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iSpy: THON 2024 Edition

Between performances, line dances, and a variety of games, there’s plenty to keep dancers and supporters in the stands busy throughout all 46 hours of THON Weekend.

No matter how exciting all the festivities may be, in between line dances, DJs, and surprise concerts, eyes are bound to wander. If you take a good look around the Bryce Jordan Center, you might find some unexpected things.  

With this year’s edition of iSpy, embrace your inner child and take a glance around the BJC.  

1. Tennis Balls Being Thrown 

To escape foot pain and boredom, quite a few of this year’s dancers and supporters have elected to throw around a trusty tennis ball. Some bounce off the ground, some throw with a nearby partner, and if you’re lucky, you may see some tossed between the different levels of the BJC.  

2. Crab Costume 

Out of all 708 dancers, one has decided to rock a bright red crab outfit. Fitted with claws, this ‘fit is hard to lose once spotted. Take a look at the floor and see if you can spot Mr. Krabs.  

3. Closed Portals 

To control the flow of traffic into sections, portals are closed at random times throughout the weekend. If you’re lucky (or, rather, unlucky), your portal may close while you’re in the middle of a bathroom break or water bottle refill. 

4. Water Fountains

Typically, water fountains are easy to spot while walking around the concourse in the BJC. But, due to the sheer amount of people looking to stay hydrated, there’s almost always a crowd around each one.

5. A Fathead’s Real-Life Counterpart

One way organizations support their dancers is by putting their faces on large, Fathead-branded cutouts. Sometimes goofy, these cutouts can often be tricky to match up. Can you find their real-life counterparts?

6. A Childhood Movie Reference 

Many organizations theme the giant letters you see in the stands after beloved childhood movies. From “Toy Story” to “Space Jam,” the homages are endless. Can you spot all of the different references?

7. A Different College Logo 

THON is one of the biggest displays of Penn State spirit. That still doesn’t stop people from sporting apparel from other universities. So, take a gaze and try to find someone repping a mascot other than the Nittany Lion. 

8. Someone Studying  

Unfortunately, everyone is forced to snap back to reality (oops! There goes gravity) the Monday after THON Weekend. Despite it also being a holiday, homework is due and exams are still on. Take a look around and you may just find someone looking to get ahead of their classwork.  

9. A Parent 

While this is primarily a student event, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world? While walking along the course you are sure to see someone well above the age of a typical college student.  

10. Jerseys 

While most choose to rock their organization’s shirts for THON Weekend, some have gone rogue and elected to wear their favorite sports teams’ jerseys. See which teams you can find.  

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About the Author

Collin Ward

Collin is a first-year majoring in digital/print journalism. Born in Hartford, he now lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. As a die-hard Chelsea FC fan you can normally find him yelling at his TV screen each weekend. To reach him, follow him on Instagram: @cward829, or email him at [email protected].

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