State College, Centre County--"May no act of ours bring shame to one heart that loves thy name."
Words of Penn State's Alma Matre today may be more powerful than ever.
A sterling silver school reputation, in the eyes of students, tarnished.
Dave Brozena of Larksville, a PSU senior, says, "It takes a hit. Penn state is looked at as a national worldwide prestigious university. And now that this is coming out, ad try to degrade what they've established in the last 100."
Bob Konarski of Larksville, a PSU senior, says, "iI kind of tarnishes it a little but because we are a very respected university and this whole thing coming out is just shocking."
That respect is something that brings tens of thousands of students to state college each and every year.
There is tremendous pride in being able to say....We Are. Penn state.
Tyler Segalla, Penn State junior, says, "When I was looking at PSU to go to school, I saw nothing but just a student body that had pride in everything that they did and everything about their school."
But that school spirit is slowly fading here in happy valley.
The child sex allegations against football icon Jerry Sandusky are putting Penn Staters in an uproar.
And the alleged cover-up just adds fuel to the fire.
Thad Kosciolek of Lehighton, PSU senior, says, "There is a lot of integrity with the program so when something like this comes out, it's not like Ohio State or Miami when they cheat or booster give money, this is a lot, this is the one crime that calls out for punishment more so than anything."