Since the release of Former FBI director Louis Freeh's report last Thursday, one of the most discussed phrases has been "death penalty." If anything has been more disappointing than the extent to which this topic has been exhausted, it is the way it has been discussed with national columnists and broadcasters attempting to play moral police and make up non-existent rules that are convenient for their arguments.
Earlier today, a Twitter storm ensued when Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network and Bonnie Bernstein of ESPN, along with the Chicago Tribune, reported that the Penn State Board of Trustees had voted to remove the Joe Paterno statue. Several members of the BOT quickly refuted those reports.
Yesterday, the Chronicle for Higher Education released a stunning report from the Big Ten Commissioner’s Office. Conference officials fear that fallout from the Sandusky Scandal has spread to other schools within the league. However, the Big Ten Conference handbook does not provide regulations for handling a matter of this magnitude. As a result, proposals were drafted to deal with the current and potential crises.
What does Penn State have in common with Wall Street, the United States Navy, the Boston Red Sox, Baylor University, the Citadel, the University of Michigan, and the University of Montana? These are institutions that have relied on sociology to build collective pride among its members. These are also institutions that have used its culture to suppress and coverup crimes. Sociology informs us about why this happens, and it helps us understand why a scorch-Earth punishment on Penn State will serve less good than a virtual-Marshall Plan for reconstruction.
GoLocalProv.com interviewed 20 members of the Brown University football team to see how they felt about removing Paterno’s name from the prestigious athletic award. Even after the release of the Freeh report, 14 of them thought that keeping his name would be the right thing to do.
Tom Corbett spoke in Harrisburg this morning, and offered his preliminary two cents on the findings of the Freeh report, released last Thursday.
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