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Local gardeners grow food for the State College Food Bank

Growing food for the State College Food Bank rom Allison Robertson

In late May, Mary Watson, the newest grower for the State College Area Food Bank, stood proudly over herbs no bigger than a thumbnail, and said, “These are like my babies.”

This spring, Watson joined a group that grows and donates fresh produce to the State College Area Food Bank.

When Watson went to visit her daughter in Long Island last Christmas, she met a man who grows and donates food to his local food bank. Watson, a Chicago native, decided to implement the idea herself, despite a huge challenge: she didn’t know the first thing about growing vegetables. Read more »

Education majors face grim job prospects

education majors face grim job prospectsby Kenneth Bui

Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2011-2012 budget proposal cut more than $1.5 billion from the pubic education sector, underscoring the grim career prospects confronting education majors in Pennsylvania.

Critics of the budget have focused much of their attention on cuts to higher education and the possibility of rising tuition at Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities. Last year’s budget cuts inspired student rallies and protests, and in anticipation of Corbett’s 2012-2013 budget proposal, students from several universities, including Penn State, protested on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on Jan. 31.

Within that population is a group of students facing a particular set of concerns: education majors. Read more »

Dorms enforce policies for summer guests

by Jessica Beard

As students at Penn State University Park pack up and head home for the summer, new residents of all ages are preparing to move in. Freshmen leaving their East residence halls in May may not realize that their old dorms will see thousands of visitors pass through their doors before Fall semester rolls around again.

Summer in Happy Valley houses the youth camps and professional conferences which keep University Park a busy town with unlikely neighbors. Read more »

State College band Cartoon holds final performance

Cartoon Bandby Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell

On July 13 and 14, local acoustic band Cartoon will play its last shows. For 32 years, Cartoon has been playing local venues such as the American Alehouse and Café 210, but these shows will be the last time that lead guitarist Jon Rounds, guitarist Glenn Kidder and bassist Randy Hughes will take the stage together. Jon Rounds discussed the band’s history with Voices. The following is the question and answer interview. Read more »

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PA serves as a battleground for abortion

United Against The War On Women
Kate Michelman spoke at the PA Unite Against the War on Women rally in Harrisburg, Pa. Photo by Joanne Tosti-Vasey 

by Allison Robertson

At the PA Unite Against the War on Women rally in Harrisburg on April 28, a woman stood up and spoke about her difficult decision to get an abortion.

Kate Michelman, now the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, lived with her husband in State College in 1969. At the time, she was a Catholic rejecting all forms of contraception and had given up her career to raise her three daughters.

Her life changed when her husband left her. Struggling to make ends meet, Michelman was receiving public assistance as a single mother when she discovered she was pregnant.

“I knew having a child in these conditions was wrong,” Michelman said.

To get a legal abortion in 1969, Michelman had to stand in front of a board of male doctors and explain why she was “mentally unfit” to be a mother, she said. They granted her permission to have the abortion. However, when it came time for the procedure, Michelman discovered that under state law, her husband was required to sign a paper that granted his permission for her to have the procedure. Read more »

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