Day: April 20, 2010

Los Campesin-oh-nos!

Unfortunately, due to travel conflicts caused by the recent Icelandic volcano activity, British alt rock band Los Campesinos! was forced to back out of their scheduled appearance here at Penn State. Although opener Cymbals Eat Guitars is touring with Los Campesinos!, they will still be performing, Students Organizing the Multiple Arts President Danny Michelson confirmed.

In the meantime, SOMA is working hard to find a replacement act and should know if it's possible by tomorrow. Considering their track record, I'm sure they'll still manage to put on a great show.

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand Tell All

Over the past two days, I went to the Get Him to the Greek advanced screening and met with Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. Here are my thoughts:

Get Him to the Greek was awesome. I laughed my ass off, and I would give it a 4.5/5.

I had the opportunity to interview both Jonah Hill and Russell Brand this morning. I decided to go outside the box from the normal interview questions; instead, I played "would you rather..." with them.

The results after the jump.

Penn State’s Website Letdown

Last night, Penn State's Twitter feed posted a tweet that read "See #PennState in a whole new way - Tuesday / 7 a.m. / http://". Many on Twitter viewed this as an announcement of a new website design for dear Old State.

As it turns out, the announcement was for a new commercial that the University has decided to place over top of their home page. Major letdown.

Read more about Penn State's subpar website (and what school's site gives it a strong run for its money) after the jump.

IST Alums to Bring TEDx Conference to PSU

If you haven't been to before, go as soon as you finish reading this. The TED foundation is an organization that brings together some of the world's greatest minds and gives them a forum where they can present their ideas to the world. The speeches given at TED conventions across the globe are some of the most thought-provoking and inspiring lectures seen anywhere.

The foundation focuses its efforts on its flagship TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conference, but created the TEDx program “ in the spirit of TED's mission, ‘ideas worth spreading.’ The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, unique talks given by live speakers combine with TEDTalks videos to spark deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.”

The IST Alumni Society is aiming to bring a TEDx Conference to Penn State in the fall...Read more about it after the jump.

The Cole Camplese iPad Challenge

I am sure many of you were there when the iPad was announced. Personally, I was scratching my head and wondering how useful it could actually be.

Cole Camplese, the Education Technology Services Director, decided to put the iPad to the test. Starting April 6th, Cole decided that he was going an entire month without his laptop and cell phone, only using a computer when he's at his desk, and using an iPad for everything else. I talked with Cole to see how everything was going. Read on to find out how the challenge has been treating him.

Help Sue Paterno!

As most of you probably know, Sue Paterno’s main philanthropic endeavor is with the Special Olympics. This weekend there will be a Run/Walk with Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes and the PSU football team. Participants have the option to run the 5K or do a 1-mile Family Run/ Walk.

Did I mention it ends by walking through the Beaver Stadium tunnel? Pretty cool. You know what’s even cooler though? Helping Sue Paterno and the Special Olympics. More info follows, but see the Special Olympics website to register online.

When: Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m. (Rain or Shine)
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Registration
10:00 a.m. – Start Time
Where: The Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) on Curtin Road
Course: Begins at Beaver Stadium
and wind its way around the Penn State Campus.
Runners/walkers will finish by running through the players’ tunnel
and onto the Beaver Stadium field.
Parking: Bryce Jordan Center Parking Lot


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