Most students hate purchasing and selling textbooks each semester. They’re grossly over-priced, and when you go to sell them back, a book that cost you $200 is now magically worth $40, yet sold for $200. It doesn’t make much sense, but most of us do it twice a year. In order to combat this, the University Park Undergraduate Association implemented the student Book Exchange program, where students sell and buy books from other Penn State students for no additional costs or surcharges.
The plan has been around for almost two years, but the UPUA has been working on some spiffy updates: a quick search option, a more advanced search option, and a profile page to keep track of your order history. The new version will be similar to Amazon in its functionality.
Tonight's the night you've been waiting for. The Last Stop Music Festival, sponsored by the University Park Undergraduate Association, The LION 90.7 FM, and the University Park Allocation Committee will commence tonight at the HUB, which will conclude Endless Music Festival April.
More details on the event after the jump.
Finally! The University Park Undergraduate Association OKed a ride sharing option at their final general assembly last evening. According to last night’s assembly, Penn State and the UPUA are going to collaborate with the B-cycle corporation to bring a free bike service to students!
Wait, WHAT!? A free bike service!? Yes! Find out more after the jump.
In an area as confined as State College, it is always exciting when new venues come to town. Of course, as critics, it's extremely easy to be skeptical about the success of new eateries. Especially in troubled economic times, restaurants here one day can be gone the next, without as much as a peep from a population that largely does the same. And yet, I think we can all agree that Crisp, the new salad/smoothie joint on the corner of Pugh and College is at any level a step up from its predecessor, a rather seedy-looking Mini Mart.
However, this isn't saying much, as Crisp's ancestor can hardly be called worthy competition. So, I trekked down College Ave. during a weekday lunchtime and found out what Crisp had to offer. Usually, when I check out a new eatery I run a few mental tests--beyond just "Does this taste good?" One of these is what I call the 'Ten Dollar Test,' a vital consideration for broke-ass college students. Basically, it asks 'What can I buy for ten dollars?' 'Will this fill me up?' and 'Would I rather have spent the same amount somewhere else?' Though there are definitely exceptions, ten dollars should simply be enough to get by for a decent meal in State College.
Find out how Crisp fares in the 10 dollar test after the jump.
The word THON has left the lips of nearly every single Penn State student at least once for the past 37 years. In the same vein, nearly every student and alumni have a general idea of what THON is all about. If you were to survey any one student still awake in a 100 Thomas lecture, he would probably respond with " it’s the largest student-run philanthropy" or ‘"it’s FTK." Both correct. But what if you were to ask how it got started, or what exactly the Four Diamonds represent--would they know?
Recently, Onward State got a hold of a new video vignette released by The Four Diamonds Fund. The video, featuring Four Diamonds visionaries Charles and Irma Millard, Tucker Haas, and countless other Four Diamond Families, explains the roots of The Four Diamonds Fund and THON.
You can find out about the history of the Four Diamonds Fund and check out the video after the jump.
State College hit the big time last night. Yeah you probably didn't even realize, it did you? Well, just so you know, a major band that influenced a lot of music throughout the 90's decided, for some reason that I can't figure out, to stop in town on their tour.
Echo and the Bunnymen, the British alt rock band extremely well known in the 80's and early 90s, hopped over the pond and are on their US Tour. The tour started at Coachella and then made its way to the Filmore in San Fran, Metro in Chicago, Philly, then here before heading off to sold out shows in DC and NYC. Yeah, they're pretty amazing, and you missed it.
I'm not going to sit here and scold you like an old man, though. Read on after the jump to hear more about the concert.
WPSU-FM (an NPR radio station operating out of Penn State) will be hosting a forum ("Exploring Solutions to Drinking Culture") discussing the problem of underage and excessive drinking this Sunday, May 2nd at 7 P.M. I know what you're probably thinking, another forum talking about the problems of drinking and how we should fix them. If the community's going to do something, shouldn't they just do it? I thought the same thing, so I got in touch with Cynthia Berger, the Senior Producer of WPSU and the moderator of the forum.
Read more about the forum and what she replied after the jump.
Amid a variety of issues, such as basketball tournament expansion, college football playoffs, and hiring of minority coaches, the NCAA Executive Committee finally selected Mark A. Emmert as the fifth president of the NCAA Tuesday. Emmert, the current president of the University of Washington, will be filling the spot left by the late Myles Brand, who passed away in September of 2009. James L. Ish will continue to hold the interim position until no later than November 1 when Emmert will take over.
When talks to replace the late Brand began, Penn State’s president Graham Spanier seemed to be a likely candidate. However, Spanier quickly denied the allegations and will continue his tenure at dear Old State.
Tuesday night the Interfraternity Council announced its Chapters of Excellence for the 2009-2010 academic year. Sigma Nu, Tau Phi Delta, Theta Chi, Theta Delta Chi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon were named Chapters of Excellence based on their achievements in alumni relations, educational programming and community service, IFC President Max Wendkos told the Collegian.
I'm excited about Thursday's tweet up for more than just the pancake and bacon cupcakes.
Tweet ups are a great way for Twitter communities to interact in real life, translating digital connections into their offline analogues. And Penn State is definitely ripe for one. Our Twitter community has grown dramatically since this fall, thanks in large part to adoption by organizations like THON and, yes, Penn State itself.
The tweet up will be Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm by the infamous duck pond beside the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Sugar on Top, a new cupcake boutique opening soon on Beaver Ave, will be serving free cupcakes to all attendees. This is going to be a very informal event. Stop by after class or work, jot your Twitter handle down on the name tags we'll be providing, and meet some new friends!
Follow @OnwardState and @SugarOnTopSC for more information about the tweet up.
Information was released by the Athletic Department regarding how to buy tickets for the 2010 football season. This year, season tickets will cost students $218.
The process is not extremely challenging, but missing any step in the process would mean spending much more money to buy either season tickets or individual tickets to each game. Read on for the full breakdown.
Most Penn State students are familiar with staple historical landmarks on campus like Old Main and the Lion Shrine. What most students don't realize is that over 70 historical markers and buildings decorate the beautiful west side of campus. On top of that, Penn State has a history of considerable accomplishments in the fields of engineering, agriculture, nuclear science and bio-mechanics.
A photo-exhibition, honoring just a part of Penn State's vast heritage, is currently on display at the Hintz-Alumni Center until June 8. The 32 pictures, which are hanging in Robb Hall, can be divided into three main categories: prominent people, historical buildings and noteworthy accomplishments.
Read on to learn more about Penn State's history and this interesting exhibition!
Penn State will host the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association men's volleyball championship on Thursday and Saturday and are the favorites to win the title for the eleventh consecutive time. However, if the regular season was any indication, the team will have to play at or near their best to win the title.
On Thursday, Penn State will take on Springfield College. The winner will advance to play either Princeton or George Mason on Saturday. The winner of the championship game will get one of the three guaranteed berths to the NCAA semifinals.
Find out why the EIVA championship is especially important this year after the jump.
Onward State is happy to announce that it will be hosting a spring tweet up on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm somewhere on the Penn State campus. The weather is forecast to be in the mid 60s. An exact location will be announced soon– we’re trying to figure out the best spot to hold it.
The tweet up is not just an opportunity to see your favorite writers and editors though. You’ll also get an early taste of State College’s newest culinary trend: cupcakes. Sugar on Top will be providing four different flavors of cupcakes for the event, including their “soon-to-be-famous” pancake and bacon variety.
As an employee for the ITS Lab Consulting Group here on campus, I spend a lot of time each week in computer labs. I also see a lot of people waiting in lines just to get on a computer. While other users in the lab are checking Facebook or watching the newest episode of LOST, you need to log on and print out that file for your project! Did you know that you can use your laptop computer to print on campus? If not, today is your lucky day!
Remote printing has been around for a couple of years now, but it definitely could be more utilized. There are printers all across campus that are capable of receiving remote print jobs. Some of these include the Atherton, Pollock, Waring, and Redifer labs, Thomas Building, and the HUB. With the ability to print to either black & white printers or color printers, you'll never need to wait in line again at the computer lab to print something out.
Find out how to do it after the jump!
Show up to the State Theatre tonight an hour or two before 9:30 pm to make sure you get a seat at the free advance screening of MacGruber, the movie based on the SNL segment of the same name. No tickets required!
AT&T is sponsoring a pretty cool competition in which entrants can win $10,000 cash in scholarship money for creating a mobile device application. Teams of up to four people can enter a custom-built application for the purpose of e-learning. The rules state that the "innovating e-learning mobile app" should be functional across multiple platforms. Submissions are due by September 15, 2010 and so far there are only ten teams signed up. So my question for you is:
If you could develop a mobile device application, what would it do?
So, Project Blue Pill has finally initialized! Still wondering what it is? According to their press release,
Project Blue Pill is a student-run think-tank start-up that starts up start-ups.
Whoa, quite meta. The press release also goes on to state that Project Blue Pill "listens to other student's ideas and turns them into a reality". Find out what some of these initial ideas are after the jump.
The Penn State men's golf team won the Rutherford Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend with a total score of 879, beating out second-place Towson by an impressive 20 strokes. The event title should come as no surprise, considering Penn State was the host of the 3-day tourney. The Blue Course proved to be a welcome setting for the Lions as they won the Rutherford for the 21st time in its 34-year history.
Kevin Foley, a senior hailing from Somerville, New Jersey, won the individual tournament title by being the only person to shoot in the red for the weekend. His 2-under 211 (70-72-69) helped put him 8 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor once all the golfers made it back to the clubhouse on Sunday. Foley's 6th win of his college career was a record-breaker, breaking a tie between him and former Penn States Robert Rohanna and Dirk Ayers for most individual tournament wins.
After the jump: the next stop for the golf team.
The “For the Future” campaign had its public launch Friday night in the Bryce Jordan Center with more than 1000 of the university’s most loyal supporters. The campaign, which has been in the “private leadership gifts” phase since 2007, has an overall goal of $2 billion by the end of June 2014.
A portion of that money will go towards increasing scholarship funds. The full plan after the jump.
The quarterbacks have dominated the headlines leading up to the Blue and White game, but there are certainly other positions that are going through renovations. Some of those renovations, such as the ones across the offensive line, will be critical to the quarterbacks' success-- no matter who wins that prized starting spot.
With only two full-time starters returning , there won't be one offensive lineman who will be playing the same position as last year. Senior Lou Eliades is shifting down a spot from right guard to right tackle, while the biggest change comes from All-Big Ten center Stefen Wisniewski, who will be stepping down as center and returning to right guard. He played guard as a sophomore, while A.Q. Shipley held down the fort at center.
"I love it. I want to play there all season," said a jolly Wisniewski after Saturday's game. He seemed quite pleased with the offensive line's performance, rightfully so. The entire unit only gave up four sacks on the day, but the scrimmage rules, which protect the quarterback, might skew those numbers.
Read on for the latest on Penn State football after the jump.
You’re writing the dreaded “personal statement” essay on a grad school application, and somebody’s said what you are trying to in a much more eloquent way. You’re tired from the application process and you’re heavily considering secretly borrowing a paragraph or two from this article or that essay.
Well, if you were applying for the M.B.A. program at Penn State, you’d get yourself busted for plagiarism. There’s a new service called Turnitin.com that checks students’ essays against previously published material, and it shows if the work’s not your own.
Learn more about the specifics of the anti-plagiarism program after the jump.
Penn State's men's and women's track teams took part in the Penn Relays this past weekend. This year marked the 116th year of the event and it broke the attendance record with a crowd of over 54,000 cheering on runners of all ages. Runners ranged in experience from high schoolers running at the historic Franklin Field for the first time to the World's Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, who dominated the short distance events in the Olympic bracket.
Read on about Penn State's performance after the jump!
If you went to Celebrate State last Friday, the newest "music festival" at Penn State, you are a member of a small minority. According to Amy Zeller, one of the event's organizers, there were around 400 people who attended the event throughout the day, including "a lot of people who were here anyway enjoying the sun on the HUB lawn." The crowd grew to almost 500 around 7 p.m. for the Flobots' performance.
The Flobots were good, but definitely not worthy of being the headliner of an event such as this one. Zeller said she felt they were really relevant to students, though I felt Asher Roth's appearance last year had more relevance than the Flobots' did this year. They played most of their two albums, including their hit, "Handlebars". There were a couple dozen fans at the front who spent most of the show pumping their fists in the air, while the majority stood stoically or sat on the grass.
Read more after the jump.
The THON 2010 Line Dance wasn't the only non-football activity that took place on the field during the Blue-White game on Saturday. The Homecoming Executive Committee also revealed the logo for Homecoming 2010.
Public Relations Director Caitlin Rush said that the committee chose the winning logo, designed by junior Veronica Clauss, because they "wanted a design that was unique to homecoming, that people could look at and know it was homecoming's logo. We were looking for something that was clean, sharp, and professional. A lot of the designs fell into that category, but the one we chose was definitely a favorite from the start."
More details after the jump.
Nearly 24 hours after the draft ended, it looks like former Penn State quarterback will head south to Washington, D.C. to join the Redskins. The Washington Post announced yesterday that Washington has signed Clark, joining a stable of quarterbacks that includes the Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb.
There were rumors swirling Saturday night that Clark would end up in Pittsburgh, but sorry Steelers’ fans– you’re going to have to stick with Big Ben.
After having been considered a missing person for the past week, Robbie McGrath UP’08 reunited with friends earlier this evening. We spoke to one of Robbie’s friends tonight about the circumstances surrounding his return.
At around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Robbie showed up at a friend’s door. The friend got Robbie to call his parents, who then drove up to State College to pick up their son.
Last night at around 1:40 a.m., a State College police cruiser collided with Kevin Ignatuk on Beaver Ave. Ignatuk, a 21-year old student from Thomton, was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
According to the police and several witnesses, Ignatuk suffered serious injuries.
More details after the jump.