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Our Man Cardoni


Lady Lion basketball player Nikki Greene checks out a photo Cardoni took of her.

Ryan Jones mentioned in his post about Jay Paterno earlier today that we had hired Bill Cardoni to shoot the opening spread for our Sept/Oct profile of Jay, and when I saw it, I took a minute to browse Bill’s website—and I was struck by how many Penn Stater magazine photos I recognized in his portfolio.

We learned about Bill from Tim Baldwin and John Goryl, the team who redesigned The Penn Stater seven years ago. Tim and John used to be at Philadelphia Magazine and used Bill a lot for that publication. Bill is based in the Poconos but does a lot of photography shoots in New York City, and he also travels to University Park just about every issue to do some shoots for us.

Bill’s online portfolios are almost like a “Who’s Who” of Penn Stater magazine coverage. If you go to his site and click on Portrait I, Portrait II, or Portrait III, you’ll see everyone from Nittany Lion defensive end Jack Crawford to Camp Woodward founder Gary Ream ’76 to Penn State ornithologist Margaret Brittingham … not to mention twirler PJ Maierhofer ’10, wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, and former Lion quarterback Michael Robinson ’04, ’06.

His portfolio called “Print” includes Bubba Beschler, who works at Penn State’s Applied Research Lab but is better known as the drummer for the Screaming Ducks.

There are shoots for other magazines in Bill’s portfolio, of course. Just a few photos away from Bubba Beschler, for example, I came across a portrait of Patti LaBelle. I’m pretty sure she has no Penn State connection.

Tina Hay, editor

September 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

For Lady Lions, a Painful Ending, Full of Promise

Coquese Washington and Julia Trogele walked in with sniffles and moist, red eyes. Nikki Greene just looked dazed. The coach and two players who represented the Lady Lion basketball team in front of the media late Monday had different ways of showing it, but the pain was evident on the faces of all three.

Their season was over. The end had come swift and cruel.

Penn State lost to DePaul Monday in the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling 75-73. The final points came on a pair of DePaul free throws with 4.9 seconds left, turning a tie game into a deficit the Lady Lions simply ran out of time to erase. That they led for nearly 39 of the game’s 40 minutes only magnified the sting.

Afterward, they fulfilled their obligation and met the press, Trogele, a senior captain, talking willingly while Greene, a soft-spoken sophomore who appeared overwhelmed by the moment, sat silently next to her. I only covered the Lady Lions twice this season—the first time being a regular-season loss to Michigan State—so I didn’t have a great sense of what makes these players and coaches tick.

On Monday, I saw enough to come away thoroughly impressed.

It was Trogele, a versatile starting forward, (more…)

March 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm 1 comment

No. 23 With a Bullet

Fresh off their sixth straight victory—a 70-66 win over Illinois on Sunday—the Lady Lion basketball team today returned to the national rankings for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The new Associated Press poll has Penn State (15-4, 7-2 Big Ten) ranked 23rd nationally. Third-year coach Coquese Washington seems to be putting her mark on the squad, and the solid play of freshmen Alex Bentley and Nikki Greene shows Washington’s recruiting acumen is already paying off.

Longtime Lady Lion fans know that Penn State used to be a fixture in the national Top 25. Hopefully those days are back.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Our Hard-Working Photographer

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Look for Clair Poletti on our Everyday People page, probably in the Nov-Dec issue.

One of our favorite photographers for the magazine is Bill Cardoni, who lives in the Poconos, or maybe New York City—I’ve never been clear which—and who doesn’t mind traveling here to do shoots for us. We usually try to come up with two different shoots on the same day to make the trip worth his while. Once in a while—like yesterday—he actually has three assignments in a day. Which is a lot, considering not only the travel time but also how much setup and teardown is involved with each shoot.

DSC_0740 sm Bill + ClairRyan Jones, one of our senior editors, thought it would be fun to show up at yesterday’s shoots and take pictures of Bill taking pictures. So here are a couple of shots for you of Bill in action. The one above is from the first shoot of the day—it’s Clair Poletti, who is in charge of Penn State’s film office and who will be profiled on our Everyday People page in an upcoming issue (most likely November-December). Clair basically is the liaison to anyone who wants to film on campus, whether for a Hollywood movie, a Discovery Channel documentary, or whatever.

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Nikki Greene will probably lead off our Sports section in Nov-Dec.

The second photo above is also from the Clair Poletti shoot.

Bill’s next assignment was across campus at the Jordan Center—the subject was Nikki Greene, a highly touted freshman on the Lady Lion basketball team. She’ll be the athlete profile that leads off our Sports section, most likely in the November-December issue.

(The Nikki Greene shoot was taking place at almost exactly the same time that Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington was giving birth to her new daughter, Rhaiyna.)

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Nikki checking Bill's work.

And the third shoot was back here at the alumni center and involved Sascha Skucek ’99, ’07g, whom you’ve probably never heard of, but who is a very interesting guy. He’s a lecturer in the English department who has spent quite a bit of time and energy in the past 10 years or so trying to help solve the murder of Betsy Aardsma, the grad student who was stabbed to death in the stacks in Pattee in November 1969. With the 40th anniversary of Aardsma’s death approaching, we’ve got a feature article in the September-October issue on the subject, and Sascha’s efforts play a big role in that story. He’s in the final photo, below.

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Sascha Skucek plays a role in a feature in Sept-Oct, on the ongoing attempts to solve the murder of Betsy Aardsma.

By the way, if you visit Cardoni’s Web site and click on some of the links—like Portrait I, Portrait II, and Print—you’ll see quite a few photos you recognize, from past issues of The Penn Stater, as well as shoots he’s done for Philadelphia Magazine and others.

As always, if you click on any of these photos, you can see a bigger version.

Tina Hay, editor

July 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

And in Sports News…

In addition to my role at the magazine, I’m also the public-address announcer for Lady Lion basketball games at the Jordan Center—you know, the person who says “Would you all please rise for the national anthem” and “The foul’s on so-and-so; it’s her second, team’s fourth.” So I was happy to watch Penn State blow out Stony Brook last night, 97-58. But I was also bummed to hear that a much-sought-after recruit, Skylar Diggins, announced last night that she’s going to Notre Dame. (Stanford and Penn State were also in the running for her.)

On the other hand, Lady Lion coach Coquese Washington did land four great recruits for next year, including Nikki Greene—one of the top 20 recruits in the country. The team badly needs some big players and Greene, at 6’4″, has the potential to be amazing.

While I’ve been a basketball fan since I was a kid, our senior editor, Ryan Jones, follows the Penn State men’s team a little more closely than I do, and he’ll give you updates on them from time to time, I’m sure.

Tina Hay, editor

November 20, 2008 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

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