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Category: UPbeat

  • Serial Joiner

    A lot of people often ask how I have time for seven student organizations, being a full-time senior in college, working a part-time job and maintaining my social life. The honest answer is, I don’t. I have at least one mental breakdown every week.

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  • Sitting Duck

    It is 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning, the opening weekend of duck hunting season, and Jacques Ramirez is already up and preparing his equipment. He checks his boat, adjusting the camouflage netting. He checks the multiple duck decoys stored in a mesh bag, and makes sure his shotgun is in good order.

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  • Missing Link

    Imagine a Facebook message popping up one day from a long-lost family member. Now, imagine upon reading that message that you realize he or she lives within hours of you and has crossed your path several times.

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  • Face of Radio

    Joe Elwell puts his radio headset on over his Penn State University baseball cap as long curly white hairs stick out of his cap. An energetic voice reflects the personality that it belongs to as Elwell begins discussing classical music on his morning show.

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  • Silent Killers

    It was 1987, the AIDS crisis was in full swing, and Michael Therrien received news that changed his life forever. He was diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus — better known as HIV — which he contracted while serving in the United States Navy.

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  • People: ‘Jaws’ome

    What started out as Katey McCall’s mere obsession with sharks has turned into a “Jaws-ome” collection of teeth and jaws, and the knowledge to identify them.

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  • People: Dungeon Master

    For more than 40 years, groups have been getting together to play Dungeons and Dragons. For one Joe Way, the game allows a chance to break from his studies.

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  • People: ‘Acting’ Ranger

    “Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a Power Ranger.” Austin Jones is a superfan of the hit franchise and an avid collector of merchandise.

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  • People: A Glass Half Full

    Is the glass half-empty or half-full? For Eduardo Martinez, the glass is part of his collection of cups. The Houston resident said he started his collection at young age. “I’ve been collecting cups since the age of 13,” he says.

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  • People: Mexican Hat Trick

    What is a hat? To most people, a hat is just an accessory, but for Justin Norris, a hat is much more. “I have always thought that you could tell everything about someone just by looking at the hats they wear,” he says. “I buy very specific hats.

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  • People: Magical Mickey Ears

    Ever since she was a little girl, Jayna Lacy has had a passion for Disney. Growing up, there was always a Disney movie playing on her family’s television, she says. “I have loved it ever since I saw ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Peter Pan.’

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  • To Be Replaced