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Fling was Flung

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Photos contributed by Derek Braslow, Lisa Grabelle, Howard Levene, Wendy Spander, and Joel Yarbrough

Spring Fling weekend at Penn was a two-day festival held in April in the Quad. During the day there were food vendors, student performing arts groups and bands would sing or dance on a stage in the Lower Quad, and often there were games and other activities in the Upper Quad. At night there were concerts with popular bands or comedians performing in Irvine or Hill Field our senior year.

We remember fondly the fun we had at Fling each year, even though it seemed like it was often cold and wet. Amazingly, we have photos from Fling – and t-shirts – that our classmates shared with us. Take this trip down memory lane of Spring Fling 1990 – 1993.

Spring Fling our Freshman year was called, “Fling in Wonderland.”

 

Spring Fling’s theme in 1990 was, “the Wild Fling.”

 

 

Penn Spring Fling

Photo courtesy of Derek Braslow. We think this is from a Fling – it looks like a Fling photo!

Spring Fling Junior year was, “Mardi Gras at Penn.”

Penn Spring Fling

Spring Fling photo courtesy of Lisa Grabelle

 

 

Penn Spring Fling

Spring Fling in the Lower Quad, photo courtesy of Joel Yarbrough

Our Senior year, it was a, “Three Ring Fling.”

 

Penn Spring Fling by Wendy Spander

Spring Fling senior year – we think – photo courtesy of Wendy Spander

 

 

Penn Spring Fling

Fling was a bit muddy

 

 

Penn Spring Fling

Spring Fling crowds in the Quad

Read our previous Spring Fling posts:

Spring Fling Concerts

Student Bands at Fling

This year, for the first time since it began in the 70’s, Penn’s Spring Fling was moved to Penn Park and was only on one day. We wonder how the students of today will remember Fling. Do you remember Fling when you were a student?

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 13 – 14, marked 4 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

Register NOW to attend our 25th Reunion!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

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The ’93-second Survey Results

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

In January, we asked classmates a few questions about their memories of Penn and our upcoming reunion. As luck would have it, this short quiz only took classmates 93 seconds to complete! The results have been tabulated, and we are excited to share them here.

Have you visited Penn since we graduated in 1993?

  • Yes, 77.53% of respondents had visited campus and within the last five years.
  • Yes, 20.22% had visited campus but more than five years ago.
  • Only 2.25% had not visited campus since we graduated.

Have you attended any of our Class of ’93 Penn Reunions?

  • 21.35% said they had never attended a reunion.
  • 28.09% said they attended at least one reunion.
  • 35.96% had attended more than one reunion but not all reunions.
  • And a dedicated 14.61% have attended all of our Penn reunions.

Are you planning to attend our 25th Reunion on campus May 11 – 14, 2018?

  • 4.49% had no interest (and that makes us sad).
  • 7.87% are interested but unable to attend (which bums us).
  • 19.10% were on the fence? On the fence? How about on the button? Meet us there!
  • 68.54% are planning to attend and can’t wait to see everyone in May!

Haven’t registered yet? You can register here!

If you are planning to attend the reunion, have you reserved a hotel room?

  • 15.66% live locally so do not need a room.
  • 4.82% are staying with friends.
  • 21.69% had yet to reserve a room (remember this survey was done in January).
  • 57.83% had reserved a room already (in January!!).

Who are you most excited to see at our reunion in May?

  • 47.36% were excited to see their roommates
  • 32.89% were excited to see fraternity or sorority sisters
  • 32.89% were most excited to see friends from student groups
  • 15.79% looked forward to seeing friends from their major
  • 13.16% hoped to see performing arts friends.
  • 5.26% were excited to see sports teammates
  • 3.95% were excited to see old flames

What is your favorite building on campus?

This was a free-form response, so we were curious to see what everyone wrote.

Some of the more interesting answers:

“my wife.” ??? um, maybe this refers to the question about who you’re most excited to see?

“Subway” – interesting choice, but going down the stairs to take the trolleys into Center City was a new experience for many of us freshman year.

“Does Smokes count?” Yes, yes it counts, and we think this is one of our favorite spots (though technically not “on campus”).

Smokey Joe's at Penn

Smokey Joe’s

Twenty-two percent of classmates listed the Quad as their favorite building.

Lower Quad at Penn in the snow

The lower Quad in the snow

The most popular building on campus (according to 38.96% the Class of 1993) is the Furness Building . Classmates may recall that it was closed for restoration for a bit while we were students.

Fisher Fine Arts Building Frank Furness Penn

 

Here are some of the other buildings mentioned by classmates as their favorites.

Receiving five votes

The Palestra! That’s fitting since our Ivy Stone is on the front side of the building

College Hall – probably the most iconic building on Penn’s campus

College Hall at Penn

College Hall

Receiving three mentions each

Irvine Auditorium

Irvine Auditorium at Penn

Exterior of Irvine Auditorium at the corner of Spruce and 34th Streets

Steinberg-Dietrich

Wharton School Steinberg-Dietrich Hall

The Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall

Receiving two mentions

The old Bookstore

We can’t seem to locate a picture of the old Bookstore (that was at Locust Walk and 38th Street). The building was demolished to make way for the Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall building in recent years.

Huntsman Hall Wharton School at Penn

Huntsman Hall occupies the area between Walnut Street and Locust Walk along 38th Street, where the Penn bookstore stood when we were students

Van Pelt

Not our favorite building but two people liked it. We should note that inside has been remodeled and it is worth looking inside when you are back for reunion to see how the space has been transformed. And the Button is in front of Van Pelt, so we’ll all be seeing it in a few weeks.

Van Pelt Library at Penn and the Split Button

Van Pelt Library and the Button

Houston Hall

Houston Hall at Penn

Houston Hall, the nation’s oldest student union building

These buildings received one vote or mention

DuBois College House

DuBois College House at Penn

W. E. DuBois College House – note the large building in the background – those are private off-campus apartments across Walnut Street

Locust Walk (not a building but we’ll accept this)

Locust Walk at Penn

Locust Walk

The chapel / Women’s Center

The current location of the Women’s Center was a fraternity when we were students. We think the women’s center was located in the Palladium building at one point? Does anyone remember?

Penn Women's Center

Penn Women’s Center at 36th and Locust Walk

Towne Building

Towne Building at Penn

Towne Building

Moore School

Moore Building at Penn

Moore Building at the corner of 33rd and Walnut Streets

Tannenbaum Quad

We were confused by this since there’s The Quad, which is a dormitory, and then there’s Tanenbaum Hall which houses the Biddle Law Library for the Law School.

Tanenbaum hall at Penn

Tanenbaum Hall is part of the Law School

University Museum

The Museum’s Middle Eastern galleries re-opened recently and are worth a visit if you have time while on campus. Note in the photo below Penn Tower behind the Museum. Penn Tower is no longer…you’ll have to visit campus to see what’s there now.

University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania

The University Museum

Franklin Field

Franklin Field at Penn

Franklin Field

 

There are so many old buildings to re-visit during Alumni Weekend, but there are many new additions to campus too. Most of these favorite buildings remain, but it is worth spending time taking a building tour during the weekend or wandering around on your own to see how Penn’s campus has changed since 1993.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 6 – 7, marked 5 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

Register NOW to attend our 25th Reunion!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Memories of Penn (26 Weeks To Go)

We asked classmates to share their Penn photos with us as we take a trip down memory lane in advance of our 25th Reunion. ~Penn Class of 1993

By Oren Efrati, ENG’93

In the days before smart phones, we took pictures with film and there was no tagging feature, so we rely on our weary brains to remember “what were we thinking?”…

The first picture is a scene from the Quad freshman year, featuring some stylish shades and a blazer.

Penn 1993 in the Quad memories of University of Pennsylvania

Joanna Kwa and Tim Teramoto

The picture of us wearing ties was taken in some sort of “semi-formal”, though I’m not really sure what that meant, except maybe an excuse to show we knew how to tie a tie (or wear a cool v-neck sweater in the case of Chris Winfield).
Senior year University of Pennsylvania 1993

Chris Winfield, Chris Flack, Oren Efrati, Mick Ballesteros, Tim Teramoto

Joanna Kwa chimes in to say, “Hahaha! Yes, the ties were for a wine and Cheese party at our apartment during senior year. We were trying to act all grown up! The guys were all sitting in my bedroom! You can see the small remnant of my hat from Hey Day in the back.”
The last two pictures are, I believe, from senior year at a party at our house… I think it featured a lot of beer and hot dogs.
Penn seniors 1993 #93tothe25th

Meg O’Leary, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, and Kiera Reilly

Penn 1993 Seniors #93tothe25th

Joanna Pasternak, Luyen Tran and Krista Prescop

 Do you have photos of fun times at Penn? Share them with us for a future post! Email us your photos and memories.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of November 10 – 11, 2017, marked 26 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Our 27 Weeks To Go post was published in November. You can read about, “Script Penn – A Band Homecoming Tradition,” here.

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.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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More Dorm Rooms and T-Shirts (37 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, Allison Feder Fliegler, W’93, L’99, Josh Frank, C’93, Jennifer Jarett, C’93, and Alice Lai Platt, C’93

Our 38 Weeks To Go post featured old Penn t-shirts. Our 77 Weeks To Go post featured photos of dorm rooms. Our 37 Weeks To Go post (that would be this post), will have a little of each of those posts. So, for our classmates who are only now sorting through their boxes of Penn memorabilia or digging around to see if they still have an old Penn t-shirt or sweatshirt, there is still time to have those items included in a post!

Thanks to Allison Feder-Fliegler, W’93, L’99, we have t-shirts from Warwick and Commie House to share.

Josh Frank, C’93, shared this about the Warwick shirt:

It was designed by David “Bip” Lavine, C’93, who was roommates with Josh Perelman. He was a terrific artist, and really put a lot of thought into the design of the shirt.

As noted by Jen Jarrett, Bobby constantly walked around in a towel, and was often singing (he truly has an incredible singing voice), so that’s why there are little musical notes around him.

If I recall correctly, the tower on top looked like one of the ones on or near Warwick in the Quad, and the picture quality isn’t good, but I think there’s a Kilroy or something peeking out from the bottom of it.

Of all of my dozens of shirts from Penn (fraternity, Mask & Wig, etc.), that one was always my favorite. We had a great floor, and having Bobby as our RA was an incredible gift.

Josh wrote this in response to a lively post in our class Facebook group about dorm rooms and RA’s, and the RA for Warwick One, Bobby Gonzalez, C’90, (now a professional actor known as Robert Gant), was quite popular! (Stay tuned for more on Warwick One in a future post).

Allison shared a photo of her freshman dorm room in the Quad.

Freshman dorm room in the Quad at Penn shared by Allison Feder Fliegler, W'93, L'99 #93tothe25th

Freshman dorm room in the Quad shared by Allison Feder Fliegler, W’93, L’99

Jennifer Jarret shared some dorm life photos.

#93tothe25th Penn dorm room in 1992

Elana Hordon, C’93,  taking a “working nap” in 1992, photo from Jennifer Jarett, C’93.

Dorm life at University of Pennsyvania featuring an early Apple computer 1992 #93tothe25th

Niels Damrauer, C’94, hard at work on a top of the line computer in 1992. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jarett, C’93

Alice Lai Platt shared some photos from Hill House.

Alice writes,

You lived in Hill (hell) if your campus tour failed to include the quad, or if you got advice from someone who majored in engineering or math. The rooms were so small that my roommate and I could sit on our own beds and still hand each other the phone without getting up. I spent a lot of time outside and around campus!

I met one of my best friends there. Her roommate never showed up so she had a room all to herself. I loved hanging out in her extra space.

Interior of Hill House dorm at the University of Pennsylvania, January 1990. #93tothe25th

The inside of Hill House in January, 1990. Photo courtesy of Alice Lai Platt, C’93

Dorm room in Hill House at the University of Pennsylvania, January 1990 #93tothe25th

Dorm room in Hill House, photo courtesy of Alice Lai Platt, C’93

Way back in 1989 we had phones in the rooms! Here I am with one of my freshman roommates, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, C’93.

Kiera Reilly and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro in Brooks-Leidy in the Upper Quad at Penn #93tothe25th

Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, C’93, in Brooks-Leidy in the Upper Quad.

If you have dorm photos or old Penn t-shirts to share, please let us know. We want to share memories from as many classmates as possible. Email us at upenn1993 {at} gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of August 25 – 26, 2017, marked 37 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 1993 Celebrates Hey Day (53 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93
In April, 1992, the Penn Class of 1993 celebrated Hey Day and after an official declaration from Penn President Sheldon Hackney, became Seniors at Penn. We celebrated when the Anniversary of our Hey Day turned 21 with this post four years ago, but I knew there were more memories to share (see more of our 25th reunion countdown posts here: #93tothe25th and read more about our countdown at the end of this post).
Now, our Hey Day is twenty-five years in the rear view mirror. I wondered first who might still have their Hey Day shirts? Would anyone have any pictures to share? Would classmates have memories from that fun day? As luck would have it, Penn 1993 remembered Hey Day, still had their shirts, and saved some good photos and had many memories to share.

Hey Day Shirts Survive!

Howard Levene and Allison Davis Talibi still possess their Hey Day shirts – and the shirts are in pretty good condition considering they are twenty-five years old.
We had a few brave classmates who donned our Hey Day shirts again in 2017, including me!
Howard Levene is in this photo from our yearbook, and still has his shirt, hat and cane today!
Here I am with friend, and DP photographer, Jeff Hurok, C’94, and wearing my shirt today.
Josh Frank models the front and back.
 I found a picture of Mitchell Kraus in my Hey Day photos and he sent a photo wearing the shirt today.
 Lisa Nass Grabelle shared a photo of her friends in the Quad on Hey Day, and then a picture of her daughter Alexa wearing her Hey Day shirt at Penn in 2015.
Inspired by the original post, Debbie Jaffe, C’93, found her shirt and wondered why we all wore size XXL.
Debbie Jaffe in her Hey Day shirt from Penn Hey Day April 1992

Debbie Jaffe models her shirt today

Ken MacFarlane, C’93, found his shirt and wore it on Town St. Bridge in Columbus, Ohio.

Justin Sowers, SEAS’93, and Ebru Ural, W’93, proudly wear their Hey Day shirts in 2017. They met at Penn, are married, and now have two young daughters.
Justin Sowers, SEAS'93, and Ebru Ural, W'93, proudly wear their Hey Day shirts in 2017

Justin Sowers, SEAS’93, and Ebru Ural, W’93, proudly wear their Hey Day shirts in 2017

Memories

  • Alex Dunne remembered this, “Hey Day ’92 I lost my styrofoam hat but gained a red motorcycle helmet. The story and the helmet are, alas, lost in time…”
  • Brian Newberry wrote, “I still have my shirt somewhere. Cane too. In fact, somewhere … is a picture of my son using the cane in a Christmas play as part of a shepherd costume a few years ago.”
  • Joel Yarborough shares that, “I hated the shirt, but do still have my cane shoved in a box with posters.”
  • Emily Culbertson remembers, “I got a GREAT number in the housing lottery (#7 or #9) my junior year and used it for a single overlooking Junior Balcony for Hey Day. What a shock: I have zero memories of the day.”
Several classmates were able to find non-incriminating photos to share.

Allison Davis Talibi

 What do I remember?  Hmmmmm….I guess it sounds cliché but I really remember feeling the camaraderie of that day.  I saw a lot of people I didn’t see regularly. I remember being so excited to be a senior. I remember starting to drink at 10 or 11 in the morning in our apartment in the high rises. And taking a nap in the afternoon so we could go out again that night!
The photos are not as good as I remember somehow.  Also, I edited out the ones with beer bottles and cigarettes!
Hey Day 1993 at Penn, April 1992

Allison Davis Talibi and her roommate Tammy Howell

Hey Day at Penn 1993 photo by Allison Davis Talibi

Allison Davis Talibi’s other room mate Dionne Hosten is on the far left in this pohoto.

And Allison shared a photo of the Quad.

Hey Day for Penn 1993 in the Lower Quad. Photo courtesy of Allison Davis Talibi
Hey Day for Penn 1993 in the Lower Quad. Photo courtesy of Allison Davis Talibi

Jeff Liebert

This photo Jeff shared captures the pure joy of Hey Day, and becoming a senior at Penn.

Hey Day April 1992 for Penn Class of 1993 photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert

Photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, SEAS’93, and Ebru Ural, W’93, of Darren Klein, W’93

Hanging out on Hill Field, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, L-R Howard Blecher, CAS '93, Alan Steenstrup, CAS '92, Justin Sowers, SEAS '93

Hanging out on Hill Field, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, SEAS’93. L-R Howard Blecher, CAS ’93, Alan Steenstrup, CAS ’92, Justin Sowers, SEAS ’93

Relaxing on the grass is Justin Sowers, SEAS '93, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, CAS'93

Relaxing on the grass is Justin Sowers, SEAS ’93, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, SEAS’93

Ebru Ural and Justin Sowers

As noted above, Ebru and Justin met at Penn and are now married.
Ebru writes, “Hey Day is such a fantastic tradition and was a bittersweet day for me – while filled with jubilation it also marked the beginning of the homestretch, the first step toward our final year at dear old Penn. Being on Locust Walk in a sea of red shirts was such a unifying and energizing moment for our class. Seeing so many people you got to meet in three years since stepping foot on campus and feeling a part of Penn’s history is hard to describe!”
Hey Day April 1992 in the lower Quad. Photo courtesy of Ebru Ural, W'93

Hey Day April 1992 in the lower Quad. Photo courtesy of Ebru Ural, W’93

Hey Day on College Green, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, CAS'93 L - R: Justin Sowers, SEAS '93, Ebru Ural, W '93, Unknown Photobomber, Alan Steenstrup, CAS '92, Jeff Liebert, SEAS '93, David Haynes, SEAS '93, Howard Blecher, CAS '93

Hey Day on College Green, photo courtesy of Jeff Liebert, CAS’93 L – R: Justin Sowers, SEAS ’93, Ebru Ural, W ’93, Unknown Photobomber, Alan Steenstrup, CAS ’92, Jeff Liebert, SEAS ’93, David Haynes, SEAS ’93, Howard Blecher, CAS ’93

Jessica Zirkel-Rubin

“Sadly, I have virtually no memories from Hey Day, except that apparently I forgot to order a tee shirt, felt weird about it, and kept a fairly low profile 😕. Insecurity is a buzzkill!”

Jessica did have a photo to share of Hilary Davis and, “some mystery legs with roomy jeans shorts.” She also saved the front page of The Daily Pennsylvanian, though she said she is not a, “DP hoarder,” she did save this particular issue!

Hilary Davis, C'93, and some mystery legs with roomy jeans shorts, photo courtesy of Jessica Zirkel-Rubin

Hilary Davis, C’93, and some mystery legs with roomy jeans shorts, photo courtesy of Jessica Zirkel-Rubin

Zach Conen

“I remember an early morning Evel Circel (don’t ask) followed by a really fun, friendly day of bumping into people all over campus, with an increasingly fuzzy memory of the details as the day progressed.”
Anne Roma, Brad Essen, Dan Charney celebrate in the Quad, photo courtesy of Zach Conen, April 1992 at Penn

Anne Roma, Brad Essen, and Dan Charney celebrate in the Quad, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Penn Class of 1993 classmates Mike Innes, Megan Chase, and Emily Hellstrom photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Mike Innes, Megan Chase, and Emily Hellstrom, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Penn 1993 classmates Zach Conen and Lauren Siegal celebrate Hey Day 1992, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Zach Conen and Lauren Siegal, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Frank Pugliese and Derek Denmead, celebrate Hey Day for the Class of 1993, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Frank Pugliese and Derek Denmead, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Tim (?) and Sibby Browne, celebrate Hey Day at Penn, April, 1992, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Tim Michals and Sibby Browne, photo courtesy of Zach Conen

Amy Chen Aubrecht

Amy Aubrecht sent in this photo and writes, “I swear I can’t even remember what I did last weekend, never mind from 1993!”

Alice Yang Ho, Amy Chen Aubrecht, Helena Choi Lee, Sue Yu Yim, photo courtesy of Helena Lee

Alice Yang Ho, Amy Chen Aubrecht, Helena Choi Lee, Sue Yu Yim, photo courtesy of Helena Lee

Joanna Kwa

Photo courtesy of Joanna Kwa, L-R Stephanie Alexander, Laura Appleman, '94, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Ellen, Joanna Kwa

Photo courtesy of Joanna Kwa, L-R Stephanie Alexander, Laura Appleman, ’94, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Ellen, Joanna Kwa

Jaci Israel Leit

“It’s hard to remember that day for many reasons.  I remember being on the balcony, surrounded by all of these people. It didn’t matter if I knew them or not because everyone was talking to each other. There was so much excitement!!! I had no hat left midway in. It was great spending the day being able to hang out with the people who made Penn my home: my friends, my roommates, my fellow theater geeks, my sorority sisters. I still laugh because it was during Passover so I was drinking potato vodka & a really sweet wine. I will totally admit that a lot of that day is a bit of a blur but it is still one of my favorite days!!!!”

Hey Day at Penn, April 1992, photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Jaci with Bardo Ramirez and Tamar Climan, Photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Hey Day at Penn, April 1992, photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Jaci with Jennifer Kornreich, Laura & Allyson Haber, photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Hey Day at Penn, April 1992, photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Jaci with her sorority sisters at SDT, photo courtesy of Jaci Israel Leit

Natalie Taub Cutler

Natalie shared this photo as our class walked down Locust Walk. Natalie and her friend are in front of the Palladium, “In my picture I’m with Jen Merves Robbin from Class of ’92 who was celebrating Hey Deja Vu. I remember hanging out at the Alpha Chi Rho house on the afternoon of Hey Day, overhearing the speeches for primary candidates for the 1992 Presidential election. I guess there was a rally on College Green.”

Hey Day at Penn, April 1992, photo courtesy of Natalie Taub Cutler

Photo courtesy of Natalie Taub Cutler

Josh Frank

Photo courtesy of Josh Frank, with Michael Berman, Doug Kalish, Benjamin Kupersmit, Josh Frank and Jefrey Pollock.

Gathering for Hey Day fun: Michael Berman’s girlfriend Robyn (not a Penn student), Michael Berman, Doug Kalish, Benjamin Kupersmit, Josh Frank, Eric Palace, Eric’s girlfriend Debbie (not a Penn student), Josh Kopelman and Jefrey Pollock. Photo courtesy of Josh Frank,

Here’s what I remember (which isn’t much) — everyone was enjoying adult beverages much earlier in the day than was normal, or would ever be recommended. I remember hanging out with friends, having fun and laughing a lot, which really made it very much like a typical day at Penn, except for taking bites out of hats and drinking before noon.
But when I looked at those pictures and thought about my “memories,” I had one overwhelming sense, which was melancholy. My two favorite pictures from Hey Day include Eric Palace. For those who didn’t know Eric, we were roommates freshman year (shout-out to Warwick One!), pledged fraternity together, and lived together in our off-campus house junior and senior year. Eric tragically passed away over fourteen years ago, when his wife was pregnant with their first child. There was a lot of acute pain at the time for those of us who were close to Eric. With the passage of time, the acute pain has abated, but I still think about Eric almost every day, about all of things that he’s missed since his passing. It’s usually small moments, or something completely unexpected. … The group of us who lived together junior and senior year get together every few years for a reunion, and there’s no question that we’re always missing a key part of our group. We all loved Eric so much, I still can’t fully process that he’s not coming to those reunions.
So my memories of Hey Day are us being so very young, the strong ties of friendship that we’d formed in college, and how excited we were for our senior year and beyond. Everything was ahead of us, and we thought we were invincible. Eric taught us in the most painful way possible how fleeting that feeling was, and I always think that our young adulthood ended with his passing.”
Josh Frank, Jef Pollock and Eric Palace celebrate Hey Day at Penn in April, 1992

Josh Frank, Jef Pollock and Eric Palace

Kiera Reilly

“I remember it being a cold and rainy day, but that we all looked forward to drinking screwdrivers and marching down Locust Walk. Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro and I had a hat and t-shirt for our friend Marianne Alves Brogdale who was studying abroad in Russia, so we took the hat around asking people to take a bite out of it for Marianne. I wanted to preserve my hat (perhaps I knew deep down that I would need it for this post?), so I didn’t let many people take bites, and I kept it with me – moving from Penn to New York, then Virginia and finally California.

Watching as the class enters the Upper Quad and streams through to the Junior Balcony. Photo by Kiera Reilly

Watching as the class enters the Upper Quad and streams through to the Junior Balcony.

Hats and canes and red shirts take over the Quad. The Penn Class of 1993! Photo by Kiera Reilly

Hats and canes and red shirts take over the Quad. The Penn Class of 1993! Photo by Kiera Reilly

Double exposure picture by Kiera Reilly from Penn Class of 1993's Hey Day in April 1992, Philadelphia

Remember double exposures? Here I am with Stephen Golden, but you can also see me and Lisa Bardfeld posing too.

Julie Berliner Bell

“I remember we (the senior class board) had to clean up the quad with all the bites of Styrofoam hats, and of course everyone was so drunk.”

 

Julie wins the best photo award because she’s with Murph!

Julie Berliner Bell poses outside of Murphy's Tavern with Murph himself!

Julie Berliner Bell poses outside of Murphy’s Tavern with Murph himself!

Hey Day for the Class of 1993 at Penn in April 1992. Photo courtesy of Julie Berliner Bell

Julie and Mike, Photo courtesy of Julie Berliner Bell

Hurrah, Hurrah!

Our memories might be slightly foggy, our pictures somewhat faded, but our hearts still remember with fondness our Hey Day. It was chilly, it was wet, it was grey, but we had fun and began a year-long celebration as a class as we marched toward graduating in May, 1993.

The Penn Class of 1993 visits Penn President Sheldon Hackney at College Hall for Hey Day in April, 1992. Photo by Kiera Reilly

The Penn Class of 1993 visits Penn President Sheldon Hackney at College Hall for Hey Day in April, 1992. Photo by Kiera Reilly

Waving our canes at President Hackney, demanding that he declare us seniors! Photo by Kiera Reilly

Waving our canes at President Hackney, demanding that he declare us seniors!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of May 5 – 6, 2017, marked 53 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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Friendships Formed in the Quad (56 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Ebru Ural, W’93

As we continue counting down the 93 weeks to our 25th reunion next May, I asked fellow classmates to dig through their boxes, sort through their photos, and rack their brains for mementos, photos and memories to share of our time at Penn.

While searching for Hey Day photos, Ebru Ural, W’93, found this photo.

Friends made in the Quad at Penn in the early 90's

Jeff Liebert, EAS ’93, Ulrich Kausch, EAS’94, Eric Cheng, C’93, Justin Sowers, EAS ’93, and Alan Steenstrup, C’92

I asked Ebru how these friends all met, and here is what she wrote:

We were a true motley crew, a really great group of friends who all met as freshman neighbors in the Quad.  Justin, Eric, and Jeff all lived in Craig ’87 in the same hall.  I lived around the bend in Ware. Alan was a year ahead of us but probably is singularly responsible for bringing me into this group.

Starting with the superhero is Jeff Liebert EAS ’93 from Ronkokoma Long Island, then Ulrich Kausch…EAS ’94 from Germany, Eric Cheng Col’93 from Hong Kong, Justin Sowers EAS ’93 from New Mexico, and napping is Alan Steenstrup Col ’92 from Kenya…and me W’93 originally from Istanbul, Turkey.

To me this photo epitomizes the gifts of living in the Quad…lifelong friendships, laughs, and diversity.

That about sums it up doesn’t it?

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 14 – 15, 2017, marked 56 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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Hamilton Walk in the Summertime

Author: Stephanie Yee, C08

When I’m walking around campus, sometimes I stop and think, “This is the life.” We are so lucky to have such a beautiful campus. The sunshine, exquisite architecture, and perfectly green trees make summers at Penn so wonderful. Here is a snapshot of a perfect summer afternoon. Hamilton Walk is usually crowded with students rushing to and from classes, but it’s calm and quiet during the summertime. The Leidy Laboratories of Biology is on the left, and you can see a little bit of The Quad on the right. Seriously, this is the life.

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