aka, Should the Special Committee appointed by the PSU Board of Trustees be allowed to investigate itself? Surely not!
Penn State Students, Graduates, and friends have one chance to get it right – otherwise one cover-up will turn into two and PSU will lose all credibility as an institution of higher learning.
Can you believe how many individuals are coming forward to initiate a full investigation into the Penn State Sex Scandal?
The U. S. Senate is hinting at initiating an investigation and surprise, surprise, the PSU Board of Trustees wants to do their own investigation – I am sure they do!
I am sure Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell will also do their own pseudo-kinda-investigation that will look like the National Inquirer invading CNN and HLN headquarters. HLN and the National Inquirer are kindred spirits – different media, but the same B. S.
Why should the U. S. Senate stay out of the fray? Because the Senate represents the 1% of America – and if the Senate looks into the scandal, it will result in a document not worth the price of the ink on the paper and it could turn out to be worse than the 9/11 Commission Report or the Warren Commission report.
The Senate is already in bed with big business and key executives across the country and world, so why would they want to do a thorough investigation of their golf and dinner buddies – especially if some of them might be complicit in the original cover-up?
If the Senate cannot and does not seem to care much about the 99 percent of Americans, then why should we believe they will represent the 99 percent of students and the alumni?
Do you, as students and alumni, want wolves going into the chicken coop to investigate?
Also, the Board of Trustees will soon launch their version of PaternoGate. They have already identified who they feel is to blame, so why would they dig deeper? They might find another coach who has been either on extended sick leave or on vacation and his/her name will simply be added to the existed list as a way of dotting an “i” or crossing a “t” to their previous list. They cannot end up empty handed, so one new name is better than none.
If Sandusky’s indiscretions were, in fact, the biggest “open secret” at Penn State, why would anyone believe that some, or many, of the Board members were not complicit in the cover-up? I find it amazing that only individuals directly involved in the football program were let go (except for the PSU president).
This situation is ripe for another cover-up, only this one will embarrass PSU even more.
If 15 – 20 Board members have to go, then so be it and it should not matter what their status is on the Board or what their status is in industry, government or the educational community.
Before any investigation of any kind gets kicked off, students and alumni should demand all Board members swear UNDER OATH, to the following:
- That they had no knowledge of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crimes before the scandal broke.
- That they had no involvement of the cover-up at all.
- That they would be willing to take a lie detector test to prove their non-involvement.
All across America there are police, district attorneys, investigative reporters, and crime shows, where there is an unwavering insistence for all individuals to submit to polygraphs to prove they are not involved in whatever is going on. In addition, many are required to swear under oath to answer certain questions.
Many on the Board represent the top 10 percent of Americans, and some are in the top 1 percent – and being the good Americans they are, they should be proud to show their non-involvement in the first cover-up.
Keep in mind that polygraphs and swearing under oath are becoming standard fare in America, so what is good for the goose…..
If the Special Committee appointed by the Board (how convenient!) has full power to investigate the university, from top to bottom, will it also investigate the Board itself?
Why don’t we appoint Mike McQueary and his father to be in charge of the investigation? I know that would be ridiculous for anyone to do that, but I threw that out there to show how equally ridiculous it would be to have the Board of Trustees to investigate itself.
I know there are students on the Board, but I am primarily referring to those members on the board who are from industry and government and will have the bulk of the say regarding any investigation.
The other day I heard proud students yelling “We are” followed by a variety of endings to show their collective belief in what they share and are committed to.
Now, though, I believe students could start yelling “We won’t” to show their resolve in having a thorough, no holds barred investigation.
“We won’t put up with a quasi-investigation that will protect those at the top who might have been involved in the original scandal”
“We won’t let JoPa be the scapegoat for other individuals who might have financial interests that run counter to the needs and the integrity and the moral standards our university is known and respected for”
“We won’t accept a shoddy investigation that will further add to the diminished impression others now have of us. We know that if a thorough investigation is made, and it causes more heads to role, it will show our Alumni, our students, and everyone across America that we have regained our respect and we will forever adhere to the standards and policies previous generations of PSU students established for us to follow”
A few days ago, some students rolled over a media van. That event cemented student resolve for the truth. It could have been much worse, it could have been an ambulance but it wasn’t. Maybe it was a statement to the media that PSU students and alumni can watchdog themselves.
A day later, there was a vigil to show the love, caring, and humanity shared by the student body and the alumni and the family of PSU students.
Now, your resolve and your love for PSU has to demand that this investigation be as pure and thorough as the history and the moral fiber that has been woven into PSU from its’ inception.
Recently, PSU took a wrong turn and it is now like a clipper ship trying to right itself. Will an investigation put PSU back on course or will it continue to veer in the wrong direction?