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Gettysburg: A Media Blitz on the 150th Anniversary

310699_10151369402601500_1451090511_nThis week is a good time to be a history buff, specifically one with an interest in the Civil War. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is in full swing. Even if I didn’t know the dates—the battle raged July 1, 2, and 3, 1863—it would be obvious from a quick scan of my Twitter feed, where many of the people I follow are linking to some really interesting stories.

I’m a newbie, I’ll admit it. I didn’t get interested in the battle until August 2012, when I attended the Penn State Alumni Association’s Civil War Study Tour, which toured Gettysburg for three days. I figured plenty of other media outlets would be writing about the battle when the anniversary came, so for my magazine story, I focused on the people who are regulars on the tour. I wanted to know why they keep returning to Gettysburg and what they could possibly still be learning about it after all this time, and I wrote a piece for our May/June issue called “The Visitors.” You can download a PDF of my story by clicking here.

Among the Gettysburg pieces I’ve read over the weekend, these stand out:

My former employer and hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has published an interactive piece, “Gettysburg: Panic in Pittsburgh, Then a Nation Saved,” that has a lot of the characteristics of the New York Times’ Snowfall feature. This will take a substantial amount of time, but it’s worth it.

Donald Gilliand of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg also focused on why people keep returning to Gettysburg—but he took a different approach than I did. His piece focuses on the town, and it contains this great line, which one of my former students, Anna Orso, quoted on Twitter: “Gettysburg still resonates with Americans—despite, and sometimes because of, its roadside tackiness.” That pulled me in, and it was worth it.

My Centre Daily Times this morning featured this piece about the “Centre County Regiment,” the 148th Pennsylvania, that I’ve heard some people call the Penn State regiment (although it really wasn’t, of course). The 148th fought in The Wheatfield, one of the best-known and bloody parts of the three-day battle. For more about Penn Staters and Gettysburg, this piece by Matthew Swayne, a writer/editor at Penn State, tells the story of how Evan Pugh was trying to keep the school alive at the same time the soldiers were fighting for the union.

I also really enjoyed this Washington Post profile of William A. Frassanito, a historian who focuses on the photos of Gettysburg, and who is a true character. (Jim Roberts of Reuters (@nycjim) linked the story this morning; he’s got a wide range of interests and is a great person to follow on Twitter if you’re similarly inclined.)

If you’ve come across any others, please let us know in the comments. My reading list is long, but I’ve always got room for another Gettysburg story.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

A Sad Week for the Nittany Lion Hoops Family

Late Monday we got word that former Penn State basketball coach Dick Harter had died of cancer. Harter coached the Nittany Lions for just five seasons, from 1978–79 until 1982–83, but he posted a 79-61 record in that span and set the table for some of the more successful teams in Penn State history. Harter also worked as head coach at Oregon, Rider, and Penn before becoming a long-time NBA assistant. He was 81.

On Wednesday, rumors we’d been hearing since the weekend were confirmed: Monroe “Monnie” Brown ’92, a standout on the Lions’ early ’90s teams, was dead at 41. Brown starred for Bruce Parkhill’s squads that posted four straight 20-win seasons, a run highlighted by a trip to the 1991 NCAA tournament, where the Lions posted an unforgettable first-round upset of UCLA. Brown, who also spent a season as an assistant to Jerry Dunn in 1995-96, had battled drug problems through much of his life; Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News wrote a compelling remembrance of Brown, whom he covered on those great teams.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

As if the events of the past two weeks haven’t been upsetting enough on many levels, now it’s being reported that Joe Paterno has been diagnosed with “a treatable form of lung cancer,” according to a statement released by one of Paterno’s sons, Scott.

According to this story from The Patriot-News, the 84-year-old coach was diagnosed after being hospitalized during the Nebraska game last Saturday. The Citizens Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., published a report earlier Friday saying that Paterno had been treated Wednesday night at an on-campus “infirmary” and at a local hospital.

Here’s the text of Scott Paterno’s statement, which was provided to The Associated Press:

“Last weekend my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment.”

This news is just the most shocking of what turned out to be an eventful day.

The Faculty Senate passed a resolution asking for an independent investigation into the situation, conducted by a committee with no ties to Penn State. The NCAA announced it will investigate Penn State for, essentially, a lack of institutional control. (Clicking on this link from Penn State Live will take you to a PDF of the NCAA’s letter from President Mark Emmert.) And The New York Times reported that The Second Mile, Jerry Sandusky’s charity, is going to fold.

All of this happened within about three hours this afternoon. The Paterno and Second Mile stories broke within an hour of each other. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling overwhelmed.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

November 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm 1 comment

A Pivotal Season for Nittany Lion Hoops

The Penn State men’s basketball team held its annual media day Monday afternoon, suiting up for interviews and pictures before running through an open practice. As you’d expect, the mood was good: These preseason gatherings tend to be optimistic, with players and coaches focused on the season’s potential and a schedule loaded with winnable games. But even by those standards, these Nittany Lions seem like an especially positive and confident bunch. That’s encouraging, and perhaps a little surprising.

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October 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

A Word From the Orange Bowl Guy

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News was in East Lansing for Penn State’s 48-14 win over Michigan State on Saturday, and he spent a little time talking to Michael Kosnitzky, the Orange Bowl scout who was at the game. Here’s how Jones assesses Penn State’s chances of playing in Miami on Jan. 5.

Tina Hay, editor

November 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Six Wonderful Hours at the BJC

If you didn’t catch Penn State’s exhilarating, last-second, come-from-behind defeat of No. 23 Illinois on Thursday night, you missed what was probably the biggest game and best crowd in Bryce Jordan Center history. (For a recap with video highlights, click here.) If the win didn’t earn the Nittany Lions an NCAA Tournament bid, it got them awfully close. One more win — either in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Iowa, or at next week’s Big Ten tournament — should seal the deal. 

Battle celebrates his game-winner

Battle celebrates his game-winner

For me, the game was only the highlight of a great afternoon and evening at the Jordan Center. The 9 p.m., ESPN-mandated tip off was a drag, but it had a silver lining for those of us who cover the team. Brian Siegrist, the media relations liaison for the men’s basketball team, was able to secure an hour of court time for media members, and I joined the rag-tag crew — Siegrist, Blue White Illustrated writers Nate Bauer ’05 and Sean Fitz, Dave Jones of the Patriot-News, and the Daily Collegian trio of Matt Brown, Matt Fortuna, and Nate Mink — for a late-afternoon full-court run. I’m more sore today (and missed more easy shots) than I’d like to admit, but it was a lot of fun.

A couple of hours later, it was time for the real players to take their turn. The game and atmosphere were amazing — thanks in part to Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark, who took the mic before tipoff to hype up the whited-out crowd, which responded in kind. They, and the national TV audience, got quite a show: Penn State was down 10 with five minutes left, and senior leader Jamelle Cornley was out with what looked like a separated shoulder (though he somehow came back into the game a few minutes later, practically dragging his arm around the court). Fellow senior Stanley Pringle hit some huge shots to keep the game close, and then, predictably, it was uber-confident sophomore guard Talor Battle taking the ball the length of the court in the closing seconds and hitting a driving layup that almost seemed to stop on the rim before dropping in. Cue thousands of white-clad fans storming the court. It was quite a moment.

The students rush the court (Blurry photo courtesy of my cell phone)

Penn State students rush the court to celebrate the upset of Illinois (Blurry photo courtesy of my cell phone)

 There was another slightly less monumental (but no less cool) moment at halftime, when the entertainment featured a game between the Bellefonte fifth-and sixth-grade boys rec league teams. The highlight of that game was a surging layup by one Ian Marshall, son of Penn Stater editorial assistant Barb. I hope Ed DeChellis was paying attention — the kid can play.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

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