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3 8 Things You Need to Do to Prepare For Hanukkah

December is all about the 25 days of Christmas whether you watch Elf a million times on ABC Family or Ellen DeGeneres’ Holiday Themed 12 days of Giving. While you’re pulling a George Washington and chopping down a tree, some people are lightening Menorahs. The Jewish Holiday began Saturday at sunset and lasts till December 16th. Even if you’re not Jewish but want to surprise your friends, here are eight things that are crucial when preparing for the festivities that take place during Hannukkah.

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0 Seven Steps to Decorating Your Room for Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving Break is over, it’s about time to get into the Christmas spirit. There’s nothing better than stepping into a room full of holiday décor after walking around in Happy Valley’s chilly temperatures. If you have any desire to transform your apartment or dorm room into a festive abode in time for the holiday, read on for several helpful tips.

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0 Community Manager: How Should We Cover State Patty’s Day?

From reading the comments, though, it became clear (if it wasn’t already clear) that there’s a large rift in the State College community between the students who just want to have a day of drunken fun and the residents who don’t want the town or themselves to be needlessly disturbed. I think it’s important that we have an open, intelligent dialog about the issue, which is why I’m asking the following question:

What do you think should be done (if anything) about State Patty’s Day, and how should Onward State be covering it?

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0 MLK Jr Events Galore at PSU

The 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration week at Penn State, offers students plentiful opportunities to become inspired, informed and engaged. By asking students to ‘Celebrate the Legacy: Act on the Dream’ in 2011, event organizers hope to continue Dr. King’s messages of peace and humility for all.

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0 Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in State College

Not heading to Tampa for the Outback Bowl? Nothing to do in your hometown for New Year’s Eve? Or are you one of the many State College High School students turned Penn State undergraduates who have the distinct pleasure of remaining in Happy Valley virtually year-round?

Worry not, my friend. There is plenty to do this New Year’s Eve in State College.

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0 “Let There Be Light,” Said the Greeks

On December 7 (for those of you already befuddled from studying, we mean tonight), the Greek community will do what they do best. As part of the 2010 edition of the Holiday Lights Tour, fraternities will compete with each other over who has the best something for bragging rights. The “something,” in this case, is holiday decorations. It combines the spirit of the holiday season with practice for one-upping the neighbors’ holiday trimmings, a valuable skill most of us will need later in life.

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0 Thursday: National High Five Day

For Tom Pennella, a junior studying Business Management, this Thursday is the realization of three years of work making people aware of National High Five Day. For the past two years, Pennella has been running a free lemonade stand to recognize this day.


“I just paid for it out of my own pocket,” Pennella said, adding, “It was just a fun thing to do.”


This year, Pennella’s lemonade stand is being sponsored by The LION Radio Station. Along with the free lemonade at the HUB lawn from 12-4 p.m., there will be a free drawing for two tickets to the Pitchfork Music Festival.


“I’m glad The LION is sponsoring it…because I’m broke,” Pennella said.

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0 Here We Go Again: Cinco de State

Less than a week after the debauchery of State Patty’s Day ended with some of the highest crime rates in years, students are looking to create another drinking-centric holiday. Luis Ramos (Sophomore – Civil Engineering) and Gustavo Caldeira (Junior – Finance) cited on the Facebook group that they created the fact that Cinco de Mayo falls during finals week as another reason to create a fake holiday and get drunk. They’re asking students to “get your sombreros, mustaches, ponchos and margaritas ready, should be a good day no matter where you drink.” As of writing, the group has over 1000 members (and was growing rapidly).


Read on for my take on this idea, as well as a sweet Five Second Film.

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0 Pendulum Swinging On State Patty’s Day?

It is very likely that, this weekend, the so-called snow hurricane won’t be the only thing to disappoint State College.


We reported yesterday that a hurricane-type snow storm would be hitting the northeast late this week. Though it will be most likely affecting State College, the snowfall will be much less than we had previously been told.


Is the same general relationship true for State Patty’s Day too? Read the full post for more.

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0 Dear State Patty’s Day: GO AWAY!

I’ll be frank – I hate State Patty’s Day. I feel as though it’s an unnecessary excuse to partake in destructive decisions. That does not, however, mean that I am opposed to the actual Saint Patrick’s Day, which as a person of Irish decent, I am required to celebrate.


State Patty’s Day was created four years ago when Saint Patrick’s Day fell during spring break, which, I will admit, created an issue. However, since 2007, the holiday has safely fallen after Spring Break, allowing for us to dress in green, line up at bars for poor quality alcohol with green food dye in it, and pretend to actually like gingers. Personally, I think that one of those days is enough, and the Town of State College will agree with me.


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