The Penn Stater — Dec. 13, 2013
Anti-social development: Another big step in efforts to crack down on State Patty’s Day, the student-created drinking holiday started in 2007 and slated this year for Saturday, March 1: The Penn State Interfraternity Council announced yesterday its plans to ban “social functions” from Feb. 28 to March 2, hoping to deter out-of-town visitors from coming to Penn State for the previously notorious party weekend. This comes two years after more than 20 downtown bars and restaurants opted to close or modify alcohol service on State Patty’s Day — a practice that expanded last year, with more State College establishments taking part.
Ho Ho 2.0: Looks like Santa’s pretty tech-savvy these days. The big guy video-chatted with some patients at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital this week, with help from the hospital’s Child Life Program and Cisco Systems. The adorable photos, like this one (above) of Abby and her mom Miranda, will melt even the Grinchiest of hearts.
Listen to this music: And while you’re in the holiday spirit, take a couple of minutes to vote for the Blue Band in a new contest sponsored by audio manufacturer Polk Audio. Contestants were asked to record their version of the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music,” and in true Blue Band fashion, their rendition goes above and beyond. The winning act wins a free trip to Las Vegas to open for John Legend and rock group Walk Off the Earth. Check out the Blue Band’s video and cast your vote here by Dec. 20. But heads up: You’ll have to “Like” Polk Audio on Facebook in order to view the video—those tricky rascals. Still, it’s worth it.
Heartbreak—and healing: Tomorrow, Dec. 14, marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A candle light vigil will be held in front of Old Main to honor the 26 victims and their families. Organized by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs and a student-run support group formed in the wake of the tragedy, the event is set for 7 p.m., and will begin with a choir performance by Essence of Joy.