Under The Button, Penn's humor and satire blog.
In recent years, a trend that has swept through colleges across the nation is bringing puppies to campuses to reduce stress during midterms and finals. Usually the events raise money for a good cause, and they seem to reduce stress. On the surface at least. But the painful truth is that sometimes Puppy Paloozas end up adding on more stress than they take away.
Picture this: Tim (W '19) is playing with a tiny version of a golden retriever. He throws a bone in a too-small room in Houston that is filled with other sweaty and stressed peers. The bone reminds him of a prize. He remembers the words of his father on his 18th birthday, before he left for college: Eyes on the prize, Timbo. He thinks of the shining future in finance that he wants so desperately to have one day, but knows deep down that he cannot achieve by spending his afternoon with puppers.
Wow. That's hard.Read the Full Article
Photo: Seyoung Kim / The Daily Pennsylvanian
Last week, Penn Labs updated Penn Course Review to support a new feature, Course Cart. The feature allows you to track multiple classes at time and find the average rating of your entire courseload, so you can see if your next semester is going to be utter hell or only mostly hell. In addition, the good people at Penn Labs have developed a less well-advertised but even more important feature: a new course metric, Classmate Quality.
Finally, you can evaluate which classes have the worst classmates both quantitatively and qualitatively. Like Course Quality, Instructor Quality, and Difficulty, Classmate Quality will be rated on a normal four point scale with additional comments. The Penn Labs team hopes this will allow students to avoid classes with the most annoying classmates.
"The idea started last year, when I took a political science seminar and ended up hating every person in the class," Penn Labs team member Greg Bondi (E'18) said. "I talked to a lot of people and they had similar experiences in other classes. Although they might have loved their professor or the subject material, a lot of them called their classmates whiny, pretentious, or even misanthropic."Read the Full Article
Photo: Oversightandreform / flickr
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
On Monday, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and certified "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was added to the meme group "Official Unofficial Penn Squirrel Catching Club," causing quite a stir in Penn's meme community. Members proceeded to roast his indicted-for-securities-fraud ass.
Read the Full Article
Photo: Public Domain / Pixaby
Last night while wrapped up in her monogramed Vera Bradley blanket, Ashley Baron (C ’20) published her first Odyssey Online article, titled: “We’re not just friends, we’re sisters.” It was a moment that would change Baron’s life — whether for better or worse is up to debate.
Within minutes of sharing the article on Facebook, Baron received loads of high praise, notably from her big, grandbig, and grandmother. Her sorority, which Baron has asked us to keep anonymous for no good reason, even shared the piece with their national advisor to show the culture of sisterhood they’re developing at Penn.
Responding to all the positive feedback Baron comments, “Like I didn’t think like so many people would relate to this article so much. I guess it just shows a void in Penn publications. I remember when I was really upset that I got rejected from 34th Street, but now I'm so glad I went out on my own.”Read the Full Article
Building its resistantance to harsh conditions over millennia, the succulent is a stout and tenacious plant. They can survive extreme high and low temperatures by storing water through droughts, and they sure do look cute doing it! This list goes out to anyone who loves succulents as much as we do here at Under the Button dot com.
1. Giving your succulent a name like "Juan" or "Jean Marie" isn't weird, it's totally normal.
2. You can't leave your Stenocereus or your Opuntia engelmannii on the heaters in the high rises, or you might come home to them black, burnt, and miserable. They're not invincible, guys.Read the Full Article
With a couple days’ passing after the whirlwind of Guinness and green shot glass necklaces that was this weekend, you’ve had some time to process just exactly what happened. There are a few things you know for sure: your shoes are no longer the white, you have mud in crevices where mud doesn't belong, and you should probably start raising an aggressive eyebrow at your recurring chainsmoking habit.
Sometime between throwing Lucky Charms at strangers, begging your friends to snap pics from all angles at your annual keg stand, and confining yourself to the claustrophobia inherent to tents made of large blue tarps, you remember an intimate interaction.
The first thing you remember about this interaction was the color... the color, if you had to guess, was... green? But then... oh, but then, you remember a sentence, a phrase, a command, if you will. This is the clearest part of the day; against a (probably) green background you see the words: “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” You now remember when you read this on anonymous frat boy’s t-shirt, believed in it more deeply than Saint Patrick believed in his life mission of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and immediately started kissing said boy more passionately than was probably appropriate for a darty. You both stumbled away.Read the Full Article
Photo: Elvert Barnes (Edited) / Wikimedia Commons
After the DP published a story about how short Penn's mid-semester breaks are how that may affect mental health on campus, we at UTB decided to do some digging. We checked the academic calendars of all the other Ivy League schools (yes, Cornell is an Ivy) to see how Penn's breaks stack up with those of its peers. The numbers, below, are shocking. These numbers do not include summer break.
Yes, you read that right. According to our calculations, Cornell is just .5 days short of having a full half-year worth of breaks during the school year— and, again, that isn't counting summer. Dartmouth and Brown aren't far behind, each with more than 145 days of break during the school year.
When peer institutions have breaks like these, it's hard to see why Penn's breaks are so short.
Photo: Public Domain / MaxPixel
After months of student complaints about elevators in Rodin (and all the other high rises), things came to a head this weekend when only one elevator appeared to be running. Students experienced frustratingly long wait times, whether they intended to go up-- or even down. For a long period of time, many students found it difficult to get in and out of their own home.
Complaints about Rodin are both abundant and varied, but the elevators seem to be a universal frustration. Thankfully, Penn Residential Services has a plan to deal with this.
"We think students are really going to love this idea," said Burt O'Call, a spokesperson for Residential Services who met us in the rooftop lounge of Rodin to chat. "What has been the chief complaint of Rodin residents this year? No, not the occasional lack of hot water or the notable flood damage. The biggest complaint is about elevators. Specifically, elevator wait times are long and boring. Finally we have a solution!"Read the Full Article