PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Dancers Try to Stay Positive Despite Floor Pass Troubles

Floor pass issues have, once again, reared their head at THON 2015, and that issue has started to affect some of the dancers.

Kara Slocum, a dancer with the American Society of Civil Engineers, said no one was able to visit her for eight hours at the beginning of THON because her organization faced a floor pass suspension.

THON declined to comment on any of the pass suspension incidents. In fact, a THON Public Relations captain asked me to not include what Slocum told me about her organization’s suspension in this story. Even though she had to go a few hours without seeing her family, Slocum said she’s doing really well. Her DCRMer Parth Patel said she’s been really great throughout THON.

“She’s been killing it,” he said. “She’s honestly been taking care of me the whole time. She’s been showing me where things are, carrying my stuff.”

Recently Slocum said she was able to see her brother and her friends in recent hours. So far for her, THON has been a whirlwind and way better than she even expected.

“I thought it was going to be harder, but there’s so many positive people around to lift you up, and like the crowd definitely helps you,” she said.

Though they are generally doing pretty well so far, many dancers just want to know what’s going on with the pass list.

Diana Vigna, an independent dancer, said it’s most frustrating that the dancers have been left in the dark about what’s going on and about when they can see the people on their pass lists.

“Everyone’s kind of freaking out and nervous and wondering where everyone is,” she said. “They just don’t keep us in the loop which I understand, they don’t want us to get worried, but we’re worried not knowing.”

She said she wishes she could get more information about the pass situation so she can adjust and know what to expect. Vigna and her dancing partner have relied on each other and supported each other to help them keep going.

Vigna said everyone’s been telling her she’s doing really well, and she’s tried to keep up her spirits. All of the people in the stands and the interesting events going on around THON have helped her to stay energetic.

“I’m trying to just stay positive, especially when there’s so much going on around us,” she said.

About the Author

Mindy Szkaradnik

Mindy is a senior majoring in Print Journalism, Spanish, and Global and International Studies. She is the 12th member of her family to attend Penn State, she loves Bruce Springsteen, and her friends are always making fun of her for talking too much about study abroad. She can be reached on Twitter (@mszkarad) or via email ([email protected]).


More by Mindy

Thanks, Mom And Dad: Mindy Szkaradnik’s Senior Column

The band finished its set at the Phyrst last semester and “Build Me Up Buttercup” came on over the speakers. Most people continued with their conversations as usual, but I turned and glanced at at the dance floor. There were my parents, dancing in each other’s arms to the song that they used to dance to years ago at the Gaff.

The Most Creative 2015 Bar Tour Themes

Tell Us About Your Bar Tour Theme


Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Canvas, LionPATH, and eLiving are just a few of the websites you’ll need to figure out this great big world called Penn State.

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

What Changed In State College While You Were Away

With another summer in the books, here are all the changes to State College that happened while you were gone.

Send this to a friend