FeaturesJanuary 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Penn Unbuttoned: A Toast To 2013, What’s To Come

photo (7)One hundred and sixteen days until graduation. Pretty soon I’ll be packing up my college life and starting anew as a “real person.” It’s finally time for me to pass on the torch. Exciting changes are coming, and I’m back for one last post before I let this blog sow its wild oats without me. So follow along on this short adventure and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about Under The Button.

Some 4 semesters ago, I began writing for UTB. Those were the days when we had Marathon and Philly Diner, when we lost our dear Skullsand when we, by some stroke of SPEC wizardry, scored Passion Pit and Tiësto. We saw James Franco, Ariana Huffington, and Bill Clinton. We also saw things like this and this. Clearly we’ve had ups, we’ve had downs, and we’ve had middles.

Since then, UTB has become more than just a blog. It became a brand of its own. Serving as the blog’s first official Editor-In-Chief after becoming independent of 34th Street has been incredibly rewarding and honestly one of the funnest experiences I’ve ever had. After all the frantic emails, thousands of texts, and never-ending debauchery, we ended the year with 1.7 million pageviews.

To this I owe the marvelous staff of editors and contributors, a bunch of vastly diverse students whose thirst for news and knack for comedic writing made my job so much easier. Maintaining ~4,000+ visitors per day ain’t easy, but we got there together. I’m so proud of all of you.

The next kween to take the throne of this blogdom will be the talented and incredibly funny Ben LernerFollow him on Twitter and I promise you’ll never be behind on pop culture.

To the readers, commenters, tipsters, and haterz: thank you! Seriously, you make this job worth it, even if we occasionally do something basic. Holding us accountable makes us stronger as a team and as a publication, so keep flooding our inboxes with your news tips and general commentary.

If you made it this far (God bless), expect a great year ahead at Under The Button. And don’t forget to do your part.



NewsDecember 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Gutmann To Teach Course Next Semester, Spots Limited


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[Disclaimer: This post was part of our Joke Day series. Our logo was Button the Under for a whole day and you didn't even notice.] For those of you who are still fiddling with your schedules for next semester, a new graduate course just opened up on Penn InTouch  with limited spots for undergrads. Permits are required for this course through the Political Science Department, Department of Religious Studies, and History Department. Yes, undergrads need all three departments to sign off on their permits before enrolling in this course on Jewish and Presidential Thought. According to our sources, no permits have yet been completed. Let the mayhem begin.

NewsDecember 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It’s Van Pelt, Not Van Porn

Finals are a time of adderall, acne, and, apparently, aphrodisiac-itude. This [unconfirmed] Penn student is getting his (or her) XXX Cinema Studies on in Van Pelt in broad daylight. Seriously kid, wtf? For those of you who want to watch porn on a VP computer in an open study lounge, don’t. You’ll end up on YouTube, just like this genius.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook so you can get real-time updates on students who watch porn in public places (and more!)

NewsNovember 26, 2013 at 11:07 am

A Glance Into Penn’s YouTube Channel

Did you know there was a University of Pennsylvania Youtube channel? Now you do. This 30-second thriller evokes the “Ooh!”s and “Ah!”s from prospective students far and wide, but it’s only one small piece of the puzzle. You can watch cool as shit science. Or this baby calf’s first steps at Penn Vet (seriously so adorable). Or Amy Gutmann moderating a panel (less adorable). In any case, go spend an hour selfishly sifting through the videos in hopes of finding yourself.

Chasing AmyNovember 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Go On, Chase Amy

a50fdbabf762a9319d49249e0e6bb377In light of someone’s big 6-4, we’d like to take you back to a feature that we so vehemently miss. Did you know Amy Gutmann loves dogs? Capogiro? Basketball? Probably not, considering we’ve not been keeping you up-to-date on our President’s most trivial affairs.

We bet you can count on less than 3 hands how many times you’ve seen our president around campus (excluding Amy-specific events and Capogiro). We need your eyes and ears, but most importantly your smartphone cameras, to be on the lookout for Amy G. so we can bring back Chasing Amy, a feature that sheds light into the life of a likely life-ful woman.


NewsNovember 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

SPEC Gives Us Hope, False

4qsg0Looks like SPEC is trying its best to not be hated by the student body [again] by launching a super simple survey in order to solicit ideas from the wonderful student body that is you. This survey is really very simple. You tell them your name, your email, and your choice for a headliner and opener, then BAM: you look like a fool cuz you really don’t have a choice. Well, you could…but no. Yes. No.

It’s like, a democracy or something. But really, take the survey. You really have nothing to lose, sans any hope ever.

NewsNovember 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

Class Of 2015 Sweaters Son Swanky

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The Class Board of ’15 is selling the 2015 Classic Ivy Sweatshirt, and it’s just as expensive as sweatshirts from classes past! Order now through Sunday, November 11th, and your $33 investment might just get you looking like your $exy class board pictured above (no promises).

Editor’s note: Do not dry your sweatshirt.

ContestsOctober 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

UTB Costume Contest

debbiereynoldsH2Send photos of your costumes to tips@underthebutton.com if you want to be Halloween-famous. Some day next week, we’ll post the best costumes. That night, UTB After Dark will post the most heinous and outrageous costumes, so prepare ye. Photos of yourself, your friends, and Penn students you don’t know are all fair game.

Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something, and then let yourself have it.

NewsOctober 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

SPEC Brings The Neighbourhood, Little Daylight

The SPEC Fall 2013 concert is coming and we have the scoop (see title). Little Daylight will be opening for The Neighbourhood in Harrison Auditorium on November 15th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available on the SPEC website starting today.

Carriage Senior Society -- is accepting applications from seniors and you don't even have to get tapped. It's like, fair or something. Follow the link for smoker and application info.