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Most Common Sylly Week State-stagrams

269852_10150222559455592_6175887_nWe’re insta-back to Penn State for another soon-to-be insta-amazing year, so you know what’s coming and you’re more than likely a contributor. Get ready to throw your dying iPhone in a fitted rage at the nearest wall for freezing up, because your Instagram feed is about to actually burst into flames. While Valley has already uncovered PSU’s Most Common Instagram Posts, this next week is truly in a league of its own. The popularly-coined ‘Sylly Week’ may be complete with late-drop classes and move-in boxes still lining your hallways, but it’s also filled with its own overload of specific state-stagrams, and we’re here to uncover these gems now: Continue reading

What Jelena’s Relationship Can Teach Us About Dating

JustinSIt’s true—Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are back together, but is Jelena headed for another split? A few weeks after reuniting, Justin broke Selena’s heart by hanging out with his maybe ex-girlfriend Chantel Jeffries.

It’s been quite a long journey for the couple with rumors, breakups, racy pictures, and now exes. This unhealthy romance has been a roller coaster ride, but it has taught us a little something about relationships.

Why does Selena let Justin treat her so badly? Better yet—why do girls date jerks?

Here are some theories:

Girls feel guilty for being successful and feel that they aren’t worthy of all the wonderful things that happen to them.

Some girls try to reason with themselves by dating someone who isn’t good to them.

Girls don’t have a lot of self-confidence.

Some girls feel badly about their self-image and need to surround themselves with people who make them feel special.

Girls let the good times outweigh the bad.

It’s good to be positive, but a few moments of happiness don’t justify continuous disrespectful behavior.

Girls can’t imagine living their life without a boyfriend.

Some girls are willing to change who they are for their boyfriend instead of living for themselves.

Whatever the reason—girls deserve much more in a relationship! Be yourself, stick to your values, and the right things will fall into place. The biggest lesson learned here is to never go back to a person who treats you poorly—no matter how great he looks without a shirt on.

Photo credit: jawoco.com 

Robin William’s Death: A Lesson on Empathy for Society

zelda-williams-and-robin-williamsOver the last two weeks there has been a media storm broadcasting the late Robin Williams’ suicide. As the world grieves for one of Hollywood’s most beloved comedians, mass articles have been written on ways to combat depression. However, amidst millions of internet posts about Williams, there is one thing society seems to be lacking during this time, empathy.

While the public seems to sympathize with the constant suicides, many don’t truly empathize–instead some treat it as a piece of gossip. Days following William’s death, Zelda Williams, daughter to the late actor, announced she would be taking a leave of absence from social media due to the hate mail she had received from posting about her father’s death. In a similar manner, following the alleged suicide of Heath Ledger in 2008, the media, once again, was seen overstepping their boundaries and stalked Ledger’s family. It seems in both cases, society has felt the need to watch and gossip about how others grieve.

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Furthermore society is now shaming those who do not seem to be grieving “properly,” and driving them off social media and into hiding. It seems that even adults are now prone to constant and humiliating bullying that was once only seen in high school. This bullying that can now blatantly be seen not only among some of the most famous people but during a time of sensitivity, surely shows the ways our society needs to change.

In the wake of Zelda’s leave from social media, Twitter has vowed to start reviewing posts more carefully.  But there needs to more than that to fix the problem. Perhaps, we need to stop telling each other to be kind, and start teaching others how to become kinder and ultimately empathetic. If there is one thing our society needs to work on is being more understanding and accept each other for who we are.

Perhaps just attempting to be more empathetic in just one social situation every day could help us see the warning signs in suicidal people. It could certainly help the bullying epidemic, and could help society from being so intrusive into people’s lives, whether they are famous or not. If there is one more thing to learn about Williams, Ledger, or any suicide in general it is to simply try to understand and try to empathize.

Photo credits: thehollywoodgossip.com, @zeldawilliams Twitter.com  

World Cup Wanderlust

usmnt-soccer-fans_thumbSo far, you probably have been paying attention to the most watched sports event aside from the Olympics on your TV screen—the FIFA World Cup. Since it doesn’t involve varied events (it’s soccer) everyone is on the same level.

The great thing about the World Cup is that you don’t even have to be an expert in soccer to watch it. There will be plays and calls that have you scratching your head at times but the excitement of watching it is what brings everyone together.

Whether it is in a bar, at a get together with friends or even in the comfort of your own home, watching your country’s team play on the big screen creates a sense of pride and joy that can’t be beat. With most of the world’s leading soccer teams competing, everyone is sure to have their game faces and all bets on—no pressure. Continue reading

Penn Staters Get Advanced Screening Of “Neighbors”

MV5BOTQ0OTkzODgyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA3OTE4MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_A comedic yet completely realistic movie about college parties, fraternities and college relationships drew a huge crowd out to the State Theatre on April 24 for a free screening of Universal Pictures’ newest blockbuster hit “Neighbors”.

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne led the cast of “Neighbors”, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. “Neighbors” is directed by Nick Stoller. Stoller’s past work includes “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.”

Universal Pictures Campus Marketing Representative Gina Franz, junior public relations major, couldn’t have been more excited about the successful turnout of the screening. 591 people came to the movie screening – over 300 had to be turned away. Continue reading

Celebrate Mom Gilmore Girls Style

Gilmore-Girls-College-Advice-11“Gilmore Girls” was an iconic TV show that aired from 2000-2007. It was about a single mother named Lorelai raising her daughter Rory in a very small town called Stars Hollow. Lorelai and Rory were known for their freakishly close relationship and undeniable bond that made them more like best friends than mother and daughter. They were only 16 years apart and shared almost all of the same interests from movies to music, and especially their obsession with coffee.

Lorelai and Rory did almost everything together. There were times when Rory was at college and Lorelai couldn’t be there with her, but they still talked frequently. Many of us wish we could have a similar Lorelai-Rory type of relationship with our mothers, and vice versa. Even if you don’t have a relationship like theirs, it doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with them and still have fun. Continue reading

Quiz: Which “Game of Thrones” Character Are You?

Game_of_Thrones_title_cardIt’s the coolest nerdy thing to ever happen to television.

HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” is in the midst of its fourth season and shows no signs of slowing down, already having been renewed for at the least another two seasons. For those of you unfamiliar with “Game of Thrones,” the show is set in primarily what appears to be a renaissance era and follows several noble families from different areas all seeking the “Iron Throne,” or kingship.

It is a complex plot line with countless side stories and unexpected twists. But perhaps what really draw in the fans are the characters, who after enough episodes you feel like you know personally (Or maybe that’s just me?). With such great characters, it makes you wonder which one you’d be.

So, which of these “Thrones” characters are you? Continue reading

TBT: Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi_0124_ubtThis Thursday, Valley is throwing it back to the Japanese Tamagotchi handheld virtual pet we all knew and loved.

The name Tamagotchi combines the English words “egg” (tamago) and “watch” (uotchi) in Japanese. Millions of Tamagotchis have been sold since its launch in 1996. The maker Bandai has created over 44 versions, several of which were only released in Japan. Each colorful toy is shaped like an egg—it’s so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. There is a square screen in the middle with three round buttons underneath that control everything. Continue reading

WCW: Taylor Swift

large.TPrVwv3OwreDaoxUkKmeFYOqhOideNurye6BxFMcbmIWhether or not your dislike her attitude towards boys, you have to admit that you have had at least a few of her songs stuck in your head.  Looking past her “public relationships,” we decided to name Taylor Swift our Woman Crush this Wednesday.

At the age of 24, Taylor Swift, has taken the music world by storm, winning over 240 music awards since 2007, when her debut album was released. Recently, she has made a transformation from the “America’s Sweetheart” girl we used to know into a full-grown, powerful woman. We took an in-depth look into why Taylor Swift is an ideal role model for girls.

“I really love that even though she is out of proportion and is literally known all around the world when you look at the center of her music it is all her,” says Meredith Moga, a senior studying criminal justice, “Taylor is talking about her life, her experiences, and little girls can relate to that. Anyone can.” Continue reading

Quiz: How Much of a ‘Bro’ Are You?

Florio.HowMuchBroLet’s be real – every girl has a little bit of ‘bro’ in her. Whether you have an obsession with Nintendo 64 or enjoy nothing more than shouting at your abused television during sporting events, it’s totally acceptable to let your feminine side down for a while and embrace your inner bro.

However, there’s a fine line between just being a little more in tune with your guy buds and completely friend-zoning yourself. While girls who aren’t afraid to curse like sailors and fall face-first in the mud during a soccer game are great to have around, sometimes being too much of a ‘bro’ can totally hinder your chances for a guy (seriously, been there about one hundred times).

How do your guy friends/potential actual interests really see you? Take this quiz to find out!  Continue reading