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THON to End Canning by 2018

The Bryce Jordan Center stage being built and lit prior to the Penn State Dance Marathon.

THON will phase out canning over the next two years. The announcement was made on Thursday in a letter from the organization’s 2016 and 2017 Executive Directors, calling this a “necessary decision in the best interest of THON and its volunteers moving forward.”

This decision comes seven months after a car accident on a canning weekend that led to the death of a student. THON announced that there will be three canning weekends over the next two years: one from September 23-25, another from October 28-30, and one in September or October of 2017.

“Canning itself relies not only on the time, effort, and personal funds of many volunteers, but involves multiple other University resources for THON to execute a weekend,” the letter read. “We have seen with our fundraising breakdown that canning has remained relatively stagnant and we’ve seen growth in other more sustainable and innovative areas.”

In addition to the plan to eliminate the practice, THON announced a handful of other changes to canning. You can read them here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor


April 22, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 3, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

World class: Another ranking has given Penn Staters something to crow about. This time, it’s the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which lists Penn State 49th out of 400 institutions from around the globe. We’re one of eight Big Ten schools ranked in the top 100. You can find the complete list and details on the methodology here.

A distinguished duo: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, are coming to University Park on Nov. 4 as part of the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Careful while canning: It’s a story that comes up every year around this time: Students who travel for canning weekends (more…)

October 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 27, 2013

The Nittany Lion is primed for Saturday's big hurling showdown. Are you?

The Nittany Lion is primed for Saturday’s big hurling showdown. Are you?

No football? No problem: So how’s Bill O’Brien going to spend the bye week? According to this video—which is well, well worth 48 seconds of your time—he’s going to be checking out County Cork vs. County Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Final Hurling Replay. Seriously, that’s what he said. O’Brien’s analysis: “I’m not sure who to cheer for, because my family comes from both areas.” OK, then. The Nittany Lion Shrine, as pictured on the Croke Park Classic Twitter feed, seems to be having an equally difficult time making up its mind.

Canners fanning out: The bye week isn’t the only reason campus will be quiet this weekend. It’s also the school year’s first Canning Weekend for THON, when students fan out across the state—and beyond—to solicit donations. Onward State weighs in not only with advice for canners, but with suggestions on how to spend the weekend if you’re one of the few people still left on campus.

Not over yet: Yes, the NCAA eased its sanctions on Penn State. But it also filed court documents Thursday asking that the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA, which is joined by some trustees, faculty, and former athletes, should be thrown out because the plaintiffs don’t have standing.

Critical acclaim for Key and Peele: The comedy team of Keegan-Michael Key ’96g and Jordan Peele got The New Yorker treatment this week because critic Emily Nussbaum went down the “rabbit hole” of Key and Peele sketches on YouTube and discovered what so many of us already knew—these guys are not just hilarious, but intelligently hilarious. “Like many of the best, most transgressive comics,” Nussbaum writes, “they treat human behavior as a form of drag, shape-shifting with aggressive fluidity.” (Note: Not sure the whole article is available to non-subscribers, but you can get the gist from the link.) If you’re not watching hurling or going canning, going down that rabbit hole could be a good weekend activity.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

September 27, 2013 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

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