Archive for January, 2010
We're gearing up at Onward State to make sure you have access to the best THON coverage anywhere. Traditionally (meaning last time we did this), THON weekend means our site becomes THONward State (follow us on Twitter). Since Mitch worked so hard on our redesign, we thought you all could help give him a break. So here's the contest.
Task: We'd like you to create our new THONward State logo!
Rules: The logo must be 567px by 82px. There must be a 5px border around the main image that is solid color so that we can make sure it fits our background. That solid color will dictate our background color.
You must submit your design to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is 11:59pm February 14th. Prize: The editors and staff will choose the winning logo and that logo will become our logo for the weekend of THON! Pretty cool eh? Our THON production manager Stefan will donate $25 in the winner's name. And, as an added bonus we'll even take a screenshot of the site and have Davis autograph it for you (I know! I can't believe it either!)
Here are our logo files in one PSD along with guidelines so you can align your design properly. [download]
Jeff Dunham and his posse of puppets brought the house down on Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center with their Identity Crisis Tour. Deftly mixing classic jokes with new material, Dunham had the crowd roaring throughout the entire show. His cast of puppets created a wide variety of jokes ranging from redneck jokes, to a bit about Angelina Jolie’s breasts, to Asian jokes.
Featuring an almost certainly unscripted section with Dunham’s opening act Guitar Guy, the show slowed down a bit, but Dunham was able to incorporate that into later parts of his show, with great success. Dunham stated during his encore, after discovering that the audience knew all of the punchlines to his jokes with Bubba J., that the show was “one of the weirder shows we’ve ever done.” Weird in a good way.
Dunham’s style has been criticized for being too politically incorrect, but still had the BJC filled and the crowd in hysterics. Dunham appears to enjoy performing here and the BJC seems to like having him. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes another appearance here in the upcoming years. My recommendation: If he comes back, go see it, you won’t be disappointed.
Check out pictures after the break.
Hey readers! Are you creative? Are you talented with a camera? Do you want an opportunity to win $500?! Then do I have just the thing for you!!!!
The Rock Ethics Institute is holding a competition open to ALL (yes that includes you too, grad student) Penn State students at ANY Penn State campus who are or have been enrolled full-time in the 2009/2010 academic year. The competition itself, you ask? Why, it is to create a short film about ethics. The Rock Ethics Institute attempts to promote ethical awareness across the University (in public and professional sectors) through teaching, research and outreach. More information can be found here.
Find out more about the contest after the jump.
This is awesome that a celebrity tweeter is spreading the word! Give her some love and thank her for her help, as we try to spread the word even more about the amazing things that we can accomplish together.
Khloe has also posted on her website about THON! It’s also nice to know people were heeding our @THONwardState tweets… right?
As we round the turn into a new decade, the federal government is starting that tradition again of making you fill out the Census. To take care of the delinquents who don’t, the Census Bureau is hiring census takers this spring. It’s really a great job for college students; it doesn’t involve dealing with crazy government bureaucracy as you might think when you hear the words “government job.” It’s a steal, really, because you get paid (in State College, at least) $11.75 an hour to go around to certain houses who didn’t fill out their census forms and ask them the very same questions, but at the same time, it looks great on a résumé. You pretty much make your own hours, too, so you don’t have to adjust from college time to working world time.
Find out more about the job and how to apply after the jump.
The Staff Profile series is a new feature at Onward State. Each Friday, we will provide a window into the life of one Onward Stater. Readers: meet our writers.
Our senior writer, Andy Goga, has shared his skills with Onward State since January 2009. He radiates brilliant ideas like fireworks and has written about nearly every topic imaginable.
Andy hails from New Kensington, a small city north of Pittsburgh, and he graduated from Burrell High School in 2008. A sophomore, he majors in Community, Environment, and Development, with a focus in environmental economics. In addition, he minors in English and geography.
On campus, Andy participates in Eco-Action, the Vegetarian Club, Fresh START, and is a member of the Schreyer Honors College. He enjoys reading books, riding bikes, growing beards, and talking to strangers. On a daily basis, he contemplates society, nature, and the universe, as well as his position within these aggregates.
Andy is completing a service learning project in India this summer and hopes to study abroad in South Africa next spring. He may attend graduate school, and he strives to gain knowledge and improve the world.
Some words of wisdom: “Hello, this is a message from the past to the future.”
Rachel Petkac, 19, passed away on Monday night after sustaining severe injuries from an automobile accident. A commuter, Ms. Petkac was driving back from Penn State on Friday, January 8 at the time of the accident.
She lost control of her vehicle in the snow on Route 550. Her car collided with a utility pole. After 18 days of hospitalization, she died at Geisinger Medical Center. See this CDT briefing for more details.
Ms. Petkac was a Schreyer scholar majoring in Community, Environment, and Development. She graduated from State College Area High School in 2008. She was a member of the Good Shepard Catholic Church and planned on joining the Peace Corps after college. For more information, see her full obituary and commemorative Facebook group.
Multiple times each year, Student Affairs Research & Assessment conducts a Penn State Student Drinking Survey as part of its Pulse program. The most recent solicitations to take the survey began coming out last week.
On January 19, IFC President Max Wendkos sent out an email to the list of University Park fraternity chapter presidents discouraging Greek participation in the survey.
I contacted Max to ask for more context regarding his opinions on the survey. Read his response and my analysis after the jump.
After a fun fact about squirrels was posted on the Penn State Facebook page, nuts got smashed. Apparent Notre Dame students/supporters with not a whole hell of a lot else to do on a Tuesday afternoon caused a ruckus…via Facebook.
Penn State students began sharing their personal stories regarding the large presence of squirrels, when a certain kid who shall be referred to as “Gus” (oh, wait, that’s his real name) began attacking Penn State’s football team (the initial comment has since been deleted). So much for squirrels.
Clearly he didn’t shift his eyes toward the bottom left of his screen where he would have found this set of Page Policies:
Penn State’s Facebook page encourages active discussion and sharing of information and thoughts. However, content that includes profanity, personal attacks, commercial promotions, election campaign materials or is otherwise deemed inappropriate will be deleted by the page administrators.
Unfortunately, some don’t follow the rules, destroying what would otherwise be a great tool for Penn State to receive student feedback.
How does a discussion about squirrels lead to a series of nasty comments from a prepubescent diehard Notre Dame fan? Surely I don’t know.
As I’m sure you all remember, the most important thing on students’ minds last spring was not finals, term papers, or tanning in the quad (ed. note: we have quads?). It was whether Asher Roth was the right choice to headline Wallypallooza.
This year, though the UPUA is determined to organize another pre-finals music festival, the name is very much undecided. Since Mike Wallace resigned from his position as UPUA Programming Chairman, naming the festival after him makes even less sense than it did last year. Though Leanna Usnik has taken over the position, Usnikpalooza just does not have quite as good a ring
What should the new festival be called? Read on to find out a few other people we could name it after:
Good news! If you are planning on getting season tickets for the 2010 football season, you’ll be paying less than you did in 2009. But that’s only if you buy tickets for all the games; single game tickets will cost more. Confused?
The per game price for public and student season tickets will remain unchanged at $55 and $29 per game, respectively. All season ticket holders will pay less in total for their seats in 2010, since seven games are scheduled for Beaver Stadium this fall compared to eight in 2009. Single game ticket prices will increase $3 to $67 per ticket for the 2010 season.
- 2/12 - Movin' On Applications Due
- 2/21 - Arts Crawl Applications Due
- 3/27 - Movin' On Battle of the Bands
- 4/9 - Arts Crawl
- 4/17 - Movin' On
A Facebook group is “officially petitioning” the Chick-Fil-A Express in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Marketplace to rename the nuggets “Chicken Zuggets.” They are currently 52 members strong.
I love Chick-Fil-A, and I love Penn State football, but I have no reservations in saying this is stupid. You’re welcome to disagree with me and join the group.
(ed. note: you can follow the chatter about the Zuggets movement on Twitter)
A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the evolution and incorporation of video games into the academic world, and their use as didactic devices.
The article markets the potentials of this relatively new medium with a discussion of how fun, yet educational games, could augment (or even replace!) the classroom.
In 20 years, are you going to remember anything you learned in English 15/30? Probably not. But you will have better teamwork skills because of the practice you received working in groups. Some of the most profound skills we learn here are how to listen to a presentation, how to interact with out peers, how to work in a group. Teaching through video games is certainly a new and revolutionary idea, but I think it’s a slippery slope away from our humanity.
It starts with online classes and learning through video games, but it’s not too far of a stretch to go from that to a Matrix-esque world; all of us plugged in and having information loaded straight into our brains. What do you think?
1. santorum: The sometimes frothy, usually slimy, amalgam of lubricant, stray fecal matter and ejaculate that leaks out of the receiving partner's anus after a session of anal intercourse.It doesn't take a genius to realize that that definition probably had something to do with his hardliner conservative stance against homosexuality. But regardless of his views and last name definitions, he still boasts a significant amount of political experience, and as "frothy" as he may be, he may very well could be the best choice for our country's leader in the next election. Or he could be the bringer of the next apocalypse. In any case, invest in lots of canned foods.