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Inside Our November/December 2017 Issue

You may have come from thousands of miles away, or from the nearest town over, but nothing quite compares to arriving on campus for the first time. Whether you were nervous to meet your roommate, excited to be on your own, or sad saying goodbye to family and friends, most of us probably remember that day.

We wanted to see what incoming students today thought of the experience, so we sent photographers to five Penn State campuses on arrival weekend to get up close with students—new and returning—and capture them in their element: suitcases, boxes, duffel bags, and lots of cheap plastic storage bins. The feature begins on p. 28.

Also inside, we take you back to a time of great transition and tension in the world, and particularly on campus, as the college transitioned into a military training camp during World War I. The story is told through the love letters between Norman Lake ’22 and Helen Gladys Keller, his then-girlfriend whom he would later marry. Their story begins on p. 40.

And you’ll meet David Titley ’80, a retired Navy admiral and atmospheric expert who has become a prominent voice on climate change as a national security threat.

Plus we’ll take you to the scene of the first away pregame tailgate, hosted by the Alumni Association, and introduce you to Denis Smirnov, the Russian hockey phenom who turned down the chance to play in a top Russian pro league and the NHL to play for the Nittany Lions.

Our Nov./Dec. 2017 issue should be arriving in mailboxes soon. Let us know what you think at

B.J. Reyes, associate editor

October 25, 2017 at 11:18 am 2 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — April 21, 2014

Smile, you’re in Beaver Stadium: Security is a major priority in the second-largest stadium in North America, and as our buddy Bill DiFilippo writes in today’s CDT, that means lots and lots and lots of cameras in the most prominent building on campus. Penn State’s director of physical security, Scotty Eble, says there are “approximately” 63 cameras in the stadium, a number he says is “constantly changing.” That of course doesn’t count the 100,000 or so phones and handhelds in the building seven Saturdays each fall.

The winds (and drought, and flooding…) of war: Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley arrived on campus last fall to direct the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, and as this story from Slate reinforces, there’s a very real impetus for his and the Center’s work: the growing threat of political instability caused or exacerbated by a warming planet. The story includes a Q&A with Titley in which he talks about striving not to politicize the climate change discussion while emphasizing that it’s not “just an environmental issue; it’s a technology, water, food, population issue.”

On the bench, and off: A couple of cool behind-the-scenes features on Penn State sports from student media outlets: The Collegian profiles Dwayne Anderson, a Nittany Lion basketball assistant coach who earned the respect and admiration of Pat Chambers when Chambers was an assistant, and Anderson a player, at Villanova; and Onward State introduces us to the women of Penn State’s nationally competitive club power-lifting team.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 24, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Party like it’s 1996: General public tickets for December’s “Return to Rec” basketball game vs. Princeton went on sale today at 10 a.m. With all the buzz surrounding the event, it’s safe to assume the notoriously rowdy venue will live up to its reputation. Also likely: Ryan Jones ’95 will try to relive his college days and show up in Zubaz. Call 1-800-NITTANY for ticket info.

Weather or not: Opened in late August, the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will give Penn State’s meteorology department “a competitive advantage,” says director David Titley in an article from today’s Centre Daily Times. According to Titley, the new weather center’s technology can predict natural disasters and other weather risks with “very high confidence.”

So good, so good: Rain-soaked fans rejoiced Saturday when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2011. The surprisingly controversial song was rumored to have been cut post-Sandusky scandal because of potentially inappropriate lyrics, which Penn State officials denied.

Au Bon Painless: As a proponent of the local food movement, I was disappointed to learn last June that Otto’s Cafe, the cute little coffee bar in the Kern Graduate Building, would be replaced by national chain and airport favorite Au Bon Pain. Well, ABP opened earlier this month, and I’ve not only eaten my words, but about 32-and-half Waldorf Turkey Wraps since. The food selection is fantastic (and fresh!), and the staff is super friendly, handling the weekday-morning crush without breaking a sweat. Way to go, ABP. You’ve won me over.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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