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For the last several years, attendance at The Line has declined precipitously. The scene Friday night at the Palestra was aptly described as an awkward birthday party for children -- people standing around with not much to do in a venue far too large for the actual attendance. But how did it get like this? [...]
It’s time to end The Line.
Athletic Director Steve Bilsky won’t. He’s too concerned with preserving the tradition -- and there’s something admirable in that. But it’s time to stop kidding ourselves and cut our losses. Organizers have tried tinkering with the event for several years with no success.
At one especially low point in the action Friday night, a Penn Athletics marketing director sat down on the Palestra bleachers and said, to no one in particular, “Three weeks of work and only 50 students,” his face the epitome of disappointment.