Posts tagged ‘Return to Rec’

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 16, 2013

Your Monday sports wrap: The Nittany Lions’ “Return to Rec” game was a huge success in all but the final score, an 81-79 overtime loss Saturday to Princeton. The Tigers clawed back from a 20-point second-half deficit to dampen Penn State’s first game at Rec Hall since 1996. Still, it was a great afternoon for the fans who packed into the old barn—if you weren’t there, you can find a terrific bunch of photos from Mark Selders here. The women’s volleyball team enjoyed a more successful weekend on the road, beating Michigan State and long-time rival Stanford to guarantee a return to the NCAA Final Four. Penn State will face Washington on Thursday in Seattle for a chance to play in the national title game.

I thought the contrast in photos Onward State ran in back-to-back stories on the hoops and volleyball games was worth noting:

MBB WVB

Also in action this weekend: The Lady Lions got back on track after a tough week with a 66-58 win over No. 20 Texas A&M, and the No. 2 wrestling team dominated No. 6 Ohio State, 31-6.

Making their case: At a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Harrisburg, attorneys for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley ’76, ’78g, and Gary Schultz ’71, ’75g will argue that the cases against them should be thrown out. At issue is the role of Cynthia Baldwin ’66, ’74g, the former university counsel, and the question of whether Baldwin was representing them or the university in front of a grand jury in 2010. You can read more here.

“Ready” or not? We knew the rumors were coming, and with Penn State’s football season over, we didn’t have to wait long. CBS Sports writer Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that, “according to pro and college sources,” Bill O’Brien is “ready” to return to the NFL. Is it true? Probably only O’Brien, his family, and his agent know for sure, but you can expect to hear much more on this over the coming weeks as NFL teams wrap up the regular season and prepare for the annual turnover in head coaching jobs. Stay tuned.

It’s finals week: The cold front that has smacked Happy Valley in recent days should make it easier for students to cuddle up with warm books and laptops for the next few days as they wrap up the fall semester with final exams. Student media has all sorts of finals-related coverage—much of it lighthearted, much of it NSFW, exactly—but this list of songs to get students through study sessions from the Daily Collegian’s “Finals Mag” is somewhat illuminating. Who knew they were listening to Dylan?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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December 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 12, 2013

Ready for Rec Hall: Saturday marks the Nittany Lion basketball team’s long-awaited return to Rec Hall, the program’s home from 1929–96. Penn State faces Princeton in the “Return to Rec” game, which tips off Saturday at 2 p.m., and all but a handful of standing-room seats have been sold. Knowing what a sucker I am for cheap nostalgia, the folks over at the Penn State sports blog Black Shoes Diaries asked me to write about my memories of Rec Hall, where I had front-row seats in ’92-93 and ’93-94, which just happened to be the Lions’ first two seasons in the Big Ten. I was happy to oblige — you can read my BSD guest post here.

Mission to Mars: Rachel Worth, a PhD candidate in astronomy, is in the news for research findings that suggest the massive asteroid that scientists believe wiped out the dinosaurs might also have catapulted primitive life to Mars. As the lead author of a paper published in the journal Astrobiology, Worth writes that rocks big enough to support tiny life forms were likely ejected deep enough into space to reach Mars—and even the moons of Jupiter. (There’s apparently even a word, “panspermia,” to describe organisms that might hitchhike through space on such debris.) As Worth tells the BBC, “I’d be surprised if life hasn’t gotten to Mars.”

Kate the Great: Another day, another Penn State student-athlete recognized as the nation’s best. Today it’s Katie Slay, the senior middle hitter for the No. 2 women’s volleyball team, who has been honored as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year. This honor comes just two days after all-Big Ten football player John Urschel ’12, ’13g was awarded the “academic Heisman.” Not too shabby. (Oh, and the women face Michigan State tomorrow night in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Good luck, Lions.)

Value for money: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Penn State one of its 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013–14. The university comes in at No. 41 among public college values for out-of-state students and 53 for in-state students. The ratings consider admission rates, test scores, freshman retention rate, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates, as well as cost criteria. You can find the complete list here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 24, 2013

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

Party like it’s 1996: General public tickets for December’s “Return to Rec” basketball game vs. Princeton went on sale today at 10 a.m. With all the buzz surrounding the event, it’s safe to assume the notoriously rowdy venue will live up to its reputation. Also likely: Ryan Jones ’95 will try to relive his college days and show up in Zubaz. Call 1-800-NITTANY for ticket info.

Weather or not: Opened in late August, the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will give Penn State’s meteorology department “a competitive advantage,” says director David Titley in an article from today’s Centre Daily Times. According to Titley, the new weather center’s technology can predict natural disasters and other weather risks with “very high confidence.”

So good, so good: Rain-soaked fans rejoiced Saturday when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2011. The surprisingly controversial song was rumored to have been cut post-Sandusky scandal because of potentially inappropriate lyrics, which Penn State officials denied.

Au Bon Painless: As a proponent of the local food movement, I was disappointed to learn last June that Otto’s Cafe, the cute little coffee bar in the Kern Graduate Building, would be replaced by national chain and airport favorite Au Bon Pain. Well, ABP opened earlier this month, and I’ve not only eaten my words, but about 32-and-half Waldorf Turkey Wraps since. The food selection is fantastic (and fresh!), and the staff is super friendly, handling the weekday-morning crush without breaking a sweat. Way to go, ABP. You’ve won me over.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment


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