Author: Melanie Versaw

Melanie is a senior majoring in both Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys blowing bubbles, beating boys in Mario Kart, and going to concerts. Oh, and she takes photographs, as well.

College vs. The Real World

Leaving Penn State was tough. I made so many memories in Happy Valley that it was a difficult transition to go through. Though I lived up all four years I spent at PSU, I can’t help but occasionally think, “Why did I ever leave?” I thought I’d reflect on my current life and college life and give some advice to those of you who still have time at PSU.

Work Hard, Play Harder — Mel’s Senior Post

My freshman year I came to Penn State expecting the best time of my life. Since then, I have met some of my best friends I will ever have, some of the most brilliant professors I will ever have the opportunity to interact with, and some of the most talented people around. I had the opportunity to interview Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, photograph a Penn State vs. Michigan game under the lights, and party with the best people in the world. And I don’t regret a minute of it. After the jump is a summary of some quotes from important people in my life that have guided me through my wonderful experience at PSU.

The 21 Absolute Worst Things in State College

A recent buzzfeed article led us to ask: What are the absolute worst things in State College? This is what we came up with.

Back to Cafe Laura: Baked to Perfection

Unfortunately, my two original partners in crime could not make the second adventure to Cafe Laura due to paint parties and matzo times. But I am a woman of my word, so I went back to Cafe Laura to the same Se7en: Food to Die For meal to see how the HRIM students improved from their first meal to their second. Let’s get critiquing.

Bar Wars: Cafe 210 vs. Mad Mex

This week’s competition is between the two most well-known outdoor patio bars in State College: Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Let’s be honest, when it’s 75 degrees and sunny outside, there are few things better than (legally) drinking outside. The two downtown establishments with the largest outdoor seating areas are Cafe 210 West and Mad Mex. Both of these places have large patios which are perfect for soaking in the sun and downing a few choice beverages. Let the battle begin.

Bar Wars: Pickle’s vs. Inferno

This week’s showdown is against two of the classier bars State College has to offer: Bill Pickle’s Tap Room vs. Inferno. Our ratings, tips, and more after the jump.

Onward State Goes to Cafe Laura

The first thing to come out of our waiter’s mouth at our Cafe Laura experience: “Welcome to the Seven Deadly Sins… thing. I’m bad at this. What can I say?” And that quote pretty much sums up our evening at Cafe Laura.

For those of you who do not know, each HRIM student is required to work a semester at Cafe Laura. Each student learns how to cook, serve, take reservations, and plan a whole dinner with a selected group. Onward State decided to check out the Se7en: Food to Die For dinner that took place on March 14th. Check out our collaborative review of the evening after the jump.

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