Monthly Archives: September, 2011

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0 UPUA Heads West for PASS Conference

If you asked Christian Ragland about it, I’m sure he’d look back and say that the formation of Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Schools was the highlight of his tenure as UPUA President. Joining together Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln universities, the coalition took on even greater importance as state appropriations to the four were cut in the spring. It will continue to live on, even after the departure of Ragland, and this afternoon, a contingency from the UPUA will join their counterparts from the other three universities in Pittsburgh for the organization’s first conference of the year.

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0 If You’re Not Going Canning This Weekend…

While many people go canning for the weekends, there are certainly plenty of things to do if you stay behind. This Friday Sam Adams is coming to the HUB along with other activities. Saturday there will be plenty of sporting events to choose from.

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0 Penn State-Indiana Preview

Last week, Penn State built on a win over Temple with a 34-6 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Nittany Lions clicked both offensively and defensively, but Michael Mauti and D’Anton Lynn went out with injuries. At 3-1, Penn State now enters Big Ten play on the road against Indiana (1-3).

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0 THON Canning Map – Week #1

This past week we asked our followers on Twitter to let us know where they would be canning with their respective organizations. Below is a map showing the responses we received. Best of luck to everyone this weekend!

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0 Will Webster’s Cafe Ever Return?

In the Summer of 2010, Webster’s Cafe was forced to close it’s doors. Many in the community were outraged by the sudden loss of a beloved cafe and used book store. Webster’s was more than just a cafe in downtown State College and it’s absence continues to be felt.

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0 Penn State Women’s Soccer Faces Biggest Test

It has been nearly a year since Penn State Women’s soccer lost an overtime heart breaker in Columbus to the Buckeyes. Today, the 24th ranked Nittany Lions look to avenge that loss and stay undefeated at home when they take on Ohio State at 7 PM at Jeffrey Field.

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0 Knowledge Commons On Track to Open in January

The Commons has been in the works for about 5 years now, and is set to open up when students return for the Spring semester. It will be open Sunday-Thursday, 24 hours a day. Now if we can survive the sound of jackhammers in the library for the next few months, we just have to wait patiently to see what the Knowledge Commons has in store for us.

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0 UPUA Has Officially Gone Greek…Well, Kind Of

Attention all GDI instigators: have you been itching to add more fuel to the “frat bros are douchebags” fire? Well, look no further! Did you know that about half of the UPUA is Greek, including President T.J. Bard and Vice President Courtney Lennartz? Yeah, didn’t think so. Wait, hold on a second…what’s that I smell? Oh yes, possible CONSPIRACY?!

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0 Gym Too Crowded? Time to Adjust Your Schedule

If you’ve ever gone to one of the fitness facilities on campus, you’ve undoubtedly waited in line to do so. It’s no surprise that the gyms are the more crowded the afternoon and early evening, but just how much more crowded are they? Check out the breakdown after the jump.

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0 Zombies Take Over State Theatre

No, George Romero wasn’t directing a new film in State College, but the State Theatre was filled Wednesday night with nearly 200 gray haired hippies–as well as a few intrepid students–to see the Zombies, and their opening guests, the Strawbs. These two English bands are true nostalgia from the ’60s, and proved that their music sounds just as incredible live as it does when played on vinyl.

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0 UPUA Approves New Members, Trip to Pittsburgh for PASS Meeting

At first, I was a bit dismayed when I realized that this week’s UPUA meeting would fall on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, but apparently, the only person missing from 302 HUB on account of the holiday was one Onward State reporter. UPUA might not have taken the week off, but they did take it easy, working through a light agenda that included very little, if any, new business.

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0 Mount Nittany Conservancy Holding Second Benefit

The beauty of Mount Nittany is free to all members of the State College community. The Mount Nittany Conservancy works very hard to keep maintain it through charitable donations and benefits. This Friday the organization will hold its second annual Mount Nittany Night.

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0 How Can I Help You?

The teaching assistant is a vital position in any Penn State course–they have the all-important but never-heralded task of writing exams, grading papers, and sending out information to their students.

When something goes wrong in the grade book or feedback on assignments is slow to get back to students, the TA catches the heat.

I understand that the sheer volume of tests and papers makes life difficult, but from my experience, there is no excuse for failing to understand and execute the simple tasks a TA needs to perform.

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0 Canning “Do”s and “Don’t”s

Classes have started, the quarterback carousel is turning, and canning weekends are here. Ah, yes, fall is upon us. As a former THON chair, I know that canning is great way to meet new friends and raise money for the cause that we all love and adore. In preparation for this weekend, here are a few tips for both veterans and first-timers.

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1 Uncovering “Who Killed Betsy?”

On November 28, 1969, 22-year-old Penn State student Betsy Aardsma was murdered in the Central Stacks of the Pattee Library. After 41 years without finding her killer, one author thinks he has figured out who did it and has published a book with his findings. Read more after the jump.

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0 #7to1 Update: Blue Band Played More vs. EMU

If you unfamiliar with the above hashtag, I’d suggest reading this post from last week. I wrote last week that Guido D’Elia said there was 7:1 blue band to piped in music ratio and many have been asking if that number is even close. Well, here are some results.

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6 The 5 Worst Classrooms on Campus

During your time at Penn State, you have surely hopefully gone to class at least once. Some of these classes may have been in lovely, or at least serviceable, locales. Others, though, have been held in awful, awful rooms, worse than a thousand hells simultaneously. With the help of both the always-lovely photographer extraordinaire Eric Weiss and Onward State’s Twitter followers, I ventured into the bellies of the beasts and determined the five worst classrooms on campus.

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0 View from Above: Recreation Hall

On the corner of Curtin and Burrowes Road, right next to the Lion Shrine, is one of the oldest buildings on campus (and from the looks of it, I don’t doubt it). Climbing to the top of Rec Hall was extremely difficult due to its desperate need of new sturdy ladders; my physical plant guide was even hesitant on taking me to the top. This athletic facility provides students with 2 gymnasiums, 14 racquetball courts, 10 squash courts, indoor track, aerobics room, fitness center, and adaptive weight room but is primarily used for volleyball and basketball . Students only have access to three floors , but a tiny door in the wall leads to the first roof of the complex. Up three more thin rusty steel ladders is the top of Rec Hall, with its perfect view down Curtin Road.

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0 Movin’ On Releases First Survey

Looks like Movin’ On organizers listened to last year’s suggestions from students to get started on finding acts early. They released this year’s first survey on Saturday, posting it on their facebook account.

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0 TEDxPSU Hosts Old Main Bell Tower Tour

Yesterday evening students climbed the Old Main bell tower as part of the second TEDxPSU mini event. A brief tour of Old Main was capped off by early evening views of Penn State’s campus and downtown State College.

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0 PSU Researchers Find Breast Cancer Killing Virus

Penn State College of Medicine researchers have found a virus that kills human breast cancer cells. The virus, Adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2), is a non-disease forming virus that typically infects humans. Researchers have discovered that AAV2 attacks the tumor cells found in cervical cancer cells that have been infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

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