[Disclaimer: Papyrus is such a joke. So is this post.] It’s been awhile, but we’re back with a new edition of Meet The Mayors! This week, we investigate a place no man*, mayor (on Foursquare, for all you rock-dwellers out there) or Penn student** has ever gone before: Chili’s. The mayor in question is Lance B., a 32-year old ex-artist and LPS student from Laurel, MS.
*This is a lie.
**This probably isn’t.
UTB: What’s your favorite part about being mayor of Chili’s?
LB: I’m more than a mayor. I’m the birthday boy. I leave every meal with a joyless serenade (to which I occasionally harmonize) from the waitstaff and a face full of whipped cream. It’s exactly how I envision my wedding, except better–my Quesadilla Explosion Salad doesn’t mind if I’m the little spoon. Read the rest of this entry »
FASHION. FASHION. FASHION.
“Amidst all the banking EISs and PE conferences we know what you’re thinking: I wish Wharton had its own fashion blog! That’s all that is missing.” Exactly. Between OCR interviews, six hour group meetings, and naps in the Forum Charger Orb, you’re probably left with one thought: “But what about the FASHION???” Your calls have finally been answered.
Some Wharton MBAs and the Wharton Graduate Retail Club introduce The Whartorialist, a blog designed “to promote self-expression and creativity through fashion.” Let’s be real: highlighting fashion and style among perhaps the most uniformly dressed group of people at Penn besides sorority sisters during winter doesn’t seem all that interesting, but it’s actually kind of cool. It gives tips and trends and news in addition to pics and bios of the flyest-dressed MBAs. If nothing else, you can gauge which future business leader’s style might complement yours best in a picture for the New York Times wedding announcements.
Now someone just dedicate a fashion blog to the engineers and we’ll really get excited.
At this point, we’re not even surprised that the Ambassador from South Korea, Han Duk-soo, has decided to give a speech in College Hall 200 today at 2 p.m. Update: Oops! Little switch in the program— instead we got the Consulate General for Korea in NY, Young-Mon Kim. He used to be an Ambassador though, so still really cool. The rest of the post still applies.
He’s talking about the changing relations between US and Asia and what he sees as challenges and benefits, but more importantly, he’ll also be discussing what it’s like to be a am-badass-ador (work with us here). Hopefully he’ll touch on the coolest thing he’s done with his diplomatic immunity.
Hey, we just need one more famous speaker for Penn to earn the Celebrity Badge!
If you’ve been in Philadelphia for longer than 20 seconds, there’s a good chance you’ve come in contact with at least one restaurant serving cheesesteaks. As the city’s unofficial mascot, cheesesteaks represent the ultimate unifying experience: entering your chosen place of fine whiz dining as a farewell to your juice cleanse, waiting in a line full of people checking their email for the 30th time this hour and the climactic moment when the cashier, your new best friend, hands over that hot, foil-wrapped ticket to heaven. Think it can’t get any better? Think again.
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The best part of our day is when Penn folks use the power of technology to better humanity. The MyHeartMap Challenge, set to launch in September, hopes to put crowd-sourcing to even better use than telling you about good bars.
PennMed made an app to harness the power of user submission to create an effective location database of AEDs, the boxes with defibrillators that can be essential during a heart attack. Apparently, people have no idea where these are, and there’s currently no way to track them down– until now!
If the idea of helping save lives isn’t enough to get you to join their effort in the fall, there’s a chance to win cash prizes for those who spot the most boxes. You go, Penn Med, with your win-win situations!
Startups are apparently the thing to do this summer! Smartling comes from the mind of a Penngineering alum. This service allows you to pay for a sort of “app” you can build into your webpage to make it available in multiple languages. If you want to see how it works, you can see it in action on Smartling’s site, or on one of their clients, like Foursquare.
Jack Welde, Penn alum and Smartling’s CEO/Founder, is giving the most interesting man in the world a run for his money. According to his bio on the site, “Jack is the pilot of this team’s voyage. Literally. He’s a true renaissance man: a technology early-adopter, serial entrepreneur, software patent-holder, product evangelist and combat-decorated Air Force pilot.” Want to meet the mastermind himself? He “can usually be found writing product specs at midnight, discovering new music or flying light aircraft.” He’s also on twitter.
We were just as shocked as you when we realized we hadn’t posted about a Penn startup since
last week yesterday. Today, we début* Sportaneous (who doesn’t love a good portmanteau*), started by a Penn-Columbia tag team. The new app enables users to organize pick-up sports games with other users in the same city, all thanks to GPS technology. So it’s essentially a mélange* of match.com for the commitment-phobe and foursquare for the socially-functional creep, non*?
Currently, Sportaneous is making its mark in New York City and San Diego, but the owners hope to expand to Philly quite soon. Which means you’re in luck if texting your clique* to shoot some hoops at Pottruck has always felt like a chore!
*Bonjour, it’s Bastille Day
Speaking Of The Museum—
Be one of the first ten people
to foursquare check-in at their PM @ the Penn Museum series
and get a free drink.
Philly Beer Week is back with a vengeance. Last year we provided a roundup of everything happening in our backyard, but this time PBW took the lead and made you a schedule that can be found here.
We still definitely encourage getting into downtown proper (or beyond!) for some of the better events. After all, Sips isn’t for 6 days; there’s a whole lot of brew to consume until then.
After the jump, a sampling of things you simply must do for the week. And by must do, we either mean they genuinely look awesome, or they sound absolutely absurd. You decide which is which.
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