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Category: Enchantment

  • Yule Ales Add to Advent Spirit

    Yule Ales Add to Advent Spirit

    Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not the case in 1984 (only five years after the legalization of homebrewing) when the editor of the Centre Daily Times […]

  • Why Honoring Joe Paterno Still Matters

    Why Honoring Joe Paterno Still Matters

    Writing anything about Joe Paterno at this point is futile. If you’re reading this, your mind has already been made up. If you are not a Penn Stater, we’re an unapologetic cult. If you are a Penn Stater, you’re probably nonplussed, irrationally angry that the news about Paterno being honored before the Temple game is too little too…

  • Looking Back to Move Forward

    Looking Back to Move Forward

    Why should we care about the past? The potential answers to this question are many and varied, but certainly, in looking back to understand what came before, we can see something of ourselves reflected back at us, extracting value from the experience. It is not without peril. Genuine self-examination risks exposure to the truth about…

  • The Origins of ‘Happy Valley’

    Most of have heard at least one theory on the origins of our “Happy Valley” nickname. Did it arise during the Great Depression, an expression of area’s economic resiliency? Or perhaps it was the tongue-in-cheek lament of would-be 1960s activists, frustrated by a stubbornly docile pace of life. We are pleased to present this thorough…

  • Our Street Names Are Memorials

    Our Street Names Are Memorials

    It’s always great when we come into deeper contact with the life and history of the place we live. That happened last year with a column for Town & Gown about a project cataloging the CBICC historical archive: Vince Verbeke, immediate past president of the Mount Nittany Conservancy, left a comment on the article that included some pretty cool…

  • From the Trenches: Farms, Forts, and Penn State’s Commitment to Local History

    The popular view of archaeology often conjures images of Indiana Jones or spelunking through booby-trapped pyramids. Recently it has been dramatized and turned into television entertainment. This is not an accurate image. My personal experience confirms to me that it has deeper meaning. Archaeology is almost a social science—like piecing together the jigsaw puzzle of…

  • How Penn Staters Can Encounter Their Heritage

    How Penn Staters Can Encounter Their Heritage

    “To Thy Happy Children / Of The FutureThose Of The Past / Send Greetings” This is the inscription that the University of Illinois’s Alma Mater statue bears for the curious passerby. It’s a perfect encapsulation of everything a place of learning exists to achieve—bringing the reality and wisdom of the past alive in the present, so it can do the…

  • Why Learn the Penn State Story?

    As the keynote speaker for this year’s Willow Gathering, Penn State Lunar Lion mission director Michael Paul talked about how, for Penn State, being the only university among a field of private competitors striving to reach the Moon is opening up incredible opportunities for the institution and her students. Hands-on learning and connections with the global aerospace community are…

  • Joy of Christmas Spirits

    Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not the case in 1984 (only five years after the legalization of homebrewing) when the editor of the Centre Daily Times…

  • Why Mount Nittany is on Every Penn Stater’s Bucket List

    Why Mount Nittany is on Every Penn Stater’s Bucket List

    I wrote the following for Onward State in The Magic of Mount Nittany to introduce The Story of Mount Nittany and to speak to why Mount Nittany tends to be on every Penn Stater’s bucket list: In “The Legends of the Nittany Valley,” folklorist Henry Shoemaker records some of the American Indian and settler stories…

  • 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 more fans, alumni, and friends will follow them for seven Autumn weekends, many who are drawn back to a place they…

  • If ‘the World is Flat,’ Then Mount Nittany and the Nittany Valley Matter More Than Ever

    If ‘the World is Flat,’ Then Mount Nittany and the Nittany Valley Matter More Than Ever

    In The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Friedman’s central insight is that globalization and Information Age technology work in tandem to diminish the distinctiveness and importance of location—of physical place. Nearly a decade after his book’s 2005 release, this “world is flat” thinking has seeped into almost every pore of…

  • ‘I See Penn State!’

    ‘I See Penn State!’

    I had lunch today with John Patishnock, an employee of the Penn State Alumni Association and freelance writer. John is a local who recently returned home after several years living away from Pennsylvania, and he writes a regular column for the Centre County Gazette on his experiences “Re-discovering Happy Valley.” His introductory piece recounts a family hike up Mount…

  • The ‘Magic of Simplicity’ at the Nittany Lion Shrine

    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 in Williamsport, so this campus was no stranger to me when I enrolled at Penn State three years ago. Consequently,…

  • A Great Idea: Recovering a Disposition for Leisure

    The National Association of Scholars published a small contribution I wrote when visiting Zach Zimbler in Princeton a few months ago. The short contribution, titled “Recover a Disposition for Leisure,” is a part of the feature “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education” and appears in the Winter 2012 issue of the journal Academic Questions. I wrote it thinking of…