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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.

Photo courtesy of Penn State Hershey

Photo courtesy of Penn State Hershey

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.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

December 13, 2013 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

A Penn State Wedding Reception, Complete with Blue Band

I’ve been half-noticing the past few days that people on Facebook have been posting some sort of video having something to do with the Blue Band and a wedding reception. This morning I got curious enough that I actually watched the video, finally. And I heartily recommend that you do the same—I think it’ll make you smile.

Turns out that two Penn Staters—John Noll ’07 and Joanna Guldin ’08—got married last Saturday in Jonestown, Pa., and at the reception, a line of Blue Band alumni came marching in to play a medley of Penn State fight songs. Better yet, the musicians performing included the bride and groom themselves.


After watching the video—three times!—I Googled the newlyweds and found their wedding page, where I learned that both Noll and Guldin played trumpet in the Blue Band as undergrads. You should take a minute to read the story of how they met and of their courtship, such as it was. My favorite part is their less-than-auspicious first date:

John had mixed up the times for the ice rink, and it was closed. They walked around campus looking [for] and reading the blue historical markers. Some were interesting and some were downright awkward. When they stopped to read a sign talking about Penn State’s research in barnyard animal artificial insemination, they both knew that the date had sunk about as low as it could get.

From what I can tell, about five years elapsed between that first date and their second; it wasn’t until several years after they were out of college that they finally got together. But all’s well that ends well: Now they’re newly married and off on their honeymoon. Best wishes to the happy couple.

Tina Hay, editor

July 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment


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