Nittany Lions should be constructive, not destructive.
In a July 23 Collegian column (“The most hurtful sanction remains for Penn State”) Darian Somers laments that the one sanction that Mark Emmert inadvertently imposed is “angrily, bitterly, and constantly arguing with each other.”
I nodded my head in agreement but was dismayed to read abusive online comments that emphasized his point.
My friends’ connections to Penn State span a wide range. These friends are on opposite sides of the multidimensional fence that divides opinions about the events surrounding the Sandusky scandal. However, they are Penn Staters first and their different opinions don’t ruin our friendship.
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What really hurts is when people with different opinions lash out at my friends and show no respect. Our fellow Penn Staters deserve to be treated with respect. Our rallying call is “We are … Penn State,” not “You are … an idiot.”
The next time you consider accosting another Penn Stater with a different opinion, do something constructive to make Penn State a better place for future and current students, university employees, volunteers and alumni.
Mentor a future student, tutor a current student, make a donation to Thon, volunteer for any committee that directs Penn State’s future, go to a sporting event that only parents attend or join an Alumni Association chapter.
If you can’t find it in your heart to channel your energy into something constructive, please direct it elsewhere unrelated to Penn State.
Ned A. Brokloff
Ellicott City, Md.