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.
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!
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.
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!
This weekend Blue in the Face dancers, Andrew Adamietz and Carly Presher, dance to remember THON child Bella Rinier.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Wednesday, the battle for Mr. and Mrs. THON is on, but this year's pageant includes a new twist.
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.
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.
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.
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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Lately, UPUA has reached a whole new level of crazy. Between the controversial and split vote on on Movin' On funding, $10 a piece pink elephant balloons, and almost disenfranchising the Greek seats, it has been an intense few weeks in 302 HUB. Luckily, for everyone's sanity, the assembly took a breather this Wednesday and only had one relatively easy vote on the new elections code.
The Palmer Museum of Art is about as artsy as Penn State gets. Every year it houses the SOMA Arts Crawl, and people are pretty excited about the whole “they have a Picasso in there” thing. I went there today and within the first ten minutes I saw not one but TWO men wearing berets. If that's not artsy, then I guess I just don't know what artsy is. For those of you who want to feel mega-cultured but are too tired to actually walk all the way there, I did you a solid and compiled a list of the craziest things worth seeing
It's unusual to have much real debate at UPUA meetings. It's even more unusual to have a piece of legislation fail to pass through the assembly. But that's exactly what we had last night at the weekly UPUA general assembly meeting as our student government debated funding for the annual Movin' On music festival.
If you've ever seen a colonial man making his way toward Jeffrey Field with a vuvuzela in tow, you were not hallucinating. Instead, you were witnessing the epitome of women's soccer fandom heading to his natural habitat.
The United States government may have shut down this week, but UPUA was chugging along as usual. The bylaws were fixed, a policy was passed, and another policy was recommitted. All in all, it was the kind of night dreams are made of.
Though no legislation was actually on the agenda this week at UPUA, a small miracle happened, and legislation was in fact passed. Hallelujah.
Penn State Homecoming Executive Director Bobby Walter spoke at tonight's UPUA meeting to address an ongoing nuisance Homecoming is facing thanks to a vocal minority of the alumni base. According to Walter, a small group of alumni is upset about the decision to have former Penn State basketball star and human rights activist John Amaechi serve as Grand Marshal for the parade.
When Eli Bress began his Sophomore year, he was just a boy with a kickball and a dream. Now, he is a boy with a kickball and a TEAM. Last year, Bress founded one of Penn State's newest club sports, Club Kickball. Today, this club team has grown to sixty members and continues to expand. Some would say it's a gym teacher's dream.
One Onward Stater took to her crafting corner and whipped up some cheap and easy DIY spirit wear. She shares her projects with anybody out there hoping to make their own!