Sights, sounds and flags took over downtown State College Saturday as the Happy Valley Latin Festival commenced for the first time.
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State College residents had the opportunity to share their personal concerns with political candidates between bites of Guyanese fish cakes and Korean bulgogi at the Centre County Democratic Committee's Multicultural Fundraiser on Friday.
Those in attendance included district attorney candidate Stacy Parks Miller, mayoral candidate Elizabeth Goreham and Superior Court candidates Teresa Sarmina and Anne Lazarus. The politicians met and mingled with guests during the internationally-themed fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus hall in State College, taking advantage of the opportunity to speak to voters individually.
"It is very important because that is when people tell you what's really on their minds," Parks Miller said. "I'm excited to meet them and spread my message, and in the case of this event, it's a party. It's fun."
Imagine traveling across the country to attend a new school only to find that every apartment in town is rented and the only place to stay is in a hotel.
Bob Tucker knows how that feels. Tucker (junior-economics), transferred to Penn State from the University of California. His decision was last-minute and he did not make living arrangements beforehand because he thought it would be easy to find housing in such a large town.
"I did not expect a problem like this to be here," Tucker said. "It's ridiculous. There are 50 students after every place that's available."