Sarah Hanrahan

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Posted 5 days ago in about by
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On August 4, the THON community lost Four Diamonds child Dominique Bigler as she ended her long battle with Synovial Sarcoma. Now, in the wake of their heartbreaking loss, the Bigler family is reaching out to ask for help in the planning of her funeral. They recently set up a website asking for donations to fund funeral expenses.
Posted about 2 weeks ago in about by
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Early this morning, the THON community tragically lost nineteen-year-old Four Diamond's child Dominique Bigler. Dominique battled with cancer since she was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at age thirteen.
Posted about a month ago in about by
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Hearts melted earlier this week when this heartwarming video starring a young cancer patient and her nurse became a viral phenomenon. The video stars Kamryn, a 7-year-old battling Kidney Cancer and her nurse, a former Penn Stater and avid THONer, Tom Shelley lip syncing to the classic tune “Love is an Open Door,” from Frozen. What started as a simple way to cheer Kamryn up during a trip to the hospital for a blood transfusion soon gained national attention when Kamryn's mother and biggest supporter uploaded the video to the #TeamKamrynn Facebook page on July 3.
Posted about 3 months ago in about by
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“Do less,” our ancient ancestor bros once cried as they shotgunned their ancient Nattys. It's a philosophy that many human sloths, like myself, live by. Up until recently, this lifestyle has come with a heaping helping of guilt. Shouldn't I start that paper that was assigned today? Shouldn't I color code my planner? Shouldn't I just generally work harder than I do? Well, human sloths, rejoice! A team of Penn State psychologists has proven that “pre-crastinating” is just as harmful as procrastinating.
Posted about 4 months ago in about by
Ducks
The sun is out in State College, the birds are bumpin', and the ducks are back at the duck pond. Some of the ducks that is. Anybody with any duck knowledge (I'm looking at you, Ag Majors), may have noticed that the only mallards to spend any time at the pond are exclusively male. We here at Onward State began to worry—where did the lady ducks go? Why aren't they with their men? So we did a little research.
Posted about 4 months ago in about by
THON 2014 Executive Committee
THON 2015 gets closer every day. Spring Captain applications are officially live, and anybody who thinks they have what it takes to lead a committee in the 2014-2015 school year can head to the THINK website and begin filling theirs out.
Posted about 5 months ago in about by
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We all pretty much hate ANGEL. To put it kindly, ANGEL is a very bland and inconvenient course management system. All the same, we're also all pretty much stuck with it for the time being. Luckily, there's a silver lining. As it turns out, ANGEL offers some amazingly obscure themes in its personal settings. We went through them and picked out the very best, just for you. Pick your favorite and make using ANGEL a little bit more hilarious for yourself.
Posted about 5 months ago in about by
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We all look up into that big night's sky sometimes and long for the days of the nine planet Solar System. Many of us even liked some variation of Like If You Wish Pluto Was Still A Planet on Facebook. Yes, we're all still doing what we can to cope with the loss of Pluto as the 9th planet, but now we have even more to cope with. As it turns out, our beloved Penn State was involved in this life changing decision.
Posted about 5 months ago in about by
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Welcome, LionCash+ users, to the Pendergast era. That’s right, LionCash+ has finally chosen their new face, and this time it’s none other than Mary Pendergast. For the next year, she’ll be representing all LionCash+ card users by spending a lot of LionCash+ and posing for photos. Yes, soon we’ll know her face well, but what about her mind? Here’s a peak inside.

Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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It's taken nearly three years to turn a plain old Chevrolet Malibu into an emissions free, eco-friendly ride, but Penn State students are almost there.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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There were a lot of improvements made to THON this year--line overflow at the Pegula, a new wristband system, dancer support passes. Nonetheless, as the sun rises in Happy Valley, it's becoming more and more apparent that we need a few more improvements. Here's a short list of things that could improve the experience!
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
Rules and Regs
THON's worst kept secret is that Rules and Regulations is almost everybody's least favorite committee. I've earned my right to say that, because I served my time on an R&R committee last year. It's currently early hours in the BJC and we're at full capacity. These are the perfect conditions for mutiny against Rules and Regs.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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When the 90's ended we all thought (and hoped) that fanny packs were a thing of the past. This weekend, however, they are alive and well in the BJC. Fanny packs are a staple of the classic THON outfit, where else would you keep your snacks and tennis ball? (I mean, maybe a drawstring back, but who am I to judge?) Anyway, some THONners really brought their fanny pack A game this weekend, and here's a list!
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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This weekend Blue in the Face dancers, Andrew Adamietz and Carly Presher, dance to remember THON child Bella Rinier.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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Anybody involved in THON knows what it's like to beg for donations. For months we've stood on street corners, sent letters, held fundraisers all in the hopes of raising more money for the kids. But what about the other details that go into THON weekend? Who begs for the streamers, the balloons, the aspects that are often overlooked? A small committee of 22 captains and 1 director has that covered. All year long the Supply Logistics committee contacts vendors in the hopes that they'll be willing to supply kind donations--items other and money and food--that are instrumental in running THON weekend.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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When Mary Gazikas stepped outside Thursday morning, she slipped on a patch of ice and landed on broken glass. Hands covered in blood, Gazikas prayed that this was not an indication of how the rest of her day would go. After all, Thursday was the day before THON, and as Mary is a member of Morale, she had work to do. Every committee scrambles to tie up loose ends on the eve of THON, but THON dancers depend on Moralers especially, causing added pressure. So here's a look at THON Eve from the eyes of a Moraler:
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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THON is less than a week away so it's time to figure out what you're going to wear. If you're in any sort of club affiliated with Penn State chances are you've already bought at least fifteen THON shirts in varying neons. So you're probably set from the waist up, but what about the rest of you? First of all, you're going to need shorts so that you don't melt in the BJC. Second of all, you're going to need knee high socks, because everybody else is going to be wearing them, and that's what it takes to be cool. Lucky for you, all you need is a little fabric paint, stencils, and some sequins and you'll have the THON outfit of your dreams.
Posted about 6 months ago in about by
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If you're lucky enough to have a Valentine this year, you could celebrate privately like a respectable couple, or you could give all of us single people something to enjoy and invest in a Singing Valentine. That way, we all benefit from a ten minute distraction from class, and a ten minute distraction from how lonely our lives are. The Dreamers of Phi Mu Alpha are the kings of mortifying peoples' loved ones for them.
Posted about 7 months ago in about by
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With five inches of snow covering the ground and a whole bunch of construction taking up the lawn, the view from the HUB is pretty bleak these days. Luckily, thanks to the Class of 1999, there is a gorgeous aquarium on the first floor to give us something to admire.
Posted about 7 months ago in by
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Penn State's University Libraries has officially made their most important acquisition since the mesozoic era. Penn State alumnus Chip Kidd, referred to by USA Today as the “the closest thing to a rock star in graphic design,” is donating his archives to the University. Kidd is most well known for designing the nostalgia-inducing Jurassic Park logo. Some believe that it was Jeff Goldblum's acting that made the movie what it was, while others attributed its success to the killer theme song. In the end, we all know it was Kidd's logo that made the movie what it was, and so, Penn State claims another victory.
Posted about 7 months ago in about by
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Financially illiterate Penn State students, fear no longer. UPUA and University Libraries joined forces to create a Student Financial Education Center, set to open next Tuesday, Jan. 21, to advise students on loan management and other essential budgeting issues in college.
Posted about 7 months ago in about by
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UPUA gathered in the HUB this Wednesday for its first meeting of the semester, and though new business was light, a couple important issues were discussed including CAPS funding and a potential increase of the Student Activity Fee. Both discussions were tangential to UPUA's authority, but nevertheless, opinions were asked for and heard.
Posted about 8 months ago in about by
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As the demand for ugly sweaters increases, their abundance decreases. This means you're going to have to get creative. Here are a few cheap DIY options you can sport.
Posted about 9 months ago in about by
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After a relaxing Thanksgiving break, Penn State's student leaders reunited in 302 HUB this Wednesday to take care of business. The agenda was fairly light this week, and the UPUA only had to discuss Academic Rights booklets and the swearing in of Bobby Walter as S-Book director.
Posted about 9 months ago in about by
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The novelty of being home for Thanksgiving is guaranteed to wear off around the seventh hour of your Netflix marathon. So, if you're one of the millions of Penn Staters from "outside of Philadelphia," here are a few things to ward off the Thanksgiving boredom.
Posted about 9 months ago in about by
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This Wednesday, the battle for Mr. and Mrs. THON is on, but this year's pageant includes a new twist.
Posted about 9 months ago in about by
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Rather than the ill-fitting suits and wrinkled collars that usually fill up 302 HUB every Wednesday night, the UPUA dropped the business from business casual and met for a special meeting called Committee of the Whole. COWs, as such meetings are aptly called, are used for UPUA to discuss various issued in a less structured, non-official way when there is no new business for the week.
Posted about 10 months ago in about by
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The new healthcare legislation will directly affect all student employees at Penn State by limiting how many jobs they can have and how many hours a week they may work.
Posted about 10 months ago in about by
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Hershey Medical Center has entered their own video into Medline's Pink Glove Dance competition, and they need your help to win! If they can get enough votes they'll receive $25,000 to donate towards a breast cancer charity of their choosing.
Posted about 10 months ago in about by
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Ladies and gentleman, the end of an era is upon us. Spencer Hauck's reign as the face of LionCash+ has come to an end, and the search is on for a new LionCash+ celeb. While we're all technically faces ON LionCash+ ID cards, only one can be the face OF LionCash+.

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