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The Sept./Oct. Issue is Coming Your Way

SeptOctCoverOur Sept./Oct. issue is arriving in mailboxes this week, and that throwback shot of Ki-Jana Carter ’95 should grab your attention.

The photo is part of “What a Trip,” an eight-page oral history about the 1994 football team’s crazy, Murphy’s Law-inspired road trip to Champaign, Ill.—where the Lions went on to win the national championship. For the story, senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 interviewed 19 former players, managers, and coaches, who recalled the experience in vivid (and sometimes hilarious) detail.

Also in this issue: “For Hire,” an essay by Penn State prof Michael Bérubé, who talks about his son Jamie’s search for employment—and independence. Jamie, who is 22 and has Down syndrome, has faced some unexpected struggles since graduating from high school, and his father reflects on what it all means for Jamie’s future.

Other good stuff in the Sept./Oct. magazine: a collection of photos from an engineering class’s spring trip to China; a Q&A with investigative reporter David DeKok, who has some interesting insights into the 1969 murder of Betsy Aardsma; details on the proposed shake-ups to the Board of Trustees; an introduction to Penn State’s new AD, Sandy Barbour, and much more.

What do you think of the new issue? Let us know in the comments or email heypennstater@psu.edu

Mary Murphy, associate editor

August 28, 2014 at 11:11 am 2 comments

The Penn Stater Daily—Jan. 15, 2014

We’re a little late today, sorry. Lots of meetings. Productive meetings, fortunately, but they took a lot of time. Anyway, here are some good stories you might have missed over the past few days:

BOT nominations open: It’s that time of year again, with preparations beginning to elect three alumni  members to the Board of Trustees. If you’re a Penn State Alumni Association member, if you’ve donated to the university within the past two years, and/or if you requested a ballot in either of the past two years, you should be receiving today a nomination ballot for the election. You can nominate up to three candidates. If you don’t submit them right away, you can return and add names to your list; once you submit, you’re finished. Here’s our earlier piece on the process, which has instructions on how to request a ballot if you didn’t get one, and here’s today’s Centre Daily Times story on the election. Which, by the way, will run April 10 to May 8. The nomination period ends Feb. 25.

A new book on the murder at Pattee: Forty-four years after Betsy Aardsma was stabbed in the stacks at Pattee, her case is still open—that is, never solved. Journalist David DeKok is researching a book on the subject to be published in September, and he answered questions from Onward State’s Jessica Tully. It’s a fascinating interview, especially when DeKok goes beyond the case and discusses how he researched it.

Looking to lose weight? If your New Year’s resolution to do so is becoming a struggle, you might want to check out the Volumetrics diet, developed by Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences and Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition. It was just named the sixth best diet in U.S. News and World Report‘s 2014 Best Diets Overall Ranking, and it was recognized several other times in the magazine’s report. The main idea: By lowering the calorie density of your meals, you can feel more full but consume fewer calories. Rolls has written several books—with recipes—on the diet.

New pricing structure for football tickets: Starting next season, it will cost less to see the non-marquee teams on Penn State’s football schedule than it will to see top rivals like Ohio State. The university announced a variable pricing structure on Tuesday; this FAQ from the athletic department explains the details. The Nittany Lions will become the fifth Big Ten school to use such a system, The Patriot-News reports. Cheapest tickets? MAC teams Akron and UMass: There are end-zone seats available for $40. You’re going to need to shell out for the Buckeyes: The least expensive ticket is $100.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

January 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 19, 2013

Sandusky spending: According to progress.psu.edu, costs from Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case have risen to $51.8 million. That’s $2.4 million more than was last reported in June 2013. A graphic in today’s Daily Collegian provides a breakdown of the total cost, which includes legal fees, the NCAA fine, and consulting services.

“Betsy”: You’ve likely heard the story of Betsy Aardsma, the graduate student whose murder in Pattee Library has gone unsolved since 1969. But senior film student Tommy Davis wants people to know more. “Establishing [Betsy] as a true person was important to me,” Davis told Onward State‘s Jessica Tully. Davis has been researching Aardsma’s story since his freshman year, collecting information from experts on the case and interviewing people who knew Betsy personally. Davis’ full-length film, “Betsy,” opens at the State Theatre on Jan. 19.

Still basking: Yesterday, we told you about Matt McGloin’s stellar NFL debut as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Last night, McGloin ’12 talked to StateCollege.com‘s Mike Poorman ’82 about post-game soreness, taking on Tennessee this weekend, and the flood of congratulatory texts (including one from Coach Bill O’Brien) he received after Sunday’s game: “My cell was blowing up after the game. And it still is even today.”

Photo by Julia Kern, Onward State

Photo by Julia Kern, Onward State

‘Tis the season: The State College Christmas tree is up downtown, which, depending on who you ask, marks the beginning of the holiday season. The tree lighting is still 10 days away (it’s scheduled for Nov. 29), but the big guy looks pretty good au naturel, don’t you think?

Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

November 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

Hauling in a Little Hardware

We’ve been so swamped this summer that I haven’t had a chance to share the news that the magazine has won some more awards. Heck, I haven’t even had a chance to tell the magazine staff—or the boss—about some of these. Anyway, here’s the scoop:

—We won the Public Relations Society of America‘s “Bronze Anvil” award as the top magazine in the country. (Why it’s called the Bronze Anvil when it’s for first place, not third, has always been a mystery to me.) I have to say that we’re always a little ambivalent about winning an award for public relations efforts, because we don’t think of The Penn Stater as being a stereotypically PR-oriented magazine, full of happy talk about how great everything is at Dear Old State. But we’d like to believe that our (more…)

August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Five Awards for The Penn Stater

We received word the other day that The Penn Stater has won some honors in the annual Mercury Awards, a national competition in the communications biz. Cool! Here’s what we won:

—The story “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” from our September/October 2009 issue won a silver award in the “Feature Article Writing: University” category. That was a look at a 40-year-old campus mystery and the alumnus, Sascha Scucek ’99, ’07g, who is obsessed with solving it.

—The November/December 2009 issue won a silver award in “Writing: University Magazine,” and the January/February 2010 issue won bronze in “Writing: Magazines – Overall.”

—Our article about Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g, called “One Moment in Time,” from July/August 2009, took bronze in “Feature Article Writing: Professional Profile.” Mallett is a respected physicist who has devoted his career to trying to develop a time machine, so he can be reunited with his father, who died when Mallett was 10. (Spike Lee is making a movie about Mallett’s quest.)

—And we received “honors” (something a step below bronze, I guess) for the November/December issue in the “Magazines: Member Publications” category.

Interestingly, both of the award-winning articles mentioned above were written by the same person: Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g, our former senior editor and of our favorite freelancers.

Tina Hay, editor

March 12, 2010 at 11:30 am 1 comment

Penn State Honors Vicki Glembocki

vgWe were happy to learn today that the English department at Penn State has named Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g its Outstanding Young Alumna for 2010. She’ll be back to campus in April to be presented with the award.

Vicki was senior editor at The Penn Stater from 1997–2001; she left here to become articles editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Nowadays she’s a contributing editor for that magazine and a full-time freelance writer, and along the way she also wrote a book: The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.

We’re very happy that she continues to write for us as well: Most recently she wrote “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” for our Sept-Oct 2009 issue; a profile of physicist Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g called “One Moment in Time” for our July-Aug 2009 issue; a profile of winery owner Doug Moorhead ’56 called “A Wine’s Time” for Jan-Feb 2009; and a story about the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady for our Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

Just last week she was out in Los Angeles on assignment for us, interviewing Ty Burrell ’97g, star of the ABC-TV hit series Modern Family. Look for her story on him to appear in our Jan-Feb 2010 issue.

Tina Hay, editor

November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

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