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'PSU White Out Prayer Vigil' Set for Friday Night on Old Main Lawn

by on August 30, 2012 11:04 PM

One State College resident knows now is the time for Happy Valley to move forward in light of recent happenings, and he’s inviting the community to join.

Taking into consideration the Jerry Sandusky trial, the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State, and all the negative talk surrounding the university, Vaughn Wilson decided it was time to “do something to reach out.” So with the help of two Christian-based groups, Face 2 Face and the Faith Movement, he’s holding a prayer vigil to give the community a chance to “speak out” and “speak loud.”

The “PSU White Out Prayer Vigil” will be held beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday at the Old Main lawn on Penn State’s campus. The event will feature musical entertainment by Tabby Emel and Allan Scott, a tribute painting by local artist Josh Deutsch, and a prayer by Pastor Mitch Smith of Christ Community Church.

Wilson, a Lock Haven graduate who also took classes at Penn State, decided it was “time to move forward, (and) that we’re strong and united.”

The vigil is open to everyone in the community, Wilson said, “because we’ve all been affected by this.”

The purpose, he said, is to “stand strong and united and just (be) really ready to move forward this year.”

Wilson is hoping to “pack the Old Main lawn,” he said, and would like to see some 1,000 attendees. The event, which is free, has gotten a great response so far through its website and Facebook page, he said.

Wilson believes an important part of the prayer vigil is to encourage the students.

“This is their university,” he said, and it’s important to understand that the “choices of a few impact many.”

Wilson wants to encourage students and the university to make good decisions. There’s a lot of strong and positive history connected to Penn State, he said, and it’s time to “take it back.”

“Now we’re trying to move forward and it’s going to take the community and the students,” Wilson said.

“We just really want everyone to come out and come together,” he said. “It’s going to be a really great event.”

Wilson said the art done by Deutsch will be donated to Penn State, and students who attend the vigil will have a chance to sign it. Although it’s a secret what the painting will represent, Wilson said, he guesses it will be symbolic of football and the community.

“It’s really breathtaking, some of the stuff (he’s done),” Wilson said, referring to Deutsch’s previous work.

The vigil Facebook page is under the name of “PSU White Out Prayer Vigil.” The website can be reached at

Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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