I wanted to put up a quick note and congratulations to our first year Scholar and offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski for getting his first chance to play with the football team last Saturday. As the Daily Collegian noted, he performed extremely well and showed great poise.
Shaw’s absence also created an opportunity for true freshman Stefen Wisniewski, who shared time with Lucian at right guard.
Most freshmen that come into their first game are a little wide-eyed at first, said junior center A.Q. Shipley. But after Wisniewski had played through his first drive on the Lions’ offensive line — and received some encouragement from his older teammates — he was fine, Shipley said.
Stefan apparently will get even more playing time, along with Lucian, this week against the Wolverines. Good luck Stefan! And beat Michigan!
This is a profile of a great Penn Stater, John Shaffer, and the story of how the Fiesta Bowl in 1987 was the beginning of the modern BCS phenomena. I will tell you that I am not a fan of the current system, nor of the kind of swagger and “show boating” (as my dad would say) that marks many strong college teams (and is sadly, par for the course in the pros now). But I will also tell you that this is precisely why I admire Coach Paterno and Penn State so much.
I have a poster from the alumni association that sums it up well:
The Penn State Way
It’s the way a player hands the ball to the ref after scoring.
It’s the white uniform and the black shoes.
It’s the nameless jerseys.
It’s the colorless helmets, save for the scuff marks from the other team.
The Penn State name stands for something—
Something good and decent.
Something proud and honorable.
So let’s stand for the Penn State Way.
Let’s stand for civility and graciousness.
Let’s stand for the visiting team
As they enter the field, and
Let’s show them the Penn State Way.
But that was the thing about John Shaffer: He was one of those quarterbacks who specialized in not losing, one of those quarterbacks you hardly see anymore in major college football, one of those quarterbacks who not only shows up for class but actually cares about his classes, one of those quarterbacks whose job is not to alter the course of the game but simply not to screw the damn thing up.
I’m writing to you today to tell you of good news: Tonight, on November 13,
2006, a team of predominantly SHC scholars won the intramural reshall
football championship! It was drizzling, it was muddy, it was an exciting
24-0 clean sweep as A-7, a 3rd floor hall in Atherton, defeated the boys of
Stuart Hall and won the final round in a courageous show of distinction,
determination, and sportsmanship. Our overall record of 6-0, which includes
three shutouts, proves without doubt that Honors students can be star
Each and every one of us had something to offer — it was a true team
effort. And we brought our Honors spirit on the field by leaving the trash
talk and cheats off the field.
A-7′s Fall 2006 roster:
* Were available to play the championship game.
Sincerely, your scholars upstairs in A-7,
— Alejandro Barreto
Penn State Schreyer Honors
Triple Overtime Promotions
The No. 1 seed Lions defeated No. 2 Illinois today, 3-1, in the Big Ten Tournament final at Jeffrey Field. Penn State now awaits the NCAA women’s soccer selection show that will be aired between 3-4 p.m. on Monday on ESPNews.
Schreyer Scholar Aubrey Aden-Buie is everywhere! Not only on the soccer pitch but the TV as well. The spot ran several times during last night’s valiant fight against MI. There she is, in the first shot of the video promo below. It is quite a good spot, imho. Does anyone recognize anyone else?
Tonight our daughter had a special treat. She was invited to be an “honorary captain” for the women’s soccer game against Michigan State. It was an intense game that ended only in overtime. The second goal was scored by Aubrey Aden-Buie, a Schreyer Scholar who was recently covered in a Collegian article which said,
Penn State has been able to rely on the sure foot of Aubrey Aden-Buie to provide a much-needed spark.
There were two other goals, the third obviously in overtime, by players whose name I am afraid I have forgotten! Sorry ladies! (I will try to get a link to the Collegian story when it comes out.) The Lady Lions play Michigan on Sunday at noon, we will be there (barring rain) and I encourage you to come out as well!
The Big Ten championship will be played here on November 2-5th. With two Scholars on the team (first year Scholar Jamie Morrison is also on the team) it sounds like an Honors outing to me!
My brother, a PSU PhD and a new faculty member at PSU-Harrisburg, and his son, no doubt a future Penn Stater, have started their own podcast. The latest episode is mostly about football. It is amazing what a 14 year old (currently living in central OH!) knows about PSU football.
SHC will be starting our own podcast this semester and this won’t be lil’ ol’ mean and my computer’s mic. It will be a bi-weekly show featuring news, interviews, maybe even some trivia, and will be produced by our own students. So stay tuned and let us know who you would like to have interviewed! (Maybe even the Coach?)