Monthly Archives: July, 2010

0 Webster’s Saga is Not About Dollars and Cents

Well that’s it. The Webster’s of 128 S. Allen St. is no more. Soon, the cafe and bookstore will have a new, albeit temporary, home in 121 S. Fraser St. Of course, as owner, Elaine Meder-Wilgus, noted during one of the community meetings designed to save the downtown cafe: “Webster’s is not the building…it’s the people that fill it.” That remains true, but as Elaine and every Webster’s patron knows, that does not mean that the upheaval is not a big deal. It matters. It matters because Webster’s used to stand in the middle of Allen St. like an immovable rock of local business, the perfect counter-example to the argument that a community-centered establishment cannot stand in this brave new world of globalization. Unfortunately, that sentiment was nothing but a fiction: Webster’s fell behind financially, and the landlord of a very valuable property made a financial decision. Business is business; it has to be about dollars and cents. It is pretty easy to understand, but as a local patron, difficult to take in.

Read on for the rest of my take…

0 Courts Protect Police, Toss Cop’s Speeding Charge

Last April, State College Police Sergent Bill Muse was driving down Beaver Avenue when Penn State student Kevin Ignatuk jumped out into the street. Sgt. Muse was traveling at 36 miles per hour (in the rain) on Beaver Avenue, which has a speed limit of 25mph, and was unable to stop his police SUV, hitting Ignatuk. Ignatuk had to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Shortly after the crash, Pennsylvania State Police charged Sgt. Muse with driving too fast in poor conditions.

Sgt. Muse was cleared of the charges against him. Read on to find out the reason and why that reason has angered many…

0 Odrick Signs Contract with Serious Chance of Starting

2010 has been treating former Penn State great Jared Odrick quite well. First it was a victory over LSU, then All-American honors, a first-round draft pick followed, and now he has inked a deal with the Miami Dolphins, the team who selected the defensive lineman 28th overall. Now, it seems like J.O. has a legitimate chance of having a starting spot by the time Miami takes the field this fall.

Read on to find out why Odrick will most likely start with the Dolphins in the fall…

0 ARHS Update: What’s Happening in the Dorms?

We wrote some time back about UPUA and CCSG plans, but what about ARHS? Well, they too have kept themselves very busy this summer to help springboard themselves into a good position for the fall. We spoke to ARHS President, Steve Roberts, to see what ARHS has been up to.

Read on to see what he has to say…

0 Football Recruiting Lacking in Numbers

Just a year ago Penn State football pulled in the hottest recruiting class in the Big Ten, attracting 6 of ESPN’s top-150 high school players and 14 other high school athletes primed for success. 2011 is not shaping up quite the same… so far.

With signing day not until February, Indiana leads the Big ten with 20 verbal commitments. Ohio State follows with 17 verbal commitments and Nebraska has 12– the Nittany Lions have just 4. After stockpiling prospects last year quality is certainly better than quantity, but the clock is ticking for Penn State. No other team in the conference is lacking in numbers like Penn State.

Read on for a breakdown of the current commits and what the future might hold…

0 Penn State Hershey Ranked Among Top 100 Hospitals

According to Cleverly + Associates, a health care consulting firm, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center can be considered one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States. Cleverly + Associates uses a proprietary methodology called the Community Value Index to rank hospitals which considers the value the hospital adds to its community. The Index takes into consideration factors such as financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing and quality. However this ranking contrasts a report released by US News and World Report rating the top hospitals in the United States.

Read on to find out the differences between the two reports and where Penn State Hershey really stands…

0 Recent HUB Power Repairs Under Way

For those of you who have been on campus this summer, you’ve probably heard that power in the HUB failed last Thursday, and continued to be less than reliable through Monday. For those of you who have not, rest assured that it should be taken care of long before you move back in.

Read on to find out how OPP has been working on the problem…

0 Daily Collegian Adds Local Cartoonist

Last Monday, the Daily Collegian’s editorial cartoon seemed a bit more…familiar than usual. The reason for this was the addition of cartoonist Alex Donahue, a 5-year Penn State architecture student. Usually, the Daily Collegian’s political cartoons are from various publications and feature national or global issues. The typical student response was to be thankful we don’t live near oil deposits and go on with our day. Local cartoons could change that.

Read on to find out more about the Collegian’s new cartoonist…

0 Congressional Sports Resolutions: Fair or Foul?

The Penn State women’s volleyball team earned many accolades in the past year for winning a third-consecutive national championship. The team, and individuals like Megan Hodge, received numerous awards and acknowledgements. One such recognition, however, is often overlooked.

Congress honors various sporting teams and individuals with congratulatory resolutions. The women’s volleyball team was just one of many subjects of this formal act of congress. Normally, these bills are drafted and approved unanimously. Until recently, when Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah spoke out against the practice.

Read on to find out more about Rep. Chaffetz’s issues with the matter…

0 Penn Stater Shoots Last Roll of Kodachrome

For 75 years, Kodachrome has been the film of choice for thousands of film photographers around the world. It has been used to take some of the most iconic images of our time. Last year, Kodak, the maker of the film, announced that it would be ceasing production of the most well known film type of all time (it’s even got a Paul Simon song about it), it saddened a photographer who had been using the product for over 35 years.

Read on to find out about that photographer, and his Penn State connection…

0 Old Main Victim of Vandalism

Last week Old Main was subject to several acts of vandalism. According to Penn State police logs between Tuesday nigh and Wednesday morning, a front step on the lawn side of the building was damaged, as was a park bench on the southeast corner of the Old Main lawn. However, perhaps most disturbing of all was the graffiti on the sundial in front of the building.

Read on for more details…

0 PIAA Moves Three Championship Sites to PSU

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) voted on Friday to move three of its state championship sites to Penn State. The sports being included in this move are baseball, softball and boys volleyball. This comes after the PIAA had moved the boys basketball championship from the GIANT Center in Hershey to the Bryce Jordan Center in 2007.

Read on to find out more…

0 Single Game Tickets on Sale Monday

On Monday, July 26, single game Penn State football tickets will be available for purchase. This is a second chance for those who may have missed getting season tickets or for those who may just want to go to a game or two.

After the jump: Which tickets are available and how to get them on Monday.

0 Daryll Clark Tests Talents in Calgary

After being released by the Washington Redskins in May, former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark has hopped back on the horse to join the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Penn State’s career leader in touchdown passes could not earn a spot on the roster loaded with veteran quarterbacks like Donavon McNabb and Rex Grossman. Instead, Clark will head north to America’s hat and team up with Calgary head coach and fellow Penn State alumnus John Hufnagel.

Find out why the CFL might be a great fit for Clark after the jump.

0 B.o.B Sets ETA for BJC

Hip hop singer B.o.B is going to bust out lyrics, spit mad rhymes, and do other things that I don’t know the meaning of at the Bryce Jordan Center at the end of August. He and fellow hip hop virtuoso Travis “Travie” McCoy, lead vocalist of Gym Class Heroes, will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31. The performance is part of The SHOOTiN for Stars Tour.

B.o.B released his debut album earlier this year on April 27. B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 84,000 copies in the first week. McCoy also released his debut album, Lazarus, this year in June. The single “Billionaire” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tickets will go on sale next Friday at 12 p.m. for $35 ($20 if you have a Penn State ID). They are available at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Downtown Theatre, Penn State Altoona campus, or you can order them online or by phone at 814-865-5555.

0 The Big Ten’s Summer Agenda

A new set of Big Ten meetings and Big Ten Media Day are coming up in August, and with the face-lift the conference has undergone over the past couple of months, there is plenty to talk about. After the jump: The skinny on Big Ten Media Day, conference realignment, and possible locations for the Big Ten championship game.

0 Suspicious Package By Old Main Deemed Safe

About an hour ago, the PSU TXT service sent out the following text:

UPark alert MSG: Suspicious package found on Old Main patio. Police on scene. Avoid area. Details soon:

The Collegian reported that police are on the scene and that the building has not been evacuated. Minutes ago, Penn State’s Facebook page announced that “Police determined package is safe. Area re-opened.” More details as they become available.

0 Cogster: Helping Main Street PSU

“How come we cannot invest in mom and pop businesses just as we invest in Wall Street?” A good question, really. Usually, the answer is, “because our return on our investment would be minimal.” But is that always the case?

According to Steve Bisbee, President of locally-owned start-up Cogster, small investments will create quick working capital for the entrepreneur, which will be paid back in kind to the investor through goods and services offered by the company. Where does Cogster fashion itself into all this? Simply put, Cogster provides the platform to take the money legally.

Sound interesting? Read more after the jump.

0 MegaBus Stop Moved to Walmart. Calamity Ensues

The days of picking up your dry cleaning and getting on a bus to New York are no more–if you rely on the new State College MegaBus service, that is. Instead, you can now pick up some Sam’s Choice soda or McDonald’s before your ride out. That’s right, folks. The MegaBus stop will move to the Wal-Mart parking lot. Read the full story for more details.

0 The Hottest BMX Show Coming to the BJC

ASA Entertainment, the hottest show in extreme sports, will be high-flying in the Bryce Jordan Center when the most popular BMX riders in the country take over the arena. The BJC will be transformed into a 195-foot-long course full of 25-foot wooden ramps and monster quarter-pipes. The top BMX pros, many of whom have experience at the X-Games, will be competing in a “big air” head-to-head competition on October 23 at 7:30 p.m.

More details after the jump.

1 Buying Books Gets Less Painful

With the fall semester rapidly approaching, it’ll soon be time to pick up your books. While never a pleasant endeavor, there is some good news that should make buying textbooks a less painful process.

Find out about deals from Amazon, bills in the PA House of Representatives, and textbook rentals after the jump.

0 The Ultimate Spring Music Festival?

It’s starting to look like the dream of a single Spring music festival may be coming to fruition. Recently, leaders of the University Park Undergraduate Association, Association of Residence Hall Students, the Student Programming Association, and The LION 90.7fm have been talking about the feasibility of combining Last Stop, Movin’ On, and Celebrate State.

Find out what this could mean (and what challenges are ahead) after the jump.

1 No White House Game for 2010 Season

Late last week alumni season tickets were mailed out, all of the tickets had pictures of the Nittany Lion football helmet on them, except one. The ticket for the September 25th game against Temple had a picture with read “Everyone wear white.” Many who saw this (including this author) then assumed that meant that the PSU-Temple game had been deemed the “White House” game for the 2010 season. This launched a storm of responses claiming that the game against the Owls (a team who hasn’t beaten Penn State in over 50 years) didn’t do the event justice. Many fans questioned why the Michigan game on October 30th wasn’t the White House Game. It now appears that all this speculation was for naught.

Read on to find out what to expect this season…

0 ATΩ Fights Dado Furnishing Charge

Alpha Tau Omega is currently in court, having been charged with furnishing alcohol to Joe Dado the night of September 19, 2009. As we all know, Dado was found dead behind the Steidle building after a 36-hour search. The fraternity has pled not guilty to that charge, claiming that the party Dado and his friends attended was not an official ATΩ-sponsored event.

Read more about the trial after the jump.

0 SNL’s Seth Meyers to Perform at BJC

Saturday Night Live comedian and head writer Seth Meyers is set to do a stand-up act at the Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. on September 17. Coming off a big Wednesday night at the ESPY’s, Meyers is ready to get Penn State to “laugh hysterically” in front of what should be a rather large crowd at the BJC.

University Park students can see the nine year SNL veteran for $9.99 with a valid PSU student ID courtesy of UPAC. Tickets will be available to the general public Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Additional information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

0 The Paternoville Resort

Hey Paternoville campers! That comfortable pad of concrete you all sleep on just got a little more cozy. Construction crews have been hard at work tearing down the former Gate A in order to rebuild a more crowd-friendly entry gate in time for the September 4 kickoff versus Youngstown State.

Penn State students bought more season tickets in 2010 than any other school in the nation, so crowd flow and safety is a major concern. Part of a three-year project, Gate A will be remodeled to allow a greater number of individual entry gates and ticket kiosks, along with professional landscape details to top it off.

More on the changes after the jump.

0 Women’s Gymnastics Team Hires New Coach

Following Steve Shephard’s sudden departure from the Penn State women’s gymnastics team, Athletic Director Tim Curley launched a national search for his successor. Today the Athletic Department announced that they have hired husband and wife duo Jeff and Rachelle Thompson as head and associate head coaches, respectively.

Read on to find out more about the Thompsons, and what they’ll have to live up to…

0 Update: Penn Stater Found Dead in Philly River

Update: WPVI is reporting that as of 3:30PM, the body of Saulius Kvaraciejus has been found in Pennypack Creek. Kvaraciejus drowned after falling off a pool float while rafting with two friends. Our original story is below.

A Penn State student, Saulius Kvaraciejus, has been reported missing in a Philadelphia waterway. According to, Kvaraciejus (along with two other men) was riding a blow-up pool float in Pennypack Creek. They went down a man-made waterfall, near Winchester Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard and Kvaraciejus and one other man fell into the water around 6:50 pm, police said.

Read on for the rest of the details…

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