Author Caity Rogowski

I'm quite odd, a little creepy, and pretty awkward, but we'd probably get along. In real life I'm a THON 2011 Supply Logistics Captain, a Homecoming 2010 Public Relations Captain, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a dancer in ETCH Dance Co. and I tweet a lot.

0 Stoop Kid’s Afraid to Leave the Stoop

Editor and graduating senior Caity Rogowski writes about living the questions, facing fears, sharing burdens, and accepting reality.

“If you’ve ever seen the movie You’ve Got Mail, you’ll understand me when I say I have the “Kathleen Kelly Syndrome.” I often have trouble saying exactly what I mean. Instead, I find it easier to outsource by using quotes or songs to convey my message. That’s why you’ll find a few of my favorites scattered throughout this post: my senior column.”

0 Beats To Keep You Groovin’ During Study Hours

Struggling through long hours with open books or daunting paper assignments can be a real snoozefest unless you have some fresh beats keeping you on track. Check out some songs our Twitter followers suggested, and other tips on creating good playlists to keep you motivated this last week of the semester.

0 Comcast Offers Free Boxes To Help With Move Out

Comcast will provide students with 2 free moving out boxes as a part of their new promotion for college students. Text “PSU” to 72579 and answer a few simple survey questions, and visit the Brand Ambassadors downtown in front of the Student Book Store.

0 Students Can Make A Difference At Capital Day

Students, advocates, and anyone else with an opinion on the latest issues in education funding and tuition increases are encouraged to attend Penn State Capital Day in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 5. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face to face with state legislators and get your voices heard, literally.

0 TEDxPSU Executive Director Application Available

Last October, Penn State University held its first independent TED event. Planning for the second annual event is underway. Applications for the 2011 Executive Director position are available now until March 20th. Apply now to be a part of a team that will bring innovative speakers and intellectual conversation to the Penn State community.

0 Herman Boone Inspires Penn State Crowd

Legendary high school football coach Herman Boone, made famous by the Disney movie Remember the Titans spoke to a crowd of admiring attendees at Eisenhower Auditorium last night. The evening opened with the scene from the movie where Denzel Washington has his team run through the woods at 3am until they reach the battlefields of Gettysburg ending with a speech from the coach that would ultimately cause the union of a team divided.

0 Follow @AbolishCancer to Help THON Beat Cancer

THON is teaming up with Abolish Cancer again to raise money For The Kids. What better day for a combined effort to beat cancer than World Cancer Day?

To participate in today’s TwitterTHON all you have to do is follow @AbolishCancer on twitter – easy enough. One dollar will be donated to THON for every new follower to the account.

0 Students Encouraged to Apply for LeaderShape

The applications for LeaderShape are now available and due by Friday, February 25. LeaderShape is a six day development program that teaches students how to “lead with integrity”. This year’s program will be from May 8 – May 13.Past LeaderShape attendees have gone on to hold positions within UPUA, THON and many other orgs.

0 Capitol Steps Bring Political Humor to Happy Valley

Political satire group The Capitol Steps performed at the State Theatre last night to a slightly older crowd with their musical quips about current hot topics. A group of five comedians took turns changing outfits, accents, and ethnicities during the fast paced show, never skipping a beat on the political pulse.

0 SI Writer Tom Verducci Returns to PSU

Tom Verducci is the exception to the rule: he knew he would become a sports journalist by the age of 10. That type of certainty is something many strive for all of their lives, and yet here is a man who had it all figured out before even becoming a teenager. Verducci shared this insight when he spoke at the HUB-Robeson Center last night in an event sponsored by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

From that point on Verducci’s career blossomed. He created and fostered relationships while gaining the trust of colleagues, sources, players, and managers. As with any line of journalism, finding the balance between professional and personal conversations was tough: “I don’t want to be their friends; I’m an objective journalist.”

1 Distraction of the Day: Roommate Communication 101

We’ve all had problems with our roommates at some point… too messy, too loud, too much sexiling… Wouldn’t it be great if there was a passive-aggressive way to bitch out your roommates? Look no further!

Just leave a Roommate FYI on their desk next time they do something to irk you.

My favorite is “you really need to put some clothes on, and I’m not the only roommate who thinks so.” What combination would you use? Check out a larger version after the jump.

0 THON Awareness Week

Starting Monday, THON volunteers will be in the HUB promoting awareness of everything from pediatric cancer facts to information about…

0 The Ablogable Snowstorm

Since the entire state of Pennsylvania is covered in a giant snow blob, we thought it would be appropriate to share a screenshot to show the severity of the issue. Is anyone up for a snow-shoe race?

0 THON Enthusiasts Tweet To Win Shorty Award

THON supporters have been tweeting up a storm lately nominating the philanthropy for a Shorty Award in the charity category. Currently The Trevor Project is in first place with over 1450 votes, whereas THON is quickly making its way up the list, moving from 13th to 6th place in less than a day.

0 Fundraisers, Bowling, and a Canning Weekend

Now that THON is only 33 days away, events raising money and awareness For The Kids are in full swing! Here at Onward State we are going to try our best to keep you up to date and in the loop with everything so you don’t miss out!

0 Late Night Relay for Life Fundraiser in State College Tonight

If the urge to snack hits you while strolling the streets of downtown State College this evening keep an eye out for Relay For Life volunteers selling snacks at various locations. There will be three tables set up outside Rapid Transit, the Family Clothesline, and the CVS on Beave Ave. from 9:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Hot dogs will be sold for $2, meatball subs for $3, and if you’re looking for an extra push to keep you buzzing through the night you can grab a Rockstar energy drink for just $1. Make sure you’re carrying cash as credit cards and LionCash will not be accepted.

0 Bands Battle at THON Band Bash to Perform at THON

On Thursday night six bands will fight for a chance to perform during THON 2011. The event will be in Alumni Hall in the HUB, and doors will open at 6:30pm. While admittance is free, donations will be accepted at the door.

The winning act will be determined based on judging by THON Entertainment Captains and crowd response. The winning band will join nine other performers THON weekend in the Bryce Jordan Center for a chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

Find out who’s playing after the jump.

0 Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci To Converse At Penn State

Penn State alumnus and my personal hero Tom Verducci will return to State College on Tuesday, January 25 to speak as a part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism’s Conversation Series. The session will be at 7p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

0 THON Donation Confusion Cleared Up, Remedied

‘Tis the season to give to those in need. That’s why thousands of Penn State students are in the process of sending out THONvelopes: personalized letters to family and friends to solicit donations for the Penn State Dance Marathon.

Recently, however, households that have donated to THON in the past received a generic solicitation letter from the University on behalf of the philanthropy.

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