Contrary to What You Have Heard, the Freeh Report has Big Problems
Nichola D. Gutgold, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley, recently published “The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women: From Obstacles to Options,” by Lexington Books – a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
For almost 200 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been an exclusively male-dominated institution. From 1981 to 2010, however, four women were appointed to the Supreme Court for the first time in U.S. history: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. In her book, Gutgold analyzes the rhetoric of these four women, while shedding light on the rise of political women in American judiciary. The power of their rhetoric in a historically male-dominated political system is carefully shown through Gutgold’s analysis of confirmation hearings, primary scripts of their written opinions, invited public lectures, speechesand personal interviews with Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg and Sotomayor.
Esteemed child abuse expert Dr. Richard D. Krugman spoke Thursday afternoon at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center before a reception held for the new Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children. Krugman, who is the vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Colorado Denver, provided strong background information for why it is so important to continue the efforts to reduce child abuse. Dean of the College of Medicine Dr. Harold L. Paz said the new center will focus mainly on patient care, education, research and the formation of partnerships with other organizations such as the Dickinson School of Law to advocate against child abuse. According to Paz, the center was established in December when the university announced it would contribute $500,000 to $800,000 of the Big Ten Bowl Game revenue to the center, on top of the $1.5 million to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Paz said the Hershey Medical Center has had different initiatives for a long time but recently found the momentum to bring them together with the center. Expert introduces new child-abuse center with lecture
By Sam Janesch and Mitchell Culler Collegian Staff Writers
The men of the Football Letterman’s Club quietly took on a task they thought their mentor, Paterno, would have expected them to do. They voted to take on an initiative they call “Defend a Child,” a move to position them as leaders in stopping child sex abuse. “All of us in that room … had gotten a massive education in how prevalent sexual abuse is in our society,” said one of those men, Rudy Glocker, who played for Paterno in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “We said, ‘Look, we’re going to be leaders.’ That’s what Joe taught us to do.” Glocker joined the initiative in December. The club’s goals are simple: first educate its members, then raise awareness about sexual abuse and educate the community about preventing it. Along the way, members have learned startling statistics: On average, 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before their 18th birthdays. For boys, the average is 1 in 6. Or that 73 percent of child victims don’t tell anyone they were abused for at least a year. Forty-five percent of the victims don’t say anything for at least five years, according to the national organization Darkness to Light. The lettermen involved don’t want to be singled out for their part of making the initiative come together or what it’ll do. That was something Paterno taught them, they’ve said, pointing to the empty space on the back of a Penn State football jersey where the name would go. Further, they say they’re not trying to reinvent the wheel by duplicating existing advocacy and education services. Instead, they want to use their celebrity and influence to make people comfortable with talking about child sex abuse and direct them to the experts. Blue-White weekend, on April 20-22, is slated to be the internal launch of the initiative. To learn about child sex abuse, club members will attend an April 21 training session offered by the law firm Love and Norris, of Fort Worth, Texas. The firm defends victims of child sexual abuse in the public, private and religious sectors. Some lettermen who play in the NFL will be filmed in public service announcements on the topic of child sex abuse. The PSAs will be filmed by WPSU, the university’s public broadcasting station. “This is a great initiative, and we certainly encourage all and any efforts to educate and raise awareness about this insidious and destructive crime,” said Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers. “Leadership on all fronts is needed if we are to make a difference, and the lettermen can certainly make a difference.” The group’s website, www.defendachild.org, should be up and running by then, too, and contain resources and related information. As they’re readying themselves for the club’s launch, members have been reaching out to Centre County organizations and national child abuse prevention advocates and experts. Earlier in March, they attended a meeting of local leaders working on organizing an initiative called the Centre County Child Safety and Protective Collaborative. It includes leaders from the county’s United Way, YMCA, Women’s Resource Center and Youth Service Bureau. That meeting featured speakers from Darkness to Light, which is based in Charleston, S.C. Cindy McElhinney, the director of Darkness to Light programs, said she thinks the lettermen will set “a great example” in advancing the education about child sex abuse. Her organization has provided them with a 21/ 2-hour interactive training workshop. McElhinney said the training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse. Participants have to talk about child sex abuse, something she said is a tough barrier to break down. The lettermen also have turned to advocates at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for educational and prevention resources. Coalition spokeswoman Kristen Houser said prevention efforts go beyond calling the police to report possible abuse, and she applauded the lettermen for their efforts. “We’re really encouraged that so many people from so many walks of life are saying that they want to be a part of the solution,” she said. Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616.
To be eligible for the election, candidates had to receive 50 nominations from fellow alumni and had to accept the nomination in writing to have their names placed on an election ballot, which is sent to the alumni.
All candidates were invited to attend a drawing that would determine the order in which their names will be placed on the ballot, Director for the Office of the Board of Trustees Paula Ammerman wrote in an email.
The name order will be chosen through drawing numbers or lots, Ammerman wrote. If a candidate cannot attend the drawing, a representative can take their place or authorize Ammerman to designate an individual to draw on their behalf.
According to Standing Order VI on the Office of the Board’s website, the president of the board must set a date for candidates to attend and place their “lots” or bids for their placement on the ballot. After all candidates have received their lots, the secretary of the board will establish an official order for the ballot.
OK, where was the board of trustees when this was happening?? Penn State has the highest tuition of any 4 year institution in the USA!! No wonder the state legislature is looking at us as a private institution. The “New” Board has much work to do to right these wrongs. There was a lot more wrong at Penn State than just how the scandal of November played out on the media.
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