A Little Healthy Competition

Author: Elise Betz

 Regardless if you’re an alumnus, a staff person, or a student here, Penn people love competition! We will play anything with anyone for the glory of victory.  We descend from a long lineage of competitive spirits; individuals who strive to succeed regardless of the obstacles. For example, check out the weather conditions for this football game in 1898.

Penn vs. Cornell, circa 1898

The Alumni Relations Staff is no exception – we especially love competition.  At our recent staff retreat held at the Mask & Whig Club in Center City  Philadelphia, we played our own variations of games based on The Newly Wed Game, The Gong Show, and Family Feud.

Staff retreat poster, featuring our most-beloved campus mascot after the Quaker: Squirrels

We also competed in a relay race (consisting of a hula-hoop competition, a corn hole toss, a word magnet de-scramble,  and a race against the clock with a Slinky).  And, yes, there were prizes for everyone who played fairly…

Me and Nicole after we demonstrated our mad juggling skills. We are for hire!

We tons of fun while “competing” and we bond and it’s healthy, but the fact remains that  most of us play to WIN. At the end of the day, however, we remain a united team, even if some of us (I won’t mention any names) are better at relay races than others…

The Alumni Relations staff in our team t-shirts.

So, in this same competitive spirit, I invite you to take part in our first ever contest on Frankly Penn:

I will personally send a prize to the very first person who can correctly tell me the final score  (and who won!) of the football game photographed on that snowy day in 1898.  Just email me with your answer, and show your Penn pride and knowledge.  Hurry, you’ve got lots of competition!


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