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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

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 12, 2013

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

Big Maple: Redshirt freshman tailback Akeel “Big Maple” Lynch has the best nickname on the football team, as far as I’m concerned (Bill O’Brien bestowed it, a nod to Lynch’s Canadian citizenship), and so far he’s been a go-to performer in the media room after games, smiley and chatty. But he’s not had an easy road to Penn State, a tale told nicely by John Stuetz of The Daily Collegian.

For The Kids: Are you ready for THON? Sure, it’s five months away, but after watching this five-minute promotional video posted Wednesday night, it’ll seem a lot closer. The interview with a THON child and her mom, sitting together, is particularly moving.

Harry, Hufflepuffs, and the Honey Badger: (more…)

September 12, 2013 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 10, 2013

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

Movin’ on up: In the world of college rankings, it doesn’t get any bigger than US News & World Report. So when your university is praised in the first paragraph of a story in USA Today about the rankings, that’s a good thing—and that’s where Penn State is this morning. The rankings, released at midnight Tuesday, put Penn State as the No. 37 university in the country. Its nine-place jump since last year was among the biggest, helped along by a change in the methodology. There’s less emphasis on who’s admitted, more emphasis on who graduates.

Even friendlier skies: That said, as a State College resident, this is the best news I’ve heard in a while: (more…)

September 10, 2013 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

After the Verdict, Some Perspective

There’s plenty of diverse perspective today in the wake of Jerry Sandusky’s conviction.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo has been as good as anyone in covering the scandal, and his wrap-up column is no exception. Wetzel acknowledges what many in the national media have been unable or unwilling to over the past eight months:

“The verdict ended the fallacy that this was an area too devoted to Penn State football to render a fair and proper judgment. The anger at Sandusky was deeper than the outside world could fathom. There may have been a conspiracy to protect Sandusky … [but] none of that represents the rank and file here, not the good people who never hesitated to see Sandusky as a monster and were pained when he seemingly dragged the entire region’s reputation down with him.”

Among some of the other content worth checking out:

* A broad overview in the New York Times on the how the scandal and trial have affected Penn State thus far, and what might be next.

* An analysis by Reuters of the university’s potential liability.

* A piece in the Journal News of New York on how Sandusky’s conviction will help other male victims of sexual abuse come forward.

* A profile of sorts on Sandusky ’66, ’71g in his last hours as a free man, in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

*An NBC interview with one of the jurors who found Sandusky guilty.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 23, 2012 at 10:55 am 1 comment

Ganim Wins Pulitzer for Sandusky Coverage

If you’ve been following the Sandusky scandal, I’m sure you’ve noticed the tenacious reporting of Sara Ganim ’08, whose March story first alerted the public that Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71 MEd H&HD was being investigated by a grand jury, and who was at the forefront of the coverage when the scandal became national news in November. She was honored Monday afternoon with journalism’s highest prize, the Pulitzer.

The citation, for local reporting, reads like this: “Awarded to Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Penn., for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.”

“This is definitely a win for the whole newsroom,” Ganim says in this video, which is upside-down. “For everybody standing here. And more important, I think it’s important for everyone in every newsroom just like ours for every newsroom across the country. because better than any award., the most rewarding thing in this whole process is people telling me this story and our coverage has changed their minds about local reporting.”

Ganim, who’s 24 years old and one of the youngest Pulitzer winners, is one of a very small group of Penn Staters who have been so honored:

Norman C. Miller ’56 of the Wall Street Journal won the 1964 prize for local, general, or spot news reporting for a “comprehensive account of a multi-million dollar vegetable oil swindle in New Jersey.”

Rod Nordland ’72 was part of a team from The Philadelphia Inquirer that won the 1983 prize for local, general, or spot news for coverage of the Three Mile Island accident.

Janet Day ’82 was part of a team at The Denver Post that won the 2000 prize for breaking news for coverage of the Columbine shootings.

Novelist Richard Russo, who taught at Penn State Altoona, won the 2002 prize in fiction for Empire Falls, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke taught at Penn State from 1936–1943. Additionally, archivist Paul Dzyak ’92 tells us, Donald Bartlett, half of a dynamic investigative duo with James Steele, briefly attended Penn State. Bartlett and Steele won the 1989 Pulitzer for national reporting for an investigation into the 1986 Tax Reform Act. And Mark E. Neely Jr., McCabe-Greer Professor of American Civil War History, won the 1992 prize for history for The Fate of Liberty.

Thanks to Dzyak and Vicki Fong ’81, manager of public relations for the College of the Liberal Arts, for helping to compile this list. If you know of anyone we missed, please let us know in the comments or at our Facebook page.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

P.S. Additionally, Diane Ackerman ’70 was a finalist for the Pulitzer in non-fiction for One Hundred Names for Love, which we excerpted in our July/August issue.

April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

A Timely Class in Journalism Ethics

From our intern, Emily Kaplan:

Over the weekend, a friend of mine tweeted: Boy, what I would do to sit in on a journalism ethics class at Penn State this week.

I am fortunate to be enrolled in that course this semester—COMM 409: News Media Ethics, a section taught by Malcolm Moran, a veteran journalist and head of Penn State’s John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

My friend was right—Tuesday’s lesson was never more relevant. When I walked in, I had pretty good feeling we wouldn’t be discussing the assigned reading on the syllabus. Not after a weekend where dubious reporting and social media gone wild resulted in an announcement that the most recognizable face of this university had died—when in fact, he was still alive.

“There’s nothing more important to be right about than if an important figure is alive or not,” Moran said. “Nothing.”

So who better to be a guest lecturer than Mark Viera ’09? He’s the New York Times reporter who dispelled reports that Joe Paterno had passed away Saturday night by simply asking a family spokesman whether the rumors were true.

The class had a meta feel. Moran asked Viera what lessons from the course he has applied to his reporting—and what lessons couldn’t be taught in the classroom. Moran also pointed out the seat that Viera occupied just a few semesters ago. The girl sitting there now has some big shoes to fill. Viera, 24, has been one of the Times’ lead journalists in Penn State coverage over the past two months because of his familiarity with the school and dogged reporting.

But Tuesday, he stood in front of about 50 of us. Everyone seemed attentive as he spoke. I don’t know whether it was respect for Moran, respect for Viera or simply respect for the subject matter, but I didn’t see one person texting under their desk or day dreaming blankly at the wall. (more…)

January 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm 4 comments

The Best of The Penn Stater Blog, 2011

To say the least, 2011 was a year of highs and lows for Penn State—and for our blog. From fun updates on Tina’s travels, celebrity alums, and Penn State sports to the heartbreak and confusion of the Sandusky scandal, this year’s posts ran the gamut. Here’s a look back at the top 10 blog posts (ranked by page views) of 2011:

1. “A Classroom Discussion on the Week’s Events”

In the days after the Sandusky scandal broke, with the University in upheaval, senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 sat in on a SOC 119 class taught by Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey ’94g, who helped students explore the ethical issues behind the crisis—and their own feelings.

Penn State and Nebraska players united in prayer.

2. “They Played a Game, but the Score Barely Mattered”

Lori recaps the Nittany Lions’ emotional loss to Nebraska, which took place at Beaver Stadium just three days after Joe Paterno was fired.

3. “Travelin’ with Tina”

Last May, editor Tina Hay ’83 and a group of Alumni Association travelers explored Turkey. She updated the blog with lots of stories and photos along the way.

4. “A Note on the Sandusky Scandal”

Our first post of many on the scandal and its fallout, written by Tina on the Monday morning after the news broke.

5.  “Meet Joe Jonas’ Right-Hand Man”

Former Nittany Lion football player Jason Ganter ’07 tells senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 how he scored the unlikely gig as Joe Jonas’ executive assistant.

6. “Hearts Are Breaking”

On the morning after Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier were ousted, (more…)

January 10, 2012 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Your Letters on the Scandal

As a teenager, I wrote a “Dear Abby” style column for my high-school newspaper. I, the advice guru, would respond to “Stressed Senior” or “Perplexed Prom Date” with a witty, convenient solution to the problem in 300 words or less.

Truth be told, most of the letter writers were my friends, whom I’d convince to detail recent heartbreaks or college-rejection sagas for the student body’s reading pleasure. And my advice was mostly banal—Take a bubble bath! Call a friend!

More interesting, though, was the relief my friends seemed to find in just writing about their feelings. Despite my nagging to do so, expressing their emotions publicly provided a catharsis that even confiding in a best friend during study hall could not.

Today, I’m the letters editor at The Penn Stater. This means I’m responsible for organizing the manageable handful of compliments, criticisms, and occasional corrections we receive for the previous issue, and editing them for print. The methodical process has become an almost-soothing constant in the rushed weeks before deadline.

On Nov. 4, that, like everything else at Penn State, changed. (more…)

December 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm 2 comments

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