In college we are exposed to tests every week, some are academic, social, and one of the most popular tests we take every week is how much sleep we will get. However, there is one test that every student should consider getting, a sexually transmitted disease test.
Penn State’s University Health Services has a variety of STD/STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) tests that test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B & C, and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This month UHS is trying out walk-in testing which allows you to come in during business hours without an appointment and get tested.
The walk-in STD testing is for chlamydia and gonorrhea only. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia and gonorrhea are two very common STIs, especially among people ages 15-24. Continue reading
We have all been there at least once this week. In fact, there is a high chance that you are reading this article there. Located in the center of campus, the HUB Robsen Center provides every student a little piece of heaven. This is why we love the HUB.
It’s open 24/7
Whether or not you have an exam, you have been sexiled, or you have to meet up for a group presentation, you can always count on the good old HUB. No matter the hour, weather, or situation, the HUB is always there with open arms. Sorry, Journey!
Burritos, hoagies, pizza, and panda, oh my! Not only does the HUB offer us the conveniences of grabbing a bite between classes or catching up with some friends over lunch, but it also caters to us. No matter what you are feeling you can get all types of cuisine at the HUB. Continue reading
Seven years ago, Penn State students created the ever-so-infamous State Patty’s “holiday” as an excuse to drink excessively on one particular day and this year, State Patty’s Day will be celebrated on March 1.
The university and State College borough certainly do not condone this day, and in fact, they have been trying to control the craziness of the wild celebration every year. Despite the heavy amount of law enforcement and strict policies implemented by apartment buildings, students have yet to be deterred from taking part in the festivities.
Understandably though, not everyone participates in the same way. In fact, it is just as important to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as it is to celebrate State Patty’s Day. Valley has a few ways for you and your friends to still get into the green St. Patty’s Day spirit without mixing in State Patty’s Day festivities. Don’t worry—you can still wear your beads, shamrocks and knee-high green socks! Continue reading
As any student past or present knows, it doesn’t take long to adapt to the Penn State way of life – and they know this way of life includes those characteristic embarrassing moments every Penn Stater is guaranteed to experience. Allow us to help you reminisce.
1. Caught running away from the Canyon Delivery driver
You’re walking with a group of friends and all of the sudden one of them yells, “Guys cops!” and ducks behind a bush. And then the Canyon Delivery car drives by… seriously. Most of us have been caught by this cruel joke and have been made fun of non-stop. Oh well, we should all get arrested for consuming that many calories that late at night anyway.
2. Sprinted after the white loop
So you’re strolling to the bus stop with no worries on your mind. Then literally out of nowhere and White Loop appears at the stop and your whole academic career flashes before your eyes. I can’t be late. When will the next bus be? Do I run? There is no way I’m running. Oh no. I’m running… And you take off like Usain Bolt flying towards that bus stop. Worst part is you know everyone on the bus is laughing at you right now. The bus driver waits till your five feet away then closes the doors and drives off. Then you just awkwardly stand there gasping for air.
3. Tripped on a squirrel
These squirrels around here think they own the place. They hop around and eat acorns like nobody’s business. You’re walking and all of a sudden a squirrel runs out of nowhere right into your path, and almost makes you fall on your face while you try to avoid crushing the thing. Everyone just has to laugh at you. I mean a squirrel did just trip you. Continue reading
If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’ll be hearing about everywhere now and in the future—I’m talking about 3D printing.
Monday night 2006 Penn State alum Brandon Ledford gave a guest lecture in the Reber building on behalf of the Penn State 3D Printing Club. Even though he majored in Comparative Literature with a Latin minor, Ledford always had a passion for policy. He went to George Mason University and studied health policy and science and technology policy while studying abroad in South Africa. Ledford interned at the White House and the Supreme Court and went on to work at Deloitte and got involved with 3D printing. Ledford has been published on topics about cancer, electromagnetic radiation and 3D printing.
“3D printing will change the world and I have a positive outlook of 3D printing in the future,” Ledford says. His lecture focused on three major points: Personalization, Changing the conversations and physical spaces and Medical Technology. Continue reading
What do you get when you combine 46 hours of dance with over 700 people standing for the cause? Cravings, delirium and a ton of fun – and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. By now, the dancers have been standing for over a day, and are still going strong.
Over the last few hours, Valley has seen first-hand the life of the dancers, from fanny-packs to calorie counts to tutus. But this time, we visited the floor with a more loaded question. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
Meredith Miller went straight for the guilty pleasure without a second thought. “Right now? I wish I had a HUGE bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Seriously – more than anything.”
Rachel Steinberg and friend Brittany Goldman both agree: “We definitely wish that the pass system was much easier.” Steinberg adds, “I haven’t gotten to see my parents yet, so it’s kind of a bummer.” Continue reading
When the going gets tough and the dancers have to keep going, mail call keeps them sane and inspired. Here are some mail call moments that captured the importance of those envelopes.
Ryan Belcher (Alpha Gamma Rho) says mail call was a sweet surprise for him and his partner.
“I didn’t know it was mail call actually,” Belcher says. “We were in the back, kind of at a low point and another dancer came back there with some [mail]. It’s kind of overwhelming but awesome at how much there is.”
Grant Kovich (Beta Theta Pi) says he wasn’t surprised to get mail but he still appreciated it (especially since he got mail from a special someone).
“I have so many friends involved in THON and in the Penn State community,” Kovich says. “Even if they couldn’t be here, they would send their support.”
Mallory Meehan (Smeal MBA) got surprises in the form of packages she missed from the last mail call and says they came right on time. Continue reading
We all get to see the line dance and big performances on the live webcast, but what else is going on on the BJC floor? Valley went to the floor to ask dancers how they pass the time.
There were several people who mentioned playing with the Four Diamond kids at their favorite activity. Nick Fastuca, who sports a golden crown and a cape representing his org Monarch, says, “We have water gun fights with them and toss beach balls with them.”
Fastuca’s dance partner, Kelsey Holland, says, “We told each other what our favorite fictional characters were and guessed which movies some quotes are taken from.”
While some enjoyed playing with kids, there were others who channeled their inner child through artistic activities. Arts and crafts were one of independent dancer Katie Murray’s favorite so far. Murray has already made a hot loop and a glitter crown. Alyssa Grosman, dancer for Boulevard, said she enjoys the line dance and coloring with crayons. Continue reading
When you’re on the floor at THON, it’s easy to overlook the smaller details (there’s a lot of neon going on, so if you don’t see spots before your eyes, that’s an accomplishment). We love the small things in life so we took to the floor to spot our favorite nail designs.
1. Maddie Brown (Gamma Sigma Sigma) chose to paint her nails a pretty pink and add some colorful candy-colored specks. “I just wanted something fun and festive for THON,” she says.
2. Megan Sweeney (Morale) showed her THON spirit with a white base, colorful FTK designs and a gold-glittery accent thumb. Continue reading
Whether you know them as the official Fun-Suckers of THON or the Behind-the-Scenes Heroes, we’ve probably all had a bone to pick with the Rules and Regulations committee at one time or another. With a new bag policy, line system and the ever-pressing concerns surrounding floor passes, it becomes easy to point fingers at the Rules and Regs team as Public Enemy Number One.
The largest THON committee, Rules and Regulations serves to prevent and respond to any breaches in safety and security during events such as the THON 5K, Canning Weekends, Family Carnival and THON Weekend itself. The responsibilities are weighty for these “leaders in red,” and they want to give you their perspective on what it takes to be on R&R during THON weekend.
Seniors Anastasia Borzilovia and Breanne Pfeffer have both been members of Rules and Regulations before this year – Borzilovia her freshman year and Pfeffer just this past year, and in both cases each fell in love with the committee. Continue reading