Posts tagged ‘Bill Clinton’

Bernie Sanders to Speak at Rec Hall

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via BernieSanders.com

Penn State will host its first presidential hopeful of the 2016 election cycle this week when Vermont senator Bernie Sanders makes an appearance Tuesday evening at Rec Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the event expected to get underway at 6:30.

Penn State is a popular stop when candidates tour Pennsylvania: Incumbent George H.W. Bush in 1992 and then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008 held rallies on campus. (President Obama was back on campus in 2011 to promote technological advancement.) And who could forget Bill Clinton’s trip to Happy Valley in 1996, when he became the only person to mix flavors at the Creamery? The former president was at Penn State Behrend earlier this month campaigning on behalf of his wife, Hillary, whose Penn State connections run deep: Both her father, Hugh Rodham ’35, and brother Hugh ’72 are former Nittany Lion football players.

Tickets for the Sanders event are free, and you can register for them on his website. We’ll let you know if any other presidential hopefuls come to town between now and election day.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 18, 2016 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Connecting with Ben Feller

One of the secrets to good reporting—and it’s not much of a secret, really—is connecting with people. So about five minutes into Ben Feller’s talk Tuesday night at the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers, it was pretty clear how he’d risen from general assignment reporter at the Centre Daily Times (“you should read my bear-hunting stories—they’re awesome”) to chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press.

Feller ’92, who appeared on the cover of our May/June 2009 issue, talked about visiting his dad in his campus office, eating lunch with his mom at the HUB, and his favorite bar. “To this day,” he said. “If I could pick anywhere in the world to have a beer, it would be Zeno’s.”

Connection made.

And just as everyone on the Penn State football beat has a Joe Paterno imitation, Feller displayed not only a good Barack Obama, but a pretty darn good Bill Clinton, whom he never covered in the White House. Asked if he wanted to do George W. Bush, Feller said, “Not right now,” in the voice—and with the hand motions—of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart imitating Bush.

A young woman sitting near me exclaimed, “That was awesome!” (more…)

March 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm 7 comments


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