Guilty, or not guilty? Five years later, this question presently envelops the national media and Penn State community.
Not guilty, President Eric Barron proclaims to all alumni, defending a man whose image became as much a symbol of the university as the Nittany Lion, but whose name invokes a scarlet letter for the nation. In doing so, Barron shows incredible continuity with previous administrations, showing no sign of institutional change.
Is the reputation of a dead man more important than fixing an ingrained cultural administrative problem? The nation certainly perceives that Penn State thinks so, and I as an alumna and State College native see no evidence or rhetoric that proves otherwise.
Therese Jones, Washington, D.C.
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