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I could’ve thought of a more creative title, but frankly, there’s little debate.
Penn State played 17 home games last season, with season tickets coming at a cost of $59. That comes out to $3.47 a ticket, which on paper, would seem reasonable. Single-game student tickets cost $5, so someone who attends every game over the course of the season saves $26.01.
But those numbers aren’t exactly accurate.
One in four college women report surviving rape or attempted rape since the age of 14. Yes, one in four.…
Look, I’m not going to lie to you — I don’t know much about UPUA, I don’t particularly like UPUA, and I honestly haven’t even remotely cared about UPUA until the last month. I don’t expect you to understand its structure, bylaws, or history of worthless spending. However, I do strongly encourage you to lend an ear to this year’s UPUA election coverage over the next ten days, both on this site and from other outlets. And more importantly, I encourage you to vote.
Calling all Penn State ladies: the Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) powderpuff football tournament has almost arrived! If you’re not doing anything this Saturday afternoon, grab a few friends and get ready to take the field. The event, which will be raising money to benefit the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania in honor of Joe Paterno, will be taking place at 1p.m. in the multisport complex behind the BJC.
While traveling to class today, you may have seen multiple sidewalk chalk drawings around campus advertising for the Evan Ponter/Ryan Kristobak UPUA presidential campaign. It turns out that this act may go against University policy, and the ticket could face penalties.
Pink was the theme last night in 102 Thomas, as Maggie Quinn held a second campaign meeting to rally support for her bid for UPUA President.
Quinn, accompanied by VP candidate Gina Feghali, reiterated much of what was covered at her campaign kick-off last week.
Last night, the start of election season was evident at the UPUA general assembly meeting. The average non-media student crowd of two duodecupled as many candidates and their campaign staff filed in to 302 HUB to watch the wheels of democracy in motion. In fact, there was barely an empty seat in the house, as the Sixth Assembly of the UPUA winds down into its final weeks.
It’s rare that a television show stands the test of time, but that’s exactly what Sesame Street has done for over four decades. The legendary children’s show has won eight Grammys and 118 Emmys, and has been a staple in family living rooms for generations. Last night, those lovable characters from 123 Sesame Street came to life at the Bryce Jordan Center with Sesame Street Live. Below, you’ll read the experiences of three writers who took it upon themselves to have a great night from different perspectives.
Ponter/Kristobak wasn’t the only ticket to hold an introductory campaign meeting in Willard last night. Directly across the hall, Courtney Lennartz and Katelyn Mullen also held a kick off meeting to reveal their 11-page platform.
Evan Ponter and Ryan Kristobak unveiled their three pillar platform to a group of students last night. The platform includes key issues including transparancy, an area the candidates think the UPUA need improvement in. Both candidates referenced their ties to on-campus activism in their introduction, and said that they wanted to reduce student apathy, making the student body “a force to be reckoned with.”
UPUA election season, the time each year when the undergraduates at Penn State get to decide who will be the faces of their student government, is upon us. Elections are something that Onward State has covered with the utmost ferocity since our inception. While we like to poke fun at those making the decisions during the year, elections season is a time for hope to spring eternal that the next year may be than the last, and we pride ourselves on helping our readers come to informed decisions on who they think is best equipped to help UPUA make that leap forward. This year, two of Onward State’s staff members–Evan Ponter and Ryan Kristobak–have stepped up to the challenge of being the voice of the students in the Seventh Assembly, competing for the presidency alongside the tickets of current UPUA vice president Courtney Lennartz and Katelyn Mullen as well as current UPUA press secretary Maggie Quinn and Gina Feghali. Because of this potential perceived conflict of interest, we feel the need to address concerns regarding how we will proceed with elections coverage this year.
For some, the remaining 339 days until THON Weekend 2013 may seem like an eternity. But, for this year’s most motivated THON leaders, there is no time to be wasted. The time for first step of the exciting planning process of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the selection of an Overall Chairperson, has come.
In front of a nearly full Osmond classroom, the first official campaign event of the 2012 UPUA election season came to be. Her campaign staff donned in pink, Maggie Quinn and running mate Gina Feghali launched their presidential campaign and unveiled their platform to an audience that included dignitaries of the likes of Smeal Representative Elias Warren.
The College of Communications’ Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers is this week. This semester’s speakers are Sports Illustrated senior writer, George Dohrmann, and national intelligence reporter for The Washington Post, Joby Warrick. Find out more after the jump.
It’s mid-March, which for Penn State can only mean one thing — it’s UPUA election season.
Campaigning kicked off today at 7 a.m., and you have no doubt already received a barrage of Facebook invitations from various campaigns. With current UPUA President T.J. Bard announcing his intention to not seek re-election, three executive tickets qualified for the ballot and have their sights set on replacing him.
Can significant days in Penn State’s academic calendar just be normal? The first day of Thanksgiving break brought the unfortunate news that Joe Paterno had lung cancer. The beginning of winter break coincided with a post-practice fight between Matt McGloin and Curtis Drake which left McGloin concussed. Now today, at the beginning of spring break, news broke that the sign for Paternoville outside Beaver Stadium was knocked down by a driver and stolen.
While many Penn Staters will be travelling to exotic beaches and foreign countries for a week come Friday, a few students have chosen to take the non-traditional route for Spring Break 2012. Not to say that there is anything wrong with taking a week off to enjoy yourself and participate in potentially regrettable activities for seven straight days, but some students have decided to make a difference in the lives of others next week.
It was supposed to signify the beginning of the end. When it broke last night that President T.J. Bard would not be running for re-election, I anticipated a Presidential address for the ages, complete with tears, reflection, and nostalgia. What happened next, however, is symbolic of the altruistic nature of Bard’s presidency.
Spring break means something different to everyone. It could mean a plane trip to an exotic location or a car ride back home. It could mean a week of carefree drinking or cheap labor. Regardless, spring break is a much-needed hiatus from classes for all college students.
Current UPUA President T.J. Bard announced in an e-mail to the assembly Monday night that he would not be seeking re-election for a second term next year. Bard cited “personal issues” as the reason for this decision.
The crime rate on State Patty’s this year was a little bit lower than last year, according to an article in The Daily Collegian. But that doesn’t redeem this pointless “holiday.”
Other than just photographing yesterday, John O’Brien and myself decided to interview whatever students were willing to talk about their State Patty’s Day thus far. The interviews took place from 2-3PM on Saturday, and most students we interacted with were very kind (some a little bit TOO nice…).
Fellow photographer John O’Brien and I decided to brave the cold weather and aimlessly wandering drunken mobs to take some photographs–for the sake of never having to use that same balcony photograph for each SPD post. Green is flowing through the streets of State College, evidence that despite evidence to slow it down, State Patty’s Day has not been stopped. Check out the slideshow below, to see some of the colorful characters walking around downtown.
Ah, State Patty’s Day, the not-so-wonderful student holiday created for the purpose of solely getting hammered before St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re at State, but looking for a better way to spend the holiday, and possibly having a lot more fun helping out the community or engaging in some fun activities, then look no further. Onward State’s got you covered.
There’s nothing quite like a night in 302 HUB, kicking back with two Diet Cokes and watching the gears of our student government turn simultaneously with the wheels of progress. Last night was no different, as the UPUA met for their weekly General Assembly meeting.
Are you a wanna-be politician? Does the idea of getting to play around with $120,000 excite you? Do you have an a wrinkly suite or a collection of repulsive ties? Are you a registered student at Penn State – University Park and free on Wednesday nights from 8-10 p.m.?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, perhaps you should consider running for a position in your student government, the University Park Undergraduate Association.