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Photos from Penn State Football’s ‘Signature Event’

Our pal Curtis Chan ’94, ’03g, who works over in the College of Engineering and who does a little sports photography on the side, took some photos for us last night in the Jordan Center, at the “Signature Event” that new football coach James Franklin staged to celebrate Penn State’s success on National Signing Day. We thought you might enjoy seeing some of them; here’s a quick slide show:

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Thanks for the images, Curtis!

Tina Hay, editor

February 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 6, 2014

LaVar Arrington works the crowd at yesterday's Signing Day event at the BJC. Photo by Curtis Chan.

LaVar Arrington works the crowd at yesterday’s Signing Day event at the BJC. Photo by Curtis Chan.

Signing of the times: Yesterday, we told you about the morning’s National Signing Day extravaganza in the Lasch Building (there was an omelet station, people). But that was just the beginning. Last night’s “Signature Event” at the BJC featured even more fanfare, with help from the Blue Band, the cheerleaders, and LaVar Arrington ’00, who helped Coach James Franklin introduce the recruits. Check out the Football Letter’s recap here.

A powerful message: The Winter Olympics in Sochi are upon us, and on the eve of the opening ceremony, former NBA player John Amaechi ’94 is speaking out against’s Russia’s anti-gay laws. In a piece from yesterday’s The Guardian, Amaechi encourages athletes to use social media to “make their position clear.” Those who don’t speak out, he says, are complicit: “For me, silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity. You become nothing more than another Sochi mascot that people can have their photograph taken with as a memento of the abdication of responsibility.”

Snow daze: It’s a question most of us probably asked ourselves yesterday morning, while trudging through the slippery sludge around University Park: What does it take for Penn State to get a snow day? Well, as Onward State‘s Ali Fogarty found out, the answer is fairly complex — and it involves an official “snow marshal.”

Mary Murphy, associate editor

February 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 31, 2014

The wet stuff: Do you like water? Is it something you find useful in your daily life? If so—and we’re guessing this probably applies to you—you’ll want to set your DVR for Water Blues, Green Solutions, a new documentary produced by Penn State Public Media. The hour-long film looks at the very serious issues facing America’s water supply—from aging infrastructure to record droughts—and highlights solutions being developed around the country. (That’s Mark Stitzer from Penn State Public Media filming construction on the San Antonio River in the photo below). It’s already debuted on a handful of PBS stations, and is airing soon on more affiliates nationwide, including on our own WPSU on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Check the complete schedule here.


Legendary linebackers sign on: A couple of guys who’ve starred at Penn State’s signature position have signed on for the Nittany Lions’ “Signature Event.” LaVar Arrington ’00 and Michael Mauti ’13 will be in the building next Wednesday when James Franklin and his staff host their celebration of national signing day at the BJC. Admission is free for students, and tickets (which you can order here) are $5 for everyone else. Should be fun.

Coming up for a look: The Super Bowl isn’t the only event the world will be watching on Sunday—Feb. 2 is, of course, Groundhog Day, and Stam Zervanos is here to shed some scientific light on the popular legend. A professor emeritus of biology at Penn State Berks, Zervanos studies the hibernation patterns of groundhogs, so he understands the real reasons why Punxsutawney Phil will (or won’t) pop out of that hole. For more, read on.

Road warrior: It’s possible that most Pennsylvanians hadn’t heard Barry Schoch’s name before last May, when the state secretary of transportation stepped into the spotlight to address the media about a tanker explosion that closed Interstate 81 and snarled traffic in the center of the state. His efficient handling of the situation earned Schock ’82 praise, and his reputation grew even more after he led the successful fight to pass a $2.3 billion transportation bill meant to address the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great feature on the unassuming secretary’s quiet success in Harrisburg.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 31, 2014 at 10:53 am 1 comment

A Freeh Report Reading List

Penn State Trustee Ken Frazier ’75 chaired the investigative task force that hired Louis Freeh.

As the Penn State community continues to reel from the release of the Freeh Report, the national media has been busy weighing in on the findings and the fallout. Following the coverage can be overwhelming, but here are some articles from the past four days that are worth a read:

Guides to the Freeh Report

“A Guide to the Penn State Investigation”: From The Chronicle of Higher Education, an annotated summary of the report’s most significant findings.

“Analysis: Freeh report sheds new light on Jerry Sandusky scandal, but needs context”: Sara Ganim ’08 breaks down the important revelations, and identifies some of the report’s shortcomings. “It’s not the whole picture,” she writes.

The Paterno Statue

“After Report, Calls to Remove Paterno Statue at Penn State”: From The New York Times’ “The Lede” blog, a collection of Facebook and Twitter comments calling for the removal of the Joe Paterno statue immediately after the report’s release.

“Penn State denies decision made on Joe Paterno statue”: An update on the future of the statue and other landmarks bearing Paterno’s name and image.

Paterno’s Legacy

“Joe Paterno, at the end, showed more interest in his legacy than Jerry Sandusky’s victims”: “Everything else about Paterno must now be questioned,” writes Sally Jenkins, the Washington Post reporter who interviewed Paterno before his death, in one of the harshest pieces out there.

Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out“: A New York Times report on Paterno’s retirement contract, which it says was worked out long before Paterno announced his retirement last Nov. 9.

“A Failed Experiment”: At, Michael Weinreb ’94 reflects on Penn State’s moral culture, concluding, “The Grand Experiment is a failure, and the entire laboratory is contaminated.”

NCAA and the Death Penalty

Amidst handfuls of articles weighing the pros and cons of the NCAA-imposed “death penalty” at Penn State, here is a take from each side: 

“Should Penn State Football Get the Death Penalty?”: Slate’s Josh Levin advocates for a temporary shutdown of Penn State football.

“In calls for justice at Penn State, NCAA death penalty would be injustice”: Columnist David Whitley takes the opposite stance: “When it comes to punishment, Penn State will have an unprecedented amount without the NCAA getting involved.”

Penn State Pride

“‘We Are Penn State’ and What That Means Today”: John Milewski ’79 on accountability as an alum.”For me, the burden of being Penn State includes taking responsibility for being part of the myth machine that brought us to where we are today.”

“I Went to Penn State—But Don’t Pity Me”: Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g on finding comfort—and pride—among fellow Penn Staters.

“Ashamed for Joe Paterno and Penn State’s leaders, but still proud of my school”: A strong alumni voice since November, LaVar Arrington ’00 believes supporting Penn State is the way to rebuild. “A big mistake would be making this all about loving or hating Paterno.”

What articles/links do you recommend? Share them in the comments below.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

July 17, 2012 at 8:21 am 7 comments

Bill O’Brien Lands in Happy Valley

Nearly 24 hours after his hiring was reported by the media, and nearly two months after Joe Paterno’s six-decade tenure came to an end, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on Friday was officially announced as the 15th head coach in Penn State football history.

O’Brien, who reportedly signed a five-year contract, will be introduced Saturday morning in a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn. The press conference will be carried live at 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network and

O’Brien, 42, is wrapping up his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Patriots, his first NFL team after 14 seasons as a college assistant. (There’s a nice career summary here.) His first coaching gig was as an assistant at Brown, his alma mater. Of course, Brown is Joe Paterno’s alma mater, as well.

Paterno released a statement Friday evening congratulating O’Brien, (more…)

January 7, 2012 at 2:17 am 3 comments

LaVar Arrington Debuts at The Washington Post

We promised we’d let you know when LaVar Arrington ’00 began writing his sports blog at The Washington Post, and it turns out that he wrote his first post Thursday afternoon. His blog is called Hard Hits with LaVar Arrington, and he introduces himself here.

And here’s what LaVar promises—a unique perspective on sports:

“As a huge sports fan growing up, I studied athletes and coaches in all sports. As a former athlete I have the ability to compare and contrast my experiences as a fan and a player, which gives me the knowledge and confidence to give sports fans points of view from both worlds.”

He’s also smart, funny, and unafraid of controversy, so this should be fun.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

August 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

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