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Staff Picks: The HUB Lounge’s New Name

Room 008 in the HUB, the lounge in the corner near the fish tank and Panda Express, is seeking an official name.

The lounge is home to pool tables, TVs, and a noontime concert series every Friday. If you still aren’t sure what we’re talking about, try looking at our photo story from inside the lounge.

Penn State is inviting community members to submit their own suggestions for what the new name should be. So, of course, some of our staffers thought it would be fun to try their hand at proposing a new name for the lounge.

Kyra Cunningham: Panda Overflow Seating

Every time I get Panda Express in the HUB, there are little to no seats available in that area. Granted, I have only eaten at the Panda in the HUB about eight times during my four years here, and I try to avoid the HUB at all costs. It’s crowded and loud, and I am not sure how anyone can be productive in that building. However, people need to eat!

Panda is such a HUB staple, and it deserves to be included in the name of this cool room located right by its storefront. If this is too corporate, I’ll settle on “Coaly Commons,” named after our first school mascot, Old Coaly. That might have a better ring to it.

Joe Lister: The Brad Kraut Lounge For Academic Weapons

I’m not the biggest Brad Kraut fan. If you ask me, he misled his fans by only taking six credits. Plus, he threw on Ohio State merch for the clout. That being said, the Penn Stater managed to raise the GPAs of students across the country. It seems fitting that a lounge be named after one of Penn State’s most notable students.

Jack Scott: The Here

Ever since the high-rise downtown was renamed The Maxxen, I haven’t had the ability to confuse my friends with an “I’m Here” text. This needs to happen again, and there’s no better place than the hip, contemporary lounge in the HUB to bear such a title.

CJ Gill: Lion Lair

This is a perfect name that pays homage to the best mascot in the country. “Lion Lair” also rolls off the tongue perfectly. Who wouldn’t want to tell their friends, “I’m going to the Lair after class”?

Colleen Nersten: Bill Donovan Den

It’s time we honor Penn State’s greatest legend: HUB Dining gatekeeper Bill Donovan. Back when I was a freshman, only that man was capable of keeping the Chick-fil-A line in order. These days, he’s in charge of the salad bar line, Slim Chickens, Blue Burrito, and more. Donovan is truly an unsung hero. Only the real ones know he first started working in the HUB food court in the 1950s. It’s time he gets his name painted on the wall for all to see.

Tobey Prime: HUB Lounge

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Rico Gore: OPP Excellence Lounge

Personally, I am obsessed with our prestigious Office of Physical Plant (OPP) department. I believe it does incredibly great work. They are dedicated and hard-working individuals. They embody the Penn State spirit like none other. Quite frankly, I don’t think they get enough recognition or credit for the work they do. I mean, just take a walk around campus any day. It is spotless and perfect. Even after a rowdy Friday or Saturday night, with beer cans and dorm desk chairs scattered around campus, it is all cleaned up within a few hours. Put some respect on their name. Put “The OPP Excellence Lounge” in the HUB eternally.

Theo Koch: Captain’s Corner

Whenever you are in the HUB, you always see the iconic THON Captain quarter zips. What better way to recognize the hard work of many of our students and one of Penn State’s most well-known traditions than naming the lounge after them?

Grace Cunningham: Leash Baby Lounge

This probably sounds weird, but allow me to explain myself. The “leash babies” are the toddlers that walk around downtown State College and campus with their daycare teachers. They tend to frequent the HUB during the day.

The tots get all bundled up in hats and scarves and wobble around in a single-file line while holding onto a long leash. They’re the cutest kids I’ve ever seen, and it makes my day every time I see them.

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