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A Penn State alumna on a community's heartbreak

Reflections on a shattering week

Originally Published: November 12, 2011
By Erin Strout

It feels like a death in the family.

That's what I told one friend who asked me how I was feeling about this sickening week at my alma mater, Penn State University. I've bled blue and white since I was a small child, and when I woke up last Sunday, it felt like someone close had died. Since then, I've felt shock, denial, sadness … and then I got stuck on anger. This Saturday I had tears in my eyes watching on television from 3,000 miles away as the Nebraska and Penn State ...

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