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Rather than the traditional “white out” for Saturday’s game, fans were asked to wear blue _ the color associated with child abuse awareness. Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania is selling T-shirts with a blue ribbon and the slogan, “Stop Child Abuse, Blue Out Nebraska.”

“It’s a really complex set of emotions on campus,” Sarah Knutson, a junior from Atlantic City, N.J., said as she manned a bake sale in front of The Corner Room, the popular restaurant across the street from the university gates. Money from sales of the homemade cookies, brownies and cupcakes with blue icing will go to Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania.

“We’re trying to get past it. But sometimes you can’t get past things,” Knutson said. “You have to work through them.”

Sandusky, Paterno’s former assistant and onetime heir apparent, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, with several of the alleged incidents occurring on Penn State property. Paterno and Spanier were fired because trustees felt they did not do enough to alert law enforcement authorities after an alleged assault in March 2002.

McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, told the grand jury that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy of about 10 in the showers at the Penn State football building. McQueary did not go to police but later told Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz, although it is not clear how detailed his description was.

Schultz, in turn, notified Spanier.

Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury and failure to report the incident to authorities, as required by state law. They have maintained their innocence, as has Sandusky.

In announcing McQueary was placed on administrative leave, Erickson said that it had become clear the assistant coach “could not function in this role under these circumstances.”

The scandal and its fallout is all anyone in State College has talked about this week.

“It’s all I hear,” Erica Lalli, a sophomore from Philadelphia, said. “It’s all over Facebook, it’s all over Twitter.”

It’s even in the Penn State classrooms.

Luis DeJesus, a junior from Philadelphia, said his entire history class was devoted to it Friday, with his professor asking students how they think the scandal, Paterno and the university’s role will be viewed in the years to come.

“Everybody is pretty much sad and mad,” DeJesus said.

Added Jon Bayona, a senior from Harrisburg, “Students want to express their emotions, but I don’t know if they’ve been provided enough information. … As more information comes out, people are realizing they might have made some immature decisions.”

Thousands of angry students paraded through the streets after Paterno was fired Wednesday night, some throwing rocks and bottles and tipping over a TV news van. Gov. Tom Corbett, who came to State College for the trustees meeting, had asked students to refrain from further violence, and trustee Joel Meyers echoed that plea Friday.

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