• Joanne Tong

Huntsman Locker Room Talk

Updated: 3 days ago


Huntsman Locker Room Talk. Pen and ink. Originally published in the Daily Pennsylvanian on March 1, 2007.


The glass doors outside the Wharton building (Jon M. Huntsman Hall, or “Huntsman” for short)  made a “whoooshing” noise when the wind slid through the crevices in between them.

“That’s the sound of the souls being sucked out of Wharton,” my friend Adela would stage-whisper as we entered the building.


Plenty more cracks where that came from. Another opinion artist for the DP drew a cartoon that posed the question “What if Penn were Hogwarts?” Wharton was Slytherin, of course.


The jokes weren’t strictly accurate. From helping microfinance NGOs in India and Africa to teaching girls about financial literacy and providing pro bono consulting for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the community,  a lot of my classmates debunked the “soulless business major” stereotype time and time again. In fact, a good number of them wanted to use their business degrees for careers in the public sector later on.


Still, it was fun to poke fun at the stereotype from time to time…


This is a scan of the original drawing prior to publication. More about my stint at the DP here.


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