A show of support for an ailing coach

Photo posted January 22, 2012 in News, Joe Paterno by Jill Knight, Chloe Elmer and Tom Ruane

More than a hundred people gathered outsisde Beaver Stadium Saturday evening as news spread that legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was near death. The crowd was mostly students, but also included people from the State College community.

A memorial of candles and memorabilia was placed at the base of the statue and the crowd quietly sang the Alma Mater. They were prepared to hear the coach had passed away, but Paterno's family told reporters that the former coach is still alive. With temperatures hovering at 17 degrees, the crowd dwindled and most people had left by midnight.

About the Contributors

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Tom Ruane

Senior / Visual Journalism

Tom Ruane is a 23-year-old New Jersey native, from the beachside community of West Long Branch. He began his college career as a business major at Saint Peter’s College, the Jesuit College of New Jersey, in Jersey City, N.J. He will graduate from Penn State in August 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Journalism and a minor in Business Liberal Arts.

Tom is a photographer for The Daily Collegian student newspaper. Outside of school, he is a cadet in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He has worked as a self-employed disc jockey with a pro-audio company for the past seven years. Tom is also very heavily involved in the community by volunteering with local fire departments, search and rescue teams, and emergency management teams.

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Chloe Elmer

2012 Graduate / Visual Journalism

Chloe Elmer graduated in Spring 2012 with a major in visual journalism and a minor in psychology. She was the photo editor and an active staff photographer for The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s independently-run student newspaper.
She traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012 for a class on international reporting. In the summer of 2010, she spent 10 weeks in London, where she interned at Archant, the largest independently-owned media company in the United Kingdom. These experiences helped her to gain valuable global professional experience and a more independent mindset.
Though she enjoys photographing any type of event, sports and spot news are two of her favorites. She is currently widening her skills through wedding and portrait photography