I've taken a few classes at Penn State. They haven't amounted to much of anything. The classes were supposed to be toward a Supply Chain Management certificate program which was being offered through my previous employer Kraft Foods. Since I have left Kraft in April, I haven't really felt the motivation to continue with the program since I'm no longer in that line of work. Academically, it doesn't make much sense. I'm 1/2 complete with the certificate program with a 4.0 GPA. Maybe some day, I will return to the Supply Chain Management realm, but I doubt that will be any time soon. I've also taken a few Microsoft training courses through the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus in Lehman. My aunt works at this campus. Despite the events over the last two weeks, I have no regrets for pursuing an education with Penn State.
Everything I've pretty much wanted to say about the sex scandal at PSU has already been covered intensely by other local bloggers and news sources, but I figure I'll throw in my $.02 anyway. I read the 23 page grand jury report online yesterday, and am utterly disgusted that Sandusky was able to get away with these crimes as long as he did. There were only 8 victims listed in the report, but since the report was released, a ninth victim has come forward. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more to follow. He had access to an endless supply of young boys through his charity "The Second Mile" for many years.
That brings me to JoePa and graduate assistant McQueary. Did either of these guys commit a crime? Technically no. Could they have done more? Most definitely yes. They are far from martyrdom status in my eyes. I think that the riots that occurred on the campus Wednesday evening were absolutely appalling. I fail to see the reason the media is to blame with this one, sorry fellow Nittany Lions. If you want to lash out on someone, then look no further than the people who committed the crime and then covered it up. The trifecta of Sandusky, Schultz and Curley. Based on some of the interviews of the college students that occurred during the riot, it was hard for me to believe these people were in college. Yeah, I'll agree along with everyone, Joe Pa made a lot of good contributions to the college — the Library is a great example of this. However, people seem to be blinded by the pricetag and are forgetting about the issue at hand here. He had information about a fellow staff member having inappropriate relations with children and did not report it to the proper authorities. If I were in his shoes knowing what he knew when he knew it, I would not stop until this scumbag was brought to justice. Maybe when some of these so-called "students" grow up and have children of their own they will understand what it's like to protect children.
Less than 48 hours later after the rioting, the Penn State that everyone should be proud of emerged: http://live.psu.edu/story/56337#rss49
Regardless of what side of the table you are on with Joe Pa firing and McQueary suspension, your thoughts should be with the victims. They were the ones who were stripped of their innocence and childhood by this awful situation. I wholeheartedly hope that if there are any more victims out there, that they come forward. No one will place judgment on them, and they are braver than any of us could imagine. This jackass has got off scott free long enough. Let's bring him to justice for EVERY victim out there.
I still have much respect for the Penn State institution and hope they can manage to salvage their reputation. I am still very much interested in the Weather Forecasting certification program and will be looking to pursue it once I complete my Associates at LCCC. I don't think anyone should write off PSU as a secondary education option just because of the few rotten eggs that were in the dozen. I know that I won't be.