Now. My real post.
We are Penn State. We are the people who are sickened by this terrible chain of events, cover ups and deplorable behavior by people who were in positions to protect children. We are the fans, who for years have stood behind Joe Paterno and his methods. We are the fans who are broken hearted to see the grandfather of collegiate football be forced out but understand why it is necessary and good. We are the alumni, the families, the community that wants all who could have stopped this long ago to get what is due to them. We are Penn State. We are the majority who sat at home last night and cried tears of anguish and disappointment, watching the current students riot and destroy our beloved Happy Valley. Images of Old Main, the Lion Shrine, Beaver Stadium flashed through our minds as the news chose only to show the negative, awful images Penn State students are showing to the world right now. We are Penn State, the people who prayed for the victims the minute the news broke, immediately denounced Sandusky regardless of what he "contributed" to our football program. No contributions could ever out weight the immense harm he has caused. We are Penn State.
We have always been Penn State. We have a rich history, rife with pageantry and pomp. We have traditions and values that other universities envy. We have been the standard by which others have been measured for years. We hail the Nittany Lion, regal, true and swift. Our colors are bold, navy and white. Regal navy and pure white. We are intellectuals, financiers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists, musicians. We are known around the world for our contributions to society. When a job candidate presents a degree from Penn State, it means something. We are volleyball champions, elite gymnasts, golf professionals, soccer stars. We dominate the field in so many sports. We are so much more than football. Our buildings stand tall and proud, our campus sprawling and growing. We are aged, tried and true. We are beautiful. We are Penn State.
Now we are hurting. We are cut to our very core. We are Penn State, but we are vulnerable. But we will make an example of our selves. We will show the world that we will cut off the poison branches and grow strong, healthy branches in return. We are strong in our broken places. We are on our way to become a better, more pure version of Penn State. We are moving swiftly, making strides and attempting to right any wrongs we can. We know we did wrong. As a strong, upstanding community, we will do the honorable thing and fix this to the best of our ability. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. We know better now and we will come back.
We are Penn State. Like a phoenix, we will rise. We will redefine what it means to be Penn State. We will stand up for honesty, integrity and the good in this world. We will start anew and being a new era. A stronger era, a better era, an era of which we can be proud. We are standing on the precipice of history. We will chose what comes next and by God, we will chose the right path.
Stand up, Penn State. Stand up and let the world know that the real Penn State, the Nittany Lions from coast to coast and around the world, who believe in the good that remains in our dear old PSU. Stand up, Penn State and shout at the top of your lungs. WE ARE PENN STATE. We are sorry. We are forever sorry that these things occurred and we are going to right this wrong to the best of our abilities. Yell. Scream. Refute the nastiness that is circulating. Show the world that Penn State Pride is so much more than what it's being portrayed to be. Stand up, Penn State. Stand up and be counted.
This is our time, Penn State. This is our time to redefine what it means to be Penn State. What we are from now on is our own responsibility. We have a clean slate to write upon our own future. We must take this opportunity for all it is worth and become the absolute best version of ourselves. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard. We owe it to the poor children whose innocence was ripped away. We owe it to the families, we owe it to the world. We need to seize this moment and make it matter. We only have once chance to get this right. This is it. This is our time. This is our hour. Make it one to be proud of.
We are Penn State. The true Penn State. The real, the heart of Penn State. And we will always be.