PSNK Nittany Lion Mascot Revealed

By Krista Murray

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.–In Dec. 2012, a Penn State New Kensington student was chosen to be the symbol of school spirit, the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot. After a year and a half of dedication, hard work, and unwavering enthusiasm, this student behind the Lion will be graduating in May 2014 and will be retiring for a new Penn State student to don the Lion suit. Now, this student has chosen to reveal his identity to the PSNK community. So who was the Nittany Lion?

Photo by Anthony LaMendola

Photo by Anthony LaMendola

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Steel City Con Convention Attracts Hundreds of Pittsburgh Residents

By: Casey Domski

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pittsburgh’s favorite pop culture, comic and movie convention Steel City Con took place April 11-13 at the Monroeville Convention Center. The convention, which takes place several times throughout the year, attracts hundreds of people from all around the area.

This year’s convention featured big name stars such as Lee Majors, Brent Spiner and Johnathan Franks. Many other celebrities made appearances throughout the weekend, signing autographs and taking part in question and answer panels.

Zachary Mullaney poses with one of the costume contest entries. Photo By Casey Domski

Zachary Mullaney poses with one of the costume contest entries. Photo By Casey Domski

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Pirates Fans Excited About Start of 2014 Season

By Sarah Steighner

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Pirates opening day on March 31 filled PNC Park with sunshine and excitement. The North Shore was a sea of black and yellow as Pirate fans staked out tailgating spots and made their way inside the stadium for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs.

Each slap on the back or high-five exchanged between fans gave the impression that opening day was one big Pirate family reunion. Only at this reunion, beer will cost you an easy eight dollars.

PNC Park (Photo by Sarah Steighner)

PNC Park (Photo by Sarah Steighner)

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Book Review: ‘Growing Up Duggar’

By Alexandra Smith

“Growing Up Duggar” by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar was published on March 4, 2014 and brought a firestorm of media along with it. Many people seem to be intrigued by the Duggar family, which consists of 21 people—two parents, nine girls, and ten boys. The Duggar family has a television show, “19 Kids and Counting,” on TLC that follows their lives and displays the family’s conservative Baptist beliefs. The authors of “Growing Up Duggar” are all above age 18, and the media has reported on the girls’ courtships and marriage plans. People seem intrigued that the Duggar girls don’t date, kiss before marriage, or hold hands before engagement. Needless to say, when their book was published, I found myself interested in learning about how the Duggars have grown up and what has shaped their beliefs and choices.

Photo by Alexandra Smith

Photo by Alexandra Smith

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Final Exams Study Tips

By Alexandra Smith

Finals week begins on May 5 for Penn State, and is rapidly approaching. With the semester coming to an end, many students find themselves preparing for multiple final exams, all while finishing up projects and homework assignments. It’s definitely a tough balancing act, so here are four tips to help you ace your finals.

Be prepared

First and foremost, try not to procrastinate; waiting to study until the night before an exam is never a good idea. Procrastination causes undue stress, and can lower your GPA very quickly. Make a study schedule based off of your final exam schedule, and study for your first or hardest final first. Review all of your class materials—tests, homework, quizzes, and handouts. Create your own study guide, as this causes you to review the information as you create the study guide, and then review it again each time you look over it. Make sure you have all of your class materials with you as you study, and bring along extra writing utensils so you won’t waste time looking for your notes or a new pen.

Having study materials with you before you begin reviewing will help you stay focused and prepared as you study for final exams. (Photo by Alexandra Smith)

Having study materials with you before you begin reviewing class content will help you stay focused and prepared as you study for final exams.
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Cinnamon Vanilla Biscotti

By Alexandra Smith

Though the temperature is finally beginning to warm up again after a long winter in Western Pennsylvania, it’s not warm enough to consider turning off one’s oven or switching from hot to iced coffee just yet. That’s where biscotti comes in; it’s light and airy, takes only about an hour to bake, and is perfect for dipping into hot coffee on a chilly spring day. The flavors of warm cinnamon and vanilla and almond extracts combine to make a sweet and crunchy treat that’s also visually appealing.

Photo by Alexandra Smith

Photo by Alexandra Smith

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Life at the Nittany Highland Apartments

By Sarah Steighner

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. –  Entertaining. Insightful. Eventful. Convenient. Unpredictable. These are a few words that residents at the Nittany Highland apartments use to describe their college living experience.

67 residents live at the apartments, located on Myers Drive, right across from the Penn State New Kensington campus. Most residents are students at the school. Some said they take advantage of the opportunity to not have to commute from surrounding areas, while others are out-of-state or international students.

Previously under the management of Nancy Johasky, the Nittany Highland apartments are now under the administration of Arbors Management. When asked about her experience working with the new management, Residential Assistant (RA), Krista Murray stated that “It’s a growing experience on both ends.”
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