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0 Dancer Profile: Ian Hochberger

While Onward State was dodging bouncy balls down on the floor and scoping out the scene, we came across dancer Ian Hochberger from York, Pennsylvania and asked him a few questions. Ian is the THON child for Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Chi and he is dancing this year!

Read on past the break for a full interview.

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0 Behind the Scenes: Crafting the Line Dance

The line dance is one of the most memorable parts of THON, something that from year to year dancers and spectators alike carry with them in their memories of THON. The finished product usually takes runs about five minutes long, and takes the better part of an hour to teach to the dancers, but the creation process takes months.

Line Dance Coordinator Jaci Mayer explains what goes into making one of THON’s most beloved traditions.

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0 Dancer Profile: CCSG President Mohamed Raouda

During an excursion onto the dance floor in the 17th hour, Onward State met up with dancer and CCSG President Mohamed Raouda for a brief interview.

Mo is dancing for Lion’s Paw, and between training for THON, presiding over CCSG, and completing his schoolwork, he’s had a very busy few weeks. This is what he had to say about his experience so far.

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0 Sink ’em FTK!

Drinking and THON are two things that usually don’t go together. Penn State does drinking well and they do THON well– just not at the same time.

Well, at least that’s usually the case.

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0 Jimmy Fallon Requests Songs, Promises $1g, Deletes All THON-Related Tweets

We at Onward State are perplexed. Famous late-night host and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, who has apparently been following @THON on his Twitter account, requested late last night that DJ Larry Moore play either a Roots song or his own “Idiot Boyfriend.” If one of these songs was played, he promised a donation of $1,000. Now his THON tweets have all been deleted.

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0 Reactions to the THON 2011 Line Dance

Spirits were high when THON’s 2011 line dance was revealed, and the screams of the crowd almost lifted the roof off of the Bryce Jordan Center. We hit the floor to hear first hand what the dancers and committee members thought.

Check out their reactions and photos of their favorite poses after the jump.

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0 Why Do I THON?

In one day, about 30 hours from when this post will be published, I, along with 707 other brave souls, will stand up on the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center and not take a seat for another 46 hours. But why do I THON? Find out after the jump.

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0 Tweet at USA Today FTK

Want to help THON reach the pages of USA TODAY? All it takes is the simple act of copy and paste or hitting the retweet button. On Tuesday, USA TODAY brought their Kindness Challenge campaign to the Twitterverse. The contest runs through Friday (2/18) at 6pm.

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0 THON 101: Family Hour

Family Hour is without a doubt the saddest part of the otherwise joyful THON, but it’s one of the most essential. Last year, Onward State’s own Stefan Choquette explained it to me best: “Such a tear jerker. If you’re not a waterfall by the end of it, you’re a robot.”

Family Hour starts at about the forty-fifth hour, when Four Diamonds families are invited up on stage to share their emotional stories with the crowd. Some parents share stories of their children’s journeys battling their cancer, eventually triumphing over the disease in the end. But some don’t.

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0 The Final Fundraising Push for THON 2011

Although there are only eight days until THON 2011, there are still plenty of ways your organization can reach its fundraising goals. Find out what you need to know about the final canning weekend, what THON-line is and also how it works as well as more information about both the THON raffle and THON blood drives, after the jump.

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0 My Ideal Dancer Mail Wishlist

Dancer mail: maybe the most important thing a dancer can receive during the 46 hours that make up THON. Dancer mail delivery occurs sometime after the pep-rally, which is right about when the first signs of aches and pains and mental breakdown begin to affect the dancers.

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0 @AbolishCancer TwitterTHON Raises $4,000 FTK

On Thursday last week THON teamed up with social media philanthropy Abolish Cancer to conduct the second annual TwitterTHON. In less than 8 hours @abolishcancer received more than 4,000 new followers on Twitter. Those new followers translated into a $4,000 donation to THON.

While the amount of money raised exceeded the site’s expectations, the greatest surprise was the passion with which everyone tweeted and retweeted to spread THON’s message. Sure, the Penn State community participated, but so did a bunch of “Twitterati.”

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0 Traveling the Road to THON

With THON weekend only 17 days away, it’s extremely rewarding to look back on the months of planning that have paved this road. This video, created by Special Events Captain DJ Broccoli, was first shown Thursday night at the Road to THON Celebration and showcases events such as Harvest Day, THON Dodgeball, the THON 5K and Family Carnival. Enjoy – we’ll see you in the BJC on February 18.

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0 THON Enthusiasts Tweet To Win Shorty Award

THON supporters have been tweeting up a storm lately nominating the philanthropy for a Shorty Award in the charity category. Currently The Trevor Project is in first place with over 1450 votes, whereas THON is quickly making its way up the list, moving from 13th to 6th place in less than a day.

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0 One Day Only: Pittsburgh To Host THON Canners

In canning weekends past, THON organizations have been prohibited from canning within Pittsburgh city limits. However, this Saturday, January 22, canister solicitations will be permitted in the city.

Pittsburgh law only allows charitable organizations to solicit funds on one day of a calendar year. Saturday marks the only opportunity for canning trips to fundraise within the city for the 2011 year. Check out the full scoop after the jump.

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0 Bands Battle at THON Band Bash to Perform at THON

On Thursday night six bands will fight for a chance to perform during THON 2011. The event will be in Alumni Hall in the HUB, and doors will open at 6:30pm. While admittance is free, donations will be accepted at the door.

The winning act will be determined based on judging by THON Entertainment Captains and crowd response. The winning band will join nine other performers THON weekend in the Bryce Jordan Center for a chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

Find out who’s playing after the jump.

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0 Penn State Basketball Game to Benefit THON

Tonight at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State Men’s Basketball will face off against #16 Illinois in its 3rd of 5 consecutive games against ranked opponents.

In addition to the intrigue that comes with playing a quality opponent, the game has added value in that all student ticket sales will go towards THON.

Tickets are $5. You can purchase on at the HUB today, or at the door tonight. So make sure you bust out your fanny packs, crazy colors and big pink Atlas hat (if you’re lucky enough to have one), and head to the BJC at 9:00 to cheer on the team.

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