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Spring practices highlight quarterback battle, RBs

(06/01/97 9:00am)

Penn football coach Al Bagnoli says the QB position is still up in the air. Saugerties, N.Y. Quakers coach Al Bagnoli led his team through a modified scrimmage April 15, bringing to an end the team's 12 spring practices, which were held sporadically after spring break to accommodate other team's needs for Franklin Field. "It's a different evaluation," Bagnoli said, weighing the significance of spring practice against the fall. "The fall gives you an opportunity to confirm what your suspicions were coming out of the spring or to give kids a second chance to make changes and win jobs." · No position attracts more interest than quarterback, and Penn is no exception. The Quakers have lost Brian Russell, who transferred out of Penn, and opening day 1996 starter Steve Teodecki, who graduated. On paper, that leaves the position to junior Matt Rader, who took about half of the snaps for Division I Duke last year. But Bagnoli claims Tom MacLeod, who started four games last year, and rising sophomore Brandon Carson are still in the mix. Bagnoli says all three are doing "reasonably well" and describes Rader's transition to the Penn system "smooth." He has also been impressed by MacLeod's offseason weight training -- one of Bagnoli's sticking points with MacLeod in the past. "I feel like there's always room for improvement, but all things considered, I feel good about my performance this spring," MacLeod said. Still, many expect Rader to emerge, including the 6'4'' Yardley, Pa., native. "I think I've played well enough to solidify a starting spot," Rader said. In any case, expect Penn to pass more, as Bagnoli will draw on experienced passers whether Rader or MacLeod wins the job. "We're going to try to get it opened up a little bit, more like a few years ago," said the sixth-year coach, whose team leaned heavily on departing First Team All-Ivy tailback Jasen Scott. "Just more wide open, more four- and five-receiver sets." · While a football assistant coaching position isn't exactly a Supreme Court justiceship, Penn has felt even more turnover than usual this season. The post-Carm Cozza era at Yale will have a Quakers flavor, as Rick Flanders goes from secondary coach to defensive coordinator of the Elis, and Duane Brooks makes the jump from coordinator of football operations to defensive line coach. Their replacements are Abbott Burrell and Jerome James, Jr., respectively. Also on the move is Ed Foley, the Penn tight ends coach who has moved to Jacksonville to become offensive coordinator of the new program. John Reagan fills his void. Jonathan Michaels has taken Louis Brunelli's place on the Penn staff. "They all have different ideas and it's good to get some new viewpoints," Bagnoli said. · In its continuing effort to blur the line between running backs and the defensive secondary, Penn has shuffled several people to other sides of the ball. First among them is Bruce Rossignol, who came to Penn as a running back, was switched to and started at strong safety last season and returns to offense for 1997. Mel Alexander, who worked out as a defensive back as a freshman in 1996 is joining Rossignol in the Quakers backfield. The favorite to take Scott's place as featured back remains Jason McGee, a rising junior, whose meager eight carries last season are actually the highest total of a returning Quaker. "I feel pretty comfortable with the offense," said McGee, brushing aside any notion of inexperience on the basis of practice reps over the past few years. What that means for the defense is junior-to-be Jim Finn's move to safety is permanent. He'll be joined by another returning starter, 1997 captain John Bishop, in the secondary, while myriad others fight for spots in an area that needs improvement. Neither Rossignol (back) nor Finn (shoulder) has practiced this spring. · The defensive line was the anchor of the Penn team a year ago, a distinction which may shift to linebackers this fall. In addition to returning Second Team All-Ivy pick Darren McDonald, Tim Gage will return for a fifth season after a foot injury sidelined him in 1996. Throw in senior Mark Van Meter and another 1996 casualty, Brian Hamilton, and playing time could be scarce. "We're very fortunate. Timmy Gage came back and really has done a nice job providing some senior leadership," Bagnoli said. "Darren McDonald is having a nice spring and Mark Van Meter? that should be one of the strengths of our team." "If there's any thing I've learned this spring, it's that competition really, really makes you play better," said Gage, who by all accounts is fully healthy. · Rader's transition to life at Penn has gone pretty well so far. The biggest problem? Philadelphia's northern climate doesn't agree with his allergies? Penn's two-sport athletes, including West Virginia transfer defensive back Glen Ambrosius, who plays third base for the baseball team, have missed almost all the spring football work. "You can't hold it against them. It's part of the philosophy we deal with," Bagnoli said? Carson may be more than just a third quarterback for Penn. His athleticism tempts Bagnoli to emulate another Pennsylvania quarterback, multi-dimensional Pittsburgh Steeler Kordell "Slash" Stewart. "He's our version of 'Slash.' He's a quarterback, he's a wide receiver, he's a running back," Bagnoli said.

DP Sports: Seeing it from both ends of the spectrum

(05/16/97 9:00am)

As a student journalist, I've written hundreds of column inches on subjects ranging from women's gymnastics to NCAA basketball tournament seedings. As a college soccer player and prototypical benchwarmer I've also logged countless minutes on benches from North Carolina to Boston. These two disparate experiences have contributed many of my fondest memories of college and given me the opportunity to meet some truly incredible individuals. For example, as a goalie, I've been fortunate enough to train with Bob Rigby, the goalie coach for the men's and women's soccer programs. As a professional soccer player in the '70s, Rigby starred for both the U.S. National Team and played with Pele on the New York Cosmos. To this day, he remains the only soccer player ever to featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Through journalism, I've gotten the opportunity to interview and observe scores of amazing athletes and coaches like Fran Dunphy and others. Without question, having spent so much time writing about sports added context to my athletic experience, allowing me to appreciate just being on a team despite seeing action so sporadically. It was actually quite ironic when during this soccer season, the writer covering the men's soccer team twice mis-reported the facts of my role in games against Cornell and St. Joseph's. For the first time, I had to personally deal with the annoyance of being incorrectly misrepresented in print. Having defended slip-shod writing which has appeared on the sports page of the DP, I found the shoe to be on the other foot. However, being on the receiving end of one DP Sports' notorious blunders in reporting didn't make me feel any different about the paper. The fact of the matter is that just as athletes are imperfect and have off days, so too are DP Sports writers and editors. Yes, DP Sports writers are journalists, but let's be honest, they're by no means professionals and do not portray themselves as such. Just as an athlete spends hours developing his conditioning and mastering the fundamentals of his sport, commitment which fans at a game will never see, DP staffers are a remarkably committed bunch as well. Athletes chafe at the DP's coverage when it is either factually incorrect or they perceive it to be overly critical, as evidenced by reaction to Miles Cohen's column on Jamie Lyren this year. Though I don't believe adding the prefix student to journalism is an excuse for poor reporting, I do feel DP Sports writers get too hard a rap for their miscues given how much they contribute to the Penn athletic program. The DP Sports writer is the best friend an athlete here can have. Writers commitment to their beats helps athletes stand out from the crowd at a school where students have to be pretty special just to gain admission. Sure, as an athlete, it bothers me when I read an article highlighting a less-than-stellar performance by a Penn athlete, because I know how dedicated Quakers athletes are to their respective sports. The attention an athlete gets in the pages of the DP through game coverage and features frequently far outweighs what he gets from fans, whose attendance is often sparse, whether the sport be fencing or football. Having transferred to Penn from a school where most athletes are on scholarship, I understand the immense sacrifice athletes make when choosing to enter Penn's non-scholarship athletic program. I enjoyed playing a sport at Penn largely because of the mystique being an Ivy League student-athlete, a quality which I suppose attracts many top notch recruits to chose Penn over schools with strong academic reputations which do offer athletic scholarships like Stanford, Georgetown and Boston College. No one organization on campus, including the Athletic Department, purveys the mystique with more fervor than the DP sports section, which probably has something to do with how it earned its nickname: DPOSTM (The Daily Pennsylvanian's Only Staff That Matters.)

COLUMN: Relays indicates apathy

(04/30/97 9:00am)

There are only a handful of meets in the country that can match the Relays in the number of events and attendance. And each year, those meets grow fewer in number. Athletes are increasingly forced to hop on a plane to Europe to compete in the track circuit overseas. The American athletes often find their greatest fans in the packed crowds at the European meets, while for the most part, America turns a blind eye toward track. For many athletes, the Relays represent the one chance to run in front of a large crowd in the U.S. It wasn't supposed to be this way. The 1996 Olympics was looked upon as a sort of track revival with Michael Johnson as its gold-shoed messiah, saving the sport and taking it to levels unmatched in recent years. The home country would witness one of the greatest track and field exhibitions ever, and the momentum generated would carry over in the following years. Everything seemed to go perfectly. Athletes such as Devers, Carl Lewis and Dan O'Brien all won gold medals. The concerted effort for Johnson to win the 200- and 400-meter sprints worked out better than imagined, as he cruised to a world record in the 200 meters. A media star and track savior had supposedly been born, but eight months later Johnson's face is not seen covering billboards. He is only visible in a Nike ad where he undergoes counselling for being too fast. Most Americans still assume the top runners return to normal 9-to-5 jobs in the years between the Olympics, and the meets this year have not witnessed the expected resurgence of track and field. The reason for the non-revival lies in the nature of the sport itself. The beauty of track and field is that it reduces running, jumping and throwing to some of its most basic levels. While this sets the sport apart, it also contributes to its lack of attention. The average person can better comprehend the greatness of a high-scoring basketball player than a high-schooler jumping seven feet, four inches in the high jump, as Canada's Mark Boswell did at the Relays Friday. It is hard to understand the difficulty, technical precision and determination involved with pushing one's self to run full speed for 400 meters. Most of these subtleties are missed by the first-time track viewer. The Penn Relays stand out in sharp contrast to the second-class state of track and field in the U.S. This year, over 87,000 fans packed Franklin Field over the course of three days, including 46,216 on Saturday. Somehow, the Relays set attendance records while the interest in track and field has failed to rise after the Olympics. The answer can be found in one thing Tim Baker, the former director of the Relays, always stressed. The true magic of the meet lies in the high school and college athletes whose only chance to run in front of 46,000 people will come at the Relays. The stands are filled with friends, family and fellow athletes who are there to watch specific high schoolers and collegiates compete. While this leads to higher crowd sizes, it also creates a stadium filled with knowledgeable fans who truly appreciate track and field. In fact, the Penn Relays is able to thrive because its does not showcase the world's best athletes, but rather the unknowns. The Relays are still largely unnoticed by students at Penn, who in many ways do not take advantage of the excitement offered by an event a few blocks away. Yet the Relays will continue to survive without the student support as long as the track enthusiasts still travel to Franklin Field to participate in the Penn Relays experience. One can only hope this weekends first time viewers become the fans who help revive interest in track and field in the future.

COLUMN: Youth is the cause of losses

(02/10/97 10:00am)

George Mboya, for bricking his two go-ahead foul shots with 2.9 seconds remaining? Paul Romanczuk, for fouling out only 13 seconds into overtime? Geoff Owens, for failing to do anything against Brian Gilpin, except get four personal fouls in 18 minutes on the hardwood? Garett Kreitz, for bucketing only two of his nine three-point attempts? The correct answer is as simple as inexperience. Besides being an excellent ball club, Dartmouth is the most senior-laden squad in the Ivy League, with four starters playing in their final seasons. The Quakers, however, are the youngest. To break down Saturday's matchup, it clearly was a game of young, raw talent versus an experienced ballclub. And when it came down to the wire, the veterans won out. The Quakers lack of experience has reared its ugly head in a number of ways this season. The most costly -- lack of a transition game. In past years, Penn has wowed audiences with no-look passes and fast-break points. More importantly, Penn's transition was crucial in building momentum and leads. While this year's squad is one step slower than last season's team, the Red and Blue's team chemistry has yet to develop to the level it was in the past. Case in point: last night in the second half, Penn had a four-on-two situation, Jamie Lyren kept the rock in traffic and failed to score. Meanwhile, Michael Jordan was wide open on the weak side running the court with Lyren. The Quakers have also shown their green nature by panicking in crunch-time situations. Penn has often been unable to get a respectable shot off, or even been able to look for one under the pressure of time. After Mboya missed his free throws and got his own rebound in the paint, he panicked. Instead of calling a timeout or putting the ball back up in the air, Mboya looked very confused, and only was able to dish the ball to Jed Ryan well beyond the three-point arc. The lack of experience shouldn't be that surprising with three freshmen and two sophomores starting the game. Kreitz and Lyren are the only legitimate basketball upperclassmen who receive playing time. What the Quakers do have, however, is a plethora of talent. The Ivy League is a conference where most success is a direct result of experience. While Penn and Princeton trade off championships, the rest of the best has traditionally been squads with juniors and seniors. The seniority of the Big Green was very apparent on Saturday. Seamus Lonergan was constantly grabbing his teammates to offer words of advice. Point guard Kenny Mitchell had some positive words for Jordan after the game. Both were prime examples of leadership -- leadership gained through experience. That is why Dartmouth and Harvard will come in third and fourth this year, but next year, after Dartmouth graduates four starters and Harvard graduates three, they will not be the teams trying to fend off the Tigers and the Quakers. The Quakers do not have an on-court leader. Despite being captain, Lyren does not see enough time anymore to act as a leader. Kreitz and Romanczuk are the closest the Red and Blue have to a leader who has the ability to get their teammates fired up during the course of a game. Princeton, on the other hand, is a unique team in that they do not get noticeably better with experience, the squad gets better as players enter and leave the program. This is due to the fact that the Tigers execute their slow-down game plan to perfection every year, and that game plan never changes -- even with a new coach. The Tigers are the same team this year that they were last year, and they will be the same team next year, even though Sydney Johnson will graduate. The Quakers, on the other hand, have no choice other than to improve with no one graduating. This is not a rebuilding year talent-wise, but it is a rebuilding year experience-wise. And next year, when the Quakers have twice the experience and improved talent, they will be in prime shape to make another run for the crown.

GUEST COLUMNIST: The University's conflicting halves

(11/12/96 10:00am)

But in fact, this institution has two internally consistent, mutually contradictory policies toward the community. The "Penn" policy is followed by the University's 12 schools. Essentially, these schools treat the community both as an opportunity to fulfill the University's mission of service, and as a living lab and source for research data. Very often, the Penn approach is exploitative to some extent; the schools provide services in exchange for the community serving an educational or research function. Although the projects themselves are coherent, there appears to be no consistent University-wide strategy involved. Consequently, efforts are piecemeal and generally ineffective in spurring significant change. The efforts are piecemeal, and Penn policy is good for the community, but not terribly helpful. The other approach is the "UP Inc." policy -- and it is consistent, coherent, powerful and wholly destructive to the University City and West Philadelphia community. UP Inc. is Penn acting as a corporation, with the same amorality and lack of social consciousness displayed by America's least socially responsible corporations. UP Inc. is the policy that leads to the University negotiating with the city for Penn Police protection in areas with the greatest concentration of University property, not the greatest concentration of University community members. UP Inc. is the policy that leads to the University negotiating a deal with a local landlord that allows him to avoid all sorts of taxes in exchange for a substantial annuity; UP Inc. makes out and the landlord makes out, but the city and the community get nothing out of the deal. UP Inc. is the policy that leads to the exchange of University jobs, offering community members decent pay and benefits, for outsourced jobs, with low pay and lousy (if any) benefits. Again, UP Inc. makes out and the stockholders in the company that takes over a University division makes out, but the city collects fewer wage taxes and the purchasing power of the community suffers. UP Inc. is the policy that treats every problem as first and foremost a public relations problem. And UP Inc. is the policy of creating an entirely new and artificial retail district that sells affluent Penn students to prospective tenants as a captive market, to maximize UP Inc.'s rental income. This strategy is similar to the "mall"-ification of America, which destroyed viable retail districts in virtually every small- and medium-sized town in this nation. Old-time retail districts were populated by locally owned and operated businesses, while the malls are populated by stores owned by huge conglomerates with no comunity roots. And as UP Inc. continues to expand and promote non-community based businesses in University City, the few local businesses that remain struggle for survival. UP Inc. is the policy that ignores the University's mission of education, research and service. It is a juggernaut that treats the accumulation of cold hard cash as its first priority. UP Inc. also has the power of every penny of the University's considerable assets at its disposal in pursuit of this goal. Ultimately, UP Inc. is destroying not only the community that it dominates, but the University as a whole. For every dollar Penn earns, two more pay for insulating the University from the effects of its own avarice, on such things as security systems, police patrols, Escort services and massive public relations efforts, assuring students that they are safe and parents that their children will be returned to them alive and in one piece. Utimately, UP Inc. is creating an environment of physical fear, completely incompatible with intellectual freedom and inquiry. And ultimately, as the ethos of greed and self-interest that UP Inc. personifies permeates the rest of the University, as we acquiesce to UP Inc.'s inevitable and irresistable corruption, the University will lose its soul.

GUEST COLUMNISTS: The renaissance of University City

(10/30/96 10:00am)

The recent uproar about safety issues has left many of us asking "Why is there so much crime in West Philly?" and "Will I really be safe walking around campus at night, even in a group?" We feel helpless and distressed. But what can we do? The University has been ineffective in helping students adapt to its urban campus. We have a false sense of what it takes to stay safe in a city like Philadelphia. In theory, for example, Escort service exists to prevent students from becoming crime victims. However, it contributes to crime by substantially decreasing the amount of student traffic on area sidewalks at night. Students who choose not to take Escort -- and community residents who do not have access to it -- become more susceptible. Our point is not to abolish Escort, but instead to seek alternative crime prevention strategies. Over the summer, Public Safety Managing Director Tom Seamon told Almanac that, "When the people who live and work in the community use the community, and they're out in the public spaces -- that's when you have true safety." As members of the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, it is imperative that we take steps toward reclaiming our neighborhood, making it safer not just for students, but also for area residents. Much of the fear associated with West Philadelphia can be attributed to its desolate nighttime appearance. As dusk approaches, people scurry to their homes and businesses close. Main streets like Walnut and Spruce have poor lighting and trash strewn on sidewalks and lawns. Criminology research shows that poor lighting and general uncleanliness are directly related to a community's crime rate. As West Philadelphia residents, we must be vigilant about keeping our community -- whether individual property and public spaces -- clean. One excellent example of how physical site improvement can lead to a safer and more lively environment is the renaissance of midtown Manhattan's Bryant Park. The park used to be a major hub for drug dealing, in part due to poor lighting and overgrown shrubbery, which created dark crevices that covered criminal activity. The park was architecturally redesigned by Robert Hanna and Laurie Olin, two adjunct Graduate School of Fine Arts professors. Now, it is a popular spot for young urban professionals to eat lunch or catch evening movies. Penn is capable of fostering this type of change in West Philadelphia. There is no reason why a thriving business district like the one that exists at 34th and Sansom streets could not also exist at 40th and Walnut streets. The University has the economic means and business savvy to entice businesses to invest in the West Philadelphia area. By offering tax, rent and renovation incentives, Penn could entice restaurants, national-chain clothing stores and a larger movie theater to locate near campus. These businesses would be likely to profit, since their target consumers would live within walking distance. More student traffic at night would make people feel safer walking around campus at night, while bringing revenue to and providing jobs for the community. By no means are we trying to ignore the reality of crime in West Philadelphia. But if the University as an institution -- and students, faculty, staff and West Philadelphia residents as individuals -- are serious about making this community a safe and lively place for years to come, we each have to do our part. We can start by improving the neighborhood's appearance. However, even if all of us stopped taking Escort tomorrow, and even if the University filled all of its vacant retail space in the next six months, we as a community cannot expect to see drastic changes in the random occurrence of violence unless we address the underlying causes of crime -- poverty, joblessness, inadequate education and lack of financial resources. We can't do this job alone. The University community must reach out to our West Philadelphia neighbors, to develop innovative and institutionalized programs that work in partnership to improve the quality of life for everyone.

COLUMN: At 0-3, Bagnoli should start practicing now for next season

(10/28/96 10:00am)

Commentary The 1996 season could very well feature the most diluted Ivy League in many years. With the exception of Dartmouth, no team could even challenge Ivy powers of recent seasons. The Patriot League has even offered Ivy teams challenges this season. And supposed Ancient Eight heavyweights, like 6-0 Columbia, struggle to eke out wins against weaker opponents. Dartmouth will garner the Ivy championship. The Big Green are tied with Columbia at 3-0, but, strictly based on talent, Dartmouth is clearly the better squad. In addition, Dartmouth has already won at Cornell, the only other team in the conference with a legitimate shot to beat take the conference championship. With this in mind, it is time for Bagnoli to begin his spring training a couple of seasons early. At the beginning of the year, it seemed the Quakers had plenty of potential -- an excellent running game, a tremendous defensive line, a relatively good offensive line and decent special teams. But as the season has worn on, it is painfully obvious that the Quakers are killing themselves. Ailing Penn are three key weaknesses: inconsistent quarterbacking, a knack for drawing yellow flags and a suspect defensive secondary. It appears as if Bagnoli has already started looking to the future for the quarterback enigma. He has already dropped senior Steve Teodecki in exchange for junior Tom MacLeod and promoted freshman Brian Russell to top backup. If all goes according to plan, Bagnoli has a quarterback for the next three years. Hopefully, Russell will see significant playing time this season, for the sole reason of preparing him as a backup next year and a starter in two years. Forget about Teodecki, just build for the future. Bagnoli has realized that the clues to solving the other weaknesses are running out. "I don't have any answers," Bagnoli said about his secondary. "But it's pretty obvious that they're struggling, because they continue to give up way, way too much yardage. I don't have any more answers because I don't have any more kids." In addition, Bagnoli also says he accepts responsibility for his constantly-penalized, inconsistent offense. "The blame has got to go to me because we're not anywhere near as disciplined as we have to be," Bagnoli said. "It happens everywhere from our captain all the way down? We're just not good enough to keep overcoming those negative plays." With the secondary situation, one can only hope that the fault lies in youth, not in talent. But one has to be skeptical, since the pass defense has been burned consistently all season. Giving up 248 yards, including 171 to Brown flanker Sean Morey, is inexcusable in the sixth week of the season, even if the Quakers were facing Jason McCullough, the league's best quarterback. If youth and inexperience are the problems, then the learning curve needs to actually curve, not continue on the straight line it's on now. If the Quakers want to be competitive before this year's recruiting class matures, an answer must be found. The penalty situation is simply a question of concentration and discipline, as Bagnoli has pointed out after each and every game. But the Quakers have shot themselves in the foot 59 times for 433 yards, and those penalties are a huge portion of the offense's problem. Penn has continually put themselves in first- or second-and-long situation because of those penalties -- putting more pressure on a passing game that is weak as it is. Maybe Bagnoli needs to create a different, stricter work ethic. Or maybe the coach needs to try new people and combinations. Only Bagnoli himself and the rest of the coaching staff can decide how to correct these problems. But let's hope they start orienting the team for next season, and start to use this season to their advantage -- as a time to get younger players more game-time experience.

COLUMN: Will ghost of Heather past haunt V-ball?

(09/11/96 9:00am)

Heather Tillet's success replacing Heather Glick is key In Feeney's system, the setter runs the offense as a quarterback does in football: she calls and directs the plays, and, when things are clicking, the setter is in firm control of the action on the floor. No one ran the Penn attack better than Glick, who is now playing professionally in France. In her four years as a Quaker, Glick racked up 3,584 assists. So good was Glick that, according to Feeney, she was worth three or four points each game. Feeney knew that one day she wouldn't be able to rely on her ace, so she has been preparing for this day. Tillet got plenty of reps in practice even with Glick ahead of her on the depth chart, and the elder Heather worked with the younger Heather in the spring to fine tune her technique. Of course that is all fine and good, but it does not substitute for live game action. "The biggest question mark is how long it will take her to feel comfortable, and that's just going to come through match play," Feeney said. In an ideal world, Tillet would have received a lot of court time last year in preparation, but for a variety of reasons that did not happen. Tillet played in just five games, although she performed well (58 assists and 17 digs) in her limited action. Initially, Feeney wanted Glick to break Penn's all-time assist record. Glick needed 931 more assists at the beginning of her senior year to break the mark. While that was a good bet going into the campaign (she recorded 988 the year before), it was in no way a sure thing. But the real reason for Tillet's lack of floor time, Feeney concedes, is that the Quakers "played so inconsistently," they needed Heather Glick on the court. Glick won't be there anymore, and Feeney has been been busy getting Tillet up to par. Right now, the coach says, Tillet is going through "growing pains" and has technical adjustments to make. In the early going, Feeney admits, "we may take our lumps." One might suspect the biggest challenge for Tillet may not be the technical adjustments, but rather the pressure of being a focal point of the team after being merely a footnote the past two years. And the fact that she's coming after one of the top player in Pennsylvania volleyball history cannot make things any easier. Tillet, however, rejects this premise. "I don't know if I call it pressure," Tillet said. "Glick was a great mentor for me and helped me a lot. I feel confident in myself." Tillet shows this confidence on the court by taking control verbally during games. Feeney believes she is an even better communicator than Glick was on the court. And at 5-foot-6, Tillet is also a bit taller than Glick, which is usually an advantage in volleyball. But comparing Tillet to Glick is not really fair. Glick was the focal point of the team her four years, while Tillet is just one of many lights. Tillet is not expected to carry the team like Glick was, and other players will have to elevate their games if Penn is going to compete for the Ivy title. And maybe the lack of a superstar will actually help the Quakers as they can no longer rely on one player to carry them through their struggles. After all, for all of Glick's accolades, Penn did not win an Ivy title in her tenure. One thing is certain -- Tillet is anxious to make her mark. "I feel like I've had two years to sit back and observe?" Tillet said. "I'm ready to step up."

GUEST COLUMN: "Time for a fresh start"

(08/30/96 9:00am)

Leigh Bauer says it's time for students - and faculty - to start picking up after themselves. Many things have happened since I joined the faculty in 1962. Buildings have been built and landscaped walks have replaced traffic-choked streets. Greater change, however, has occurred in the quantity of litter. Many, though not all, in our community think nothing of littering the classroom, as well as College Green. Several times a year, members of the community go off campus to do good works. They feel good about themselves. They get favorable attention from the media. They help their neighbors. What about the days we are on campus, ignoring as best we can the trash on Locust Walk, the cigarette butts at building entrances and the debris littering the classrooms? My challenge is not to the litterers, but to the rest of us -- to those who don't contribute to the problem, but who don't do anything to improve the campus environment, either. My challenge has as its hypothesis the belief that if each of us picked up several pieces of other people's litter daily, a marked change would result. If each faculty member, with his or her class, pledged that the classroom they entered would be cleaner when they left than when they arrived, a marked change would result. If litterers see others acting in a considerate and responsible manner, unconsciously their own habits would improve and a marked change would result. I hereby pledge to pick up other people's litter every day I am on campus, and to ask my students to do likewise. If enough of us will take this pledge, we can expect to have a campus we can be proud of, instead of one that is embarrassing to show our guests. We can expect favorable coverage from the national media. We can expect a deepened understanding of the fact that the smallest effort, on a daily basis, can change a community. I am available to help in any way I can. I invite you to call me at 898-3020 with ideas on how to combat the litter crisis. If the campus leaders care, we can transform the campus by Thanksgiving. If they don't, the rest of us can do the job for them by then, one piece of paper and can at a time.

COLUMN: Reina has led miracle turnaround

(06/30/96 9:00am)

Chevy Chase, MD No, the most successful Quakers team over the winter was the underappreciated Penn wrestling squad. This year's team blitzed its way to a 10-0 dual-meet season against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association foes, then conquered a 14-team field at the season-ending EIWA championship meet. That tournament was the climax of a metamorphosis for the ages. In the early 1980s, when now-coach Roger Reina wrestled for the Quakers, things were so bad that serious rumors swirled that the program would be dropped. The big turning point came in 1986, when Reina was hired as head coach. Penn finished with a dual-meet record of 6-14 in Reina's first season as coach. But the year after that, with his own recruits comprising a majority of the team, the Quakers leaped to 10-8-1. Talk to Reina about the improvement of the program since then and the word "pioneer" will come up multiple times. It is an apt metaphor: a few good men delving into the confused wilderness that was Ivy League wrestling and paving the way for those who would follow. That is why, when asked to talk about the heroes of this year's championship, Reina brought up three guys not even on the team anymore -- 1995 graduates Gary Baker, Brian Butler and Gonz Medina. Those were the guys who decided to come aboard in 1991, when the team was still struggling to escape from the cloud of mediocrity that had enveloped it since the mid-'70s. What a run that cast had. In 1994, they led Penn to its first Ivy League title since 1972. Last year, the senior season for the trio, the Quakers had serious notions of an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship-meet title for the first time in school history. But of the five Penn wrestlers that reached the semifinals at Easterns, only one advanced. The Quakers finished fifth. "It was a heartbreaking way for them to end their careers," Reina said. "But they certainly left their mark." The '94 team set a standard for the teams that followed in more ways than one. Of approximately 200 wrestling programs across the nations, the Quakers had the fourth-highest cumulative GPA. The team was as proud of that as it was of its first Ivy title in 20 years. More proud, maybe. It was an achievement in keeping with the philosophy Reina drills in his wrestlers from the moment he recruits them. Every wrestler will be expected to make a full commitment to academics in addition to doing everything he can to improve as an athlete. The resulting program is proof positive that success in athletics and success in academics are not entirely irreconcilable after all. It is because of all this work and sacrifice that goes into being a wrestler that the team does notice the lack of attention and appreciation on the part of the Penn community at large. Having conquered the EIWA, Penn then set its sights on the nation's elite. Seven wrestlers competed in the NCAA nation-championship tournament this season, the most they have sent in recent memory. But Penn seemed overwhelmed by the surroundings, finishing a disappointing 33rd. Now Reina wants to be a force to be reckoned with on the national level. Next year looks like it could be the year. Each of the past three seasons, Reina has brought in a top-20 recruiting class. This year's recruits are shaping up to be of similar caliber. Next year, then, the Quakers should have as talented a roster from top to bottom as they have ever had. It is the just desserts for a program that has undergone nearly two decades of misery, for all the work and sacrifice put in by Reina and the "pioneers". It could truly be a year to remember. The question is, Will anyone be watching?

The Road Less Traveled

(06/30/96 9:00am)

Sean Turner's dream of playing pro baseball has taken him from Stanford to Penn to?? New York, NY He knows what he wants -- to play professional baseball. He's known that almost his entire life. And now he's one step away from getting there. Born into a baseball family -- his father played in the Chicago White Sox organization and his mother used to baby-sit for the children of opposing players -- Turner got his start in the sport so long ago he can't even remember when it happened. "Everything was related to baseball, baseball, baseball," he said. "I was really pushed to play baseball." But the young Turner was also interested in basketball and football. He tried playing hoops as a freshman at Crete-Monee (Ill.) High School, but his father made him quit following a late-season ankle injury. After a lot of convincing, Turner's father let Sean strap on the pads and play football during his senior year. But the center of his life has always been the baseball diamond. "I like being on the field and entertaining the fans," Turner said. "It's just that feeling when I go out on the field and hear the ball hit the bat and the glove." And baseball has served Turner well. A shortstop in high school, he grabbed all-state honors once and all-area accolades three times. He was recruited extensively by such powerhouse schools as Georgia Tech, Arizona and Notre Dame. But Turner chose Stanford, enrolling in an engineering program. Following a time trial, the Cardinal coaches converted the speedy Turner into an outfielder. However, it proved difficult for the Turner to get many at bats playing behind Jeffrey Hammonds, the 1990 NCAA Freshman of the Year. Hammonds would go on to be the fourth overall pick in the 1992 major league draft. He currently plays for the Baltimore Orioles. Turner lasted only two years at Stanford, most of which he spent on the bench. Following a freshman season in which he red-shirted, Turner and a group of other Stanford players went to coach Mike Marquess to demand more playing time. But Marquess would not guarantee them increased roles, and Turner began to consider finishing his collegiate career elsewhere. His first thought was to transfer to one of the nationally-ranked programs that had recruited him out of high school. However, the combined lure of Wharton and a chance to start for a solid baseball team convinced him to become a Quaker. "Stanford was the best place for baseball and academics, but I wanted to start, and I thought I should start," Turner said. "It was an athletic decision to transfer away from Stanford. There were academic reasons to choose Penn." Quakers coach Bob Seddon had recruited Turner out of high school, but lost out to the Cardinal. When Turner called to express interest in transferring, Seddon was not about to let him get away again. Seddon was at Philadelphia International Airport to greet Turner when he arrived. "He's a major cog here," Seddon said. "He is very athletic and durable. He has a lot to do with our success." Turner plays with the self-confidence of someone used to being a star. He finished second on the team in batting average, behind co-captain Mike Shannon. He also ended the season among the Ivy League leaders in hits and doubles. After beginning the season in the No. 5 slot in the batting order, Turner moved to the cleanup spot. According to Seddon, the Quakers' offense has benefitted greatly from the move. And Turner's his irrepressible faith has proved infectious. "He's always got confidence in everyone," Penn sophomore catcher Dave Corleto said. "He's the first to point it out when you do something good. That confidence is spreading through the whole team because we're winning." While the co-Gehrig Divsion champion Quakers cannot compare with the 1992 Stanford squad that had no less than 14 players drafted, Turner has no regrets about his decision to transfer. After two years of nearly daily practices and studying in hotel rooms on weekend trips, Turner is happy to spread a little of his hard-won self-reliance skills to his Penn teammates. "The players [at Stanford] were really confident," Turner said. "They knew they were the best. I don't think the players here enjoy the game as much as they should. They don't realize how good they are and just go out to play and have as much fun as they can." Turner has tried to enjoy himself as much as he can on the baseball field, while also influencing younger players, like Hammonds did for him at Stanford. From helping sophomore second baseman Joe Carlon adjust to hitting in the leadoff spot to picking up sophomore pitcher Todd Mahoney's spirits, Turner has been a role model for the up-and-coming Quakers. "He is a very good motivator for younger kids," said Scott Turner, Sean's younger brother, who currently plays first base at Crete-Monee. "He brings a lot of excitement to the game. If he wants something, he'll go out and do what it takes to get it." While Turner admits getting noticed by major league scouts will be more difficult coming from the Ivy League than it would have been coming out of Stanford, his goal remains the same. His schedule has just changed a little bit. "Things didn't work out the way I wanted them," Turner said. "Coming out of high school I imagined I would have been at Stanford for three or four years. Then I would have been drafted. I would be playing with some of my friends in the minor leagues right now. I still have a chance to do that." After a year on the Stanford bench, an injury-plagued sophomore season at Penn and trips through two college programs, Turner still has confidence. Some things will never change.

COLUMN: Not at Penn for the Parties

(06/27/96 9:00am)

as parties provide limited opportunity for meaningful social interaction. Penn's party scene sucks. If you're a pre-frosh, read that first line again, and let it sink into your head. If you're an undergrad or alumnus, well, I hope I can get you to reconsider whatever your views are regarding this subject. Just keep an open mind, please, and read on. Once again, Penn's party scene sucks. No, it doesn't suck because the LCE (under orders from the administration) massively cracked down on Spring Fling this year. It doesn't suck because Locust Walk isn't the party epicenter it supposedly once was. And it certainly doesn't suck because of a hokey "Bring Your Own Beer" policy. Penn's party scene simply sucks for what it is -- or at least what my impression of it has been: Paying five bucks to drink alcohol and dance to loud (usually techno) music. Now for most Penn students, it seems, this is perfectly fine. In fact, I'm sure many folks would vehemently disagree with me and say that since I don't drink, there's no way I can enjoy Penn's party scene. You know what? They're absolutely right. Since my mind wasn't clouded by alcohol at the various parties I went to during my freshman year, I feel reasonably qualified to make a sober assessment of the "party" scene. And boy, does it suck. For one, parties afford little opportunity for social interaction. I don't mean throwing up on others or hooking up with members of the opposite sex you normally wouldn't touch with a stick. I'm talking about having meaningful conversation and making lasting friendships -- these things simply don't happen at parties, at which the music is often deafening and the alcohol buzzing. Even though I don't drink, I do not feel socially deprived. I have become very good friends with several people from my Quad hall, and I have met many interesting individuals through the various activities in which I participate and in my classes. I am not friends with anyone I met at a party. Second, parties offer precious little besides kegs. Sheesh, it's practically impossible to find food (and I don't mean Jell-O shots). And forget about soda -- unless you're going to Pi Lam, you'd better stop at Wawa or Uni-Mart. If I'm paying five bucks not to drink, can't I at least get a Coke? Yeah, in my dreams. That's about it. I'm just a regular (albeit non-drinking) student making observations on and generally venting my frustrations with Penn's party scene. I don't care if the administration calls in five or 500 LCE agents for Fling. I don't care if Locust Walk isn't what it used to be. But if one person chooses to hang out (even drink) with friends on a Saturday night instead of going to an idiotic party, then this column will have been a success. And if someone decides that he/she has a better chance of making friends in a club or activity than at a party, then I'll be perfectly satisfied. However, if this essay's readers merely scoff at the notion of criticizing Penn's party scene for reasons other than the usual, then I will sigh and shake my head. I enjoy being at Penn, both for the academics and the friends I have made. But after I affirmed a few months ago to all but avoid parties, I am more comfortable with myself. That includes the extra five-dollar bills in my pocket.

FOCUS: A Minor Opportunity

(04/15/96 9:00am)

Students now have a number of ways toStudents now have a number of ways totake courses and obtain minors in programsStudents now have a number of ways totake courses and obtain minors in programsbased outside of their home school. Sophomore Cindy Young takes five classes a semester in order to graduate with an English minor and a double concentration in the Wharton School of Business. "I've always liked English and if I wasn't in Wharton, I would probably be an English major," Young said. Young is one of many undergraduates seeking minors outside of their home schools. To encourage this, administrators have developed a program called University Minors. The Student Committee on Undergraduate Education's 1994 White Paper first proposed the University Minors program -- which involves joint minors between departments in two different schools. But some College students are not aware they can minor in subjects involving courses in more than one school. College freshman Miranda Knowles said she has never heard of University Minors. "It may not be something I'd go into, but I'd certainly like to know my options," said Knowles, who has yet to declare her major. College freshman Kaywin Boonyapredee also said he did not know there were opportunities to minor in University Minors. "Now that I know about this, I'd like to get more information on it," Boonyapredee said. Last week, the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Committee approved an Actuarial Mathematics minor -- a joint endeavor between the College's Mathematics Department and Wharton's Insurance and Risk Management Department. For the first time, College students will have the opportunity to obtain a minor from a Wharton department, pending the program's approval by the Wharton Faculty Committee. The Actuarial Mathematics minor includes courses from the College and Wharton in its requirements. It therefore complies with the College's policy restricting its students from taking more than four classes in another undergraduate school. College junior Mark Gegenbach, a Mathematics major, has already taken enough insurance courses to graduate with an actuarial science minor. "With the minor it gives me a little more flexibility in taking Wharton classes," Gegenbach said. Minors in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Nursing School have always been available to students outside of those schools. But because of the College's restrictive policy, College students could not complete the six courses necessary for most minors. But SCUE and University administrators may reexamine the College policy next year. Until 1995, Wharton students also could not receive credit for a minor in another school, although they could take unlimited courses for elective credit. But since that policy was changed, several Wharton undergraduates have received College minors with their Wharton degrees. Young said she is receiving a better liberal arts education by obtaining an English minor. "It complements my studies," she said. Foreign language minors are the most popular among Wharton students, Young added. It is difficult for Wharton to create University Minors with other schools because Wharton does not have specific majors like the College does, Wharton Undergraduate Dean Richard Herring said. "We'll continue to see how we can make an alliance that has intellectual merit and are feasible," he added. The Engineering School and the College are currently developing a University minor in computer information science and technology. The idea had been proposed two years ago but did not come to fruition until this year, according to Engineering Undergraduate Dean David Pope. The seven-course minor includes four Engineering courses and three related College courses, Pope said. "I see this as a standard model where a student will have a major in one school and a minor in another," he added. "I think that's ideal." A Cognitive Science minor in the Engineering School is already offered to College students. It combines courses in computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. "It's good for students to be able to concentrate in some adjunct area to their major," College Dean Robert Rescorla said. This is the first year that students can graduate with a Nutrition minor that combines courses in the Nursing School and the College. According to Nursing Professor Zoriana Malseed, seven students are registered for the minor and several more expressed interest at an information session the Nursing School held last month. "We hope to continually add courses to the minor and possibly formulate a capstone course which would be individualized to the students," Malseed said. Although Nursing freshman Karen Baldomero said she would not pursue a University Minor because of the extra work it requires, she said that having the opportunity to take advantage of such programs is important. "I know a lot of the people in Nursing that are thinking of doing the Nutrition minor or entering a dual degree program," Baldomero said. "You have more of a chance to explore different things." Courses in health care management also provide Nursing students with more opportunities to enter the profession as administrators, she added. Aside from University Minors, there are other programs that allow students to receive two degrees from different schools -- the Management and Technology program and the International Studies and Business program. Unlike University Minors, students must apply directly to these programs before they are even accepted to the University. "Both of these programs have succeeded spectacularly in attracting the best students from around the country," Herring said. Wharton and Engineering freshman Aaron Yap said he chose Penn over other schools because of the Management and Technology program. "I liked the fact that the program was set up here," Yap said. "At the other schools you could do something like this program but you'd have to make your own major." The IS&B; program has run into a few problems since its formation two years ago. As a result, the course's requirements have been reworked. According to College and Wharton sophomore Gloria Suen, an IS&B; major has to be careful when selecting which courses to take. "I took some classes that I didn't need and because you have forty credits you need to fulfill, if you make one mistake you have to take summer school," said Suen, a Daily Pennsylvanian Finance department staff member. Also, with the current political situation in China, there have been difficulties in developing the study-aboard semester that is required in the IS&B; program, Suen added. A third dual degree program is being designed in which a student could graduate with a Wharton degree and a Nursing degree, Herring said. The program will focus on health care management, he added. An internationally-oriented 46 credit dual degree program that involves the Nursing school is in the early planning stage, Nelson said. Nursing students interested in working professionally in another part of the world would complete a comprehensive language and area study for this program, Pope said. Rescorla said he is eager to see more dual degree programs develop. "Whenever you create a new program you get a new kind of intellectual energy," he said. "Most these programs expand the thinking about materials in a different way which engages the students in their courses." Not only are the four undergraduate schools creating interdisciplinary programs, but the University's professional schools are also entering joint ventures with the schools. Currently, the Graduate School of Fine Arts administers the Design of the Environment major and the Graduate School of Education sponsors an Early Education major -- both undergraduate programs in the College. Although the University is proposing and offering new University minors, most juniors will have a difficult time fulfilling requirements for them unless they have already taken most of the necessary courses. College junior Mary Dobwitz said in her case, she will not be able to obtain an Actuarial Mathematics minor since it would be impossible to fit all of the required courses into her senior year schedule. "It's great thing for the sophomores and freshmen coming in to mathematics, but for most of the juniors it looks very iffy," Dobwitz said. Rescorla said he prefers students to minor in another area of study as opposed to double-majoring. "The minor is a nice compromise and it still leaves you free to sample other classes," he said. Yap said if he wasn't in the Management and Technology program, he would double-major instead. "My interests are very diverse and if I weren't in M&T;, I would definitely be doing something in the College in addition to my Engineering degree," he added. Although Suen said the restrictiveness of her program prohibits her from pursuing all of her interests, she thinks interdisciplinary minors and programs are beneficial. "I think it's good because nothing in the real world is just one thing," Suen said. "These programs give you a different perspective."

GUEST COLUMN: "A communal clean-up"

(04/04/96 10:00am)

David Slarskey will be mending fences with the community this weekend during Spring Cleaning - and theyu want your help. It's finally springtime, although the weather might not be admitting that yet. With the increasing temperatures and melting snow, our streets dissolve from pure white serenity into treacherous paths marred by mud and garbage. Flyers from last September, bags from Billybob, your English thesis (so that's where it was!) and various other indistinguishable "old friends" rise up from their wintry graves and declare their freedom. We say: "Shackle this trash! Send it back to prison! Do not allow the control of our streets to be wrested from you!" Spring Cleaning is, however, much more than just a day of picking up trash and getting to know the neighborhood better. It is an activity designed and planned by students, to stress our personal responsibility to the community in which we live. Although most of us only spend a short time in West Philadelphia, many years of students' loud parties and poor property upkeep have taken their toll on the community. Many students do not know that the neighborhood just west of campus is filled with decent professionals and families. It is not an urban jungle, as many of us believe. The Spruce Hill community extends from 40th to 46th streets and from Baltimore Avenue to Walnut Street. Historically, this area was one of Philadelphia's first suburbs -- a wealthy neighborhood when it grew up on the outskirts of Center City. Take a walk down the streets of Spruce Hill, and it is impossible not to notice how beautiful many of the houses are. More adventurous students will also attest to the unique shops and personalities that are located just blocks from campus. This is not the dangerous, crime-ridden war zone whose vision is inculcated into our heads from the very second we arrive at the University. Instead, this is a community with a rich, diverse past and future, thriving to this very day. Spruce Hill, like its not-always-friendly neighbor Penn, is dealing with the problems that are affecting all modern urban areas in the 1990s. Crime is as much of a concern to permanent West Philadelphian residents as it is to us. Unfortunately, in our cries to the University for better safety, more police and more guns, we often ignore how our very transient presence is a major contributor to the West Philadelphia's decay. By patronizing slum tenants, allowing the properties to fall into disrepair, and discarding trash mindlessly in the streets, we students advertise to criminals that we do not care about our community. If we truly intend to improve the safety of our campus and surroundings, we must join forces with the broader community. In other words, we must tackle the challenge of simply being good neighbors. This Saturday, permanent community members from Spruce Hill -- families with children, young adults, professors -- will undertake their annual Spring Cleaning event. And for the first time, students will participate, too. Together, we and other community members will engage in neighborhood beautification, including flower planting, tree care, trash pick-up and graffiti removal. This is an opportunity for us to begin to create a neighborhood in which we feel comfortable living. In the process, students and other community members will have a chance to recognize and learn about each other. We will also discuss issues of common concern, such as crime, landlord monopolization and relations between the University and the community. Most importantly, Saturday's event should serve as a springboard for further partnerships and programming between students and the surrounding community. By coming out to clean up on Saturday, students will be making a tangible investment in our community's future. Instead of complaining about our campus being located in the middle of a crime-ridden abyss, we will join with our neighbors to keep our neighborhood clean and less of an attraction for crime. We'll be looking for interested volunteers at 4052 Spruce, near the corner of 41st and Spruce streets. Hope to see you there!

FOCUS: Separation Anxiety

(04/01/96 10:00am)

Graduate and professional students say their needs and desires play second fiddle to those of undergraduates Although the University boasts 12 highly ranked graduate and professional schools, it often focuses its attention on undergraduate education. At least that's what many graduate and professional school students charge, explaining that they feel like a secondary priority at the University. But Larry Moneta, associate vice provost for University Life, warned against grouping all graduate and professional students into a single category. The 10,000 graduate and professional students at the University comprise more than half of its total student population. But students say several factors validate the assertion that the administration is neglecting their needs. The most visible reason is the 21st Century Project, drafted by University trustees, University President Judith Rodin and Provost Stanley Chodorow, which makes undergraduate education a primary concern. "There's such a heavy focus on undergraduates because of the 21st Century plan," said Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Chairperson Victor Prince, a second-year Wharton graduate student. "The University needs to address more graduate student issues." Graduate students also face problems regarding the lack of space devoted to their needs on campus. Over the years, graduate and professional students have repeatedly urged the administration to allot a central place for them to congregate. The University has recognized this need, but has yet to act. "When it comes to giving us space, that's where we are second priority,"GAPSA Social Events Chairperson and second-year Social Work student Koli Banik said. Currently the fight centers around the Perelman Quadrangle, which has been labeled as an undergraduate student center. "We're trying with Perelman Quad to get space that's really dedicated to graduate students," said Engineering graduate student Edward Mazuchowski, who serves as Graduate Students Engineering Group president. Some graduate students also said that the majority of University services revolve around undergraduate students' schedules, thereby not accommodating graduate and professional students. "The hardest problem for Vet students is getting to Student Health and Student Financial Services," third-year Veterinary graduate student Meredith Weltner said. "We have classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m." Fourth-year Medical student Jim Kallman shared similar sentiments, specifically focusing on Gimbel and Hutchinson gymnasiums. "The facilities are abysmal and the hours are ridiculous," he said. "And they're closed when undergraduates go on spring break." According to some, graduate students are particularly disregarded by the campus media. "Who controls visibility?" Moneta asked. "The University media system doesn't cover much of the graduate and professional student issues." The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly formerly published the Graduate Perspective, a graduate student newspaper, which discussed graduate and professional issues. The paper was discontinued three years ago. Despite these concerns, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Janice Madden disagreed with the claim. "They are training to be college professors, so they get a lot of attention from the faculty," she said. "They are second to no other group of students." Deans of the individual graduate schools also disagreed, saying they do not ignore the needs of their graduate or professional students. "I don't get a sense that our graduate students are second priority," Law School Dean Colin Diver said. "We make them our first priority." Since graduate students perform a large amount of research, School of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Dean Dwight Jaggard said he found it hard to imagine that graduate students would be placed as a second priority. "Research is important here," he said. "And research funds the University. "Engineering doctoral students receive their degrees by creating knowledge, that is, doing research," Jaggard added. Some graduate and professional students said they viewed the undergraduates as secondary to them. "They're thrown into a large university with large classes where they can't find their professors during office hours," said Kallman, a Hill College House graduate fellow. "They're just left to fend for themselves." "Self-contained Entity" The feeling among graduate and professional students of neglect by administrators may also be attributed to the lack of interaction between the 12 schools. Although the opportunities to take classes, participate in collaborative efforts and socialize between the schools exist, many graduate and professional students do not utilize them. Besides health, financial and recreational services, the individual graduate schools are responsible for most of the graduate and professional students' needs and amenities. Wharton graduate students, for instance, can grab a drink after classes on Thursdays at the Wharton Pub while Veterinary students can exercise in their school's gym between classes. Both the Annenberg School for Communication and the Law School have their own libraries. "The Law School is a self-contained universe," Diver said. "When law students have problems, they don't look to the University at large, but to the Law School." Similar trends apply to other graduate and professional schools and departments as well. "We're sort of a self-contained entity," Wharton Vice Dean Bruce Allen said. "With a student body of 1,500, we have a critical mass to organize just about anything the students need." Most of the graduate and professional students have everything they need conveniently located within the one or two buildings their school occupies. But some schools are better furnished than others. "There is clearly a closer linkage to the home school," Moneta said. "Graduate and professional students expect much more from their schools." Graduate and professional students concentrating in entirely different academic curriculums also tend to isolate themselves from each other. In the School of Social Work, for example, students are on campus a mere two days of the week when classes are in session. They spend the remaining three days in field placements working in their specific areas of interest, leaving relatively little time for them to get involved in other activities. "Because of the rigid requirements of the School of Social Work, our students don't have much opportunities to take classes outside of the school," Social Work Dean Ira Schwartz said. Intensive academic programs are pervasive across the graduate and professional schools. "We keep them very busy with six courses per semester," Allen said. Wharton graduate students work in "learning teams" which require meeting outside of class to complete assignments, Allen added. In addition to diverse intellectual studies, some of the graduate and professional schools are physically separated. The Engineering and Veterinary Schools, for example, are situated at extreme ends of the campus. The physical distance between schools further increases the lack of interaction between graduate students. However, Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum said she found the schools to be relatively close together. Taking Different Roads Probably the most significant reason for the limited interaction between graduate and professional students lies in the different directions their individual lives follow. Some have worked professionally for several years. Some are married. Others are still making the transition from undergraduate education. And some are even older than their professors. Graduate and professional students know what they want from their higher education and therefore do not have to explore the multitude of opportunities that the University has to offer. "Part of the idea is that they have been there and done that during their undergraduate years," Allen said. Second-year Graduate School of Education student Karlene Borrell said graduate students are "getting to another stage in our lives." "We have had the experience of being an undergrad," Borrell said. Resources for Improvement GAPSA is responsible for attempting to alleviate many of the problems that cause limited academic and social interaction within the graduate and professional community. "Graduate and professional education is more research- and work-oriented," Prince said. "You miss out on the social aspect which is more geared towards the undergraduates." From a new logo to improved social events and increased publicity, GAPSA has played an integral part in raising awareness and social involvement among the graduate and professional schools, according to Prince. GAPSA also represents graduate and professional students in bringing their concerns to the administration on such issues as safety for students residing off campus, financial aid, and minority affairs. Faculty and student leaders also provide some advice on how to maximize one's graduate and professional educational experience at the University. Jaggard tells his doctoral students to think broadly in terms of course work -- a move that might make them more attractive to future employers. "They need to consider the ever-changing needs of the government and private firms," he explained. Allen encourages graduate and professional students to take advantage of "our wonderfully rich research institution." Prince advises fellow graduate students to step outside of their own schools and meet new friends. "The future leading doctors or lawyers could be at here at Penn," he said. "Wouldn't it be great if you met them now?"

Turning Two

(03/21/96 10:00am)

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Although the season-opening trip to Florida started poorly, with five losses in six games, the Quakers have rebounded, winning three of their last four. "I feel very good," Seddon said. "We've won the last two, and everybody's picked us to win it again. We're trying to instill that feeling, that we're the guys to beat." When talking to Seddon, it is clear that the aspect of this team that excites him the most is the infield. More specifically, the infield defense. "That infield is strong, defensively," said Seddon, emphasizing the word 'strong'. "As long as that stays strong, we'll be O.K." Said assistant coach Bill Wagner: "We think it's probably one of the strongest teams defensively we've had in the infield that we've been involved with in my 25 years." The heart of the infield will be patrolled by Mark DeRosa and Joe Carlon. DeRosa, a junior who is also the starting quarterback for the Penn football team, will be back at shortstop this season, where he earned second-team Ivy honors last year. But Derosa -- who also bats cleanup for Penn -- has struggled statistically so far, hitting just .244 and committing four errors through nine games. Seddon is not worried. "He's a very fine athlete," Seddon said. "He's being swamped by scouts, and he's got a gun for an arm." Carlon (.212) will be the other half of the keystone combination, starting at second base after spending his freshman year as a role player. "He's playing very well," Seddon said. "He's worked on his pivots, and he and Mark work well together." Senior Derek Nemeth (.324) will man third base, while sophomore Dan Goldberg will also see some action at the hot corner. First base will be played by Shannon (.425, team-high 17 hits), except when he is pitching. In that case, sophomore Armen Simonian, another pitcher, will take first. Seddon added that the Quakers outfield is solid as well, especially with senior Sean Turner patrolling centerfield. "[Turner] is strong in the middle," Seddon said. "He's got a good arm, and he's off to a good start with the bat. It looks like a good year for him." Turner is one of the fastest players on the team, and besides using his speed to chase down fly balls, Seddon is hoping Turner can establish himself as the team's leadoff batter. So far he has responded, hitting .353. "We've struggled to find a number one hitter," Seddon said. "We've used four people. I'd like Turner to stay there because of his speed." Junior Jeremy Milken (.250) has the leftfield job again this season. Rightfield is a bit more complicated. When someone other than Shannon or Simonian is pitching, Simonian (.143) will play right. If one of them is pitching, either junior Dan McCarthy (.250), sophomore Drew Corradini (.250) or junior Kevin O'Malley (.333) will take rightfield. Said Seddon simply: "Whoever hits is going to play." When Shannon and Simonian pitch, they will also serve as Penn's designated hitter, at least for the time being. When neither is pitching, the DH against right-handed pitchers will likely be sophomore Mark Nagata (.143). Against southpaws, either sophomore Dave Corleto or O'Malley will DH. "If we have a weakness it's that we don't have enough left-handed hitters in the lineup against right-handed pitchers," Seddon said. "We're not really weak down the lineup," Seddon added. "We have to score runs. We can't expect our pitchers to dominate." Indeed, pitching is the area in which Penn has been hit the hardest. The Quakers lost three of their top four starters from last year to graduation -- Ivy pitcher of the year Ed Haughey, all-Ivy second-teamer Dan Galles, and Lance Berger. "They have some big shoes to fill because we lost Galles, Haughey and Berger, three guys who really did a great job for us last year," Wagner, the Quaker pitching coach for the last 25 seasons, said of this year's staff. "The pitching so far has been very adequate," Seddon said. "We don't have a dominating staff, but we have a lot of guys. I think maybe we have a bit more depth than people give us credit for." Right-handers Shannon (0-1 6.39 earned-run average) and Simonian (1-0, 0.61 ERA) will be the team's top two starters, but the other two spots in Penn's four-man rotation are still up in the air. Southpaw junior Mike Greenwood and righties Alex Hayden, A.B. Fischer and freshman Sean McDonald will all see action over the next couple of weeks -- including the opening of the Ivy season against Columbia next weekend -- before any decisions are made, Wagner said. "I think we would probably use Greenwood if we felt that Columbia had three left-handed hitters who were in the 1-2-3-4-5 part of the lineup," Wagner said. "And if it were righthanders, we'd probably go with Fischer and Alex Hayden, and then maybe a Sean McDonald. But we're going to go another weekend before we make that decision." As far as the bullpen goes, Wagner said he was looking at sophomore righty Travis Arbogast, who finished yesterday's game, and lefty sophomore Todd Mahoney to be the stoppers. "If the freshman, Sean McDonald isn't the fourth starter, he could be a guy I bring in as a closer also," Wagner said. Wagner also praised senior catcher and co-captain Rick Burt -- who bats second and was hitting .444 before yesterday's game -- for his work in bringing along the young staff. "We've got good catching and Burt has been doing a nice job milking our pitchers along," Wagner said. "He deserves a lot of credit, and as the pitching and catching coach I would give him an A-plus on what he's been doing so far. His and Mike Shannon's leadership has been outstanding." That will have to continue if Penn hopes to win the Ivy League title again. Seddon warned that in the Quakers own division, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell will all be formidable. But the team is still confident. "We're favored this year in the Ivy League," Shannon said. "In our minds, we think we can win it hands down."

GUEST COLUMN: "Far from 'Animal House'

(03/21/96 10:00am)

Josh Gottheimer says the University's Greek system has plans for a healthy future presence. As the leaders of the University's fraternity system look toward the 21st century, we have begun taking steps to strengthen our infrastructure and refocus ourselves on our founding principles. As the University looks to implementing its own agenda for excellence, one of increased academics and service, the Greek system has also committed itself to a plan that will guarantee its vibrancy and prominence on campus in the future. We have chosen innovation over stagnation , unification over factionalization. With respect to the rumors about the "extinction" of Greek life here, we fraternity members would argue the opposite. In the face of the move from fall to spring rush, our critics predicted that our numbers would plummet. But as our history has proven, Greeks have the ability to evaluate their circumstances and adapt effectively. In fact, our number of new members went up this year, not down. The twenty-nine IFC chapters extended a total of 518 and over 384 rushees accepted bids, 12 more than the previous year. This increase represents the largest number of acceptances in five years. In addition, there are a number of successful recolonizations progressing on campus, bringing more members into the system, including Psi Upsilon and Pi Kappa Alpha. In the academic realm, the IFC's grade point average for sophomores, juniors and seniors increased from 3.088 in last spring to 3.143 this past fall, while the University's overall male GPA increased from 3.10 to 3.12. Not only did the IFC's GPA surpass the University's overall male average, but it increased at a much faster rate. These statistics are representative of both the fraternity system's continual dedication to academic excellence and its growing commitment to academic life at the University. The leaders of the University's Greek system have already taken definitive steps these last few months on the path toward innovation. All men who received bids in 1996 must abide by a comprehensive 10-point membership education plan implemented by the presidents of the IFC chapters. The plan includes educational workshops, mandatory study hours, required community service hours and measures to improve academic achievement. These steps to ensure well-rounded and responsible members are hardly reflective of an ignorant and dying system. All policy aside, the IFC will never forget its role as a provider of social life and opportunities on campus. We are taking steps to preserve the existing traditions, which have lasted for more than 150 years, as well as to create many others. We also feel that it is necessary to dispel the rumors surrounding the recent increased enforcement of the Bring Your Own Beer policy. In order to exist, all fraternities must purchase liability insurance to protect themselves against unfortunate accidents during parties or other events. The Greek Alumni Council, the organization that represents our system's interests to the University and national organizations, implemented BYOB because it was the only way to ensure the continuation of our vibrant social life while simultaneously keeping all chapters adequately insured. This information directly dispels the rumor that the University is responsible for the current alcohol provisions. It is not. The national insurance companies and the current litigious nature of our society rightly deserve the blame. The University continues to support Greek life and recognizes the importance fraternities play in maintaining the delicate balance between an academic and a social atmosphere. In the coming months, the Greek system will be launching a historic effort that promises to gain acclaim on both the University and national levels. The "Twenty-first Century Plan for an Ivy League Greek System" will be on the forefront of Greek planning. Its cornerstones are rich in the traditions of all of our national organizations -- stressing not only our fundamental mentoring system, but also our commitment to academics, service, sensitivity, security and social endeavors. The community will be impressed not only by the sheer magnitude of the report's futuristic thinking and its pursuit of meticulous detail, but also by the efficient and thorough manner by which its ideas will be implemented. The Greek system on this campus is not on the brink of extinction. On the contrary, we are on the verge of one of the strongest eras in our history -- one of growth, commitment and excellence. As we approach the next century, we will be unrelenting in our desire for the betterment of our members and community. Our success is imminent.

COLUMN: Title IX has cots baseball locker room

(02/29/96 10:00am)

Lurking beneath the excitement in the Quakers camp, though, is a kind of bitter sadness. It's not because a team that reached the NCAA tournament last season lost several key players to graduation. It has to do with a program feeling spurned and unappreciated in the wake of a series of events that are encompassed by as touchy an issue as this university's athletic department has ever had to deal with. Different sources tell the story different ways, but it seems to go something like this. Having been banished from its Franklin Field locker room to the Hollenbach Center when spring football practice was instituted, the baseball team two years ago received an anonymous donation -- in the neighborhood of half-million dollars -- for a locker room facility to be built right next to Bower Field. But the construction costs exceeded expectations, so the plans had to be scrapped. The donor then said the money could go to a new locker room for the team to be built in the caverns of Franklin Field. But those plans were unexpectedly nixed by the athletic department. Such a facility, it seems, would have violated Title IX, which guarantees equality for men's and women's sports at all universities receiving federal funding. Because it would have been impossible to build a comparable facility for softball, the financial see-saw would have been tilted too much toward the men's sports side. It's my guess that, whether the athletic department admits it or not, the proposed locker room was a victim of bad timing. This was right around the time, in the summer of 1994, that a complaint was filed on behalf of 10 Penn coaches and female athletes alleging discrimination in University athletics in violation of Title IX. Among the inequities cited in the complaint were facility disparities. Building an expensive locker area for baseball -- while the softball team languished in its dank Hollenbach Center dressing room -- would not have been the wisest thing to do as the University tried to reach a settlement in the Title IX suit. A compromise was reached, according to which the Hollenbach Center, the baseball team's temporary home since 1994, would become its permanent home after undergoing an overhaul. (Ironically, the cost for the refurbishing was paid -- in part -- by another private donation given to the baseball team, this one for a press box to be built at Bower Field.) The upstairs portion of the center now holds locker rooms for the baseball, men's soccer and lacrosse teams. Downstairs are locker rooms for the softball team as well as a couple of other women's squads. So everything is nice and equal and the University of Pennsylvania is in total compliance with Title IX on this particular issue. In truth, though, everything is not equal. See, while the softball team can step out the back door of its locker room and walk across a couple of soccer fields and be on its playing field, the baseball team has to trek each day from Hollenbach across the Schuylkill Expressway overpass, around Franklin Field, behind the Palestra and down to Bower Field and back, a not insignificant walk given the equipment that often has to be lugged to and fro. When the Title IX controversy first came to life at Penn two years ago, Senior Associate Athletic Director Carolyn Schlie-Femovich put the whole issue of gender equity in perspective: "You achieve gender equity when the coach or athlete in one program would gladly trade places with a coach or athlete in a comparable other-sex program." Penn coach Bob Seddon has to drive a van back and forth every time heavy equipment needs to be transported from Hollenbach to Bower Field. Ask softball coach Linda Carothers whether she would like to trade the location of her team's locker room vis-a-vis its playing field for Seddon's, and the answer would be a predictable one. This inequity does not matter, though, because the principles of Title IX apply only to the under-represented sex at a particular university, which almost always means women. If the softball team had to make the longer trek back and forth, that would be a cause for complaint. Title IX was designed to keep athletic departments from spending undue time, energy and money on high-profile men's sports. But things may have gone too far. The threat of lawsuits has made universities -- by no means just Penn -- hesitant to take any action that could conceivably be construed as being the least bit gender-biased. So now we've reached the point at which a team can't accept a private donation from a parent or "friend of the program" in order to construct a much-needed locker room. If the baseball team already had a plush locker room within shouting distance of Bower Field and someone wanted to donate $500,000 to build a private jacuzzi and sauna for each player, that might be a different story. But in this case, the proposed facility was definitely needed. And had the baseball team gotten its Franklin Field locker room in the first place, maybe less University money would be required to renovate Hollenbach. Most of us would agree that Title IX is a good and just program. Sometimes, though, a good thing can be taken too far.

COLUMN: No need for postseason tournament

(02/14/96 10:00am)

A great many people have expounded on the purity of Ivy League basketball throughout the years. The Ivies, they say, are the last bastion of the true student-athlete. Only in the Ancient Eight can you find players who genuinely want an education, who are playing simply for the love of the game and not just to try to springboard themselves to the NBA. After the game, Krug sat at the press conference and said yes, he was sorry The Streak was history. But the worst part about the defeat was the potentially serious crimp it put in Penn's chances for an Ivy League title. The Quakers finished the weekend tied for first place with Princeton, with the Big Green a half-game behind. It appears that unlike the last three seasons, when they cruised to a title, the Quakers will have to scrap and scrape for a fourth-consecutive championship in a stretch run that should be an example of why the Ivy League's regular season is the most compelling of the 34 conferences in Division I college basketball. More than half the conferences in Division I, including the Ivies, can expect to send only one representative to the NCAA Tournament. The Ancient Eight is the only one of these conferences without a season-ending tournament that decides the official champion and NCAA representative. The end result for all the more obscure conferences that do have tournaments is often a moot regular season. This has been a problem ever since 1970, when the Atlantic Coast Conference -- which then was allowed to send only one team to the NCAAs -- saw South Carolina rip through the entire conference on its way to a 14-0 regular-season record. But the No. 3 Gamecocks had one bad day and were upended by N.C. State in the ACC tournament, killing their dreams of a national championship before the NCAAs had even begun. Imagine the last three years if the Ivy League had a tournament. Penn fans would have watched their team go 14-0 each season knowing that wondrous achievement did not mean one iota in the grand scheme of things. One bad outing in a stretch of three conference tournament games could have ended the Quakers' season on the spot, despite all the hard work and sacrifice they had given in the regular season. Scenarios like that one occur every single year in the low-profile conferences. It is guaranteed each season that a team will go 14-0 or 15-1 or 16-2 in the North Atlantic Conference, Patriot League or Northeast Conference and still not be rewarded for its efforts with an NCAA bid because of one bad game in the conference tournament. The Big 10 and Pac-10, like the Ivies, have refrained from having a tournament. But those conferences can not match the Ancient Eight for sheer regular-season drama. Indiana versus Michigan is a great rivalry with a tremendous amount of emotion involved, but nine years out of 10 both of those teams know, given their reputation, that they have spots locked up in the 64-team NCAA field even before the season starts. Like the ACC, Big East and all the major conferences that do have championship-deciding tournaments but can also expect to get a number of at-large NCAA bids, the games involving the top teams in these leagues are for pride and a higher seed in the Big Dance. The Ivy League is the only conference in all of Division I basketball with the aura of an old-fashioned major league pennant race surrounding every game. Eight teams vying for one postseason berth over the course of an entire regular season. This year's race looks like it will go down to the wire, with Penn, Princeton and Dartmouth all having legitimate shots at the crown. That is the main reason one measly loss to Dartmouth hurt like it did. The Quakers have home games coming up against the Big Green and the Tigers that should have the Palestra bursting with emotion and energy. Princeton will be in town March 5 for the last game of the season. It is entirely conceivable that game will feature two 12-1 arch-rivals on national television. The winner will have a championship banner and an NCAA invitation all for itself. The loser will have nothing but an excellent season that came up one win short. That game could be one of the more remarkable athletic events in the lives of all those lucky enough to be in attendance at the Palestra. But if the Ivy League had a tournament, what would be at stake? A great deal of pride, certainly, but the only tangible reward would be the top seed in the tournament and a first-round game against Columbia instead of Cornell or Yale. The sports fan in all of us naturally feels a measure of disdain for policies -- such as the lack of scholarships or not being eligible for the national playoffs in football -- designed by the Ivy League's ruling junta to de-emphasize athletics in relation to the rest of the college sports world. In the case of the absence of a conference basketball tournament, however, the sports fan in all of us should be thankful.

WRESTLING: A Family Matter

(02/08/96 10:00am)

Brothers Clinton and Brett Matter have taken whatBrothers Clinton and Brett Matter have taken whatthey learned from their father and applied it at Penn For Clinton and Brett Matter, wrestling has always been a family affair. And who was their first coach at that young age? None other than their father, Andrew, a two-time national champion (167 pounds) at Penn State in 1971 and 1972. "I've always had an affinity for wrestling," Andrew Matter said. "It kind of gets into your blood. It was special for me, and when I introduced my two sons to it, they kind of caught on to it as well and have taken off from there." Clinton, who wrestles at 177 pounds, has a 10-2 record so far this season. Last year, Clinton went 26-9. But a season-ending knee injury ended his quest to qualify for the NCAA championship meet. This year, Clinton hopes to overcome his nagging injuries and win an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship. His ultimate goal is to gain All-America honors, which would place him among the top eight wrestlers in his weight class nationally. "Wrestling has taught me self-discipline and dedication to a team and to my own individual goals," Clinton said. "It's given me the opportunity to develop a tremendous work ethic, and it's taught me the importance of self-confidence. "Basically, it's helped to make me the person that I am today, for better or for worse." Brett, who wrestles at 142 pounds, is the leading candidate to win Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. His record currently stands at a team-best 23-2. "The difference between high school wrestling and college wrestling -- it's two different worlds," Brett said. "It's almost like every match I walk out there is a state final. It feels really good to have achieved what I have. But there's still a lot more to learn and a lot more to achieve." Both Matters have a long history of high achievement. During their days at Delran High School in New Jersey, Clinton compiled a 96-19 career record, while Brett amassed a phenomenal 125-9 record. Brett attributes his decision to come to Penn to his big brother. "I pretty much always knew that I would end up here," he said. "Clinton's one of the closest persons in my life, and I always knew that because of the influence he's had on me, I'd end up at Penn." But Brett has never been one to walk in anyone else's shadow. "Brett has gone straight past me," Clinton said. "He's a two-time state champion in high school and a high school national runner-up, and he's done lots of things that I haven't. If there was ever any pressure on Brett to live up to what I've done, he's dealt with it very well and just gone by me." "I have goals to be an All-American and eventually a national champion," Brett said. "I guess [my early collegiate success] does add a little bit of pressure, but that's what the sport is about. You have to set goals, and you have to work towards them. And if you don't have goals, there's nothing to work towards." In addition to being among Penn's top wrestlers, Clinton and Brett are also recognized by their teammates and coaches as being two of the team's most enthusiastic workers. "Clinton and Brett are both very self-motivated," Quakers coach Roger Reina said. "I think that in a situation like theirs, you sometimes wonder, 'Are they doing it for themselves, or are they doing it for Dad?' But that's been one of the great things about both of them. They're very driven and they're very self-motivated." Being sidelined at the end of last season was nothing new for Clinton. The elder Matter has had four knee surgeries -- two on each knee -- and sat out his entire freshman year wrestling with knee problems. As a result, the Ivy League has granted Clinton a fifth year of eligibility. Unfortunately for Penn opponents, this means one more year of competing against both Matter brothers. "What can I tell you, they love the sport, and they want to do very well," Andrew Matter said. "And I think they will."