Police Seize Stolen Penn State Lives Here Banner

At long last, Penn State’s most dangerous fugitives have been brought to justice.

It took more than two years for the Mona Lisa to be returned to the Louvre, and without the diligent work of the campus police force, Penn State’s magnum opus might have surpassed that period of emptiness. Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham confirmed tips from several sources that the large Penn State Lives Here banner, stolen from the Sackett Building during winter break 2013, has been located by the police and returned to the university.

On 9/9/14, we recovered the banner from an apartment on Vairo Blvd,” Parham confirmed in an email. “Three students admitted stealing the banner. The banner was returned to the Penn State Landscaping Department.”

The banner, valued at $1,700, was just a small expense in the much-maligned marketing campaign that cost Penn State more than $800,000. Most ostensive reminders of the intellectually insulting campaign were wiped from campus last year (you can read our coverage here, here, here, here, here, and here), although the slogan did reappear briefly in a Penn State commercial this semester.

According to multiple sources, the thieves were tracked down after they bragged to too many people of their once-perfect crime and someone decided to tip off the police.

“All three students were referred to the Office of Student Conduct,” Parham said. “No criminal charges were filed.” Parham said that it was an “officer’s decision” not to criminally charge the culprits.


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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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