Monthly Archives: May, 2012
On Monday, attorneys for victims 3, 4, 5, and 7 filed motions at the Centre County Courthouse in the hopes of preventing their identities from being revealed at trial. The motions asked for the court to consider allowing the alleged victims to use a pseudonym when giving testimony, and cited several previous high-profile cases as precedence for this procedure.
The LION 90.7 FM, rich in tradition and reverence, is Penn State’s student radio station voice — a voice that has existed since 1953. But a recent leadership transition, and the subsequent termination of longtime advisor and host Andy Nagypal, has left the once lauded station in a power struggle that many fear will damage the station forever. On one side stands the station’s current officers — notably President Frank Canella and Vice President Steve Valenti — and on the other its alumni, who fear that WKPS may not persevere through their reckless leadership.
Everyone’s favorite course management system — affectionately named ANGEL — will be upgraded from version 7.4 to version 8.0 on June 2nd between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. It’s hard to understand why they would even consider changing such a flawless system, but at least they haven’t decided to replace ANGEL with one of those inferior, user-friendly frameworks like Blackboard.
Bill O’Brien announced today that the September 15th football game at Beaver Stadium between Penn State and Navy will be Military Appreciation day.
Summer is just around the corner; most people say it unofficially kicks off during Memorial Day Weekend with thousands of pounds of steak and hamburgers. But what’s a good barbecue without some tunes to kick back and relax to — whether you’re sitting poolside, manning the grill, or just catching some rays during an unusually hot Memorial Day?
The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team began competing in the first leg of EcoCAR 2: Plugging In The Future competition over the past year. The three-year competition involves fifteen teams includes fifteen North American teams that receive a donated Chevy Malibu, which students work on in order to lessen the negative impact that the car has on the environment. The catch: they have to retain both it’s performance and consumer appeal.
Despite rumors that the beloved mass distributor of sauce-drenched chicken fingers, Wings Over Happy Valley, was closing for good, the local favorite for late night delivery will be continuing business from a new location at the Hamilton Plaza. They’ll be starting their move as early as next month and will be totally vacated from their Parkway Plaza location by August 1st.
In the summer of 1992, Penn State needed cash and signed an exclusive 10-year $14 million deal with Pepsi. Since that time, Pepsi has been the exclusive provider of soft drinks on all of Penn State’s campuses, including vending machines, dining halls, convenience stores, and advertising ventures. Although the contract hasn’t been finalized yet, Penn State is working to secure another 10-year agreement with Pepsi to be ready by the new fiscal year which starts July 1.
After playing winning 22 of their last 30 games in the regular season, the Penn State baseball team was thought to be a serious contender to battle top-seeded Purdue for a Big Ten Tournament title. This wasn’t the case as the 2012 season came to a disappointing end on Thursday as the Lions were throttled by Nebraska 12-3 in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game.
That’s right! For the first time, according to the Centre Daily Times, this year’s Central PA 4th Fest celebration will feature a full-on parade. The Borough Council unanimously voted in favor of street closures to accommodate the inaugural Parade of Heroes. The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on July 4 at the Borough Building at 234 S. Allen St.
For the first 7 innings of Penn State’s Big Ten Conference Tournament opener against Ohio State, everything was going right. The Lions had collected 13 hits going into the eighth and led the Buckeyes 5-3 when all of a sudden, the momentum swung and the Penn State bullpen and defense fell apart. The bullpen allowed 9 runs in the final two innings as the Nittany Lions fell 12-5.
According to a recent report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, our much revered former President Graham Spanier made just under $1.1 million during the 2011 fiscal year. That makes G-Span the third highest paid President in public education, and only one of three to crack the 7-figure mark.
The Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team is headed to its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament berth, receiving the third overall seed, their highest position in the tournament bracket since 2008. The Nittany Lions have yet to take home a conference title and are hoping that they can survive in Columbus in order to receive their first after a strong finish to the regular season.
In an AP report released this afternoon, it was revealed that Joe Paterno earned a $13.4 million state pension over the course of his 61-year career. The money will go to his widow Sue Paterno, who will receive a lump sum of $10.1 million by the end of this month with the rest being paid out over the next two years.
Perhaps a mere coincidence or perhaps exactly what I had asked for, my editorial on hazing seems to have sparked a discussion on the subject within the local media in recent weeks. At the time that my piece was published, there had not been any recent incidents for me to cite in order to back up my assertion that the problem had not been curbed in any way, shape, or form. Several commenters pointed that out, including current Intrafraternity Council president and Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother Vinnie Lizza, who said that “no one knows hazing is occuring if people … do not report it.”
Since the university has been around before the abolition of slavery, bringing our campus infrastructure into modernity sometimes comes with impediments. In the case of the Willard building renovation project that is slated to begin this summer; asbestos is causing the university to take extra steps to ensure the safety of workers, faculty and students. Learn more about the asbestos infestation at Penn State and how OPP plans to rid almost 60 campus facilities of the cancerous material after the jump.
United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will deliver his presentation, “How Agriculture Education and Research Help Create Job Opportunities: The 150th Anniversary of the USDA and the Land Grant University System — Looking Back and Looking Forward,” today at 11 am in Berg Auditorium of the Life Sciences Building.
Every year, the Center for the Performing Arts brings some of the best acts in theatre, dance, and music to State College, for relatively affordable prices. Now, their 2012-2013 season has been announced. Here are some of the highlights.
With Jerry Sandusky’s trial set to begin in less than a month on June 5th, the amount of legal filings and case tidbits have been breaking at an alarming rate over the last several days. Here’s a brief recap on some of the important stuff, assuming you haven’t cared to comb through hundreds of pages of documents on the Centre County website.
The results of the alumni Board of Trustees election, announced last Friday at the monthly meeting in the Nittany Lion Inn, were anything but surprising.
Former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, widely seen as the front-runner throughout the campaign, predictably garnered 15,629 votes, appearing on just under 42% of the ballots. The always-outspoken Anthony Lubrano wasn’t far behind with 10,096 votes, and the third and final winner, retired Navy SEAL Ryan McCombie, finished with 4,806 votes.
So what does this mean for Penn State?
Ah, graduation. A time for pomp, circumstance, and reverence. I had the opportunity to attend two ceremonies this weekend to wish friends farewell. There, I encountered deliberate efforts to kill the solemnity of commencement. Even though the announcers asked for the audience to be silent so that all the parents could hear their children’s names called, the requests were duly ignored. Read more about our writer’s experience after the jump.