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Staff Picks: Foods That Should Be Sold At THON 2023

The Bryce Jordan Center offers a lot of food choices throughout THON, ranging from breakfast sandwiches to cookies from the bakery. While there’s certainly a wide variety of delicious options, there’s some room for improvement.

Here are a few ideas for what the BJC could add to its menu for THON 2023 or in the future.

Devon Craley: Wawa Hoagie

If the Bryce Jordan Center is going to bring in a Chickies & Pete’s, it might as well add a Wawa while it’s at it. Wawa would instantly become the most popular food place in the BJC, and I’m ~ here for it ~. As someone who fits into the “just outside of Philly” crowd, I would love nothing more than to be able to walk around the concourse at the BJC with a Wawa hoagie, with the added bonus of doing it all FTK.

As it turns out, there’s a chance that THON 2023 will be one of the last THONs without a Wawa in State College. So why not go all the way and bring it to the Bryce Jordan Center?

Rico Gore: Pizza

Pizza is an instant classic that everybody knows and loves. It makes no sense to me why we can’t have some delicious New York-style cheese slices on the concourse at the BJC. Papa John’s would be the ideal pick for me if I had to pick a specific brand of pizza to be served at THON. (Editor’s Note: Papa John’s is not a New York slice.)

Tobey Prime: Buffalo Wild Wings

I want a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Bryce Jordan Center for THON because I really want to do the Blazin’ Challenge FTK.

For reference: To complete the Blazin’ Challenge, you must eat 10 Carolina Reaper wings in five minutes without going to the bathroom, vomiting, or consuming any liquids.

Charlie Pegler: Spaghetti

You need to do some sort of carbo-loading before you spend all night walking around the concourse. Nothing says THON like a fresh bowl of spaghetti.

Joe Lister: West Cookie

THON is a Penn State event, and it’s only right that it has some Penn State food staples. Sure, it has the chicken baskets and Berkey Creamery ice cream, but the true delicacies of Happy Valley are the cookies from the Waring Commons buffet. Imagine biting into a warm, gooey cookie at 1 a.m. after several long hours of THONing. Nothing would be better. The satisfaction and happiness that can come from a west cookie well outpaces any other option.

Adam Babetski: Onion Rings

Ever feel like there are certain foods that you’d go to war for? French fries are solid, don’t get me wrong, but they’re basic. Fries aren’t exciting. They’re a symbol of complacency. Are we OK with just “good enough”? Absolutely nothing beats a crispy onion ring. I wouldn’t eat a raw onion, but a fryer makes just about anything edible. Without my favorite side, there’s an onion ring-sized hole in my heart.

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