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0 THON Overall Series: Will Martin, OPPerations

FOr those who have seen it, the Bryce Jordan Center is a magical place on THON Weekend. Where many students have stood, cheering on the basketball teams, and chowin’ down on dollar dog nights, is suddenly a technicolor landscape, bustling with silly hats, nostalgic decorations, and a stage that hosts some of State College’s finest acts. However, this transformation is no simple process. OPPerations Overall Will Martin explains the hard work that his committee conducts in order for not only THON Weekend to happen, but many of the THON events leading up to it. He also expresses his undying love for one of the most American bands out there who has a special place in all of our hearts. Find your dreams actualized after the jump.

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Entertainment
0 Onward Date: Conflicting Reports

Valentine’s Day is probably the worst time of year to try out a blind date, and Onward State’s compatibility test officially failed me. I would never even consider talking to Kevin again. I think I’ll change my phone number. What a douchebag.

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Student Life
0 Onward Date: #OS210 More Than A Date

It began as an idea centered around two people; it morphed into a phenomenon. Based on a compatibility given to several participants within the Onward State staff, Drew Balis and Ally Greer were matched up to go on an Onward State Valentine’s Day date. During an OS Super Bowl party, we decided that the location of said date would take at the ever popular Café 210 West. At this moment, the date was still five days away, and we elected to spice things up in the form of a Double Date, a little Number One Compatibility Magic in the form of Tyler Hoy and Evan Kalikow.

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Penn State
0 Desperate Valentine’s Day Craigslist Debauchery

Are you feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, not all hope is lost. No matter how pathetic you may be, there is always someone even more pathetic on Craigslist that wants nothing more this V-Day than to date YOU! Here are just a few examples of people in the Penn State/Altoona area looking to fulfill their sexual desires this Valentine’s Day.

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Penn State
0 Joe Paterno’s Final Resting Place

The public displays of mourning have come to an end. The items around the statue have been removed, the ceremonies are over, and Joe Paterno has reached his final resting place. Along with the statue, this is a location where Penn Staters will go for generations to pay respect to a man who has done so much for us all.

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THON
0 THON 101: Technology

Imagine THON in the twenty first century without a website. What would happen with the committee applications, online fundraising, and frequently asked questions? That is a scary thought, but thanks to the Technology Committee that is not a problem.

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Student Life
0 Valentine’s Day Menu for the Single College Student

To avoid the constant reminder that I will not be being wined and dined on Valentine’s Day, I think it’s always best to stay away from all restaurants, ice cream shops, and any other date destinations. Because of this decision, along with the fact that, to single people, Valentine’s Day is better known as “Comfort Food Day,” I have put together a little shopping list of all the foods you will need to survive this Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your couch.

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THON
0 Social Media Pledges Raise Thousands for THON

Hundreds of students took to Facebook and Twitter last week in an attempt to raise money for THON. This was the second such social media campaign in the last month, the first being the #CyberCanning movement which attempted to make up for the cancelled third canning weekend in January.

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THON
0 THON 101: Donor and Alumni Relations

On February 20, 2011, a filled to capacity Bryce Jordan Center crowed erupted when the THON 2011 total was revealed: $9, 563,016.09. The Donor and Alumni Relations committee is responsible for maintaining and (hopefully) increasing this number every year by making sure all donors are individually thanked and have a positive experience when it comes to donating to THON.

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THON
0 THON Makes It On The TODAY Show

As many of us saw throughout the day on Friday through Facebook and Twitter, THON was able to make it onto national TV thanks to some very dedicated students. At around 8:00 on Friday morning Al Roker introduced the TODAY Show viewers to the cause that we all hold very close to our hearts. Featured on national television were Andrew Lambert, Donor and Alumni Relations Overall Anuj Upadhyay, Supply Logistics Overall Pat Howley, and THON 2012 Overall Chairperson Elaine Tanella.

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Sandusky Scandal
0 Clarifying The Use Of #PSUcharges

Today, during the hearing on bail conditions for Jerry Sandusky, Onward State staffers in Bellefonte used the hashtag #PSUcharges to classify their tweets of the coverage. #PSUcharges was the hashtag created by local media sources when the charges against Jerry Sandusky AND Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were made public on November 5th. Some who follow Onward State wanted a change in the hashtag to #Sandusky, presumably because of the prevailing thought that Jerry Sandusky “does not represent Penn State”. We explain our continued use of the hashtag after the jump.

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Student Life
0 Distraction of the Day: Penn State Memes

Attention, Penn Staters: the wait is over. Penn State Memes has finally arrived. You will no longer be forced to look at photos with seemingly pointless jokes about other colleges that you do not understand every time you sign onto Facebook. Instead, your timelines will finally be flooding with the ever-popular “Most Interesting Man in the World” and “Y U NO Guy” accompanied by familiar phrases pertaining to Penn State life.

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THON
0 Get Fit for THON Weekend

Whether you are a dancer or committee member or you simply plan on spending THON weekend as a supporter in the stands, it is important to prepare yourself for the big event. Mental preparation is extremely important, but don’t forget about your body; there are very few negatives to being physically fit!

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