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Mid-Terms, Finals and Blue Books (80 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of October 28-29, 2016 marked 80 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! And we continue the countdown to our reunion by looking back at memories of our time at Penn.

I have a box of old papers and things I saved, and as I sorted through it, I hoped to find ticket stubs from Penn Football and Basketball games. Or maybe those square colored paper invites to parties, or a program from a student performing art group. Surprisingly, I do not seem to have many, if any, of these items. But what I did save? My blue books from Econ 1 mid-terms and exams from our first semester of Freshman year!

Econ 1 exam blue book from the University of Pennsylvania courtesty Kiera Reilly

This must be from our first mid-term in Econ 1, first semester Freshman year.

Flipping through my answers to the exam, there are red marks with apparently the number of points I scored on each question (but no idea how much each question was worth), and a final tally of the points I earned on the exam. No final grade, or context to put the final point total.

Inside the front and back cover of each booklet is the Code of Academic Integrity, and there was a place to sign your name on the back cover.

I have not read through my answers, and probably have not looked at these books since we graduated. But I am glad I saved them, if only to vaguely remember what taking an exam was like twenty-seven years ago in the ground floor of Williams Hall.

Exam Blue book for Kiera Reilly Econ 1 class at University of Pennsylvania

Based on the date, this must be from a second mid-term or exam of Econ 1 from our first semester Freshman year.

Do you remember the exam blue-books? Did you save any of your exams?

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!

 

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Class Schedules and Drop/Add (81 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of October 21-22, 2016 marked 81 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! #93tothe25th

Do you remember registering for classes at Penn? I vaguely remember the summer before our Freshman year, sorting through a course catalog printed on newsprint. There were so many interesting classes, but I had to decide between really interesting classes and also taking classes to fulfill my requirements in the College.

Eventually, I made some selections, some with conviction, some with blind faith, and mailed them back to Penn. I saved the carbon copy of my requests.

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My class requests for my first semester of my Freshman year at Penn.

(Note the upper right the blocks for my social security number. I rubbed it out, but the SSN was on everything we did with Penn back then)

Apparently I could select a primary course, and then an alternate course if my first choice was unavailable.

In late July, I received my courses on this computer print-out.

Kiera Reilly Freshman Class Schedule first round at University of Pennsylvania

I sent in my request, and these are the classes I received.

Note that there is a spot for my social security number (rubbed out) and my home address (also rubbed out).

Of the courses I requested, French was my only match.

As an alternate to English, I was placed in Econ. As an alternate to Philosophy, I was placed in another Philosophy course, Existentialism (I distinctly remember this course taught by Carmen Romano). The Physics of Sports course was full, and my alternate I guess was full too.

I remember being freaked out that I only had three classes! But then I arrived on campus and learned about drop/add.

Do you remember drop/add? I vaguely remember needing to attend the first class of the class you wished to add, then asking the professor if there was an opening, and then sitting outside – the classroom? An administrator’s room? And handing in paperwork and getting it stamped so you could be admitted into the class.

I have two add forms from that first semester.

Drop/add form for Kiera Reilly at the University of Pennsylvania

I fill out the form and received a “Received” stamp!

I added Math 141, which was calculus. Again, note the spot at the top right for my social security number.

Drop/add form for freshman year classes for Kiera Reilly at Penn

My second drop/add form. I thought I already was placed in this class so I am not sure why I have this form.

This seems to indicate I added Philosophy 55 – the Existentialism course. I am not sure why I have this since it was already on my first schedule, but here it is.

After the drop/add period ended, I received a printout with my final schedule. Note that my address has been changed to my dorm room in the Quad – 222 Franklin.

Kiera Reilly first semester schedule at Penn

My final schedule for my first semester of Freshman year.

It indicated the dates and times of the classes, and also the buildings. WMS is Williams Hall – convenient to the Quad, and DRL, well is DRL. I think CB stands for the Chemistry Building.

Do you have memories of figuring your schedule Freshman year? Do you have any funny drop/add stories? Let us know!

Join us we countdown the weeks to our 25th reunion in May, 2018 #93tothe25th:

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  • 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!

 

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Freshman Move-In 1989 (83 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Last week we looked at photos of Freshman Move-In this year. This week, we take a stroll down memory lane to moving in to Penn in the fall of 1989, our freshman year at Penn.

I saved the form for my freshman room assignment – 222 Franklin in the Upper Quad. I noticed that on most of my documents from college, my social security number is on everything (I obscured it here).

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Classmate Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, who was traveling to Penn from California, shared some of her pre-move-in papers.

A packing list! Note that a computer or mobile phone isn’t on the list but a typewriter is (I lugged a typewriter from Texas)!

checklistHere is a copy of Christine’s plane ticket. I share it mainly to note the cost of her ticket.

airfareAnd here is a move-in card. It seems so old-school!

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Here is a picture of Move-In day outside of the Quad in 1989.

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Here is a photo from last week’s post about Freshman Move-In this year:

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Looks almost the same, but there is less ivy and trees alongside the Quad.

Do you remember moving in to Penn in September 1989? Do you have pictures of your freshman dorm room or roommate? We are looking for photos of these memories or others from our time at Penn. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!

Last weekend, October 7-8, 2016, marked 83 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

 

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Freshman Move-In 2016 (84 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

I was on campus in late August and happened to be there for a Freshman Move-In Day. Penn was still Penn, but it was newer, cleaner, brighter, and seemed so different from what I remembered moving in to start our college days in the Fall of 1989.

Here are some of the sights I saw.

I arrived at 30th Street Station, which has been refurbished and looks fabulous, and walked through the Drexel Campus to Penn. Drexel has been undergoing a building boom and transformation of late, and is really buzzing.

Drexel

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Penn

I reached Penn at the southeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Street. And the new College House was right in front of me, on what used to be Hill Field. The 125th Women’s Walkway cut across Hill Field a few years ago, but now there is this shiny new dormitory too. It is housing for Freshmen and had its official opening a few weeks ago.

penndormWow! This is a dorm. At. Penn. (For perspective, I’m standing on the east side of 33rd and Chestnut Streets)

penndorm2The entrance to Penn’s campus from the east, after walking through Drexel’s campus. This is what used to be Hill Field (you can see Hill House in the back on the left).

Looking west on Chestnut Street, the new College House is on the left and a lane is blocked for vehicles dropping off students and their belongings for move-in.

welcomeWalking through Hill Field on the Women’s Walkway from 33rd and Chestnut Streets. Hill House is on the left. The new College House (not pictured) is on the right of the walkway.

hillfieldwalkwayWith the new College House opening, Hill House is undergoing renovations. I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but from what I could see, it looks like the interior is completely gutted.

hillhouseHill House

The new College House is on the right as I made my way on the walkway to the center of campus.

newcollegehouseThe entrance to the new College House as seen from the walkway. There were tents set up for maintenance issues, and for residential services to assist new students.

newcollegehouse2As I continued on the walkway, I saw this table for Penn Student Agencies. I worked for PSA all four years at Penn, so I stopped to talk to this current student about the services PSA offers today.

welcome1This is when I had my, “we are in the 21st Century moment,” as I saw this student wearing a t-shirt with, “Move-in Social Media,” printed on the back.

walkwayMove-In Social Media while approaching the intersection of 34th and Walnut Streets

Crossing to the central part of campus at 34th and Walnut. When looking east towards Center City, you see a new skyscraper being built (the Liberty towers are to the left of the new building). Fisher-Bennett Hall is on the right, with the Zeta Psi Fraternity and Hill House are on the left side of Walnut Street.

walnutstreetI walked up Walnut Street to the bookstore at 36th and Walnut. All the new Penn apparel looked pretty cool (I was glad to see there wasn’t any pink or green Penn branded items that I’ve seen displayed in recent years).

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I heard the band playing behind College Hall, so I walked towards Houston Hall. Families were gathered on the Perelman Quadrangle benches that lead up to Claudia Cohen Hall (known as Logan Hall when we were students). Williams Hall is on the left.

wynn-commonsThere was a large tent between Houston Hall and College Hall. There were bins for bottles of water, Tasty Kakes and soft pretzels. The Penn Band played for the families.

pennbandInside Houston Hall was a fare of services for students.

Later in the afternoon, new students and families gathered on College Green to hear Provost Price and President Gutmann. The Glee Club was singing a Penn medley while everyone waited for the Provost and President.

I walked over to Spruce Street to the Quad. There was some activity, but as it was later in the day, I think most of the move-in rush was finished before I arrived.

quadentranceCrossing 36th and Spruce Street to the Lower Quad

wistarWalking west on Spruce Street, I was surprised by the Wistar Institute building. For my last few visits to campus this was covered in netting and scaffolding.

It was nice to see the food trucks lined up outside the Quad (see our Food Truck post).

foodtruckThere were still some students and families moving in to the Quad.

cartsWhile the carts seem nicer than when we moved in so many years ago, they seem to be the same basic structure.

carts2The view looking east and then west at the corner of 38th and Spruce Streets.

The entrance to Upper Quad.

quad2New students and families crossing Spruce Street after exiting Upper Quad.

quad3I walked down Locust Walk. Classes had not started yet, so it was a bit quiet.

locustwalkBen on the Bench is still on campus, but he’s moved to the corner of 36th Street and Locust Walk. He sits on 36th Street, outside of Steinberg-Dietrich Hall. I heard that it’s a right of passage now for students to pee on the bench. Was that a thing when we were students?

benbenchAs I continued down Locust Walk, I saw the former home of the Palladium. It was sad that the patio isn’t full of people sitting at tables, enjoying a drink and soaking up the beautiful day.

archDo you remember moving in to Penn in September 1989? Do you have pictures of your freshman dorm room or roommate? We are looking for photos of these memories or others from our time at Penn. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!

Last weekend, September 30 – October 1, 2016, marked 84 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

 

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Tuition Then and Now (85 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Last weekend, September 23-24, 2016 marked 85 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

I recently discovered a Scrapbook I made of things from Freshman year. One item was the breakdown of tuition costs for the 1989 – 1990 school year.

93_I know that the cost of Penn has increased, but by how much? Thanks to Google, I found the tuition for this academic year pretty easily on the Penn Student Financial Services website.

93_screenshotComparing the total cost in 1989 – 1990 ($20,850) with the total cost in 2016 – 2017 ($69,340), I wondered how that 1989-1990 academic year price tab would compare using inflation rates. According to this CPI Inflation Calculator, the amount of expenses in 1989 would be equivalent to $40,463.63 today.

Of course, all of this talk of tuition makes me think of one of my favorite Mask and Wig songs, “Tuition.” Here is a clip from Freshman Performing Arts Night in 2006.


Do you have any saved items from our time at Penn? Let us know! Last week’s post featured items from New Student Week, and we’d like to include more “artifacts” from our time at Penn in future posts. Please email us if you have something to share. Our email address is upenn1993@gmail.com

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New Student Week…(86 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This weekend, September 16-17, 2016, marks 86 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

New Student Week (NSW) for the Penn Class of 1989 was twenty-seven years ago this week, so we are looking back at the first week we were at Penn.

I do not remember much about NSW, but I do still have my NSW t-shirt and a NSW pin. Here I am sporting my NSW t-shirt (remember how our t-shirts had to be super long to be stylish?) at a Brooks-Leidy hall brunch in the Upper Quad.

93_86_1Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, shared her NSW order form.

93_86_2Amy Korn Duque, C’93, G’93, found the original NSW brochure.

93_86_393_86_4Amy had a copy of the campus map from 1989. Notice building number 49 circled – Logan Hall. It has since been renamed and current students know it as Claudia Cohen Hall. Number 34 Hill House is currently closed for renovation, and across “Hill Field” is the new college house that opened this week.

Amy shared a brochure for Houston Hall. Have you visited Houston Hall recently? All of these stores are no longer there.

93_86_7In contrast to these old documents, I looked for the New Student Week information for this year. It’s now called New Student Orientation, and all the events are listed on the web, but there was also a pretty colorful brochure online. Wow, look at all the offerings for new Penn students!

93_86_893_86_9Things have definitely changed. It makes our New Student Week brochure look so last century (ack)!

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We Were Merely Freshmen…(88 Weeks To Go)

This weekend, September 2-3, 2016, marks 88 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018). We are counting down the weeks until we return to campus to celebrate our time at Penn. #93tothe25th

Caren Lissner originally wrote this seven years ago, reflecting on the 20 years since we entered Penn as freshmen. She revised it slightly before we posted it here.

By the way, the movie version of Caren’s first novel, Carrie Pilby, is having its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week. You can follow her on Twitter @carenlissner.

Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

 

We Were Merely Freshmen…

By Caren Lissner, C’93

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Locust Walk at Penn, credit: Kiera Reilly, C’93

During the first few days of my freshman year of college in Philadelphia – 20-something years ago this week – it was sunny, bright, and contradictorily cool. We kept waiting for rain, and there was none, which was good for us suburban kids who weren’t used to walking around outside to get everywhere. Some of us already had blisters on our feet by the third day of school.

The first several days were reserved for freshman orientation. It included “diversity training” on the grassy college green, where we acted out skits designed to erase any racism and sexism we’d acquired back home. We got up early and stood on line to drop and add courses last-minute, attended seminars like “using campus phones,” and quickly learned to do laundry. We walked up Locust Walk, past the Quad and Book Store, and along the way, salespeople set up tables to offer us credit cards, sell us college t-shirts, and sign us up for gym or video store membership.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future. We were not yet hardened or sullied. Our mailboxes and backpacks overflowed with coupons: The local pizza restaurant, wing joints, bagel shops. Credit card companies told us which gifts we could have if we used their card. Clubs and non-profit volunteer groups begged us to join.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

One night during orientation, there was an introductory event at the Christian center with free burgers. Of course, all the non-Christian freshmen came too, because it was another free dinner, a way to avoid spending money when some of us had precious little.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

And some of us wanted each other, no doubt. A few “floor couples” formed, and some of us made new friends at Casino Night or the Freshman Mixer. There we were, with thousands of people our age, of similar backgrounds, suddenly sprung from the stuffy halls of high school and shedding the social labels of nerd or geek or jock.

Everybody wanted us. We were the future.

It was the beginning of independence. For some, it took a while to figure out how to use that independence. Some took even more time after graduation. But no matter what happened, beginnings are nice. We didn’t know which path we were about to take, only that there was so much future ahead of us.

That feeling comes back to me every year around this time, when the leaves crumble and the cool winds of autumn return. I remember when I felt like I could do pretty much anything. You don’t have to be 18 to believe that, but when you are 18, it sure helps that other people feel that way about you, too.

 

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