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Month: April 2010

Question of the Day: Sweet Mobile Apps

AT&T is sponsoring a pretty cool competition in which entrants can win $10,000 cash in scholarship money for creating a mobile device application. Teams of up to four people can enter a custom-built application for the purpose of e-learning.  The rules state that the "innovating e-learning mobile app" should be functional across multiple platforms. Submissions are due by September 15, 2010 and so far there are only ten teams signed up. So my question for you is:

If you could develop a mobile device application, what would it do?

Project Blue Pill: Starting Up Start-ups

So, Project Blue Pill has finally initialized! Still wondering what it is? According to their press release,

Project Blue Pill is a student-run think-tank start-up that starts up start-ups.

Whoa, quite meta. The press release also goes on to state that Project Blue Pill "listens to other student's ideas and turns them into a reality". Find out what some of these initial ideas are after the jump.

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.

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