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Your Best (And Worst) Stories From Bigler Hall: Part One

Last week, we asked you to share your fond (or maybe not so fond) memories of Bigler Hall. The 60-year-old building is currently and finally undergoing renovations, and because of that, we wanted to hear your stories from this East Halls staple.

Luckily, you did not disappoint. From horrifying bathroom stories to happy and wholesome moments, here are some of the best stories about Bigler Hall that definitely exceeded our expectations.

Lauren Forsyth (2016-17 resident)

“In the middle of the night on a weeknight, the fire alarms started going off because the elevator motor melted,” Lauren Forsyth recounted. “Everything smelled like burning rubber, and we brought blankets to Findlay Commons to sleep.”

Maribeth McAllister Lane (1969-70 resident)

Maribeth shared that back in 1969, her sorority was housed in Bigler Hall. Her suite in Bigler was “rather stark with hard plastic chairs.”

It is nice to know that some things never change. Lane added that it was “a place few residents ever hung out.”

Brianna Burkette (2019-20 resident)

By the end of its glory days, Bigler Hall’s showers didn’t have lights. Brianna shared that she often “showered in the dark in the freezing cold water,” but she made sure to add that “Bigler was the absolute best place in the world.”

Anonymous Resident (2020-21)

This dorm-dweller remarked on the elevators’ tendency to malfunction. This Bigler inhabitant recounted “getting stuck in the elevator multiple times and having to pull apart the doors.”

Hey, at least the motor wasn’t melting again!

Anonymous Resident (2017-18)

“I met some of my closest friends from Penn State in Bigler and even though it was a dump, I cherish the memories,” said this recent graduate.

Megan (2016-17 resident)

“Such a shitty place to live. I LOVED IT,” Megan said. “#4thfloorbigler.”

She also added an anecdotal story about her RA finding the “creepy men’s bathroom bathtub clogged with a t-shirt, overflowing with water and vomit.” Classic.

Aroostine McDowell Sheston (1988-89 RA)

Aroostine worked as an RA on Bigler’s women-only second floor. Per university’s rules, she allegedly stopped a man in the hallway since he was not accompanied by a female resident.

“You can imagine my surprise when his ID read Joseph Paterno!”

Rules are rules, though, so she wrote him up anyways.

RJ (2013-14 resident)

RJ left one weekend and returned to find his desk drawer filled with Jell-O. RJ’s prankster roommate left the window open all weekend to “refrigerate” his gooified belongings.

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Courtesy of RJ

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Alex is a sophomore from New Canaan, CT, pursuing the Master's of Accounting program and minoring in both journalism and entrepreneurship and innovation. She spends most of her free time with friends, watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm", or trying to figure out the buses. Her favorite things are getting breakfast sandwiches on a Sunday morning, listening to new music, and... writing for OS, of course! She can be reached through her email [email protected] or Twitter @aalexpepe.

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