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Heading Downtown? Need Plans? Go To

Here at State In The Real we love the State College nightlife.  For those looking to make the most of your night out on the town you may find yourself asking the question “What’s going on?” or “Where is the place to be tonight?”  Once you’ve received texts back from all your friends letting you know they’re being indecisive as usual, you may turn to the internet for ideas.  Well here’s where I can shed some light on a solution that may minimize your time spent planning and optimize your time spent pre-gaming.  You can spend your time searching individual bar’s websites or some poorly updated local sites or you can go to  A recently launched website with the most up to date information that you need for your downtown adventure.  Most up to date you say?  When you first arrive at the site you’ll see a feed with brief updates on each nightlife venue in State College.  These updates come directly from the bars themselves, so those unique seasonal specials that pop up unexpectedly are always listed.  From there your decisions for the night become a lot more clear and you may actually get to fit in that ‘Power Hour’ that someone jokingly suggested earlier (although we don’t recommend it).


We had the chance to get a little more information from’s Co-Founder Nathan Caschera:

SITR: What gave you the idea or motivation to start

TheSpot2g: It all started a Penn State tailgate.  Sam Hill and I started talking about what bars we wanted to go to later that night.  Since it was a football game weekend we knew there would be lines everywhere, so we factored that into our decision, also we knew some bars change up their drink specials for home games so we started looking for who had what specials going on.  One thing lead to another and we ended up talking about it would be awesome if there was a website where bar owners could post what’s goin on there each night.  Drink specials, cover charges, DJ’s, special promotions and etc all gaurenteed to be correct because the bars are posting the information.  A one stop shop that anyone can use to find out where is The Spot 2 Go!  We got back to the tailgate and decided it would be best to meet up the next day and talk about the idea; you know to make sure it still seemed as awesome then as it did to us in that moment.

SITR: What career or profession were/are you involved in before starting and how did that influence it’s launch?

TheSpot2g: We all have maintained our previous jobs since we began building TheSpot2g. I am involved in bar sales throughout central PA, dealing a lot with beer systems, liquor systems and energy drinks.  Sam Hill, is a PSU student and works downtown at the Gingerbread Man.  Our programmers Niraj Pathak and Justin England are building/maintaining the site while also running their own company Innovatrix labs where they build websites for others.

SITR: What are some of your favorite places to go in downtown State College?

TheSpot2g: That’s the beauty of this site, it kind of matches how we go out.  Don’t get me wrong everyone has some go to spots but we are always trying to switch things up.  Visiting different venues and being spontaneous is the best way to meet new people.  I feel the main reason people don’t switch things up is because they don’t know what to expect

SITR: As you know State In The Real is all about the music, so we wanna know: if there were a theme song for what would it be?

TheSpot2g: Haha this is a tough one. I guess if I had to pick a song “Shots” by LMFAO could be appropriate.

SITR: Where do you see going in the future?

TheSpot2g: The idea is to take it worldwide.  In a much sooner time frame we are going to focus on expanding to other major colleges; right now Rutgers and WVU are getting tossed around as the next move. Eventually expanding to major cities where hopefully it becomes common place and every bar in the world will see the benefit to join.  Then regardless of where you are in the world your app (which is under development) can sort your feed to the surrounding bars and you will have guaranteed specials, entertainment, cover charges, and more posted by the bars themselves, at the palm of your hand.

Be sure to keep an eye for their upcoming app!

BA All Student Production: El Ballado De Guy Hero

Grab yourself some peanuts and head over to room 119 in the Theater Building and be ready to laugh.  This whimsical production is around a half hour and worth your time.  Be a part of a real peanut gallery and chuck peanuts at the performers throughout the entire show.  There is no admission fee and bags of peanuts are just $1.  Proceeds go to the School of Theater.  The remaining show times are Friday (3/29) at 5:30pm and Saturday (3/30) at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.  It’s going to be a nutty time!

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SPA Presents: Chris Hardwick April 22


“Chris Hardwick makes regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately,” “The Soup” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” In 2008, he founded Nerdist, a website and podcast devoted to all things nerd related. In 2010, he shot TV pilots for HBO, NBC and Comedy Central, recently wrapped a pilot with Funny or Die for TBS and is producing an animated pilot, “Hard ‘n Phirm’s Musical Timehole,” for IFC. Many weekends out of the calendar year, he uses an electric amplification device to make strangers in comedy club settings like him by telling jokes, most likely due to a deep-seeded need for attention that was forged during his tormentingly unpopular junior high years. Additionally, he has played at numerous comedy/music festivals including Just for Laughs, US Comedy Arts, SF Sketchfest, SXSW, Coachella and Bumbershoot.

All Comedy Month events are free and ticketless for students with Penn State University Park student photo IDs. Students will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. If capacity is not reached, members of the general public may be allowed in for free.

For all of you “Walking Dead” fans, he is also the host of the show that comes right after called, “The Talking Dead.”


Check out this clip of his stand-up!

Mary Robinson, Ireland's First Female President, Speaks at Penn State to Inspire Young People

Yesterday, Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, came to speak at Penn State in Eisenhower Auditorium. While delivering her speech, called “The Future of Ethical Leadership in a Global Society,” Mrs. Robinson wanted to inspire young people. Though she has often been an advocate and a symbol for women around the world, Mrs. Robinson said, “Everyone can make a difference…I wanted [my memoirs, Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice] to be very much an encouraging story, and I want to do this tonight for young men and women: inspire them.” She believes that everyone has a personal duty to their community, and that there are issues in this world that can be solved if everyone, young people especially, get involved.

Mary Robinson started her speech by talked about growing up in Ireland in the late 40’s and 50’s, where “women knew their place: it was in the home, unless you were lucky.” Having four brothers, both of her parents wanted to make it clear that she would make a difference. After briefly considering being a nun, Mrs. Robinson went on to study law at Dublin College and Harvard University. During her time in the US, she saw that young people were making a difference, as opposed to Ireland, where she said that most people waited until their 30’s or 40’s to do something. Before then, they were still dictated by adults.

After being elected to the Senate in Ireland at the age of 25, Mrs. Robinson faced backlash on some of the bills she tried to pass, even receiving criticism from the Pope himself. But she carried on. “If you really feel strongly about something, be prepared to pay a price. Be prepared to be unpopular.” Mary Robinson continued, making sure that she was the best leader she could be, while upholding a standard of ethics.

After twenty years on the Senate, Mrs. Robinson was given a chance to run for president by a worker’s party. While having good relations with the party, she wanted originally wasn’t sure if she wanted to run at all. She decided that if she was going to run, it would be as an independent, with support from multiple smaller parties. After making the decision to campaign, many bookies were giving her a 100 to 1 chance of winning the election. But despite all the opposition, Mary Robinson was elected president of Ireland in 1990, and went on to serve a seven year term. She didn’t stop there, either. Mrs. Robinson resigned as president a few months early to serve as the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights for five years.

In addition to encouraging women’s and ethical leadership, Mrs. Robinson spends much of her time now focusing on the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ). This foundation is meant to “create a human centered approach to climate chance.” But she’s not leaving behind her old goals either. “At the moment, environmental energy is still very male oriented.” She wants to promote human centered, ethical, smart changes and efforts when it comes to the environment, even if it’s as simple as reducing, reusing, and recycling.

In a day and age where the world is so connected, Mary Robinson says that “[young people] have an excellent opportunity to learn about the world…Now it’s very possible to make a difference.” If there’s one thing she wants everyone take away from her speech, it’s that “I’d like everyone listening this evening to feel encouraged that they can make a difference.”

Thank you to the Student Programming Association, Schreyer Honors College, and the Presidential Leadership Academy for hosting and sponsoring such a great event, and thank you to Mrs. Robinson for inspiring all who attended.


SPA's L.E.A.D Team Hosting A ROLLER RINK on March 18th!

The Student Programming Association’s Leadership Entertainment and Development Team is hosting a fun and funky roller rink on Monday, March 18th! The event will take place in Alumni Hall and will go from 6-10 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic and unique study break, or to just have a great time with your friends! Join the Facebook event by CLICKING HERE, and you can check out the official press release below:

SPA’s Upcoming Leaders to Bring Roller Rink to Penn State

The Student Programming Association’s LEAD Team will bring a roller rink to Alumni Hall on Monday, March 18 from 6-10 p.m. This will be a very fun, interactive and exciting event complete with lights, a disco ball, music, food and games. Skates will be provided to all that attend. The event will be free for everyone with a PSU student photo ID card. This is also a substance-free event, and anyone that appears to be under the influence may be removed. SPA’s LEAD Team is a group of students in the Student Programming Association chosen to put on an event for the student body with a limited budget. These members were picked because there were seen as future leaders in SPA.”


We’ll see you there!

THON 2013 Raises $12,374,034.46

After a long and enduring weekend THON 2013 has come to an end.  This year THON raised a record breaking $12,374,034.46!!! The total from this year puts THON’s grand total above $100 million! This years event with awesome performances like 7 Hump Wump, Shake Shake Shake, Lowjack, Public Domain, Gates Tomorrow, My Hero Zero, Pistol Peg and the Beer Kegs, The Wondershop Showdown, Total Whiteout, and GoGoGadget couldn’t have had a more entertaining and enthusiastic affair.  Bon Jovi even announced that they would be donating tickets to their show at the Bryce Jordan Center to any Four Diamonds Family that wanted to go.  It’s amazing that THON has grown so much that we need a bigger venue to accommodate everyone who wants to experience it.  Bet the dancers in ’72 wouldn’t believe how big it’s gotten.  Congratulations to all the THON participants from moralers to OPP to R&R to overalls and especially the dancers.  These memories will last with all of us for the rest of our lives.  These kids will always remember what we do here.  “One day we will dance in celebration, until then we dance for a cure.” Coach O’Brien said it best: “This is the greatest university in the country, in the world!”