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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

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 27, 2013

The Nittany Lion is primed for Saturday's big hurling showdown. Are you?

The Nittany Lion is primed for Saturday’s big hurling showdown. Are you?

No football? No problem: So how’s Bill O’Brien going to spend the bye week? According to this video—which is well, well worth 48 seconds of your time—he’s going to be checking out County Cork vs. County Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Final Hurling Replay. Seriously, that’s what he said. O’Brien’s analysis: “I’m not sure who to cheer for, because my family comes from both areas.” OK, then. The Nittany Lion Shrine, as pictured on the Croke Park Classic Twitter feed, seems to be having an equally difficult time making up its mind.

Canners fanning out: The bye week isn’t the only reason campus will be quiet this weekend. It’s also the school year’s first Canning Weekend for THON, when students fan out across the state—and beyond—to solicit donations. Onward State weighs in not only with advice for canners, but with suggestions on how to spend the weekend if you’re one of the few people still left on campus.

Not over yet: Yes, the NCAA eased its sanctions on Penn State. But it also filed court documents Thursday asking that the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA, which is joined by some trustees, faculty, and former athletes, should be thrown out because the plaintiffs don’t have standing.

Critical acclaim for Key and Peele: The comedy team of Keegan-Michael Key ’96g and Jordan Peele got The New Yorker treatment this week because critic Emily Nussbaum went down the “rabbit hole” of Key and Peele sketches on YouTube and discovered what so many of us already knew—these guys are not just hilarious, but intelligently hilarious. “Like many of the best, most transgressive comics,” Nussbaum writes, “they treat human behavior as a form of drag, shape-shifting with aggressive fluidity.” (Note: Not sure the whole article is available to non-subscribers, but you can get the gist from the link.) If you’re not watching hurling or going canning, going down that rabbit hole could be a good weekend activity.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

September 27, 2013 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Weekend Sports Preview: “Mack the Jeff”

The 411 on Penn State’s weekend sports slate.

#MackTheJeff: Friday figures to be an emotional night at Jeffrey Field.


The men’s soccer team gets its first chance for a signature victory this season when it hosts No. 5 Cal at 7 p.m. But an even bigger draw is the chance to celebrate the life of Mack Brady. A huge soccer fan, talented young goalkeeper, and son of Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady, Mack died unexpectedly in December from a blood infection. He was just 8 years old.

I’ve got an 8-year-old son of my own, and I can only begin to appreciate such a tragic loss. But I know it’s been inspiring, and apparently a huge boost for the Brady family, to see how the Penn State soccer family has rallied in Mack’s memory. (more…)

September 13, 2013 at 11:31 am 2 comments

The Nittany Lions are Headed to Ireland

Months of rumors were confirmed on Sunday with the announcement that the Nittany Lion football team will travel to Dublin, Ireland next fall to open the 2014 season in the Croke Park Classic. Penn State will meet Central Florida on Aug. 30 at Croke Park, the iconic home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The matchup marks the Lions’ first ever international game.

Tour packages, presented by the Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club, are available now at

Croke Park

Ireland has played host to seven American college football games, most recently last year’s matchup of Navy and Notre Dame. That game was played at the newer Aviva Stadium, but Croke Park—the ground has been used to host sporting events since the 1880s—might feel more at home for Penn State fans used to classic venues. Built up over the years and renovated in 2004, Croke has been packed to capacity (a little more than 82,000) for everything from rugby matches to U2 concerts. Capacity for Penn State-UCF will be 69,000.

The Nittany Lions’ 2014 game against Temple, originally scheduled for Aug. 30, has been moved to Nov. 15.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 14, 2013 at 9:39 am 4 comments

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