Penn State is not an educational institution. It's a sport club with a very large bar attached to it. At least, that's my impression of the undergraduate program there. While I was there, I saw a bevy of disturbing things occur with no intent on discipline. For example, a group of men (frat boys) at an LGBT event that decided to heckle the speakers. Students showing up to AFTERNOON classes piss drunk. Men (Again Frat Boys) chanting "No means yes, take of your dress" at a TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY. One night, while walking home, I saw a car pull over on the side of the road and drop a drunk girl out the side. While I was there two friends of mine were raped and another had a drunk intruder fall asleep in her bathtub. At last, but certainly not least, there were three riots that year totally into the hundreds of thousands in damages to the town. People will argue that this stuff happens everywhere. My undergraduate university was in a major metropolitan area and I was there for 5 years and I never heard of anything remotely this disturbing. Football was and still is sacred at Penn State. It was always an excuse for the undergrads to party. I remember getting asked if class could be let out early for a football game happening two days later.
|The statue of, the once untouchable, Joe Paterno being removed from Pennsylvania State University|
A great deal of my friends say that these sanctions punish the wrong people. It's not the students fault blah blah blah.
It is the students fault. They allowed it to happen by raising the football program so high no one can touch it. They may not have known it was happening, but they never bothered to question anything the football program did. Even after Sandusky was arrested, they rioted. Not over the disgusting incident at the heart of the whole matter, but because their precious cult of football was to blame for it. The bigwigs have all been punished. Their careers are ruined, their pensions scrapped, some are still facing jail time. Now the culture needs to be changed at Penn State. Take the focus away from sports and put it back on education. Oh yes, you may not know this, but there is actually a pretty good academic university attached to that football program. The students shouldn't think about this as a punishment, it's a gift. It could be worse, much worse. Now, they have the opportunity to take the university back and hold it accountable for allowing a football economy to run their affairs. The students should band together, not in pride, but in shame, and allow that shame to provide them with an ounce of retrospect. Take a look at the past, take a look at the future and decide what is most important.