Another Thursday, another edition of Locust Flaikus! Now that spring break is over (sigh), all the performance groups are now competing for you attendance at their spring shows. Actually, every student group seems to have something they want you to go to. Seriously, you might have to start skipping class to avoid flyers.
South Asian Society Weekend Events
Today some workshops
Scavenger Hunt tomorrow
Ooh! Fancy Banquet
SPEC-TRUM: Future, Melanie Fiona, and Chill Moody
Penn Museum tonight
Chill Moody’s from Philly ayye!
See the next big thing
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Need a hawt outfit to rock during Spring Fling? For a mere $45.00, this lovely, timelessly trendy argyle pinnie, available at the Penn Bookstore, can be yours!
They even have some styling suggestions. To dress it down, “rock your pinnie with your favorite tee and skinny jeans,” or, to kill that interview, “wear like a sweater vest to give your suit some spirit.” Guaranteed to impress at game day AND your next interview! Of course, if you’re not a fan of the classic argyle look, it also comes in plaid. Hurry before they sell out!!
Let’s face it, we all love Penn and going away on break isn’t always that easy. So, as you’re secretly crying in your hotel room because you miss Dear Old Penn way too much, we have provided you with our list of things to make you “miss” Penn even more. All you have to do is click here. Read the rest of this entry »
With spring break comes spring fashion! There’s nothing like the feeling of strutting down Locust, latte in hand, rocking some classic ballet flats on a warm March day. Many a Penn betch can be seen wearing the designs of our most fashionable alum, Tory Burch.
Before she became a fashion icon, Tory graduated in ’88 with a major in Art History. Too bad The Walk wasn’t around when Tory was here, because she probably would have owned it. This theta alum went on to become an accomplished fashion designer, business woman, and philanthropist.
Known for her preppy/boho style, Tory’s fashion line is carried at over 1,000 department stores. She’s dated celebs (Lance Armstrong!), made appearances on ANTM and Gossip Girl, and even been endorsed by Oprah! Needless to say, she oozes fabulosity. And like a true Penn do-gooder, Tory has given back with her charity foundation, which provides economic opportunities to women and their families. Alas, yet another ridiculously successful Penn alum who makes us wonder if we will ever do anything half as cool with our lives.
Always something there to remind us…that there is never a dull moment at Penn. In case you weren’t so fortunate last night to see him in action, we got this great snapshot of Moses. This picture shows our dear friend doing what he does best: preaching to the people! ”I am Moses! Look at me, it’s Moses! Bow down to me swine, I’m Moses!” said Moses, as people laughed. Keep an eye out in case he decides to re-apparate. Just goes to show, you never know who is watching…
Holly Otterbein over at Philly.com certainly thinks so. In an article today, Otterbein challenges Penn and other Philadelphia nonprofits to step up and channel a portion of their funds back into the city. Back in the ’90s, you see, Penn was part of the PILOT program (“payments in lieu of taxes”), in which the city conferred nonprofit statuses on over 40 organizations if they agreed to fork over a portion of what they would owe in property taxes.
Fast-forward a few years, and the $9 million the city used to receive from the PILOTs has dwindled to less than $400,000– and Penn no longer contributes anything. Huh. What gives?
While Otterbein points out that Penn offers Philadelphia certain services for free (like police support), it takes advantage of the city’s fire, water, and trash collection departments, among others. Is Penn Philly’s biggest moocher or not?
[Disclaimer: Papyrus is such a joke. So is this post.] Have you ever looked at how many classes are offered at Penn each semester? A buttload! One whole buttload. And it’s overwhelming! If you’re like us and haven’t finalized your classes for next semester (or haven’t picked out any at all)– or even if you have– let UTB direct you to the raddest courses offered in upcoming spring term.
LING444: Abnowmal Speech Pattewns
Instructor: Rebecca Stein
Description: Faw hundweds of yeaws, humans have noticed stwange and bizawwe speech pattewns in theiw neighbows. Accents awe not mewely choices but symptoms of the fwagile psychological constwucts of the wespective enviwoment, as this lectuwe aims to show. Also: Pwofits.
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Maybe you’ve heard that there’s a
mass movement couple of people circulating a petition to change Penn’s name in light of the Penn State scandal and, we guess, our general feeling of inferiority from such a plain name. But you probably haven’t heard the naming alternatives being whispered in only the most powerful of circles. Here’s our exclusive scoop on the shortlist of Penns that could be (yeah, we absolutely made these up).
- Huntsman University
- University City University
- THEOP: The Old Penn
- #notpennstate University
- As one commenter wrote, “PENNterest. If it’s gonna be mistaken anyway, side with 2,000% growth! ” (But seriously, when is our Pinterest invite gonna come through)
- The “Jewniversity of Pennsylgaysia!” Have you guys heard that one???
If you have any of your own suggestions, do share.
Well, while we were off having a bitchfit yesterday about the whole Penn/Penn State mix-up, scientists from both schools were actually putting the 150-mile difference aside, and teaming up to teach us all a little something about sleep paralysis.
Sleep paralysis is a condition in which you feel like you are awake, but you are unable to move. Episodes occur in the stages between wakefulness and sleep and can last just a few seconds or up to several minutes. Some individuals can see and hear things (hallucinations), but they are not able to respond physically to them. [It] may occur only a few times during a person’s life, or as often as every night.
The best part of the study is that experts at Penn and Penn State deduced that psychiatric patients and students have a lot in common. It turns out that these two groups are most affected by the condition.
How annoying is it when you drag yourself out of bed to class and the professor isn’t there? You’re all like, what the hell is this guy doing, worst class ever, etc… and then you find out, via an email sent while you’re waiting in class, that the professor isn’t there because he died. And the department forgot to tell you.
That’s what happened in PSCI-291 last week. After the jump, read the awkward email explaining the “oversight” of not telling a class that the professor had passed away over the summer.
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