Regulars of Smoke’s will notice that, lately, the crowd has started to skew a little…young. Seniors everywhere have noticed (and complained about!) this affront to their very seniority. Some particularly cranky 2011′ers are trying to reclaim their right to sentimentality the old fashioned way: with a petition! The manifesto/reasoning is below:
“SENIORS — let us reclaim what is rightfully ours.
In these last precious days of our undergraduate life, let us join together to protect our bar, Smokey Joe’s, from the distraction of underclassmen.
For decades, Smoke’s has been a gathering place for the senior class. Its photograph-covered walls, wood panels, stained glass and red leather booths are the backdrop of many of our most cherished memories. But gone are the fall nights when the Smoke’s scene looked like the member pages of our 2011 “just admitted, now let’s stalk each other” Facebook group; for whatever reason, there’s been an unmistakable and undesirable influx of juniors, sophomores and freshman to our beloved watering hole. Read the rest of this entry »
Looks like a good study break to us! This is part of PIFA‘s today-only street fair, so make the most of the waning daylight and try to make it down there before everything closes up shop at 8:30 tonight.
Reading days have just kicked off, and whether you’re pulling an all nighter or engaging in some post-formal boozing, it is altogether possible that you will be awake at 6 am on Friday. If you are, tune into CBS 3′s local coverage of the event – Annenberg visiting professor Rosalind Coward will be offering her scholarly insights, and certainly seems qualified to do so. She’s published an authoritative biography of Princess Diana, and has plenty of speculation to offer about any potential royal brouhaha. Even though she says it’s a good thing that both Prince William and Kate Middleton have had a chance to develop separately and work on their own careers (“That augurs well”), she makes sure to point out that the necessity of bodyguards, all the time, everywhere, could become problematic. Buckle up everyone, this is going to be wild!
FALSE ALARM: Childers Is Just Taking A Semester Off - To those of you bemoaning the fact that you'd never get to take a class with beloved History department powerhouse Thomas Childers: weep no more! Rumors that he was to retire at the end of this semester have been declared false by the man himself. He debunked these claims while talking with a few students after his final lecture, and plans to just take next semester off. Worry not: he'll be back in action at Penn for the Spring 2012 semester.
Hey Day is almost upon us, and with it comes the Final Toast. Instead of triumphantly parading down Locust, seniors will have the advantage of looking on from the Green while luxuriating in a bunch of free swag. After you sign this pledge to not engage in hazing and other bad behaviors (seriously, do it), you’ll have access to a smorgasbord of food and drink. Food trucks are going to be posted up all over the place, so save room for free food from Magic Carpet, Guapos Tacos, and Sugar Philly – also, there will be free beer.
The Final Toast will be held on College Green on Wednesday, April 27th, rain or shine.
If you originally envisioned Spring Fling as being the collegiate version of Burning Man, you may be in for a disappointment this weekend. Worry not, though! If petting zoos and carnivals and concerts aren’t your thing, you’ll still be able to make this year’s Fling an experience to remember. Fox Leadership describes Alternate Spring Fling as “the fling for dreamers, unconventional thinkers, and philosophers. Aiming to bring more meaningful and conscious interactions into Fling, ASF hopes to allow us to connect at deeper levels with our fellow students.” So if that sounds more your speed than jello shots and moonbounces (bad combo), take a peek at the schedule below and plan accordingly:
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
12:00PM – Drums, Voice, Guitar Outdoor Music Jam | College Green
02:00PM – Mandala Painting | College Green
03:30PM – Mindfulness@Penn Sitting/Guided Meditation | Women’s Center
05:00PM – Herbal Tea Existentialism: Screening/Discussion of Waking Life
07:00PM – Interfaith Gathering + Potluck Dinner | Christian Association
09:30PM – Hookah Circle: Political Debate
From Beyond The Grave... -
It would appear that the long-dormant @frogro
twitter has been resurrected.
Salad and frozen yogurt spot Sweetgreen has officially opened for business. After a week of soft-open salad giveaways, the Radian-located, plywood encased space offers a lighter alternative to the other spots on that stretch of Walnut – when a burrito or burger feels like too much, it’ll be nice to have another option within spitting distance (that isn’t Philly Diner). If you didn’t make it over for the soft-open giveaway, swing by any time – their regular hours (not listed on their website yet) are now in effect.
Aaaand Fling Concert Tickets Are Sold Out - You read it here first!
If you have strong opinions about things like graduation speaker selection, university budgets, or academic policy, the most effective way of getting your voice heard would probably be joining up with the University-Wide Committees. Perks of serving on these committees include interacting with trustees and a relative degree of power. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, April 11th (tomorrow!), so scurry on over to the application here and voice some opinions already.