University To Renovate Lasch Building Showers
Penn State has officially announced that they intend to renovate the Lasch building showers and locker rooms as soon as possible. There is no doubt as to the reasoning behind the future renovations, as university spokesman David La Torre said bluntly that this comes as a direct result of the child sexual abuse that took place in the building at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.
This is yet another step in the university’s process to move on from everything scandal-related. The four men blamed for their inaction in the recent Freeh report are no longer affiliated with Penn State. There is a new man at the helm of a football program that has been synonymous with “Joe Paterno” for decades. The downtown mural has undergone change after change over the past year.
And now, the very scene of some of the disgusting crimes that Jerry Sandusky committed will be turned into rubble and hauled out of State College. The most visual reminder of the “rhythmic slap, slap, slapping sounds” that Bob Costas described in an interview with Sandusky himself will be removed from what is supposed to be a Happy Valley.
The university will have to wait until legal proceedings involving the Sandusky case are completed before beginning the renovations. It is unclear whether that means it can be done after sentencing in a couple months, or if this is shelved through Sandusky’s appeals. But either way, this is a sensical move that is just another step in the healing process.
The question now becomes: what’s next? Will the iconic Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium — the bronze likeness of the coach leading his team onto the field — come down next? Whatever the next step may be, there’s no doubt that these coming Lasch shower renovations will not be the last change that will come to State College as a result of the scandal.