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0 THON Overall Series: Mairead Hanna, Rules & Regulations

Back on track, this week’s Overall Series is all about Rules & Regulations, and their FeaR&Rless leader, Mairead Hanna. Hoping to bring some change to the committee, Hanna opens about her plans to make the Bryce Jordan Center, and all of THON the safest it can possibly be. And while this picture may lead you to believe otherwise, she does have hands. And yes, she loves dinosaurs. Let’s rock and rule!

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0 Something to Be Proud Of: THON

Rallies, protests, and marches are being coordinated at every Penn State landmark, and all everyone has been able to talk about since the start of the week are the allegations surrounding some of our beloved school symbols. Some people are saying they are ashamed to be Penn Staters, that somehow the actions of a few have caused all of us to become embarrassed. But why is this? This one scandal doesn’t define us as a University, but other things, positive ones, do.

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Sandusky Scandal
0 On My Hero’s Doorstep

They say that every hero has one single moment in their life that defines them.

For Joe Paterno, a man with 2-national championships and 409 career wins, that moment may have come outside a small ranch house at the end of McKee Street instead of on the football field.

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0 THON Weekend Countdown: 100 Days ’til THON Celebration

It seems like it was just yesterday that the Committee Members were being announced. Now, we are less than 24 hours away from the 100 Days til THON marker, and the reality that THON Weekend is just around the bend sets in. As always, an action-packed afternoon at the HUB has been planned for us all to gather in excitement of the countdown, ending with a Silent Rave and aerial picture outside of Old Main.

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Sandusky Scandal
0 How Penn State Broke My Heart

Success with honor. These three words are so simple, yet they mean so much to everyone involved with Penn State. While most other collegiate athletic programs have faced the downfall of scandal over the years, Penn State has stood as a pillar of integrity, as the “shining program on a hill.” It was all a lie.

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0 THON Dodgeball Tournament

The tournament is open for anyone- committees, orgs, clubs, etc., and is a fun and easy way to raise money for THON. Registration includes a t-shirt for each participant and if you’re lucky enough to be finish in the top 3, then additional prizes will be given out to those team members. So come out and throw some dodgeballs at your friends FOR THE KIDS!

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0 Revisit THON FT5K 2011

Yesterday afternoon, I headed over to the THON FT5K to hang out, take some pictures, and support one of THON’s larger events besides THON Weekend. Having walked it last year, I was extremely excited to see this year’s turnout, rock out to Larry Moore’s superb choice of jammage, and see all the intriguing decor that accompany THON events.

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0 THON Overall Series: Pat Howley, Supply Logistics

Previous to this interview, I had no idea what the Supply Logistics Committee did, nor that it even existed. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has yet to hear of this committee. Read what SL Overall Pat Howley has to say in this week’s addition to the Overall Series, as well as watch his Committee of the Week video after the interview.

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0 THON Releases 2011 Summary of Fundraising Activities

The Penn State IFC-Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, has released it’s Summary of Fundraising Activities for the 2010-2011 fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) today. From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 $9,594,880.17 was raised. Of this total, $9,266,841.14 (96.58%) was donated to the The Four Diamonds Fund. Breakdown after the jump.

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0 THON Canning Map – Week #1

This past week we asked our followers on Twitter to let us know where they would be canning with their respective organizations. Below is a map showing the responses we received. Best of luck to everyone this weekend!

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0 Canning “Do”s and “Don’t”s

Classes have started, the quarterback carousel is turning, and canning weekends are here. Ah, yes, fall is upon us. As a former THON chair, I know that canning is great way to meet new friends and raise money for the cause that we all love and adore. In preparation for this weekend, here are a few tips for both veterans and first-timers.

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Student Life
0 Yammer: The Useful Social Network

Yammer. Even though it launched in 2008, I had only heard of it this semester. And it is actually very interesting. I’m not tech savvy and unfortunately it doesn’t come with instructions but professors on campus are trying to incorporate it into activity amongst themselves and their students.

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0 (THON) Overall Life Lessons

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with each of the THON Overalls. As the Onward State’s THON senior content producer, I figured it would be in my best interest to get to know each of them a little bit, as well as introduce them to myself.

THON is a year-long event, and sometimes we forget just how vital our battle is along the way. The passion surges back here and there, but it usually isn’t until THON weekend that we realize the lasting impact we make in the children’s, family’s, and each other’s lives. Listening to the Overalls, I have learned a few lessons that I believe will not only help make THON the best it can possibly be, but help bring a little more love into this world that so desperately needs it.

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0 New to THON: THON Explained

As a fresh Penn Stater, understanding the difference between a THON committee and a THON organization is a bit difficult. THON in general is a bit difficult to wrap your head around. Luckily, my older brother went to Penn State, and so I had someone to explain the situation to me. For those who are not as fortunate as I, yesterday evening’s New To THON offered students the opportunity to attain a solid foundation of what makes THON tick.

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0 New to THON? They’ve Got You Covered

With committee applications out and special interest organizations beginning to meet, the THON 2012 season is quickly getting underway. This evening, THON will host will host New to THON for students who haven’t previously been involved in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

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0 THON Committees Now Accepting Applications

For those of you who are new to Penn State or live under a rock, the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON) is probably the biggest thing at Penn State besides football. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised over $78 million since 1973 for the Four Diamonds Fund. THON 2012 will be happening February 17th-19th, but the time to get involved is now.
Since THON is such a big deal and almost every club, sport, or organization participates, there are literally hundreds of opportunities. The most common way is to join a THON committee. There are 11 committees that need about 3,500 students to help make THON 2012 the best it possibly can be. We’re here to help you pick the right one and give some tips on the process.

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0 10 Questions with THON Overall Elaine Tanella

One thing that has surely crossed all minds is THON. While we are only beginning to wonder about the upcoming THON year, Overall Elaine Tanella, and a good number of other THON overalls and captains have been hard at work all summer. To pull off the spectacle that is THON, you need an entire year. In the hopes of satisfying your FTK curiosity, I talked with Elaine to see what they have been up to during our absence from Happy Valley and to get to know the person who is heading up this mission.

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