Pennies and Pies

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre THON Committee recently held a Penny Wars competition to raise money for the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), offering a chance for students to sabotage each other and have one of their friends take a pie in the face.

For one week, cans were set up in the Student Commons, one for each campus club's president, and students had the chance to "vote" on the club president they would like to see hit with a pie by placing money in their cans.

In Penny Wars, each penny was +1 point while any other coin or bill is worth negative points according to the denomination of the coin or bill.

At the end of the week, the points were tallied and with a score of -85 points, Lazy Artists President Jim Joyce got a chance to throw a pie in the face of Mark Calore, Student Government Association President, who lost the competition with a score of -13093 points.

According to Shelby Murren, Penn State Wilkes-Barre's THON Chair, a total of $266.50 was raised through the Penny Wars competition.

Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raising money each year for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Children's Hospital, Hershey, Pa.  The Four Diamonds Fund was established in 1972 to aid families battling pediatric cancer by providing innovative cancer research and treatment as well as support for the families.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Public Information Coordinator, at [email protected] or 570-675-9269 or visit

Penny Wars photo collage