Welcome

MugI ran Onward State, an independent, hyper-local news source serving the Penn State community, from 2012-2014. I live in State College and attend the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. I am currently in my second term as president of the graduate student body (GPSA).

My interests include history (particularly Penn State history), media, higher education, law, craft beer, technology, politics, community building, and traveling. I also like to write about them.

I grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where I lettered in baseball. I earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Penn State in 2014. I was heavily involved in student government as both an undergraduate and law student. I haven’t missed a home Penn State football game since 2004 or an away game since 2009. I have no plans of ending either of those streaks any time soon.

Presently, I am the first Managing Editor Emeritus of Onward State, where I continue to advise the editorial team to produce the most read and followed student news source at Penn State and in college media. I serve on the board of directors of the Nittany Valley Society, a local non-profit that acts as a cultural conservancy to cultivate appreciation for the history, customs, and spirit of the Nittany Valley, Penn State, and its surrounding communities. I am co-writing “Back to Camelot: The Improbable Story of the 2005 Nittany Lions,” a book about the 2005 Penn State football season and its importance to the community at large to be published in July 2016. I also host a weekly radio show on the The LION 90.7fm, among other odds and ends, to keep me feeling like a “real” student in the traditionally isolated graduate school setting.

I intend to use this blog to discuss topics and share articles that aren’t Penn State-related or are otherwise self-serving.