SUMR Break on The Beach and Water at the Jersey Shore

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SUMR Break on The Beach and Water at the Jersey Shore

Power Boats, Kayaks and a 90-Ton Elephant Named Lucy in Margate
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[Click images for larger] For the 10th year, the University of Pennsylvania's annual cohort of Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a day unwinding in Margate at the New Jersey shore. Located just south of Atlantic City, Margate is famed for its beaches (above, left). The day's host, Wharton Professor Emeritus Arnold Rosoff, has a house there with a dock that pushes out into the bay (above, right).
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Along with a garage full of bicycles for whoever felt like riding them, Rosoff's collection of various water craft -- a cabin cruiser, motor boat, sailfish sail boat and a cluster of Kayaks -- offered scholars a variety of ways to enjoy the bay and its scenic channels. Tammy Jiang of Brown University was one of those who took up the kayak challenge (foreground inset) with fellow kayakers Yasmeen Wermers of Emory and John Han, a Wharton School Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) scholar (background).
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Pursuing a more sedentary mode, SUMR scholars Enrique Torres Hernandez of St. Mary's University and Omar Mansour of Macalester College slabbed out in lounges (above, left) to watch the sailboats go by. Powering up for sightseeing from a motorboat (above, right) were SUMR scholars Brandon McKenzie of Swarthmore College (foreground) and Tobi Akindoju of Yale University (rear, right).
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Leading the excursions through the back bay waters was Rosoff (above, left), who regularly captains his larger boat on voyages up and down the east coast. Cooled by the wake's up-spray (above, right) scholars Tobi Akindoju and Omar Mansour watch miles of waterside mansions go by.
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Later in the day, another excursion set off to tour Margate's Lucy the Elephant. Constructed 134 years ago at a time when there was little else along this stretch of shoreline, the Victorian elephant building is one of New Jersey's most famous landmarks. Lucy stands sentry at entryway to Margate's main beach (above, left). Above, right, the SUMR group gathers in front of the 90-ton pachyderm made of wood covered with tin sheet.
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A better sense of the massive elephant's real size can be seen here (above, left) in comparison to the two-story house that serves as the attraction's office and gift shop. Circular stairs climb Lucy's rear legs, providing access to the building's interior, which houses a mini museum of Lucy memorabilia and a video program that explains the structure's colorful history.
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In Lucy's large howdah offering a panoramic view of the beach below, the SUMR group gathers for a photo op: (l to r, rear row) Brandon McKenzie, Jerome Watts, Tobi Akindoju, Anuvrat Jha, Sharonya Vadakattu, Enrique Torres Hernandez, Omar Mansour, former SUMR scholar Siya Ndwandwe, and Penn PhD student Karen Zhang. (Front row): Adjoa Mante, Francisca Bermudez, Mei-Lynn Hua, and Leah Davidson. Above, right, Lucy's toenails are painted different colors each year.
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Relaxing with refreshments in Rosoff's living room (above, left) are John Han, Elliot Oblander, Leah Davidson, and Tammy Jiang. Above, right, squinting into the setting sun, the SUMR group gathers on the back deck for one final photo.