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Onward Debates: Is LineLeap Good For Students?

If you’re a bar-going member of the Penn State community, you already know all about LineLeap. The app gives users the ability to skip long lines and head straight into their bar of choice for a fee.

Chances are, you already feel strongly about its benefits or its drawbacks. Some feel that bypassing standing around in queues and getting on with your night quickly is well worth the cost, while others complain the expense and longer line times are bad for nightlife downtown.

Two staffers shared their thoughts about why LineLeap rocks or stinks.

Jack Scott: LineLeap Stinks

Here’s the bottom line: I can’t tell bars to make less money and get taken seriously. It’s objectively good for businesses to welcome LineLeap with open arms and all of the extra cash flow that comes with it. If I was a bar owner, LineLeap would be my best friend.

But I’m not, and from a student’s perspective, I think there’s some unseen damage the app has levied on the night scene of State College, and I know I’m not alone. Drinking can be an expensive hobby, and for those of us who shudder at the thought of a cover at the door, stapling on an extra cost to enter a bar just makes the night less accessible.

Sure, you can stand in line and stay true to your free-to-play run like me, but the despair of watching LineLeapers saunter past the waiting masses and straight into Champs is quite a blow. Just ask those fans who got up bright and early for the Ohio State game last weekend, chants of “F— you, LineLeap” rang across Allen Street at 10 a.m. as droves of users slid past the bouncer.

Going to the best bars is one of the biggest selling points of the Penn State experience, and I think that LineLeap gates the most happening nights and events from the general public. Do I see its benefits? Certainly. But aside from drunk selfies on the social feed, what have you done for me lately, LineLeap?

Anna Wiggins: LineLeap Rocks

Listen. I know I’m the underdog in this fight. I totally understand the dislike of LineLeap and the idea that it’s a waste of money. Using it every weekend for every bar is stupid. But… for special occasions, it’s fun as hell.

For example, this year’s White Out. I’m a senior who didn’t get student section tickets and ultimately didn’t feel like paying to buy someone’s single ticket. What I did feel like paying for? A Champs LineLeap. Consider it my student section ticket. I pranced right past that line and into the depths below to drown myself in Dirty Sprites, and I’d do it again. Hell, I’ll probably do it for Michigan despite the inevitable loss. The college town bar atmosphere during a game is immaculate and White Out was so much fun. It would have been much less fun waiting in line.

Not to mention, it’s an epic social media platform. For those who don’t know, you can also “check-in” on the app by way of posting a selfie. People can like your selfie and give you points, and if you earn enough points you get free stuff in real life. Drinks, line passes, etc. That’s sick. Plus, I love scrolling through people’s drunk selfies after a weekend.

To conclude: don’t hate the player, hate the game.

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