Category Archives: Campus Culture

Career Prep with Royalty: Intern Queen Lauren Berger to Speak with Penn State Students

LB_HiResNavigating the intimidating waters of internship searches and career building can be a daunting task for everyone. Between cover letters, resumes and interviewing, it can be hard to get a head start and have a competitive edge.

But have no fear, InternQueen.com‘s CEO and Founder Lauren Berger has got you covered. Berger has teamed up with Ford for the Ford College Ambassador Challenge to provide college students with the tools necessary to become driving forces in the job market. Along with several other universities across the country, Berger plans to stop by Penn State to share her wise words with the student body.

A useful tool for collegiate go-getters, InternQueen.com provides students with a free platform to apply for internships in several different job fields. The site also posts daily content with tips and tricks for students to be the best intern and employee out there.

A Florida native and UCF graduate, Berger is a career-savvy powerhouse. During her college years, she interned with 15 different companies, working at places like NBC, Fox News, Backstage Magazine and NBC. In 2009, she left her first real-world job to found the website that got her to the top. Continue reading

Why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is More Than a #WomanCrushWednesday

Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie-640-x-403Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is more than just Wednesday’s woman crush. She’s a role model to all on any day of the week.

You’ve probably heard her name, or the sound of her voice in the feminist monologue in Beyoncé’s song “Flawless.” Besides the beautiful voice of Queen Bey’ herself, what really draws you in is the message behind Adichie’s speech.

The part of this speech was of a larger one called, “We Should all be Feminist,” a TED talk on how both men and women should not only know about equality but actually advocate it in order to produce change.

Junior women’s studies major Corrina Williams heard Adichie speak on Monday night at Schwab Auditorium.

“I thought it was absolutely inspirational to listen to her speak.” Williams says. “She speaks with such grace and confidence; it was honestly an honor to even be in her presence.” Continue reading

Kung Fu Tea

20141009_162036Any time something new pops up in our rather small Happy Valley, we can’t help but be some of the first to check it out. This past week, we ventured near the Palmerton—under it, actually—to enjoy some bubble tea.

If you haven’t heard about bubble tea, get your head in the game. State College is not new to this drink trend—Tea-Time on McAllister Alley is a popular spot for many students—so naturally another spot is always welcome.

If you fit the following categories:

1. You know you love bubble tea—you may have even been to Tea-Time
2. You’ve heard of bubble tea and you’d like to try it
3. You’re not even sure what bubble tea is

You need to check out Kung Fu Tea on 316 W Beaver Ave. Upon arrival, we noticed the big, stretching windows across the entire store, allowing floods of light straight in. It was immediately welcoming.

The menu may be a little intimidating—there are a lot of options. But just stick with what you already know. If you like green tea, get the green milk tea. If you like tea with honey, get the honey tea. The great part about this place is that you don’t have to like tea—they have an entire section of the menu just for coffee and flavored slushes like strawberry milk. Continue reading

Bad Neighbors: It Could Be Worse

NoisyNeighbors.DanielleD'Angelo-2Neighbors can be good, or they can be really, really bad. We complain about our neighbors to everyone any chance we get because bad living situations are always the topic of a good conversation. But if you think you have bad neighbors because they blast too much Taylor Swift really late on weekends, here are five students’ stories that prove it could definitely be worse.

The Loud and Proud Neighbor

“I hear my neighbor and her boyfriend having sex. There’s a whole lot of screaming,” says sophomore Rachel Newell. Some people have no problem flaunting their eventful sex life so they don’t take into consideration that most of the walls around here are paper- thin. The screaming is not only awkward and uncomfortable, but also a horrible reminder of how single you are. Continue reading

The Definitive Proof that #MichiganStillSucks

photo-5-2So we may not have come away with a win this weekend, but let’s be honest… Michigan still sucks – no matter what time of day it is.

Having been at the game in the “Big House”, I experienced firsthand the many reasons why Penn State is and always will be the better school.

1. We Have Better Fans

Although Michigan Stadium may have the capacity to seat 2,619 more people than Beaver Stadium, it’s very clear we have a much stronger fan base. At Beaver Stadium, when we’re asked to “GET LOUD” and “MAKE SOME NOISE”, it gets so loud it’s nearly deafening. And we can proudly say we keep that enthusiasm up throughout the entire game. Michigan fans? Even on their most intense plays got maybe half as loud as Penn State fans. Let’s just say I could still talk to my friend sitting next to me. Continue reading

Penn State’s Military Women

ROTC.SkylarYuenA noisy alarm sounds at 5:00 a.m. It’s time to hurry to Penn State’s Multi-Sport Facility. The sun still sleeps. The only illumination outside is a florescent glow from street lights and scattered luminosities from apartments overhead.

Buzzing delivery trucks and faulty wires are the only sounds accompanying the walk. Not a single person is in sight until nearing the facility. Then, shouting voices break the silence. Time for ROTC physical training.

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer’s Training Corps and is used to prepare college students for careers as military officers. Undergraduates commit to the military but still have the opportunity to get their degree. At Penn State, men and women participate in Army, Air Force and Naval ROTC programs.

Members of each ROTC branch have comparable schedules. Although time dedication varies, each branch has morning physical training between 5 and 6 a.m., jobs to complete within their branch, and various classes focusing on military leadership and skill. Continue reading

Catch It If You Can: The Penn State Thespians Fall Performance

IMG_8662If you like music, theatre, jokes, dancing and enthusiasm then you should make sure to check out ‘Catch Me If You Can’ by the Penn State Thespians at Schwab auditorium this weekend. Valley was lucky enough to be able to sit in on their final dress rehearsal and the show is great.

The dancing is one of the best parts. The show features flight attendants, dancing nurses, singing pilots, and all around goofiness that you can’t help but get caught up in. The show is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. a conman who managed to swindle millions of dollars when he started life as a teenage runaway. The musical numbers range from emotional to goofy and there is nothing better than a handful of men dancing their hearts out in suits.

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Valley was able to catch up with director Hailey Rohn while she dashed around the auditorium attempting to get the last rehearsal up and running. “What’s so exciting about this show in particular is that every ensemble member gets a featured role or spot during the production; whether it’s a couple of lines or singing. Continue reading

Laverne Cox Speaks to Penn State Students on Gender Issues

photo.PNG-2“I’m so honored to be here, and I stand before you this evening a proud African American transgender women. From working-class background raised by a single mother, I stand before you an artist, an actress, a sister and a daughter and I believe that it is important to name the various intersecting components of my various identities because I am not just one thing, and neither are you,” says the beautiful Laverne Cox as she takes the stage at the Alumni Hall in the HUB Robeson Center on October 8th.

Over 1,000 eager fans stood in line for hours on Pollock road to attend the LGBTA SRC sponsored event and hear Cox talk about gender issues and her own story about growing up while struggling with her sexuality.

Cox is best known for her role as Sophia Burset on the hit television show “Orange is the New Black” where she plays a transgender inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary who works as the prison’s hair dresser. Cox recently made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category. Cox sees herself as an artist and an actress, but most importantly as an activist for the LGBT community. Continue reading

Living in the Library

pooja 1In 2004, New York University’s student run paper, The Washington Square News, released an article about an NYU student named Steve Stanzak, better known around campus as the Bobst Boy.

His living arrangement made him different than the other students, for a very special reason. Stanzak could not afford living on campus or the lavish apartment life of New York City—giving him the idea to live in the Bobst Library. He lived in the library for…get ready for it…eight whole months, until his blog went viral and NYU actually ended up financing his housing for the rest of the semester.

Now, I’m not saying that I condone living in Pattee or Paterno Library, because chances are you WILL get kicked out and most likely will not get free housing—even if your blog does go viral. But for most students living in apartments off campus or even those with a full day of classes, can say that they basically live in the library (during the day at least).

“I live in the North Halls and my next class is farther from North than from the library. I just sit in the library after my first class, in the morning, to save time. Then after my late class, I’ll go back to North Halls,” says Monika Shen.

As one of these students, I know how much effort it takes to spend the entire day in the library. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that packing for the long day is more or less like getting ready for a camping trip. Here are eight tips to surviving your day in the library: Continue reading

The Happiest Valley: Why Transfer Students Chose Penn State

TransferStudents.JaclynStummFor Penn Staters, there is no in between. Either you bleed blue and white, or you don’t go here.

Statistically speaking, Penn State has some inimitable qualities. 24 campuses, the largest student-run philanthropic event in the world, and thousands of scholars bound by lion loyalty, especially in State College.

But the prodigious school spirit amongst students is only one of many reasons PSU is unique. Of course any student is going to say their school outdoes the others. Rivalries and friendly competition are an essential component of college. But something about Penn State is truly exceptional, and current students who have experienced other universities attest to it.

Junior Sam Sanders started out at Virginia Wesleyan College before transferring to Penn State. Living alongside only 1,500 fellow students, Sanders said she felt confined to a small place with little opportunity. “There was one way in and one way out,” she said.

At a school of such small stature, it is easy to be involved in everyone else’s business, something many people yearn to break free from when transitioning to college. Sanders said the worst part of Wesleyan was the juvenile high school atmosphere she felt. Continue reading