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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 9, 2014

Consent decree challenged: Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court may have opened the door to a challenge of the consent decree, the basis for the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State, in a ruling today in the NCAA’s challenge to a bill written by state Sen. Jake Corman that would require the $60 million fine to be spent entirely on child-abuse programs in Pennsylvania. This Patriot-News story will give you the basics, and you can click here to read the decision yourself.

BOT election starts tomorrow: The election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, and runs through 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8. Before you cast your ballot, learn about the 31 candidates with our Three Questions project.

A creative thank-you: Men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky released this video to thank the team’s alumni for their support. And,  yeah, that’s a cool gesture. But what will really keep you watching is Gadowsky showing off his juggling prowess. I couldn’t look away. I’m off to work on my hand-eye coordination.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

 

 

April 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 21, 2014

Hail to the victors: Penn State lined up against No. 12 Michigan on Thursday in the first ever Big Ten hockey tournament game, and for the third time in five meetings this season, the Nittany Lions came out on top. It took 52 saves from goalie Matthew Skoff, a breakaway goal from Taylor Holstrom, a spinning puck kicked off the goal line—with about a millimeter to spare—by Eric Scheid, and a 93rd-minute goal by freshman Zach Saar, but the Lions advanced with a 2-1, double-overtime win. You can see all the highlights below:

Penn State is set to face Wisconsin in the tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. today.

Dynasty building: The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team stands in first place after Thursday’s opening day at the NCAA championship meet in Oklahoma City. The meet continues Friday and wraps up Saturday night, when coach Cael Sanderson’s squad will be looking to clinch its fourth straight national title. Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s fencing teams—ranked 1st and 5th nationally—enter the NCAA Championships in Columbus today looking to add the program’s 13th overall national title. And the Lady Lion basketball team, a No. 3 seed, opens NCAA tournament play at home Sunday against Wichita State.

A hazing death? The suicide of a Penn State Altoona freshman has become national news as police investigate a possible connection to fraternity hazing. Marquise Braham died Friday in Long Island, and the Altoona chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa has been suspended by the campus pending an investigation.

Change is constant: In the latest in a series previewing spring football practice, Mike Poorman ’82 of StateCollege.com focuses on redshirt junior Anthony Alosi, one of the few Lions to be suiting up for their fourth spring practice—meaning, of course, that’s he’s done so for three head coaches. It’s a cool perspective, and a reminder of how just much change the veterans on this team have witnessed during their careers.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 14, 2014

Senior moment: On Thursday, the men’s basketball team fell to Minnesota, 63-56, in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. It might have been the final game for Tim Frazier, the senior guard who is Penn State’s career assist leader, and just the second player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, 600 assists, and 500 rebounds. Here’s hoping Frazier and his teammates get at least one more chance this season—there are rumors the Lions will host a CBI tournament game next week. In the meantime, you can still vote for Frazier for the national Senior Class Award.

Speaking of seniors… It’s not too late to vote for John Urschel ’12, ’13g for the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

OK, just one more senior: The Centre Daily Times has a cool feature on Mike McDonagh, the lone senior on the Nittany Lion hockey team. He’ll suit up for the last time at Pegula Arena this weekend when the Lions host Ohio State, tonight and Saturday, in their final regular-season games.

The green lobby: There’s an interesting piece over at Slate today about the seemingly unlikely political pairing of conservative politicians and marijuana legalization lobbyists. The idea is that those lobbyists are reaching out to fiscal conservatives and libertarians who, in the words of Slate’s headline writer, “hate taxes more than they hate drugs.” Reading it, I wasn’t surprised to see the name of Rob Kampia ’93, head of the Marijuana Policy Project, long one of the nation’s most prominent lobbyists for marijuana decriminalization. The MPP has had a hand in changing laws around the country in recent years, and history may well remember Kampia as playing a huge role in the growing acceptance of legal weed in America.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 13, 2014

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Spring breakers: While some of their peers are lounging poolside this week, members of the Penn State women’s soccer team are spending spring break in the Dominican Republic, volunteering at youth soccer clinics and teaching English to local kids. @PennStateWSOC tweeted some great photos (like the one above) of the ladies in action this morning.

Making the ranks: Yet another impressive ranking from U.S. News & World Report to tell you about — this time for Penn State’s graduate programs, 14 of which were ranked in the top 10 in their respective categories. Grad programs in geology and technical/vocational education each nabbed the top spot in their categories; environmental sciences and geochemistry programs came in at No. 2; and the higher education administration program made the No. 3 spot. Check out Penn State News’ coverage to see the other grad programs on the list.

Getting animated: In the March/April issue of the magazine, we told you about Keegan-Michael Key ’96g  and his growing fanbase (including a certain Barack Obama) and some exciting projects the Key & Peele star has in the works, including an upcoming Judd Apatow flick. Well, add one more to that list: A popular sketch from Key & Peele, in which the title characters play TSA agents/aspiring comedians, is being developed into an animated series. Do yourself a favor and watch the clip that started it all.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

March 13, 2014 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 27, 2014

Lessons from crises: As president of Bank of New York Mellon and chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, Karen Peetz ’77 is familiar with crises. She reflects on both the financial crisis and the Sandusky scandal in a piece from today’s CNNMoney: Postcards blog and shares lessons learned from both ordeals. Among her remarks: “We have to show we understand that the world in which we operate has changed and that we embrace new ways of thinking and operating. In other words, we have to prove ourselves — prove ourselves worthy of trust.”

All the right moves: If you’ve got a couple free minutes, check out this video featuring a TedXPSU project from earlier this week. On Tuesday, the music school’s chamber orchestra set up shop in the HUB, and passersby were invited to conduct the group in a classical performance. Several students jumped right in—and delivered some surprisingly convincing performances.

More than hockey: We told you about ESPN‘s John Buccigross’s visit to Penn State a few weeks ago, when the famed sportscaster took in a men’s hockey game at Pegula. Buccigross talked more about his Penn State experience with the Centre County Gazette for this piece, posted this morning. A few of his favorite things about State College: Cafe 210, Damon’s mozzarella sticks, and the Pegula Ice Arena’s spacious urinals. Yes, you read that right.

Drop the bass: Ever found yourself wondering if Penn State has a student group for all the bass-fishing enthusiasts on campus? Well, here is your answer, courtesy of Onward State.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

February 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm 12 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 20, 2014

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

Analyze this: Ready for some math talk? Penn State All-American/mathmetician John Urschel ’12, ’13g proved his own theorem, officially called the Urschel-Zikatanov Generalized Bisection Theorem, and it was accepted by a top journal in the field of spectral graph theory. Don’t know what any of that means? Me neither. But it’s a big deal — and thanks to ESPN The Magazine, Urschel recently had the chance to show off his skills in a more accessible arena. In the latest issue, Urschel authors a feature for which he analyzed player stats and determined how 400 top college linemen will perform in the NFL. To put Urschel’s genius in perspective: I have no idea if those Good Will Hunting-style chalkboard calculations (above) are real, or a prop.

First-time foes: The men’s hockey team is headed to Madison Square Garden next winter. It was announced yesterday that Penn State will meet Cornell in The Frozen Apple on Nov. 29, 2014. It’s the Nittany Lions’ first appearance in the famous arena — and the first time Cornell and Penn State hockey face off as NCAA Division I foes.

For her sister: THON 2014 is a mere day away, and this story from Penn State Altoona is a timely reminder of what it’s all about. Altoona freshman Tiffaney Jarrett will dance this weekend to honor her older sister, Courtney, who passed away in 2009, just one month after being diagnosed with leukemia. “I feel like I’m doing this for her and like she’s by my side,” says Tiffaney. “I know she would be proud of me.”

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

February 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 14, 2014

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Snow what?! Is it snowing where you are? It’s snowing where we are. Man, it will not stop snowing. State College got somewhere between 7 and 11 inches of snow on Thursday, and based on how much time I spent shoveling in front of my house Thursday morning, Thursday evening, and again this morning, I’m going with the high number. It was enough for the university to cancel afternoon and evening classes on Thursday, but we’re back running at full steam today.

Yeezy does it: About the only thing that did happen as scheduled Thursday night: The traveling hip-hop art project known as Kanye West performed at the Bryce Jordan Center. By all accounts, Kanye gave the crowd what it came for: lots of possibly unhinged rants interspersed with some often compelling music. The Collegian was in the building.

Setting up a return: Penn State volleyball legend Salima Davidson Rockwell ’94 is coming back to her alma mater. A three-time All-America setter for Russ Rose and former captain of the U.S. national team, Salima was a Penn State assistant when I moved back to town in 2007, and her son and mine became best buddies in preschool. She left in 2009 to become associate head coach at Texas, one of the Lions’ chief rivals; now, she’s back in Happy Valley with the same title. Salima, if you read this: Welcome back! Let’s get those kids together soon.

Too much of a good thing: As every music hipster knows, it’s good to be a little bit popular, but not too popular. Seems that logic applies to technology, too. So says S. Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory in the College of Comm. Sundar led a study that found new technologies benefit from being deemed “cool” by tech-savvy subcultures, but once they get popular in the mainstream, they lose that initial coolness, which ultimately hurts their appeal with the mainstream.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 13, 2014

ESPN's John Buccigross buddies up with some Penn State hockey fans at last week's game.

ESPN’s John Buccigross buddies up with some Penn State hockey fans at last week’s game.

He gets it: Famed ESPN sportscaster John Buccigross paid a visit (his first ever) to Happy Valley last week for the Penn State v. Michigan men’s hockey game. The result is this great story, posted to Buccigross’s Hockey Life blog, about how Big 10 hockey came to be at Penn State — and how the entire community is embracing it. And you’ve got to love Buccigross’s apt description of Penn State hockey icon Joe Battista ’83—”a human energy drink.”

No more roadblocks: UPUA president Katelyn Mullen announced yesterday that the Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposal that would add a permanent, student-selected trustee to the board— a position that isn’t currently required by BOT bylaws. The current board, however, has supported the bill since UPUA proposed it last August. Said Mullen: “The Board … has put the new policy on the most expedient schedule possible. President Masser has met with Governor Corbett and there are no roadblocks right now, to my understanding.” For more on how the student trustee will be selected, check out Onward State‘s coverage here.

High hoops: After last night’s big comeback over Indiana, here’s more good news for the men’s basketball team: senior guard Tim Frazier is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, presented to an “exceptional” Division I student-athlete and chosen by the national media. And it’s no surprise that Lady Lion Maggie Lucas is a finalist for the women’s award, as well. Vote for both Frazier and Lucas by March 24 here. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Final Four.
Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

 

February 13, 2014 at 11:59 am 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 10, 2014

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Hail to the victors: The Nittany Lion hockey team recorded its first Big Ten victory in emphatic fashion on Saturday, shutting out 10th-ranked Michigan, 4-0, at Pegula Arena. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff (above) made 32 saves, while classmate David Glen, back on the ice after missing three games to donate bone marrow, scored one of the Penn State goals.

The happiest place at sea: Ever wonder what it’s like to perform musical theater on a ship at sea? Raye Lederman ’12 dishes on that and much more in this Q&A about her time as performer on a Disney cruise ship.

For the Dance: It’s not quite THON, but the 13th annual Spirit Against Cancer dance and cheer competition Saturday at Penn State Behrend did raise more than $5,000 for cancer research. The competition brings together dozens of scholastic cheer and dance teams and honors the memory of former Behrend dance team coach Becky Hubler Decker.

An issue that matters: Penn State student leaders this month will meet (via video conference) with members of President Obama’s newly formed White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It’s part of an increased effort by the government and universities to prevent and raise awareness about sexual assault.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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