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What We’re Reading: Barb Marshall

Third in a series: Inspired by the faculty reading list in our Jan/Feb issue, we’ve come up with our own lists of the books we’re reading this winter. Check back all week long for recommendations from The Penn Stater staff, and use the comment box to tell us what you’re reading.

What I’m Reading Now: Deception Point, by Dan Brown. He’s also the author of The Da Vinci Code, which I have, but haven’t read yet. Deception Point was one of his earlier books.

Book I Can’t Wait to Read: Cross Country, by James Patterson. I just received this book as a Christmas gift from my husband. The earlier books in his Alex Cross series haven’t let me down.

Also in the Queue: The 8th Confession, by James Patterson. This is the eighth book in his Women’s Murder Club series. Again, its predecessors have all been page-turners for me.

Favorite Book Ever: Along Came a Spider, by (you guessed it!) James Patterson. I was physically shaking when I finished this one. Loved, loved, loved this book.

I am a huge fan not only of James Patterson but also Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, and many others. I love fiction. I wish I had more time to relax with a great book and drift away to another place—if only for a short while.

Barb Marshall, editorial assistant

Coming Thursday: Art director Carole Otypka’s picks.

January 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

XC Marks the Spot for a Great PSU Sports Weekend

3801434I knew the email would be waiting for me this morning, and so it was: A question from my Alumni Association colleague (and former Nittany Lion distance runner) Jayson Jackson ’99, wondering why I hadn’t already blogged about the women’s cross country team claiming its first Big Ten Conference title.

Here you go, Jay.

Led by senior Bridget Franek, who torched the 6,000-meter Blue/White course Sunday with a winning time of 20:03, the host Nittany Lion women edged runner-up Illinois to capture the conference crown. It was a great showing on a weekend full of them by Penn State student-athletes. Running through the highlights:

-The men’s soccer team moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings with a 2-1 win Saturday over Wisconsin. It’s been a rough couple of years for Coach Barry Gorman’s squad, but now that they’ve finally had some luck avoiding injuries, they’re reminding the rest of the league what they’re capable of.

-The women’s soccer team seems fully recovered from its slow start to the season; they’re unbeaten in eight games after Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of visiting Purdue. I was there, and was lucky enough to see one of the nicest goals I’ve ever seen in person, at any level of soccer.

With Penn State up 2-0 early in the second half, senior left back Tara Davies made a great overlapping run, tearing nearly the entire length of the field from the left, then lofting a shot from virtually no angle into the far corner of the Purdue net. Everyone at Jeffrey Field, including the players (not least the unlucky Purdue goalkeeper) looked momentarily shocked before the crowd erupted in cheers. Davies celebrated the goal — the first of her college career, coming in her final regular-season home game — with a flipping summersault before being mobbed by her teammates.

Junior Danielle Toney, a player more accustomed to scoring, tallied her 11th and 12th goals of the season to claim the Big Ten scoring lead.

-As Lori and Jessie already documented, the top-ranked women’s volleyball team extended its own NCAA record Friday with its 88th straight victory, a 3-0 sweep of Minnesota.

-And after a slow start, the football team looked pretty good Saturday at Northwestern. Ohio State is next. The tents at Paternoville should be popping up shortly…

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 2, 2009 at 10:35 am Leave a comment


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