Latest LiveBIG: Penn State News

BTN LiveBIG: Share A Solution Stories

BTN LiveBIG Share a Solution looks to engage student journalists to investigate and report on how people from their schools are creating credible responses to social problems. It taps into the growing field of solutions journalism, reporting that include examples of what people are doing to solve problems, highlighting not just news of their success, but details on how or why the approach is working.

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU hockey player saves a life

Millions of people suffer from types of cancer that require a bone marrow transplant.  Although most people know about donating blood, many fewer know you can donate your bone marrow. Although relatives can be a good match, they aren’t always.  So Be the Match, a nonprofit organization, focuses on getting people to get tested and then listed in the donor registry.  People who are registered only donate when a match is found.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nittany Lions, Buckeyes working together

Penn State senior Denzel Middleton is recovering from THON, the annual student-run dance marathon. As an independent dance couple, he and his partner raised over $11,000 – a significant percentage of the $13.3 million raised this year.

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BTN LiveBIG: THON weekend brings hope

THON Weekend is almost here!

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU THON Director Q&A

For the past 37 years, Penn State University’s student body have pulled together the largest student-run fundraising effort, called THON.  Many universities have dance marathons to support charities, but Penn State students blow it out at a scale that is unmatched. The student body has successfully raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s effort is expected to clear $12 million in donations.

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU's Lunar Lion aiming for the moon

How many times have educators told their students to “shoot for the moon?”

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State premiere

Tonight, the 2014 LiveBIG season continues with the Penn State episode premier after the Nittany Lions skate against the Golden Gophers from Minnesota in Big Ten hockey action.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State hockey raising awareness

At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.

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BTN LiveBIG: Spice Adams craving for a cause

Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State wins bacteria battling partnership

In late October, “Frontline” aired an alarming report titled “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” A couple weeks later, research being done at Penn State to combat this problem won an international competition.

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BTN LiveBIG: Robbie Gould making an impact in Chicago

After spending four years at Penn State, Gould wasn’t on anyone’s short list for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted in 2005, but nine years later he ranks second in Chicago Bears’ history in scoring, is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and has been to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl.

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