As final season draws to a close, we decided to sit down with one randomly chosen senior, who may or may not have won a raffle with a profile post as a prize, and allow him to reflect on his last final as a college student. Grab some tissues; this one’s a tearjerker.
UTB: Before we start, how do you feel about me distorting your words to make you sound funnier?
WM: If it’s possible. I’m pretty funny.
UTB: Already doing it….So, what was your final final as a Penn student?
WM: Advanced negotiations.
UTB: Nice. How did you feel when you finished?
WM: How I always feel after I finish. Tired, happy, and ready to get out of there. *wink*
UTB: Did you just wink at me? Anyway, what were you thinking when you handed it in?
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We’re halfway through! Or maybe you’re having your first final tomorrow. Or maybe you’re done and already home? (If this is the case, we’re jealous.)
No matter what level of panic or relaxation you’re in, you could use a study break. Here are some tips to help you stay sane–no, seriously we’re trying to help! Not enough? Check out last semester’s list here. Current list after the jump!
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Let’s face it, studying sucks, and what sucks even more is sitting in a cramped library for eight hours at a time surrounded by the same obnoxious people.
There’s the guy who falls asleep the moment he turns his computer on, the girl who “politely” asks you to plug in every Apple product known to man, and that one person that decided it was a great idea to get a five-course meal delivered to his study cubicle.
As Penn kids in the midst of finals, we can all relate. Here are the ten annoying things that happen to us in study spaces. Happy studying, everyone! Read the rest of this entry »
Every semester, there are three sure signs that finals season has rolled around. First—the most obvious—Van Pelt’s got extended hours; second, the nursing students have deserted campus; and third, a strict Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy on showering has been tacitly ratified by everyone you know and love.
But fear not, for there is a bar of soap at the end of this long, musky tunnel. In the meantime, enjoy these few sprinkles of fresh perspective. Read the rest of this entry »
Image c/o Britt Miller at http://www.brittmillerart.com/
Whoops, looks like the Friday part of this post has already escaped us. We hope you spent it in the sunshine. As for the rest of your weekend, we know finals are coming up. But if you need a study break, we have one recommendation, and one only:
Saturday: The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts culminates in a giant street fair that shuts down Broad Street from Chestnut to South. There will be live performances, fresh food, freebies, one million photo ops, and a ferris wheel (!!!) in front of City Hall. Best of all, it’s free. Plus this year’s theme is time travel, so if you take notes you might be able to get a sneaky extension on that take-home exam.
Okay, so the weather hasn’t been consistently sundressy, with major yo-yoing between what feels like brisk March and summer…but as we near May (and finals), Penn is looking sexy, no matter the temperature. (Yesterday, we only needed a light jacket. So there’s that.) Your submissions were erotic and exotic, so be prepared to get turned on looking at your snapshots of our stunning campus.
Thanks to photographic visionaries Olivia Rabe, Sophia Ciocca, Matthew Triano, Corey Bassett, Shira Papir, Nicole Woon and Allie Volinsky. Hover over the pictures for enlarged images and photo credz. College Hall and the cherry blossoms were extra on-trend this spring season, and Instagram did not dominate submissions by any means!
John Sculley was a high achiever from the very beginning: at 5 days old, he was one of the first infants to fly the Atlantic Ocean. In the years since, he graduated with an MBA from Wharton (’63) and began working at Pepsi-Cola Company, quickly rising to the top as the company’s youngest president and CEO.
The journey didn’t end there, as Apple was eager to hire Sculley away. As Steve Jobs made the legendary pitch to Sculley, “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?” When you put it that way, being in charge of a multibillion dollar corporation does seem kind of mundane. Sculley chose the latter and became the CEO of Apple, with things going smoothly except for the infamous power struggle that led to Jobs’ ousting (oops).
Nowadays Sculley has been investing in US health care while advocating for more opportunities to consumerize the industry. Talk about high-achievers…
You may think that with classes ending and the school year coming to a close, Penn’s student groups would also be packing it in for the summer. However, if this week’s flyers are any indication, the weekend has big things in store for
the performers’ closest friends the entire student body. So, put away your textbooks and shut down your laptops because this line up looks pretty “fly.”
Multicultural Greek Council: Penn Relay’s Step Show
Some unsung Greek Groups
Pull off a super sweet show
Hands clap and feet stomp
Keynotes A Capella: A Midspring Night’s Dream
The new group in town
Presents their first full concert
Shakespeare puns are key
Penn Ballet: White Swan
Graceful as the birds
Pointed toes and pirouettes
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As the Google Doodle hath warned us, today (was) Earth Day, on which we customarily respect the planet and its non-human inhabitants. In case you haven’t yet celebrated, here are some suggestions.
1. Go to College Green, grab a nice big scoop of dirt, and put it in your mouth. The earth tastes delicious, and we never get to savor it! This is what animals, who eat lots of dirt, do every day.
2. Go to FroGro to make a statement in the produce aisle. Each of those fruits they’re trying to sell as “food” is just the swollen, overripe ovary of a plant, filled with seeds that each represent one unfulfilled plant life. To eat them is a travesty, and to buy them just supports the powerful Fruit Lobby.
3. Using your now-obsolete Spanish 120 handouts, wild grasses, Starbucks straws and locally-available tumbleweave, make a nest for the Native Birds of Philadelphia to call home. If all else fails, put a squirrel up there. He probably won’t mind.
4. Make a trip to the banks of the fair Schuylkill River, and gaze upon your watery reflection. Try to spot a Native Fish. If the glare on water’s surface from the oily industrial sheen is too strong, then the sun is setting, and Earth Day is almost over. It’s time to head home and cook up a fine meal of recyclables which you might otherwise have just thrown away.
Don’t delay, because Earth day only happens once a year! Tomorrow you’ll have to light that oil well on fire and kill a flock of eagles. On the real though, here are some actual ways to get in the green.
Classes are ending, finals are beginning. Summer is within reach! You’re trying to squeeze in lunch with every person you always say you simply muuuust catch up with before it is too late. Here are some things to do in between:
Brittany Snow At Penn
Who? CogWell, Penn’s student health awareness group
Where and When? Today at 6pm in Huntsman Hall Room F85
Why? She’ll be sharing her personal battles with eating disorders and bullying as part of the Love Is Louder campaign. And she’ll be doing a Q&A so you can totally get the deets on what really went on behind-the-scenes of Pitch Perfect. Aca-mazing!
Opening Celebration of “Karla Black” and “Each One As She May”
Who? Institute of Contemporary Art
Where and When? Wednesday 6-9pm in ICA (corner of 36th and Sansom)
Why? Take a study break! Get a little culture and feast your eyes on some beautiful artwork before you trudge back to the bleak shelves of VP. Read the rest of this entry »