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The changes are coming for State College. On Saturday, artist Michael Pilato removed the halo from above Joe Paterno's head on the downtown mural. A greater change occurred last night: The campers who wait outside Beaver Stadium for the best seats at home games will no longer call their shanty-town "Paternoville." It is now called "Nittanyville."
The group, which is an official student group registered with the University, made the decision after 10 of its officers held a vote.
"Now, it's a new era of Nittany Lion football," group president Troy Weller said. "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."
As you might expect, this change has already created quite a chasm between the Paterno realists who are ready to let go of the man, especially after last week's Freeh Report, and the Paterno loyalists. Just check out the Facebook page for the Nittanyville Group. Information about the name change was posted at about 9 p.m. last night, and there are already 313 comments. Here's a sampling:
"Andrea Henchbarger Swatsworth all you trolls...GO AWAY!...as for the students who renamed Paternoville, fair weather fans are not the kind of fans Penn State needs right now. Leave it Paternoville or just stand in line like everyone else. You make me sad"
"Jeff Pituck Freeh, the FBI director who under his watch let the 9/11 plot and terriorists enter this country."
Yeah. Most of them are like that. But a few did support the change, like Skip Bishop.
"Skip Bishop This organization has proven that it can do the right thing in the face of adversity. Unlike a certain former head coach that so many people are attempting to protect. I pray to god that an adult "mans up" and does the right thing if your kid is being abused. Of course, seeing how you are protecting that certain coach, you probably would blame your kid as well."
Or maybe a better example to this name change is another Facebook Group. Last night, hours after Paternoville switched to Nittanyville, someone founded a group called "What the Hell Is A Nittanyville."
The group has already gotten 55 likes and several supportive comments, some from people who have a picture of Paterno for their profile picture.
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