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Day: January 27, 2010

Local Bands Needed!

Do you have a band? Do you play more than just covers? If so, SOMA and Movin' On both need you for two events this spring.


The organizations need bands for this year's Arts Crawl and Movin' On. This is a great opportunity for your band to be heard. Both groups are accepting CD and MP3 demos which will be due in the next few weeks.


Here are the important dates:

  • 2/12 - Movin' On Applications Due
  • 2/21 - Arts Crawl Applications Due
  • 3/27 - Movin' On Battle of the Bands
  • 4/9 - Arts Crawl
  • 4/17 - Movin' On

Whether you're a solo singer-songwriter or a nine piece ska band, this is your chance at glory.

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Question of the Day: Obligatory Apple Tablet Post

So Apple just announced their new tablet, dubbed the iPad, and has taken over the blogosphere in the process. The device will cost you $499 (for the base 16gb model without 3G) and is a essentially a mashup of the iPhone and a Kindle/Nook. So I want to know from you, the Penn State public:

Are you going to buy an iPad? If so, what do you plan to use it for?



Here are the rules:

  1. Read the question
  2. Think about said question
  3. Answer said question below in the comments section

To Skip or Not to Skip…

There are some days that you just wake up at 8:45, have a 9:05 class, and just don't feel like going to class. We all have those days. I have those days every day. The question is, how do you know which classes to skip and which to suck it up and attend? Read on to follow Noah's simple point system for skipping class and you'll be a regular Ferris Bueller (and still get good grades) in no time.

HUB Food Not Punny Enough For Some Students

A Facebook group is "officially petitioning" the Chick-Fil-A Express in the HUB-Robeson Center's Marketplace to rename the nuggets "Chicken Zuggets." They are currently 52 members strong.


I love Chick-Fil-A, and I love Penn State football, but I have no reservations in saying this is stupid. You're welcome to disagree with me and join the group.


(ed. note: you can follow the chatter about the Zuggets movement on Twitter)

Can Halo Teach Me Calculus?

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the evolution and incorporation of video games into the academic world, and their use as didactic devices.


The article markets the potentials of this relatively new medium with a discussion of how fun, yet educational games, could augment (or even replace!) the classroom.


In 20 years, are you going to remember anything you learned in English 15/30? Probably not. But you will have better teamwork skills because of the practice you received working in groups. Some of the most profound skills we learn here are how to listen to a presentation, how to interact with out peers, how to work in a group. Teaching through video games is certainly a new and revolutionary idea, but I think it's a slippery slope away from our humanity.


It starts with online classes and learning through video games, but it's not too far of a stretch to go from that to a Matrix-esque world; all of us plugged in and having information loaded straight into our brains. What do you think?

Lady Lion Basketball Is Ranked, Colorful

After a 70-66 win over Illinois in the Fourth Annual WBCA Pink Zone game, Penn State Women's Basketball achieved their first national ranking (No. 23) since the 2004-05 season and raised over $80,000 for breast cancer awareness. Thursday they'll be taking on Purdue in what GoPSUSports is reporting as a "Code Blue" game. We look forward to their continuing salute to ROY G BIV as well as an ascent in the rankings.

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