Inside Our March/April 2016 Issue

February 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm 6 comments

MA_BlogpostWe blinked and it was the end of February, which means that our latest issue will be headed your way any day now. For our cover story, Ryan Jones talked to five Muslim students at Penn State and learned about what life is like on campus, and in America, today. The interview, “People Have to Understand Who We Are,” starts on p. 28.

You’ll also find a feature on the Nittany Lion baseball team, which traveled to Havana in November to play against professional teams from Cuba. Penn State journalism students and faculty were there to document the historic trip.

Later in the issue, “On the Right Path” shares the stories of nine alums who followed unconventional routes to land the jobs of their dreams.

Don’t miss the interview with Chewbacca—er, rather, Joonas Suotamo ’08, the former basketball player-turned-actor who played him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens—on p. 24. The magazine also includes a recap of President Barron’s recent entrepreneurial trail; a look at freshman wrestling standout Bo Nickal; and a profile on award-winning medical student Allison Cleary.

Let us know what you think of our latest issue by commenting below or emailing us at

Amy Downey, senior editor

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wookiee Sensation | The Penn Stater Magazine  |  February 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    […] March/April issue includes a feature on former Nittany Lion basketball center Joonas Suotamo ’08, who had quite a […]

  • 2. Ben Lang  |  February 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Are you going to release an issue with Christian students getting the same front page coverage and a similar supporting story of what its like to be a Christian in America today?

  • 3. Randy Houston  |  February 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Perhaps this is the first issue of The Penn Stater you’ve ever seen, Ben, but virtually every other cover has featured a Christian Penn Stater and the accompanying story detailed what it’s like for that Penn Stater living in America today. Happy reading.

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