August 27, 1998......Volume 28, Issue 2

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University is considered tops in state
In a recent statewide survey, residents indicated that Penn State is by far the most well-known college or university in Pennsylvania and considered tops in terms of overall reputation.

Penn State beats out Harvard for No. 1 spot
Penn State has overtaken Harvard to become the nation's top-ranked university in the number of alumni donors, according to a report by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). In 1996-97, the most recent year for which comparative figures are available, 66,072 Penn State alumni made gifts to their university. That same year, 65,994 Harvard alumni made gifts to their institution.

Straight talk helps fight intolerance
Gildea and fellow Straight Talks presenter Derek Morr recently talked about their involvement with this outreach activity. Facing an audience and answering their questions -- although unnerving at first -- gives both men a sense of empowerment.

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