Last stop: Philadelphia

The last event on the Expedition was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and hosted by Stephen Brown, regional President. The event was highlighted by the last talk with Professor Ed Burger, who continued to amaze with his discussion on the importance (and fun application) of mathematics in real life.
I like your hat. From L-R Betsy Balderston, Mary McTernan, Tom Balderston, Susan Brown, Steve Brown, and many other alums rocked Williams Expedition Hats at the Philly event
I like your hat. From L-R Betsy Balderston, Mary McTernan, Tom Balderston, Susan Brown, Steve Brown, and many other alums rocked Williams Expedition Hats at the Philly event
Before the event, we were treated to mingling and tastycakes with the group in a law office with a panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline.
Pre-event mingling with Professor Burger

 

Pre-event mingling with Professor Burger

The group stayed on for over an hour afterwards, asking Professor Burger questions and continuing the talk.

As everyone filtered home, our host, Mary McTernan and her husband Tom Lee, as well as Stephen and Susan Brown and a few other young alums were part of the crowd that went to enjoy a staple of Philadelpia fast-food connoisseurship: Philly cheese steaks. The locale? Pat’s (King of) Steaks, where one could order “Wit” or “Wit-out” (a guide to toppings preferences using Philly vernacular).  We all sat around picnic tables after we got our order taken from the gruff Pat’s workers (Mary told us this was part of the cheesesteak charm).

Do you take your Philly cheesesteak with or without cheesewhiz?
Do you take your Philly cheesesteak with or without cheesewhiz? Mary McTernan, Susan Brown, Steve Brown, Brad Chu ’06, Professor Ed Burger
The Cheesesteak Gang
The Cheesesteak Gang. From L-R (Jason Kohn ’08, Mary McTernan ’76, regional President Steve Brown, Jen Bees ’08, Tom Lee, Emily Flynn ’09, Rachel ’09, Susan Brown, Professor Ed Burger, Brad Chu ’06, Angela Crudell ’08

At the end of the evening, we drove to Mary and Tom’s home, where they graciously housed the entire Expedition team before our long trek home the next morning. They stayed up with us, plying more food (though considerably healthier than cheesesteaks) and conversation. A running theme through most of this trip is how kind and hospitable the people and hosts that we’ve met on this trip have been. (It sets a really high bar for all of us young alums!) Perhaps one day Jason, Jen, Ko and I will be able return the favor and to host young alums as they travel around the country (or the world).