"What's next for PSU rapper 'Guccci Goggles'? Multimedia package
STATE COLLEGE -- On one rainy February Friday, Khalil Dunham-Carson wanders into his crammed Pollock dorm room. It's around the same time his peers are starting to get ready for the party-filled night ahead of them.
Basketball jerseys and the latest line of Air Jordan sneakers overflow from his closet, but the Penn State junior, known by many as “Guccci Goggles,” doesn’t seem to mind.
He makes his way over to his twin size bed, plugs in his speakers and starts searching YouTube for a beat suited for his versatile rap style. Three notebooks are laid out over the top of his blanket — pages of class notes mixed with his latest lyrics.
This isn’t the Guccci Goggles many members of Penn State greek life are used to seeing at their parties or daylongs, performing his most popular song, “I Need A Jawn.” He said the song, which name-drops several sororities, pleads for a “beautiful female to give the world to.” Dunham-Carson (junior-psychology) is a little more subdued when the bright strobe lights, red solo cups and $500 pair of Gucci goggles aren’t around.
“I’m old as dirt,” Dunham-Carson often says, referring to his ever-growing disconnect from Penn State's frat row.
Now, he’s at a crossroad.
“I Need A Jawn,” raked in 21,000 plays on SoundCloud, a popular platform used by many up-and-coming musicians. But when his lyrics drift away from the greek life scene, like “Hard To Please” and “Disrespectful,” his songs don’t do nearly as well.
“How the f*** can I get these loyal [fans],” Dunham-Carson asks himself aloud. “I understand it takes something big for them to really start believing, and then that’s when they’ll be loyal… I don’t know what the f*** is next, but I know I’m going to keep going. I got to keep going. I can’t stop here. Even if that move is a bad move, or negative, at least I kept going.”
*** "The rivalry is real between Penn State, Ohio State ... hockey"
STATE COLLEGE -- A whole lot of snow showers, goals, pushing and shoving. Sounds like the Penn State, Ohio State rivalry took a break from the gridiron and made its way to the ice.
And this time, there will be no broom toss.
Throughout the week, the Nittany Lions largely downplayed the moment that followed last year’s series between the two rivals. That’s when an unknown Buckeye threw a broom on to the right faceoff circle in front of Peyton Jones’ net signaling a sweep of the then-No. 1 Nittany Lions.
Regardless, the No. 11 Nittany Lions sure got their revenge in the form of a 5-2 win in the first Pegula Ice Arena reunion since last season. Penn State is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak dating back to late November.
Peyton Jones made 45 stops, including 20 in the middle frame, to help snap the Buckeyes six-game winning streak. While there's a ton of hockey to be played in the second half, the Nittany Lions overtook Ohio State for second in the Big Ten as both teams vye for consecutive NCAA tournament berths.
“To quote [leading scorer] Andrew Sturtz on the bench, that was a gutsy win,” coach Guy Gadowsky said.
Freshman forward Evan Barratt’s fifth powerplay goal of the season, midway through the second period, stood as the game-winner.
Barratt, one of the highlights of another deep Penn State freshman class, saw the puck bounce to him across the crease before burying it past Ohio State netminder Sean Romeo.
It marked one of two Penn State powerplay goals against the No. 1 penalty kill unit in the country. Sturtz had the other for the Nittany Lions early in the third period after dancing with the puck through the slot and snapping it behind Romeo.
Barratt seems more comfortable after missing five games earlier this season due to an unspecified upper-body injury.
The 2017 Chicago Blackhawks third round pick has picked up seven points in his last seven games, including two goals and an assist against the Buckeyes.
Denis Smirnov and Nate Sucese tallied the other two goals for the Nittany Lions, while 2017 Big Ten co-scoring champion Mason Jobst scored twice for the Buckeyes. -------- Jan 12. | Looking ahead to Saturday's game (7 p.m. EST) Going to take another solid, poised effort from Peyton Jones in goal for Penn State to pull off a sweep of the Buckeyes...OSU was last swept on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 (by PSU) though first game went into a shootout. Technically doesn't count as win for PSU, just the extra point in Big Ten conference standings. Only other team to sweep Ohio State this season? New Big Ten powerhouse No. 2 Notre Dame.