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Behind the Black Curtain: What Goes On Behind The Stage Area?

THON is shrouded in mysteries. Dancers never know what time it is, all but a select group of people know the total before it’s revealed, and nobody really knows how the floor pass system works. Another mystery of THON? What the heck is behind the black curtain on the upper level of the BJC behind the stage?

Try as you might, it’s nearly impossible to get back there. Any attempt to climb the steps to the upper bowl is thwarted by a Rules and Regulations committee member, confidently telling you that they’re pretty sure you’re not allowed up there. I journeyed to every portal to try to sneak a peak,  but was never successful. What were they hiding? Maybe it’s all the money they’ve raised over the year. Could it be a secret oasis for dancers?

Luckily, the lack of access wasn’t actually a problem, as this mystery isn’t half as difficult to solve as the lack of access to the area would suggest. Behind the big black screen is just committee member storage, where on-shift committee members can put any extra items they may not want to bring with them wherever their shifts take them. And while it’s no dancer oasis, it is one of the very few spots in the BJC where anyone can sit down, as recently off-shift committee members, as well as those waiting to go on shift, can rest up before proceeding with their days.

Just because there is space to sit down, don’t expect to be able to sneak into the area to take a quick rest, even if you do manage to get past the initial on-shift R&R members. The rest of the section will be filled almost exclusively with off-shift committee members, likely giving you dirty looks and/or getting ready to kick you out of their (not so) secret space.

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Mike Reisman

is a senior Supply Chain Management major with an Economics minor (Read: Business Douche) from South Jersey. He has an intense fear of graduating so please don't bring it up. He writes about stupid things nobody cares about, and student life if the site is low on content that is clearly supposed be funny but is really very unfunny. He is lovingly (?) known around the staff as Baby Mike which may or may not be because he has a child (hint: it’s not). He’s also a second generation Penn Stater who has been wearing Penn State sweatshirts since before he was two, a habit he hasn’t grown out of. If you really hate yourself, you can follow him on twitter at @mike_reisman or email him at [email protected]


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