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GREAT GAMES IN PENN HISTORY1993: Penn finally tops Tigers

(09/27/94 9:00am)

The DP, Feb. 1, 1993 -- If you ever had anything against Princeton, the Palestra was the place to be Saturday night. This one was for anyone who's ever received a rejection letter from the Princeton Admissions Office. This one was for anyone who's sick of the national media fawning over coach Pete Carril and his seemingly infallible ballclub. Most of all, this one was for a Penn team that's been prodded and picked apart in the wake of consecutive blowout losses to Temple and St. Joseph's. The Quakers (10-4, 3-0 Ivy League) silenced their critics and asserted themselves as the premier Ivy team in handing the four-time defending league champs their worst Ivy loss in six seasons. The Tigers (10-5, 2-1), celebrated as one of the most fundamentally sound squads in the land, appeared mere mortals as Penn sliced them apart on defense and denied them visiting rights on the backboards. "We played great defense -- especially in the second half," said Penn coach Fran Dunphy, who notched his second win in seven tries against the Tigers. "We rebounded every ball we possibly could have. I'm just real proud of how we played. Hopefully, it's put us back on the right track." You could make a case for that. Penn committed just four turnovers, all in the game's first 12 minutes. The Quakers played tenacious, swarming defense. And after being outrebounded, 54-35, by St. Joseph's last week, Penn controlled the boards Saturday to the tune of 34-18. Sophomore forward Shawn Trice, making his first start of the season, was one of three Quakers to haul down five rebounds. Princeton was rarely afforded a second shot, as the Tigers picked up just two offensive rebounds. "One thing we all knew we had to do was rebound," said Penn forward Barry Pierce (14 points), whose three-pointer pulled the Quakers to within one, 26-25, at intermission. "They weren't crashing the boards like they customarily do. We were able to take advantage of that. Everyone boxed his man out. Basically there were a lot of floor boards. That was the key for our break and to keep the tempo in our favor." For his part, Carril had few answers after the game, one of the most heavily anticipated in Ivy circles in years. He opted to gush over the Quakers. "Penn ain't that bad," the 26-year Princeton mentor said. "[Sophomore guard] Jerome Allen, he's terrific. That other guy, [sophomore guard] Matt Maloney, he transferred from Vanderbilt. Does Vanderbilt give scholarships to bad players? They killed Villanova. They killed La Salle. It's a hell of a good team. "We got tired, collapsed a little bit. It's happened a couple of times this year already. I'm at a loss to figure out what to do about it." Princeton simply didn't look like Princeton when it counted. The Tigers shot a ghastly 35 percent from the field in the second half. They hit just two three-pointers in the final 20 minutes. Those infamous back-door cutters? They found the back doors bolted. "Our defense was as good as it can get," Dunphy said. "When you play Princeton, you prepare so much for them you sometimes forget about what you're supposed to do. I was pleased -- particularly in the second half -- with how we responded as to how our offense is supposed to run." The Quakers put on a basketball clinic in the final 20 minutes to surge ahead in what had been a tight, well-played game. When Tiger junior guard and Philadelphia native Chris Mooney (team-high 15 points) hit a layup with 13:42 remaining in the game, it was 32-31, Penn. Princeton didn't score another basket in the next 10 minutes. During this stretch, the Quakers had runs of 14-0 and 19-1 to open up a 56-36 lead with 3:36 left. Central to this 10-minute stretch was the play of Maloney, Allen and freshman forward Tim Krug. Maloney (game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting) seems to have shaken off his forgettable outings against Temple and St. Joe's. He canned 4 of 5 treys Saturday and dished out five assists. His 16-footer on Penn's final possession of the second half gave the Quakers their first lead of the night, 27-26. Allen (11 points, seven assists) performed superbly, outplaying the culprit who stole last year's Ivy Rookie of the Year title from him -- Princeton center Rick Hielscher, who finished with a scant four points and one rebound in 25 minutes. But it was Krug who seemed to ignite the sellout crowd, the first at the Palestra since 1984. The fresh-faced, 6-foot-9 forward scored a career-high 12 points in 20 minutes. He electrified the crowd with a dunk (off a Maloney assist) and a rejection of Hielscher, who had slipped behind him. "Probably goaltending from where I was sitting," observed Dunphy. Either way, the swat set up a Maloney trey at the other end. 44-34, Penn. Timeout, Princeton. Pass the earplugs. The noise in the acoustic-happy Palestra was deafening all evening. Fans were dancing in the aisles. People were high-fiving strangers. Someone even got the Wave going. "The emotion of the game makes you go after rebounds more than you usually do," Dunphy said. "The crowd was into it, it was loud as hell. Great credit goes to the crowd and the atmosphere." OK, so the "Ivy Champs! Ivy Champs!" chant was a bit premature. But you might say every Quaker's agenda was met on Saturday.


A FRONT ROW VIEW: Penn history always wins

(09/14/94 9:00am)

The Quad is old. The Furness building is old. God knows Logan Hall is old or else it wouldn't take years to renovate it. But when I think of old complexes at Penn, the first two facilities that come to mind are the Palestra and Franklin Field. I've spent hours watching sporting events at both. I've also spent a great deal of time at my hometown stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The differences between the Quaker complexes and Oriole Park are astounding. Oriole Park has urinals whereas Franklin Field has a porcelain "ditch" next to the wall where everyone relieves themselves. Oriole Park also has state-of-the-art modern amenities like chairbacks and efficient corridor lighting. I will admit that the Camden Yards ballpark lacks one major luxury which Franklin Field has -- miles of scaffolding. Basically, comparing Oriole Park to either of the Penn athletic facilities would be like equating the Four Seasons Hotel to High Rise East. I kind of like the "worn-in look" associated with both Franklin Field and the Palestra. Granted there are no instant-replay screens, no cheezy scoreboard graphics to get the crowd pumped-up and no out-of-town scoreboards. (OK, there's basically nothing besides the playing field and a few splintering benches.) But the Palestra and Franklin Field have one thing that Oriole Park lacks –– history. Do you think the 1944 Orioles ever played at the Camden Yards ballpark? They didn't. Not only was the ballpark a train station at the time, but the Orioles didn't even exist at the time. Bringing this analogy to the college level, you can rest assured that most college sports teams are not playing in the same complexes in 1994 as they did in 1944. Both the Palestra and Franklin Field have been home to countless Ivy League champion teams, a handful of Final Four teams, and –– hold your breath, Quaker fans –– the most NCAA tournament games of any stadium. Not only do both complexes hold rich athletic histories, they also provide a common family bond for those with Penn alum parents and grandparents. (We know how you REALLY got into Penn.) Many have never been to the same stadiums, other than the Penn athletic complexes, which your grandparents attended generations ago. Can you imagine sneaking a case of the Beast through the same Franklin Field entrance that your Grandpa Melvin clandestinely brought his Natural Light brews before some pre-game drinking with Bernie, Harry and Marv? Well, you probably have (unless, of course, your are under the legal drinking age and, therefore, realize that it is against the law to consume alcoholic beverages until your 21st birthday). Perhaps Grandpa Melvin was one of the rowdy upperclassmen who sits in the front row of the Palestra sporting wigs, painting his face red and blue and in general, jumping up and down like an uncaged animal. Whatever the extent of Grandpa Melvin's participation at Penn athletic events, you can bet he was there in the same seats of the same rundown, dingy athletic complexes that you attend. Hopefully with the aid of millions of dollars in renovations, the Palestra and Franklin Field will be around if and when my grandchildren come to Penn. In the meantime, Penn should center its efforts on other buildings. Call me crazy if I think Logan Hall should have four walls. Call me an idiot if I say that Meyerson Hall should have a ceiling that isn't in danger of falling on students at any second. Call me a dreamer if I believe residential dorms should be rid of rodents and insects. While the administration continues to put off these renovations, I'll be content watching the Quakers manhandle Princeton in the same places they've been doing it for several decades. Jason Brenner is a College sophomore from Baltimore, and a sports writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian.


Bilsky is new AD

(06/30/94 9:00am)

W.C. Mepham High School '91 Bellmore, N.Y. Bilsky, who will remain as George Washington AD until July 1, was named to the same post at Penn at a press conference February 28. Bilsky, 44, graduated from Wharton in 1971, and played on three basketball teams. His senior season the Quakers were undefeated until a loss in the Eastern Regional final to Villanova. Published reports placed Bilsky's salary between $100,000 and $200,000 per year, along with a country club membership, use of a car and free education at Penn for his two children. The total value of the deal is estimated at $1.75 million over seven years. Standing on the spot of one of the most important shots in Penn basketball history, Bilsky remembered what happened on a glorious day at the Palestra January 5, 1969. Villanova was nationally ranked. Penn decided to hold onto the ball, milking the clock at every opportunity during the contest. The old scoreboard at the Palestra showed the score knotted at 30, and the ball found its way into Penn's hands for the the final shot. Bilsky, freed by a pick, shot the ball. Swish. "From that night on, nobody thought of it as the Big 4 and Penn -- it was the Big 5," Bilsky said. A generation after his buzzer-beater, Bilsky was again on top of the world.


Bilsky is new AD

(06/30/94 9:00am)

W.C. Mepham High School '91 Bellmore, N.Y. Bilsky, who will remain as George Washington athletic director until July 1, was named to the same post at Penn at a press conference February 28 at the Palestra. Bilsky, 44, graduated from Wharton in 1971, and played on three Quaker basketball teams. His senior season, the Quakers were undefeated until a loss in the NCAA tournament Eastern Regional final to Villanova. Published reports placed Bilsky's salary between $100,000 and $200,000 per year, along with a country club membership, use of a car and free education at Penn for his two children. The total value of the deal is estimated at $1.75 million over a seven-year period. Standing on the spot of one of the most important shots in Penn basketball history, Bilsky, a 1988 Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee, remembered what happened on a glorious day at the Palestra January 5, 1969. "We had played Villanova in a time when the basic feeling in Philadelphia was that there were four good schools and Penn," Bilsky said. "We changed that around quickly on that night." The Wildcats were nationally ranked and a daunting opponent. So Penn decided to hold onto the ball, and milk the clock at every opportunity throughout the contest. The old scoreboard at the Palestra showed the score knotted at 30, and the ball found its way into Penn's hands for the the final shot. Bilsky, freed by a pick, shot the ball. Swish. "People poured out of the stands," he said. "And from that night on, nobody thought of it as the Big 4 and Penn -- it was the Big 5." A generation after his buzzer-beater against 'Nova, Steve Bilsky was again on top of the world.


SCENE: STRANGE BREWS

(03/17/94 10:00am)

Street shows you even classier ways to ruin your liver Do you consider yourself a beer connoisseur? Do your taste buds thirst for more than a Beastfest at ATO or your hundredth Rolling Rock at Murph's? Does the looming sight of your roommate's Piels pyramid move you to tears? If so, leave that slouchy swill behind and explore the world of home-brewing and microbreweries. Sure, you can find variety at Cav's, but those beers are mass-produced, and not one is unique to the bar. So why not ditch that same-old scene, and instead, sample some of the more unique brewpubs right here in Philadelphia? When compared to corporate chugs like Budweiser, the advantages of a microbrewery are endless. First, micro-brewers are able to pay more attention to the details of the brewing process, and therefore devote greater time to ensuring the beers' purity of flavor. In addition, microbrewers tend to use a higher quality of ingredients than companies like Anheuser-Busch and Miller. This is what gives microbrewed beers their distinctive flavor, and since they are produced in smaller quantities, it adds a freshness that is absent in Rock and Bud. Also, they're just plain cooler. Everyone knows about Samuel Adams Lager, but not many people know that there is a Samuel Adams Brew House (located at 1516 Sansom St.) right here in Philly. However, don't expect to be served the store-bought Sam. Here, they serve five different versions on the old favorite: golden ale, amber ale, porter, springbok (light and sweet) and a jalepe-o-flavored gold that are all brewed in the restaurant (in fact, they have the vats of brewing beer on display behind a glass case). The springbok and jalepe-o are new additions in the last year, and their robust porter won a silver medal at the 1989 Great American Beer Festival. The Samuel Adams Brew House proudly advertises itself as "Philadelphia's First Brewery Since Prohibition," and decorates its walls with ancient pictures and banners from Big 5 basketball championships. The latter makes Samuel Adams the perfect place to catch the upcoming NCAA tournament action, especially when the Quakers take the court. After cheering the last game at Samuel Adams, keep the night afloat at the Dock Street Brewing Company Brewery and Restaurant (2 Logan Square at 18th and Cherry). Dock Street also brews all of its beer on the premises, but features a bit more variety than does Sam Adams. Dock Street regularly carries 6 to 7 beers on tap, and varies them all the time. None of the beers are the same as the ones seen on the store shelves (which is made by the same owners, but with a different recipe and in a different location). Whether you are in the mood for a German pilsner, a Scotch ale (deep malty flavor), a Kolsh (fruity golden ale), or a Dunkel (very dark and heavy), Dock Street can accommodate your taste. You can also learn what the differences are between , say, an India pale ale and the normal pale by tasting for yourself. The atmosphere of the restaurant is a bit more upscale than Sam Adams, making Dock Street an ideal place to bring a dinner date who also enjoys a few beers to wash it all down. And with two in-house bars–a main and a microbar–there's never worry of a dry glass in the house. However, microbreweries are not the only door to new frontiers of beer enjoyment. Perhaps you would like to brew the foam yourself and learn the age-old craft of homebrewing. Homebrewing is fun, simple, and has many obvious advantages. Home Sweet Homebrew (20th and Sansom) stocks everything and anything you would need to learn the art and mechanics of homebrewing. Books are available that describe the brewing process and discuss the differences between the many types of ingredients necessary for the private pitcher. Homebrew also sells all the malts, yeasts, hops, and equipment–imported and domestic–needed to produce your own beer. If you're a serious beer drinker, homebrewing is guaranteed to save you money in the long run. It costs about $60 to purchase the necessary brewing equipment, but only $15-$20 to brew a batch of beer (five gallons, or approximately two cases). Plus, when the beer is homebrewed, it's individually crafted to your standards of what is the best-tasting brew. For example, you can alter the amounts of malt or yeast to suit it to your own tastes, brew your pint whiskey-strong or Zima-lite, or try adding different ingredients, like honey, to change the overall flavor of the beer. And the biggest advantage for the pre-legal is that no big hairy bouncers shake you down for I.D. when you brew your private stock. You came to Penn to get an education,so why not learn about beer? Expand your palate and sample something beyond the pale of Pabst or colon-robbing Colt. When all it takes is a little book-learnin' and a closet cask, or the gumption to forsake the neighborhood bars for something extra-dimensional, what's keeping you?


COLUMN: White Privilege and Assigned Housing

(02/25/94 10:00am)

From Jenifer Wana's "Whatever You Say, Dear," Winter '94 From Jenifer Wana's "Whatever You Say, Dear," Winter '94I admit I don't normally see people yelling "nigger" or "chink" on Locust Walk everyday. But that doesn't mean that racism doesn't exist at Penn in other forms. No, I don't mean randomized housing. I mean assigned housing -- strategically assigning minority students where to live to ensure a racially diverse mix of freshmen in University dorms. After all, minority students have other outlets to find others like themselves. What about those countless ethnic clubs? You know, the ones people deem "separatist" because there are never any whites at the functions, whether they're parties or study breaks. When told that membership is open to everyone, whites respond that they don't feel comfortable and people might look at them because they're different. Now let's talk about white privilege. How many times do whites have to confront a situation in which they are the only person of their color at a party, meeting, or rush event? When people look at academically-struggling whites, do they assume they must have gotten into college simply because of affirmative action? How often do whites have a problem with finding posters, postcards, dolls, toys, and magazines featuring people of their race? When whites fall off their bikes, do the bandages they buy clash horribly with their skin? And lastly, if assigned housing is enforced at the University, how often will white freshmen have a problem finding people of their own race to relate to? What are the chances of a white freshman not being able to find an RA of their color to talk to? How many whites will face subtle, institutional racism during the day and not be able to find people who understand what they're going through back in their dorm? I have a feeling the numbers aren't too high. We have always been taught that racism is something that puts others at a disadvantage, but we've never been taught to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts whites at an advantage. Think of whose lives assigned housing would really affect. I'll give you a hint -- not too many white freshmen are going to be upset for not being able to live in Dubois College House. I'm not saying assigned or randomized housing would be beneficial or detrimental to promoting diversity. That's something no one can really predict unless it happens. But what I am saying is that this is just another example of white privilege. If you are a white freshman, you automatically have the privilege of living with other people of your color. Picture yourself a white freshman. You wanted to live in the Quad because that's where everything happens. But because housing is assigned, for some reason you got placed in King's Court. Darn. But you learn to deal with living over on Sansom street. Either way you're with people you feel comfortable with and who share your culture. The dominant white culture. You can't help it. Whites happen to be a majority of the population. Nonetheless, you live with mostly people of your own race, one black student, one Latino, and a few Asians. Isn't this great? What a multicultural university! Now picture yourself a black freshman. For the past four years you've gone to a practically all-white high school, and thought it'd be great to live in DuBois and learn about African-American culture and explore your identity as a black person. But no, unfortunately that's not allowed, so you're placed in Hill House. But like our white freshman, you'll just have to deal. However, in this case, "dealing" means a lot more than just how big your room is or how many study lounges are available. It means being forced to live with mostly people of a different race. And since you're used to white professors, white peers, and white magazine models, your freshman dorm is just another thing to get used to. Because you are of color, you don't get this white privilege and you'll never know what it is to experience it. Some of you are thinking, "white privilege"? What new p.c. bullshit is that? It's a subject that everyone avoids or doesn't feel obliged to think about. And if these things are true, maybe it isn't such a free country after all. A lot of doors open for certain people through no virtues of their own. And with assigned housing, certain freshmen would be able to live comfortably with people like themselves, without a worry. Simply because they are the dominant culture, they are allowed many privileges which others cannot take for granted. This "privilege" is not only inherent in being white. You can even talk about East/South Asian privilege. After all, East and South Asians don't have to look outside of the curriculum to learn about their country's history and culture, unlike Southeast Asians. Many white college students think that racism doesn't affect them because they aren't people of color. They don't consider "whiteness" a racial identity. These students need to decide if they are going to use their unearned advantage to weaken invisible privilege systems, or just continue ignoring the situation. Are they going to fight against assigned housing and allow minorities to also live with people of their own color? Or are they going to advocate assigned housing, and along with the "I can live mostly with people of my own race" privilege, they can add "I'm multicultural because I know a black person" to the list? Or even worse, they could simply ignore it. Jenifer Wana is a junior Communications major from Willowbrook, Illinois. Whatever You Say, Dear appears alternate Fridays.


OPINION: SPEAK FOR YOURSELF: Women's Center: Valuable Resource or PC Token?

(02/23/94 10:00am)

Don't be Afraid To Call yourself A Feminist In her 1991 bestseller, Backlash, Susan Faludi discusses the New Right's strategy for attacking the feminist agenda. She writes: "In time-honored fashion, antifeminist male leaders had enlisted women to handle the heavy lifting in the campaign against their own rights." I did not want to write this column. I did not want to allow the media to continue to frame the debate over the Women's Center's move to Locust Walk as one between opposing groups of women. It's difficult for me to address the assertions of people who have never been to the Penn Women's Center. I'm sorry that they believe that if they went to the PWC, they'd be unwelcome. I'm sorry that the antifeminists on this campus have convinced them that if they opened the door to 119 Houston Hall, they'd be assaulted by the 50 militant radicals who are holed up there. Perhaps they feel that the PWC is a feminist organization and they have no use for feminism. Perhaps they've never felt unsafe on this campus at night and never known anyone who was sexually assaulted. Perhaps they plan on living their lives without learning the phrases "sexual harassment" or "pay gap." In their world, feminism must seem pretty outdated. Or perhaps they think they'll be safer if they don't identify themselves with "radicals", that the misogynist backlash on this campus will only hurt them if they call themselves "feminists." So, they're willing to give up using the Women's Center as a resource because other people have led them to believe that it addresses issues only from the "radical" point of view of the 50 scary women we've heard so much about in the press. I have no idea where this magic number came from. Clearly, it did not come from the PWC's annual report, since that report documents that 178 people were served by the PWC's one-on-one counseling and advocacy service alone, last year. Clearly, it did not come from the number of undergraduate women, 250, who actively participate in "feminist" organizations. If they chose never to walk into the Women's Center, that's fine with me. But if the time comes that they need counseling, advocacy, or support on any issue, the PWC will be there for them. And they will be welcomed. The counseling and advocacy that is the day to day work of the PWC is not the kind of activity that makes headlines. The Women's Center respects the privacy of the groups and individuals with which it deals and does not attempt to promote itself in the media. This has allowed those in the antifeminist backlash to define what the PWC is and what it does. In moving to 3643 Locust Walk, the PWC moves from a closet-sized space in Houston Hall to the center of campus. In many ways, bringing women to the center of campus is what the PWC has always been about. That is why its relocation is so frightening to those who would keep women "in their place". That is why those very same people want women to believe that the Women's Center has not adequately represented our interests. If you have been convinced of this, I would urge you to make your feelings known, not just through the voices of DP reporters, but directly to the Women's Center staff. You will not be asked for your religion or your political affiliation when you walk in the door. You do not have to call yourself a feminist to have your voice heard. I urge you to put aside what campus antifeminists have told you and come and judge for yourself. Here are the PWC's issues of concern, listed alphabetically (These are listed in the informational brochure, available on the coffee table next to the entrance door of the Women's Center, in case you are brave enough to venture there.): Acquaintance rape, AIDS, Assertiveness, Child Care, Disability rights, Economics, Educational equity, Health, International Women's issues, Lesbian and bisexual concerns/homophobia, Racial harassment/racism, Relationships, Reproductive health, Safety and security, Sexual harassment/sexism, Tenure, Violence against women, Women and athletics, and Worker rights and responsibilities. Campus antifeminists didn't want you to see this list. They wanted to scare you away from even walking in to pick it up. Debra Pickett is a junior English major from Franklin Township, New Jersey. She is a former DP columnist and member of the Penn Women's Alliance leadership team.


GUEST COLUMN: "Surrounded by Racists?"

(12/16/93 10:00am)

For the past year or so, racism has been a characteristic more and more often ascribed to the University campus. From the "water buffalo" incident, to the DP theft, to the threatening phone calls at W.E.B. DuBois College house and the recent debate over Part II of the Racial Harassment Policy, it is becoming conventional wisdom that there is a tremendous race problem at the University. That's right. Racists, sexists and homophobes are now the norm at Penn. That person you passed on the Walk going to lunch? He probably fits into one of those categories, or more likely all of them. Here at Penn, after all, racial intolerance is the norm. I cannot imagine how this idea of Penn's racial problem became so prominent. It is simply a load of crap, utterly ridiculous. This is not to say that racism does not exist here at all. It clearly does, and in every case is indefensible. What I object to is this preposterous general characterization of Penn as a school permeated by racism. For this to be true, most of the students would have to be racists. For instance, if someone claimed that a college had a reputation for being ardently pro-choice, you would assume that a large percentage of the student body was in favor of abortion rights. This university consists of over nine thousand undergraduates and we are asked to believe that most of them are racist. After all, that's the norm. How anyone can take a few instances of racial tension, or even outright harassment, and from this extrapolate the overall racial attitudes of the students who comprise the University of Pennsylvania, is simply amazing. The ironic and unfortunate thing is that by doing this, race relations worsen. The average Penn student is an intelligent, decent person, not some sort of bigot, and he is offended to be thought of as one. Look at the threats made to W.E.B. DuBois College House. The fact that these calls were made is horrible (not to mention illegal and subject to prosecution), but all it proves is that there are evil people with access to a phone. And what was the campus reaction? Overwhelming condemnation of the incident and support for the DuBois residents. Can anyone believe that this was not sincere? Yet this incident is used as an example of the intolerance now pervading the campus. How does every student who was appalled by the threats feel when he or she is labeled one of the intolerant? The debate over the Racial Harassment Policy was also inappropriately framed in terms of racism. First off, some seem to have a need to believe that the members of the Penn community, prejudiced miscreants that they are, are only constrained from unleashing their epithets by the fear of University prosecution. Right. I'm sure that's exactly the case. More importantly however, advocates of abandoning the policy should not be accused of accepting or condoning harassment. They believe that freedom of conscience and of expression are philosophically too important to give up even when that expression is offensive or inappropriate. Everyone wants harassers to be punished from a moral standpoint, but a legal standpoint is dicier. It is a complex issue of competing rights and liberties. Unfortunately, there seem to be too many people who hold unfair, unsubstantiated beliefs about the Penn student body. Rashad Ibrahim claims that "people don't want to see women and minorities on the Walk, but they won't come out and say it. They can't come out and say, 'I don't like black people, they shouldn't be at Penn,' so they say other stupid things." I would be curious to hear examples of the "other stupid things" referred to, because I have difficulty conceiving of anything stupider than this statement. Things like this damage race relations more than anything Greg Pavlik ever wrote. If people want to accuse the majority of Penn's nine thousand students of intolerance, maybe by doing it enough they will actually succeed. Hopefully though, people will come to their senses, lay to rest this myth of prevalent campus racism, and build relationships based on the values so many of us all share. This way in the future, when confronted with problems, we can face them with a unified front, not a fragmented one, and work on finding solutions together. David Ragsdale is a senior Intellectual History major from Princeton, New Jersey.


THE OPPONENTS: Dartmouth the favorite again

(09/17/93 9:00am)

What Bagnoli did do was bring in new offensive and defensive coordinators and instill a change in the attitude of the Quaker squad. Bagnoli's efforts led to an unexpected 7-3 season and a third-place finish in the Ivy League. Now Bagnoli and his team will have to face the pressure of trying to repeat their 1992 performance against their usual Ivy foes and some new faces from the Patriot League. What follows is an in-depth look at Penn's opponents for the 1993 season: '92 Scoring average: 35.0 points per game '92 Opposition scoring: 20.6 ppg Returning starters: 13 Returning all-Ivy players: 4 Series record: Tied 29-29-2 · Overview: Dartmouth has either won the Ivy League football crown outright or shared the title in the last three years. With all-everything quarterback Jay Fiedler returning for his final season, the Big Green are definitely a favorite to capture the title once again. Head coach John Lyons, a 1974 Penn graduate, enters his second season with one of the best-ever quarterbacks in the Ivy League and a strong returning defense. If Fiedler stays healthy, look to Dartmouth to take the title. Offense: Fiedler is Dartmouth's only proven offensive weapon. Last season, Fiedler was the nation's top-rated quarterback in Division I-A and I-AA with an efficiency rating of 169.35. He racked up 2,748 yards and threw for 25 touchdowns. However, this season may be tougher for Fiedler due to the graduation of five top receivers, including first team all-Ivy selection Matt Brzica. Fiedler and Brzica connected on 53 receptions for 965 yards and eight touchdowns. Juniors Andre Grant and David Shearer along with senior John Hyland should be doing the bulk of the receiving for the Big Green. Dartmouth will also suffer from the loss of its top rusher, Greg Hoffmeister. Gone also is the fullback tandem of Russ Torres and Neal Martin. Taking the handoffs in 1993 will be senior fullback Chris Umscheid and Colorado State transfer Pete Oberle at tailback. Dartmouth's offensive line will be strong again in 1993. Gone will be all-Ivy first team right tackle Lance Brakee, but three starters return up front. Anchoring the offensive line will be 6-6, 275-pound senior tackle Andy MacDonald and senior center Nat Cook. Defense: Eight starters return for Dartmouth's defense, which allowed 317.1 yards per Ivy contest last season. Leading the way will be unanimous all-Ivy first-teamer linebacker George Neos, who notched 55 tackles and 12 sacks in 1992. The Big Green returns three of four starters in the secondary, including Jason Fell and Jim McGeehan. Dartmouth will be looking to lower its points allowed per Ivy game in 1993. Last season, it placed fourth with 22.2 ppg. '92 Scoring average: 18.3 ppg '92 Opposition scoring: 28.9 ppg Returning starters: 11 Series record: Penn leads 19-3 · Overview: Bucknell posted a weak record in the Patriot League last season, capturing only a single win in five contests. The Bison fared better out of conference and defeated both Brown and Columbia. Head coach Lou Maranzana may see things improve this year due to the comeback of quarterback and punter Travis Kopp. Kopp missed the last four games of the season with a broken ankle, but has lead the team to a 1-1 record so far in 1993. However, Bucknell's progress might be hampered by the departure of its four top rushers and its top receiver from 1992. Three starting offensive linemen are also gone. The linebacking duo of Dan Zappa and Russ Strohecker returns after a phenomenal season, but the Bison will be hurting due to the loss of three starting defensive linemen. Offense: Kopp was 92 for 140 while racking up 1067 yards and 11 touchdowns in only seven games last season. If he picks up where he left off, defenses across the Patriot League will have their hands full. Gone will be receiver Whitey Berardinelli who caught 42 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns last season. But senior Damon Garner, who caught 19 passes in 1992, will return. Senior wide receiver Brad Bernardini should also be a factor on offense. Bucknell will have a big hole to fill in the backfield due to the departure of tailback Matt Walsh. Walsh ran for 839 yards last year and also performed the kick return duties. Filling the void will be freshman Rich Lemon and sophomore Darren Bloch. The Bison will also try to fill the shoes of two departing offensive lineman. Eric Rutter and Jeff Hart, both 6-4, 273 pounds, were all-Patriot League in their final season. Todd Hazlet will switch from defensive line to offensive to help replace the missing graduates. Defense: In order for Bucknell's defense to be effective, the linebacker pair of Zappa and Strohecker must repeat its brilliant performance of the 1992 season. They combined for 213 tackles, 7 sacks and 4 interceptions. The defensive line will be a weak spot for the Bison this season as they graduated three starters. John Lusk, Janne Kilpelainen, and Ted Malin combined for 94 tackles and 9 sacks last year. Senior tackle Cecil Boone, who collected 44 tackles last season, and junior Andy DeFalco, will try to help fill out the line. Bucknell's secondary will be led by senior free safety Todd Jessup and sophomore cornerback Mark Miller. Junior John Caldwell should stand out on the special teams unit, which allowed only 8.3 yards per return last season. Kopp, who averaged 36.7 yards per punt in 1992, will handle the punting duties for the squad again this season. '92 Scoring average: 14.7 ppg '92 Opposition scoring: 24.2 ppg Returning starters: 12 Series record: Penn leads 1-0 · Overview: Fordham shared the Patriot League cellar with Bucknell last season, but Fordham lost all of its out-of-conference games and posted a measly 1-9 overall record. The Rams look to be equally weak in 1993, considering they return only one starting running back and no returning wide receivers. Penn was victorious in last year's contest, the first meeting ever between the two schools, by the score of 13-10. Across the ball, Fordham seems stronger. The Rams field returning starters on the defensive line, at linebacker, and at defensive back. Last season, coach Larry Glueck hoped to make an impact on the Patriot League, but was able to notch only one win. With the loss of talent due to graduation, 1993 does not seem to promise much more for the Rams. Offense: Junior John Pohlman beat out two sophomores in spring practice, and will lead Fordham at quarterback. In his last five games last season, Pohlman went 62 of 151 for 641 yards and five touchdowns. If he slips at the beginning of 1993, look to see the sophomores vying for minutes. Returning in the backfield is the Rams' number one rusher from last season, junior tailback Chris Ross. Three-year starter fullback Tony Iasiello's presence will sorely be missed. Senior Adam Lang will replace Iasiello and sophomore Randy Zingo should see valuable time. The job for wide receiver will be wide open as Fordham will have to fill the void of the departure of the greatest receiving tandem in school history, Tom Garlick and John Potamousis. Inexperienced seniors Shawn Harris and Randy McKee will be called on to carry the brunt of the passing game. Defense: If Fordham is going to win any games in 1993, it will have to play excellent defense. The defensive line was realigned in the offseason. Returning starter Jason Jacobs will move to left end and will team up with Aaron Torgler to form a strong defensive end pair. In the secondary, the Rams return only one starting defensive back in Mike Wilt (33 tackles, 3 interceptions). The current linebackers will have a tough act to follow in 1993. The graduation of all-American Mark Blazejewski leaves a huge hole in the middle. Two other starters are gone and seniors Ryan Reinert and Aaron Daugherty will be called on to patch up the gaps. Sophomore placekicker Bob Hagan returns to his starting job, but Fordham must find a replacement for two-year punter Steve Muzzonigro. Senior Chris Savino or sophomore Peter Wilkinson should garner the honor. '92 Scoring average: 18.1 ppg '92 Opposition scoring: 26.1 ppg Returning starters: 10 Series record: Penn leads 3-2-1 · Overview: Coach Ed Sweeney has a real challenge ahead of him in his first season at the helm of the Red Raiders. Last season Colgate went 4-7 and this year it faces its toughest schedule in many years, including contests with Rutgers, Army, and Navy. Sweeney's previous coaching experience came at Dickinson College, a Division III program in Carlisle, Pa. His squad got off to a slow start, posting losing records in his first two years of rebuilding, but in his last six seasons at Dickinson, the Red Devils responded and Sweeney compiled a 51-8-3 record. Colgate is hoping Sweeney's magic will rub off on the Red Raiders. Improvements are likely to be seen over the long haul, but Colgate will probably suffer another losing season in 1993. Offense: With last year's starting quarterback Jim Russell graduating, Colgate begins the 1993 season with little varsity experience at this key position. Last year's backup, Chris Lane, gets the starting nod and looks to lead the Red Raiders' potent offense. Two-time first team all-Patriot running back Bill Sparacio is back for his third starting season at tailback. In 1992, he rushed for 820 yards and 11 touchdowns on 180 carries in only nine games. The Red Raiders have plenty of depth in the backfield, including junior Dana Farland and senior Jim Herrera. Farland's 1993 highlights included a 101-yard performance against Holy Cross. A big plus for Colgate is that five of last year's top six pass-catchers are back. Junior Tom Nash and sophomore J.J. Hope should see the majority of the action. Senior Barry Paquet and junior Glen Eisenberg will also push for time. The Red Raiders are losing both tight ends from last year. There is no stand-out at this position, but Jon O'Flynn had an impressive spring. Due to the departure of center Carlos Mollinedo and both starting guards, there is a huge hole where the offensive line used to stand. Seniors Eric Lachance and Ted Chmielewski are going to be counted on to plug the leaks upfront. Defense: Colgate's defensive unit will have a new look under coach Sweeney this year, as it switches from a 4-3 to a 4-4 front. Three of last year's starting front four on the defensive line have graduated, but sophomore Joe Kaszteejna and seniors John Soi and Matt Watts are ready to contribute. Inexperience is also a problem at defensive end. Joe Virgillo, Don Gunther, and Greg McNiff will be counted on to pressure the opposition. Graduation again takes it toll, this time on the Red Raiders' linebacking corps. Colgate loses its leading two tacklers from 1992, Kevin Scheffler and T.J. Donahue. Senior tri-captain and sophomore Brian Gianci will fill two spots but depth is lacking. On the other hand, the secondary is an experienced unit led by senior safety Ryan Cook. Two sophomores, Geno Monteiro and Todd Crowley, will see much action. '92 Scoring average: 20.5 ppg '92 Opposition scoring: 28.6 ppg Returning starters: 14 Returning all-Ivy players: 1 Series record: Penn leads 53-18-1 · Overview: Last season was the first time Columbia notched three wins since 1978. The Lions were 2-5 in Ivy competition and garnered their only other win against Fordham. Will coach Ray Tellier's squad be able to duplicate this feat for only the second time in 15 years? The good news for Columbia is senior Chad Andrzejewski is back to at the quarterback spot. The bad news is two-way phenom Des Werthman has been lost to graduation. Andrzejewski will have to post big numbers in 1993 if Columbia hopes to stay out of the Ivy cellar. The Lions will also have to improve on last year's dismal defensive performance if they hope to compete with preseason favorites Dartmouth and Princeton. In 1992, Columbia ranked seventh in the Ivies in scoring defense and dead last in passing yards allowed. Offense: Andrzejewski lead the Ivy League last season with 186 completed passes and 346 attempts. The athletic quarterback also racked up 1,897 yards and nine touchdowns. Werthman, Columbia's leading scorer with 11 touchdowns and five PATs, will be sorely missed. Gone also is leading receiver Mike Sardo, who hauled in 60 passes for 571 yards and four touchdowns. Columbia's rushing game is a glaring weakness. Starting fullback and leading rusher Joe Klosek is back, but he only gained 274 rushing yards in 10 games last season. Sophomore tailbacks Marcellus Wiley and Greg Evans advance to the varsity level and should see significant action. Four starters return for the Lion's sturdy offensive line. Junior guard Steve Miller and junior tackle Rich Weindel are the best of the lot. Junior punter Brian Bassett is back and junior Joe Aldrich will handle the placekicking duties. Defense: The departure of Werthman at linebacker leaves a gigantic hole in the middle of the Lions' defense. He had 449 career tackles, including 158 in 1992. Werthman also had three interceptions for 91 yards as a senior. Many new faces will be seen in Columbia's linebacker corps as senior Rick Brenders is the only returning player at this important position. Brenders was second behind Werthman with 82 tackles last season. The secondary seems pretty solid with three starters returning, including Mark Calveric. Senior free safety Joe Hill (3 interceptions) and senior cornerback Tim Hawkes (80 tackles) will try to shape up the Lions' weak pass coverage. All-Ivy first teamer Sean Nichols will shine on the defensive line in 1993. Nichols led the team with seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss. Returning senior starter Adam Yeloushan will give needed experience to the line at defensive tackle. '92 Scoring average: 15.8 '92 Opposition scoring: 30.3 Returning starters: 16 Returning all-Ivy players: 1 Series: Penn leads 46-13-2 · Overview: Bear head coach Mickey Kwiatkowski came to Brown after a successful nine-year run at Hofstra, highlighted by a 35-9 record over his last four years with the Flying Dutchmen. Since then, however, Kwiatkowski's fortunes have soured significantly, as he has averaged just one win per year in his three seasons in Providence. Last year was truly a low point for Kwiatkowski, as his Bears managed a singularly unimpressive zero wins. Ouch. Brown's worst loss, in fact, came at the hands of the Quakers, as Penn handed the Bears a 38-0 home-field embarrassment. Offense: The big strength of Brown's attack this year will be the offensive line, and big is the operative word. Four starters return, and the quartet averages 275 pounds per man. Senior co-captain Walton Smith, an all-Ivy second teamer, leads the way at guard, and only the center position is up for grabs. As with the center slot, the status of the quarterback position is likely to be up in the air. Junior Trevor Yankoff is the only returning quarterback to have taken a snap for the Bears, but last season's freshman MVP, Gordie Myers, seems to be the leading candidate for the job. Myers played just six quarters for Brown's freshman squad, but in that time he passed for two touchdowns and ran for three others, as well as rushing for 214 yards while averaging 9.7 yards per carry. Both running back and receiver spots are deep but relatively inexperienced for the Bears, as leading rusher Brett Brown and leading receiver Nate Taylor are gone. In the backfield, juniors Dan Foreman and Kevin Sharkey totalled just 22 carries for 121 yards in 1992, and fullback Marquis Jesse will be the only freshman in the league at a starting position tomorrow. Receivers Brennan Nakane and Charlie Buckley, also juniors, are preseason all-Ivy selections. Defense: Kwiatkowski hopes that new defensive coordinator Jim Fleming, who comes to Brown from Boise State, will awaken the long-comatose Bear defense. Last season Brown finished last in the Ivy League in rushing yards, total yards and points allowed. The Bears' strong point defensively is in the secondary, where all four starters return from a unit that was brilliant compared to the rest of the Brown defense. Fleet-footed juniors Karl Lozanne and Eugene Smith anchor the Bears' defensive backfield. Brown lost three starters between the defensive line and linebacking corps, though, and both squads struggled last season. Senior co-captain Todd Hunter will spearhead the newly aggressive Brown linebackers and junior defensive end Shawn Birken should provide another bright spot on the traditionally gloomy side of the Bears' game. '92 Scoring average: 16.1 '92 Opposition scoring: 20.9 Returning starters: 7 Returning all-Ivy players: 1 Series: Yale leads 40-19-1 · Overview: Under 28-year head coach Carm Cozza, the Elis have finished below .500 just eight times. Six of those times, Yale has bounced back to post a winning mark the next season. This year that may be too much to ask of the Elis, who finished 4-6 in 1992. Yale returns just seven starters from a team that lost to Penn by a 13-10 count and tied Columbia for sixth in the league last year. Offense: In 1992 then-junior tailback Keith Price provided the spark for the Elis, rushing for 1,141 yards and also lead Yale with 16 receptions for 151 yards. Price was named to the all-Ivy second team, and the Elis had counted on his return and his leadership on the offensive side of the ball. But Price recently underwent surgery for a knee injury incurred in a preseason scrimmage against Union and is out for the season. That leaves senior David Dixon as Yale's most experienced running back, a frightening prospect for the Elis considering Dixon's 1992 totals of 23 carries for 71 yards. The situation on the outside, meanwhile, is only slightly better. Senior Dave Iwan and junior Dave Feuerstein, Yale's top returning receivers, totalled 17 catches for 300 yards between them last season. Considering Cozza's run-oriented I-Bone attack, those numbers are unlikely to improve significantly. At quarterback, senior Steve Mills and junior Chris Hetherington will vie for playing time. Mills started for much of 1992, while Hetherington proved to be the more talented athlete. Hetherington rushed for 200 yards on 60 carries, and was second to Price in both categories. Defense: The Eli line was hit hard by the loss of all three starters to graduation, including two all-Ivy performers. Fortunately, three Yale seniors have seen significant action, led by tackle John Lykouretzos, who tied for the team lead in sacks last season with three. Linebacker will probably be the Elis' strong suit. The two returning starters, junior Carl Ricci and senior John Saunders, placed first and second on the team in tackles in 1992 with 103 and 95, respectively. The secondary is an unknown entity. Junior Dan Mellish, who registered 56 tackles and intercepted a pass last year, is the only returning starter. Seniors John Patterson and Randy Burford, though, may give the squad a much-needed lift, though, as both missed all or part of 1992. '92 Scoring average: 26.4 '92 Opposition scoring: 16.5 Returning starters: 12 Returning all-Ivy players: 4 Series: Princeton leads, 59-24-1 · Overview: Last season's Tigers headed into their season-ending showdown with Dartmouth alone atop the Ivy League standings. A 34-20 defeat on their home field, though, left Princeton in a disappointing tie for the title. That loss may provide them with added incentive for 1993, and the return of several outstanding players at key positions gives the Tigers cause for optimism. Offense: One word -- backfield. Senior fullback Peter Bailey earned Honorable Mention all-Ivy status last season, rushing for 295 yards and two touchdowns while placing second on the Tigers with 16 receptions for 133 yards. If those numbers sound a bit low for an all-Ivy performer, keep in mind that Bailey was blocking for senior Keith Elias, and all Elias did was lead all of Division I-AA in rushing. Tiger co-captain Elias set Princeton records with 1,575 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns last season, as well as racking up 299 yards on the ground against Lafayette. Those stats came despite missing almost an entire game due to an ankle injury, and for his efforts Elias was named a first-team all-American. Entering 1992, senior quarterback Joel Foote had never taken a varsity snap. He won the job, though, and should benefit from his newfound job security. Foote performed well last season, completing over 56 percent of his passes while throwing for just one interception as opposed to five touchdowns. Both the offensive line and receivers are major areas of concern for 1993. Among those eight positions, just two starters return. Those two players, seniors Chris Cyterski and Scott Miller, form the left side of the Tiger line. Defense: The line looks to be Princeton's defensive key, especially on the inside. Senior tackles Reggie Harris and Jim Renna were named to the all-Ivy first team and honorable mention rolls, respectively, and tallied 16 sacks between them. Joining them on the outside will be senior Matt McInerney, who added another seven sacks. That impressive trio is likely to be further improved by the return of senior end Brian Kazan. Much was expected of Kazan going into the 1992 season, but he missed the entire year with a knee injury. Both the linebackers and defensive backfield may be trouble spots for the Tigers, as just three starters return between the two. In the secondary, junior cornerback Jonathan Reid and senior free safety Brian Mangene are coming off impressive 1992 campaigns. '92 Scoring average: 16.7 '92 Opposition scoring: 24.0 Returning starters: 9 Returning all-Ivy players: 2 Series: Harvard leads 38-23-2 · Overview: Coach Joe Restic enters his final season with the Crimson after 22 years in Cambridge. While Restic would no doubt like to go out with a bang, that will be difficult considering he returns just nine starters from a team that managed just three wins a year ago. Offense: Senior quarterback Mike Giardi, an all-Ivy second-teamer, remains stuck behind Dartmouth's Jay Fiedler in his quest for recognition. Giardi passed for 1,271 yards last season while rushing for eight touchdowns. Giardi's impressive running skills, though, were virtually cancelled out by an extremely inexperienced offensive line. That shouldn't be Harvard's problem this year, though, as four starting linemen return, led by a second team all-Ivy tackle, senior Jason Slavik. Unfortunately, the Crimson can boast of returning neither a starting back or receiver. Both positions appear to be extremely weak, as does the kicking game. Senior Mark Hall nailed just four of 12 field goal attempts in 1992. Defense: On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the picture is not much brighter. In the secondary, senior cornerback James Ellis provides a rare bright spot. Ellis registered 58 tackles and two interceptions last year. The only other returning starter for the defense is senior captain Brian Ramer, who totalled 59 tackles and four sacks in 1992. Ramer is likely to be joined on the linebacking crew by senior Joe McClellan. On the line, senior Dehdan Miller and junior Ed Kinney both saw time in the starting lineup last season. McClellan tallied 31 tackles while Kinney made four sacks, and both are likely to start at the defensive end positions. '92 Scoring average: 26.3 '92 Opposition scoring: 18.3 Returning starters: 11 Returning all-Ivy players: 2 Series: Penn leads, 55-39-5 · Overview: Cornell has won more Ivy League games over the past seven years than any other team. Last season, the Big Red lost their opener to Princeton, then proceeded to go on a seven-win tear highlighted by a 26-16 victory over Dartmouth, the Big Green's only Ivy loss. Any championship aspirations that a seven-game winning streak may have fostered, though, were wiped out by season-ending losses to Columbia and Penn. Two returning stars key Cornell's hopes for 1993. Offense: Senior quarterback Bill Lazor lights the way for the Big Red attack. Honorable mention all-Ivy League last season, Lazor threw for 2,206 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions while setting 17 school records. This year, though, Lazor will have to make do without the 1992 team MVP, running back Scott Oliaro, and the second-leading receiver in Cornell history, Mike Jamin. In the backfield, senior Pete Fitzpatrick will attempt to take Oliaro's place. In 1992, Fitzpatrick was second on the Big Red with 70 rushes for 303 yards including a 105-yard performance in his only start. At the wide receiver spot, meanwhile, returning starter Ron Mateo caught 17 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns a year ago. Mateo was also given an honorable mention in the Ivy Sophomore of the Year competition. The offensive line is in decent shape despite the loss of all-Ivy center Troy Thompson. Senior guard Rich George started every game last season, and senior Pat Paquette and junior Mike McKean both started games at tackle. Defense: Cornell returns the interior of a defense that ranked 16th nationally in opposition scoring. Middle linebacker Chris Zingo may be the best Ivy Leaguer west of New Hampshire. In 1992 Zingo topped his own school record with 179 tackles and added eight sacks to boot. He was rewarded with a unanimous election to the all-Ivy first team and a second-team spot on the all-East team. Zingo should break the Big Red career record for tackles (349) in the season opener at Princeton. Joining Zingo at the linebacker position is junior John Vitullo. Vitullo did it all for Cornell defensively in 1992, recording 84 tackles, a sack and an interception. At strong safety, senior Ryan Blattenberger tallied 55 tackles last season. Senior cornerback Terry Golden and junior safety Garrett Gardi will help Blattenberger in the defensive backfield. On the line, meanwhile, senior Dick Emmet and junior David Woods both saw time in the starting lineup last year.


GUEST COLUMN: "The Other Water Buffalo"

(09/09/93 9:00am)

"Oh no," you say, "not another water buffalo column!" Yes, you've heard it again and again, mentioned in everything from The New York Times to Rolling Stone to The New Republic. One Jewish freshman in the High Rises (whatshisname?) screamed out of his window at a group of African-American sorority members, and suddenly found himself in the middle of the most famous racial bias case since Rodney King. Quite a story: the problem is that it's only half true. What George Will, Rush Limbaugh and Gary Trudeau don't know is that there were many people who yelled out of their High Rise East windows at approximately 11:45 on the night of January 13, 1993. At least a dozen people were accused of screaming epithets that night, and some of them had complaints filed against them for racial harassment by the Judicial Inquiry Officer. The JIO formally investigated two of those accused. Eden Jacobowitz was one of those two. I was the other. My roommate Eden and I chose two very different methods of defense. When Eden went to the press in April, I asked him not to mention my name in any context. Feeling that I was on the verge of winning my case, I did not want the media attention that would no doubt greatly interfere with my finals and possibly my summer. While our respective defenses against the JIO were different, our motives for shouting out of the window were exactly the same. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority's founders' day ritual serenade began late at night, featured loud singing, intermittent screeches, and continued for almost an hour. Having lived with Eden for just over a semester at the time, I would have categorized him as a fairly conscientious person. I like to think that, for all of my faults, I am one too. Even the best of us, however, occasionally looses his temper. I will admit that yelling, "get your fat asses out of here," just moments after Eden uttered the now nationally famous water buffalo comment was not the right thing for me to do. Although the charges of racial harassment were eventually dropped, Eden and I were punished with months of bureaucratic abuse and the threat of a ruined education. Although we did yell out the window, the actions taken against us were wrong. The "water buffalo scandal" was the collective work of three entirely separate organizations whose attitudes and methods must change if the University wants to become the free thinking, just institution that it makes itself out to be. The University administration failed in any way to provide the impartiality that is expected of it. While well intended, the racial harassment code created more problems than it solved. Under the current code, one can be found guilty of racially harassing an offended party simply by saying something that is construed as racist, even if the actor did not know the race of the person(s) that they were offending. This was the nature of my case. The JIO also failed to provide impartiality. Instead, she caved in to outside pressures. The Assistant Judicial Inquiry Officer who heard my case admitted on several occasions that my situation was not occurring in a vacuum, and that it was subject to outside influences, such as minority interest groups. To allow parties not involved with the judical process a say in the finding is a mild form of fascism. It was only after Associate Vice Provost for University Life Larry Moneta heard about the situation and intervened on my behalf that the Assistant Judicial Inquiry Officer dropped the charges of racial harassment. Finally, the women of Delta Sigma Theta sorority mishandled what they perceived as racial hatred. While African-Americans have been and continue to be discriminated against in our society, the women's handling of the situation is an example of how certain paths toward equality are often misunderstood and badly executed. The most effective way to deal with a problem and "clear the air" between two people or groups of people is to sit down and, however painful it may seem, and talk it out. Despite the animosity developed between the sorority women and myself, I requested an informal meeting with the entire Delta Sigma Theta sorority on three occasions solely for that purpose both during the judicial process and after the charges of racial harassment against me were dropped. The first two were turned down. The last was not answered. Fortunately for every student at the University, changes are being made. The Racial Harassment Code is being re-evaluated and will in all probability be overhauled. Sheldon Hackney, chairman of the NEH, has been placed in a position where he can give more grants and do less harm. At the very least the JIO will be watched more carefully in the years to come, and hopefully, revisions to the judicial code are imminent. The problems of race on this campus and in this country cannot begin to improve unless all of the people in all of these groups talk out their differences. I hope that this encounter has not embittered the women of Delta Sigma Theta sorority towards relations with whites. If they will not talk to me now, I hope that sometime in the future we can put this all behind us, and talk. We all have a lot to learn. Christopher Pryor is a sophomore English major from New York, New York.


COLUMN: "I'm Not Paranoid, Am I?"

(11/16/92 10:00am)

From Mike Ingenthron's "Cheesecake Truck," Fall '92 "Stuart" by the Dead Milkmen · The Dead Milkmen claim that "queers" are teaming up with aliens to build landing pads for gay Martians. As you might have guessed, "Stuart" is a song about paranoia. It is not a song about homophobia, but, being the paranoid person that you are, you probably assume that it is, and that the Dead Milkmen are evil, sinister fiends attempting to rid the world of homosexuality. And why -- in keeping with the Dead Milkmen's song -- should you be so paranoid? Because everyone else already is. Here at Penn, we all walk around campus, waiting for each other to make egregious and un-PC type errors. When someone does, we assume that the wrongdoer is threatening our personal freedom, we get paranoid and we attempt to drive him or her toward a gory, festering death. Let's take an example of this paranoia. I own a self-made T-Shirt which reads, "White Men Can't Loot." It's merely a play on words, derived from a recent movie title. And nothing more. However, some people see my shirt and say something like "That's funny" -- but they also say something like, "Do you wear that shirt out in public?" or "Do you feel safe wearing that shirt?" Of course not. Instead, I realize that my T-shirt has two really unpopular words on it: "white" and "men." As a result, I feel like every non-white person or non-male person -- some people call them females -- are out to get me. Why? Because I'm paranoid too. Consequentially, all those non-white persons and non-male persons are forming groups to come after me. I'm sure of it. In fact, I believe everyone is secretly out to get everyone else. But, thanks to paranoia, we have increased the public's awareness of each other's subversive plots, and hopefully we can stop them in time. But so far, we've only talked about a T-shirt. Meanwhile, as you read this column, the sinister elements in our society are carrying out more dastardly deeds against us. For instance, you probably haven't realized that our dear school's administration is not trying to give students like myself a top-dollar education. Instead, they're secretly brainwashing us students so they can round us up and slaughter us and sell us to fast food restaurants in place of beef. Of course, they don't slaughter everyone at once. It would be too difficult to cover up that scenario. Instead, the LCE -- Let's Control Everyone -- handpicks various DUDs -- Demonic Underage Drinkers -- from around campus. The University slaughters these unfortunate souls first. Then all the DUDs get transferred to the WISTAR -- World Institute of Slaughtering Troublemakers for Area Restaurants -- Institute, where lab technicians perform vicious experiments on the DUDs before they slaughter them. How do I know this? Well, maybe I'm paranoid, but I don't see any other possibility. But let's look at another example. I'm sure you all know that in the last decade or two, the AIDS epidemic has started spreading and that the number of drug-related deaths and gang-related murders is increasing rapidly each year. But did anyone stop to realize that, at the same time, Disneyland branched out into Disney World, and Disney World is growing at an alarming rate? Coincidence? I imagine not. It's obvious that Disney developed the HIV virus in their laboratories and sprung it on the world's population. At the same time, they started shipping huge amounts of drugs and guns into the country. As a final assurance, they somehow got an actor into the White House. Now they're watching the country kill itself! But they're not stopping with the United States. Oh no. As any person of average intelligence could figure out, they plan to rule the whole world. Why do you think they decided to call themselves "Disney World"? In accordance with their plan, they've expanded across the ocean with "EuroDisney", or whatever it's called, to seize control of Europe as well. Didn't anyone see the signs? After all, they knocked down the Soviet Union as if it were a house of cards. And they brought the European Community together under one currency. Why? So they can control a broader scope of Europe. It may not make a whole lot of sense to you, but your attempt to apply logic is just the weakness they've counted on all these years. And what have we been doing this whole time? We, the stupid Americans, keep funding Disney's behemoth research costs by paying exorbitant admission prices. We absorb the subliminal messages of Disney cartoons and films. When we were younger, we breathed the noxious, brainwashing fumes emitted from the Disney Pez containers. Something must be done about this madness. I hope it's not too late to change before Disney World becomes one big concentration camp and we're all forced to wear Mickey Mouse ears and sing the "It's a Small World" for eternity. So, if you're upset that homosexuals are in cahoots with the Martians, or that persons of other genders or cultural backgrounds are after you, you're in a lot of trouble, because you're becoming a slave to the Disneyland grind. And you thought it was just a theme park. Mike Ingenthron is a junior Accounting major from St. Louis, Missouri. "Cheesecake Truck" appears alternate Mondays.


LETTER: Old Stereotypes

(11/11/92 10:00am)

To the Editor: The speeches were obviously composed, based on the stereotypical image of the fraternity member who is only interested in drinking, drugs, and sex. It is, therefore, no wonder that the pledges responded as they did -- that is, the way in which they were expected to respond -- with "hooting and howling." I would hope that University administrators -- not to mention the University community, in general -- change their attitudes towards the Greek system in the future. Perhaps viewing and treating fraternity members as mature, responsible young men will encourage them to behave as such. At the very least, administrators will be able to absolve themselves of blame in any cases which may link fraternity members to sexual harassment, once they stop contributing to the problem by reinforcing old stereotypes. There are some people on this campus who do not subscribe to the notion that fun is defined as "getting drunk and getting laid." I am one of them. And the administration may be surprised -- read: shocked out of their minds -- to find there are a lot of us out there. I wish the administration would stop putting their "Sex Education Seminars" and "A.I.D.S. Awareness Weeks" together with the following mind set: "Yes, abstinence is actually the safest -- read: foolproof -- option, but since you horny little critters have no common sense or self control whatsoever here, have a condom!" Frankly, I find this mentality insulting. Give us the respect we deserve by at least mentioning it as an option -- and a positive one, at that?even for guys. Please don't throw that old double standard back in our faces! CORINE TAKIGUCHI Wharton '94


COLUMN: "Cool and Commercial-Free"

(11/06/92 10:00am)

From Ericka Guthrie's "The Fire This Time," Fall '92 As I was weaving my way between the ghosts and the goblins, I overheard two girls behind me comment on how few black students there were to accompany the children as they made their rounds. This is not the first time I have heard this type of statement, nor do I expect it will be the last. Despite what those two girls think, the future of the children of West Philly is a priority for the black community at Penn. Although the black organizations who sponsor these programs may not be as visible to the rest of the Penn community, they are indeed an active and productive force. As with everything else, though, community service at Penn has also become commercial. Not in all cases, but in some. Perhaps it is a good thing that community service has become "cool." Just think of the implications of a society where not trying to help out your community would be considered a crime, a display of poor social skills, a faux pas. I, for one, would not protest a society where community service was mandatory, so long as it was still done for the right reasons. But if community service becomes too commercialized, it will not be able to fulfill its purpose: to serve the community. It is a sad fact that a good number of Penn students have yet to realize this point. If the interest is not genuine, then the action will not be effective. Some people will argue that it does not matter why you serve, as long as you do. But it is on this point that I do not agree. If your heart and mind are not into it, then you are really of no service to the community. You could just stay home. Volunteering is not just a r sum builder, it involves human beings. And while your weekly tutoring session with a West Philly high school student may just be a way for you add to the "extracurricular" section of your portfolio, for the people you are helping, it is something far more important than just a gesture. Positive Images, a mentoring/tutoring program here at Penn, is a prime example of a group that is very successful, but is, to some degree, low key. Unlike many organizations on campus, Positive Images does not receive funding from the University. Not only is it a student-run mentoring program, but both the mentors and the mentees are black. While some may say that this component will not help the students of West Philly High, or Sulzberger Junior High, the members of Positive Images believe that it will. The whole concept behind Positive Images is that it allows high school and middle school students in the program to see that they can achieve the goals they set for themselves. It is a chance for them to accomplish anything they want in life, such as going to college. It is also a chance for the students to interact with people who are also in the process of attaining their goals. This is done through tutoring and academic assistance, and other programs in the schools. This message of higher education rings true for these students, because the people who are delivering this message are black students themselves. The Youth Forum, which is headed by Sabrina Philson-Skalski, a College junior, is one example of how the members of Positive Images try to let the students of West Philly see that their opinions are just as important as anybody else's. Sabrina stresses that the reason Positive Images is so successful is that when she or any of the other students goes up to the high school, she does not go to talk down to them -- she goes as a friend, as their peer. Each week, the facilitators of the forum present a topic to the students which is of particular interest to them. When the students get together, they not only are able to vent their anger and frustrations on a topic, but they can go a step further and organize their ideas. It is a means of getting them together, so that they can make a difference. While taking a mentee to a basketball game or to the movies would be nice, it really doesn't help the students to deal with the problems they face every day. And it does not get them to help themselves. Brian Peterson, an Engineering senior, and Sabrina's Co-Chair of Positive Images, has been involved in the program since his freshman year. He believes it is important to not only talk to the students, but to listen to what they have to say. "Oftentimes, no one is there to listen to the students, whether it be at home or at school," he said. "The Youth Forum is a chance for the students to be heard by the Penn students who facilitate the forums." "But perhaps more importantly, it is a way for them to listen to each other," he added. While the membership of Positive Images is not as large as many of the mainstream service organizations on campus, it is apparent that there is far more strength in a small group of determined and genuinely motivated people. As Brian explained, "The difference between Positive Images and some of the other mainstream community service groups is that we're not a community service group, we are the community." Perhaps it is this attitude that can help all of us. Ericka Guthrie is a College sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. "The Fire This Time" appears alternate Fridays.


COLUMN: "Hitchhiker's Guide to Cliches"

(11/05/92 10:00am)

From David Chun's "The World According to Dave," Fall '92 -- Sir Winston Spencer Churchill · Being a Daily Pennsylvanian columnist is "not just a job, it's an adventure." We are required to take issues "hot off the press," and take a firm stance. Sometimes we are called upon "to run that extra mile" by "playing the devil's advocate." But most importantly, we must refrain from using cliches in our writing. So here is the official warning: "According to the surgeon general," the following social commentary contains explicit materials filled with senseless clich s that may be harmful for young audiences and the weak-minded. Please read on "at your own risk." Isn't life just like a cliche? Just like "a trite, stereotyped expression," you are brought into this world by two parents that "fell in love at first sight." You are their "pride and joy" until the teenage years "rock the boat." At this age, you are truly "the young and the restless." Fortunately, these "growing pains" don't last forever. Of course, just like a cliche, your originality is lost in these "wonder years" because conformity is the accepted norm in society. After years of "burning the midnight oil" and "painting the town red," you suddenly realize that high school will soon be "gone with the wind." So you read the newspaper, looking for a job, and discover that "it's a dog-eat-dog world out there." The only alternative is to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test and "hope for the best." But after receiving your scores, you pray that "every cloud has a silver lining." Since Harvard is now only a "one-in-a-million chance," you apply to Penn -- where "laws without morals are useless" -- and cry out "Angels and ministers of grace protect us." After receiving a series of acceptance letters from the safety schools, "life can be a bowl of cherries." But you should never "count your chickens before they hatch," because Ivy rejection letters come at a later date. With "divine intervention," you are accepted to Penn, and realize that "it ain't over 'til it's over." When the roommate assigned at Penn was not exactly what you expected, you said to yourself "one can never judge a book by its cover." When you saw all the materialistic junk the roommate had, you said to yourself "the grass is always greener on the other side." And then when you finally met your roommate's girlfriend, you moaned that "every dog has his day." Years pass, things improve, and you meet "the girl of your dreams" on Locust Walk, and "fall head over heels in love." Because "it's a small world," you discover that she is from the same hometown. You "spend quality time together," fall in love, and buy her an engagement ring because you know that "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Now you both graduate top of the class, get a job that makes you feel "lonely at the top," get married, and have your 2.5 kids. And just when you thought it was all over, the long overused cliche of life recycles again. The point here is simple. Society makes the life of a human being too much like "a trite, stereotyped expression that has lost originality and impact by long overuse." There is a strong tendency for people to fall into a regimented, tedious lifestyle where work and sleep monopolize most of the day. People should resist this temptation and constantly strive to be original and enthusiastic about life. After all, "rules are made to be broken." So, in reflecting back to the long journey through the highway of life, "don't you wish everybody used" Dave's "Hitchhiker's Guide to Cliches"? In conclusion, I'll leave you with these three cliches. If the reader enjoyed this trite little trite piece and its 40 cliches, "there is a sucker born every minute," and "I've also got a nice bridge to sell you." If the reader was dissatisfied with this piece, well, "you win some, you lose some." David Chun is a junior Political Science and Psychology major from Miami, Florida. "The World According to Dave" appears alternate Thursdays.


LETTER: Real Fan Club

(11/04/92 10:00am)

To the Editor: Their column is extremely creative and amusing and it truly gives an accurate perspective on the student body at Penn. The Fogels really do give me a reason to get past the front page of The Daily Pennsylvanian on Wednesdays, especially because I share these same views about Penn. Besides giving the Fogels the proper recognition they deserve, I am writing this letter to point out the pathetic responses that have been written about the column. Don't these people have anything better to do than to criticize two very talented writers? ADAM HOCHFELDER Wharton '93


GUEST COLUMN: "Lock, Stock and Bike"

(10/16/92 9:00am)

I'm paranoid. I'll be the first one to admit it. I bought my bicycle from the Public Safety unclaimed -- read stolen -- bike auction two years ago and I figure Murphy's law will work one of two ways here. I'm a big fan of Mr. Murphy, incidentally. Perhaps because this bike had been stolen once, it therefore was going to be stolen many times more -- it had been preordained as a bicycle fit to be stolen. Or maybe, since it had already been stolen, the odds were that fate would not touch it again -- Garps' pre-disastered corollary. I got it fixed up and -- deciding that being safe was better than being sorry and bikeless -- went in search of the most secure lock set-up I could find. I finally settled on the heaviest Kryptonite Lock that is sold: a Rock Lock, which weighs more than my bike. I added a steel cable that secures my wheels to the lock. I made such a hefty purchase because the friendly and helpful gentlemen over at the bike shop so pleasantly and effortlessly demonstrated how easy it is to crack the average u-lock into two pieces, using a little leverage and a hollow metal pipe. It is also possible, I had heard from friends, to buy a can of freon refrigerator coolant from your local appliance store and spray it on a small area of the "U" part of the lock, freeze it and then shatter it with a hammer. Comforting, eh? For about two months I kept my bike locked up outside of High Rise North until various attempts were made to steal it. Luckily my seat post is one size too big for my frame and is jammed so that it's impossible to remove. Of course, that didn't stop someone from stealing the quick release bolt. Then someone else attempted to steal the wheels off the bike. The chain stopped them but it wasn't enough to discourage them from trying in the first place. Maybe I needed a bigger lock. Since a bigger lock would have required adding a motor to my bike to permit transportation, I decided to move the bike indoors to my large and ever-so-spacious High Rise room. For the past two years then, I've essentially slept with my bike. We've become good roommates. Bikes rarely snore. I also became quite accustomed to riding my bike all over campus -- over hill, over bridge, over dale, across Green. But that was fine, because in the summer there are very few people to hit on Locust Walk. During the normal academic year it's a different story -- the pedestrians hit back -- so I can quite understand the University's intention to ban bikes from Locust Walk for everyone's safety. Now, of course, the safety of the hordes of bicyclists who must deal with Walnut and Spruce streets, automobiles and fifty million food trucks has been jeopardized. I cannot, however, understand why they've set up bicycle shopping marts all over campus. It dawned on me as I walked past the "bicycle parking lot" between Annenberg and Stiteler. Was the shrubbery really necessary? All over campus, Penn has created the ultimate in convenient, spacious and hassle-free bicycle theft zones. They are very proud of all this work. They've even set up a nice dark-and-secluded alleyway behind Van Pelt Library so that prospective bicycle thieves won't have to worry about being caught in the act. I can just see it now. Packs of bicycle thieves roaming through campus -- shopping like Freshman parents in the Bookstore. "Ooh, that one looks nice. And that one over there is brand new! And look, the owner of that nice mountain bike only has a sixty pound lock on his frame. Should only take us seven seconds to crack that one open." So Penn has decided, in its usual infinite wisdom, to test my faith in steel. Effectively, they've even raised my tuition, because not only have they spent all this money on the bicycle lots themselves, and attendant shrubbery, but I have to take out another student loan to afford the equipment to lock my bike safely in the center of campus. I've mastered getting food at 1920 Commons. I've managed to declare my major. I've cashed a check a Mellon Bank in under three hours. I've even used PennInfo to figure out my schedule. This is a challenge I'm ready for. The gas tanks for the acetylene welding torch I've purchased strap nicely to my back, and it only takes a few minutes now -- after lots of practice and a few burnt appendages -- to weld my bike to any given rack. If only I could keep my tires from melting, I'd be set. I'm currently working on my patent application for my combination bicycle helmet/welding mask. I wonder if the Penn Bike Police have similar problems? Reality has begun to settle in, though, and perhaps there are alternatives. I could walk -- after all, I don't have any classes in DRL. Hooray for the humanities! But walking would be giving in. Maybe I'll buy a car. A good 1972 Chevy Nova can't cost all that much -- certainly less than a new bike lock -- and I'd only have to wait three years for a parking permit. I just get the feeling that I would miss the nice foliage of the bike lots. Paul Luongo is a senior American History major from Riverside, Connecticut.


EDITORIAL: "The Silent Fling?"

(10/14/92 9:00am)

Do Spring FlingDo Spring Flingplanners want studentDo Spring Flingplanners want studentinput? Or do they justDo Spring Flingplanners want studentinput? Or do they justwant to conceal it?Do Spring Flingplanners want studentinput? Or do they justwant to conceal it?_________________________ The ad featured a cartoon, with people in four different cartoon panels enthusiastically talking about a fictional Fling. "Last year's Spring Fling was the best weekend of the year!" effuses one cartoon character. "The music was awesome!" says another. "The events appealed to diverse groups!" exclaims a third, and "I thought the T-shirt design was great!" says the fourth. The cartoon was followed by this kicker: "If you feel any or all of these statements are inaccurate, please share your views with the 1993 Fling Directors?" It then listed the date, time and place of the Monday evening meeting in Vance Hall. Of course, it would be wonderful if students on campus echoed the sentiments of the cartoon characters after this year's Spring Fling. We're also glad students attended the meeting to help bring that about. But we can't help but wonder whether the advertisement for the forum actually drove some students away. On the surface, the ad appeared to encourage student attendance at the forum. Fling planners also publicized the event for the entire week leading up to the event. But the text of the ad probably should have read, "Come to the meeting and help Fling planners make these statements a reality." For example, it's not just that people may not like the T-shirt design. It's also that SPEC seems to abuse its power to quash the sale of alternative T-shirts. It's not just whether the events appealed to diverse groups. It's whether diverse groups were incorporated into the higher-level decision making, regardless of which students are in charge of Fling. But two other things are apparent about the ad. First, it said nothing about whether the Fling directors were actually interested in student input. And second, it also neglected to say whether Fling directors were willing to improve planning to accommodate critics' concerns. The way the ad read, the Fling directors may simply feel that it's their obligation to listen to students whine, and then go on planning Fling just the same as before. We hope Fling planners will carefully consider the points raised Monday evening, and are genuinely interested in hearing from students and publicizing efforts to improve Fling. · Unfortunately, the behavior of the organizers at Monday's meeting suggested that Fling planners were not at all interested in publicizing the Fling debate. Going "off-the-record" is utter nonsense at any event open to the public. You can't invite everyone in the world to your event and then exclude the DP. It just doesn't work that way. Besides, it makes us wonder what they have to hide. Are they trying to conceal something from their fellow students, the people who attend Fling? Going "off-the-record" is a standard journalistic convention, allowing people to discuss issues with a reporter more candidly than they might otherwise. When someone goes "off-the-record" for a short period of time, they no longer have to worry whether what they say will appear in the paper, attributed to them. We want to stress that we strictly adhere to the "off-the-record" convention when it applies, which is only in a private setting. But you can't stand in front of a room-full of random people and tell the one reporter in the back of the room, "Don't quote me on this." If an event is open to the general public, it is open to the press. It is fair game for us to quote speakers and report on the proceedings anyway we darn well please, and we are under no obligation to read our notes or our stories back to our sources before they are printed. We may do so if asked, though. Fling planners tried to bend the rules to avoid public criticism of Fling -- and this editorial is what they get for it. As students leaders who have dealt with the DP before, they should have known better -- or at least asked us. If something controversial had happened at that forum, you can bet we would have quoted them regardless of what they said about "off-the-record." And if something interesting had happened at their little event, the story might have appeared on the front page. But since nothing did -- and they tried to gag us -- we dumped 'em on page 11.


COLUMN: "Playing Poker on a Tightrope"

(09/15/92 9:00am)

From Paul LaMonica's "A Room With A View," Fall '92 My roommate chooses to play blackjack since he is dealing first. After dealing, he announces," It's time to take this Jew boy's and this guinea's money." My friend and I laugh and reply," Don't worry because the chink is going to get cleaned out tonight." The three of us play cards on many occasions and not onjce do we worry about what Penn's PC Thought Police might do if they overheard us joking about each other's ethnic background. To us the idea of having to walk a tightrope when speaking about other groups is absurd. I undersrtand that many words used to describe certain groups can be very offensive, especially when the person who is using the words intends to harm the group with them. However, telling people what to say and how to say it is not an answer to racism, discrimination and bigotry. As a newspaper editor in high school, I was confronted by people who objected to the usage of certain words and terms. One article that was printed spoke of a group of students known as the "guidos." The Board of Education, composed of four Italian-Americans, wrote a letter to me and the other editors of the newspaper. In this letter, the Board expressed its collective opinion that we should be damned to Hell for offending the members of the Italian community. These people failed to notice two key things. First of all, we were not offending anyone, let alone Italians. The article merely referred to a high school clique, not an ethnic group. Second of all, four out of the five editors of the newspaper were Italian-American, myself included. Would we print something that we found to be personally offensive without voicing our own opinions as a response? I think not. Examples of narrowmindedness such as this undermine the PC movement and turn people like myself away from it. I'm not sure if these people truly believe that they can change the way people think by "correcting" what others say or if they just want to control others by putting their words in our mouths. I, for one, don't like other people telling me what the new word of the day for a certain group is. Furthermore, I don't want to be chastised for mistakenly using yesterday's word to describe that group. My mother, a child of the 1950's, still uses the word "colored". In a multicultural community such as this, she would be crucified for uttering such an anachronism. However, my mother has many friends of all different races and creeds. She does not hold any bigoted or racist views, so what's the big deal? In this day and age, it seems to me that too much importance is placed on what people say about other groups instead of how they act towards other groups. Why do PC advocates waste their time attempting to conjure up some ideal lexicon of non-offensive terms to describe people? Forcing people to be politically correct won't prevent further racial and ethnic violence. To do that, you'd have to bring all types of people together and show them that we all belong to one race, the human race. I don't profess to have a sure-fire way to solve this problem but a start would be to stop telling ourselves that there are thousands of different races instead of just one common group. However, it seems that the PCers will be content to just look for cute new ways to categorize people into different groups. Let's stop putting so much emphasis on what people say or how they say it? Wouldn't it be better to strive towards living in a world in which people can harmlessly joke around with each other as my friends and I do in our card games? One more thought.... If a white man goes out and kills a black man merely because of the color of his skin but calls him a PC approved word for blacks before he puuls the trigger, does that make the murder politically correct? Will the victim's family be consoled by the fact that this bigot used the right terminology to describe the man he killed? Of course not! Actions speak louder than words! Paul LaMonica is a sophomore Psychology major from North Babylon, New York. "A Room With A View" will appear alternate Tuesdays.


BRIEF : U. researchers report breakthrough

(06/25/92 9:00am)

A team of radiologists and vascualr surgeons reported these findings in the first ever study to use MR imaging to look for open arteries in the lower legs of patients with blocked peripheral blood flow caused by arteriosclerosis. Before doctors can treat such blockages using bypass surgery, they must identify a viable artery below the blockage that can serve as a runoff vessel once the flow is restored. If during surgery, doctors are unable to find an open vessel beyond the blockage, their only option is to amputate the leg. In the study, detailed in a June 11 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that conventional arteriography -- essentially injecting patients with a dye-like agent that can be detected during X-rays -- failed to identify open vessels in a number of patients. Rodeny Owen, a fellow in the Radiology Department and lead author of the report, said the high accuracy of the technique makes it an effective means of lessening the chance that a patient with severe arteriosclerosis will need a leg amputation. Beyond the higher accuracy rate, the new technique also is considered safer than conventional methods because it is entirely non-invasive and does not involve injecting the contrasting agents, or dye materials. Owen said another advantage to the new technique is that there are no known risks. He said MR imaging has been used on humans for 10 years for different purposes without causing any health risks.


GUEST COLUMN: "It Worked For Me -- Go Ahead, Make Some Waves!"

(04/13/92 9:00am)

Hey, it's finally happened. The Department of Oriental Studies will become the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies on July 1. I remember back in the spring of 1989 when I wanted to change two things about the department: its name, and the lack of Asian faculty. I've suceeded in the first goal -- along with the help of lots of others -- and I imagine that the second goal can't be far behind. To those of you who said that I couldn't do it, that I shouldn't be making waves -- Fuck You. I'm a person who tends to look at the big picture, who looks for basic overriding themes in any given situation. The one that strikes me most in this situation: Students should take a very active role in their own educations. Way back when, I privately wondered why the Latino community didn't fight for a whole program or major of their own. When I spoke to a few involved people one-on-one, they explained that they wanted to start small -- such as obtaining a Latin American Studies minor -- gain a toehold and then move from there. Yeah, well, now Dain Borges has been dissed for tenure, other Latino professors are disenchanted, there may be no one left to teach the classes, the minor might even fall apart, and who will lose? Not just the Latino community, but everyone at Penn. In the fall of 1990, Johnny Kwan and Pam Gee were heading a Students for Asian Affairs committee -- one of the zillions, but more on that some other time -- to implement an Asian-American Studies course. I privately suggested to both of them that it would be better to go for more -- a major, program, whatever -- but they insisted on starting small. Humph. Classic subservient Asian thinking. OK, now we've got AmCiv 222/223. I'm happy we finally have a class, but look at it more closely. The course is in a department that's dead broke and might be dismantled, and the professor is imported from Bryn Mawr. See the light, folks? There's nothing to keep this lone course alive, especially given Penn's current budget. The more fundamental problems of not having a permanent program and Penn's sorry lack of Asian professors are totally bypassed. Here's the bottom line: it's good that students are beginning to take an active role in their own educations, and I'm happy that I could be a big part of it. But the effort is wasted if students are short-sighted. All students, undergrad and grad, are at a disadvantage when dealing with faculty and administration. We're only at Penn for a few years and our main job is not to take care of administrative tasks, but to learn. That -- and when you're a senior like me -- party. On the other hand, administrators and tenured professors are here at Penn for much longer than any student. These guys can afford to stall, buck and dick you over. So don't give me this shit about working within the system, taking things slowly and not making waves. The system does not allow students to change things quickly, so why should we play by the rules? Here's a good example. In 1990, I told everyone that Sheldon Hackney's charge about changing Locust Walk was a smokescreen, and if we as students didn't press the issue to the wall, nothing would happen. I was labelled a cynic by the students who sat on the Locust Walk Committee. They said that they would cooperate with the administration and make changes. They cooperated so well that nothing happened. Well, anyway, good luck to all future student leaders, and I hope all of you show more brains and chutzpah than the wimps we've seen this year. In all the John Shu hoopla over the past few years, a lot of people who ought to be recognized in the Oriental Studies fight have not been. Some of them you may not know, but they all had a powerful effect on Penn. So, in no particular order: Dan Singer, David Kaufman, Val Cade, Danny Altman, Duchess Harris, Brent Mitchell, Daryl Tom, Sean Lew, Roz Evans, Al Green, Phyllis Dennis and Michael Goldstein. Thanks a lot everybody, for all of your help and support -- across the board, we've made a real difference for Penn. And finally, thanks to my long-time roommate Todd Gunther, who stood by me all of these years and even fielded a phone call from a loser fraternity brother who threatened to "put a brick" through our High Rise North window last year. (Some feat, considering we were on the 20th floor.) Todd, you're the best. John Shu is a "Biological and Sociological Factors in Health Care" individualized major and a former Daily Pennsylvanian columnist from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is also a senior, and just might graduate in 40-some-odd days.