Embarrassed, angry, tired of hearing about Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and all that crap that happened. That is how State College seems to feels about it, and the community wants to move on.
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 out of 48 charges and will be in prison for the rest of his life. Joe Paterno fucked up, but he’s dead now so can’t do much regarding that. Curly and Schultz are probably going to jail for at least a little while. And Spanier is completely “innocent” enjoying his plush super secret job working for the government (guess all that pandoring paid off).
This leaves the Penn State and State College Community, confused and hurt. They lost so much, and are being reminded of that every football game, as the team has been punished by the NCAA’s attempt moderate the football culture so that football doesn’t trump everything else (especially children’s livelihoods).
In response there has been a lot of hatred for the NCAA.
Love of Paterno.
State College feels very strange since this happening. There is a desire to forget it, but a constant reminder that it happened. A reminder from people’s comments and jokes. A reminder from having a new coach. And the constant reminder of the ongoing happenings regarding Sandusky, the victims and the new book coming out soon.
In an awkward attempt to console the community for what happened and remind everyone that Penn State and State College is a community together rather than entities constantly butting heads they put up these banners at main entrances to State College.
“Together We Are One” But were we ever one and will we ever be one? Or will Penn State always have an awkward relationship with the community. Pushing the community around and occasionally covering up abuses to the community. But what can a community so dependent on Penn State really do?