The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 4, 2013
Dreaming of a Blue Christmas: Actually, it’s no dream. The video below is the very real holiday light display set up by Robert Witt ’01 of Schwenksville, Pa. It started blowing up the internet yesterday, and it is something else:
I’m not gonna lie: I’m not sure I’d want to live right next door to that. But it is impressive work.
Hump day hoops: The 10th-ranked Lady Lions continue a tough non-conference schedule tonight when they host No. 4 Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The match-up marks the first meeting between Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her Fighting Irish counterpart, Muffet McGraw, but as the Daily Collegian tells us, the two have serious history: Washington played for and later coached under McGraw at Notre Dame, which won the 2001 national championship while she was an assistant.
The Nittany Lions fell at Pitt last night, 78-69, in their Big Ten/ACC match-up. It was a close game throughout, and an impressive showing for the Lions, who were playing their fifth game in 10 days. Pitt, unbeaten this season, is 106-3 all-time at the Petersen Events Center against non-conference opponents.
Getting a read: Americanah, a novel by the Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been chosen as the Penn State Reads common book for the incoming class of 2014. Penn State Reads, which coincides with the annual New Student Orientation, provides a free copy of the book to all first-year students at University Park. The program’s stated goal is to “provide a shared experience among new students, encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper connection to Penn State’s mission and core values.” Kind of the whole point of college, in other words. Very cool.
So much for an “offseason”: Even with the season over, there’s still plenty of football news—including those changes on the coaching staff. What was widely reported the past few days was confirmed Tuesday night when Penn State officially announced the resignations of linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and QB coach Charlie Fisher. With recruiting a huge priority this time of year, you can bet Bill O’Brien will move quickly to announce new additions to his staff.
And in less surprising developments:
Ryan Jones, senior editor
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