Monthly Archives: May, 2011

0 In State College? Ride The Slides!

The William L. Welch Community Swimming Pool, located on Westerly Parkway near State College High School, was reopened this weekend with a First Splash ceremony that saw Mayor Gorehamn in attendance — and participating — as well as scores of kids and parents excited to try out what is the coolest water facility I’ve seen in a long time.

0 Jim Tressel Resigns as Ohio State Head Coach

Jim Tressel, one of the most successful head football coaches in the history of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and one who had repeatedly foiled the Nittany Lions’ hopes of beating one of their biggest rivals, has resigned this morning after ten seasons.

0 State Senate Advances CCSG-Backed Amnesty Plan

On September 23, 2009 (just 2 days after Dado’s death), the CCSG voted on a resolution that asked Penn State to provide medical amnesty for underage students who obtain help for someone suffering from a life-threatening, alcohol-related illness through emergency services and for the ill students themselves. It looks like the state will now act before the university does though.

0 Pay for Play? No Way, Jose

In recent weeks, the Big Ten has discussed implementing a shift in policy which, while legal in the NCAA bylaws, offers the potential to fundamentally change the game of college football as we know it. It, in effect, challenges the essential definition of student-athletes as amateurs, and, when carried to its logical conclusion, only further erodes the values that most programs — don’t let the high profile scandals fool you — stand on.

0 Big Ten Gets Student-Athlete Pay Right

The debate over whether college athletes should be given more than just an athletic scholarship has again come to the forefront of issues surrounding collegiate athletics after last week’s Big Ten meetings. Here’s why college athletes should be paid and why the Big Ten is on the right track.

0 Settle Advances in School Board Election

Samuel Settle might be the most polarizing figure at Penn State.

As president of the campus branch of Young Americans for Freedom, he’s been front and center at the group’s incredibly visible — and equally divisive — rallies, most in front of the HUB. I, for one, have had run-ins with Settle on more than one occasion; it’s the very nature of those events that they capture the attention of virtually every passerby, and, often, of the media.

Yet, for his latest venture, Settle has expanded his reach beyond this university, instead focusing his energies on a campaign for a seat on the board of the State College Area School District.

0 Penn State Announces Homecoming 2011 Game

Earlier today, Penn State Athletics announced that this year’s Homecoming game will be played against the Purdue Boilermakers at 12:00 noon on October 15. Check out some other information about Homecoming Weekend after the jump.

1 THON 2012 Dates Announced

Last night, THON 2012 Overall Communications Chairperson (and Onward State’s own) Charlotte Kohl shared with us the major dates on the THON 2012 calendar. Read on to find out when you’ll be going canning, running the 5K, or dancing 46 straight hours.

0 Zak Sobel Band Takes Happy Valley to “Barcelona”

You might know them from their weekly performances at the Darkhorse Tavern, but the Zak Sobel Band isn’t just your average nineties cover band. The group — arguably the most talented opener at Movin’ On — released “Barcelona,” its third album of original songs, earlier this spring. Check out our thoughts after the jump.

0 Code Blue: New Athletics Points Program Unveiled

Starting this fall, Penn State students will be able to participate in a new Penn State rewards program called ‘Code Blue’ that could earn them guaranteed season tickets for football, or better yet — free ones. The best part? All you have to do is attend varsity sporting events.

0 No Night Games at Beaver Stadium in 2011

Unfortunately for Nittany Lion fans, the best home schedule in recent memory will be without any primetime kickoffs. Last night, the Big Ten Network revealed their primetime schedule for the 2011 season, and Penn State’s lone appearance will be on October 22 when they travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on Northwestern.

0 Hungry for New Music? Just “Chew On It!”

Just newcomers to the Penn State hip hop scene, Chewi and Oren have already made quite a name for themselves. But that doesn’t mean they’re coming up like rookies. In just under 3 months, the hip hop duo cooked up a 16-track mix tape titled, “Chew On It.” With the new-found success, I decided to sit down with the two and find out exactly why “Chew On It” is so damn tasty.

0 Nittany Lion Softball Team Into NCAA Tournament

For the first time since 2007, the Penn State softball team will be in the NCAA Tournament as they earned one of 34 at-large bids and will take on Fordham in Friday’s first round. Penn State will host the first round regional at the new Nittany Lion Softball Park. The #13-seed Oregon and Albany will be joining the Nittany Lions and the Rams in Happy Valley this coming weekend. The regional will be double-elimination. The Nittany Lions, who were 29-22-1 on the season, were thought to be on the bubble going into this past week, but four straight wins over Ohio State and Northwestern seemed to seal their fate into the tournament. Oregon and Albany will play in the first game at 2:30 p.m. while Penn State and Fordham are scheduled to follow at 5:00 p.m.

0 Pittsburgh Pirates To Lend Hand To THON

The Penn State Dance Marathon is teaming up with another Major League Baseball team this summer in order raise money once again for the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. On June 3rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be sponsoring “Penn State Night to Benefit THON” at PNC Park. That night, the Pirates will be taking on the Philadelphia Phillies who hosted their own THON night last year. A portion of the proceeds coming from $20 lower-level tickets or $12 upper-level tickets will be donated.

0 Alpha Phi Delta VP Found Naked After Break-In

If you’re like most Penn State students, you spent your first week of summer break catching up with old friends, visiting with family, and trying to forget how badly you messed up your Spanish final.

20-year-old David Darr, however, seems to have had a different agenda for his return home. What that agenda was remains unclear. Check out what we know after the jump.

0 Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate STS

The Penn State Board of Trustees voted this afternoon to discontinue the Science, Technology, and Society program, a cost-saving measure recommended by the Core Council this winter. The program will be discontinued effective June 30, 2012.

Championed by professor emeritus Rustum Roy about forty years ago, the program was one of the first of its kind and unique in its operation.

The STS minor will be discontinued, as will a number of courses housed in the program. Two other minors managed by the program — the Bioethics and Medical Humanities minor and the Disability Studies minor — will be relocated to the College of the Liberal Arts.

0 Penn State Names Abington Professor Laureate

Penn State announced this morning that Linda Patterson Miller was named the 2011-12 Penn State laureate, succeeding current laureate Robin Becker. Miller, a professor of English at Penn State Abington, is the fourth laureate and the first to come from a campus other than University Park.

0 PSU Not Ready for Primetime, Says ESPN/ABC

Penn State will be featured in an 8pm game this coming season, but it won’t be broadcast by the Wordwide Leader in Sports. Yesterday afternoon, ESPN/ABC released their Big Ten primetime games for 2011 and Penn State was left off the list for the first time in over a decade.

0 Penn State Student Shot Dead in Philadelphia

A Penn State Abington student was shot dead in Philadelphia late Monday afternoon nearby Temple University, according to a report from NBC Philadelphia.

Mohan Varughese was sitting on the stoop of his girlfriend’s house around 5:00 p.m. yesterday when a man walked up and asked for keys to the student’s motorcycle. When Varughese refused, he was shot three times in the chest and face.

0 Marcellus Shale Fracking Expert to Speak at HUB

Cornell professor Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will speak in the HUB auditorium tomorrow night at 7:00 pm to discuss some myths and realities concerning the development of the Marcellus Shale.

Ingraffea is an expert on the subject. His research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes, according to his bio on Cornell’s website, and he has been recognized by a number of industry and academic groups focused on the field.

The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Moshannon Group and Penn State EcoAction.

0 ‘This American Life’ Covers PSU Osama Celebration

Penn State’s celebration in Beaver Canyon following President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US forces was featured in this week’s episode of This American Life, which was unusual for its focus on events that had occurred in the 7 days before it aired.

0 Penn State falls to Ohio State in NCAA Semifinals

The Penn State men’s volleyball team could not turn home-court advantage into a win, losing to Ohio State in the NCAA Semifinals 3-1 (18-25, 26-24, 22-25, 23-25) on Thursday night. With the loss, the Nittany Lions lose the chance to play for their third NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes used a strong block and effective attack to put the Nittany Lions out of rhythm the entire match. Ohio State moves on to the final against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 7:30.

0 Lt. Michael Murphy ’98 Honored by Ship Name

Late Medal of Honor recipient and Penn State alumnus Lt. Michael Murphy will be recognized on Saturday when a destroyer will be named in his honor. Murphy was a 1998 graduate of Penn State and, according to Penn State Live, is the only Penn State alumnus to ever receive the Medal of Honor.

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