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Penn State Students #OccupyOldMain

For several weeks, one half of the first floor of the HUB has remained under the control of the Occupy Penn State movement. However, for the angry collective that wants all of their comfy chairs back, no longer fret, for the occupiers are leaving the HUB this Monday.

No, they have not admitted defeat. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Occupy Penn State is turning up the burners and making the move to Old Main Lawn. And they want YOU! They released this statement:

We the students of Occupy Penn State are reaching out to your organization while making our plans to occupy Old Main. We understand that we lost a lot of momentum after our first week as a result of not taking direct action. But given recent developments, we decided that now was the time to change that. We need your help to make this new occupation a success. On Monday, we plan on moving to Old Main, but this will not work without the support of student organizations across Penn State. We don’t have any delusions of making any tangible change during our week-long occupation; however, we plan on making a statement that the administration will never forget. Over the past week, it has become increasingly clear that there is corruption at the highest levels of our University’s administration. We demand transparency if we are to continue Penn State’s tradition of being one of the most well respected public universities in the nation. Next week, the lawn of Old Main will be taken over by outraged students. Because we recognize that not all organizations want to fall under the blanket of Occupy Penn State, we hope to set up a week long village, with space for all clubs to represent themselves individually. Hopefully you will use this opportunity to reach out to students across the campus. In addition to club events and presentations, daily events are being planned, such as teach-ins, rallies, dialogues, performances, and vigils. We’re asking you to join us to show the administration that the students at this university will no longer ignore the blatant disregard for not only our interests, but those of the university’s as a whole.

Will your organization join us at Occupy Old Main?

We hope to hear from you by Wednesday at 5:00 pm.

Same people, new location. Big deal, right? However, in light of recent events, has the occupiers’ call for change gained some credibility? We, the students, certainly aren’t pleased by not only the existence of this scandal, but by how our administration has handled the situation since it came into the light.

Students are already congregating at Old Main, demanding answers for the cancellation of Joe Paterno’s presser. Is this the moment when we all come together and re-lay the foundations that have, for so long, held this institution so high?

What say you? WHAT SAY YOU?!

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Ryan Kristobak

Hailing from Lebanon, PA, I am a senior majoring in print journalism. Things I enjoy include lovesacs, denim, mullets, Fight Milk, Jonny Moseley, and "hang in there" kitten posters. Things that bother me include "fun" sized candy bars (not fun), fish, shoobies, wet door knobs, baby leashes, and Jake Lloyd.


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