“Thankful… Confused…. Happy…. Unfulfilled…. Proud…. Inspired…. Frustrated…. Melancholic…. Optimistic…. But, most of all…. Determined.
That’s been the gamut of my emotions for the last 24 hours, and logging on to our Facebook group today to see the commentary of everyone else, I’m glad to see I’m in very good company. We’ve never been one dimensional, and we’re sure not going to start today. We really wouldn’t want it any other way, would we? After all, if it weren’t for Senator Corman’s initiative to keep the $60 million in state, we would have nothing at all to celebrate today. For him and Rob McCord (and Judge Covey), I am thankful. They truly over-delivered during their leg of this relay, and we can only hope others will have as much success as the baton continues to be passed. I’m happy for the Paterno Family, the coaches and players whose records deserve the respect and honor they rightly earned. Yet, I’m as confused as everyone else about how a “complete repeal” leaves so many undeserved punishments in place (and how Mark Emmert can get away with acknowledging that, as if he pulled one over on us).
Somehow, I think karma will soon help us understand. We should all be proud of what we’ve so far accomplished as an upstart, grassroots organization over these years together, and that we’re in lockstep when it comes to our continued fight in the pursuit of truth and justice. No one here is settling, packing it in, or dancing in the end zone. I’m truly inspired by our own collective resolve, and that of our “E-9.” Our alumni-elected trustees were instrumental in forcing the Consent Decree discussion, and while they may have been stonewalled and boycotted over many, many months, in the end, their position was never ignored…not by a long shot. In fact, it was acted upon with the very creation of this backroom deal (hence “Frustrated”). They contributed such thought and strategy that I’m optimistic the dominos will begin to fall. We must continue to do our part: to remain vocal, to expose Penn State’s governance flaws, and to hold those accountable who let us — and the victims — down.
To that end, our next order of business will be rounding out the PS4RS slate for the upcoming 2015 alumni trustee elections. Nomination forms (which are not the official voting ballots) are not due until February 25, so right now, when you receive yours by email, there is no rush to return it. Within the week, we will release specific PS4RS direction as to next steps. Until then, there’s nothing wrong with toasting to the success of this week’s very meaningful step along the way to our ultimate goal: restoration of Penn State’s superb reputation, and assurance of truth and transparency in its governance. For the Glory!”