Philo in Print & Press
Over the years, many newspapers and magazines have published articles describing Philo, its ways, and activities. While putting this website together, we stumbled accross a few of them, and thought it might be fun to include them here. When you get tired of reading about Philo, come over to one of our meetings and decide for yourself what it is all about.
The Pennsylvania Gazette
“It’s the usual story,” says Cynthia Frost, ’77 FAS. “People don’t learn of Philomathean until they’ve been here for a while” …
1990: “Helluva good time”
The Philomathean Society, which advertises itself as the organization that allowed Penn students to raise Hell with their brains …
1997: “One Night at Philo…”
Members responded with phrases including “Four score and seven years ago,” “They’re magically delicious,” and “I can’t believe it’s not butter!
As it approaches its second century, the venerable Philomathean Society regains its past, charts its future — and maintains its own unique brand of fun.
2013: “Philo Phorever”
“It’s the quintessential student organization—and I think it will survive as long as the University is there.”
October 1978: “Tribute to the Philomathean Society”
Mr. Speaker, today marks the 165th anniversary of the founding of the Philomathean Society …
The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle:
1956: “The Mind You Find May Be Your Own”
It is my belief that the objectives of this University association of ours are more subtle and less obvious than are often conceived …
Spring 2008: “The Philomathean Society: Mixing Wit with Wisdom”
February 15, 2016: “The 'not secret' secret society”
“The picture I had [of Penn] was basically the movie ‘Dead Poets Society...where’s it not a classroom setting where everything’s super serious, but the jokes are smart, people are interested in tough intellectual questions and interesting ideas. And I wasn’t really getting that through other things at Penn.”
December 1, 2011: “Philos Raise Hell With Their Brains”
The Philomathean Society’s members’ earnest pursuit of knowledge can sometimes differentiate them from their peers. Philos are some serious young people, the sort that are “historians” not “majoring in history.”