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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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0 Penn State Football Wins For Ryan Keiser

While some players said that they were thinking about avenging last year’s 44-24 defeat in Memorial Stadium, the sentiment most widely heard from the Nittany Lions after the game was that they won for Ryan Keiser.

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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 Campus Explosion Leaves One Injured

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.

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0 Phyrst To Expand, Upgrade Stage, TV, Bathrooms

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.

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0 From Table Wars To Blowjobs, The Phyrst Radiates Tradition And Oddities

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.

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0 Student Activity Fee Structure Sees Shakeup

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.

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0 Pulitzer Winner John Branch Talks Journalism At Alumni Hall

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.

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