PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Meet Monarch, A New Special Interest Org

Monarch, one of THON’s newest special interest orgs, has an interesting origin. It all started on Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor of McKean. A group of guys and some gals started a weekly “Gentleman’s night.” It’s not like it sounds — it was a bunch of guys dressed up in blazers and bow ties speaking in British accents just hanging out.

After experiencing THON last year all spread out in different orgs and committees, this group of friends decided to experience their second THON together and that’s when the idea started to create their own special interest org. Their love of all things British related (especially the Queen), inspired their name, Monarch. We all know the slogan FTK but they changed it a little, as their saying is FTQ, meaning For the Queen.  Beside their name they represent their love of the Queen with crowns on their head and in their sign.

With around 60 active members they are a relatively small special interest org. But they’re not looking to expand it that much, members of the executive board said they would only want it to expand up to 100 members.

For a new org, they have certainly made an impact, raising a little more than $30,000 in its first year. They raised enough money to get two dancers into the independent dancer lottery, who both got selected. Kelsey Holland and Nick Fastuca are both representing Monarch on the floor. They are dancing for their THON child Dillon Keister, who is currently battling cancer but Monarch is very excited to experience their first THON with the Keisters.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author


Other posts by Meghan

Six Championships in Eight Years? 2014 Women’s Volleyball Preview

Dominance is a strong word in sports. But even that word might not do justice to the remarkable 2013 of the Penn State women’s volleyball team, who looks to repeat its performance in 2014.

Distraction of the Day: Shola Franklin Takes On The Sleds

Penn State Defense Isn’t Scared of Another Transition

Alumni, What State College Bar/Restaurant Would You Bring Back Downtown?

Do you yearn for cigarette ash-dusted grilled cheeses from “quintessential shithole” Grillers? Or a night out at G-Man with your old frat bros? Or have evenings of drinking felt incomplete ever since Canyon moved across Beaver and got rid of its sticky blue picnic tables?

Penn State Lacrosse Could Be Latest Team To Start Historic Run In Philadelphia

It’s hard not to draw parallels between this year’s lacrosse team and a couple other Nittany Lion teams that have used the City of Brotherly Love as a launching pad to sustained success.

Send this to a friend