Local News 12-17-12

Penn State holds Vigil for Shooting Victims

Penn State students and local community members are doing their part to remember the victims of Friday’s shooting tragedy at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. Student leaders at Penn State organized a candlelight vigil on the Old Main lawn last night. Additionally, several candles and letters were placed on the front steps of the campus landmark as early as Friday evening. United States President Barack Obama visited Connecticut last night for a memorial service and vigil. 

Penn State Student Damages Car with Keg 

A Penn State student is facing changes after launching an empty beer keg from a seventh-floor balcony in downtown State College early Saturday morning, heavily damaging a car below. Police say a man threw the keg onto a Chevrolet Equinox, damaging the car’s hood and driver’s side door. The incident occurred at the Palmerton on 316 West Beaver Avenue and the student was intoxicated. Police say charges will be determined after the car’s damage estimate is complete. 

Harding wins National Award

Penn State women’s volleyball redshirt-sophomore and State College Area High School alum Maggie Harding received the prestigious Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Championship. The food science major was honored for posting 4.0 grade point average entering the tournament, the highest cumulative GPA of any participating athlete at the finals site. According to a release, the award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reach the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.