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Penn State Debates To Avoid At The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

When gathered with family and friends for the holidays, it’s tough to avoid a bit of debate. Whether it’s about religion, politics, or Penn State football, there are certain topics that you should steer clear of at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

To save you some awkwardness this Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled a list of some Penn State debates that you should try to shy away from this Thursday.

Sean Clifford Or Drew Allar?

Oh boy. The Clifford vs. Allar debate has been beaten to death over the last couple of months. No matter what your opinion on the matter is, you probably have a strong opinion, and it’s likely that someone else at the dinner table has an equally strong opinion in the other direction.

If we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that there’s no “right” answer to Penn State’s quarterback debate. Save your breath and try to avoid getting into an argument with your uncle about this one.

What’s The Best Pizza Joint In State College?

The recent closure of Canyon Pizza has only added more fuel to this fiery debate. State College has a diverse array of options as far as pizza is concerned, but there’s no clear winner.

Some people prefer the greasy delight that a place light Canyon Pizza provided while others love the customization available at a place like Snap. Whatever your opinion is, someone probably disagrees, so you should probably keep it to yourself.

Should The Ohio State Game Have Been The White Out?

When Penn State announced that the 2022 White Out game would be against Minnesota, fans were disappointed, to say the least. Now that the game has passed, the debate continues as to whether the Ohio State game should’ve been the White Out, despite the noon kickoff time.

This debate reflects a larger debate amongst Penn Staters: should the White Out favor game time or opponent? In my experience, everyone has strong opinions about this, so if you get into a debate with your family on this one, keep it civil.

Creamery Rules

Everybody loves the Creamery — that’s no debate. However, some people have some opinions about the Creamery’s rules: no mixing of flavors and no sprinkles that aren’t blue and white.

Some people respect the dedication and time-honored tradition while others think the rules are stupid and exist for no reason. No matter what your opinion is, the rules probably aren’t going anywhere, so there’s no reason to get into an argument.

Are USC And UCLA Coming To The Big Ten Good For Penn State?

When USC and UCLA announced this past summer that they would be joining the Big Ten, there was immediately a ton of debate. Is this move good or bad for Penn State? How about for college sports as a whole?

Like the White Out debate, this is a conversation that could certainly be held respectfully, but try not to let this get too heated. There are so many aspects of this debate to factor in, like financials, TV rights, conference culture, etc. Keep the conversation light if you delve into this one.

Downtown High-Rises

In the last decade, more and more giant high-rises have been going up downtown. There’s been a debate among students, townies, and alumni about whether these massive structures are ruining the small-town feel of State College.

This is a debate that spans generations of Penn Staters, with many alumni feeling quite differently about the situation than current students. Be careful you don’t get into an unnecessary debate with a family member about this one.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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