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The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 17, 2014

Meet Eric Barron: The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at noon today to consider the appointment of the university’s 18th president, and all signs point to that person being Florida State University president Eric J. Barron. If you haven’t already seen it, our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g put together a terrific primer on Barron—it’s well worth a read. And to follow the action as it happens today, the board’s public meeting will be streamed live at WPSU, followed by a press conference and interview with (we assume) Barron and WPSU’s Patty Satalia, which will also re-air Monday night at 8 p.m.


In the Pink: The Lady Lions played their annual Pink Zone game Sunday, knocking off Wisconsin, 78-68, at the BJC. Nearly 700 of the 12,585 fans at the game were breast cancer survivors, and they celebrated an estimated $197,000 raised toward cancer research. Also worth celebrating: Another win for the Lady Lions, who improved to 20-5 overall and stand ranked 11th in the nation.

It’s THON week: The Collegian has a cool feature on Taylor Bradley, a Penn State junior who serves as a family relations captain for THON. The especially cool part: Bradley herself is a leukemia survivor and former THON kid. Great stuff.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


February 17, 2014 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Gubernatorial Seats on the Board of Trustees


Kathleen Casey ’88

When Gov. Corbett’s office announced last week that the governor had nominated Kathleen Casey ’88 to the Penn State Board of Trustees, the news only raised more questions for me. Whose seat would Casey take? How long do gubernatorial appointees serve, anyway? When are the terms of the other appointees up?

I had to check with our resident trustees expert, senior editor Lori Shontz ’91, and with Penn State director of public information Lisa Powers, to get it sorted out. I thought you might be interested in what I learned.

Of the 32 members of the Board of Trustees, the governor gets to appoint six. Each serves a three-year term, with the terms staggered so that in any given year, two of those appointees’ terms are expiring. The two gubernatorial appointees whose terms were up on June 30 of this year are Alvin Clemens ’59 and Michael DiBerardinis.

If confirmed by the state senate, Kathleen Casey would take DiBerardinis’ seat. Casey, who has a law degree from George Mason in addition to her Penn State degree, currently works for a Washington, D.C., firm that advises companies on legislative and regulatory issues. Before that, she served a five-year term as a commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“Kathy’s financial background, oversight experience, and international perspective will make her an asset to Penn State’s Board of Trustees,” Corbett said in a statement. “I am proud to nominate someone of her caliber.”

As for Clemens’s seat, Gov. Corbett hasn’t yet said whether he intends to reappoint Clemens or name someone to replace him. But, according to Penn State’s Lisa Powers, gubernatorial trustees continue to serve until their seat is filled, so Clemens is still a member of the board for now.

The other gubernatorial appointees are Ira Lubert ’73 and Paul Silvis ’06g, whose terms expire next June; and Mark Dambly ’80 and Peter Khoury ’12, whose terms are up in 2014.

Tina Hay, editor

October 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm 7 comments

Behind the Scenes and Below the Surface

When the Sandusky scandal broke, my husband and I were heading out of town for a long weekend away. I’m not a good passenger, so I was distracting myself by scrolling through Twitter on my phone as he drove, and that’s how we got the news on Friday afternoon. Awful, we both agreed.

Our lazy Saturday morning was interrupted when both of our phones started buzzing like crazy; friends and colleagues were alerting us to perjury charges and a shockingly graphic grand jury presentment. We were floored. And we knew that although we weren’t in State College, we weren’t really on vacation anymore.

The thing about being a journalist is this: You can’t really turn it on and off. News doesn’t keep hours, and often my best laid-plans go awry. (Just ask the guy I was dating the semester I was a candidate at The Daily Collegian: “You used to be normal,” he said, not unkindly, “and then you joined the Collegian.”) I wouldn’t have it any other way. (It’s also not a coincidence that I married another journalist; who better to understand how you think and work?)

By Sunday, everyone at the B&B’s communal breakfast table was waiting for the “two writers from Penn State” to explain everything to them. (As if that were possible.) They’d seen the story on the front page of the New York Times. We got pelted with more questions Monday morning. When we checked out, the owner gave us (more…)

January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

Of Barry White, Molly Hatchet, and My Dear Friend, Pat Boland

Pat Boland is giving a toast at my wedding -- and making the guests crack up -- in this photo by Gene Maylock.

During my 25 years in journalism, I’ve heard a lot of reporters, writers, teachers, academics, and wanna-bes explain how to succeed in the profession. But only one ever got to the heart of the matter by quoting velvet-voiced crooner and consummate ladies’ man Barry White.

That’s longtime State College radio broadcaster—and way more important, my friend—Pat Boland.

Pat ’91 was visiting my journalism class a couple of semesters ago when one of the students asked him a question about interviewing. This was right in Pat’s wheelhouse. After a throwaway reference to former Soul Train host Don Cornelius (you had to be there, but I swear it worked), he told everyone they should consider a line from one of White’s hit songs, “What am I Gonna Do with You Now?”

“Ain’t what you got, babe,” Pat quoted. “It’s how you use it.”

It was vintage Pat, making a connection that no one else would see, one that was equal parts obscure, hilarious, and somehow dead-on accurate.

In this case, he drove home to the students that (more…)

July 6, 2011 at 11:32 am 1 comment

Waiting On The President

The view from the press area

So we’re camped out on the east end of the floor at Rec Hall, along with dozens of (or maybe a hundred?) media members, a few hundred invited guests, and about 3,000 additional folks in the stands. And while I can’t say for sure it’s the hottest ticket of the week on campus — “Weezyville” seems to be a pretty big deal — I can say the excitement level for a visit from the President of the United State is pretty high.

Barack Obama is scheduled to land at University Park Airport sometime after 11 this morning, after which he’ll tour a few campus labs (including, apparently, the engineering buildings that surround the Hintz Family Alumni Center, which explains why those of us in the Alumni Association aren’t allowed in our offices until this afternoon), and then head over to Rec Hall for a speech focused on energy innovation. The theme ties in with the “Winning the Future” mantra Obama introduced last week in his State of the Union address; Penn State earned the visit in large part due to its lead role in the Philadelphia Energy Innovation Hub, for which it recently received hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal funding.

It’s worth acknowledging that, for a lot of people in the old gym today (which by the way looks terrific after recent renovations), the specifics of Obama’s speech may be less compelling than the simple fact that the leader of the free world is on our campus. According to our friends in Public Information, Obama is the ninth U.S. president to visit Penn State, a run that started when Dwight Eisenhower dropped in for his brother Milton’s 1950 inauguration as University president. Obama of course, was on campus in 2008, when he was a senator campaigning for the job he now holds.

Our editor Tina Hay, senior editor Lori Shontz and I got here around 9 a.m. to go through security, although Tina, who doubles as our crack staff photographer, actually showed up at 4:45 to hold a spot for her camera equipment. Thank goodness for the wireless service in Rec Hall, as there’s otherwise not much to do until the president shows up (and it’s looking like he might be running late to boot). It looks like you’ll be able to watch his speech live on the Big Ten Network, and we’ll post again this afternoon to let you know how that goes.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Romeo & Juliet On Our Lawn

DSC_6898 sm Capulet ball

Unlike our senior editor Lori Shontz ’91, I am not a Shakespeare geek. In fact, I think I probably had never in my life seen a Shakespearean play performed until this week. But when the School of Theatre brought a production of Romeo & Juliet to the lawn right outside our offices in the Hintz Family Alumni Center, I definitely wanted to check it out.

So I went to opening night on Tuesday—and I went back to see the second performance the next night. I might well have considered going to the closing performance Thursday, except that we got the now-famous Earliest Snowstorm in State College History and the finale was canceled.

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Undergraduate students Gilbert L. Bailey II and Leah Mueller played the lead roles in the production.

Romeo & Juliet was, in a word, terrific. The cast—made up entirely of undergrad and grad students—was first-rate, and the costuming and set design were pretty cool too. This was the School of Theatre’s first-ever outdoor production at University Park, and you can see from the photos that this was no small-scale effort—they went all out. We’ve been watching for the past couple of weeks as the crew re-landscaped the area directly below our magazine offices, constructed a stage, installed bushes and trellises, rigged up lights and sound, and stashed costumes and props in various rooms on our first floor.

I’m serious when I say I had never seen Romeo & Juliet. Going into the first performance, here’s everything I knew about the play: Boy and girl come from feuding families, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl can’t be together because their families don’t get along, boy and girl kill themselves over it.

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At the masquerade ball hosted by Lord and Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love.

So, on the first night, I had a little trouble figuring out who was who and exactly what was taking place at any given moment. (This is not the fault of the cast or crew—instead you can blame whoever at my high school said I could take a double-math track and skip literature.)

But I certainly got the gist of the story, and I was blown away by the authenticity and passion of the performances. I was even more impressed when I read the program later and learned that the leads were played by undergrads: Romeo was played by Gilbert L. Bailey II, a senior in the musical theatre program, and the role of Juliet was played by Leah Muller, a sophomore music education major. (A sophomore. And not even a theatre major!)

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Tybalt (MFA acting student Nathan James) challenges Romeo to a duel.

Another one who stood out for me was Derek Biddle, a senior musical theatre major, who played the role of Lord Capulet—Juliet’s father—with great intensity.

When he tells his daughter he has arranged for her to marry Count Paris, and she resists—since, after all, she has already secretly married Romeo—Lord Capulet’s fury at her lack of respect is so authentic. He bellows at her, he slaps her, she cowers. It’s enough to give you shivers.

And, of course, I loved the famous “balcony scene,” which was adapted in this case to show Juliet in an alumni center window (Lori Shontz’s office window, actually), talking romantically with Romeo as he clung to the trellis next to the window.

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Juliet discovers that Romeo has taken his own life.

It was fun to see the production two nights in a row—I got even more out of it the second time. Now I can tell you all about the street brawl, the masquerade ball at the Capulet home, the duel in which Benvolio is killed, the duel after that in which Tybalt is killed, all that stuff. But you probably knew all that anyway. Unlike me, you probably studied Shakespeare at one time or another.

Despite temperatures in the 40s, the show attracted an audience of about 1,400 over the two nights of its run; the alumni center lawn was just packed with people sitting in folding chairs and on blankets. And, if you missed it, you can watch it on the Web—thanks to a partnership with the World Campus and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Tina Hay, editor

October 17, 2009 at 9:06 am 2 comments

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