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Friend, mentor, and part–time food enthusiast, Jerry Gao (E '23) dove headfirst into the Penn community the first day he set foot on campus. He radiates pure joy while discussing his work as a bioengineering TA, revealing his passion for both teaching and learning. Though most Penn students seem to have a myriad of activities padding their resumes, Jerry leaves a lasting impact on every community he's immersed himself in at Penn. Whether in the bioengineering lab, teaching young kids how to read, or cheffing it up for his hometown friends, Jerry sprinkles love into all of his endeavors.
Acclaimed sexuality and relationships expert Logan Levkoff’s (C ‘98, GSE ‘99) crucial entrance into the world of sex began with a banana and a condom on her dinner table.
Boy bands. You either love them or you hate them.
After R&B singer Jhené Aiko lost her older brother Miyagi in 2012, she spent the next five years losing herself. Whether it was abusing controlled substances, immersing herself in meaningless relationships, or jetting across the world to escape her feelings, there wasn’t much she wouldn’t do to find solace from her pain.
For many “mom lifestyle” influencers, there are content hallmarks that their audiences expect to see: workout clothes, kale smoothies, anti–aging moisturizers, and a cute toddler roaming around the back of the frame. For some mommy bloggers, their child is the centerpiece of a marketing machine; however, for others, their kids are only an add–on to a pre–established aesthetic.
“I can take your man if I want to … ”
Maybe it’s the highly dramatic acting that feels almost mimed at times, or maybe it’s the flamboyant clothing sported by Lily Collins’ character, but whatever it is, the fact remains that Emily in Paris is a show that, while highly entertaining, is usually laughable. Ask someone if they’ve watched the Netflix original series, and they’ll almost certainly roll their eyes and laugh, indicating their dislike for the cheesy program.
“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love—I love—I love you.”
When Devi Bass (C ‘23) decided to retire from middle school acting, she was eager to find another way to get involved in theater. She began by helping out with sound for her high school’s Cabaret and immediately fell in love with this behind–the–scenes role. Excited to continue pursuing theater, Devi found a home in Penn’s theater program when she joined Penn Players for their production of Urine Town. Now, as chair of the Theatre Arts Council, she oversees all seven theater groups at Penn. As a political science major, Devi realized that her interests in political science and theater are not mutually exclusive. Rather, she hopes to combine them and produce shows that make an impact. When Devi’s not spending her time at the Platt Student Performing Arts House, she’s volunteering at Cosmic Writers, a creative writing nonprofit organization that fosters creativity and boosts confidence in kids from grades K through 12.
Students enter college expecting “the best four years of their lives.” Many are on their own for the first time: decorating their dorm rooms with posters, registering for classes they're passionate about, and choosing which frat to party at on Friday night.
The Guy in Question: “I love the guy using the virginity as a social construct argument to get in a girl’s pants.”
Sitting down to write this letter feels kind of like entering the Avatar State. No, not that Avatar. Not the new one either. I’m talking about that generation–defining (and vastly better!) animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Pretty much, our reincarnated protagonist can call upon the skills and knowledge of all his previous selves, pictured as an line of blue spirits stretching out to the middle distance. In my lineage, there’s Emily and Bea looking over my shoulder, then Tamsyn, Annabelle, and before them the predecessors I know only by name—Nick Joyner, Orly Greenberg, Emily Johns.
Okay yeah sex is good but have you ever had the creamy crab and shrimp risotto from Quaker Kitchen after your first day of classes and followed it with the creamy tiramisu for dessert and your body literally shook—well, in the case of this strategically named dining hall, quaked—with pleasure?
This is how this story starts: I’m sick to my stomach. I wasn’t at the time, but I am now thinking about it. I wonder sometimes if I was in love with her. Let’s establish some characters. Me: naive, your typical middle school loser, unknowingly in the closet. Her: we’ll call her Mary. Funny, sweet. Graceful, too.
How I met them: at Wawa (agh), on Tinder, on Tinder again, six months later (aghhghh), through mutual friends, in class, in the 4th floor of DRL, the math lounge, of all places.
I walk through the air–conditioned corridors of the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), appreciating oil paintings in golden frames and white marble statues. Suddenly, I am stuck by a bright yellow poster, “Do women have to be naked to get into the São Paulo Museum of Art?”
Despite having been painted more than 150 years ago, Édouard Manet’s Olympia continues to resonate throughout the art world. In 1865, the painting debuted in Paris’ prestigious Salon, controlled by the French Academy of Fine Arts, immediately scandalizing the scene. The work subversively approached the reclining female nude with its daring technical, stylistic, and thematic choices. While she was created by a man, Olympia has consequently joined the ranks of groundbreaking and influential women, both in the art world and beyond.
Everyone asks for different things when it comes to sex. Whether you’re into candlelight and rose petals, or just prefer a flat surface, I think we can all agree that the backing track can make or break the moment.
Content warning for mention of rape, sexual assault, and suicidality.
‘Songs About Sex’ are prolific enough to get their own category in "Pitch Perfect” Riff Offs. Think of any list of popular songs from the last 50 years and at least 25% of it will be about intercourse in some capacity. But let’s be real—there’s a reason that you don’t see “WAP” on many unironic masturbation or sex playlists despite being a great song about that subject matter. Songs that truly feel orgasmic often contain either a moody, sensual beat or a soaring climax, whether the lyrics are about the rawness of sex or not. Anything can set you in the mood if the feeling’s right.