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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

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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, 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)

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"By the way, Dueling Tampons may be one of the greatest names for a penn-related website!"
Andrew Erace (C'07)

"I love what you are doing for Penn with this website. Keep it up!"
Adam El Sehamy (C'09)

"Thanks for doing your part to unify Penn through Dueling Tampons--it's already been a great resource, and I'm only an incoming freshman. I am truly looking forward to my next four years at Penn and beyond. Thanks again."
-Haywood L. Perry III (C'12)

"Just want to thank you for all you are doing re: DT. You've reenergized my feelings toward Penn and now I have a son who will be applying to Penn"
-Joan L. (W'80)

"Great site. I've really enjoyed everything I've come across since I first came across it. Keep up the good work."
-A.J. Cabrera (C'04)

"Great site —when I first came across it, it took me by surprise. I hadn't used the phrase DT in years, you totally made me laugh. Thanks for that."
-Jason Seiden (W'95)

"I got all misty-eyed looking at the Dueling Tampons site. I mean it gave me sense memory of Penn... of the Walk when it was cold, or being in McNeill with Abiel, or being in German class, or taking 20 extra minutes to get to class because of seeing everyone I knew on Locust Walk, or people that sat in my classes that are now really famous or important... just a great site"
-Chris Hartwell (C'95)

"Love you website..! Very fun to read - I cannot believe what alums (that are WAY younger than us) are accomplishing...very cool...!"
-Dorie Clayman (C'96)

"I'm really digging your website. It's nice to have someone keeping track of all us Quaker over-achievers."
-Jeff Levin (C'07)

"Thank you for your website. I've not been in touch with Penn for YEARS, am speaking at the Bookstore and they wrote to me about Dueling Tampons. I've spent the afternoon going around inside it. so thank you!"
-Michael Rosen

"Hey, I'll be entering Penn in the Fall as a '12 student. Just trying to get a feel for the campus before I come and Dueling Tampons seems like it has got a big place on campus."
-Eric Jacob Maltiel (SEAS'12)

"I love the way you are reaching out to Penn alums and this site...keep up the good work"
-Jennifer Merves Robbins (C'92)

"I just found dueling tampons, and im hooked. i had no idea so many alum do what i want to do when i grow up!"
-Danielle Hannah (C'03)

"Dueling Tampons has an AWESOME reputation on campus here, and I see you and your site everywhere!"
-Matt Amalfitano (C'11)

"Your site's a great way to keep up with Penn stuff with a laugh. Thanks."
-David Toturgul (C'99)

"What you do on Dueling Tampons I think really provides many Penn students with inspiration for their future careers, as I know it has done with me."
-Ryan Townsend (C'08)

"I really like all the Penn stuff, makes me feel at home... I had a good laugh at the name of the website, it only took me a split second to get it!"
-Dan Gutin (C'97)

"Dueling Tampons is an awesome resource. Thanks for representing LA (my hometown!) and the entertainment industry!"
-Joey Volpe (C'09)

"your dueling tampons site rocks"
-Jordan Rockwell (C'00)

"Big fan of the website! I find it a must read!!"
-Troy Majnerick, Penn New Student Orientation Coordinator

"I just want to thank you. I am a cinema studies major at Penn and your site is an amazing creative and networking resource for me. I love it."
-Dustin Blank (C'09)

"It's great to see you bringing together the community of Penn alums who took a possibly more interesting route and are doing some really cool things."
-Tara Todras-Whitehill (C'00, Eng'00)

"This is the kind of value-added, life-giving nectar that Matt spoons out so regularly, and for which I am forever...FOREVER...indebted to him."
-Adam Hellegers (C'96)

"The Dueling Tampons site is really impressive. I think Penn should just hand the alumni network over to you :)"
-Eric Barker (C'94)

Alumni Attending Events Because of DT:

"Logan [Levkoff] was here on Friday and was featured in the October 2 Penn Current and today's DP. I heard about her through, so thanks Matt!"
-Fran De La Torre (C'04)


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