Contrary to popular belief, not all Penn students can get home via train/car/bus. Some people are from LA! And Miami! These unlucky souls have to fly home. But we here at UTB want to make sure your flight home is as pleasant as possible, despite crazy lines and awful delays.
The first thing you need to know about good ol’ Philly International is that wireless is free for students all day, every day. Just head to any info desk, show your student ID and catch up on your UTB reading before your flight takes off. Hitting up any other airports this break? Google is footing the bill for free wireless at 54 US airports through January 15.
Stuck in the airport and need some grub? Philly has all the airport standards (McDonalds, Burger King, Auntie Anne’s, ABP), but we recommend springing for Vino Volo. This place is seriously delicious. Not only is the food incredible (warmed brie and prosciutto with fig jam, anyone?), but the seating (huge sunken chairs with armrests, big wooden tables) is sure to calm those preflight nerves. Need a little extra help taking the edge off? Vino Volo is also a wine bar with a host of reasonably-priced options.
Before you can enjoy these perks, however, you need to figure out how to get to the airport. Let us give you the rundown. Read the rest of this entry »
Resourceful Lowbrow contributor Isabel Friedman hung this disco ball in Van Pelt tonight. In her words, “Sometimes you just have to remind yourself where the real party is.” Rosenparty, that is! And for this, we salute her.
How have you been coping with this most brutal of finals seasons? Let us know in the comments.
Today Amy Gutmann sent out a year-end economic update email to all of Penn’s undergrads. As per usual, it’s a bit lengthy, so here are the highlights:
- The university has saved $56.2 million this year, about $12 million of which has been saved since Gutmann’s last email in August.
- Penn’s endowment lost the least proportionally to its peers.
- Spending on need-based undergraduate grants increased by $20 million, or 19%.
- The tuition increase for 2009-10 was the lowest it has been in 41 years.
There is also mention of all the cool stuff Penn is building (Penn Park, the new nanotech building) and the cool stuff Penn profs are doing (did you know that researchers have been awarded $163.4 million for 303 projects… and counting?). Plus, Marshall Scholar Josh Bennett and Rhodes Scholar Sarah-Jane Littleford get shoutouts.
See the email in full after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s pretty apparent that we at UTB have a thing for Amy Gutmann. We just do. And one of our favorite things about Amy is her ability to throw sicknasty parties, with her holiday party (you know, the one that’s held at her house!) being the most epic. Take a journey with us as we show you the highlights from this year’s affair.
Um, OMG. This tree is beautiful, and look at all the presents! We wonder if any of those are for Michael or Leah. Read the rest of this entry »
With finals starting tomorrow, Jimmy John’s is joining Huntsman, Houston and everyone else in the quest to win over the hearts of downtrodden, sleep-deprived students. Tonight, from midnight until 2 a.m., Jimmy John’s subs will be just $1. Yum.
Basketball coach Glen Miller has been fired — oh wait, we’re sorry, “relieved of his duties.” The DP reports that Athletic Director Steve Bilsky will be available for comment within the next hour or so, so we’ll keep you posted.
Remember when we told you that Houston was getting all Harry Potterized for finals? Well, in that post we linked to a New York Times op-ed written by Lauren Edelson, this high school senior from Portland who totally hates how college tour guides always compare their campuses to Hogwarts. After all, she says, Harry Potter is just so high school.
Lo and behold, this really pissed some people off! Today the Times printed three (!) letters to the editor regarding this piece (which is called “Taking the Magic Out of College,” by the way). And imagine our delight when we realized that one of these letters was written by two Penn students, Isaac Setton and Ariela Rosenberg. Basically, they’re all, “Pshhhh — you don’t know what’s up, Lauren Edelson! College kids love HPizz!” Read their letter after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a menorah van!
Photo by Frances Wright
And the finals perks just keep rolling in! Yesterday Wharton kids got an email detailing how Huntsman is doing their part to make sure you stay caffeinated in quiet rooms. What you need to know:
- Au Bon Pain will stay open until midnight Monday through Thursday, and next Saturday too.
- Free coffee will be provided on those nights, from 8 p.m. until midnight.
- Certain rooms are being made into quiet study rooms between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. (JMHH 245, 250, 255 and 260 on 12/11-12/13, 12/17 and 12/20-12/22; JMHH 240, 245, 250 and 255 on 12/16; JMHH 350, 355, 360 and 365 on 12/14, 12/18 and 12/19).
And, as usual, only Wharton students can book their own private study rooms in Huntsman. LAME.
Well guys, it has been quite a semester over here at UTB. We’ve kept tabs on elections and squirrels and the Button. We’ve made sure you know about fro-yo and coffee and tacos. We even taught you how to find a little love on this big campus of ours. And we have our fantastic fall UTB editors, Charlotte Borgen and Ben Rosen, to thank for all that and more.
But with the end of classes comes a changing of the guard, so we are pleased to announce Hillary Reinsberg as the first ever UTB Managing Editor. Though currently studying abroad in Berlin, Hillary will be stateside next semester and remain on board as Managing Editor through the entirety of 2010.
Since we, like you, are sadly in official finals mode, we’ll be posting sporadically from now until the 22nd. Keep sending us tips and musings — the more you send us, the more we write, the more you read and the more you can procrastinate. So do it. And check back often.