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Staff Picks: Things Penn Staters Can’t Go A Month Without

No Nut November can be a time of temptation due to several factors. The month brings about a transition from fall to winter and the desire for indulgences can be very tempting. Resisting these inclinations can certainly be challenging during November, if not year-round.

With this time of year rolling in, our staff decided to come up with things that may be hard to resist for a month or longer at Penn State. Whether it’s a cold Tuesday night at the Den, a dirty sprite from Champs, or a Drew Allar sighting on campus, resisting these temptations is a struggle for all.

Haylee Yocum: Harry Potter Room

One thing that I cannot go a month without is a trip to the Harry Potter room in the library. Lately, I’ve found myself there at least once every week if not more. At this point, I don’t even go there to do homework. I find it too quiet. However, it’s amazing for relaxation. If I’ve completed all of my work for the day or have an hour to kill in between classes, I beeline for those comfy chairs and immediately tune everything out while simultaneously tuning in to an episode of “New Girl.” There’s something about the comfortable break I get from that room that always helps propel me to finish the day strong.

If you see me in the Harry Potter room, please leave me alone. I’m recharging.

Fernando Martinez: Penn State Athletics

Penn Staters would struggle mightily for a month or longer without sporting event tickets. A lot of students here at Penn State are very passionate about Penn State sports, especially football, and love to go to sporting events during their free time. Students aren’t big fans of watching sports on TV and would rather be in person to support Penn State.

They prefer to do that because they enjoy showing off their school spirit and being a part of this fun experience. Also, they use this opportunity to spend quality time with their friends, try to make new ones, and as a distraction from schoolwork or other problems. Without sporting events, Penn Staters would probably have to find different ways to spend their free time like doing more schoolwork or trying to get into frat parties with your friends.

Evan Halfen: Chicken Baskets

Let’s face it, folks. If there’s one thing that keeps me going during every football game, it’s a good, ol’ chicken basket. Although they’re overpriced, it’s the perfect portion of chicken and fries, and I devour that shit in two minutes. I could probably go a few weeks without one, but a whole month? Or longer??? That’s crazy talk.

Every time I’m in Beaver Stadium or the Bryce Jordan Center, I have to buy a basket. Whenever I walk past concessions and get a whiff of those bad boys, it’s game over, and my wallet ends up hurting a bit. It’s like I hear them calling my name… like a siren song. Sober or blacked out, they will always be tempting for me, and I’ll always give in. So, if there’s ever a “No Chicken Basket November,” you can count on me caving right away.

Sophie Yadzinski: Den Tuesdays

We all know this is a fan favorite year-round. Den Tuesdays are a staple and largely appealing to our bank accounts. The $2 drinks leave Penn Staters on the hunt to get drunk. No matter the time of year, the temperature, or the 8 a.m. that follows the next day, it’s hard to resist the temptation of the Den. Could you go a month without a Den Tuesday? Probably not.

Rico Gore: McLanahan’s Bacon, Egg, & Cheese

The Penn State thing that I personally could not live without, especially a month without, is a McLanahan’s bacon, egg, and cheese on a plain bagel with a hash brown on it. This is a new thing for me, but it has become a staple in my life here in State College. A couple of mornings of the week, what gets me out of bed is the thought of the Jason Kelce-looking dude making me a fresh BEC then sitting in A’s Pub and chowing down. The option to add a hash brown for 99¢ is an offer I recently added to my tradition as well. Now, there is no chance I can go a whole month without one of these delectable delights in my face multiple days a week.

Joe Lister: James Franklin’s Bald Head

My obsession with James Franklin’s hair, or lack thereof, has been well-documented. That shiny dome of Penn State’s head football coach is, well, shiny. And weirdly porous. I consider it a blessing to cover Penn State football, but mostly, I’m just in it to see the lights of the press conference room bounce off his head.

Some days, if he’s polished it right, I can see my own reflection in his head.

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