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Penn State’s New Hero: Robe Man

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First there was Squirrel girl, then there were these guys wearing suits, now there is a new Penn State cult hero: Robe Man. Robe Man aka Tim Sanchez is the next Penn State celeb on the rise who has begun the new @RobesAroundPSU “movement.”

The idea is simple. Wear a robe everywhere you go — class, parties, the bus, and everywhere in between. I met up with Robe Man to see what a typical day is like, and the dude did not disappoint.

We found each other at the fishtanks in the HUB, and talked a little bit about his inspiration for the club. It all began when he spotted an empty booth at the activity fair earlier in the semester. He commandeered the booth and recruited 19 others to join his unofficial club that “thrives on leisurely activity and acceptance.” I then began my life changing day with Robe Man.

After chatting for a bit, we moved on to wait in line to grab a bite to eat. As we walked from the familiarity of the HUB fish tanks, it became quite clear the attention wearing a robe garners. Amid points, stares, and quite a few chuckles, we made our way to Chick-fil-A. Robe Man decided that he wasn’t really too hungry, but he did politely accept several fliers at the top of the HUB stairs.

Robe Man then began to open up to me about one of the worst days the robe movement has ever seen — the basketball game that he was kicked out of on January 19th. He was attending the game with his THON family when five security guards came to his seats and asked him if he was wearing anything under his robe. After replying he was only wearing underwear underneath (get at him ladies), he was escorted out of the BJC with little explanation. Robe Man shutters as he recalls this dark day.

Next we meandered our way to Old Main in the rain to reflect on the beauty of Dear Old State. Robe Man doesn’t mind the rain, but when it gets windy he does have to keep his hands in his robe pockets to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. We also chatted about how one of his frat bros inspired the robe movement. “He would wear the robe around the house and it looked comfy,” Robe Man explained.

On our way to our next destination, we stopped to have a nice conversation with the Willard preacher about nuclear chemistry. Just kidding, we talked about robes. Robe Man was even able to ask the Willard Preacher how he felt about robes. In case you were wondering, the Willard Preacher said he like robes “just as much as the next guy” — assuming the next guy isn’t Robe Man.

After a short study session at the library we ran into one of Robe Man’s own, Brad Nixon. Robe Man decided to wait at the bus stop with Brad for a little before heading to the Lion Shrine so I could snap some pics of him sporting his robe on our beloved Nittany Lion.

This was where our adventure ended and now I am stuck reflecting on my day spent with Robe Man. At one point during the day, I confessed that I was considering wearing a robe one day, and in Robe Man’s simple nature he responded, “you should, its delightful.” Delightful indeed. It is not every day that you see someone wearing a robe to class, but if Robe Man’s dream becomes a reality, it could be.

About the Author

Mara Kern

Mara is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in business. She is from Cranberry Twp., PA and enjoys blogging, cats, tweeting, and not wanting to graduate.


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