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MINOR: Our movies need new stories

In February, I went to the State Theatre for a screening of this year’s Oscar nominations for best live action short film.

Grad students worried by health plan cuts

Penn State graduate student Tanner Cooke has had enough healthcare entanglements this year. He recently discovered he had a congenital heart defect. He saw a cardiologist in Hershey, underwent batteries of tests and must receive yearly checkups.

Cooke’s one saving grace: nearly all of it was covered by his health insurance.

Bone Tired: The LA guide to living with SD

With the average American now getting only 2.23 hours of sleep a night, sleep deprivation has become a way of life, and that is the reason, we at Stevieslaw shall publish “Bone Tired,” The Less-intelligent-than-average American Guide to living with sleep deprivation.

 

Local retail thrives amidst big chain stores

Local retail businesses in State College cater to a wide audience—a mix of both college students and local residents. By providing a plethora of styles for all ages, locally owned businesses are holding their own.

BIRDWATCH: Brown thrasher, master mimic

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the brown thrasher is its song – or more appropriately, its large repertoire of songs. Like its close relatives the catbird and the mockingbird, the thrasher is an accomplished song mimic.

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NATIVE PLANTS: Pa.’s ‘invasive native’ trees

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Sounds expands the State College music scene

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Misha Cleveland’s career path has been more of a maze. Through twists and turns, it has directed her towards a future that appears to have been hidden within all along.

Cleveland’s path has led her to travel throughout Brazil’s misty Amazon rainforest, to wait on tables, to dig deep in the soils of central Pennsylvanian wetlands, and to perform on-stage with a guitar in her hand and a dream to be a rock star.

Ironically, the combination of her misty, mucky adventures and her eyes half-shut from stage fright have given Cleveland a sense of clarity.

Planning a pedestrian-friendly State College

Graphic from the Borough of State College Downtown Master Plan

Downtown State College may see some drastic changes in its landscape in the coming years with the recent adoption of a new Downtown Master Plan by the Borough Council. This plan has two phases focusing on the marketing and branding of downtown, but also focuses on creating a more pedestrian friendly environment.

Pa. couples search for equality in Centre County

Seventeen U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., have legalized same-sex marriage, but Pennsylvania has yet to jump on board, with a pending ACLU case that might just change things. Centre County has proven to be a progressive leader in the state, and several accomplishments toward marriage equality have been made in the area.

On August 19, 2013, Joseph Davis, now Joseph Scalzo, 50, and Gregory Scalzo, 47, from Bushkill, Pa., were married in State College in the home of Mayor Elizabeth Goreham. They were married by Church of the Brethren pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer, who was later fired from his church in Burnham, Pa., for going against the church’s stance on same-sex marriage.

The Scalzo wedding took place soon after Goreham told a reporter that she would be happy to officiate at a wedding for a same-sex couple as long as they had a marriage license.

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