November Catchin’ Up

The last few weeks have been hustling and bustling crazy!  I apologize for the lack of entries as I got tied into lots of sporting events and news across the county.  So here’s a quick glimpse into what I’ve been working on, from pumpkin drillin’, the start of basketball, somber moments for those around the world, and the closing of soccer season.
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Vigil for Tally

Tragic news came from this past weekends THON canning when a carload of students crashed, killing one.  Hundreds filled Old Main lawn for a vigil in her honor.  Bouquets and bouquets of flowers lined the walls and her sorority sisters shared stories of her fun loving bubbly personality from the glow of candles and teary eyes.

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Festival Week Wrap

Arts Fest week seems to come and go much faster each summer! Like I’ve mentioned it’s one of my favorite weekends here in State College, and through covering the event I got some time to jam to some music, get some artistic chatter, laugh with vendors, eat good food and buy some pieces!


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Rain Rain Go Away

Rain rain and more rain canceled some events, but some went on enthusiastically through the puddles and wind.  I started the day at the Color Dash to benefit the YMCA as the heaviest rain made the runners drenched and colorful.  After the first dry out of the day I ventured around looking for flooding and moving waters.  Then to the Grange grounds were the Relay for Life walkers trudged through some mud for the 24 hour event.  colordash1 colordash4 colordash5 RainyDay1 RainyDay2

Pomp and Circumstance

I caught myself humming pomp and circumstance yesterday around my house as I got ready for work, so I was glad that today was my last high school graduation of the year.  From Grace Prep’s graduation, with a moment of hugs and prayers for each student, to State College in the Bryce Jordan Center and Penns Valley’s outside just beating a storm I tried my best to capture the personalities of the 2015 graduates.  GraceGrad08 GraceGrad13SCgrad03SCgrad12PVGrad06PVGrad14

Protesting the Rape Culture

Last week police released a Penn State fraternity is under investigation for having a private page on facebook that included photos of women.  Since awareness programs and protests against the rape culture have popped up around campus and town.  Today a group gathered at the Allen Street gates and decided to take their chants and signs directly the to front lawn of the frat in question.   KDRprotest3 KDRprotest4 KDRprotest6 KDRprotest7 KDRprotest8

Honoring Buck

It’s been a sad week in the Centre region after an 18 year old firefighter in nearby Clearfield was injured. Buck was on the front lines battling a house fire when the porch collapsed, injuring him and later taking his life.  Emergency personnel from across the region and state gathered this afternoon to remember and honor him.  Fire trucks were draped with black fabric and lights flashed as the hundred of trucks followed in the procession under an American flag.  Buck01 Buck02 Buck03 Buck05 Buck07 Buck08 Buck09 Buck10 Buck11 Buck12

Malaysian East Coast Festival

This morning I attended the first Malaysian East Coast Festival hosted by Penn State.  The event was organized to bring Malaysians from around the east coast of the United State to play sports, music, and to socialize.  The Malaysian Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar even flew around the world to be at the festival for 24 hours.  Attendees were excited to meet him, and he smiled for endless selfies after sharing his thoughts and positive energy for the event.  ECfest01 ECfest02 ECfest07 ECfest08

Thon 2015, Sunday

The final hours of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon are always the most emotional.  With family hour after over 40 hours of being on their feet, the dancers are all ears to laugh, cheer, and cry with the families of Four Diamonds children as they share their stories.  Tears stream down everyones cheeks as those who have lost their battle are remembered and honored.  But the party returns with the hope and joy that one day Penn Staters will dance in celebration of a cure. SunTHON05 SunTHON09 SunTHON11 SunTHON13 SunTHON14 SunTHON16 SunTHON17 SunTHON19 SunTHON20 SunTHON21 SunTHON22 SunTHON23 SunTHON24 SunTHON25 SunTHON27 SunTHON28 SunTHON29 SunTHON31 SunTHON33

Thon 2015, Saturday

Raise the roof, don’t stop, don’t stop
Diamonds, up top, up top
Together, one family
Magic, the BJC
For the dreamers all year long
We Are! Penn State Strong!

The chorus of the line dance filled my ears as I walked onto the floor of the Bryce Joran Center today, less than 24 hours into the 46 hour Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

I started out focused on the entertainment crew, piecing together memories from the weekend on the stage, and pumping the beats to keep everyone moving.

Covered in baby powder from the Slides of Strength, silly string in my hair from a laughing Four Diamonds child and squirt gun spots on my shirt didn’t matter, it was fun to be capturing the energy and excitement.