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DOTD: Alum Creates ‘Marauder’s Map’ Of Penn State To Propose To Girlfriend

Penn State love stories are the best love stories — tales of two undergrads meeting in Chem 110 or a spark in the Corner Room that leads to a proposal at the Lion Shrine and a blue-white wedding. For Evan Onuskanych, the magic of Penn State was best summed up in a recreation of the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter, which he drew to propose to his high school sweetheart and girlfriend of five years Kelsey Davis.

Photo: reddit

Onuskanych posted a photo of the map to reddit/r/harrypotter with the caption “Created a mauraders map of my life with my fiancée for my proposal with us standing where the map said we were. She said yes!” In addition to 1637 upvotes at the time this article was published, the post garnered numerous comments from fellow Penn Staters congratulating the couple and relating to the different areas Onuskanych depicted.

Each building Onuskanych drew on the map holds a special meaning for he and his new fiancée, who both graduated from Penn State. According to Buzzfeed, the two lived in Pollock Halls during their freshman year and had most of their classes in Forum. Onuskanych also included the main buildings for their majors, Dieke and HHD, where they spent much of their time as upperclassmen, East Halls where they were both RAs, and of course the HUB. If you look closely at the wording, Onuskanych also worked “College Avenue,” “Darkhorse,” and the “Phyrst” into the map.

Photo: Evan Onuskanych

Onuskanych told Buzzfeed that the map took him two days to create from scratch, save for a template he referenced. Penn State is one of four components of the map, which also includes where the couple met, their first memories, and their current favorite shared locations. Onuskanych and Davis are also featured as footprints on the map, standing at the exact place where Onuskanych proposed. Mischief managed, Davis said yes.

Congratulations Evan and Kelsey! Maybe you can convince President Barron to turn Old Main into Hogwarts for the reception?

(h/t Buzzfeed)

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


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