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Community Manager: How Should We Cover State Patty’s Day?

Earlier today, we ran a post about volunteering to patrol throughout the State College community during State Patty’s Day to maintain a “friendly and sober presence.” The post generated a lot of reasonable discussion about the holiday in question, from the merits of the Borough’s new initiative to help clean up the streets (as discussed in the post’s body) to State Patty’s Day itself.

From reading the comments, though, it became clear (if it wasn’t already clear) that there’s a large rift in the State College community between the students who just want to have a day of drunken fun and the residents who don’t want the town or themselves to be needlessly disturbed. I think it’s important that we have an open, intelligent dialog about the issue, which is why I’m asking the following question:

What do you think should be done (if anything) about State Patty’s Day, and how should Onward State be covering it?

I urge you to comment with your thoughts, be you a student, a resident, an outside party, or even if you’re a “Tractor”. Just keep it smart, y’all.

P.S.: Thank you for all of the great responses to my question last week about what Onward State should be writing about. I know the staff has been following that comment thread and we’ll be publishing a few of the suggestions too.

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Evan Kalikow

Evan Kalikow co-founded Onward State in November 2008 with Davis Shaver and Eli Glazier. Having previously served as a Writer, Editor, Standards Editor, and Community Manager, Evan is now a proud alumnus of both Onward State and Penn State. He was also named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.

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