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Vallowegian: Newest Phroth Installment

There’s a lot to look forward to (and even more to laugh about) in the newest Phollegian, which is to be entitled “Vallowegian.” As the name suggests, the issue will be released this Friday, February 12, in light of Valentine’s Day. We had the opportunity to inquire about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into producing something so hilarious so consistently. Who better to consult than Editor-In-Chief Rebecca Eisenberg?


Read on for some neat features of the Vallowegian.

Six to Receive 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to the following kindhearted alumni, who have won the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for their selfless contributions to Penn State:


Joan Amble(1975) Executive Vice President and Corporate Comptroller for American Express.
Gen. C. Robert Kehler (1974) Commander, Air Force Space Command
Daniel S. Mead (undergrad: 1975, grad: 1977) Chief Operating Officer for Verizon Wireless
Karen B. Peetz (1977) Chief Executive Officer of Financial Markets and Treasury Services at The Bank of New York Mellon
Richard L. Trumka (1971) President of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Dr. Johannes D. Veldhuis (1974) Professor of Medicine at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education


This award is issued annually by the Penn State Board of Trustees, and it serves as the "University's highest award for an individual."


Some of these fine individuals may be partially responsible for the highest single month of donations on record in December 2009 (over $58 million).


The awards both shed light on our faithful supporters and encourage said donors to maybe, perhaps, possibly cough up a few more bucks in the future... please? It's going to a good cause... us!

Cute Squirrel Anecdotes Turned Outright Cyber-brawl

After a fun fact about squirrels was posted on the Penn State Facebook page, nuts got smashed. Apparent Notre Dame students/supporters with not a whole hell of a lot else to do on a Tuesday afternoon caused a ruckus...via Facebook.


Penn State students began sharing their personal stories regarding the large presence of squirrels, when a certain kid who shall be referred to as "Gus" (oh, wait, that's his real name) began attacking Penn State's football team (the initial comment has since been deleted). So much for squirrels.


Clearly he didn't shift his eyes toward the bottom left of his screen where he would have found this set of Page Policies:

Penn State's Facebook page encourages active discussion and sharing of information and thoughts. However, content that includes profanity, personal attacks, commercial promotions, election campaign materials or is otherwise deemed inappropriate will be deleted by the page administrators.



Unfortunately, some don't follow the rules, destroying what would otherwise be a great tool for Penn State to receive student feedback.


How does a discussion about squirrels lead to a series of nasty comments from a prepubescent diehard Notre Dame fan? Surely I don't know.

“Green” Man in Manhattan

Imagine living in the city while trying to make no environmental impact in your daily life. Could you do it? Tomorrow the Schreyer Honors College Student Council will present No Impact Man, a documentary about a man that did. No Impact Man follows the Beavan family on their year-long journey toward entirely sustainable lives in Manhattan. The film presents a […]

Future Grad-Schoolers: The GRE’s Are A-Changin’

The 59-year-old GRE will get a face-lift come Fall 2011. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced its new “better by design” plans for the revised GRE. Here are some noteworthy revisions: Scoring: For more accuracy during evaluations, the scoring will now cover a much smaller range, from 130-170 points instead of 200-800. Verbal-Reasoning: Eliminate the “verbal” part…and […]

Last Call…Again

A battle which began in July 2008 will finally come to an end.  The verdict: Tony Sapia, owner of Sammark, Inc., will lose his liquor license. After a drawn out battle of ups and downs that had us all guessing, things are looking bleak for his three bars on Pugh Street: Tony’s Big Easy, Lulu’s Night […]

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