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  • tailgating | The Penn Stater Magazine
    t there yet it had been diverted to an emergency in DuBois So I hung around a while went over to visit Paul Frankhouser s famous tailgate and strolled some of the other tailgates The alumni center Eventually I called Asst Chief Lutz who I m told spends the day on top of the press box roof and he said it could be a while he d call me So I went inside the stadium and joined some friends who happened to have an extra ticket today I saw most of the first half and part of the third quarter while noting with dismay that it s next to impossible to get cell phone service inside the stadium That s because 110 000 other people are texting and making calls and sending photos I had visions of going home after the game and finding out that I missed the helicopter ride because they couldn t reach me by phone And then partway through the third quarter I got a text message from Asst Chief Lutz Sgt Fox and Sgt Cochran the nicest state troopers you d ever want to meet Ready to go in about 15 So I jumped out of my seat said goodbye to my friends and hustled down to the grassy area near Jeffrey Field where the helicopters land I met the two very nice state troopers who were piloting the thing they gave me some instructions and up we went I got a great aerial tour of campus took 274 photos in approximately 20 minutes learned a bit about what the state police helicopter detail does and pretty much didn t want it to end I never did get to see how they monitor traffic maybe another time Oh and contrary to the title of this blog entry we did not buzz the stadium the state police really prefer not to fly directly over the stadium when the game is in progress But they did take me close enough for some good photos By the way I got to fly with my door open Makes for better photos that way and the exhilaration of having nothing but air between you all the sights can t be beat I ll have more to say about the whole experience in my column for our November December issue Unless I quit my job between now and then and go to helicopter pilot school or something Tina Hay editor Update You can see about a dozen of the aerial photos at live psu edu or if you re really into it a slide show of about 30 on Flickr com Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading September 12 2009 at 6 04 pm Tina Hay 15 comments Now THIS is a Penn State Fan Yesterday morning about five hours before the kickoff of the Akron game I stepped outside my house to pick up my morning paper just in time to see

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  • Photographing Penn State from the Air—Again | The Penn Stater Magazine
    window the most timid option to removing the seats and sitting on the floor with the door wide open and our feet on the flight step the most aggressive option as they put it Andy and I both chose the aggressive plan so he had his legs dangling out the left side of the helicopter and I was doing the same on the right West Halls with Rec Hall near the top of the image I shot more than 800 photos and I m pretty sure Andy shot more he s by far the better photographer and he brought three camera bodies and assorted lenses with him I still haven t gone through all of my photos from the adventure but I also can t wait to see what he got The point of this whole project is to run a photo essay in our July August issue readers are always telling us how much they like seeing photos of Penn State especially the newer buildings and we figured this would be the perfect way to do it We also hope to do a subsequent photo essay of aerial views of some of the other Penn State campuses If all goes well I and or assorted other photographers will be doing some more helicopter rides in various parts of the state in the next few weeks and we ll run that photo essay in September October If we run into snags such as bad weather or outrageous cost estimates or something we might put it off until next year instead And once the magazine is out we ll definitely put an even bigger collection of these images on the Web for your viewing pleasure The two shots here are just to tease you Tina Hay editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under The Penn Stater Magazine University Park Tags aerial photography Andy Colwell Blue Golf Course Cherokee Helicopter Service helicopter photography Mount Nittany Rec Hall West Halls Fun with the Greater Chicago Chapter More Penn State From the Air With Video 4 Comments Add your own 1 Steve Williams April 20 2010 at 2 55 pm No fair holding back on pictures Especially since you have so many Post some bad ones on Penn State s Facebook fan page Get us all interested in becoming members of the Alumni Society Steve Williams 2 mary jane April 21 2010 at 3 24 pm sooooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooool can t wait to see more 3 More Penn State From the Air With Video April 21 2010 at 3 41 pm 21 2010 I m still trying to figure out if after we run the aerial photo essay of University Park in our July August issue we ll be able to follow up with a photo essay from the other 4 July August Issue On Its Way June 24 2010 at 3 24 pm from a company called Cherokee Helicopter in Ford City

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  • Hearts Are Breaking | The Penn Stater Magazine
    have cried for her and her teammates I can only equate this to my time growing up in the Catholic Church and feeling the same things and having to accept that the power of an insular world does not allow challenge in fact the whole goal is to squash anyone that challenges Money is at the root of all of this and for anyone to say otherwise is delusional I believe this is going to get far worse than better and pray for the healing of an institution that has always ben admired I challenge those alumni like my partner to stand in unison to say THIS IS NOT US AT PENN STATE WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IS BEING DEPICTED Create a whole mourning and rebuilding movement because you truly are mourning In terms of JoPa I am not passing judgement but if he is found to be culpable I pray for his soul and all of his gains are for nothing another big pill to swallow for PSU Grads 9 Penn State 79 November 11 2011 at 12 30 am The Board of Trustees has heaped disgrace on top of dishonesty and depravation by failing to provide Coach Paterno with the dignity he deserves after 61 years of unfailing service Their decision was based on half truths and assumptions fueled by the Pennsylvania Police Commissioner s hypocritical criticism of the coach Paterno did what he was required to do and reported the incident to his superiors they failed him by refusing to make the mandatory report to law enforcement but before we pass moral judgment as the Police Commissioner suggested and which became the unspecified reason to disgrace the university once again by Coach Paterno s discharge perhaps the Commissioner can explain why there has been no criticism of the State College Police and local District Attorney who failed to take action when the first report of Sandusky s depravity was made in 1998 The sad truth is that reports to law enforcement are as often ignored bumbled or mishandled as not The fault for Sandusky s continued abuse of children after 1998 let alone 2002 does not lie with Coach Paterno nor even the disregard for the law shown by Curry and Schultz but rather with the prosecutor and local law enforcement who failed to take action at the outset To believe that the victims since 2002 would have been spared had Joe Paterno called 911 is unfounded speculation the more likely truth is that had he followed up his report to Curry with contact directly to law enforcement he would have been considered as having an agenda and accused of trying to influence the investigation The clear language of the child abuse statute discourages more than one report from the institution had Curry Schultz and Spanier done their job as Coach Paterno had every reason to believe they did he had no reason to unnecessarily make the second call In hind sight he wishes he had

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  • Bo Pelini | The Penn Stater Magazine
    given the trauma of the week which I know I don t have to recount here But I was unprepared for what actually happened The sidelines emptied Everyone converged at midfield including several hundred former Penn State football players who had come to stand on the sideline in support They mingled Nebraska players gripping hands with their Penn State counterparts They knelt And as Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown led them in prayer the stadium fell silent More than 100 000 people and you could hear the proverbial pin drop and not because anyone had asked them to be quiet more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading November 13 2011 at 1 29 am Lori Shontz 14 comments Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood s Super Journey Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan Michael Key Rick Santorum Ends Another White House Run Honors for Emily Burns Follow us via Email Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 358 other followers Create a free website or blog at WordPress com The

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  • Devon Still | The Penn Stater Magazine
    who has battled cancer for more than a year Surviving cancer has impacted my life in many ways including my decision to pursue a medical degree and my desire to support those who have also been affected by the disease McGarry said through a release Bill DiFilippo online editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading December 9 2015 at 2 53 pm Bill DiFilippo Leave a comment Headed Your Way The Nov Dec Issue The Nov Dec 2014 issue of The Penn Stater is hitting mailboxes now and it just may be my favorite cover to date a pretty huge statement considering that A lister bus driver we featured earlier this year The cover art courtesy of illustrator Aaron Meshon is just so darn cheerful After reading the accompanying story a compilation of readers favorite memories from life in the dorms you ll understand what some of those crazy characters are up to As always the stories submitted by readers were lots of fun to read and it wasn t easy choosing which ones to include We received so many great stories in fact that we ll be featuring a few of the runners up here on the blog Stay tuned for that Another highlight in this issue is a story commemorating the 50th anniversary of women s sports at Penn State The Long Game features lots of archival photos and interviews with the athletes who share detailed memories of those first years This was the last piece former senior editor Lori Shontz 91 13g wrote for us before heading to Oregon to teach journalism and it s just a reminder of what a thorough reporter Lori is We miss her can you tell You ll also find a profile of John Kimmich 93 owner of Alchemist Brewery in Vermont and the man behind Heady Topper an India Pale Ale widely regarded as the best beer in the world Kimmich overcame some major setbacks before hitting it big in the beer world and his story s a good one Also in this issue A look back at Dr Dick Bundy s career as Blue Band director a cool archeology project that brought a group of undergrads to Israel an update on former Nittany Lion Devon Still 11 who s helping his four year old daughter Leah fight cancer and more Had a chance to check out the new issue yet Tell us what you think Comment below or email heypennstater psu edu Mary Murphy associate editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading October 28 2014 at 3 27 pm Mary Murphy Leave a comment Coaching Speculation and Other Sports The university s announcement of a search committee to help choose the next head football coach has added fuel to the speculative fire for those trying to predict who that coach might be Of course it s all just that speculation but there are some

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  • Ron Brown | The Penn Stater Magazine
    Not surprising not at all given the trauma of the week which I know I don t have to recount here But I was unprepared for what actually happened The sidelines emptied Everyone converged at midfield including several hundred former Penn State football players who had come to stand on the sideline in support They mingled Nebraska players gripping hands with their Penn State counterparts They knelt And as Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown led them in prayer the stadium fell silent More than 100 000 people and you could hear the proverbial pin drop and not because anyone had asked them to be quiet more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading November 13 2011 at 1 29 am Lori Shontz 14 comments Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood s Super Journey Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan Michael Key Rick Santorum Ends Another White House Run Honors for Emily Burns Follow us via Email Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 358 other followers Blog at WordPress com The

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  • Tom Bradley | The Penn Stater Magazine
    announced that Nittany Lion defensive line coach and ace recruiter Larry Johnson Sr will be retained Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley released a statement Saturday all but confirming his time at the program has come to an end He spoke briefly of his football philosophy promising a game plan offense a phrase that immediately had the message boards buzzing and which seems to imply innovation and adaptability to what opposing defenses present and a continuation of Penn State s reputation for dominant defenses There s much much more and if you missed it you can watch O Brien s press conference including introductory remarks from University president Rod Erickson and acting athletic director Dave Joyner in its entirety on BTN com I imagine we ll be writing about Coach O Brien once or twice in the coming days and weeks as well Ryan Jones senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading January 7 2012 at 5 32 pm Ryan Jones 5 comments Bill O Brien Lands in Happy Valley Nearly 24 hours after his hiring was reported by the media and nearly two months after Joe Paterno s six decade tenure came to an end New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O Brien on Friday was officially announced as the 15th head coach in Penn State football history O Brien who reportedly signed a five year contract will be introduced Saturday morning in a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn The press conference will be carried live at 11 30 a m on Big Ten Network and BTN com O Brien 42 is wrapping up his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Patriots his first NFL team after 14 seasons as a college assistant There s a nice career summary here His first coaching gig was as an assistant at Brown his alma mater Of course Brown is Joe Paterno s alma mater as well Paterno released a statement Friday evening congratulating O Brien more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading January 7 2012 at 2 17 am Ryan Jones 3 comments Amid More Distractions Lions Get Ready for a Bowl Game Chima Okoli didn t see the fight He was graduating For the second time This was Saturday when a post practice altercation between starting quarterback Matt McGloin and receiver Curtis Drake ended with McGloin suffering a concussion and apparent seizure after his head hit the concrete floor of the Nittany Lion locker room Even under normal circumstances this would ve been big news for a high profile bowl bound team But under current circumstances The sizable media scrum around McGloin during Monday s pre bowl media day told the story as well as anything The fight was the story Monday a figurative black eye McGloin s faced appeared unscathed for what that s worth on a program that doesn t need any further blemishes All involved including McGloin

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  • Alumni Ask Questions; President Erickson Answers | The Penn Stater Magazine
    and industry who are elected by the trustees There are also five ex officio members including the governor The alumni didn t love that answer but Erickson continued with an explanation You have as alumni the opportunity to vote Erickson said And there are places where you can make your wishes felt even without change Any change that s going to take place in a fairly orderly fashion it s a process of changing the bylaws and the charter and probably going through the Court of Common Pleas That s not something that s going to happen overnight But certainly you can and should this is a democracy and this is your alma mater He received many questions about Paterno but did not explain why the longtime coach was fired He did say I expect the board will address that I ve heard Erickson speak several times since the crisis at the news conference after the Nebraska game to Sam Richards sociology class during the town hall for students He s always calm and he doesn t raise his voice Audiences seem to respond to that Even many alumni who criticized him Wednesday night thanked him for coming or as one alum put it having the guts to do an event like this it shows a lot of fortitude on your part Some of what Erickson said Wednesday night I d heard before His desire for Penn Staters to not let the scandal define them His praise of what Joe and Sue Paterno have done for Penn State and the need at some point to honor them His assurances that tuition dollars will not be used to pay for legal fees many of which will be covered by insurance Other information was new He said the University paid 360 000 to a crisis communication firm in the month of November the peak month and that more cost information will be released next week He and other senior administrators will hold a town hall with students every semester And he said that former president Graham Spanier had briefed the trustees that there was an investigation by the attorney general involving a retired member of the Penn State staff and that some Penn State employees were called to testify But no one knew he said the details revealed in the grand jury presentation Erickson also said that the trustees special investigations task force headed by Louis Freeh expects to finish its work by the end of the spring semester and that the report will be released He added It will not be sanitized Personally I liked these words from Erickson also from his opening statement Our values in this university do not begin with what is lawful or unlawful They begin with what is moral and immoral The right thing to do vs the wrong thing to do That distinction will be emphasized in my administration A lot of media attended the event click here for an account by the Pittsburgh Post

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