He’s certainly no A-Gutt, but he’ll do. Pictured here is Thomas Sovereign Gates, the very first President of the University, named in 1930 (bet you didn’t know that). His intelligence and leadership proved indispensable at a time when our nation was in social and political turmoil. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Gates oversaw the use of the university campus as a training ground for American troops. We wouldn’t expect anything less of a Penn prez.
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Look who showed up for class today! Always the punctual green clay humanoid, Gumby showed up at Professor Jamie-Lee Josselyn’s creative writing course a few minz early to chat about Pokey’s girl drama (fictional horses can be SO clingy) and his uneventful hurricane vacay. Have fun, you two!
Look at Lil’ Poochy Woochy over here, strutting down Locust Walk! Not that poochy woochy– this guy’s name is GRADY, and he’s a SECURITY DOG, DUH. What don’t you get about that? He’s a simple dog who wants to make sure you have a secure password, just like everydoggy else. That’s all he wants. He’s a simple guy. C’mere and give us Cyber Security Awareness smoochy woochies, doggy woggy!
Talk about being ahead of the curve! Check out this awesome vintage photograph from Penn’s 1886 production of The Acharnians by Aristophanes. You will note that these boys are smizing (not coined by Tyra until 2009) and are showing off their enviable legs with trendy gladiator sandals. Chic and historically accurate! Very impressive and progressive. This play was put on by the Greek Society, before TAC-e or even Mask & Wig were founded. Kudos to these cross-dressing campus cuties!
This holiday, coined by one David Kaiser-Jones C’14, was inspired by a picture he dug up “quite some time ago” and “was waiting, of course, until September 19 to share.” Please celebrate responsibly. And never use that third elevator that seems totally fine one day and then is all boarded up with wooden planks the next. (You know the one.)
This snapshot was taken at Van Pelt’s dedication ceremony on one sunny October day in 1962. It’s like a retro Library Social! Imagine if the ceremony was right now and all of these nice people were simply sitting there watching you study and listening to you learn.
John Legend took some time out of busy schedule to chat up with some old friends at his alma mater this morning. Check out this C’99 alum hanging out with Ben– so photogenic! We’re hearing reports that Franklin provided the requisite beatbox for Legend’s a cappella dubstep version of “Ordinary People.” Quaint! We can’t wait to hear it ourselves at the concert tonight.
We asked, and you sent! Yup, spring is well upon us, and luckily for the Penn community, some of you have a good eye for spotting how beautiful campus is at this time of year. We’ve highlighted just a sampling of our favorites (choosing was very hard, mind you) so you can enjoy them as much as we do.
If you’d like us to feature your lovely spring photos, tweet your pics at us throughout the day and we’ll retweet you. In the meantime, put away your phone and stop looking at your feet on your walk to class– you’re missing more than you know!
Meet the Penn men’s basketball team of 1920. Believe it or not, this motley crew managed to win the Eastern Intercollegiate League title, which was the league Penn played in before the Ivy League was created. Good looks, team. Those knee pads are really intimidating.