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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

Marcellus Shale: Just the Latest Pennsylvania Energy Source

Geosciences professor Rudy Slingerland knew what had brought so many people to his Huddle with the Faculty presentation Saturday morning: the Marcellus Shale. So he took a few minutes to disabuse us of the notion that he could provide any hot financial tips.

He explained how he had told his father that he had no interest in the family’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bradford County—“I’m going to be a geology professor,” Slingerland ’77g had said—and how someone else now owns the land that’s worth $2 million in natural gas leases.

But Slingerland’s career decision paid off for us as he traced Pennsylvania’s vital role in the energy industry, from wood to coal to oil to natural gas. He made sure we fully understood these two themes:

—A population’s demand for a certain energy source eventually depletes that energy source.

—There is no environmentally benign energy source.

That established, Slingerman delivered a wonderfully informative lecture. You want to talk about crossing the boundaries of academic disciplines? In the course of an hour, he touched on geology, history, art, and sports, and he even threw in a pop culture reference: “Black gold. Texas tea.” (Beverly Hillbillies, of course.) (more…)

October 12, 2010 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

The Marcellus Shale and Penn State

For some time now we’ve been watching the emergence of the Marcellus Shale as a major energy, economic, and environmental topic for Pennsylvania—and, indeed, the whole nation.

Back in March-April 2008 we ran a short Q&A with Terry Engelder ’68, the geosciences professor who (along with a colleague at SUNY Fredonia) is credited with discovering the enormous potential of the shale field for natural-gas production. But since then, we haven’t carried much in the magazine on the topic. We’ve probably been remiss in that regard, and lately we’ve been talking a lot about how best to tackle the subject in our pages. It’s a huge, complicated, and controversial topic, with big implications for (more…)

October 5, 2010 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

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