Category: Penn State Spirit

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Three Coaches, Three Speeches

By Chris Buchignani, February 2015 “I wish the whole world could see and feel what’s in this room right now. Love and commitment… in 58 years at Penn State, I’ve never been more proud than right now.” -Joe Paterno This weekend marks the continuation of one of the Nittany Valley’s most remarkable stories. What we ...

A Penn State Love Story

By Chris Buchignani, February 14, 2015 In The Legends of the Nittany Valley, a unique and fun mythology emerges for the places in and around Penn State, but our community also has its own real-life fairy tale: The story of the tragically short-lived love between Rebecca Valentine and Evan Pugh, the University’s founding president. Pugh is ...

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The Grand Experiment’s Hidden Stat

By Chris Buchignani, January 29, 2015 Some have called it “Paterno’s Payback.” Others term it “superlative.” Others still have just been wonderfully, spontaneously emotional about the whole thing. No matter how you choose to express it, ever since the Freeh Report handed down its “absurd” indictment of the Penn State “culture,” we have all gotten a little more outwardly defensive about the consistently ...

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Graduate School & the Value of Extended Time in the Nittany Valley

By Kevin Horne, January 2015 “5… 4… 3… 2… 1… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” I hear that same countdown every night, a few seconds before midnight, from my Beaver Avenue apartment, although its consistency makes it no less painful to digest. The commotion, of course, is coming from the line outside the local bar known for catering ...

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Joy of Christmas Spirits (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not the case in 1984 (only five years after the legalization of homebrewing) when the editor of the Centre Daily Times ...

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An Opportunity, Not a Punishment

By Chris Buchignani, September 8, 2014 As I write this, Penn Staters everywhere are still celebrating the immediate restoration of Penn State’s football scholarships and bowl eligibility. We are all happy for the kids on the team and the coaching staff (and of course, for ourselves as fans too). Great opportunities await a deserving, hard-working group. As ...

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An Ode to Zeno’s

By Chris Buchignani, September 3, 2014 Onward State published a feature this morning wherein various staff members profiled their favorite local watering holes. Fellow NVS board member Kevin Horne contributed a truly poetic paean to Zeno’s Pub, that famous purveyor of craft beer located directly above the center of the Earth (he earns extra points for shouting out our book, The Birth ...

Happy Valley’s Magical Magnetism

By Chris Buchignani, August 14, 2014 You can already sense it here in the Valley. Before you know it, tens of thousands of students will make their way back to Penn State for another academic year. Soon after, tens of thousands more fans, alumni, and friends will follow them for seven Autumn weekends, many who ...

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Sugar-Coating Lessons from the Past

By Chris Buchignani, August 3, 2014 This weekend, I picked up a copy of “The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation” by BTN studio host Dave Revsine. With tonight’s Hall of Fame game set to usher in another season of pro football and just under 30 days until the Lions kick off ...

Of Beers and Bars

By Chris Buchignani, July 24, 2014 The Nittany Valley Society is just a tad over two years old (founded in April 2012), so while we have, I think, accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, we are also still growing in our understanding of the unique and ambitious mission of a cultural conservancy and how we can serve ...