Author Doug Dooling, Jr.
In 2003, the chairman of the College Republicans hosted a Halloween party where one of the guests wore blackface. Members of the Undergraduate Student Government were in attendance, but no one spoke out against a multitude of offensive costumes. When the chairman shared photos of the event on his website, a controversy ignited. And after all this, Penn State still debates if it is permissible for students to use other cultures for their costumes.
John Amaechi, an NBA sensation and 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshal, reflected on his connections with Jerry Sandusky, his time at the Second Mile, and the scandal that followed.
After a week of exciting developments, HBO announced it has suspended the Al Pacino movie ‘Happy Valley’ because of budgetary restrictions. This is the first time that a studio has claimed it was behind the screen adaptation of Joe Posnanski’s ‘Paterno.’
The Buffalo Bills franchise has invited the Penn State Blue Band to perform at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3. The Bills will play the Kansas City Chiefs for an early afternoon game. This will mark a busy weekend for the Blue Band, as Beaver Stadium will host a game between the Nittany Lions and Fighting Illini.
You don’t have to wait until August to have a THON Night in the Philadelphia area. The Camden Riversharks, from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, will raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund on Tuesday. Tickets purchased before Monday evening will have some of the proceeds donated to THON.
The Department of Education said the law didn’t apply. The Office of Open Records said the law didn’t apply. But the Commonwealth Court said the Right-to-Know law applies to the state Secretary of Education in his or her capacity as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.
The DC Superior Court ruled that Michael Mann, a world-renown climatologist and Penn State professor, can proceed in his lawsuit against the National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Last July, the two conservative organizations shared an article that compared the professor to Jerry Sandusky.
Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the state Supreme Court removed Barry Feudale as the supervising judge of grand jury investigations. This came at the request of Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane alleged that Feudale belittled her and Linda Kelly, the previous state Attorney General. Kane also stated that the judge brandished a knife in her office.
Another one bit the dust. Today, Governor Corbett announced the forced resignation of Richard Allan, his secretary of the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. Allan is also an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and was present during the entirety of the Sandusky Scandal.
If you thought THON couldn’t take any more of your money, think again. THON publicly announced they will open a permanent location in the HUB around May 2015. This endeavor comes with other renovations that are a part of HUB Expansion. The Board of Trustees will vote on expanding the student union at their meeting next month.
On Tuesday, US District Judge Yvette Kane ruled that oral arguments for the NCAA’s motion to dismiss will begin on May 1. The governing body of college sports argues that the Commonwealth’s lawsuit to overturn sanctions on the Nittany Lions football program is without merit.
On Friday afternoon, Franco Harris will moderate “Upon Further Review: One Year Later,” a panel which will discuss the myths and truths surrounding the Sandusky Scandal. The event promises to reveal unreported information about the Grand Jury Presentment. Panelists will include John Ziegler and Anthony Lubrano.
Former state senator Bob Jubelirer has scored one of the highest-profile endorsements for the Board of Trustees alumni election. Yesterday, Senator Jubelirer shared on his Facebook page that Tom Ridge, who resigned the Pennsylvania governorship in 2011 to become the first Homeland Security Secretary, endorsed him for Trustee. This announcement came after the first day of alumni voting.
Few people heard of Bill Cluck before Ken Frazier’s tirade. Now, Dr. Cluck, a candidate for an alumni seat on the Board of Trustees, earned the first celebrity endorsement of this election. Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA operative and novelist, endorsed Cluck for Penn State’s Board of Trustees.
The University named Regis Becker its first Director of Ethics and Compliance yesterday. With this title, Becker will be charged with supervision of all federal, state, and local laws, as well as internal policies. His post comes from the preliminary recommendations of Louis Freeh.
“Regis Becker’s range of distinguished experience in corporate compliance, security and law enforcement makes him the ideal person to implement and oversee clear, comprehensive and exemplary principles and procedures for the University,” President Rod Erickson said in a release.
Penn State University experienced a legal setback last week, as the Superior Court of Pennsylvania determined that its trial with its insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company will be held in Philadelphia County, not Centre County as it had hoped.
If you think only University Park students THON, think again. THON organizations exist at every Commonwealth campus. Although UPark students often forget Commonwealth students’ contributions, they play a vital role in the fight against pediatric cancer. Onward State interviewed Schuylkill THON to learn the impact they had on THON 2013.
Unmanned aircraft have been crucial in the War on Terror, but are they necessary on a college campus? Penn State University thinks so. The Electronic Frontier Foundation learned the University has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for a drone license.