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A new municipal waste collection program that separates collection of organic waste from other refuse is set to begin on April 1 in the Borough of State College, State College Public Service Manager Ed Holmes said.

The program will try to increase the amount of material diverted from landfills — including food waste, paper towels, pizza boxes and leaves — to instead be composted, Holmes said.

Each resident will receive new refuse carts and organic waste carts that work with the new automated trash collection vehicles by mid-March, Holmes said.

Days removed from a tough loss to No. 18 Illinois, Penn State is confronted with its biggest challenge yet: No. 2 Michigan.The Nittany Lions head to Ann Arbor to visit Michigan for a Wednesday doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.The Wolverines won the national championship in 2005 and are the only team east of the Mississippi River to win the title. Michigan has won 25 of its past 26 games and is holding opponents to a .172 batting average.Penn State (26-14, 5-5 Big Ten) beat Michigan in the Wolverines' national championship year, but have lost the last five meetings. Still, though the Lions got blown out by a combined 20-4 in two games last season, they did win four of five against the Wolverines from 2005-07.The key matchup figures to be the Michigan bats against Penn State's pitching. The Wolverines (33-5, 9-0) rank first in the Big Ten in home runs (54) and second in hitting (.316) while the Lions are third in the conference in ERA with 2.11. Michigan ranks first in the league in pitching. HittingBatting Average: Michigan, .316 to .268 Extra-Base Hits: Michigan, 110 to 73 Home Runs: Michigan, 54-22 Stolen Bases: Penn State, 37-for-43 to 31-for-40 PitchingERA: Michigan, 1.46 to 2.11 Strikeouts: Michigan, 334 to 296 Walks: Michigan, 57 to 91-Staats

When the seedings for the menâ s volleyball championship were announced Sunday, Penn State coach Mark Pavlik received a message.

Ohio State assistant coach Tim Embaugh wanted to congratulate the Lions on their season and wish him luck on their upcoming match with the Buckeyes in the NCAA semifinals.

The friendly gesture prompted a return message from Pavlik, who expressed excitement about this seasonâ s third meeting between the two schools.

Randy Jepson is not worried about the long plane ride or the intense atmosphere of men's gymnastics on the West Coast.

In fact, the upcoming trip to the University of California for a tri-meet a week from Saturday fits perfectly into Penn State head coach's plans.

"It's a good dry run," said Jepson, whose team will return to the Bay Area a month later for the NCAA championship on April 17-19. "We'll be able to get acclimated to the conditions before nationals."

Shades of gray: how black and brown bears evolved

Shades of gray: how black and brown bears evolved

Shades of gray: how black and brown bears evolved

While thousands of people are wishing they had a way out of New Orleans, Francis Zaborowski (senior-history) said he wishes he were there.

Zaborowski's family lives on a Naval Academy base in New Orleans. He said the most painful part of the disaster following Hurricane Katrina is not being able to help.

"The hardest part is being here, not there," he said. "That's what I really want. Just helping with the cleanup or something so I can give back to the community I live in."

Landfill may bring trash to area

Landfill may bring trash to area

Landfill may bring trash to area