McDaniel College cited for campus and sporting atmosphere

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August 31, 2012

McDaniel College was touted on two national "lists" this past week — one relating to the overall college experience on the Westminster campus, and the other connected to the Green Terror's atmosphere for sporting events.

The college was named in the guide, "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges," a book by education journalist Hilary Masell Oswald that updates a 2006 edition by the late Loren Pope, who had been an education editor at the New York Times.

The book profiles 40 colleges that, it says, excel at developing potential, values and initiative in a wide range of students. The book says of McDaniel, "(Students) get ample help and inspiration from a team of professors who work together to boost students' talents and aspirations. The sense of camaraderie on campus is extraordinary."

"We are proud — but not at all surprised — to be included in the new edition of this guidebook," said McDaniel President Roger Casey, in a press release about the listing. "We are the definition of a college that changes lives."

McDaniel officials noted that not every college included in Pope's original 1996 and revised 2000 and 2006 editions appears in the 2012 guide — but McDaniel has been featured in each.

Meanwhile, the college was also cited among the "20 best tailgates in the south" by Southern Living magazine in its September issue. McDaniel is under "The Most Spirited" category, and was included under the notation that it, "houses the nation's only drive-in stadium."

McDaniel is the only college in Maryland on the list.

Paul Moyer, director of athletics, said of the tailgate tribute that, "Obviously, our hilltop setting, natural bowl stadium and great success in football since 1891 contribute to a great environment for our entire community — young and old."

McDaniel's stadium is undergoing a major makeover. Campus officials said the school's new stadium road and campus entrance opened last week, and they anticipate the main components of the project, including the stadium grandstands, will be completed for the first home football game on Sept. 15, 2 p.m., against Muhlenberg.

Officials said it's likely the stadium will not be fully functioning because of the ongoing work, so they'll have temporarily provide restroom facilities near the field.

"None of this will impact the game experience for spectators or the student athletes on the field," said Cheryl Knauer, McDaniel's director of media relations, in an email.

She said plans are under way for the dedication of the renovated stadium during the homecoming football game on Nov. 3.

From now through Oct. 1, people can log into the Southern Living website to vote for the South's Best Tailgate, including McDaniel, at

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