The Present Situation of Perpetual War on Students

The following address was delivered by Ben Novak in 1998 during his time as a Penn State Trustee, addressing student riots, the aims of President Spanier’s administration, and student alcohol culture. Throughout Centre County there is a tenseness and a feeling of danger that have never before been experienced in our valleys. Police helicopters were ...

The Student Contributions to Penn State

The following speech was delivered by Ben Novak, Penn State Trustee, to the Penn State Board of Trustees at its November 1989 meeting. Chairman Huck, President Jordan, President Althaus, President Martin, Representative Donaldson, Chairwoman Atwood, Members of the Board: The subject I am addressing today is students. Everybody likes stories. So sit back and relax, ...

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Reflections of a Former Trustee: How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions

View PDF version. Reflections of a Former Trustee How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions By Ben Novak ‘65 I was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees more than two decades ago, and served on it as an alumni Trustee for twelve years—from 1988 to 200. I came on the Board thinking ...

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The Initiation—A Parable of the Mifflin Streak

A Parable of the Mifflin Streak I have often climbed Mount Nittany and spent afternoons and sometimes all night gazing at the valley and the campus. In my mind I would wander, trying to find a deeper meaning in the commonplace things which are often dismissed as unimportant. One day I was sitting on Mount ...

Visions of Princess Nittany

By Chris Buchignani, June 29, 2013 At the core of The Nittany Valley Society’s mission are the related goals of preserving, strengthening and sharing the genius loci of the Nittany Valley; it is why we publish The Legends of the Nittany Valley, a collection of Henry Shoemaker’s Indian legends and folk tales pertaining to our area, and why we are ...

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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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