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The Penn Stater Daily — April 22, 2014

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Photo finish: At last year’s Boston Marathon, Erin Strout ’97, a writer for Running Times magazine, was in a media center one block from the finish line when two bombs exploded. She recounted her experience in our July/Augsust 2013 issue: “There was … an instinct to start reporting, absorbing reactions, setting aside my panic.” This year, the scene at the finish was much more celebratory for Strout, who posed for a photo with (American!) victor, Meb Keflezighi, and posted it to Instagram with the caption: “Sorry. Sometimes you gotta take off your professional hat for a minute & be a fan.” 

She’s a morning person: It was announced yesterday that Good Morning America lifestyles anchor Lara Spencer ’91 has been promoted to co-host. Spencer nabbed the anchor spot in 2011, and since then, GMA has ousted Today as the No. 1 morning show in the country. Says ABC News chief James Goldston:”Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed.” Way to go, Lara!

Instant mood boost: Everyone at Penn State Berks is happy — and we do mean everyone. A huge crew of students, faculty, staff, and a certain mascot all get down to the song of the moment in this fun YouTube video, created by Berks student Connor Hough.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 22, 2014 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 17, 2014

Space jam: It was a party yesterday afternoon at the HUB for the announcement of the Homecoming 2014 Honorary Grand Marshal. The lucky leader: Michael Paul, director of the Lunar Lion team. We told you all about Lunar Lion’s mission to the moon back in the fall (it was the cover story in our Nov./Dec. 2013 issue), and since then, the team has made huge strides, with 120 students now working on the project.

More than words: Here’s a feel-good story about a Penn State fencer who’s helping promote LGBT equality in college sports. Working with non-profit group Athlete Ally, Heather Nelson wants fellow athletes to understand the power of their words: “It can be hard to be an athlete who isn’t out to their team and be forced to listen to teammates make derogatory comments,” says Nelson. “It can drive you to feel less like you belong and less like a welcome member of the team.” Check out Athlete Ally’s Q&A with Nelson here.

Groovy movie: Well, this is… interesting. Ripped! is a psychedelic, sci-fi, musical film about a British rock group in space. Film profs Rob Bingaman and Maura Shea co-created the film, which premiered last night at the State Theatre. Penn State students and alums make up the entire cast and crew. Trust me — the trailer is worth your 2 minutes and 33 seconds.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 15, 2014

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson brought big laughs to Eisenhower Auditorium last night as part of the Student Programming Association’s Comedy Month. Thompson, who’s been a cast member on Saturday Night Live for a whopping 11 seasons, performed stand-up and answered audience members’ questions about SNL. Check out the Collegian’s coverage here (warning: some of Thompson’s material borders on NSFW). My favorite snippet: When asked which celebrity made the worst guest host, Thompson demurred—but admitted that her name just happens to rhyme with “Baris Milton.”

Coming soon: Here’s some cool news about a program coming to University Park in July: The “Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired” is a three-week program that helps visually impaired students transition to a life in a college setting, with networking workshops and career-planning help. The academy is spearheaded by Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Penn State students in the College of Education will work as chaperones. Read more here.

Phoenix rising: Maggie Lucas is headed west: The Lady Lion senior guard was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st overall pick in the WNBA draft last night. The Phoenix Mercury last won the WNBA championship in 2009; this year, the team finished third in the West conference. Lucas, who’s coming off her own record-breaking season, shared her reaction on Twitter (below): 

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Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

April 15, 2014 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 10, 2014

Good instincts: We were all shocked and saddened yesterday morning to hear about the tragic stabbings at a high school in Murraysville, Pa., in which 24 people were injured. The few bright spots in the tragedy are the stories of students and faculty members who reacted quickly and bravely to help one another and subdue the attacker. One of those heroes is high-school senior—and future Penn Stater—Ian Griffith, who is enrolled for the the fall semester. Griffith helped Assistant Principal Sam King hold down the armed student. Griffith downplayed his hero status in an interview with The Pittsburgh Tribune: “I just acted on instinct,” he said.

Sole men: Yes, more than 100 guys walking through campus in high heels might look a little funny, but “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is raising awareness for a very serious issue. It’s Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the student-run group Men Against Violence wants male students to show support for women on campus by donning high heels (they’re provided) and making the trek down Pollock Road today at 1 pm. Says MAV’s adviser Dylan Howser: “Sexual assault is framed as a women’s issue, and if we continue to frame it that way, men won’t see it as important.”

1915studybreakPipe dreams: Here’s a fun Throwback Thursday photo, tweeted by Penn State Engineering (@PSUEngineering) this morning — a group of undergrads taking a study break, 1915-style. Who needs an iPhone when you have fancy pipes, jars of peanut butter and, um, a bunch of random pots and pans?

Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

April 10, 2014 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 4, 2014

He’s got CLASS: Tim Frazier ’13 was named a First Team Senior CLASS Award finalist yesterday. The award, which stands for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” honors seniors who excel on the court and in the classroom. Finalists are selected by Division 1 coaches nationwide.

Spreading the love: Got spirit? That’s what it’s all about next week, during Blue & White Society’s PSi(heart)U week, a seven-day celebration of Penn State pride. Themed events throughout campus will get alumni and students psyched up for Blue-White Weekend. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Young at heart: Speaking of spirit, have you read yesterday’s post about 102-year-old birthday girl Peg Barnard Chalfant ’34? She’s the second-oldest Penn State alumna in the world, a former May Queen, and a current Kindle lover. I think Peg’s memories from her college days—and her thoughts on growing older—will definitely make you smile.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 4, 2014 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 3, 2014

Three Questions Project: It’s that time of year again: Voting for this year’s Board of Trustees election starts April 10 and, as in years past, The Penn Stater asked every candidate three crucial questions about the issues facing Penn State. We’ve compiled their answers, along with more info about each candidate, here.

Denied: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for a new trial yesterday, ruling there was “no prejudice” against Sandusky during his 2012 trial for child sexual abuse. In a statement, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said, “We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. Protecting Pennsylvania’s children is one of my top priorities and I remain committed to seeking justice for all victims of sexual abuse.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here

Hot tickets: Here’s a fun one: Onward State is looking back at some of the most memorable concerts in Penn State history. Who knew Janis Joplin made a stop at Rec Hall in 1968? (Also: reading to the end just might help you answer the Alum Stumper in our upcoming issue. Just sayin’.)
Via Devon Fields (@CHOREATOR) on Twitter.

Via Devon Fields (@CHOREATOR) on Twitter.

Eat your heart out, Ellen: OK, so there aren’t any Oscar winners in this selfie, but there is one big Penn State celebrity/mailman — and the stars of the Penn State Thespians’ production of In The Heights, which opens tonight. Retweet away, America!
Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 2, 2014

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Ginny Tory/Collegian

The fight for funding: A group of Penn State students and alumni (and the Nittany Lion) rallied in Harrisburg yesterday, hoping to earn more state funding for Penn State. At yesterday’s Capital Day, Alumni Association President Kay Salvino ’69 talked to the crowd about “the power of Penn State’s network” before introducing student leaders, including UPUA rep John Wortman. “Recent cuts have mitigated the affordability of Penn State,” Wortman said. “And my grandfather and parents probably wouldn’t be able to come here today.”

Erickson looks back: With just over a month left as president, Rodney Erickson is reflecting on the legacy he leaves behind. Erickson talked to staffers from Onward State about taking over post-Sandusky scandal, Eric Barron, and his plans for retirement (i.e., lots and lots of travel). Also: Be sure to check out our own Q&A with Rod Erickson in the upcoming May/June issue.

From a distance: Here’s a cool story about World Campus students who are connecting through some interesting student clubs and organizations — and the many (virtual) ways they stay in touch.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 2, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 1, 2014

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Ginny Tory/Collegian

No fooling: No, this is not the Collegian‘s version of an April Fool’s prank (the staffers at Onward State have that covered today): Spring has finally arrived in Happy Valley, with temps hitting the mid-60s yesterday — and the sunbathers out in full force. This photo almost makes you forget the brutal, nasty, seemingly never-ending winter of 2014, doesn’t it? Almost.

Legal news: Former university president Graham Spanier filed an injunction Monday to stop the criminal case against him. According to Spanier’s lawyer, the case was taken “in bad faith and without reasonable expectation of valid conviction.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here.

Making history: Their season might be over, but the honors keep coming for Lady Lion Maggie Lucas. The senior guard has earned USBWA All-America honors for the second consecutive season, making Lucas the second Lady Lion in history to earn multiple USBWA All-America honors; Kelly Mazzante ’04 was honored three times.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 1, 2014 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 26, 2014

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Christopher Weddle/CDT

Feeling 22: It was a big night at the BJC for the Lady Lions; the team beat No. 11 seed Florida by 22 points in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. Senior Dara Taylor (above) was arguably the star of the evening, hitting a career high with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Check out the full recap from GoPSUSports here and the accompanying photo gallery—which includes some awesome pics of the post-game locker room dance party. Up next: The ladies face No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto on Sunday.

BOB reflects: Former head football coach Bill O’Brien is speaking out about the NCAA sanctions — and his departure from Penn State. The Houston Texans’ new coach told The Morning Call that the bowl ban, handed down by the NCAA in summer 2012, is “ridiculous.” O’Brien also shares how he personally called every member of the Penn State football team to explain his decision before heading to Houston: “I didn’t ever want to be somebody that just rode off in the middle night and never said a word. I mean, I love those kids and had a great relationship with all those guys.”

“A straight shooter”: For StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones, O’Brien’s comments offer closure, especially for Penn State football fans still bothered by his exit. In a column posted last night, Jones writes, “O’Brien has never changed his story or his motivations, feelings or thoughts. He was and remains to be the epitome of ‘what you see is what you get.’ While O’Brien engages in his fair share of spoken gamesmanship he has almost always been a straight shooter.”

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

March 26, 2014 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 25, 2014

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Hooray for Hollywood: In the March/April issue of the magazine, we told you about Lights. Camera. Cure., a THON-inspired dance marathon held in Hollywood and spearheaded by a group of Penn State alums. This year’s event was Sunday, and today’s Collegian reports that LCC raised a whopping $80,820.59 for the Four Diamonds Fund and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Check out LCC’s Facebook page to see the celebs who stopped by.

Party starters: You might remember our feature on political science prof Pete Hatemi from last fall. Hatemi’s research explores the surprising links between genetics and political views. He’ll be discussing his findings at the Schlow Library in State College on Thursday, as part of the Research Unplugged series. Admission is free, as are the fantastic Irving’s bagels.

State of SPD: More good news on the decline of dangerous drinking holiday State Patty’s Day — and proof that some campus and downtown initiatives are making a difference. A graph posted over at Onward State shows that both crime and alcohol-related hospital visits hit all-time lows this year—and the community service event, State Day of Service, is more popular than ever.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

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