Who is ReBOT.org?
Yes, some are alumni of Penn State. But the reality is the members all have one thing in common, they are everyday hardworking honest folks.
The news from Penn State, last November, blared nastily and thousands had the wind knocked out of them. Tears flowed. Voices rose in anger. Bodies shook with frustration. Thinkers tried to wrap their minds around details. Doers looked for a way to do something tangible. Opinions varied to both extremes. Strangers attacked. Friendships crumbled. Families argued. Hearts were breaking around the world.
Emotions rose to a fever pitch as never seen before in State College, in Texas, in California, in England, in Belize and in every nook and cranny around the globe. "I am hurting for innocence, for family, for hope, for pride, for tradition, for honor, for reason, for truth. Is there no where I am safe?" The diversity of the internet provided a safe haven. Slowly at first, aching souls found each other through the simple outreach of a group on Facebook. Each told a friend or two, shared an experience or two, told a story or two, chased a fact or two, made a friend or two. It was brilliant in its simplicity. A safe place that was steadily growing.
Reaching higher membership, individuals choosing different paths to the same goal was as inevitable as no one wanting the same thing for dinner. A number identified they had a common path they wished to pursue, common outlook on events, so they rallied together and PSU-ReBOT was formed. Even while the dust was settling, it became obvious that much of the blame for Penn State's media woes, fell squarely on the Penn State Board of Trustees - their actions and inactions; their lack of leadership; back office deals; lack of transparency; their mute, mandated silence; out-of-touch with vitally important events on campus; and their treatment of Joseph V. Paterno. We believe in openness; sharing ideas, a positive attitude and success with honor. We believe laughter and a bit of silliness heals our aching hearts and we allow members to contribute as they are able. Our mission is a complete restructuring of the Board of Trustees, by revising their bylaws and standing orders so as to match the University governance with today's needs and realities. This mission will require a strong, united voice and especially from Pennsylvania voters.
The seven person Executive Committee was formed to guide the group.
What do the other members of rebot do? Find a photo. Write an article. Send an email. Gather data. Encourage Pennsylvania voters. Post comments, share personal stories and discuss strategies in our private Facebook group. Make a suggestion. Organize an event. Contribute an idea. Together we can make an impact. So they help with the newsletter, they contribute to this website, members of the "Squirrel Brigade" responds to Penn State vilification in the press/media, others research data on other land grant universities, some seek support from Pennsylvania voters and they all work for "success with honor", as it should be.
WE ARE all working to make Penn State a better University, a better place.
Who should be a member?
Here's the first step.