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Behrend Students React to PSU Report

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The Jerry Sandusky scandal has been in the headlines since last November.  Just a couple of weeks ago, leaks to the news media revealed that the Freeh report would be scathing. So, when the report was officially released, some students had already heard enough.

"It's kind of, in my eyes, annoying at this point," said Behrend Student Andrew Chenard. "We don't want to hear it. We already heard it all, you know."

The report revealed evidence that top university officials knew of Jerry Sandusky's behavior, but decided to not call authorities.  One of the officials cited in the report was legendary football coach Joe Paterno.  Two students at Behrend say, despite the information in the report, they believe Paterno should still have a place of honor at Penn State.

"I heard they were mentioning taking the memorabilia of Joe Paterno down, and I feel like you can't erase all he's done for Penn State, being with Penn State for so long," said Mark Daka.

Chenard agrees.  "It was just a terrible situation and there shouldn't be any finger pointing at anyone, especially Paterno, because who knows what went through his mind? We'll never find out because he's gone, you know."

The report also claims that Penn State must examine it's culture.  It hinted that the school's passion with football may have let a bad situation get even worse.

"I don't know," says Chenard,  "I just think it was a situation where there was a monster in the system."

Penn State is back in the headlines. It's image has taken another hit.  But the Penn State faithful believe the actions of some should not define the school.

"When I talk to individuals that are not from PA, they are a little ignorant. They're putting all the emphasis on Penn State as it's a bad school. It's really not. It's just that one incident," Daka said.

Chenard says it has been difficult to see Penn State's legacy tarnished. "But I'm still proud of my school and I'll still back it 100%," he said.

 

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