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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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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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6 Overheard at Grillers

As Penn Staters stumble home in the cold from their Thirsty Thursday festivities, they are drawn to the infamous cheese balls at Grillers like moths to a flame. Armed with some delightfully greasy grilled cheese sandwiches, we sat to observe the impending parade of debauchery. Here are the best (or worst, depending how you’d like to look at it) things that we overheard at Grillers.

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3 Vintage Goes Virtual for The Rag and Bone

A bright red sign that reads “We’re Moving On” hangs from the window of the State College vintage store, The Rag and Bone. At the end of this year, the East Calder Way store front will be permanently closed. But all of the costume jewelry, funky colored wigs, derby hats and one-piece bathing suites will continue to be sold under The Rag and Bone name from an online store. Learn more about the retro shop’s move into the virtual after the jump.

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3 Zeno’s Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Historic downtown State College bar Zeno’s Pub celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday. With a full lineup of music and events, one of the best college bars in America promises to have one of the best parties of our lifetime. Rock out with lots of beer and local music at Zeno’s this weekend! Read on for more info after the jump.

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9 Penn Kabab: An Onward State Review

As I’ve previously mentioned, Penn Kebab is one of the best places to get some handcrafted fast food. To be honest, I’m not sure how the people who live in the apartments above Penn Kebab don’t weigh 500 pounds, but I guess they possess some self-control.

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0 Onward & Outward: Alan Seeger Natural Area & Greenwood Fire Tower

As the temperatures in Centre County start to drop, fall colors blanket the region’s mountains and valleys. To experience this seasonal change in full, however, you’ll need to venture out of the bubble of State College. In this edition of “Onward & Outward”, we take you to two hidden gems in Rothrock State Forest: the Alan Seeger Natural Area, and Greenwood Fire Tower.

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2 Joie de Crêpe Brings Joy No More

I really wish I didn’t have to do this. However, due to a recent trip back to Joie de Crêpe, I feel like I need to write a retraction of some sort. A place where I could once get the best crêpe I’ve ever eaten on this side of the Atlantic, has turned into an establishment I wouldn’t ever go back to. It’s bad, kids. Pretty damn bad.

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2 Noodles and Company Comes to State College

I love noodles. I could eat them for every meal, every day, and every month of the year. (In my ideal world I would—I might weigh 200 pounds heavier but I would be 200% happier). If this is familiar to you in any way, then the opening of Noodles and Company downtown will make you jump for joy as you get your fat pants out of the closet.

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9 Herman Cain and Ann Coulter Coming to PSU

Have you ever dreamed of having a few drinks and kicking back with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain? If you’re like me, the answer is an unequivocal yes. And if you’re also like me, you’ll be doing just that next month on October 17 at the State Theatre as the “2012 College Truth Tour” makes its stop in State College.

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0 Bedazzle Your Bra Competition

Jezebel’s Boutique in downtown State College is hosting their first ever “Bedazzle Your Bra” competition. Any materials can be used to decorate a bra, and for $10 it will be prominently displayed in the window of Jezebels College Avenue location.

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4 Lemongrass Restaurant Opens Downtown

Squirrels. Outrageously priced clothing. Freshmen. Out of all of the things State College has in abundance, there’s one thing that there can never be enough of: Asian restaurants. Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese — every single one has something different to offer. Scott Wong, the owner of Greenbowl, seems to agree, as his newest Vietnamese themed restaurant Lemongrass opened its doors just last week.

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8 The Best Penn State Game Day Eats

Football games tend to make me hungry—although witnessing any amount of athletic dominance will do that to a girl. The suspense! The pageantry! The unbridled blood lust! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. So to make sure you eat properly before and after witnessing some Ohio ass-kicking, here are my suggestions.

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