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Live Local Music

Album Review: Saves The Day - Daybreak

Posted by Stephanie Williams on 09/30 at 05:25 PM

Some artists, like Adele, have mastered how to create a successful, diverse album about a break-up. Daybreak, by Saves the Day, is not even close to the same caliber. The long anticipated seventh studio album dropped on September 13, 2011. This album completes the trilogy that began with Sound The Alarm in 2006 and continued with Under The Boards in 2007. The album holds true to front-man Chris Conley’s ability to put his soul into the music and create a feeling of realness in the tracks to share with listeners. The tracks on the album are individually emotional and easy to connect with, however listening to the whole album at once starts to turn in to a chore. The themes and feelings expressed in the majority of the tracks are in fact too similar and do not provide much variation in the album.

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Local Food Journey

Frost looms in the garden, but that’s not always a bad thing

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/29 at 08:20 AM

While the weather in recent days has been more like summer, the changing leaves are a definite sign that it is autumn and gardening season is coming to a close. While much of central Pennsylvania hasn’t seen the first frost as yet, that soon will change. It’s definitely frost season.

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Live Local Music

Album Review: Thrice - Major/Minor

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 09/29 at 02:22 AM

Grade: A

Whenever you listen to a record, you are always anxious to hear what the first note will sound like from a guitar or how the vocals will sound. While you are listening, you hope the next track will be even better than the previous one. In the case of Irvine, California’s Thrice, that’s definitely true.

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Local Food Journey

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Posted by Steve Spanelli on 09/26 at 02:31 PM

It’s the final week to share your favorite eggplant recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Mount Nittany Winery! Still looking for inspiration? Check out this sweet, sour, and slightly spicy recipe.

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Sports

Penn State vs Indiana Preview

Posted by Joe Chuba on 09/26 at 11:10 AM

Nittany Lion play-by-play voice Steve Jones analyses Penn State’s non-conference win over Eastern Michigan, and previews the Nittany Lions Big Ten opener against Indiana.

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Local Food Journey

Harvest Photo Contest for Mount Nittany Winery

Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/23 at 02:18 PM

There’s a lot happening at Mount Nittany Winery over the next several weeks ... picking, crushing, stomping ... and their first ever Harvest Photo Contest.

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Live Local Music

Mixtape Review: The Real is Back 2 - [Young] Jeezy

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 09/22 at 04:19 PM

Grade: A

[Young] Jeezy has done it again with his latest mixtape, The Real is Back 2.
Last year the celebrated rapper hailing from Atlanta, Young Jeezy, decided to drop the “young” portion of his stage name to establish that he’s a veteran of the game. Though the full name still seems to stick with fans, it is clear through mixtapes like The Real is Back 2 that Jeezy’s sound has matured and he deserves to be considered one of the best.

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Local Food Journey

Unpaid Field Hand: Name this Crop

Posted by James Eisenstein on 09/21 at 02:12 PM

Your chances of identifying this mystery crop increase in direct proportion to how far south you grew up. These plants like really hot weather. In fact, they are not supposed to grow very well in central Pennsylvania. But that doesn’t stop my son, John.

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Live Local Music

Ryan Tennis at the SPA Noontime Concert Series, 9/16 - Show Review

Posted by Devin Weakland on 09/20 at 11:17 AM

Last Friday, Ryan Tennis and his accompanist, Brahm Benzlinger, brought their original folk acoustic sound to Penn State.  They performed at the HUB’s first-floor lounge as part of the Student Programming Association’s (SPA) Noontime Concert Series.

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Our Town

WPSU Brings “Our Town” Production Team To Meyersdale This September!

Posted by Whitney on 09/19 at 02:18 PM

The Great Allegheny Passage, the PA Maple Festival, the rich railroad history and more could all be featured in the next installment of WPSU’s “Our Town” series when we visit Meyersdale, PA in Somerset Co. WPSU is looking for 20-25 community members to share their stories about Meyersdale as part of the program for public television. No experience required, no age restrictions, and no cost to participate…just enthusiasm for your hometown! Want to learn more? Join us for the community meeting on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Meyersdale Area High School large group instruction room.

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Local Food Journey

Change is in the Air and a Recipe for Vegetable Soup

Posted by Kim Tait on 09/19 at 11:17 AM

The unusually wet and cool weather of mid-September must be a prelude to a fabulous Indian Summer coming our way. Nature has its signals in every season, and the fall is no exception. The dizzying activity of insects and migrating birds, the prolific blooming of goldenrod and asters, and the breathtaking color transformation of the native Sumac all confirm the change that is in the air. And even though the tomatoes are slowly slipping away, the abundant greens, hearty squashes, pears and more, are ready to make their debut and step in where the others are leaving off. Oh, how lucky we are!

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Sports

Penn State vs Eastern Michigan Preview

Posted by Joe Chuba on 09/19 at 10:56 AM

Steve Jones recaps Penn State’s close victory over Temple and previews Saturday’s matchup with Eastern Michigan.

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Local Food Journey

Broaden Your Culinary Horizons

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/16 at 10:52 AM

Just 20 years ago, the selection of produce was nothing like it is today. Iceberg lettuce, round red tomatoes, green bell peppers, regular orange carrots, and plain potatoes ruled the supermarket shelves.

However, today the expansion of the American palate is quite evident. Sushi is found in supermarkets. An imitation of a latte can be found at a convenience store. Ethnic restaurants such as Indian, Thai, Austrian, and Korean can be found in central Pennsylvania. And the broadening selections for the home chef have expanded culinary horizons, as well.

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Live Local Music

Friday, 9/16: Ryan Tennis to play SPA Noontime Concert Series

Posted by Devin Weakland on 09/15 at 05:24 PM

Upbeat acoustic singer Ryan Tennis will perform this Friday, September 16th, as part of the Student Program Association (SPA) Noontime Concert Series.  The show will begin at 12:00 p.m. on the first-floor lounge in the HUB.

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Classical Music

Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra Season Preview

Posted by Kristine A. on 09/15 at 01:20 PM

Join us Friday at 12 noon on WPSU-FM for a Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra Season Preview on WPSU, with music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart and more.

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