There was plenty of celebrating up and down College Avenue and at all kinds of other campus gatherings that night. Truth be told, most days and nights the mood at Penn State isn’t any different from college campuses all over America.
“What happened here two years ago, at least as far as most students are concerned, is more like an undercurrent than a regular conversation topic. The only time it comes up, for the most part, is when someone asks,” said Kevin Horn, a senior who does much of the writing and editing for “Onward State,” one of Penn State’s smarter, if sometimes-snarky blogs.
“Most students know who Joe Paterno was, they didn’t read the Freeh report and they don’t know the history or follow developments in the trials or the ongoing wrestling match for control of the board. So when I go home, or wear my Penn State stuff in the airport and someone asks what’s going on at Penn State now, I just say, ‘The beer is still cold, the girls are still hot and students still go to classes every once in a while.’
“It’s easier,” Horn concluded, “and let’s be honest. It’s kind of late in the game to change most people’s minds.”