Whether you’re a THON rookie or have out-of-town guests scratching their heads at your THONese (the language of the dancers), you may find this glossary helpful for getting to know the 46-hour dance marathon better. It’s a lot of words, but they’ll grow on you and roll off your tongue in no time.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign that culminates in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon every February. More than 15,000 student volunteers dedicate their time and effort to THON, making it the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Whether you’re on the floor for all 46 hours or just visiting for a short while, it’s important to stay healthy while you’re inside the BJC this weekend. Here are a few tips just for you no matter what you’re actually doing during THON.
Every February, Penn State students come together in the Bryce Jordan Center for a magical weekend full of dancing, crazy outfits and a mission to end pediatric cancer. That’s right, I’m referring to THON.
Show some THON support with your fingernails this weekend. This quick and easy manicure will look great paired with all of the diamond hand-signs you’ll be throwing up in the air.
We’re less than a week away from THON and a lot of us are getting pumped for the moment when we begin the trek to the BJC. If someone is new to Penn State, isn’t part of THON in any way or just doesn’t know, it can be hard to explain. So here are 10 things you need to know about THON.
All a THON dancer wants for THON mail time is… a lot of stuff actually. Every dancer is different and their wants and needs can range from the practical, to the silly, to the inspirational to the weird. For those of you who are still wondering what to get, here are a few tips.
Because of the lack of showering and constant sweating, every girl’s hair at THON at one point will get a little greasy. But what’s a better way to distract from this inevitable imperfection than a big beautiful bow?
As THON weekend is approaching faster than we think, and as today is the 100 Days til THON celebration, Valley asked for some words of wisdom from past THON dancers on how to prepare for the 48-hour dance marathon.
As the dignified brief moment of silence filled the colorful Bryce Jordan Center, 46 hours into what would later be the most successful student-run philanthropic movement in history, a closer bond was formed. These hundreds of students, that put their
It’s the little things that help dancers get through THON- snacks, socks, friends visiting from the stands…and mail call. We went down to the floor after mail was distributed to hear about the letters received.
Some might say that Morale keeps the soul of THON alive. Goofy, energized and fun! We’ve captured some of the perkiest moments of the weekend.
If you’re going to be in the same pair of sneakers all weekend, might as well choose awesome ones. Here are a few flashy pairs we found at THON.
THON provides countless ways you can encourage a child with cancer, whether it be through dancing with them or squirting water guns at each other. Some students went all out and donated a piece of themselves to these children (literally), by donating their hair to Wigs for Kids.
When you’re standing for 46 hours and can’t leave the floor, dancers are going to want to keep stuff with them, but not have it in the way. The answer? The hands-free wonder that is a fanny pack. It’s not just convenient, it’s one of the best ways for a dancer to accessorize.
Mail call is one of the THON highlights for dancers. They get to receive some love in the form of wacky gifts and childhood toys along with the always-appreciated snack, delivered at a time when the heavy eyelids are definitely kicking in. So what’s in those packages?
Ever think about how an answer to one question can change things forever? Stacy Bingler Forbes, THON’s first ever woman Overall Chairperson, didn’t realize the impact her natural reaction to a seemingly simple question would have on THON’s future.
On the floors of BJC, we all have seen a lot of crazy outfits. Many of them have much more meaning than to just provide a punch of color to the tired volunteers. Read on for some touching stories that remind us why we THON.
If you think football weekends and house concerts at Penn State are full of wacky-wardrobe choices, wait until you see what we spotted on the floors of the BJC. From denim jumpsuits to flamenco tops, THON is the perfect place to get wild with your wardrobe!
The overall committee might be the presidents of THON, but dancers are godly. They also get to choose awesomely hilarious names to represent themselves with all weekend. Below, find our fave silly nicknames.
The best way to top of THON weekend is with a fantastic hat. Not only does it make it easy to spot you from the floor, but it’s an extra accessory to keep you pumped all 46 hours.