A Day in the Life of Penn, Fall 2013

Just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, a student was powering through an all-nighter. At 11:53 p.m. that day, students in a dance ensemble were finishing up rehearsal in preparation for an upcoming performance.

In between those bookend events, Penn’s campus buzzed with activity. Students buckled down for an afternoon quiz in an Engineering Entrepreneurship class. A WXPN host prepared for her midday radio show. The University’s 2013 MacArthur Fellow was interviewed on camera about her research. A conservator worked to restore an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.

The lively and dynamic energy in classrooms, libraries, dining halls, and sports fields across campus was captured in the third iteration of the University-wide photo project, “A Day in the Life of Penn.” The endeavor, led by the Office of University Communications, tapped student, faculty, and staff photographers to document all aspects of campus life from sunrise to well after sunset on one bright fall day: Oct. 29, 2013.

Here is a sampling of images captured that day:

More than 80 photographers submitted 500 images of campus life to the University’s Flickr pool, capturing pictures of iconic buildings on campus both old (College Hall) and new (Singh Center for Nanotechnology), Penn Dental students examining young patients at Sayre Health Center, and lunchtime yoga at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Members of the Penn community also sent images from the campus outposts of Botswana, Guatemala, and Seattle.

In addition, photographers participating in the project posted 172 images on Instagram that day, as well as 260 tweets on Twitter marked with the hashtag, #PennDayinLife.

Photographers captured some well-known campus and city landmarks in creative ways, including sunrise from a boat on the Schuylkill River, a detail of one of the stone fixtures in the Fisher Fine Arts Library, and a shot taken from the bottom of a hole in the iconic “Split Button” sculpture.

To view the entire collection of images submitted by photographers, visit the University’s Flickr group pool.


Text by Heather A. Davis
Photos by The Penn Community