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Kevin November 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hi Ben,

Regarding the scandal you uncovered involving the NSF, MSU State News ran a headline in 2009 reading, “Biz Exclusive: Allegations concerning major Penn State scandal. Undoubtedly, you read it here first: Penn State University officials and faculty are misusing nasa’s Swift satellite and other communication networks for … ” I happened to come across it while browsing one day, but the story itself had been removed from the site. I’ve always remembered this as unusual and suspicious, especially because no other news came about during the ensuing weeks or months. I reached out to the author of the headline twice and never received a response. Was this headline related to the same scandal you write about in your 11/6 article about Sandusky?

Regards

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The Nittany Turkey November 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

No, sorry, Kevin. The scandal I unearthed involving misuse of NSF funds was in 1995, at the University of Central Florida.

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alex November 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

It is a crime in PA for not reporting a felony. McQueary witnessed a felony.
He committed a crime. Reporting what he saw to Paterno was not enough. He was required to report it to the police.

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The Nittany Turkey November 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

First of all, he is not being charged. The attorney general’s press release gives full details of the case. Failure to report an incident such as this is merely a summary offense, similar to a traffic ticket, not a felony. Both Curley and Schultz are charged with “failure to report”, but McQueary is not.

The law (sec 6311, paragraph c) states that only one person, the head of a division, university, etc., is required to report such incidents and the person actually discovering the event is required to report it to his supervisor. It is then passed up the ladder until it reaches the top. It could be argued that Spanier is ultimately responsible, but not McQueary. He did what he was required to do.

Do you think that the attorney general’s office and the grand jury overlooked something?

Are you from Philadelphia, Alex? You sound like a Philadelphia lawyer.

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Joe July 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

A friend sent me this article. I must admit there are probably dozens more out there like this. Part of me says move on, but part of me is still very pissed that all of the media and NCAA shenanigans regarding PS, remains focused on football and Paterno and has still not moved to begin a dialogue concerning awareness and prevention of the sexual abuse of children. And I suppose it never will. Anyway the article doesn’t change anything other than point out the hypocrisy that exists in our society and the media.

http://m.delcotimes.com/delcotimes/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=wBMghJ23&full=true#display

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The Nittany Turkey July 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

First, I see that my “Contact Us” page is still screwed up. I need to fix it so it presents a contact form.

The striking similarities between the Penn and Penn State cases serves to emphasize the differences in their handling. Perhaps because Penn is private it feels it can thumb its nose at the media and no one will mind too much when it looks the other way. In contrast, even though PSU receives only a portion of funding from the state, all taxpayers feel entitled to run the place.

In any case, having devoted 13 years of my life to a university as an employee, I have been saying all along that Penn State is in no way alone in its offenses. The culture of secrecy that exists in universities is what needs to be exposed more than isolated transgressions here and there. Universities used to be driven by collegiality; now, things have swung away from openness and inclusion to an exclusive, secretive plutocracy and the big secret is that it doesn’t center on football at all. It is a non-focal governing philosophy that can be found at many, if not most, public and private universities just beneath the surface.

That’s one of my favorite rants. Thanks for giving me the impetus to blast off on it!

Now to fix this damn contact page!

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The Nittany Turkey July 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Fixed.

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