Eight Great College Football Games to See (in Person) This Fall

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Football is under siege — from parents, doctors, academics, a Kennedy, even from Buzz Bissinger, the guy who wrote the definitive book on football, Friday Night Lights. This makes us sad. Football is a wonderful game perfectly suited to the American spirit, and we’d miss it if it went away. We love us some Eagles, but for true passion — from guys who aren’t making millions a year to take the field — you can’t beat college football. Here are eight upcoming games featuring local college teams that should offer lots of rivalry, fun and excitement, not to mention cheerleaders and marching bands. Catch as many as you can — while you can. Read more »

Report: Former Penn State Basketball Player Detained on Suspicion of Terrorism

Penn State’s DJ Newbill, left, drives against Akron’s Alex Abreu during a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Penn State’s DJ Newbill, left, drives against Akron’s Alex Abreu during a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

A former Penn State basketball player was reportedly detained on suspicion of terrorism as he tried to join his new team in France, his European agent says.

D.J. Newbill was stopped by German authorities, Newbill’s agent, Francois Lamy, said in a Facebook post. (The post has been translated from French.) The incident was first reported by the Black Cager blog.

“An officer of the German immigration doubted his statement that he was in Europe to play basketball,” Lamy wrote. “He also doubted that France was the country of final destination. Newbill was interrogated for hours. German immigration officials were convinced he had a terrorist motive.” Read more »

The Best-Paid Local Public College Presidents Are …

Nittany Lion | Shutterstock.com. University of Delaware Blue Hen | Aspen Photo / Shutterstock.com

Nittany Lion | Shutterstock.com. University of Delaware Blue Hen | Aspen Photo / Shutterstock.com

Two local (sort of) institutions have presidents who were among the top 10 highest-paid presidents of public universities, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This week, Time compared that data to Money magazine’s new list of “schools that provide the most value for your tuition dollar.”

Number seven on the Chronicle‘s Top 10 list is Patrick T. Harker, president of the University of Delaware, who received total compensation of $800,156 for the 2013-’14 school year. Money magazine ranks UD 65th on its “best value” list.

And the highest-paid public university president in the country during that time period? Ex-Penn State prez Rodney A. Erickson, whose total compensation for the final year of his tenure (he stepped down at the end of the 2013-’14 school year) was $1,494,603 — though that figure includes the value of a university-sponsored life insurance package that was discontinued that year and thus transferred to him. (Not for nothing, though, Eric Barron, who replaced him as Penn State president, was hired at a higher base salary, $800,000, than Erickson’s, $633,336.)  Read more »

Penn State Unveils Controversial New Zombie Lion Logo

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A comparison of Penn State’s old and new academic logos.

The Penn State Nittany Lion is scared as hell.

Or perhaps he’s just rolled around in a giant catnip patch. He could also be a zombie lion, or under the influence of some other drug. Or maybe it’s as simple as this: He’s just realized he’s in the crosshairs of a Minnesota dentist.

Yesterday, Penn State unveiled a new academic logo for the university. It replaces the lion shrine version that had been around since the 1980s. Per The Daily Collegian, the school began a logo update in 2013 and paid Jerry Kuyper Partners, a Connecticut identity-branding firm, $128,000 for the work.

“I am excited to see us moving forward with an updated visual identity that connects our rich tradition with a bright future,” PSU president Eric Barron said in a release. “The 1980s version of the mark incorporated important elements of who we are as a University, but had presented usage challenges for some time. The updated version is a strong representation of Penn Staters’ excellence, passion and innovation.” Read more »

Penn State Senior Killed in Fall from Balcony in Spain

Lauren Bajorek via Facebook | Nittany Lion via Shutterstock.com

Lauren Bajorek via Facebook | Nittany Lion via Shutterstock.com

A Penn State University senior from York died this past weekend after reportedly falling from a balcony in Seville, Spain.

Lauren Bajorek had just completed a summer internship program in Seville, Penn State news site OnwardState reported Sunday. She majored in finance with minors in Spanish and music performance, and was part of Penn State’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and Alpha Kappa Psi, the blog said. Read more »

Kicker Commits to Penn State With Inspirational Video

A kicker committed to Penn State University by releasing an inspirational video about himself. He will fit in well at Penn State (presuming he kicks well).

Quinn Nordin is the top-rated kicker in the nation in the class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, and received the most scholarship offers of any kicker entering college next year. Read more »

9 Most Shocking Parts of the PSU Whistleblower’s Lawsuit

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James Vivenzio, a former member of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho, sued the school and fraternity on Monday over hazing. He is the whistleblower who told police in January that KDR maintained a Facebook page where members posted photos of nude, unconscious women, hazing and drug sales.

We’re not easily shocked, but we have to say, his allegations are pretty stunning. In the lawsuit, Vivenzio and his attorney, Aaron Freiwald, say KDR hazed pledges in bizarre and gut-wrenching ways — such as forcing them to drink their frat brothers’ urine — and that the university turned a blind eye to it all.

Here are nine other horrific parts of Vivenzio’s complaint:
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Facebook Frat Whistleblower: Penn State Did Nothing for Months After I Told Them About Abuse

Former Kappa Delta Rho member James Vivenzio and his lawyer Aaron Freiwald.

Former Kappa Delta Rho member James Vivenzio and his lawyer Aaron Freiwald.

Did Penn State learn anything in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal?

Not if you believe a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of James Vivenzio, the 21-year-old whistleblower who told authorities this January that the fraternity Kappa Delta Rho was running a secret Facebook page where members allegedly posted images of nude, unconscious women, drug sales and hazing.

At a Monday press conference about his lawsuit, Vivenzio, a former KDR brother, and his lawyer Aaron Freiwald made a number of stunning allegations about the frat and Penn State. Perhaps the most shocking among them is that Vivenzio said he told university officials about KDR’s alleged Facebook page months before he went to the police, but they did nothing.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said in a statement that the university “strongly disputes the allegations in this complaint.”

Here are the details of the suit: Read more »

New Sandusky Accuser Asks Court to Order Criminal Charges

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A man who says Jerry Sandusky molested him during the 1980s is asking a court to order criminal charges in the matter.

“The man, now 43 years old and living in Massachusetts, was 16 at the time he attended a Sandusky-run football camp on the Penn State campus,” AP reports. “His private criminal complaint filed in Centre County alleges two incidences of abuse in which he claims Sandusky subjected him to fondling and oral sex.”

Sandusky’s lawyer denied the allegations. Read more »

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