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.
Author Zach Berger
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.
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.
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.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall was publicly reprimanded by the Big Ten in a statement issued Monday for Saturday’s pre-game handshake incident.
Bob Costas said that the media went with the easy narrative when blaming football culture for the Penn State scandal.
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf came to campus today to meet students and address supporters at Penn State. The campaign bus pulled up on Curtin Avenue outside of the Berkey Creamery bright and early this morning to the sound of applause from a crowd of about a hundred.
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.
Penn State running back Zach Zwinak and safety Ryan Keiser, both seniors, will miss the rest of the season according to an announcement by head coach James Franklin on Monday.
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.
After a heartbreaking double-overtime loss against Ohio State last night, you’re likely in need of a good Sunday pick-me-up. Enter Michael Mauti, the former Penn State linebacker we all know and love for carrying the Nittany Lions through the sanction era.
With Penn State fans tailgating in the fields and parking lots below, a plane flew above Happy Valley this afternoon with a message to the school: “Bring the statue home.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The UPUA may have finally put the closed meeting issue to bed during its Wednesday night assembly meeting when an amendment to the organization’s by-laws hit the floor.
A burn patient was taken to the hospital on Wednesday evening after a propane explosion on campus. According to a report from the Centre Daily Times, a propane tank exploded in a lab at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at around 5:30 p.m.
While you shouldn’t expect to see new tables coming through the Phyrst’s big green door anytime soon, there are changes coming to the bar. Owner Mike Fullington said that the bar is planning to expand in the near future, pushing back the wall behind the stage about 20 feet.
Along with any old bar, there’s bound to be some tradition to find within its dark, wooden walls. The Phyrst isn’t just any old bar, and so it has a whole lot more than just some tradition. In fact, State College’s favorite hole-in-the-wall drinking establishment is so steeped in tradition that it’s practically flowing out the front door onto Beaver Avenue.
The Student Activity Fee Board decided to pilot a process that would change how fee levels are determined at its Friday meeting. Board member John Wortman, also the UPUA Speaker, presented a motion that would create a test run process to solely consider University Park when making a recommendation on the top tier.
A late-night pizza craving can drive people to do crazy things, but one State College man took it to another level early Saturday morning when he attempted to rob a Papa John’s deliveryman at knifepoint.
The Student Financial Education Center is officially open for business. The SFEC, created collaboratively by UPUA and University Libraries, was founded back in January to provide students with advice on budgeting, student loads, and more.
The saga that will be talked about for years to come started two weeks ago when UPUA voted to hold a closed committee meeting as a means to discuss Al Lord’s Board of Trustees resolution. On Wednesday night, the assembly officially passed legislation voting to oppose the Lord resolution.
New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Branch spoke on campus Tuesday night, addressing a crowd of a few hundred students in the HUB Alumni Hall. Branch was one of two speakers to take part in the fall portion of the Foster-Foreman Conference, a speaker series featuring journalists put on by the College of Communications.