Please read my entire rant, then you have the right to burn me.



“My Argument Concluded”


Our perception is that the media has warped the facts, but what can students and alumni do?
Many people may continue presuming that Penn Staters all think alike, but here's the surprise, We do not. We have different opinions on whether ‘Joe Pa is to blame or not?’ but there ARE people that do blame him. America says he is automatically to blame because he is a ‘God-like’ person at Penn State.

Should the statue stay up or not?
For America, yes the statue should be tore down immediately.
But for Penn State there is a surprising Yes and No.
I should admit there are more yeses than noes within Penn State, but there is still that difference in opinion within the Penn State community.




Opinionated

But try to understand from our side, We are those that feel he should not take all the blame. You don't have to agree and it's your freedom to do so. Just hear us out.

After the death of Joseph Paterno, it has seemed that blame on his behalf increased significantly. The truth is; a dead guy can't really defend himself. So WE, the others, try to stand in for him.


Paterno already ADMITTED that he regretted not doing more in action than he did.

Sadly, eternal silence had befallen him due to natural causes.
Could it be Karma? No one can really know.


The fact is, that our own Board of Trustees (Penn State) paid former FBI Agent, Louis Freeh, $6.5 million to do the investigation (The 267-Page Freeh Report). Several months into the investigation, Paterno dies. The question is, how come Freeh didn't investigate Paterno in person knowing of his failing health condition? Was Freeh going to wait until the end of the investigation to visit him? We will never know. It's our own Board of Trustees that bugs us. They paid Freeh quite a sum of money to do this investigation (not surprisingly, they also increase in/out-state tuition again).


As with any bad situation, anyone that is involved would want this over with right? I will contest to that (it affects me too), but none more than the Board of Trustees (BOT). Apparently this is their school.
By law, yes,
But by spirit, no. It’s ours.

Remember November 5th when news was released about Sandusky being arrested, blame was immediately put on Joe because of Football.
Then the Attorney General announced that “Joe is not the target of investigation” but Spanier, Schultz, and Curley THE very authority of Paterno, were put to blame. To make things right, the BOT immediately called to fire Paterno, denying him the ability to resign at the end of the season; but they allowed Spanier to graciously step down saving him the degrading action of ‘firing’. At the time, it was no secret that within Penn State Paterno clashed with the BOT and Spanier.
Let’s just say Paterno and Spanier did not high five each other on campus.

And now since Paterno's death, what's the quickest way to take the pressure off yourself? Blame the dead guy. A dead guy can't defend himself.

You can mark this as a Penn State Conspiracy Theory if you want, but remember there are also theories that mark our Government orchestrating 9/11 and a magic bullet killing JFK.

A friend once told me, "History is written by the victors.” But in this case, it is the survivors who will write the history for Penn State.


Could Paterno have tried to cover it up? We all don't exactly know.

Penn State is a dominating force in PA but remember we have several large, esteemed Universities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania i.e. Pitt, Penn, Temple, Drexel etc; so not all of PA will be unified in their thoughts and beliefs. Remember, as Americans we have the freedom to take sides. Some at Penn State side to leave the statue up, and others want to take it down. And some side that Joseph Paterno should not take all blame and others believe he does.

This situation has shamed all of us. We still suffer and mourn for what has happened. You may think that we don't feel as bad as you do, but we do. We feel even worst. Our school has been desecrated by Sandusky’s sins, and the fact remains that we are still powerless to change what has already happened. We never say it, but it’s always in the back of our minds, "I went to the school where little boys were raped." It hangs heavy in our hearts and stains our pride with a deep humiliation. But I can't let it shame me of all the good I have done and experienced in school, not just me, but the students and Alumni in general.

News media and general populations feel that Penn State students “don’t understand it” because we’re a cult blinded by our Prideful Blue and White.
But the thing is, the same thing can be said about any school. How many Alumni travel back to their Alma Mater and remember how much their University has improved them, how many great times they experienced, and how they still watch their University’s sports on TV. The same can go for any fan of National Sports like Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, etc. Remember, we too have an education just like you. Our knowledge may experience may vary from Art and Entertainment to Supply Chain Management to Quantum Physics, but we all basically the same morality that you do too.

Many in The Pennsylvania State University have spoken about our opinions and perspectives either for or against to all corners of life. I am one of them. For me, it is to my world that I will never be ashamed of, Gay.

Finally, for the Paterno Family

The Paterno family have recently announced they will be reading over the Freeh Report . But for how close Sue Paterno (Sue-Pa) was to Joe and how much she loved him, she is not Joe and cannot speak on his behalf. For some Penn State students and Alumni we have a very tough time believing the information from the Report. We have grown to have a distrust with Spanier and the BOT, I mean they have never been transparent with the Community.

Most at Penn State have seen past the “God-like” aura of Joe and saw him as a man who cared about Penn State…ALL of Penn State. Yes, he is known for Beaver Stadium and Penn State Football, but within Penn State We know him as the humble old man who lived in the same rancher with Sue for decades. WE know him as the emotional man who spoke at Penn State Dance marathon (THON) 2009. We know him as the giving man who supported THON all of his life, even after death. WE know him as the giving man when he donated million to build a library that ALL students could use. WE know him as the joyful man that would walk around campus smiling all of the time. But ultimately he was the Football Coach not an Administer.

This is why We have a hard time believing in the Freeh Report and BOT. There was talk of a 3rd party investigator who may come in to re-investigate the case. But ultimately there will always be one man’s voice that will never be heard. One man’s voice that cannot give their own side of the story, one man’s voice that cannot deny false allegations, one man’s voice that can ACTUALLY tell the truth.

JUST SEE FROM OUR PERSECTIVE, YOU CANNOT JUDGE PENN STATE IMMEDIATELY. REMEMBER WHY WE STAND UP FOR FALLEN JOE PA. WHY WE ARE UNABLE TO BELIEVE FREEH’S REPORT. WHY WE ARE PROUD PENN STATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNIS.

JUST PLEASE REMEMBER WHY SOME PENN STATERS STILL HAVE FAITH IN JOE PA BECAUSE WE KNOW HIM MORE THAN JUST FOOTBALL. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE PRIDE IN OUR UNIVERSITY, EVEN IN DARK TIMES. AND FINALLY PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE AS PENN STATERS REALIZE THAT PENN STATE ISN’T JUST FOOTBALL; IT IS OUR EDUCATION, IT IS OUR FUTURE, IT IS OUR PRIDE.


I'M PENN STATE, AND I'M STILL DAMN PROUD OF IT!!!


(Thank You Jesse for the help)