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The Penn Stater Daily — April 1, 2014

Ginny Tory/Collegian

Ginny Tory/Collegian

No fooling: No, this is not the Collegian‘s version of an April Fool’s prank (the staffers at Onward State have that covered today): Spring has finally arrived in Happy Valley, with temps hitting the mid-60s yesterday — and the sunbathers out in full force. This photo almost makes you forget the brutal, nasty, seemingly never-ending winter of 2014, doesn’t it? Almost.

Legal news: Former university president Graham Spanier filed an injunction Monday to stop the criminal case against him. According to Spanier’s lawyer, the case was taken “in bad faith and without reasonable expectation of valid conviction.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here.

Making history: Their season might be over, but the honors keep coming for Lady Lion Maggie Lucas. The senior guard has earned USBWA All-America honors for the second consecutive season, making Lucas the second Lady Lion in history to earn multiple USBWA All-America honors; Kelly Mazzante ’04 was honored three times.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 1, 2014 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

How Can We Support Sex Abuse Victims? A SOC 119 Perspective

Early in the second class he devoted to the Sandusky scandal and its aftermath, Sam Richards asked his SOC 119 students to react to this statement: I am feeling exhausted talking about this issue.

This was Nov. 15, only 12 days after the grand jury presentation was released. Less than a week after Joe Paterno had been fired and Graham Spanier had resigned, and nine days since the national media began to arrive on campus. Almost all of the 700 students, voting anonymously with clickers, chose “strongly agree” or “agree.” Imagine what the percentage would be now, with the TV trucks no longer parked on College Avenue and the football team’s regular season over.

Richards then asked students to pair off and kick around solutions to this question: What would it mean to support the victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse? The most common answers: donating money to organizations that support victims, and listening to anyone who wanted to talk about a similar experience.

And then Richards tied the two questions together: “What would it mean to support the victims? No. 1, it would probably not mean being tired of talking about it. After nine days. What is that? We have done a whole semester on race, and we’re not really tired of talking about race, but we’re tired talking about this issue after nine days.”

The way Richards sees it, (more…)

November 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm 5 comments

Another Unbelievable Day

I took this photo at 3 p.m. today. It’s a bunch of Penn State students gathered on the Old Main lawn to mark 100 days until the 2012 edition of THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. These kids and their countless hours of dedication represent much of what remains great about the University.

It’ll be a monumental challenge in the coming months to remind the world that Penn State is more than what has come out over the past five days.

The latest news—and it remains strange to type—is that in addition to the pending departure of Joe Paterno, who has announced his retirement effective at season’s end, multiple outlets are reporting University president Graham Spanier will soon step down as well. What will tomorrow bring? Not a clue.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm 3 comments

Spanier Vows to “Vigorously Fight” State Budget Cut

Penn State President Graham Spanier knew the University’s state appropriation was likely to be cut. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning at the Outreach Building in Innovation Park, he said that because of Pennsylvania’s budget crisis, University officials had been developing contingency plans for a number of scenarios.

What he didn’t expect was what Gov. Tom Corbett proposed Tuesday morning: a 52 percent reduction, which would drop Penn State’s 2011-12 appropriation from the state to $165.1 million, down from the $347 million the University is receiving this fiscal year.

“This is beyond anything we could possibly imagine,” Spanier said.

The cut in funding to the four state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln) and the 14 state schools is believed to be the largest one-year cut in the history of American higher education. Spanier called it “a devastating vision for public education in Pennsylvania.”

The potential effects of such a drop in funding—which must be approved by the Pennsylvania legislature—could include (more…)

March 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm 3 comments

Think Pink

If  you end up missing the mark with a certain someone’s Valentine’s gift, or forget it all together, you are in luck. The Lady Lion basketball team launched the Pink Zone Auction this week, which is being hosted on There is a wide array of auction items, 46 in total. You could bid on a chance to meet Tony Bennett, spend an evening with ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame Wilson ’85 and her husband, experience a taping of Saturday Night Live in New York with Penn State President Graham Spanier and his wife, or collect a few signed (and used) Paterno items. My favorite item in the bunch is the chance to have Chip Kidd ’86, famed book jacket designer, design a cover just for you.

The goal is to raise $150,000 with proceeds benefitting breast cancer charities. There is still plenty of time to bid. The auction opened this past Monday and goes until March 2.

To view a full list of auction items click here.

If one auction isn’t enough for you, another Pink Zone online auction is taking place at It also runs until March 2. Happy bidding.

Jessie Knuth, graphic designer

February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Dean Talks Climate Change

One of the great parts of the Campaign Kick-Off Celebration over the weekend was the educational sessions, which are designed to give attendees a sense of what kind of research and programs are happening on campus. I went to several over the weekend and learned a lot, but the one that made the biggest impression on me was the first one: Understanding Climate Change.

It wasn’t the science that grabbed me. It was that even though climate change has become a contentious issue, with Penn State professor Michael Mann at the heart of the recent Climategate episode, it wasn’t glossed over. William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, addressed a room full of guests that included Penn State President Graham Spanier and at least a handful of self-identified climate change skeptics.

“I am not a political person,” Easterling said. “I try not to stray into what the press is saying about climate change at any given time. I imagine the vast majority of research scientists are of the same ilk.”

That didn’t stop Easterling from giving a 45-minute lecture on climate change, explaining both the non-contested facts (there are some, he said, including that the greenhouse effect is real and that several lines of evidence show that the planet’s average temperature has been rising) and the areas where controversy has arisen (whether it’s man’s fault, and whether the temperature change is out of the ordinary).

Among the tidbits I picked up: Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Easterling has a lilac bush that he is monitoring, looking to determine whether flowers are blooming earlier; much of today’s science depends on high-end computer simulations that are used to test hypotheses, a process that has become an accepted part of the scientific method only in the past 15 years or so; and the BBC’s website has, in Easterling’s opinion, excellent explainers on climate and weather.

More important, I think, Easterling took questions from the audience, and he engaged directly with those climate change skeptics.

I’m not going to pretend I understand enough science to be able to follow all of the details of the arguments. (And I’m not alone; Andrew Revkin, who is widely respected for his coverage of the environment for the New York Times, said he has to wait for the peer-reviewed journals to weigh in—on this On The Media podcast.) But I do respect that the skeptics asked questions, and that Easterling answered.

Regrettably, time ran out as the discussion was really getting started. Easterling wrapped up by saying, “It wasn’t my intent to try to change your mind.” And he offered to continue the conversation via e-mail, too.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

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