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Paternoville Is No More. Say Hello to Nittanyville

I had a brief conversation yesterday with Paternoville president Troy Weller, who told me that there were internal discussions taking place about renaming the camping spot for students outside of Beaver Stadium.

Today, Ben Jones of StateCollege.com has reported that the group has decided to change their name to Nittanyville, in the wake of the Freeh Report findings.

“We always have discussed the idea of changing the name once Joe was no longer the head coach,” Paternoville Vice President Jeff Lowe told Jones.

As I stated yesterday, it’s unfortunate that young adults have to have discussions like this but Lowe said that the group’s affiliation has led to “threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try and ruin our ability to run an effective organization.”

Weller added that

“by changing the name to Nittanyville, we want to return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.”

The president of what is now Nittanyville added to me “It was a very hard decision” and added “It wasn’t without careful deliberation and support from numerous people involved.”

I am in full support of this move and, though maybe not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, I believe it is a significant decision by the group and a step in the right direction. A new era of Penn State is upon us and aiming the support at the team seems more fitting than ever.

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