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While You Were Asleep: What Happened Overnight At THON 2023

If you were one of the many that kept the train chugging during the second night of THON 2023, we applaud your endurance. However, if Whethan drew too much out of you with his performance, we can’t blame you if you took a quick pitstop home to rejuvenate.

For those who weren’t at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday morning, here’s what you missed.


The night started off with the THON team giving the Bryce Jordan Center a nice clean. The fan favorites, Refurbished Clarke Focus S28 Floor Scrubbers and Clark 20-Inch Rider Floor Scrubbers, made their nightly appearance and didn’t disappoint.


The THON hydration crew held three different hydration breaks throughout the night. They even got a little creative, as the crew remixed the famous “It’s corn” TikTok with a water twist. It’s estimated that over 1,000 water bottles were crushed throughout the night, but we have yet to confirm the numbers.

Bands Power Hour Rocked The House

“My Hero Zero” and “Donny Burns & The Third Degree” took the stage and energized the crowd for an electrifying power hour.

In their 13th consecutive THON, My Hero Zero shook the Bryce Jordan Center with songs such as “All I Do Is Win,” “STAY,” and “Mr. Brightside.” Frontman Jason O. even brought out the trumpet for “Let’s Get It Started.”

Shortly after, Donny Burns & The Third Degree took the stage and brought rock-and-roll to the dancers’ feet with tunes such as “Just Go Ahead Now,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” and “Welcome to the Jungle.”

Stretch Segment

Two dancer relations members took the stage and led the dancers in a deeeeeep stretch routine. We can’t speak for the dancers, but based on the reactions, this was very much needed.

“Boogie Woogie” Returns

During the wee hours of the night, it’s important to keep that body moving. In a series of up-beat songs and elusive dance moves, the “Boogie Woogie” returned in the middle of the night that kept the dancers loose.

“Adam And The Armadillos” Were Loved By The Crowd

For THON’s Country Hour, “Adam and the Armadillos” rocked the house with classics such as “I Like It I Love It,” “Write This Down,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The crowd was loving the band and even cheered on for an encore before they were set to leave the stage. After brief discussions with the THON captains, Adam and the Armadillos finished off their set with ‘Chicken Fried.’

Showcase Dance Teams Show Off Their Moves

Penn State Dance Alliance, Orchesis, and Jadhoom put on some dance routines for the crowd early in the morning. All three dance teams finished in the top three earlier this year in THON’s Showcase dance competition.

Line Dance

The line dance occurred eight times overnight with four happening in just an hour-and-a-half time frame. You can’t stop these people from dancing!

Onward State’s Graveyard Shift Content

There ain’t no rest for the wicked, and our staffers were on the ball with some late-night content. We created our own iSpy game, compiled the best No. 51 jerseys to rock for THON’s 51st year, and we even picked out some historic Penn State games to watch on the jumbotron during THON.

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Tobey Prime

Tobey is a senior studying broadcast journalism from Lancaster, PA. He is a major Pittsburgh sports fan and Miami Heat fanatic. When Tobey isn't writing for Onward State, you can catch him looking at photos of his pugs. Send your best insults to [email protected] or sports takes to @tobey_prime on Twitter.

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