THON participants weigh in on fashion choices

Every year, Penn State students show their dedication to the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon by standing for 46 hours inside the Bryce Jordan Center dressed in eye-catching outfits.

From the bright hair bows and handmade hotloops to the occasional animal costume, THON has it all.

James Kyle said he wanted to be comfortable for the dance marathon. Kyle (junior-civil engineering) and the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, 425 Locust Lane, donned matching various-colored Four Diamond tattoos and matching “Mockingjay” black tank tops inspired by the Hunger Games movies. However, Kyle differed from his brothers by wearing a pair of eye-catching red, white and blue shorts.

“My back’s been hurting a little, but for the most part I’m pretty comfortable,” Kyle said. “Standing on tennis balls definitely helps.”

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(L-R) Carly Barbour (junior-marketing) and Kaylee Grindrod (sophomore-applied psychology) do a jigsaw puzzle during THON at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, Feb. 20. They are dancing on behalf of the Penn State Berks campus.



Kyle said the atmosphere and excitement has also helped him remained motivated as he plans to spend a total of 30 hours at THON.

Some students prefer to take the traditional route of sporting a colorful tutu. Aaron Kennedy, who is representing Altoona Benefiting THON, said his tutu was handmade at an event held at the Altoona branch campus. Kennedy (senior-accounting) is experiencing THON for the first time and wanted to dress more colorful than usual.

“I figured this is my first and only THON as a an undergrad so why not go all out?” Kennedy said.

For students looking to turn a few more heads, a full body shark costume may be the solution. Andrew Slysh has attracted waves of attention by fellow students from walking around the concourse in search of a water fountain.

“I’m representing Penn State Club Swimming, which is what inspired the costume,” Slysh (junior-supply chain management) said.

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