Author Eric Weiss

Eric is the Visual Editor, and a Photographer for Onward State, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently a 5th year student in the B.Arch program at Penn State. Likes: Apple Products, Canon Products, any music Pitchfork tells me to listen to. Dislikes: conversations via Facebook wall-to-wall, #hashtagsthataremorethanthreewords

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0 Onward & Outward: Alan Seeger Natural Area & Greenwood Fire Tower

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.

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6 Addition Planned for Aged Natatorium

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!

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0 Stop Motion: Architecture Costume Parade

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.

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0 Sneak Peek: Pegula Ice Arena

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!

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0 THON Canning Map – Week #1

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!

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1 Uncovering “Who Killed Betsy?”

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.

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0 Photo Gallery: Campus from Above

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.

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0 The 5 People You Meet in Beaver Stadium

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.

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0 Apply to be a 2012 THON Captain!

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!

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0 #LoveForLexi Pays Off as THON Child Meets Taylor Swift

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.

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0 Penn State Construction Update: HUB Expansion

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.

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0 FTCAP Favorites

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.

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2 Onward & Outward: Study Spots

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.

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0 Ten Tips for Taking Senior Photos at the Lion Shrine

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.

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0 Onward & Outward: Mt. Nittany

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.

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0 Millenium Science Complex Nears Completion

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.

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1 Phyrst Closed for the Week

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.

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0 Onward & Outward: Little Flat Fire Tower

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.

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0 Onward & Outward: Penn’s Cave

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.

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