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about 2 years ago

Distraction of the Day: Penn State YouTube Gems

Since there are still two days until Thanksgiving break and all of your minds probably have turned to mush, it is time for a superb Penn State-related distraction of the day. I bet you spend most of your time watching cat videos on YouTube, but have you ever seen the Penn State YouTube page? There are 651 videos, so I decided to distract myself by watching about 50% of them and choosing a few of them to highlight. Greatness ensued.

Penn State has their very own woman on the street shoving a microphone in students’ faces and embarrassing them while they’re being filmed.

She gave three clues that even Steve and Blue probably couldn’t solve without their handy dandy notebook. The name of the game? “Name that Penn State Building.” I don’t know what is more awkward: how she approached the students or the way the questions were asked. Given the clues “money,” “tuition,” and “Bursar’s office,” one kid finally says the correct answer of “Shields.” Super. Also, “What is cows?” Is this jeopardy? Oh, and the girl in the pinkish shorts looked thrilled to be there.

Labeling is usually frowned upon, but in this next video students are asked whether they are a hipster or a geek. “I’m from Minneapolis, which is actually the most hipster city in the US.” Can we get a Snapple fact check on if Minneapolis is actually the most hipster city? Actually, wait, she just changed her answer to geek. Also, the girl playing World of Warcraft was totally unexpected. What is a food hipster? Does this mean you only Instagram food like I do? Where do you think you would lie on the hipster/geek spectrum?

Next, the unnamed woman on the street approaches people and shoves a photo in their face. Can you guess the famous Penn Stater? Find out below.


Favorite moment? When the first kid goes to grab the mic, but she’s just not letting it go. The woman shows the picture and gives hints like, “He enjoys digging,” and “We hang out in his house all the time.”

Watching these videos, I realized that they needed plot and character development with conflict resolution. They just sort of ended abruptly, and I was left unsatisfied…

…until I saw this one. Do you know the words to the Penn State classic song “Hail to the Lion?”

The first girl is all like, “Hold on. I got to pull a DJ Kool and let me clear my throat.” I was not expecting people in front of the HUB to just start breaking out into song like a perturbed episode of Glee. Oh, wait, she’s allowing them to read off a sheet? How is that asking if they know the words? They’re cheating. Come on, guys, don’t you guys read the academic integrity section of your syllabi?

Have you ever wondered how the white lines are painted in Beaver Stadium? Here’s a pretty neat time-lapse video of how it’s done. I also really dig the song, and you might too as you sift through your 300 index cards for [insert class here].

Also, if you for some reason care about what Onward State co-creator Eli Glazier wrote his senior thesis on, find out here. And how do I get a Schreyer Honors College sweatshirt without actually being in the college?

Now that you’ve checked out the golden items on the not-so-hidden Penn State YouTube channel, you can get back to work with a smile on your face. Unless you’re in any of the videos above. In that case…my bad.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know by commenting below.

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