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OS Cribs: West Fairmount Edition

Posters, Christmas lights, tapestries, American flags, and Penn State memorabilia are practically the uniform of a Penn State dorm room, apartment, or house. However, some students choose to go beyond basic and bedeck their dwelling in things that match their quirky sense of humor and mean something to them.

Adair, Paige, Lauren, Shannon, Kamryn, Abbie, and Skylar have captured just that in their West Fairmount house. Though their residence includes classic lighting and numerous posters, the seven roommates have created a home filled with jokes and antics that could make anyone chuckle. Adair’s witty sense of humor was apparent when she forewarned me that her roommates “had someone staying with [them] the other day so she’s in some of the pictures!”

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Adair’s kitchen screams “so-college” with a little bit of “Hillary for America.” The presidential hopeful is pictured below an abundance of empty liquor bottles, adjacent to a beer wall that includes more than just Natty Ice, and in front of a truly inspiring poster depicting the words “Shit Happens.” Nothing quite says U-S-A more than an American flag, a batch of empties, proof of empty brews, and a Presidential candidate rocking a cheetah print dress.

Adair told me Hillary started hanging out with them a couple years ago before she decided to run for president. “We knew she was the perfect fit when she put on a cheetah print party dress and didn’t take it off for two years straight,” she said.
Here’s a look at the rest of the living space:

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From Biggie to Steelers memorabilia and Channing Tatum back to Hillary Clinton and some more empty beer boxes, the girls’ walls are nothing short of entertaining. The green hand chair provides an inviting place for their guests to sit (though Clinton was content at their small dining table with a party size bag of Tostitos). Bare walls are practically non-existent in this house.

“To us, these posters represent self-empowerment. From the prohibition march to the ‘haha trippy’ constructed from an old ‘Happy Birthday’ banner, from the draped American flag to the stolen fraternity composite, we chose our decorations based on what matters to us,” Adair said.


A favorite of the roommates and guests alike is the cross-stitched message framed in their bathroom. The item adds a classic and vintage spin to their bathroom as it was passed down from Adair’s great-great-great grandmother.  The roommates even referred to the image as “sacred.”
Unlike most residents, the girls of West Fairmount have a story behind almost all of their decor and allow their guests to harmonize with their home.
“I think it’s clear upon entering our apartment what aesthetic appeal we were going for: the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui. The beer wall, valued at five million dollars, faces the east as a method of spiritual balance and hangover prevention,” Adair said.
Disclaimer: The residents of the house on West Fairmount ask that you please respect Hillary’s privacy and avoid loitering in their front yard. 

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About the Author

Emma Curtis

Emma is a staff writer for Onward State. She is a sophomore in the College of Communications and a first generation Penn Stater. Emma comes from a diverse military family and has moved around a lot; however, she has recently found her favorite home in Happy Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @cinemmatiic.


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