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Month: July 2010

Returns In New Location

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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