In Defense of Andrew Bergstein
When the Penn State story broke in 2011, most of us said it was a rush to judgment; that, “if you knew JoePa the way we knew JoePa, you’d understand how we feel too.”
After seeing the video of Professor Bergstein surface this past week, I couldn’t help but go back to 2011. This time it’s me and a few others saying, “If you knew Professor Bergstein the way we knew Professor Bergstein, you’d understand how we feel too.”
Do unto others, as you want done onto yourself. If we, as a community, show the predisposition to acting a certain way towards certain events, how can we get mad when the general public does the same?
I’ll keep this short. We are all Penn Staters. We are one of the most resilient student bodies in the country. Why you ask? Because we were judged relentlessly for something that was completely out of our control and we rose above it. Now I see someone being judged relentlessly for something that I believe was completely out his control. I’ve learned my lesson… have you?
When I watch that video, I see a man that needs help. I see a man that needs support. I see a man that has suffered loss and needs a friend. What do you see?
We go to college to learn, to grow, to make friends, and most importantly, learn to think critically. Treating this video as shock journalism accomplishes none of those things. I hope this article inspires you to think more critically about any situation and maybe reach out to help someone in need rather than laughing at them. Who knows, maybe that will be you someday…
Thanks to Onward State for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
(Let me be clear: the video is incredibly sad and difficult to watch and not the Professor that I know. You can judge him however you want, but know this, he was truly a great person who cared about his students.)