Archive for February, 2010
Saturday was, of course, State Patty’s Day. I didn’t expect to see someone worthy of Natty Nittany status, but then I ran into John outside of Sharkies Bar and Thrifty Bottle Shop on Hetzel Street. The fashion photography gods had given me a State Patty’s Day blessing.
Though I did not have my good camera with me, you shouldn’t need too sharp of an image to see why I had to snap Jon’s picture. John did State Patty’s in a big way and I respect him for that.
It’s not only that he’s got the green going on, and that he did it in a way much more fashionable than the typical t-shirt, but that his jacket was actually a decent fit! Too often I see people with blazers two sizes too big for them and poorly tailored suit jackets (or worse– not tailored at all!).
Oh, and a little side note courtesy of John’s female accompaniment. When I told them who I was and asked to take John’s picture, the girl enthusiastically informed that John’s clothes were indeed, “all high end stuff!”
TONIGHT! There will be a special presentation presented by the PSU chapter of the NAACP. “Keep ‘em Flying: Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen” is a celebration of the first black airmen. Tuskegee airmen themselves will be telling some really incredible stories about their experiences.
These men had to overcome unbelievable discrimination and racism in America and in the army, but they still flew with distinction. Tonight’s function will also feature performances by Essence of Joy, Spoken Word and Poetry, and the Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. along with a catered dinner, photo opportunities, and live music.
The event takes place at 4pm TONIGHT in Alumni Hall in the HUB. Tickets are $8.00 for students and $15.00 for the general admission, which is a pretty great deal to be able to see such illustrious, brave men talk.
At President’s Council on Tuesday evening, Chapter Presidents unanimously voted to approve the new IFC CORE Program: Commitment to Outreach and Responsible Education. The overall mission of this program is to bring fraternities back to the values upon which its Chapters were founded. Here’s how it works:
Chapters will be divided into three divisions based on their total number of members. The purpose of this division is to level the playing field for what I’m about to explain next. Chapters will compete within their divisions for points to be accumulated throughout the semester, and at the end, each division will have one winner.
The points are based off of three major categories – Community Service, Philanthropy, and Educational Programming. For more details on how chapters can receive points, read the full story.
"I've gotten bigger, faster, stronger," Morelli told The Associated Press. "I think the chances are pretty good, I just need to get in front of some people."That's all well and good, but remember that the common knock of Morelli was his decision-making. I recall hearing "Morelli has all the tools, he just needs the right quarterbacks coach to teach him" so much that it would appear in my dreams. Now perhaps it was a lack of elite athleticism that kept him from playing, but I'm willing to bet that if that was an issue, it was one of multiple. Either way, good luck to the quarterback that was so embattled at Penn State that he was sent death threats. As long as he stays far, far away from my team of choice, I hope he finds a roster spot. If this doesn't work out, he's going Uncle Rico on all of us.
Tonight’s meeting topic that got the UPUA all hot and bothered was Policy 17, which allocated money for this year’s Spring Festival.
As we all know, last year’s spring festival, Wallypalooza, featured-as President Gavin Keirans so eloquently put it – “one-hit-wonder suspect artist” Asher Roth, whose career has since skyrocketed straight into a ceiling fan. So this year they want to do something better. In very first-stage budgetary discussions, the UPUA has recommended to allocate $19,931.86 towards the Spring Festival 2010 account.
But tensions arose when Director of Legal Affairs Matt Lachman spoke up on behalf of his organization on the $2,000 allocated from the Legal Affairs’ budget. And so it went into debate. And, then of course, another debate. Read on for more details from the riveting meeting.
Coming on the heels of Dean David Wormley’s letter to College of Engineering students and Dean Christian Brady’s blog post to Schreyer Scholars, Dr. Eric White, Executive Director of DUS, recently sent an email out to his young charges echoing their sentiments.
White basically said that students do many good things, like THON, but also some things that don’t make them look so good, State Patty’s being one of them.
Read on for the full email.
Penn State graduate Allison Baver just won the Bronze medal in the 3000m Short Track Relay in Vancouver. The medal was awarded after a controversial disqualification of the winning Korean team. The Americans were in a distant fourth, but after it was determined the Koreans made illegal contact with the Chinese team, the Americans were bumped up to a third place finish.
Congrats Allison! Maybe you’ll be Grand Marshall of next year’s Homecoming celebration?
At least that’s the message I got from Dean Brady’s recent blog post. In a similar move to Dean Wormley, Dean Christian Brady of the Schreyer Honors College is urging students to be responsible this weekend. In a post on the SHC website, while not explicitly asking students not to participate, he says:
I do not want to be infantilizing by stating the obvious: you are all adults (even if many of you are not yet of the legal drinking age) and you are free to make your own decisions regarding how you spend your weekends. It is certainly my hope that whatever your activities you remain safe and would bring no disrepute to yourself or to our institution.
As UPUA quoted in their advertisement in the Collegian today, “may no act of our’s bring shame.” I think this is a good thing to keep in mind this weekend.
As a part of a panel of leaders made up of Pennsylvania’s state institutions, including Temple and Pitt, Pres. Graham Spanier traveled to Harrisburg yesterday to answer questions regarding Penn State’s funding needs.
Spanier and the panel met before the state House Appropriations Committee in what is considered the second step (the first being Gov. Rendell’s recent budget announcement) in the annual appropriations process.
Pres. Spanier had plans to inform the legislature about the funding needs of the university, as well as the educational opportunities made available to students because of said funding, according to Annemarie Mountz, Assistant Director of Public Information at Penn State.
Read on for some of the ‘educational opportunities’.
I passed Tolani on my way to class last week and couldn’t help but notice that not only did he look fly, but also that his swagger matched his ensemble. I was just telling one of my friends the other day that I love outfits that are “Murdered out”, a.k.a all black with a subtle touch of color or design somewhere. From the Chuck T’s to his black framed glasses, Tolani’s got this look down. I really dug his shirt though too. It matched perfectly and I really like the Burberry-esque black, red, and grey plaid. I’m a huge fan of ALL one color and then adding a hint of another, especially when the dominant color is black.
For those of you students looking to get your hands on some federal dollars (which should really be everyone), you have less than a week about a month and a half to get your FAFSA in!
And word is that some of the agony of filling out these forms will be removed by so-called “skip logic,” which should keep you from writing the same old personal information in year after year. But, according to the average filler-out-er, it’ll still have the potential to be a less than pleasant process.
“It’s a little easier this year, but it’s still daunting,” says Fuentes-Michel, who recently helped her 17-year-old daughter fill out the form.
Regardless, money is money. And for your best shot at it, get your FAFSA in by March 2 April 15. And by that I mean hit up the ‘rents by aforementioned date.
(Personal note: Thanks mommy!)
Well, good for the Collegian!
Sending a reporter to the tournament is a much smarter decision than that time the paper sent staff to New York Fashion Week… ’cause frankly, I don’t give a shit what Collegian staff people think about cutting edge couture.
It’s official – hope you’ve been working on your blowouts and spray tans.
MTV’s Jersey Shore’s Pauly D will be spinning at a Penn State Altoona event on February 27. From 8:00 to 11:00 on Saturday night, get your GTL on with everybody’s favorite juice-head. Tickets will be sold for $20 on Thursday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 at the HUB. Leftover tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Will you make the trek out to Altoona now that State Patty’s could be a bust?
We ask that you use your good judgment and demonstrate your leadership by declining to participate in events such as State Patty's Day and encourage your friends to do the same.The full text is after the jump.
The lights are valuable to students," he said. "We want to be included in the dialogue on this issue."He is right. Students should be allowed to bring up their concerns about whether or not the lights are turned out. According to Tom Fountaine (the Borough Manager), crime has actually risen since the installation of lights. Also, council member Theresa Lafer claims that the lights flood into residents' homes and cause students to trespass. According to Lafer:
"The lights are bringing students into the backyards of citizens"Thankfully, the option to turn all the lights off was overturned. I suppose the danger of students going into the backyard of citizens was overshadowed the the prospect of an increase in assault. Now the borough can get back to working on more important matters - renaming buildings and streets in honor of local and national figures. Do you agree with this? What if we replaced all of the street lights with the Bat Signal?