September 13, 2017 34st.com
The NiGHT'S WATCH A 12-hour shift with Penn's security guards
overheards, dirty rushing
4 WORD ON THE STREET
summer at a monastary & cooking school
you have to listen: higher brothers, if majors were musicians
eotw, high style
13 FILM & TV
6 min film fest, It review
14 VICE & VIRTUE raxx vintage west
finance to fine arts, statues
18 LOWBROW LOL
penn riddles, trump made in america
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There's a running joke at Street about our website. Well, it's not really a joke. It's more of a universal truth: our website sucks. It makes no sense. It is buggy and visually offensive. It is a bizarre medley of the newest articles pushed to the bottom of the site, and old, outdated features somehow making their way to the front page. It is terrible. Or, at least, it was. Now, Street has the pleasure of presenting our new website. A beautiful, clean, intuitive site, designed and coded by the absolutely brilliant DP web development team. We've done everything we can to make our content as good as it possibly can be, and we con-
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HIGHBROW'S GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE DIRTY RUSHING Like regular rushing, just dirtier
Highbrow knows that the beginning of fall semester may just be the biggest change since puberty. For freshmen and seniors alike, we've compiled some alternative options for those who eschew dirty rush. Save that shit for second semester and get with the winning team(s). 1. MGMT 238: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Fair warning—Adam Grant’s class likely has a significantly lower acceptance rate than any fraternity. And possibly Penn itself. Make sure that your application is memorable (not necessarily, like, in a good way. You
Highbrow has the craziest fun fact for you: Allegro’s is actually just Allegro. Allegro Pizza and Grill. Yup, the treasured pizza place you somehow always find yourself at at ungodly hours doesn’t have that “s” at the end. Aside from not knowing your favorite restaurant’s proper name, what else do you not know you may ask….What about the four people you always manage to see there? Chances are you have no idea who else is in Allegro with you when you’re there: you’re simply existing in a whole other dimension. No worries though; as always, Highbrow’s here to help.
you’re one of the lucky few with a coveted nvlp (that’s envelope, for the uninitiated) slid under your door. And you can tell your parents that DJ–ing is a marketable artistic skill (it seriously is).
can't compete with 3.95's on that front). And be sure to remember that, according to Undergrad Inside, “Penn InTouch requests will not be processed.” Talk about unofficial.
3. FEB CLUB Much like frats, there’s enough forced social interaction drive an introvert, weeping, into the tiny Smokes’ bathroom. Fair warning to the frosh, though, this option is limited to 2. THE COLLCTV seniors. They're going to be in In case you haven’t heard, the "real world" soon; let's let vowels are so last year. Pray that them have this. And similarly
to frats, Feb Club doesn't officially start accepting new members until the start of the next calendar year. But don't let that deter you! 4. ANY BANK FORGOING OCR FOR “ACCELERATED ONLINE RECRUITING” Video interviews are the new coffee chats, and evidently, September 9th is the new October 22nd. Way to accelerate that shit. And let’s be honest, you already know at least one person who is basically dirty–rushing J.P. Morgan.
PEOPLE YOU SEE IN ALLEGRO
1. HOOKUP BUDDY, EX-HOOKUP BUDDY, KIND OF HOOKUP BUDDY The term for what you guys are is always ambiguous. Pro tip: it’s not worth the effort to try talking to them; be ~chill~; just go with it. At this point in the night, you look like you just came out of a mosh pit, but you think you look great. Seeing your (ex/kind of ) hookup buddy is sort of exciting now—much, much better than running into them sober on your mad dash to your 9 a.m. recitation in DRL. On the other hand though, will you regret the decisions you’re about to make when you wake up the next morning? Most
It's like the five people you meet in heaven, only better.
likely, but who’s counting your blurry sneak Snaps don’t do them justice. Ls, right? 2. THAT RIDICULOUSLY HOT PERSON IN YOUR RECITATION For your sanity, technology needs to reach a point where you can discreetly “scan” another person to find out their basic information aka their full name. Wouldn’t that be so helpful? You’re always eyeing this one person, but it’s literally impossible to figure out their name. Your recitation TA doesn’t call on people by name; he just points. Ugh. It’s like he wants you to stay single forever. Regardless, now that they’re in Allegro, you can show them off to all your friends. Your
3. YOUR BEST FRIEND Allegro isn’t just a place for uncomfortable reunions. It’s the quintessential meeting spot to reunite with your best friend. God knows where they went and when you guys split up. Time to dive into talk of your wild night! 4. AND, THE ABSOLUTE WORST PERSON TO SEE AT ALLEGRO The hot guy you saw at the Penn Vegan Society and lied to about your diet. Hide the cheese.
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Freshman: "What do you mean by 'hooked up?' Became really good friends?" Exasperated storyteller on Locust: "And I was gay the whole time!" Literal cradle–robber: "If I was drunk, I would steal this baby." ACCT 101 bro mid– lecture: "Dude, I'm about to get fisted." Freshman boy to his horde in CVS' Family Planning Aisle: "I don't want to buy them. We should just put a big Prime order in soon." Outraged betch: "I can't believe he didn't think I went to Penn. What was I supposed to do, show him my Cartier bracelet?" Adolf Biecker regular: "I have a closer relationship with my waxer than most of my extended family." Kylie Penn–er: "He kisses so aggressively that I think he's going to pop my lip injections." Amy G to star– struck senior in line at Capo: "You're next."
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I SPENT MY SUMMER IN CULINARY SCHOOL AND A MONASTERY
thought there were four seasons, until I came to Penn and learned about the fifth: recruiting season. Dressing up in suits, attending info sessions, and chatting over non–existent coffee is a matter of choice. Neither bad nor good, but a choice. A lot of times people will tell you “Only your junior summer matters.” I couldn't disagree more. Every summer matters. Summer is this beautiful season where you have a giant void from a lack of school, and you get to choose how you want to spend it. Around late January my freshman year, I started asking myself what I wanted to do this summer. Everyone was on the hunt for a program, and I started to wonder if I should look for one, too. I ran to all the upperclassmen I knew asking them what I needed to do. They would all say, “Just have fun, travel, or take classes.” There was no way I was going to spend my one break from class to take more. Traveling wasn’t a novel idea, but I realized I had never lived alone outside the U.S. I was born and raised within the same 50–mile radius until I came to college. Still, I wanted to work somewhere “cool.” As an overachiever in high school like every other Penn student, I wanted to work at the best place. But what happens when there’s no distinct number one? When there’s no wholesale, generic dream internship or summer experience? I stopped thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in my career. Penn sets you up so well to succeed pre–professionally that I forgot what I did just for fun. I started making a list of what I considered my hobbies, what I have never done before, and trying to find an intersection in between. Ever since middle school, I’ve been baking from scratch anything that could be made by a Betty Crocker mix, but never had formal training. I find that baking has a beautiful duality to it. Recipes themselves are a science with a very low margin of error. However, this precision helps us strengthen what we can’t build with a recipe: relationships and community. When I came to college, I came into a giant community where everyone was ready to build relationships. Instead of bonding over food, we bonded over being new. But, the novelty of being new eventually fades (bye NSO friends!), and I was brought back to square one. After a year of immersing myself in a community, I wanted to spend more time developing my hobbies and understanding myself. During my introductory course on Buddhism, the professor talked about monastic living and the importance of simplicity. The thought of silence and time to myself in a place where FOMO didn’t exist sounded like paradise. The search first started for the best pastry school in the world outside the U.S. I knew I wanted to leave the 4
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SAVI JOSHI country. I started searching for places I hadn’t been to and didn’t need a new language for and, like every college American, ended up in London. I reached out to Wharton and the school's Global Research Internship Program (GRIP) made it more affordable to attend Le Cordon Bleu in London. Two weeks after submitting a pretty straightforward application, I was enrolled in culinary night school. My first day of class was the college equivalent of syllabus day. My only memory of that day was how excited I was to get my own apron, immediately wearing it again at home while making dinner. Goodbye, Chef Boyardee. Hello Julia Child. Culinary school was not what I expected. I thought I
would be walking into a relaxed cooking class, but what I ended walking into was a room of older, creative culinary minds who were hoping to understand the basics of French pastry. I remember picking up the idiosyncrasies, such as wrapping your towel to stabilize your bowl while mixing. Each step was treated with the highest level of intention and precision, no matter how irrelevant the action seemed. I carried that mentality with me throughout the rest of my time at culinary school, when I was working at London School of Economics, and even when exploring around London. I walked my way through the city, stopping to pay attention to the way I was walking or to take in the view. By the end of my three months in London, I felt ready to conquer the world. I could make 150 palmiers in under 3 hours, codify over 700 different types of cancer, and tell you which of the public hospitals had the best ER (thank you respiratory infection!).
How I took the "N" out of banking and added some zen
In London, I was constantly exploring, sifting through noise, both on the streets and in my head. I was building a routine, and life started moving so fast that it started to feel like Penn again. Even though I didn’t want to leave London yet, I knew I was veering off my summer goal. One flight and a long drive later, I went from chilling in rooftop bars with views of London to climbing up a hill to sit in a classroom overlooking more hills. My three bedroom apartment in the heart of Russell Square was replaced by an avocado grove and a wooden board to set up my tent three hours away from the closest convenience store. However, my two weeks at a monastery were as fruitful as my ten in London. The first couple of days, I cheated. I couldn’t eat only one meal a day when I would work in the garden for three hours. I missed morning meditation because I wasn’t used to waking up before the sun. I cried because I had never felt so removed from the people I love. After rigorous repetition, I meditated at least six hours day, read for four, worked everywhere I was needed, serving the monks and helping the community. Not every day was perfect, but it didn’t need to be. Mistakes became part of the past as quickly as they were made. I lived in the present, and in the present, I had to ask myself “in this very moment, how am I positively contributing to this community and to my practice?” Through disconnecting from my daily life, I found the discipline I needed to navigate it. Reflecting back on my original goal, I had challenged myself to learn about academia, science, cooking, the academics of science, and the science of cooking. Somewhere between messing up my galette and perfecting my pâte à choux, I learned the importance of attention to detail and coordination. In order to do 10 different tasks at once, you actually have to do 10 different tasks sequentially, just really fast. We can’t “multitask,” but we can decrease the time it takes for us to switch tasks. Within the Wat Metta Monastery, I internalized the idea that external pressure is fundamentally internal. We allow our thoughts to be consumed by the opinions of others and speculate, for better or worse, rather than try to empty our minds to be present. In searching for help, we cloud our judgment rather than clear our thoughts. To many, my summer seemed unconventional. To me, it was composed of the ideal experiences for me to develop myself in the multitude of roles I take on, whether it be a daughter, friend, student, or independent individual. Before you hit "submit" on whatever it may be, ask yourself if you want that title to be a part of your story.
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YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS: HIGHER BROTHERS
China's hottest rap group has found a way to go viral in a country with ultra-censored internet content Between piano keys sampled in the background, the snare drums that kick in within a few seconds, and the bass that soon after blasts through your speakers, at first listen you would believe Higher Brothers’ “Yahh” to be a Zaytoven– produced track off Migos’ album, Culture. However, once the lyrics start flowing, most people do a double take. That’s mostly due to the fact that while these four rappers rap in a similar fashion to Migos, the Higher Brothers rep Chengdu, China, not Atlanta, Georgia. China is a contentious country in the eyes of many US citizens, especially considering the public perception of the government’s extreme censorship. Higher Brothers’ virality certainly hasn’t come easily; as the Higher Brothers explained in an interview, “We have less access due to the Chinese firewall...we have to download a VPN app which allows you to breach the firewall, then we can look for stuff on Youtube or Soundcloud.” Many Americans don't consider China to be a bastion
of rap music production, let alone Spotify Top–100 hits. However, the Higher Brothers are trying to do away with this notion, gaining millions of views on their music videos—for instance, the music video for their song about blowing up on social media application “WeChat” has 2.7 million views on Youtube. Their tongue–in–cheek track, “Made in China,” has 4.5 million. In a country where so few can freely access American social media sites, the Higher Brothers have found a way to go viral. One of the most recognizable aspects of Higher Brothers’ sound that has drawn this international attention is the “triplet” flow, a rapping scheme typically associated with Migos. Higher Brothers use this scheme to their maximum potential, showing that whether or not you understand the Sichuan province dialect of Mandarin, Higher Brothers can stack verses on top of each other with confidence and style. The four members—Masiwei, Dzknow,
Psy.P, and Melo—work well off of one another and maintain the group’s sense of playful rebelliousness. The rap group’s debut album, Black Cab, is named after the shady Chinese fake taxi business— detailing the Brothers’ experiences with running an illegal taxi company. Between then and now, Higher Brothers
reportedly slept in a studio while recording their album after not being able to afford an apartment, emailing producers whose beats they found on Youtube and recording over those beats. While Higher Brothers rely on word of mouth and social media to propel their music at the moment, the appeal
and intrigue of their unique place in the global reach of hip–hop means they won’t be underground for long. Since Black Cab’s debut on May 31, the tens of millions of views on Youtube indicate that the popularity of the group “Made in China” is skyrocketing. PAUL LITWIN
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School has officially started! For most people, the first few weeks of school mean stressing about what classes to take. For underclassmen, these few weeks include the added pressure of having to consider their major. Street's here to help you out. Here's our list of which majors correspond with which beloved musicians to listen to. Happy declaring! cliché? Well then, crank up “1985” and declare Cinema KANYE WEST What would Kanye Studies! say is better than Kanye? PHILOSOPHY: Kanye with a GoldMGMT man Sachs internship. MGMT’s kaleidoscopic Perhaps the biggest ego in the music industry, vibes and electric retrospecKanye has the swagger tion make you want to conand elitism that you can template the nature of reality. only find on the forum Both ready to unravel consciousness, being, and everyduring OCR. thing in between, MGMT CINEMA STUDIES: and philosophy majors have a lot in common. BLINK 182 Have teenage angst? Like experimenting? ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Like fighting the power SHOVELS AND ROPE If you haven’t heard of while being woefully FINANCE:
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Who runs the world? GIRLS! Beyoncé is a certified bad–ass and empowers the female warrior in us all! Plus, last semester Penn dedicated an entire class to the biggest boss of all time. NURSING:
For some reason or another, Enya radiates soothing energy for me. Her relaxing and healing tones make her the perfect candidate for any sick bedside. COMPSCI:
Logic is perhaps the biggest nerd in the rap scene. In addition to his sharp rhymes and quick tongue, Logic is well–known for be-
ing able to solve the Rubick’s Cube while spitting out some solid freestyle. A little quiet and unassuming, just like many compsci majors, Logic knows how get down to business when it’s expected of him. FINE ARTS:
Freaky folk duo Cocorosie enjoys pushing the envelope of what gets to count as music. The duo enjoys mixing their soft, crooning vocals with nontraditional elements of sound, even daring to incorporate the sounds from children’s toys into their baselines. The cross dressing and mustache–wearing sisters are the perfect avant-garde edition to the fine arts department!
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EGOOF THE WEEK: MADDIE GELFAND Ever wondered what goes on inside Hillel? Let the president give you the rundown.
Forget everything you thought you knew about the religious Jewish community at Penn, because this week’s Ego is Maddie Gelfand, Hillel president and expert challah baker. Her popular Instagram page, @aintnochallahbackgirl_, loaded with stills of her sprinkle–dusted creations, couldn’t be a more accurate representation of her in–person demeanor. It’s easy to understand why Maddie is always so cheerful—after years of looking for her place at Penn, Maddie Gelfand is committed to spending her senior year focusing on the real passions she’s found, both in and out of the classroom. Street: Before we even talk
about Hillel—you just told me that you added a second major, Psychology, just this week! How did you end up making that kind of decision as a senior? Maddie Gelfand: Well, I came in as a systems engineering major, and I didn’t like it one bit. But I did like CIS 110, so in my second semester I switched to CompSci. But then I hated that, too. By the end of my sophomore year, I was like, “Wow, this sucks—I don’t like this!” When people ask me what my major is, I say, “typing.” Computer science is just not for me, and I didn’t want to sit and type at a computer for
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for a while. But I kept getting asked to go on coffee dates by people who work there, and eventually I just gave in and met up with Lauren Epstein. After we met, she suggested, kind of out of the blue, that I apply for Hillel social chair. So, I applied on a whim, ended up getting it, and the rest is history.
Street: So you didn’t get in- Street: Is there anything mavolved in Hillel right away jor that you’ve been trying or fix since you became presiwhen you got to Penn? dent? MG: No! When I got to Penn, I was afraid of Hillel because MG: The thing I’ve been I walked in for the first Shabbat and it was overwhelming and just…it was a lot. I wasn’t religious at all, and I didn’t really do anything Jewish. So I just didn’t go back
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NAME: MADDIE GELFAND HOMETOWN: WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT MAJOR: COMPUTER SCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY ACTIVITIES: HILLEL, MEOR, TA FOR STAT 511 & CIS 573 FRESHMAN DORM ROOM: HILL 4TH FLOOR YELLOW, ROOM 440
THE BRAND BRINGING SMOKE AND S(E)OUL TO STREETWEAR So you made the honor roll, but are you an honor roller? A loop for a spliff tucked on the side of a baseball cap. Punny patches with nugs and joints hidden in traditional Korean symbols. Velvet tuxedo stripe trousers with pockets as deep as the fabric is plush so you can sesh in style. These are all elements of what the two masterminds behind the Seoul–NYC based streetwear brand Sundae School coined as “smokewear.” Cindy Lim (W’18), Sundae School's CEO and the younger half of the sibling duo in charge of the company, explained that the idea to create apparel for stoners came out of a love of smoking with her brother— an activity that brought the two closer together as they got older. From that love of sparking up, along with their “tiger mom,” who instilled in the siblings the importance of higher thought and education (Dae, Cindy’s brother, graduated from Harvard in 2014), and their longtime love of fashion, a vision to create a new class of
stoner–wear was born. Cindy insists that all of their successes and accomplishments are organic—they haven’t spent a cent on marketing or promoting the brand, and every contact they’ve made in the fashion world has come from walking the streets of Seoul’s garment district, cold calling heads of industry, or DM–ing trendsetters on Instagram. That’s how Cindy got the brand featured in Vogue, and got Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, to rep their clothes. “For Dae and me, smoking—we consider it our sport. There’s skatewear for people who skate, and surfwear for people who surf. For smoking people, there should be smokewear.” Lim riffed on the lack of chic yet comfortable clothes available for those who have a “love of the nug”—not only in the fashion industry, but in pop culture in general. “We really focus on functionality, so our
clothes are really comfortable. But at the same time, there’s a lot of, like, rasta weed wear, like Wiz Khalifa ‘let’s get high and whatever, fuck everyone.’ Ours is more like an intellectual high,” she said. “Our first collection was all puns and had intellectual elements to it. So you can look great, you can look chic and great, but the clothes will be super comfy all the time.” Lim’s effortless personal style and nonchalance are hallmarks of the brand—although she insists that the creative side
of the company, including envisioning and creating the clothes, is completely managed by her older brother. But it’s the siblings’ highbrow, subtle, yet sharp–witted humor that makes Sundae School more than just another streetwear brand trying to carve out its space. “We are a streetwear brand just because we try to capture street looks, especially street looks of Seoul. Our second collection has a lot of looks of Korea, but we’re dif-
ferent in that we don’t follow a trend,” Lim said. “We try to put the ‘high’ element, as in higher education, higher thinking and being high—pun intended—in our streetwear. So we’re high streetwear.” “A lot of people think that the fashion industry is all glamorous. But it’s really laborious,” she said. “And if it’s meant to happen, it happens.”
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The Night's Watch Hill tonight. “I’ve seen more people here today than I have all week at Class of ‘25!” she laughs. But Mrs. A appreciates working in a dorm with fewer students because it allows her to build closer relationships with them. She remembers when students would sign a notebook instead of an electronic pad when they forgot their PennCard. Mrs. A has even kept some of those books full of signatures at home, to help her remember past students. Security guards have a good memory, Mrs. A explains, but they also notice everything—even if it seems like they don’t. Photos: Christina Piasecki At 9:00 p.m., the Quadfather arrives. Some know him as Max, othhough guards are a constant fixture at resi- ers call him “Inspector Gadget.” Whatever his dent hall entrances, most students tap their nickname of the month, he’s a legend among PennCards without glancing at the people dormitory security guards. behind the help desk. Street asked two intrepid Another security guard named Erika starts reporters to observe one night of freshman her shift forty–five minutes later. As she settles activity between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.—from the in, I ask her why Max deserves such a title. She perspective of an Allied Barton guard. Andreas Pavlou (C ‘19) sat at the entrance of Hill College House and Haley Weiss (C ‘18) at the Upper Quad Gate. From their side of the desk, guards observe things we never see, and pick up on patterns we don’t notice. Here’s what they saw during one night shift:
Hill College House: 7:00 p.m. I’m armed with Wawa’s largest coffee and I’ve set myself up on the spiffy new couches at the entrance to Hill College House. As I watch freshmen buzzing around the lobby, it sinks in: I’m going to be looking at this scene for 12 hours. It’s a brief endeavor for me, but it’s the daily reality for the Allied Barton guards who work 8–12 hour shifts at the college houses. Mrs. A* is the first guard on the night shift. She’s worked at Penn for 20 years, starting at Grad 8 (now Sansom East) in 1997. She usually works in Gregory, but she’s covering for 1 0 3 4 T H S T R E E T M A G A Z I N E S E P T E M B E R 1 3 , 2 017
"I want them to go home and say, 'I had the best time of my life at Penn.'"
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slaps her hands together, bows down and exclaims: “He’s the Quadfather because he knows everything!”
To Max, his Quadfather title is more than just knowing how to sign in a guest at Upper Quad Gate. It brings with it a responsibility to be kind. “I want them to feel safe and comfortable with me,” he explains. “It’s their first time at college and they should feel safe. I want them to go home and say ‘I had the best time of my life at Penn.’” Many students forget to reciprocate his kindness. He does his best to be friendly and helpful, but also ensures that students treat him respectfully. Don’t start at the Quadfather with a question or request. He won’t answer you unless you greet him first. Erika echoes these sentiments. “I don’t know what it is about this new generation, but some of you have no manners.” And she has a particular pet peeve: students who slide money or cards across the table instead of handing them to her. But students do change. Max recounts a time when a student returned after graduation and visited the Quad. On his way out, the student apologized to Max for his cold morning demeanor. There were no hard feelings. According to Max, being friendly is part of the job.
Upper Quad Gate: 9:15 p.m. I’ve been posted at the gate for fifteen minutes. Terrell, the guard on duty, pauses our conversation to glance over at a girl coming through the gate. She’s wearing a crop top that reads “IT’S LIT” in boxy letters. Terrell turns back to me. “Her shirt spells ‘I just went to Made in America.’” 11:08 p.m. The guards who work in Penn’s dorms are superhuman. Despite their tedious nocturnal work, I don’t see any of the guards drinking a sip of caffeine. Forty minutes of drizzle later, a woman with a crossbody satchel suddenly appears at the security station. “Hi,” she blurts hurriedly. “I’m the GA on duty for Fisher, and I just saw a kid climb over and down into that ladder area over there that
leads to the trash.” She points about 20 feet to the right of the gate, where a fenced–off ladder by the entrance to Morgan Hall leads down to an underground passage. “I just don’t really know what’s down there or what to do,” she says. “And he was definitely intoxicated.” “Are you serious?!” hoots Terrell. He follows the GA over to the location she was pointing at. “Shiiiiit,” he replies. “I didn’t even know you could climb over that fence!” As Terrell and the Fisher GA debate what they should do about the rogue freshman, Ware’s on–duty GA arrives. After roughly a minute of screaming “HELLO?” into the abyss, it’s determined that Mr. Ware will go down himself to look for the offender. “I can’t believe I’m doing this,” he mutters as he flicks on his iPhone flashlight. He hauls himself over the fence, and down he goes. 12:03 p.m. Four boys holding sleeping bags and pillows attempt to enter the Quad using only their guest passes. Terrell reminds them that “if you have a guest pass, you need your host to get in.” They explain that their host is asleep, and inquire whether one of them can go retrieve him while the others wait outside. Terrell says no, because, like he just said, if you have a guest pass, you need your host to get in. They ask if Terrell can go to their friend’s room and wake him up for them. Watching Terrell explain to these boys exactly how either of those solutions would defeat the purpose of his job is frustrating, but all he can do is remind them they need their host to get in. There must be a theme this evening, because a girl in a yellow t–shirt stumbles up to Terrell with the same request just forty minutes later. “Hi, so, um, I don’t have my pass on me, and my sister who goes here isn’t picking up her phone,” she says shakily. “Can I go in and get her? Please?” Why weren’t they together? “Well, obviously we were,” explains the girl, “But I went to hang out with this guy, and so now I think she’s asleep in her room.”
Hill College House: 10:05 p.m. A group of girls clad entirely in black shuffle out of the gate. Max and I look at each other in agreement: Friday night is here. Less than ten minutes later, a student approaches the security desk and asks for a Band–
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Aid. Max reaches into one of his three bags and produces a first aid kit with a collection of different sized Band–Aids inside. “This is why they call me ‘Inspector Gadget.’” In his bags, which together weigh about 80 pounds, he has just about everything: phone chargers, lotion, binoculars, tape measure, even a Breathalyzer (he’s never had to use it). “I carry all of this for the people in the Quad, because you never know what they need,” he explains. 10:23 p.m. Students bound downstairs in huge groups, shouting party addresses, making phone calls, and firing out text messages. A group of party–goers thank Max for wishing them a safe and fun night. One of the girls looks back at her friends and says, “That’s the Quadfather.”
A Twelve hour shift with Penn's security guards
There’s something special about a freshman party group and their desire for constant companionship and a sense of urgency to achieve it. One student hustles by and tells her friends, “I’m so excited to dance.” Another group navigates a futon through the Hill doorway. Though wildly dissimilar trajectories, both are quintessential college experiences, tinged with the newness of freshman fall. It’s these quiet moments that the security guards are privy to, small milestones they observe as they silently watch us grow up. 12:30 a.m. A mix of late night studiers and drunken early retirees start to trickle in. A drunken girl exclaims that she lost her PennCard. She finds it right next to her water bottle on the ground. Mrs. J*, a Hill regular, takes over Erika’s shift. “All my life I’ve done things in twos,” she proclaims. Besides her job as a security guard, she owns a daycare and is working towards opening up a charter school. Despite her many other involvements, Mrs. J reminds me that this job is especially important. In the absence of parents, it’s her job to keep kids safe. She never shows that she’s tired. She sits by and watches the freshmen make their way home. 2:00 a.m. Freshmen return from their nights out toting Wawa bags and water cups. How many freshmen does it take to get a PennCard reader to work? Apparently five. Five minutes after they figure out the mechanics of the PennCard readers, a couple walks in. The girl is wearing the guy’s sneakers, as he walks barefoot, holding her heels. Half an hour later, Mr. B declares, “I’m half junk food, half cigarettes.” It’s time for his smoke break. From now until 5:00 a.m., the night shift creeps on at a stagnant pace. Students trickle in from their festivities, some
walk their friends home and return, Hill College House becomes a ghost town, stripped of the buoyancy it had ten hours ago when the freshman. The soft reverberating hum of Mr. J’s motown playlist is the only noise that reverberates through the space. 6:04 a.m. One. More. Hour. The only people coming in and out are staff members and athletes. The sun is pokes through the giant slatted windows, and sleep is starting to get the best of me. By 6:30, I’ve eaten all my snacks, and Mrs. J asks me how much longer I’ll be here. Mr. B takes his last smoke break. 7:00 a.m. I start to pack my things up to leave. Overcome with fatigue, I think about how often security guards work double shifts, or have side jobs, and carry 80–pound backpacks. I think about the parental role they play, the friendly faces they wear for eight hours at a time. I think about how most students walk past security guards without a second thought. * Indicates that a name has been changed.
Andreas Pavlou is a junior in the College. He is the Vice and Virtue Editor for Street. Haley Weiss is a senior in the College. She is the Ego Editor for Street.
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DON'T MISS THIS SIX MINUTE FILM AT THE PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL
n September, art blossoms out of the nooks and crannies of Philadelphia. The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17–day, city–wide celebration of innovation, art, and creativity. Each year, there are more than one thousand daring performances, including those curated by FringeArts and independent artists. The Fringe Arts organization describes the Festival as an “unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.” Lucky for Penn students, that city is Philadelphia. Art can be beautiful. Art can be moving. Art can be sad. Art is anything and everything. The 3rd Street Gallery explores these ideas in a multifaceted program called “Left Behind,” which includes an evening of poetry and film that offers visitors time to reflect on the inner strength and courage it takes to be an immigrant. Human Diaspora is a running theme throughout the exhibit. In modern days, migrations caused by fear, hunger, war, and hatred are widespread. Are any of us totally protected from becoming part of the diaspora of our time? If you had to flee today, what would you leave behind? Your home? Parents? Children? Culture?
On September 13 from 7–8:30 pm, the film and poetry event will take place. The program includes a six–minute video titled Complexion Dark, by Francesca Costanzo, a video artist and political activist. Her piece demonstrates that being a refugee in 2017 is not much different than being one in 1920. Her ultimate message is that we are all descendants of immigrants. Her bio listed in the program reads, “My work is about capturing light where colors breathe allowing the viewer to create their very personal experience. Everything becomes real. A visceral exchange. A sense of calm. At times, abstract. Everything and nothing. But always a sense of space where color and light are the main dancers. Jump up and down. Nothing else matters. “ The video will be coupled with poetry readings by three award– winning poets—Cynthia, Arrieu–King, Emari Di Giorgio, and Jade Fleming—about the challenges of immigrating to the US. Be sure to experience this night of film and the other artistic experiences coming your way to Philadelphia throughout September. You can read more about the Fringe Festival and the FringeArts Association’s mission on their website. LAUREN DONATO
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ARE HANGOVERS A THING OF THE PAST? Taking a closer look at the drink for babies and, apparently, hungover adults
Whether you’re sippin’ on wine with the pals or five shots deep at a rager, the next morning will likely bring the same feeling: the dreaded
Photo: Kynio / CC 2.0 hangover. And Advil doesn’t even cure all of it: even after taking more than the recommended dosage, there's still a cloud over your brain that
makes you think you can physically feel the amount of brain cells killed the night before. Besides drinking less (boo!), we found some ways to (hopefully) mitigate these evil effects. Hangovers are commonly attributed to the dehydrating effect alcohol has on the body. Although the only way to avoid a hangover is to drink in moderation, or refrain from drinking at all, combating the
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number one cause of feeling like actual hell the morning after is relatively simple: hydrate. And Pedialyte is here to help! Originally marketed as a super–hydrator geared towards infants and children, they have recently broadened their advertisements to include the hangover–prone. Pedialyte advertises the product online as containing the optimal mixture of electrolytes and sugar in rehydration. With 62 Calories per 591 mL serving and only 15 grams of sugar, Pedialyte outshines Gatorade in the health department (most sports drinks have between 30–40 grams of sugar and 150 calories per 591 mL serving). Electrolytes are important for balancing fluids in your body, maintaining the blood’s proper acidity, and powering nerve and muscle tissue. So even if you chug some water before bed, you may still be missing out on replenishing your body’s supply of electrolytes that are lost in sweat, urine, and (though hopefully not) vomit. Pedialyte also has twice as much sodium and potassium per volume than a typical sports drink, and half the calories and sugar. However, it tends to be more expensive (about five dollars a liter). Pedialyte may be the new hangover cure–all sweeping the country (even Miley Cyrus ‘grammed a pic of the bottle), but, as any
good journalist will tell you, let’s do a little more research before we start buying out the shelf in FroGro (fun fact: the whole shelf was sold out after NSO). A study observing 1,600 students in the Netherlands and Canada revealed that though hydrating (in the form of water or sports drinks) correlated with a slightly less severe hangover, the only action the students took that noticeably reduced the effects of their hangover was consuming less alcohol. The Atlantic released an article a few years ago discussing the Pedialyte craze. It interviewed our very own Stanley Goldfarb, a professor at Penn’s medical school, who stated that headaches and other hangover symptoms occur because of the chemicals released from breaking down alcohol, not solely due to dehydration and loss of electrolytes. For that reason, Goldfarb says that Pedialyte is no better for hydration than water, to the disappointment of college students everywhere. Until a magic hangover cure does arise (which medical researchers are hesitant to look into because they think it could potentially promote binge–drinking), you may catch a few of us slamming down Pedialyte after a night out. But I think we’ll stick to the tried–and–true cure–all: napping all day.
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THE LOW–DOWN: RAXX VINTAGE WEST Toto, I've a feeling we're not in American Apparel anymore!
Raxx Vintage West made no changes to the space they currently occupy on the corner of 37th and Walnut. There was no renovation, no paint job, and few pieces of furniture added—save for the necessary tables and racks for the merch. Honestly, if you stepped into the store for the first time without knowing what it was, you might have just assumed that American Apparel got way cooler. This is not, however, what happened. What happened was that American Apparel just got replaced by a way cooler store (Ed. note: Rest in peace, American Apparel). The store is vibrant and filled. The right–side wall is lined all the way across with denim jackets and little piles of hats stacked on top of one another. The center is filled with racks of old varsity jackets, hot mom jeans, ripped jorts, baggy overalls, graphic button downs and tie dye. The t–shirts are color coded; the circle racks they hang on look like scoops
of rainbow sherbet. In the back left corner, there’s a section for fine art pieces done by local Philly artists. Right now, there are abstract paintings hanging: all bright colors and big brush
"We wanna support Philly folk. We're city– connected." strokes. The featured art and artists will be switching roughly once a month. “We wanna support Philly folk,” says Julie Winkler, one of the shop's assistant directors. “We’re city–connected.” This is clear
from just one lap around, as the store features tables from various other Philadelphia vendors and designers. Philly vintage brand Hoof & Antler occupies a section for its well– known vintage home goods, and FRILLYGURL has a corner for its graphic feminist tees and whimsical dream catchers made of pink ribbon (among other things). RVW features a selection of Philadelphia jewelry artists as well; if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon the “JAWN” pendant next to one of their many bowls of pins. It makes sense that Philadelphia culture is so heavily featured, given that the store started about 10 years ago in its South Street location. “It’s cool for us coming up from basically downtown,” Julie says, though she notes that being in the Penn location isn’t necessarily all that different. “Philadelphia people are Philadelphia people.” Still, the store is thrilled about the re-
cent influx of students and has been getting positive feedback so far. When college kids walk in for the first time, the excitement is visible on their faces; many people can be overheard remarking on what an improvement the store makes to the block. Because of the size of the store, it feels neat despite the hodgepodge of items. It’s organized chaos. “It was fun for us to have the space to play with,” says Julie. Their items hold each other together; stacks of vintage prints cover a vintage table, a vintage bowl is filled with vintage window charms—a sparkly vintage soup. The wide layout and huge volume of merchandise invite exploration. People don’t just move methodically and boredly peruse—they wander. Penn students are involved with the store as more than just consumers, too. Angel Chapman (‘19) is a member of the RVW staff herself; she
gets to add to the vibes from the other side of the counter. But if you want to work there, “you’re gonna steam a lot,” Julie warns. Both of these women and the rest of the staff clean, steam, and mend every piece of merchandise. The merch itself is hand–picked by managers from a wholesale vintage warehouse in Frankford. According to Julie, anyone hired to staff is required to have an honest interest in the industry and vintage clothing itself. If she and Angel are any indication, this is true. RVW will be here at the corner of 37th and Walnut Streets through January, but as of now, the store is technically a pop—up; after January, there’s no guarantee that it will stay. Depending on how business goes, University City might be lucky enough to have it for longer, but until that’s for sure, you should definitely check it out before it’s too late. LILY SNIDER
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INSIDE THE TAMPONS (AND MORE) A look into sculptures on campus
Photos by: Autum Powell
Everyday, you walk past the sculptures scattered across campus, whether it be the Button or the Tampons. For those who stop by, it’s to meet a group of people or to watch the preachers who come onto campus to tell you that you're going to hell because you watch porn. But these sculptures are not pitstops. Here's a look at some of the most interesting ones across campus.
125 YEARS JENNY HOLZER (2003)
No, this is not just a bench. It’s a bench that’s part of something much greater. But the fact that it is overlooked and sat upon is a reflection of the necessity of this piece. Created by Jenny Holzer in 2003, 125 Years celebrates the 125-year anniversary of women being admitted to Penn. The piece features quotations from women at the university over the 125 years since they were first enrolled at the school, reflecting views and opinions of the relationship between women and the university.
SIX TRIANGLES EPHRAIM PELEG (1983)
This piece of art can be found in the Nursing School plaza. Constructed in 1983 under Ephraim Peleg’s design, the sculpture is more of a reflection of love than Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture. The sculpture consists of repetitive forms, each form presented in a different color. The sameness reveals, as Peleg explained, that “underneath the veneer we are all really the same,” and the differences showcase that “the different colors—all bright and attractive—-help to highlight the unique and wonderful differences between us.” 1 6 3 4 T H S T R E E T M A G A Z I N E S E P T E M B E R 1 3 , 2 017
ALEXANDER LIBERMAN (1974)
Unsurprisingly, the Tampons are not actually called the Tampons. The piece was commissioned to fulfill Philadelphia’s "Percent for Art" requirement, which requires developers to commission art in their plans. To fulfill this, 1% of total construction building costs must be used to commission original works of art. Artist Alexander Liberman had designed it to create a “feeling of bonding together for a higher purpose.”
SPLIT BUTTON CLAES OLDENBURG (1981)
What happens under the button is probably best kept quiet. But the story behind the button is not. Located in front of Van Pelt Library, the Button was designed by Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg.The installation of the Button was met with a wide range of responses. Many students thought it was an interesting addition that contributed to the preppiness of the school; others believed it a complete mystery serving no apparent purpose.
FROM FINANCE TO FINE ARTS: ARTS
STUDENTS WHO LEFT THE PRE–PROFESSIONAL TRACK FOR ART
Photos courtesy of Marcus Tappan, Harry Galiano, Dare Marcelle
Marcus Tappan, a sophomore considering majors in Photography and Cinema Studies, came to Penn thinking about following the International Relations track. “In my classes, everyone was talking about how they wanted to go to law school and start their own businesses, but I didn't really feel like that was for me,” he stated. He found that his passions were elsewhere, but in typical Penn fashion, it was at a business conference. It was a speaker's talk about her experience in photography which ended with a job at a high–profile magazine, that ultimately lead him to decide to pursue arts more seriously. Harry Galiano, a sophomore studying Fine Arts with a focus in painting and a minor in Architecture, came to Penn as an Astrophysics major. During high school he had a fascination with space and its mystery and decided to pursue it as a degree, but as he progressed through his freshman year he found that art was his true passion. “I just thought about what I was spending my time doing, which was drawing and paint-
ing. Freshman year I spent a lot of time alone, and in all of my spare time I was drawing and painting. Even in my classes, I was always drawing.” He spoke of outside pressures for jobs after college as one of the reasons why he originally did not pursue arts at Penn, noting that he believes that this is not just a Penn problem, but one with our generation. Dare Marcelle (C'19) came to Penn as a Digital Media Design major, which is a major in the engineering school that combines engineering and computer graphics. He had created art during some of his teen years, but eventually the pressures of applying to college halted his creations. “I had to pull out some of my old stuff to apply to DMD,” he says. “You need to have a portfolio.” After taking some of the required engineering courses, specifically some of the CIS classes, he decided that it was too much math and science and he wanted to focus on just the design aspect, and moved into drawing and painting. All three students agree that
Penn is a great place to pursue art. “For one, Philadelphia is a great city, it’s very culturally active,” Dare states. “There are a lot of resources.” Harry agreed
and stated that some of the agree that there are many assmaller art schools don’t have pects of the liberal arts culture the resources that Penn has, and that have affected their art. what they do have is stretched between students. They also FRANKIE REITMEYER
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TRUMP SUPPORTERS CONFUSED TO FIND THAT MADE IN AMERICA NOT A TRUMP RALLY Chants of "Made in America great again" could be heard down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway all weekend. A small selection of Donald Trump supporters arrived at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last Saturday ready to bippity–bop their heads to the sounds of the President's melodious voice, only to realize that they were at the Made in America music festival and not, as they assumed, a Made in America–themed Trump rally. The group of presidential supporters, who hadn’t shared their story until now, said that they are speaking out to protest the “grossly inappropriate mislabeling” of the event. The protestors especially took issue with the “Made in America” signs, which they saw as a clear reference to the president’s America–centric manufacturing policies. “Obviously the President invented the idea of American manufacturing. It didn’t exist before him. So how could this sign mean anything other than a praise of his policies and an endorsement of his second term?” said supporter Clayton Whiteman. Whiteman and his fellow protesters were deeply angered by the lack of fried food served at the festival, but they loved the wide selection of light beers and were pleasantly surprised by how much they loved listening to “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.
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