The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 30, 2013
From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.
It’s a Dirty Jog, But Somebody’s Got to Do It: About 10,000 runners burned calories and got coated with pastels Sunday at Penn State’s first Color Run, sponsored by the Homecoming Committee. As an occasional jogger, I’m not sure I understand why you’d want people to douse you with powdered paint while you’re out for a run. But I was downtown Sunday evening and saw hundreds of happy participants post-race, so I guess it must be a good time.
One for the Money, All for the Kids: THON has released its annual fundraising summary, which shows that nearly 96 percent of money raised for the organization during its 2012–13 fiscal year went directly to the Four Diamonds Fund. Speaking of: This was also the first canning weekend of the new school year.
Gifts & Grants: A Penn State-led team has received a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy to study hybrid car batteries; Penn State Abington professor Michael Bernstein has been awarded a $325,000 grant for important research into social exclusion and bullying; and Andrew Kartalis ’54 and his wife, Katherine, have given a $1.5-million gift to benefit a new Learning Factory laboratory and a scholarship endowment geared toward military veterans.
Soc’ it to ‘Em: With the football team enjoying a bye week before opening Big Ten play next Saturday at Indiana, the original “football” was in the spotlight at Jeffrey Field. The Penn State women’s soccer team, ranked eighth in the country, improved to 3-0 in the league Sunday with a 6-1 thrashing of Purdue, while the men opened conference play with a 3-1 win over Wisconsin. Both teams are on nice runs: The women went a perfect 8-0-0 in September, while the men have won four straight.
Speaking of Streaks: The field hockey team won its sixth straight game on Sunday in Bloomington, posting a 4-0 win over Indiana in its Big Ten opener. The women’s volleyball team likely lost its hold on the No. 1 ranking, suffering a rare home loss Friday to No. 15 Michigan State before rebounding Saturday to knock off No. 10 Michigan.
Ryan Jones, senior editor