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Competing after finals gives new life to athletes

For most of Penn’s undergraduate population, the end of the final exam period signals the time for kicking back, relaxing and fondly looking back at the previous year.

But for a very lucky, very small fraction of the student body, the onset of summer simply means business as usual.

Playing on a varsity spring sport inherently carries the risk of playing past the school year’s conclusion, and 2016 was no exception.


Class of 2020 football recruit ready to make an immediate impact

A lot of athletes might say they were born to play their respective sport.

But a kid related to both the NCAA’s Division I-A single-season touchdown passing record holder and the winningest quarterback in Stanford history might have a slightly better argument.

Such is life for California native and safety Conor O’Brien, who is one of 29 recruits joining Penn football’s Class of 2020 looking to help the Quakers begin their title defense.

Needless to say, O’Brien needed no help being introduced to the sport.


Soccer's Higa, volleyball's Carr travel to Rwanda on service trip

As spring semester ended and students prepared to embark on their various summer journeys, one women’s soccer player had reason to be especially excited.

Erica Higa, a sophomore midfielder for the Red and Blue, traveled to Rwanda alongside fellow Penn Athletics representative coach Kerry Major Carr of women’s volleyball and around ten other Penn students and faculty as part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Rwanda Gashora Program.

The program was created to explore the possibilities of using solar energy and information communication technology in low-resource communities in developing countries.


Field hockey looks to rally around Hoover for the new season

The Red and Blue’s field hockey team had a bittersweet 2015. After barreling through nationally ranked opponents weekly, the Quakers seemed poised to take back the Ivy League championship that had eluded them since 2004. However, the season finale against Princeton did not feature the end result that the team wanted.


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