Rally For Resignations 2.0 Draws Disappointing Crowd
For the second time this year, a crowd of alumni gathered on gameday to voice their displeasure with the current Penn State Board of Trustees in an event that they have deemed the Rally for Resignations 2.0. Anthony Lubrano, the newest member of the board, was again in attendance at the event on Saturday afternoon and spoke to the crowd of approximately 150 alumni.
The rally opened with a brief recap of the past year or so from Eileen Morgan, one of the enraged alumni present on the Intramural Building’s lawn at 2 p.m. before the football game. Morgan went through a laundry list of events, from the firing of Joe Paterno to the Freeh Report to the NCAA sanctions before handing off the microphone to Larry Schultz, a class of 1980 alumni that also spoke at last month’s rally.
Schultz began by asking the crowd if any trustee knew of the incidents in 1998 or 2001, adding that, “We want answers. We want the truth.” He discussed the phrase “move on,” something that Penn State has been trying to do for most of the past year. He said the “term was purchased — two words — at a very high price word,” a dig at the public relations nightmare that many alumni have criticized.
Schultz said that the alumni have been “bluffed by Louis Freeh. We’ve been bluffed by Emmert. I don’t take advice from bunglers. I have a two-word slogan of my own for the Board of Trustees — get out.” He then rhetorically asked the crowd, “What can we do?” But one attendee shouted out an answer: “Call Tom Corbett every morning like I do!” Valuable use of your time, sir.
Schultz called for alumni to take advantage of the election for a new attorney general, pointing out that the Democratic candidate — Kathleen Kane — has said that she will review the original investigation of Jerry Sandusky. He suggested a new motto for alumni to use: “I’m Penn State and I vote.” It’s certainly catchy at the very least.
Before handing off the microphone to the event’s organizer — David Mullalley — Schultz offered a quick anecdote as a metaphor to the Penn State situation. He said that he recently mowed his wallet, destroying his money and credits cards. Schultz got a new wallet and taped his bills back together. He explained, “I didn’t move on. I fixed it.”
And next up was David Mullally, a Penn State alumnus and the organizer of the Rally For Resignations. Mullally discussed the importance of the next Board of Trustees election next spring. He also explained that he will be putting together a “virtual escrow program”, essentially compiling a list of the amounts that alumni will choose not to donate this year because of what they deem to be failures by Penn State’s leadership.
“You say that you love and care for Penn State. Prove it,” said Mullally. “The Board has lost the trust of many alumni, but the university is too strong and essentially healthy to be permanently crippled. It will heal despite the trustees. We do need to move on, but we need to move on with you.”
And finally came the event’s keynote speaker — newly elected trustee Anthony Lubrano, who also attended the first Rally for Resignations. Lubrano started with a brief speech, discussing a conversation that he had with Attorney General candidate Kathleen Kane, who he said promised to “immediately and thoroughly review the Sandusky investigation”.
“You have all of the power,” Lubrano told the disappointingly small crowd. “You just don’t know it. There are 600,000 of us. You just have to figure out how to use that power. It’s time to be engaged in the business of Penn State. [The trustees] can’t just show up for the six annual meetings.”
He added that he has been in conversation with Harrisburg legislators about reforming the structure of the Board of Trustees before moving on to the question-and-answer session.
While Lubrano tried his best to answer questions, he was unable to go into detail for the majority of the alumni inquiries. He could not give an in-depth answer about the victim payments, but told the crowd that they’re “being heard. Believe, me you are absolutely being heard. Make no bones about it, because I hear about it all the time.”
Before wrapping up, Lubrano added that the alumni all know how he feels about Mark Emmert. “The term sanctimonious hypocrite comes to mind, and I’ll leave it at that,” he said.
The Rally For Resignations lasted for just 45 minutes and drew a much smaller crowd than their first rally a month ago, which was highlighted by Franco Harris alongside his infamous Joe Paterno cutout.
Perhaps people were more concerned with the game.