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Day: February 8, 2010

Wallypalooza 2: The Rebirth

...at least that's what Mike Wallace proposed as the name for this year's festival. The first organizational meeting for Wallypalooza 2010 was held tonight and it looks like this year will be a fresh start for the festival.


The first goal is to diversify the show. Mike Wallace said he wants bands this year to be mainstream, affordable, but also talented. Hip Hop, Indie Rock and even Country are being considered for this show. Jesse Ruegg and Cameron Scott of Roustabout will be serving in an advising capacity to help with band selection and booking. The festival itself is being co-sponsored by UPUA and The LION FM. LION president Zach Zimbler said UPUA approached them to help organize the event.


In a response to criticism that there wasn't enough outside input during last year's Wallypalooza, UPUA's "Spring Concert Planning Commission" seems like it will be operating with an unprecedented level of community involvement.


How can you get involved? What needs to be done? Read the full post to find out!

In Development: Lab Use Web App

So you have probably heard about the CATA app by now and how useful it is, but what about for people that are interested in computer labs? Many students on campus use the computer labs on a daily basis and some wish there was a simple way to find the closest labs to them that are not packed with people.


Chris Sacksteder is developing that type of system. He is creating a web app for mobile platforms that not only tells you which labs are around campus, but how many computers are free in each lab and maybe someday which lab is the closest to your current location via your phone's GPS. Although currently in development, this design could help many students find easily accessible labs for group meetings and / or quiet homework areas.


Would you use this? What platform would be best for it? Where can you try it out? Read on to discuss and find out!

Lady Lions Drop Big Game Against She-Nuts

Penn State Women's Basketball - sometimes known as the team that doesn't make us cry ourselves to sleep - has had a little rough patch in an otherwise impressive season, dropping their fourth game in a row when they gave up a 15-point lead over the Ohio State on Sunday. It was the team's eleventh consecutive loss to the She-Nuts*. They'll look to bounce back when they host Minnesota on Thursday.


*I didn't bother to verify if the Buckeyes have a feminine counterpart as others do (Nittany Lions + Women's Sports= Lady Lions), but because I have a very immature sense of humor, I'm going to assume it's the Ohio State She-Nuts.

Collegian Against Print Media

Since its announcement a few weeks ago, UPUA's proposed Freshman Handbook has been a topic of controversy. Everyone from Onward State commenters to the Daily Collegian have made their opinions on the book known.


Friday, Samantha Miller, who is heading up the project for UPUA, responded to her critics in a post on the LAUS blog, saying the argument is really about the value of print media. Is having a printed handbook worth the price tag? Miller seems to think so. Her main argument is that the handbook will be a collectible that students will want to keep after graduation. She also seems to think that having a print version will allow students to "discover" things that they weren't necessarily looking for. She also questioned why the Collegian, a print media organization, didn't support the idea of a print handbook. Apparently if you support one form of print, you have to support all of them.


Read on for my take on the situation, and to find out if there's still hope left in the world.

Drumroll Please… Here Are Your Dancers!

THON weekend is quickly approaching, and as such the final list of 2010 dancers has been compiled. It is pretty interesting to take a look at the entire list. It definitely gives you a little perspective on where all these dancers are coming from.


As one could expect, the list is largely comprised of the Greek community, but the significant presence of independent dancers and independent organizations caught my eye as well. As to not offend the commonwealth campuses, there is quite a sizable non-UP representation as well, though that has been true of past years. Looks like a really good bunch! I'm looking forward to THON.


Check out the list, and give me your impressions.

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