Power Down Challenge
Penn Sustainability is excited to host the 2019 Power Down Challenge to build awareness and inspire energy conservation efforts across campus. This year’s one-week campaign will take place from Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2019. The main event, a 24-hour Energy Reduction Challenge, will take place on Wednesday, March 20. This campus-wide reduction challenge allows for collaboration among the entire Penn community to work together to save energy.
How can you reduce your consumption on March 20th? Participate in the following actions:
- Keep the lights off as much as possible. Use natural light during the day and minimal lighting at night.
- Turn off or unplug your power strips when not in use; make sure you do this when leaving your room for the day.
- Unplug your appliances when not in use, including coffee-makers, microwaves, toasters, TVs, speakers, printers, and any other electronics.
- If you can control your thermostat, turn it down. Close your window blinds at night to retain heat.
- Refrain from running kitchen appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, or stoves. Make enough food the day before so you can eat leftovers on the 20th, or treat yourself by going out to eat.
- Save your laundry for another day. If you must do laundry on the 20th, remember to wash your clothing in cold water, and air-dry your clothes on a drying rack instead of using the dryer.
- Try using non-electrical gym equipment on the 20th. If you must use a cardio machine, use an elliptical or stationary bike, which use less energy than treadmills.
- Minimize your hot water usage by taking a shorter shower on the 20th.
Please visit www.bit.ly/pennpowerdown for more information on events and tips to reduce energy during Power Down 2019.
Eat and Greet
The DAB has spearheaded this initative to encourage students to put down their phones and engage with new people during meal periods, specifically at Hill. During lunch this week, members of the DAB, Class Board of 2022, and the Hill House Council will be in the dining café promoting the program.
Reclaiming Rage: Celebrating Asian Womxn at Penn Retreat
Reclaiming Rage: Celebrating Asian Womxn at Penn Retreat
Rage is an emotion that is often denigrated or discussed in a negative light, especially when it comes to women and femmes of color. If you're interested in reclaiming and being unashamed about your rage as an Asian womxn, join us for a half-day retreat on Saturday, March 23rd where we will explore this topic through a variety of different lenses, from art to journalism. This will be a casual, welcoming environment for everyone to learn together and deconstruct dominant notions of anger and leadership in the context of gender and racial identities. Food will be provided!
NO previous experience, organizational involvements, or future commitment is necessary!
Supporting Survivors Training
Supporting Survivors educates students about the prevalence and impact of sexual assault and relationship violence and provides them with concrete skills to support survivors of interpersonal violence. This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen personal skills around interpersonal violence, responding to trauma and crisis, as well as to become actively engaged in campus efforts to prevent interpersonal violence.
Supporting Survivors is open to ALL Penn graduate and undergraduate students. This training will be held at the Penn LGBT Center on Friday, March 29th, 11:30-3:00pm.Light lunch and refreshments will be offered.
Second Year Experience at Penn!
This year, Penn launches the Second Year Experience Program, providing opportunities for engagement tailored to the needs of sophomores! Check this website for information about upcoming events like Sophomore Day and Halfway There, and other initiatives. https://www.nso.upenn.edu/theme-year/second-year-experience
NCH Space Reservation Policy Reminders
One way to maximize your New College House experience is to utilize the fantastic community spaces. Follow our reservation policies to effectively to be able to secure space when you want it.
NCH residents can use the Group Study Rooms, Music Practice Rooms, and 7th Floor Community Room (including kitchen) at any time, without reservation. These spaces are available by reservation as well.
Seminar Rooms 103 and 110, the Media Room, and the 3rd Floor Community Kitchen are available by reservation only.
Reservations must be submitted by 12pm at least one business day prior to your desired date. Weekend requests should be submitted by 12pm on Friday. To place your reservation, log onto the house website, click "calendar" and click the "room reservations" tab. Complete the form, including a description of your intended use for the space, and submit. Full-time staff in the house office will review requests.
To gain access to Seminar Rooms, Media Room, and 3rd Floor Community Kitchen, visit the Information Center (at the main entrance to NCH) to have your Penncard programmed to access the space during your alloted time. You will only be granted access with a confirmed reservation.
Help to keep NCH beautiful by cleaning up at the end your reservation, and turning off all kitchen appliances.
Please contact the NCH Office if you have any questions.
NCH Reads! The "Recommended by You" Collection
What is your favorite book? What book should everyone read in their lifetime? We are curating a library of "must reads" to be placed on the shelves in the 2nd Floor Reading Room, consisting exclusively of titles recommended by NCH residents.
To submit a recommendation, fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/8COhVEstOhKRqoVE3
We will add titles to the shelves in the Reading Room each month.
This is the first of several "NCH Reads" initiatives coming to our house this semester. Updates about "DEAR" study breaks and Story Club are coming soon!
Welcome To New College House
Welcome to New College House, Penn's first College House built for the 21st century!
We are Scholars. Celebrating the ‘Life of the Mind’ is a key element of our community. Faculty Director Cam Grey and House staff will facilitate a variety of opportunities for residents to learn about research practices, connect with academic leaders and explore intellectual topics.
We are Sustainable. The University of Pennsylvania is committed to ensuring a sustainable future by making environmentally mindful decisions in the present. Staff and students will learn about ways to promote a healthy world environment, economy and society while celebrating our LEED Silver Certified home.
We are Citizens. Participating in our world entails collaboration, compromise, and community involvement. Graduate Associates and Resident Advisors will bring students together through numerous activities to help forge supportive relationships while learning about our local and global world.