On a mission to understand Penn's public works through their histories, influences and rumors, Street writers explore the meaning of art (and life)
The "Split Button," constructed by Claes Oldenburg in June of 1981 located in front of Van Pelt library, has become a favorite (and contentious) part of Penn's folklore.
College Senior Jeff Sandman has gone part-time to smoke his pipe, drink his scotch and write the great American novel.
What's the last book you read?
I'm reading Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons right now.
Benjamin Kunkel's hip debut, Indecision
Jim Newell vs. Claire Stapleton
When gliterary scenester Benjamin Kunkel released his debut novel, Indecision, the New York Times proclaimed it would have been "the funniest and smartest coming-of-age novel in years." But only if he had stopped "in midsentence some 20 or 30 pages earlier." Street eds, Jim Newell (pro) and Claire Stapleton (con) argue the legitimacy of this literati golden boy.
Although he writes for a pretentious demographic, Kunkel's prose is humble and earnest.
Sometimes it's a good thing when other people read your personal e-mails. For Street alum Daniel "D-Mac" McQuade, boredom, Vegas and girls propelled him to international cyber-stardom -- or at least 2,200 "unique visitor" hits per day.
D-Mac is Philadelphia Weekly's first professional blogger.
Some may be inclined to say Greek Shipping heir, Stavros/MK's old beux/Paris's sloppy seconds is the new it kid, especially after he pulled a Lindsay and rammed his car into some paparazzi. Thanks but no thanks.
1 http://myspike.wharton.upenn.eduBooking those ridiculous study rooms in Huntsman Hall sometimes needs to be done weeks in advance.
2 PDAs Keep all those networking events straight and remember that FNCE 207 comes before FNCE 203.
We all know there is a certain attraction to the icy woman in a power suit. The go-getter. But for every girl in a "short skirt and a long jacket," I have often wondered if there is a struggling fashion ingenue underneath all that cotton-poly blend.
Sarah Gudis, College '06
Two dollar pint night at New Deck. I love Snakebite because it was my favorite drink when I was in London.
Garrett Lindsey, College '06
I like to sit at this knoll on College Green.
The Loft: "Echo Chic"
Dwellers: Addavail Coslett, Isabel Cowles, Emily Rothschild
Unique fixtures: Balconies, high ceilings, name recognition, street cred, funky residents
Persona: Aloof intellectual/lover
Famous person it most channels: Edie Sedgwick
They say: "Shabby chic erring on the side of shabby"
The verdict: We heart the Loft.
The Nipple (Quad): "Tsarina Bohemian"
Dweller: Hillary Levine
Unique fixtures: Circular shape, DIY organizing, magazine decoupage, messy roommate, location (the famed and mythical Quad)
Persona: Semi-prespubescent artsy GF
Famous person it most channels: Lolita
She says: "It's whatever you want it to be."
The verdict: Best part of the Nipple.