We {still} Are, and I’m still proud…

A few friends have asked what I thought about the recent sanctions brought down by the NCAA to the Penn State football program.  As an alumna, it confuses me.  Here are some initial, slightly jumbled thoughts.

I think this is another example of the focus being taken off of the actual perpetrator as well as the actual victims of this crime, and propagandizing the whole big mess.  I definitely agree with sanctions – even the death penalty would have been understandable.  But Penn State was poised, and preparing, to become a world-class research and treatment center for child abuse.  With the marring of the football program, the university will slowly see their endowments and funds diminish.  Taxes in my state will go up, and tuition will rise to help make up the difference.  (Penn State is already one of the most expensive public schools in the union.)

These big goals to provide effective child abuse prevention programs will never be able to materialize in the wake of these sanctions.  I’m willing to bet that if JoePa’s image wasn’t as squeaky clean as it was, the sanctions would not have been so drastic.  This is pure propagandizing by the NCAA.  There’s very little therapeutic value in these sanctions for the victims, and it really punishes the entire state of Pennsylvania as well as anyone and everyone part of the Penn State community from the past to the present.  Did anyone from the NCAA even ASK the victims how they think Penn State football should be punished?  They are all young adults and able to speak for themselves.

(I may be opening up a can of worms here, but I can’t help but mention that the Vatican was FAR LESS punitive on the child abuse cover-ups which pervaded the Catholic Church for nearly 25 years.  The President even granted immunity to Pope Benedict!  I’m not asking for immunity for Joe Paterno or the football program, but we COULD compare these cases as apples to apples if we wanted to.)

Stripping Joe Paterno of his wins is a slap in the face to every single football player who played in any Penn State game during that time.  Taking away scholarships is only going to close more doors to higher education for student-athletes who need them (I’ll save my rant on higher education access for another time).  Disqualifying PSU for postseason games is fair.  It will, however, discourage new recruits from playing for Penn State.  Who the heck would play for Penn State now, knowing that they can’t play in a Bowl Game until maybe their junior or senior year?  THIS will be what wreaks havoc on the funding of the football program.  We will lose major donors, which will have a devastating effect on the University’s ability to not only recover, but to give back.  And Penn State really does love to give back.  And I really can’t see how this is at all helping the kids?  Remember what this is all about?  The KIDS.

So sanctions in and of themselves, I agree with.  I believe punitive action is necessary.  But some of these sanctions seem quite a bit counterintuitive in their attempt to address the real issue.

Ok, maybe I should pull out my box of college photos and destroy them now.  There’s no reason we should have been having so much fun at all those games in Beaver Stadium…. I just found out we didn’t win any of them after all.  😦

Penn State will never be the same.

On second thought, wait… They might actually mean more to me now than ever.  Because they tell the neessary story of how life just isn’t fair sometimes.  And how nothing, not ONE thing in this world, no matter how benign it might seem on the outside, is not tainted by profound, disgusting, deplorable sin – the effects of which are incredibly far-reaching throughout many generations.    I’ll tell these stories to my children one day, through these pictures.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus…

My freshman roommate and I on a mini-reunion at Beaver Stadium, Oct 2011. We had no idea that trouble was just around the corner for Penn State.

We had no idea we were watching Joe Paterno coach his last home game.

Nothing like a night game.  In the snow!

Penn State family, Sandusky does not define us.  Neither do the actions of any of the leaders who dropped the ball.





So much for a lazy summer…

Well, I dunno about you, but this was supposed to be a lazy summer for me.  More than a month in, and I’m realizing how not lazy it has been so far.

Since I have a tendency to ramble, I’ll keep it simple.  Here’s what I’ve been up to, in photos, since my last post:

Weekend at the lake with some of my favorite girlfriends…

Isn’t our little lake house the cutest thing ever?

Lots of baking, of course.  I veered a bit from my favorite artisan bread recipe to give this one another go.  It’s absolutely fantastic.  I also made this avocado pie once, and I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you.  I know you’d love it.

A couple of nights of roughing it with the entire family.  I’ll keep their mug shots private, so you only get the “kitchen table” for now.

Had some time to get my craft back on.  This will be bunting, for a big party that T and I are hosting this summer.  I got high expectations for it to come out great, but I’ve never made it before.

More party decorations!  When this is all finished up, I’ll post the finished product(s).

Happy 10 years to a very faithful friend, my trusty steed Stella.  She’s been back and forth across the country with me more than once and wears her mileage proudly.  {Why yes, I did take this picture while I was driving!}

Taking two summer intensive classes that start on Monday, so I had a ton of reading to do too.  The book on top was wonderful, about an emotionally disturbed child who comes to resolve his identity through a series of play therapy sessions.  The one underneath, meh, not much I haven’t heard already.

That’s pretty much it, as far as the busyness of my life goes these days.  But no rest for the weary, I tell ya!

Hope your hot days have been at least half as fun and twice as restful as mine have been.  Happy summer!