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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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2 Ponter/Kristobak Host “Chill Sesh” at Old Main

Evan Ponter and running-mate Ryan Kristobak held an informal “chill sesh” campaign meeting yesterday afternoon on the lawn of Old Main.

Surrounded by supporters, including the likes of the Penn State Boombox Guy and local musician Chewi (who recently wrote a song for their campaign), Ponter and Kristobak took in some sun, played guitar, and threw the frisbee around for a couple hours.

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30 Four UPUA Representatives Disregard Capital Day, Constituents, and Democracy

When the bus leaves for Harrisburg on April 4, carrying most members of your student government, four representatives won’t be on it. Capital Day, as it states on the website, “brings together alumni and student advocates for Penn State and connect them with their state legislators. ” It seems like the ideal event for student leaders to attend, but that is not the case for four members of our student government.

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2 The End of an Era: UPUA’s 6th Assembly

Resolution 34-06, which allocates $6,800 to promote “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” from April 17-20, had received quite a bit of press leading up the meeting, and created more student interest than is typical for UPUA legislation. Every UPUA meeting opens up with roll call followed by an open student forum session. While typically just a procedural act that no student takes advantage of, this night was different. Only With Consent, a new student group, along with a spattering of other students filled the gallery waiting for an opportunity to speak in favor of the bill.

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9 Student Basketball Season Tickets Are A Rip-Off

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.

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3 Why You Should Care About UPUA Elections This Year

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.

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2 PSMA to Host Powderpuff Football Tournament

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.

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4 A Unanimous Day for the UPUA

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.

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8 Drunk, Sober, High: Sesame Street Live

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.

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4 Ponter/Kristobak Ticket Kicks Off Campaign

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.”

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1 [Disclaimer] Onward State’s Coverage of UPUA Elections

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.

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