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Introducing the March/April Issue

March April 2013

Have you received our March/April issue yet? If not, your copy’s well on its way.

That “Designing Woman” on our cover is Carrie Fishbein Robbins ’64, a Distinguished Alumna and long-time Broadway costume designer. The story, by Chris Raymond ’87, features photos of Carrie in her NYC studio filled with vintage costumes and accessories, all captured by photographer Deborah Feingold (whose work you might recognize).

Another feature story,“Future Tense,” is my Q&A with David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies here at University Park. He talked to me about his research into the physical consequences of daily stress. To borrow some Oprah lingo, I had lots of “Aha!” moments during our conversation—especially when Professor Almeida talked about strategies for keeping stress at bay.

And in “Students Without Borders,” by Erika Spicer, you’ll learn about undergrads who are traveling the world as part of some cool new classes at Penn State.

Other good stuff in this issue: a short profile of All-American wrestler Quentin Wright, a Penn State entomologist’s bedbug breakthrough, and updates on the Paternos’ response to the Freeh report and the lawsuit against the NCAA.

Tell us what you think of the March/April issue in the comments below, or drop us a line at pennstaterletters@psu.edu.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

February 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm 2 comments

A Sandusky Scandal Reading List

I spent a little time Sunday afternoon trying to catch up on all of the media coverage of the child sexual abuse scandal that engulfed the University. I barely made a dent in the stack of articles I had printed, but so far, a few stand out as required reading.

1. “Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State football staffer, subject of grand jury investigation.” The Harrisburg paper gets credit for being the first to report—last March 31—that a grand jury was investigating Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g. The story was written by Sara Ganim ’08.

2. “Who Knew What About Jerry Sandusky?” Sara Ganim again, this time in a special report this past Friday chronicling the allegations that stretch over a 10-year period—and the missed opportunities to do something about them.

The rest of the articles on the list are not reported news stories so much as essays reflecting on various aspects of this sorrowful mess:

3. “Growing Up Penn State.” An essay at the new sports site Grantland.com by Michael Weinreb ’94, who grew up in State College. He writes poignantly of how his ideals have been shattered, citing, for example, the 1987 Fiesta Bowl win over Miami:

It is still my favorite football game of all time, a metaphoric triumph of the unadorned hero over the flamboyant villain. I wrote a long piece about it for ESPN, and a portion of a book, that now rings completely hollow. I have the original video recording of it in my living room, and I have thought several times over the past couple of days about taking a hammer to it.

4. “A Test of Bonds Old and New.” Malcolm Moran was a longtime (more…)

November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am 13 comments


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