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Preview of What is to Come

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It is a tradition at Penn State University for graduating students to have their portrait taken next to the limestone Nittany Lion carving that resides near the Nittany Lion Inn.

When I last visited the PSU campus, where I taught journalism and mass communication in the early 1990s, it was a hot late July day and no commencement ceremonies were being held.

So I took an interest in this scene of what I presume is a mother photographing her daughter next to the Nittany Lion wearing a graduation cap.

Perhaps this young lady will graduate in another week or two and they wanted to beat the crowd to getting a photograph with the lion.

I also thought that she might be an entering freshman and Mom wanted to demonstrate what her goal is in college. But she looks more like a senior than a freshman.

Whatever the purpose of this image, I thought it summed up well what many Penn Staters want to do one for one moment on one day of their life.

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What Big Paws You Have

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At the front entrance to the Palmer Museum of Art on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University are two oversize bronze casting of cat paws.

Presumably, they are of a Nittany Lion, which is the school’s mascot.

Representations of the Nittany Lion can be found throughout the campus, with the most famous one being the limestone lion located near the Nittany Lion Inn.

But to my knowledge these are the largest and only bronze lion paws on campus.

Another Penn State Graduate and the Nittany Lion

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The limestone Nittany Lion statue  is probably the most photographed location on the campus of Penn State University at University Park. Thousands of Penn State graduates have had a photograph made of themselves standing with the lion.

It was not graduation day when I happened upon this mother taking making an image of her daughter posing with the lion.

Perhaps they wanted to make their image on a day when not as many people would be waiting in line for their turn with the lion.