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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.

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12 Speakers Released, Collective “Who?” Uttered

It’s one of those things about college, like a particularly boozy night or where your freshman writing classroom was, that, looking back in 20 or 30 years, you will not remember, but at the time seem particularly important (especially where the classroom is). Snagging a high-profile commencement speaker, these days, is seen as a sign of cachet, a way to set a university apart. There are slideshows of the best college commencement speakers of 2012. Penn State… will not be on that list.

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0 Ten Questions with Homecoming Emcee Avery Williams

Last week, Homecoming 2012 announced that its emcees would be Avery Williams and Chrissy Bohn. Onward State had the opportunity to interview Avery on Friday. Williams, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering and Vice-Chair for Region II of the National Society of Black Engineers, discusses what motivated him to apply for emcee and what he hopes to accomplish in this position after the jump.

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0 Penn State and Ohio State Organize Blood Drive

The Penn State Student Red Cross Club has organized a month-long blood drive in the second annual “Fight for Life”. Penn State will compete to give the most blood against the Ohio State University Student Red Cross Club. The friendly competition began Monday, April 2 and will conclude on Friday, April 27.

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1 View From Above: Millennium Science Complex

Haven’t had a class in the Millennium Science Complex yet? Don’t expect to sit in a lecture hall there anytime soon. This new addition of laboratories to the University Park campus is strictly for scientific studies for students and faculty. It currently houses Penn State’s premier research organizations: the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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0 Legendary Old Main Elm Cut Down Due To Disease

For the first time in 79 years, Old Main will be without one of its two iconic American elm trees. The large elm, located at the south-eastern corner of the building was infected with elm yellows, a disease that has spread like the plague among many other elm trees on campus and throughout the region. The tree was removed in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease, which has no known cure.

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0 College GOP Debates Itself. Sorta.

Last night, the Political Science Association held its first debate in ten months. These debates are typically a trivial affair. The Political Science Association invites several political organizations, definitely more than needed, to debate a topic that one of the groups had selected. To herald in the return of political discourse on campus, Thursday night’s debate was on entitlements, a subject selected by the College Republicans. While the Republicans arrived ready to handle the attacks from three other parties, their preparation was for naught. The three other political organizations did not attend.

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0 2012 Homecoming Theme Announced at THON

The 2012 Homecoming theme was announced Saturday afternoon at THON. Following a short video presentation with members of the Homecoming Committee on stage, the theme was revealed as “The Glory Echoes On.” After the announcement, the committee members (which included UPUA president and unfortunately tieless T.J. Bard) and Executive Directer Bridgette Carrier performed the THON line dance on stage.

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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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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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0 Onward Debates: Private State University

The Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 is one of my favorite pieces of legislation.

A Congress atrophied by the Civil War sent a bill to President Lincoln that, when signed in to law, changed the face of tertiary education in America. In a research report I did in seventh grade about Penn State, discussion of the Morrill Act took up more pages than it probably should have. It made a higher education both affordable and valuable to the common man. This was an Act designed not to increase the number of scholars of law or divinity, but of botany, agriculture, and the “mechanical arts.”

Penn State became one of the nation’s first land grant institutions.

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0 Onward Debates: Public State University

Penn State University was founded in 1855 to be a “land-grant” university. Now, more than 150 years later, our university tops lists as the most expensive public school in America. However, one key factor that those ranking systems, as well as many students, miss is the fact that Penn State is not a public university, it’s currently “state-related.” With Governor Corbett’s recent announcement of a 30% cut in state appropriations, now is the time for Penn State to make the official switch to being a public school.

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