The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 5, 2013

December 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

Setting the mood: Some landscape architecture students are wrapping up a cool project in Pittsburgh. As part of a class called Pittsburgh Studio, a group of 12 students got to know residents of urban neighborhoods—and then created designs to meet their needs, such as more pedestrian-friendly paths and parks. Says senior Aaron Ramos: “It’s not just planting trees or plants, it’s creating an environment that puts someone in a certain mood.”

Do the math: Yeah, John Urschel’s been getting a lot of love this week in the media world. But here’s more praise for the mathmetician/offensive guard from today’s Sports Illustrated, in which SI writer Andy Staples explains why Urschel ’12, ’13g is his pick for 2013 Sportsman of the Year: “He embodies everything that a student-athlete should be. He embraced the opportunities presented in the classroom and on the football field, and he’ll probably play in the NFL before he moves on to a mathematics Ph.D. program.”

Taylor Kitsch (far left) as Lt. Michael Murphy. Photo via imdb.com.

Taylor Kitsch (far left) as Lt. Michael Murphy. Photo via imdb.com.

Hollywood hero: The story of Lt. Michael Murphy ’98 has gotten the big-screen treatment before—in the documentary Murph: The Protector. But now Hollywood is offering its own version. Lone Survivor, which hits theaters Jan. 10, tells the story of “Operation Red Wing” and the three Navy SEALS, including Murphy, who were killed in the mission. Taylor Kitsch (of Friday Night Lights) plays Murphy, and Marc Wahlberg (of the Funky Bunch) plays Marcus Luttrell, the only SEAL to survive. Check out the trailer here.

Blue Christmas: And because Clark Griswold-style holiday decor never gets old, today’s Onward State features another Penn State-themed light show, this one from Sally Simpson, mom of Blue Band prez Ryan Simpson. Impressive, to say the least.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

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