The Penn Stater Daily — March 4, 2014
Remembering a leader: Joab Thomas, Penn State’s 15th president, passed away yesterday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Today, Penn State News looks back on Thomas’ tenure in Happy Valley (1990-1995), and former colleagues remember the man President Rodney Erickson calls “a visionary leader and a true gentleman.” Said Erickson: “His commitment to students was legendary, and he played a critical role in building Penn State into an internationally ranked university.”
Thrice as nice: Three huge honors for the Lady Lions were announced yesterday. Senior guard Maggie Lucas nabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year award (her second); senior guard Dara Taylor was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year; and for the third consecutive season, Coquese Washington was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Going down: More encouraging State Patty’s Day stats from last night’s State College Borough Council Meeting: This year, the total number of calls for service for both the State College and University Park police departments was down a whopping 72 percent. Total arrests were down 42 percent, to 102 from last year’s 244. Said Police Chief Tom King: “The numbers are back to the levels of the first State Patty’s Day in 2007.”
Upward bound: Upward State, a new group of Penn Staters, launches today with events at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the Nittany Lion Inn. The group’s website features endorsements of three candidates for this spring’s Board of Trustees election. The organization is made up of alumni — including three past presidents of the Alumni Association, although the group has no official connection to the association — as well as students and parents. Its goal is to “put students first,” according to their website. “Priority No. 1 is making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.” For more info, check out Onward State‘s story here or the CDT‘s coverage here.
Mary Murphy, associate editor