Penn Sweatshirts Survive a Quarter Century (28 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

At a Penn Fund event in Los Angeles in October, the featured speaker was one of our classmates – Beth Winkelstein, ENG’93, Vice Provost for Education at Penn! It was awesome to have someone in our class speak to distinguished alumni, and it was nice to catch up with Beth after her talk.

But what was really cool was that Beth brought a Penn sweatshirt to the event. A Penn sweatshirt that she had since she was a student at Penn.

Kiera Reilly and Penn's Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein

Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Beth Winkelstein, ENG’93, at a Penn Fund event in Los Angeles, October 2017

That had me wondering who else still has a Penn sweatshirt? Here are some of the photos of sweatshirts that classmates sent us.

Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

These are some of my vintage shirts from back in the day. I bought them on campus when I was a student. Occasionally I wear the Not Penn State shirt, but I’m always a little concerned about offending the Nittany Lions. I love when I get a chuckle or thumbs up from fellow Quakers, though.

Pennsylvania Class of 1993 t-shirt #93tothe25th

Pennsylvania Class of 1993, t-shirt photo courtesy of Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

Not Penn State t-shirt #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Not Penn State! Photo courtesy of Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

Michelle (Ducellier) Steinbacher, C’93

I did the trendy cut the v-neck thing.  Basically every seam in the wrist and the waist is ripped.  It’s falling apart.
When did she acquire the sweatshirt?
I think during Quaker Days in spring of 1989. I stayed overnight in the Quad and hung out with a host, etc etc.
Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Trendy v-nceck sweatshirt photo courtesy of Michelle Steinbacher

Carol Jee, W’93

Here’s a pic of my old Champion Penn sweatshirt. I got it as a gift from a family friend who was a freshman at Penn when I got in Early Decision in December. It made it through all four years at Penn. Now it is fragile and filled with holes but I still wear it 25 years later.

Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Old holey sweatshirt from Carol Jee

JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, W’93

This is the sweatshirt my mom bought upon her first parents visit our freshman year. Still holding on it! Wore it to the Penn Women’s basketball game last year at UCLA!

gray Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Still looking good 25+ years later, sweatshirt photo courtesy of JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner

Davis Liu, W’93

Penn sweatshirt and t-shirt #93tothe25th

Sweatshirt and t-shirt courtesy of Davis Liu

Kiera Reilly, C’93

I discovered this old photo from after we graduated. I had to ask the other people in the photo what we were all doing….

Penn sweatshirts #93tothe25th

Jef Pollock, Deb Brown, Bardo Ramirez, Kiera Reilly, Rick Greenberg, Dianna Tapper and Jason Gorevic

After some back and forth on email, we determined that it was probably a pre or post Penn-Columbia basketball game at Deb and Jef’s apartment in Morning Side Heights while Deb was in law school. We estimated the time frame to be 1995 – 1996. One thing we did agree on was that the Penn sweatshirt never goes out of style!

Andy Roth, C’93

This was the sweatshirt I bought before the 1992-1993 season when I worked for WXPN and came on all road trips as the Quakers won the Ivy and almost beat U Mass in Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament.  It’s great to see Steve Donahue back where he belongs and Penn in 1st this season!

Penn basketball sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Penn Basketball sweatshirt from 1992 shared by Andy Roth, C’93

Do you still have a Penn sweatshirt from when we were students? Send us a picture of it!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of October 26 – 27, 2017, marked 28 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!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.


The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.


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