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‘This is Water’

By Chris Buchignani, May 11, 2013 I felt compelled to post about this video, which (to my knowledge) has absolutely no direct connection with the Nittany Valley or the Pennsylvania State University. I think its core message – about the true purpose and value of higher education – is worth sharing and does speak to a ...

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Ghosts of Blue/White Past: 1982

By Chris Buchignani, April 18, 2013 One of my favorite “Penn State holidays” – Blue/White Weekend – is nearly upon us. After a long, cold and lonely Winter spent away from the company of your old college pals, extended tailgating family and 108,000 friendly acquaintances, it is nice to squeeze in this little reminder of ...

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‘The Team Played Well’

By Chris Buchignani, April 13, 2013 A couple weeks ago, I wrote about our latest book, a first-ever publication of The Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond (you may recognize the last name; Pond Lab is named for Francis’ brother, George, who was nicknamed “Swampy”). With the Blue/White Game now less than a full week away, I thought it ...

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‘365 Days,’ A Story of the Nittany Valley

By Chris Buchignani, April 10, 2013 We are very intrigued by “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley,” the ambitious documentary film project currently underway in here in State College. Its creators aim to offer a broader, more patient and detailed view of the Sandusky scandal’s aftermath. The footage and interviews with the filmmakers released so far ...

Legends at The University Club

By Chris Buchignani, April 4, 2013 We’re pleased to let you know that The Nittany Valley Society will be hosting its first live reading of local folklore from our January 2013 book “The Legends of the Nittany Valley”. The legendary stories of our Nittany Valley began as oral stories and have been passed on across generations. It’s ...

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Mount Nittany is a Symbol of Eternity

“This morning, as I do most Saturdays, I went and visited my dad. His grave is on a hillside and you can see Mount Nittany. Mount Nittany to me is a symbol of eternity. It’s there, it was there before any of us, and will be there long after us.” Jay Paterno Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance ...

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Statement of Ben Novak to the Senate Committee on State Government

The following testimony was submissed to the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on State Government on Mar. 3, 2013. A PDF of the complete testimony including appendices can be found here. When originally contacted to appear before the State Government Committee of the Pennsylvania Senate, it was specified that I was being invited because of my historical ...

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Penn State Reflections, Then and Now

By Chris Buchignani, March 17, 2013 A little over a month ago, the NVS published a short, one-off collection of an Atherton-era Penn State alum/prof’s remembrances of campus and its culture during the early 20th Century – The Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond. Dr. Pond’s recollections, transcribed from his late-in-life conversations with an assistant, might have formed the ...

The End of Ideology

In 1962 Daniel Bell published a book called The End of Ideology, whose major premise was that the age of great men, great beliefs, and great worlds was over. Science had solved all the ancient questions and all that was left was the fine tuning of what we already know to make a society of plenty ...

R.I.P. Paul Mazza

By Chris Buchignani, March 10, 2013 The last few years have been particularly tough ones in the Nittany Valley. In addition to the obvious, we have watched a generation of community pillars slowly pass into memory, bidding a final farewell to the likes of  Bob Zimmerman, Bill Schreyer, Joe Paterno, Lloyd Huck and Jim McClure. ...

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