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Penn T-Shirts Survive (38 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 with photos from Jennifer Bernstein, C’93, Sonia Biswas, C’93, and Howard Levene, ENG’93

Looking for memories of our time at Penn, I found a long forgotten box full of old Penn t-shirts. I wondered if anyone else from Penn 1993 saved their Penn t-shirts, and it turns out they did. Here is a selection of some of the t-shirts that still survive with our classmates 25+ years later.

Penn Dixie t-shirt from Howard Levene, ENG’93.

I found an old Penn Debate t-shirt.

And a Penn Band t-shirt from Howard.

Penn Band t-shirt courtesy of Howard Levene, ENG'93 #93tothe25th

Penn Band t-shirt courtesy of Howard Levene, ENG’93

A fun Absolute Penn t-shirt from Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, C’93.

Sonia Biswas, C’93, had a t-shirt that Penn Dining Service gave out for Spring Break in 1990.

A Penn Engineering shirts from Howard Levene, ENG’93.

I found a t-shirt celebrating Penn’s 250th anniversary.

Penn 250th Anniversary t-shirt by Kiera Reilly #93tothe25th

Penn 250th t-shirt shared by Kiera Reilly, C’93

Howard and I had t-shirts from our dorm halls.

Ware College House t-shirt from Howard Levene.

Penn Quad Ware College House t-shirt #93tothe25th

Ware College House t-shirt from Howard Levene, ENG’93.

Upper Quad t-shirt from Penn #93tothe25th

Upper Quad t-shirt from Kiera Reilly, C’93

Several of us had the New Student Orientation t-shirt. All seem to have faded in the same spots.

And as modeled here by Sonia Biswas, the t-shirts were always huge. Sonia says, “I always thought the shirts were ridiculous since I’m tiny, and they were all gigantic on me. We had no choice, since the only option was always XL. Ridiculous!”

Penn NSO t-shirt on Sonia Biswas #93tothe25th

Penn NSO t-shirt modeled by Sonia Biswas, C’93 today. The shirts are all XL!

Do you still have old Penn t-shirts? We are still collecting photos of shirts for more posts. Please email us photos of your t-shirts to upenn1993 {at} gmail.com!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of August 18 – 19, 2017, marked 38 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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Junior Year is Here

Author: Jonathan Cousins, C’14

It’s hard to believe that half my time at Penn is already over, but I feel that these next two years will be even better than the first two.

When I applied to Penn, I visited in December and witnessed the final project of MEAM 410/510, Mechatronics.  The last class project was Robocky, an autonomous, 3-on-3 robot hockey tournament.  The final presentation involved a packed Wu and Chen Auditorium and cheering, loud music, and a festive atmosphere.  When asked “Why Penn?” on my admissions essay, I used this tournament as the perfect fusion between school and sports, my two passions.  Now, after two years, I am taking Mechatronics. And it is hard! We are currently running through a electronics/mechanical design crash course, soon to be followed I am sure by a low-level component programming crash course.  But even as this class begins to consume my time, I have my eyes on the prize – the hockey tournament at the end that is sure to be a blast.

The rest of my classes pose a less daunting task, but by no means a negligible one. I am engrossed in the study of Fluid Mechanics and Vibrations, in addition to working in parallel on the MEAM lab course. I am also concurrently writing a paper on my summer research through the Rachleff Scholars program.

And, if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I am incredible active in the Red and Blue Crew, the student spirit organization on campus and the student section at Penn Athletic contests. We did a lot during NSO – including a late night ice cream social with the basketball team where we gave out ice cream and t-shirts, and tried to prompt student interest in Penn Athletics.  We also gave away our cool new shirts at the Penn Athletics picnic and the Activities Fair.  It is already starting to pay off, as the number of people on campus with either Red and Blue Crew or Penn Athletics shirts has gone up dramatically.  Now if our football team can give a good showing on Saturday, we may have them hooked.

Also during NSO, I was an Orientation Peer Adviser (OPA!) for incoming MEAM freshman.  Over the summer, I  communicated with them via email about how to prepare for Penn and which classes to register for, and then I met with them twice during NSO to show them the Engineering buildings and lead them around on their academic NSO day.

And so it goes – I am incredibly busy, but everything I am doing I am enthusiastic about and can’t wait for what I am sure will be a memorable semester.

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Safety On-Campus

Author: Lex Ruby-Howe, C’07

With New Student Orientation (NSO) now just three weeks away, the campus is starting to busy with preparations for the hive of activities that welcome new and returning students to Penn’s academic and social life.

Last night, representatives from the hubs and centers across campus headed to Bodek Lounge to present their wares to the 100 or so pre-freshman program (PennCAP) students, in a hope to orient them to the soon-to-be-alive campus and all it has to offer.

While the excitement of joining their 2400 peers at NSO looms, some of those students will, after a summer of relative freedom, be stepping into a somewhat restrictive environment.

The City of Philadelphia has experienced several spontaneous, and somewhat destructive, flash mobs this summer, and is taking action to ebb the flow of youth to the streets. These mobs have seen hundreds of young folks taking to the streets, and in some instances causing damage to businesses and storefronts.

The Mayor’s Office is enforcing a pre-existing city-wide curfew. The curfew will be most heavily implemented (and policed) in Center City and University City. Details of the curfew can be found here –but minors under the age of 18 must be inside from 9 PM-6 AM every day, or accompanied by an adult 21 or over.

Mayor Nutter Presenting the New Curfew Plan

After a presentation by a detective from Penn’s Department of Public Safety at the resource fair last night, the PennCAP students became concerned they’d be stopped or face punishment when walking back from class each evening. Penn’s Divison of Public Safety is making sure any individuals under 18 who are Penn affiliated have as much information about the curfew as possible, and act responsibly if they are challenged. They are taking measures to ensure students always carry identification, and if stopped suggest the students mention their participation in the PennCAP program and should not face any problems.

The campus community should be glad that safety is of the utmost priority. The students will no doubt benefit from the actions the City of Philadelphia is taking to make sure our their 2400 undergraduate students peers are safe come September too.

City of Philadelphia Curfew Map

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