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A Tribute To eLion

The switch from eLion to LionPATH will be finalized this week. eLion.psu.edu is something we will never type into our web browsers again. So it goes.

I can’t lie, this transition is taking an emotional and spiritual toll on me. It’s the end of an era marked by a mediocre student portal and the start of an era plagued by a mind-boggingly horrible one.

eLion, you were an unsung hero. You were like the toilet paper of websites — I didn’t appreciate you until you were gone. One day, I’ll sit in a rocking chair and tell my grandchildren stories of simpler times when I didn’t have to press five million buttons to enroll in a class or navigate a website reminiscent of my middle school MySpace page.

You won’t be forgotten. You always got the job done and you never accidentally admitted too many freshmen or rescheduled classes with short notice at inconvenient times. You weren’t the best when accessed on a mobile phone, but no one’s perfect and you were better than this monstrosity.

I’ve created a tribute so that you may live on forever through the hearts and minds of Penn Staters everywhere. Goodnight, sweet prince — but this isn’t goodbye.


Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone. They paved functionality and put up a LionPATH.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected].

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