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0 Distraction of the Day: “It’s Thanksgiving”

Thanksgiving is pretty much the best holiday of the year. You get off school, have time to hang out with your friends and family, and can nurture your very own food baby with no passing judgment from others. That’s why it is such a tragedy Thanksgiving is overshadowed by Christmas practically every single year. Its never even had its own celebratory holiday song — until now. But when I wished for a Thanksgiving theme song, this wasn’t what I had in mind.

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1 How to Break Up with Your Professors: A Love Letter

With the end of the late drop period upon us tonight at midnight, the time has come to answer the questions that have probably been nagging us since syllabus week. Should I just wave the white flag and retake MATH 140 next semester? Is a C in Creative Writing really worth the GPA damage for some GA credits?
If you have found yourself at the point of no return with a class, why not go out with a bang? Why let yourself quietly fade into obscurity when you can leave your professor something to remember you by? We at Onward State are here to help make sure your professor’s memory of you outlasts your time in their class and provide three solid options for how you can late drop with style.

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14 From Stupid Blog to World Sensation: Ascension of the Squirrel Whisperer

There probably isn’t one person on our campus who hasn’t heard of Mary Krupa and Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel.
Since the article was written just over a month ago, Krupa’s Facebook page for Sneezy has gone from a handful of likes to 4,867 and climbing. A quick glance through the page shows that it is not just Onward State readers that have fallen into the cult of squirrel benevloence, but fans worldwide. So how did the Squirrel Whisperer go from a post on a stupid blog to international sensation? Let’s take a look.

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0 Big Onion Jam Sesh with the Songwriter’s Club

The Songwriter’s Club hosted an open mic night event at the Big O last night. I was expecting half a dozen freshman boys sporting Puka shell necklaces playing catchy emo acoustic songs like a high school talent show.


Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. Although there was no shortage of shelled jewelry and even an acoustic redition of “Karma Police,” most of the kids came out to jam and showcase their own original songs.


Read more about the Songwriter’s Club rocking out in the Big Onion at last night’s open mic after the jump.

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1 Denny’s Presents Hobbit-Themed Menu

I know what you’re thinking — FINALLY. When I first heard Denny’s had come out with a Hobbit themed menu I went through several emotions all at once: shock, disbelief, disgust, and then something I can only describe as morbid curiosity. I’m a huge fan of Tolkein’s work so I figured I should at least look at the menu to see if it was worth checking out. At first glance the array of options, complete with pumpkin pancakes no less, was quite impressive. So, I put my game face on and gathered up my very own traveling companions: Katie Blitz, Meghin Moore, and Laurel Petrulionis. Below is the recap of our very own “Unexpected Journey” (lol Hobbit puns).

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4 Student Activity Fee Board to Discuss Voting Membership

At Friday’s Student Activity Fee Board meeting, voting member and UPUA Chairman Spencer Malloy motioned to form a subcommittee to discuss membership of the board, and more specifically, the voting status of the University Park Allocation Committee chair. UPAC is an organization comprised of University Park students that works to allocate a portion the student activity fee funds that we all pay separate from our tuition.

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1 10 Questions with Valley Magazine Cover Girl Chelsea Burka

With unwavering positivity, a million dollar smile, work experience that stretches from Wall Street to Hollywood and a chic yet approachable fashion sense; Chelsea Burka won the hearts — and the coveted cover spot — of Valley Magazine. Onward State was fortunate enough to sit down with PSU’s newest socialite for a 10 questions interview. Read more about the cover girl of the fall 2012 edition of Valley Magazine after the jump.

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1 10 Questions With New PHC President Rachel Franceschino

After last night’s election process, Penn State’s Panhellenic Council (@PennStatePHC) chose Rachel Franceschino (@rachelfran1) of Alpha Delta Pi as their new Executive President. Also the Governmental Affairs Chair of UPUA, Franceschino will work with seven other members of various sororities for a full year organizing events for the 22 chapters on campus. We sat down with Rachel for 10 questions about her new role with the PHC.

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40 15 Reasons You Know You’re a Townie

Townies. They walk among us. They have cars on campus and do laundry for free at their parents house. Most of the time townies look like regular people, however, this is due to years of vigorous training in hopes of blending in with the rest of the student population. If you know or (God forbid) are a townie, you probably already know that there are certain things outsiders just don’t get. Here are a few attributes that makes us townies different from the majority of Penn State students.

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6 Go on a Date With Michael Mauti Tonight

Have you ever dreamt of going on a date with Penn State’s super-attractive star football linebacker, Michael Mauti? Well, now’s your chance. Held in the Hub Auditorium tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., PSMA will be hosting their annual Date Auction where students are able to win a date with men and women Penn State Athletes.

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3 Civic Jams to Rock Your Election Day

It’s Election Day! It should be a holiday, it’s Tuesday, and your Twitter and Facebook feeds are blowing up like it is one. So to get you in the voting spirit, here are a few songs our staff has picked out to keep you up and at ’em, and to keep you sane as you wait in line for hours, as we figure out who the hell is running the country for the foreseeable future.

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3 Smeal, Innoblue to Host HackPSU, $1,000 Prize

From Saturday November 10th to Sunday November 11th, Penn State-based entrepreneurship accelerator Innoblue and the Smeal College of Business will co-host Hack PSU, a 24-hour competition for prospective entrepreneurs. The event will also be sponsored by Microsoft, General Electric, Treehouse (@Treehouse), ReadyForce (@ReadyForce), and everyone’s favorite drunk food destination, Canyon Pizza.

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3 Overheard on West College Ave

Inebriated hilarity ensues pretty endlessly downtown. It’s easy to plop down at any drunk eatery from McDonald’s to Grillers and hear the kind of obnoxious quotes that these Overheard articles are full of. But sometimes it’s better to think outside of the box. From time to time, you have to venture outside of your comfort zone and see what you can find there.

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9 An Infographic For The Indecisive Student Voter

We’re less than 24 hours shy of Election Day and polls are showing that its still a very tight race for the office of United States President. If you waited until the last minute to make up your mind, here’s an infographic that breaks down the stances of incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney on the issues that matter most to college students.

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0 Penn State Pitches in for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Although we were swept up in the excitement of Penn State canceling class for an afternoon, Hurricane Sandy devastated many parts of the East coast. Long Island, Staten Island, the Jersey Shore, Atlantic City, and New York City were among the hardest hit cities. People have been suffering without electricity, water, heat, gasoline, food, and shelter. There are so many ways for Penn Staters to help — even without being in those areas.

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0 Glee Club Preparing for Fall Concert

The Penn State Glee Club was founded in December 1889 is considered “the most active and distinguished men’s collegiate chorus in the United States.” The Glee Club has actively been preparing for their upcoming fall concert this Saturday, November 3rd in the Schwab Auditorium at 8pm.

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0 Balls and Weiners for Sale Saturday Night

This Saturday night, Relay for Life of Penn State will be selling hot dogs and meatball subs at a few locations in downtown State College including the Student Bookstore, the CVS on Beaver Avenue, and Rapid Transit. The hotdogs will cost two dollars while meatballs subs will be a slightly more expensive three dollars with all of the money going towards fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

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