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
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.
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
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!
November 3rd: 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
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!