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2 Valley Magazine Fashion Show Part Duex

Valley Magazine has done it again, and with a better venue. Compared to the cramped conditions of Campus Candy last year Valley Magazine’s The Walk 2012 Spring Fashion Show was held in the newest addition to the State College downtown night scene, Levels, as it allowed 18 and older to attend, with 21 and older to drink. Check out our full recap after the jump.

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0 One State Without Shoes

The Penn State TOMS Club is hosting today a One State Without Shoes event in conjunction with the TOMS One Day Without Shoes. This event is to raise awareness of the major problem in shoe deficiency in foreign countries by walking an entire day without shoes.

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0 University Sasquatch Club Seeks Namesake

It’s existence has been denied by science, contradicted by logic, and rebutted by rationality, but that isn’t stopping Mark Kasting, a Penn State junior enrolled in the Eberly College of Science. He has been inspired, lured in by a fascination that was sparked by a popular television show on Animal Planet. Read his story after the jump.

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0 What Matzah Means to Me

Passover is set to begin tonight, and one of the main symbols of the eight day holiday is matzah, unleavened flat bread made from flour and water that lacks yeast. Several Onward State staff members are here to give you their take on matzah ranging from overall feeling towards it, significant experiences, and even some recipes to try.

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0 Penn State Speaks @PSUStudents

A few weeks ago, Cory Trimm, creator of the new website PennStateStudents.com, was hit with an idea. Interestingly enough, the inspiration came from Sweden, the first country that allows its citizens to control its official Twitter account. Cory wanted to take this a step further for Penn State, though. He wondered what would happen if there was a Penn State Twitter account that was not home to only one curator per week, but to tens of thousands of voices with an infinite variety of things to share.

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32 Apathetic State

Most students could care less about anything besides drinking, the gym, resume-building, THON, greasy foods, sweat pants, and casual sex. But what can be rightfully omitted is civic engagement and giving two shits about other facets of the Penn State community besides the football team. Learn more about our student culture after the jump.

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0 A New Hope: UPUA’s 7th Assembly

UPUA’s 7th Assembly convened for the first time Wednesday night by swearing in new president Courtney Lennartz. She was sworn in by a tie-less TJ Bard — effectively ending the tie rating of the week tradition. The rest of the Assembly was also sworn in by President Lennartz before the meeting began.

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0 Onward State Goes to Cafe Laura

The first thing to come out of our waiter’s mouth at our Cafe Laura experience: “Welcome to the Seven Deadly Sins… thing. I’m bad at this. What can I say?” And that quote pretty much sums up our evening at Cafe Laura.

For those of you who do not know, each HRIM student is required to work a semester at Cafe Laura. Each student learns how to cook, serve, take reservations, and plan a whole dinner with a selected group. Onward State decided to check out the Se7en: Food to Die For dinner that took place on March 14th. Check out our collaborative review of the evening after the jump.

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0 Engineering Symposium to Showcase Student Work

Soon after being named the university’s new president, Rodney Erickson proclaimed that he wanted to transform Penn State “from a football factory to a world-class research institution.” We all know that this school has been recognized for the prolific, field-defining research that has taken place on this campus, but it’s not often that we get a chance to see a collection of the analysis of our fellow students like that which will be showcased at the ninth annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2012), taking place on Thursday in the Nittany Lion Inn.

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3 2012 White Out T-Shirt Design Review

Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again. Time to determine the design that will grace thousands of white t-shirts at Beaver Stadium, many of them suffering brutal mutilation beforehand courtesy of our school’s female population. Yes, I am actually endorsing something on the Collegian website, an extremely rare occurrence. However, I don’t want my student section looking like a bunch of tools, so I stress that you make voting for the 2012 White Out t-shirt design a priority before voting closes at 4 PM today. Here’s a look at this year’s designs, including which one I like best.

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0 Israeli Ambassador to U.S. To Speak on Campus

Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, will speak on campus tonight about American foreign policy and the role of Israel as one of America’s most important allies in the Middle-East. The event is scheduled for 7:00 pm in 111 Wartik and is structured as an open forum. Oren will be available for questions that anyone might have.

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8 Courtney Lennartz Elected UPUA President

The students have spoken, and with 44% of the vote, Courtney Lennartz was elected UPUA President today.

Lennartz, along with running-mate Katelyn Mullen, were seen as the natural front runners from the start. Lennartz served as UPUA Vice-President for this past assembly, and although she had her flaws, the other two tickets were unable to throw her off her game during the two week campaign.

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7 Senioritis: My Five Biggest Regrets (That I’m Willing To Write About)

As my final semester in Happy Valley hurtles to a close (slowww downnnn!), I can’t help but look back on the past four wonderful years and wonder what I could have done differently. While I try to preach and practice a “no regrets” mentality, I can’t say I wouldn’t change a few things if given the chance. With that in mind, here are five things I wish I would have done during my time at Penn State.

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7 Your Guide to the 2012 UPUA Election

While it may be fun to go through the list and vote for whoever has the coolest name, it’s damaging to democracy to vote uninformed. In the lasting words of the first UPUA President-Elect Jay Bundy, “You voted for me bitches. That was a bad idea.” We don’t want that to happen again, so we’ve compiled a list of resources to use when voting today.

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0 Second UPUA Debate as Bad as the First

Historically, the second UPUA presidential debate provides more entertainment and insight than the first. Candidates are tired after two and a half weeks of campaigning, and after getting more comfortable in the elections game, are more apt to start throwing mud. Simply put — I expected tempers to flare in Alumni Hall, but what I got was more of the same.

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