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John Urschel Heads Back to School

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

It’s been a while since we’ve written about John Urschel ’12, ’13g, the former Penn State offensive lineman who doubled as a standout student in mathematics. Urschel’s latest endeavor–when he’s not playing for the Baltimore Ravens–is pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.

Urschel explained his decision to continue his education in a piece for The Players’ Tribune. The truncated version is that his mother wanted him to go to MIT as an undergrad, but Urschel’s desire to attend Penn State won out.

As for managing to stay in shape while also making time for schoolwork, don’t worry: Urschel trains with the school’s football team, which he credits with helping him remember that football should feel like a game instead of a job.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 14, 2014

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Why yes, that is campaign chair Peter Tombros in a DeLorean… Photo by Tina Hay

The future is now: Seven years, 600,000 donors, nearly $2.2 billion raised, and an immeasurable impact on the university. Those are the (almost) final numbers from For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which was celebrated this weekend at University Park. The fundraising total for the campaign, which officially wraps June 30, stands at $2.158 billion, making Penn State one of just 12 public U.S. universities to exceed a $2 billion goal. As you can see from that shot of campaign chair Peter Tombros ’64, ’68g, the “future” theme allowed for some fun during Saturday’s unveiling of the campaign total. Our Tina Hay ’83 was there and will post some photos from the weekend celebration later today.

A beauty for Blue-White: The Happy Valley weather was glorious this weekend, which was good timing both for the campaign celebration, but also for the return of Penn State football. More than 70,000 fans made their way into Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon for the Blue-White Game. The game coincided with at least one national recruiting service elevating the Nittany Lions to the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation based on oral commitments for 2015, and with the announcement that John Urschel ’12, ’13g has been named the 2014 winner of the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete. All in all, not a bad weekend for our football program.

Feeling a draft: Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards, two standouts from the Lady Lions’ terrific senior class, will be hoping to hear their names called Monday night at the 2014 WNBA Draft. Draft coverage kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Triple-threat Lionettes: The Penn State Lionettes dance team returned from Daytona Beach over the weekend with its third straight national championship. The Lionettes edged Louisville and Virginia Tech to earn the Division I-A title at the NDA Collegiate Dance Championships for the third consecutive year.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 14, 2014 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 31, 2014

Bittersweet end: The Lady Lions’ season came to an end Sunday evening in California with an 82-57 loss to No. 2 seed (and host) Stanford in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Penn State, a No. 3 seed, wrapped up its second straight Big Ten championship season with a record of 24-8. Senior Ariel Edwards led the Lady Lions with 22 points in the loss.

State of State: A broad range of topics, and speakers ranging from faculty and recently alumni to current students, were the order of the day Sunday at the first annual State of State conference, held at the HUB-Robeson Center. The TED-style conference, a student-run endeavor, focused on challenges and issues facing the university community. Onward State and the Daily Collegian had it covered.

Amateur hour: Former Nittany Lion football standout John Urschel ’12, ’13g has been named one of three finalists for the AAU Sullivan Award. The award is given annually to the top amateur athlete in the nation. This year’s winner will be named on April 11.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 31, 2014 at 9:08 am 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 14, 2014

Senior moment: On Thursday, the men’s basketball team fell to Minnesota, 63-56, in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. It might have been the final game for Tim Frazier, the senior guard who is Penn State’s career assist leader, and just the second player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, 600 assists, and 500 rebounds. Here’s hoping Frazier and his teammates get at least one more chance this season—there are rumors the Lions will host a CBI tournament game next week. In the meantime, you can still vote for Frazier for the national Senior Class Award.

Speaking of seniors… It’s not too late to vote for John Urschel ’12, ’13g for the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

OK, just one more senior: The Centre Daily Times has a cool feature on Mike McDonagh, the lone senior on the Nittany Lion hockey team. He’ll suit up for the last time at Pegula Arena this weekend when the Lions host Ohio State, tonight and Saturday, in their final regular-season games.

The green lobby: There’s an interesting piece over at Slate today about the seemingly unlikely political pairing of conservative politicians and marijuana legalization lobbyists. The idea is that those lobbyists are reaching out to fiscal conservatives and libertarians who, in the words of Slate’s headline writer, “hate taxes more than they hate drugs.” Reading it, I wasn’t surprised to see the name of Rob Kampia ’93, head of the Marijuana Policy Project, long one of the nation’s most prominent lobbyists for marijuana decriminalization. The MPP has had a hand in changing laws around the country in recent years, and history may well remember Kampia as playing a huge role in the growing acceptance of legal weed in America.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

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 — Feb. 20, 2014

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

Analyze this: Ready for some math talk? Penn State All-American/mathmetician John Urschel ’12, ’13g proved his own theorem, officially called the Urschel-Zikatanov Generalized Bisection Theorem, and it was accepted by a top journal in the field of spectral graph theory. Don’t know what any of that means? Me neither. But it’s a big deal — and thanks to ESPN The Magazine, Urschel recently had the chance to show off his skills in a more accessible arena. In the latest issue, Urschel authors a feature for which he analyzed player stats and determined how 400 top college linemen will perform in the NFL. To put Urschel’s genius in perspective: I have no idea if those Good Will Hunting-style chalkboard calculations (above) are real, or a prop.

First-time foes: The men’s hockey team is headed to Madison Square Garden next winter. It was announced yesterday that Penn State will meet Cornell in The Frozen Apple on Nov. 29, 2014. It’s the Nittany Lions’ first appearance in the famous arena — and the first time Cornell and Penn State hockey face off as NCAA Division I foes.

For her sister: THON 2014 is a mere day away, and this story from Penn State Altoona is a timely reminder of what it’s all about. Altoona freshman Tiffaney Jarrett will dance this weekend to honor her older sister, Courtney, who passed away in 2009, just one month after being diagnosed with leukemia. “I feel like I’m doing this for her and like she’s by my side,” says Tiffaney. “I know she would be proud of me.”

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

February 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm 1 comment

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