Posts Tagged ‘Joe Paterno’

The cover of USA Today featured a story comparing the sexual abuse scandals at Penn State and Syracuse, with a picture of Jim Boeheim beneath the headline. I did not even bother to read the article. In my eyes–and in the eyes of many–there can be no comparison between the two scandals.

While Jim Boeheim definitely acted insensitively by dismissing Bernie Fine’s accusers as liars seeking money, there has been no proof that he was actually informed by anyone that may have witnessed Fine behaving inappropriately with children as was the case with Penn State and Joe Paterno.

Boehiem took a step in the right direction on Friday  by apologizing for his initial remarks about the scandal and saying, “I believe I misspoke very badly about the accusations that have been made. I regret any harm that I caused.”

As Chancellor Nancy Cantor and the university administration stand behind Boeheim, they are also defending the university’s reputation. From our knowledge, the university conducted its own investigation several years ago and today are fully cooperating with the authorities. Understandably, every SU student hopes that no university official had proof of any of the illegal activities Fine has been accused of committed. It would mean that a child has suffered and no one did anything to find that child justice. But that is one of the distinguishing factors that makes the case at Syracuse different from Penn State.

The media has every right to cover this story but should exercise caution when comparing this situation to the one at Penn State. It seems as though everyday a new event surrounding this case is unfolding. A friend of mine that goes to college in Boston recently asked me what is going on in Syracuse, and I told her everyone at SU is asking the same question.

– Brysan Brown

I will safely assume that no one has lived under a rock the last few days and has at least heard about the scandal in Penn State, if not been following it closely. Whether one agrees on whether Joe Paterno or “JoePa,” as Penn State students like to call him, should have been fired or not, you should agree that he and the other employees of Penn State should have reported the sexual abuse against children to the authorities immediately after the crime was witnessed.

As I hear each new development in this case, I  cringe.  What happened to those children was and will always be a disgrace. Penn State has a lot of damage control to do, but the violence and destruction that took place in University Park following Paterno’s firing only adds another black eye to the university. I do not know if I agree with the argument by many that the way Paterno was fired was disrespectful, but I can understand it.

However, I find it disturbing that many Penn State students who actually agreed with the firing of Paterno were too afraid to voice their opinions. And who can blame them when their peers were turning over news vans and smashing car windows? The destruction that occurred and the damage that was done does nothing to help Joe Paterno, Penn State and, more importantly, the dozens of victims of the suspect Jeff Sandusky.

On Friday night, Penn State students took a huge step in the right direction when an estimated ten thousand students came out for a candlelight vigil held not only for those victimized in this particular case, but for all victims of sexual abuse worldwide.

-Brysan Brown