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Jean Ward: July 9, 1920 – June 10, 2017


Jean Ward: July 9, 1920 – June 10, 2017



Eulogy by Gina Cimino


JEAN WARD: JULY 9, 1920 – JUNE 10, 2017


Just yesterday morning, June 10th, 2017, at 6:00 AM, My Family lost a Mother, a Grandmother, a Sister, a Sister-in law, an Aunt, a Godmother, and a Friend. I am honored to represent My Family, The Wards, and Trasatti’s, in paying tribute to my Aunt and Godmother, Jenny Ward.

For so many reasons, and in so many ways, Aunt Jenny left a permanent mark upon my life. I’m convinced that whatever I am, whatever I am to become, I owe it to all those who have left an imprint on my life: my parents, yes, who gave me life; my Aunt Rita, too, who enriched my life, and Aunt Jenny who refined, and one might even say, defined, my life.

I am not sure if I totally understood this as a child, but as an adult looking back, I realized that many of the values I hold for myself were shaped by watching my Aunt Jenny’s life, and benefitting from that life. She taught me to Love and Accept all people of every age, color, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, status, ability, sexual identity, and/or country, no matter who they are, what they do, or who they Love! 

She embodied the spirit of parenthood, as she raised and loved her three children, Mark, Dwight, and Tony, unconditionally. Everything she did was for her family. As a woman, she was a pillar of strength, courage, and determination. As a Mother, she dedicated her entire life to her family.  She will always be remembered for her never tiring, and never-ending love, she so effortlessly gave to all of us!

She was a gracious host, she was a phenomenal cook, and she always made you feel welcomed in her beautiful, cozy home. I remember so many weekends, as we would pull up to her driveway, you could hear the sweet sound of the saxophone, as she played her jazz albums on the stereo, mixed with the scent of her delicious food, cooking on the stove. Aunt Jenny always understood what really mattered. It was being with her family that mattered! Now, she was not perfect. Was she stern? Yes! Could she speak her mind? Yes! Could she put you in your place without uttering a word—with just one look? Oh, Yes!

However, she also possessed something that is so unique—and sadly, it is growing increasingly unique: She had a servant’s heart. She spent her life taking care of her family, and therefore, “Her Life”, was a life of, “True Sacrifice”.

Too often, we measure success by how much money one makes, but the truth is we must measure our lives by God’s plan. Therefore, I define success as fulfilling the purpose for which God called us, and I believe with all my heart, that my Aunt Jenny fulfilled that purpose. I believe with all my heart, her life was an “epic success”. When you look at her Sons, you see her success; when you look at her Grand Children, you see her success; when you look at me, you see her success. Therefore, she still lives. She has left a legacy that will not die.

I spent a good bit of time with Aunt Jenny over the last few years, and as difficult as those times were, they were, oddly, some of the most precious times God allowed me to have. It was a time of personal healing, and bonding; it gave me a chance to talk with her, to laugh with her, to enjoy pictures of family with her, and very often, just to sit there quietly. It allowed me an opportunity to remind her of how much I Loved her, and I “Thank God”, for that opportunity. Some people do not get that opportunity. It is something I will always cherish, and I know God had a plan—and He worked it, as only He can. I cannot say I understand it all, because I do not, but I trust Him.

As I end, Aunt Jenny may have departed this life, but her legacy lives on. It lives on in the lives of so many; it lives on in me, and among the most prominent of those lives, is the life of my Aunt Jenny, for she is the one who “Shaped my Values”.



Last Hours With My Mom, Jean Ward: Rest in Peace



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Rebecca Huang: I’m Most Afraid Of…..




Photography and Text by Rebecca Huang, Copyright 2017




When most people get asked what they are most afraid of, they usually relate it to spiders, ghosts, or heights. Most people do not think how it relates to the bigger scale picture with in the world, because it seems to be far above them and they do not have much say in it, so it is something that does not relate to them much. However, I think that everyone definitely has an opinion as to what they know about current politics and do apply to how it affects them. It is just that every day little issues come to overshadow over the bigger scale issues since those are more immediate and we have a say to them.

Therefore, for my assignment, I decided to ask people from a variety of backgrounds what they were most afraid of in terms of current US politics, in specific with Trump as president. Some decided to give a more personal response in how it directly influences them in terms of ethnicity and culture, while others decided to give a broader fear which would affect everyone in the world. Some of the answers they gave could also be foreseen through just knowing what they are involved in at Penn as well, while the others were surprising and it actually in a way helped me get to know my models more as a person. I think through this way of asking people just around not only me, but also other Penn students what in politics scares them, helps make a stronger statement in protesting and raising awareness for some issues. Especially since we all interact in about the same general Penn community so these small collection of issues may apply to a greater collection of us as well.



About The Author: Rebecca Huang is a freshmen enrolled in the College of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Rebecca Huang, go here


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Jonathan Tang: America Trumped


Photography, Text and Video by Jonathan Tang, Copyright 2017




Donald Trump: one of the most unexpected “surprises” of 2016. Since his 2017 inauguration, almost every one of Trump’s actions have faced public scrutiny, especially as he threatens America’s foreign relations and global competitiveness. Notable views and actions include:

  • Attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides healthcare to the underprivileged and poor.
  • Banning immigrants from numerous Muslim countries including Iran and Iraq, while ignoring Muslim US allies, including Saudi Arabia.
  • Cutting funding for sanctuary cities and organizations, which refuse to detain illegal immigrants.
  • Preparing to build a multi-billion-dollar wall between the US and Mexico.
  • Encouraging charter and private schools over public education.
  • Focusing on the coal industry while ignoring renewable resources.
  • Proposing major cuts to climate change research and action.
  • Enthusiastically undermining the Justice Department’s checks and balances on the Executive branch.
  • Combating free speech by limiting access to information and actively altering the truth.
  • And many more.

While this is not an exhaustive list by any means, Trump’s time in office has been distinctly controversial. His clear contempt for the checks and balances of the American government is worrying. In addition, his aggressive manipulation of the truth threatens free speech, one of the most important tenets of America.

In the interest of studying Donald Trump’s manipulation of information, I sought to approach the actions of the Trump administration by through alterations of my own. I photographed everyday scenes and converted them into propaganda, inspired by book covers, magazine spreads, and other everyday sources of information. While some of the images seek to match those found in these sources (especially photographs from magazines overlaid with text), others are my interpretation of America under Trump.



About The Author: Jonathan Tang is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. Johnathan plans to enroll in medical school once he graduates. To see additional articles by Jonathan Tang, go here


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Janelle Tong: Hate Has No Home Here



Photography, Text and Video by Janelle Tong, Copyright 2017




Black yellow white brown red blue pink purple

Valedictorian, social entrepreneur, feminist rights activist, gender equality advocate

#theyre #not #sending #their #best #people

Open campus open ears open minds open hearts

Creating a safe haven for discourse and community

#a #total #and #complete #shutdown

Every person has a right to higher education

A right to be heard and learn and speak their minds

#blood #coming #out #of #her #eyes

Sharing the knowledge of research and data-backed facts

Questioning the beliefs yet still respecting the believers

#theyre #bringing #crime #theyre #racists

Using words to stand up against oppression

Using pen to sever through the sword

#id #like #to #punch #him #in #the #face

Equality is something not given but earned

Something not assumed but fought for

#coming #out #of #her #whatever

Double check your sources

Triple check your attitude

#im #building #a #wall

Screaming makes people deaf and close their ears

Silence makes people listen more to your words

#but #you #know #with #the #second #amendment

America was founded by immigrants for immigrants

Protecting the liberties and freedoms for anyone and everyone

#shutdown #of #muslims #entering

One nation under god indivisible

With justice and liberty for all

#building #a #wall


You do not speak for Penn.

Love is love is love

You do not speak for Wharton.

Love is love is love

You do not speak for us.

Love is love is love

Hate has no home here.



Quotation sources: Donald Trump’s twitter feed, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award acceptance


About The Author: Janelle Tong is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. To read additional articles by Janelle Tong, go here


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Alexis Masino: Drugs on Campus




Photography, Text and Video by Alexis Masino, Copyright 2017




The amount of drug use on campus is shocking. As someone who had never actually seen a drug stronger than weed in person prior to college, it was a rude awakening to come here and let the idea of drug use become so familiar.

Arguably the most prevalently used drug on campus. Caffeine is so normalized in our

culture that most wouldn’t even consider it a drug. It’s consumed more heavily than was ever intended by students attempting to stay up all night studying. It’s unhealthy, but not the worst abuse I see.



Depression runs rampant here and plagues many. Some face it, others deny it. Drugs like

prozac are used, usually prescribed, to numb the pain. But in overuse or abuse, people can be zombies. Maybe there is something at this school contributing to the widespread mental illness, not to mention suicide rates and drug abuse.



The irony of this one is peculiar. At events like “date nights” and “BYO”s, students

attempt to be fancy and make this night of drinking into something that it’s not. It always ends in binge drinking anyway, it’s just disguised as something classier than a frat party.




This is a more honest form of binge drinking, at least. It seems to help people feel like

they are relaxing or unwinding on the weekend. We are known as the number one “work hard, play hard” school, anyway. This often leads to decisions that are regrettable the next morning, or a trip in a MERT van and a night in a hospital.



There are two common instances of this drug being used. The first is at frat parties,

usually upstairs if you know a brother or in a back alley. The appeal is getting “cross faded” between alcohol and weed, and this pretty much applies to the description of the previous drug. The other use is usually alone or with a small group of people, laying around to bask in the highness. Either way, it’s used as a form of relief or relaxation.



This one is less common, but I’d call it the step up from weed. Cough syrup being abused

in the name of “relaxation”. Either way, it’s troubling to know it’s an existing use on campus.



LSD is usually a 12-hour commitment, so this is planned out in advance. The appeal isn’t

so much for relaxation as it is for a good time, or to experience a “trip” and see things you

wouldn’t usually see. Still, it’s incredibly dangerous and I never would have expected to encounter use of it nearly as much as I have.



Before I came to college, the idea of coke was insane to me. I never expected to know

people who had ever done it, let alone use it on a steady basis. But it’s everywhere and it’s common, even at parties.



About The Author: Alexis Masino is a freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Alexis Masino, go here



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