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The Penn Stater Daily — March 3, 2014

A kinder, gentler State Patty’s Day: The combined efforts of the university, State College authorities, local businesses, and many student groups seem to be working, as the fallout from this year’s State Patty’s Day festivities was largely minimized. For the third year running, crime was down in the borough, with State College police saying it was “similar to a football weekend.” As late-winter traditions go, it was nice to see the student-run Day of Service back for a fourth year.

Courtesy of Onward State

Maggie Lucas cradles another Big Ten trophy. Courtesy of Onward State

Three for all: The women’s basketball team on Saturday claimed its third straight Big Ten championship, beating Michigan 77-62. The Lady Lions’ terrific senior class went out in style in its last regular-season home game, with Ariel Edwards, Talia East, Maggie Lucas, and Dara Taylor all posting double digits in the win.

And speaking of champs: The Penn State women edged Michigan over the weekend to claim the program’s third Big Ten Indoor championship. And Shane Ryan, just a sophomore, set the Penn State and Big Ten record in the 100 freestyle to earn Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships. He’s the first Nittany Lion so honored.

All aboard: Thirty-two alumni will vie for three open seats in this year’s Board of Trustees election. Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g has the scoop, including details about the Alumni Association voting guide, which we’ll publish within the next month.

Right said TED: The fourth annual TEDxPSU event was held Sunday at Schwab Auditorium. Onward State has the highlights.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 3, 2014 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 28, 2014

Get better soon, Sue: Thinking this morning of Sue Paterno ’62, who was injured in a fall Thursday. A family spokesman says she’s been hospitalized for observation and that her “attitude and resolve are great.” Here’s to SuePa being back on her feet soon.

That time of year again: Saturday is State Patty’s Day, and there’s been plenty of talk and activity leading up to the infamous annual event. The facts: many local landlords are banning parties on their properties, State College police are proactively discouraging large gatherings, and 34 of 35 downtown establishments that serve alcohol have agreed to stay dry for the day, with those businesses compensated by the university.

As for opinions, well, there is no shortage of those, including many who feel town and campus authorities are overreacting. More compelling, I’d argue, are these takes from Dennis Shea, associate dean in Health & Human Development, and an EMS worker who has worked the holiday as part of local ambulance crews. Both lay out just how ugly and dangerous State Patty’s Day has been at its worst. Here’s wishing everyone in town and on campus a fun, and safe, weekend.

Winning words: Congrats to Anna Orso on winning the 2014 Hearst Foundation sports writing award. A Penn State senior and Daily Collegian alumna currently writing for, Orso won for a story on college football recruiting published in the College of Communications’ in-house publication. It’s her second win in the national college journalism competition.

The stages are set: If you’re near Philly or Pittsburgh next weekend, Penn State musical theatre students are headed your way. The Alumni Association is sponsoring a traveling showcase of current Penn State theatre standouts in King of Prussia on Friday, March 7, and in Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 8. Tickets are just $10 for Alumni Association members. Should be a fun night out.

Hot hoops: The Nittany Lions swept their season series with No. 22 Ohio State on Thursday, posting a 65-63 win over the visiting Buckeyes. It was a great atmosphere for Senior Night at the BJC. And speaking of great seniors, Lady Lion star Maggie Lucas has been named a semifinalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year award.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 28, 2014 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 13, 2014

ESPN's John Buccigross buddies up with some Penn State hockey fans at last week's game.

ESPN’s John Buccigross buddies up with some Penn State hockey fans at last week’s game.

He gets it: Famed ESPN sportscaster John Buccigross paid a visit (his first ever) to Happy Valley last week for the Penn State v. Michigan men’s hockey game. The result is this great story, posted to Buccigross’s Hockey Life blog, about how Big 10 hockey came to be at Penn State — and how the entire community is embracing it. And you’ve got to love Buccigross’s apt description of Penn State hockey icon Joe Battista ’83—”a human energy drink.”

No more roadblocks: UPUA president Katelyn Mullen announced yesterday that the Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposal that would add a permanent, student-selected trustee to the board— a position that isn’t currently required by BOT bylaws. The current board, however, has supported the bill since UPUA proposed it last August. Said Mullen: “The Board … has put the new policy on the most expedient schedule possible. President Masser has met with Governor Corbett and there are no roadblocks right now, to my understanding.” For more on how the student trustee will be selected, check out Onward State‘s coverage here.

High hoops: After last night’s big comeback over Indiana, here’s more good news for the men’s basketball team: senior guard Tim Frazier is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, presented to an “exceptional” Division I student-athlete and chosen by the national media. And it’s no surprise that Lady Lion Maggie Lucas is a finalist for the women’s award, as well. Vote for both Frazier and Lucas by March 24 here. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Final Four.
Mary Murphy, associate editor



February 13, 2014 at 11:59 am 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 19, 2013

More legal news: Some follow-up on yesterday’s coverage of the pre-trail hearing for Penn State’s former general counsel Cynthia Baldwin ’66, ’74g and former president Graham Spanier: Last night, the Centre Daily Times ran this piece, which includes excerpts from Baldwin’s grand jury testimony on Oct. 26, 2012. The transcript was unsealed this week by Dauphin County judge Todd Hoover.

Kareem McKenzie on the field with the Giants in 2010. (Photo: Andrew Mills, The Star-Ledger)

Kareem McKenzie on the field with the Giants in 2010. (Photo: Andrew Mills, The Star-Ledger)

Master plan: Former Nittany Lion and two-time Super Bowl champ Kareem McKenzie ’01 has gone back to school. Featured in USA Today’s For The Win blog, 33-year-old McKenzie explains how his difficult transition to life after football inspired him to pursue a Master’s in professional counseling at William Paterson University. After graduating in 2016, McKenzie says he hopes to counsel former athletes and military members coping with major life transitions—something he knows all about. “I found myself trying to gravitate towards something that was as meaningful and as involved as football was for me,” he says. “There wasn’t anything readily available for me to do so.” Counseling, explains McKenzie, helped him adjust: “I think everyone should have someone to talk to about whatever’s going through their mind.”

The year’s best: We’ve already told you about Ingenious, the latest book from Jason Fagone ’01, about the race to create a 100-mpg car and win the Automotive X prize. And now, as magazine editors compile their “best of 2013” lists, we weren’t surprised to see Fagone’s name pop up again. Check out Mother Jones‘ annual staff picks, in which MJ senior editor Michael Mechanic calls Ingenious “a great ride.”

Leader of the pack: Here’s a great piece on Lady Lion Maggie Lucas from Slam‘s Matthew Snyder. Titled “The Jumper,” a nod to Lucas’ signature shot, the story offers a glimpse into Lucas’ high-pressure role as team leader — on and off the court.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

December 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 9, 2013

A record weekend: Senior guard Maggie Lucas scored 30 points Sunday in a 77-68 win at Georgetown, in the process becoming just the fifth player in Lady Lion history to reach 2,000 points. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a preseason All-American, Lucas (below) is on pace to pass Kahadeejah Herbert ’86, Tyra Grant ’10, and Susan Robinson Fruchtl ’92 en route to second place on the Penn State scoring list. The school record—2,919 points, set by Kelly Mazzante ’04—is probably safe.


Meanwhile, the top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestlers capped a 2-0 weekend with a 28-9 victory over Pitt—a “home” win, but not in the usual sense. Instead of grappling in their usual Rec Hall digs, the Lions hosted the Panthers in front of 15,996 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center, setting records for both the largest crowd to see an NCAA dual meet and the largest crowd to see a sporting event at the BJC. If you missed it, our resident wrasslin’ expert Lori Shontz ’91 has you covered.

More from Mitchell: Late Friday, former Sen. George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State’s progress in meeting the Athletics Integrity Agreement—and once again, the university received a glowing review. (more…)

December 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 8, 2013

Hey, man, nice shot: Macklemore is a popular rap-singer—we think that’s what the kids call ’em—who brought his popular rap-singing act to the Bryce Jordan Center last night. The Collegian gave the show an “A,” and that’s without even counting Macklemore’s apparent basketball prowess. Per his Instagram account:

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This is rare footage of me hooping at Penn State tonight. #teamjordan? @pdxreg haha!

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And speaking of hoops: College basketball is back. The Lady Lions—ranked No. 13 and 15 in the preseason coaches and media polls, respectively—open the season tonight when they host St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m. Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas leads the way for Penn State, which will hoist its 2013 Big Ten championship banner before the game.

The Nittany Lions open their season Saturday with a 4 p.m. home game against Wagner. We’ll take this opportunity to plug our profile and video of all-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier ’13, and an exclusive Q&A with coach Patrick Chambers over at The Football Letter blog.

Far afield: The busy sports weekend continues on the road, starting Friday morning when the Penn State field hockey team—which already wrapped up its second straight regular-season league title—faces Iowa in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The game will air live on BTN at 10 a.m. today. And if all that sounds familiar, pay attention: The women’s soccer team also plays Iowa today in the semifinals of the B1G tournament—that game kicks off at noon, and will also air live on BTN.

Smith’s bad week gets worse: David Smith, the SUNY Upstate Medical Center president who was reportedly close to being announced as Penn State’s new president, has stepped down from his role while SUNY reviews his compensation.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 8, 2013 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

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