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0 A New Hope: UPUA’s 7th Assembly

UPUA’s 7th Assembly convened for the first time Wednesday night by swearing in new president Courtney Lennartz. She was sworn in by a tie-less TJ Bard — effectively ending the tie rating of the week tradition. The rest of the Assembly was also sworn in by President Lennartz before the meeting began.

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0 Onward State Goes to Cafe Laura

The first thing to come out of our waiter’s mouth at our Cafe Laura experience: “Welcome to the Seven Deadly Sins… thing. I’m bad at this. What can I say?” And that quote pretty much sums up our evening at Cafe Laura.

For those of you who do not know, each HRIM student is required to work a semester at Cafe Laura. Each student learns how to cook, serve, take reservations, and plan a whole dinner with a selected group. Onward State decided to check out the Se7en: Food to Die For dinner that took place on March 14th. Check out our collaborative review of the evening after the jump.

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0 Engineering Symposium to Showcase Student Work

Soon after being named the university’s new president, Rodney Erickson proclaimed that he wanted to transform Penn State “from a football factory to a world-class research institution.” We all know that this school has been recognized for the prolific, field-defining research that has taken place on this campus, but it’s not often that we get a chance to see a collection of the analysis of our fellow students like that which will be showcased at the ninth annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2012), taking place on Thursday in the Nittany Lion Inn.

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3 2012 White Out T-Shirt Design Review

Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again. Time to determine the design that will grace thousands of white t-shirts at Beaver Stadium, many of them suffering brutal mutilation beforehand courtesy of our school’s female population. Yes, I am actually endorsing something on the Collegian website, an extremely rare occurrence. However, I don’t want my student section looking like a bunch of tools, so I stress that you make voting for the 2012 White Out t-shirt design a priority before voting closes at 4 PM today. Here’s a look at this year’s designs, including which one I like best.

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0 Israeli Ambassador to U.S. To Speak on Campus

Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, will speak on campus tonight about American foreign policy and the role of Israel as one of America’s most important allies in the Middle-East. The event is scheduled for 7:00 pm in 111 Wartik and is structured as an open forum. Oren will be available for questions that anyone might have.

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8 Courtney Lennartz Elected UPUA President

The students have spoken, and with 44% of the vote, Courtney Lennartz was elected UPUA President today.

Lennartz, along with running-mate Katelyn Mullen, were seen as the natural front runners from the start. Lennartz served as UPUA Vice-President for this past assembly, and although she had her flaws, the other two tickets were unable to throw her off her game during the two week campaign.

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7 Senioritis: My Five Biggest Regrets (That I’m Willing To Write About)

As my final semester in Happy Valley hurtles to a close (slowww downnnn!), I can’t help but look back on the past four wonderful years and wonder what I could have done differently. While I try to preach and practice a “no regrets” mentality, I can’t say I wouldn’t change a few things if given the chance. With that in mind, here are five things I wish I would have done during my time at Penn State.

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7 Your Guide to the 2012 UPUA Election

While it may be fun to go through the list and vote for whoever has the coolest name, it’s damaging to democracy to vote uninformed. In the lasting words of the first UPUA President-Elect Jay Bundy, “You voted for me bitches. That was a bad idea.” We don’t want that to happen again, so we’ve compiled a list of resources to use when voting today.

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0 Second UPUA Debate as Bad as the First

Historically, the second UPUA presidential debate provides more entertainment and insight than the first. Candidates are tired after two and a half weeks of campaigning, and after getting more comfortable in the elections game, are more apt to start throwing mud. Simply put — I expected tempers to flare in Alumni Hall, but what I got was more of the same.

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13 Construction Drives Residents Crazy

Every morning at 7 AM, we wake up to this noise with our beds shaking and heads pounding. The consistent noise pollution has worn on residents of adjacent apartment buildings like Bryce Jordan Tower, Park Hill, The Phoenix, Hetzel Plaza, University Towers, and Garden House. We are the residents of eastern State College, and we are pissed.

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0 The Penn State Hybrid: Built by Students

Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team will be hosting an event to show off their design architecture plan for the car they’re building for the EcoCAR 2 competition. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 28th from noon to 3:00 pm outside the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institution on University Drive and Hastings Road. Everyone is welcome to come check out the architecture design of the car and meet the members of the team.

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2 The Presidency That Was

The next UPUA President — be it Courtney Lennartz, Evan Ponter, or Maggie Quinn — will have gigantic shoes to fill. With the upcoming Jerry Sandusky trial and the Louis Freeh report due within the next year, I can promise you this — shit will hit the fan in our Happy Valley again, and the Student Body President will once again be thrust into the national spotlight.

And I know that when it does, I’ll miss T.J.

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