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The Penn Stater Daily — March 12, 2014

Gift of life: Cheryl Green was a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore when her kidneys failed and she went into cardiac arrest. Two years later she received a transplant with the kidney of her mom, who was 51 at the time. Today, 37 years later, Green is still living with her mother’s kidney, as recounted in this feature from Lancaster Online. “I have an 88-year-old kidney in me,” Green says. “People said it wouldn’t last.”

Another day, another honor for John Urschel: Penn State’s offensive lineman/math genius is a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award, which the AAU awards annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Past award winners include everyone from Wilma Rudolph to Bruce Jenner to Tim Tebow. Fan voting counts in choosing the finalists, so click here to cast yours. Voting ends March 23.

Video of the day: Our friends at Onward State, who alerted us to this video, described it as “Dude Writes a Song About David Taylor.” And, yes, that’s true, but Mark Bader’s karaoke version of “Piano Man,” apparently titled “Magicman” in honor of the four-time Big Ten champ’s Twitter handle and nickname, is really so much more. It’s got shutouts to everything from Ed Ruth’s cradle to Cael Sanderson’s bald head, to everyone from Nico Megaludis to the team’s sports information director, Pat Donghia. Taylor gets the best lyric, though: “He’s slick and he’s sleek/And he wrestles complete/except for he never does throws.” Funny and accurate. You’ve really got to see this and hear this to believe it, so click here. Just don’t have the volume on your computer up too high.

Dottie Sandusky speaks: The Today show interviewed Dottie Sandusky, who says her husband did not sexually abuse young boys in their basement. She also showed interviewer Matt Lauer around the basement. If you want to watch, here the link to the seven-minute segment that aired Wednesday morning, and here’s the link to the full 50-minute interview posted later in the morning. The interview is receiving some criticism online, notably from Jennifer Storm ’02, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program and an abuse survivor herself. She tweeted, “It’s morally reprehensible that @todayshow takes its victims to crime scene where many young men were sexually abused by Sandusky” and “sexual assault victims deserve to be believed & once cases are concluded left alone to heal, not be revictimized by @todayshow.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

March 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 11, 2013

Twenty years later, a “marvelous” tribute: George Dickie, emeritus professor of landscape architecture, is the subject of a Centre Daily Times feature looking back on his role in the creation of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Dickie helped choose the location for the memorial and designed the setting for the sculpture, which was unveiled on Veterans Day in 1993.

State-wide advocacy: Jennifer Storm has been nominated to head the Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate. Storm ’02, an abuse survivor who has spent her career working on behalf of crime and abuse victims, was nominated for the state post by Gov. Tom Corbett. She currently serves as director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Mixed results: The club field hockey team beat Delaware to win its second straight national championship over the weekend, the highlight of an up-and-down weekend for Penn State teams. The Nittany and Lion Lion basketball teams opened their seasons with victories, while six Penn State wrestlers won titles at the season-opening Binghamton Open.

In postseason news, the varsity field hockey squad earned a date with Princeton in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the women’s soccer team will learn its NCAA fate when the tournament bracket is announced Monday afternoon. The men’s soccer team, Big Ten regular season champs, will open conference tourney play later this week.

As for the football team, there’s not much worth remembering from Saturday’s trip to Minneapolis, but the loss has inspired some thoughtful assessments of where the Nittany Lions stand right now. Of those I’ve had a chance to read, I thought the best came from Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record. It’s worth a read.

Rice rumors confirmed: The office of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confirmed over the weekend that Rice was contacted by the search firm working on the university’s behalf in its presidential search. Rice turned down Penn State’s interest to stay at Stanford, where she serves on the political science faculty.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 11, 2013 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Jennifer Storm Urges Us Not to Forget the Victims

When we were looking for an expert on surviving sexual abuse to contribute to our Jan/Feb 2012 issue, Jennifer Storm proved an obvious choice. Storm ’02, an abuse survivor herself, now serves as executive director of Pennsylvania’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and throughout her career, she has been an unceasing voice for victim’s rights. That’s been the case throughout the ongoing Sandusky scandal.

Already the author of three books, Storm has now written a downloadable e-book, Echoes of Penn State: Facing Sexual Trauma, that is available for pre-order. (Storm says all proceeds from the $1.99 cost will benefit crime victims). In it, Storm shares pertinent details of her own experience, offers an educated critique of the handling of the case thus far, and provides resources for readers who might be looking for help. With the Sandusky trial set to start next week, and many of his alleged victims expected to testify, Storm offers a timely reminder to keep them in mind.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm 1 comment

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