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It’s hard to pick a favorite Penn State animal. In fact, we at Onward State couldn’t pick a single critter to be named the best Penn State animal. So a few of our writers chose our favorites furry friends to defend. Behold! The Battle of the Penn State Critters!
Garden State Radio returned to THON Saturday morning with a thrilling performance.
Like the many knots in an otherwise perfect string of Christmas lights, the lies in the Sandusky story are now relics of lazy indifference. It’s sad, indeed, that nearly everyone now agrees, the fate Paterno got was a fate he did not deserve. Frank Fina said inasmuch. Corbett has now said that. Bob Costas has admitted that.
Last night, our writers checked out California Tortilla and didn’t leave disappointed. It separates itself from the traditional burrito eateries in town, but we agreed it’s a refreshing restaurant that deserves a chance.
In this video documentary, we followed the process of the Ferguson protests’ leadership. As a group, the protestors felt subjugated by the justice system, and they hoped to bring that to light.
Most of my memories stem from my time at the helm of Onward State during the last two years, and from the relationships gained as a result. It has been the honor of my life to be a part of this community experiment, but the real joy has come by learning from the thousands of people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the last four years.
May 20 is primary day in Pennsylvania. It’s our chance to select candidates for Governor. Locally, we’ll be voting on the funding to renovate the State College Area High School.
It’s just so sad. I can feel my face tighten when I even think the words “Boston Marathon”. But we will get through it. Everyone has been so good to us, and we will get through it. We’ll get through it thanks to you, and thanks to our city. We are #BostonStrong.
Now that I’ve been abroad for almost three months, I am an expert about all things Europe. Lucky for you, I want to impart some of my wisdom on those who are abroad now, about to go abroad this summer or those who want to or wished they enlightened themselves in Europe, just like me.
All of us have that “30-second elevator speech” prepared and ready to go whenever we meet a new person and are faced with the question, “So, what are you majoring in?” I dread that question, and I know I am not alone. My major is awesome, but complicated. Although I sometimes wonder whether or not I should take the time to try and explain, I know it’s oh so worth it.
Students planning on voting in the upcoming November elections will now be able to use their Penn State IDs to fulfil the new Pennsylvania Voter ID law. This law mandates that every voter must have a state issued ID to vote in an election. After the UPUA voted to oppose the bill last fall, provisions for students registered to vote in the state of Pennsylvania were passed. However, the law states that College IDs must have an expiration date in order to be counted as a valid ID on election day.
Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is shopping around for a place to call home, and Penn State appears to be among the favorites. Yesterday, O’Brien came to Penn State’s first spring practice and, whether because of cold or desire, wore a Penn State jacket. It only feels right to do our part as fans to help recruit him, so here’s my open letter to DOB.
Last month state authorities raided Grasshopper Gift Shop, Jamaica Junction, and Dragon Chasers Emporium in search of the newly illegal speed, bath salts. But store employees and legal representatives for stores are denying their participation in the synthetic meth market. Learn more about the legal mix-up after the jump.
Besides the substantial increase in alcohol-related EMS calls this last State Patty’s Day and those affected by the general debauchery that ensued over the weekend, the “holiday” ended badly for any resident of the Meridian thinking of throwing a party for the rest of the semester. Following the events of this State Patty’s Day, it seems that the apartment managers–in a notice given to every resident–have banned parties in any apartment, regardless of a “signed social agreement,” for the rest of the semester. Citing the “inexcusable” damage as the reasoning, the ban will be enforced with a $300 fine for any violators–with no “warnings”. Meridian personnel would neither confirm or deny the new policy
Yesterday, my friend and fellow editor Kevin Horne voiced his opinion on THON, sparking a day and night of debate, discussion, and a whole lot of criticism towards Kevin’s opinion. Today, I address that criticism, asking you to step back and examine the real point of the post.
Seven freshmen, four sophomores, two juniors, and one senior. There’s no doubt that the Penn State Nittany Lions men’s basketball team is young. The majority of the players we’ve seen take the court this season will be here for at least the next two years. Like it or not, there won’t be very many changes to the roster during the coming offseason.
A lot has been said about the status of the Dayglow concert in April being tied to the behavior at tonight’s Alesso concert. Our own Melanie Versaw asks that you please stay under control so she and many others can participate in April’s paint party.
Today, we’d like to echo something that Dr. Dennis Shea (@GTWMA) has been saying. “You decide whether to build up or break down.” As adults, we all have this choice. In the end, nothing a blog, an email, an RA, or a professor says can control your behavior. You have to do it. Being an adult comes with freedom, like the freedom to drink as much as you want. It also, however, comes with responsibility, like the responsibility to enhance the community you live in, to leave State College a better place than when you found it.
When one thinks of the type of emergency that an EMT would respond do, thoughts of a heart attack, stroke, or car accident come to mind, not alcohol conumption; however, that is exactly what led to the frightening phrase “No medic available.” that was used over the past few editions of State Patty’s Day.
Last State Patty’s Day, 103 patients were treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center for alcohol-related emergencies; of those patients, 67% were not Penn State students. Most, in fact, were visitors from other universities. Similarly, last State Patty’s Day, 289 people were arrested; of those arrested, 55% were enrolled at Dear Old State. What these figures suggest is that students from other schools want to come visit Happy Valley for State Patty’s Day as an excuse to act like total assholes–to get far too drunk and to commit crimes in the process.
If you are a college student, there is a solid chance you are always looking for ways to save money to deal with the ever increasing cost of tuition or beer. Food is one area where everyone spends money and one of the areas where there is a lot to be saved. Find some tips on how to do so after the jump.
Last week, OneSchool announced that it was releasing an updated version of its app, which it did on Tuesday. I have spent the past week testing the new version, seeing how beneficial this app would be for Penn State students. I was fortunate enough to have also downloaded it before the update, and can safely say that the app made major improvement. However, these upgrades fail to convince me that OneSchool is worth the memory on your smartphone. I reviewed the nine features that OneSchool bundles, and I am dissatisfied with the experience that I had.
This is a truly historic time for this University. It is the end of the Joe Paterno era. It is the end of the era of the man who initiated the growth of Penn State from a small farming college to what we see before us today. We all know what the man has done for our school, and I’m not talking about winning football games. The public memorial for Joseph Vincent Paterno will be held on Thursday at 2 pm in the Bryce Jordan Center. Afternoon classes should be canceled so students can honor and appreciate Coach Paterno with the rest of the Penn State family.