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Following Freeh report, Paternoville is no more

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Since last Thursday’s release of the Freeh report, one of the more significant questions surrounding Penn State became what the university would do regarding the image of former coach Joe Paterno.

While the university’s Board of Trustees have yet to make an official decision regarding Paterno’s statue outside Beaver Stadium, a group of PSU students have decided to rename the tent city formed outside the stadium known as Paternoville since 2005.

The area will now be known as Nittanyville.

Paternoville officers announced their intent in a statement Monday. Below are comments from Paternoville Vice President Jeff Lowe:

“We always have discussed the idea of changing the name once Joe was no longer the head coach. The discussions slowed down a bit in January as we waited for more information. With the Freeh Report being released, we began the process of careful discussion and planning so we could make the right decision if faced with the situation where we would have to change the name.

“The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try to ruin our ability to run an effective organization. 

“Past presidents were made aware of our plan and did give us their full support. Obviously they had thoughts and opinions on the matter, but most of all they were very adamant on letting us know they supported whatever decision we made.”

And here are comments by Paternoville President Troy Weller:

“The discussion to change the name was initiated by us. When we were coming closer to a decision, we notified the university of our proposed plans and they gave us their support.

“Now, it’s a new era of Nittany Lion football and by changing the name to Nittanyville we want to return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.

“We thank the Paterno family for their gracious assistance and support over the last several years.”

Even if student-led, this is obviously a huge move to place some more distance between the school and the longtime coach. The Freeh report claims Paterno knew of an investigation targeting former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in 1998 when Paterno previously claimed he did not. The report also indicates strongly that Paterno, along with high-ranking university officials, spent over a decade covering up allegations of child-sex abuse involving Sandusky.

Since the Freeh release, the university has only acknowledged it plans to renovate the showers and locker room of the Lasch building, where Sandusky molested many of his victims, but that’s been in the works for months.

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33 Responses to “Following Freeh report, Paternoville is no more”
  1. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 16, 2012 8:21 PM

    Glad to see the students are getting the ball rolling on removing the association between the university and that creepy old 4eyed fuck. Thumbs up! Next step you kids need to destroy that statue!

  2. moochzilla says: Jul 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    “The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try to ruin our ability to run an effective organization. ”

    Yep, still the attitude that THEY are the victims in all this.

    This is a gigantic rot on the whole state of PA, and it needs to be surgically removed. These people are mutants.

    Ya know what you won’t find in Paternoville? A book.

  3. tweeter75 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:45 PM

    They need to take that filthy disgusting statue of that sick, demented puke and bury it at sea…..we don’t want that filth polluting our country.

  4. dkhhuey says: Jul 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    @mooch – I had the exact same reaction! The more that comes out of this place – the more it resembles The Stepford Wives.

  5. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:57 PM

    Was “Riotville” rejected?

  6. bauman007 says: Jul 16, 2012 9:33 PM

    Great attitudes everyone! Whats Next? Smashing up catholic churches since they covered up their priests doing the same thing?

  7. bostonbias says: Jul 16, 2012 9:34 PM

    “The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try to ruin our ability to run an effective organization.

    moochzilla the problem is that idiots like you think that only you and you alone get to have freedom in this nation. No where should be be threatened.

    I have lived in 9 states including PA. In my opinion it is a lot nicer place than most. If you want to keep on attacking and making threats to an entire state. I guess you can do that.

    I hope that makes you feel better since you do not live in PA. Best wishes and God Bless. I hope all your hate will make you happy.

  8. deadeye says: Jul 16, 2012 9:59 PM

    “We always have discussed the idea of changing the name once Joe was no longer the head coach. The discussions slowed down a bit in January as we waited for more information.”
    The idea that you were going to rename it when JoePa stepped down is disingenuous. If that was true, you would have renamed Paternoville by now instead of waiting around for the Freeh report. Your own statement makes it clear that had JoePa never been fingered by Freeh, Paternoville would continue on with that name indefinitely.

  9. delfi2 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:00 PM

    PSU Students have more awareness and moral values than the administrators at PSU. Amazing.

    At least now, I know there are some normal folks up in Pedophile State University.

  10. delfi2 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    And Skip Bayless on ESPN First Take was insulting all of us.

    Are you kidding me? Death penalty should be swift and decisive.

    This, did give them a competitive advantage on the field. Keeping this criminal behavior under wraps allowed the program continue recruiting top talent from around the country.

    Kept joepa in power, kept the program running smoothly without a hitch.

    Imagine if this would have come out?

    Do you think the program would have continued to thrive in the 2000’s? The Alamo bowl?

    I mean jeez, the report said as much.
    Alamo bowl hired gun sandusky to help defense one more time? Oh yeah, then he goes on to molest victim # whatever. COME ON!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!

    DEATH PENALTY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. txstatebobcats1868 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:41 PM

    Rapeville already taken?

  12. dgbk says: Jul 17, 2012 12:39 AM

    this gave them an advantage?? child rape and cover up did no such thing, that statement is silly.

    i can see if u want the death penalty because this showed they were out of control. besides that punishment will not change any of the ugly things that happen..

  13. canetic says: Jul 17, 2012 7:30 AM

    Does anyone else find it odd that a tent city has a President and Vice President? What kind of school is this?

  14. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    I can understand, in this day and age, that people will usually hide and try not to get involved. I know it would be difficut to speak up with the idea you most likely would lose your job.
    When a person first learns of something like this, it is difficult to tell how they may react. However, if after a few days of thought Joe Pa or someone else had come forward many young boys could have been spared. I can not imagine how I would feel if I had been raped by that thing after so many people were aware of the situation.
    Now Penn St. adds insult to injury. They still do not care. All they care about is how it affects each of them. No one wants to step up and accept responsibility. The facts have been heard, but JoePa’s family wants to see if they can hire some attorneys that will write a false report. Why not throw garbage on top of garbage? Just keep on forcing everyone to live this horror story over and over. Why stop showing us Sandusky smiling like he did a great deed?
    As long as they cry “We are Penn ST.” I will not want anything to do with any of them. When they start trying to show they care, things will get better. They need to admit what they did not do to protect these young men. They need to police themselves. It is sick to hear them say they are waiting to see what they have to do. I do not hate the entire state of Pennsylvania. However, if they keep on being in denial, I may get to that point.
    I feel sorry for the teams that have to play them next year. I am glad my team does not
    Come on, it is time to stand up like adults and admit you did not do all you should have done. Try to make it better. Stop telling the world what scum bags you still are.
    By the way it is impossible not to know men sleep with men. JoePa said he was a good Catholic. How is that possible. Don’t Catholics read the Bible. I knew men did that when I was a kid and read Genesis for the first time. Come on.

  15. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 8:15 AM

    The whole structure of the community is demented and pathetic. Paternoville had a “President” and “Vice President”? Does no one up there have a real job, they have to invent Paterno-themed ones to validate their lives?

    I see the Presidential duties as:

    1) Set up tarp
    2) Buy 8 cases of Coors Lite
    3) Drink Coors Lite
    4) Pass out by halftime
    5) Wet self

    Yup, pretty impressive stuff guys. This is pretty much Dungeons & Dragons for adults, a make-pretend life and world.

  16. norcalirish says: Jul 17, 2012 8:18 AM

    canetic: lol! I thought the same thing.

  17. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 8:20 AM

    I don’t know if the cover up helped PSU on the field. But Paterno sure seemed to think so, hence the coverup.

    This comes out – that a former assistant is raping kids in the shower – and it damages 2 recruiting classes. PSU couldn’t afford that, it’s a killer in the Big10 to miss on recruiting classes.

    Maybe it only damages it a little, maybe a lot. I dunno. But avoiding that damage ABSOLUTELY helped PSU field a better team.

    And paying players or giving them no-show jobs doesn’t make them “play better”, but the NCAA hammers schools for that.

    Lose this “Penn State is better than anyone else” BS. That rep only exists because of the BS branding of an amoral liar and coward. It’s been exposed. You are Ohio State without the trophies, Miami without the hot coeds, and SMU without the cool uniforms. And maybe not even that.

  18. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 8:26 AM


    Born and raised in PA, dumdum. Knew about 200 people who went to PSU, all went for the football none for academics.

    Furthermore, I liked JoePa until I found out he was an enabler of child rape.

    Lastly, my 3% in state taxes paid Sandusky, that crumb Paterno, his sweetheart extortion deal, and funded that horrific statue.

    So, yeah, I’m entitled. And nothing you said refutes any comment I’ve made. No facts were offered. So I guess it’s you who are operating off emotion.

  19. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 8:31 AM

    Counterpoint: But you lived in PA for 5 minutes and liked it.

    Great post, you should call up Rome and have him rack you!!!

  20. psuravens19 says: Jul 17, 2012 9:54 AM

    So let me get this straight…

    1) If the students decide to NOT change the name from Paternoville to NittanyVille; they would get critisized for morals, etc.


    2) The students actually do decide TO change the name and they still get critisized. I guess it was a lose-lose situation.

  21. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    I believe they raised almost $100,000 to donate to RAINN at the wisconsin game last year. if you don’t know that is an organization that fights child abuse. Alumni also donated more than $1,000,000 to same organizations in weeks following the release of the grand jury report

    But hey it’s much easier to call people names like 10 year olds. If your going to
    Make jokes at least make them funny

  22. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    How much did they raise before they found out JoePa traded children for fame and money?

    I just want to be able to do the math correctly so please provide the figure.

  23. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 11:18 AM

    How’s this for “easy” – how much will they raise to supplement the student aid packages of all the kids who are going to be left short because Saint JoePa left the school open to civil suits that could reach into the hundreds of millions?

    I admire the donations. The people I know who went to PSU are almost 100% good people that I am sure are horrified about what happened. But they remind me of my devoutly Catholic relatives.

    They’ll throw money at problems, they’ll compartmentalize the scandals, blame it on a few bad apples.

    But they’ll never recognize the need for fundamental change in the church or accountability from its top figures. Because that’s sacred.

    So every time I hear people like this getting pissy and pretending that they are the real victims, it galls me. I heard the mural guy getting his back up about potentially having anyone say what should be done with “his” mural (he does not own the building). And, of course, the BOT clearly has a victim mentality that they’ll be strong armed by people out to get them.

    It’s a religious hierarchy, like the church. And if that aspect isn’t done away with, none of the money or the expressions of guilt mean anything.

  24. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 17, 2012 11:46 AM

    I honestly don’t see how they are acting like victims. I guess they weren’t aware prior to it becoming public but I guess that’s some positive news coming out of this mess. I do know penn state students thru THON and other efforts raise MILLIONS of dollars EVERY YEAR for charities, i am sure a lot of it will be directed towards anti-abuse organizations.

    So to answer your question I don’t know an exact amount but if you want to lump all the students the number is somewhere in the millions.

  25. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 17, 2012 11:48 AM

    That artist actually has some type of easement where he has the rights to that wall for like 15 years.

  26. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 11:48 AM

    PS – I gave myself a -1 for that post @ 11am. That was cheap.

    What the PSU community needs to understand is that they – and not JoePa or the statue or the football program – represent the best of Penn State.

    You want to see a great example of what the school does – look at its graduates. I’ve found them to be generally good people.

    People like the Paternoville Mayor come off looking silly when they make every single aspect of what it means to be PSU about a sport.

  27. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 17, 2012 11:49 AM

    The BOT needs to be replaced as many alumni have been calling for I think that’s a fundamental change?

  28. moochzilla says: Jul 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    The BOT does need to go, everyone is going to support that move. Except the BOT and Governor Tom Corbett, so that won’t happen.

    The hard-core ones I am referring to are individuals who want to compartmentalize the life and times of JoePa.

    The “yeah he enabled child rape but he gave money to the library” set. You can’t compartmentalize it. It’s too monstrous.

    Al Capone gave away turkeys every Thanksgiving…so what?

    Part of me wishes JoePa had done some kind of deathbed act of contrition, but instead he continued to write self-serving lies. So there’s no wiggle room to say “he’s a good man who did one bad thing”.

  29. mogogo1 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:03 PM

    “Past presidents were made aware of our plan and did give us their full support. Obviously they had thoughts and opinions on the matter, but most of all they were very adamant on letting us know they supported whatever decision we made.”

    Past university presidents were looped in regarding the name of a tent city? Seriously? And these past presidents said they’d back them no matter what their decision was…so if they’d decided to keep Paternoville or rename it Sanduskyville, they’d have been perfectly okay with that? Did this kid actually deliver these comments with a straight face?

  30. psuravens19 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:40 PM


    Is that a real question? That person was referring to the President of the Paternoville group/organization or whatever they are; not the President of Penn State.

  31. delfi2 says: Jul 17, 2012 2:33 PM


    You are an idiot if you think this did not help them on the field. Indirectly or not.

    You mean to tell me that Joepa thought if this comes out that everything would be okay? Right, that is exactly his decision process on this….
    It would never hurt the “program”! Right. So, lets just sweep this under the rug because its not a big deal….smh

  32. mogogo1 says: Jul 17, 2012 4:18 PM


    Thanks for that clarification. But it’s still completely unbelievable that they were told “we’ll support whatever decision you make.” There were people in favor of changing the name who’d have been perfectly fine with it staying Paternoville? Hard to buy that one.

    Making matters even funnier given how self-important these guys are in their comments is the fact the tent city “tradition” only dates back to 2005. As big a deal as they were making of it, I’d assumed it had been around for generations.

  33. kurtnagel says: Jul 18, 2012 6:03 PM

    freeh, has upset nittany nation do not take the statue down, do not remove the name
    paternoville, dont act like Nike stand up and grow a pair like the Brown Universities atheletes. . . . freeh was paid well to find dirt that wasnt there

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