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Student Faith Center Campaign Goes Public

Penn State's Catholic Campus Ministry is seeking $6.5 million worth of funds to construct a 22,000-square-foot Student Faith Center. The campaign started as a quiet phase in 2007, but has been recently been open for public support. The Center will include a library, game room, chapel, study, and residential space to house Benedictine monks.

Read on to find out where the center will be located and how you can help out.

No Vuvuzelas Allowed

If you have been watching the FIFA World Cup lately, then you are all too familiar with the cacophonous blaring of the cylindrical horn known appropriately as the vuvuzela. Unsurprisingly, a group of Ohio State students want them at the PSU-OSU game.

Read on to find out if they'll be present at the game...

Entrepreneurs Shall Prevail

Who would leave a cushy job with a big corporation like IBM? Who would leave a lavish lifestyle filled with an attractive income, a handsome expense account, and the ability to travel the globe, all while working alongside a team of incredible people? The answer to these questions would be none other than Robert Shedd. This forward-thinker climbed the ladder of success only to jump off into the unknown.

Learn more about this Penn State grad's success story after the jump.

Kildare’s to Move into Hooters Property

Update (6:01): An earlier version of this post mistakenly lacked proper quote attribution.

Over Memorial Day weekend the Hooters on 538 E.College Ave. unexpectedly closed its doors, leaving employees a little less perky. The once delightfully tacky restaurant will be replaced with “a very kid-friendly” Kildare’s Irish pub.

According to, the Hooters staff was let go with little notice over the weekend. Renovations will begin almost immediately in order to have the new restaurant ready to open by next fall.

This move to State College is part of a larger effort by the Kildare's brand to establish itself in college towns throughout the country. Dave Magrogan, CEO of the West Chester-based Kildare's group told that other locations are being developed near Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State.

Penn State Library Getting Knowledge Commons

Library patrons hold on to your hats, e-books, and iPhones, because there are some exciting new happenings underway! As a part of the ‘For the Future’ campaign, the construction of “The Knowledge Commons” has begun! By next fall, the relocated Foster Auditorium and a new Reading Room will be open to students.

Through the rest of the year, the library, OPP, and the architects involved with the project will formulate plans for the rest of the renovations. Sally Kalin, the associate dean of University Libraries for University Park, explained that they hope construction begins in early 2011 and is completed by late 2011.

OPP: The Beautification of Penn State

Details! That is what essentially all visual aesthetics of University Park rely upon. From impeccably-placed tulips in front of Old Main to visually stimulating architecture in every passing building, our campus is most definitely filled with details.

But who is responsible for Penn State’s alluring features? The Office of Physical Plant’s Division of Campus Planning and Design is in charge of designing each building and landscape on campus (not to mention regulating and maintaining all of its spectacular scenery). After the jump, check out a video produced by Victoria Cooper, a student in Curt Chandler’s convergence journalism class, representing the very office that makes our campus so darn foxy.

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