Pick a day to honor Paterno

I understand the Board of Trustees have received countless letters from Penn State alumni urging the board to accept the structural reform as suggested by Auditor General Jack Wagner. I applaud and support the alumni for this effort and hope change will be forthcoming.

I also know that the board has been publicly chastised for its actions and inactions since the night of Nov. 9, 2011. Although I believe there are convincing arguments to justify those verbal attacks, that is not my intent.

You see, those arguments will be sustained by the pending trials of Messrs. Curley, Schultz, and Spanier, by the NCAA lawsuits and/or by other means not yet known.

Instead, I would like to request the board’s action on a matter that does not require in-depth, time consuming restructuring, or holding out for future events to transpire. I am making one simple proposal: set aside a day, recognized by Penn State, to honor Joseph Vincent Paterno.

Would the board give the Penn State family a day to come together and celebrate the man who built this school from the inside out? It requires nothing on the board’s part except approval.

The alumni and supporters would organize the event and would work with the Outreach Committee to stay within guidelines. I would even step out on a limb to say that we would be able to fund the event with private donations.

I would suggest Friday, Sept. 6, before the first home game of the 2013 season. That Friday would be a fantastic day of celebration culminating into Penn State Football Eve.

Although Joe would probably not want all this fanfare, this is something the students, the alumni, and the entire Penn State family needs to do in order to finally celebrate the life of our teacher, to bring closure, and in the board’s words, to help us move on.

The time has come to remove the veil of guilt and shame that Jerry Sandusky’s crimes have draped over this great institution.

It is time to unite, stand strong, and show the immense pride we have in this university, the pride which has been built on academia, honesty and integrity.

And it is time to finally honor Joe Paterno.

Eileen Morgan

Woodbridge, Va.

College game lacks giant

Consistency? What consistency?

College basketball is putting its fans through a lot of heartache this year. Usually as the season enters March, the race for the top seed is a tight and exciting one, often between three or four teams. But this year, it has become a scramble as nearly 10 competitors claw their way to the top of the hill.

Of all the teams that still have a prayer at finishing among the elite in the nation, none have been consistent the entire year or deserve to hold the No. 1 ranking.

Teams have bounced from first place to 15th in a matter of days, only to shoot back up within the top five the next week. They then wait like vultures for the first seed to tumble from its throne and strain to retake their former glory when it does.

For the most part, the poll gains five new members weekly to account for the five it just kicked out. Why did they expel those five teams?

A lack of consistency. If you beat the top team in the nation but follow up your miracle performance by getting edged out by a small, unranked school, chances are you will sink rather than float.

Most years, a high seed dominates the NCAA Tournament. But this year, due to most teams’ inability to find a way to win on a week to week basis, a darkhorse may end up the champion.

By the time the tournament rolls around, the teams with the best chance to make a run for the title will be the ones who have played with a persistent style from the beginning of the year.

Look for some upsets and surprises in the brackets this time around.

Cole Joseph Crusciel