I'm a longtime reader, first time writer but like many of you- alums and fans alike- I just don't know how to come to terms with what has happened. But what has been on repeat in the back of mind since the scandal broke and we've learned of a decade long cover up (more or less) are the eloquent words that end the Penn State alma mater:
May no act of ours bring shame, to one's heart that loves thy name
It is sung (when people actually know the God Damn'ed words) as a pledge by students and alumnae to uphold the honor and the integrity of the institution. Well, what happens when the institution let's us down? What happens when that principle is violated by the men who run the University? My feeling is that it is incumbent on us, the students and alums, to reclaim it. I don't know how to express my displeasure to the University, it's executives, it's coaches, and it's Board of Trustees other than to remind them of their duty to the school. Maybe this line needs to be printed on 100,000 t-shirts for Saturday's game. Maybe people should turn their backs on Graham Spanier when he walks out on the field for Senior Day. I'm at a loss. But what I do know is that this situation should not be taken out on this team (no boycotts please, the Seniors deserve a packed and passionate stadium). We just need our school to hold itself up to what generations of students and alums have pledged before each home game.