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Penn State student leaders oppose new Freeh report examination by trustees, hope to move past scandal

Penn State students just want to move on. At least, that’s what student government says.

The University Park Undergraduate Association took a stand on the Freeh report Wednesday night.

“The (UPUA), on behalf of the University Park undergraduate student body, urges the Penn State (b)oard of (t)rustees to oppose any new investigation that would reopen the issues and circumstances addressed in the Freeh report,” read the resolution.

The issue was raised after trustee Al Lord proposed a motion to the board of trustees to complete the investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, something he says began with the Freeh report but is not completed. Lord has asked for a vote on his motion by the end of October.

UPUA, however, would like to stop dwelling on the dark period in Penn State’s history and the division it has caused.

“We are opposed to the concept of reinvestigation,” UPUA President Anand Ganjam said. “We want to focus on Penn State moving forward, focus on continuing its mission. That’s what we want the university and the board to focus on.”

The vote was not a landslide. Representatives split 21 to 15 on the resolution, but Ganjam said many of the dissenters were not supporting any kind of reinvestigation so much as opposing the idea of UPUA taking a position on the issue at all.

“It’s important to note, everyone wants to move on,” he said.

The vote came after a closed-door discussion of the topic in a meeting last week.

UPUA did vote to support the board in another area, casting a 33-3 vote in favor of the proposed “A+” reorganization plan that would restructure the board of trustees.

Under the plan, supported by the governance and long range planning committee at last month’s trustees meetings, there would be 33 voting members: six gubernatorial appointments, six business and industry members, six agricultural representatives, nine elected alumni, one student, one faculty member, one alumni association member and three at-large positions elected by the board. The governor, Penn State’s president, and three Cabinet secretaries would be non-voting members.

“It does allow for a student representative, as well as at-large and faculty trustees. It’s the most inclusive proposal,” said Ganjam.

“It’s a compromise between all stakeholders.”