The Penn Stater Daily — March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Elite company: For the second time, Maggie Lucas has been named a finalist for the Wade Trophy given annually to the top player in women’s college basketball. The senior guard, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is one of 12 finalists for the award. You can read the latest of Maggie’s ESPNW blogs here, and watch the Lady Lions in action Sunday night when they face Stanford in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Far-reaching roots: The cast of Blood at the Root, a play in production this week and next at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, is making an international impact. The Centre Daily Times details how the production will travel this summer to South Africa and Scotland. It’s tremendous exposure for a university production.

Coach Chaos is a hit: James Franklin’s coaching staff has already revealed some fun personalities. You can start with the pizza-reviewing, hip-hop-video sharing, daughter-defending Twitter standout, Herb Hand. Then there’s Charles Huff, dropping marine biology terms to describe his special teams. And then there’s the most intense guy on the staff, Sean Spencer, aka “Coach Chaos.” Over at The Football Letter Blog, we dug up video of Spencer from his playing days at Clarion University, and let’s just say this guy’s intensity is nothing new. In a word? Ouch.

By the people: Tracy McCourtney ’65 and her husband Ted have made a $3 million gift to endow the Institute for Democracy in the College of Liberal Arts. The “transformative” gift will “enable the institute to pursue excellence and leadership in advancing the cause of democracy.”

Human touch: We’re happy to congratulate Steve Sampsell ’90 Com on being the 2014 recipient of the Barash Award for Human Service. The award, created by the family of the late Sy Barash ’50, annually honors a faculty or staff member at University Park for contributions to “human causes, public service activities, and the welfare of fellow humans.” We know Steve as a senior lecturer and director of college relations for the College of Communications, a Daily Collegian alumnus, and an all-around good dude.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


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