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Month: May 2010

Valerie Plame Movie Debuts at Cannes

Who is Valerie Plame? A wife. A mother. An undercover CIA agent who had her cover blown by the Bush Administration. But most importantly – a Penn State alumnae who's fascinating story is the basis for a new movie starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, due to open Fall 2010.


The movie, directed by Doug Liman, debuted this past week as the only American entry “in competition” at the Cannes Film Festival.


Read on to find out more about the film's critical reception.

Nittany Nation Asks “Who’s That In The Stands?”

Even though spring practice is still about 5 months away, Nittany Nation, the student section for Penn State basketball, is already brainstorming ideas for the upcoming season. I spoke with Katie Huber, president of the group, and she explained the intentions of Nittany Nation for the 2010-2011 season.


Find out about Huber's plans after the jump.

Graphic Design Head Receives Award

The head of Penn State’s Graphic Design Department, Lanny Sommese, will be presented with the AIGA Philadelphia Fellow Award on June 10. The award is the highest honor that the AIGA Philadelphia chapter can give to a designer based on achievement and contribution to the design community.

Read on to learn more about Mr. Sommese's great accomplishment.

Men’s Golf Team Qualifies for NCAA Finals

For the second time in three years, the Penn State Men's Golf team is headed to the NCAA Finals, following a 4th place finish at the East Regional Qualifying tournament. Seniors T.J. Howe and Kevin Foley led the team finishing tied for first and fourth, respectively.


The team carded a 3-under-par, 837 over three rounds (277-283-277) and finished just two strokes behind Kent State and Texas, who tied for first.


Finals will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Find out what the Penn State coach had to say about the team's next tournament after the jump.

Win Tickets to Bonnaroo

Do you like free stuff? Do you like music festivals (since there's no way you've been to enough already this year)? If so, you may be interested in Onward State and The Lion 90.7 FM's Bonnaroo Ticket Giveaway.


We are giving away two tickets to this summer's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to be held June 10-13 in Manchester, TN. If you're on Facebook or Twitter and follow Onward State and The Lion FM, you can enter.

Interim Budget Approved: PSU Leaves Options Open

Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved a $3.8 billion dollar interim budget for the 2010-2011 school year at its meeting last week. An interim budget is adopted each year so the University has an approved operating budget from the beginning of its fiscla year on July 1st to whenever the Board of Trustees can approve an actual budget. This year's interim budget is basically identical to last year’s, meaning it contains no changes to tuition adjustments.


Yay! No tuition increase! Right?


Unfortunately, that's probably not what's actually going to happen.

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