Thursday night I was watching the annual July Fourth celebration in front of the U.S. Capitol.
During the events there was a rendition of “Sweet Caroline” sung by the performers along with the audience.
It really roused the crowd and my emotions.
That was the first time I had heard the song since the Nebraska-Penn State game Nov. 12, 2011.
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Just hearing the singing of “Sweet Caroline” made me recall how much I have enjoyed hearing it sung by the crowd at Beaver Stadium.
Let’s get the crowd singing it again. I do not know who in the administration issued the order to stop singing it, but the order should be rescinded.
If they refuse to rescind the order, the creative group of undergrads and grad students along with the entire group of ticketholders should undertake an effort to create a spontaneous singing of this song at every football game starting this season.
We need to re-establish this tradition.
Just as the NCAA did with the sanctions the Penn State administration is punishing the wrong people.
The students and fans had nothing to do with the events that occurred. It is time to take back all our traditions.
They have been initiated and nurtured for too many years to allow them to be taken away from us by the NCAA or the administration.