We Have A Winner!
Remember the contest we ran a couple of days ago that asked what is the best on-campus building is? You know, the one where Onward State and CSN paired up to give away a Penn State Fathead to the Onward Stater with the best comment?
The winner is Steve who left a comment on August 28th at around 2:00 AM. Here’s is an excerpt:
But in the end, there was one building that had more of an effect on me, and it was none of the aforementioned bunch (as many fond memories of classes and all-nighters as I have in all of them). That building is Chandlee: http://www.campusmaps.psu.edu/buildings/chandlee.shtml. Chandlee, really? Yes, really. My studies really had nothing to do with Chemistry, and I certainly didn’t touch the field of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, but Chandlee was special for another reason – that being its elusiveness.
Over the course of my four years, I was quite successful in my mission to set foot in every building on campus. I was in the Meats Lab, Old Botany, even the center of Forum (that was an interesting night), but for some reason found Chandlee to be difficult to get into. There was constant construction, from building new steps, to tearing them down and building them again, to random police tape surrounding the building at all times. There were many instances that I thought perhaps Chandlee was being quarantined or even being used as some secret testing place for another nuclear reactor (Breazeale is another great facility, by the way).
For four years, I would walk by that building just hoping I could go inside, and for four years I found the doors to be locked or the building somehow un-enterable again and again. I feared I might graduate Penn State having never been inside Chandlee, and I was very disappointed about that possibility becoming a reality.
Then, one day, despite the police tape and the signs, I decided to try some different doors. As luck would have it, I found one ajar and entered! I was as happy as I’d been since the days of thunderous laughter my sophomore year when Jay Bundy graced the front pages of the Daily Collegian. I had done it, I had entered Chandlee!
The building itself is rather innocuous. I found no secret labs, no alien life-forms, and no Jimmy Hoffa corpse, but I did find myself extremely happy that I had completed a long-term goal. Is it possible that I missed a building on Penn State’s campus? Absolutely, I’m sure I didn’t make it inside every one, but I was so happy to have made it inside the elusive Chandlee, that it will forever be etched in my memory as one of the best buildings at Penn State.
So next time you find yourself strolling down the brick sidewalks of Pollock Road, take a look for yourself and see if you can get in. It just might be worth your time.
Congratulations to Steve for leaving the best comment! The Fathead is currently en route to your address.
And for the rest of you Onward Staters, keep your eyes peeled for more contests to win free stuff. Who knows, we may even make a contest out of comments from a story without telling you.
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