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Top 10 University Personalities

Realistically, college is just a collection of characters. These can range from the extremely specific to the somewhat general.

Here at Penn State, we have many personalities that roam across campus on a daily basis. You can also see them downtown or when you’re walking some backstreets to get to a friend’s house. I think everyone’s number 1 choice would be our recently deceased patriarch, Joe Paterno. It’s a no brainer. Since it’s pretty much understood that JoePa would be the champion of this list, I’m going to leave his name off of it because, no offense to the rest of the personalities, he was simply more special.

10. Anyone Who Wears a Greenman Suit to Football Games

Nothing gets the crowd going like seeing a Charlie Kelly wanna-be in that very form-revealing outfit.

9. Bill O’ Brien

Yes, Coach O’Brien made the list. Let’s face it, his name is on everyone’s minds right now. Big shoes to fill, but Nittany Nation is behind him.

8. The Excitedly Nervous Freshman

Freshman year is a pivotal point in a student’s life. Take one deep breathe to relax the nerves. Take another to calm the hell down.

7. The Shame Walker

They had some extra fun last night, but that still doesn’t make the walk home any shorter or any prettier.

6. Squirrels

If you think squirrels can’t have personalities, then you’ve never been to PSU. Fellow writer John Tecce can back me up on this one.

5. The Extremely Proud Alumni

They’re still waving the colors proudly into their 40s (and we love them for that). The best is when they go out during Homecoming weekend and drink like it’s 1981. Those hangovers can’t be getting any easier to deal with, right?

4. The Frat Dude on a Lawnchair

Regardless of your personal opinions on fraternities, you can’t tell me you’re not a little bit jealous of those lawns with weather like this.

3. PSU Boombox Guy

I’ve met him a few times in the streets. You’ve gotta admire a guy who brings music to drunk people walking. That truly is some form of charity.

2. The Willard Preacher

As I’m typing this post, he’s out there doing his thing. His relentlessness and passion is inspiring enough. Preach on, my man, preach on.

1. The Lion

This is how they got us at a young age. We all became enthralled with this beast rubbing its ears and making Rocky look like a wimp with its one-handed pushups. I still to this day cannot replicate the  “rawr, rawr, rawr” that echoes throughout Beaver Stadium during a game. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying either though.

That’s my list. What PSU personalities are in your Top 10?

About the Author

Shawn Christ

I am a junior majoring in print journalism. I am American. I am a Lion.


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