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Students remember Joe Paterno's impact on Penn State

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Jan 24, 2012 11:14 AM

(State College) -- For the first time since Harry Truman was president, Penn State University is facing life without iconic football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno died Sunday, two months after he was fired from the job he held for five decades. Senior Claire Grimm teared up as she thought about life in State College without the man who became the face of Penn State.  "I don't think Penn State will ever be without JoePa. My grandmother came here, as well as my mother. I'm a third-generation person. We've all been here with Joe. It's sad to see him pass, but at the same time, I think the best thing we can do is move forward. I think that's what Joe would have wanted us to do," Grimm says. Like Grimm, sophomore Lucas Sweeny is a Pennsylvania native. He says he’s known who Paterno was since he was three, but he thinks the school can move forward. "We'll carry on, we'll definitely continue his traditions. It'll be a rough patch at first, but we'll definitely make it through," Sweeny says. Public viewings will be held today and tomorrow. A private funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, with a public memorial service set for Thursday, at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan center.

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