PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Joe Paterno Statue Removed

After weeks of debate, the statue is coming down.

A few Board of Trustees members refuted early reports on Friday, but now it’s confirmed. Early this morning, President Rodney Erickson ordered the Joe Paterno statue to be removed. In his statement, Erickson said that the statue will be removed and stored in a “secure location.” Full Statement here.

Crews and police set up a barricade around 6:30 a.m. this morning. About two dozen officers were stationed along Porter Road.

The Paterno statue has stood outside of Beaver Stadium since the fall of 2001. Earlier this week, the statue’s sculptor told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I would go along with any just decision that is made. Not only am I compelled to take the side of the victims, but I consider also the feeling of the kids who went there [to Penn State], who have such a high regard for State College.”

At 7:40 a.m., a forklift had been moved into place to remove the statue.

Video of crews working to remove the statue:

Jackhammers worked to unearth the statue for about 30 minutes. It was a very somber scene both when  the noise from the jackhammer drowned out conversation, and afterward, as a crowd of a few dozen stood to watch moving pads placed over the statue. A forklift raised its forks, and the crowd seemed to expect that the statue would have to be lifted up to move it from its place, but it wasn’t, and the lift simply pulled it away. One worker shouted, as it was being moved, “Watch its leg!” At approximately 8:20 am, the statue was completely removed from the ground. The Joe Paterno statue was then taken into Beaver Stadium. And just like that, it was gone.

(Photo via @djv5030)

The Paterno family also issued a statement later this morning, distressed at the statue’s removal.

A small photo album of this morning’s events can be found here.

About the Author

Ryan Beckler

Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.

Comments

More by Ryan

Kyle Chase Johnson Painted on Inspiration Mural

A week after 2012 Penn State graduate Kyle Chase Johnson tragically died while running the Pittsburgh half marathon, local muralist Michael Pilato painted his likeness on the Heister Street mural, a fitting tribute for a man who, by all accounts, was a quintessential Penn Stater.

Penn State and UCF Discussing 2014 Season Opener in Ireland

Senior Column: A Family Found

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions won’t play a single home match in September, electing to test themselves against teams like Stanford and Oregon early in the season.

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

Student Life

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Road And Utility Work Impacting Penn State This Summer

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Predicting Penn State’s 2018 Kickoff Times

As the Nittany Lions have ascended back into college football’s elite, they’ve taken the field at night more often in the past few years and avoided the dreaded early kickoff.

We Are Royalty: Meghan Markle Is A Penn State Fan

Penn State fans are everywhere, even in the British royal family.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Send this to a friend