Lion Ambassador Brittany Pasay hands out tour registrations to those attending the annual Old Main Open House. The Lion Ambassadors host the event each year near the end of spring semester. This year's event took place Wednesday, April 15.
Kate Gullo serves up some pulled pork to an open house participant. The Lion Ambassadors had a variety of food choices available on the Old Main steps for their hungry guests during their annual Old Main Open House on Wednesday, April 15.
Open house tour participants listen as Lion Ambassador Alyson Rotz explains some of what Penn State's Office of Public Information does for the University during the open house tour on Wednesday, April 15. Other Lion Ambassadors are visible further down the third-floor hallway, waiting for their turn to tell one of the many stories of Old Main's past and present.
Up on the fourth floor of Old Main, "mischievous professor" Brett Kesselman explains to tour participants how he stole the clapper from the bell in the Old Main tower so it wouldn't wake him up at 5 a.m. each day. His story stems from the discovery of a bell clapper inside the wall of an old faculty house on campus when it was demolished. Students long had been blamed for stealing it, but the discovery altered the theory on the true identity of the culprit.
While "mischievous professor" Brett Kesselman was divulging his plan to steal the Old Main bell clapper to prevent it from ringing and waking him up at 5 a.m., "mischievous student" Julia Covelli happened by, and told of her plot to turn the bell upside down and fill it with water, freezing it so it would not ring. This, too, was a legendary plot by students to sleep late, although it's somewhat less plausible due to the weight of the bell and the resulting difficulty the students would have had in upending it.
Tour participants make their way up the narrow staircase leading to the Old Main Bell Tower. The tower is open only a few times a year, so it's a popular attraction during the spring open house.
While most people took pictures of the surrounding landscape while in the Old Main bell tower on April 15, Old Main Open House tour participant Desmond Okpei decided he also wanted to get a picture of the clock in the tower above his head.
Members of the Penn State Blue Band trumpet section stopped by the Old Main Open House on April 15, and played some music from the bell tower.