Monthly Archives: January, 2012

13 Walking 101

I’m a firm believer in nonverbal communication. A relaxed head-nod or a strategically raised eyebrow can speak volumes to the recipient.

When we walk on campus or downtown, we unconsciously send messages about ourselves to everyone we pass. Some of these messages are personality-driven and some are alcohol-infused. Either way, it’s fun to make assumptions.

2 The Calm Between Storms

Beginning Friday morning, I read many comments and stories from Penn State fans saying that the day marked the beginning of the rest of their lives. While I have not yet generated my own phrase to describe a post-Joe Paterno world, I do believe this time can serve as a period of quietness after 83 days of chaos.

18 Campus Gyms Leave Much to be Desired

There are roughly 44,000 students on this campus and we have two legitimate gyms to pick from: Rec Hall and the White Building. Rec Hall’s maximum occupancy is 240, the White Building is 210. Essentially if for every 100 people at Penn State, one goes to the gym at a certain time, both facilities would be at capacity at that time. That just isn’t enough space. Check out more after the jump!

9 Plasma For Beer Money: The Broke Penn Stater Solution

I came back to campus this semester with a pretty dismal bank account and decided to give the whole plasma donation thing a chance. Plus, the chances of finding a paid job that doesn’t involve a visor seemed kind of unrealistic so I tried to forget all the times people told me “The needle they use is HUGE,” and googled the BioLife website and made an appointment.

0 THON is Just Around the Corner

With the turning of the calendar to February tomorrow, we enter the homestretch for THON. Fundraising is kicking into high gear, and dancers, organizations, and committees are beignning to prepare for the best weekend that Penn State has to offer.

0 Comm GRAD Forum to Discuss Occupy Wall Street

It’s been several months since the first tents sprang up in Zuccotti Park, but the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t far from anyone’s radar. The first Comm GRAD forum of the semester revolves around Occupy Wall Street and will be held on Tuesday, January 31st, in the Warring Commons West Study Lounge, from 12-1:15 pm.

0 Snapbacks and Dollar Dogs: PSU-Wisconsin Preview

Do you miss the warmer days of Fall semester when frat bros in snapback hats flooded the campus? If so, tonight you can revel in your nostalgia because Penn State basketball snapbacks will be given out for free to students who come out to the Bryce Jordan Center tonight as the Lions face 19th-ranked Wisconsin at 8 pm. It also another Dollar Dog Night and fans will receive a free Penn State basketball Nerf Hoop set while supplies last.

29 IFC Attempts to Stop State Patty’s Day

On Monday night, the Interfraternity Council announced their ban on fraternities hosting State Patty’s Day parties. The IFC is hoping for a sober Penn State on February 25th, and instead plans to involve students in a (sober) “philanthropic event” in the downtown area.

0 THON Overall Series: Tommy Scharnitz, Hospitality

Whether it is food or care, Hospitality Overall, Tommy Scharnitz knows what it means to serve others. Find out what he and his committee have lined up for THON 2012, and make sure to check out his Committee of the Week video at the end of the interview to see just how much he loves pie. IN THE FACE!

0 State of Emergency: Ingrosso and Alesso To Play BJC

The creators of DAYGLOW announced tonight that the world’s largest paint party would be making a trip to Happy Valley in April, but that’s not the only bomb they dropped. Just a few days before State Patty’s Day, on Thursday, February 23rd, superstar DJ’s Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso will grace State College with their presence with what should be a great night of music at the Bryce Jordan Center.

17 OneSchool: Is It the Next Facebook?

Last week, OneSchool announced that it was releasing an updated version of its app, which it did on Tuesday. I have spent the past week testing the new version, seeing how beneficial this app would be for Penn State students. I was fortunate enough to have also downloaded it before the update, and can safely say that the app made major improvement. However, these upgrades fail to convince me that OneSchool is worth the memory on your smartphone. I reviewed the nine features that OneSchool bundles, and I am dissatisfied with the experience that I had.

2 Social Media Insights: Twitter Aides in Exchange

It is sometimes difficult to remember the permanent stain that the media placed on Joe Paterno’s legacy. There aren’t many people who don’t know at least something about what happened at Penn State this past November. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has unfriended someone on Facebook because of a crude comment, or unfollowed someone on Twitter following an inappropriate joke. But social media can help bring us together just as easily as it creates divides amongst us.

1 Lady Lions Fall to Michigan State 83-77

The Penn State women’s basketball team lost for the first time in nearly a month by a score of 83-77 against Michigan State on Sunday. The Lady Lions’ five-game win streak was ended by the Spartans, who were led by 32 points from Porsche Poole. The next contest for the Lady Lions is at the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday against Indiana at 7 p.m.

2 10 Questions with Joe Buyer and Ronnie Byron

When many of us in the Penn State community tried to explain, in words, our emotions and thoughts about the Jerry Sandusky scandal; we simply could not. As late-teenagers and twenty-somethings, it was not easy to voice feelings about something so delicate and foreign to most of us.

Joe Buyer, also known as Joe Conrad, and Ronnie Byron had different plans.

The two Penn State students wrote, produced, and played on the inspiring track “Childhood Dreams.” They used music as a coping tool and tribute for victims of sexual abuse everywhere. The video, filled with images from one of the most emotional weeks in PSU history, has reached 23,250 views on Youtube.

Onward State sat down with both of them to discuss the song.

2 Legacy Remembered at Quigley Tournament

A common theme across campus this week has been how the impact of one man can last far beyond his passing. This weekend at the Jon Quigley Memorial Water Polo Tournament, Penn State’s men’s and women’s club water polo teams proudly celebrated the impact made by a friend and teammate.

17 Levels Nightclub is For Real, Say SCPD

False claims into the legitimacy of a new potential downtown nightclub have prompted two investigations into the source of those claims. State College Police Sgt. Greg Brauser said an investigation determined Levels Nighclub is not a fraudulent business, despite claims on Facebook suggesting otherwise.

3 Student Launches PSU Chapter of ‘charity: water’

Kelly Newburg is not your average Penn State student.Kelly Newburg is not your average Penn State student.

A junior-public relations major, Newburg is involved with THON Communications Committee, Tom’s Campus Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Happy Valley Communications and sponsors a child through World Vision. As if she isn’t involved enough, Newburg will introduce a new club to the Penn State, University Park campus this semester called “charity: water.”

4 The Joe I Knew

Joe Paterno’s passing, and State College’s heartfelt response has come at an unfathomable time in my life. The first 20 years I have been alive were spent almost entirely at my parents’ residence just around the corner from the Paterno home. As a lifetime resident and Paterno neighbor, I have admired the deceased coach for many years.

0 Fencing Team to Host Penn State Invitational

The Nittany Lions fencers hope for another good performance on Saturday in the Penn State Invitational, coming off the men’s team’s second place finish at the St. Johns Invitational last weekend. This weekend’s tournament, to be held in the White Building, will kick off at 8:30 a.m. as the Nittany Lions host squads from Penn, Duke, Drew, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, and UNC.

3 A Memorial for Joe Paterno: Goodbye to a Legend

Thursday afternoon’s “A Memorial For Joe” brought a mourning Penn State community together to remember a man who has meant more to the university than anyone else in the past half-century. Students, current and former players, fellow coaches, and fans alike filled the Bryce Jordan Center to hear stories and to remember the life and legacy of Coach Joe Paterno.

6 Proud: The Saga, And Future, Of Jay Paterno

Jay Paterno represents one of the more intriguing Penn State figures I have ever encountered. There may not be an individual who loves this university the way he does, yet it seems sometimes he receives no love in return from the Nittany Lion faithful. All but four years of his life have been spent in State College; however, until recently, the younger Paterno was never able to fully endear himself to many Penn State fans.

17 Welcome to the Penn State Family, Phil Knight

Through all the speeches from former players and alumni, there was one that stood out above the rest. Phil Knight never went to Penn State. It’s unclear if he had ever been to State College before. But aside from Jay Paterno, Kinght’s ten minute eulogy of Joe Paterno was the one that touched the heart of every Penn Stater who was lucky enough to watch the “Memorial for Joe” event Thursday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

3 We Can All Be The Next Joe Paterno

For months, and in some cases years, media outlets have asked me time and time again what Coach Paterno means to me and to this university. Though I still struggle to explain it, Coach Paterno’s passing may have given me part of the answer.

1 Lady Lions Extend Win Streak to Five Against Michigan

The Penn State women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five games after beating Michigan 77-56 in Ann Arbor on Thursday. Led by 23 points from Maggie Lucas, the Lady Lions never trailed en route to an easy road victory.

The Lady Lions remain in Michigan for their next match-up on Sunday. At 3 p.m., Penn State will take on Michigan State in East Lansing. The teams met once already this season, with the Spartans coming out 75-65 victors. However, since that January 7 game, the teams have been going in opposite directions in the standings. Michigan State has lost its last four games, including a home loss to a struggling Illinois side. The Spartans will not prove an easy contest, but look for a Lady Lions win on Sunday.

18 Petition Calls for Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium

Over the past few days, there has been an outpouring of support from the Penn State community to honor the late Joe Paterno. Another special recognition could ensure that the man who helped build Beaver Stadium will forever be linked to the football program.

0 Songwriters Club Concerts to Benefit THON

It has been a long and sad couple of days for us here in Happy Valley. With the passing of our beloved Joe Paterno, we once again are reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to live for more than just ourselves.

With that in mind, we are reminded that THON is just a few weeks away and the Penn State community has an opportunity to come together for some music, fun and fundraising for a cause which we all hold so dear.

The Songwriters Club will be hosting concerts tonight and tomorrow night that will feature many student acts to benefit THON.

1 President Erickson Speaks to UPUA

Penn State President Rodney Erickson spoke to the UPUA and briefly took questions at the beginning of Wednesday’s legislative meeting. Erickson touched on a number of topics, most notably his disdain for our pseudo-holiday State Patty’s Day.

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