Posts tagged ‘Old Main’
No matter how much time a person spends on campus, it’s almost impossible to see every nook and cranny of University Park. The fine folks at PennLive agree, so they decided to do their best to highlight some of the “unseen” parts of campus.
Inspired by a post it ran last year about the Pennsylvania State Capitol, PennLive is looking all over campus a series called “Unseen Penn State.” It kicked off on Tuesday with a post that looked at James Franklin’s office, which features, among other things, a view of Penn State’s practice field and a stuffed mountain lion that was given to him by a fan.
The rest of the series looks like it will be fascinating, as there will be features on places like Old Main, the Creamery, and the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor
Imagine the play Julius Caesar. Now imagine that it takes place in a contemporary African nation. Now imagine that you’re watching this version of the play while sitting on the Old Main lawn.
That happened over Blue White weekend in April, as members of the Penn State School of Theatre Master of Fine Arts program put their own twist on the Shakespearean classic. Director and professor of theatre William Kelly explained that modernizing the performance made it easier to understand and informed the audience of things going on in the world.
If you’d like to watch the entire play, here’s a link – it begins around the 1:29:00 mark and Penn State’s Philharmonic Orchestra performs beforehand. Who knows, maybe the next time we write about Penn Staters on Broadway, we’ll mention some of the people from this show.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor
Where’s the only place at Penn State you can study for finals and snag free refills of sweet iced tea?
McDonald’s—an unlikely study spot, for sure. On the Sunday afternoon before spring finals week, I took a quick walking tour of campus to check out where students were studying. Some of the locations are obvious—all rooms in the library were packed, as was the HUB—but others might surprise you.
My favorite was the three students, studying for a biology exam, who picked the basement of Mickie D’s (which has free WiFi, by the way). They said they actually go there a lot.
Two students, who said they walked around the library and it was simply too packed, ended up in an empty room on the first floor of Willard. Panera and Irvings were also popular, as students filled up on coffee and carbs. It was a nice day—probably the first one all week—so I found a few students laying out picnic blankets outside Old Main. What surprised me the most was that Alumni Hall, on the bottom floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, was wide open with rows of long tables and chairs for students to stop by and study at as they please.
Check out the slideshow below, and comment: Where was your favorite place to study at Penn State?
-Emily Kaplan, intern
It was a unique day at Penn State, indeed.
Wednesday was the annual Old Main Open House, a day to celebrate Penn State’s history. The event — which also featured free food, arts and crafts and guided tours of Old Main — was hosted by the Lion Ambassadors. When I stopped by at 3 p.m., there were about 75 visitors mulling around the area, taking in the partly sunny April afternoon.
As visitors waited for their guided tours — highlighted by a trip up to the Bell Tower for a scenic view of campus and downtown — they munched on free popcorn and frozen ices.
At 4, President Rodney Erickson opened his doors for a one-hour office hour session. Students could stop by to talk about anything — or just get to know the president.
Visitors also participated in tug-of-war, cider scrap, and push ball scrap — better known as scrap games. It’s OK if you don’t know what scrap game are. I needed a brush up on the term, as well. Between 1885-1916, freshmen and sophomores would duke it out for bragging rights in a series of competitive games. Among the visitors who seemed to enjoy the revival of the competitions was the Nittany Lion, who apparently participated in a few games of tug-of-war before I arrived.
This year’s Open House featured some new surprises — notably Boomer, the soon-to-be 6-year-old mini mule who hung out by the HUB and was impersonating Old Coaly, Penn State’s first mascot. She and her handler made the 3-hour, 45-minute drive from Butler County the morning of the event.
After I said hello to “Old Coaly,” a tour group walked by. What appeared to be the younger sibling of a prospective student turned to his father and asked, “Do they always have a mule hanging around here?”
Emily Kaplan, intern
The snap consensus on Friday night’s candlelight vigil was 10,000. I can’t say for sure how many people squeezed onto the front steps of Old Main and filled much of the lawn; I could get no closer than the back of the crowd, which at that point stood about 20 feet behind the twin flag polls in the center of the lawn. It was packed.
Certainly, I could hear them singing the Alma Mater. I was too far back to hear much from the speakers, including LaVar Arrington ’00, but it was clear that the focus was on unity, healing, and a commitment to ensuring the University emerges a better, safer place. “This is a call to duty,” Arrington said.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
I heard on the radio this morning the ridiculous news that fall starts tonight at 11:09 p.m. First of all, since when does fall start at such a seemingly random hour? Am I the last person in the world to know about this? And secondly, can we all agree that summer was so short as to be practically nonexistent?
Anyway, here at University Park we’re starting to see the first hints of the leaves turning, and it reminded me of some campus photos I took last October that I never quite got around to posting. I thought today would be as good a day as any to post them.
The way the photos came about was this: Last fall I wrote about having toured the new Joel N. Myers Weather Center in Walker Building, and that in turn got me interested in seeing the weather equipment up on the building’s roof (which was not, alas, part of the tour). So I contacted Jon Nese ’83, ’85, ’89g of the meteorology faculty and asked him if he could show me the roof sometime.
A week or so later, we went up there, and Jon explained to me the rain gauges and various other pieces of equipment—all of which were cool, but not quite as cool as the view from the roof. In the short slide show below you’ll see the shots I took of Mount Nittany, Deike Building, Old Main, the IST Building, and the now-defunct Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. Plus a few shots of Jon and the weather equipment. Enjoy.
(Click on any photo if you want to stop the slide show and advance the images manually.)
Tina Hay, editor
When we were trying to pick a cover for our July-August issue, we sort of knew that it should have something to do with our aerial photo essay of University Park. But the question was, Which of those aerial shots should we use? Our art director, Carole Otypka, selected a handful of them and mocked each one up as a potential cover, then invited us to take a look at them on her computer screen.
As you can see, we ended up choosing one taken by Andy Colwell as the helicopter was perched practically on top of Old Main. We liked how striking the angle is, we liked that there was room to drop in some copy, and we thought Old Main would be more iconic than, say, a shot of the golf courses.
It wasn’t until we looked at (more…)