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SPA Presents: MTV's Girl Code and Guy Code Comedians

The Student Programming Association Announces Performances from Girl Code and Guy Code Comedians

Three Comics from the Hit MTV Shows will Appear at Alumni Hall

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (October 30, 2014) – The Student Programming Association

LateNight committee is excited to announce that Kevin Barnett, Nicole Byer and Alice

Wetterlund, three comics from the successful MTV shows Girl Code and Guy Code, will

perform in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on Saturday Nov. 15 at 10 p.m.. The event

is free and ticketless as guests only need their student IDs for entrance.

Guy Code, the most-watched original series in MTV2 history, is a popular comedy television

series that features athletes, comedians, celebrities and other notable figures commenting on a

code of conduct that exists between men. Kevin Barnett is a series regular and has appeared in

films and videos for College Humor, Funny as Hell and Adam Devine’s House Party.

Following the 2011 debut of Guy Code, MTV premiered a spinoff series entitled Girl Code in

April 2013. Girl Code includes many notable female comics, actresses and musicians discussing

sisterhood and the code of conduct that exists between women. Nicole Byer, an MTV favorite, is

a comedian who has worked on shows such as 30 Rock and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Alice

Wetterlund, another Girl Code regular, has featured in the popular shows New Girl and Betas.

SPA’s LateNight committee is thrilled to bring another diverse and entertaining act to Penn

State. To learn more about the Girl Code, Guy Code event, as well as other upcoming SPA

performances, lectures and activities, visit

Contact: Amy Hopf

Student Programming Association Marketing Chair, (267)-319-4799

Autumn Strausbaugh

Student Programming Association Late Night Chair, (814)-671-4829

Billy Joel to Perform at BJC




Public on-sale Friday, October 31 at 10am


Live Nation has announced that Billy Joel will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, December 5, 2014.  The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the Jordan Center since 1997.

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world.  Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world.  The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

Recently, Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection.  He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film “The Last Play At Shea.”  This week, Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States’ top cultural awards.

Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Movin’ Out.”

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 10:00 AM through THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 10:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10 AM on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 via, all Bryce Jordan Center ticket outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Top 5 Homecoming Music Moments

To start it off here is a list of the 5 Best Homecoming Music Moments:

1. “Sweet Caroline” – When this song starts Penn State students know what time it is. Whether you’re at a party, a football game, the bars, anywhere downtown or on campus, this song gets the students going!

2. “Build Me Up Butter Cup”

3. “Shout”

4. “Wagon Wheel” – A country favorite!

5. “Living On A Prayer”

Alexa Ferr Joins NOH8 Campaign

Los Angeles, CA – Rugged Pop artist Alexa Ferr has joined many others including Miley Cyrus, Janel Parish (Pretty Little Liars), JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) and The Property Brothers to name a few, to lend her support to the NOH8 Campaign. Photo taken by celebrity photographer Adam Brouska,  Alexa hopes her involvement through the campaign will unite people to come together to support love equality, same sex marriage, and “no hate” towards anything or anyone.
“I hope to bring awareness to my fans and people around the world that we truly are all equal whether we are attracted to the same or opposite sex. We should not be discriminated against based on the colour of our skin, the way we look, and who we love.”

Alexa Ferr Biography:

Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA


Alexa Ferr first gained her start in the music industry with the release of her single “Fell” which features Mathew “M dot” Finely who’s predominately known for his role in Disney Channel’s Camp Rock 2. A triple threat, who not only sings but also dances and acts, Alexa has been incorporating her dance background into her live shows. 

For the past few years, Alexa has been in Los Angeles working with The Invaders  (Blake McGrath, Chrystina Sayers, Melody Thornton, X Factor’s Josh Levi, Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony) who produced her debut EP Lipstick In The Glass. Developing her sound from the release of “Fell,” Alexa has been able to captivate a “rugged pop” which is described as a sound “being rougher than average pop.” With this sound, Alexa not only shows her maturation but also her potential as an up and coming artist.

About NOH8 Campaign:
“The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.”

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protestcreated by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska ( and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition (passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage). Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “ NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Since the campaign’s beginnings, it has grown to nearly 33,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign features photos of people from all walks of lifes including everyday Californians (where the portraits began) to politicians, military personnel, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, to name a few.
Today, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. “The message of ‘No Hate’ can be interpreted and applied broadly, and speaks to each person in their own way.”
For those looking to get involved/more information please visit the NOH8 website:

The State Theatre Presents: Iris Dement

Singer/songwriter, Iris Dement, will be performing at the State Theatre on May 15 at 8pm.

She has recorded with John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Ralph Stanley, and contemporary country singer Josh Turner. She has also been featured many times on Garrison Keillor’s show A Prairie Home Companion and in the Cohen Brother’s film True Grit.

Since 1992 with her first album, Infamous Angel, Iris DeMent has been recording and has been brought to national attention by her songs, “Our Town” and “Let the Mystery Be.” The songs were featured on the TV show Northern Exposure and and re-recorded by the 10,000 Maniacs. Then in 1994 her second album, My Life, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

In 2012, after sixteen years of waiting, she finally released a new album called Sing the Delta. Rolling Stone describes it as, “… these artisanal songs of love and doubt wear their homeliness proudly; the effect is like finding a bountiful farm stand in the middle of nowhere.”

For more information on the concert, click here.