February 16, 2013 at 2:49 AM
Evildoers will have a difficult time completing any diabolical schemes at THON – the stands are filled with superheroes. Everyone from the Avengers to the Power Rangers can be seen in the stands tonight.
Meeten Doshi, also known by his superhero alias Batman, is a member of the Blue and White Society and came with a league of other superheroes, including Robin, Iron Man and Captain America.
Doshi said that idea to for the Blue and White members to don capes and cowls was an impromptu decision in keeping with the over-the-top atmosphere at THON.
Spiderman, also known as Penn State Fayette student Nick Tewell, came with several other superhero friends, and has run into several other Spidermen.
Tewell (senior-criminal justice) has been coming to THON for the past for four years, but only decided to come in costume for the first time this year.
“It was a great idea. I’ve already had so many pictures and interviews,” Tewell said.
Much like THON itself, the decision to come dressed as superheroes is for the kids, Tewell and Doshi said. Tewell said children have approached him all night asking for pictures with Spiderman.
“Kids love Batman,” Doshi said. “This was for them.”
Costumes other than masked crime-fighters are also popular, including Chirs Bracht – a senior dressed as a giant squirrel complete with inflatable tail as homage to the squirrels near the Willard building.
Kyle Owens of Phi Kappa Sigma is carrying on a fraternity tradition by coming to THON dressed as giant frog. The frog has been worn to THON by a frat member for the past four years.
Owens (sophomore-immunology and infectious disease) said he’s worn the frog for the past two years, but will likely pass the costume onto a new member next year.