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‘Penn State Lives Here’ Won’t Kill That Other Campus Memory

Source: Lehigh Valley NewsMore than $50 million in University legal fees. At least 52 counts of child molestation spanning 15 years. All from one repugnant and malevolent human being that has a special and infernal place in the bowels of hell with his name on it.

That is the summary of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal that rocked this nation and nearly demolished Penn State University.

The rally cry heard across Happy Valley as always been “We are…Penn State.” However, that cry has been muted insurmountably because in most Americans’ minds, we are not Penn State.

Needless to say, the mile-wide skidmark Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno left on that once-esteemed university makes that campus squawk more of a reminder of the past than the pride of the present. 

Faculty know this. Students hate this. And now, the ivory towers has done something to change this. Whelp, kinda.

The university has officially rolled out its new branding campaign, Penn State Lives Here. I get the wording — in essence, what is here now should be the merit of the campus.

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Will @Aplusk Be the Same Without Ashton Kutcher?

As we mentioned in this morning’s Ticker, Ashton Kutcher has turned his Twitter account, and its more than eight million followers, over to Katalyst, the firm he co-founded with Jason Goldberg and Anthony Platt.

After getting blowback following a tweet in defense of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, Kutcher said on his blog that he’s going to hand “the management of the feed” over to the Katalyst team. According to Kutcher, he tried deleting the tweets after he learned about the school’s child abuse scandal, but it was too late. Tweeters had already launched their attack, as they are wont to do.

It’s interesting that Kutcher should fall victim to a Twitter catastrophe since he himself has used the social media platform to launch an assault against another party.

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Penn State’s Interim Coach Tom Bradley Gives a Painful Presser

Photo: Reuters/Tim Shaffer

With Penn State coach Joe Paterno officially out, fired by the university’s trustees along with the school’s president Graham Spanier, Tom Bradley has been named interim coach. And among his first pieces of unwanted business (we’re sure) was a press conference this morning where he had basically been advised by legal counsel not to answer any questions about anything the media would be most interested in.

Time and again, Bradley answered queries about the Sandusky child sex abuse case with either a “no comment” because it’s an ongoing investigation or a redirect, stating that whatever issue he was being questioned about — whether the team would play after Saturday, other dismissals, etc — was up to the school’s administration.

When he did respond to questions, they were usually terse attempts at saying as little as possible. About last night’s riots: “I understood there was some activity last night.” About a coach’s responsibility to kids, generally speaking: “We all have a responsibility to take care of children.”

What at first seemed like frustrating evasiveness slowly became kind of dreary.

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Paterno Announces Retirement, Says Penn State Has Bigger Issues to Address

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After 46 years and a career that had gone down as the best in college sports history, Joe Paterno has announced that he’s retiring at the end of this season, his reputation in tatters over a child abuse sex scandal that has shaken all of Penn State.

“Joe Pa” announced his retirement in a statement that came a day after the university’s board announced that he wouldn’t be coaching next year.

“At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more,” the statement reads.

The backwards chronology of the announcement is in keeping with the inadequate way the university has handled the scandal, starting years ago.

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