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Mr. Public Relations, Mrs. Dancer Relations Take Home Mr. and Mrs. THON

Mr. Public Relations and Mrs. Dancer Relations took home the title of Mr. and Mrs. THON Thursday night at Eisenhower Auditorium. The announcement capped an evening of THON-related pageantry in order to determine the winner, including a talent portion, charades, and trivia.

Each committee was represented by a male and female captain. The night was emceed by Isabella Messina, a Four Diamonds child who had beaten leukemia for four years, relapsed, then beat it again.

Joining Isabella throughout the evening was her younger brother Jack. “She says I am her hero, but really she is my hero, because she beat cancer twice and now is helping to find a cure,” he said.

Marshall Scholar Ryan Henrici, Penn State Athletics Marketing Manager Loren Crispell, Homecoming Executive Brandon Rittenhouse, and a Penn State women’s volleyball player judged the event.

The evening opened with a talent portion, in which each two-member team performed a short skit or song to woo the audience and judges. Here are some highlights from the event:

  • Operations captains gave a faux THON weekend update, which included possible locations for THON 2016, including the Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State World Campus, and the small THON office.
  • Merchandise captains portrayed the other committees in dance form.
  • Public Relations remixed the lyrics to Chiddy Bang’s “Opposite of Adults” to THON lyrics. Hospitality would later do the same to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”
  • The duo from Communications performed a skit of the occurrences in the THON office, complete with a rendition of hit song “Cups,” from “Pitch Perfect.”
  • Mr. and Mrs. Entertainment continued the singing theme, demonstrating a new hashtag in which users can send song suggestions into the DJ’s during THON weekend.
  • Special Events danced to Taylor Swift’s beloved “Shake it Off,” complete with both man and woman pulling off a painful split at the end.
  • A piano duet from Family Relations was followed by Finance’s rendition of “High School Musical,” sweatsuits and cheerleaders outfits and all.
  • Dancer Relation’s take on “Chandelier” was eerily similar to Sia’s, even including the skin-colored tight suit. Meanwhile, the representatives from Rules and Regulations also spoofed popular culture by being interviewed by a questioner posing as Dave Skylark from “The Interview.” 
  • The Technology captains eerily orated a bleak vocal description of THON, in which the Jordan Center was dubbed “the house of THON.”
  • Finally, Supply Logistics concluded the talent portion with a strange faux engagement as THON ended.

After Isabella shared her moving story, half the captains were grilled with questions about the interests of their fellow captains, while the other teams played charades to earn points.

Toward the end of the evening, Mr. Public Relations, Mr. Special Events, and Mr. Entertainment were named the male finalists. Mrs. Public Relations, Mrs. Dancer Relations, and Mrs. Technology also earned the distinction before the overall champions were named.

With one more THON event having come to an end, one thing is certainly clear: Only 28 days till we dance!

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Ben Berkman

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