Hey everyone! So, it's been a little while, and it's pretty much all my fault. I fell off of BSD pretty hard after a long vacation and a strange semester. I almost feel the need to introduce myself. So, here it goes: Hi. I'm dwf5095 and I happened to be a Junior at Penn State when the sky fell on Happy Valley. It's a pleasure to (re)meet you, though I wish it had been under much better circumstances.
I haven't gone through all the posts from last week-- partially because I hadn't the heart, and partially because I was exhausted. But I feel pretty confident in the belief that you were all as heartbroken over the events of last week as those of us on campus are. I can't speak for all my peers, but I had a distinct sense of needed to do whatever we could-- I felt as if I had just been called to defend my home. Turns out I wasn't alone. I went out canning for an organization called Child Help (www.childhelpusa.org) before the game on Saturday and received no less than 20 high-fives (and one awesome fist pump from the cutest old woman I have ever seen) from students and alumni. The reactions and donations from Penn Staters on Saturday were beyond inspiring, and I can't wait to see those reactions again.
A group of my peers and I are in the process of forming an organization called One Heart ("May no act of ours bring shame to one heart that loves thy name") dedicated to the prevention and increased awareness of child abuse in our Penn State and greater Happy Valley communities. We plan on fundraising for charitable organizations and actively working to better the education concerning the sexual abuse of children in Happy Valley. We're on Facebook (One Heart: Penn State Students Against the Sexual Abuse of Children), Twitter (@OneHeartPSU), gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and have drafted a press release for the Collegian.
One Heart started off as a conversation between three friends and has turned into the obsession of eight students, some of whom had never met before certain events had brought us together last week. Friday night LaVar told us to make this week "the greatest story ever told." We're taking him at his word, and all eight of us are both dedicated and excited to fight in the name of our alma mater.
Though I haven't been around for a while, I do love BSD (it's a habit I'll never be able to entirely kick), and you all deserve to know that the students representing your school are moving forward. You've seen a lot of stupid people doing stupid stuff on TV lately, and I wanted to take a second to make sure you all know that the current Penn State students are better than how they're being represented. Now more than ever, we know who we are. We are Penn State, and that is something special. As I said earlier, I can't speak for all the students, but I promise that One Heart will do everything it can to make you even prouder to bleed blue and white.
Penn State forever.