Well, it’s the last full week of March, although Weather.com might indicate otherwise. Time is FLYING, Quakerz! So don’t get burnt out, because Penn is a-bustlin’ with events galore. Maybe your midterms are done! Maybe the Fling headliner will be announced! Two-thirds of the student body is likely in tech week for the myriad of performances happening this upcoming weekend. Let’s take a look at what’s going down on campus before the arrival of April and all its alcoholism.
Who? Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP) When and where? Ongoing everywhere, through Greenfest on Friday Why? Environmentalism is sexy and the green lovin’ doesn’t end with St. Paddy’s Day
Who? Hillel (obvi) When and where? Hillel, tonight through the rest of PESACH Why? God parted the red seas to help Moses lead the Jews to Israel (you can read about it in the Bible), so Passover is a BFD – class cancellations are not uncommon. Celebrate with seders tonight and tomorrow and something called Mega Shabbat on Friday, with performances by the Shabbatones and Bloomers
Round 1 voting was dramatic, to say the least. We bid adieu to such fan favorites as Amy G’s black suit and John Legend & A TRAIN. That’s the way the cookie crumbles in Penn MADNESS. Cast your vote in Round 2 NOW to ensure your fave’s path to victory.
It’s that time of year again! While we salute those of you who partake in March Madness in the traditional sense, sometimes bringing the bracket a little closer to home is nice. (The Quakers aren’t in the tourney this year, are they?) Regardless of whether or not you made your predictions in the DP’s Bracket Challenge, UTB has an eclectic assortment of eateries, emails and A-Guts to battle it out to the bitter end. This is strictly biz, we don’t play around – a winner will be crowned within mere days. (Will it beat the Fling announcement?) Click the jump to meet our glamorous contestants and cast your votes for Round 1! Read the rest of this entry »
Oy vey. That’s not how anyone wants to end ~*SPRinG BREAK 2k13*~, is it? The PSYC 162 listserv was treated to quite the email this afternoon, and it’s almost as good as if it said the prof was cancelling the midterm. Prank or not, we hope someone learned her lesson. Don’t be screenshotting your Snapchats!
We know midterms are stressful. You totes have the most hellish week on campus before jetting off in three days – so close and yet SO FAR. When caffeine (and other) highs crash, sometimes ya just gotta nap. This unidentified student, definitely not pledging anything, decided to have a siesta on the cold, hard concrete outside Rodin…dressed as a banana. B-A-N-A-N-A. Ain’t good for your back, girl!
It’s true, three of the cast members of Saturday Night Live will be on campus next month, and it’s going to be March Madness! First, on the 19th at Irvine, SPEC Connaissance is bringing longtime SNL star Jason Sudeikis, because Sudeikis is the natural follow up to Sanjay (we’re not complaining). Buy tickets for $5 here or on Locust for the discussion of Jason’s path to SNL superstardom and becoming Olivia Wilde’s fiancéeand January Jones’ maybebabydaddy.
Then, on the 27th at the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium (tickets here, $5 in advance), his hilarious costars, newcomer Kate McKinnon and Penn alum Vanessa Bayer, will host an evening of standup and improv comedy, along with someone named Nick Vatterott. While we wish Kristen Wiig would join her ex-colleagues, we’re still freakin’ excited. See the pretty cool sketch above, with Vanessa and Jason!
Seriously. The disturbingly viral Harlem Shake videos currently dominating campus and the internet would not exist without Dear Old Penn. The dance has been around for decades, but the song “Harlem Shake” is by Brooklyn-based DJ Baauer, who was born Harry Rodrigues in West Philadelphia. Holla. But wait, there’s more! AND IT’S HUGE NEWS. The dude who actually says “Harlem Shake” in those 30-second clips is artist Jayson Musson, whose 2001 song “Miller Time” is sampled…and JayMuss EARNED HIS M.F.A. FROM PENN, after graduating from UArts.
Check out the latest (read: last we’ll post) “official” Penn shake above. (Fine, and this rowdy one in Fisher Fine Arts. And scene on this fad.) They probably didn’t realize all the double meanings when punnily naming it “Harlem Quake(r).” Con los terroristas!
Swoon. Everyone’s favoriteDean ofAdmissions got up close and personal with the one and only Al Roker this morning on Today, discussing the college search. He positively rocked a RED AND BLUE tie and told Al he loves when prospies are “relaxed.” As if anyone could be relaxed around Eric Furda. He also recommended touring high schoolers find out where students “hang out,” effortlessly identifying Locust Walk as Penn’s social hub. So in tune with student life! Check out the clip above, complete with footage of Houston and College Green. We might have preferred he chat with Kathie Lee & Hoda on Today‘s fourth hour, at least Al said he wants his 10-year-old in the “UPenn” Class of 2025 (!).
If you haven’t heard already, 1979 Penn alum Matthew White was tragically stabbed to death by his wife on Monday. The 6’11” White played on the Quakers’ Final Four men’s basketball team, because that was a thing that occurred.
Our friends at the DP have reported new details on the shocking act of violence, including that White was asleep when he was fatally stabbed in the neck by Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, and that the homicide was not quick and painless. The horrific story has already been picked up by outlets like The Daily Mail and The Huffington Post.
The kicker: his murderous spouse’s explanation is that White was looking at child pornography (unverified) and claimed she “had to do it” because she loves kids. We don’t think that one’s going to hold up in court.
We don’t think we can handle this. MAJOR props to Williams Cafe, which has hopped on the Queen Bey bandwagon and is serving Beyoncé (chocolate-caramel) lattes! Poor Michelle must feel bad that her own namesake coffee shop chose Sasha Fierce for drink of the week, but Penn always puts B’s love on top. Head over to Williams, Single Ladies, because that cafe is full of lattes with they pockets full grown.