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The Roar Zone Recognized As Official Student Organization

Look out, Nittanyville — there’s a new student section climbing the ranks of Penn State’s best. The Roar Zone is one of the newest official student organizations on campus, and with the new distinction will come even more of the energy and unique pride that fans in Hockey Valley have come to expect.

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The Roar Zone let fans at last year’s Wisconsin game know what was on the menu. Imagine what they’ll do now that they’re funded.

Since its inception, the Roar Zone was under the umbrella of the Hockey Management Association. Senior Kyle Hoke was one of the members who was involved when Pegula Ice Arena first opened its doors, and is now the Roar Zone’s president. The Roar Zone’s first few years at Pegula were undeniably impactful, as it was ranked before last season as the nation’s third-best college hockey student section, ahead of decades-old mainstays such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.

Some of the credit for its acclaim has to go to the Arena, some has to go to the university, but a lot is due to the innovation of the organization’s leadership. While any student section can have its own chants, the Roar Zone goes above and beyond with its signs and banners, such as this tribute to Stuart Scott and the Wisconsin banner above. Now that it will have more funding and official recognition from the university, fans can expect bigger and better things.

Here’s what Hoke had to say about the upcoming season: “We’ll hopefully have a spot at the involvement fair this fall, so stop by and give us your email to get updates on everything we do. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter if you don’t already (@TheRoarZone). We’ll be having meetings even before the season starts so get involved early! We’d also like to have pre-season events to get everyone excited about ticket sales and the season starting. We’ll need all hands on deck to make signs, posters, and banners when Notre Dame comes for a visit as well. There’s so many opportunities for students to get involved, especially if they are interested in becoming an officer in the future. At the very least, come hang out at the meetings and talk hockey with us! I can’t thank the students enough for being just straight-up insane, and I can’t wait to have you all back in the Roar Zone, screaming louder than ever.”
Only 138 days until the Roar Zone is back in action at Pegula.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


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