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What: 2011 Greek Sing will benefit the Gayle Beyer’s Scholarship fund
Where: Eisenhower Auditorium
When: Sunday November 6
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM



The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Council’s Greek Sing was started in 1968 as an opportunity for fraternities and sororities to show off their musical talents, bond with various organizations, and display their Greek Pride! The event ended shortly after, but was restarted in 1983 with immediate success. Two years later, in 1985, the Greeks decided that all proceeds would go towards the Gayle Beyers Scholarship Fund. Gayle Beyers was former Greek advisor at Penn State, nationally-known for her expertise in Greek Life. Now each year, several scholarships are awarded to various members of the Greek community who exemplify everything positive about being in a fraternity or sorority: leadership, dedication, academic excellence, courtesy, service learning and various talents.

Greek Sing gives all organizations the chance the show off their originality, and every year, we have outstanding success. These dedicated students work hard towards winning first place in many different categories, including: best long performance, best short performance, best band, best costume, best set design, best female and male leads, and most spirit points!



“World Champion” Comedian and Former “Full House” Star to Perform Stand-Up

dave coulier

Judah Friedlander

Stand-up comedians Judah Friedlander and Dave Coulier are scheduled to perform on Friday, November 4 at 10 P.M. in Alumni Hall as a part of SPA LateNight. This is a ticketless event. Students with a valid photo PSU ID will be let in for free on a first come, first serve basis.

Friedlander is a stand-up comedian known as the “World Champion”, with 18 years of stand-up experience. He currently appears as the character “Frank” on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He has also been in over 20 movies including “Meet the Parents,” “Zoolander,” “Date Movie,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” and “American Splendor” for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards.    Friedlander’s countless TV appearances include VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” MTV’s “Wonder Showzen,” “The Tonight Show,” and various other late night talk shows and Comedy Central shows.

Coulier is perhaps best known for his work on the long-running hit ABC television series, “Full House.” His stand-up act has earned him regular appearances on “The Tonight Show,” HBO’s “Detroit Comedy Jam” and HBO’s “Comic Relief.”   Dave continues to enjoy sold out performances of his stand-up comedy, in addition to lending his voice for various voice-over roles, including Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken.”

Oceanographer Who Discovered The Titanic Robert Ballard Scheduled to Speak


Robert Ballard

On Thursday, November 10th, SPA’s Lecture Committee brings the oceanographer who discovered the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard to the Eisenhower Auditorium at 8PM as part of it’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Free tickets for this event from SPA’s Lecture Committee will be distributed to the Penn State student body on October 27th with a valid PSU photo ID, and to the general public on November 3rd. The tickets will be available at the Bryce Jordan Center, the HUB Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Tickets Downtown.

Dr. Robert Ballard has made a distinguished name for himself for many years with his hard work and dedication to marine discoveries. He is easily best known for the discovery of the Titanic in 1985. In August of 1985, Ballard joined forces with a French-American expedition to find the sunken ship. After almost a month of finding no remains of the ship, they finally found something. The Titanic’s massive boiler, then pieces of hull plating, portholes, and a railing turned on its side all were found on the ocean floor on an early September morning.

While being a well-known oceanographer, Dr. Robert Ballard is also a full-time faculty member of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, acts as the President of the Institute of Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, and Director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout his career he has conducted more than one-hundred deep sea explorations. In addition, Ballard created the JASON project, which is an educational program designed to give students insight to a pursing learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery.

Dr. Robert Ballard is also a published writer and has been seen in a few television programs. He has published eighteen books, numerous scientific papers and a dozen articles in National Geographic magazine. Ballard also has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including the record-breaking Secrets of the Titanic.

SPA to host Halloween Costume Contest/Rave



The Student Programming Association will be hosting a Halloween Costume Contest/Rave for the ages at 10:00 P.M. on October 29th, in Alumni Hall. Contest entry forms will be available to the student body on October 19th and registration will be open until 9:30 P.M. on the night of the event. The event will be free for all who wish to enter at 10:00PM, and doors will open for contestants at 9:30P.M.


SPA’s got you covered for your Halloween festivities this year with the Halloween Costume Contest and Rave. The event will be hosted by Second Floor Stand-Up’s Dave Porter and the Student Programming Association’s Matthew Preven, and entertainment will be brought to the students by DJ Yaro of the Electronic Dance Music Club.


The Costume Contest will feature three main prizes, along with other surprise prizes to be dispersed to audience members throughout the night. The first place winner will receive a 32” Vizio HDTV. The second place winner will receive a “Wii Bundle Pack.” Our third prize winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to Best Buy. The Contest will be judged by special guests as well based on the categories of originality, creativity, effort, humor and personality.


The Costume Rave will feature beats by DJ Yaro of the Electronic Dance Music Club. DJ Yaro, a PSU student, will provide the best in today’s Top 40s music, along with the best in today’s electronic and techno music. The perfect atmosphere for a rave will be delivered with lights, fog machines, lasers and more.


Alton Brown comes to Penn State

On Wednesday, September 28th, Food Network Star Alton Brown will speak at the Eisenhower Auditorium at 8PM as part of SPA’s Lecture Commitee Distinguished Speaker Series. Free tickets for the first event from SPA’s Lecture Distinguished Speaker Series will be distributed to the student body on September 14 and to the general public on September 21. These tickets will be available at the Bryce Jordan Center, the HUB Ticket Booth,… Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Tickets Downtown.

Alton Brown’s blend of wit with wisdom, history with pop culture and science with common cooking sense has set him apart from the crowd and made him one of the more prominent names in cooking in recent years. Brown has been virtually everywhere in the cooking scene, and has an impressive resume to show for it.

Along with being a featured Food Network star and chef, Alton Brown is also the host, head writer and executive producer of the hit show Good Eats. Even more impressive is that while hosting the Peabody Award winning show Good Eats, he is also the host of the fan favorite show Iron Chef America. In addition, Brown has hosted Feasting on Waves and has been featured on The Next Food Network Star, The Best Thing I ever Ate, Ace of Cakes, The Early Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Alton Brown has written several award winning books as well. These books include the James Beard Foundation Award winning I’m Just Here for the Food, Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen, I’m Just Here for More Food, and Feasting on Asphalt. The book I’m Just Here for the Food was also one of the best-selling cookbooks of 2002 and was chosen by as one of the top 50 books of 2002.
Don’t miss out on an awesome event!

Tickets available September 14th for students at the HUB desk, Eisenhower, or the BJC!

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