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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 »

Centre Gives brings match days to the county

by Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell

June 27 and 28 will mark the first annual Centre Gives, an online fundraising effort through the Centre County Community Foundation.

Between 6 a.m. on June 27 and 6 p.m. the following day, anyone interested in donating to local nonprofit organizations can log on to, view the wide selection of nonprofits, along with their profiles and donate.

Donation amounts will be matched by the Centre County Community Foundation (CCCF), which has allocated $100,000 for the purpose of making equal contributions.

By mid-May, the CCCF had signed on 50 organizations to the Centre Gives initiative. These nonprofit organizations run the gamut of activities in the county—from youth activities to the arts to charities; they include Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Nittany Valley Symphony and State College Area Meals on Wheels, to name a few. Read more »

Local residents contest PA “Year of the Bible”

by Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell

Citizens representing secular reason and publicly celebrated religion are competing in the state of Pennsylvania, and has not escaped the war of words and policies. Some locals have recently contested two actions designed to publicly celebrate faith—the declaration by the Pennsylvania House naming 2012 “Year of the Bible” and the continued celebration of the National Day of Prayer. Read more »

Vegetarians seek meal options on campus

Vegetarian Penn Stateby Morgan Kimmel

Ellie Kriner, a Penn State University freshman, is one of the approximately four percent of students on campus who identify as vegetarians, a diet that she said is no easy task to maintain.

“[Being a vegetarian here] is really hard,” she said. “They try to have vegetarian options, but it’s not that great.” Read more »

Affirmative action hanging in the balance at Penn State

by Mercedes Engle

Near the 2012 Presidential Election, the Penn State community will learn if affirmative action will continue to exist at public institutions of higher education, including Penn State.

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the case Fisher v. University of Texas sometime in November. In this case, Abigail Fisher, a Caucasian female, claims that the university rejected her because of her race. Read more »

Area schools implement new concussion law

by Cody Mann

In November 2011, Governor Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 200, which requires student athletes who experience a concussion or concussion-like symptoms to visit licensed medical professionals. Athletes must obtain the professionals’ permission to return to their sports before being sent back to play. Read more »

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