Hearts Against Hunger

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In our most recent issue, we profiled Michael Clark ’03, a 39-year-old senior pharma rep who moonlights as a global philanthropist. His non-profit, which he started in 2013, is called Small Sacrifice, and its name speaks to its mantra: small sacrifices can make a meaningful impact. Clark asks people to give up something specific for one day or week—say, a cup of coffee or a dinner reservation—and put those pennies and dollars to a chosen charity instead. (Fortune named Clark as one of the “Heroes of the Fortune 500” last year.)

The latest Small Sacrifice campaign is “Hearts Against Hunger” and asks people to forgo something this week, whether it’s a small box of chocolates or one dozen roses. Instead, that money will feed hungry children in Lancaster, Pa., where 15 percent of families are living in poverty. Thanks to Clark’s partnership with the Power Packs Project, even just a $10 donation could feed a family of four for a weekend. What’s not to love about making these stomachs—and hearts—full this Valentine’s Day?

Amy Downey, senior editor

February 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Jordan Norwood’s Super Journey

It’s cliché to say that an athlete’s career seems like it was ripped from a movie, but in the case of Jordan Norwood ’08, his career has followed a very Hollywood-esque path.

Norwood was a lightly-recruited kid out of high school who went to his local college and eventually turned into one of the best receivers in school history. He then went unselected in the NFL Draft, and for his career, Norwood has been cut/waived more times (5) than he has found the end zone (once in 2011).

But Norwood kept persevering, and on Sunday night, we were all reminded of the dynamic player who suited up for the Nittany Lions from 2005 to 2008. Norwood set the Super Bowl record for the longest punt return with his 61-yard effort against Carolina. And of course, when the game was over, Norwood won his first Lombardi Trophy.

So from all of us at The Penn Stater, congratulations, Jordan. Here’s to hoping there are many more Super Bowls in your future.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm 1 comment

Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key ’96 will team up with longtime collaborator Jordan Peele and do commentary for Super Bowl 50. The duo will play a pair of eccentric commenters named Lee and Morris and will spend the entire game calling the action on a website hosted by Squarespace, which is sponsoring the broadcast.

There’s just one catch: the duo won’t be able to say anything that would violate a trademark owned by the NFL, so things like the team names and the phrase “Super Bowl” are off the table. According to one video, they can’t even say “touchdown” without splitting up who says “touch” and “down.”

You can watch all of the promotional ads for the broadcast right here, and make sure you tune in when the stream goes live on Sunday night.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Rick Santorum Ends Another White House Run

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CNN reported today that former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum ’80, ’86, who we profiled in our Nov./Dec. 2005 issue, has decided to end his most recent run at the presidency. This comes two days after Santorum polled at one percent during the Iowa Caucus, an event that he won when he ran back in 2012.

Santorum will officially announce that his campaign is suspended sometime tonight, likely during an appearance on Fox News at 7 p.m. It’s also expected that Santorum will throw his support behind a candidate at that time.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm 2 comments

Honors for Emily Burns

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We love seeing former Penn Stater staffers move on to great things. The latest example of that is our former graphic designer, Emily Burns ’08.

Emily, who left the magazine last year to head across campus for graduate school, was recently honored by AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design Competition, which recognizes “outstanding design work produced by students.” The organization gave her awards in two categories: packaging, and posting. The packaging award was for the album artwork on Into the Woods, by State College-based musician Philip Masorti, while the posting award was for her cover for the book Gender Police. You can find more of her work at her website.

Congratulations, Emily!

February 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

From Brooklyn to The Garden

A few weeks ago, we learned about a group of first graders from Brownsville Ascend Lower School in Brooklyn who fell in love with Penn State because of their teacher, Dan Guthrie ’10. Guthrie started a GoFundMe with the hopes of getting his students to Saturday’s basketball game between Penn State and Michigan. Guthrie managed to raise $5,245, which paid for the trip to Madison Square Garden for about 50 kids.

Penn State lost, but as the Centre Daily Times reported, this was so much bigger than a sporting event. The CDT mentioned that this school district doesn’t send an especially high number of students to college, and Guthrie’s ultimate goal is to inspire his students to go to college.

Among other things, Guthrie told a wonderful anecdote about the subway ride over to the game, mentioning that all of the children sang “Hail to the Lion” together.

The students also got the chance to make up the high five line that the players ran through before the game. And as someone who was at the game, I can tell you that no group in attendance were more vocal in their support of either team than these students were for Pat Chambers and co.

As for what’s next, Guthrie is thinking big…or, rather, he’s thinking B1G. He plans on using some of the leftover money – the CDT mentioned that he has more than $1,000 left over – to try and organize a bus trip to Happy Valley. Guthrie says that there is still more work to do on that front, but if there’s another GoFundMe dedicated to raising money, we’ll happily throw a few bucks his way.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Garden Party

While it wasn’t the outcome Penn State fans were hoping for–a pair of losses to Michigan–it’s hard to argue that the inaugural Big Ten Super Saturday hoops and hockey doubleheader at Madison Square Garden was anything but a success.

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January 31, 2016 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

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