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Three 2017 Class Gift Finalists Revealed

The three finalists for the class of 2017 gift were revealed today. Starting Monday, the rest is in the senior class’ hands.

The contenders this year all seem pretty promising, so get out and vote if you feel passionate about one in particular. Seniors will be able to cast a vote from Monday, Oct. 17 – Friday Oct. 21 in the HUB (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or online at

Without further ado, the choices are:

“Supply food for students who need it”

This gift would benefit Lion Pantry, the student food bank that provides food to anyone with a Penn State student ID. Right now, Lion Pantry is only funded by donations — this gift would set up a “permanent, annual” contribution to the pantry.

“Provide books, promote success”

This option lends a helping hand to the Library Textbook Fund. If you aren’t familiar with it, the fund allows students to take out reserved books for their classes from the library instead of renting or buying them. It’s a noble idea, but it’s only meeting 10 percent of its current need. This gift would increase the availability of both physical copies and electronic books.

“Support happier, healthier student transportation”

The final choice on the ballot is the opportunity to fund a campus Bike Share program to launch it into a pilot year. The funds would also reduce membership costs for students.

You’re eligible to vote if you’re graduating in May, August, or December 2017. The Class Gift Committee will reveal the winner on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the HUB.

“There will be free food, a DJ, and guest speakers to help announce the gift that 2017 has selected as theirs,” director of events Cassie Calia said in a release.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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