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0 2012 Homecoming Theme Announced at THON

The 2012 Homecoming theme was announced Saturday afternoon at THON. Following a short video presentation with members of the Homecoming Committee on stage, the theme was revealed as “The Glory Echoes On.” After the announcement, the committee members (which included UPUA president and unfortunately tieless T.J. Bard) and Executive Directer Bridgette Carrier performed the THON line dance on stage.

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0 Atlas Welcomes Third Family This THON

Atlas Benefitting THON is perhaps best known for being the first non-Greek organization to fundraise the highest total over the course of a year. You’ll see them wearing their signature fuzzy pink hats—on street corners during canning weekends, and in their place in the stands during THON itself. But just as the fuzzy pink hats have their own story, Atlas has a new story to tell this year—this past Thursday, the day before THON, Atlas just got its third THON family.

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0 Emily Whitehead, THON Appreciation

What did you ask for this past Christmas? An iPad, new laptop, a new pair of shoes? This past Christmas, Emily Whitehead would have rather spent her time in the hospital undergoing her bone marrow and stem cell transplant after her relapse, than risk missing THON 2012.

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0 Owen Divers: From Protecting The Floor To Dominating It

I don’t think that I made it through more than an hour of THON last year before boredom took over and I ventured back to East Halls. But after just a few caffeine-powered hours in the Bryce Jordan Center and a trip down to the floor, my perspective on the world’s largest student-run philanthropy has taken a complete turn. I finally get it. And that’s thanks to a conversation with Dancer #181, senior elementary education major Owen Divers, a Phi Mu Alpha dancer that’s dedicated a ton of time to the event during his four years at Penn State.

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0 RAM Squad Rocks the Bryce Jordan Center

At 6:42 this morning, RAM Squad took to the stage and generally rocked the Bryce Jordan Center with a dazzling display of hip hop dance. Towards the end of the performance, RAM brought its THON children onto the stage, putting a capper to an excellent performance and RAM’s emphatic introduction to the larger world of THON.

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0 Springfield: More Than Just an Organization, a Family

Springfielders are quirky, passionate, dedicated, and innovative, but above all, they are a family. As we celebrate THON’s 40th birthday Springfield celebrates its 12th–12 years and a million dollars raised for THON, but also 12 years of close relationships with its THON families and 12 years of the larger, ever-growing Springfield family.

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0 My Hero Zero Impresses at THON 2012

Local State College rock band My Hero Zero took the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center just after 5 a.m., ready to wake up the crowd with unique covers that encompassed the entire musical spectrum, from ‘N Sync and Avicii to the Beatles and Bon Jovi. The group, which benefits from a Jaegermeister sponsorship, has been donating iTunes song sales to THON for the past month. They opened with a “Living on a Prayer” cover, took a trip down memory lane with “Bye, Bye, Bye” and “Larger Than Life”, and appealed to the electronic crowd with “Levels” and “Party Rock Anthem” covers.

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0 Bill O’Brien Wows Crowd at THON 2012

Bill O’Brien will not coach a meaningful football game for six and a half months. Results on the field will ultimately define his legacy, but in the meantime, O’Brien has the public relations part down perfectly. One night after introducing his coaching staff at halftime and promising that “Penn State would make people proud next fall,” O’Brien appeared at his first THON.

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0 Dancers Get Their Feet Wet At THON

We’re only a few hours into THON and the dancers seem to be feeling jittery and energetic. So what are their first thoughts on this incredible experience? Onward State spoke to several dancers, including a few staffers that are down on the floor, to gauge their reactions to the outset of THON 2012.

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0 Who’s Playing at THON 2012?

With the countdown to THON kickoff drawing near, the campus is filled with positive energy and a strong urge to break out some sweet dance moves. One of the many questions asked by the student body is “Who is going to be keeping these dancers moving for 46 hours?” Well I’m glad you asked. There is a multitude of entertainment that will be taking the stage as well as the dance floor.

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0 THON 101: Family Relations

There are many quantifiable measures of THON’s success, namely how much money students raise from canning, rafflebooking, THONline donations, THONvelopes, and so on. The Family Relations committee, however, seeks success in an intangible and emotional way: through the children and families that inspire everything from the canning to the dancing.

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0 PSU Quarterback Shane McGregor And His Blonde Flow Dance In THON 2012

You might know Shane McGregor as #2 on the football field, but this weekend, he will be showing off his skills in a different venue. Nope, I’m not talking about his self-proclaimed talent of “throwing things,” I’m talking about dancing. Tomorrow, the senior quarterback and his renowned flowing blonde locks will be hitting the dance floor to represent Parmi Nous in THON 2012.

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0 The Last Five Years Of THON Line Dances

One of my favorite parts of THON is the review of the last five line dances that THON has done which usually takes places right before Family Hour. There are some that are better than others (cough, 2008, cough), but they all make you remember about the events that happened in those years. Let’s take a journey back in the day and relive these masterpieces of music.

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0 Lady Lions Get Huge Win Against Purdue 74-63

Led by 28 points from Maggie Lucas, the Penn State women’s basketball team got one of its biggest wins of the season on Thursday night against Purdue 74-63. The win moves the Lady Lions one step closer to a Big Ten regular season title. Next up for Penn State is a crucial game against Ohio State on Monday.

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0 THON 101: Rookie Mistakes

To many people reading this, the following tips will likely not apply to you. You’re probably well-versed in THON culture and know exactly waht to do and expect this weekend; however, for all the THON gurus out there, there are also a few newcomers. Perhaps families (like mine) driving up to see it for the first time, friends from home visiting a dancer, and some freshmen witnessing their first THON inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

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0 Why We THON: The Onward State Dancers

THON 2012’s theme is “Brighten Every Journey,” which Penn State has worked for months to do for the Four Diamonds kids and families. Onward State’s own Ally Greer and John Tecce explain why they THON as they prepare to dance in THON 2012.

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0 Who to Know: THON 2012

THON 2012 weekend is just a day away! With so little time until THON kicks off, we at Onward State figured we should let you know who you should be familiar with if you head over to the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend. FTK!

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0 THON Overall Series: Kaylee Tully, Family Relations

In the final installment of the THON Overall Series, Family Relations Overall Kaylee Tully explains the support system her committee provides for the Four Diamonds Families, and the importance pediatric cancer awareness holds within the THON community. As my interview series comes to a conclusion, for all of those who have stuck with me through the months, I challenge all to seriously consider the many lessons learned from this year’s leaders. Let their passion be your passion, and if you have the opportunity to step inside the BJC this weekend, show every child, parent, student, and unfamiliar face the love that fills the spirits from these fourteen individuals of whom I am proud to call my friends.

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