Monthly Archives: August, 2011
The huge campus and thousands of unfamiliar faces often leaves newcomers to University Park feeling overwhelmed. However, the Fresh START Day of Service held last Saturday allows freshman, international students and transfer students to ease into the transition of making friends and becoming familiar with the area while also giving back to the community through volunteer work.
The official Penn State football preseason depth chart was released to the public on Monday. Surprise! Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden were named co-starters. It looks like both will get a chance to play on Saturday against Indiana State. The game will provide a final chance for the quarterbacks to impress before the huge game against Alabama in week two. Read on for a depth chart breakdown and a preseason prediction.
The fireworks might have been going off inside 106 HUB, during spirited back-and forth sessions between students and Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, but just outside, there was a rainbow. Starting their rally at around 7:00, while prospective audience goers lined up to enter the event, held by the College Republicans, members of three different student organizations protested against Rick Santorum’s policies, especially those related to gay marriage, adoption, and his strong support of so-called traditional family values.
Last spring, Governor Tom Corbett and his Republican majority in the state government waged war against its public institutions of higher learning. Appropriations cuts of up to 50% were announced, which would’ve caused a catastrophic increase in tuition for the nearly hundred thousand students in the Penn State system, not to mention those at fellow state-related schools like Temple, Pittsburgh, and Lincoln, or the PASSHE colleges. However, this fall, our tuition payments were more in line with what they’ve been the past few years.
SPA is bringing everything but the kitchen sink to Penn State as Alton Brown will be part of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The star of Food Network’s “Good Eats,” a James Beard Award winner, and a New York Times best-selling author, Brown will bring his distinct experiences and expertise to Eisenhower Auditorium on September 28th
Former two-term United States Senator and current Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is hitting the campaign trail this week and has several events planned in Centre County on Tuesday. Santorum, who graduated from Penn State in 1980, is scheduled to appear at the Centre County Grange Fair early in the afternoon and will later hold a public meet-and-greet in the HUB-Robeson Center.
One thing that has surely crossed all minds is THON. While we are only beginning to wonder about the upcoming THON year, Overall Elaine Tanella, and a good number of other THON overalls and captains have been hard at work all summer. To pull off the spectacle that is THON, you need an entire year. In the hopes of satisfying your FTK curiosity, I talked with Elaine to see what they have been up to during our absence from Happy Valley and to get to know the person who is heading up this mission.
There are two sides to every story, and when it comes to fraternities you most likely either love them or hate them. Those who join tend to find that the fraternity greatly improves their college experience, while those who avoid fraternities usually believe they’re much better off. Yet, as the saying goes, don’t knock it ’til you try it; you can’t know what to believe until you see it for yourself. And this week’s your opportunity.
Tents will be going up at Paternoville a little earlier than usual in preparation for one of the most anticipated home games in recent memory. The Penn State Athletic Department will allow the Alabama campout to begin this Sunday due to the Labor Day holiday and the anticipated volume of campers.
This past weekend on the lawn of the Business Building, the first-ever Kick Off the Fall Tailgate was held to introduce freshmen students to a number of student organizations, and their unifying value: sportsmanship. According to the event organizers, the tailgate was just the first in a year of event programming and other initiatives based around that same theme.
Dispatch was able to sell out concerts in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York, but the crowd Sunday night at the Bryce Jordan Center more closely resembled that for a men’s basketball game, and not one against the Michigan States of the world, either. But that was no matter to the attendees, who more than made up for the lack of numbers in their enthusiasm, or for the band, who never gave off even a hint of their decade-long hiatus. Check out the rest of our review after the jump.
The Penn State women’s volleyball team opened its season with two tough match-ups against Oregon and USC. After a surprising opening loss on Friday to Oregon, the Nittany Lions rebounded with an exhilarating come-from-behind victory over No. 2 USC. Check out five lessons we took away from this weekend’s games.
An event to get freshmen ready for the big games Saturday night will include free food, entertainment and prizes. The tailgate will kick off (see what I did there) at 4:30 pm on Saturday on the Business Building lawn. Not a freshman? No worries… throw on a lanyard and no one will know the difference.
In just one week, Paternoville will be alive and well again outside of Gate A at Beaver Stadium. Want to find out the details on how you can camp out for the best seats in Beaver Stadium? Their preseason meeting will be this Monday night.
The 2011-2012 school year kicked off with a bang for the Sixth Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association, but went out with a whimper. Indeed, it was the lone piece of new business on the agenda that drew the most attention, that fostered a lively debate, and that created tensions which clearly demarcated lines of opposition within the UPUA.
Besides Arts Fest and 4th of July, State College is a whole different town once summer rolls around. The locals leave their suburban developments and fill the store fronts that were once spots of drunken debauchery. Our home for nine months slowly transforms from a rowdy oasis of youthfulness into just another rural Pennsylvania town.
But once the students pack up their bed risers and left over Ramen, the bulldozers and construction hats come out across Happy Valley. This summer was especially eventful for downtown development, so we’ve compiled a list of some changes that have occurred while you were away.
As some may remember, last October the university announced that they would no longer license shot glasses bearing the words “Penn State” or any of its logos. However, a quick trip into most of the Penn State-oriented stores on College Ave makes this seem otherwise.
Yesterday afternoon, a few “lucky” students and community members living in off-campus apartments had the opportunity to get a brief introduction to a few noteworthy individuals in the Penn State and State College communities as part of the 2011 LION Walk. The goal of the event is to promote a smoother relationship between students and town residents by having community leaders and university administrators knock on residents’ doors to start conversations.
Students, faculty, and staff were surprised this afternoon when tremors from a 5.9-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter outside of Washington, DC were felt across the east coast, including in Happy Valley. We put together a @Storify with an initial collection of reports about the earthquake and how people experienced it in State College. Check it out after the jump, and please share your stories in the comments!
Instructors and course editors will now be able to see your face, thanks to a new feature from ITS that links the photo on your Penn State ID card to your profile in ANGEL. Of course, that’s just about the last photo you’d probably want your professors to see anyway. Hopefully, though, you look nothing like you did at freshman FTCAP, so you don’t get sniped for sleeping through your ASTRO 001 at 8 a.m.
Matisyahu is coming back to Penn State in a couple weeks to perform an accoustic set at the HUB as part of the Penn State Jewish Life Festival. Matisyahu, best known for his unique use of reggae, and hip-hop to share traditional Jewish themes, will headline the concert on September 8.