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Penn State Uses Sandy as Excuse to Get Drunk

Hurricane Sandy is blowing through the North East causing significant damage, especially in New York and New Jersey. Flood waters have inundated subway passages. Boardwalks have been swallowed up by waves. And in State College, shelves of malt liquor have been scrounged up like emergency rations of flashlights, bread, and milk in areas that lie bel0w sea level.

All day yesterday, students hovered over @psutxt waiting for University Park to cancel classes. The decision to close UP was a juggling act between shutting down a campus notorious for making drunken mayhem in its free time and keeping students safe in light of grim weather reports on the Frankenstorm.

Before Penn State closed University Park, all eastern Commonwealth Campuses cancelled classes. Local area events were postponed, roads were scheduled for detours, surrounding school districts closed their doors, state stores stopped serving liquor after 3 p.m. — it seemed the entire state was preparing for the storm while Penn State was weighing their options.

Then at noon the message came that afternoon classes were cancelled.

Before long, bottle shops such as Sharkies, Brewsky’s and Thrifty were selling out of 40 0.z. bottles of Hurricane malt liquor. W.R. Hickey’s specifically went out of their way to ensure the longevity of their Hurricane inventory. It became clear that Penn State’s survival guide favored catching a buzz rather than boarding up windows or evacuating popular areas (other than the HUB).

And as the storm intensified, so did the propensity to party. However, Penn State officials had different plans for the night.

After a Monday evening that became a weekend, a message was sent out over the Penn State Twitter account to alert students that they should be prepared to have classes as scheduled for today. The decision was not well received on Twitter.












Do you think that Penn State should have cancelled classes with the impending danger of Hurricane Sandy? Or was it smart to cut off the students who mistook a safety precaution as an excuse to get drunk? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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