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COME, and trip it as you go, on the light fantastic toe — but dance in a way that the poet John Milton never considered, as a means to raise money for a good cause. That’s what more than 700 Penn State University students did last weekend in the 42nd annual Interfraternity Council/​Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or “Thon.” It is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and this year the 46 hours of dancing without sleep raised a record $13,343,517.33, bringing the total collected for the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center to more than $114 million for research on pediatric cancer and support for families of patients. Dance on.

THE DANCE that Congress performs to a partisan tune is not a pretty one and could do with some civility. As it happens, Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., offers a Prize for Civility in Public Life to encourage just such steps. On Thursday, in Washington, D.C., the prize was awarded to the “Women of the Senate” — the 20 U.S. senators who came together to help end the government shutdown. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., accepted the award on their colleagues’ behalf. In this dance, the women led.

SOME PEOPLE like to dance, but everybody loves a parade. For 32 years, Macy’s has sponsored a popular Christmas season parade but, sadly, not this year. After an annual evaluation of sponsorships, Macy’s said it won’t lend its name to the event scheduled for Nov. 29. Organizers hope to find a new sponsor. Macy’s does promise to carry on with other traditions Downtown such as the unveiling of its store’s animated holiday windows on Light Up Night. With luck, the holiday season won’t miss a step.

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