Alex Whitaker (E'16) and Sarah Dean (E'16)

When/why did you become best friends?

AW: During Fling last year, we drunkenly ran into each other in the Quad, saw the photo booth above McClelland, and were like, “Yeah, it’s ironic that we’re hammered right now and leaders of this engineering research club, so let’s commemorate it with a tiny strip of photos.” Then our friendship was born.

What’s your response to people who say guys and girls can’t just be friends?

SD: That's so heteronormative, and also wrong.

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

AW: I feel like at this point the answer is obvious, but if it wasn’t clear then, yes. We’ve made out a lot of times. Sarah’s actually a really good kisser, so straight boys: hit her up.

Jared Levin (C'16) and Alison Miller (C'16)

Do people ever mistake you for dating?

JL: People at bars think we are dating. I think it may be because I always try to hold her hand when I drink.

Have you promised to marry each other if you’re still single at 35?

JL: We promised that we will marry each other after both of us get divorced twice. But, regardless, I still get to be "Uncle Jared" to her kids. 

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

JL: Defer to Ali on this one.

AM: EW! NO!  Maybe in Jared’s dreams?  Probably not though.

Jacob Wallenberg (W’16) and Tatiana Brunvall (C'16)

When/why did you become best friends?

JW: We met during NSO at IKEA (no, really), and natural selection did the rest.

Do people ever mistake you for dating?

TB: Only because we consistently bring each other to date nights as wing(wo)men.

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

JW: People mistake us for siblings. Would you hook up with your brother/sister?

Anything else we should know?

TB: If you want to keep a guy friend, always have a fully stocked fridge. If you want to keep a girl friend, live in a house full of attractive guys. (Ed. note: Tatiana's boyfriend lived with Jacob.)

Céleste Courtenay (C'15) and Alexy Abelanet (C'15)

When/why did you become best friends?

AA: I think we honestly became best friends on the dance floor during NSO. We go nuts when the music goes on and play off each other. Her best dance move: the air piano.

What’s your response to people who say guys and girls can’t just be friends?

CC: They absolutely can if the guy can keep his dick in his pants.

Have you promised to marry each other if you’re still single at 35?

AA: We have promised to marry at 35 if we have no significant other by that time, just not sure her mom would let her go with the tree–hugging countryside hick that I am (never met her but she already scares the hell out of me).

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

CC: Nope never made out and will NEVER. He is like a sibling, [it] would be incestuous.

Andres Martinez (W’15) and Ella Duangkaew (C’15)

Do people ever mistake you for dating?

AM: Yes, all the time. One time we were walking together and she ran into a friend of hers who immediately texted her who "the new boy" was. I was flattered.

Have you promised to marry each other if you’re still single at 35?

AM: We pushed it till 55, because we HOPE that life will reward us by then. If not, then there's no use in waiting.

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

ED: No, but I'm not saying we wouldn't.

Anything else we should know?

ED: We're both moving to New York next year (with the rest of Penn), so the friend–mance won't die post–Penn. I'm ready for lots of theatre–spouse dates to Broadway shows.

Joe Nahra (C’17) and Olivia Horn (C’17)

Do people ever mistake you for dating?

JN&OH: Yes...sometimes our friends even ask what our status is, just to make sure they haven't missed anything. We like to keep them on their toes.

Have you promised to marry each other if you’re still single at 35?

JN&OH: We're actually saying 45, unless Olivia's running for president before that and needs a trophy husband.

Have you ever made out? Tell us everything.

JN&OH: Nope. There may or may not have been an incident with some inaccurate pecks on the cheek, but the record is unclear.


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