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A Freeh Report Reading List

Penn State Trustee Ken Frazier ’75 chaired the investigative task force that hired Louis Freeh.

As the Penn State community continues to reel from the release of the Freeh Report, the national media has been busy weighing in on the findings and the fallout. Following the coverage can be overwhelming, but here are some articles from the past four days that are worth a read:

Guides to the Freeh Report

“A Guide to the Penn State Investigation”: From The Chronicle of Higher Education, an annotated summary of the report’s most significant findings.

“Analysis: Freeh report sheds new light on Jerry Sandusky scandal, but needs context”: Sara Ganim ’08 breaks down the important revelations, and identifies some of the report’s shortcomings. “It’s not the whole picture,” she writes.

The Paterno Statue

“After Report, Calls to Remove Paterno Statue at Penn State”: From The New York Times’ “The Lede” blog, a collection of Facebook and Twitter comments calling for the removal of the Joe Paterno statue immediately after the report’s release.

“Penn State denies decision made on Joe Paterno statue”: An update on the future of the statue and other landmarks bearing Paterno’s name and image.

Paterno’s Legacy

“Joe Paterno, at the end, showed more interest in his legacy than Jerry Sandusky’s victims”: “Everything else about Paterno must now be questioned,” writes Sally Jenkins, the Washington Post reporter who interviewed Paterno before his death, in one of the harshest pieces out there.

Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out“: A New York Times report on Paterno’s retirement contract, which it says was worked out long before Paterno announced his retirement last Nov. 9.

“A Failed Experiment”: At, Michael Weinreb ’94 reflects on Penn State’s moral culture, concluding, “The Grand Experiment is a failure, and the entire laboratory is contaminated.”

NCAA and the Death Penalty

Amidst handfuls of articles weighing the pros and cons of the NCAA-imposed “death penalty” at Penn State, here is a take from each side: 

“Should Penn State Football Get the Death Penalty?”: Slate’s Josh Levin advocates for a temporary shutdown of Penn State football.

“In calls for justice at Penn State, NCAA death penalty would be injustice”: Columnist David Whitley takes the opposite stance: “When it comes to punishment, Penn State will have an unprecedented amount without the NCAA getting involved.”

Penn State Pride

“‘We Are Penn State’ and What That Means Today”: John Milewski ’79 on accountability as an alum.”For me, the burden of being Penn State includes taking responsibility for being part of the myth machine that brought us to where we are today.”

“I Went to Penn State—But Don’t Pity Me”: Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g on finding comfort—and pride—among fellow Penn Staters.

“Ashamed for Joe Paterno and Penn State’s leaders, but still proud of my school”: A strong alumni voice since November, LaVar Arrington ’00 believes supporting Penn State is the way to rebuild. “A big mistake would be making this all about loving or hating Paterno.”

What articles/links do you recommend? Share them in the comments below.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

July 17, 2012 at 8:21 am 7 comments

Penn State Night at the Emmys

Ty-BurrellHe was nominated for an Emmy Award last year, but this year Ty Burrell ’97g actually won the thing.

Burrell captured an Emmy last night for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, for his role as the dorky dad Phil Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. The show itself also won for Best Comedy, and Ty’s on-screen wife, Julie Bowen, won for Best Supporting Actress.

You can see the entire list of Emmy winners here. Note that it includes another Penn Stater: Don Roy King ’69, director of Saturday Night Live, won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing. Not a bad night for Penn Staters, huh?

By the way, King will be speaking at Penn State next spring.

We did a profile of Ty Burrell in the magazine back in Jan-Feb 2010. That story got its start when I was trying to recruit Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g to write a story for us on some other topic, and she wrote back: “How about Ty Burrell??? Are you watching Modern Family? I can see the subhead: How does a guy become the most lovably annoying dad in America?”

Vicki usually knows what she’s talking about, so I took her up on the offer, and I’m glad I did.

You might enjoy reading Vicki’s tale of what it was like to meet Burrell, and that’s also where you can download a PDF of her story in The Penn Stater about him.

Tina Hay, editor

September 19, 2011 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

‘Amy’s Story’ to be Told in New York


Joe Myers ’98 and his colleagues in Penn State Public Broadcasting must be thrilled with the attention that their 2010 documentary, Telling Amy’s Story, is getting. The film, which Myers directed, has already aired on more than two hundred PBS stations nationwide, and tomorrow night it will be screened in New York City for the first time—with Meredith Vieira hosting the event.

Telling Amy’s Story is the sobering true story of a State College woman, Amy Homan McGee ’91a, who was trapped in an abusive relationship—and who was eventually shot to death by her husband. Vince McGee was convicted of first-degree murder and is now serving a life sentence.

In the film, police detective Deirdri Fishel (pictured above) recounts Amy’s tale, and those who knew Amy—her mother, her coworkers, a police sergeant, and others—talk about the warning signs they saw in Amy’s relationship with Vince. Filmmaker Myers also scored a coup when he persuaded actress Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU to speak at the beginning and end of the documentary.

The New York screening on Tuesday night comes on the eve of a national event called “It’s Time to Talk Day,” which focuses on raising awareness about domestic violence.

Penn State has an extensive website devoted to Telling Amy’s Story, including a trailer you can watch and information on how to purchase the film. The hope is that civic groups, domestic-violence programs, employers, and others throughout the country will take advantage of the opportunity to learn from Amy’s tragedy.

We’ve got a story by Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g about the making of Telling Amy’s Story forthcoming in our January-February issue.

Tina Hay, editor

December 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

Hauling in a Little Hardware

We’ve been so swamped this summer that I haven’t had a chance to share the news that the magazine has won some more awards. Heck, I haven’t even had a chance to tell the magazine staff—or the boss—about some of these. Anyway, here’s the scoop:

—We won the Public Relations Society of America‘s “Bronze Anvil” award as the top magazine in the country. (Why it’s called the Bronze Anvil when it’s for first place, not third, has always been a mystery to me.) I have to say that we’re always a little ambivalent about winning an award for public relations efforts, because we don’t think of The Penn Stater as being a stereotypically PR-oriented magazine, full of happy talk about how great everything is at Dear Old State. But we’d like to believe that our (more…)

August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Two Unrelated But Cool Stories

We like to keep an eye on what former Penn Stater magazine staff writers are up to these days, and this week brought interesting articles from both Jason Fagone ’01 and Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g.

Jason has a story at about some guys who are trying to engineer a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon. According to Jason’s Twitter feed, he’s working on a book about this subject.

And on a lighter note, Vicki has an occasional blog called “Blunt Force Mama,” and today’s posting—about taking her 2-year-old daughter to see fireworks for the first time—is pretty funny.

Tina Hay, editor

July 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Five Awards for The Penn Stater

We received word the other day that The Penn Stater has won some honors in the annual Mercury Awards, a national competition in the communications biz. Cool! Here’s what we won:

—The story “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” from our September/October 2009 issue won a silver award in the “Feature Article Writing: University” category. That was a look at a 40-year-old campus mystery and the alumnus, Sascha Scucek ’99, ’07g, who is obsessed with solving it.

—The November/December 2009 issue won a silver award in “Writing: University Magazine,” and the January/February 2010 issue won bronze in “Writing: Magazines – Overall.”

—Our article about Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g, called “One Moment in Time,” from July/August 2009, took bronze in “Feature Article Writing: Professional Profile.” Mallett is a respected physicist who has devoted his career to trying to develop a time machine, so he can be reunited with his father, who died when Mallett was 10. (Spike Lee is making a movie about Mallett’s quest.)

—And we received “honors” (something a step below bronze, I guess) for the November/December issue in the “Magazines: Member Publications” category.

Interestingly, both of the award-winning articles mentioned above were written by the same person: Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g, our former senior editor and of our favorite freelancers.

Tina Hay, editor

March 12, 2010 at 11:30 am 1 comment

Guest Post: Interviewing Ty Burrell

Editor’s note: In November, we asked one of our favorite freelance writers—former Penn Stater magazine senior editor Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g—to fly out to Los Angeles to interview Ty Burrell ’97g, star of ABC-TV’s hot new sitcom Modern Family. The resulting story appears in our new January-February issue; see below for a link to the article.

Since Vicki is a blogger herself (her blog is called Blunt Force Mama, and it’s hilarious), we invited her to write a guest post for us about what it was like to meet Burrell. Here’s her tale.

If you think I didn’t buy a new outfit when I flew out to Los Angeles to interview Ty Burrell, you would be wrong. First of all, I work in my basement. (Translated: I only own sweatpants.) Second, I was flying to L.A. to interview a TV star.

Granted, I’ve interviewed famous Penn Staters before. When the handler for ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame ’85 called to see why I was two minutes late to our interview, I said, “I’ll be right there.” (I did not say, “I’m in the TJ Maxx across the street buying black boots for my 2-year-old’s Halloween costume.”) In other words, I may be tardy, but I don’t tend to be starstruck.

Yet, when Ty Burrell walked into the restaurant in East Hollywood, and took off his sunglasses, and waved to me, I felt like I might throw up.

If you think I didn’t pull it together, you would also be wrong. I had to. Earlier, I basically had had to beg his publicist to make time in his schedule for an in-person interview. I had one hour, tops, to get enough for the 3,000 words I’d been assigned to write. Plus, he was just a guy who went to Penn State. In fact, as he sat down, that was exactly what I was whispering in my head, over and over, like a mantra: “Vicki, he’s just a guy who went to Penn State. Vicki, he’s just a guy who happens to be on TV. Every Wednesday. On the most popular show of the fall. He’s just a guy who has kissed Nicole Kidman. Just a guy who is close, personal friends with Edward Norton, who you happen to have a little crush on. So why, Vicki, are you talking … so … loud?”

I turned on my digital recorder, and started asking questions. We ate salads. We talked about mutual friends from Penn State. (Because, as it turns out, Ty Burrell and I have mutual friends from Penn State.) When the waitress asked if we wanted coffee, I hesitated, giving him the chance to decline and take off to do the far more important things TV stars in Los Angeles must have to do.

“I’ll have some,” he said.

And I realized he is just a guy who went to Penn State, and we were just two Penn Staters chatting it up at a restaurant in L.A., except he was wearing jeans and I was wearing a very strange purple tie-dyed sweater dress.

Vicki Glembocki

You can download a PDF of Vicki’s story on Ty Burrell here.

January 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm 3 comments

Ty Burrell Talks About ‘Modern Family’

ABC photo

If you haven’t already checked out ABC’s new hit comedy Modern Family, you might want to: In addition to the fact that many critics are calling it one of the best new shows on TV this fall, it stars a Penn Stater. Ty Burrell ’97g, who got his MFA in acting from Penn State, plays the role of Phil Dunphy, the dorky but lovable dad.

A week or so ago we sent one of our favorite freelancers, Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g, out to L.A. to spend a little time with Burrell for an article for The Penn Stater. She turned the piece in yesterday and it’s a lot of fun—you’ll be able to read it in our January-February issue. In the meantime, there’s a Q&A with Burrell today on that’s also an enjoyable read. And here’s a blog post on (a suburban Chicago paper) from about a month ago that just raves about Burrell and wants to give him an Emmy right now.

Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9:00 Eastern. Tonight’s episode features a guest appearance by Edward Norton.

Tina Hay, editor

November 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Honors Vicki Glembocki

vgWe were happy to learn today that the English department at Penn State has named Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g its Outstanding Young Alumna for 2010. She’ll be back to campus in April to be presented with the award.

Vicki was senior editor at The Penn Stater from 1997–2001; she left here to become articles editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Nowadays she’s a contributing editor for that magazine and a full-time freelance writer, and along the way she also wrote a book: The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.

We’re very happy that she continues to write for us as well: Most recently she wrote “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” for our Sept-Oct 2009 issue; a profile of physicist Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g called “One Moment in Time” for our July-Aug 2009 issue; a profile of winery owner Doug Moorhead ’56 called “A Wine’s Time” for Jan-Feb 2009; and a story about the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady for our Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

Just last week she was out in Los Angeles on assignment for us, interviewing Ty Burrell ’97g, star of the ABC-TV hit series Modern Family. Look for her story on him to appear in our Jan-Feb 2010 issue.

Tina Hay, editor

November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

September-October Issue Coming Your Way

PS Cover copy 11Our pal the UPS guy showed up at lunchtime today with boxes of the September-October issue of the magazine—our office copies. That means readers should start getting their copies today as well. How soon you get yours depends on where you live: If you’re in the mid-Atlantic states, watch your mailbox in the next few days; if you’re on the west coast or Florida or across the Atlantic, well, it might take a little longer.

(And if you don’t get the magazine at all, perhaps you need to join the Alumni Association!)

Our cover story is a collection of tales submitted by readers about their very first day at Penn State. We’ve got three other features besides that one:

—A feature-length profile about Penn State’s new wrestling coach, Cael Sanderson.

—A photo essay featuring some really ethereal photography from Paul Duda ’89.

—A very engrossing story by our ace freelancer Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g about Betsy Aardsma, the grad student who was stabbed to death in the Pattee stacks 40 years ago this fall.

Our “My Thoughts Exactly” is an essay by a young alumna, Amanda Berkey ’07, who’s doing a Teach for America gig in inner-city Philadelphia … our “Everyday People” profilee is Rick Johnson ’82, the newly hired horticulturist for the Penn State Arboretum … our lead story in Penn State Pulse is a profile of Penn State Altoona prof Athleen Stere, who has retired (sort of) at the age of 88 … and the athlete profile that leads off the Sports section is Jason Yeisley, an oft-injured soccer player who is finally back on the field for the Nittany Lions.

This is our fattest issue ever: 104 pages. We’ll look forward to hearing your feedback on it.

Tina Hay, editor

August 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm 1 comment

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