Author: Dan McCool

Dan is a senior and has been writing for Onward State since January 2010. Did you miss him? Nah, neither did we. He's returning after a semester abroad in England and will be serving as Arts Editor. Favorite things in life include references to The Big Lebowski.

Erase Your Expectations: Dan McCool’s Senior Column

Don’t worry about what you should be doing, or how what you’re doing is going to fit into the cadre of college—or Penn State, for that matter—predetermined by our culture. Go make your own Penn State, without any expectations; you’ll be much happier.

After Condom Spat, UPUA Approves Funding for Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness Month

With two meetings to go and over $115,000 left to spend, it took a bit of squabbling, but the University Park Undergraduate Association approved, among three other resolutions, a bill giving funding to Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness Month, which will take place in April.

UPUA Is Walking to Harrisburg, Not Much Else

Wednesday night was special, because I covered my first UPUA meeting in 2½ years. I was anticipating, like days of old, the burning of midnight oil and a hefty amount of squabbling. So I was taken aback when first, the meeting started promptly at 8 p.m., and second, when it was finished in just 42 minutes.

New Jersey LB Jason Cabinda Commits to Penn State

Cabinda, a senior, stands at 6′ 1″ and weighs 220 pounds. He attends Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, N.J. He had committed to Syracuse on July 1, and previously had offers from Penn State, Maryland, Navy, Boston College, and a host of other programs.

On Culture and #Culture

Maybe we take our rivalry with Ohio State very seriously, or maybe we mentally check out of a Friday afternoon class to wonder about which quarterback is going to start Saturday or think about getting tailgate supplies. It’s exciting, and it’s a good way for a lot of us, 110,000 strong, to come together and blow off steam and rally around Penn State. I think it’s great that starting October 1, Penn State will conduct a survey to really take the pulse of the real culture here. Regardless of whether there’s a problem or not, it’s never a bad idea to step back and reevaluate.

A Bostonian Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

It’s just so sad. I can feel my face tighten when I even think the words “Boston Marathon”. But we will get through it. Everyone has been so good to us, and we will get through it. We’ll get through it thanks to you, and thanks to our city. We are #BostonStrong.

Why Is the Flag on Old Main Lawn at Half-Staff?

If you’ve walked on Old Main Lawn since Sunday, you might have noticed that the Pennsylvania state flag has been flying at half-staff. Here is the order issued this week.

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