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[Photo Story] Old Main Open House: Saved By The Bell Tower

Thanks to the beautiful State College weather and some hard-work from the Lion Ambassadors, the “Saved By The Bell Tower” event yesterday proved to be quite a success. Old Main lawn was decorated with a slew of tables and food stands sponsored by Canyon Pizza, Insomnia Cookies, and Rita’s Italian Ice. The Lion Ambassadors also hosted informational tours atop the bell tower as a part of PS i(heart)U week. So, in case you missed it, we’ve compiled a photo story for you to show off how great Penn State is to all your lame non-Penn State friends.

Oh, and did I mention there were puppies?

The face of pure happiness.
Some furry friends enjoy the sun on Old Main Lawn.
One puppy starts some tug-of-war.
Mario Lopez even made it out to the Old Main steps and posed for a picture with these happy students.
But, more importantly, Mike the Mailman made his way back to Penn State after his recent retirement.
A group Macarena dance broke out around 1 p.m.
A student took her turn on the mechanical bull…
…but unfortunately the bull won this round.
There were plenty of photo opportunities…
…as well as eating opportunities.
RAM Squad performed an incredible show a little later on in the afternoon.
The bell tower tours began with Charles Klauder and Hugh McAllister, the two main men responsible for constructing, tearing down, and reconstructing Old Main in the late 1920s. The tour guides pictured here explained that the students used to have to help out with manual labor for three hours a day as a part of their tuition.
Next on the tour was Abraham Lincoln. Our honest man passed the Morrill Land Grant Act in 1862 which gave the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania (more commonly known as Penn State) enough money to function.
And finally, we met Henry and Anne Varnum Poor, a father-daughter duo responsible for the historical frescoes on the interior of Old Main.
And thus, the hike up to the bell tower began.
I met another puppy friend along the way. I swear, the dogs find me.
Up, up, and away…
What. A. View.
The clock was looking particularly stunning in the sunlight.
Stay on the lookout for more events (and puppy photos) during the rest of PS i(heart)U week.

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About the Author

Jamie Saslaw

Jamie is a New Jersey native majoring in Film/Video and Spanish. Besides photography and filmmaking, she is a devoted puppy enthusiast and aspires to care and love for (approximately) one million dogs someday.


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