Author Dan McCool

Dan is a senior and has been writing for Onward State since January 2010. Did you miss him? Nah, neither did we. He's returning after a semester abroad in England and will be serving as Arts Editor. Favorite things in life include references to The Big Lebowski.

Student Life
0 UPUA Is Walking to Harrisburg, Not Much Else

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.

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Football
18 On Culture and #Culture

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.

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Sandusky Scandal
31 Bob Costas to Host Show Reexamining Freeh Report

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.

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Student Life
0 Watch American Meat Documentary, Get Free Burrito

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.

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Student Life
0 The Internship and You: How to Survive Summer

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.

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Downtown
16 Bars Will Be Dry on 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.

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THON
0 THON Family Hour Brings Tears, Inspiring Stories

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.

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Entertainment
1 Bon Jovi Tickets on Sale Today at 10:00

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!

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Entertainment
2 The Big Lebowski Got the Venue It Wanted

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?

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Student Life
1 Hockey Hero Mike Eruzione to Speak at Penn State

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.

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Sandusky Scandal
0 One Year Later, What Have We Learned?

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.

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Entertainment
1 Harvard Sailing Team to Drop Anchor at Alumni Hall

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?

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Penn State
0 Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee Coming to Penn State

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.

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