On Wednesday night at around 11:00 p.m., the tents at Nittanyville were constructed. Their time up was short lived. After enduring rain all day Thursday, and a destroyed canopy, by 6:30 p.m, all tents had to be taken down due to a severe thunderstorm forecast. Campers reluctantly took their tents down, (they will go back up at noon on Friday).
Before the take-down order, campers were able to have a little fun on Wednesday night. Soon after campers erected their tents, a drumline was called. Veteran campers rushed over with blue trashcans in an attempt to pump up those who were a bit drowsy. All students present quickly woke up and began to sing Penn State favorites. After belting out parodies of other school’s fight songs, and a mosh pit to further the excitement, the campers lined up and sang the alma mater.
Before retiring to their tents for the night, Nittanyville President Allen Sheffield provided campers with his thoughts and expectations for the campout and Saturday’s game. Finally after a long night campers could head to their tents and sleep before classes. Then, the rain came. It only pounded campers’ tents for about an hour, but the damage was done. The wind and rain easily knocked over tents and destroyed canopies. Finally word came down from Allen that they would not be able to camp out Thursday night.
Campers took down their tents and headed back to their homes, to sleep in a warm dry bed for the night. The rain succeeded in keeping campers away Thursday night, but will be unable to do so for Saturday night. The Nittanyville campers will be ready to lead the student section in Penn State’s whiteout against UCF Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Mike Wargon is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.