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What To Do In Town If You Are Not Participating In THON

There is a buzz about Penn State this week. Everyone seems to be a little happier in Happy Valley and it’s for good reason — THON is upon us. For many students, this week is just prolonged days filled with anticipation of the upcoming weekend. Months of hard work and preparation will culminate as soon as 6 p.m. strikes Friday evening, kicking off the 46-hour party. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing happening this weekend.

There are many students who choose not to participate in THON. If you’re among the group who won’t be in the BJC this weekend, there are plenty of other fun yet unique alternatives to enjoy the much-needed 48 hours off from school.

Attend a sporting event

Penn State is synonymous with athletics, and while football and women’s volleyball might be over, there are enough winter and spring sports playing this weekend to pique the interest of sports fans on each end of the spectrum. With hockey having its best season ever, head to Pegula to see the team take on Big Ten rival Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. If you get tired of hockey, other sports going on this weekend include: men’s volleyball taking on NJIT on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday at 4 p.m., women’s lacrosse plays Duquesne on Saturday at 2 p.m., and finally women’s gymnastics has a meet at Rec Hall at 4:00 p.m.

Check out the Penn State arts scene

Hosted by PSECU, the State Theatre will be showing Oscar nominated short films throughout the weekend starting at 7:00 p.m. every night. The short films, shown on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, are brief glimpses into the delicate cinematic arts and will provide a unique experience for those looking for something different. Also, Penn State Centre Stage is performing “110 Degrees In The Shade” this Saturday in the Playhouse Theatre.

Hit the slopes at Tussey Mountain, or go sledding

Pennsylvania weather is about as volatile as a crazy ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, so go enjoy the snow while it lasts because spring will be here before we know it. Penn State sits right on the outcroppings of the Appalachian mountains, so there are bound to be some good hills to ride down. Tussey Mountain isn’t just about skiing and snowboarding — the slope offers snow tubing for those looking to have fun in the snow while seeking a few thrills.

Go hiking and experience the call of nature

Sure the temperatures are cold, but winter is arguably one of the best times to go hiking — especially one as mild as the current season. The peace and the quiet can easily dissuade you from any lingering schoolwork while helping to provide an escape from the crushing weight of stress. There are a number of hiking spots in these parts, and if you’re looking for some of the best click here to find the trail that best suits you.

Get a couple of drinks at a good bar

There is always fun to be had at a Penn State bar. There is an assortment of cool bars at Penn State that there is no going wrong if you decide to go out with friends. Have a few drinks and relax.

So there you have it Penn State. If you are not attending THON this year, let us know what you’re doing in the comment section.

About the Author

Drew Klingenberg

As well as being a staff writer for Onward State, Drew is a self-proclaimed Pittsburgh expert and traveling enthusiast. When he is not hiking some strange yet secluded area of the United States, you can see him either standing entirely too long in the State College Chipotle line, or at the gym acting like he's doing something productive. If you appreciate sub-par humor or overly-saturated photography, follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@dmklingenberg). For inquiries please email Drew at [email protected]

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