There are many creative outlets into which Penn students thrust themselves. Writing, performing, finding ways to fit a grill in your pocket–you get the idea. While these things are, yes, totally fulfilling and wonderful excuses to draft 17 versions of your Emmy acceptance speech for a supporting role as an underappreciated Whartonite who can’t operate a can of whipped cream (see 1:43), some outlets have been left untapped by the Quaker touch.
Enter–University City District’s contest to “Name Philadelphia’s Next Great Public Space!“. The “public space” is the area surrounding 30th Street Station, which was recently renovated as part of a PennDOT project. The contest is running through September 30th, and the grand prize is a $500 gift certificate to Amtrak! Choo choo.
The contest rules require you to submit your suggested name for the space, reasons for the suggested name (no more than 150 words) and your name/phone number/email. A sample entry might look a little something like this:
- Suggested Name for Public Space: 30th Street Playstation
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If you renew your lease, that is. The Radian is arguably the fanciest building Penn kids live in (other than Huntsman, where plenty of students end up sleeping on a daily basis) and they are baiting current residents to live there again next year with promises of a potential trip to Las Vegas for two. We aren’t quite sure how the winner will be chosen or what the winnings entail, but we do know that we’d be willing to renew our lease just because there is a washer and dryer in every apartment. Who needs Vegas when we have built-in laundry facilities that make us feel like real adults?
It’s time to take all that useless trivia you’ve picked up over the years and translate it into something even better than knowledge: free beer! And maybe even some dolla billz. That’s right. The JGT Summer Invitational is a Quizzo tourney that’s lasting all summer long. All the deets can be found right here.
They think we aren’t around to “kick their butts” but little do they know that plenty of us Penn kids are roaming the streets of West Philly in the summertime, ready to school any and all natives using our wits and Ivy League educations. Especially when there are prizes involved, because when do our classes ever give us that sort of incentive?
World Cup madness may have begun, but several Penngineers are involved in a cup of their own. The RoboCup is currently taking place in Singapore and 9 of our best and brightest are out there competing with their fleets of robo-athletes. The team calls themselves the UPennalizers and their robots really do play soccer.
Oh, and the masterminds behind these talented bots have named their robots after cleaning products: Clorox, Febreze, Lysol, and Mr. Clean. Here’s hoping they play dirty and clean up the competition.
Members of the Penn community seem to be bearing their souls (and bodies) all over reality television lately. The latest is ’09 alum Abdi Farah, who will be competing in Bravo’s new Work of Art: the Next Great Artist, which just so happens to be produced by sexy lady Sarah Jessica Parker. According to the DP, Farah wishes to thank the Penn Fine Arts department for all they taught him. How sweet! The article also displays a snazzy slideshow of some of Farah’s work (spoiler alert: lots of distorted paintings of Obama). We’re rooting for you, Abdi.
The show is set to air on June 9th at 11 p.m. on Bravo.
Ever since Advanced Registration opened we’ve been trying to pick courses, but there’s one thing that makes it really difficult. Nowhere on Penn Course Review does it indicate how well a professor can dance! And if you’re like us, you aren’t about to place your education in the hands of someone who might not even be able to navigate his way through a fox trot or the Viennese Waltz with relative ease.
Thanks to Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance (PLBD), you won’t have to! Sunday night in Bodek Lounge (Houston Hall) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. they will be hosting an event called Dancing with the Professors. Here’s what the PLBD has to say about it:
We’ve paired up PLBD members with professors to learn ballroom dances all through the semester, such as Cha-Cha, Waltz, Swing, and Tango. On Sunday November 15th, they will showcase their talents in hopes of being crowned the Latin or Ballroom Champion — a choice that is left up to you, the audience! Upon watching the performances and hearing judges’ remarks, you will vote for your favorite couples. Cheer on your favorite teachers, or just come to see some spectacular dancing!!
We’re not sure why any professors have agreed to this, or whether or not we’re alone in feeling weird about students and faculty pairing up, but it should be a thoroughly entertaining evening.