In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave almost 300 million hours of volunteer service worth more than $5.6 billion.
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Wharton freshman Ben Lewis would like nothing more than to walk into any convenience store and see GIVE, his own brand of water, for sale.
New York Mayor and Bloomberg, L.P. founder Michael Bloomberg will address this year's graduating class, University officials announced yesterday in a press release.
Penn students like green, and they're not waiting until incoming students get here to spread the message.
While some Quakers were playing basketball on the courts of the Palestra last Friday, another kind of game was going on in the stands.
Student life and safety were the main topics on the agenda at Sunday night's Undergraduate Assembly meeting as the body tackled housing, printing, a student union and security improvements around campus.
SPEC Jazz and Grooves announced last week that Medeski Martin & Wood, or MMW, will perform at its annual spring show on Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.
For seniors, there's reason indeed to celebr(08). Although several months still remain before the graduating class walks down the aisle, they have been breaking all records in the Senior Class Gift Drive. The drive has already garnered 32 percent participation and raised $32,000, compared to this time last year when the drive had a 30 percent participation rate. In an annual tradition that has been running for more than 40 years, seniors hold a year-long drive to raise funds for the University. All contributions go toward the Penn Fund, an unrestricted budget that the University allocates to financial aid, student organizations, academic programs and other aspects of student life. With its goal of 65 percent participation and $65,000 total donations, the current senior class hopes to exceed last year's record of 63 percent participation and $63,999. "We've been way ahead of last year basically this entire time," said Wharton senior Jessica Trief, one of four co-chairs of the 60-member gift drive committee. Penn President Amy Gutmann expressed her confidence in the class' ability to break the record during the drive kickoff in September, when publicity efforts began with a well-attended barbecue. "The senior class is setting all records in its senior class gift drive," Gutmann said. "It is, I submit, the biggest single signal about the support that Penn has moving forward." Trief credited a major portion of the increase in donations this year to a swell in online gifts as well as enhanced awareness of the drive among seniors due to greater publicity. Seniors who donated $5 or more received t-shirts sporting the drive's slogan, "Celebr(08)." "The committee has been really good about peer to peer education," said 2007 College alumnus Dvorit Mausner, who serves as the committee advisor and assistant director of Student Placement for the Penn Fund. In addition to demonstrating to seniors how fundraising affects the Penn experience, the drive also seeks to encourage students to develop a habit of giving back to the University that will extend past just graduation. "Past years have made it possible for us to experience all this and now it's our turn to give back for future years," Trief said. However, Penn still pales in comparison to many other universities that have similar gift drives. "Princeton has a much larger participation rate, and I don't think Princeton students are happier than us, so we have to ask ourselves, why is that?" Mausner said. Students and alumni can make donations throughout the year, including the many Feb Club events this month. Donations can also be made online at www.seniorgiftdrive.com. The drive runs until the end of the fiscal year on June 30. And if the philanthropic incentive isn't enough, College senior and class president Puneet Singh, also a committee member, pointed out that this year's senior class "is poised to beat last year's class." That's reason enough to continue to don(08).
The renovation and development of Penn's campus was the overarching topic at yesterday's Undergraduate Assembly meeting, the time of which was moved up to 1:30 p.m. from the usual 9 p.m. due to the Super Bowl. Attendance was not mandatory for UA members due to the changed time, leading to a significantly shorter meeting than usual.
For seniors, February marks the start of their last round of midterms, their last Super Bowl to watch at Penn and Feb Club, a month-long celebration for seniors to attend events together across Philadelphia.
Sleep. Exercise. Fling.
The oldest branch of student government just got a little newer.
The Undergraduate Assembly held its first meeting of the spring semester last Sunday night in Houston Hall, updating members on a number of ongoing issues and proposals and introducing new business.
He has been called the "architect" of the White House, has stirred up some of the most controversial debates in recent years, and now he's coming to Penn.
They may be known as Mask and Wig, but the club's tenth Annual Intercollegiate Comedy Festival headliner doesn't need a disguise to attract interest.
The word is out, and so are the papers.
What makes you you? What gives a city like Philadelphia its identity?