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The Penn Stater Daily — April 24, 2014

Ty Burrell

Burrell grabs a cold one in his new digs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Funny business: Our March/April cover boy, Ty Burrell ’97g, scored a new role: bar owner. Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a cozy brewpub in downtown Salt Lake City. The new spot is right next door to Bar X, a cocktail lounge Burrell co-owns. Like its name, Beer Bar’s menu is nothing fancy (think bratwurst and fries). The real attraction: a whopping 150 brews on tap.

Speaking out: April is sexual abuse awareness month (more on this later today), and a powerful event last night on campus helped spread the word. At “Take Back the Night,” now in its fifth year at Penn State, survivors of abuse — both men and women — gathered in front of Old Main to share their stories. Said senior Nicauris Rosario: “To see men stand up and share how they are affected by these situations, it opened a lot of people’s eyes.” Check out the Collegian‘s coverage here

Big money: Just how successful are the Weebly guys (David Rusenko ’07, Dan Veltri ’07, and Chris Fanini ’12)? Onward State helped answer that question yesterday, in a story about the Web startup’s founders. Thanks to recent funding from Chinese company Tencent and a California-based venture capitalist, Weebly’s now valued at $455 million. So yeah. Pretty successful.

Mary Murphy, associate editor



April 24, 2014 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 25, 2014

Daydreaming, FTK: In case there was any doubt, staying awake—and standing up— for 46 hours is no small feat. A story from today’s York Dispatch proves just how mentally taxing THON can be on even the most dedicated dancers. Penn State York sophomore Mark Czaus explains how he was dreaming on the dance floor—despite being awake and on his feet. “I guess I was going in and out of consciousness,” he says. Yikes. Two days later, it sounds like Mark got a chance to rest up and recover, thanks to some understanding profs.

Also, if you tuned in to ABC World News last night and were disappointed to see that THON wasn’t featured, be sure to check out the show tonight: Onward State reports that the THON segment will air tonight during the 6:30 EST broadcast.

Chart of the matter: I’m a sucker for cool infographics—especially ones that share encouraging stats. Penn State Hershey tweeted out this link earlier today: It’s a neat interactive chart that shows how alcohol use among young people is declining, hitting a record low in 2013. Here’s hoping that bodes well for this weekend’s State Patty’s Day. 

Full moon: Back in January, we told you about the Lunar Lion team’s efforts to raise money through crowdfunding site Just over a month later, Lunar Lion has raised a whopping $133,768 with help from notable donors, like Weebly co-founder David Rusenko ’07 and NFL linebacker Michael Mauti ’13.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

February 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Career Advice From Some Young Penn State Alumni

If ever there were a time when graduating seniors needed career advice, the current recession would certainly be one of those times.

This week the Alumni Association is honoring grads with our annual Alumni Achievement Awards, and last night 10 of those honorees gave out some career advice to current students in a panel discussion in the alumni center.

The Alumni Achievement Award honors accomplished Penn Staters who are 35 and under. Most of this year’s honorees graduated in the past 10 years, and two of them are really recent grads: Heather Leed Neary ’09g, chief marketing officer for Auntie Anne’s, and David Rusenko ’07, founder and CEO of Weebly.

You can read more about the award and this year’s winners here.

The gang of awardees answered students’ questions for about an hour last evening, and I was impressed with how articulate and thoughtful their answers were. Here are a few things that stuck out for me—though, taken out of context, they may sound to you like a “No duh” sort of thing:

Holly Williams Leppo ’98, VP of the SMB&R architectural firm in Camp Hill, Pa., encouraged students to not be afraid to experiment with non-traditional career paths.

Matthew Silvis ’02g, head of primary care sports medicine at the Hershey Medical Center, advised students to weigh their opportunities, and when something strikes you as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, don’t pass it up. Period.

Ed Faylo ’02, plant manager for Eaton Corp.’s Clutch Division, said, “If you don’t like your job, change. Don’t just do a job for the paycheck.” (Faylo is the one speaking in the photo above.)

Christopher Krewson ’98, editor of, told students to “go home and Google yourself.” Your prospective employers will do the same, he said, and you need to know what they’ll find out. You might even be able to change some of what’s there.

—Many panelists talked about finding what you really love to do. When a student asked, “How do you figure out what that is?”, Rusenko responded: “When you get so engrossed in what you’re doing that you forget to eat dinner, you’ve found it.”

Tina Hay, editor

April 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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