Embellishing resumes is something for which we are all guilty. After all, who didn't spin that occasional trip to their grandparents' retirement home into a full-fledged community service project... all in the hopes of securing a revered space in Penn's freshman class?
Undergraduate Assembly chairman and College senior Jason Karsh loves Colorado, YouTube and *NSYNC. This Sphinx member lets us in on why those UA buses are so much fun and how John McCain made him lose his "lover."
Street: What exactly is your role as chairman of the UA?
JK: Essentially, I run a lot of meetings, sit on countless committees and represent undergraduates and UA projects to our administration as the "student voice."
Street: Please explain this whole YouTube thing you started.
JK: Well, I think I should start off by addressing what everyone's thinking right now - I didn't start YouTube.
We take to the streets to find out what Penn frosh are sporting this season.
Max Dewez has replaced the requisite North Face fleece and New Balance sneakers for a knee-length camel overcoat and brown loafers.
Twelve senior studs will compete for the crown, and six juniors will entertain during the preshow. Who doesn't love practically naked Penn men battling it out to benefit Women Against Domestic Violence?
What makes you a big man on campus?
Ulrik: A fortunate consensus of others' opinions of me.
Undergraduate Association as well as the "corner of 40th and everything." Detroit in the house!
Street: Enlighten us on some of your business ventures.
Justin Anderson: I started my first internet company, Netatic Technologies, almost eight years ago.
Bringing his interactive projections everywhere from Romania to Munich to Brooklyn, Paul Notzold extends an open invitation to embrace street art as a creative exploration of the expressive possibilities of the space around us.
College sophomore Preston Hershorn is something of a student government impresario, lending a hand as Social Planning and Events Committee (SPEC) Music Director and as member of the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC). The Kansas (yes, Kansas!) native can also add employee of tennis star Martina Navratilova and Real World expert to his already impressive resume.
Street: If the NEC and SPEC were to engage in a duel.
¯$206: Plane ride to Sarasota, FL
Where grandparents live out their twilight years
¯$85: Fake ID
Because being under 65 is apparently not kosher
¯$4.99: Neon yellow fanny pack
Before American Apparel decided it was cool, seniors everywhere gave it the collective thumbs up
¯$24.99: Aloha-print shirt
Short sleeves of course; I didn't want to be the only one without.
¯$29.95: A ukulele
To strum along to the sunset
¯$6.00: Admission to the Ringling Museum of the American Circus
I have a newfound respect for the Bearded Lady
¯$14.99: Barry Manilow's greatest hits album
Gossip fodder for the elevator
¯$17.99: The early bird special at Yoder's, the local Amish haunt
What can I say, I missed dear old Pennsylvania
We asked Yasmin "everybody knows her" Radjy how to make friends and influence people.
Street: Why do they call you "Big Pun?"
Yasmin Radjy: Because I pun-ish my friends and family regularly with my pun-gently awful sense of humor.
Street: Can you pun in different languages?
YR: Yes, bilingual puns are my favorite.
We give ourselves names in order to belong, in order to give ourselves a history. Although few Penn students are likely to be involved in any official street gang or mob activity, the need to create a family endures.
Street: How long have you been friends?
David Rimoch: We met in middle school when we were 11, but became friends sophomore year of high school.
Street: What were your first impressions of each other?
Pedro Gerson: One of the first stories I have is that in 8th grade I was in the principal's office and I saw a list of the class rankings for everyone in our year.