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Day: April 6, 2010

Anna Baltzer to Speak Tomorrow

Anna Baltzer, an award winning lecturer and a Jewish-American activist for Palestinian human rights, will be speaking at Penn State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Building.

Baltzer, who recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (see below), has been to over 400 places around the world with her presentation "Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories and Photos." She has also written a book, entitled "Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories."

She is the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees and is a volunteer for the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank. Baltzer's work and reputation earned her the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee's Rachel Corrie Peace and Justice award, as well as a commendation from the governor of Wisconsin.

A long-time supporter of non-violent resistance to occupation of Palestine, Batlzer is part of many groups that support peace and freedom. If the interview on The Daily Show is any indication, it should be an interesting talk about a topic that has been affecting people around the world for a very long time.

Check out the video of the interview after the jump.

Kingston to Perform at Penn State Altoona

Rapper Sean Kingston, who rose to fame after the release of his number one hit and debut single "Beautiful Girls," has been selected for the Altoona Spring Concert in the Alder Gymnasium on April 25th at 8 p.m.

The decision for this year's Spring Concert, sponsored by the Campus Activity Board, was made based on the results of a campus survey in Altoona. Tanya Palovich-Scott, the assistant director of student life, said that the "CAB wanted to include all students in the decision for this year's spring concert." In total, students had 16 performers to chose from. According to Palovich-Scott, Kingston was the "clear favorite."

Opening for Kingston will be God Made Me Funky, a progressive funk band from Toronto.

After releasing his second album, Tomorrow, in September, Kingston set out on a nation wide tour, which will take him well through out the upcoming Summer. He is also currently working on his untitled third album. While no release date has been set, Kingston did release a new single, "Eenie Menie," last month, which features teenage bad boy Justin Bieber.

Cracking the FAFSA

As a student, you know one thing for a fact: You are poor. There could be many things that tipped you off. Most of your dietary intake comes from eating Ramen noodles, Taco Bell, or McDonalds. You have to choose between buying beer or doing laundry (enough Febreze would make anything smell nicer!). Sadly, not only do you not have any Febreze left, but you don't even have money to buy beer, so you are stuck in your apartment, hungry, sober, and in smelly clothes. Shit.

In order to solve this dilemma, visit this website at 7 pm tomorrow. The Wall Street Journal on Campus and have teamed up to bring to us a live webcast titled "Paying for College: What You Need to Know". Senior director of Penn State's Office of Student Aid Melissa Kunes will sit on the panel of experts who will answer tough questions like "how do I take advantage of new student government aid programs?", "what are 529 plans, Stafford loans, Pell Grants, and PLUS loans?" and "is Schrodinger's cat in or out of the box?".

More on this webcast after the jump.

Nittany Booking Take Two

After the success of February's JT Woodruff show, Nittany Booking will be bringing two more shows to State College.

On April 25, Jason Reeves will be performing at SOZO with Rosi Golan and TJ Cornwall, Penn State grad and veteran of the State College music scene. Reeves performed here spring of 2008 with Colbie Caillat. Then on April 29, there will be an over-21 show at Cafe 210 featuring Pat McGee and Bishop Clay.

Both shows will be $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can buy tickets here and here through Ticketmaster.

If you're into acoustic singer-songwriters, these are two shows definitely worth checking out.

IST Set to Host Girls’ Tech Camp

Let's face it. The College of Information Sciences and Technology lacks a significant female population. Thankfully, the College recognizes that fact and is continuing its highly successful technology summer camp for middle school girls.

This year's camp, from June 21 to June 25, is titled "Tech Savvy Girls Summer Camp". It's a free camp and features two programs for attendees. The first section is all about making a 3D animations with readily available (read: free) software. The second program teaches attendees how to make video games by serving as programmers, artists, designers, and producers.

Read on for details on how to sign up.

Fundraiser Benefits Indian Orphans

Interested in food, music, and a good cause? Come to the HOINA Spaghetti Dinner tomorrow evening to satisfy these three interests and more.

The price of $7 includes dinner, dessert, and live instrumental music, ranging from a viola quartet to traditional Indian kirtans.

Homes of the Indian Nation (HOINA) is a nonprofit organization which runs an orphanage and school in Andhra Pradesh, India. All proceeds from the fundraiser will directly benefit the orphans themselves.

Learn more about the event after the jump.

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