Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



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.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Holiday Gift Guide For Every Penn Stater In Your Life

Not sure what to get the special Penn State fan in your life? We’ve got you covered.

[Photo Story] Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Illuminates Jewish Pride At Penn State

Dozens of students and community members gathered at Old Main to celebrate the beginning of the Hanukkah season.

An Open Letter To The Penn State Blue Band: It’s Time To Make A Holiday Album

Just imagine how magical “Jingle Bells” would sound with the Blue Band’s special touch.

Follow on Another Platform
Other posts by Evan

Penn State Students Ask Willard Preacher for a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A group of Penn State feminists combated the Willard Preacher’s hateful rhetoric about sexuality and women by staging a flashmob to the tune of “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. Watch the video and weigh in after the jump.

#MusicMonday: Spring Break-It-Down

Artists Announced for Largest Outdoor EDM Concert to Hit Happy Valley