NewsMarch 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Your 2013 Fling Headliner, Finally: GIRL TALK

Girl+Talk+GTAfter a lengthy delay (which we all know was caused by Justice’s cancellation), SPEC has finally revealed the 2013 Spring Fling headliner, with less than two weeks until the concert. UTB and the DP can now officially confirm that Girl Talk will take the stage this year after Tyga and Janelle Monáe.

For those who don’t know, Girl Talk is a dude, not a female or a band, and specializes in mashups (last album: 2010). Let the disappointed comments commence below!

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.

What's HapPENNingMarch 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

What’s HapPENNing?

0c41b6a801968d2bc23e2d7d24a7633bWell, it’s the last full week of March, although might indicate otherwise. Time is FLYING, Quakerz! So don’t get burnt out, because Penn is a-bustlin’ with events galore. Maybe your midterms are done! Maybe the Fling headliner will be announced! Two-thirds of the student body is likely in tech week for the myriad of performances happening this upcoming weekend. Let’s take a look at what’s going down on campus before the arrival of April and all its alcoholism.

Green Week 2013

Who? Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP)
When and where? Ongoing everywhere, through Greenfest on Friday
Why? Environmentalism is sexy and the green lovin’ doesn’t end with St. Paddy’s Day

Passover at Penn

Who? Hillel (obvi)
When and where? Hillel, tonight through the rest of PESACH
Why? God parted the red seas to help Moses lead the Jews to Israel (you can read about it in the Bible), so Passover is a BFD – class cancellations are not uncommon. Celebrate with seders tonight and tomorrow and something called Mega Shabbat on Friday, with performances by the Shabbatones and Bloomers

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Locust FlaikusMarch 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Locust Flaikus

Locust FlaikusAnother week, another edition of Locust Flaikus! So if you’re lucky enough to have working AirPennNet, grab your internet device and take a load off.

SPEC Keep Calm and Laugh On

Stand-Up and Improv
SNL and ComCen Stars
Wild Wed. can wait

SPEC Film Present An Evening with Zach Braff

I’m sure you heard this
Hot Scrubs guy comes to Spruce Street
Keep your pants on girls

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NewsMarch 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm



Thanks to a subtle SPEC tweet, we’re pretty sure one of the Fling artists will be Tyga!! The clue (above, in today’s DP classifieds) included references to the songs “Faded” “Dope” and “Far Away.” Stay tuned for details!!

Update: The DP has confirmed that Tyga is, in fact, coming. Get excited!

NewsMarch 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

Fling Tickets Online This Year

line no moreThis year Fling ticket sales are getting a major upgrade. For public safety reasons, SPEC will no longer sell tickets in the long line we’ve grown to know and love. Tickets will now be available through a series of online flash sales.

That’s right, no more camping out for hours waiting for Janelle and her yet-to-be-revealed fellow acts!

Details on the flash sales (so you know what classes to skip) will be available later this week in the DP. Claimed floor passes will be picked up/paid for on the walk during normal ticketing hours.

SPEC would also like to emphasize that the decision to move to online sales was not their own. Still, it seems like a hallmark of this year’s theme, “40 Years of Fling,” just like the  website launched last month.

What's HapPENNingMarch 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

What’s HapPENNing?

What's HappeningWe get that it’s basically Monday night and What’s HaPENNing is basically 1/7 irrelevant now, but did you complete all your post-spring break homework on time?  We didn’t think so.  Did you even get out of bed today?  We didn’t think so.  To the events!

Avery Johnson at Penn

Who? Undergraduate Sports Business Marketing Club, Black Wharton, and MUSE
When and where? Tonight!  Right now! 6pm! Go! Huntsman!
Why? He’s a former NBA player, coach and ESPN analyst.  He’s talking about the “business of basketball.”

SPEC Ticket Madness

Who? All your friends in SPEC
When and where? Tonight! 6:30-8 in Hall of Flags
Why? One-stop shop for SPEC speakers this semester.  Plus free wings and mozz sticks!

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NewsMarch 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

SPEC To Bring Zach Braff to Campus

zach-braff-thelongestkissDespite the wishes of TLC, SPEC is bringing Zach Braff to campus.

Braff, who is known for various quirky-and-sensitive-guy roles, will probably be less controversial than Malcolm Gladwell and more controversial than a baby rabbit. The actor has since branched into film production and also definitely some commercials. He’ll be speaking on March 25th at 7PM, and ticket details are here! But if you’re looking to net yourself a nice Jewish celebrity, you’ll have to forego your seder.

NewsFebruary 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

Live From Penn, It’s SPECurday Night!

It’s true, three of the cast members of Saturday Night Live will be on campus next month, and it’s going to be March Madness! First, on the 19th at Irvine, SPEC Connaissance is bringing longtime SNL star Jason Sudeikis, because Sudeikis is the natural follow up to Sanjay (we’re not complaining). Buy tickets for $5 here or on Locust for the discussion of Jason’s path to SNL superstardom and becoming Olivia Wilde’s fiancée and January Jones’ maybebabydaddy.

Then, on the 27th at the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium (tickets here, $5 in advance), his hilarious costars, newcomer Kate McKinnon and Penn alum Vanessa Bayer, will host an evening of standup and improv comedy, along with someone named Nick Vatterott. While we wish Kristen Wiig would join her ex-colleagues, we’re still freakin’ excited. See the pretty cool sketch above, with Vanessa and Jason!

NewsFebruary 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

Fling Performer 2013? It Could Be You!

uncle-sam-we-want-youLooking to make a name for yourself at Penn? Craving eternal stardom? Want to perform at Fling? SPEC wants to give YOU the chance to perform in the Quad during the two-day festival. All you have to do is send in a few samples of your talent to

But act fast, the deadline is this Sunday! So grab your instruments, warm up those voices, and shake that thang because Fling is right around the corner, and we would love to see you whistle while you work it.

Read the full details here! Open to all bands, singers, dance groups, a cappella groups, awesome people, etc.