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Posted about 3 months ago in about by
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Don't worry about what you should be doing, or how what you're doing is going to fit into the cadre of college—or Penn State, for that matter—predetermined by our culture. Go make your own Penn State, without any expectations; you'll be much happier.
Posted about 4 months ago in about by
UPUANew
With two meetings to go and over $115,000 left to spend, it took a bit of squabbling, but the University Park Undergraduate Association approved, among three other resolutions, a bill giving funding to Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness Month, which will take place in April.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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Wednesday night was special, because I covered my first UPUA meeting in 2½ years. I was anticipating, like days of old, the burning of midnight oil and a hefty amount of squabbling. So I was taken aback when first, the meeting started promptly at 8 p.m., and second, when it was finished in just 42 minutes.
Posted about 9 months ago in about by
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Cabinda, a senior, stands at 6' 1" and weighs 220 pounds. He attends Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, N.J. He had committed to Syracuse on July 1, and previously had offers from Penn State, Maryland, Navy, Boston College, and a host of other programs.
Posted about 10 months ago in about by
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Maybe we take our rivalry with Ohio State very seriously, or maybe we mentally check out of a Friday afternoon class to wonder about which quarterback is going to start Saturday or think about getting tailgate supplies. It's exciting, and it's a good way for a lot of us, 110,000 strong, to come together and blow off steam and rally around Penn State. I think it's great that starting October 1, Penn State will conduct a survey to really take the pulse of the real culture here. Regardless of whether there's a problem or not, it's never a bad idea to step back and reevaluate.
Posted about a year ago in by
marathon bombing
It's just so sad. I can feel my face tighten when I even think the words "Boston Marathon". But we will get through it. Everyone has been so good to us, and we will get through it. We'll get through it thanks to you, and thanks to our city. We are #BostonStrong.
Posted about a year ago in about by
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If you've walked on Old Main Lawn since Sunday, you might have noticed that the Pennsylvania state flag has been flying at half-staff. Here is the order issued this week.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Smeal Graduation 2012
Yesterday, the list of this year's commencement speakers was released. Each college will have their own ceremony, marked by a keynote speaker, typically a big name to deliver a message to the graduating class. But one curious item on the list popped up: the College of the Liberal Arts did not have a listed commencement speaker.
Posted about a year ago in about by
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Bob Costas is taking another look at the Freeh Report. When he first commented on it last July, he had only read summaries of the document, and not the 267-page report itself. Now, in order to give the report and its assertions a fuller look, Costas is going to host a program, "a further examination of this issue in a month or two" on NBC discussing the issues in more detail.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Chipotle
Expand your horizons, like your parents are always obnoxiously telling you. The Sustainable Agriculture Club will be screening the documentary, American Meat, on Wednesday, April 3, at 7:45 p.m in 101 Thomas. The film examines American farming and meat production at a crossroads, and how farmers, as producers, are dealing with the present and future of meat production, from diverse angles like hog, poultry, and cattle.
Posted about a year ago in about by
THON stage good
THON 2013 ended only five weeks ago, but just like that, we have a new Overall Committee for next year's THON. Find out who'll be leading THON 2014 after the jump.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Sandusky
Jerry Sandusky's voice aired briefly on national TV this morning, for the first time since his conviction in June 2012. John Ziegler, filmmaker and the force behind Framing Paterno, appeared on the Today Show to discuss and air clips from his interview with Sandusky from prison.
Posted about a year ago in about by
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The Bryce Jordan Center announced this morning that Keith Urban would be making a stop in State College as part of his "Light the Fuse" tour. The country star will be playing a show with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch on Friday, November 22.
Posted about a year ago in about by
FirstInternMeeting
Internships have now become the foundation of entry into a career field, in some cases effectively replacing the "entry level." Not only are they increasingly necessary for advancing your career (sounds strange to say as a 20-year-old), but they aren't easy to get and they are often unpaid, and sometimes they don't even promise the kind of advancement they once did. You can't get a job because you don't have experience, and you can't get that experience if you don't get hired somewhere.
Posted about a year ago in about by
State Patty's Day
Downtown State College may be filled with green this Saturday, but if you want to drink, you won't be able to do so at the bars. The Tavern Association of State College reached an agreement today with the Campus-Community Partnership on Dangerous Drinking, in which they agreed to stop all alcohol sales on State Patty's Day.
Posted about a year ago in about by
State Patty's Day - Are U Hungry Line
Members of the Tavern Association of State College met at Old Main on Friday afternoon to discuss the possibility of closing bars on State Patty's Day. No such decision has yet been made.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Emily Whitehead Family
Ask anyone what the most emotional parts of THON are, and Family Hour will, year after year, certainly appear on that list. This year was no different as Four Diamonds families strolled across the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center and four shared their stories of their children's battles with cancer.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Finals Schedule
Quick, go look on eLion! The final exam schedule is now released for this semester, which means that your last week of the school year (or maybe college!) has either suffered a fatal blow or maybe has just opened up to several days of outdoor drinking at Cafe 210 West.
Posted about a year ago in about by
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This morning, a critique of the Freeh report made landfall. Commissioned by the Paterno family and conducted by a Washington law firm, King & Spalding, the report offered a harsh rebuttal to the claims made in the Freeh report.
Posted about a year ago in about by
statue
It hasn't been a good time to be a Penn State trustee recently. Now, a petition on the website Change.org is calling for the university's ultimate governing body to bring back the statue of Joe Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium from 2001 until it was abruptly removed in July 2012.
Posted about a year ago in about by
Bon Jovi Performs In Melbourne
You've already heard that a Jersey storm is hitting State College on February 23. But make sure, if you're a big Bon Jovi fan (and probably from New Jersey, but we aren't judging), to look out for purchasing your tickets to their show on the "Because We Can" tour (who else can pull off that title?) to purchase your tickets tomorrow!
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
big lebowski
For $5, you can enjoy 119 glorious minutes of His Dudeness and all the white Russians and bowling that go with it at the State Theatre. Just don't be out of your element. One show starts at 7:30 p.m., with another one at 10. For the die-hard among you, why not wear your bathrobe to the event?
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
Candles illuminate the Joe Paterno statue Sunday night after the news of his death earlier that morning.
Joe Paterno passed away on January 22, 2012. Next Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary since that day, and to commemorate the iconic coach, a tribute organization, Inspiration Way, will hold a candlelight vigil in Paterno's honor.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
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Take a minute to think that the man who scored the winning goal against the Soviets at Lake Placid will be breathing the same air as you for an evening. As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Student Programming Association is bringing Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, to Eisenhower Auditorium.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
gaga
March is a long way off, and you're liable to forget about getting tickets to the Lady Gaga concert in that long space of time. But luckily for you, tickets go on sale Friday (or Thursday if you're a student), so you can get them while the date is fresh in your mind.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
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It is now exactly one year to the day that Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse. The arrest kicked off the one year that we at Penn State would like to forget most of all. The scandal devastated us, as the school and its symbols we thought we knew seemed to unravel. But I think I've learned more in the past year than perhaps any other.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
harvard sailing team
The storm was no match for Harvard Sailing Team, whose show will go on as scheduled at Alumni Hall in the HUB tonight at 10 p.m. The sketch comedy group is not actually from Harvard, nor does it sail, but they have put out some pretty hilarious stuff in the past, and when was the last time you went to a sketch comedy show, anyway?
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
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The Senior Class Gift Committee for the Class of 2013 has announced that this year's gift, as voted on by current Penn State seniors, will be the "We Are" sculpture. The sculpture will feature the words "We Are" and have the words of the Alma Mater carved on them, in Fred Lewis Pattee's original handwriting.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
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Most of you probably haven't heard the name of J.M. Coetzee. Regardless, it's still a big deal, since Coetzee, an acclaimed South African-born author, will be on hand at Penn State on Thursday evening to be honored with a medal by the Institute of Arts and Humanities, as well as to give a reading from some of his works. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the State Theatre.
Posted about 2 years ago in about by
Luke Bryan
If you've ever been to Pickle's on a Tuesday, you know that there's no shortage of country music fans at Penn State. So a lot of you are going to be a lot happier: according to Country Music Television, Luke Bryan has a new tour in the works that includes a stop in State College on February 8, 2013.
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