In 2018, viral movies confirmed a chaotic scene as a low-flying Pennsylvania State Police helicopter hovered over a crowd of followers tailgating earlier than the …
In 2018, viral movies confirmed a chaotic scene as a low-flying Pennsylvania State Police helicopter hovered over a crowd of followers tailgating earlier than the …
WASHINGTON — The Training Division introduced Thursday that it had ordered Pennsylvania State College to make important modifications to the best way it investigates complaints of sexual misconduct after a latest investigation discovered the varsity continued to mishandle instances years after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The settlement requires the college to assessment and revise its insurance policies and processes for dealing with complaints filed below Title IX, the federal regulation that prohibits gender discrimination, together with sexual harassment. It additionally requires the college to supply treatments to people whose complaints have been mishandled; it should additionally revise its record-keeping practices and report back to the division’s Workplace for Civil Rights the way it processes complaints for the present and upcoming college years.
The decision concludes an investigation began below the Obama administration in 2014, after the 2012 conviction of Mr. Sandusky, a school soccer coach who was discovered responsible of sexually assaulting 10 boys.
The Obama administration fined the university $2.4 million for failing to report the offenses as required by the federal crime disclosure regulation, generally known as the Clery Act. Training officers discovered throughout that investigation that the college “had important info even earlier than Sandusky’s indictment that he was a hazard to the college group,” the division stated.
In its newest assessment to find out compliance with civil rights legal guidelines, the Training Division stated it examined the college’s insurance policies and procedures for resolving allegations of sexual harassment from the 2011 to 2019 tutorial college years. The division stated a assessment of tons of of case information discovered violations courting to the 2016-17 tutorial yr, when the varsity did not correctly reply to complaints, together with ones initially made to the athletic division. In the course of the 2016- 17 yr, the division stated the college additionally failed to keep up data that may have decided whether or not it had complied with federal regulation.
The division additionally discovered that between 2017 and 2019, the college violated accused college students’ due course of rights by imposing sanctions earlier than the scholars had a possibility to reply. Penn State performed Title IX hearings in a approach that “might have precluded related info,” the division stated.
As just lately because the 2019-20 college yr, the college failed to make sure “honest and acceptable” investigation of complaints and supply procedures for intercourse discrimination complaints towards workers and third events, the Training Division stated.
“Given the entire consideration that Penn State has confronted within the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, it’s disappointing that so many severe issues have remained at that college system,” Kenneth L. Marcus, the assistant secretary for civil rights on the Training Division, stated in a press release.
The college stated in a statement that most of the division’s findings “relate to a lot of previous practices, which in the course of the six-year time-frame of the investigation have been addressed by Penn State management.” It continued, “any remaining findings would be the quick focus of the college’s efforts.”
Penn State stated it produced greater than 80,000 pages of documentation associated to insurance policies, procedures, coaching, particular investigations and report retaining. The college stated it had not seen the division’s letter of findings earlier than it was launched, nevertheless it had labored with the Workplace for Civil Rights on this decision settlement.
“The college has in place a complete motion plan to extend compliance with Title IX necessities,” the assertion stated.
The Penn State decision settlement is amongst a sequence that the division has introduced after investigations of universities’ responses in high-profile intercourse abuse instances. Since final fall, the division reached agreements with Michigan State University, Chicago Public Schools and the University of Southern California.
The decision comes as Training Secretary Betsy DeVos is predicted to release new, contentious rules that may overhaul how all faculties that obtain federal funding should course of complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The division stated that in the course of the outbreak, it has prolonged “acceptable short-term flexibility” to Penn State to satisfy the phrases of the decision settlement.
Welcome the central hub of Onward State’s protection of THON 2020. Comply with alongside right here for updates, footage, movies, and extra from the 48th annual THON.
Friday, February 21
6:58 p.m. — The BJC has loads of choices for those who’re on the lookout for a fast dinner or some trendy THON merch.
6:52 p.m. — The road dance has been a THON staple for many years. Right here’s a short historical past of THON’s most recognizable custom.
6:52 p.m. — Now that we’ve realized the strikes, it’s time for line dance No. 3.
6:51 p.m. — If a few of this 12 months’s lyrics stumped you, check out our “Genius Lyrics” breakdown of the road dance.
6:47 p.m. — THON verse time!
6:43 p.m. — “I do know you understand how to Renegade”
6:40 p.m. — THON’s line dance writers agree — the Sport of Thrones finale was an entire letdown.
6:38 p.m. — Time to be taught the popular culture verse, which features a Naruto Run transfer.
6:37 p.m. — This 12 months’s line dance: an on the spot traditional.
6:35 p.m. — From the highest!
6:34 p.m. — Line dance studying continues on the BJC.
6:32 p.m. —
Line Dance Instructors: “Future Lions, dance and see, that is the place you’re meant to be.”
BJC Crowd: “Awwww”
6:31 p.m. — Refrain time!
6:27 p.m. — Loud cheers for the strains “Miles helps the Eagles fly” and “hardwood Lions play it cool, say it with me: Bball faculty!”
6:26 p.m. — Second verse!
6:23 p.m. — Line Dance No. 2 is underway, step-by-step.
6:23 p.m. — Nittany Lion Zach Sowa helps Garrigan and her captains educate this 12 months’s dance
That is his final occasion because the Lion, and he’s dancing alongside good friend and Beaver Stadium Mic Man Eric Gaspich
6:21 p.m. — Line Dance Chief Juliet Garrigan is entrance and heart to show the BJC this 12 months’s line dance.
6:20 p.m. — A number of homages to earlier line dances there. It’s sufficient to make any present senior nostalgic.
6:19 p.m. — Listed here are the complete lyrics of THON 2020’s line dance.
6:17 p.m. — Child Yoda makes an look on this 12 months’s line dance, alongside the road “Say it with me, BBall faculty.”
6:17 p.m. — “PENN STATE FROM THE TOP, LET’S GET HYPE LET’S GO!”
6:15 p.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE for the primary line dance of THON 2020.
6:14 p.m. — Andy Grammar’s “Good to Be Alive” is likely one of the first songs of THON 2020.
Grammar appeared for a shock efficiency at THON 2019
6:10 p.m. — 4 Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard thanked the BJC crowd for its efforts at his 43rd THON.
6:08 p.m. — Penn State ladies’s volleyball’s Emily Sciorra has carried out in a number of THON Pep Rallies along with her crew over the course of her collegiate profession.
This 12 months, nonetheless, she’s one in every of THON’s 707 dancers.
6:04 p.m. — The BJC is in full THON-mode now as dancers embark on their 46-hour journey.
6:02 p.m. — Hour one.
6:00 p.m. — THE DANCERS ARE STANDING!
5:59 p.m. — The Nittany Lion has taken the stage!
5:56 p.m. — THON’s government committee are being launched onstage by Regina Duessler.
5:51 p.m. — Org letters are bouncing right here within the stands as 6 p.m. approaches.
5:50 p.m. — Dancers stand in 10 minutes!
5:47 p.m. — Okay Camp’s “Lottery [Renegade]” simply performed for the primary time within the BJC. It gained’t be the track’s final look, however that’s factor in case you have the dance down.
5:45 p.m. — State School might be formally referred to as the “Metropolis of THON” in 15 minutes.
5:44 p.m. — Easy strikes from Ambitions right here as they dance to a mashup of “Happier” and “Sunflower.”
5:43 p.m. — Dance group Ambitions is up subsequent.
5:40 p.m. — Not THONing this weekend? There’s lots to do outdoors the BJC.
5:36 p.m. — Grammy Award-winning rapper Frzy takes the stage! He’s accompanied by a turntable — count on hype beats.
“Oh we’re gonna have time tonight,” he mentioned. “We’re gonna make historical past tonight.”
5:34 p.m. — The stands are becoming a member of Mary Jo Swank for the ultimate refrain of “Eternally Younger.”
5:33 p.m. — The BJC flooring will quickly be rocking. Dancers stand in lower than 30 minutes.
5:29 p.m. — Mary Jo Swank is onstage now, singing a strong rendition of Alphaville’s “Eternally Younger” earlier than transitioning into “Halo” by Beyonce.
“Thanks for having me participate in one thing stunning,” she mentioned. “That is For The Youngsters.”
5:22 p.m. — Subsequent, Centre Dance took the stage to flash some strikes and get the gang pumped forward of THON’s official begin.
5:17 p.m. — This 12 months’s THON Kickoff Present bought off to a blinding begin with a efficiency from the Present Twirlers.
5:10 p.m. — Members from R&R got here onstage to debate security guidelines for the weekend, together with evacuation plans and extreme climate threats.
5:06 p.m. — A 4 Diamonds household joined members from the Penn State Thespians on stage in singing the nationwide anthem.
5:00 p.m. — Only one hour till dancers stand! Within the meantime, be at liberty to take a look at THON’s new merchandise, which displays this 12 months’s theme in some fairly cool methods.
4:56 p.m. — It’s official, people. State School Mayor Ron Filippelli got here on stage on the BJC to proclaim State School the “Metropolis Of THON” for your entire weekend.
4:50 p.m. — Comply with our protection of THON 2020 as we profile dancers, interview pupil supporters, and perhaps even shower in the BJC bathrooms.
4:47 p.m. — The lights are dimming right here on the BJC, and this 12 months’s “Journey Collectively” emblem is shining shiny above the stage.
4:36 p.m. — Head to Portal eight to cost up earlier than and through THON 2020.
4:30 p.m. — The BJC flooring is lined with dancers stretching and making ready for the 46 hours forward. They’ll stand in precisely an hour and a half.
4:28 p.m. — And whereas we’re with regards to SpongeBob and THON…
4:25 p.m. — The readiest part to this point:
4:22 p.m. — In the event you’re trying to find much more BJC steering, some THON historical past, or a gate line size examine, take a look at the Penn State Go app’s THON part.
4:17 p.m. — Simply arrived within the BJC? Right here’s a complete concourse map that can information you towards meals, THON merch, restrooms, and water.
4:14 p.m. — Org letters are filling up the BJC stands as THON’s early arrivals stream in. Examine again later for a compilation of a few of this 12 months’s most artistic designs.
4:12 p.m. — It’s nearly actual boogie hours on the BJC.
4:09 p.m. — Panic! On the Disco’s “Excessive Hopes” is blaring as dancers proceed to make their means by means of the human tunnel. THON is formally lower than two hours away.
4:01 p.m. — The dancers are within the constructing! Let’s boogie!
3:50 p.m. — Welcome to our protection of THON 2020! The stage is ready on the Bryce Jordan Middle, the place dancers might be standing in just a little over two hours. We’ll be posting footage, movies, and updates right here all through the weekend.
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You’ve in all probability seen James Franklin rolling round campus in his golf cart, however one Florida man may need him beat in relation to tricked-out, blue-and-white four-wheelers. He’s additionally getting it loads of publicity.
A video tweeted Sunday confirmed a person, recognized by the Village News as Ed McGinty, arguing with somebody over whether or not Trump is a sexual predator. Within the video, McGinty is seen sitting in a golf cart coated in Penn State logos and indicators calling President Donald Trump a bigot, a racist, and a compulsive liar. He and the lady recording the video argue over whether or not Trump is a sexual predator for about two minutes.
In response to the Village Information, McGinty, who was described as a “well-known anti-Trump protester” allegedly acquired a risk that the well-being of his household was at stake after he was noticed protesting final week in The Villages, a well-liked retirement group in Florida.
Shortly after the video was posted, loads of Penn Staters appeared to react proudly to his public show.
I’m glad somebody reposted this. Ed is superb. Love every little thing about it. This man talking up in a Trump state, Penn State Proud & studying a Steady Genius. I
Nevertheless, a very good quantity of the responses to the video of McGinty appeared targeted on the perceived irony of somebody calling the President a sexual predator whereas driving a Penn State-branded car, in reference to the Sandusky scandal.
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Zhexuan Huang is stranded. Caught within the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the School sophomore is unable to return to Penn from his house metropolis of Wuhan, China.
Huang has not been in a position to depart his home, not to mention Wuhan, for weeks and has been compelled to take a depart of absence from Penn this semester. He was within the means of renewing his pupil visa in early January when the virus outbreak started and was advised by the USA consulate in Guangzhou, China that he would obtain his passport inside roughly one week. He had deliberate to go away for Penn on Jan. 15 however didn’t obtain his visa by then. Along with his visa nonetheless pending and Wuhan on lockdown, Huang can not return to Penn this semester.
“I nonetheless have not acquired my passport again, and Wuhan remains to be utterly blocked – like all the general public transportation is closed, together with airports, even highways,” Huang stated.
Huang added that he has not left his house since Jan. 14. His dad and mom each stopped working, though his father leaves the home as soon as every week to purchase groceries from supermarkets nonetheless open within the metropolis. Huang stated timber block his view of town streets from his residence, however via drone footage circulating on-line, he can see how empty town of 11 million has change into.
“Some folks fly their drones exterior town to see the view of town proper now,” he stated. “There are just about no automobiles on the road, like no folks strolling. The town is sort of a ghost metropolis. It is like a zombie apocalypse now.”
Earlier than Wuhan went into lockdown on Jan. 23, Huang maintained hopes of returning to Penn. He hung out caught indoors attempting to maintain up with schoolwork for his mathematical economics diploma.
“I despatched emails to all my professors to ask them if I might research the course remotely and even take the midterms, all of the exams remotely,” Huang stated. “They advised me the school coverage does not enable me to do this – so there’s just about no method for me to meet up with the programs.”
Penn’s Worldwide Pupil and Scholar Companies suggested Huang to take a depart of absence this semester, and he stated he’ll start that course of on Monday. Huang stated he won’t must pay tuition this semester, and he hopes to return to Penn in the summertime to work and take courses.
Huang stated he is aware of two different Penn college students from Wuhan who have been in a position to make it again to campus earlier than town went below lockdown.
Coronaviruses are a big, pretty frequent household of viruses, however the brand new pressure detected by Chinese language authorities on Dec. 31 is spreading quickly all through China, prompting journey restrictions in Wuhan and different cities. Based on The New York Times, coronavirus instances have unfold to at the very least 23 nations, with 17,000 infections and over 300 confirmed deaths. The New York Instances reported well being specialists believe the virus will change into a worldwide pandemic.
The Trump administration declared a public emergency due to the coronavirus Jan. 31 and put in place the first quarantine in over 50 years. Starting Sunday night, restrictions will start on vacationers who’ve been in China over the previous 14 days. Americans might be put below quarantine, whereas overseas nationals might be restricted from the nation.
Based on a Jan. 24 electronic mail sent to the Penn Group by Provost Wendell Pritchett, Govt Vice President Craig Carnaroli, and Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé, there aren’t any reported instances of the virus at Penn.
The virus is believed to have originated in a market in Wuhan, that sells poultry, meat, seafood, in addition to rarer gadgets like reside reptiles. Presently, researchers suspect the coronavirus could have originated in bats and jumped from the bats to animals offered on the market.
Wuhanese individuals are dealing with discrimination inside China, akin to lodge homeowners refusing to supply them rooms, Huang stated. Based on CNN, many Wuhan residents, particularly those that left town for the Lunar New 12 months, are stranded in different elements of the nation with out a place to remain.
Though Huang doesn’t know anybody personally who has been contaminated, he stated considered one of his uncle’s highschool classmates and two of his mom’s former colleagues have died due to the virus. He stated hospitals are so full that there’s not sufficient gear to check all these with signs for coronavirus.
Huang added he thinks the variety of folks contaminated and the demise tolls are greater than reported.
Some medical experts imagine the present information reported by the Chinese language authorities officers could also be inaccurate not due to intentional underreporting, however as a result of it’s tough to gather precise numbers throughout the early days of an epidemic.
“I do not suppose folks actually perceive how critical the state of affairs is,” Huang stated. “I am simply suspecting that the numbers, the info that we have seen, is to be questioned.”
In a world stuffed with influencers and TikTokers, it seems like folks will do just about something to go viral. And like most, TikTok star, fckjoshy (Joshy), is doing the most in random Penn State lecture rooms for his 15-minutes of fame. Unsurprisingly, his movies are gaining a variety of traction.
Joshy makes use of a mix of self-deprecating humor, shock worth, absurdity, and generally grotesque content material to construct a recognizable model throughout TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. On TikTok alone, he has amassed greater than 100 million complete views, 35 million likes, and 1.6 million followers after simply 5 months. His hottest movies function him doing issues like making popcorn and grilling paninis in faculty lecture halls. One in every of his favourite phases is Penn State’s very personal Discussion board Constructing.
However who is Joshy? We’re not precisely positive, however we all know for positive that he’s not a Penn State pupil. In reality, the tagline he makes use of on the finish of most of his movies is “…after which I dropped out.” There’s not a lot recognized about Joshy’s precise id apart from his social media presence, questionable stand-up comedy career, and a stint as an intern at Barstool Sports. He additionally had a stand-up comedy present in 2016 known as “School Dropout,” however alas, that didn’t work out both.
Penn State isn’t the one college that’s fallen sufferer to his TikTok pranks, as he’s created related content material at Bucknell, and even made headlines for cooking an omelet in a UConn classroom. Some persons are indignant at his disruptive classroom conduct, whereas others are grateful for his entertaining skits breaking apart the monotony of a protracted lecture in Discussion board.
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Whereas the faculty soccer season remains to be greater than eight months away, it’s really by no means too early to check out how the roster is shaping up coming into the offseason.
With that in thoughts, we discussed Penn State’s offense on Friday, however as we speak is the protection’s flip.
- Shaka Toney, redshirt senior / Shane Simmons, redshirt senior
- Jayson Oweh, redshirt sophomore
- Adisa Isaac, sophomore
Regardless of shedding Yetur Gross-Matos early to the NFL Draft, Sean Spencer’s Wild Canines are poised for an additional spectacular season in 2020. Shaka Toney would be the most skilled member of the group, as he performed alongside Gross-Matos this previous season and completed with 41 whole tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Loads can be requested of Shane Simmons and Jayson Oweh in 2020, and most are assured that they will ship. Oweh has already garnered loads of consideration because of his freakish athletic potential, whereas Simmons added 19 whole tackles in 2019.
Adisa Isaac has additionally been talked about by his coaches as an unbelievable athlete, so search for him to rotate in. The Nittany Lions additionally added 4 defensive ends to their 2020 recruiting class. A place that’s been a power for Penn State over the previous few seasons is shaping as much as have one other productive marketing campaign in 2020.
Defensive Sort out
- Antonio Shelton, redshirt senior / PJ Mustipher, junior
- Fred Hansard, redshirt junior
- Damion Barber, redshirt junior
- Decide Culpepper, redshirt sophomore
Penn State goes to overlook Robert Windsor drastically, however it would nonetheless have loads of large hog mollies to work with up entrance in 2020.
PJ Mustipher had a breakout sophomore marketing campaign in 2019, as he completed with 37 whole tackles — 4.5 for a lack of yardage — a sack, and a compelled fumble. He’ll play a key position on the line of defense subsequent season, whereas Antonio Shelton will unquestionably be the unit’s chief. Regardless of not at all times placing up the flashiest numbers, Shelton has at all times been thought of one of the vital outspoken Wild Canines. He’ll have yet another likelihood to be a precious participant for the group in 2020.
Fred Hansard and Damion Barber may even add loads of expertise and expertise to the group. Hansard completed with 4.5 tackles for loss final season, together with a sack.
- Micah Parsons, junior / Jesse Luketa, junior / Ellis Brooks, redshirt junior
- Brandon Smith, sophomore
- Lance Dixon, sophomore
- Curtis Jacobs, freshman
Regardless of shedding a number of key gamers, “Linebacker U” can be in good palms in 2020.
Micah Parsons is arguably the perfect participant within the nation, and he’ll lead this group subsequent season after placing up 109 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 compelled fumbles in 2019. The dude is excellent at soccer, and he’ll probably have a large season in what may very well be his final yr carrying the blue and white.
Jesse Luketa and Ellis Brooks will step into a lot bigger roles after enjoying behind Jan Johnson and Cam Brown these previous few seasons, however they’ve already proven flashes of what they will do. Brooks completed his 2019 with 39 tackles and a pair of.5 sacks, whereas Luketa added 24 tackles of his personal.
Brandon Smith may even see loads of enjoying time, as he had a productive freshman marketing campaign that included this massive hit towards Idaho in week one.
We’d even be remise to not point out Curtis Jacobs, who may even see a while throughout his upcoming freshman season. The four-star recruit out of Maryland was ranked because the fourth-best participant from his house state and the fifth-best outdoors linebacker within the nation.
- Tariq Castro-Fields, senior / Keaton Ellis, sophomore
- Marquis Wilson, sophomore
- Trent Gordon, redshirt sophomore
- DJ Brown, redshirt junior
After John Reid’s commencement, Tariq Castro-Fields might want to step because the group’s No. 1 cover-man. The senior completed with 52 tackles and two interceptions in 2019, and he’ll be relied upon to lockdown opposing groups’ high receivers subsequent season.
Outdoors of Castro-Fields, there’s an entire lot of youth amongst Nittany Lion cornerbacks. Keaton Ellis will probably play reverse Castro-Fields in his second season in Glad Valley, as he added some key worth throughout his freshman season.
Marquis Wilson may even see loads of the sphere in 2020, as he too had a productive freshman marketing campaign. The Connecticut native completed his season with two interceptions, together with a large decide that helped Penn State maintain off Memphis within the Cotton Bowl.
- Lamont Wade, senior / Jaquan Brisker senior
- Jonathan Sutherland, redshirt junior
- CJ Holmes, redshirt junior
- Drew Hartlaub, redshirt junior
- Tyler Rudolph, sophomore
Whereas Garrett Taylor can be one other robust loss to the secondary, Lamont Wade proved that he’s greater than comfy at security in 2019. He added 67 tackles, 5 move break ups, and two sacks on the season, and would be the chief of Tim Banks’ group in 2020.
Jaquan Brisker will probably spend loads of time alongside Wade. He stepped up in his first season in Glad Valley, ending with two interceptions and 37 tackles as well.
Jonathan Sutherland has been a staple for Penn State’s particular groups unit over the previous few seasons, however his position as a security will develop in 2020. If he doesn’t begin, he’ll actually rotate in steadily with some form of mixture of Brisker and Wade.
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The Cotton Bowl Basic didn’t disappoint as Memphis and Penn State have been fairly efficient on offense. Sadly for the Tigers, the fourth quarter of motion resulted in heartbreaking vogue.
Memphis didn’t shrink back from the problem this afternoon in opposition to Penn State. This was the primary recreation with out Mike Norvell, who left for the job opening at Florida State.
Ryan Silverfield confirmed that he can deal with the crew shifting ahead, but it surely nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to steer the Tigers to a win over the Nittany Lions.
With lower than 5 minutes remaining within the fourth quarter, Brady White had a move intercepted by Marquis Wilson. It primarily iced the sport for Penn State.
After the interception occurred, the ESPN cameras caught a number of priceless reactions from Memphis followers.
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— Anton Chigurh (@burninglipps) December 28, 2019
The Tigers nonetheless would have been trailing if White led them to a landing on that drive. Nonetheless, the truth that he threw an interception in Penn State territory had Memphis followers in disbelief.
Memphis followers ought to nonetheless be happy with their crew, which completed the season with a 12-2 document.
As for the followers in Completely happy Valley, they must be happy with how Penn State completed the 12 months on a optimistic notice.