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Joe Paterno Plays the Role of the Closer

A crowd of more than 1,000 at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night heard a parade of speakers (and videos) making the case for private financial support for the University. Students, faculty, administrators, and campaign leaders all took their turn on stage, helping kickoff Penn State’s new $2 billion fund-raising campaign.

While most of the speakers relied heavily on the teleprompter to make their prepared remarks, probably the best speaker of the evening was the one who spoke last—and spoke completely off the cuff. Joe Paterno just walked out onto the stage and talked. He talked about telling his father 60 years ago that he was giving up a law career to be an assistant football coach at Penn State. He talked about what the school has meant to him. And, of course, he talked about the need to support Penn State students.

Paterno ended with a line that he’s used before, but that’s still funny: “The good news,” he told those in attendance, “is that we’ve got the money we need. The bad news is, it’s in your pockets!”

I was shooting photos of the evening along with Annemarie Mountz ’84 of Penn State Live, and I have to say, her photos are better. You can see hers here, and read her story about the campaign here.

Tina Hay, editor

April 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm 1 comment

Penn State Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

About a hundred Penn State students got the experience of a lifetime last night, as the Penn State Philharmonic played in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.

Annemarie Mountz ’84 of Penn State’s Public Information office went along on yesterday’s trip and got some photos at the concert, as well as at the Alumni Association reception before the show. You can see them here.

Last night’s performance was the fourth annual Penn State President’s Concert—previous President’s Concerts have been held at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Penn State will be represented at Carnegie Hall at least once more before the spring is out: the Behrend Concert Choir will perform there May 23.

Tina Hay, editor

March 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Buzzing the Stadium

DSC_4156 sm helicopter

The state troopers were good sports, and one of them even took my picture.

I got a little bored during the third quarter of the Penn State-Syracuse game this afternoon, so I decided to hop on a state police helicopter and go for a ride.

OK, that’s not exactly how it happened.

What happened was more like this: I’d been thinking that going along in the police helicopter while they’re monitoring game-day traffic might make interesting fodder for my column in our next issue. So earlier this week I called Annemarie Mountz ’84, manager of the news bureau in Public Information, because I remembered she had done something similar last year. (You can see her photos from that trip here. Note that she had gorgeous blue skies and sunshine for her ride, while today was cloudy and overcast. Not that I’m jealous or anything.)

DSC_3943 sm Eastview Terrace

The relatively new Eastview Terrace residence-hall complex, on East College Avenue.

Anyway, Annemarie put me in touch with Clifford Lutz ’75, who is assistant chief of University Police Services. He’s the guy who coordinates the game-day police operations, so he made arrangements for the state police to take me up.

I got to the stadium by 9:45 a.m., as instructed, but the helicopter wasn’t there yet—it had been diverted to an emergency in DuBois. So I hung around a while, went over to visit Paul Frankhouser’s famous tailgate, and strolled some of the other tailgates.

The alumni center. Ryan and Lori, I can see your offices!

The alumni center.

Eventually I called Asst. Chief Lutz (who I’m told spends the day on top of the press box roof) and he said it could be a while; he’d call me. So I went inside the stadium and joined some friends who happened to have an extra ticket today.

I saw most of the first half and part of the third quarter, while noting with dismay that it’s next to impossible to get cell phone service inside the stadium. That’s because 110,000 other people are texting and making calls and sending photos. I had visions of going home after the game and finding out that I missed the helicopter ride because they couldn’t reach me by phone.

And then partway through the third quarter I got a text message from Asst. Chief Lutz:

Sgt. Fox and Sgt. Cochran, the nicest state troopers you'd ever want to meet....

Sgt. Fox and Sgt. Cochran, the nicest state troopers you'd ever want to meet....

Ready to go in about 15?

So I jumped out of my seat, said goodbye to my friends, and hustled down to the grassy area near Jeffrey Field where the helicopters land. I met the two very nice state troopers who were piloting the thing, they gave me some instructions, and up we went.

I got a great aerial tour of campus, took 274 photos in approximately 20 minutes, learned a bit about what the state police helicopter detail does, and pretty much didn’t want it to end. (I never did get to see how they monitor traffic … maybe another time.)

Oh, and contrary to the title of this blog entry, we did not buzz the stadium—the state police really prefer not to fly directly over the stadium when the game is in progress. But they did take me close enough for some good photos.

By the way, I got to fly with my door open. Makes for better photos that way—and the exhilaration of having nothing but air between you all the sights can’t be beat.

I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my column for our November-December issue. Unless I quit my job between now and then and go to helicopter-pilot school or something….

Tina Hay, editor

Update: You can see about a dozen of the aerial photos at or, if you’re really into it, a slide show of about 30 on

September 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm 15 comments

Nice Shots from Last Night


Photo by Annemarie Mountz/Penn State Department of Public Information


Photo by Andy Colwell/Penn State Department of Public Information

Annemarie Mountz ’84 and Andy Colwell in Penn State’s Department of Public Information got some good photos at last night’s NIT basketball game between Penn State and George Mason. I especially liked these two—of George Mason’s Louis Birdsong in mid-air against Jamelle Cornley, and of Cornley grimacing in pain after re-injuring his shoulder. You can see these and 10 more here.

Tina Hay, editor

March 18, 2009 at 9:07 am 4 comments

An Unbelievable Amount of Money

The picture says it all.

(photo by Annemarie Mountz)

(photo by Annemarie Mountz)

More coverage of THON is at

Tina Hay, editor

February 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm 2 comments

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