NewsAugust 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Your Back-To-School College Rankings

Among the 25 super quirky, unconventional, avant-garde lists posted on The Daily Beast, Penn managed to nab a spot on five, despite being an unimpressive, low-tier institution. If scrolling through 25 lists isn’t how you like to spend your Mondays, we’ve got your back. Here are the Penn highlights:

  • Penn ranked 18th in student activists on campus, or fostering a good environment for these activists, or both. We’re not sure. We’re pretty sure that Newsweek’s not sure either.
  • We’re the #10 Greenest college in the whole entire country! So no matter how much the environment’s kicked our asses this week, we just won’t stop being its clingy girlfriend.
  • Congratulations! You go to the 6th Horniest university. So stop whining about how supposedly ugly your classmates are. You apparently don’t care very much anyway.
  • Penn is #4 on the list of Future CEOs. Thanks for carrying us through another ranking, Wharton! Without your persistent efforts, we could’ve landed ourselves a spot on the Most Free-Spirited list. God forbid.
  • Penn’s the 3rd Computer Geekiest school in the nation.

And that’s the way the toast crumbles. Feel free to let us know what you think, especially since our existential struggle after the last set of rankings. (Lookin’ at you, Philosoraptor.)

NewsMay 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

The Daily Beast: “Mechanical Engineering Is Useless”

Despite all their recent robot media hype, Penngineers are getting no love. Luckily, most of them are used to it.

The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 20 most useless degrees, and while English and Art predictably made the cut, Mechanical Engineering Technology actually ranked higher than either of the aforementioned majors, topping the list at number 8. The biggest slap in the face, however, is the accompanying picture, which features one of Penn’s very own GRASP projects, the robot pitcher.

We’ll just see if the folks at The Daily Beast (all of whom, of course, received degrees in linear algebra) are still singing the same tune when their computers mysteriously melt down next week. Nobody messes with the Penngineers. Nobody.

NewsApril 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Penn Alum Demands Greek Tweak

In an article that appeared in The Daily Beast, College graduate and former Theta vice president Samantha Wishman confronts the Greek system about its perception of women.

Wishman cites the recent fraternity scandals at Yale and maintains that the misogyny in those cases, as well as others, is a direct product of the sexism prevalent in the Greek system itself. In a tone that is neither condescending nor reproachful, Wishman does not attack Greek life, but instead advocates for sororities’ equal standing among fraternities.

Basically, the article’s worth a read. And it’s short.

NewsJanuary 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Welcome To Drunkadelphia

Finally! Two of our favorite topics to post about (drinking and rankings) have come together with a New Year’s bang in The Daily Beast‘s list of the 40 Drunkest Cities in the US, and Philly is number 20!

We may not have made it into the top ten on this prestigious list, but we should still recognize our victory over boozy destinations like New Orleans and Las Vegas. Yes, the accompanying statistics that justify this new title may be a bit depressing (talking about alcoholic liver disease like, totally kills our buzz), but at least the people in the photo sure look excited? Go ahead and incorporate this information into your resolutions as you see fit.

NewsSeptember 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Another Day, Another Ranking

Update: The Daily Beast also posted the 50 Most Dangerous Colleges and ranked us at number 17. Pretty good considering we’re located in Philly, which is often put in the top 20 most dangerous cities in the country.

If you haven’t had your fill of college rankings in the past week, we’ve got another for you. Our fair university has been ranked the second most dangerous Ivy League school. We are second only to Harvard because they feel the need to beat us at everything. The Daily Beast was gruesome enough to tell us such things as the number of reported murders, forcible rapes, and aggravated assault in the past three years, which is what they took into account when creating their list. It’s pretty scary to see and in this case, maybe we wouldn’t mind a lower place on the ranks.

CampusApril 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Well, Now We Can All Rest a Little Easier

Everyone loves rankings, especially when Penn captures a coveted top spot. And since many of us are currently buried away in the depths of Van Pelt, it comes as little surprise that Penn took home this year’s #4 spot on the Daily Beast‘s ranking of the 50 Most Stressful Colleges.

We’d also like to take a moment of silence to note that this is our second fourth place finish of the year—not an easy feat in itself.

The blog (which seems to have a penchant for rankings) took five key factors into their final tally: cost, acceptance rate, competitive academics, engineering rank and crime rank.

While we didn’t take away a top three finish (gold, bronze and silver go to Stanford, Columbia and M.I.T., respectively), we did edge out Harvard and Princeton in a close running. We’d also like to point out that the tipster who alerted us to our prestigious award also initially mistook us for Penn State, who slid in at #46. We’re better than that, really.

So congrats Penn, keep on doing what you do best.

UncategorizedOctober 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm

There’s a sucker (and a new blog) born every minute

Street editor and arbiter of cool Hillary Reinsberg writes in to tell us about the splashy new blog from “queen of buzz” Tina Brown. Because you need something to read between UTB posts.

Searching for that happy medium between The Huffington Post and Perez Hilton? COMM majors, check it out. Today marks the launch of The Daily Beast, a sort of Drudge Report for the hipper set. The Daily Beast, with its tagline, “Read this skip that,” is the brainchild of editrix Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

But it gets better! Our fellow friends in the blogosphere have pointed out that the site’s design is totally ripped off from the Philadelphia Daily News!  Gawker may call Philly “New York’s rather dowdy Southern neighbor,” but we’re taking it in stride.