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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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27 Hecklers Should Stop Disrupting Graduation

Ah, graduation. A time for pomp, circumstance, and reverence. I had the opportunity to attend two ceremonies this weekend to wish friends farewell. There, I encountered deliberate efforts to kill the solemnity of commencement. Even though the announcers asked for the audience to be silent so that all the parents could hear their children’s names called, the requests were duly ignored. Read more about our writer’s experience after the jump.

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10 Penn State and the Process of Life

To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of higher education’s death have been an exaggeration. American universities produce more research and relevant knowledge for the world at large than any other institutions I know of. Tuition may be too damn high, but over the long-run, undergraduate degrees are definitely worth the cost. But Penn State could be so much more. It used to be, I think.

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4 Pro-Tips: Your Last Weekend at State

While I still have another full year at Penn State, there are thousands of friends, peers, and colleagues who will see the culmination of their Penn State careers this weekend. You may or may not be excited about this, but many of you will likely have family and friends descending on State College to celebrate your graduation ceremony(s). Below we at Onward State have collated a few ideas for a suggested itinerary for your final weekend as an undergraduate at Penn State.

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65 The Worst Places to Take Your Grad Photos

The Lion Shrine. The Penn State sign. Old Main. The JoePa statue. All classic locations for graduation photos. But what about some other locations on campus and in downtown State College? Onward State co-founders Eli Glazier and Evan Kalikow (along with their good friend Ethan Hirsch) embarked on a quest to take graduation photos in… less conventional locations.

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8 Switch the Right Decision

I’m probably the only person who has spent my entire college career almost evenly divided between working for The Daily Collegian and Onward State. I feel like this has given me a unique perspective on Penn State’s media scene. And I’ve learned a great deal from both media outlets.

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6 Not Quite a Senior Column: David’s Parting Words

I joined Onward State in the Fall with the hope that I would be part of the group that was going to sustain this blog after the founders, Davis, Eli and Evan, graduated. It didn’t turn out that way. So it’s time for my good bye post. It’s not a senior column, since I’m not graduating and I’m not in undergrad anymore. Anyway, this is my good bye post.

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1 The Soundtrack to Your Year

we’ve compiled a list of the songs that are bound to remind you of the 2011-2012 school year here at State. Whether they mark your first taste of freedom as a freshman or they represent a bittersweet goodbye for all you seniors, these tracks are certain to take up a special place in your heart from this point forward (even the overplayed ones—especially them).

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5 Senior Writes Final Column

Senior columns, with all their melodrama and platitudes, usually leave me eye-rolling and shaking my head with a vigor usually reserved for study abroad blog posts. But, as I graduate a week from today, I figured I should give it a go myself. Rather than discuss the origins of Onward State like Evan,  I’d just like to briefly thank a few individuals who have defined my Penn State experience.

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5 10 Questions With Ludacris [VIDEO]

When I first heard that hip-hop star Ludacris would be performing at Movin’ On this year, I jumped at the chance to interview him. After many emails, a lot of patience, and just a little bit of luck, Luda finally agreed to let me as him a few questions. Check out the video after the jump to find out more about his salary, his driving habits, and his past experience as a Blockbuster Video employee.

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66 I Don’t Care About Your Study Abroad

Remember when all your friends left to study abroad and it was so melodramatic, like “Ugh, what am I gonna do without you?! I’m gonna miss you so much, don’t worry you’re gonna have the time of your life!!” Vom. The truth is life went on just fine without all of them but you can’t just say that. Because they’re going to gush all about how “fabulous” and “cultural” life abroad was (tell me about hostels again, please!?) and you have to come up with some bullshit to reciprocate when they ask, “So what did I miss out on??”

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20 What’s Up With the THON Overall and Nickelback?

Last month, Will Martin was named Overall Chairperson of THON 2013. This seemed like a pretty solid decision, as he was THON 2012’s OPP Overall and seemed very enthusiastic about THON. After he was announced as the THON 2013 Overall, I went back and read Ryan Kristobak’s profile on him. One part stuck out like a sore thumb. Find out which part after the jump.

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9 Study Spots: Top 10 Hidden Gems

Let’s face it, unless you’re a closet nerd like myself, the only time you’re concerned with where to study is during finals week.

I cannot study unless there are comfortable chairs and pleasant surroundings; I am thoroughly convinced that the quality of study is directly proportional to the quality of the cushion in your chair. So since I’m done with my finals on Sunday, I figured I’d release a few gems — the best study spots around campus. Some places you’d never think of and some buildings you’ve probably never been in, but they’re all excellent places to study (most have comfy chairs).

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6 The Top 5 Worst Roommates at Penn State

College is a monumental step in anyone’s life. You go from living under the watchful eyes of your parents into the world of cooking and cleaning (sometimes) for yourself and living with others. Some get lucky and end up with great roommates who become lifelong friends. Others aren’t so lucky.

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0 Full Circle: Dana’s Senior Column

When I wrote my first post for Onward State, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought it would be a fun little distraction, working with some friends from orientation week to stick up a certain finger to the status quo, but I could never have guessed what a profound impact Onward State would have on me.

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3 Work Hard, Play Harder — Mel’s Senior Post

My freshman year I came to Penn State expecting the best time of my life. Since then, I have met some of my best friends I will ever have, some of the most brilliant professors I will ever have the opportunity to interact with, and some of the most talented people around. I had the opportunity to interview Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, photograph a Penn State vs. Michigan game under the lights, and party with the best people in the world. And I don’t regret a minute of it. After the jump is a summary of some quotes from important people in my life that have guided me through my wonderful experience at PSU.

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4 Onward State Chimes in on YOLO

It seemingly began with Drake’s “The Motto” and ever since, the phrase YOLO (You Only Live Once) has taken on a life of its own within the teenage and college age generation over the past few months. At this point, it is rare that you can walk campus or scroll a social media sight without hearing or seeing “YOLO” at least once. Below, several Onward State staff members will share their thoughts on the use of the phrase and whether it deserves the place that it seems to currently have in college life and society.

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0 Ten Questions with CCSG President Ben Clark

On April 14th, Ben Clark was elected president of the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (@CCSG_Staff), the governing body for, you guessed it, the various student governments of the commonwealth campuses. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ben and to ask him a few question about what he does.

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