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Month: April 2010

Book Exchange 2.0

Most students hate purchasing and selling textbooks each semester. They’re grossly over-priced, and when you go to sell them back, a book that cost you $200 is now magically worth $40, yet sold for $200. It doesn’t make much sense, but most of us do it twice a year. In order to combat this, the University Park Undergraduate Association implemented the student Book Exchange program, where students sell and buy books from other Penn State students for no additional costs or surcharges.


The plan has been around for almost two years, but the UPUA has been working on some spiffy updates: a quick search option, a more advanced search option, and a profile page to keep track of your order history. The new version will be similar to Amazon in its functionality.


More details after the jump.

Onward State Tweet Up: Cupcakes and Camaraderie

Thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday's tweet up. I hope you enjoyed the cupcakes from Sugar on Top!

Last Stop Tonight at HUB Lawn

Tonight's the night you've been waiting for. The Last Stop Music Festival, sponsored by the University Park Undergraduate Association, The LION 90.7 FM, and the University Park Allocation Committee will commence tonight at the HUB, which will conclude Endless Music Festival April.


More details on the event after the jump.

Free Bikes Come to PSU!

Finally! The University Park Undergraduate Association OKed a ride sharing option at their final general assembly last evening. According to last night's assembly, Penn State and the UPUA are going to collaborate with the B-cycle corporation to bring a free bike service to students!


Wait, WHAT!? A free bike service!? Yes! Find out more after the jump.

Will Study For Food: A Crisp Review

In an area as confined as State College, it is always exciting when new venues come to town. Of course, as critics, it's extremely easy to be skeptical about the success of new eateries. Especially in troubled economic times, restaurants here one day can be gone the next, without as much as a peep from a population that largely does the same. And yet, I think we can all agree that Crisp, the new salad/smoothie joint on the corner of Pugh and College is at any level a step up from its predecessor, a rather seedy-looking Mini Mart.


However, this isn't saying much, as Crisp's ancestor can hardly be called worthy competition. So, I trekked down College Ave. during a weekday lunchtime and found out what Crisp had to offer. Usually, when I check out a new eatery I run a few mental tests--beyond just "Does this taste good?" One of these is what I call the 'Ten Dollar Test,' a vital consideration for broke-ass college students. Basically, it asks 'What can I buy for ten dollars?' 'Will this fill me up?' and 'Would I rather have spent the same amount somewhere else?' Though there are definitely exceptions, ten dollars should simply be enough to get by for a decent meal in State College.


Find out how Crisp fares in the 10 dollar test after the jump.

Four Diamonds Video Explains Roots

The word THON has left the lips of nearly every single Penn State student at least once for the past 37 years. In the same vein, nearly every student and alumni have a general idea of what THON is all about. If you were to survey any one student still awake in a 100 Thomas lecture, he would probably respond with " it’s the largest student-run philanthropy" or ‘"it’s FTK." Both correct. But what if you were to ask how it got started, or what exactly the Four Diamonds represent--would they know?


Recently, Onward State got a hold of a new video vignette released by The Four Diamonds Fund. The video, featuring Four Diamonds visionaries Charles and Irma Millard, Tucker Haas, and countless other Four Diamond Families, explains the roots of The Four Diamonds Fund and THON.


You can find out about the history of the Four Diamonds Fund and check out the video after the jump.

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