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Kicking Off Another Coaches Caravan

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One of the hundreds of fans who got to meet James Franklin on Thursday night.

It felt a lot like the past two years: Loyal Penn State fans turning out for an offseason football fix and a chance to meet the new coach.

It also felt very different. Different venue. Different coach. The start, once again, of a different era.

James Franklin took center stage Thursday night at Pegula Arena, where the third Penn State Coaches Caravan kicked off within sight of Beaver Stadium. More than 400 fans turned out, and it appeared all who wanted to had the chance to take a quick picture with Franklin at the photo station on the upper concourse. Other coaches—Patrick Chambers, Bob Warming, Russ Rose, and a few members of Franklin’s new staff—mingled with the crowd over appetizers, before fans settled into their seats to see Franklin, Rose, and Warming speak from a chilly stage on the ice.

There are plenty of photos and video from the main event over at GoPSUSports, but we also kept an eye out for things fans might have missed. A few tidbits of note:

* The new coach and new president had what we believe was their first meeting Thursday at the pre-event reception. Eric Barron and his wife, Molly, popped in briefly and spent some time talking with Franklin (below), then made their way out—mostly unnoticed—before the coaches took the stage. Barron, the subject of the cover story in our May/June issue, officially takes over as Penn State president on May 12.

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* As you’ve no doubt noticed, in nearly every posed photo since he arrived on campus (including the one at the top of this post), Franklin is holding up his index finger in a “No. 1” pose. Hoping to ask him how and why that became the thing he does when the Caravan hits the road next week.

* Roger Williams ’73, ’75g, ’88g, our executive director, presented Franklin with a life membership Thursday night—meaning he’ll now be getting The Penn Stater at home. We expect an occasional letter, Coach.

The Caravan hits the road for real next Tuesday, and I’m excited to be back on the bus for a third year. I plan to have a bunch of updates over the next two weeks, both here and at The Football Letter Blog. If the past two years are any indication, I should come out of it with some great stories. Hope to see you on the road.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

May 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 14, 2014

Senior moment: On Thursday, the men’s basketball team fell to Minnesota, 63-56, in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. It might have been the final game for Tim Frazier, the senior guard who is Penn State’s career assist leader, and just the second player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, 600 assists, and 500 rebounds. Here’s hoping Frazier and his teammates get at least one more chance this season—there are rumors the Lions will host a CBI tournament game next week. In the meantime, you can still vote for Frazier for the national Senior Class Award.

Speaking of seniors… It’s not too late to vote for John Urschel ’12, ’13g for the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

OK, just one more senior: The Centre Daily Times has a cool feature on Mike McDonagh, the lone senior on the Nittany Lion hockey team. He’ll suit up for the last time at Pegula Arena this weekend when the Lions host Ohio State, tonight and Saturday, in their final regular-season games.

The green lobby: There’s an interesting piece over at Slate today about the seemingly unlikely political pairing of conservative politicians and marijuana legalization lobbyists. The idea is that those lobbyists are reaching out to fiscal conservatives and libertarians who, in the words of Slate’s headline writer, “hate taxes more than they hate drugs.” Reading it, I wasn’t surprised to see the name of Rob Kampia ’93, head of the Marijuana Policy Project, long one of the nation’s most prominent lobbyists for marijuana decriminalization. The MPP has had a hand in changing laws around the country in recent years, and history may well remember Kampia as playing a huge role in the growing acceptance of legal weed in America.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 10, 2014

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Hail to the victors: The Nittany Lion hockey team recorded its first Big Ten victory in emphatic fashion on Saturday, shutting out 10th-ranked Michigan, 4-0, at Pegula Arena. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff (above) made 32 saves, while classmate David Glen, back on the ice after missing three games to donate bone marrow, scored one of the Penn State goals.

The happiest place at sea: Ever wonder what it’s like to perform musical theater on a ship at sea? Raye Lederman ’12 dishes on that and much more in this Q&A about her time as performer on a Disney cruise ship.

For the Dance: It’s not quite THON, but the 13th annual Spirit Against Cancer dance and cheer competition Saturday at Penn State Behrend did raise more than $5,000 for cancer research. The competition brings together dozens of scholastic cheer and dance teams and honors the memory of former Behrend dance team coach Becky Hubler Decker.

An issue that matters: Penn State student leaders this month will meet (via video conference) with members of President Obama’s newly formed White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It’s part of an increased effort by the government and universities to prevent and raise awareness about sexual assault.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 4, 2013

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

The place to be: The Penn State Centre Stage production of No Place To Be Somebody opens tonight at the Pavilion Theatre at University Park. For longtime Penn State theatre professor Charles Dumas, it’s something of a swan song.

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Dumas (left) as “Sweets,” faces off with “Johnny,” played by Herb Newsome ’02g. Photo by Tina Hay

Dumas is retiring in December, and No Place to be Somebody marks his final Penn State show as a director. He also plays a vital supporting role in the production, which is set in seedy, racially conflicted late ’60s New York City. The play won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making Charles Gordone the first African-American playwright to receive the honor. Based on the preview I attended, it’s tense, heavy stuff, especially challenging for audience members too young to appreciate the tone of race relations in late ’60s America. But it’s tight and well-acted, and I imagine Dumas is quite happy with the idea of challenging his audience.

No Place to be Somebody runs tonight through Oct. 10.

Big-screen hero: Speaking of premieres: Murph: The Protector, a feature-length documentary on the life of Michael Murphy ’98, debuts tonight at the State Theatre in downtown State College. Members of the Penn State ROTC (more…)

October 4, 2013 at 10:06 am 1 comment


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