Since November 2011, we have all experienced more emotions than we ever thought we would about our alma mater. As we each took our own time, and some still are, trying to figure out how we feel about everything that has conspired, most of America has made up their own minds.
On Sunday, as I was reviewing the Paterno family commissioned report at www.paterno.com, I felt strongly to write how I was feeling. We as Penn Staters know what values were instilled in us, what moral compasses each of us has and what compassion we have for helping others in need.
Whether we brought these to Penn State on our own and they were magnified, or they were developed from what we learned from our institution, we know the good that lies in each of us. We are also smart enough to know and understand the power of the media. I ask that no matter the critics and bullies — in person or in the media — we continue to hold up our values that have been shaped by our university.
There is no need for us to fight the public opinion about the scandal because we will never win that. What we can do is show every person what Penn State is about through our actions of kindness, respect, hard work, compassion and always do the right thing.
Those in our communities, workplaces and neighborhoods will see the positive power of Penn State through us and that is the only way we can hope they understand the goodness it has brought out in each of us.
Continue to live your lives as the alma mater says, in all aspects of your life.
For The Glory.
Class of 2008