University of Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) celebrates as Penn State corner back Christian Campbell (1) punches in frustration the ground after completing a touchdown pass in the first half of the football game at "The Big House" in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Michigan won the game 49-10.
University of Toledo senior tight end Michael Roberts (80) completes a pass for a touchdown while under coverage from Eastern Michigan linebacker Derric Williams (42) during the football game at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Toledo won the game 35-20.
Patrick Henry High School running back Donny Johnson (21) celebrates with tackle Damian Lanzer (50) on the sideline after the team's 21-19 victory over Ayerville High School in the OSHAA Div. VI final football game at Napoleon High School in Napoleon, Oh. High School on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.
Wide reciever Chris Godwin opens up for a catch while evading University of Maryland defensive back Anthony Nixon during their game at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The University of Michigan marching band performs in the stands of "The Big House" in Ann Arbor during the football game against Penn State on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. University of Michigan won the game 49-10.
Toledo Walleye forward Tylor Spink (24) dives around Quad City Mallards goalie C.J. Motte as he slides the puck into the net, scoring the first goal of the ECHL hockey game at the Huntington Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.
Erin McLoughlin jumps for an attack against Yale's Joanna Lew in their sabre bout during the duel in the White Building on Penn State's campus on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.
Senior guard Sierra Morre leads the women's basketball team in a chant during their pregame huddle right before the season opening tip-off with the Holy Cross Crusaders at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.
Freshman guard Teniya Page reaches to steal the ball from Holy Cross guard Katie Doherty during their game at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.
Head coach Coquese Washington and assistant coach Kia Damon argue with referees over a call during the women's basketball game against Holy Cross on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.
Junior forward Brandon Taylor goes down with an injury to his right knee during Penn State's game against Rutgers University on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
Members of the Penn State men's basketball team smile and crowd in together while singing the alma mater after their 86-77 win over Minnesota at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan, 2016.
Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen (15) reaches for a loose ball in an attempt to keep it from going out of bounds during the women's basketball game at Savage Arena on the University of Toledo's campus on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
Senior forward Alan Wisniewski gets emotional after head coad Pat Chambers wraps him in a Penn State blanket during the Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the game against Ohio State held at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, March 4 2015.
Eric Enger (sophomore - secondary education) performs with the Penn State Blue Band during the women's basketball game against Holy Cross at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.
Meggie Bichard rides through the fourth enduro on the Wildcat Gap trail in Rothrock State Forest in the third stage of the Tran-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Ride on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Members of Alpha Fire Co. work on extinguishing and clearing building 14 of The Park Apartments complex located on the corner of Martin Street and Blue Course Drive in State College, Pa. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
Cathy Kennedy leans to give Angel Weber a kiss on the forehead after giving her a few dollars on the corner of Juniper and Chestnut Street after a passerby told her she "should just get a job" on Wednesday, July 30th, 2015. Weber has been homeless for two years after she lost her business located in South Philadelphia after a decline in the economy at that time.
Ronald Brown of Toledo shakes hands with protestors as they make their way through downtown Toledo during an anti-Trump protest march through downtown Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.
Emergency and towing crews work on clearing Curtin Road near the intersection of Shortlidge Road on Penn State's campus after a car overturned after colliding with a lamp post on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall during her campaign rally on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Ohio State Police Highway Patrol and members of the Sylvania Township Fire Department investigate the wreckage of a Toyota Sienna after a fatal accident when it collided with a support pillar of the Airport Highway overpass on I 475 in Holland, Ohio on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence signs a supporter's purse after his appearance at the the Rossford Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
Early voters wait in a line that wraps around the outside of the Lucas County Early Voting Center on Monroe Street in Toledo, Oh. to cast their vote in the upcoming election on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
Cecillia Montoya of Toledo rehearses choreography with the Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas at the Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria during the Sofía Quintero Art and Cultural Center's 20th annual Day of the Dead celebration at the on Broadway Street in Toledo, Oh. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
Matt Swartz of Bellefonte, Pa. starts unrolling one of the cross-lay hoses from old Engine 111 while supervised by is father and president of Bellefonte's Logan Fire Company, Mike Swartz, during the company's weekly training session at the KemClean Industrial Complex in Bellefonte, Pa. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
Steve Aoki throws a cake in to the crowd as part of his performance held at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Aaron Rawdin, left, and Blake Friedman, right, and other fans cheer on Team America at the HUB-Robinson Center on Penn State's Campus during their World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Brinie Wallace (senior - musical theatre), front, is dipped by Benjamin Nissen (sophomore - musical theatre) as part of the media day for Hair presented by Penn State Center Stage at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center in State College on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
State College Spikes sales intern Chris Depman (junior-secondary education) presses up against the glass of the dunk tank as part of Super Splash Day during the Spikes game against the Tri-City Valleycats at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College, Pa. on Monday, July 13, 2015.
Runners gather in front of the Maumee Indoor Theatre after completing the Holiday Hustle 5k run before the start of the annual Maumee Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Maumee, Oh. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.
Andrew Schively of Toledo plays his guitar outside of Mojo's on Erie Street in downtown Toledo, Oh. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Schively normally does what he calls a "walk and jam" because he likes to play his guitar outside of his apartment, but today he stopped at Mojo's to visit a friend who works at the bar.
Local artist Jess "Cotten Candy" Ludwick of Toledo shares a table with Chris Lafaso of Perrysburg during their lunch breaks during Lunch at Levis Square in downtown Toledo, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.
Nathan Markley cuts away at the front spoiler brackets to make room for the impact dampener, which fits underneath the nose cone of Penn State's Formula SAE car at the Learning Factory on Penn State's campus on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Members of the Undine Fire Company of Bellefonte, Pa. work on clearing and checking the roof of building 14 of The Park Apartments on the corner of Martin Street and Blue Course Drive in State College, Pa. after the building caught fire on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
A supporter takes a video of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on his phone as she speaks during her campaign rally held in the courtyard of City Hall in Philadelphia on Monday, April, 25, 2016.
Matt Swartz casts a line into Spring Creek on the Rockview game lands in Bellefonte during an afternoon fishing trip with his father before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Fishing is one of the hobbies that both Matt and his father, Mike, enjoy, with the Rockview game lands being one of their usual spots, especially for afternoon, or day trips.
Wrestling the Word
Poetry is not the first thing to come to mind when you set eyes on Penn State junior Davon Clark. The tattoos peeking out from his T-shirt sleeves, the wrestling equipment he typically has hanging from his backpack - which also explains the rugged physique - doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype of a poet.
Clark proudly wears his title across his chest, literally. It is not uncommon to find him in his “Poet” sweatshirt, styled after the famous Robert Indiana “Love” sculpture from Clark’s hometown of Philadelphia.
Poetry and education are what engage Clark, but it was wrestling that brought him to Penn State. An avid wrestler in high school, and with encouragement from now-alumnus and three-time NCAA collegiate wrestling champion Ed Ruth, Clark set out to walk on to Penn State’s wrestling team in his freshman year. He didn't make the cut.
After the rejection, Clark said he turned to alcohol and later drug abuse. He struggled with it for the rest of his freshman and part of his sophomore year. Clark said he turned his life around when he started going to Penn State Christian Athletics. He also began to focus more on club wrestling, where he could still be on the mat and indulge his passion for wrestling, but “it wasn’t a job anymore.”
His journey in life is what inspires his writing. Every day he writes a thousand words about what ever comes to mind just to keep him writing every day. Clark said about 1 in 20 of his daily writings will bloom into a new poem.
As Clark continues to write and perform his poetry, he thrives from it. He said he doesn’t exactly hope to achieve fame or notoriety from his work, but rather he hopes that he can use his passion to educate others.
Toledo Trump Protest
A group of protesters march through downtown Toledo, Ohio days after the results of the 2016 election. The protest was organized on social media by local Toledoan Angel Esparza, 18, who is a local activist and felt that the people of Toledo needed to be heard.
Collin "Seedy" DeMatt
Collin DeMatt (sophmore - computer science) explains how he got into rap music and performs one of his original songs.