Monthly Archives: January, 2014

THON
0 Why They Dance: Part 1

Earlier this week, I asked for those dancing in THON to share their stories of why they’re dancing. Because of all the great stories we received, we’ve decided to feature three dancers each week leading up to THON weekend.

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Athletics
1 Meet Cum Posey, Another Penn Stater in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Cumberland Posey, one of Penn State’s first black athletes — some say he was the first — , only played professionally for a few years because he discovered his talent was in team management. His business skills made the Homestead Grays one of the most successful teams in Negro league history. It’s been said he had a keen eye for choosing young players to develop into star athletes, with Posey having the record to prove it. Posey’s team won nine Negro National League championships from 1937 to 1945, including two world titles.

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THON
9 ‘Life is Tough, But I’m Tougher’: An Update on Kayla Nakonechni

Her battle began around March of last year when she began to notices twitches and small movements. After suffering multiple seizures, the diagnosis was confirmed as cancer. Since the last time we caught up with Kayla, she has hit a couple of “speed bumps,” including being taken out of a chemotherapy study and put into a different one because her low blood levels called for a blood transfusion in late November.

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Athletics
0 Penn State Snaps 18-Game Losing Streak Against Ohio State with 71-70 OT Win

The Nittany Lions entered their seventh conference game of the season with a 1-5 record that just as easily could have been a 5-1 record. Penn State’s previous five games had been decided by four points or less, with the Nittany Lions losing four of those Big Ten matchups. Tonight’s games in Columbus was just as close, but Penn State was able to win its second conference game in a row with a comeback overtime victory over the #23 Ohio State Buckeyes in a game that looked to be over late in the second half.

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Athletics
0 Assistant Steve Aird Named Maryland Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Penn State women’s volleyball assistant coach Steve Aird has officially been named the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins program on Wednesday, according to the athletics website. Aird has been as assistant with the Nittany Lions national championship-winning program for the past two seasons, previously serving as Penn State’s Director of Operations during the 2007 season.

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Athletics
0 David Glen Grateful For Chance To Save A Life Of A Stranger

Glen may have been exhausted, but he hadn’t played a single minute that night. Even so, he still had dished out the most important assist of the week. Only 24-hours earlier, Glen had begun the first of four injections as part of a bone marrow donation procedure. A member of Be The Match, Penn State’s assistant captain received word earlier in the month that he was a match for a patient in need.

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Student Life
11 Meet Jesse Scott, The Student Responsible for $4 Million

He might be the most powerful student at Penn State, and you’ve probably never heard of him. I’m talking, of course, about Jesse Scott, a down-to-earth 31-year old Penn State Ph.D. student who likes to cook, go dancing with his wife Laura, and watch Doctor Who in his free time. Work time for Scott, however, is a good deal more serious. He chairs the University Park Allocation Committee, which allocates about $4 million in funding to student organizations throughout the year.

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