As a Penn State alumnus I am indifferent as to whether Joe Paterno’s statue is left standing or taken down. It is not Penn State. It is an inanimate piece of bronze. I however, do understand why people outside of Penn State, including the media, would fixate on the statue as a symbol as all that is wrong with our school and call for it’s removal. I am also personally appalled that alumni and students fighting to keep it would fixate on something so internally trivial and meaningless to the future of Penn State as an institution moving forward. No rational person should need to be reminded that a statue is nothing compared to the pain, suffering and trauma endured by Sandusky’s victims. No rational alumnus should need to be reminded that the future of Penn State has nothing to do with a statue. If it will make those rightly outraged see a glimmer of integrity in our school moving forward then its a no-brainer. It’s a ghost. It’s nothing. Let it go. Let’s all move forward with positive change, integrity and hope as a learning institution, not fighting over a piece of bronze.