Penn State Frats Ban “State Patty's” Parties

Penn State's fraternities have voted to drive another nail into the coffin of the booze-filled party weekend known as State Patty's Day.

The Centre Daily Times reported the university's Interfraternity Council has voted to ban parties during the weekend, which this year falls between Feb. 28 and March 2.

State Patty's Day was birthed in 2007 when St. Patrick's Day fell on spring break. The holiday no longer coincides with the break, so students have typically celebrated it whenever the break occurs.

Earlier this year, the university paid more than three dozen bars $5,000 each for agreeing not to serve alcohol during the weekend in February.

Now the fraternities are banding together to discourage drinking, too, because the weekend has been marred by arrests and vandalism.

Also in State College

“Penn State Lives Here” and, so far, the rent is kind of pricey.

The Centre Daily Times reported Friday that the school has paid $811,719 for the public relations campaign that began in October.

University spokeswomen say the school is working with PulsePoint, of Austin, Texas on the campaign which debuted with a scoreboard video show during halftime of the Oct. 12 Penn State-Michigan game at Beaver Stadium.

Since then, blue banners with the slogan have cropped up on campus buildings across the state with some alumni, students and even the student newspaper criticizing it as unoriginal.

The Daily Collegian editorial panning the campaign a few days after the video aired said in part, “Of course Penn State lives here. This is Penn State University, where else would it live?”

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