The Joe Paterno statue may or may not remain standing outside Beaver Stadium at Penn State, but for now a small group of students have dedicated themselves to protecting it from vandals.
Seniors Mike Elliott and Kevin Berkon organized an all-night gathering Tuesday, pitching a tent and putting up a sign that read, “Protect the Paterno statue,” at around 10:30 p.m. According to Berkon, they were "extremely angry" about a plane that flew over the campus earlier in the day with with a banner that read, "Take the statue down or we will."
"We talked about going up to the statue, and once we got up to the statue, we were like, 'Well, we're going to protect it,'" Berkon said.
About 10 people joined the vigil throughout the night. University police, who have an officer monitoring the statue, told the gatherers they couldn't sleep there.