Author Mara Kern

Mara is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in business. She is from Cranberry Twp., PA and enjoys blogging, cats, tweeting, and not wanting to graduate.

0 10 Questions With 2015 SPA Director Liz Malara

The Student Programming Association, or SPA for short, is one of the most funded organizations on campus. Between bringing music acts, comedians, or countless other forms of entertainment, everyone at Penn State has probably taken advantage of one of SPA’s free programs. From Keenan Thompson to Timeflies, SPA has plenty of awesome acts to live up to for next year, so we caught up with the newly selected Director, Liz Malara, to ask her ten questions.

0 Started From Altoona Now I’m Here: Mara Kern’s Senior Column

I came into my Penn State experience with a bit of dread and a lot of uncertainty. But every person throughout my Penn State journey has left their unique hand print on my life- and for that, I am thankful. Every year I have learned not just in the classroom, but especially outside of it. Here are some of those lessons.

0 The College Town Film Festival is Underway

The 2nd annual College Town Film Festival is well underway at the State Theater and one of the most prominent features of this year’s festival is special guest James Denton also known as Mike Delfino from Desperate Housewives. The festival features the screenings of several independent films as well as several shorts, one of which stars Denton.

0 Penn State is Evicted, No Longer Lives Here

In 1855, James Irvin of Bellefonte, Pa donated 200 acres to start the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania, which eventually became our beloved Penn State University. Irvin’s Great-Great-Great-Grandson, Steve Irvin, now wants the land back, which will result in Penn State’s eviction from State College, Pa.

0 Warrior Games to Honor Lt. Michael Murphy

Lt. Murphy’s legacy will continue to be honored this weekend with Omega Delta Sigma’s annual Warrior Games and spaghetti dinner benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Lt. Murphy was an avid fan of Crossfit, a fitness and exercise program known for its intense workouts that combine multiple disciplines of strength training.

0 BJC Is Officially at Capacity

For the first time so far this weekend, the Bryce Jordan Center has officially reached capacity triggering THON’s newly created back-up plan. The doors to the BJC are now officially closed, and every hour on the hour THON will release updates on the numbers on the coded bracelets who will be allowed to enter into the BJC (if any)

0 What THON Means to THON Families

With THON only 2 days away, volunteers are in overdrive working out the final details of THON weekend and hoping to raise more funds to add to the total that will be revealed during the culmination of a years worth of work. In order to give the THON community some motivation in the final stretch, we reached out to some Four Diamonds families to ask them what THON means to them. Here are their responses:

0 What If We Had A Moraler For Life?

Morale has been a staple of the Penn State Dance Marathon for years and was the first official committee of the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Known for keeping dancers motivated and energized while they stand on their feet for 46 hours, moralers are responsible for keeping the energy up, maintaining dancer safety, and being huge fans of the color yellow. With THON a short three days away, we asked ourselves, “What if we had a moraler for everyday life?”

0 The Unofficial Beginner’s Guide to THON 2014

Last year we gave you a beginner’s guide to THON 2013, complete with the people, places, and terms you need to know to make it through your first THON weekend. We decided to help out all the newbs again by giving you a refreshed and updated list of how to make your first THON experience the best it can be. Here is your unofficial beginner’s guide to THON weekend.

0 A Record 711 People Selected to Dance in THON 2014

With THON a short 15 days away, the list of dancers who will be standing for 46 hours has just been released, and just like last year is breaking a new record. Gone are the days of the traditional 708 dancers– this year the BJC will be home to 711 dancers during THON weekend. Earlier this year it was announced that dancer couples would become a thing of the past, allowing organizations to have an odd number of dancers for the first time in the Dance Marathon’s history. A discrepancy similar to last year’s that allowed for 710 dancers pushed this year’s number to 711.

0 10 Questions with T’yanna Wallace, Penn Stater and Daughter of Biggie Smalls

T’yanna Wallace is not your average Penn State student. While most of us aren’t doing a whole lot with our weekends besides waiting in line for the Phyrst, Wallace spends her time working on her clothing line named after her father — you might have heard of him — Notorious B.I.G. Yep, her dad is the one and only Biggie Smalls. The Penn State Hazleton junior sat down with us to talk about what it’s like to have a notorious dad.

0 ‘Life is Tough, But I’m Tougher': An Update on Kayla Nakonechni

Her battle began around March of last year when she began to notices twitches and small movements. After suffering multiple seizures, the diagnosis was confirmed as cancer. Since the last time we caught up with Kayla, she has hit a couple of “speed bumps,” including being taken out of a chemotherapy study and put into a different one because her low blood levels called for a blood transfusion in late November.

0 Skate and Dodge Away, FTK

If you still have yet to check out Pegula Ice Arena or have dreams of skating on the fancy new ice, THON is here to make your dreams a reality, all while raising money For The Kids.

0 Vote for THON to Make the World ‘Not Suck’

The Penn State Dance Marathon has officially entered Project for Awesome’s annual contest in which the winning charities “decrease the overall level of world suck.” Every year, the total money raised by Project for Awesome is dived between wining charities, and this year, THON is in the running among hundreds of other causes

0 iCracked and Mac Have Your Back

Everyone knows that feeling: your heartbeat quickens and palms start to sweat as you stare at the ground with utter dread. You dropped your phone. Sometimes you pick it up just to breathe a sigh of relief that it’s unharmed, but the unlucky few barely contain a sob of devastation at the cracked screen of their phones. Even just looking around a lecture hall, it’s easy to spot dozens of shattered iPhones — the result of too many nights out and not enough money to spend on a new phone.

0 Submit Your Best Balcony View

Between the hundreds of apartments around State College, we know there are some prime balconies around, and we want to know about them! Simply e-mail [email protected] and tell us about a balcony that you think is the best of the best, and you (or your friends) might just be featured on Onward State!

0 November 2013 THON Fundraisers

Earlier last week we asked readers to fill us in on their upcoming THON fundraisers. Here is your guide to making your November as FTK as your October was, which will be updated as events are submitted. You can still submit your November fundraiser here.

0 10 Signs You’ve Been Involved With THON Forever

So what are the signs that will help you figure out if you’ve been involved with THON too long? Just kidding, there’s no such thing as “too long” when it comes to THON — but we made a list of the top 10 symptoms that show up if you’ve been more involved with THON (or more dedicated to it!) than the average Penn Stater.

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