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Ali Krieger on the Mend

Krieger during her playing days at Penn State.

Krieger during her playing days at Penn State.

There’s a great piece in Friday’s Washington Post on Ali Krieger ’07, a member of the 2011 and 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer teams. Krieger, also a star for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, suffered a concussion in a league match three weeks ago, a health scare that also put a dent in her hopes of starting at the World Cup this summer. But at a time when head injuries in sports are in the news more than ever, Krieger is benefiting from heightened caution about just how much care—and time—these athletes need before they can safely retake the field. Here’s wishing Ali luck in her continued recovery. Can’t wait to see her back in red, white, and blue this summer.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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May 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Gettysburg: A Media Blitz on the 150th Anniversary

310699_10151369402601500_1451090511_nThis week is a good time to be a history buff, specifically one with an interest in the Civil War. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is in full swing. Even if I didn’t know the dates—the battle raged July 1, 2, and 3, 1863—it would be obvious from a quick scan of my Twitter feed, where many of the people I follow are linking to some really interesting stories.

I’m a newbie, I’ll admit it. I didn’t get interested in the battle until August 2012, when I attended the Penn State Alumni Association’s Civil War Study Tour, which toured Gettysburg for three days. I figured plenty of other media outlets would be writing about the battle when the anniversary came, so for my magazine story, I focused on the people who are regulars on the tour. I wanted to know why they keep returning to Gettysburg and what they could possibly still be learning about it after all this time, and I wrote a piece for our May/June issue called “The Visitors.” You can download a PDF of my story by clicking here.

Among the Gettysburg pieces I’ve read over the weekend, these stand out:

My former employer and hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has published an interactive piece, “Gettysburg: Panic in Pittsburgh, Then a Nation Saved,” that has a lot of the characteristics of the New York Times’ Snowfall feature. This will take a substantial amount of time, but it’s worth it.

Donald Gilliand of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg also focused on why people keep returning to Gettysburg—but he took a different approach than I did. His piece focuses on the town, and it contains this great line, which one of my former students, Anna Orso, quoted on Twitter: “Gettysburg still resonates with Americans—despite, and sometimes because of, its roadside tackiness.” That pulled me in, and it was worth it.

My Centre Daily Times this morning featured this piece about the “Centre County Regiment,” the 148th Pennsylvania, that I’ve heard some people call the Penn State regiment (although it really wasn’t, of course). The 148th fought in The Wheatfield, one of the best-known and bloody parts of the three-day battle. For more about Penn Staters and Gettysburg, this piece by Matthew Swayne, a writer/editor at Penn State, tells the story of how Evan Pugh was trying to keep the school alive at the same time the soldiers were fighting for the union.

I also really enjoyed this Washington Post profile of William A. Frassanito, a historian who focuses on the photos of Gettysburg, and who is a true character. (Jim Roberts of Reuters (@nycjim) linked the story this morning; he’s got a wide range of interests and is a great person to follow on Twitter if you’re similarly inclined.)

If you’ve come across any others, please let us know in the comments. My reading list is long, but I’ve always got room for another Gettysburg story.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

Ed DeChellis Settles in at Navy

Penn State basketball fans have been focused on the future since since Patrick Chambers took over the program last month. That’s understandable, but a couple of stories this week are keeping the Nittany Lions’ recent past in the headlines.

When he resigned unexpectedly in May to become head coach at Navy, Ed DeChellis ’82 said the move was all about what the Naval Academy could offer and had nothing to do with any issues he had at his alma mater. He reiterates and expands on his reasons in these profiles in the Washington Post and Washington Times. There’s interesting stuff about DeChellis adjusting to the military requirements his players deal with (and how they limit his ability to work with the team), and how the 2007 death of his friend and fellow coach Skip Prosser impacted his decision to leave Penn State. Both are worth a read.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

A Great Day for Nittany Lion Soccer Alumni

The 2011 Women’s World Cup got underway a few days ago, and the U.S. team stands among the tournament favorites. One of the standouts on the U.S. roster is Ali Krieger ’07, the former All-American who started and played all 90 minutes Tuesday in the Americans’ opening 2-0 victory over North Korea (you can find match details and video highlights here). It was a terrific game for Krieger, who had a hand (or more accurately, a foot) in both U.S. goals. As this recent Washington Post feature explains, Krieger probably appreciates her success more than most: Five years ago, after her junior season at Penn State, she was diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs; without quick medical intervention, she might’ve died.

The Post produced a short video to run with the Krieger piece that includes an interview and some great footage of her playing as a kid. It’s worth checking out.

Corey Hertzog had a pretty good night Tuesday, as well. The former Penn State marksman and current New York Red Bulls rookie, who is featured in our July/August issue, scored his first goal as a professional, notching the tying goal in an eventual 2-1 Red Bulls win Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

The Fallout From State Patty’s Day

State Patty’s Day was celebrated in State College on Saturday, and the effects are still being felt. The fourth annual “holiday” attracted national media attention, with the likes of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report covering the event. The news leading up to this year’s party seemed to imply a toned-down affair—downtown bars agreed not to open early for the revelers, the undergrad who helped start State Patty’s Day announced he was disowning it, and at least two local bars, the Lion’s Den and the Shandygaff, didn’t open at all — but the post-party numbers told a different story. Local police announced 430 reports over the weekend and made 160 arrests — more than half of them of non-students and “visitors” who apparently came to town last weekend solely to party.

I’m sure that plenty of students — probably a large majority — enjoyed the day and didn’t get out of hand. Like a lot of locals, I avoided downtown on Saturday, so I can’t account for how crazy it actually was. Reading accounts of a hit-and-run DUI and the State College cop who was punched in the face, however, I think I made the right choice.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

More on Rick Santorum’s Political Plans

Senior editor Ryan Jones mentioned yesterday that Rick Santorum ’80, ’86g is popping up in the news more and more lately as a possible presidential candidate in 2012. Today’s Washington Post contains yet another story on the subject. Columnist Kathleen Parker profiles Santorum, quoting him as saying, “I have no great burning desire to be president, but I have a burning desire to have a different president of the United States.”

Tina Hay, editor

December 9, 2009 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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