What's HapPENNingApril 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

What’s HapPENNing?

whats happeningAhh, the sweet smells of Spring and sobriety.

This week has a ton of events that will serve as the perfect cure to your hangovers and matzah-induced stomach-aches.

Ongoing: Spring Green Week: Blind taste tests of organic food, clothing swaps in the Quad, and Quizzo — all with an environmental twist.


PASSOVER!!! Make your grandmother happy and go to the 30 minute seder. Also, I^ am hosting a seder at my house. Shoot me a message if you want to come.


If you haven’t yet overdose on SPEC, join them for an advanced screening of some movie with a topless Zac Efron: “Neighbors” @ 7:30pm @ the Rave


Wharton grad-turned VC dude-turned PA’s maybe future governor: Rob McCord @ 7pm @ JMHH265


Do you like Rabbits? Do you like Holes? Go see Rabbit Hole, presented by the Front Row Theater Company: @ 7:30pm @ Class of ’49 (Houston Hall)


Sororities + Sumo = Alzheimers? We’re confused, too, but it seems like Sammy’s philanthropy event will be a blast! @ 2pm @ 40th and Locust

This week’s award for best event cover photo goes to Onda Latina, performing “The Syndicate.” @ 6pm @ Iron Gate Theater

Off the Beat swears they’ll perform Jason Mraz, and we swear we won’t miss it! @ 6:30pm @ Harrison Auditorium (Penn Museum)

Kudos to EXCELANO for accepting Venmo payments for their show this semester! @ 8pm @ Dunlop (for details on where this place is, check out the event here)

FLING2K14April 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

The Least Peaceful And Loving Things To Happen During Fling

PEACELOVEFLING.APRIL11Deep breaths, deep breathsFLING WEEKEND IS (ALMOST) HERE!!! How totally psychedelic! Like it or not, we’ll be documenting each and every one of your dude-even-the-Quad-security-thought-I-was-sober, oops-no-I’m-definitely-more-drunk-than-I-thought-I-was, well-what-do-we-have-here-I’m-blackout, nahhh-bitch-I-just-blacked-in, and-now-I’m-ready-to-rally, moves beginning Friday (tonight? Thursday?). Read on to find out the least peaceful and loving things that will be taking place sooner than you can say fling, flang, FLUNG.

1. Lines are drawn as the one person who your entire hall hates isn’t invited to the hall pre-game and shows up anyway.

2. You underestimate your drunkenness and try to eat at Commons, getting into a fight with your once favorite employee and forever ruining what used to be a beautiful relationship.

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NewsApril 8, 2014 at 8:45 am

All Hope Is Not Lost, SPEC Holds Final Floor Pass Contest

contest_banner_2Still desperate for floor passes? Tryna get as close as possible to David Guetta’s sweaty turntable-spinnin’, beat-droppin’ bod? Too proud of your carefully-curated Insta to participate in the bizarrely involved contests for floor passes SPEC held last week? Well clear your schedule for today, because all that’s standing between you and two floor pass vouchers (yes, you still have to actually pay for the tickets) is your talent for decoding puns and knowledge of obscure Penn trivia. SPEC is holding a scavenger hunt, which is your FINAL CHANCE to get floor passes without paying some lucky lottery winner an arm and a leg.

Clues will be posted on the SPEC Facebook page and concert event page at 9 this morning with the location of four sets of floor pass vouchers. Find the vouchers, post a picture of you with said vouchers in the comments, and bring them to OSA by 4 p.m. on Thursday to fork over your cash money for the concert of a lifetime.

As SPEC put it, “in the game of fling floor passes, you either win, or you die (or at the very least, get stuck in general admission seating).” Oh, the horror! Better hop out of bed and get to hunting!

NewsMarch 31, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Want A Floor Pass? Gotta Up Your Instagame, Son

contest_banner_2Snoozin’ through the Fling floor pass lottery? Hope is not lost, friends! All you have to do is sacrifice your Instagram (and potentially your dignity) in a bizarre series of SPEC-sponsored contests Monday-Friday of this week and next. A pair of floor passes will be each day’s prize. SPEC really wants you to work for this, so the contests won’t be to win the passes themselves, but rather to win the vouchers to buy the two floor passes. Ugh, capitalism. Breakdown of the contest after the jump.

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What's HapPENNingMarch 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

What’s HapPENNing?

whats happeningCongrats! You made it through the first week after spring break! Only five more to go ’til you’re hOmE fReE. But until then, here’s what going on in your neck of the woods.

Ongoing: QPenn 2014 – Qtopia
Tons of events going on throughout the week, notably an address by Larverne Cox and the annual Pride Games. Qit qwill qbe qtons qof qfun.

Ongoing: Israel Week
Israel week is real this week so keep it real and do what ya feel, ya feel me?

Ongoing: International Week
Because just Israel isn’t enough. The whole world wants to be included. Read the rest of this entry »

NewsMarch 20, 2014 at 9:03 pm


YOU BUETTA BELIEVE IT, YOUR FLING HEADLINER IS GUETTA. (Okay, we’ll guetta room with our bad puns.) Under the Button confirms what those in Perelman Quad right now have just realized: David Guetta is playing Fling, following Ra Ra Riot & Magic Man!

Looks like SPEC’s EDM obsession is alive and well, bringing a DJ to headline for the third year in a row – but many will say this time’s the charm, considering Guetta’s canon of chart-topping hits and mainstream accessibility. When they signed him, they were prob just like, “Nothing to lose. Fire away. Fire away.

Maybe next year we’ll get a pop diva who singsbut for now we’ll hope – nay, insist – that David brings Kelly Rowland along for the ride for a legendary guest appearance.

NewsMarch 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Breaking Bad Creator Coming To Penn, Not Bringing Meth Samples

Vince GilliganIs it just us, or was SPEC really tryna get some attention yesterday? A few hours after putting us through the seven stages of finding out the Fling performer, they announced that SPEC Connaissance and Film will be hosting Vince Gilligan at Penn. Gilligan is the creator of “Breaking Bad,” a kinda well-liked show about a drug that Penn kids weren’t doing in PV.

The event is on April Fools Day at 8 pm in Irvine, so, like, someone should probbbably put a whoopee cushion under this dude’s chair. Tickets are on sale for $5 on Locust or at http://upennspec.ticketleap.com.

NewsMarch 17, 2014 at 8:29 am


Meet Magic Man, your first Spring Fling 2014 opening band! They’re up-and-coming, so you might not know them. (Only 7,300 Twitter followers, so if you are a fan, kudos to you and sorry your band is going mainstream. You knew them when.)

The DP chatted with a member of Magic Man and found out what the alternative pop-rock-synth group is all about. They just played SXSW! Check out their indielicious vid above and sound off in the comments below. Does Magic Man got the magic?

NewsMarch 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Treat Yo’Self to RETTA on Campus!

It is HEATING UP in this piece. The Meagles are a cold people, but “Parks & Recreation” icon Retta is coming to Penn as SPEC Connaissance’s spring speaker on March 24. She may technically have a last name, but we will not report it, as the queen deservedly appears on “Parks” without one – and was just upgraded to the opening sequence after Rashida and Rob left!

Retta, a Duke alum and onetime chemist, plays Donna Meagle, the most underrated gem of modern television comedies and this post’s author’s favorite human being/Twitter nemesis. (Retta is also notorious for her TV live tweetsand you know UTB will do the same with her appearance in Harrison Auditorium.) Last year, SPEC hosted SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, so we approve of keeping it in the NBC fam...time after time.

NewsJanuary 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

SPEC Reveals Groovy Fling Theme. We Are Still Cold.

CUS1108PeaceLoveHappinessThis year’s fling theme will be “Peace Love and Fling,” according to SPEC’s morning listserv blast.  Yes, without the commas. We at UTB were personally shocked, since we definitely thought the theme was going to be Level 254 of Candy Crush, Donuts, or Save Justin Bieber from Deportation.   (But actually, we will always luv u Justin.)

This announcement brings up a lot of questions.  Will Fling 2014 essentially be the Penn “Summer of Love?” Is our dream line-up of Missy Elliott and Evanescence totally shot?  Guess we will have to wait the 71 days (69 if you are #relevant) until Fling to find out.