Power Ranking The Five Penn State Logos
If there is one thing that Penn State dominates in, it is most certainly the overwhelming amount of pride for the school. Even through the scandal and most recently, a four game losing streak, students, alumni and fans are still proud to support the Penn State name and logo. With a plethora of different symbols that have been created over the years, it is easy to favor one over the other. So in typical Onward State fashion, we’ve power ranked Penn State’s most notable logos for your viewing pleasure.
1. Chipmunk Logo
Come on, is it not obvious that this logo should be first on this list due to the awesome story behind its creation? The chipmunk logo was created back in the 1970’s by a committee that included Joe Paterno. Without using any words, the Nittany Lion logo is able to represent Penn State, which was ultimately the goal during the creation of the profound symbol. Although this logo is technically only used with athletics, it is still copyrighted by Penn State and can be seen basically anywhere on or off campus.
2. The Penn State Seal
This crest has been around, with many variations, since the birth of our university as The Farmers’ High School in 1855. Undergoing five different modifications since the creation of the original seal, the crest was finalized in November of 1953. This logo is typically only used in situations of authority and can be found on diplomas, agreements, and proclamations from the university, but is still completely awesome none the less. I mean, it has horses and a bird and a boat, what’s not to like?
3. The Ferocious Lion Logo
This logo just screams fierce. While the Nittany Lion logo lacks in ferocity, this emblem picks up the slack and then multiplies it by infinity. The lion in this symbol is looking off into the distance, but at what? Who knows, but he looks powerful doing it. While this logo only lasted a short three years as the “primary” symbol of Penn State, it still rules over all others in its intensity. Even the wording within this logo pushes its rank higher on the list.
4. The Official Logo
This logo is synonymous with everything that is official about Penn State. It can be found mostly anywhere at the university (including the podiums in every classroom). While the logo has clean lines, a readable font, and a tactfully designed lion at the bottom, it just doesn’t fully represent Penn State as well as the other logos. But hey, when the logo graces the top of the university’s website, it has to look pretty legit.
5. Weird Font Logo
Is it any surprise that this logo is last on the list? The odd looking font with a strange slant to it makes this logo the hardest to read out of all of them. Overall, the symbol represents all that is Penn State the least and truly looks a bit boring. These reasons are probably why it’s now only found sparingly around campus.
In the end, no matter what the logo looks like, Penn Staters will continue to support the university through anything and that is what is most important. What’s your favorite logo? Let us know in the comments.
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The Penn State episode will air Wednesday, October 9 at 10 p.m. and follow the team’s preparation for its Homecoming game against Purdue the previous weekend.
Dvir is a Penn State professor who has made revolutionary documentaries that have played a role in changing today’s world.
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