NewsMarch 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Coming Out Today: Jesus, Game Of Thrones, & Spring Fling Headliner!

Happy Easter, merry Passover, and a holy Game of Thrones return to you! The egg hunt is (almost) over, kids. Stick around for the big announcement tonight at 7PM, as tweeted by the sacred SPEC secret-keepers themselves.

NewsMarch 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Lights Out, Spruce Street!

blackoutLooks like the midnight curfew set in early for the 3900 block of Spruce Street, with reports that the entire street’s power is completely out and Yoni Goldblatt is totally sneaking into Rachel Berg’s top bunk for a chance at second base. “Oh my god, can you believe it?!” “Pass me your flashlight—I can’t see!”

Here’s hoping the problem resolves itself quickly before the counselors come back from their night out on town.

If not, BLACKOUT PARTY AT 3924! BYO GLOWSTICKS! (Just kidding.*)

* Apologies in advance to the residents of 3924 Spruce.

NewsFebruary 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Penn Health System Will No Longer Hire Smokers

no smokingStarting in July, under a new policy intended to reduce healthcare costs and improve overall workforce health, the Penn Health System will stop hiring smokers and other tobacco users.

Current employees can keep doing what they’re doing (and it appears that 11% of them are tobacco users), but new job applicants must be tobacco-free for at least six months if they’re hoping to secure a position at places like HUP, Penn Presby, and a whole slew of other Penn Health locations.

While lowering healthcare costs and improving general wellness are noble causes, we worry that the Penn Health system might be overstepping some basic individual liberties. We know they’re saying, “For the common good!” But all we’re hearing is, “Fatties, you’re next!”

FeaturesFebruary 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Presidents’ Day Special: Meet The Presidents!

mount class boardYou voted (presumably), and now they reign: the Class Board presidents. But how much do you really know about your leaders beyond their punny slogans and catchy jingles? In honor of Presidents’ Day, a wonderful national holiday spent just like any other Monday, we give you the inside scoop on these four students who never get a day off.

What’s the one thing every president needs?

Jon Youshaei, 2013: Home cooking
Spencer Penn, 2014: 
Gummy Bear Multi-Vitamins
Ariel Koren, 2015: Lots of Red Bull
Jesus Perez, 2016: Sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

Seniors, don't forget to apply for graduation! Fill out this form by Friday. Or else.
NewsFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

It’s Never Too Early For A Floor Pass

Are you the next Nate Silver? Do you think you know who’s coming to Fling this year? In response to all the smart asses throwing their guesses around with the certainty of biblical prophets, SPEC is holding a contest that gives students the opportunity to predict this year’s lineup for the chance to win a coveted floor pass. It’s easy! Just have your mom’s psychic fill out this form.

FeaturesFebruary 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

What’s HapPENNing?

What's HappenningDear readers, we heard your frantic cries, and we’ve responded accordingly. Everyone’s second-favorite weekly roundup is back! So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Here’s what’s hitting campus this week.

Bipartisan State of the Union Watchparty
Who: Penn Dems and College Republicans
When and where:
Tuesday, 9PM in JMHH F95
Why: The only thing that would make this bipartisan affair better is if the free pizza at the event were half mushroom and half pepperoni. Read the rest of this entry »

NewsFebruary 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

Philly Artists Go To Penn Sports Arenas So You Don’t Have To

Philly-based artists OCD: Moosh & Twist have released a video for their song “This High,” which they aptly filmed on the bacchanalian field and bleachers of Fling. The chorus, “I don’t wanna come back down from this high,” echoes the sentiments and shouts of MERTed roommates everywhere. Moosh & Twist’s video prominently features not only Franklin Field, but the Palestra, too, marking the end of an old era, when all music videos were filmed exclusively at campus bars.

NewsJanuary 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Shake Shack Coming To A Drexel Near You

shakeshackIt’s official! Your cab fare to the nearest Shake Shack will be nearly halved as of late summer/early fall, when the newest link in the NY burger chain will make its home at 32nd and Chestnut.

If you’ve been taking SEPTA all this time, however, your trip will still cost the same amount. Sorry.

NewsJanuary 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

Castle Dubbed “Sweet” By BroBible

castleBroBible posted a notice to the interwebs instructing readers to submit America’s ultimate fraternity domains, and the results are in: Penn’s Psi Upsilon chapter, or Castle, is America’s #7 best frat house—a rather patriotic title for a group of international imports.

Long called the most impressive house on Penn’s campus, the Castle was built in 1899 and, after a short break in the 90s, has remained the Psi Upsilon house ever since. Unanimous sentiment of everyone in the office upon seeing its picture: “Sweet.”

Oddly enough, for a bunch of guys who pride themselves in engaging conversation, Castle is the one house on the list that doesn’t have a “Your Take” section, meaning that the folks over at BroBible scoured the place up on their own with seemingly no submissions or input from anyone at Penn. Sweet.