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The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 30, 2013

It’s a big, big morning for news about Penn State:

New president to be named: The Board of Trustees will meet at 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn to discuss what this legal notice calls “a personnel matter.” There’s only one “personnel matter” that requires this kind of preparation and special meeting—the naming of a new president. According to this story in the Centre Daily Times, which published the paid legal notice, there are also executive sessions of the board at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday. Stay tuned. Obviously, news around here doesn’t get any bigger than this.

Paterno family, et. al., vs. NCAA: The next step in the legal process occurred Tuesday, when NCAA attorneys argued that none of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the NCAA sanctions filed by the Paterno family, various trustees, faculty members, former coaches, and lettermen have standing to sue the organization. It’s a complicated case; Senior Judge John Leete said, according to this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that the case has “more citations than any case I’ve seen in 26 years.” You can tell how complicated it was by the different ways reporters wrote their stories. Paul Kelly, a lawyer for the Paterno family, told the story of how the vacated wins, particularly harmed lettermen; the tale of one of the lettermen’s sons is laid out in this CDT story by Mike Dawson ’02. Peter Hall of The Morning Call in Allentown wrote a piece that focuses more on the NCAA’s argument, that Penn State president Rod Erickson accepted the sanctions to avoid worse penalties and that the judge can’t invalidate the sanctions without giving the university a chance to weigh in. Leete did not indicate when he would announce a ruling.

This Daily Collegian photograph shows the game --- and the Lion --- from the band's perspective.

This Daily Collegian photograph shows the game — and the Lion — from the band’s perspective.

On a lighter note: A Collegian reporter tagged along on the Blue Band’s trip to Ohio State over the weekend and filed this report in Tuesday’s paper. I absolutely loved the story of the sousaphone player who was so overcome for her first pregame in Beaver Stadium that she couldn’t play her instrument—she was crying that hard. But she marched—and as the band members explain to the reporter, that’s what counts. A fun piece.

Finally. It’s time for wrestling season: During the wrestling team’s preseason media day Tuesday, coach Cael Sanderson said, “For the most part I don’t think we really have many guys…if any, that are completely satisfied with the way things ended even last year,” Sanderson said. “There’s a lot of motivation for our guys.” Quick review: Last season the wrestlers won their third consecutive NCAA title, put five wrestlers in the NCAA finals, and had two undefeated NCAA champions. That kind of attitude, I think, goes a lot way toward showing why the wrestlers have excelled recently. For insight into Penn State’s two biggest names, two-time defending NCAA champ Ed Ruth and three-time finalist, one-time champ David Taylor, check out this column from Tim Owen ’11, who consistently delivers some of the best insight into the wrestling program. And if all of this makes you want to watch a match, you’re in luck: Rec Hall is basically sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Dec. 8 match against Pitt in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 30, 2013 at 10:20 am 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 25, 2013

Making the grade: In the NCAA’s annual study of graduate rates, Penn State checked in with an 88 percent graduation success rate, seven percentage points above the Division I average. The data includes students who entered between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years. Especially notable: football graduated 85 percent of its players, and men’s and women’s basketball each graduated 100 percent.

Pennsylvania-Ballet-50th-anniversary-season-17-Barbara-Weisberger-Artistic-Director-Roy-KaiserCelebrating 50 years: The Pennsylvania Ballet honored its founder, Barbara Weisberger ’45, this week at the opening of its 50th season, and Philadelphia magazine’s Scene column has the scoop—and the photos, including the one at right with Weisberger posing with artistic director Roy Kaiser. The magazine writes: “She told the crowd that she had it all, a family, a career, and a loving husband for 63 years. It was hard, and she wasn’t home a lot, but they supported her love of dance, which she shared with all of us.”

The science of ice cream: Chalk up another success for the Berkey Creamery’s famous ice cream short course. The Phillipine Star covered the journey of Paco Magsaysay, founder of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream, in this story, which details how Magasaysay won the Keeney Award, which, like one of my favorite Creamery flavors, is named for course founder Philip Keeney ’55g. Essentially, Magasaysay was named most likely to succeed. His ice cream, he says, is now “a perfectly balanced product.”

A Paterno in politics? Buzz is growing that Jay Paterno ’91 may run against U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson ’81 for the 5th district Congressional seat. reports that state treasurer Rob McCord urged Paterno to run at the Centre County Democrat Dinner—with Paterno in the audience. “Jay is a smart, capable leader who really wants to help people,” McCord told through a campaign spokesman. “I believe he would win that congressional seat and make a great member of Congress. I’d love to see him get in that race.” Paterno did not comment for the story.

Big tipper: Onward State alerted us to this story from a Kansas City television station about Tamba Hali, who played a big role in Penn State’s 2005 victory over Ohio State. (It’s always a good day to click that link of “The Fumble,” and with Penn State playing Ohio State in the Horseshoe tomorrow night, it’s even more appropriate now.) Hali, now a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and 15 friends and family members celebrated last week’s victory over the Houston Texans with a meal at a steakhouse. The bill: about $1,800. Hali’s tip: $1,000.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 25, 2013 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 9, 2013

“If it’s a turd, it’s a turd:” That’s the still-irrepressible Matt Millen, explaining why he didn’t shy away from discussing his … let’s be blunt, as he’s always been … awful tenure as president of the Detroit Lions in an NFL Films documentary about his career. (It’s part of the A Football Life series.) Millen talked with David Jones of The Patriot-News about the documentary, and Jones colorfully explained how unusual the NFL Films production is:

What comes across is something fairly rare among major sports figures: A guy with a fiery competitive nature driven by the sizable ego all such competitors must have, yet who speaks evenly and willingly of his failure with as much thoughtfulness and depth as his successes.

Think that’s not unique? Consider the response NBA TV would receive if its documentarians asked Michael Jordan to spend half his bio discussing his abject and continuing pratfall as chief basketball ops exec of the Charlotte Bobcats.

I’m walkin’: I love that I live close enough to campus to walk to work. It’s always beautiful, often peaceful, and good for the environment—I got an emissions waiver because I drove my car so few miles last year. So I wasn’t surprised to see that State College was ranked the No. 2 city for walking to work by MSN Real Estate. (Lots of college towns on that list, BTW.)

Gotta be the shoes: I’ve got a pair of plaid Chuck Taylors for strict fashion purposes, and I have no idea how anyone ever used those flimsy shoes for serious athletic competition. I bet they wouldn’t score very well on the tests that Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research does on athletic shoes. Interesting piece here from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Musical chairs: This is fascinating. The student section for football games is oversold, thanks at least partly to a Ticketmaster glitch, so the athletic department offered some pretty amazing deals to students willing to move their seats for Saturday’s Homecoming game to the Upper South Deck.

Lori Shontz, senior editor


October 9, 2013 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 19, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

A healthy decision: Penn State has reversed course on its plans to fine faculty and staff who don’t provide personal health information and submit to screenings as part of the university’s new wellness plan. The story had become national news in recent weeks as faculty members and outside health care experts weighed in; the university’s decision to suspend a $100 monthly fine for noncompliance with the plan made the front page of the Business section of Thursday’s New York Times.

Shining light on dark matter: A Penn State research team believes it has discovered the origins of genomic dark matter. The findings, (more…)

September 19, 2013 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 18, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Innovation in sight: A Penn State-led team received a $10 million Expeditions in Computing award from the National Science Foundation for the development of a machine vision system that replicates human cognitive abilities. The project, says an NSF manager, “holds promise for making momentous impact on society.”

Among the Ivies: Penn State University Libraries rank eighth among North American research libraries, according to a recent report from the Association of Research Libraries. Also in the top 10: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, and Columbia.

Reputation rehab: The New York Times’  Tim Rohan profiles members of the Penn State community, including Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, (more…)

September 18, 2013 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 17, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Food for thought: A writer from Forbes magazine uses the research of Evan Pugh professor Donald Hambrick, who’s also the Smeal chaired professor of management, to rank the 25 most narcissistic CEOs. (Spoiler alert: the No. 1 ranking, by a lot, goes to Google’s Larry Page.) There’s an interesting discussion of Hambrick’s research, which delves into how a CEO’s background affects the way she or he runs a company, and this piece also explores the idea that narcissism isn’t necessarily a bad thing (see: Steve Jobs). This will make you think.

Reading list: Kesley Tamborrino of the Collegian tells the tale of Michelle Kemper Brownlow ’92, who drew upon her Penn State experiences her first novel, In Too Deep. The novel traces an emotionally abusive relationship which is exacerbated when the boyfriend pledges a fraternity—something that happened to Brownlow—but also includes happier allusions to The Phyrst (called Mitchell’s) and West Halls, among others.

Must-see TV: If you’re a hockey fan, you’re in luck. (more…)

September 17, 2013 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 13, 2013

Impressive company: For a special October issue, Bloomberg Magazine chose the 50 most influential people in global finance, which includes the usual suspects like New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. It also includes Penn State professor Michael Mann, famous for the hockey stick graph and his passionate stand against climate-change deniers, as one of the top global thinkers.


Just hanging out: Our friends in the Penn State Turfgrass program posted the above photo of two legends Thursday afternoon. (more…)

September 13, 2013 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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