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DOCUMENTS CONFIRM CAPS COMPLAINTS Emails and notes give inside look at wait times and internal operations of CAPS BY SARAH SMITH Senior Writer In 2012, a psychiatrist at Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services emailed the CAPS director to discuss the lengthy wait time for students to get an initial appointment. Nick Garg, who served as a full-time CAPS psychiatrist from 2003 until 2012, was concerned about what he perceived as an increase in the time it took for students to get an appointment. But his concerns were brushed aside, Garg said. He said he tried to discuss what he viewed as problems at CAPS with CAPS Director Bill Alexander and other administrators, without success. Documents provided by Garg to The Daily Pennsylvanian — including notes on cases he was involved in, emails between CAPS staffers and intake forms for students calling CAPS — give a glimpse into the inner workings of an office that has come under scrutiny this semester after two suicides just weeks apart. The documents confirm several common complaints about CAPS, including the long waits to get an appointment, and raise questions about other aspects of CAPS’ operations. Garg was fired from CAPS in September 2012 for allegedly slapping a CAPS psychologist during a staff meeting in June of that year — an allegation he denies. He filed a complaint against Penn in

the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations over his dismissal, alleging wrongful termination. Alexander declined to comment on Garg’s specific complaints, citing the University’s policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation, but he was willing to speak generally about CAPS practices and policies. “I disagree with [Garg’s] characterization of CAPS and its processes,” Alexander said in an emailed statement. “CAPS provides counseling and psychological services on a confidential basis to all students, on an urgent (walk-in) or appointment basis, providing immediate care to those in need. CAPS uses a collaborative treatment team approach that involves clinicians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and trainees, to provide the best possible experience for all students.”

Wait times and call-backs

Even before the increased attention on CAPS this semester, there were complaints of long wait times to get an appointment. A University Council committee that took a detailed look at CAPS last school year found the most often reported issue was the long time it took for students to be seen. The committee criticized the degree to which students need to advocate for themselves to get services and recommended ensuring

that students receive initial visits within three days of calling CAPS. On Feb. 28, 2014, in an interview with the DP unrelated to Garg’s complaints, Alexander said the wait during CAPS’ busiest times for someone not in a crisis can reach three to three-and-a-half weeks. From July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, the average wait time was 13.2 days, Alexander said in a January interview also unrelated to Garg’s complaints. After CAPS’ announced on Feb. 6 that it would hire three new clinical staffers, the wait time dropped to two to three days, Alexander said in the February interview. He expected it to rise as the new hires’ schedules filled. However, the notes Garg provided from initial phone calls that students make to CAPS show firsthand that some students have had to wait much longer than the 13-day average. In additional interviews the DP conducted with students regarding mental health on campus, students reported wait times ranging from several days to just over four weeks. In late June 2012, Garg sent descriptions to his lawyer of cases in which he believed CAPS had not provided adequate care to students. He detailed the cases from his memory and his personal notes. Several of the cases involved students’ mental states worsening, he said, SEE CAPS PAGE 6


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Troy Harris and Karreem Wallace were two of the workers who worked with the Student Labor Action Project and Teamsters Local 929 to unionize dining hall workers on Penn’s campus in 2013. Now they’re starting Grassroots, a kosher vegetarian food truck.

Troy Harris and Kareem Wallace, both cooks at Falk Dining Commons, hope their planned kosher vegetarian food truck will provide jobs in the community BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer Troy Harris and Kareem Wallace consider themselves the lucky ones. Each morning, they wake up in their West Philadelphia homes surrounded by their families, and head to work at Hillel’s Falk Dining Commons. As workers with steady jobs who successfully led the charge to unionize dining

hall workers on campus last year, the two say they are proud to hold respectable jobs - more than others in their neighborhood can say. Harris noted that some of his neighbors have criminal records, which make it difficult for them to find work. They are at risk of falling back into illegal activity. “The streets got no

BY JESSICA MCDOWELL Staff Writer College freshman Taha Tariq’s journey to Penn began with an online Coursera course. As a high school senior in Lahore, Pakistan, Tariq knew he wanted to come to the United States for college, but was never able to visit schools before applying. “As an international student, you don’t get the opportunity to fly around visiting all of these campuses. You really have to rely on what is available online,” he said. While researching Penn, Tariq discovered Modern Poetry, an online course taught by Professor Al Filreis on Coursera, a free platform for Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as SEE COURSERA PAGE 3


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There are two sides of Joseph Carver. During the day, he works as the Chief of Staff at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. But in his off hours, he leaves science behind and relies on his flair for cooking. “I don’t measure — I cook by taste and smell,” Carver said of his cooking style. His talents in the kitchen led him to compete in the Manischewitz All-Star CookOff. Every year, Manischewitz, a kosher food conglomerate, hosts a cooking competition where participants submit and prepare a recipe for judges to win a grand prize. This year, Manischewitz decided to hold an all-star competition inviting past finalists who did not win to compete against each other. Carver, a finalist in 2008, was one of the five competitors selected. According to the contest rules, each submission must contain one Manischewitz product and one Manischewitz Ready-to-Serve Broth. The dish must be a kosher main course. “Because I’m a little competitive,” Carver said, “I wanted to win.” He ended up submitting 12 different recipes. The recipe that made him a finalist is called “Bubby’s Noodle Strudel,” which includes boiled white noodles, sour cream, tofu, cheddar cheese and fried spinach. Carver derived the recipe from his grandmother’s noodle kugel dish and named it because “bubby” means grandmother in Yiddish. “When my

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Abramson Cancer Center Chief of Staff Joseph Carver will compete in the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off on March 27 with a noodle “strudel” recipe. kids were little, my wife and I made the basic noodle [dish] and my kids called it noodle ‘strudel,’” Carver said. But Carver started cooking long before he had children. He has cooked ever since he was little. Because both of his parents worked, Carver was assigned to kitchen duty. Instead of viewing it as a chore, Carver finds cooking relaxing and enjoys experimenting with unusual types of food. “I always try to find bizarre combinations — sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t,” he said. “I’m a little bit of a Jewish grandmother. I like to feed people.”

His love for cooking yielded a family tradition. Every year for Rosh Hashanah, Carver bakes challah, a braided bread, for family and friends. He now makes 190-210 loaves and delivers them the night before the holiday. “It became a really interesting tradition because my kids come over - they always helped growing up - but they come over and we make and deliver it together,” he said. Today, three generations are part of the process — his grandchildren help prepare the challah, too. Carver will compete in the All-Star Cook-Off in New York City on March 27.


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College houses to be renovated this summer Both buildings of Gregory will receive continued upgrades BY JENNY LU Staff Writer While work continues on the new college house by Hill Field, other college houses w i l l be u ndergoi ng some changes this summer. As part of Residential Services’ plan to renovate all buildings, which has been ongoing for over 10 years , Gregory College House will see continued renovations this summer. Last year, the Class of 1925 building received upgrades to student rooms , and the same changes will be made this year to the Van Pelt Manor building. In both buildings of Gregor y, some common spaces will be remodeled and the courtyard between the two buildings will be expanded and landscaped. Each room will also receive a miniature refrigerator and microwave unit. H a r r i son a nd St ou f f e r College Houses will receive new interior paint, and the Cl a ss of 19 3 8 L ou nge i n K ings Cour t English College House will be upgraded . I n Va n P e lt M a n o r i n Gregory, all student rooms will be completely renovated with new flooring, furnishings and sur faces. One of the major changes will be to remove a “number of rooms” on the ground f loor of the building to repur pose the space as multipurpose-use

‘ModPo’ attracts over 40,000 students COURSERA from page 1 MOOCs. During the class, Filreis leads a virtual discussion from the Kelly Writers House on campus and online students complete quizzes and pa r t icipate i n d iscussion threads at their leisure. As the Faculty Director at the Writers House, Filreis has turned his class, known as “ModPo,” into a veritable phenomenon. Conducted entirely online, Filreis teaches this course to more than 40,000 students at a time. New Coursera courses typically attract under 10,000, Filreis said. It was through this class that Tariq discovered Penn and the Writers House. After participating in ModPo, Tar iq decided to apply to

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Rooms, common areas and courtyards in Gregory College House will be remodeled after Commencement. Other houses will be repainted and receive new furniture. rooms, Director of Residential Services John Eckman said. One of the rooms will be a state-of-the-art film screening room for Gregory’s Film Cu ltu re R esident ia l P ro gram. Others include a game room, a community kitchen and a TV lounge area .

“The idea is to really activate the ground floor of Van Pelt [Manor],” Eckman said. In the Class of 1925 building, the Green House Lounge on the first floor will be renovated with an updated kitchen. The basement w i l l a lso be t ra nsfor med into an “activity area” with

Penn. “I really loved the setting and feel of ModPo and the Writers House,” he said. “In ModPo, I always felt like I could express myself and feel free to interpret things the way I wanted to. No one wa s goi ng t o for ce t hei r opinion on me.” “I didn’t expect that from a big university like Penn,” he added. Much like other campus orga nizations a nd spor ts teams, every year the Writers House sends a list of roughly 20 significant student s t o t he A d m issions office. Tariq sent some of his own writing, including a magazine called “Pineapple” that he started with his

friends in high school, to Jamie-Lee Josselyn, the associate director for recruitment at the Writers House. Out of the large pool of students who submitted their work, the Writers House handpicked Tariq to be among that list of recommended applicants. Since coming to campus, Tariq has stayed involved with the Writers House. Currently, he participates in a new online publication called “Reader” focusing on digital storytelling and long-form journalism. He also works with The Body Electric, an open forum and workshop for creative writers. Filreis is now Tariq’s advisor - and Tariq even took one

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Opinion VOL. CXXX, NO. 36

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130th Year of Publication TAYLOR CULLIVER, Executive Editor AMANDA SUAREZ, Managing Editor JENNIFER YU, Opinion Editor LOIS LEE, Director of Online Projects FIONA GLISSON, Campus News Editor HARRY COOPERMAN, City News Editor JODY FREINKEL, Assignments Editor WILLIAM MARBLE, Enterprise Editor GENESIS NUNEZ, Copy Editor MATT MANTICA, Copy Editor YOLANDA CHEN, News Photo Editor MICHELE OZER, Sports Photo Editor CONNIE KANG, Photo Manager

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THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE | Even offensive symbols can be worth preserving, as they often have something to teach


hen t he A R C H building reopened this year, a small pane of stained glass sparked a controversy. The building was the former home of the Christian Student Association and contains 15 glass coats of arms representing international missionary destinations for the CSA. The one in question portrays the Rising Sun Flag, Japan’s militar y flag. Originally a symbol of good fortune, the flag has come to be associated with Japanese imperialism and conquest in South Korea and China. Obscured by construction barriers for years, the sudden reintroduction of the symbol to Locust Walk understandably caused quite a stir among Penn’s Korean students. The online debate was infused with accusations of ignorance, injunctions to forgive and let the past be the past, historical disputes and analogies that often only served to validate Godwin’s Law. Anyone trying to analogize the Japanese treatment of the Koreans and Chinese to any other oppression or injustice was shot down as being ignorant of the severity of Japan’s crimes. Many tried to argue for original intent and historical context, but those considerations were often declared irrelevant. While generally counterproductive, the discussion prompted me to reflect on the importance of symbols in connecting to history. The American educational system being what it is, the full extent of the impact of WWII on the Pacific to many people is as follows: On Dec. 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy, the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor. We hopped

across a bunch of islands, did something worth memorializing at Iwo Jima and then dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At some level, I was taught that Japan also invaded China and Korea, but not once in my formal education was I made aware of the deep scars and national/ethnic tensions between the countries that still exist to this day. Any atrocities committed under the banner of the Rising Sun were overshadowed by the slaughters in Europe and Russia.


Through the actions of the Korean students at Penn, my consciousness has been raised.”

Had the R ising Sun been removed from the ARCH building just two years ago, I may have remained unaware to this day that many Korean and Chinese people still harbor these resentments. Perhaps they are even justified in doing so. I don’t know, and I won’t presume to pontificate on whether their outrage is justified. But through the actions of the Korean students at Penn, my consciousness has been raised. It is ironic, then, to consider that the students who brought this to my attention did so because they want to remove this reminder from all sight. If the ARCH building was flying the Rising Sun Flag by itself, I would probably advocate taking it down. Flying flags have always been a symbol of

COLLIN BOOTS the present: who owns this ship, this fort, this hill, this public building. But when it’s a part of the walls, it’s a part of history. It becomes a symbol of the past and the meanings it had to the designer who put it there. Many involved in the online discussion made comparisons to the swastika and asserted confidently that it would have been removed years ago had it been the more universally hated symbol. To that claim, I offer a local counterexample. Chestnut Hall on 39th Street was originally the Hotel Pennsylvania, built in 1922, and is now owned (at least partially) by the University of Pennsylvania as student housing. Go to the lobby of Chestnut Hall and look carefully at the tile floor. You’ll see that it is clearly covered in swastikas. The floor is quite likely an original, but William Becker restored the building in 1983-4. The University had the perfect opportunity to replace those tiles marked with the swastika, yet they remain to this day. Despite how a symbol has been corrupted, the original meanings that t hey ca r r ied ca n a nd should be preserved: in a floor, in a stained glass window, in a historical plaque. The walls at Penn are layered in deep histories, and history can be grimy. I prefer not to live in a world where we hide away symbolic reminders of our past, especially when we still need to learn so much from them. COLLIN BOOTS is a master’s student studying robotics from Redwood Falls, Minn. Email him at cboots@seas. or follow him @LotofTinyRobots.


ear Penn, We are well aw a r e of t he fact that the DP Opinion section has been saturated lately with articles about mental health on campus, and the last thing we want to do is make the matter seem less important than it is. However, this article is different. It comes from the perspective of a group of students stemming from diverse backgrounds who represent the Penn community and who have expressed a genuine desire to aid their peers over the last two years. T wo ye a r s ago, Penn students and the CA PS staf f came together t o e st a b l i s h the CAPS Student Advisory Board. The board was established as a way to understand the Penn community and find the best possible way to serve it. They thought, “What better way is there to understand what students need than to ask t hem ou r selves?” This year is the first year in which the board has been divided up into subcommittees designed to consult CAPS: the student liaison, policies and procedures and mental health advocacy subcommittees. It took time to devise a plan of action strong enough to impact the lives of students in a positive way, but still sensitive enough to avoid making anyone feel worse about themselves or alienated from the rest of the student body. We were encour-


aged to share our personal experiences with the group in an open and nonjudgmental environment for the sole purpose of helping CAPS learn better ways to connect with the population they were serving. Everything seemed to be going well, and our first initiatives were our biggest ones. Then everything changed and our plans were postponed as the Penn community mourned the loss of multiple students due to something we all not only hold near and dear to our hearts, but had also been working so hard to fight against: mental illness. The events devastated

and shocked the members of the board. Everyone felt as though the entire student body had turned its back on CAPS and denounced its services. As students with first-hand experience, we know how devoted the staff is to the cause, but didn’t know how to communicate that to the rest of the university. In meeting with the staff, they seemed as though they had been tested, but their responses to our questions were comforting and reassuring.

They reassured us that their main concern was helping the grieving community and any negativity should be regarded as constructive criticism, giving them the motivation and information needed to work towards strengthening the Penn community. Reforming the mental health climate on campus will not happen overnight, but there are steps that each of us can take to move towards the healthier campus that we want to be part of. We encourage everyone reading this to take the pledge printed with this article. The pledge tells your friends, classmates and the Penn community that you are committed to creating an env i r on ment conducive to mental health. Just as we were given an open and nonjudgmental env i r on ment to provide feedback to CAPS, we would like to foster that same environment as t he campus works towards making a change. During the upcoming Ment a l Wel l ness Week, events will be held to promote mental health and wellness on campus. Among those participating will be the CAPS staff, student organizations and individuals who want nothing more than to see the students of Penn happy and healthy. We hope to see the Penn community come out and support each other. Best Wishes, CAPS Student Advisory Board

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College freshman attends UN commission BY ZAHRA HUSAIN Contributing Writer Last week, College freshman Vidya Dar yanani attended the UN Summit on the Status of Women. Along with Wharton and E n g i n e e r i n g s o p ho m o r e Nina Lu, Daryanani represented nongovernmental organization SustainUS. The UN Summit on the Status of Women is a gathering of Member State representatives “to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide,” according to the UN website. Dar yanani applied to go the UN summit after a friend sent her a link to SustainUS’s application because he knew of her interest in the United Nations. SustainUS encourages youth involvement in sustainability solutions and

other international issues. Daryanani formerly interned at the UN offices in Peru, her home country. In high school, Daryanani actively participated in the Model UN club. She is part of the International Affairs Association at Penn. She has both staffed and attended conferences to satisf y her appetite for foreign affairs. Fifteen youth delegates were invited to attend the Summit, where they were allowed to observe several possible open committee sessions. Daryanani sat in on a session of the Economic and Social Council. Because of the large size and long meeting time of the committee, the chair invited youth delegates to put their names on the speaker’s list so that they would have a chance to speak if there was time. Daryanani put her name on the list, she said, because she knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. At the end of the session, she was called

upon to speak. She chose to highlight the role of parliament in different countries on gender equality issues. She used Peru as an example. There, men and women are equal in the law, but inequality issues continue to stem from historical gender discrimination. Daryanani spoke about the role of government in changing the general mentality toward gender equality and discussed the i mp or t a nce of educ at ion and microfinance loans for women in Latin America and around the world. A not her hig hl ig ht for Daryanani was meeting the Argentinian ambassador to the UN. After a few sessions, Daryanani approached the delegate, whom she said was very friendly and helpful. “I don’t have words to describe her,” Daryanani said. “She made me believe I could change the world.” Dar yanani said she enjoyed the opportunity to network with important figures. T he su m m it a l lowed t he

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CAPS from page 1 because they had to wait to get an appointment. One case Garg pointed to involved an undergraduate who called CAPS in late fall 2011 with mild depressive symptoms, according to Garg’s notes. She was told she had to wait six weeks or take a referral to a therapist in Philadelphia, so she took a referral. However, she didn’t like the outside psychologist, so she called CAPS again. She was told to wait another several weeks. While she waited, she began cutting herself with a kitchen knife. She called one of her parents, asking her parent to make sure she didn’t cut herself deeper or jump out of a window. The student’s parent furiously called CAPS, demanding an appointment. The student was seen immediately. “The issue of wait time is a real, real challenge,” Victor Schwartz, a New York University psychiatry professor, said of college counseling centers. Schwartz is the medical director of the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students. “Most of these centers are not charging a fee — which, to some extent, limits the staffing availability and creates times during the year when things get very backed up.” Another undergraduate, who called suffering from insecurities about school and relationships the day before classes started in 2011, was told to wait 20 days, according to Garg’s notes. A graduate student calling in 2012 reported that she wasn’t suicidal at the time, but was once “playing with a knife” and considered killing herself. She had to wait 27 days before being seen at CAPS. An undergraduate who called in late November 2011 with “really bad” anxiety was told by the psychology intern taking the call that there were no more intake appointments available for the rest of the term. In 2012, appointments for the spring semester — which ended May 8 — filled up on April 12. “As we have no initial appointments remaining for the school year, students are asking about initial appointments in June (can you believe it?),” read an email sent by a CAPS coordinator to all CAPS staff. It was 50 days until June. Several years ago, CAPS changed its intake system with the goal of prioritizing students with acute symptoms. Students used to have an in-person intake appointment with a therapist, while today, 15-minute interviews are conducted over the phone to assess need. While it does have downsides, Schwartz said, CAPS’ triage system is not uncommon among college counseling services. “Any assessment isn’t perfect,” he said. “Sometimes the situation will change, and sometimes you won’t get the gravity of the problem in a brief conversation. They’re very, very helpful approaches, but they’re not foolproof.” CAPS revised another policy in January 2014 when it began offering extended hours several days a week to better accommodate students who couldn’t make the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. business day. Garg said he tried to do that years ago. But in March 2012, Alexander, citing potential liability concerns, told him not to schedule patients after 5 p.m., Garg said. “I have people scheduled for 5:15pm already,” Garg said in a March 28, 2012, email to Alexander. “Would you like me to reschedule them to 5pm now? Or is it OK not to schedule after 5pm from this point on.” Alexander responded: “I think from this point on will be ok.” Another recurring concern that students who have used CAPS raised in interviews is the lack of a follow-up call from CAPS if students miss an appointment. Garg, too, cited this as a concern and attributed it to the self-exploration model of therapy that CAPS employs. The model is driven by the idea that patients should come up with as much of their own solutions as possible. “The thought was, if they don’t come in, they’re not in-

vested,” Garg said. Regardless, he added, he would call his patients back. “It breaks my heart because the student is already thinking they’re worthless.” While not commenting on specific complaints, Alexander said self-exploration was one of several models of therapy that CAPS clinicians are trained in. “Personal self-exploration, along with many other interventions, is part of many models of psychotherapy,” he said in an email. “All of our therapy models are well grounded in the current professional literature.” Garg began seeing a student in 2012 who waited about a month to see a psychologist. The student, an undergraduate, was enrolled in split treatment: She saw a psychologist and a psychiatrist in separate sessions. The student’s psychologist told Garg that he was closing the student’s case “due to frequent no-shows” and hadn’t reached out to the student because it “would be inconsistent with the self-exploration model,” according to Garg’s notes. The student, for her part, told Garg that she thought the psychologist simply didn’t care. “When students miss appoint-

A graduate student calling in 2012 reported that she wasn’t suicidal at the time, but was once “playing with a knife” and considered killing herself. She had to wait 27 days before being seen at CAPS. ments, the therapist can contact them as a reminder and offer another appointment,” Alexander said in the email to the DP. “However, chronic no-shows or cancellations may be indicative of a larger therapeutic issue. In those cases, the clinician has discretion in how to address this. Sometimes the best clinical intervention is to allow the student the autonomy of initiating further contact.”

Looking for a ‘systemic solution’

On March 27, 2012, Garg sent an email to Alexander, asking to discuss the wait list. “Four, five, and even six weeks to begin treatment at CAPS is much too long for the students,” Garg wrote. “The length of the wait-time has led to more clinical regression (sometimes to the point of danger), than I can remember since I started working at CAPS in 2003. I think we owe it to our students, both legally and ethically, to find a sustainable, systemic solution.” In the email, he suggested having the discussion at the next meeting of the Clinical Review Committee. The committee was established after the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and was designed to establish protocols for identifying at-risk individuals and to address difficult cases, he said. The committee had not met since the fall of 2010, Garg added. Garg said no discussion of the waitlist with Alexander ever took place. In a meeting two days later, Garg said, he tried to bring up the waitlist issue, but Alexander focused on his performance. Early reviews of Garg, as shown by performance evaluations he provided, were glowing. But his 2010 evaluation worsened. Alexander criticized Garg’s collaborative skills, particularly when sharing patients with psychologists. Garg filed comments disputing the evaluation, but said he received no response. Frustrated with what he saw as CAPS’ unwillingness to address problems, Garg met with then-Vice Provost for Faculty Lynn Lees in early May 2012. He presented her with a list of what he viewed as the main problems at CAPS, among which were the intake system, the increasing wait times and the lack of adherence to standards of care. He set out four proposed solutions, including an external review by an accrediting body and the establishment of an oversight committee. About two weeks later, he said, Lees sent him an email saying that he should take his

concerns back to Alexander. Lees did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Meanwhile, Garg sought another meeting on April 3, 2012, about his performance. In that meeting, Alexander and the CAPS training director told Garg that he wouldn’t be allowed to share patients with trainees anymore because of problems collaborating with them, according to Garg’s notes on the meeting. Again, his concerns about the waitlist weren’t discussed, according to the notes. Garg said Alexander called a third meeting on May 3, 2012, when Garg was read a letter signed by nine CAPS staffers reiterating the concerns they had about his crossing boundaries when sharing patients with a therapist. The letter was attached to his May 29, 2012, evaluation. Overall, according to the 2012 evaluation, Garg’s performance met “some, but not all, established goals/expectations.” The evaluation again cited collaboration problems. Garg filed comments disputing the evaluation. But this time, he also filed a formal grievance with Penn’s Division of Human Resources on June 4, 2012. The purpose of the grievance was twofold: to remove the letter from the May 3 meeting from his personnel file and to call for immediate reform of CAPS’ practices. “I am concerned that the University of Pennsylvania is not always providing appropriate care to our students and I am afraid that there are liability concerns as well,” read the grievance. Garg again recommended an external review and a board of advisers.

Departure from CAPS

On June 14, 2012, Garg was informed that he was being placed on administrative leave for an incident that allegedly happened on June 5, 2012 — the day after he filed his grievance. In September, he was fired. Garg was accused of possibly violating University policies regarding “work place violence and hostile work environment.” He learned from human resources that a CAPS psychologist had accused him of slapping her thigh during a staff meeting. Garg said it never happened. “I said, ‘Can I reach out to my patients?’ They said they’d take care of it,” Garg said. While Alexander would not comment specifically on Garg’s departure, he outlined the procedures for notifying patients when a clinician leaves CAPS. He said all patients are notified and reassigned to other clinicians. “We do not comment on the reasons for a staff member leaving CAPS,” Alexander said in an email. “But we always offer the client treatment either at CAPS or through a referral, whichever is requested.” One of Garg’s patients at the time he was placed on leave was a graduate student who had been seeing him since fall 2009. The student, who asked that her name be changed to Zoe in this article for privacy reasons, went to CAPS with severe depression. Zoe enrolled in split treatment, seeing both a therapist and Garg, who prescribed her an antidepressant. Eventually, Zoe just saw Garg. By June 2012, she saw Garg once or twice a month. She went on a trip for work and emailed Garg upon her return, when she got an out-of-office reply. She figured he was on vacation. In July, she emailed him again. This time, she didn’t get a reply at all. “After a certain amount of time, I called the office,” Zoe said. “I called and they were like, ‘I can’t give you any information.’” Eventually, she got a call back from CAPS. She asked the staffer on the other end of the line where Garg was and asked if it would be possible for someone to write her a refill for her prescription. “He asked me if I was suicidal. At that point I was not suicidal,” she said. “He gave me no information about Dr. Garg.” When she said that she’d been

Hello Everyone, As we have no initial appointments remaining for the school year, students are asking about initial appointments in June (can you believe it?). Please put your summer initial appointments in scheduler when you have an opportunity to do so.

An email from a CAPS coordinator on April 12, 2012, instructed staff to begin scheduling appointments for June because there were no appointments left for the spring semester.

Four, five, and even six weeks to even begin treatment at CAPS is much too long for the students. We have not had Clinical Review Committee this year, as in past years, but I would be willing to reconvene immediately to address this persistent, serious issue.

In an email to CAPS Director Bill Alexander on March 27, 2012, Garg expressed concern with the length of time students needed to wait to get an appointment at CAPS.

I am concerned that the University of Pennsylvania is not always providing appropriate care to our students and I am afraid that there are liability concerns as well.

I recommend that the University commission an outside accrediting body or blue ribbon panel to assess if and/or how CAPS is meeting the standard of care I recommend having a multidisciplinary ‘Board of Advisors’ composed of representatives of all major University constituencies (students, providers, university administrators)

I believe that the CAPS program should have a Medical Director to provide a voice for the MDs at CAPS, to help to standardize medical care provided and to ensure MD standards of care are met and understood at CAPS.

I also recommend an immediate re-evaluation of CAPS’ responsiveness to PENN students’ diversity needs now and proactively in the future.

Garg filed a grievance with the University’s Division of Human Resources on June 4, 2012. In it, he made several recommendations for reforming CAPS. seeing Garg since 2009, she remembered the staffer saying that it wasn’t CAPS’ policy to have someone see a doctor for that long. He did not encourage Zoe to come in and see someone else, she said. When Zoe’s prescription ran out, she stopped taking her pills. She slipped back into a severe depression. She called CAPS again on Feb. 5, 2013. “I could barely get the words out,” Zoe said, crying as she remembered the call. “They made me an appointment for March 17. To me, it was an eternity away. I basically begged — crying — I said I can’t wait.” Instead of waiting, Zoe went to Student Health Service, where a doctor wrote her a prescription for her antidepressant. Two months later, more stable thanks to her medicine, she emailed Alexander. “I suffered greatly due to the mismanagement of Dr. Garg’s departure from CAPS,” Zoe wrote in the April 7, 2013, email. “Surely, this cannot have been the first time a practitioner left CAPS. If this was a particularly unusual or difficult situation, then I believe CAPS should have proactively contacted Dr. Garg’s patients to re-establish contact and determine whether further treatment was necessary.” In an email reply the same day, Alexander apologized for what Zoe had been through.

“This is not the way CAPS works and your email is very distressing,” he wrote. “I agree that you should never have had to go through such an ordeal and I would would like very much to talk with you.” The two set up a time to meet. At the meeting, Zoe said, Alexander said that there had been a plan to get in touch with Garg’s patients at the time of his departure. He also said CAPS didn’t have Garg’s contact information. In an email to the DP, Alexander said that in general, CAPS will provide contact information for a former clinician if CAPS has it on file. Zoe eventually got in touch with Garg, who had established a private practice in Center City aimed specifically to serve college students. She has been seeing him since they reestablished contact. “I’m OK,” Zoe said of the months spent trying to reconnect with Garg and get back on her medication. “I survived it. But it didn’t have to go that way. They shouldn’t be playing those types of games with people’s lives.” As Zoe struggled to find him, Garg hired Pennsylvania employment attorney David Dearden to represent him in his dispute with Penn. In late August 2012, the University sent a severance package to

Garg through Dearden. If Garg signed the agreement, his employment would have been deemed a voluntary resignation, according to a copy of the agreement provided by Garg. Garg also would have received a reference letter from Alexander and “a letter recording that an allegation of workplace violence against you was unsubstantiated,” the document reads. The agreement also contained a non-disclosure clause about the terms and circumstances of the severance. Garg, who still wanted his job at Penn back, decided not to sign the letter. He switched lawyers to Philadelphia employment attorney Nancy Ezold. After he was formally fired from Penn in September 2012, he filed a complaint against the University in mid-October 2012, alleging wrongful termination. The best outcome, Ezold said, would have been for Garg to get his job back. But that may no longer be possible. “If that’s not possible, there’s only one other remedy that’s provided in the discrimination laws,” she said. “That’s monetary damages.” The case is currently pending, awaiting the decision of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Staff writers Jill Castellano and Alex Zimmermann contributed reporting.


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to and from parties to give them the information. As I thought about this tactic of alcohol education, it dawned on me that officers are handing out this information to some students who are already drink ing and could be underage - are they really going to read it? “We don’t think residents are going to sit there and read the brochure at that moment at their party,” Rush said, “but somebody’s going to pick it up the next day and see how they have to be responsible party-givers.” As for the effectiveness of the campaign, Rush said, “I think we’ll know that more this Spring Fling because we’re doing all this preemptive work.” R u sh p oi nt e d out t h at they’ve seen fewer “problem houses” this winter, so this could carry on through the rest of the school year. I n the 19 9 0s, when the problem houses near campus were at their most active, the University created the first alcohol taskforce. “That’s when the Penn Police and the LCE began actively enforcing liquor laws and addressing disturbances in these houses, and since then, the levels [of activity] have started to drop,” Rush said.


St. Patrick’s Day weekend is a time of lively celebration around campus. Students and visitors walk around in bright green, searching for bars and house parties where they can have some laughs and good experiences. From a police officer’s perspective, however, days like these mean more work. On Saturday, I had the opPhoto Illustration by Ali Harwood/Associate Photo Editor portunity to join Sergeant Christian Vandervort from DPS received a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to the Division of Public Safety create and hand out brochures about alcohol safety on “high-risk” weekends. as he drove around campus midday, looking for parties responsible today,’” VanderBefore the brochure was that could get out of hand. vort said. created, officers handed out His patrol was part of a A fter speaking with the a postcard listing available $25,000 grant from the Penn- students, Vandervort hand- resources for students, as s y l v a n i a L iq uor C ont r ol ed them a pamphlet w ith well as news articles from Board that pays for Penn Po- information on emergency The Daily Pennsylvanian and lice officers to work overtime resources, a guide to plan- The Philadelphia Inquirer on “high-risk weekends” to ning events in off-campus related to alcohol incidents help educate the community homes and the definitions in the past. on alcohol safety. of Pennsylvania crimes like Vander vor t would later “Here we go,” Vandervort disorderly conduct and public have to get his officers ready said on our first stop, as he drunkenness. for their patrols. Some of the pulled the police car over “I think this brochure is a officers would continue to next to a house with about great result of the partner- hand out pamphlets to neigha dozen students standing ship here at Penn with all borhood residents, whi le on the front porch holding the University stakeholders, others would stand on the beers. Vandervort grabbed a such as the Office of Alcohol streets and stop people going handful of pamphlets off his and Other [Drug Program dashboard and walked over Initiatives], that highlights to the students. the work we have all been doFrom the car, I could hear ing for this educational camhim ask for all of the resi- paign,” Maureen Rush, Vice dents of the house to come President for Public Safety, down from the porch and said in an interview. speak with him. Five males The brochure was just ficircled around him as the nalized and printed last week. rest of the guests watched Beyond its use by police offiin confusion, smiling at each cers on high-risk weekends, other and wondering what it will also be handed out to Bring in this ad to receive: was going on. students groups, the MERT Vander vort explained to team, UA members and oththem some of the respon- ers who could pass on and a purchase of $15 or more sibilities of throwing par- benefit from the information, ties. Later on in the day, he Rush said. said to them, there would “If I see neighbors sitting a purchase of $20 or more be an increased number of on the steps, I go up to them officers patrolling around to and ask them if they’ve been make sure nobody was dis- having any problems with a purchase of $30 or more turbing the local residents. other residents,” Vandervort Cannot be combined with other offers. Minimum purchase before tax and gratuity. Dine in only. If the party became too loud said, “and I address any conor caused a disturbance, he cerns that they may have.” said, it could be shut down. After each of these conversa3549 Chestnut Street 215.387.8808 “I told them, ‘This is what’s tions, he would give them a going on. I need you to be pamphlet, too.

Later on in my ride-along, Vander vort pulled up to a group of people standing on the sidewalk with beers in hand. He told them about Pennsylvania’s open container law, which basically means that you could get arrested for having an open container of alcohol on the sidewalk. “They did n’t k now that because the students were from New York,” Vandervort said. As we drove away, they walked off the curb and back into the house. It might be hard to tell exactly how effective the efforts are, but at the very least, the

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you will see at least three freshmen that have already started to make their mark on this program,� King added. “All of them have the potential to do great things.� In particular, both outfielder Leah A llen and pitcher Alexis Sargent have had an impressive opening stretch of the season. Allen has started all 11 games for the Quakers this season and leads the team in batting with a .359 average, and Sargent is 2-1 with an earned run average of 1.53 while also batting .348. The Quakers have also put to bed any worry that the large number of freshmen would affect the team dynamic in any way. “I think the thing that makes this program different is how welcoming the seniors and upperclassman made us feel,� Kranzmann said. “They have always made us feel like we belong here and they’ve never

DP: Pregame meal? ST: Bagel sandwich. DP: Favorite nickname you’ve been given? ST: Squidney. DP: Favorite Girl Scout Cookie? ST: DeďŹ nitely Samoas. DP: Favorite show on Netix? ST: Sons of Anarchy. DP: They are making a ďŹ lm about your life. What actress would you want playing the role of you? ST: Jessica Biel. DP: What other sport do you wish you played? ST: Soccer. DP: Favorite class you’ve taken at Penn? ST: Intro to Political Communications. DP: Pump-up song? ST: Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked. DP: Who’s going to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament? ST: Duke.

Borden set to take the rubber PREVIEW from page 12 take place against Big 5- rival St. Joseph’s but it was snowed out just before spring break. The Quakers will make the most of the home field advantage as they look to end Lehigh’s four-game winning streak.

Johnson rejoins trio after year off SENIORS from page 12 presence behind the plate. The team capt ain and starting catcher accumulated a .389 on-base percentage and a team-leading 36 runs scored a season ago. She has also come up with some clutch performances against Ivy League opponents, helping to propel the Quakers to the top of the conference last season. Gorney’s relationship with Penn’s pitchers on the field is another testament to her

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to watch.� Whether it is in a game this weekend, or in a game three years down the road, it is clear that people can expect great things from this freshman class of Penn softball.

In order for the Quakers to pull out a win, it will be critical for the team’s bats to heat up. Lehigh’s pitching has been nothing but strong in the last few weeks, with freshman Christine Campbell and junior Emily Bausher having combined for four shutouts in the spring season. Luckily, this might not be too difficult for the Red and Blue. During their four wins over spring break, the Quakers outscored their oppo nents, 35-9. In Penn’s biggest victory of training trip over Colgate, nine different play-

ers scored runs to beat the Raiders 11-1. Freshman outfielder Leah Allen led the charge on offense for the Quakers with 10 runs scored during the Florida trip. The freshman has been impressive thus far this season, hitting three home runs and contributing with 16 runs batted in. W h i le Pen n’s f r esh men make up a lot of the roster, the upperclassmen have been solid contributors to the team. Ju n ior out f ielder S yd ney Turchin is batting .342 while fellow junior Vanessa Weaver

and senior Elysse Gor ney added seven hits a piece in Penn’s first 11 games. On the pitching side, junior A lex is Borden once again leads the Red and Blue, pitching to the tune of a 1.99 earned run average in six games during Penn’s season-opening spring break trip. Borden broke Penn’s record for strikeouts in a career as a sophomore and has already added 49 K’s to that total. A fter facing Lehigh, the Quakers will play their doubleheader with St. Joe’s on Sunday.

veteran leadership. “The pitchers and catchers definitely have really good relationships,� she said. “After every inning we come into the dugout and talk about what worked, what didn’t work, who are the good hitters on the team and whether you should pitch around certain players. There’s a lot of open communication.� Dahlerbruch has also had a steady career positioned on the left side of the infield at third base. Throughout the course of her time at Penn, the veteran has gotten on base at an extremely high rate, posting a career high .421 OBP in 2011. She also registered a strong 2012 season, recording a .299 batting average, a .392 OBP and a .479 slugging percentage while demonstrat-

ing some power with six home runs. “We’re here to show [the freshmen] this is how it’s done and show them the ropes,� Dahlerbruch said. “I think that’s ver y important with such a young team since half the team is freshmen.� Unlike her fellow seniors, Johnson returns to action in 2014 after a year off. However, in the two years she did play, the Jacksonville, Fla., native provided valuable experience to Penn’s outfield. And Johnson knows the importance of getting to know the younger players on this team as early as possible. “From day one it was really important to jump on [the freshmen] and become really comfortable with them, even off the field because you want

to develop a relationship with them,� she said. Johnson understands that not all leadership is demonstrated through performance on the f ield, as a w inning culture is often created from unifying the team off the field as well. Johnson, Gor ney, and Dahlerbruch are trying to create a culture of consistent success at Penn, and this comes in many different shapes and forms. W hile a softball team is made up of a large number of players, it can be argued that these three seniors will have one of the most important roles this season. The group can potentially influence the way softball is played at Penn for years to come through its leadership both on and off the diamond.

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Maryland has strong history vs. Penn W. LACROSSE from page 12 expected to be a low-scoring affair. M a r y l a n d ’s P a s t 3 2 Games: The past two seasons have been a nearly perfect stretch for the No. 2 team in the country. The Terps have won 31 of their last 32 games, including their first nine of the 2014 campaign. In fact, over the past two seasons, Maryland’s only loss remains its triple-overtime defeat to North Carolina in last year’s national championship game. Penn’s Offensive Distribution: Senior attack Tory Bensen has been incredible

for the Quakers thus far this season, notching 13 goals in only five contests. Though Bensen leads Penn in scoring, the Quakers feature a variety of additional weapons. Of Penn’s 45 goals in 2014, 19 of those scores have come from sophomore players, including nine from midfield Lely DiSimone. Three DownPlaying North Carolina: If only teams could avoid playing those pesky Tar Heels. Penn battled with top-ranked North Carolina in its season opener. Despite playing the Tar Heels close for a half, the defending national champions eventually pulled away. As for Maryland, a sudden death North Carolina goal in the third overtime of last year’s title game was the only thing separating the Terps from an undefeated season. Penn’s History with Mary-

land: In 21 meetings with Mar yland since 1980, the Quakers have had little success when doing battle with the Terrapins. Since defeating Maryland in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Penn has gone winless against the Terps, dropping all five meetings of that matchup. Last year against top-ranked Maryland, the Quakers dropped a tense road contest, 15-10. Slowing down Maryland: Though Penn has one of the country’s top defenses, the Terps consistently pack a punch. Maryland’s seventhranked attack is led by sophomore Taylor Cummings, the reigning ACC Freshman of the Year, with 28 goals and 41 points . While Cummings ranks sixth in the nation in goals scored, her teammate, junior Kelly McPartland, has added 25 goals for Maryland, to rank 10th-best in the country.

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Senior attack Tory Bensen will likely be the focal point of Penn’s offensive effort when the No. 12 Quakers take on No. 2 Maryland on Wednesday. Bensen has scored 13 goals this season, four more than the second-highest scorer on the roster.


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Deep freshman class offers change of pace Younger members of the team experience growing pains as their rookie season continues BY SAM ALTLAND Staff Writer When Penn softball captured the Ivy League championship last year, the Quakers did it with a team that was comprised almost entirely of

veterans and upperclassmen. But when the Red and Blue entered spring training this season, it was with a roster overflowing with freshmen, as first-year athletes accounted for 10 of the 21 women in Penn’s program. Not since 2007 — when the Quakers boasted a team of nine seniors — has one class so dominated the roster for Penn. “It’s refreshing,” coach Leslie King said. “It’s something we haven’t

had in this program in a while and it’s great to have all of these girls join our team.” However, building a team with so many freshmen is not without its challenges, especially after Penn saw so much success last season when it returned almost every single one of its starters. “The learning curve is very steep, and we have been working hard this spring to bring all these new faces up to speed with how we do things here,”

King said. “It has taken a little longer than normal with such a large number of girls, but the spring training trip really helped us prepare them.” With all this young talent, it would be easy to think that the Quakers are entering a rebuilding period. After all, Penn will have to replace seven seniors from last year, including three first team All-Ivy selections in Stephanie Caso, Brooke Coloma and Jessica Melendez. However, the defending Ivy cham-

pionship squad has no intention of waiting to compete again for the title. “I don’t think any of us are looking down the road at all right now,” freshman infielder Sydney Kranzmann said. “The focus is definitely on this year, and we are all proud to be part of this team and want to do anything we can to help the team win now.” “If you look at our roster, I think


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With their home opener finally here, Quakers look to build off of valuable Florida trip experience BY LAINE HIGGINS Staff Writer Lehigh 8-10 Today, 3 p.m. Penn Park

After a spring training trip filled with ups and downs, the Quakers are looking to shine a little Florida sun onto the diamond in their last week of games before Ivy League play begins. Penn (4-7) will take on Lehigh (8-10) in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at home this afternoon. Due to inclement weather and poor field conditions at Lehigh, the games were moved from Lehigh’s Kaufman Field to Penn Park. Penn’s home opener this season was supposed to


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Senior catcher Elysse Gorney was a major catalyst for the Quakers last year, recording a .389 on-base percentage and a team-leading 36 runs in her junior campaign. She will be expected to step up as a team leader once again as a member of the Quakers’ dynamic senior trio this year.

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Junior second baseman Vanessa Weaver has contributed significantly this year, chipping in seven hits in Penn’s first 11 games.

BY TODD COSTA Staff Writer With the wheel of college athletics constantly turning, every four years a new set of athletes enters the arena to try and uphold the tradition and excellence of a program. As a result, one of the most important responsibilities for seniors on any team is to lead by example, both on and off the field. And lucky for Penn softball, the team has a trio of capable athletes looking to do just that during the 2014 season.

Seniors Kristen Johnson, Elysse Gorney and Kayla Dahlerbruch are taking this task quite seriously. Because the trio has been an integral part of the Quakers’ recent string of success, it hopes to pass the torch on to the squad’s younger members. “We are coming off a championship team so it’s really important to get [the freshmen] integrated into how our system works,” Gor-

ney said. The most important place for these three athletes to demonstrate their leadership is on the field since their performances are one of the reasons for the team’s recent triumphs. Gorney has been an important catalyst for the Red and Blue’s offense of late, as well as a steady


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Fortin NCAA bound for Quakers W. SWIMMING | Senior Shelby Fortin will compete in three events at the NCAA championships BY IAN WENIK Sports Editor Shelby Fortin will have one last chance at NCAA glory. This week, the Penn swimming senior will head to the NCAA championships at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Mn., her second consecutive trip to the premier showcase of college swimming. Fortin is scheduled to swim in three events during the three-day competition: the 500yard free on Thursday, the 200-yard free on

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Friday and the 100-yard free on Saturday. This season’s championship marks a step up for Fortin, who finished 49th in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.58 at last year’s NCAA championships, the only event for which she qualified. Fortin has won a school record seven Ivy League championships in her four-year career at Penn, including a first-place, 1:45.69 finish in the 200 free at this year’s Ivy League championships that easily sent her to nationals. The competition at the Minnesota-hosted event will be fierce, but if Fortin has proven anything throughout her final campaign in Sheerr Pool, it won’t be anything she hasn’t seen before.

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Senior Shelby Fortin will face tough competition as she travels to Minnesota for her second consecutive appearance in NCAAs.

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Coming off a spring break in which it won its first two Ivy contests of the 2014 season, the Penn women’s lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday against No. 2 Maryland. The Red and Blue’s matchup with the Terrapins marks the first of four consecutive nonconference games for No. 12 Penn before resuming Ivy play on April 12. Three UpDefensive Play: Both Penn (4-1) and Maryland (9-0) are two of the top defensive teams in the nation. Led by goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson, the Quakers have allowed only 7.4 goals per contest in 2014, the 11th best mark in the country. However, in nine games this year, the Terps have given up only 6.56 goals per game. As a result, Wednesday’s game is SEE W. LACROSSE PAGE 11

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