Uneventful: The History Behind PSU’s Recently Canceled Events

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With the cancellation of in-person classes due to COVID-19, many other Penn State fan favorite events have also been put on hold for the remainder of the semester. Although Penn Staters can no longer enjoy events such as Movin’ On, the Blue and White game or even Arts Crawl, here’s some of the history behind PSU’s most anticipated events.

Movin’ On
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Movin’ On is an idea thought up in 1975; however, it didn’t come about as its current form until about 2010. Run by UPUA, GPSA, ARHS and SPA, — all of whom used to hold separate concerts — Movin’ On wouldn’t be the concert State College knows and loves today without these Penn State organizations. Historically an 18 and up, substance-free event that comes at no extra charge to Penn State students (it’s paid for via the student activities fee included in tuition), it’s meant to be a tribute to the seniors who are now “movin’ on” in their lives.

In fact, Movin’ On is among the largest student-run music festivals in America. This year, the lineup included Foster The People, Lil Yachty, Two Friends Music and Sasha Sloan. It was set to take place May 1 at the IM fields; however, it was canceled due to COVID-19. In the past, headliners have been acts like Grouplove, Logic and Two Door Cinema Club. But have no fear, Penn State plans to have next year’s Movin’ On on April 30, 2021.

Blue and White Game
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The Penn State traditional Blue and White game first began in 1951 as a fundraiser for the Penn State scholarship fund; however, it has turned into so much more. Originally called the “Bucket Bowl” — because a water bucket was given to whichever team won — the Blue and White game is now usually a day full of tailgating and day drinking. People flock to State College from all over to watch their beloved college team duke it out with themselves.

Last year, it was attended by about 61,000 Penn Staters — one of the highest attended spring games in the country for the 2019 season. The blue team came through to beat the white team. This year, it was cancelled due to — you guessed it! — COVID-19. The Blue and White game has always stood for Penn State dedication, and VALLEY knows that it will continue to do so in future years.

Arts Crawl
Florist: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube
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Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Arts Crawl is a little-known event that happens every year in the North area of campus. It takes place at the School of Visual Art buildings and includes many performances and demonstrations by various artists. Last year, the headliner for the musical performances was Florist, and the event included many local favorites such as Fragment of Joy, Abi Natesh, Forest Resources, DJ Take Your BB to Sephora and Ma’aM.


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