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Saturday Morning Stories: Dancers And Moralers Speak

Today marks the first time I’ve ever been to THON. Up until today, I had no idea that the BJC could be filled with so much energy! And of course, Onward State sent me out to the floor to try and get some interviews with dancers, as well as people on the floor. While on the floor, I encountered a giant Muppet, a cow, a banana, several superheroes, and Tecce wearing a red tutu that went perfectly with his Sixers jersey (and I don’t have a picture of that, boo!)

However, I also talked to two dancers and a moraler.

To start off the interviews, I spoke with Juliana Viau, dancer for Whiplash Dance Team. I did have a video interview with her, but the audio didn’t come out nicely, so instead I’ve summed up what she said.

She said that she is doing THON this year because she’s been involved with it for the past two years with Whiplash, and she’s seen a tremendous effort that everyone’s put forth.

We have two families for our organization and it’s awesome to see the direct effects of what Penn State does. It’s inspiring.

She also wants to set an example for future girls like her who want to dance.

I feel that I can remain positive and uplifting through this weekend and set a positive example for Penn State, because we’ve had a lot of eyes on us.

When I officially went on the floor with my awesome PR guy Mike (who ended up losing me a few times, I’m sorry I’m so small!) I was not prepared for what was to come!

First up on the floor was Jessica Blades, a moraler with Ohana. She had this to say about today:

It’s awesome, [there’s] so much love in the room! I’m in love with THON. There’s nothing more beautiful than this.

When asked about her dancer, Stephanie Linker, she said this:

She’s great! She’s fabulous!

Next up, I encountered Ryan Trella, dancer for Society of Engineer Science. Before we officially conducted the interview, he and his buddy did a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors to see who would be the lucky guy to get interviewed.

Ryan told me that he was dancing and trying to stay awake. He THONs to make the world a better place, and to give back to the community to show that Penn State can do something really awesome.

Did I mention that he’s one of the superheroes I mentioned? (And a fencer too. I’m a fencing magnet!)

That’s all I have from the floor this morning. Right now the BJC is being blasted with a mix of upbeat dance music, as RAM Squad takes the stage.

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About the Author

Meghin Moore

Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.


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