Penn's 2016 Summer Undergrad Scholars Hit The Beach

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Penn's 2016 Summer Undergrad Scholars Hit The Beach

Wharton Professor Arnold Rosoff Orchestrates Day of Seaside R&R
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For the eleventh year, the University of Pennsylvania's annual cohort of LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a day together in Margate at the New Jersey shore. They were also joined by scholars from the Wharton School's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR). Above, in front of Margate's world famous elephant-shaped building are some of the participants (inset, l to r): SPUR scholars Mohammed Malik and Elliot Oblander; SUMR scholar Nada Boualam, SPUR scholar WenTao Zhang; SUMR scholar Carlos Carmona; and SUMR scholar Ian Jeong. All are Penn undergrads.
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MARGATE, NJ: Located a few miles south of Atlantic City, Margate is one of southern New Jersey's most popular shore towns and is renowned for its pristine beach (above, left). The day's host, Wharton School Professor Emeritus Arnold (Skip) Rosoff, has a house (above, right) on Margate's back bay. Directly on the water, it features its own patios and two docks.
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The Rosoff dock fronts on and commands an expansive view of the inter-coastal waterway as well as the sprawling wetlands of the Pork Island Wildlife Management Area on the far shore. Above, left, WenTao Zhang, Mohammed Malik and SUMR scholar John Fitz-Henley of Dartmouth College relax at a table. Above, right, WenTao Zhang and SUMR scholars Dave Lacroix of Dartmouth and Christopher Koilor of Penn State watch the nautical traffic go by.
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On the patio porch swing as they enjoy lunch and watch passing boats (above, left) are SUMR scholars Bushauna Freeman of Lincoln University and Carlos Carmona. Above, right on the patio are (l to r) SUMR scholars Kareha Agesa of Denison University, Ana Bonilla Martinez of Rutgers, Kenya Wright of Vanderbilt University and Dave Lacroix.
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LUCY THE ELEPHANT: Build in 1881 as a real estate marketing gimmick along a then-uninhabited section of shoreline, Lucy the Elephant would go on to become one of the east coast's most famous seashore attractions. The day of the SUMR event was also the annual "birthday" party (above, left) of the 135-year-old structure featuring food tents, kids games and heavy traffic. Above, right, the Penn SUMR and SPUR contingent pose in front of the 90-ton wood-and-tin pachyderm.
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Visiting Penn scholars touring the inside of Lucy were greeted by a docent dressed as James Lafferty (above, left), the real estate mogul who originally built the elephant building in 1881. Above left, inside Lucy. Over the last century, the structure served as a beach cottage, a bar and a miniature hotel. In 1969, it was saved from the wrecking ball and refurbished as a museum of its own history and an gallery of light-hearted elephant art works.
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Just like the Victorian era Indian carriage elephants she was modeled after, Lucy has a howdah (above, left) that provides visitors with a panoramic view of the Margate beach and ocean beyond. And it's surprisingly large. Above right in a photo op along one rail of the howdah are the Penn scholars.
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ON THE BEACH: Famed for its pristine white sand, Margate beach is also known for its often shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. Both were evident at various times of this day. Above, right, SUMR scholar Christopher Koilor (black shirt) surveys the water as others in the group get ready to swim.
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In the water (above, left) are SUMR scholars Ian Jeong, Joseph Pecha of the University of Dallas, and Sarah Rudasill of Wake Forest University. Above, right, SUMR scholar Kenya Wright and her friend Brandon Vernon survey the scene of close-in bathers and white-sailed vessels on the far horizon.
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IN THE KAYAKS: Rosoff's high and low docks (above, left) are home to two motorized boats and a small fleet of kayaks. Above, right, the Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management, helps SUMR scholar Ian Jeong get a kayak in the water.
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SUMR scholar Sarah Rudasill is happy about successfully launching her kayak (above, left). Above, right, SPUR scholar WenTao Zhang paddles his out toward the middle of the main navigation channel.
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ON THE BIG BOAT: Along with sharing his home and waterfront facilities, Skip Rosoff, an experienced captain who has sailed extensively around the east coast, ended the day by taking the scholars on a ride along the inter-coastal waterway. Above, left is the view from the stern of his large boat. Above, right, is Rosoff at the helm. Sitting beside him is SUMR scholar Kehinde Oyekanmi of Temple University and Rosoff family friend, Morgan Whitaker.
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Enjoying the wind and view from the "Hollywood" seats on the bow of the vessel are (l to r) SUMR scholars Bushauna Freeman, Kareha Agesa and Gabriela Esnaola of Yale University. Above, right, along the starboard side of upper deck are SUMR scholars Sarah Rudasill, Kenya Wright and Ana Bonilla Martinez.
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Above, left along the port side of the upper deck are (l to r) SUMR scholar John Fitz-Henley and SPUR scholars WenTao Zhang and Mohammed Malik. Above, right, the view along the southern end of Longport, NJ, known for some of New Jersey's most expensive seashore real estate.