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Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.

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8 Flex Your Rights: 10 Rules of dealing with Police

If you need to speak to an officer while driving, on the street or at your home, there are 10 rules you should know to protect yourself and to protect your rights — knowing these rules can prevent fines and unnecessary interactions with police.

I learned these rules in a presentation last night from “Flex Your Rights”, which was given by the ACLU of Penn State.

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11 Natural Gas Pipeline May Parallel College Avenue

Environmental groups have successful lobbied the University to turn its steam powered plant over to natural gas. However, the Board of Trustees have decided that it would be unwise to construct a natural gas pipeline through campus because it could hurt infrastructure. The university has been meeting with residents of State College to transport the fuel on a street that parallels State College.

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1 India Pavilion: A Review

I didn’t grow up on Indian food — I didn’t even taste my first bite of it until a high school friend invited me over to his house. His mom would always insist on cooking for us, even if we weren’t hungry, creating a dazzling spread of naan, saag paneer, and lentils. The combination of warm spices and love are, what I think, the things that make Indian food so welcoming (especially on a cold day). India Pavilion is the epitome of what Indian food is all about.

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11 Bars Will Stay Open on State Patty’s Day

Student Body President Courtney Lennartz announced in her comments for the good of the order at last night’s meeting that she met with the Tavern Association earlier this week, and that downtown bars will NOT close on State Patty’s Day this year despite her request.

Lennartz cited the fact that downtown bars lost over $100,000 on State Patty’s Day last year by not opening. Were they really surprised?

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3 Meet the Vamos! Lion Chariot Man

State College is full of, er, personalities. Boombox Guy, McLanaman, the Willard Preacher, the Squirrel Whisperer, Mike the Mailman – the list goes on.

One of the newer players to the game is Todd of the Vamos! Lion Chariot. You probably have seen him riding around campus or downtown honking his bike horn and waving hello at just about everyone.

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3 Trader Joe’s Opens in State College

After months of anticipation, and almost an exact year after their original opening date, Trader Joe’s finally opened in State College. This small specialty store is located in the aptly named “Trader Joe’s Plaza” right off of North Atherton street, their only competition so far being a Pier 1 next door.

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10 Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in State College

A lot of students have begun vegetarian diets for numerous reasons. Whether you’ve jumped on this diet bandwagon for the health benefits, saving the animals, or an excuse to not shower or shave your legs, there’s no doubt that you have run into the dead end that is State College’s vegetarian options. But have no fear! I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 vegetarian-friendly places to chow in State College.

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47 What’s Happened to The Diner?

The Diner has established itself as one of the most iconic places to State College. Every year during big weekends and large events, hundreds will cram in to get a small taste of nostalgia that was their days at Dear Ol’ State. However, the place that would capture the dreams of little kids has now become a place that is barely recognized by thousands of students.

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26 State College Police Investigating Paige Raque

On October 13, Paige Raque fell five stories from Calder Commons. She sustained life-threatening injuries but her health has made steady progress. Her recovery has been a rallying point for the Penn State and cheerleading communities. Yesterday, WJAC reported that the State College Police Department is investigating Paige Raque for underage alcohol consumption.

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4 Who’s on the Ballot in State College?

With the national election less than 24 hours away, do you know who you’re voting for, Penn State? You may know who you’re supporting for president, but what about the rest of the ballot? Here is a comprehensive look at every candidate on the ballot in State College voting districts so you don’t just vote for whoever has the coolest name.

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6 Bubble Tea Shop Tea-Time Opens Downtown

I love bubble tea. I think it has something to do with my inner child delighting in devouring food that grosses other people out. Or maybe I just like drinking neon colored liquid that looks like it shouldn’t be ingested by anything—especially a person. Bubble tea just seems to be one of those things you either love with a passion or hate with the fiery vengeance of a thousand suns. Personally, I am a huge fan of bubble tea and it’s delightful chunkiness, so you can imagine I the joy I felt when I heard that State College was getting it’s very own bubble tea shop: Tea-Time.

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2 Penn State Dodges Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy ripped through areas of the Northeast — specifically New York and New Jersey — State College remained largely unscathed. Leading up to the storm, students and residents stocked up on essential supplies like flashlights, food, and malt liquor. It would all be for naught, and even though Penn State cancelled classes for the first time in five years on Monday afternoon, conditions would never reach the levels the most people expected.

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4 Hurricane Sandy to Hit University Park

Hurricane Sandy, or the #Frankenstorm, is expected to hit State College beginning Monday night into Tuesday morning. According to State College-based Accuweather, weather conditions in State College and Central Pennsylvania deteriorate throughout Monday and will worsen sometime between Monday night and Tuesday. Effects of Sandy will continue through Wednesday.

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19 Consent, Assault, and Crossing the Line

State College feels like it’s our own safe little bubble. There’s a reason that we’re comfortable gallivanting around downtown at 2 a.m. while moderately inebriated. Even females, scantily clad as they’re often seen to be, seem content stumbling home alone for several blocks. But maybe they shouldn’t be. Since the beginning of the semester, less than two months ago, eleven sexual assaults have been reported to the State College Police Department.

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12 Best Drunk Pizza in State College

When one is inebriated, many things come to mind. What’s the fastest way home? Can I pee here and not get a public indecency citation? However, no question is more important than “What should I eat now?” And despite the many options in State College, more often than not, the choice of the intoxicated masses is pizza. Here is a ranking of the best drunk pizza spots in Happy Valley.

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3 10 Costumes You’ll See Everywhere This Year

Every year there are extremely original costumes, cliché costumes, scary costumes, sexy and innuendo costumes, some that are hilarious, and some that are downright ridiculous. Here is what I presume will be the most worn costumes based on extensive research (Google) and an analysis of pop culture from the 2012 year.

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2 New Orleans Themed Nightclub Opens Today

A New Orleans themed restaurant and club, called club “Duo” will open today. Located on Pugh Street between College and Beaver, the restaurant portion of the complex which features a quality cajun-infused menu had been previously announced, however the second floor nightclub remained unknown.

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0 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

You’ve got a bowl full of candy, a fridge full of alcohol, and a few pumpkins you carved at the Arboretum displayed proudly on your countertop. You’ve watched Hocus Pocus at least seven times in the past two weeks. Everything’s going according to plan. Except in the whirlwind of autumn festivity, you completely forgot to pick up a costume. We anticipated your lazy forgetfulness and gathered a few costume ideas for such an instance.

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1 An American Hero, Two Paternos, and Three Roses

Just over a month ago, the parents of Lt. Michael Murphy somberly walked southeast until they reached College Avenue. They roamed for three blocks and then made a sharp right-hand turn onto Heister Street, where muralist Michael Pilato was patiently waiting. Their son’s memorial had just been dedicated and now Murphy had been painted on the same mural that he walked past nearly every day as a student.

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4 The Corner Room: A Review

Being a legitimate townie (suck it Bellefonte!!) I have spent a lot of my pre and post pubescent years eating at the Corner Room. It’s a fixture of State College life—Allen street would just look strange without it. That being said I feel like I haven’t really appreciated this fine establishment in the way I feel it deserves. On my most recent visit I decided to look at the Corner Room with a new perspective, like I had never eaten there before.

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