Why Learn the Penn State Story?

The creation of a Penn State undergraduate course on the university’s history is a source of great excitement and pride for many who dwell in body and in spirit in Mount Nittany’s gentle shadow. In…

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One-Room Schools Bring History Alive

I have written about efforts to “mine” the rich preserves of knowledge buried in the past to release their power in the present. Previous installments of this series have focused mainly on conceptual conveyances of…

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The First History of Penn State

Over its 161 years, Penn State has twice sanctioned books chronicling the University’s history, once in the 1940s and again with an updated version in the 1980s. While history professor and Penn State historian Wayland…

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Elliot Abrams: The More Things Change…

To even the most casual radio listeners here in the Valley (and in many other markets throughout the country), Accuweather meteorologist Elliot Abrams is the familiar voice of the morning weather forecast. Abrams has been…

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A Penn State Love Story: Evan and Rebecca Valentine Pugh

In The Legends of the Nittany Valley, a unique and fun mythology emerges for the places in and around Penn State, but our community also has its own real-life fairy tale: The story of the tragically…

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The Grand Experiment’s Hidden Stat

Some have called it “Paterno’s Payback.” Others term it “superlative.” Others still have just been wonderfully, spontaneously emotional about the whole thing. No matter how you choose to express it, ever since the Freeh Report handed down its “absurd” indictment of the Penn…

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An Ode to Zeno’s

Onward State published a feature this morning wherein various staff members profiled their favorite local watering holes. Kevin Horne contributed a truly poetic paean to Zeno’s Pub, that famous purveyor of craft beer “located directly above the center of the Earth.”…

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Women’s Sports at Penn State: A Story Worth Celebrating

In the September issue of Town&Gown, celebrating 50 years of women’s sport at Penn State, there appears a profile of Penn State’s leadership in the age of Title IX. Taken in conjunction with Penn State…

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Happy Valley’s Magical Magnetism

You can already sense it here in the Valley. Before you know it, tens of thousands of students will make their way back to Penn State for another academic year. Soon after, tens of thousands…

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A Surprise Princess Nittany Sighting

I recently wrote about the presence of Princess Nittany throughout the community for our regular online column with Town & Gown. From downtown murals to student movies, our local hero manifests in numerous forms around the Nittany…

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Penn State and the Ghosts of Blue/White Past: 1994

Thanks to the quirks of this year’s calendar, Penn State’s annual intra-squad scrimmage will be upon us earlier than usual and is now just a week away (let’s hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s…

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‘I See Penn State!’

I had lunch today with John Patishnock, an employee of the Penn State Alumni Association and freelance writer who will be working with NVS on an upcoming project. John is a local who recently returned home…

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