We (still) are…

To say I’m saddened by the events occurring at my alma mater right now would be a total understatement.  To think of all of the children violated by a sexual abuser makes me sick to my stomach.  The opinions of Penn Staters, non-Penn Staters and everyone with access to a social media outlet are neither here, nor there.  I’ve never used this blog to force my opinion of current events on others, and I’m not going to start today. 

I’m not sure if I should admit that I woke up at 3am and cried in my bed, by myself, when I read that Joe Paterno had been fired.   I wasn’t just crying for Joe, but for the children of the crimes, and the University I’ve always looked so highly upon.  The Nittany Lion may have been our athletic teams’ mascot, but Joe Paterno was the face of Penn State.  This man was like a grandfather figure to every student who walked that campus.  I expected him to die on his football field.   With honor.

Feeling I owe a large part of who I’ve become to Penn State, makes me sadder to see the leaders I’ve grown with being a part of such a heinous crime and cover-up.  I pray for the innocent children and their families, as well as for the people involved who felt they did the right thing.  I also pray this serves as a lesson to us all.  Most of these crimes are not as high-profile, but  the institution of Penn State being what it is, and the football staff being who they are, gives the nation an opportunity to see the hurt and turmoil that is caused by child abuse.   This case gives us an opportunity to ban together, not just as Penn Staters, but as a nation, and fight for the children who often can’t fight for themselves.  As hard as it may be, I hope we can find the good in this… the good being our realization of the need for change. 

For those of us who bleed blue and white, stand strong and proud.  What we have done, and will do, as a university for the good of others will show our true colors.   Let’s focus our efforts on THON and the thousands of families we help overcome childhood cancer.   Let’s focus on standing up for a cause we believe in.  The strength in numbers will never allow us fail. 



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Stein
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 11:08:11

    thanks court…you brought tears to my eyes!


    • Yudeca
      Nov 10, 2011 @ 12:19:42

      Wow Courtney! This comment wasabout so moving. Penn State is not my alma mater but I definitely feel the pain, I think everyone feels the pain. I hope the best for those kids as well as for Joe Paterno.


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