Man, we haven’t seen an ice menorah that impressive since our beleaguered ancestors were being forced out of frigid Eastern Europe by the Cossack armies! After all, nothing says “Jews, your holiday is over, time for the Christian/secular masses to go apeshit over Christmas for the next month” quite like ice in 50 degree weather. Are the tiki-torches sadder than the menorah itself? Discuss.
Yesterday’s DP reported that the final two days of Passover, April 13 and 14, will overlap with Fling weekend this year, posing a challenge for observant Jews who want to partake in fratastic fun but must keep kosher, refrain from electricity use, or—gulp—avoid grain-based alcohol. The article explains,
Certain alcohols, like kosher-for-Passover wines and potato-based vodka, are permitted for the holiday.
However, Bryn doubted whether “you [could] go into a frat party where most of what people are drinking will be certified for Passover.”
What a world we live in. One day, Life is calling our mascot creepy, and the very next, Jon Stewart is saying “Go Quakers” on The Daily Show. Twice! The second time, using an imitation straight out of Fiddler on the Roof. It’s the classic American tale.
Here’s the clip:
You probably think a lot about what 34th Street editors do when they aren’t editing. Right now you’re probably nodding your head and screaming “Yeah! Especially over a long weekend. That’s so much time!”
Woah, cool it. You’re acting really weird and it’s making us regret what we’re about to do, which is to tell you exactly what we did over break.
Check it out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Remember the guys we interviewed in Street last year who talked about throwing poppy seed bagels into the crowd at shows and having beef with the Latin Kings? Well now they go by Hoodie Allen and they’re a totally big deal. Time Out New York even added them to “Jamie Falkowski’s impressive survey of up-and-coming white hip-hop movers and shakers.”
Along with being hyped on a handful of major hip-hop blogs, their mix tape, entitled “Making Waves” and available for free download here, was nominated for an mtvU Woodie Award for Best Music on Campus. A Woodie for Hoodie Allen? That’s like Dananananaykroyd winning a Daniel!
It seems too good to be true, and it actually might be, unless you vote for them. Check out the full track list after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
You might wonder how it is that we spend our time over at the Street offices. The truth is, we aren’t really the responsible types. Instead of hours devoted to writerly things, we… procrastinate. We hula-hoop, we drink Diet Dr. Pepper and we ponder the meaning of existence. For example, does one’s reflection truly disappear if one can no longer access it? What exactly does Lady Gaga wear to bed? Or the tried and true classic, what color would your rhombus be?
Well, while “researching” for this week’s Lowbrow feature (teaser alert!) our investigative reporting brought us to the epitome of lonely heartitude: the missed connections. And, guess what we found… love that never got a chance, on our very own campus, with some of our very own Penn students!
Yes, Penn kids too have those moments of regret. So, After scouring the online resource of desolate souls in search of the truly desperate and the utterly hopeless, we’ve found those Pennsters just looking for love. Since we don’t think Craigslist is the ideal dating venue, we posted their heartache here.
We can’t help but feel that campus activity has grinded to a halt in honor of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, and there’s sadly no new issue of 34th Street this week to distract us. And not like we check the numbers obsessively or anything, but we’ve also noticed a major dip in this blog’s traffic since sundown yesterday. We also feel a little sheepish being the only person around that’s not fasting today. So, as usual, we decided to type our problems into Google and see what the search engine offered up in return.
According to this Jewish news site we’ve never heard of, 63% of Israelis plan to fast for Yom Kippur. Since Penn is, in our estimation, the most holy and Judaic of the Ivy League universities, we take this to mean that a lot of you are also fasting today. Good on you!
This article from the Staten Island Advance offers us tips on breaking the Yom fast in the form of recipes for hummus and guacamole. Gee, thanks, Staten Island Advance!
Our oracle Wikipedia informs us that today Jews should not: eat or drink, wear leather shoes, bathe, wear perfume/lotion, or have sex. Ummm, aside from eating and drinking, we never do most of those things. Have we been unwittingly atoning all this time?
This delightful blog post from the Boston Globe takes on that all-important question, what to wear on Yom Kippur, and also enlightens us as to why Crocs are popular among the Orthodox.
Well, that was informative! Or not. Today, we promise to atone for all our stupid blog posts.