Yesterday, the University announced that a Center for the Study of Contemporary China will officially be up and running in fall 2012.
The center will not be offering any majors or minors. Rather, it aims to serve as some kind of portal from Fisher-Bennett into modern China. The center will offer research opportunities, panels, and the vague wording of the official announcement leaves us unsure of what else, but it seems mostly research.
College junior and spoken-word-ist Miles Hodges just dropped the video for his poem “Harlem,” a tribute to the New York City neighborhood and the black community that calls it home.
For more videos and poetry, check out The Striver’s Row, an agency named for the famous block of Harlem houses, currently representing Hodges as well as Alysia Harris C’10 and fan favorite Josh Bennett C’10.
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Double Take: Series, Multiples, and Prints Who: Arthur Ross Gallery When and where: Now-January 15, check above link for times; Arthur Ross Gallery (inside Fisher Fine Arts) Why: Take some time after your second accidental nap in Fisher Fine Arts to check out Double Take at the Arthur Ross Gallery. This exhibition, which opened just a short time ago, focuses on serialism in art production. If you like Art (with a capital A), then you’ll drool over this eclectic collection, including works by Dürer, Dali, Rosenquist and Rauschenberg (to name a few). If you don’t like Art, go because– Wow, you seem so cultured! Can we talk? Can we date? Can you show us your tip?
If you were hanging around Fisher Bennett yesterday and felt like you encountered more hipster-clad individuals than the usual English majors that make their home there, you were right.
A group of animal rights advocates were out and about protesting Penn’s unethical treatment of animals in research. According to several localnews sources, our university received a USDA warning last month following the deaths of several animals, all of which were attributed to the poor conditions at Penn research facilities.
Check out the DP‘s article about previous animal rights violations that Penn and other Ivies have faced.
A few questions. One: why is Rugby Ralph Lauren having a poetry contest? Two: does Ralph Lauren, Rugby, or the combination thereof have ANYTHING to do with poetry? Three: how does 2010 alum Josh Bennett look so fly in his glam shot as a Rugby Ralph Lauren featured poet? Wait, we know the answer to that one. It’s because he is so fly.
Check out his poem “Chariot” after the jump, and continue to ponder what on earth is going on here.
Get a free copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being – The English Undergraduate Advisory Board is giving away these books today until 1 p.m. Go get yours now in the Faculty Lounge of Fisher-Bennett Hall (room 135, to the right of the main staircase)! Update: Oops, we heard they ran out. Try back tomorrow?
Congratulations to John Legend for carrying us to number 17 on a ranking of colleges based on musical alumni! Since the others credited with helping us achieve this feat don’t ring too many bells (with the exception of Tammi Terrell – but what’s a Hooter?), the former music wunderkind did a pretty great job securing this coveted spot for us. Thank god we’ve got up and coming talents like Hoodie Allen and Josh Bennett waiting on the sidelines to really blow up. Letting Mr. Legend carry this weight all on his own has got to be tiresome.
In case you were getting sick of him spitting fire spoken-word style (jk, that’s not possible), the Excelano alum/Superman has released the rap single “Don’t Let Me Go.” Produced by fellow Quaker RJ Ferguson (who also does stuff with Hoodie Allen), it just showed up on Hype Machine. So “heart” it, then download for free right here!
Whew! We still haven’t recovered from the debutante ball that was Penn senior societies last year, but, by golly, tapping time has come and gone again!
You may have heard from Toast & Roasts that we have tons of new hoity-toities running around campus, or you may have just seen them stumbling around at night. Special shoutout to the girl in the boa on Locust shouting into her cell phone, “I’m a FRIAR, bitch!”
In less-dramatic grad speaker news, SAS has announced that this George Smith dude will speak at the College graduation this year. Apparently his time in DRL (yep, he’s an alum) paid off because he invented the “charge-coupled device.” This somehow turned into a digital camera or something. The point is, without him you couldn’t be tagged in pictures on Facebook. Also, he has a Nobel Prize. Badass.
Contrasting the totally left-brain Smith, the student speaker will be Penn celeb Josh Bennett, known most for his slammin’ poetry and for being a Penn celeb. Will his graduation speech be a limerick? A Shakespearean sonnett? We dunno, but we imagine it will flow better than a certain Ambassador to China.