Here is my opinion on the matter:
WE are Penn State. WE-the students, the alumni, the fans. WE make up what Penn State is, what it will be and what it has been. WE do not support or represent what has happened in this scandal.
Ever since I was born, I was raised blue and white. What was I going to be when I was grown up? people would ask me. My answer: a penn state cheer leader. A friend of my sisters said "If you ever cut a Morton, he'll bleed Nittany blue." Yes, I am the only family member to have not attended, but you never found a bigger Penn State fan in Ohio.
Tradition: a word that comes to mind. Tailgating traditions, Blue Band traditions, family traditions, graduation traditions, pictures with the nittany lion statue, bar crawls, parties, 4-peat volleyball champions, family weekends at Berhend (and other branches)and yes-football traditions. But those traditions come from family and friends. Not from coaches. Not from the president of the college. Not from high ranking college officials. My Penn State traditions? Watching football games with my family. Buying everything and ANYTHING blue and white. Wearing Penn State nike shirts in the Columbus marathon. Listening to the Blue Band CDs. Wearing my blue and white to school on Friday. Will I hide my clothes? Will I stop wearing them? No. I have many friends who go there/went there. One of the greatest teachers i have ever known teaches there.
So, who is Penn State? Look at the thousands of alumni, the thousands of current students and the thousands of Penn State families. THEY are Penn State. WE are Penn State.
So, you have your opinion. I have mine. I do not support what happened and I am just as shocked as any one from the Penn State community. But I will ALWAYS love Penn State. It is my way of life.
Oh, by the way: I took a spin class today. It was beyond easy...but I have double rehearsal this week so I couldn't make it to my weekly sesh with Wendy. :(