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New Joe Paterno Statue Planned For State College

by Greg Smith | Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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After the Jerry Sandusky scandal that Joe Paterno did or did not know about depending on who you believe, Paterno’s statue was removed from in front of the football stadium and placed into storage for an undetermined amount of time. Now there is a report out from onwardstate.com that there is a new statue being planned for downtown State College:

“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the organizers of the project, said. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”

“There’s a culture of people in State College that clearly appreciates what Joe has done,” Sebastianelli said. “Our alumni always want to know how we will honor him. This is something we can do for State College while getting Penn Staters from around the country involved. This has nothing to do with university. We are doing this on our own.”

There is a reason I have this line in bold in the quote: It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.” When Mark Emmert handed down the initial punishment for Penn State that he later backed down on like a coward, he basically wanted to tear down the football culture at Penn State. This is exactly what he and others meant about their culture that allowed a man to sexually assault boys.

Now, on the flip side this is a private business using their own money (along with alumni donations as noted above) so they can do what they want. However, when Penn State people get defensive remember that this is what we were all talking about when you punishments were initially handed down. Have they learned anything from this whole scandal or are we back to business as usual?

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  1. Bea says:

    Your post has infuriated me all over again. Joe Paterno has done more for the University and State College outside of being a football coach. Regardless of what you believe about whether he knew about the crimes Jerry Sandusky committed or not, that does not remove all of the other things Joe has done to impact students and other members of the Penn State community and State College as whole. Just because a football coach is all you know Joe to be does not mean that is all he was. As a student who attends Penn State currently, I have a first hand account on what Penn State was like pre- and post- November 2011. In your bashing of Penn State and Joe Paterno, you forgot to bash the real monster-Jerry Sandusky. You forgot to acknowledge and hope for healing for his victims. You forgot the numerous student athletes the NCAA sanctions impacted though they didn’t commit a single crime. I know first hand, what Joe Paterno has done for Penn State and State College. Allow us to remember and acknowledge him for what he has done, without forgetting November 2011 and the heinous crimes that were committed prior. November 2011 doesn’t define us, Jerry Sandusky doesn’t define us either.We STILL are….PENN STATE! So before you talk about our “culture”, examine it fully. And you’ll really see what Penn Staters are made of.

    Signed,

    A Penn State Senior

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