Scenes from the 2nd PSU football home game pictured above.
At least two days before a Penn State football game, fans start to populate Happy Valley, and swarm the streets proudly wearing their PSU apparel. On game day, people set up their tailgates and parties at least twelve hours before kickoff. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before. This past Saturday, on September 14th, I decided to go for a run at about ten in the morning. Adults, children, grandparents, and college students were already cooking their burgers and having a great time getting pumped up for the 6 p.m. game. Despite the day of preparation and celebrating, the Lions suffered a devastating loss to the University of Central Florida Knights. Things were looking good for PSU in the first part of the game, but unfortunately they soon started to crumble. Early in the second half, the Knights were up by a few touchdowns, but Penn State was not ready to give up, and was able to score several late touchdowns, which rallied the crowd. In the end, the Lions lost by three points. Overall, it was a good game, but a tough loss.
Beautiful Penn State library landscape.
On September 11th and 12th the Pattee and Paterno library held an open house. Instead of just having the usual individual student led tours around the immense building, the librarians planned out a complex scavenger hunt. This enabled the students (mostly freshman), to learn about all of the rooms in the building in a unique and fun way. Although the open house was mandatory for my English class, I definitely would have joined in on the fun regardless. The trail led us to the tech. center, the group study rooms, the movie theatre, and the amazingly large business library. This activity was very beneficial, and you should definitely go, but first, “you must accept the scavenger hunt mission,” as the welcoming librarian said.
After two weeks into my first semester at PSU, I have finally gotten the chance to experience the awesome fitness facilities that the college has to offer. I was excited to make the trek from our East halls to the Rec Center, which in my opinion the nicest facility for a complete workout, as it is great for both cardio, and also has a plethora of weight equipment. Next, I experienced the Natatorium, (AKA the sauna). I only suggest this building to people who want a quick workout since the location is above the pools, and is fairly humid. A long workout is almost an impossible task in the Natatorium, however, it is an exciting place. Lastly, I checked out the White Building as the number of people I have seen around campus wearing the “#whitebuilding” T-shirts convinced me to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the facility, although the twenty-minute cardio rule can be limiting to those looking to dig deep. The White Building also holds many classes which range from the “cardio killer” to “washboard abs”, nice! The Penn State facilities are wonderful, but I recommend that you try them all in order to find the one that is right for your workout goals.
View from the treadmill
View of the game from the student section.
Blue Band Performance
It was a beautiful Saturday in September. The sun was shining, and the weather was perfect. Overall, it was a great day for our first Penn State football home game of the season. After weaving my way through the massive amount of tailgate parties, and groups of excited fans, my eyes eventually landed upon the massive “Beaver” stadium looming overhead. After entering, I found the student section electrified, and full of fans cheering for Pennsylvania State. Everyone was proud of our performance and to see that Penn State was dominating the game against Eastern Michigan, by the score of 45-7. Eventually, during the fourth quarter, even some of the male fans were saying they were getting tired of lifting up the women while celebrating each and every touchdown, despite their rush of adrenaline. Great job boys and keep up the great work! It was an awesome experience and I cannot wait for the next game. My first Beaver stadium PSU football game – Check!
The crowd was wild in the BJC.
On Friday August 30th, a plethora of Penn State students who love electronic dance music flocked to the Bryce Jordan Center for the ZEDD concert. ZEDD is an electronic music producer and a famous disk jockey. He creates many re-mixes, and is a popular Russian-German musician. ZEDD’s birth name is Anton Zaslavski, and he was born on September 2, 1989. The show began at 8 PM, as Alex Metric and Oliver (two other DJ’s) took the stage to warm up the crowd, and prepare the fans for what was coming next. The concert was described as being “life changing” and “awesome”. The packed BJC was full of life and energy as the bright colors and the dynamic backdrop awed the crowd. ZEDD is known to put on an amazing light show, and he sure did not disappoint. Overall, the ZEDD concert was an amazing experience, and it kicked the 2013-2014 school year into full gear.