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Inside Our September/October Issue

For the cover story of our September/October issue, we gathered student, administrative, and alumni perspective on the challenges facing a Greek system that has faced increasing scrutiny in recent years, particularly since the 2017 hazing death of undergraduate Timothy Piazza. Our feature package includes a conversation with President Barron and student affairs vice president Damon Sims focused on the university’s efforts to create a sustainable future for Greek life on campus, and position Penn State as a leader in a national reform effort. We also hear from former IFC president John Lord ’19, while writer Michael Weinreb ’94 examines the history of the Greek system, and looks back on his own fraternity days. The cover feature begins on p. 30.

Also inside: Meet Jamal Itani ’85, the mayor of Beirut, Lebanon, who seeks to transform his historic hometown into a gateway between East and West, while simultaneously dealing with everyday civic issues. Senior editor Savita Iyer traveled to Beirut to spend time with Itani for the feature that begins on p. 42. And take a trip down memory lane to see how downtown State College has transformed over the years, from the names on the storefronts to two-way traffic on College Avenue. The photo feature begins on p. 50.

Plus, see how one Penn Stater is seeking to make the tech industry more inclusive; get the low-down on how to cut down on your sugar intake; and get to know one alum trying to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers in World Series contention—by keeping them healthy.

It’s all in our September/October issue, arriving in mailboxes soon.

—B.J. Reyes, associate editor





August 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm 1 comment

Penn State Greeks Strut Their Broadway Stuff

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"Mamma Mia" won for best short performance.

Students from 50 Penn State sororities and fraternities showed off some impressive talents in music and dance yesterday in the annual “Greek Sing,” held in a sold-out Eisenhower Auditorium.

Basically the Greek Sing is a talent show in which members of two or three IFC/Panhel organizations (usually one fraternity and one sorority, or two fraternities and a sorority) team up to perform selections from Broadway musicals. Each team performs for six to eight minutes, then there’s a quick change-over, then the next team is on. So, in the course of three hours, audience members saw performances from 19 different Broadway shows.

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"Tarzan" was one of 19 performances at Greek Sing.

Many of the students were singing, acting, and/or dancing onstage for the first time—and to perform in the 2,500-seat Eisenhower Auditorium had to be a little intimidating. But nobody seemed especially nervous, and quite a few of the singers could really belt it out.

I’m told that the groups had been working on their performances since September—not just rehearsing, but choreographing, building elaborate sets, coming up with costumes, the whole bit.

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Greek Sing participants perform "All That Jazz" from the musical "Chicago."

The overall winner yesterday, as decided by a panel of judges, was Mary Poppins (Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Phi Beta Sigma). “Best costume” and tops in “spirit points” went to The Wedding Singer (Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Phi, and Kappa Alpha Psi), and Mamma Mia won for “best short performance” (Alpha Omicron Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Delta Chi).

Greek Sing started at Penn State in 1968, though it didn’t last long; it was restarted in 1983 and has become especially popular in the last few years—as evidenced by the fact that nearly 2,500 students were willing to spend nine bucks a head to see it yesterday. Proceeds go to the Gayle Beyers Scholarship Fund. We won’t know for a couple of weeks how much money was raised, but last year’s Greek Sing brought in $13,000, which is not too shabby.

Read a Daily Collegian story on yesterday’s show here.

Tina Hay, editor

November 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm 1 comment

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