We may groan endlessly about Penn’s dining options (that shudder you’re now experiencing comes courtesy of Houston Market), but as West Philadelphians, we’re actually very lucky when it comes to food. In fact, some of our Philly favorites (White Dog, Sabrina’s, Marigold Kitchen– to name a few) are just a short walk away, and for the next two weeks, they’re cheap, thanks to Uni City Dining Days.
Starting tonight and running through July 26th, and sponsored the neatest Philly organizations like the DP (ever heard of it?), Metro, and the local Jewish newspaper, Dining Days really just mean one thing: cheap, good food.
Three-course menu options will be offered at 34 local restaurants for the fixed price of $15, $25, or $30 per person. All in all, a pretty sweet idea. (Except for these threepromotionalvids.)
Last semester, the University discussed the possibility of creating a Penn branch of the Confucius Institute– think of it as Epcot’s China Pavilion but in West Philadelphia– through its Center for East Asian Studies, having previously rejected the proposal back in 2009. The Confucius Institute has been growing in power and popularity for the cultural education and cold, hard CA$H it provides, with outposts at Stanford, Columbia, and the London School of Economics, as the Timesreports.
Penn, however, said no to the Confucius Institute. For the second time. As international relations professor Arthur Waldron points out, “Once you have a Confucius Institute on campus, you have a second source of opinions and authority that is ultimately answerable to the Chinese Communist Party and which is not subject to scholarly review.” Hear, hear! Sounds like as good reason as any for the CEAS’s unanimous opposition the Confucius Institute.
Sophomore Rachel del Valle’s “Duly Noted” column this week discussed her propensity for fitting music into every aspect of her life. In fact, she quite literally explains her music selection for even the most mundane experiences:
I’d be folding laundry and think, “Wouldn’t this be so much better with some Frank Sinatra?” I’d be buttering toast and imagine how good Belle & Sebastian would sound combined with the scraping of the knife…Brushing my teeth? I’m going to need some Hall & Oates to make the Crest go down smoother.
We’d be lying to say we’ve never done the same (such a toast song!), but this perfectly demonstrates why we keep iPods in our pockets and Spotify profiles on private.
Freshman class President Ariel Koren took to the press over the past week to discuss the “female leadership issue” and what her status as a female leader on campus means. After the obvious Penn15 joke, Koren goes into a talk about the visibility of women in high places at Penn:
She is usually easy to identify: hair windblown, heels clanking, eyes aglow and mind a-storm, at work on her new plan of attack: how else might she shake things up on campus?
Windblown hair? Heels? A menacing glint in her eyes? Oh no. Oh… oh no. This comes to mind. Not surprisingly, a lot ofPenn women had something to say about President Koren’s piece. Eek.
This past weekend saw the annual return of the highly anticipated Vagina Monologues shows in Irvine. The two performances on Friday and Saturday raised over $43,000 for the city’s only rape crisis center, Women Organized Against Rape. That’s pretty rad! So what’s the problem, you ask? College junior Simcha Katsnelson criticized the show for being occasionally counterproductive before centering on our society’s larger problem:
“I feel like people in our society have a really twisted conception of sex. Instead of talking about women being liberal with their bodies, we should have the opposite and talk about how sex is such a beautiful thing.”
Valid points, all.
“It’s not a commodity,” Katsnelson said. “It’s not something that you can just give to everyone like you give out a puss pop to everyone.”
Man Killed At 39th and Market Identified– In an update to yesterday's post about the man killed from bullet wounds Sunday afternoon, the DP reports that the 21-year-old has been identified as Frank Trower. At this time, it is unknown if Trower is identified with Penn in any way. Keep checking back for updates as they come in.
Man Killed At 39th And Market– Around 4 p.m. today, an unidentified man was found dead in his home at 39th and Market, as the DP reports. The 21-year-old suffered from two bullet wounds to the head. DPS has confirmed the incident and the Philadelphia Police Department will be leading an investigation on the matter.
Over 130 students recently participated in a video petition (in conjunction with an online petition) demanding the creation of an American Sign Language minor at Penn. The video has SAD and DRAMATIC music playing throughout but the people in it are smiling, so we’re not sure how to feel.
As the DP pressed in an editorial last Friday, the creation of the ASL minor would be crucial in opening up the deaf community to Penn students. Dean DeTurck notes a “lack of standing faculty,” which is a valid roadblock as any, but the proposed minor seems to be a step in the right direction and a practical option for those interested in learning a new language. Sign us up! </end ASL jokes>
The UA Has Been Found Guilty Of Last Semester's Charges– And now they're going to jail for forcing blindfolds and mimosas on freshmen. Just kidding– they have to go to alcohol and hazing educational sessions. Are they learning how to properly haze people or that hazing is Bad with a capital B? Take it away, DP!
New DP columnists Hayley Brooks and Ali Kokot penned a reaction to the presence of grinding on campus this afternoon, and while nothing seemed out of the ordinary at first, our jaws dropped when we arrived at the halfway point of the article:
With grinding, any body standing on the dance floor is fair game.
College sophomore Naomi Shavin quipped, “I don’t think that we should live in a society where somebody can rub their boner on your tushy without asking your permission.” Amen.