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The Penn Stater Daily — March 26, 2014

(Photo: Christopher Weddle/CDT)

Christopher Weddle/CDT

Feeling 22: It was a big night at the BJC for the Lady Lions; the team beat No. 11 seed Florida by 22 points in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. Senior Dara Taylor (above) was arguably the star of the evening, hitting a career high with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Check out the full recap from GoPSUSports here and the accompanying photo gallery—which includes some awesome pics of the post-game locker room dance party. Up next: The ladies face No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto on Sunday.

BOB reflects: Former head football coach Bill O’Brien is speaking out about the NCAA sanctions — and his departure from Penn State. The Houston Texans’ new coach told The Morning Call that the bowl ban, handed down by the NCAA in summer 2012, is “ridiculous.” O’Brien also shares how he personally called every member of the Penn State football team to explain his decision before heading to Houston: “I didn’t ever want to be somebody that just rode off in the middle night and never said a word. I mean, I love those kids and had a great relationship with all those guys.”

“A straight shooter”: For’s Ben Jones, O’Brien’s comments offer closure, especially for Penn State football fans still bothered by his exit. In a column posted last night, Jones writes, “O’Brien has never changed his story or his motivations, feelings or thoughts. He was and remains to be the epitome of ‘what you see is what you get.’ While O’Brien engages in his fair share of spoken gamesmanship he has almost always been a straight shooter.”

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

March 26, 2014 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 4, 2014

Penn State President Emeritus Joab Thomas

Penn State President Emeritus Joab Thomas

Remembering a leader: Joab Thomas, Penn State’s 15th president, passed away yesterday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Today, Penn State News looks back on Thomas’ tenure in Happy Valley (1990-1995), and former colleagues remember the man President Rodney Erickson calls “a visionary leader and a true gentleman.” Said Erickson: “His commitment to students was legendary, and he played a critical role in building Penn State into an internationally ranked university.”

Thrice as nice: Three huge honors for the Lady Lions were announced yesterday. Senior guard Maggie Lucas nabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year award (her second); senior guard Dara Taylor was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year; and for the third consecutive season, Coquese Washington was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Going down: More encouraging State Patty’s Day stats from last night’s State College Borough Council Meeting: This year, the total number of calls for service for both the State College and University Park police departments was down a whopping 72 percent. Total arrests were down 42 percent, to 102 from last year’s 244. Said Police Chief Tom King: “The numbers are back to the levels of the first State Patty’s Day in 2007.”

Upward bound: Upward State, a new group of Penn Staters, launches today with events at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the Nittany Lion Inn. The group’s website features endorsements of three candidates for this spring’s Board of Trustees election. The organization is made up of alumni — including three past presidents of the Alumni Association, although the group has no official connection to the association — as well as students and parents. Its goal is to “put students first,” according to their website.  “Priority No. 1 is making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.” For more info, check out Onward State‘s story here or the CDT‘s coverage here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm 2 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — March 3, 2014

A kinder, gentler State Patty’s Day: The combined efforts of the university, State College authorities, local businesses, and many student groups seem to be working, as the fallout from this year’s State Patty’s Day festivities was largely minimized. For the third year running, crime was down in the borough, with State College police saying it was “similar to a football weekend.” As late-winter traditions go, it was nice to see the student-run Day of Service back for a fourth year.

Courtesy of Onward State

Maggie Lucas cradles another Big Ten trophy. Courtesy of Onward State

Three for all: The women’s basketball team on Saturday claimed its third straight Big Ten championship, beating Michigan 77-62. The Lady Lions’ terrific senior class went out in style in its last regular-season home game, with Ariel Edwards, Talia East, Maggie Lucas, and Dara Taylor all posting double digits in the win.

And speaking of champs: The Penn State women edged Michigan over the weekend to claim the program’s third Big Ten Indoor championship. And Shane Ryan, just a sophomore, set the Penn State and Big Ten record in the 100 freestyle to earn Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships. He’s the first Nittany Lion so honored.

All aboard: Thirty-two alumni will vie for three open seats in this year’s Board of Trustees election. Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g has the scoop, including details about the Alumni Association voting guide, which we’ll publish within the next month.

Right said TED: The fourth annual TEDxPSU event was held Sunday at Schwab Auditorium. Onward State has the highlights.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 3, 2014 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

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