As the temperatures in Centre County start to drop, fall colors blanket the region's mountains and valleys. To experience this seasonal change in full, however, you'll need to venture out of the bubble of State College. In this edition of "Onward & Outward", we take you to two hidden gems in Rothrock State Forest: the Alan Seeger Natural Area, and Greenwood Fire Tower.
Check out our interactive timeline of every incident, investigation and allegation against Jerry Sandusky that has been surfaced thus far. Get up to speed with the Sandusky trail with this informative infographic after the jump.
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Good news in Happy Valley is hard to come by these days, but Cannon Design of Baltimore, MD will soon be making a splash on campus. The architects were recently approved to design an addition to the existing McCoy Natatorium. Read more about it after the jump!
Students flood campus and downtown State College in reaction to Coach Paterno's firing.
Tuesday was a busy day around campus. Take a look at our photos from the day's events.
Yesterday, first-year students in the school of Architecture took place in the annual Costume Parade, in which they were directed to develop costumes and an accompanying performance that reflected some architectural idea. Check out the stop motion time lapse after the jump to get a glimpse of the variety of costumes.
Couldn't make it to the Penn State 2011 Homecoming Parade? Don't fret! You can catch the whole thing right here...in under two minutes.
The 2011 Penn State Homecoming Parade starts at 6pm tonight. Watch the entire thing live, right here!
Even though ground has not yet been broken, the Penn State community has gotten a pretty convincing glimpse of the soon-to-be Pegula Ice Arena. This new facility is currently in the works due to a $88 million donation by natural gas tycoon Terry Pegula. Thanks to a few released renderings and drawings of the facility, we can get a pretty good idea of what the new Icers' home will look like. Check out some artists' conceptual images after the jump!
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!
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.
University Park is a beautiful campus. The lush trees and landscape and the vibrant mixture of classic and modern architecture combine to create a place unlike any other. As a photographer, however, one of the most important rules is to shoot your subject from a variety of angles, so I took to the top floors of a number of campus buildings to capture a unique perspective of campus.
Attending a Penn State football game is an experience that can't be described in words. The atmosphere in the stadium is overwhelming and there's nothing like 100,000 people taking part in a "We Are" chant. After 3 years of attending football games in the Beav, I've made a few observations regarding its clientele.
Matt Nathanson leads a rousing singalong of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at Friday night's Nittany Block Party.
The beginning of a new academic calendar also brings the start of another type of calendar: Countdown to THON. To get the ball rolling on the world's largest student-run philanthropy, THON Overall Committee Chairpersons will be selecting captains for each of their respective THON committees. Learn how to apply here!
Over the past three days, an internet rally centered around Twitter and Facebook has been waged in order to help THON child Lexi Bartlett meet her idol, Taylor Swift. According to the event page,“Lexi is 6 years old and has stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer. She has been fighting this horrible disease since she was 3 years old," and "she wants nothing more than to meet Taylor Swift." Well, after Saturday night, perhaps that aspiration should be expressed in the past tense.
In March 2011, the Board of Trustees voted to halt all progress on many new construction projects that were then in progress, short of breaking ground. This means that major projects still in the design and bidding phases were put on hold until further notice. However, based on the extent to which many of them had been designed and the fact that many of the contracts had already been granted, we can only assume that they will come to fruition one day. To help counter the Penn State building rumor mill ("They’re putting a building on the HUB Lawn, OMG, WTF?!"), this is the first in a series of posts looking at projects currently on hold, as well as those already in progress.
FTCAP is an exciting day for freshmen, filled with great information about Penn State from upperclassmen who have been in the freshies' shoes before. The FTCAP leaders are charged with being the freshmen's first mentors as they embark on their college journey. But with an entire day filled with Penn State knowledge, some things can stick out more than others.
After 4 years with German soccer club 1. FFC Frankfurt, Penn State grad Ali Krieger has returned to the States to join the U.S. women's team in their hunt for the Women's World Cup.
Last night I experienced the rally from start to finish from a number of different perspectives. Here’s what I saw, set to one of the night’s anthems.
For the past few weeks we've been taking you outside the confines of State College to explore a number of different day trip opportunities in the area. This week, however, we know that you're swamped with finals and leaving the library is probably out of the question, right? Not so fast. With a little bit of exploring, you can find the perfect new study spot on campus, away from the crowds during finals week, and we're here to help you. With the help of some of our readers, we've compiled a list of some of the lesser known study spots around campus.
For seniors, graduation can become a stressful time. Visiting family, dinners, ceremonies, coupled with the good-byes to friends and Dear Old State can complicate what should a joyous celebration. Here at Onward State, we want to help simplify your life come graduation as we offer our top 10 tips for taking your photo with the ubiquitous Nittany Lion Shrine.
With the semester coming to a close, many seniors are scrambling to cross items off of their Penn State bucket list. One trip that every Penn State student should make before they graduate is hiking Mt. Nittany.
Having been under construction since the fall of 2008, for many Penn State students, the Millenium Science Complex has been a part of their campus experience since freshman year. After nearly three years, however, the building is set to be completed by the end of the summer. Get a sneak peek of the building after the jump.
Following a similar fate to that of the Mezzanine, the Phyrst has been shut down for the week due to an imposition by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Last week we explored Penn's Cave, one of the more commercialized outdoor day-trip spots in Centre County. This week, we make a 180° and look at a much more hidden hangout, only a half hour drive from State College.
For those of us who would rather hike up a mountain than hike back to frat row, being stuck in town can grow monotonous at times. Last year, I began exploring outside of the State College area and was amazed at how much there was to do. A short road trip on a Saturday can make some of your most memorable experiences while at Penn State. For the first installment of this series, I visited Penn's Cave this past weekend.