News for 1/18/13

Trustees

 The Board of Trustees will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting today in Deans Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

 Current Vice Chairman Keith Masser is expected to be voted in as the board chairman replacing Karen Peetz, who decided not to run for re-election after being promoted to president of the Bank of New York Melon. 

 The meeting begins at 1:30 and is open to the public. The meeting will include a public comment period for those who registered in advance at 3:15.

 At yesterday’s Board of Trustees committee meetings, the committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning announced that the university has implemented more of Louis Freeh’s recommendations.  

Corman

 Senator Jake Corman said yesterday that the NCAA has agreed not to “disperse or otherwise dissipate” any of the 12 million dollars in fine money already paid by Penn State to the NCAA while negotiations continue on the over-riding lawsuit filed by Corman.

 Corman sued the NCAA earlier this month in an attempt to prevent the organization from using money from Penn State’s $60 million fine to pay for child abuse prevention programs outside of Pennsylvania.

 In a press release from Corman’s office, he added that The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection recently issued a comprehensive report which points to many worthwhile organizational avenues in the Commonwealth that could benefit greatly from the distribution of the fine. 

Paterno

 Legendary actor Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

 According to the AP, producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct “Happy Valley,” the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski’s best seller “Paterno.”

 No start or release dates have been given for the film. 

Police Ceremony

 The State College Police Department will hold a police promotional ceremony today in the State College Borough Council Chambers.

 Beginning at 3:30, four officers will be promoted for their hard work and achievements. The officers are

 Captain Matthew Wilson

 Lieutenants Gregory M Bauser and Timothy S Sleeth and

 Sergeant Michael J. Angellotti

 Judge Jonathan D. Grine will administer the oath of office to each officer being promoted. The public is urged and welcome to attend the ceremony.

Lottery

 The Pennsylvania Lottery will be privately run. Citing that the deal will support both current senior citizens and a future wave of aging baby boomers, the Corbett administration finalized a contract yesterday to hire Camelot Global Services to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

 Camelo, which operates the National Lottery in England, is promising that 34 billion dollars will come back to Pennsylvania over 20 years, with a 200 million dollar guarantee in case their promise comes up short.

 The deal calls for Keno in bars and restaurants as well as online games in the future.  

Bon Jovi

 Bon Jovi is coming back to Happy Valley. The band’s “Because We Can” tour will make a stop at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday night February 23.

 Tickets, which start at $19.50 (plus service charge), will go on sale next Friday at 10am. 

 Bon Jovi last played in State College in February 2011. 

Doran

 According to the Centre Daily Times, the Penn State alumna who finished fourth in last years race for the 3 alumni seats on the university’s Board of Trustees is running again.

 Barbora Doran said in a statement yesterday that she is running again because “those responsible for the crisis of the last year still govern and continue to fail us.”

 Doran is among the many critics who have faulted the board for its firing of Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier.

 According to the CDT, some critics have called for Doran to be appointed to the alumni trustee seat that became open when former board chairman Steve Garban resigned.