The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 24, 2013

September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Party like it’s 1996: General public tickets for December’s “Return to Rec” basketball game vs. Princeton went on sale today at 10 a.m. With all the buzz surrounding the event, it’s safe to assume the notoriously rowdy venue will live up to its reputation. Also likely: Ryan Jones ’95 will try to relive his college days and show up in Zubaz. Call 1-800-NITTANY for ticket info.

Weather or not: Opened in late August, the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will give Penn State’s meteorology department “a competitive advantage,” says director David Titley in an article from today’s Centre Daily Times. According to Titley, the new weather center’s technology can predict natural disasters and other weather risks with “very high confidence.”

So good, so good: Rain-soaked fans rejoiced Saturday when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2011. The surprisingly controversial song was rumored to have been cut post-Sandusky scandal because of potentially inappropriate lyrics, which Penn State officials denied.

Au Bon Painless: As a proponent of the local food movement, I was disappointed to learn last June that Otto’s Cafe, the cute little coffee bar in the Kern Graduate Building, would be replaced by national chain and airport favorite Au Bon Pain. Well, ABP opened earlier this month, and I’ve not only eaten my words, but about 32-and-half Waldorf Turkey Wraps since. The food selection is fantastic (and fresh!), and the staff is super friendly, handling the weekday-morning crush without breaking a sweat. Way to go, ABP. You’ve won me over.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

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