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Remembering Arthur Ashe Speaking at Penn (39 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

While sorting through old photos, I found this photo from our senior year. It is the board of Connaissance, photographed with Albert Moore, our staff advisor for SAC activities, and legendary tennis player Arthur Ashe.

Arthur Ashe speaks at University of Pennsylvania invited by Connaissance

Connaissance board members pose with Connaissance Fall 1992 Speaker Arthur Ashe. L-R Caren Lissner, C’93, Robyn Reifman, C’94, Mark Whitcher, W’93, Arthur Ashe, Kiera Reilly, C’93, Meg O’Leary, C’94, and Albert Moore from the Office of Student Affairs. (note the halo around Caren’s head is how the photo was developed!)

I did not remember much about the speech – I remember Mr. Ashe came to Penn, that I went with Meg to pick him up at 30th Street Station, and that he died not long after he visited Penn.

I hoped that Caren, Robyn, Mark, Meg and Albert might recall more than that, and Meg was the only one that had a clear memory. She wrote:

My biggest memories are of the drive picking him up at the train station.  If you remember, I hadn’t had my driver’s license very long and not a whole lot of experience driving.  My driving made Mr. Ashe quite nervous – he held the dashboard the whole way and kept asking questions of Kiera, basically asking if she’d like to take over the driving and making sure that I was going the right way.  I don’t think I drove him back to the station though. It wasn’t that long after that he died, and I remember feeling a little guilt that maybe my driving had stressed him out and made his illness worse.

I also remember that, of all our speakers, I felt that he was the most modest.  He asked for very little special treatment – just reimbursement for his travel costs (he took the train from NYC; so pretty inexpensive) and a very reasonable speaking fee.  And, in person, he was very unassuming and didn’t put on any airs, was quite down to earth.

Luckily, The Daily Pennsylvanian sent staff writer Charles Ornstein, C’96, (now a Senior Reporter for ProPublica), and he filed this report (you can see a PDF of the article here).

Arthur Ashe speaking at the University of Pennsylvania November 4, 1992

Arthur Ashe speaking at the University Museum on November 4, 1992.

Arthur Ashe speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, photo by Steve Waxman, the DP

The DP Arthur Ashe AIDS

DP staff writer Charles Ornstein

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

The Daily Pennsylvanian covers Arthur Ashe's visit to Penn for Connaissance

Meg’s memory is correct about Mr. Ashe being so humble. As soon as I read her note, I remembered that too. We were fortunate to help bring many prominent speakers to campus, and as Connaissance board members we often had dinner with them before the speech. But he was probably the nicest and most unassuming speaker I ever met. It was a true honor to meet him and have him speak at Penn.

While he was on campus, Mr. Ashe spoke with DP Sports Writer Jonathan Mayo. The link to their conversation as published in the DP is here.

Sadly, Meg was correct in her recollection that Mr. Ashe died not long after he visited Penn. The DP reported his death on February 8, 1993.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of August 11 – 12, 2017, marked 39 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Script Penn – A Penn Band Homecoming Tradition (27 Weeks To Go)

By Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

While our #93tothe25th countdown posts are a bit behind schedule (see our last post 40 Weeks To Go), we thought it fitting to skip ahead Penn Homecoming is this weekend. Twenty-five years ago we celebrated Homecoming during our Senior Year.

Classmate Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro was the Drum Major of the Penn Band and shared this video recorded  by her father Bennett “Buddy” Bardfeld, W’55, L’58 as the Penn Band takes the field during half-time of the Homecoming football game.

Lisa writes: Script Penn began in the 1970’s and it became tradition for the Penn Band to “write” this at the end of the half time show at the Homecoming game. The video is from our senior year, 1992. Band alumni are welcomed to join the current students on the field for script Penn, with or without instruments. Once Penn is spelled out, everyone in the stands is asked to rise for “The Red and Blue”.

Lisa also shared some of her buttons from Homecomings since we graduated. Does anyone else have any old Homecoming buttons?

Penn Homecoming buttons

Penn Homecoming buttons from 1994, 1995 and 2002 courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, C’93

We hope to see you this weekend at Penn Homecoming! Click here for Homecoming activities this weekend, including gatherings with the Classes of 1988 – 1993!

Let’s Go Penn! Beat Princeton!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

This weekend, November 3 – 4, 2017, marks 27 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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We Shall Find a Way in 1893 (40 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

We shall find a way, or we shall make one!

A famous phrase seen and referenced often at Penn. You may recognize the phrase, or the phrase in its original Latin, Inveniemus viam aut faciemus. But do you remember where you have seen this written on campus?

It is on the arch of the Class of 1893 gate that straddles the walkway between Houston Hall and Williams Hall. How fitting that a Penn class that graduated 100 years before us (the original Penn ’93), is responsible for enshrining this quote on campus.

The Penn Current featured a story of the gate in April, and I knew we had to share more about this gate with our class in the countdown to our reunion year. The old photo below shows College Hall in the background. Houston Hall is to the right of the gate, and Williams Hall is the building that is now to the left.

Class of 1893 gate university of pennsylvania, photo from University Archives #93tothe25th

The Class of 1893 Gate – Photo Credit University Archives and Records Center. The latin inscription across the arch translates to, “We will find a way or we shall make one.”

From the Current article:

Marking an entrance into campus from Spruce Street, and tucked between Houston and Williams halls, sits the Class of 1893 Memorial Gate. Designed by two members of the class—Elliston P. Bissell and William C. Hays—the gate has a brick and terracotta base with arched ironwork that spells out the class motto in Latin: Inveniemus viam aut faciemus. (This translates to mean “We will find a way or we shall make one.”)

 

Bissell and Hays were part of the first class in Penn’s School of Architecture, and designed the gate in 1900. Hays, in fact, was already familiar with sketching ideas for campus structures: He won first place in the competition to design a student union for Penn, Houston Hall. (Milton Bennett Medary, Jr. won second place and the two designs were combined, with Medary’s design being the exterior.) In 1904, Hays took a position at the University of California and, over the years, worked as architect and consulting architect on many of that university’s buildings on the Davis, San Francisco, and Berkeley campuses. After the San Francisco fire of 1906, Hays was on the team that supervised the rebuilding of much of the destroyed city.

After graduation, Bissell worked first with the firm Cope and Stewardson, and then opened his own firm, Bissell and Sinkler, where he worked until his retirement in 1936. In his career, Bissell helped to restore buildings in Independence Square, designed residential buildings in Gloucester, N.J., and Chester, Pa., and helped to restore Elfreth’s Alley and estates in Germantown. For years, Bissell was also a member of the Committee for the Preservation of Historic Monuments and a chairman of a state survey of historic buildings.

For more information about this and other historical aspects of Penn, visit the University Archives website.

And as Paul Harvey might say, “now you know the rest of the story!”

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of August 4 – 5, 2017, marked 40 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn 1-9-9-3 (41 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This summer the craft bug hit me, and with long sunny days, what better craft project to tackle than painting numbers? I was in Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts and the large paper mache numbers were on sale! I decided to buy three different sizes of numbers and painted them different ways. A perfect project for a lazy summer day – also, painting is fun! You focus on making it perfect and forget all the other projects or tasks you *should* be doing instead.

Penn 1993 25th reunion craft painting red and blue numbers #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Crafting for Penn 1993!

Penn 1993 25th reunion for University of Pennsylvania craft painting numbers red and blue #93tothe25th

Small wooden numbers (note how the sides are in the contrasting blue or red?). I really like how these look.

Penn 1993 25th reunion University of Pennsylvania #93tothe25th Kiera Reilly paints numbers red and blue

Playing around with how to paint the large numbers – Each color area needed two coats. On the right I did blue edges, then white border and red…but you couldn’t really see the blue.

I brought the numbers to Philadelphia, and we took some photos at the Center City location for our Friday night party.

Kiera Reilly Lisa Grabelle Penn 1993 25th reunion #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Kiera Reilly, Colleen Kelly, Hillary Hayes and Lisa Grabelle scouting locations for our Friday night reunion party with our 1993 numbers! (Intentionally obscured the view until we officially announce reunion weekend details)

The numbers also explored campus a bit, thanks to our Alumni Relations liaison Colleen Kelly.

Penn 1993 at Sweeten Alumni House University of Pennsylvania 25th reunion #93tothe25th

Sweeten Alumni House

Penn 1993 at the Love statue University of Pennsylvania 25th reunion #93tothe25th

The LOVE statue in front of the Castle and Sweeten Alumni House

Penn 1993 25th reunion on the steps of College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania #93tothe25th

1993 on the steps of College Hall

Penn 1993 at the Button in front of Van Pelt Library University of Pennsylvania 25th reunion #93tothe25th

The Button!

Do you have anything that says Penn 1993 on it? Share it with us upenn1993@gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 28 – 29, 2017, marked 41 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Jump Around! Jump Up! Jump Up and Get Down! (42 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 with help from Howard Blecher, Marianne Alves Brogdale, Deb Brown, Ed Gold, Debbie Jaffe, Betty Magome, Kathleen Paralusz, Meesh Joslyn Pierce, Jef Pollock, Bardo Ramirez, and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

As I’m going through old photos and papers from our time at Penn, I’m listening to Depeche Mode, one of my favorite bands from high school and college. And as I’m sorting through old emails and documents, I found this list of songs from classmates.

When we were preparing for our 15th reunion in May of 2008, we needed a song that would play as we marched down Locust Walk in the alumni parade and arrived at the viewing stand. By popular vote, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” won. And, after listening to it, how can you not Jump Around?

“Jump Around,” wasn’t the only song that we remembered…here are other suggestions from classmates. It was interesting to read how many of us suggested the same songs or the same bands. Throw these all together on a playlist and you have a ‘mix tape’ soundtrack of the early 90’s at Penn! (A mix tape! What is that???)

Songs suggested multiple times by 1993 Classmates

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Here are some of the notes and song memories that classmates shared in 2013.

Debbie Jaffe:

“Groove Is in the Heart” by DeeLite reminds me of Penn. Spot on with Indigo Girls and Blues Traveler (especially “Closer I am to Fine” and “But Anyway”).

Ed Gold:

“All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Marianne Alves Brogdale:

“Oh what a night,” is the one I always think of – and songs from Murph’s.  I also always think of “Two Princes” because my roommate loved it.

Also, from the Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1993:

  1. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
  2. I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
  3. Whoot, There It Is, 95 South
  4. Fields Of Gold, Sting
  5. Hey Mr. D.J., Zhane

Kathleen Paralusz:

How about “Jump Around”?  I have very fond memories of DKE parties w/ that song playing.

Jef Pollock:

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana

“Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochran

Matthew Sweet – almost anything

Howard Blecher:

“True Faith” – New Order

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult

“Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“Chains of Love” – Erasure

“The One I Love” – R.E.M.

“Superman” – R.E.M.

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.

“Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill

Bardo Ramirez:

“Wild World” – Cat Stevens

“Don’t Call Me Daughter “– Pearl Jam

“Loser” – Beck

“The Choice is Yours” – Black Sheep

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Mitchell Kraus:

Well, as far as songs – I looked up the top 100 for 1993, and #2 was – Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team.  I think that would be fun and relevant.

Deb Brown:

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development and two obvious R.E.M. songs: “Shiny Happy People” and “Losing my Religion”. Also “Dyslexic Heart” from the Singles soundtrack.

Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro:

“Jump Around” definitely brings back some senior year memories for me…..

Meesh Pierce and Betty Magome really went all out and sent us lots of songs…but they’re all so good and spot on that I couldn’t cut any of them from this post.

Do you have a favorite song from our time at Penn? Tell us in the comments!

Meesh Joslyn Pierce:

Meesh sent us a play list from her wedding – so many good songs from the 90’s here!

  1. Fight for your right to Party – Beastie Boys
  2. Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight…)
  3. Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  4. Sweet Child o Mine – Guns n Roses
  5. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  6. Joy and Pain
  7. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  8. The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
  9. Jump Around – House of Pain
  10. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  11. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
  12. Ladies Night – Kool and the Gang
  13. Mama Said Knock You… – LL Cool J
  14. Walkin with a Deadman – Oingo Boingo
  15. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  16. Orange Crush – REM
  17. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  18. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  19. New Sensation – INXS
  20. Love Shack – The B-52s
  21. No Rain – Blind Melon
  22. Groove is in the Heart – Deee Lite
  23. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  24. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
  25. Parents Just Don’t Understand – Fresh Prince
  26. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  27. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  28. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  29. Jump – Kris Kross
  30. Down Under – Men at Work
  31. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  32. To Be With You – Mr. Big
  33. OPP – Naughty by Nature
  34. Funky Cold Medina – Party on
  35. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  36. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  37. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg
  38. Back to Life (However Do you…) – Soul II Soul
  39. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
  40. Desire – U2
  41. Rump Shaker (Radio…) – Wreckx-N-Effect

Betty Magome:

Hope it’s not too late:

Here are some great songs from our class (4 years)!

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“One” – U2

“Killing in the Name of” – Rage Against the Machine (angry, but I listened to it a lot)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana and any Nirvana song

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Candy Everybody Wants” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Stay” – Lisa Loeb

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

“Whoop There it Is” – Tag Team

“500 Miles” – The Proclaimers

“Connected” – Stereo MCs

“What’s Up” – 4 Non Blonde’s
“Forever Young” – Alphaville

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“Doctor Doctor” – Thompson Twins

“Living in Oblivion” – Anything Box

“Russian Radio” – Red Flag

“How Long” – Information Society

“Pure” – Lightning Seeds

“Jump” – Kriss Kross

“Please Don’t Go” – KWS

“Lips Like Sugar” – Echo and the Bunnymen

Pet Shop Boys

“West End Girls”

“Love Comes Easily”

“It’s a Sin”

“What have I done to deserve this”

Depeche Mode

“Personal Jesus”

“Just Can’t get Enough”

“Enjoy the Silence”

“Strangelove”

“People are People”

“Master and Servant”

Erasure

“Oh L’Amour”

“Victim of Love”

“Ship of Fools”

“A Little Respect”

“Take a Chance on Me”

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 21 – 22, 2017, marked 42 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

 

 

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Remembering The Underground Cafe (43 Weeks To Go)

By Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Looking back at our time at Penn, we are asking classmates to share photos and memories. Little did we know that someone would have a mug that survived from freshman year!

Ruth McIlhenny Gorme sent us this photo of an Underground Cafe mug that she has from our freshman year (the year the cafe opened in High Rise North).

Penn Student Agencies' the Underground Cafe photo by Ruth McIlhenny Gorme

The Underground Cafe mug that Ruth McIlhenny Gorme still has from our freshman year!

Ruth writes:

Since I lived in Harrison House freshman year, I needed to watch Twin Peaks somewhere and this was the place to watch it in the high rises.

That is right – most students did not have a TV in their dorm room, so once it opened, the Underground Cafe became a gathering spot for watching popular television shows.

I worked at Penn Student Agencies which opened the cafe in January, 1990, and I saved this ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian advertising the opening.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

This ad from The DP had the tagline, “Everyone Needs a Reality Shelter.”

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Here is the review of the cafe that appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian on February 2, 1990:

Underground Cafe Feb headline 1

Underground Cafe review headline 2

byline Lee Shepski in the DP, the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 2, 1990

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe by Lee Shepski from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Did you visit the Underground Cafe? Do you remember watching a favorite TV show or listening to a student band? Let us know in the comments.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 14 – 15, 2017, marked 43 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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CUPID Be Still My Heart (44 Weeks To Go)

By Howard Levene, ENG’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

We asked classmates to send us photos of their Penn t-shirts from when we were students. And Howard Levene sent t-shirts and many seemed to be from CUPID, so we asked, did he work for CUPID? You surely all remember CUPID – the Center for University of Pennsylvania Identification. It was in the Hutch (Hutchison Gym, adjacent to the Palestra) every year as school started. Here is what Howard shared about CUPID.

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, front view, from Howard Levene, ENG'93, from University of Pennsylvania

CUPID 1990 shirt, front view, from Howard Levene, ENG’93

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, back view, from Howard Levene, ENG'93, from University of Pennsylvania

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, back view, from Howard Levene, ENG’93

Oh, I didn’t just work at CUPID, I was the Assistant Coordinator from March to December 1992.

Sophomore (Fall 90) and Junior year (Fall 91) I was a CUPID worker and got promoted. I’m pretty sure I still have a Spring Fling Security Orange Jacket in the trunk of my car as a side-effect from that.

CUPID was great – you got paid and you could move in a week early and avoid the rush to move into the dorms.  For a person like me who lived locally (Parents in South Jersey) it wasn’t hard to do the move (no shipping, just loading a car trunk), and it was great to avoid the crush of traffic.

It also made so much sense – put all the orientation in one area (Gym membership, Library sign-up, Bike Registration, etc) so students could just walk around in the Palestra.

I may even have a recording of PARIS somewhere in my ancient files….

What do you have in your attic? Share it with us by emailing upenn1993@gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 7 – 8 2017, marked 44 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 upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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