We knew it was coming. Signs warning us of this impending doom began to appear at campus registers a few weeks ago. And today reality hits us: seniors, it is the last day we can use the wondrous privilege that is bursar.
We learned about it as mere freshmen; we were told it was a convenient way to charge iPods to our unsuspecting parents. Having it taken away almost thrusts us more into the ugly reality of the real world than graduation will on May 18. Out with the old, in with the new: it’s no coincidence that today high school seniors will learn of their acceptance into Penn.
But there’s still time! Before midnight strikes on this Cinderella function, bursar one last Penn sweatshirt from the bookstore. Or three. Because if there’s one Penn taught us, it’s that we should make the most of every opportunity.
As has happened during Flings past, frats are pulling out all the stops to throw the best downtown parties and get the best musical guests (Milkman much?). Award one point to Beta; they’ve just announced that their Thursday night party will feature Nappy Roots. The Down-South rappers are best known for their singles “Po’ Folks” and “‘Round the Globe,” but we’re also into their recent remix of “Fast Car.” In addition to helping you get down with Nappy Roots, Beta’s event allows you to do some good, too: all the event’s proceeds go to benefit research of F.O.P. (an extremely rare bone disease) at Penn. Check the Facebook event page for all the Nappy info!
File this one under “Random.” We recently discovered that our beloved university has a YouTube channel. In addition to vids about civic engagement – to be expected with Amy Gutmann in Penn’s Oval Office – we uncovered these two gems. Andrea Mitchell and John Legend, two very accomplished Penn grads, both tout their accomplishments and give props to the university that made it all possible. Check out the videos below.
For those of you who don’t plan your schedules around a permanent date with Stephen Colbert at 11:30 each night, you may not be aware that Colbert fans recently stormed a NASA poll about what to name a new area of the international space station, tilting the results decidedly in favor of naming the room for Colbert. NASA balked, claiming the poll wasn’t binding. And now a U.S. Representative has stepped in to back Colbert. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s the congressman for Penn’s district, Chaka Fattah. He would. Fattah sits on the House subcomittee that oversees NASA’s funding. (Hey, we wonder if he rubbed elbows with Colbert when he was on campus during the primaries.) Your tax dollars at work, people! We’ll post the clip from tonight’s show once it’s available.
Before a few weeks ago, we had never seen so much as a free sample cheese plate in FroGro. Then CocoPop rice cakes arrived, and thus began their gradual takeover of the produce/bakery area. And now? It’s CocoPop swag as far as the eye can see. The CocoPop “machine” is even on display, masquerading as a machine that makes things that are legitimately delicious, like popcorn and cotton candy. To that we say: CocoPop, despite your cute name and enticing calorie count (16 per serving…that’s like 11 tic tacs!), you do not deserve such prime FroGro real estate. Move aside and make way for the novelty Easter cakes.
As the video above tells you, Penn’s own Fashion Week begins today. We’ll forgive the over-the-top looks of unhappiness the models have because they did manage to get both Domenico De Sole AND Penn alum Tory Burch to grace our campus this week. Both are impressive catches by themselves, let alone together. And it doesn’t hurt that a third of the audience at Domenico De Sole’s address will probably be wearing Tory Burch flats. Check out the week’s schedule after the jump.
Locust Walk is full of cheesy posters and you keep ignoring invitations to join “Re-Elect That Guy Who You Met That One Time” groups on Facebook: yes, children, student government election season is once again upon us. This year, our friends at the DP have done us the service of putting together video statements for many of the candidates, and we highly recommend that you check the ridiculousness out. Our favorite so far? That would be Rico Moorer, who begins his address with, “Hello cats and kittens of the School of Arts and Sciences…” And you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org! Rico definitely gets our vote for Vice President of Corporate Smoothness.