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VALLEY spring 2012

Leading Lions Katie  Perugini   and  Kristen  Roth   are  giving  back   while  moving   forward.

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spring 2012 14. Hair in the Heat

10. Ask the Staff

Styles that stand a chance against hot temperatures and humidity

What has been your most embarrassing moment at PSU?

22. Ticketing Madness

15. 5 Sweet Uses for Honey

How to make sure you get seats for the next big show

beauty & health 11. Meet Veronica Vigilar

The sticky stuff can do wonders for skin and hair

16. Sweet & Salty Remedies: DIY Body Scrubs Mix your own exfoliator

Go beyond the dollar slice

23. Throw an Olympics Party Go for the gold with this theme


12. Sensible Scents

17. Nice & Smoothie

Four perfumes to wear when the flowers bloom

A healthy and delicious addition to your day

25. Meet Kristin Chiesi


26. Clean Your Clutter

13. Sun-Kissed Lips for the Summer Pucker up — lipstick is back this season

13. Are You Gellin’?

19. Meet Katie Montella Art is all around campus, and we help you find it

Tips for organizing your space, big or small

27. Take a Hike Get outside to mix up your workout routine

20. Happy Valley Museum Tour 28. The Freshman 15

The latest trend in nail polish


21. Pizza Party

9. Letter from the Editor


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What Penn State students wish they knew freshman year

30. Banish Those Yawns Stay awake and alert with expert advice

31. Lights, Camera, Alumni Take your senior pictures in unexpected spots

campus culture 33. Meet Kelsey Cunningham 34. The Life of the ‘It Girls’ What it takes to do it all

35. A Twist in Time Zones Three student reflect on studying abroad

36. Design School Meet three students who are turning designs into businesses

38. Marry Young: An Engaging Idea?

50. Trend Report: Spring 2012

Starting a life together while still in school

What’s hot this season and where you can find it downtown

39. We Are… University Police

52. A European Education

Meet the officers who patrol our campus

Looks influenced by European university students

40. Leading Lions

54. A Moment in Time

Featuring cover girls Katie Perugini and Kristen Roth

The Roaring ‘20s are back


62. Spotlight On: Rebecca Farmer

47. Meet Danny Ferrell 48. Let Your Ear Be Your Guide Music can influence your style while shopping

How this Penn State alum made it in the fashion world

63. Recycled & Revamped: Fabric-Covered Jewelry Hoop earrings get a makeover with this DIY project

49. The Best-Kept Laundry Secrets Make Mom proud by using these tips 5

editorial division

President / Editor-in-Chief: Haley Blum Design Director: Jessica Gottschalk Photography Director: Ann Sciandra Managing Editor: Kaitlyn Knopp

beauty & health

Beauty Editor: Shaina

Beauty Writers: Lindsay

Stern Carolla, Manouska Jeantus, Rachel Yamin


Entertainment Editor: Noelle Mateer Entertainment Writers: Cassidy Clauss, Ross Marcinizyn


Self-Improvement Editor: Kaitlyn Knopp Self-Improvement Writers: Megan Prucnal, Sarah Retchin,

Lindsay Zeky

campus culture

Campus Culture Editor: Kathleen Gormley Campus Culture Writers: Kasumi Hirokawa, Leah Polakoff, Alyssa



Fashion Editor: Emily Grier Stylist: Morgan Domsohn Assistant Stylist: Molly Ferguson

Fashion Writers: Kiersten

Ferno, Erica Kasan, Jennifer Picht

graphic design

Emma Cartwright, Erin Gehringer, Kate Kreisher, Kailyn Moore, Sarah Retchin, Molly Silsby, Kathryn Simpson


Photography Editor: Lindsay

Lipovich Abbott, Samantha Florio, Rhiannon Hendrick, Jennie Lichtenstein, Ian Lopera, Jill Podhor, Yuting Zhang

Photographers: Nina


board of advisers

Christine Arbutina, Erika Isler, Karen Magnuson, Pamela Monk, Jill Shockey, Ronald Smith, Ann Taylor-Schmidt, Suzanne Wayne, Jennifer Zeigler 6


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Photos by Ian Lopera


Web Editor: Morgan

business division

Vice President / Managing Director: Taylor McNamara Assistant Managing Director: Lindsay Zeky Financial Director: Carlene Murdy


Advertising Creative Director: Megan Prucnal Assistant Advertising Director: Jess Edwards Advertising Sales Director: Cassandra Nissi Advertising Creative Team: Rebecca Bryden, Cassidy

Clauss, Deaven Freed, Lindsay Gunderman, Marianna Saucier Sales Team: Alyssa Belz, Lauren Burrell, Marisa Cable, Sarah Darcy, Devon Emmerich, Tara Gottlieb

events management

Events Management Directors: Katlin Cardillo, Allison LaTorre, Kara Latos Events Management Assistant Director: Melissa Cropper Events Management Team: Taylor Cohen, Callie Eardly, Sarah Emeigh,

Molly Ferguson, Gina Franz, Kristen Harvilla, Shaun Levine, Samantha Malandra, Katie Rudan, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Salerno, Jenn Sheridan, Alex Wetzel

marketing and public relations

Marketing and Public Relations Directors: Alexis Giua, Marenah Dobin Marketing and Public Relations Assistant Director: Sarah Hoffman Marketing and Public Relations Team: Alex Cristcitello, Stacy Finkelstein,

Annie Girault, Jenna Hammond, Carolita Joseph, Eva Magazu, Kristi Myers, Brielle Pastore, Nicole Pulli, Kelsey Stranz, Kara Yacovone

social media

Social Media Director: Ashlee Mercogliano Social Media Assistant Director: Maddie Brown

The content and opinions of this publication reside solely with the authors and not the Pennsylvania State University of the University Park Allocation Committee.


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letter from the editor “Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Photos by Ann Sciandra and Lindsay Lipovich

WOW, WHAT A YEAR. Just a week and a half after I wrote the editor’s letter for our Fall 2011 issue, Penn State changed forever. And by the time the issue was printed, the State College community was taken over by news vans and outsiders, ready to judge us — a large, diverse group of students, faculty, alumni and fans — based on the actions of a few. But while the legal case is far from over, and victims are still remembered, Penn State has come together to keep moving forward. Because that’s exactly who We Are. And that’s exactly who our cover girls are. That’s right, cover girls. This issue marks the first time Valley has featured more than one person on our cover, and we did it for a reason. Penn State isn’t just one person, one group, one athletic program. Katie Perugini, 2011-2012 president of Lion Ambassadors, and Kristen Roth, leader of the women’s varsity tennis team, come from completely different backgrounds and are involved in totally different parts of campus. But it’s students like them — passionate, enthusiastic, motivated — that make up the real Penn State, the one we all know. And as both girls mention in their feature stories (starting on page 40), a person cannot achieve success on his or her own. The same goes for Valley. Our amazing staff is the reason this magazine is where it is today, and I can’t thank everyone enough

for all of their hard work this year. A special thank you to Design Director Jess Gottschalk and Photography Director Ann Sciandra for working relentlessly to make each issue its very best — and for keeping me sane. Many thanks to Managing Editor Kaitlyn Knopp, whose patience and kindness are unparalleled. And another big thanks to Managing Director Taylor McNamara and the entire business staff for everything they do to make our organization better. I hope you enjoy this issue. We had an amazing time putting it together. If you’re looking forward to the Games in London (I can’t wait!), turn to page 23 for tips on throwing an Olympics-themed party. It’s all about getting in a friendly competitive spirit and trying something new. The DIY jewelry on page 73 is bright and fun and so perfect for spring. Grab your old hoop earrings and take a study break during finals week with this easy-to-do project. Make sure to get outside in the nice weather before you leave for summer. If you’re looking to shake up your exercise routine, check out page 27. We found some ofthe best hiking spots in the area, so grab some friends and go!

Haley Blum Haley Blum


askthe staff

What has been your most embarrassing moment at PSU?

“My most embarrassing moment was when I got a nose bleed at the Big O on Wing Night. I was simply enjoying my wings when my nose began to pour out blood. My hands were covered in sauce and I had no idea what to do! Luckily my friends shoved napkins in my face and a major crisis was averted.”

-Emma Cartwright, graphic designer

“My most embarrassing moment at Penn State would have to be when I was the first one out of my entire lecture hall of 400 kids to finish a quiz, and I tripped and fell down the steps. I went tumbling everywhere and you just heard this big THUD. Everyone started laughing and I just got up and put my hands in the air and everyone started to clap. Tragedy to triumph.”

“My most embarrassing moment at Penn State was when I was skateboarding on Curtin Road and I got into a head-on collision with a biker. Both of us went to pavement and our iPods flew like 15 feet. It wouldn’t have been that bad if it didn’t happen right in front of a fully packed library bus stop.”

“During the first few days on campus as a freshman, I actually asked someone how to get downtown from East Halls. They gave me a funny look pointing toward Pollock and said, ‘Just walk that way.’ After reaching College Avenue, I realized what a stupid question it had been.”

“When I was a freshman, a friend of mine who is a huge fan of football asked me when I was planning to watch a home game. I said, ‘Since it is cold, I’ll wait until the temperature goes up... like in spring?’ He cracked up and told me football is ‘a winter sport.’ Oops.”

-Ian Lopera, photographer

-Morgan Domsohn, stylist

“My most embarrassing moment was last year during the big snow storm when I thought I would be cool and show off my ‘ice- sliding’ skills on College Avenue. Instead I ended up wiping out completely and landing on my face in front of a big group of guys.”

-Rachel Yamin, writer

-Sarah Retchin, writer

-Kasumi Hirokawa, writer

beauty&health we are... beautiful

Veronica Vigilar AGE: 19 YEAR: Sophomore MAJOR: Biology - neuroscience option HOMETOWN: Ashburn, Va. WHAT SHE DOES: President of the Penn State Shotokan Club (Shotokan is a form of karate) HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND: “It keeps me sane,” Vigilar says. She uses the sport as a stress reliever and trains two or three times a day — that’s right, a day — with cardio and various workout circuits. ETIQUETTE ALL AROUND: The five principles of Shotokan, called dojo-kun, are to seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor, refrain from violent behavior and respect others. These principles don’t just apply to the sport, though. Vigilar insists Shotokan has helped her with her studies by giving her a “spark of energy” and a mindset that she can do anything. ADVICE FOR OTHER STUDENTS: “To always have an open mind. No matter where you go, there’s always something to learn, even if it looks or feels weird at first. Always go to training and always give something a try.”

Photo by Lindsay Lipovich

By Shaina Stern



Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs 2.5 oz $72 / 4.2 oz $88 The name of this new Daisy perfume says it all. Its light, bubbly scent is perfect for a long day on campus or a job interview. Even on a gloomy day, you’ll feel as if you’re frolicking in a sunny field filled with fruits and flowers.

Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani 1.0 oz $39.50 / 1.7 oz $62 / 3.4 oz $80

  Start your day off right with this crisp melon scent that smells like you’re wearing exotic water droplets on your skin. Showcase your flirty side and feel like a goddess without overwhelming the person sitting next to you in class.

sensible scents

During spring and summer months, everyone wants to smell sweet. Kat hleen Gormley highlights hot new perfumes of the season from the subtle to the bold.

Chance Eau Tendre by Chanel 1.7 oz $68 / 3.4 oz $90


Bring out your classy side by wearing this younger, vibrant version of Chance Chanel. Delicately infused with citrus and jasmine, this sophisticated scent will leave you feeling confident for that special dinner date or night out.

Forbidden Euphoria by Calvin Klein

Get ready to turn heads with this mysterious, dessert-like fragrance. The combination of wild flowers and passion berries is the perfect scent for a crazy celebration. You’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression at the party.

All perfumes can be purchased at Macy’s at the Nittany Mall. 12


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Illustrations by Kathryn Simpson

1.7 oz $62 / 3.4 oz $80

SUN-KISSED LIPS FOR THE SUMMER Makeup artist Kelly McMurtrie of Looks Hair Design gives us her tips on how to rock knockout lips for any occasion this summer, from choosing a color to application. By Sha ina Stern Lipstick is back. It’s that simple. Believe it or not, while that tube of lipstick rolling around in your purse might be a new addition to your makeup routine, lipsticks have been a cosmetic staple dating back to ancient civilizations — and the appeal of emphasizing a woman’s lips hasn’t changed much since. In terms of biology and attraction, men are subconsciously drawn toward full lips. (Historically, lipstick often was associated with prostitution.) Despite all the ups and downs of lipstick’s popularity throughout time, let’s embrace it while it’s hot — not even for the boys, but for the sake of a fashion statement! Try a deep red for formal events, a bright pink for spontaneous outings and more neutral tones like soft pinks for business set-

Just use common sense, McMurtrie advises. When it comes to application, that’s where precision comes in. To make your color last:


Start with a lip liner, outlining the lip. To make your lips appear fuller, draw slightly outside of your natural lip line.

2 Completely fill in lips with the liner as a base. 3 Apply the lip color (use a brush for more precision).

4 5

Gently blot with a tissue.

Repeat steps three and four at least two more times.

tings (summer internships!).


Photos by Stefan Choquette

Th e r e ’s a r e a s o n eve r yo n e i s t a l k i n g a b o u t s o a k- o f f u l t r av i o l e t g e l n a i l p o l i s h . I t a c h i eve s m a x i m u m m a n i c u r e results without the harsh effects of acrylics — no a p p o i n t m e n t r e q u i r e d . B y L i n d s ay C a r o l l a

Manicures can be expensive, and acrylics can easily chip. Finally, there’s an alternative! Gel polish allows your manicure to last at least two weeks without chipping. A gel manicure begins like any other, but the difference is gel polish needs to harden under an ultraviolet light for 30 seconds between each coat. After three or four layers, and virtually zero drying time, your fingers are finished and fabulous! The only downside is that gel must be professionally removed. However, salons usually only charge if the treatment was done elsewhere. Immediately upon the gel’s removal, your healthy, protected nails are ready for reapplication. You can finally reach in your purse without fear of smudging, though you might have to grab more dough. Most salons charge $5 to $10 more for gel procedures, but the flawless look lasts twice as long, so it’s worth it! beauty & health 13

With the help of Riviera M a r i e A b b o t , s t y l i s t a t Lo o k s Hair Design, the trendiest hairstyles of the summer are totally doable and hot-weathe r p r o o f. B y S h a i n a S t e r n Parts are veering center-scalp. Pulled-back braids and twists reveal long loose waves, flowing recklessly. It’s carefree. It’s messy. That’s the look of this summer. But with outof-control frizz born of humidity and heat, there’s a fine line between a little tousling and a total hot mess. Fuss all you want. Straighten, curl. Spray, style. Without the proper products and tools, a salon look is inevitably out of reach. But with the proper products, any type of hair — long or short, curly or straight — can look in-style. “I don’t like when clients say ‘I wish I could take you home,’ because they can have awesome hair on their own,” Abbot says. “Hair can be fun and easy. You just have to know how to work it.” Start with the perfect iron. Abbot suggests investing in a GHD IV Styler, which can straighten, wave or curl. Not in your budget? Most one- to two-inch barrel irons will suffice to create the gentle waves for this summer’s free-flowing look. Next, hair products are absolutely essential. Abbot advises her clients to use Moroccanoil curl creams and hairspray for a suave and shining look, free of frizz. This line also protects against damage from heat styling and environmental stresses. This season’s carefree styles make it possible to get by without a daily routine of shampooing and conditioning. The perfect sequence is to rock a straighter look on day one, a wavier look on day two and to throw it and tease it up on day three. “Dirtier” hair holds better, and with dry shampoo to absorb natural oils near your roots, you’ll still look and feel clean. After styling, express your artistic side by adding accessories. Top off any summer look with oversized flowers or beaded and braided headbands. Have fun with it! All products available at Looks Hair Design, 228





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Photo by Jennie Lichtenstein

E. Calder Way.



HONEY AND FACE No extra additives, no mixing or pureeing needed. Simply apply the honey directly onto a clean face, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Honey kills germs while reducing swelling and inflammation, making it perfect to assuage skin irritation and acne.

HONEY AND TEA While most sugars hold zero nutritional value, the natural sugars found in honey are a great energy source. Not only does honey add sweetness to your tea, it provides you with a dose of nutrients and antioxidants that boost your immune system. So ditch the sugar and switch to honey as the perfect sweetener for your hot tea!

Honey is more than just sweet syrup, and Manouska Jeantus f o u n d f i ve u n ex p e c t e d , a l t e r n a t i ve u s e s f o r t h e s t i c k y s t u f f.

HONEY EXFOLIATING FACE MASK The accumulation of dead skin cells can dull and age the appearance of skin. Combined with brown sugar as an exfoliant and lemon as an astringent, honey is the perfect ingredient for a mask that is delicious enough to eat, but even better for revitalizing your skin.

INGREDIENTS: 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons natural honey ½ fresh lemon

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine honey and brown sugar, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Stir well. Apply mask to your clean, dry face and neck. Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse.

HONEY AND MILK BATH Honey is a good moisturizer and the physical properties of milk help to break down dead skin cells and replenish skin’s natural proteins. Combine honey and milk together and you’ve got yourself one luxurious, skinpampering mixture.

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons honey

INSTRUCTIONS: Stir milk and honey in bowl. Pour mixture into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. (You can also use this recipe for feet and hands.) Rinse well.

Photos by Ian Lopera

HONEY AND OLIVE-OIL HAIR TREATMENT Pouring honey onto your hair sounds a bit sticky, but it actually can help wash away product build up without stripping away your natural oils. Unlike most moisturizers, olive oil adds luster without heaviness. Warm a mixture of honey and oil, then massage into hair and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse. This treatment is great for any hair type, and your newly hydrated locks will thank you. beauty & health 15

Nothing  says  “spring  has  sprung”  better  than  smooth  and  radiant  skin.  Slough   off  the  remnants  of  winter  with  these  easy  do-­it-­yourself  body  scrubs!  



Nothing says “spring has sprung” better than smooth and radiant skin. Slough off the remnants of winter with these easy do-it-yourself body scrubs! By Manouska Jeantus




The physical properties of sugar include a group of natural acids called alpha hydroxy acids. These can act as a great acne treatment and skin polisher. ,This sweet body scrub option is easy on the skin and provides an overall gentler exfoliation. It’s ideal for lips and sensitive skin, and can be used daily as well as before or after shaving.

Sea salt, in the appropriate amount, is an excellent purifying and detoxing agent for the skin. It draws out impurities and stimulates cell growth. Its coarse texture makes it an ideal scrub for dry patches, razor bumps and tougher skin. Avoid use on sensitive areas and right after shaving.

TIP: Always test on a small area of skin first to check for sensitivity!


TOOLS: Mixing bowl, spatula or spoon, jar or container with lid

Ingredients: ½ cup lightly textured massage oil 1 cup fine sea salt 3 to 6 drops desired essential oil (e.g. lavender, lemongrass, rosemary)

BROWN-SUGAR BODY SCRUB Ingredients: ½ cup ground almonds ½ cup ground oatmeal ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed ¼ cup almond oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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INSTRUCTIONS (FOR BOTH RECIPES): Combine all the ingredients except for the oil, and mix thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Then fold in the oil and continue to mix until you have a paste-like consistency. Reduce or increase the amount of oil to obtain the desired consistency. Make sure to keep any left-over scrub in tightly sealed jar.

Photo by Jennie Lichtenstein

Dry, cold winter weather can really do a number on your skin. Whether you prefer sugar or salt, indulge in spa-quality, do-ityourself body scrubs and say goodbye to the dry, peeling, chafed, crackling feeling of winter skin.



nice smoothie When in need of a morning-slump remedy, bust out your blender to make a fruit smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Rachel Yamin explains how to create a perfect concoction for an instant health boost.

BERRY DARK CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE (Calories: 290) 1 cup frozen or fresh mixed berries 1 tablespoon Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips 1 cup Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry juice 1 serving low-fat raspberry yogurt Ice cubes

This smoothie is bursting with vitamin A for healthy skin and hair, and vitamin C that protects your cells against free radicals.

MINT CITRUS SMOOTHIE (Calories: 175) 1 cup sliced lime and lemons ½ cup sliced orange Mint leaves, to taste ½ cup low-fat orange sherbet ½ cup Trop50 Lemonade Lemon, lime or orange zest, to taste Ice cubes

TIPS FOR HEALTHIER SMOOTHIES Choose fresh or frozen fruit instead of canned Avoid super-sugary yogurts and juices Use low-fat or fat-free yogurts and milks Use protein mixes or a teaspoon of flaxseed to add protein and fiber

BEWARE of these sugar-loaded,

caloric bombs lurking in your nearest food chain! Smoothie King’s The Hulk Strawberry (20 oz) 1,035 calories, 32 grams of fat, 125 grams of sugar Orange Julius’ Blackberry Storm (Medium) 630 calories, 111 grams of sugar Smoothie King’s Peanut Power Plus Grape (20 oz) 749 calories, 22 grams of fat, 107 grams of sugar

Along with the hefty doses of vitamin A and C provided by the fruit, the mint adds essential minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium.

Photos by Sam Florio

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE (Calories: 295) 1 banana 2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut shreds ½ cup pineapple 1 serving Dannon Light & Fit pineapplecoconut yogurt 1 cup Trop50 Orange juice Ice cubes This blend is loaded with potassium, calcium and a nice amount of vitamins B and D for healthy skin and bones.

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Champions have run through this tunnel. Legends have run onto this field.

You can too-Sign up today to Finish at the Fifty! Beaver Stadium 5k Run & Family Fun Walk In Honor of Joe Paterno Blue & White Weekend Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania

To register or find out how to join TEAM PATERNO, visit our website WWW.STADIUMRUN.ORG


Law Enforcement Torch Run

entertainment entertainingU

Katie Montella AGE: 21 YEAR: Junior MAJOR: Integrative arts, photography and graphic design HOMETOWN: Scranton, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: President of Penn State’s Belly Dance Club, which offers beginner and intermediate sessions. HOW SHE GOT STARTED: “Freshman year, I did the Arts and Crafts Center class.” She joined the Belly Dance Club as a sophomore. WHERE THEY DANCE: “We go to a big belly dance convention in the fall and spring. We also did the THON talent show.” WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT HER CLUB: “We do a lot of things as a group, and we get really close with each other. It helps that we’re not a huge group.”

Photo by Lindsay Lipovich

By Noelle Mateer


Happy Valley Museum Tour B e l i eve i t o r n o t , H a p p y Va l l e y b o a s t s a r t ex h i b i t i o n s a s i d e f r o m A r t s Fe s t . G r a b yo u r c a m e r a a n d s o m e f r i e n d s a n d g e t r e a d y t o b r o a d e n yo u r h o r i z o n s w i t h yo u r ow n H a p p y Va l l e y m u s e u m t o u r. We ’ l l m e e t yo u t h e r e . B y R o s s M a r c i n i z y n



Museum spaces aren’t just for art lovers. The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, housed in the Deike Building, hosts everything from paintings and graphic arts to real-life fossils and minerals. When you visit, make sure to check out the interactive earthquake exhibit. The floors of the gallery space contain a small sensor that measures your movements and records them as seismic vibrations on a digital screen. These galleries are mini natural science centers, and they’re available at no cost!




THE PALMER MUSEUM OF ART & DONALD W. HAMER SCULPTURE GARDEN You’ve probably passed by the Palmer Museum of Art many times, but have you ever stopped in to see its impressive permanent collections and traveling exhibits? The Palmer is one of the most significant art museums between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and it’s open at no cost to the public. Visit often to take advantage of its many offerings, including free lectures, gallery talks and gift shop souvenirs.

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THE HUBROBESON CENTER Amid the chaos of the HUB, it’s hard to notice anything but select spots to grab a quick coffee or bite to eat. Apart from its food, drink and study-break options, the HUB offers a few spaces for viewing artwork. The HUB and Robeson galleries are large art spaces that cycle through one or more exhibitions per semester. Adjacent to the HUB Gallery sits Art Alley, a passage of white walls that display a variety of media. Next time you’re in the HUB, pay a quick visit to any of these spots — you won’t be disappointed. This semester, be sure to check out the School of Visual Arts Annual Graduate Research Exhibition, on display until April 29 in the HUB Gallery.

Photo by Stefan Choquette

Be honest — you’ve gotten coffee at the Gallery Café. During your next inter-class break, visit the Zoller Gallery, directly adjacent to the café. Most of the remaining semester will feature graduate-student work, a list of which can be found on the School of Visual Arts webpage.

Right across from the Palmer Museum sits the Patterson Building with its secondfloor lobby exhibition space. Student work is exhibited weekly, so stop in as often as you can to experience ever-changing student art exhibits. Got work of your own you’d like to show? Visit the Patterson Gallery website, which has information and guidelines about exhibiting. about_psu_sova/galleries/patterson_gallery/ patterson_gallery

Fun fact: Directly adjacent to the west side of the museum you’ll find the Donald W. Hamer Sculpture Garden with almost half a dozen large sculptures, including the famous “Lion’s Paws” flanking the main entry to the Palmer. For more information, visit its website — — or stop in to grab a calendar of events.

Fr o m c a s u a l t o f i n e d i n i n g , Cassidy Clauss recommends some upper-crust places for eve r y o c c a s i o n . Pizza is part of nearly every college student’s diet, often eaten as a late-night snack or grabbed on the go. Instead of choosing the bland, not-enough-sauce slice or the too-cheesy piece for a meal, get a “pizza” the action at one of these restaurants offering perfect pies.


Photos by Ian Lopera

At Rotelli (250 E. Calder Way) you can enjoy your pizza in one of two diverse atmospheres. Upstairs, enjoy a nice sit-down meal in a quiet setting, or eat downstairs in front of a giant screen, ideal for game-day entertainment. The menus on both floors include traditional versions of cheese and pepperoni pizzas along with savory specialties such as Pesto and Hawaiian. Another exciting entrée, the BLT pizza, includes the restaurant’s home-style cheese and sauce and adds the flair of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and ranch dressing. This Italian restaurant is a scrumptious choice any way you slice it.



For a taste of the Mediterranean right here in State College, look no further than Bell’s Greek Pizza (214 E. Calder Way). Its Greek Village pizza features an authentic Greek crust topped with favorites like feta, olives, tomatoes and peppers. Bell’s also offers other specialties like spinach, buffalo and lasagna pizza by the slice. Its close-to-campus location makes it convenient to grab a slice and catch up with a friend for a quick yet enjoyable lunch.

Inferno (340 E. College Ave.) may be known for its hot nightlife, but its lunch and dinner are equally sizzling. The crafted personal-size pizzas (big enough to share) are heated in a brick oven with an interesting array of choices. There’s the Garlic Shrimp Vodka, which has a creamy sauce topped with seafood, as well as the interesting Breakfast pizza, a blend of bacon, eggs and potatoes. Whether you opt for a traditional or artisan pizza, the low lights and inviting atmosphere make it a perfect place for that special date.

LIFE OF THE PARTY The wood-fired ovens at Faccia Luna (1229 S. Atherton St.) add a warm, cozy feel to the pizzeria. The menu offers fine Italian pies with a sweet-tasting sauce and a pleasant, crispy crust. For cheese lovers, the Quattro Formaggio packs in a delightful blend of shredded favorites like Parmigiano-Reggiano and Asagio. A delicious choice for an exciting specialty is the namesake Faccia Luna pie, which includes sausage topped with mushrooms and red peppers. The relaxing atmosphere and no-rush environment of the restaurant make it a nice place for a birthday or small gathering.

SPECIAL DELIVERY When you’re the mood to stay in, The Cove (1320 E. College Ave.) is the pizzeria to dial for delivery. It makes New York-style pies with delicious cheeses and hand-crafted thin crust. With an assortment of delicious choices like Chicken Bacon Ranch and Veggie, there is a flavor for everyone. If you’re in the mood for pasta and pizza, order the Chicken Alfredo pizza, which is layered with rich Alfredo sauce and sprinkled with garlic, mushrooms and peppers. Ordering out at The Cove is as easy as pie and great for a girls’ night in. Just remember to fold the slice in half to enjoy it as New Yorkers do.



MADNESS D i d yo u s p e n d h o u r s i n l i n e f o r t i c ke t s t o Av i c i i o r L i l Way n e? N o e l l e M a t e e r w e n t b e h i n d t h e s c e n e s t o f i n d t h e b e s t way t o g e t t h e t i c ke t s yo u wa n t .



Unlike Avicii though, Lil Wayne’s concert didn’t offer general floor tickets, instead opting for assigned seats on every level. But, don’t blame the BJC if your favorite show doesn’t offer general admission — a common complaint at recent concerts. It’s the promoter, acting as the go-between for the venue and the artist’s agent, who determines how the seats will be arranged. In fact, the promoter is often the one who dictates ticket pricing, selling dates and stage placement. “For every show, the map looks completely different,” Bishop says. The BJC just serves as what Kozak calls a “rental facility” for the show. If there’s one thing Penn State ticket offices are in charge of, though, it’s selling tickets. There are four ticket-sales locations: the HUB, Eisenhower Auditorium, the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center and, of course, the Bryce Jordan Center. But where’s the best place to ensure your spot? “The HUB generally sells the most,” says Kozak, but not necessarily as quickly. Bishop points out that although the Penn

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State Downtown Theatre Center has fewer staff members to sell tickets, its convenient downtown location makes it easy to grab coffee or food while your friends hold your spot in line. Plus, many students don’t even know the Center exists. (Are you one of them? Penn State Downtown Theatre Center is on Allen Street, right next to Panera Bread.) If you’d rather stay inside and purchase tickets online, keep in mind that you won’t get the reduced student pre-sale price, which means you may not get your favorite seats. Student pre-sales allow students to purchase tickets at a reduced price before they go on sale to the general public. So, with a valid Penn State ID, students can snatch all the best seats without even paying full price. This just means you need to purchase your ticket in person. The vendors there will sell to capacity as allowed by seat space and fire codes. Only in the rare case of a sold-out show will students be turned away. But with the right combination of promptness and patience, you’ll snag your ticket without a hitch.

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You jammed out to Drake. You rocked on at Lady Antebellum. But no matter how many Penn State concerts you’ve danced, sung and shouted at, chances are what you heard about them was wrong. Rumors fly as fast as ticket lines form, so Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Operations Manager Kevin Kozak and Downtown Ticket Manager Shannon Bishop are here to bust Penn State ticketing myths. First up: BJC sell-outs. You probably heard that Avicii sold out in a couple hours — that’s only partly true. “There’s a perception that we sell out of a lot of shows,” Kozak says. “Shows don’t necessarily sell out here, but the sections people want to sit in sell out.” In the case of Avicii, seated tickets to the show were available long after tickets went on sale. It was only the floor tickets that sold out in just three hours. But, there are exceptions: February 2011’s frenzied Lil Wayne sale, which completely sold out the first day. It was “probably the biggest student sale we’ve had,” Kozak says. All in all, it was a rare occurrence.

DRESS Add a competitive edge to this shindig by inviting your friends to form teams representing different nations competing in the Olympics. Each team should dress like its respective country, wearing the national colors. Since this party is about your own version of the Olympic Games, don’t be afraid to dress yourself in over-the-top, ridiculous outfits. It is a competition after all. Go for the gold!

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DECORATIONS String banners of different national flags (available at local party stores) along the walls. Get competitive and outshine the opposing teams by plastering more of your nation’s decorations than any other country’s.

MUSIC Create a playlist with songs or artists related to the nations represented at your party (and no, we don’t mean national anthems). You’ll be surprised at the popular music you can find that fits the bill. If that doesn’t get you in a party mood, throw in some highenergy jams to put you in the competitive spirit. We recommend the following songs to get your sportsmanship on:

“AMERICANO” — Lady Gaga “EYE OF THE TIGER” — Survivor “99 LUFTBALLONS (99 RED BALLOONS)” — Nena “AMERICAN GIRL” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” — Queen “WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)” — Shakira feat. Freshlyground

FOOD & DRINK Try to find appetizers and drinks that have some connection to the nations you’re representing. Or, experiment with foods and drinks from countries that aren’t represented by your teams. If you don’t have time to make food, simply serve some microwaveable hors d’oeuvres and ready-made beverages. Have fun and try something new! entertainment 23

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Kristin Chiesi AGE: 21 YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Health policy administration HOMETOWN: Easton, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: President of the Future Health Care Executives PREPPING FOR THE FUTURE: “Our main goal is to help students round out their education. We take our members to Chicago for the largest healthcare seminar in the country in March. We also work with the local American College Healthcare Executives (ACHE).” IMPACT AT PENN STATE: “I feel I have been able to teach students how to act as a teacher and administrator. I’ve helped people through résumé and personal-statement building.” ADVICE FOR OTHER STUDENTS: “Be involved. Put your name out there. Really learn how to network with faculty and students.” HOW TO DRESS FOR A PROFESSIONAL SETTING: “Be well groomed, hair brushed, take a shower. Wear a suit and flats — with heels you might trip and stumble. And with makeup, less is more.”

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Th o u g h n o o n e wa n t s t o b e c o o p e d u p i n d o o r s s p e n d i n g h o u r s s o r t i n g t h r o u g h p i l e s o f t a ke o u t b oxe s a n d o l d l a u n d r y, S a r a h R e t c h i n s h a r e s s o m e s i m p l e t i p s f o r h ow t o o r g a n i z e yo u r s p a c e w i t h o u t i t c o n s u m i n g a l l yo u r f r e e t i m e .

There’s no need to grab a toothbrush and get on your hands and knees to scrub every inch of your abode. Reduce the time and effort of spring cleaning with advice from fellow students and Adriane Woodle, manager of downtown home décor store Dwellings (358 E. College Ave.).





“It’s always important to see what you use the most and then make that more important. Put your hangers backward. If you don’t wear something for a year, and that hanger is still backward after all the seasons have passed, you should get rid of it,” Woodle says.

“I live in an apartment downtown,” junior Samantha Hanson says, “and I have a bunch of under-the-bed storage bins in which I keep clothing and sheets. In the closet, I have big divider bins that hold coats, hats and scarves. I don’t have a lot of room but I have a lot of stuff, so that’s my motivation to keep it organized.”

MAKE IT PRETTY. “In my apartment, we have a bookshelf that we put all our dishes and cups on and then put our food in cabinets,” junior Lucy Song says. “We did so to save space, and the dishes in our bookshelf actually look really cool. Some of my roommates bought really colorful plastic sets of dishes. It’s good to have an overall look. Otherwise, it just looks like you threw it together.”

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MAKE IT LAST. The real struggle comes with maintaining your masterpiece, especially if you live in a dorm, when there is such limited space. Make little efforts throughout the week and keep that visual of piled pizza boxes in the back of your mind as motivation. After all of your hard work, you do not want to end back up at square one. Organizing and cleaning your space leaves more possible free time for you and less clutter, physically and mentally.

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It’s best to split the process into tasks to reduce the mind-numbing feeling sometimes associated with cleaning. “By choosing a section of the room and focusing on it for that day, it will actually go faster,” Woodle says. “Some people pull everything out in the open, making a big mess and then don’t want to put it away. So, if you conquer each section day by day, after a few days it’s completely done and organized the way you like.”



S i c k o f t h e g y m o r j u s t i t c h i n g t o e n j oy t h e n i c e w e a t h e r ? S h a i n a S t e r n i nve s t i g a t e s l o c a l h i k i n g h o t s p o t s t o e n j oy a s t h e s e m e s t e r w i n d s d ow n . such as going up and down steep hills, employs different muscles of your legs and body — leaving you feeling worked out and toned. Best of all, with so much scenery and great company, you’ll never be bored. “It gets you outside and gets you active, but it’s not a huge time commitment,” Hoh says, which is important to busy college students. “Even us outdoorsy people have things to do, too.” You don’t need to join a club to go hiking, though. As the weather gets nicer, it’s increasingly easier to fetch some friends, pile in a car and head out for a day trip. If you’re looking for a place to start, plenty of resources on campus and downtown would be happy to share their travels and recommend trips. Try getting in contact with PSOC, Adventure Recreation through Penn State Athletics or talk to the experts downtown at Appalachian Outdoors (123 S. Allen St.). Never been hiking before? No problem. Local trails are fit for anyone and everyone; you don’t need to be a professional or regular. Beginners will be able to find their way through the woods — just be sure to bring a map, no matter how experienced you are. “We’re in the middle of nowhere, but we’re surrounded by really cool things to do,” Hoh says. “If you can take advantage of all these cool things, you feel a lot less like you’re in the middle of nowhere.”

WHERE TO GO: ROTHROCK STATE FOREST: Beautiful glacial area with tons of not-so-challenging hikes. (Hoh’s recommendation: Take the 3.5 mile Bear Meadows loop.)

INDIAN STEPS: Part of the Mid State Trail (4 miles), right behind Tussey Mountain, also in Rothrock State Forest. It’s basically a huge staircase of rocks — which a legend claims was built by Native Americans — more climbing required than other trails.

WHIPPLE DAM STATE PARK: This lake “would be popular if people knew about it,” Hoh says. After a hike, you can lie out at the beach to tan and picnic — snack bar included to refuel after your workout.

BLACK MOSHANNON STATE PARK: “Very doable for day trips,” Hoh says, but it does also have cabins for hospitality. Home to plenty of hiking trails as well as other outdoor sports (such as fishing).

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It’s no secret that State College is plopped smack in the center of Pennsylvania and infamously deemed the Middle of Nowhere by most students and residents. Though the town is seemingly surrounded by nothing more than cows and cliffs, the area’s lack of skyscrapers and crowded highways is a blessing in disguise: There’s nature to take advantage of! “There’s too much to do around here,” says Rachel Hoh, vice president of the Penn State Outing Club (PSOC). Aside from all the hoopla in town and around school, there are mountains to climb, trails to trek and sights to see — all within 20 minutes of campus. “There are really beautiful places out there,” Hoh insists. Everyone hikes Mount Nittany, but few students leave footprints at countless other must-see sites, even after spending four years here. PSOC organizes frequent day trips to these nearby hiking trails, and the club serves as a networking organization to other groups looking for places to explore. A big perk of a hiking trip is that it’s an alternative to a typical gym workout or routine jog. Exercising outdoors can keep you interested and invigorated. Lengths and difficulties of trails differ, so you can decide how leisurely or challenging of an adventure you’d like to take. Hiking various terrain,

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FRESHMAN15 We’re not talking pounds. We’re talking about 15 lessons students wish they had known when they first arrived at East Halls. From clubs and pledging to roommates and State College weather, these 15 tips would have been helpful during Welcome Week. By Lindsay Zeky


“I wish I knew that I should get to know my professors more, especially the ones for my major. They give you opportunities for internships.” – Tiffany Bryla, junior, pre-veterinary


“I wish I knew how to be more active and engaged, like getting involved in THON. I didn’t know what steps to take.” – Olivia Ko, freshman, division of undergraduate studies

“I wish I knew about the bus system and more places to study. I didn’t realize that I should have gone to the library or the Business Building because it was right next to East.” – Cameron Harrison, sophomore, public relations 28


5 “Scheduling is tougher than I thought it would be. It was harder to get into classes I wanted and I went to orientation late and got all the bad times.” – Tom Preston, freshman, chemical engineering

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“I wish I had known that the good friends I made in the beginning of the year I wasn’t going to be as close with later on because we all got in different sororities and keeping in touch is hard.” – Hannah Botelho, freshman, division of undergraduate studies

6 “I wish I got to live off campus. I didn’t know about an official exception form that you can give the housing office to not live in a dorm.” – Sara Alameri, freshman, nuclear engineering

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“Bring an umbrella everywhere! It rains every other day. Oh, and I wish I knew how to do laundry.” – Anthony Purpura, junior, rehabilitation and human services


“Be wise with budgeting. You can easily blow through two grand pretty easily each semester.” – Nick Foreman, sophomore, finance and economics

13 “GPA is the most overrated thing in college, I think. You can only talk about GPA in an interview for, like, 15 seconds. Experience is what employers want.” – Ryan Mead, senior, telecommunications


“If you want an apartment downtown, you have to figure it out by September. I only knew from my roommate’s sister. If she didn’t tell us, I wouldn’t have thought about it until January.” – Mike Uhas, junior, elementary education


“Make friends in classes so if you miss, you can copy notes or if you have a group project you will have people to work with.” – Leah Davis, sophomore, supply chain management

14 “It’s way better to rent textbooks than to buy them. Amazon is 10-times cheaper than anywhere else.” – Zack Kilgore, senior, psychology


“Living on campus is so different from living off campus. Off campus you have to pay bills, cook and grocery shop, and on campus you get everything handed to you.” – Hannah Shabanowitz, senior, pre-veterinary


“I didn’t realize the amount of time you had to put into work. In high school, I memorized everything and got A’s. I got here and had to figure it out the hard way.” – Courtney Ramsey, freshman, management information systems

15 “I wish I knew you could go ice skating at the ice rink.” – Zirah Wei, sophomore, geosciences

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“The problem is that most college stuAll college students have those days they just can’t keep their dents don’t really appreciate the importance eyes open. Kathleen Gormley and positive effects that a good night’s sleep highlights the importance of has on their physical and mental health,” sleep and shares how to prevent Brown says. “College students in late teens those ZZZ’s from limiting your and early 20s are still growing physically productivity. and mentally, and sleep is very important for



growth and healing.” Many students become more health conscious when they enter college because they finally realize their choices now can affect them later in life. Sleep is just as important. “Obviously, when you compromise your nutrition, you compromise your immune system — the same with adequate sleep. You can’t do without it,” Brown says. College students should get between nine and 11 hours of sleep each night (eight is a mythical number) and women need even more sleep than men, according to Brown’s studies. Lack of sleep causes you to perform below your optimum level and “it’s equivalent to being slightly drunk,” Brown says. The last half of your sleep period is key because it’s when your brain is consolidating memory from the day before. If you don’t get that last cycle, your late-night

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Sleep is a basic necessity for our bodies to function properly. Unfortunately, it’s often the first thing college students choose to compromise. Whether it’s to hit the books all night for an exam or to be a social butterfly, sleep is put on the back burner. As a result, you turn into the eye-fluttering, drooling kid in class who ends up with scribbled notes. We’ve all been there and know it feels plain awful. So why are we putting our bodies through this pain? Since the 1960s, Dr. Fredrick Brown, an associate professor of psychology at Penn State, has been studying the neurobehavioral rhythms of life that underlie all human activity. These include the monthly, seasonal and daily (circadian) rhythms for which sleep is key.

studying will have done you no good. If you feel sleep deprived, these healthy recommendations from Brown can help get you back on track. 1) Get the blood pumping: “A brisk, fiveminute walk can rejuvenate you so that feeling of fatigue is dissipated,” Brown says. This will help you wake up your body and brain so you can function until it is time to say good night. 2) Cat nap: Even if brief, a 10- to 15-minute power nap when feeling drowsy will make you more alert. The couch or a comfy chair will suffice because climbing into bed could be detrimental. “If you sleep for more than 20 or 30 minutes, you wake up feeling sleepy and are in a state called sleep inertia,” Brown says. Your body tries to continue sleeping because your circadian rhythm is starting to shift. 3) Quick cup of coffee: Instead of sipping coffee constantly to wake yourself, have just one cup. Brown advises you drink a cup of coffee quickly and then take a nap. It takes about 25 minutes for the caffeine to take effect, so the nap will pass the time and rejuvenate you.



ALUMNI You shouldn’t settle for drab graduation photos! Take a look at all of the possibilities you and your friends have to capture some true college memories. By Megan Prucnal



Downtown State College has been your home away from home for the past four years. It’s time to take a walk downtown and capture the memories of this beautiful borough.

Everyone has a picture at the Lion Shrine, so head to some other Penn State classics, like the library steps, to show your Nittany Lion pride.


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Everyone wants his or her graduation photos to be original, but there’s nothing wrong with recreating the tried and true! And we don’t just mean typical Penn State traditions. Make a new memory with a new take on a timeless photo such as this classic.

REJOICE IN THE EVERYDAY Some of the best memories are made in everyday events. Don’t forget to snag photos of lunches, study sessions and everything in between so you can never forget the little things. self-improvement 31

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Kelsey Cunningham AGE: 21 YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Art history HOMETOWN: Erie, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: Secretary of the Penn State Paranormal Research Society (PRS) JOINING PRS: “We welcome anyone who has [a genuine] interest in the paranormal. Many members join because they want to explain weird things that happened to them in the past, have seen ghost shows on TV or are just interested in this field. We have an interview process to see if you are truly interested.” The club travels to off-campus sites occasionally, so she says they try to keep the club small. GHOST HUNTING ON CAMPUS: “We often go to the library stacks with demonic books and weird stuff in the room with two computers and pretty much nothing else. A girl was stabbed there ... It’s one of the unsolved mysteries on campus.” HAUNTING EXPERIENCES: “In the past when we did a ganzfeld experiment — you put on goggles and earphones connected to a radio that only plays static noise — [in Schwab Auditorium], some members of PRS reported seeing bits and pieces of what happened years ago. One girl started to recite the lines of a play she didn’t know.” It turns out they were lines of a play performed at Schwab, Cunningham says.

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By Kasumi Hirokawa


Being the girl w ho does everything might not be all it ’s cracked up t o b e . A l ys s a S w e e n e y i nve s t i g a t e s h ow Ty p e A personalities affect professional, academic and personal successes, and what it means for a person’s overall happiness.





tient, creative, thoughtful, relaxed, imaginative, socially available and unconcerned with time constraints. Type A’s, on the other hand, have organization, a strong work ethic, impatience, aggression, self-discipline, competitiveness and a preoccupation with schedules and speed. A great example of this breed can be found in Alexis Morgan, a Penn State senior double majoring in public relations and broadcast journalism with a French minor. With a resume to rival some university officials and an experience repertoire as long as her perfectly styled hair, she epitomizes the go-getter. You could say she’s preoccupied with schedules — or four simultaneous calendars in her datebook, to be more precise — and each day is planned out hour by hour. “I have a goal list, with my shortterm, intermediate and long-term goals,” Morgan says. “Every week I sit down and analyze what I’m doing to help me achieve these goals.” Morgan maintains a high-energy vegetarian diet and cardio-workout regimen. She models on the side, juggles three internships and just started her own public relations firm, The Dream Agency. She hasn’t had a cup of coffee to drink in months. Her socks always, always match. Apparently, Type-A girls’ dryers don’t eat socks. One may safely conclude having these Type-A personality traits leads to good grades, professional success and physical fit-

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At 8 a.m. on an icy January morning, the only sounds to be heard in the White Building are the low hum of fluorescent lights, clicks of the desk worker’s mouse and the slam of a single locker door in the distance. You would think it’d be crazy to be out of bed and on an elliptical before the gym is even entirely lit, but not for Emily Miller. The junior bioengineering student and 2011 chief of administration of her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority is a morning regular. “I work out five to six days a week, almost always in the morning,” Miller says. “I just make a schedule, and I stick to it.” There’s something that gets students like Miller out of their warm beds and onto a cardio machine. The same thing goes for students in the library early on a Saturday morning, or those girls that look like they’re on a catwalk when they walk down the Willard hallway. They’re the straight-A beauties, best-dressed presidents and marathonrunning pre-med students. But what kind of inspiration, motivation or biological mutation were they born with that makes them just so ... awesome? What do they have that most other college girls struggling to balance their lives don’t have? The Andrew Goldsmith Theory, a psychology concept researched since the 1950s, may be the answer. It separates people into two personality types: “Type A” and “Type B.” Though not always an exact science, typically Type B’s are more laid-back, pa-

ness. However, some experts say there can be drawbacks to this lifestyle. Dr. Cheryl Dellasega, author and professor of humanities in the Penn State College of Medicine, warns that hyper-motivation can negatively impact a woman’s mental health. “If they’re rigid around their goals to an extreme degree, and if they’re continually anxious and stressed out, that is not healthy,” Dellasega says. Dellasega says she believes women today try to juggle too much. Realistic self-monitoring of stress levels, extreme moods and eating habits is important to maintain mental health and avoid potentially dangerous dieting, she says. In his book Type A Behavior and Your Heart, medical doctor Meyer Friedman found Type A’s have darkened skin pigmentation around the eyes caused by pituitary secretions in reaction to stress. He also conducted studies that associated Type-A personalities with coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and blood clotting. Matters of the heart are also in danger at an emotional level when it comes to Type A’s. Morgan says her busy schedule creates distance in her friendships and family relations. “I definitely made sacrifices, especially in my social life,” Morgan says. “I don’t have a ton of close friends, because I never get to see anyone.” There’s so much we can learn from Type A’s — promptness, organization, drive, discipline and time management — that would make us better students, better employees, better leaders and more productive, well-rounded individuals. Striving for these attributes is still a worthwhile pursuit. Every woman should just be careful not to overdo it. Morgan shared her one fear of the future, her one college regret. “Sometimes, I’m scared that when I look back, I’ll think I’ve been too career-focused and didn’t have as much fun as I could’ve,” she says. “When you’re young is the time to have fun, when you’re old is a time to work.” Hard work will almost always be rewarded with success, but success and happiness aren’t always synonymous. In the greater scope of things, there may be more to college and life than perfection.

A TWIST IN TIME ZONES These three Penn State students have already taken the leap across the ocean to foreign campuses, and they’ve figured out the time zones aren’t the only things that are different about studying abroad. By Kathleen G o rmley YEAR: Junior HOMETOWN: Middle Village, Queens, N.Y. MAJOR: Energy, business and finance WHERE & WHEN DID YOU STUDY? Vienna, Austria for Fall 2011

ADVICE FOR STUDYING ABROAD: “Keep a journal or a blog so you can look back on it all!”


SARAH DARCY YEAR: Junior HOMETOWN: Lansdale, Pa. MAJORS: Advertising, Spanish & international studies

WHERE & WHEN DID YOU STUDY? Alicante, Spain for Fall 2011

“Everything closes a lot earlier at 5 or 6 p.m., and classes are later in the evening,” says Guelly. It may feel like you walk forever across Penn State’s giant University Park campus, but there is a lot more walking in Austria, she says. In Europe, Guelly also says she realized that people are a lot less fake and don’t say, “Hey, how are you?” as often. “They are not trying to be rude,” she says. “They just keep to themselves more so than we do.”

STEPHANIE SAPOL YEAR: Junior HOMETOWN: Sparta, N.J. MAJOR: Public relations WHERE & WHEN DID YOU STUDY? Florence, Italy for six weeks of Summer 2011

ADVICE FOR STUDYING ABROAD: “Go with a friend, because it’s a lot easier to meet people and being with Americans helps to experience the culture.”



“Try your best to stay off the computer and Facebook because although you want to keep in touch with friends at home, you waste the experience. And don’t make friends with just Americans!”

“Lunch is the bigger meal of the day, so most people go out for that instead of dinner,” she says, “and the food was amazing! People ate a lot of the Viennese Wienerschnitzel, the specialty dish of the city, and other heavy, fatty foods. The country was also big on dessert.” “Also, it’s very hard to get things to-go. You have to specify, especially with coffee,” which she says is very popular in the city. “And everything is smaller in comparison to America.”

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DAILY LIFE AND CAMPUS: “School went all day and lunch is the big meal at 2 p.m., and then a very small dinner at 9 p.m. People also wouldn’t go out until midnight,” Darcy says. The campus was similar to any picturesque American campus, Darcy says, although the actual classes had some differences. “The classrooms had a more casual attitude,” she says. “People would just yell out and not raise hands.”

FOOD: Tiny pastries, double-strength coffee, gelato, cannolis and pizza were some common foods during Sapol’s stay in Florence. “The pasta was light as air and was the most delicious thing ever,” she says. “Everything just tasted like it came fresh from the earth instead of made in a factory.”

FOOD: Darcy says she noticed that people eat more carbs and use a lot of olive oil. “For lunch I usually ate a rice dish, and a small sandwich for dinner with ham, bread and oil,” she says.

“The place that we studied was the Palazzo Rucellai, a palace that was owned by a very prominent family in Italy. Our campus was the city of Florence with all the cathedrals and vineyards,” says Sapol. “There was a lot of hands-on experience and interaction with what you were learning. I learned better because of it!” Sapol notes that everybody in Italy was usually up pretty early and also stayed out until around 2 a.m., even younger children. However, they did not drink like Americans, she says, and only sipped wine. “All the Italians were extremely friendly,” she says, “but sometimes the men would come on a little too strong when they wanted your attention.”

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As if students aren’t busy enough, these six amazing designers have found the time to turn their imaginations into actual businesses. By Kiersten Ferno



Between pursuing an accounting career — she’s locked down an internship this summer in New York City with consulting firm KPMG — swimming competitively for and acting as vice president of Club Swimming and being webmaster for the Alpha Kappa Psi professional co-ed business fraternity, Balz somehow finds design time. “I like Vera Bradley, but it’s so expensive, so I made my own version,” Balz says. “Both my grandmas sewed — every year I’d have a new Easter dress. I guess I got the genes!” Above everything else, Balz says designing duffel bags and tailored Halloween costumes is a pride thing. “It feels good to get a compliment and be able to say, ‘I made it.’ Plus, no one else ever has your costume!” They may look like typical tough guys, but junior Ryan Stauber and his design partner, Tony Lagamba, a graduate of the Art Institute, started designing and selling a clothing line two years ago. “We started with an idea and a list of 20 possible names for the line,” says Stauber,

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a public relations and management major. They picked CONG CLOTHING. “It felt perfect for our style of designs — short, catchy and it sounds raw,” he says. Stauber mostly handles the business side of logistics and marketing, while Lagamba handles the majority of the design work, having recently completed a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Lagamba pursued design as a hobby originally, but ended up falling “in love with it and the fashion realm.” The pair was invited recently to participate as a designer for SPIRIT Fashion Show 2012 hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, about which both Stauber and Lagamba say they are excited. They are working hard to develop a new line for the April 14 show that embodies their edgy brand in everything from dresses and handbags to jewelry, a new direction for Cong Clothing. “We’re not afraid to do other things,” Stauber says. “We’re against having a mission statement. I’m against having to design with an objective,” Lagamba says. Although they are both from Pittsburgh

Photos by Yuting Zhang, Cong Photo courtesy of Cong Clothing

Where most students have a stack of books in their apartment, MARIELLE BALZ has her latest investment — a brandnew sewing machine — out and ready so she never again has to pay for a Vera Bradley duffel or an overpriced Halloween costume. Home economics is a least-favorite class for most high school students, but Balz says she was lucky enough to have the option of taking a clothing design class instead at her high school in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She had originally planned to go to school for fashion design, but the idea of developing a portfolio before graduating from high school was too daunting. “I’ve always loved fashion, but I can go back to school for it. I want to own a clothing store eventually, and learning the business side of things will help with that,” says Balz, a junior accounting major. She decided to pursue this opposite end of the spectrum and was accepted into a masters of accounting (MAcc) program at Penn State, which is a highly competitive group of accounting students who will be certified public accountants before graduating.

originally and their line includes a couple of tees with “hometown flavor,” their goal is not simply to “rep their city.” “I almost don’t care about where I’m from,” Lagamba says. “We’re just getting designs out there and enjoying it.” Stauber says they want to make a career out of Cong Clothing. “We’re just going to keep plugging away,” he says. Prophetically, Lagamba’s family works in the design market, so it wasn’t hard for the partnership to get contact information for clothing producers. But it was up to the two of them to make the calls and establish relationships to make their dream a reality. To check out some of this up-and-coming brand, visit

to form LÉGONDAIRE, and to face racism head on with tanks and tees that call it like they see it. The team includes Nene Ikpechukwu, a senior studying economics and psychology, and Pepita Mhando, a senior studying biology and African American studies. Légondaire designs include everything from prints of people’s Twitter handles to “Legends never die. R.I.P. JoePa” tees. Some designs are somewhat offensive, but depict real stereotyping language. One tank displays two boxes: one says “African” and the other says “Pet Lion.” The “African” box is check-marked, and the “Pet Lion” Some students would rather avoid the box is crossed out. fact that prejudice still exists, even on Penn “ ‘Leave your mark. Be LéState’s campus. But Sika Marlene Abbey, a gondaire.’ That’s our tagline,” senior studying political science, French Ikpechukwu says. “We want to and African American studies, has teamed print designs that are optimistic up with two other socially conscious friends or funny, but mostly ones that create commentary on stereotypes.” Cong Clothing The girls are open about the many times they have heard uneducated and inconceivable comments directed at them because of their ethnic backgrounds, and how they want the Légondaire brand to make a social-conscious statement. “I’m an international student from Nigeria,” says Ikpechukwu, who has an uncle who went to PSU. “We all have family in Africa. Our hometowns are there.” Abbey is from the Republic of Togo, and Mhando is from Tanzania. The Légondaire trio’s ultimate goal is giving back not only to the Penn State community, but to their communities in Africa as well. They teamed up with the Scholastic Trust for Academically Resourceful Students Foundation (STARS), which was started by fellow Penn Staters. Légondaire donates 10 percent of its profits to the fund, sponsoring African children so they can go to school all the way through high school.

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“Education is a real way to combat poverty,” Abbey says. “You can be an ordinary person and do something good.” The idea for the brand came to Abbey during finals week of Fall 2011, she says. Ikpechukwu is the artist who always doodles figures in her notebooks and likes to stand out from the crowd. “I like to find out what’s in and wear what’s out,” Ikpechukwu says as she laughs. Mhando says she loves fashion and is good at distinguishing right and wrong, and so Abbey chose them both to work on the line. “They make it complete,” she says. As seniors, the trio say they believe they’ve done all they can for their education through Penn State, so now they have asked themselves, “What else can we do?” Besides their line of tops, a jewelry line is the next step for the Légondaire team. “We want people to wear and ‘own’ the line,” Abbey says, “not the shirts to wear the people.”

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Some Penn State students will wa lk down the aisle before walking across the stage at graduation. Leah Polakoff takes a look at what makes couples want to marry young, and if age really matters or not.

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who make more money tend to have happier marriages. She recommends people wait until they finish college and have a stable job before getting married. “In terms of preparing yourself economically and socially, it’s to one’s advantage to go to college,” Cohan says. “On average, people who have higher incomes stay married longer.” So why do some teenagers and people in their early 20s want to get married? It’s not necessarily because of pregnancy, as 40 percent of births are to unmarried women. Decades ago, the most logical thing for a pregnant woman to do was marry the father of her child to prevent family conflict, as well as to avoid a loss of social status. However, today’s culture holds many more options. Dr. Stacy Silver, associate professor of sociology and human development at Penn State, says women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and their own lives in today’s age, meaning marriage isn’t the only option. “Pregnancy before marriage is something to be less ashamed about. We have a lot more support today,” she says. “It’s much more a part of our culture these days.” Military members often marry at a young age because of benefits they receive when they have a spouse. The couple is allowed to live together on base and the pay is increased.

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DO I LIKE MY PARTNER? Is this person my friend? Do I enjoy spending time with them? Can I trust them? Can we communicate effectively?

DO WE HAVE A PLAN? What will our life be like together? Where am I going to work?

DO WE HAVE COMMON GOALS? Do we want to live in the same city? Does he want to travel while I want to stay at home?

AM I COMPLETE? Am I looking to marry this person to complete me and give me a life? ... Or are they just the cherry on my sundae?

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These two words change a person’s life forever. By saying this simple phrase, two people are bonded for a lifetime expectation of love, happiness and commitment. Two words, two people and one long life together. Some young people are starting that life together at the same time as studying for exams. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 17 percent of married people in 2011 were between the ages of 15 and 24. While this number may not seem high, some wedding coordinators and college students are noticing younger couples walking down the aisle before they walk across the graduation stage. Statistically speaking, couples married at a young age are more likely to eventually split up. A couple’s chance of divorce decreases with each year they wait to get married, says Catherine Cohan, research associate in marriage and family relations and communications at Penn State. “We can tell you that people who marry at 18 or 19 have a much higher divorce rate. If you can put it off to age 23, statistically speaking, you’re going to have a better outcome,” Cohan says. One of the highest risk factors for divorce is a low income, Cohan says, and couples

Despite the benefits of being married while in the military, Silver still recommends not marrying at a young age if a partner is being deployed. “It’s such a huge experience. The guy [or girl] is going through something very intense, they’re both young,” Silver says. “Wait it out, have a long-distance relationship, keep getting to know each other and get to know yourself.” When the couple is certain they are ready for marriage, their chances of staying together increases, she says. Many people are so blindsided by the thought of planning a wedding that they don’t think ahead to the actual marriage. The idea of loving and being loved often overrules the maturity and communication skills required in a successful marriage. Dena Gazza, the wedding coordinator and financial assistant at the Eisenhower Chapel in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, says she has noticed a change in the ages of the weddings she plans and the maturity levels of the younger couples. “With college students, it’s the parents who try to plan the wedding, not the student,” Gazza says. “The younger they are, the more naïve they are.” “We’re a social species,” Silver says. “We want to bond and we want to pair up.” But with conventional ideas of marriage changing, “some of the old rules about the world aren’t so trustworthy anymore.” According to Silver, a person should be able to answer the following questions before committing to a marriage at a young age:



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W h e n t h e d ay e n d s , t h e w o r k h a s j u s t b e g u n f o r s o m e U n i ve r s i t y P o l i c e o f f i c e r s . K a s u m i H i r o k aw a t a ke s a l o o k a t h ow t h e y ke e p o u r c a m p u s o n e o f t h e s a f e s t i n t h e n a t i o n . Monday night, 11 p.m., Eisenhower Parking Deck. Past its glass doors, the University Police Office is still busy. Citations and crime records are sorted into cardboard boxes and piled by a door separating reception and offices from storage. Uniform-clad officers walk in and out of offices where muffled voices are the sole noise. Lieutenant Jason Zajac has led his night patrol team from this office for 10 years. “We work 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Zajac says. “[On] all holidays, someone is here to help.” The University Police department is just like any other police department, except it works exclusively with cases involving university students, faculty and staff. There is a police station at each of Penn State’s campuses in addition to the one at University Park. The on-campus police facility offers many services such as self-defense classes, alcohol and sexual assault awareness workshops and even an area for hunters to securely store their firearms for free.

“We don’t have a jail here,” Zajac says, but the University Police can take persons in custody for testimonials. For Zajac’s team member Officer Nick Sproveri, this Monday night has just begun. Sproveri’s day begins after everyone else’s ends. He patrols around campus and downtown and responds to emergency calls. Walking in the parking deck, he ignores the parked white police cars and instead opens the door of a plain navy car. “This guy’s unmarked. I like to drive this to catch DUI drivers,” he says. He turns on the blue and red siren lights to prove it is no less of a police car. Between the front seats is a monitor that resembles a desktop computer screen, complete with a keyboard. He turns on the device. Apart from its GPS-like features, this mobile data terminal, as it’s called, also can scan license plates to see if a car has been stolen. Sproveri says he likes to get out of his car and walk around once in a while. “When you walk around, you find things you don’t when you’re driving,” he says.

Working a 10-hour night shift makes it necessary to adjust a normal sleeping schedule. “I try to be in bed by 9 to 9:30 a.m. [and] get up around 4 or 5 in the afternoon,” Sproveri says. He has no prescribed breaks, he says, because everyone’s workload is unpredictable, but officers usually have “down times.” Some nights they don’t receive any calls; some nights the phone doesn’t stop ringing. Having been an officer for more than a year and a half, Sproveri says he gets the most satisfaction out of calling theft victims after retrieving stolen belongings. But the satisfaction of his job comes at a price. “[I’ve] missed some family functions due to my job,” he says. This is why night-shift workers need to have understanding loved ones. “I try to make the most of my days off to hang out with my girlfriend.” Despite the disadvantages, the job’s worth it, he says. “I like to serve the community and help people,” Sproveri says, “I’m dealing with something different every time. I’m constantly learning something new.” campus culture 39



(Cover) Kristen: green dress, Mr. Charles; teal earrings, Mr. Charles, tan wedges, The Shoe Box; Katie: orange patterned dress, Mr. Charles; tan Mia wedges, The Shoe Box; gold circular earrings, Dwellings; ring, stylist’s own (this page) patterned stripe dress, Mr. Charles; wedges, The Shoebox; snakeskin belt, Mr. Charles; orange blazer, Mr. Charles; teal teardrop earrings, Mr. Charles; ring, stylist’s own; orange chiffon dress, Mr. Charles; woven wedges, The Shoe Box; gold swirl earrings, Mr. Charles; ring, stylist’s own Hair and makeup by Tanya Rissmiller, Lipstick Salon and For Men Only Hair Salon

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O n e ’s t h e h e a d o f a p r e s t i g i o u s s t u d e n t g r o u p , t h e o t h e r ’s a r o l e m o d e l va r s i t y a t h l e t e . Th e y ’ r e t w o d i f f e r e n t l e a d e r s f r o m d i f f e r e n t p a r t s o f c a m p u s , but Katie Perugini and Kristen Roth both represent the best of Penn State. P h o t o g r a p hy by A n n S c i a n d r a campus culture 41

Peach dress, Connections; gold earrings, Dwellings; gold cuff, Dwellings; Mia wedges, The Shoe Box

Call me Kristen Ever seeking another opportunity to travel, Kristen is already researching trips for after graduation. “If I’m going to study abroad, it’s not just going to be to study abroad, it’s going to be study abroad and help kids, or do an internship.”

Detail oriented to a point, she cannot stress planning ahead enough. “People make fun of me so much because I have a planner, and it’s a middle school planner, like with the big columns and everything.”

kristen For her honors thesis, she tried to write about athletes in the Schreyer Honors College, only to discover she was one of the few Schreyers athletes in existence. “I mean, I understand why. There’s so many hours and you have your thesis. So I changed my thesis, and I’m doing it on rhetoric and the importance of character.”

K r i s t e n R o t h i n s p i r e s a s a s t a n d o u t s t u d e n t a n d a t h l e t e , maintaining a family legacy of giving back around the world. By Kaitlyn Knopp



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Sitting in the Starbucks on Garner Street, Kristen Roth appears carefree, her long brown hair loose and minimal makeup on her tanned face as she chats about her boyfriend, classes and friends. When I mention her success, however, she brushes it aside with a smile.

“I can’t take all the credit for things,” Roth says. “If you win, it’s not just you … It’s everything coming together for that moment.” She revisits this sentiment often, explaining how best friends Liz and Julie keep her sane, boyfriend Alvaro keeps her motivated, coach and teammates push, parents inspire. But don’t let that fool you. A four-year Penn State varsity tennis player, Schreyer Honors College student, Paterno Fellows Program member, global philanthropist and graduating senior heading toward law school with a GPA just over 3.9 and three majors, Roth is a shining star of achievement and determination all on her own. Which makes sense, since achievement and determination are in her blood. “Both of my parents grew up in Romania … [and] Romania was communist at the time. So obviously, communist country, very harsh rules, very tough to live in those conditions,” Roth says, eyes shining. “So my dad ended up escaping.” Not as easy as she makes it sound. Her dad swam a mile across the Danube River at night, avoiding patrols and spotlights to land in what used to be Yugoslavia, where he scaled a cliff, then survived in the woods alone for three days before being taken to a refugee camp. After, thanks to a legal vouch from a brother-in-law in the United States, the U.S. Embassy granted Roth’s father asylum and $75 to start over in America at the age of 35. His battle continued as he helped his wife out of Romania despite the country’s government forbidding her passage as punishment for his escape. After two years, he succeeded, and a year later Kristen was born in Philadelphia. “When I was about 6 or 7, he took us to the place where he swam across. I was so young, but I still remember it now, looking across the river saying, ‘Wow, you swam that whole way and climbed that?’ ” Roth

says. “At that point I couldn’t grasp it, but now looking back, it’s unbelievable how he did that. My dad is my role model.” Roth’s parents never stopped inspiring her since that young age. She vividly recalls car trips cross country back in Romania after it was safe to visit again. They hiked in the Alps, slept in tents in the woods and donated clothes and food to underprivileged Romanian people. “Just go for everything, enjoy life, go for what you really want, take risks, put yourself out there,” Roth says, reflecting on what her father’s experience means for her. “That’s what my dad really did.”

This is also exactly what Kristen has done. She decided as a Penn State freshman she only wanted to take courses she really enjoyed and, above all else, she wanted to study abroad. She easily met these goals with majors in Spanish, international studies and communications arts and sciences (on the pre-law track). She’s visited more than 28 countries and most of the states in the United States, and is proficient in five languages — English, Romanian, French, Spanish and Russian. Not every trip across time zones was for entertainment, though. Roth has volunteered on humanitarian trips to Australia and Costa Rica, as well as donated time to a

program in Philadelphia, all through Penn State and the Hamlin Family Foundation. “Seeing my parents give back and helping others, it made me happy seeing that we’re helping other people, so from a young age that’s what I learned,” Roth says. “It definitely influenced me.” On her most recent volunteer trip during the summer of 2011, Roth tutored high school students in an impoverished and downtrodden area of San José, Costa Rica, that she says is known as Costa Rica’s “crack capital.” “The thing is, in Costa Rica a lot of students drop out,” Roth says. “I think it’s like 50 percent don’t graduate.” Roth and other volunteers worked at a school for a month and a half. They cleaned trash from school courtyards, tutored in a room containing three bookshelves that served as “the library” and tried to inspire students as old as 19 to graduate high school and attend college, rather than drop out and become a drug dealer — a common occurrence, Roth says. “I remember this one kid whose professors said, ‘Oh, he’s a problem child, he’s never going to graduate,’ ” Roth says. “He was at my tutoring session every day I was there. And by the end, he was the most improved.” “It made me realize if you just focus on a student and make him believe that he can do it, he will,” Roth says. It would appear this ability to inspire has also aided Roth’s success as a varsity tennis player. After being on the tennis team for four years, Roth was thrilled to announce the Penn State tennis team is now ranked 46th in the country after being unranked for four years. “Tennis is my life here,” she says. “The team has been my family since freshman year. They’ve just been so supportive.” Roth has played tennis since she was 8 years old and was once ranked as one of the nation’s top five tennis players. With 7 a.m. workouts, and tournaments every week on top of classes, it’s hard to imagine how she manages to still give so much back through volunteerism. “For me, it’s just making other people feel cared for,” Roth says. “And if that can bring them happiness, then I’m happy, too.”

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he first thing you notice about Katie Perugini is that she’s short. The second is the bouncy, dirtyblond curls. The third is that she’s shaking your hand. The fourth thing, if you’re still keeping track, is that you’re smiling. Perugini, a senior public relations major and the president of Penn State’s prestigious Lion Ambassadors, has a contagious grin and speaks with pointed enthusiasm. “I’m a doer,” says Perugini of her work style, which her demeanor confirms. “I love getting my hands dirty, being behind the scenes. I like being able to have an idea, talking to people and saying, ‘All right, let’s do this thing.’ ” “She’s always upbeat,” says Renea Nichols, senior lecturer in advertising and public relations and Perugini’s former professor. “You would never know if Katie was having a down day.” Perugini’s always been a doer. From her days as high school class president to her involvement with the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) as an underclassman, there rarely has been a time when she’s not doing something. “There’s no reason why at Penn State, during your four years of undergrad, that you should be involved in something you don’t want to do or that you’re not passionate about,” says Perugini, from West Wyoming, Pa. “I’m absolutely in love with every single thing that I do at Penn State. So while I’m busy, I still absolutely love it, and it’s worthwhile.” That wasn’t always the case, though. “[With UPUA], I was like, ‘This has to be my thing. This has to be the way that I’m going to leave my mark on Penn State.’ ” Wise words from Nichols prompted Perugini to rethink the way she saw extracurricular involvement. “She told me, ‘Follow your own path.’ And that to me was like, duh! Why did I lose that?” Perugini says. “Once I kind of changed my direction a little bit, I think it opened up so many more options for me once I realized, ‘Oh, wait. I don’t have to do this. I don’t have to do anything. There are other things out there to do.’ ” Since joining Lion Ambassadors as a sophomore, Perugini has spent a good amount of time walking backward around campus. Giving tours helped her learn to think quickly on her feet, especially in cases of awkward questions from parents. 44


“A mother has asked me what a walk of shame is,” says Perugini, laughing at the memory. “You just kind of have to laugh and giggle about it and somehow use your best judgment and shrug it off in some way.” But as president of an organization that is seen as a face of the Penn State student body, she’s dealt with far more serious matters since the fall of 2011. While she doesn’t directly oversee the organization of campus tours, she says she was proud of the resilience of each tour guide and Lion Ambassadors member in light of the sex scandal surrounding former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

“There are so many parts on the tour where we just want to gush about Joe Paterno and the Paternos, or Graham Spanier being such a student-friendly president,” she says, “so that was tough, I think, for the people giving tours, to recalculate a little bit and use their judgment on what would be appropriate.” “It was something that brought us together,” Perugini says, “and we’ve all said, ‘With a challenge, with something like this, comes an opportunity.’ We’ve been given a curveball, and it’s up to us to decide how we want to come out of this. And I think that we came out better.” Perugini has a “great personality, is so outgoing, so willing to meet others,” says Liz Jordan, executive vice president of Lion Ambassadors.

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“She’s also very, very humble. She finds that happy medium where she can convey both of those things, which I think is a really great quality in someone.” Day to day, Perugini works to make Lion Ambassadors — an organization that not only holds campus tours for prospective students but organizes events to honor and celebrate Penn State’s rich history — even better for those who will come after her. “A lot of her ideas that she bounces off of me are for the future,” Jordan says, “upholding our standards of excellence and [thinking about] how the organization can improve in the long run.” And Perugini’s concern for making things better extends beyond Lion Ambassadors, and even Penn State. Perugini, who has minors in political science and environmental inquiry, survived the sweltering summer of 2010 in Washington, D.C., to intern for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This was the summer of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, thrusting her into first-hand experience with crisis communications. “I would take phone calls and sometimes they would be reporters or producers trying to get an interview with a scientist, and sometimes it would be a local fisherman just calling to tell us about how we had closed some part of the ocean that was responsible for his livelihood,” she says. “And a lot of the times I didn’t know what to say. I just had to use my best judgment. “I tried to be a real person instead of just someone who was dismissive, because I really did care, and I think that was the beginning of my understanding of the connection between the environment and people.” Watching a government agency responding to a national environmental crisis “confirmed my beliefs that nothing’s really clear-cut, nothing’s black and white at all,” she says. “It’s typically complicated and messy and gray.” After her internship with NOAA affirmed her passion for the environment, she started to intern for Penn State’s Center for Sustainability. Graduation in May will mark the end of three semesters with the center, which Perugini calls “one of my favorite things that I’ve done here at Penn State. “It is such a collaborative environment, and I really only can hope that I can find an environment like that to work in when I graduate,” she says. Because without collaboration, success is impossible, Perugini says. “You can’t be successful alone.”


Katie Perugini, 2011-2012 president of Lion Ambassadors, finds success o n h e r ow n p a t h . B y H a l ey B l u m

Call me Katie

At 4 feet 11 inches, Katie says she’s sometimes insecure about her height but that it’s prompted her to work hard. “When someone underestimates you, you can use it to your advantage. I think it’s really motivated me throughout my life.”

Moving often while growing up made her adaptive. “It was a challenge, and I love challenges. I love getting thrown in somewhere by myself and have to make something out of nothing.”

Her dream job? Owning an eco-friendly bed and breakfast or event venue, “somewhere where I can creatively incorporate environment, sustainability and strategic communications.”

Blue dress, Connections; red belt, Connections; red earrings, Dwellings; ring, stylist’s own

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Danny Ferrell AGE: 20 YEAR: Sophomore MAJOR: BFA drawing HOMETOWN: Flint, Mich. STYLE ICON: “I really love Tom Ford. His clothing is impeccably made, and any man who wears his clothing always looks gentlemanly.” PERSONAL STYLE: “I would describe my style as somewhat preppy with a bit of an edge. Recently, I’ve been into carrying messenger bags to class. They’re an awesome alternative to a backpack, and they add a certain something extra to any outfit I am wearing.” BEST STYLE TIP: “Don’t submit to the conventional notions of what men find to be attractive. Too often I see dresses that do not flatter the figure because there is this idea that all men are seeking skimpiness. What men are truly yearning for is a girl with confidence, someone who is radiant on the inside and out.” DREAM CAREER: “I want to be a successful and happy artist. I cannot envision myself doing anything that does not require a heavy amount of creativity. I am not happy unless I am expressing myself through art.”

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By Emily Grier






Of the many shopping excursions downtown, Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch are known for creating the perfect playlists for shoppers. Urban Outfitters created a music site that showcases the artists playing in the store while offering free, downloadable music on its Music Mondays. Shoppers can gain inspiration from the music and incorporate the mellifluous vibe into their own individual styles. Urban Outfitters has a very boho-hipster feel, which is truly emphasized by the songs chosen to play in the store. The songs are definitely not Top-40 radio hits. While shopping, it’s important to find pieces that reflect your personal style. Yet, even if you wouldn’t categorize your style as boho-chic or edgy, this gives you the perfect opportunity to step outside the box. Urban Outfitters is one of those stores you could stay in for hours due to the sweet jams, wide selection of clothing and fun accessories and decorations.

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Abercrombie & Fitch also has its own radio channel online. This music is generally more recognizable, featuring well-known pop artists. Katie Kemper, manager of the downtown State College Abercrombie & Fitch, says the store plays artists such as Katy Perry, Adele and Rihanna. The music fits the vibe of the collections within the store. Abercrombie & Fitch encompasses the feeling of what it is to be young, fun and free! “The music we play is upbeat,” says Kemper, “and our goal is for shoppers to have an enjoyable experience.” Music may be the muse to your personal style, or just something you listen to while on the hunt for a great buy. Either way, sometimes it’s the experience that sparks your desire to shop rather than the clothes themselves. So, next time you enter a store, take a second and listen to the music. Let your ear be your guide to the perfect outfit. Perhaps you’ll acquire some new music to listen to as well!

Photo by Ann Sciandra

Music and style are two of the most interconnected cultural norms sparking interest in today’s society. Both play a key role in defining personal taste and uniqueness in nearly every individual. Think about your favorite clothing store — what draws you in? Most likely, it’s those mannequins sporting trendy, cute pieces in the window. Maybe it’s the beautiful melodies sparking your interest? Either way, once you step inside, sometimes it’s the atmosphere of the store that keeps you wandering around and coming back for more. is a website specifically designed to help storeowners choose music, which engages and attracts customers. According to the site, 75 percent of consumers believe music is an important part of the instore experience. Music has the power to attract the right customers, create a competitive advantage, differentiate the brand and build loyalty. Music can translate a business into a melodic adventure!

M a ke m u s i c t h e m u s e f o r yo u r p e r s o n a l s t y l e ! By Jennifer Picht

THE BEST-KEPT LAUNDRY SECRETS B e c a u s e yo u c a n ’ t b r i n g M o m t o c o l l e g e . B y E m i l y G r i e r Even if you didn’t know what a delicate cycle was until last year, laundry quickly becomes an inevitable part of college life (or at least it should...). It all seems easy enough until the day that infamous red sock manages to find its way into your load of whites. Seriously, where is Mom when you need her? Don’t worry. We’re about to let you in on the best-kept laundry secrets to the most common laundry crises.

PROBLEM: Coffee stains SECRET: We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, it only PROBLEM: Ink stains SECRET: For starters, try not to make a habit of leaving pens in the pockets of your clothing (so obvious, yet so common). But, just in case you forget to take that pesky pen out of your pocket before laundry day, know that ink isn’t as perilous to get out as it may appear. Before laundering, take a clean, dry cloth and lay it under the ink-stained area. Next, take an alcohol-based hairspray and spray onto the stain until the fabric looks fully saturated. Use the cloth to absorb the hairspray and ink from the article of clothing. Repeat if necessary.

takes a single “off” morning to end up with more Starbucks latte on your shirt than in your mouth. Nevertheless, coffee stains are not impossible to remove if you treat them ASAP. Soak the stain in cold water to cool the area down until the stain lifts. After that, wash as usual. If treated with cold water fast enough, the stain may not even have time to set in the fibers of the garment.

PROBLEM: Gum and other sticky

Photo by Lindsay Lipovich


PROBLEM: Grease stains SECRET: Two words: baby powder. Grease stains are perhaps the most common laundry crisis, especially when snacking on fat-laden foods such as French fries, chips and doughnuts. Simply sprinkle a generous amount of baby powder (or corn starch) onto the grease-stained area. Rub in the powder until the grease is fully absorbed. Wipe away the remaining powder with a dry cloth, and you’re good to go!

SECRET: If treated correctly, sticky gum will not be a permanent decoration on your favorite shirt. Start by rubbing the gummed area with an ice cube (or simply place the entire item of clothing in the freezer). After the gum has hardened, simply scrape it off gently, and wash as usual in the laundry to remove any last reminders of the incident. fashion 49

Color blocking dress: Flesh Décor, Bracelet: Flesh Décor, Shoes: model’s own


From the runways of New York and Paris to the sidewalks of Happy Valley, Erica Kasan details what’s in vogue this spring.

Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to embrace the latest trends. All the hottest looks from major fashion cities are at your convenience with similar, easy-to-find pieces in Happy Valley! One prominent inspiration this spring is the Roaring ‘20s. Look no further than Daisy Buchanan for style inspiration this spring, with several designers channeling this decade in the shapes and cuts of pieces.

Photos by Stefan Choquette


White flower shirt, Connections; earrings, Connections; flower ring, Connections; jeans, Connections; bag, model’s own; shoes, model’s own

Floral jumpsuit, Rag and Bone; orange belt, Rag and Bone; orange ring, Rag and Bone; sunglasses, Rag and Bone; shoes, model’s own

The spirit of the Jazz Age is captured in drop-waist dresses and deco detailing. Midcentury silhouettes and peplums — a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress, jacket or blouse — are popular details this season that should not be missed. Fabric trends were repeatedly seen on the runways. Designers showcased ladylike, lacey materials, playing with pleating on dresses for flirty looks.

Bold colors and graphic designs are also now chic to wear after a whole winter of dark undertones. Daring, geometric style lines show how stripes can have a modern twist. Look to abstract paintings by Piet Mondrian for inspiration. Vibrant floral prints are also popular spring designs. Blue was often spotted within graphic designs on clothing, and although pastel separates are big for spring,

Pink dress, Flesh Décor; teal necklace, Flesh Décor; brown Steve Madden shoes, The Shoe Box

tangerine orange is the color of the season. The multitude of colors looks great with white heels, the biggest shoe trend. With a ton of spring looks to choose from, follow the trends most compatible with your personality and create some truly fashionable outfits.

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Vest, Flesh Décor; bandeau, Flesh Décor; pants, Flesh Décor; necklace, Flesh Décor; bracelet, Flesh Décor; ring, stylist’s own; boots, model’s own; earrings, Access

Top, Flesh Décor; black pants, Flesh Décor; necklace, Flesh Décor; earrings, Access; platforms, The Shoe Box; ring, stylist’s own

No time to study abroad? Your closet can! Kiersten Ferno and her fashionista sources abroad show you how.



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One footwear trend Europeans no longer accept: UGG boots. Instead, opt for soft leather biker boots — comfortable yet edgy, and they come in every color. Luckily for Americans abroad, Converse All Stars and New Balance sneakers are still trendy in Europe. Usually paired with high-waisted, slim-fit jeans, knitwear and oversized men’s watches, these are wardrobe essentials for students overseas. Penn Staters can achieve a similar look if they’re willing to ditch the typical denim short-shorts and tanks. Sport a more European look by matching lightweight knits, trashy or bold-print tees with either high-waisted, fitted shorts or oversized boyfriend shorts. Also, when it comes to fashion, we all know Penn State has its own version of “going-out” wear including miniskirts, skintight dresses and sky-high heels. But this

Photos by Ian Lopera

No matter the season in State College, most of us turn to leggings, UGGs and ornate scarves to keep warm. But for Europeans Amalie Quist, studying at Kobenhavns Erhvervsakademi University in Denmark, and Leasle Finif, studying at London Westminster University, a quick go-to look goes beyond the wardrobe basics. Although sweatpants are comfortable, harem pants are the fashionable way to feel cozy, Finif says. Pair them with simple flats, wedges or chunky platform heels. When the weather starts to warm up, reach for gladiator sandals, a style Europeans are sticking with this year!

Grey dress, Flesh Décor; woven belt, Flesh Décor; platforms, The Shoe Box; earrings, Access; bracelet, stylist’s own

“look” is unheard of across the Atlantic. “It’s not ‘in’ to look slutty here,” Quist says. “We’d rather look more sophisticated or ‘trashy’ … as in ‘hipster.’ ” Quist and Finif both say European students wear outfits out at night similar to what they wear to classes. One common trend right now is menswear with a feminine twist — wearing a men’s shirt with

tailored shorts and loafers. To glam it up at night, loafers are swapped for heels, and statement necklaces are added to spice up the look. Try any of these styling tips and you’re sure to make a statement on campus or abroad. Let these European trends invade your closet and be the trendsetter here in Happy Valley!

STYLED ABROAD Can’t imagine living outside the fashion of Happy Valley for an entire semester? These overseas girls give you a taste of what’s chic in international style right now. By Emily Grier

NAME: Krista Pulkkinen Currently studying in: Milan, Italy ON FASHION IN MILAN: “I absolutely love the fashion here. Milan fashion is a great prediction of what trends will be moving into the U.S. [because] they are about one to two years ahead of us.”

ON SHOPPING IN MILAN: “Most of the high-end designers do not display price tags. Price, at that point, is irrelevant and most of these stores require an appointment to simply step inside!”

NAME: Sarah Appleman Currently studying in: Seville, Spain ON FASHION DIFFERENCES: “I would say the biggest difference is that Spanish people always look put together and never sloppy. They never wear sweatpants or sweatshirts in public, so they are dead giveaways that you’re an American.”

ON SHOPPING IN SEVILLE: “There are a lot of really cute shops, tons of shoe stores, as well as familiar stores like H&M and Zara. There is definitely no shortage of places to buy fashionable items.”

NAME: Katie Davis Currently studying in: Sydney, Australia Bowtie shorts, Flesh Decor; tank, Flesh Décor; bandeau, Flesh Décor; jelly gladiator flats, Flesh Décor; hoop earrings, Access; gold feather ring, Access

ON AUSSIE FASHION: “I’ve seen a lot of asymmetrical, chiffon skirts. Leggings are dressed up for a fancier look in Sydney. Many women wear them out at night with a nice blouse. This look goes along with Australia’s laid-back culture.”

ON AUSSIE SHOE TRENDS: “Shoe styles are also a bit different. Australian women wear closed-toed, flat shoes. I have seen women wearing Keds-inspired shoes with jeans and dresses.” fashion 53

Photography  by  Ann  Sciandra    

Styled  by  Morgan  Domsohn,  Molly  Ferguson  and  Emily  Grier   Shot  on  location  at  the  Beta  Theta  Pi  Fraternity  house

(Previous page) (Melissa) black dress, Connections; necklace, Dwellings; head sash, Mr. Charles; bracelet, stylist’s own; shoes, stylist own; (Lauren) cream dress, Flesh Décor; necklace, Dwellings; shoes, model’s owned; headband, stylist’s own; (Erik) suit, model’s own; (Natalie) black dress, Flesh Décor; necklaces, Connections and Flesh Décor; black shoes, The Shoe Box (Kyle) suit, Harpers’s Shop for Men; shoes, model’s own, (Michael) suit, Harpers’s Shop for Men; shoes, model’s own (this page) Shoes, The Shoe Box; dress, Rag and Bone; necklace, stylist’s own

Necklace, Mr. Charles; dress, Flesh DÊcor; ring, stylist’s own

Black feathered dress, Flesh DĂŠcor; clutch, Dwellings; black headband, Dwellings; bracelet, Rag and Bone; shoes, The Shoe Box

Makeup by Tanya Rissmiller of Lipstick Salon and For Men Only Hair Salon, and Nena Bowser


REBECCA FARMER For most of us living in Happy Valley, having the opportunity to dress celebrities like Natalie Portman or Lea Michele is nothing more than a lofty dream. But for Penn State alumna Rebecca Farmer, this dream is a reality. By Emily Grier



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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Farmer

Less than a decade ago, before working as a successful costume designer and personal stylist in Los Angeles, Rebecca Farmer was just another Penn State student. After years of using College Avenue as her runway, Farmer graduated with a degree in theatre arts in 2003. She remembers Penn State’s style as “athletic and casual, a vision of sweatshirt gray.” Yet even in spite of Happy Valley’s seemingly absent fashion sense, Farmer managed to propel herself to success in the fashion industry. As a student, Farmer never relegated herself to stay within the style norms of State College, and her clothing often made her stand out on campus amidst the sea of

monotone sweats. Farmer describes her personal style as “feminine, conservative and sleek with a bit of a quirky edge” — definitely not your typical PSU dress. Yet State College’s lack of fashion-mecca status didn’t keep Farmer from learning a thing or two about the importance of fashion and the message it sends. During her sophomore year, Farmer took a movement class with a professor who required students to wear comfortable shoes. The first day of class, Farmer remembers wearing heels — and losing participation points because of it. “That was the first time someone else’s interpretation of clothing affected my sense of style,” Farmer says. “To the professor, heels sent the message of being prissy and uncooperative. But to me, the heels were just shoes that were comfortable and made me feel good.” While some might have reacted defiantly to the situation, Farmer took it as a learning experience.

“It helped me understand that style and clothing choices can send messages,” she says. “And sometimes those messages can be misconstrued.” After graduating from Penn State, Farmer attended Brandeis University, earning her Masters of Fine Arts in costume design. She then moved to New York City to pursue work in theater, TV and film. “While living in New York, I started professionally styling clients one-on-one and in 2011, I officially launched Rebecca Raleigh, LLC, a personal branding company that specializes in styling people to reflect their inner character,” Farmer says. But before starting her company, she transferred to Los Angeles in 2009 and worked from the ground up in the costume department of television shows and films. Farmer’s career came into the national spotlight in 2009 when she won the Macy’s Design a Dance contest for Dancing with the Stars. She designed the fan-favorite costume for the contest. “It was such a humbling and exciting experience,” Farmer says. “It was like watching myself live a dream coming true.” Currently working as a wardrobe stylist for The CW’s hit drama Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Farmer says having a career that truly makes her happy is undoubtedly the best part about her job. However, that’s not to say her job is all glamour. “We work about 12 to 14 hours a day on average,” Farmer says. “But pursuing a goal and actively living it each day makes the long hours go by fast.” For girls looking to break into the fashion industry, Farmer offers some advice. “Find an area of the industry that you are passionate about and focus your efforts in that direction,” she says. “There are so many areas of fashion: planning, allocation, merchandising, buying, visuals, product development, design.” Farmer says with proper focus, a fashion-centric career after graduating from Penn State is entirely possible. “There were times I wanted to hide or give up,” Farmer says. “But my mother has a saying: ‘It is OK to be afraid of a challenge, fearful of failure or scared to stand up for yourself. But no matter what, keep moving forward and do it afraid.’ ” With an already illustrious career spanning two coasts, her mother’s advice seems to be working for Farmer. Continuing to leave her mark on the world of fashion, Farmer is one Penn State alumna proving that big fashion dreams from right here in State College can, in fact, come true.



Photos by Rhiannon Hedrick

Tu r n o l d , t a r n i s h e d j ew e l r y i n t o n ew w o r k s o f a r t w i t h f u n a n d s o l i d p r i n t e d f a b r i c s . M a n o u s k a J e a n t u s h a s yo u c ov e r e d w i t h a d o - i t - yo u r s e l f w o r t h g e t t i n g w r a p p e d u p i n .

STEP 1: While holding the fabric and hoop

STEP 2: Using fabric glue, glue both

STEP 3: Take your needle and thread it

earring between your fingers, begin wrapping the fabric around the hoop, allowing the fabric to overlap. Continue this step until you reach the end of the hoop.

ends of the hoop where the fabric ends for extra hold and security.

with the color you desire.

STEP 4: At the end of the earring, pierce

STEP 5: Next, loop the threaded needle

the needle into the fabric allowing the threaded needle to sew in and out of the fabric. Repeat step twice.

around the end of the earring and fabric multiple times. Sew in and out of fabric twice to secure threading. Cut the thread.

STEP 6: Repeat step 5 on opposite end. Allow the earring enough time to dry and enjoy your new recycled and revamped fabric earrings! fashion 63

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