Cheers and Jeers | Fall 2012
The best and worst of the past semester
December 9, 2012, 7:28 pm·
• To the Undergraduate Assembly and the Dining Advisory Board for turning 1920 Commons into a student-friendly space.
• To young voters for matching 2008 turnout and for helping to re-elect President Barack Obama.
• To the developers of First Round Capital for picking West Philadelphia over Silicon Valley and for funding dorm room entrepreneurs.
• To Penn for cancelling classes during Hurricane Sandy (we all needed the break).
• To the Penn Compliments founder for keeping to his mission by staying anonymous and for spreading positivity on campus.
• To Penn football for its third Ivy League title in four years.
• To College junior basketball player Alyssa Baron for hitting 1,000 points.
• To Penn field hockey for its winning season and its new field (coming soon).
• To the Office of Admissions for helping push early decision applications to an all-time high.
• To the late Larry Moses for his enduring legacy in the Greek community.
• To 2004 College graduate and Olympic rower Susan Francia for taking home gold in the London Olympics.
• To the Penn Museum for being a great cultural center for the community. Congratulations on 125 years!
• To Shoemaker Green for increasing green space on campus and being an entrance worthy of the Palestra.
• To Papa Bear for being an awesome senior class dog.
• To Hillel and Penn for Palestine for raising awareness of the Gaza conflict on Locust.
• To The Daily Pennsylvanian’s 128th board for a wonderful year.
• To the Undergraduate Assembly for taking over a month before finally arranging its Hurricane Sandy relief event.
• To The Bridge Café for its disappointing menu.
• To the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for not providing enough support for potential Rhodes and Marshall scholars — we’ve had just one Marshall scholar in the past three years.
• To Team GhostShell for leaking Penn students’ information and for having a terrible name.
• To the Student Activities Council’s executive board for allowing some students groups to fall into thousands of dollars of debt, inevitably leading to the second moratorium in two years.
• To Penn Athletics for not fighting to keep traditions alive and the student body for not caring about the toast toss or the Line.
• To the U.S. News Rankings and World Report for dropping us to eighth in the United States.
• To us for caring about the U.S. News rankings.
• To Hurricane Sandy for wrecking havoc on the East coast killing 2010 College graduate Jessie Streich-Kest.
• To College Republicans for not having enough of a presence on campus, especially during an election year.
• To Wharton graduates Raj Rajaratnum and Rajiv Goel for engaging in insider trading.
• To Phi Delt for trying to dye their dog, Barney, red and but really dyeing it pink.
• To the Supreme Court for reconsidering affirmative action just 10 years after they ruled on the topic.
• To SEPTA for still having a token system and only just launching a three-year plan to move to “smart cards.”
• To Skulls for not following the rules of its probation.
• To both sides of the Gaza debate for failing to engage in a constructive debate with each other.