Donegal Congressman wants to make an eejit of himself!

first_imgA US Congressman with strong Donegal roots is looking to make a proper eejit of himself.Democrat Brendan Boyle, who father Frank hails from Glencolmcille, wants to introduce the word ‘eejit’ into the American language.He tweeted “I’m on a mission to make the word eejit widely used in America. “Few people who follow me will understand what I’m talking about.“But those who do will surely appreciate it! (I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard “Brendan, don’t be the eejit” while growing up.”Brendan’s followers were left amused by the tweet with some suggesting the word ‘gombeen’ could also be a contender.Donegal Congressman wants to make an eejit of himself! was last modified: February 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyleeejitGlencolmcillelast_img read more

V.I.PASSHOLDER Event to Celebrate New “It” Color – Arendelle Aqua

first_imgShare This!Move over Briar Rose Gold and Passion Purple….there’s a new “it” color in town. Arendelle Aqua is coming and those looking to get their first crack at the merchandise can do so, if they are Annual Passholders on September 10.The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Epcot’s Future World West. Here attendees can choose to purchase a wide range of items that include Minnie Mouse ear headbands, spirit jerseys, Loungefly backpacks, a limited release pin and much more.In addition, there will also be special treats that are themed to the Arendelle-Aqua color, including sponge cake, slushies and a cupcake.Disney is inviting Guests to tag your photos posted online with #ArendelleAqua and #VIPASSHOLDER.Registration is not required to attend this event, however you will need a valid annual pass card and photo ID at the event entrance and to purchase the Arendelle Aqua-themed food and beverage items. Oh and your 20% Passholder merchandise discount is applicable for merchandise purchases during this event.Stay tuned to the blog, as we’ll share the great foodie options that will be available during this event.last_img read more

Bikers for Mandela Day show the way

first_img12 July 2011The playground was brighter and the smiles of the children wider when the Bikers For Mandela Day finally pulled away from the Harrismith orphanage on Monday, the first of seven community projects that will benefit from this year’s expedition.The Harrismith orphanage was abuzz with activity when the riders and support team arrived around midday after setting off from Montecasino, Johannesburg in the early hours of the morning.At the press conference before the riders left, 5fm’s DJ Fresh spoke about his commitment to the seven-day, 13 hour and 37 minutes it will take Bikers For Mandela Day to travel the 2 200 kilometres planned for this year’s route.“The 67 minutes that we are all asked to give on Nelson Mandela Day is just a starting point – the bare minimum. I personally would like the 67 minutes to be the inspiration for a deeper, longer involvement in changing the world for better,” DJ Fresh said.Included in the group of riders are businesspeople, professional bike riders, and celebrities – among DJ Fresh, Angie Khumalo from 5fm and Metro FM, singer Bok Van Blerk, Survivor SA Maldives winner and Binnelanders actor Hykie Berg, actress Hanna Grobler, and actors Ivan Zimmerman (Egoli) Darren Kelfkens (7de laan and Isidingo) and Jack Devnarain (Isidingo).Acting to inspireBikers For Mandela Day will donate 67 minutes of time at seven rural community projects over a week, acting as an inspiration for individuals around the world to donate 67 minutes of their time to give back in service to communities on Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July.En route from Gauteng to the Free State, the highly visible group of riders was welcomed with open arms – at toll gates, at service stations and all along the N3.At the Harrismith orphanage, a bright mural was painted and the playground livened up. It was when the children were given simple gifts from the sponsors (which include Vodacom and Spar as well as many others) that the real impact of Bikers For Mandela Day was felt – with many riders remarking how things they take for granted everyday brought such pleasure to the children.The tour continuesOn 12 July, the group will clean the monument and create a garden, including the planting of the “Mandela Gold” Strelitzia at the site in Howick near Pietermaritzburg where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962.The next day (13 July) Bikers For Mandela Day heads for Eshowe, were they will install shelves in the food storeroom and assist with food preparation and the upgrade of the vegetable garden at a school and drop in-orphanage.Next (14 July) is Jozini, where Bikers For Mandela Day will work with several different community organisations in a soup kitchen as well as repair and improve the house of a child-headed household.Wreath-laying at Samora Machel memorialIn addition to the work at the Howick capture site, one of the more poignant moments on the Bikers For Mandela Day 2011 trip will be when the group lays a symbolic wreath at Samora Machel’s Memorial site in Mbuzini on 15 July after their journey through Swaziland to Mbombela (Nelspruit).Then, on 16 July, Bikers For Mandela Day will work with the Nelspruit community Forum to restore a care-centre house for orphans, provide school uniforms and clothing for a House for homeless children, and upgrade a playground at a disability centre in Hazyview.On the 17th, the bikers will visit an orphanage in Graskop, where the group will create a vegetable garden from scratch.The final, 18 July stop on the Bikers for Mandela Day will be a children’s home in Belfast, where a much needed upgrade of the bedrooms and bathrooms for the children will be undertaken prior to the final stretch to Pretoria.“The activities which will be undertaken by the bikers, provide a good sample of what people can possibly do in their own communities in order to better the lives of others,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“We hope people along the route and those following the ride will take inspiration from this example and live the Mandela Day ethos before and beyond the 18th and thereby help Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Daylast_img read more

U.S. Security Associates Provides Personal Safety Video for Active Shooter Survival

first_imgFollowing the tragic incident in Las Vegas that senselessly left so many innocent victims dead or injured, U.S. Security Associates (USA) has produced a video outlining important personal safety steps to take in the event of an active shooter situation.“Our hearts grieve for those killed and injured, for the families affected, and for the first responders and law enforcement who cared for the injured and located the shooter,” USA President and CEO Richard L. Wyckoff said. “We hope that you find this information useful, and we encourage you to share it.”The six-minute video provides a brief guideline for preparation and responses one can take to improve their personal safety.- Sponsor – Anyone who is confronted by an active shooter situation can protect themselves with better knowledge and situational awareness. Stay alert, pay attention to people and the changing environment, and always identify possible exit and hiding places.The core concepts of this active shooter training are simple: Get Out, Hide Out, Take Out. Those six words reflect practical responses that can guide personal safety when every second counts.Get Out: find the closest and quickest path to escape the area assuming it is safely out of the line of fire.Hide Out: if you cannot safely flee, look for cover sturdy enough to shield you from bullets, or if not, find a place that conceals you from the shooter’s view.Take Out: barring the opportunity to escape or hide, find something such as a chair, broom or fire extinguisher to use as a weapon to disarm the shooter, then attempt to catch the shooter off guard.USA is providing the informative video to all its clients and to the public at large in the hope that it can be helpful to anyone’s personal safety if confronted with an active shooter situation.This video is only a snapshot of the many training resources that are available, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) website, or visit www.ussecurityassociates.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

SMX West is just days away. Reserve your seat now!

first_imgSMX West is just days away. Reserve your seat now!You are here: We’re one week away from the 10th edition of SMX West – the premier search marketing conference on the West Coast! Don’t miss your chance March 21-23 in San Jose to get actionable SEO and SEM tactics that will drive your campaign’s success. It’s not too late to secure the best pre-conference rates!Become a better search marketing professional. Attend SMX West for:Tactics you can use immediately: 60+ sessions covering proven tactics in search advertising, SEO, mobile, social, analytics, and more. Check out the agenda.Career-defining networking: Connect with new and old friends to share what’s working and what’s changing in the world of search marketing. You’ll get facetime with experts at multiple events including: SMX Meet and Greet, “Obsessed with…” lunch tables, Expo Hall Reception, Janes of Digital, Google Dance Networking, and more. Get all the details here.Proven insights from the pros: Learn practical tips and best practices from experts who are in the trenches, tackling the daily challenges you face in SEO and SEM. See who’s speaking.Solutions and demos: Discover new solutions to improve your business at the Expo Hall. You’ll have access to over 30 solution providers, including Google, Bing, Bruce Clay, and more. See the Expo Hall lineup.Select the pass option that fits your needsOne size doesn’t always fit all. Choose from multiple options to customize your SMX experience:Get it all with an All Access Pass: You’ll get access to all conference sessions, networking events, expo hall, hot meals, WiFi, and more! One day passes are also available. Register now.No budget… no problem: The Expo+ Pass provides unlimited access to solution providers in the Expo Hall, full days of programming from Bing (March 21) and Google (March 22), and more than 20 presentations in the SMX Theater.Hurry, SMX West is almost here – register today!P.S. We asked Search Engine Land’s Founding Editor Danny Sullivan to record this quick video message for you!From our sponsors: SMX West is just days away. Reserve your seat now! HomeDigital MarketingSMX West is just days away. Reserve your seat now! Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 14th March 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Distant planet has three suns and a year more than 500 times longer than ours

first_imgFar-off solar systems keep getting weirder: Researchers have spotted a super-Jupiter orbiting a star in a three-sun system at a distance twice as far as Pluto is from our own sun. That makes the planet, dubbed HD 131399Ab (lower left in this artist’s representation), by far the widest ranging exoplanet in a multistar system, the scientists report online today in Science. Preliminary data suggest that the gas giant—about four times the mass of Jupiter—orbits the largest and brightest of the three stars (which has about 1.8 times the mass of our sun) once every 550 years or so. The other two suns in the system (depicted in the background at right), smaller stars that orbit each other relatively tightly and quickly, lie somewhere between 45 billion and 60 billion kilometers away. The intricate dance of the planet and these stars (seen in this video) is taking place about 320 light-years from us. Measurements at near-infrared wavelengths suggest that HD 131399Ab’s atmosphere contains water vapor and methane, and that the planet’s cloud tops are about 850 K (577°C). It’s not exactly clear where this odd world formed, the team notes: It might have coalesced closer to the main star in the system and then migrated outward to its present locale, or it may have formed in orbit around the smaller pair of stars only to be ejected and then captured by the larger star.last_img read more

Report: Lazio 0 Juventus 1

first_imgLazio 0 Juventus 1: Dybala strikes late to keep pressure on Napoli Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:05 3/4/18 paulodybala - cropped Getty Images Juventus left it late to extend their winning streak in Serie A as Paulo Dybala downed Lazio with a stoppage time winner. Paulo Dybala scored in injury time as Juventus extended their winning run in Serie A to 10 matches with a dramatic 1-0 triumph over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.On his return from a hamstring problem, Dybala shrugged off the attentions of Marco Parolo to tuck home in stoppage time and make sure the Bianconeri remain right on the coattails of Napoli in a two-horse race for the title.The much-anticipated battle between third and second in the table seemed set to end in stalemate, with both teams cancelling each other out in a disappointing game devoid of clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juve had a first-half goal correctly ruled out for a foul – sparing Jordan Lukaku the embarrassment of scoring in his own net – as they seemed set to draw a blank ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Tottenham.Both sides faded in the second half, hardly a surprise after playing in the Coppa Italia in midweek, before Dybala struck right at the death.The forward converted Daniele Rugani’s pass as he fell to the ground to secure three valuable points and make sure Juventus will head to Wembley on a winning note.90+3′ GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! PAULOOOOOO!!!!!!!#LAZIOJUVE 0-1!!!!! #FORZAJUVE!!!! pic.twitter.com/6PJN7XHDag— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 3, 2018The last-gasp strike settled a heavyweight clash that had seen the competitors struggle to land a meaningful blow between them.The two teams went toe-to-toe after contrasting results in the cup in midweek. While Juventus reached a fourth successive final thanks to a 1-0 victory over Atalanta in the second leg of their semi-final, Lazio lost out to AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – one of those who missed from the spot in midweek – had a firm header saved by Gianluigi Buffon in the first half, with the veteran goalkeeper also required to tip a low drive from Ciro Immobile around his right post before the break.Juventus thought they’d gone ahead when Lukaku nodded Dybala’s corner into his own goal just before the half-hour mark, only for referee Luca Banti to correctly spot a push by Mario Mandzukic on the defender.The official had decided against whistling for a foul in the opening minutes of the second half in the same penalty area, rejecting appeals for a penalty when Dybala theatrically fell under pressure from Lucas Leiva.The pace dropped significantly after the interval, and Allegri’s decision to send on the attack-minded Douglas Costa – resulting in a switch to a flat-back four – still failed to inspire Juventus.Take a bow, @PauDybala_JR #FinoAllaFine #LazioJuve pic.twitter.com/V5Ib9yi1QS— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 3, 2018Yet the champions still found a way to triumph before the final bell, Argentine Dybala demonstrating both skill and strength to land the knockout blow in the closing seconds of an otherwise forgettable contest. read morelast_img read more

Video: Check Out This Awesome Courtside Footage Of Pat Connaughton’s Incredible Block vs. Butler

first_imgPat Connaughton has incredible block vs. Butler.One of – if not, the – plays of the NCAA Tournament, thus far, was made by Notre Dame senior forward Pat Connaughton during the Fighting Irish’s third round game vs. Butler.With less than two seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied, 55-55, Connaughton swatted a game-winning 3-point attempt by Kellen Dunham. It was an incredible play that ultimately allowed Notre Dame to defeat the Bulldogs in overtime and reach the Sweet 16. The play was spectacular on TV, but it’s even more impressive with this new courtside footage. Check it out: Notre Dame is set to face Wichita State in the Sweet 16 in Cleveland on Thursday. The Fighting Irish will likely need another big performance from Connaughton to advance.last_img

The Orioles And Royals Could At Least Still Beat TripleA Teams …

Royals56.5110.391.6101 How would MLB’s worst (and most average) do in Triple-A?Wins per 162 games by league for the Orioles, Royals and Phillies using Out of the Park Developments to simulate Class AAA results for each team Phillies83.2123.3133.8128.5 Wins per 162 games in… Orioles46.892.7102.197.4 TeamReal-Life MLBInt’l LgPCLAAA Combd. Which winning percentage is “correct”? There are a few reasons to think Out of the Park’s findings are more realistic.3And no, they didn’t pay us to say that. Although many of Baltimore’s players rate at or slightly below the replacement level by WAR, that performance is by definition equivalent to the top level of talent found in the minors. Remember, even a completely replacement-level MLB team would rank among the upper echelon of AAA. Plus, many Orioles are also suffering horrendously down years. Out of the 38 veterans who have logged time for Baltimore this season, 29 are producing WAR below their established level from the previous three seasons. With slightly improved luck, against greatly reduced competition, even the Chris Davises of the world could expect better results. So, similar to a college football team trying to beat an NFL team, baseball’s best farm clubs would probably lose their share of games against the worst the majors has to offer.But while studying the depths of the Orioles’ and Royals’ badness in the context of minor league teams is fun in itself, studying MLB’s bottom feeders is also useful for understanding how they fit into — and represent — some of the game’s larger trends.Baltimore wasn’t necessarily attempting to be terrible to begin the season like the tanking efforts of teams like the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs earlier this decade. But the Orioles were awful near the deadline and got even worse when they finally elected to rebuild, trading away many of their best players (such as Manny Machado, Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop and Brad Brach). The Orioles were 32-75 through July and have picked up the losing pace with their depleted lineup, going 11-32 since the start of August and reaching 100 losses on Sept. 7.The Orioles at least have the excuse of having to play 38 games against the Yankees and Red Sox. The Royals, meanwhile, are in the woeful AL Central, a grouping of teams that might be the worst division ever. The Royals rank last in the American League in pitching WAR (4.0), and only the Orioles (5.22) have a poorer ERA than Kansas City’s 5.05. Of the 18 Royals pitchers to log at least 20 innings, 10 are at or below replacement level.The lineup isn’t much better. The Baltimore Orioles really struggled in the season’s second half, going 17-26 in the International League. Fortunately for Baltimore, they still managed to hold off the Charlotte Knights and Gwinnett Stripers by a comfortable margin in the South Division. Advancing to the postseason, the Orioles rallied to capture the league title with series wins over the Rochester Red Wings and Toledo Mud He — wait, what?That scenario is a hypothetical minor league season simulated by Out of the Park Developments at the request of FiveThirtyEight. In reality, the Orioles are actually a major league team that resides in the American League East, where they were a staggering 60 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox entering play Tuesday. The modern record for most games back of a division (or, before divisions, league) leader was set in 1906 by the Boston Beaneaters, who finished 66.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.Our forecast calls for Baltimore to lose 115 games, which would be tied for the fourth-most losses in a season since 1901. The AL record for games lost in a season is 119 by the infamously bad 2003 Detroit Tigers, while the 1962 New York Mets — an expansion club — hold the modern major league record for losses in a season (120). Both of those numbers are achievable for Baltimore this season. And the Orioles aren’t alone: The Kansas City Royals are also remarkably terrible, projected to lose 105 games. If the Royals and Orioles each lose at least 105 games, they would be the first teams to do so in the same season since 2002.After unloading many of their assets at the trade deadline, Baltimore and Kansas City are struggling so mightily against real MLB teams that we were curious to see how they would stack up if they were relegated to Triple-A. At what point does the designation between a major and minor league team start to blur? And what are the implications of that blurring for the broader world of Major League Baseball?To help answer the first question, we started with a minor league equivalency (MLE) calculator, which converts MLB statistics to their corresponding Triple-A numbers. The MLEs were not bullish on Baltimore’s chances in Triple-A: Assuming there is an 18 percent bump in wins above replacement1Using a mix of FanGraphs’ and Baseball-Reference.com’s versions of the metric. when moving down from the majors to the minors,2Which we arrived at by reverse-engineering the MLE calculator’s 15 percent penalty in on-base plus slugging for moving from Class AAA to the majors. the Orioles were still projected to have just a .446 winning percentage in Triple-A. And the Royals? Their 2018 performance translates to a .489 winning percentage in Triple-A. For comparison’s sake, the Philadelphia Phillies are the most average team in baseball this season according to WAR. Their major league performance translates to a .585 winning percentage in Triple-A.According to Out of the Park’s game engine, though, the Orioles and Royals would at least hold their own against minor league competition. In the aforementioned simulation, Baltimore went 79-59 (a .572 winning percentage) in the International League; a separate sim had the Orioles finishing 87-51 (.630) in the Pacific Coast League (another AAA league). Combined, those records would be good for 97 wins over the standard 162-game schedule.(The Royals played at a 101-win pace against their AAA opponents in the simulations, while the Phillies projected for a 129-win pace.) Sources: Out of the Park Baseball, Baseball-Reference.com How did K.C. and Baltimore get here? Most damaging are their relative struggles to draft and develop quality players and prospects, and little help is on the immediate horizon as the Orioles and Royals ranked 25th and 26th in a composite ranking of midseason prospects.Although Baltimore regularly exceeded expectations in the 2010s under manager Buck Showalter and general manager Dan Duquette, the team now faces a long and difficult rebuild with a thin farm system and in a tough division.“We’re the worst team in the business, but we’re not unlike Kansas City, who had a good run,” Duquette said. “You go through a winning cycle. You don’t draft up high. Your players get older. There is a lot of stress on your resources to replace your players.“Our situation in Baltimore was we put an inordinate amount of resources into the major league to try and sustain the competitive window. That was a decision by the ownership. Along the way, we didn’t invest in the infrastructure required to sustain it, and by that I mean the international [free agent] recruiting, the analytics, the technology, the front office personnel. The ownership group made a conscious choice to invest money into the major league team to extend the competitiveness of the team a bit longer.”One of the biggest takeaways from the Orioles’ and Royals’ struggles is that the gap between the haves — the super teams — and have-nots might be growing. From 2010 to 2016, an average of 4.9 teams per season had scoring differentials or 100 runs or greater. Eight teams accomplished the feat last year, and eight teams are projected to do so again this season.Conversely, seven teams are expected to post negative differentials of 100 runs or more this year after six reached the mark in 2016 and 2017. Over the past decade, three teams have a run differential of -200 or worse, including the DisAstros of 2012 (-211) and 2013 (-238) and the San Diego Padres of 2017 (-212). There will likely be three such teams this season in the Orioles, Marlins and Royals. By run differential between the first- and last-ranking teams, the Orioles are 3.34 runs worse per game than the Astros, which is the second greatest margin in any season since 1954.Part of this is by design. The Cubs and Astros tanked specifically to acquire premium draft picks and clear payroll, following the NBA’s worst-to-first model. The fact that those two teams won the past two World Series will only strengthen belief in this philosophy. The Royals arguably employed the strategy, too — perhaps inadvertently — to form a core that took the club to the 2014 and 2015 World Series, winning the 2015 title. Two key members of those Royals teams, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, left as free agents last winter.Duquette has been a major league GM since the early 1990s. Does he believe rebuilding strategies have become more extreme?“I think one of the things that is different now … is players over 30 now are way less productive than they were in the 1990s and 2000s,” Duquette said. Older players have indeed become less productive and account for fewer seasons being played since performance-enhancing drug testing began in 2004.“Those are generally some of the players that would be available to make an impact on your major league team. … It’s always been a young’s man game [but] with those [older] players not being available on the market, I think teams, in general, are placing a higher value on the prospects they have, and younger players.”As long as relegation to the minor leagues isn’t a part of baseball, tanking is a logical approach to acquiring premium young talent. But it won’t always work — and it might not be in the game’s overall interest.In the American League, the Indians and Red Sox have already clinched playoff berths, and the Indians have clinched the A.L. Central. The Red Sox and Astros have 99 percent chances of capturing their divisions, while the Yankees and Athletics have 99 percent chances of winning the league’s wild cards. So midway through September, there are no AL playoff races — and that is likely playing some role in declining ticket sales.MLB attendance is down 4.28 percent (2.88 million) from last season’s pace through Sept. 17. A number of factors are at play, including cold early season weather, improving in-home TV/streaming experience and changes to the secondary ticket market. But American League attendance, and its fewer games of interest, is down more (5.97 percent decline and loss of 1.83 million fans) than attendance in the National League (2.99 percent decrease and 1.06 million fans).The Orioles have suffered the fifth-largest attendance drop in the majors to date (-405,652 fans) while the Royals are third (-523,317).“If you lose over a 100 games, that’s extreme,” Duquette said. “It’s hard on your club, and it’s hard on the fan base to continue to maintain enthusiasm.”While rebuilding has always been part of baseball, the depths of such retooling projects are becoming more extreme in nature. They’re so extreme that the gap between the worst major league teams and minor league play might be closing.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (Sept. 20, 2018, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article repeated an error made by betting company regarding the modern record for how far back a team finished in the standings. The betting line said the record was 65.5 games in 1909. The record was actually set by the Boston Beaneaters in 1906 at 66.5 games. read more

Penn State football fans enjoy unbelievable welcome from Ohio State fans

Penn State football fans had more to be happy about than the Nittany Lions’ 20-14 win Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Less than two weeks ago, the PSU community was rocked by the revelation that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing children by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly. A sizeable contingent of Nittany Lions fans attended a game away from Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday and said their trip to the ‘Shoe was made more pleasant by the respect and good behavior that was shown to them by Buckeye Nation. In connection with the charges levied against Sandusky, PSU’s president for finance and business Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley were also charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse. Former university President Graham Spanier resigned in the wake of the charges being made public and former Nittany Lions’ coach Joe Paterno, NCAA Division I’s all-time wins leader and the head coach of PSU football for 46 years, was fired. It has been a tumultuous time for PSU students and fans, including Cristen Mohn, 20, of Steelton, Pa., a third-year PSU student in nursing. Mohn said the last two weeks have been hard for Nittany Lions fans, describing the experience as “unreal.” “It was just kind of like shock a little bit,” said Mohn, who is currently dating fellow Steelton native and PSU junior defensive lineman Jordan Hill. “It’s just depressing. It’s gloomy. It’s just not the same knowing that all this is going on.” Mohn also said that Buckeyes fans she encountered around Columbus were welcoming and supportive of the PSU community. “We haven’t had any bad experiences,” Mohn said. “Everyone is saying ‘Thank you for coming.’ Some people were saying to us, ‘Penn State is still great school.’ Everybody that we’ve run into has been awesome.” NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Friday that the NCAA would investigate “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs,” according to multiple reports. Nittany Lions fan Matt Curtis, 22, of Philipsburg, Pa., said that he expects harsh penalties to be administered to PSU football. “As a university, you hope (PSU) can put everything together. It’s an institutional problem and there’s no reason to punish the players on the field,” Curtis said. “And they probably had to be done with Paterno. He deserved to be fired if he did turn the other cheek, if that’s the case.” Like Mohn, Curtis said that he too was welcomed to campus on Saturday, and that some OSU fans even engaged him with popular PSU football chants. “Everyone’s been unbelievable,” Curtis said. “Every time we walk by, somebody’s yelling, ‘We are,’ or ‘Welcome.’ I’m not going to lie, I’ve heard some horror stories from Ohio Stadium, but, so far, the fans have been awesome.” Dave Stock, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from PSU with a telecommunications degree in 2008. Stock said that it has been painful for him to watch the situation in State College unfold. “As a fan, it’s frustrating. We had an aura of ‘success with honor’ — that was (Paterno’s) mantra,” Stock said. “On the road, (PSU fans) would be looked at a little differently.” Stock couldn’t deny that he received a surprisingly warm welcome upon arriving in Columbus. “It’s been absolutely great, so far,” he said. “It’s been very classy. I have nothing but good things to say, and I never thought I would say that about Ohio State fans.” read more