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With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, it is the perfect time to have a blog post that is focused on a few of the different sports bars around IUP.


The Coney

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                   [Here is The Coney, located on 642 Philadephia St. 

                           Courtesy of Virtual Tourist images.]


Even though it is a sports bar, The Coney is the perfect place for everyone.  Adults, kids and college students can enjoy it here.  This place offers a variety of food from pizza and burgers, to chicken tenders and grilled cheese.  You can even get an entree, one side and one drink for only $3.79.

The Coney has a wide sortment of beer.  It has 13 different kinds of draft beer, 26 kinds of domestic bottled beer and 16 kinds of imported bottled beer.

The Coney also has a different type of drink and food special each week night.  On Tuesdays, there is a dance contest and .50 cent wells.  Wednesday is karaoke night and $1 wells, Thursday is wing night, and on Fridays, there is a dance contest and $1.50 Bud Light Drafts.

You can contact The Coney at 724-465-8082.



Culpeppers is open from Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.  It serves a variety of foods such as burgers, wraps, sandwiches, pizza and Mexican.  Culpeppers offers beer on tap, domestic bottles, import bottles, wine and even a few fancy nonalcoholic drinks for the underagers.

Culpeppers just recently opened an upper deck sports bar.  On the upper deck, they offer a variety of beer on tap and even have a "beer of the month."

Like The Coney, Culpeppers has a different food and drink special everyday.   Their wing nights are on Mondays and Thursdays, and they have a special "frozen drink of the week" for $4.00.


Grub's Sports Bar

Grub's is a family restaurant dedicated to those who live for sports, eating delicious food and having a great time.  Grub's comes equipped with a game-room that contains pool tables, electronic darts, foosball and air hockey.

Grub's has a different food special everyday.  For example, on Mondays you can get an extra large pizza for $5, and on Tuesdays you can get a homemade taco for $1. Wing night is on Thursdays.

Grub's also has a different drink special everyday.  For example, on Mondays it is $1 Captain shots, and on Wednesdays it is $1 wells.  For a full list of food and drink specials, you can click here.

You can contact Grub's at 724-801-8628.


There are a few other sports bars around Indiana that might interest you as well.  One of these bars is Boomerang's.  Like the three previous bars in this blog post, Boomies contains many drink and food specials and has received plenty of positive reviews.  Sarah Shepherd, IUP junior, has said that Boomerang's is her favorite bar to go to when she goes out with friends.

"Boomies not only has nice drink specials, but it also has a peaceful atmosphere and gives off a good vibe," said Sarah.


             [Sarah Shepherd (on right) with friends at Boomies on St.

           Patty's Weekend. Photo taken by Jen Sarosi, IUP graduate.]


Other sports bars: Al Patti's, Dingbats


So tell me, what is your favorite sports bar around Indiana?


Even though the school year is almost over, there are still multiple exciting events making their way to our very own campus here at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. These events are located at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, located along Wayne Avenue.

One of the most anticipated upcoming events is the Dierks Bentley concert coming Saturday, May 5.


                  [Dierks performing live with the Foo Fighters. 
                     Photo credit: Dierks Bentley website.]

The concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m., will feature guest performances by the Eli Young Band and Will Hoge.  Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 and $35.  You can purchase them online or at the Kovalchick Complex Box Office.  It is also possible to purchase a discounted ticket by showing your IUP I-Card.

Another event coming on Friday, May 4, is the Slumber Party: End of Semester Event at the Ed Fry Arena at the Kovalchick Complex.  This event will feature a concert by newcomer Cory Gunz, with special guest EDubb and more to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now for $22 a student and $27 to the public.  The event will begin at 8 p.m.

The Kovalchick Complex has had many successful events in the past that have gotten great reviews.  For example, Pittsburgh's very own Wiz Khalifa performed at IUP during Homecoming weekend.  Caleigh Henry, an IUP freshman, attended the concert and had one of the best nights here so far.

"The concert was crazy, and the arena that it was in was so nice.  I can't wait to go to another concert there," said Caleigh.


                        [Wiz performing at the Kovalchick Complex on IUP's
                     Homecoming Weekend.  Photo taken by Jillian Figorski,
                                 IUP sophomore, majoring in Nursing.]   

So before the school year is finally over, take some time out of your schedule and attend one of these entertaining events coming your way.  

Also, I'd like your feedback.  Which event at the Kovalchick Complex have you enjoyed the most?

With this continuous, beautiful Indiana weather, people need to keep finding ways to spend their time in the outdoors.  One of the ways people can do this is by driving to 510 Hamill Road, where they will find the Meadow Lane Golf Course.


                       [Photo of the beautiful Meadow Lane Golf Course.
                      Courtesy of the Indiana County golf course website.]

This golf course is an 18 hole regulation course, and from the longest tees it presents 6,060 yards of golf for a par of 70.

If you are a college student, don't fret. The prices are probably in your budget range.  On weekdays, it is only $20 for 18 holes and $13 for nine.  The Meadow Lane Golf Course also offers a variety of specials.

Other amenities include a putting green, a practice bunker, pull carts, a driving range a chipping area, a food and beverage area and rental clubs.

Steve Craig, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania junior, has recently visited the Meadow Lane Golf Course, and thoroughly enjoyed his experience.  

"This place has a relaxing atmosphere and great land for golfing with friends," said Steve.

If you want to have a relaxing and fun time like Steve did, go out now to the Meadow Lane Golf Course!

Bowling is a classic way to have fun with family and friends.  Luckily, Indiana contains the bowling alley "Mohawk Lanes," which guarantees a good time for people of all ages.

Mohawk Lanes is a 24 lane bowling alley that includes the Strike Zone Sports Bar, a full arcade, a pro shop, a lounge, a party room and snack facilities.

The hours of Mohawk Lanes differ each day.  You can find the regular hours here, and the hours for the Strike Zone Sports Bar here, along with its many drink specials.

An interesting thing about Mohawk Lanes are all of their different "specials."  One of these specials is the "Day Time Special" on Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in which you can bowl for two hours for only $20.00.

The rest of the specials plus the daily rates can be found here.

Mohawk Lanes also contains many "Late Night Specials."  One of the most popular is cosmic bowling, which takes place on Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.  It is $45.00 a lane with a $2.00 shoe rental.  The other late night specials can be found here.

One of the best things about Mohawk Lanes is the charity event they hold each semester.

"Each semester, Mohawk Lanes hosts a bowl for kids sake, which is for the charity 'Big Hearts Little Hands'," said Kelsey Bryner, an IUP junior and member of the sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma.


[Kelsey and her sorority sisters at the "Big Hearts Little Hands" charity event at Mohawk Lanes. Photo taken by Kelsey Wilt, an IUP senior nursing major and Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority sister.]


So, if you are bored of sitting around and watching T.V., go out to Mohawk Lanes and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

After focusing on the different parks and lakes in Indiana in my previous entry, I think it is important that this entry focuses on something that relates to Indiana's parks and lakes - Indiana's trails.

There are always people riding their bikes on IUP's campus, and these people need to know that campus isn't the only place that they can exercise and enjoy some fresh air.

Ghost Town Trail, located at 1128 Blue Spruce Road, is the longest trail in the county, as it is 36 miles long.  The good thing about this trail is that it is open year-round.


 [Photo of the relaxing Ghost Town Trail. Courtesy

of the Indiana County Trail website.]


Ghost Town was selected Trail of the Month in June 2011.

This trail is open to hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing.  There are multiple parking areas throughout, and most of them have restrooms.

There is not a specific preferable time in the year to be out on the trail, but the most popular months are May, June, September and October.  Usually, the busiest day is Sunday afternoon.

If you're wondering about the wildlife, the most common animals to see are deer, turkey and songbirds.

So, if you are tired of riding your bike around campus in the crowded rush of students, Ghost Town Trail is the perfect getaway.


The second popular trail is the Hoodlebug Trail, which is 10 miles long.


                              [Man biking on the Hoodlebug Trail. Courtesy

                              of the Indiana County Parks & Trails website.]


This trail follows the abandoned Indiana Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between the Homer City area and Indiana.

Similar to Ghost Town Trail, Hoodlebug Trail is open year-round and allows non-motorized activities such as bicycling, hiking and cross-country skiing.

This trail is perfect in the summer because a dense forest of trees line the trail and provides a fine canopy on hot summer days.


The Indiana County Parks & Trails website stated that efforts are well underway to link the trail system to the West Penn Trail and other trails within the region.

There are few other trails in Indiana, one of them being the Damsite Trail in Yellow Creek State Park.  

With the unexpected warm weather that Indiana has been experiencing, more and more people have been looking for an escape from the indoors. One of the most enjoyable escapes that students and Indiana residents have been venturing out to are Indiana's beautiful parks and lakes.

Blue Spruce Park is among the more popular parks to visit in Indiana.  Located at 1128 Blue Spruce Road, this park has many features necessary to enjoy a day outside.
For example, Blue Spruce Park contains four pavilions and two lodges that can enable gatherings with family and friends.  

Children would have a good time here as well because the park contains two playgrounds, a volleyball court and areas for games and sports.  Parents can let them play at the playground while they enjoy an amazing view of the lake.  

So, if you are tired of sitting in classrooms and really want a way to relax, this park would be a great option.

Yellow Creek State Park is another popular park to venture to on a beautiful day.  This park offers many activities such as picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking.


                           [Picture of the beautiful Yellow Creek State Park. 
                              Courtesy of a blog titled "Rambling On."]

Many picnic pavilions are available for rental, and this park even contains multiple grills for a fun cookout with family and friends!

Starting in late May, swimming will be available on the 800 ft. beach. The beach area contains a large bathhouse and a snack bar.

One of the most exciting aspects of Yellow Creek State Park is the boating opportunities.  People are allowed to rent motorboats, canoes, rowboats, paddle boats, pontoon boats and small sailboats.

IUP students will definitely enjoy renting boats simply for the fact that IUP valid iCard holders receive a 5 percent discount on boat rentals.  You can find the rest of the boat rental information here.

These are not the only parks available to enjoy a day out in the sun around Indiana.  Other parks include Mack ParkHemlock LakeMemorial Park and Pine Ridge Park.

So, get out of the indoors and enjoy this beautiful weather while you still can at one of these amazing parks!


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"Indiana is boring, all there is to do is party."  This comment, stated by Megan Sinneway, a student at Otterbein University, is a comment heard often among people who simply decide to stereotype Indiana or the Indiana University of Pennsylvania before even experiencing these places for themselves. 

Yes, IUP does have its fair share of parties just like every other university does, but that isn't all Indiana has to offer. People need to get the IUP I'm Shmacked video out of their head and realize that there are better things to do in this town than what the video portrays.

My name is Amanda Miller, a journalism major at IUP, and my blog is meant to help eliminate this stereotype and show that there are many other entertaining and enjoyable ways to spend your time in Indiana.

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