Penn State University http://wesa.fm en Penn State Trustees to Discuss Status of Lawsuit over $60M Fine http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-trustees-discuss-status-lawsuit-over-60m-fine <p>The Penn State University (PSU) Board of Trustees will meet 8 a.m. Wednesday by phone to discuss a potential settlement of a lawsuit between state officials and the NCAA over the use of the $60 million fine PSU was ordered to pay in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.</p><p>In 2012, PSU consented to a number of sanctions imposed by the NCAA in response to attempts by high-ranking university officials to hide Sandusky’s molestation of young boys. The consent decree included a $60 million fine to be used for programs for the protection of children.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Kaye Burnet 34168 at http://wesa.fm Tuition Going Up 3.9 Percent at Pitt's Oakland Campus http://wesa.fm/post/tuition-going-39-percent-pitts-oakland-campus <p>Already cited by the U.S. Department of Education as having <a href="http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/Default.aspx#">the highest tuition for a four-year public university or college</a>, the University of Pittsburgh is raising its rates for the 2014-15 academic year.</p><p>The Pitt Board of Trustees Friday approved a $1.97 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 — up $10 million from the just completed year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:24:22 +0000 Kevin Gavin 32838 at http://wesa.fm Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation http://wesa.fm/post/attorney-general-kane-corbett-did-not-drag-feet-over-sandusky-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report Monday regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation when he was Attorney General. Patriot News opinions editor John Micek talked about how the findings of Kane's office<a href="http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/06/sandusky_report_tom_corbett_ka.html"> could impact Governor Corbett's chances of re-election</a>.</span></p><p>The Attorney General’s report found no evidence of Corbett mishandling the investigation due to political influence. Micek said even though the report was issued well before voting begins, for Corbett's re-election campaign, the report may hurt his chances in the polls. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:33:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31480 at http://wesa.fm Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation Kane Report: Politics Had No Role in Sandusky Probe http://wesa.fm/post/kane-report-politics-had-no-role-sandusky-probe <p>A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.</p><p>The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, by a former federal prosecutor blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:45:12 +0000 The Associated Press 31398 at http://wesa.fm Legislation Could Shrink Penn State's Board of Trustees http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-could-shrink-penn-states-board-trustees <p>Penn State’s Board of Trustees came under fire as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal two years ago.</p><p>Now, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced legislation Friday that would shrink the size of board from 30 voting members to 23.</p><p>Under the new bill, the board would be made up of 8 elected alumni, five gubernatorial appointees, five members from the agriculture industry and five members from the business industry. The legislation would also prohibit the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and all state row officers from being on the board.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:26:58 +0000 Michael Lynch 23298 at http://wesa.fm What to Expect From Penn State's New Football Coach http://wesa.fm/post/what-expect-penn-states-new-football-coach <p>Penn State has named their second permanent football coach since the end of Joe Paterno’s career in 2011. James Franklin the former coach at Vanderbilt University, replaces Bill O’Brien who is now the new head coach of the Houston Texans.</p><p>Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus and author of the book <em>Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence</em>, talks about the school's new football coach, and how his hiring will impact the scandal plagued program and the university going forward. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:09:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22769 at http://wesa.fm "Paterno Faction" Frustrates Former Penn State Coach O'Brien http://wesa.fm/post/paterno-faction-frustrates-former-penn-state-coach-obrien <p>When Bill O’Brien became head coach of the scandal plagued Nittany Lions football team he knew there would be challenges.</p><p>Now, as <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/2014/01/04/O-Brien-s-passion-remained-with-NFL-O-Brien-still-had-passion-for-NFL/stories/201401040077">he leaves</a> Penn State to become head coach of the Houston Texans, those challenges have come to light.</p><p>Sports guy Bob Dvorchak says&nbsp; the&nbsp;“Paterno faction,” that has frustrated O’Brien throughout his time <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/psu/2014/01/02/Reality-takes-hold-at-Penn-State-with-O-Brien-s-departure/stories/201401020107">coaching</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:06:25 +0000 Katherine Blackley 22401 at http://wesa.fm "Paterno Faction" Frustrates Former Penn State Coach O'Brien Penn State Cuts Law School Tuition in Half for Some Students http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-cuts-law-school-tuition-half-some-students <p>If you live in Pennsylvania and want to attend law school at Penn State, you can receive a 50 percent discount in tuition.</p><p>Faced with a 17.5 percent decline in first year enrollment at its Dickinson School of Law, Penn State is now offering a $20,000 renewable grant for in-state students who enroll in fall 2014.</p><p>“This is not a program designed to entice people in the door,” said Interim Dean James Houck. “If a person is admitted according to our standards which we are upholding and maintaining, they would be entitled to it for the three years they are in school.”</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:41:17 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20445 at http://wesa.fm State Senators Unveil Legislation to Reform Penn State Board http://wesa.fm/post/state-senators-unveil-legislation-reform-penn-state-board <p>The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees would be decreased from 30 voting members to 23 under legislation unveiled by state Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne County) and John Corman (R-Centre County).</p><p>Yudichak said, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school is facing its greatest challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:15:55 +0000 Tim Camerato 20138 at http://wesa.fm Judge: 3 Penn State Ex-Officials to Stand Trial http://wesa.fm/post/judge-3-penn-state-ex-officials-stand-trial <p>Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.<br><br>Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a full criminal court trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, Judge William Wenner concluded.<br><br>Wenner called it "a tragic day for Penn State University."<br> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:04:33 +0000 The Associated Press 14014 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Foundation Awards Grants to Spur Scientific Research http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-foundation-awards-grants-spur-scientific-research <p>Why can starfish regenerate when they lose arms and humans can’t?</p><p>The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded eight scientific research grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to find answers to questions like these.</p><p>Almost $1.6 million will be split among research projects at five Pennsylvania schools: the University of Pittsburgh, Penn Sate, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel and Temple.</p><p>The grants are split between two categories: New Investigator and New Initiative.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:03:30 +0000 Jessica Nath 13747 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Push for Debate on PSU Oversight http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-push-debate-psu-oversight <p>Nearly eight months ago, then state Auditor General Jack Wagner issued a long list of recommendations that he thought would provide for more oversight of the operation of Penn State University. Most of those recommendations have not been adopted, but Democrats in the state Senate are pushing to change that.</p><p>“We are calling upon our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to have that conversation with us over the course summer and the fall,” said Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:42:11 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12198 at http://wesa.fm Defending Joe Paterno and Challenging the Freeh Report http://wesa.fm/post/defending-joe-paterno-and-challenging-freeh-report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Former Pennsylvania Governor <a href="http://www.library.pitt.edu/thornburgh/biography.html"><strong>Dick Thornburgh</strong></a> feels former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the Jerry Sandusky abuse case was <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/former_gov_dick_thornburgh_hel.html">not conclusively supported by evidence</a>. The Penn State case marked the first time the NCAA punished an institution solely for transgressions related to a criminal matter.</p><p>The family of former coach Joe Paterno and other plaintiffs sued the NCAA last week, accusing the organization of intentionally defaming and commercially disparaging them through the imposition of sanctions against Penn State. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:48:41 +0000 Heather McClain 10949 at http://wesa.fm Defending Joe Paterno and Challenging the Freeh Report State-Related Universities Raise Concerns Over Transparency Proposals http://wesa.fm/post/state-related-universities-raise-concerns-over-transparency-proposals <p>One key question at the heart of a push for more transparency at Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities may keep legislative proposals in park for some time.<br><br>Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln are all largely exempt from the state’s open records law, while Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities are held to the standard.<br><br>Proposals to get rid of the exemption have been proposed in the House and Senate. The universities have raised concerns or outright opposition to the plans.<br> Tue, 28 May 2013 01:26:09 +0000 Mary Wilson 10292 at http://wesa.fm Paterno's Widow: We Were Ignorant of Sex Predators http://wesa.fm/post/paternos-widow-we-were-ignorant-sex-predators <p>The widow of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky.</p><p>Speaking at a child-abuse prevention program, Sue Paterno says she and her husband sometimes unknowingly helped Sandusky "groom" the boys he abused, believing he was helping them find a better life.</p><p>Paterno says she was horrified to learn Sandusky sexually abused several young boys.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:00:37 +0000 The Associated Press 7635 at http://wesa.fm Next move Is Unclear After Penn State Case Ruling http://wesa.fm/post/next-move-unclear-after-penn-state-case-ruling <p>For months, the criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up abuse complaints about Jerry Sandusky has been in limbo while a judge considered their request to have the case thrown out.</p><p>Judge Barry Feudale's ruling against Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley could clear the way for a district judge to finally conduct the preliminary hearing that had once been scheduled for last December.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:25:28 +0000 The Associated Press 7601 at http://wesa.fm Penn State: Sandusky Interview Continues to Open Wounds http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-sandusky-interview-continues-open-wounds <p>Penn State says Jerry Sandusky's assertion that a key witness misinterpreted his showering with a young boy continues to "open wounds" for his victims.<br><br>Excerpts of Sandusky's interview with a documentary filmmaker were broadcast Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The former Penn State assistant football coach says he doesn't understand how Mike McQueary concluded "sex was going on" when he witnessed the shower incident in 2001.<br> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:16:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Mary Wilson 6121 at http://wesa.fm No Ruling After Brief Hearing in Penn State Suit http://wesa.fm/post/no-ruling-after-brief-hearing-penn-state-suit <p>A judge says it might be late April before he rules on Penn State's request to dismiss a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.</p><p>Judge Thomas Gavin presided over the half-hour hearing Monday at which lawyers debated the school's preliminary objections that could end the case.</p><p>McQueary is seeking millions in damages for how he says he was treated after reporting having seen Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in 2001.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:30:56 +0000 The Associated Press 3518 at http://wesa.fm Sandusky Scandal tops $41 Million for Penn State http://wesa.fm/post/sandusky-scandal-tops-41-million-penn-state <p>Penn State's bill to pay costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has topped $41 million, including $8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.</p><p>The latest disclosure posted Monday on a university website offered more itemization for certain costs including the bill for the Freeh probe. The bill also for the first time includes the $12 million payment to the NCAA — the first of five annual installments of the $60 million fine that's part of the sanctions.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:57:31 +0000 Associated Press 2607 at http://wesa.fm $1M Gift to Establish Industrial Engineering Professorship at Penn State http://wesa.fm/post/1m-gift-establish-industrial-engineering-professorship-penn-state <p>A California couple has donated $1 million to Penn State's department of industrial engineering.</p><p>The Centre Daily Times reports the donors are alumnus Tom Lucas, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1976, and his wife, Nicki. They're from of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.</p><p>The money will create an endowed professorship. Department head Paul Griffin says it will help add a top-notch faculty member and also provide resources for current and future students.</p><p>Lucas retired last year after a career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:44:32 +0000 Associated Press 2192 at http://wesa.fm Penn State Sues Insurer Over Sandusky Coverage http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-sues-insurer-over-sandusky-coverage <p>Penn State says in a new lawsuit that its insurance carrier isn't honoring its legal obligation to cover it for claims related to sexual misconduct by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.</p><p>The 18-page complaint filed by the university in Bellefonte Tuesday said it has been sued or contacted by 29 claimants but the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Insurance Company isn't providing coverage.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and bad faith, saying Penn State is entitled to damages and costs.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:42:07 +0000 Associated Press 2161 at http://wesa.fm Special Prosecutor to Probe Penn St. Grand Jury http://wesa.fm/post/special-prosecutor-probe-penn-st-grand-jury <div class="field-item even"><p>A Pennsylvania judge has named a special prosecutor to examine whether secrecy rules were violated in relation to the grand jury that investigated Jerry Sandusky and three former Penn State administrators who are currently facing criminal&nbsp;charges.</p><p>Lawyer James M. Reeder was given six months to look into the matter, according to a Feb. 8 order from Judge Barry&nbsp;Feudale.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:38:50 +0000 Mark Scolforo 1700 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Defends Antitrust Suit vs. NCAA http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-defends-antitrust-suit-vs-ncaa <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">Gov. Tom Corbett argued in a court document filed late Monday that the NCAA has been trying to use his pending antitrust lawsuit against it over the Penn State penalties in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal to combat what he describes as a groundswell of public&nbsp;criticism.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:09:15 +0000 Mark Scolforo / Associated Press 1596 at http://wesa.fm NCAA Suit Raises PA Lawmakers Hackles http://wesa.fm/post/ncaa-suit-raises-pa-lawmakers-hackles <div class="field-item even"><p>If there were any remaining warm and fuzzy feelings between state lawmakers and the NCAA, there’s no love lost now. Legislators and officials are reacting to the NCAA’s lawsuit against the commonwealth to overturn a brand new state&nbsp;law.</p><p>For those following along at home, there are now two federal lawsuits with the NCAA and Tom Corbett at the top of the&nbsp;docket.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:12:26 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1511 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Signs Bill to Keep NCAA Fines Against Penn State in PA http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-bill-keep-ncaa-fines-against-penn-state-pa <p>Gov. Corbett has signed legislation that would require all proceeds from the 60 million dollars in NCAA fines paid by Penn State to be used exclusively in Pennsylvania.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:47:28 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 1332 at http://wesa.fm