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Month: March 2010

Ragland-Smith Wins UPUA Elections

After two stunning weeks of campaigning, the results are in, and Christan Ragland will be the president of the Fifth Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association.


Read on for statements from both candidates.

Less Than Impressive? Or Skankalicious?

Less Than Jake is headlining Movin' On, if you haven't heard. I've seen them a couple of times live, and they're a pretty decent live show. Though I don't like their new stuff nearly as much as their old stuff (newer is much more punk than ska, in my opinion), I believe they will still put on a great show.


Read on for my thoughts on the other confirmed acts.

Jakob Dylan to Play State Theatre

The State Theatre recently announced that Jakob Dylan, folk singer/songwriter, will be playing a show in support of his upcoming second solo album, Women and Country, on May 21, 2010.


On the Jakob Dylan and Three Legs tour, Dylan will be accompanied by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. Both Case and Hogan provided backing vocals to several of the tracks on Dylan's upcoming album, which is being produced long time partner T-Bone Burnett and is schedule for an April 6 release date.


Although the show is scheduled for after finals week, Kristy Cyone, the marketing director for The State Theatre, does not believe this will have a negative impact on student turnout.


"We believe there will be a great response to bringing this tour to Happy Valley," says Cyone, who believes Dylan's popularity will also draw a large number of community members. "I would recommend getting tickets early and not taking a chance on a sellout, because it's a very good possibility."


More details after the jump.

CCSG Update: Borsuk Not Impeached

Until recently, CCSG leadership was unsure if they had impeached their president.


Only a few days ago, we reported that Nick Borsuk was impeached from CCSG. However, this appears to not be the case! So rest easy ye Borsuk faithful as I bring you the entire tale.


Votes were initially tallied at 26-6. However, the actual vote was 20-6 with 6 abstentions. The CCSG's parliamentary rules state that in order for abstentions to count in a vote, the two-thirds majority (22 in this case) most be received by votes either for or against the resolution; until it is reached, abstentions do not count. Weird, we know.


Simply stated, Nick Borsuk was never impeached.

Reilly-Vermeil Switcharoo

You may have heard that ESPN Magazine Columnist Rick Reilly won’t be visiting us here at University Park for the SPA Distinguished Speaker Series anymore. Apparently, Tiger’s appearance at the Masters is a bigger deal. Reilly did try to work out a new time for his speech, but his busy schedule and the looming end of the semester have put the kibosh on an appearance this year.


The SPA began working vigorously to find a suitable replacement for Reilly on such short notice, and they found one in former football coach and sportscaster Dick Vermeil. Vermeil has been both a collegiate and NFL coach. He is perhaps most famous for resurrecting the Eagles franchise in late 1970s and was even portrayed in the 2006 Marky-Mark film Invincible. After retiring and coming out of retirement several times, Vermeil set his sights on broadcasting. Recently, he designed a program to help retired athletes and coaches get into the biz.


The event will be in Eisenhower Auditorium at 8pm on April 20th. Ticket distribution begins April 6th (April 13th for the general public), and the tickets are free with a PSU ID.

Want the Secretary of Education to Answer Your Questions?

How often do you have questions about the inner workings of our political system? How often do you get a chance to have those questions answered by two high-ranking White House advisers? Not very often. Although Congress passed a major student-loan bill this month, health care was getting all the attention. Most students really don't know how this bill will affect them.


In an apparent attempt to fulfill their promise of transparency, and in continuation with their dominance of political technology, the White House team (WhiteHouse.gov) is teaming up with the Huffington Post to present a 30 minute video chat with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the White House's top domestic national policy adviser, Melody Barnes. They're calling it "Open For Questions".


The best part? The questions could be yours. Read on to find out how.

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