The AP reported that while the statue was being removed 100-150 students were there chanting "We are Penn State". Imagine how many students would have been there if this happened during a regular semester. I would like to think that they were doing this to support part of PSU's efforts to promote the healing process (even if they disagreed with it), but I doubt it. The NCAA decision is going to be announced tomorrow morning and its doubtful it is going to be good news. The atmosphere on campus once students begin to arrive the end of next month is not likely to be a very positive one. I am fearful we are going to see varying degrees of "civil war" between various student groups on campus. I hope the administration will take effective steps to minimize the potential for such things happening. To ignore the possibility of this happening could have tragic consequences, both internally and externally, for the University. Just expressing my concerns. I sincerely hope it does not happen.
The move was unavoidable. The board was simply trying to decide when and how, not if. I think the move went very well. The board's action was measured - not rushing to judgement, not caving under media pressure. The student's reaction was also appropriate - not confrontational, yet not indifferent. They are getting an invaluable civic education here.
Let's not forget the students are there to learn, to grow, to become adults. We often learn more from the negative than from the positive. What this scandal has taught the students may be much more valuable than, say, the experience of a national championship.
I am most concerned about potential physical altercations between student groups, especially in an environment where the use of alcohol is fairly prevalent (I am not singling out PSU for this, excessive ETOH use occurs on all college campuses). I think it would be niave to believe that all students will have the same perspectives about the events which have transpired, and this is likely to create some degree of conflict, which sometimes can spiral out of control, especially when you throw ETOH into the mix. I just do not want this to happen. Any incidents of this nature are not likely to be helpful to the University in its attempts to heal; a perspective I feel will be embraced by most students at PSU.
It was a reactionary measure, which I very rarely like. I think it's one of those things where you need to let the dust settle and then figure out what course of action to take. That being said, I see why the school did it and they will have to face the consequences of an angry student and booster population.
Well first it was the President, not the BOT who had the decision to bring it down. But yes, it was just to settle the public and the media down. Just like whatever the NCAA will announce tomorrow, its just because of the public lynch mob going on, and the public gets what it wants when it complains enough