The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 26, 2013
It’s here: Winter, that is. Those of us non-students still hanging around University Park woke up to a solid coating of the white stuff this morning — and some serious weather advisories, to boot. Holiday travel headaches aside, it sure makes for a pretty picture.
Remembering a warrior: Sad news from yesterday’s Daily Collegian: Former Nittany Lion Brandon Ream ’06 Bus passed away Monday after battling bone marrow cancer for nearly two years. Ream, a State College native, was remembered by friends and former teammates, including Ream’s former roommate and NFL linebacker Tim Shaw ’06 Bus, on Twitter: “Broken hearted for the loss of my best friend, brother, teammate, roommate, and warrior @BrandonReam.”
Risky business: “Colleen and Bill [O’Brien] aren’t sure they want their son to play tackle football at all.” It’s a pretty shocking statement, but in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, writer and Penn State student Dan Norton explores why lots of parents are rethinking youth football because of its physical risks. Though Michael O’Brien, age 8, is (predictably) obsessed with the sport, his parents are encouraging him to hold off until he’s at least a teenager. Says Bill: “I have a really strong belief that kids should be really confident with their bodies before they play tackle football.”
Tough trivia: Did you happen to catch Jeopardy! last night? That contestant in the middle spot was Penn State medical student Johnna Mahoney (not Johanna, despite Alex’s pronunciation). I won’t give away the results from last night’s show, but I WILL say that the Final Jeopardy! answer, in the category “Nobel Laureates,” was a killer: The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner from this country was under arrest at the time of the award. (Correct response here.)
Mary Murphy, associate editor