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Flung, Wild, and Free

Author:  Carolyn Grace, C’16

Spring has finally sprung on campus, dear Quakers, and just in time for Penn’s greatest weekend ever: it’s time for FLIIIIING!

Goofing around in the Fling photo booth :)

Fling 2013: goofing around in the photo booth :)

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you just happen to be reading this blog post and you don’t go to Penn, Spring Fling is the biggest (and best!) college festival on the East Cost, in existence for now over 40 years.   The festival actually has a pretty rich history and is certainly one of Penn’s biggest traditions.  Without a doubt, it’s the favorite tradition among students!

The theme for this year’s Fling is the oh-so groovy  ❀☮ PEACE LOVE AND FLING ❀☮  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited.  SPEC has a great line-up for the big concert on Friday: Magic Man, Ra Ra Riot, and headliner David Guetta!  I wasn’t familiar with the first two artists when SPEC first announced them, but after to listening to them on Spotify I am so stoked to see them perform live.  Here are a couple favorites of mine from Magic Man and Ra Ra Riot, both of which I hope are played at the concert!

“Paris” by Magic Man

“Beta Love” by Ra Ra Riot

Lilly and I before CP takes the stage!

Lilly and I before CP takes the stage!

As great as the big concert is going to be, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to the Quad concerts the most!  It’s the chance to see my friends in other performing arts groups rock the stage in front of the entire student body.  I’m especially excited to watch Bloomers Band, Penn Glee Club Band, and Penny Loafers a cappella (good luck guys!).  Counterparts will also be singing in prep for our Spring show…but that’s for another blog post ;)

The final performance, however, is going to bring the walls of the Quad down.  Some lovely ladies of Counterparts (Sam, Swaroop, Lilly) and I will each be singing with the Mask and Wig band!  Their performance is the final one of the entire Fling weekend, and it always draws a huge crowd.  I can’t wait to be up on stage with them, mostly because my performance is going to be something I’ve never done before.  I’ll be singing the song Timber by Ke$ha and Pitbull.  Well, actually, I’ll be rapping it.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m going to be rapping Pitbull’s part of Timber.  And I literally cannot wait.

A crowd shot from the Mask and Wig stage.  I'll be up there in almost a week!

A crowd shot from the Mask and Wig stage. I’ll be up there in almost a week!

So grab your fanny packs, don your neon tanks, and make room for the fried oreoes, dear Quakers.  The countdown to Spring Fling begins NOW!

 

 

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A Palestra Proposal

Author: Stephanie Yee, C’08

The Penn Band always knows how to keep things interesting at The Palestra. On Saturday, Penn Men’s Basketball fans witnessed a Penn Band marriage proposal during a media timeout. Hurrah for Penn love, and congratulations to the newly engaged couple!

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Come back to campus this May 16 – 19, 2014

Author: Kelly O’Connor

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Come back to campus this May 16 – 19, 2014 to catch up with friends and celebrate all things Penn!

Registration opens Monday, March 3rd.

Check the Alumni Weekend website for event details and updates.

New for 2014 – The Parade of Classes and Alumni Picnic will be held at Penn Park!

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Penn Alumni Families – March was a busy month!

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Below is a list of our successful March 2014 Family Programs.  I’m sorry you missed them!

Keep an eye on the new Penn Alumni Families website, and don’t miss another opportunity to attend a Penn event with your family!

FAMILY NIGHT at the PALESTRA
On March 7, 2014, the Association of Alumnae and Alumni Relations held a successful event with the Penn Women’s Basketball team at the Palestra for the 3rd Annual Family Night at the Palestra!

FAMILY DAY at MASK and WIG
On March 22, 2014, Alumni Relations hosted its 4th Annual Family Day at Mask and Wig!  Many alumni brought their kids to the Mask and Wig Clubhouse, 310 S. Quince Street, Philadelphia, for a fun-filled afternoon beginning with lunch, followed by an age-appropriate show.  After the show, the kids joined the performers on stage for a kick-line and singing of the Red and Blue.  Penn’s Mask and Wig is an all-male comedy troupe that has entertained Philadelphians and the Penn community since 1889 with its original revues.  This year’s production, Wishful Sinking, was adapted to appeal to children ages 12 and under.

4O WINKS with the SPHINX and PENN ALUMNI
On Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 2014, Penn alumni and their children spent an overnight adventure at Penn’s Museum for 40 Winks with the Sphinx and Penn Alumni. The night’s activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more!  Following a scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight, explorers rolled out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world. The program concluded with a light breakfast in the Museum Cafe at 8am.

Look for additional family programming throughout the year!  If you live outside of the 8-county Philadelphia area and wish to be included on our e-mailing list for Penn Alumni Family Events, please send an email with your request to Kristina Clark at krclark@upenn.edu.

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Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

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The New Era for U.S. Global Health Diplomacy
A Lecture by Jack Chow (C’82), Former U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science

Date: Tuesday, February 4th
Time: 4:30 PM 
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Professor Chow will discuss the progress and forward vision of U.S. global health diplomacy, the context of such diplomacy within the evolution of U.S. foreign policy, why this diplomacy matters at home, as well as the outlook for private sector efforts.

Currently serving as distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Jack Chow has been involved with health public policy both domestically and abroad. Chow was the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission. He has worked with esteemed politicians including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Representative Silvio O. Conte, and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.  To read more about Professor Chow, read his Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Alumni Profile. ne Access: A link to the webcast will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event.

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A Different Kind of Study Break

Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16

In case you haven’t heard yet, Quakers, Finals Season is in full swing.  This explains why I haven’t posted recently, but with 1 final and 2 papers already completed I am back in the blogging game!

I am sure many of you remember from your college days the various “study breaks” offered by different college houses and groups at Penn.  Anything for free coffee and muffins, right?  This year, however, I had the pleasure of taking a study break that was a bit more, well, unconventional.

Planning the College Christmas Party is a delicate art.  It’s more than just ugly sweaters.  One needs the perfect amount of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, one or two competitive games, and of course a rockin’ holiday playlist.  Fortunately, the lovely ladies in Harnwell Room 1712 are experts at throwing the ultimate College Christmas Party.

Alexa, Leah, Katie, and Nina have been some of my closest friends at Penn since my pre-orientation program and NSO.  Last year, they planned an awesome Christmas party from Alexa’s tiny single in the Quad, and luckily they had a bit more to work with this year in their apartment.   Leah baked mini quiches, Nina made latkes, Alexa and Katie ran the Post-It Note game and Christmas Bingo, and I had the honor of making the playlist.

Again, the festivities were a success!  Not only because of food, games, and music, but more so because of the company.  It’s very easy to get caught up in the gloom and doom of finals season.  I can feel bogged down by the papers and the exams, of course.  But one evening with friends is enough to remind me that I’m not in this alone.  We all have crazy amounts of work, but we also have each other as study buddies or necessary distractions.  Academics are an integral part of life at Penn.  I’d like to argue, however, that friendships are just as – if not more – important.

Happy Holidays from Harnwell 1712!

Happy Holidays from Harnwell 1712!

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Locust Walk Talk: About 20 Hours in Paris

Auteur: Casey Ryan, C’95

If you pay very close attention to my biweekly blogging, you would have anticipated a Top Penn List for this week. However, I like to switch things up.  I wanted to share with you a wonderful story about the Penn Club of France.

Happy Hour in Paris

Happy Hour in Paris

Last month, the University took Time to Shine tour to its final stop – London.  The event was a huge success and our British and expat-American alumni were excited.  During my time abroad, I took the Eurostar over to Paris to meet with our Penn Club of France.

Church of Saint Ferdinand des Ternes

Church of Saint Ferdinand des Ternes

In the middle of our planning Time to Shine in London, the Penn Club of France was preparing for their next event, a happy hour cocktail organized in partnership with the Columbia University Club of France.  The alumni groups were scheduling a meet up to share a good evening and some great wine at Wine by One: Montaigne.  The event was slated to start at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 14th. The timing couldn’t have been better, Time to Shine: London was the 13th and I could head over the next morning.

What Wine By One is

What Wine By One is

Of personal note, November 14th is my mother’s birthday.  Being a proud Penn Parent and an alumna herself, she understood that duty called.  Meanwhile,  I colluded with my father to make sure that her present from me was at the breakfast table.  I also called her once from each country, naming it her “Tale of Two Cities birthday calls.”

Board members: Sarah Lynch, GCP'08 & Laurent Bonnet, C'07

Board members: Sarah Lynch, GCP’08 & Laurent Bonnet, C’07

Back to Paris, Wine by One is unique wine-bar founded by a Penn alumnus, Stéphane Girard, WG’06! The concept is modern and simple: purchase a rechargeable cash card, grab a glass and begin browsing. There are 100 wines “on tap,” grouped by region and flavor profile. Once you have made your selection, insert your card into the slot, select the size of your glass (a taste, a half-glass or a full glass) and fill it up! The cost is deducted from your card.

An example of a wine "on tap"

An example of a wine “on tap”

It’s a clever way to experiment with wines and to find one to enjoy.  You can relax and sample many different wines.  You can stick to a wine that you like and drink a glass of it.  You can take a bottle home if you discover one that you love by purchasing it there. One of the biggest draws about this place is Girard’s selection of non-French wine.  There was a chardonnay from Long Island (I believe it was from Bedell Cellars) which was superb. Don’t worry, I did try a handful of French wine and I reached out to taste others from Slovakia, South Africa and Spain.

Penn and Columbia Alumni enjoying some wine

Penn and Columbia Alumni enjoying some wine

After a wonderful evening chatting with many Penn alumni as well as a few of the Columbia alumni, I thanked the president of the Penn Club of France, Laurent Bonnet, C’07, for allowing me the privilege of joining the club’s event. We chatted a bit as he walked to the Metro, then we bid à bientôt. Having only a few scant hours left in Paris, I walked back to my hotel, enchanted by the City of Lights.

The site, en route to the hotel, The Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Eiffel

The site, en route to the hotel, The Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Eiffel

Currently there are two locations: Wine by One:  Montaigne located 27 rue de Marignan and Wine by One: Place Vendôme located 9 Rue des Capucines.

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I’m Coming Home

Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16

The class flags have been stowed away, the tents have been taken down, and the red and blue balloons have been deflated.  But that isn’t stopping me from blogging about the fantastic weekend that was Homecoming!  Here are some pictures of what I did to celebrate the Red and the Blue:

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Counterparts literally kicked off Homecoming weekend with a kickball game against the Penny Loafers, a fellow a cappella group.  We met at High Rise Field and played for about an hour, ending the game in a tie 3-3.  It was so much fun! Who knew we could be artsy AND athletic??

SATURDAY

I began the day yet again with Counterparts!  We performed a few songs from our Fall show on College Green as a part of QuakerFest.  Because we were the last a cappella group to sing, we got to lead the crowd in “The Red and the Blue.”  Several CP alumni were there to cheer us on!

After our performance, I ran into several Sigma Kappa girls including Nikki Moorer, a member of the Class of 2016 Class Board.  A bunch of us SK’s and CP’s then decided to watch the Penn-Princeton football game together.  Donning my “Puck Frinceton” t-shirt, I made my way to Franklin Field with the others.  Despite the tough loss, we still had really good time watching our fellow sisters in Penn Cheer, throwing toast, and cheering on our Fighting Quakers!

Later that evening, a bunch of my friends went to the joint Fall show for Glee Club and Penn Dance: “Esspressionage – A Latte of Trouble.”  It was fabulous!  After going through my show a couple weeks ago, I can now appreciate fully the amount of effort that goes into making a production, be it singing, dancing, or theatre.

 

SUNDAY

Sigma Kappa welcomed back our alumni with a brunch at our chapter house!  It was great to see a lot of the girls who graduated last year come out for our special alumni breakfast bagels.  I may or may not have nabbed one with cream cheese and lox!  After such a hectic day before, Sunday morning brunch was certainly a nice, relaxing end to the weekend.  Homecoming is a blast as an undergrad.  While I have no intention of rushing the remainder of my time at Penn, and I can’t wait to experience this special weekend as an alum.  Hurrah Hurrah!

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Two Weeks

Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16

It’s a shame that my job has me blogging only twice a month.  A lot can happen in two weeks, especially when you’re a Penn student.  These past several days were particularly buzzing with activity, so I’ve decided to make this post a re-cap of what I’ve done since my last post.  Enjoy!

October 22nd – 25th: Going GrΣΣk

This year's Greek Week logo

This year’s Greek Week t-shirt logo

As a Junior Delegate on the Panhellenic Council, I helped organize this fall’s Greek Week.  Panhel, IFC (Interfraternity Council), and MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) sponsor a week of academic, social, and philanthropic events for the Penn Greek community each semester.  This year, we hosted a Penn Faculty Speaker Series, an Academic Bowl trivia game, a dodgeball tournament, and a Meet the Greeks BBQ.  The events were really fun, and they did a great job of bringing together the various frats and sororities on campus!

October 27th: Running for the Cure

After 13 years of playing purely water sports, I decided to run my first ever 5k: the Rena Rowan Ribbon Run.  The final Greek Week event, the Ribbon run benefits the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn’s very own Abramson Cancer Center. The Rowan Center provides all clinical services a woman facing breast cancer may need; including integrated cancer treatments, psychosocial counseling, cancer risk evaluation, and nutritional counseling.

SK at Rena Rowan!

SK at Rena Rowan!

I ran in honor of my Mom, whose strength and knowledge of her diagnosis brought her to theAbramson Cancer and Rena Rowan Breast centers.  Some fellow Sigma Kappa sisters joined me, and our team ended up doing extremely well!  We placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th overall in the Women’s division, and we won Best Sorority Participation!

November 1st – 2nd: Private ‘Parts

Our fall show poster

Our fall show poster

After almost 6 weeks of rehearsing, Counterparts finally performed our fall semester show “Private ‘Parts”! Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the show title was dectective themed.  Just look at the poster!   In all seriousness, though, the show was fantastic.  I sang a jazz number called “Baby I’m a Fool” by Melody Gardot.  It’s been my favorite CP solo so far!  My family came to see us perform, as did a lot of my friends and alumni of the group.  After the show, past and present CP members went to City Tap House for dinner to celebrate another successful show.  Videos of our performances will be up on our YouTube channel within the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Counterparts, before the start of our fall show!

Counterparts, before the start of our fall show!

November 3rd: Handle With Care

The album cover for Handle With Care

The album cover for Handle With Care

Counterparts’s newest CD, “Handle With Care,” is officially available!  We recored the CD last spring, and since then our Music Director and President were working with the studio to mix and master each track.  And the results are incredible!  One of my solos from last year, “Your Heart Is As Black As Night,” is featured on the album.  I’m so excited to listen to it, and I’m so proud of CP.  Our hard work really paid off!  We sold a lot of copies this past weekend at our show, but we have also made it available for download online.  Take a listen, and buy it today :)

November 5th:  QUIZZO

This year's logo for SK Quizzo

This year’s logo for SK Quizzo

SK is kicking it into gear with preparing for Quizzo.  There are now 10 days left until the event, and we still have so much to do!  We’ve been actively recruiting teams across campus (Right now, I’m working on registering both a Counterparts and a Mask & Wig team) as well as collecting donations, creating flyers, and ordering shirts for the event.  The prizes look awesome: free spring break trips, free overnight stays at hotels in Atlantic City, pro athletic gear, Tory Burch bags, club box tickets to 76ers games, and gift cards upon gift cards.  I wish I could play!

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Penn Serves LA: Serving the Environment and LA Leadership Academy

By Kiera Reilly, C’93  @KieraReilly

Penn Serves LA, the community service initiative launched in 2012 by Jane Gutman, CW’73, PAR’14, PAR’16, Leanne Pyott Huebner, W’90 and Denise Winner, W’83, continues to offer events to bring Penn Alumni in Los Angeles together to serve.

On August 24th, a group of Penn Alumni and their children gathered for a day of environmental cleanup and nature restoration at the Canyon at Chadwick School on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The group learned about the local habitat, wildlife, conservation and environmental challenges impacting the community from the leading Southern California bird expert and past President of the Southern California Audubon Society.

The Penn Serves LA crew as we start the day.

The Penn Serves LA crew as we start the day.

We started our efforts by bringing cleared brush up the canyon to a holding area at the top of a steep hill. It was steep and sometimes difficult to grab the prickly branches, but we developed an assembly line and quickly moved a huge pile to the top of the hill. Then, we hiked into the canyon for shade, a water and watermelon break (thank you Denise!) while we learned about efforts to bring back the natural habitat of the canyon and rid it of invasive vegetation. After our break, we set out with shears, clippers and other gardening tools to clear back plants, bushes and trees from the trail. I tasted some of the wild lemonade berries – tart and sweet. The sun was hot, but many hands made quick work.

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You can see more photos of our work that day here.

Next up, Penn Serves helped at the L.A. Leadership Academy in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles on September 28th. Our mission was to help move classroom supplies into the new school building and interact with some of the college bound students and their families. The school is a charter school that is devoted almost solely to serving children in poverty, 95% of its student body is on free and reduced lunch.

How many Penn alumni does it take to lift this heavy desk onto a dolly?

How many Penn alumni does it take to lift this heavy desk onto a dolly?

Three plus one (representing the College, Wharton and Engineering no less!).

Three plus one (representing the College, Wharton and Engineering no less!).

Although we initially thought we’d be painting, it turned out that the school scheduled our Saturday to be a move day, and we would be helping the students, their families and school staff move fifteen classrooms worth of furniture and supplies from the front building into the new middle school in the back. The Penn group, which included many former Penn Serves participants, quickly got to work moving desks, chairs, books and science supplies. Down a long hall, then a flight of stairs and through the old school, into the courtyard and into the new building – things that seemed light when we started became heavy pretty quickly. But everyone was in good spirits. We stopped for a lunch break, and the school principal gave a special shout out to our group as other than the families that were there, we were the only ones helping. In the course of moving things up and down the stairs, we learned that the school’s founder, Roger Lowenstein, was the college roommate (at the University of Michigan) of Wharton Professor Michael Useem! What a small world. After lunch, we got to work setting up the science classroom (and reminiscing about our own science classes as we unpacked lots of glass beakers).

Everyone in the school community helped with the move.

Everyone in the school community helped with the move.

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Here some of us take a lunch break (the others were still moving!).

You can see more photos of the day here and on the Penn Club of Los Angeles’ Facebook page.

If you live in Los Angeles, I encourage you to join us at an upcoming Penn Serves LA event – the service activities planned benefit a variety of non-profits in the area, and each service project is in a different part of the city. This provides an opportunity for alumni to join in a project that is of particular interest, or in a more convenient location, and also offers the opportunity to learn about the many organizations serving the Los Angeles community.

The next event is planned for Sunday, November 17. We’ll be writing letters to American troops at the Red Cross. For more information and to RSVP, visit the PennClubLA website.

About Penn Serves LA – Started in 2012, Penn Serves offers a way for direct community service for local Penn alumni and their children to serve Los Angeles’ most needy populations. We partner with established nonprofits and grassroots organizations for one-time volunteer opportunities. So far, we’ve served meals to the homeless, delivered food to low income families, planned activities with immigrant children, and so much more. Please contact us if you’d like to help at a future event: pennservesla@gmail.com.

Read about our past events:

May, 2013 – One on One Outreach

March, 2013 – Habitat for Humanity

January, 2013 – Inner City Arts

September, 2012 – The Midnight Mission

June, 2012 – Turning Point Shelter

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