THON

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.

Best of THON 2015: Outfits

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During THON weekend, dancers and volunteers sport their best and craziest outfits. Bright colors, headbands, hats and caps fill the BJC. Valley went on the floor to scope out some of the best outfits. Here are some of our favorites:

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THON 2015: What’s In Your Fanny Pack?

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THON is the one weekend of the year where there is no such thing as too much bedazzle, bright colors and mismatched high socks. It is the weekend for super puffy tutus, crazy haircuts, wacky hats and of course, decked out fanny packs. We took a glance inside some of the fanny packs that really caught our attention.

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How Not To Annoy R&R THON Weekend

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If you’ve been to THON before, you’ve definitely seen Rules & Regulations committee members in red shirts trying to keep everyone in line. You might see them as the bad guys, but they’re really just trying to keep everyone safe. To help them out, here’s a list of things that you should avoid doing THON weekend.

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Small Things, Great Love FTK

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Small Things, Great Love is a fashion and accessories organization dedicated to combining style and charity into one cohesive unit. With THON serving as her first charity, founder Erin Gillespie is tapping into her alumni roots to give back to a cause that has directly influenced her.

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46 LIVE: Capturing the Essence of THON

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THON will be here soon, and everybody is preparing in many different ways. From the committees, to the dancers, to various clubs, everyone has been preparing since the beginning of the school year. And get this – 46 LIVE, the THON webcast, has people who have already put in over 400 hours to prepare for the weekend.

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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.

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THON 2015: Upcoming Events

THON 2015: Upcoming Events

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The Penn State Dance Marathon is so much more than just THON weekend. There are many exciting events held throughout the year to raise money for THON, get everyone pumped and provide some fun for the Four Diamonds families. If you’re into running, sports or just dancing and chowing down on some cotton candy, come out to one of these upcoming events to show your support for THON!

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Best of THON: Manicures

Best of THON: Manicures

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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.

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THON 2014: Rules and Regulations

THON 2014: Rules and Regulations

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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.

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THON 2014: On-stage Hair Donation

THON 2014: On-stage Hair Donation

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For the past six years, THON has been partnering with Wigs for Kids in order to “help kids feel like kids again.” Unique to other companies who produce wigs for cancer patients, Wigs for Kids has dedicated its mission to providing families and children with hand-made, custom wigs at no cost to the family. Now that’s FTK!

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THON 2014: What’s In Your Fannypack?

THON 2014: What’s In Your Fannypack?

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There are a ton of components that make up THON – canning, bake sales, organizations, committees and performers, oh my! But there’s one thing that stands out from the rest. Dancers would suffer without them, tudents all across campus spend a majority of their time looking for the perfect one and yes, they’re usually bedazzled. That’s right – it’s the fannypack.

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