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OK. We don't know who he/she is, or what he/she did. But we do know that police are investigating two alleged incidents that took place in Houston Hall this semester that went something like this: "A person expose[d] his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where others are present."We also know that he/she (oh, come on, he) was not a full-time faculty member, but did teach Anthropology. Which may give him more leeway in the flashing department than a computer science professor would be granted. [DP]
WXPN's 13th annual Non-COMMvention music festival kicked off last night with a performance from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (Paul Simon's wife), who played songs from their new folk/Americana album "Love Has Come for You." It's easy to forget, but one of Martin's original shticks was getting up on stage with a banjo, mugging, and occasionally making some music. Here's audio of the performance, in which the tunes are interspersed with a few discursive semi-jokes.If you want to see the banjo, but not hear it so much, see the vintage display below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4GRKNw19Jo
Fast Company released its "100 Most Creative in Business" list today, and Philly makes a pretty good showing. Clocking in at #11 is Penn professor and cancer researcher Dr. Carl June, who has experienced remarkable success treating Leukemia patients using a disabled form of HIV. At #28 is Diplo, the D.J. and founder of the Mad Decent record label, who attended Temple. Finally, Tina Wells clocks in at #48. The Camden County native heads up Philly-based Buzz Marketing, which taps into the pulse of the "Millenial" generation to figure out what's, well, buzzing. Nate Silver, for the record, was numero
Here's today's Commencement speaker schedule at Penn:Yesterday, NBC News Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell addressed the MBA Division of the Wharton School.
- Baccalaureate Ceremony: 9 a.m., Franklin Field: Vice President Joe Biden
- School of Dental Medecine: 1 p.m., Irvine Auditorium: Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams
- Law School: 3 p.m, Academy of Music: Former U.S. Senator and Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America Chris Dodd
- School of Nursing: 3 p.m., Kimmel Center: Former First Lady Laura Bush
When he reviewed Penn Grad Whitney Cummings's new show Whitney in 2011, Rich Rys was nonplussed, but hopeful that it would survive. After two seasons, NBC/Comcast/Kabletown has confirmed his worst fears, and has canceled the show. In this town at least, I think that qualifies as cannibalization.I get what they're trying to do here, but oof, some scenes like this one were just hard to watch.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-aLtqqjzHw[HuffPo]
Penn's University Council Committee has recommended banning smoking. Like, not only in every building, where it's is already prohibited, but in every nook and cranny within the boundaries of campus. Penn would be the first Ivy League school to impose such a policy. FYI, there's a second-hand smoke Truther spreading the gospel in the comments section underneath the original DP report. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
What a clash of styles it will be next Monday in Philadelphia. On campus: Joe Biden, VP of 44, keynote speaker. Kimmel Center: Laura Bush, First Lady of 43, addressing graduates of the School of Nursing. He, off-the-cuff. She, a former librarian. He, sure to offend at least someone. She, guaranteed to say nothing remotely controversial or unexpected. It's Penn graduation baby! Full schedule here. Baby!
Penn has won the internet. Both Penn Law School's website and Factcheck.org, run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, have won "People's Voice" Webby Awards, granted for sites that are awesome, and selected by readers. (The judge-selected Webbies went to other nominees.) The Penn winners were nominated for the "law" and "politics" categories, respectively. And in a surprise move, Philly.com won a Webby for "Best Comments." [DP]
Buzzfeed is awesome at making lists, and the site's latest list is especially flattering locally: The University of Pennsylvania comes in fourth in Buzzfeed's rankings of universities that combine sexy hotness with intellectual achievements. (Does this have anything to do with Business Nude? Who cares!) Princeton, Dartmouth, and Brown rank right ahead of the Quakers.Says Buzzfeed: "Coming in 17th in academics and 33rd in hotness, Penn beats out several of its Ivy brethren. John Legend enrolled at 16 and studied English and African-American literature."The bad news? Though it's not ranked, Temple University came in well-represented on "most-sexy" among the schools…but