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What If Penn State Icons Posted BeReals?

BeReal, the latest social media trend, has been gaining in popularity over the summer. “Time to BeReal” notifications are sent once a day at a random time for the user to post a photo of what they are doing, which is paired with a selfie when the notification goes off.

Since the app is still so new, many of our favorite Penn State figures have yet to create an account. Until that time comes, we thought it would be fun to theorize what some of the most popular people (and things) at Penn State would be posting when they get that adrenaline-rushing notification that it is time for them to BeReal.

Nittany Lion Shrine

One thing is for sure about the Lion Shrine’s BeReals — they are consistent. The Shrine could switch up the angles every once in a while, but he’s going to be doing the same thing every day. That doesn’t mean they won’t be interesting, though.

James Franklin

As we all recently found out, Coach Franklin enjoys sipping on a Starbucks coffee throughout the day. Whenever that BeReal notification goes off, he is either gonna be at practice or waiting in line at Starbucks. There is no shame in snapping a BeReal while waiting for your caffeine fix, coach.

Willard Preacher

You’ll rarely catch the Willard Preacher anywhere other than manning his post outside of the Willard Building. Honestly, we would love to see Gary’s BeReals when he isn’t on the steps of Willard heckling students. What else does this man do?


If only CATA Buses could speak and BeReal. Luckily for this bus, the BeReal notification didn’t catch it seconds away from running over a freshman not looking both ways when crossing Curtin Road.

Eric Barron

Former Penn State President Eric Barron’s BeReals got a lot more exciting over the past couple of months. His BeReals went from being taken at his desk and in meetings to more relaxed and adventurous BeReals taken while he enjoys retirement in much warmer places than State College. Let’s be real though — it’s slightly odd to wear a full business suit while lounging on the beach…

The Nittany Lion

The Nittany Lion’s BeReals are much more exciting. He’s at a different sporting event every day, being real and passionate about Penn State. It looks like this BeReal notification went off as the Lion was crowd surfing his way up the student section during a football game.

A State College Bird

Those sunset BeReals are always the best, especially when you’re a bird flying over Old Main. Is being real while flying just as dangerous as being real while driving? Either way, you got to respect the angles this little birdie was able to capture in her BeReal. All her little State College birdie friends are going to be so jealous.

JoePa Statue

There are still a lot of conspiracies and suspicion around what was done with the Joe Paterno statue when it was taken down. Some people claim it was melted down, while others claim it is hidden somewhere. Lucky for us, the JoePa statue is very tech savvy and downloaded BeReal. From those BeReals, it is unclear where exactly the statue is, but it definitely is still intact. It appears to be somewhere dark, perhaps in a basement or storage room?

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Rico Gore

Rico is a senior advertising major from Pittsburgh who has been with Onward State since just a couple weeks into his freshman year. He loves to drink Diet Coke and eat Mexican food. You can follow Rico on Instagram @RealBigRico and TikTok @RealBigRico.

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