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Friday, April 24, 2009


As I reported HERE the other week via exclusive videos, despite having good grades and extra curricular activities, there is still much anxiety associated with a prospect waiting to find out if he or she will get into Penn.

If you think this is bad, imagine what some parents need to do to get their child into ...nursery school!

Documentary filmmaker Marc Simon (C'96, SAM) has created a movie that many parents...especially in the NY and California regions will relate to.  The film covers the (absurd!) process of getting their child into nursery school and what nursery school admissions is all about.

Per Marc (kneeling in picture below),
Nursery University"From the moment parents learn they are "having a baby", they focus on providing a happy and healthy environment and the best opportunities for their kids. This includes planning for their children's education, and today, for moms and dads across this country, the pressures associated with schooling begin early - very early. Nursery University gets inside nursery school admissions -- a modern day cultural right of passage -- with sensitivity and a great sense of humor, inviting the audience behind the scenes to experience and learn from this stranger-than-fiction reality."

Nursery UniversityNursery University Opens April 24th
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Friday 11:30, 1:45, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15
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Sunday 11:30, 1:45, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15
Monday - Thursday 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

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**Q and A's after every screening with the film makers, families, heads of schools. and pre school experts.
  • Read the great film's NYTimes Movie review HERE
  • Other Penn documentary filmmakers HERE 



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Thursday, April 23, 2009


As part of my Pinching PENNies series, I thought my women readers out there would appreciate some money saving advice from one of our alumni style and beauty experts, Jenn Cohn Falik (C'01, Theta).

Recently, Jenn was on a popular morning show talking about unique finds that help extend the life of some women's fashion investments. 

Check out some of the products she talked about below (these also can make some good Mothers Day gifts!):
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My past posts about Jenn and her Fashion Products here

More Money Saving and Job Advice from my Pinching PENNies series HERE




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It's apparent that the producers of "Grey's Anatomy" must really love the music of Gabriel Mann (C'95, Off the Beat) and his group "The Rescues" because the show will be featuring their songs "Break Me Out" and their brand new song, "Stay Over," in back to back episodes starting TONIGHT!
  • "Break Me Out" will be heard in episode 19 (season 5), which airs this Thursday April 23rd at 9pm (TONIGHT) and will be the 3rd appearance of Rescues music on the show already this season. (the song is featured in minute 39:54 at abc.com)
  • Next week, on Thursday April 30th, the show will debut the Rescues’ song "Stay Over" from the upcoming album "Let Loose The Horses." (the song is featured in minute 19:45 at abc.com)
Listen to the group's music (and watch the actual scenes) from their first and second appearances in "Grey's Anatomy".

Get a preview of the music below:

Get the songs on iTunes:


My past posts about Gabe HERE

Other Penn musicians here



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


UPennEco-advocate and illustrator, Brian Yanish (C'95, Mask and Wig, Friars) has combined his talents and passions to create The Scrap Kins, animated characters that live in a recycling center and build their world out of the things people throw away.

Over the past 2 years DT has been following Brian as he has been developing out the Scrap Kins and we are happy to report that he has not only had successful meeting with some major publishers, but his his characters will be on children's notebooks and folders in Rite Aid stores across the country in over 4900 stores!

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Happy Earth Day everyone!

Visit Brian's website HERE

Follow Brian on his Twitter page HERE

More from my "Pinching PENNies" series

Find out HERE how Penn has been going green!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your Career
Jason Seiden (W ’95) will unleash your career potential and he’ll entertain you in doing so.

Jason’s latest book “How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career” isn’t your traditional business book. ...Why you ask?

Per Jason,
“If traditional business books worked, Corporate America would be nirvana. If they were interesting, people would turn off "The Daily Show" to read them.  Look around: Corporate America is the opposite of nirvana, and 75% of Americans don't read.  Enter How to Self-Destruct: the wisdom you need, the entertainment you want. Expect to walk away feeling genuinely good about your position, feeling validated as a human, and feeling in control of what to do next.”
How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your CareerIn addition to being an author, Jason is a consultant who helps Next Generation professionals navigate the minefield that he knows is ahead of them. How to Self-Destruct is a roadmap of that journey. He also works one-on-one with Next Gen professionals to do what he fondly refer to as "cranial/rectal extractions." ...What does this mean?

Per Jason,
"What holds people back in their careers usually isn't the challenge confronting them, it's the energy they waste stressing about the challenge in front of them. People know this.  Still, they knowingly feed their stress, embrace tunnel vision, and allow themselves to get overly emotional. We walk around with all the potential in the world, unable to use it because we've got our heads up their asses. What I do is help people regain perspective so they can get back to more success-oriented routines."
The tactics Jason sees people using to find new jobs seem almost guaranteed to result in failure. In the spirit of "How to Self-Destruct", per Jason, here are 5 easy ways to "job proof" your recession:
"1. Change your Twitter bio to read, “Looking for a job.” This is analogous to going to a bar wearing a shirt that reads, “Looking for a spouse.” We all know how this story ends. Like Van Halen said: “Jaime’s crying.”

2. Apply to millions of jobs. Why take the time to find the one job that’s right for you and put your passion into that, when you can put minimal effort into scores of applications and whiff them all?

3. Adopt a bad attitude. Because I bet interviewers just love it when candidates coming in dripping with resentment. Seriously, which is more bitter, you or your coffee? I hope it’s you.

4. Become one with the major job board. I know you like to talk about standing out. I also know that plan is super hard to execute when standing in the middle of a crowd of hundreds. Of thousands.

5. Really emphasize work/life balance. Employees: with so many people looking to replace you, it’s good to make it easy for them by announcing that you only want to work so hard for the money. Searchers: Ratchet down your chances by making the job hunt a part time endeavor!"

The list is continued, and anecdotes are provided at http://jasonseiden.com/how-to-job-proof-your-recession/

Check out the first 2 chapters of the book HERE +/- (click to expand)


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Monday, April 20, 2009


This video was taken on Locust Walk last Thursday...just before Fling '09 Weekend was to start.

And you just know some of the students you see here on Locust Walk have decided to blow off class to figure out new ways of smuggling certain libations into the Quad.  :)

More Spring Fling Videos here

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This week I'm launching a new series dedicated to understanding and dealing with this new economic climate.  Throughout this week, I will be posting some great tips from some our alumni on saving money, finding jobs, and even turning trash into treasure.

To start the series, off check out the video above from Wharton Professor Jeremy Siegel who places the current economic recession in a broader historical context (the above segment comes from his first lecture for Wharton's new course, The Economic and Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options.)

For continued discussion and thoughts on this topic, check out Wharton's "Hope, Greed and Fear: The Psychology behind the Financial Crisis"
Listen to the Podcast | Read the Transcription

Have advice that fits into this category for our alumni?  Send me a tweet HERE.


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Another Fling, another year of cheers and hisses over some clever "dick" jokes from Mask and Wig.

Watch above to find out how the group incorporated Canada and other popular references into this year's (2009) Spring Fling "Nude Bit". (for those Friars and Sphinx members out there, stick around for the last joke!)

...If you watch the first exchange, you'll hear the following dialogue:
"Excuse Me Noah, I think you put that shoe on wrong"
Reply: "It's because I have a foot dick"
Can you come up with a better reply line?  
...Tweet me HERE with your response!

Check out coverage from the 2007 and 1993 Mask and Wig "Nude Bit" HERE

Videos of Flings from past and present HERE (including a video from this year's Akon SPEC concert performance)

Thanks to John Berweiler (C'11) for the above video!

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