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Published July 14, 2012, 12:46 PM

Penn Staters tire of unhappy scandal in the valley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Many Penn Staters who are defending their school or reconsidering the iconic status of the late Joe Paterno say the place they love and call Happy Valley is the same tight-knit home they imagined it to be.

By: MARC LEVY,Associated Press, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Many Penn Staters who are defending their school or reconsidering the iconic status of the late Joe Paterno say the place they love and call Happy Valley is the same tight-knit home they imagined it to be.

Junior Briana Marshall says Penn State is still her "dream school" and the students are still a family. She calls the Jerry Sandusky scandal and administrators' alleged cover-up a "bump in the road."

Some Penn Staters say they've tired of hearing about the scandal, and say the actions of a few shouldn't damage the school's reputation.

Others contend the trustees' investigative report released Thursday confirms the way Penn State has been run for years: to protect the school at all costs. One graduate, Jennifer Storm, says it's a relief to see that exposed.

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