For many of us, post-Spring Break readjustment to the cloudy hum drum of campus is just so hard. A quick plane ride back to Philly separates sunny, boozy bliss with the routine of life as a college student — there’s too much work, too many familiar faces, and dear ol’ Penn looks just a little bit duller.
Good thing, considering these difficult, sunburnt days ahead of us, that the most dramatic campus transformation is perhaps the least surprising: Taglio, the always-empty Italian-style pizza joint from the people behind the beloved Gia Pronto, is officially no more. And while we mourn the loss of a really great place to spend quality alone time, we can’t but be excited about Marco Lentini’s next concept for the spot. TBowl! Rice bowls! Bubble tea (RIP)! Gia goes Asian fusion!
“Campus’ favorite” new phone-friendly PennApp — MeepMe — made its campus debut last Thursday night at Smoke’s. Reps for the app gave willing participants “MEEPID” numbers at the door, and from what we hear (or received screenshots of), Penn jumped at the chance to get its skeeze on. MeepMe cruised straight past an “interactive way to flirt” and on to a service resembling those late night just-for-local-singles hotlines.
The verdict: MeepMe is glorified anonymous sexting, tailor made for phone-happy and direct social interaction-inept dorks like us. And Penn guys are creepy. The combination has Smoke’s’ dance floor live-cams beat for the strangest (but also most hilarious) addition to late-night boozing on campus.
Want in on some of the action? The MeepMe crew will be setting up shop at Blarney tonight. For more of last Thursday’s MeepMe conversations, see after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
From Amy G in a tweet from Arianna Huffington and the Engineering school’s scary acrobatic builder bots on Stephen Colbert’s ThreatDown, Penn has enjoyed quite a spell basking in the attention of the national media. But while Penn seems to be appropriately prominent in the realms of news and reality-based television, our alma mater remains relatively irrelevant to mainstream pop culture. Or, at least, until this past Monday.
Raina Thorpe, a brand new character revealed on this week’s “Gossip Girl,” went to Wharton. An inevitable love interest for Chuck Bass and the daughter of a billionaire being positioned to do financial battle with the Bass/Van Der Woodsen family — Raina is the kind of character that it isn’t hard to imagine prancing down Locust, having to make the impossible decision between Theta and Tabard and eventually being a shoe-in for Wharton’s notoriously Scene-y Lantern Senior Society. But what’s so great about that? Read the rest of this entry »
A disgruntled SPEC insider forwarded us the above screen shot from the pop star’s Pollstar — believe it or not, she’s committed to performing at some nearby college we’ve never heard of. This seems like quite an unlikely steal for a 1500-student liberal arts college in god-knows-Williamsport, but we can only assume it’s because SPEC has a far better performer lined up for our drunken enjoyment. Here’s to high expectations and inevitable disappointment.
Hear another rumor about who will grace the stage at Franklin Field this spring? Share the wealth.
Back That Up - After a convincing 31-7 win over Cornell, the Quakers have clinched their second outright Ivy League Football Championship in as many years. Yale, who could have potentially claimed part of the title, lost "The Game" to Harvard anyway. See the DP game recap here.
Care for some punch? - The chill pre-cursors to next semester's Panhellenic Formal Recruitment -- sorority 'Open Houses' -- are taking place this weekend. SDT, Theta, Alpha Phi, SK and Zeta (at AXO) will be open for girl flirt on Saturday; AXO, ChiO and TriDelt on Sunday. Freshman 'women:' go to upenn.mycampusdirector.com to register.
If you haven’t yet met Marcel the Shell, then consider yourself a novice in the art of midterm week procrastination. Just ask mbrowne30, a Penn kid (we think!) who set the video’s script to song:
Questions we have: mbrowne30, do you indeed go to Penn? (Our jaunt through Penn Directories says probably.) How many times did you watch the original Marcel the Shell video in order to correctly transcribe it? If you do go to Penn, where are you? (We think off-campus somewhere. That isn’t a dorm closet.) And are you okay with the fact that a pair of SI Swimsuit Edition posters has accompanied you on your YouTube debut?
Without even really meaning to, we have a spooktacularly Halloween-themed Street for you this week. Our cover story this week is a creepy, crawly tour of ‘Spookadelphia’ — turns out that our dear city is chock full of ghosts, ghouls and otherwise paranormal happenings. Freaky! Also inside the mag is your guide to all things Halloween: tricky treats in Food and Drink, local costume shops and hallowed happenings in Ego and Film has cinema-inspired (just like this week’s Ego of the Week!) costume ideas.
Also inside? A pro/con of Willow Smith’s new single, things stupid people do and say, a recap of the Philly Film Festival and a squirrel orgasm. So, we say download it! Pick it up on stands! Read it online at 34st.com! And get your weekend-long celebration of all things spooky, slutty and school spirited right — it’s the weekly Writers’ Meeting at the Street office! 4015 Walnut St. at 6:30 p.m. We would have gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids!