Archive for December, 2009
While you may have been enjoying your holiday break, those who work at Penn State’s privacy office were not. After a breach in the PSU network due to malware infections, social security numbers of over 30,000 individuals connected to the Eberly College of Science, College of Health and Human Development, and Commonwealth Campuses have been hacked. Annemarie Mountz, spokesperson for Penn State, says they’re not sure if the data was accessed by cyber-criminals, but that all those affected should stay on their toes and be alert.
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As if being a magician, juggler and University President weren't enough, once again Graham Spanier has released his annual list of movie reviews. There are only twelve (compared to last year's 17), but I feel they offer some fascinating insight into the mind of the G-Span.
When Sly Stone of Sly & the Family Stone shouted "I wanna take you higher," he probably wasn't thinking about financial aid for college students. But that line can indeed describe Penn State's substantial aid received from the U.S. Higher Education Act (HEA), which was passed in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson. It must be re-passed by Congress every five years, a measure taken to better allow for improvements. More specifically, Penn State is a major beneficiary under Title IV of the HEA, which deals with federal student aid programs. In fact, according to information released this month by the U.S. Department of Education, Penn State is the top ranked 4-year public school in Title IV funding, raking in $549,308,028 in total funds.
Ah, post-Christmas. For many of us, that means returning unwanted gifts, gorging on leftovers, and realizing that there isn't much going on at home. Thankfully, football is here to save us from any sort of holiday denouement. Bowl Season kicked off last Saturday with the New Mexico Bowl, but it may have been hard to be emotionally invested in a bout between Fresno State and Wyoming. Fear not - for any Penn State fan has some investment in Big Ten games, which are just around the corner. Here's our guide to Big Ten bowl games.
Believe it or not, a small, suburban commonwealth campus is a safe place! StateUniversity.com just rated Penn State Harrisburg the safest university in Pennsylvania (and the 31st safest in the nation). The "graders" compiled campus data on aggravated assault, arson, burglary, forcible rape, larceny, murder, robbery, and vehicle theft. The winner? Our beloved Capital College.
When most of us at Onward State heard that This American Life was going to do a piece on Penn State, we were really excited. It was early in the year, and everyone was still reeling from the fact that we were named the #1 Party School and damn proud of it. We had high [...]
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I’ll tell you what, I love the State Theatre downtown a whole helluva lot. And when they announced that they’d be showing the Capital One Bowl live, I loved it even more. Here are the details: The screening is in high-def. Theatre staff is going to start letting people in around noon. The game starts [...]
As the bowl season kicks off, the Big Ten has gained relevance on the national scene by announcing that they’re going to investigate adding another school to our coveted alliance. For many schools, this is an opportunity to join an elite guild of research universities that boast large alumni bases and get a sweet ESPN/ABC [...]
Google’s impressive and sometimes invasive Streetview imagery has come to downtown State College. The imagery was collected by one of these vehicles with a 360 degree camera mounted on the roof. From what I can tell by the shadows, the general green color of the flora, and the lack of people on the street, the [...]
Bowl Season – the magical time of year when we get extra football, graciously sprinkled around the traditional holidays of Winter. The schools must be happy too, after all, for their respective teams merely have to finish with a winning record in order to get a lucrative bowl payout. The only problem is that in [...]
The end of the year brings the annual Penn State Live Trivia Quiz! While finals just finished last week and you might be hesitant to take yet another test, give it a try. God forbid you learn something over Winter Break! When I took it, I scored a 50%. I’m pretty embarrassed about that, but [...]
On Friday, award-winning and nationally-syndicated radio program This American Life aired a special on Penn State entitled “#1 Party School.” The program focused primarily, as the title would suggest, on Penn State’s recent “honor” of being named the number one party school in America, and the culture of drinking that has permeated the University and [...]
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The living legend is celebrating his 83rd birthday today, and while Joseph Vincent Paterno may be in Florida at the moment like many other people his age, unlike them, he is still hard at work. The winner of a record 393 DI-A football games, JoePa will be in search of 394 at the Capital One [...]
On Thursday night, the State College Borough Planning Commission agreed upon a definition of fraternities within the borough; Fraternities in the borough must be recognized by Penn State. To spell it out, fraternities have to be recognized by the governing board of a student organization (purposely not naming names) and then must be recognized by [...]
In Russian schools, tests take YOU! President Obama thinks that this is a silly dynamic and has included an education expert from Penn State in his U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson, PSU’s associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in Penn State’s College of Education was selected to join the Working Group on [...]
According to a recent PennLive.com article, you may be able to buy wine at your local Wegmans, Weis, or Giant soon… kind of. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will soon allow supermarkets to provide their customers access to wine-vending machines. These machines will operate like any other vending machine, except a little more high-tech. Here’s [...]
It seems like it was just yesterday Penn State’s Board of Trustees was announcing plans for tuition hikes. It was an exciting time. Would the state legislature pass the budget? Would we see a 4.5% or 9.8% increase? Well, the dance has begun again. Friday, the Board announced it is expecting a 4.9% tuition increase [...]
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I just came in from shoveling 22 inches of snow from my driveway in Pennsylvania’s friendly Commonwealth to the south and I was wondering: How much snow do you have at home? .Also, tell us what town/zip code you are in. .
For the third season in a row, Penn State’s Women’s Volleyball team is national champion. Going undefeated for the second straight season, the team won their record-setting 102nd straight match in a new fashion. Down 0-2 to #2 seed Texas, the team battled back to win the final three sets to take home the championship. [...]
In a world with limited resources, global warming, and increasing doubt in everyday life, what is it that the State College area is running dangerously low on? Phone numbers. Yes, the community surrounding Penn State is running out of digits to follow their 814 prefix. Apparently the same problem has occurred in the 717 area [...]
What do you get when you mix the Philadelphia Eagles and some pharmaceutical company? Apparently some free-flowing cash. According to the Collegian, ten PSU students recently won $5,000 each in an essay contest about “green dreams.” Only Penn State students in the Environmental Resource Management program were eligible. The papers were to be 3-5 pages [...]
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Imagine yourself ten years from now. Pretty exciting, right? By then, I’d like to think I’ll be married to a super model with a southern accent, living in a gigantic house with my 2.5 children and white picket fence. Pretty bold claims for an English Education major. Now, picture yourself 10 years ago. I know [...]
It’s fitting that “Aloha” means goodbye as well as hello, because for a while tonight, it looked as though the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team could have been saying the former while squaring off against No.3 ranked Hawaii in the NCAA Semifinals. The team turned it around after dropping the first set to take the [...]
Going back to Penn State’s roots, students from the College of Agricultural Sciences will be taking part in the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show from January 9-16 in Harrisburg. The college will be hosting two exhibits at the show dealing with green-roof technology and water conservation. The latter portion deals with drinking water quality and testing [...]
I’m sure many of you checked your email yesterday and received this delightful gem from Penn State: Here’s the important things I learned from this video: 0:14 – This professor finally made friends this year 0:18 – “I’ll put the values of Penn State against any university in this country”. NUMBER 1 PARTY SCHOOL! WOOO! [...]
According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is hiring/recruiting students who have a decent blog going to blog about their experiences with Microsoft products (or something like that). In return, students receive compensation for their work by being granted access to Microsoft conferences and having all expenses paid for when they attend Microsoft events. To me, this seems [...]
Valley, Penn State’s life and style magazine, is currently searching for its Spring 2010 cover story. Apparently they can’t really find someone to write about. Maybe they’re lazy? Maybe it’s just what I like to call passive research, where you let the research come to you. For example, my U.S. Cultures term paper topic was [...]
Apparently we’ve got some high achievers in our town. The Daily Beast just ranked State College the eighth smartest college town in America. How so? The criteria included bachelor’s degrees per capita, graduate degrees per capita, students’ median SAT scores, and voter turnout in the 2008. While you can’t truly measure the “intelligence” of a [...]
ITS has announced that it will be increasing weekly bandwidth allowance for on-campus students from 4 GB to 10 GB. The increase will go into effect in all residence halls at all campuses at the start of spring semester 2010. This is the third time the weekly bandwidth allowance has been increased since its creation. [...]