The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 23, 2013
From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.
Meet Mayor Peduto: Voters in Pittsburgh won’t officially choose their next mayor until Nov. 5, but for practical purposes, the race is all but decided. The winner is… Democrat Bill Peduto ’07. Peduto won the Democratic primary in May, and given that the city hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in 80 years, and that his opponents for office have essentially stopped campaigning, it’s only a matter of making Peduto’s victory official next month. The Tribune-Review has a nice feature on Peduto, a 48-year-old city councilman and rabid hockey fan who describes himself as “goofy,” but who was inspired to enter politics in part by the untimely death of an older brother. Sounds like an interesting, and passionate, guy.
MRob, back in the game: Michael Robinson ’04, ’06, the 2005 Big Ten MVP and a former Pro Bowl fullback with the Seattle Seahawks, was re-signed by Seattle on Tuesday after spending the first half of the NFL season without a team. It’s great news for Robinson, and also probably for the Seahawks, for whom Robinson’s toughness and versatility made him a team and fan favorite. Jay Paterno ’91 took to Twitter yesterday to share a short NFL Films feature on Robinson, aka “The Workhorse,” which illustrates just how valuable a player he is. It’s worth a watch.
Presidential announcement coming soon? Board of Trustees chair Keith Masser ’73 told the Faculty Senate on Tuesday that the university hopes to have a new president named by its November board meeting. StateCollege.com has details from Masser’s appearance before the faculty group.
“How precious life is”: Samantha Jallah is a Penn State Law student, a native of war-torn Liberia, and one of those people whose lives seemed designed to inspire the rest of us. Noelle Mateer, a journalism major in the College of Communications, has a lovely feature on Samantha over on the Penn State News site.
Ryan Jones, senior editor