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Who You Gonna Call? (35 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The Penn Student Directory was a printed listing of all the students at Penn – their campus address and phone numbers. It was published every academic year by Penn Student Agencies.

We managed to track down three of the student directories from our time at Penn.

Rob Williams, C’93, had our first student directory with a beautiful photo of Locust Walk in the Spring.

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Penn Student Directory 1989 – 1990, photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

As you can see from the cover page below, students’ local (Philly) address and phone numbers were listed as well as the home address, expected graduation year and faternity/sorority affiliation. The information was provided by the Registrar.

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Title page of the 1989 – 1990 directory, photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

Remember Penntrex? It’s a, “state-of-the-art telephone system.” The monthly line cost was $8.00.

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Penntrex – how to use it! Photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

I remember the coupons in the directory – poor college students needed these to save money!

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Coupons in the Penn Directory, photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

I had the covers from two directories in my stash of Penn things. Here is the one from our junior year.

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The Penn Student Agencies 1991 -92 Student Directory. Photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93

I worked at Penn Student Agencies during my four years at Penn, and the summer between my junior and senior year, I worked in the PSA office.

Since the student directory was produced by PSA, there was a summer staff working on the directory.

Here is a photo of us having fun on the Button.

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Penn Student Agencies summer staff 1992, photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93. Back row, L-R: Chris Lehmann, C’93, Jeff Hurok, C’94, W’94, Diana Cruz, C’93, Mo Massel, C’94. Front row, L-R: Kiera Reilly, C’93, Dena Klein, C’94, Debbie Jaffe, C’93

I remember having many laughs with this crew, and I contacted Chris and Diana to see if they remembered anything specific about our summer working in the basement of Houston Hall (where Penn Student Agencies was located while we were students).

Diana immediately responded with this memory:

I do remember us ruthlessly teasing Jeff, about what I don’t remember. Probably him saying my last name is spelled “H-U-R-O-K” as in “you are Ok, ok?”

I remembered that too – because he’d call to leave his name and say, “H as in Harrry, you are OK.” To this day, whenever I leave a message and have to spell something, I always say H as in Harry and think of Jeff!

Diana also said:

I remember thinking while going door to door from business to business “I signed up to do this again?!?” While walking around in 90+ degree heat and 90% humidity!

Chris chimed in and said that we had a lot of targets for teasing, including Publications Director Mo Massel, C’94.

Here are some photos of what we worked on all summer, the student directory for our senior year at Penn.

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The 1992-92 Student Directory produced by Penn Student Agencies, photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93.

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Cover page of the 1992-1993 directory, photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93

Here is the credits page for the directory with all of our jobs. It was a fun summer!

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Credits page for the 1992 – 1993 Penn Student Agencies Directory, photo courtesy of Kiera Reilly, C’93

Did you save a copy of the student directory? We would love to see a copy of the 1990 – 1991 directory.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of September 8 – 9, 2017, marked 35 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!”

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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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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.

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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.

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Crafting for Penn 1993!

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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.

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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.

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Sweeten Alumni House

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

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1993 on the steps of College Hall

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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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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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