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I Sure Hope I’m Hungry…

ABPI had breakfast this morning at the Au Bon Pain in Kern Building, a fairly unremarkable way to start a Monday—or a brand new semester for that matter. But it was significant in at least one way: For the next four weeks, I’m going to be eating my way across the University Park campus. This is not an experiment in trying to recreate my “Freshman 15” from the fall of 1991, but rather the start of a month-long reporting project on the state of campus dining, which is set to run in our Nov./Dec. issue.

If you’re an alum from 10 or 20 or 40 years ago, and you’ve been back to campus any time recently, you’ve probably been struck by the changes in campus dining options. You also probably don’t know the half of it. With that in mind, I–with occasional help from my magazine colleagues—will attempt to eat at each and every spot on campus over the next month. That means every dining hall (many of which you wouldn’t recognize if you graduated before 2010 or so) and every retail establishment, from the recently renovated HUB to options that range from the Business Building to the Pattee & Paterno Libraries. Stay tuned for regular web updates over the next few weeks, and keep an eye out for the finished product in our Nov./Dec. issue.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 24, 2015 at 9:52 am 8 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 24, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Party like it’s 1996: General public tickets for December’s “Return to Rec” basketball game vs. Princeton went on sale today at 10 a.m. With all the buzz surrounding the event, it’s safe to assume the notoriously rowdy venue will live up to its reputation. Also likely: Ryan Jones ’95 will try to relive his college days and show up in Zubaz. Call 1-800-NITTANY for ticket info.

Weather or not: Opened in late August, the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will give Penn State’s meteorology department “a competitive advantage,” says director David Titley in an article from today’s Centre Daily Times. According to Titley, the new weather center’s technology can predict natural disasters and other weather risks with “very high confidence.”

So good, so good: Rain-soaked fans rejoiced Saturday when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2011. The surprisingly controversial song was rumored to have been cut post-Sandusky scandal because of potentially inappropriate lyrics, which Penn State officials denied.

Au Bon Painless: As a proponent of the local food movement, I was disappointed to learn last June that Otto’s Cafe, the cute little coffee bar in the Kern Graduate Building, would be replaced by national chain and airport favorite Au Bon Pain. Well, ABP opened earlier this month, and I’ve not only eaten my words, but about 32-and-half Waldorf Turkey Wraps since. The food selection is fantastic (and fresh!), and the staff is super friendly, handling the weekday-morning crush without breaking a sweat. Way to go, ABP. You’ve won me over.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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