10 Things You Might Not Know About College Mascots


The Temple football team opens its season tonight with a game against Army at the Linc. (Tickets here!) Temple’s team is known as the Owls for the most proudly prosaic of reasons: It started as a night school, with a student body that worked during the day and went to classes after the sun went down. (Temple’s live great horned owl mascot is Stella, who, when she’s not on the sidelines, lives at Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo.) Army’s team (technically now the Army West Point team) is known as the Black Knights, a designation that, rumor had it, would be dropped last year under a rebranding with Nike. They originally became known as the Black Knights because their uniforms were black. So — what’s in a college mascot’s name? Some are weird, some are whimsical, some are politically incorrect all of a sudden. Just in time for back-to-school, here are the stories behind a few other collegiate sports teams’ names.  Read more »

Penn State Student: I’ll Leave School if PSU Honors Paterno

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Ian Riccaboni, shown with Ring of Honor wrestler Veda Scott, says he’ll try to transfer if the school goes through with honoring Joe Paterno | Photo courtesy Riccaboni

Ian Riccaboni is a man who wears many hats. The Upper Dublin resident is a senior manager in pharmaceutical field reimbursement, a writer for Phillies Nation, an adjunct instructor at Holy Family University and a professional wrestling announcer for the well-regarded Ring of Honor promotion. He has a Wikipedia page. He’s also a Penn State student getting a graduate certificate.

When he heard yesterday’s news that Penn State would commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach this month, it made Riccaboni angry. It made him rethink his decision to attend the school entirely.  Read more »

Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Game vs. Temple


Penn State will honor Joe Paterno before its home game against Temple this season, according to a press release about the season’s promotional schedule.

On the September 17th game against the Owls at Beaver Stadium, Penn State will hold an pregame ceremony “[c]ommemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” per the release. Per Onward State, which first reported the news, Penn State has not had any in-stadium mention of Paterno since his last game on October 29th, 2011 (besides his appearance in a few “hype” videos).

Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and died on January 22nd, 2012. His former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012. Read more »

OPINION: More Should Be Factored In What’s Considered ‘LGBTQ Friendly’


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Another week, another ranking.

This time around, the non-profit Campus Pride, an organization that prides itself for hosting “student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities,” released their definitive annual list of top 30 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. In Pennsylvania, only two campuses were even on the list — University of Pennsylvania and Penn State. Penn received a perfect score of 5 based on the organization’s Campus Pride Index, while Penn State was given a 4.5 score.  Read more »

Judge Unveils Controversial Depositions Regarding Penn State’s Handling of Sexual Abuse Incidents

 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A Philadelphia judge unveiled depositions that shed light on the details of disturbing claims, revealed in May, that Penn State officials were aware of sexual abuse allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky far earlier than originally thought.

The documents stirred the pot of controversy surrounding Sandusky as well as former head football coach Joe Paterno and other university officials.

The stories of four alleged sexual abuse victims were addressed in multiple cases detailed in documents released by a judge in the university’s courtroom clash with its commercial general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. The documents could reveal whether Penn State officials knew about inappropriate incidents regarding Sandusky decades ago and chose not to alert the insurance company.

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Penn State President: No Evidence Paterno Knew About Sandusky Assault in 1976

Penn State president Eric Barron (Michelle Bixby, Penn State) and Joe Paterno (Richard Paul Kane, Shutterstock)

Left: Penn State president Eric Barron (Michelle Bixby, Penn State) Right: Joe Paterno (Richard Paul Kane, Shutterstock.com)

Penn State University president Eric Barron denounced a string of new allegations about the extent of the university’s knowledge of Jerry Sandusky‘s sexual abuse of children, and criticized the media for continuing to scrutinize the school, four years after Sandusky was convicted on dozens of sexual assault charges.

Barron shared his thoughts in a letter that was posted on Penn State’s website on Sunday, while the university was still reeling from the deluge of claims about Sandusky, who continues to cast a haunting shadow over the school even while he festers behind bars.

The first shockwave hit last Wednesday, in court documents tied to a legal battle between Penn State and its general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company, over the more than $90 million in settlements that the university has paid out to Sandusky’s victims. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer wrote that PMA claims a boy told late football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he’d been abused by Sandusky. The insurance company also claims that two assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children in the late 1980s, and that another molestation claim had been reported to an athletic director around that same time.

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Court Docs: Joe Paterno Knew About Sandusky’s Child Sex Abuse in 1976

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, raises fingers in a victory gesture after Penn State defeated North Carolina State 19-10 at University Park, Pennsylvania, Saturday, Nov. 11, 1978.

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, after a victory over North Carolina State on November 11, 1978.

Did Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno know about Jerry Sandusky’s horrific pedophiliac ways 40 years ago?

That disturbing possibility was raised in a court filing Wednesday, as part of an ugly legal battle between Penn State and the university’s commercial general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. At the heart of the dispute is whether PMA should cover some or all of the $60 million the university has paid out in settlements to victims of Sandusky in recent years, based on what Penn State officials knew about Sandusky — and when.

Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer referenced a long-ago alleged report of abuse in an opinion that delved into the particulars of Penn State’s various policies with PMA. The line that grabbed the most attention, of course, referred to Paterno. Read more »

Jerry Sandusky Appears in Pa. Court to Appeal Conviction


Update, 4 p.m.: Jerry Sandusky attended Monday’s hearing wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, according to ABC News. As he entered the courthouse, Sandusky reportedly told reporters to “read what has been written,” and offered no other commentary on his chances for a new trial.

The presiding judge, John Cleland, questioned Sandusky’s attorney Al Lindsay as to whether there really is a strong enough argument for him to grant an evidentiary hearing almost four years after his client’s conviction.  Read more »

CCP, Kutztown U. Get Muzzle Awards for “Stifling Free Speech”

Community College of Philadelphia's Mint Building. (Photo by CCPedu via Wikimedia Commons)

Community College of Philadelphia’s Mint Building. (Photo by CCPedu via Wikimedia Commons)

In the movie business, one award that you don’t want to get is the Golden Rasberry. Known as The Razzies, they are bestowed upon the worst films to hit theaters. Well, it turns out that higher education has a similarly tongue-in-cheek award known as the Muzzles, and two Pennsylvania schools have made the cut. Read more »

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