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.
Now it seems The Skeller won’t face the guillotine after all. The Herlocher family released an open letter Tuesday afternoon addressed to the Penn State and State College communities, insisting on their shared value of tradition in this town we all know and love.
“All things considered, I’m cautiously optimistic that the Herlocher’s local purchase of the Foster Building will achieve some degree of good conservation, although it’s a tragedy for the distinctiveness of State College to lose the Skeller in the process.”
Reactions from the Penn State community have been strong, so it’s worth taking a step back to realize we don’t have all the facts yet. Here’s what we know so far, what’s disputed, and what we’re still trying to figure out.
Although he’s not a Penn State alumnus himself, Clifford clearly recognizes the importance of the Skeller and all that it stands for in the hearts of Penn State alumni for the past 84 years. By our estimates using Penn State’s historical enrollment numbers, more than 500,000 Penn Staters have had the opportunity to drink a beer at the Skeller during their time as students.