On Its Way: The Sept./Oct. Issue
Storm. Hurricane. Deluge.
Weather-wise, this summer in State College has been fairly pleasant and calm. Yet we’ve heard those buzzwords countless times here at The Penn Stater over the past few months.
An onslaught of news since our last issue—the Sandusky trial, the Freeh report, the removal of the Paterno statue, the NCAA sanctions—prompted the stormy comparisons. And inevitably, some of those concepts worked their way into our Sept./Oct. issue.
In the magazine, beginning to hit mailboxes now, you’ll find four features that tackle the issues in different ways. Lori Shontz ’91 recaps the key events of the summer, art history professor Brian Curran examines the significance of the Paterno statue, and Ryan Jones ’95 explains why he’s still rooting for Penn State football. We’re especially proud of “Emerging from the Storm,” a conversation with sociology faculty Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey ’94g, about how Penn Staters can cope with the mixed emotions brought on by the scandal and find a way to heal.
Our art director, Carole Otypka, commissioned illustrator Noma Bar to not only render the cover but also the opening illustration for each of the four features.
There are some fun stories, as well: a look at Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska’s 285-mile trek across Pennsylvania, and a profile of faculty member Blake Ketchum, a forensic sculptor and artist, to name a few.
Once you get your copy of the new issue, tell us what you think by commenting here or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Murphy, associate editor