BBB Major a Friar Creation
Ann Kelly ’76 is credited with creating the Biological Basis of Behavior major at Penn. She was a leading behavioral neuroscientist in the world and gave a Nobel lecture in Stockholm before her death
We got you into Penn!
Dean of Admissions Eric Furda is a familiar Friar face on campus. He follows the big footprints left behind by former Dean (and Friar) Lee Stetson
We added hats to Hey Day
Friars added the senior march to Hey Day festivities and the 1949 Friars were credited with the idea of wearing straw hats to give the ceremonies an added “interest”
Saturday Night Live
From 2010-2017, our own Vanessa Bayer ’04 killed it as a cast member of SNL and has branched out to fun roles in movies
To the MOON and back
Friar Samuel Campbell III ’56 and his family are proud to have created the Moon Pie in their Chattanooga Bakery in Tennessee
“May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor“
Friar Elizabeth Banks’ famous catchphrase in The Hunger Games movie franchise. We say she’s a “Pitch Perfect” Friar!
The first honor society to have a fun “secret” sign is not secret anymore! Created by Kyle Kozloff in 1990, other honor societies have tried to match it but our Flash is still the best
First Feb Club Ever
In 1993 Feb Club became an official part of a Penn senior’s year because Friar Class President Michael Rosenband ’93 added it (an idea he and Friar Val Thompson ’92 started for fun with friends the year before)
Friar and President of the Government Club at Penn, it is no surprise that one of the most effective Philly Mayors and PA Governors is the Hon. Ed Rendell
You Walk Past Friars Daily!
One school, three buildings, three athletic venues and more are named for Friars: (Walter) Annenberg School of Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Claudia Cohen Hall, George A. Weiss Pavillion, John R. Rockwell Gymnasium, Robert P. Levy Tennis Pavillion and Ellen Vagelos Field
The Quaker Is a Friar?
The first school mascot was created in the fall of 1964 by Friar Dick Drury ’66 after seeing the Temple Owl and LaSalle Hawk mascots in action at sporting events and noting that Penn had none. The first mascot outfit was meant to look like Ben Franklin but after he graduated It became a generic “Quaker”.
Friar Firsts at Penn
More than 65 groups or events at Penn were founded at Penn by Friars including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Onyx and Oracle Senior Societies, Counterparts, Penn Fashion Week, The Vision, The Walk, FocusFirst Philly, underthebutton.com and the African American Arts Alliance
The Friar Bench
Our bench, in front of the Sweeten Alumni House is the only honor society bench on campus. We also have a Friars Room on the first floor of College Hall
CHALK it up to Friars!
Friars was the first society to add chalk messages to Locust Walk in celebration of their newest inductees each fall and spring
Oldest Society on Campus
Founded in 1899 and inspired by the leadership of Daniel Keller, Jr. ’01, Friars was created to help promote democracy at Penn when the minority used to rule the majority
US Congress is Friar Country
Congressmen Harold E. Ford Jr. was one of the youngest members of Congress in US history and now this Friar can often be found reporting on the political climate for TV
Friars In the Big League
After years of owning a minor league baseball team, Friar Kevin O’Malley became part owner of the San Diego Padres and is also owner of Top of the Third, Inc.
Friar Name in Lights
Friar Jonah Platt has starred in Wicked and joins Gayle Samuels, Kate Jennings Grant, Mark Zimmerman, and Angela Ai who have also performed on Broadway
Taking Care of Babies
Friar Bob Borer ’59 developed perinatal medicine used for the entire country of Qatar and for the Sultanate of Oman
Thirteen Friars have been named Thouron Scholars or Fellows, two became Truman Scholars and six have won Fulbrights
Discovering the Cure to Cancer
We’re working on that one…