The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 13, 2013
Impressive company: For a special October issue, Bloomberg Magazine chose the 50 most influential people in global finance, which includes the usual suspects like New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. It also includes Penn State professor Michael Mann, famous for the hockey stick graph and his passionate stand against climate-change deniers, as one of the top global thinkers.
Just hanging out: Our friends in the Penn State Turfgrass program posted the above photo of two legends Thursday afternoon. Arnold Palmer was in town to promote Palmer Park, an outdoor space for residents at The Village at Penn State. The Nittany Lion … well, he’s usually around here somewhere.
Waste not: One of my favorite people on campus, Al Matyasovsky, makes an appearance in Friday’s Collegian; as usual, he was giving a tour of Penn State’s recycling center. Al’s title, program director for solid waste operations, doesn’t begin to describe what he does. He’s passionate about minimizing how much of the university’s waste goes to a landfill, and he’s always ready to talk about it (including to my journalism classes). Best part about Al: He gives tons of credit to the students.
Fourth and Long: Author John Bacon was in town Thursday to talk the new director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, John Affleck, about his new book, Fourth and Long, which goes behind-the-scenes with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern football. Audrey Synder ’12 of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg has a nice account of his talk, with Bacon discussing everything from his reporting process to those errors. (Full disclosure: I’m a Curley Center board member.)
Social media at Penn State: Are you following @penn_state on Twitter? If so, you’ll enjoy this behind-the-scenes look from Onward State at how Geoff Ruston ’01 and others at public information decide what to tweet. If not, why not?
Lori Shontz, senior editor