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Chase Tralka

Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.

PSU Picks up $2.5M Donation from Alumni Couple

Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Dudek committed $2.5 million yesterday to the University to support several academic units. The donation will help establish scholarships, support research and purchase laboratory equipment for the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Eberly College of Science.

Fencing Team Finishes 2nd at NCAA Finals

For all the successes that Penn State sports achieve, no team comes close to the continuing successes that the Penn State Fencing Team has had over the past 21 years. Since 1990, Penn State fencing has won total 12 national championships and the previous two. (Fun fact: Penn State Fencing's 12 NCAA National Championships equals the total number of championships of the second most successful Big Ten school's entire athletic department, Iowa.) Held in Columbus, Ohio the 2011 NCAA Fencing National championship saw the fencing team looking to channel their inner women's volleyball players and win their third consecutive national championship. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, it wasn't in the cards this weekend.

Hungry? Onward State’s Got You Covered

Starting today, when you visit on your mobile phone, you'll be able to order take out and delivery food for no online ordering fee. When you visit the site, look for the "Food" option in the nav bar. The new service comes from our partnership with and is aimed at helping make Onward State your one-stop-shop for all things Penn State. Here are some of the establishments we're offering, click through for the complete list:

  • Campus Candy
  • Canyon Pizza
  • Grillers
  • Pita Pit
  • Rotelli

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Speak at Penn State

If you're a science nerd like I am, you've probably heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson. For the unenlightened, Tyson is an internationally known astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Tyson is also host of the popular PBS television show NOVA ScienceNOW. A frequent fixture on television on and off of PBS, Dr. Tyson will be coming to Penn State to give the give the 2011 Arthur H. Waynick Memorial Lecture.

TEDxPSU Curator Announced

Following the successes of last October's TEDxPSU event, the executive committee set out to plan next year's event. They took a big step forward when they announced that Zach Zimbler will take over the post as curator for the event. Zimbler is currently a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Sciences and Technology and served as the Official Student Liaison for TEDxPSU 2010.

“I’m elated to be working on such a fantastic event for the second year in a row and we’ll be looking to improve upon the event itself and the sustainability of the organization into the future,” said Zimbler in a press release.

The rest of the executive committee will be selected over the next 2 weeks and a general volunteer meeting will take place in mid-April.

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National Champions Can’t Beat Their Coach

You would think that someone who hasn't wrestled competitively since 2004 would have no shot against the members of Penn State's national champion wrestling team. If that person were anyone but 4-time national champion and Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson, you'd probably be right.

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