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    2 I Thursday, Dec. 9,2010
Sports commenator speaks to students
Sports commentator Leah Secondo held an intimate talk
with students Wednesday afternoon about life after gradua
tion and how to make a living as a journalist.
Students from the College of Communications attended
the talk with Secondo in the Poster Auditorium of Patemo
Since 1992, Secondo has been a freelance sports journalist
and broadcaster for several television networks, including
the Big Ten Network, CBS College Sports and ESPNU.
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Fraternity hosts underprivileged kids
Theta Delta Chi Philanthropy Chairman Trevor Cowser
announced the appearance of a special guest at the fraterni
ty's annual Christmas party for underprivileged kids
Santa Claus was coming.
TDC partnered with the sisters of Sigma Kappa to throw
their annual Christmas party for the children.
The children, who are part of the Bellefonte Youth Center
program, grinned as they high-lived a fraternity member
dressed up as Santa Claus.
The program helps children who come from low-income
families and have little time to spend with their parents, pro
gram manager Penny Homer said.
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Symphonic and Concert Bands to perform
Penn Staters have the chance to be transported to differ
ent eras in far-off lands tonight, by students taking their final
performing a concert.
The Symphonic and Concert Bands will perform a variety
of pieces from German, American and British composers at
8 tonight at the Eisenhower Auditorium.
"The concert has some very eclectic pieces, ranging from
different time periods and countries," said Dennis Glocke,
conductor for the Symphonic Band.
Glocke said the concert will be a great study break for stu
dents because they can come and listen to various kinds of
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Giuseppe Palmese of Drexel University will speak on
“Functional Thermosetting Polymers’’ at 10 a.m. in 102
Chemistry Building. The event is hosted by Michael Janik of the
Department of Engineering. Contact 814-863-9366 for more
information. The event is free and open to the public.
Mark Asta of the Materials Science and Engineering
Department at The University of California will give a presenta
tion entitled “Applications of First-Principles Methods to Impact
Materials Design” at 10:10 a.m. in 26 Hosier Building, The event
is hosted by the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering. Call 814-865-4992 for more information. The event
is free and open to the public.
Mihran Papikan of Penn State will give a presentation called
“On the Arithmetic of Modular-Curves-Over-Function Fields” at
11:15 a.m. in 106 McAllister Building in an event hosted by the
Department of Mathematics. Call 814-865-7527 for more infor
mation. The event is free and open to the public.
Marylyn Ritchie of Vanderbilt University will speak on “Beyond
Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS): Integrating
Transcriptome, Proteome, and Pathway Data in the Genetic
Dissection of Complex Traits" at 4 p.m. in 100 Life Sciences
Building (Berg Auditorium). The event is hosted by Scott Selleck
of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Call
814-867-4373 for more information. The event is free and open
to the public.
Kevin Furlong of Penn State will give a lecture entitled
"Christchurch Earthquake: 2010” at 4 p.m. in 541 Deike
Building. The event is hosted by the Department of
Geosciences. Call 814-865-7965 for more information. The
event is free and open to the public.
Jeremy Levy of the University of Pittsburgh will speak on “Oxide
Nanoelectronics’’ at 4 p.m. in 117 Osmond Laboratory. The event
is hosted by Nitin Samarth of the Department of Physics. Call
814-863-0136 for more information. The event is free and open
to the public.
Axel Munk of Georg-August University in Germany will discuss
“Statistical Multiscale Analysis: From Biomembranes to
Biomolecular Microscopy" at 4 p.m. in 201 Thomas Building in
an event hosted by the Department of Statistics. Call 814-865-
1348 for more information.
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IFC holds last meeting of semester
At its last meeting of the fall
semester Wednesday night, the
Interfraternity Council officially
passed the policies created over
the past few months such as the
alcohol-free formal recruitment
policy and implemented them
into the bylaws for the spring
“Basically, by doing this, it
makes the policies more concrete
for carrying into the future,”
Interfraternity Council President
Max Wendkos said.
Also included in the bylaws for
spring is a new recruitment proce
At the request of chapter presi
dents, the recruitment process
next semester will be shortened.
Because of the shortened
process, there will be additional
information requested during
recruitment by the fraternities in
order to get to know potential
pledges better.
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ment will be asked to give their
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focus on family and my other inter
ests away from the sidelines,”
Meyer said in his opening state
He took the Florida job in 2005
after an extremely successful
tenure at Utah, which culminated in
an undefeated 2004 season and a
Fiesta Bowl victory against
Meyer, whose 7-5 record this sea
son is his worst as a coach, won two
national titles in six seasons at
Florida, while amassing a 64-15
record. In his career, he won three
national coach of the year awards.
“Good things come to an end
sometimes,” Florida Athletic
Director Jeremy Fbley said. “That’s
what happens in this world, and
we’ve been blessed for six years to
have this guy coaching this team,
being part of this university.”
Foley said Florida will “move
ahead very, very quickly,” but said
no coaching search has begun yet.
He hopes to have a candidate
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they prepare basketball routines
and for the National Dance Alliance
Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.,
Pollack said.
The team ranked third nationally
last spring.
The Lionettes recently created a
holiday-themed routine to be per
formed at basketball games over
winter break, incorporating blue
and white Santa hats and even a
daring swing-ballroom dance move.
One of the dancers, Karley Chism,
said she thinks it is a cute dance.
“I think I’m most excited to per
form the holiday dance,” Chism
(senior-English) said. “I can’t wait to
dance with everyone in the basket
ball setting. It’s much more intimate
and fun for us.”
Pollack expressed concern over
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enhances the classes that will be
available, extends The Princeton
Review program at Penn State and
gives students more opportunities.
Cannon (senior-finance) said The
Princeton Review seemed very
enthusiastic and willing to cooper
ate with UPUA.
“Both Kaplan and The Princeton
Review looked like excellent pro
grams. Neither would have been a
poor choice,” Cannon said. “But The
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Shedd said. “All the staff members
were here and the ideas just kept
going and going.”
Some theatrical elements of the
wedding include sending out movie
tickets as invitations to guests,
spelling out the couple’s names on
the marquee and placing the cou
ple’s photo on movie posters.
Untraditional aspects of the wed
ding —like the inability to have a sit
down dinner made Frank a little
nervous. But he realized the uncom
mon set-up of the space would be
conducive to the party atmosphere
the couple wants to create.
“We’re envisioning food upstairs
and downstairs, and people moving
and talking and mingling,” Frank
The couple will get married on
the stage, and once the two return
for the reception, everyone will be
invited to dance on stage while oth
ers watch from the audience or the
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“Everything goes along with value-based
recruitment. If these guys are going to be our
brothers, we want to know them well.”
they were involved with in the past,
as well as given the option of nam
ing references and submitting a
personal statement.
“Everything kind of goes along
with value-based recruitment,"
Wendkos (senior- psychology and
marketing) said. “If these guys are
going to be our brothers, we want
to know them well.”
It was also decided that there
will not be a recniitment fee for
spring semester.
Wendkos said since there is
enough money to subsidize
expenses that recruitment fees are
usually put toward, the executive
board didn’t feel the need to enact
one for next semester.
“My advice to the next exec
board is to see if it’s actually bene
ficial to have a recruitment fee.
They should conduct research to
see if it’s actually a smart idea," he
“We stop keeping score, but for them it’s a grind. I
think you’ll see fewer and fewere coaches
coaching eight to 10 years, let alone 45 years.”
pinned down in less than three
“We’re not gonna go too fast,"
Foley said. “You gotta hire the right
person. With the job that Urban’s
left here, we’ll have a large number
of candidates.”
Mick Hubert, Florida’s play-by
play announcer since 1989, said he
isn’t surprised Meyer opted to
retire, pointing to the increased
pressure on college football coach
es. After Meyer’s decision last sea
son, Hubert said he felt it was just a
matter of time before Meyer decid
ed to call it quits for good.
Hubert said not every program
can have a Joe Paterno-like figure
at the helm.
“For us as fans there’s a period
with no games, but for [coaches] the
season never ends,” Hubert said.
“It’s the little things
that count.”
Marisa Pollack
Lionettes co-captain
the speed of the holiday dance s kick
line, but otherwise is equally excited
for this routine and others to come.
“We just have to focus on tech
nique. It’s the little things that
count,” Pollack said. ‘Lines are so
important. And even the small
things, like head snaps, make a
dance look that much cleaner."
Basketball games also allow the
dancers to focus more on technical
parts of their performances, such as
higher leaps and sharper turns.
Lionette co-captain Caroline
Molloy said she enjoys the opportu
nities of the basketball setting.
“We are definitely able to make
our dances more technical since it's
Princeton Review had a lot more
time spent in class for it instead of
online, which is really what were
here for.”
Academic Affairs Committee
Chairwoman Courtney Lennartz
said after a lot of discussion with
both companies, she was happy with
the assembly’s decision.
“The Princeton Review offered
the most to students at the lowest
cost,” Lennartz (sophomore-health
policy administration) said.
“That’s obviously important to
The Princeton Review agreed to
balcony. The couple also hopes to
hire a local band.
Frank and Gerber both met at
Lock Haven University as freshmen
in 2004.
It was one of the first few days of
school and Gerber didn’t have
enough change to get a snack out of
a vending machine. Frank offered
his future fiance the money, and the
relationship evolved from there,
Gerber said.
Even though they did not attend
Penn State, the State College area
and the State Theatre has been a
backdrop for their relationship.
“State College is really the closest
place we can go to see a play or a
concert,” said Frank, who grew up
in Bellefonte and would often spend
his high school days walking down
College Avenue. “A lot of times we’ll
go on dates in State College kind of
as an adventure.”
Gerber said she is surprised how
smoothly eveiything has worked out
for the wedding so for. And she said
her guests all seem pleased with the
unique venue.
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Max Wendkos
outgoing Interfraternity Council president
said. “Sometimes the fee elimi
nates possible great guys and
Also during the meeting, the
Vice President for
Communications position was
Since there were some issues of
miscommunication throughout the
semester, vice president for com
munications Dan Cartwright said
the person in his position next
semester will act as a liaison for
student organizations.
“A lot of time student groups
don't know who to go to and who to
talk to," Cartwright (senior-energy,
business and finance) said.
“But now they are all going to be
directed to the VP of
Communications. It'll make things
more organized.”
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University of Florida play-by-play announcer
“We stop keeping score, but for
them it’s a grind. I think you’ll see
fewer and fewer coaches coaching
eight to 10 years, let alone 45 years.”
As for how the retirement will
affect his final game, Hubert said
the Gators will play with plenty of
emotion, looking to get Meyer a vic
“If Urban wasn’t coaching his last
game they'd want to win,” Hubert
"This will only serve for the guys
to want to win even more.”
Meyer, however, sees it differently.
He has one last order of business in
his tenure at Florida, and it involves
his seniors.
"Send them out winners against
Penn State,” Meyer said.
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a wooden, smooth floor,” Molloy
(senior-public relations) said. “We
have the ability to do more turns and
leaps. It’s definitely more dance-y,
and that's important because it’s
what we re here for."
To execute their high kicks, fast
turns and nimble leaps, the team
has a rigorous rehearsal and work
out schedule.
They have three-hour practices
on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Sunday, along with 7 a.m. work
outs on Tuesday to work on tech
nique and fitness.
The team is also required to do
two lifting and two cardio sessions
each week. All of that time is not
counting weekly performances,
which occur several times per week
during basketball season.
“It s a privilege to perform at
these major sporting events, and we
don't take that lightly," Sherburne
create easy payment option for stu
dents. financial assistance and
award a scholarship for every 15
students enrolled in any of the
All that's left to do, Ragland (sen
ior-political science) said, is to let
students know about the program.
“We’ll be starting a full campaign
to get the word out, like reaching out
to organizations and advertising,”
Ragland said.
“This is too good of a service for
students not to know about.”
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“They’re all ecstatic because
we’re going to have a great time,”
she said. “They thought it was
something we could definitely pull
Frank said he worries it may be
difficult to break some guests’ pre
conceived notions of what a wed
ding is supposed to be. But he said
most weddings he has seen have
been pretty boring.
“There’s the downtime between
the ceremony and the reception.
And you get a dried-out piece of
chicken and a DJ and everyone run
ning into each other,” Frank said.
“That’s not how we operate.”
Ultimately, by not following all the
“typical” protocols and procedures,
Frank said he thinks the State
Theatre will provide a great place
for an unforgettable wedding.
“It’s a wedding. You do it once,”
he said.
“So you might as well do some
thing that’s totally awesome and
something that you want”
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Mike Hubert