by Magill Williams

Written by: Erin Duffy, Dana Reed, and Laurel Donley

This weekend is Penn State’s THON™, the premiere 46-hour dance marathon to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. For 46 hours, over 700 students from organizations across Penn State will not sleep and will not sit, supported by the executive board, captains, committee members, and their organizations in the stands.  

Maansi Shah is a senior double majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Economics. This year, she is dancing for 46 hours at THON, representing Women in Business (WIB), a professional development organization supporting women entering the corporate world. Previously, she served as the president of WIB, and has been involved in the Nittany Lion Consulting Group and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program.  

Through her previous involvement in Women in Business, Maansi has gotten to know their paired THON families very well. One of the families, the Newcombs, is local to State College, the mother, Celeste, works in the Smeal College of Business as an academic advisor, and she and her other executive members of WIB have visited their house for s’mores. The Newcombs had a floor pass to visit Maansi on the floor, and their visit made Maansi very happy. 

While her favorite Line Dance is last year’s (“BJC is Boomin”), Maansi says that it is her favorite part every year. The energy of the BJC is brought up immediately every hour by the Line Dance, brought to life by dancer relations captains on the stage. Maansi also loves seeing the sheer support of the Penn State community during the weekend, from dancers on the floor to organizations in the stands to captains and committee members on the floor. She is excited for the Pep Rally to see all the sports teams performing on stage and getting everyone revamped for the weekend. 

Featured Image: Maggie Chilcutt | THON™ Photography