Let me be one of many to welcome you to a great College House and dynamic Quad community! Riepe College House—the second largest community in the Quad—is home to an extended family of 482 fun-loving, passionate, smart, creative, innovative, talented students, faculty and staff. The House is actually comprised of twelve residential buildings clustered around the “Lower Quad” (adjacent to the 36th street entrance) and around the “Baby Quad,” a grassy oval which becomes the social hub for sunbathing, picnics, barbecues, games, quiet reading and snowball fights throughout the year. The buildings that comprise Riepe College House are among the most historic and beautiful on Penn’s campus.
Riepe is famous for many outstanding programs but it is particularly famous for its homey atmosphere—and food plays a major role. The House calendar features nice mixture of home-cooked and catered dinners, comfort food study breaks, expresso brunches and pancake breakfasts, and picnics and barbecues in the Baby Quad. Faculty Master (& SAS Dean) Dennis Deturck has garnered quite a (well-deserved) reputation for his cookie nights, which are held in his apartment. Every Wednesday night at 10pm residents can mix and mingle with other Riepe-ites or join him at his baby grand piano for an impromptu jam session while enjoying warm freshly baked cookies and cold milk. On Sunday Riepe-ites celebrate the weekend with freshly brewed espresso and cappuccino at the Rosen’s or with pancakes with Dr. Betsy Rymes (who also supervises the bi-weekly “paper doctor” sessions).
Off-campus excursions are also featured prominently on the calendar of events. The staff and faculty lead trips to King of Prussia Mall and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets for shopping, and downtown forays to sample the savory offerings at Reading Terminal Market and the colorful Italian Market in South Philadelphia. The House sponsors regular movie night outings to popular and “indie” film venues, sporting events, and trips to many jazz, pop and classical music concerts. In fact, tickets have already been reserved for a Saturday evening Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park (September 13th against the Miami Marlins) and for an October concert, featuring the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Since the city has become a hot destination for discerning “foodies,” RA/GA staff and faculty love to lead outings to restaurants in Center City and the surrounding area.
Although the House offers a full schedule of on- and off-campus events, Riepe residents can always find plenty of quiet spaces in the House where they can study or simply kick back and enjoy a good book. The staff tries to offer residents a nice balance of fun, food, and intellectual stimulation within a supportive yet laidback lifestyle. In short, Riepe is a great place to live and study and as your House Dean for the year I look forward to welcoming you into our wonderful family.
Dr. Marilynne Diggs Thompson