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Hey Now, Highball! (46 Weeks To Go)

By Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

You never know what treasures you will find when cleaning out the attic, basement, or boxes of things in the back of a closet. As we countdown the weeks to our 25th Penn reunion #93tothe25th, we are encouraging classmates to share photos, memories or mementos of our time at Penn.

Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C’93, found some items from Penn in her attic. One was the Spring 1990 issue of Highball Magazine, a humor magazine created by Penn students. This issue is the 35th anniversary issue.

The Spring 1990 issue of Highball Magazine at Penn, courtesy of Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C'93

The Spring 1990 issue of Highball Magazine, photo courtesy of Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C’93

Melanie writes:

I was cleaning out my attic and found a few mementos from Penn you might be interested in…my personal favorite, an edition of Highball Magazine with a very interesting page inside.

No, not the masthead…

Masthead page of Highball Magazine's Spring 1990 issue, photo courtesy of Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C'93

Masthead page of Highball Magazine’s Spring 1990 issue, photo courtesy of Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C’93

Perhaps this page?

Page inside Highball Magazine's Spring 1990 issue with Donald Trump, photo by Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C'93

Page inside Highball Magazine’s Spring 1990 issue, photo courtesy of Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, C’93

Melanie says,

I did not write for Highball, and I’m not sure why I kept it, but the Trump thing was too funny not to share.

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 June 23 – 24, 2017, marked 46 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. Here are alternatives if you are planning the Saturday night stay. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details:

1. Call the Downtown Marriott directly and book by phone under the “UPenn Alumni Weekend 2018” room block for $259/night. Call (800) 320-5744 (for international classmates, call (215) 625-2900)
2. Book the Downtown Marriott on-line but select “Attendee” from the drop-down menu.
3. Book at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel room block which is directly across the street and $279/night.
4. Book at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown room block which is just 2 blocks away and $244/night.

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Summer Re-Boot for 1993 (47 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Caren Lissner, C’93

You may have noticed that our weekly reunion countdown took a bit of a summer break (senioritis perhaps?). But it is August and as children around the country start or prepare to start their school year, the Class of 1993 is gearing up for the year ahead and the planning for our 25th Reunion in May!

We thought a re-boot of our countdown was in order, and what better way to re-boot than by looking back at the machines we re-booted at Penn – our very own computers! For many of us, we arrived at Penn with typewrites (like me) and no personal computer. Papers were written on computers borrowed from the few hall-mates that had them or in the computer labs around campus. We toted our floppy disks in our back-packs and popped them in the computers whenever we needed to work.

Classmate Caren Lissner shared a photo of her college computer and memories of her first computer purchase – a Macintosh.

Caren Lissner's Macintosh Classic II from her senior year at Penn.

Caren Lissner’s Macintosh Classic II from her senior year at Penn.

Caren’s recollection:

By the end of senior year, around 1993, I’d saved just enough money to buy a Macintosh Classic II from the Penn computer store at a discounted student rate (it was something like $1,100). I had always used the campus computer rooms and libraries to type papers, so I was glad to finally have my own machine so I could work on resumes. The computer moved with me to Hoboken after college, and I ended up writing my first published novel on it. I loved my little Mac even though I finally bought a a Dell around 1999 and put it away in storage. Now it’s in a closet, and I’m never giving it away (but I should probably clean it up a little).

Caren Lissner's floppy disks from her student days at Penn

Caren Lissner’s floppy disks

Did you have a PC at Penn? Did you arrive on campus with it freshman year or did you purchase it while you were a student? Do you still have any of your floppy disks?

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of June 16-17, 2017, marked 47 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. Here are alternatives if you are planning the Saturday night stay. We recommend booking asap! Please see our class website for additional details:

1. Call the Downtown Marriott directly and book by phone under the “UPenn Alumni Weekend 2018” room block.  Call (800) 320-5744 (for international classmates, call (215) 625-2900)
2. Book the Downtown Marriott on-line but select “Attendee” from the drop-down menu
3. Book at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel room block which is directly across the street and $279/night
4. Book at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown room block which is just 2 blocks away and $244/night

 

 

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Class of 1993 – One Year Until We Celebrate (52 Weeks To Go)

By Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Last summer, we started counting down the ninety-three weeks until our 25th Penn Reunion, and now, the weekend of May 12 – 15, 2017, we are at the one year mark until we celebrate the twenty-five years since our graduation from Penn.

We celebrated our first Alumni Day on Saturday, May 15, 1993, by marching down Locust Walk as a class to lead the alumni parade of classes. We gathered on College Green to listen to Penn President Sheldon Hackney and sing, “The Red and The Blue.”

Singing, "The Red and The Blue," on College Green, May 15, 1993

Singing, “The Red and The Blue,” on College Green for Alumni Day, May 15, 1993. Photo by Kiera Reilly, C’93.

On Monday, May 17, 1993, we processed from Superblock, down Locust Walk, and into Franklin Field for our Commencement.

The Commencement Procession across the 38th Street Bridge and down Locust Walk, May 17, 1993. Photo by Lisa Nass Grabelle

The Commencement Procession across the 38th Street Bridge and down Locust Walk, May 17, 1993. Photo by Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96

Twenty-four years passed…

And we are now in full swing planning our class’ 25th Reunion for May 11-13, 2018! Our planning committee is growing by the day, and we’d love for you to join us.  Email us at upenn1993@Gmail.com or lisagrabelle@yahoo.com to join our Reunion Committee.

First Lady Hillary Clinton, Interim Penn President Claire Fagin, and Penn President Sheldon Hackney watch the Commencement Procession at Penn, May 17, 1993. Photo by Kiera Reilly, C'93

First Lady Hillary Clinton, Interim Penn President Claire Fagin, and Penn President Sheldon Hackney watch the Commencement Procession at Penn, May 17, 1993. Photo by Kiera Reilly, C’93

Our Reunion will be here before we know it – look for information about our hotel block very soon. In the meantime, be sure to save our the reunion dates on your calendar, and also save Monday, May 14, which is Commencement. The 25th and 50th reunion classes are invited to march in the Commencement procession, and it is very special to walk on Franklin Field again with the alumni classes. We strongly encourage you to participate if you can!

The Class of 1993 enters Franklin Field for Penn Commencement, May 17, 1993. Photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C'93

The Class of 1993 enters Franklin Field for Penn Commencement, May 17, 1993. Photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93

Graduates on Franklin Field for Commencement, May 17, 1993. Photo by Lisa Nass Grabelle

Graduates on Franklin Field for Commencement, May 17, 1993. Photo by Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96.

Every classmate is invited to join us for a fun weekend of reunion planning back at Penn Reunion Leadership Conference (PRLC) on September 15- 16. The conference is actually one day on Saturday, September 16th, but we will have Class of 93 only planning on the 15th in the afternoon and then all go out that night. We welcome you to join us for either or both days.

We want to continue our trip down memory lane, and are looking for blog posts, photos, mementos or memories of our time at Penn. Please email us if you have something to share – we want to include as many classmates as possible in our future posts.

We are excited as we look toward this next year, and hope to make our reunion next May one that our entire class will not forget.

Let’s get ready to meet at the button!

#93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of May 12 – 13, 2017, marked 52 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 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!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
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Before Facebook There Was the Freshman Record (90 Weeks to Go!)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This weekend, August 19 – 20, 2016 marks 90 weeks to the Penn Class of 1993’s 25th reunion (May 11 – 13, 2018). #93tothe25th

Going through boxes of old papers, I found THE book that we used to find our classmates as we started Penn together – The Freshman Record.

Before Facebook, this was the book to look for people based on their high school, home town or what dorm they were living in at Penn. Everyone sent in their high school yearbook photos, and I remember once we made new friends at Penn, it was fun to look through the book and see our glamorous shots from high school. I think also upper classman used the book to scope out the freshman class?

Video: Flipping through the Record.

Do you still have your copy of the Freshman Record? Do you have a memory to share? Comment below!

We are also accepting photos and memories from our fellow 1993 classmates to be featured on a future #93tothe25th countdown post. Email us at UPenn1993@gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!

#93tothe25th

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Penn 1993 – Meet Me at the Button!

By Kiera Reilly, C’93  @KieraReilly

The countdown to Alumni Weekend continues, and before we know it we’ll be back on campus celebrating our 20th reunion. The Penn Class of 1993 reunion and gift committees are calling and emailing classmates, encouraging them to attend and to make a gift to The Penn Fund.

To get everyone in the Red and Blue spirit for Alumni Weekend, here are some buttons I’ve collected from when I was a student, the first few years after we graduated, and now as a staff member in alumni relations.

Buttons I collected while working for alumni relations.

Buttons I collected while working for alumni relations.

Homecoming 1998 and 2000, Penn's 250th Anniversary in 1990, and Ivy Champs in '92-'93.

Homecoming 1998 and 2000, Penn’s 250th Anniversary in 1990, and Ivy Champs in ’92-’93.

 

1992's South Street Strut, 1993s Walnut Walk and South Street Strut

1992’s South Street Strut, 1993s Walnut Walk and South Street Strut

Does anyone else have a Penn button collection?

We hope to see everyone from the Class of 1993 at THE Button in May!

For details about our Saturday parade and picnic, and BIG class Quad party, click here! Don’t forget to follow our Facebook and Twitter. Check out who is planning to come here. Go online and register now!

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Celebrating Feb Club – 20 Years Later with Penn 1993

By Kiera Reilly, C’93  @KieraReilly

As Penn’s Class of 1993 gears up for our 20th reunion in May (that’s right, we graduated last century), we’re re-connecting with each other and making plans to reunite on campus via Email, Facebook and Twitter, things that didn’t exist when we were students! Our class Facebook page sees the most interaction, as classmates post stories and memories from our time on campus:

Princeton at Penn Men’s Basketball – now this is what my friend Chris Lehmann called “Pandemonium at the Palestra”

Penn Six singing “It Ain’t Easy Being Conrad Bain” from their 1993 album “Jacket Off” album. Jason Downie, C’93 – lead singer, Ed Matz, C’93 – lyrics

Brian Keys leading Penn Football past Lafayette – one of our first Penn football games!

“The Simpson’s” writer Matt Selman, C’93, sneaking Penn into an episode.

 

A recent story in The DP* highlighted the Feb Club, a tradition that our class started, thanks to our then-class president Michael “Scoops” Rosenband, C’93. Scoops sent along a page from the Friars directory highlighting his – and our class’ – contribution to fun times in February.

Class President Michael "Scoops" Rosenband credited with bringing Feb Club to our class in the Friars directory.

Class President Michael “Scoops” Rosenband credited with bringing Feb Club to our class in the Friars directory.

Alyssa Newman, C’93,  shared this photo of the Feb Club t-shirt – the rules were that if you attended 10 out of the 11 events, you received a Feb Club t-shirt (this year’s seniors are offering an event each day). Back in the day, a free t-shirt was nothing to scoff at, nor was an excuse to go out and have fun with classmates during dreary February.

 

The back of the original Feb Club - a tradition started by the Class of 1993!

The back of the original Feb Club t-shirt – a tradition started by the Class of 1993!

If you can’t see, here’s the list of activities:

Feb 1 – Cavanaugh’s

Feb 3 – Metropolis

Feb 7 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Eric 3

Feb 9 – Smoke’s

Feb 12 – Penn Basketball vs. Columbia

Feb 16 – Cavanaugh’s

Feb 18 – Chasers

Feb 20 – Boccie

Feb 23 – Murph’s

Feb 25 – Ice Skating at the Class of 1923 Rink

Feb 28 – Smoke’s

My personal favorites were watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and ice skating at the Class of 1923 Ice Rink – something I had never done before.

Julie Berliner Bell, C’93, saved her Feb Club shirt too – it’s part of a quilt of other favorite t-shirts.

 Feb Club quiltFeb Club pillow

Our class is looking forward to May when we’ll reconnect, remember and reminisce about the fun times we had while students at Penn. We have a great group of classmates helping to plan our reunion and raise funds for Dear Old Penn – see our class reunion page for the full list.

If you’re a member of our class, be sure to join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

If you’re planning to attend the reunion, be sure to add your name to the hundreds of classmates already listed on our “We’re coming!” page by emailing reunion co-chairs Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96, or Chrissy Bass Hofbeck, C’93.

And, don’t forget to contribute to our Class Gift! We’re hoping to increase the number of participants that donate to Penn – please make your gift today!

Hurrah, Hurrah,

Penn Class of 1993!

We can’t wait to see you back on campus in May!

*The DP states the tradition started in 1997 in this article, and was recently re-instituted in 2004. We respectfully beg to differ with their account.

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