To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
I think the students who are protesting are just mad because the football team might lose the game this weekend. They are showing a total lack of class and a lack of perspective.
I'm a little confused why everyone is focused on the 2002 incident. It was terrible, but the problem was begun much earlier.
Take yourself back to 1999. Jerry Sandusky, longtime heir apparent to Paterno, retires from the Penn State staff at the age of 55. It was very unexpected at the time. Now we find out:
1998 - There are allegations of sexual abuse against minors which the university investigates.
1999 - Sandusky retires. Does anyone think it was not a forced retirement because of the investigation at this point? Why was the whole thing dealt with in such a "brush under the rug" fashion? Why was the decision made to *not* pursue the matter criminally by the appropriate authorities.
Yet Sandusky was allowed to have access to the university and its facilities for years leading up to 2002. In light of the presumably forced retirement, the 2002 incident should have been a catalyst to strong action by the university - including an aggressive pursuit of criminal charges.
See NPR's report on the timeline, which only makes things look worse.
The Penn State Child Abuse Scandal: A Guide And Timeline : NPR
Someone said we don't need a mob mentality when angry at Paterno for basically looking the other way and choosing a friend over a child in need. But the real question comes down to this. Is it better to have a mob mentality over the internet and just express your feelings or have this........which is in support of Paterno.
Penn State Riot WTAJ Truck Tipping 11/9/2011 - YouTube
It's classless and makes the university look as dumb as the Wallstreet Protesters pooping on cop cars and pissing in bank lobbies.
Past Quotes from Joe Paterno:
"You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional"
"Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things"
"Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it"
"The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner"
If you think that I am way off base...about what specifically b/c I have written a lot here about this? Have you even read my post. I don't think so.
The students feel as if a great injustice has been done. JoePa they feel was made a scapegoat. He has done 61 years of service tot he school. He built a 139,000 square foot library partly with his own money. Kids know that & remember that. The media seem bent on destroying his entire legacy over this. Hence some of them over turned a TV Van. Others were screaming at the CNN reporters to get out of town.
You didn't grow up there Vais. You didnt go to school so for you the issues are black & white but guess what...they are not.
On the flip side I have to agree that from a business perspective the school have to clear house right or wrong. Letting JoePa go was the right choice. 2 former PSU wrestlers NCAA AA Dave Joynert & Ira Lubert are on the BOT. Its vote was unanimous. I hate it but thats what one mistake can do when it is a very large mistake.