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Another Tradition Gone: ‘Zombie Nation’ Phased Out At Beaver Stadium

Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared on the website of “Safeguarding Traditions Of Penn State,” which was the precursor to Safeguard Old State. It appears here for posterity.


It’s so sad it’s almost funny, but the situation here at Penn State has gotten so bad that we really expect there to be something bad for student life in each edition of The Daily Collegian.

Lo and behold, today doesn’t disappoint. Under the usual auspices of ensuring safety and “protecting students”, Penn State officials have decided to phase out the playing of “Kernkraft 400”, more commonly known as “Zombie Nation” during home football games at Beaver Stadium.

When the song is played over inside Beaver Stadium, students bounce up and down in the stands to the rhythmn of this popular but dated techno favorite. Penn State officials have said they are concerned, more or less, that the bouncing of the student section in particular may cause major structural damage to the 45 year-old stadium.

Despite the fact that no hard evidence or even necessarily slight concerns have been raised by structural engineers, the powers that be at Penn State have decided its best not to play “Zombie Nation”, the fan favorite famous for getting the always over 100,000 strong crowds in Beaver Stadium riled up during critical moments in home games.

Though they’ve phased two new songs in to filled the void left by the frequently played “Zombie Nation,” I haven’t noticed a terribly fond crowd reaction. The new songs just don’t do for the student section what “Zombie Nation” did, and fans and the team will arguably be the worse off for this change.

Yet another thing that helped make Penn State football a greater experience tossed down the toilet.

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