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Student group funding: an imperfect process For non-SAC-funded groups, finding funding can be a challenge BY LIANNA SERKO Senior Writer The funding deficit for student groups — spurred in part by the moratorium imposed by the Student Activities Council in September 2012 — is nothing new. Neither, though, are alternatives to alleviate the funding squeeze. But for groups that aren’t SACfunded, these sources often

bring with them a number of restrictions and prerequisites that can make accessing their funds difficult. There are 18 sources of alternate funding, according to the Alternate Funding Guide created jointly by the Undergraduate Assembly and the Social Planning and Events Committee. However, students who must rely solely on these alternate funds are not entirely pleased with their availability and distribution. SPEC has three funding committees to which student groups can apply — Fully Planned,

SPEC-TRUM and Connaissance. The money for all three sources “comes directly from the UA in the budgeting process,” SPEC Treasurer and Wharton senior Gib Baltzer said. Seth Koren, a College and Wharton junior and president of Penn Secular Society, a nonSAC-funded group, recognizes that while there are a decent number of alternate funding options available, many have strings attached. If a group’s event “doesn’t fit SEE FUNDING PAGE 2



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SP2 program inspires local college students The School of Social Policy & Practice spends every summer opening Philadelphia students’ eyes to the possibilities of a new future. The Pipeline for Promise Program offers a free summer course at SP2 to community college students, introducing them to the foundations of social work, its ethics and its various fields of practice. The program aims to teach students that higher education — and even a graduate program at Penn — are possibilities for them, regardless of their backgrounds. “A lot of times, for people who go to community [college], Penn is not on the radar,” Jack Lewis, who coteaches the program, said. “The message that a lot of people get from community college or from growing up in Philly is, ‘Don’t even think about Penn, you can’t make it at Penn.’” The program was created by Anthony Bruno, an SP2 lecturer and professor at the Community College of Philadelphia. Claire Lomax,

who graduated from the College in 1984, funds the initiative through the Lomax Family Foundation. When Bruno died in February 2013, Caroline Wong took over as the program director. “He encountered a lot of students [in community college] that he thought would be good for the field of social work, but maybe they didn’t know much about social work as a profession,” Wong said. “He wanted them to think not only about this as a profession, but also think about going beyond community and on to graduate school.” There are about ten students enrolled in the Pipeline program at a time, which offers one social work course per summer to each student, for three consecutive summers. The deadline to apply for this summer’s course is April 30. Wong and Lewis said they hope Pipeline students apply to undergraduate universities after finishing their time at community college, and ultimately pursue a master’s degree at a graduate school. The first Pipeline for Promise student to complete this process, Theodore Brandon, is currently pursuing a degree in SP2’s Master of Social Work program. Brandon was in the first group SEE PIPELINE PAGE 6

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The 120th Penn Relays got off to a strong start on Thursday at Franklin Field in front of a solid crowd. Penn track and field’s top performance came from freshman Noel Jancewicz, who won the heptathalon.

Alum becomes one of first dwarfs to run Boston Marathon Danh Trang was inspired to run after attending the marathon in 2013 BY JESSICA MCDOWELL Staff Writer Sometimes height is just a number. On Monday, 2009 Engineering and Wharton graduate Danh Trang became one of the first dwarfs to complete the

Boston Marathon. Standing at 4-foot-2, Trang has been training for the race for months. He ate roughly 4,000 calories and ran about two hours each day while training. Though physically active his entire life, Trang — who was in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at Penn — has never considered himself a runner and had never run a marathon until last year. He initially decided to train for and complete the

Boston Marathon after attending the race last year, when two bombs were set off in a terrorist attack that killed three and injured more than 250 others. Though he was only there to support family and friends running the race, Trang remembers the day as “chaotic” and “traumatic.” “It was a beautiful, perfect day. Everyone was just happy to be there, and then


Social media, Snickers and the scantily clad: What’s in store for advertising? BY JESSICA PENNINGTON Contributing Writer Changes are coming to advertising. MUSE hosted a discussion of socially conscious marketing efforts in Huntsman Hall last night, led by Executive Director of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program Catharine Findiesen Hays. Experts on advertising’s potential “What could, should advertising look like? What does that mean we should do now to get ready for that future?” Hays asked. “If people start to prepare for what advertising could, should do now — one day we can reach that future.”

WFoA recently launched the 20/20 Project. It asked current industry executives to answer questions about how advertising should look and more in 1,000-word essays. Hays emphasized the importance of being aspirational in discussing conscientious marketing — the essays focus on possibility rather than actuality. What is advertising’s responsibility? Using the example of GoDaddy, a web hosting company, Hays discussed the issue of responsible marketing from a sales perspective. GoDaddy is a successful company that gained attention through ads featuring scantily clad female athletes that are viewed by some

as sexist and exploitative. Hays also used Mars as an example. The company decided not to market to children under the age of 12 because of national obesity concerns. Most notably, the company is advertising to adults on sports channels with the Snickers “You’re not yourself when you’re hungry” campaign. “Is advertising just about getting people to buy stuff? Is all the bad stuff okay?” Hays asked. Potential backlash “With the advent of social media, if [consumers] don’t think you’re doing a SEE ADVERTISING PAGE 6


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SAC groups also ‘have felt a crunch’ FUNDING from page 1 into one of the boxes” outlined in the funding guide, “it shuts some doors in terms of funding,” Koren said. Nikolai Zapertov, a College senior and former UA representative on the budget committee, voiced similar concern. “If a group is not, for instance, related to an intercultural group or religious organization, they’re excluded from a lot of the funds,” Zapertov said. In October, Zapertov started a petition to increase transparency in the student group funding process and Koren wrote a guest column in The Daily Pennsylvanian criticizing the SAC moratorium. Earlier this month, the SAC executive board wrote a guest column in the DP stating that the moratorium may be partially lifted next semester, if certain conditions are met. SAC Chair Kanisha Parthasarathy, a College junior, said that SAC groups’ combined debt has declined by $31,000 since the 2012-13 school year. “SAC recognizes somewhere between 150 and 200 groups,” Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs Katie Bonner said. She estimates that at the beginning of each academic year, there are about 400 registered student groups, with this number swelling to about 600 by the end of the year — leaving roughly 400 groups not recognized by SAC. For those groups, there are concerns regarding how to maintain the money they fundraise or acquire. “The policy in the Penn Book is that efforts are supposed to get deposited into a University account,” Bonner said, referring to the handbook that outlines student policies. But University

accounts cannot be acquired without a budget code, which requires SAC recognition — and therein lies part of the problem. College junior Lisvet Luceno is the president of two student groups — one of which, Onda Latina, is SAC-funded, while the other, the Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association, is not. Luceno feels that the guidelines set forth for non-SAC-funded groups are difficult to navigate. “I talked to someone at OSA about what options we have for banking, and the only thing they could suggest was opening an account with the Student Federal Credit Union. But that would require one of our board members’ social security number,” Luceno said. “Who wants to have their social security number attached to an account?” “At this point we literally have all of our money in a Ziploc bag in our treasurer’s drawer,” she said. Bonner recognizes the issues that arise from situations like Luceno’s. “We know that we have a lot of student groups

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that are registered but that don’t have access to a budget code, and they have no other option than to go to a private institution and set up an account,” she said. “It’s not something we endorse, but it’s something that happens.” Luceno also voiced concerns over the limited amount of funding available. As part of the Latino Coalition, her group, CAUSA, does receive funding on a rolling basis, but does not receive a funding allocation at the beginning of a given semester or year. “With the LC it’s first come, first serve, because they don’t want to dish out to people and have it not be used,” Luceno said. As such, groups under the Latino Coalition can only apply for funds if they have an event in mind, because the Coalition has limited funds to distribute to the 16 constituent groups it represents. Insufficient resources for distribution are a continuing concern around campus, for SAC- and non-SAC-funded groups alike. Zapertov said that “groups want to keep getting bigger and do bigger things, but alternate funding sources do not get increases, while SAC gets increases every year through the UA, based on tuition increases.” The three SPEC funding committees, for example, had a total of $339,200 allocated in the 2012-13 school year, according to the UA budget. For next school year, they have $330,500 allocated. But Bonner said that even SAC-funded groups “have felt a crunch.” “There have been cuts to their budgets so that the moratorium can be lifted,” she said. She added that it’s important for students to recognize that funding for student groups was insufficient before the moratorium prevented new groups from applying for SAC funding. “One fundamental piece about the SAC moratorium is that before the moratorium, there were a lot of groups that were not recognized by SAC,” she said. “Should the mora-


torium be lifted, it would still only be a small number of the large number of groups that we have that would get in. Students feel like once it’s lifted it’ll all be fixed, and that’s not the case.” Bonner said that the administration is very aware of the dearth of resources accessible to students and encourages SAC- and non-SAC-recognized groups alike to take advantage of the alternate funding sources that are available. The existence of the alternate funds, though, is not enough to assuage Koren’s displeasure. SPEC’s three funding committees, for example, accept applications for funding from any registered group on campus, but restrictions still apply as to whether a group will receive the money it requests. “Essentially anyone can apply for Fully Planned. The only restriction is that it’s fully planned — that you know what your costs are going to be,” Baltzer, the SPEC treasurer, said. While this system is desig ned to make sure the groups receiving money don’t misuse it, the structure of Fully Planned also creates some issues. Koren finds it difficult to secure speakers for events for the Penn Secular Society without being able to count on being funded. “I think my issue with [Fully Planned] is that it’s really hard to get someone to agree to come contingent upon you getting funding,” he said. Baltzer said that this is a concern that has been communicated to SPEC before. “I think in general, the easiest way for groups to avoid this situation is to come to funding sources far in advance of their event,” he said in an email. “While we want to be funding events that are fully planned (hence the name), it’s fine if groups come to us with a quoted honorarium and rough cost estimate for venue and any other components of the event.” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member group of

SAC budget on the rise $1,144,004.00 $1,069,795.00 $1,001,067.47




the Multicultural Greek Council, received funding from SPEC-TRUM as well as Fully Planned for its Love’s Kitchen event, which it co-hosted with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in February. “Because my group does not have a ‘budget code,’ it has caused several issues with receiving funding,” College junior Yvonne Hyde-Carter, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s recording secretary and a member of SPEC-TRUM, said in an email. “Our organization had to put out the money in advance and has yet to be reimbursed.” Hyde-Carter said that this funding problem is more of an issue with OSA than it is with SPEC. “OSA and SPEC need to have better communication and a better process so that student groups don’t have to wait so long for their reimbursements,” she said. But, she added, “I have seen just how important of a role [SPEC-TRUM] play[s] in ensuring that minority organizations’ events actually happen.” To involve more students in the decision-making process of allocating its funds, SPEC has requested less money from the UA for Fully Planned for the upcoming academic year, such that the extra money can go into the SPEC-TRUM and Connaissance pots. Fully Planned allocations are determined by members of the SPEC board,

while decisions to allocate funds from SPEC-TRUM and Connaissance are influenced more by the student body. “For Connaissance, anyone can go to the meetings,” Baltzer said. “After they’ve been there three times, they can vote” on events to be funded by the committee. “Fully Planned is a little opaque,” he added. “Ideally we want to involve students more.” Bonner agreed that student involvement and responsibility are important in the grand scheme of funding on campus. “We want groups and individuals to know that we’re here to discuss this issue, for sure. OSA believes that our student groups and the things they do is what make Penn Penn, and we want to be as supportive of that as possible,” she said. “But we also have to be realistic and reasonable about it.” Parthasarathy, the SAC chair, said that until the moratorium is lifted, the Alternate Funding Guide is “a fantastic resource for students.” She also suggested ways for student groups to solve their funding issues if SAC isn’t an option. “Raising revenue is the easiest way to be able to put on your events,” and while raising revenue is tough on a college campus, being conscious of costs that come along with certain spaces and event types is crucial. She also stressed the use of the Common Funding Application — a one-stop-shop through which groups can apply to all 18 alternate funding sources at once. Zapertov said that the “CFA is helping with transparency — but that’s contingent on the CFA being circulated widely ... but I’m not sure that it has been.” Despite the criticisms of the funding process, OSA wants to assure students that measures are being taken to resolve the problems. With the moratorium, “we tried to plug the leak,” Bonner said. “We’ve been working on the plumbing.”

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GSE education competition names four Phila. finalists The Education Business Plan Competition aims to promote entrepreneurship BY MAYA RAWAL Staff Writer Four Philadelphia-based education projects will compete against eight others in a business plan competition sponsored by the Graduate School of Education. GSE and the Milken Family Foundation will host the 2014 Education Business Plan Competition on May 13 and 14. The EBPC, an annual event which aims to promote educational entrepreneurship, invites education innovators to compete for cash prizes sponsored by various organizations. This year, competitors may also be chosen to join the Education Design Studio, Inc., a hybrid incubator and seed fund for education ventures launched in collaboration with GSE in fall 2013. The EBPC is renowned for finding innovative ideas just starting to grow. This year, there are finalists from around the United States and even one from Tanzania, an interactive educational website called Ubongo. The Philadelphia finalists include SmartyPal, Inc., Osmosis, ProfessorWord and Scholly: --SmartyPal, Inc. ( creates apps suitable for children ages three to seven. It uses animated storytelling and interactive learning scenarios to facilitate fun, personalized education. The website, which also features a “Parent Portal,” was founded by Wharton MBA graduate Prasanna Krishnan and Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar. --Osmosis ( tar-

gets medical school students who want to learn how to ace their classes and the MCAT. It features a smartphone app with push notifications and customized quizzes. The website’s cofounders, Ryan Haynes and Shiv Gaglani, are both master’s degree candidates at Johns Hopkins University. --ProfessorWord ( aims to teach its users SAT and ACT vocabulary through any website they go on. ProfessorWord highlights the relevant words on each website, and allows users to learn each definition by just clicking on the highlighted word. The website has both student and teacher accounts, as well as options for those learning English. --Scholly ( helps students easily find scholarships. The website, which also has an app, provides a way to pay for one’s education without student loans, despite rising tuition costs. Scholly is run by a team of tech entrepreneurs. Past winners of the EBPC include Philadelphia-based Autism Expressed (, which won the 2013 $20,000 Educational Services of America Prize for Innovation in the Fields of Special Education and At-Risk Students. Autism Expressed teaches digital skills to autistic students to prepare them for a technology-driven job market. It is the first and only such interactive learning system. Michele McKeone, a Philadelphia public high school teacher, founded the website. This year’s 12 finalists will be flown to Penn’s campus to pitch their ideas to a team of investors, researchers and entrepreneurs. They will compete for eight cash prizes sponsored by seven different companies.


Koren named Truman Scholar

The 2015 class president wants foreign language education for everyone BY JESSICA WASHINGTON Contributing Writer

College junior Ariel Koren took a major step forward in her dream of ensuring that every student has access to global education last week. Koren was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a monetary award for cur rent college students planning to pursue public service or government-based graduate and professional degrees. There are around 60 awardees among all national applicants. As a part of her Truman application, Koren wrote public policy legislation mandating that foreign language and cultural education be taught in schools, and in particular that it be a part of Head Start, a federal program for lowincome students. “I am really interested in foreign language education deficiency [and] how it widens the socioeconomic achievement gap,” Koren said. Koren’s interest in public policy and more particularly her interest in foreign la ng uage educat ion was prompted by her sister’s experience in school. Her sister is a special needs student who never had access to foreign language education — something Koren sees as inequitable.

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College junior Ariel Koren, president of the junior Class Board, was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship based on her work with culture and language education. She is also the founder and director of Active CrossCultural Training In Our Neighborhoods, a community service organization that she started in her hometown and then brought with her to Philadelphia. The purpose of the club is to combat foreign language deficiency in the United States by mobilizing volunteers to teach more foreign language and culture concepts in community schools. Koren’s ex per ience as founder and director of ACTION gave her insight into the importance of foreign language and diversity education. “Studying how enriching and edifying language education is, especially for at-risk students, and seeing how much of an impact it has made on the lives of the hundreds of students ACTION has reached, inspired my policy proposal,” she said. Koren had a long list of those who helped her along the way to the Truman Scholarship.

Her mentors included Ware College House Dean Utsav Schurmans, who originally prompted her to go after the

scholarship, as well as President of the Penn Club of Beijing Loretta Evans, Graduate School of Education professor John Fantuzzo and Jinping Wang, a visiting professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.“I feel super lucky to have such supportive people mentoring me,” Koren said. “I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing community [of Truman Scholars],” Koren said. Koren grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended Allen D. Nease High School. She is currently pursuing a major in east languages and civilizations in the College.


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It’s story time WHAT’S THE T? | Sharing personal experiences is the key to understanding major issues at Penn and around the world


ome stories are hard to tell, but chances are those are the ones that desperately need to be heard. We far too often have an aversion to using individual stories as a way to understand societal problems and enact change. There is this misguided idea that the experiences of one person cannot and should not shape the way that we interact with others, because that person only speaks for themself. I believe that this is emblematic of a great problem that we have with not trusting people’s own personal accounts of their experiences and identities. We are quick to dismiss people’s stories as exaggerated or fabricated with a specific agenda. However, if we were to truly listen to people’s stories, we would learn that these accounts are far more useful in changing how we approach the world than trying to assume

what is best for others. Stories, when it comes down to it, are the best information that we have to inform our lives.


It is possible — and absolutely necessary — to use individual stories to form our opinions and approaches to issues in our lives.” Take, for example, the issue of mental illness (or, the more approachable term, “mental wellness”) on our campus. This past year has no doubt seen a huge amount of discussion around what we as students can do to improve mental health at Penn. Unfortunately, these discussions have relied far too much on

our own personal experiences (or lack of) with mental illness rather than sharing our stories and listening to one another. College sophomore Bridget (who wished to be referred to by a pseudonym) says that she has been frustrated with the way that mental health issues have focused mostly on people without mental illnesses over the past several months at Penn. “I don’t want to spend my time listening to people talk about how to act around people like me,” she says. “We need to use the experiences of people with mental illnesses to shape how we go about enacting change.” Bridget was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spent several days this semester at the In-Patient Psych Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “That’s something I don’t tell anyone, even though I should be able to tell my friends. I shouldn’t have to worry that people are going

to react badly.” What happens then, when we rely on people extrapolating without hearing real personal stories, is that we get an over-simplified view of the situation. In the case of mental health, everything then boils down to “stress.” Bridget sees this oversimplified understanding all around, not just among students. “While I was in the hospital, every nurse was like ‘Is the school getting to you? Are you stressed out?’ I’m not stressed out; I have a mental illness. I have a chemical imbalance in my brain. My classes are fine. I love them. When people don’t listen to others’ experiences, we fail in accomplishing what needs to get done.” It is possible — and absolutely necessary — to use individual stories to form our opinions and approaches to issues in our lives. While it may seem like a daunting task to take hundreds or thousands of personal ac-

counts into mind, we must remember that we do this all the time with other issues. RODERICK COOK We may reassure each other that it’s important to know your We need to make it so that othwork limits, but we often feel ers feel that we provide a safe ashamed to admit that we are space in which they can share only taking four classes this se- their personal experiences. At Penn, groups such as mester. We may feel comfortable talking about statistics Penn Monologues, whose 2014 of violence faced by minority production is this Saturday and populations, but we often shy Sunday in the ARCH, provide away from sharing our per- a space where Penn students’ sonal experiences of facing stories are celebrated. We can marginalization here at Penn. all do the type of work that We have no trouble telling each Penn Monologues does by beother over and over again how ing the types of friends, partstressed we are, but we are ners, acquaintances and peers hesitant to talk about taking that are genuinely interested in what’s going on in others’ lives anti-depressant medication. Now, it’s important to recog- so that we can all feel more nize that this situation cannot comfortable sharing our stomerely be fixed by each of us ries with one another. mustering up the confidence and bravery to boldly tell our sto- RODERICK COOK is a College ries. The “fault” (if there is really sophomore from Nesquehoning, fault in this situation) does not lie Pa. studying gender, sexuality with the individuals who keep and women’s studies. Their email their experiences to themselves. address is

Sex as a community service

THE SCREWTINIZER | It’s time for Penn students to play a role in Philadelphia’s sex education


very week, hundreds of Penn students f i le into dusty classrooms in West Philadelphia’s middle and high schools where they tutor students in math, English and science. It’s hard work, no doubt, but it’s worthwhile: Based on state assessments, less than 40 percent of students in the School District of Philadelphia can do basic algebra. If students are floundering in math, though, it’s only one way that Philadelphia schools are failing their students. With the numbers of teen pregnancies and STDs through the roof among Philly teenagers, there’s something else students aren’t learning: sex. One in three Philadelphia teenagers will get a sexually transmitted disease before they’re 20. This earns Philly one of the highest rates of STDs

in the country, with the prevalence of gonorrhea and chlamydia three times higher here than the national average. And the teen pregnancy numbers aren’t any better: There are more than 3,500 babies born to teenagers in Philadelphia each year, which is not altogether surprising, given that 40 percent of high schoolers did not use a condom during their last sexual intercourse, according to the 2011 Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Basically, we’re dealing with a huge population of sexually active but uninformed teenagers. Part of that comes from Pennsylvania’s meager statewide requirements for sex education (schools need only teach students about HIV/AIDS) and the fact that teachers seldom get specific sex education training, making the quality of sex education — if students even get any — poor.

The other part has to do with priorities: With so many students below proficiency in reading and mathematics, schools are more motivated to teach their students about isosceles triangles than, say, the function of fallopian tubes. But if Philly schools are crammed to finish statewide curricula before they teach about safe sex, it shows. A few years ago, a middle school language arts teacher in Philadelphia was quoted in Philadelphia Magazine for recounting “a teen couple [who] reported that their method of contraception was to have intercourse standing up.” The missing ingredient here is information. When students know how to practice safer sex, they usually do. That, at least, is the philosophy behind Take Control Philly, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health project that promotes information about contracep-

tion, testing and sexual health for Philadelphians between 11 and 19. But there are other ways to take control of educating teens about sex. One solution, in fact, can include Penn: creating a peer-to-peer education program. Already, countless Penn students are involved in tutoring programs throughout the city’s middle and high schools. Building on our preexisting relationships, Penn students could create a program that focuses on teaching real-world topics about sex, health and relationships. A program like this already exists at Brown University, called the Sexual Health Advocacy Through Peer Education program, which places Brown students into classrooms at a nearby high school to lead sex education workshops. “I think talking to college

students makes it way easier [for the students] to ask tough questions,” says Marlees West, ARIELLE PARDES a Brown junior who works with ground, but avoiding the isthe program. In other words, the peer- sue is no longer acceptable. to-peer model fosters a type With Philadelphia’s schools of trust that’s hard to find in a crunched by their tight budtraditional sex education class- gets, many co-curricular subroom: It’s obviously less awk- jects are being squeezed out ward to talk about symptoms to focus on raising test scores. of genital warts or how to resist But improving students’ math sexual pressure with a peer proficiency is meaningless if than it is with a biology teacher. those students are forced to A program like this could drop out of school because of also ensure more accurate unintended pregnancies. We’re already committed information, since participating Penn students could be to helping Philadelphia’s sturequired to fulfill a set of train- dents understand algebra and ing requirements or complete English — why not help them a class like “Human Sexuality understand sex, too? and Health” before teaching. Notably, educators in Pennsyl- ARIELLE PARDES is a College vania are not given any train- senior from San Diego. Email her at or ing before teaching sex ed. To be sure, it would take follow her @pardesoteric. “The some serious thinking to get Screwtinizer” appears every other a program like this off the Friday.



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P h i l a d e l p h i a’s H i g h e r Education Net work for Neighborhood Development, co-founded by Netter Center for Community Partnerships Director Ira Harkavy, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a two-day conference that began yesterday. PHENND consists of 31 Philadelphia colleges and universities which work to develop sustainable community-based service-learning partnerships across greater Philadelphia. Penn is hosting the PHENND conference in Houston Hall, following its

postponement in February due to weather conditions. Participants have come from across America, and the conference features many guest speakers from across the country. PHEN N D believes that higher educational institutions can work as anchors and partners for community improvement in the wider a rea. At t he con ference, groups will discuss the regional approach that anchor institutions — which include hospitals and universities — can take in the Philadelphia area. Participants at the conference will address ways in which anchor institutions can develop partnerships for education and communitybased research, as well as ways to open up employer-

assisted housing and health programs. The conference will also focus on ways to promote college access in the wider community and how city-wide engagement can be further documented. Workshops on Thursday addressed multiinstitutional collaborations and faculty engagement. T he c on f e r e nc e’s k e ynote speaker Lillian Kuri, program director for Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Development at the Cleveland Foundation, which is the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States, spoke on Thursday about ways in which anchor-based initiatives can be developed. Today, talks will focus on engagement and gathering data across institutions.

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Pipeline leaders explain social work PIPELINE from page 1 of Pipeline students. In 2008, he was attending the Community College of Philadelphia, where he took a class on criminal justice taught by Bruno. At the time, he had a strong interest in criminal justice, but he was thinking about pursuing a career in law enforcement — like his parents, who are both retired Philadelphia Police officers. “I thought I was really headed more toward the law enforcement side,” Brandon said. “But

after taking the [Pipeline for Promise] class, I really found my niche.” In 2010, Brandon transferred to Temple University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After graduating, he applied to Penn’s MSW program, which he enrolled in this fall. Next year, he will have a field placement with SP2’s Goldring Reentry Initiative, working with incarcerated individuals three months before they are released from prison and three months afterwards to support their transition back into their communities. The Pipeline for Promise program helped Brandon realize he could approach criminal justice from a social work perspective such as this one. “In today’s world, we’re moving away from the punitive ap-

proach to law enforcement,” Brandon said. “Hopefully I’ll be one of those practitioners that’s able to bridge the gap between that punitive stance and the rehabilitative stance.” Although the Pipeline program has a different director than when Brandon was a student, professors still aim to provide students with new perspectives on their potential career options. “Not only do [the students] get the program, but they get Jack and me,” Wong said. “We’re providing advising and mentoring throughout [the year], not just during that summer program.” Lewis and Wong aid students throughout their educational careers and with their applications to other institutions. They invite speakers to the classroom who work in various fields of social work — ranging from child welfare to criminal justice — to help students realize that social work offers a wide range of opportunities. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t quite understand what so-


cial work is, so they get this perception that a social worker is someone who works with DHS and takes away someone’s baby or hands out a welfare check,” Lewis said. “Part of [the program] is helping people understand what the profession is, these are the values, these are the skills you get from social work. And why not think of it as an option?” Lewis said he and Wong also teach students to take advantage of all educational resources. Due to the Lomax family’s funding, even the cost of textbooks is covered for Pipeline students; they are also given Penn Cards to access University libraries and computer labs. Lewis and Wong also encourage students by inviting speakers to talk about the struggles they faced throughout their education and careers — and also by sharing their own stories. Lewis, who specializes in mental health and cultural confidence, has worked in hospitals, mental health centers and school administrations during

his career in social work. “We talk about our journey — telling our stories and what challenges we faced as people of color trying to go through schools — and not letting what people tell you stop you from meeting your goal and objective,” Lewis said. One of their speakers last summer was Solomon Jones, a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the author of 10 books. He visited the students to teach them about writing, and to share his experiences facing adversity. Before he became a successful writer, Jones spent time living in shelters or on the streets. Lewis said Jones’ experience was extremely inspiring to the Pipeline students. “A lot of folks came out [of Jones’ lesson] feeling empowered,” Lewis said. “Every individual feels empowered going through this experience because they look at it from a different perspective, realizing that yes, they can be successful and go through college and complete it.”

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Tips for designing a modern digital interface Limited typefaces, white space — and inside jokes — go a long way BY TINA CHOU Contributing Writer How can aspiring digital designers amp up their creativity? On Thursday evening, Engineering and Wharton senior Adi Dahiya showed fellow students how to enhance their const r uct ions of moder n web and mobile interfaces. The event took place at First Round Capital and was a part of WiCS Tech Talk, which is

hosted by Women in Computer Science. “Good design starts with a mission.” Find a purpose for your work and outline the jobs that users would “hire your product” to do. Print and digital media should inform or persuade. Visualization tools can help by allowing users make quick comparisons and decisions. For instance, presenting the ratings of upcoming fall courses as a graph is easier to digest than sifting through individual listings. Enable users. Interactive media creates a relationship with users.

Facebook does it by enabling friends to intentionally connect with each other, and Flickr accomplishes it by enabling anyone to become a photographer. Embed inside jokes. Include audience-specific references in your design to clue in users on what your product is about. In the design of the PennApps web page, the title is followed by a blinking cursor — an object all hackers and programmers see too often. Pick appropriate typefaces, and try to stick to 10. As a beginning designer, try not to overdo with the of-

ferings of Google Fonts in order to minimize “visual pollution.” Dahiya suggested searching “beautif ul web types” on the Internet for successful combinations that have been used before. 1. Display fonts — including Serif, Sans Serif and Script — are curvy and sometimes illegible. Only use them for headers. 2. Geometric fonts — including Old Style, Transition, Modern and Helvetica — are historical in styling, with more calculated strokes. Feel free to use them for the bulk of your text. 3. The ideal typeface is one

that is “rich in variations” — italicizing, underlining, coloring and bolding create distinctions of a single font. Take advantage of the variations to highlight your text, but only stick to one way. Don’t be afraid of white space. “Your goal should not be to fill up space,” Dahiya said. Blank areas on a page can strengthen its content, and

can guide the eye to important sections. “Steal like an artist.” Find multiple role models to emulate and blend their styles, but make sure to give your inspirations credit. To improve designing skills and to “bridge the gap” of what you make now and what you want to make, take on a lot of creative digital design projects.


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Penn Monologues to take center stage this weekend at the ARCH BY BRENDA WANG Deputy News Editor

While Penn Monologues was founded in 2010 by a group of women who performed in the Vagina Monologues, Hewitt emphasized that Penn Monologues has “really evolved to a different kind of performance.” Performers speak about their personal experiences on “[topics] we don’t talk about here [at Penn]” including prejudice, substance abuse and religion, Hewitt said. “We always ask ourselves [about] what sort of things we aren’t willing to challenge.” The stories are “100 percent” written by Penn students about their own experiences. “It’s humbling to listen to the experiences of friends and strangers,” he said. “Especially in the past year, some things we might not necessarily talk about or face. It’s really important to speak what’s on your mind.”

Storytelling isn’t just for kids when Penn Monologues is concerned. Instead, telling stories is a form of “disclosure through truth” that is “powerful and inspiring,” Penn Monologues producer and College senior Dylan Hewitt said. This weekend, the Penn Monologues will be taking place at the ARCH auditorium, on April 26 at 8 p.m. and on April 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are being sold in front of the Penn Women’s Center, through Venmo and at the door. “To witness your peers and hear the stories they have is so touching and such a valuable experience to have that connection to a community,” Hewitt said.

Trang raised $14,000 BOSTON from page 1 things turned so quickly. People were terrified, and I didn’t know if my family was OK,” he said. “But at the same time, everyone really came together. It was an incredible thing to see, and that’s when I decided that this was something I wanted to do.” With the marathon now a symbol of national resilience and pride, this year’s race was filled with incredible energy, Trang said. “The overall atmosphere was amazing. You could tell this was something the city was excited about. Kids lined up along the streets to high-five the runners, and people flew in from all over the world to participate,” he said. More than 36,000 people signed up for the race this year — 10,000 more than last year. “I remember meeting this one woman on the bus to the race, and it was her second Boston Marathon. She said she had run 18 years ago, but after last year, she decided she had to come back,” he said.


In addition to completing the race on Monday with a time of five hours and 36 minutes, Trang also used the opportunity to raise money for a charity called Little People of America. Setting an initial goal of $5,000, Trang has now raised over $14,000 for LPA. Since his childhood, Trang has worked with LPA, which is a nonprofit specifically devoted to providing medical resources and support systems to families of people afflicted with dwarfism. Growing up, Trang faced challenges that most children didn’t, and LPA helped him overcome many struggles. “When I was little, I wanted to play in a soccer league, but the coaches wouldn’t let me play unless I signed a waiver saying they weren’t responsible for my health because they were so afraid of me getting hurt. I reached out to LPA and they helped me get a spot on the team — and I never signed the waiver,” he said. “I really loved playing soccer, so obviously that was important, but even more than that, LPA taught me to stand up for what is right and to fight for what I believe in,” he added. In order to run in the Boston Marathon, runners must qualify with a certain time. Men without

impairments who are Trang’s age must complete a qualifying marathon in under three hours and five minutes, and people who fall into the mobility-impaired group must have a time under six hours. If a runner fails to meet the qualifying time, he or she can run for a charity instead. Though Trang did not technically need to raise money for a charity — because he completed a qualifying marathon in Ventura, Calif., in five hours and 42 minutes — he decided to do so anyway. “LPA is a cause that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. I figured, why not use this opportunity to give something back to them?” Sameer Kirtane, a 2009 Management and Technology alum who was Trang’s roommate for their junior and senior years at Penn, spoke to Trang’s ability to

inspire and overcome his disability. “When Dhan told me he was running the marathon, I wasn’t even a little bit surprised. This is just the next thing in a long line of incredible success he’s had over the years.” “When we were roommates at Penn, it wasn’t that he didn’t face difficulties, it was just that he didn’t let his disability enter his consciousness,” Kirtane said. “It was almost like it wasn’t present in his mind, so it wasn’t present in anyone else’s.” Since graduating from Penn with degrees, Trang has worked with Citigroup and the hedge fund Bridgewater. He has remained active in the Penn community, conducting alumni interviews with prospective students. He will be back on campus next month for his five-year reunion. 5500 Sansom Street 215.471.1002

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Stage set as Quakers need one more win for share of Ivy title W. LACROSSE | Penn has regained momentum with two wins since Princeton loss BY HOLDEN MCGINNIS Associate Sports Editor Cornell 7-7, 4-2 Ivy Saturday, 1 p.m. Ithaca, N.Y.

The stage is set for Penn women’s lacrosse. Last game of the season. A share of the Ivy regular season title on the line. On the road against one of the better teams in the Ancient Eight. When No. 15 Penn (9-4, 5-1 Ivy) takes the trip north to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend to face Cornell (7-7, 4-2), there will be a lot on the line for both teams. “We know what’s on the line for Saturday,� coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “It’s becoming a champion and becoming a second seed [in the Ivy League tournament].“

The Quakers enter the contest on a two-game winning streak, dominating lesser Ivy foes. Over the past week, the Red and Blue took out Brown on the road by a score of 12-6 and then followed that up with a 17-4 rout of Columbia. Needless to say, Penn is pumped up and ready to go for this one. “People are bringing a lot of energy to practice, working hard and bringing out the best in each other,� senior midfield Tory Bensen said. “That’s coming from everyone, the injured players, the starters, the people who come off the bench, the coaches. It’s really just everyone here is working really hard to get [the win].� One key will be the continuation of the offensive momentum the Quakers have built up since their loss to Princeton. Producing consistent offense has been a problem for Penn throughout the season, though the team has found success against Ivy League

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Against Cornell, Penn will need sophomore midfield Nina Corcoran to continue her offensive success after her three goals against Columbia on Wednesday.

Freshmen look to make titles status quo FRESHMEN from page 12 The hungry crop of arms Yurkow recruited has done more than just eat up innings. They have been key contributors to Penn’s impressive pitching staff. Jack Hartman, who has been one of the freshman class’s top contributors on the mound, has responded surprisingly well to a featured starting role — as well

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Quakers get one more shot to pick up flashy victory M. LACROSSE | Ivy tournament nears as Penn takes on its final nonconference foe BY ALEXIS ZIEBELMAN Associate Sports Editor St. John’s 7-6 Tonight, 7 p.m. Radnor, Pa.

Over the river and through the woods, to R adnor the Quakers go. With Penn Relays flooding Franklin Field, No. 8 Penn men’s lacrosse will go to Radnor, Pa., to play St. John’s at the annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival on Friday. Penn (8-3) is coming off of a five-game win streak, most recently beating Towson on Tuesday night, 15-9. That is the longest win streak the Red and Blue have had since 2006. “ T h e g a m e [ T u e s d a y] night was a step forward for us offensively,� coach Mike Murphy said. “I would love to continue to build on that as well as the face off success we had and to try to be good on defense as well. “We have statistical goals we try to reach in different categories and we hit them in most of the categories and were close on defense.� However, that is not to say that St. John’s (7-6) will not pose a threat to the Quakers. “They are a very talented team with a very good attack so I think it will be a good game and a good way to end our regular season,� junior attack Isaac Bock said. “St. John’s attack is as good an attack as we’ve seen so we will have to do a good job containing them,� Murphy added. In order to stop the Red Storm’s attack, the Quakers

will need to play the defense they have been playing in their last five games, not the display they showed against Cornell on March 22 when they gave up 17 goals. T he Q ua ker s have had strong defensive showings as well as key offensive performances lately, however they have been unable to do both in the same game. “I think it’s just consistency more than anything else,� Bock said. “We’ve been good at every individual thing in different games so we just need to put it all together.� “We need to be a little bit more diligent and a little more intense in the riding game and we will be ready to go,� Murphy added. This game marks the last regular season game for Penn and its first ever meeting with

the Red Storm. The Quakers will close out an impressive schedule that has included matchups with six teams in the top 20, and wins over No. 3 Denver and No. 13 Yale to boot. Though the Quakers are “hosting,� the game will take place at Radnor High School at the Katie Samson tournament that raises money for spinal cord research, run by the father of Samson, a Penn lacrosse alum. This will be the Quakers’ last game before the Iv y League tournament, which will be held at either Harvard or Cornell. “We’re just trying to win this game and take it like we’ve taken every game this year,� Bock said. “One game at a time, focus on winning this one, then we will deal with whatever comes after.�

the weekend rotation. The crafty Reitcheck has stepped up to a more specialized role as the club’s closer and has earned five saves — the second highest mark in the Ancient Eight this season. Righty Mitchell Hammonds, whose talents originate in Marietta, Ga., is another rookie who has been valuable in relief lately. The 6-foot-4 hurler boasts a 2.89 ERA and eight strikeouts in five relief appearances, including a key effort in a win over Harvard. This weekend will be this rookie bunch’s biggest test yet, as the Quakers are set to square off against Columbia with the Lou Gehrig Division title on

the line. While Yurkow admits his freshmen — along with the rest of his club — lack Ivy League playoff experience, he is confident in his rookies’ abilities to respond to big stages. In fact, the skipper sees that as a defining trait of his freshman class. “The good thing is that most of the freshmen we’ve brought in have come from winning programs,� Yurkow explained. “And there’s something to be said for that. You hope that on a weekend like the one sitting right before us, that they say ‘I’ve been here before, I’ve pitched in big games.’� Penn’s rookies have grown up quickly this season, and this

weekend’s series will provide another step — albeit a large one — in the talented group’s maturation, win or lose. And although the season isn’t finished yet, the freshmen are already excited for what the future holds. “This year has been awesome, and I can’t wait for the next three,� Graul said. “It’s a very talented class, one that has a lot of potential,� Hartman added. “I definitely expect even better results in the future.� With this year’s freshman class as strong as it is, contending for Ivy League titles may very well become the status quo for Penn baseball.










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Hope Springs eternal for Penn Athletics

STEVEN TYDINGS This is a pretty hectic weekend for Penn Athletics. Penn women’s lacrosse is going for a share of its eighth straight Iv y League title. Softball is trying to get to its third consecutive Ivy League Championship series. Men’s lacrosse looks to position itself for an NCAA run. Baseball vies for its first division title in seven years. Rowing takes on Harvard and Yale on the Schuylkill. And if that wasn’t enough for you, there’s this little thing called the Penn Relays that they’ve been running for the last 120 years. All of that adds up to one of the best times of year to be right around 33rd street. Of course, some of those squads will be away from the friendly confines of campus but nonetheless, it seems that Penn Athletics has hit the jackpot this spring. There is an air of positivity around each of the spring sports and a fantastic opportunity to show off an aging gem of a structure with the 120th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Spring hasn’t always been

the best time of year for Penn. Last year, softball and women’s lacrosse went on impressive runs to Ivy titles and NCAA appearances, but baseball fell flat in division play, losing the majority of its games down the stretch on the way to coach John Cole’s firing. And men’s lacrosse struggled, falling short of the NCAA Tournament. But under the tutelage of John Yurkow and Mike Murphy, respectively, Penn baseball and men’s lacrosse may be the two best positioned teams of any spring sport behind some veteran leadership that has taken the extra step to greatness. And with all of this success, it’s time for Penn’s campus to get involved. While women’s lacrosse will be up in Ithaca for a date with Cornell and men’s lacrosse will be in Radnor, Pa., there are opportunities to see each of the other teams in action. After all, Penn baseball and softball will be playing their final regular season home games, so it will be the last chance for a senior class to take the field in University City (outside of possible postseason play). So check out Meiklejohn Stadium on Friday afternoon after classes and watch the Quakers go toe-to-toe with a top -notch competitor in defending Ivy champion Columbia. Is there much better to do when the sun is out than catch a ball game, let

RELAYS from page 12 ish the competition, though, pulling out of the 1500 meters on Wednesday. Thursday morning started off at 10 a.m. with the collegiate women’s 400m hurdles championships, but transitioned immediately into high school girls’ sprints and middle-distance events. These events were completely dominated by Edwin Allen, a high school out of Jamaica which registered the top heat times in the 4x100m, 4x400m, and 4x800m relays. Following this astounding

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Junior pitcher Alexis Borden has had another stellar year for Penn softball and will try to help push the team into the Ivy Championship series this weekend. alone one with people you know? And if you aren’t inclined to make the long march to Meiklejohn, why not go to Penn Park and see defending Ivy champion Penn take on the Lions? Behind junior Alexis Borden, the Quakers may make the NCAA Tournament once again. But the crown jewel of the weekend is of course Penn Relays. From morning until

night from Thursday to Saturday, the top runners throughout the country will pack into Franklin Field with a show that rivals David Guetta. Here’s your opportunity to enjoy Penn Athletics at its best. Enjoy the craziness.

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The most exciting Penn Relays event is ... BY DP SPORTS EDITORS From The Daily Pennsylvanian’s sports blog, THE BUZZ Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here. Penn Athletics’ signature event, the Penn Relays, are here and underway. For the 120th time, athletes from across the country — and the globe — have converged on Penn’s campus for the myriad track and field events through Saturday afternoon. Unquestionably, there are dozens of events that excite everyone taking place at Franklin Field. But which events are our editors most excited about? Find out! Sports Editor Riley Steele: I’ll never forget my first Penn Relays experience last year, taking in the beautiful weather while thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere and unbridled joy of victorious high school runners. This time around, the events that excite me most are unquestionably anything involving USA vs. The World. Specifically, I can’t wait to see former Olympians Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin do battle against some of the world’s best in the men’s 4x100-meter race on Saturday afternoon. Gatlin performed at the Penn Relays in 2013, leading his 4x100-meter squad to victory. The mere thought of a repeat performance is enough to get me out of bed and down to Franklin Field before noon this weekend. Sports Editor Ian Wenik:

Quakers bats need to be on point vs. Lions BASEBALL from page 12 Both squads have potent offenses — they sit atop the conference by a comfortable margin averaging an identical 5.5 runs per game in Ivy play — and they are the only two teams featuring earned run averages below three. Penn and the Lions each have shown the ability to catch fire as well this season. It was the Quakers who stole headlines earlier this month with their 8-0 start in conference play

You can watch the pros all you want. I’m going to have my eyes firmly glued to the college men’s 4xmile championship on Saturday afternoon. There may not be a single field more stacked than this one. Stanford’s team, which boasts the Rosa brothers, Joe and Jim, should be worth the price of admission alone. Both juniors are All-Americans, with Joe boasting the slightly better personal best in the mile (4:01.72). If the Cardinal have those two running the third and fourth legs of the race, they’ll be tough to beat. But Stanford’s Pac-12 rival Oregon, the top seed for Saturday, is no slouch. The Ducks have five runners at their disposal that have run sub-four-

Edwin Allen dominates early heats

minute miles, including senior Jeremy Elkaim, who is looking for redemption after his late-race fade in 2013 handed the Relays’ distance medley title to Penn State. That list doesn’t even include freshman phenom Edward Cheserek, who’s already won two national championships in two different seasons (cross country and the indoor 3,000m). Maybe I’m just being nostalgic. After all, I watched all these guys torment my team back when I ran in high school (go Millburn!). Senior Sports Editor Steven Tydings: Why pick out a single event? The Penn Relays are so much more about the experience and an eclectic group of runners and throwers from

throughout the nation (and beyond) taking part in the highest level of competition. This is a time to celebrate — regardless of the event — and enjoy a crowd that far surpasses what we saw during Homecoming or Spring Fling. And when you look at the talent that is coming just from Penn, it makes me want to be there for the entire weekend. Noel Jancewicz already did her thing, and now it’s time for some upperclassmen to make their marks. If there is one race that I have to pick, I’m going to take the Olympic Development mile at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, where Penn’s star, Thomas Awad, will look to keep up his impressive sophomore year.

Quakers will rely on more Allen fireworks SOFTBALL from page 12 against P r inceton w ith a sweep as well as a win against Monmouth on Wednesday, the Quakers know that their ultimate goal of winning the Ivy League’s South Division is still in play. Due in large part to their strong play throughout the past several weeks, the Red and Blue have positioned themselves nicely in the South Division. Penn has a 2.5 game lead on the Lions (21-19, 8-8), while Princeton and Cornell remain 3.5 and 4.5 games back, respectively. Though the Quakers have some breathing room at the top of the South Division standings, they are by no means a lock to take part in the Ivy League Championship Series on May 3. Due in large part to a variety of weather delays and postponed games, the Big Red still have two games to play with Harvard, while Penn also may be forced to make up the remainder of its second game with the Crimson from April 4. And while two wins against the Lions are likely to give the Quakers enough of a cushion to clinch the South Division, three wins this upcoming weekend will put Penn into the postseason yet again. With that in mind, the plan is simple for the Quakers: take care of business against Columbia, and nothing else will matter.

display of athletic dominance were the initial heats of the college women’s 4x100m relays. The Red and Blue finished just outside of the top thirty with a mildly disappointing time of 46.88 seconds, failing to qualify for any of Friday’s heats. Then came the high school 4x400m relays. And they went on. And on and on and on ... for literally hours as a mindnumbing number of teams competed in the middle-distance relays. Further college competition would need to wait for later in the night and over the weekend. So with one day of the Relays in the books, one thing r ema i ns cle a r : T he meet star ted as well as anyone could have hoped, but there is plenty left to look forward to.

T h i s we ekend’s ser ies starts off with two games at Penn Park on Friday before shifting to New York for an additional doubleheader on Saturday. And though Penn’s success this season has been welldocumented, the Lions have been also playing well of late. Columbia, winners of four of its past five entering Friday’s first two games, is one of the Ivy League’s most fearsome offensive teams. The Lions are third in the conference with 177 runs scored this year, only eight behind offensiveleader Dartmouth. Kayla Noonan’s squad’s .292 batting average also ranks second in the Ivy League, a mere .001 behind the Big Green. Columbia has consistently been led by junior Kayla Shimoda’s .331 batting average — eighth-best in the Ivy League — and 22 RBI this season. The Quakers have a pretty stellar offensive weapon of their own in freshman outfielder Leah Allen. The Woodbine, Md., native is not only leading the Ivy League with a .411 batting average, but has also smacked 11 homers to go along with 34 RBI, both of which also top the conference. As Penn prepares for its four-game set with the Lions, the defending Iv y League champion Quakers are likely to rely on their offensive firepower as well as their solid pitching staff, led by junior Alexis Borden and freshman Alexis Sargent. A nd if the Quakers can stick to what they’ve done well throughout 2014, they should be on their way to the postseason by Saturday night.

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The spectacle of the Penn Relays draws competitors from far and wide, including some of the top runners in the NCAA. This year’s field includes both 2013 NCAA cross country national champions and multiple sub-four minute milers.

While Columbia has several offensive weapons, Penn has one of its own in outfielder Leah Allen, a freshman who leads the Ivies in homers, batting average and RBI.

and 11-game win streak. But Columbia, known for its strong late-season play under coach Brett Boretti, has oneupped the upstart Red and Blue and enters the series on a 14game win streak. “In years past, they’ve played good baseball down the stretch,” Yurkow noted. “A lot of that has to do with their coach and how they do things there. I have a lot of respect for coach Boretti.” Columbia’s offensive success has been driven largely by speedsters Jordan Serena and Will Savage. Savage has done his name justice at the plate in his breakout freshman campaign, leading the Lions with a .360 batting average while swiping 13 bases. Serena has added 20 steals of his own to lead the Ivy League in his junior

season. And while senior Joey Donino has been inconsistent on the mound, sophomore George Thanopoulos and returning first-team All-Ivy pitcher David Speer have proven to be reliable starters. While Thanopoulous, who has transitioned well from a relief role, is a perfect 5-0, Speer leads the staff with four complete games. If there’s one area in which the Lions’ pitching has struggled recently, it’s been keeping the ball in the park. Columbia’s staff has given up an Ivy League-high 10 home runs in conference play, something the Quakers’ offense is likely aware of, given that it leads the Ancient Eight in homers. After last weekend’s incon-

sistent performance at the plate against Princeton, Penn will be wary of being overly aggressive. After tearing through most of Ivy play, the Red and Blue are looking to correct some of the mistakes at the plate that led to a split with the Tigers. “We talked about learning from our mistakes and sometimes just seeing how your emotions get the best of you,” Yurkow said. And Penn has brought a good focus to practice this week, as Yurkow noted that “[the team has] been swinging the bats pretty good the last couple of days. I like where we’re at right now as an offense.” Yurkow should also like where his team stands overall in his first year at the helm — one se-

ries away from a potential playoff berth. Though the Quakers may not have the championship pedigree that Columbia has earned over the last decade, they are not a squad to shy away in the least from the opportunity in front of

them. “They’re a good club,” Yurkow said. “But we’ve got a good club too. The only thing that’s different is that we haven’t been there. “But I expect our guys to come out and play the same way they have all year.”

penn-columbia TIEBREAK SCENARIOS What happens if the two teams split their series this weekend? If Penn and Columbia each win two out of their four matchups this weekend, both squads will finish the year tied at 15-5 atop the Lou Gehrig Division. This would lead to a one-game playoff. The home team would be determined by the best winning percentage against the next common opponent with the highest winning percentage in Ivy play, regardless of division. Based on the current standings, that team would be Yale, which would give the home game to Penn.


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Henry Lin/Staff Photographer Junior middle-distance runner Pauline Dabrowski fights for position during the 800-meter leg of the college women’s distance medley relay. Posting a split of 2:14.26, Dabrowski put anchor 1600m runner Ashley Montgomery in good position to make up ground, as the Quakers ultimately finished in fourth place. The Red and Blue posted a total time of 11:42.85, a little more than seven seconds off the pace of eventual winner Delaware. Penn women’s track’s efforts will continue today with entries into the college women’s 3000m championship and 10,000m championship, among others.

A frenetic first day of Penn Relays

RELAYS | Noel Jancewicz captures heptathalon, but 4x100-meter relay team falters

converged on Penn’s campus for the Penn Relays — one of the nation’s most prestigious annual track and field competitions. And at the center of attention is Franklin Field, a hallowed ground for Penn athletics. On Thursday morning, the Relays’ track events got off to a proper start with women’s high school and college competition, and there couldn’t have been a nicer day for the proceedings.

BY COLIN HENDERSON Associate Sports Editor It’s finally here. A f ter months of waiting, high school, collegiate and international athletes from around the world have

Sunlight poured into F rank lin Field throughout the day, but it just as easily could have been pouring out, as the sun illuminated its surroundings like a halo around a holy athletic ground. At a comfortable 60 degrees, one could sense the excitement surrounding the event by simply walking around campus. It was equally exciting inside Frank lin Field, which was f illed with spectators. One can expect at-

tendance to increase as the Relays go on, as it very well may be filled to the brim as the Relays’ marquee track events are run on Friday and Saturday. The event couldn’t have started any better for its host, either. The Quakers started off proceedings with an early victory, as their freshman sensation — multi-athlete Noel Jancewicz — won the women’s heptathlon over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Four games to decide the Gehrig Division champ BASEBALL | With the two teams tied at the top of the standings, weekend doubleheader is crucial

Columbia 22-15, 13-3 Ivy Doubleheader Friday, 1 p.m. Meiklejohn Stadium

Columbia 22-15, 13-3 Ivy

BY SEAMUS POWERS Staff Writer The playoffs have come early for Penn baseball. The Quakers, currently tied atop the Lou Gehrig division with Columbia, will face the defending Ivy League champion Lions this weekend in a home-and-home series to decide which club will advance to the Ivy Championship series. The first pair of contests will be played at Meiklejohn Stadium on Friday before the series wraps up on Saturday in New York. Penn (22-14, 13-3 Ivy) and Columbia

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(22-15, 13-3) have clearly been the Ancient Eight’s two most dominant clubs in 2014, and the division rivals bear considerable resemblance on the stat sheets — indicators that an intense, thrilling series will likely ensue. “You look at a lot of the stats, and it’s pretty even [between the two teams],” coach John Yurkow said. “I’m expecting a tough series.”


In only her first year of collegiate competition, Jancewicz posted the third-highest score — 5,035 points in Penn histor y — a nd beca me the school’s third champion in the event. The Red and Blue also started strong on the men’s side, as sophomore Thomas Pitt led the men’s decathlon through the first day of competition. He was unable to fin-


Penn three wins away from postseason SOFTBALL | With 2.5 game lead over Columbia, Quakers can clinch division title this weekend BY RILEY STEELE Sports Editor

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Against Columbia, Penn’s pitching staff, led by junior Connor Cuff, will be tasked with shutting down a potent Lions lineup that has averaged 7.8 runs per game during its 14-game game winning streak.

Columbia 21-19, 8-8 Ivy Doubleheader Today, 2 p.m. Penn Park

Rookies giving Yurkow everything he asked for BASEBALL | Graul and freshmen pitching staff have helped put Penn in position to clinch postseason berth BY SEAMUS POWERS Staff Writer

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While freshman catcher Tim Graul got very little playing time to start the year, the first-year backstop has settled into a comfy role as the team’s primary designated hitter against lefties.

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In Penn baseball’s quest for the Ivy League title, the club’s freshmen, who hail from all parts of the country, are more than along for the ride — the group has been a key driver to the team’s surprise success this season. Catcher Tim Graul, Penn’s most impactful freshman at the plate this season, believes that the diverse class has meshed around common attitudes. “It was funny at the beginning of the year, getting to know everybody from all over the place,” he said. “It

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was kind of weird, but you could tell that everybody had the same ideals, and that we were all ready to come to Penn to play baseball and put our work in.” The emergence of the freshman class has been one of the key factors to the Quakers’ success this season. Given the makeup of his pitching staff entering the year, coach John Yurkow set out to build a strong group of arms with his latest rookie class, and so far, he’s seen exactly what he hoped for. “We knew we had to get a really good group of pitchers,” Yurkow said. “We knew we were gonna need to get some innings out of the freshmen, and I think they’ve responded rather well as a staff.” That would be an understatement.

Penn baseball isn’t the only team with a pivotal series with postseason hopes on the line this weekend. After stumbling in their midweek matchup with Monmouth, Penn softball returns to Ivy League play for its final conference action of the regular season when it takes on Columbia in a home-and-home fourgame series this weekend. Despite dropping its past two contests, including the series finale against Princeton last Sunday, Penn (15-18, 10-5 Ivy) has played fairly well as of late. Before their loss to the Tigers on April 20, the Quakers had won eight of 10, including seven of nine in the Ancient Eight. And while Penn would certainly have liked to cap off its series



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