Posts tagged ‘Jay Paterno’
Jay-running: His political aspirations were long-rumored, and on Thursday, Jay Paterno ’91 confirmed them: he’s running for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. In launching his candidacy (and his website), Paterno wrote, “I am not a politician, but someone from a family dedicated to hard work, public service, and charity to all.” The Democratic primary is set for May 20.
K-9s on campus: University Police this week hosted a training exercise for K-9 units, which gives us an excuse to post this great shot of Rudie, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who helps keep campus safe. Thanks to our buddy Bill Zimmerman for the shot.
Exit interview: With just a few months left in his presidency, Rodney Erickson sat with Daily Collegian reporter Katie Murt earlier this week to talk about his tenure and offer thoughts on incoming president Eric Barron. It’s worth a read.
Restless Robinson: So: Michael Robinson ’04 on The Young & The Restless? Michael Robinson on The Young & The Restless.
Happy THON: With the latest edition of the world’s largest student-run philanthropy kicking off later today, here’s a cool feature on the Penn State Schuylkill students who are among the thousands who will cram into the BJC this weekend. Best of luck to everyone involved.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
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.
Celebrating 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. PennLive.com 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 PennLive.com 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
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Meet Mayor Peduto: Voters in Pittsburgh won’t officially choose their next mayor until Nov. 5, but for practical purposes, the race is all but decided. The winner is… Democrat Bill Peduto ’07. Peduto won the Democratic primary in May, and given that the city hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in 80 years, and that his opponents for office have essentially stopped campaigning, it’s only a matter of making Peduto’s victory official next month. The Tribune-Review has a nice feature on Peduto, a 48-year-old city councilman and rabid hockey fan who describes himself as “goofy,” but who was inspired to enter politics in part by the untimely death of an older brother. Sounds like an interesting, and passionate, guy.
MRob, back in the game: Michael Robinson ’04, ’06, the 2005 Big Ten MVP and a former Pro Bowl fullback with the Seattle Seahawks, was re-signed by Seattle on Tuesday after spending the first half of the NFL season without a team. It’s great news for Robinson, and also probably for the Seahawks, for whom Robinson’s toughness and versatility made him a team and fan favorite. Jay Paterno ’91 took to Twitter yesterday to share a short NFL Films feature on Robinson, aka “The Workhorse,” which illustrates just how valuable a player he is. It’s worth a watch.
Presidential announcement coming soon? Board of Trustees chair Keith Masser ’73 told the Faculty Senate on Tuesday that the university hopes to have a new president named by its November board meeting. StateCollege.com has details from Masser’s appearance before the faculty group.
“How precious life is”: Samantha Jallah is a Penn State Law student, a native of war-torn Liberia, and one of those people whose lives seemed designed to inspire the rest of us. Noelle Mateer, a journalism major in the College of Communications, has a lovely feature on Samantha over on the Penn State News site.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
If there’s been a silver lining in the difficult last 14 months on campus, it’s been the abundance of teachable moments provided by the Sandusky scandal and its fallout. That’s a cliche (and one I normally try to avoid), but hey, this is a university, right? Everything should be fodder for learning.
Mike Poorman ’82 has made the most of those opportunities since the scandal broke. A journalist and longtime faculty member in the College of Communications, Mike created and taught the famous “JoePa” class, and he’s been tying the scandal into his teaching since the week the story broke. He continues to do so in his new class, Comm 170: Introduction to the Sports Industry.
I dropped in on Mike’s class Friday, when the guest speaker was none other than Jay Paterno ’91. For these students, a mix of communications majors who might end up in journalism, public relations, broadcasting, marketing, or who knows what else, it was a rare look at the process of sports business—which, for the media companies that hosted Jay in more than two dozen interviews in the past five days, is exactly what this is about. Jay talked honestly about how he and his family decided which TV and radio shows to speak to in their recent media blitz, and how to approach each: understanding the demographics of each show’s audience, preparing for each host’s interview style (agreeable or aggressive? rational or emotional?), and tailoring the family’s message to each.
I’m not sure all of the 75 or so students fully appreciated the insights Jay had to offer; it was a Friday afternoon, of course, and the start of THON was just a few hours away. But I think those who were paying attention learned a bit about what goes on behind the curtain, both for the folks with a financial stake in the multi-billion-dollar business of sport, and for the folks hoping to use the media to tell their story or make their case. In this story, the teachable moments don’t cease.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
Usually, when it’s time to let readers know that the next issue of The Penn Stater is on its way to mailboxes, we try to walk a fine line — to give you a taste of the magazine’s content without giving too much away.
But in the case of our March/April issue, the face on the cover won’t surprise you one bit.
On Jan. 22, when Joe Paterno passed away, we knew immediately what direction this issue had to take. Putting together the magazine was about honoring a man who touched the lives of every Penn Stater. For one story, alumni and students recall the day they met the man himself. In one of three essays, Jay Paterno ’91 reflects on his father’s legacy. And throughout the issue, you’ll find plenty of photos — some of which you’ve probably never seen before.
Your magazine should arrive within the next few days. Let us know when you receive your copy and, as always, let us know what you think.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
Another year, another record.
This year’s THON raised $10,686,924.83 for the Four Diamonds Fund, topping last year’s record and breaking the $10 million mark for the first time.
Encouraging dancers in the final hours: Jay Paterno ’91, who took to the podium on Sunday afternoon.
“If you live to be 100 years old, what you’ve done here for the last two days, weeks, months…what you’ve done here will echo in eternity,” Paterno told the crowd. “When you want to know what Penn State is, and when you want to know what ‘We Are’ means, come to THON.”
For Penn State Live’s photos of THON weekend, click here. Or check out Onward State’s minute-by-minute coverage, with lots of videos and photos from THON, here. And in case you haven’t seen it already, here is the front page of today’s Daily Collegian.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
I’ve been absent from the blog—and the magazine—for the better part of the last two weeks. I have an unusual excuse: I’ve been in Cuba.
It was, admittedly, an awkward time to go off on vacation, with Joe Paterno having just passed away and the magazine staff working in fifth gear to put together a tribute to him for our next issue.
But I had already postponed the trip once: I booked the trip months ago and was originally scheduled to go in early December, but the Sandusky scandal—and our need to scrap our Jan-Feb issue in favor of an issue devoted to the scandal—scuttled those plans and caused me to rebook for the end of January. Rescheduling the trip yet again wasn’t an option, for a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with the complicated nature of traveling to Cuba.
(Incidentally, I went there under a U.S.-approved “people-to-people cultural exchange,” which is making it possible for more and more U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba legally. Here’s a Washington Post story from last Friday about such exchanges.)
So I ended up watching from a distance, with only spotty Internet access, as the Penn State family mourned Paterno’s death. I wasn’t able to watch the memorial service at all—though I’m told that (more…)