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3 New iPhone App Makes On-Campus Eating Easy

No longer will you need to pick up a Collegian to plan your on-campus dining experience (Whew!). A new iPhone app called [email protected] has everything you need to know about on-campus eating.

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0 Penn State No Longer Top 10 Party School

Penn State, who once held the infamous #1 party school rating back in 2009, has seen its ranking plummet to 11th nationally. The rating, from of the Princeton Review and reported yesterday by multiple outlets, comes at a time when the last thing Penn State needs is another hit to its reputation. Given everything thats happened, is this such a bad thing?

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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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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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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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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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9 Honorary Townies: Summer Life in State College

As soon as classes are out for spring, the majority of the student population flees Happy Valley, only to return for drunken meddling on random weekends like Arts Fest. But there are some students who become know as the “summer stragglers,” who find semi-gainful employment at assorted downtown establishments or talk their parents into letting them take summer session classes.

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4 The Five Types of RAs

Freedom, they believe, is theirs. And so it may be…depending who their RA is for the coming semester. A resident assistant can make or break the It’s-My-College-Experience-and-I’ll-Do-What-I-Damn-Well-Want dream. Here are the five types of RA’s that I’ve found to be most common.

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4 Tips For Your Random Roommate Assignment

A highly anticipated moment for any soon-to-be-Penn-Stater’s summer is just around the corner — roommate assignments will soon be distributed to the freshmen masses. There’s a code of conduct that you need to abide by unless you want to be referred to as “my creepy-ass roommate” to all my high school friends before the fall semester even begins.

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1 #MusicMonday: Summertime Pandora Stations

Music goes with summer like Corona goes with lime, but you don’t always have the right playlist to accent the smell of chlorine and golden sunshine. If you’re go-to DJ is Pandora Radio, here some #MusicMonday suggestions to help you dial in to the best stations to keep the summer spirit high and the body temperature low.

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0 BOT Adds Four Student Government Seats

The Board of Trustees has officially invited representatives from the three major Penn State student governments to sit in on private committee meetings that are held the day prior to the general public board meetings. Four seats will be available for the three presidents of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), and the Graduate Student Association (GSA), with the fourth seat rotating each year between UPUA and CCSG.

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5 ANGEL To Upgrade To Version 8.0 This Week

Everyone’s favorite course management system — affectionately named ANGEL — will be upgraded from version 7.4 to version 8.0 on June 2nd between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. It’s hard to understand why they would even consider changing such a flawless system, but at least they haven’t decided to replace ANGEL with one of those inferior, user-friendly frameworks like Blackboard.

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0 #MusicMonday: Summertime Edition

Summer is just around the corner; most people say it unofficially kicks off during Memorial Day Weekend with thousands of pounds of steak and hamburgers. But what’s a good barbecue without some tunes to kick back and relax to — whether you’re sitting poolside, manning the grill, or just catching some rays during an unusually hot Memorial Day?

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0 PSU Advanced Vehicle Team Awarded Six Trophies At EcoCAR 2 Competition

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team began competing in the first leg of EcoCAR 2: Plugging In The Future competition over the past year. The three-year competition involves fifteen teams includes fifteen North American teams that receive a donated Chevy Malibu, which students work on in order to lessen the negative impact that the car has on the environment. The catch: they have to retain both it’s performance and consumer appeal.

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4 Hazing Talks Ignited By Recent Incidents

Perhaps a mere coincidence or perhaps exactly what I had asked for, my editorial on hazing seems to have sparked a discussion on the subject within the local media in recent weeks. At the time that my piece was published, there had not been any recent incidents for me to cite in order to back up my assertion that the problem had not been curbed in any way, shape, or form. Several commenters pointed that out, including current Intrafraternity Council president and Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother Vinnie Lizza, who said that “no one knows hazing is occuring if people … do not report it.”

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