For those of you who have ventured onto the west side of Beaver Avenue, there is a good chance you have passed by Jim's Army & Navy. If you are one of those people, your first thought when passing by Jim's was most likely, "What the hell is going on in this store?" When a store's window display boasts handcuffs (they even come in pink), switchblades, throwing stars, machetes, other swords, and ammunition, you really have no choice but to be utterly confounded. Little did I know that I was about to walk into the greatest store ever.
GlobeMed, along with the support of several other student organizations, will be hosting its 6th annual Global Health Conference, hoping to inspire attendants to become more active in the movement toward social justice and global health equity. The conference will begin with keynote speaker, Dr. Nathan Wolfe, or as he is known, the "Indiana Jones of Virus Hunting."
As beloved Theatre 100 Professor Rob Schneider's time at Penn State comes to a close this spring, he shares how he fell in love with the theatre, how he ended up in Happy Valley, and his plans for after his departure. Schneider also leaves some last words for the students and faculty here at Penn State, as well as answering some of the art's most hotly contested mysteries.
Whenever you witness something incredible - a proposal - at a large event - THON - you can't help but think, "I wonder if I know who those people are..." Usually, once you figure out all the details, the closest you are to that event is the friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend... But sometimes, your brother calls you shortly after that proposal and tells you that his girlfriend happens to be best friends with the guy that just proposed. Enter Jake Feathers, and his fiancée Diane Mowery.
When I asked Jerry to take his picture for this post, he said, "Come on, Ryan. I'm crying." I told him not to worry about it because in an hour or so, we are all going to be crying (can't even see the tears in the picture, Jerry). And, just so you know, I may or may not have let out a few mansobs as I read through this post in the media room.
There isn't much that I can say about this last update. I know Joel is extremely tired (aren't we all?), but in a matter of an hour, the Final Four Hours will commence, and before he knows it, he will be sitting on the BJC floor.
As I approached Jerry, I could see that he was starting to feel the pain of standing for 27 hours. However, desperate fleeting grimaces of physical discomfort, his spirit was as high as it could possibly be. Here is what he had to say:
Looking strong as an ox, Joel approached me with a smile that would swoon even the coldest of hearts. Confessing that he is awful at writing blog posts, Joel left us with few words again. But that's all he needed to share his modest perspective of the first half of his dancing experience:
Adding to our list of Dancers, we now have Jerry Agosta. Jerry is a senior and he is representing the Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) on the dance floor. Catching up with Jerry at hour 10, all he could do was smile and laugh. Here's what Jerry had to say about the first (almost) quarter of his THON 2013 journey:
As the BJC crowd begins to get a grasp (well, maybe not everyone) on this year's Line Dance, we heard what a few of the committee members, org members and spectators thought of it. However, we wanted to get the Dancer's opinions on the new Line Dance, as they are the ones who will be doing it all weekend.
Hailing from Lancaster, PA, senior Joel Kreider earned his spot on the floor as an Independent Dancer. Only three hours into THON, Joel found it difficult to put his recent experiences into words. Expression became more difficult as Charles Millard approached the table we were standing at, stopping for a picture and a quick exchange. Here's what Joel had to say:
There isn't a single person in the universe who doesn't love the Harlem Shake. While most viral trends create an immediate divide between fans and haters, the Harlem Shake is different. It's all about showing off each individual's personality and looking absolutely ridiculous, providing a unique experience with each video. The debate about which version is the best never seems to end. But we could change that. I hereby propose that at some point during THON Weekend (preferably a time with high traffic, like around the pep rally) the whole BJC does the Harlem Shake.
Many of you are familiar with Emily Whitehead, a THON child, who recently was the first child to receive a CART-19 T-Cell transplant. Since the procedure, Emily has significantly recovered. Savannah Smith, a communications student here at Penn State, recently put together a multimedia video focusing on Emily's miraculous turnaround.
This past week we spent a large number of our classes running through syllabuses, painfully combing through each section of the do's and don't's of each class. Some left us in despair, realizing that our first paper of a million is due in less than a week. Others brought us joy with the information that there will be no final. So what exactly would the "perfect" syllabus entail? These are the dreams of the Onward State staff members.
As THON 2013 creeps closer each day, I compiled a little background information on each of the overalls. Today features Supply Logistics Overall Matthew Scorzafave. Also, make sure to watch the SL Committee of the Week video at the end of the post!
With full bellies, loving family, and (hopefully) a layer of snow visible, the holiday spirit is thick this break. When feeling so blessed, the best thing to do is give. While many pockets may be empty, 6 ABC Action News has your FTK solution. Find out how you can help after the jump.
As THON 2013 creeps closer each day, I compiled a little background information on each of the overalls. Today features Hospitality Overall John Mazzochette. Also, make sure to watch the HOS Committee of the Week video at the end of the post!
Four Diamonds Families, captains, and committee members packed in the White Building gym to celebrate this year's Family Carnival. Under the theme of superheroes, children and students ran about, engaging in gallant balloon-sword battles and breaking through cardboard brick walls, donning capes and FTK designed masks. The Four Diamonds Children coursed through a multitude of games, including ski ball and whac-a-mole (whac-a-committee-member technically), taking breaks to show off their dance moves on the stage to the upbeat tunes of Larry Moore. Smiles, laughter, and relief filled the afternoon, as everyone awaited the revealing of the 2013 logo.
As THON 2013 creeps closer each day, I compiled a little background information on each of the overalls. Today features Special Events Overall Lakshmi Kolandra. Also, make sure to watch the SE Committee of the Week video at the end of the post!
There probably isn't one person on our campus who hasn't heard of Mary Krupa and Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel. Since the article was written just over a month ago, Krupa's Facebook page for Sneezy has gone from a handful of likes to 4,867 and climbing. A quick glance through the page shows that it is not just Onward State readers that have fallen into the cult of squirrel benevloence, but fans worldwide. So how did the Squirrel Whisperer go from a post on a stupid blog to international sensation? Let's take a look.
As THON 2013 creeps closer each day, I compiled a little background information on each of the overalls. Today features Rules & Regulations Overall Mike Wellner. Also, make sure to watch the R&R Committee of the Week video at the end of the post!
We have a serious dilemma on our hands here. Halloween falls on a Wednesday and it is yet to be decided when exactly Penn State will celebrate the holiday. In order to get Happy Valley all on the same page, Onward State takes a look at the pros and cons of each possible weekend.
The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is in contention to win $10,000 to help fight breast cancer, and they need your votes and social media prowess in order to do so.
The THON Overall Committee has just announced the theme for the 2013 THON year. And it is...“Inspire Tomorow’s Miracles.”
As the first Canning Weekend of the year approaches, all of those looking to make the trip must first attend a canning workshop this week. THON has also announced free transportation through Megabus for each of this year's 3 canning weekends.
According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, “most highly efficient philanthropies donate 75 percent of their revenue directly to their beneficiary.” Of the 2012 total, $10,289,884.60 (96.06%) was donated to the The Four Diamonds Fund.
It is with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of Isabella Rinier, or as many of the THON family came to know her, Bella.
Today was another horrible day on top of a horrible year for the Paterno family. Joe Paterno was damned by the Freeh Report, his name was taken off of the Nike Child Development Center, and the Internet has declared war on the Paterno statue. As they usually do, the Paterno's were quick to respond this morning after the release of the Freeh Report. But that wasn't enough. A little over an hour ago, Jay Paterno went on Sports Center to discuss his opinions of the Freeh Report and uphold his family's honor... He probably shouldn't have done that.
Yesterday's THON Newsletter announced the important dates for the THON 2013 season. There will only be three canning weekends, and they all will take place during the fall semester. Check out the dates after the jump.
Part 3 of "Meet the New THON Overalls" introduces Mike Wellner and Joey Cassidy of Rules & Regulations and Entertainment. What happens when Mike goes bungee jumping? Find out after the jump.