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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

On Rick Santorum’s Surge

In a GOP presidential race that has seen a number of front-runners, Rick Santorum ’80, ’86g was starting to look like the only well-known candidate who might not get his turn in the spotlight. With the Iowa caucus less than a week away, Santorum — who has put substantial resources into campaigning in the Hawkeye state — has finally seen his poll numbers rise to the point that folks are paying attention. Among the coverage Santorum is generating this week are pieces in England’s Guardian newspaper, Slate, and this interview Wednesday evening with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The way things have gone, we’d no sooner attempt to predict where Santorum or any other GOP candidate will stand this time next week than we would predict the name of Penn State’s next football coach. But today, at least, Santorum is in the mix.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm 1 comment

Joe Paterno: Powerful Octogenarian

As if Joe Paterno weren’t getting enough media coverage today with the Sports Illustrated story by one of my favorite writers, Joe Posnanski, he’s also popping up on the Slate Web site as one of “80 over 80,” the online magazine’s list of the country’s 80 most powerful octogenarians. JoePa, who will turn 83 in December, is No. 25, right between zillionaire oilman (now alternative energy man) T. Boone Pickens(81) and New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (85).

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 21, 2009 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

More on Updike, from Chip Kidd

Novel by Updike, cover by Kidd

Novel by Updike, cover by Kidd

The past couple of days have brought the expected slew of John Updike tributes, including one from our Alumni Association colleague Alan Janesch. Today, the Web magazine Slate offers a few more, one of which is penned by Penn State alumus Chip Kidd ’86. Kidd, the celebrated book-jacket designer, writes about his experiences working with the late author (and fellow native son of Shillington, Pa.) on a number of projects. It’s pretty cool insight — one great artist on another.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

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