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One Penn State student measured the White Out crowd's seismic activity | Here's what she found

11/20/2019

 

written by Noor Al-Ahmad for the Collegian

While other students might have attended last month’s iconic White Out game decked out in white and excited at the prospect of being able to put aside their academic worries, Lindsey Jacks attended the event enthusiastically declaring to her friends, “I’m doing some science tonight.”

With three seismometers in hand, Jacks (senior- Spanish and geoscience) intended to capture the crowd’s engagement and energy throughout Beaver Stadium, and so she chose to spend the night attracting strange, questioning looks to her curious, chicken basket-covered devices.

However, Jacks’ endeavor was not as strange as it might have looked, as other projects such as the FanQuackes project and Michigan Shake have similarly sought to capture audience responses to football games through locally sourced seismic signals relative to their magnitude on the Richter scale.  More

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