The Worst Times To Start A ‘We Are’ Chant

There’s nothing like the exhilarating feeling of leading a “We Are” chant with a bunch of Penn State fans following along. Unfortunately, it may not always be appropriate to start one, as the Lion Ambassadors have demonstrated awkwardly on tours with incoming freshmen.

Even though the list of appropriate situations may be just about endless, we aimed to narrow it down and focus on a few places where you probably shouldn’t repeat the popular mantra.

The Pollock Testing Center

This may seem a little self-explanatory, but you can never be too safe. Some people may have the urge to express their pride in Penn State, but it’s probably not the best idea to do it when you forget the derivative of x2 on your calculus exam.

After A Heartbreaking Penn State Loss

I don’t think many people would want to engage in a “We Are” chant after Penn State inevitably loses a game it’s supposed to win, like losing to Illinois to nine overtimes. Some people just want to be sad when the Nittany Lions let them down once again.

When You Get Sexiled From Your Room

Getting the boot from your humble abode while your roommate has a sexual encounter is no fun, but shouting “We Are” outside the door at the top of your lungs won’t make it better (or help out your roommate).

Waiting On Line To Get Tested For COVID-19

Honestly, this one may not be as bad as the others, but it would still be a questionable move. Getting tested for COVID-19 is a stressful experience, and starting a chant while you wait to get your nose swabbed might get you some nasty stares. It’s even worse if you test positive.

The Business Building At 9 A.M.

This one comes from a bit of personal experience, but I don’t know why there would be people screaming “We Are” at the top of your lungs in the Business Building while everyone is heading to their 9 a.m. class. Some people just want to sit in the atrium and struggle with their accounting homework in peace.

The Ohio Stadium Student Section

Ryan Parsons | Onward State

First of all, kudos to this guy for being the lone Nittany Lion in a student section full of Buckeyes this past weekend. He probably had enough social awareness to not be too eager and start a Penn State chant inside of the student section, but he would have probably been ratioed pretty heavily if he did.

The Site Of The JoePa Statue

Unless you want to potentially cry, I’d pass on this one.

A Farmers Insurance TV Commercial

Everybody knows the famous Farmers Insurance jingle. If you let out a hefty “We Are,” it will almost certainly be followed by “…Farmers! Bah, bah-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum.”

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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