PSU alumni must take action
Next to my office telephone is a picture of my mother, father and me on my graduation day from Penn State. They were working-class people, neither of whom graduated from college. My dad was exhausted and using his cane that day because of the cancer that ultimately took his life. Yet he was still beaming with pride in that picture. In many ways that day’s ceremony was as important to them as it was for me.
I think of that day often when I go back to University Park for football games or just to walk around campus with my family. And I think of that day every time I sing our alma mater at Beaver Stadium, especially the lyric: “May no act of ours bring shame.” Like many alumni (Schreyer Scholar, Class of 2000), I cannot sing that line at a football game without tearing up.
In November of 2011 when the Pennsylvania attorney general indicted Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes, many alumni demanded the university and our Penn State community take action. Penn State needed to take responsibility for the victims and needed to make systemic changes to reduce the likelihood anything like this could ever happen again.
The university and our community has largely taken these steps, demonstrating that we will take on even the most difficult issues head on.
That is why we are all so shocked and appalled by the statement made by Al Lord of the PSU Board of Trustees. In case you missed it, he said to the Chronicle of Higher Education that he was “Running out of sympathy for 35-year-old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth.”
This disgusted me and it should disgust everyone, especially alumni. It should also move us to action. It is incumbent upon all Penn State alumni to vote this horrible human being out as a trustee. If you are unsure how to do that, contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 865-2521. I’ve also started a Facebook group that you can choose to follow at www.facebook.com/DumpPSUTrusteeAlLord/.
There were no “so called victims” of Jerry Sandusky, these are real humans that are real victims of rape at the hands of a pedophile. We as a Penn State community should always remember those victims first. And we should only accept leaders of our university who have a soul, a conscience and a heart. Al Lord has demonstrated that he has none of these traits; thus we alumni must take action.
We all know what “We Are…Penn State” means. Now let us all act like it and remove this horrible person.