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The Penn Stater Daily — April 28, 2014

DSC_0163 copyCute alert: Here’s your annual, adorable reminder that springtime has returned to Happy Valley.

These recently hatched ducklings are four of a few dozen who are stumbling about and charming visitors outside the Hintz Family Alumni Center. If you have a chance to swing by the duck pond before they get too big, we highly recommend it. Just don’t feed them any bread — it’s bad for the little guys — and keep an eye out for stragglers who might have fallen down grates, as seems to happen a few times every year. Thankfully, our friends from OPP — or, as I saw this weekend, a group of students who took it upon themselves to lift off grate covers and rescue one duckling themselves — are generally around to save the day.

Big man on campus(es): President Eric Barron spent part of his Saturday speaking to the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments, where he revealed he’s already traveled to about half of Penn State’s campuses as he works to familiarize himself with issues across the university system. Onward State has more.

Calling different signals: Over at, Mike Poorman ’82 writes about two former Nittany Lion quarterbacks at very different points in their NFL careers. There’s Michael Robinson ’04, ’06, a Super Bowl winner this year with the Seattle Seahawks, who is moving into broadcasting (and even occasional soap opera cameos) as his playing career appears likely to be over. And there’s Matt McGloin ’12, the former walk-on who emerged as an unlikely NFL starter last season, and who believes his NFL career is just beginning.

Sunday on the sidewalk with Herb: The State College weather Sunday afternoon was perfect for all sorts of things, among them: wandering around State College for a few hours eating pizza with assistant football coach Herb Hand. That’s just what about 180 folks did on the inaugural Herb Hand Pizza Crawl, organized by Onward State and benefiting Uplifting Athletes and Bands4RAINN. The Daily Collegian has the coverage, presumably because all the OS staffers (as well as yours truly) were too busy walking and eating pizza.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


April 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm 3 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — April 16, 2014

Screen-Shot-2014-04-15-at-10.26.01-AM-580x348Herb Hand Pizza Crawl! I have no idea what kind of an offensive line coach Herb Hand is, although we’re soon going to find out, given that the Nittany Lions barely have enough linemen to fill a two-deep. But there’s no doubt that the guy is a social media genius. Hand tweeted in February about stopping at Canyon Pizza for lunch. This understandably shocked the Penn State corner of Twitter, many of whom had no idea Canyon served food before, oh, 11 p.m. or so. Soon everyone was tweeting their favorite pizza places at Hand, and then Onward State got involved, and now there’s a glorious result: the Herb Hand Pizza Crawl. For $20, on April 27 you can accompany Hand and, as Onward put it, “explore the State College pizza scene.”

You also get a limited edition T-shirt, which I very much hope looks like the logo (above) I borrowed from Onward State’s website, and the proceeds go to Uplifting Athletes and Bands 4 RAINN. I imagine this will fill up soon, so if you’re interested, sign up quickly.

Dare I hope that the next such charity event is a James Franklin Balloon Party?

Good writing alert: If I’ve got a “coaching tree,” consisting of the young journalists I’ve mentored when they were students, among the most excellent branches are Jenny Vrentas ’06 and former Penn Stater intern Emily Kaplan ’13, who are colleagues at Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB website. So when Jenny tweets a story written by Emily, I click. This morning’s offering is a piece that uses the upcoming film Draft Day as a look at female executives in the NFL. Spoiler: Real life isn’t quite as it’s portrayed in the movie.

Ready for prime time: The Nittany Lions are going to get significant exposure in prime time this fall: The Ohio State game on Oct. 25 will start at 8 p.m. That caps an odd October for the team, which has two off weeks (Oct. 4 and 18) and two prime-time games. The game at Michigan on Oct. 11, as previously announced, will begin at 7 p.m.

Lori Shontz, senior editor




April 16, 2014 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 28, 2014

Elite company: For the second time, Maggie Lucas has been named a finalist for the Wade Trophy given annually to the top player in women’s college basketball. The senior guard, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is one of 12 finalists for the award. You can read the latest of Maggie’s ESPNW blogs here, and watch the Lady Lions in action Sunday night when they face Stanford in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Far-reaching roots: The cast of Blood at the Root, a play in production this week and next at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, is making an international impact. The Centre Daily Times details how the production will travel this summer to South Africa and Scotland. It’s tremendous exposure for a university production.

Coach Chaos is a hit: James Franklin’s coaching staff has already revealed some fun personalities. You can start with the pizza-reviewing, hip-hop-video sharing, daughter-defending Twitter standout, Herb Hand. Then there’s Charles Huff, dropping marine biology terms to describe his special teams. And then there’s the most intense guy on the staff, Sean Spencer, aka “Coach Chaos.” Over at The Football Letter Blog, we dug up video of Spencer from his playing days at Clarion University, and let’s just say this guy’s intensity is nothing new. In a word? Ouch.

By the people: Tracy McCourtney ’65 and her husband Ted have made a $3 million gift to endow the Institute for Democracy in the College of Liberal Arts. The “transformative” gift will “enable the institute to pursue excellence and leadership in advancing the cause of democracy.”

Human touch: We’re happy to congratulate Steve Sampsell ’90 Com on being the 2014 recipient of the Barash Award for Human Service. The award, created by the family of the late Sy Barash ’50, annually honors a faculty or staff member at University Park for contributions to “human causes, public service activities, and the welfare of fellow humans.” We know Steve as a senior lecturer and director of college relations for the College of Communications, a Daily Collegian alumnus, and an all-around good dude.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


March 28, 2014 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 10, 2014

Catching up with the BOT: The Board of Trustees’ latest meetings wrapped up Friday in Hershey, and as usual, Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g was on the scene. You can read her detailed coverage here and here.

Four the glory: David Taylor and Ed Ruth became Penn State’s first four-time Big Ten champions on Sunday, leading the Nittany Lions to their fourth straight Big Ten team title. Next stop: The NCAA championships, which start March 20 in Oklahoma City.

All downhill from here: You might have seen our post Friday on the U.S. Paralympic duo of visually impaired skier Staci Mannella and her guide, Kim Seevers ’86g. Turns out we’re not the only ones who realized Mannella and Seevers are a compelling story: The pair was featured Sunday in a New York Times story on these unusual partnerships on the slopes. Mannella and Seevers will go for gold this week in Sochi.

Talk to the Hand: New offensive line coach Herb Hand on Friday continued his utter dominance of the internet. He took a break from tweeting long enough to take part in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. Among the highlights, Hand revealed his favorite State College pizza spot, how he’s handling all this snow, and what he throws on the grill when his linemen come over for dinner.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 10, 2014 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 26, 2014

National publicity for THON: If you somehow missed it, THON was featured on the ABC Evening News on Tuesday night as part of as segment called “America Strong.” You can watch the clip here and get the backstory in this Collegian story about the water polo team and Brittany Wagner, who’s been the team’s THON child since 2012.

Bars closing again: In the continuing effort to squelch State Patty’s Day, the “student-created holiday” that taxes local police and emergency services and basically is a headache for much of the State College community, more than 30 downtown businesses that serve alcohol will close or not serve it this weekend. According to this Centre Daily Times story, Penn State has spent at least $343,000 over the past two years to compensate bars for not serving alcohol.

Coach Hand, fighting child sex abuse: Offensive coach Herb Hand has gotten a lot of attention on campus for his frequent, personality-filled Twitter feed, but Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports takes a look at Hand’s more serious side. While at Vanderbilt, Hand volunteered with an organization called Our Kids, which advocates for and helps children who have experienced sexual abuse or neglect. So getting the chance to help a community heal from a child-sex abuse scandal was something Hand thought about. “I don’t believe in coincidence,” Hand told Feldman. “I’m certainly not a saint. But I have strong faith and I do believe God has a plan for everybody and they are supposed to be where they’re supposed to be.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

February 26, 2014 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 7, 2014


Coach Herb Hand. No, you can’t have his daughter’s phone number.

Protective measures: New Penn State assistant coach Herb Hand continues to be a hit on Twitter. Earlier this week he kicked off a heated social media debate about the best local pizza. This time? Well, let’s just say Coach Hand sounds like a very proud—and protective—dad. Any father of a daughter will appreciate this one.

Taking care of business: The Smeal College of Business in recent years has made a point of emphasizing business ethics as part of its educational mission. today looks at the college’s commitment, including the recent appointment of Jennifer Eury ’05, ’07g to the newly created role of Honor and Integrity Director.

Is that odd? With THON 2014 just two weeks, organizers have released the final list of all 711 dancers set to crowd onto the floor at the BJC. And if that number seems a bit curious, here’s why: According to Onward State, it’s not only a record number of dancers, but it’s the first time in THON history that there will be an odd number of participants.

Water, everywhere: We told you last week about the Penn State Public Media-produced documentary Water Blues, Green Solutions, which looks at issues facing America’s water supply, and efforts to protect it. Among those efforts is a stormwater management project undertaken by Penn State students and staff in downtown Philadelphia. Click here for video of that project, and here for more on the documentary, which is airing now on PBS stations across the country.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm 1 comment

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