2015 THON Line Dance References, Explained

Dancer Relations captains to the stage! With a roar up from the crowd, we all belt out the lyrics to this year’s line dance. The spirited song fill the BJC with inspirational lyrics, funny one-liners, and the past year’s recap.

Here at Penn State, we do our best to keep up with social media and the happenings in sports, entertainment, and the news. Unfortunately, some things slip through the cracks.

After piling on reference after reference, line dance lyrics sometimes go over our heads. So to save you from some time-consuming Google searches, here are some of the lyrics of this year’s line dance, translated into layman’s terms.

Verse 1: Campus Life/PSU Sports

THON ’15 make some noise /  Nittany Lions, “We dem boyz”

The Penn State student body has in fact become “dem boyz.” Football game attendees are all too familiar with the ever present battle cry of Wiz Khalifa’s now infamous hit, “We Dem Boyz.” Played between plays in various snippets, the Beaver Stadium sound system can’t get enough.

Wait, what? Chipotle’s closed? / Let’s go to Primanti Bros.

This September, with early semester burrito cravings in full swing, Chipotle closed its doors for a day amid employee strike over “sweatshop-like” working conditions. But no worries, it reopened for the dinner shift, allowing for a collective sigh of relief.

Jamba Juice, brand new deli / HUB food, get in my belly!

Jamba Juice and McAlister’s Deli were the first two new additions to the renovated HUB, bringing some fly new seating and extra chow-down options to the center of campus.

Peace prize won by scholar / Neha Gupta, HOLLA!

Neha Gupta, a freshman in the Schreyer Honors College, became the first American to win the International Children’s Peace Prize through her work Empower Orphans. She totally deserves some “hollas.”

Set, spike, victory / Lionettes make history

Penn State women’s volleyball and The Lionettes Dance Team had a great 2014, with both teams winning national championships. For the Lionettes, it was their third consecutive, the first time that feat has been accomplished. The volleyball team went back-to-back in its titles.

Verse 2: News/Sports

Nations mourn with France / “I’ll ride with you,” Aussies chant

After the French publication “Charlie Hebdo” released a series of anti-Islam political cartoons, two Islamic terrorists entered the paper’s Parisian office and shot and killed 11, wounding 11 more. In Australia, amid anti-Muslim sentiment, the “I’ll ride with you movement” was created to support Muslims and protect their community.

To tour the White House, hop the fence

A man made it through the front door of the White House after jumping the fence and eluding Secret Service. Someone sign this man to a track and field contract.

Michelle, “Bring back our girls”

Michelle Obama came out in support of the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement after more than 270 girls were kidnapped from a Nigerian school by terrorists.

College playoff great for fans / King James back in his homeland

The new college football playoffs introduced a four-team bracket system. Ohio State came out victorious after victories over Alabama and Oregon. Lebron James returned to his first team, The Cleveland Cavaliers, after a two-championship run with the Miami Heat.

No one catches like Odell

Odell Beckham, Jr. makes one of the catches of the season for the New York Giants.

Stu Scott’s legacy / K.D.’s mom, MVP

Stuart Scott, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor, passed away at age 50 from a lengthy battle with cancer. Kevin Durant gave his mother a touching tribute after winning NBA MVP in 2014.

Mo’Ne Davis came to play / Howard blocks for U.S.A.

Mo’Ne Davis indeed came to play, showing the world that “throwing like a girl” was pretty darn effective in last summer’s Little League World Series. Tim Howard also put on quite a show for the US Men’s National Team in the 2014 World Cup.

Verse 3: Culture

Did you know “apparently” / I’ve never been on live TV

Any interviewer dreams of having this kid as the feature. Adorable 101.

Venmo, name your price / Awareness builds, we dump ice

The quick-payment app Venmo allows you to pay other users and makes settling debts a whole lot easier. The Ice Bucket Challenge raised awareness for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Genie, Doubtfire, Peter Pan / Robin’s off to Neverland
I know why the caged bird sings / Maya gains her wings

The passing of both poet Maya Angelou and comedian Robin Williams saddened the world. They taught us how to better live, learn, laugh, and love.

McConaughy, what a year / Adel Dazeem? Not here!

Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor award at the Oscars for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” In a series of yearlong mispronunciations, John Travolta horribly butchered Idina Menzel’s name.

T. Swift pay to play / Starbucks lovers? What’d she say?

Taylor Swift, in a debacle with the free music app Spotify, ultimately removed her music from the app in support of paying music artists for their work. And our long list of Starbucks lovers got a little shorter in her hit “Blank Space.”

20 years for “Friends” crew / Watch them now on Netflix, too

The hit TV show Friends celebrated 20 years since its premiere, releasing every episode on Netflix. Great for us — until you’ve finished two seasons in the early hours before the next day’s 8 a.m.

Dance break, chorus, bring it all home. Sing and dance your heart out, Penn State.

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Greg Zuber

Greg is a junior Industrial Engineering major from northern New Jersey (not near the Scarlet and White institution we have recently made such a friendly acquaintance with). He is a passionate fan of the New York Rangers as well as a Penn State Men's Hockey season ticket holder. Free time usually taken up by the Penn State Marching Blue Band trumpet section, IM sports, and engineering homework. Follow on twitter (@Uber_Zuber) for unfunny anecdotes and retweets from sports accounts. Contact otherwise at [email protected]

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