Dear All,


It’s a lighter week for the first time this semester, which only means that you have no excuse to miss the great gay events going on. Also, make sure you remember the Lambda Alliance general body meeting this Thursday at 8 pm. Agenda is below, and an amendment we will be voting on is attached in a separate document:



1.  Welcome/Introductions
2.  Amendment
3.  PULSE update
4.  Volunteer opportunity at Attic Youth
5.  Leadership Retreat
6.  University Council Application Update
7.  QPenn Update
8.  IvyLGBT Update
9.  Open Forum/Any Other Business


Your Lambda Board,

Dennie Zastrow, Chair

Baylee Feore, Vice Chair of Political Affairs

Kyle Lutkewitte, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs

Tyler Ernst, Vice Chair of Finance and Development

Paul Richards, Vice Chair of Communications



Calendar of Events




QUEST – Masculinization of Computer Science (E-Week)

Date: Monday, February 16

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Wu and Chen Auditorium in Levine Hall
WICS and QUEST host a Lecture and Discussion with Professor Nathan Ensmenger (Science, Technology, and Society Department). Professor Ensmenger will give a brief presentation about the research he has done on the subject of gender in computing; specifically, the masculinization of computer science during the second half of the 20th century and the factors that began to drive women away from computing-related careers. His talk will be followed by a group discussion/Q&A session accompanied by FREE burritos from Chipotle!


Allies' Freedom to Marry Day Panel Discussion

Date: Monday, February 16
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: LGBT Center

Join us for a panel discussion about the current state of gay marriage in the United States.  The conversation will primarily focus on the implications of Proposition 8 and evaluating different approaches for promoting marriage equality.  Panelists include Frank Pellicone and University Chaplain Charles Howard. Refreshments will be served.



QSA Drag Show Information Session

Date: Wednesday, February 18

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: LGBT Center

The Queer Student Alliance invites you to perform in the 3rd annual Drag Show set to take place during the last week of March for QPenn 2009: Embrace the Rainbow.
This year's theme for the show is "All that Drag!" We need performers and students to help out with tech and just overall planning. The first info session will take place this Monday, February 18, at 6:00PM at the LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street).
If you're interested, come by and see what it's all about and to sign up to perform with your friends and other campus leaders!
For more information, contact Marianne Mondt ( or Phil Shecter (



PATH (Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia) Presents:

"It's Not Whether You're Gay or Straight, It's How You Play the Game: A Discussion of Homophobia in Athletics"

Date: Wednesday, February 18

Time: 6:30 pm, pizza dinner included

Location: Dunning Coaches' Center, 231 S. 33rd St.

Come to this first ever Homophobia in Athletics Panel. This will be an incredible dialogue with athletic professionals from Penn and the surrounding community.

Despite the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community in our society, why is it still so difficult for many athletes to come out of the closet?  These speakers will discuss their opinions on homophobia in athletics and seek to answer questions about being LGBT or Allies in the athletic community.  

Jen Moore, Assistant Coach of Women's Softball, Swarthmore College
Paul Richards, Head Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming, Dickinson
Denis Elton Cochran-Fikes, DRIA Compliance Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Muska, former Athletic Director, Oberlin College
Sean Smith, former Men's Varsity and Assistant Swimming Coach, Rutgers University

Moderator: Susan Miller, History Undergraduate Adviser/Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

Come for free pizza and a great discussion!



Wharton Alliance/QUEST event with the National Security Agency

Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: TBA

More details to follow. Should be an exciting event!



QCF Dinner with Soulforce
Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Christian Association,
118 South 37th Street (37th at Sansom)

Join us for discussion over FREE home-cooked dinner with Soulforce. The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.



What else is new?




All That Drag: QPenn 2009 Drag Show!!!

It's that time of year again, where gender bending is the name of the game. Take part in the Queer Student Alliance's annual charity Drag Show! We're calling for performers: queers, allies, dancers, athletes, scholars and Whartonites... it's time to show your wild side! Grab some friends, or fly solo. If you're interested or would like to receive more information, please contact Phil Shecter ( Show date is Friday, March 27th!



Submit to the QPenn Supplement!

Calling all writers, artists, and creative minds of all sorts. February is the month to submit your queer-related writing, art, or design skill to the creation of the QPenn supplement. We are looking for pieces of all variety, whether it be political, personal, humorous, or a fun feature on an aspect of gay culture at Penn or in Philadelphia. Artists, photographers, or those with graphic design skills are also encouraged to contribute. If you’re interested, email, and I will put you on the email list. Even if you don’t have a specific idea, I have a lot and am happy to work with you in developing a piece. Deadline: February 28



Healthy Living Task Force – Apply Now!!

Did you ever have a friend or classmate who was overly stressed, seriously depressed, struggling with an eating disorder, or some other healthy living issue?  Do you want to learn how to help your friend or classmate?  Apply now to join the Healthy Living Task Force!

The Healthy Living Task Force is a network of students committed to helping their peers with mental health issues. We currently have trained over 110 students since the spring of 2006. These students now participate in events to continue their training and knowledge of mental health issues their peers are dealing with on Penn's campus.

Training will be held on Sunday 2/15 and 2/22, 2-4 pm. New members who join the Task Force will receive two days of training led by professors in the Penn community, as well as psychiatrists and psychologists in stress management, relationships, and addiction. Members of the Healthy Living Task Force will have the opportunity to:

Receive training on mental health issues

Interact & learn from experienced professionals

Connect with their peers in meaningful ways

Enjoy great food & events