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The Sentinel

An Eye on the Penn State Administration


Archive for April, 2007

UPUA Campaign 2007 Wrap-Up: Losing Wisdom

The election is over and 1,357 votes later I finished in second place. Losing by 124 votes on a campus of 42,000 is not the easiest concept to swallow but in the end it showed me what I knew all along. Students at Penn State are, without a doubt, apathetic. Sure, there are 700 groups […]


Student Voices Frustration At Loss Of Napster v. ‘Ruckus’

Freshman A.J. Lambert writes into The Daily Collegian today railing against the administration’s unilateral decision to get rid of Napster in favor of “Ruckus”, a rival music service that was already free to any student with a “.edu” e-mail address. “Overall, I think the university cheated its students out of a well-liked and reliable music […]


Safeguard Old State To Expand On-Campus As Club

Safeguard Old State (SOS) is proud to announce that it will incorporate itself on-campus as a student advocacy organization registered with the Center for Student Engagement in Student Affairs. In light of the recent dissolution of the Undergraduate Student Government, and the still wobbly UPUA, SOS has made this decision in order to branch out […]


SOS Receives $1,827 From Undergraduate Student Government

We’re happy to announce that the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Trust has decided to allocate $1,827.82 of its remaining assests to Safeguard Old State (SOS). The USG Trust was formed in February as a reduced-service organization to conduct the group’s final business before it formally dissolved this past Friday at 8pm. USG served as Penn […]


UPUA Concludes Inaugural Year Amidst Uncertainty

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) has concluded its first year as Penn State’s official student voice. UPUA is only its way to being a government, but it’s got a lot of work left to tackle next year under the leadership of President-elect Hillary Lewis and her Vice-President, Frank Keller. UPUA’s new constitution has yet […]


Movin’ On Suffers Low Turnout From Poor Weather

Movin’ On, the annual concert on the HUB lawn sponsored by ARHS, is taking place today until roughly midnight. The event receives roughly $60,000 in student activity fee money every year from UPAC. Unfortunately, this year’s concert is suffering particularly low turnout, largely due to cold and rainy weather conditions. At 6pm there were roughly […]


Spanier Rips Off Undergrads: IT Fee To Remain Same After Loss of Napster

President Graham Spanier has opted to drop Penn State’s subscription to the legal music download service Napster, instead switching to Ruckus. Ruckus, a music program that is free to any student with a “.edu” e-mail address, will be the official music program starting in the fall semester, though students can start using it immediately. I […]


Tuition Rally at Old Main Scheduled For Today At Noon

Penn State senior Alex Verget is going to be getting some company tomorrow at noon on the steps of Old Main. Verget is the one-man political machine who has been making local headlines for walking from Harrisburg to State College to highlight the problem of back-breaking tuition and fees. Tomorrow, hundreds are expected to join […]


Safeguard Old State with Sweet Home, Happy Valley

As you may have noticed, we’ve been slacking here at the SOS Blog as far as posting new stuff goes; we’re busy with lots of other stuff that’s happening. I’ll say right now, you can continue to expect the same level of awesome breaking news and biting commentary from SOS throughout the summer months. Rad! […]


What Kind Of Diversity Does Vicky Triponey Foster?

We hear a lot about the value of diversity here at Penn State, about the value of fostering a tolerant and welcoming community. In practice, though, do the posters and the press releases really foster a truly diverse community? Pennsylvania is a predominantly white state, and one of the many things that makes Happy Valley […]