What They Said

Indianapolis Star:

“Home theaters are now in 32 percent of American homes, up from 21 percent in 2000, according to surveys by the Consumer Electronics Association. The force driving home theater sales is high-definition television, or HDTV, said Frank Viggiano, a professor of consumer products at Indiana University of Pennsylvania…‘It’s becoming mainstay. Everybody wants some form of home theater,’ said Viggiano, who teaches a home theater design course at IUP. ‘It’s an embraced technology, it’s growing, and it will continue to grow because of the quality of the experience that it brings to the viewer.’”
(“Sounds of Success,” September 9, 2004)

Chronicle of Higher Education:

“One goal of the two-week program, known as the Philadelphia Urban Seminar, is to make the prospective teachers feel more comfortable in inner-city settings, says Larry A. Vold, an associate professor of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the seminar's coordinator. ‘They need to be somewhere where they are the minority,’ Mr. Vold says of the college students. ‘You have to challenge their assumptions and change their attitudes. You can intellectualize all you want on campus about urban schools, but what we found is that only hands-on experience can change their perspectives about urban kids.’”
(“2 Weeks at ‘Philadelphia Public,’” by Jeffrey Selingo, September 10, 2004)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“‘Try not to think of the walls crumbling down,’” said fifth-year senior Alyssa Baughman, who plays saxophone in several ensembles. “‘Think about how much fun we had and how much music we made.’”
(“A fond IUP sendoff to a faithful friend,” by Paula Reed Ward, September 27, 2004, which described the jazz funeral that laid “old” Cogswell to rest)

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“There’s no magic date [for kindergarten enrollment], argues Mary Ann Rafoth, chairwoman of the Department of Education and School Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There will always be someone who is the youngest in kindergarten. Instead of tinkering with dates, the educational system needs to look at what’s become of kindergarten in these test-driven times…‘We need to pull back on what we’re asking of these kids,’ Rafoth says. We need to ask ourselves, What have we done to kindergarten that we’re so afraid to send a young child?’”
(“Kindergarten Requirements,” by John Horton, October 30, 2004)

Phildelphia Daily News:

“The saga of Pennsylvania college students who thought they were signing a petition to legalize medical marijuana but were instead duped into changing their voter registration to Republican is getting weirder and weirder. Yesterday, we told you about the case of a number of students on the Montgomery County Community College campus in Blue Bell who were apparently tricked by an unknown group into signing the papers - which in most cases actually changed their registration from Democrat to Republican. Now it turns out the exact same scam was pulled on the opposite side of the state, a couple of hundred miles away at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where hundreds of students are now shocked to learn that they're registered Republicans.”
(“Dope-y voter trickery transfers,” by William Bunch, October 22, 2004)

Butler (Pa.) Eagle:

“In her 100 years on Earth, Helen [Allen] McDowell has had many exceptional experiences… But it is the memory of one boy of whom McDowell is most proud. The quick-witted and diminutive centenarian…attended Indiana Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She majored in junior high education and did her student teaching at the campus’s Model School. That is where she taught eighth-grader and future Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart. ‘Jimmy was a splendid student in every way,’ recalled McDowell. ‘He was very studious and always prepared’.… McDowell said if called upon suddenly, Stewart’s face would redden from the neck up, but he always managed to get the answer. She added that his famous stutter was not feigned. ‘He had the same hesitancy in his speech that was notable later in his acting,’ said McDowell.”
(“Woman hits century mark,” by Paula Grubbs, July 18, 2004)

Pittsburgh Press (forty-two years ago):

“City slickers who classify State colleges as overgrown high schools, usually located in Nowheresville, should visit Indiana State College. Indiana is the biggest—and possibly the most diverse—of Pennsylvania’s 14 State colleges. Enrolled this fall are about 3900 full-time undergraduates.…The school has graduate students in 12 fields of study leading to a master’s degree in education.…There are four women for every three men in the student body. Or, as the college newspaper declared: ‘Each man is entitled to 1.3 women.’”
(“College Boom Towns—Indiana Buys Houses for Campus Growth; New Stadium Ready,” by Kenneth Eskey, September 14, 1962. Thanks to Bob Shoemaker ’60 for saving the article all these years.)