Penn State http://wesa.fm en Plan To Reduce Penn State Board Goes To Full Senate http://wesa.fm/post/plan-reduce-penn-state-board-goes-full-senate <p>The full Senate will take up a measure to reduce the size of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, thereby responding to criticisms of how the university handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.<br /><br />Under the proposal, Penn State’s current governing body would go from 30 to 23 voting members. Changes, by attrition, would go into effect in 2016.<br /><br />Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) proposed the overhaul to address concerns voiced in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal.<br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:46:14 +0000 Mary Wilson 30715 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Tick Population Expected To Keep Growing http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-tick-population-expected-keep-growing <p>Put on a long sleeve shirt and load up on some pest repellent, because tick season in Pennsylvania is expected to get progressively worse year after year.</p><p>According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, and Penn State Urban Entomologist Steve Jacobs said that’s because of an increasing tick population.</p><p>“The only thing I can say for certain is that, across Pennsylvania for the last 25 years, we’ve been trending having more ticks in more places,” he said. “That will continue.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29681 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey Introduces New Bill Addressing Child Abuse http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-introduces-new-bill-addressing-child-abuse <p>U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says the federal government can play a role in prosecuting child abusers.</p><p>Casey is introducing a bill, the Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act, that says all adults responsible for children should be required to report cases of child abuse and neglect.</p><p>“It would require all states to pass and enforce a law requiring adults with a professional responsibility to children to report instances of known or suspected child abuse,” Casey said.</p><p>The proposal comes in the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:37:33 +0000 Erika Beras 29277 at http://wesa.fm Penn State Fans Plan New Statue Of Joe Paterno http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-fans-plan-new-statue-joe-paterno <p>With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.<br /><br />A State College, Pa., restaurant owner says he's interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.<br /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:57:17 +0000 The Associated Press 28072 at http://wesa.fm Victim Advocate Group Calls on New Penn State President to Take Strong Stand on Sandusky Scandal http://wesa.fm/post/victim-advocate-group-calls-new-penn-state-president-take-strong-stand-sandusky-scandal <p>A day after Penn State announced the selection of Eric Barron as its new president, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are responding to his statement that patience is needed.</p><p>At an event announcing his appointment, Barron was asked what the proper role he sees for the legacy of former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:20:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24598 at http://wesa.fm Penn State Names FSU's Barron Its New President http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-names-fsus-barron-its-new-president <p>Eric Barron, a former professor and dean at Penn State University and president of Florida State University, was chosen Monday to lead Pennsylvania's largest university as it continues grappling with fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:56:51 +0000 The Associated Press 24552 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 "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 NCAA to Restore Penn State Football Scholarships http://wesa.fm/post/ncaa-restore-penn-state-football-scholarships <p>Penn State officials say they are gratified by the NCAA's decision to gradually restore football scholarships taken from the school following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.</p><p>President Rodney Erickson called the news particularly welcome to student athletes who want to attend Penn State "and will now have the means to do so."</p><p>College sports' governing body said Tuesday that the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs and cited the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who's been serving as the programs' integrity monitor.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:15:46 +0000 The Associated Press 17069 at http://wesa.fm Former Penn State Adminstrators to Stand Trial http://wesa.fm/post/former-penn-state-adminstrators-stand-trial <p>Following two days of preliminary hearings, Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/hearing-continues-for-penn-states-spanier-curley-and-schultzin-sandusky-case-697436/">will go to trial</a> in what has been called the worst scandal in college football history. Bob Dvorchak, author of the book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/B00B1L24YW">Game Over</a>” has written about the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case, and says this is not at all a surprise.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:40:58 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14077 at http://wesa.fm Former Penn State Adminstrators to Stand Trial