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  • Neha Gupta Lives B1G | The Penn Stater Magazine
    Empower Orphans Eric Barron also appears in the video to praise Gupta s work If you re interested in reading about some of the other Nittany Lions who have been featured in this series click here Bill DiFilippo online editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under Penn State in the News Tags Big Ten Empower Orphans Neha Gupta Schreyer Honors College Say Aloha to Penn State Fayette Basketball s Trio of Hawaiians Super Saturday Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email Address never made public Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email Trackback this post Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood s Super Journey Spend the

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  • Coming Soon: The July/August Issue | The Penn Stater Magazine
    on the late Fran Fisher Read about how the Voice of Penn State Football was loved and will be missed by the Penn State community on page 24 There s also a recap of the spring sports programs which includes a national powerlifting title for Eliraz Katz And on page 18 find out what Joel Myers 61 63 MS 71 PhD EMS has to say about his new AccuWeather television network We d love to hear what you think about the new issue Drop us a line at heypennstater psu edu or comment below Amy Downey senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under Uncategorized Tags Creamery Eliraz Katz Eric Barron Fran Fisher Joel Myers Kevin Steele Neha Gupta There s a Reason We Called Them a Dynasty Have a THON Story 3 Comments Add your own 1 Everyone Loves The Creamery The Penn Stater Magazine July 28 2015 at 11 47 am State s legendary on campus ice cream parlor which its celebrating its 150 birthday and is featured in our current issue of course was named the seventh best ice cream shop in the United States by TimeOut New York 2 The Anti Hunger Games in State College The Penn Stater Magazine September 4 2015 at 10 02 am to help out those in the community who are hungry in a sidebar to the feature on Neha Gupta in our July Aug 15 issue which highlighted students and alumns from Schreyer Honors College doing cool philanthropic work 3 Neha Gupta Lives B1G The Penn Stater Magazine January 28 2016 at 2 39 pm might remember Neha Gupta from our July August 15 issue Now her story is going beyond the pages of our magazine Gupta is

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  • Say Aloha to Penn State Fayette Basketball’s Trio of Hawaiians | The Penn Stater Magazine
    his honeymoon This is an interesting read on how Williams Perieff and Sidon have adjusted to being thousands of miles away from home and how John has managed to build a roster with players from all over the country Fayette also has players from Minnesota and California on its roster Bill DiFilippo online editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under Around the Commonwealth Athletics Tags Penn State Fayette Jerry Zolten is Heading to the Grammys Neha Gupta Lives B1G Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email Address never made public Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email Trackback this post Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood

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  • Jerry Zolten is Heading to the Grammys | The Penn Stater Magazine
    repertoire consultant and wrote the album s liner notes This will mark the second year in a row that Zolten is involved with a Grammy nominated project In 2015 Zolten was a writer and researcher for The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume I 1917 27 a series of vinyl records which took home the Grammy for Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package Bill DiFilippo online editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under Penn State in the News Tags Grammy Awards Jerry Zolten Penn State Altoona Help Send These Future Penn Staters from Brooklyn to MSG Say Aloha to Penn State Fayette Basketball s Trio of Hawaiians Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in Email Address never made public Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress com account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Twitter account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Facebook account Log Out Change You are commenting using your Google account Log Out Change Cancel Connecting to s Notify me of new comments via email

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  • Lori Shontz | The Penn Stater Magazine
    had decided to have the discussion at its next meeting in September and then the board briefly debated whether it needed to table the resolution to assure that the meeting did not end with a resolution on the floor Although newly elected alumni trustee Robert Jubelirer 59 62g said he believed the motion was tabled with the intent of killing it board chair Keith Masser 73 Eng said it was merely a formality The motion was tabled It s a lot to digest So here are some of the details on both Barron s report He identified six major areas of emphasis for the university excellence student engagement economic development and student career success diversity and demographics access and affordability and technology and curriculum delivery Barron spoke in intricate detail about what he called Penn State s evolution into a tuition driven university and showed a chart that made clear how few state budget dollars Penn State gets in comparison with the other Big Ten universities He broke down how students pay for college and provided a table that showed how family income affects graduation rates For every additional 10 000 in family income a student s chance of graduating rises 6 percent He discussed the rising level of debt college students face 66 percent of students graduate with some debt and the average debt has grown from 20 000 to 35 429 in the past decade Worse Barron said some students don t have enough money to finish so they are saddled with debt but don t have a college degree This topic was fleshed out in a recent study by the Brookings Institutions written about here by the New York Times Barron said the university must focus on helping students to graduate in four years an extra year of college he said is the biggest tuition increase Among the ideas he floated emphasizing the summer semester possibly through online summers with reduced tuition for students with financial need or a cost contained summer on campus once the university could determine the break even point for expenses He also said that he d like Penn State to raise money to cover the unmet need many students have in paying for college after loans scholarships and grants He noted that those students work to make up the money and that extra time on the job can cause difficulties in the classroom He would like to find a way that students don t need to work more than 20 hours a week he calculated that would cost the university 25 million for all in state students at Penn State He called it the Penn State Promise Some of these things won t work he said I m talking a little bit out loud let s get strategic let s focus on these things Several of the trustees praised the report and Barron indicated he would tackle the other five issues in upcoming meetings Lord s resolution Generally the way Penn State s board has worked is that resolutions come up through the committees Lord introduced this resolution however to the full board He said the trustees haven t done anything with the Freeh report except to fulfill the recommendations Freeh made and hand the report over to the NCAA which in turn used the findings to impose sanctions By virtue of the fact that we didn t reject it the board tells me that they didn t accept it he said To me the absence of a rejection is acceptance He said that everyone has been sitting on their hands waiting for the criminal trial of Graham Spanier Gary Schultz 71 75g and Tim Curley 76 78g I m afraid that case is going to be dismissed he said and it ll be Penn State got out of it because of a technicality I want the truth I am hopeful of where it leads I have very strong beliefs of where it will lead But if any of those guys were guilty then they belong in jail Lord said he would be happy to provide specifics of incomplete parts of Freeh s report but he wanted to refresh his memory of the details before he did so I m sort of brain dead after that mind numbing conversation all afternoon he said Freeh did not have subpoena power in his report he indicated that was why he did not speak to the primary figures in the Sandusky scandal among them Schultz Curley Joe Paterno and Mike McQueary 97 Spanier did meet with Freeh s investigators Said Lord Louis Freeh would tell you that Look I couldn t talk to this guy because he s part of a criminal investigation But you re talking about seven people the seven key people who know what happened or as much as anybody knows about what happened he never talked to anybody I understand that some of them have claimed privilege because they re in a criminal case but that means Freeh is not finished As if all that weren t enough here are a few additional shorter items from the meeting Masser ran unopposed for chair and will serve for another year Kathleen Casey 88 a gubernatorial appointee defeated Bill Oldsey 76 an alumni elected trustee for the vice chair position As usual vote totals were not announced Casey s election as vice chair opened up an at large position on the executive board and the trustees voted to fill the spot with Ryan McCombie 70 He is the first of the alumni trustees elected post Sandusky scandal to be appointed to the executive committee The board granted emeritus trustee status to Samuel Hayes and Paul Suhey 79 with all nine alumni trustees abstaining Anthony Lubrano 82 suggested again that emeritus trustee status be delayed until governance reform is enacted The board approved a 4 6 billion budget for 2014 15 with a tuition increase of 2 99 percent for University Park and increases ranging from zero to 2 4 percent for other campuses Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading July 11 2014 at 9 11 pm 4 comments Getting into the Nitty Gritty of Governance Reform Some of what happened at Thursday s meeting of the Penn State trustees governance and long range planning committee which began to get into the nitty gritty of additional reforms was predictable Veteran members of the board spoke in favor of keeping it the same size newer members elected by the alumni in the wake of the Sandusky scandal insisted that a smaller board would be more nimble and more engaged Agricultural trustees didn t think cutting back the number of ag trustees was a good idea Students said they need a permanent seat on the board with the trustee being chosen by the students themselves not the governor or the board itself But for the first time in public the trustees went beyond the basics Representatives from the Alumni Association the faculty and the students made their cases for permanent seats on the board And among the issues the trustees considered Thursday were these How do the trustees define whether board members are engaged Would having a faculty member a university employee on the board present an insurmountable conflict of interest And how many board members should be alumni not just trustees elected by the alumni but alumni Additionally Eric Barron who is attending his first board meeting after taking over as Penn State s president on May 12 weighed in He was careful to say that he wasn t making recommendations and didn t want to choose who his boss would be the Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting the president Barron said only that he wanted to let the committee know of his experience and that he was familiar as Florida State s president with having student and faculty representation on the board He repeatedly used the word voice to describe what those trustees provided If I got nervous about anything in this conversation it wasn t the notion of numbers and placement he said in the meeting It s the notion of representing someone My view is that this has to be a group of people that are here for one purpose to ensure the success of the institution not representation As he spoke governance consultant Holly Gregory and her assistant Paige Montgomery nodded their heads vigorously Gregory had opened the discussion by saying Reaching agreement on these issues is difficult because it s not quite as clear as other reforms the board has already enacted There are issues of both power and trust The trust among members of this board is already under some degree of tension We ve spent a lot of time talking about it I know some are frustrated that we haven t moved faster Barron elaborated on his experience with student and faculty trustees saying that in addition to the voice they provide he found that the chance for additional back and forth about the issues was important Lo and behold he said a student will vote for a tuition increase because they participated in an in depth discussion about the budget and understand what the university is up against and they don t want to give up quality any more than anyone else A faculty member will vote on benefit changes because they realize that between health insurance and benefits it s going up at a clip of 25 million a year and that s unsustainable So the voice is not just that but an opportunity to give input and have it go in reverse As usual there s no easy way to sum up what happened during the meeting which lasted for 90 minutes and moved briskly Even at that pace the committee didn t discuss all of the reform items it had previously discussed in small groups that were closed to the public in May Here are some highlights from today s meeting Alumni trustees Alumni Association president Kay Salvino 69 in making the case for an Alumni Association seat on the board highlighted the association s mission of service to its 174 379 members and 631 000 living alumni We have responsibility for serving the largest constituency of the university substantially larger than students faculty and staff combined and growing larger every year She noted as well that Alumni Council the association s governing board includes alumni society presidents from each college and campus In the interest of full disclosure The Penn Stater magazine and this website are both published by the Alumni Association In addition Salvino said the Alumni Association is one of the largest cumulative donors to Penn State with more than 15 million in gifts for scholarships fellowships programs and facilities since 1988 And in the just concluded capital campaign Alumni Association members donated nearly 800 million meaning 90 cents on the dollar of all alumni giving came from members of the Alumni Association She finished by showing the scope of the Alumni Association s programs which involve students showcase the university s academic prowess and communicate with alums We touch and serve Penn State and our alumni in a way that no other organization can do and we do it every day in countless ways Trustee emeritus David Jones 54 for one was skeptical He said he had great respect and admiration for the Alumni Association but pointed out that alumni already elect nine trustees and noted that historically in recent years at least two thirds of our trustees have been alumni He called that proportion of trustees who are alumni really full if not too full He added I sometimes think we would benefit by having more outside voices on the board Alumni trustees Anthony Lubrano 82 and Barbara Doran 75 spoke up for the current system of elected alumni trustees Doran called the alumni election one of the most robust transparent processes you can run Business and industry trustee Richard Dandrea 77 floated the idea of reducing the number of alumni elected trustees saying that election turnout is low and that so many of the other trustees are alumni that perhaps alumni are overrepresented on the board Lubrano disagreed repeatedly saying no one is more invested in the success of the university than alumni but board chair Keith Masser 73 an ag trustee agreed with Dandrea saying that the business and industry trustees may be misnamed He said he isn t aware that a non alum has ever been named a business and industry trustee Faculty John Nichols professor emeritus of communications and chair of the Faculty Senate s special committee on university governance which issued this report in 2013 made the case for a faculty representative on the board He stressed two things first that his committee s report had been unanimously approved by the Faculty Senate which is a particularly rare feat and second that he was proposing not a faculty trustee but an internal academic trustee The distinction he said is very important A highly specialized institution like a university Nichols said needs trustees who have a deep understanding of its mission Penn State s board has two members with a background in higher education elected alumni trustee Alice Pope 79 83g 86g a psychology professor at St John s University and Bill Oldsey 76 who has worked in academic publishing Additionally he said a university is essentially a professional association and professional institutions are best governed with considerable governance by the internal professionals that deliver the goods Not to have that happen is a serious disconnection between the core mission of the university and the governance of the university Jones said he had reservations about having employees on the board ag trustee Betsy Huber noted that Pennsylvania law prohibits schoolteachers from serving on the school board in their own districts for just that reason But Dandrea who was chairing the meeting in Keith Eckel s absence said having one faculty trustee out of 30 meant that any conflict of image could be managed Students University Park Undergraduate Association president Anand Ganjam and vice president Emily MacDonald spoke on behalf of students and they made largely the point that their predecessors have made in previous meetings that students don t want to rely on the whim of the governor to have representation on the board and should have a representative who is chosen by students themselves For years the governor has used one of his appointments to include a student on the board but there s nothing saying he has to They also detailed the procedure by which they assure student input Lubrano said he was in favor of the governor continuing to appoint a student trustee but Masser said Gov Tom Corbett had agreed to give up one of his appointments and allow the board to choose a student The tension surrounding reform was evident earlier in the day at the outreach committee meeting when alumni trustee Ted Brown 68 questioned Mike DiRaimo the university s governmental affairs representative about a letter DiRaimo had written to the Senate s state government committee asking that a bill sponsored by state Sen John Yudichak which would cut the board to 23 members be tabled Brown said he was upset that the letter indicated that the Board of Trustees did not support the bill because that is not in fact the case DiRaimo explained that he objected to the committee taking action on the bill for two reasons because the bill would apply only to Penn State and the university had been assured that would not be the case and that the bill stipulates that only the General Assembly can make changes in the board s size and composition in the future He said That I know to be against the interest against the position against the actions of the trustees The Senate committee did vote unanimously to approve the bill which still needs to be considered by the full Senate Brown wasn t satisfied You said the Board of Trustees is opposed to this bill I don t remember any discussion to that ever New alumni trustee Robert Jubelirer 59 62g chimed in suggesting that DiRaimo could have phrased his objections better and more accurately He said that Yudichak 93 04g and co sponsor Jake Corman 93 had previously agreed to hold the bill through May 2014 to see what progress the board made itself on reform and that the bill had been amended so to extend the time period to two years to allow the board to pursue reform itself I think that s significant Jubelirer said There s plenty of time if this board is intent on reforming He added that not only did the full board not discuss or vote on its position on the bill but that he would not have opposed it had the board done so Therefore he said the letter to the legislature was inaccurate DiRaimo did not respond Here s what comes next in the process Dandrea said that any committee members interested in working on a formal proposal to vote on at the next committee meeting would work with university attorney Frank Guadagnino 78 who will labor over the draft The committee will schedule an additional meeting within the next month to vote on recommendations to bring to the board The idea is to have the board in position to vote on a proposal at its next meeting Sept 19 at University Park Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading July 10 2014 at 8 52 pm 6 comments Another Alumni Election Sweep for PS4RS Alice Pope and Robert Jubelirer react to the announcement that they won BOT seats For the second year in a row candidates endorsed by Penn Staters for Responsible

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  • Department of Sociology | The Penn Stater Magazine
    29 comments Yet More Wisdom from Frank Clemente So I ve done the math and it appears that I never had the pleasure of taking Frank Clemente s much loved SOC 005 course because back when I was a student here Clemente was heading up the sociology department unaware that he had a gift for teaching According to the colleagues interviewed on Frank Clemente A Simply Wonderful Life a video made by the Department of Sociology and Crime Law and Justice to commemorate Clemente s retirement he was excelling as an administrator making tough personnel decisions and encouraging everyone in the department to do better work That s one of the things I learned from watching the 11 minute video The tributes on the video range from touching colleague Sam Richards says Clemente was one of the people I secretly hoped would never retire to touching and hilarious colleague Eric Silver likens Clemente to Garrison Keillor on steroids The most revealing words of all no surprise here come from Clemente himself He recounts his academic career how it moved from research to administration to teaching and how he had never envisioned himself as a teacher He didn t show up on campus in the late 1970s with the goal of making himself a popular and influential teacher Says Clemente It turned out it was a joy just waiting to be found How beautiful And inspiring Thanks to the crew at Onward State for pointing me to the link on Twitter Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading June 28 2011 at 1 40 pm Lori Shontz Leave a comment Frank Clemente s Final Lecture One of the stories I had an exceptionally fun time reporting for our March April

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  • Joe Paterno | The Penn Stater Magazine
    Like Loading September 17 2012 at 1 11 pm Erika Spicer 1 comment First Impressions of Paterno Two things to start before I get into some of the details of Joe Posnanski s biography of Joe Paterno Joe Posnanski had an impossible task As he wrote before the book was published this week he confronted an unprecedented challenge writing a biography of someone who was suddenly engulfed in a national scandal one that upended his reputation and then died a few months later I can t imagine a worse scenario for a journalist Joe Paterno was a complex complicated guy far more so than most of what s been written about him would suggest That includes my own work in two stints as a beat writer covering the team and that s been true since well before the Sandusky scandal broke Paterno was tough to get close to Posnanski doesn t shy away from either point I admire that I should also note here that I ve known Posnanski for years we ve shared press boxes and meals and a few jokes together He s a good guy But if this isn t the book Posnanski signed up to write with the Paterno family s explicit cooperation in 2011 it s also not the definitive account of Paterno s life It s too soon for that book There aren t any blockbuster revelations and the choicest new details about Paterno sobbing the day after he was dismissed about how his family had to force him to read the grand jury presentment about the I Hate Jerry Sandusky Memo made their way into the media quickly through excerpts And honestly most of what was in the book I already knew But keep in mind that I covered my first Penn State football game for The Daily Collegian in 1988 and that I ve followed Penn State football and Paterno not only because I love college football and I m a Penn State alum but because my job required it I ve read every book written about Joe Paterno even Joe Paterno The Coach from Byzantium by his brother George Some Penn State fans I m sure will feel the same This book covers a lot of familiar territory far more pages are devoted to Paterno s rise and his glory years than to the Sandusky scandal and aftermath or even to the down years of the 2000s which have been less well chronicled and deserve I could say need a more full accounting Posnanski is a lyrical poetic writer and he tells those familiar tales beautifully He adds a few choice details I expected nothing less The chapter about Rip Engle was terrific I know a lot less about Engle than I do Paterno so I found that particularly interesting Awesome tidbit Engle didn t like to say that a player cheated a step or two to one side in anticipation of a play even though that s totally legal so he had players fudge instead I appreciated the occasional one liners from Paterno family members as well including this gem from Sue noting that their son David s engineering aptitude certainly didn t come from his father Joe couldn t fix a sandwich In State College even the grocery stores are selling the book Posnanski also does an excellent job showing the toll that the pursuit of excellence can take on family life particularly when Paterno is designing his new defense in the late 1960s Sue and the kids are on their own It does however take a long time to get to the new stuff and those parts of the book aren t as richly reported There s a chapter on Paterno s relationship with Jerry Sandusky that clearly spells out the differences between the two men and the fact that they weren t friends I think this will come as less of a revelation to anyone who s followed the program closely but that chapter is a good read Scott Paterno son and lawyer and Guido D Elia friend and marketing genius wrestle with the presentment and its aftermath anyone who cares about Joe Paterno will be sad as they read those scenes Posnanski eventually recounts a conversation between himself and Paterno in which the coach asks for the writer s take Posnanski doesn t let him off the hook he tells Paterno he should have done more because you are Joe Paterno Right or wrong people expect more from you Elsewhere he writes It is certain that no one Paterno included was aware enough courageous enough or decent enough to stop a man who would be found guilty of forty five counts of child molestation Most reviews however have found Posnanski s portrayal as Dwight Garner of the New York Times called it breezy and largely sympathetic Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News calls it neither a prosecutor s brief nor a full throated defense Beat writer Mark Wogenrich 90 of The Morning Call in Allentown provides a great framework for understanding the book using an anecdote about Paterno s recruitment of John Cappelletti Guy Cipriano the new beat writer for the Centre Daily Times writes that Posnanski whiffs on this book because he didn t make the most of his exclusive access to Paterno and that s a take well worth reading too There aren t many new insights here but Posnanski does raise some fascinating ideas At the end of a chapter in which he recounts both Joe s courtship of Sue and then Oakland Raiders coach Al Davis courtship of Joe he wanted Paterno to be the offensive coordinator Posnanski writes She had fallen in love with State College the first day she arrived on campus as a student and though Joe did not know it yet the rest of his life would be guided by her vision Joe was cocky ambitious principled smart consumed by football and determined to win those qualities

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  • Laurie Mulvey | The Penn Stater Magazine
    that because that s the truth to many people I can sit here and be angry about that and sometimes I am But is there another way around that How might I grow How might I expand I hate that Penn State has adopted the blue ribbons for child abuse awareness because it feels like an admission of guilt like a scarlet letter Sam I understand that especially when things like this are done for political reasons But here s the other side What if every time you see a blue ribbon you think about the fact that 1 in 8 of your female friends sisters aunts neighbors etc has experienced child sexual abuse in some way And 1 in 10 of your male friends What if the blue ribbons meant that and what if I really took the time to think about that and let that influence my life What might happen Because when you sit together at a Thanksgiving meal and you ve got 10 or 12 people somebody has had that experience And very likely the abuser is somebody who may also be sitting at that table So when we take the blue ribbons what if we used that as a lens Put the blue ribbon lens on and look at the world Whether you agree or disagree with Sam and Laurie and with one another the most encouraging part of all this is that the conversation continues Since the stream ended at 9 30 p m last night viewers are still posting opinions and ideas on this blog to Twitter with the hash tag pennstater to our Facebook page and via email at pennstaterletters psu edu As always we welcome your questions comments and feedback If you missed last night s livestream you can watch the video in its entirety here Unfortunately the conversation in the chat box to the right of the screen is no longer available Mary Murphy associate editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading September 13 2012 at 2 20 pm Mary Murphy 3 comments Wanted Questions for Our Live Online Conversation Over the summer I got a chance to ask questions of Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey 94g the husband and wife sociology instructors who have made it a point to address the Sandusky scandal and its aftermath in class Their SOC 119 class Race and Ethnic Relations is all about exploring assumptions and considering a variety of perspectives and they brought that sensibility to the interview we published in our September October issue If you missed it click here for a downloadable PDF Now it s your turn to ask questions Sam and Laurie will be facilitating a discussion from 8 to 9 30 p m Wednesday night and you can participate in the event at this website livestream com pennstater We want you to be a part of Emerging from the Storm Continuing the Conversation You ll be able to watch Sam and Laurie at the website and you can ask questions make comments and chat with other participants simply by typing into the text box in the upper right hand corner You don t need to register or do anything fancy You can also log in there with your Facebook or Twitter accounts if you d prefer Our hashtag pennstater I ll be in the room with Sam and Laurie asking your questions and summarizing your comments I m there as your representative so I need your questions and ideas If you d like to get the conversation started early you can post in the comments here or on Facebook I ll make sure Sam and Laurie see what you write We re looking forward to hearing from you Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading September 11 2012 at 5 04 pm Lori Shontz 29 comments Emerging from the Storm Join Our Conversation with Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey I m probably understating when I say that being a Penn Stater hasn t been easy for the past nine months So much sadness so much anger so much confusion I haven t spoken with anyone who doesn t want things here to be better but what better looks like and how to make that happen is still up in the air One of the things we ve got to do is talk Which is why we re calling on sociology instructors Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey 94g whose SOC 119 Race and Ethnic Relations class is among the most popular on campus and whose World in Conversation program is devoted to fostering dialogue about difficult topics to guide us We d like you to join us for a live online event Emerging from the Storm Continuing the Conversation from 8 to 9 30 p m EDT Wednesday Sept 12 You ll be able to watch and hear Sam and Laurie as they grapple with the issues and questions and you ll be able to participate too by logging in with your Facebook or Twitter accounts or simply by typing in the text box you ll find at the website No need to register What we want to do is build off our conversation with Sam and Laurie that s in our September October issue If you ve not received it you can download a PDF of the interview by clicking here Your participation is vital I ve spent a lot of time around Sam and Laurie in the past year first showing up unannounced to Sam s SOC 119 class on Nov 10 when he tweeted that he d be talking about the scandal then showing up invited a few times then reporting on a story about World in Conversation for an upcoming issue of the magazine As anyone who s taken the class knows Sam and Laurie aren t big on providing answers They are big on

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