Chasing AmyOctober 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Chasing Amy: AAU, AAU!

amygutmannYet another leadership position has been awarded to Madame President, and as usual, we’re kvelling. The blonde bombshell was recently elected as vice chair of the Association of American Universities, which you KNOW leads into a glorious term as chair. So she’ll kind of be the president of presidents, allowing her to discuss issues close to home on a national platform. Sigh.

A-Gut is also Obama’s chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, so between these jobs and keeping up glamorous appearances on Locust, it’s safe to say that, as always, Amy G is (time to) shining. Mazel tov, boo!

NewsSeptember 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

Wharton To Students: Help Us!

Flooded with emails? Here’s one you probably deleted.

Wharton just emailed its listserv asking for your input in selecting a new Dean! No, this isn’t just a “super quick survey for my marketing class” that will “literally take two-and-a-half seconds to fill out.” Wharton wants your help to appoint the next man or woman in charge of convincing its constituents to concentrate in something other than finance.

So go for it! Nominate Barack Obama or Bon Iver, Beyonce or ‘Becca Stein. But remember: your submission goes on your permanent record.

NewsDecember 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Penn Masala To Tour India!

How appropriate! Hi, peeps. How’ve ya been? We interrupt your busy, rowdy (Neflixy, gluttonous) winter break with glorious news. As they have in years past, Penn Masala is journeying to India for the first half of January for five-stop a cappella extravaganza! We’d expect nothing else of Penn’s beloved Masala, and we’re sure Obama is kvelling just as much.

This tour is sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe, with concerts in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and New Delhi. Needless to say, the Hindi a capella superstars have already created a media circus – there’s already an adoring promotional article in Rolling Stone India. Quakers in Dia (too far?) shouldn’t miss Masala making majestic music – the rest of us can ogle the glitzy video trailer (above).

NewsNovember 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

To Barack, With Love

Before the election, inboxes nationwide were bombarded with “personalized” emails from politicians, fundraisers and, of course, celebrities. The Obama campaign sent frequent messages opening with “Dear [Your Name]” from such stars as Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dr. Maya Angelou!

Junior Dylan Hansen-Fliedner decided to, quite literally, take all those emails to heart. Treating the hundreds of messages as if they really were personal, he replied to every email he got from September 10 to Election Day with a corresponding love letter. Dylan turned his 100+ hilarious fake declarations of love for Obama for America’s fundraising into a self-published book, which is downloadable on this Tumblr.

He also compiled and sent his responses to the White House, and today, his clever project got picked up by The Atlantic! We can only hope Bey, Michelle and all the other emailers get to read your heartwarming love letters. Penn BFF Joe Biden would definitely appreciate the “I love you, and I will continue to do so till my last breath.”

NewsNovember 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Chalk: A Form Of Social Media

“DON’T VOTE. It only encourages the bastards!” they say. Either this person really doesn’t like Obomney, or they’re clearly misinformed about the legitimacy of both of their respective children. Either way, the new (same) president has been elected. Check out The DP for election results!

Missing Bill Clinton's words of wisdom? Oh no! Is Bill going to sway young minds to vote for Obama while you sit pointlessly in recitation? Did he come to Penn hoping to find his next nice, Jewish intern? We don't know, but we hope you stay tuned via our live-tweet feed to find out!
Election WatchNovember 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Bill Clinton To Speak At The Palestra

You registered to vote in Pennsylvania–a swing-state–so you could cancel out the vote of your left-leaning roommate, or perhaps you actually believe your vote counts. Either way, it’s your first election, and you’re about to do it big.

Speaking of “doing,” “it,” and “big,” consider marking your first real display of civic duty by attending Bill Clinton’s speech at the Palestra. Ditch your election-chic for some White House Intern-chic and sidestep the Secret Service agents to hear the 42nd President discuss the critical nature of this election at 4pm tomorrow.

It’s technically a pre-election rally, encouraging Penn students to vote for somebody, making this whole democracy thing just (im-)peachy. Get yo tix here!

NewsOctober 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Have You Guys Heard About This Election?

It’s pretty hush-hush, but there’s a super-dramatic presidential race going on between Mitt Zombie and BOOrack Obama. Spooky! Anyway, whether or not you’re in the know of this election, the Penn Political Coalition is currently presenting Political Action Week, which promises to be as exciting as it is alliterative (please pledge to go to polls!). Hurricane Sandy may have stolen the thunder of Amy’s Halloween Party, but the PPC is proudly cramming in as much political proactivity as possible over the next three days.

A full schedule of events can be found here and on Facebook, but the fun kicks off tonight in Huntsman at 7 (you can still get A-Gut’s desserts) with Obama’s Cabinet Secretary Christopher Lu. Don’t worry about political bias, though: College Republicans will be screening the controversial documentary 2016: Obama’s America tomorrow in Huntsman at 6 p.m. And of course, the festivities will conclude with a free food Schmoozer on Friday, before the PPC starts its weekend pre-election panic (more Ps!).

NewsOctober 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Five Things You Should Know About Arlen Specter

Losing a professor is always a huge blow to the community, especially when that professor is your own. But the legacy left by former five-term Senator and Penn Law faculty member Arlen Specter, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, is unparalleled. Here are 5 things you should know about his career:

1) He’s sorta like Ben Franklin. According to former Gov. and Penn faculty member Ed Rendell, Specter “did more for the people of Pennsylvania over his more than 30 year career with the possible exception of Benjamin Franklin.” Wow. Read more after the jump!

Want a real Intro to American Politics?–  Obama For America is opening up a brand new West Philly office at 52nd and Walnut today! Head on over to shmooze about local politics from 6:30 to 8:30 or just to grab some grub, courtesy of our second-favorite President.