Friday, November 11, 2011


With the recent events that have been happening at my beloved alma mater, there have been lots of debates going on.  Facebook has become a dangerous place.  There are many people who already didn't like Penn State and just don't get why we love it so much.  It's easy for those people to make nasty comments and look down on us.  The few hundred idiot students who rioted and caused damage on campus after the announcement that JoePa had been fired didn't help matters.

I have been very emotional that last few days.  Seeing the hurt that is coming out of this breaks my heart.    My heart hurts for those victims - and all other victims of sexual abuse.

To the people who don't understand how we feel:

We are…Sad.
We are…Grieving with the families and the victims.
We are…Broken hearted.
We are…Trying to make sense of things.
We are…Confused.
We are...angry that innocents would be violated under our care.
We are...demanding change to a system that would allow this.

We are... Over 500,000 living alumni strong
We are... Over 90,000 current students strong
We are…Ranked among the top 15 public universities nationally.
We are…The largest student-run philanthropy in the world that has raised over $78 Million dollars for pediatric cancer research
We are...Over 8,500 top ranked faculty.
We are…Hard working student athletes in many sports with NO connection to former events.

We are…More than a few university officials and a few athletic department members.

We support of appropriate punishment for every person involved.

We are…More than this scandal.

We are...not concerned if you do not understand our love and devotion.

WE ARE...PENN STATE proud and we will rise again.

We are also showing what it really means to be a Penn Stater and doing what we can to raise money for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).  I am proud to see that as of right now (at 10:30 AM) we have raised $72,873 - and this is just since yesterday afternoon.  I know it doesn't make up for the heinous acts that were perpetrated against those boys, but if it can help them and other survivors then at least a little good can come from this.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you. I don't understand why people can't separate the students and alumni who are trying to do good and keep their heads up from the people who are defending those responsible. You can be proud of your school and the community's response and still disgusted by the acts and the cover ups of a few individuals.