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0 Clown Nose Club: Penn State’s Pick-Me-Up

When I first heard of the Penn State Clown Nose Club, I thought, “What the hell?” Someone came up with a BS excuse to mooch off our Student Activity Fee for whatever they want. But I found out that “spreading happiness through unconventional positive social risk taking” means a lot more than that.


“We are not about clowns,” says the club’s president Chad Littlefield. “Just their noses. Horror movies can keep the clowns.” It started after a Cirque du Soleil show where free clown noses were handed out. Chad wore his back to his dorm, greeting everyone along the way. “100% of the people smiled 100% of the time,” he says. If you’ve seen the movie Patch Adams, it’s along those lines. So from then on he and some of his friends started wearing clown noses around campus, getting similar reactions.


Read more about this interesting new club after the jump.

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0 Twisted Humor Comedy Tour to Visit Alumni Hall

SPA promised an April full of funny, and they continue to deliver.


After bringing Gabriel Iglesias to Eisenhower Auditorium, the student group will follow up with a quartet of up-and-coming comedians in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall.


The Axe Twisted Humor Comedy Tour, sponsored in part by FunnyOrDie.com, will take place at 8:30PM this Friday, April 9th. According to the Facebook event page, the show will feature comedians Donald Glover, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll, and Chelsea Peretti.


Read on about the event’s performers after the jump.

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0 This American Life … In Visual Form

Many of you undoubtedly remember This American Life’s feature on Penn State’s status as the nation’s #1 Party School last December. Though many PSU students had mixed feelings about the tone of the piece, most of us will agree that it was a realistic and accurate look at Penn State’s eclectic nightlife.


For those of you who are too visual for the radio, or who just prefer the facts in one place, there is now an infographic complete with all the information from the This American Life episode.


Get the full scoop on the infomage after the jump.

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0 SRA Club’s Counter-Terrorism Panel

If you’re interested in how terrorists are making use of technology to carry out their illicit activities, you’re in luck.


On Wednesday, April 7th at 8:00 pm the Security & Risk Analysis Club will host its bi-yearly Counter-Terrorism Panel. The event, held in IST’s Cybertorium (113 IST), will bring together experts in terrorism from across the University.


This semester’s Counter-Terrorism Panel will shift its focus to “Technology Enabled Terrorism”; more on what your can expect at the event after the jump!

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0 Arts Crawl: The Other Festival

While many of you may be looking forward to Movin’ On and Last Stop, there’s another spring festival coming up this weekend.


Arts Crawl 2010 will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. on Friday in the Arts Buildings in North Campus. Put on by Students Organizing the Multiple Arts and the Visual Art Student Allience, the multifaceted event is now in its fourth year. There will be performances by a dozen or so local bands, national acts No Age, artist Ira Sherman, as well as hands-on art demonstrations, student films, and an “epic dance party”.


A list of acts and times follows after the jump.

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0 Anna Baltzer to Speak Tomorrow

Anna Baltzer, an award winning lecturer and a Jewish-American activist for Palestinian human rights, will be speaking at Penn State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Building.


Baltzer, who recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (see below), has been to over 400 places around the world with her presentation “Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories and Photos.” She has also written a book, entitled “Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.”


She is the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees and is a volunteer for the International Women’s Peace Service in the West Bank. Baltzer’s work and reputation earned her the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Rachel Corrie Peace and Justice award, as well as a commendation from the governor of Wisconsin.


A long-time supporter of non-violent resistance to occupation of Palestine, Batlzer is part of many groups that support peace and freedom. If the interview on The Daily Show is any indication, it should be an interesting talk about a topic that has been affecting people around the world for a very long time.


Check out the video of the interview after the jump.

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