Pictured here is the class of 1930′s commencement ceremony in the oh-so-historic Palestra. Yes, seniors, this is a wake up call reminding you that you’re getting closer to the real world and that in three months, your commencement ceremony will also be added to the archives (tear). Don’t forget to register to walk, and just be glad that your ceremony won’t take place in a tightly packed building with no air conditioning. Talk about major sweat stains on that super cute Elsa Shiaparelli dress.
“Good luck! (Have fun?) Be happy. Say no to drugs. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Call your parents every once in’ a while.” This last line from an HCMG 203 take home midterm exam lets us know that there is a professor out there who still cares. This educator cares enough to teach his class how to not commit social suicide in public and to find the happiness in cramming for exams right before spring break (almost there!).
So, even as we live off of our last remains of big/little week in Van Peezy and our veins are pumping with caffeine, we should all just take a second to call our parents and tell them how much fun we’re actually having. And more importantly, we can tell them that the biggest lesson our professor taught us so far this semester was to say no to drugs.
We want spring and we want it now. Penn’s Facebook page offered a mysterious sneak peek yesterday into Van Peezy’s new rooftop lounge located on the sixth floor. The DP reports that the lounge will have a grand opening April 18, with a select few being allowed entrance as early as March 4. We have high expectations for this new space: a place to absorb both some vitamin D and all of the reading material we know we will forget to do over spring break. Plus, we’re hoping that third VP elevator will finally shed its fear-inducing construction look and resume normal elevator appearance.
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife: Countess is back! The sassy Locust Hawk was seen striking a heroic pose outside of Hill yesterday. Maybe she heard that there would be thousands of pre-frosh touring Penn during President’s Day weekend and wanted to terrorize some kiddies. Remember, guys, stay on the lookout for Big C and don’t let this happen to you.
Meet the 1934 Freshman class of Penn’s College of Liberal Arts. Founded in 1931, the school was the first at Penn to accept women for a four-year undergraduate degree. Only four years later, the School of Nursing opened as well. We’re pretty sure that Valentine’s Days at Penn in the 1930s were much steamier than in the previous centuries!
With Valentine’s Day finally here, Penn students everywhere are looking to score. Franklin Field has been a go-to spot for football players across the country since it was built as the first two-tiered stadium in the United States back in 1895. Although the Harvard Crimson crushed the Quakers 33-6 in the 1901 game pictured above, we wish the best of luck to anyone trying to get lucky under the bleachers today.
Valentine’s is tomorrow, kids. You still dateless? All alone and not gettin’ the bone? (Sorry.) Fifty Shades of Grey just not doin’ it for ya? Well maybe this’ll cheer you up. Yesterday, the Penn Museum featured Fifty Shades of Pompeii (their title, not ours) and let’s just say Vesuvius wasn’t the only thing erupting in
69 79 C.E. Young Friends of the Penn Museum presented a collection of erotic artwork that was excavated from Pompeii’s ruins in the 1700s. Apparently Pompeiians were super into that stuff—Wiki says there was even phallic worship going on. Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!
You probably couldn’t tell from its old name, but you definitely should have been able to recognize A-Gutt’s current crib from the picture. Originally built in 1910 for Otto and Josephine Eisenlohr, the owners of Cinco and Henrietta cigars, this Beaux Arts-style mansion housed the Graduate School of Education for a while before finally becoming the home for Penn presidents. 10 bucks to anyone who documents Amy smoking a cigar.
We don’t think we can handle this. MAJOR props to Williams Cafe, which has hopped on the Queen Bey bandwagon and is serving Beyoncé (chocolate-caramel) lattes! Poor Michelle must feel bad that her own namesake coffee shop chose Sasha Fierce for drink of the week, but Penn always puts B’s love on top. Head over to Williams, Single Ladies, because that cafe is full of lattes with they pockets full grown.
He’s certainly no A-Gutt, but he’ll do. Pictured here is Thomas Sovereign Gates, the very first President of the University, named in 1930 (bet you didn’t know that). His intelligence and leadership proved indispensable at a time when our nation was in social and political turmoil. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Gates oversaw the use of the university campus as a training ground for American troops. We wouldn’t expect anything less of a Penn prez.