Archive for May, 2010
THON was named one of the most efficient charities by the American Institute for Philanthropy this week. In order be deemed “most highly efficient” 75% of the money raised by the charity must got to its cause. THON surpasses this requirement by a large margin: 94.6% of proceeds go directly to the Four Diamonds Fund.
Read on to find out how THON manages to be so efficient.
If you are a long-term theater lover or just looking for an escape from the oppressive heat that State College has been experiencing lately, June is shaping up to be a decent month. Pennsylvania Centre Stage will be kicking off its 25th year on June 2nd with “Wait Until Dark.”
The production is entirely and professionally cast from Penn State alumni and current students. Included in this group is the omnipresent Bob Clendenin, known for his roles in “My Name is Earl,” “Cougar Town,” and “Scrubs.”
Read on to find out more about the play and how to get tickets for this season’s shows.
Many of you have probably watched TED’s talks online. Now you have a chance to see them live. The College of IST Alumni Society is organizing a TEDx event at Penn State October 10 (10/10/10).
Find out more about TEDxPSU and the application process after the jump.
Bob Warming, the 2008 men’s soccer national coach of the year, has been named the 11th coach in the history of the Penn State men’s soccer team. He is leaving Creighton University where he coached for 14 years in two different stints with the school.
Penn State had been on a nationwide search for a new coach ever since former coach Barry Gorman resigned this spring.
Read on to find out more about the new coach and what it means for next year’s soccer season.
For the second time in three years, the Penn State Men’s Golf team is headed to the NCAA Finals, following a 4th place finish at the East Regional Qualifying tournament. Seniors T.J. Howe and Kevin Foley led the team finishing tied for first and fourth, respectively.
The team carded a 3-under-par, 837 over three rounds (277-283-277) and finished just two strokes behind Kent State and Texas, who tied for first.
Finals will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Find out what the Penn State coach had to say about the team’s next tournament after the jump.
Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved a $3.8 billion dollar interim budget for the 2010-2011 school year at its meeting last week. An interim budget is adopted each year so the University has an approved operating budget from the beginning of its fiscla year on July 1st to whenever the Board of Trustees can approve an actual budget. This year’s interim budget is basically identical to last year’s, meaning it contains no changes to tuition adjustments.
Yay! No tuition increase! Right?
Unfortunately, that’s probably not what’s actually going to happen.
On May 6, Robin Becker, a decorated poet and professor of English and women’s studies, was named the 2010-2011 Penn State Laureate.
The laureate is meant to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic, and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.
Becker will have a much easier time bringing her voice to students thanks to the social media efforts planned by the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies Office. Check out her thoughts on social media after the jump.
It has taken nearly two decades to build up the rivalries and the bonds of conference membership. It would be a shame to see some of those bonds loosened as the frequency of football competition against cross-division teams regress to the frequency with which we play non-conference opponents.The column is definitely worth a read.
At the top of the list is footwear, since we have a number of students who stumble on the stairs to the stage, especially women who lose a high-heel shoe or flip-flop and trip forward. Next on the list is loose bracelets, since one has to beware of those with sharp trinkets that end up between the student's palm and mine. Finally, because I've been a president for a long time and have been inducted as an honorary member of a number of societies, I have to think through the various secret handshakes that may be approaching.And now we're curious-- what kind of secret handshakes do the societies have? Share it in the comments if you know.
George Chriss used to film public University Park Undergraduate Association and Daily Collegian meetings when he was at Penn State. He first got involved with open video during his time here. Now he is the founder and heart-and-soul of OpenMeetings.org, a website that hosts films of public meetings from around the country.
The larger concept of open video has become a new phenomenon about making video production and creation more accessible to everyone, essentially bringing video as a medium more into the forefront and having it become a more natural tool we can use to express ourselves. As we can write an essay or speech without thinking twice, we would be able to create a video with this kind of ease. Chriss was kind enough to share his thoughts and experiences with us in our latest 10 Questions piece, which is after the jump.
Penn State University's Dining Services currently buys eggs from cruel "battery cage" egg farms - massive warehouses where hens are confined to cages so small they cannot spread their wings and can barely turn around. They often live among the feces and waste of other birds, and their feathers are torn off from constantly rubbing against the cage bars.
Two good tidings of great joy for Penn State basketball fans in one post?! Crazy and unprecedented, but it is the case today.
First, it was announced that the Lions have added recruit Johnathan Graham, a 6’8 power forward out of Baltimore. The Nittany Lions needed someone to fill the paint, and while Graham might not the cream of the recruiting crop, he’s certainly no slouch. Rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and given a grade of 86 by ESPN, he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a senior at Calvert Hall High School and graduated as the school’s second-leading scorer at 1,670 points. With a year of watching the trio of Brooks, Jackson, and Jones (and learning from every one of their mistakes), Graham will hopefully develop into a strong player during his time in Happy Valley.
Find out some details about Penn State’s upcoming home game against Maryland after the jump.