July 26, 2012
By now we are all painfully aware that statues of our heroes go up a lot easier than they come down. Perhaps we should not erect statues at all. Or when we do, maybe it should be with the understanding that statues represent success, but successes are never present without accompanying failures. This is what makes us human. And often, the bigger the success the bigger the failing. The Greek writers of tragedy would have loved to get their mitts on the Joe Paterno story - a man blinded to the reality that sometimes the costs of winning are too great.
January 28, 2012
“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” - Mark Twain Spoken by the American author most noted for his tales of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, these words appeared in the New York Journal on June 2, 1897. The previous day, the New York Herald - then regarded as one of the top daily newspapers in America - reported the 51-year-old Twain was “grievously ill and possibly dying.” Twain, who wouldn't die until 13 years later, was in London preparing to cover Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee for the Journal.
February 16, 2009
They came from states as if they were ready to convene at a convention. But this meeting Sunday at Hagerstown Community College was for media day for the fourth annual Roundball Classic, slated for March 22 at the school's athletic complex. This year's basketball marathon has plenty to offer. "It will be a basketball junkie's heaven," said event director Dave Foltz, who spent the day welcoming nearly 150 boys and girls who will play in five all-star events. The Roundball Classic begins at noon with the boys Shooting Stars, followed by the girls Four-State Elite at 1:30 and the boys Four-State Elite at 3. After an intermission for 3-point shooting and slam dunk contests, the girls Mid-Atlantic Premier game will tip off at 5:30, followed by the boys Premier game around 7:30.
November 9, 2011
Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the board to ignore. One key question has been why Paterno and other top school officials didn't go to police in 2002 after being told a graduate assistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.Paterno says he should have done more.
August 24, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Classes started Monday for Penn State Mont Alto's largest incoming class of about 575 new students. The freshmen and transfer students have brought overall enrollment to 1,360, exceeding the previous highest enrollment of 1,315 in 1999. Among the new students are five international students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. University officials last spring approved the Mont Alto campus to host international students, Enrollment Management Director Michael Harp said.
September 16, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Penn State Mont Alto will host the university's "writer's blocks" on campus today to focus attention on Constitution Day. The blocks, publicly placed artwork that doubles as a venue for students to express in writing their opinions on certain topics, will also be installed on the University Park and Brandywine campuses. The blocks were designed in 2007 by students at University Park in the first-year art and design studio run by Peter Aeschbacher, assistant professor of architecture.
August 12, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. -- A man seen carrying a rifle prompted Penn State Mont Alto to lock down its buildings Thursday for about a half-hour until Pennsylvania State Police told campus officials the man was hunting groundhogs. Penn State Mont Alto spokeswoman Kristie Fry said the school used "PSU text" to notify people by cell phone, Facebook and Twitter. The school also sent out mass e-mails using internal lists. Students were included in notifications. Although classes don't start for another week, a few students have been on campus in recent days getting ready for the start of the academic year, Fry said.
September 6, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto Professor Alfred G. Mueller II has been selected for inclusion in the 2010-11 edition of "Who's Who in Education. " Mueller is an associate professor of communication arts and sciences, and the interim assistant director of academic affairs at Mont Alto. A member of the faculty for 11 years, Mueller specializes in rhetorical studies, teaching courses in public speaking, rhetorical theory, and criticism and rhetorical history. Mueller is the author of "In the Name of God," a study of religion and nationalism in post-Soviet Ukraine, and is writing a rhetorical history of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's involvement in the creation and passage of the Interstate Highway Act of 1956.
September 18, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The nation's best rush defense will be on the field this weekend at Beaver Stadium -- and it doesn't belong to No. 22 Penn State. Kent State is a statistical brick wall against the run entering the third week of the season, allowing just 11 yards a contest on the ground. These Golden Flashes may not be an early season pushover after all for the Nittany Lions (1-1) and their sluggish running game today. "As a defensive line, we go into this game with all the confidence in the world," said Kent State end Lee Stalker, of Butler, Pa. "Going into this Penn State game, we know personally we can do it. " Bold talk from a Mid-American Conference player whose team lost 26-13 at Boston College last weekend.
March 3, 2008
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto will host a general information session for people who are interested in attending Penn State. The session will be Monday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Admissions counselors will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on Penn State academic programs, the admissions process, the application process, financial aid and more. A tour of the campus and residence halls will be provided at the conclusion of the appointment. To register, call 717-749-6130 or 1-800-392-6173, or go to www.ma.