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: 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.

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.

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!

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.

Best of THON 2014: THON’s Most Fashionable

Best of THON 2014: THON’s Most Fashionable

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THON is all ‘For the Kids,’ and what better way to tap into your inner child than through your outfit? 46 hours is a long time to be on your feet, so decking yourself in dancer gear to the max adds some fun to the hard work. Between the tutus, fanny packs, hats and sneakers, Valley couldn’t get enough.

THON 2014: Decoding the Terminology

THON 2014: Decoding the Terminology

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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.

10 Things You Need to Know About THON

10 Things You Need to Know About THON

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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.