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Day: April 26, 2010

Men’s Golf Takes Title; Foley Breaks Record

The Penn State men's golf team won the Rutherford Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend with a total score of 879, beating out second-place Towson by an impressive 20 strokes. The event title should come as no surprise, considering Penn State was the host of the 3-day tourney. The Blue Course proved to be a welcome setting for the Lions as they won the Rutherford for the 21st time in its 34-year history.

Kevin Foley, a senior hailing from Somerville, New Jersey, won the individual tournament title by being the only person to shoot in the red for the weekend. His 2-under 211 (70-72-69) helped put him 8 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor once all the golfers made it back to the clubhouse on Sunday. Foley's 6th win of his college career was a record-breaker, breaking a tie between him and former Penn States Robert Rohanna and Dirk Ayers for most individual tournament wins.

After the jump: the next stop for the golf team.

Campaign Kickoff Public Launch of $2 Billion Campaign

The "For the Future" campaign had its public launch Friday night in the Bryce Jordan Center with more than 1000 of the university's most loyal supporters. The campaign, which has been in the "private leadership gifts" phase since 2007, has an overall goal of $2 billion by the end of June 2014.

A portion of that money will go towards increasing scholarship funds. The full plan after the jump.

O-Line Key to QB’s Success

The quarterbacks have dominated the headlines leading up to the Blue and White game, but there are certainly other positions that are going through renovations. Some of those renovations, such as the ones across the offensive line, will be critical to the quarterbacks' success-- no matter who wins that prized starting spot.

With only two full-time starters returning , there won't be one offensive lineman who will be playing the same position as last year. Senior Lou Eliades is shifting down a spot from right guard to right tackle, while the biggest change comes from All-Big Ten center Stefen Wisniewski, who will be stepping down as center and returning to right guard. He played guard as a sophomore, while A.Q. Shipley held down the fort at center.
"I love it.  I want to play there all season," said a jolly Wisniewski after Saturday's game. He seemed quite pleased with the offensive line's performance, rightfully so. The entire unit only gave up four sacks on the day, but the scrimmage rules, which protect the quarterback, might skew those numbers.

Read on for the latest on Penn State football after the jump.

Plagiarists Beware: M.B.A. Program Checks Essays for Copying

You're writing the dreaded "personal statement" essay on a grad school application, and somebody's said what you are trying to in a much more eloquent way. You're tired from the application process and you're heavily considering secretly borrowing a paragraph or two from this article or that essay.

Well, if you were applying for the M.B.A. program at Penn State, you'd get yourself busted for plagiarism. There's a new service called that checks students' essays against previously published material, and it shows if the work's not your own.

Learn more about the specifics of the anti-plagiarism program after the jump.

Women’s 4×200 Track Team Runs Away With Title

Penn State's men's and women's track teams took part in the Penn Relays this past weekend. This year marked the 116th year of the event and it broke the attendance record with a crowd of over 54,000 cheering on runners of all ages. Runners ranged in experience from high schoolers running at the historic Franklin Field for the first time to the World's Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, who dominated the short distance events in the Olympic bracket.

Read on about Penn State's performance after the jump!

Celebrate State Poorly Attended

If you went to Celebrate State last Friday, the newest "music festival" at Penn State, you are a member of a small minority. According to Amy Zeller, one of the event's organizers, there were around 400 people who attended the event throughout the day, including "a lot of people who were here anyway enjoying the sun on the HUB lawn." The crowd grew to almost 500 around 7 p.m. for the Flobots' performance.

The Flobots were good, but definitely not worthy of being the headliner of an event such as this one. Zeller said she felt they were really relevant to students, though I felt Asher Roth's appearance last year had more relevance than the Flobots' did this year. They played most of their two albums, including their hit, "Handlebars". There were a couple dozen fans at the front who spent most of the show pumping their fists in the air, while the majority stood stoically or sat on the grass.

Read more after the jump.

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