Paternoville changes name to Nittanyville

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The student group that camps outside of Beaver Stadium before Penn State football games - dubbed "Paternoville" - has changed its name to Nittanyville, Onward State reports.

The administration of the student group which oversees the encampment, which has been in place since 1993, said in a statement that they "want to return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it."

The group had been named after former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who coached the Nittany Lions for 45 years before being fired in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal last November.

Paterno and other senior members of Penn State's administration were heavily admonished in a report released late last week which said that the former coach, along with the president, vice president and athletic director of the school, failed to stop and covered up Sandusky's abuse for years.

A Nittanyville student official tells Onward State that a portion of their proceeds during the upcoming 2012 season will be donated the Center for the Protection of Children.

Paterno died in January of lung cancer at the age of 85. A debate has raged over the past several days over whether a statue of Paterno that stands outside Beaver Stadium should remain standing.