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The View from the Valley

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Perspective: The Human Reaction To The Riot

So much has been said about last weekend’s riot in Beaver Canyon that anything more risks commentary overdose. That being said, it’s worth looking to the perspective of a few local residents and alums to get a more realistic and human take on this topic. From the Centre Daily Times: Oh my. What has the […]


State College & A Student Relations Committee

The Daily Collegian reported today on an idea first proposed by Safeguard Old State Executive Director Chris Morell on Oct. 13 at a meeting of the State College Borough Council. Mr. Morell proposed the creation of a Student Relations Committee of the State College Borough, to be established as a formal ABC committee in our […]


The Liquor License: Tony Sapia’s Last Stand?

Tony Sapia, owner of three of State College’s most infamous bars — Tony’s Big Easy, Candy Bar and Lounge and Lulu’s Nightspot (formerly Club Love) — may soon be parting with the liquor license his businesses depend on. As The Daily Collegian reports, Mr. Sapia’s liquor license renewal earlier this year was denied by the […]


Duck & Cover: Beer Sales Debut At Wegmans

In a move that administrators at Penn State would undoubtedly chide as contributing to State College’s “drinking problem,” Wegmans has begun selling beer in its grocery store just off of North Atherton Street at 345 Colonnade Way. This is a rather unprecedented move for Pennsylvania, as alcohol is strictly regulated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control […]


College Student, 19, Elected Mayor of Oklahoma City

I’ve written before on Safeguard Old State about students who, “doing the unexpected,” can become leaders in their communities even as undergraduates. Gavin Keirans even scored a front page story in The Daily Collegian earlier this year for his thoughts on the subject. Today, a friend of Safeguard Old State e-mailed me another story of […]