Posts filed under ‘Sandusky scandal’
Three Questions Project: It’s that time of year again: Voting for this year’s Board of Trustees election starts April 10 and, as in years past, The Penn Stater asked every candidate three crucial questions about the issues facing Penn State. We’ve compiled their answers, along with more info about each candidate, here.
Denied: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for a new trial yesterday, ruling there was “no prejudice” against Sandusky during his 2012 trial for child sexual abuse. In a statement, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said, “We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. Protecting Pennsylvania’s children is one of my top priorities and I remain committed to seeking justice for all victims of sexual abuse.” Check out the Centre Daily Times’ coverage here.
In position: The Lady Lions earned their fourth-straight bid in the NCAA tournament, nabbing the No. 3 seed. The team faces No. 14 Wichita State on Sunday at the BJC. And despite the photo (above), shared on Twitter by WJAC’s Matt Maisel (@Matt_Maisel), Maggie Lucas wasn’t the only Lady Lion psyched about last night’s seed announcement; the photo was taken mere milliseconds before the rest of the team burst into cheers. Check out a video of their reaction here.
Good conversation: Vietnam War correspondent and Bronze Star Medal recipient Joseph Galloway is the guest on Thursday’s “Conversations from Penn State,” the WPSU-TV series. Galloway, whose career as a military and war correspondent spans more than 50 years, is also the best-selling author of “We Were Solders, Once… and Young,” on which the 2002 Mel Gibson flick “We Were Soliders” was based. The episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on WPSU-TV, and online at http://conversations.psu.edu.
Powerful partner: Some good news coming from Penn State’s partnership with PCAR (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape), now in its third year: more than 30,000 people affiliated with Penn State have been trained to identify and report child abuse in the past year, and prevention efforts—including more training programs, conferences, and support groups—have been bolstered throughout the state. For more information on Penn State and PCAR’s efforts to prevent child abuse, check out Penn State News‘ coverage here.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
Gift of life: Cheryl Green was a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore when her kidneys failed and she went into cardiac arrest. Two years later she received a transplant with the kidney of her mom, who was 51 at the time. Today, 37 years later, Green is still living with her mother’s kidney, as recounted in this feature from Lancaster Online. “I have an 88-year-old kidney in me,” Green says. “People said it wouldn’t last.”
Another day, another honor for John Urschel: Penn State’s offensive lineman/math genius is a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award, which the AAU awards annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Past award winners include everyone from Wilma Rudolph to Bruce Jenner to Tim Tebow. Fan voting counts in choosing the finalists, so click here to cast yours. Voting ends March 23.
Video of the day: Our friends at Onward State, who alerted us to this video, described it as “Dude Writes a Song About David Taylor.” And, yes, that’s true, but Mark Bader’s karaoke version of “Piano Man,” apparently titled “Magicman” in honor of the four-time Big Ten champ’s Twitter handle and nickname, is really so much more. It’s got shutouts to everything from Ed Ruth’s cradle to Cael Sanderson’s bald head, to everyone from Nico Megaludis to the team’s sports information director, Pat Donghia. Taylor gets the best lyric, though: “He’s slick and he’s sleek/And he wrestles complete/except for he never does throws.” Funny and accurate. You’ve really got to see this and hear this to believe it, so click here. Just don’t have the volume on your computer up too high.
Dottie Sandusky speaks: The Today show interviewed Dottie Sandusky, who says her husband did not sexually abuse young boys in their basement. She also showed interviewer Matt Lauer around the basement. If you want to watch, here the link to the seven-minute segment that aired Wednesday morning, and here’s the link to the full 50-minute interview posted later in the morning. The interview is receiving some criticism online, notably from Jennifer Storm ’02, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program and an abuse survivor herself. She tweeted, “It’s morally reprehensible that @todayshow takes its victims to crime scene where many young men were sexually abused by Sandusky” and “sexual assault victims deserve to be believed & once cases are concluded left alone to heal, not be revictimized by @todayshow.”
Lori Shontz, senior editor
Start ’em early: Here’s a cool story from yesterday’s Morning Call on the rise of “mini-thons” at high schools all over Pennsylvania — 136 this year alone. And just like the larger THON, the events are raising big money for the Four Diamonds Fund: The Bethlehem Area School District raised more than $20,000 at the eight-hour dance marathon last Saturday.
Speaking out: Dottie Sandusky will appear tomorrow morning on NBC’s Today in what looks to be an emotional interview with Matt Lauer. In a promo released this morning, Jerry Sandusky’s wife tells Lauer that her husband, who has been in maximum security prison since June 2012, misses “family meals” and “time with grandkids.”
Dynamic duo: A couple of big honors for men’s basketball player D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier; they’re two of the 2014 All-Big Ten award winners, announced yesterday. Newbill, who’s ranked second in the Big Ten, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors; Frazier, ranked ninth in the Big Ten, received third-team recognition.
Franklin moves in: Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune featured this story on James Franklin, who talks about the move from Nashville to State College—and his childhood, which included lots of time with his extended family in the ‘Burgh. Here’s a fun fact: According to Franklin’s cousin Karen Zellars, who’s quoted in the piece, little James could make one killer apple pie.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
Lessons from crises: As president of Bank of New York Mellon and chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, Karen Peetz ’77 is familiar with crises. She reflects on both the financial crisis and the Sandusky scandal in a piece from today’s CNNMoney: Postcards blog and shares lessons learned from both ordeals. Among her remarks: “We have to show we understand that the world in which we operate has changed and that we embrace new ways of thinking and operating. In other words, we have to prove ourselves — prove ourselves worthy of trust.”
All the right moves: If you’ve got a couple free minutes, check out this video featuring a TedXPSU project from earlier this week. On Tuesday, the music school’s chamber orchestra set up shop in the HUB, and passersby were invited to conduct the group in a classical performance. Several students jumped right in—and delivered some surprisingly convincing performances.
More than hockey: We told you about ESPN‘s John Buccigross’s visit to Penn State a few weeks ago, when the famed sportscaster took in a men’s hockey game at Pegula. Buccigross talked more about his Penn State experience with the Centre County Gazette for this piece, posted this morning. A few of his favorite things about State College: Cafe 210, Damon’s mozzarella sticks, and the Pegula Ice Arena’s spacious urinals. Yes, you read that right.
Drop the bass: Ever found yourself wondering if Penn State has a student group for all the bass-fishing enthusiasts on campus? Well, here is your answer, courtesy of Onward State.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
President-elect Eric Barron seems to like automotive analogies. He rattled off two when he spoke to the Board of Trustees on Monday afternoon, immediately after being named Penn State’s 18th president:
Auto Analogy No. 1: When Barron was learning to drive, his father told him to lift up his head and look not at the hood ornament, but down the road: “You will discover it is much easier to get where you are trying to go.” Barron found that the tip resulted in “a much better driving experience” and also turned out to be a good life philosophy. “Our job, all of our job, is to see down the road, sense the future, and ensure that this great institution is at the forefront of success and achievement.” (more…)
Eric Barron spent 20 years at Penn State, a larger chunk of his professional career than he’s spent anywhere else, by a lot. He called Penn State’s current president, Rod Erickson, formerly his boss in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, “much more than that—he was my mentor.” He said at every job he’s held since leaving Penn State, including his current position as Florida State president, he has taken two lessons he learned here, the “push for excellence and the power of community.”
“In so many ways,” Barron said Monday afternoon, just after being appointed Penn State’s 18th president, “I never left Penn State.”
Which doesn’t mean, Barron stressed, that he knows everything there is to know about this place. He left University Park in 2006 (click here to learn about what he did during the past eight years), and he knows the campus and the entire Penn State system have changed a lot since then.
“I have a lot to learn,” he said. “I want to make sure that I take the time to learn everything that I can. I think it’s a mistake to think that just because I was here eight years ago and for a while, or that because I’m paying attention to what’s going on in the world, that I know everything and can make decisions.”
Barron gave that answer in responding to a question about how he would bridge the divide in Penn State’s community that is one of the lasting effects of the Sandusky scandal, but his need to learn was a theme he sounded throughout his brief media tour Monday afternoon, even when asked about his goals for Penn State.
“The first thing I’d like to do,” he said, “is tap each dean on the shoulder and say, ‘I’d like to spend half a day with you. Show me your physical plant. Tell me those things you brag about. Those things you struggle with.’ Because I do think it’s a mistake to sit here and say, ‘I’ve been a university president for four years and directed a national lab, I know what to do.’ It doesn’t usually work that way. (more…)