Author: Devon Edwards

Devon is a 2012 Penn State graduate and current law student at NYU. Devon joined Onward State in January of 2011, after a lengthy stay in the comment section. His likes include sabermetrics, squirrels, and longs walks on the beach, and his dislikes include spelunking, when you put your clothes in the dryer and they come out still kinda damp but also warm, and the religious right.

Guest Column: Endorsements Keep PS4RS on Wrong Track for Accomplishing Meaningful Reform

The loudest voices in this upcoming Board of Trustees election are those who are living in the past, driven primarily by an unhealthy thirst for vengeance. They refuse to acknowledge that the present poses new and distinct challenges, and that our Trustees are the ones who must lead this university through an uncertain future.

An Apology from the Managing Editor of Onward State

Earlier this evening, Onward State reported that Joe Paterno had passed away; however, the mountain of evidence stacked opposite that report became too much to ignore. At this time, I would like to issue a retraction of our earlier tweets.

Onward Debates: THON Workshops Waste of Time

Courtney O’Bryan’s death was and is, unmistakably, a tragedy. I think I speak for all of Penn State when I say how shocked and saddened we were to hear the dreadful news. But when I found out that THON had responded by mandating attendance at canning workshops, I wondered if the lesson her death taught us had actually been learned, or if the organization simply aimed to obfuscate the real risk.

President Erickson Won Crowd at Last Town Hall

The last stop on Rodney Erickson’s three-city alumni town hall tour might well have been his best performance, as the Penn State President fielded questions from alumni on a variety of topics ranging from Joe Paterno’s firing to how a professor can achieve emeritus status. The event, held Friday evening in Manhattan, featured a less robust attendance than either of Erickson’s Pennsylvania appearances–in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia–but the 300 who made the trek to the Financial District and the Downtown Marriott on a bone-chillingly cold winter night came prepared to ask the right questions.

Onward Debates: Falling to the TicketCity is Fine by Me

Yes, Penn State was “snubbed” by a handful of bowl selection committees. But the fact of the matter is, we’re still playing in a post-New Year’s bowl, against a Top 20 team, in a decent location. Dallas can’t be all bad, if the NFL saw it suitable to host the Super Bowl just last year.

First Lawsuit Brought Against Penn State, Second Mile, Sandusky

We knew this would be the next shoe to fall, and the only question was when–when the tide would turn from a criminal investigation into a wave of civil lawsuits against Penn State. The first was filed yesterday in Philadelphia, by a Minnesota lawyer, on behalf of a “John Doe” who was not among the eight alleged victims listed in the Grand Jury presentment.

Despite Theft Risk, UPUA Funds Hole Punchers and Staplers

Wednesday’s UPUA meeting was delayed at the start–at 8 p.m., plenty of representatives were still downstairs at the Town Hall meeting that UPUA had partially sponsored–but managed to accomplish several initiatives, and in relatively quick fashion.

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