State College Borough Passes Resolution Vowing to Protect Immigrants

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State College Municipal Building, via Google Maps

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistook a resolution passed by the Borough of State College for an action by Pennsylvania State University. While parts of the university are located within the municipality, the entities are separate, and the university was not involved in the resolution.

The Borough of State College, in which some Pennsylvania State University facilities are located, has enacted a formal resolution pledging to protect immigrants less than a week after Penn State’s president expressed hesitation about terming the school a “sanctuary campus.” Read more »

Penn State Has Spent Nearly a Quarter of a Billion Dollars on the Sandusky Case

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Penn State’s costs in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal have reached a quarter-billion dollars — and are growing.

The AP reports Penn State’s costs in the Sandusky scandal have risen to at least $237 million. That includes the recent $12 million judgment the school was ordered to pay Mike McQueary, the assistant football coach who first walked in on former PSU defensive coordinator Sandusky and a boy in the showers at Penn State. Read more »

Could Penn State Be a Contender Next Season?

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Saquon Barkley, a true sophomore, is not eligible for the NFL draft and will return to Penn State next season | Photo: Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports

Penn State had a weird season.

The Nittany Lions weren’t seen as one of the top teams in the country when the college football season began. They didn’t receive a single vote from the media in the preseason Associated Press poll. They struggled against Kent State in their opener, then lost to Pitt. They beat Temple by a touchdown before getting walloped by Michigan, 49-10, at the end of September.

Penn State was so lightly regarded at the end of the month that PSU athletic director Sandy Barbour had to quell rumors that head coach James Franklin could be fired at the end of the season. Fans even started a Change.org petition calling for his ouster. New offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead was similarly under fire.

The Nittany Lions then had a charmed three months — before it all came crashing down in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl on Monday evening. Penn State didn’t lose a game after September until yesterday, when it gave up 17 points in the final eight minutes to lose the Rose Bowl to USC, 52-49. It was the highest-scoring game in the 100-plus year history of the bowl game. Read more »

10 Things You Might Not Know About College Mascots

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The Temple football team opens its season tonight with a game against Army at the Linc. (Tickets here!) Temple’s team is known as the Owls for the most proudly prosaic of reasons: It started as a night school, with a student body that worked during the day and went to classes after the sun went down. (Temple’s live great horned owl mascot is Stella, who, when she’s not on the sidelines, lives at Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo.) Army’s team (technically now the Army West Point team) is known as the Black Knights, a designation that, rumor had it, would be dropped last year under a rebranding with Nike. They originally became known as the Black Knights because their uniforms were black. So — what’s in a college mascot’s name? Some are weird, some are whimsical, some are politically incorrect all of a sudden. Just in time for back-to-school, here are the stories behind a few other collegiate sports teams’ names.  Read more »

Penn State Student: I’ll Leave School if PSU Honors Paterno

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Ian Riccaboni, shown with Ring of Honor wrestler Veda Scott, says he’ll try to transfer if the school goes through with honoring Joe Paterno | Photo courtesy Riccaboni

Ian Riccaboni is a man who wears many hats. The Upper Dublin resident is a senior manager in pharmaceutical field reimbursement, a writer for Phillies Nation, an adjunct instructor at Holy Family University and a professional wrestling announcer for the well-regarded Ring of Honor promotion. He has a Wikipedia page. He’s also a Penn State student getting a graduate certificate.

When he heard yesterday’s news that Penn State would commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach this month, it made Riccaboni angry. It made him rethink his decision to attend the school entirely.  Read more »

Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Game vs. Temple

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Penn State will honor Joe Paterno before its home game against Temple this season, according to a press release about the season’s promotional schedule.

On the September 17th game against the Owls at Beaver Stadium, Penn State will hold an pregame ceremony “[c]ommemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” per the release. Per Onward State, which first reported the news, Penn State has not had any in-stadium mention of Paterno since his last game on October 29th, 2011 (besides his appearance in a few “hype” videos).

Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and died on January 22nd, 2012. His former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012. Read more »

OPINION: More Should Be Factored In What’s Considered ‘LGBTQ Friendly’

 

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Another week, another ranking.

This time around, the non-profit Campus Pride, an organization that prides itself for hosting “student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities,” released their definitive annual list of top 30 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. In Pennsylvania, only two campuses were even on the list — University of Pennsylvania and Penn State. Penn received a perfect score of 5 based on the organization’s Campus Pride Index, while Penn State was given a 4.5 score.  Read more »

Judge Unveils Controversial Depositions Regarding Penn State’s Handling of Sexual Abuse Incidents

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A Philadelphia judge unveiled depositions that shed light on the details of disturbing claims, revealed in May, that Penn State officials were aware of sexual abuse allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky far earlier than originally thought.

The documents stirred the pot of controversy surrounding Sandusky as well as former head football coach Joe Paterno and other university officials.

The stories of four alleged sexual abuse victims were addressed in multiple cases detailed in documents released by a judge in the university’s courtroom clash with its commercial general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. The documents could reveal whether Penn State officials knew about inappropriate incidents regarding Sandusky decades ago and chose not to alert the insurance company.

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Penn State President: No Evidence Paterno Knew About Sandusky Assault in 1976

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Left: Penn State president Eric Barron (Michelle Bixby, Penn State) Right: Joe Paterno (Richard Paul Kane, Shutterstock.com)

Penn State University president Eric Barron denounced a string of new allegations about the extent of the university’s knowledge of Jerry Sandusky‘s sexual abuse of children, and criticized the media for continuing to scrutinize the school, four years after Sandusky was convicted on dozens of sexual assault charges.

Barron shared his thoughts in a letter that was posted on Penn State’s website on Sunday, while the university was still reeling from the deluge of claims about Sandusky, who continues to cast a haunting shadow over the school even while he festers behind bars.

The first shockwave hit last Wednesday, in court documents tied to a legal battle between Penn State and its general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company, over the more than $90 million in settlements that the university has paid out to Sandusky’s victims. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer wrote that PMA claims a boy told late football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he’d been abused by Sandusky. The insurance company also claims that two assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children in the late 1980s, and that another molestation claim had been reported to an athletic director around that same time.

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