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 that the stress of finals is beginning to wear off, a growing excitement to get back home and do nothing but eat and sleep all day is palpable. But what if you’re stuck in State College over winter break? Whether you’re a townie, or just simply stranded in good ol’ wintry Happy Valley, State College and the surrounding areas will continue to have fun events throughout the three-week break. If you’re in need of something to do during your well-deserved time off, check out the list of events here.
Per tradition, the fraternity houses throughout State College participated in their annual Holiday Lights tour and competition, similar to their annual Halloween festivities. Once every year, these large and ornate houses are decorated from head to toe with bright, flashing, festive lights.
On Nov. 1, a man reported his sweatshirt and wallet stolen from Beta Sigma Beta fraternity. An event that, while tragic, is relatively commonplace in the world of parties. Getting new cards and a new ID is always a pain in the ass, plus your cash is almost assuredly gone, even if the wallet is turned in.
It’s that time of the year again! A time to get together with your favorite orgs and do a little Secret Santa before a long winter break apart. If you’re anything like me, this time can be just as stressful as it is enjoyable. You’re either broke, paired up with someone you hardly know, or just plain awful at gift shopping. Or some horrendous mixture of the three. That said, here is your guide to Secret Santa shopping on a budget.