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Staff Picks: Worst Places To Slip On Ice On Campus

It’s no secret that winters in Centre County can be brutal. This winter, we have already seen a record amount of snow and ice, with more in the forecast for the coming days.

Back in 2017, we posted a video of students slipping and falling on the icy streets of downtown State College. With yet another ice storm headed our way, we decided to ask our staff where on campus or downtown they wouldn’t want to be caught dead slipping and falling on ice.

Acacia Aster Broder: Pegula Ice Arena

In my sophomore year, I decided to go to free skate at Pegula with some of my sorority sisters. I skated a few times as a kid and hated it, so going again as an adult didn’t fill me with excitement. I awkwardly laced up the skates I rented and hobbled on to the ice after my friends went on without me.

I stepped onto the ice and clutched my friend’s hand (probably cutting off her circulation) before Bambi-ing my way onto the ice and eating it in front of a couple of kids who were skating circles around me. I ended up spending the remaining time we were at the rink either standing by the wall or awkwardly latching onto my friends as they tried to teach me how to properly skate.

Safe to say, I haven’t skated since and probably won’t again.

Alysa Rubin: In Front Of The HUB

Eating it in front of the HUB would be a pretty embarrassing experience…not that I would know or anything like that. With all of the constant foot traffic and the occasional vehicle passing by, a fall would attract a pretty substantial amount of attention. Falling in front of the HUB would not only leave you with physical bruises- it would probably bruise your ego a bit as well.

Erin Sullivan: Path By Althouse Lab

After wiping out today on Pollock Road and causing a magnitude eight earthquake, I did some reflecting on where it might be even worse to land flat on your ass in the company of strangers.

The pathway going from the HUB past Althouse Lab and up to Curtin Road might be enough to make you not want to step out in public for a few days. On a normal class day, that path is so crowded, and if you fell at the top by the art museum, you might end up down the hill next to Osmond Lab. Not a good scene.

Frankie Marzano: The Schreyer Honors College Stairs

Picture this. You’ve just ordered Bagel Crust on a crisp Sunday morning, and you’re eager to finally get out of bed and savor the taste of an everything bagel. You then get too excited, proceed to slip on ice, and fall down the stairs of Atherton Hall right onto the sidewalk of College Ave.

Unfortunately, this is a true story. Besides the physical pain of falling down a flight of concrete stairs, the social pain from falling into pedestrians on College Ave. might be worse.

Haylee Yocum: Shortlidge Road

If you fall, it’s all downhill from there. Literally. Might as well just enjoy the ride, pick yourself up outside of McLanahan’s, and pray you can somehow make it back up.

Jordan Mansberger: Thomas Building

What worries me the most about falling on the ice in front of Thomas is the potential to gain speed down Shortlidge and slide the whole way downtown. While this may be a cost-effective form of travel, it would cause physical and emotional pain.

Mackenzie Cullen: The Front (Curtin Road Side) Of The Library

When I faceplanted in front of the main entrance to Pattee and Paterno Libraries — also known as in front of Curtin Road — in the fall of my sophomore year, I didn’t have the luxury of blaming it on snow or ice. Instead, it was pure clumsiness. To make matters even worse, it was when thousands of students were passing through the library after just getting out of class or on their way to class. Take my advice and simply don’t trip.

Shannon Darcy: Blue Loop Stop For The Paterno Mall

It’s always crazy busy and the buses and cars on the street can see you!

Be careful out there folks! If you’re not cautious, you may be the one to fall at one of these locations and look like a complete ass.

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