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Bullying persists at State College High

by Jesse Ballenger

A few years ago I would have said that there is not a bullying problem at State High.

Over the past year or so I have heard friends and classmates tell me about their own experiences being bullied. As I listened to their stories I began to realize that many of the actions that I have watched and even participated in, just to be liked by my friends, were bullying. Read more »

Disability path to love

by Joel Solkoff

“You must be crazy or in love,” a friend observed after I described how I travel in winter (in summer who knows) to the home of the woman I love (257 miles away). From my apartment in State College, Pa., I drive my Pride rear wheel drive scooter onto a para-transit van where the lift takes me inside. With difficulty the driver straps my scooter so we are stable.

At the Megabus stop at Wal-Mart’s parking lot, I am the last to board in the cold. Read more »

Poets serve as legacy of MFA program

by Shawn Christ

In the past year, two Penn State alumnae--each with a very different writing style--have gone on to success by publishing their poetry in chapbooks. The program that produced the poets, however, has not shared a similar success. Read more »

Muriel’s Repair resurrects art of storytelling

by Tara Richelo

On April 26, 2012, the second performance in the series Muriel’s Repair took place inside the newly renovated Webster’s Bookstore Café.

Muriel’s Repair: Telling Our Selves is an oral storytelling event where members of the community can come together and share their stories based around that month’s theme.

Pam Monk, an active member in State College community life, organizes Muriel’s Repair. She has been a part of “Forbidden Valley” a song parody comedy show and is a senior lecturer in the Penn State University Department of Journalism. Read more »

The June 2012 issue of Voices is out! Will women lose ownership of their bodies in Pennsylvania?

Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change - the complete video

Here is the video for the free presentation given on April 30, 2012 on Penn State's University Park Campus. Penn State professors Michael Mann, Donald Brown, Janet Swim and Rick Schuhmann, and graduate student Peter Buckland spoke Monday evening at “Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change,” a talk that focused on climate change denial. Mann is director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center and part of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Susannah Barsom, with the university’s Center for Sustainability, moderated the event, which included a question and answer session. Read more »

Penn State’s "forgotten" First African American Football player Immortalized with Bust

Dave Alston Penn State's first black football player.
David S. Alston, the first African American Penn State football player (along with his younger brother, Harry), was immortalized in a bust that was unveiled on April 21, 2012 during the Penn State Black Alumni Reunion "Blue White For the Future Scholarship Gala" at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The bust, sculpted and donated by Penn State Professor of Art Blake Ketchum, will have a public home in the All-Sports Museum, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to the sculpture, a scholarship fund is being established in Alston's name. Read more »

Photos of the PSU Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change event

PSU Climate Change Disinformation Panel Discussion
Who, left to right: Peter Buckland, Dr. (Juris) Donald Brown, Dr. Janet Swim, Dr. Rick Schuhmann, and Dr. Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, Nobel-Prize co-winner for his work on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.

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Penn State’s struggle for diversity

PSU Diversityby Sierra Dole with Lucy Bryan Green

It’s no secret that the number of non-Pennsylvania admissions at Penn State University Park campus has been increasing for years. In fact, the number of out-of-state and international admissions has increased every year for the past ten years, according to Jill Shockey of the Penn State Public Information Office.

In the past year alone, the number of non-Pennsylvania students increased from 11,799 (30.6 percent of the student body) to 13,115 (33.7 percent of the student body). According to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions website, 4,621 of those students are international students coming from 131 countries.

The increasing number of international students at Penn State is an important component of the university’s “commitment to diversity,” as outlined by its “Framework to Foster Diversity,” initially implemented in 1998.

However, many students, both international and American, express concern that the university is too distracted by the numbers to focus on integrating these students inside and outside of the classroom. Read more »

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