About

Riepe College House


310 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6023
House Office: 215.898.2855  •  
Hours: Monday 11-7 • Tuesday-Thursday 10-6 • Friday 9-4
http://riepe.house.upenn.edu • riepe@collegehouses.upenn.edu
 

 "Good food, good company"

Veritas et Honestas, which translates as "Truth and Honor," is the official Riepe House motto; however, "good food, good company" is how Faculty Director Dean Dennis DeTurck likes to portray the vibe at Riepe College House, and the phrase has since become its unofficial motto. At Riepe, a community of 487 residents, social and intellectual pursuits are skillfully integrated into everyday life and its faculty-in-residence frequently mingle with residents in true Ivy League spirit. 

In fact, Riepe faculty and staff pride themselves on their welcoming spirit. Prof. DeTurck offers informal math tutoring, fresh-baked cookies and piano performances in his apartment. Prof. Ralph Rosen and his wife Ellen host Sunday Espresso hours, featuring home-roasted coffee, espresso and cappuccino. Dr. Amy Stornuaiolo and her husband Vincenzo, a chef from Sicily, host regular pasta dinners and occasional cooking lessons. Dr. Marilynne Diggs-Thompson, House Dean and Anthropology lecturer, and her staff are famous for hosting weekly comfort food study breaks, picnics and seasonal theme dinners. 

Potluck at Riepe

Riepe residents also participate in many off-campus events. This fall will include a trip to see the musical “Wicked”, tickets to the opening night concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Phillies baseball at Citizen’s Bank Park, a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game at the Wells Fargo Center, and several local soccer matches.

However, for many Riepe-ites it is simply their life at “home” that makes their first year experience so warm and so much fun. There are House social events such as midnight brunches during Reading Days and final exams, "Dinners for Ten" featuring special guests, foosball and pool tournaments, and long-standing house-wide traditions such as the late summer Baby Quad picnic, the International and Octoberfest Dinners and the Holiday Foods Fest—along with yummy study breaks and a myriad of other "pop-up" events. Whether it is achieved through casual exchanges, at-home get-togethers or organized study groups, Riepe has a social ease that helps residents bond and thrive.

Riepe Residents