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1 Ten Questions With Awkward State

One of the newest Penn State parody accounts on the rise is @AwkwardState. With a modest 389 followers, Awkward State’s first tweet appeared on July 17th and their bio consists of the informative message of “L V U PERN STAT.” Onward State wanted to learn a little bit more about the self-proclaimed #1 fan of Penn State, full of awkward gramatical errors and extreme naivety. Here are ten questions with @AwkwardState.

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Football
5 15 Reasons to Be Excited for Penn State Football

That magical time of year is quickly approaching. Summer sun gives way to autumn leaves as Saturdays are spent inside Beaver Stadium rather than on the beach. It has been seven and a half months since the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field. It feels like seven and a half years given the tumultuous offseason. With the countdown now at 15, here’s 15 reasons to be excited for the 126th season of Penn State Football.

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Penn State
0 Penn State Graduates Live on One Dollar a Day

When asked the question “what is the minimum dollar amount per day that you could survive on?” the answer is usually more than one dollar. However, when Matt Jones and his brother Andrew Jones, along with their two friends travelled to Haiti, they decided to live on just that: one dollar per day. In a video released on August 14th, the Bucks County natives and Penn State graduates chronicle their journey to Haiti where they live in poverty just like the Haitian natives.

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Student Life
4 Penn State Student Aspires to be Stinky-Man-Child-Living-In-A-Van This Semester

Yesterday, “7mgte” posted that he is seriously considered living in a van this semester to save some cash and just like, yanno, do it for shits and gigs. Oh but he also said he hopes this will help him focus on schoolwork and stay healthy. Of course, most commenters tore him apart, letting him know how moronic his plan was (and hello? smelly?). But some people brought up valid points.

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THON
0 State College Spikes to Hold Fundraiser FTK

If you needed a sure sign that the THON season is right around the corner, look no further. The State College Spikes game on September 2 at 6:05 p.m. will be benefit THON, an annual event held by the local Pittsburgh Pirates minor league affiliate. Tickets are $6 and a portion of the proceeds will go to support THON’s efforts in raising money for pediatric cancer.

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Student Life
1 PA Voter ID Law Upheld

This morning a Pennsylvania state judge upheld the controversial voter ID law proposed by Governor Tom Corbett requiring individuals to show valid forms of photo identification at polling places on election day. See how the law affects Penn State students moving forward.

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Penn State
0 Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Sexual Abuse Conference

Following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, one of president Rodney Erickson’s goals has been for the university to become “a leader in the research, prevention, and treatment of child abuse.” One step towards that goal will be a two-day conference in late October at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel featuring several child abuse survivors along with professors who have dedicated much of their research to the topic.

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Football
4 “Penn State Football Story” Replacement Named

It was first learned back in February that Pittsburgh-based firm Mind Over Media’s “Penn State Football Story” would not be retained for 2012 and beyond. On Wednesday, Penn State announced the show’s replacement, “Penn State Football 2012 — The Next Chapter,” will first air on September 2, the day after the Nittany Lions’ home opener against Ohio. The show continues Penn State Athletics’ partnership with Penn State Public Broadcasting to produce a weekly show of highlights and features of Penn State football– this year with Bill O’Brien at the helm.

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Student Life
1 A Correction: The Necessary Evil of Internships

Two days ago I wrote a post about my summer internship with The Harrisburg Patriot News. Long story short, I botched it. I would never have put something like that out in the blogosphere if it was going to reflect negatively on myself or the Patriot. Anyone who is even considering a summer journalism internship should apply to PN.

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Student Life
8 Let Our Class Gift Not Shine Darkly

Now is the time for my fellow seniors to determine how they want to be remembered. The Lion Shrine, The Allen Street Gate, the Fish Tank in the HUB — they’re all gifts from previous graduating classes. Past students have even decided they wanted to be remembered by endowing scholarships to their descendants of the Penn State family. All are noble projects that have been created For the Glory.

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Penn State
17 The Trustee Model of Representation Misunderstood

The Board of Trustees are mandated to manage the welfare of the university. If their governance goes against the whims of the alumni and student body, so be it. It is not the Board’s duty to cater itself to the masses. This is something we — and I include myself — ought to remember as the Trustees continue to make difficult decisions for the foreseeable future.

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