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May 16, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
How does a budding scientist interest her whole school in the complicated process of genome sequencing? Well, by analyzing the DNA of said university's beloved mascot, of course. Maya Evanitsky, 21, a student at Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College, hopes to soon tell all of Happy Valley exactly what a Nittany Lion is made of. She has extracted a sample from the hind leg of the taxidermied 19th century Puma concolor on display at the university's All-Sports Museum at Beaver Stadium.
SPORTS
April 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There couldn't have been a sophomore quarterback in the nation with more on his plate in 2014 than Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Learning a new offensive system for the second straight season, the talented Hackenberg had to find a way to magically provide points for a team with young wide receivers and a thin and porous offensive line, a combination that resulted in 44 sacks and dozens more knockdowns. However, through all this frustration, Hackenberg answered the call as a leader of the offense, a responsibility that he has embraced more strongly this spring going into the Blue-White Game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
SPORTS
April 15, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State will open the 2015 Big Ten season Sept. 19 against Rutgers in a night game at Beaver Stadium, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. Game time will be set at a later date. The two teams began their Big Ten schedules last year on the third Saturday of their seasons under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 10-point deficit to win, 13-10, on Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. The victory gave the Lions a 23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1918.
SPORTS
February 27, 2015
Penn State on Wednesday released its single-game ticket prices for its seven home football games this season at Beaver Stadium. Ticket prices range from $40 to $140 for the Nittany Lions' three home nonconference games, against Buffalo (Sept. 12), San Diego State (Sept. 26), and Army (Oct. 3). The most expensive tickets will be for the home games against Rutgers (Sept. 19) and Michigan (Nov. 21). Tickets will cost $100 to $200. Prices for the Indiana game Oct. 10 will be $80 to $150.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Troy Shorts could have sat behind a podium, smiled for the cellphone cameras, and put pen to paper like many top South Jersey football players did on Wednesday as part of national signing day. He could have accepted a scholarship from Central Connecticut, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Northeast Conference with Sacred Heart, Wagner, and Bryant, among others. He could have been part of the celebratory scene on Wednesday - the attention in school, the posing for pictures, the swirl of excitement and congratulations.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin scrolled through his Twitter feed. Between swift swipes of his finger, the Penn State coach looked up to watch ESPN's national signing day coverage on a large flat-screen TV. He peered back down through his glasses and surveyed the thick binder in front of him. On his second signing day in Happy Valley, Franklin spent the morning inside the "war room," an upstairs space in the Lasch Football Building on the university's...
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franklin received plenty of attention - and some criticism - during his introductory news conference as Penn State's new head coach about 13 months ago when he said he wanted to "dominate the state" in recruiting. On Wednesday, he came to the same podium in the Beaver Stadium press room to talk about the Nittany Lions' signed recruiting class of 2015, armed with numbers showing that he pretty much did what he said he intended to do. "We had seven of the top 10 players in the state of Pennsylvania, the most in more than a decade," Franklin said.
NEWS
January 22, 2015
ISSUE | STATE OF UNION Steady course President Obama presented commonsense investments that will allow our economy to continue to grow ("Long division," Jan. 21). Six years into his presidency, the numbers don't lie: Our economy is booming, and unemployment is down to prerecession levels. While Obama doesn't deserve all the credit, his policies are largely working. Whether it's making college more accessible or providing more tax cuts for the middle class, his proposals will be strategic investments that can benefit not just the middle class but the broader society, and continue the momentum.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The line you hear in college sports is that the NCAA is not merely a building full of bureaucrats at a headquarters in Indianapolis; it includes the schools, all of them. You just don't meet too many people who work at those schools who believe the NCAA did the right thing with its over-the-top Penn State sanctions. NCAA president Mark Emmert pulled off the impossible in 2012 with those sanctions, turning Penn State into a legitimately aggrieved party inĀ one aspect of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.
NEWS
January 18, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - They gathered to celebrate Joe Paterno's 409 wins. But the most vocal at a rally at Pennsylvania State University on Friday night made it clear they were not yet satisfied. Chants of "We want the statue" punctuated the peaceful night, as several hundred people celebrated Friday's announcement that the NCAA's consent decree - which levied strict sanctions on the football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal - would be altered and 111 previously vacated Paterno wins from 1998 to 2012 would be restored.
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