Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Irony Alert

The Penn State Propaganda Portal
They're alluring, they're glossy and they're filling up your mailbox. The flower and vegetable gardening catalogs have arrived, and a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has tips to avoid being seduced by a pretty picture while harvesting useful information.

The expensively photographed catalogs are meant to mesmerize gardeners who are planning their spring plots while winter's snow still covers the ground. But Ginger Pryor, state coordinator for Penn State's Master Gardeners program, says before immersing yourself in the catalog, take a minute to decide whether you want lots of pretty flowers, a bountiful harvest for canning or a season-long supply of fresh vegetables.

"A lot of people plant things because they see a pretty picture in a catalog or a store, so they just pick one up and plant it," Pryor explains. "They don't necessarily do research into the different varieties available and what grows best in their region or climate zone. It's important to know a little about vegetables and flowers, so you can pick the right kind for your needs and situation

Penn State First Thirty

The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Central Dauphin High School senior Ashley Matio applied to Penn State University, along with the less expensive Shippensburg and Bloomsburg universities, to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

Lots of her classmates applied to Penn State, she said.

"It's all about Penn State," Matio said. "You know, all the 'We are Penn State' stuff...


Anna Griswold, Penn State's assistant vice president for undergraduate education and executive director for student aid, suggested the reason cost might not deter some applicants could lie in the conversations at home.

"We encounter families who probably should say to their students, 'No, we can't afford that,' but they won't say it. They want to give them what they want," she said.
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