Forging a new meaning for the rallying cry 'We Are...Penn State'
August 31st, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Forging a new meaning for the rallying cry 'We Are...Penn State'

by Mallory Simon, CNN

State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) - A roar echoes through the arena. From the packed stands a chant begins: "We Are." Voices boom louder in response: "Penn State." For nearly 10 minutes, the chants reverberate.

This is not a football game, or any sports event. It is the freshman convocation, the official welcome for the incoming class. More than 7,000 new students are in the Bryce Jordan Center making themselves heard.

They are here.

They are here despite a scandal that has damaged this school's reputation, brought unprecedented sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, jailed a former football coach for sex abuse and prompted an ongoing investigation into allegations of a coverup by top officials.

But they are here. They are proud. Some are also angry.

As their chants grow louder and they wait to hear new President Rodney Erickson welcome them, some stand. They are decked out in blue and white, with shirts that say "I still bleed Blue and White" or "Penn State Proud."

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  1. Daniel Reid

    The shirts, "I would rather shower at Penn State..." are unacceptable. This is an insuklt to the victems of this horrible abuse who will suffer the effects of this incident for the rest of their lives. We should think about the victems and how this monster has destroyed their lives .

    September 2, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  2. charles whitman

    I thought people who take it up the @ss are good artists. Guess I was wrong.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  3. Bren

    YOU Charles are an A$$ ....

    August 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  4. charles whitman

    What an absolute POS mural! How many d!cks does one have to take up the @ss to paint that badly?

    August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm |