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Penn State's Nittany Lion shrine closing for makeover

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:39 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State's iconic Nittany Lion shrine will be closed for renovations after graduation ceremonies in May.

The university announced Tuesday that access to the shrine will be closed so construction can begin May 6. The project will include new landscaping and improvements to access and lighting; work is expected to be done by the first week of September.

School officials say the shrine will be accessible from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 for summer graduation photos.

The much-photographed statue of the school's mascot is a gift of the class of 1940; the class of 2012 voted to improve the shrine as its senior gift. The work was approved by the university last year.

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