Monthly Archives: January, 2011
As State College excitedly prepares for the arrival of President Obama on Wednesday, one worry that is becoming more and more ominous is whether or not he’ll be able to make it to central Pennsylvania. Find out why the President’s trip to Happy Valley may be in doubt after the jump.
Though his time at Penn State was short, Tom Richards left a lasting impression on his friends and peers. In August, while on retreat with the Leadership Jump Start class that he was a TA for, Richards died of a hemorrhage brought on from a brain aneurysm, shortly before the start of his sophomore year. In his memory, his friends and family have united to carry on his zest for service and leadership through The 367 Project.
Started by 2010 graduate Mike Thomas, the project is named for the time Richards spent as a Penn State student. During these 367 days, he greatly influenced his fellow students, compelling them to carry on this impact. The project is based out of Philadelphia, PA but has a local chapter operating at Penn State.
No, he’s not replacing JoePa. But coach Herman Boone will be coming to Penn State as part of the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The speech will take place on Feb. 22 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Coach Boone was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the tremendously successful Disney movie Remember the Titans.
The Penn State Icers went into their series with Delaware last weekend knowing that getting swept would probably end their playoff aspirations. After losing the first match up on Friday, the Icers were able to avoid the sweep by grinding out a victory on Saturday.
Chris Long, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts, tweeted this afternoon the Penn State students who had been studying at the American University in Cairo had been transported on a plane out of the country.
The Jordan Center announced this morning (using social media of course) that ticket sales for the upcoming visit of the ‘I am Music II’ featuring the one and only recently incarcerated Lil Wayne, not to mention Monster-diva Nicki Minaj.
UPUA President Christian Ragland looks primed for some interaction with the President of the United States during Obama’s visit to Penn State on Wednesday. At least according to his this Tweet he is…
Just received an email from the White House… you know what that means.lol
What do you think they would talk about?
Five Penn State women’s basketball players scored in double-digits, and the Lady Lions dominated Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, winning 80-71.
The first half remained close until Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas took over the game. Tied at 15, Lucas hit a 3-pointer that started a 16-5 Penn State run, which also finished with a Lucas 3-pointer. However, with Nikki Greene and Lucas in foul trouble, Ohio State ramped up their defense, and cut into the lead. A Ohio State 3-pointer brought the Buckeyes within four points, forcing a Lady Lion timeout. Bentley hit four free throws down the stretch for a 39-33 halftime lead.
Read on after the break to find out what happened in the second half.
Though the state budget has been postponed until March, student government and politics at Penn State saw a whirlwind couple of days this weekend. On Friday, the Student Activity Fee (SAF) Board met, as did the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) on Friday and Saturday. Also at Council were the student government presidents at Temple, Lincoln, and Pitt, respectively, the second meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students (PASS).
Music Mondays are dedicated to students’ love of constantly fresh and bumpin’ music. No matter if it’s hip-hop, pop or Euro-beats, the staff here at Onward State appreciates whatever can get a party started. Here’s your week’s selections and playlist to get you through another frigid week of snowstorms and apartment hopping.
Political satire group The Capitol Steps performed at the State Theatre last night to a slightly older crowd with their musical quips about current hot topics. A group of five comedians took turns changing outfits, accents, and ethnicities during the fast paced show, never skipping a beat on the political pulse.
This weekend, as I was watching SNL, I though I noticed something familiar during a sketch about the Columbia University drug busts. Upon further inspection, I realized that our very own Old Main was being used in the background to represent the college campus. While it’s great for Penn State to get some air time, I’m not sure whether I should feel offended or honored. Check out the sketch after the jump so you can make up your own mind.
The White House has issued an updated press release regarding President Obama’s upcoming visit to Penn State. As previously announced, the visit will focus on energy-efficient building solutions, and his talk will discuss the importance of investing in innovation and clean energy to stimulate the economy. His talk will take place in Rec Hall at 12:15, to an “invitation only” public audience. At this point in time, it is unclear who will be given an invitation.
The Heister Street parking lot was transformed into a Red Bull-hosted butter cup snowboarding event last night. The scene had a neighborhood, “Hey Arnold” feel. Snow, shipped in from Tussey, was packed into a ramp giving the snowboarders enough speed to hit the jumps. Passers-by stopped, snagged a red bull and watched some snowboarders compete. Those lucky 21-year-olds were invited to an after-party at the G-man for $3 Red Bull+ vodkas. Who knew downtown State College could get this cool?
It was feeling like deja vu all over again. A huge crowd filled the Bryce Jordan Center and a ranked team was coming in, this time in the form of the seventeenth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Twelve minutes in, the Nittany Lions were down 22-9. Everyone could feel the blowout coming. But this time, it didn’t.
Facebook. Never would I have thought that something could make it suck to have tons of friends you don’t know, engage in battles with the mafia, or farm crops. Okay, maybe Facebook can’t be blamed for the last two. Regardless, who would have ever thought that a site that encourages sharing drunken pictures of waterskiing with no pants and made “friend” into a verb would ever be worthy of praise? Apparently, only 500 million people and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is who. I think you too will Like “The Social Network.”
This week I wanted to focus on the “Penn State Uniform,” which I have been told is called “the SNUGG” (because it consists of Spandex, a Northface fleece, and UGGs). But to critique it, I needed to get images of SNUGG wearers in their natural habitat. Even though there were an astronomical amount of girls wearing that combination of SNUGGS–trust me–all the girls wearing this outfit campus refused to let me take their picture. After walking around for 2 hours and stopping at least 20 girls I came to the conclusion that they were all extremely embarrassed that they are wearing this outfit. If that’s the case, why wear it?
I even offered to cover their faces, and they still refused. If you’re going to wear the SNUGG, OWN IT! Don’t be ashamed that you’re buying into this trend, be proud of it. I learned a long time ago that if you’re going to wear something, even if it’s thoughtless and unoriginal, like the SNUGG is, wear it with confidence.
The most popular building on campus is set to get a bit bigger. According to an email from Lisa Powers, director of the Department of Public Information, a 35,000 square foot expansion is planned as part of the project to connect the HUB and the White Building. The $29 million expansion will include an expansion to the bookstore, enclosing of the area outside of Jogies sandwich shop, and will fill the space surrounding the exterior bookstore entrance near the parking deck.
This weekend, members of student government from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Temple and Lincoln universities will descend on State College to figure out how to go about lowering tuition. On Saturday, the three universities’ representatives will present at this Council Weekend of the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments.
However, PASS is fighting an uphill battle. Not only has Harrisburg been slowly pulling the plug on supporting Penn State and other public colleges and universities, but the big Republican swing this past November completely stacks the deck. That Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania legislature should decide not to decrease these state appropriations borders on impossible. Oh hey there, tuition hike.
The 2011 Housing Fair will be held on Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center.
The Housing Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with local landlords, property managers, businesses and bank representatives. The event is sponsored by the Student Affairs Office of Off-Campus Living, the Off-Campus Student Union, and the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments.
Walking down the narrow, dimly lit steps of 204 W. College Ave. and continuing through the door at the bottom, you take a minute to look around what is currently a work in progress. A wall across the room – painted so obnoxiously green that you are almost blinded – greets you immediately.
Looking closer still, you see there are dry-erase marker drawings on a white-board-painted table. But what is it? Facts. And figures. And a dream that’s about to become a reality. The dream – and the office space – belongs to New Leaf Initiative, State College’s newest non-profit organization.
Hello faithful readers. We here at Onward State have written about a lot in these past few weeks, from why to join a Sorority to the UPUA’s marathon of arguments about the Student Handbook Commission. We’ve even brought back one of my most beloved features–The Natty Nittany.
But Onward State is a small organization. Stories can fall through the cracks in the bustling metropolis that is State College. That’s why we’re asking you, the readers, What should Onward State be covering?
Not quite Wiz Khalifa’s hit single, “Black and Yellow.” It’s Penn State student, Christian Gibbs, breaking into the rap world to rep life in Happy Valley in “Blue and White Penn State Anthem.” Pint juggles a dual major in Forensic Science and Crime/Law Justice and still saves time to rep his school’s iconic colors. Check out the video of his remix and tell us what you think.
With nine seconds left in the game, a lay up from Julia Trogele gave the Penn State women’s basketball team a 67-65 road victory over Illinois on Thursday. The Lady Lions overcame a poor shooting performance and 24 turnovers to improve to 6-2 in the Big Ten.
Penn State headed into the match-up with Illinois having lost two of three Big Ten road games, including a 10-point loss to Purdue last week. Trogele, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Nikki Greene, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds, made sure the Lady Lions would not get blown out again.
If you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Twitter here at @OnwardState. For those of you who don’t tweet, though, it might seem like a confusing mess of @’s and #’s, follows and re-tweets. Here’s a guide to who of the Penn State Twitter community is worth following (in less than 140 characters).
Everyone knows the routine: the weekend rolls around, and now that Happy Valley is blanketed in ice and snow from the “ablogable snowstorm,” many on-campus students, especially freshman in East Halls, take advantage of UPUA’s White Loop extension.
For anyone who has never had the fortune of riding it, to say that the crowds get a little rambunctious would be putting it mildly. But hope is not lost! Here are a few tips, try to keep them in mind as you embark on your White Loop journey this weekend. Trust me, it will make it easier for everyone involved.
Great video from The Daily Collegian’s Beth Ann Downey of last night’s THON Morale Powwow. I have so much respect for Moralers and their ability to summon energy at a moment’s notice. Also, they seem to be really good at wearing bright colors, so they have that going for them too.