Hearts Are Breaking
I’m afraid I don’t have any eloquent words to describe the mood this morning here at Penn State, and among Penn Staters around the country. The feeling is one of overwhelming sorrow.
In the space of five days, we have:
—learned of unspeakable, almost unimaginable acts allegedly perpetrated on vulnerable young boys;
—seen a longtime vice president and a longtime athletic director also charged in the case;
—watched as a swarm of news media converged on campus and made this one of the top stories nationwide;
—felt the pain of watching our alma mater cast in such a harsh, ugly spotlight;
—saw a legendary, iconic football coach—arguably the most famous college football coach in America—announce his retirement after 61 (61!) years at Penn State;
—saw the resignation of the University president (also one of the most prominent in American higher education), as well as the immediate dismissal of that football coach; and
—watched in dismay as students took to the streets of State College to vent their emotions, showing the news media, and people everywhere, yet another ugly face to this tragedy.
What happens next, I don’t think anyone knows just yet. I guess today we’ll start the process of trying to figure that out.
Tina Hay, editor