Approximately 500 people braved the cold temperatures to attend a candlelight vigil honoring late Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno last night at the Heister Street mural in downtown State College. Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Paterno’s passing. 409 candles were lit, recognizing each of Paterno’s wins earned during his head coaching career, prior to NCAA sanctions against the university. The Paterno family did not attend the event. Artist Michael Pilato spoke to salute the late legend.
Victim 6 Sues Penn State
‘Victim 6’ is the latest to sue Penn State University, The Second Mile and Jerry Sandusky, in the aftermath of Sandusky’s child sexual abuse conviction. According to Statecollege.com, a civil suit was filed in a Philadelphia federal court yesterday. It holds Penn State and The Second Mile accountable for the abuse and repercussions suffered by the man. The victim testified in June that he was assaulted by Sandusky in a locker room shower in 1998.
District Welcomes Community Engagement
The State College Area School District is welcoming area residents to a community forum tonight to address the upcoming high school project. The district is offering tours of both the high school’s north and south buildings beginning at 5:30 and hosting a forum in the south building auditorium at 7. The ultimate goal is to engage the community in the project. The school district also posted a timeline for the project and a comment forum online.
Two Penn State cheerleaders have been dismissed from the varsity squad due to the circumstances surrounding teammate Paige Raque’s October fall. Online reports say the cheerleaders both live in the Calder Commons apartment complex in downtown State College where Raque fell 39-feet more than 3 months ago. Police are still investigating the fall and say charges are likely for furnishing alcohol to minors. Raque continues to recover from the fall at her home in Kentucky.