Penn's 2017 SUMR Scholars Take a Beach Break

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Penn's 2017 SUMR Scholars Take a Beach Break

Photos From Their Trip to Margate on The Jersey Shore
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Photos: Hoag Levins
In a break from their on-campus studies, the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a gorgeously sunny day together in Margate on the Atlantic Ocean. Margate is one of New Jersey's most popular shore towns and has a unique 136-year-old, six-story high elephant standing sentry at its beach entrance.
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Continuing an annual traditional, the day's host was Penn Wharton School Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management, Arnold (Skip) Rosoff. (Above, left) His summer home on Margate's back bay has its own patio wharf and two boat docks. It looks west across the Intercoastal Waterway toward the Pork Island Wildlife Area, a protected salt marsh teeming with birds. (Above, right) SUMR scholars settle into an early lunch on a dock offering a panoramic view of pleasure boats moving up and down the main channel.
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(Above, left) Rosoff's house offer visitors bicycles, kayaks, sailfish sail boats and the other gear for on-the-water activities. Here, he assists Wharton Health Care Management students Allison Delaney Briggs and Sarah Dykstra as they ready kayaks for launch. (Above, right) In the water, the two students head out for an around-the-bay paddle.
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(Above, left) Taking a more leisurely dockside approach were (l to r) Niara Jackson, a new Howard University grad who heads to graduate school at the University of Missouri in the fall; Joanne Levy, Director of LDI's SUMR Program; Safa Browne, SUMR Program Coordinator; and LDI Special Events Manager Kim Hall-Jackson.
(Above, right) Inside and chatting across the buffet table are SUMR scholars Monica Delgado, a Political Science major from the University of Minnesota; and Mariah Ramirez, a Medicine, Health and Society major from Vanderbilt University.
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(Above, left) Constructed of tin-sheathed wood and originally built as part of a real estate speculator's effort to sell barren sand dune plots to Victorian-era vacationers, Lucy the Elephant failed at that task but went on to become one of the east coast's most beloved seaside landmarks. Gathered in front of her before they tour her interior are (top row): SUMR scholars William Okrafo-Smart, Arrix Ryce, Evanie Anglade, and Eashan Kumar; SUMR Program Director Joanne Levy; SUMR scholars Cindy Le, Robin Wang and Andrew Ng; Wharton Health Care Management student Allison Delaney Briggs; and SUMR scholars Monica Delgado and Helen Fetaw. Bottom row: Wharton School SPUR scholar Kevin Wang; SUMR Scholars Tamunobelebra Igoni and Ogochukwu (Lucy) Ufio; Wharton School Health Care Management student Sarah Dykstra; SUMR scholars Liqhwa Ncube and Mariah Ramirez; Mitchelle Matesva, Research Assistant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab; Farirai Baya, Student Research Assistant at Penn Engineering School's GRASP Lab; SUMR scholar Karolina Niedzwiadek; and Minah Kwon of Mount Holyoke College and Peter Xenopoulos of Pomona College.
(Above, right) the SUMR group joins other tourists to climb into the interior spaces of Lucy who, during various eras, served as a business office, a bar, a miniature hotel, and a private beach cottage. The crowd watches a video program that explains the building's colorful history.
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(Above, left) Lining up inside Lucy's head, SUMR scholars William Okrafo-Smart, Arrix Ryce and Liqhwa Ncube wait their turn to peer out the window glass of one of Lucy's eyes.
(Above, right) Next stop on the tour is the elephant's howdah or traditional Victorian era Indian elephant carriage. Standing six stories above the ground, the surprisingly large structure provides a spectacular view of the beach and ocean beyond.
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(Above, left) In the howdah with the Atlantic Ocean behind them are (l to r) Helen Fetaw, Kevin Wang, Mitchelle Matesva, Liqhwa Ncube, Farirai Baya, William Okrafo-Smart, Tamunobelebra Igoni. Bottom row: Evanie Anglade, Monica Delgado, Eashan Kumar, Arrix Ryce, and Mariah Ramirez.
(Above, right) Andrew Ng, Cindy Le, Robin Wang, Allison Delaney Briggs, and Sarah Dykstra. Bottom row: Minah Kwon, Peter Xenopoulos, Karolina Niedzwiadek, and Ogochukwu (Lucy) Ufio.
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(Above, left) Knee deep in ocean waves but cellphone in hand, Eashan Kumar snaps a SUMR beach selfie. Included (l to r) are Cindy Le, Robin Wang, Andrew Ng, and Evanie Anglade.
(Above, right) Back on the Rosoff dock, the SUMR crew prepares for a boat ride. Rosoff, an experienced captain who has sailed extensively around the east coast, ended the day by taking the scholars on a ride out to where the bay meets the ocean.
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(Above, left) Enjoying the brisk wind as they lounge on the bow seats are (l to r) SUMR scholars Mariah Ramirez of Vanderbilt University, Eashan Kumar of Indiana University, and Monica Delgado of the University of Minnesota.
(Above, right) Enjoying the view from the vessel's bridge are Penn's Mitchelle Matesva, Farirai Baya and Liqhwa Ncube.