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Author - Kristen Costa

THON 2014: Songs We Can Dance To All 46!

As THON 2014 begins, the dancers stand and the music is blasting, the energy is high and the stands are going crazy with excitement! With that said, we’ve put together a playlist thats going to keep this party going non stop all 46 hours! So when you’re coming back from those crazy sleep shifts, turn up this playlist on your way back to the BJC and it’ll bring your energy level right back up, no matter what time it is!

So get your hot loops, Fat Heads, tutus, and water guns ready to go and enjoy this life changing experience! See you on the other side Penn State!

THON Dancer Interview: Lindsay Blystone

Here’s Lindsay (Right) with her moraler, Amanda (left) at Color Wars.

Our next dancer in our interview series is Lindsay Blystone. Lindsay is a Senior Criminal Justice major, and she is dancing for Powerlifting club this weekend! We got to talk to Lindsay about this weekend for a little bit, and we will be catching up with her at THON as well!

How were you chosen to dance in THON 2014?

I was chosen to dance for Penn State Powerlifting though a nomination process. After I was nominated, the officers met and chose the two dancers. I was lucky to be one of the two.

What does it mean to you to be dancing in this year’s THON?

Dancing in THON is such an honor. It is such a small sacrifice my body will go through compared to the kids going through cancer treatments. Our THON family lost their child, Connor, to cancer almost 2 years ago so I am dancing for him, as well as all of the other angels that got their wings.

What do you think music’s role is in THON?

I think music keeps the dancers motivated as well as upbeat throughout the weekend. It also keeps the dancers moving which is really important.

What’s one song you want to hear at THON this weekend?

One song that I would like to hear is “Who I Am” by Jessica Andrews. Although it isn’t a fast song, it’s about family. It’s about being who you are and not worrying about the material things, which I think is what THON is really about.

If you could choose one artist or group to perform at THON, who would it be and why?

One artist I would love to see at THON would have to be Keith Urban or Luke Bryan because they are such great performers that really engage the crowd!

Well there you have if from Lindsay, but this isn’t the last you’ll hear of her! We will be hanging out with Lindsay, Jaime, and all the rest of you at THON this weekend! State in the Real will be keeping you posted on all the craziness going on, so stay connected on our facebook and twitter for all the latest! We THON in 2!

THON Dancer Interview- Jaime Pritzker

THON is only a few days away now, and to help you all get ready, we are going to be interviewing dancers for THON 2014 all week! We’re going to be checking in with them during THON as well, and we will be giving you updates all weekend for everyone who will not be able to attend!

Our first dancer will be Jaime Pritzker, who has been chosen to dance independently. She is a senior Broadcast Journalism major and a Delta Gamma sister. We got to sit down with her before the big weekend and chat for a little, and here’s what she had to say:

So, Jaime, you were chosen as an independent dancer, can tell me how it happened? 

Well, we registered online as a pair, me and my sorority sister, Olivia, in the fall of 2013. From there, we raised money like crazy by doing lots of different things like canning, fundraisers in our hometown, and solicitation cards. We were then told that we would be notified via email if we had been chosen on February 6th, from 10pm-12am. During that time, I just kept refreshing the page over and over. Midnight had come and gone and just as I was about to close the page, I saw an email filter in so I opened it right away. All I read was the word “Congratulations” and started crying. I called Olivia to tell her and she just kept screaming “No we didn’t! No we didn’t!”

What does dancing in this THON mean to you?

Everything. Not many things at Penn State mean this much to me, it’s my sorority and THON. The entire school comes together for one weekend and it is really special. You can talk to someone about THON forever. It’s massive and it’s something that is actually life changing, for families, for freshman that walk in for the first time, for the dancers, for the committee members, and, of course, for the kids.  This weekend gives these kids the opportunity to breathe for a minute, to just have fun and not have to worry about their next doctor’s appointment, or constant suffering, even if it is just for a little while. You will never find someone who hasn’t hurt before, everyone knows that feeling and want to help someone who’s going through it, and that’s why THON is so meaningful and so successful.

What do you think the total will be like for this year? 

I don’t think we will ever make less than the previous year, it will always be more, even if it’s by $1. But it’s not about the number, it’s about what we do for the kids. It’s about about the kids that lay up in bed sick that we are able to help through this amazing event. If its $4,000 or $4,000,000, we are helping someone, and that is what THON is really about.

What’s the one song you want to hear at THON 2014? 

All The Way by Timeflies

What do you think music’s role is in THON? 

Music is the #2 thing of THON, aside from having everyone there. It keeps everyone going, they play songs that makes you want to dance, and it’s those songs that carry everyone through the hours. They play songs for every part of the emotional roller coaster that is THON. Music is everything, and it can’t do anything but add to the experience. The line dance is a huge part of THON, and that’s a huge part of THON people never forget.

If you could have one artist play at THON, who would it be? 

Timeflies. They’re huge, especially for a college audience,  and if they played THON, it would be about having a cool added element, not about the concert and the presence of the artist.

That’s all we have from Jaime so far! We will be catching up with her during THON this weekend as well as a few other dancers and kids and families! We here at State in The Real would like to wish Jaime good luck this weekend and have a great time! We will see you all there!

Foster The People Come of Age in New Music Video


Foster The People released the music video today for “Coming of Age”, their first single of their new album, Super Model, which will be released on March 18th. This is Foster The People’s first album since their debut album, Torches, which was released in 2011.

From the start, this video transports the viewer to an adolescent’s perspective of the 80’s. The video goes through different trials and tribulations that illy dressed teens face and the ways they overcome them, each in their own unique  ways.

The band themselves are shown playing as well, in a dimly lit backdrop you might see in an episode of Zoom!. It is clear that the band has matured these past few years, through their physical appearance and their music.

This single has received a lot of positive feedback and it seems as though the band has come back with a vengeance, now we’ll just have to wait and see if this carries over through the rest of the album.

The Sixties to Release First Full-Length Album

A Philly based band known as The Sixties are preparing to release their first full length album in the next upcoming months. Although there is not a set date yet, the album is finished and we got an exclusive listen to it here at State In The Real!

The album is titled There It Isn’t, and the album as a whole has an old school rock feel to it, with fast tempos and high register male vocals. The track “Jean Jacket” even has a 90’s grunge element to it with a guitar that you could be coming right out of a Van Halen song. The band’s mixes of style is what gives them this unique edge. The lead vocalist has a aggressive rasp to his voice that really solidifies their tough rock sound, but then you get to a song like “The Context”, which successfully showcases the vocal skill he possesses and he adds an unexpected falsetto to such a heading banging rock track.

We hope you are as excited for this album to come out as we are! Check out their soundcloud for updates on the album release.

Oxygen Pernell Collabs with Fellow Student on New Single


Oxygen Pernell made himself known in the Penn State community a few months ago by putting out his prideful debut single, “PSU’in”. Everyone’s heard that one, but what you may not know is that he’s got a lot more up his sleeve than that. Pernell released another single called “Rearview” in which he features a fellow student on vocals, Paul Louigene.

“Reaview” has a R&B feel that “PSU’in” couldn’t hold a candle to. Although “PSU’in” was what put Pernell on the map in State College, its songs like “Rearview” that showcase what a true creative talent he is. The added bonus with this track is Louigene’s smooth vocals that fills out the track and gives it a more rounded out sound. Check out “Rearview” below, and if you like what you hear, go to Oxygen Pernell’s soundcloud page for more.