"All things considered, I’m cautiously optimistic that the Herlocher’s local purchase of the Foster Building will achieve some degree of good conservation, although it’s a tragedy for the distinctiveness of State College to lose the Skeller in the process."
"After the death of Timothy Piazza, I was amazed at the number of older people so ready to condemn kids aged 18-22 for their negligence. I was amazed not because I condoned their negligence, but because I wondered what other than blame-shifting and poor behavior we could expect from the kids in an environment where they receive no meaningful ethical or moral instruction — or more importantly, actual modeled moral behavior."
We possess an incredibly rich history, thick with the vision and strength of countless men and women who've helped build Penn State into what it has become. But aside from Joe and Sue Paterno (and maybe George Atherton) I doubt most could name the most significant figures in our creation or development. Let alone the personalities of our best cultural values or local folklore.
Hiking Mount Nittany is atop every Penn Stater's bucket list for a reason.
Those who live in the shadow of Mount Nittany tend to know that physical place still matters, and that McClay and McAllister are right to defend special places as provocatively as they do — as spaces where “public virtues” are cultivated and American character is molded and shaped for the future.
As time moves forward, and the next chapters in our story are authored, Penn Staters for responsible stewardship can redeem our culture by embracing a paradoxical truth—the University is each of us within the Penn State family. We don't need the approval or consent of an unwilling Board of Trustees or administration to ensure our history and values live on.
We simply need to remember our history and our values, and live on.