On Tuesday night, members of the senior class gathered at the Blarney Stone for a dessert reception hosted by the class board. While President Amy Gutmann traditionally hosts welcome back events for the sophomore and junior classes at the beginning of each year — and the freshmen celebrate the start of the school year with Convocation and a dessert reception — the senior class has made a tradition of hosting their own class even later in the semester at a campus bar. This year, the class board decided to make the event a little different, according to Class Board President Darren Tomasso. In addition to making the event earlier in the semester, they decided to add desserts to the event because of the Class of 2017’s experience in years past. “Our freshman convocation was at the Palestra because of rain, so by the time we got to Perelman Quad for desserts, most of us did not get any,” Tomasso said. Tomasso also added that the class’s sophomore year was the first year security checked Penn IDs at the reception, preventing upperclassmen from “crashing” the dessert reception as had become tradition in years past. The reception this year featured cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, in addition to drink specials.
Jessica McDowell | Enterprise Editor