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Celebrate move-in weekend with the answers to our Penn State trivia quiz

‘HUB’ is short for Hetzel Union Building in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s campus.
‘HUB’ is short for Hetzel Union Building in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s campus. Centre Daily Times, file

Pencils down everyone.

There’s nothing quite like that euphoric rush of sweet relief that accompanies the end of a quiz. Sure, our Penn State trivia quiz wasn’t exactly the ninth grade biology final, but a hearty “good for you” all the same.

The take away from all of this — because there’s no actual prize — is that a lot of people know about former President Bill Clinton’s connection to the Berkey Creamery, the oldest building on campus is old news and James Irvin is Bellefonte’s best kept secret.

Knowledge, after all, is its own reward. Yes? No? Bueller?

More than 700 people took the online quiz, and below are the answers and explanations.

1. What does the HUB stand for?

a. Harrison Udall Building

b. Hetzel Union Building

c. Henry Union Banquet

d. Hamilton Union Building

Big things have small beginnings — if you can call 154,000-square-foot building “small.” Construction began on the Hetzel Union Building in January 1953 to accommodate the ever expanding student body. An additional 91,000 square feet was added on to the facility in May 1997, creating a new home for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and a student activity space. But you knew that already, right? Quiz results showed almost 94 percent of respondents answered this question correctly.

2. Who is the only person to receive two different flavors on a Creamery ice cream cone?

a. Bill Clinton

b. Joe Paterno

c. Barack Obama

d. Bryce Jordan

In July 2000, Bill Clinton had it made. He had a massive backyard in an upscale Washington, D.C., neighborhood and he could combine any two flavors he wanted at the Berkey Creamery, a privilege that has since been enjoyed by ... Well, absolutely no one. The Creamery typically maintains a strict one flavor per cup/cone rule — but who’s going to tell the leader of the free world how to eat his ice cream? Clinton’s signature blend was a mix of Cherry Quist and Peachy Paterno.

3. Penn State was founded on 200 acres of land donated by which of the following gentlemen?

a. Evan Pugh

b. George W. Atherton

c. Moses Thompson

d. James Irvin

James Irvin was a gentleman farmer and ironmaster from Bellefonte whose generous gift of land helped to solidify Centre County as the site of one of the first colleges of agricultural science in the nation. This was the most frequently missed question on the quiz, with only 15 percent of respondents answering correctly.

4. Football’s first home at Penn State was where?

a. Beaver Stadium

b. Beaver Field

c. Old Main Lawn

d. Medlar Field

Before Beaver Stadium, before Beaver Field, there was still football on Penn State’s campus. Those first games were played right there on the Old Main lawn, where the seating capacity was slightly more limited.

5. What is the oldest building on campus?

a. Old Main

b. University House

c. Sackett building

d. Ritenour

On a campus full of old buildings, University House still takes the cake. According to the Penn State Office of Physical Plant, the building housed 11 of the university’s presidents from 1864 to 1970, and was repurposed into part of the Hintz Family Alumni Center in 2001.

6. How many national team championships have Penn State athletics earned since 1924?

a. 74

b. 92

c. 63

d. 158

It may have been the second smallest number to choose from, but 74 national championships is nevertheless an impressive accomplishment, one that undoubtedly continues to inspire the 800 student athletes competing in one of Penn State’s 15 men’s and 14 women’s intercollegiate athletic teams today.

7. The skeleton of Penn State’s first unofficial mascot is on display in the HUB-Robeson Center. What’s its name?

a. Smoky the cat

b. Little Hammy

c. Old Coaly

d. Muley

The Nittany Mules doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but a horse is a horse of course, of course. Old Coaly came to lion country by way of Kentucky and made a home here, hauling the limestone blocks that were used in the construction of Old Main. Afterward, he picked up the occasional odd job around campus — his specialties were farming and agriculture — tilling a place for himself in the hearts of students everywhere. A lot of folks are familiar with Old Coaly — about 66 percent of respondents answered this quiz question correctly.

8. After the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon outgrew its space in the HUB Ballroom in the late 1970s, where was it held next?

a. Rec Hall

b. Bryce Jordan Center

c. Mary Beaver White Building

d. Old Main lawn

Thon found its second home just in time. By 1979, the fledgling event had already inflated to 286 student dancers, who put some of the decade’s best moves to good use on the dance floor and raised $72,132 in donations for the Four Diamonds.

9. How many pieces reside in the Palmer Museum of Art’s permanent collection?

a. 6,000

b. 10,000

c. 4,000

d. 1,500

Until most recently, the Palmer Museum of Art’s official web page had the permanent collection listed 6,000 pieces, but according to Jennifer Feehan, coordinator of membership and public relations, that number was just recently updated to reflect a more robust assortment totaling 8,200. So... Freebie?

10. Which of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees has never performed at the Bryce Jordan Center?

a. Bob Dylan

b. Run D.M.C.

c. Tina Turner

d. Beastie Boys

Bob Dylan, Run D.M.C. and Tina Turner have all graced the stage at the BJC. Of those, Dylan has performed most often — four times — and his most recent stop was in 2010.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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