NewsApril 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

YouTube Legend MysterGuitarMan Is Shooting On Campus

If you aren’t already aware of this stop motioning musical genius, educate yourself stat:

Judging by this ↓ recent tweet, you might be able to catch MGM doing his thing out and about the Engineering quad. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for whatever systematic cinematic robotic magic he’s shooting here.

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NewsJanuary 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

Aca-scuse Me, You Tryna Get Pitch Slapped?

acabelieve it I got my ticket for the ICCA
At Drexel U this Saturday
And I sure would like some sweet company
Because it’s at 7pm tomorrow
Whaddya say? 

Go see Penn’s very own a cappellamazing Counterparts as they rock our ears and our hearts at this international championship aca-stavaganza. Peep the FB event here.

Bonus news nugget for reading all those words:
Alumna Elizabeth Banks (C’96) is directing Pitch Perfect 2!

NewsSeptember 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Skimmer Fest Scores A-Trak and Penguin Prison

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.46.54 AMThanks to Class Boards, SPEC Jazz & Grooves, A-Trak and Penguin Prison will make their Penn debuts September 21 on the College Green! Two EDM artists at one event? Not surprising. Quakers do love a good bass drop.

Penguin Prison remixes songs from artists like Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, and Ellie Goulding. He’s just like Girl Talk! (Too soon, SPEC?) You’ve definitely heard A-Trak before– don’t pretend your pre-frosh self didn’t watch this fifty times. Bottom line: his remixes are awesome and he’s done collabs with some pretty famous artists, so get ready to rage on the Green like it’s not the middle of the afternoon.

Skimmer Fest starts at 3pm on September 21. Still not convinced you should go? Check out the artists here and here. Your only other option that day is actually going to the football game, sooo.

Made in America schedule FINALLY released: Put down those books and forget about the beginning of school stress-- Budweiser just released the set times and map for this year's Made in America Festival. Hey, only three days before the actual festival takes place!!! Thanks, Jay-Z!!! (No gratitude towards to the ever-patrolling Liquor Control Board/fun police.)
FeaturesJuly 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Research Roundup

Research Roundup

Sperm never forgets
Yeah, so, a new study finds that the stress guys experience can translate into the genetic material they pass on, resulting in kids that cope poorly with anxiety and other related deficiencies.

F(ear) Factor
We all know that music can change how you feel. But new research shows that it can work the other way around: how we feel can affect how we interpret music. For example, feeling scared can lower the ability to distinguish between sounds.

Anti-smoking ads go pro
A study out of the Annenberg School of Communication says that some anti-smoking ads can actually promote the desire to smoke, especially those with distracting smoking visuals and a weak message.

NewsApril 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Made In America Is Here, Y’all

The Made in America music festival is making its second annual appearance this Labor Day weekend. The lineup was just announced today, and we have one word for you: BEYONCÉ. So there you go, kids. If you’re still bitter about Girl Talk by August, you can bow down to the mother of all Fling headliners we never had.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed the academic calendar, school starts a week earlier this year (booooo). That means once you’re done reuniting with the besties and intimidating the freshmen, you can do NSO all over again the next weekend! Thanks, Jay-Z.

NewsApril 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It’s Okay Because Harvard Is Pissed About Its Fling Performer, Too

Some Penn students are super stoked that Tyga found time out of his busy schedule of slappin’ hoes and gettin’ faded to make our sweaty frat basement dreams a reality. From the ensuing Facebook group, flyer campaign, and multiple editorials, it’s no secret that others aren’t so stoked.

If you were planning on hitting up the Quad moonbounce and then actually bouncing for another school’s spring concert, don’t hit up your friends at Harvard. Tyga is set to headline their annual Yardfest AKA fake fling AKA nice try but still lame. In light of his violent and objectifying lyrics, the Crimsons are crimson (too easy) with rage and have started their own protests.

The reactions at Harvard are just as mixed. “As if these kids aren’t the same ones drinking to ‘Faded’ every weekend,” one comment notes. No comment?

NewsMarch 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Coming Out Today: Jesus, Game Of Thrones, & Spring Fling Headliner!

Happy Easter, merry Passover, and a holy Game of Thrones return to you! The egg hunt is (almost) over, kids. Stick around for the big announcement tonight at 7PM, as tweeted by the sacred SPEC secret-keepers themselves.

Filly FridayMarch 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Filly Friday

Image c/o Britt Miller at

Image c/o Britt Miller at

Now that it’s Spring (statistically speaking,) we must all lift the iron curtain of hibernation and leave our cozy Rosengarten carrels for the light of a SEPTA stop. Go off campus, baby!

Friday:  Head over to World Café Live (so close!) to see Freshly Ground, an Afrobeat funk band that’ll make you want to get up off of that thang. Tickets max out at $18, so the beat won’t break ya bank.

To Saturday and Sunday!

NewsMarch 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Basically A Fling Artist: Gigamesh

imagesThanks to the detective work of eager and slightly stalkerish Penn students, another (almost) fling artist has been uncovered. Gigamesh, aka Matthew Thomas Masurka, a producer/DJ best known for remixing “Pumped up Kicks” and producing “Cooler than Me”, released an April 13th tour date for the University of Pennsylvania. Looks like we’ll be raging Quadside with the Gig-man. Find out more about Gigamesh here.