SOS Removed Post

May 6, 2008

I guess Tom realized that SOS should keep their mouths shut on this issue… we’d be so lucky if this would become a growing trend in their organization.

The Mifflin Streak: Reaction on Radio Free Penn State

If you read the Centre Daily Times, you’ll have no doubt seen the story published yesterday on the result of the annual student tradition called the “Mifflin Streak,” wherein dozens of students strip and sprint down Mifflin Road on campus to celebrate the end of the academic year, as a few thousand of their peers stand on the sidelines, cheering.

Police: Seven People To Be Charged in ‘Mifflin Streak’ (CDT) May 5 — Open lewdness charges are pending against seven people following the annual “Mifflin Streak,” in which nude Penn State students run down Mifflin road while trying to dodge waiting police officers.

University police say they plan to file charges of open lewdness and disorderly conduct against six men and one woman who were caught running naked as part of the annual spring tradition held the Sunday evening before finals. One of the men was arrested for allegedly exposing himself from a Mifflin Hall window during the festivities.

No names were released pending filing of charges. One of the men will also be facing a resisting arrest charge for being combative with officers, according to Penn State police.

Students and police are well aware of the tradition and large numbers of students each year turn out to watch the streak, along with police officers watching for streakers.

I spoke at some length about this yesterday on The LION 90.7fm’s public affairs talk program, Radio Free Penn State. A Penn State alum called in to give us her thoughts on this year’s streak and recounted how students celebrated when she was an undergrad in the 1980s.

To hear the entire interview, including my thoughts on the Mifflin Streak, click on the track below. We start discussing the streakers at ______.

Update: Apparently I was wrong – as you can see from Tom’s comments below – they still posted the blog anyway. However, I listened to the audio of the broadcast and shockingly enough, SOS didn’t endorse the event, release a official statement, or call the University Administration bad names for having the streakers arrested.

Could it be that our boys are growing up?


UPUA in the Collegian

April 29, 2008

Great article in the Collegian today about UPUA’s spending:

Check on UPUA spending sensible

To anyone who’s disappointed that the University Park Undergraduate Association will have to apply for funds on a case-by-case basis next semester, we’d like to remind you of some of the better student government expenditures we saw this year.

$750 on T-shirts.

$186.33 on ballpoint pens.

And of course, the infamous $436 for dinners at Chili’s Grill and Bar.

The Fee Allocation Board (FAB) wrote Hillary Lewis’ administration a check for $30,000 last year with only the stipulation that they spend it. And our leaders in student government couldn’t even do that well.

But there’s a new sheriff in town this year — the University Park Allocation Committee is re-absorbing FAB’S responsibilities as the disburser of the student activity fee funds.

UPAC says it’s willing to give UPUA a block grant for bare-bones operational expenses, but from now on, our student government will have to appeal to the committee separately for each project requiring funds, just like every other student group on campus.

No complaint from us. After the travesty that was last year’s “I’m pissed about this” polling campaign, we think it’s about time someone holds UPUA accountable for how it spends its money.

Yes, this will limit UPUA President Gavin Keirans’ ability to push through some of his more ambitious plans. And yes, it could slow the march of change our newly-elected president seems bent on pursuing.

However, students have a fair arbiter in UPAC, which pledges to base its allocation decisions on the financial feasibility of the proposal, not its ideological goals. After all, UPAC was the agency that gave the Young Americans for Freedom the funds required to bring Ann Coulter to Penn State. A fair check on UPUA by UPAC is the best thing students concerned with cutting wasteful spending by student leaders — and cognizant of the need for impartiality — could hope for.

We are all in favor of a powerful student government. But if our student activity fee dollars are going to be spent on Chili’s, we’d like to be invited to the meal.