors to the class. Recent ones have included Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access William Gipson and head coach of the men’s basketball team Jerome Allen. One class text, a book entitled “Black Students in the Ivory Tower,” is Penn alumnus Wayne Glasker’s account of his and his peers’ experiences at Penn. Students in the class also maintain a blog, which highlights prominent black leaders and thinkers. Started several years ago as a project for Black History Month, the blog seeks to archive valuable stories about the African impact at Penn and beyond. Students and professors agree that the class is unlike any other at Penn. “It’s a very typical seminar course, in that it is driven by insightful student dialogue. What differentiates it is the proximity; Du Bois College House, College Hall, Africana Studies, Onyx Senior Honor Society, Locust Walk are all elements still very much a part of the Penn experience today, and this course covers their historiSEE STUDENTS PAGE 6

Fellowship to give $10k for research in India BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer

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The Sobti Family Fellowship was announced this month as an annual award to one standout applicant interested in conducting research in India..

A Penn fellowship is breaking down geographic and financial barriers that surround researching abroad. The Sobti Family Fellowship is a new funding opportunity offered by the Center for the Advanced Study of India. It will provide an alternative to the Fulbright Grant for those who want to pursue a postbaccalaureate research project in India. The Sobti family, of which 1984 College alum Rajiv Sobti is a member, established the endowed fund, which awards $10,000 annually to one student to pursue a project of their choice for a minimum of nine months. The fellowship is available to any Penn senior or Penn alumni up to two years after their graduation. It provides financial support for applicants who are interested in researching the development of modern India. The idea for the fellowship

grew out of the familiar senior year “panic” of students who have taken advantage of CASI’s programs while at Penn but are unsure of how to return to India after graduation, Deputy Director of CASI Juliana Di Giustini said. Christina Wu, a College senior and CASI Student Prog rams assistant , who was also a former photo manager at the Daily Pennsylvanian, understands the yearning for post-baccalaureate research opportunities abroad. She participated in a three-month-long summer internship in India through CASI, and noted that while she was there, she became “interested in certain aspects of the experience and wanted to go back and pursue [them].” She added that prior to the Sobti Family Fellowship, it was difficult to gain ownership of a post-baccalaureate project of this sort outside of receiving a Fulbright Grant.


Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell talks immigration reform BY SONIA SIDHU Contributing Writer Former Pennsylvania Governor and 1965 College graduate Ed Rendell spoke about immigration reform last night at an event co-sponsored by Penn for Immigrant Rights and Penn


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Democrats to kick off Immigration Action Week. Rendell is the Democratic chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was founded by former Senate Majority Leaders in 2007 and supports political advocacy and outreach. Rendell believes that one of the reasons immigration needs change is because the United States is losing too many qualified graduate students to their home countries after they graduate from American universities. He suggested providing visas to highly skilled workers. “It is imperative that we get younger people to fill our work force needs,” Rendell said. According to Rendell, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats agree that workers contributing to the economy should be eligible for citizenship. People who meet the criteria of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act should also be eligible, he said. The DREAM Act grants citizenship to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors and then graduated from U.S. high schools. The Act applies to anyone who meets its criteria and arrived in the country in the five years preceding its enactment. Additionally, E-Verification is a point of agreement between the two major political parties. E-Verification is an online software that allows employers to input the names of potential em-

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Former Pennsylvanian Governor and Penn alumnus Ed Rendell spoke yesterday at Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall as part of Immigration Action Week, a series of events cosponsored by Penn Democrats and Penn for Immigrant Rights this week. ployees to check their immigration status. Because past reforms were not as successful as anticipated, opponents to immigration reform are hesitant to pass a new bill proposed by Obama. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, for instance, intended to stop illegal immigration as

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“I approached Tony Rostain and the others and asked if I could come back,” she said. She was invited to become a permanent member. “It has to come from students, to students to be relevant,” Malmon said, also calling the absence of students on this year’s task force “disappointing.” The lack of students on the current task force has drawn ire not only from students, but from faculty, who claim the task force is too bureaucratic and not engaged enough with the population it hopes to help. In response to the criticism, Gutmann and Price published a letter in The Daily Pennsylvanian on Monday


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lege houses. These graduate students would have been a health resource and would have coordinated awareness initiatives and been a referral source to University resources. “I think that was a good idea — and still is a good idea,” Rostain said. The actual implementation of the recommendations didn’t fall to the task force. They handed it to then-Provost Robert Barchi, who is now president of Rutgers University. Barchi was unable to speak for this article. Associate Vice Provost for Health and Academic Services Max King, who was not on the 2002 task force but has been at the University since 1996, said the University divisions addressed in the report mostly implemented the suggestions on their own. The four successful recommendations were guidelines for mandatory medical leave of absence for students with mental health problems, expanding mental health liaisons, supporting and expanding mental health outreach activities and creating a mental health crisis team to coordinate responses. In sharp contrast to the recently announced task force, the 2002 task force included three students — two undergraduates and one graduate student. Rostain is the only person to serve on both. Alison Malmon, founder of mental health awareness group Active Minds and a 2003 College graduate, was one of the undergraduate students on the 2002 task force. Malmon started the forerunner of Active Minds at Penn in response to her older brother’s suicide. Originally, the task force, which then had just two student representatives, asked her to share her experiences.

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Price said in an emailed statement. King, the associate vice provost, said there will be a similar level of input as in 2002. “Many of the people or the areas that you saw represented specifically on the 2002 task force will be involved in this process, just this current task force is one put together at a higher level,” he said. “Actually, that’s a good thing, because when those sorts of folks are put onto a task force, it adds strength to the importance of the work that’s being done.” This year’s task force has a clear impetus: the spate of suicides that left campus reeling and an ongoing discussion about

mental health. In 2002, both internal feeling and national trends pushed the University to convene the task force. Data released in the task force’s report show that scheduled first-time appointments at CAPS rose from 1,307 in 1997-98 to 2,003 in 2000-01. “9/11 really got everybody,” Rostain said. “It was a rise in the number of students who reported they were depressed and showing up to CAPS, so the provost just felt like it was time to look and see what was going on.” A case in Massachusetts grabbed the attention of universities nationwide. The parents of 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Elizabeth Shin sued MIT in 2002 after their daughter burned to death in her dorm room in April 2000. Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner. The case opened the question of what responsibilities schools bear in providing mental health care to students and in notifying parents when students were perceived to be deteriorating. “‘I think I’d rather err on the side of overextending to someone who isn’t in trouble than missing those who are,” Judith Rodin, Penn’s president at the time, told The New York Times for a lengthy piece on Shin in 2002. “We are a community, and we need to be responsible for each other. You can’t guarantee these things don’t happen, even if you create that ethos. We had two suicides this year after 10 years with none. But you can provide the social and psychological support.” Shin’s family settled with MIT in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, agreeing with the school in the settlement that Shin’s death was likely an accident. “The issues are still present. There are still the same pressures, the same risks, but I think there have been a lot of improvements in the way CAPS works and the way there’s outreach,” Rostain said. “On the other hand, there’s still a barrier and a stigma that doesn’t go away.”

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Making an IMPaCT at HUP through guidance IMPaCT improves the health of discharged patients, a study found BY ALEX GETSOS Staff Writer Guidance by peers from communities in Philadelphia helped improve medical outcomes of post-discharged patients from the same lowincome neighborhood, according to a recent Penn study. E xe c ut i v e D i r e c t o r o f Penn’s Center for Community Health Workers Shreya Kangovi helped develop Individualized Management for Patient Center Targets, abbreviated IMPaCT, in order to help patients after they are discharged from a hospital. The recent study on IMPaC T, wh ic h w a s c o - au thored by Judith Long and Dav id Gr a nde , a ssi st a nt professors at the Perelman

School of Medicine, showed that patients who received even a brief dose of IMPaCT intervention improved in regards to a number of factors. Some improvements patients experienced included being more active in car ing for their own health, as well as better access to health care, decreased chances of returning to the hospital and better mental health. “[Sixty percent] of people who had primary care at 14 days into the intervention ... felt that the discharge communication process had gone well,” Long said. “The 30 day readmission rate was about the same but less people came back multiple times ... [so] we definitely decreased some of the repeat admission.” Patients given the intervention were inter v iewed about the process and expr e sse d over a l l p o sit ive v iews, some of which are


available on the Center ’s website. “The program was wonderful. My IMPaCT Partner went out of his way to help with things that were above and beyond. He helped me to get insurance and doctor’s appointments. He became a friend and was very helpful,” one 46-year-old patient who received care through IMPaCT said, according to the Center’s website. Kangovi said that because t he mo d el w o r k e d w el l , Penn’s health system has created the Penn Center for Community Health Workers to employ community health workers - “people who share life experience with their patients ... [and] come from similar backgrounds” - as paid employees. She added that the model has become a routine part of care at Penn Medicine. “We’re getting a lot of interest from other organiza-

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hen I was a f reshman at Penn, I was terrified by the seemingly dangerous abyss that was West Philadelphia. I don’t mean the West Philly in which we live. The idea of venturing past 41st Street was unner ving, to say the least. When my grandfather told me about the apartment he used to rent on 43rd and B a lt i m o r e , I a d m it t e d I wasn’t sure where that was. In one of my urban studies classes, we took a trolley ride around West Philadelphia. What was intended to awaken us to the realities of our neighbors turned into pover t y-tou r ism. We, t he privileged, Ivy League students, protected by the walls of our trolley, looked out the window toward West Philadelphia but never actually disembarked from the bus. It felt strange and uncom-

fortable when West Philadelphians waved at us as if we were celebrities, while we maintained our separation from them within the walls of the bus. The idea of leaving the “ivory tower” of Penn often echoes throughout campus. It seems, however, not to have resonated with far too many students, who, like me as a freshman, rarely venture past 41st Street. For many Penn students, it acts as an invisible, impenetrable border. As a rising junior, I spent my summer interning at LIFTPhiladelphia, located at 56th and Chestnut. I was exposed daily to new clients struggling with real life situations: facing eviction, unemployment, homelessness and hunger. Some clients chose to work with me regularly and were willing to share the details of lives very different from my

own. We formed meaningful relationships — and we were not separated by the walls of a trolley. Every morning I took the Walnut Street bus from 40th street, and every evening I took the Market-Frankford line from 56th Street back home. My co-workers and I weren’t simply touring West Philadelphia — we were living and actively engaging in it. Poverty was no longer a distant concept that we had read about in a textbook but something tangible and urgent. M a ny of us , my sel f i ncluded, grew up in states of distorted reality. We lived in nice homes, went to abovepar schools and never faced the questions of whether or where we would receive our next meal. During my summer at LIFT, I learned that for many of our West Philadelph i a neig hb or s , f o o d ,

housing and safety are real and daily concerns. Our problem goes far beyond never leaving the “ivory tower.” Most of us live in a state of ignorant bliss, unaware of and unconcerned w ith the extreme pover ty that exists a mere 15 blocks aw ay. We w a l k p a st t he beggar on the street without making eye contact, as though this person’s life and cur rent situation is completely separate from our own. I, too, am guilty of this offense. We all are. This entire community — and its members — are and should be as much a part of our Penn experience as everything else. It’s not simply about seeing the poverty that exists 10 or 15 blocks westward, but about breaking down the barriers that we build to separate ourselves from it. We must actively engage ourselves — working in soup

kitchens, tutoring in local schools and advocating for our neighbors in West Philadelphia at places like LIFT. Imagine if each Penn student spent one hour each week volunteering in West Philadelphia — that’s 10,000 hours. We must prioritize West Philly, deciding that we are not too busy or too removed to volunteer some of our time to a com- ALEXANDRA FRIEDMAN munity that we have a vested interest in maintaining. schooling to interfere with As Penn students, we have our real world, West Philacountless opportunities af- delphia education. forded to us. How and why we Today, my favorite place utilize those opportunities will during the fall and springdefine our Penn experience. time is Clark Park, located Are we seeking simply to better at none other than 43rd and ourselves, or also to better the Baltimore. It just goes to community in which we live? show that there is a lot to be M a r k T w a i n f a m o u s l y learned past 41st Street. said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my ALEXANDRA FRIEDMAN is education.” Moving forward, a College junior from Atlanta we should embrace this sen- studying history. Email her at timent wholeheartedly, not or follow allowing our “ivory tower” her @callme_alfrie.

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o t he l i ng u ist ics graduate student I met at Tap House several weeks ago: I couldn’t help but bristle at how d isapp oi nt ed you were with my answer — with my one-minute summary of what I find most fascinating about the human condition. Sorr y to disappoint you. It was an “uncreative” answer to an uncreative question, even “for a philosophy major.” The human condition is a topic both incredibly broad and incredibly simple. If you’ve travelled — if you’ve lived an interesting and well-informed life — you don’t need to go to school to understand the human condition. The things that fas-

cinate me about the human condition, its most essential aspects, are so obvious and universal that you don’t need a class to d iscover them; you obser ve them just by living and seeing how others live. Those aren’t the k inds of things you lear n in school. Good professors might come along who inspire you as people (as has definitely been the case for me), but the institution on its own usually has little to do with it. In fact, because of the myopic emphasis on specialization in academia, those kinds of interests are things I’ve discovered specifically outside of school. That’s an entirely different question, however, from what I think the solutions are. Now those I learned in school. Not by absor ption of facts or rote memorization, but by being privileged t o h av e s p e nt c ou nt le s s hours practicing clear and directed thought under experienced mentors. Thanks to a liberal arts education, I

have been able to draw from psychology, biology, history, philosophy, sociolog y, anthropology and literature to begin a comprehensive and ever-changing set of views on where we stand. Philosophy has given me a format for making sense of all that data and assembling it into st r uct u r es a nd at t it udes toward the world that are meaningful (and, hopefully, useful). I believe firmly in education — or, rather, in intellectual self-improvement. It doesn’t need to be learned in school, though that definitely helps. Being in an academic setting has taught me plenty, but most of all, it’s taught me to treat my own mind as an instrument to be handled with deliberateness and precision. That’s not to say that I always succeed. From how it sounds, my goals and studies differ significantly from yours. That’s not to say that mine are superior or yours inferior — only that it might be difficult

for you or your classmates to judge objectively, by your own standards, the “usefulness” or “creativity” of my intellectual attitudes toward the world when the natures of our i nqui r ies d i f fer so thoroughly. It doesn’t t a ke a n ac ademic to have views on the human condition, and academics often spend (or, perhaps, waste) much of their time focusing on intellectual hobbies and puzzles that the general will considers irrelevant. At best, academics apply the things they study back to society — even then, I suspect it rarely took their time in the ivor y tower to figure out what “fascinates” them about the human condition. Chances are it’s pretty straightforward stuff. If the human condition is really as universal as you assume it to be — given how readily you expected a cogent answer from someone with a completely different background — then the answer to what is most “objec-

tively” interesting probably won’t come from either of our particular fields. Something like the nature of communication, perhaps, or the tragedy of how easily clear thought gets lost in translation. That could possibly make for a good answer. But, with all due respect, what were you expecting? “ T he p u r s u it o f t r ut h” ? “The way we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past”? I’m no Diogenes or Fitzgerald. I doubt you would have answered by talking about mor phemes, and the relationship bet ween epiphe nomenalism and reductive physicalism wouldn’t qualify on my part, either. You se eme d su r p r i se d that my answer was uncreative. It wasn’t my job to impress you — when talking about something as dense and far-reaching as the human condition, it’s one’s job not to be creative, but to be honest. Perhaps you misconceive



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what philosophy majors do, wh ic h i s ent i r ely u nder standable. People seem to t h i n k we spend ou r d ays dressed in togas, pondering the meaning of life. They don’t really know what we study, and they expect us to have answers that are as w ishy-washy as the questions they formulate for us. I don’t study philosophy to ponder the meaning of life (t houg h I do t h at plent y on my own time). I do it to sharpen my analytical skills. Incidentally, I would like to think that my two majors a nd genera l Penn education have g iven me a few poignant insights into the meaning of life. A nd they have led me to conclude that questions like yours are often less fruitful than their askers believe them to be. JONATHAN IWRY is a College senior from Bethesda, Md., studying philosophy. His last name is pronounced “eev-ree.” Email him at

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A Penn alternative to Fulbright INDIA from page 1 Aparna Wilder, the Student Programs and outreach manager at CASI and a 2002 College graduate, recalled that when she was an undergraduate student hoping to do research in India after

ate school it’s frequently hard to go to the gym because so much of our lives is focused on doing our work,” Charlotte Rose, GAPSA’s vice chair for student life, said. “My personal motivation for getting involved with PennSHAPE was because I had come off of studying for comprehensive exams and I was just physically and mentally exhausted.” Rose emphasized the ways in which the challenge can improve mental health among its participants. “I realized that if I had some time to actually exercise, then I would have been far less stressed out,” she said. GAPSA partners with the

Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, Student Health Service and Counseling and Psychological Services to offer various workshops throughout the semester as part of the challenge. One of the first programs always incorporates a discussion of body image “to make sure people realize healthy parameters to keep in mind,” Rose said. Due to increased interest in the program, Pottruck is offering additional spinning classes and weight training specifically for the competition’s participants. Luyao Wang, GAPSA’s vice chair for communication, attended a meditation workshop in the basement of the Graduate

School of Education, intending to take pictures of the event. “There was a leading meditator sitting at the front, in a very cozy environment with slow music,” Wang said. “They tell you what to do to relax your mind and body.” When Wang started taking pictures, the constant clicking of the camera’s shutter disturbed the serene atmosphere. She told herself, “Forget about the camera. Let me just be one of the participants of the workshop.” Setting the camera aside allowed her to enjoy a valuable experience that day, Wang said. “It’s definitely helpful if you are stressed,” she said. “It gives

you just one moment to sit down and not think about anything else.” Rose agreed that the meditation workshops were very beneficial for students. She also noticed impressive physical improvements in many of the participants. “Some of the people that were top finishers [in past semesters] had lost significant extra weight, and I believe a number of the women had substantially improved the number of push ups they could do,” Rose said. “One woman started out doing only one push up and was eventually able to do 20.” Students received a physical evaluation at the start of the

semester, assessing their cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. They will be evaluated in the same categories at the end of the semester, between Apr. 28 and May 2, and physical trainers from Pottruck will determine their overall improvement. Each participant’s physical progress, combined with their attendance at PennSHAPE workshops, will determine the winners at the end of the challenge. One woman and one man will receive a fitness package worth $500, while those participants finishing in the top 10 percent will earn a smaller package valued at $50.

completing her studies, the only option was to “apply for a Fulbright and hope for the best.” However, the F ulbr ight Grant is extremely competitive since it is open to college graduates across the world, narrowing the chances for Penn students to conduct their own research internationally. T he S o bt i F a m i ly Fel lowship, in contrast, is exclusive to Penn graduates. Unlike other fellowships, it will grant a unique liberty

to the selected fellows, who will investigate a question of their own. “There’s nothing quite like this [at Penn],” Executive Director for Education and Academic Planning in the Office of the Provost Rob Nelson said. While the Thouron Award, which was recently granted to four students, grants funds for graduate study in the United Kingdom, no Penn-exclusive fellowship has a l lowed pa r t icipa nts to pursue independent research outside of a degree

program prior to the Sobti Family Fellowship. Applicants must submit a research proposal and connect with an India-based institution with which they will collaborate while abroad. The application for this fellowship can be found on CASI’s website and is due by March 17. An online information session will be held via Adobe Connect today at 4:00 p.m., and an in-person session will be held in Houston Hall on March 3 at 3 p.m. The fellowship mark s

the third ty pe of f unding opp or t u n it y av a i l able t o Penn students and alumni through CASI, which also offers research funding and internships. It is also the longest term project available through CASI. W i lder r e c og n i ze d t he growing interest in working abroad among Penn students, and said that CASI was “feeling that demand and students are creating that demand for each other.” Wu hopes that the fellowship will help “solidify [her]

vision” of the future. “I’m at a point where I’m tr y ing to f ig ure out what direction to take my professional career. I want to establish a vision before I enact a way to get to that vision,” she said. A lt houg h she i nt er ne d in India previously, she ack nowledged that a fellowship would require her to establish herself on her own without a community of Penn students traveling with her, a skill “important to developing yourself in your 20s.”


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In February, the United States observes Black History Month in celebration of the world’s African diaspora. These are several selected moments in the history of the black community here at Penn. BY JENN WRIGHT Contributing Writer

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Alleged attackers acquitted May 15,1992 Penn students protested the verdict of the Rodney King case outside of then-Penn President Sheldon Hackney’s house. Four white officers allegedly beat King, an African American construction worker. Although the beating was caught on video tape, they were acquitted. Protesters demanded that all faculty and campus police be required to attend diversity training. The decision sparked massive riots in Los Angeles — the biggest riots in the United States since the 1960s.

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ometimes losses are t o u g h t o s w a l l o w. None more so than the loss suffered by Penn women’s basketball this weekend to Dartmouth. After a deflating loss to the last-place team in the conference the night after claiming the top spot, most teams would struggle to rebound. But this Penn team is not most teams. If anything, this loss will serve as a wake-up call for a Quakers squad that has been dominant for the most part this season, but clearly still has a few flaws. Dartmouth found ways to shut down the strong interior offense that has been vital to Penn’s success throughout this season. With the frontcourt neutralized, success for the Red and Blue was tied to the outside shooting and a few too many missed threes doomed the Quakers. “They left our wings open, left our three open and we d i d n’ t s ho ot p a r t ic u l a r l y well that day,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “If we had made a couple of those shots

early and got them out of that defense early, it could have ended differently.” T h i s loss c ou ld ju st b e c h a l ke d up t o some p o or shoot i ng, but McL aug h l i n and his coaching staff know t h at it ’s mor e t h a n t h at . It’s an opportunity to build a game plan away from the reliance on interior offense that has driven this squad thus far. And they’ll need it, because the defense that Dartmouth ra n wasn’t pa r ticula rly unique; it just forced the Red and Blue out of their comfort zone. When it comes down to it, the loss to Dartmouth isn’t the real takeaway from this weekend. It just served to overshadow what may have been the biggest win in McLaughlin’s tenure as coach. To put Penn’s 6 3- 50 w in over Harvard into perspective, the last time the Quakers won at Lavietes Pavilion was 10 years ago. Penn hadn’t swept the Crimson in the past 13 seasons. So while the loss to Dartmouth was definitely a step back ward, the win against Har vard kept the Quakers moving in the right direction. With their pair of losses this weekend to Penn and Princeton, Crimson have fallen out of title contention and forged a path for the Quakers to find themselves battling Princeton down to the last game. A s it st a nd s r ig ht now, Penn is one game out of first

and in the driver’s seat for second place and a berth in the Women’s NIT. It controls its own destiny for the Iv y League title as well, needing to win out and defeat Princeton to end the season for the chance to force a one-game playoff. “ We’r e not out of t h is,” McLaughlin said. “The kids have the resilience to bounce back.” So take this weekend as exactly what it was, a display of both the best and the worst of Penn women’s basketball this season and a reminder that, despite a nine-game winning streak, the Red and Blue are still just as mor tal as any other contender in the Iv y League. Though many would have loved t o see t he Q ua ker s neck-and-neck w ith P rinceton for their final game of the season, there is still a good chance that game will be just as meaningful as fans had hoped when the schedules were released. Bec ause when it comes down to it, this Penn team has bounced back too well this season to let a disap pointing loss ser ve as anything less than a fire to power it through the final stretch. One step back ward, t wo steps forward. HOLDEN MCGINNIS is an Engineering freshman from Philadelphia and is an associate s p o r t s e di t o r fo r T h e D ail y Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at

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After a disappointing loss to Dartmouth, coach Mike McLaughlin will help Penn continue strong through its final games. However, the weekend was a net positive for the Quakers, as they strengthened their hold on second place in the Ivy League.

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Though the Quakers didn’t have much offensive success on Friday, Losco was instrumental in a tight first half of play. The senior’s firstqua r ter goa l helped k not the score after Duke struck early, and Losco’s assist just before the half helped Penn draw within one of the Blue D ev i l s . Mov i ng f or w a r d , Losco, who led Penn in scoring last season, will be looking to extend his ten-game streak with at least one point, a stretch that dates back to last season. Penn’s back line: T he Q u a ker s d id n’t h ave t o o much trouble slowing down Duke’s high-powered attack down in Durham, and much of the same can be expected against the Hawks. Senior goalkeeper Br ian Feeney notched 10 saves against the Blue Devils and managed to hold Duke in check for much of the game following the first quarter. A fter giving up four goals in the opening period, Feeney and company held Duke scoreless for the remainder of the half, and kept the Blue Devils from scoring double-digit goals. Matt Blasco: Take a bow, Mr. Blasco. In his first career start, the St. Joe’s sophomore attack scored three goals to go along with a trio of assists in the Hawks’ 14-6 win over VMI on Saturday. Blasco’s six points were key in getting St. Joe’s its first win of the season, and the sophomore was named NEC Player of the Week in recognition of his efforts last

And the Crimson didn’t stop with a 20-point win over Penn. One day later, they did something they hadn’t done in 25 years: beat Princeton on the road, shaking off a slow start to handily defeat the Tigers at Jadwin Gymnasium. With that weekend sweep, Harvard won all four of its games against Princeton and Penn this year, a first in program history. The sweep also shows that the days of the Tigers and Quakers thoroughly dominating the Iv y League are long gone. And the reign of Penn and Princeton, which included 51 combined Ivy titles between the two schools, has now given way to the rule of Harvard and coach Tommy Amaker. “They clearly have made their mark in our conference through the years,” Amaker said of the two rivals. “You applaud that, you recognize the tradition that both of those schools and those programs have, and I am pleased with our ability to become relevant, to be a factor in our conference, to be consistent now.” Consistency is the name of the game now for Harvard. The Crimson are in the driver’s seat to win their third straight outright Ivy title, and could very well follow up last year’s NCAA Tournament win with another this March. Where does this leave Penn (and, to a lesser extent, Princeton)? Catch-up mode. Let’s ignore Penn’s history. Sure, we all love to talk

STEVEN TYDINGS is a Wharton sophomore from Hopewell, N.J. and is senior sports editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at

was good for third-best in the nation. It would only be natural for such a gifted athlete to carry himself with a certain swagger or even cockiness. But in Reynolds’ case, nothing could be further from the truth. Despite his impressive accomplishments, Reynolds is extremely humble. He carries himself with a maturity only gained through years of experience. “The way I’m approaching it right now, I’m just keeping it

simple,” Reynolds said. “Some meets are named Heps, and some meets are named Nationals,” he continued. “But if I go in with the same focus, I’ll have more consistent results.” With the Ivy championships just a week away, Reynolds will finally be able to put this big-meet strategy to use at full strength. But no matter how he performs for the rest of the year, he has already raised the bar at Penn for years to come.

Reynolds carries himself with humility TRACK & FIELD from page 8 “I have the ability to jump, but it’s all about ... making sure every aspect of my technique is r ig ht ,” R ey nolds added.

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Penn senior attack Zack Losco was one of the only offensive bright spots for the Quakers in their season opener against Duke last weekend. The veteran notched two goals and an assist and will look to do more of the same against St. Joe’s on Tuesday. weekend. Three DownPenn’s offense: The Red and Blue struggled to generate any sort of attack against Duke last weekend. Despite keeping the game close for much of the first half, the Blue Dev ils were able to score three straight goals without any sort of response from the Quakers. Though f reshman att ack Kev in Brown scored his first career goal, it was Penn’s only score of the second period. After

But a tough learning curve isn’t the only obstacle Reynolds has faced in his time at Penn. He has also faced injur y problems throughout his career, most notably last year, when he was forced to deal with a bad left ankle. “It was bad,” Klim said. “It’s in his jumping foot, so it took a long time getting back.” D espit e t hese i nju r ies , Reynolds has persevered and come out on the other side stronger than ever.

an early goal after halftime, the Red and Blue went more than a quarter without scoring, ultimately letting the game slip away. History for St. Joe’s: Recent trends won’t be on the Hawks’ side on Tuesday. Penn and St. Joe’s have played each of the past four seasons and ten times overall since 1997, and the Hawks have never beaten the Quakers. In fact, though the past two meetings between the cross-town rivals have been close, Penn won

“I don’t know how we put it together,” Klim said. “But he finished sixth in the country outdoor [last season].” Over the past few years, he has gone head-to-head with some of the world’s premiere athletes, hold i ng his ow n against Olympic medalists and world champions. But Reynolds has entered his senior season with an entirely different set of goals, and being second-best is not one of them. “He has one goal, and the

each game before 2012 by no less than eight goals. Don’t expect the Quakers’ streak to end any time soon. T he Elements: Mother Nature won’t be too kind to either team out on Franklin Field on Tuesday. Temperatures will be below freezing once the game begins and the wind will be howling. The conditions don’t sound anywhere as nice as the 70-degree weather Penn got to enjoy when it was down in Durham last weekend.

goal is to win a national title, indoor or outdoor,” Klim said. “I always knew it was feasible, but I don’t think I had the confidence per se,” Reynolds added. “Now that I’ve had a renewed sense of focus, I think I’m in a better position.” Those are lofty goals, but they are by no means unqualified. In fact, Reynolds has looked better than ever this indoor season, having already broken his indoor school-record with a 2.24 meter jump that

about the program that has produced a Final Four team among many other impressive runs and 25 Ivy League titles. But history doesn’t matter right now. Watching Harvard roll past Penn for 40 minutes, it was clear that the Crimson are far ahead of the once-dominant Quakers. So now the Red and Blue need to find a way to compete against Harvard and an improving Ivy League. And it starts with recruiting. Looking at the Crimson roster, it isn’t any one recruiting class. When you look at every recruiting class for Amaker, his team has found a significant role player, whether it be senior Laurent Rivard, junior Wes Saunders or a sophomore like Chambers. Har vard also turned the Ancient Eight on its head by getting a top-100 recruit in freshman Zena Edosomwan, getting the caliber of blue-chip talent that other Ivy teams can only dream about getting. But outside of recruiting, the Quakers also need to follow Harvard’s blueprint to becoming a disciplined squad that plays an unselfish brand of basketball. The Crimson limited themselves to just eight turnovers on Friday while capitalizing on Penn’s 21 turnovers to extend their lead and finish off the Quakers. As he reminds the media at every press conference, Penn coach Jerome Allen is responsible for righting the ship. But whether or not Penn gets back on the right track, Harvard is here to stay and ultimately is the new benchmark for the rest of the Ancient Eight.



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Reynolds is raising the bar TRACK & FIELD | The threetime All-American is making one last run at national honors in the high jump BY COLIN HENDERSON Associate Sports Editor It should come as no surprise that high-jumping is based on the art of avoiding the bar. But in more ways than one, it is

also based on raising it. And senior high-jumper Maalik Reynolds has spent the past four years doing just that for the Penn track program. A three-time All-American with a Wikipedia page full of athletic achievements, Reynolds is the premiere upperclassman on a youthheavy Penn program. Reynolds now approaches his jumps with grace and precision, but his approach to this point in

his career has not always been this smooth. Standing at a lanky 6-foot-6 tall, Reynolds looks like he was born to be a high-jumper, but he didn’t start competing in track and field until high school, when his eighthgrade science teacher suggested that he try high-jumping. “I did it, and I was just kinda good at it,” Reynolds said. “So I stuck with it, and here I am.” His leaping ability allowed him

to excel from the beginning, but Reynolds still had plenty of room for improvement . Throughout his college career, he has worked hard to become a technically sound jumper. “He can really jump, but he’s

so long that he has a hard time rotating his frame over the bar,” high-jump coach Joe Klim said. “It’s really coming together, and he has really bought into it.”


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Penn senior high jumper Maalik Reynolds has been a consistently stellar performer, qualifying for NCAA championships four times in his illustrious career and earning a gold medal at the Pan-American Junior championships in 2011.

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here used to be a time when Harvard and Dartmouth would come to the Palestra and Penn basketball would have an easy sweep. But times have changed. And while Penn still took care of the Big Green on Saturday, Friday night was a clear

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display of a new hierarchy in the Ivy League: Harvard ... and everyone else. And Penn needs to find a way to catch up. The Crimson dominated every phase of Friday’s game, tak ing dow n the Quakers through a suffocating defense with pinpoint awareness and turning Penn’s mistakes into fastbreak opportunities with gusto. Sophomore guard Siyani Chambers acted as the ringleader for Harvard’s transition attack, using his trademark quickness to burst past Penn’s guards on the open floor while finding his teammates for easy points.


(22-4, 9-1 Ivy) The streak is over. It had been 25 long years since the Crimson had last won in Jadwin Gym, which made Saturday’s 59-47 win over Princeton that much sweeter. Add that on to a dominating 83-63 win over Penn on Friday, and Harvard now has a hammerlock on first place in the Ancient Eight with four games to play.

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Coach Tommy Amaker and his Harvard squad swept both Princeton and Penn for the first time in the Crimson program’s history.

(14-10, 8-2) Was Sunday’s 16-point loss to Columbia a deathblow to the Bulldogs’ title hopes? Not quite, but the road ahead looks daunting. Yale would likely need to win out — beating Harvard at home in the process — to force a one-game playoff with the Crimson on a neutral floor. A potential NIT bid seems far more likely.

(17-10, 6-4) Dead yet? Not quite. The Lions’ incredible season at home continued, as a weekend sweep of Brown and Yale keeps them at least within shouting distance of the Bulldogs for second place in the standings. Three games back of Harvard, first place seems impossibly far away, but the one saving grace is a chance to take revenge on the Crimson on March 1.

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(15-8, 3-6) Saturday’s ugly home loss to Harvard is just another sign of the dramatic power shift in the Ancient Eight. The Tigers only shot 34 percent from the field against the Crimson, and have now lost five of their last eight contests. With five games left to play, Princeton will be hard-pressed to even reach .500 in conference play.

(9-15, 2-8) Nothing new to see here. After falling by 10 to Princeton and nine to Penn, the Big Green are now an ugly 1-15 when trailing at halftime. In the NFL, that kind of record would get you the first overall pick in next year’s draft, but in the Ivy League, all it’s good enough for is a six-game losing streak and a feeling of hopelessness.

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upcoming matchup with St. Joseph’s. Three UpZack L osco: The senior m i d f i e l d p i c k e d u p r i g ht where he left off last season, notching two goals and an assist in Penn’s season opener.


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(7-16, 4-5) After playing one of their ugliest games of the season against Harvard on Friday, the Quakers followed up against Dartmouth on Saturday with one of their best. Five different Penn players scored in double figures in the 74-65 triumph, while the Red and Blue took care of the ball far better: Penn only committed 11 turnovers on Saturday, compared to 20 on Friday.

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4 B R O W N (14-10, 6-4) After a narrow loss at Columbia, 70-68, the Bears barely avoided disaster the following evening in Ithaca. Only forward Cedric Kuakumensah’s monster 30-point, 14-rebound effort kept Brown from an embarrassing loss to cellar-dweller Cornell. Thanks to Kuakumensah, the Bears eked out an 81-75 overtime win and now have matchups in Penn and Princeton coming up.

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8 C O R N E L L (2-22, 1-9) Give the Big Red credit for continuing to play hard, even though the dismissal of coach Bill Courtney appears to be inevitable at this point. Devin Cherry played out of his mind in the Big Red’s 82-65 loss to Yale, scoring 29 points on 11-17 shooting. The following night against Brown, Nolan Cressler poured in 34 points of his own in another losing effort.

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