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THON Named One of 20 Best College Traditions in the Country

Bobby Chen

THON has officially earned a top spot in Business Insider’s list of the 20 Best College Traditions in the U.S. The list, which was announced Monday, compiled some of the most popular and memorable collegiate traditions from across the country.

It’s not surprising that THON weekend made the list, after it raised a whopping $13,343,517.33 during THON 2014 this past February.

THON 2014 was also the tenth straight year THON raised more money than the previous year. Since the Four Diamonds Fund and THON joined forces in 1977, more than $100 million has been raised for pediatric cancer research.

Besides THON, the list includes traditions such as Dragon Day at Cornell University, a more than 100 year old tradition in which students construct a massive dragon and a gigantic phoenix that they then battle. It also includes newer traditions like the Krispy Kreme Challenge at North Carolina State University, which was started in 2004. Participants in the Krispy Kreme Challenge must run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen doughnuts, and then run 2.5 miles back to campus.

Other top traditions range from snowball fights to large-scale scavenger hunts, but Penn State’s THON is the only one FTK.

Here’s some of the highlights of THON 2014:

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more