Lion Bash strengthens town and gown relations
LION Bash kicked off downtown on Allen Street, uniting numerous State College and Penn State groups together Tuesday night.
This event blocked off the street so that many businesses, organizations, departments, and groups can give citizens and students information about who they are, what they do, and how they can be involved. Games such as gaga and tennis were played in the heart of downtown. The police department even played doubles against the fire department in a game of tennis. Pizza, Rita’s water ice, El Gringo Taco truck, and popcorn were served. Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, a live musical band, sang songs that livened up the crowd, as an entertainer named Dimytri performed acrobatic movements. Many more performances from Adorabulls, Velveeta, and Penn State Student groups were set to take the stage from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash is hosted by Downtown State College in partnership with Penn State’s Office of Student Orientation, the Downtown State College Improvement District, Neighborhood Associations, and the Borough of State College. This year was an expansion of what this program has done for the past three years. The event aimed to teach State College residents and Penn State Students of the community, its services, ordinances, and safety.
All different types of students participated in this lively event. Businesses, citizens, and families from all over State College gathered on the 100 and 200 blocks of Allen Street last night to build better relationships within the community.