close

Penn State University

Penn State UniversitySports

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Paterno Fired As Penn State Head Coach

no thumb

joe-ap

After six decades of being the heart and soul of Penn State Football, Joe Paterno has officially been fired as head coach. A board of trustees meeting was held late Wednesday night in which the conclusion was made to remove JoePa from the program immediately in wake of a former assistant coach’s child sex scandal. Paterno made a public statement Wednesday which included, “I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief,” “This is a tragedy, it is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” This is a sad day for college football with one of the greatest coaches and leaders forced out of his job due to someone else’s mistakes. Stay tuned this week as we highlight Paterno and his incredible career.

read more
Penn State UniversitySports

Damage Done: Joe Pa Will Retire At The End of Penn State’s Season

joe-pa

joe pa

What’s done is done. Legendary Penn State coach, Joe Paterno, better known as Joe Pa, announced today that he will retire at the end of the season. Sad day for Penn State and a sad day for college sports. Joe Pa is one of the most beloved coaches in college football history, let alone Penn State history. What has been a legendary and tarnish-free career will now end in disgrace.

There was much speculation as to what would come of Joe Pa when the scandal first broke, but after canceling his press conference it was pretty clear that Paterno’s days were numbered. The brass tacks are that Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State Defensive Coordinator, was molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009, a heinous and unforgivable crime. Add to that, Athletic Director, Tim Curley and vice president, Gary Schultz found out about the “situation” and did something that is way too common in the world of sports: they covered it up, and now they will both go down with Sandusky.

paterno sandusky

The question I’m hearing a lot is “why Joe Pa?” He didn’t molest any young kids. He didn’t even participate in the cover up. Truth be told, Joe Paterno seems like the most genuine, honest, nice guy in the world. Well maybe not so much. Paterno heard a report back in 2002 from Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, that Sandusky had raped a 10 year old kid in the Penn State locker room. He could have gone to the cops. He should have gone to the cops. Instead he went to Tim Curley, who is now being prosecuted for covering it up.

Is Joe Pa at fault here? Here’s my take. We’ve all worked at jobs and what they always tell you is that if there is a problem, any problem, the first thing you do is go to your supervisor. It’s protocol and it’s exactly what Joe Pa did. Not good enough. The issue here is much larger than one bad decision. It stems from something that is ingrained into the culture of sports, this idea that your co-workers, teammates, and fellow athletes are your comrades and should be protected by any means necessary. It’s the same reason why nobody came out against Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire while they broke the law and soiled the Baseball records book forever. It’s the same reason why the NBA isn’t going to happen this year. Those things might be trivial, but this concept has now shown its darkest side. A vicious child molester has roamed free for 15 years because nobody wanted to go to the cops.

joe paterno

And BTW. That report that Joe Pa heard happened in 2002. 9 years ago. When it was 2003 and Sandusky was still running around doing god knows what, didn’t it occur to Joe Pa to do something else? Fuck that, what about when it was a week later and Sandusky wasn’t sitting in a cell having Nasty Nate return the favor? That’s as far as I go, because like I said, Paterno seems like the nicest guy in the world and I’m sure he is. That’s the problem though. He genuinely believed he was doing the right thing and what it lead to was potentially countless more innocent kids being harmed. The culture of sports is what’s at fault here…but someone needs to be made an example of. Sorry Joe Pa, but your retirement is for the greater good.

read more
EntertainmentPenn State University

Rap Group, Primary Element is Tearing It Up At Penn State

primary-element

primary element

In the social media age, there’s a lot of talk going around about the saviors of Rap. Guys who undercut the bullshit that goes along with radio stations and record labels, yet still manage to make a splash with sick flows and national fans. Mike Wallace of Penn State University, and Stanley and Steven Spottswood of Capital University make up Primary Element, a rap trio that is slowly starting to look like one of these revolutionary groups.

Primary Element might actually be an even bigger deal than they are now. If it weren’t for the fact that Mike Wallace is a Cornerback on Penn State’s Football team. Very time consuming to say the least, but the fact that he’s a star athlete and star rapper on campus, at the same time is Bad-Fucking-Ass. As for the other two members of Primary Element, Steven and Stan (Twins) don’t go to Penn State but they were both accepted to Berkeley School of Music, which is the long way of saying they are music geniuses. Steven and Stan play all the instruments in the group and Stan does all production.

primary element

But enough about Primary Element as dudes. Lets talk about them as rappers. I know what you think when you think College Rapper. You think about the guy who “Freestyles” obscure Jay-Z rhymes outside the Humanities building. Maybe the hipster dude at open mic night. Primary Element takes college Rap to the next level. All the music is made by them from sampling all the way down to actual instruments. The music. Think Rap Anthem. Needless to say, they are blowing up in Happy Valley, and for 3 guys dedicated to getting degrees (and playing Football), that’s pretty good. Look for them alongside Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa in the very near future.

Flyin’- Primary Element by Mike Wallz

Itching for some tracks? The good news is their new album, “Superheroes and Zombies”, drops in just a few days. Halloween to be exact. You heard it here first. This will be their 4th Album, and it features their newest single, “Flyin.” If my glowing review of them wasn’t enough to hook you, check out the track right above. Check back here for a follow up review when the album drops as well. Mark our words: Primary Element is coming to your Spotify, your Pandora, your radio and anywhere else you listen to the hottest tracks around.

Check out Primary Element’s Mixtapes

Follow them on Twitter (@PrimaryElement, @mike_wallz, @stephenstringz, @stanleyspotts)

And Like them on  Facebook

read more
LifestylePenn State University

Campusfood.com Presents: The Best Eats on Campus – Penn State University

campusfood-penn

campusfood-penn

The Campus Socialite’s Blitz & Beatz Tour is hitting Penn State this weekend with a vengeance, so expect a ridiculous rave, lots of partying, and good times for all. But we know that you can’t survive without some good food, too, so our friends at Campusfood.com are back to let you know some of the best places to get eats in State College. Prepare yourself for the Itis!

 

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies is by far the most brilliant idea to date on this planet. We had it in Binghamton for one semester (unfortunately, it didn’t hang around) and every night became cookie night. You can call up and get variety boxes of hot, freshly baked cookies and milk until the wee hours of the night, and they’ll come straight to your dorm room. The Penn State edition even sells cookie cakes and milkshakes. Umm, can anyone say snickerdoodle cookie, because I’m all over that.

 

College Mart Pizza

This pizza place is open until 1 AM six days a week, which is ideal for people who want to get some late night pizza but don’t wanna move from where they are. They charge extra for delivery, but when the going rate for a 16 inch pizza is less than $10, a few extra bucks is nothing. If you decide to go there, then you’ll notice that it’s not much more than a basement parlor run by a bunch of students, but we hear it’s some of the best pizza in State College. The sauce isn’t too bland, and it comes in hot or mild (which you can ladle yourself). Did I mention it was cheap?

 

Fuji & Jade Garden

As with lots of hibachi places, this one has lots of mixed reviews. One student told me that it’s basically the toss of a coin: sometimes it’s amazing, and other times it’s horribly disappointing. But there’s also sushi, which is the same way. When it’s fresh than it’s good (as far as State College sushi goes), and when it isn’t fresh, you’ll probably end up throwing it out. But beggars can’t be choosers. This place is better than most of the other Japanese eateries at Penn State, so if you’re willing to take the chance, go for it.

 

D. P. Dough

For some reason, State College is really devoid of places that allow you to order online, so D.P. Dough will have to suffice. I hear they actually like it there, anyway. This chain can be found wherever there are college students, and they deliver calzones like its nobody’s business. If you have $6, it’s really late, and you’re freaking starving, then you can always give D.P. Dough a ring. I live by the Buffer Zone, but you can basically can whatever your heart desires, all wrapped up in a crispy baked shell.

Enhanced by Zemanta
read more
LifestylePenn State University

“I Wish I Thought Of That” At The Blitz & Beatz Tour Penn State

8a__61745_std

i-wish-i-thought-of-that
The Campus Socialite is going to be in State College this weekend for the Blitz & Beatz “White-Out” Rave featuring David Berrie, and we’re joined by our good friends at “I Wish I Thought Of That” Tees. These guys have all the shirts that you wish you thought of, and probably always wanted to make yourself. They’re funny, obscure, and comfortable, and you should probably buy one now.

i-wish-i-thought-of-that-2

Each shirt is uniquely conceptualized and designed by Founder/CEO Jordan Zucker and artist Chelsea Birns. Designs are drawn from movies, television, and any other random shit that people might find funny. Many of you might be sitting around on your couch – eating nachos, playing Xbox, and probably stalking your old high school classmates on Facebook…also thinking, “wow, I could probably come up with better ideas than these douchebags.” The truth is you might…and that’s the beauty of it. This company was formed when Jordan, a somewhat normal 24-year-old guy compiled a list of funny quotes, references, and general ideas that he had been laughing at for years with his underachieving friends. They truly believe that any young man or woman can build a business based on idiocy and immaturity – which is precisely what they’ve done. Every time someone sports one of their tees, they help preserve the long lasting tradition of obscure humor.

i-wish-i-thought-of-that-3

Now, IWITOT is printing custom tees for fraternities and sororities. So if you’re looking for some funny, high quality shirts for your rush, next mixer, whatever, then drop them a line and they’ll help you out.

But wait, that’s not all: Later this week we’ll be giving away a few shirts on our Facebook fanpage, so keep an eye on it for your chance to win. If that doesn’t work out for you, then you can LIKE the I Wish I Thought Of That fanpage before January 1, 2012 for a chance to win ONE OF EVERY SHIRT DESIGN. That’s like 40 new shirts for you. If you don’t win that, you can still get 10% off their online shop by using the coupon code SOCIALITE.

Follow IWITOT on Twitter

Enhanced by Zemanta
read more
LifestylePenn State University

Blitz & Beatz Presents David Berrie’s White-Out Rave At Penn State

3.5x2_horizontal

The Campus Socialite is heading to Penn State University this weekend for the game against Eastern Michigan – and we’re bringing the party along with us. NYC’s Premiere DJ David Berrie is headlining a “white-out” rave this Friday night, September 23, at the Delta Upsilon house, presented by DU and Chi Omega. Want more deets? Keep reading.

 

David Berrie will be joined by electro-rapper Na Palm and avant-dance duo Afrobeta. Are you a freshmen? Don’t know where the DU house is at? We got you covered: the address is 229 Locust Ln, State College PA. Tickets cost $15 online, but they’re $13 if you can snatch them from one of the many promoters working the event, so make some moves. Na Palm has even released an exclusive Penn State version of his “Dirty Girls Like Dirty Beats” T-Shirt for the event!

 

Confused about what a “white-out” rave is? It’s pretty simple, dude: wear all white. The first 200 people to show up get exclusive free white-out T-shirts, so make sure to get there early. The party starts at 6 PM, and goes til we-have-no-idea-exactly. Get your dancing shoes on, it’s time to get down. See ya in State College, socialites!

Enhanced by Zemanta
read more
EntertainmentPenn State University

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Why Non-Fans are Missing Out

harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows

harry potter and the deathly hallows

Tonight, a 10-year love affair (if you’re willing to admit it, Socialites) ends. The waiting is over. There’s no new material. No more midnight releases. No more wondering what’s next for the characters that we’ve grown to love and know. Tonight, the Harry Potter series will finally end after the 10-year-in-the-making movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s massively popular seven-part series premieres for audiences around the globe on the big screen.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the long awaited finale starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, has already made $32 million at the box office in ticket pre-sales. Midnight showings are already sold out with college-aged fans even dressing up in their favorite HP gear and drawing lightning bolts on their foreheads.

But as I get ready for my last Harry Potter midnight activity tonight, I got myself thinking about what everybody who’s NOT a Potter fan thinks. Is it inappropriate and really weird to be 23-years-old and still totally in love with the Harry Potter series?

Yes is what people who haven’t read the series will say. Uh, dude—you’re out of college, why are you so obsessed with a children’s book? Well, for starters, the series may have started out as children’s books but i has evolved into something much more.

Harry Potter has never dealt with light themes (I mean the book starts off with a child’s parents being murdered) and has always respected the intelligence of young people. Reading page after page wasn’t like flipping though “Twilight” where the theme is how you can’t live without a boyfriend. Harry Potter is a story about inner strength, the power of friendship, and what it’s like to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is.

harry potter and the deathly hallows

That’s why I love Harry Potter. And as a college graduate, I am not afraid in the least to admit it. It’s taught me how powerful reading can be and made me want to read more. Before Harry Potter, it wasn’t the norm for 13-year-olds or college students in their spare time to read 700+ page books. J.K. Rowling made reading fun and cool again, and that alone is an accomplishment worth writing about.

So if you’re like me, and you’ve followed Harry from the beginning, you understand that you don’t need anyone’s approval. It’s more that people who aren’t Potterheads “don’t get it.” There is a huge majority of long-time fans and readers who started reading the books when they were in middle school and are now in college. We have literally grown up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

Harry Potter has been something that has been a constant in my life for the past 10 years when nothing else has. It’s given me something to look forward to, something to fall back on, and something to take respite in when everything else is going wrong.

So for all you Socialites who aren’t afraid to admit you’ve stuck with Harry until the end, I hope you got advance tickets to the midnight show and maybe even made a special batch of brownies to take with you.

read more
1 2 3 10
Page 1 of 10