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Author: Jonathan Cousins, SEAS’14

Penn is full of acronyms – OCR, SPEC, UA – the list goes on and on, especially in engineering, where acronyms seem to be the order of the day.  From SEAS to each major (MEAM, CBE, ESE, etc.), you can hardly get through a day without using acronyms.  This week, I was introduced to a new one – CBI.  While a typical Penn student might think College Board I______, or something along those lines, the CBI is actually an acronym more closely associated with NCAA and NIT.  Yes, the CBI is the College Basketball Invitational, the postseason tournament that Penn is currently competing in.

Most people, including myself, had never heard of the CBI before this week – and most of those people still don’t know what it is.  It is a fairly new tournament, started in 2008, whose distinguishing feature is that the championship round is a best-of-three series.  When I heard that Penn was going to participate, I was not sure whether to be excited or upset.  After all, this news came on the heels of the painful loss to Princeton last Tuesday that kept us out of a playoff game for the Ivy title. But I got a ticket for last night’s game against Quinnipiac – and I was among the few who did.  Almost the entire upper bowl was empty, and the student section was more sparsely filled than over spring break, which is saying something.  Two of our seniors, Tyler and Mike, were out with nagging injuries that have plagued them throughout the season.  All-in-all the atmosphere was that of a meaningless preseason game. But Penn put together a good effort, shooting almost 50% from beyond the arc and playing well defensively and they went on to win the game.

Here is where I insert a plug for the second round game. Having won the first game, Penn now plays Butler in the second round, at home on Monday. If the name Butler rings a bell, they probably ruined your bracket at some point during the past two years, as they went to the Final Four the past two years.  Yes, that is the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, against the best teams in college basketball.  This year has been a down year for them after they graduated some of the upperclassmen that fueled their previous tourney runs.  But if that history is not enough of a draw, perhaps you have heard of the Hinkle Fieldhouse.  “Indiana’s Cathedral of Basketball” as it is described on Wikipedia, not to be confused with our own Cathedral of College Basketball, the Palestra.  Even if Hinkle doesn’t ring a bell, you may have seen it as the stadium used in the classic basketball movie Hoosiers.

I think this game will attract more campus attention, and I encourage anyone that can make it out to the Palestra on Monday to be there.  It should be a great game, and any trip to the Palestra is a special, unique experience.  I’ll be there, Row 2, behind the basket amongst the Red and Blue Crew. Looking forward to it!


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Family Night at the Palestra

Author: Kristina Clark

On Friday evening, February 24, I had the pleasure of hosting over 200 Penn alumni families for an event at the Palestra.  This was a first-time event for Penn Alumni, and our Family Night at the Palestra was a huge success!  The evening began just after 5 PM with children of all ages having an opportunity to shoot hoops with Penn’s women basketball team. The kids had a blast and so did the players. Following the shoot-around, and prior to the basketball team taking the court for warm-ups, families were warmly greeted by women’s head basketball coach, Mike McLaughlin.  A pre-game dinner followed, and consisted of hot dogs, pizza, pretzels, beverages and Cracker Jacks. Penn Alumni families were treated to an amazing night and the game was the icing on the cake.  Penn women took a 63-49 win over Dartmouth!

The cost to participate in the Palestra Family Night event was $5 person.  The event was sponsored by Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae.  We look forward to offering this event again and hope you can join us next time!

In the meantime, mark your calendars now for upcoming Penn Alumni Family Events:

Family Day at Mask & Wig – 3/17/12
40 Winks with the Sphinx – 3/30-31/12

Contact Penn Alumni Relations at 215-898-7811 for more information.

View a slideshow of the event here.

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Penn Men’s Basketball Crushes Princeton 82-67

Author: Stephanie Y., C08

As a Penn Men’s Basketball fan, there are few greater feelings than when your beloved Quakers beat Princeton. The energy at the Palestra was unbelievable, and it was amazing to see the student section packed to the max! Hope to see you all this Friday at the Palestra when Penn takes on undefeated Harvard. There will be a few special guests in the student section, so be sure to come to the game! Students can pick up free tickets to the game this week on Locust Walk 11AM – 2PM. See you on Friday! Go Quakers!

Packed student section at the Penn vs. Princeton men’s basketball game!

Looking good, Quakers!

Final score at the Penn vs. Princeton men’s basketball game.

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The Red and Blue Crew Travels to Columbia This Friday

Author: Stephanie Y., C’08

I was thrilled to hear today that the Red and Blue Crew is going to New York City for the Penn Men’s Basketball game at Columbia University this Friday. I just finalized my long weekend travel plans, which includes going to NYC to watch the Penn Quakers crush the Columbia Lions on Friday night. Tickets are still available on the Columbia Men’s Basketball website. Last year’s game was sold out, so buy your tickets today before they sell out! The Penn alumni community always has a strong presence at the Penn @ Columbia game because there are so many Penn alumni in the NYC area. I cannot wait to see Penn student and alumni faces in the crowd cheering on the Quakers this Friday night! In the meantime, see you tonight (Jan 10th) for the Penn vs. LaSalle game at The Palestra. Go Quakers!

Red and Blue Crew member sporting an awesome net-hat with the Penn logo. Where can I get one of these? Photo courtesy of The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Penn Men’s Basketball Faces UCLA in Anaheim, CA

Author: Kiera Reilly, C’93

On December 10, the Penn Men’s Basketball team made their first trip to Southern California since 2003. The last time the Quakers came to town, they played the USC Trojans at the Forum in Inglewood (and beat them quite soundly). This year, Penn was scheduled to play the UCLA Bruins. As the famous Pauley Pavilion on UCLA’s campus is undergoing renovations, the game was set for the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA (home of the Anaheim Ducks Ice Hockey).

The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA - location for Penn vs UCLA on Dec. 10th

Colleagues in Alumni Relations, Athletics and Development coordinated to plan a pre-game reception before the game and invited all alumni and current parents in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas to attend. We hoped for an enthusiastic crowd but weren’t entirely sure how many Penn fans would attend. In fact, we had an informal bet, with all of us guessing the number of attendees. Everyone thought I was a bit crazy for making the high guess of 380, but I knew that our Southern California alumni would want to come cheer for our Quakers! I underestimated the turn-out by a bit – over 400 people attended our reception before the game.

Jerome Allen, W’95, the Jordan R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, stopped by early in the reception to say a few words. PennClubLA President Melissa Wu, C’98, thanked him for coming and presented him with a local treat – an In-n-Out t-shirt and gift certificate.

PennClubLA president Melissa Wu, C'98, and Coach Jerome Allen, W'95

Below are some photos from the reception. We must thank PennClubLA (www.pennclubla.com; Twitter: @PennClubLA) , Penn Club of Orange County (twitter: @PennClubOC), Penn Club of San Diego (twitter: @PennClubSD) and the Wharton Club of Southern California (www.whartonsocal.com) for their help in spreading the word about the reception and game. If you are in Southern California, I encourage you to connect with any of these Penn alumni groups!

A good time was had by all, but unfortunately the Quakers came up short on the court, falling to UCLA 77 – 73. Senior Tyler Bernardini, from nearby Carlsbad, CA, had a career high 29 points in the game, so we congratulate him on a great performance in front of a home crowd.

We hope the team comes back to visit us soon! Go Quakers!

For a re-cap of the game see: http://www.pennathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1700&ATCLID=205345011

Follow the team as they are set to play Duke on Jan. 1. Updates via twitter @PennBasketball

(As we post this, the Lady Quakers are in San Diego for the Surf N Slam classic – after defeating UNC-Greensboro yesterday, they will play host the SDSU Aztecs in the championship game at 2 pm PST. For more information see: http://www.pennathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1700&ATCLID=205353175 and follow the team @PennWomensbball)

Ed Balsamo C'96, W'96, brought his son to meet Coach Allen.

Dedicated Quaker fans Allan, C'81, and Dale, MT'81, Bell traveled from NJ for the game and caught up with Don Rosen, C'78

Penn Club of Orange County's Jeannie Quan Hogue, C'88, and her daughter were excited to see so many alumni in Anaheim.

I caught up with classmate, Mitchell Kraus, C'93, and we reminisced about when Jerome Allen and his teammates won the Ivy League Championship our senior year.Ed Balsamo, C'96, W'96, brought his son to meet Coach Allen

Me and Penn Club LA members, Gloria Lee, C'97, GCP'98, WG'07, Melissa Wu, C'98, Terry Baris, C'84, and Andy Firchau--all of us sporting our Red & Blue.

It was a beautiful California day, perfect for socializing outside.

The basketball team strategizing during a time-out.


Filed under Alumni Perspective, Athletics, Clubs, GAN, Kiera R., Penn Clubs, West Coast Regional Office

Penn Men’s Basketball: The Dunphy Rollout Edition

Author: Stephanie Y., C08

Penn Men’s Basketball fans can always count on The Red and Blue Crew to bring clever rollouts to the games. It looks like the students had a message for Fran Dunphy, Temple’s head coach, at the Penn vs. Temple game.

The rollout at the Penn vs. Temple Men’s Basketball game reads "Dunphy: We mustache you a question, but we'll shave it for later. #NoShaveNovember.”

The rollouts can be quite competitive and mean-spirited sometimes, but The Red and Blue Crew keeps it tame and tasteful when it comes to Coach Dunphy. Dunphy was head coach of Penn’s Men’s Basketball from 1989 to 2006. He won 10 Ivy League titles in his 17-year career at Penn before he went on to be head coach at Temple. He did so much for the basketball program at Penn, and he will always be a legend in the Palestra.

The next Penn Men’s Basketball game is on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM! Hope to see you there when Penn plays Delaware in the Palestra. Go Quakers!

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Two Television Talk Show Hosts Support Penn Men’s Basketball

Author: Stephanie Y., C08

There are few things I like about winter. Cold weather and icy roads? No, thank you. Penn Men’s Basketball? YES, PLEASE! The team brought home a win from the season opener at UMBC, and they almost beat Temple in overtime in the home opener. Boy, that game was exciting! The team looked great, and the crowd welcomed the two new scoreboards in the Palestra. Before the Temple game began, Tony Kornheiser, P’08, appeared on the new big screen to make a few announcements. Yes, Tony Kornheiser. The same Tony Kornheiser who has a Quaker bobblehead behind him on his ESPN set. Kornheiser’s son played Men’s Golf at Penn. Hence, the Quaker bobblehead.

Tony Kornheiser, P’08

I was so excited to see Kornheiser on the big screen supporting Penn basketball, and I assumed the same video message would be played before each game. Now fast forward to the home game against Robert Morris. Before the game began, Maury Povich, C’62, appeared on the big screen wearing a red Penn t-shirt and holding a basketball. MAURY! I love that guy! I briefly sat next to him at a Penn Men’s basketball game in 2009, and now he’s back to cheer on the Quakers from the big screen.

Maury Povich, C’62

Earlier this year, Maury donated $1 million to the Kelly Writers House to establish the Povich Fund for Journalism Programs, and now he is at the Palestra showing his support for Penn Athletics. I love seeing alumni give back to the Penn community! I can’t wait to see who makes an appearance on the big screen tonight at the Penn vs. Wagner game. Hope to see you there at 7 PM! GO QUAKERS!

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