CampusJuly 31, 2009 at 10:54 am

NYTimes Loves On B-Frank

Maira Kalman’s latest opinion art piece loves on Benjamin Franklin. Hard. While Penn doesn’t get a shoutout by name, Franklinia does. And so do bifocals, the odometer, the American Philosophical Society and much, much more. Even Ben’s success with the ladies is noted. B-Frank RULES!

CampusJuly 31, 2009 at 2:07 am

The Rivers Family Flaunts Its Legacy Status

Via the Inquirer, we hear that Joan Rivers is already lobbying to get her tween grandson into Penn.

“Melissa went to Penn, you know.”

We know, Joan. We know how proud you are. You tell us every time we meet. “Melissa works hard for Penn. She’s a big member of the Penn family, planning meetings, raising money. Make sure you put that in. We’ve got to get Cooper into Penn, and we’ve only got 10 years. . . . If my grandson doesn’t get in, I’m coming after you.”

Not only did Melissa go to Penn, but she famously founded The Tabard Society.  So her son will obviously join the one of the secret society’s manly counterparts, such as Oz, when he (inevitably) gets here.  We sure hope he’s smart!  If not, we’re looking at a serendipitously-timed Rivers family addition to the gym.  If he’s a dunce though, we could use a new yoga studio…

CampusJuly 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Why Is This Sporting Event Different From All Other Sporting Events?

Champion!

Champion!

Penn athletic triumphs are rare (like great commencement speakers) which makes the following news even more exciting: Penn athletes didn’t just compete at the World Maccabiah Games, they totally showed the world who’s Macca-boss. You can read the full DP Report here.

Basketball players Zack Rosen and Julie Becker both won medals (gold and silver, respectively) and demonstrated why they call us “The Social Ivy That Also Smokes Clowns Like You On The B-Ball Court.” Soccer player Sarah Friedman and fencers Zane Grodman and Danielle Kamis also participated, with Kamis and Friedman each bringing home medals. UTB extends our greatest congratulations to these Chosen Champions – you five will dominate all the “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” discussions the first week back at school.

We’re guessing their time at the Games must have been thrilling for a few reasons: Read the rest of this entry »

CampusJuly 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

You Too Can Go To Wharton!

There’s breaking news for all you friends of the liberal arts: you can now apply to Wharton, even if your biggest collegiate foray into mathematics came in the form of MATH170.

Our buddies at the DP reported this morning that the Wharton MBA program will begin accepting the GRE as well as the GMAT. So if you’re still in a pickle over whether to go for that PhD in Medieval Literature or to sell your soul to get an MBA, now you can apply for both.

We just can’t promise you’ll get in.

CampusJuly 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Butterfly In The Sky

Iiii can do anythinggg!!

What time is it? It’s Summer Street-in’ time!

As the young nerds that we were, plenty of us Street folk had a fascination with the incredible PBS show that is Reading Rainbow. As LeVar Burton shepherded us through the great depths of children’s literature, we became instantly hooked on phonics. And what has this obsession morphed into? A penchant for billion-paged books! Check out our summer reading list for 800+ page books that will take you right into NSO.

Don’t forget to check out our film review of In the Loop too, if you’re looking for a break from the books. And nothing says summer like good old fashioned BBQ and playgrounds, mini-golf, and carousels. Pick up your copy of the SP today, or check out the print version online; it’s our second-to-last week to take you fools out.

CityJuly 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

Hoagies All Around

All summer long our favorite 24-hour munchie provider — aka Wawa — has been celebrating Hoagiefest. There is some sort of contest with prizes and stuff involved, but more importantly, every two weeks Wawa chooses a special Shorti to feature for only $2.99. The fun was supposed to end July 26th, but The Wa (as our friends at Princeton call it) has decided to extend the deal through August 9th.

Bonus: not only has Wawa prolonged the sub-fest, but instead of picking just one Shorti to discount, they have decided to discount all of their featured Shortis — including Turkey!

CampusJuly 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

About That Sander…

We meant no harm when we posted about the chit-chatty Hub listserv and their request for an electric sander to refinish a table at the Kelly Writers’ House. KWH staffer Lee Huttner unfortunately found our post to be “deplorable,” a sentiment he shared in the email below, which became a catalyst to a long string of responses.

We were just playing around, being the silly folk that we are (electric sanders are kind of funny, no?), and we’d be sad to make Pennemies with any fellow collegiate writers. Plus, we don’t discriminate against KWH emails in particular - we like to expose any and all bits of Penn listserv ephemera.

In any event, KWH, we think your programming is generally pretty cool, and we’d love to be friends. Tough love? Can we at least call it a truce?

See their email after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

CampusJuly 29, 2009 at 1:41 pm

The Need For Speed

Though the Penn Club in New York City is actually really legit, we’re a little, well, curious about an event they’re hosting tonight: Speed Networking.

We assume this is like speed dating, but for connection-making rather than love-making. All we can say is: someone from Wharton must be responsible.

We’d totally go, but registration closed last week. For now, we’ll have to stick to networking in slow-mo.

CampusJuly 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

Unsubstantiated Commencement Speaker Rumor: Jon Huntsman

Commencement 2010?

This week we heard speculation that Jon Huntsman (ambassador to China and son of Jon Huntsman, the Hall) would be the commencement speaker for the class of 2010. And we were all, “Say whattttt? They already know?!”

So we investigated, and our stud gov source told us that commencement speaker selection began last October. Silliness. Wonder how he’ll compare to Eric Schmidt and James Franco…or if this is just totally bogus hearsay.

Who do you want as your commencement speaker? Tell us in the comments.

CampusJuly 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

The One Time We’re Not Proud That We’re Not Penn State

Princeton Review has released its annual ranking of the country’s top party schools. And this year, our sort-of-rivals from Penn State top the list. Congrats to the Nittany Lions (and to our friends at Onward State) for this enviable honor. Not shockingly, no Ivies made the list.