On Its Way: The Sept./Oct. Issue

August 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm 5 comments

Illustration by Noma Bar.

Storm. Hurricane. Deluge.

Weather-wise, this summer in State College has been fairly pleasant and calm. Yet we’ve heard those buzzwords countless times here at The Penn Stater over the past few months.

An onslaught of news since our last issue—the Sandusky trial, the Freeh report, the removal of the Paterno statue, the NCAA sanctions—prompted the stormy comparisons. And inevitably, some of those concepts worked their way into our Sept./Oct. issue.

In the magazine, beginning to hit mailboxes now, you’ll find four features that tackle the issues in different ways. Lori Shontz ’91 recaps the key events of the summer, art history professor Brian Curran examines the significance of the Paterno statue, and Ryan Jones ’95 explains why he’s still rooting for Penn State football. We’re especially proud of “Emerging from the Storm,” a conversation with sociology faculty Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey ’94g, about how Penn Staters can cope with the mixed emotions brought on by the scandal and find a way to heal.

Our art director, Carole Otypka, commissioned illustrator Noma Bar to not only render the cover but also the opening illustration for each of the four features.

There are some fun stories, as well: a look at Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska’s 285-mile trek across Pennsylvania, and a profile of faculty member Blake Ketchum, a forensic sculptor and artist, to name a few.

Once you get your copy of the new issue, tell us what you think by commenting here or emailing pennstaterletters@psu.edu.

 Mary Murphy, associate editor

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stephanie  |  August 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That’s a great cover image. However, I probably would have used “Hope” or a word/phrase like that as the text. Looking forward to Sam Richards’ perspective, too. One of my absolute fave teachers.

  • 2. Sue, class of 1975  |  September 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I really liked Ryan Jones’ piece and the interview with the two professors was very instructive.

  • 3. Chuck, Class of 98  |  September 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I agree with Sue about Ryan Jones’ article. I came to try to facebook the article but I guess it isn’t available?

  • […] we want to do is build off our conversation with Sam and Laurie that’s in our September/October issue. (If you’ve not received it, you can download a PDF of the interview by clicking here.) Your […]

  • 5. Scott Kimler  |  September 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    You’ll have to pardon me for being late to the rodeo. I live in Canada and my issue of the Penn Stater arrives by dog sled (takes a while).

    In my defense, I have an answer to your question of “now what?”


    In order to move forward, it is important to rectify the fiduciary failures of the Board of Trustees: Sunshine act violations, Standing Order violations, decisions made by the Exec. Comm. & President without consulting the full Board. The trustees are not acting trustworthy. PSU governance needs reform.

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