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Sunday, January 7, 2007
Who am I?
My name is M a t t R o s l e r and I graduated from Penn in '96, moved out to Los Angeles and immediately got involved in the Penn Club and in 2004 won Penn's first Young Alumni Award of Merit. From that point on, I have always enjoyed connecting alumni....First with Pennfest, the emerging film and music festival and now with this site. ...Having been an actor and an aspiring TV writer myself, I have seen the need to connect our creative community.
Over the past 10+ years, I have also been a web producer. I currently work for an internet company and have produced websites including The Apprentice sites on Yahoo!, and various film and tv sites, contests and interactive banners for Disney, Fox, Warner Brothers, CBS, NBC and others.
What is this site?
After running our 6th Pennfest (night of emerging Penn talent in film and live music), I realized that instead of just celebrating our alumni in one night, we should celebrate one another every day. Afterall, over the years, I had been receiving daily emails from our participants about their latest films and music events. This got me thinking about creating this interactive, multimedia site.
So what is this site? Almost in its 5th year, this site is a hub for anyone related to Penn, who like me, (1) wants to know what's going on in the Penn world and (2) wants to be entertained in doing so. Well, I'm here to entertain you with all the latest aggregated news, videos, photos, and links brought to you from various Penn networks and resources across the world.
...After poking around on this site for a bit, you'll notice that a main focus of this site is showcasing and connecting the emerging talents of Penn undergrads and alumni in the arts (film, tv, theater, art, photography, etc..).
Why "Dueling Tampons"?
I went back and forth on this one, but at the end of the day, the "Dueling Tampons" is a slang term for the big red structures on superblock. This reference has been passed down to students on campus for decades. "Dueling Tampons" is something inherent to Penn, that most Penn alumni know. While it can be perceived as slightly irreverent (not my intentions), I hope it translates to memorable.
More about the "Dueling Tampons" structures:
- (VIDEO) A former UPenn campus tour guide alum thinks you don't know HERE
- (VIDEO) More info on the origins and controversy surrounding the construction of The Dueling Tampons HERE
- Read a Penn alum's explanation of the actual Dueling Tampons in reference to my site HERE
- (VIDEO) Watch an undergrad flip for the Dueling Tampons HERE
Best of DuelingTampons.com:
More notable posts:
- Articles about Dueling Tampons in the Daily Pennsylvanian
- DT Celebrates 1,000 Posts!: My Video Tour Through Penn
How to keep up with the news?
How can you submit News?
Easy. Check out http://submitastory.duelingtampons.com/ for more info!
What Penn alumni and undergrads are saying about DT:
"Keep up the DAMN good work. It's not until I'm about to graduate that I really start to appreciate other Penn alums who try to keep the network going with websites like Dueling Tampons and more. Keep it up!"
-Mike Tate (C'10)
"Just wanted to send a note to say thanks for your continued work w/ Dueling Tampons. it's one of the various e-news blasts I read most days. I really liked the one about '3 generations at Penn'."
-Jody Girgenti (C'98)
"As an outsider to the entertainment industry and to LA, DuelingTampons.com gave me an excellent jumping-off point to start my job search. It enabled me to learn about Penn alums in the entertainment industry and conduct necessary preliminary research. From there I was able to reach out to our incredible alumni network, schedule introductory meetings and phone calls, eventually land an interview, and finally secure an internship at a top Hollywood studio."
-Steve Gottlieb (C'04)
20+ more testimonials...+/-