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The Penn Stater Daily — April 15, 2014

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson brought big laughs to Eisenhower Auditorium last night as part of the Student Programming Association’s Comedy Month. Thompson, who’s been a cast member on Saturday Night Live for a whopping 11 seasons, performed stand-up and answered audience members’ questions about SNL. Check out the Collegian’s coverage here (warning: some of Thompson’s material borders on NSFW). My favorite snippet: When asked which celebrity made the worst guest host, Thompson demurred—but admitted that her name just happens to rhyme with “Baris Milton.”

Coming soon: Here’s some cool news about a program coming to University Park in July: The “Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired” is a three-week program that helps visually impaired students transition to a life in a college setting, with networking workshops and career-planning help. The academy is spearheaded by Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Penn State students in the College of Education will work as chaperones. Read more here.

Phoenix rising: Maggie Lucas is headed west: The Lady Lion senior guard was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st overall pick in the WNBA draft last night. The Phoenix Mercury last won the WNBA championship in 2009; this year, the team finished third in the West conference. Lucas, who’s coming off her own record-breaking season, shared her reaction on Twitter (below): 

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Mary Murphy, associate editor


April 15, 2014 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 14, 2014


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 — April 1, 2014

Ginny Tory/Collegian

Ginny Tory/Collegian

No fooling: No, this is not the Collegian‘s version of an April Fool’s prank (the staffers at Onward State have that covered today): Spring has finally arrived in Happy Valley, with temps hitting the mid-60s yesterday — and the sunbathers out in full force. This photo almost makes you forget the brutal, nasty, seemingly never-ending winter of 2014, doesn’t it? Almost.

Legal news: Former university president Graham Spanier filed an injunction Monday to stop the criminal case against him. According to Spanier’s lawyer, the case was taken “in bad faith and without reasonable expectation of valid conviction.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here.

Making history: Their season might be over, but the honors keep coming for Lady Lion Maggie Lucas. The senior guard has earned USBWA All-America honors for the second consecutive season, making Lucas the second Lady Lion in history to earn multiple USBWA All-America honors; Kelly Mazzante ’04 was honored three times.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 1, 2014 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 28, 2014

Elite company: For the second time, Maggie Lucas has been named a finalist for the Wade Trophy given annually to the top player in women’s college basketball. The senior guard, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, is one of 12 finalists for the award. You can read the latest of Maggie’s ESPNW blogs here, and watch the Lady Lions in action Sunday night when they face Stanford in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Far-reaching roots: The cast of Blood at the Root, a play in production this week and next at Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, is making an international impact. The Centre Daily Times details how the production will travel this summer to South Africa and Scotland. It’s tremendous exposure for a university production.

Coach Chaos is a hit: James Franklin’s coaching staff has already revealed some fun personalities. You can start with the pizza-reviewing, hip-hop-video sharing, daughter-defending Twitter standout, Herb Hand. Then there’s Charles Huff, dropping marine biology terms to describe his special teams. And then there’s the most intense guy on the staff, Sean Spencer, aka “Coach Chaos.” Over at The Football Letter Blog, we dug up video of Spencer from his playing days at Clarion University, and let’s just say this guy’s intensity is nothing new. In a word? Ouch.

By the people: Tracy McCourtney ’65 and her husband Ted have made a $3 million gift to endow the Institute for Democracy in the College of Liberal Arts. The “transformative” gift will “enable the institute to pursue excellence and leadership in advancing the cause of democracy.”

Human touch: We’re happy to congratulate Steve Sampsell ’90 Com on being the 2014 recipient of the Barash Award for Human Service. The award, created by the family of the late Sy Barash ’50, annually honors a faculty or staff member at University Park for contributions to “human causes, public service activities, and the welfare of fellow humans.” We know Steve as a senior lecturer and director of college relations for the College of Communications, a Daily Collegian alumnus, and an all-around good dude.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


March 28, 2014 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 18, 2014


In position: The Lady Lions earned their fourth-straight bid in the NCAA tournament, nabbing the No. 3 seed. The team faces No. 14 Wichita State on Sunday at the BJC. And despite the photo (above), shared on Twitter by WJAC’s Matt Maisel (@Matt_Maisel), Maggie Lucas wasn’t the only Lady Lion psyched about last night’s seed announcement; the photo was taken mere milliseconds before the rest of the team burst into cheers. Check out a video of their reaction here.

Good conversation: Vietnam War correspondent and Bronze Star Medal recipient Joseph Galloway is the guest on Thursday’s “Conversations from Penn State,” the WPSU-TV series. Galloway, whose career as a military and war correspondent spans more than 50 years, is also the best-selling author of “We Were Solders, Once… and Young,” on which the 2002 Mel Gibson flick “We Were Soliders” was based. The episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on WPSU-TV, and online at

Powerful partner: Some good news coming from Penn State’s partnership with PCAR (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape), now in its third year: more than 30,000 people affiliated with Penn State have been trained to identify and report child abuse in the past year, and prevention efforts—including more training programs, conferences, and support groups—have been bolstered throughout the state. For more information on Penn State and PCAR’s efforts to prevent child abuse, check out Penn State News‘ coverage here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

March 18, 2014 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 4, 2014

Penn State President Emeritus Joab Thomas

Penn State President Emeritus Joab Thomas

Remembering a leader: Joab Thomas, Penn State’s 15th president, passed away yesterday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Today, Penn State News looks back on Thomas’ tenure in Happy Valley (1990-1995), and former colleagues remember the man President Rodney Erickson calls “a visionary leader and a true gentleman.” Said Erickson: “His commitment to students was legendary, and he played a critical role in building Penn State into an internationally ranked university.”

Thrice as nice: Three huge honors for the Lady Lions were announced yesterday. Senior guard Maggie Lucas nabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year award (her second); senior guard Dara Taylor was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year; and for the third consecutive season, Coquese Washington was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Going down: More encouraging State Patty’s Day stats from last night’s State College Borough Council Meeting: This year, the total number of calls for service for both the State College and University Park police departments was down a whopping 72 percent. Total arrests were down 42 percent, to 102 from last year’s 244. Said Police Chief Tom King: “The numbers are back to the levels of the first State Patty’s Day in 2007.”

Upward bound: Upward State, a new group of Penn Staters, launches today with events at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the Nittany Lion Inn. The group’s website features endorsements of three candidates for this spring’s Board of Trustees election. The organization is made up of alumni — including three past presidents of the Alumni Association, although the group has no official connection to the association — as well as students and parents. Its goal is to “put students first,” according to their website.  “Priority No. 1 is making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.” For more info, check out Onward State‘s story here or the CDT‘s coverage here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm 2 comments

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