Emergency Meeting Today by Penn State Board of Trustees

In response to possibility of broken standng order the Penn State board of trustees is holding an emergency meeting today.  Regards to Anthony Lubrano and Adam Taliferro for having the courage to break the silence and make an impact!

Also, the PSU football team is sticking together with courage and committment to each other and PSU!!  Way to go, team!


Erickson May Have Broken Standing Order-Centre Daily Times

By Kevin Horne
The debate on whether or not the sanctions handed down to Penn State by the NCAA are warranted has been ongoing with Penn Staters and college football fans alike over the last several days. But one area that hasn’t been broadly discussed is whether President Rodney Erickson — without approval and vote from the Board of Trustees — had the authority to sign the agreement with the NCAA essentially accepting the sanctions without even a whimper of a fight.

Standing order IV of the Penn State Board of Trustees deals with “Matters Requiring the Approval of the Board of Trustees.”

According to provision 2-e of Standing Order IV, the following actions must be approved by the Board: Authorization to borrow money; authorization of persons to sign checks, contracts, legal documents, and other obligations, and to endorse, sell or assign securities.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson’s signature appears on the document that accepts the NCAA sanctions. Certainly, that agreement would be considered a legal document — and one that directly costs Penn State $72 million, with some experts saying it could amount to up to a half billion dollars in losses.

No hearings. No approval from the governing body of Penn State. No alumni input. All President Erickson did was accept the NCAA quasi-dictatorship’s ruling without a fight, and move on.

Newly-elected Board of Trustees member Anthony Lubrano has been outspoken in his opposition to Erickson’s decision, and says the Board of Trustees did not have a part in the decision making process. “I am very disappointed … because I am going to be held accountable that I wasn’t part of the process that led to the agreement,” Lubrano told the Patriot News.

Lubrano also interviewed with ESPN radio. “As a board member, I was very disappointed that I wasn’t consulted, nor were most of the board members, before our school entered into this consent agreement,” he said. “I’m troubled that we did this before most of us had any knowledge of what we agreeing to. I’m deeply disturbed by the sanctions. I hold that the NCAA doesn’t have the authority to do this.”

Adam Taliaffero, former Penn State football player and Board of Trustees member, also took issue with the NCAA violations. Shortly after the announcement was made Monday morning, he Tweeted, “To answer if I’m ok with everything…No! Gathering my thoughts …Will check back in this afternoon..did that promote healing?”

If Lubrano and Taliaferro’s statements are correct, it’s clear that Erickson did not fulfill his obligations under Standing Order IV to receive approval from the Board of Trustees to enter into the NCAA consent agreement.

In an interview with the Centre Daily Times, President Erickson said that he signed the agreement out of fear that the NCAA would issue the “death penalty” to Penn State if he didn’t consent. “We had our backs to the wall on this. We did what we thought was necessary to save the program….This is the decision you make: Accept the consent decree or the (NCAA) board will go in another direction,” Erickson told the CDT. “So we accepted that, and I signed it on behalf of the university (Sunday) night.”

However, NCAA Executive Committee Chirman Ed Ray denied Erickson’s claims, saying “I can tell you categorically, there was never a threat made to anyone about suspension of play if the consent decree was not agreed to…That was never even a point of discussion within either the Executive Committee or the Division I board.”

Someone isn’t being honest.

According to the CDT, Erickson conferred with his “closest advisers and members of the board of trustees” to reach the decision, including Chairwoman Karen Peetz and acting Athletic Director David Joyner. When asked which other university personnel Erickson consulted, Penn State spokesman David La Torre wouldn’t comment.

It appears that President Erickson entered into a legal agreement with the NCAA unilaterally — essentially writing a $72 million check without the entire Board of Trustees approval — which would seem to be a direct violation of Standing Order IV.

So what can we do now? I’m not sure, but there’s no doubt Lubrano and Taliaffero aren’t the only board members pissed about this egregious violation of policy by our University president. I think it’s about time our administrators start sticking up for the Penn State community instead of succumbing to public pressure as Erickson did the second he dotted the “i” in his name Sunday night.

President Erickson said in his statement Monday morning, “Today we accept the terms of the consent decree imposed by the NCAA.”

Well, President Erickson, I’m not sure who “we” is. But I can tell you that it is not me, my fellow students, the State College community, our student athletes, our alumni base, or our Board of Trustees.

So who, then, are you working for, sir?

Who is Mark Emmert, NCAA President?

He was the President of University of Washington at this time–read on!!

Suit revived over UW response to alleged rape by athlete

The state appeals court breathed new life Monday into a lawsuit that accused the University of Washington of minimizing an allegation of…

By Jonathan Martin and Ken Armstrong

Seattle Times staff reporters

 Roc Alexander left the Husky football team in 2004, when he joined the NFL. He is now with the Houston Texans.

The state appeals court breathed new life Monday into a lawsuit that accused the University of Washington of minimizing an allegation of rape against a Husky football player and treating his accuser with “deliberate indifference.”

In a 42-page opinion, a three-judge appeals panel cited “ample evidence” to argue before a jury that the UW tried to keep quiet the 2001 allegation against former Huskies player Roc Alexander by discouraging the accuser from filing a police report, opting instead for a face-to-face mediation session between her and Alexander.

The appellate opinion did not rule on the facts but found that the lawsuit — filed by a former UW student — was improperly dismissed in 2005 by King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer. The ruling sends the case back for trial.

The plaintiff, identified in the court ruling only by her initials, said in an interview Monday that she saw the appellate ruling as a welcome sign of support after seven years of seeking help.

“It’s definitely been an uphill battle to prove I was mistreated,” she said. “Finally, the courts are on my side — at least for now.”

Alexander was a freshman on the UW’s Rose Bowl-winning 2000 team. That squad was recently profiled in a Seattle Times series that examined how the UW, the courts and other community institutions responded to allegations of criminal conduct by some players.

The plaintiff sued Alexander and the UW in 2004. Alexander settled for an undisclosed sum. A second woman, also a UW student, likewise sued Alexander, accusing him of rape. Alexander settled that lawsuit as well.

Andrew Cooley, the UW’s attorney in the lawsuit, denied that the university acted improperly, saying the plaintiff had not disclosed she’d been raped. “The first time rape was even mentioned was when she sued us,” Cooley said.

The UW has not decided whether it will appeal the ruling.

The court ruling detailed the allegations of the plaintiff and her interactions with Alexander and the university. The plaintiff’s suit against the university cited a violation of Title IX, the federal law forbidding discrimination in educational programs.

In 2000, as the Huskies were in California preparing for the Rose Bowl, the plaintiff, then a freshman working for the athletic department, began a consensual relationship with Alexander. She ended the relationship in 2001, when she said Alexander physically threatened her during sex, according to the court ruling.

A few days later, the plaintiff alleged, Alexander forced his way into her dormitory room and raped her. She did not report it at first, she said, in part out of fear of losing her job, according to the ruling.

Looking For Suggestions–Removing Penn State Board of Trustees

I am looking for suggestions for avenues and fundraising for removing President Rodney Erickson and the Board of Trustees who were involved in the devastating decisions that have destroyed Penn State financially for the next decade.  The sanctions of the NCAA have to have a huge impact on our students, student athletes, and ability to compete on the world stage with the horrible reputation that now follows Penn State and ALL of its Professors, Students, Alumni, and the town of State College.

For President Erickson and a select group of trustees, agreeing to the NCAA sanctions instead of receiving a long (which might have brought reason and reflection) investigation was a death blow to all of us.

The decisions of the University Board of Trustees from March 2011 to the present have devastated an honorable institution of higher education with a spotless record in so many areas, and a history of giving back to the community, the state, the country and the world.  They need to be removed, either by filing a lawsuit for this purpose or removing them by the use of some other laws or rules.

If you have ideas for developing a fundraising effort–like putting your alumni dollars into a fund instead of paying your alumni dues, please let me know.



Thank you, Ohio State Alumnus–A Level Head At Last!

“As a graduate of The Ohio State University, I never thought that I would be writing about anything that related to Penn State. But, I can no longer take the ignorance and lynch mob mentality of many of the media outlets, as well as the general populace. It has always amazed me that we (readers and listeners of mass media) have become so lazy that we swallow every morsel of so called news as gospel. Lest we forget that the media must sell their wares in order to remain in business. With the advent of ever evolving technology that task has become increasing more difficult. As a result, the media too have evolved. What used to be a respected profession, where journalistic integrity and the reporting of the facts were not only the norm, but were sacred and guarded, has now become a mission to remain relevant and profitable. Their integrity and reporting of the facts have often taken a back seat to the sensationalizing of some facet of the news. It’s no longer good enough to simply report the facts and allow the readers or listeners to form their own judgment or opinion. Many articles today are merely watered down editorials with morsels of the truth thrown in so one could call it a news article. I believe that the media are the most powerful people in the world. We have been led to believe, in fact brain washed in a sense, to accept the words of the media as an unbiased and fair representation of the facts. The Sandusky Sex Scandal, or as it’s better know the Penn State Sex Scandal… because the word “Sandusky” won’t sell as many papers or TV ads as “Penn State”, is a prime example of the media gone wrong. I continue to be amazed by the irrational comments from generally intelligent people. Their naive acceptance of the media’s portrayal of the students/athletes, as well as Joe Paterno and other officials at Penn State is very bothersome to me and it should be to you. For those of us who have actually read Louis Freeh’s report (which is the most comprehensive study about the Sandusky Sex Scandal) with an open mind, it must make you wonder about a number of things. One of the most basic tenets of the entire document has been largely ignored by media. The report clearly states that in 1998 an investigation took place regarding Sandusky and alleged misconduct with young boys. The District Attorney along with the police department and several state organizations conducted numerous interviews. School officials, parents and alleged victims were all questioned. The investigation was closed and no charges were filed. Sandusky should have been stopped in 1998. He wasn’t. The report went on to say that law enforcement and child welfare officials were ill equipped and not sufficiently trained to adequately recognize and handle adolescent sexual abuse. What? Why isn’t that the headline? Apparently, that won’t sell as many ads or newspapers. That one sentence shines a whole new light on this entire tragedy. If the professionals who are hired to serve and protect didn’t have the proper knowledge, training and education as it pertained to adolescent abuse, what makes everyone think that a football coach or academic officials should? However, not one media outlet picked up on that and reported the finding. Apparently, it wasn’t sensational enough. In 2001, having been through a Sandusky investigation just three years prior, Joe Paterno reported yet another incident to school officials. Knowing the result of the 1998 investigation, one might understand (not condone, but understand) why, after the initial report was filed, there was limited follow up on the part of Joe Paterno. There’s no doubt that Paterno and school officials made some horrendous decisions. But, so did the law enforcement personnel and state agencies who were supposed to be knowledgeable about pedophiles and their characteristics. I question why the media and many of you are holding a football coach and an administration to a higher standard than law enforcement and agencies whose job it is to protect all of us? Would you hold Child Protective Services, State Police or the District Attorney responsible if the Nittany Lions lost a football game? Of course not. It’s irrational and idiotic. I’m not downplaying the acts of Sandusky. They were horrific! Further, I’m not defending anyone, but simply pointing out the fact that the mob is trying to condemn Penn State’s current students, athletes and officials for grievous acts committed 12 or 14 years ago. For the most part, today’s student body at Penn State were just getting out of diapers when these acts occurred. How is it rational or just for them to be punished? One final thought. During the same time frame of 12 to 14 years, the students at Penn State have raised and donated nearly $100 million dollars for research and a cure for pediatric cancer. Thousands of young lives have been saved or made better because of the students at Penn State. Let’s stop casting aspersions and not forget all of the good they have done. So, before you jump on the band wagon, perhaps you should know the facts and not just what the media want you to believe. I’m proud to be a Buckeye, but feel very sad for the victims, students and everyone who calls Happy Valley home.”