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An $18,000 path to Penn

For Chinese students, hiring an admissions consultant is common — and expensive BY BRENDA WANG Deputy News Editor

When the woman from the Penn Museum visited the T’akdeintaan clan in 1995, she went to show the natives items that the Museum had in their collection from the area. Her trip followed a new federal law called the National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, which required museums to make natives aware of what items they have from their communities. “I was there, and it was such a sig-

For many Chinese students, the cost of attending Penn is higher than the price of tuition. Before receiving a letter of admission, many students from China have already shelled out tens of thousands of dollars for college admissions consulting, which promises to help students get into the U.S. school of their dreams. The competition for a spot in one of China’s top schools is fierce - even more so than in the United States. Students look to the United States for a prestigious degree and a less competitive admissions process. After deciding that he wanted to study in the US, one College sophomore, who preferred to remain anonymous, decided to hire admissions consultants to help, partially because “everyone around you is using consulting companies [as well], so it’s like you’re buying the reassurance.” The company he hired walked



The Penn Museum’s new Native American Voices exhibit features items that Alaskan natives have tried to repatriate


he exhibition hall at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum was packed. Native Americans from diverse communities stood next to their elders. Parents wrapped their arms around their children. In the back of the quiet room, a mother soothed her crying baby as she tried to catch a glimpse of the main attraction. The crowd filled the hall of the new Native American Voices exhibit at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The spectators watched as five Native


Americans from around the country, along with the museum director and exhibit curator, cut a red ribbon to declare the official opening of a project that took at least eight years to complete. The exhibition opening demonstrates the collaboration and efforts of over 80 Native Americans from many backgrounds and cultures, the curator said. But the stories behind some of the new artifacts that line the pristine museum walls have more complicated histories mired in legal battles.

When a representative of the Penn Museum visited a Native American clan in September of 1995, members broke down at the sight of objects sacred to their clan, which had been lost to them for decades. After years of negotiation, hundreds of pages of documents and a federal review panel in a fight for ownership of these cultural artifacts, at least two of them are now part of the new Native American Voices exhibit. And members of the T’akdeintaan clan are still fighting for what they believe is theirs.

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Students content to strut down amateur runways Penn students are hesitant to pursue careers in fashion — but that may be changing BY YUEQI YANG Staff Writer When Won Lee, the creative director of the Hyesoon Kim Hanbok show, wanted to recruit models for his fashion show event which showcased traditional Korean dresses at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn students came to mind. He reached out to the student club Liberty in North Korea to spread the word. Within two and a half weeks, about 52 Penn students applied and 15 of them got in, which constitutes 40 percent of his model population. “We took people who had experience in modeling or [were] very interested in modeling, or proud of their body appearance ... [and those] who have been interested in Korean culture,” he said. “Most of the students are from Wharton.”

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Fifty-two Penn students applied to model traditional Korean dresses at a Philadelphia Museum of Art event. Fifteen students, mostly from the Wharton School, were accepted and walked in the show on Feb. 27. Penn students also take part in charity fashion shows on campus.

Class boards host mental wellness project BY ALEX GETSOS Staff Writer The Class Boards announced in an email Sunday night that they, with nine other student groups, will be hosting a wellness project throughout the month of March. The project is intended as a collaborative effort among student groups who have been combating the stigma of mental health and furthering mental wellness on campus. “We wanted to respond to all of the dialogue that has been happening on campus about mental health issues especially given what our campus has been going through,” Junior Class Board President Ariel Koren said. “We were inspired by all of the efforts by the different groups on campus and people from different walks of life.” Koren explained that they wanted to reach the student body “with an effort that’s centralized, that brings together

different groups already working on these issues.” The project will be occurring throughout the entire month, with “Wellness Wednesdays” hosted by the class boards as well as other events including a speaker event featuring the Chaplain and members of EXCELANO, a reach for wellness movement spearheaded by APO and mental wellness week hosted by the Counseling and Psychological Services student advisory board. “We talked about how different groups can leverage their expertise how we can bring together everyone in a really big and powerful way,” Koren said. Students participating in the speaking event come from all different experiences with mental health. College junior Victoria Ford is one speaker who will be reading a poem that she posted as a Facebook status while abroad in London.

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“It was kind of fate because I’d been thinking about wellness and mental health,” Ford said. “It’s generally talking about certain feelings of unhappiness that everyone can relate to and how we are genetically and physically designed to make ourselves happy.” Ford said she is excited to be involved with this project because it really shows “the power that students have but also the concern we have for each other.” The project is meant to be continuous and extend beyond the limitations of a one-time event. Others who are involved have faced mental illness directly, like College junior Jack Park. “Personal stories are the greatest resource for these types of issues,” Park said. “This is a good event because it has major student representation ... I felt that if I speak up that everyone else would speak up about their stories and it would start the momentum.” ■

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Penn students’ involvement in fashion is increasing both on and off the campus. The WALK Magazine and Penn Fashion Week are some of the most well-known fashion initiatives on campus. However, many of the students who take part in fashion-related events on campus do not plan to extend their extracurriculars into a career. “This might be my only chance to do something like this. I think still being a student is great, because you get all these benefits, doing things you like without having to make a career out of it,” Meicen Sun, a first-year Ph.D. student in political science and a model for the Wharton Charity Show said. “I took it as a good study break. It’s just nothing like I am used to do[ing],” she added. Andrea Shen, a Wharton sophomore and a part-time model who participated in professional runway SEE FASHION PAGE 7


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Bringing modern China to the forefront

BY BEN HSU Contributing Writer When we think of countries with explosive growth, China comes to mind. This Saturday, undergraduates and graduate students gathered in Bodek Lounge for the Penn Symposium on Contemporar y China. The symposium is an annual event organized by undergraduates to provide an academic forum to discuss political, legal, economic and social factors shaping modern China. The event gathered speakers and panelists from prestigious institutions like Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and NYU. “We want to gather graduate students currently doing research on contemporary China and its involvement in the world today and bring discussion to a community greater than the academic community,” College sophomore and event organizer Christine Du said. “We want to provide a different forum for a different set of speakers.” The symposium featured two keynotes and two panels. The panel titled “China on the World Stage” featured three

Admissions consulting very profitable ADMISSIONS from page 1 him through the admissions process and requirements of different schools and hired graduates from US schools to review his application essays and other materials. He paid $18,000 for help during the entire application process, although he was in a special program that refunded

speakers presenting their research and ended with a moderated discussion. Doctoral candidate in political science Meicen Sun presented her research titled “From Institutional ‘Pur-

chase’ to Institutional ‘Investment.’” Sun is studying International Relations and East-Asian Security at Penn. Sun attributed China’s recent increased involvement in international peacekeeping to

a shift from cost-minimization in the 1970s to benefit-maximization today. According to Sun, after the Beijing Olympics and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization-both of which required a lot of money

and time to gain- China realized the value of investment into its international “reputation, image and legitimacy.” Georgetown University senior Stephen Xenakis presented “Moving Forward While

Looking Back.” Xenakis discussed why China is not advocating its growth model to other countries. His hypothesis is that China has a culture of tradition with values like Confucianism that makes it hard for the Chinese to spread their values. “The path forward will be guided by looking back,” Xenakis added. The last speaker at the first panel was Daniel Tam-Claiborne, a Yale University graduate student in global affairs. Tam- Claiborne presented “The Brief, Wondrous Life of Wokai.” His research examines microfinance organizations and non-governmental organizations in China and focused on Wokai, a crowdsourcing micro finance organization that concluded its operations in 2012. He discussed how regulation and the large income disparity in China create barriers for organizations that are trying to help the impoverished. In addition, he recommended various policy changes to help such organizations. The organizers were pleased with the results of the symposium. The event will take place on campus again next year.

half that amount because he was accepted into a “top 10” school. His consultant was one of the more affordable ones, he said. He said the help he received was “necessary,” especially because Chinese students are “not really familiar with the culture and the whole [college] process in the US.” Of particular importance was the essay help from US students, because “they have a better idea of how you can write a paper that is popular with admissions officers.” Students in China also must choose to either attend college in China or the US, because

the application process for American colleges leaves no time to prepare for the gaokao, the mandatory entrance exams for Chinese universities, which adds to the appeal of consultants who offer a leg up in the admissions process, he added. Students cannot hedge their bets and apply to both Chinese and American schools A Wharton and College sophomore who also preferred to remain anonymous spent five hours a week from July to December writing her application with a consultant. Her consulting package, which she estimated cost between $13,000-$16,000, did not include

SAT prep. She and the College sophomore from China believed that most Chinese students they know at Penn also hired consultants. In a country where the average income is $2,100, according to a Peking University study, this calls into question the accessibility of an American education for less-wealthy Chinese students. The Wharton and College sophomore also noted that she and her friends did not apply for financial aid because they feared it would hurt their chances of admission. It also indicates that college

consulting is a hugely profitable industry, in China as well as around the world. New Oriental Education and Technology Group, the consulting group used by the Wharton and College sophomore, is valued at $4.36 billion, according to the New York Stock Exchange. The company has 21,248 employees according to Business Week. The widespread use of consulting can also cast doubt on the authenticity of students’ essays. Eric Furda, Dean of the Office of Admissions, said admissions consulting “can raise concerns of whose story are we actually reading.” Never-

theless, he does not blame students who pay for college consulting. “If they have the money, [families] are going to do what they can for their child,” he said. He also brings up concerns that some consulting companies may be overcharging and overinflating their abilities to help students be admitted to elite US schools. To Furda, however, the increasingly “crafted” essays admissions often receives can have an unexpected outcome, that “the more authentic voice that may be a bit rawer has its own impact in an application, and you can’t fabricate that.”

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Graduate students from several universities presented their research on issues in contemporary Chinese society — from politics and economics to arts and culture — at the annual Penn Symposium on Contemporary China in Houston Hall on Saturday afternoon.


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Talking Circles: a new space for meditation The first meeting for meditation was held on Friday evening BY MELISSA LAWFORD Staff Writer A new space for meditation and discussion of mindfulness is now on campus. The first of a new series of semi-weekly “Talking Circles” was held on Friday evening at the Greenfield Intercultural Center. The session encouraged students to discuss issues they are facing within themselves at Penn. The organizer, post-baccalaureate health studies student Elsy Compres, hopes the Circles will provide an opportunity to counteract the stress which she perceives students face at Penn. The circle provided “a space where it’s OK to take your time,” she said, “a space where fulfilment is valued.” Chris Johnnidis, Penn’s new interfaith fellow for mindfulness, helped to organize the evening. He described the talking circle as “a space of acceptance” where he hopes students

can learn to align themselves with who they are and where they want to go. “If you’re not aligned with that there’s a danger of burning out which is very real,” he said, outlining how being too busy to take time to assess your life can have serious negative consequences. About 20 students attended the first talking circle, which began with a meditation session. The session is open to everyone and Compres taught several students how to meditate for the first time. The talking circle was then opened up to discussion. Participants were invited to respond to a poem about mindfulness and to discuss their own problems and states of mind. Students of various years were present at the talking circles. They raised issues ranging from freshmen experiences adapting to college life to upperclassmen worries about employment to graduate students struggling to find time for themselves. “Everyone was expressing the same things in different ways,” Compres said. She out-

lined the two key conclusions which the session raised as “being comfortable in uncertainty” and learning that it is OK not to do everything. She considers these discussions as particularly important at Penn, where students achieve so much. “Everyone wants to give an image that it’s OK all of the time,” she said. She hopes to counteract the negative side of the underlying pressures of comparing yourself to others in “such a large pool of talented individuals.” “It can be difficult to have that conversation with your peers,” she explained, adding it can be awkward to discuss issues with friends who are facing

the same problems. The talking circles are an “authentic space” where “you can bring anything to the table,” she added. After the circle, vegan chili was served and Johnnidis encouraged “more organic” conversation. College senior Chantelle Belic outlined how the session “made me feel more secure in my course.” The talking circles address a “very important” issue, she said. “People need an avenue to talk.” The talking circle was “a moment of growth” for College junior Emanuel Martinez. “It’s incredibly important to get peace and calmness,” he said.

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The value of human life

FRIEDOM OF SPEECH | Israel Flying Aid provides relief around the world, even to the country’s enemies


hile members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement were busy boycotting SodaStream, a company whose factor y in Meshor Adumim employs 500 Palestinians from the West Bank and 450 Arab Israeli citizens, the civil war in Syria raged on. And while some fixated on Scarlett Johansson’s support of Soda Stream, Israel was saving Syrian lives. Israel Flying Aid, a nonprofit NGO that provides humanitarian aid to countries around the world, even those without diplomatic relations with Israel, has been instrumental in delivering critical supplies to victims of the Syrian civil war. Most of the donating is done anonymously. The organization makes a considerable effort to remove all tags and Hebrew markings on clothing, blankets and other donated items to ensure that their

country of origin remains unknown. Evidence of the supplies’ Israeli origins would preclude their entrance into Syria. Israel has treated hundreds of Syrians in need of medical attention in its own hospitals. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently visited a field hospital near the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights. “Here is the dividing line ... between the good and the bad,” he explained. “The bad is what is happening on the Syrian side of the border.” The good is Israel’s treatment of wounded Syrians on its side of the border. The cost of Syrians’ medical care, millions of dollars, is being paid for by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health. Palestinian citizens living in Gaza in need of emergency medical attention regularly receive it in none other than Israel. Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem have a stated

goal to provide a “hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin.” This mission statement earned the pair of hospitals a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005. Israeli hospitals also treat those who commit ter-


There is a unique worth of human life in Israel unlike that of almost any other nation.”

rorist attacks just as they would treat any other patient. IFA was one of the first responders in Japan and New Orleans in the wake of natural disasters. It was the first responder in Haiti in 2010, before even the United States. Israel’s unfortunate experiences in dealing with

mass casualties have made its relief team one of the most effective and efficient in the world. Israel doesn’t have to assist Syrian refugees. Israel doesn’t have to send coats, blankets and food. Israel doesn’t have to treat Syrian war victims in its hospitals, many of whom were raised to regard Israel with nothing less than hatred. Critics of Israel often discuss the “human rights violations” they believe Israel commits. To those critics, I make one request. Make a list of the countries in the Middle East that will send humanitarian aid to nations that are its sworn enemy and treat citizens of those hostile nations in its hospitals. There would only be one country on the list: Israel. What can be gleaned from this realization? There is a unique worth of human life in Israel unlike that of almost any other nation. This worth

can be seen in the ethics of the Israel Defense Forces, which holds as one of its tenets “the value and dignity of human life.” It can be seen in the equal medical treatment of wounded victims and perpetrators of terrorist attacks alike. While its professed enemies are committed to death, Israel is committed to life. While Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel, even at the expense of its own Palestinian lives, Israel is committed to the prevention of as many deaths — Israeli or Palestinian — as possible. BDS focuses its attention on SodaStream as Israelis, Palestinians and Syrians are receiving medical attention in Israeli hospitals. While the world waits to decide whether or not to intervene in Syria, Israel leads by example. W he n a S y r i a n b e i ng treated in a field hospital was asked whether his village’s opinion towards Israel had

ALEXANDRA FRIEDMAN shifted, he explained, “The regime used to make us hate it, but it turned out to be the best country.” A Syrian man who brought his granddaughter to Israel to be treated ignored the risk involved in being associated with Israel and even bravely asserted, “When there is peace, I will raise an Israeli flag on the roof of my house.” ALEXANDRA FRIEDMAN is a College junior from Atlanta studying history. Email her at or follow her @callme_alfrie.

Out of place at Penn SARA, STRUGGLING | What it means to be a “senior” and why I don’t feel like one


f you had any doubt, the answer is yes: I’m the girl at that party, standing in the corner and awkwardly head-bobbing to the music. While this is an appropriate reaction to some parties, I shouldn’t be this way when I’m surrounded by people I know. Or at least, people I should know. It’s making me wonder: What percentage of my classmates are complete strangers? Can I really say that I belong to the senior class? I spent the final days of February racking up Feb Club events — that is to say, trying to enjoy the last few parties for the entire senior class. In practice, there is no way all graduating seniors showed up at any single event. I don’t think any of the venues are technically large enough to get all the seniors together in one place, except perhaps the first. Luckily, I’m more than pre-

pared to continue my antisocial behaviors. I was standing at the Vesper Boat Club, attempting to nod along to a Spice Girls mashup, when I realized how sad it was. It’s one thing to feel alone. It’s quite another to feel alone in a group. I always forget that Penn is so big. It feels small: I see the same faces on Locust Walk, the same students in my major classes. It seems impossible that there are over 2,000 students in my undergraduate class at Penn. And judging by my rocking social interactions at the Feb Club Events, I know a grand total of three of them. I’m not good at math, but that doesn’t feel like a high percentage. At one point, one of my three friends asked me to summarize these social interactions. I explained it simply: At such events, I end up high-fiving and thumbs-upping a disproportion-

ately high number of people. Most people tell me that they use such opportunities to reconnect or make new friends. I see people doing it: schmoozing, floating between friend groups. But all these “seniors only” Feb Club events feel a lot like middle school dances. My attempts to make friends in classes have had mixed results, and I should have known that I wouldn’t do much better at a party. I missed Hey Day — while my classmates were biting each other’s hats, I was biking to class along the Guadalquivir River. I still don’t know if styrofoam is technically ingested on this ceremonial day or if there’s just a large production of litter. Maybe that’s my problem: I missed these formative moments. But I guess I’m stuck like this. While I have plenty of Penn pride, I don’t really identify with my class. When I graduated high

school, it was with less than 80 kids I could identify by name and senior picture. We had chants and picnics and a special skip day.


What do we have at Penn as a last hurrah? I guess it was supposed to be Feb Club, but these events have left me feeling like the estranged cousin at a family holiday.” What do we have at Penn as a last hurrah? I guess it was supposed to be Feb Club, but these events have left me feeling like the estranged cousin at a family holiday. And that’s only

if I’m able to get into the event (I must confess, I’m still bitter that I missed out on some free snacks because the line was too long.). I want to be a part of the class, but the reality of the situation is that I’ll probably never get to be with my class all together except when we walk together in May. The last time we saw each SARA SCHONFELD other, we all got dessert with Amy G. The next time I see to a close, I don’t know what it them, it will be a long goodbye, means to be a “senior,” but I hopefully with interludes from don’t really feel like one. So as I begin my whirlwind special musical guest John Legfinal months at Penn, it will be end. I can’t wrap my head around a race to complete my college the fact that some of my class- bucket list before I graduate. mates are people I’ll have only Here’s to a lot of “lasts” and to seen twice, ever. And then we’ll hoping that I’m not the only one still feeling so out of place. be gone. I’ve spent my whole Penn career trying to find different SARA SCHONFELD is a College niches — Greek life, writing senior from Philadelphia, studying clubs, volunteering groups - I English. Her email address is forgot to bond with my class. So or as my last year at Penn comes follow her @SaraSchon.



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Alaskan natives still hope to regain objects NATIVE from page 1 nificant moment,” Rosita Worl, a T’akdeintaan clan member, said. “I think there were actually clan members weeping to see what they call their at.oowu” — sacred clan possessions that are used, among other things, in celebration and death rituals to evoke the spirits of their ancestors. Until that moment , the T’akdeintaan clan, which only remembered these items in stories passed down family lines, thought these sacred objects would never return to their community. “It’s a very different belief that native people have about spirituality. We believe that our spirits are associated with those objects,” Worl said. “We worry about those spirits. The spirits cannot rest until they come home,” said Marlene Johnson, a T’akdeintaan clan member. “They belong to us, and they will guide us.” Part of Penn’s presentation that day involved teaching natives about NAGPRA, which allows Native Americans to file repatriation cases. This means native communities can legally request the return of important cultural items to them. Using this new knowledge, clan members filed a case with the NAGPRA Review Committee - a panel empowered to hear repatriation cases and make non-binding recommendations - against the Penn Museum in order to repatriate their cultural items. The final claim was an unprecedented 65 pages long, detailing the known history and significance of all the objects in question. Reviewing the case In November 2010, the NAGPRA review committee came to a consensus, in a 6-0 vote, and found that all of the requested objects “are both sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony” and that “the [Penn Museum] does not have a right of possession to any of the requested cultural items.” While the committee is composed of seven members, Worl, who also sits on the review committee, abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest. However, the committee did not recommend that Penn return the items to the clan, as it has done in other cases. Ultimately, the University chose only to return eight items, all of which it had offered to repatriate before the decision was made. “We do not think that NAGPRA’s definitions provide a helpful framework in which we can address the concerns that we both have,” Penn Senior Vice President and General Counsel Wendy White wrote in a letter to the tribe following the committee’s decision.

Since then, Penn has offered to enter into a partnership with the clan in which they would coown the objects. This would allow Penn to use them for its exhibits and the natives to use them in their ceremonies. However, members of the clan disagreed with that proposal. “That is not satisfactory to clan members or clan leaders any of us,” Johnson said. “We consider the objects to be ours and [Penn’s] possession of them not keeping with federal law,” said Robert Starbard, a member of the T’akdeintaan clan who has been communicating with Penn about the claim. “They are holding them without our permission,” he added.


The NAGPRA law is pretty clear, but evidently it’s not worth the paper it’s written on

— Marlene Johnson, T’akdeintaan clan member


Penn stands by its proposal, though. “We thought we had reached agreement on a wonderful collaboration and were disappointed when the clan, in the end, rejected the plan,” White said in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian. “We continue to hope we can reach an agreement and have reached out to clan leadership to continue the dialogue.” The tribe proposed a counteroffer in 2012, which kept similar guidelines but emphasized the clan’s full ownership of the objects. No natives contacted for this article were aware of any Penn response to the proposal. The clan members are still working to get back all of their objects from the Penn Museum. As a last resort, the Hoonah Indian Association - a federally recognized tribe that contains the T’akdeintaan clan as members - is collecting money to take the case to federal court in upcoming years. “When those objects come home, then the spirits of those ancestors are able to come home as well,” Worl said. “How would you feel if you mother or grandmother couldn’t come home?” Getting behind the glass A large part of the claim made by the T’akdeintaan clan is that the University improperly obtained these items in the first place. In 1924, the Snail House was the chief household of the T’akdeintaan Clan of Native Americans in Hoonah, Alaska. The head of the Snail House and leader of the clan at the time was Archie White, who also was the keeper of the objects that disappeared. Some oral legends of the T’akdeintaan clan tell stories of White’s wife selling the objects to support her family, without her husband’s consent. In a notice to return eight cultural items to the T’akdeintaan

clan, Penn years later outlined their account: “In 1924, Louis Shotridge, a Tlingit Curator employed by the University of Pennsylvania Museum, purchased the eight objects as part of a collection of 49 objects ... referred to as the ‘Snail House Collection,’ for $500.00 from a Tlingit individual, Archie White.” Shotridge, who lived near the Snail House, is the only Native American who has been a Penn Museum associate curator. From 1912 to 1932, he gathered nearly 600 items from his home communities that are still part of the robust Native American artifacts collection at the Museum. Living members of the clan say that sacred objects - both then and now - are the property of the whole clan and that no single individual owns them. For the same reason, nobody has the right to sell them or give them away without the permission of the clan members. A summary of the 2006 claim filed with NAGPRA by the Hoonah Indian Association said that “Louis Shotridge is known to have acquired items unethically,” noting that he had committed similar actions in the past against other clans. In a journal entry that can be found in the Penn Museum archives, Shotridge explains how he took a shark helmet from his own clan, the “only one of its kind.” “I took it in the presence of aged women, the only survivors in the house where the old object was kept,” he wrote in his journal, “and they could do nothing more than weep when the once highly esteemed object was being taken away to its last resting place.” Preservation and Education Following the ribbon cutting of Saturday’s exhibition opening,


the crowd funneled into a large room and sat in a giant circle. They watched members of the Native Nations Dance Theater, the only Native American dance company in Philadelphia, demonstrate dances used in different native celebrations and rituals. Kids and parents joined in, smiling and laughing as they held hands with Native Americans and imitated their moves. Over 250 Native American objects - ranging from 11,000-yearold weaponry to contemporary art and representing more than 100 tribes - will rotate through the exhibition over the next five years. Near both entrances to the exhibition, two “tower screens” reach the ceilings. Guests can scroll up and down the tower touch screens, clicking on dozens of videos and audio files that share stories of Native American lifestyles, beliefs, objects and history. “The mix of the old and the contemporary bring the exhibit to life for people who want to learn more,” said Lucy Williams, the curator of the exhibition. For over seven years, she traveled North America, meeting and building relationships with Native Americans in order to record their beliefs, art and heritage to share at the Penn Museum. Many of the natives are very grateful, a notion that can be found in the of dozens of “thank yous” in the opening ceremony and in the recordings on the exhibit screens. In light of all that the Museum is doing to preserve and share Native American culture, the perspective of the repatriation case becomes more complicated. In 1944, Hoonah burned to the ground as a massive fire spread through native lands. A vast majority of native cultural objects turned to ash, but those that were unknowingly kept at Penn were

preserved. “Without Penn, we would not have access to those ancestors,” Starbard said. “We want to recognize that in telling the future stories. Penn made it possible for us to have those objects.”


Without Penn, we would not have access to those ancestors … Penn made it possible for us to have those objects.

— Robert Starbard, T’akdeintaan clan member


Following the NAGPRA committee decision, Penn has used the fire to support the Museum’s decision to hold on to the collection. “We have been working hard and long to create a respectful and sensitive collaboration with the clan ... while recognizing Penn’s ownership interests and long preservation of the objects - objects that would not have survived without the University,” White said in an email. Part of Penn’s proposal following the outcome said that the co-owned objects could return to Hoonah “as soon as appropriate arrangements can be made for their safe transport and continuing care,” but Starbard says that they “lost every right” to make those determinations when Penn was told they were not rightful owners. However, Teri Rofkar - a T’akdeintaan clan member who is also a research associate at the Penn Museum - understands the benefits of having these objects at the Penn Museum.

“One of the things that’s happening is that these objects are now accessible to artists like myself,” Rofkar said. “By looking at them at the museum, I can create more objects like them in that quality and that level of artistic interpretation.” Rofkar has donated two pieces of her work to Penn’s collection. She just completed a robe made out of mountain goat wool, the first in over 200 years. While Rofkar understands the perspective of her clan, she said that with access to the items at museums, “We can create new pieces, so we don’t have to keep fighting over the old ones.” Since the Hoonah Indian Association repatriated items from the Smithsonian Museum in a different case, the tribe and museum have worked together to take CT scans of the objects and duplicate them in a 3D printer. Tribal members will soon paint them to look like the original objects. Starbard hopes that Penn and Hoonah could work together on similar efforts in the future. Plans are currently underway for the creation of a new Huna Culture Heritage Center that could preserve cultural objects in heat and light sensitive environments while still keeping them close to home, if and when the items return to them, Starbard said. Rofkar is now working on a superman series of robes - one made of mountain goat, one put together from Kevlar bulletproof regalia and the third created with nanotechnology and fiber optics at Penn. “At some point you have to use the old designs to create something new, or how are the young people going to embrace these traditions as their own?” she said. “It’s like singing the same song over and over again. At some point you gotta write your own music.”

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The Philadelphia Flower Show, which attracts visitors from around the nation, opened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend.This year’s theme is ARTiculture — the intersection between art and horticulture.

The annual Flower Show opened downtown this weekend BY SIOBHAN ROONEY Contributing Writer Spring has come early to Philadelphia. On Saturday, the world’s largest and longest running indoor flower show opened to the public — a welcome relief from the unusually bitter winter. Celebrating its one hundred and eighty fifth year, the annual Philadelphia Flower Show attracts hundreds of thousands of v isitors f rom across the country. The Flower Show designers and twenty-two of the nation’s great art museums, from the Guggenheim to the Barnes Foundation, have come together in an unprec-

edented collaboration, according to a press release from the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. The result is a transformation of the Philadelphia Convention Center into a “ten-acre living canvas” of landscapes, gardens and floral arrangements. Some of the more noteworthy exhibits include a display of Andy Warhol’s rarely seen “Flowers” series, leaf sculptures based on the paper cutouts of Henri Matisse, and a Marilyn Monroe tribute. Proceeds from the show benefit the PHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to community building through ga rdeni ng a nd lea r ni ng. PHS’s initiatives include the City Harvest program, which supports a network of community gardens. The sensory overload had iPhones f lashing as this

year’s theme, ARTiculture, celebrates an impressive fusion of art and horticulture. One fourth-time visitor and New Jersey resident said that this year’s theme was an interesting choice. “It definitely matches up to past years. All the color and creativity is so inspiring,” she said. Past years’ themes have been less abstract , focusing on places such as England, Hawaii and Paris. Show visitor Layne Hamilton of upstate New York spoke of the displays as a lovely escape from the winter. “The displays are just awesome ... It’s all just so over whelming,” she said. “My senses are overloaded.” A side f rom t he la rger exhibits, show-goers also per used the A r tistic A rrangements portion of the show. Glass of wine in hand, one Philadelphia couple en-

joyed the fingernail-sized arrangements featured in the jewelry display. Judged by a panel of gardeners and horticulture experts, the artistic creations are submitted from across the country by individuals, families, garden clubs and even school children. Ribbons are pinned on the winning displays, sparking debate among attendees. ”I think first prize should have gone to those tulips” one visitor remarked, pointing to a bright yellow and red bouquet. Visitors of the show can also enjoy a butterfly garden, featuring twenty species of domestic and exotic butterflies, interactive exhibits and craft workshops. The Philadelphia Flower Show runs through March 9 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

shows in Chicago and Penn Fashion Week, also says modeling is a personal interest, not a career choice. She said, “Fashion model[ing] is not easy. It requires a lot of commitment to make a career out of it. You have to put a lot of time and effort and energy into it. ” O ver t he su m mer she worked on a few modeling projects and interned in retail but does not plan to work in fashion after graduation. Max Wang, a college junior and the Editor-in-Chief of The Walk Magazine, a student-run fashion magazine, plans to go to Medical school, but is very interested in fashion. “You can pursue a professional degree, [with fashion] supplementing your education.” Never t heless , Ba r ba r a Kahn, the director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at Wharton and a Professor of Marketing, said the school has seen an increasing number of students entering into the retail and fashion industries . “When Jay Baker first gave the money [10 years ago], nobody went into retailing,” she said. In 2003, there were two undergraduates who worked in retail as either full-time or internship. In 2004-2005, the number increased to 43. In 2012 and 2013, 75 undergraduates worked in retail. “While the secondary concentration Retailing does not attract a large number of students, retail-related courses are usually full,” Kahn said. The school offers various resources to students who are interested in fashion. For example, Wharton International Program brought students to visit fashion centers in the world. “In London we saw Burberry. In Paris we saw Hermes. In Milan we saw Versace, Ralph Lauren and Gucci,” Kahn said. When asked if there might

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ward Katy Allen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a large part of Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bench â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is out for the rest of the season with a foot injur y she suffered in practice on Tuesday. The injury puts more pressure on Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting forwards as well as freshman forward Stephanie Cheney, who contr ibuted eight points, f ive rebounds and three assists in extended minutes on Friday at Brown. With their last weekend on the road in the books, the Quakers now find themselves back in a position to control their own destiny. With three games left to play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cornell and Columbia at home before a trip to Princeton that will likely decide the Iv y title â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Penn finds itself in uncharted territory. However, the Red and Blue arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking to next weekend just yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both [Cornell and Columbia] could go either way,â&#x20AC;? McLaughlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just play really weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll right now, we are in the moment and going to enjoy [it] and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get back at this Monday.â&#x20AC;?

W. HOOPS from page 10 ers were led by Baron who recorded her first doubledouble of the year with 16 points and 10 boards. And Baron continued her ascent up the record books. She tied Jewel Clark for second on Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time scoring list and now sits 10th all-time in Ivy history with 1,743 points. However, the focus of the weekend was respond i ng to last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deflating defeat vs. Dartmouth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels really good. It was a great turn of events coming off last weekend,â&#x20AC;? Roche said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played with heart and passion.â&#x20AC;? While spirits are riding high after the two big road wins, the Quakers also received some bad news while on the road, as junior for-


Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overlook off-court effort of Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TONY from page 10 dent-athletes. Jokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humanitarian endeavors have been well-documented, but Doughertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offseason work ethic and Jackson-Cartwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still-enduring competitive fire have always been exemplary too. These are special individuals playing in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a special place,â&#x20AC;? as Cartwright called the Palestra after the game. A nd t hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex act ly why Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss was so painful - it was the sobering, final shot of novocaine for a Penn basketball fanbase already numbed into oblivion by the repetitive losing of a broken program. No more chances for this class of Quakers to rejuvenate the Red and Blue faithful at the Palestra. No more opportunities to get fans believing instead of grieving at the Cathedral again. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame, then, that most Penn basketball fans will be too numbed by one final fallen homestand to feel for these senior Quakers, who have fought hard in a futile effort to right this ship. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too hard to think about the fact that Penn basketball is more than just wins and losses for these young men when wins donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even seem to be a possibility anymore. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also scary to think about the probability that al-

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Junior guard Kathleen Roche was on fire during Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday matchup with Yale, knocking down six three-pointers to pace the Quakers in a 62-48 victory.

Top-ranked Tar Heels take down Penn

W. LACROSSE | After back and forth first half, defending champs seize control of matchup BY RILEY STEELE Sports Editor

at North Carolina If Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matchup was any indication, Penn womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michele Ozer/Sports Photo Editor lacrosse arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in bad shape against its toughest opponents After scoring five goals in Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season opener, senior midfield Tory Bensen this season. followed up that performance with a hat trick against North Carolina. Up against one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest scoring teams, per contest entering Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and-forth affair between the the Quakers put together an game, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had at least two disciplined squads. Penn impressive, albeit incomplete, a 10-goal margin of victory in senior attack Courtney Tomchik kicked off the scoring performance against No. 1 every game thus far. But thanks to a strong de- less than two minutes into the North Carolina. The Red and Blue were able fensive effort from junior goal- game, and the offensive fireto match the Tar Heels pound keeper Lucy Ferguson , the works were underway. After alternating the first for pound in the first half, but Quakers kept the Tar Heels werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to pull away in the on edge in the first 30 minutes. five goals of the game in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense was coming up stretch in which the Quakers second period. Despite heading into halftime tied, North with a lot of stops, forcing turn- never trailed, the Tar Heels Carolina surged ahead in the overs and coming away with surged ahead with three consecond half, dispatching Penn the ball to give our attack some secutive unassisted scores opportunities,â&#x20AC;? coach Karin midway through the opening with a barrage of goals, 13-8. Coming off their season Brower Corbett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think frame. But Penn ref used to go opening win against Dela- we really stifled their attack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucy has played great this quietly. After the Quakers ware, the Quakers (1-1) knew nothing would come easy season. She had some great clamped down on the defenagainst the defending national saves, forced some turnovers sive side of the ball, senior midfield Tory Bensen helped champions. North Carolina and was very active.â&#x20AC;? The first half was a back- the Red and Blue strike back (6-0) was averaging 20.6 goals


with her second and third goals of the game, and Penn used a 3-0 run of its own to recapture the lead. Bensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three goals led the Quakers in scoring, and upped her total to eight goals in Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first two games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think in the first half, we got opportunities on the attack and capitalized on them,â&#x20AC;? Corbett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were equalizing them, and they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to pull away.â&#x20AC;? After being knotted up at halftime, 6-6, North Carolina freshman midfield Maggie Bill registered her second goal of the game 35 seconds into the second period. Though the Quakers were able to tie up the score once again, another 3-0 run from the Tar Heels nearly put the game out of reach. Penn was able to cut its deficit to two when sophomore defense Lely DeSimone scored with under seven minutes to play. But North Carolina responded with three straight goals, including Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth score of the afternoon, to put the game out of reach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think in the first half, we got opportunities on the attack and capitalized on them,â&#x20AC;? Corbett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And in the second half, we still had chances to make a move, but we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take advantage, and that ultimately cost us.â&#x20AC;?

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Penn comes from behind Penn struggles at Heps, to conquer Pioneers finish seventh in Ivies

M. LACROSSE | After trailing the whole game, the Quakers dominated the fourth period

TRACK & FIELD | Quakers finish in second to last but get solid individual performances

BY ALEXIS ZIEBELMAN Associate Sports Editor

BY COLIN HENDERSON Associate Sports Editor

vs. Denver It’s not over ‘til it’s over. The No. 20 Penn men’s lacrosse team hosted No. 6 Denver on Saturday and came away with a 12-10 win that was by no means predictable from the start. “It’s a big win,” freshman attack Kevin Brown said. “It’s great. It’s going to help us and we are going to try to build on it, but it’s just one win.” “The most gratifying takeaway, big picture, is that we kind of got pushed around a little bit and then just adjusted and fought back and found a way to win the game,” coach Mike Murphy added. The Pioneers (3-2) dominated the first period of play, as Denver’s dynamic passing allowed it to get two goals from behind the net to Penn senior goalkeeper Brian Feeney’s right side. By the start of the second period, Denver led, 5-1. In all three of the Red and Blue’s games thus far this season, the squad has sputtered in the first period. But unlike its season opener against Duke, Penn (2-1) narrowed the gap. “Our defense just settled in. They played huge for us,” Brow n said. “ They really helped in our transition game and ability to score goals.” After a long possession in Denver territory, junior Chris Moriarty was able to score for the Red and Blue for a man-up goal in the second period, while Feeney limited the Pioneers to just two goals in that span. It was the Quakers’ persistence that allowed them to catch up in the end. Sophomore Mark Leonhard scored the first goal of the second period for the Red and

Schnur: ‘It was our best meet since 1972’ M. SWIMMING from page 10 of 19.70. Going into the championships, Penn hadn’t won the event since 1942. “I couldn’t be happier for Eric,” Schnur said. “I don’t think a lot of people thought he’d be able to win.” Those two events in particular set the tone for a solid meet for the Quakers, who never looked back en route to the program’s best showing yet at an Ivy League Championship since it became its own

Penn gives up 17 offensive boards in loss M. HOOPS from page 10 played hard, and that’s what we expect, especially from [the seniors],” Jackson-Cartwright said. “It was a great start, especially after everything that preceded the game.” Yale eventually was able to play physical basketball and dictate the pace of play. The Bulldogs ended up pulling in 11 more rebounds than Penn and notched 17 offensive boards. “I thought [Yale’s physical play] was huge,” Allen said. “We said before the game, ‘How are we going to match their physicality and intensity?’ Clearly we didn’t do that

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In his debut season, freshman attack Kevin Brown has already scored five goals, three of which coming from this Saturday’s match up against the Pioneers. Blue off of a deflected shot. His shot was quickly followed by a cross from junior Isaac Bock to sophomore Nick Doktor for another goal. And Brown put in the third Penn goal of the period — his second of the day — off of an assist from Doktor. After a Denver goal, the Quakers scored one more time in the half off of an intercepted pass by senior Zack Losco. Bock got the ball in transition and scored a goal with two seconds left in the half. Coming out of halftime, Denver picked up a quick goal. But two Red and Blue goals — one from Brown and the other from Losco — tied the game. “[Brown] is a goal scorer. We recruited him as such. He’s our fourth attackman, him and Jeff Puckette,” Murphy said. “Kevin comes in and does his thing. He scores goals. He’s a very good goal scorer.” When the Pioneers scored the first goal of the fourth period, it seemed as if it would play out similar to the third. Luckily for Penn, the Quakers

were able to hold firm. Junior Jeff Puckette and sophomore Pat Berkery scored to give Penn its first lead of the game with eight and a half minutes left. As the Quakers’ momentum picked up and senior Danny Feeney won critical faceoffs, a Penn victory seemed within reach. “It allowed us to run and score and get the ball back, and it rested our defense, and it was huge,” Murphy said. “They were crushing us for two and a half quarters and then we started to respond.” In those last few minutes, Doktor and Bock both scored again while Denver was only able to put one more point on the board. While the Pioneers had some chances in the fourth to take back the lead, Penn’s defense, led by Feeney, stopped their momentum every time. “It shows the players that what we are doing is working,” Murphy said. ” We’ve evolved stylistically from last year, but it’s really just one game.”

event out of the EISL Championships. The men’s performance followed up a solid performance from the women’s squad last week, which finished fifth, marking a one-place improvement upon last season, as it edged out Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth. The women’s team was anchored by Shelby Fortin , the senior who made the Olympic time trials leading up to the London games in 2012. Fortin, in her last Ivy Championship appearance, won her third 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:45.69 — another meet record and nearly a full second improvement over her performance last year. “I didn’t have the mentality that I had to win,” Fortin

said. “That’s the best way to approach the meet ... it really took the pressure off.” On Wednesday, Fortin will get the final word on whether she’s made nationals in the 200. But as the team events wrapped up for the season this weekend, Penn’s predominantly young team and a promising incoming class has Schnur excited about the Red and Blue’s prospects for next year. But in one of the more challenging conferences in the nation, he knows it’s going to take the same mindset and dedication both of his teams showed all year. “The momentum has to carry in to what we’re doing this spring and what we’re doing this summer,” he said. “The other teams aren’t going to get slower.”

tonight.” Despite trailing 33-27 at the break, Penn remained within striking distance in the second half, largely due to the play of Jackson-Cartwright and sophomores Darien Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks. Nelson-Henry and Hicks combined for 30 points, with most of that total coming after halftime. The Quakers got w ithin three points multiple times but were unable to get any closer until Hicks sank a three with 23 seconds remaining, a shot that narrowed Penn’s deficit to just two. But clutch free throw shooting from Yale junior guard Javier Duren pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to four, and an untimely turnover from Hicks on the next possession sealed Penn’s fate. Penn was able to keep it close when Sears, who finished with 24 points, went

to the bench for a breather midway through the second frame. Ultimately, however, it was not enough to generate a win for the Red and Blue’s senior class. “We’ve been through a lot together,” Allen said. “I obviously wish we could have won more games, but as human beings, they have great character and they never take a day off. I respect them for giving us what they could.” This weekend’s Ivy doubleheader not only marks the third time Penn was swept during its weekend slate in 2013-14, but the first time in program history that the Quakers were swept at home by both Brown and Yale. Penn will return to action next weekend on the road against Columbia on Friday night before heading to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell the following evening.

Nobody said that it would be easy. Over the weekend, both Penn men’s and women’s track and field finished seventh out of eight Ivy teams in the indoor Heptagonal Championships — the Ivy League championship meet — hosted this year by Dartmouth. Second to last is hardly anything to get excited over. However, Penn track and field is a young program looking to rebuild, and coach Steve Dolan did not enter the meet with delusions of grandeur. “The conference is very strong right now,” he said. “We knew we’d see great competition from all the teams.” Instead of focusing on the team scores, Dolan has stressed the importance of in-

dividual progress. And the Quakers did turn in several notable individual performances despite unimpressive team results. Individual standouts for the men included sophomore Drew Magaha, who finished runnerup in the 500-meter dash, and senior Nathan Harriger, who ended his indoor career on a high note, placing in the top five in the high jump. Another strong performer on the men’s side was sophomore Thomas Awad, who turned in an impressive 4:02 mile-split in the distance medley relay and finished third in the 3000-meter. “His heat ran very tactical,” Dolan said of Awad’s performance in the 3000. “So even though he was third overall, he beat a number of guys who were nationally ranked.” The women’s team received the standout rookie performance of the meet from versatile freshman Noel Jancewicz, who capped an outstanding indoor season with a third-place finish in the pentathlon. The Quakers also received

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Senior sprinter Gabrielle Piper currently holds the school record for the 60meter hurdles and ranks third in Penn’s all time list for the 60 and 100 hurdles.

an excellent performance from senior Gabrielle Piper, who fin runner-up finish in the 60 hurdles. “Last year was a rough indoor season for me,” Piper said. “I’m really excited. It’s good to end your career on a positive note.” Both the men and the women also did very well in the relay events, especially the men’s distance medley relay and the women’s 4x400. Overall, Dolan was pleased with the effort his team gave throughout the weekend. “I was certainly proud of how hard we competed to the end ... after a long two days of competition,” he said. However, Dolan acknowledges that his squad fell flat in certain areas, and he is also fully aware that a seventh-place finish in the Ivies is not a long term goal. “We can’t be happy with the team result,” he said. “We expect it to improve as the seasons go. “We had some really high moments, and we had some moments that didn’t go as well as we’d hoped.” The most disappointing moment of all probably came from senior Maalik Reynolds, who only managed a fifth-place finish in the high jump. He will need to recover quickly, as he will be Penn’s lone representative at indoor nationals in two weeks. Looking forward, the rest of the Quakers will transition into the outdoor season. But as usual, the program has its sights set on the long run. “If you keep watching over the next couple years,” Piper said, “there are a lot of people that are on their way to doing really big things in the Ivy League. “You could see it in their eyes today.”

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QUAKERS TAKE FIRST PLACE W. HOOPS | With wins over Brown and Yale and Princeton’s loss, Penn ties the Tigers for the Ivy League lead BY SUSHAAN MODI Senior Staff Writer It started before the game. In the traditional shootaround contest, Penn women’s basketball hit three straight halfcourt shots,

M. HOOPS | Quakers lose both games of Ivy doubleheader, can’t overcome Justin Sears’ monster game

and it was an omen of things to come. Led by junior guard K athleen R o c he a n d he r g a m e - h i g h 2 0 points, the Quakers jumped out to a hot start and never looked back, capping off a perfect weekend by defeating Yale, 62-48, at John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. “It’s always a battle defensively against Yale,” Roche said. “This program has come so far, and we’ve come to the point that we can win

any game and we just wanted it more.” The win over Yale came a day after taking down Brown on the road. In the contest with the Bears, the Quakers were led by junior for ward Kara Bonenberger, who scored a game-high 22 points and combined with freshman center Sydney Stipanovich for 35 points and 21 rebounds. On top of Bonenberger’s performance, the Red and Blue received

solid passing f rom their senior guards, as captains Meghan McCullough and Alyssa Baron dished out 11 first-half assists, helping Penn take a 70 -54 win in Providence. Thanks to the two wins and some help, Penn (19-6, 9-2 Ivy) finds itself back in a tie for first place after Brown defeated Princeton on Saturday night. The Red and Blue started Saturday’s game on fire, hitting eight

threes in the first period, including four by Roche. “We moved the ball really well,” c o ac h M i k e Mc L au g h l i n s a id . “They really took away our post play. We had a tough time getting the ball in, but we got some really good shots.” Penn also dominated the boards, o ut r e b o u n d i n g t he E l i s 4 4 - 3 4 throughout the game. The Quak-


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vs. Yale Midway through the second half on Saturday night, Yale sophomore forward Justin Sears caught the ball on the block, turned and found himself backing down Penn senior captain Fran Dougherty. Sears, one of the leading candidates for Ivy League Player of the Year, made one move, turned over his shoulder and elevated. The Plainfield, N.J., native slammed the ball through the basket over Dougherty’s outstretched arms and let out a roar for the entire Palestra crowd to hear. Clearly, not much has changed since the Quakers and Yale last did battle up in New Haven two weekends ago, a game in which Sears went for 25 points and seven rebounds. Despite a spirited effort to kick off Saturday night’s game, Penn simply could not stop Sears or any other part of the Bulldogs’ balanced attack. Though the Quakers came out and played with energy on Senior Night, coach Jerome Allen’s squad fell, 70-63. Entering Saturday, the Red and Blue (7-18, 4-7 Ivy) hoped to not only honor their five seniors, but also provide them with a victory in the final home game of their careers. Unfortunately, Sears and company

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Coach Jerome Allen and his squad came into Saturday night with hopes to give Penn’s seniors one final Palestra win, but when the final buzzer went off, it was Yale, not Penn, that pulled off the late victory, beating the Quakers, 70-63. Penn was swept by Yale for the second consecutive season and was swept by Brown as well after the Bears beat the Red and Blue on Friday night. had other ideas. “I’m more athletic than [Penn’s] big guys, and Penn and Harvard are the only two teams that don’t double me,” Sears said. “It’s good when I

play Penn because I get the chance to go one-on-one with a lot of guys.” Following a debacle against Brown on Friday, the Quakers came out firing on all cylinders to start the

matchup with Yale (15-11, 9-3). Miles Jackson-Cartwright asserted himself from the get-go, scoring eight of Penn’s first 12 points. The senior guard led the Red and Blue in

scoring on the night, finishing with 20 points. “I thought we played together and


Point a finger, shake a hand Red and Blue surprise at Ivy League Championships, place third with Quakers’ senior class M. SWIMMING | Penn received strong performances from sophomores Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz BY STEVEN JAFFE Senior Staff Writer Penn swimming ended the year diving into its best Ivy performance in recent memory. At the Ivy League Championships in Cambridge, Mass., the men’s team finished third, placing behind Harvard and Princeton. “It was our best meet since 1972,” coach Mike Schnur said, summing it up simply. Harvard won the meet, edging out Princeton. Empirically, Princeton and Harvard have dominated the Ivy League. On the men’s side, one of them has hoisted the championship every year since 1994, and since 1974, only four teams have broken their exclusive reign. Coming into the meet, Princ-

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Sophomore Eric Schultz helped set the tone for Penn men’s swimming at the Ivy League Championships, winning the 50-yard freestyle to help Penn finish third overall. eton had the most recent winning streak, as the Tigers were five-time defending champions. In the pool, Penn got out to a solid start on day one of the three-day event. Sophomore Chris Swanson set a meet record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 14:53.75. He finished nearly nine seconds ahead of Yale’s second-place Brian Hogan. “Nothing he does surprises me,” Schnur said. “Those are the kind of things I expect ... that’s the goal we

set last year.” And as Swanson finishes his sophomore season, Schnur only expects better things ahead. “The goal [for Swanson] now is ... become one of the best swimmers in America,” he said. Just mi nutes a f ter Swa nson claimed first in the 1650, another sophomore, Eric Schultz, placed first in the 50 freestyle, putting up a time


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Penn’s loss to Yale Saturday night was difficult to watch. But not for the typical reasons. Not for the predictable trailing off after a hot start, which Penn did by frittering away what was once a 12-4 game-opening lead by the final few minutes of the first half. Not for the characteristically back-breaking turnovers, which gave Yale a 14-0 advantage in points off of turnovers by halftime. And not for Penn’s now-trademark offensive ineptness during crunchtime, which manifested itself with a hopelessly off-kilter three-point attempt from senior

captain Miles Jackson-Cartwright immediately following a timeout from coach Jerome Allen with Penn trailing 63-60 and 1:14 remaining in the game. No, Penn’s feeble finish was painful because of how the night began. Senior Night opened with Penn’s five seniors - Jackson-Cartwright, Fran Dougherty, Cam Gunter, Dau Jok and Steve Rennard - getting congratulated by Allen at center court for their contributions to Penn basketball, families in tow and a standing ovation surrounding them from the stands. The team came out wearing gray T-shirts touting the Dut Jok Youth Foundation, the organization created by Dau to empower Southern Sudanese youth through recreational sports and leadershipbuilding activities. For that five-minute pregame stretch, Penn basketball was great again. After all, these are great stu-


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