From the Archives

From the Archives: Just a Mountain

From the May/June 2001 issue: It’s not particularly large. It’s not on campus. And it doesn’t really belong to Penn State. So why do we care so much about Mount Nittany?
Alice Crawley Skipton ’00 MFA Lib

Tombstones: The Stuff of Life

From the March 1973 Penn Stater: Legendary physicist Erwin Mueller shares stories of his scientific inventions, his introduction to Penn State, and how he used science to turn tombstones to bread in post–World War II Germany.

What a Trip

From our September/October 2014 issue: A sleepless night. Broken elevators. Pizza for breakfast. What better way to prepare for the toughest game of the year? Twenty years ago this fall, the Nittany Lions went to Illinois with an unblemished record and dreams of a national championship. They came home with memories of a farcical road trip and an unforgettable win.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Method Over Madness

From our March/April 2020 issue: Renowned biochemist Paul Berg won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on recombinant DNA, but his true legacy might be as a voice of caution in an era of dizzying—and sometimes terrifying—scientific progress.
Michael Weinreb ’94 Com

Love at Penn State

From our Jan/Feb '18 issue: We asked you about love—how, when, and where you fell in love on campus. We wanted to know what sparked your love, how it grew, and whether it endured. You responded with tales that were tender, funny, sweet, happy, and sad. Here’s a sampling of the stories we received.
Savita Iyer

Water into Gold

From our November/December 2014 issue: Three years after a hurricane washed away his Vermont brewpub, Alchemist Brewery founder John Kimmich is thriving on his own stubborn terms. Meet the man behind behind Heady Topper, a curious concoction that might just be the world’s best beer.
Denise Dowling

Overwhelming Force

From our May/June 2015 issue: The most dominant program in college athletics offers no scholarships and competes in a sport most Americans don’t really understand. None of which bothers the women of the nine-time national champion Penn State rugby team. They’re too busy bulldozing all comers, and having a blast along the way.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

A Moveable Feast

From our November/December 2015 issue: In a month-long culinary excursion across University Park, the author discovered fresh vegetables, internationally trained chefs, staggering variety, and some really good food. From the dining halls to the HUB and dozens of spots in between, this is not your parents’ college grub.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

The Mayor of 16802

From our May/June 2016 issue: For generations of Penn Staters, Mike “The Mailman” Herr turned a mundane trip to the post office into a treat. In April, the authority-tweaking, cookie-collecting campus fixture retired as he did everything else—with a smile on his face.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

The No. 1 That Got Away

From our Jan/Feb '13 issue: It's been 20 years since top-ranked Indiana came to town and the biggest win in Penn State basketball history never happened.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

After These Messages

In our March/April 2003 issue, renowned ad critic Bob Garfield shared his take on the good, the bad, and the never-should-have-aired when it comes to TV ads. 
Chuck Salter

Floating Lion

Artist Larry Krezo ’67 A&A illustrated the magic of our mascot for this September/October 1977 cover story on those who’ve donned the Nittany Lion suit, which we’re sharing from our archives.