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

Super Saturday

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Penn State and Michigan invaded the World’s Most Famous Arena on Saturday for the inaugural B1G Super Satrurday, a doubleheader of basketball and hockey in the heart of New York City.

The unique “Big Ten Day” was announced in 2014 as part of a deal with the Big Ten and Madison Square Garden, which will host the 2018 Big Ten men’s basketball conference tournament.

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Fans began to pack the Garden well ahead if the first game, a noon basketball tip off, as Penn Staters flocked to the city for the takeover.

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January 30, 2016 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Neha Gupta Lives B1G

You might remember Neha Gupta from our July/August ’15 issue. Now, her story is going beyond the pages of our magazine. Gupta is featured in a new advertisement for the Big Ten Network’s LiveB1G campaign, which “shines a light on the community of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service.” It touches on Gupta winning the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize and the non-profit she founded, Empower Orphans. Eric Barron also appears in the video to praise Gupta’s work.

If you’re interested in reading about some of the other Nittany Lions who have been featured in this series, click here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

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