I feel for those who have given their lives to making the university a great place only to have the name tarnished in this way and it sucks for the current students and athletes, but what was the alternative?
I have an opinion, as a student at Penn State, that has gone unrepresented in the media coverage of students' reactions to the sanctions.
I agree with the NCAA's disciplinary decisions and would have supported even harsher penalties against Penn State. The NCAA's actions against Penn State send a clear signal and an important one.
For those who lead, teach, and work at colleges and universities, there are some lessons that we can learn from this difficult chapter in American higher education.
If lasting reform is to be implemented, Penn State will have to reign in the football culture itself. A daunting challenge, no doubt, but there are ways to do it.
In the old days (the last Olympics) the details of the Opening Ceremony would be a surprise. But with thousands of performers, each with a cellphone and Twitter account, nothing is secret any more.
No one dared cross Paterno -- no one, be he the president of Penn State, the athletic director, the head of security, members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or even the Governor!
The NCAA has sacked Penn State's football program, throwing it for a serious loss. I think it might be the best thing to happen to the school in years.
The impact of immoral behavior is huge. This sad situation is an illustration of why living according to a set of values is crucial to our culture.
Rather than dwelling on the past and drowning in anger and sorrow, I hope we seize this opportunity to wholeheartedly fight child abuse. I have struggled with losing an idol, but there is no grey area in the matter of reporting known child abuse.
Yes the Joe Paterno statue had to come down. Statues are for heroes and we now know that Paterno wasn't one. Now we can get down to the real issues of how Penn State is going to move forward, and not get stuck on symbolism.
The university could still decide to relocate the statue to someplace else on campus, or nearby. Why is it so hard to un-honor a man who allowed loyalty to trump morality and abetted the grievous harm of children?
It might be easier to remove the statue altogether. But it would be even better to keep the statue and change the message.
The Paterno monument was ill considered from the get-go. Even if one still worships him, that should be the kindest, unanimous, retroactive refrain. With a decision pending any day let that fact be the guiding decision-maker.