The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 27, 2014
Assist of a lifetime: Well, this is just about the coolest story. David Glen is a sophomore forward on the Nittany Lion hockey team, with two goals and three assists in 18 games this season. He didn’t play in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to No. 2 Boston College, but he had the best possible reason: On Friday, Glen began a five-day process to donate bone marrow to a perfect stranger. According to this feature from GoPSUSports.com, Glen and the rest of his teammates were swabbed last season to see if they might be a match for the mother of men’s lacrosse player Drew Roper. None were, but Glen was contacted later and told that he was a match for someone else in need. For a person he’s never met, Glen signed up for some serious discomfort, and also gave up three games of his college hockey career, including a showcase against one of the nation’s top teams. Humbling, and impressive.
Federal investigation: The Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is investigating Penn State to determine if the university reacted “immediately and appropriately” to complaints of sexual harassment and violence. The investigation intends to determine if Penn State is in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in education. The Centre Daily Times reports the investigation was spurred by an increase in the number of sex offenses reported to campus authorities in 2011 and 2012.
So, about that nekton: We told you last week about how new assistant football coach Charles Huff promised the Nittany Lions special teams would play with a “nekton mentality.” We also promised we’d look into what, exactly, that meant. Well, thanks to Penn State marine biologist Iliana Baums, we’ve got an answer. If you haven’t already, head on over to The Football Letter blog for a quick explanation of how nekton applies to football.
Ryan Jones, senior editor