Penn 1-9-9-3 (41 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This summer the craft bug hit me, and with long sunny days, what better craft project to tackle than painting numbers? I was in Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts and the large paper mache numbers were on sale! I decided to buy three different sizes of numbers and painted them different ways. A perfect project for a lazy summer day – also, painting is fun! You focus on making it perfect and forget all the other projects or tasks you *should* be doing instead.

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Crafting for Penn 1993!

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Small wooden numbers (note how the sides are in the contrasting blue or red?). I really like how these look.

Penn 1993 25th reunion University of Pennsylvania #93tothe25th Kiera Reilly paints numbers red and blue

Playing around with how to paint the large numbers – Each color area needed two coats. On the right I did blue edges, then white border and red…but you couldn’t really see the blue.

I brought the numbers to Philadelphia, and we took some photos at the Center City location for our Friday night party.

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Kiera Reilly, Colleen Kelly, Hillary Hayes and Lisa Grabelle scouting locations for our Friday night reunion party with our 1993 numbers! (Intentionally obscured the view until we officially announce reunion weekend details)

The numbers also explored campus a bit, thanks to our Alumni Relations liaison Colleen Kelly.

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Sweeten Alumni House

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The LOVE statue in front of the Castle and Sweeten Alumni House

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1993 on the steps of College Hall

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The Button!

Do you have anything that says Penn 1993 on it? Share it with us upenn1993@gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 28 – 29, 2017, marked 41 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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The Significance of Ivy Stones

By: Gina Sesta, GEd’18

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The first Ivy Stone dated June 7, 1873. Located on College Hall.

On the University of Pennsylvania campus, it is easy to spot of the numerous slabs of marble installed on different buildings, each one inscribed with a particular year and a unique design. These pieces are known as the Ivy Stones and encompass a part of Penn’s history greater than the year they commemorate. They hold a lengthy past dating back to 1873 when the first stone was placed on College Hall in recognition of the institution settling into West Philadelphia from the original Center City location. What is now known as Ivy Day is held just a few days before commencement. It is at this annual ceremony that the Ivy Stone in honor of the graduating class is revealed.

 

Each Ivy Stone is able to provide insight on the graduating class from that particular year and sometimes a broader historical context. Between the years of 1926 until 1961, tradition had shifted from just one stone installed each year to two– one for the men of the graduating class and one for the women. The stones from these years were often similar in design yet a stark difference can be seen in the men’s stones of 1944 and 1945. Both years featured an image relating to war with the 1944 stone including a military aircraft and 1945 displaying a combat helmet.

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Ivy Stones from 1878 and 1978

The location of an Ivy Stone on campus is informative of the values during a particular year. A graduating class has a voice in the both the design of the stone and its location. For example, many of the first stones were placed on College Hall as that was the first and central building of the campus. As the value of student life increased, stones began to be placed on Houston Hall which was the first student union in the nation. Many of the women’s stones can be found on Bennett Hall, the main facility for women in Penn’s past. An Ivy Stone can even be found at Franklin Field in recognition of Penn’s 1983 Ivy League championship.

The Ivy Day tradition is set to continue this year on May 12, 2018.

Follow Penn Alumni on Instragram where we will be featuring Ivy Stones throughout Penn’s history!

 

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Source: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/pennhistory/ivystones/ivystones.ica.html

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Penn Serves LA Restores the Ballona Wetlands

By Michelle Wattana, C’09

Penn Serves LA at the Ballona Wetlands

Penn Serves LA at the Ballona Wetlands

It was a terrific day all around for the environment, community, and the twenty-six Penn volunteers who came out to help preserve native vegetation with Friends of Ballona Wetlands in Marina Del Rey! Donning hats and sunscreen, we started the morning off with a quick but informative overview on the local plants, insects, and animals found in the wetlands that are crucial to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. We learned that over the last century, invasive plant species have made their way into the wetlands (some from as far as New Zealand and South Africa!), slowly encroaching upon the beneficial species and detrimentally altering the balance of the local ecosystem. With every plant we pulled, we were going to make change that had positive lasting impacts!  And with that, we set out into the sunny outdoors to make way for the native plants that needed room to thrive, and for the insects and animals that depended on them.

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Acres of Vegetation to Preserve

The Ballona Wetlands spans approximately 800 acres, and is one of Southern California’s precious remaining aquatic ecosystems. With only 10% of California’s original wetlands remaining today, restoration and preservation of local, beneficial species is more important than ever, as the wetlands are crucial to everything from air purification, flood protection, and fueling for the 240+ species of migrant birds that make the trek on the Pacific Flyway every year. Since 1978, Friends of Ballona Wetlands has been leading the effort to save and restore the area, working with environmental agencies, businesses, and over 95,000 volunteers to bring attention and resources toward preserving the wetlands.

Penn Serves LA Restores Ballona Wetlands volunteers learn to recognize invasive plants

Volunteers learning how to recognize invasive plants

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Volunteering a family affair!

With just a pair of gloves each, Penn volunteers got right to work, pulling everything from ice plants to soft tumbleweed – adults and children alike had a great time helping the environment and getting to know one another better, while also receiving a nice morning workout! We took turns pulling, bagging, and carting off the invasive vegetation, and a few of us were lucky enough to catch sight of a hummingbird or butterfly, or two!

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All smiles during a well deserved break!

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Penn Serves LA board member Jane Gutman CW’73 and volunteers stacking the fruits of their labor

Penn Serves LA board member Jane Gutman CW’73 and volunteers stacking the fruits of their labor

Towards the end of the event, we stood back and marveled at our work – a good chunk of land was cleared for beneficial plants to thrive, and for seeding to take place in the Fall. We were then rewarded with a cool breeze and a beautiful view overlooking the salt marsh, reminding us just how important it is to keep the wetlands thriving. It was a true pleasure to do our part for mother nature!

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The beautiful salt marsh

Penn Serves LA's Michal Clements, W'84, Jane Gutman, CW'73, XXX, and Michelle Wattana C'09

Penn Serves LA’s Michal Clements, W’84, Jane Gutman, CW’73, Elizabeth Gourlis, GED’08, and Michelle Wattana C’09 (impressive line-up of Penn attire ladies!)

Jane Gutman, CW'73, helps to clear out invasive vegetation

Jane Gutman, CW’73, helps to clear out invasive vegetation

Stay tuned for more fun, upcoming events with Penn Serves LA!

About Penn Serves LA

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Penn Serves LA impacts the Los Angeles community by engaging University of Pennsylvania alumni, parents and families in meaningful community service activities.

Since our founding in 2012, we have done everything from serving meals to the homeless to restoring the environment to fixing homes. Six times annually, we find another great opportunity to learn about interesting nonprofits, lend a hand and enjoy fun experience with fellow alumni.

Join Us

We invite the Penn community in Los Angeles (alumni, parents and kids) to join us at a future event, to help spread the word and to help us plan future activities. Join us, meet new Penn people, demonstrate what service means to your kids and friends, and help fellow Quakers make a little bit of difference in our complex city!

If you have an established nonprofit that you would like us to consider for future events or announcements, please let us know. We are looking for new nonprofits to serve in meaningful ways.

Stay tuned for additional fall events which will be announced soon!

Contact Us

Questions? Want to join our email list? Reach us at pennserves@gmail.com.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

The Penn Serves LA Team

Christine Belgrad, W’85, PAR’15 | Michal Clements, W’84 | Justin Gordon, W’05 | Jane Gutman, CW’73, PAR’14, PAR’16 | Leanne Huebner, W’90 | Jamie Kendall, W’04 | Irene Park, C’05 | Kiera Reilly, C’93 | Jeff Weston, C’05 | Michelle Wattana, C’09 | Denise Winner, W’83

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Jump Around! Jump Up! Jump Up and Get Down! (42 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 with help from Howard Blecher, Marianne Alves Brogdale, Deb Brown, Ed Gold, Debbie Jaffe, Betty Magome, Kathleen Paralusz, Meesh Joslyn Pierce, Jef Pollock, Bardo Ramirez, and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

As I’m going through old photos and papers from our time at Penn, I’m listening to Depeche Mode, one of my favorite bands from high school and college. And as I’m sorting through old emails and documents, I found this list of songs from classmates.

When we were preparing for our 15th reunion in May of 2008, we needed a song that would play as we marched down Locust Walk in the alumni parade and arrived at the viewing stand. By popular vote, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” won. And, after listening to it, how can you not Jump Around?

“Jump Around,” wasn’t the only song that we remembered…here are other suggestions from classmates. It was interesting to read how many of us suggested the same songs or the same bands. Throw these all together on a playlist and you have a ‘mix tape’ soundtrack of the early 90’s at Penn! (A mix tape! What is that???)

Songs suggested multiple times by 1993 Classmates

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Here are some of the notes and song memories that classmates shared in 2013.

Debbie Jaffe:

“Groove Is in the Heart” by DeeLite reminds me of Penn. Spot on with Indigo Girls and Blues Traveler (especially “Closer I am to Fine” and “But Anyway”).

Ed Gold:

“All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Marianne Alves Brogdale:

“Oh what a night,” is the one I always think of – and songs from Murph’s.  I also always think of “Two Princes” because my roommate loved it.

Also, from the Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1993:

  1. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
  2. I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
  3. Whoot, There It Is, 95 South
  4. Fields Of Gold, Sting
  5. Hey Mr. D.J., Zhane

Kathleen Paralusz:

How about “Jump Around”?  I have very fond memories of DKE parties w/ that song playing.

Jef Pollock:

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana

“Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochran

Matthew Sweet – almost anything

Howard Blecher:

“True Faith” – New Order

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult

“Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“Chains of Love” – Erasure

“The One I Love” – R.E.M.

“Superman” – R.E.M.

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.

“Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill

Bardo Ramirez:

“Wild World” – Cat Stevens

“Don’t Call Me Daughter “– Pearl Jam

“Loser” – Beck

“The Choice is Yours” – Black Sheep

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Mitchell Kraus:

Well, as far as songs – I looked up the top 100 for 1993, and #2 was – Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team.  I think that would be fun and relevant.

Deb Brown:

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development and two obvious R.E.M. songs: “Shiny Happy People” and “Losing my Religion”. Also “Dyslexic Heart” from the Singles soundtrack.

Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro:

“Jump Around” definitely brings back some senior year memories for me…..

Meesh Pierce and Betty Magome really went all out and sent us lots of songs…but they’re all so good and spot on that I couldn’t cut any of them from this post.

Do you have a favorite song from our time at Penn? Tell us in the comments!

Meesh Joslyn Pierce:

Meesh sent us a play list from her wedding – so many good songs from the 90’s here!

  1. Fight for your right to Party – Beastie Boys
  2. Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight…)
  3. Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  4. Sweet Child o Mine – Guns n Roses
  5. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  6. Joy and Pain
  7. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  8. The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
  9. Jump Around – House of Pain
  10. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  11. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
  12. Ladies Night – Kool and the Gang
  13. Mama Said Knock You… – LL Cool J
  14. Walkin with a Deadman – Oingo Boingo
  15. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  16. Orange Crush – REM
  17. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  18. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  19. New Sensation – INXS
  20. Love Shack – The B-52s
  21. No Rain – Blind Melon
  22. Groove is in the Heart – Deee Lite
  23. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  24. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
  25. Parents Just Don’t Understand – Fresh Prince
  26. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  27. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  28. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  29. Jump – Kris Kross
  30. Down Under – Men at Work
  31. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  32. To Be With You – Mr. Big
  33. OPP – Naughty by Nature
  34. Funky Cold Medina – Party on
  35. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  36. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  37. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg
  38. Back to Life (However Do you…) – Soul II Soul
  39. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
  40. Desire – U2
  41. Rump Shaker (Radio…) – Wreckx-N-Effect

Betty Magome:

Hope it’s not too late:

Here are some great songs from our class (4 years)!

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“One” – U2

“Killing in the Name of” – Rage Against the Machine (angry, but I listened to it a lot)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana and any Nirvana song

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Candy Everybody Wants” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Stay” – Lisa Loeb

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

“Whoop There it Is” – Tag Team

“500 Miles” – The Proclaimers

“Connected” – Stereo MCs

“What’s Up” – 4 Non Blonde’s
“Forever Young” – Alphaville

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“Doctor Doctor” – Thompson Twins

“Living in Oblivion” – Anything Box

“Russian Radio” – Red Flag

“How Long” – Information Society

“Pure” – Lightning Seeds

“Jump” – Kriss Kross

“Please Don’t Go” – KWS

“Lips Like Sugar” – Echo and the Bunnymen

Pet Shop Boys

“West End Girls”

“Love Comes Easily”

“It’s a Sin”

“What have I done to deserve this”

Depeche Mode

“Personal Jesus”

“Just Can’t get Enough”

“Enjoy the Silence”

“Strangelove”

“People are People”

“Master and Servant”

Erasure

“Oh L’Amour”

“Victim of Love”

“Ship of Fools”

“A Little Respect”

“Take a Chance on Me”

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 21 – 22, 2017, marked 42 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

 

 

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Remembering The Underground Cafe (43 Weeks To Go)

By Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Looking back at our time at Penn, we are asking classmates to share photos and memories. Little did we know that someone would have a mug that survived from freshman year!

Ruth McIlhenny Gorme sent us this photo of an Underground Cafe mug that she has from our freshman year (the year the cafe opened in High Rise North).

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The Underground Cafe mug that Ruth McIlhenny Gorme still has from our freshman year!

Ruth writes:

Since I lived in Harrison House freshman year, I needed to watch Twin Peaks somewhere and this was the place to watch it in the high rises.

That is right – most students did not have a TV in their dorm room, so once it opened, the Underground Cafe became a gathering spot for watching popular television shows.

I worked at Penn Student Agencies which opened the cafe in January, 1990, and I saved this ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian advertising the opening.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

This ad from The DP had the tagline, “Everyone Needs a Reality Shelter.”

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Here is the review of the cafe that appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian on February 2, 1990:

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byline Lee Shepski in the DP, the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 2, 1990

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe by Lee Shepski from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Did you visit the Underground Cafe? Do you remember watching a favorite TV show or listening to a student band? Let us know in the comments.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 14 – 15, 2017, marked 43 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn Alumni Travel’s Summer Scrapbook

As summer comes to an end Penn Alumni Travel and Education looks back on their recent adventures.

“Cruising the Adriatic” with Professor C. Brian Rose
May 8 – 26, 2017

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Penn alumni and friends sailed the Dalmatian Coast with James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology C. Brian Rose. Professor Rose, an archaeologist, and classicist, explored ancient Greek and Roman sites with the group in Greece, Albania, and Croatia, including the well-preserved ancient Roman town in Butrint, Albania. On board the ship, alumni, and friends enjoyed his lectures about excavations in Turkey and his work educating the United States military about the protection and preservation of priceless cultural artifacts.

“What a wonderful lecturer. What an amiable fellow traveler. He was the best of some very excellent lecturers.”- Michael Horn, GAR’66

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“Celtic Lands” with Professor Jonathan Moreno and Special Lecturer D. David Eisenhower II
May 16
25, 2017

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Penn alumni and friends explored the “Celtic Lands”-Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany-aboard the beautiful 200-passenger M.S. Le Boreal. The tour began in Scotland with visits to the Isles of Skye, Iona, and Mull. Penn alumni then spent time in Dublin, Ireland, and Wales before sailing to Normandy and the D-Day beaches. There, special lecturer and Director of Penn’s Institute for Public Service, D. David Eisenhower II, spoke to travelers about the historic WWII landing and his remembrances of his grandfather General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Penn Alumni Travel will further explore the Scottish Isles in 2018.

“We were very moved by David’s guidance at Normandy and especially at the American Cemetery and the laying of the wreath which included the many Veterans on board”- Carolyn Hoyler

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“Norwegian Splendor” with Professor Paul M. Cobb
June 22-July 7, 2017 

Penn alumni and friends traveled with Professor Paul. M. Cobb on a tour of Denmark and Norway. The group began in Copenhagen, Denmark before crossing the sea to Oslo, Norway. The group enjoyed cosmopolitan cities, charming small towns, and stunning Scandinavian landscapes. A highlight was time spent cruising the legendary Norwegian fjords.

“This was my first Penn Alumni Travel experience and it was an amazing experience! The group was terrific, just the right size, and the camaraderie was great. The travel, the tour guides, the hotels, and the visits were all first rate and done extremely well. I can’t wait to make another trip!”- Peter Gilligan, CE’78

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“Eastern Europe” with Professor Larry Silver
July 4-20, 2017 

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Art History Professor Larry Silver joined Penn alumni and friends on a voyage across eastern Europe. The tour began in Warsaw, Poland before visiting Krakow and its famous Wieliczka Salt Mines. The group also enjoyed sight-seeing in Budapest and Bratislava and classical music performances in Vienna. The tour ended in enchanting Prague with tours of the Old Town and castle. Throughout the tour, Professor Silver lectured on local art and culture and treated several alumni to private tours of some of his favorite museums. Penn Alumni Travel will return to Eastern Europe on a Danube River cruise in fall 2018.

“There were a number of high points [and] a number of eye-openers (Auschwitz, of course, as well as the Gay Museum and the Jewish Museum in Berlin), … and above all, happily, the pleasure of finding the group overall so very congenial and so well-equipped to travel together.”- Ray Warman, L’73”

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“Glacier, Waterton, and Banff National Parks” with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams
July 8 – 16, 2017

Penn alumni and friends traveled through spectacular North American National Parks, including Glacier, Waterton, and Banff, with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams. In addition to the spectacular scenery and animal sightings, travelers were able to learn about Native American history and culture from Lucy, who studies their material culture and representation.

“Lucy was terrific – incredibly knowledgeable, personable, friendly and funny!”- Elaine Markezin, WG’77

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For more information about Penn Alumni Travel and their upcoming 2018 travel schedule, please click here.

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’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew

By Phil McKinley Captain ’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew & Nick LaMotte ’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew

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Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Champions – 1967 University heavyweight varsity crew. Left to right: John Ferris, C’69, Bill Purdy, C’68, Stephen Cook, C’68, Austin Godfrey, C’68, Howard Greenberg, ME’67, L’73, Phil McKinley, C’68, Captain Nicholas Paumgarten, C’67, kneeling, Arthur Sculley, W’67. Click here to read the entire story from The Daily Pennsylvanian, 13 September 1967.

 

There are few superstars in a University eight oared shell. Some oarsmen may be better in some ways than others but all have to pull together in great precision to win a race let alone a national championship. In the fall of 1967 the Pennsylvania Heavyweight Crew came from the previous season with great optimism having won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships the previous summer on Lake Onondaga only losing the JV race due to a freak storm that came up during the race.

The members of the University of Pennsylvania Class of ’68 who were members of the Penn Heavyweight Crew returning in the fall of 1967 were David W. Carroll, W’68, Stephen A. Cook, C’68, Austin E. Godfrey, C’68, Francis H. Gehman III, W’68, Michael M. Howard, C’68, Nicholas H. LaMotte, C’68, WG’72, Henry H. Livingston III, C’68, Philip H. McKinley, C’68, and William K. Purdy, C’68. The Penn returning seniors and underclassmen were considered the favorites to repeat a national championship and perhaps represent the United States in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Penn had always had a long and venerable rowing tradition. For years now college oarsmen from any class may be in the varsity or JV boat whereas in 1968 we had a separate freshman boat that competed against other freshmen teams. In 1967 Penn had a superb freshman coach Ted Nash, who had won the gold in the four without coxswain in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and then bronze in the four with coxswain at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ted had begun his coaching career the year the ’68 oarsmen were freshmen and thus spent a year coaching sequentially the ’69, ’70, and ’71 oarsmen who made up the ’68 crew. Ted was a very enthusiastic coach firing up our imaginations and often reminding all of us that this was an Olympic year and we should chase that Olympic sweatshirt all the way to Mexico City.

 

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Joe Burk

Our varsity coach Joe Burk, with whom the seniors, juniors and sophomores spent countless hours on the Schuylkill averaging about 100 miles each week, was the Sullivan Award winner for the best amateur athlete in the U. S., Diamond Scull winner at the Henley Royal Regatta and a World War II PT boat hero who had won the Navy Cross. He rowed for Penn and was Varsity captain. He was a man of few words, kept himself in great shape, always in control, and tough as a titanium rigger. When he asked us to row 24 miles in practice, as we did on Saturday mornings, We never doubted that at 55 he was perfectly capable of doing so in a single perhaps even at a faster pace and certainly at a higher stroke rate than we could. By the calculations of Reed Kinderman, class of ‘67 who is Joe’s unofficial biographer, the ’68 Varsity crew rowed over four thousand miles on the Schuylkill in practice during the fall of ’67 and the spring of ’68.

Our race lineups were based on a demonic random system of employing playing cards with each rower’s or coxswain’s name on a different card. The cards would be shuffled and dealt making up 3 practice boats. Points earned in inter-squad races during practice determined the intercollegiate race boat lineups. Oarsmen had the opportunity to move up if they were in boats that won practice races or down if they lost. Therefore theoretically any member of the crew could be in the JV’s or Varsity at any race. This separated the racers from the rowers and identified those oarsmen who were improving, or not, more readily.

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Heavyweight crew practice-rows on Schuylkill River. The crew later won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta.
Click here to read the entire story from The Daily Pennsylvania, 25 August 1967.

In 1968 the freshman crew swept away all adversaries. The JV crew who had lost to Harvard in a dual meet came back to beat them in the Eastern Sprints and the Varsity lost only to Harvard. In June 1968 the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships again took place on Lake Onondaga. This year it was a 2000 meter race, the Olympic distance, instead of the 3 mile race the previous year. Penn was ready. Again the freshmen triumphed, and this year, without a storm to stop the JVs, they almost coasted to their victory. It was the Varsity’s turn. Coming off the start at 44 strokes per minute we were well ahead but fell back. Slowly over the next 1500 meters we steadily pulled up on the lead boats and passed them winning by a half-length of open water over the second place Washington University Huskies.

Since Harvard and Yale had their special race on the same weekend as the Intercollegiate Rowing Championships the question was raised as to who should represent the United States in the 8 oared shell competition in the Olympics in Mexico City. An Olympic Trials was arranged between Penn and Harvard in Long Beach California later in the summer. The lineup in the Penn boat was changed hopefully to increase its speed by displacing myself and another senior oarsman, Nick LaMotte, who had been drafted the day of the national championship IRAs but thanks to the efforts of Joe Burk was able to return under the Army sports program. We were replaced with two underclassmen, Luther Jones and Gardner Cadwalader. The Olympic Trials Race was held under perfect conditions with both boats bow to bow rowing hard down the course. The only way of telling who won was the photo taken at the finish. After some deliberation it was declared that Harvard won with less than a 4/100s second lead over Penn, the length of the bowball.

After the loss in the eights, several of the members of the Penn crew decided to continue training and try out for the small boat Olympic Trials several weeks later. After training in a 4 with coxswain a group of our own  Penn superstars, Luther Jones ’71, Bill Purdy ’68, Tony Martin ’69, Gardner Cadwalader ’70,  and coxswain John Hartigan, an alumnus coxswain (Penn ’63), won the Olympic small boat trials. They represented Penn extremely well in the ’68 Mexico City Olympics making the finals but coming up short of a medal. Indeed 1968 had been an extremely good year for Penn Heavyweight Rowing.

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Penn’s Olympic Oarsmen (left to right: Luther Jones, W’71, Bill Purdy, C’67, Tony Martin, ’69, Gardner Cadwalader, C’70, GAR’75 – not pictured: cox John Hartigan, C’63, WG’65). Ready to shove off for a practice session on the Schuylkill.

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