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Unfounded bomb scares at Chipotle, Kings Court English

NO. 5 TEXAS (23-11)

NO. 12 PENN (22-7)


W. HOOPS | Quakers can’t hold halftime lead, buried by Longhorns’ second-half run

A suspicious package outside Kings Court caused Penn Police to evacuate the dorm

BY STEVEN TYDINGS Senior Sports Editor

BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer Penn saw two false bomb scares Sunday night. Sunday evening, there was an “unfounded” bomb threat at the 3925 Walnut street Chipotle, the Division of Public Safety confirmed in an emailed statement in response to questions from The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Penn and Philadelphia cleared the area in an abundance of caution. A sweep was done of the property and no device was found.” DPS said. “Because no device was found as there was in the earlier incident, no UPennAlert was sent out.” Earlier in the afternoon, a wired object that police determined to most likely be a harmless science experiment triggered a bomb scare at Kings Court English College House, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said Police do not suspect the suspicious object at Kings Court English was intended to cause any harm or confusion. SEE BOMB PAGE 2

Liquor enforcement tactics legally questionable ANALYSIS | Officers need ‘individualized suspicion’ to detain partygoers BY ALEX ZIMMERMANN Senior Writer Underage drinking crackdowns by state police may be unconstitutional, according to an analysis of their previously employed tactics. The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited 31 students at several off-campus parties during Fling last year, as well as 23 at the Blarney Stone in December. BLCE District Commander Dan Steele said in an email that the state police force “anticipates assisting” Penn this year during Fling weekend. The legal question stems from a 2006 Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, Commonwealth v. Mistler which held that a 2003 BLCE raid of a fraternity party in West Chester, Pa., violated the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution by detaining individuals to be breathalyzed and cited without “individualized suspicion.” Police detained the entire group of partygoers without reason to believe that each individual was in violation of the law. In the case, those who were over 21 were told to leave, and those remaining were questioned and observed by police, leading to 56 citations for underage drinking. When describing the procedure for raiding a party such as those on campus last April, Steele said that officers separate attendees who are over and under 21 after asking for identification from every partygoer. Underage attendees who are found to be in violation of liquor laws — which Steele said can be determined by a breathalyzer test or other means such as observed possession of alcohol or the “odor of alcoholic beverage on the breath” — are then issued a citation. SEE LIQUOR PAGE 2

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Texas freshman Nekia Jones scored a key bucket in the second half while getting fouled by Penn junior forward Kara Bonenberger (left). The junior fouled out on the play as Texas used a second half run to overtake the Quakers.

COLLEGE PARK, MD. — It just wasn’t meant to be. Penn women’s basketball came out of the gate strong, holding a 38-31 lead over No. 5-seeded Texas at the half at the Comcast Center. But the second half was all Longhorns as No. 12 Penn fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 79-61, despite a game-high 25 points from senior captain Alyssa Baron. “Give [Texas] a lot of credit. They kept coming at us,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We got into a little bit of foul trouble which set us back in how we wanted to defend, but I give them a ton of credit. They kept coming and coming and coming ... we just couldn’t get control back of the game.” The game started out at a quick pace, with the Longhorns (23-11) responding with two baskets after freshman center Sydney Stipanovich got the Quakers (22-7) started with a jumper. But then Baron took over. The senior guard drained a three-pointer to put Penn ahead. And then another three. Soon enough, Baron was making almost every shot she could get off, pacing Penn to a large first-half lead with 18 points. After a triple from junior guard Renee Busch and a free throw from Baron, Penn took its largest lead of the half, 32-17. And on the other end, the Quakers’ twothree zone was giving the Longhorns fits, turning Texas over 12 times in the first half. However, the Longhorns finished the first half on a 14-6 run, cutting Penn’s lead to just seven, 38-31. SEE W. HOOPS PAGE 11

GSE student named 17th most influential Arab woman Maha Laziri, the youngest woman on list, founded Teach4Morocco BY VICTORIA MOFFITT Staff Writer

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Graduate School of Education student Maha Laziri founded Teach4Morocco, a nongovernmental organization with the mission to improve education in Morocco.

In the summer of 2012, Maha Laziri walked into the small, humble home of a woman who had nearly died that day. Laziri, who is now a student in the Graduate School of Education, was in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, organizing the renovation of a local school in the village of Ichbeken. She had arrived early to the work site that morning, expecting to find five or six volunteers from the community waiting to help with the renovations. Instead she was met with the news that a woman in the village was bleeding to death after giving birth to a healthy baby. Hospitals and helicopter lifts were not options for the people of Ichbeken. The women of the village could only do their

best to care for the struggling mother, and miraculously, she survived. A s she was recover ing, Laziri went to her bedside to voice her concern. Despite the language barrier — Laziri was not fluent in the village’s indigenous language — she expressed to the mother that she and her team were worried about her and interested in helping. The mother, who was grateful for the work Laziri was already doing in the community, responded by placing her baby in Laziri’s arms and asking her to name the child. Laziri was only 22 years old at the time and felt daunted by the responsibility. She resisted, but the mother was adamant. Finally, Laziri agreed and named the baby girl Hayet. “It means life,” Laziri said. Because of the work she has done in Morocco, Laziri was named to Arabian Business magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women earlier this month. She earned


SP2 student committed suicide over winter break

Master’s of Social Work student Alice Wiley’s death is one of three suicides since the end of last semester BY HARRY COOPERMAN City News Editor School of Social Policy & Practice student Alice Wiley committed suicide in late December over winter break. She was 26.

Her death is one of three suicides since the end of last se mester, and the second graduate student suicide in less than a year.

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The recent suicides have raised concerns about mental health issues on campus and have led the University to form a mental health task force. T he deat h of Col lege sopho more Elv is Hatcher was r uled a suicide in early Februar y and College freshman Madison Holleran’s death was ruled a suicide in

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late January. Graduate School of Education student Wendy Shung committed suicide in August of 2013. Wiley, a native of Georgia, was a student in the Master of So cial Work Program at SP2. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Mercer University in 2009.

Ph i ladelph ia M aga zi ne f i r st reported on Friday that an SP2 student committed suicide over winter break. Although the Georgia Medical Examiner’s Office has made no official ruling as to Wiley’s cause of death, SP2 was informed by her SEE SP2 PAGE 2

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Penn, Philly Police investigated BOMB from page 1 “It’s a good example of if you’re doing something with cords and wires sticking out, you don’t want to leave it anywhere,” Rush said. Renee Duckett, the security guard on duty at the entrance

of the college house, called her Penn Police supervisor about the suspicious package at 4:14 p.m. The object was located on a table by the bike racks just outside the window of the lobby. Penn Police arrived at the scene within two minutes of the call and evacuated the building three minutes later, Rush said. The area between 34th and 36th streets and between Chestnut and Walnut streets was blocked off with police tape, and no one was permitted into the area who had already left.

Bomb dogs accompanied Penn Police to the scene. Based on the dogs’ reactions to the object, they called the Philadelphia Police bomb squad to investigate. The bomb squad analyzed the object in question and determined it was safe. Residents were allowed back into the building around 5:35 p.m. Some students who were in the building during the evacuation were more panicked over their work than the bomb threat. “I was pissed because I


have a midterm tomorrow,” Engineering freshman Varun Venkatesh said. He and several friends took shelter at the Urban Outfitters at 36th and Sansom streets during the evacuation. He exited the college house through a fire exit after his residential advisor advised him to leave. From the second floor of the store, he was able to see several firemen, policemen, a couple of fire trucks and an ambulance. City News Editor Harry Cooperman contributed reporting.

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A person who was at the scene at Kings Court English College House on Sunday snapped this photo of the trouble-making probable science project which caused the evacuation of the dorm.

Challenge in court may be hard to win LIQUOR from page 1 For Law School Senior Fellow David Rudovsky, a practicing attorney, such a detention would be unconstitutional under the Mistler decision. “Mistler says you can’t make a generalized notion that if we see 50 kids in the fraternity house, we’ll hold every one of them until they produce ID,” Rudovsky said. “That’s not individualized suspicion.” In response, Steele argued that BLCE officers may hold individuals who they believe are violating liquor laws as

After receiving reports of a suspicious package in front of Kings Court English House, Penn Police blocked off the area between Chestnut and Walnut and 34th and 36th streets.

part of an “investigatory detention,” which requires less evidence for legality than a formal detention. Then, Steele said, officers can gather additional information and decide whether to issue a citation or make an arrest. Law School professor Kermit Roosevelt said stopping a party to ID everyone could constitute such a legal investigatory stop, and officers could then identify individuals to be reasonably searched or detained further. Rudovsky, however, said that the Mistler decision rejected the “investigatory detention” justification for holding all partygoers for further investigation. Stopping a full room of individuals to check each attendee’s ID would amount to a constitutional detention, he said, and would therefore require

individualized suspicion. Steele acknowledged that cited individuals may plead not guilty and argue their case in court, and that the judge’s decision may be framed by existing case law on the issue of underage drinking. “I am sure there are numerous case laws on underage drinking arrests in Pennsylvania,” he said. “I do not have them off hand. Many defendants plead not guilty arguing many different facts, [and] ultimately the judge will make the decision in those matters.” After last year’s citations, The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with a cited student who said that he was not “obser ved possessing and /or consuming” alcohol, as his citation indicated. Both Roosevelt and Rudovsky said that such a claim

would be challenging to support in court, since a cited individual would have to argue that the officer made a false statement on the citation. “It would be hard to show that that observation didn’t take place,” Roosevelt said. Rudovsk y added that the claim could turn into a credibility claim against a police officer. In a February interview, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said that the Division of Public Safety and the BLCE are not looking for small parties, but large ones that are overflowing into the street or generating noise complaints from neighbors. “The reality is no one is trying to see how many kids can be cited,” Rush said. “That’s not our mission. Our mission is to keep everybody safe. And the reality is some

SP2 held grief counseling after service family that her death was a suicide. A n ema i l sent to SP 2 s t u d e nt s o n Ja nu a r y 1 5 infor med them of Wiley ’s d e at h a nd t h at t he Un i versity would be holding a memorial ser vice for her. The email did not mention her cause of death at the time, out of respect for her family. At the memorial service, SP2 Dean of Students Lina H a r tocol l is re ad a loud a letter from Wiley’s mother. Dean of SP2 Richard Gelles, who declined to identify the student, said that the letter “detailed the circumstances” surrounding the student’s death. After the memorial service, Gelles said that SP2 “set up a grief counseling with one of our clinical fac-

ulty and two of our clinical staff.” A second email sent by Hartocollis to SP2 faculty said that after the memorial, “we followed the family ’s wishes and talked candidly about the cause of death, which was suicide.” H a r t ocol l is’ ema i l a lso said that if faculty thought students were distressed, they should use their judgment in “checking-in with ind iv idual students, raising the issue in class and/ or referring students to me or to Jennifer Jones,” the associate dean of student services. The University declined to comment further than what was contained in Hartocollis’ email. G el les sa id t hat it was “ d e v a s t at i n g ” w h e n t h e school first learned of the student’s death. “The first reaction [was] shock,” he said. “The second reaction [was] what could I have done” to prevent what happened, he added. S t a f f w r i t e r s Me l i s s a Lawford and Cosette Gastelu contributed reporting.

of these off-campus houses were posing a safety hazard to many students.” The state police has indicated a desire to step up enforcement on university campuses over the past year. “[The BLCE] really has a blanket authority throughout Pennsylvania to do anything they want,” Rush said about the BLCE’s decision to target Penn. Some students have expressed concern that the increased enforcement could have unintended consequences, especially on Fling weekend. “People who were going to drink are going to drink,” said a student organizer, who wished to remain anonymous. “They can’t attack underage drinking as a whole. That’s totally unrealistic. The only thing it does is make people who are underage binge

drink.” The student also attributed the decrease in hospitalizations and other incidents at last year’s Fling — which DPS has pointed to as a benefit of the presence of the BLCE — to disappointment with the concert and to Friday’s subpar weather. Though Steele declined to comment on specific plans for this year’s Fling — other than indicating that the state police anticipates working with Penn Police — he said that the BLCE has “an open invitation for enforcement,” and that it may bring uniformed and undercover officers, as it did last year. Since last year’s Fling, the BLCE has been on campus in a more limited capacity, most recently citing seven individuals at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter house on Jan. 23.

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New dean for natural sciences Gladney will oversee seven science and math academic departments

LARRY GLADNEY Incoming Associate Dean of Natural Sciences

BY LAURA ANTHONY Deputy News Editor After six years, the title of Associate Dean of Natural Sciences is being passed on to Larry Gladney, the current chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. As associate dean, Gladney will oversee the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Linguistics and Psychology departments, in addition to a number of research centers. Gladney is also the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and a professor of education in the Graduate School of Education. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Steven Fluharty announced the new appointment early last week, and Gladney will take over his new position starting July 1. The initial appointment is for a three-year

term, but many have served multiple terms, Fluharty said in an email. Gladney is succeeding Richard Schultz, the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of Biology. “This is a very important time for the Natural Sciences in Penn Arts and Sciences, and Larry’s vision, energy and leadership will be essential for our continued success,” Fluharty said. “I am confident he will navigate us through a difficult federal funding climate and strengthen our collaborations within SAS and across the University.” Schultz said that Gladney immediately came to his mind as a potential successor because of his talents and previous experience. “A chair is a very obvious person to do [this job] because they’re having to deal with the issues that associate deans have

to deal with on a smaller scale,” he said. Gladney said that his responsibilities will focus around coordinating the resources for the individual departments, advising the University on emerging trends in the natural science fields and “[lowering] the barriers for the cross-disciplinary interactions.” “You can’t have interdisciplinary research if you don’t have the foundations very solid,” he said. Schultz added that the natural sciences in particular need a lot of support in terms of infrastructure, like laboratory facilities, equipment, supplies for experiments and funding for postdoctoral research. More specifically, Gladney intends to continue the strategy of “cluster hires,” which looks for “scholars who don’t have a particular perfect niche within any one department, but who have research that is of interest to several different departments,” he said. This technique makes it easier to facilitate interdisciplinary research in areas like evolution or energy.


He also plans to find ways to help faculty incorporate their own research into their classes and wants to focus on more local engagement, particularly in the context of the Penn Compact 2020, a long-term vision for the future of the University. After receiving his doctorate in physics from Stanford University, Gladney came to Penn to start his postdoctoral work in 1985. He has been a full-time professor at the University since 2005. Gladney will continue to teach his academically based community service course, “Community Physics Initiative” in the fall, in which Penn students teach physics to local Philadelphia high school students. He said his teaching schedule for the spring semester is still undetermined. Schultz is confident that Gladney’s skills and understanding of the workings of the institution will make him very successful in his new role. “Going forward, not only are the natural sciences in good hands — I would say they’re in better hands,” he said.

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oday marks the beginning of the voting period for the next year’s Undergraduate Assembly, currently headed by President Abe Sutton and Vice President Gabe Delaney. Over the course of the past week, the DP has spoken individually to the two presidential candidates, College juniors Joyce Kim and Delaney, as well as the two vice presidential candidates, College junior Joshua Chilcote and College sophomore Julie Bittar. We attended last Wednesday’s presidential debate and carefully considered the candidates’ responses. And we have ultimately decided to endorse Delaney for UA president and Chilcote for vice president. The presidential candidates’ platforms and qualifications are similar in many respects. Both highlight men-

tal health issues and better communication with students as priorities; both have had previous experience with communicating with Penn administrators and leading student organizations. That being said, Delaney gave better answers at the debate, offering more tangible goals for which we as a student body can hold him accountable. We are especially impressed by his plan to create individual liaisons between student groups and the UA in order to improve communication. We also believe that his current position as the head of UA Steering will aid in connecting student leaders and administrators. Furthermore, we wholly support Delaney’s commitment to changing the internal structure of the UA, which did not seem to be shared — certainly not to the same extent — by Kim. After the recent

impeachment debacle, it’s clear that something needs to be improved internally, and we believe that Delaney’s plans to empower other UA members through a more horizontal structure will be crucial to making the necessary changes. While deciding who to endorse for vice president, we focused on the primary function of the position: to serve as a liaison between student organizations and the UA. We believe that Chilcote’s experience as the co-chair of a UA steering group, PRISM, has given him necessary insight into the process. Furthermore, we agree that Bittar has impressive qualifications — especially from her work with mental health at Penn and the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition. However, these are projects she can continue to work on and improve outside

of the vice presidential role, and perhaps even to a greater extent without the added responsibilities that would come with being the head of Steering. While we stand by our endorsements, we want to encourage the entire student body to read the candidates’ statements. This is truly our time to make our opinions about the UA — whether positive or negative — heard and to create tangible forward momentum in the relationship between the UA and the student body. Finally, regardless of who is elected, we hope that we will see changes in the structure of the UA and better communication with the student body and representation of student interests. After all, if student attitudes toward the UA don’t change, who’s sitting on top next year may not matter very much at all.

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hat does the UA do? The UA has three charges: funding, services and advocacy. We allocate a $2.1 million budget, run airport shuttles, legal and online services and advocate for student and student group issues to improve campus life for undergraduates. With that in mind, the two of us set out to figure out the five largest issues facing Penn students. Those are: mental wellness, international integration, student expression, financial aid and sexual violence awareness and prevention. In terms of mental wellness, we want to see CAPS integrated into the College House system through RAs and GAs, as well as connected to the Greek system through CAPS liaisons in individual chapters for a proactive approach to mental health. We’ve been working with 12 different resource centers to create a mental wellness resource guide so that students know where to go for support. For international integration, we have been working on finding a space on campus for international students — something Joyce has been working on for months now — by authoring a concept paper with the Assembly of International

Students in order to bring up the issue in a researched manner.


At the end of the day, this isn’t about House of Cards politics. People aren’t pawns, they’re people.” Something that Josh has been very involved in is increasing the role student groups are able to play on campus. Having pushed for the new interfaith center and Chaplain’s Office, the new focus is on expanding the alternative funds, such as Sy nerg y Committee, Faith Fund and T-Change, so that, like the admissions brochures guarantee us, we can make the Penn experience uniquely ours. On financial aid, both of us have been working through minority groups and the UA to try and increase the student voice at SFS. By creating an advisory board for financial aid, SFS can better understand how their policies are actually implemented and affect all students. Joyce has been working with student groups like


ASAP and 1 in 4 on the creation of sexual violence modules that would be taken in the weeks before students come to Penn, much like the current alcohol module, in order to familiarize students with the resources, policy and support networks available to victims. These are all issues that we are passionate about and have worked on extensively this past year with the relevant student groups. At the end of the day, this isn’t about House of Cards politics. People aren’t pawns, they ’re people. I mean, c’mon, it’s college student government. We want to represent students for all parts of Penn: Greek life, cultural groups, athletics, performing arts groups and more. We’re willing to listen to your needs and do whatever it takes to work for you. We want to continue to deliver on the promises we’ve made throughout the past three years. We’d really appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us or visit our website: Thank you! J(oyce) + J(osh) for UA! JOYCE KIM AND JOSHUA CHILCOTE are a College juniors running for UA president and vice president, respectively. Their platform can be found at

The essential question we have received in this campaign has been: How would you change the Undergraduate Assembly such that it is more accessible, visible and ultimately responsive to the needs of Penn undergraduates? Let’s be honest, many students don’t feel the relevance of the UA in their day-to-day experiences even though its actions do directly impact them. Some of this is due to the fact that we’re at Penn and everyone is off doing a million different things, but a lot of the reason for it also falls on the lack of engagement that the Undergraduate Assembly has with typical Penn students. This is why when we promote the “Gabe Delaney and Julie Bittar Campaign for UA President and Vice President,” we make a point of saying that we want to take the UA in a fundamentally new direction. In terms of UA Engagement, there are two main points: First, we want to establish a UA liaison system such that every UA member is delegated (but not restricted to) the responsibility of representing a student umbrella organization, such as POCO or the Latino Coalition, within the UA. Second, the UA would host Town Hall Meetings once per semester open to the entire undergraduate community, where students can engage with UA members in an informal setting, as well

as provide an online petition platform on our website to take students’ suggestions whenever they feel comfortable sharing them. In terms of UA Culture, we are going to work on improv-


We make a point of saying that we want to take the UA in a fundamentally new direction.” ing the bonds of the members within the UA and the other student government branches, like the Classboards, SPEC, NEC, SCUE and SAC, so that we may internally improve the nature of how we operate and thereby better project our energy toward helping student groups instead of ourselves. The UA will be publishing bimonthly progress reports to the student body on each of the projects being worked on within the body. We feel that tracking our progress will not only make the organization more transparent, but also more effective. And most importantly, in terms of UA Advocacy — the actual initiatives the UA will be taking on this year — there are six essential deliver y points: 1. Improving the mental



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wellness of Penn students in a combined effort with the Penn administration, the College House system, the Greek community and student groups 2. Enhancing the degree to which international and transfer students are integrated within Penn’s campus 3. Securing that Penn is a safe space for political and religious expression no matter the ideology or the faith 4. Expanding the resources afforded to the Latin American and Latino Studies and Asian American Studies programs at Penn 5. Ensuring that the University is meeting its goals to hire more diverse faculty and staff as stated in the Diversity Action Plan of 2011-12 6. Working with admins to acquire University funding for (at least some part of) “Hey Day,” a major Penn tradition that costs students significant cash

These are the stakes. This is what we want to change. Our interests — our voices — are yours. We humbly ask you to vote for Gabe Delaney and Julie Bittar for UA President and Vice President. Gabe Delaney and Julie Bittar are a College junior and sophomore running for UA president and vice

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University monitors Drexel Meningitis

A Drexel student died from bacterial Meningitis on March 10 BY LAUREN FEINER Staff Writer






Drexel University sophomore Stephanie Ross died on March 10 due to infection by serogroup B meningitis, the same strain of bacterial meningitis responsible for the fall 2013 Princeton University outbreak of the disease, CBS Philly reported. The University says it is “monitoring the situation closely,” Executive Director of Penn SHS Evelyn Wiener and Penn Director of Campus Health Initiatives Sharon McMullen wrote in an emailed statement in response to questions from The Daily Pennsylvanian. In case of an outbreak, current Penn protocols call for identifying the population at risk of contraction and notifying administrators and affected individuals of the risk, they wrote. SHS also works with the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Wiener and McMullen also stressed that this single case of meningitis does not constitute an outbreak and is considered an isolated event. This occurrence should not alter students’ activities, as “the CDC does not recommend limiting social interactions or travel,” and “while meningococcal infections are very serious, meningococcus is not particularly contagious,” they wrote. Meningitis is caused by bacteria that damage the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include stiff neck, fever, headache, vomiting and confusion. The disease is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions such as sharing cups

or kissing, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , but not through casual contact. A week before she exhibited symptoms, Ross was in contact with Princeton students who were visiting Drexel. These students could have been carriers of the disease. Wiener and McMullen suggested that students should protect themselves by washing hands and avoiding shared cups, utensils or cigarettes, they added. Penn also requires all students under the age of 21 in campus housing to receive a conjugate vaccine that covers four different strains of the disease, but not serogroup B. No licensed vaccine that protects against this strain of the disease is available in the United States. Princeton offered an unlicensed vaccine to students who lived on campus after the campus outbreak. Drexel provided students who may have been at risk of exposure with prophylactic antibiotics to protect against the infection, the Drexel said in an official media statement. Penn has also experienced cases of meningitis in its recent history. In 2009, three students were diagnosed with the disease, and a fourth student contracted it several weeks later in an unrelated case. “Meningococcal infection is relatively rare. About twenty years ago, there were about 5,000 cases per year in the US. That rate has been declining since in late 1990’s, with fewer than 1,000 cases per year,” Wiener and McMullen said in the email. They noted that the number of cases of meningitis on Penn’s campus is not unusual for a school of its size. In the 2009 case, the school suspended University and student-sponsored social events that would bring students in



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close contact, especially over food and drinks, for the upcoming weekend. The infected students were thought to have come into contact with each other at a Greek event. SHS offered prophylactic treatment to any student who had attended a Greek event or had extended contact with a person who had attended a Greek event since two weeks prior to the diagnosis of the disease in these three students.



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Strictly Funk, a fusion dance group at Penn, performed at sold-out shows this weekend under the backdrop of the popular murder mystery game Clue.


Three is a crowd, six is a date

Student-led startup Mixter curates groups for social meetups BY BOOKYUNG JO Staff Writer

Group dating is coming to Philadelphia. Mixter is a startup that matches current undergraduate and graduate students for blind date-like social gatherings. Three men and three women compose the group on a typical Mixter date. The company’s website,, was launched in January by Wharton MBA students Lawrence Cole, Joel Englander and Matt Cantatore and Engineering sophomore Fabio Fleita. In order to take part in Mixter, one person needs to sign up and form a group of three people. After selecting specific preferences — such as “Wharton guys” or “Temple girls” and age — users are contacted by Mixter and are matched with another group. The group’s meet up does not have to be romantic, and a free match is provided if the first one was unsatis-

factory. “Mixter is a social club that tries to ease a lot of pain in meeting new people,” Cole said. “It takes away some of the anxiety and risk of first date since it’s not necessarily a date.” Mixter charges $10 per person for the matching process to fund its operations. Englander said that Mixter’s founders set the price because college students are “a demographic that may feel some financial constraint.” The founders focused on college students because they thought they were an underserved market. A large number of college students cannot use existing online dating sites, according to the founders, because of alcoholbased age restrictions. Mixter uses both an algorithm and a manual process to match groups. “We think it is really important to have human eye and human common sense,” Englander said, emphasizing Mixter’s human element as a differentiating factor from other blind date sites. Undergraduate and graduate users are tracked sep-


a rately, but still a llowed interaction if they request it. For example, Mixter would match 24-year-old medical students with undergraduate seniors, based on indicated preference. “I think there is a desire from college students to meet other people that are at the same place in their life but may be outside of [their] insular community,” Englander said. Cole added that socializing can be “inorganic” on college campuses. Mixter, which was developed accord ing to methodolog y by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank , has drawn a lot of users and positive feedback. The company hopes to create a longterm relationship with its users by growing its services as current users age. T he compa ny c u r r ent ly ser ves students in the Philadelphia region, but it is planning to expand both geographically — its second target city is Boston — and demographically. Members of the LGBT population have already requested the company’s services.

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FIFTY YEARS AT THE VANGUARD OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Institute of Contemporary Art on 36th and Sansom streets is celebrating fifty years of provocative and controversial art installations. On February 12, ICA started a series of micro-exhibitions called ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Public Since 1963, which focuses on up-and coming-artists. The Daily Pennsylvanian takes a look back at some of the most iconic exhibits in the Institute's history. Andy Warhol Exhibit, 1965 Then director Sam Green used his personal connection to Andy Warhol stage Warhol's formal debut to the art world. The opening, which attracted more than 700 people, is remembered as a logistical disaster. As Warhol's first solo museum show, the exhibit launched Warhol's career. Machineworks, Vito Acconci, Alice Aycock, Dennis Oppenheim, 1981 The original idea for the Machineworks exhibit was an exploration of artists and cars, but as the project developed, it became a show about machines.

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Agnes Martin, 1977 Suzanne Delehanty curated Agnes Martin's first solo museum exhibition at the ICA. The retrospective exhibit was monumental in shaping Martin's reputation Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, 1988 Robert Mapplethorpe's The Perfect Moment was a photographic exhibit that included images of urophagia, BDSM and other provocative images. The exhibit sparked controversy with many embers of Congress who questioned the funding of such graphic sexual imagery by the National Endowments for the Arts.

Rudi Geinrich, Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion, 2001 The ICA paid tribute to forward-thinking, renegade fashion designer Rudi Geinrich in 2001 with the Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion exhibit. Geinrich's innovative work influenced both the fashion world and pop culture.

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Clyfford Still, 1963 The ICA's first show in 1963 showcased the work of Clyfford Still, one of the leaders of Abstract Expressionism. From 1952-1959, Still denied all public exhibitions.

Jason Rhoads, Four Roads 2013 The Four Roads exhibit was one of the ICA's most ambitious projects — the exhibit occupied the entire space. Although Rhoads, who died in 2006, was an American artist, the ICA was the first major American museum to display his work. Graphic by Peter Waggonner


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When was the last time you voted in a UA election and actually felt like the vote you were making meant something? Make no mistake. This election is about choosing what type of student government you want to see moving forward—is it a UA that promises little change from the norm, or is it one that actively engages students through town halls; one that has the experience and the courage necessary to effectively fight for improved mental health resources and awareness throughout campus; one that confronts the issue of sexual assault head-on; and, one that makes the UA work for you instead of for itself. Courage—not complacency is our greatest need—leadership, not salesmanship. Demand relevance. Demand action. Demand advocacy. Demand Delaney Bittar 2014!

Undergraduate Assembly (UA) Vice President All full-time students can vote. Vote for 1.

1) Julie Bittar

Hi! I’m Julie Bittar, and I want to be your Vice President! These past two years, I have had invaluable experiences on the body, where I have been able to carry out great projects for our peers, such as launching the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition and work on developing a Penn Marketplace. The UA is a body made for Penn Students and by Penn students, while I have observed our progress, I still believe there are areas in which we can improve upon. My goal as VP would be to increase the transparency of the body, create an environment responsive and receptive to student needs and help make Penn the best place it can be! It would be a privilege to represent you next year, so please vote and help me bring sugar, spice and everything as Vice (Pres)!

2) Josh Chilcote

I’m running with Joyce Kim to better express student concerns to administrators. That seems simple enough, but too often the UA gets caught up in internal politics and personal ambition. I will bring a genuine interest in student opinion to the UA-listening to you more than talking. Joyce and I will bridge the gap between administrators and students by encouraging dialogue through new advisory boards, steering discussions, and the incorporation of student groups into meetings with administrators. We’ve identified five target areas where the administration has become disconnected with student concerns. These will serve as our priorities for next year: mental wellness, financial aid, international integration, student group expression, and sexual violence prevention. As UA Speaker and PRISM Co-Chair, I have the institutional knowledge and a non-Student Government perspective on issues that we all face. Let’s start Reconnecting Penn. Vote J(oyce) & J(osh) for UA! For more information, visit

Undergraduate Assembly (UA) SAS Representative All full-time students can vote. Vote for up to 16.

1) Natalie Hernandez

Hello College Students! My name is Natalie Hernandez and I hope to be your representative on the Undergraduate Assembly. My goal is to give College students a voice to the administrators at Penn. What do you want to see changed? I am always open to new ideas. For me, Penn is about diversity, whether it is diversity of background, thought, or interests. I come from a diverse background, having lived in the Latin, Caribbean, and Asian culture. I am in the Integrated Studies Program in The College. My specific interests are in Psychology and Political Science. As an incumbent to the UA, I have helped organize the Alcohol Symposium and lead a discussion on the way students are elected onto the UA. If elected, I hope to make the UA more transparent and more of a community. Please remember to Vote for Natalie!

2) Jane Meyer

Serving as Communications Director of the UA this past year has been extremely rewarding. In my role, I have gained a deeper understanding of how to navigate the University system to get things done and what projects are most important to the student body. I am seeking re-election as a UA College Representative so I can take my past experiences and use them to become an even more effective member of the Undergraduate Assembly. I will pursue projects that directly impact student life on campus, including working to increase funding for student groups and making it easier for you to express your problems and ideas to UA members. I am ready and eager to serve YOU for another year! Remember, Go Higher With Meyer!

3) Eric Tepper

I will work on improving life for students in many different aspect, from academics, to housing, to social. I will work for measurable actions without silly politics. I have already worked with the student government on getting more space for social events near where students live and have met with administrators on a number of different occasions on behalf of student initiatives. I support mental health and a less-stressful environment for all students. I will do serious work for serious goals for all of you! Thank you and I wish you the best of luck to you in your studies and my fellow candidates the best of luck in the race. Take a step. Vote for Eric Tepp!

4) Andrew J. Roberston

As a UA member the last year, my primary accomplishments have been in the field of Penn Dining. I served as the UA liaison to the Dining Hall Advisory Board and have led DHAB as its head for spring semester. Aside from serving in an advisory capacity to both DHAB as a student representative to Bon Apetit, and to the UA as a representative of Penn Dining, I have also completed a survey on Penn’s dining facilities as well as made strides in improving the display of nutrition facts in Penn’s all-you-can-eat dining facilities. I hope to continue my work Penn Dining as well as make strides in other important areas, including UA culture and communications. The UA is not a political body, but is a student representative organization, and it is appalling how some past UA members have often not been able to realize this distinction.

5) Kendall Finlay

Hello! I am Kendall Finlay and I am your candidate for UA Representative. It is no secret that this winter has been a difficult one for many Penn students. To this day we continue to battle several issues, from mental health to misunderstandings about race and class to even the near impeachment of our own

7) Amanda Acosta-Ruiz

Hi everyone! My name’s Amanda and I’m running for SAS Rep. In my past years at Penn, I’ve gotten involved in various micro-communities on campus. Being a latina significantly involved in the international community on campus, I aim to better integrate and involve the minority communities into the Penn student life through this position. Through my work with the Assembly of International Students (AIS), I’ve already been involved in discussions for potential collaborations between AIS and UA. Some of these include an event during International Student Orientation that will encourage international freshmen students to take part in Penn’s Student Government from the start, or a buddy system to pair international and domestic students in a mutually beneficial way. I look forward to using my experiences with the various communities on campus to collaborate with UA members on these issues, in addition to issues that pertain to the general student body.

8) Josh Chilcote

I’m running to better express student concerns to administrators. That seems simple enough, but too often the UA gets caught up in internal politics and personal ambition. I will bring a genuine interest in student opinion to the UA--listening to you more than talking. I want to bridge the gap between administrators and students by encouraging dialogue through new advisory boards, steering discussions, and the incorporation of student groups into meetings with administrators. There are five target areas where the administration has become disconnected with student concerns. These will serve as my priorities for next year: mental wellness, financial aid, international integration, student group expression, and sexual violence prevention. As UA Speaker and PRISM Co-Chair, I have the institutional knowledge and a non-Student Government perspective on issues that we all face. For more information, visit

9) Tunmise Fawole

Hello, my name is Tunmise Fawole, and I am running for Undergraduate Assembly College Representative. Amidst the candidates running, you’re probably wondering what differentiates me from everyone else, and the answer to that is diversity. At a young age, I emigrated from Nigeria to Minnesota. Moving from the Equator to the land of the cold Vikings taught me how to assimilate to and accommodate a new culture. This is what makes me apt to be one of your College Representatives; learning how to adapt to something totally different will allow me to bring a fresh and interesting perspective to the UA, while still representing your fabulous ideas. In the College, there are so many different types of people with wonderful ideas and it is important that they are adequately represented and advocated for on the UA. Thanks and remember: Vote Tunmise (Too-mi-shay) for the UA!

10) Ray Clark

Hello Quakers! My name is Ray Clark and my vision for Penn starts with: strengthened budget planning, improved West Philadelphia relations, and energy sustainability. We need to be wise with our assets, so I’d back a comprehensive budget review to assess efficient allocations for all student groups to adequately support their individual endeavors. As West Philadelphians we need to engage. I look forward to continuing my work with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships to expand support for ABCS courses and service learning opportunities. The campus is ours to take care of for years to come and an eco-friendly atmosphere is necessary to do so. I plan to support SSAP and fight for a cleaner and greener campus. These are my goals, but I need your input to make this work. With that said, thanks for reading my message and I hope you stand with Ray Clark come Election Day!

11) Joyce Kim

Having served as UA Social Justice Committee Director, UA Secretary, and Chair of the United Minorities Council, I have the diversity of experiences necessary to make the UA more relevant. My priorities include: 1) Mental Wellness- a proactive approach to building a supportive community for all through engaging college houses, faculty, and support centers. 2) Financial Aid- partner with student groups so all can benefit from the no-loan policy through a SFS student advisory board. 3) Sexual Violence Awareness- collaborate with ASAP and 1 in 4 to implement NSO sessions on sexual violence 4) Student Group Expression- expand funding for the faith fund, political synergy fund, and T-Change 5) International integration- support AIS to better integrate international students. With a track record of proven results during these past three years, I will continue to work for groups and individuals to make Penn reconnected.

12) Maddie Gee

Hi, I’m Maddie Gee and I want you to re-elect me as your UA SAS Rep! My promise to you--has been and still is--to be your outspoken leader who can make your ideas heard. Penn is a community whose student body is constantly bubbling with ideas, and you can count on me to bring your suggestions to the top of the administration’s “To Do list.” We have so many ideas and opinions, but our thoughts are worthless if they aren’t shared. Together with your participation and my voice, we can effect change. The endless enthusiasm and infinite dedication I will bring to the UA will make nothing out of bounds and everything within reach. We have the potential to be an integral part of improving student life at Penn, and I hope you see that too. Get ready and get excited, we’ll have another great year. OMG, Re-elect Maddie Gee!

13) Travis Shingledecker

Salutations, SAS students! (I had to take advantage of an opportunity to use alliteration…) My name is Travis Shingledecker, and I am a freshman running for the Undergraduate Assembly as an SAS Representative. This year, I had the pleasure of joining the UA body as an associate member. More specifically, I worked on the Social Justice committee. I got involved in projects ranging from helping the PPA to raise money for typhoon relief in the Philippines to collaborating on mental health awareness initiatives. Whilst Penn is an amazing place for academic and community engagement, there are still improvements that could be made. Having been exposed to the ways in which this body functions, I am prepared to represent, work with, and, most importantly, advocate for you! However, I need your support first. VOTE for SHINGLEDECKER and together we can build our future–one shingle at a time.

14) Robyn Saad

Hey Everyone! This past semester as an associate member of the UA, I learned a lot about the process of completing a project for the student body’s benefit. I am currently working on adding a handrail on the 38th street bridge so we stop slipping during these wet winters, and figuring out a meal equivalency option at Houston Hall. I believe that it is important to have an open line of communication with everyone and so I worked on increasing the UA’s media presence on Facebook. I am also working on increasing awareness of Penn’s free services with the Communications Director, Jane Meyer. I hope to continue the current projects I’m working on and take more of your suggestions about

Commons, and everywhere else Penn students eat. Re-elect me, and that will happen. Allow me to finish what I started. Vote KAT MCKAY FOR UA: I have the energy, drive, and ideas to help make Penn the best it can be!

16) Michael Karam

Hello! I am Michael Karam, a freshman in the College studying International Relations and Economics. I want to represent you in the Undergraduate Assembly in order to better foster a community at Penn. I will pursue this goal by increasing communication between the UA and the general student body, cultivating international student presence on campus (I’m from Lebanon!), and increasing cultural and health awareness among Penn students. In addition, I will continue to pursue student needs as the UA has done in the past and make sure that you know what the UA is doing for you. I would love your support in helping make Penn home for all of us and look forward to working for YOUR needs!

17) Gabe Delaney

18) Daniel Kahana

Over the past year, I have worked on many projects through the UA. One of these has been creating the UA Updates video report series that gives students an insider look on what the UA has been working on. This initiative is part of my goal to foster more transparency between the UA and the student body. There is a stigma that the UA does not accomplish anything, but I believe that this comes from the fact that there is no strong medium through which we can demonstrate our accomplishments. My main initiative for this year and the next is focusing on international student integration. I also want to see more dining hours and late night eating options. Furthermore, I would like to see an enhanced dialogue with the college regarding sector requirements. Finally, I think all students should be able to log onto all computers, regardless of their school.

19) Marc Petrine

Hi, I’m Marc, a freshman in the College, and I am running to be your Undergraduate Assembly College Representative. I am running for UA because I have seen a lot of the common issues that regular students care about be disregarded by the University. If I am elected, I plan to address all of these issues in the next year. Some of my main concerns will be fixing general maintenance problems in college houses while also expanding their services, centralizing the study room booking process, and revamping the maze of Penn websites that we students use everyday. Of course, these are just my own ideas, but I want to know what everyone else thinks needs improvement on campus. Please talk to me about any problem that you think needs to be addressed and please consider voting for me so that we can change how student government works on this campus.

20) Taha Tariq

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All full-time students can vote. Vote for up to 4.

1) Henok Abraham

Seeing as you’ll get enough of it I’m going to spare you from the usual campaign rhetoric and cheesy slogans for now. Two major problems I hope to attack are the overwhelming effects of stress and the UA’s disconnect from the student body. There seems to be a stigma behind speaking about struggles, and I want to work on developing an atmosphere where that’s no longer an issue. I plan on lobbying for frequent informal events throughout different dorms to give students a place to discuss the problems they are facing, get to know their class, and take a breather from the stresses of the day. Additionally, I want to create a better communication system between the general student body and UA. There may not be Earth shattering moves made every week, but students have a right to know about what their elected UA reps and execs are working towards.

2) Gabriel Duemichen

Salutations to all the Gentlemen and Ladies at this illustrious institution. To the rest of us: what’s Gucci? My name is Gabriel Duemichen, a sophomore from Miami. Ever since the ripe age of 10th grade I knew I wanted to rule over, I mean, represent my fellow students. And now, as a sophomore once more, I believe the time is opportune to seize pow-, to vocalize student concerns and desires. Having run a successful campaign in highschool, I feel I am prepared to again take on this responsibility. I know a lot of you might feel that the UA has not been able to personally reach you in your time as a student. I’ve certainly felt that way! Which is why I am running. I believe UA’s should be every students friend, supporting and FUN. So now that were officially friends, lets go do something fun together! Vote for me.

3) Adam Warner

Hello everyone. I’m Adam Warner, and I’m a current sophomore studying bioengineering. I’m running for SEAS representative on the Undergraduate Assembly. I’m involved as social chair in Biomedical Engineering Society, and as a member of Theta Tau. I also involved in Penn Fashion Collective as a designer and occasional writer. I’m very invested in the recent push for mental wellness at Penn, but feel strongly that the conversation should remain in the hands of the students and attentive to their needs. I also would like the opportunity to seriously the budgeting issues in both the UA and by extension, SAC, so that we can get back to funding new groups better serve the creativity and drive of students in the Penn community.

4) Lukas Vacek

Hi Everyone! Let’s face it, engineers are awesome, which is why I am running to represent you in the UA. Engineers are generally underrepresented within the Student Government and I wish to change that. As a student from Hong Kong, I also intend to provide a voice to the international community here at Penn. Finally, over the past year I have grown more and more frustrated with the SAC moratorium resulting in bright ideas for clubs being rejected. As a member of the UA, I will strive to see if we can put an end to this, especially by requesting a more public and open SAC budget. My wish is for this moratorium to end. If you see me around, feel free to talk to me and see why my voice can represent you the best!

5) Jacob Henner

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PAGE 8 MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 truly believe that Penn’s UA has the ability to influence great change at the University, and support much needed reform. However, I do not believe the UA has applied these abilities for quite some time. As a representative, my top priority would be increasing the efficacy of the UA. Students deserve quality advocacy of their best interests, advocacy which an ineffective student government cannot provide. If elected, I intend to work towards simplifying the processes surrounding interdisciplinary studies, promoting the transparency of SAC, initiating the creation of a student advocacy office, and increasing the resources available to student-run health organizations. I appreciate your support, and I look forward to having the opportunity to enhance student life here at Penn.

6) Nicolas Minor

Hello UA! My name is Nicolas Minor and I have the prospect of representing the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences through the undergraduate assembly. As the representative, my main goal is stress relief. I want to do everything in my power to make the experience as an engineer as enjoyable as possible, allowing stress outlets tailored to the students. Another of my concerns is ensuring I am both listening to and representing the school voice. Thank you very much for taking the time to listen.

7) Alex George

Dear Fellow Engineers, My name is Alex George and I am a CBE student here in SEAS. For the past six months I have been representing the Penn student body as a member of the Undergraduate Assembly. While a member of the body, I participated in multiple discussions concerning schoolwide issues such as divestment from tobacco companies, the SAC moratorium, and the eternally-infuriating Van Pelt bag checks. Furthermore, I was recently elected by the UA executives to represent SEAS in the Penn University Council, a deliberative body to which I will provide an engineer’s perspective on the many ways that Penn could improve itself. I am well-versed in the workings of the body and have gained strong footing in Penn’s student government. With your vote, I hope to rejoin the UA in the fall and continue representing the best school on campus. Cheers, Alex

Undergraduate Assembly (UA) Wharton Representative

All full-time students can vote. Vote for up to 4.

1) Bill Ding

My name is Bill Ding. Thank you so much for those who supported my last election circle! Last year is a productive year for me. I am running for my reelection as UA Wharton Representative. I hope I could work hard next year to present a better UA image to As an incumbent, I worked a lot on the dining issue, the #1 problem for Penn students. To achieve that, I designed the survey to reexamine problems of different dining halls. Also, I helped the “toggle” plan, which you could purchase your own swipes and dining dollars. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or concern! Thank you your support! I do appreciate it! Building a better Penn with BILLDING!

2) Angela Rice

Hi! My name is Angela Rice and I’m running for the position of UA Wharton Representative. For the past three years, I have been planning events and serving as the Wharton Chair on Class Board. I wanted to branch out and serve the Wharton community as a whole so I joined the Undergraduate Assembly last year. I loved having the opportunity to learn more about the University and the needs of Wharton students. I am confident that I can continue to be a good advocate for all of the Whartonites and make our crazy, stressful lives a little bit easier. If that sounds nice, Vote Rice!

3) Andrew Gegios

Our university needs passionate leaders to continue to make Penn life better for its students. Over the past semester, I’ve worked hard as an Associate Member on the UA to address issues that the student body values. I constantly speak of my work on the UA to see what others think of the issues, so I can voice their opinions in our meetings. There are a few projects I’d like to highlight. I’ve headed an IT initiative aimed at making technology standardized across all schools and brought up-to-date. Additionally, I’m making dual-degree credit requirements easier on students so everyone can pursue multiple passions. Finally, I’ve started several conversations with administrators over mental health and hope to continue productive dialogue and create sustainable solutions throughout this semester. Every time I do work for the UA, I think about what’s best for the university and my track record shows that.

4) Graciela Arana

My fellow Whartonites, my name is Graciela Arana and I am running for Wharton Representative in the UA. As college students, we are constantly coming up with new ideas and initiatives. As your Wharton Representative, I will not only work with current UA initiatives, but I will also make sure that your ideas are heard and that our initiatives are carried out to make your Wharton experience better. I want to be your Wharton Representative because I believe I have the adequate experience, having been part of Student Government, and currently serving in the leadership of Wharton Latino and the IAA, and the necessary skills to best represent you. Those that know me describe me as passionate, positive and hardworking. Most importantly, I am determined to represent you and Wharton in the UA. I want to be your voice, so make the right choice: vote for Graciela for Wharton Rep!

Class of 2015 Class Board — President — Vote for 1

1) Ariel Koren

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, turnout, and commitment to coming together as a strong 2015. Our underclassmen years together have been amazing. We’ve brought old traditions to a whole new level with Skimmer Fest & Econ Scream, we’ve slayed live basilisks at the Harry Potter banquet, showed our 2015 pride with giveaways and apparel, reu-night-ed at Smoke’s, celebrated diversity through HOLI, fostered unity through the Wellness Project, and so much more. And we already have big plans moving forward: the BEST Hey Day ever, a bigger and better SkimmerFest, an epic Feb Club, and more. We are going all out to make our final year one we’ll remember forever. I’m so honored to lead the charge of unifying our amazing class, and I so appreciate your continued support and faith in my passion, energy and diehard dedication as I seek reelection.

— Executive Vice President — Vote for 1

1) Jeff Chudakoff

I, Jeff Chudakoff, am proud to announce my candidacy for the position of Executive Vice-President of the 2015 Class Board. At this time next year, we will all be eagerly awaiting graduation. I, just like all of you, love this university and the campus culture, and I am incredibly excited to help make our last year the best of them all. I am eager to help facilitate an even better, more unified culture for our class. As Executive Vice-President, I seek to enrich the already beloved traditions of Penn with a profound Class of 2015 spirit. I will also pursue even greater interaction with alumni, opening countless opportunities for growth as we transition into the working world. I am eager to bring us all together and have many exciting ideas of my own to offer. So remember, start the year off, with a vote for Jeff CHUDAKOFF!

— VP Finances — Vote for 1

1) Patrick del Valle

A rhyming haiku: Oh please vote for me / I manage class board’s money / Besos, PDV

— SAS Class Chair — Vote for up to 2.

1) Bharat Ganju

As your 3-year running SAS Class Chair, I have been actively involved with the planning and coordination of events starting from our freshman year Econ Scream, Sophomore year Holi and Distrito Event, to our Classic Penn 15 Ivy Sweatshirts and Reu-NIGHT at Smokes! Born in Abu Dhabi, I lived both there until I was ten. In 2005, I began attending a boarding school in India, where I was elected School Prefect. Here at Penn, I am majoring in Mathematical Economics. Representing 1500 students has been an honor and a great privilege, and if re-elected as SAS Class Chair, I believe that I would be able to complete four whole years on Class Board by continuing to effectively represent the College on the Class Board. Through understanding your opinions and proposals and ensuring that they are realized, I will make your voice heard. Vote Bharat! IT’S BARACK WITH A ‘T’


2) Jake Meiner

I, Jake Meiner, am proud to be running for re-election for College of Arts and Sciences Chair for the 2015 Class Board. These past three years, I have been honored to serve as a member of your Class Board, helping to bring you great events such as the 2015 Classic Ivy Sweater Sale, Reu-NIGHT at Smoke’s, and a number of fantastic events the year before that. I strive to engaging create a sense of unity among our incredible class by providing and organizing programming for all of us to take part in. If re-elected as, I will continue to foster meaningful relationships and interactions between the students of Penn’s largest undergraduate school as we head into our final year as undergrads. I have extensive experience as a leader and community organizer, and I am excited to harness that experience and energy for another year as your 2015 College Chair.

— SEAS Class Chair — Vote for 1

1) Shaun Ayrton

My name is Shaun Ayrton and I have been honored to represent you, my fellow engineers on Class Board. I hope that you enjoyed Holi, Reu-Night at Smokey Joe’s and the Classic Ivy Sweaters. I am dedicated to making our senior year the best one yet, from moment we joyfully march down locust walk carrying our canes and straw hats on Hey Day, to wreaking havoc in Atlantic city during Feb Club! I am approachable, determined and perpetually optimistic. If I am re-elected, the entire class makes Class Board too. This is about our fascinating journey in making a difference. I have a reputation for getting things done. What I say is what I do. If you have a great idea, I promise that it will be realized. Together, we are creating the future of engineering at Penn. Together, we can accomplish anything.

— Wharton Class Chair — Vote for 1 1) Angela Rice

Hi! I’m Angela Rice and I’m running for reelection for Wharton Chair of the class of 2015. If there is one thing I learned from my three years as Wharton Chair it is that Whartonites really do work hard and play hard! For senior year we have to put a lot more emphasis on the latter part of that phrase so I’m committed to creating events that help us have fun before we leave and enter the real world. Our Class Board has not only maintained traditions but also started new ones. We began the year with Skimmer Fest, brought you the coveted Penn Sweaters, and helped you get back into the swing of second semester with a night at Smokes. The first three years have been great and I’m committed to making sure we finish strong with a fabulous senior year. If this sounds nice, vote Rice!

— Nursing Class Chair — Vote for 1

1) Nick Giordano

Class of 2016 Class Board — President — Vote for 1

1) Jesus Perez

Hey, sophomores. It’s Jesús! As your current class president, I’m so excited to continue to bring you the class events that result in lasting memories, especially for next year!!! We’ve almost reached the halfway point of our Penn lives - but that’s not stopping us. It’s time for junior year, and we’ve got big plans. We’re already working on making Hey Day better and bigger than ever: we will be the 100th class to experience this iconic Penn tradition!!! Next year, you should look forward to this, the Classic Ivy “P” Sweaters, events at Smokes, and much, much more. We’ve survived the sophomore slump, and we’ve made our presence known as Penn’s freshest, finest and all-around best class! I can’t wait to continue our journey to 2016 together. As always, feel free to shoot me an email at with any questions or ideas! #AskJesus

— Executive Vice President — Vote for 1

1) Allie Cohen

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Executive Vice President our first year at Penn. Together as a Class Board we have achieved so much. From Econ Scream, Cram ‘N Jam, NSOver Again, homecoming tree planting and more, we’ve created a lot of memories... and more importantly given out a LOT of free food. Class Board has so much more in store for the future and I would love to continue serving you all as Executive Vice President for the 2013-2014 school year.

2) Max Levy

We’ve had an amazing first year as Class Board. From Econ Scream to NSOver Again, we’ve definitely come a long way. As your Executive Vice President for the past year, I’ve been involved in different parts of each event: coordinating logistics of the Dodgeball Tournament, bringing in masseuses for Cram n Jam, getting $5 Mask and Wig tickets, and rocking the Facebook page. I want to keep providing incredible experiences for our class, and I want to do even better than we’ve done this year. While pre-established events take up a lot of the schedule, we can add more. I want to hold a multicultural event, celebrating the diversity on campus. I want to make our social media more interactive, really engaging as many people as possible. And I’ve got more ideas, they just don’t fit the word limit. So remember: Don’t be sleazy, vote Max Levy (again)!

— VP External Affairs — Vote for 1

1) Tim Mason

Hey Penn ’16! I’m Tim Mason and I’m running for re-election as your VP of External Affairs. We’ve had a great year thus far, and I want to help make next year even better! The rest of Class Board and I have worked passionately to make sure your sophomore year is filled with great memories shared amongst the entire class. It’s been a pleasure to get to know so many of you these past two years, and to be able to serve you. I’m asking for your vote to re-elect me as VP of External Affairs so I can continue to work on behalf of you! I will make your voice heard and strive to continue to shape our dynamic class!

— VP Internal Affairs — Vote for 1

1) Alexis Ziebelman

Hey Class of 2016! I’m Alexis Ziebelman, your current VP of Internal Affairs. I have so enjoyed being on your Class Board for the past two years, from planning Econ Scream to Skimmerfest to Holi, to all of the events we are gearing up for in the future. I am extremely spirited and passionate about leading our class! I love planning big events that not only build community, but are also incredibly fun, and that is exactly what we have been doing on Class Board. I have had the honor of serving you for the past two years and ask you to give me the chance to do it again! We still have two amazing years left, let’s make them the best that they can be. As I like to say, enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm, so let me bring my energy to our class – reelect Alexis Z. for Internal VP!

— VP Finances — Vote for 1

1) Maddie Gee

Hi, I’m Maddie Gee and I want you to re-elect me to Class Board, as your VP of Finance. I’ve had a great time helping to plan new ways to celebrate all while maintaining the traditions that made us fall in love with Penn. My promise to you --has been and still is -- to help make great memories among great friends and great food. As VP Finance, I expect nothing less than to give you the most free apparel possible, the biggest bang for your buck, and to continue making memories that will get you reminiscing at our 25th reunion with the friends you made during NSO. The endless enthusiasm and dedication I have brought to Class Board this year, and will bring next year, will make nothing out of bounds and everything within reach. Get ready and get excited, we’ll have another great year. OMG, Re-elect Maddie Gee!

— SAS Class Chair — Vote for up to 2.

1) Cathryn Peirce

HEY 2016 COLLEGE! Ready for round 3?! Somehow, it’s already time to start thinking about our Junior year at Penn, and I promise the fun is just getting started! I’ve served as your College Chair since our Freshman year, and I would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to continue serving our class. Junior year has a lot in store for us, and I want to work to ensure

that Class Board continues to bring you incredible events, fun giveaways, and meaningful memories that will last a lifetime. DO IT AGAIN PENN! BE FIERCE AND STICK WITH PEIRCE. Cat Peirce for College Chair.

2) Nikki Moorer — SEAS Class Chair — Vote for 1

1) Gabriel Duemichen

Hello, my name is Gabriel Duemichen and a sophomore from Miami. Unfortunately, also being a candidate for the UA, I’ve exhausted my daily production of humor and friendliness in my statement for that (recap: I want to be your friend: be supportive but also have fun with you). So now, um, how about that airline

food?? But seriously, I know our time as an engineer can be incredibly busy and intense sometimes. But it’s okay because one day we’ll be changing the world and buying mansions in the Caribbean. Which is why I want to help by taking some of the stress away. Whether it’s by talking to teachers to help tailor classes to your needs as students, doing something fun together to forget about that 8 page problem set due next week, or even help you in your pre-professional aspirations, I want to be there for you!

2) Chloé le Comte

Hi, my name is Chloé le Comte, and I am running for reelection for Class Board Engineering Chair 2016. For the past two years, I have really enjoyed being on Class Board and getting to know my Class Board family. Thus far, Class Board has been a great outlet for me to be creative and think in different ways than from how I think in my engineering classes. Organization and collaboration are two skills I am always working on, and these are two key elements to working on Class Board as I have found out this year in planning events with my 2016 team. I hope to continue representing my class and working as Engineering Chair 2016 for junior year!

— Wharton Class Chair — Vote for 1

1) Angela Rice

Hi! I’m Angela Rice and I’m running for reelection for Wharton Class Chair of the class of 2015. If there is one thing I have learned from my first two years as Wharton Chair it is that Whartonites really do work hard and play hard! With OCR next year, I foresee that we will be working very hard and am already planning ways for us to unwind and have equal the amount of fun! Our Class Board has not only maintained traditions but has also started new ones. We began the year with Skimmer Fest, brought you the coveted Harry Potter shirts, and just recently had an event with delicious food from Pod. The first two years have been great and I’m committed to making sure the second half of our time at Wharton and Penn is even better than the first half. If this sounds nice, vote Rice!

2) Bill Ding

Hi Class of 2016! My name is Bill Ding and I am running to be your Wharton Chair! Although this is the first time I am running for Class Board, I have a lot of working experience in working in Student Government and I am friends with many of those on Board. I have been working on UA for two years! I hope I could bring this experience to Class Board to organize better events for Class Board. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question! Thank you for your great support! I do appreciate it!Building a better Penn with BILLDING!

3) Samina Hydery

To my favorite Whartonites, Serving as your Wharton Chair for the last two years has been an incredible honor and a humbling experience. From making it home alive after NSO to surviving BEPP 250, it’s crazy to think we are already at the half way point of our time at Penn. Soon, we’ll be OCR-ing like no other and walking down Locust into our senior years for Hey Day. I am proud of the events we have brought to you thus far like NSO-Over Again, Fling giveaways, and Freeze Your Class Off. Get ready for Sophomore Night at Distrito and some surprise giveaways in the future! You have voted for me twice-- a third vote would be nice! We have so much more in store for you--re-elect me for the best year yet. Remember, I work harder so you can play harder! Your Wharton Chair, Samina

— Nursing Class Chair — Vote for 1

1) Ally Lutfi

Hi! I’m Ally Lutfi and I’m running for the position of Class Board 2016’s Nursing Class Chair. I love my nurses; you guys have had my back since Cell Bio and it would be nothing short of a privilege to serve as your representative on Penn Class Board. With our crazy clinical rotation schedules, it’s important that we throw in some fun to remind us what life is like outside of Fagin. If elected, I’m looking forward to celebrating old Penn traditions while remaining open-minded to making new ones. I’m excited to make the Penn Princeton football game one to remember and more importantly, to get us some Penn apparel that will match perfectly with our scrubs. We may be a small group, but sustaining our bond is as essential as proper hand hygiene. I’m here to make it happen. Nurses unite. Please vote!

Class of 2017 Class Board — President — Vote for 1

1) Darren Tomasso

Our class is truly the best class to stroll on Locust walk and I am proud to have served you this year as your Class Board President. I want you to remember: TWERK. *Teamwork: Team up with student groups to bring talents, cultures, and interests to wider audiences. *Wellness: Let’s keep our community strong. *Energy: From our first SCREAM for Econ, Skimmerfest, or our first annual dodgeball tournament, our energy has been contagious. Can’t wait to see us take on Holi and Spring Fling this year! *Revolutionary: Together, let’s break and create traditions. Class board will bring you new groundbreaking events to keep up with our dynamic class. Let’s prove we are the best by taking on sophomore-freshmen competitions. *Kinetic: Once I get moving, I can’t stop, won’t stop. I’ll make sure our class can’t stop, won’t stop either. TOMASSO, LIKE TOBASCO, LET’S CONTINUE TO MAKE THINGS HOT!

2) Izer Martinez

My name is Izer Martinez from Chicago, Illinois and I am running for Class Board President for the Class of 2017. I am determined to make the year fun and change up the routine in students’ every day lives. I want to create an atmosphere where students can get together and simply have fun. I really care about the position because I like to plan activities and allow others to have fun. I promise to listen to the student body to get input that is wanted for activities. When I say I will do something I truly mean it and am a man of my word. I am here to be honest and make the year the best it can be. Vote for me for now and the future.

3) Sara Schuster

Class of 2017! Who would have thought that we would again be voting so quickly, or rather, that Freshman year would have sped by so fast? I have had an incredible time planning events for you, starting with Econ Scream, running through the soon-to-beannual homecoming dodgeball tournament, cuddling with puppies during Cram and Jam, establishing new Wellness Weeks, and now beginning two of Penn’s most favored events: Spring Fling and Holi. Being a part of the planning process to make sure that these events were food-filled, fun, and free has been an entirely new experience for me, and one that has defined my Freshman year. I love hearing about what you guys enjoy, and I love making it happen (while filling it with puppies as often as I can). You voted for me to do these things for you last semester. Keep being selfish, it looks good on you.

— Executive Vice President — Vote for 1

1) Alid Castano

Growing up as a Quadruplet taught me how to let my voice be heard. As Class Board Executive Vice President I will do the same for you. Vote Castano!

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LAZIRI from page 1 the number 17 slot for founding Teach4Morocco, a nongovernmental organization with the mission to improve educational conditions and prospects in Morocco. She f ou nde d t he or ga ni zation as a 20 -yea r - old college student at Al Akhawayn University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Currently 24, Laziri is the youngest woman on the Arabian Business ranking and she is the highest listed Moroccan. *** When the magazine first informed her that she was included on the list, Laziri thought the email was spam. She felt a bit uncomfortable with the ranking, especially with the word “power.” “I’ve always been cr itical of people who portray themselves instead of their causes,” Laziri said. “It was really hard for me to see my face all over newspapers as the most powerful woman in Morocco. I don’t even go to Pottruck!” Tifawt Belaïd, one of the or ig i na l memb er s of t he Teach4Morocco team, has k now n L a zi r i si nce t hey

were in kindergarten together. Belaïd was unsurprised by Laziri’s humbleness upon receiving the ranking. “She always had that huge urge to do right when she sees wrong. And while she will do everything she can to help, she will do it in the most humble way possible,” Belaïd said. “Very often she would go through a lot but never complain, and accomplish a lot but never boast.” Despite her modest attitude, Dan Wag ner, direct o r o f t he I nt e r n at io n a l Educational Development Program in which Laziri is enrolled, also praised her achievements. “Her work in education at the local level in the rural mountain areas of Morocco has set a high standard for what can be done through partnerships with local communities,” Wagner said in an email. Every summer since she turned 12, Laziri traveled to villages in the High Atlas Mountains — where many families live without basics, such as electricity and running water — initially as a tourist with her parents, but in later years as a volunteer. “This was my first exposure to the lack of basics in

learn from everyone around her.” In 2012 , Lazir i and her teammates, along with students f rom a like-minded F rench NG O, t raveled to Ichbeken, where they renovated the local school, installing bathrooms, water and electricity, insulating t he roof s a nd cre at i ng a school garden. They will return to the village in future summers to host summer camps for the students. “Our approach is we alw ay s go b ac k w he r e we start,” Laziri said. “I’m personally against the idea of building something and then leaving.” She is currently designing summer camp curriculums that teach art, sports, science and analytical and English skills — key areas not well-developed in current village schools — to fill gaps in education for local students. “We’re not here to replace the gover nmental system of education because we do not have the means or the skills,” Laziri said. “We’re just here to complement it in regions where it’s failing to give proper service.” *** Laziri believes that her

— VP Finances — Vote for 1

2) Max Levy

We’ve had an amazing first year as Class Board. From Econ Scream to NSOver Again, we’ve definitely come a long way. As your Executive Vice President for the past year, I’ve been involved in different parts of each event: coordinating logistics of the Dodgeball Tournament, bringing in masseuses for Cram n Jam, getting $5 Mask and Wig tickets, and rocking the Facebook page. I want to keep providing incredible experiences for our class, and I want to do even better than we’ve done this year. While pre-established events take up a lot of the schedule, we can add more. I want to hold a multicultural event, celebrating the diversity on campus. I want to make our social media more interactive, really engaging as many people as possible. And I’ve got more ideas, they just don’t fit the word limit. So remember: Don’t be sleazy, vote Max Levy (again)!

— VP External Affairs — Vote for 1

Hey Class of 2017! My name is Allyson Ahlstrom, I am a freshman at Wharton and current VP of External Affairs. I’m super stoked to be running again this year so that we have an awesome Sophomore year! Freshman year has been amazing and a great start to our college experience! So basically, you’re probably asking, what does the Vice President of External Affairs do? This year, I was in charge of getting FREE DONUTS at ECON SCREAM, all of the FREE FOOD for CRAM N’ JAM, and additionally helped to organize the HAT GIVEAWAY at homecoming with Penn Traditions. For SPRING FLING I am already thinking about FREE SWAG such as TANKS, SUNGLASSES, and WATER BOTTLES! When you vote for me, you vote for FREE SWAG and FOOD. I have a proven track record, so remember that when you vote! WANT STUFF TO GET DONE?! VOTE ALLYSON!

2) Jared Karpf

Class of 2017, my name is Jared Karpf. I am running for the position of VP of External Affairs, and I am asking for your support! I have become friends with many of you this year. I am glad to have had the opportunity to listen to many unique voices, and yet I know many wonderful voices remain unheard. It is my mission to make heard the unheard, and to represent you. Classboard events are what make us a family until our graduation. These events will let you meet that person whom you see in your class but you have never talked to, or that person walking down Locust you wanted to compliment. As your VP, I will bring together students that otherwise would not be able to collaborate. Class of 2017, I want to make Penn a close-knit family, and I need your vote to do it! Yours, Jared

3) Sam Natbony

Hey I’m Sam Natbony and I’m running to be your external VP! I have tons of great ideas to make our sophomore year awesome including a Class of 2017’s Got Talent Contest, a beach party, and an amazing race competition around Philadelphia. As external VP, I hope to establish connections to vendors around Penn to design a sophomore shopping/restaurant discount week. I worked with a startup in NYC these past 3 summers and have the corporate experience to get the job done. In addition, I believe class board needs to emphasize community service more. I want to merge exciting travel with service by planning community service focused trips to cool destinations like NYC. I have 5 years of student government experience and truly have the resolve to execute on all my ideas and more importantly YOUR ideas. Vote Sam and I promise I’ll make our sophomore year a grand slam! Hi All! My name is Nicolas Minor and my goal is to be the VP of External Affairs on the Class Board. If elected, my promise is to not only better our relations from student to faculty, allowing them to be even more accessible to students, but also to extend our Penn loving atmosphere to other schools, creating a social network on the east coast and beyond. To demonstrate, I will first make myself available to all students who wish to have their input heard and acted on. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

year as a GSE student has given her a better perspective on how to improve education. After receiving her Master of Education degree this semester, she hopes to travel the world to see how ot her nat ions i mplement educational strategies. “She doesn’t do much talking and focuses more on real actions,” Belaïd said about Laziri. “She’s not doing what she does to show of f, but to truly help improve these people’s conditions and see actual changes happen.” At Penn, Laziri has also made an impact on Gregory College House, where she is a graduate advisor as well as the director of the Maison Francaise residential program, leading two discussions in French each week. Enrolled students receive academic cred it , which makes running the program “a considerable responsibility,” Gregor y House Dean Christopher Donovan said. “The feedback from the residents in her hall and the participants in Maison Francaise has been uniformly enthusiastic,” Donovan said in an email. “Students call her ‘a great friend’ and praise her approachability, investment in the community and

patience as an instructor.” Laziri said that she truly considers Gregory a home and thinks of her students as close friends. “My students in the French House and the Gregor y House are my biggest source of motivation and inspiration,” she said. “I say with a lot of confidence — they are going to do great things.” Lazir i’s abilit y to forge st r ong p er son a l c on ne c tions with others allows her team’s work in Moroccan schools to be so meaningful. One of her most moving memories of working in the villages was watching her teammate — a student who only spoke Japa nese a nd English — sit down with a group of elderly Moroccan women and have a meaningful conversation with them for an hour. Laziri said that remembering this moment, as well as the day she named the baby Hayet, brings tears to her eyes. “As a person, these are events that marked me,” she said. “If you design these programs in a way where you’re highly respectful of the environment you’re going to, it’s a very beautiful human exchange.”

2) Taha Tariq

1) Henok Abraham 2) Ashley Berg

Hello Class of 2017! My name is Ashley Berg and I’m running to be your VP of Finances. I’ve loved getting to know our class and all of its energy and enthusiasm this year, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. As we move into our sophomore year, I’m excited to help plan traditions such as Skimmerfest to continue to bring our class together. I promise to work diligently and bring passion to Class Board events, and I’d like to make our second year at Penn the best that it can be. Thank you, and please vote for me!

3) Andrew Klimaszewski

1) Allyson Ahlstrom

4) Nicolas Minor

Morocco, and I think it was ver y shocking to me,” she said, looking at a photograph of herself at age 12, sitting w ith four young chi ld ren from the village. “It was really a turning point in my life trajectory.” Laziri was stunned by the absence of education in the area and felt the need to make a difference. But as a teenager the only solutions she could think of were providing school supplies to children. E i g ht y e a r s a f t e r h e r f irst v isit to the v illages, Laziri and her parents — both teachers — drew up the paper work for Teach4Morocco. The first people she recruited to her team were her closest friends. “We built the organization with high levels of trust,” Laziri said. Belaïd, the team’s coordinator of communication and public relations, praised Lazir i’s leadership in the organization. “She’s very open-minded to all opinions when she’s in a group, be it the members or the villagers we work w it h ,” B el a ïd s a id . “ She doesn’t try to impose herself as the one in charge — she does her best and is eager to


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Quakers’ losing streak to Big Red continues M. LACROSSE Despite an early lead, Cornell gained a 9-1 lead to take back control BY IAN WENIK Sports Editor For about 11 minutes, Penn men’s lacrosse was feeling it, on the verge of breaking an eightyear losing streak to Cornell. Then reality set in. After the No. 13 Quakers built a 4-2 first quarter lead, the No. 3 Big Red woke up, going on a 9-1 run that spanned three quarters to recapture the lead before putting Penn away, 17-9. Despite spending much of the first quarter fending off a flurry of Cornell (8-0, 2-0 Ivy) shots, the Red and Blue (3-3, 0-2) were able to find some early open looks that made hopes of an upset seem very, very real. Leading 2-1, sophomore Nick Doktor used some nifty moves to find open space in front of the net and rip in a shot that gave the Quakers a two-goal lead. Though Cornell senior attack Dan Lintner cut that deficit in half 50 seconds later with a conversion in front after absorbing heavy contact, Penn would reenergize the crowd with a goal from freshman attack Kevin Brown off a slick feed from junior midfield Joe McCallion. Facing the prospect of a

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devastating upset, Cornell responded in a manner befitting its high-powered offense. The Big Red dropped in three goals before the first quarter ended, including a strike from Lintner with just 5.4 seconds left that gave the Big Red the lead and crushed the Quakers. “That really turned the tide,� coach Mike Murphy said of Lintner’s goal. “We give them that one and then we get beat, 9-2, in the second and third quarters, and that was the game.� The Quakers were utterly devastated in the second and third quarters. Beyond giving up nine goals, the Red and Blue allowed Cornell to take up permanent residence in the attacking third of the field. The Big Red tallied 27 shots, two fewer than Penn recorded all game. “They beat us on the faceoffs, they out-ground balled us, we failed a lot of clears which were more or less either bad passes or some effort plays on Cornell’s part,� Murphy said. “We just weren’t sharp.� Though Brown tallied two goals in a losing effort, it was Cornell’s balanced attack that ultimately led the way. Lintner and junior midfield Connor Buczek tallied four goals apiece, while two other Big Red players


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Sophomore attack Nick Doktor recorded one goal and four assists on Saturday. to give him the second most scores for the Red and Blue thus far this season. added hat tricks of their own right. The Quakers are now sitting far behind the eight ball in the Ancient Eight, having already fallen to No. 12 Princeton with a trip to No. 16 Yale on the schedule for next weekend. If the Red and Blue want to stay in touch in the Ivy stand-

ings, they know that they can’t afford any more lackluster performances like Saturday’s. “I feel like that was as bad a day as we’ve had playing a game or a practice in a while,� Murphy said. “It’s too bad, but we need to figure out why that happened and begin to address it and just be sharper in every phase.�

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runs on four hits while striking out seven. The Quakers also showed their offensive muscle in the opening half of the ser ies. After scoring three runs in the first game, Penn’s bats c aug ht f i r e i n t he second ga me w ith t wo home r uns from junior Mitch Montaldo and sophomore Gar y Tesch en route to an 8-3 drubbing of the Leopards. S u n d a y ’s s e t o f g a m e s brought mixed results for the Red and Blue. Seven innings weren’t enough to settle the score in game one, as it went to extra innings after a 2-2 deadlock. Penn took a 3-2 lead off junior Matt McK innon’s RBI single in the top of the eighth. Lafayette responded in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off single from Campbell Lipe to secure the win. In the second game, the Quakers wasted little time

After a rocky start to the season, Penn baseball looked to get back on track against an interstate rival. The Quakers (5-10) turned their losing streak into a winning streak, picking up three of four games against Lafayette (6-10) in this weekend’s home series. Saturday marked the Quaker s’ home opener as t hey played the first doubleheader of the weekend in Meiklejohn Stadium. Pitching was key in Penn’s v ic t or ie s i n t he f i r st t wo games of the weekend as juniors Connor Cuff and Ronn ie Glen n picked up t hei r first wins of the season. Cuff hurled a complete-game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader with six hits, four strikeouts and zero walks surrendered in the 3-0 win. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Glenn pitched a quality start, allowing three

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generating of fense, plating six runs off six hits in the first inning alone. Penn would follow that up with a run in the fifth off Tesch’s RBI single before adding on another four runs in the last three innings. Freshman Jack Hartman capped off a great weekend of pitching for the Quakers with seven innings of work. Hartman allowed two runs off six hits and one strikeout. He now has two wins to start off his rookie campaign. L e ad i ng t he c h a r ge f or Penn’s offense was the sophomore duo of Tesch and Mike Villardo who combined for seven RBIs on the weekend. Villardo went 4-for- 4 in the se c ond ga me of S u nd ay ’s doubleheader while scoring two runs leading Penn to an 11-7 victory. Pe n n w i l l b e f ac i ng o f f against the Leopards once again on Wednesday to kick off the Liberty Bell Classic.

Last year, in the first ever meeting between Penn women’s lacrosse and Vanderbilt, the Quakers managed to eke out a one-point victory, 14-13, after the Commodores rallied back from an 11-6 deficit midway through the second half. The story was no different this time around, as the No. 12 Red and Blue (5-2) held on to their lead to secure the 11-10 win, despite multiple Vanderbilt (3-6) comeback attempts. Key to the game was Penn’s newfound shooting efficiency, as the Quakers converted 11 of 13 shots after missing 10 of 21 last week against No. 2 Maryland. “In the last couple of games we generated a lot of shots, but we had not finished well,� coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “And today we didn’t generate a lot of shots, we were 11 for 13, but our shooting percentage was excellent.� The Red and Blue quickly built a 4-1 first half lead, but the Commodores dominated the rest of the period and tied the game at 4-4. Vanderbilt sophomore Kelly Chandler — who scored a hat trick on the day — fell just short of giving her team the lead when her shot hit the post right before halftime. In the second period, Penn scored three goals in three minutes to retake the advantage, 7-4. The Commodores responded with a free position goal, but the Quakers went on another 3-0 run to make the game 10-5.

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Sophomore midfield Nina Corcoran stood out for the Quakers in their victory over Vanderbilt, leading the team with three goals and two assists.

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Vanderbilt then caught a huge break when a Penn goal was called back, followed by almost simultaneous yellow cards on sophomore midfield Iris Williamson and freshman attack Sarah Barcia. This set the stage for a furious comeback, as the Commodores capitalized on their two-woman advantage to cut the lead to 10-7. “They have some great attackers [and] we held them a little bit too much. We got wild a little bit too much,� Corbett said. “It was a big swing in the game — what would have been 11-5 ended up being 10-7.� Chandler added another goal before Penn senior attack Courtney Tomchik scored the Quakers’ final — and ultimately most critical — goal with 5:15 left on the game clock. Vanderbilt freshman midfield Jill Doherty then scored two goals in less than 30 seconds to cut the Commodores’ deficit to one, but the Quakers managed to hold on to the victory. The Red and Blue can thank junior goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson — who made 11 saves on the day — as Vanderbilt widely outshot Penn, 27-13. Also instrumental in the victory was sophomore midfield Nina Corcoran, who led the team with three goals and two assists. Despite its roller coaster nature, the victory against the Commodores provides the Quakers with a much-needed morale boost after last week’s disappointing loss to Maryland. “We needed to come in here and win the game. That was really what we were expecting,� Corbett said. “Obviously [Maryland and Vanderbilt] are on different levels. From the rankings you can tell that.� Mission accomplished.









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With 10:27 left in the game, McGee-Stafford picked the ball from Stipanovich on defense before converting a big layup, letting out a scream after getting fouled. Her free throw put the Longhorns up 12, 57-45. “I thought she was great. She’s not only 6-foot-7 but she’s incredibly mobile,” McLaughlin said. “She’s a factor. We had to pull her away [from the rim] because she changes the complexion of the game around her and around the rim.” Penn wouldn’t give up, getting baskets from Baron and Stipanovich to cut Texas’ lead to 10, 61-51, but Texas freshman Nekia Jones forced the fifth foul on Bonenberger, converting a layup while the junior forward fouled out. And Jones and McGee-Stafford continued to match Penn basket for basket, keeping Texas’ lead in double digits at the end. Baron finished her career with 1,806 points, second in program history, scoring 25 points on 10for-24 shooting on the afternoon while also leading Penn with five assists. “I always said she did it right her whole career,” McLaughlin said. “When she takes that uniform off for the last time, she can be proud about the way she represented this great university. She left her teammates and university very proud of her.”

W. HOOPS from page 1 at the break. And Stipanovich, who had three fouls in the first half, quickly picked up her fourth a few minutes into the second period. With Stipanovich out, Texas turned to its strong forwards to get the advantage on the Red and Blue, picking up early baskets from sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford and junior forward Nneka Enemkpali. And after a three-pointer early in the half from senior guard Chassidy Fussell, Texas took the lead, 44-43, never to relinquish it. Texas went on a 14-0 run, turning a 43-35 Quakers lead into a 49-43 deficit. After Baron hit a quick layup, McGee-Stafford proved to be too much for the Red and Blue, responding with a layup and picking up rebound after rebound for the Longhorns. The 6-foot-7 center for Texas had a double-double midway through the second half, taking advantage of foul trouble for Penn’s starting forwards Stipanovich and junior Kara Bonenberger.

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leads just go away. Basketball is a game of runs.” Looking ahead to next season, Penn will be well-equipped to make another run to the Big Dance. With Sydney Stipanovich, the 2013-14 Ivy League Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year, still in the fold, as well as Kara Bonenberger and Kathleen Roche, the Quakers are not devoid of talent moving forward. But clearly, talent isn’t all that will guide the Red and Blue in the coming years. The lessons and leadership from this year’s seniors will take care of that. “This has been a great group [of seniors],” McLaughlin said after the game. “What can I say? They changed the complexion of the program, they helped us recruit, they helped us bring in unbelievable character. “I think [the underclassmen] saw the senior role models every

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The Longhorns were clearly the more talented team on the court in Maryland. Largely due to McGee-Stafford’s 20 points and 6-foot-7 frame, Texas came roaring back early in the second period. In the NCAA Tournament, most teams are more talented than the Quakers. But Penn’s heart, intensity and veteran leadership kept it in Sunday’s contest. “I don’t think we stepped back, I think they stepped up as a team,” Wilson said. “We were feeling good ... sometimes

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first time, Lorenzo wrestled great.” Penn’s three other NCAA qualifiers failed to win a match in the tournament. An early surge by No. 4 seed Steven Monk of North Dakota proved too much for 165-pounder Casey Kent in his first round match, as the sophomore captain was defeated 7-4 after quickly falling behind 5-0. Kent’s tournament ended abruptly when he gave up a late reversal to John Staudenmayer of North Carolina that was the difference in a 2-1 loss in the first consolation round. 125-pound freshman Caleb Richardson was defeated, 9-6, by No. 7 Tyler Cox of Wyoming after scoring the first round match’s initial takedown. He was then dropped, 6-3, in his first wrestleback by Edinboro’s Kory Mines. Senior Brad Wukie, grappling at 174 pounds, also struck first in his opening round match, but he was ultimately defeated, 4-2, by No. 7 seed Tyler Wilps of Pittsburgh. Wukie fell victim to a bigger comeback in his wrestleback, which he lost 13-11 to Oregon State’s Joe Latham. Eiter is hoping this experience proves valuable to the entire team in the future. “At the end of the day, it’s really going to improve our room and improve everybody’s confidence and attitude as we move forward [and] as we look ahead to next year,” he said.

55th in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 50.01 seconds. With this final weekend of racing, Fortin capped off perhaps the greatest career of any women’s swimmer in Penn history. Fortin will graduate with seven Ivy Championship victories and has more individual and Sheerr Pool record times than any other female swimmer. “You can tell part of her legacy from just looking at the record boards, but that’s not even the half of it,” Schnur said. “She set a tone and work

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ethic and made it a goal for members of this program to compete in the NCAA’s. The girls on this team that follow her to the NCAA Championships, they will be her real legacy.”

“What can I say? They changed the complexion of the program, they helped us recruit, they helped us bring in unbelievable character.” — On his seniors

AT A GLANCE Star of the game: Penn Sr. G Alyssa Baron

Playing in her final collegiate game, the senior captain took it to the unprepared Longhorns. She dropped in 25 points while hitting four threepointers, energizing the Penn contingent at the Comcast Center.

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Senior captain Alyssa Baron was on fire early in the game against Texas, scoring 25 points in her final collegiate game. She finished as Penn’s second all-time scorer. Meanwhile Stipanovich used a solid second half to finish with 14 points, while senior Courtney Wilson added 10 points and six boards off the bench. Yet Penn simply couldn’t match McGee-Stafford, who dominated with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns. While the season ended on a losing note, the Quakers put together one of the best seasons in program history, winning their third Ivy League title. Penn’s seniors finish with 64

career wins, taking a program that was 2-26 the year before they came to the NCAA Tournament by the end of their time at Penn. “[When] we came in here, the four seniors and the program wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Baron said. “But through all our hard work and the dedication from the coaches and the team, we were able to keep improving year to year and I think we’re leaving the program in good hands.”

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Coach Mike McLaughlin brought his team from 2-26 in his first season at Penn to the NCAA Tournament thanks to an Ivy title this year. While McLaughlin’s Quakers ultimately fell in the first round to Texas, his squad has made significant strides forward this year.

COLLEGE PARK, MD — There’s no denying it: this loss hurts. Badly. It’s painful because No. 12-seeded Penn women’s basketball finally gave its healthy seniors — Courtney Wilson, Alyssa Baron and Meghan McCullough — the chance to play in the NCAA Tournament after an incredible four-year run with the Red and Blue. It’s painful because the Quakers went from a peak as tall as Imani McGee-Stafford to the lowest of depths in a matter of minutes, when No. 5 seeded Texas used a run to turn a 32-17 deficit into an insurmountable 68-53 lead with five minutes remaining. It’s painful because unlike so many other double-digit seeds, Penn was truly good enough to win a game in the Big Dance. The Red and Blue tested themselves against Notre Dame and Miami in the nonconference season to prepare for this very moment, and never doubted they’d give Texas a run for its money. But perhaps most notably, the Quakers 79-61 loss stings with greater intensity because Wilson, Baron and McCullough will never put on a uniform for Penn again. Sometimes pain is a good thing. Every once in a while, we feel some sort of pain that proves to be cathartic. It’s not an enjoyable sensation, because it’s the type of hurt that persists, a pit in your stomach that often never goes away, a feeling of disappointment that burns uncontained. Though it may not be immediately apparent, as painful as this loss to Texas is, nothing but good can come to coach Mike McLaughlin’s program as a result. The emotion emanating from McLaughlin during the postgame press conference was raw and deep. As he nearly choked up while describing his seniors’ impact on the program, one could do nothing but empathize with Penn’s veterans whose collegiate careers are now completed. But it wasn’t as if the Red and Blue gave away Sunday’s game. Even though the Quakers used stifling defense, dazzling efficiency and 18 first-half points from Baron to take an eight-point lead into the break, this Texas team was no slouch.


Penn’s Thomas emerges as All-American WRESTLING | Thomas finished sixth in his weightclass, becoming Penn’s first 184-pound All-American BY SEAMUS POWERS Staff Writer Of Penn wrestling’s four first-time NCAA qualifiers, one emerged as an All-American. No. 11 seed Lorenzo Thomas went 5-3 over a grueling three-day stretch at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City to finish sixth in his weightclass and become Penn’s first ever 184-pound All-American, the 27th overall. The performance produced the highest NCAA finish for a Quakers wrestler under coach Rob Eiter. “It feels great to be an All-American,” Thomas said. “It feels nice to accomplish my goal this year in becoming one. I’m happy with the overall result.” The achievement was certainly not easy. In front of crowds numbering well over 15,000, Penn’s most electrifying grappler did not let a 2-0 second-round loss to No. 6 seed Jacob Swartz of Boise State deter

him, as he tore through the consolation bracket and won his next four matches on Friday. In his first wrestleback, Thomas delivered a commanding 6-0 win over No. 5 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa. In what was his strongest match of the tournament, the Penn junior amassed 4:48 of riding time against the senior two-time All-American. “That was [Thomas’] best match of the tournament,” Eiter said. “He wrestled great. He stuck to his game plan, had a good strategy and wrestled in his best position.” Thomas continued to stand up to Big 10 competition in the ensuing match, edging No. 14 seed John Rizzqallah of Michigan St. Thomas then held on for a 7-5 decision over Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer in the Round of 12 to guarantee a Top-8 finish and All-American status. In the consolation quarterfinals, Thomas defeated No. 12 Ophir Bernstein of Brown for the fourth time this season with an 8-5 decision. “After the loss, I really had nothing to lose,” Thomas said. “I needed to wrestle every match like it was my last, and if I lost, I was going to be out. “I just went out there and gave it

W. SWIMMING | One of Penn’s best female swimmers placed 55th in the 100 free race, the last of her career BY SAM ALTLAND Staff Writer Luke Chen/Weekly Pennsylvanian Editor

Junior 184-pounder Lorenzo Thomas entered the NCAA Championships as a No. 11 seed. He fought hard to go 5-3 over the three-day stretch to emerge as an All-American. my all.” The next day, in the consolation semifinals, Thomas was not able to avenge his EIWA final loss to No. 3 seed Gabe Dean of Cornell, getting pinned with 18 seconds remaining in the match. In the fifth place match, Thomas was beaten, 17-2, by No. 7 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota.

Eiter was impressed with how Thomas handled the big stage. “Wrestling the top teams with that crowd — there’s external factors involved,” Eiter said. “It’s not just the wrestling part of it, it’s everything else. “To be put in that situation for the


New Athletic Director to be announced today AD SEARCH | A press conference has been scheduled at the Palestra for 1:00 this afternoon BY MIKE TONY Senior Staff Writer The four-month-long wait for Penn’s next Athletic Director is almost up. Penn Athletics announced yesterday evening that the University’s

next Athletic Director will be introduced at a press conference at the Palestra at 1 p.m. today, preceded by a University-wide announcement at noon. This introduction comes just over four months after outgoing Athletic Director Steve Bilsky announced on Nov. 21 that he would retire effective June 30 following 20 years of service in that capacity. On Dec. 9, L eo Cha r ney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Penn-

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sylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search. Then, on Jan. 15, Provost Price announced the formation of a 14-member athletic director advisory committee to select Bilsky’s successor. Three weeks later, a website dedicated to the athletic director search revealed that Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search had been retained as the consultant

for Penn Athletics as it decided on Bilsky’s successor. The committee held two open forums for the athletic director search, one for faculty, staff and alumni on Feb. 11 and one for students on Feb. 12. While nominations and applications for the position were accepted by Price’s office until Feb. 28, Price also told The Daily Pennsylvanian in January that the committee would actively reach out to candidates.

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On Saturday night, one of Penn’s alltime best swimmers stepped up to the starting block for her final time with the Quakers. Far away from the comfort of the Sheerr Pool, senior Shelby Fortin competed in three final events at the NCAA National Championships in Minnesota, bringing to a close what has been a truly remarkable collegiate career. Fortin qualified for three NCA A Championship events — the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, with her times at the Ivy Championship in late February. On Thursday, Fortin placed 49th in the 500 freestyle event with a time of 4:46.91. Fortin touched up in 1:47.94 on Friday, good for 43rd place in the 200 free. Both of these finishes were improvements upon her results from last year’s NCAA Championships, when she finished 58th and 49th in the two events. “Her times were faster than last year, which was great, considering she had been battling some illness this past week,” coach Mike Schnur said. “This is one of the fastest meets in the world, and you have multiple Olympians in every event, and for her to come out here to finish her career was just great.” On Saturday, Fortin swam her final race for the Red and Blue and finished


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