Friday, November 11, 2011


Hey kids, what's to follow is a note from a close friend (and neighbor). I thank you for taking the time to read it, and hope that in some form it resonates that we can help toward creating some sort of good from a situation truly awful. -ZWR- 

I grew up Penn State.  I was 7 years old when I traveled with my father and brother to University Park for my first football game. Penn State vs Notre Dame and our seats were next to the Blue Band. Perfect! It was incredible and I knew it was a special place. The people, the faculty and staff at Penn State made a huge difference in my life and I am thankful for the opportunities presented to me because I’m a Nittany Lion. I will always consider Penn State my home and my community.
With that said, none of my happy memories matter as we confront and deal with the horrible crimes that took place on our campus and in our community. My husband, who is also an alum, and I are devastated. It is though we have experienced a death and we don’t know what to do with the pain, anger and sadness.  Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We are with you in your fight for justice.
I realize that we all share different opinions about the Board of Trustees, the administration and coaches involved in this situation.  However, I know that We Are united in supporting the victims of these horrible crimes and making a collective statement that this can’t happen again. Not at Penn State, not anywhere in the world.
We can come together as a community to make a difference. A group of wonderful PSU alums have partnered with the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) to create Proud PSU for RAINN to raise dollars and awareness to end sexual and interpersonal violence in our communities.
I can imagine that the thought of donating to a non-profit may seem unthinkable right now knowing what happened at the 2nd Mile Foundation. I have dedicated my career to ending sexual assault and interpersonal violence as an educator and activist and have worked with RAINN for many years. They are doing incredible work to help survivors! Here are a few updates on the Proud PSU for RAINN campaign:
-Since #ProudPSUforRAINN launched, RAINN has seen a 20% increase in demand for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, which is a popular resources for younger victims who feel more comfortable seeking help online.

-Donations from the #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign directly benefit RAINN's prevention initiatives and provide support to for those affected by this crime through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines. Since 1994, RAINN's hotlines have provided free, confidential support to help more than 1.5 million survivors take the first steps towards recovery.
I encourage you to learn more about RAINN and support the Proud PSU for RAINN campaign. We can make a difference. We Are…Penn State.
For the Glory,


  1. JoePa could've made a difference 9 years ago and didn't....why start now?

  2. I am in complete agreement with the anonymous commenter above.

    Following JoePa's lead, we should all vow never to attempt to make a difference in anyone's life, ever again.

  3. Wow, Anonymous, great response to a thoughtful note. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

    ZWR, with all of the extremes in media on *both* sides, you've been a nice escape from everything. Thanks for posting such a thoughtful sentiment.

  4. You had me until "I realize that we all share different opinions about the Board of Trustees, the administration and coaches involved in this situation." Piss off.

  5. Justus, so everyone who doesn't have a hard and fast opinion about the BOT, administration and coaches that agrees with yours should PO?

    Please, have your opinion and support it thoughtfully in a manner so we can all look insides ourselves, grow and get better.

    As a wise man once bolgged, "Don't be a donkey."

  6. I hate Jerry Sandusky.


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