At least two locals bars have closed their doors to the public early due to rowdy State Patty’s Day patrons. The Phyrst and Cafe 210 West closed at about 7 p.m. Saturday.
Author Jessica Tully
Spectators are invited to sign the 2015 THON Memories Museum Guest Book with a favorite memory from past dance marathons or answer the question: “Who do you THON for?” Even though the Bryce Jordan Center has only been open for a few hours the memory book is already starting to fill up. So be sure to look through the book at some point over the weekend and add your own message.
Tweeting Friday to her 12.9 million followers, the reality star sent her best wishes to all the Penn Staters participating in THON this weekend.
The Penn State men’s soccer team will host the third-annual Mack Brady Memorial Clinic in honor of an 8-year-old boy who aspired to play goalie for the Nittany Lions. The youth soccer clinic will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on January 18 at Holuba Hall.
Following up on his pledge to review the materials that went into the Freeh Report, President Eric Barron released a statement today assuring Penn State employees that he will protect the anonymity of people interviewed by Louis Freeh “to the maximum extent possible” under the law.
All students graduating in 2015 (May, August and December) can vote and donate to the senior class gift. Voting begins Monday and concludes Friday at 11:59 p.m. Seniors are allowed to vote only once but will receive a second vote if they make a pledge before Friday.
The Cincinnati Bengals are selling No. 75 Devon Still jerseys as part of its Sack Cancer initiative. All proceeds from the $100 jersey sale will be donated to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer care and research.
The Temple University football team will honor philanthropist Lewis Katz this season with commemorative “Lew” patches on the players’ helmets. Katz, a ’62 Temple and ’66 Dickinson Law graduate, died in a plane crash three months ago.
Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, two former assistant football coaches, are suing the university based on claims that the Sandusky scandal ruined their chances of being hired for new positions.
Housing officials opened the time capsule dating back to 1956 and replaced it with one to show future generations a glimpse of the year 2014. Inside the one from 1956 were dozens of items, including sorority hats, magazines, student handbooks, campus guides, newspapers and directories, some of which will soon be on display in Redifer Commons.
Penn State Altoona engineering student Vladislav Miftakhov accepted a plea deal for making and possessing a bomb in his apartment earlier this year. Miftakhov, who was born in Russia but moved to the United States when he was four, entered his guilty plea Thursday on one count of manufacturing explosive devices without a license. Sentencing guidelines say he faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
Gov. Tom Corbett announced that Allie Goldstein, a Penn State Ph.D student, will replace Peter Khoury as the student trustee. Pending State Senate approval, Goldstein will be sworn in at the July Board of Trustees meeting at Penn State Schuylkill.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still will look a little different when he returns to the field this season. He shaved his head as an act of solidarity for his daughter, Leah, who was diagnosed with cancer. She begins chemotherapy soon and will most likely lose her hair.
Gov. Tom Corbett had a meeting earlier this week with a special prosecutor investigating his handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. The questioning specifically centered around his role as attorney general and why it took so long to file charges against the former Penn State coach.
So why did we adopt the colors blue and white two and a half years after the student body chose pink and black? The available records on this subject are not extensive, but according to university archives, the reason was two-fold: The color pink faded to white after a few weeks in the sun, and the school’s baseball club was mocked for its pink and black uniforms by an opposing team.
President Rodney Erickson said the university is on pace to receive 120,000 applications for enrollment at Penn State. At this point, approximately 119,000 applications have been received but Erickson expects more to come before the window closes.
I wish I could say I had some grand advice I learned over the past four years, but I can’t because I still don’t have most of the answers. As I sit here thinking about the mistakes I’ve made, I realize I wouldn’t want to change any of them. Each speed bump brought me to where I am today, and for that, I am forever grateful. So rather than leave you with a piece of advice I learned, I’d like to thank the people who defined my college experience. Although I can’t name everyone, I’d like to thank some of the people who helped me along the way. Without all of you, I don’t know where I’d be today.
A single caller repeatedly contacted Penn State Police to leave non-specific bomb threats. The caller said there were explosive devices in every building on campus. The caller said there was a suicide bomber at 9th avenue and 7th street, but there is no such intersection on or near the University Park campus.
A bronze statue of Joe Paterno seated on a bench will be erected outside the Tavern Restaurant in November 2015. The statue, designed by sculptor Zenos Frudakis, is in response to Penn State’s decision to remove Joe Paterno’s statue from Porter Road in July 2012. At the time, President Rodney Erickson called the statue a “lightning rod of controversy.”
The inaugural State of State conference was only a few weeks ago but planning has already begun for State of State 2015. Claudia Kotchick was selected as the next executive director, and she has tons of ideas for bringing together community members for a day of discussion.
You’re invited to the Spring Carnival hosted by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils.
Another year, another list of generally forgettable commencement speakers at University Park. It’s a recurring theme — at least in recent history — to recruit graduate students or faculty to give the spring commencement address for the various colleges.
Beginning today, the Panhellenic Council is hosting its annual Women’s Empowerment Week. The goal of this week is to raise awareness and provide a call to action for all women to stand up for themselves, especially women around the world who are denied freedom, voice, and opportunity.