THON announced that Canning Weekend #4 will occur the weekend of February 3-5, a week earlier than originally scheduled. The decision was made to "give more students, such as dancers and Committee Members, the opportunity to participate if they so choose," according to the release from THON.
Joe was ready. He died surrounded by his loved ones and his family. He left knowing he had finished everything that he had ever started. We were never truly alone while he was living, and we certainly aren't alone now. He made all of it possible and he left us to continue the tradition of excellence he bestowed upon our school. And that is what should give us the most comfort, the most solace, on a day like today.
Joe Paterno was someone we all had in common here at Penn State. Here's how I found out about the legendary coach.
He's gone now, but Joe Paterno's impact on this world may never fully be realized. One day, my kids will have Joe Paterno to thank for being a part of making them who they are -- because he will always be a part of me. People will debate his legacy for the rest of time, but I know the real heart of Joe Paterno.
Thank you Coach. I will forever be in your debt.
We all knew this day would come, as it will for all of us, and we knew that day seemed near as Coach Paterno's cancer and subsequent treatments appeared in the news. Yet, none of us truly know how to react to the loss of a man whose impact we cannot measure, a man that we knew so well yet barely knew at all.