Working on State Patty’s can be the ultimate nightmare for a student, but before you start to cry, understand that as you get older, you will start to learn that there is a thing called responsibility and it’s important to develop this quality over the course of your college career.
“Oh my gosh it can’t be true! It just can’t be!” This was basically Valley’s train of thought when we discovered that Clinique found a new home in Penn State’s student bookstore. Now, not only can you purchase some books and Penn State gear, but you can also pick up some makeup tips and products while you’re at it!
If you ask someone why they came to Penn State or their favorite thing about Penn State, you can expect some of them to say THON. If you know what THON is, then you will understand why. However, so many people outside of THON haven’t even begun to grasp the idea.
For most Penn State students attending THON at least once during their time here at University Park is an obligation rather than just a suggestion. For 703 Penn State students this year, they not only fulfilled this obligation but went the extra mile. This year over 700 students didn’t just attend THON, they danced at THON.
The entertainment committee has a hard job of picking songs and bands to please not only the volunteers and spectators, but the dancers as well. After all, they’re the ones on their feet for 46 hours! Valley talked to a few of this year’s dancers to see what songs they’ve liked dancing (or singing!) along to, or what songs they’re hoping to hear:
Thousands of us are in the stands right now. Some of us come and go with generous breaks in between, and some of us decide to stay for…well, a long time. Being in the stands is an underrated struggle — you really can’t move much. Sure, you can go take a walk on the concourse, but you can’t spend half your time ditching your org.
As mail is lined up in the back of the Bryce Jordan Center, the dancers are called up group by group to receive envelopes spilling with supportive letters from their friends and loved ones. Reading these can give the dancers that extra boost of energy they need during the later hours of THON.
The floor of the BJC is a sea of neon Nike’s every third weekend of February for THON. Dancer’s embrace the bright colors while staying comfortable and practical by wearing one-of-a-kind socks with their favorite sneakers. Valley hit the floor and met the owner’s of some of the brightest, cutest shoe/sock combinations at THON 2015.
When you are on the dance floor, looking around at all the upbeat individuals resisting the urge to sit down all in the name of fighting for the cause, you can’t help but be incredibly proud of them. We couldn’t help but wonder what these dedicated dancers are wishing for or thinking about during this time. Valley had a chance to catch up with some of the dancers for THON 2015 to find out just what that might be.
When it comes to THON, everything is for the kids. In this case, THON participants were more than willing to share some of their luscious locks in order to provide wigs that can withstand everyday activities that kids partake in such as playing a sport or taking a shower. This is all made possible through the Wigs for Kids organization.
“Experience THON, wherever you are.” The 46 LIVE webcast has been broadcasting THON to the world since 4:30 Friday afternoon, and Executive Producer Erica Kasan says it has been a huge success.
To the average spectator, socks are just something to keep sweaty feet from stinking up your sneakers. To THON dancers, they are much more than that.
The Bryce Jordan Center radiates contagious energy for 46 consecutive hours every February during THON. The dance marathon attracts over 15,000 student volunteers, 700 of which are dancers who are required to stay on their feet for the entire weekend. So, what is it that keeps the dancers alive and pumped up all weekend long? Music, of course!
A vibrant array of colors and lights fills the Bryce Jordan Center as THON 2015 members dance through the night. With an animated crowd comes a crazy colorful wardrobe. Valley hit the floor to find the best hats of THON.
Amongst a blend of rainbow color on the dancefloor, THON participants and committee members use their accessories to really stand out. From capes to blow up dinosaurs, the people of the floor find small ways to show off their creativity and have a little fun with it! We went around and talked to some of the best accessorized!
THON weekend is one of the only times where fanny packs are in style. However, there’s another fashion item that becomes increasingly popular over THON weekend: the tutu. Valley took a look at the tutus being worn this year. Here are some of our favorites:
During THON weekend, dancers and volunteers sport their best and craziest outfits. Bright colors, headbands, hats and caps fill the BJC. Valley went on the floor to scope out some of the best outfits. Here are some of our favorites:
On any regular day, a rainbow tutu and pink and blue knee high socks wouldn’t necessarily be anyone’s go-to look. However during THON weekend no…
Every year, the THON dancers get to pick what their “dancer name” will be. These names are on the back of the dancers’ white t-shirts during the first couple hours of THON. Valley went on the floor of the BJC to check out some of this year’s names.
THON is the one weekend of the year where there is no such thing as too much bedazzle, bright colors and mismatched high socks. It is the weekend for super puffy tutus, crazy haircuts, wacky hats and of course, decked out fanny packs. We took a glance inside some of the fanny packs that really caught our attention.