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Penn State: THON raises $13,026,653.23 for pediatric cancer charity


The annual Penn State Dance Marathon raised $13,026,653.23 for the Four Diamonds Fund a huge number, but not as huge as last year. Here’s how THON.org describes the philanthropy:

The mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.

The ongoing challenges for THON are to keep the books open so we can see where the money goes and to stay humble. THON claims that 96% of funds go to the Four Diamonds Fund. Marketplace trust is considered 65%, 96% is incredible. I’d like THON to provide details that confirms that number. As for humility, that has historically a bit of a challenge for some people. I can’t imagine many Penn Staters never heard someone in the Greek system say something along the lines of “we do THON, so don’t criticize us ever.” Given the Sandusky scandal, pointing to THON as a reason to not criticize the university seems inevitable by some and that’s sad.

The success of THON should stand alone and not be co-opted by any other agendas.

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Sheetz replacing the old Big Easy space in downtown State College

Subtitled: When your favorite bar from college is turned into a convenience store

Beer without gas: Sheetz to open store in downtown State CollegeCDT

Five things:

  • When I was at Penn State, my favorite bar was Tony’s Big Easy. It was an attractive space that served the best cocktails (but they were…SIX DOLLARS) in State College and played swing, salsa, jazz. It was the bar in Happy Valley with the most little black dresses. I loved it.
  • After graduation though, the music got more generic and it started to sound like every other bar in town. It wasn’t Jock Jams bad, but the product differentiation was lost.
  • Years later, there was a fatal stabbing outside of it. It eventually lost it’s liquor license.
  • Now, it’s becoming a 24-hour convenience store. It’s going to be a huge success.
  • That headline
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Do not forget why the NCAA had the leverage to drop sanctions on Penn State

I’m glad that Penn State’s sanctions are mostly gone and that the $60 million fine is staying in Pennsylvania. However, it must be noted that the failures of Penn State’s most powerful officials, including but not limited to Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Joe Paterno, to hold Jerry Sandusky accountable for showering with a minor on a Friday night in the football building in 2001 is what gave the NCAA leverage to create the sanctions in the first place. That can not be forgotten. The fallout that those individuals have dealt with is trivial to what Sandusky’s victims endured. Pretending that among those officials there was not a custom of keeping things in house is naive. That’s why their removal was necessary, regardless of previous service. Had each of them resigned outright within 72 hours, I believe the damage to the university would have been less significant.

Some are still angry that Penn State did not protect Paterno. I am, as I have been since Nov. 2011, angered that Penn State did not protect the boy in the shower.

I am also angry with Centre County D.A. Ray Gricar, The Second Mile, Louis Freeh, former Pennsylvania Attorney General/current governor Tom Corbett, NCAA, Mark Emmert, the Board of Trustees past and present, Dottie Sandusky and of course Jerry Sandusky. Nobody in power acted correctly in this scandal and accountability for all is important.

I know Pennsylvanians will take care of Corbett in November. Now, Penn Staters let’s move on, elect some trustees who care about the entire university, especially the students who attend it, and not just idolatry and vengeance.

May no act of ours bring shame
To one heart that loves thy name,
May our lives but swell thy fame,
Dear old State, dear old State.

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Penn State’s THON 2014 raises over $13 million for pediatric cancer care and research

THON 2014 raises more than $13.34 millionThe Collegian

Redefining possibilities was the goal of the 42nd annual Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon and as the 46-hour weekend came to a close, $13,343,517.33 was raised for the Four Diamonds Fund. The total broke last year’s record-setting $12,374,034.46 and climbed the collective total raised to more than $113 million.

That’s a lot money. The challenge is to keep the books open so we can see where the money goes. Five years ago, over 90%(!) of the money was going into the Four Diamonds Fund. Marketplace trust is considered 65%, 90% is excellent. THON ought to open up the books completely so that we can learn where the money is coming from and more importantly, where it is going.

Some reasons I think the total just keeps growing and growing:

social media/Web – Spreading the word and donating online is easy.

Not just “For the Greeks” – THON used to be an only and then mostly Greek event, almost jealously guarded. When it started opening up, it became “a Penn State event.”

Bigger venues – THON went from the White Building to Rec Hall and now the Bryce Jordan Center, so there are many more people involved.

More THON alumni – the 37th year, so the list of people involved just keeps growing annually

Year round events – It’s isn’t just a few canning weekends and THON weekend, there are events all the time.

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