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Hoisting the hardware Bellefonte thumped rival PhilipsburgOsceola to capture the Luther Trophy in Week 3 of the high school football season./Page 19
September 20-26, 2012
Volume 4, Issue 38
Students hope help comes out of Blue By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s time for Blue Out Beaver Stadium: the sequel. Back in November, when news of the child sex abuse scandal broke, Penn State graduate students Laura March and Stuart Shapiro knew they had to do something to help the victims. “We were just sitting on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. Stuart and I were just so upset,” March recalled. “We wanted to do something. I Googled the ribbon for child abuse and it turned out to be blue. Things just sort of took off from there.” During that emotional week, March and Shapiro organized the first Blue Out. Most of those in the stands at Beaver Stadium against Nebraska on Nov. 12 wore blue. “It was definitely an emotional day. We saw a lot of blue in the stands that day. When I saw the aerial shots of Beaver Stadium, it was just incredible how everyone came together,” March said. Now, 10 months later, March and Shapiro have set out to duplicate last season’s powerful afternoon. During this week’s contest with Temple at Beaver Stadium fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. According to Shapiro, the university has gotten completely behind this incarnation
of the Blue Out. “I can’t say enough about Penn State athletics, the administration. It’s been a really strong partnership. We reached out to athletics and we set a date. It’s really what we wanted to do. Penn State is so big into helping children. It’s like another THON,” Shapiro said. March and Shapiro have worked in collaboration with One Heart: Penn State Students Against the Sexual Abuse of Children. There’s a line of merchandise, including special T-shirts for Saturday’s game. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts will go to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). “I think it’s a really timely event for a couple of reasons,” said Kristen Houser, vice president of communications and development for PCAR. “What has happened at Penn State has really ripped apart the community. This is an opportunity for people to come together, cheer for your team, support your school, but also support victims and survivors of child sex abuse.” For March, the Blue Out has a very special meaning: Shortly after the first Blue Out, her father, Nick Petnick, passed away. In her mind, the two events will be forever linked. “One of the last conversations I had with him, we were talking about the Blue Out,” March said. “So for me, this is an
TRUE BLUE: Laura March, left, and Stuart Shapiro helped organize the first Beaver Stadium Blue Out in November. The stadium will go blue again for this week’s game with Temple. emotional day in more ways than one.” In November, the first Blue Out raised $47,000 for PCAR in less than a week. March and Shapiro are hoping to make those numbers rise significantly. Student groups will be collecting donations outside Beaver Stadium and inside the gates. “This effort has been incredible,” Shapiro said. “I make sure that we never lose sight of the difference we’re making every single day.” According to Houser, the Blue Out is
chance to raise awareness and make a difference. “One in five people experience sexual assault at some point in their lives,” Houser said. “This is a way to remind people that there are ways to help. As adults, we need to be responsible for protecting our children and keeping them safe.” Those wishing to contribute can also do so through the website, www.pcar.org or text Prevent to 80077 to donate $10. For more information about the 2012 Blue Out, visit www.blueout.org.
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Area couple turns dream into reality By CHRIS MORELLI firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASANT GAP — For Clay and Melanie Phillips, the dream has become a reality — again. The husband and wife have teamed up to open the Village Eatinghouse Marketplace & Cafe, located at 105 S. Main St. in Pleasant Gap. If the name of their
shop sounds familiar, it should. They once owned another Village Eatinghouse, which was located in Boalsburg. “We closed it 15 years ago and just did catering after that,” Clay Phillips said. “We lost touch with all of our customers. We missed them, so we’re back in the game.” The Village Eating
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is a collaborative effort of local Penn State Hershey faculty, Mount Nittany Medical Center faculty and other medical providers in the community. While this inaugural class does take some of its courses in Hershey, all of the students live in State College, Perone said, and they do most of their rotations locally. “We didn’t have the opportunity to have that continuity before,” Perone
UNIVERSITY PARK — On Saturday, hundreds of Penn State alumni, students and fans clad in blue and white called for President Rodney Erickson and members of the university’s board of trustees to step down from their positions at the “Rally for Resignations.” Held on Old Main lawn, the rally included speeches from distinguished alumni like former Nittany Lion and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris and Trustee Anthony Lubrano. While standing next to a cardboard cutout of former Nittany Lion football coach Joe Paterno, Harris addressed the crowd. “Penn State has stood for 160 years, but it only took one night for the board of trustees to lay a path of destruction,” he said. "We are not a cult as many believe, but we are loyal to our alma mater. The board of trustees have laid a path of destruction never seen on any college campus." Lubrano, one of three newly elected board members, said that since he took his seat in May, he has been working to serve the university in the best way
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LUCKY 13: There are 13 students in the inaugural class at the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State’s College of Medicine in State College. Top row, from left, Natalia Gonzalez, Alan Bordon, Brittney Hacken, Elyse Smolcic, Tory Miksiewicz, Jason Gillon and Sarah Smith. Bottom row, from left, Tiffany Zehner, Michael Perone, Jessica Hartley, Amanda Moyer, Kyle Lewis and Sarah Shea.
Regional campus keeps medical students local By MARJORIE S. MILLER email@example.com
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STATE COLLEGE — Michael Perone is a Penn State Hershey medical student, yet about 75 percent of his clinical rotations are done in State College. Perone, a third-year student from Pittsburgh, is one of 13 students studying at the new University Park Regional Campus of Penn State’s College of Medicine. The regional campus Gazette Gameday 15-18 Sports 19-24
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HISTORIC WIN: The Penn State football team notched its first win of the Bill O’Brien Era by thrashing outmanned Navy, 34-7. Page 15
CURTAIN CALL?: In the wake of a fire that nearly destroyed it, freelance writer Harry Zimbler shares his thoughts on what should happen to Bellefonte’s historic Garman Opera House. Page 7
GROUND BISON: The Bellefonte Area High School girls’ soccer team continued its hot start to the 2012 campaign with a victory over Clearfield in a crucial Mountain League contest. Page 22
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SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2012 Students, from page 1 said. Something thatâ€™s really encouraged Perone about the regional campus is the enthusiasm of the attending physicians, he said. â€œThey were really dedicated,â€? Perone said on meeting them, and feels they will provide a â€œgood learning atmosphere.â€? Right now Perone is studying â€œa little of everything,â€? he said. Heâ€™ll pick a concentration when he chooses his residency, he said, which will be done during his fourth year. Some clinical rotations include surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, family practice, gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, and rural and underserved medicine. Perone also has the oppor-
THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE tunity to pick two elective blocks to study, he said. The end of each rotation is then followed by an exam. The second two years in the medical program, Perone explained, can be best compared to a job, with more work time and fewer classes. Depending on the rotation, Perone works typically five days a week at Mount Nittany Medical Center. â€œYou learn by seeing patients â€Ś and look up diagnoses,â€? he said. Perone received his undergraduate degree from Penn State, he said, so â€œitâ€™s a pretty neat experience (to) go back to a place you spent four years.â€? â€œ(Iâ€™m) excited to be back,â€? he said. â€œ(State College) is a good place to learn medicine for years to come.â€?
Sarah Smith, another student in the inaugural class, said one of the biggest benefits of being able to do rotations locally is the chance to be more involved with patients. â€œWe get to actively participate in a lot more things,â€? she said, because Mount Nittany Medical Center is a smaller hospital than Hershey. Smith, of State College, said by not moving around as much, she and the rest of the students really get a chance to become acquainted with the doctors from different specialties. â€œYou slowly get to know all of the health personnel,â€? she said. Smith said there is a four-week internal medicine rotation in Hershey, but in addition to that, there are some elective rotations students get to choose, also in
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PAGE 3 Hershey. Smith, who is on her second rotation of this school year, said her biggest area of interest right now is surgery. Bringing medical students to State College from Hershey is part a mission to create an educational environment for training the next generation of health care providers and improve access to patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective health care for local residents. Primary care and rural-based medicine are part of this mission, according to a press release by Penn State. The regional campus will
eventually train up to 48 college of medicine students each year, up to 24 in each of the third-and fourth-year medical classes. Some of the students may select to enroll in dual-degree programs as well, through the Smeal College of Business and other programs, the release states. A residency program in family medicine is also in development, along with various collaborative research initiatives between University Park and Hershey. For more information about the University Park Regional Campus, visit med.psu.edu/regionalcampus.
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Borough council authorizes next phase of Atherton Street project By LAURA NICHOLS StateCollege.com
STATE COLLEGE — Before a night of voting on various consent items started, an animated public hearing hour kicked off the State College Borough Council’s regular Monday night meeting. Council voted to authorize “Phase II” of the Atherton Street Corridor Project, the evening’s top consent item. The public works project, on which construction could begin in the summer of 2013, includes updates such as more lighting, brick sidewalk accents, better visibility and improved crosswalks at the College Avenue and Beaver Avenue intersections. At the beginning of the meeting during the public comment section, one resident addressed council and asked, after describing his issues with late-night delivery vehicles causing a ruckus outside of his house, if the council would consider taking former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz’s name off of the Arnold Addison award. Schultz was a recipient of the award named in honor of a former State College mayor in 2009. Members of council were hesitant to comply with the request, expressing their desire to wait to pass any judgment until
Schultz’s trial concludes. Some members of council also said they aren’t in the position to rescind the award. “Only the NCAA and the Soviet Union rewrite history,” council member James Rosenberger said. Following an unrelated comment regarding the state of the downtown State College economy, Borough Manager Tom Fountaine, while he could not divulge too many details, said that in the past two home football games, the Borough parked more cars than it did over the course of the first two home football games in 2011. Meanwhile, where other action items were concerned, one issue that arose concerned one of the two ordinances to be amended. The vehicle peddler eating and drinking license was passed. When council arrived at the handbills ordinance, there was much discussion over whether to table it for future discussion. When it came to a vote, the handbills failed to be tabled. Also, council voted to move a decision on a Park Maintenance Facility to further discussion before it would go ahead any further. Borough Council meetings are open to the public and held at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Municipal Building, 234 S. Allen St.
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