Just a Few Things Going on This Weekend…
Anyone looking for something to do at University Park this weekend has plenty of choices. Between sports and music, you could pretty much spend your whole weekend on campus.
Last night a friend and I took in the Straight No Chaser concert (photo above) in Eisenhower Auditorium. The 10-member group does entirely a cappella versions of pop hits and Christmas tunes, including a hilarious version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” that you can find on YouTube. The ensemble got its start 20 years ago as a student singing group at Indiana University, which made for some good-natured banter on the eve of today’s Penn State football game with the Hoosiers: Group members tried to make the case that it was about time for Indiana to beat Penn State, and audience members responded with a spontaneous “We Are…” cheer.
Eisenhower will host another concert tonight: the Penn State Glee Club’s annual fall concert. Meanwhile, over at the Bryce Jordan Center, there’s a concert tonight by Brand New.
And then there’s all of the sports on campus this weekend:
—The men’s ice hockey team beat Alaska-Anchorage 7-3 last night in the Pegula Arena. And, because it doesn’t make much sense for a team to travel all the way from Alaska to play just one game, the two teams will square off again tonight at 7.
—The women’s ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with Lindenwood this afternoon at Pegula.
—The women’s field hockey team, fresh off winning the Big Ten championship, was upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament today, losing to Princeton, 2-1. A tough end to the season, but an impressive 17-3 record.
—The women’s soccer team—defending NCAA champs—beat Bucknell 6-0 last night at Jeffrey Field in the first round of the NCAAs.
—The men’s basketball team lost to Albany, 87-81, last night in the Jordan Center. The Lions return to the BJC Sunday evening at 6 to host Duquesne.
—The women’s basketball team hosts St. Peter’s in the BJC tomorrow afternoon at 1.
—The wrestling team has its first home meet of the season tomorrow, hosting Stanford at 2 pm in sold-out Rec Hall. The Lions are coming off a 45-0 shutout of Army last night at West Point.
Other than that, it’s pretty quiet around here this weekend.
Tina Hay, editor