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Chalk It Up

Author: Drew Tye Asia, C’09

As I turned the corner at 36th street and made my way down Locust Walk to Sweeten this brisk April morning, I was met by a smattering of brightly colored messages scrawled in bold strokes on the bricks. Squinting my eyes in a somewhat valiant attempt to translate the quasi-hieroglyphic text, my initially serious must-get-to-work expression immediately transformed into a cheek-pinching nostalgic grin.

The Friars were here.

It is amazing how working on this campus – the one that I fall in love with over and over again every single day – has the ability to stir up such an incredible assortment of memories from my time as a student. Every day on Locust Walk, I am reminded of a special snippet – eating lunch on College Green with a friend, lying downstairs near the massive windows of Rosengarten writing poetry on a rainy winter afternoon, burying my head in an outline as I walked to my Geology final in Meyerson B1. But today, I was fixated on a time when I took to the night with beach buckets of Crayola products and droves of dear friends to participate in one of the most coveted of Friarly traditions: Chalk the Walk.

Now, as someone who loves to create [whether it be through written or visual illustration], I wanted to treat Locust Walk like my over-sized public canvas and hoped that I could harness the brilliance of street artists who make – oh, you know – a three-dimensional stage 2 rapid – look as easy as tic-tac-toe on a sidewalk.

Well, as it turns out, I just wasn’t destined for the intricacies of water sports. Or their realistic imitations, as it were.  But I guess everyone has their own strengths, right? […right?]

Alas, I scoured my brain for any kind of inspiration. Any small suggestion of an idea that could consume me and my somewhat youthful drawing implements for the majority of the evening.

And then I looked up from my intense brainstorming. And, as though it were aglow with the glorious golden light of revelation [or a spotlight], there it was.

Call it a less-than-subtle inspiration, but it was EXACTLY what I needed. So ,I cocked my head to the side, closed one eye, put my thumb up to the statue [isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when you measure things from a distance? Not so much? Okay, great…] and sat down on the Walk to git ‘er done–as they say.

And well – after about 40 or so minutes, assistance from an architecture major [see those faint vertical lines on the edges?] and a liiiiitle hand sanitizer to “erase” my mistakes, my masterpiece was complete [random blue “S” included]. It was no stage-2 rapid, and no one was riding its crested currents atop an inflatable raft with a crocodile lurking nearby.But, despite that inconvenient truth, my chalk-tastic attempt truly expressed my adoration for Friars Senior Society – the real reason I was out there in the first place.

And I can confidently give that notion a double thumbs up [see photo above!].


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Calling Young Alumni in New York City

Author: Drew Feith-Tye Asia, C’09

Join your fellow young alumni tonight at the fabulous Pranna, one of New York’s hottest nightclubs (79 Madison @28th Street). Alumni from the classes of 1997-2011 are invited to this 21+ event featuring dancing, a dj and open bar from 10 PM to 2 AM (cash bar after 2).  Cost is $70 online or $80 at the door.  Register now!

From yPenn in LA!

Need more incentive? Just check this place out…

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Purim Some Sugar on Me

Author: Drew Tye Asia, C’09

Ohh! HEY, there, red and blue hamantaschen! Can’t seem to get Penn off the brain – even when I happen to be on vacation and even when it comes to pastries and baking (as you will see from my photo).  It may be a little difficult to tell from this pic, but these are blueberry and cherry delights (hence, the red and blue). These beauts are basically evidence that triangles in baking are not always as symmetrical as they are in geometry. Despite their off-kilter aesthetic [just go with it], they tasted AWESOME. Better luck next year, I guess?

I’ll be back on Penn’s campus shortly. If you ask nicely, I may even give you my recipe…

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Smoothie Criminal

Author: Drew Feith-Tye Asia, C’09

Greetings from Sweeten!

This is my first blog post EVER (cue the new girl) and I’m quite excited to be contributing to this already-awesome forum of all things PENN. Graduating in 2009, my dear alma mater has never been far from my heart (or my mind), so I am pleased as punch to have some space to articulate my unwavering love and admiration for my old student (and current professional) stomping grounds.

I think we’ll keep this one short and see where the next post leads. It’s been a while since I’ve had a writing assignment (I was a creative writing minor and took tons of prose and poetry courses back in the day – which is not so far back but I feel SO OLD sometimes when I walk up Locust Walk in the morning with my little thermo-regulated polka-dotted lunch box and loafers instead of my backpack and sneakers).

So, let’s see. I have millions of memories from my days at Penn – incredible friends who I couldn’t live without, professors who inspired me, scenery that took my breath away, and meeting my husband (the best of all). But, aside from all of these major moments, one in particular stands out right now:

The Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Protein Shake at Pottruck. That thing was utterly epic in its thick, creamy, unabashed deliciousness.

Hankering for the recipe? Do it to it, Lars (Heavyweights, anyone?):

Three scoops chocolate protein powder (also known as whey – as in “curds and”)

Two parts banana (b-a-n-a-n-a-s!)

One heaping spoonful of peanut butter (I prefer the chunk, you?)

A hearty splash of skim milk (because, obviously, we’re keepin’ things light)

Blend and serve. In a MASSIVE cup. Liiiiiiike THIS:

This beverage  is the kind of thing where you know you shouldn’t do it, and you’re pretty positive it’s going ruin every calorie of your last uber-aggressive elliptical journey up and down that steep red-light beeping hill (it’s always harder on the way down, isn’t it?), but despite it all you JUST. CANNOT. RESIST. By the end of my senior year, I didn’t even pretend I was going there to work out – I just popped in and headed straight for the Energy Zone (no pass go, no 10# arm curls).

Sure, call me an addict – because that would be a perfectly appropriate description of my relationship with this substantially large cup of heaven-sent sweetness. But. BUT. My obsession did teach me an unforgettable lesson.

That, despite wanting something (whether or not it’s liquid gold), it’s very important to ask: “Is this going to be good for my nutrition, and my long-time health goals?”

And then, of course, truly “whey” your options.


No, but really, I learned after a not-so-long while that drinking this frequently was aiding in my ballooning, so I cut back. Eventually I cut it out all together. Now, nearly four years since my days at Penn, I belong to Crossfit Center City, where I do Olympic-style lifting, double unders, burpees (they sound gross, and they are, but not in a digestive sort of way), and I steer clear of sugar. And gluten. And peanuts. Which means no more liquid gold. Does this seem boring? Maybe. But I’ve learned to control myself and, although I’ve had my rough moments, I haven’t thought about that smoothie in years.

Until earlier today when some girl walked out of Pottruck with very little to no sweat on her brow, and one massive cup in her hand, sipping and savoring every plentiful ounce.

Thank you, random student, for inspiring this post, and, in many ways, my newer-found approach to fitness.

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