As a journalism student, I understand the importance of grabbing readers’ attention with a headline. Alexander Wolff’s attempt to do so on the cover of the July 30th issue was nothing short of pathetic.
First, allow me to educate you all for a moment: the “We Are Penn State” cheer originated as a collective call to stand up to adversity. In the 1940s, teams in the south did not want to play against black football players. Penn State is and always has been (and will continue to be) a family, and refused to travel south without their black players. Penn State cancelled this game, and when captain Steve Suhey was asked to discuss it further, he replied “No. We are Penn State.”
That’s the thing about Penn State: we are more than a football team. We are more than the former cowardly administration. We are better than the spineless jellyfish in the media who have jumped to unfair conclusions following the Freeh Report (which did NOT talk to any of the key players involved ONCE, mind you). We are THON, which raised over $10 million for pediatric cancer this year. We are Lift for Life, the Penn State football chapter of Uplifting Athletes; to date, Penn State football players have raised over $600,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association. We are the Blue Out, which will utilize football games to raise money for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) annually. We are philanthropic. We are a family. We ARE Penn State. For your headline to elude to the past tense, as if this family is going to suddenly crumble and fall apart in times of adversity, is simply ignorant.
Mr. Wolff’s headline proves that he knows nothing about our family. We are proud. We are resilient. We are loyal. We will come back from this, and our family will be stronger than ever. We Are Penn State.