Campus Culture

Winter Break Realizations

Winter Break Realizations

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Winter break might be the best thing to happen to Penn Staters all year. There’s no schoolwork, no alarm clocks, and no walking a mile to class in below-freezing temperatures. At some point while you’re home, you realize that life at home is a little bit different than life at Penn State. Here are some other realizations that we’ve come to over break.

Do Something That Scares You

Do Something That Scares You

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Ever since I came to Penn State (a mere year and a half ago), I’ve come to be a bit of an adventurer. I moved across the country for college just because I wanted a change of environment. For my 19th birthday, I went skydiving. I’ve given my phone number to an attractive Chris Hemsworth look-a-like on a flight home from Pittsburgh. I’m saving up for a volunteer trip to Taiwan. I desperately want to take acrobat lessons. In November, I wandered New York City by myself for the first time.

Spending Thanksgiving in State College

Spending Thanksgiving in State College

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Even though State feels like a second home, Happy Valley doesn’t even compare to actually being home. The kids from PA, NJ, NY, MD, etc all rejoice about finally being able to see their dogs, their friends and most importantly their family. For international kids, the wait goes until the end of the semester. And if these students are not visiting with their friends, these students are most likely stuck in a ghost town in the middle of nowhere.

The Best Late Night Bites

The Best Late Night Bites

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By now, may have read the “Penn State Eats Here” article in our Fall 2014 print issue. While the restaurants downtown definitely deserve their own bucket list – what about the late night eateries? So let’s just be honest right from the start and admit that our late night eating habits are still in full swing (for most of us anyway).

5 Struggles that Only Penn State Students Understand

5 Struggles that Only Penn State Students Understand

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I would like to preface this article by saying that Penn State University, as we all know, is the greatest school on Earth. We have a pristine campus, some of the most fun bars and the best student section in the Big Ten. What’s not to love? Every great school, however, has its flaws. So, although we LOVE YOU, Penn State, these are the top five things we struggle with.

Penn State Gets a Lesson on Girl and Guy Code

Penn State Gets a Lesson on Girl and Guy Code

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You know it was a good night when not only did the entrance to the show require a disclaimer sign for profanity and adult content, but your review of the event will probably need one of those, too. But, as a courtesy to sensitive eyes and ears, we’ll skip over some of the more, how should we say, unladylike material from this past Saturday evening and get straight to crackin’ the code – Girl and Guy Code, that is.

Going Steady: Giving Relationships A Try in the College “Hookup” Culture

Going Steady: Giving Relationships A Try in the College “Hookup” Culture

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There he is. The man that makes your heart sing. Your face flushes red when you see him. You fluff your hair and put on your best smile, hoping he notices. Or, it’s the girl whose beauty outshines the rest. Something about her just makes you stop and stare, and even though you can’t define it, it’s there. And you want it…bad. But, you can’t be in a relationship because… college, right?

What’s new with THON 2015?

What’s new with THON 2015?

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Each year, the THON Executive Committee makes important decisions and implements changes in an effort to improve THON. Although many of us have heard about this year’s changes, most people remain unclear on the reasons as to why they are being made. We talked to THON 2015 PR Media Relations Captain Graceanne Domino to learn more about the changes being made for THON 2015.

Mid-Semester Cleaning

Mid-Semester Cleaning

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“Some clean, others don’t clean well,” said Rick Dunlap of TNT Cleaning Services when asked how students clean their dorm rooms and apartments. Dunlap told us that when he gets called in, he has to clean EVERYTHING because all spots are missed. However, do you know the common spots that you miss when you are cleaning? We aren’t talking about the obvious like vacuuming, doing the dishes or laundry, but the stuff you forget about that you really shouldn’t.

Meet Your 2015 Homecoming Executive Director, Brandon Rittenhouse.

Meet Your 2015 Homecoming Executive Director, Brandon Rittenhouse.

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The 2014 Homecoming celebrations took place in State College not long ago, but planning has already begun for next year. Penn State junior Brandon Rittenhouse was elected as the 2015 Homecoming Executive Director on Oct 27. He sat down with Valley to share his excitement for the future, and offer a word of advice to students seeking involvement. Read on to get to know your new Homecoming director!

Dorm Room Food Hacks

Dorm Room Food Hacks

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Welcome to college! Here, the meal points flow like water and Redifer late night is always open (except for Mondays). Coffee and bagels are available round-the-clock and a panini can be readily made in minutes. On-campus convenience stores provide all the chips and queso we could ever dream of, meanwhile our friends Ben and Jerry are merely a hop, skip and a jump away in the freezer section.

Four Strings of Happiness: The Penn State Ukulele Club

Four Strings of Happiness: The Penn State Ukulele Club

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The ukulele is a whole lot of happy in an itty bitty package. With only four strings and endless YouTube videos teaching you how to pluck ‘em, these fun-sized guitars attract hipsters and music-lovers alike, and luckily for everyone on campus who falls under either of those categories or somewhere in between, Penn State has a club for that.