Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Blood: Penn Freshmen Move In to Penn (VIDEO)

upenn move-in day and dorm room
Freshmen and their families pushed, pulled and carried thousands of boxes, bags and carts filled with everything from bedding to cases of bottled water. Penn President Amy Gutmann made her traditional visit to dorms to welcome some of the nearly 2,500 freshmen and their families.

Alumni, remember when you first moved into Penn?

I remember the nightmare it was moving into my elevator-less 5th floor Rodney room (lower quad). There's still no elevator there and after 15 years, these pictures proved that my freshman room barely changed.

What sort of experience did you have on move-in day?

More of my "Now and Then Thursday" posts HERE


Monday, August 30, 2010

Breaking News: Penn Alum Joins Cast of Saturday Night Live! (VIDEO)

Saturday Night Live and UPenn and Vanessa Bayer
It has just been announced that Penn Alum Vanessa Bayer (C'04, Bloomers) is one of three new cast members of the upcoming 36th season of Saturday Night Live! (source)

Like many SNL castmates, Vanessa comes from doing Chicago's Second City.  Per her bio on the Second City website,
"The Cleveland native was director of Bloomers sketch group at the University of Pennsylvania and has interned at Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Sesame Street. Vanessa now performs in Chicago with iO Theater's Revolver, the puppet show FELT, Annoyance's Splatter Theater and Lil Talent Show and does stand-up at Zanies. Many thanks to her sassy family and friends for teaching her that laughter truly is the best medicine."

By the looks of her Blue Shield of California parody commercial above, Vanessa will have no problem fitting into SNL and giving Kristin Wiig a run for her money! Good luck Vanessa! (thanks to Abby Barba (C'03) for the tip!)

Congrats to the Bloomers, but let's not forget some notable Mask and Wig alumni in some classic film and TV HERE

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Time To Make the Donuts for this Successful Penn Alum

Last week, DT covered a story about an alum who invented a fantastic national favorite snack food.

Today, I want to let you know about another Penn alum who runs my absolute favorite dessert company in the world.

More Penn news-filled deliciousness after the jump!