Penn State Ice Cream Celebrates Obama Inauguration

Penn State supplies 'BaRocky Road' ice cream for inaugural gala

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A decadent spoonful of Penn State's BaRocky Road ice cream is examined at the University's Berkey Creamery. BaRocky Road

From the Penn State public relations office:

University Park, Pa. — When Barack Obama made a campaign visit to Penn State during the primaries last March — which included a stop at the Dairy Research Center, where he bottle-fed a calf — it was way too premature to order ice

cream from the University's legendary creamery for his inauguration.

But it turns out he didn't need to. Taking note of Obama's interest in dairy, and following up on a tip from inside the Beltway, the University's College of Agricultural Sciences has taken care of everything, coming up with three flavors to honor the president-elect and his new administration: "BaRocky Road," "Obama White House" and "BidenBerry." They will be served at the 2009 Pennsylvania Inaugural Gala the evening of Jan. 20.

Known around the world for its fabulous ice cream, Penn State's Berkey Creamery — the largest on-campus creamery in the country — has a tradition of concocting special flavors to commemorate significant events and famous people, such as football coach Joe Paterno (Peachy Paterno). In 2000, when the National Governors Association held its summer meeting at Penn State, the creamery made "Ridge's Road" ice cream for then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, and ended up selling it in the creamery salesroom for a few years.

Creamery manager Tom Palchak noted that he shipped 40 tubs, or 120 gallons, of the special flavors for the inaugural ball to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

" 'BaRocky Road' is a rocky road or tin roof sundae flavor, vanilla ice cream with chunky add-ins such as peanuts, brownies, candy and chocolate swirl," he said. " 'Obama White House' is vanilla ice cream with maraschino cherries, and 'BidenBerry' is vanilla ice cream with red raspberry variegate through it."

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JMU vs PSU… Or Dogs vs Cats… Take One

Since I have transplanted myself from dog-land (JMU) to cat-land (PSU) I have been comparing the two. Honestly in most ways they come out even. Same kind of school spirit. Same kind of students (nice, smart, friendly, hold doors for others, hard partiers, etc). Same small town feel.

But I have found two big differences so far. Let me elaborate:

1) Parking.
No one complains about parking at PSU. There are not legions of parking police crawling every inch of every parking lot writing tickets. Students do not wait in line for 30 minutes in parking lots waiting for a space to open up. There is not an us versus them mentality. In fact, parking at Penn State seems to be very functional and well thought out. Amazing for a school twice the size. After observing this seemingly miraculous condition for a semester I think it is because (1) a large percentage of the students/faculty/staff walk, ride bikes, or take the bus to campus. A large percentage. And (2) The bus system, both on and off campus, works well is dependable and reliable. It's not free into the city ($1.25 per ride) but a lot of people do it every day without complaint.

Score one for the cats.


2) Inclement Weather.
Well, JMU wins this one hands down. Take today, for example. We are in an ice storm. Full blown ice storm. Not snow. Ice. Covering everything. Thick. And is Penn State closed? Nope. Was it delayed? Nope. Will it close early? Nope. Crazy. JMU would have closed last night at the announcement of an ice storm. Ha ha. The best Penn State can cough up is an announcement to keep your cars out of the parking lot after midnight so the physical plant folks can clear them without obstacles every few feet. Umm hmmm… Yep. They're hard core up here. JMU wins. No contest, really. I will miss the 5-10 snow days each year.

Score one for the dogs.


Contest so far: All tied up with an edge towards the dogs. Snow days are awesome.

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Riot Follow Up

Some of you will be happy to know that the Penn State / State College powers that be did not just sign off on the shenanigans carte blanche. Got a newsfeed today that 14 people have been arrested and charged and they are trying to identify several others. The range of charges filed includes criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, arson, failure to disperse, resisting arrest and rioting, which is a felony.

Interestingly – the police department is using photos/videos posted online to track down specific individuals. If you need a little entertainment today, check out the website set up for anonymous identification. Sucks to be those people…

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Apparently there’s Big Time Football and there’s BIG Time Football

Penn State assumes undeserved role as contender

Penn State assumes undeserved role as contender

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Back and forth they went.

Ohio State pushed. Penn State pulled. And so it went, for more than three grueling hours.

Penn State's fortunes turned when Penn State's Mark Rubin knocked the ball away from Terrelle Pryor.

This was a roll-up-your sleeves, black-and-blue classic. It ended Penn State 13, Ohio State 6. It was Big Ten football, with plenty of old-fashioned blocking and tackling.

More important, it kept Penn State steaming toward an unbeaten season … and a date in the BCS title game.

And that's unfortunate.

It's foolish to think a Big Ten team has any business on college football's biggest stage. But the No. 3 Nittany Lions now are poised to play for the championship in Miami. After being off next week, they travel to Iowa, then play host to Indiana and Michigan State. A 12-0 regular-season record is well within reach.

Sure, Penn State's run to 9-0 looks good. The offense has been spectacular, showing balance and explosiveness. The defense is fast, aggressive and opportunistic. And these Lions are resourceful, winning Saturday despite starting quarterback Daryll Clark leaving early in the fourth quarter after getting knocked loopy.

Backup quarterback Pat Devlin engineered the game's only touchdown with 6:25 remaining, barreling through a pile of players on a 1-yard scoring plunge. What else would you expect in a game such as this?

Penn State's defense did its part, limiting the Buckeyes to 287 yards, including just 61 on the ground. And Penn State generated two turnovers, including a fourth-quarter fumble by Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor that the Lions subsequently turned into the touchdown.

Penn State was outgained, 287-281, but it didn't commit a turnover and ran better than Ohio State. And that was the difference. The Nittany Lions churned out 160 yards on the ground and limited the Buckeyes – who lost a fumble and threw an interception – to 61.
Penn State RB Evan Royster led all rushers with 77 yards on 19 carries, giving the Nittany Lions room to open an aerial attack that generated 121 yards on 12-of-20 passing.
Ohio State had the ball and a 6-3 lead early in the fourth quarter when QB Terrelle Pryor was hit by SS Mark Rubin and fumbled. LB Navorro Bowman recovered at Ohio State's 38. Penn State proceeded to march in for the only touchdown of the game on QB Pat Devlin's 1-yard TD plunge for a 10-6 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Penn State QB Daryll Clark got his bell rung early in the fourth quarter and didn't return to the game. That's why Devlin was in on the game-turning drive.
This was Penn State's first win in Columbus since 1978. The Nittany Lions had been 0-7 at Ohio State as a member of the Big Ten. … Pryor passed for a career-high 226 yards, going 16-of-25 with a pick. … This was the first time this season Penn State was held to fewer than 20 points. … Ohio State has scored nine total points in its two losses. … This is the 10th time Penn State has started 9-0 under Joe Paterno. .. Penn State is off next week, then plays its last road game of the season Nov. 8 against Iowa.

And then there's Joe Paterno. The coaching legend now weaves his magic from the press box. Maybe he's on to something. Could this unexpected run set up an unbelievable ending for Paterno – the 81-year-old winning his third national championship, then retiring? It would be a fitting bow around a career that has been more embattled than euphoric this decade.

But this team – and this conference – doesn't deserve another chance at college football's biggest prize. Besides, Paterno is used to fashioning an unbeaten team, then getting left out of the championship party. That has happened four times: 1968, 1969, 1973 and 1994.

So, please, don't give us Penn State on Jan. 8, 2009, in Dolphin Stadium. Give us life, give us liberty, give us hope for a good game. That means give us Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia or USC. Heck, we'll even take Texas Tech and its diabolical offense and kooky coach. They all have been more impressive than – and likely would beat – any Big Ten team.

Even a perfect Penn State.

We pray that America won't have to watch another Big Ten belly-flop in the BCS title game. The Buckeyes have perfected that dive the past two seasons.

Look at the hideous history. First, there was Florida 41, Ohio State 14. Next, there was LSU 38, Ohio State 24. There is no need for a trilogy. If you've seen one slasher flick, you've seen them all.

Need more evidence that the Big Ten doesn't belong? Have you watched this season? The Big Ten's best non-conference win was Wisconsin's 13-10 triumph over Fresno State. The league had one chance to show the world it was big time – and Ohio State was utterly annihilated by USC 35-3.

Michigan is a mess. Wisconsin is weak. Iowa and Illinois are iffy. Michigan State is mediocre. Northwestern? Minnesota? Please.

Now, because the Big Ten has returned to its own sand box – and it's a small one – we are supposed to believe the school that built the biggest sand castle in the Midwest deserves access to college football's VIP room?

Ohio State has proven that's not the case.

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Yes, Penn State beat Ohio State. Yes, there was a “celebration”.

The first photos have started hitting the web. I'll add more as they surface, but my guess is the rioters and riot photographers are still asleep or hung over. riot

Penn State had not beat Ohio State at OSU in something like 30 years, so it really was a big deal that they won last night. Personally, I have found Penn State football to be kind of boring because they are so good this year they've been beating all their opponents by 30ish points. Yaaaawwwwnnnnn… I didn't watch yesterday, but by all reports it was a great game.

Here are some lovely photos of Penn State students ripping apart downtown State College. Some of them are kinda gross. Sorry.

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JMU visits PSU

My friends came up last weekend… yay! Here are some highlights:

… visiting every landmark and photo opp at Penn State
… arriving just as 107,000 people exited the football stadium. That is a LOT of people in case you were wondering.
… really good Indian food, really good pizza, and really bad bar food (and service)
… driving around on Saturday night yelling the "We are… Penn State" cheer out the car windows.
… watching the JMU football team whoop #1 App State's booty on TV. We are now #1. Yesssssssss!
… ice cream run at 10 pm
… probably lots of other stuff I'm forgetting.

Enjoy this photo tour of the weekend…

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Classes and Research… like PB & J or Oreos and Milk

I figured it was about time I posted something on what I'm actually studying up here at the good old PSU. Here's a run down on my classes and the question circling endlessly in my head… am I quantitative or qualitative?

First of all, what the heck is Mass Comm anyway, right? Watch this video if you'd like. It is aimed at undergrads, so it does not really apply to what I'm doing/studying, but it will give you an overview of what the field is all about.

My classes:

Issues in TV (Monday) – My favorite class this semester. We will be looking at tv as a communication genre through the qualitative (critical/cultural) research lens. Topics/issues we will cover: Political Economy of Television, Genre, Narrative and Flow, The Television Audience and Fandom, Advertising, Children’s Television, Adult Daytime TV, News, Primetime TV and Representation, Primetime TV and Reality, Globalization, and Digital Technology, and the Future of TV.

Colloquium (Tuesday) – Different faculty will attend each week to talk about their current research projects. This is both to educate us about what kinds of research are possible in the field and to recruit us to help them and join their research teams. This is especially important for me since my assistantship is in another division of the university, so I need both the awareness and the ability to get involved.

Quantitative Research Methods (Wednesday) – Well, this is the one I was so afraid of but I have to say I'm ok with it at this point. It is the introductory class in quantitative/empirical/scientific research methods and also a great feeder to getting published and presenting at conferences. The final project is to do a research project straight through from beginning to end. Last year's class had four small groups – three presented at national conferences, one present at a regional conference, and two won awards at the national conferences. Lofty goals, but the teacher is great and very supportive so we'll see. Topics we are covering: Conceptualization, Operationalization, Measurement, Realiability & Validity, Sampling, Survey Research, Experimental Research, Content Analysis, Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Data Interpretation, Reporting Research.

Proseminar (Thursday) – Overview of the communication field from the quantitative research perspective – going back to greek philosophers all the way through current. Topics: Intellectual History, Research in the US, Current Themes, Analyzing Media Content and Media Audiences, Media Sociology and the Creation of Content, International Communication, Ethics, Legal Research, Media History, Media Technology, Social Change, and Democrary,

I am debating which of two tracks to pursue… I love the types of research done in the Media Effects Research Lab which is a quantitative/empirical track, but I think I may be more qualitative by nature. I'm thinking I may try to study the media (social networking, tv, etc) through a critical cultural lens (psychology/sociology/law/

education). Not sure yet though.

(1) Media Effects (quantitative)
This research stream focuses on social and psychological effects of media messages and technologies upon individuals. Faculty research often takes a multi-disciplinary approach in applying theories of communication, psychology, marketing, and other social sciences to investigate the influences of media content and form on audience perceptions, attitudes, memories, emotions and behaviors. Research methods are primarily empirical, involving mostly experiments, surveys and content analyses.

(2) Critical Cultural (both qualitative and quantitative)
Does not have a nice concise blurb, so here's piecemeal…
This research draws on theories and research methods used in many academic disciplines, including anthropology, political science, communication arts and sciences, sociology, psychology, law, education, health and human development, and history. Examples of current faculty and graduate student research topics include: the study of how media industry structure and content production practices are related to the rise of civil society social institutions in transitional democracies; research on how news media frame political events and the consequences of this framing; critical analysis of how copyright laws have evolved to govern distribution of content via the Internet; and historical studies of media coverage of political issues.

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