Author Doug Dooling, Jr.

I am a staff writer for Onward State. I graduated as a Nittany Lion with Honors in 2013. After spending one year in exile in suburban Philadelphia, I return to Happy Valley to earn a degree at the Dickinson School of Law. Outside of politics and government, my interests include college football, soccer, Irish history, astronomy and advocating the elimination of the Oxford comma.

0 Blackface: A Halloween That Ripped a University

In 2003, the chairman of the College Republicans hosted a Halloween party where one of the guests wore blackface. Members of the Undergraduate Student Government were in attendance, but no one spoke out against a multitude of offensive costumes. When the chairman shared photos of the event on his website, a controversy ignited. And after all this, Penn State still debates if it is permissible for students to use other cultures for their costumes.

0 HBO Halts Production of Al Pacino’s Happy Valley

After a week of exciting developments, HBO announced it has suspended the Al Pacino movie ‘Happy Valley’ because of budgetary restrictions. This is the first time that a studio has claimed it was behind the screen adaptation of Joe Posnanski’s ‘Paterno.’

0 Bills Bring Blue Band Back to Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills franchise has invited the Penn State Blue Band to perform at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3. The Bills will play the Kansas City Chiefs for an early afternoon game. This will mark a busy weekend for the Blue Band, as Beaver Stadium will host a game between the Nittany Lions and Fighting Illini.

0 Camden Riversharks are FTK

You don’t have to wait until August to have a THON Night in the Philadelphia area. The Camden Riversharks, from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, will raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund on Tuesday. Tickets purchased before Monday evening will have some of the proceeds donated to THON.

0 Ex Officio Trustee Falls Under Right to Know Law

The Department of Education said the law didn’t apply. The Office of Open Records said the law didn’t apply. But the Commonwealth Court said the Right-to-Know law applies to the state Secretary of Education in his or her capacity as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.

0 Professor’s Lawsuit Against National Review Can Proceed

The DC Superior Court ruled that Michael Mann, a world-renown climatologist and Penn State professor, can proceed in his lawsuit against the National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Last July, the two conservative organizations shared an article that compared the professor to Jerry Sandusky.

0 AG Kane Ousts Judge Behind Sandusky Grand Jury

Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the state Supreme Court removed Barry Feudale as the supervising judge of grand jury investigations. This came at the request of Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane alleged that Feudale belittled her and Linda Kelly, the previous state Attorney General. Kane also stated that the judge brandished a knife in her office.

0 Corbett Fires Ex Officio Trustee Richard Allan

Another one bit the dust. Today, Governor Corbett announced the forced resignation of Richard Allan, his secretary of the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. Allan is also an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and was present during the entirety of the Sandusky Scandal.

0 Senior Column: Winter Soldiers

Some individuals would have you believe that a Winter Soldier is one who stands by himself. However, in his senior column, Doug Dooling argues that Winter Soldiers are people who overcome difficulties together.

0 THON Store Coming to HUB

If you thought THON couldn’t take any more of your money, think again. THON publicly announced they will open a permanent location in the HUB around May 2015. This endeavor comes with other renovations that are a part of HUB Expansion. The Board of Trustees will vote on expanding the student union at their meeting next month.

0 NCAA Lawsuit Will Head to Court Next Month

On Tuesday, US District Judge Yvette Kane ruled that oral arguments for the NCAA’s motion to dismiss will begin on May 1. The governing body of college sports argues that the Commonwealth’s lawsuit to overturn sanctions on the Nittany Lions football program is without merit.

0 Penn State Defenders to Hold Panel This Friday

On Friday afternoon, Franco Harris will moderate “Upon Further Review: One Year Later,” a panel which will discuss the myths and truths surrounding the Sandusky Scandal. The event promises to reveal unreported information about the Grand Jury Presentment. Panelists will include John Ziegler and Anthony Lubrano.

0 Tom Ridge Endorses Bob Jubelirer for Trustee

Former state senator Bob Jubelirer has scored one of the highest-profile endorsements for the Board of Trustees alumni election. Yesterday, Senator Jubelirer shared on his Facebook page that Tom Ridge, who resigned the Pennsylvania governorship in 2011 to become the first Homeland Security Secretary, endorsed him for Trustee. This announcement came after the first day of alumni voting.

0 Valerie Plame Wilson Endorses Bill Cluck for BoT

Few people heard of Bill Cluck before Ken Frazier’s tirade. Now, Dr. Cluck, a candidate for an alumni seat on the Board of Trustees, earned the first celebrity endorsement of this election. Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA operative and novelist, endorsed Cluck for Penn State’s Board of Trustees.

0 Watchdog: University Names Director of Ethics

The University named Regis Becker its first Director of Ethics and Compliance yesterday. With this title, Becker will be charged with supervision of all federal, state, and local laws, as well as internal policies. His post comes from the preliminary recommendations of Louis Freeh.

“Regis Becker’s range of distinguished experience in corporate compliance, security and law enforcement makes him the ideal person to implement and oversee clear, comprehensive and exemplary principles and procedures for the University,” President Rod Erickson said in a release.

0 Penn State, Insurer To Duke It Out In Philadelphia

Penn State University experienced a legal setback last week, as the Superior Court of Pennsylvania determined that its trial with its insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company will be held in Philadelphia County, not Centre County as it had hoped.

0 Dancer Parents Express Emotions

Your child is dancing in THON. Are you so excited that he or she has this amazing opportunity? Or are you worried about the adverse health effects. Onward State found that not every parent felt the same way about his or her child dancing.

0 Club Profile: Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Chi Omega finished among the Top Five of Greek Organizations last year, with their partners at Pi Kappa Phi. Why are they so motivated to be a part of THON? Their sisters shared why they enjoy THON weekend.

0 Club Profile: Irish Society

One month after the last day of THON, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Coincidence? Yes. Anyway, we interviewed members of the Penn State Irish Society to find out why they THON.

0 Club Profile: Schuylkill THON

If you think only University Park students THON, think again. THON organizations exist at every Commonwealth campus. Although UPark students often forget Commonwealth students’ contributions, they play a vital role in the fight against pediatric cancer. Onward State interviewed Schuylkill THON to learn the impact they had on THON 2013.

0 Penn State Applies to the FAA for a Drone License

Unmanned aircraft have been crucial in the War on Terror, but are they necessary on a college campus? Penn State University thinks so. The Electronic Frontier Foundation learned the University has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for a drone license.

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