The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 2, 2013

October 2, 2013 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

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

A sellout, in the good sense: If you don’t have tickets for the Nittany Lions’ Homecoming clash Oct. 12 against Michigan, well, you’re out of luck. Penn State announced Tuesday morning that the game is officially sold out.

Opener in jeopardy? The government shutdown has forced the service academies to suspend their varsity sports programs, so if the Congressional impasse continues, the first game for the men’s team in the Pegula Ice Arena, Oct. 11 vs. Army, may be canceled or postponed. The problem: The government funds travel for academy sports teams, so without a budget, they can’t travel.

Employee health-care update: The Centre Daily Times has the latest update on the health-care saga on campus: Anyone who completes the personal health screening, a requirement that rankled many faculty and staff, will receive a $100 bonus. If an employee and the employee’s spouse both complete the screening, the bonus rises to $150.

Inspirational words: I spent Tuesday evening with my news writing class listening to New York Times managing editor (that’s second in command) Dean Baquet speak at the first session of the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers, one of the great programs sponsored by the College of Communications. Baquet was particularly inspirational; as I told a student who interviewed me after the speech, if you didn’t want to run out and commit great acts of journalism after that talk, you’re in the wrong major. I’d like to share one piece of Baquet’s advice that applies to everyone, no matter your major, profession, or age: “Take the job that will teach you something you don’t know.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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