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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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2 UPUA Speaks Out at Borough Council Meeting

But in all seriousness, the State College Borough Council did a good thing this week. The controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID Law was upheld by the courts last week, which requires voters to show ID’s at the polls, and potentially disenfranchises thousands of voters who didn’t have the foresight or means to obtain proper ID. Borough Council decided to hold a public forum where citizens could come and voice their opinion on a council resolution that would condemn the new law.

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8 French Eatery Opens Downtown: Joie de Crêpe

Joie de Crêpe in downtown State College is a tribute to all things French—accordion music, the fleur-de-lis, and (of course) butter. Specializing in gourmet crêpes and Belgian waffles, Joie de Crêpe is owner Hitham Hiyajneh’s take on the traditional French crêperie. (You may have seen Hitham at his other delicious establishment, Pita Cabana). Crêpe stands can be found on every street corner in Paris and are known for being quick and casual places to grab a bite to eat for cheap. Joie de Crêpe is no different.

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1 2012 Arts Fest Preview

Apart from being that annual summer weekend when everyone descends back into State College to reunite, the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts actually has a primary function, and a really good one at that. When you walk around downtown, there’s a ton of really great artwork and performances that make you wonder to yourself, “What brought all this stuff to the middle of Pennsylvania?”

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9 Summer Guide: Things to Do in State College

Aside from daylonging in fratland, State College has many fun ways to entertain the student population over the summer months. From swimming to hiking to playing a round of golf, this is the Onward State guide of things to do in State College over the summer–fine tuned for the Penn State student.

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1 Campus Candy Kaput: Downtown Storefront Closes

Business for the downtown State College sweet spot, Campus Candy, has gone sour. The go-to location for frozen yogurt and over-priced bags of assorted sugary goodness is closing their doors after operating the College Avenue store front for just a little over a year. Learn more about Campus Candy shutting down their State College location and taking a new direction for the Campus Candy franchise after the jump.

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0 Finally! Chrome Lounge Opens Tonight

Though the windows are boarded up and there aren’t droves of stumbling customers ordering Fat Bitches from the Are U Hungry location on West Beaver Ave, the distinct sounds of jack hammers rattle from inside the once popular late night spot and a sign hangs in the window that reads “Coming Soon: Chrome Bar & Hookah Lounge.”

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3 Wings Over to Move to Hamilton Square Plaza

Despite rumors that the beloved mass distributor of sauce-drenched chicken fingers, Wings Over Happy Valley, was closing for good, the local favorite for late night delivery will be continuing business from a new location at the Hamilton Plaza. They’ll be starting their move as early as next month and will be totally vacated from their Parkway Plaza location by August 1st.

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0 State College 4th of July Goes Street

That’s right! For the first time, according to the Centre Daily Times, this year’s Central PA 4th Fest celebration will feature a full-on parade. The Borough Council unanimously voted in favor of street closures to accommodate the inaugural Parade of Heroes. The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on July 4 at the Borough Building at 234 S. Allen St.

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1 Celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday

Who said print was dead? Over at comic swap, superheroes and villains have been fighting it out for years. Publishers have been trying to push digital comics, but there’s no comparison to having a real book in your hand. And that’s why you owe it to yourself to find your local comic book store this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.

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0 Romney Wins PA But Obama Wins the Day

Though the rest of the state of Pennsylvania chose Mitt Romney, the results of yesterday’s primary election show that Penn State and State College voters don’t have enough faith in the Republican front-runner to beat Barack Obama in November. This college town is still occupied by the Obama zombies that have failed to die out after the craze of 2008 fizzled into the reality we face today of stagnant job growth, a congress rife with conflict, and an ever increasing deficit.

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0 Welcome to the Co.Space

State College sustainability organization New Leaf is launching the co.space, a co-ed, co-living professional fraternity with a common interest in Social Innovation. The unique project being launched this Thursday where guests will have the opportunity to tour the facility

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0 Guster Gets Personal at The State Theatre

Despite two decades of musical expertise and a stage loaded with pianos, string instruments, and drums; the spotlight was on the crowd last night at The State Theatre. Guster, a cult hit in the alternative scene, performed a stripped down, intimate acoustic performance where the the audience wasn’t just passive consumers of the band’s breed of bluesy jams, but a co-conspirator, guiding the night with requests from tweets, shouts and a “fish bowl.”

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3 Bar Wars: Cafe 210 vs. Mad Mex

This week’s competition is between the two most well-known outdoor patio bars in State College: Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Let’s be honest, when it’s 75 degrees and sunny outside, there are few things better than (legally) drinking outside. The two downtown establishments with the largest outdoor seating areas are Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Both of these places have large patios which are perfect for soaking in the sun and downing a few choice beverages. Let the battle begin.

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0 Webster’s Bookstore Returns to Downtown

From Bob Dylan vinyl to used Tom Clancy novels to steamed soy milk–it was apparent this weekend that Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe has rebounded from the financial woes that closed its previous location. Webster’s is back at it, serving the coffee sippin’, beret wearin’ counter culture of State College once again, and it feels like they never left.

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0 Bar Wars: Indigo vs. Levels

Okay, so we’re starting off our “Bar Wars” series backwards here…but let’s be honest: you have to end up at a club at the end of the night. It’s important to conclude any night in a fun atmosphere, especially a bar tour. After drinking all day, you’ll want an exciting environment. The club selection at PSU is… let’s go with, limited, so we took the two clubs downtown and put them head-to-head in this week’s Bar Wars challenge. So what’s it gonna be? Indigo or Levels? Andrew Tarr took the task of going to both Indigo and Levels to rank the two via several categories. The results are after the jump.

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3 Billy O’s: The Rebound for Your Grillers Breakup

Ever since Grillers was shut down by the State College Department of Ordinance Enforcement & Public Health (those clean freak bastards) I have been in a state of mourning. So on Friday night when I was drinking underage and heard the news whilst stumbling my way over to Beaver ave I was an emotional wreck. Luckily, I was pointed in the direction of Billy O’s.

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