It looks as if someone emptied a giant box of crayons inside the Bryce Jordan Center at Pennsylvania State University. A heaving mass of dancing students is dressed in capes, tutus, propeller beanies and bandannas in all colors of the rainbow.
The event is THON, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy, which raises money for research and support of families battling pediatric cancer. More than 700 dancers are planning to remain on their feet for 46 hours, starting from 6 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday. Thousands of others were on hand as organizers, spectators and "moralers" -- officially designated givers of massages and pep talks.