The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 1, 2013
From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.
Coffee and kindness: Before Penn State Behrend freshman Alyssa Josephine O’Neill died of an epileptic seizure on Sept. 4, she tweeted about going to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. After her death, in Alyssa’s memory, her parents paid for the lattes of 40 unsuspecting customers at a Starbucks in their hometown of Erie, Pa., each cup bearing Alyssa’s initials. The #AJO-emblazoned drinks started a movement, inspiring people all over the country (including Ohio State, where Alyssa’s high-school friend Mackenzie Presta is a sophomore) to perform random acts of kindness. A Facebook page to honor Alyssa and raise awareness for epilepsy has over 33,500 likes.
Good news, bad news: First the bad news: According to Alexander Siedschlag, Penn State’s new head of online homeland security programs, Americans sure do have a lot to worry about. Cyberterrorism—everything from spam and identity theft to coordinated attacks on the government— is on the rise. “Evolving security threats are moving homeland security organizations to adopt a more comprehensive approach,” says Siedschlag, who explains how Penn State’s online programs are changing to address the new challenges and “foster preparedness as a state of mind, which is essential to handling homeland security challenges comprehensively,” he says. Now that’s good news.
Yes, we can: And here’s more good news: If these photos from the THON blog are any indication, THON’s first canning weekend of the year was a success. There were costumes, cute kids, and—hey, is that Carson Kressley?
Mary Murphy, associate editor