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The Penn Stater Daily—April 9, 2014

Consent decree challenged: Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court may have opened the door to a challenge of the consent decree, the basis for the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State, in a ruling today in the NCAA’s challenge to a bill written by state Sen. Jake Corman that would require the $60 million fine to be spent entirely on child-abuse programs in Pennsylvania. This Patriot-News story will give you the basics, and you can click here to read the decision yourself.

BOT election starts tomorrow: The election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, and runs through 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8. Before you cast your ballot, learn about the 31 candidates with our Three Questions project.

A creative thank-you: Men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky released this video to thank the team’s alumni for their support. And,  yeah, that’s a cool gesture. But what will really keep you watching is Gadowsky showing off his juggling prowess. I couldn’t look away. I’m off to work on my hand-eye coordination.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

 

 

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April 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 3, 2014

Three Questions Project: It’s that time of year again: Voting for this year’s Board of Trustees election starts April 10 and, as in years past, The Penn Stater asked every candidate three crucial questions about the issues facing Penn State. We’ve compiled their answers, along with more info about each candidate, here.

Denied: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for a new trial yesterday, ruling there was “no prejudice” against Sandusky during his 2012 trial for child sexual abuse. In a statement, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said, “We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. Protecting Pennsylvania’s children is one of my top priorities and I remain committed to seeking justice for all victims of sexual abuse.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here

Hot tickets: Here’s a fun one: Onward State is looking back at some of the most memorable concerts in Penn State history. Who knew Janis Joplin made a stop at Rec Hall in 1968? (Also: reading to the end just might help you answer the Alum Stumper in our upcoming issue. Just sayin’.)
Via Devon Fields (@CHOREATOR) on Twitter.

Via Devon Fields (@CHOREATOR) on Twitter.

Eat your heart out, Ellen: OK, so there aren’t any Oscar winners in this selfie, but there is one big Penn State celebrity/mailman — and the stars of the Penn State Thespians’ production of In The Heights, which opens tonight. Retweet away, America!
Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Another Three Questions for the Board of Trustees Candidates

old_main_3_questionsThree years ago, when the Sandusky scandal prompted unprecedented interest in the election for alumni seats on the Board of Trustees, we at the alumni magazine weren’t sure how we’d ever choose among so many candidates.

Our solution: The Three Questions project, in which we asked candidates to answer questions about major issues and challenges that Penn State is facing. By having everyone answer the same questions, we figured, we’d have an easier time comparing their positions and opinions—and choosing for whom to vote.

The number of candidates has shrunk, but the need for information and consistent points of comparison haven’t changed. We’re happy to introduce our third Three Questions for the Candidates project, and we’re even happier that for the first time, we have 100 percent participation. All 31 candidates responded.

Voting starts on Thursday, April 10, and continues through 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 8. We hope you’ll take the time to become informed before you cast your ballot.

We’ve given each candidate a page that includes an official bio and position statement (from the Board of Trustees’ website) and links to social media sites (be aware that you may need to be logged into Facebook or LinkedIn to get the full effect). You can browse the responses either by candidate (you’ll need to scroll down) or by question.

We have presented the responses just as the candidates wrote them—our only stipulation was that they stay under 250 words for each answer. A few people went over, and we did some light editing to make them fit. If we didn’t understand something, we contacted the author to clarify. But otherwise, as has been the case for the past two years, their responses are unvarnished and unedited.

Please let us know what you think, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

 

 

April 3, 2014 at 11:52 am 1 comment

BOT Election Ballot Released

Thirty-two alumni are vying for the three open alumni seats on the Board of Trustees this year, showing that interest in the election, which skyrocketed after the Sandusky scandal, remains high. The number of candidates is a slight decrease from 2013, when there were 39, and that in turn was a large decrease from 2012, when there were 86.

The 32 candidates for 2014 include two of the three incumbents, four people who are running for the third consecutive time, and four others who are running for the second time since 2012.

You can see the entire list by clicking here. The list shows the order candidates will appear on the ballot, which was determined Friday afternoon in a blind drawing at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Incumbents Jesse Arnelle ’55, ’62g, who has served on the board since 1969, and Joel Myers ’61, ’63g, ’71g, who was first elected in 1981, are running again; Marianne Ellis Alexander ’62, who has served two terms starting in 2005, is not.

Running for the third time are Ryan Bagwell ’02; Robert Bowsher ’86; Rudy Glocker ’91, ’93g; and Amy Williams ’80. Two-time candidates are Joshua Fulmer ’01; Robert Hooper ’79; Robert Jubelier ’59, ’62g; and Ted Sebastianelli ’69.

For the third consecutive year, the Alumni Association and The Penn Stater magazine will be organizing a voters’ guide for the election, our “Three Questions for the Candidates” project. We’ll be asking questions of candidates in March—the emails will go out March 7—and the website will go live on or before Thursday, April 3. Voting begins a week later, on Thursday, April 10, and continues through May 8. If you’d like to see what we’ve done in the past, click here for the 2012 responses and here for the 2013 responses.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

February 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm 1 comment

Board of Trustees Election Underway

Just a reminder that the election for the three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees starts today, and that if you’re looking to study up on the candidates, you should visit our Three Questions project.

We asked each of the 39 candidates three questions about the issues Penn State is facing–about the presidential search, Board of Trustees reform, and the role of an alumni trustee. We have responses now from 37 of the candidates. An email glitch prevented one of the candidates, Ted Brown, from receiving the original invitation, but we’ve since remedied that and his answers are now online.

If you want a little more background on the project, you can check out my previous blog post.

We hope you’ll vote. If you didn’t get a ballot in your email, you can request one by emailing BOT@psu.edu and give your complete name at time of graduation (maiden name included), graduation year, college and major, current email address, and your mailing address. You get get more information by clicking here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Three More Questions for Board of Trustees Candidates

DSC_6256 med viewYou know, it wasn’t all that long ago that hardly anyone paid attention to the annual election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees. These days, however, most of the alumni I speak with know a lot about the election. And they want to know more.

That’s why, for the second consecutive year, we’ve put together what we call our “Three Questions” project.

We think it’s important for candidates to be on the record talking about the major issues and challenges that Penn State will be facing, and we think it’s important for alumni voters to understand the differences among the candidates. Although the number of candidates declined to 39 this year from 86 last year, it’s still hard to choose from so many. We hope this project will help alumni be informed voters in the election, which starts Wednesday, April 10, and ends at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 2.

We think of this as a voter’s guide, a place where alumni can get the information they need. We’ve given each candidate a page that includes an official bio and position statement (from the Board of Trustees’ website) and links to social media sites (be aware that you may need to be logged into Facebook or LinkedIn to get the full effect).

And, of course, the answers to our three questions. You can browse the responses either by candidate (you’ll need to scroll down) or by question.

We have presented the responses just as the candidates wrote them—our only stipulation was that they stay under 250 words for each answer. A few people went over, and we did some light editing to make them fit. If we didn’t understand something, we contacted the author to clarify. But otherwise, as I wrote last year, their responses are unvarnished and unedited.

We’re thrilled that 36 of the 39 candidates, or 92 percent, took the time to respond. And we hope you’ll find this resource useful. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

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