THON Tales 2015: A multimedia blog | Friday
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.
More multimedia stories from THON
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
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
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
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