With the upcoming Blue Out this weekend against Temple, Happy Valley should be just that — happy. It should be one university coming together to stand against child abuse.
Unfortunately, it’s beginning to represent the growing disconnect between the students and alumni. Many students appear ready to move on from the scandal; many alumni, on the other hand, are unwilling to move on until evidence exonerating Joe Paterno and Penn State as a whole is made light of. Some alumni have even declared that they will not wear blue this weekend just because it represents the school moving on without getting any “due process.”
Here are a few comments from the Onward State Facebook page (and these are only a few of the many):
Jane Haller Miller: I will still proudly wear my JOE KNOWS FOOTBALL shirt on Saturday at the game.
Karen Rhodes: Where are the other 44 comments?!!! CENSORSHIP!!! I am sick and tired of attention being given to abuse awareness. Where was all the abuse awareness when I was being abused back in the day?!! Time to get beyond the blue ribbons and all other symbols of abuse. I for one refuse to wear anything resembling a scarlett letter, because I am not guilty of any of it. ENOUGH already!!!!
Beth Jeziorski: Wearing a shirt does not support anything — it makes those on the bandwagon feel better about themselves, and makes the seller a profit. I intent to wear a white shirt — that I already have.
Caroline Rouen Dixon: wear white!!!!! (I still support McLanahan’s, just not the Blue out)
John Barnes: Wear white. I’m over the Erickson apology tour.
Have you people lost your mind? I’m ashamed to be associated with alumni like these people.
Avoiding the Blue Out is taking it too far, even for the most adamant Board of Trustees and Erickson protestors. There’s no beating around the bush with this one. In no way, shape, or form should Penn Staters be more concerned about the perceived wrongdoings of the administration and NCAA than preventing child abuse.
Listen, we know you’re upset and think that this is all just a ploy by the administration to admit blame and deflect attention. However, for the love that all that is holy, don’t be “that guy” showing up to the game this Saturday in white. The Blue Out is a good cause; the least you could do is support it. So put away your pride, wear blue this weekend, and don’t be stupid. Nothing should be more important than preventing child abuse — Penn State or anywhere.