THON Tales 2015: A multimedia blog | Friday

Story posted February 20, 2015 in News, Thon 2015 by College of Communications

Each February the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, better known as THON, fills the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park with 15,000 people for 46 hours. Last year the event raised more than $13 million to benefit the families of children with cancer. These are some of their stories.

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Looking Good

There’s tutus, flowers and even capes to be found at the BJC as Penn States students celebrate THON.

~ by Keyla Medrano

New View of THON

Lerell Richards has been heavily involved in committees within THON for the past four years at Penn State. For his final THON, he decided to watch from the stands with the crowd.

~ by Brianna Hunter

Dancer report: Taylor Milano / Friday

Taylor Milano is dancing for Foto and filing video reports about her experience from the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center.

~ By Taylor Milano


Generations of Ohana

Liz Ducker is a senior at Penn State University. She will be standing for 46 hours to support her special interest organization Ohana, in the fight against pediatric cancer. THON and Ohana are very close to Duckers heart, her brother Mike started the organization back in 2008 and it has been her dream to follow in his footsteps.

~ By Katie Pearce

Moving On

Rachel Shaffer is a Penn State senior a barista and president of Domani, a special organization involved in THON. Being president has filled her years with THON and allowed her the chance last year to dance for 46 hours straight. As she comes to the end of her time at Penn State, she says she is ready to pass the torch to the next member of the organization.

~ by Sara Walter

Cold Wait

With temperatures in the single digits students began to line up outside of Beaver Stadium in the early afternoon for the start of THON 2015 at 6pm.

~ by Lacey Fuller

Ready to Dance

With less than a day until THON all Andi Diamond could think about was work and school. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, all of that was history as she stood up on the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center and began her 46 hour odyssey as a THON dancer.

~ by Alex Glassman

Mentally and physically preparing to dance 


Dancer Nick Shugars is preparing to stay on his feet for 46 hours straight over this upcoming weekend. Shugars will be joined by over 700 other Penn State students who plan on staying on their feet the whole time in honor of kids with cancer. This is not something that can just be done, dancers such as Shugars have been preparing themselves mentally and physically to be up for the challenge.

~ By Josh Restivo

Setting the Stage

Robert Larimer, a Marketing major has been a member of the OPP Committee for two years now. He played a huge role in setting up the stage and ground level of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the start of THON. His shift started at 9 A.M. and extended to the start of THON at 6.P.M. to ensure that all dancers on the floor is safe throughout the 48 hour dance marathon.

~ By Kevin L. France


Get Ready, Get Set, Get In Line

The THON entrance plan changed drastically this year, as the THON executive committee elected to go with an electronic registry system to prevent some of the chaos that has been a part of entering the Bryce Jordan Center in the past.

Organizations each have a designated time in which they will pick up wristbands to ensure entrance, and the wristbands come with a time that they can get in line to enter the building.
Delta Zeta THON chair Julie Hannan shares how entering THON has changed in her years at Penn State.

~ by Michael Katz

Human Tunnel

Sooriya Jhanagan, a junior and BBH major at Penn State, is involved with THON in many ways and knows plenty of students dancing in THON 2015. She explains why she thinks the Human Tunnel is an important aspect of THON and why she participates.

~ By Jessica Reilly

Lining up to THON

Students queue up outside the Bryce Jordan Center on a frigid Friday afternoon sat they wait to stream inside the building to help kick off THON 2015.

~ By Mary Chuff

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Jessica Reilly

Senior / Broadcasting Journalism

Jessica has completed three internships with radio stations throughout the State College area and a fourth internship in Center City Philadelphia. She is a member of the ComRadio sports department and has developed a passion for radio and promotions throughout her college career. Jessica hopes to work on air and in the promotions department for a broadcasting company after her graduation in May 2015.

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Alex Glassman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Alex Glassman was born and raised in East Hanover, New Jersey.  Currently, Alex is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and has completed his minor in Communication Arts and Sciences.  Alex is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, as well as a brother of the Pi Sigma chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity of North America.  One day, Alex hopes to work in sports production.

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Kevin France

Junior / Journalism

Kevin L. France is a junior, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Kinesiology. He is from Brooklyn, New York and is currently an active member in COMRADIO. He aspires to work for ESPN as a sports analyst or work as a beat writer for the Brooklyn Nets. His favorite teams are The New York Mets and Brooklyn Nets. To Contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow his twitter @kev_da_bossman.

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Sara Walter

Senior / Broadcast/Journalism

Sara Walter is a senior from Fort Washington, PA, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in English. She has been a member of ComRadio, for anchoring and corresponding, and as a part of PSN-TV on the package and studio crew. She has completed internships with C-SPAN in Washington D.C. in the Fall of 2014, on the Washington Journal, daily call - in morning show. Sara also completed an internship with 103.2 Dublin City Radio FM in Summer 2014 with working on the sound board, editing and a talk show personality on a short “Americans Abroad” segment for the show. Sara is interested in pursuing a career as an executive, producer, or event planning for television and radio programming. You can reach her through email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Taylor Milano

Senior / Journalism

My goal is to move to New York City and become an entertainment news reporter for a big broadcast name such as ABC or NBC. Entertainment news has always been my passion, and I intend to persevere until I land my dream career.

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Mary Chuff

Senior / Print Journalism and International Politics (foreign relations)

Mary is interested in working with multimedia at a print or online organization as a foreign correspondent covering politics, foreign and domestic relations and foreign affairs.

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Katie Pearce

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

I am a senior broadcast journalism student at Penn State University. I am passionate about television production and the development aspect of the media industry. I have had a variety of experience within the broadcast news field including internships at Seacrest Studios and Penn State Athletics. I am involved with Penn State’s Network Television and am the associate producer of “The Valley” a sketch comedy show that airs on Penn State’s network television.

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Joshua Restivo

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

I enjoy being behind the camera and seeing stories that I create come to life. I love producing as well as sports. I am a volunteer varsity football coach at State College High School, and hope to combine my two loves to make a career that can last me a lifetime.