In mere days, this will be us. Hell yes.
Even though Penn-sanctioned Fling doesn’t start until Friday, we at UTB must admit to already being in Fling mode. It’s hard to concentrate on class when our minds are filled with thoughts of fried Oreos, lemonade, and the other drinks for which we’ll be using lemonade as a chaser. In the spirit of making the week go by more quickly, we thought we might look ahead to the downtown parties that Spring Fling 2009 is bringing us — the fun starts tomorrow, so get your game faces on!
1. OZ and Tabard’s Wednesday Fling Kickoff: Head to Level to celebrate Fling with your favorite off-campus friends. Free fist-pumping for everyone!
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Hat + Bow Tie = The New Birthday Suit
For those of you that missed this adorable and oh-so-clever shoutout from Google, it’s Dr. Seuss’ 105th Birthday! We wish we could claim him as our own, but it turns out he went to some safety school in the middle of nowhere. Not to worry, since it looks like Theo would have fit right in at our work-hard-play-harder institution; according to the most trustworthy source on the web, the good doc got busted when he threw a “drinking party” in violation of national Prohibition laws. Lucky for us, his legacy survived his booze-filled college years – we were thinking about what to do with our box (with a fox?) as recently as last week. Today UTB salutes you, freaky fetishes and all.
As you surely read about in Street last week, Feb Club is all the rage. Going out every night for a month, man, it really doesn’t get much better than that! Well, for some people. There’s a certain subset of senior that cares about Feb Club, really cares, like if-my-name-doesn’t-make-it-onto-the-plaque-I’m-staying-for-a-fifth-year cares. (The breakdown of fabulous prizes is listed on the senior class’s website: oooh, a flask, just in case Prohibition ever comes back and you need to smuggle moonshine out of Quad bathrooms.)
Why channel so much energy into winning, at most, a gift you could purchase for yourself at Things Remembered? Because it’s all about the experience, saying that you did it, that you managed to go out every single night for a whole month. And to that we say, hey, whatever floats your boat, go hard or go home, work hard/play hard, and various other cliches that may vaguely apply to the situation. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s still time to make reservations for Restaurant Week, the time when Philly’s best restaurants offer prix fixe three course meals for the masses–it’s officially restaurant week until Friday, but a number of places are also participating next week, from February 1st through the 6th. Translation: get thee to OpenTable! A list of participating restaurants and menus is available here, and also check out Phoodie-approved selections and tips from Foobooz.
Our admiration for New York Magazine is well-documented, and when that fondness combines with a topic we are also have a keen interest in (binge drinking), we sit up and take notice. This week’s magazine contains a thought-provoking feature on women, especially young women, and their drinking habits. Its thesis certainly gels with what we observe on campus on a regular basis: ladies love their drinks. And we don’t necessarily begrudge social drinking, but on the other hand, we do worry about the larger implications of it. To wit:
For many women, heavy drinking might be only a blip on the radar, a youthful folly, if it weren’t for higher education. The transition from high school to college marks the greatest increase in substance abuse among women, and the more educated a woman is, the more likely she will be to drink throughout her life. “College campuses are the place where drinking norms are set for educated individuals,” says Jon Morgenstern, a professor of psychiatry and vice-president at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “The rate of drinking is astronomical. College is really a training ground for becoming an alcoholic.” And these days, the gender gap on campus is reversed: Fifty-five percent of college students who meet the clinical criteria for alcohol abuse are female.
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If we had ever bothered to take Psych, we might have learned about cognitive dissonance, but instead, we’re going to just use the term as a way to introduce two wacky weekend events that seem sort of dissonant to us. Ok then.
A tipster emailed us to tell us about Biketoberfest tomorrow afternoon at Dock Street Brewery (which has really good vegan pizza, or so we hear). Says the tipster: “who wouldn’t want to read about people in lederhosen attempting to cycle under the influence?” We totally agree.
Also tomorrow, Blarney’s is hosting an 11 a.m. kegs and eggs tailgate before the football game. Kegs and eggs, you say? Reminds us of this strip club in Providence we heard about from a friend at Brown: one morning a week, they do legs and eggs, which kind of creeps us out.