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Social media: Daily Pennsylvanian

December 21st, 2009 – 9:50pm

During my term as The Daily Pennsylvanian’s online editor, I managed our social media accounts on on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the course of the year, traffic to the DP’s web site from Facebook increased by nearly 200 percent. Twitter was rarely used before 2009, and became one of the top referring sites to during my tenure as editor.

I used Twitter extensively to report on breaking news events, such as a shooting on campus and a fire in a dorm, while also writing articles for the web site.

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Penn Connects projects

November 16th, 2009 – 9:46am

I selected photos, wrote captions and produced this slideshow of some of Penn’s main campus expansion projects, collectively called Penn Connects.

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University endowments

November 16th, 2009 – 12:36am

I researched the data for and created this interactive graphic. Various versions of this graphic have appeared with multiple Daily Pennsylvanian articles on the endowment over the past year.

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Week in photos

November 12th, 2009 – 9:56am

I started this weekly feature for For this slideshow, I selected the photos, edited the captions that had appeared when the photos were first published and produced the slideshow.

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Penn’s land acquisitions in West Philadelphia

November 11th, 2009 – 12:58am

I used Flash to outline, highlight and describe the key areas of expansion for Penn in West Philadelphia. In addition to the Flash production, I also wrote the text for the graphic, using information from reporter Elizabeth Gormisky. Associate design editor Vivian Zhang created the base map with the shaded acquisitions by decade. See the map on

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College student Neil Gajare charged with arson

April 23rd, 2009 – 10:06pm

The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Emily Babay and Rebecca Kaplan

College student Neil Gajare has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire in Rodin College House early yesterday morning.

Police were still processing Gajare’s case last night, and it was unclear whether he would be released on bail, according to the Philadelphia Police.

Police allege that Gajare, 22 and a Rodin resident, started the fire at about 2 a.m. yesterday by spraying a can of butane – the chemical found in butane lighters – and lighting it on fire with a cigarette lighter.
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Police still investigating Engineering sophomore’s fall from the Quad

December 9th, 2008 – 10:19pm

The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Emily Babay

As police continue their investigation of Engineering sophomore Ryan Smith’s fall from the Quadrangle this weekend, Smith’s family and friends say they do not believe the incident was a suicide attempt.

University spokeswoman Lori Doyle confirmed yesterday that the student is Ryan Smith, an Engineering sophomore from Rose Valley, Pa.

Smith, a Digital Media Design major, fell from the fifth floor of the south side of Fisher Hassenfeld College House about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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Robb pleads guilty to killing wife

November 27th, 2007 – 11:17pm

The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Emily Babay

Last December, Economics professor Rafael Robb “lost it” during a fight with his wife, Ellen, about whether their daughter would return from an upcoming vacation in time to attend school.

That day, Dec. 22, 2006, Ellen Robb was found bludgeoned to death in the couple’s Upper Merion home – a crime for which Rafael Robb admitted guilt yesterday.

Robb, 57, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, saying he used a chin-up bar to beat to death his wife of 16 years. Robb’s trial on first- and third-degree murder charges was scheduled to begin yesterday.

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Jury gives note, but still no verdict

November 8th, 2007 – 11:20pm

The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Emily Babay

WILMINGTON, Del. – Jurors debating the fate of accused murderer and Wharton undergraduate Irina Malinovskaya communicated for the first time in 10 days yesterday, when they released a note seeking clarification on case evidence.

The note stated that the jury spent the first seven days of deliberations reviewing the evidence and has spent the bulk of this week discussing the case, which Delaware attorneys have called one of the longest jury deliberations for a murder case in state history.

The jury also asked for clarification on differences between direct and circumstantial evidence. Judge James Vaughn will address these questions this morning.

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Trustees not told reasons for exit

October 18th, 2007 – 11:24pm

The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Emily Babay

The Board of Trustees is the University’s highest governing body, but some trustees are still in the dark about the reasons behind the departure of former Dean of Admissions Lee Stetson.

About half of the trustees who spoke to The Daily Pennsylvanian said they had not been told why Stetson abruptly resigned in late August. Other trustees declined to comment and would not reveal if they knew why Stetson left.

University officials have refused to reveal the circumstances behind Stetson’s resignation, and Penn President Amy Gutmann has only said that his departure was in the “best interests” of Stetson and the University.

Gutmann may be pressed to elaborate on that statement when the Board of Trustees meets for its annual fall meeting at the Inn at Penn today.

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