A few updates of interest:
Penn State – (From Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News) The Pennsylvania Attorney General announced new charges today in the cover up and response by administrators at Penn State to the Jerry Sandusky incidents. For the first time those charged include former PSU President Graham Spanier. Spanier, along with former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley were charged with charges of conspiracy, obstruction, perjury and child endangerment (this link goes to the AG’s press release). Added on 11/2 – Deadspin.com has a very good summary of the latest charges.
This case is important as it shows the level of responsibility at the highest reaches of the institution to address concerns when they happen, and protect members and visitors in their community. The conspiracy charge is probably the piece worth watching closest, and most likely to impact higher education administration.
Cornell – The Daily Sun has information about a report released by Cornell University indicating that 32 percent of fraternity and sorority members reporting that they had been hazed. While this number is still way too big, the results of the survey do indicate that Cornell’s hazing education is getting through to the students. They seem to have a greater level of awareness than many other campuses.
Halloween – With the decorations and costumes of Halloween each year, we get the stories of poor decisions related to cultural content.
- At a Beta Theta Pi party at the University of Florida last week, two members showed up in “black face.” (Orlando Sentinel) As would be expected, the story drew national attention from the Huffington Post, as well as intense discussion on campus (Independent Florida Alligator).
- The Daily Californian has a story on the UC-Berkeley’s Theta Delta Chi chapter’s Halloween decorations. Their “placement of a hanging zombie from the house’s third-story window has created a stir with some who liken its appearance to racially charged public hangings.”
- From Gawker.com – Dear College Kids, If You Dress in an Ironically Racist or Insensitive Costume, You May Get Punched In the Nose Like I Did
- The Oregon Daily Emerald has a brief story on haunted fraternity and sorority houses.