“I’m honestly overwhelmed and I can’t stop crying and I’m so excited and I can’t believe this just happened,” student Courtney Bentz said.
“We showed everyone this is the real Penn State and this is what Penn State is about; it’s about these kids and it’s about raising money so one day, no kid has to hear they have cancer,” Megan McFadden of Northeast Philadelphia said.
The total shattered last year’s record $9.5 million for the 46-hour event. It was announced Sunday afternoon to more than 700 dancers who began to tango and twist on Friday night to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
While we are all pretty upset about how the Penn Stateboard of Trustees handled the recent scandal, I think it is important to remember that the role of the board is much more than one issue that brought other problems to the forefront. While the catalyst for all that we are currently upset about was definitely the firing of Joe Paterno and the handling of the whole affair (inept at best), the problem runs much deeper. When I look at the make up of the board of trustees (which most of us alums have ignored for years–yes, we are partially to blame for not watching the hen house), I think it was just a matter of time before something catastrophic would occur. Here we are, 2012, with a major legal and public relations blunder on our hands. I believe that only by working on the board’s structure and the policies and procedures that resulted in this mess can we clean up the “closed” hierarchy that currently runs the show. We need more clarity, less “pompous,” and a responsibility to our students, faculty, and alumni that seems to have been lost in the quest to become the “fat cat.” As a member of the board of trustees, I would take the past debacle and work to make sure that Penn State does better by learning from the mistakes–whatever they are–and they go well beyond firing Joe Paterno.