Zentangle, cancer, Penn State: In a good way, they relate

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”~Charles Spurgeon, British preacher

We are…Penn State.
I am…Penn State.
I am proud to have graduated from Penn State University.
I know child abuse is bad.

Penn State alumni who defend the ongoing Penn State sex scandal–note, media does not call it the Sandusky Sex Scandal–don’t mention the last part because we feel that should be obvious.

If you swallow everything the media feeds you, then you must believe that all Penn State alumni, employees, parents, fans, sponsors, students and everyone related are the devil incarnate. If you think that of me, stop reading right now.

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Thank you for continuing to read. The university is a dynamic academic institution. If you care to dare talk about the university’s sports in a positive manner, Penn State ranks number one in football player graduation rate. No one focuses on the positive stories like that, or the causes that alumni and especially students support, several of which deal with cancer.

The Lady Lions basketball team’s Pink Zone donated $197,000 for cancer this year. Check out these photos from the 10th Annual Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes “Lift For Life. The current Nittany Lions football players raised more than $110,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.

2012 Penn State Lift for Life

photo by Joe Hermitt, The Patriot-News, pennlive.com

2012 Penn State Lift for Life

photo by Joe Hermitt, The Patriot-News, pennlive.com

Our love of Penn State has nothing to do with wins-losses but with the spirit. Cheering at sporting events is simply the highest-profile way we show that school pride. Plus, it’s fun. At least…it used to be.

Let’s never, ever forget the $10.68 million raised last year in Penn State’s student-run THON. Check out the Diva Challenge #58: Diamonds and my THON blog posts about this amazing organization that raises money to battle childhood cancer.

This week’s Diva Zentangle Challenge #81 is a guest post from Erin Olson, a CZT who will be walking in her local Relay For Life event. As a paramedic, she deals with cancer daily; this 24-hour walking event is one way she is giving back. Having walked a Relay for Life myself, I know the dedication, so I’ve given back with a donation to her. You can do the same at her fundraising page. You go, girl!

The tangles I used: Purk, Sez, Pepper, Scarabou, Pinch, Shattuck, Patena and Snail.

My husband has been nag–I mean, encouraging me to use colors in my Zentangles more often, so in honor of my alma mater, this week’s challenge is done in various shades of blue reflecting the school’s colors of Blue-and-White.

While the media razed on and on about who supposedly knew what when, they missed the story that Penn State researchers may be closer to finding a cure for breast cancer than ever before. I guess football issues are more newsworthy than cancer victims.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annemarie Huijts
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 22:18:20

    I like this! Love the motion in it.


  2. ledenzer
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 01:58:25

    So beautifully blue. I love the two shades blended together in a fabulous design!


  3. Ilse
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 07:55:38

    Oh great color!


  4. cathy
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 10:58:38

    Love your tangle AND your post. Media misinformation and misrepresentation angers me. I also feel hurt for the families involved both of the victims and the others. Your tangle, your post, and your school ROCK!


    • dwhirsch
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 16:36:35

      Thank you, everyone. I’m pleased you feel the motion (and emotion), too. I noticed the flow of Purk only after the shading and chose not to mention it in the post. Another one of those unexpected happinesses that come from Zentangle.


  5. Linda Marie
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:11:28

    This is beautiful; love the way you used the blues. And I add my thoughts to others who understand what you are saying about your school. One bad event does not make all the good go away; and I’m sure none of us will ever hear the absolute truth about ANYTHING in the American media! That’s a very sad thing. Hugs from me.


  6. Kathy
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:28:10

    Love that you used your school colors to show your support for both Relay for Life and your alma mater.


  7. dwhirsch
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 06:29:05

    Its nice to hear support from those not in the PSU community. The students band together for THON because we have all been touched by cancer. My dad had cancer (it was a heart attack of all things that did him in) and I’ve danced in THON twice so that someone else’s father does not die of cancer. No matter what, they cannot take *that* away from us. My best to Erin!


  8. Gloria J Zucaro
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 14:47:45

    Your zendala is beautiful. I agree that only those directly involved should be punished for their misconduct or for turning a blind eye. But to punish the whole faculty and shame the students who had nothing to do with any of it, is wrong.


    • dwhirsch
      Aug 03, 2012 @ 05:09:24

      Yes, it is a shame. Unfortunate in so many ways. Anyone who challenges that notion must have some pro-abuse agenda because we are obviously just about football. Right about now, the fight against cancer is an easier victory. As one THON slogan says: “Go State, beat cancer!” That would be a worthy outcome.


  9. Anonymous
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 09:43:06

    Beautiful tangles. Love the colors – and love the way you supported your school. We are a Big Ten family too and realize the institutions have so much more to offer.


  10. Daniele (Danni) O'Brien, CZT
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 04:49:35

    Beautiful Zendala and good thoughts.


  11. LSUgrad
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 19:20:05

    the pedd state kool-aid is strong with this one. the cult is still in denial i see.


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