In additional to our countless weekly events and our densely populated MLP and FCP calendars, Gregory has a series of annual traditions our residents can look forward to throughout the year. Help us create new ones—we’ll find room for them somewhere! Note: these photos celebrate Gregory history-- and most date before our 2014 renovations! The buildings look much different these days-- but the community is as great as ever!
On the day freshman arrive, they are immediately wrapped up in the flow of the House; meeting our Faculty Director, House Dean and the rest of the staff on the beach, followed by their RA/GA-led hall meetings and finally an opportunity to mix and mingle with their new Housemates at Games Night.
Opening Barbecue/Karaoke/Toga Prep Party
We conclude New Student Orientation and prepare to kick off our regular programming schedule with a jammed day of Gregory activities, including a cookout on the beach, followed by a karaoke session in the piano lounge and a prep session for the toga party at the University Museum. Gregorians from all years (and alumni society as well!) are welcome. It’s a madhouse, but in a good way.
Finding your place isn't quite ideal? At the start of the year we take a bus ride to IKEA to finishing decking the place out.
Within the first month or so of the semester we will be off to the wilderness for one adventure or another!
Open Mic Night
Read a poem, sing a song, tell a joke, play an instrument and otherwise bask in the appreciation of your Housemates at Open Mic Night, which often coincides of the annual opening of the Darkroom café.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
A Halloween-themed jaunt to a haunted house at the most sinister of Philadelphia historical landmarks.
The freshman community gathers together to flaunt their macabre imaginations.
Sex (Education) Quizzo
Learning can be fun, especially when outrageous prizes are involved.
A culinary circuit of the world, the International Dinner, sponsored by the Modern Languages Program, is one of the most popular of all Gregory events, featuring dishes served up by our many language houses (and many bonus dishes besides!).
Not going home for Thanksgiving? We serve up our own grand meal in the House, with all the traditional trappings. Be sure to RSVP
Whether you’re watching for game or the commercials, you’ll have plenty of good food and company gathering for America’s most watched… anything.
Throughout the year, we find ways to venture out into Philadelphia--giving away free tickets to the Walnut Street and Wilma Theatres, and more.
Ping Pong Tournament
A fierce Gregory competition in the bowels of the buildings.
Performing Arts Night
A showcase for your talents!
We tend to make a big deal out of the Oscars—movies in general are a big deal around here—with fancy finger food and desserts in the cinema lounge. Snag some DVDs in our pick-the-winners contest.
The gastronomic sibling to the International Dinner, only this time it’s the Van Peltians showing their kitchen finesse. Each floor in Van Pelt offers up one course of a grand House meal.
As the year winds down, spend quality time with your Housemates, much of it upside down, at this nearby amusement park.
Lucid Awards Presentation
We have study breaks almost every night during reading days and finals, and the biggest is when we issue our awards for service to House community.
A celebration of our senior class, now usually 100 days from graduation.