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The Sentinel

An Eye on the Penn State Administration


A Closer Look At The State College ‘Tap Tax’

The State College Borough Council has been making headlines recently in The Daily Collegian for its proposed ten percent tax on “poured drinks” in downtown bars. The usual reactions, some for and some against, have been documents in the pages of our newspaper. Yet, when we cut out all the rhetoric, what is this tax […]


Only In The Twilight Zone: A ‘Symbolic’ Blue-White Bill

So, according to The Daily Collegian, this past weekend’s Blue-White game festivities ended up resulting in a sharp spike in crime across the borough. The State College Police Department fielded hundreds of calls over the course of the first major football-related weekend of the year. Weekend Sees Increase In Local Crime, Accidents (TDC) — Visitors […]


Borough, What Happened To ‘Tightened Bonds’?

When the newly elected members of the State College Borough Council came into office earlier this year, they quickly moved to reach out publicly to the student population, and to, as The Daily Collegian phrased it, “tighten bonds” with Penn Staters here in Happy Valley. Now, over two months after they stated their intentions, have […]


Council Woman Goreham Breaks Promise to Students

When State College Borough Councilwoman Liz Goreham ran for political office in 1999, she sold her future constituents a bill of goods about what she would do for them once in office. One of these promises was something groundbreaking, something common-sense, and something gravely needed in State College. Naturally, this promise was forgotten after election […]


Doing The Unexpected: College Student Elected Town Mayor

One of the things we often wonder at Safeguard Old State is whether the State College community would be better off if students didn’t have more say in the affairs of the town through either the Mayor’s office or the Borough Council. This past week, SOS Executive Director Gavin Keirans’ ruminations on the subject were […]


Why Not A Student Mayor?

The current Mayor of State College, Bill Welsh will have his term end in 2009, In a borough where in student dominated districts there are over 10,000 students registered to vote, I ask why not a student for Mayor. Collegian Picks up story- Student Mayor.


UPUA President and Vice President Speak Out

Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial written by UPUA President Hillary Lewis and Vice President Frank Keller. In this, Lewis speaks of the productivity of the UPUA as well as their struggle for their accomplishments to be recognized.


State College Admits: We’re Nothing Without Students

Adam Smeltz of the Centre Daily Times reported earlier this week on the “coma” that State College suffers through during the Spring Break holiday —  a time when nearly all of the 42,000 Penn State undergrads, as well as their roughly 6,000 professors — leave town to enjoy warmer climates and relaxing breaks. Let’s take […]


Penn State Students: Are We Really So Apathetic?

I could just be naive, but I just don’t buy the line that Penn State students are exceptionally apathetic. Even with a highly diverse and unfortunately fractured student body of roughly 42,000, there still exist more than 1,000 student organizations registered on campus. Students are involved in social and political activism outside the classroom, and […]