If you are one of the many in our Penn State family struggling to make sense of recent events, consider the advice from an unlikely source -- an Ohio State University Buckeye!
In "An Open Letter from a Buckeye to a Nittany Lion," Jonathan Franz reminds us that first and foremost we need to remember that the true victims here are the children. We must not waiver in the attention to their needs, including thoughts and prayers. Next we need to do all possible to prevent such atrocities, whether through our action or inaction (i.e., see my previous blog post "What WILL You Do?").
Finally, we need to be--and this is hard right now--"Penn State Proud." We need to be proud for all that Penn State has done and can continue to do. Make us proud now in front of the world that watches. If you are a football fan, go to the game this weekend and cheer passionately for the players that work so hard to make us proud. As Franz say:
Not because you support the coaches, because you support the men on the field. Not because you endorse the administration, because you believe in the University as a collective whole. Penn State University has always been (and will always be) about one thing and one thing only: making life better.