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Penn State Love Stories: A Blue-White Weekend To Remember

This year’s Blue-White Weekend had no shortage of surprises. We saw Dan Chisena awarded a full football scholarship, Trace McSorley make his return to Beaver Stadium, and mid-70s temperatures sweep through Happy Valley to provide a much-needed break from the typically gloomy weather.

And the list doesn’t end there.

For two Penn State alums — Olivia Miller and Alex Kun — the weekend was extra special. Their visit to Happy Valley kicked off on Friday with a scavenger hunt that concluded outside the Thomas Building with a surprise engagement. This Penn State love story is yet another example that blue and white is forever.

Miller and Kun initially met during summer session at Penn State in 2012.

Miller was busy doing laundry in the basement of McElwain one Friday night when she was approached by Kun. He immediately asked her why in the world she was wearing a Pitt t-shirt (we’re now wondering the same thing), sparking a conversation that would continue for the next several hours.

Once the laundry was finished, Miller and Kun made their way over to the HUB for a movie before going for a walk downtown and eventually ending up in the grassy area next to the Thomas Building. The two then sat there for quite some time, talking and laughing into the wee hours of Saturday morning. Little did they know, this one night would lead to countless more.

Over the next four years, the pair did everything together. They liked to study side-by-side in the Sparks Building, relax on Old Main Lawn, eat dinner at the Allen Street Grill, and tailgate with friends and family before every football game (they never missed one). All the while, Miller and Kun formed a lasting, inseparable bond.

“Penn State is a place where we grew as individuals but also grew as a couple,” Miller said. “Penn State holds a lot of memories that we’ll always keep with us.”

So what better way to get engaged than bringing the now seven-year relationship full circle, going back to where it all began?

Although Kun recently moved to Wisconsin and Miller remained in Pennsylvania, the couple never seemed to be phased by a long distance relationship. Last Friday, they reunited in Happy Valley for Blue-White Weekend after spending 100 days a part.

To kick off the weekend’s festivities, Kun handed Miller a letter with a poem inside, describing various locations that were integral parts of their undergraduate experience at Penn State.

He then sent her on a scavenger hunt around campus, which included ten different stops: McElwain Hall, the Arboretum, one of the couple’s favorite tailgating spots for football games, Gate A of Beaver Stadium, East Halls, the Sparks Building, the HUB, the Allen Street Gate, and finally, the grassy area outside of the Thomas Building where they first sat together nearly seven years ago.

Each location had a special memory to go along with it, but Miller still could have never predicted what happened at the very last stop. Kun handed her a photo box with a handle, and as she cranked it, the box displayed a video of Miller and Kun singing the alma mater at a Penn State football game. Finally, words appeared that read: “Will you sing with me every Saturday for our lives?”

In a heartbeat, Miller said yes, and a few college students who happened to be walking by captured the moment on camera. Later that night, Miller and Kun celebrated their engagement at their go-to spot, the Allen Street Grill. This celebration only continued throughout the rest of the weekend, with a day full of football and tailgating on Saturday.

Miller said she’s planning to move to Wisconsin in June, and looks forward to the lifetime that awaits the newly engaged couple.

“I am so excited to move to Madison and start my new life with Alex,” Miller said. “Just a couple of Nittany Lions in a sea of Badgers.”

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About the Author

Rory Pelella

Rory is a senior from Binghamton, New York majoring in Spanish and journalism. She's been bleeding blue and white ever since her older siblings decided to create a family dynasty in Happy Valley in 2006. So, as you can imagine, she loves absolutely everything Penn State (especially the Cheese Shoppe downtown). She's also a die-hard Yankees, Knicks, and Giants fan (it's brutal), and would do anything for a good old fashioned New York slice. Feel free to email her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @rorypelella.

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