Over winter break, Penn women's basketball traveled to Los Angeles to try and defend their Ancient Eight crown. While the team posted a pair of wins against CSU-Northridge and UC Riverside, there are still many improvements to be made if they hope to defend their Ivy title.Zach Sheldon | Sports Photo Editor
Penn men's basketball huffed, and they puffed, but they couldn't knock down George Mason on Saturday afternoon in their 79-60 loss. The Quakers (3-5) found themselves just two points down with eight minutes left in the game, but a 13-0 run by the Patriots (8-3) over the next six minutes doomed the home team that simply ran out of gas in the end. Three players scored over ten points for Penn, but no one shined brightly enough to take the game by the scruff of its neck. In the end, the Red and Blue's quality was revealed as George Mason ran out as winners. // William Snow | Senior Sports Editor-Elect
Penn men's and women's basketball hosted a doubleheader in the Palestra on Wednesday night. The women kicked off action with a dramatic late loss to La Salle. Despite leading late in the fourth quarter and in overtime, the Quakers lost 58-56 on a buzzer-beater. The men followed up with a blowout victory over Lafayette. Freshman AJ Brodeur and senior Matt Howard powered the Red and Blue to an 81-52 win to end the night.
Tuesday evening, the defending NCAA champions made their way to University city as Penn basketball hosted No. 2 Villanova in front of a sold out crowd. The Wildcats set the tone early in their 82-57 blowout of the Quakers and never looked back, out-shooting and out-scrapping their Big 5 opponents at every turn. The loss dropped Penn to 2-3 on the season, while Villanova moved to 7-0 and continued to assert their authority as reigning champions of college basketball.Photos by Ananya Chandra, Luke Yeagley, and Mark Shtrakhman
As news of Fidel Castro’s death broke Friday night, the Cuban-American population in Miami were among the first to react— taking to the streets in celebration of Castro’s death following almost five decades of ruling the island nation. Although his younger brother Raúl Castro has been in control since 2008, Fidel’s death represents to many Cuban-Americans closure on a painful chapter in both their lives and in their nations history. In Hialeah, FL, celebrations lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, with the sounds of pots and pans smashing, cars honking, and people cheering filling the air around 49th Street.
Penn football won its second consecutive Ivy League title on Saturday in their 42-20 victory over Cornell. The Quakers went up to Ithaca on a mission and followed through as they took an early lead and never looked back. Highlights included a pair of Alek Torgersen touchdowns and a TD catch by senior lineman Nick Demes. The title is the Red and Blue's second in a row; however, they share it this year with rivals Princeton after sharing it last year in a three-way tie. The Red and Blue's win is also a fitting way to end a record career for Torgersen, a potential draft prospect come 2017.Photos by Sam Holland and Griff Fitzsimmons
Covered in chalk, Locust Walk turned into a battleground Thursday morning. When pro-life groups wrote various messages on Locust, pro-choice students responded by crossing out, erasing, and commenting on the messages. This call and response was evident along Locust on the western end of campus from the compass to the bridge.// Photos by John Ortega and Manon Voland
Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) hosted a demonstration in front of College Hall on Thursday afternoon. Members of SOUL encouraged each other and bystanders to speak about their experiences with prejudice, particularly in context of a racist GroupMe targeting black Penn freshmen. Demonstrators held signs saying "This Is Not Solidarity" next to a crossed out safety pin, arguing that rather than displaying shallow efforts at solidarity, allies must back up their support with action. This was only the most recent in a series of demonstrations on campus in the wake of Donald Trump's recent presidential victory.// Photos by Carson Kahoe and Lulu Wang
On Friday night, protestors marched to the walls of Franklin Field in response to racist messages targeting freshmen. Their goal was to reach the field, where Penn was playing Harvard in its final home football game of the season, and to "show them black lives matter." Read the full article here.Photos by Alex Fisher | Senior Photographer and Sam Holland | Staff Photographer
The Daily Pennsylvanian went to polling places across campus to ask students about their experiences voting in this election and their thoughts on this presidential campaign. For most students, it was their first time voting for president.// Brian Zhong
On the eve of election day, Independence Hall's bells welcomed spectators as they filled Independence Mall for one final star-studded rally for Hillary Clinton. For her final push in the Keystone State, the Democratic presidential nominee didn't hold back. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi kicked off the event, highlighting Clinton's bipartisan appeal by reading a Republican voter's open letter in her support. Later, Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen made his case for Clinton before introducing her daughter and husband, Chelsea and Bill Clinton, who in turn introduced First Lady Michelle Obama. The evening reached a crescendo as President Obama followed his wife and made a passionate appeal for Pennsylvanians to vote for Clinton (as well as down-ticket candidate for US Senate Katie McGinty). Finally, Secretary Clinton herself took the stage to loud applause. In the final hours before election day, Clinton urged voters to choose her. Photos by Carson Kahoe, Julio Sosa, and Mark Shtrakhman
Despite the hype around Penn's altered policy in tailgating this weekend, the final focus remained on one thing: the football game. Penn travelled to Princeton University this weekend to face off against the Tigers in what ended in one of the worst defeats for Penn Football in a long time. The Quakers were shutout 28-0, and were barely able to find any rhythm in their offense. The Red and Blue will look to turn things around at home next weekend against Harvard - and keep their dreams for an Ivy League title alive.Photos by Ananya Chandra and Zach Sheldon
Last weekend, Penn Football pumped out a tight 21-14 victory over Brown at Franklin Field to stay perfect in Ivy League play. With the help of junior Justin Watson’s best performance of the season, the Red and Blue held Brown scoreless in the first half, pulled out the win in a tight second half, and ended the game atop the Ivy standings tied with Harvard. This weekend, Penn football faces an even tougher opponent in Princeton Football. Even with Princeton’s revoking Penn’s tailgate rights, only one thing can be on Penn’s mind right now: pucking Frinceton.Photos by Griff Fitzsimmons and Alex Fisher.
On Halloween night, students flocked to Chipotle en masse (and en costume) to get discounted burritos. Spooky! Check out some notable costumes.Photos by Sam Eichenwald
On Friday, October 28, the Pennovation Center had its grand opening. The ceremony included speeches by CEO of Cognitive Operational Systems LLC (COSY) Jonas Cleveland, and the CEO of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Engineer Daniel Mellinger. In addition to University President Amy Gutmann, the keynote address featured Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, Co-Founders and Co-CEO's of Warby Parker, who both graduated from the Wharton MBA program in 2010, as well as Board Chair David L. Cohen. When the time came, the Ghost Minitaur™, a robot of Ghost Robotics, joined Gutmann on stage and brought her the scissors for the ribbon cutting. After the keynote presentation, there were self-guided tours of the Center and a networking session featuring Cynthia Otto of Penn Vet Working Dog Center, accompanied by her human and canine team.// Tiffany Pham | Associate Photo Editor
Alumni and students alike flocked to College Green for Homecoming festivities this weekend. The traditional celebration of Penn's alumni community included performances by various student groups on College Green and a football game against Brown. Here's a quick photo recap of some of the Homecoming events.Photos by Jess Katz, Helen Fetaw, and Alex Fisher
Last week, Chestnut Hill held its annual Harry Potter Festival and Quidditch Tournament. Once a year around Halloween, the Philadelphia suburb transforms itself into a wonderland inspired by the popular novel series. In addition to the Quidditch, events included a pub crawl and recreations of famous landmarks from the books.
Penn football played Yale last Friday night in the Bulldog's first ever night game in the Yale Bowl. It was not meant to be a fairytale game for the hosts, however, as the Quakers started strong and never looked back. Three receiving touchdowns from junior talisman Justin Watson helped the Red and Blue drive up a 35-0 lead by halftime. After a slower second half in which Penn coach Ray Priore pulled most of his starters, the game ended a convincing blowout, 42-7. Still undefeated in Ivy play, Penn stands in pole position to reclaim the Ivy League title.
With the city skyline glittering behind her, Hillary Clinton campaigned in front of a crowd of over 7,000 people at Penn Park on Saturday night. During her speech, Clinton applauded the efforts of campaigners to register hundreds more voters in Pennsylvania than in 2012, and called upon young voters in particular to participate in this year's election. "This could truly be the election where young people turn out in larger numbers than ever and make their voices heard," Clinton said.Photos by Ananya Chandra, Carson Kahoe, Zach Sheldon, Julio Sosa, Sam Holland, Mark Shtrakhman, Pranay Vemulamada, Griff Fitzsimmons, Zihan Xiong, and Manon Voland