In case you missed it, the second episode of The Bachelorette aired last night. This week, between clips of overdramatic music and close ups of dewy roses, Penn dental student Ashley Hebert survived three remarkably weird dates.
William (the one who looks like Prince William but with better teeth) earned the first solo date, which was something of a commitment-phobe’s nightmare. After flying to Vegas, he met Ashley in some chapel/mall hybrid where they perused wedding cakes, rings and literally walked down the aisle in some sort of mock-ambush wedding joke that really wasn’t a joke. Um, okay.
This weekend marked a high point in Penn media relevance. As if a replay of Denzel’s speech on CSPAN wasn’t enough, we were mentioned in five (!) different New York Times articles. The rundown:
- A Chinese student got rejected from Columbia ED so her parents paid a “college admissions consulting company” $15,000 to fix her application. Guess where she ended up. How is this legal?
- Being part of the Tennessee Ford family isn’t easy, especially when both your parents go to jail. Luckily, this Penn prefrosh overcame a bad situation and rocked the writing world. Yo, come write for us!
- Hookah is bad for you. Like, really bad. Let’s use a random Penn kid to illustrate its popularity on campuses.
- It was a great weekend for Penn grad students: an aspiring lawyer wed a potential PhD Saturday and Holy Cross alums with Penn master’s degrees got married on Sunday.
And you thought the Yahoo homepage was big. Denzel’s speech has truly reached the pinnacle of media success: a re-broadcast on the one, the only… CSPAN. Our commencement, along with those at Providence College, UMBC, and USC (Cocks, not Trojans), already played once at 3 p.m. but you can catch the repeat of the repeats starting at ten.
We know, you’re probably already glued to CSPAN, but this is a reminder not to get up and make popcorn or something.
Whether you are getting ready to slave away your summer at an internship or grilling poolside, take some time today to remember what Memorial Day is about and commemorate those who lost their lives in military service.
According to the University Archives, Memorial Tower was dedicated in 1901 honor Penn students who served in the Spanish-American War. Plaques on the tower’s arches honor soldiers from Penn who were killed in the First World War. What are your favorite Penn memorials dedicated to soldiers? Share them in the comments.
Despite all their recent robot media hype, Penngineers are getting no love. Luckily, most of them are used to it.
The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 20 most useless degrees, and while English and Art predictably made the cut, Mechanical Engineering Technology actually ranked higher than either of the aforementioned majors, topping the list at number 8. The biggest slap in the face, however, is the accompanying picture, which features one of Penn’s very own GRASP projects, the robot pitcher.
We’ll just see if the folks at The Daily Beast (all of whom, of course, received degrees in linear algebra) are still singing the same tune when their computers mysteriously melt down next week. Nobody messes with the Penngineers. Nobody.
If you want to stay in the loop this summer no matter where you are, Facebook events and other resources are a great way to stay connected. Here’s our list of links to help you avoid missing out in your city.
This is by no means complete— share your own with us in the comments!
Brought to you by Penn libraries and the vast abyss that is Twitter. A quick Google search reveals the book is Negotiating Difference: Race, Gender and the Politics of Personality by former Penn prof Michael Awkward. He probably hates when people make jokes about— GUYS, WHAT IF HE HAD A TURTLE? IT WOULD BE AN AWKWARD TURTLE OMG.