Archive for May, 2009

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This past Saturday, the Office of the Physical Plant hosted it’s eighth annual Trash To Treasure Sale.  63.4 tons of goods, collected mostly from students was assembled in Beaver Stadium for sale to the public.  Eager shoppers started to line up outside of Gate C around 4:00 AM.  Penn State Live reports that the line […]
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Penn State athletics is currently sitting in 13th place nationally in the Director’s Cup standings. The Director’s Cup is an award administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and is given annually to the school with the best overall athletic program. The ranking is done based on the success of up to […]
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We’ve already mentioned that we’re fans of Nittany Lions Quarterback Coach Jay Paterno’s twitter – but who can settle for only 140 characters at a time? Jay has spent the off season occasionally writing entries in his personal blog – The HD Journal – and so far it’s proven the benefits of public figures embracing […]
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Remember Tom – The Wheel of Fortune Contestant who Ryan interviewed a few weeks ago? He apparently has a heck of a poker face. That’s because Tom, who was contractually obligated not to disclose the results of the February taping of the popular game show prior to its airing (May 25th), didn’t even give us […]
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On Wednesday afternoon, the University Park Airport held its triennial emergency response exercise. The University actually owns the airport, so it was responsible for executing the exercise. (Also, here’s a fun fact: it’s the busiest airport in the United States to not have a traffic control tower. They do have one in the works though.) […]
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I sat down recently with Cole Camplese, the Director of Education Technology Services at Penn State. Cole leads the group that is charged with fusing technology with education. Our meeting was downtown at the Rider Building in a room ETS calls the Cafe. ETS has been making a spectacular push for students and faculty to […]
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“We’re intercepting the storms, not chasing them,” said Markowski. “Half the time we don’t even see the tornadoes (with our own eyes) because we’re looking at the radars.” Markowski, a Penn State scientist is part of a team of two faculty and seven students that are researching tornadoes this summer.  A grant from the National […]
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Last evening, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology James Wang was interviewed on BBC Radio regarding his research project Acquine. Acquine is an online tool that rates photographs based on mathematical cues and provides the user with a rating out of 100. Professor Wang spoke about how his program goes about rating a photograph: […]
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In the face of the increasing acceptance and legislative support of gay marriage, some members of the Pennsylvania Legislature have decided to go the other way, so to speak. State Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair) thinks that the current PA Defense of Marriage Act preventing same sex marriage is not strong enough because it could be […]
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Cole Camplese, Director of Educational Technology Services, shared this cool fact yesterday. The second figure is surprisingly high… I’d be interested to know what the average and median numbers of tests taken by individual students were.
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As Tim wrote Friday, the registration window for returning undergraduate and graduate students interested in football season tickets opens at 8 AM today. Between now and 5 PM Sunday (May 31st), students must follow the instructions posted on GoPSUSports’ Student Central website in order to have an opportunity to buy tickets: This mandatory pre-registration confirms […]
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This is our 1000th post. The past seven months have been great, but we’re just getting started. My question for you today is: What should we cover in our next 1000 posts that we missed in our first 1000 posts? Update: We had to highlight this response. Well played, sir. Well played.
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Penn State student Nublan Zaki Norhadi was found dead Monday afternoon at Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office rescue diving team found the body of Nublan Zaki Norhadi around 1:30 p.m. Monday about 30 feet beneath the surface under the falls, according to park spokesman Bob Miller. […]
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This parody of Straight Out of Compton by some guys at Penn State Behrend actually makes me miss Snowman’s snap-rapping. But kudos for the line, See, Penn State’s a good foundation Not only good parties, But a fine education! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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OK, so the holiday is almost over, but we just found this cool picture through a link on The 50-Yard Lion. Also, special shout out to Stefan, an Onward State photographer, for his service. [Picture taken from Penn State ROTC site.]
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In the last week, two Penn State people have been mentioned on Boing-Boing, one of the most popular blogs on the Internet. The first was Dean Christian Brady of the Schreyer Honors College. He was included in an excerpt of a Twitter-sourced interview danah boyd did about how teens use the internet. @shcdean: What future […]
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The women’s soccer team, which won its 11th consecutive Big Ten title this year, traveled to Brazil last Monday to test its skills: “We are coming off a very successful spring season and are hoping to continue that success on this trip,” said [Coach] Walsh. “One of the biggest benefits of playing in this part […]
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I remember the last time it was… How many of you guys are up at school right now?
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For nearly a month now, the Penn State wrestling community has been gawking at one of the most improbable hirings in recent sports history.  Penn State was able to lure the Michael Jordan (yes, he even has his own shoe line) of college wrestling from his alma mater to a program that has not won […]
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Football While its not quite news straight off the gridiron, the “greatest student section in the country” will have to purchase its season tickets a little differently this year.  A website called “Student Central” has been created as an extension of gopsusports.com, the official site of Penn State athletics.  Mandatory pre-registration for returning undergraduate and […]
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WPSU has debuted a new segment that examines Centre County (along with Penn State) during the Great Depression.  You can take a tour of a 1930′s era downtown and campus, hear about farm life during the depression and experience the impact of the downturn on teachers, among others.  The focus of these programs is the […]
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Last Monday, Penn State Live reported that Jerry and Lotty Polis of Polis Enterprises donated $1 million to the Schreyer Honors College. That’s almost 200,000 footlongs at Subway! Although Jerry Polis graduated from Penn State in 1954, well before the Honors College was established, he sees great potential in Schreyer scholars, hence the generous gift. […]
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If that’s the most bothersome, that says a lot about Penn State. Veblen would probably have to differ though. Also, does anyone know why some URLs need the WWW and some can’t have it?
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You may remember my post on the initial testing of the Wireless 2.0 system that is poised to replace the VPN system we currently use.  The new Wireless 2.0 system is out of the testing stage and is ready to be used by faculty, students and staff.  Currently limited to 8 locations on campus, the […]
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Things are starting to fall into place for the Nittany Lions 2009-2010 football season – at the end of Spring practices, players elected Linebacker Sean Lee and Quarterback Daryll Clark co-captains. “I’m honored to be elected a captain,” commented Clark, who was selected first team All-Big Ten in 2008. “I feel like everyone looks to […]
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John Harvey, the news adviser for The Daily Collegian, was fired yesterday. According to a public Facebook group created by editor-in-chief Emeritus Terry Casey, The Collegian has been looking to make cuts, but this was not a financial decision. It was a personal attack on the man who ran the country’s best training program for […]
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The redoubtable Andy Colwell produced a time lapse video of all the graduation ceremonies that took place this past weekend in the BJC. It’s sweet.
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Big Bad Bill Mahon is apparently dropping some new media game at a meeting of staff involved with communication (read: PR) at Penn State. Don’t get your hopes up though. Penn State Live produces a lot of content, but the organization still doesn’t understand how best to use Twitter. The @PennStateLive account is just used […]
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