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The Penn Stater Daily — April 2, 2014

Ginny Tory/Collegian

Ginny Tory/Collegian

The fight for funding: A group of Penn State students and alumni (and the Nittany Lion) rallied in Harrisburg yesterday, hoping to earn more state funding for Penn State. At yesterday’s Capital Day, Alumni Association President Kay Salvino ’69 talked to the crowd about “the power of Penn State’s network” before introducing student leaders, including UPUA rep John Wortman. “Recent cuts have mitigated the affordability of Penn State,” Wortman said. “And my grandfather and parents probably wouldn’t be able to come here today.”

Erickson looks back: With just over a month left as president, Rodney Erickson is reflecting on the legacy he leaves behind. Erickson talked to staffers from Onward State about taking over post-Sandusky scandal, Eric Barron, and his plans for retirement (i.e., lots and lots of travel). Also: Be sure to check out our own Q&A with Rod Erickson in the upcoming May/June issue.

From a distance: Here’s a cool story about World Campus students who are connecting through some interesting student clubs and organizations — and the many (virtual) ways they stay in touch.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 2, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily—Feb. 12, 2014

Calling all veterans: The College of Communications is looking for military veterans of any war to participate in an oral history project, a joint venture between the college and Penn State Libraries for the Veterans History Project. Senior lecturer Maria Cabrera-Baukus has collected more than 100 interviews already, and she and the students in her television studio production class are looking for more. They’ll be doing interviews in person in late April, and they would love if veterans would share memorabilia. Read all of the background here, and if you’re interested, contact Cabrera-Baukus by email at, by mail at 103 Innovation Blvd., Suite 205, University Park, PA 16802, or leave a message at 814-865-3068.

Who’s our biggest rival: My affinity for the absurd Land Grant Trophy is well-documented, but even I have to admit that Michigan State isn’t a school I can work up a lot of antipathy toward. Four Onward State writers debate the identity of Penn State’s biggest rival. Pitt? Michigan? Ohio State? Um, Temple? Personally, as a Pittsburgh girl whose family is evenly split between Pitt and Penn State alumni, I’d really like to see that rivalry heat back up again.

Also in the news: Chi Omega sorority’s Penn State chapter is closing its doors 14 months after a racially insensitive photo of a sorority event surfaced. … The University Park Undergraduate Association is going to walk—in shifts—from State College to Harrisburg to bring attention to the Alumni Association’s Capital Day event and the university’s funding needs. … An event that looks pretty cool, State of State, a TED-talk like event on March 30 that will focus on Penn State issues, announced the first of its speakers, and it’s quite a lineup: sociology instructor Sam Richards, English prof Michael Bérubé, former Nittany Lion mascot Rob Nellis ’13, former Penn State quarterback Shane McGregor ’13, former trustee Mimi Barash Coppersmith ’54, and Ruth Mendum, director of the Undergraduate Fellowship Office. I just registered; you can, too, by clicking here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

February 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

A Capital Convergence

As many as 500 people—more than double last year’s turnout—showed up Tuesday for Penn State Capital Day, the annual gathering of students, alumni, and friends in Harrisburg to advocate for state support for the University. Given Pennsylvania’s current budget woes, and the sometimes contentious debate over Penn State’s place in the equation, Capital Day 2011 took on new significance. The impressive turnout (which included a speech by Alumni Association president Barry Simpson ’69, pictured) seemed to confirm that Penn Staters know what’s at stake.

We’ll have more on the University’s fight for state funding in our May/June issue, but there’s plenty of Capital Day coverage today, including: This roundup of related links from; student perspective from the Daily Collegian; and a York Dispatch piece that includes video of the rally in the Capitol rotunda.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

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