Paternoville residents play a small game of football outside Gate A of Beaver Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 4. Most of these students officially staked their claim near this student entrance starting at 12:01 AM Thursday, although the organizers were in place Wednesday night. These early-birds were required to register themselves and their tents, seen at right, to ensure their place so that they may leave to attend class.
At left, Paternoville committee president Tom Boroch, a junior, goes over a tent registration list with Paternoville secretary, senior Amanda Meyerson, right, outside Beaver Stadium Gate A. All Paternoville "residents" with tents were required to register their shelters, which, along with numbered wristbands, were a method of reserving their places at the front of the line. This ordering process also helped the organizers allow proper placement of long-waiting members at the front of the student section during the noon game on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Oregon State.
Outside Gate A of Beaver Stadium, Paternoville, a three-day-long encampment of die-hard PSU Football fans, is in full swing. Here, sophomore "residents" (left to right) Cassandra Leighton, Katie Huber and Ben Jones watch the fireworks across Porter Road that were put up at the end of the final game of the State College Spikes baseball season across Porter Road on Thursday, Sept. 5. The three, and most of the 110+ residents of Paternoville, arrived at Gate A that day at 12:01 AM.
At left, Penn State students Amanda Koons, Amy Hartle (seated at left) and Kyle Heyler (seated at right), all seniors, chat and watch the fireworks following the State College Spikes baseball game from outside their tents in Paternoville on Thursday, Sept. 4. Having been there since late the night before except for classes, they were glad to see something exciting like fireworks so close. Penn State Transportation Services employee and Paternoville volunteer Frank Pope, far right, chats with a Paternoville visitor. Pope, a supporter of this show of student sprit, has volunteered each season since its inception in 2005.
Here, students Katie Huber (sophomore, left), Nick Rotondi (junior, center) and Cassandra Leighton (sophomore, right), all Paternoville "residents," work on the Stup's Squad banner on Thursday, Sept. 4, for Saturday's game vs. Oregon State. Named for sophomore linebacker Nathan Stupar, this cheering section will be one of the hardcore bunches of students in the first row of the student section.
Junior Bob Nagel works on French homework by flashlight in Paternoville, outside Gate A of Beaver Stadium. Says Nagel, "Homework is usually a pain, but even during Paternoville, it still has to be done." He was part of the group of roughly 90 other students who registered at the beginning of Paternoville for a spot at the beginning of the line. Registration began at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, continues through 10 p.m. Friday night, and is open to all Penn State students. By registering, students are given a numbered wristband that grants them a spot in the line order as well as allowing them to enter and exit the line up until gameday to attend class, meals, and eventually, return their tents and camping gear before the game.
Penn State juniors pass the time in Paternoville by playing a game of Catchphrase inside their tent. Left to right, clockwise, the students are Abby Weiner, T.J. Dolan, Nataly Estrada, Michael Elia, Vanessa Coll and Chris Ellsberry. The gang, in addition to almost 100 other students, registered themselves and their tents at Paternoville at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, in order to hold a spot in line so that they may come and go, which allows the encampment to not interfere with classes and other aspects of student life. Any student wishing to register for this week's Paternoville before the football game against Oregon State on Saturday must do so before 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Gate A outside Beaver Stadium.
Paternoville residents were paid a vist by Oregon State fans, at right. Penn State student T.J. Dolan, left, speaks with the foursome outside his tent. The Oregon fans, who declined to be named, had driven all the way from Oregon just for the game, and were impressed at the hardcore nature of the Paternoville encampment. Said one, "That's not something you see at just any school." They attributed it to the rating of Penn State as home to the No. 1 Student Section in the country, according to ESPN The Magazine in its Aug. 25, 2008 issue.
Senior Amanda Meyerson, secretary of the Paternoville Coordination Committee, unpacks towels to be given out to students for this weekend's coordinated Student Section White-Out. Joining Meyerson, a longtime supporter of Penn State football and Paternoville, outside Gate A are more than 100 students who had registered by 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Any student wishing to join in the fun of Paternoville -- which grants them a spot in line and a wristband allowing limited coming and going up until gameday -- may do so by going to Gate A of Beaver Stadium by 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
A sign outside of Beaver Stadium Gate A pays tribute to the now-traditional Paternoville encampment before home football games. This week, more than 100 students had registered with the Paterno Coordination Committee to participate in the event, which began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, and will continue up until gameday on Saturday, Sept. 6. All interested students are encouraged by the Paternoville Coordination Committee to come out in support of their school and team by joining, although registration closes at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Tent registration and wristband distribution will be provided for those who register in this way.
Students mingle in and around their tents outside Gate A of Beaver Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 4. The tents, registered to be involved in Paternoville, are home to more than 100 students living up their student experience to the fullest by camping out since late Wednesday night in order to get the best spot in line and in the student section for Saturday's noon game versus Oregon State. The event is conducted by the student-run Paternoville Coordination Committee. Student ticket-holders are encouraged to join in on the fun by registering with the committee at Gate A before 10 p.m. Friday to reserve a spot in line.
Paternoville sleeps early Friday morning. The hundred-plus students who have called the concrete outside of Beaver Stadium's Gate A home since late Wednesday night, are among Penn State's most passionate student football fans, but the fun is not closed to just them. Students are allowed to be a part of the group by registering with the Paternoville Coordination Committee for a wristband that ensures a spot in line, but must do so by 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, to be guaranteed a set place in line for Saturday's game vs. Oregon State.