Articles by Heather Schwedel

11/08/07 5:00am

Looking Ahead - A Series (Part 4 of 4) | Officials hope to avoid other Ivies' expansion woes

Three schools in the Ivy League have set their sights on bold campus-expansion plans. But while Penn is sitting pretty with a blueprint to expand into the Postal Lands directly east of campus, plans at Columbia and Harvard Universities to extend into non-adjacent neighborhoods have created a host of issues.
09/25/07 5:00am
They drove you to soccer practice; they guided you through the college application process. When it came time for dorm shopping, they made checklists. And now that classes are in full swing, they expect daily e-mails. Some people call them "helicopter parents," and, somewhat improbably, they might just be the next big thing in college fundraising.
09/13/07 5:00am

Quantifying Quality: Dozens of spots from the top, universities stay nonchalant

Part four in a four-part series Quantifying QualityThis week, the 'DP' looks at the history and impact of the 'U.S. News' rankingsMonday: Penn's rise through the rankingsTuesday: An analysis of ranking criteriaYesterday: The history of the rankingsToday: 'U.
08/30/07 5:00am

Wharton welcomes new head of school

Following a large-scale, six-month search that ended in late June, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ron Daniels announced that Thomas Robertson will become the dean of the Wharton School.
06/28/07 5:00am

Robertson named Wharton Dean

Thomas Robertson will lead the Wharton School as its new dean, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ron Daniels announced last week. As Wharton's 13th dean, Robertson will be responsible for increasing the school's global presence, diversity and interdisciplinary efforts.
06/21/07 5:00am

Robertson named new Wharton dean

President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ron Daniels announced today that Thomas Robertson, currently affiliated with Emory University, will become the next Dean of Wharton, effective Aug. 1.
05/24/07 5:00am

Penn students may have been drafted by Knox

As the dust from last week's decisive mayoral primary settles, some are questioning the scruples surrounding the use of community service workers to man a pre-election event supporting second-place candidate Tom Knox. Several Penn students among those completing court- or school-ordered community service hours at the time, said they were surprised when supervisors instructed them to set up food and amusements at a West Philadelphia park where Knox later gave a speech.
05/11/07 5:00am

Wharton vice dean to leave in July

Wharton Vice Dean and Undergraduate Division Director Barbara Kahn will be the third dean to leave Wharton for another position this year.
05/11/07 5:00am
On Spruce Street, behold a clash of the salad titans. Located just a few steps away from each other, Saladworks and Gia Pronto may feature similar menus, but their cultures are vastly different. Saladworks is simple and efficient, one of dozens of franchises in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.
04/25/07 5:00am

Ditching textbooks for partying

During reading days, typical Penn attire can range from shabby pajamas and sweats to swanky suits and evening gowns. Although the University bills reading period as a time for studying, it is also during these three days that many Penn student groups, especially fraternities and sororities, schedule year-end formal events.
04/20/07 5:00am

Seniors pay final dues via gowns

These days, a Penn diploma will set you back a cool $180,000. Wait - make that $180,044.95. Plus tax. If members of Penn's graduating Class of 2007 want to flip their tassels at Commencement next month, they will have to wear required regalia purchased at the Penn Bookstore.
04/17/07 5:00am

Temple prof to head Office of Student Conduct

Former assistant district attorney Susan Herron will become the next director of Penn's Office of Student Conduct, Provost Ronald Daniels announced last week. She will assume the post on July 1. The OSC is in charge of confidentially investigating and resolving student violations of Penn's conduct code, including issues of academic integrity and substance abuse.
04/16/07 5:00am

SAS recruiting budget scaled back

The School of Arts and Sciences has scaled back this year's faculty recruiting efforts due to unprecedented success last year, and some officials say smaller academic programs are feeling the squeeze the worst. According to Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dennis DeTurck, Penn's recruitment and retention efforts last year were more successful than administrators had anticipated.
04/16/07 5:00am

Meet the men behind the money

NEW YORK, N.Y. - He may not look it, but Penn Trustee George Weiss is akin to a fairy godmother - well, almost. Weiss wears a suit and tie instead of a wand and wings, but he and other supporters of undergraduate financial aid at the University make wishes come true by providing scholarships for hundreds of Penn students each year.
04/10/07 5:00am
Drew Gilpin Faust is set to take the reigns as Harvard University's 28th president this summer, but whether she will also become the institution's first female president is now less certain. In confidential documents obtained by The Daily Pennsylvanian, several members of Harvard's Board of Overseers called Faust's gender into question.
04/09/07 5:00am

On-campus recruiting, for faculty

They say "those who can't do, teach," but at Wharton, "those who can't do" may be few and far between. Over this past year alone, two prominent Wharton faculty members, including the current dean, Patrick Harker, have announced plans to leave the business school for outside post.
04/06/07 5:00am

Robb's lawyer moves to overturn case

The lawyer of accused murderer and Penn Economics professor Rafael Robb is hoping to keep the three-month-old case out of court. Earlier this week, Robb's defense lawyer Frank DeSimone filed two motions in the Montgomery County Court challenging the ruling that the case had sufficient evidence to go to trial.
03/29/07 5:00am

U. Council holds monthly meeting

Some students are calling on the University to investigate whether its policy on blood donations is discriminatory. This issue and others were on the agenda at last night's University Council meeting. The UC, composed of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and University administrators, convenes each month to discuss University-wide issues.
03/28/07 5:00am

Penn hired for more than just acting skills

Most Penn professors have Ph.D.'s; Kal Penn has a Teen Choice Award nomination. Officials announced over the weekend that Penn, an actor best-known for his role in the 2004 comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, will teach two courses at the University next spring.
03/27/07 5:00am

Financial Aid: Revamped packages reach out to middle-income families

In the University's quest to increase access to a Penn education, middle-income students are the next frontier.
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Blog Posts by Heather Schwedel

01/21/11 6:00pm

Men's swimming coming up big in the New Year

Let's face it, most of us have already given up on New Year resolutions.  For some, that could have come as early as 12:01 when you swore you'd give up drinking, or maybe a few weeks later when hitting the gym every day just got too hard.
01/16/11 5:08pm

Meet the Press

While Mr. Silcox certainly provides the majority of the content here on The Buzz, the rest of the staff has big plans for a coup d'etat. Well, sort of.
01/05/11 3:20pm


When my colleague Ari Seifter celebrated what was quantifiably one of the best fall sports seasons for Penn on record, he mentioned that the success was in part due to several freshman stepping up into big roles just days or weeks into their college careers. As we approach the mid-point in the basketball season, both the men's and women's teams have their own freshman standouts in Miles Cartwright and Alyssa Baron. With the announcement this week that Baron earned Ivy Rookie of the Week yet again, she is now even with Cartwright — they both have three of the awards on the season (his last came after the victory at Delaware). In the women's victory over St.
12/09/10 12:12pm

M. Hoops Villanova notes

I covered last year's game at Villanova and was in attendance last night. This was certainly not the same Villanova offense.
11/29/10 12:45pm

Robots write on Penn Basketball

You may have seen an article on this in the New York Times this weekend, but a company called StatSheet has been writing software programs that aim to make sportswriters obsolete (uh oh). They've created over 300 sites that track different college teams, including Penn's very own Quakers basketball team (and the rest of the Ancient Eight). I normally wouldn't point out my competition, but this is actually pretty cool (and I don't feel threatened at all). The writing on the site is still somewhat buggy with nouns and verbs often out of whack, but if you love stats and cool charts, you should check out to see what the robots are up to.
11/19/10 2:30pm

10 things you need to know about Miles Cartwright (part 2)

Without further ado, part 2 of our special expose series on freshman guard Miles Cartwright, thanks to a top-secret source close to the situation: 5: He has an insatiable sneaker habit and a totally out-of-control shoe collection back home in Van Nuys, Calif. 4: His younger brother is a highly recruited, standout point guard who recently tried out for Team USA.
10/25/10 11:54am

Weekend roundup

It was an extremely busy and mostly fruitful weekend for the Quakers, so here's a roundup of what's in this muggy Monday's DP: Penn football tops Yale to remain atop Ivy League. The Quakers' defense came up big in the win. Fans, and for the first time players, camped out at the Palestra in the annual Line event, despite what some called a 'disappointing' turnout. Volleyball won both Ivy matches for a third straight weekend, remaining tied with Princeton in first place. Men's soccer recorded another shutout (surprise!), taking down Yale. Women's soccer also shut out the Bulldogs in a 1-0 win. Field Hockey took a 10-0 loss to Yale, snapping a modest two-game winning streak. If the week is any more action packed than this weekend, we're going to need a bigger server.
10/20/10 9:22pm

There's hope for head injuries

In addition to the changes that the NFL is making to reduce head trauma, there is currently a lot of research going on to help solve the issues of concussions in sports.
10/16/10 5:45pm

VIDEO: Penn vs. Columbia post-game press conferences

Here's the videos of the post-game press conferences after Penn's victory over Columbia today. On an unrelated note, you may notice that various links on The Buzz are broken right now.
10/11/10 2:00am

Bagnoli unhappy in record-breaking win

This season for Penn football has already been record-breaking. The program surpassed its 800th win, and Saturday’s 31-10 win over Bucknell made coach Al Bagnoli the winningest coach in Penn football history. But when I asked him how he felt on his 125th win, he couldn’t even enjoy the victory.
09/08/10 11:15pm

DP Digest: Sept 9

On the docket for tomorrow's DP: Football kicker Andrew Samson begins the season with a few records on his plate Soccer's Zach Barnett anchors the defense and has a specialty of his own — throw ins Season Preview: Field Hockey Season Preview: Volleyball Q&A With running backs coach Steven Downs How many records will Andrew Samson set this year?
09/04/10 12:13am

Updated: Malcolm Washington Leaves M Hoops Team

Sophomore point guard Malcolm Washington, son of Denzel, chose to leave the Penn men's basketball team, according to a Penn basketball source. As of the beginning of September he was no longer listed on the Quakers' roster. Washington struggled in the few minutes he accrued during his freshman year, seeing little playing time behind unanimous all-Ivy point guard Zack Rosen.
07/16/10 1:00pm

Jeremy Lin meets John Wall

It's been a slow week, and Danny Monckton is yet to respond to my dunk contest challenge, so here's a tidbit from one of my favorite sports blogs, the DC Sports Bog. Apparently Harvard grad Jeremy Lin met John Wall in an NBA summer league game, and despite Wall's celebrity, Lin got the audience behind him with some excellent play.
06/23/10 9:44pm

Sources: Glen Miller returns to UConn

In a move that had been speculated in the rumor mill over the past few weeks, the Journal Inquirer is reporting that ex-Penn basketball head coach Glen Miller will be hired as the director of basketball administration at the University of Connecticut.
02/22/10 7:22am

Toni Kukoc's son commits to Penn

It's been a rumor for some time now, but now it's official. Toni Kukoc's son Marin Kukoc has committed to Penn. Dick Jerardi writes in today's Daily News: "Penn got a commitment from Marin Kukoc, Toni's son from Chicago.
01/30/10 6:54pm

M. Hoops at Brown live blog

Hey all, I'm here at the Pizzitola center for Penn's matchup with Brown in their second game of the young Ivy season.
01/29/10 6:51pm

Penn @ Yale Live Blog

Hey everyone, it's Lauren Plotnick and you will be following along live with me as I cover the Penn's Ivy Opener at Yale. Click Here
01/28/10 7:02pm

Ivy hoops by the book

Nobody ever accused us at The Buzz of being avid book readers, so I apologize that we're a little late with this. But Washington Post reporter Kathy Orton has written what she calls "the first book inside Ivy League basketball." To get material for Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League -- which was released on Sept.
01/13/10 3:22am

More from Allen, Dunphy and recruits

In an exciting event for me as an aspiring journalist, the New York Times used some quotes from my preview of tonight's Penn-Temple matchup in a post about the game on their college sports blog.
11/27/09 1:27am

Another volleyball record

The volleyball team's dominance has been well-documented here on The Buzz, but here's one more interesting tidbit on just how historic this season was. The All-Ivy awards were announced this week, and Penn set yet another record with FOUR first team selections, becoming the first team ever to accomplish that feat. Ivy League Player of the Year Elizabeth Semmens was a unanimous selection, as was setter and Ivy assists leader Megan Tryon.
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