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I lounge at a picnic table in Pizza Plus West’s backyard garden on one of September’s cooler nights, chatting with two of the restaurant's employees. The bulk of our conversation relates to a prevalent problem in West Philadelphia: a lack of good pizza for delivery.
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Every morning at 4:30 a.m., Vagrant Coffee Founder Josh Dew starts his day with—you guessed it—a cup of Vagrant coffee.
Tank tops are undeniably a staple summer wardrobe piece. Easy to style and incredibly practical in the unbearable heat, it doesn't get more effortlessly cool and comfortable than a basic, monochrome cotton tank. But ironically, this simple classic has a darker, more complicated history that stretches beyond its recent incorporation into supermodels' street style or its presence in paparazzi pictures of buff male celebrities (take this photo of Mark Wahlberg, for example). For decades, this flimsy piece of fabric has carried the weight of a seemingly inescapable offensive nickname: the "wife beater.”
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What better way to celebrate summer than by treating yourself to freshly painted nails? From bright corals to softer neutral tones, nail polish is a great way to elevate any summer look. So if you've been looking to touch up your toes this sandal season, below are five must–try nail salons in Philadelphia.
From the elaborate stories her mother tells her about how she used to wake from naps and sing from her crib for the whole house to hear to her rise to Music TikTok fame back in December 2020, music has always been a part of Mia Giovina's life.
As Paul Ryan (C '09) set up his room in Kings Court English House on move–in day his first year, his father said the words that would set the stage for Paul's four years at Penn.
Most of us are familiar with the iconic chain Insomnia Cookies—a name that brings to mind modest-sized shops with deep purple accents and the sweet smell of warm, gooey cookies in every flavor imaginable. If you crave it, they probably have it. For the traditionalist, there's the Chocolate Chunk: a rich, buttery, chocolate-y makeover to your grandmother's recipe. For the experimenter, there are cookies like Orange Creamsicle, Strawberry Shortcake, and Rocky Road. There are even five vegan flavors to choose from. And that's not all: there are CookieWiches (Insomnia’s take on the conventional ice cream sandwich), Cookie Cakes, and more.
Before the spring 2020 semester was even over, Luka Yancopoulos (Viper ‘22) resolved to never take an online course again. The Yorktown Heights native is a lover of school, but maintains that learning isn’t the same when it takes place over Zoom. Once it became clear that the fall 2020 semester would be virtual as well, Luka decided to take a gap year. At the time, he had no idea what he would go on to accomplish in his months away from Penn.
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In his four short years at Penn, Nabeel Farooqui (E '21) has done it all. His claims to campus fame include founding and selling the startup Halo, serving as both projects chair at Hack4Impact and head of operations at PennApps, and calling himself a proud member of APALI, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and Penn Electric Racing while completing a computer science major.
Shrestha Singh (C ’12) loves her husband Eric's family, and they love her. But this love is complicated: Shrestha is the Indian American daughter of immigrants, and she married into a family of Trump supporters.
Alex Poscente (W '21) is an entrepreneur, artist, and interlocutor. In the summer of 2020, she merged these talents when she founded her startup Ivy Insights, which builds teams of consultants from top universities for companies across the United States.
Sitotaw is the head of a synagogue. Getu is the coach of a winning soccer team. Inoa is a middle school student, a teen activist, and one of the founding members of a circus troupe.
The moment you enter the United by Blue (UBB) on Penn’s campus, you find yourself at ease. Whether you're camping out at a table to write a paper with a mug full of foamy latte by your side, or trekking to your dorm with a refreshing iced coffee, UBB's coffee is iconic in any form.
Whether it be velvety hummus spread atop warm pita, flawlessly fried falafel, or baba ganoush bursting with flavor, a meal from Hummus Grill is truly a work of art.