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Wakeup Call: At Penn State, the statues are safe … little boys, not so much

Nov 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

Penn State Abuse AP

Students are guarding the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium at this hour, in case you were thinking of going over there to try and deface it. There were demonstrations last night, police in riot gear showed up … it all should have made Paterno a little nostalgic for the protest culture of the 1960s, when he first became the head football coach. Or it would have, if students were doing it right.

I offer these graphs from The Daily Collegian:

Protesters brought signs including one with the slogan “We Support the Lions,” another held aloft a framed sketch of Paterno. A life-size cutout of Penn State’s coach was held next to his bronze likeness.

Kyle Patterson (freshman-broadcast journalism) expressed satisfaction that students have shown their solidarity with Paterno, and have separated the Sandusky scandal with this year’s football team.

“There is a big football game this weekend, and we’re in the running for a Big Ten Championship,” Patterson said. “We are not going to let this bring us down.”

Wow.

Paterno just announced that he will retire at the end of this season. It’s still up in the air as to whether he’ll make it that far. But when he’s in the locker room during pre-game this Saturday, talking about honor and commitment and doing what’s right in the eyes of your teammates, your family and God above, I hope he uses air quotes when he uses certain phrases. Because they would sound hollow and pathetic coming from him otherwise.

Many college kids never seem to get this: Deifying a man is dangerous, because men have feet of clay. Especially, it seems, when they have their own statue.

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  1. rayburns - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    It’s obvious that Penn State, at least for some students, has failed in their mission to provide a quality education.

    If, for one moment, you think that one football game means more than the life and safety of a child, then your priorities in life are too skewed to be believed. I feel angry at people, like JoePa, who sat by and did nothing;but for these students, I feel nothing but sadness. I hope that their lives remain untouched by evil so they never really understand just how idiotic they sound…

    • micklethepickle - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      Did Joe Paterno molest those kids? How about all of the tens of thousands of Penn State students, were they the ones touching kids? Nope – just one FORMER employee of the school. People that did nothing about it have already been fired/arrested. So get off your high horse, shut up, and stop pretending like this is another 9/11. These students didn’t have anything to do with this scandal and so shouldn’t have to give up a huge part of their college experience because YOU’RE obsessed with child molestation and demand everyone else pay as much attention.

      Christ almighty, there are DUI’s all the time in the college town that I live in, but M.A.D.D. doesn’t come around and try and guilt trip students into not having any school pride. It’s terrible that the little boys were molested, nobody’s arguing with you. So come down off your cross, we need the lumber!

    • yournuts - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      rayburns, in a college environment JoePa did what he was supposed to do and that was to report it to his superiors. I think that there is much more to the story than meets the eyes and instead of ruining a reputation of a man that served his university for 46 years, we should see where this goes and what actually happened.
      We all have sadness for the students! Your statement saying that JoePa did nothing is wrong. Whether he did what you consider the right thing or not is not the issue. The issue is that he did report it to his superiors. The question is what did they do?

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    hu hu…..hu hu….hu….you said Beaver.