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The Sentinel

An Eye on the Penn State Administration


Archive for March, 2008

Common Cause of Pennsylvania: Open Records

The LION 90.7fm’s popular public affairs talk program Radio Free Penn State interviewed Barry Kaufman, Executive Director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania, back on February 19th on what his organization’s involvement with recent open records legislation was, as well as his thoughts on what is needed at Penn State University to make the institution more […]


The Student Facilities Fee: Why It’s Happening So Fast

The Student Facilities Fee is being almost frantically pushed by the administration upon the student body, even while most students and parents remain unaware due to a lack of publicity and transparency in the fee process. What’s this fee all about, and why is the administration so desperate to see the Trustees approve it by […]


‘We Represent The Administration’

Out of the many reactions we witnessed here at Safeguard Old State from our decision to publicly back this year’s State Patty’s Day celebration earlier this month, easily the most disconcerting was that of the Student Programming Association at Penn State. Raj Desai, head of the Student Programming Association (SPA), the group created last year […]


No Other Choice: Gavin Keirans the only option for UPUA President

Gavin Keirans and Valarie Russell represent the only choice for UPUA President and Vice President. Vote today at vote.psu.edu       


Right On: Penn State Parent Speaks Up on New Tax

The Daily Collegian today features a letter from a concerned Penn State parent who condemns the administration’s newly unveiled “facilities” tax that’s going to be implemented by Fall 2008. The “Student Facilities Fee”, which was uncovered recently by Safeguard Old State, will cost students an addition $200 per year despite the fact that no new […]


The Corner Pocket Report

The following is a report written by Executive Director Gavin Keirans on how to revamp The Corner Pocket in the HUB-Robeson Center.


The ‘Student Facilities Fee’: Undemocratic & Unnecessary

Safeguard Old State was first informed of a new administration-conceived tax on the student body on in early March, and have been able to obtain more information over the course of this week. I can speak for all of us when I say we’re pleased to see both the Centre Daily Times and The Daily […]


UPUA Enacts Key Plank of The Roadmap for Change

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) enacted a key plank of Safeguard Old State’s report issued last September, The Roadmap for Change in Student Affairs. I had the opportunity to present legislation for the student government to consider, to which five of the student representatives signed on before it was considered by the UPUA Assembly […]


Penn State: University or Business?

Penn State University is a state-related, land-grant educational institution. It’s chief mission is to provide a high quality education to the lower and middle class sons and daughters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In recent years, plenty of critics have raised their voices in alarm at the path on which administrators under President Spanier have […]


CATA Buses: A Key to Cutting Back DUIs

We all know that close to $500,000 is wasted every year on an ineffective program called Late Night Penn State. Instead of subsidizing the cost of pizza, hot dogs and board games, we subsidize the Centre Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, to offer buses until 4am on Thursday thru Saturday?