Author: Nick Johnson

Nick is a junior majoring in IST (the Internet) and CAS (saying things). He hopes to one day get paid to do this, but for now he is willing to do it for the fame. Besides writing for Onward State, he also puts things on the Internet here.

Southern Kitsch and Sweet Tea at Cracker Barrel

After several months of anticipation, I was finally able to check out State College’s new Cracker Barrel on its opening day. Located at 215 Colonnade Blvd., there are few surprises at the chain’s new location. With rows of rocking chairs out front, checker boards and a game of peg solitaire at every table, I could have been at any franchise location in the country — not that that’s a bad thing.

Help Us Make a Sandwich

So it looks like Are U Hungry is holding a contest in order to decide what their new sandwich will be. They are asking customers to submit their own ideas, one of which will be added to the Are U Hungry menu.

We at Onward State have decided to get in on the game and have started creating a sandwich of our own.What we need your help with is the name. Pick your favorite in the poll below, or add your own in the comments.

Your Guide to UPUA Election Season

So, if you didn’t know (and that’s unfortunately quite possible) it’s UPUA election season. This is the time for you* to choose who will serve next year for your* student government. Candidates were allowed to start campaigning yesterday and you may have received a Facebook event invite or two from someone you know who is running. The next two weeks leading up to the election will be busy, so we’ve put together a breakdown of important dates if you want to follow what’s going on. Find it after the jump.

Don’t Celebrate (But Buy Our T-Shirts)

There has been a lot of talk about how the students are the problem when it comes to State Patty’s Day. We are the ones getting drunk in public, causing damage and urinating everywhere. Despite widespread condemnation from the State College community, there are those outside of the Penn State student body who support this event.

Distraction of the Day: GSpan Says

From the people who brought you “Advice Dog” and “Pun Raccoon“, Onward State is proud to introduce “GSpan Says”. We’ve made a few to get you started, but you can make your own here. Enjoy the LOLs.

Justin Burns Shows Us the Meaning of THON

The 46 hours of THON Weekend mean many things to many people. But to 7-year-old Justin Burns, it’s a chance to hang out with the big kids. I got a chance to speak with Justin and his mother Maria Sunday morning as the final hours approached. I found out his favorite THON activities, hobbies and how he spent his weekend in State College. The Burns are a Four Diamond Family from Avoca, PA and Justin is Glee Club/Oriana’s (GC/O) Four Diamonds Child. Justin and his mother traveled to State College Friday for their second THON. Read on for more about their weekend at THON.

Bands Playing During THON

While THON will be (for the most part) 46 back to back hours of music, one of the highlights are the live bands. This year’s lineup is a good mix of THON veterans and newcomers. Check out the bands, and what you should know about them, after the jump.

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