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Best Places To Put The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree On Campus

It’s the holiday season, folks.

As we wrap up the semester with final exams next week, it’s time to relax and get into the holiday spirit. Of course, downtown State College does this well with its decorations every year, but we think that Penn State’s campus comes up a bit short in this area.

In 2017, Rockefeller Center used one of State College’s many large trees to display in New York City, and it may be time that Penn State does the same. If the university was to put up a giant Christmas tree on campus, it would need to find the perfect spot to display it. Here are some ideas:

Business Building Lawn

Even though this is pretty much a secluded part of campus, the path in between the Business Building and Forest Resources Building makes for the perfect lead-up to the tree. If you walk down the path and head toward the lawn on a normal day, you can see miles past the arboretum and all the way to the mountains in the background. Half the fun of going to see Rockefeller’s Tree is the lead-up from Fifth Avenue, and this spot on the east side of campus can almost replicate that.

Beaver Stadium

Many college football stadiums have their own unique features, and a giant tree behind Penn State’s sideline could be that new feature for Beaver Stadium. Yes, it may obstruct the views of some fans who sit on the east side of the stadium, but nothing can replace getting into the holiday spirit while watching some good ol’ Big Ten football. Plus, the tree inside the stadium would be a great spot for a Christmas card photo in the offseason.

Shortlidge Mall

During the week, the Shortlidge Mall becomes one of the more crowded places on campus. It’s also a very photogenic spot, so it might make a great place to put a Christmas tree. The Life Sciences Bridge in the background and the buildings surrounding the grass would be the perfect spot for the holiday scene.

Business Building Atrium

Heck, maybe it’s time to think outside the box and put the tree indoors. The atrium in the Business Building is tall, to say the least, so why not try to fit a giant tree inside of it? It might be nice to finally look at the tree without freezing your butt off.

On Top Of Old Main

Old Main is the center of campus, so why not put the tree where everyone can see it? Even though the tree can easily be placed on Old Main Lawn, that wouldn’t be too much fun. Penn State has an outstanding architectural engineering program, and I am sure that those bright lads can figure out how to replace Old Main’s bell tower with a Christmas tree.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a junior 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 Rangers, Mets, Jets, and every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Penn State and Rangers content or email him at [email protected]

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