This Week in Activism: Sandusky Edition

After last night’s misguided riot rally, Penn State activists could use some organization. Here is a list of better ways to voice your opposition to the administration’s handling of the alleged Sandusky misconduct without all of the Zombie Nation and bouncing between Old Main and Beaver Canyon.

It has been rumored that the artist responsible for painting the mural on the Student Book Store on Heister will be protesting the deplorable morality of Jerry Sandusky by painting over his face in an attempt to write him out of the Penn State history books. The decision to remove Sandusky from the mural seems to be gaining popular support as a group of protesters is scheduled to gather at Heister at noon as a symbolic stance against the late coach’s alleged misconduct. I’m personally hoping they replace his head with something loosely based off of the butt face family from South Park.

Student groups and concerned individuals are being asked to gather on the steps of Old Main to discuss their personal reasons for demanding the resignation of Graham Spanier. Give Graham the Slam will be an opportunity for those demanding the resignation of our cowardly president to better educate themselves on why exactly Spanier’s time to step down has come. Knowledge is the best weapon against corruption. Arm yourselves, Penn State.

According to an official statement released by the Board of Trustees, they will be having their regularly scheduled meeting at 9am at the Nittany Lion Inn on north campus. Students have created a campaign to bring their grievances to the board in hopes of forcing those involved in the Sandusky scandal out of power. Penn State preaches honesty and integrity, however they’ve exemplified neither quality in light of the recent criminal allegations. This presence at the BOT meeting is a way to put pressure on administrators to uphold their ethical obligations and take action against all those involved in the Sandusky scandal. Students are urged to dress business casual and meet at Otto’s Cafe in the Kurn building at 8:15am for debriefing. There is also a subsequent protest planned for outside of the BOT meeting through out the day’s deliberations.

In all of the media buzz, it seems that many have lost sight of who is really being affected by the current scandal–the kids. Friday night at 9:30pm on Old Main Lawn there is a scheduled candle light vigil for the victims of Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse. This will be a great way for students to stand in solidarity with the children and families at the brunt of this firestorm. Put down the protest signs and come express your condolences. If you can dance for 46 hours, you can give these kids your sympathy.

There are many forms of student activism scheduled for Saturday’s Nebraska game. There is a call for a student “blue-out” as a way to stand up against child abuse. There is a movement to ensure that everyone is on their feet and singing during the playing of Penn State’s alma mater. There is an attempt to get a 5 minute long “we are” chant going as the tail gate stragglers stumble in before the game. There is even a call to storm Beaver Avenue in mass protest if after we take the win in support of Joe Paterno. The last home game of the season is looking extra special this year with tons of student support being thrown behind the university by assorted student movements. I guess some people just aren’t content with the wave.

However, not everyone is sporting their school pride at Saturday’s game. The homophobic hate-preachers of the Westboro Baptist Church are planning to picket outside of Beaver Stadium from 10am until kick-off. The bastards behind the “God Hates Fags” campaign are supposedly accusing Penn State of  taking “the playbook of the Catholics.” According to the derelict radicals, Sandusky’s alleged misconduct has not only screwed up the university’s partnership with the big guy upstairs, we have aided in the damnation of America with giant parties and classes dedicated to teaching sin. If these self-righteous assholes decided to preach to the wrong drunk Penn Stater, I’m afraid there may be hell to pay.

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