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The Penn Stater Daily — March 5, 2014

James Franklin, Coming Soon to a Town Near You: The Coaches Caravan returns in May, headlined by James Franklin, who will visit 17 area locales—13 in Pennsylvania, plus forays into Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and New York City. Among the in-state stops on the tour, which is jointly sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club: four Penn State campuses and one event at Franklin’s alma mater, East Stroudsburg. More details on tickets will be coming later this month, but you can click here for the dates and clear your schedule now.

Running strong: Fresh off winning the Big Ten indoor track championship over the weekend, sophomore Kiah Seymour has been named the conference’s Track Athlete of the Championships, and coach Beth Alford-Sullivan earned the conference’s Coach of the Year award for the indoor season. Seymour won the 400 meters and anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay, and she finished second in the 200 meters. Get the full scoop here.

ICYMI on Mike McQueary: ESPN The Magazine on Tuesday published “The Whistleblower’s Last Stand,” a story about Mike McQueary ’97, who will be a central figure in the upcoming trial of Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz ’71, ’75g, and Tim Curley ’76, ’78g. If you’ve not yet read it, it’s certainly worth the time.

RIP, EP: Ellen Perry, another of the women who spearheaded the development of Penn State women’s athletics, died Tuesday. She spent 36 years at Penn State, arriving in 1966 as the first coach of the women’s swimming team and retiring in 2002 as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Known by everyone as “EP,” Perry was one of those people who had boatloads of knowledge and expertise, but imparted it with a light touch. This Centre Daily Times story quotes Perry from a story about her retirement, and I particularly loved how she basically summed up her life philosophy: “Believe in the goal you’re trying to make and complete and go at it with a well-intended heart. A happy heart works much better than an angry heart.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

March 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 4, 2013

In the eye of the beholder: “Ugly” was the word flying around after Saturday’s 24-17 OT win over Illinois. Most fans and media agree that’s exactly what it was, while Bill O’Brien and his players, pretty much to a man, insisted that any win is a thing of beauty. Regardless of your perspective, there were some cool post-game insights from this one. Among them:

* The overtime touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to Kyle Carter is Bill O’Brien’s “favorite” play call—and that was before it won the game.

* Junior running back Bill Belton apologized for the goal-line fumble that almost cost the Lions the game, and thanked his teammates for bailing him out. Suffice it to say, without Belton’s 201 rushing yards—the first 200-yard game by a Penn State running back since Larry Johnson ’02 in 2002—the Lions wouldn’t have been in the game.

* And after yet another huge game from junior wideout Allen Robinson, singled him out for praise—no doubt, a positive sign for A-Rob’s future employment.

Is that video of Bill O’Brien coaching practice on Halloween dressed as the Nittany Lion? Yes. Yes it is.

Mike McQueary, in context: Monday marks two years since Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g was indicted, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review marks the anniversary with a profile of Mike McQueary ’97, whose testimony will be central to the eventual trial of former university administrators. Trib staff writer Adam Smeltz ’05 mixes anecdotal perspectives on McQueary’s personality with expert opinions on how his testimony will impact the trial. A piece that might be worth bookmarking for whenever the trial gets underway.

A love story, and a lesson: Donald Ford, founding dean of the College of Health and Human Development, hopes the story of his relationship with his late wife—and how he helped manage her later years as she suffered from Alzheimer’s—is an inspiration for others. With Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey, Ford ’56g combined tales from their six-decade relationship (including letters they wrote each other over the years) with his perspective on how, with creativity, help, and an impressive level of commitment, he was able to care for Carol at home even as her disease progressed. You can find out more about the book, including links to purchase it, here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

A Flurry of News Before the Holidays

The last week before the semester break brought a surprising amount of big news about Penn State:

On Tuesday, the university announced that Karen Bretherick Peetz ’77 would not stand for re-election as the chair of the Board of Trustees; her new position as the president of BNY Mellon, she said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters, didn’t allow enough time to serve as the chair.

In that same Wednesday teleconference, Peetz threw her support for chair to the vice chair, Keith Masser ’73, who runs Sterman Masser, a potato farm in Schuykill County; James Broadhust ’65, chair of the trustees’ governance and long-range planning committee, did the same. Perhaps the bigger surprise, though, was that Anthony Lubrano ’82, who has been an outspoken critic of the board even after being elected to an alumni seat in May, also expressed support for Masser in Thursday’s Centre Daily Times:  “It’s a logical progression for Keith Masser to be chair,” he told the newspaper.

There was no indication as to the whether there will be an additional candidate for chair or who would be running for vice chair; trustees have until Dec. 28 to decide. A more complete description of the process for the election, which will take place during the January meeting, can be found in this story from The Daily Collegian.

On Wednesday, the university announced that Board of Trustees had approved a salary increase for President Rod Erickson—from $515,000 a year to $600,000 a year, retroactive to Nov. 1. A news release from Penn State Live indicates that the raise was based on a performance review and cites study data that places Erickson’s new salary at “about the 50th percentile” of comparable university presidents and chancellors.

And on Thursday, a judge ruled that the lawsuit against Penn State filed by Mike McQueary ’97 could go forward without a resolution to the legal case against top university administrators; the university had asked for a stay. And the university also announced that it had made its first $12 million payment on the $60 million fine imposed by the NCAA. The money is being held in a money market account until a decision is reached on how the money will be distributed. At least one person, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent, is unhappy with the NCAA’s response to a request that all of the $60 million be distributed in Pennsylvania.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

December 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

Curley, Schultz Headed to Court

Several of us on the magazine staff just spent most of our Friday editing page proofs for the January-February issue while keeping a constant eye on Twitter.

Twitter was pretty much the only way to follow, in real time, today’s preliminary hearing for Tim Curley ’76, ’78g and Gary Schultz ’71, ’75g, who face charges of perjury and failure-to-report in connection with the child-sex-abuse case against former Nittany Lion defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g.

Farrell: Give me an accurate height of the boy. McQueary: I would need a measuring tape for that, sir.  (@annaorso)

A district magisterial judge in Harrisburg listened to 4-1/2 hours’ worth of testimony today, then ruled that there’s enough evidence to send both Curley (the Penn State athletic director, currently on administrative leave) and Schultz (now-retired VP for finance and administration) to trial on the charges.

Many of the reporters who attended the hearing in the Dauphin County Courthouse were tweeting constantly from the proceedings, and the result was a virtual play-by-play of the testimony. Through their tweets—easily numbering in the hundreds—we essentially watched as a series of five witnesses (more…)

December 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

David Joyner’s First News Conference

David_JoynerDave Joyner began his first news conference as Penn State’s acting athletic director with an opening statement that sounded more like a mission statement:

“My mission here has begun,” said Joyner ’72, ’76g. “I’m gonna align our core values in intercollegiate athletics with the rest of the academic units. We have a noble purpose here at the University, and it doesn’t just stop in the classroom. It continues onto the athletic fields, which in my opinion are just another classroom where young people learn to be successful.

“Given that, I consider myself the dean of the ‘College of Intercollegiate Athletics.’”

At that point, he said he’d take questions, which was about the only moment of the morning that was typical.

The news conference was held in cavernous Schwab Auditorium, with ushers checking ID at the door and smooth jazz playing at a high volume before and after Joyner spoke. Field hockey coach Char Morett ’79 H&HD introduced Joyner ’72, ’76g reading his bio and ending by noting that she had known him for 25 years, through their Penn State and Olympic connections. (Joyner, an orthopedic surgeon, has been active in the United States Olympic Committee.) Only a handful of the regulars who cover Penn State football and athletics attended; the rest were on their way to Columbus for Saturday’s football game. (And there was no telephone hookup, so they could not call in to ask questions.)

So most of the questions were asked by national media, many of them investigative reporters. They were not (more…)

November 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm 1 comment

More Sandusky Articles Worth Reading

It’s impossible to keep up with the torrent of news media coverage on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. I’ve been reading some stories online, printing others to read at home in the evening when things are less crazy, and bookmarking still others to read at some imaginary later date when I will have a little time on my hands. (Ha—as if that’s going to happen anytime soon.)

On Monday  I posted an annotated list of seven articles that stood out as particularly good coverage of the scandal. Since then the rest of the magazine staff and I have come across at least eight more that we think are also worth reading. In no special order:

1. “This is Penn State.” The new Sports Illustrated is out, with a main story and two sidebars devoted to the events here at Penn State. The one linked here is the main article. Longtime SI baseball writer Tom Verducci ’82 contributes a sidebar called “A Place Apart,” but we haven’t found it online yet.

2. “Inquiry Grew Into Concerns of a Cover-Up.” A New York Times article posted yesterday provides a fascinating look at how the investigation into Jerry Sandusky unfolded—and how, through an Internet forum, “investigators narrowed their list of coaches likely to have seen something to Mike McQueary.”

3. “No Easy Answers for Mike McQueary.” An profile of McQueary ’97 H&HD, the former grad assistant who finds himself in the unexpected role of the whistle-blower.

4. “Let’s All Feel Superior.” New York Times columnist David Brooks is getting a lot of attention for this piece, in which he takes to task (more…)

November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm 3 comments

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