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Well, Aziz Ansari does have a habit of coining food terms

Ron Swanson's bacon obsession isn't the only food fun the cast of Parks and Recreation gets; Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford tends to have a way with words when it comes to food, often resulting in hilarious, infinitely quotable one-liners.

Some of these sayings have been immortalized in a typographic poster available on Etsy (where else?). It starts with "Zerts are what I call 'desserts,'" leading to three nicknames for sandwiches ("sammies, sandoozles, or Adam Sandlers"), with fried chicken being dubbed "fry-fry chicky-chick." Similarly, chicken parm is "chicky-chicky parm-parm."

Our favorites, though, have to be Haverford's definition of eggs, cakes, noodles, and tortillas, obviously. Eggs are pre-birds and future birds, cakes are "big ol' cookies," noodles are obviously "long-ass rice," and tortillas are bean blankets. In this regard, chips are also guacamole beds, we imagine.

Check out the full poster on Etsy, perfect for any belated gifts for the pop culture lovers in your life.


The Hilarious Souvenir National Park Posters You Didn’t Know You Needed

Since highlighting each U.S. national park, Share has taken the endeavor to the international level. Parks in Canada, the U.K., and Australia have all gotten the Subpar treatment.

“The idea was like a lightning bolt,” said Share, who studied graphic design, fine art, and advertising in college. “I knew I wanted to illustrate all 62 parks, because as a lover of the parks it felt like a good way to challenge my illustration skills, and maybe even learn about some parks I was less familiar with. But I wanted a fun twist to make the project a bit unique.”

Spinning off the style of the aforementioned posters, Share decided to launch a series called Subpar Parks to pair the majesty of scenic locations alongside excerpts from such humorous, glass-half-empty takeaways.

“The only thing to do here is walk around the desert,” reads the wording on Share’s Joshua Tree National Park poster, a Southwestern park the artist is especially fond of due to her preference for warm climates.

“My friends and I joke that I’m a lizard and need the sun and the dry heat to survive,” she said. “If I could, I’d spend all of my free time gallivanting around the Southwest.”

Since highlighting each U.S. national park, Share has taken the endeavor to the international level. Parks in Canada, the U.K., and Australia have all gotten the Subpar treatment. And the international reception?

“It’s been great!” she said. “I think the tone of the humor is a pretty universal one, so it resonates well.”

Share said she’d like to soon tackle additional U.S. sites, such as national seashores, monuments, and recreation areas. No matter what comes next, it’s safe to say Share never anticipated a project centering on “niche humor for a certain personality type who also happened to love nature” would evolve into an internationally appreciated series.

“It’s gone far beyond what I thought it would ever be,” Share told Sunset. “It resonates with anyone who has ever been in customer-facing roles that have nothing to do with the outdoors and park lovers who love to compare these reviewers’ experiences to their own, which has been really neat.”

Share’s work, including Subpar Parks prints, postcards, calendars, stickers, and more, is available for purchase through her online store. Posters can also be found on Etsy. So, why not surprise the outdoor lover in your life with some frame-worthy humor?


April 17

The first day of National Park Week, labeled “International Park Prescription Day,” or ParkRx, will coincide with a day of free entry to any of the nation’s 63 parks.

What better way to promote health and wellness than immersing yourself in some of our planet’s best places?

“Get your dose of nature at home, in the neighborhood, a nearby park or trail, or virtually,” the National Park Service release said. “Then share your experience on social media using #PowerOfParksForHealth and #BeforeAndAfterParkRx and you may be featured in our official National Park Service #BeforeandAfterParkRx photo gallery!”


Boathouse Row Lightings: May 2021

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:

Dates Color Cause or organization
April 1 – 2 Red Phillies home opener
April 17 Red Hemophilia awareness
April 19 Purple National crime victims rights week
April 22 Green Earth Day
April 23 Blue and gold Philadelphia Union opener
May 10 Teal American Lung Association
May 13 Pink Neurofibromatosis and high blood pressure awareness in children
May 19 Blue and gold School District of Philadelphia—Our Class, Our Future Awards
May 20 Kelly green Marine Corps Vaccine Clinic Worker Thank You


‘Parks and Recreation’s’ audience is modest, but wealthy

“Parks and Recreation” may not have much to brag about in terms of audience size, but the cult-beloved NBC comedy can certainly point to one advantage: its viewers’ paychecks.

Among the series on the four major networks this fall, “Parks” has the highest concentration of upscale young adult viewers.

In this context, “upscale young adult” means people in the 18-49 demo who live in households with yearly income of $100,000 or more. Three weeks into the fall season, “Parks and Rec” boasts a score of 171 on the upscale density index, for which 100 equals an average concentration of homes. That makes it the show with the audience that skews most toward upper incomes.

The first runner-up on the upscale concentration index is, unsurprisingly, the high-rated, Emmy-winning ABC comedy “Modern Family,” which also has a much larger audience overall. On Wednesday, Phil Dunphy et al drew an average of 10.9 million viewers.

In the top 10 within this category, ABC also has “Nashville” and “Revenge.” CBS is represented by “The Good Wife,” “60 Minutes” and “the Amazing Race,” while Fox has “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl.”

Another NBC non-sports show that leans toward the well-off is fellow Thursday night offering “Parenthood,” which follows a family going through various emotional upheavals related to bringing up children.

To be sure, while “Parks and Recreation” has a considerable dose of the moneyed demographic, the program has a relatively small pull with young adults in general.

The antics of the local government workers in Pawnee, Ind., drew about 3.27 million viewers Thursday night and a rating of 1.3 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 age demographic Thursday night, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.

In other words, if you’re one of the people who watch “Parks,” you might be doing so on a pretty nice couch.


Top TV of 2012: Poehler’s Leslie Knope shines on ‘Parks and Rec’

In a year that unleashed political plotlines on “Political Animals,” “Scandal,” “The Newsroom” and the upcoming “1600 Penn,” Amy Poehler still shines as newly elected city councilwoman Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation.”

Here are some new and interesting thing of 2012 in the order I wrote them down. (Trae Patton / NBC)

Amy Poehler has been a comedian of note for some time now — it’s already 11 years since she joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” (and three and change since she left it), and before that there was “The Upright Citizens Brigade” on Comedy Central and appearances as Andy Richter’s little sister, in braces and pigtails, on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”

But this was the year that Leslie Knope, the character Poehler plays on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” was elected to the City Council in her beloved underdog town of Pawnee, Ind. got engaged to boyfriend Ben (Adam Scott) and found herself face to face with her crush, Vice President Joe Biden, ably played by Vice President Joe Biden. And week after week, Poehler would take Leslie (and Leslie would take Poehler) somewhere more deep and complex than the farcical nature of her irony-age sitcom would suggest was necessary, and week after week I would find myself whistling in appreciation.

In a year when an actual national election carved a hot burning trench through the media, unleashing its quadrennial storm of partisan pundits, who seem more unreliable with every news cycle, politics has been heavily present in fictional television as well: “Political Animals,” “Scandal,” “The Newsroom,” the upcoming “1600 Penn” — even Nashville has a political plotline. Armando Iannucci’s funny “Veep,” a cynical, ironic comedy about impotence-in-office, with the great Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the American vice president — it is not on my “top” list only because I’m mentioning it here — is “Parks & Rec” in negative.

But Leslie may be the least cynical character on television, so open and caring and full of hope that she is deaf to irony. A Frank Capra heroine set down in a Preston Sturges movie as remade by Christopher Guest, she believes in the power and necessity of government. (She worships Hillary Rodham Clinton but is herself more reminiscent of sparky former Michigan governor and current Current TV host Jennifer Granholm, whose out-of-prime-time barn-burner of a speech was a highlight of the summer’s Democratic National Convention.) She stands for anyone who believes that it is possible in this world to Get Things Done.

You see a lot of emoting on television, much more than you see emotion. It’s true that there’s no lack of excitement, frustration, rage, desire, shame and triumph on display there, but the depiction of simple, overwhelming happiness or sadness is relatively rare. (It seems unfashionable, almost, or unseemly.)

But Leslie feels everything when it comes to raw nerves there is only Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison, on “Homeland,” to match her. When you go to Hulu to watch an episode of “Parks & Rec,” the page before the video starts shows her in tears.

Poehler’s achievement is to resolve Leslie, in all her contradictions, into a familiar person: She’s impulsive and conservative, girlish and womanly, childlike and parental. She is an improbable character living in an even less likely place, but Poehler makes you see her and care about her and care in turn about everything Leslie cares about.


Foods of the Month Materials

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April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer

The Ludgate-Dwyer household (Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt) has no children the couple will start breeding in two years, and name their firstborn Burt Snakehole Ludgate Karate Dracula Macklin Demon Jack-o-Lantern Dwyer (Jack for short). The ridiculously long name serves as a reminder of the importance of role-playing to April and Andy’s relationship (Janet Snakehole, FBI agent Burt Macklin, children’s entertainer Johnny Karate, among others).

After an on-and-off career as a musician (including the hit Li’l Sebastian tribute “5,000 Candles in the Wind”), Andy had combined his love of music and alter egos with the “Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show,” at least until the couple moved to Washington, D.C. for April’s new job at the American Service Foundation.


I’m a Type-A Know-It-All. Leslie Knope Showed Me That’s a Good Thing.

Amy Poehler’s character on “Parks and Recreation” is a vindication for principled, chatty ladies everywhere, even if her idealism feels impossible nowadays.

I didn’t like Leslie Knope at first. Then again, who did? Leslie, played by Amy Poehler, was the heroine of “Parks and Recreation,” a half-hour comedy on NBC that debuted in 2009 to aggressively middling reviews. Most write-ups shrugged it off as a mockumentary little sister to “The Office,” with which it shared a creative team. Even critics who liked it side-eyed Leslie. “Deluded” came up a lot when they described her. So did “ditsy.” The New York Times compared her to the “women who volunteer to look foolish on reality shows.”

That call was also coming from inside the house. A midlevel bureaucrat working at the Parks Department in fictional Pawnee, Ind., the Leslie of the pilot was a woman of energy, determination and zero discernment. “It’s a great time to be a woman in politics,” she says. “Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, me, Nancy Pelosi.” In its truncated first season, the show played her ambition for cringe-watch laughs. “This could be my Hoover Dam!” she says of her promise to transform a ditch into a green space.

Poehler is an actress as irresistible as sheet cake. But lines like that made me squirm. Mostly because Leslie reminded me of me: bossy, eager for approval, a bit of a know-it-all. As a teenager I was a go-getter: a class president, then a student body president and a Junior Statesman of America (since renamed Junior State, thank God) who collected A.P. classes like they were Beanie Babies. And a lot of that pushiness has followed me into adulthood.

Which is to say that I found Leslie annoying and unlikable in most of the ways that I have worried I am annoying and unlikable, even as I have also worried that a concern with likability is just another way that women keep themselves down. That Leslie was romantically paired early on with one character who clearly disliked her, Paul Schneider’s Mark, and another with whom she had a punishing lack of chemistry, Louis C.K.’s Dave, didn’t help. (Yeah, the C.K. episodes are unwatchable now.) Neither did Leslie’s dowdy pantsuits.

But as she would say in Season 6, “One person’s annoying is another’s inspiring and heroic.” Sometimes the same person’s. Because Leslie changed. The show’s writers realized their calibration error and remodeled their heroine, making her enthusiasm infectious rather than obnoxious, rewarding her hard work. Even her pantsuits improved. Eventually, the show introduced a worthy romantic foil, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), a dishy auditor, who became her boyfriend, then not her boyfriend, then her boyfriend again, then her campaign manager, then her husband.

After a hard-fought race, Leslie won a seat on the City Council, realizing her ambitions and establishing that she wanted political power not for herself, but to make Pawnee a healthier, fairer, more verdant place. Yes, voters upset with her nanny-state practices would soon recall her, but still. For someone like me, who grew up in the ’90s, when ironic detachment was de rigueur and enthusiasm a source of deep suspicion, it was nice to love a character who made caring cool.

Because I spent a lot of young adulthood pretending, unconvincingly, that I didn’t care — about grades or student government or whether boys who play guitar would ever notice me (mostly, no) — when I cared so agonizingly much. Even into not-so-young adulthood, I would try to talk less, to volunteer less, to simulate a nonchalance I didn’t remotely feel. And then at some point in my 30s, maybe around the time that “Parks and Recreation” aired its last seasons, I accepted that I’m always going to have my hand in the air, that no one will ever describe me as “Zen,” that maybe there are worse things than being Knope-like.

I have treasured a Season 6 episode called “Filibuster,” in which Leslie skips out on a roller rink, ’90s-themed birthday party and instead spends hours (in skates, overalls and a sideways baseball cap) talking the chamber’s collective ears off. She does it not for any personal benefit — the filibuster pretty much guaranteed that she would lose the recall vote — but because it is the right thing to do. That scene felt like a vindication for principled, chatty ladies everywhere.

“Parks and Recreation” was a definitive sitcom of the Obama era — optimistic, well-intentioned, with a reach-across-the-aisle-and-then-do-a-fun-secret-handshake sensibility. Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Cory Booker all had cameos so did Newt Gingrich. When New York’s lockdown hit, I began rewarding myself with an episode or two most nights. (Go ahead. Make the “treat yo’self” joke. I did.) Watching it again, I felt some of my old ambivalence returning, but for new reasons. Leslie hadn’t changed this time. I had.

After long days of work and home-schooling and household chores, Leslie’s energy seemed exhausting and the show’s ethos half-baked. Maybe quarter-baked? Definitely doughy. When I had adored “Parks and Recreation” the first time around, I had failed to recognize it as a fantasy of bipartisanship and meritocracy. That’s another fun surprise of living through the past few years — just when you think you’re already completely embittered, another joy shrivels.

I’m not sure anymore that we can work together despite our differences or that the right people go into public service for the right reasons, particularly in a society with such ugly fractures along class and racial lines. And I think we all remember how well the last presidential election worked out for pant-suited lady strivers. Also, I’m older now, with a few more years of marriage and motherhood under my imitation leather belt, and the idea of an ambitious woman with a supportive, equally ambitious husband, triplets who apparently raise themselves and ample time for friends and hobbies no longer seems super realistic.

Leslie’s belief in democracy does seem deluded now. I streamed the “Filibuster” episode again and thought that she should just go roller skating. Then again, when the reunion special was announced during the pandemic, I watched it, and it was a comfort to see those characters again, and enjoy the too-tight hug of Leslie’s warm, frenetic competence. So my quarrel isn’t with Leslie — or even with the type-A, talks-too-much-on-Zoom Leslie in me — but with a world that makes her political idealism seem impossible.

I guess the hope is that I find these episodes in a few years, during a new presidency, when a member of the Squad is ascendant, say, and I fall for Leslie and her aspirational pantsuits all over again.


5-Year BS/MS Option

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST) offers an integrated and accelerated program for outstanding students that combines a bachelor’s and master’s degree, referred to as the 5-year BS/MS option. This option can be completed in less time than is required for the two degrees separately. The 5-year BS/MS option is designed to provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to succeed in the recreation, sport and tourism industry.

RST majors with a GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply at the beginning of their junior year. Accepted students will then work on both degrees simultaneously and will receive both degrees at the same time, once all requirements for each have been completed. Although their degrees will not officially be awarded, students may participate in the bachelor’s graduation ceremonies once they have completed the 120 credit-hour requirement for that degree.

For more information, contact Dr. Kim Shinew.

Take a look at where our alumni are working:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Environmental Protection Agency

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Illinois Department of Human Services

Lake County Forest Preserve District

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

National Collegiate Athletic Association

United States Olympic Committee

On October 28th, as part of this year's Sapora Symposium, a panel met to discuss the life and times of Lou Henson. You can play the recording above.