THON Line Dance Will Play Every Hour, Forever, On Campus
Citing a perceived morale boost it would create, Penn State has moved forward with installing speakers across campus with the intention of playing the previous year’s line dance once an hour. The twenty speakers will be about 20 feet tall and will be used for no other purposes.
“Through our research, we’ve found that student morale would increase to near-THON levels. It would truly be like THON is always tomorrow — or even right now,” Damon Sims, Penn State’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said. “I would like to thank the THON 2017 captains and committee members for participating in a series of focus groups testing this theory. We were humbled and honored to hear your feedback.”
Much like at THON, the song won’t be played exactly an hour apart, so it will play no function in keeping time, and could go off at presumably any time without warning. Surprisingly, some students aren’t excited about the proposition.
“They just started building one ten feet outside my dorm, and like, I love THON and all, but I’m just a little worried abut being able to sleep,” one West Halls resident said. This student chose to remain anonymous in fear of the harassment that can come with criticizing any aspect of THON.
Another group this decision seemingly isn’t sitting well with is a bit more surprising: THON dancers.
“I loved THON but I’m genuinely concerned if I hear the line dance that often it’s going to damage me psychologically,” one dancer said. “Seriously, I already hear this song in my nightmares. I’m afraid I’m going to hear it in class and just instinctively start doing it. Just thinking about it makes my feet hurt and makes me want to sleep for 16 hours straight.”
University administrators considered making the change by playing the song through the Old Main bell, but decided that would limit the effect to just those around Old Main at the time, and didn’t want to deprive other students of the opportunity. The THON Executive Committee also was adamantly opposed to breaking up the line dance in any sense.