Where is the Joe Paterno statue?
Alumnus and lawmaker Aaron Bernstine (R-Butler/Beaver/ Lawrence) wants to know. And he’s willing to tie funding for Penn State to finding that out.
He introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 1283 that would require the University to provide information about the statue that was removed from the University Park campus in 2012.
“The statue symbolized Coach Paterno’s many outstanding contributions to Penn State on and off the gridiron,” said Bernstine, a 2006 graduate of PSU, in a statement. “His legacy should remain alive for people to view and reflect. Removing the statue does not serve the victims of Sandusky’s horrible crimes. The university is sending a mixed message by treating Paterno as a hero at the campus library where a plaque is displayed due to the millions of dollars he donated, but a villain at the stadium where he coached the Nittany Lions to two national collegiate championships and five undefeated seasons.”
The amendment would require Penn State to submit a report to the House and Senate Education committees about the location of the statue, and the method of storage and protection of the statue. This report would be required in order for the university to receive its annual appropriation from the state. In addition, this information would be required to be posted on the university’s website, notwithstanding any current law.
Senate Bill 1283 would provide funding for state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln) for the 2022-23 fiscal year.