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Chicago Marathon: Thanks for keepin’ it real, ehhh.

Marathon in T minus 5 days.

Naturally, I am nervous. And, sadly, my daily read of The Collegian did not help calm my nerves.

At this year’s Chicago marathon (10.7.07) a 35-year-old police officer died due to a heart condition. It was apparently so hot and humid in Chicago that they had fire trucks spraying water over the runners– a few passed out on the run and 2 are still in critical condition at the hospital. Four hours into the run organizers started to shut down the event.

Ehhhhhh.

Of course times like that make you look at things a little differently. It’s just a marathon. I am only doing it for me–and in this instance I promise to be easy on myself.

Lucky for me the predicted weather on Saturday in the Heartbeat (Hartford, for those of you who don’t listen to HOT 93.7) shows a high of 59 degrees.

Thank God.

Perfect running weather. But, I will have you know that if it was 90 degrees and humid I would not push myself. After all of this hard work I have learned that you have to listen to your body.

Honestly, I feel prepared. I have been training for almost exactly 2 months and I am just ready to run this thing already!

I have been loading up on carbs since Saturday–yummy! I ran a 5.6 miler this morning and the rest of my runs are kind of up in the air. Which is weird—since they have been so planned for these past 2 months.

So bring on the 26.2 miles.

But more importantly bring on the 60 degree weather.

Penn State #6 Party School

Last year we were #2.

Last year, as a result, I joined the Facebook Group “#2 Party School in the Nation…If you’re not first you’re last…BEAT TX!” (did you get the Ricky Bobby Talladega Night’s quote? I hope so.)

What happened to us? *

The Princeton Review says we are the

#2 Jock School

#3 Lots of Beer

#17 Lots of Hard Liquor

#3 Best Career/job placement services

*By the way this was all reported on last week…I’m late in doing my own reporting–I apologize. But it is important. A very important and serious topic for us Penn Staters as you will see in the following articles from the # 10 ranked Collegiate Newspaper.

The Daily Collegian interviewed Chris Wahal:

By Lauren Boyer Email

Collegian Staff Writer

Chris Wahal said he tried to do his part last year to make Penn State the No. 1 party school on Princeton Review’s “Best 366 Colleges Rankings.”

But Wahal (junior-biochemistry) and others have come up short — five places short, that is.
Ranked second last year, Penn State dropped to No. 6, with West Virginia University claiming the top slot.

“I think everyone needs to step it up,” Wahal said.

(There was more, but this is the most powerful quote I have heard in a while. It is on our fridge now…and Chris, there is a case of Bud Light, 10 Miller Genuine Drafts, Vodka, Rum and Triple Sec behind those doors, don’t you worry. We are stepping it up over here.)

Wait there is more. Two days later this editorial ran:

Party rankings is no party pooper

There’s a party at Penn State, and everyone’s invited…except the Princeton Review.

In its recent update to its annual “Best 366 Colleges Rankings,” the Princeton Review ranked Penn State a paltry No. 6 in the Party School category, down four spots from last year’s No. 2 spot. Evidently, the Princeton Review has never been to a Collegian party. HEY-O!

Penn State students are upset, which is understandable. After finishing second and then inventing “State Patty’s Day,” a semi-arbitrary holiday devoted to getting McCrunk, it would seem students did all they could to reach the party pinnacle. However, no drinking holiday could compare to West Virginia’s party prowess. As impossible as it seems, there’s even less to do in Morgantown, W. Va. than there is in State College.

But while students whine about the party school ranking, they overlook some other ones that are probably a bit more important. Penn State ranks No. 2 in the “Students dissatisfied with financial aid” category. Perhaps instead of organizing drinking holidays, students should be using their 40,000+ population to make some progress in that category.

On the other hand, perhaps we should be trumpeting Penn State’s success in the “Best career/job placement services” category, where the Princeton Review put the university at No. 3. There are more aspects to college than getting drunk, and getting a leg-up in the job market after graduating is probably one of the more important ones.

But naturally, a Facebook group devoted to stepping it up from the No. 6 spot boasts 703 members, just weeks after the Princeton Review list was published. By contrast, the largest group devoted to lowering tuition or improving financial aid has only 112 members.

But hey, students: You can only blame yourselves for falling to No. 6. Clearly, the focus lies too heavily on drinking “Lots of beer” (No. 3) and not nearly enough on drinking “Lots of hard liquor” (No. 17). You can’t spell “number one” without “rum.”

The bottom line: The “party school” ranking is a crock, whether Penn State is ranked first or last. The rankings are based on a nationwide survey of 120,000 students, the majority of whom have never even been to Pennsylvania, much less Penn State. Geoff Rushton, university spokesman, got it right when he said: “We don’t really take these kinds of things very seriously. Period.”

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How can you not love Penn State? We are such a serious group of students who have a reputation to defend. So to follow in the footsteps of the legendary, or not so legendary, Chris Wahal:

I, LB, swear to “step it up” this semester.