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New Website Offers Best of College Life

Boredom, be banished.

Off the Quad lets Penn State students know what the coolest bars are, where to go for movies, where venues take place, when you can see events, what restaurants to eat at, and pretty much anything else. You’ll never have to make a decision ever again.

The website is described as an email-based publication that caters to the lifestyle of college students with featured scoops of what’s cool in that town.

“We try to provide one thing a day to try to make the day better,” founder and president, David Rich, said.

Click the link and travel to that day’s greatest specials on the left-hand side. The sidebar features the name of the restaurant or bar, the special, the time of the special and a link to said restaurant or bar, if they have one, which some still don’t. Does it blow anyone else’s mind that, in 2010, some people still don’t have a website?

From the front page, you can also register to find out just what is the best of college life in the (second) best college town. You can have the information sent through email or Facebook. Then they want you to recommend some friends. But don’t worry if you have no friends. You can skip that part. No one will judge you.

Think you know what’s cool? Students are also encouraged to submit their suggestions on the Facebook page.

“We like to keep the conversation going. If we post about something we like, we like to hear about people saying ‘I like this place, too,'” said Rich.

So how do I rank the website? At the moment, it’s a bit useless to me, as I’m too young (by a week!) to drink at bars. I’m curious to see how the website will expand, though. By 2011, they want to have 50 more college towns added. Right now, there are only a few colleges featured. They determine which colleges to use by researching the student ratio in the town. If a town is at least 20% students, statistics show that 50% or more of businesses will cater to college students.

It’s definitely a good concept. Let’s see how it develops.

About the Author

Alyssa Murphy

My name is Alyssa, or Aly. I'm a senior at Penn State, print journalism major. I'm from a little city of Pottsville. If you've heard of it, it's probably only because of Yuengling beer.


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