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[Photo Story] A Look At How Penn State Is Social Distancing

Now that Centre County has begun easing some restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State is once again welcoming students, families, and alumni back to Happy Valley.

However, in an effort to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines, the university has made a few changes around campus to keep visitors safe.

Some well-known campus landmarks, such as Old Main, the Lion Shrine, and the “We Are” statue, have undergone slight makeovers to promote safety and social distancing.

Signs placed in front of the Lion Shrine remind folks not to climb or touch the Symbol of Our Best.
Pawprints, placed six feet apart, reminded people to keep their distance.
Larger signs served as reminders at Old Main…
… while pawprints reappeared at the We Are statue.

However, some folks took advantage of the gorgeous weather to capture a few belated graduation photos despite some warnings and signage.

Although most outdoor landmarks were accessible to the public, many had warnings taped on doors and walls stating the building is closed until it can safely be reopened. The Creamery even taped off its trademark tables to prevent congregations of ice cream-eaters.

Even though campus hasn’t changed much since students were sent home in March, small reminders of our modern world have made their way to Happy Valley.

However, it’s good to remember that despite the many challenges Penn Staters are facing, we’re all in this together.

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Alysa Rubin

Alysa is a senior (gasp) majoring in journalism and is Onward State's visual editor. She's one of many "just outside of Philly" folks at Penn State and yes, she's an obnoxious Philly sports fan. Alysa loves her camera, hiking, Cape Cod, and eating her way through Wawa. She's also a proud mom to a cat named Comet. Follow @arubin241 on Twitter to keep up with what she sees through her lens (and for a funny retweet or two), and direct all photo requests to [email protected]

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