This morning in the Centre Daily Times, a fan blog caught my attention. It pretty much captures the essence of thoughts we’ve all been thinking, and it does so eloquently. I recommend that all who are involved to any extent, observers and participants alike, read this well written piece. The central theme struck a familiar chord with me, having been involved with another state university: money, power, secrecy. I believe that these keywords veritably define the ivory tower of today, and not just at Penn State.
Archives for November 7, 2011
In a not so stunning development, Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Acting Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs Gary Schultz have stepped down from their upper echelon administrative posts at the university. After an emergency board of trustees executive meeting this evening, President Graham Spanier announced that Curley would take administrative leave to devote full time to his criminal defense, while Schultz will return to retirement.
The other action taken today by the university was to ban Sandusky from the campus, a move this Turkey feels is too little and too late. Taken now, it is symbolic and meaningless. It will not help the children who have been allegedly victimized over the years by Sandusky due to negligence by the university. When the first incident was reported in 1998 was the time for this step to have been taken; doing so could have possibly prevented some of the incidents that followed. Instead, the university police buried the report and Sandusky was allowed to return, retire, and maintain an on-campus presence with full use of facilities due to his emeritus status. Those facilities included the saunas, showers, and locker rooms where some of the alleged improprieties occurred.
Spanier will be issuing a statement in the morning. There likely will be more surprises as the day wears on and, of course, your Turkey will be here to comment on them.