I'm not sure if I'm the only PSU student on here, but I think I can speak for the majority of our student body.
First of all, one man committed this crime. Others covered for him, but it all comes down to that one man in the shower. One man is not Penn State. This is aimed at those who say they've lost all respect for our school, and "hope someone blows up the stadium." All because of one man? Ok, about 10% of our student body made a mess downtown.
That group is not Penn State. Penn State is 40,000 students from all over the world. Penn State is THON, the largest philanthropic project in any college, anywhere, raising money for kids with cancer. Penn State is an institution which provides some of the highest quality education in the world.
Furthermore, don't judge those rioting kids too hard. What they did is clearly wrong and stupid, but you have no idea what it's like to be here right now. You know that feeling right after you get home from a family member's funeral? The house doesn't feel right. Everyone tries to act like everything's ok, but everyone knows it's not. That's what this campus feels like. It's like we lost a family member. We are so proud of our school and everything it stands for.
We are so proud of our football team and it's (ex)coach who's been here since before our parents were born. JoePa was our fearless, virtuous leader. Most of us have idolized the man and the school since we were children, and coming here is a dream come true. Now, we find out that maybe everything's not what it seems in Happy Valley. I know you don't understand, but this is our home.
Our world is crushed. Those kids, most of whom are fresh out of high school, didn't know any other way to express their confusion and surge of emotion. Our older students stay away from these things for the most part. That doesn't make it right, but those kids are not evil.
The world is rightfully disgusted with the actions of the that man and our school's administration. The thing that people all over the world don't seem to understand is that we too are disgusted and ashamed. We're used to standing tall and proudly stating that We Are... Penn State. Now what do we do? None of us raped any kids, or covered it up, but that's the only thing people think of when they hear our name now.
It makes me sick to think that our glorious school has been reduced to a haven for child rapists by popular opinion, all because of the actions of a few men in power.
I keep hearing talking heads ask, "What can Penn State do to rebuild its reputation?" The answer is, exactly the same things we've always been doing. We'll keep providing high quality education. We'll keep hosting visitors from opposing teams with class. We'll keep raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the kids every year.
We are the same Penn State we have always been, and always will be.