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0 The New Penn State Dining App Sucks

For a long time, it’s been a nuisance to get on a computer — and an even bigger nuisance to pick up the Daily Collegian — to check what is going to be served in the dining halls. I was relieved when I heard about the new dining app, which would seem to an easy and convenient solution for navigating the dining halls. How wrong I was.

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5 The LGBTA Alliance Struggles to Balance Activism and Advocacy

Last night, the Penn State LGBTA Student Alliance elected Joshua Glossner to fill the vacant treasurer position left void in the organizations after a falling out with executive board members over changing the name of the club to it’s more dated title, SpeakOut. But a rift exists below the surface where half of the queer community is edging into radicalism while the other half fears militant activism could compromise the strides taken by the LGBTA at PSU. Read more about the internal strife of the Student Alliance after the jump.

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3 Drinking Games Guide: Part 1

Drinking games give Natty a reason to exist. They can make a quiet night in with the roommates a complete shitshow. Most importantly, they give you something to do while you’re enjoying an alcoholic beverage with your friends and fellow Penn Staters.

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2 Realistic Advice for Sorority Recruitment

So the first day is over. You did a lot of sweating, gave a lot of dirty looks, and talked about being from a suburb of Philly about 15 million times already. But when you show up tomorrow, and girls have already dropped out and you can’t stop freaking out that you have a reading quiz the next morning, you really start to think, “does this crap really work out like they say it will?”

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21 Seven Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Freshman

Freshman year is a year like no other. A time for mistakes and learning. You don’t want to be too obvious of a freshman though. And you definitely don’t want to be a second year freshman. Unfortunately, some people only graduate to sophomore status via number of credits. These people will still make the same silly mistakes that freshman make. Luckily there are ways to not only mitigate your severe case of freshmanitis early, but also to prevent those late onset symptoms before they happen. Here are the top seven things you can do to avoid looking like a freshman.

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10 To Pledge or Not to Pledge?

I recall thinking about college all the time when I was younger. Penn State was the only choice (of course), however there was always the question of whether or not I would join a frat. So in honor of rush week I comprised a small list of pros and cons to look over and decide for yourself.

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1 Penn State 101: Understanding the CATAbus

Everyone loves to giggle at oblivious freshmen attempting to swipe their ID cards to get onto the White Loop after a long night on Frat Row, but getting around campus would be much less of a hassle (read: shit show) if everyone understood how the CATAbus worked. These routes have become familiar to many of us, but at one point in time, they were foreign to us.

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0 UPUA Meeting Sees Budget Commission Dissolved

It was everything you could ask for in a UPUA meeting and more — no-holds-barred debate on leadership organization and parliamentary procedure regarding a budget commission, unanimous votes (surprise, surprise) on legislation, and powerpoint presentations on both a revamped housing database website and a partnership with the Princeton Review for test prep courses. Truly tantalizing stuff.

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2 Levels Gets Political With Barack Obama Night

In a first of it’s kind event in State College, tonight, Levels Nightclub has decided to host a “Students for Barack Obama” night. While the event is not an official Obama for America campaign event, but rather the “Students for Barack Obama,” the purpose of such events is simple; Reengage the student-age voters who were successfully mobilized during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run.

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0 UPUA Runs Out of i>clickers, First Meeting Tonight

Everyone’s favorite student government organization, the University Park Undergraduate Association — or UPUA — will hold their first general assembly meeting of the semester tonight. Expect an unusually large turnout of six students at this evening’s meeting as there is some hefty legislation on the agenda that will be debated and voted on.

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45 Penn State is Still Gay-Friendly

Though Penn State’s party rankings might have dropped this year, students can still be proud of a consistently high LGBT-friendly campus rating.

Awarded by Campus Pride, the LGBT-friendly Campus Climate Index takes eight factors – including campus safety and health support – into account. Yet again, Penn State received a ranking of five stars, which is the highest rank possible from the CCI.

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28 How to Speak Happy Valley

It wasn’t until the end of my first semester that I began to understand Happy Valley slang — and I’ll admit that I continue to learn new terms from time to time. However, since I’d never wish that pitiful feeling of sheer cluelessness upon any innocent freshmen, I decided to compile a list of these terms. Call it Penn State’s version of Urban Dictionary.

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0 A Beginner’s Guide to “Troll Hunting”

as you come to value a multitude of aspects the school has to offer, you’ll certainly find many detractors on comment boards and Twitter — “trolls” if you will. These trolls will do nothing but speak contorted ills of Dear Old State and her students. You may feel compelled to defend your college. But remember, don’t feed the trolls!

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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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