It’s been a few days now, and it seems that some of the dust has finally settled vis-a-vis the “rap battle” between Rhode Island artist Mike Stud, Houston rapper RiFF RAFF, and Penn alum Hoodie Allen. Luckily, things didn’t seem escalate much beyond rude lyricism, furtive subtweeting and hilarious photoshopping, but it’s pretty clear that there was some love lost between these artists.
Despite some hurt feelings, it’s important to put things like this in perspective. Did this conflict ever have the potential to become the next great hip-hop feud? Absolutely not. Would it have really ever happened without the presence of Twitter? Literally no. A physical confrontation between the artists could have been interesting, but nothing like that seems to have gone down. Regardless, it’s summer, the whole shebang was kind of funny to virtually behold, and it concerns a former Quaker pal of ours, so read on after the jump, and maybe you’ll learn a li’l something. Read the rest of this entry »
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 tweets, and 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.
Wharton grad Suhail Rizvi recently invested in 15.6% of Twitter when it went public this past week, earning him $3.8 billion in a single day. What have you done in the last day aside from a whole lot of nothing?
Rizvi, who owns the private equity firm Rizvi Traverse, also has investments in Facebook and Playboy (lol). He was even responsible for buying and selling Summit Entertainment, which produced Twilight and The Hunger Games.
What do we appreciate most about this financial wizard? He has a personal assistant who is responsible for removing any of his personal information from the internet. Ugh, a man after our own heart. If only we had our own personal assistants to get rid of this weekend’s homecoming shenanigans that may or may not have been captured on photograph.
Looks like Penn is still on the mind of one Bethenny Frankel, who visited campus last year. (And brought now ex-hubby Jason Hoppy.) The Real Housewife/talk show host tweeted her morning Starbucks run getup to her 1.25 million followers, asking Nick Cannon if wife Mariah Carey would wear such a casual outfit – but homegirl was not-so-casually rocking a Penn hoodie!
She did crack a joke that daughter Bryn would be applying to Wharton, so it’s probably all just a strategy to get the attention of admissions, right? Regardless, the slightly altered (cut that neckline open!) Quaker apparel made a nice look for the Skinnygirl entrepreneur‘s Starbs trip. (Nonfat soy, no foam, no froth, no whip.)
Listen up freshies. Sadly now that NSO is NSOver, it’s time to float back down to real life where the Mondays are long and the 2am Wawa lines are longer. But everything’s going to be just fine, especially with the elders here to guide you.
Introducing Penn FreshAdvice, a Twitter account that dishes out handy advice direct from your friendly neighborhood upperclassmen. Don’t worry, this isn’t your mom’s “remember to brush your teeth” cue eyeroll okay mom kinda advice (although equally important). We’re talkin’ real upperclassmen-certified stuff that’ll have you acting more like a Pennsavvy freshman and less like a Pennsilly freshboy in no time. You’re already reading UTB so you’re well on your way. Give Penn FreshAdvice a peep; they’re on tumblr too if that’s yo’ thang.
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Did you hear about that woman who spent an absurdly long time on campus to write an absurdly long New York Times article that was absurdly non-groundbreaking? Yeah, you did, and your great-aunt called to discuss how “sad” and “empty” your existence must be.
Regardless, the Times is surely sittin’ peachy this week as Kate Taylor’s trend piece is the paper’s most emailed and is getting tons of buzz nationwide. Of course, commentary about the article has dominated Quakers’ news feeds and Twitters, criticizing everything from the article’s limited pool of profiled subjects to its casual insertion of a sexual assault.
The DP talked to students, administrators and experts. Now, check out an incomprehensive collection of Penn’s angry, sassy social media rants – and feel free to add your two cents in the comments. Read the rest of this entry »
Two a.m. and she calls me ’cause I’m still awake… Preach, Anna Nalick, because it’s Twitter-official: VP’s main building is open until 2 a.m. all the way through finals, effective immediately. As happy as we are that the exodus to Rosenparty is no longer at the absurdly early hour of midnight, the fact that @upennlib had to tweet something with the words “today” and “finals” is disconcerting.
Where did the time go?! Oh yes, last day of classes in about two weeks, so buckling down to start those final research papers now is not unwise. Who are we kidding? Do your mental health a favor and don’t take advantage of these extended hours until after this weekend. And if we see you in there during Fling, you’re getting MERTed.
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