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Do you think Penn State could use a nice, strong dose of class? Do you have an exceptionally fancy suit you only got to wear once to your sister’s wedding? Do you like being the best-dressed person in the room? Well, get ready for some news that’s LEGEND…wait for it…DARY.

Suit Up Penn State is a new movement aimed at classing up Penn State’s students. Engineering students Chris Guyan and Blair Rakowski — the creators of Suit Up Penn State — propose that students Suit Up in their best formal attire every Monday, wear Canadian suits on Wednesdays, and take it easy at the end of the week with Casual Fridays.

The idea is based off of Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris), a beloved character in the popular show “How I Met Your Mother.” In the show, Barney is known for being a devious Casanova and all-around sex fiend. In practically every episode he places a strong importance on suits. Rarely do you see him wearing anything else (the man even owns a pajama suit).

Why adopt a fictional character’s philosophy on how to dress? Chris and Blair’s reasoning is simple: “We are at a prestigious university and we believe that it is imperative to look respectable at all times. Wearing a suit shows a bit of elegance and sophistication, which enhances the overall look of Penn State. It is also a proven fact that suits make you personally look great and do well in school. Students that wear suits are 98% more likely to get A’s.”

I’m not quite sure where Chris and Blair got their statistics from, but it does make sense that students who look better and feel more confident in their looks would do better in class. If you’re confident in the way you look, it can spread out into other parts of your life like asking out that cute girl in your biology class, or maybe even refuting an unfair grade with your professor.

The Suit Up Penn State Facebook page also states that every Wednesday is Canadian Suit day. What is a Canadian Suit, you might (rightfully) ask? Well: “As defined by the trustworthy Urban Dictionary, a Canadian suit is ‘an outfit completely made of denim that a Canadian often wears as a suit.’ In addition to the denim, we encourage participants to adorn their outfits with Canadian flags and other memorabilia, and also speak in a Canadian accent. Some good words to remember for your accent are: eh? (eh), aboot (about), sowry (sorry), and hoser (Canadian derogatory slang).”

Whether the creators decided to use their Wednesday choice of attire as a nod to another character on the show, Canadian gun-nut Robin Scherbatsky, or as a simple act of whimsy, still remains to be seen.

When asked about their ideal outcome of the Suit Up Penn State movement, Chris and Blair responded: “…our ideal outcome of this movement is to see everyone at Penn State dressed formally on Mondays, Canadian on Wednesdays, and casually on Fridays. It would be fantastic if this really caught on and spread across campus. We want Penn State to stand out above all other colleges as the best dressed campus. ”

So, dust off your old suit jackets and polish those shoes. It’s time to SUIT UP!

About the Author

Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.

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