Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mural Altered at Penn State

Should art be altered to reflect the change
 in understanding about a subject?
Painted out of the picture

Prior to his day in court, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky,  and was convincingly tried by the media, and found and presented as guilty of heinous sexual abuses on multiple children.  Sandusky, has been charged with 40 criminal counts related to sexual abuse that occurred over 15 years. Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, says his client has been aware of the accusations for about three years and maintains he is innocent.
And prior to his day in court, Sandusky's image was removed from the `Inspiration Mural' at Penn State.

Will Paterrno be Next To Be Removed?
Joe Patterno, nicknamed "JoePa," holds the record for the most victories by an FBS football coach with 409 and is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. He defended his failure to go to police after Mike McQueary, then a 28-year graduate assistant and now Penn State’s receivers coach, told him of the March 2002 incident, in which Sandusky assaulted the boy in the showers. Paterno report the incident up the chain of command to Tim Curley, Penn State athletic director. Curley reports it up his chain of cpommand to senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. Both Curley and Schultz meet with McQuery

"While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can’t help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred," Paterno says.

Curley and Schultz surrender that afternoon on charges of perjury and failure to report the possible abuse of a child. Each is released on $75,000 bail after appearing in a Harrisburg courtroom.

Paterrno offered to resign at the end of the season. He offered his regrets and acknowledges some responsibility for the scandal. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life," it said. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." He also added: "At this moment the board of trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address."

But the board of trustees was greatly critical over Paterrno's failure to call police or follow up after learning about the alleged March 2002 assault. On the same night that Patterno offers to resign at thend of the season, he is fired by the University.

At a packed news conference at 10 p.m. Wednesday, when John Surma, vice chairman of the board, announced that Graham Spanier and Joe Paterrno were being fired.

Graham Spanier, who had been president at Penn State for 16 years, the president of one of the biggest, most-respected universities in the country, who manages a $4.3 billion budget, 24 branch campuses and 96,000 students, was also dismissed after being caught up in the child molestation charges.

But after the announcement reporters from every national news outlet from NPR to Fox News spent their time asking detailed questions — some of them angrily — about why the football coach was let go. 

Soon after students pour into the streets toward the columns of the Old Main administration building and into Beaver Canyon, a street located between rows of tall apartment buildings. They throw rocks and bottles, overturn a TV news van and kick out the windows, and chant "We Want Joe!" The police respond with pepper spray.

Make him, and his memory go away

(Reuters) - Until a few days ago, Jerry Sandusky's face smiled down on students from a mural in downtown State College, the home of Penn State University, where football players and coaches are treated like royalty.
On Wednesday, the creator of the mural painted over Sandusky. The former assistant football coach was charged a few days earlier with sexually abusing eight boys over more than a decade.
"I got an email yesterday from one of the victim's mothers saying simply, 'Michael, can you please take Sandusky off the mural,'" said Michael Pilato, a local painter who created the "Inspiration" mural in 2001.
The Harrisburg Patriot-News, citing five sources, reported in March 2011 that a grand jury had been meeting for at least 18 months to consider child abuse allegations against Sandusky.
Last weekend, Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight boys between 1994 and 2008.
Through the long investigation, Sandusky himself remained a fixture on campus. As recently as this summer, he was seen using the football players' weight room several times a week.
Sandusky was also seen at a Second Mile golf fundraiser, and several attendees said he appeared up-beat.
The former coach is removed
Sandusky's memoir titled "Touched" was published in 2000. 

In the book, Sandusky confesses an inability to grow up. "I had always professed that someday I would reap the benefits of maturity, but my lifestyle just wouldn't let me," he wrote, later adding that "the times when I found myself searching for maturity, I usually came up with insanity."
With more time on his hands after retiring, Sandusky shifted his focus to the Second Mile, the foster home-turned-charity for kids from broken homes he started in 1977, the year after taking the defensive coordinator job at Penn State.
Second Mile was an integral part of Sandusky's life. He was its chief fundraiser and best cheerleader and even drew a salary, though he had no operational authority.
According to the grand jury, the Second Mile was also where Sandusky found his victims.

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