Thursday, November 10, 2011
We are… sad.
We are… grieving with the families and the victims.
We are… brokenhearted.
We are… trying to make sense of things.
We are… confused.
We are… over 94,000 students strong.
We are… ranked among the top 15 public universities.
We are… the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
We are... over 8,500 top-ranked faculty.
We are… hard working student athletes in many sporting events with NO connection to former events.
We are… more than 2 university officials and 2 athletic department members.
We are… more than this scandal.
WE ARE PENN STATE. We have always been more than just a football team.
As a graduate of Penn State University, I can't even begin to express my heartache at what has occurred. I feel sadness, disgust, betrayal, outrage, and so much more. However, despite everything, I am still a Penn Stater. With so much attention being paid to the horrific things that have happened (and rightly so!), I worry that people will forget that Penn State is more -- much more -- than these incidents. There are so many good people out there who are affiliated with this university who "do the right thing" every single day of their lives.
My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families, and I can't even begin to understand the pain that they are feeling. I hope that they find some sense of comfort in knowing that so many people are praying for them.