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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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A Great Idea: Recovering a Disposition for Leisure

By Tom Shakely, February 13, 2013 The National Association of Scholars published a small contribution I wrote when visiting board member Zach Zimbler in Princeton a few months ago. The short contribution, titled “Recover a Disposition for Leisure,” is a part of the feature “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education” and appears in the Winter 2012 issue of the ...

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A Letter to Coach O’Brien

By Chris Buchignani, December 21, 2012 After a marvelous inaugural season as Penn State’s first new head football coach in nearly 50 years, Bill O’Brien has been deservedly lauded with numerous awards. Facing the daunting tasks of succeeding the legendary Joe Paterno and holding the team and program together in the wake of scandal and sanctions, O’Brien conducted ...

Is Penn State a Real University?

  After our December 1st Winter Reception, our first public event, The Nittany Valley Society was pleased to be able to connect Dr. Ben Novak to student leaders at Penn State University to speak about his Mar. 2012 book “Is Penn State a Real University: An Investigation of the University as a Living Ideal“. Dr. ...

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