Penn State Increases Sanctions for Kappa Delta Rho

Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has lost its recognition on the University Park campus for a three-year period. The suspension is based on an investigation after reports in March that fraternity members were posting photos to a private Facebook page that showed nude women, some of whom appeared unconscious. The investigation also revealed hazing and drug dealing. Penn State's Interfraternity Council had decided to continue to recognize the fraternity, with stipulations. But Penn...
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Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has lost its recognition on the University Park campus for a three-year period. The suspension is based on an investigation after reports in March that fraternity members were posting photos to a private Facebook page that showed nude women, some of whom appeared unconscious. The investigation also revealed hazing and drug dealing.  Penn State's Interfraternity Council had decided to continue to recognize the fraternity, with stipulations.

Ai-Jen Poo is interested in the work that makes all other work possible.   We’re talking about nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who go into other people’s homes every day to make it possible for them to go out into the world and do what they do.  Her goal is to bring dignity and respect to that work.  Poo is director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations. Her new book is The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Jake Corman
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Pick your favorite issue or cause in Pennsylvania: public education, services for the poor, tax breaks for businesses.

Chances are, there's going to be less money for any of these moving forward because the state's public employee pension bill is growing exponentially, with a current unfunded liability of $53 billion.

The proposed building site for "The Cottages" on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.
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Dave Yoxtheimer, a hydro geologist at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, walks through a seemingly unremarkable tract of land. It’s near Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road, in State College’s Ferguson Township. Although it seems barren to the naked eye, the land serves an important purpose for the town’s water.

BookMark: "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

May 21, 2015

I’ve read World War II fiction, but never a story like “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.  The book follows two teenagers from their childhoods in the thirties, through 1945 and beyond.  The first is Marie Laurie LeBlanc. She’s blind and lives with her locksmith father in Paris. The second, Werner Pfennig, grows up in a German orphanage. Their stories begin to intertwine in the book’s opening scene. In a coastal French town towards the end of World War II, Marie Laurie crouches in her great-uncle’s secret attic during an American attack.

Colleen Unroe and Toby Short
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Two members of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors up for reelection this year probably thought they were shoo-ins. Dick Mascolo and Drew Clemson were unopposed on yesterday’s Republican primary ballot with no one registered to run on the Democratic side. But concerns over a proposed housing development led a slate of new candidates to enter the race at the last minute as write-ins.

Dede Wyland and Bruce Molsky are featured in the first hour,  with a song from harmonica virtuoso Richard Sleigh in between.   All three are from the 2014 Folk College Saturday night concert finale,  from Halbritter Auditorium at Juniate College in Huntingdon, PA. Dede's distinctive bluegrass vocal is supported by her all male backup band, Mama Tried,  and guest Henry Koretsky on one song.   Bruce Molsky  appalachian fiddle playing and singing is center stage of course,  but he shows us what he can do on fiddle and guitar too.   And Mariel Vandersteel joins him on fiddle as well.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 15, 2015, hosted by Greg Halpin.

In the first hour of the program, hear new releases from Jovan Alexandre, Grant Stewart, GoGo Penquin, Glenn Zaleski, Twin Danger, Kermit Ruffins, and 11-year-old pianist Joey Alexander.

In the second hour, hear jazz classics from the 50s and 60s as well some more recent recordings from Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Mingus,, Eric Reed, Hugh Masekela and more.

Penn State President Eric Barron announced today that the university’s College of Engineering had been hit by what he called “two highly sophisticated cyberattacks.”

Penn State Newswire reports that Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm hired by Penn State says one of two attacks originated in China, using advanced malware.

The FBI alerted Penn State to the attacks on November 1, 2014. At that time, Barron says, the university administration began working with cybersecurity experts to identify the source and nature of the attack, and to take appropriate action.

I Believe in Difficulties

May 14, 2015
Essayist Campbell Meyers
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"Beep...Beep…Beep”…the rhythmic oscillations of the heart monitor delineate the steady, monotonous cycle of life. The computer screen displays a fragile, red line creating a seismic reading of the surges of life under the skin. This simple line registers the separation of life from death. When I was born, the line crashed from its rhythmic motion to a relentless flat line accompanied by an equally relentless, mechanical squeal.

Moments after I was given life, it was almost stolen away. But I fought. I kept fighting for days and months. I have continued to fight my entire life.


Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

Mary Ellen Mark, the influential photographer known mostly for her humanist work, has died. She was 75.Mark died Monday, a representative said Tuesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that she died in New York.Mark's work appeared in Life, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Her photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of Streetwise, an Academy Award-nominated film that was directed by her husband, Martin Bell.In a 1988 interview with the Philadelphia...
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Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Like lots of little kids, Jeremiah Nebula — the main character of a children's book called Large Fears — has big dreams. He wants to go to Mars.But Jeremiah is also pretty different from the characters that Myles Johnson, the author of the Kickstarter-backed book, met in the stories he read when he was growing up. Jeremiah is black, and he really, really likes the color pink."He's queer, and he's a bit unconventional. He's essentially myself as a child," says Johnson, a 22-year-old freelance...
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Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter

More than 10 months after Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was detained on vaguely defined espionage charges, his trial began Tuesday in a closed court in Tehran. Rezaian is a citizen of both Iran and the U.S.Noting the trial's start, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency notes that Rezaian, 39, "is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran."The agency did not note other details about the charges. The Post, citing IRNA, reports, "The...
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Texas Governor Calls Flood Damage 'Devastating'

Updated at 4:41 p.m. ETTexas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the flood damage in the central part of his state "absolutely devastating."Abbott flew over parts of the Blanco River Monday, a day after storms triggered flooding. The hardest-hit communities were Wimberley and San Marcos. Abbott added 24 counties to the disaster declaration he issued earlier this month to help communities overwhelmed with heavy rains and tornado damage.The high water forced Peggy Wilborn — and her neighbors — from...
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video apps & privacy 5/26 7:55am

Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.I turned it on in a parking lot in a mall in San Francisco. Patrons like Chris...
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Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. That sad sack of a company Dunder Mifflin is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens, but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."In the real world, paper doesn't appear to be...
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Palestinians discover Freekeh again 5/26 12:35pm

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair...
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Rick Perry 5/26, 12:26pm

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent...
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Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.If the deal is completed, the new company would become a major rival to Comcast Corp. As we reported, Comcast and Charter had already made earlier bids to buy Time Warner, but Charter was outbid by Comcast and the Comcast deal fell apart after the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission raised concerns that it would lead to an anti-competitive environment.According to The...
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Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings."Since I...
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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests.Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut within 10 seconds. The results showed no differences in IQ."There is growing evidence from a number of studies that all infants, those born at term and those born early, benefit from...
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A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward, haven't been playing together all that long."People usually assume that I was three years old, playing on the porch with my mom, with a ukulele or something," says Madisen.In fact, the two teamed up only about six years ago."My mom's been playing in coffeehouses since she was 19, and I started picking up music when I was 19 as well," Madisen says. "I started joining her, and we stopped playing with other musicians and started playing together, and we...
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Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy, and at home."Those words are credited to Edvard Grieg. Pianist Stephen Hough has three — count them, three — new albums out right now. One features his own compositions, and two of them include music by Grieg, including 27 of the...
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Proposed Student Housing Complex Raises Worries Over State College Water Supply

“The aquifer beneath our feet here, in essence, drains and recharges two of the Water Authority’s well fields, which then basically becomes our drinking water.” - hydrogeologist Dave Yoxtheimer

WPSU-TV's 50th Birthday Party

Meet Clifford, Daniel Tiger & Cat in the Hat Sunday, May 31 from 1-4pm on Penn State's Old Main Lawn.

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It's Folk Season

Now that the Metropolitain Opera radio season has ended, The Folk Show is back on WPSU-FM Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm, now through the end of November.

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Find out what's happening in Central & Northern PA on WPSU's Community Calendar! Submit your group's event at least 2 weeks in advance, and you might hear it announced on WPSU-FM.

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Our Local Food Journey blog explores what it means to eat local in Central and Northern Pennsylvania.