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youngstown state university’s Stambaugh stadium ‘THE SPIRIT OF YOUNGSTOWN’ shift whistle, A NEW PENGUIN TRADITION Forty years ago in Youngstown, three times a day, every day — 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 11 p.m. — the bellow of the steel mill’s shift whistle sounded two distinct messages to the men clocking in and clocking out, the mantra of the steel town and its people; tiiiiiiimmmmme to work; tiiiimmmmmme to celebrate a job well done. The 2016 football season brought the familiar call back to YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium, also known as the Ice Castle, as a permanent tradition, thanks to Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates Garrett Mathias, Adrian Heston, James Neiheisel, Kyle Henshaw and Kelsey Kridler who have found a new way to capture the voice of the city. “It makes perfect sense for Youngstown,” said President Jim Tressel, who was approached by the MET students early in the process. “The whistle will get fans excited because it related to the history of the community and becomes a tradition within the stadium. And it could end up benefitting the Penguins,” he added. “It’ll drive visiting teams crazy.” After weeks of building and testing the shift whistle replica was born, named ‘The Spirit of Youngstown,’ to reflect the city’s storied past and prevailing identity. It is steam-powered, stainless-steel bodied - and loud! Despite its compact size - six inches in diameter and just under two feet in length - fans can see the whistle from the stands (mounted on a pole at the south end of the stadium). “We’ll begin using the whistle strategically,” said Coach Bo Pelini. “When there’s a big play, when somebody on the field is doing what they need to be doing. Fans will know when they hear it, it’s time to get excited.” Daryl Gross, instructor for YSU’s MET department and the team’s capstone class, added, “We wanted to make an impact on the spirit of the game that is consistent with the spirit of the community.” When visiting Penguin Stadium fans can’t miss the sound of the shift whistle... now you’ll know its backstory. Go Penguins! Youngstown State University’s College of Creative Arts & Communication offers hundreds of outstanding art, music, dance and theater events every year, and welcomes you to attend one during your trip to the Valley. Visit us at ysu.edu/events and click on Arts and Communication to see a full schedule of events, or call 330-941-2307. youngstownlive.com | 7 COPY, PHOTOS AND ARTWORK COURTESY OF YSU MAGAZINE, FALL 2016. PACK SOME ARTS AND CULTURE INTO YOUR TRIP Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit www.ysu.edu/ada-accessibility for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.


Mahoning County Travel Guide 2017
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