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Sights “Unseen” at University Park

No matter how much time a person spends on campus, it’s almost impossible to see every nook and cranny of University Park. The fine folks at PennLive agree, so they decided to do their best to highlight some of the “unseen” parts of campus.

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Photo via PennLive

Inspired by a post it ran last year about the Pennsylvania State Capitol, PennLive is looking all over campus a series called “Unseen Penn State.” It kicked off on Tuesday with a post that looked at James Franklin’s office, which features, among other things, a view of Penn State’s practice field and a stuffed mountain lion that was given to him by a fan.

The rest of the series looks like it will be fascinating, as there will be features on places like Old Main, the Creamery, and the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Made by MSU: “Nittany White Out” Ice Cream

photoThey say, ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,’ but the Penn State Alumni Association made an exception last week when Michigan State sent over a few gallons of their Nittany White Out in honor of National Ice Cream Month. (Yes, we were shocked, too, when we learned that the Spartans have a flavor named after Penn State.) In fact, the East Lansing creamery has a flavor for all of the Big Ten rivals: Hoosier Strawberry; Badger Berry Cheesecake; and Buckeye Blitz, which is peanut butter ice cream with buckeye candies. There’s even a Husker’s Sweet Corn flavor replete with sweet corn pieces. As for the Nittany White Out—a subtle vanilla ice cream with salted caramel swirls and rounded chunks of pretzel pieces covered in white chocolate—we’ll go on the record and say we’re fans of it. Though we’ll still always be partial to our Berkey.

Amy Downey, senior editor

August 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm 1 comment

Everyone Loves The Creamery

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Another day, another honor for The Berkey Creamery. Penn State’s legendary on-campus ice cream parlor, which its celebrating its 150 birthday—and is featured in our current issue, of course—was named the seventh-best ice cream shop in the United States by TimeOut New York. The website lauded the Creamery for the freshness of its ice cream, and was especially fond of two of its less obvious offerings: Apple Cobbler Crunch and Coffee with Cream and Sugar.

The list was noticed by Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand, who in typical fashion, took to Twitter and wisely used it as a recruiting tool.

(photo via Nick Sloff)

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

July 28, 2015 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

A Roseberry by Any Other Name…

Photo by Mark Selders

Hall of Flavor—er, Famer—Russ Rose. Photo by Mark Selders

The Creamery pitched it. His wife came up with the finishing touch. And Russ Rose? He’s just the guy they named it after.

Russ “Digs” Roseberry was unveiled Thursday morning, and as Berkey Creamery manager Tom Palchak ’80 tells us, it’s the first permanent “Hall of Fame” flavor added in more than 20 years. Its namesake is none other than Rose, the six-time national champion-winning coach of the Penn State women’s volleyball team. Dishing out the first scoops on Thursday—and yes, your intrepid reporter sacrificed himself by eating an ice cream cone for lunch—Rose handled the honor much in the way he handles receiving coach-of-the-year awards: By quietly deflecting all the credit.

The idea came from Palchak, who initially approached Rose a few years ago; a communications breakdown led to folks at the Creamery getting the mistaken impression that Rose wasn’t interested. He was, not so much for the ice cream, but for the rare company he’d keep. “To be up there with Coach Paterno,” he says, “that’s pretty special.” As for the finished product, Russ says his wife, Lori Barberich Rose ’85, is the one who figured out how to make it delicious.

BoQD86QIUAAmj91Palchak finally connected with Rose earlier this year, and they began the process of figuring out just what Rose’s flavor would be. The coach’s starting points were caramel and strawberry—two great tastes that really don’t go together—and with Lori’s help, they settled on strawberry ice cream as the base. Wanting to keep the flavor fruity, they decided through trial and error to add swirls of black and red raspberry sauce; with the Roses’ four sons providing a ready-made taste-testing team, reviews were good. But there was something missing, until Lori Rose found it: flecks and small chunks of dark chocolate.

As it was served up Thursday, Russ “Digs” Roseberry strikes a wonderful balance between flavors and texture that it shares (in this reviewer’s humble opinion) with Creamery classics like Death by Chocolate and Alumni Swirl. It’s just really, really good. And while I’d argue there’s never a bad time for Creamery ice cream, its late-May unveiling seems appropriate: all that fruit just screams summer. It probably doesn’t hurt that the annual Happy Volley tournament starts Friday, meaning there will be something like 10,000 high school volleyball players, coaches, and family members in town for the holiday weekend. Most of them will probably hit the Creamery at some point.

I know what they should order.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

 

May 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Trustees Honor Erickson on his Retirement

DSC_4188_EricksonWhen Board of Trustees chair Keith Masser opened Friday’s meeting, he noted that Rod Erickson would be giving the president’s address for the last time before he retires. There was a round of applause, and Masser noted that there would be plenty of opportunities to honor Erickson throughout the meeting.

He wasn’t kidding.

Erickson, who is retiring after 37 years at Penn State, the last 31 months as president, was unanimously voted president emeritus and professor emeritus of geography and business administration. He received an additional $50,000 to a $100,000 bonus in his contract. He had the Food Services Building—home of the Berkey Creamery—named after him, also by unanimous vote. The resolution naming the building saluted Erickson’s tenure as executive vice president and provost.

It was announced that more than $500,000 had been raised in his honor to fund the Erickson Discovery Grants, which will allow undergraduate students to conduct individual research outside the classroom, attend professional conferences, or travel for additional study. The program, according to this news release, is designed to “address an unmet need of several students who cannot afford the associated costs, or the sacrifice of time that might otherwise be spent in paid work, to pursue such engaged scholarship opportunities.”

And Erickson also received the Penn State Medal, which the board adopted in 1957 to honor people who “made an outstanding contribution to higher education in Pennsylvania,” according to this news release, and then modified in 1987 to honor anyone whose accomplishments, in or out of higher education, inspire Penn State students. Since the change, it has been awarded to only two people—former presidents Bryce Jordan and Joab Thomas.

Erickson was also the subject of this tribute video, which includes good wishes from everyone from Essence of Joy director Anthony Leach to students at various Commonwealth campuses to Mike the Mailman. The best part, in my opinion, is an old family photo in which Erickson is supporting a trendy 1970s hairdo—i.e., long and a little wavy … and possibly with sideburns?

Erickson said repeatedly that he was honored and privileged to have served at Penn State and said that two Penn Staters expressed his feelings better than he could. He quoted the late William Schreyer, who said, “It feels good to be a Penn Stater. You feel like you belong to a great institution that is only getting better.”

He joked that the Food Services Building was a fitting tribute because of his love of agriculture (he and his wife, Shari—who was also honored—live on a 52-acre farm, and he told me in 2012 that he believes he’s the only university president who owns a bulldozer) and his love of ice cream. And when he received the Penn State medal, he said, “I accept this on behalf of the faculty, staff, student, and alumni who have made Penn State the great institution it is.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

 

 

May 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — April 29, 2014

Going green: The Croke Park Classic is still four months away, but preparations are well underway. Yesterday’s Lancaster Online detailed some of the prep going on in Dublin, which includes turning the soccer field into a regulation-size American football field. And it’s not just the big game on Aug. 30 Coach James Franklin is excited about: “It’s going to be cool for our kids — a cultural experience, since most of them have never been outside of the country. I want them to experience the art, music and culture and I hope our guys get a win — along with some good Irish food.” 

Great sport: ESPN writer Dana O’Neil ’90 is on campus today. Onward State reports that she’s lunching with Comm students this afternoon and speaking to the Association for Women in Sports Media tonight. O’Neil, who joined ESPN in 2007, is the incoming president for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Cream of the crop: Now here’s a ranking to get excited about: Bon Appetit magazine ranked U.S. colleges with the best food scenes — and it’s no surprise that Penn State (along with Berkey Creamery and the famous ice cream short course) earned a spot on the list. The logic behind the choice: “Having an ice cream school on campus definitely means good vibes.” 

Hand it to him: Yesterday we told you about the inaugural Herb Hand Pizza Crawl, which was a big hit, raising nearly $5,000 for charity. Coach Hand’s rap debut, however? Check out this video and judge for yourself.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 29, 2014 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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