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Meet the Intern: Kelly Godzik


Our intern captured this very cool angle of Jay-Z on stage—and the big screen—at his January concert, one of the many she’s attended as a student here.

We’re excited to have our spring semester intern, senior Kelly Godzik, introduce herself.

In May, I’m going to walk away from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multitude of skills learned both in and out of the classroom. One of the skills I cultivated outside the classroom, which I hope I’ll be able to perfect in my career, is appearing cool alone at a concert.

Concerts are, in theory, meant for friends to attend together. People buy tickets in groups, outfits are coordinated, and libations are enjoyed pre-concert while listening to the artist’s songs on repeat. My experience with going to a concert alone is that people will look at you in bewilderment and ask if you want company. Of course, that’s until they find out you’re a reporter. In which case they think you are pretty neat and want to be interviewed.

I’ve attended more than 30 concerts at Penn State, and I’m happy to say all but a couple of those were attended alone as a reporter. I explored my passion in writing and music by becoming the music reporter at The Daily Collegian. I provided coverage and reviews of renowned artists in multiple genres like Carrie Underwood, Bassnectar, Jack Johnson, and Drake.

Oddly enough, I didn’t really realize until recently how much music meant to me and why I enjoy reporting on it so much. It hit me right in the face when I saw Jay-Z ‘s indescribable performance at the Bryce Jordan Center this month. No matter race, age, or gender, people came together to witness this show. We were all a part of an audience united by the spectacular fusion of sounds and visuals on stage. The concept of translating that electric energy and joy into an article and sharing it with others just keeps me going. My hope is that when I graduate, I’ll land an editorial job where I get to travel and write about shows and artists.

I’ve also experimented with other topics of reporting. This past summer I interned with Philadelphia magazine and wrote posts for their health and fitness blog, which taught me first-hand how online journalism operates these days. I also had the wonderful opportunity to focus on a subject that I was interested in but hadn’t had the chance to explore much before.

The beginning of my senior year, I wrote weekly opinion columns for the Collegian. This semester, I’m trying my hand at true fashion reporting as Style Guru intern for I enjoy reporting on fashion because I believe expression of individuality through attire is just as important as expression through actions.

We’ve actually come full circle because expression through attire is my secret to looking cool solo at a concert. Dressing according to genre helps express confidence, and others will automatically view you as knowing your stuff.  For example, if you’re going to see Jay-Z, you better bring your A game with some gold jewelry and all black attire. I got 99 problems, but looking bad isn’t one. In contrast, if you are going to see Carrie Underwood, you should wear all things sparkly and western.

Now that you have an idea of who I am, I hope you’ll follow along as I start my last journalism gig before graduating. As the newest intern at The Penn Stater, I aspire to work on editorial pieces that are arts-and-entertainment oriented, grow the magazine’s social media presence, and learn the details of magazine production.

Kelly Godzik, intern

February 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 3, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

A couple of ringers: Congrats to Michael Robinson ’04 (above) and Jordan Hill ’13, Super Bowl champions after the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos. As usual, Robinson—a veteran fullback and special teams standout—played a vital role in the outcome without making much of an impact on the stat sheet. He had one reception for seven yards, a tackle on special teams, and threw the lead block when all-pro running back Marshawn Lynch scored his only touchdown of the game. Hill, a rookie defensive lineman, was inactive for the game—but I doubt his ring will shine any less brightly when he puts it on.

Shawn Carter drops by: Hip-hop icon Jay-Z ended his “Magna Carter” world tour on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center, and it was a pretty big deal. The buzz built up before the show with social media rumors that the rapper’s insanely famous wife, Beyonce, was spotted downtown (alas, she was not), and Nittany Lion football players—and at least one coach—joined in the fun by tweeting their excitement at having Jay-Z drop in on their workouts Friday afternoon. Turns out that was a prank. The concert itself was real enough: You can find some great photos here, and check out reviews from the Daily Collegian and Onward State.

Winners all around: After a string of tough losses that marked a frustrating 0-6 start in Big Ten play, the Nittany Lion basketball team has now won three straight after knocking off Purdue Sunday at the BJC. That gives Penn State the longest current winning streak in what is generally regarded as the toughest conference in the nation. The Lady Lions, meanwhile, climbed closer to a return to the national top 10 with a close win at Northwestern. Penn State came into the game ranked 12th and 13th in the media and coaches polls. And the top-ranked wrestling team continued its season-long dominance Sunday with a blowout of No. 11 Michigan.

What a collection: One more for a sports-heavy Monday: From the Scranton Times-Tribune comes a feature Ken Gentilezza ’80, a doctor and—by the looks of it—one of the more committed Penn State football fans you’ll find. Seriously, how cool is this guy’s basement?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 3, 2014 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 11, 2013

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

Remembering 9/11: The Penn State College Republicans are holding a memorial service today at noon on the Old Main patio. Rep. Kerry Benninghoff will speak.

Photo by Nabil K. Mark (@NabilKMark) of the Centre Daily Times, via Twitter

Blurred Lines: Penn State hockey season tickets and tickets to January’s Jay-Z show at the BJC both went on sale yesterday, and the hilarity (er, two really long lines) ensued. At least this hockey fan (above) was treated to an impromptu line dance with hockey player Nate Jensen for her efforts. Surprisingly, Jay-Z was not around to offer his fans the same services.


September 11, 2013 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Jay-Z at the Jordan Center


Hip-hop star Jay-Z kicked off his 21-city tour on Friday night at—of all places—Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center. He drew a sellout crowd for the show, which coincided with the release of his new album The Blueprint 3.

Andy Colwell of Penn State Public Information was there and got some great shots. You can see the slide show here.

Tina Hay, editor

October 11, 2009 at 11:26 am 1 comment

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