Tuition Then and Now (85 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Last weekend, September 23-24, 2016 marked 85 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

I recently discovered a Scrapbook I made of things from Freshman year. One item was the breakdown of tuition costs for the 1989 – 1990 school year.

93_I know that the cost of Penn has increased, but by how much? Thanks to Google, I found the tuition for this academic year pretty easily on the Penn Student Financial Services website.

93_screenshotComparing the total cost in 1989 – 1990 ($20,850) with the total cost in 2016 – 2017 ($69,340), I wondered how that 1989-1990 academic year price tab would compare using inflation rates. According to this CPI Inflation Calculator, the amount of expenses in 1989 would be equivalent to $40,463.63 today.

Of course, all of this talk of tuition makes me think of one of my favorite Mask and Wig songs, “Tuition.” Here is a clip from Freshman Performing Arts Night in 2006.


Do you have any saved items from our time at Penn? Let us know! Last week’s post featured items from New Student Week, and we’d like to include more “artifacts” from our time at Penn in future posts. Please email us if you have something to share. Our email address is upenn1993@gmail.com

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New Student Week…(86 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This weekend, September 16-17, 2016, marks 86 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

New Student Week (NSW) for the Penn Class of 1989 was twenty-seven years ago this week, so we are looking back at the first week we were at Penn.

I do not remember much about NSW, but I do still have my NSW t-shirt and a NSW pin. Here I am sporting my NSW t-shirt (remember how our t-shirts had to be super long to be stylish?) at a Brooks-Leidy hall brunch in the Upper Quad.

93_86_1Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, shared her NSW order form.

93_86_2Amy Korn Duque, C’93, G’93, found the original NSW brochure.

93_86_393_86_4Amy had a copy of the campus map from 1989. Notice building number 49 circled – Logan Hall. It has since been renamed and current students know it as Claudia Cohen Hall. Number 34 Hill House is currently closed for renovation, and across “Hill Field” is the new college house that opened this week.

Amy shared a brochure for Houston Hall. Have you visited Houston Hall recently? All of these stores are no longer there.

93_86_7In contrast to these old documents, I looked for the New Student Week information for this year. It’s now called New Student Orientation, and all the events are listed on the web, but there was also a pretty colorful brochure online. Wow, look at all the offerings for new Penn students!

93_86_893_86_9Things have definitely changed. It makes our New Student Week brochure look so last century (ack)!

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We Were Merely Freshmen…(88 Weeks To Go)

This weekend, September 2-3, 2016, marks 88 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018). We are counting down the weeks until we return to campus to celebrate our time at Penn. #93tothe25th

Caren Lissner originally wrote this seven years ago, reflecting on the 20 years since we entered Penn as freshmen. She revised it slightly before we posted it here.

By the way, the movie version of Caren’s first novel, Carrie Pilby, is having its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week. You can follow her on Twitter @carenlissner.

Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

 

We Were Merely Freshmen…

By Caren Lissner, C’93

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Locust Walk at Penn, credit: Kiera Reilly, C’93

During the first few days of my freshman year of college in Philadelphia – 20-something years ago this week – it was sunny, bright, and contradictorily cool. We kept waiting for rain, and there was none, which was good for us suburban kids who weren’t used to walking around outside to get everywhere. Some of us already had blisters on our feet by the third day of school.

The first several days were reserved for freshman orientation. It included “diversity training” on the grassy college green, where we acted out skits designed to erase any racism and sexism we’d acquired back home. We got up early and stood on line to drop and add courses last-minute, attended seminars like “using campus phones,” and quickly learned to do laundry. We walked up Locust Walk, past the Quad and Book Store, and along the way, salespeople set up tables to offer us credit cards, sell us college t-shirts, and sign us up for gym or video store membership.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future. We were not yet hardened or sullied. Our mailboxes and backpacks overflowed with coupons: The local pizza restaurant, wing joints, bagel shops. Credit card companies told us which gifts we could have if we used their card. Clubs and non-profit volunteer groups begged us to join.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

One night during orientation, there was an introductory event at the Christian center with free burgers. Of course, all the non-Christian freshmen came too, because it was another free dinner, a way to avoid spending money when some of us had precious little.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

And some of us wanted each other, no doubt. A few “floor couples” formed, and some of us made new friends at Casino Night or the Freshman Mixer. There we were, with thousands of people our age, of similar backgrounds, suddenly sprung from the stuffy halls of high school and shedding the social labels of nerd or geek or jock.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

It was the beginning of independence. For some, it took a while to figure out how to use that independence. Some took even more time after graduation. But no matter what happened, beginnings are nice. We didn’t know which path we were about to take, only that there was so much future ahead of us.

That feeling comes back to me every year around this time, when the leaves crumble and the cool winds of autumn return. I remember when I felt like I could do pretty much anything. You don’t have to be 18 to believe that, but when you are 18, it sure helps that other people feel that way about you, too.

 

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: The Real Le Anh and Beijing (89 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This past weekend, August 26-27, 2016 marked 89 weeks to the Penn Class of 1993’s 25th reunion (May 11 – 13, 2018). #93tothe25th

While on campus last week to visit former colleagues in Penn’s Alumni Relations office, it was move-in day. Campus was buzzing with new students and their families moving into the Quad, High Rises and the new College House.

I walked around campus, soaking it all in, and seeing what has changed since we were on campus moving in to start our freshman year (27 years ago).

As I walked along Spruce Street towards Upper Quad, I was pleased to see a familiar sight – the Real Le Anh’s food truck!LeAnh

And a bit further up Spruce, immediately past the Quad was Beijing, one of my favorite places for a Sunday night dinner when I was a freshman living in Upper Quad.

beijingIn our first post counting down the weeks to our 25th Reunion, we listed the, “93 Reasons Why We Love Penn.” Many of the memories classmates shared were food-related. While several of our favorite haunts are closed, it was nice to see at least two remain, still serving the Penn community for so many years.

What were your favorite off-campus eateries when we were students? Let us know in the comments below.

We are accepting photos and memories from our fellow 1993 classmates to be featured on a future #93tothe25th countdown post. Email us at UPenn1993@gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!

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Before Facebook There Was the Freshman Record (90 Weeks to Go!)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This weekend, August 19 – 20, 2016 marks 90 weeks to the Penn Class of 1993’s 25th reunion (May 11 – 13, 2018). #93tothe25th

Going through boxes of old papers, I found THE book that we used to find our classmates as we started Penn together – The Freshman Record.

Before Facebook, this was the book to look for people based on their high school, home town or what dorm they were living in at Penn. Everyone sent in their high school yearbook photos, and I remember once we made new friends at Penn, it was fun to look through the book and see our glamorous shots from high school. I think also upper classman used the book to scope out the freshman class?

Video: Flipping through the Record.

Do you still have your copy of the Freshman Record? Do you have a memory to share? Comment below!

We are also accepting photos and memories from our fellow 1993 classmates to be featured on a future #93tothe25th countdown post. Email us at UPenn1993@gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!

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Los Angeles Penn Women Build Career Networking Connections and Reflect on “Women in the Holocaust”

By Michal Clements W’84

On Tuesday, August 9th, approximately 50 Penn alumnae and current students (including an incoming Penn freshman) gathered on Tuesday August 9th for Trustees’ Council of Penn Women TCPW Speed Career Networking and a “Women in the Holocaust” Panel Discussion at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park. Before our evening began, as an extra treat, LAMOTH Board Chair and TCPW Member Beth Kean led a private tour of the museum for interested alumni.

During the speed networking portion of the evening, Penn alumnae and students got to explore several rooms of the museum as the networking meeting locations were in different rooms.  Special highlights include the “Woman in Gold” room as well as the Tree of Testimony Room, among many others.

The speed networking table captains were TCPW’s Co Chair Lori Wachs, Christine Belgrad, Julie Platt and Beth Kean as well as several Los Angeles area Penn alumni: Elizabeth Kopple, Linda Rosenberg, and Lisa Niver.

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Next, Penn alumni and documentary filmmaker Jon Kean (“Swimming in Auschwitz”) expertly moderated the “Women in the Holocaust” panel discussion to focus on womens’ experiences and to include a mix of academic historical realities, as well as personal narratives and reflections. The panelists were Professor Sharon Gillerman of Hebrew Union College, LAMOTH Director Samara Hutman and LAMOTH Board Member and Survivor Dana Schwartz.

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The special evening was well summarized in a review that one of the attendees wrote”

“This was a lovely and inspiring place to hold an alumni event. Relatives of holocaust survivors and scholars spoke to our alumni group and provided heartfelt insight into one of the worst times in human history. The museum itself is deeply informative with photos and dialogue that capture pieces of the holocaust. The hors d’oeuvres and drinks was a nice addition to the event.

A heartfelt thank you to all who made a evening into a reality including the LAMOTH leadership and staff, especially Beth Kean and Lisa Barnet; Penn alumni relations, especially Molly Trimmer and Terri Welsh; Los Angeles area Penn women leaders, and our wonderful moderator and panelists, Jon Kean, Dana Schwartz, Sharon Gillerman and Samara Hutman.

 

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Remembering Campus with Photo Prints

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The countdown continues as this weekend, August 12-13, 2016, marks 91 weeks to our 25th reunion (May 11-13, 2018). #93tothe25th

I looked through a box of photos I have stored in my closet, and there aren’t that many from the Fall of 1989, the first semester of our freshman year at Penn. I do not remember what specific kind of camera I had, but it was surely a pretty basic one. Back in 1989, we took pictures with film and then had to take them to get developed. I most likely dropped these off at the CVS on campus.

There is one picture of the Upper Quad, and from the angle of it, I guess I took this from my room in the Franklin/Brooks-Leidy section on the second floor. Remember how when your photos were developed the date of the photos was printed on the front? This is what the Quad looked like on November 4, 1989.

The other photo is in Super Block in front of, “The Covenant,” although it’s better known as, “The Dueling Tampons.”

1993_Post3Do you have printed photos from our Freshman year at Penn? Please share them with us! You can email us UPenn1993@gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!

#93tothe25th

 

 

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