Ah, syllabus week. It comes around but once a semester. A time to pretend our classes or GPA don’t matter. A time when the library doesn’t even exist. Most importantly, a time where we try to cram in as much non-academic “stuff” as we possibly can.
On the hunt for something to do? Penn State’s Student Programming Association, that’s SPA for all of you acronym lovers, (idk, my bff Jill?) has reeled world famous mentalist and illusionist Wayne Hoffman into Happy Valley. Wayne has been rated one of the top ten entertainers in his field, not to mention his appearance on countless television shows (Ask your mom – she saw him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show).
After reading a recent roundup of drinking data, I have made the above proclamation. That’s right, you heard it here first.
To understand Penn State’s notorious drinking habits, the university and the county have created “Penn State’s Partnership – Campus and Community United Against Dangerous Drinking.”
Each year, the PSPCCUADD CCUADD Partnership publishes the Annual Assessment Report, which strives to track changes in the levels and consequences of drinking. The new 2009 edition can be found here.
As part of the IFC’s larger effort to restore a positive image of Greek life here at Penn State, it has been announced that rush this spring will be dry.
According to the official guide for this semester’s rush, the goal is to create an environment where fraternity members and those rushing will actually have to interact and have “meaningful conversation about the fraternity experience.” It may, however, be a challenge for some fraternities to define said experience without involving alcohol. If this is the case, fraternities are facing a $1000 fine for each infraction. The Collegian reported this morning that events will be monitored by a third party and that the IFC will spot-check social events.
The Penn State scientists responsible for mapping the Woolly Mammoth genome will be featured in a segment on 60 Minutes tonight.
If you’re back at school by then, it will air at 7:00 p.m. on WTAJ Channel 10. Update: The episode aired a few hours ago. The video is included after the jump. Watch my dream of actually being able to order Mammoth Ribs come one step closer to reality.
For more info on the project itself, check out our past coverage here, here and here.