Joe Paterno's influence on Happy Valley and Penn State University was ubiquitous, right down to the name of the student encampment outside of Gate A of Beaver Stadium. "Paternoville" stood as the makeshift city for students waiting for football tickets since 2006. The encampment will change its name to "Nittanyville" starting next season.
The Nittanyville Coordination Committee released a statement Monday explaining the name change. President Troy Weller said that it is important "we continue to do all we can to raise sexual abuse awareness."
"Now, it's a new era of Nittany Lion football," 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."
Expect more to come in the wake of the Freeh Report released last Thursday.
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