PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Paterno Win Rally Will Include Huge 409 Sign For Mark Emmert

This weekend’s rally to restore Joe Paterno’s vacated wins will include a lifesized, signable “409,” and will be followed by a presentation of said 409 to NCAA President Mark Emmert in Indianapolis. Yep.

The Honor Joe – Restore the Wins Rally will take place this Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 outside of the Student Book Store. The event’s goal is “to raise awareness about Paterno and the victories,” according to Eric Porterfield, Director and Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming film, The People’s Joe.

Supporters can stop by the Student Book Store and sign a 7-foot tall “409” (see image above) between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Petitioners will also receive an “I signed the 409” sticker to showcase their support. Many distinguished guests will attend and sign the “409,” including former football players and coaches, Board of Trustees members, and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris.

More than 20 satellite locations will be participating all over the country as well. At these locations, ranging from Arizona to Florida, supporters can attend and sign petitions to restore the wins. These satellite events were made possible primarily through local alumni associations looking to help support the cause. The Florida site, for instance, is planning for over 800 people.

The event has also garnered attention with major news outlets including ESPN, Fox, and ABC Sports (you may have seen the ad spots running during last weekend’s slate of college football games). Regarding all the publicity the event has gathered in recent weeks, Harry Levant, of the Porterfield Group said, “The event seems to speak for itself. Once we put it out there, people just started coming to us.”

After the event, representatives of peoplesjoe.com will collect all the banners and posters from the satellite sites and attach them to the large “409.” They plan to drive to the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis and present it to President Emmert, along with a formal request to restore Paterno’s 409 wins. Emmert will also receive a copy of The People’s Joe film.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Rahi Nigam

Rahi is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Spanish. In his free time he can be found trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix or sleeping. Breaking Bad changed his life but so did Canyon Pizza. He’s also too hip to be hipster.

Comments

Other posts by Rahi

START Conference Hosts Diversity Writing Contest

Originating in 1999, “Striving Toward Awareness & Respect for Tomorrow” (START) is an annual one-day conference that gives participants a better understanding of diversity in the business world today. A major part of the conference is a writing contest with a $1,500 prize.

Freshman 101: Surviving Canning in the Cold

Send Us Your Favorite RA Stories

Penn State Ends Classes Early Thursday Due To Snow

With a winter storm watch in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, State College is expected to receive 4-6 inches of snow and some ice accumulation.

What To Do In Pittsburgh Over Thanksgiving Break

If you’re heading back home to the Steel City next week, be sure to check out some of these events and attractions.

Send this to a friend