The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 5, 2014

February 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

We’re running a little late today because of the two-hour delay, thanks to the snow/ice storm that arrived overnight. Onward State notes this is the third time in two years that Penn State has had a weather-related cancellation/delay. But there’s still plenty going on:

National Signing Day festivities: It wasn’t that long ago, really, that reporters had to scrounge around for information about Penn State football’s latest recruits. No more. As a warm-up to this evening’s Signature Event, which will (virtually) introduce Penn State’s recruiting class, media were invited to hang out this morning at Lasch Building as the newest Nittany Lions faxed in their letters of intent and were added to the big board. The event featured Blue Band trumpets, balloons (no word on who blew them up), and an omelet station manned, at least temporarily, by offensive line coach and social media sensation Herb Hand. (I’m pretty sure that when I committed to the College of the Liberal Arts in 1987, there was a similar celebration in Burrowes Building.) How will tonight’s event top that? Well, James Franklin tweeted that he’d be wearing a “classic all-white leisure suit,” adding the hashtag #swaggedout. Mark Wogenrich ’90 further reported on Twitter that Franklin called the suit “uncomfortably tight.”

Teaching “Failure 101:” Jack Matson, professor emeritus of engineering, has a nifty cameo in this New York Times piece about how colleges are working to teach—not just celebrate—creativity. Matson, who was the lead instructor for one of Penn State’s first MOOCs, Creativity, Innovation, and Change, also teaches a freshman seminar that he calls “Failure 101.” Among the activities: “constructing a resume based on things that didn’t work out” and “finding some cultural norms to break.” An example of the latter: cartwheeling into the library. This is a fascinating read, and now I’m wondering if it’s too late to add Matson’s class.

Flat funding: Gov. Tom Corbett released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015, and it includes $229.7 million for Penn State, the same amount the university received last year. Penn State had asked for an additional $14.7 million. The budget gets debated by the state legislature for a couple of months, so this isn’t yet official. The Centre Daily Times has the most Penn State-centered coverage, but you’ll probably need a subscription to read it.

Women’s volleyball honored. Again: This time, praise came from the floor of the U.S. Senate, in the form of a resolution from both Pennsylvania senators, Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, that recounted how the Nittany Lions won their sixth NCAA women’s volleyball title and how two players, Ariel Scott and Maggie Harding, received academic honors, too. Read the full text of the resolution—which uses one of my favorite old-timey words, “whereas,” five times—in this Penn State news release.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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