Month: March 2016

  • WPSC

    In writing The Penn State Student Broadcasting Story for The LION 90.7fm’s new historical marker last year, I learned a lot about Penn State’s college radio origins. Here’s what we wrote: Launched in 1912 on the eve of the First World War, 8XE was, according to The Daily Collegian, “one of the first experimental licenses […]

  • Reverence is a gift

    Reverence is a gift

    Chris Buchignani and Kevin Horne got together last week to clean up and start restoring the gravesite of Evan Pugh and Rebecca Valentine Pugh near Penn State’s campus in Bellefonte’s Union Cemetery: I wrote and excerpted thinking on human dignity the other day, but that higher level thinking translates into this very practical way in which…

  • Exiles, not immigrants

    Understand something, please: My parents are exiles, not immigrants. There is an enormous difference. They didn’t come to this country looking for money. They left money behind and came here to risk poverty. They did so because they were exiled from a land they didn’t want to leave and still miss, a land they will…

  • Resurrection

    Wesley Hill distinguishes between resuscitation of a corpse and the resurrection of the dead: There is a profound difference, in orthodox Christian thinking, between, say, the raising of Lazarus from the dead (recounted in the Gospel of John, chapter 11) and God the Father’s vindication of Jesus Christ on Easter morning. In the former instance, Lazarus…

  • Easter

    It’s Easter, and here is an Easter piece of music: Miserere mei, Deus is Latin for Have mercy on me, God. NPR brings out some of the history of this piece: Composer Gregorio Allegri’s “Miserere” is a piece of choral music so powerful that a 17th-century pope decreed it could be played only during the week…