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Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson, to perform at Penn State

Nick Offerman, also known as the Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreations, will be at Penn State on Friday, September 6 at 10 pm in Eisenhower Auditorium. Free student tickets will be available beginning August 29th at the HUB Ticket Desk and all CPA Ticketing Locations (including Eisenhower Auditorium). A valid PSU University Park Student ID is necessary to pick up a ticket. This event is sponsored by SPA LateNight.

Check out the Facebook event HERE.

Nick Offerman is an American actor and writer. He has appeared in various films such as: November, Sin City, The Men Who Stare at Goats and the Kings of Summer. He has also played various roles on television shows: Randy McGee on George Lopez, Tom Mason on Deadwood and also costarred in the Comedy Central series American Body Shop. Offerman is most notably known for his role as Ron Swanson in NBC’s sitcom Parks and Recreation.

On Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman works alongside the likes of Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe and Amy Poehler. He plays as the director of the parks and recreation department and is the immediate boss of the protagonist Leslie Knope, who is played by Amy Poehler. In 2011, His work on Parks and Rec had earned him the Television Critics Association Award for Achievement. He was also nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy that very same year.


The Trailer Park Boys are coming to Penn State!




Friday, December 6 – 8pm 

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are venturing from Canada for a rare live appearance at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.  Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian comedy mockumentary television series createdand directed by Mike Clattenburg.  The popular series focused on the misadventuresof a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  The show has developeda cult-like following in many countries, especially in the United States after DirecTVstarted airing the uncensored episodes from all seven seasons. The shows, plus two movies, are also available on Netfilx.  


 Reserved theatre seating $36.50 (Gold Circle and VIP seats also available) and go on-sale this Friday, June 28 at Noon at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, onlineat or, or by calling 800-745-3000. UPAC PRICE STARTS AT $19.50 FOR STUDENTS! Spend an evening with the boys for a Christmas show that will be like no other!


Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Penn State – An Interview With The Founder

Have you seen these neon shirts saying “Only Do It With Consent” lighting up campus the past couple of days? The shirts are a key part of the week long philanthropic event: Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Penn State. #SVAW13 was created by Jasmin Enriquez, a senior at Penn State, to help correct collegiate perception of sexual violence, and to raise money for victims. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about the goals of #SVAW13 and how it came to be.

Q: What is Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Penn State and how did it get started?

A: Sexual Violence Awareness Week is a week long group of events hosted by a variety of organizations on campus that already have events focused on preventing sexual violence and being advocates for survivors. Each organization has a liaison that works on the planning committee and also leads an event during the week. I started Sexual Violence Awareness Week with the support and help of a friend who was also was assaulted. I knew that it was a huge problem on campus and I wanted to do something to prevent what happened to me from happening to someone else.

Q: What made you want to get involved in such a large way, who else have you been working with to plan this week-long event?

A: I founded Sexual Violence Awareness Week as well as Only With Consent because I knew that this problem not only affected Penn State, but communities all across the country and even the world. I may only be opening up the dialogue around sexual violence in the Penn State community right now, but my hope is that I am encouraging other people to speak out against sexual violence, too! Other organizations speaking out against sexual violence during Sexual Violence Awareness Week are UPUA (University Park Undergraduate Association) Triota (Women’s Studies Honors Society), PHREE (Peers Helping Reaffirm Educate and Empower), LGBT Coalition, One Heart, Men Against Violence, Center for Women Students, Centre County Women’s Resource Center and Only With Consent.

Q: Can you describe the purpose of tying the local music scene into the week’s festivities (Rock Against Rape This Friday?)

A: I believe music is a form of expression that can be very helpful for survivors. It is also a great method of unifying a community. We wanted to encourage students and community members to stand with us and break the silence that surrounds rape. The best way we thought we could do that is with music. Most of the time survivors are told to quiet down about their experience because it is too scary or makes other people feel uncomfortable, but we want to encourage survivors to speak out and express themselves in a healthy manner that can start or continue their journey of healing.

Q: Last year students were able show their support for the cause via the neon “Only Do It With Consent” shirts. Will those be available again this year? Where can students get their hands on them?

A: Yes! Thanks to UPUA, we will have plenty of shirts for students interested in supporting the cause. They can visit our table in the HUB near Starbucks from 10am-3pm and also come to the events we have planned during the week!

Q: As someone who considers themselves a legitimate activist, how do you feel about people who wear a supportive wrist-band to be trendy but don’t lend a hand in the cause further than that. Does every little bit really count?

A: I avoid terms like “legitimate” because I think people have different forms of getting involved. I think I am an activist but I don’t value what I do more than other people. I do think every little bit counts, especially around sexual violence because my goal is to open up the dialogue around sexual violence. Wearing a wristband or a shirt is the first step to getting people talking about the topic! Once the stigma is removed, then we could get to the root of the problem.

Q: What is your take on causes who get blasted by the media for spend more money on PR than they do on victim relief, such as Invisible Children which was heavily attacked this time last year. Are dollars spent on awareness as powerful as dollars spent on people?

A: You have my response in your question. The key words are “victim relief.” My purpose is to prevent anyone from having to experience the trauma that comes with sexual violence. We are focused on primary prevention. That means that our goal is to get students to stand up and show that they do not accept that kind of despicable act. When people in all different friend circles start standing up and no longer accept this kind of maltreatment of other human beings, social change is created. But, we did raise money at the 4k/6k, and will continue to raise money at the Chipotle fundraiser and Rock Against Rape.

Q: If all goes to plan, what will the full impact of this initiative be by the weeks end (what is the ultimate goal of SVAW?)

A: The full impact will be that survivors know that people on campus believe them and support them. Beyond that, the shirts are a simple reminder that sexual violence is always unacceptable and consent is necessary. I am not saying don’t have sex or participate in sexual activity, but I am saying that you need to get consent first. This will start the prevention of sexual violence here at Penn State now, and then in the future when our students move away to different communities throughout the world, that same message will travel with them.

Q: Do you plan to continue this work, and do you foresee anyone picking up the torch with #SVAW once you graduate this May?

A: Yes, I plan to start my own non-profit focused on teaching people about consent from kindergarten through college. Obviously, the approach will be age appropriate but it will hopefully prevent sexual violence in all age groups. I do see Sexual Violence Awareness Week continuing on after I graduate. I look forward to passing down the torch, but first we have to get through the week!

#SVAW13 started on Friday, but there are still plenty of events to go to, plenty of ways to get shirts, and plenty of ways to stand up against sexual violence!

Check out the full schedule below, and go join the facebook group for Rock Against Rape!

And take a look at this informational piece about last years sexual violence awareness week, made by Eric Feinstein!

Former Director of Red Bull USA to Speak at Sparks Today – April 9th

This afternoon, Hans Vriens, former Director of Red Bull USA will be coming to Sparks 10 today to lead a discussion about business and entrepreneurship.

“What: Hans Vriens – Former director of RedBull North America and Chief Innovation director. Current SVP of global R&D at the Hershey Company
When: April 9th 6:00 pm
Where 10 Sparks Building
Other: Free RedBull for all who attend
Hans Vriens was key in bringing RedBull to the USA and created the slogan “Gives You Wings”
He will be speaking about his experiences both at RedBull and at the Hershey Company in this presentation which will be followed by a Q&A session after the talk.”
Come get inspired, and perhaps get some free Red Bull!
Check out the facebook event here

Penn State Thespians present "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!"

Hey all! Next Thursday-Saturday (April 11th-13th), the Penn State Thespians club, will be officially commencing their much awaited performance of Frank Loesser’s “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.

You can officially buy tickets at at Eisenhower Auditorium, the HUB, or at the Downtown State Theatre. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the performance at Schwab’s ticket office in the lobby. You can also purchase tickets, by clicking HERE.

Prices are $5 (with student identifcation) and $10 for general admission.

Dates & Times:

Schwab Auditorium
Thursday, April 11th – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 12th – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13th – 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm

…and while you’re at it, RSVP to the official Penn State Thespians Facebook event!

Facebook Event!