Monthly Archives: August, 2010

0 Congressman Thompson on National Security

According to Congressman Glenn Thompson, a Republican from Howard, PA (about 15 miles from State College), the estate tax (aka death tax) is a threat to national security. This was merely one quixotic proclamation by the congressional representative last evening at a talk on national security post-9/11. According to Congressman Thompson, the nation faces five significant threats to security, including lax borders, continuing operations in the Middle East, food security, debt, and energy dependence.

Find out more about his talk after the jump.

1 Innoblue Gears Up for the Year with Kickoff Event

When you walk into a frat house on a Saturday night, you expect a beer-covered floor and Solo cups strewn about. However, if you walked into the Beta Theta Pi house this past Saturday, the business casual atmosphere and food may have thrown you off.

At the innoblue.think Kickoff Event thirty or so members, prospective applicants, and community dignitaries were in attendance to learn about innoblue (formerly Project Blue Pill). Founded by Jon Tornetta and David Adewumi, it is an entrepreneurial think tank, where ideas are made and people work together to create them.

Find out more about the event and innoblue after the jump.

0 Name Change in Store for Beaver Stadium?

The rush is on. Penn State alumni and fans are urging Penn State officials to rename the current Beaver Stadium to Joe Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium, and they want it done while Joe still roams the sidelines.

According to reports by, alumnus Warren Armstrong has been actively persuading President Graham Spanier and athletics director Tim Curley to change the name of the stadium to honor Paterno, who is entering his 45th year and a couple wins shy of 400 career victories.

For more on a possible name change, read on after the jump.

0 UPUA Looking for New Members

The University Park Undergraduate Association is currently seeking a Secretary, Parliamentarian, At Large Representative, Off Campus Representative, and two Freshmen Representatives for the coming year. President Christian Ragland commented that the resignations that prompted these openings are “nothing new, [since] UPUA has open positions at the beginning of every year.” He continued that although it is unfortunate that people had to resign, these new spots will “hopefully open doors for interested and qualified people to become part of UPUA.”

If you’re interested in applying, contact Jess Pelliciotta at [email protected]

1 The Future of Penn State Tuition

Onward State recently sat down with University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) President Christian Ragland, Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) President Mohamed Raouda, and Graduate Student Association (GSA) President Jon Lozano to discuss the University’s acceptance of the proposal to have students sit on the University Budget Committee. This step will allow Penn Staters to play a more active role in deciding how Penn State funds are should be spent.

Read Onward State’s interview with Ragland, Raouza and Lozano after the jump, and find out what this change will mean for you.

0 IFC Rush Week: Part 2

All this week, Interfraternity Council chapters are holding open houses as part of Fall 2010 Rush Week. Each day is devoted to a certain group of fraternities, and is designed to maximize potential members’ exposure to the chapters. The second day of Rush Week brings us to a new group of fraternities, and with it a new series of events.

Read on to find out which chapters are holding events tonight…

0 Nittany Lion Mascot Charged With Underage Drinking

Clint Gyory, the 2009-2010 Nittany Lion mascot, was charged last Tuesday with offenses that included underage drinking and public drunkenness, according to docket sheets obtained from the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System official website. The charges were connected with incidents that occurred on August 1st, 2010, the day following Gyory’s birthday.

More details, as well as comments from cheerleading head coach Curtis White and Penn State spokesman Geoff Rushton, after the jump.

0 IFC Rush Week: Part 1

Joining a fraternity or sorority at Penn State is a big decision that will affect you for the rest of your college career and beyond. In order to ensure that you choose to join the correct organization, the Interfraternity Council has organized Rush Week. Rush Week is filled with events and information sessions for potential members. All events are dry and aim to focus on the brotherhood aspects of fraternities, rather than the more apparent social ones.

Read on to find out more about tonight’s rush activities…

0 Final Pre-Season Depth Chart Released

Pre-season practices officially concluded on Friday and with that, Joe Paterno and his coaching staff should be pretty much done evaluating players and getting ready to focus on Youngstown State, the first opponent of the 2010 season.

Find out more about the Quarterback position announcement after the jump…

0 New IFC Social Event Policy in Place

his weekend, you may have noticed that the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has implemented a new social event policy. The new policy is not, as a whole, stricter or more relaxed than the one adopted last year. However, it has been refined from the previous version.

Read on for more details!

1 A Football Town with a Drinking Problem

Students on the off-campus email list-serve received an announcement over the weekend informing them about a newly established Alcoholics Anonymous program offered through the Division of Student Affairs at Penn State University.

Read more about the initiative after the jump.

1 LION Walk Takes a Rain Check

Don’t be alarmed if you get a knock on your door from the police Tuesday night; you’re not in trouble yet.

Police officers are just one component of teams of Penn State leaders participating in the LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Walk.

Read for more details about the Walk!

1 Weekend Sports Recap

The women’s volleyball team started off the season strong in North Carolina in a busy sports weekend that also saw action in men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey.

Read on for a recap

0 Hanson Bops Their Way Through the HUB

Opening with the first song on their new album, “Waiting for This,” Hanson wooed the crowd with their styled hair and tight clothes. With chants of “shout it out,” by the end of the first song, the crowd was in love.

“If you wanna stand still, you’re at the wrong show,” lead singer Taylor Hanson said, right before he whipped out a harmonica and blew the audience away with a solo. The show was full of surprises as Taylor took a video on his iPhone of the crowd singing back to him during “If Only.”

Read on for a breakdown of the entire show…

0 Recap of Sunday’s THON Meeting

In an effort to appease the recent debates about the internal decision making process that is taken by the 15 members of the Penn State Dance Marathon’s Overall Committee, Interfraternity Council President Max Wendkos invited student leaders within THON to meet for a discussion forum last night.

The meeting lasted over two hours and brought together THON leadership and organization presidents to discuss recent decisions made by the overall committee and how they will affect organizations participating in the event.

Read on for a full recap…

1 IFC President Calls Emergency THON Meeting

Max Wendkos, president of the Interfraternity Council, sent out an email Saturday urging all leaders of Penn State student organizations to attend an emergency meeting at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house regarding the recent changes made to the THON rulebook.

1 Penn State Bike Share Efforts Continue

Last May, Onward State reported that a Bike Share Program, an eco-friendly initiative to provide free bikes at the swipe of an ID to Penn Staters, had been vetoed by UPUA due to concerns that the expensive piece of legislation would be implemented too quickly without proper research or planning.

Read more after the jump!

2 Alabama Ticket Sale Set For Monday Morning

For those students hoping to make it to Tuscaloosa in two weeks, get to bed early on Sunday night because tickets for the September 11 match-up with the defending national champion, Alabama Crimson Tide, go on sale this tomorrow, Monday 30, at 7 a.m.

Read more details about the sale!

1 45,000 Students…No Performance Space?

The meek shall inherit the…nothing? That’s wha it’s seemed like lately at Penn State, if you take out “meek” and replace it with “performing arts groups”. For all the dozens of performing arts groups at Penn State, our fine, state-sponsored University has not a single performing arts space for student organizations. Groups like No Refund Theater, Full Ammo Improv, The Thespians, and countless a capella groups who desire a location to perform have been left recently having to scavenge for large lecture halls. An existent problem for many years, the limited number of performance space has come to the breaking point.

Learn more after the jump…

2 Free Food and Movie at the All-Sports Museum

For those interested in free food and a free movie, head over to the Penn State All-Sports Museum today from 6-9 p.m.

The first 60 students who show up with a valid Penn State ID will get free soda and pizza in the lobby.

Read to find out more!

0 Improved Alcohol Policies, Improved Penn State

By now, we’ve all heard about Penn State’s recent decent drop down the party-school ladder (which is something to bep proud of), but what you may not know is how the fall came to be. While it’s definitely a mixture of things, the administration’s introduction of new policies is definitely a large component.

We’ve already experienced the introduction of frat bouncers and heightened security on the infamous State Patty’s Day, and now we can expect to see even more deterrents to the crass drinking culture here.

0 An Evening with Lt. Gov. Candidate Jim Cawley

At the Centre County GOP Victory Headquarters, a handful of dedicated Republican students, led by College Republicans officer Anthony Christina, phoned local residents. Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Jim Cawley, who was in town for the Grange Fair, made a scheduled stop at the headquarters. Cawley answered a series of questions about issues affecting students.

0 Valerie Plame Movie Trailer Released

Valerie Plame, as the opening text in the “Fair Game” movie trailer tells you, is a wife, a mother and a spy. The film is based on the real-life undercover CIA agent and Penn State alumnae Plame. The movie stars Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame and Sean Penn as her husband Wilson.

Read on to learn more about the film.

0 Big Ten Basketball Schedule Released; Penn State Shafted

The Big Ten announced its men’s basketball conference schedule today and, to put it bluntly, Penn State fans should be in an uproar. Arguably Penn State’s two biggest home games of the year, versus Purdue and Michigan State, will occur three days within each other. The dates? January 5 and January 8. The problem? Everyone will still be home on winter break, a schedule disappointment for all the seniors this year.

Read the full post to find out more details.

0 Break the Jeffrey Field Attendance Record Tonight

One week after an exciting overtime win at West Virginia, the #12 Lady Lions soccer team will take on #15 Virginia in their home opener at Jeffrey Field tonight. You can help be a part of history as the team is hoping to set the attendance record for the stadium.

Read on to learn more.

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