The Best of The Penn Stater Blog, 2009

January 4, 2010 at 11:46 am 1 comment

We on the staff of The Penn Stater magazine have been blogging for just a little more than a year, but we sure are having fun doing it, and we’re also enjoying the feedback we get from you. I thought you might be interested in a quick “year in review” look at 2009—the Penn Stater blog postings that proved to be the most popular in terms of number of page views.

1. “P.J. Maierhofer: Blue Sapphire, Crown Jewel”

My goodness, do Penn Staters ever love P.J. Maeirhofer! This entry by senior editor Ryan Jones on the nation’s top collegiate twirler was, by far, our most-read blog post of the year. It includes a link to a downloadable PDF of a story we did on P.J. in the magazine four years ago.

2. “Buzzing the Stadium”

… in which I take my camera up in a helicopter for a little aerial tour of University Park. It was a cloudy, dreary day, not great for photography, but when it comes to campus photos, people just can’t get enough. (Astoundingly, my Flickr photo set from that helicopter ride has had more than 100,000 views!)

3. “Penn State’s ‘Men of ’47,’ In Print and Online”

Ryan Jones talks about our November-December 2009 cover story, which told of the Penn State football teams of 1946 and 1947 that helped break the color barrier in college football—and may have inspired the “We Are … Penn State” cheer. This entry also includes a link to a PDF of that article.

4. “Fun With the Women’s Volleyball Team”

A behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for our March-April 2009 cover story on the women’s volleyball team, which had just won its second national title. Includes a short video clip from the photo shoot.

5. “What Might Have Been”

Back in 1982, the Big East came within one vote of inviting Penn State to join the conference. Eight years later the Lions joined the Big Ten instead, and the rest, well, is history.

Enjoy! Stick with us in 2010 and we’ll bring you lots more where these came from.

Tina Hay, editor

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