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Lee Stout, Town&Gown

Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus, Special Collections for Penn State.

Articles by Lee Stout, Town&Gown

Penn State Diary: Public perception and the complex reality of the Greek system Penn State Diary: Public perception and the complex reality of the Greek system
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Fraternities have been a contentious topic on campus this year. But the death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza and the indictment of 18 Beta members on charges related to that tragic incident brought the academic year to a shattering end. As a result, there seems to be an official posture that [Read More]
PSU Diary: Shortlidge’s less-than-year term as president PSU Diary: Shortlidge’s less-than-year term as president
190 weeks ago - Town and gown
Penn State’s presidential search is in the news, and so my thoughts naturally turn to past presidents. One in particular who piques my interest is the man who served the shortest term of any Penn State president — Joseph Shortlidge. Appointed in 1880, he was out of a job about 10 months [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Comic Relief Penn State Diary: Comic Relief
226 weeks ago - Town and gown
Last month’s column traced the history of the Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper, from its earliest antecedent, the September 30, 1859, handwritten issue of The Anonymous. However, news may not have been its primary concern. The opening page concluded, “Our motto is [Read More]
Having fewer athletic scholarships is not new to school’s football program  Having fewer athletic scholarships is not new to school’s football program
250 weeks ago - Town and gown
In the spring of 1950, Penn State’s students began a campaign to hire “a big-time coach for a big-time college.” Penn State was already a big college. Enrollment had temporarily ballooned thanks to the G.I. Bill, but with the count surpassing 11,000 in the early ’50s, it [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Cultural Lessons Penn State Diary: Cultural Lessons
261 weeks ago - Town and gown
Fixing school’s “dysfunctional culture” means realizing where the problem lies By Lee Stout    In 2005, I wrote a column about the concept of institutional culture and how the increased awareness of our history had brought out a stronger sense of this idea at Penn [Read More]
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