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Much-awaited bagel store opens its doors

(02/25/00 10:00am)

Long lines graced the grand opening of the Izzy and Joe's delicatessen on 40th Street. Izzy and Zoe's delicatessen was as stuffed as its sandwiches at its opening yesterday. Students, University staff and community residents have yearned for another bagel shop since Penn's last bagel store, University Bagels, closed in 1998. Yesterday, they crowded the new 1,550-square-foot establishment for breakfast, lunch and dinner. "Since we opened the doors, there's been a line," said owner Elissa Rivkind's husband Jon, who started operations at 7 a.m. The new bagel shop occupies the space formerly held by My Favorite Muffin on 40th Street. Employees handed out free hats, shirts and mugs to customers. The store's opening was delayed several weeks because of construction. Izzy and Zoe's menu offers sandwiches, soups, salads and traditional Jewish specialties -- along with all-day breakfast -- from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on the weekends. The bagel shop also delivers for a $10 minimum charge. While the restaurant anticipated crowds, it was not fully prepared for the influx, according to Rivkind, who owns the Fairmount Bagel Institute in Center City. "The phones rang all week, asking if we were open," he said. "We're just overwhelmed." Rivkind added that "first-day jitters" contributed to the wait, saying he is already planning to add a second register for faster line movement. At around 8 p.m. last night, the delicatessen was forced to shut its doors early when the bread supply dwindled, according to Rivkind. "Closing because we run out of food is a good thing," he said, adding that the bagel shop is already preparing for tomorrow. "It will be fixed." Those who stayed in line said the food, friendliness and atmosphere made up for the time inconvenience. "It stood up to my standards," said College senior Debbi Bauml, who worked in a New Jersey kosher delicatessen for 2 1/2 years and skipped class to taste this bagel store's selections. "It was great." During lunch, College junior Jaime Herman said her sesame bagel with cream cheese and tomato was worth the 40-minute wait. While Jackson 5 music played in the background, students praised the pickle-packed establishment's decor, with green vegetables both in barrels and on walls, which were adorned by phrases like, "One cannot live on coffee alone, have a bagel." First-year Law student Paul Kim said he liked the restaurant's set-up, complete with pickle-shaped tables, but felt the average specialty sandwich price of $6 or $7 was a bit pricey. "They are a little high," said Kwang Kim, also a first-year Law student. Some potential customers walked away without purchasing because of the line. "It was the first day," Marsha Allen said on her lunch break with a co-worker from the Dental School. "We'll come back again." Others were more frustrated. "We were in there for 15 minutes," College senior Kate Heuisler said after leaving the line. "We are going to the Mexicali truck." Izzy and Zoe's owners said they were tired, yet satisfied, after yesterday's rush. "As long as the food's good, we're happy," Rivkind said. In March, diners will be able to sit outside on 60 degree days -- like yesterday -- when Izzy and Zoe's installs tables for an outdoor cafZ, according to Rivkind, whose daughter and grandfather serve as the store's namesakes. Yesterday's opening marks the first of Hamilton Village's upcoming arrivals. Bitar's Restaurant, serving Middle Eastern cuisine, will fill the site next door -- formerly home to Cool Peppers Mexican Grill -- by the end of March. Penn officials have predicted that developments like the neighboring Sundance Cinemas complex and the Freshgrocer.com specialty food market will make the 40th Street corridor a lively commercial zone.


IFC fraternities increase time spent serving the community

(02/25/00 10:00am)

Despite their busy schedules of classes, sports, clubs and Greek events, Penn fraternity members are trying to give something back to the community as well. The InterFraternity Council has broadened its community service program this semester, both increasing and diversifying its philanthropic efforts. While the IFC has been active in community service endeavors in past years, the intensity has increased recently. Members say these efforts are not only philanthropic in nature, but also help to clean up the party-animal image of the fraternity man. "The image gets a little more tarnished each year," said Lambda Chi Alpha Community Service Chairman Matt Mongon, a Wharton junior. "We want to show that fraternities give back to the community." As part of the IFC's new community service plans for this year, new fraternity members began to get involved in service almost as soon as they signed their bids, with the pledge class of each fraternity designing and participating in a philanthropy project. "It's good to do something positive with pledging and get the negative light off of it," said IFC Vice President for Community Service Mark Zimring, a Delta Kappa Epsilon brother and a College sophomore. For more than a year, the IFC has worked in conjunction with Civic House on community service. In 1999, the IFC and the Panhellenic Council worked with Civic House on a project called "2000 for 2000," in which the Greeks completed 2,000 hours of service by the start of the new year. The IFC as a whole is involved with Philadelphians Concerned about Housing, a Habitat for Humanity-type organization that helps homeless people obtain places to live. The Greeks also hold periodic blood drives -- including an IFC-wide drive that will occur next Thursday at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house -- and collect spare change for a program called Upward Bound, which is designed to help underprivileged teenagers succeed. Individual fraternities are involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities and fundraisers. Many send brothers to work at the University City Hospitality Coalition soup kitchen, while others sell daffodils on Locust Walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Other fraternities take a cue from their national organizations when it comes to community service. Lambda Chi Alpha plans to hold its first annual Watermelon Olympics this fall, during which teams will compete in events such as watermelon shotput and a seed-spitting contest. The proceeds from the Olympics -- already a tradition at Lambda Chi chapters around the country -- will most likely go toward the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank. Many of the IFC's community service activities will center around the annual Greek Weekend, which will be held in early April this year. According to Zimring, among other projects, the Greeks will clean up Philadelphia's streets and hold a dance-a-thon. Beta Theta Pi Community Service Chairman Rob Smith also noted that the fraternities' primary reason for stepping up their community service programs is to fight the stereotypes that plague Greek men. "The main reason now is for good publicity -- and that's a good underlying reason to get involved," said Smith, a Wharton sophomore. But he also noted that community service can be very rewarding for the individual. "Everyone finds their own little niche, something they're interested in," Smith said. "Once they find that, you don't really need to push them."


M. Track heads into Heps in full stride

(02/25/00 10:00am)

An eight-hour bus ride to New Hampshire in February might not sound like a lot of fun. But the Penn men's track team is anticipating a more enjoyable return trip to Philadelphia. A quest that began on December 11 with an unscored meet at Princeton is about to culminate as the Quakers travel to Dartmouth for the Heptagonal Championships this weekend. While several of Penn's top individual performers from throughout the year will visit Harvard next week for the IC4As, this two-day competition in Hanover, N.H., will conclude the indoor season from a team perspective. And this is what the Quakers have been waiting for all year long. "We're really excited and really focused right now," sophomore jumper Tuan Wreh said. Throughout the indoor track schedule, the Red and Blue have concentrated on the matter at hand in each particular meet, but they have also always kept a distant eye on Heps. Though essential for improving technique, gaining confidence and qualifying for IC4As, Penn's previous six meets have been largely looked upon as stepping stones leading up to the athletes' appearance on center stage at Dartmouth. The Quakers' solid showing in their last performance two weeks ago at Boston University gave them the ideal frame of mind in which to participate at Heps, a meet the Penn indoor team last won in 1997. The Quakers look to have the right approach, as they feel confident about the weekend, but are certainly far from flamboyant. "Everyone's ready to perform really well," senior pole vaulter Bob Reynolds said. "We've come together as a team." In the nine-team field featuring all the Ivies and Navy, Penn figures to face its most formidable challenge from archrival Princeton as well as from the Midshipmen. "There's no real frontrunner in the race," said Reynolds, pointing out that Penn, Princeton or Navy could easily place first. While some of the Quakers participated in a competition at Penn State last week, much of the squad has had a two-week respite from the rigors of the season to rest up and taper their workouts for Heps. During the time off, the Quakers continued an ongoing practice trend that had the team cutting back on tiring exercise in favor of more plyometric work to stimulate the nerves. Consequently, the Red and Blue have shied away from heavy lifting and instead have spent much of their training time doing sprints and using medicine balls, narrowing in on "quick-firing" activities. The team's health is also a positive right now. Penn was fortunate to have nothing more severe than a virus that spread among the distance corps early in the season to contend with during the year. "We've been blessed this year to be pretty healthy," Reynolds said. Injuries and a host of less-than-stellar performances caused the Quakers to have some trouble last year at indoor Heps. Penn placed a disappointing seventh in 1999, finishing behind every team except for Cornell and Yale. With the exception of a win in 1997, Penn has won the championship only twice in the past 20 seasons. Coming off a recent string of inspiring results, the Quakers hope that their luck will soon change at the league championship. The eight-hour trip to Hanover might be a long one, but the Quakers are ready and primed to make it worth their while.


Fels chief talks on defiance

(02/25/00 10:00am)

Harsh punishment is often the way that society deals with criminals. What happens when this type of punishment blows up in society's face was the subject of yesterday's lecture by Lawrence Sherman, the director of the Fels Center of Government. Sherman, a noted criminologist who was hired by Penn last summer, delivered the Albert M. Greenfield Memorial Lecture -- entitled "The Defiant Imagination: Consilience and the Science of Sanctions" -- before an audience of about 100 students, professors and government officials from around the world. In his talk, Sherman examined the question of why punishment sometimes leads to more crime, whereas non-punitive alternative strategies often reduce the occurrence of repeated crimes. The purpose of the lecture, Sherman told the audience, was "to try to understand why citizens are defiant of authority." He based his talk on research conducted by Sociology Professor Elijah Anderson, who separated societal codes of conduct into a "street" code and a "decent" code. Sherman argued that a "street" sanction -- which would include imprisonment, for instance -- on a "street" person can actually produce more crime. The "decent" code of conduct comprises such characteristics as a hopeful outlook, possession of mainstream values and respect of authority. The "street" code, conversely, is based on a bitter outlook, anti-system values and disrespect for authority. Citing research such as the Milwaukee Domestic Violence Arrest Experiment, Sherman argued for a system of sanctions founded on equality, fair procedures, respect by authorities and the use of moral appeals over threats. "I've been working on the research for over 10 years. The sometimes contradictory nature of sanctions puzzled and intrigued me," Sherman said during the reception that followed his lecture. "Sometimes when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail." The reforms that Sherman suggested are designed to soften the conduct of authorities when developing sanctions for crime prevention. In the Milwaukee experiment, Sherman found that the unemployed are more likely to commit a subsequent assault if they were arrested. Among the employed, however, the situation was reversed with a higher chance of assault if there was no arrest. Sherman also presented evidence on police activity, education and discipline of children that suggested that mutual respect is more effective in preventing crime than overzealous police enforcement. Both students and adults said Sherman's lecture presented a unique approach to minimizing crime in society. "The lecture presented a breakthrough concept that needs to be further researched. It was interesting how disrespectful police lead to more crime," said Jerry Lee, president of B101 Radio. "I thought that Dr. Sherman was very good. He touched on some of the same topics in class," said College junior John DeLong, a student in Sherman's "Deviance and Social Control" class. "I hope he gets the opportunity to do additional experiments."


NEA chair defends arts funding at several campus events

(02/25/00 10:00am)

It has been 10 years since the National Endowment for the Arts and Penn's Institute of Contemporary Art were at the heart of a national controversy on public funding for provocative art exhibits. Yesterday, the government agency and the University once again joined forces, as NEA Chairman Bill Ivey spent the day fielding provocative questions during a public interview and chatting intimately with a select group of undergraduates during a private lunch. Ivey culminated a day of on-campus events with an interview and town meeting at the ICA last night. Ivey, who succeeded History Professor and former University President Sheldon Hackney as head of the NEA, was hosted by both the Kelly Writers House and the ICA in recognition of his ongoing efforts to strengthen the role of the NEA in America's culture and heritage. The public interview, entitled "Ask what you can do for the NEA and what the NEA can do for you: A local conversation about the future of the national public funding for the arts," was hosted by Tracey Tanenbaum, the arts producer for WXPN-FM. The "town meeting," which drew a crowd of several dozen students and local artists, was so crowded that audience members lined the entire back walls of the ICA's lecture room. Ivey answered a variety of questions ranging from the more general -- the current state of art appreciation in America, for instance -- to the more specific, such as the nature of the grants awarded by the agency. The NEA has been the center of national controversy over the past decade. In particular, the agency's involvement with the ICA drew Congress' attention in the early 1990s after the NEA agreed to fund a Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibit that some, including conservative North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, deemed obscene. The following year, all NEA grant recipients had to sign a pledge swearing off obscenity, and the ICA found itself a target of heavy government-funding restrictions. Last night, Ivey told the audience that he has worked as a proponent of using art as a means to aid children in expressing themselves and helping them be successful in school. "If we establish value and show how much better children do when involved in the arts, funding will no longer be an issue," Ivey said. He added that Americans today should "take care of both the physical needs and take care of our cultural heritage." In today's society, Ivey said, people are all too often under the "false assumption that the material trumps the spiritual." Today, the agency has a $97.6 million budget to spend on various projects, grants and fellowships. But, Ivey stressed repeatedly, the influence of the NEA extends further than simply providing funding. In fact, according to Ivey, the NEA can use its visibility as a platform from which to advocate greater interest and funding for the arts from both the private and the commercial sector. Following his talk, ICA officials expressed their respect for Ivey and his position. "[He is] an impassioned crusader for the arts whose task it is to rally and inspire supporters on a daily basis," said Judith Tannenbaum, the outgoing associate director of the gallery. For the second year in a row, President Clinton has proposed in his budget an increase of $52 million in NEA funding. The interview also included questions about the selection process for funding projects. Ivey explained that panels of artist-citizens are selected to review applications. Through the process, one third of the requests are granted support. After changes made in Congress over the last few years, individual grants have been made nearly impossible. The only individuals who receive patronage are a select 40 writers and 40 poets. In his final remarks, Ivey expressed that his agency is about "doing the right thing." "Once the bond is forged [between community and art], funding will no longer be an issue," he said.


Affirmative action rally draws 200

(02/25/00 10:00am)

Vinay Harpalani assertively asked the crowd of nearly 200 students assembled on College Green yesterday afternoon, "Have things gotten better?" "No!" they shouted in response. The Graduate School of Education student was referring to affirmative action and the fact that although 170 African-American students were admitted to Penn in 1970, only 152 were admitted in 1999. Harpalani was one of the chief organizers of yesterday's rally, which was part of "Call To Action 2000," a nationwide day of activism in support of affirmative action. This was Penn's second year participating in the rally, co-sponsored by the United Minorities Council, UMOJA, the Asian-Pacific Student Coalition, the Greenfield Intercultural Center and the Undergraduate Assembly. Discussing issues of racism and affirmative action, 11 students addressed the crowd, eliciting shouts and applause from the audience. The organizers also collected signatures for a petition in support of affirmative action at Penn. "Penn is a plantation of higher learning, not an institution," said UMOJA Public Relations Chairman Dan Cherry, a College senior. "Don't be fooled by the rhetoric." He added that affirmative action encounters opposition because it scared the people in power. "It's a fundamental challenge to the balance of power -- the status quo -- in the United States of America." Organizers handed out "Call to Action" T-shirts to the crowd during the rally. More than 100 people received the black shirts with affirmative-action logos emblazoned on them. Students at other schools -- including the University of Michigan and Florida A&M; University -- held rallies today as part of an ongoing initiative by the Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary, a national organization responsible for organizing rallies on campuses across the country. The rally comes as institutions across the nation are re-evaluating their affirmative action programs. Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley and Florida A&M;, among many others, have reduced or eliminated affirmative action in their admissions process either voluntarily or as a result of law suits. "It's only a matter of time before this movement hits the Ivy Leagues," Harpalani said. This year marked the first time that the UA co-sponsored the event. UA Chairman and College senior Michael Silver said the group would continue to do so in the future. Kwasi Asare, a College junior and admissions co-chair of the UMC, said the rally's two main goals were "to counteract the movement of the Center for Individual Rights, an organization in support of repealing affirmative action, and to send a message to the University that affirmative action is something students here support." UMC Chairman Jerome Byam, a College junior, also spoke of affirmative action "leveling the playing field" for all people, not just African Americans, but also Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals and women." APSC Political Chair Jenny Yan, a Wharton freshman, emphasized the relevance of affirmative action to Asian Americans, particularly under-represented groups from Southeast Asia. But by far, the most heated speeches came from Cherry and College sophomore Jamarah Leverette. Leverette spoke of reparations for African Americans and recited a poem entitled "Break The Bottle," which symbolized oppression as a Calvin Klein fragrance. She ended with the a shout of "black power!" Other groups in attendance included members of Penn Students Against Sweatshops, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance and the South Asian progressive activist group Sangam. Organizers accredited the impressive turn-out to good weather and a general increase in activism at Penn since the sweatshop sit-in. "I think the turnout was phenomenal," said Kimberly Noble, a College freshman and political chair of UMOJA. "As long as the numbers keep going up, we hope more people will hear our message."


W. Swimming stands sixth at Ivy meet

(02/25/00 10:00am)

The Quakers had their best first day at the Ivy Championships in a very long time yesterday. The past four months have been extremely encouraging for the Penn women's swimming team. Under interim coach Mike Schnur, the Quakers finished the regular season at .500 overall, and were able to notch victories over Cornell and Dartmouth after failing to win a single Ivy League meet in the past seven years. Now, Penn has a chance to put a cherry on top of their season's hot-fudge sundae as it competes at the Ivy League Championships at Harvard this weekend. The meet commenced yesterday morning and will continue until tomorrow evening. Yesterday, preliminaries and finals were held for six events -- the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 500 free, the 200 individual medley, the 50 free, the one-meter diving event and the 400 medley relay. The preliminaries and finals will be held for the remaining 14 events today and tomorrow. After the first day of swimming, Princeton leads the meet with a score of 256 points, while defending champion Brown holds second place with 214 points. The Quakers slept soundly last night with the knowledge that they had tallied 61 points yesterday, a score good enough to keep them ahead of the Big Red and the Big Green -- the two Ivy teams they beat this season -- and in sixth place. Cornell trails Penn by a scant five points, while Dartmouth is mired in last with 46. Harvard, Yale and Columbia round out the field, occupying the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Penn, which finished dead last at the 1999 Ivy championships, received encouraging performances from freshman Jessie Anders in the 50 free prelims and junior captain Cathy Holland in the 200 individual medley bonus consolation heat. Anders' 24.20 sixth-place finish was good enough for a spot in the 50 free finals -- the Quakers' first finals appearance since 1997 in any individual event -- and a new school record. Her time broke the previous 10-year old record of 24.22. Anders finished eighth in the 50 free finals with a time of 24.53, good for 11 points. Holland's 2:07.97 in the 200 IM bonus heat broke the school record of 2:09, set in 1984. Prior to yesterday, it was the Penn women's swimming team's longest-standing record. And even though Holland's phenomenal performance was overshadowed by the other swimmers in the 200 IM -- she finished 17th, garnering no points -- Schnur is thrilled with the team's performance. "It's great. It's the best first day [of the Ivy championships] we've ever had," Schnur said. "We have a lot more points than we had at this point last year, or any years, even the last five or six. If [Anders] wasn't in finals, we wouldn't be in sixth place." By far the most eye-popping performance of the day came from Columbia senior and probable 2000 U.S. Olympian Christina Teuscher, who swam the 200 IM in an unbelievable 1:58.87 -- a time which gave her the victory over Brown senior Stephanie Hughes by a little over three seconds. Teuscher, whom Schnur once referred to as the "Michael Jordan of the Ivy League," missed breaking the Ivy Championships 200 IM record -- which she set last year -- by a little over a second. Columbia's lack of depth beyond Teuscher -- the Lions had only four other swimmers win points in individual events -- continues to keep Columbia from the upper echelons of the tournament. The Lions are only 45 points ahead of the Quakers. But it would take a near-miracle for Penn to overtake Columbia, considering the 189-109 shellacking the Quakers took at the hands of the Lions December 10 -- not to mention the fact that Columbia has Teuscher, giving it a near-automatic first-place finish each time she swims. Thus, being able to look down at Cornell or Dartmouth -- or both -- come tomorrow night would seem to be a more realistic goal. But Penn was beaten soundly on the diving board yesterday and must overcome those points lost to have any chance of not finishing last. Penn does have in its favor its swimming strength, and with no diving events scheduled for today, the Quakers hope to open up some distance between them and their pursuers. Schnur thinks that Holland and freshman Margaret Jones will score points today in the 400 IM, and he hopes the same of sophomore Devin McGlynn and freshman Katy Sanderson in the 200 IM. Schnur is also heartened by the fact that the Quakers are in sixth place without yet putting in the pool one of their best young swimmers, freshman Kate Patrizzi, who will swim today in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. "We've finished last eight years in a row, and to get out of that basement would be great," Schnur said.


Gymnastics looks for fourth consecutive Ivy Classic title

(02/25/00 10:00am)

Penn's seniors are looking to round out their careers with the Quakers with Ivy Classic perfection. As far as the 1990s go, the Penn Quakers could quite easily be called the Chicago Bulls of Ivy League gymnastics. Penn has won six Ivy Classic championships and accounts for five individual all-around meet champions. Unlike the Bulls, however, the Quakers have no intention of ending their dynastic hold on first place tomorrow at Cornell. In addition to heading into the meet with a solidly consistent and deep team, the Red and Blue will have one decided edge over the competition -- the only gymnasts who have experienced victory at the Classic will all be Quakers. "When we get to the meet on Saturday, there will only be fourteen people who know what it feels like to win a championship, and they're all on our team," Penn senior Kirby Thorpe said. The Quakers will be striving to break more records in what has already been a memorable season, with new records seemingly tied or broken at every meet. At this Ivy Classic, the team will be defending its unprecedented three consecutive championships, and the seniors want to finish up in record-breaking style. "This is it. For us, it's our last Ivy Classic, so we want to leave on top," Penn senior Becky Nadler said. The veterans of the team want to give the freshmen, as well as sophomore transfer Lauren Hittner, a taste of the winning Quakers tradition. "I'm looking forward to this meet for them because it's just a great, unique experience," Thorpe said. And Penn freshman Veena Abraham understands the history and importance of the meet as a culmination of the season. "I've basically been looking forward to this all season because it's what we've prepared ourselves for -- to go in and win," Abraham said. Penn coach Tom Kovic is confident in the Quakers' abilities and their potential to win, but he wants the team to understand the mentality of the rest of the Ivy League competition. "When we won our first championship [in 1991], we were a hungry team. I want my team to realize how good the other teams are and how hungry they are to win," Kovic said. Yale took home the only Ivy Classic championships of the past decade that did not belong to Penn, winning titles in '93, '95 and '96. In the two meets this season between the Ivy rivals, the Elis edged the Quakers by slim margins. "I want to focus on my team's execution, but to say there's no rivalry would be a lie," Kovic said. "I'm not interested in beating a particular team, however; we're going to beat them all." The battle for first place promises to be highly competitive, perhaps even more so than in recent years due to the strength of the current rosters of the four Ivy programs with gymnastics teams -- Penn, Yale, Cornell and Brown. In addition to falling twice to the Elis, Penn lost a dual meet to Cornell by less than half of a point and beat the Bears by almost three points earlier this season. "The teams are definitely evenly matched. All four teams have a chance. There are no clear favorites," Nadler said. The Quakers, however, will be the only team in the match to have faced each of the other Ivy foes in dual matches, which provides them with another advantage. No matter how much a team might work on its skills, there's no substitute for head-to-head experience. "We've seen everybody. I think that that's important because then we know [going into the Classic] what all the other teams have to offer," Kovic said. Despite the possible loss of Penn junior Kelly Haberer to what Kovic called a "fairly severe foot ligament sprain," the Quakers are not worried about Saturday. "We have the depth to win. It's about consistency under pressure," Penn captain Lizzie Jacobson said. The Quakers are looking to come home as the unprecedented four-time champions, and nothing else seems acceptable. "The focus is on us coming together and performing well. [We have] no excuses. We're going to win," Penn senior Joci Newman said. The Quakers hope that history will repeat itself tomorrow -- as it has for the past three years -- and that the championship trophy will be back at Penn.


Crucial weekend for W. Hoops at Palestra

(02/25/00 10:00am)

The Quakers can take the Ivy driver's seat, or could be virtually eliminated. Still in the thick of the Ivy League title hunt after two grueling weeks on the road, the Penn women's basketball team returns home this weekend to battle fellow Ivy frontrunners Dartmouth and Harvard in what could be the most important pair of games ever for the Quakers. With just three games remaining on the schedule after tonight's and tomorrow night's games, the Red and Blue (16-7 overall, 7-2 Ivy League) will need to avenge their loss at Dartmouth two weeks ago and continue their winning ways against Harvard if they hope for their first-ever Ancient Eight banner -- and its accompanying NCAA Tournament berth, which would also be a first for Penn. "I really think this is probably the biggest weekend in the program's history," Penn coach Kelly Greenberg said. "I think this is a true test of seeing what we're really made of as a team." The first test of Penn's mettle, starting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Palestra, will come fast and physical to the Red and Blue courtesy of league-leading Dartmouth (16-6, 8-1) and its speedy-but-balanced attack. This attack is led by senior guard Courtney Banghart, the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Big Green's leading scorer, who averages 16 points per game. Banghart's average -- built on her trademark consistency behind the three-point line -- ranks her third in Ivy League scoring, lagging only behind the Quakers' leading duo of Diana Caramanico (24.7 ppg) and Mandy West (18.6 ppg). Problematic for the Penn defense, though, is the fact that Banghart is not the only offensive threat Dartmouth brings to the hardwood. Two other Big Green starters also average in the double-digits, including freshman forward Katherine Hanks. Along with her 14.9 points per game -- good for fifth in the Ivy League -- Hanks also leads her team with a 7.1 rebounding average and 35 blocks. And in addition to the youthful Hanks, the defending Ivy League champions return seven veterans from last season who give Dartmouth the experience to remain composed in a big game like tonight's. "Everyone contributes, and we have some depth and some experience in our positions," Dartmouth coach Chris Wielgus said. "It's certainly not the Courtney Banghart show." And besides individual players, Penn will have to deal with Dartmouth's various speeds of play. Although the Big Green usually like to exploit their own quickness by running a fast-paced offense, they also have the skill to slow things down at will. "The thing about Dartmouth is they can play halfcourt, and they can run," Greenberg said. "They can do both well, so we have to be ready for both kinds of games. "It's all going to come down to who's going to make the big plays and which team is consistently tougher throughout the entire game." An uneasy trend arose for Penn during its recent two-week Ivy League road swing. After emerging victorious in both of their Friday games, the Quakers came back to lose the next night -- the first week to Dartmouth, then to Columbia. The pair of second-day road losses has elicited concern from Penn coaches and players. "I'm not sure if it's because of travel," Greenberg said. "I feel like the team feels prepared, so I don't know if it's fatigue or what." The Quakers definitely need to hope for a change in their Saturday luck with Harvard coming to the Palestra tomorrow for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Although almost a polar opposite of Dartmouth in terms of tempo -- preferring a slow, deliberate offensive, rather than a fast-paced game -- Harvard (7-2, 14-7) will still be a challenging opponent for Penn. Like Dartmouth, Harvard has a well-balanced attack, anchored by senior forward Laela Sturdy's 13.5 points per game and sophomore guard Jen Monti's league-leading 6.3 assist average. Unlike the Big Green, though, the Crimson have a lot of size -- 10 of the 15 players on Harvard's roster measure at six feet or above -- and will try to use their height to out-rebound the Quakers, slowing down Penn's transition offense. "One of the most dangerous things about Penn's game is definitely their transition," Sturdy said. In light of the problems Penn has faced playing partially fatigued on Saturdays, some of the Quakers will actually welcome this Harvard strategy of slow, half-court basketball. "I think it's going to be better to play [Harvard] second, rather than having Dartmouth running up and down the floor on Saturday," West said. Plus, with Ivy-leading rebounder Caramanico in the paint (12.0 rebounds per game) and supported by 6'3" Jessica Allen and 6'0" Julie Epton, the Quakers are confident that they will pull down plenty of boards of their own against the Crimson. Every team involved knows the importance this weekend bears on the highly contested Ivy League title race. "Friday night's game is the biggest game," Greenberg said. "But ironically, if we win Friday night's game, then Saturday immediately becomes the biggest game ever."


M. Squash hopes to go out on high note

(02/25/00 10:00am)

It has been a long season since the Penn men's squash team beat Brown 5-4 on December 5. And in many respects, it will be a different Quakers team stepping onto the court this morning in New Haven, Conn., to face the Bears in the first round of the Team Championships at Yale. Since December, Penn has endured the loss of its No. 1 player, had another of the team's top players sidelined by injuries and been forced to juggle the lineup on a weekly basis. Penn will have only five of the original nine players from the lineup that faced Brown. A string of losses against top competitors accompanied this string of bad fortune, as the Quakers managed only two wins after the Brown match. The one thing that has remained constant for the Quakers this season, however, is their positive attitude. An underdog in most of its matches, Penn has managed to play stride for stride with many of the same teams that they will face this weekend. Penn was finally able to cash in on its hard work last week when it finished dual-match play with a convincing 8-1 home win over Haverford. The Quakers took all eight wins in the minimum three games. The win may give Penn the momentum it needs to knock off Brown, ranked No. 10 nationally, for a second time. The Team Championships in New Haven will feature the top 36 squash teams in the country. The Potter Division will feature the top eight teams, including No. 1 Trinity and Ivy League champion Princeton. The Quakers carry a season record of 3-9, enough to earn them the No. 15 ranking in the nation. They are bracketed in the Hoehn Division of the playoffs and will compete with the ninth through 16th ranked teams in the country. Depending on Friday's results, the Quakers will match up Saturday against either the winner or the loser of the Colby and Navy match. Cornell, ranked at No. 9, is the top seeded team in Penn's bracket. Penn looks to gain revenge this weekend for close losses suffered during the season. Three teams in the Hoehn division -- Cornell, Navy and Franklin and Marshall -- snatched 5-4 victories from the Quakers. This prospect has been enough to light a fire under the Red and Blue. "This weekend is an opportunity for revenge -- we want blood," Penn junior Will Ruthrauff said. "We are a stronger team in a lot of ways than we were at the beginning of the season." This weekend, the Quakers will be forced to rely on the lower portion of their order, as they have for most of the season. No. 3 Mukund Khaitan, who managed a 3-0 win over Haverford's Ari Wassauer after sitting out the Harvard and Dartmouth matches, will again be forced out of action due to nagging ankle injuries. This will cause the lower portion of the order to move up one spot each. "We have been unstable in our lineup," Penn coach Craig Thorpe-Clark said. "It may have detracted from our competing, but hopefully we'll go on to get the wins we deserve." The key for Penn, which for most of the season has relied on the middle and bottom of its order, will be adjusting to the new positioning in the lineup against Brown. "The bottom of the order is stronger than the last time we played Brown," Penn junior Ritesh Tilani said. "If we get past Brown, we feel confident that we can match up well with the other teams." Penn will be relying on middle order players like Tilani and Ruthrauff to carry them past Brown. Both have been consistent forces this season, and Tilani was the only member of the Quakers to win games against Harvard and Princeton. Penn's ultimate goal, however, will be to make the best showing they can in their final team matches of this somewhat disappointing season. "We beat Brown early in the season, and we've suffered some setbacks since then," said senior Bill Bryan, the team's self-proclaimed "Rudy," who will play at No. 9 this weekend. "I'd love to go out on top in my last match and represent the Red and Blue well."


M. Hoops on upset watch at Big Green and Crimson

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The Quakers look to hold on to first place in the Ivy League with two wins on their New England road swing. After dispatching Cornell and Columbia at the Palestra last weekend, the Penn men's basketball team stands in a very exciting position with March Madness approaching. If the Quakers can tack on another 11 wins to their current 11-game winning streak -- which dates to January 25 -- they can bring home the national title. Penn has just six regular season contests left, and a 5-0 run through the NCAA Tournament would take them straight to the top. "I can't say that I've pictured in my mind winning the next 11 games and being national champions," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. OK, so back to reality. Before they can even imagine cutting down the nets in Indianapolis, the Quakers must first clinch the Ivy League title with four more victories. Their first chance is this weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard. "I think we realized after the Temple game -- that was a tough loss -- that if we won our next 16 games we were going to be in the tournament and we were going to be happy," Penn center Geoff Owens said. While neither the Big Green nor the Crimson can share Penn's postseason aspirations, an upset for either Dartmouth or Harvard would significantly help its Ivy standing. At this point, just one game separates the third- through seventh-place teams. Harvard (10-13, 5-5 Ivy League), which is in third place, just ahead of the Big Green (8-15, 4-6), has two streaks going. Penn has reason to be wary of both. For starters, the Crimson swept Brown and Yale last weekend. Junior forward Dan Clemente lead with 22 points against the Bears and 19 the following night. Despite scoring just three points in Harvard's 79-52 loss at the Palestra just weeks ago, Clemente has racked up a 19.1 points per game average for the season. This figure would place him first among Ivy scoring leaders, but he is ineligible for the honor since he missed 11 games while recovering from eye surgery. Second, the Crimson have won five straight home finales, including an overtime win over Princeton in '98-'99 and an upset over Penn the previous year. "I think we lost to them at their place my freshman year," Owens said. "It's their home, and Penn is coming to town, so we're going to expect a hell of a game from them." Dartmouth coach Dave Faucher recognized that his team could beat Penn tonight, but knows that it will take a top performance from his sixth-place squad. "We're expecting Penn to play well, and they usually do," Faucher said. "They're leading the league in both offensive and defensive field goal percentage, so that's a double-edged sword that we have reason to be concerned about. We have to be at our best -- our very best." According to Faucher, Dartmouth's best usually comes in transition. The ninth-year coach said that his guards, Greg Buth and Flinder Boyd, will have to push the pace if they hope to compete with Penn. Buth is second on the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, while Boyd's 8.6 points per contest is good for third. Boyd also leads the Big Green in assists at seven per contest. Penn has won its last five meetings with Dartmouth, including a 75-61 victory on February 12, but Faucher said that loss was actually a turning point for his team. Despite falling to the Quakers, Dartmouth's strong second-half play was enough to please Faucher. Buth scored 18 against Penn that night. "I'm proud of my guys," Faucher said. "We played a good second half against Penn, and we've carried it through the last four games. There's a lot of fighting in the Big Green." Dartmouth, like the Crimson, swept Yale and Brown last weekend to double its league wins and up its overall record to 8-15. But the Quakers learned their lesson in the last game versus Dartmouth and will be ready for its second-half antics tonight. "Last time toward the end we let them back in the game a little bit, so I think we're just going to try to go out there and knock them out real quick -- get it over with -- and then stay tough," Penn forward Frank Brown said. Most likely, Dartmouth's squad also learned a lesson on February 12 -- to beware of Michael Jordan. The senior guard scored 24 points on an 8-for-12 shooting performance that night. Of course, the Big Green probably did not need first-hand experience to make this discovery. Jordan is Penn's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, and the tri-captain also leads the team in assists with 4.9 per game. "[Boyd] is going to roll up his sleeves and defend [Jordan]," Faucher said. "He's short, but he's really quick. We could try to play a bigger person on him, but Langel is 6'5'' and Brown is 6'8", so then we would have a problem defending them." Dunphy understood Faucher's predicament. "There's no question that Mike is our leader and he's been our leading scorer and really has carried us a lot, but we need to be a good basketball team. Matt Langel can step up and hopefully make some shots? and now that Frank has started to play well and make some shots on the perimeter, he gives us another weapon." Brown was certainly a weapon in the Quakers' last game against Harvard. He scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and connected on all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. "Everything feels good now and I've been starting on a consistent basis," Brown said. "I was hoping that my senior year would be like this." Since Brown entered the starting lineup on January 28, the Quakers are a perfect 10-0. The senior is shooting 51.3 percent from the field and averaging 6.6 points. "He got hurt on December 29, and it really took him a good six weeks to really get himself back together," Dunphy said. "But when given another opportunity, he's made the most of it."


W. Track to reach indoor season's climax at Heps

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After two months of almost weekly competition, the women's indoor track season for Penn will hit its climax this weekend in Hanover, N.H. At the Heptagonal Championships at Dartmouth, the Quakers will be facing all seven Ivy League rivals as well as Navy in the most important meet of the indoor season for Penn. The Quakers hope to come away with their first Heps indoor championship since 1996. "We live for Heps," Penn assistant coach Tony Tenisci said. "This is the meet that we have waited for all season, so everyone is excited and ready to do what we love." Heps couldn't be coming at a better time for this Red and Blue squad. Penn is coming off a phenomenal meet at George Mason that saw a smaller-than-usual squad turn in some outstanding performances. An obvious highlight of the meet for Penn was sophomore Liz Wittels breaking the school record in the pole vault for the third time in less than a month. "I am happy because I am staying pretty consistent, but I would like to be going a little bit higher," Wittels said. "The work and training is pretty much done at this point, and now we just want to make sure that everyone stays fresh and that no one gets injured." Perhaps the biggest surprise in this meet for Penn was the breakthrough performance by the team's relay squad. The team of sophomore Jeraldine Cofie, junior Melissa MacIntyre, freshman Petra Stewart and junior Bassey Adjah turned in its fastest time of the season in the 4x400 meters with a 3:54.29 to finish second in the meet. "Our relay teams had just an awesome meet," Tenisci said. "Our A-team turned in by far their best performance of the year, and then our B-team came in almost two seconds faster than our A-team had previously been all season." One possible explanation for the team's success at George Mason is that the Quakers runners are just now hitting their peak. The reason for this is that the Penn runners tend to develop their speed later on into the season because the team must practice outside in the cold weather, which is not conducive to speed workouts. "I think we turned a big corner last weekend," Tenisci said. "All the girls just showed themselves how talented they really are and what they are capable of doing." Another reason for optimism on Penn's part is the fact that the Quakers really seemed to build team pride in last Saturday's meet. "With the smaller number of people, we really bonded and came together," Wittels said. "There was a great sense of unity in our team." Although Penn's solid performances at George Mason bode well for the team's chances at Heps, the Quakers know they will need contributions from the entire team if they are to walk away from New Hampshire as champions. Penn's fate could hinge on how the team's numerous freshmen handle the pressure of such an important meet. "It has been a roller-coaster ride for all of our freshmen," Tenisci said. "But I think that they have finally settled down and are really contributing to our team." The squad understands the important of being fresh this weekend, so the coaches are making sure that everyone is rested up and healthy come Saturday. "We are definitely taking it a bit easier this week," MacIntyre said. "It is very important for the jumpers' legs to have pop and for the runners' legs to feel fast, so we don't want to overdo it this week." After months of preparation, the time for practice and waiting is over. "This is without a doubt the most exciting time of the year for us," Tenisci said. "The team has worked hard and kept their focus, so now it is finally time for us to give our best effort and compete with pride for our school."


Students re-energize with Tai Chi

(02/24/00 10:00am)

Hoping to reduce their collective stress levels, increase their energy and improve their health, more than 50 Penn students headed into Logan Hall last night to explore the world of alternative healing. Sponsored by campus groups ranging from Student Health Services to the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life to the Yan Xin Qigong Club, the students were treated to an introductory class in Qigong Tai Chi -- a traditional form of Chinese exercises. According to Barry Kenneally, a worker in Student Health Services and the coordinator for the event, Qigong is "part of a comprehensive health and wellness program." Yu Chen, a Penn graduate student and president of the Yan Xin Qigong Club, explained that Qigong Tai Chi is different from regular Tai chi in that it emphasizes the cultivation of Qigong, or "vital energy." Chinese Qigong master Yan Xin was the first to combine Qigong with science in 1980. Dora Horbachevsky, a staff assistant in the Neurology and Oncology departments, addressed the participants in the beginning of the class. She is one of the two Qigong students who attested to its healthful effects. "[Qigong was] one of the best things that I ever did in my life," she said. "Now I can smile at my boss and be sincere about it." And Will Tayor, a teacher for the Fairmount Park Commission, had similar feelings. "Qigong has enabled me to be drug free," he said. The assets of Qigong include stress reduction, mental health improvement, physical health improvement, energy enhancement, concentration improvement and even weight-loss. "For chronic problems, [modern] medicine is now accepting that Qigong is a valid complementary treatment," said Kirsten Erwin, a biochemist at nearby Hahnemann University and four-year practitioner of Yan Xin Qigong. Near the end of the seminar, Long Gao, president of the International Yan Xin Qigong Health Institute of Martial Arts, showed a video of himself in action. "[Qigong is] being in harmony with the universe," he said. At the end of the seminar, University faculty and students were invited to participate in a nine-week program -- whose location has yet to be selected -- which will teach the movements of Yan Xin Qigong Tai Chi. The sessions, which will meet on Tuesday nights, will also focus on the cultivation of inner energy. Extra admission forms had to be photocopied, meaning that more people showed up for the seminar than had been expected. Most attendees were Penn students who had little or no experience with Qigong Tai Chi. "It was encouraging for me to hear of the health benefits," said Crystal Epps, a graduate student in Social Work who still suffers from a back injury sustained in a car accident two years ago. "It's nice that the University can provide students with alternative techniques," said Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez, a graduate student in Biology who practices Tai Chi.


Bad blood swirls around Big Green point guard

(02/24/00 10:00am)

Dartmouth star Courtney Banghart has become the center of controversy. At Weightman Gym yesterday, the Penn women's basketball team prepared for tomorrow night's showdown against Dartmouth which -- with a win -- would move the Quakers back into a tie for first place in the Ivy League. Meanwhile, in Hanover, N.H., bad blood was brewing. "[Penn has] gone over the line, and they've taken it beyond the realm of basketball and I'm not going to go near the line," Dartmouth coach Chris Weilgus said. "I think it's in the best interest of Dartmouth and the Ivy League and the game of basketball for me to keep quiet." Weilgus was referring to a comment made by Penn coach Kelly Greenberg after Dartmouth star Courtney Banghart scored 24 points in an 89-71 win over the Quakers on February 12. Banghart, who earned first team All-Ivy honors last year and leads the Big Green with 16 points per game this season, taunted the Quakers and acted cocky thoughout the game. Weilgus was upset after reading a quote from Greenberg in The Daily Pennsylvanian earlier this month: "Dartmouth's point guard was out of control, slapping the refs on the butt and pointing to the crowd when she did something good," Greenberg said. "I can't wait to get them back." Greenberg was taken aback when notified of Weilgus' reaction. "I'm kind of shocked and maybe a little bit hurt that anyone would think I meant harm to an individual," Greenberg said. "Especially a young individual within our conference?. I am really in shock." Greenberg -- in her first Ivy campaign -- said her initial comments were misunderstood and, instead of deriding the Dartmouth program, she would ask her team to emulate it. "I have the utmost respect for Coach Weilgus, and have had since her days at Fordham," Greenberg said. "I think it's a shame that she took it that way, since that's exactly what I'm preaching to my team not to be like. We're trying to build a classy program here, and Dartmouth and Harvard are the class of this league. "Anyone who knows me and read that wouldn't think anything about it." Greenberg emphasized the amount of respect she held for Banghart and her play. "She plays with a lot of emotion, and intensity," Greenberg said. "I know that I've said in the past that she definitely has a cockiness about her, but I give her a lot of respect. She can play. She can flat out play the game. [She] is playing awesome right now. There's no doubt that the girl is on fire." Banghart, who is leading her team in scoring and assists and was named Ivy League Player of the Week this week, has indeed improved her numbers since Dartmouth began its Ivy loop, and, over the last three games, the improvement has been even more dramatic. Although she is averaging 16 points per game for the season, Banghart has upped that figure to 17.3 in Ivy League play. The most noteworthy jump is in Banghart's long-range shooting, which was already impressive. For the season, she is shooting 35 percent from downtown. In Ivy League play, however, she has drilled 43 percent of her long-range shots. Over the last three games, Banghart has led the Big Green's vault from third place to first place in the Ivy League standings while playing arguably the best basketball of her career. In games against Penn, Yale and Brown, Banghart scored 24, 31 and 26 points, respectively, for an average of 27 points per game. In that same span, Banghart hit 17 three-pointers on 27 attempts for an astonishing 63 percent. "We're definitely keying on Banghart," Greenberg said. "Because besides her talent, she has all the emotion, and if we can get her out of what she does well early in the game, then we'll be better off. "She does a lot more than scoring. She plays defense, and she's tough. They'll put her anywhere on the court. She'll be in the back line, she'll defend [Penn forward] Diana [Caramanico] in the post and be able to push her around, she is just a tough kid." Quakers senior tri-captain Mandy West echoed her coach's impression. "[Banghart's] a tough, aggressive player," West said. "She leads their team, so we need to respect her and play hard." West said that Banghart's enthusiastic displays on the court didn't translate into trash-talking to her opponents. "No, she's obnoxious because she gets real into it and she's kind of cocky," West said. "But she doesn't really say anything to any of our players." It's Banghart's enthusiasm and effusiveness on the court that caused Greenberg to use the words "out of control," but the Penn coach wants it clear that she respects these things in the Dartmouth guard. "She's cocky? but I just think that she feels good out on the court," Greenberg said. "She does a lot of things that, in women's basketball, you just don't see a whole lot. I'm not saying it's bad, in any way, but she definitely feels good out there, and I do have a great deal of respect for her."


African-American retention suffers at U.

(02/24/00 10:00am)

The retention rate for African Americans at penn is 60.1 percent, compared to an Ivy average of 69.6 percent. When College sophomore Ejim Achi returned to Penn for his second year this fall, he found one of his fellow classmates had disappeared. "I know of a kid who was supposed to be a sophomore this year, who isn't here anymore," he said. "I don't know why." Achi and his missing friend are both African American, a minority group that continues to have lower retention rates at Penn than other groups and lower retention rates than those of African Americans at other Ivy League universities. Several students and University officials recently attributed this problem to factors ranging from financial aid difficulties to problems with academic support to concerns about social isolation. In 1998, University Council's Pluralism Committee released a report showing that for African Americans at Penn, the average four-year graduation rate for classes entering 1986-1990 was 60.1 percent compared to an Ivy League average of 69.6 percent and an Ivy high of 82.5 percent. For white students at Penn, however, the average retention rate was a significantly higher 81.7 percent. College senior Chaz Howard, former chairman of the United Minorities Council, said financial aid is the major factor that may cause African-American students to drop out or never receive their diplomas. "It's definitely something that's affected me personally," Howard said of low retention rates. "I've had friends who are African American who aren't here anymore." Valerie DeCruz, director of the Greenfield Intercultural Center, agreed with Howard about financial aid being a hurdle for African-American students. She said a large number of students who fail to graduate in four years have all of their course requirements but cannot formally receive their diplomas because they owe the University money. Bernard Lentz, director of institutional research and analysis at the Provost's Office, was also involved in collecting data for last year's pluralism report on minority recruitment and retention. "What we found was that financial difficulties were key [for dropouts]," he said. Currently, Penn offers financial aid packages that are predominantly loan-based, while Ivy League peers such as Princeton and Yale universities offer mainly grant-based aid. Penn, however --Ewhich has a low endowment to student ratio -- uses a limited portion of endowment money for financial aid. Other schools can afford to fund aid almost completely through their endowments. Lentz said that starting in 1997, the University had implemented a program using retention liaisons. The goal of the program, according to Lentz, is to "try to identify those people who might be having [financial] difficulties early on." The program currently focuses on seniors and aims to complement academic advising with financial advising. DeCruz said another factor that may affect low retention rates for African Americans is the fact that many of them are the first in their families to attend college. "A lot of people take for granted the kind of natural advantage one has when one has family familiar with college and particularly with the Ivy Leagues," she said. "If you are the first in your family to come to an institution like Penn, there are a lot of obstacles." Achi noted that he thought the problem was "just a microcosm of American society," adding that "[African Americans] face a profound racial stereotype." United Minorities Council Chairman Jerome Byam, a College junior, said the University lacked role models for African-American students. "I've never had a black professor," he said. Assistant Dean of Minority Affairs and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences Janice Curington said she felt psychological factors also played out in low retention rates for African-American students. "One of the issues that I see increasing is a sense of isolation -- a little lack of confidence," she said. "Perhaps [students] are not getting appropriate mentoring." Lentz said the University was "really trying to be very proactive" in increasing retention rates by working with the college house system and Academic Advising to offer more advising and support for African-American students. Still, Howard said the University could be doing more to retain African-American students. "I'm hoping that the University stops researching [low retention] and starts acting on it," he said. "We already know it to be a tragedy."


Princeton W. Hoops' Rigney proving to be versatile starter

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Lauren Rigney is not the Princeton women's basketball team's leading scorer. Nor is she the team's best rebounder. In fact, the agile sophomore leads the team in only one statistic -- games started. She is the only player to have started all 23 games for the Tigers. "[Rigney] is willing to do anything for the team," senior captain Kate Thirolf said. "She's had to play the post this year. She's had to play guard [and] forward. She does whatever the team needs her to do, and obviously we count on her a lot." The team depends on her so much that, while only a sophomore, Rigney is third on the team in minutes, behind Jessica Munson and Maggie Langlas. "I'm a pretty competitive person -- a very competitive person," Rigney said. "And when I'm out there, I'm out there to win." Winning was not something that Rigney was able to get used to in high school. A four-year varsity basketball player at Marlborough High School, in Marlborough, Mass., Rigney's team finished over .500 only twice. Despite her team's lack of success, Rigney flourished individually, becoming the first player in Marlborough history to score 1,000 career points. A highly skilled guard and intense defender, Rigney was always assigned to cover her opponents' best guard. These attributes impressed several college coaches and, as a result, she was recruited by multiple schools. Having finally chosen Princeton, Rigney then had the daunting task of trying to learn the Tigers' complex offensive system. Princeton's deliberate, hard-cutting offense provided a stark change from her high school's wide open style. Nonetheless, it is a change that Rigney has welcomed. "It's definitely hard [to learn the offense], and I still don't know it perfectly. And I don't think I'm ever going to know it that well," she said. "I like playing at Princeton because it's more of a team game. There's so much talent here. I like having four players on the floor that you have to play with all the time. And you have to know every move that they make." Rigney's court savvy has allowed her to make some spectacular plays on offense this year. On a few occasions this season, when she has found herself with the ball in the paint with her back to the basket, she has fired perfect no-look passes to teammates in the corner, setting up open three-point attempts. "That's kind of a Rigney touch," Thirolf said. "She knows the offense really well. She knows where people will be open." All prestidigitation aside, Rigney has made her biggest impact this season on defense. In nearly every game, she has been called upon to defend the low-post area -- usually the domain of six-foot centers. "I got a little experience over two summers. [But in college], the girls are bigger, they're stronger, and they're faster," she said. "It took a while to get used to it." Even with Rigney's stellar play down low, Princeton's defense has struggled for most of the season. The Tigers have stumbled to a 6-17 record, instead of competing for the Ivy title. Through it all, Rigney has kept up her intensity. "It's been a hard season," she said. "To not win and to know that everyone wants to, and that everyone's trying so hard and everyone's putting in so much effort at practice and in games -- that's hard." After falling to a 1-6 Ivy record in the first half of the league season, the Tigers have dedicated themselves to winning their last seven games. Princeton took two big strides in that direction over the weekend, with wins over Columbia and Cornell -- a game in which Rigney led the Tigers with 13 points. "We're starting to see the results and, with five games left, we're going to see the results for five more games. We're playing to win. That's it," she said. In a season that has been mostly down for Princeton, Rigney has never faltered. She has earned the respect of players and coaches alike, through her multifaceted games and tireless work ethic. "She's definitely a leader both vocally and with her actions," sophomore guard Hillary Reser said. "Every single day at practice she's working her ass off. She loves the team so much, and that's so obvious on how hard she works everyday."


Campus readies for Clinton economic address

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The president will talk about the government's role in the economy as part of the new Granoff forum. Eight years ago, then-Gov. Bill Clinton came to Penn to tell students how he wanted his presidency to impact an increasingly global economy. Today, he's returning to campus to discuss exactly how much of an effect his administration has had. Kicking off the new Granoff Forum, designed to attract influential global business leaders to Penn, Clinton will spend 30 minutes this afternoon in Irvine Auditorium, outlining the current state of the global economy and his projections for the future to an audience of approximately 1,000. University President Judith Rodin will introduce the President, and Michael Granoff -- founder of the forum -- will briefly address the audience of students, local officials and Penn faculty before Clinton takes the podium. Doors open today at 1:30 p.m., and student invitees are encouraged to arrive before 2 p.m. For security reasons, bookbags and backpacks are strongly discouraged. White House spokesman Joseph Lockhart said in a press briefing yesterday that the president's speech will largely focus on how his administration has altered the global economy. Lockhart added that Clinton will probably touch upon "what the proper role for the government is in providing stewardship for the economy." Immediately after his speech, titled "The New Economy," Clinton will depart for several fundraisers in New York. Just over half of those listening to Clinton's insight on the economy will be students, said Assistant Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences Allison Rose, who helped organize the event. Admission is by invitation only, and the majority of students invited to attend were selected from the SAS International Relations Program, the Political Science Department and the Lauder Institute. Philadelphia Mayor John Street, former mayor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell and several other elected officials will join the hundreds of students attending today's address, Rose added. "There will be some representation from all levels of elected officials," she explained. Today marks the first time Clinton has visited Penn since a campaign stop shortly before the 1996 election. Though the details of today's safety measures could not be released for security reasons, Rose said security would be very tight in and around Irvine Auditorium. "It will be at the level you would expect for a visit from the president," she said last night, adding that campus security has been working closely with the U.S. Secret Service in preparation for the president's visit. Irvine itself had to be slightly altered to accommodate the president's security force and the approximately 100 members of the press anticipated to turn out for the event. Press risers were added in several rows, but Rose could not detail any of the other changes to the building. As part of the tightened security accompanying the visit, University officials have predicted that Clinton's arrival might tie up the area at 34th and Spruce streets, the location of the main entrance to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. An e-mail was sent to several HUP officials on Tuesday warning that no traffic will be permitted on 34th Street between Walnut and Spruce from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, possibly disrupting the traffic in front of the hospital. The speech will be broadcast on ResNet at 7 p.m. in its entirety. It will also be broadcast live on the World Wide Web. A link to the Website will be on dailypennsylvanian.com this afternoon.


Talk held on Nazi use of slave labor

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Many people might not readily associate the Ford Motor Company with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime. But according to legal researcher Miriam Kleiman and several recently declassified government documents, the two were very closely linked during World War II. Kleiman, who represents Holocaust survivors in her work, spoke to more than 20 students Monday in Logan Hall's Terrace Room about the use of slave labor during the war by American and German industrial firms. She was the third lecturer in a four-part seminar series entitled "The Future of Holocaust Commemoration." It is sponsored by Penn's Jewish Renaissance Project and features a different speaker every Monday during the month of February. Twenty-five students registered for the non-credit seminar. Citing declassified documents from the U.S. National Archives, Kleiman said that companies such as Ford, Volkswagen and Bayer used slave labor from Jews and other Holocaust victims to produce their goods for the Third Reich. "Germany's 'economic miracle' after World War II was built on the backs of hundreds of thousands of slave laborers," Kleiman said. "When people think of the Volkswagen Beetle, we want them to think of Hitler." Kleiman distributed a dozen different reports at the seminar that documented abuses committed by Volkswagen and Ford Werke AG, a German subsidiary of Ford. Each report was read aloud by a student as Kleiman moved her lecture from one topic to the next. One of the documents was written by the manager of a Ford-owned plant in Germany during the war. In it, he described the company's workers as "soldiers of the Fuhrer," referring to Hitler's German title as leader of the Nazi regime. Lawsuits have recently been filed by Holocaust survivors against the companies that were shown to have used slave labor, Kleiman said. "We want the story to be told," she said. "There are different ways of commemorating the Holocaust -- our way is litigating." But she noted that the lawsuits are more intended to generate public exposure of abuses than to recover compensation. "It's not about the money," Kleiman said. "It's about justice and preserving the historical record." The students who attended the lecture asked Kleiman questions about her work, and many said they left the lecture with a new perspective on some of the world's most trusted companies. "I was interested to hear different people's perspectives on the Holocaust," College sophomore Robyn Badiner said. "This was a good lecture to do that." Also in attendance was Seymour Mayer, a survivor of four Holocaust concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He spoke highly of both Kleiman and the seminar as a whole. "I thought it was very useful and very informative," Mayer said after the lecture. "It's a good beginning for students to get involved." "The Future of Holocaust Commemoration" was organized by two fellows in the Jewish Renaissance Project, Wharton junior Cory Perlstein and College sophomore Ariel Groveman.


PennTalks and Rodin will listen

(02/24/00 10:00am)

Under a new program, the administration will hear student views. It won't take bongo drums and protests to get University President Judith Rodin to listen to Penn students' views. As part of her latest project -- PennTalks -- interested undergraduates will have the opportunity to share their visions for Penn's future in student-led discussion groups around campus this spring. Findings from the sessions will be presented to Rodin and other University leaders to provide them with a better understanding of student opinions. "This is a way to get into the grassroots and have really everyone involved in the thinking and planning of the University," Rodin said. "There are a lot of items on the table ranging from what kind of future Penn should have with regard to academic programs, the nature of college houses and what kind of community we want to be." According to PennTalks Associate Director Bill Boltz, the discussion groups will be held in March and early April and will be open to undergraduates from across the University. "This is a chance to have students heard in a variety of forums," he said, noting that sessions will take place in college houses, fraternities and sororities, campus organizations and other places that Penn students meet. Student facilitators will lead the groups and subsequently meet to talk about their findings and eventually prepare a report for Rodin. These leaders will receive discussion training from the Connecticut-based Study Circles Resource Center, an institution that offers advice on how to lead productive discussions. All interested students may attend the training, according to Boltz. Although there is no set agenda for discussion, students will be asked to share personal memories of their Penn experience and identify the University's strengths and weaknesses to provide the background for strategic planning. For Penn Public Talk student liaison Ari Alexander, just the chance to participate in a group is exciting. "Students are looking for opportunities to feel empowered," the College junior said. "For the president of the University, who is seen as distant and corporate, to listen [to students] is a very powerful thing." "This isn't talk for the sake of talk," Penn Public Talk Executive Director Stephen Steinberg said. "On the one hand, we want this to be as open and interesting to students and facilitators, but at the same time distill from it hopes, visions about what this community wants to be." If successful, Steinberg said that they plan to expand PennTalks in the fall to include graduate students, faculty and staff. "And if the model works, we hope to share it with other universities," Steinberg added. PennTalks is the first program to be rolled out by the Penn Public Talk Project, and is being co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Assembly and Civic House. The idea for the program came as an outgrowth of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community -- a University-sponsored think-tank chaired by Rodin that studies how people interact in the public sphere and addresses ways to improve discourse. "It has always been our intent to bring the work of the Penn National Commission home," Rodin said. "This is just another model for interaction."


Spring Fling cmte. kicks into high gear

(02/24/00 10:00am)

The board is in its final planning stages but has yet to sign a band for the Friday night concert. With just two months left before the event the Social Planning and Events Committee is getting out the mini-skirts and pom-poms and preparing for the next Spring Fling -- teeny bopper diva style. Since the announcement of this year's theme, "Fling Me Baby One More Time" -- inspired by teen pop-star Britney Spears' chart topping song -- SPEC has been busily preparing for the much-anticipated event, which will be held from April 14 to April 16. "Our progress is 100 percent better than last year," said College junior Jason Ebert, the Fling planning co-director. But though many decisions have already been made, organizers have not yet decided on the headlining band. SPEC member and Engineering senior Ari Jaffess, who has been coordinating the booking for Fling, would not comment on the progress of negotiations with prospective bands, nor on when a formal announcement would be made. Last year's music festivities were headed by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones as well as other musical acts Run DMC and D-Generation. Wharton senior and SPEC chairman Jon Herrmann said this year the concert will be held on Hill Field "rain or shine" to ensure great acoustics. For the last three years, the concert has been held in the Palestra due to adverse weather conditions. As for the amount of tickets expected to be sold, Herrmann estimated it to be about 6,000, depending on the artist performing. Last year's performance sold 4,200 tickets. Ebert, along with College junior Mike Silverstein and Nursing senior Lisa Malbacho, have been in charge of coordinating Fling by supervising and managing nine subcommittees, comprised of roughly 30 people. According to Malbacho, the planning committee is now in its final stages in deciding a logo for Fling T-shirts -- a popular Fling souvenir -- submitted by students to the office of student life last December. Silverstein, who is also a 34th Street editor, said the souvenir committee has begun to brainstorm possible souvenir ideas for Fling. One possibility being entertained is waterguns, which were souvenirs from Fling three years ago. While SPEC tried to bring them back last year, they were not approved due to the alcohol policy, according to Silverstein. "This year, now that things are more stable, [we] hope to bring them back," Silverstein said. "Fling's all about fun and security." Silverstein added that the planning committee will begin deciding on the local bands who will play in the Quadrangle in mid-March. The security committee has been working on ensuring safety in the Quad by providing an on-sight ambulance for the event. While SPEC members said there will be no major changes to this year's fling compared to previous ones, students can expect what always comes out of fling -- a good time. "Let's have fun -- [Fling's a time to] forget about our squabbles and get along," Silverstein said.