The ‘Magic of Simplicity’ at the Nittany Lion Shrine

The Nittany Lion Shrine was reopened this week after a summer of renovation. Kevin Horne, Managing Editor of Onward State, shares his perspective on the iconic symbol of the campus: I grew up only an hour away…

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Mount Nittany Memories

Tom Shakely’s “Conserving Mount Nittany” pairs original interviews and analysis with a wealth of previously-published but little-known content to create a definitive history of our community’s preservation of the mountain in its natural state. Rather brilliantly, I…

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Visions of Princess Nittany

Does the Nittany Valley have a genius loci? I think so. I think we see encounter it through the book The Legends of the Nittany Valley, which features some of Henry Shoemaker’s American Indian legends and folk…

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Penn State and the Ghosts of Blue/White Past: 1982

One of my favorite “Penn State holidays”—Blue/White Weekend—is nearly upon us. After a long, cold and lonely Winter spent away from the company of your old college pals, extended tailgating family and 108,000 friendly acquaintances,…

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‘The Team Played Well’

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Nittany Valley Press’s The Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond (you may recognize the last name; Pond Lab is named for Francis’ brother, George, who was nicknamed “Swampy”). With the Blue/White…

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Penn State Reflections, Then and Now

The Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond is a short President Atherton-era Penn State alum/professor’s remembrances of the town and campus in the early 20th century. Dr. Pond’s recollections, transcribed from his late-in-life conversations with an…

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Paul Mazza, In Memoriam

The last few years have been particularly tough ones in the Nittany Valley. In addition to the obvious, we have watched a generation of community pillars slowly pass into memory, bidding a final farewell to…

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