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The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 26, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Icebreaker: When I toured the Pegula Ice Arena back in February, Joe Battista ’83 painted an amazingly vivid picture of all the amenities (a synthetic practice rink! skate-repair rooms! Subway!) that had yet to be built. So checking out this slideshow, posted yesterday on, felt a little like deja vu. So cool to see it all come together.

Sorry, sunbathers: Construction on the HUB-Robeson Center is in full swing, and the bookstore is…on the lawn. While the Barnes and Noble-operated bookstore is undergoing renovations, 28 trailers on the HUB lawn will serve as the temporary location until July, giving former sunbathers and frisbee-lovers plenty of time to catch up on their reading.

Book talk: Speaking of books, two new titles from Penn Staters are making news. Chip Kidd’s latest, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, is an intro to graphic design for kidds kids. “I was out of my comfort zone,” Kidd ’86 tells Wired mag in this Q&A. “but it helped me to rethink everything about graphic design again—never a bad thing.” Also, Penn State Harrisburg prof John Haddad‘s new book, America’s First Adventure in China, explores the origins of America’s relationship with China. Haddad researched the book during his Fulbright grant experience in China in 2010-11, where he taught American studies, pop culture and literature at the University of Hong Kong.


Sunrise, sunset: Mount Nittany (@MtNittany) has been sharing some fantastic photos on Twitter lately, like this lovely sunrise, taken by meteorology student Dakota Smith (@weatherdak). Almost makes you want to wake up early and see it in person, doesn’t it? Almost.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

September 26, 2013 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Images of Mount Nittany


The Mount Nittany Conservancy has put together a nice slide show of photos of our favorite mountain—not just shots of it from a distance, but also images of its trails, overlooks, and plant life in various seasons.

You can find the slide show here. It takes a little while to load, so be patient.

The bluegrassy soundtrack is courtesy of a local group called Murphy’s Junction.

Tina Hay, editor

December 12, 2010 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Some Autumn Shots of University Park

I heard on the radio this morning the ridiculous news that fall starts tonight at 11:09 p.m. First of all, since when does fall start at such a seemingly random hour? Am I the last person in the world to know about this? And secondly, can we all agree that summer was so short as to be practically nonexistent?

Anyway, here at University Park we’re starting to see the first hints of the leaves turning, and it reminded me of some campus photos I took last October that I never quite got around to posting. I thought today would be as good a day as any to post them.

The way the photos came about was this: Last fall I wrote about having toured the new Joel N. Myers Weather Center in Walker Building, and that in turn got me interested in seeing the weather equipment up on the building’s roof (which was not, alas, part of the tour). So I contacted Jon Nese ’83, ’85, ’89g of the meteorology faculty and asked him if he could show me the roof sometime.

A week or so later, we went up there, and Jon explained to me the rain gauges and various other pieces of equipment—all of which were cool, but not quite as cool as the view from the roof. In the short slide show below you’ll see the shots I took of Mount Nittany, Deike Building, Old Main, the IST Building, and the now-defunct Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. Plus a few shots of Jon and the weather equipment. Enjoy.

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(Click on any photo if you want to stop the slide show and advance the images manually.)

Tina Hay, editor

September 22, 2010 at 8:49 am 1 comment

Beaver Stadium Turns 50

Beaver Stadium as it looks today. (photo by Tina Hay) 

This is shaping up to be a big year for milestones for Penn State football. There’s the first freshman quarterback to start the season opener in Joe Paterno’s career. Paterno’s probable 400th victory. Evan Royster being only 481 yards away from breaking Curt Warner’s career rushing record.

And Beaver Stadium, the second-largest college football stadium in the country, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sept. 17. On that date in 1960, Beaver Stadium hosted its first game, a 20-0 victory over Boston University. (Before that, it was the site for the Class of 1960’s graduation.)

I’ve always thought Beaver Stadium was a unique place, and I learned why over the summer when I attended one of the sessions at Traditional Reunion Weekend—a talk about the history of Beaver Stadium by Harry West, a professor emeritus of engineering. (Except for the first photo, from Penn State, all of the photos on this post are ones he’s collected for his slide show.) (more…)

September 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm 2 comments

Photographing Penn State from the Air—Again

The Blue Course, looking northwest toward Skytop. Click to see larger.

Ever since I got that ride in that state police helicopter last fall, I’ve been thinking about aerial photography.

For one thing, shooting photos from a helicopter is such a blast, I wanted to find a way to do it again. But more importantly, it was clear that Penn Staters love seeing aerial photos of the University—and that there aren’t that many current aerial shots out there. The slide show of photos that I took on that dreary, overcast Saturday afternoon and put up on Flickr has gotten an amazing 106,000 views! I kept thinking, Imagine what we could do on a sunny day.

So I talked to some helicopter companies and eventually hired Cherokee Helicopter Service of Ford City, Pa., to take me back up. And this time I brought a second photographer—Andy Colwell, an exceptionally talented Penn State student who shoots for Penn State Public Information.

We went up yesterday—a gorgeous day—and spent a little over an hour making passes back and forth over campus, hovering in lots of different spots and heading out over Mount Nittany at one point as well.

The Cherokee Helicopter guys had given us our choice of seating plans: anywhere from sitting in a seat shooting out the open window (the most timid option) to removing the seats and sitting on the floor with the door wide open and our feet on the flight step (the most “aggressive” option, as they put it). Andy and I both chose the aggressive plan, so he had his legs dangling out the left side of the helicopter and I was doing the same on the right.

West Halls, with Rec Hall near the top of the image.

I shot more than 800 photos and I’m pretty sure Andy shot more—he’s by far the better photographer, and he brought three camera bodies and assorted lenses with him. I still haven’t gone through all of my photos from the adventure, but I also can’t wait to see what he got.

The point of this whole project is to run a photo essay in our July-August issue—readers are always telling us how much they like seeing photos of Penn State, especially the newer buildings, and we figured this would be the perfect way to do it.

We also hope to do a subsequent photo essay of aerial views of some of the other Penn State campuses. If all goes well, I (and/or assorted other photographers) will be doing some more helicopter rides in various parts of the state in the next few weeks and we’ll run that photo essay in September-October. If we run into snags—such as bad weather or outrageous cost estimates or something—we might put it off until next year instead.

And, once the magazine is out, we’ll definitely put an even bigger collection of these images on the Web for your viewing pleasure. The two shots here are just to tease you.

Tina Hay, editor

April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am 5 comments

Millennium Science Complex Coming Along

sm MSC panorama

I went up to Eisenhower Auditorium this afternoon to see the annual Greek Sing—more about that in a later blog post—and afterward I thought I’d drive up to the roof of the Eisenhower Parking Deck to take a look down on the construction site for the Millennium Science Complex.

The photo above is a panoramic composite of four photos I took of the site. (Click on it to see a bigger version.) You can see Mount Nittany in the background toward the left-hand side of the photo, and the Pollock dorm complex in front of Mount Nittany. At about 2 o’clock in the photo is the Thomas Classroom Building at the intersection of Pollock and Shortlidge roads.

To see how much progress has been made on the Millennium Science Complex, contrast the photo above with this one that I took in July (or this bigger version of that same shot). More dirt back then—more concrete now.

The building is an ambitious one—read more about it here. It should be finished in 2011.

Tina Hay, editor

November 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm 2 comments

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