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Penn State Rugby Is Heading to Philly

Photo via @USASevensCRC

Penn State’s men’s and women’s rugby programs will compete for national titles next month. Both squads are going to Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on June 2-4 for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Championships.

The women’s team—which has won three championships at this event and took home its sixth-straight DI college national title earlier this year—will begin pool play on Friday, June 2. Knockout rounds will occur on Saturday, and the finals and consolation games are on Sunday. As for the men’s squad, pool play begins on Saturday and the playoff rounds are a day later.

Pool assignments for the women have not yet been released, while the men have been drawn into a pool with Clemson, Delaware, and the four-time defending CRC winners California.

If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets through the program. Additionally, portions of the tournament will be shown on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Head here for the full broadcast schedule.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

May 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Inside Our July/August 2016 Issue

JA16_CoverThe countdown to Rio is here, and we have Olympic hopeful and cyclist Matt Baranoski on the cover of our July/August issue. Before he graduates from Smeal this December, he will try to medal in the fastest event at the Games, the kirin. Baranoski is just one of the many Penn Staters to compete on the grandest of stages: Learn about all of our elite athletes—past and present—starting on p. 27.

The magazine also includes a story about the Penn State Center for Sport Concussion and Research, where professor Semyon Slobounov and others are rethinking the diagnoses and treatment of brain injuries.

We also take a look at some of the most iconic Arts Fest posters from over the years. Created by graphic designer Lanny Sommese, the colorful collection—and the stories behind them—start on p. 44. (You’ll also get a sneak peek at the new 2016 poster.)

More from the issue: A tribute to Bryce Jordan, the university’s 14th president, who passed away in April; a farewell to Christian Brady, who is stepping down as dean for Schreyer Honors College; a recap of the women’s rugby national title; and a conversation with Taylor Guelich, who started her freshman year at age 15 and may just be the youngest student to ever enroll at Penn State.

We’d love to hear your feedback on the new issue—comment below or email us at

Amy Downey, senior editor

June 28, 2016 at 11:04 am 12 comments

From The Bronx to Happy Valley, A Rugby Success Story

ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday featured the story of a high school rugby team in the south Bronx, one of whose stars, Arnold Chavis, is now a Penn State undergrad. Chavis was adopted as a child, grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in the country, and lost a brother to gang violence; with help from a couple of committed coaches and the focus provided by an unlikely sport, he’s now the first member of his family to attend college.

You can read his story and watch the GMA feature here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 24, 2010 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Penn Staters Line Up For the Women’s Rugby World Cup

The sixth Women’s Rugby World Cup kicked off Friday in England, with 12 teams competing for the top honor in the women’s game. The U.S. team, which opened with a 51-0 shutout of Kazakhstan, is among the favorites, not least because of contributions from a couple of Penn Staters. Former Lady Rugger scrum-halves Kim Magrini ’04 (that’s her below, passing against Kazakhstan) and Claudia Knudsen Braymer ’02 join Penn State assistant coach Farrah Douglas on the roster.

The Americans’ next game is Tuesday against Ireland, and they’re scheduled to close out pool play against the host English on Aug. 28. (It’s not entirely clear which games are viewable in which parts of the world, but the tournament website does offer live video streaming of some World Cup games here.) You can learn more about Magrini, Braymer, Douglas and the rest of the U.S. team here, and get a sense of the tournament’s history and recent growth here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm 2 comments

A Powerhouse on West Campus

On Saturday, I went to see the women’s rugby team in action. I don’t know much about the sport, but I do know that the Lady Ruggers are one of the best club programs in the nation; plus, I felt I owed it to myself to catch a game after profiling All-American Kate Daley in the magazine’s Jan/Feb ’09 issue. So it was fitting that on Saturday, Daley seemed to score every time she touched the ball. Even with a “split” squad that saw the Lady Ruggers divvy up their best players into two teams, Penn State trounced Princeton and Pitt by a combined 172-5.

In the second half against Princeton — by which time the score was something like 62-5 — I snapped a photo of a Penn State player getting up after scoring a try. Lying on her back, she was using her momentum to swing herself back onto her feet — and I guess she didn’t notice the Princeton player lying face-down in front of her. Point being, it only looks like the Penn State player (who might be Lauren Rosso, Meghan Byrnes, or Annie “Meatsticks” Zeigler — ladies, feel free to leave a comment and let me know) is adding insult to injury by bashing her vanquished foe on the noggin.


Click to enlarge... though the Princeton player would probably rather you didn't.

Either way, it was that sort of day for the Tigers. Maybe if they’d seen this video from two years ago — back when the team played on the IM fields near Beaver Stadium — of the Lady Ruggers picking up and moving a truck some unfortunate tailgater had left the day before, they’d have known better than to show up at all.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm 6 comments

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