FeaturesApril 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

PennPorn Volume IV: Spring Is In The Air


March came like a lion and left like a lion, but it’s finally spring!  The cherry blossoms are blooming, the lunch dates are al fresco, and the Solo cups are littering Locust Walk.  Filtered or not, send us your best campus pictures by Friday (tips@underthebutton.com) and we’ll post the best ones for all to see.  While you’re at it, consider submitting your tasteful Penn porns to USA Today’s College Guide contest.  The winners of that contest actually get money!

NewsApril 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Identity Crisis: Wharton Edition

huntsman2As first reported by the DP, Penn is suing a dubious “consulting firm” called the Wharton Business Foundation for trademark infringement.  The trustees are suing the company, and its janky-looking website, for using Wharton in its name, website and phone number, and for using the registered trademark symbol.

According to the lawyer quoted in the article, Penn would have been validated in asking for an immediate hearing, although they did not.  The usually spot-on Daily Intel, however, had a different take on the matter.  Perhaps most offensively calling us out for wearing critter pants (??), the author of the article goes on to also mock the university’s decision to sue and tout Penn as a “four-year binge-drinking marathon masquerading as an elite educational institution.”

If you’re going to deride, at least make the insults relevant!  Salmon shorts are so the new critter pants.  And while UTB is a little behind on their trademark law readings, we just don’t see the inherent blasphemy in the lawsuit that Daily Intel is arguing to be obvious.  We’ll sue what we want!

NewsMarch 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

Sidetour Lands In Philadelphia

viaduct_sidetourFor seniors counting down their last days as undergrads and other students alike, Sidetour might be your new best friend.  It’s a new community marketplace aimed at offering unique experiences in cities and Penn grads just brought the site to Philly.  From tequila tastings to a guided tour from a descendant of Philadelphia’s charter-writer, all the offerings on the site sound like preceptorials you would want to take.  This might just be the perfect opportunity to finally put that thesis to rest and reacquaint yourself with the outside world.

Election WatchMarch 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Race To The UA 2K13: The Year Of The Write-Ins

236200d0cc6cf22b9f0da7fef4a6a504It’s the best week of the year for former student council presidents and historians alike: UA election week!  Whether the UA and/or Class Board actually accomplishes anything is suspect, but we at least know they and those vying for their spots are crafty with their scissors, glitter, and iMovies.  We interrupt our normal programming for our semi-annual look at the best of the worst campaign efforts, with one glaring absence: Anthony Janocko, where you at??!

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John Legend and Train at Penn Park -- John Legend AND Train are performing at Penn Park on April 19 to celebrate the end of the Making History Campaign and it's freeee!!!  This is NOT a drive by. No post-Fling malaise for us! See the full article.
What's HapPENNingMarch 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

What’s HapPENNing?

What's HappeningWe get that it’s basically Monday night and What’s HaPENNing is basically 1/7 irrelevant now, but did you complete all your post-spring break homework on time?  We didn’t think so.  Did you even get out of bed today?  We didn’t think so.  To the events!

Avery Johnson at Penn

Who? Undergraduate Sports Business Marketing Club, Black Wharton, and MUSE
When and where? Tonight!  Right now! 6pm! Go! Huntsman!
Why? He’s a former NBA player, coach and ESPN analyst.  He’s talking about the “business of basketball.”

SPEC Ticket Madness

Who? All your friends in SPEC
When and where? Tonight! 6:30-8 in Hall of Flags
Why? One-stop shop for SPEC speakers this semester.  Plus free wings and mozz sticks!

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NewsFebruary 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Wedding Belles Ring In Fisher Fine Arts

For better or for worse, Valentine’s Day is over, but these newlyweds in Fisher Fine Arts this afternoon proved love knows no boundaries.  Clearly in violation of all Fisher noise rules, the cute couple and their crew of photographers sashayed up the grand center stairs, waltzed around the reading room tables, and claimed one of those little rooms with no outlets for themselves.  Sure to be featured on some wedding blog soon, these pictures were taken at the expense of everyone’s attention spans in the room.  Congrats to the happy couple!

NewsFebruary 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Penn Genius Reaches Out To Rap Genius

Screen shot 2013-02-07 at 3.47.46 PMIn the latest job application to make us feel worthless, Penn senior Ankit Shah pulled an “Alice Lee” and made an awesome-looking website to attract the attention of his dream employer, Rap Genius.  The start-up, which received a cool $15 million in funding last October, became popular by decoding those tricky rap lyrics you can’t even pretend to understand.  Now, their aim is to move into deciphering other texts too, like political speeches and Bible verses.

Ankit totally dons his fan-girl hat in his website, by showering the site’s creators with compliments, and then he delicately offers a rendering of site improvements he envisions.  The application page has circulated the web since its debut Wednesday, and Rap Genius even tweeted “dopest resume we’ve ever received,” so Ankit may have just done the trick.  Getting that second-round OCR interview doesn’t seem so impressive now, does it, loud talker in Huntsman forum?

NewsJanuary 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Feb Club Is Upon Us With Cheesy Video Accompaniment

Friday marks not only the first February of 2013, but the very last February that the Class of 2013 will spend together at Penn.  In keeping with tradition, the Class Board has put together a month of events for seniors to celebrate this carefree time before the Real World strikes.  And they’re getting totally sappy, y’all.  Aside from the promo vid, with its mushy music and awkward hug line, each week will correspond to an undergraduate year so we won’t miss the chance to realize how fast it’s all gone by. Seniors can pick up their official Feb Club cards this Thursday and Friday in Rodin and everyone can peep the full Feb Club schedule here.

NewsJanuary 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Café Clave Morphs Into Café Renata

CafeRenata_signIn the wake of the saga that was Café Clave, we thought there would be nothing to fill the 4305 Locust-sized hole in our hearts. Enter Café Renata.  Spanish for “reborn” (sOoOoo symbolic), the new outpost will have a soft opening next week with the official opening scheduled for next Friday.  The new owners plan to move away from the Cuban theme and instead feature Mediterranean, South American, and American food options.   They also hope to have a brunch menu soon, and there are no plans for criminal charges or weapons as of yet!