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The Anatomy of a Whiteout Declaration

There’s an official “Whitehouse” planned for the October 27th game against Ohio State, but there wasn’t any tangible plans for a students-only whiteout this season. That is, until a few tweets from Nittanyville President Troy Weller and a Facebook event spawned a Whiteout declaration.

As you may now know by now, many students and players have jointly called for a Whiteout this Saturday as Penn State welcomes #24 Northwestern. But how did this idea evolve over the past 48 hours?

Well, let’s see. On Sunday, the idea of a student whiteout vs. Northwestern was born early in the day. Troy Weller was the first to throw the concept onto social media.

The Nittany Lions Den made that first move, making an official Facebook event for the Whiteout.

On Monday, Nittanyville endorsed a Saturday whiteout.

Shortly after, the #WhiteoutNorthwestern movement began.

Several football players eventually caught on to the idea Monday afternoon.

Even Evil Bill O’Brien endorsed the event, making it all but official.

And there you have it, this weekend’s Whiteout was pretty much born with a few retweets and a Facebook event. I guess the Interwebz aren’t all bad. Anyway, here’s a link to the Facebook event.

Get there early and win or lose, stay late for the post-game alma mater.

See you Saturday. Wear white.

Side note: Bring it Back: Pink and Black is also scheduled for Saturday. To my knowledge, the S-Zone will be pink and black. If the student section looks awkward with white, black, and pink, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.

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