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The DP Joke Issue (58 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Remember picking up your issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian as you left the High Rises, or walked through Steiny-D? And once a year the stories seemed not quite right? The annual DP Joke issue always caused a stir, with some stories seeming plausible enough to be real, so that the other stories that were truly off-the-wall were believed.

I searched The DP’s archives to find the Joke Issues for our time at Penn. But since the issues weren’t called “joke issue” in the paper, I only found one so far, the one from our senior year, which was published on March 30, 1993.

The joke stories on the front page:

  • Hackeny Nixed for NEH Post
  • Seinfeld to Speak to Grads
  • U. May Sell Off High Rises
  • Dorms to be Wired for Burglar Alarms
  • First Daughter Sues “Street”
The March 30, 1993 front page of The Daily Pennsylvanian

The March 30, 1993 front page of The Daily Pennsylvanian

You can see the entire issue in The Daily Pennsylvanian’s archives.

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

March 31 – April 1, 2017, marked 58 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!
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Reflections on “Protesting” (61 Weeks To Go)

By Josh Frank, C’93, and and Jef Pollock, C’93

Protesting the drinking ban at the Palladium, front page of the Daily Pennsylvanian, April 12, 1993

Protesting the outdoor drinking ban at The Palladium

We were freshmen in the fall of 1989. It’s not like we weren’t interested in politics and protesting, but one doesn’t get to choose the era during which one attends college, or what issues might arise during one’s four years in school. It’s not like nothing was happening in the world during our years at Penn – the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, were rapidly ending, and we had the first Gulf War, which we watched on CNN along with most everyone else. Closer to home, there was the beginning of “political correctness” with the infamous “water buffalo” incident, the Take Back the Night march, and Gay Jeans Day (when you wore jeans to show support for gay rights).

We were both history majors at Penn concentrating primarily on American history, and we took every class Penn had to offer on contemporary politics, especially those from Dean Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Frank Luntz. We both started our careers in politics while still in school – Jef spent the summer of 1992 in Dallas working with Luntz as the Democratic part of the Ross Perot campaign and polling operation, and Josh worked in DC for a Democratic media consultant, Bob Shrum. By the fall of 1992, our senior year, we were excited for Bill Clinton’s pending victory, and attended a rally on College Green with Ken Olin (Thirtysomething!), Elisabeth Shue (Cocktail!), and Rhea Pearlman (Carla!). Josh took a job on Capitol Hill right out of school before going to law school, and Jef has managed to make his living working in politics as a Democratic pollster.

All of which is to say, had there been some reason to protest or join a rally on any of the myriad causes we’ve seen over the last few years, we would have certainly been active participants. But what was there to protest in 1993 that was drawing masses of people?

We both sought an honors degree from the History department, which meant writing a senior thesis – Jef wrote his under the watchful eye of Professor Tom Sugrue on George Wallace’s surprisingly strong performance in South Philly in 1968 (after being rejected for the brilliant idea of doing a history of the Big 5 basketball league), and Josh wrote his on the history of the Mask and Wig Club. In other words, we kept our interests local. Apparently, we took the same approach with our protesting.

Until a few weeks ago, we had completely forgotten about our small efforts at protest, which happened to make the front page of the DP. It was spring of 1993 and we were seniors, finally legally “of age” and able to enjoy a beautiful spring day sitting on the outside patio at the Palladium enjoying our beverage of choice, or so we thought. The Palladium had particularly fond memories for both of us – Jef bought his now wife, Deborah Brown, C’93, a shot there on her 21st birthday, while Josh had brought his now wife Carolyn Frank (nee Friedman), C’93, there on one of their first dates. And we had once parked a lukewarm portable hot tub outside the place during Spring Fling for a 48 hour hot tub-a-thon for charity (and were joined in the hot tub one night by Kevin Nealon!).

A ban was announced – no more drinking outside at the Palladium. A protest was organized – without the internet or cellphones or social media, we’re at a loss to explain how word spread – and we managed to get a few dozen people to unobtrusively and calmly enjoy some drinks on the sidewalk outside the Palladium.

Did our protest work? Memories are hazy, but probably not. The Palladium doesn’t even exist anymore. Did reading this story bring back fond memories? You bet. It also made us wish for a “simpler” time when calling Penn students “apathetic” wasn’t an insult (it’s not like there were serious protests happening on other campuses). In 1993, the Cold War was over, we’d elected a new generation of leadership (Clinton/Gore), and the economy was on the upswing – so what exactly was there for us to protest?

College students today are, rightly, much more politically engaged than we were, or more to the point, ever really had a chance to be. The last few years have seen the highest levels of political engagement and protest on campuses since the 1960s. We once had a teacher ask us which era in American history we would have liked to have lived through, and we said the sixties. The teacher, who had lived through the sixties, thought we were crazy, but we thought it sounded glamorous in hindsight (also in the sixties’ favor was great music and the whole “free love” thing). If we were college students today, we almost certainly would have been out protesting on any number of issues, but we don’t look back with regret or disappointment that the biggest issue we could find to protest was the outdoor alcohol ban at the Palladium. OK, maybe a little regret, but we still enjoyed our little moment in the sun, as inconsequential as it may seem in hindsight.

Editor’s note: Thank you to Heidi Howard Tandy, C’92, for reminding us of our protest thanks to the online archives for The Daily Pennsylvanian. Follow the Class of 1992 as they prepare for their 25th reunion this May.

The Daily Pennsylvanian front page April 12, 1993 protesting the outdoor drinking ban at the Palladium

Front page of the DP on April 12, 1993 – protesting the no drinking ban on the Palladium’s terrace.

The Daily Pennsylvanian on April 12, 1993 article protesting the outdoor drinking ban at the Palladium at Penn

The story continues inside the DP on page 7.

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

March 10-11, 2017, marked 61 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!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

 

 

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Gov. Mario Cuomo Speaks at Penn (71 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of December 30-31, 2016, marked 71 weeks to our 25th reunion in our #93tothe25th countdown. At that time in December, 1989, it was a break between our first and second semesters of our Freshman year at Penn. I remember returning home to Texas, and catching up with my friends from high school. All of us shared stories of our experiences at our respective colleges and universities.

One memory I remember sharing from the fall semester is going to Irvine Auditorium to hear New York Governor Mario Cuomo speak. The student groups Connaissance and the Penn Political Union brought him to campus – later in my time at Penn I became involved with both the PPU and Connaissance and was fortunate to work on bringing many high profile speakers to campus. This event was one of the first times I realized why Penn was so special. So many different academics and dignitaries came to speak on campus and we were able to hear them, meet them, and question them. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and explore so much.

Looking at the two pictures I took from the event, I am reminded how different capturing images is today compared to 1989!

Governor of New York Mario Cuomo on stage at Irvine Auditorium at Penn photo by Kiera Reilly

My photo of Gov. Mario Cuomo on state at Irvine Auditorium at Penn

New York Governor Mario Cuomo speaks at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 Irvine Auditorium

My second photo of Gov. Cuomo on stage at Irvine auditorium

NY Governor Mario Cuomo speaks at Penn in 1989. Photo by Mike Johnson, The Daily Pennsylvanian

The DP Photo editor took a much better picture of Gov. Cuomo. Credit: Mike Johnson, DP

I saved the article from The Daily Pennsylvanian in the next day’s paper and pasted it in my scrap book. You can access the article and the text of his speech (plus the entire issue from October 25, 1989) via the DP’s archives online here. I also saved my ticket from the event.

ticket to see New York Governor Mario Cuomo speak at Penn in 1989. Photo by Kiera Reilly

My ticket to see Gov. Cuomo at Irvine Auditorium on October 24, 1989

The photo caption on the front page (which is cropped in this scan below), said that Cuomo spoke to an audience of 1,400. The article said that after his 90 minute speech and 20 minute Q&A session with the audience, Cuomo received a standing ovation.

Front page of The Daily Pennsylvanian on October 25, 1989 highlights Gov. Mario Cuomo

Front page of The DP on October 25, 1989, highlighted Gov. Cuomo’s visit the night before.

Speech delivered by Gov. Mario Cuomo at Penn on October 24, 1989, credit to The DP

The lengthy front page story on Gov. Cuomo continued inside the paper with a copy of his speech.

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

December 30-31, 2016 marked 71 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!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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Last 250th Anniversary Event – Winter Holiday Festival on the Green (74 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Today, January 17, 2017, marks the 311th Birthday of Penn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin. To celebrate Ben, and note the 74th week until our 25th reunion, we look back to December 1990, when Penn concluded a year of celebrating the 250th Anniversary of its founding.

As noted in this issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian from December 6, 1990, the final event of the year-long celebration of Penn’s 250th anniversary would be a, “Winter Holiday Festival on the Green.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian notes Penn's 250th Anniversary Celebration to end in December 1990

Clip from front page of the DP on December 6, 1990 noting the end of Penn’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

The Daily Pennsylvanian news clip from December 6, 1990 on Penn's 250th annniversary celebration

Continuation of DP article from December 6, 1990, on the final celebration for Penn’s 250th

The party was the day before finals started on campus for the fall semester.

Thank you go Joanna Kwa, C’93, for sharing this photo of Krista Prescop, C’93, and Johanna Pasternak Maleh, W’93, at the event.

Photo by Joanna Kwa of Penn's 250th Anniversary Final Celebration on College Green in December 1990

Krista Prescop and Johanna Pasternak Maleh pose with a toy soldier in front of Ben Franklin. Photo from Joanna Kwa

I have two not very good photos from the party – one is of Ben Franklin decked out in a red scarf for the celebration.

Photo by Kiera Reilly of Ben Franklin statue on Penn's College Green during December 250th Anniversary celebration

Ben Franklin statue on College Green decorated for the final celebration of Penn’s 250th Anniversary in December, 1990.

My other picture is of the lighted, wrapped “presents” that decorated College Green.

Photo by Kiera Reilly of December 1990 celebration of Penn's 250th Anniversary

Wrapped presents with the Penn seal

Does anyone else remember this party? I vaguely remember attending and thinking it was a fun break from studying for finals.

The Daily Pennsylvanian Full Pages

I include below the two full pages from The DP on December 6th – it is interesting to see the other campus news items, especially the one on the hopeful re-opening of Troy’s by our classmate Matthew Klein!

Cover page of the December 6, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Cover page of the December 6, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Page 9 from the December 6, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian continues articles from the front page on the final 250th event

Page 9 from the December 6, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian continues articles from the front page on the final 250th event

 

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

The weekend of December 9-10, 2016 marked 74 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!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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The 1992 Election (82 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of October 14-15, 2016 marked 82 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)!

As the 2016 Presidential election is in full swing, we look back briefly at some of the 1992 Presidential election coverage from The Daily Pennsylvanian. This picture of an April 17, 1992 edition of the DP, shows that then-Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Clinton visited Wharton.

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The front page of the DP on April 17, 1992 notes Democratic Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton visiting Wharton.

Who could have guessed then that twenty-four years later, President Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary would be attending a rally on campus as the Democratic nominee for President? Secretary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine visited Penn Park for a rally recently, and you can read about it in The DP! I guess Pennsylvania will always be a crucial state for the Presidential election, so Penn will probably continue seeing visits by candidates hoping to be President.

Do you remember the 1992 election? We would love to share more memories from that Spring and Fall and the election that included third party candidate Ross Perot!

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.

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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