Yoga Fest co-organizers Brandi Rollins and Kathleen Ammon.
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The first ever Yoga Fest State College is set for October 22nd and local yoga enthusiasts are invited to attend this one-day event.

Yoga, live music, food and involving the local community; these are the basic ideas behind the upcoming festival. The event will take place at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College and will involve everything from yoga workshops to wellness activities.

Yoga Fest co-organizer Brandi Rollins, says the festival is open to people of all yoga levels.

Penn State Recital Hall Construction Reaches Milestone

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Amy Milgrub Marshall signs the beam right before construction workers placed it in the new recital hall structure.
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Penn State students and faculty held a “Topping Out” ceremony on Friday for a new recital hall being built on campus.

Community members came together for music and ice cream to celebrate the uppermost steel beam being placed in the new recital hall for Penn State’s School of Music.

Students and faculty were invited to sign the beam and watch as construction workers installed it into the structure.

Event attendee Amy Milgrub Marshall, a writer and editor for the College of Arts and Architecture, says a new recital hall has been in the works for a long time.

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist whose work appears in the New York Times, National Geographic and TIME Magazine. She’s covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo and Libya. In 2009, she was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant and the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer was as a part of a New York Times team for coverage of areas of Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Addario’s book “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” was the 2017 Penn State Reads selection. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with her in front of an audience at Schlow Library in State College. 

In August, Penn State unveiled the design for a commemorative sculpture next to Old Main that would celebrate diversity and inclusion. 

The piece was going to be installed in spring 2018. It was meant to call to mind a forest and draw visitors in to reflect on themselves and others.

But, Penn State confirmed it is shelving the project — at least for now.

University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said “it has become clear that many student leaders would like to reconsider the commemorative” project.

About 600 planners from across the state are expected in State College for the 2017 conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. Hot topics will include medical marijuana, transportation planning and protecting water quality.

Ed LeClear, planning director for State College, is one of those involved in getting ready for the conference.

“The focus for this conference, I think, is really adaptability and innovation. We’re dealing with everything from climate change to fiscal distress in many of our communities, and how do we adapt to that.”

Fair District PA volunteer spoke outside Corman's office
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Fair Districts PA delivered postcards collected from constituents to State Senator Jake Corman’s office in Bellefonte on Thursday, urging the Republican majority leader to to pass legislation to reform the redistricting process in Pennsylvania.

About 25 members and supporters of Fair Districts PA gathered in the parking lot outside Corman’s office with over 500 postcards stapled onto a giant board.

“The districting process in Pennsylvania is rigged and we need to stop that,” said Toby Short, a volunteer for the advocacy group.

BookMark: "New American Best Friend" By Olivia Gatwood

Oct 19, 2017

This past March, slam poet Olivia Gatwood released her first collection of printed poems. “New American Best Friend,” which focuses on the struggles of girlhood and the common situations young women face, is affirming and moving.

Jerry Sandusky entering courthouse with paperwork
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A judge denied convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky’s motion for a new trial on Wednesday. His lawyers had argued that Sandusky should get a new trial because of mistakes his previous attorneys had made.

Calling the bulk of Sandusky’s claims meritless, Judge John Foradora dismissed a long list of complaints from the one-time Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky had argued his former attorney, Joe Amendola, had been ineffective or made bad decisions throughout the trial.

Eli Duck and Michael Dunlap.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Michael Dunlap talked with his friend Eli Duck. Both fought in the Vietnam War.  

State College mayoral candidates Democrat Don Hahn, Republican Michael Black and Independent Ron Madrid fielded questions for 90 minutes Tuesday  at the State Theatre. 

Hahn, an attorney who has served on the State College Borough Council and its planning commission, said neighborhood sustainability is key. He said students are a great contribution to the community, but he wants to keep non-students too. 

“I think we need to maintain a balance," Hahn said.

Hahn beat Black in the Democratic primary. But Black won the Republican nomination with write-in votes. 


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