Author Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.

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2 IHOP: Worth The Wait (And The Weight)

Having never been to an IHOP before, I awaited it’s arrival to dear old State College with apprehension and excitement. After push back upon push back it seemed like we were doomed to be IHOP-less forever. But then suddenly, and without warning, “poof”. It appeared.

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5 Hot Pot Hot Spot

State College seems to have a limitless array of Asian cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, the list goes on. So it may not cause a big stir whenever a new restaurant serving Pan-Asian inspired food opens it doors. But Happy Valley’s newest Chinese restaurant “100 Degree Hot Pot” should not remain unnoticed.

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0 Brewing Beer In The Happiest Of Valleys

The Happy Valley Brewing Company opened around a month ago, and are now finally offering their own beers. We were impressed the last time we went, but no review can be complete without sampling a micro brewery’s hand crafted beer. Fellow writer Steve and I took it upon ourselves to do some hard hitting journalism, and we recently traveled to the HVBC to taste their new selection.

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0 Cafe Laura Serves Up Alcohol-Infused Cuisine

It’s that time of year again, the time where the Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management majors serve up some delicious food via their creative theme dinners. Last nights dinner, titled Spirited Food, aimed to create “beer, wine, and spirit infused cuisine.” Not ones to pass up on a good meal (especially one with alcohol in the title) myself as well as staff writer Steve Boyle and newly poached Black Sheep writer Noel Purcell, took it upon ourselves to treat ourselves while serving up our own review.

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0 Penn State Wants Your Blood

November 4th marked the kick-off of this year’s PSU-MSU Blood Donor Challenge. The American Red Cross is giving us Nittany Lions yet another chance to kick Michigan’s ass (albeit off the field) and for a good cause!

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18 Classroom Pet Peeves: Student Edition

After several years of studying at Penn State, everyone seems to rack up a list of classroom pet peeves, you know, the little things people do that aren’t really a big deal but for some reason just drive you NUTS. We all have ‘em, and we’ve all been guilty of ‘em. We gathered several annoying classroom habits that made the top of our lists.

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4 New Brewpub Opens in Happy Valley

Centre County is no exception to the recent trend in local microbreweries. Locals and students alike can already enjoy the delicious craft beer offerings at Otto’s, The Gamble Mill, and Elk Creek Cafe. This past Sunday brought about the opening of another such establishment: The Happy Valley Brewing Company.

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0 Students Get Spirited At Shaver’s Creek Fall Festival

If you aren’t quite satisfied with all the fall festivities offered up by downtown State College then you might want to check out the Shaver’s Creek Fall Harvest Festival. For those of you that don’t know, Shaver’s Creek is an educational nature center located in Petersburg, PA, and home of birds of prey and live reptile exhibits, as well as nature hikes and student run programs.

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1 Mental Health Awareness Week Kicks Off Today

Today kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week here at Penn State. Throughout the week several student associations will be hosting activities at the HUB including relaxation rooms, body image workshops, and even a TED talk by Kevin Breel. The purpose of this week is to create a dialog about mental health and to create an awareness here on campus.

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0 Arboretum to Host Annual Pumpkin Festival

Although it just turned October, Halloween will be upon us before you know it. If you’re like me and still carve pumpkins every year in order to keep yourself from trick-or-treating into a coma and stealing candy from all the real kids, you’re in for a treat.

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1 How Fast Can You Down a Cheesesteak?

Like Ron Swanson, I too am a red blooded American who prefers to eat steak and bacon over “the food my food eats” i.e. salad. So you can imagine my intrigue when I noticed an advertisement for Bradley’s Cheesesteak Eating Competition.

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10 Waffle Shop Showdown

Everyone knows that there’s only one place to get a delicious handmade breakfast that’s lightening fast to boot: The Waffle Shop. Everyone also probably knows that there are three Waffle Shops to choose from: West College, East College, and Atherton. Well I’m going to let you all in on a townie secret that most people don’t know — one of these things is not like the other.

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0 New Book Tells the Story of Our Mountain

Thomas Shakely, a former Penn State student who served as President & General Manager of The LION 90.7fm and founder of Safeguard Old State, decided that there needed to be a book that told the real story of Mount Nittany, how close we came to losing it, and how the Mount Nittany Conservancy saved it.

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1 2013 WPSU Wine Festival Tickets Available

Winos rejoice and get your Penn State stemware ready! For those of us who despise Natty light and prefer to get tipsy in a more “highbrow” manner, the upcoming WPSU International Wine Festival on September 29 is one wine-and-cheese party you won’t want to miss.

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3 CATA Says “Dump The Pump”

Having a car on campus kind of sucks. The amount of money that the average student pays for a semester-long parking pass could easily buy almost 300 slices of Canyon pizza. Then, once you get to your spot, you have to hoof it to catch the nearest Blue Loop, only to make it to class approximately an hour after you set out from your apartment to begin with.

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0 Futuristic Parking Meters Descend Upon State College

Face it: feeding the meter sucks. It’s basically a black hole that eats all the loose change you find on the floor of your car. Not to mention the anxiety of getting your errands done before your meter runs dry and sets off the “Spidey Sense” of any nearby meter maids. Well Penn State, your hero has arrived…

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1 Fasta Hosts “Free Pasta Day,” Low Carb Dieters Weep

I have a confession: I could eat pasta for every meal, 365 days a year. Fettucini, orrachetti, farfalle, penne, or my personal favorite bucatini — it doesn’t matter — I love them all. I eat them all with exorbitant amounts of pleasure and delight. I know I am not alone in my obsession, for there are already over 400 people who plan on attending Fasta Pasta’s “Free Pasta Day” this Friday, according to the Facebook event.

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1 Wine, Meet Taco

This weekend is known for one of Penn State’s greatest traditions — the Blue and White game. But after seeing an ad for a wine and taco pairing at the Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, I smell a new one.

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0 Financial Literacy Workshop: Making Dollars With Sense

It’s no secret that college students are often portrayed as having little money — the Ramen eating, penny pinching, “poor college student” stereotype has come from a lot of truth. However as students we don’t really get the chance to learn about money or how to handle it, which can be a huge problem when we graduate.

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