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campus cultures


12. Just Keep Braiding!

22. Summer Playlist

29. My First Boss

36. What He’s Noticing

50. From Trash to Treasure

Turn sloppy buns and side braids into headturning up-dos.

Because nice weather just needs some good tunes.

Land that internship and rock it, too.

Perhaps Penn State boys aren’t so shallow. Find out what they say matters most.

Don’t let jewelry from an ex tarnish in your sock drawer: recycle it.

14. Health & Beauty Secrets from Around the World

23. DJ Fernandez: The “Backbone” for Full Ammo Improv

37. Around the World in the Comfort of Your Kitchen

51. 20 Classics for Your 20s








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Exotic equals elegance. Take beauty tips from Penn State girls with backgrounds from all over.

ON THE COVER Lauren Chapman wears a white embellished sequin party dress by Dress the Population avaliable at Mr. Charles. Photographed by Jill O’Brien. Styled by Samantha McCloskey and Molly Ferguson.

9. Letter From the Editor



32. You Hit Like a Girl

24. We Are My Hero

Simple moves offer a big kick. Know how to defend yourself in the worst situation.

Never go through a woman’s purse – we did it for you.

…Zero. Behind the scenes with the band that rocks Beaver and College Aves.

17. Learn It Then Burn It: Your Metabolism

25. Philanthropy is All Around Us

Every girl has her own eating and work out necessities.

Students keep Happy Valley happy through service.

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In a sea of over 40,000 faces, these Penn State leaders stand up and stand out.

Meet the mastermind behind your Sunday night laugh-out-loud leisure.


16. What’s in Your Purse?

30. Penn State’s Most Fascinating People

33. Domestic Violence: A College Problem Typically taboo, talking about domestic violence can only mean awareness and resolution.

Spice up your college diet with quick, international recipes. Yum!

Staple pieces every college woman should have in her wardrobe.

53. Update Your Wardrobe 38. We Are… Getting Married Without Going Shopping Every bride has a white wedding, but for some, blue and white is more like it.

DIY denim – studs and ombre make for an edgy summer.

41. Social Media and College Dating

54. Break Fashion Rules, Look Chic

You might want to think twice before Facebook creeping the cute kid in your bio class.

We say hey, wear white after Labor Day. Just do it right.

43. Cover Girl Lauren Chapman

63. Walk the Park


editorial division

business division

Editor-in-Chief / President: Shaina Stern Design Director: Kate Kreisher Photography Director: Jill O’Brien Web Director: Elysia Mann Managing Editor: Emily Grier Assistant Managing Editor: Leah Polakoff

Advertising Director: Jess Edwards Events Director: Sarah Emeigh PR/Marketing Director: Marenah Dobin Web PR Director: Morgan Hammer Finance Director: Natalie Wainger

beauty & health

Advertising Team: Amanda Schneider, Annie Ryan, Becca Bryden, Julia Hummel, Kelly Jackson, Rachael Kline, Tara Waldman

campus culture

Events Team: Amanda Broadbent, Bridget Lo, Isabella DiBileo, Katie Rudan, Melissa Cropper, Natasha Cooper, Nicole Salerno, Sami Taylor


PR / Marketing Team: Andrea Fochler, Ashley Loiacono, Brenna Urban, Carlee Delp, Jillian Baker, Kayla Sredni, Kristi Myers, Natasha Cockfield, Nicole Pulli, Shannon McCormick, Samantha Strebel, Marisa Simone


Beauty & Health Editor: Caitlyn Kronket Writers: Carolyn Hamm, Corinne Fierro, Crystal Jones, Kristen Kempinski

events management

Campus Culture Editor: Kathleen Gormley Writer: Amanda Hunt, Bethany Shirilla, Jordan Molloy, Madeline Tauber

public relations and marketing

Entertainment Editor: Jennifer Picht Writer: Liz Dennerlein, Marissa Stern, Raychel Shipley


web pr team

Ally Brennan, Maura Ryan, Petie Peterkin, Andrea Navarro, Shirley Liu, Nora Bowen

Fashion Editor: Kiersten Ferno Stylist: Samantha McCloskey Assistant Stylist: Molly Ferguson Writers: Alexa Gulian, Brianne Tracy, Erica Kasan, Erin Murphy, Kimberly Valarezo, Natasha Tereschak

board of advisers

Christine Arbutina, Erika Isler, Kerry Newman, Pamela Monk, Jill Shockey, Ronald Smith, Ann Taylor-Schmidt, Suzanne Wayne, Jennifer Zeigler


Self-Improvement Editor: Leah Polakoff Writers: Cristina Recino, Daphne Weidner, Devan Lombardi, Sami Allen


Photography Editor: Lindsay Lipovich Web Photo Editor: Yuting Zhang Photographers: Ashley Milillo, Audrey Cillo, Brittany Trappe, Coco Cheng, Grace Shyu, Jenn Nagel, Jessica Korch, Jonathan Hsieh, Kimberly Bartner, Kylin Chen, Orhan Yilmaz, Sam Florio, Shantelle Williams, Shidika Goode, Shreel Parikh, Siru Wen, Teddy Walker, Tyler Hankins

The content and opinions of this publication reside solely with the authors and not the

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Pennsylvania State University or the University Park Allocation Committee.



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I wear my Valley hoodie a lot. Which means I get questions about it — a lot. By now, I’d like to think I’ve mastered Valley small talk: No, it’s not just a fashion magazine. Uh, I’m actually editor. Hah – it’s unpaid. It’s once a semester, but we have daily web content! Yep, I love it. No man, you can’t be cover girl. These conversations usually end with a whooping, “that’s so cool.” – something easily overlooked when you’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of making a magazine and maintaining a timely website. True, Valley’s always been kind of cool. But the words that resound when I reflect on this past year for our publication are more like growth and credibility, especially with the expansion of our website and a successful first year covering THON. We like to say we fill a void in Penn State’s media outlets. We seek to open eyes, inspire and be a positive, fun publication

through featuring local life and style. Entice your taste buds with a few worldy recipes on page 37, or upgrade your up-do with elegant braids on page 12. Then, take lessons from our cover girl, Lauren Chapman on page 43, who shines in Penn State’s most notable arenas. The making of these stories and this magazine has to be credited to the diligent and ambitious talents of our writers, photographers and designers. Working closely with three of the most passionate, talented individuals I know – Jill O’Brien, photo director; Kate Kreisher, design director; Elysia Mann, web director – has been an absolute pleasure. Special thanks to all the business directors behind the scenes, building our brand, and all the editors, for nit-picky edits, again and again. When spending lengthy hours and late nights cooped up in a 20-square-foot HUB office don’t seem daunting, and when meetings are full of the perfect giddy-to-serious ratio, you know you’re surrounded by the

right people. Aside from our staff, the Penn State community never seizes to amaze me. From downtown shops and salons donating their services, to each student and faculty member who offers his or her expertise to our writers, no one seems to think twice before helping us out. I don’t know if you’d find that anywhere else, in any other community. It’s these moments and these people that assure me I’m in a good place. It’s the coming together each part – the design, the photos, the words, the interviews, the finances, the publicity, the generosity of our community – that make Valley happen. And we never stop learning; we never stop creating. With each issue comes new faces, new stories, new opportunities and more reasons to be proud of our school. So enjoy it. We’ll be back next fall.

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just keep braiding!

The 8 a.m.

The bars

the interview

the date

Erica Kasan shows you how to opt out of throwing your hair in a sloppy bun and instead going for beautiful braided hairstyles.


1) Separate hair evenly into two parts. 2) Starting from the farthest side on your left, pull a small section of hair from the left and cross it to the farthest right side. Do the same thing on the right side, crossing over to the left. 3) Continue alternating sides as you reach the end of your hair and securing it with a hair band. 4) Using a tail comb, begin to pull apart some of the tight pieces for a full, voluminous look.

Double Braided Bun:

1) Slick hair back into high ponytail. 2) Split the ponytail into two sections and braid both sections, securing with a thin hair band on each side. 3) Twist the braids to form a bun on the top of your crown. Once both sides are

twisted, secure with bobby pins and a hair band.

Topknot Braid:


Flip your head upside down and begin to French braid your hair from the nape of your neck moving up toward your head. 2) Once the braid reaches the crown of your head, smooth out the front of your hair forming a ponytail and secure the hair with a hair band. 3) Wrap the ponytail around the base and secure it with hair bands and bobby pins. And of course, you want to keep everything in place. “Start off any of these looks with a texture or shine spray and finish off with hairspray to control fly-a-ways and smooth everything out,” Wright says. Voila! Easy, braided and beautiful.

Makeup and Make Down

As college students, saying we’re busy would be putting it mildly. All too often we let our hectic schedules get the best of us. Well, before you rip your hair out, Corinne Fierro has recruited the help of experts to find out how to stop the stress cycle before it begins. social worker at Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State, suggests that you identify the source of your stress and pull yourself away from the problem. “Stop yourself in the midst of distress or rushing [around] and ask ‘Where am I now? Am I beating myself up for the past or worrying about the future?’ If so, try to gently focus your attention back to the present moment,” Knapp says. Knapp also recommends dancing, deep breathing and tensing and releasing muscles in an effort to calm down during a stressful moment. “If you’re not active, your stress level may increase. If you’re not eating well, you could [also] be contributing to your stress level,” says Linda LaSalle, administrative staff member at UHS. Stop letting stress run your life and work to find that inner peace.

There are certain makeup faux pas that seem to stick out. That girl in your 8 a.m. class who has enough makeup caked on to join the circus. Or how about the one who seems to sweat out concealer at the gym? To help you avoid these mistakes, we sat down with Lori Murphy, an esthetician at Designer’s Denn. Check out her foolproof tips for any occasion.

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“Stress is a physiological reaction,” says Dr. Paul Nussbaum, neuropsychologist. “Your lungs expand, your heart beats faster, your digestive tract shuts down and your reproductive system stops.” This fight-or-flight reaction used to be in response to life-threatening danger. However, Nussbaum explains that we still react with the same system for smaller situations too, which is why minor problems can totally freak us out. Stress puts your body in a chronic state of panic, which can be highly detrimental for your well-being and performance in school. “The hippocampus shuts down [which can] impede a person’s ability to learn,” Nussbaum says. Additional side effects of stress include increased blood pressure, increased body pain and poor social and behavioral skills (such as lashing out at others). So what can you do to stay calm? Find your zen! Mary Anne Knapp, a clinical

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Wide Fishtail Braid:

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Braided hair is an elegant and timeless trend that women have worn in the past and continue to wear today. Emily Wright, beautician and hairstylist at Lipstick Salon, is gung-ho for braids. “Braids work because there are many looks for both long and short hair lengths, and styles are always modernized and reinvented,” Wright says. Freshman braid guru, Isabella DiBileo, loves braids as an easy way to transition from a day-to-night look. “They can make a girl look pretty and put together all day long, making getting ready at night quicker,” DiBileo says. “Any hair texture can be braided, so girls just have to find the style that works best for them.” Sounds like braids are here to stay. This spring, Valley’s looks are the perfect way to pull your hair back for those breezy spring days and hot, sticky summers!

To give the impression that you wake up every morning looking as radiant as ever, there are a few makeup tricks that can help. “Use a tinted moisturizer to even your skin tone when you first wake up,” Murphy says. “A little mascara will bring out your eyes, and you can top it off with a light lip gloss. If you’re not a fan of gloss, swipe on some blush. Either will provide you with [a] necessary pop of color.”

Follow these simple tips so you can arrive to the earliest of classes looking wide awake and refreshed.

The Bars A night out with friends is the perfect opportunity to experiment with color. “This is the time to have fun,” Murphy says. “Use a colored liner or shadow to play up the eyes. With a colorful eye, though, you can downplay everything else.” Only foundation is needed to accompany fun and flirty eyes.

The Interview Like it or not, job interviews are as much about appearances as they are about qualifications. “You want to look as rested, clean and put together as possible,” Murphy says. “Use your normal foundation and concealer.

Mascara is always good and eyeliner can be used just on top [of your eyes]. You can also use one or two neutral shades of eye shadow if you so desire.” As for color, Murphy suggests using a little bit of matching lip gloss and blush. “You don’t want warm, coral lips with a cooler shade for blush,” Murphy says.

The Date To catch your date’s eye, you can play up one of two features – but only one! Murphy suggests choosing whichever you think is your best feature. If you choose your eyes, Murphy suggests eyeliner on the top and bottom, a few complimentary tones of eye shadow and a muted lip with just some sheer gloss. Next time you’re standing at your mirror, makeup bag in hand, keep your destination in mind. 13

We have over 6,000 international students at Penn State. Among these Penn Staters are women from more than forty countries who, while embracing the trends of American culture and the college lifestyle, also stay true to their roots by maintaining traditions of their native countries. Valley sat down with a few women from around the world, as they revealed their makeup bags, bathroom cabinets and kitchen pantries to divulge their best-kept beauty and health secrets. First stop: China!

BB Crème from China Beauty Balm, also known as BB Cream, is stealing the spotlight at makeup counters across the U.S. and quickly becoming one of the most essential items in the modern woman’s makeup bag. However, what may be a new beauty breakthrough for Americans is old news for the women of Asia. Originally formulated in Korea, BB Cream acts as a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunscreen all in one! “I’ve been using BB Cream for two or three years now,” says Xinyue Yang, a junior from China. “I use BB Cream instead because it has moisturizer and foundation so it’s better for my skin.”

HEALTH & BEAUTY SECRETS from around the world

Natural Beauty in Puerto Rico

By Carolyn Hamm

Photo by Kimberley Bartner

There’s no doubt that natural beauty reigns in Puerto Rico. These tips from Caribbean native Claudia Bonilla, junior, hold the secret to soft, luxurious hair you thought possible only in a Pantene ad. The secret to drool-worthy locks? Bonilla, who calls San Juan home, advises staying away from heat products. “Not only does the heat [cause] damage, but also the chemicals from the products that you use are infused permanently into your hair,” she says. Bonilla also notes that in addition to staying away from heat styling, Puerto Rican women avoid hair dyes as well. Consider giving your straightening iron and dye jobs a rest, and get beautiful the Puerto Rican way by embracing your natural texture for a change!

Olive Oil from Jordan Put down that boring lotion and smooth on some oil– olive oil, that is. Look no further than the ingredients in your own kitchen for this health secret from Jordan native Duaa Al-Khreisha, a senior. “We use a lot of olive oil in our lifestyle. Every house in Jordan has a [bottle] of oil and thyme. We eat it with every meal,” AlKhreisha says. Not only is this super-food packed with antioxidants and healthy fats like Vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids, but olive oil has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as lower cholesterol. Khreisha was raised a whole-hearted believer in the food’s benefits. “Olive oil is part of our lives and one of the reasons we have some of the healthiest food in the world,” she says. of our lives and one of the reasons we have some of the healthiest food in the world.”

Before you stamp your passport, let Valley be your guide to locating the best products around State College to experiment with these global trends! For the perfect bottle of olive oil to complete your meal, look no further than Trader Joe’s Grocery which boasts a selection of oils from regions around the world including: Italy, California, Spain and Greece. Reasonably priced and guaranteed

COCOA butter from the philippines Changes in the weather can mess with the texture of your skin, leaving it dry and irritated. Thankfully, the women of the Philippines know the secret to banishing such beauty blues – and you’ve probably heard of it before. A powerful moisturizing agent, cocoa butter has helped Filipino women prevent stretch marks, sooth irritated skin and treat chapped lips for decades. Sheila Lanzty, senior, a native of Subic Bay, Philippines, swears by this product. She even goes so far as to compare it to magic! “You can use it on any troubled area and it just works,” she says. “I use it especially on my elbows and knees because they can get rough and dry.” With the wide variety of cocoa butter products on the market such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks ($5.99) and Vaseline’s Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly ($2.99), there’s no excuse not to give this miracle worker a try. Unlocking international beauty and health secrets can be done right here in State College.

delicious, your body and your wallet will thank you. Dying to try out a BB Crème but can’t afford to spend those precious sky miles? Take a walk to the local drugstore! CVS Pharmacy on College Ave is a one-stop-shop for dozens of BB products that won’t break your budget. For an easyto-use Cream that’s perfect for BB virgins and compatible with most skin tones, check out L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Medium ($10.99).




Move over diamonds – girls have a new best friend. Our purses go everywhere with us, making fashion statements and carrying essentials. But is it the design of the bag or the contents that make the best companions? Valley headed out into the streets to ask girls what must-have items they keep in their “best friend” at all times. By Raychel Shipley “A pack of sugar — just because it tastes good. It’s really weird, but I eat a packet a day!” -YaaAsantewaa Faraji, freshman

Learn It then Burn It: Your Metabolism

“One thing I can’t not have in here is lotion. Lotion and Tylenol, that is.” -Demi Moreland, junior “I always have a 5-Hour Energy with me because you never know when you might fall asleep in class.” -Allie Duffy, junior

By Kristen Kempinski

Do you ever wonder why your roommate can eat anything she wants without gaining a pound, yet you struggle to maintain a normal weight? Valley has found that everybody (no pun intended) is different, and it’s all because of a little thing called metabolism.

“You never know when you’re going to have something stuck in your teeth. That’s why I always keep my floss in my bag.” -Jessica Soarbrough, sophomore “I always have my Lilly planner – it’s literally my lifeline! I also can’t leave without my eos chapstick and iPhone in my bag.” -Maria Liberopoulos, sophomore “I can never have too many shades of lip gloss! I carry around six different shades at all times.” -Meredith Jayme, freshman “I always keep my sunglasses with me – even when it’s not sunny.” -Amy Wein, freshman

“I never go anywhere without my Lilly wristlet. It has my ID, keys, money and of course, Softlips chapstick! I’m attached to that thing!” -Betsy Wermuth, freshman 16


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“I always have my phone charger with me. I learned this from a rough experience one night stranded when my phone died.” -Jess Grover, junior

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“I keep my boyfriend’s gift cards that he got for Christmas. He always loses them, so I end up keeping them in my bag!” -Kaitlyn Weaver, sophomore

For those of us who aren’t bio majors, it’s difficult to understand exactly what the metabolic process is and how it affects your body. According to Kelly Hoffheins, R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E., of University Health Services, your metabolism is the way your body uses energy and how it burns calories through the digestion of food. We might not like it, but the rate at which our metabolism works affects our weight and our build. Sue Clarahan R.D., L.D., owner of Clarahan Consulting, explains that your genetic makeup ultimately determines your metabolic rate and as a result, it also determines your weight and body’s size. For example, two girls who are both 5 feet 1 inch could have different natural weights, each of which require different amounts of fuel. So, don’t be so jealous of your skinny roommate! It’s not her fault she inherited awesome genes. Along with your family history, Hoffheins explains that gender and age play a large part in the how your metabolism works. Males, for instance have more muscle than women. Because bigger muscles are more efficient at

burning energy, you can bet the guy pumping iron at the gym has a pretty fast metabolism. Therefore, women and men who consume the same amount of food don’t necessarily use that energy the same way. Women’s metabolisms simply can’t break down food content as quickly as their male counterparts (we know, we know – it’s so unfair). Age is another important factor. As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down, usually around the age of 30. This makes it more difficult for our bodies to convert energy as quickly as it did when we were younger. People also fail to realize the important role that the thyroid hormone plays in the metabolic process. Lacy Alexander Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology, says that the thyroid allows for energy to be used throughout your body. However, some people experience conditions called hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, which can greatly affect metabolism. Hyperthyroidism increases metabolism, which allows your body to burn energy extremely fast. Hypothyroidism causes energy to be used more slowly, therefore decreasing metabolism. It’s important to understand that so much of our genetic composition affects our body. While there are some factors outside our control, you can promote a healthy metabolic process with diet, exercise and a healthy overall lifestyle. Healthy eating habits are crucial for promoting a speedy metabolism. According to Clarahan, eating small meals every four

hours will fuel your body and increase your metabolic rate. Additionally, it’s important to understand that under eating can actually slow your metabolism. When you deprive your body of adequate fuel, it sends you into starvation mode, in which your body begins to store fat to compensate for the food that you are not eating. On the other hand, eating foods closer to their natural form cause your body to work harder to deconstruct food into energy. For example, an apple will provide more nutrients than apple juice. When we receive the nutrients and fuel that our bodies crave, everything just works better! Alexander explains that exercising is also imperative to maintaining a healthy weight, and more specifically, in building muscle mass. Exercises like weight lifting that target specific muscles or muscle groups increase muscle strength, which (as mentioned earlier) will ultimately result in burning more energy at a faster rate. Finally, Alexander recommends practicing a healthy lifestyle by simply being less sedentary. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up and walk around after watching TV, park at the farthest parking spot – anything you can think of to get moving. Small changes will add up to make a big difference in how your metabolism functions and, consequently, how your body uses and burns energy. Your body does a lot for you, so appreciate it and be sure to give back to it every now and then. 17

SARAH SEWCHEK AGE: 22 YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Telecommunications HOMETOWN: Bell Vernon, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: President of The Singing Lions, Penn State’s Show Choir WE SING: “There’s a song we perform during every showcase called ‘We Sing’. It’s one of my favorites because the lyrics ring true to our group. ‘We sing because it holds us together, we sing when we’re falling apart. We sing to remember, we sing to surrender, we sing to find a restart.’ It really represents who we are. ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY: “Our motto is just be yourself. SL has become more of a family than a group. When you all have the common interest of singing and dancing, that has a way of bringing all types of people together.”

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LOVE FOR LEXI: “We prepare for two main concerts a year, which are our winter and spring showcases. Ever since two years ago, we perform a Love for Lexi cabaret in honor of our THON child who passed away. All the proceeds benefit the Love for Lexi Foundation, which supports kids with pediatric cancer.”

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ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP: “Performing has always been a hobby and I never intended to pursue singing and dancing any further. However, I know SL will always be a part of my life. Music will always be there. I’ve been involved with this group since freshman year and thanks to SL, I now have a group of friends that will stick with me forever.” By Jen Picht

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When you can’t make it to Vegas for the weekend, why not turn your apartment into the casino soiree of your dreams? With a little (OK, a lot) of glitter and the right music, Emily Grier tells you how to throw a casino party.

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ATTIRE For girls, it’s the perfect excuse



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to break out your favorite cocktail dress. Grab you’re highest stilettos and sparkly accessories, and you’re set. For guys, it’s time to channel your inner Frank Sinatra. Opt for a classy button-down and tie, and (if you’re brave enough) a Rat Pack style fedora to complete the look.

DECORATIONS To create the casino atmosphere, pin larger-than-life playing cards around the room. In doorways and across the walls, try hanging strings of playing cards. Also, homemade houses of cards

make the perfect centerpieces for tables. For the added glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip, make a bright sign out of lights to channel Sin City. For even more ambiance, add accents of black and red streamers throughout the room.

MUSIC To keep the atmosphere upbeat, draw on current favorites and swinging classics. A few must-play songs are: “Viva Las Vegas”- Elvis Presley “Luck be a Lady” - Frank Sinatra “Waking Up In Vegas”- Katy Perry “Come Fly with Me”- Frank Sinatra

FOOD & DRINK Keeping with the color scheme, focus on serving your guests red and black colored foods. Chocolate covered strawberries are an absolute must! Try frosting cake pops to look like dice and dipping Oreos in chocolate to look like poker chips. Fill tables with red and black licorice and gum balls for added pops of color and sweetness. And, be sure to serve your guests a signature Vegas cocktail.




Summer will be here before you know it – at least we hope, right? Whether you’re making plans for a beach vacation, driving through the states (road trip!) or simply scrolling through some swimsuit sites, nothing will nudge you into the summer mode quite like a hot playlist. Get pumped for summer 2013 with these fun, carefree tunes.

1. “HEARTBEATS (REMIXED)” by AUGUSTINE: Can you hear the birds chirp? This male/female duo sure can! This fun, pop tune will give you an upbeat and optimistic attitude.

2. “DAWN OF THE DEAD” by DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?: There is no better car song than this electro/ alternative jam. This song has a sweet vacation vibe. You’ll simply want nothing more than to roll the windows down, rest your feet on the dashboard and zone out to this mesmorizing song.

summer vacation. Another great West Coast band, this group knows how to get you in the summer mood.

group may be – dare we say it – better than One Direction? Unlike the song title, you’re going to want to listen to this jam. This alternative/rock group, reminiscent to bands such as The Cure or The Beatles, will keep you hitting the repeat button, often. This carefree tune is a summer must.

away on a warm and breezy summer day with this romantic, tranquil beat. Let the music take you away to a new land.


10. “IVALOO” by THE SUBMARINES: The beautiful, ukulele makes this

This upbeat, indie song will give you something fun to do while lounging in the sun or jumping in the water! You’ll be whistling and humming to this lovely tune.

7. “WHITE DRESS” by PARACHUTE: You’ll want nothing more than to throw on your favorite summer dress, spin and dance around to this bumping rock group. This song is sure to make you smile during those warm, summer nights.

8. “IF IT WERE UP TO ME” by ROONEY: If it were up to me, you’d be listening to this song every minute of your

9. “PULL MY HEART AWAY” by JACK PEÑATE: You’ll want to sail

a serene summer tune. With a lovely tone, this song is perfect for singing along as you watch the sun set.

11. “KILL THE DIRECTOR (CSS REMIX)” by THE WOMBATS: This electronic/alternative jam is the perfect joy ride tune. You’ll be swaying away to this high-energy tune.


12. “JUMP IN THE LINE” by HARRY BELAFONTE: Shake, shake,

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shake señora — because it’s summer, and that’s what Mr. Belafonte would want you to do.

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3. “DO YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU USED TO” by BEST COAST: This is the perfect beach day tune. This California inspired band has a stellar West Coast sound forcing you to hop on a surfboard and catch a few waves.



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get you in a good mood, look no further than this catchy pop song. You’ll never want to stop dancing to this beat.

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4. “RIGHT HERE” by HEYHIHELLO: If you’re looking for a tune to

“Be a pirate with a toothache,” “Be a nanny who just lost the children,” “Now, be a candy man with no candy!” These are just a few of the creative phrases that can be heard while Full Ammo Improv Troupe, the improvisation group on Penn State’s campus, is warming up before its hour-long show. “We’re always trying different things before the show,” says DJ Fernandez, a senior and the troupe’s president. “It gets your dynamic juices flowing.” Full Ammo Improv, which formed at Penn State in 2004, performs skits every other Sunday in Chambers Building. The troupe starts every appearance by creating an hour-long show based off of a one-word suggestion from the audience. Fernandez, who has been a member of the troupe for the past four years, has grown as a performer, starting his journey in improv as a hesitant freshman and slowly

gaining more confidence as a senior. When Fernandez first started performing, he says his nerves inhibited him from making major appearances during a show. There were times when he completely panicked before a performance or times when he even bombed on stage. “It was last year, I don’t remember what I said, but it was dead flat,” Fernandez says. “Inside, it was one of the worst feelings. It just wasn’t funny. That was really hard within that show to get over that.” However, for Fernandez, one important aspect of improvisation the troupe preaches is, “if you mess up, you still commit to it.” Instead of fretting over a bad joke during a performance, Fernandez says it’s key to, “think about what you can do next, what you can do in the future.” Ellie Skrzat, a junior and troupe member for three years, says that Fernandez acts like the “backbone” for the group, keeping the

other members focused, but “he sees that we’re all equal in being in the troupe – we’re all equally important elements,” Skrzat says. For newer members of the troupe, like junior Zack Martin, who used to consider himself a huge “fan boy” of the improv shows before he became a member last year, Fernandez has always had a strong influence on the way he performs. “He’s the longest standing member of the troupe at this point so he’s someone I’ve looked up to for a while as an example for myself,” Martin says. “It’s very cool being able to perform with him as someone who used to be a mentor to me.” While Fernandez does improv as an extracurricular activity at Penn State, he says he could see himself performing in his future daily life. “It’s just a part of who I am,” he says. “I love it.”


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see them do something unique like a mashup, then that’s really great.” The band covers almost everything from Taylor Swift to The Killers or Bruno Mars to Paramore – there’s no song off limits for these music masterminds. As if the fun music alone wouldn’t draw in crowds, these crafty lads know how to execute a memorable performance. “Making the crowd be a part of our show is one of our biggest selling points,” Lee says. Who doesn’t want to be part of a rock show? Fans of the band are known to interactively join in by playing tambourine and singing along with the band as they take stage. An integral and advantageous part for My Hero Zero is that each band member takes turns center stage. “Being in the band asks a lot from me vocally. The demand to sing with more energy and more enthusiasm for four shows per week plus rehearsals wouldn’t be a sustainable business, especially if I were to get sick. If I’m a little worn out, these guys can step up and the show runs much smoother,” Olcese says. “We model ourselves after bands that are on the road as opposed to local bands. And that’s something we’ve seen of any musician making a living doing,” Folosom says. “All of those bands have at least three vocalists, so we thought, why not four? It opens up a whole other facet which is pretty different.” Connolly says, “When I first started, I wasn’t a singer at all. Now I sing two songs per night.”

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“Everybody is ready to have a good time, we just happen to take them by the hand and lead them through the door,” says My Hero Zero’s front man, Jason Olcese. Through the doors of State College’s most popular bars (the Phyrst, Saloon, Café and Indigo) this infectious cover band has a reputation for throwing the best PSU party in town. Founders of My Hero Zero, Mike Lee (guitarist) and Greg Folosom (bassist) tailored the band once Olcese joined in 2010. Noah Connolly (drummer) was the last ingredient, creating the talented foursome with all their harmonious, pop-tastic mashups and interactively pleasing performances to boot. Apart from Connolly, who is a State College townie (born and raised), these Penn State grads have come a long way since their start back in 2008. From their unique style, goofy dance moves and soaring energy, these men are not solely musicians but successful businessmen. Their punk-rock exterior doesn’t keep them from playing the ever so popular radio hits, which helped them gain an admiring following. “When I first sat down with the band, they said you need to learn songs that kill. We started with some goofy songs like Ke$ha or ‘The Sign’ by Ace of Base, which was our first crossover. But as for incorporating new songs and adapting them into the band, we just sort of went for it,” says Olcese. Lee adds, “Other artists wrote it, but we combine and put our own spin on it. When you see a cover band perform it’s great, but to


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We Are My Hero


The band wanted Connolly to develop his identity as a drummer instead of some guy who just sits in the back. He even has his own theme song. “It’s nice to be glorified a bit,” he adds. The band is certainly glorified around campus; not only do they play four shows per week, but they occasionally travel to Ocean City Maryland or Key West, in addition to their annual performance at THON. However, the band is much too humble to consider themselves Penn State celebrities. “The reality is we’ve been good, we’ve been lucky and we’ve been smart and it’s all paid off. We love playing music and we’re happy about our progress as a band,” Folosom says. Olcese adds, “If we go out on a Saturday night, there’s a series of photos or conversations with people and it’s all wonderful. People say things like, ‘You’ve made my Penn State experience so much better’ and ‘All our friends think you were a big part what we consider college’ and that’s why we do this, to make people happy. But it’s weird to hear that getting your picture with My Hero Zero is part of the senior class bucket list.” Although the band has a busy schedule on top of new material to rehearse, these topnotch guys are full of passion and adoration for not only the music, but also, the Penn State community. “I think with all the goals we have as far as writing original music and playing bigger venues, one thing we want people to know is we really love playing the bars and honestly we love what we have here in this town,” Olcese says. When I asked the band what was one thing they thought everyone should know, Olcese responded with, “We are My Hero…” and if you’ve ever witnessed the boys in action, the following word is “Zero!”

Penn State and philanthropy go handin-hand. Naturally, we think THON — the 46-hour dance marathon occurring every February. The benevolence doesn’t end there, though. There are many student organizations — 43 to be exact — completely devoted to helping others. One such organization is the Student Philanthropy Council. If you’ve ever seen the “Golden Lion” piggy bank, then you’ve seen the student group in action. “Our mission is to educate our peers about the importance of giving to Penn State,” says President Leslie Dalton, a senior. Dalton says the Golden Lion Campaign is the group’s main initiative. This year, the campaign entered its second year and is open to all students. The group set up in the HUB where students could drop off loose change they collected. The change then gets

transformed into a book scholarship for one lucky student, picked at random, to win. She says this shows that philanthropy is a “cycle” and gives students the chance to give back to other students—or possibly themselves. Dalton says most students don’t recognize philanthropy when they see it. Oncampus computer labs? Gift of philanthropy. First friendly squirrels on campus? Yup, donated. The biggest event the group holds is Penn State Day of Philanthropy, which occurred this past November. “I would love to come back 5 years after graduating and see [Day of Philanthropy] be something that everyone recognizes and is excited about,” says member Michelle Barnes, junior. She says a big part is leaving an impact and making an effort to ensure other stu-

dents have the same opportunities. But of course, not all philanthropy has to come in monetary form. Go Change Move is a group who uses philanthropy as a way to brighten people’s day. President Kate Angermeier, senior, says the group does fun things for students like giving out snacks during finals week. She calls it a “unique” way of giving back. “We give back in ways that personally connects with people,” she says. “It isn’t asking people for money. Instead, we’re just brightening people’s day and helping out where we can.” No matter which way students get involved, there are plenty of opportunities on this campus. As Dalton says, “Philanthropy is all around us.”


DANI LICHLITER AGE: 21 YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Philosophy with a focus on non-profit management and an international emphasis HOMETOWN: Danville, Ca. WHAT SHE DOES: Coordinator for Alternative Spring Break, team liaison for FreshSTART and past outreach coordinator for Students Engaging Students BACK TO THE BEGINNING: “Freshman year I was in Bee House, a special living option, which is focused on community service. That was the first time I was involved in community service and where I was really excited to do it.” VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS: “I have done volunteer work in four different countries – Kenya, Rwanda, Denmark and Poland. When I got back from my study abroad, I changed my major from HRIM to what it is now. I realized [HRIM] wasn’t going to be as fulfilling. I really enjoy the idea of combining my international interest with my volunteer experience. I decided it was what I was passionate about and what I really want to do.” HOME REPAIR IN RURAL USA: “The really cool part of this [alternative spring break] is that it’s an opportunity for students to be immersed in a culture that’s so different, but so close to home. To have the opportunity to see that this is something that happens in our country is something that really opened my eyes. I didn’t know that rural poverty really existed in the United States.”

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COMMENCE AND COMMIT: “Find something you’re really interested in and do that, and do it several times so that you can have a positive volunteering experience. It might not be the most positive experience your first time, but if you continue to build relationships with people, you’ll see not only how you’re growing from the experience, but how you’re impacting others. It helps you commit to service for the rest of your life and make it part of your life.” By Leah Polakoff

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Along with the countless other career services offered to students on campus, The College of the Liberal Arts gives students something a little more personal. The Liberal Arts Mentor Program forms one-on-one matches with PSU alumni and students to assist the student in career exploration and development. Chris Gamble, alumni relations manager for The College of the Liberal Arts, says, “The program is not a big time commitment, but a big personal commitment – that is, if you want to get the most you can out of the program.” At the bare minimum, mentees can expect to revamp their resumes and polish their interviewing skills with the help of their mentor. “Getting a job or internship because of the program is bonus,” Gamble says. “The program is more about getting to know the alum and making interpersonal connections.” Current sophomores should apply by May 15, as pairings will be made over the summer. For more information, visit mentor-a-student.

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Managing the stress of finding a job, competing with peers and dealing with college finances can be downright exhausting. What about the constant tug of technology, minute-to-minute social media updates and countless emails? It’s no wonder we’re so stressed out! Seriously, where has me time gone? “Not only am I going to school full time and working part time, but I also work on major business-related projects that take an immense amount of time while also creating a lot of stress,” says junior Chris Hink. “That’s one reason why I do yoga. It allows me, for a brief time, to get my mind from a constant working state to a relaxed state.” Dr. Alice D. Domar, PhD, a leader in

mind-body medicine and women’s health, says me time, “can’t be something you hate doing but feel you have to do.” For example, going to the gym should only count as Me Time if you enjoy it, not because it’s an obligation. So, whether you prefer punching a boxing bag, quietly sipping some coffee or doing yoga, me time is all about giving yourself a few moments of peace. Try turning off your cell phone for five minutes each morning– you’ll be amazed by how much easier it is to start your day! As the wise Ferris Bueller reminds us: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


Dealing with your very first boss at a summer internship can be a daunting task for students without prior work experience. Writer Madeline Tauber uncovers how to tackle the workplace from day one.

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Cristina Recino finds the best apps to help you get to know your new city.

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As the end of spring semester quickly approaches, students are anxious to start their summer vacations. But for many Penn Staters, summer vacation marks the start of an internship in a strange city or a permanent relocation after graduation. Graduating senior Mike Reilly plans on making a big move to San Francisco this August. “I’m definitely nervous about the move,” Reilly says. “I’ve never lived anywhere but the east coast, so a 3,000 mile move is intimidating.” But there’s no reason to fret – as long as you have an arsenal of essential apps handy on your smartphone, any out-of-towner can be taken for a native. The free Wi-Fi Finder is an app you’ll want to download before getting to your summer destination. This app allows you to find free Wi-Fi hotspots by using the GPS function on your smartphone and also show you how to get there. Navigating the New York subway system can be very stressful, but it’s never been easier than after downloading HopStop Transit Directions for iPhone. This app gives you detailed subway, bus, train, taxi, walking and biking directions along with a nearby station finder and schedules. Not only, are these apps key for survival in a new city but they’re also free at the iTunes App Store.

Need a break? Kiersten Ferno investigates the very important benefits of Me Time.

So you’ve landed your dream internship. You made it through the interview and scored an awesome opportunity. Now what? You’ve spent plenty of time perfecting your resume, editing your cover letter and rehearsing your best interview responses, but you neglected to think about what you’d do if you actually got the job. For many students, a summer internship is the first time that they’ll be introduced to the formal office setting. And with a new position comes a new boss, whom you’ll likely be working closely with. First thing’s first: On your first day on the job, take in all you can about how your particular office works. Be sure to make note of what your supervisor has to say, every workplace is different, and fitting into yours will be essential to your success. Jeff Garis, senior director of Penn State’s Career Services, suggests that students get to know the “office culture” before jumping in. “Try to be a good listener. Keep your eyes

open and keep your ears open, but get the lay of the land before you move too quickly,” Garis says. In the office environment, communication is crucial. Establish a line of communication with your boss from day one. “The most important relationship early on is to know who your supervisor is and forge a good professional relationship with him or her,” he says. Understanding the workplace will give you insight on proper protocols. This is particularly useful when asking for a day off, or permission to leave early. “Organizations really vary on that, some are going to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and rarely do people leave before 5 p.m., and that’s just the way it is. Others are going to be much more laid back,” Garis says. Once you have a firm grasp of the way things are handled, think about what kinds of expectations your boss has for you. Natalie Jones, senior undergraduate studies

adviser, suggests developing a learning contract with your boss to help establish goals and answer questions. “Find out, ‘What professional development is expected of me? How do I meet those expectations? What are my day-to-day productivity expectations?’” she says. Kyrie Harding, an academic adviser in the College of Communications, reminds students that an internship is a learning experience meant to prepare you for future career opportunities. “If you do a poor job at your internship, you’re not going to be able to use your boss for a reference, so treat it like a real job,” Harding says. Dealing with your first boss can be intimidating, but by forming a positive relationship with him or her early on, you’ll get the most out of your internship.



most fascinating PEOPLE 2012-2013

WM: Member experience. I wanted to make sure that everyone was getting the best experience that they could. A lot of people say, “I missed the boat the first year.” I really wanted [freshmen] to have the chance to get involved. That was one of my biggest goals this year. Another was to be a face to the organization. I want to make sure people are comfortable coming to me. I oversee 15,000 students, but I can’t take credit for all of that effort. I want to make sure that I’m thanking them and being available to them.

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#1 – President, Rodney A. Erickson Last year, President Erickson assured the Penn State community in a podcast, “I am committed to leading Penn State through this difficult time, and restoring your trust and confidence. You have my promise.” Valley: You first came to Penn State in 1977 as an assistant professor. How have you seen the university change throughout the years? Rodney Erickson: At the time I came, we were academically a very good university, and over the years we’ve developed into a world-class university. And that’s the result of the outstanding work that our faculty have done. Having great faculty helps to attract even better students, and having terrific students attracts good faculty to come and stay. We have a really terrific infrastructure and support staff. V: Given the circumstances upon which you were appointed, many people thought the Board of Trustees would select someone from the outside. Why do you think they felt you were the right man for the job? RE: I think they felt that, in a period of crisis, it was helpful to have someone who knew a significant part of the lay of the land, and would be able to ensure that the core operations of the university continued to move forward in a period of crisis. Bringing in someone from the outside would have taken time and probably would have been more difficult in the midst of a crisis. V: Much of the Penn State community has asked, and continues to wonder, “What must we do to move forward?” What would you say to them? 30


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RE: I think we have to continue to emphasize that Penn State is a remarkable, world-class university. Even though it’s a large public university, it still has the feel of being a smaller place. There are so many opportunities for students, both within the classroom and outside, to interact with smaller groups of students and to get involved. One of the things that always struck me about Penn State students is that they’re so engaged. Whether it’s THON or Habitat for Humanity or United Way, there are endless ways in which our students get involved [to] better the communities and the world around us. We need to continue to emphasize that Penn State is a place that champions high quality teaching, that brings cutting edge research into the classroom and the lab and that works in many locations around the globe to make life better for people. That’s what we need to continue to be all about.

V: How have the obstacles of the last year or so impacted THON? WM: I think we really took it upon our [ourselves] to continue to do the amazing work that we’ve been doing. You’ve seen it in so many ways outside of THON; the research that we do, the opportunities that our students are provided, student athletes, the success of our graduation rate. We’re student leaders. We really have an impact on this university. We make this university what it is and we’re not going to let one thing change that. Our mission is to financially and emotionally support the Four Diamonds fund. I think the students really showed the world what Penn State students are about.

#2 – 2013 Thon Overall Chairperson, Will Martin At just 23, Will Martin oversees more people than some CEOs, leading the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and managing over 15,000 student volunteers. We sat down with the Indiana, Pa. native to hear how he handled the responsibility of leading THON this past year. Perhaps he says it best, “Yes, a lot of things have changed at Penn State, but THON is still here.” V: Did you think that this was a possibility? That you’d make it all the way to the top? Will Martin: (laughs) People ask me that. It’s funny... I was a captain my sophomore year (most captains are juniors or seniors). I had the goal that I wanted to be the overall operations chair, but I never envisioned that I would be the overall chair. Then, I thought about it more and I kept thinking about myself as a freshman. I really wanted to make sure that they [current freshman] have that experience that I did. V: What were some of your personal goals as the THON Overall this year?

V: How do you see the future of THON? WM: I would say we have more students involved and that we’re finding new ways to support the Four Diamonds Fund. I can honestly see in five or six years...that there’s some type of treatment that’s developed at Hershey because of THON’s money. That there will be advancements in care that will almost [equate] finding a cure for cancer.

#3 – Penn State Women’s Soccer Coach, Erica Walsh

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It’s no secret that 2012 was a difficult year for Penn State. That’s why Valley decided to pay tribute to several individuals who helped Happy Valley shine despite any lingering fog from the past. Without these Penn Staters – and the hundreds, if not thousands, of positive influencers who we didn’t have a chance to speak with – we might still be searching for the sun. We Still Are.

Penn State Women’s Soccer head coach Erica Walsh has certainly had quite the year. Not only did she lead the team to its best season in program history (21-4-2 conference, 10-0-1 in the Big Ten) but she was named National Coach of the Year by both Soccer America and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

This year, the team earned its 15th straight Big Ten Title and played for the College Cup Title for the first time in program history. Let’s hear it for some girl power! V: What’s one of the most rewarding things you’ve experienced as the head coach of the Nittany Lions? Erica Walsh: Just watching the [girls] develop as players – in their confidence, in their leadership, in their talent. Next to the parents we, our staff, have as much of an impact on them as anyone. V: Other than a ‘coach-player’ dynamic, would you say that you have a personal relationship with your players? EW: They’re family – you spend more time with them than your own family. You care for them. [These girls] are obviously in a very fun, but challenging, time in their lives so you just have to take care of them and they’ve got to understand that you’re always here for them. V: What’s one piece of advice you often give, or would like to give, to your players? EW: Excellence is not a choice. It’s not something you can turn on and off. There are some days that you don’t necessarily feel like putting forth your best effort and putting on a smile, and on those days sometimes you have to make yourself do it. The best players make the people around them better. We place a lot of emphasis on success with honor and doing everything the right way.

#4 Senior Associate Director for Union and Student Activities, Judy Albin Walk into Judy Albin’s office in the HUB and her enthusiasm for life is immediately apparent. From the pictures lining the shelves to the numerous THON obelisks recognizing her efforts, she has clearly found a way to connect with students. One thing is certain: Judy has left more than just a mark on that office. Rather, she’s left it all around Penn State and enhanced many lives along the way.

V: You’ve been very involved in THON over the years. In what ways have you participated? Judy Albin: In the old days, THON had some security but we [the student affairs staff ] were bouncers, so I was a bouncer. I [have driven] for the THON wish. The first year I drove them to the horses and the women’s equestrian team [took] them horseback riding. Last year, I took the kids to the Blue Band building so the kids got to dress in the Blue Band outfits and listen to the band. This year [I was] a shuttle driver shuttling people from the BJC to the Nittany Lion Shrine for pictures. V: How have you continued to build such sustainable relationships with students? JA: However. If I can start a relationship with a student, I’ll try to start it. Sometimes I’ll just strike up a conversation with a student in the Starbucks line! If I can get kids to engage in conversation and if I can get conversation going, I always tell them, “Come by my office anytime, door is always open.” V: Would you say that’s one of the most rewarding things about your job? JA: The students - oh my gosh, hands down. I’ve built such relationships with students and I’m so blessed to know the students that I know. V: What about graduating seniors? JA: When you’re leaving Penn State and trying to find a job, don’t pigeon-hole yourself. You have to go wherever the job is. That first year, you don’t have to like your job – even if you hate it, you can do it for a year. You just have to get your foot in the door. V: Do you think there is something that makes Penn State students unique? JA: There’s certainly something that makes Penn State unique and I think that goes hand in hand with the students that go here. And that’s the part that people [on the] outside don’t understand. You can’t understand it if you’re not here to feel it – you don’t just “go to school” at Penn State. Penn State truly is a family.



Domestic Violence: A College Problem College is the optimal time and place for meeting people, flirting and dating. However, it’s not always as perfect as it appears. Daphne Weidner explores the often over-looked problem of domestic violence in college.

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A Penn State Girl’s Guide to Self Defense Instead of being scared to walk home, be prepared to face any challenge that comes your way. Every girl should know how to defend herself in tricky situations, and Leah Polakoff has the best tips for you.



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only make them hold on to your neck tighter. If there’s room to move, turn the opposite way as fast as you can with your arm raised to break free. If you can’t move, do whatever you can to distract the attacker. But as soon as the attacker stops hurting you, it’s important for you to stop as well. “After they’re not attacking or grabbing you anymore, you should try to get out. If they’re already down and you keep attacking them, then you become the aggressor,” Gabel says. DelPonte says that our bodies know when there is trouble approaching. “Adrenaline kicks in and you breathe faster. We say to listen to your gut,” DelPonte says. Be smart when you go out. Don’t walk alone and always be prepared for the worst. And never, ever be afraid to hit like a girl.

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Years ago, when somebody told you that you hit like a girl, it would have been taken as an insult. Now, with various self-defense classes offered at Penn State, hitting like a girl should be taken as a compliment. One in four people are at risk of sexual violence, and on a college campus, these odds increase with every sip of alcohol or every walk home alone. Equipping yourself with the right self-defense mechanisms could just save your life. So go on, hit like a girl. Penn State offers two different self-defense courses, The Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) and Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.), both of which are free to women students. Susan DelPonte, student advocacy specialist and S.A.F.E. in-

structor, says that the courses teach students about awareness and basic self-defense moves. “Until there is no more violence against women, it’s our duty to protect ourselves,” DelPonte says. Eliza Gabel and Breanne Decker, president and treasurer of the karate club, say that karate is great to know if you are ever in a situation in which you feel threatened. “Not any one technique will work for one situation,” Decker says. “You may have to use a combination of moves. Multiple palm strikes, slaps to the face, scratches and elbows are all effective.” If the attacker is coming at you from the front, step toward the aggressor with an open palm and strike their nose or chin as hard as possible. The palm-heel strike is more effective than a regular punch, and you have less of a chance of hurting yourself. Another way of protecting yourself if an attacker is coming at you from the front is to push your knee into their groin – a move that is especially effective at hurting male attackers. Decker says that if you do choose to kick someone, make sure to aim for a lower target, such as the attacker’s knees or shin. This way, you reach the target faster and you’re less likely to lose your balance. Should somebody grab you from behind, drop your center and lift your arms to break their hold. If the attacker begins to strangle you, don’t go for the person’s hands, it will

For some, college can feel like an absolute utopia. We’re finally off on our own, getting involved, partying and finding the time to fit in class, too. But, what happens when that on-top-of-the-world, independent feeling comes crashing down due to relationship violence? It happens more often than you think. Relationship violence, or domestic violence, isn’t a problem that is only prevalent in older or married couples. According to Michael P. Johnson, emeritus professor of sociology, women’s studies and African and African American studies at Penn State, domestic abuse is defined as, “any physical violence between partners in a relationship.” This doesn’t necessarily mean a dramatic fight that turned really ugly. This includes a slap or a push. If it happens once, it’s considered domestic abuse. According to Johnson, around one-third of romantic couples experience relationship violence, which includes college-aged couples. Other than that, there aren’t many statistics regarding domestic abuse among the college population because it’s rarely reported. The serious question is: Why isn’t it reported? Dr. Caren Bloom-Steidle, a lawyer and professor of sexual and domestic violence who worked in domestic violence advocacy for seven years, says that it’s the combination of having a connection with and loving another person (even when there is abuse involved), paired with the feeling of guilt and blame that makes it so hard. This is especially true when it comes to emotional abuse. “Leaving is very difficult,” Bloom-Steidle says, “Everyone judges the person for going back with or not leaving an abusive partner, but it’s so hard when the other person is controlling.” According to Bloom-Steidle, knowing that it isn’t one’s fault for getting abused and struggling to leave the relationship, as well as support from others, are the most

important aspects of dealing with relationship abuse. Susan D. DelPonte, student advocacy specialist at the Center for Women Students (CWS) at Penn State, talks with students who are experiencing any type of abuse. “We can really touch on every aspect of a student’s life,” DelPonte says. “We can deal with everything for the student.” CWS has close ties with the Office of Student Conduct, Counseling and Psychological services, Penn State housing and of course, the police. Basically, CWS is an extremely helpful and safe first place to contact when a student is experiencing relationship abuse.

“We don’t have that counseling stigma, which can be scary,” DelPonte says. “It’s all about choice. It’s all about what that student wants to do.” The Center for Women Students, as well as the Women’s Resource Center in State College, are also amazing resources with caring employees who will stop at nothing for a student. Dating in college can be exciting and fun, but sometimes things go wrong. It’s important to know that relationship violence is never you’re fault, and that resources are close by.


KATHLEEN WARNER AGE: 21 YEAR: Junior MAJOR: Theatre and Advertising HOMETOWN: Johnstown, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: President of Innoblue INNO-WHAT? “It’s a student organization on campus that holds workshops on programming, marketing and design, brings in both local and out of town entrepreneurs, as well as developing student start-up projects.” HACKATHON: “The club also organizes Hack PSU each year, a 24-hour hackathon where students build a website, mobile app, etc. for the chance to win a cash prize and a fully paid trip for four to San Francisco for the Readyforce Innovate weekend. There they will get to tour companies like Dropbox and Uber and have the chance to meet with their founders and investors. Innoblue is a very open and flexible group, so just stop by one of their meetings to join!”

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THEATER TO TECH: “I was very passionate about theater and realized there wasn’t a way to find out what events were happening on campus. I wanted to create something that was like a talent management for campus, so I applied to be one of Innoblue’s student startups [during freshman year]. I started working with another group of students who were working on the OneSchool app [instead] and went to California for the summer to work with them.” CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME: “For the first time I felt really excited about something other than theatre in my life. I loved what I was doing and learned so much more than any of my classes, it was a different kind of education. When I went back to Penn State things really clicked when I saw OneSchool as one of the top articles on TechCrunch. Now I was just a person using and wanted to still be a part of this environment and the tech scene, so I taught myself to code.” By Kathleen Gormley

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What He’s Noticing



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tive. It will turn people off.” She ends our conversation by stating that people with good self-image have better posture, make more eye contact and look more comfortable. So, where do the guys come in? We checked our evidence with sophomore Anthony Esposito, who gave us his thoughts on self-esteem. “If someone doesn’t look me in the eye, that’s always a problem, but when it comes to self-conscious behavior, that’s a little offputting,” says Esposito. “Personally, I think men like the package deal: a girl who has herself together, who’s not obnoxious and intimidating, but not mopey and insecure,” he says. “Say I compliment you on your hair, and you go on for five minutes about how it’s the exact opposite,” he says, hypothetically. “It tells me that one, you can’t take a compliment, and two, you’re self-conscious.” Do we underestimate men by assuming they’re only going for a pretty face? It seems so, and more centrally, we underestimate how important our self-worth is when we’re faced with first impressions with men. Perhaps we need to dig a little deeper when we wonder why he’s just not into us. You might find that it’s not the outfit—it’s how you feel in it.

Planning meals can be exhausting, especially in the midst of a crazy academic and social schedule. No matter how busy you are, though, a meal should consist of more than a microwavable package from the freezer. Devan Lombardi has your personal guide for experiencing a taste of international culture without ever having to leave State College.

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Every girl shares the same thought process after meeting a great guy who just wasn’t into her: What’s wrong with me? Aren’t I pretty enough? We also find ourselves in a one-sided battle against the girl who was responsible for snatching away the guy’s attention in the first place. We self-consciously shrug our shoulders and glare down her gleaming smile, wondering what she has that we don’t. Shockingly enough, the answer most likely does not lie in beauty alone. When we think of self-esteem, we imagine the empowerment of our minds and growing strength in our self-confidence… which is exactly why it plays such an important role in first impressions. As it turns out, guys don’t just look at your behind when they look at you. They also observe your posture, facial expressions and consider the way you dress as a reflection of your perception of yourself. “A guy will most definitely be more interested in a girl with confidence,” says

Brittany Panerali, a psychology TA. “It’s natural to be attracted to someone who appears stronger. Guys will engage more in a conversation with a confident girl.” We conducted a poll for guys and girls to find out if self-confidence really is the issue, and came up with some interesting results. 81 percent of women admitted to dressing down when they aren’t feeling well, while 92 percent of men said they respect a woman who can dress herself nicely. 75 percent of women are able to pay more attention to a conversation if they feel good about themselves, and 94.6 percent are more likely to engage in eye contact and a firm handshake. Imagine this: nearly every guy polled agrees that a woman’s confidence in herself is more attractive than a woman who has none. Elaine Rodino, a psychologist at a private practice in State College, gave us an even clearer insight into telltale signs of low selfesteem. “People with low self-esteem often don’t present themselves well. They may act very shy and withdrawn, and may not be friendly and charming…or they could have behavior that unconsciously makes up for poor selfesteem,” she says. “They can be a know-it-all and loud, but it’s all fake ego, and not attrac-

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Sami Allen delves into boyworld and tells us what he’s really noticing about you.�And good news: it’s not just your booty.

LET’S BEGIN IN ITALY: When asked what his favorite Italian dish was, Richard Caprio, president of the Italian Student Society, told us pizza. But not the thick, cheesy American style pizza, packed with calories and fat. In Italy, “pizza is made from two things: dough and vegetables. There is no need for any other spices because the vegetables provide all the flavor,” Caprio says. Substitute traditional pizza dough with a flatbread, or use wholemeal flour dough. Next, add as many veggies as you’d like. Get creative!

The more variety you use, the better and more unique your pizza will taste. Spinach leaves, broccoli, red and green peppers, onions and tomatoes are a good place to start and offer the most nutritional value. As a finishing touch, drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top. NEXT STOP: THAILAND! Nicha Thanarugchok, president of the Thai Club, took some time to share her favorite Thai dishes. Her favorite is Pad Thai, a popular noodle dish. Begin by stir-frying noodles in peanut sauce, then add bean sprouts and your choice of meat. Shrimp is commonly used, but tofu can be substituted for vegetarians. Next, sprinkle fresh peanuts and lime juice over the top for extra flavor. Voila! A traditional Thai meal in minutes. WHAT’S COOKING IN PUERTO RICO? President of the Puerto Rican Association, Anthony Melenedez Torres, shared his favorite traditional Puerto Rican recipe with us. It is a simple rice dish with red beans and meat (either chicken or pork chops). The secret in-

gredient, however, is sofrito, or crushed green and red peppers, which are added to the beans to create seasoning. The meat is traditionally seasoned with a unique Puerto Rican spice called adobo, but a simple garlic and parsley mixture can be substituted as well. “Food is simple,” Caprio says, adding that some of the best recipes are created from the most basic ingredients. The ingredients for these dishes can all be found at any local grocery store. If you are looking for a fresher option, stop by State College’s downtown Farmers Market. These are just a few of the many different cultures out there that are ready to be explored. Like the Italian Student Society does every week, it’s important to “celebrate our food,” no matter what culture it is from. Mixing up your cultural cuisine will add much more flavor and variety to your daily routine. Take advantage of these quick, easy recipes and experience the world without leaving your kitchen.


We Are Getting Married

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Have you met the love of your life at Penn State? Bethany Shirilla describes why a Penn State wedding is perfect for you.

Penn State is where some students meet the love of their life, have their first date or get engaged. For endless reasons, Penn State is where alumni choose to wed, reliving cherished memories of where it all began. Kathleen Reeder, event and marketing coordinator of the Arboretum at Penn State, describes the ceremonies to be reflective of the couple’s Penn State pride. “They want to exchange their vows in a place both have loved,” Reeder says. Beginning in the summer of 2010, there have been approximately 58 weddings at The Arboretum. Featuring stunning locations graced with endless gardens and elegant exterior settings, locations at The Arboretum are booked according to ceremony composition and capacity. The colors of the wedding are also often inspired from the flowers within the gardens. Providing a range of 60 religious services,

the Eisenhower Chapel at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is a highly desired venue. It has suitably sized spaces for the ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An estimated 60 weddings are held at the Eisenhower Chapel-Pasquerilla Spiritual Center each year, booking a maximum of six ceremonies per Saturday. Contrary to popular belief, there is no waitlist for this venue. The Nittany Lion Inn and The Penn Stater are the two most common venues for receptions. Dena Gazza, financial assistant and wedding coordinator of the Eisenhower ChapelPasquerilla Spiritual Center, says, “This story is hard to believe, but it’s true. I had a couple get married in shorts, football jerseys, Penn State sneakers, socks, etc. The bride wore a veil and had blue paw prints embroidered on it. They even had some Blue Band members play for the music.” Vicky and Jim McQuaide, owners of vjm-

Studios in Boalsburg are two photographers that excel in encompassing the essence of an alumni’s wedding day. A sentimental remembrance of their undergraduate history photography often features the Nittany Lion Shrine, Old Main, Beaver Stadium and Hintz Family Alumni Center. The Molly Trolley, available through Fleet Operations, provides the wedding couple and party with the ultimate Penn State ride, stopping at landmarks such as the Berkey Creamery, where some couples had their first date. “It’s a big Penn State party on the Molly Trolley as couples relive their college days,” says Jim McQuaide. Penn State pride is evidently limitless. From the flowers and cake, to the veil and garter, Penn State can be woven (sometimes literally) into the wedding in a multitude of expressions.




Girls aren’t the only ones dressing up on the weekends. Crystal Jones uncovers the drag scene in downtown State College.


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the fact that some girls bend gender norms every day, which makes a lot of us a lot more like drag queens than we thought. “It emphasizes the point that you can be whoever you want to be and present yourself however you want whether that’s inside or outside your gender,” Leets says. Whatever you wear and whoever you are, the most important thing is to feel good about yourself.

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Michael Faris, a former State College drag queen, says that taking the bars and clubs by storm can help make those places safer for others. “We’ve done ‘drag takeovers’ of bars, going as drag queens and attracting all this attention, which I think makes for those bars to be safer places for gay men and lesbians on those nights,” Faris says. “Why pay attention to the ‘fags’ when there are queens to gawk at?” The LGBTA Student Resource Center holds a drag show once a semester, to the delight and entertainment of the student body. Craig Leets, the assistant director of the center, says that the drag shows bring a lot of attention to the center and LGBT community. “Drag in general is popular because it’s this extravagant and exaggerated form of reality,” Leets says. Dr. Khytam Dawood, a Penn State professor of psychology in human sexuality, says people may have many reasons other than entertainment to cross dress or do drag. “Some people regularly or routinely wear the clothes of the other sex… historically, women often cross dressed in order to pass as men and thus, obtain male employment or other privileges of masculinity. Male attire can also be more practical for many women within and without the LGBT community to wear for many day-to-day activities,” Dawood says. Remember those motorcycle boots and jeans? Those are part of a traditional masculine identity but now women wear them for comfort and (to be honest) they look awesome. It’s become so normal to wear just about anything that no one thinks about

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On any given Saturday night in State College, you’re sure to see downtown’s bars and clubs full of girls wearing the same attire. Girls wobble around in high heels, tight dresses and pencil skirts. But then, there’s one group of guys everyone wants to talk to. These boys (yes, we said boys) are wearing the same heels as the girls and corsets tighter than their tube dresses. And they look fierce. Dressing up isn’t just for little kids anymore. Drag and cross-dressing is becoming more prevalent now on college campuses as more people don their finest hot pants and dance to 90’s music. Most drag queens do it for the love of drag, but there is a ripple effect.

Social media has had a huge impact on the lives of college students. It helps us flourish and it helps us fail – in many different ways. Possibly the greatest of all impacts that have been made by social media is the way in which two people interact, particularly in new relationships. Dating in college has always been unique, and now a relationship relies on text messages, Facebook pictures and tweets. Today the term “dating” seems generally defined by two people who are already together as a couple. A date on the other hand, is defined as two people who want to get to know each other spending time alone. But in our generation, it is easiest to get to know someone by stalking them on their social media pages. So have traditional dates become outdated? Has social media rewritten the concept of dating? Valley was curious to find out. We surveyed our students, and the results revealed an interesting dynamic. 61 percent of those surveyed admitted to spending at least four to six hours a day on some kind of social media site. However, when we expanded upon that inquiry, 81

percent said that less than half of that time spent on social media was in the presence of a significant other. What does this prove? College students find value in physical interaction. Supporting this, a sweeping 87 percent of respondents agreed that they are more likely to say yes to someone asking them out in person. One thing that surprised us most was finding out that the redefined dating concept does not include social media so much as it does cell phones. In fact, college students appear to place more value on mobile connections, especially texting. They consider it more personal. 94 percent of those surveyed said that they are more likely to pursue an interest in someone who asked for their number as opposed to someone that contacted them through social media. Perhaps the greatest change from our parents’ generation is the desire for all things to be instantaneous. Forget the “wait at least three days to call” rule. The results of our survey showed that the preferred amount of time to reach out is within 24 hours of meeting that person of interest.

Background information is also wanted immediately. 77 percent admitted that the first thing they do after meeting someone they like is to look them up online. Looks to us like the days of dating to get to know someone have been left in the past. Why bother when you can read their whole life story on Facebook? Overall, there is no denying that social media is capable of helping and hurting relationships. Social media sites give users the ability to connect to another person from virtually anywhere at any time, allowing many long distance relationships to flourish and survive. 61 percent of survey respondents informed us that they would never consider maintaining a long distance relationship if social media didn’t exist. Social media often gets in the way of, and eventually leads to, the breaking up of many relationships. When we asked if flirting over mobile or virtual communication is considered cheating, more than half said it absolutely was. Maybe social media can’t play the hero all the time.


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“This is your educational window of opportunity,” says Lauren Chapman, smiling and speaking with her hands. “Don’t let it pass you by.” Her hair is pulled back in loose curls with a thin headband. Her mascara is applied just enough for a Monday afternoon. She’s poised, yet animated – even in running sneakers, yoga pants and a hoodie that reads NAVY. You kind of just want to be her friend. The ROTC Midshipman, Varsity Cheerleader and sister of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority lives by her parents’ firm belief in the value of education – something you don’t necessarily expect to hear from an extracurricular overachiever. Not to mention, she already knows exactly where she’ll be after school: on the USS The Sullivans in Mayport, Florida as an officer in the Navy. “I understand that my social life for Penn State is here and now, but the impact of my education carries on for years to come,” Chapman says. “When it comes to balancing the triangle of school, sleep and social, I always sacrifice sleep and social before I sacrifice school,” she says.



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ceptance letter from Penn State in DecemBut from mastering time management, it ber [of senior year] that I had received the seems like she does get to be social. ROTC scholarship for Penn State,” she says. “I like to say I got a bachelors in science, Two weeks before school freshman year, but I also majored in time management,” Chapman had to report to a training camp she jokes. called GAP. For many students, it’s easy to get caught “We would be running… up and down up in not just social life, but letting responsihills, pushups, crunches, walking in formabilities outside the classroom take precetion to a chow-hall,” she says, still smiling. dence over actual schoolwork. It’s easy to forget why we’re here: to learn. “It was very structured, you know. We were But Chapman manages to have an all around in uniform with our hair done, no make up.” They learned formations, about face, – and we really mean really all around – Penn how to salute and to stand at attention. All State student experience, proving to be a leader in three extremely conflicting aspects aspects that she is now familiar with during her physical trainings throughout the week. of campus. One day while Chapman was at parade’s Athletics? Check. Greek life? Check. rest – when she’s not allowed to speak unROTC? Yep. less she comes to attention – her Mustering While ROTC may not be the norm for Petty Officer (MPO) says, “I heard I have a a sorority woman or a cheerleader, growcheerleader here.” ing up in a military family, involvement in “I came to attention and was like, ‘Yes ROTC is nothing out of the ordinary. Her MPO, you do have a cheerleader here,” and I father and grandfather both retired from snapped back into parade’s rest,” she says. the military. “It’s not like it scared me or anything, but Though no one else in her family went to I wondered how they felt about it,” she says. Penn State, she wanted to be a student here ever since seeing a Joe Pa commercial in 9th “You’re not supposed to be on a sports teams your first year of ROTC, but I didn’t know grade, when he says, “Come to State.” this at the time.” “I found out about three days after my ac-


They let her stay because she was already committed to both obligations. “From the very beginning, it was kind of a weird dynamic,” she says. “I think people react strongly not just because it’s two huge time commitments, but because they’re polar opposites,” Chapman says. “ROTC girls catch the rep of being very tough – tougher than the average girl,” she says. “They’re not necessarily glitzy and high maintenance kind of girls.” Chapman says she considers herself a girly girl. Regardless, she has proven herself as an ROTC leader and excelled into the role of alpha department head, where she oversees 59 people. “I think I break a really big stereotype on both sides,” she says. “Being in the military, people don’t expect you to be involved in something that’s very feminine, and vice versa.” Chapman says people have told her that her personality is fitting of both an ROTC Midshipman and a varsity cheerleader. “Cheerleaders always have the image of a cheerleader, you know. People say they’re snobby and stuck up,” she says, insisting that the squad here is nothing like that. “They are almost goofy, but in a well polished way,” she says about her teammates. “They’re just really good girls, good people. I’ve had so much fun being with them.” Laughing, she adds, “They’re probably some of the funniest people I’ve had the joy of working with.” Cheerleading isn’t all funny business or glitz and glam, though. With an intense practice schedule and obligations to the community, Chapman insists it’s her “biggest time commitment, hands down.” During football season, Chapman says the cheerleading team practices from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Chapman says that practices and games are only a small portion of the team’s commitments. Being a varsity cheerleader, particularly at this school, holds a certain responsibility to the community. Fridays consist of events like standing outside of the Student Book Store on College Ave. Saturdays, the team is sometimes out and about up to five hours before the game at an event, such as the President’s tailgate. Her favorite part of cheering, though, is 46


definitely the run on at the beginning of a game. “The last game of this season, I remember I was running and I was making that U [around the stadium] and I wasn’t in hysterics, but I started crying,” she says. “I just knew that was the one thing that I’d miss the most.” “If there was one memory I could hold on to forever, that would probably be it,” she adds. Over her four years, Chapman’s not only made valuable relationships on the team, but she naturally took on a role as a leader senior year. She’s constantly looking out for the younger girls and often serves as a middleman between the team and the coaches. “The influence you have on your [younger] peers does affect them,” she says. “So I try my best to be involved in their lives…and not necessarily be a phantom senior. I call them ‘my girls’ and they’re great.” “As a four-year member of the team, I’m expected to keep the lines of communication from the coaches to the girls really flowing smoothly,” she says. “I’m expected to get [info] to the girls… it can be small things, like make sure they’re wearing a yellow or white bow that game. Or make sure the girls have their lipstick on.” “With our team, it’s a lot of seniority that helps to shape the way things run,” she says. Chapman assumed position as a leader on the team beacause she’s been there the longest and the girls look to her for advice and encouragement. “It’s being there for my teammates,” she says. “The seniors really hold the roles of leadership positions on our team that are usually unsaid.” As far as community obligations, the cheerleaders serve as a constant spirit around town. “We get to work with a lot of kids,” she says. They’re always taking pictures and signing autographs for fans and families. Being a Penn State cheerleader is “having a presence wherever we are, just making sure we’re available for people who want to talk to us,” she says. “Being there and being that part of Penn State that people look for.” Chapman recalls sophomore year, still in the midst of getting used to football and being a cheerleader, when a woman asks her to take a picture with her kids after a game.

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“I have three kids with me, I’m holding a baby and I’m in uniform and I’m [thinking] this is literally the Penn State way,” she says. “That’s the kind of presence we have on campus here, and we take it and we embrace it,” she says. “We appreciate how much people want to be around us.” At THON this year, the cheerleading team was part of Make A Wish, letting kids be a cheerleader for a day. They taught dance moves and just had a good time. “I had parents come up to me and say it’s one of the best days that their kid had in a long time… they were very appreciative and it’s nice to hear that, because we really do our best to be what people need, when they need us,” she says. “I think we have the responsibility of being active students, and this may sound weird but just being the spirit and enthusiasm that is in the Penn State community,” she says. “Just carrying on the tradition of being very involved in Penn State and being dedicated to Penn State as a whole.” She adds, “It’s little things that people don’t necessarily take into account.” All along her busy schedule, Chapman says her sorority sisters are always there to help her out. She lives in a house with other seniors, who are always willing to drive her places or lend her a hand. Most of her downtime is spent with these girls, too. “When I go home, those are the girls I see,” she says. “Or when I do go out, those are the girls I’m with.” Spring of her freshman year, Chapman decided to pledge Theta after a friend joked she’d “literally do everything at Penn State” if she joined a sorority — but that’s not to say she couldn’t give it her all. As if she hasn’t already proven her PSU pride, Chapman served as her sorority’s homecoming chair on top of her other commitments. A balancing act may not be easy, but Chapman values her relationships in each endeavor and makes it work. In turn, getting more out of Penn State than most of us. Whether she’s rocking pompoms, Greek letters or combat boots, you can be she’s striving — from sparkles to salutes. “It’s blended well,” she says.


NICOLE KELNER AGE: 20 YEAR: Sophomore MAJOR: Advertising MINORS: International Arts, Entrepreneurship HOMETOWN: New Hope, Pa. WHAT SHE DOES: Founder and owner of Nicole Kelner Designs ( BACK TO THE BEGINNING: “I realized that I needed a purse that I could use my iPhone through. I searched online, but there weren’t any purses like this on the market. So, I taught myself how to sew and created my first prototype of the SmartPurse. I did not plan on starting a company when I was doing this, it was solely out of necessity.” ALL DAY, EVERY DAY: “Time management is huge. I usually wake up early before class to make purses then have meetings after classes with photographers, mentors, videographers or anyone else I work with. Some days I am out from 10am to 11pm. I love to stay busy, though, so I don’t mind.”

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ENTREPRENEUR ADVICE: “It sounds cliché but just go for it. You don’t have anything to lose, and once you get over the fear of failing, you can accomplish anything. Some of my greatest design successes have come from mistakes.” LOVE WHAT YOU DO: “Finding your passion unlocks a whole world of happiness. I have never been happier in my life and this excitement comes from creating goals and accomplishing them.” By Kiersten Ferno

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20 Classics For Your 20s

From Trash to Treasure

Once you hit your 20s, it’s time to secure a few fashion “musthaves!” Alexa Gulian tells you what every 20-something needs in her closet for that dynamic decade.

We all have piece of jewelry from a former flame that we don’t want to get rid of. Whether it’s for sentimental reasons or the fact that it’s an expensive piece of jewelry, Natasha Tereschak asked jewelry experts how to redesign a former gift into something brand new.


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So here it is: 20 Classics for Your 20s. 1.The LBD (Little Black Dress)

11. Classic Leather Boots

You can dress it up and you can dress it down. It’s elegant, slimming and will never go out of style.

So you can at least pretend to be all outdoorsy and whatnot.

2. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans The perfect double-duty staple. Look cute for class and the bar.

3. Edgy Leather Jacket

12. A Classic Leather Purse An accessory that’ll age as gracefully as you will.

13. Classic Aviator Shades The pair you never let anyone borrow.

For when you want to feel and look like a boss.

14. Glamourous Shades

4. Elegant Watch

When you want to unleash your inner Anna Wintour.

To feel equally powerful and feminine.

5. Simple Ballet Flats For those days when your achy feet can’t take heels anymore.

6. The Perfect Pair of Black Heels To feel sexy — really sexy.

7. Ceramic Studs

Illustrations by Erika Fischerkeller


In addition to redesigning, Kranich’s will buy any piece of jewelry and Moyer Jewelers will buy it for the scrap gold value. With gold at an all-time high, both Trialonas and Moyer recommend selling it. “It’s a good time to clean out your jewelry box and let go of the things you may no longer be enjoying or things that are broken and you don’t necessarily want fixed,” Moyer says. Trialonas agrees. “If you need some extra cash, now is the best time for sure,” he says. If you can’t shell out money to have your diamonds redesigned, you have another option. The Attic has a way to redesign your jewelry in the comfort of your own home. “On our website, we have a DIY section,” Newton Rogers, training manager at The Attic. “It shows you how to do anything from tie-dyeing shirts to adding studs to a denim shirt.” If you don’t have any diamond jewelry, then The Attic is definitely the place for you to sell other forgotten gifts. “We specialize in buying costume jewelry,” Rogers says. So ladies, the next time you want to throw away that ring, stop and think for a minute. It would probably look really cute on a necklace – or as a wad of cash in your wallet.

Photos by Jenn Nagel

There’s a new trend that helps you wear your favorite piece of jewelry without feeling weird, and almost every jewelry store will do it. “We do a lot of redesigning,” says Lori Moyer, owner of Moyer Jewelers. “We take the gem stones out of the piece and have them set into something new and different.” Moyer Jeweler’s isn’t the only place in State College that redesigns. Mike Trialonas, manager of Kranich’s on North Atherton, says you can bring in any piece of jewelry to have it transformed. “We see it a lot – people bring in rings to have them redesigned,” Trialonas says. “Necklaces are a big one, and bracelets are tricky, but it can be done.”

Quite simply, there are certain things that every girl should own. While they may not last forever, these 20 pieces will at least get you through your 20s in style.

15. A Bright, Cozy Sweater The only thing you’ll want to wear when it’s too cold to even get out of bed.

16. Monogrammed Necklace To feel pretty just being you.

17. Crisp White Blouse

To add polished, understated detail to any outfit.

For impressing your boyfriend’s parents or rocking the boyfriend button-down look.

8. Favorite Costume Jewelry Piece

18. Sleek Black Blazer

For when you’re feeling your most bold and daring.

To work both job interviews and happy hour.

9. A Go-to Party Dress To have fun – maybe too much fun.

10. Peacoat When you need to hide a sloppy outfit while still looking chic.

19. A Nude Slip For those transparent summertime dresses.

20. A Confident Smile Wear this, and you’re sure to rock your twenties in style! 51



without going SHOPPING!

Looking to incorporate your favorite TV star’s style into your everyday look? Kimberly Valarezo has the style breakdown for some of our favorite silver screen fashionistas to help bring a little Hollywood oomph to your Penn State wardrobe.

paired with skinny jeans or airy skirts are a perfect daytime look. At night, a body-conscious dress with a standout bag is a must. Perhaps you’re more boho-chic, which makes “Pretty Little Liars” Aria Montgomery your perfect style icon. “I like Aria’s look because she is always cute and dressed up, but she always has some sort of edgy look to her,” says Alexandria Gonzalez, supervisor of Cheap Thrills in downtown State College. To get Aria’s look, always layer and browse flea markets for unique finds. Get creative by adding studs to an old bag or layer different materials. Also, be sure to stick to saturated, darker colors.

If you have more of a quirky, retro style, then take a hint from Jessica Day in “New Girl.” In addition to vibrant colors, bold patterns are a must! Utilize dresses, high-waisted skirts, and peter-pan collars and finish with bright, playful shoes. “Be true to yourself but don’t be afraid to get out of the box a little bit,” says downtown Mr. Charles’ manager Veronica Burk. No matter who you take inspiration from, incorporating their wardrobe tricks into your current look will give you a personalized, unique style any TV star would envy.


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Photo by Jessica Korch


Erica Kasan lays out the steps to revamping your favorite pair of spring shorts with some DIY tips.

Photos by Brittany Trappe

If professional stylists can take inspiration from the big screen, you can do the same to your State College wardrobe. After styling the fashion-forward ladies of “Sex and the City”, Eric Daman dressed glamour girl Blake Lively, “Gossip Girl’s” blond bombshell! He took inspiration for Lively’s character, Serena van der Woodsen, from supermodel Kate Moss. “It was that amazing, nonchalant fashion look that feels like you’re totally not puttogether; you put on whatever’s next to the bed, and you look amazing,” Daman says in an interview with Teen Vogue. Match Serena’s style by wearing earthy hues and statement jewelry. Billowy tops


Every fashionista has that pair of go-to denim shorts. They fit snug around the waist, the length is perfect and the design is simple. The problem is, after so much wear, even these favorites could use a makeover. If you’re a little bored with your basic denim, Valley has a few easy steps for easy revamping.

Before starting your DIY project, make sure you have an open work area and are wearing rubber gloves. You’re going to need denim shorts, a disposable bucket, a garbage bag, fabric dye (color of your choice), salt, sand paper, scissors, Gorilla Glue and metal studs.

STEP TWO - DRYING: After dip dying is finished, rinse the fabric in cold water. Let shorts dry away from direct heat and sunlight, either on a plastic bag or hanging in the shower where any run-off from the dye can be washed away or discarded.

STEP THREE - DISTRESSING: Cut small slits onto the shorts where you want to have distressed holes. Drag the sand paper over the cuts until the fibers begin to fray and then pull the fibers apart.

STEP FOUR - STUDS: Adding studs is an easy way to refresh those tired old shorts. Either gluing studs with Gorilla Glue or using push studs will work. Be creative with the decorative design of the studs, whether it’s pocket or corner detailing.

There you have it – funky, revamped denim shorts that you can keep rockin’ all summer long.

STEP ONE - DIP DYING: Fill the bucket with one gallon of steaming hot water. Stir in four tablespoons of salt and your preferred dye packet until dissolved. Slowly lower your shorts into the liquid up to the desired height. (Tip: The dye can spread higher than expected as it soaks through. Be careful not to dye too much of the denim!)


B R E A K FASHION R U L E S , LOOK A W E S O M E Striving to be chic leaves us constantly confined by ancient fashion faux-pas rules, but 2013 is a year to be bold and fearlessly challenge those outdated guidelines. In fact, 83 percent of Penn State girls surveyed said that they would ditch fashion rules for the sake of an great outfit. To help you see the light, we’ll show you four rules and how to break them. By Erin Murphy

One of the GUYS Rocking sequins in daylight can be dangerous, but when accessorized appropriately, it’s dazzling. Be aware of which sparkly pieces can be played down and which should be saved for a night on the town. Strutting to class in the metallic crop top you wore last New Year’s Eve is never OK. The best way to wear sparkles during the day is minimally. Try a sweater with some gold sequin embellishment on the sleeves or collar. If you can’t resist the glam of a shimmery top, then down play it with a classic navy blazer, simple skinny jeans and flats.

analogous color schemes and color block-

ily be worn with skinny jeans or shorts for

ing. Make it work by choosing two bold,

a casual, preppy look.

solid colors that are on the same end of the color wheel (i.e. dark pink tank top and a coral pleated skirt). Accessorize minimally – don’t let colors and accessories fight for attention.

Myth: Horizontal Stripes Make You Look Wide This is not so much a rule as it is a general misconception. Nautical inspired horizontal stripes are hot, and when worn

The rule against clashing bright colors

a top that doesn’t hit at your widest point.

has long passed. Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung

Wear a striped top that ends a little below

and DKNY runways all lit up last year with

your hips to elongate your torso. It can eas-



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In the early 20th century, ladies reserved their white clothing for the hot days of summer. Needless to say, air conditioning has ruined that tradition, and led us to change our perspective. They key to looking classy in the colder months is choosing a cream color rather than a bright summery white. An edgy, off-white leather jacket in the fall or spring is definitely chic. Incorporate alternative fabrics, sharper necklines and unexpected pops of white whether in accessories or basics.

Photo by Siru Wen

right, they look adorable. The key is to find

Myth: Never Wear Clashing Solids

Myth: Don’t Wear White After Labor Day

Photos by Audrey Cillo

Myth: No Sparkles During the Day

Feel comfy like the boys, while still looking stylish. Brianne Tracy gives you the scoop on “boyfriend” styles gone feminine chic. 90s style was all about tomboy fashion: tennis shoes, vests and mom jeans. Finally our style has evolved – replacing those masculine jeans and sneakers sleek skinny jeans and high heals. At Valley, we love dressing up just as much as the next girl. But sometimes, embracing your inner tomboy isn’t such a bad idea. So, man up and bring on the button downs, boyfriend jeans and varsity jackets. Menswear-inspired clothing will be seen lining the shelves of nearly every woman’s department this season. It’s super simple to take an article of men’s clothing and incorporate it into your everyday wardrobe. In fact, this trend is quickly gaining popu-

larity among female students right here at PSU. “Clothing is trending towards being more comfortable and straying from trying to look dressed up all the time,” says Christina Barnes, a freshman. Adding a bit of androgyny can make for a great outfit, but be careful not to go overboard. There is a fine line between looking cute and looking sloppy. When wearing pieces of menswear, the most important tip is to add feminine flair. Patches, studs, bright colors, metallics and embroidery can make any piece of men’s clothing more feminine. “If you’re hesitant to try the trend, start

small,” says Magdalen Lucci, assistant buyer for American Eagle. “Try with accessories first. Maybe try an oversized watch or a cool pair of oxfords. Oversized sweaters are always easy to throw on over a cute outfit.” Not sure where to begin looking for these menswear pieces? Valley visited Urban Outfitters to get some information on the trend. Sales associate Lauren Byerly says, “Not only has Urban Outfitters embraced the menswear trend, it started it. Urban Outfitters bends rules and steps outside of comfort zones.” Most importantly, Byerly says, “It’s all about mixing and matching, and finding your style. There’s no wrong way to do it.” 55

walk the park

Photography & DESIGN by Jill O’Brien, jenn nagel & KATE KREISHEr. MODELS StylED by molly ferguson, samantha mCCloskey & kierstEn ferno

From left to right: Vest, dress, jacket: Connections Jacket: Connections Scarf, glasses, shirt, shorts: Connections Bracelet: Dwellings Jacket: Connections Shirt, shorts: Connections All hair and makeup by: Tanya Rissmiller

Shirt, jacket, jeans, necklace: Mr. Charles

Shirt, jeans and jacket: Connections

Dress, jacket and skirt: Connections




Valley Magazine Spring 2013  

Penn State's life & style magazine, Spring 2013 issue.