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The Ever-Mobile Centre County

It is a small world, and an even smaller nation that we live in. Everyday, people are moving from old homes to new homes, on from one thing to the next. It happens everywhere, but especially with the mobile population of a town like State College. It is tough to get a handle on just where people are moving to next, or where they may be coming from however.

Until now...

Left Of Centre recently posted a Forbes graphic detailing just that.

Read on to learn more...

Penn State Right-To-Know: Controversy or Compliance?

According to Thorstein Veblen, the pseudonymous creator of the "anti-authoritarian" watchdog blog, Left of Centre, Penn State has some egg to clear off of its face. Citing Bill Shackner's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, Mr. Veblen believes that Penn State has cheated its way out of full compliance with Pennsylvania's Right-To-Know Law, legislation which requires institutions of higher learning to release fiscal information.

Update 10:00pm: We have included a response from a Penn State representative.

Read on to learn more about the alleged controversy.

Centre Stage to Kick Off 25th Season

If you are a long-term theater lover or just looking for an escape from the oppressive heat that State College has been experiencing lately, June is shaping up to be a decent month. Pennsylvania Centre Stage will be kicking off its 25th year on June 2nd with "Wait Until Dark."

The production is entirely and professionally cast from Penn State alumni and current students. Included in this group is the omnipresent Bob Clendenin, known for his roles in "My Name is Earl," "Cougar Town," and "Scrubs."

Read on to find out more about the play and how to get tickets for this season's shows.

Will Study For Food: A Crisp Review

In an area as confined as State College, it is always exciting when new venues come to town. Of course, as critics, it's extremely easy to be skeptical about the success of new eateries. Especially in troubled economic times, restaurants here one day can be gone the next, without as much as a peep from a population that largely does the same. And yet, I think we can all agree that Crisp, the new salad/smoothie joint on the corner of Pugh and College is at any level a step up from its predecessor, a rather seedy-looking Mini Mart.


However, this isn't saying much, as Crisp's ancestor can hardly be called worthy competition. So, I trekked down College Ave. during a weekday lunchtime and found out what Crisp had to offer. Usually, when I check out a new eatery I run a few mental tests--beyond just "Does this taste good?" One of these is what I call the 'Ten Dollar Test,' a vital consideration for broke-ass college students. Basically, it asks 'What can I buy for ten dollars?' 'Will this fill me up?' and 'Would I rather have spent the same amount somewhere else?' Though there are definitely exceptions, ten dollars should simply be enough to get by for a decent meal in State College.


Find out how Crisp fares in the 10 dollar test after the jump.

PSU Student to be The Next CEO

On April 22, ten business-minded PSU students will gather at the Penn Stater to compete in The Next CEO simulation, hosted by the Smeal College of Business. Think The Apprentice, minus the cheesy one-liners and the flowing comb-overs (unless one of the competitors wants to take this to the next level.)


According to the Smeal website, competing students "will have to think on their feet as they answer questions about how their companies should respond to complex business crises and major world events." I, for one, am expecting the hostile take-overs, shameless backstabbing, lobbying scandals, and extravagant bonus packages that have come to define life at the top of American business. More realistically, those who attend the open event can look forward to a tight competition between some sharp and well-prepared Penn Staters.


For more info about The Next CEO, and what the competitors have in store, check out the page on Smeal's website. The Next CEO kicks off at 7:00 PM, April 22, in the President's Lounge of the Penn Stater.

Will Study for Food: A Column for Aspiring Happy Valley Foodies

I once met a PSU undergraduate student who confessed to eating ten "meals" a week consisting of fare purchased from Canyon Pizza. I have nothing against Canyon. There is nothing more delicious than a slice purchased while stumbling down Beaver Ave, with a dollar of found quarters and dimes. But, as a regular source of sustenance? No way.


I have met underclassmen who eat every single meal at that campus bread-basket, Redifer Commons. I, too, loved the variety and accessibility of Redifer when I used to live on campus. But, come on folks. There's a whole world of food out there!


Read all about it after the jump.

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