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Day: February 9, 2010

Penn State Professor Ghadar Testifies Before Congress

Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, a Distinguished Scholar and Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Professor of Global Business at the Smeal College of Business here at Penn State testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia last Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Ghadar, an Iranian-born citizen, spoke to Congress regarding U.S. policies on Iran. In his testimony, "America and the Iranian Political Reform Movement: First Do No Harm," which is available in full on Smeal's website, ushered in some sobering truths regarding the U.S. current policies towards Iran and offered up some now strategies in how to best deal with this nation that is now in turmoil.

What were some of these sobering truths? Read on to find out.

PA Budget: $333.9 Million Proposed For Penn State

As planned, Governor Ed Rendell announced his budget proposals today for the 2010-2011 fiscal year in the Commonwealth and proposed $333.9 million in appropriations for Penn State.

This is the first of a million steps in the appropriations process for Penn State that must be taken before the university receives its funding. Over the next few months, university officials must meet with state legislators in order to come up with a final spending plan by weighing the university's costs and needs.

President Graham Spanier plans to go before the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 23 and the Senate Appropriations Committee on March 3.

After last year's near-explosive financial dilemma, lets hope that everything gets worked out in an ordered and timely fashion, like a good fire drill.

Take Advantage of “End of Season” Sales While You Can

Not only is it still snowing as if winter has no plans to go anywhere, but it's coming down out there more than it has in years. To much surprise, instead of marking up certain items, I've noticed a lot of stores downtown having big sales, some of which are things that could definitely come in handy in light of Snowpocalypse '10. Read on for a list of just a few of the things going on downtown that I noticed on my walk home the other day.

Vallowegian: Newest Phroth Installment

There’s a lot to look forward to (and even more to laugh about) in the newest Phollegian, which is to be entitled “Vallowegian.” As the name suggests, the issue will be released this Friday, February 12, in light of Valentine’s Day. We had the opportunity to inquire about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into producing something so hilarious so consistently. Who better to consult than Editor-In-Chief Rebecca Eisenberg?

Read on for some neat features of the Vallowegian.

Meet the Brewery

The Deli Restaurant’s Z Bar brings back it’s Meet the Brewery series starting this Wednesday at 8pm and continuing all the way through April.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 at The Deli. What does your $10 get me, you ask? The event includes four to five selections of the representative brewery’s finest, rarest, and specialty beers along with family-style appetizers and prizes! Seems like a good deal to me. So pick your favorite brewery, or the one with the strangest name, or just go to all of them.

Feb 10: Troegs
Feb 17: Spaten &franziskaner
Feb 24: Samuel Adams
Mar 3: Victory Brewing
Mar 10: Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Mar 17: TBA
Mar 24: Magic Hat
Mar 31: Dogfish Head
Apr 7: Harpoon Brewing Company
Apr 14: Weyerbacher
Apr 21: Smuttynose
Apr 28: Sly Fox

Bonus question: If we were to hold an Onward State meet up at one of these events, which brewery would you prefer?

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The problem with statistics is that they are almost always seen in a way that supports your own opinions. Whatever your politics or beliefs, bias happens.

Blogger and photographer Joanna Rees showed a great example of this in her recent post on Penn State salaries. Rees posits in her post that not only does Penn State discriminate between men and women, the University also values business over the arts. At this point, I will mention that Rees is working on a PhD in Art Education and she is including her findings in a paper for the Women's Caucus Enacting Change.

Read on for a closer look at the statistics.

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