Author Ben Berkman
As has become a staple of his first year as Penn State president, Eric Barron took to the Internet to send a message to the Penn State community. This time, however, instead of urging civility, or shutting down a group of alumni-elected trustees, it was to thank Penn Staters for a wonderfully successful first year.
Get excited: The annual White Out game will come against Michigan on Nov. 21. It will be the third time a full stadium has dressed in white for a home game against the Wolverines.
Penn State women’s lacrosse kept its postseason winning-streak alive Sunday afternoon, and earned a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Nittany Lions defeated Virginia at the Cavaliers’ Klöckner Stadium 13-11 in a back and forth battle, and will face North Carolina next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with a trip to the national semifinals on the line.
Penn State women’s lacrosse took down a traditional powerhouse Friday afternoon, and earned a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament in the process. Behind four goals from Jenna Mosketti and Tatum Coffey, the Nittany Lions defeated the Blue Jays 14-11 at Virginia’s Klöckner Stadium.
After years of student government lobbying, the first ever student-selected student trustee will take his seat on the board. Undergraduate Luke Metaxas was revealed as the chosen candidate at this afternoon’s Board of Trustees committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning meeting.
On Wednesday, D.J. Newbill was in Salt Lake City working out with the Utah Jazz less than two months before the NBA Draft. By Sunday, he’ll have flown across the country, back to State College in time for his graduation.
Pending the Board’s approval, Regina Vasilatos-Younken will become the vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School.
Penn State programs are again outperforming its peers. In the recently released 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, university programs broke the top 200 in 31 of 36 disciplines studied.
Pi Kappa Phi doesn’t seem to be taking its three-year suspension too painfully. At a daylong two weekends ago, which spilled into the streets before police broke it up, some apparent brothers filmed a music video, and took a few shots at Kappa Delta Rho and the cops in the process.
A select group of alumni-elected Board of Trustees members took legal actions against Penn State in pursuit of sought after information. This time, however, the university granted its request.
Standout Penn State hockey freshman forward Scott Conway was dismissed from the team Monday for violating team rules, per a Penn State athletics release.
Following a superb senior season, Penn State volleyball’s Aaron Russell was named a first team All-American by the America Volleyball Coaches Association for the second time in his Nittany Lion career.
Penn State President Eric Barron would love to tell you all about the university’s accomplishments during his first year in office. But he says these advancements are frequently overshadowed by negative press. To compensate, he’s assumed a methodical approach to his first year in office.
In one of his first agreements since announcing a $30 million investment to spur economic innovation, President Barron partnered with the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County to sign a memorandum “to enhance economic and workforce development in Central Pennsylvania.”
The NFL Draft will have a special Penn State twist this evening. Baltimore Ravens guard and former Penn State All-Big Ten standout John Urschel will partner with General Electric to provide mathematical breakdowns of the first round of the draft over social media.
Carl Nassib’s received plenty of hype this spring. He was labeled a “beast” by defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, and was repeatedly tagged as a standout player from James Franklin and teammates alike. Now, the defensive end has been placed on the Big Ten Network’s Tim Dienhart’s All-Big Ten Spring Team.
Penn State men’s lacrosse earned some All-Big Ten honors Tuesday afternoon in advance of the inaugural Big Ten tournament. TJ Sanders and Mike Sutton were both named All-Big Ten honorable mentions while Kyle Zittel received the team’s Sportsmanship Award.
What happens when you put one of the most hardline libertarians in the same room with one of the most fundamentally liberal pundits in political culture? Well, you get a pretty good debate. It was just that Monday evening as Ron Paul and Barney Frank parleyed the role of government in a civil society in Schwab Auditorium in The Great Debate, made possible by the College Republicans and College Democrats.
For the sixth consecutive year, Penn State finished in the top three in the final winter rankings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Nittany Lions earned a second-place ranking in the final edition of the winter rankings, up a spot from last week.
Penn State’s traveling back to the Horseshoe for another primetime nationally televised tilt. The Nittany Lions will meet Ohio State on Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, the network announced today.
Penn Stater and former NBA basketball player John Amaechi will return to State College this Friday for a talk hosted by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities titled “More Chance of Being Hit by a Meteor: What to do when your dreams defy probability and exceed other people’s imagination.”
Eric Barron and Keith Masser denied seven alumni-elected trustees their request for access to confidential information used in the creation of the Freeh Report.
Penn State again earned a top-100 spot in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, but dropped from No. 39 overall last year to somewhere in the No. 61-70 grouping — the exact ranking in that tier is not specified. Sandwiched between the National Taiwan University and the Technical University of Munich, the selection is another indicator of Penn State’s steady academic standing.
The Summers Founders Program provides six teams of entrepreneurs, all with at least one Penn State student, a $10,000 grant to pursue original startups for a 10-week period over the summer. It’s a groundbreaking new initiative spearheaded by President Eric Barron, senior Eli Kariv, Penn State alum and successful entrepreneur Matt Brezina, and the director of development and alumni relations at the Schreyer Honors College Sean Miller, in an effort to create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture on campus.