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PENN STATE APPLICATIONS

Penn State President Rodney Erickson says the university is on pace for a record number of applicants this year. According to the Centre Daily Times, Erickson held his last formal address to the Faculty Senate yesterday. The outgoing president will be officially replaced by Eric Barron on May 12th. Erickson says roughly 119,000 students have applied for admission. The senate also honored Erickson, thanking him for his support and service.

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP TO HOST OPEN HOUSE

Ferguson Township residents can weigh in on the future of the township’s S&A Field on Tuesday, May 13th. Officials are hosting an open forum to discuss the park’s Master Plan from 6 to 7:30 pm in the main meeting room of the township building. The township hopes to make the park and field more accessible and appealing to the community. It is currently maintained and utilized by the State College Area Teener League.


COACHES CARAVAN KICKS OFF 

Penn State’s annual Coaches Caravan tour kicks off tomorrow night at Pegula Ice Arena on the University Park campus. Penn State football head coach James Franklin and nine other head coaches will participate in the 17-stop caravan. According to Penn State, more than 5,000 alumni and fans have already signed up for events. The first out-of-area stop takes place on May 6th at Penn State York.

CORBETT ANNOUNCES SAVINGS

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett says state agencies have saved over $650 million through state government innovation. The funds stem from changes aimed at improving customer service, reducing costs and eliminating inefficiencies. Since 2011, state agencies have completed over 200 cost-saving initiatives.

PSU STUDENT FOUND DEAD

State College Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Penn State student just days prior to his graduation. Police say they received a report of an unresponsive man just after 10 am at a 119 Wren Alley apartment. New Jersey native Darren Stafford was found in full cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say there was no indication of trauma or foul play.