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The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 25, 2014

Daydreaming, FTK: In case there was any doubt, staying awake—and standing up— for 46 hours is no small feat. A story from today’s York Dispatch proves just how mentally taxing THON can be on even the most dedicated dancers. Penn State York sophomore Mark Czaus explains how he was dreaming on the dance floor—despite being awake and on his feet. “I guess I was going in and out of consciousness,” he says. Yikes. Two days later, it sounds like Mark got a chance to rest up and recover, thanks to some understanding profs.

Also, if you tuned in to ABC World News last night and were disappointed to see that THON wasn’t featured, be sure to check out the show tonight: Onward State reports that the THON segment will air tonight during the 6:30 EST broadcast.

Chart of the matter: I’m a sucker for cool infographics—especially ones that share encouraging stats. Penn State Hershey tweeted out this link earlier today: It’s a neat interactive chart that shows how alcohol use among young people is declining, hitting a record low in 2013. Here’s hoping that bodes well for this weekend’s State Patty’s Day. 

Full moon: Back in January, we told you about the Lunar Lion team’s efforts to raise money through crowdfunding site Just over a month later, Lunar Lion has raised a whopping $133,768 with help from notable donors, like Weebly co-founder David Rusenko ’07 and NFL linebacker Michael Mauti ’13.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

February 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

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 — 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 Lion for the Future

Michael Mauti was the emotional heart of the 2012 Penn State football team, a great player whose leadership helped keep the Nittany Lions together through a tumultuous summer and challenging fall. It’s impossible to find a direct parallel with a kid who, officially at least, isn’t yet a member of the team. But Adam Breneman comes pretty close.

Breneman is just wrapping up his senior year at Cedar Cliff High School outside Harrisburg, and he’ll start classes at University Park in January. Arguably the top high school tight end in the nation as a junior, he committed to Penn State last spring, giving then-new coach Bill O’Brien a great prospect and a very public vote of confidence. That he seriously injured his knee last summer and missed his senior season did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Penn State fans who expect him to be a terrific college player and future pro.

But there are a couple of twists in Breneman’s story that make him far more compelling. The first is (more…)

December 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm 1 comment

One Last, Emotional Saturday

It’s gotten hard to keep track of all the emotionally loaded moments at Penn State football games over the past 12 months. Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin will be another one.

This year, the annual Senior Day game carries more than the usual significance. This senior class has found itself playing out its final season under unimaginable circumstances. All could have left before the season began; nearly all stayed. Simply by not going anywhere, they achieved something like legend status among Penn State fans. The response when those guys come out of the tunnel Saturday afternoon for the final time will be memorable.

Michael Mauti most likely will make that journey on crutches. Injured in last week’s win over Indiana, Mauti may yet apply for a sixth year of eligibility and the chance to return next season. Regardless, his name is indelibly linked to this year’s senior class.

There’s concern among Penn State fans about Bill O’Brien’s future, as well, due to rumors of NFL interest and the coach’s refusal this week to speak about anything beyond the final game. The smart media take is that it’s too soon to assume anything about his intentions, but that O’Brien will have legitimate pros and cons to weigh if a chance to be an NFL head coach presents itself in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it’s something else for Penn State fans to get emotional about this week.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

For Bill O’Brien, Only One Direction To Go

There’s a fine line between careful and blunt—between cautious and direct—and Bill O’Brien has some practice walking it. On Thursday at Penn State’s preseason football media day, he was on the high wire again.

At issue are the competing emotions among so many Penn Staters about where to focus their energy, resources, and attention. In football terms, that means the question of whether to fight or accept harsh NCAA sanctions, whether to dispute or acknowledge the findings those sanctions were based on, and—symbolically, but just as important to some—how to feel about any changes at a football program where the word “tradition” is taken more seriously than almost anywhere else.

On Thursday, O’Brien tread carefully as he acknowledged all of the above; just don’t confuse “carefully” with “evasively.” Asked no fewer than four questions that touched on those themes, O’Brien was clear: He and the football program are moving forward. He hopes Penn Staters will join him.

“I’m very respectful of the traditions here—very respectful,” O’Brien said when asked about adding player names (more…)

August 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm 2 comments

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