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Day: March 2, 2010

The Chronicle Discusses Honors Colleges

Honors colleges offer the resources of a large research university and the community of a small liberal arts college. See any honors college brochure for a similar pitch.

Over 70 such establishments have appeared throughout the country, and their numbers have grown quickly since the mid-1990s, says the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The South Carolina Honors College ranks among the best in the nation. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, a university dean, explains that the honors college "really attempts to focus on providing that elite, liberal-arts-college experience."

South Carolina honors students live in a separate dormitory, complete a senior thesis, and enroll in seminar-esque honors courses. This neatly parallels our Schreyer Honors College, my personal favorite among such institutions.

According to the National Collegiate Honors Council, most honors colleges use the "best of both worlds" recruitment pitch. Such a pitch rings true. The Schreyer Honors College makes an excellent Penn State education even better.

Mini THONs Raise Money

Over 50 high schools throughout Pennsylvania danced in Mini THONs this past weekend, helping raise considerable funds for Four Diamonds. One such school, Cumberland Valley, raised $61,792.05 this year.

According to the THON website, Mini THONs made up for 10 percent of donations to the Four Diamonds Fund in 2008 and have raised about $4 million to date!

After the jump, check out this video of the Cumberland Valley Mini THON 2010 Line Dance!

State College: A Drinking Town With a Football Problem

On Monday, the Centre Daily Times posted an article in their Op-Ed column written by the self-proclaimed Apostle of the Keystone Church, Perry Babb. Apostle Babb was writing to propose 10 solutions to the "irresponsible, dangerous drinking downtown and in the Centre Region". Admittedly, Babb has been involved in many failed efforts to solve this problem, but evidently thinks that these 10 solutions are the real deal. Why?

Read on to see what I think about each of Apostle Babb's solutions...

Work for Jobs?

Do you love Apple and are currently looking for a job post graduation? Then this is your lucky day! According to Twitter (and to a lesser extent Nittany Lion Career Network), there is an info session on Thursday night at 6:00pm in 112 Thomas for the Apple Store Leader Program.

That is right! Apple will be here at Penn State for an information session regarding this job posting. The Apple Store Leader Program is "a 24-month immersion in every aspect of managing and operating an Apple Retail Store." It seems like a great way to launch a career, especially if you are interested in retail.

Seems like a great way to kick start your resume and work on your leadership skills. It also gives you a chance to be a part of one of the coolest and most respected companies in the USA! Maybe even you'll get close to Steve Jobs' inner pot-smoking, yoga-practicing circle! Apply here!

A Hypocrite, In Politics?!? No Way

US Representative Glenn Thompson, or "GT" as I'm sure nobody but himself refers to him as, has been wildly outspoken against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act since he voted 'nay' on that bitch.

"It really has failed," he said of the ARRA. But wait, GT is using the money despite its failure! Thompson has been using the so called 'failed' stimulus dough for a number of pet projects, including $1 million in funding for an airport access road in Lycoming County and $525,000 in a grant to the Cameron County Health Care Center. Rumors also speculate that he's using the money for a chin reduction, hair implants, and a conscience.

In his defense, he did say that if a bill passes to law, he will seize every opportunity to make sure the people he represents get their portion of the money awarded to them. The money he originally didn't want to see leave the legislative drawing board, that is.

Curious as to what stimulus money has been spent in Centre County, and where? Read on to find out.

Collegian Opens Floodgates, Allows Comments

Sunday was an auspicious day for the Daily Collegian. It marked the first time that readers were able to comment on articles (as distinct from blog posts). The system works by utilizing a comment system called Disqus and requires users to authenticate with either a Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, OpenID, or Disqus account.

Editor-in-Chief Rossilynne Skena stated on her official blog that the authentication system is in place "to avoid the spam and hostility so often associated with anonymous comments."

We want to congratulate the Daily Collegian on taking its next big step in the scary world of online media. I am surprised that it took them this long, though I suspect it had something to do with credibility worries. Good luck with keeping the commenters civil!

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