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Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution founded in 1855. Penn State is one of the country’s most renowned public research universities and boasts an enrollment of about 100,000 students across its 24 campuses.

The Board of Trustees consists of Penn State alumni, Pennsylvania governor’s appointees, agricultural society delegates, business and industry representatives, at-large representatives, a student trustee, and an academic trustee. The full board meets bi-monthly and is currently chaired by Mark Dambly.

President Eric Barron’s office is housed in Old Main along with other administrators like Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and Provost Nick Jones.

Opinion
0 Who Was the Woman who Stood Up to Joe Paterno?

Despite today’s revisionist history, Vicky Triponey was not a crusader against the Penn State administration’s entrenched culture of secrecy. On the contrary, she was its enforcer, and virtually her first act upon assuming her position was to threaten its most vocal critic using the power of the purse.

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0 Cars.com: We’re back!

Eight months since that moment of darkness, corporate America has good news for Penn State. Cars.com VP of Marketing, Linda Bartman, announced that her company believed there was a positive aura surrounding Penn State football. Unless the program descends into the abyss again, Cars.com will advertise on ESPN when the Nittany Lions take the field during the 2012 season.

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0 IM Building to Undergo Additions and Renovations

Are you tired of the overcrowding at the Intramural Building? Do you wish the building design wasn’t so dull inside and out? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, you’re in luck, because Penn State will begin construction on additions and partial renovations to the IM Building in February of next year.

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60 The LION 90.7 FM in Turmoil

The LION 90.7 FM, rich in tradition and reverence, is Penn State’s student radio station voice — a voice that has existed since 1953. But a recent leadership transition, and the subsequent termination of longtime advisor and host Andy Nagypal, has left the once lauded station in a power struggle that many fear will damage the station forever. On one side stands the station’s current officers — notably President Frank Canella and Vice President Steve Valenti — and on the other its alumni, who fear that WKPS may not persevere through their reckless leadership.

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6 The Pepsi Tyranny Continues

In the summer of 1992, Penn State needed cash and signed an exclusive 10-year $14 million deal with Pepsi. Since that time, Pepsi has been the exclusive provider of soft drinks on all of Penn State’s campuses, including vending machines, dining halls, convenience stores, and advertising ventures. Although the contract hasn’t been finalized yet, Penn State is working to secure another 10-year agreement with Pepsi to be ready by the new fiscal year which starts July 1.

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0 G-Span Gets Paid

According to a recent report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, our much revered former President Graham Spanier made just under $1.1 million during the 2011 fiscal year. That makes G-Span the third highest paid President in public education, and only one of three to crack the 7-figure mark.

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11 AP Report: Paterno Earns $13.4 Million Pension

In an AP report released this afternoon, it was revealed that Joe Paterno earned a $13.4 million state pension over the course of his 61-year career. The money will go to his widow Sue Paterno, who will receive a lump sum of $10.1 million by the end of this month with the rest being paid out over the next two years.

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1 Asbestos Complicates Campus Construction

Since the university has been around before the abolition of slavery, bringing our campus infrastructure into modernity sometimes comes with impediments. In the case of the Willard building renovation project that is slated to begin this summer; asbestos is causing the university to take extra steps to ensure the safety of workers, faculty and students. Learn more about the asbestos infestation at Penn State and how OPP plans to rid almost 60 campus facilities of the cancerous material after the jump.

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0 Tom Vilsack to Speak on Campus Today

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will deliver his presentation, “How Agriculture Education and Research Help Create Job Opportunities: The 150th Anniversary of the USDA and the Land Grant University System — Looking Back and Looking Forward,” today at 11 am in Berg Auditorium of the Life Sciences Building.

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31 Board of Trustees: Where To Go From Here

The results of the alumni Board of Trustees election, announced last Friday at the monthly meeting in the Nittany Lion Inn, were anything but surprising.

Former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, widely seen as the front-runner throughout the campaign, predictably garnered 15,629 votes, appearing on just under 42% of the ballots. The always-outspoken Anthony Lubrano wasn’t far behind with 10,096 votes, and the third and final winner, retired Navy SEAL Ryan McCombie, finished with 4,806 votes.

So what does this mean for Penn State?

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3 Board Of Trustees Election Winners Announced

With a record setting 37,579 votes cast, the Penn State Board of Trustees announced the winners of the alumni election at their meeting Friday afternoon. In front of a modest crowd in the Nittany Lion Inn ballroom — including candidates and spectators alike — it was announced that Adam Taliaferro, Anthony Lubrano, and Ryan McCombie will fill the three vacant alumni seats.

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2 Bonded in Blue, White, and Worry

It would have been too easy to acknowledge the events of this year with a brief sentence buried in an an otherwise self-indulgent senior column.

News of the child sexual abuse scandal broke with more force in State College than anywhere else in the country. There were certain obvious ways in which this happened. The aftershocks from this fall continue to reverberate around Happy Valley, however, and the worst may be yet to come.

Here’s what I think we need to remember now more than ever.

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0 A Spring Update From President Erickson

Penn State President Rodney Erickson, once notorious for the frequency of his e-mails, sent out a final spring message this morning to every Penn State student. The e-mail praises Penn Staters for their efforts and conduct since the incidents in November, and outlines several recent achievements that he is particularly proud of.

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0 Board of Trustees Candidates Profiles: 61-86

With the alumni Board of Trustees campaigns in full swing, Onward State has now released short profiles of each candidate. Each profile includes a very brief bio with links to their mission statement, website, Facebook page, and Twitter if available. A record 27,000 votes have been cast as of Thursday. Penn State graduates have until 9 a.m. on May 3rd to cast their vote.

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0 How to Buy Tree at Penn State

It was a sad day last month when Penn State was forced to cut down one of the majestic elm trees in front of Old Main. The tree, which had cast a shadow over Old Main for nearly 80 years, was infected by Elm yellows disease — a disease that has claimed nearly a quarter of Penn State’s elms over the last five years.

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0 Penn State Goes Green

While some Penn State students may choose to spend their April 20th doing activities that might not exactly be school-sanctioned, Earth Day celebrations will be celebrated all over campus today. A number of campus organizations are hosting myriad sustainably minded activities for students to attend.

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0 Onward State Gets High at Old Main

In the last post from our View from Above series, we take you to the Old Main bell tower; a highest high point I am proud to cross off my Penn State bucket list. The reason why I call this the “highest high point” is because this is not the view you would see on the Lion Ambassador tour. This view is from within the actual bell tower — one level higher than people visit on tours — that took more of a struggle to climb than I expected.a

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