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4 Crying Freshmen and Library Naps: Finals Week Prop Bets

It’s Monday, which sadly means that the dreaded end-of-semester Finals Week is finally upon us. You’re pulling all-nighters, downing Adderall — legally prescribed of course — like TicTacs, and keeping Nittany Notes in business. But most of all, you’re terribly miserable. That’s why we’ve put together a list of prop bets for our classmates as a way to spice up this week of Hell.

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0 Penn State Lacrosse Adopts Pediatric Cancer Patient

Five-year-old Gavin Royer’s life has been a challenge since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor just 10 days after his fifth birthday, but he was all smiles on Tuesday when the Penn State men’s lacrosse team officially signed him to a letter of intent. The signing was of course purely ceremonial, but Royer is a big fan of the team and got to meet all of the players before receiving his own locker and gear.

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15 It’s Time For Penn State Football To Wear Pink & Black Throwbacks

Penn State football needs to take a page out of the basketball team’s book. That’s a sentence you don’t hear often, if at all, but with Pat Chamber’s squad hitting seven wins — one more than football had all season — by early December, perhaps it isn’t such a crazy idea for James Franklin to start emulating his colleague. But where to start? Well, how about throwback jerseys?

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0 UPUA Adds New Representatives, Talks New Committee

The University Park Undergraduate Association rarely holds meetings without any legislation hitting the floor, but last night was an exception to the rule. Without any bills or policies to review, the UPUA instead voted on two new additions to the assembly to replace Garrett Warmbein and Ted Ritsick, who both resigned as a result of time constraints.

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0 Two UPUA Leaders Resign Amid Vote Whipping Accusations

Just one week after the resignation of two UPUA representatives was announced, the assembly was shocked again when two of its leaders said they will step down at the end of the semester. Speaker John Wortman cited time constraints and Internal Development Chair Ryan Belz was vague in his speech, but there was odd tension brewing in the room as the two hinted that other factors were at play.

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3 UPUA Takes Three Hours to Pass Nothing

It took three hours and a plethora of exhausting debate within the UPUA assembly to reach the end of last night’s meeting, but on paper, absolutely nothing happened. Three pieces of legislation came to the floor, all from the Internal Development committee, but the group will be hard at work again as all three were referred back to the committee.

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12 Supreme Court Forces NCAA To Trial Over Sanctions

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied an NCAA request that would cancel a January trial on the legality of the sanctions. The NCAA filed an application for a writ of prohibition last month, but the state’s highest court turned that down today according to AP’s Mark Scolforo.

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16 Campaign Selling Paterno Statue Figurines Made By Original Sculptor

If you spent any time outside of Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Nittany Lions’ primetime matchup with Ohio State, you likely noticed an eye-catching banner soaring through the State College skies. Distinct Collectibles, a figurine retailer, funded a plane that was trailed by four words: “Bring The Statue Home.” Here’s the story behind the company.

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4 Saturday’s Loss a Reason for Optimism

It’s natural to feel despondent after going through the emotional motions that accompany such a game. Over the course of just a few hours, you go through a roller-coaster that starts with pre-game excitement, leads to halftime depression, climbs towards overtime aspirations, and comes crashing down when the Buckeyes eke out a close one. Amid all of that doom and gloom does lie a very bright light at the end of this tunnel of football mediocrity.

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2 Men’s Basketball Debuts Pink and Black Alternate Uniforms

Last night’s Rally in the Valley was a big hit ahead of Saturday’s primetime matchup with Ohio State, but the most exciting thing to come from the pep rally had nothing to do with football. The men’s basketball team unveiled some sleek new throwback alternative uniforms in Penn State’s original colors: pink and black.

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3 Diversity Groups Talk Racial Sensitivity At UPUA Meeting

In what appears to be an annual tradition for the University Park Undergraduate Association around Halloween, the organization saw a large contingent of minority students speak out against comments by representatives that they deemed offensive and racially insensitive. Following a tense and opinionated open student forum, the assembly later convened into a town-hall style committee of the whole meeting to hold a dialogue with the minority representatives.

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10 HUB Shooting Threat Suspect Jong Shim Waives Hearing

Jong Seong Shim, a 20-year-old Penn State sophomore facing criminal charges after threatening to shoot people at the HUB, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. According to a release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office, Shim’s charges have been sent to the Court of Common Please. Shim is facing two counts of terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct.

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3 Violence on Campus: How President Eric Walker Was Driven From His Home In 1970

Amidst a climate of uproar in the heat of a long, grueling, and vastly fatal Vietnam War, a troublesome pattern of violent protests on college campuses was developing across America. It wasn’t all that long ago when students marched in droves to university president Eric Walker’s house and sent rocks crashing through his windows as the president retreated to safety.

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