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The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 16, 2013


We are … incredibly diverse: Check out the photos from students in John Beale’s advanced photojournalism class, who captured international students posing with their countries’ flags—and sometimes wearing traditional dress—at the Nittany Lion Shrine. It’s tough to pick a favorite, but Dan Griswold’s image of Vusal Hasanov, an undergraduate from Azerbaijan (above) is awfully striking.

So, where were you? The athletics department commissioned these excellent high-resolution, 360-degree panoramas of both the Michigan game and the opener at the Pegula Ice Arena. Click here for the football game; click here for hockey. Check them out, and tag yourself, too.

A fresh start: It should be an interesting season for the women’s basketball team with an influx of freshmen and an awesome home schedule featuring UConn and Notre Dame. One constant: senior guard Maggie Lucas. Asked Tuesday at preseason media day if opponents might gang up on Lucas because there will be so many young players in the lineup, coach Coquese Washington responded: “Well, people have been trying to take Maggie since she walked through the door, so that won’t be a change for us.” For media day highlights, check out this page from sports information which has everything from a transcript of Washington’s news conference to photos of media members—including the legendary Mel Greenberg—interviewing players. Lots of video, too.

Embarrassment of riches: There was way too much going on between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday night. LZ Granderson, an openly gay sports journalist, discussed the importance of straight allies in the LGBT movement (and was introduced by Bill O’Brien). Crisis communicator and author Steven Fink ’71 delivered a lecture called “What to do (and not to do) when things go wrong,” and of course a chunk of his talk was devoted to Penn State’s handling of the Sandusky scandal. You can get details by clicking here to see how my journalism class tweeted the highlights of his speech. And punk rock icon Patti Smith received the Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the Institute for Arts and Humanities—and was apparently even more awesome in a women’s studies class earlier Tuesday.

And, on a less serious note: You might think you know everything about John Urschel. Terrific offensive lineman. Math genius. Etc. And then BTN’s The Journey did this hard-hitting interview in which Urschel—and his mom—discuss how he was potty trained. Or, rather, how Urschel outsmarted, so to speak, his mom’s efforts to get him potty trained. It involves Barney diapers. You’ll get a laugh, probably. But honestly, my favorite part of the interview: Urschel’s baby pictures.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 16, 2013 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 8, 2013

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

Precious medal: Some cool news for fans of legendary punk rocker Patti Smith: She’s this year’s recipient of the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities‘ Medal for Distinguished Achievement. “An Evening with Patti Smith” is slated for Oct. 15 at Eisenhower Auditorium; Smith will accept the award and perform. For tickets ($15 for students, $35 for general admission), call 1-800-ARTS-TIX.

Autism news: A new study by a team of Penn State researchers may change the direction of autism research. Led by life sciences faculty member Scott Selleck, the team discovered that duplications of sections of DNA are more common in people with autism—and more duplications are associated with more severe autism symptoms. These genetic changes are also responsible for other problems, like digestive issues, that often accompany autism, says Selleck in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “I don’t think autism is only caused by changes in genes that are exclusive to the nervous system, because developmental biology doesn’t work that way.”

Plame speak: Former CIA agent turned author Valerie Plame ’85 is racking up good reviews for her debut fiction novel, Blowback, released earlier this month. In an interview with The Daily BeastPlame talks about government surveillance, “scary” nuclear scenarios, and finding love in the CIA. She also reveals that Blowback’s main character, CIA officer Vanessa Pierson, is not (surprise, surprise) entirely fictional.

Hockey state of mind: After months (years?) of anticipation, the men’s hockey team kicks off its inaugural season in just four days. This article from yesterday’s Patriot-News takes a look at how Penn State hockey’s debut will impact the state of Pennsylvania — namely, an entire generation of PA kids who, on Friday, may be exposed to college hockey for the first time.

LOL for SNL: Is it just me, or has Saturday Night Live been really funny lately? Last week’s premiere earned many a solid chuckle in my household, and the latest episode’s take on Miley-gate was spot on. In yesterday’s Daily Collegian, Penn State alumnus and SNL director Don Roy King ’69 offered some behind-the-scenes tidbits, detailing what it takes to put each show together. Says King: “We go on air at 11:30 p.m. and it just sort of flies and remarkably seems to never crash.”

Have a cow: Oh, and for absolutely no reason at all, here’s an adorable baby cow, born yesterday afternoon in the Penn State Dairy Barns.

Via @penn_state on Twitter

Via Twitter @penn_state

Mary Murphy, associate editor

October 8, 2013 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

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