Penn State University

Higher Education
12:26 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Legislation Could Shrink Penn State's Board of Trustees

Penn State’s Board of Trustees came under fire as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal two years ago.

Now, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced legislation Friday that would shrink the size of board from 30 voting members to 23.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:09 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

What to Expect From Penn State's New Football Coach

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.

Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus and author of the book Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence, talks about the school's new football coach, and how his hiring will impact the scandal plagued program and the university going forward.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:06 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

"Paterno Faction" Frustrates Former Penn State Coach O'Brien

Bill O'Brien has left his coaching position at Penn State and will move to Houston to coach the Texans.
Credit Penn State News / flickr

When Bill O’Brien became head coach of the scandal plagued Nittany Lions football team he knew there would be challenges.

Now, as he leaves Penn State to become head coach of the Houston Texans, those challenges have come to light.

Sports guy Bob Dvorchak says  the “Paterno faction,” that has frustrated O’Brien throughout his time coaching

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Higher Education
3:41 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Penn State Cuts Law School Tuition in Half for Some Students

If you live in Pennsylvania and want to attend law school at Penn State, you can receive a 50 percent discount in tuition.

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.

“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.”

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Higher Education
3:15 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

State Senators Unveil Legislation to Reform Penn State Board

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).

Yudichak said, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school is facing its greatest challenge.

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Pennsylvania
4:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Judge: 3 Penn State Ex-Officials to Stand Trial

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.

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.

Wenner called it "a tragic day for Penn State University."

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Science
4:03 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Foundation Awards Grants to Spur Scientific Research

Why can starfish regenerate when they lose arms and humans can’t?

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded eight scientific research grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to find answers to questions like these.

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.

The grants are split between two categories: New Investigator and New Initiative.

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Penn State
1:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

State Lawmakers Push for Debate on PSU Oversight

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.

“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).

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:48 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Defending Joe Paterno and Challenging the Freeh Report

Former PA Governor and Attorney General Dick Thornburgh
Credit Dominic McDevit / Wikipedia

    

Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh feels former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the Jerry Sandusky abuse case was not conclusively supported by evidence. The Penn State case marked the first time the NCAA punished an institution solely for transgressions related to a criminal matter.

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.

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Open Records
9:26 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

State-Related Universities Raise Concerns Over Transparency Proposals

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.

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.

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.

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Pennsylvania
5:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Paterno's Widow: We Were Ignorant of Sex Predators

The widow of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky.

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.

Paterno says she was horrified to learn Sandusky sexually abused several young boys.

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Pennsylvania
10:25 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Next move Is Unclear After Penn State Case Ruling

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.

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.

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Jerry Sandusky Scandal
3:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Penn State: Sandusky Interview Continues to Open Wounds

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.

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.

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Pennsylvania
2:30 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

No Ruling After Brief Hearing in Penn State Suit

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.

Judge Thomas Gavin presided over the half-hour hearing Monday at which lawyers debated the school's preliminary objections that could end the case.

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.

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Pennsylvania
2:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Sandusky Scandal tops $41 Million for Penn State

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.

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.

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Penn State
12:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

$1M Gift to Establish Industrial Engineering Professorship at Penn State

A California couple has donated $1 million to Penn State's department of industrial engineering.

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.

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.

Lucas retired last year after a career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry.

Pennsylvania
9:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Penn State Sues Insurer Over Sandusky Coverage

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.

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.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and bad faith, saying Penn State is entitled to damages and costs.

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Jerry Sandusky
3:38 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Special Prosecutor to Probe Penn St. Grand Jury

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 charges.

Lawyer James M. Reeder was given six months to look into the matter, according to a Feb. 8 order from Judge Barry Feudale.

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Penn State scandal
11:09 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Corbett Defends Antitrust Suit vs. NCAA

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 criticism.

Corbett said the judge should not grant the NCAA's request to dismiss the case, saying college sports' governing body made a factual error when it said the penalties were voted on by the university's trustees.

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Penn State
10:12 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NCAA Suit Raises PA Lawmakers Hackles

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 law.

For those following along at home, there are now two federal lawsuits with the NCAA and Tom Corbett at the top of the docket.

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Penn State Fines
9:47 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Corbett Signs Bill to Keep NCAA Fines Against Penn State in PA

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.

Penn State agreed to pay the fines levied by the NCAA as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. 

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