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Day: July 15, 2010

Women’s Gymnastics Team Hires New Coach

Following Steve Shephard's sudden departure from the Penn State women's gymnastics team, Athletic Director Tim Curley launched a national search for his successor. Today the Athletic Department announced that they have hired husband and wife duo Jeff and Rachelle Thompson as head and associate head coaches, respectively.

Read on to find out more about the Thompsons, and what they'll have to live up to...

Update: Penn Stater Found Dead in Philly River

Update: WPVI is reporting that as of 3:30PM, the body of Saulius Kvaraciejus has been found in Pennypack Creek. Kvaraciejus drowned after falling off a pool float while rafting with two friends. Our original story is below.

A Penn State student, Saulius Kvaraciejus, has been reported missing in a Philadelphia waterway. According to, Kvaraciejus (along with two other men) was riding a blow-up pool float in Pennypack Creek. They went down a man-made waterfall, near Winchester Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard and Kvaraciejus and one other man fell into the water around 6:50 pm, police said.

Read on for the rest of the details...

Music Underground Opens Doors

As I have written about before, The Music Underground is taking City Lights Records’ place as THE record store to go to downtown (and with Webster's future uncertain, possibly the only record store). The Music Underground opened for the first time Arts Fest weekend to allow for a preview of what is to come.

Read on for more about the store and plans for next fall's full opening.

Basketball Bits: A Schedule and a “Commitment”

It has been proven time and time again that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee looks kindly upon a team that has played a tough out-of-conference schedule when it comes to placing teams who are on the bubble in the Big Dance. Penn State knows this fact all too well; go back and take a look who we played in the 2008-2009 season. The non-conference slate for the 2010-2011 season was officially released yesterday and while it may not stack up that of a Duke or UCLA, you can tell that Coach DeChellis and his staff made an concerted effort to strengthen its portfolio come March.

More on this coming season's schedule after the jump.

Attention Pre-Frosh: Eco-Reps Wanted

What's an Eco-Rep you ask? Penn State has established a new program to further the university's green initiative. Twenty-eight freshman living in East Halls will be deemed “Eco-Reps.” Theses selected students will attend training and learning sessions throughout the semester on how to live Eco-friendlier lifestyles. For example, to kick off this Fall, the program will focus on electrical energy consumption in residence halls. With their new knowledge base, the Eco-Reps will be expected to pass their incite onto their peers through events, activities, and discussions.

More on the program after the jump.

OPP Spraying Elm Trees

In order to combat Dutch elm disease, which has done major damage to elm tree populations, OPP will be spraying the elm trees at Penn State with a chemical spray. Spraying will take place tonight and Thursday morning. It will be done tonight on the ground, and by helicopter beginning tomorrow morning.

Find out more on the process after the jump.

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