The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 12, 2013
From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.
Big Maple: Redshirt freshman tailback Akeel “Big Maple” Lynch has the best nickname on the football team, as far as I’m concerned (Bill O’Brien bestowed it, a nod to Lynch’s Canadian citizenship), and so far he’s been a go-to performer in the media room after games, smiley and chatty. But he’s not had an easy road to Penn State, a tale told nicely by John Stuetz of The Daily Collegian.
For The Kids: Are you ready for THON? Sure, it’s five months away, but after watching this five-minute promotional video posted Wednesday night, it’ll seem a lot closer. The interview with a THON child and her mom, sitting together, is particularly moving.
Harry, Hufflepuffs, and the Honey Badger: You don’t need to know all the words to the Sorting Hat’s song to love this piece on The Three Broomsticks, Penn State’s Harry Potter club, by Onward State’s Catie Simpson. It does help, however, if you know what the Sorting Hat does and what you’d order at The Three Broomsticks. (I’d advise Butterbeer, not Fire Whiskey …)
Our Highest Award: if you do the numbers, you’ll see that only one-eighth of 1 percent of Penn Staters—that’s more than 700 since 1973—have been honored as Alumni Fellows, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Here’s the list of the 22 honorees for 2013.
You may have missed: Jinnie Todd Chapel ’65 says she thinks it’s vital for students to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom at internships, and she knows that finances prevent some students from doing so. That’s why she and her husband, John, have donated $1 million to crate the Chapel Executive Intern Program in the College of the Liberal Arts, which will eventually provide 20 students with $5,000 internship awards annually.
Lori Shontz, senior editor