After thirteen installments of the Most Depressing Places on Campus, we discovered that we were kinda bumming ourselves out. That's why, starting now, we'll be highlighting the most inviting, inspiring, and spiritually satisfying places instead. Y'know, just to remind everyone that there's more to campus than the solitary table in front of Gourmet Grocer. First up on our list of most uplifting places is...
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Ah PennApps, a semesterly hackathon reminding us that engineers are willing to brave a record-breaking blizzard for some free food and a Google Chrome frisbee. Aside from all the free stuff given away in the Engineering Quad this weekend, hackers from all over the world also had a chance at over $52K in prizes from big league sponsors. With less than 48 hours to code something from scratch though, there's gonna be Venmos and there's gonna be uh-ohs. Here's our review of this season's harvest:
We wish we could say happy December! but there's a lot that's wrong with our world right now, folks. For starters, finals. Sometimes, the best way to get through these brain-draining times is to remember that things could be infinitely worse. It's all about perspective. Take these examples for example:
Hello and welcome to the best week of November! Everyone's in a good mood it seems—we just became Ivy football champs, Honeygrow is now open, and it's a short week. That said, there's not much going on, but here are a few events to check out before Thanksgiving:
Happy All Hallows' Eve Eve Eve folks! It's almost time for a weekend of trickery and treatery! But looking around at this lack of decor, it doesn't feel that Halloweeny tbh. Let's fix that. UA, Amy G, the squirrels—whoever's in charge of seasonal campus decorations at Penn—below are some suggestions on how you can spook things up around here before HAAAAAAALLOWEEEEEEEEEEEN!
Guys, get ready for the most life-changing tech update since iOS9. Check this sign posted at the 38th/Spruce Wawa announcing the date of their fall launch event. We can only speculate what the new version of WawaOS will bring; will we finally be able to choose a non-soggy sandwich option? Will they finally get rid of human interaction all together and replace their sandwich artisans with robots? Or will it just basically be the same thing but with a bigger screen? We'll all find out at 3am on October 23rd.
Here at UTB, we're committed to making the web a more beautiful place. That's why starting now, we'll be regularly reviewing websites that belong to Penn's many student organizations. There's a lot of embarrassingly neglected domains, questionable content, and sorority sites that have been hacked by Chinese gamblers out there, and we want to share them with you, the world wide web.
Happy fall break, Penn! If you're staying on campus, you've got four whole days to study for that Monday midterm explore sunny Philadelphia. Looking for things to do in the city? Try this awesome website. But if you're wondering what not to do over fall break, you've come to the right place. Here are 10 little-known spots that should stay that way.
On-campus recruitment is upon us folks, and if you're reading this it's too late to pretend you don't need our help. OCR interviews can be make or break, so we've put together some advice that's actually helpful—not like the fluff you get from career services. Enjoy.
Remember when the Dalai Lama said he was coming to Philly next month? Well, turns out His Holiness just wanted to see what malicious deception felt like. That's right, he cancelled on us, and he's probably sitting there, laughing in his Mayo Clinic hospital bed knowing he single-handedly bummed out an entire city. Look Mr. Lama, we get that Pope Francis is a tough act to follow, but that doesn't mean you can just give up and lie in bed just because some doctors told you to. Sigh.
Pope Francis has done some pretty awesome things with his life and role as a spiritual leader. But there's just one problem: his traditional white cap is extremely boring. Here are some suggestions for ways the pope can up his headgear game while he's here:
Ah, can you smell it in the air? Do you not even care? Because in case you're not aware, it's that time of year again: UA elections! Obligatory sound effect! A lot of freshman egos are on the line, so we want to make sure everyone knows how good these candidates are at making posters and inviting people to Facebook events. After all, that's basically what the UA does, right?
Ah, PennApps: "the original college hackathon hosted at the nation's first university," which is apparently Wells Fargo Center now. Because of the growing number of participants every semester, they decided to move it out of our cozy Engineering Quad and into every computer nerd's comfort zone: a professional sports stadium.
Mark your calendars people, the DL will be visiting our fine city from October 26 to 27th. All the His Holinesses are doing it these days, and we're not complaining. By the end of fall, Philly's going to be picture of peace and spirituality: no more aggressive drivers, doves instead of pigeons, and SEPTA swipe cards.
The twelfth biannual PennApps—you know, the place where all your Engineering friends disappear to for three days—is starting tomorrow. We have some THC-intoxicated expectations for you hackathoners out there...but we also know how hard it can be to come up with and create an app in a single weekend, so we thought we'd do you a solid and throw out some ideas:
Welcome back, Penn! Now that our readership is back up to ?18 people with everyone back from summer, we thought we'd take the time to inform you that A BAND OF RECKLESS, HEDONISTIC YOUTHS WAS SPOTTED absolutely tearing up the roof of Frogro with their bikes yesterday :'(.
Something tells us that with a 6 billion dollar budget and not many people around, Penn is definitely up to something. Recent events have us wondering: what else is happening behind our backs over the summer?
From the shores of Japan to the shores of Jersey, the cat café phenomeownon has landed. Kawaii Kitty Café is expected to open sometime in December under the guise of "adoption center fused with a café," which is catspeak for either "world domination headquarters" or "human trap."
If there's one thing Penn Relays showed this week besides the payoff of training and dedication, it's that the athletes are legit Darwinianly better than the rest of us. They can outlive us in a zombie apocalypse, outlive us in general, or just straight up kick our ass if they wanted to. Let's face it: something like a couple unflattering pics wouldn't even phase them. So on behalf of those of us who get tired just thinking about Penn Relays, let alone participating, Under the Baton presents:
The weather outside is FINALLY awesome, but that doesn't change the fact that it's Monday, which means class and homework and meetings and...responsibilities. Here are 10 flowers that are enjoying today more than you are: