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The ‘Best Penn State Place’ Bracket, Round 2

Folks…This is March…still.

You voted, and the first round of Onward State’s official “Best Penn State Place” bracket is already over. Although there were a few upsets, the top dogs hung around and survived. Now, the fun begins.

Sixteen of Penn State’s favorite places — dorms, dining halls, campus landmarks, and more — still remain in our bracket. Each will compete head to head until you, our readers, definitively prove which Penn State location ranks supreme.

Without further ado, let’s break down the regions.


We have some serious upsets in our first region already! Classroom staples like Thomas and Forum moved on with ease when each received at least 70% of the votes in their first-round matchups. Meanwhile, Sparks topped Westgate with a 65% win. Willard and BBH nearly tied, but a few extra votes gave the Willard Preacher’s stomping grounds a wildly close win (50.3%).

With two upsets out of the way, four of Penn State’s favorite classrooms will match up in this round. Which will prevail? That’s for you to decide below. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Athletics & Recreation

Dominance. That’s what we’d call Beaver Stadium’s landmark win over the White Building, which resulted in a 95.4% beatdown for Penn State football’s home turf. The Creamery (81.1%) and Rec Hall (57.4%) each moved on in their respective matchups, defeating campus staples like the Arboretum and the IM Building. Finally, Pegula Ice Arena garnered 55.3% of the vote to defeat the Bryce Jordan Center in a heavyweight matchup between two Penn State arenas.

Our second round in this region features some heavyweight battles. Could Rec Hall’s storied facility top Beaver Stadium? Will the Creamery’s frozen treats ice out Pegula? We’ll find out soon. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Dorms & Commons

For now, our “Dorms & Commons” region hasn’t produced any upsets. The HUB moved on with ease by racking up 92.4% of the votes over traditional dorms. Meanwhile, Pollock Commons (74.9%) and Redifer Commons (55.3%) claimed victories, although the latter just narrowly defeated Waring Commons. Renovated dorms, perhaps unsurprisingly, surpassed Findlay Commons with 61.7% of the vote.

Vote below to make sure your favorite dorms and commons move on in our bracket. Could Pollock’s endearing breakfast buffet top the almighty HUB? Will renovated dorms beat out Redifer Commons? You decide! Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Campus Classics

In our final region, Penn State’s beloved Old Main dominated the Carnegie Building to earn a 97.1% win — the largest margin of victory for any first-round matchup. Eisenhower Auditorium (58.1%) edged out the Palmer Museum of Art, while Penn State’s Pattee and Paterno libraries surprisingly dominated Schwab Auditorium with a 90.9% win. Finally, Hintz Family Alumni Center completed a stunning upset with a 57% win over No. 2-seeded Smeal College of Business.

So, which campus staples will move on to the Elite Eight? Cast your votes below to make your case. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

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About the Author

Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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