The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 18, 2014
“A dynamo”: That’s how Eric Barron’s former colleague John Dutton described Penn State’s new president back in 1985, when Dutton interviewed Barron, then a candidate for a research job in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The CDT‘s Mike Dawson talked to a few of Barron’s former EMS colleagues about the president-elect—and he received some high praise. EMS Dean Bill Easterling calls Barron a “visionary… He’ll help us move the university looking forward, not backward.” Read more here.
Bald is beautiful: It didn’t take long for new football coach James Franklin to figure out this whole “THON” thing. Franklin was one of 200 supporters at yesterday’s “No Hair, Don’t Care” event, ready to shave his head for the Four Diamonds Fund. Unlike Franklin (who, let’s face it, didn’t have the longest locks to begin with), sophomore Molly Lichtenwalner buzzed off her shoulder-length hair while chatting with a THON child via Skype. The event, now in its second year, raised $2,600.
Big fans: Penn State’s student section is tops, according to ESPN’s Brian Bennett. In his blog ranking the top Big Ten student sections in the country, Bennett gives the crowd at Beaver Stadium top honors — over Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa, respectively. “Penn State students love their Nittany Lions,” he writes. “They arrive on game days ready to cheer loud, sing songs and wear the right colors.”
Mary Murphy, associate editor