[Live Blog] Penn State THON 2016: $9,770,332.32!
Welcome to the central hub of Onward State’s THON 2016 coverage. Follow along here for everything going on at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend at the 44th annual THON.
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And this year’s Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon total money raised is…
4:00 p.m. 5…4…3…2…1……DANCERS SIT!!
3:55 p.m. For the 46th and final time of THON 2016: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO THE STAGE.
3:45 p.m. Feelin’ lit! Feelin’ live! Us too! Go Go Gadget closes their set with “The Pursuit of Happiness Remix” and propels the energetic crowd into the FINAL 15 MINUTES.
3:30 p.m. 30. MORE. MINUTES.
3:29 p.m. Calling the Nittany Lion! Go Go beckons the symbol of our best to the stage (with some help from the “Lion King”) to lead crowd in Zombie Nation. “WE ARE PENN STATE — don’t ever stop saying it!”
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3:25 p.m. Go Go Gadget has the BJC going crazy. Trust us, no worries in here.
3:13 a.m. 46 hours is a lot of time to perfect your dance moves. We compiled a video of some of the best we saw on the floor this weekend. 3:04 a.m. The lights are off and Go Go is rocking the stage! Less than an hour until the reveal!!! 3:01 p.m. Go Go Gadget is preparing to take the stage. The crowd is getting excited. 2:55 p.m. While Go Go Gadjet prepares to blow the roof off the BJC, everyone on the floor and in the stands had an impromptu song-and-dance to “Livin’ On a Prayer.”
2:47 p.m. As the most emotional moments of THON comes to an end, dancer relations captains head to the stage for another line dance. 2:40 p.m. With the video over, the BJC sang “Angels Among Us” arm-in-arm as emotion hit a high for the afternoon.
2:17 p.m. The Celebration of Life video has started, honoring the THON children that have passed away. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” plays as pictures and quotes from the children are shown on the BJC’s screens. Everyone locked arms and is swaying, filled with emotion while the video continues. “Although they are not here physically, they are here spiritually.” 2:03 p.m. The Ayden Gora family is the last to speak at Family Hour. They start by saying they were preparing to go to church when Ayden was two years old, but went to the doctor when he woke up with a puffy eye. Doctors originally thought it was allergies, but he was sent to Hershey Medical Center for more tests. Ayden’s sister, who was six months old at the time, stayed with her grandparents but visited whenever she could. He’s taken more than 1,000 doses of chemo over about three years, but if all goes well, he will be done with his treatment in June. Aydon’s best friend, the Nittany Lion, surprised him at the end of his family’s speech. 1:54 p.m. Next is the “Ashley Kaufman family,” but Ashley herself is the only person on the stage. She quotes “Goodnight Moon” and thanks her parents for their support and raising her. She explains that she originally thought she a had a flu for a long time at four years old, so her family brought her to a doctor. The doctor thought it was the flu, but her parents asked for blood tests. They didn’t think much of it until they got a call saying to come in immediately. That’s when they learned she had leukemia. “I don’t know why a lot of things happen in the world. I don’t know why cancer has affected so many people.” She paused to catch her breath as the crowd shared loud applause. “This is your opportunity to fight when you have no fight in you.” 17 years later, she’s still fighting and is speaking on stage in front of a packed BJC. She will graduate this year and completed two marathons and a half-marathon. 1:42 p.m.The Nick Fulton family is on the stage in their fourth year attending THON. They start by saying Nick met Jeter before one THON, and he said that THON was more exciting. “There was no way to describe the feeling when we heard, ‘your son has cancer.'” Nick’s mom said it felt like driving in the dark, and still does four years after the initial diagnosis. “Little did we know that even though our lives were changed with something so terrible, we were about to be blessed with incredible people,” she reflected. Nick told his parents after his diagnosis, “God picked me to have cancer because he knows we’re a strong family and we can beat this, no problem.” His parents asked him why he works so hard in school when they’re more than happy with passing grades: “I have to work hard so I can go to Penn State.” 1:25 p.m. The Dominique Bigler family takes the stage. The family has come to THON since 2009. Dominique passed away in 2009. Her family read the notes she wrote during her battle with cancer. “I want to tell you how cancer changed my life, so why not write about the good things?” her mother read. “I was 13 years old and scared out of my mind, but there was no way I was going to let anyone know. So I tried to be brave.” “Let’s keep dancing until we find a cure and no other family has to hear, ‘your child has cancer.’ We love you Dominique.” 1:10 p.m. THON is playing its “Where are they now?” video. The first former THON child featured was accepted to Penn State in the fall. As each survivor’s story comes on screen, the crowd goes wild. Current THON dancer Brady Lucas is among those featured. Between slides, the video showed the Walt Disney quote, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” 1:08 p.m. The procession comes to an end. “We are in need for a cure, and you’re all helping right now.” 12:54 p.m. The Kayla Nakonechni family took the stage in purple to loud cheers from all. 12:51 p.m. The Four Diamonds families are announced one-by-one as the BJC gives their supportive applause. 12:49 p.m. Family hour is underway. 12:45 p.m. THON dancers demonstrated their favorite stretches from the weekend. 12:40 p.m. Khloe Kardashian tweeted her support for THON’s dancers. 12:38 p.m. Last one! 2016 DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS! LET’S FINISH STRONG. 12:33 p.m. 2015 DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS! TO. THE. STAGE. 12:26 p.m. 2014 MORALE CAPTAINS, KEEP IT GOING! 12:20 p.m. 2013 MORALERS, TO THE STAGE! 12:16 p.m. 2012 MORALE CAPTAINS, IT’S YOUR TURN! Show us what you’ve got. 12:11 p.m. 2011 MORALE CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! Get ready to bust a move. 12:00 p.m. Welcome to the Final Four hours of THON 2016! 11:57 a.m. You didn’t think we’d let you go a whole THON without an overheard, did you? We’ve got our third edition of overheard in the women’s bathroom. 11:50 a.m. James Franklin took the stage at THON and led the loudest “We Are” chant of the weekend. 11:34 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! Last one before the final four begins. This time the captains did two, one with the boys and the other with the girls. 1:23 a.m. Meet former THON child Joe Martin. He’s back in the BJC 25-years later, cancer free. “You know, how much has changed. I came back to the Bryce Jordan Center and I cried because of how big it’s gotten. And it’s amazing, and in the same token, it was a reminder of everything that I had lived through.” 11:09 a.m. The jump ropers are back and the crows is going crazy. 10:58 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! 10:55 a.m. If you’ve never been down to the THON floor we took a video to show you exactly what it feels like. 10:49 a.m. We talked to concession stand managers to see how they keep the BJC fed. “This weekend has been incredible because I’ve gotten to know a lot of the people I work with so much better.” 10:30 a.m. Kevin Negandhi gave THON a shoutout on the morning edition of SportsCenter. “To watch what those kids are doing, I think it’s pretty cool that they pack the Bryce Jordan Center and there’s a ton of support for the 700 selected kids who push forward. One of the things I noted on my take was it’s a year-round thing, not just something that takes 48 hours of standing up. You’re soliciting donations, you’re reaching out to people and building relationships, you’re asking for support. That shows a full commitment from the group that takes place in THON.” 10:21 a.m. If you can’t be on the floor with your dancer, here’s how DRCMs keep people connected. 10:13 a.m. Speaking of line dances… With the final four hours of THON 2016 nigh, all of the traditions associated with the last few hours are almost upon us, including four years of line dances. 9:57 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, DO YOUR THING. 9:47 a.m. And your THON 2016 Color Wars winner is………..PURPLE! Orange came in second while blue and red tied for third place. 9:38 a.m. Sorry section 103. To prepare for the final four hours the hours located in the section were forced to relocate. Last we checked it was Penn State Berks, Women’s Club Basketball, Penn State Cru, Rugby, RUF, and SWE. 9:06 a.m. The Color Wars Grand Finale is underway. Dancers have one last chance to earn as many points as possible for their team before the winner is announced. 9:05 a.m. Slides of Strength are nice, but GIANT Slides of Strength are even better. Dancers are getting a much-needed baby powder rub-down in the middle of the floor now. 8:58 a.m. Speaking of the line dance, it’s that time again. Dancer relations captains, you know where to go! 8:47 a.m. With Heather Grace Thomas taking a break, we talked to alternate line dance leader Rick Melli. 8:28 a.m. A spokesman confirmed CATA busses are running 24/7, despite the broken app saying no busses are available. 8:20 a.m. The Rockets’ setlist was one of the most entertaining and diverse THON has ever seen. 7:25 a.m. We asked dancers how their THON experience has been so far. [Video] 7:08 a.m. Onward State staff writer and Penn State soccer alumnus Drew Klingenberg explained the responsibilities of a student-athlete at THON.
6:40 a.m. The Rockets are on stage, serenading the BJC with hits ranging from “Timber” to “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” 6:25 a.m. Tanner Nickell and Nick Slavtcheff raised more than $10,000 in their efforts to become independent dancers. They weren’t picked to be on the floor all 46, but that isn’t stopping their fight FTK. 5:56 a.m. JaDhoom danced its way through an energetic performance before 14-year-old Hannah Richardson blew the crowd away with a powerful rendition of “We Are The Champions.” 5:48 a.m. Black Tie Stereo played a host of fan favorites in its set. 5:40 a.m. Dancer relations captains, to the stage! 5:31 a.m. We had another water social, as hydration will play a huge role down the stretch. 5:21 a.m. The BJC hit capacity again early Sunday morning, so take that into consideration if you want to get in on Sunday. 5:15 a.m. We toured the BJC and found the best leggings THON attendees have to offer. 4:30 a.m. Black Tie Stereo rocked the BJC with eclectic hits as well as Penn State favorites like Sweet Caroline. 4:23 a.m. As we enter the wee hours of the morning, here’s how to keep your clothes feeling fresh and clean. You can thank us later. 4:17 a.m. We asked and you delivered. Here’s where Penn Staters are following THON from around the world. 4:03 a.m. Scranton-based alternative-rock band Black Tie Stereo kicks off their set with Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” before leading right into Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” The crowd is eating it up. 3:49 a.m. Onward State’s own writers, editors, and photographers are on the floor right now for some Slides of Strength rubbing and line dancing #meta 3:45 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS! Welcome back — it’s line dance time! 3:24 a.m. OPP is setting up for Slides of Strength round three. Brace yourself for the baby powder cloud. 3:17 a.m. Time for a seventh inning stretch. Three captains lead the BJC in a calf stretch. 3:09 a.m. Dance Relations captains, TO THE STAGE! 2:34 a.m. The dancers have been on their feet for almost 36 hours. Here’s what they are craving to eat the most. 2:29 a.m. We’re into the wee hours of the morning here in the BJC. To keep you entertained here’s our third installment of I Spy in the BJC. 2:27 a.m. The College Of Earth and Mineral Sciences finds itself one of the top fundraisers every year. Since 2003, EMS has raised more than $600,000 FTK. We talked to them to see how preparations for THON 2016 went. 2:22 a.m. From the archives: What happens when dancers have to poop. Really. 2:11 a.m. The band Shake 3x is now on stage waking up the audience. 2:00 a.m. Relieve the Pep Rally with our video highlights. 1:45 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 1:39 a.m. As the dancers open the last of their mail, orgs are trying to get a wave going. 1:29 a.m. The push on the last day is always an emotional one. 1:07 a.m. We found out how long we really wait for water in the BJC. (Hint: It’s a really long time). 12:55 a.m. No place we’d rather be. 12:42 a.m. It’s time for Dancer Mail! 12:34 a.m. We talked to Club Gymnastics and found out how they THON. “We THON for the Damesheks and so that these kids have a chance to forget their disease for a weekend and enjoy just being kids.” 12:26 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 2:21 a.m. It’s time for another… WATER SOCIAL! 12:18 a.m. Relive the THON Pep Rally and the football’s team win. 12:01 a.m. Welcome to the final day of THON 2016, Penn State.
11:44 p.m. OPP is out mopping the floor. 11:36 p.m. Hmmm
11:23 p.m. We had one of our writers try the Double Decker Burger. Would you take a look at that: 11:17 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 11:04 p.m. A “we want the Lion” chant erupted in the arena. He’s on stage doing 46 one armed pushups. 11:00 p.m. We asked Penn State alumni how they think THON has changed since they graduated. 10:53 p.m. AND THE WINNER IS… THE FOOTBALL TEAM! Take a bow boys: 10:46 p.m. Women’s soccer was declared the champions! Before they face off against the football team, the Lionettes took the stage. Two of them have been dancing for more than 24 hours. 10:42 p.m. Seven time national champs women’s volleyball took the stage took the stage to close out the ladies set. 10:41 p.m. Dressed in black and white, the women’s field hockey team took the stage next. 10:39 p.m. The women’s golf team is dancing to “What Dreams Are Made Of.” 10:37 p.m. Women’s hockey took the stage and showed just because they skate doesn’t mean they can’t dance. 10:36 p.m. PJ Mullen was too nervous to hit the Quan, so Leah showed him how its done. 10:32 p.m. The women’s gymnastics team entered the stage with “Runs The World” for its performance. 10:30 p.m. The National Championship women’s soccer team is up next. Clad in gangster gang they’re dancing to Soulja Boy. 10:26 p.m. The football team was declared the winner out of the men’s teams. Next up, the ladies! Women’s rugby is up first. 24 p.m. Last up for the men is defending champions men’s hockey. 10:21 p.m. Men’s soccer is up next wearing crop tops and short shorts. They pranced around like ballerinas to classical music before busting a move. 10:18 p.m. The men’s gymnastics team started off its performance with a line push up and back flip the crowd loved. 10:15 p.m. The men’s tennis team took the stage clad in hot pink.10:13 p.m. The men’s fencing team is now competing in neon yellow shirts while dancing to “Thriller.” One of the fencers closed out the performance with a jump split that rivaled the Lionettes. 10:10 p.m. That performance will be hard to beat. But the men’s volleyball team took the stage looking confident. They’re passing to each other and shimmying and the crowd definitely approves. 10:07 p.m. Devon Still introduced “his favorite,” the football team up next. They’re wearing jerseys and white shorts doing a crazy remix the crowd is loving. 10:05 p.m. Next up is the men’s golf team, who are shaking their groove things in black shades. The team did a remix of “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical. 10:02 p.m. The men’s rugby team is up first. The guys are dressed in shorts, tropical shirts, and one fur fest. Their grand finale was the iconic leap from Dirty Dancing. 9:56 p.m. Devon Still just hummed Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Leah knew what it was right away. We’re off to a good start. 9:48 p.m. They’re switching things up this year, the men and women’s teams will be competing against each other. The judges will give bonus points for songs from Justin Bieber (10 points), Adele (2 points), “Nae Nae’ing” (20 points), and -10 for a DAB. 9:40 p.m. The lights are dimmed and the spotlights are going around the audience. Here we go! 9:37 p.m. Athletic teams are filing into the BJC to compete in the dance off at the Pep Rally. Will men’s hockey be back to back champions? Stay tuned! 9:35 p.m. Zombie Nation has broken out, the BJC is full, and the Pep Rally is about to start. Doesn’t get any better. 9:31 p.m. Devon and Leah Still are on stage to host tonight’s pep rally. He started off with a We Are chant. “You already know what to do…” You can’t beat this smile: 9:28 p.m. Courtney O’Bryan’s family is on stage to present the Courtney O’Bryan Memorial Award, given to someone who embodies everything she did. Sean Cirocco was this year’s recipient. 9:12 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! 9:04 p.m. The BJC has reached capacity with less than a half hour until the Pep Rally kicks off. 8:56 p.m. That’s all from the Kid’s Talent Show! Thanks to all the great performers. 8:47 p.m. Dancers beware: The THON Campus Story displays the time until THON is finished. 8:45 p.m. AJ Bobby is on stage dressed like Superman singing “Afterlife” alongside Theta Chi and Tapestry. He led a “We Are” chant before leaving the stage. 8:32 p.m. There’s still time to donate to the THON 2016 total FTK. 8:19 p.m. The Kid’s Talent Show is underway on stage at the BJC! 8:12 p.m. Watch as THON spectators demonstrate their favorite line dance moves. 8:07 p.m. Leah Still is in town. She’s one of the many reasons we dance FTK. 7:54 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE!!! 7:47 p.m. We hung out with Hershey Kisses for the Kids, one of the smallest special interest orgs, and found out how they THON. 7:33 p.m. Check out the best tattoos FTK. 7:12 p.m. Relieve the first 24 hours of THON. 7:03 p.m. Portals are starting to close as the BJC begins to fill up for the Pep Rally. Make sure to save your spots. 6:54 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! 6:48 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. THON 2016 are on stage with a THON-themed edition of SNL’s weekend update. “Is this THON or Fort Knox?” 6:37 p.m. Ever wonder what goes through the head of a THON performer? We talked to the Irish Dance club and found out. 6:28 p.m. There’s a spin artist on stage who just painted Joe Paterno. The finished product was met with a huge cheer from the BJC. 6:16 p.m. It’s time for Slides of Strength on the floor! Dancers get ready for a well deserved stretch. 6:08 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 6:00 p.m. Watch the Star Wars Cosplayers take over THON. 5:49 p.m. Overheard on Twitter, Governor Tom Wolfe gave Penn State and THON a shoutout. 5:41 p.m. Getting bored in the BJC? Play our second round of I Spy. 5:32 p.m. Here’s more on the virus situation that’s going around the BJC. 5:19 p.m. We talked to dancers about how the food has been so far. 5:11 p.m. Special interest org Ohana isn’t the only group with a fishy theme this year, but if you’re wondering why you can’t pick them out it’s because they’re not where they usually are. 5:03 p.m. It’s obvious there’s numerous massive orgs littered around the BJC, but the smaller, independent groups fill in the magic and make things a little more intimate. 5:00 p.m. We’re halfway there! The energy is up in the BJC as a student performer takes the stage, backed by a fill band, to perform a slew of covers. The JR Mangan Band and Olivia Jones performed for the BJC. 4:51 p.m. Hospitality is back on stage for another “water social.” CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! 4:47 p.m. It was nothing but smiles with the football team hosted THON families at Lasch earlier today. 4:43 p.m. Paul Clifford, CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association is on stage to share a THON moment with the crowd as well as his family. “THON grows leaders, inspires community. THON changes lives, THON saves lives.”
4:37 p.m. We’re sorry, Devon, but you’ll always be Ned Bigby to us. Thanks for the song and the visit. 4:33 p.m. 15,000 all in one arena for 46 hours? Sounds like the perfect recipe for some all-time great Yik Yaks. 4:28 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 4:23 p.m. Werkheiser performed a song he wrote specifically for THON. Before exiting the stage (and taking another selfie) he told THON attendees to come find him because he’ll be around all weekend. Rule #46: A THON selfie with Ned Bigby would be clutch. 4:13 p.m. “Alright, how many of you watched Ned’s Declassified?” Devon Werkheiser is here armed with an acoustic guitar to perform for THON for the third consecutive year. He wrote a song specifically for THON and is teaching the BJC the chorus 4:07 p.m. Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8r Boi” has the BJC singing along. He’s just a boy, she’s just a girl, and we’re all just here for the kids. 4:04 p.m. THON is mind-blowingly massive, so Penn Staters trying to sum it up in 10 words or less breaks the event down to the bare minimum. 3:45 p.m. Spectators have complained about the PASS system line, saying it has taken up to seven or eight hours to get on the floor. THON PR maintains nothing is wrong, however, the backup persists. 3:35 p.m. Cleaning time! OPP is on the floor and mopping to get some of the weekend’s dirt off. You know what they say, a clean THON is a happy THON. 3:25 p.m. THON is being serenaded right now, with songs ranging from Coldplay’s Fix You, to Katy Perry’s Roar. 3:10 p.m. As the day goes on, more and more spectators file into the BJC. But stands filling up means the concourse fills up too. Take some of our advice for how to navigate the crowds walking around THON. 3:05 p.m. All the hair donating is done, as all 36 of the donors now have given up their hair for the kids. Their heads may feel a big lighter, but their hearts should feel a little bit bigger. 2:54 p.m. 36 donors are on stage to donate their hair for Wigs for Kids. “I want to share my hair with other kids to make childhood cancer a little bit easier,” one participant said in an introduction video 2:50 p.m. Sure this isn’t Beaver Stadium, but the chicken baskets taste just as good FTK. Part of this is in thanks to Hospitality, who is working hard to pump out food for hungry THON-ers. 2:45 p.m. Dancer Relation Captains, you know what time it is! Apparently we wear pink on Saturdays here at THON, as the line dance leaders are wearing pink as opposed to their typical yellow and black for this line dance. 2:38 p.m. These kids are way more talented than we’ll ever be (all we know how to do is blog). Sara James & the Hess Brothers close out their set of classic rock hits mixed with modern jams with THON favorite “Uptown Funk.” 2:21 p.m. There’s a slew of new food options at THON 2016, and each one is keeping participants up and running. Getting hungry? Try some of them out for yourself. 2:09 p.m. We don’t know the time, but we know one thing is always true: It’s ____ p.m./a.m. on ____ and Michigan still sucks. 2:01 p.m. While one one is explicitly telling the dancers it’s lunch time, the hoagies might be giving it away. This afternoon, dancers are enjoying a variety of sub boxes (turkey, BMT, ham, club, or veggie) and apple slices. 1:56 p.m. It’s well-documented that people go all out for THON, and we found some of the best outfits around the BJC in a special THON edition of Natty Nittany. 1:49 p.m. THON carries across University Drive to the Lasch Football Building where Four Diamonds kids and families are spending an afternoon with the football team. 1:44 p.m. Typically unable to leave the BJC during THON weekend due to hectic schedules and a mountain of responsibilities, committee captains are scheduled for four-hour sleep shifts in the catacombs of the Bryce Jordan Center. 1:42 p.m. Sara James & the Hess Brothers, a band made up of 12 to 15-year olds opens a rock performance with Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” A performance by some kids, for the kids. 1:34 p.m. Saturday afternoon came in like a wrecking ball, and the BJC arena and concourse starting to fill up again. 1:12 p.m. Time to blast off, BJC — it’s LINE DANCE TIME. 1:09 p.m. The famed BJC grilled cheese is back for THON 2016, better than ever. 12:54 p.m. Every org in the BJC has their own unique shirt for THON 2016. But what are some of the standouts from 2016? 12:43 p.m. That’s all from the kid’s fashion show! 12:30 p.m. Tally Hour was a testament to how Alpha Chi Omega and Tau Kappa Epsilon “live like Tally.” Read one writer’s reflection on the hour. 12:24 p.m. The kids fashion show is well under way, complete with silly string, adorable tutus, and water guns! 12:15 p.m. It’s almost time for the kids fashion show! This year’s theme is THON Winter Wonderland. 11:48 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE!!! 11:31 a.m. The Homecoming Executive Committee is on the stage. After showing a short film they announced the 2016 theme, Old State Inspiring New Beginnings. 11:17 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 10:58 a.m. Dancers on the floor just got their first packages. Here’s what they got: 10:50 a.m. Crowd favorite RAM Squad is on the stage performing a number of routines to pump up the audience members. 10:36 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 10:21 a.m. We talked to Tanner Stuart’s parents about what it’s like to be here supporting their son for 46 hours. 10:16 a.m. On stage they announced the Sepot family gave $50,000 to endow a scholarship in honor of Tally. 10:13 a.m. After a tribute to the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council communities, Alpha Chi Omega is on the stage now to kick off Tally hour, in honor of Tally Sepot. 9:40 a.m. It’s Greek Hour in the BJC! 9:36 a.m. We went around the BJC and asked people what ‘Believe Beyond Boundaries’ means to them. 9:29 a.m. Ever wonder how THON feeds the hungry dancers on the floor? Turns out it’s not as easy as it looks. 9:14 a.m. The Red Land Little League World Series Champions are on stage at THON! The team raised $28,000 FTK and the BJC erupted in applause when they were announced. The team presented another $1,000 when they took the stage. They started a “We Are” chant before leaving the stage. Here’s more on their appearance. 9:10 a.m. My Hero Zero took the stage at THON again for a set that featured old and new favorites alike. 9:06 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE!!! 8:52 a.m. We checked in with soccer player and THON dancer Angela Widlacki on the floor. “I guess for THON, I’d say it’s bigger than a National Championship. A child’s life is way more important than any trophy.” 8:27 a.m. The stands are looking empty. Most portals on level one are half full. Head on over to the BJC to support the kids and the dancers standing for a cure. 8:19 a.m. My Hero Zero is on stage for its set. They opened with “Shut Up And Dance With Me.” 8:07 a.m. We scoured the floor of the BJC and asked dancers with headphones in what they were listening to. 7:43 a.m. OPP just finished the first floor mopping session. Especially with so many kids on the floor with weakened immune systems, keeping the floor free of the dirt and germs that are dragged in is key. 7:28 a.m. For one dancer and her partner, the obstacles of becoming independent dancers were well worth the reward: being on the BJC floor for 46 hours this weekend. 7:20 a.m. Aubree Nicole, a pop singer from Pittsburgh has taken the stage to perform a a number of covers and original songs. She started her set with Nikki Minaj’s hit, “Starships.” 7:16 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 7:08 a.m. We took a few laps through the concourse and found the people who put a little extra effort into their costumes this year. Think yours is better? Tweet us a picture. 6:47 a.m. THON is celebrating its tenth year in the BJC. Here’s a look back at their relationship through the years.
6:28 a.m. Running into a lull? Here are six things you could do instead of being at THON for 46 hours. We’d pick THON over riding the White Loop 184 times 100 percent of the time. 6:10 a.m. Dancer Relations Captains to the stage! 5:34 a.m. We couldn’t resist, so we power ranked the line dance lyrics. 5:17 a.m. Over the course of THON weekend, Steve Hopkins plans to attempt well over 1,000 pushups on the BJC’s floor all while dancing. 5:08 a.m. Nine Deeez Nite is on the stage, and they’ve started out with the Backstreet Boy’s “Everybody.” The crowd at the BJC is all rocking their bodies out and loving it. 4:54 a.m. Remember the THON proposal? Here’s the couple’s story. 4:45 a.m. There’s currently a giant Jenga game happening on the floor. 4:39 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! 4:21 a.m. We checked out some of the funkiest hats around the concourse. 4:07 a.m. To help the dancers take a load off and pass the time, there are ‘high tables’ set up where they can doodle. Some of the drawings are priceless. 4:01 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 3:51 a.m. We scoured the BJC to find the best org letters, which are no easy task to make. 3:42 a.m. Your first THON is an experience unlike an other. We asked freshman to share their first THON experience with us. 3:37 a.m. Need a break from standing? Head on over to outside portal 107 and check out the THON Museum, complete with THON Jeopardy. 3:33 a.m. Here’s the view from the outside of the BJC:
3:26 a.m. Hospitality captains took the stage for the first water social of the weekend. After a countdown from three everyone in the BJC chugged water to stay hydrated. 3:19 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE!!! 3:12 a.m. It’s hard to miss Atlas in their bright pink hats. 2:59 a.m. Crews are preparing to stretch out the dancers and rub their muscles with baby powder for Slides of Strength.
2:51 a.m. If your early morning snack cravings are starting to hit, here’s how to eat cheap at the BJC 2:46 a.m. Ever wonder what goes into making THON org letters? We found out. 2:41 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 2:37 a.m. A duo of Lionettes is doing what they do best: dancing, just instead of a routine they’ll keep moving for 46 hours. 2:15 a.m. Here’s how different organizations — like club sports, sororities, and special interest orgs — prepare for THON differently. 2:09 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! It’s time for another line dance. 2:00 a.m. We checked in with sibling pairs on the floor. 2:02 a.m. Lowjack rocked the BJC during its performance. 1:47 a.m. We just had our first proposal on the floor! Springfield started chanting “SHE SAID YES!” 1:30 a.m. Life fits in a fanny pack for THON attendees. Here’s what they keep inside. 1:09 a.m. To keep spirits high, orgs are tossing around giant inflatables through their sections. 12:44 a.m. Blast off BJC, can you feel the energy? Here’s a look at the arena: 12:38 a.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTIANS, TO THE STAGE!!! 12:15 a.m. Congratulations to dancer Lexi Lambert, who tasted sweet sweet victory when she won the Dancer Pie Eating contest. 12:10 a.m. We went through THON’s history and broke it down by the numbers. THON has raised $127,887,558.34 raised since THON began in 1973. That’s 43 years for the kids. 12:04 a.m. The THON talent show is underway on stage. Read our recap here. 12:01 a.m. Happy day two of THON! We scoured the portals to find the best fraternity and sorority themes.
11:55 p.m. Iced coffees and sugary sodas may taste refreshing and give you a quick boost, but you’ll certainly be regretting it a few hours later when you crash. Here are a few substitutes that will help to keep you going caffeine-free. 11:52 p.m. Meet the Raphaelsons. For them, THON is a family affair. 11:40 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTIANS, TO THE STAGE!!!!!! 11:33 p.m. Though arguably working a more behind-the-scenes position than a captain or dancer, LTs play a key role in leading committee members and keeping the spirits of fellow volunteers alive. Jacqueline Materna, a sophomore serving on the OPPerations Committee, gave us an inside look into what the daily life of one of these members entails. 11:20 p.m. The first wave of the weekend is upon us! It made it all the way around the BJC. 11:12 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE!!!!! 10:55 p.m. The Color Wars are underway in the BJC! 10:43 p.m. In case you haven’t notice, the air in the BJC is really dry. Here’s how to avoid drying your sinuses out. 10:28 p.m. Live from the BJC: 10:24 p.m. Tutu mania has taken over the BJC. Here are some of our favorites. 10:11 p.m. Lenina Crowne is live on stage right now. Follow along with us on Snapchat, username onwardstate. 9:58 p.m. We sat down — er, stood up — with the 2016 line dance leader, Heather Grace Thomas. 9:54 p.m. Meet Kaity, the first THON dancer to be in a wheelchair for all 46. But don’t let that fool you, she’ll be kneeling all weekend. 9:50 p.m. Want to listen to a song at THON? You can make requests by tweeting to the Entertainment committee. 9:46 p.m. Watch the line dance from beginning to end and learn it for yourself. 9:40 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 9:32 p.m. We put together a comprehensive guide to all the essentials in the BJC during THON that includes the location with the portal closest to it in the BJC. 9:14 p.m. Singer Riley Roth and hip hop crew Urban Dance took the stage Friday night as some of THON weekend’s first live performances. 9:09 p.m. Getting bored in the BJC? Play I Spy. One THON organization is making DJ Kahled very proud. Can you find the giant key? 9:04 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE! 8:51 p.m. Successfully treating your feet during THON is a must, and it’s often forgotten about in the midst of the excitement. Here’s how. 8:40 p.m. The HOPE Express has arrived at the BJC. Welcome back to Happy Valley, runners! 8:36 p.m. We found out how students at Commonwealth campuses get involved with THON. “It can be a slightly different for us at Commonwealth campuses, but we usually stick together here.” 8:30 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! 8:26 p.m. Watch the BJC fill up for THON. Meanwhile, the Kid Color Wars are kicking off.
8:21 p.m. It’s dinner time for the dancers! Here’s what’s on the menu: 8:06 p.m. The kids are our super heroes this weekend. 7:48 p.m. Watch as dancers and supporters alike share their excitement for this weekend. Beginning in the Multisport Facility and ending on the floor, dancers receive hugs and high-fives galore building up their emotions to dance FTK. 7:34 p.m. Captains are on stage reminding everyone to stay hydrated and to stretch often. The line dance leader is currently leading a group stretch for the dancers. 7:24 p.m. Tell us where you’re following THON from. Here’s what the BJC looks like right now: 7:18 p.m.
7:10 p.m. Everyone in attendance just completed the line dance together for the first time. Now that’s over, here’s a portal by portal guide to the BJC. 7:02 p.m. Besides just posting to the regular Campus Story, Penn State students now have the option to also post to a Penn State THON Story. The THON story will be visible to Snapchat users all around the country. So take your best THON snaps and show the nation a little taste of THON weekend. 6:54 p.m. Calling all inked alums, students, faculty, and penn state fans: Send us your best THON tattoos. < strong>6:40 p.m. Confused about the line dance lyrics? We’ve got you covered with all the references explained here. 6:33 p.m. The Dancer Relations Captains are on the stage teaching everyone the line dance.
6:25 p.m. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS, TO THE STAGE! Here is your 2016 line dance. 6:03 p.m. The first song of the weekend is “Anywhere For You” by John Martin. We’re keeping track of every song played at THON 2016, and will have a comprehensive list for you on Monday. 6:00 p.m. DANCERS STAND!!
5:57 p.m. The Executive Committee is being introduced on stage as they prepare to kick off THON 2016. 5:50 p.m. A slew of talented opening acts are pumping up the Bryce Jordan Center as dancers get their last stretches in. 5:40 p.m. Here’s what the people who were first in line at Gate A had to say: 5:30 p.m. Only a half hour until dancers stand! 5:23 p.m. Pre-THON coordinators announce the pre-THON show’s theme is “United for a Cure.” Penn State Air Force ROTC Honor Guard Trick Squad took the stage first. 5:15 p.m. Four Diamonds Co-Founder Charles Millard took the stage to thank everyone involved with THON. “I want to shake the hands of every dancer on the floor,” he said. 5:09 p.m. The THON donation stations are decorated as the different seasons of the year. The booths will be available throughout the weekend for spectators, families, and volunteers looking to make a donation. You can donate at the booths with cash, check, or you can pay online. 4:45 p.m. Dancers are bonding and stretching with a little more than an hour until they stand. 4:40 p.m. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham took the stage and read the City of THON proclamation. Starting at 6 p.m. tonight State College will officially be renamed the City of THON. 4:30 p.m. Watch all 708 dancers enter the human tunnel on Periscope. 4:28 p.m. The human tunnel and a roaring crowd welcome all 708 dancers into the Bryce Jordan Center . 4:25 p.m. Did you fall in with your DRCM after dancing in THON? Was it love at first sight after your first committee meeting? Send us your best THON love stories. 4:00 p.m. Gate A is officially open. Less than two hours until we dance.
3:50 p.m. You asked, and we delivered. Here are you THON 2016 prop bets. Ten minutes until Gate A opens!
3:15 p.m. THON 2016 Executive Director Katie Mailey and Four Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard welcomed the press just hours before the dancers will stand for 46 hours in the BJC. “It’s just amazing that students like yourselves have generated such a successful event,” Millard said. “I’m eternally grateful for everything you’ve done.”
2:28 p.m. Alumni organized eight viewing parties across the east coast. See if there’s one near you.
1:57 p.m. We went behind the scenes at the Bryce Jordan Center to see how faculty and volunteers prepare for its biggest event of the year.
1:22 p.m. Not sure what to wear this weekend? We’ve got your THON weekend forecast.
12:00 p.m. We’ve fired up our laptops and we’re live from press row. Follow along with us all weekend for coverage from the Bryce Jordan Center.
THON PR Director Lily Beatty Reaffirms Commitment To Canning In Press Conference
Atlas And Alpha Tau Omega/Zeta Tau Alpha Top THON 2016 Fundraisers
THON 2016 Raises $9,770,332.32 For The Kids
Go Go Gadjet Blows The Roof Off THON 2016
[Video] THON’s Best Dance Moves
Emotional Family Hour Brings The Bryce Jordan Center Together
Dancers Demonstrate Their Favorite Stretches From THON 2016
Khloe Kardashian Tweets Support For THON 2016 Dancers
Overheard In The Women’s Bathroom At THON
James Franklin Speaks At THON
Former THON Child Joe Martin Returns To THON 25 Years Later, Cancer Free
[Video] Welcome To The THON Floor
THON Behind The Scenes: Keeping The BJC Fed
SportsCenter Anchor Shouts Out THON
How DRCMs Keep People Connected With Dancers
Purple Wins Color Wars 2016
Here Are Your Final Four Line Dances
10 Questions With Alternate Line Dance Leader Rick Melli
The Rockets Blow Away THON 2016 With Marathon Set List
[Video] How Has Your THON Experience Been?
A Day In The Life Of A Student-Athlete At THON
Prospective Independent Dancer Embodies FTK Despite Rejection
Black Tie Stereo Keeps Energy High In The BJC
The Bryce Jordan Center Is At Capacity
The Best Leggings At THON 2016
Stink No More: How To Keep Your Clothes Fresh
Interactive Map: THON Around The World
From Coldplay To Bieber, Shake 3X Keeps THON Rocking
I Spy In The BJC: Part Three
Meal That Dancers Are Craving Most Right Now
Org Profile: College Of Earth And Mineral Sciences FTK
[Video] Pep Rally Highlights
We Found Out How Long We Really Wait For Water In The BJC
Org Profile: Club Gymnastics FTK
Football Dominates The THON 2016 Pep Rally
The Double Decker Burger: THON’s Behemoth Of A Sandwich
The O’Bryan Family Remembers Courtney With Memorial Scholarship
Penn State Alumni Recall How THON Has Changed
The THON 2016 Kids’ Talent Show Was Out Of This World
BJC Reaches Capacity Saturday Night
Snapchat Story Displays Time Until Dancers Sit
There’s Still Time To Donate To THON
THON Spectators Show Off Their Favorite Line Dance Moves
Get To Know 35-Member Special Interest Org Hershey Kisses For The Kids
We Found The Best Tattoos FTK
[Video] The First 24 Hours Of THON 2016
What It’s Like To Perform At THON: An Irish Dancer’s Perspective
The JR Mangan Band And Olivia Jones Rocked The BJC
[Video] Star Wars Cosplayers Visit THON 2016
Overheard On Twitter: Governor Tom Wolfe Gave Penn State, THON A Shoutout On Twitter
I Spy: THON Edition, Part Two
THON Advises Of Illness, Take Caution
Smiles Abound At Football, THON Family At Lasch
THON Dancers Discuss Dancer Meals
Where In The World Is Ohana?
Independent Students Make Up A Special Part Of THON
Devon Werkheiser Serenades The BJC For The Third Year In A Row
The Best Of Yik Yak: THON 2016 Edition
Penn State Gets Creative With Alternative Fundraisers For THON 2016
Describing THON In 10 Words Or Less
[Video] Slides of Strength
THON Attendees Report Significant PASS Line Delays
Sara James and the Hess Brothers Prove the BJC Loves Rock and Roll
6 Tips To Navigate A Crowded Concourse
Hospitality: The Team Behind Your Beloved Chicken Baskets
New Food At THON Energizing Participants In New Ways
Natty Nittany: THON 2016 Edition
Committee Captains Get Sleep When They Can Without Ever Leaving The BJC
THON 2016 Fashion Show Lets The Kids Strut Their Stuff
Grilled Cheese Is Back At The BJC For THON
The Best THON 2016 Organization Shirts
Tally Hour: A Reflection From An Alpha Chi Omega Sister
Homecoming 2016 Theme Announced: Old State Inspiring New Beginnings
What’s The Most Expensive THON Merch You Can Buy?
[Video] What’s In Your Dancer Package?
THON Celebrates The Life Of Tally Sepot During ‘Tally Hour’
Memorial Scholarship Announced During Tally Hour
Greek Hour Recognizes Fraternity And Sorority Involvement In THON
10 Questions With A THON Dancers Family
Red Land Little League Visits THON
What ‘Believe Beyond Boundaries’ Means To THON Volunteers
How THON Feeds The Dancers
My Hero Zero Returns To THON For Another Energetic Performance
Soccer Player, THON Dancer Angela Widlacki Going Strong
[Video] Here’s What Dancers Are Listening To On The Floor
OPP Finishes First Floor Mopping Session
One Of 708: Kristen Garrone’s Journey To Becoming An Independent Dancer
5 People Who Went All Out For THON This Year
Magic, The BJC: THON Celebrates 10 Years In The Bryce Jordan Center
Other Things You Could Do In 46 Hours
Nine Deeez Nite Takes The Stage At THON
Power Ranking The THON 2016 Line Dance Lyrics
Club Croquet Senior Dancer Pushes His Limits
The Best Hats And Headpieces Of THON 2016
Springfield Dancer Proposes To High School Sweetheart
The Best THON Dancer Doodles
The Best Org Letters At THON 2016
Memories In The Making: Freshmen Share First THON Experiences
Jeopardy The THON Museum In The BJC
Here’s The Deal With Atlas’ Pink Fuzzy Hats
How To Eat Cheap At The BJC During THON
What Goes Into Creating THON Org Letters
Lionette Pair To Do What It Does Best For 46 Hours: Dance
Lowjack Brings Classic Sounds To The BJC
Here’s How THON Differs For Different Types Of Orgs
On The Floor With THON 2016 Sibling Dancers
Life Fits In A Fanny Pack For THON Attendees
Everyone Loves ‘Shut Up And Dance’: The New Feel Wins THON’s Got Talent
THON Inflatables Return For 2016
Dancer Wins Pie Eating Contest
THON’s History: By The Numbers
Fraternity And Sorority Themes Of THON 2016
Avoid The Crash: Curbing The Urge To Drink Caffeine At THON
A Dancing Daughter Brings Parents To THON
A THON In The Life Of An LT
Indie Rock Band Lenina Crowne Pumps Up THON
THON 2016 Color Wars Officially Begin
How To Survive Dry Weather In The BJC During THON
10 Questions With Line Dance Leader Heather Grace Thomas
Meet The Dancer Who’s Kneeling For 46 Hours
Entertainment Committee Accepting Song Requests
Riley Roth, Urban Dance Troupe Entertain BJC
[Video] The THON 2016 Line Dance
Your Guide To Finding Everything You Need At The BJC
I Spy: THON 2016 Edition
How To Treat Your Feet During THON
THON Participation Extends To Commonwealth Campuses
[Video] THON 2016 Human Tunnel
Where Are You Following THON From?
‘Where’s My Org?’: Your Guide To The BJC Arena
THON 2016 Takes Over The BJC
We Want To See Your THON Tattoos
‘Genius Lyrics’ Analysis Of The 2016 Line Dance, Explaining The References
BJC, Let’s Rally: THON 2016 Line Dance
46 Hours And Counting: THON 2016 Kicks Off
‘United For A Cure:’ THON Opening Acts Pump Up The Bryce Jordan Center
[VIDEO] The First In Line For THON 2016
THON Donation Stations Decorated As Different Seasons
Tell Us Your THON Love Story
Gate A Officially Opens For THON 2016
THON 2016 Prop Bets
Charles Millard, Katie Mailey Kick Off THON 2016 At Press Conference
The BJC Is Empty, But THON Is Trending On Facebook
Alumni Groups To Host THON Viewing Parties
[Photo Story] The Bryce Jordan Center Prepares For THON
THON Weekend Weather Forecast
135 Miles FTK: The Hope Express Closes In On The BJC And THON 2016
What To Bring And What Not To Bring To THON 2016
Meet THON’s Behind The Scenes Security
How To Stay Awake, Alert, And Active At THON
Get To Know Four-Time THON Dancer, Joseph Zawacki
Inside the Craziest THON Fundraiser of the Year
Matt Zanellato Trying To Make An Impact In The THON Community
Donate Your Unused Hockey Tickets To Four Diamonds Families This Weekend
Red Land Little League To Appear At THON After Raising $28,000 FTK
Student Sends Video To ‘The Ellen Show’ In Hopes She Recognizes THON
Residential Dining To Provide Free Hot Chocolate For THON Supporters In Line
Emergency Medical Services Work As The Backbone Of THON
Freshman 101: A Beginner’s Guide To THON With 46 Tips For 46 Hours
The Phyrst To Host ‘For The Dancers’ Week February 22-27
Penn Staters Hosting The ‘Biggest Group Date Ever’ With Bachelor Contestants Benefitting THON
McLanahan’s To Donate 20 Percent Of Penn State Purchases To THON
‘No Hair, Don’t Care’ Head-Shaving Fundraiser FTK
Change Your Twitpic, Profile Picture FTK
Independent Dancer Twins Ready To Take THON Weekend
Siblings Mike And Kathryn Hoover Will Have 46 Family Hours While Dancing In THON
The Best Advice From Former THON Dancers
State College To Again Be Renamed ‘City Of THON’
THON’s Nursing Committee Helps Keep Dancers On Their Feet
Predicting What’s Going To Be In The 2016 Line Dance
A Family Affair: Matt And Rachel Krott To Dance At THON 2016
The List Of 708 Dancers For THON 2016
Penn Stater And DKE Brother Andrew Garwood Passes Away
Penn State Alumnae Release Picture Book ‘Nittany Lion And THON’