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Penn State Homecoming: King Nominee Takes 'We Are' Chant as Call to Duty

by on October 07, 2010 2:16 PM

Editor's note: Throughout the week, we're posting profiles of the 10 members of the 2010 Penn State Homecoming Court: Daniel Cartwright, Danielle DaSilva, Dan Florencio, Marina Johnson, Katherine Larimer, Curran McCready, Jared McKnight, Jessica Pelliciotta, Katy Poole and Justin Ross. Check back as we continue to publish more and more profiles. And click on our Homecoming page for a full listing of the week's Homecoming events. Penn State students can cast ballots for Homecoming king and queen online here:


Curran McCready is the type of Penn State fan who takes a “We are!” chant as a call to duty. Anything short of an enthusiastic, ear-splitting response is unacceptable.

It’s this passion—“unrivaled by other campuses across the country”—that brought the Philadelphia native to Penn State, he said.

A finance major during the day, McCready splits the rest of his time between two Penn State organizations. He works closely with alumni, spreading his Penn State knowledge and passion to future students as a Lion Ambassador. And he’s the overall donor and alumni-relations chairperson for Penn State’s 2011 dance marathon.

Which Penn State celebrity would McCready want to meet? His response may surprise you. McCready said he would relish an opportunity to chat with Board of Trustees member Anne Riley, citing her “enormous knowledge of Penn State’s history and her great passion for the university.” 

McCready is looking forward to seeing returning alumni this week during Homecoming and watching them reconnect with their roots. But his favorite game is Senior Day, when all of the outgoing seniors are recognized (this year’s Senior Day battle is Nov. 27, against Michigan State). His favorite moment: during halftime, when the Blue Band underclassmen kneel down to recognize the seniors.

Apparently, the contents of McCready’s closet look like they came straight out of the Penn State Bookstore. It’s tough to spot him in an outfit that doesn’t include any blue and white. He especially enjoys wearing Penn State clothes when he travels. His hope: that someone hundreds of miles from Happy Valley will call him to duty with a spirited “We are!”

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Emily Andrews-Rice is a Fall 2010 Intern. She is a senior double majoring in Media Studies and Theatre. Emily can be reached at
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