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10 Non-Canning Things to do During the Canning Weekend

If you haven’t joined a THON organization yet, are waiting to hear back from a committee, or just flat out don’t want to be involved, let’s face it: You’re going to be pretty lonely this weekend. While the rest of the school is off canning for pediatric cancer, us “degenerates” are left to fend for ourselves and figure out some way to keep occupied. Fear not though, for I have compiled a short list (in no particular order) of activities to enjoy while the campus and downtown areas are not so crowded.

1. Hike Mount Nittany

Nittany Mall Overlook

Once you have completed this task, you can call yourself a true Penn Stater. As cliché as it sounds, it’s worth the hype and is something you must do before you graduate. What better time then now to cross it off the bucket list?!

2. Support your #1 Lady Lions Volleyball Team at The Big Ten Opener


There’s a reason they’re the top ranked team in the nation, and you should check them out in Rec Hall to see why. Friday at 7:00 p.m. they take on #15 Michigan State, followed by a match Saturday at 7:30 p.m. vs. #10 Michigan. Both matches will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

3. Organize a Bar Crawl


If you are 21+ then you have definitely noticed how crowded the bars get on weekends, especially for football games. Now is your opportunity to try that bar you’ve always wanted to, and then the next one, and then the next one…

4. Go Pumpkin Picking

pumpkin giveaway view 2

Remember when you were little and so excited to get yourself the biggest pumpkin you could carry home? Now imagine that pumpkin times three. Check out Harner Farm; which is about a five minute drive from downtown.

5. Have a Blast at Laser Tag

Laser Tag

Channel your inner child by heading to What-A-Blast Extreme Laser Tag nestled right behind McDonald’s. The website ensures fun from ages 8-86, so I think we’re all covered.

6. Walk to the Arboretum


After a $9 million donation, the arboretum has become one of Penn State’s hidden beauties. Enjoy the exquisite flowers and greenery before winter comes (and never leaves).

7. Sing Your Heart Out At Icy Snow KTV

Photo Taken by Haley Blazer
Photo Taken by Haley Blazer

Icy Snow KTV has officially opened and there are no age requirements to get in! This new karaoke place, conveniently located next to Cafe 210, is a perfect stop during, or after your bar crawl. Honestly, I think it’s worth trying for the story.

8. See HelloGoodbye Live in Concert


Everybody loved HelloGoodbye back in the day. With the help of SPA Latenight, you can see them for free by showing your student ID. The event beings at 9:30 at the HUB and will work on a first come, first serve basis.

9.  Go to a Hookah Lounge


If you are looking for a low-key night, a hookah lounge is the perfect place to go. With two places downtown, you can decide which one best fits your mood. As an added incentive, Chrome also serves alcohol and has a pretty good happy hour.

10. Enjoy a Quiet Burrito at Chipotle


I don’t know about you guys, but nothing can ruin my day like when there’s a long line at Chipotle. After waiting for what seemed like forever last weekend following the rainy football game, a burrito enjoyed in peace and quiet sounds all the more satisfying.

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Becca Erdman

Becca is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology

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