Urschel and Enriquez Added to Heister Street Mural
Michael Pilato’s famous mural on Heister Street has some new editions. Pilato unveiled the addition of former Penn State football player and Math Whiz John Urschel and Jasmin Enriquez, a recent graduate who started the sexual violence awareness organization Only With Consent, during the inaugural Onward State Herb Hand Pizza Crawl. The two were added to the Inspiration Mural as a surprise stop during the tour, which benefitted Uplifting Athletes and RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
In Pilato’s own words, the mural “features notable and inspiring people from State College who have had a positive impact on the community, past and present.” Urschel, the recent poster child of Penn State football, has made quite an impact in his time at Penn State. The offensive guard graduated in three years with a 4.0 G.P.A. in mathematics, even going on to teach Integral Vector Calculus and Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry while receiving a master’s degree in mathematics and working on another in math education. He recently was named the recipient of the 84th Annual AAU Sullivan Award, which honors an athlete who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism.
Enriquez’s time at Penn State was less public than Urschel’s, but her contributions to sexual violence awareness at the university were just as notable. Enriquez founded Only With Consent to raise sexual violence awareness after being raped for the second time in her life as a freshman at Penn State. She started the organization in order to stop sexual violence through consent education by upsetting rape culture and generating consent culture. She recently visited the White House to work with the Task Force Against Campus Sexual Assault which aims to protect students from sexual assault.
Pilato left the visitors of the mural with one promise. “Go out and do something inspirational and I’ll put you on the mural.” With this mantra, his choice in Urschel and Enriquez was easy.
Here’s the video of the mural presentation:
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The close game certainly made things exciting, which is more than you can say about the first two games, but nothing seemed “fun” about watching each team try to let the other win.
Football has its flaws, but it also has the innate ability to bring people together for 12 Saturdays a year.
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