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Inside Our March/April 2017 Issue

ma17_coverGot a case of the winter blahs? Blue-White weekend can’t get here fast enough? Our latest issue might just have the cure for what ails you: Saquon Barkley coming right off the cover! Our March/April 2017 issue features a look back at an incredible season of Nittany Lion football highlighted by comebacks, big plays, and big players—like Barkley—who took fans on a wild ride to the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl. The photo spread begins on p. 26.

The new issue, arriving in mailboxes soon, also features comics, but it’s probably not what you think. In “Truth Between the Lines” (p. 37), we take you into the classroom at Penn State Hershey, where fourth-year med students reflect on the experience of becoming a doctor through an unusual practice—writing and drawing their own graphic narratives. You’ll find some of their work on our pages, too.

And you’ll get a glimpse into the life of Gary Eberle ’67, who turned a passion for wine into his life’s work, only to have his thriving California winery snatched away—before ultimately getting it back. “The Boar Endures” (p. 44) is a story of perseverance and the importance of savoring success.

More from the issue: a profile on Alex Patin, a Penn State junior who has developed a set of headphones that can read brainwaves to create playlists that match your mood; and John Hanrahan ’91, an All-American wrestler during the 1980s who’s still at it today—and recently won a world championship.

What do you think about the new issue? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us at

B.J. Reyes, associate editor

February 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm 2 comments

Flying High in Pasadena

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Prior to Penn State taking on USC in the Rose Bowl, a B-2 bomber flew over the stadium while the Blue Band played the National Anthem. The common thread: the man piloting the bomber was a Penn Stater.

The pilot—who asked that we not share his name for security reasons—attended Penn State for two years before deciding to join the Air Force. He comes from a family of Nittany Lions, and when describing the experience of the flyover, called it “a true honor and a dream come true.”

Several pictures were taken by the boom operator who refueled the plane, and as you can see in the photos above, the pilot made sure his alma mater was represented during his flight. You can watch a clip of both the Blue Band’s performance and the flyover below.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

Ty Burrell Shows Some Love For His Alma Mater

Modern Family had its predictably hilarious season premiere on Wednesday night, and our man Ty Burrell ’97g was his usual loopy self. Line of the night (at least for Nittany Lion fans) came when Burrell’s character, Phil Dunphy, was telling his son about having attended a long-ago Rose Bowl game. He doesn’t mention the year, but when his son asks what happened, Phil replies, “We got our butts kicked by Penn State.”

Burrell was born and raised in Oregon, so we can only assume this is a sly reference to the 1995 Rose Bowl, in which the Lions knocked off the Oregon Ducks, 38-20.

You can watch the entire episode on the ABC website. The Rose Bowl reference comes about 3:45 into the show.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 23, 2010 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Cool Aerial Shot from the Rose Bowl

I swore I wouldn’t have anything further to say about The Bowl Game That Ruined a Perfectly Good New Year’s Day. But then a friend and fellow alumnus, Brad Youtz ’96, sent along a link to some aerial photos taken just before the game by a photographer named Mark Holtzman. There are eight photos, some of them pretty standard, but No. 7 is kinda fun. It’s a view looking down on the B-2 stealth bomber that flew over the stadium before the game.


Tina Hay, editor

January 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm 2 comments

Coming Back From Cali

I was one of many Penn Staters who made the trip to California over New Year’s, though maybe the only one who didn’t go primarily for the Rose Bowl. I did go to the game — I had third-row seats directly behind the end zone, which didn’t offer much of a view, but did allow me to smell the grass, which was cool. Mostly, though, I went to visit family (my roots, not to mention a whole lot of relatives, remain in Southern California), eat some great fast food, and enjoy the weather.

Check, check, and check. A few highlights:

-Stopping for dinner at Pie N Burger, the neighborhood greasy spoon recommended by occasional Penn Stater contributor Paul Levine ’69 in his pre-Rose Bowl primer on PSU Live. Both the pie (banana cream) and burger (cheese-) were terrific — although, if I’d known the place was owned by an SC grad, I might have passed…

-Getting up early to attend the Rose Parade, where my four-year-old sat on my lap with a $7.00 program, keeping track of which floats were coming next (his favorite: the giant hat-tipping robot named Asimo), and waiting for the delayed B-2 bomber fly-over (it also flew over the stadium that afternoon — scary stuff). The let down, and another bad omen for the game, came when the Blue Band marched past without playing a note. I guess they were in between songs, but that didn’t make it any easier to rebut the SC fans nearby who mocked us for having a band that didn’t actually play.

Thanks to Brad Youtz for the photo.

Thanks to Brad Youtz '96 for the photo.

-Walking to the parade Thursday morning and seeing a couple of the Paternoville regulars, who I got to know while working on the feature in the magazine’s Jan/Feb 2009 issue. They’d apparently gotten a hotel near Disneyland, stayed up all night Wednesday, then taken a $100 cab ride to Pasadena early Thursday to catch the parade and the game. Between the lack of sleep and the game’s outcome, I imagine their Thursday night was not fun. Sorry guys.

-Most of the SC fans we encountered during the week were polite enough, but there were a few exchanges that, shall we say, reflected poorly on the broader Trojan fan base. A selection:

“Good luck Thursday. I’m predicting 52-0.” From some guy who felt compelled to slap me on the back while I had lunch with my family on Tuesday afternoon.

“You guys came all the way out here for nothing.” From a guy we passed walking through the pregame tailgates. A wasted trip? He obviously wasn’t aware of the weather back east.

“C’mon baby, check me out — I’m in a higher tax bracket!” My favorite, offered by a not-entirely-sober young man to my sister, with whom I was walking through the tailgates. Locals (particularly UCLA fans) like to joke that USC actually stands for University of Spoiled Children, a line that is itself sort of childish, though not entirely unfunny (nor, in this particular case, inaccurate).

For the record, my sister declined to check him out.

Yes, we booed the tunnel.

Yes, we booed the tunnel.

-The game itself didn’t offer much worth remembering (although the crowds trying to squeeze through the antiquated tunnels were hard to forget), but it was cool seeing Ki-Jana Carter ’95 waving a towel on the sidelines to rouse the crowd just before kick-off. Like anyone who was a Penn State fan back then, I’ll never forget Carter busting a huge touchdown run to open the scoring in the ’95 Rose Bowl. That game left Penn Staters frustrated at the injustice done by the pollsters. This game just left us humbled.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm 1 comment

And Now for Something Completely Different…

…a recipe for sticky buns!

You can see they're a little crowded, which is why you might want to use slightly bigger pans than the 12x9 and the 8x8.

You can see they're a little crowded, which is why you might want to use slightly bigger pans than the 12x9 and the 8x8.

When I had some folks over to my house on New Year’s Day to watch that stupid, stupid, stupid Rose Bowl game, I made homemade sticky buns for the occasion. A friend suggested that I post the recipe to the magazine blog. So here it is.

It’s not really a Penn State-related recipe, I must admit; I got it from my mom, who most likely got it from her mother. It may be that sticky buns generally are a Pennsylvania Dutch kind of thing. Whatever the case, they’re easy to make, and if you miss Penn State, these might well remind you of the Diner.

Hay Family Sticky Buns

2 packages dry yeast
1 t. sugar
1/2 C. warm water

Mix the above ingredients together and let stand for 10 minutes.

1/2 C. vegetable oil
2 C. warm water
1/2 C. sugar
1-1/2 t. salt
7 to 7-1/2 C. flour

Combine these ingredients with the yeast mixture. Spread vegetable oil on the inside of a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Add vegetable oil to the top of the dough. Cover and let stand until doubled in bulk, about 60 to 90 minutes.

Next, mix up the sticky-bun goop:

4 T. margarine, melted
1/2 C. light brown sugar
2/3 C. dark Karo
chopped nuts (optional)

Pour the goop into two baking pans, one about 13×9 and one about 8×8, or a little bigger.

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured board. Dot with margarine; sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a log shape and cut into slices (buns) about 1/2” to 3/4” thick. Place buns into baking pans on top of the goop. Bake at 350˚ for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 3 dozen.

Click here and here to see two early stages of the sticky-making process, and here to see a shot of the finished stickies after they’ve been flipped out of the pan.

Tina Hay, editor

January 4, 2009 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

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