Welcome to SPEC! The Social Planning and Events Committee (SPEC) is a branch of student government that was founded in 1989. At SPEC, we develop, organize, and plan campus wide social and cultural activities for the university community. Some of our notable events of the past year include Spring Fling, a concert featuring Smino, and a conversation with Trevor Noah.

SPEC is comprised of 9 sub-committees that include Film Society, Concerts, SPEC-TRUM (“To Represent Undergraduate Minorities”), Connaissance (to organize lectures and speakers), Pop-up, Jazz & Grooves, Sound (for tech and productions across campus), Art Collective, and Spring Fling. Membership is not limited to a single committee; we encourage students to check out as many as they can. All SPEC Committees are application free – anyone may join at any time!


Art Collective

SPEC Art Collective aims to integrate the visual arts into the daily life of the University community and fulfill opportunities to experience the arts readily through collaboration with various University-affiliated and non-affiliated groups and individuals.


SPEC Concerts organizes both a Fall concert and Spring Fling Concert, with nearly 10,000 students in attendance across the two shows. In the past, the Fall Concert has garnered the attention of up-and-coming acts such as Fun., The Neighbourhood, Skylar Grey, Kiiara, Luke Christopher, and many more. The Spring Fling concert has brought artists such as Zedd, Chance the Rapper, Kygo, The All-American Rejects, and Ke$ha.


SPEC Connaissance is the SPEC sub-committee charged with bringing influential speakers to campus. Connaissance’s successful lecture series has recently included Serena Williams, Caitlyn Jenner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Alec Baldwin, Trevor Noah, and Hasan Minhaj and is looking to expand this list with your help.


SPEC Film Society arranges free screenings of upcoming and recently released movies, hosts an annual speaker series, and provides a community for its members to discuss and engage in movie culture. SPEC Film has recently brought free screenings of Happy Death Day, Get Out, and Stronger along with a talk with Woody Harrelson.

Jazz & Grooves

SPEC Jazz & Grooves organizes major concerts in the fall and spring and often hosts smaller performances. Past performers include Injury Reserve, Smino, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Medeski Martin & Wood, Branford Marsalis, the Wailers, Miles Davis, the Charlie Hunter Trio, and the Josh Redman Quartet.


SPEC Pop-Up brings a variety of unique events to Penn’s campus. The committee is well-known for providing free cookies, crafts, and other treats to students throughout the year.


SPEC Sound provides, maintains, and rents out sound equipment in order to service student groups on campus.  Our committee members are trained and paid to work as technicians for these events, using our inventory of high quality speakers and amplifiers. SPEC Sound also has funding allocated to subsidize equipment and labor costs for charity events.


SPEC-TRUM (To Represent Undergraduate Minorities) puts on events varying from parties to concerts to comedy shows.  Past events have included concerts with Kanye West, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper, and more.  SPEC-TRUM also co-sponsors a variety of events with minority groups on campus, providing financial support and planning assistance.

Spring Fling

SPEC Spring Fling is in charge of the biggest college festival on the east coast. Filled with performances, food, and fun, Spring Fling is one of the most anticipated events of the year. We’re a fun social group of students and we welcome anyone who wants to help us plan for the best weekend at Penn.


Linda Ashmead

Linda is a senior in Wharton studying Business Analytics and Finance. She’s been involved with SPEC since her freshman year and previously served as Treasurer and Spring Fling Director. In her free time, catch her working out, listening to crime podcasts, and eating dim sum.

Chris Mountanos

Vice President
Chris is a senior majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Consumer Psychology (which is essentially a fancy Marketing minor). After being a Spring Fling director for two years, Chris now binges the latest Netflix Original shows, needs to listen to music for 90% of the time he’s awake, and is technically the Vice President of SPEC. Catch him liaising Jazz & Grooves, Sound, and Pop-Up.

Helen Zhang

Helen Zhang is a junior in the College studying Economics. Outside of SPEC, you can find her thrift shopping or finding new restaurants to frequent. Her top music picks of the year are Yuna and Dominic Fike. Within SPEC, she liaises for TRUM and Art Collective.

Fisher Taylor



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