Urban Outfitters, a Philly-based company, just came out with a home decor line called “4040 Locust.”
Why is Urban making ramen-flavored home furnishings, you ask?
Well, before 4040 Locust held our beloved Ramen Bar, it was the home of the very first Urban Outfitters store. Aka Penn students were both the pioneers and test dummies of flowery scarves, fringy shorts, and “Mazel Tov, B*tches!” mugs.
The 4040 Locust collection’s worldly designs obviously reflect the adventurous yet laid-back demeanor of its original audience with its sensible tribal prints and tapestries of maps.
Our favorite? The “decorative rope knot”, because nothing says Ivy League like a hardened piece of rope in the middle of your living room. Skip Bed, Bath, and Beyond altogether; you’re going to want to furnish your new place with these
mass produced one-of-a-kind pieces.
…and it’s kind of amazing. The NYC-based and Penn-attending trio, appropriately named Hey Day, has a new single out that perfectly captures young, Ivy League love and exposes the key to our hearts: prescription drugs. The lead singer recounts the daily struggle of trying to focus on a girl but having an attention deficit, an apparent struggle for aspiring “accessible rock stars.” The song was publicized and reviewed by TSM and is thus officially sorority betch approved. If you love a good pun (lookin’ adderall the tiiiime–the lyrics are actually really clever), this may be your new summer jam. Indulge in this drug-infused love story, because only Penn students would earnestly rhyme cinnamon with ritalin.
Yesterday, the usual sounds of frantic typing, discussing business analytics, and crying that usually ring through the halls of Huntsman were halted by the sweet sounds of music. For her last LGST215 class, Professor Light whipped out her trusty banjo and played a song she wrote for her students about Environmental Management. It truly was, as it says in the description on YouTube, “a wonderful visual and auditory feast!” (Seriously, it says that.) Just like the students who mumble the words on screen, we guarantee this song will be stuck in your head for the next three days. Even us non-Whartonites who have no idea what the f^%# she is talking about.
This is a clever way to avoid that awkward “should-we-clap-or-shouldn’t-we” moment on the last day of class and garner the applause you deserve. Who knew Wharton professors could be so granola? Plus, there are not enough people in this world who play the banjo while wearing pantsuits.
Who’s that girl…. it’s SPEC!
In an out-of-the-blue Facebook post, SPEC Film announced that the celebrity train hasn’t yet pulled away from Penn Station. They encouraged us to “keep our eyes and ears open” for Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. from Fox’s hit TV show New Girl, who are coming to Houston Hall on Tuesday at 5:30pm to promote their new movie “Let’s Be Cops.” Judging by the trailer, it looks like Nick and Coach are going on a super fun and super illegal adventure.
Head down to Houston to meet them and possibly play a game of True American. Maybe Jake will even be giving his famous Nick Miller Lap Dances. The possibilities are endless. The real question is why isn’t Schmitt gracing us with his presence on the last day of Passover??
On April 1st, students in Oceanography 130 got an interesting email. Due to low attendance in the class, the Professor stated that she would start rewarding those who showed up to lecture by giving out prizes. You know, because nothing gets the fire burning like a 1 in 200 chance of a Starbucks gift card! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s warm out! It’s iced coffee season! You’re not the only one taking advantage of the warm weather. Madame President was spotted strutting down Locust today looking fierce as ever. While simultaneously juggling Quaker Days and parents’ meetings–and just generally running the world–A-Gut looks cool, calm, and collected chatting with a pal as if it’s totally casual for her to walk among us peasants. University Presidents…they’re just like us! Except that she was probably off to somewhere really important, while you were sitting, pretending to work but really trying to beat 2048. It’s okay, because so were we.
Following the trend set by Pentatonix, who made Evolution of Music and Evolution of Beyoncé, Penn Masala takes us on a magical, musical journey from 1940s Bollywood to the Bollywood of today. The outfit changes are just the icing on top (s/o to the backwards hats of the 80s). This vid has over 700k views and has been getting love left and right from sources like HuffPo and even Bollywood stars themselves! (Check out their FB page for some classy #humblebrags). If you don’t know Masala, they’re the FIRST EVER a cappella group devoted to Hindi music—regular Penn students like you and me, except that they tour Asia, make videos that go viral, and, y’know, casually sing for the president.
Check out Masala on iTunes for more!
Oozing class, one snore at a time.
Is it just us or is someone sleeping in every public place on campus? It’s midterm season. We’re tired. But the budding socialite in us all knows that we need still need to SABS. Even when we’re taking a study snooze break, our peers are watching.
Here is the OFFICIAL list of the #sceniest places to nap at Penn:
1. The big chairs in Houston
Everybody who’s anybody has napped in one of the big chairs on the right side of Houston Hall. Grab your teriyaki bowl, put a book on your lap so it looks like you were just doing something, and snooze away. Be warned though: everyone you know will walk by and stare. But hey, that’s what being scene-y is about, right?!?
2. 6th floor of Van Pelt
Any old Quaker can nap on the lower floors of Van Pelt; in the chairs in the basement, the cubicles, the East Asia room on the 5th floor. Read the rest of this entry »
And a 5, 6, 7, 8!
…was probably something Harold “Hal” Prince has shouted a lot in his career. The incredibly successful Broadway director and producer, now 86, got his start at this fine institution in 1948. At Penn, he was a member of Penn Players, managed a campus radio station, and wrote/acted/directed weekly play adaptations. In other words, he took the phrase “I can’t, I have rehearsal” to a whole new level.
He graduated in 3 years because he was ready to GTFO and become the most successful man in musical theatre. But first he went to the army, serving in Germany and hanging out at a club that would become the muse for his first hit musical “Cabaret.” From there, he started working on the Great White Way, directing and producing with the biggest stars of Broadway. Prince has a whopping TWENTY-ONE Tony Awards, earning him the title of most Tony Awards held by one individual and eternal bragging rights to his BFF Sondheim. Basically, he’s had a part in every big musical out there, including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, Company and Phantom of the Opera.
And in the spirit of all successful Penn alums, Prince gave back to his alma matter with a namesake gift! Next time you’re in the Harold Prince Theater in Annenberg, start planning what you will give to the university upon your future financial success. Another dorm? A lady friend to sit in the bench with Ben? The possibilities are endless.
Our pick for flyer of the week goes to the graceful women of Penn’s only all-female South Asian fusion dance troupe. PENNaach’s fall show “Inception: It’s Naach Just A Dream” is sure to be a good time as they shake their way through different dimensions, spin like Leo’s top and twerk into your dreams. Honestly, look how chic they look in their event cover photo. Plus the subtitle evokes an underrated 2010 Nelly hit jam. Race down to IGT Tonight and Tomorrow for this fantastical show!