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Five facts about Penn’s Commencement speaker, Idina Menzel
The award-winning Broadway actress will deliver Penn’s 2023 Commencement speech on May 15
KATIE BARTLETT Staff Reporter
Get to know Idina Menzel, the award-winning actress and singer who will deliver the 2023 Penn Commencement speech on May 15.
1. She is nicknamed the “Queen of Broadway.”
Known for her mainstream success in musical theatre, Menzel has been nicknamed the “Queen of Broadway” in honor of her achievements on the stage.
She rose to fame in 1996 when she landed the role of Maureen in the Broadway sensation “Rent,” a performance that earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Her career took off when she originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003. Starring alongside Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, Menzel gave a performance that earned her the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. Still running, “Wicked” remains among the highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time.
Other notable theatre credentials include a 2014 performance as Elizabeth in “If/Then” and the lead role in the Off-Broadway production of Joshua Harmon’s “Skintight” in 2018.
Menzel’s accomplishments extend beyond the stage. She has been featured in several television shows and films, where she’s best known for playing Shelby Corcoran in “Glee” and Elsa in the “Frozen” franchise.
Menzel is also a successful recording artist, releasing six studio albums. Her 2014 album “Holiday Wishes” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 100.
2. She has made history on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Let It Go,” the smash hit that Menzel sang for the first “Frozen” movie, rose in popularity, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, she became the first person to ever have both a Billboard Hot 10 hit and a Tony Award.
Her other accolades span across music, film, and theatre, including an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, as well as nominations for three Drama League Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. In 2019, she was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to musical theatre.
3. She seeks to combine her passion for the arts with philanthropy.
After noting that financial disparities often prevent
young girls from attending summer camp, Menzel sought to expand access to such opportunities. In 2010, she joined forces with fellow stage actor Taye Diggs to found A BroaderWay Foundation.
The organization collaborates with other artists, activists, and social workers with the goal of “amplifying the power of young women and gender expansive youth through the arts” and developing future leaders.
Through partnerships with New York City charter schools, after-school programs, and individuals, the group is able to offer a summer musical theatre camp in the Berkshires and a school year program of workshops, performances and social gatherings to students.
4. She has her own clothing line.
In June 2022, Menzel launched a clothing collection with QVC called “Encore by Idina Menzel.”
Seeking inspiration from her busy life as a singer, actor, songwriter and mom, the collection is designed to allow easy and seamless transitions from one activity to the next. Wearers can transition the outfit pieces from a day to an evening look with a quick shoe or accessory change.
"My closet has always been this anxiety-provoking place," Menzel told Good Morning America. "I did this out of a necessity to help myself and other women take the stress out of getting ready in the morning."
5. She writes children's books.
In 2022, Menzel teamed up with her sister, writer and teacher Cara Mentzel, to create a picture book.
Titled “Loud Mouse,” the book is a lyrical illustrated story about a mouse finding her voice designed to teach children about bravery.
The sisters reportedly drew inspiration from their own lives. Menzel told Fox News that she felt “conflicted about how much space to take up” and “how much attention” she should seek out as a young girl.
The book came as a result of "delving into my experience as a young girl, having this big voice and knowing that I had something deep down, I had something special to offer," Menzel said.
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Meet the University’s 2023 honorary degree recipients
The year’s cohort of six recipients includes a journalist, an astrophysicist, and Nobel Prize winners
DIAMY WANG Staff Reporter
Penn will honor six individuals with honorary degrees, celebrating their achievements in fields ranging from physics to the arts.
This year’s cohort of recipients includes actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel, economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and author Brent Staples. One Penn affiliate will also receive an honorary degree — Professor Emerita of ophthalmology Jean Bennett.
Menzel, an award-winning actress, singer-songwriter, producer, and writer, will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts and will deliver Penn’s 2023 Commencement speech on May 15.
Menzel is best known for her voice role as Elsa in the 2013 Disney animated film “Frozen” and its sequel. Her song “Let It Go” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014. Prior to this, she won a 2004 Tony Award for her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the Broadway musical “Wicked.” She started her Broadway career with a leading role in the musical “Rent.”
She is also the co-founder of A BroaderWay Foundation, which focuses on supporting girls from underserved communities through the arts. Menzel was named a 2014 Power of Women honoree by Variety for her work with the organization.
Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Banerjee is a co-recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics and the inaugural winner of the Infosys Prize in Social Sciences, one of the highest monetary rewards in India for researchers of Indian origin. He co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2003 and currently serves as co-director. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society.
In 2012, Banerjee served on former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He has also written or edited eight books and directed two documentary films.
Banerjee is married to fellow 2023 Penn honorary degree recipient and MIT professor Esther Duflo.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Bell Burnell, an award-winning astrophysicist, will receive an honorary Doctor of Sciences.
Bell Burnell discovered pulsars — pulsing radio stars — as a graduate student at the University of Cambridge in the late 1960s. Her discovery won the 1974 Nobel Prize for Physics, although she was not named as one of the recipients. She became the first woman to serve as president of the Institute of Physics for the UK and Ireland in 2008 and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014. She also served as president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004.
Bell Burnell was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2018. She donated the $3 million prize to the Institute of Physics to establish scholarships for underrepresented groups in physics. In addition to her scientific contributions, she is involved in higher education diversity efforts and co-edited an anthology of astronomical-themed poetry.
Jean Bennett Bennett — the F.M. Kirby Professor Emeritus of Opthamology at the Perelman School of Medicine — will receive an honorary Doctor of Sciences.
Bennett was recruited in 1992 to work at Penn’s Scheie Eye Institute. Her team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia developed the first gene therapy product to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Recently, she co-founded Opus Genetics, which helps patients with rare conditions neglected by the pharmaceutical industry and their families.
Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Duflo is a co-recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics and a 2014 winner of the Infosys Prize in Social Sciences. In 2009, Duflo also received a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship for her work exploring poverty cycles of South Asia and Africa. She co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2003 and currently serves as co-director. Her work is focused on global poverty, with a special focus on the impact of social policy.
Duflo is married to fellow Penn 2023 honorary degree recipient and MIT professor Abhijit Banerjee.
Staples, a member of The New York Times editorial board, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters.
Staples has held his role at the Times since 1990, where he writes about politics and culture. In 2019, he received the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for a collection of essays about racial injustice in America. He was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians in 2020.
Prior to joining the Times editorial board, Staples was an editor at The New York Times Book Review. In addition to his work in writing, he has held roles as a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Yale University.
Staples recently spoke at the Inaugural W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture in Public Social Science in February.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN RUSSO Actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel will be Penn’s Commencement speaker at the Class of 2023 graduation ceremony.
With actress Idina Menzel set to deliver Penn’s Commencement speech at the Class of 2023 graduation ceremony on May 15, The Daily Pennsylvanian conducted an analysis of every Commencement speaker from 1938 to present.
According to data from the Office of the University Secretary and transcripts from the University of Pennsylvania Almanac, representation of women and nonwhite commencement speakers has grown over time. However, these groups still make up a minority of those that Penn has selected to speak at commencement.
The percentage of women speakers has grown by 22 percentage points since the early-to-middle 1900s, which featured just one woman speaker in October 1945 — Virginia C. Gildersleeve, then the dean of Barnard College. By comparison, 25% of Commencement speakers in the 21st century have been women, which remains consistent from speakers from the 1980s and 1990s.
The most recent female speakers include Menzel, impact investor and 1985 College and Wharton graduate Laurene Powell Jobs in 2021, and author and MacArthur Fellow Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who spoke virtually in 2020. Other prior notable women speakers include 1967 College graduate and journalist Andrea Mitchell, actress Jodie Foster, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“I am here because when I arrived as an unformed 16-year-old freshman, this great University gave me choices at a time when it was not self-evident that
women could strive to compete as equals,” Mitchell said in her Commencement speech.
Similar to female representation at Commencement, nonwhite commencement speakers have also grown over the years. Quo Tai-Chi, a 1911 Wharton graduate and Chinese diplomat who spoke in June 1946, was the first nonwhite speaker listed on the Office of the University Secretary’s website and the only nonwhite speaker between 1938 and 1959.
Other early speakers of color include former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and 1966 Commencement speaker Robert C. Weaver, the first Black person to be appointed to a cabinet-level position in the United States government, and former Philadelphia Mayor and 1984 Commencement speaker Wilson Goode, who drew controversy over his response to the MOVE bombings.
Since 2000, 38% of Commencement speakers have been nonwhite, a 13 percentage point increase from the late 1990s. Recent speakers of color include songwriter and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who spoke in 2016, and public interest lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who spoke in 2019.
While earlier decades featured speakers from fields such as business and education, the University has started to feature more speakers working in the arts — such as film, literature, music, and theater
— and advocacy in the past 20 years. 29% of the speakers from 2000 to 2023 come from the arts and 16% of speakers are advocates, up 17 percentage points and 12 percentage points, respectively, from 1980 to 1999.
Popular speaker fields in earlier decades came from academia and law. Politicians have also taken up a consistent share of commencement speakers over the years — with 37 speakers coming from this field — such as President Joe Biden, former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1987 College graduate and diplomat Jon Huntsman Jr., and former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.
When analyzing transcripts of commencement speeches from 2000 to the present, the DP’s analysis found that some of the most common words mentioned include “world,” “life,” and “country.”
From actor Denzel Washington’s 2011 speech “Fall Forward” to Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)’s 2017 speech “Making a World of Change for Everyone,” many recent speeches also include sentiments that encourage students to productively cope with failure and urge graduates to make a change in the world.
“When you leave the friendly confines of West Philly: Never be discouraged,” Washington said. “Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got.”
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Saturday, May 13 th from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the DP offices, 4015 Walnut Street. Please join us for drinks and a light bite to eat. Chat with former colleagues, reminisce about the old days, and see the current DP operation. The Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association and the staff of The Daily Pennsylvanian cordially invite all DP alumni, graduating seniors, and current staff to A Reception for Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni You are INVITED When you left we said to the class of years past May the Road Rise to Meet You May the Wind Be Always At Your Back, May the Sun Shine Warm Upon Your Face, And the Rains Fall Soft Upon Your Fields And Until We Meet Again, May God Keep You In the Hollows Of His Hand Now that we meet again Welcome Back Alumni! SMOKEY JOE’S How Penn’s Commencement speakers have changed over the years Representation of women and people of color has grown over time, but these groups still make up minorities of Penn Commencement speakers KIRA WANG Senior Reporter
NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell (left) and criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson (right) delivered Penn’s Class of 2018 and 2019 commencement speeches, respectively.
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Making it at Penn
JONAH CHARLTON | Why cultivating relationships rooted in empathy, kindness, and trust matters
Working for the paper allowed me to meet a number of University administrators as sources, namely within Wellness at Penn. During the early stages of the pandemic, my weekly online meetings with this small group leading Penn’s COVID-19 response were one of the few interactions with non-DP members I had each week. In fall 2020, I would walk to the COVID-19 testing site with excitement, because I knew I would see a familiar face in person. These relationships provided certainty and structure in a time when there was little of either in the world.
These types of source relationships in journalism can often feel transactional, but I’ve always worked hard to push against this notion, both for myself and with the DP team as a whole. Prioritizing trust in these relationships, while maintaining clear boundaries of professionalism, improves not just the quality of the output, but creates real connection too.
was me and the entire production night team welcoming these new members, in hopes that they would one day do the same. My time at the DP wouldn’t have been the same without these people: Sophie, Allyson, and our entire intrepid copy department, without whom none of what the DP accomplishes would be possible; Jesse, Anna, and our photo team that brought the content to life; Tyler and our passionate design team; Emi, Tori, Delaney, and our relentless news department; Matt, Esther, Eashwar, and all of DPOSTM, who welcomed me with open arms; Emily, Ale, Pia, and the executive board, who worked tirelessly to make the DP better; and lastly, the incredible newsletter anchors — Komal, Jared, Saya, Imran, Sejin, and Eva — who believed in a crazy idea and helped me see it through to fruition. It’s the relationships with this team of people that I’ll carry with me after my time at Penn.
After working as a tour guide for all eight of my semesters here at Penn, I’ve told the following story about my start at The Daily Pennsylvanian dozens, if not hundreds of times. It only feels right to tell it one last time.
It begins with me — a wide-eyed first year from the Midwest completely confused by what “jawn” meant — arriving on Penn’s campus unsure of what exactly I wanted to do or how I would make friends. So I joined a number of clubs, the DP chief among them, and I was thrilled to receive my first assignment as a news reporter: a three-day, University-wide conference with a packed schedule and dozens of speakers.
I was a little nervous to say the least, but I completed interviews, attended as many of the events as I could, and wrote a shaky draft before hiking to the DP’s office to review the article with a news editor who’d interned at Politico the summer before and would go on to serve as the DP’s editor-in-chief. Not imposing at all.
But the DP team welcomed me with open
arms, helped rework my article, and let me watch the ins and outs of a production night. I was fascinated by all of it and couldn’t wait to get more involved.
While walking to class the next morning, I picked up a copy of the DP — like everyone should! — and was shocked when I saw my story on the front page. On my Kite & Key tours, I’ve ended this story for many years by saying that this was the moment I felt as if I had made it at Penn. Little did I know, there was so much more than front page bylines or story clicks on the website to really make it at the DP, at Penn, or anywhere, for that matter.
When I look back at my four years at the DP, there are a number of things I’ve been proud of — becoming editor-in-chief, helping to lead coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic for two years, and overhauling our daily newsletter to create a more personal feel. But reflecting on my time at the DP, it’s none of these “accomplishments” that I remember the most — it’s the people I’ve met and forged relationships with that I’ll carry with me more than anything
I’m grateful to those sources who have treated me and the DP team with kindness and understanding when we’ve made mistakes and have subsequently worked with us to be our best. I hope this continues for years to come.
Internal to the DP, it is again the relationships that have meant so much to me. Weeks into the spring semester of my first year at Penn, the world was upended by the pandemic. While most other clubs and organizations shut down for the semester, the DP kept churning out important stories for the University community to stay informed during a time of complete unknowns. Over spring, summer, and fall 2020, I became increasingly involved with the paper, working with a small team of peers who quickly became some of my closest friends. Working for the DP provided me with connection in a time when I needed it most.
Eventually, we returned to the DP’s office for in-person production nights and editing sessions, just like I’d seen years prior when I wrote my first story. This time, however, it
Finding my purpose through service
SOPHIE APFEL | Why you should still do work you might not get credit for
The task seemed simple enough: Read articles, fact check them, and fix any grammar, style, or spelling errors before the article is published, for two hours, twice a week. I joined The Daily Pennsylvanian’s copy department because copy editing seemed like the kind of job that I would enjoy. I like rules and fixing things, completing one task, and then moving right on to the next. In my first two years at the DP as a copy associate, the DP was a contained experience, merely one part of my life at Penn. Eventually, I went from copy associate to copy editor, and as I started leading the department, it became difficult to tell the difference between my life at the DP and my life outside of the DP.
Being copy editor took up a lot of my time. I was in the office nearly every night until midnight — and on production nights, later than that. I was to be available 24/7 to edit breaking stories and post them to the DP’s social media accounts. I couldn’t go even 30 minutes without checking Slack. Being copy editor was perhaps the toughest, most demanding experience of my life.
What’s more, nobody — outside of the copy department and the 138th Board — really knew the extent of the copy editor position. I probably read every article, social media caption, and newsletter published by the DP in 2022. Nearly every word passed through me before it was published, and yet, no one knew. In fact, save for an 11th-hour print photo essay that I helped write captions for, my name was never attached to any work that I had done at the DP. There was nothing from the DP that I could point to and call mine. This senior column is the first time I will have created something of my own for the DP, and really the first time I will have gotten credit for my work. Writers get bylines, photographers and designers get image credits, but the copy
department doesn’t get recognition when they work on something. That’s just the nature of the job — and I don’t have a problem with that.
Why? Because ultimately, I believe that we ought to serve, irrespective of the credit we might get for performing the service. It is always a good thing to be able to help others, and we should do it whenever we can.
Being copy editor — and having any position in the copy department — is really a service job. We fix and improve upon other people’s work, often without receiving any credit. To some, that might feel like it’s not worth it. But I liked it. I like to help, I like to fix things, I like to help people’s work be better. And working at the DP as copy editor allowed me to do all of those things.
And just because you won’t get recognized for your work doesn’t mean that your work is not worthy of recognition, or not worth doing at all.
I know — and the copy department knows — how essential our services are. We catch factual errors and spelling errors, and keep content consistent and accurate, ensuring the professionalism of the paper.
Perhaps it’s because we’ve come to see those services as so essential that we instead take them for granted. And I’m not saying it’s OK to take someone else’s service for granted. But I do think it’s OK to do work and not get credit for it. Imagine if people only ever did things they knew they would be thanked for. Things would fall apart, essential services would go undone, articles would be published riddled with errors. How quickly we would realize how essential others’ thankless services really are.
And maybe even then, thankless service would still go unthanked. That’s OK, too. At the end of the day, the goal of service is just that: serving others. Service shouldn’t come with an expectation of being thanked. I’ve
found that simply performing service can be fulfilling in its own right.
Being copy editor grew in me a passion to serve others — one that I will carry with me as I return home to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in government and public service. Or maybe my passion for service is what led me to want to pursue copy in the first place. It’s still hard for me to determine which came first.
But either way, it is a wonderful thing to be of service, and I am so lucky that the writers at the DP had the confidence in me to allow me to lead the copy department, and to serve them.
Being copy editor took a lot out of me. But I am also so proud of how much I was able to give. Thank you to my predecessors Brittany and Hadriana, for giving me a great department to lead. Thank you to Julia and Allyson, copy editors of the 139, who, in only half of their time leading the copy department, have already done so much great work. Thank you to
After much discussion, we didn’t reach a conclusion. But I was leaning towards doing it just because I thought it might be a silly, goofy way (everyone who knows me knows this is my favorite phrase) to go out at the DP.
And that’s what I think this column should be about: having fun writing for the student newspaper. I’ve worn a lot of random hats at the DP, but my favorite, by far, was being the Friday newsletter anchor during my last year. Why? Because it was fun.
This is not to say the DP isn’t a fun place — I’ve truly enjoyed every moment I spent in the windowless office. I absolutely loved meeting so many incredible people (you know who you are). But writing the newsletter was silly, especially writing it on Thursday night after production.
So, with all of that being said, I want to edit the way I’ve told the story of my first DP article so many times as a tour guide: Picking up the print copy of the DP back in fall 2019 and seeing my article on the front page was far from making it at Penn. As much as it may feel like it’s about status or achievement, making it is really about the people you’ve met along the way and the impact you’ve had on them. By working at the DP, I’ve met and built relationships with some of the most hard-working, thoughtful, and empathetic members of the Penn community. It’s these people that have helped shape the person — the teammate, the editor, the friend — that I am today.
JONAH CHARLTON is a College senior studying communication and data science from Evanston, Ill. He was The Daily Pennsylvanian’s editor-in-chief on the 138th Board. Previously, he served as sports photo editor and a beat reporter. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
published while I’ve been at the DP — some from people I didn’t know and others from people I love. But one of my favorites was by Theo Papazekos back in 2020. I never met him, and he was in sports (my second favorite department). He wrote about all the different drafts of his column that he wrote in his head. While I wish I could say I have written so many different drafts of this in my head, I haven’t. I decided to write a column after being asked at the senior sendoff, and when I came home that day, I sat with the thought. Like many decisions I have to make, I ended up consulting my two sisters for their opinion.
I was adjacent to the production process most of the time, only really popping in and out during production night. But it was a long and arduous process that tired people out. By the time Thursday night came around, most people weren’t in the office. While the news never stops (a recurring line from my newsletters), there were always slightly fewer stories to actually put in the Friday newsletter. That meant that I got to give the somewhat duller stories their time in the spotlight.
While this may not sound fun, it was fun to me. Trying to get people to click on some dull stories was always an interesting thing to do, and to be completely honest, I wasn’t even trying half the time. I was just having fun
Jonah, who always expressed his gratitude for the copy department. Thank you to the copy editor who edited this column. Finally, thank you to the entirety of the 138. I am so lucky to have gotten to work with — and be of service to — you all.
I’m so grateful for my years at the DP. I did my best learning and growing here. I learned that for me, sometimes, serving others is the best way in which I serve myself. The countless hours and late nights, frustration and exhaustion, was all worth it. I was performing a service. And I can’t imagine my time better spent in any other way.
SOPHIE APFEL is a College senior studying East Asian Languages and Civilizations and political science from Washington, D.C. She served as the copy editor on the 138th Board. Her email is email@example.com.
writing the newsletter. And it worked. I got the highest newsletter click rate (sucks to suck Jared), all because I was having fun.
So if the 139th board and every board that follows learns one thing from me, I want it to be to have more fun. Running a student newspaper is so incredibly important, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have fun. Be silly, be goofy, and most of all, be silly goofy. Everything will work out in the end, I promise.
Before ending this column, I also want to use it as an opportunity to say thank you. There are so, so, so many people who have helped me or been part of my DP experience in one way or another. It would be fruitless to try to name them all because I would inevitably forget someone.
I am genuinely so thankful for all of the wonderful people I’ve written with and about. To every single one of my news and copy editors, you guys have played an amazing role in my college experience. I am forever grateful. Thank you for everything DP. I’ll love you forever.
KOMAL PATEL is a College senior studying philosophy, politics, and economics from Philadelphia. She served as a deputy assignments editor on the 138th board at The Daily Pennsylvanian, and was formerly beat reporter and general assignments reporter. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KOMAL PATEL | Have more fun, everything works out in the end I joined The Daily Pennsylvanian during my first year, in spring 2020. Just that date says a lot about my experience. It was a really tumultuous time to be writing for the DP. Everything was moving so quickly, and I stayed on that summer too — another hectic time to be writing for any newspaper. But I don’t want this column to be about COVID-19 or how my college experience wasn’t necessarily what I expected because there’s no point in dwelling on it anymore. Things happen. Life moves on. You live and you learn and all of those other cliches. I’ve read so many of the senior columns
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There really can be too much of a good thing
HANNAH GROSS | It’s okay to take a break from something you love
At the end of my term as assignments editor of the 137th board of The Daily Pennsylvanian, I was feeling burned out.
In 2021, I probably spent more time in the windowless DP office than in my apartment. I certainly spent more time with my fearless Blue Room teammates Conor and Pia than with my roommates. I lost out on time spent with friends, home-cooked meals and full nights of sleep. I let my schoolwork and internship responsibilities fall by the wayside.
But I also gained a love for journalism that I wouldn’t have found anywhere else on campus.
I learned how to report and edit, how to manage interpersonal conflicts, how to trust others, and how to trust myself. I gained a hunger for reporting, for generating story ideas and for asking the right questions. I received mentorship from the countless others who came before me and graciously shared advice about how to improve my reporting skills and find a job as a journalist.
I made many of my best friends at Penn at the DP, people who I will remain close with for years to come. I also had the opportunity to train an amazing team of first-time reporters and watch them improve with every article they wrote. These reporters are now leading the news department, breaking news and publishing groundbreaking investigations.
It was difficult for me to reconcile my love for the DP with the inklings of resentment I felt towards it for making me miss out on other things that were equally important to me.
As the end of my term as assignments editor drew near, I weighed the tough decision: Would I submerge myself even deeper into the throes of the DP by running for another board position, or would I hop on a plane to study abroad and leave the DP behind?
The DP had become my entire identity. It consumed me. And strangely, it was making my love for journalism falter. I ultimately decided not to run for the 138th board and instead, hopped on a plane from Newark Airport to Barcelona, Spain.
It was one of the best decisions I made in the last four years, second only to walking through the doors of the DP’s office at 4015 Walnut St.
The Slack notifications stopped rolling in and I ignored my DP email account. I could finally take a deep breath and leave “University Notification” emails sitting untouched in my inbox. The time I spent in Barcelona was my favorite semester of college. I made many new friends and returned to the United States with a much stronger command of Spanish and a desire to keep improving.
After returning from abroad, I made another tough decision not to go back to the DP as a reporter.
Instead, I worked at NBC10 Philadelphia and Telemundo 62, where I was able to tell stories in English and Spanish. This opportunity taught me so much and also showed me the power of a set schedule and a paycheck for fighting burnout.
If it wasn’t for my time at the DP, I would have never landed the job at NBC or decided to pursue a job as a reporter after graduation. I’m eternally grateful for the lessons the DP has taught me and the path it has cleared for me as an aspiring journalist. It’s the best place I could have asked to call my home at Penn.
If I had written this column one year ago it would have looked very different. I would have sounded resentful and angry, tired and overworked. But after taking a step back, I see the DP in a much brighter light.
I cannot thank everyone at the DP enough for setting me on the path to becoming a reporter. I will cherish all the late nights spent running around the office, the newsroom pizza and greasy Chinese food, and the lessons I learned the hard way from every mistake I made. Thank you to Pia and Conor for being the best Blue Room team. I would not have made it through the year without you both. Thank you to Hadriana for showing me the path from our high school newspaper, to the DP, to full-time reporters. Thank you to Ashley for editing my work and pushing me to become a better reporter. Thank you to Brittany and
Take an abundance mindset at Penn
SAM ZOU | Being happy in college is a mindset
Tori for being great friends and making me laugh during every production night spent in the pink palace. Thank you to Delaney, Saya, and all of the other editors and reporters who will continue the DP’s legacy and make it an even better place than it is now.
And most importantly, thank you to everyone who has trusted me to tell their stories and to everyone who has read them. I urge you to continue supporting student journalists and local news in your community. It’s okay to need a break from the DP and it’s
okay to take one. The DP will always be there for you and the lessons it teaches you will never go away. Always, Daily Penn.
HANNAH GROSS is a College senior studying political science and Hispanic studies from South Orange, N.J. She served as the assignments editor on the 137th Board of The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. Previously, she was a deputy news editor, beat reporter, and copy editor. Her email is hangross@ sas.upenn.edu.
Another way of understanding scarcity is seeing opportunities as a zero-sum game — that opportunities are finite and we need to outcompete others in order to win. At Penn, I’ve seen my fair share of students who gave 100% on everything they did, be it a team project, an essay, a non-graded group activity, or an exam. In fact, I was also one of them. There’s nothing wrong with being competitive. Competition drives innovation and excellence. But sometimes we could feel bewildered when our goal is unclear. So we put our energy in all the opportunities that face you. So we imagine the world as a finite pie, trying to outcompete everyone else to get a larger share. So we see our peers as potential competitors in the way instead of team members who could offer a fresh perspective or unique skill set to lift you up.
If there’s one thing I could change about my undergraduate years, it would be to shift from an absence mindset to an abundance one. I learned this lesson two years into college the hard way.
In the past, I’ve always joined clubs and met people by looking at what I lacked. I joined professional student organizations because I thought I lacked the know-hows to get a summer internship.
reach audiences beyond my expectations. My peers provided diverse and constructive feedback on my columns that continues to encourage me to think more critically. My writing improves as I was inspired by the many incredible writers who not only offered refreshing content, but also eloquent arguments that challenged my perspective. When challenges arise, focus on the resources, relationships, and skill sets you already have and maximize them.
I learned to foster collaborative relationships in and outside of the classroom. As a political science major, I cherish every chance I have to talk with my peers coming from different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, countries, and faiths. They enriched my understanding of different political systems and grew my empathy for people with different experiences than mine. I learned to listen to others’ input and build on different voices to produce a final product that incorporates everyone’s ingenuity.
On the first day of college, I was obsessed over my imperfections.
I found myself lacking the confidence to take up new opportunities and meet new people, so I forced myself into many clubs in which I had minimal interest in the name of making new connections. However, I soon had to withdraw from these clubs because I either was not interested in the activity at all or couldn’t make a real bond with the people who shared different interests than mine.
I found myself lacking the attention-to-detail in my work assignments, so I locked myself in a library room for hours to finish an assignment. It was perhaps one of the most inefficient ways to start a college career. Finishing assignments took up so much of my time that I had little time to explore outside the academic realm in my first year.
I found myself lacking the grades to apply to law schools, so I meticulously and anxiously reviewed every comment my professors made on my work to find a way for improvement. But worrying about what had been done and graded did little to help my next assignment in retrospect. My scarcity mindset always set me backwards instead of helping me find a sustainable solution when challenges arose. I soon realized that when your mind is focusing on what is scarce and lacking, it fails to make an informed and wise decision.
As high-achieving students at Penn, it is hard not to find what we lack when compared to other highly competitive students here. We maximize our time in social and academic activities not because that’s what we wanted, but because our peers are doing the same thing. We use a scarcity mindset to justify our actions.
I worked in policy research because I thought I lacked the right kinds of backgrounds as a law school applicant. But, the moment when everything changed was when I joined theater and The Daily Pennsylvanian my junior year. It was the first time in college when my decision-making was not based on what I lack, but on what I can abundantly offer and love.
I loved acting in high school, but I put this hobby in the back corner because I thought it was not useful for my future career goals. I love writing, but I was too scared to apply to the DP because I thought I was not good enough.
The scarcity mindset was at work again to deter me from pursuing activities I truly love. But I was glad I eventually applied to the DP and became an opinion columnist. Writing opinion columns never felt like a task. The platform helped me
Tell me something not reflected on your resume
ISABELLA GLASSMAN | After four years, all I remember is the little moments
I have never enjoyed making resumes. They focus only on the big moments — the kind of stuff that makes for a LinkedIn post. I don’t want to waste my last words for The Daily Pennsylvanian telling you about the big moments in my last four years here. Honestly, it would be boring, a waste of both of our time, and not at all what has mattered most to me here. I’m also going to say something sacrilegious at this school — the little things are what define your Penn experience, not your resume.
In my time at the DP, I learned a lot about the little things. I was never an editor or even a deputy editor over the last four years. This was an insecurity of mine in writing this piece — that my words mean less because they are not supported by a leadership role and distinguished title. Two years ago, I wanted to be a deputy editor for the opinion section, but it didn’t work out. Now, I forgot that even happened.
I joined the opinion section during my second semester at Penn — spring 2020. The timeline speaks for itself, and during my first two semesters on the staff, I was completely isolated. I also spent these two semesters at home, spiraling about the social awkwardness that would ensue when I returned to campus. My own head was filled with ideas about all the close bonds everyone else had, that Penn was a necessary evil and I had to grin and bear it. From spring 2021 to the fall, little moments restored my faith in meeting new people.
week, I was sitting on Zoom or in the DP office in peak anxiety about the readings I still had to do, if I forgot to take my laundry out of the wash, and if everyone I knew was mad at me. Somehow I left these meetings more at ease than when I walked in. I don’t think that he even realized he did it, but the editor that first semester back, Alfredo, connected people at a time when we needed it most.
One Sunday in 2021, our meeting was held on Zoom. The Brady Bunch style squares of faces on my computer screen were a reminder that in my third year at Penn, I still felt like I had connected with very few people. I was meeting with an organization I had been involved with for over a year, yet the faces of those around me were still that of strangers. The COVID-19 pandemic was surely to blame, but that did not make the reality any less upsetting. I sat on my bed for the meeting, with my postered bedroom wall as the background. “Is that Hermione Granger on your wall?”
That is all Alfredo said, but from then on I went into the meetings, eventually in person, knowing that maybe everyone was not as intimidating as I thought. A few words and a small moment completely changed my outlook and time at the DP.
and I sprinted to Allegro’s to buy water jugs during the Delaware
I practice gratitude every day to cherish what I have and think about how I can continue to develop these resources. It’s the mindset that what I have is abundant, so I will only pursue things that can make me happier and more fulfilled instead of jumping at every new opportunity at the corner.
I notice the good habits as well as the bad ones. It’s human nature to put a greater emphasis on what could go wrong rather than what is going well. We seldom look past our mistakes and yet we take our triumphs for granted. Instead of focusing on what’s scarce, look at what you already have and think about how you can further improve or expand them.
Happiness is a subjective experience and a mindset. If you look at what you lack, you’ll always be unfulfilled. If you look at what you have, you can always be happier.
SAM ZOU is a College senior studying political science from Shenzhen, China. He served as a deputy opinion editor on the 138th Board. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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opinion section held meetings every Sunday.
off, Sunday scaries are real. By
My time at the DP characterizes my experience at Penn as a whole. I may not have been the most active member of this campus, other than some things here and there. When I reflect, this is not something I would change. What holds the most weight to me are small memories: the time my friends define
River latex spill, the nights we Shazamed every song at Quizzo (sorry), or the war we waged against the flies in our house.
is easy to get caught up in the big things — that the purpose of Penn is to land yourself the prestigious finance job or the top-14 grad school acceptance. Tell me something not reflected on your
your days at Penn.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ISABELLA GLASSMAN ISABELLA GLASSMAN is a College senior studying philosophy, politics, and economics and Italian studies from Suffern, N.Y. Her email is iglass@sas. upenn.edu.
A $10 million gift from two Penn alumni will support international students in the School of Arts & Sciences.
The gift — donated by 1999 Wharton graduate and hedge fund founder Daniel Sundheim and 2001 College graduate Brett Sundheim — will create a new scholarship for international students. It will also support additional resources for international students who are in Penn First Plus. Nine million dollars will go toward establishing the Sundheim International Scholars Fund, and the remaining $1 million will create a complementary fund for Penn First Plus students called the Sundheim Penn First Plus International Opportunity Fund.
The Sundheim International Scholars Fund will provide scholarship aid to international students in the School of Arts & Sciences with demonstrated need. The first cohort of
Sundheim Scholars, who will consist of recipients of aid from the new fund, will be chosen for the fall 2023 semester.
“We are delighted that, starting in September, the first international Sundheim Scholars will receive student financial aid that will make their Penn education not only possible, but also less stressful and therefore even more rewarding,” Brett Sundheim said in the release.
The Sundheim Penn First Plus International Opportunity Fund will give eligible students — those who are the first generation in their family to attend college or with modest incomes — further resources for summer internships, research programs, and academic courses.
“Brett and I recognize that even with significant financial aid, certain elements of the Penn undergraduate experience still remain out of reach for aided international students,” David Sundheim wrote in the release, adding that this was a major motivation to create the scholarship fund.
In response to a request for comment, SAS Dean Steven Fluharty wrote to The Daily Pennsylvanian that gifts that increase access to Penn for international students are “hugely impactful.”
“The Sundheims’ generosity will create opportunities for talented scholars from around the globe for generations to come, paving the way for their success and enriching the Penn Arts & Sciences community,” Fluharty wrote.
P1P Director Marc Lo echoed Fluharty’s sentiments in a statement provided to the DP, writing that the Sundheim’s generosity helped create a “growing pool of brilliant international students” that the school will welcome in the fall. Lo added that P1P will continue working with Student Financial Services and International Student and Scholar Services to host an orientation for international students, where they will be informed of the new opportunities funded by the Sundheims.
The Sundheims have a history of philanthropy
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Penn cultural centers celebrate graduating seniors
The Daily Pennsylvanian compiled a lineup of past events and celebrations that will continue throughout the rest of the year
Cultural centers across campus will hold special graduation celebrations throughout the end of the month, celebrating graduating students in the Class of 2023.
The Daily Pennsylvanian compiled a line-up of past events and celebrations that will continue throughout the rest of the academic year.
Natives at Penn
Natives at Penn celebrated graduates with a hybrid virtual and in-person event on May 4. The in-person portion of the event took place at the Greenfield Intercultural Center. A similar celebration was hosted virtually last year that connected graduates with the Alumni Relations Office.
Penn LGBT Center
The LGBT center hosted its ninth annual Lavender Graduation on May 3. The event was hosted at Perry World House and also available through Zoom.
Penn names eight students to receive President’s Engagements, Innovation prizes
The prizes are awarded annually to Penn seniors for the development of a postgraduation project that aims to positively impact the world
NITIN SESHADRI Senior Reporter
President Liz Magill announced the winners of this year’s President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes, awarding three teams of Penn seniors and recent
The event celebrated Penn’s LGBTQ undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in the Class of 2023. Alex Gino, a 1999 College graduate and author of the Stonewall Award-winning middle grade book “Melissa” was the keynote speaker. A reception followed the event.
The center hosted a similar event last year where 2000 College graduate Hema Sarang-Sieminski, the policy director at the nonprofit organization Jane Doe, gave the keynote speech.
Penn Women’s Center Penn Women’s Center will host a graduation and cord giveaway event at the Center on May 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Last year, the Center hosted a “Lunch with Seniors” event to honor graduates.
Makuu: The Black Cultural Center Makuu will be holding its annual graduation
graduates with funding for various social impact projects. The prizes are awarded annually to Penn seniors for the development and undertaking of a post-graduation project that aims to positively impact the world. Each winning project will receive $100,000, and each team member will receive a $50,000 living stipend. The recipients — selected from a pool of 76 applicants — will spend the next year implementing their projects using these funds.
Former President Amy Gutmann created both the President's Engagement Prize and President's Innovation Prize in 2015.
Two College seniors and one December 2022 College graduate were named recipients of the 2023 President’s Engagement Prizes.
College senior Seungwon “Lucy” Lee created Communities for Childbirth, an international organization focused on maternal and child health in Jinja, Uganda. The organization aims to establish a community-based referral system that will improve transportation to health facilities and patient communication. Lisa Levine, the Michael T. Mennuti Associate Professor in Reproductive Health in the Perelman School of Medicine, mentors Lee.
celebration on May 13 at 10 a.m. The celebration will honor senior award winners and “honor the entire Black Penn Class of 2023,” according to Makuu Director Brian Peterson.
The event, which is a tradition of 20 years, will take place in Irvine Auditorium, followed by a reception at the ARCH Building. Historian, scholar, and 1993 College graduate Khalil Gibran Muhammad will also be giving keynote remarks. The event is open to graduates and their families.
“We’re looking forward to the expanded space in Irvine Auditorium to accommodate the growing number of family members, friends, students, alumni, and campus partners who will be joining us to make it a truly special day,” Peterson said.
Greenfield Intercultural Center
The Greenfield Intercultural Center will host a “Celebration of Graduates and Alumni Garden
"The President's Engagement Prize felt like the perfect opportunity for me to be able to make [my project] a reality and work on it for the next year full time," Lee said.
College senior Kenneth Pham and December College graduate Catherine Chang won for Act First, a program that teaches Philadelphia high school students first-aid training. This idea builds off an idea the pair started as members of Penn’s Medical Emergency Response Team. Joshua Glick, an assistant professor of emergency medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, mentors the pair.
"We're really excited to expand to other Philadelphia high schools and teach as much as possible," Chang said.
Pham agreed, adding that Penn's approval was encouraging.
"It felt so validating to be recognized that our mission is important, that our mission is needed in [Philadelphia]," Pham said.
Five Engineering seniors on one team were named recipients of the 2023 President’s Innovation Prize.
Gabriella Daltoso, Sophie Ishiwari, Gabriela Cano, Caroline Amanda Magro, and Tifara Eliana Boyce established the startup Sonura. The organization is
Party” on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place at the center’s garden and patio, and will include alumni and recent graduates.
“Whether you attended one GIC program or experienced GIC as your ‘home away from home,’ we want to celebrate your success” a description on the University Life calendar said.
The GIC hosted a similar celebration last year.
La Casa Latina
La Casa Latina will host a Latinx Graduation on May 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium. The celebration will be bilingual. They are also hosting a “Brindis” event, which translates to toast, on May 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
They also hosted a “Latinx Stole & Gifts” event for graduating seniors from May 3 through May 5.
Pan-Asian American Community House PAACH and the Asian American Studies Program will host a “Family & Friends Graduation Reception” on May 15 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in ARCH.
A similar event was held last year, bringing together over 200 guests including students, faculty, and University Life leaders. Penn Sargam also performed at the celebration. Twelve community awards were awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, and ASAM minor students were also recognized.
“Our celebrations are one of the ways we showcase the accomplishments and talents of our students while also building strong and meaningful relationships with the Penn community,” PAACH Associate Director Vicky Aquino said. “We understand the importance of having a supportive, nurturing, and inclusive community, and that is what we want each person to feel when they come to our PAACH programs and events.”
PAACH and ASAM also hosted an end-of-year celebration reception on April 24.
creating a beanie for newborns in the NICU that aims to provide parental connection, shield them from auditory hazards, and support their development. Brian Halak, a lecturer in the Engineering Entrepreneurship program, mentors the team.
"We saw that the Innovation Prize would be a great way to really be supported by the Penn community and the Penn resources to pursue this further and really be successful," Daltoso said.
Magill expressed excitement about the prize announcement.
"This year's President's Engagement and Innovation Prize recipients are fueled by a desire to make a difference — in their community, across the country, and around the world," Magill told Penn Today. "Communities for Childbirth, Act First, and Sonura embody an inspiring blend of passion and purpose. They are addressing consequential challenges with compelling solutions, and their dedication and smarts are exemplary. I congratulate them and wish them success as they launch and grow their ventures."
Twelve students were named recipients of the President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prizes in 2022. The sustainability prize has yet to be announced for this year.
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How the Penn administration has changed this year
The 2023 Commencement marks Liz Magill’s first as University president
SARA FORASTEIRI Senior Reporter
The spring 2023 semester saw a high rate of turnover in University administration, including a variety of newly appointed deans and directors.
The end of this semester marks the conclusion of Liz Magill’s first academic year as Penn president. She began her duties on July 1, 2022 and since then, she has formed the Red and Blue Advisory Committee — an advisory group that will create a report on the University’s next strategic plan as part of her “Tomorrow, Together: Penn’s Next Century” initiative.
Penn appointed two new deans this semester for
the Graduate School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Michigan State professor Katharine Strunk will serve as the new dean of GSE, following Pam Grossman, who served as dean since 2015. Similarly, law professor Sophia Lee will succeed Ted Ruger. Both professors will begin their tenure as dean on July 1.
The Annenberg School for Communication is also searching for a new dean, as current dean John L. Jackson Jr. takes on the role of the University’s next provost starting June 1. Jackson will be succeeding former Provost Wendell Pritchett. The position of provost, whose responsibilities include serving as Penn’s chief academic officer, is currently occupied in an interim capacity by Beth Winkelstein.
As provost, Jackson will oversee a team of multiple vice provosts, including Hikaru “Karu” Kozuma, who began his tenure as vice provost for University Life on May 1. Kozuma follows Mamta Accapadi, who resigned last June. Tamara Greenfield King served in the position in an interim capacity until Kozuma took office. The Vice Provost for University Life is responsible for offering support to students and cultural groups. Penn also named Jordan Pascucci as the new director of admissions and Elise Scioscia as the Penn Violence Prevention director after a nearly year-long vacancy for that role. In addition, the Penn Women’s Center appointed Interim Director Elisa Foster as the permanent director, and Carolyn Ureña was named the new College director of Academic Advising.
How the University City food scene has changed this semester
The Daily Pennsylvanian compiled what has changed in the University City food scene and what is set to open soon
As the semester ends, The Daily Pennsylvanian took a look at what’s changed in the University City food scene in the past semester and what’s upcoming.
Since January, three new eateries have opened their doors. Fast food burger chain Five Guys opened a University City location in January, making it their fourth Philadelphia location. Five Guys is located at 3714 Spruce St., next to the Quad.
High Street Hoagies also celebrated its grand opening in January, opening a location at Franklin’s Table at 3401 Walnut St. In addition, bubble tea store YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea also opened its
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second Philadelphia location at Franklin’s Table in January.
Five Guys, High Street Hoagies, and YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea will soon be joined by a number of additional offerings in the neighborhood. Acai bowl and smoothie chain Playa Bowls will soon join the University City food scene, with a location at 4034 Walnut St. set to open this summer.
Bubble tea store Gong Cha will open its location at The Radian apartment and retail complex, located at 3925 Walnut St. There is currently no information on when Gong Cha will open, but the store’s website states that the location is “coming soon.”
A new food hall will also open in University City this coming fall. Located at 3025 Market St., the food hall will feature 16 food and beverage vendors.
While many restaurants are opening soon, many have also closed throughout the past semester. Philadelphia-based coffee shop and sustainable retailer United By Blue suddenly closed both of its locations in April, including one located on Penn’s campus at 3421 Walnut St.
Fried chicken restaurant Wishbone closed its University City location in February after being in operation for over 10 years. The restaurant was located at 4034 Walnut St. and its former space will be occupied by Playa Bowls.
Craft beer bar and restaurant City Tap House closed its University City location in February after operating for over 13 years. It was located at 39th and Walnut streets in The Radian.
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JASPER TAYLOR Senior Reporter
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Fast food burger chain Five Guys opened its University City location next to the Quad in January.
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will mark the end of Liz Magill’s first year as Penn president.
Salutes its graduating seniors
Aidan Ahearn Mayer
Ashley Blanco Liz
Pamela De La Cruz
Mary Grace Meredith
Jun Beom Park
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IMRAN SIDDIQUI AND KATIE BARTLETT Senior Reporter and Staff Reporter
Residents and fellows at Penn Medicine voted to unionize, making them the first housestaff union in Pennsylvania.
The Committee of Interns and Residents announced on May 8 that participants voted in favor of union recognition with a 892-110 vote. Voting took place from May 3 to May 5.
Penn Med residents previously told The Daily Pennsylvanian that they were pushing for a union to achieve better working conditions and the right to weigh in on the hospital system's decisions.
"Winning by such a strong majority is a testament to how hard everyone on the organizing committee has worked, but also how badly a union is needed at Penn Medicine," Jackson Steinkamp, a third-year internal medicine resident, told the DP. "We’re definitely celebrating this milestone, but we need to keep looking forward, toward negotiating a first contract."
A Penn Med spokesperson wrote to the DP that they "respect" the collective decision of their residents and fellows, adding that Penn Med remains committed to improving the training experience and ensuring that the housestaff is "fully supported during these transformative years of their medical careers."
"We are proud of Penn Medicine’s long history as home to many top residency and fellowship programs, and we have appreciated the ongoing opportunity to hear directly from residents about their concerns during this unionization campaign," the Penn Med spokesperson wrote to the DP. "We have an obligation to stay true to our shared goals to provide the very best care to our patients, and to ensure that new physicians are able to train in an environment that allows them resources to flourish academically, professionally, and personally."
CIR previously sent a letter to the University of Pennsylvania Health System on Feb. 17 demanding that the hospital system recognize the unionization efforts of their housestaff. The University failed to accept the demands for voluntary recognition.
Steinkamp said that he is "thrilled" to have securing the vote "despite months of anti-union messaging from Penn Medicine administration."
Residents and fellows previously told the DP that they faced anti-union campaigning from their employer. Union organizers expressed confusion with regulations dictating when and where residents and fellows could vote Penn Med also allegedly posted signs encouraging the housestaff to vote no on the ballot outside polling locations. Some departments were directly told over email that they should not approve of the unionization effort.
As a result of these tactics, CIR wrote in their press release that they have filed one unfair labor practice charge against the University for "their conduct in the lead up to their election." University spokesperson Ron Ozio did not respond to a request for comment.
In the press release, state Sen. Nikil Saval supported the union, writing that he is "proud to welcome them into Philly's indomitable union family."
"I will be standing with them as they fight for their first contract," he wrote. "Protecting the health and wellbeing of these workers is crucial to ensuring all Philadelphians receive the world class healthcare that Penn is famous for, and that everyone deserves."
The CIR is the largest housestaff union in the United States and currently represents over twothirds of Penn Med residents and fellows.
Looking forward, residents and fellows will begin to negotiate a fair contract with their employer after the NLRB certifies the results.
Steinkamp said that he is proud to be a part of the "overall union wave currently happening at Penn." Penn Museum workers recently unionized, and both graduate student workers and residential advisors have also filed to unionize this semester.
"Every worker deserves a seat at the table in negotiating how their organizations are run, and healthcare workers are no exception," Steinkamp said.
GABRIEL STEINBERG Staff Reporter
Student Nurses at Penn won the Stellar School Chapter Award for the first time at this year’s National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The week-long convention is an opportunity for nursing students to connect with students from around the country and learn more about the field from peers and experts.
Nursing senior John Palmer is the former club president, one of the members of the Penn legislative committee, and has served as the president of the state board of nursing students who have attended these conventions. Palmer said that the convention includes networking and legislative components, workshops, exhibitors from hospitals and graduate schools, and practice for licensure exams.
Penn Nursing sends delegates to the convention each year, and the delegates vote on the business of incorporated nonprofits to discuss what nursing students want to see funded and prioritized. In addition, each school has the opportunity to present legislation that is presented and voted on by a forum of students. These topics can be resolutions that create association-wide stances or advocating for a specific health policy.
Under the guidance of faculty advisor Diane Spatz, a world-renowned expert on breastfeeding and lactation, the Penn chapter focused on increasing awareness of the need for accessibility to quality lactating spaces.
“We put our heads together and think of a topic we should raise awareness about among other nursing students,” Palmer said. “To do this, we go through literature to decide on recent articles that support what we are trying to get out of the resolution.”
Penn’s resolution this year passed without any opposition.
“I'm just really proud of our chapter, we always do really well in terms of students who apply scholarships through the state and the national organizations,” Palmer added. “And we always do really well with those also with individual awards.”
Vicky Vo, a Nursing and Wharton first year who served as the legislative coordinator for this year’s competition, explained the conference’s procedure.
“Every year, the legislative coordinator applies to a set list of awards that the NSNA offers and I applied for a bunch of different ones for SNAP … there were a lot of different awards that Penn won,” Vo said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much about nursing by being on board and writing resolutions, and going to the conference.”
Palmer also emphasized the benefits of attending the convention.
“Going to these conventions and being involved in a club at such a high level is a big time commitment,” Palmer said. “But it's entirely worth it for the people you meet and the things you can learn.”
Aside from attending state and national conventions, SNAP tries to find ways to engage all nursing students. As the largest nursing club on campus, SNAP offers programming such as peer advising, student panels, community service, and attending conventions.
“COVID has changed a lot of things with people wanting to be more virtual and not as committed to things, but I really hope that SNAP maintains a really excited core and just continues doing the great things it's doing and influencing students the way that it has for me,” Palmer said.
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Following the 892-110 vote, 1,400 housestaff members will be recognized by the Committee of Interns and Residents
Penn Med residents vote to
first housestaff union in Pennsylvania
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convention was an opportunity for nursing students to connect with peers from around the country
Penn Med residents are unionizing for better working conditions and for the right to weigh in on the hospital system’s
Student Nurses at Penn wins top recognition at
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Student Nurses at Penn was recognized at this year’s National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in Nashville.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the University to extend spring break for an additional week. In a letter sent on March 11, 2020, Penn administrators instructed those off campus during spring break to not return and requested that students on campus move out by March 15. Starting March 23, all classes were taught online.
Adapting to this new learning environment brought on unique challenges for many students — specifically those without reliable Wi-Fi access and international students with time zone differences. In response to student petitions, Penn extended the pass/fail opt-in deadline to April 29, the last day of classes. The dean's list was also suspended for the academic year.
On May 18, the University held Commencement for the Class of 2020 virtually. Two years later, Penn hosted an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on May 22, 2022.
Penn also modified other second semester traditions.
Hey Day, when juniors are officially pronounced seniors, was also held virtually for the Class of 2021. In early March, Penn canceled Quaker Days for admitted students to visit campus.
During the academic year, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary election was in full swing with political groups on campus organizing around different candidates. Two student groups, Penn for Bernie and Penn for Biden, traveled to New Hampshire in February ahead of the first-in-thenation primary to canvass for their respective candidates.
Penn Democrats endorsed former Presidential Professor of Practice and President Joe Biden for the nomination in late March, even though the group was split, with some members still supporting
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the primary. Following this endorsement, the Coalition Against Fraternity Sexual Assault removed Penn Dems from its alliance, as Biden faced a sexual assault allegation from one of his former Senate staffers.
Several candidates in the primary had notable
A look back at the Class of 2023's four years at Penn
Being asked to leave campus partway through their first year due to the COVID-19 pandemic was just the start of these students' time at the University
connections to Penn. Biden became the nominee after Sanders dropped out in April. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (DMass.), who dropped out of the race in March, taught at Penn Law School from 1987 to 1995.
After Biden secured the nomination in the spring of 2020, the general election featured two candidates with ties to Penn — as he would face off against, and ultimately defeat, 1968 Wharton graduate and then-incumbent President Donald Trump.
Gregory Eells, Penn's executive director of Counseling and Psychological Services, died by suicide on Sept. 9, 2019. He had been appointed to lead CAPS in January 2019, and began his role that March. Previously, he had served as the director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University.
Student groups continued to advocate for better mental health resources and general wellness, which they said took on renewed importance following Eells' death. The Student Committee on Undergraduate Education released its 2020 White Paper, which listed the ability to schedule CAPS appointments online as a primary goal, and the Undergraduate Assembly worked to integrate CAPS clinicians into more undergraduate schools.
The Penn volleyball team's season was cut short after posters deemed "vulgar, offensive, and disrespectful" by administrators were found in the their locker room. This discovery brought out a history of alleged mistreatment and formal grievances within the program, leading to head coach Iain Braddak resigning from his position after two seasons on the job. He was replaced by Meredith Schamun.
The pandemic canceled all Ivy League spring sporting events after March 11, including the Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. Teams coped with this unexpected loss by attempting to connect and honor senior teammates virtually.
While Penn initially planned to open campus in the fall of 2020, administrators decided to close campus less than two weeks before many students planned to move in. With this closure, classes were held online, campus buildings were closed, and campus activities were limited for the semester.
However, many students returned to the Philadelphia area and lived in off-campus housing. Due to the influx of students returning to West Philadelphia, Penn offered weekly COVID-19 testing to students who lived near campus during the fall semester.
The University-wide case count reached a semester high largely due to three individual households in late October, when
3.3% of undergraduates tested positive and a total of 107 Penn community members contracted COVID-19.
Penn reopened on-campus housing in the spring semester, but continued to hold classes online.
The University's COVID-19 case count hit its peak of the year between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, when 239 undergraduate students tested positive.
In response to this peak, the University warned that a campuswide self-quarantine may be imposed. No such quarantine was imposed, as the case count decreased by approximately 50% the following week.
The University offered its first COVID-19 vaccines on April 14. The entirety of the Penn community — including all students — became eligible to receive the vaccine on campus just five days later, when the City of Philadelphia began to offer vaccines to all adults.
Penn required students to be vaccinated to return to campus in the fall of 2021, returning to a nearly normal semester.
The 2020 presidential election was significant for the Penn community, with both candidates having strong connections to the University.
This election saw record-high voter turnout and registration rates on Penn’s campus. Many students turned out to vote in person, with a total of 689 ballots cast on Election Day at Penn’s on-campus polling sites. Some students from outside of Pennsylvania traveled back to their states to cast their votes.
Former Penn President Amy Gutmann and her husband were two of the 503 voters at Houston Hall on Nov. 3. Before she voted, she spoke with The Daily Pennsylvanian about the importance of voting in America’s political and social climate.
"Every election is incredibly important,” Gutmann said. “But this election, given the pandemic, given the fight against racism, given that Philadelphia is the birthplace of freedom and justice, all of our students, members of the Penn community, and everyone across America should be voting in this election.”
After more than a year of online classes, Penn announced over the summer that the fall 2021 semester would be held fully in person. Students would return to in-person classes for the first time in more than a year, regaining access to the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, Van Pelt Library, and other campus amenities.
The University announced that fully vaccinated students would also no longer have to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, although all students were required to participate in Penn’s COVID-19 gateway testing program upon move-in. Penn also removed nearly all indoor masking requirements for vaccinated community members.
By October 2021, 99% of Penn’s undergraduate student body was vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Penn also required all students to get the flu vaccine, hosting its largestever flu clinic that served nearly 14,000 community members.
The Penn Relays were also canceled for the first time in the event's 127-year history. The first Digital Penn Relays offered spectators the chance to watch athletes participate in Minecraft races, accompanied by various commentators.
After a right-wing insurrection stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, Gutmann and then-Provost and former President Wendell Pritchett condemned the assault in a written statement. Penn alumni also called on the University to revoke former President Donald Trump’s degree.
Trump was impeached less than a month later, but was acquitted by the Senate.
On July 2, Gutmann was officially nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Penn accepted the lowest number of applicants to the Class of 2025 in its history, with only 5.68% of applicants accepted. It also marked Penn's largest application pool in history with 56,000 applicants — a 34% increase from the year before. The acceptance rate dropped from the 8.07% of applicants accepted to the Class of 2024.
The admissions department also experienced administrative turnover, as Dean of Admissions and 1987 College graduate Eric Furda left the department at the end of 2020.
Vice Dean and Director of Admissions John McLaughlin assumed the role of interim dean of admissions, serving in the position until July 1. He was replaced by Whitney Soule, who previously worked as the senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Bowdoin College.
Penn Admissions, along with the student-led Kite and Key Society, offered live, student-led, virtual tours to prospective students throughout the 20202021 academic year.
As the fall semester neared its end, Penn’s COVID-19 cases rose, with a record 241 new cases a week and a positivity rate of 2.26%. Penn announced that the second week of finals would be conducted virtually, enabling students to return home earlier than anticipated. Penn also announced that all students were required to receive the COVID-19 booster by the end of January.
With the spread of the Omicron variant, Penn estimated that about one in six community members had been infected with COVID-19 over winter break. Consequently, the University announced that all classes would be held online for the first two weeks of the spring semester. Move-in was pushed back by one week, and students were told to double-mask or use a KN95 or N95 mask.
Following the instatement of these masking policies, COVID-19 cases fell to their lowest that semester during February, with a positivity rate of 1.81%. Later in the year, Cheat Codes and Flo Milli headlined the first in-person Spring Fling since 2019. In March, all masking mandates in indoor settings except for classrooms, medical facilities, and Penn Transit were removed.
In July 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Penn President Amy Gutmann to serve as the next United States ambassador to Germany. In September, Penn
announced it had formed a committee of trustees, administrators, faculty, and students to find the next Penn president.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed Gutmann’s nomination on Jan. 12, 2022, one day before Liz Magill was announced the University’s next president. Magill, who previously served as the University of Virginia’s Provost and Executive Vice President, has held a variety of leadership positions in higher education. After she was unanimously confirmed by Penn’s Board of Trustees, Magill began her term as Penn’s ninth president on July 1. Provost Wendell Pritchett was selected to serve as interim president.
The Penn community saw an increase in student protests related to the University’s relationship with Philadelphia residents.
Over 100 protestors interrupted President Liz Magill’s Convocation speech in August, organizing against the eviction of University City Townhomes residents and demanding University support.
Fossil Free Penn members camped out on College Green for over five weeks in the fall. They demanded that the University divest from fossil fuels, commit to preserving the UC Townhomes, and make payments in lieu of taxes to Philadelphia public schools.
FFP stormed the field during Penn’s Homecoming football game against Yale, interrupting play for over an hour and leading to 19 arrests.
Students also organized in opposition to the proposed Philadelphia 76ers arena near Chinatown. Students for the Preservation of Chinatown, a coalition of college students in the Philadelphia area, marched across Penn’s campus in November to protest the development. In March, they demonstrated outside a Board of Trustees meeting, calling on the University to cut all ties with the proposed arena’s developers.
The influx of student activism ignited discussion over the University’s open expression guidelines, which are intended to protect free speech on campus. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with administrators and student organizers to better understand the responsibilities of the Committee on Open Expression and the guidelines’ practical effect on protests. Recently, FFP members have objected to new proposed interpretations of the open expression guidelines.
In November 2021, Penn’s Gene Therapy Program fell under scrutiny for being a toxic workplace environment.
The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to 11 former and current employees, who shared stories of inappropriate office behavior and extreme work disorganization. Top University officials allegedly manipulated a Perelman School of Medicine investigation into these abuse allegations to protect its financial interests.
In January 2022, Rhodes Scholarship recipient and Penn graduate Mackenzie Fierceton filed a lawsuit against the University for its inquiry into allegations that challenged her claim as a survivor of abuse and her status as a first-generation, low-income college student. Penn placed her master of social work degree on hold, before lifting it in April due to public scrutiny.
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School professor Amy Wax made inflammatory remarks about Asian Americans and U.S. immigration policies, prompting calls to suspend her in January. Penn Carey Law School Dean Ted Ruger began the ongoing University sanctions process against Wax to determine if Wax violated standards of behavior. Wax argued in an interview that revoking her tenure would undermine academic freedom. After a few months, she reiterated her racist remarks on national television.
HOUSING AND DINING
Penn entered a three-year lease with The Radian, converting the off-campus apartment complex into a student housing option starting August 2023. The University made the decision to ensure there would be enough rooms for upperclassmen during the closure of the Quad for renovations, which are set to happen bit by bit until 2027. Over 700 rising juniors and seniors landed on the waiting list for on-campus housing for the 2023-24 school year. Many students said that the random selection of applicants caused them stress and uncertainty as they waited for a housing assignment.
Penn Dining expanded its food offerings based on student responses in the Fall Dining Survey. The changes included smoothies at breakfast, more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Gourmet Grocer, and more frequent made-to-order pasta at the dining halls.
In a winter inspection by the Philadelphia Office of Food Protection, Penn Dining locations received 100 observations of health code violations. Hill House and 1920 Commons failed to meet compliance standards set by the Philadelphia Department of Health. Penn Dining
pledged to create a new action plan for meeting health and safety regulations, and Hill successfully completed its re-inspection.
In April, Penn Dining reinforced its policy of requiring students to show their PennCards before swiping at dining locations. Some students criticized the stricter policy for limiting their autonomy over the meal plan and preventing them from using excess meal swipes to grant other students access to dining facilities. The DP analyzed food options for students beyond the meal plan, such as the on-campus food truck scene and the affordability of nearby Bring-Your-Own restaurants.
Penn received the largest number of applications in its history, with over 59,000 students applying for the Class of 2027. The University declined to share the admit rate and demographic data of the admitted class, continuing its decision from last year. Penn also eliminated the enrollment deposit for the Class of 2027, meaning admitted students no longer need to put any money toward their tuition until the first semester.
Hundreds of admitted students visited campus for Quaker Days in April, marking a return to all-day programming. Kite and Key tour guides received compensation from Penn for their shifts for the first time beginning in the fall of 2022.
The DP spoke to alumni, students, and college admissions experts to examine the refinement of Penn’s legacy admissions policy. The policy’s wording changed under Dean of Admissions Whitney Soule, who began her post in July 2021, suggesting a phasing out of a policy favoring legacy applicants. Jordan Pascucci stepped into her role as the new vice dean and director of admissions in March 2023, replacing John McLaughlin.
Penn also planned for the potential overturn of affirmative action by the Supreme Court this summer. Administrators said that the University remained committed to creating a diverse student body and that the admissions office’s exact response would depend on the ruling.
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FALL , from BACK PAGE
Men’s Soccer — Ben Stitz
In a historic season for Penn men’s soccer, there were a number of exceptional contributors, but it was forward Ben Stitz who served as the catalyst for the team's incredible run. Stitz was named both second-team All-Region and second-team All-Ivy, and led Penn to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the program’s first Ivy
Not going to overtime
title since 2013.
Stitz found the back of the net twice in the Quakers’ first round win over Rutgers, and though Penn’s season came to an end at the hands of Syracuse — the eventual national champions — the strides made by Stitz and this year’s Quaker team will echo through the program for years to come.
Women’s Soccer — Sizzy Lawton
Forward Sizzy Lawton tallied four goals during her senior campaign, and made every last one count. Two of Lawton’s four scores were game-winners, one against Stony Brook and another against Fairleigh Dickinson. She also led the Quakers in both assists and points.
After excelling at a variety of sports before coming to Penn, Lawton made her mark on the soccer field, earning All-Ivy recognition in all three of her full seasons. After starting in 31 out of 32 games during her final two seasons, Lawton will be remembered not only as an excellent player, but as a
Volleyball — Madeline McGregor
After not seeing much match time her freshman year and having a sophomore campaign derailed by COVID19, outside hitter Madeline McGregor has put together an incredible two-year run. Last year, she racked up 170 kills, six assists, and 93 digs. But in 2022, McGregor — who hails from Chicago — took it to a whole new level, with 192 kills, 26 assists, and 180 digs.
McGregor was also one of only two Quakers to start all 24 matches, and served as team captain, working to mentor and lead her teammates. In a 2022 season for Penn volleyball which was focused more on building for the future, McGregor excelled in setting a positive example for the rest of the program — both on and off the court.
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Men’s Swimming & Diving — Jack Hamilton
Among a field of talented senior swimmers, Jack Hamilton’s name shines the brightest on Penn men’s swimming and diving roster. Overcoming a double vertebrae fracture he suffered his freshman year, Hamilton has made the most of his limited competition time. The swimmer posted a season-best and NCAA
B-Cut time of 47.60 in the 100-yard backstroke during the Ivy Championship preliminary rounds last season, improving to a 44.81 time in the 100y free in this year’s competition. Embodying resilience and determination, Hamilton’s story will serve as an inspiration for generations of Quakers to come.
Women’s Swimming & Diving — Anna Kalandadze
A two-time first-team All-Ivy winner, secondteam All-American recipient, and Penn’s sole representation at this year’s NCAA Championships, freestyle swimmer Anna Kalandadze has undoubtedly set herself apart from the rest of Penn’s women’s swimming and diving senior class.
The senior picked up two Ivy titles this past season in the 500-yard and 1650y free, including an Ivy League record-breaking time of 15:53.88 in the
latter. Showing major improvement from last season’s competition, Kalandadze jumped from 42nd to tenth in the 1650 free at the NCAAs, and 49th to 25th in the 500 free. Entering the Red and Blue squad her sophomore season — which was unfortunately canceled as a result of COVID-19 — as a transfer from the University of California-Berkeley, Kalandadze has achieved more in two years than most can in four.
Gymnastics — McCaleigh Marr
Through a career filled with ups and downs, McCaleigh Marr’s time at Penn has surely left a lasting impact.
Marr reached a program record on the beam last season with a score of 9.95 and qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships. She then went on to notch a 9.925 on bars — tied for second best in program
history. This year, Campbell also achieved a 9.95 to share the beam record with her sister before going on to earn a GEC Co-Specialist of the Year recognition. Marr now turns to Michigan, where she looks to spend her fifth year of eligibility at and continue her history-making success.
Men’s Squash — Dillon Huang
Penn men’s squash roster hosts a number of great contributors, but Dillon Huang claims the top spot. This past season, Huang became the fifth Quaker in program history to win 50 matches, finishing team competition with an undefeated record of 15-0 — including an untarnished 5-0 against Ivy competition.
Huang’s success carried into the playoffs too, as he went 4-0 during the CSA Individuals to finish the season 19-0 with a career winning percentage nearing 87%. His impressive season earned him a secondteam All-American honor — capping off a stellar Penn career in style.
Women’s Squash — Ashley Manning
Two-year team captain Ashley Manning has done more than acquire individual success during her time in Red and Blue. She’s also helped lead her team of fellow Quakers to several impressive seasons, and the program to new heights.
Manning concludes her Penn career with a pair of
Howe Cup victories, a Kurtz Cup, and several CSA Individual match wins. From Penn Squash Rookie of the Year to one of the more memorable names on a star-studded roster, Manning’s impact and guidance through the years has set up Penn women’s squash for even greater success next season.
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Women’s Track & Field — Katherine Muccio
In her final Ivy Heps, senior sprinter Katherine Muccio not only took home first place, but also earned herself a spot in Quaker history with a time of 13.51 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles — second in program history. This comes just one week after Muccio’s Penn team finished third in the 4x100m relay at Penn Relays at 45.28. But in reality, Muccio
has been hot for most of this season. Just two weeks prior to recording 13.51, she ran a 13.66 at the Virginia Challenge, which was at the time 3rd all-time among Quakers. While it remains to be seen whether she will be headed to NCAA National Championships, Muccio has certainly made a name for herself while in Red and Blue.
My first day as a sports journalist was almost my last.
In September of my first year at Penn, I was given my first ever assignment: a men’s soccer recap. I had never really been a soccer fan, and my lack of expertise had been eating away at me in the weeks leading up to the game.
I bombarded my soccer-playing roommate with questions, Googled furiously, and committed statistics from the Penn Athletics website to memory. I even dragged my friends to Rhodes Field the week before my assigned game so I could practice watching soccer. You might consider this an insane level of preparation for a midweek, non-conference Penn soccer match, and it totally was. But I just wanted everything to go perfectly.
I had joined the sports department on a whim after accepting a Daily Pennsylvanian flyer handed to me on Locust Walk just to be polite. I thought I would write about baseball. I thought it could be a way to stay involved with the sport that had consumed so much of my life before college, now that I had decided I would no longer play it. But I had to wait until the spring for baseball games.
In the meantime, I was shivering on the bleachers at Drexel’s soccer field on 42nd Street, in the middle of a rainstorm.
It was raining so hard that night I could barely see the players, apart from the occasional flash of neon from a brightly colored cleat. The umbrella balanced between my knees did almost nothing to keep me dry, and my phone screen didn’t respond to my wet fingers when I periodically tried to jot down notes. The pit in my stomach only grew as the clock ticked down and the score remained 0-0.
It was the one outcome I hadn’t considered. I had a million metaphors for the ball hitting the back of the net ready to go. I had already crafted two sets of questions for my postgame interviews with the captain or the coach, one for a victory and one for a loss. But not a scoreless tie. What would I even say? “How did it feel when nothing happened today?”
I didn’t even have time to dwell on it, though. I had to get home — I’d arranged for the interviews to be held over the phone later that night, and it was a 25-minute walk back to the Quad. I bolted out of there as soon as the final buzzer sounded, and the rain continued to pour the whole way home.
I was standing across from the Wawa on Spruce Street, waiting for the light to turn, when my phone lit up. It was a text from a friend on the soccer team who had known I would be at the game that night.
“Please tell me that it wasn’t you who left early,” he said.
I remember scoffing. No, I was not a soccer expert, but I was pretty sure I could read a scoreboard. “Of course not!”
“Oh thank god. So you saw overtime?”
So that’s the story of how I found out that college soccer has overtime. (For the record, the NCAA has since changed this rule, and there is no longer overtime in regular-season soccer games. So, really, I was just ahead of my time.)
All of my preparations, my time spent combing through stats and annoying my friends meant nothing because I’d made the stupidest mistake possible. There are plenty of rules in sports journalism, but there is one so obvious it shouldn’t even need to be said: A journalist needs to watch the game they’re writing about. AND YES, THE ENTIRE THING. My friend saved my article. He described what I’d missed over text. Penn had won, and I suddenly had a narrative for my recap and questions to ask in my interview. But I was humiliated. I’ve never wanted to quit anything so badly in my life. “I am not cut out
for this,” I thought. “This is supposed to be for fun, and all it has brought me is stress and misery.”
The words “I quit” were right there on my tongue as I wielded my umbrella and trekked back to the DP office to go over what I’d written with the sports editors. I sat next to Danny at the editor’s desk in the sports office, which within two years would become mine. He went through every paragraph of the story with me. I didn’t tell anyone the truth of what I’d done, and no one picked up on the fact that I had not witnessed the most crucial moment of the game. Danny even seemed impressed when I told him that I’d never written an article before.
The next day, I couldn’t stop staring at my article online. My words were right there, published, for anyone to see, for the first time ever. That Thursday, I picked up a print edition and almost dropped it when I saw my name on the back page. I carefully cut out the story and taped it on the wall above my bed. By the end of the semester, I had wallpapered my entire half of the dorm room with yellowing newspaper clippings. Of my own words.
Oh, right. I never did get around to quitting.
I have thought about that night a lot over the past four years. I thought about it the first time I saw the title sports editor after my name in the paper, the first time I interviewed a professional athlete, the first time I traveled across the country to chase a story, the first time I saw my byline in a copy of Sports Illustrated I had bought at the airport. It had all started on that terrible night in the rain.
Learning to accept failure is the most important lesson I’ll take from all those hours I spent in the DP’s windowless office. I entered that building as a perfectionist to the point where it was crippling, where the tiniest mistake, faux pas, or piece of criticism could send me into a spiral. But from day one, the DP was exposure therapy to the max.
Don’t get me wrong, I still hate to fail and avoid it at all costs. And I still over-prepare. But if something goes wrong, I don’t let it derail me anymore. I can laugh at my mistakes now, knowing that I won’t repeat them.
As hard as I’ve tried, I know I cannot prepare for every outcome. In a lot of ways, that’s the beauty of it. Every day in the DP brought a new challenge, a new hurdle. But it also brought new experiences, new places to travel, new people to meet. And when I mess up — because I still do sometimes — I face it head on, I own up to what I’ve done, and then I move on.
As I write my last words for the DP, four years later than I’d expected to, so many thanks are due. I have made so many friendships I will cherish forever at 4015 Walnut St. To my former editor, mentor, and dear friend Will DiGrande, who essentially coerced me into running for sports editor my sophomore year: I am so glad you did. Without your support and encouragement, there’s no way I would be where I am today.
Thank you, too, to every woman in the sports department who came before me and helped pave my way. I have been so incredibly proud to see the talented women that have come after me as well. I was so lucky to be able to work with all of you.
And to my family, who dutifully reads every word I write, no matter the topic. Love you guys. On to the next ones.
LOCHLAHN MARCH is a College senior studying classical studies and political science from Toronto. She served as a sports editor on the 137th Board of The Daily Pennsylvanian. Her email is email@example.com.
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LOCHLAHN MARCH Former Sports Editor
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SENIOR COLUMN | How a huge mistake changed my life for the better
15 questions with … Brandon Pride, a former DP sports editor
Pride authored 115 articles during his four years with The Daily Pennsylvanian
Former Sports Editor
During his stint as summer sports editor in 2020, Brandon Pride introduced the "15 Questions" series to The DP, allowing athletes to share small tidbits about their lives both inside and outside of sports.
In lieu of a traditional senior column, the DP sat down with the former sports editor and asked him 15 questions about his time at The Daily Pennsylvanian, his experience at Penn, and life overall. Here's what the graduating senior had to say.
1. Introduce yourself.
I'm Brandon Pride, and I'm a senior studying finance and management from San Jose, California originally. At the DP, I've been in the sports department for all four years and have served in a variety of roles.
2. How did you decide to join DPOSTM [The DP’s Only Section That Matters]?
Well, it was pretty simple actually. My high school didn't have a newspaper and I've always been really into sports and writing, so when I got to Penn I kind of just saw it as a perfect opportunity, and it was a great fit from the start.
3. What’s your favorite memory from the DP?
This fall we did a road trip up to Dartmouth [for the football Ivy opener], which was the first time the department had traveled there in almost 10 years. It was a nearly 20-hour round trip driving, but it ended up being a really cool experience to tour the school and report on a really thrilling game to start the season.
And because it was Parents Weekend at Dartmouth and [Hanover’s] already such a limited town in terms of lodging, we had to stay at this communal house in the middle of the forest that was like an hour outside of the school, and it had no electricity or plumbing or cell reception. Which obviously that kind of sounds less than ideal but it ended up being really fun and memorable and now it’s kind of a laughable thing to look back at.
4.What is something in Philadelphia that every Penn student should do before they graduate?
Well, Philadelphia is a great city, and there are a lot of things you can do, but I've really enjoyed running on the Schuylkill trail. If you make it to the end, there are a ton of cool old statues and scenic views you get to see, and it’s a great way to get some exercise that is a little more entertaining than just running on a treadmill.
5.What's the most underrated restaurant on or around campus?
In terms of underrated, I think obviously Smokes' as a bar isn't underrated, but their food is actually pretty good, I would say. A lot of people don’t even know that you can even get food there, but I think they probably have the best pizza on campus.
6.What has been the best class you’ve taken at Penn? There have been a lot of really good ones. “Negotiations” with Professor Taheripour was definitely impactful when I took it; you learn a lot about yourself by taking that class. I got the chance to TA it this semester, too, so getting to essentially almost take it two times made it even more memorable.
7. What’s on your TV show Mount Rushmore?
“Breaking Bad” would definitely be number one, and I think you'd have to put “The Sopranos” on there as well. “Nathan for You” would definitely also make the list. Then I'll say “Black Mirror,” so I’m really looking forward to the new season next month.
8.What do you think is the most eclectic thing about you?
So whenever I start and end years at Penn, I usually try to drive my car across the country back to California or to Pennsylvania with my dad, and that's always been a lot of fun even though it's a crazy long trip. You get to see a lot of different parts of the country and get exposed to different kinds of stuff. So that’s definitely pretty unusual, but I always recommend it to anyone who has the chance.
9. What is at the top of your bucket list?
I've always kind of had this goal to be able to dunk a basketball. Whether or not that will ever come to fruition remains to be seen. In terms of things that are more tangible, I've been wanting to set foot in all 50 states and am getting pretty close. The road trips help with that one.
10.What’s been your favorite moment as a Bay Area sports fan?
There are definitely lots to choose from. I've been pretty blessed in my lifetime with sports success back home even if my favorite team, the 49ers, haven't ever been able to finish it off in my lifetime. But I would say probably the 2014 San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory where Madison Bumgarner kind of just went insane and got us the win in relief in game seven. I’ll never forget that.
11.Who are your favorite and least favorite athletes?
My favorite athlete is probably Michael Phelps because his eight gold medal performance at the 2008 Olympics was really what got me into sports. Then reading his book “No Limits” inspired me to try to adopt his work ethic, not only towards sports but towards other parts of life as well.
My least favorite athlete — I know he's really good — might be Chris Paul. I’ve always found him to be kind of annoying to be honest, especially as a Warriors fan.
12.What were your most and least favorite parts of being a sports editor?
I’d say the most challenging part was having to always be on call for breaking news because you never know when things could happen. And the best part was probably helping teach new writers the ropes and watching them learn, and also maybe coming up with the weekly icebreakers for meetings.
13.What’s your favorite story you’ve written here?
I think two come to mind initially. Both were ones I wrote during 2020. The first was a partner story I wrote with Joey Piatt, which was about why Penn students don't go to basketball games even though we have a lot of people here who are into sports, and that just ended up being a really relevant story, still relevant today. It was talked about a decent amount on campus, so it was cool to kind of have that impact and talk about something that we felt mattered. And the other one — I know I'm cheating by giving two — was a profile I did on Ryan Glover, who was formerly the quarterback here at Penn. In doing some research on him, it turned out his mom had been married to Usher for several years. So I kind of did a story looking at Ryan's background from a sports and life angle. It's obviously unique to have that kind of an upbringing, so it was really cool to just talk to him and his mom and a lot of other people in his life, to eventually paint a picture of him and show that he was more than just an athlete.
14.How do you want to be remembered within DPOSTM?
I think, first of all, I’d like to be remembered as someone that was really passionate about being in the department. Even after my term as an editor ended, I stayed involved and was writing stories from as soon as I could start to my very last week as a student at Penn. And then also someone who was always trying to make it a welcoming community for all the people that wanted to join and advance in the department.
On top of that, I think helping us get through COVID[-19] and also placing a big emphasis on taking road trips. I got the chance to go to cover games at all eight Ivies, so hopefully that tradition can be continued after I graduate.
15. What are your plans for after graduation?
I'm going to be starting a role with Walmart as a financial analyst in August. I interned at their headquarters in Northwest Arkansas this most recent summer and had an amazing time, so I'm really looking forward to going back there and getting to work.
books. Through 17 games, Miles is one goal away from tying the single-season program record, last set by Tory Bensen in 2015.
Beyond the individual accolades, Miles has also played a crucial role on a Quaker team which has spent the better part of two months running roughshod
Jonathan Condon has had to endure a lot in his Penn career. Just like most of this senior class, the COVID-19 pandemic cut his freshman season short and completely wiped out a sophomore campaign. Condon has also had three separate head coaches during his time as a Quaker. Despite all of this, Condon not just persevered, but excelled. This season, as the team’s captain, Condon has
Despite not racing with the Quakers prior to the 202122 season, Samy Morton has already made her presence felt on the Penn program. Last season, she participated in many races, and ultimately received second-team All-Ivy and second-team CRCA All-America honors as a result. And this year, her excellent performance continued.
over the rest of the Ivy League. Penn will be headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 following its win in the Ivy League Tournament last Sunday, and the Quakers put together a perfect 7-0 record against conference foes in the regular season — a feat in which Miles played no small part.
been an integral part of Penn’s team, in a sport where there isn’t much of a gap between the top college teams and the top squads in the entire world. And ahead of the IRA National Championships early in June — which Condon says will likely be his last competitive race — the Quakers have been in strong form, including in a victory against Oregon State toward the end of April.
Morton — originally from Hong Kong — played a key role in several early successes for Penn this year, including at the Head of the Charles in the fall, when Morton’s boat took first place among American colleges. And her season isn’t over yet, as Penn is scheduled to compete at Ivy Championships this upcoming weekend.
Softball — Sarah Schneider
Penn softball’s 2023 season has not been one that many will look back fondly on in the years to come.
But one bright spot has been the excellent campaign of catcher Sarah Schneider. The senior from Los Angeles is currently second on the team with a .292 batting average and OPS at .846, while leading the team with 11 doubles and five home runs across 41
games started. Behind the plate, she has also been sharp, only committing two errors and achieving a .984 fielding percentage.
But Schneider is used to this type of two-way excellence, as she earned first-team All-Ivy honors last season. This year, even though some statistical categories have taken slight dips, Schneider has still
Men’s Tennis — Aditya Gupta
Even after an impressive 2021-22 season, Aditya Gupta has taken his game to a whole new level this season. The senior from Southern California is 14-6 in singles play, and when teamed with freshman Manfredi Graziani, the pair is 10-4 in doubles matches. What makes Gupta’s record even more impressive is how thoroughly he dominates opponents;
his last nine wins have been in two sets, with many opponents not able to win more than a few games against him.
But success like this is nothing new for Gupta, who was the 23rd ranked recruit nationally in his class, and was a state champion in high school. From his first season in Red and Blue, Gupta excelled,
Women’s Tennis — Gibson Thomas
This season, senior Gibson Thomas saw most of her action for Penn women’s tennis during the fall season, when she put up a 4-4 singles record, and was 4-5 when part of a doubles pairing. Despite not seeing much action in the spring, she still provided
valuable leadership to a young Quaker team in her final season in Red and Blue.
One of the highlights of her year came during the ITA Northeast Regional in October, when she defeated Wagner’s Tara Dakic in a three-set thriller to Men’s Track & Field — Michael Keehan
Michael Keehan will be going out on top of the Ivy League. The senior from Wilmington, Del. took home the conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last weekend’s Ivy Championships after running a 8:45.65. The win caps off a stellar outdoor season for Keehan, who set a program record at the Larry Ellis Invitational last month with a 8:36.79 time in the steeplechase. Keehan is also in the Penn
record books in the 1,500m after running a 3:45.57 in 2021, which is eighth in Penn history.
Keehan already has experience competing on the national stage; he qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2021 in the steeplechase. But with him set to graduate soon, it is currently unclear whether he will return to national competition for one last ride in the Red and Blue.
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Men’s Rowing — Jonathan Condon
Women’s Rowing — Samy Morton
Best of graduating seniors
Fall Winter Spring
Men’s Cross Country — Zubeir Dagane
Zubeir Dagane began his Penn cross country journey not as a varsity athlete, but on the club team, dedicating his freshman fall to the pursuit of a time fast enough to earn him a spot on Penn’s roster. When he finally broke through, he never looked back, and now the Bloomington, Minn. native leaves Penn with a decorated resume to show for his hard work.
On the track, Dagane owns the ninth fastest 10,000-meter time in Penn history, but on the course, he is just as talented.
Dagane’s senior season was highlighted by a top-60 finish at the Ivy Heptagonal Championships — an impressive feat for a runner who, just four years ago, was unsure if he would ever don the Red and Blue.
Women’s Cross Country — Lizzy Bader
It was a busy final campaign for Lizzy Bader, who has been one of Penn cross country’s most consistent runners throughout her time in the Red and Blue. Though Bader’s 2020 campaign was taken by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bader continued her steady improvement to become one of the Ivy League’s best during her final season, when she finished 10th at the Ivy League
Heptagonal Championships and earned second-team All-Ivy honors.
Bader, a captain for the team, has been credited as an exemplary leader for the Quakers’ younger runners. Though Penn will undoubtedly miss her and her contributions both on and off the course, the impact she has made during her four years will not soon be forgotten.
Field Hockey — Gracyn Banks
Midfielder Gracyn Banks was an all-around game wrecker for the Quakers during her senior campaign, making her presence felt in all aspects of the game. She ranked second on the team in points, first in assists, and led Penn and was third in the Ivy League in defensive saves en route to a first-team All-Ivy nod. In a season that saw Penn bounce
back from an 0-7 start by winning seven of their final 10 games, Banks helped lead the turnaround, anchoring the Quaker defense while still providing production offensively. As the Red and Blue look to build on last season’s second-half surge, finding more versatile contributors like Banks will be crucial.
Football — Trey Flowers
There are a number of prolific Penn football contributors who could claim this spot, but running back Trey Flowers earns the nod.
Named first-team All-Ivy in his last hurrah with the Quakers, Flowers was the engine behind Penn’s rushing attack, finishing the year with 509 yards and seven touchdowns. The most memorable moment of
Paolini finishes his time in the Red and Blue with two All-CSFL selections to his name, including a selection to the second team during his junior season. As a senior, Paolini threw for 1,523 yards and nine touchdowns, good for the second most yardage in the CSFL.
A threat as both a runner and
Flowers’ senior season came on his final career play, when he punched a pass from sophomore quarterback Aidan Sayin into the end zone for a last-second, go-ahead touchdown against Princeton. Penn’s tailbacks have been a highlight for the team in recent years, and the ever-reliable Flowers is certainly no exception to that rule.
passer, Paolini unlocked a new dimension for Penn’s offense during his time under center. Seniors are difficult to replace at every sport in every position, but after he held down the Quakers’ most important job for the past two seasons, Paolini’s departure leaves large shoes to fill for whoever comes next.
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Through consistency and confidence, team captain Lucas Monroe established himself as an integral part of the Quakers’ roster. The 6-foot-6 guard starred in all 30 of Penn’s games this season and racked up 147 points. But he contributed beyond just scoring, and with a total of 179 rebounds, 18 blocks, and 19 steals, Monroe
served as an offensive and defensive weapon the Red and Blue could rely on.
Though he’s slated to become a Big 5 rival after announcing his graduate transfer to Drexel for the upcoming season, Monroe’s impact for Penn men’s basketball as a leader on and off the court will always be remembered.
Women’s Basketball — Kayla Padilla
Possibly one of the most talented Quakers to don the Red and Blue, Kayla Padilla’s time at Penn is one for the books — record books, that is. From her rookie season to her final game, Padilla’s presence every time she stepped foot on the court has fell nothing short of dominant. She was named first-team All-Ivy three times and set new program records in three-pointers made in a game, season, and career — despite
a full season lost to COVID-19 cancellations.
The soon-to-be graduate announced her commitment to USC as a graduate transfer last month — a homecoming tale for the Torrance, Calif. native. Serving as a serious threat beyond the arc and equipped with skilled ball movement, Padilla’s excellence will surely take the Trojan team to new heights.
Men’s Fencing — Enzo Bergamo
Enzo Bergamo’s contributions through the seasons, and this year in particular, has helped guide Penn fencing to historic campaigns year after year. Winning 26 of 43 bouts this season, Bergamo finishes his time in Red and Blue with a .518 career winning percentage. The sabrist also picked up a trio of 3-0
finishes this season against Hvaerford on Jan. 15, Hunter on Jan. 29, and Johns Hopkins on Feb. 26.
Though the team will only say goodbye to a relatively small graduating class of three seniors, Bergamo’s are big shoes to fill if the Quakers wish to top the success it found this season.
Women’s Fencing — Jessica Liang
From her rookie season — where she was named first-team AllAmerica, first-team All-Region, and second-team All-Ivy — to her final season where she qualified for NCAA Championships for the first time in her career, Jessica Liang has made major impacts as a part of Penn women’s fencing roster. Boasting a .653 winning
percentage during the regular season this year certainly set Liang up for the success she saw at the NCAAs. Winning 10 of her bouts, the épéeist came in 14th place and helped push Penn to its best finish at the tournament in 19 years. Her success will be a difficult one to replicate by the up and coming Quakers on the roster.
Wrestling — Doug Zapf
Given his steady improvement through the years, it is no surprise that Doug Zapf ends his career with the Quakers as one of the best the program has ever seen.
Zapf was one of only two Quakers to advance and earn a win on the second day of the NCAA Championships this
In his final year in the Red and Blue, senior left-handed pitcher Owen Coady has been nothing short of phenomenal. His 2.81 ERA and 69 strikeouts are both second in the Ivy League, and his 57.2 innings pitched across 10 starts are the most of any Quaker this season. Penn’s pitching has been by far the best in the Ivy League throughout 2023, and Coady’s successful, reliable outings have been a key part
The southpaw had the best outing of the season on April 2 against Dartmouth, putting in 5.2 innings of work and notching 11 strikeouts while allowing no runs and just one hit in a Quaker win. And Coady, originally from Larchmont, N.Y., will be able to continue throwing heat next season when he is a graduate transfer at the University of Virginia.
Men’s Golf — Mark Haghani
After deciding to remain with the Quakers for his final year of college eligibility, Mark Haghani had a senior campaign to remember. Originally from London, Haghani first picked up the clubs at the urging of a family member and excelled in junior golf in Montana. But his real improvement has come since he first donned the Red and Blue. And this year, all his hard work paid off.
Haghani was the low Penn player for all five tournaments in the fall, and notched a fifth overall finish at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial. In the spring, he kept up the excellence, including with a third overall placement at Columbia’s Roar-EE Invitational. And, at Ivy League Championships last month, Haghani’s tenth place finish earned him second-team AllIvy honors.
Women’s Golf — Susan Xiao
Throughout the entire 2022-23 campaign, senior Susan Xiao has been a steady, stable presence for Penn women’s golf. She appeared in eight tournaments for the Quakers this season, consistently placed in the top 20 across all competitors. One of her best outings of the year came at the Princeton Invitational back in September, when she finished with a 218 over three rounds,
good enough for 10th place overall. Xiao consistently played her best golf towards the beginning of tournaments, setting the tone for the rest of her teammates. And nowhere was this more apparent than at Ivy League Championships, where her first-round 72 led the Quakers and put them on pace to take home the conference championship.
Men’s Lacrosse — Sam Handley
This season, injuries forced Penn men’s lacrosse to fill some gaps in a roster that won an Ivy League Championship in 2022. And Sam Handley — a 6-foot-5 fifth-year senior midfielder from Portland, Ore. — ably and eagerly stepped in. His 55 points — spread between 30 goals and 25 assists — led the Quakers by a wide margin and placed seventh in the Ivy League.
Throughout many games this
season. After opening the season with a sweep at the Journeyman Collegiate Classic, he finished the year with a 24-9 overall record and an NWCA Scholar All-American recognition. Zapf’s name is certainly one that will be long remembered within the program.
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season, Handley showcased his versatility, shooting and passing with ease. He also was a go-to option for coach Mike Murphy’s squad throughout this season. One key example of this came during the Quakers’ regular season game against Princeton. Late in overtime, the play was drawn up for Handley, who made the winning goal in a 9-8 Penn victory where he scored or assisted on six Penn goals.
Women’s Lacrosse — Niki Miles
In her final year with the Quakers, senior attacker Niki Miles has led — although that’s nothing new for her. Last season, she finished first on the team with 34 points.
This year, she’s doing it again, with 57 goals over 17 games, the best among Quakers by a wide margin. What’s more, she’s also putting her place in the record
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