June 30th, 2014 by Rachel Garman, Penn State '15
There’s no better place to celebrate the birth of America than the very city where our nation was founded–Philadelphia. With the 4th of July this Friday, the city is abuzz with plenty of great events to help celebrate the holiday. This week’s Top 5 Events are just a few of the many ways you can celebrate our city and our country. Be sure to check them out!
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
When: July 1st, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Start off your week with the 7th season of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concerts. This free concert is a great way to experience the arts in Philadelphia without spending a fortune. You can expect to hear compositions from Broadway plays like Porgy and Bess, West Side Story and many others. Seating for this outdoor venue is first-come, first-serve, so get there early if you want a good spot. Afterwards, stick around for a fireworks show to kick off the patriotic celebrations.
Wawa Hoagie Day
When: July 2nd, 12 p.m. Where: Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
There’s no question that hoagies are a staple of Philly cuisine–they even caused controversy when they beat the cheesesteak to being named “the official sandwich of Philadelphia.” Whether or not you agree with this title, it’s hard to say no to a free hoagie courtesy of Wawa. Head to the Independence Visitor Center lawn to celebrate the annual Wawa Hoagie Day. Philly’s favorite convenience store will come prepared with hoagies–4.5 tons of them to be exact. The event will also celebrate the brave men and women of the armed forces, police departments and fire departments.
Philly @ The Movies: Rocky
When: July 2nd, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
This is your chance to watch this iconic Philadelphia film on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for free. Enjoy this inspiring sports movie about a boxer from Philadelphia trying to win the title. You may even recognize some famous Philly landmarks throughout the film! The screening begins at dusk, which will most likely be around 9 pm. Afterwards, be sure to take a picture with the Rocky statue next to the museum!
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
When: July 4th-6th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia Cost: $7
If you like ice cream (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) then bring your appetite to the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival! This three-day event is sponsored by the Joshua Kahan Fund to fight pediatric leukemia, and for a $7 donation to the charity you’ll have access to as much ice cream as you want. Sponsors of the event include Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Edy’s, Starbucks, Turkey Hill, Breyers, Bassetts and many more! This event is sure to be delicious, and more importantly, it’s for a great cause!
Philly’s 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
When: July 4th, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Come celebrate the birth of our nation with Philly’s largest party! First, the “Largest Free Concert in America” will bring acts such as Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and The Roots to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With so many great musicians performing for free, this definitely isn’t a party you want to miss. Afterwards, check out Philly’s fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There’s no better way to wrap up your 4th of July celebrations.
June 28th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager
We’re sure that many of you, especially those of you going into your junior or senior years at college, have been getting The Question a lot this summer from what seems to be everyone you encounter, from well-meaning relatives at family dinners to random strangers in the check-out line at the grocery store. The Dreaded Question that strikes at least a little fear into the hearts of even those who, to all outside appearances, have their act completely together.
“So what are you going to do?”
We know that you’ve been getting this question (to the point that you’ve started making answers up) and we want to help you out by telling you this: you do not have to have your life mapped out from now until 2075, and in fact, it might be better if you don’t. And we’ve got living proof of this in the form of Gabriel Mandujano, the founder and CEO of Wash Cycle Laundry. Mandujano would be considered successful by any number of measures: he is a Marshall Scholar; has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge University; and founded his own startup company, Wash Cycle Laundry, and has been CEO of said company since 2010. But the path from undergraduate to CEO has been far from a set one for Mandujano, and, as he explains, not a path that he would have necessarily foreseen for himself as he walked across the stage to get his diploma at Penn.
“I wasn’t in the entrepreneurship club, I hadn’t founded three companies by the time I was a junior,” says Mandujano. Even after his decision to start the company, he explains he wasn’t too familiar with the world of startups, and he certainly hadn’t pictured himself doing laundry. Wash Cycle Laundry is a triple-bottom line laundry service company that employs welfare-to-work workers through organizations such as Philadelphia Works and Gearing Up. In addition to this social impact aspect of the company, Wash Cycle Laundry uses bikes and trailers for deliveries instead of vehicles and cleans the clothes with organic laundry detergent, high-efficiency machines, and an organic dry-cleaning process, thus making the entire process an eco-friendly one. The company has grown from a laundromat with a single bike and trailer to a thriving company that employs 30 workers. Collectively, they have hauled over 2 million pounds of laundry. “I don’t know anyone thought that could be done,” says Mandujano with a laugh.
So although Mandujano never imagined a future that involved 2 million pounds of laundry, Wash Cycle Laundry was a continuation from his undergraduate years. “I didn’t think I would be doing laundry, but the whole notion of doing something with social impact has been a constant. I think my values have stayed the same, [and] as I’ve learned more about myself and about the world, I’ve changed the means or the method…but I was able to have a set a values that were important to me and to follow them.” Mandujano’s employment of welfare-to-work employees ties back to research he did for his master’s thesis at Cambridge, and the social impact that Wash Cycle Laundry is having reflects his work with both the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia and Gerente de Alianzas Estratégicas in Mexico. And, as he says, his career choices and life choices reflect his experiences that he has had both during his time as a student and his years afterward.
Values aren’t the only thing that Mandujano has taken into consideration while shaping his career path. “A lot of it comes down to personality,” as well, he explains. He places great priority on independence, and his work as an entrepreneur in the startup community has allowed him to prioritize this aspect of his personality. Figuring out your values and personality can be daunting but is absolutely worth it, he says, especially when you learn to prioritize these aspects of yourself. “I think the other big thing is realizing that you can’t actually have everything all at the same time…part of getting to know your values is understanding which values are more important than other,” says Mandujano.
So if you don’t really know what you’re going to do after college, try this out: figure out what values are important to you, whether that’s social justice or economic security. Add these to the most important aspects of your personality, and then don’t worry about having everything figured out. So the next time someone asks you The Question, you’ll be able to respond, “I’m looking for a position that lets me prioritize flexibility and independence while at the same time allowing me to help conserve the environment.” People will respect that you’ve figured so much out about yourself. And the best part? It’ll be the truth.
June 27th, 2014 by Sarah Aziza, University of Pennsylvania '14, @SarahAziza1
Philadelphia has been a hub for young world-changers since before this nation’s founding. Today, Philadelphia’s growing population of 20-34 year-olds represents a strong corps of innovators, artists, and public servants at the top of their fields. With approximately 90 colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area graduating 66,000 students each year and an overall population of nearly 400,000 people in the “young adult” bracket, it’s no surprise that Philly is a powerhouse when it comes to young leadership.
These leaders are coming together, too, pooling their resources and energy to effect major change in the city. One stand-out example among these leaders’ leaders is Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP), which began in 2000 when a group of recent college grads gathered to brainstorm a better future in Philly. Now 6,000-members strong, YIP leverages widespread influence in the city through its year-round events calendar, professional development programs, running and book clubs, and an annual State of Young Philly series.
In my mind, a “world changer” takes small actions, solves small problems, and ends up making a big difference.
-Christina Arlt, Young Involved Philadelphia
31-year-old Christina Arlt, now the Vice President of YIP, first discovered the organization in 2008 as a graduate student in Philadelphia. Arlt began attending some of YIP’s open events at local venues, and was soon drawn in by the, “fun, educational, and interactive” nature of YIP programming. A few years later, Arlt took her involvement with YIP to the next level through the organization’s Board Prep course. This program aims to equip young people to become effective leaders in the non-profit world. “It’s a great program because it teaches you about strategic planning, legal and ethical responsibilities, and fundraising,” says Arlt.
Since its founding, YIP has worked with over 100 Philadelphia organizations and agencies, and Arlt believes this broad foundation offers young people everything they need to get involved. “YIP is unique because we don’t focus on a single issue–we focus on everything that young people care about, whether that’s education, the economy, the environment, the creative arts, or entrepreneurship.”
By connecting passionate individuals with worthwhile causes, Arlt believes YIP is facilitating radical change. “I’m a big believer that small steps taken over time by a lot of people have the power to change the world,” says Arlt. For anyone who is curious about the city or eager to get involved, Arlt suggests subscribing to the YIP newsletter, following YIP on Twitter or Facebook, attending events, or by becoming a supporting member.
“The passion and grit of Philadelphians inspires me every single day.” -Rudy Flesher, The Spruce Foundation
Rudy Flesher, now 29, was attending a YIP event in October 2011 when he first met members of The Spruce Foundation (TSF), another notable Philadelphia non-profit. Flesher was excited to hear about TSF’s youth-focused work in philanthropy and volunteerism, and was drawn to help the organization widen its reach. Flesher was especially interested in helping TSF incorporate LGBTQ issues into its mission, and joined the board the following spring to oversee the program’s expansion.
Today, Flesher is co-President of TSF, and the organization now has four focus areas: Health and Wellness, LGBTQ, Education, and the Arts. Each year, dozens of organizations apply to become partner organizations with TSF, which awards one $5,000 grant per category. Out of a pool of over 80 applications last year, TSF chose to partner with Girls on the Run, iPraxis, The Attic Center, and the Asian Arts Initiative.
The diversity of these applicants is a window into Philly’s world of service and creativity. “It’s incredible to be a part of the application review process,” says Brittni Devereaux, who serves with Flesher as co-President at TSF. “All around the city, there are young people who are taking their ideas and passions and running with them.”
TSF often selects partners who are newer or smaller, says Devereaux. “We look for organizations where we know the $5,000 will really help.” One TSF success story is Rock to the Future, (an organization Campus Philly covered last month). Founder of Rock to the Future, Jessica Craft, is grateful for the grant that her organization received in 2012. “A lot of local foundations didn’t really want to take a chance on our small, young organization,” says Craft. “Spruce really gave us a chance to succeed and their ongoing support with networking opportunities, social media sharing, and volunteers is a nice bonus.”
Devereaux, who works full-time in consulting in addition to volunteering with TSF, insists there isn’t “just one” type of leader. “At Spruce, we really want to send the message that anyone can contribute, start something, make a change.” Whether manning tables, writing grant proposals, designing websites, or managing classrooms, “any skill set can be put to use,” says Devereaux. Additionally, volunteers should prepare to be stretched and challenged wherever they engage. “I think, if you’re doing it right, you’ll be getting as much as you’re giving,” says Devereaux.
Interested in getting involved in TSF committees? The Foundation will be issuing a call for applications for next year’s board in coming weeks, so stay tuned! In addition, check out their website for information on partner organizations, events, and their annual gala!
Both YIP and TSF offer great gateways to the rich network of young, engaged leaders in Philadelphia, but there is always more to discover. Whether you’re interested in volunteering to raise health awareness among youth, engaging in local civic service, or developing your technical proficiency through local workshops and events, there are countless ways for the young and aspiring to lead and learn in Philly.
After all, says Flesher, “It is about giving what you have with intention. We all have the capacity to make a difference.”
June 25th, 2014 by Rachel Garman, Penn State '15
One of the greatest things about Philadelphia is its diversity. You never have to feel boxed in to a certain stereotype or group, and you can always stay true to yourself. That’s why this week’s Top 5 Events offer a taste of all the miscellaneous activities going on around the city. From soccer to murder-mystery scavenger hunts, Philly has something for everyone.
USA World Cup Watch Party
When: June 26th, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
If you’re like most, you’ve probably caught the World Cup fever by now. What better way to support your team and get into the action than watching the USA vs. Germany match with fellow Philadelphians? Whether you’re cheering for USA or Germany, come watch the match on XFINITY Live’s 32′ LED television screen. Wear your team’s colors to get specials on food and drinks at the event. You may even win an authentic Team USA jersey!
Schuylkill Banks Movie Night
When: June 26th, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Where: Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut St. Bridge, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Come enjoy a movie under the stars by the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill Banks Movie Series will feature 10 free film screening throughout the summer. This week’s movie is Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson. Known for his quirky and unique style, Anderson’s films (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) tend to receive much acclaim from critics and fans alike. Rushmore, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, follows the friendship of a ambitious teenager and a disgruntled millionaire. Bring picnic supplies and check out this whimsical comedy. Arrive early to enter a raffle and get free snacks and drinks!
Awesome Fest Opening Night
When: June 26th, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Awesome Fest is an 8-week-long free movie festival throughout the city of Philadelphia. In its fifth year, the festival showcases independent movies from around the world. This year’s theme revolves around soundtracks and music, so expect plenty of great documentaries and films! The first film you can see in the series is Riot on the Dance Floor from director Steve Tozzi. The documentary tells the story of City Gardens, a now-closed, infamous New Jersey music venue. The venue was popular amongst underground music scenes, lending its stage to Nirvana, the Ramones and many more musicians. Come learn a little music history at this free screening!
The Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt
When: June 28th, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: The Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia Cost: $35
Watson Adventures is back with another challenging and entertaining scavenger hunt right here in Philly! A murder mystery is underway at the Franklin Institute. It’s up to you and your team of three or more to crack codes, unearth the secrets of the Freemasons and solve the mystery! Plus, there’s a prize for the winning team. Tickets to the event are $35 and include admission to the museum–the perfect chance to see the new exhibits! If you ever wanted to act out the movie National Treasure, now’s your chance! Just don’t expect an appearance from Nic Cage.
40th Street Summer Series
When: June 28th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Where: 40th St. and Walnut St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Come check out the start of this summer-long event featuring free outdoor concerts from diverse acts. This week’s concert will feature Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Music Over Matter. Both acts celebrate cultures from different areas of the world. Come early to snag a spot on the lawn and taste free food samples. These concerts happen every last Saturday of the month until September, so you have options if you can’t make this one. Come check out this free concert and enjoy the summer weather!
June 23rd, 2014 by Sarah Aziza, University of Pennsylvania '14, @SarahAziza1
Looking for an environment of independence, creativity, and innovation? This week, we’ve rounded up five internships that offer just that: a dynamic work environment that will allow you to directly impact the development of products, services, and programming. Roll up your sleeves and check out these opportunities for hands-on experience!
Want to be a part of uplifting your community? Apply today to join the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, one of the city’s premier civic programs for local economic development. Support the organization’s mission of increased opportunity for low income Philadelphians through your role in online promotion and content development.
Dive into the startup world! Zest Tea is a local up-and-coming company looking for an intern to join their team. Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced, dynamic, and rewarding work environment, and will have direct access to Zest Tea founder. If you’re ready for a challenge and adapt well to surprises, Zest Tea may be the place for you!
Resources for Human Development is a Philadelphia-based non-profit working widely to develop empowering human resources practices for people of all abilities. RHD is looking for an intern to assist in marketing, outreach, writing, and volunteer coordination. This position will offer direct engagement in a variety of projects and allow you the chance to assist in the company’s important work. Apply today!
Try your hand at online marketing! Victory Commerce provides customized online merchandising platforms for clients, and as an intern you’d work directly with graphic designers to create promotional products, e-catalogs, and marketing tools. Apply today!
Interested in financial services, real estate, or commerce? Bedford Cost Segregation is a financial service provider offering a paid summer internship in their document software division. If you’re skilled at handling data, processing information, and developing creative strategies, you may be a match for Bedford!
June 18th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager
CAMPUS PHILLY STREET TEAM
Love sharing interesting tips and happenings? Always planning trips to cool events for your friends? Want to help introduce Philadelphia to new students? Apply to join the Campus Philly Street Team!
We have multiple roles available:
- connecting student organizations, clubs and communities to off-campus happenings,
- distributing Campus Philly resources and giveaways,
- plus some paid positions tabling at events for new students.
Apply to be a part of this exclusive group using the form at this link!
June 18th, 2014 by Rachel Garman, Penn State '15
Not only is June 21st the official start of summer, but it’s also Make Music Philly! Make Music Philly is an all-day, free event across the city of Philadelphia that showcases great local music. The goal of Make Music Philly is to celebrate our city through some of the best music it has to offer. Whether you prefer indie-rock or blues, this city-wide event just might introduce you to your new favorite artist! However, with nearly 200 musicians registered for the event, it’s not easy to decide what bands to check out. This guide hopes to solve that problem by offering our picks for some of the best artists performing during Make Music Philly and where to find them.
Where & When: Taras Shevchenko Park, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Teenagers, Inc, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Edelweiss, of Stroudsburg, Pa., is a four-piece band consisting of Niko Porlier, Tony Young, Thomas Vitale and Shane Cashman. Edelweiss’ musical style is reminiscent of bands like Bloc Party or Arctic Monkeys, and their songs are filled with fast-paced guitars layered over synthesizers–melodies that are sure to get you dancing! Edelweiss will be playing two shows during Make Music Philly, so you have two chances to catch this up-and-coming local band! You can stream and purchase their music here. Check out the songs Fiasco, Witches & Vampires and Icarus.
On the Cooling Board
Where & When: Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; The Institute Bar, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
On the Cooling Board was started in 2009 by its sole member and vocalist, Ryan Browning. The band’s genre can best be described as a combination of blues and southern rock, and their use of heavy drums and guitar is similar to that of the Black Keys or Jack White. You can stream two songs by On the Cooling Board here. Both songs are sure to get your head nodding and your foot tapping with their solid rhythms. Browning will be playing two shows on Make Music Philly Day, and this is a band you definitely don’t want to miss.
Where & When: Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Hailing from right here in Philadelphia, Family Vacation is made up of Luke Harsel, Cody Bluett, Adam Shumski and Alex Hines. Blending indie rock with pop, Family Vacation is perfect for fans of Vampire Weekend, Dr. Dog or Two Door Cinema Club. You can stream and name your price for a download of Family Vacation’s latest album, Trails, here. Be sure to listen to Mountain Dreams, Two Blocks, Goosebumps and Woods.
Where & When: Roxborough Solstice Festival at Gorgas Park, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kwesi K has a unique background (his website describes him as “Alaskan/Ghanaian/Ohioan”) that comes through beautifully in his songs. With acoustic guitar and a soulful voice, this singer-songwriter’s lyrics are genuine and heartfelt. Fans of John Mayer, Jack Johnson or Ed Sheeran are all sure to fall in love with this Philadelphia-based folk musician. Kwesi will be performing at the Roxborough Solstice Festival before continuing his tour across the Northeast this summer. You can stream and purchase Kwesi’s songs here. Some songs to check out include Great Goodbye, Fold and Brunettes.
Where & When: Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
City Rain is the Philadelphia-based duo of Ben Runyan and Scott Cumpstone, and this is one band you don’t want to miss this weekend. The electronic-pop group recently gained attention from YouTube and MTVU for their song, The Optimist. They’ve also recently been featured on Radio 104.5’s New Music Discovery Show. City Rain is perfect for fans of U2, Imagine Dragons or Bastille. You can stream and purchase City Rain’s Songs for a High School Dance LP here. Be sure to listen to The Optimist, Runaway and Hearts.
WXPN Presents Ted Leo and Lee Fields & The Expressions
Where & When: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The closing concert for Make Music Philly will kick off with Ted Leo, of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Leo is an indie-rock/punk guitarist and singer-songwriter who is sure to delight fans old and new. His music has been featured on NPR and Rolling Stone, to name a few. You can check out songs by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists here. Some songs to listen to include Bottled in Cork, Me and Mia and The Mighty Sparrow. The second half of the concert will feature the soulful music of Lee Fields & The Expressions. For more than 40 years, Lee Fields has been a legend in the blues and soul genre, and now is your chance to see him perform for free! You can check out his music here. Check out the songs Money I$ King, Faithful Man and Ladies.
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the City of Brotherly Love perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
Where & When: Dell Music Center, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
If your taste in music leans more toward classical, then the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra has got you covered. Joined by outstanding Philadelphia musicians, singers, music teachers and students, the orchestra will offer a free performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, or better known as Ode to Joy. Come watch this classic piece of music unite professional and amateur artists at the Dell Music Center. Although this performance is free, seating is reserved for those who bring the event flyer. You can download and print the flyer here.
This list is by no means extensive, and there’s plenty of other great artists to check out during Make Music Philly Day. Check out their website for a complete list of artists and events.
June 17th, 2014 by Rachel Garman, Penn State '15
Although Philadelphia has many great museums to explore, there’s plenty of other events that showcase creative art around the city. Whether you want to view photography, hear live music or watch a movie, Philadelphia has a lot to offer this week! Check out these interesting and (mostly) free events to inspire your creative side!
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
When: June 19th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Baltimore Ave. and 47th St., West Philadelphia Cost: Free!
It’s no secret that a college student’s budget is tight; living off of ramen noodle soup and Spaghetti-O’s isn’t exactly ideal. If you’re looking for a way to try new food and get the most bang for your buck then the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is the perfect event for you. Vendors all along Baltimore Avenue will be selling food, art and gifts for only a dollar each! There will also be food trucks and entertainment. Bring some dollar bills and get ready to shop!
It’s a Small World at the Oval
When: June 21st, 9 am – 11 pm Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Come celebrate team USA’s recent World Cup win over Ghana at the Oval. This day-long event will focus on diverse cultures through food, drink and activities. At noon, watch Argentina vs. Iran on the Oval’s 9′ x 12′ LED screen; then catch Ghana take on Germany at 3 pm. Not a soccer fan? Other activities include free yoga, the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck and multiple food trucks. The event wraps up with a free screening of The Italian Job.
Manayunk Arts Festival
When: June 21st, 11 am – 7 pm, June 22nd, 11 am – 6 pm Where: Main St. and Levering St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Check out nearly 300 artists on display at the 25th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival. This festival will feature photography, jewelry, paintings and sculptures as well as many other forms of art. There will also be an Emerging Artist Tent to exhibit some of the best pieces of local art. As an added bonus, the festival will feature a free photo booth provided by Poseybooth–a perfect souvenir to take home with you! Come out and enjoy this free, outdoor art showcase.
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the City of Brotherly Love perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
When: June 21st, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Saturday is Make Music Philly–a day dedicated to celebrating music throughout Philadelphia. As part of the event, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra has invited local musicians, singers, music teachers and students to join them in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, otherwise known as Ode to Joy. The concert gives local Philadelphians the chance to experience what it’s like to perform with a professional orchestra. The performance is free, but seating is reserved to those who bring the event’s flyer. You can download and print the flyer here.
Movie Monday: The Grand Budapest Hotel
When: June 23rd, 8 pm – 10:30 pm Where: The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia Cost: $3
Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, follows the adventures and friendship of a hotel concierge, Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), and his lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). The film took second place at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, and it currently has a ranking of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. For $3, those who are 21+ can check out this charming film at the Trocadero Theatre. Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm, but the movie doesn’t start until 8 pm.
June 17th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager
“I’m the oldest and I’m 22.”
Yuval Yarden, Director of Operations at Glass-U, stated this in a matter-of-fact manner, as if it wasn’t astonishing that a company whose accolades include being the official licenser of sunglasses for the World Cup would be run by people who were barely old enough to buy champagne to celebrate their numerous successes. And in the world of Wharton, where it seems as if every other student is starting their own company, maybe this wouldn’t seem like a huge deal at first glance. But scratch the surface and you’ll discover a passion and a mission that has driven Glass-U to ever-greater heights and sets it apart from even the Wharton crowd.
Glass-U, founded by Daniel Fine in 2012 during the summer before his sophomore year at Wharton, produces foldable, fully-customizable sunglasses that have been popping up on campuses and at festivals and sports events. The premise of the company is relatively straightforward. Fine saw that there was an opportunity for mid-priced sunglasses that were inexpensive enough to be branded but still high-quality. As Yarden explains, the sunglasses can still be, “an impulse purchase, still a novelty, but it is something you can wear again and again.” With this observation, a company was born.
The target audience for these sunglasses was specific from the beginning. “The ‘U’ in ‘Glass-U’ is both geared to universities, because we see that as our target market, but ‘you’ as a person, because we can customize it anyway we want,” clarifies Yarden. It is this combination of quality, foldability, and customization that makes the glasses such an aesthetically-appealing product (the sunglasses in their workspace were everything from watermelon pink and green to stars and stripes).
Yarden talked at length about the growth of the company from a one-man show consisting entirely of Fine to the current line-up of twenty-six employees. “The first project I took on was stringing everything out of [Dan’s] head onto handbooks and notes,” in addition to creating a strategic plan, says Yarden. She says this process, “has taken a really long time because when someone has created an idea in their head, to pass that onto a team is really difficult, especially when they don’t have a team for a while at first.” But they transitioned smoothly as interns were hired, connections were made, and the company rapidly expanded.
What’s refreshing about Glass-U is that their interest doesn’t begin and end with the product. Yarden says that while the focus of the company is on creating sunglasses, “we’re doing something much bigger than [that], which is creating a team of college students who are going to make it big doing something like this.” More than the end product, “we’re giving students an opportunity to learn about something they wouldn’t be able to learn about in the classroom…these are all college students doing this work and we’re giving them the tools that will make them successful wherever they go.” Yarden sees these opportunities they are providing students as the real reason that she is there.
This focus on people becomes apparent when you meet the team of Glass-U. All of the interns were enthusiastically working away at computers when I showed up to interview Yarden. The room hummed with the kind of energy that occurs when bright, driven people are all working in the same space. There was also an air of possibility that is only really found in the startup scene: as Yarden elaborates, what you quickly realize is that in the entrepreneurial world, you can’t just ask your boss when you have a question, because “there is no boss, you have to figure it out…[and] it’s almost everyone’s first time doing this…so every time is reinventing the wheel in a way.” Based on the presence of drive and initiative in the room of interns, Glass-U seems to have no problem continually reinventing the wheel.
So where is this youth-driven company going? Yarden explains that the goal is to be, “the ultimate fan product,” and in light of this, their fall lineup will include selling sunglasses at forty football games a weekend. This is clearly a growing company by any measure. The matter-of-fact confidence of the twenty-two-year-old who painted this vision of the future in such clear strokes left no doubt that, wherever Glass-U ultimately heads, success is sure to follow.
June 16th, 2014 by Sarah Aziza, University of Pennsylvania '14, @SarahAziza1
Philadelphia is a city teeming with opportunities for young up-and-comers to jump into the professional world. This summer, develop your own skills in communications, tech, or human resources while helping foster connections between individuals, local companies and non-profits. Check out our Top 5 Careers for opportunities to network, learn, and create this summer!
1. Technical Recruiter at Robert Half Technology
Robert Half is an international company dedicated to connecting tech professionals with projects and employment around the world. The company is currently looking for a talented individual to join the team full-time as a Technical Recruiter! This position encompasses several tasks, including interview and placement, career guidance, customer service, business strategy, and liaising between candidates and companies.
2. Philly Dev Camp Participants
Interested in becoming a Junior Developer? Philly Dev Camp seeks to arm local students and recent grads with the skills to become successful software engineers. This five-week program will provide in-class training as well as hands-on projects and give participants a major boost toward landing a job in the tech field. Apply today!
3. Urban Affairs Coalition: Administrative and Event Planning Intern
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, fun, and philanthropic summer opportunity, the Urban Affairs Coalition may be for you! The UAC’s summer internship offers the chance to work at the hub of some of Philadelphia’s most influential non-profits. As an Administrative and Event Planning intern, you’ll help coordinate activities for local students from underprivileged communities. In addition to communications and office duties, you’ll assist directly with the planning and promotion of events for program participants.
4. Academy of Vocal Arts: Development Intern
Philadelphia’s world-renowned Academy of Vocal Arts is looking for a summer intern to join their team! As a member of the Development office, you’d assist with research, innovation, and outreach for various AVA programs and events. In addition, you’d have the chance to be a part of appeal writing and internal administrative tasks to support the AVA mission. Apply today!
5. HootBoard: Social Media and Community Manager Intern
If you’re passionate about leveraging the power of online tools to build real-world community, check out HootBoard’s internship opportunity! Through blogging, social media, and direct contact with local communities, you’d be a direct link between the company and its diverse audience of users. Learn the art of developing an effective online presence while making valuable connections in the field. Apply today!