Monthly Archives: November, 2012

0 George Mitchell Issues First Athletics Integrity Report to NCAA

As part of the NCAA consent decree, Penn State’s athletic integrity monitor George Mitchell has issued his first quarterly report on Penn State’s compliance.

“We have received the University’s full cooperation during this initial period of the monitorship,” the report says. “Our requests for access to University personnel have been granted without exception.”

0 Penn State Needs a Finals Week Puppy Room

Everyone loves puppies. If there’s one thing that everyone can get behind — PS4RS, Karen Peetz, Evan Ponter, Michael Mauti, etc. — it’s that puppies are some of the most adorable things in the world. I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t love them, and the soft, warm feeling of a puppy can warm even the coldest hearts.

That’s why Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada has spearheaded the idea of a “puppy room” during its finals week.

0 Miami (FL) Upsets No. 6 Lady Lions in ACC-B1G Challenge

The sixth-ranked Lady Lions were upset by Miami (FL) 69-65 in last night’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge game. After trailing for the first 31 minutes, Penn State managed to battle its way back but could not pull out the victory in a game that was decided in the final seconds.

0 India Pavilion: A Review

I didn’t grow up on Indian food — I didn’t even taste my first bite of it until a high school friend invited me over to his house. His mom would always insist on cooking for us, even if we weren’t hungry, creating a dazzling spread of naan, saag paneer, and lentils. The combination of warm spices and love are, what I think, the things that make Indian food so welcoming (especially on a cold day). India Pavilion is the epitome of what Indian food is all about.

0 Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Brings Hope

The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hostpital celebrated its official completion this week with several dedications. On Saturday the brand new 263,000 square-foot facility opened its doors for a public dedication. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the dedication with Penn State Altoona benefiting THON’s Four Diamonds family, the Kratzers. This was the first opportunity for the public to get an inside look at the new hospital which cost nearly $207 million dollars. To many, the hospital is more than just a building — it will serve as home.

0 A Eulogy for *ndulge Cupcakes

It is with heavy hearts that Onward State mourns the closing of *ndulge. In honor of its last day in State College, we would like to offer a few words before we must part ways.

0 More Effective SRTE Questions

With finals week only a few weeks away, SRTEs (Student Rating of Teacher Effectiveness) are set to open on December 3rd, which allow you to finally take out your frustrations (or jubilance) on all of your professors in the form of a survey. SRTEs have been around since 1985, and offer the standard questions that help departments evaluate the effectiveness of professors. But maybe they should ask some of these, too, for a more “honest” assessment.

0 A Letter From the Mauti Family to the Penn State Community

It’s certainly been an emotional year for the Mauti family. From taking over as the emotional leader of the team, to the heartbreaking injury at the end, Michael Mauti has garnered the love and support of the Penn State family that is nearly unmatched by any player in our history.

His brother Pat, who also played at Penn State from 2005-2008, sent this letter to The School Philly on behalf of his family.

0 The White Panda and Asher Roth to Perform at PSU

The Student Programming Association has been bringing Penn State great entertainment all semester long, and this morning, they announced another can’t miss show will be coming to the HUB. Next Friday, December 7, at 10 p.m. in Alumni Hall, mash-up duo The White Panda and Pennsylvania-bred rapper Asher Roth will be performing. The event, sponsored by SPA LateNight, will be free and ticketless. Students with a valid PSU student ID will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.

0 Blue Band Senior Day Proposal

To state the obvious, Saturday’s Wisconsin game was a special one for all Penn State students and alumni. It was even more special for a former Blue Band member and a current Blue Band senior.

0 Sam Ficken Wins in the End

After a poor performance against Virginia early on in the season Sam Ficken rebounded to end the season with ten straight field goals including the game winner in overtime against Wisconsin.

0 GSpan Brings Home $3 Million for Doing Nothing

While former Penn State President Graham Spanier was likely busy sun bathing in the Bahamas or hiking the Alps, playing the washboard and doing magic tricks for natives of lands far away on his one year sabbatical, he was also taking home a hefty paycheck from the university.

0 Esquire Names Louis Freeh as a Top “American of the Year”

Bradley Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Louis Freeh, Serena Williams.

Which of these things is not like the others?

If you answered Louis Freeh, you probably don’t write for Esquire. The magazine recently ranked Judge Louis Freeh in its top 15 “Americans of the Year” in its most recent issue.

0 How to Beat the Winter Blues in Happy Valley

The first snow has officially fallen in State College, meaning the winter slump will soon be upon us. Everyone’s been there. That time of year where it’s too cold to be outside and all you want to do is nap, watch movies, and eat the homemade Christmas goodies your mom sends you from home. Your productivity is the lowest it will be until daylong season begins in the spring.

But have no fear. Here is a list of ways to help you escape the winter blues through the long season ahead.

0 Joe Amendola Makes GQ’s ‘Least Influential People of 2012′

It’s been a wild year for Jerry Sandusky’s main attorney, Joe Amendola, but one national magazine doesn’t believe he was all that shrewd. Amendola was named to GQ’s recently released ‘Least Influential People of 2012′ list. He made the cut along with 24 others, including Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, and Hulk Hogan.

0 Finance Takes the Mr. and Mrs. THON Title

Last night the fourth annual Mr. and Mrs.THON Pageant took place in Eisenhower Auditorium. From SNL skits to dance moves, all of the committees looked sharp and put up a tough competition. In the end, Finance took the title. I guess you really should put your money where your mouth is.

0 Seven Steps to Decorating Your Room for Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving Break is over, it’s about time to get into the Christmas spirit. There’s nothing better than stepping into a room full of holiday décor after walking around in Happy Valley’s chilly temperatures. If you have any desire to transform your apartment or dorm room into a festive abode in time for the holiday, read on for several helpful tips.

0 Despite Late Effort, Penn State Falls 73-61 to Boston College

Sloppy play and poor bench play plagued Penn State basketball Wednesday night, as they fell to Boston College 73-61.

It wasn’t pretty — for 35 of the 40 minutes, Penn State played their worst basketball of the season — but a late effort by Penn State’s Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill made it a game, bringing a 20 point defecit to within 3 with 3:08 remaining. Ultimately, it wouldn’t be enough, as Boston College capitalized on free throws in the final minutes.

0 Penn State Basketball With a Side Dish of Free Hat

Tonight at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State will try to do its part to prove that the Big Ten is the best college basketball conference in the country. The Nittany Lions will square off with Boston College in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, a team they defeated 62-54 on the road last fall. The game begins at 9:15 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Students in attendance will receive a free snapback hat.

0 Chip Ray Elected as New IFC President

Chip Ray (@chipray16) was elected as the new President of the Penn State Interfraternity Council at last night’s meeting. Ray, an Industrial Engineering major and member of Acacia, has served as the IFC’s Executive Vice President over the past term. He will have the tall task of replacing outgoing IFC President Vinnie Lizza.

“Thank you to everyone for your support,” Ray Tweeted after his election. “I am very honored and excited for what the next year will bring.”

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