Monthly Archives: February, 2012
Rising star in the Penn State rap scene, Chewi, will be performing at the downtown Urban Outfitters at 8pm tonight as part of the hipster chain’s “Spring Break It, Don’t Fake It” extravaganza. Starting at 4 p.m., sales merch will be marked down 29% and regular merch by 10% with valid student ID. Learn more about how to go into spring break in style after the jump.
Penn State athletes Garry Gilliam, Nate Cadogan, and Jon Graham share their lip syncing talents with the world!
Spring break means something different to everyone. It could mean a plane trip to an exotic location or a car ride back home. It could mean a week of carefree drinking or cheap labor. Regardless, spring break is a much-needed hiatus from classes for all college students.
Penn State’s Student Programming Association recently announced that two acclaimed filmmakers will be venturing to speak at Penn State in March.
Morgan Spurlock, who directed and starred in the acclaimed documentary “Super Size Me,” will speak Monday, March 19 in Schwab Auditorium at 8 p.m. Additionally, John Fox, writer and director of Academy Award-nominated documentary GasLand will speak on March 14 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the HUB. Both events are free.
Current UPUA President T.J. Bard announced in an e-mail to the assembly Monday night that he would not be seeking re-election for a second term next year. Bard cited “personal issues” as the reason for this decision.
Labeled as the creator of “The Greatest Show In College Football,” Guido D’Elia’s time at Penn State came on an end on Monday in another housecleaning move by Penn State to transition into the O’Brien era. Mixed reactions greeted the move, but given the constant criticism I’ve seen Guido take from fans, I wanted to share my own opinion on his time at Penn State as someone who had the opportunity to work with Guido on a number of occasions through my involvement with Paternoville.
Besides the substantial increase in alcohol-related EMS calls this last State Patty’s Day and those affected by the general debauchery that ensued over the weekend, the “holiday” ended badly for any resident of the Meridian thinking of throwing a party for the rest of the semester. Following the events of this State Patty’s Day, it seems that the apartment managers–in a notice given to every resident–have banned parties in any apartment, regardless of a “signed social agreement,” for the rest of the semester. Citing the “inexcusable” damage as the reasoning, the ban will be enforced with a $300 fine for any violators–with no “warnings”. Meridian personnel would neither confirm or deny the new policy
To further cap off an impressive regular season for the Penn State Lady Lions’ basketball team, Head Coach Coquese Washington was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both her coaching peers and the media. Additionally, junior guard Alex Bentley and sophomore guard Maggie Lucas were both named first team All-Big Ten.
Many topics were covered Monday during President Erickson’s fireside chat, ranging from State Patty’s Day to academic prestige. However, the budget issue took center stage as Erickson and Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims took questions from about 35 students and alumni in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.
According to a report from FightOnState.com, Guido D’Elia has been relieved of his duties as Director of Football Communications and Branding. D’Elia was hired in 2004 to rejuvenate a fan base and transform the game-day atmosphere at Beaver Stadium.
The crime rate on State Patty’s this year was a little bit lower than last year, according to an article in The Daily Collegian. But that doesn’t redeem this pointless “holiday.”
Remember that time Levels opened? Oh, wait. It still hasn’t happened yet. There was yet another delay today in the widely anticipated grand opening of Levels Nightclub when their plumbing system backed up. A post on their Facebook account this afternoon informed potential parties of the plumbing plight, apologizing for the delay, which has become a pattern as this is now their second canceled premier.
The Penn State women’s basketball team won the Big Ten title outright on Sunday with a 74-51 victory over Minnesota. The game was also Pink Zone at Penn State, with 13,849 in attendance (the 4th-largest Lady Lion crowd ever) supporting the fight against breast cancer.
So Wednesday is February 29th, that one day that comes around every four years that makes us wait another day until Christmas comes. What is the purpose of this extra day? Some would tell you that we need it to make up for the Earth’s orbit around the sun, but Onward State has decided it’s a day to find new music. We start you off on your journey with some staff picks on this final Monday of February.
For 39 minutes and 46 seconds, Jon Graham was having one of his best games as a Nittany Lion. The freshman forward likely wishes he could have back the 11.4 seconds that followed. In that time, Graham missed two free throws that would have extended a one point lead then fouled Northwestern’s John Shurna with 2.6 seconds remaining. Shurna made both of his foul shots to give Northwestern a 67-66 win over Penn State.
The Academy Awards are tonight, but if you’re looking for last-minute advice in your Oscar pool, well, we’re not here to help you. That would be far too easy. But we here at Onward State have quite the assemblage of movie buffs, and we figured it would be far more interesting to go around the table for the second year in a row and pick who we think should win. No, our votes don’t count, but they probably should. So whether you’re hoping that Billy Crystal, veteran host, can turn the Oscars into an enjoyable 4 hour affair or whether you’re hoping that Sacha Baron Cohen crashes the red carpet to make things interesting, we hope you’ll indulge us as we walk you through our favorites in film of the past year.
Other than just photographing yesterday, John O’Brien and myself decided to interview whatever students were willing to talk about their State Patty’s Day thus far. The interviews took place from 2-3PM on Saturday, and most students we interacted with were very kind (some a little bit TOO nice…).
Fellow photographer John O’Brien and I decided to brave the cold weather and aimlessly wandering drunken mobs to take some photographs–for the sake of never having to use that same balcony photograph for each SPD post. Green is flowing through the streets of State College, evidence that despite evidence to slow it down, State Patty’s Day has not been stopped. Check out the slideshow below, to see some of the colorful characters walking around downtown.
EDM superstar Sebastian Ingrosso, one-third of supergroup Swedish House Mafia, performed at the Bryce Jordan Center last night along with openers Alesso, a rising star in the genre, and David Solano, a regular Dayglow DJ. It was no surprise to see Solano, as the event, named State of Emergency, was hosted by Dayglow’s parent company, Committee Entertainment.
A year ago, I was challenged to come up with a poem about State Patty’s Day to which I said, “Challenge accepted”. A Visit From State Patrick was born and posted the day before State Patty’s 2011. Now, with popular demand wanting it to be republished, I present it to you again. We would just republish the old story, but the poem was printed onto a picture which was lost when we switched servers. It is important to note that this is NOT AN ENDORSEMENT of State Patty’s Day. I wrote the poem and I wish the “holiday” would die once and for all. That should quell any fears of the editorial staff being hypocrites as it pertains to SPD.
Last night, the Political Science Association held its first debate in ten months. These debates are typically a trivial affair. The Political Science Association invites several political organizations, definitely more than needed, to debate a topic that one of the groups had selected. To herald in the return of political discourse on campus, Thursday night’s debate was on entitlements, a subject selected by the College Republicans. While the Republicans arrived ready to handle the attacks from three other parties, their preparation was for naught. The three other political organizations did not attend.
After weeks of anticipation, Movin’ On announced most of its line-up for this spring’s music festival on Wednesday in the HUB-Robeson Center. There will be a fifth headliner as well at least one local band which will be chosen after the Battle of the Bands which is slated for March 31st. Here are some Onward State staff members opinion on the choices for the line-up thus far.
WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center during the Penn State women’s basketball game against Minnesota. For every ticket sold for the game, $3 will be donated to the Pink Zone fundraising efforts.
Ah, State Patty’s Day, the not-so-wonderful student holiday created for the purpose of solely getting hammered before St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re at State, but looking for a better way to spend the holiday, and possibly having a lot more fun helping out the community or engaging in some fun activities, then look no further. Onward State’s got you covered.