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Month: March 2010

Nittany Lions Add First Recruit of the Spring

Tre Bowman, a 1-star recruit out of Oakdale, Connecticut (via York, PA), gave his verbal commitment to Coach Ed DeChellis and the Penn State basketball program on Monday after making a visit to State College over the weekend. This will be Penn State's first signing of the late signing period, which starts on April 14th.

"Never-Satisfed" Bowman (as he is known in the MySpace world), a 6'4 shooting guard starred at Central York High School, averaged 22 points a game his senior year and then transferred to St. Thomas More HS in Connecticut to refine his game for the college level. During his prep season, he averaged 17 points a game while leading his team to the national semifinals. Bowman will take one of the 3 scholarships the Nittany Lions had available after Chris Babb and Bill Edwards' transfers and Andrew Ott's graduation.

Read more after the jump.

2005 Senior Class Gift…Why The Wait?

The 2005 Senior Class Gift, which for the past year has looked more like a construction zone than a piece of fine art, is nearly complete.

The installation-- formally known as the Student Life Promenade-- consists of five cement pillars lining a sidewalk on the side of the HUB facing College Ave. The pillars depict various images of student life at Penn State from over the past 150 years of the University's existence.

The entire project is set to be completed by Friday, April 23 for Blue & White weekend but the nagging question still remains...what took so long?

Kegger Tonight, Test Tomorrow: No Problem?

Your head is pounding and you just threw up in front of Pattee Library, but you have to keep going. You're on your way to that Accounting midterm that's worth 45% of your grade. "Why did I drink 151 on a Monday?" you ask yourself as you prepare for the worst. But don't panic just yet!

A team from Brown and Boston University recently found that binge drinking the night before an exam doesn't necessarily affect test performance negatively.

While previous research has indicated otherwise, researchers from Brown and Boston University concluded that beng intoxicated on a given night did not influence test-takers' scores the following day. This is because the alcohol did not affect the students' long-term memory or ability to retain recent information needed for an exam. What it did affect, however, was reaction times and moods. So while you'll still feel absolutely miserable trying to figure out the square root of pi, you'll probably be able to slog through it.

UPUA Elections: Where to Vote Today

The lazy and apathetic have no excuse not to vote today. Not only can you vote here, which consists of a incredibly quick ballot that should take no more than two minutes if you have already made up your mind, but you can also vote today in the HUB at the UPUA booth on the first floor until 9pm.

After noon, UPUA staff will be spreading out across campus to the commons, where they will also have computers set up for students to vote until 9pm. All you need to do is sign in under your Penn State account and vote. It took me less than a minute on my Blackberry.

A Cupcake Capitalist’s State College Dream

Anyone who has ever tasted a Magnolia Bakery cupcake knows what's up: cupcakes are the bakery goods of kings and legends. In terms of 'tastiness density' (yes, I just made this phrase up), it reigns supreme.

That's why I was delighted to learn that State College will soon be blessed with not one, but two cupcake shops. Sugar on Top is opening up on Beaver Ave. within the next few weeks and *ndulge is set to open shop on College Ave. in May. Even a novice at economics knows what this means: delectable, savory, free-market competition.

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