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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 4, 2013

Dreaming of a Blue Christmas: Actually, it’s no dream. The video below is the very real holiday light display set up by Robert Witt ’01 of Schwenksville, Pa. It started blowing up the internet yesterday, and it is something else:

I’m not gonna lie: I’m not sure I’d want to live right next door to that. But it is impressive work.

Hump day hoops: The 10th-ranked Lady Lions continue a tough non-conference schedule tonight when they host No. 4 Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The match-up marks the first meeting between Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her Fighting Irish counterpart, Muffet McGraw, but as the Daily Collegian tells us, the two have serious history: Washington played for and later coached under McGraw at Notre Dame, which won the 2001 national championship while she was an assistant.

The Nittany Lions fell at Pitt last night, 78-69, in their Big Ten/ACC match-up. It was a close game throughout, and an impressive showing for the Lions, who were playing their fifth game in 10 days. Pitt, unbeaten this season, is 106-3 all-time at the Petersen Events Center against non-conference opponents.

Getting a read: Americanah, a novel by the Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been chosen as the Penn State Reads common book for the incoming class of 2014. (more…)

December 4, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Once Again, Penn State Fencers Are National Champs

Death, taxes and the Penn State fencing team winning national championships. There aren’t many things in life you can count on, but just about every year at this time, it’s a relatively safe bet that Emmanuil Kaidanov will bring another NCAA trophy back to Happy Valley. The longtime coach and his squad did just that over the weekend at Harvard, posting 191 points to edge second-place St. John’s (182) and third-place Notre Dame (180) for the national title. It’s the second in a row, fifth in the past 10 years, and 12th overall for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions did it with quality and quantity: Freshman Margherita Guzzi Vincenti (pictured) from Milan, Italy, was Penn State’s only individual champ, winning the title in women’s epee, but the Lions reached the finals in four of six events. That finish lifted Penn State from third place — where it stood entering the final day of competition — to first when it mattered most.

You can find complete results here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Dave Jones on Big Ten Expansion

The college football offseason is rarely quiet, and much of the noise this year has come from folks talking, writing, prognosticating and blogging about the possibility of Big Ten expansion. The traditional story line — the Big Ten has coveted Notre Dame as a 12th member ever since Penn State joined the league nearly two decades ago, but the Fighting Irish never bit — has been updated as the league recently announced it was taking its most serious look yet at adding a 12th school. The topic has been buzzing online, with a variety of folks making arguments and guessing at the league’s intentions. What seems clearer than ever is that, with or (most likely) without Notre Dame, the Big Ten is more likely than not to expand in the next few years — to 12 teams, perhaps, but maybe to 14 or even 16. The ultimate decision will reshape the college football landscape as drastically (if not more so) than did Penn State’s switch from independent to Big Ten power nearly 20 years ago.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News posted a three-part story today that’s as well-done as anything I’ve seen on the topic. Part One explains why expansion appears to make so much sense right now, for reasons that shouldn’t surprise anyone (hint: it’s what makes the world go ’round). Part Two explains why, in Dave’s opinion, the addition that Penn State fans would most like to see is not the most likely to happen (hint: the lure of a classic rivalry is trumped by the bottom line, every time). And Part Three offers Dave’s pick for the “sleeping giant” that might ultimately make the most sense if the Big Ten adds just one team.

Time will tell if Dave’s right (or if our friend Frank the Tank is prescient with his prediction of Texas), but this is compelling stuff regardless.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 8, 2010 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

JoePa Hearts New York

There’s been a lot of media coverage this week about the Nittany Lion basketball team in the NIT at Madison Square Garden, but I especially like this piece by the Associated Press, in which Joe Paterno (who attended both the semifinal victory over Notre Dame and last night’s win over Baylor in the title game) reminisces about his younger days in New York City.

Tina Hay, editor

April 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

The Champs Are Here

The men did their part on Thursday and Friday. The Penn State women finished the job over the weekend, winning two of three individual titles to give the combined Nittany Lion fencing team its 11th national championship. Penn State finished the NCAA meet with 195 points, 13 ahead of runner-up Notre Dame. Big Ten rivals Ohio State finished third.

Sophomore Doris Willette (who we featured in the Jan/Feb ’08 issue of The Penn Stater) twice defeated Harvard’s Olympian Emily Cross en route to the foil title, doubling up on the individual championship she won as a freshman in 2007 (Willette redshirted last year). And junior Anastasia Ferdman, already a two-time All-American in epee, won her first national title.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 23, 2009 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

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