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Day: April 29, 2010

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.

The Bunnymen Haunt Us From the Shadows

State College hit the big time last night. Yeah you probably didn't even realize, it did you? Well, just so you know, a major band that influenced a lot of music throughout the 90's decided, for some reason that I can't figure out, to stop in town on their tour.


Echo and the Bunnymen, the British alt rock band extremely well known in the 80's and early 90s, hopped over the pond and are on their US Tour. The tour started at Coachella and then made its way to the Filmore in San Fran, Metro in Chicago, Philly, then here before heading off to sold out shows in DC and NYC. Yeah, they're pretty amazing, and you missed it.


I'm not going to sit here and scold you like an old man, though. Read on after the jump to hear more about the concert.

WPSU-FM to Host Live Panel on Drinking at PSU

WPSU-FM (an NPR radio station operating out of Penn State) will be hosting a forum ("Exploring Solutions to Drinking Culture") discussing the problem of underage and excessive drinking this Sunday, May 2nd at 7 P.M. I know what you're probably thinking, another forum talking about the problems of drinking and how we should fix them. If the community's going to do something, shouldn't they just do it? I thought the same thing, so I got in touch with Cynthia Berger, the Senior Producer of WPSU and the moderator of the forum.


Read more about the forum and what she replied after the jump.

NCAA Elects Mark Emmert as New President

Amid a variety of issues, such as basketball tournament expansion, college football playoffs, and hiring of minority coaches, the NCAA Executive Committee finally selected Mark A. Emmert as the fifth president of the NCAA Tuesday. Emmert, the current president of the University of Washington, will be filling the spot left by the late Myles Brand, who passed away in September of 2009. James L. Ish will continue to hold the interim position until no later than November 1 when Emmert will take over.


When talks to replace the late Brand began, Penn State's president Graham Spanier seemed to be a likely candidate. However, Spanier quickly denied the allegations and will continue his tenure at dear Old State.


Learn more about Emmert after the jump.

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