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March 17, 1995 | By Lily Eng, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this story
Pennsylvania State University has hired a Cornhusker to be the new king of the Lions. Graham Spanier, chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, was named Penn State's 16th president yesterday, following a 10-month search. He will take over the post Sept. 1 from Joab Thomas, who has headed the university for the last five years. At a news conference in Hershey to announce the choice of the 32-member board of trustees, chairman William A. Schreyer called Spanier an "imaginative and effective leader" with "the vision to lead Penn State into the next century.
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February 28, 2001 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
The furor over an explicit student-run sex-education fair in State College - a furor ignited by Rep. John Lawless (R., Montgomery County) - overwhelmed the normally wonkish annual discussion of Pennsylvania State University's budget yesterday.Lawmakers wanted to know what university president Graham Spanier knew about the sex conference, when he knew it, and what he intended to do to keep it from happening again. "I hope you're embarrassed, because I'm angered and embarrassed," said Rep. Samuel Rohrer (R., Berks)
NEWS
September 18, 1996 | By Ralph Vigoda, Rich Heidorn and Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer correspondent Kay Raftery contributed to this report, which also contains information from the Centre Daily Times in State College
The great, lush lawn behind the Hetzel Union Building - simply "the HUB" to Penn State students - has traditionally been a place for Frisbee tossing, rock concerts and sunworshiping. Yesterday, it echoed with lethal gunfire. About 9:35 in the morning, under a dreary, drizzly sky, 19-year-old Jillian Robbins lay on a tarp on the HUB lawn at the state university and randomly targeted passersby through the telescopic sight of a high-powered rifle. One of her five shots traveled 138 feet to kill Melanie Spalla, 19, a communications major from Altoona.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Most law firms would consider it noteworthy if just one of their cases became a front-page story. But for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, the Center City law firm, that has happened three times in recent months. Given the notoriety of the matters - all are criminal cases - they likely will remain in the public eye for some time. Schnader's lawyers have gone to bat for former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who is expected to appeal his conviction in June on federal corruption charges; former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier, who is fending off criminal charges that he failed to go to the police with evidence that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a minor; and comedian Bill Cosby, who is facing sexual-assault charges in Montgomery County.
NEWS
September 10, 2011 | By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University trustees have approved a budget plan that seeks a 5 percent boost in state funding, a request that school president Graham Spanier called a "modest increase" that takes into account the state's fiscal challenges. The $4.1 billion plan, approved Friday, would ask for a nearly $15 million increase in state aid, to $293.7 million, and it comes roughly three months after the state legislature trimmed aid to Penn State and 17 other schools that receive appropriations by nearly 20 percent.
NEWS
February 2, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
A long-awaited Superior Court ruling that landed last month did more than just dismiss the most serious charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child sex attacks by Jerry Sandusky. It also handed Attorney General Kathleen Kane what could be her clearest opportunity yet to steer the outcome of a case that helped shape her election and tenure. Kane has less than three weeks to decide whether her office will ask the Supreme Court to reverse the Jan. 22 decision that drastically scaled back the case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier and top aides Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - A long-delayed preliminary hearing for three former Penn State administrators caught up in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal has been scheduled for later this month. Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner said yesterday that the three-day hearing for Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley will begin July 29. The proceeding will determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to send the matter to county court for trial. The three men are accused of obstruction, conspiracy and other offenses for their handling of complaints about Sandusky, the former assistant football coach who eventually was charged with sexually abusing several boys.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania State University administrators awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal are challenging a judge's ruling that the school's former top lawyer can testify against them. Lawyers for Gary Schultz, the school's former vice president, and Tim Curley, the former athletic director, on Thursday filed notices to appeal a Dauphin County judge's decision that Penn State's former chief counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, did not violate attorney-client privilege when she represented the university in front of a grand jury investigating the Sandusky case in 2012.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Amy Worden, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - With the Penn State sex scandal drawing global attention in a courtroom in Centre County Tuesday, the university's soft-spoken, newly-appointed president was making the rounds in the state Capitol meeting with government leaders. Rodney Erickson, the university's longtime chief academic officer, named to replace ousted president Graham Spanier in the wake of the allegations against former football coach Jerry Sandusky, held low-key "meet and greets" with Gov. Corbett and legislative leaders in the House and Senate.
SPORTS
December 5, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
GRAHAM SPANIER wants a judge to allow him to travel outside of Pennsylvania. It is, after all, the holiday season and the former Penn State president wants to visit his mom, who is sick and living in Chicago. He also has relatives in Iowa he wants to see, and there's that second home in New York that he hasn't been to in a while. Last month, however, Spanier was charged with covering up complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with minor boys in facilities on Penn State's main campus.
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August 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Most law firms would consider it noteworthy if just one of their cases became a front-page story. But for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, the Center City law firm, that has happened three times in recent months. Given the notoriety of the matters - all are criminal cases - they likely will remain in the public eye for some time. Schnader's lawyers have gone to bat for former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who is expected to appeal his conviction in June on federal corruption charges; former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier, who is fending off criminal charges that he failed to go to the police with evidence that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a minor; and comedian Bill Cosby, who is facing sexual-assault charges in Montgomery County.
NEWS
February 2, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
A long-awaited Superior Court ruling that landed last month did more than just dismiss the most serious charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child sex attacks by Jerry Sandusky. It also handed Attorney General Kathleen Kane what could be her clearest opportunity yet to steer the outcome of a case that helped shape her election and tenure. Kane has less than three weeks to decide whether her office will ask the Supreme Court to reverse the Jan. 22 decision that drastically scaled back the case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier and top aides Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
NEWS
June 20, 2015
ISSUE | GIRARD COLLEGE Hershey kisses Milton Hershey School's connection with Girard College stands strong, and, like Girard, Hershey prides itself on providing children with an opportunity to escape poverty ("Merger with Hershey would be sweet," June 16). We have collaborated with Girard for years and will continue to share our expertise. Like Stephen Girard, Milton and Catherine Hershey set out a clear vision of helping children succeed. Hershey visited Girard's campus, embracing some of his practices.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
This editorial was published on June 14 and updated on June 26. It's a dubious enough distinction that Penn State employed one of only two public university presidents nationwide with a seven-figure compensation package. But the university's budget last year was even more exceptional - and questionable - for including millions in compensation for a  former  president. Graham Spanier, who was placed on leave in 2012 after being charged in the cover-up of football coach Jerry Sandusky's sex crimes, received a compensation package worth $2.3 million (including a $1.7 million life insurance policy to be paid to his beneficiary upon his death)
NEWS
May 26, 2015
Another ally in JoePa's corner Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour last week told the Inquirer Editorial Board that she saw no evidence of an athletic culture problem, contradicting the university-commissioned Freeh report in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Barbour went even further to say it's "a mischaracterization that there was a problem with Penn State's culture" ("Penn St. athletic director is pro-Joe," May 20). Inexplicably, the Penn State trustees have allowed, even promoted, that mischaracterization, costing the university millions, soiling reputations, and driving alumni by the thousands to Penn State's defense.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania State University administrators awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal are challenging a judge's ruling that the school's former top lawyer can testify against them. Lawyers for Gary Schultz, the school's former vice president, and Tim Curley, the former athletic director, on Thursday filed notices to appeal a Dauphin County judge's decision that Penn State's former chief counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, did not violate attorney-client privilege when she represented the university in front of a grand jury investigating the Sandusky case in 2012.
SPORTS
January 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Two months ago, State Sen. Jake Corman returned a call to his office and shared his disbelief over the power and presumptuousness of the NCAA. After the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, the NCAA and Penn State had agreed in 2012 to a consent decree that was born of the details released in the Freeh report and that was withering in its effects: a $60 million fine, the vacating of 111 victories under coach Joe Paterno, a ban from postseason play,...
BUSINESS
August 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special Pennsylvania State Universit y trustee meeting Wednesday - meant to consider possible challenges to the school's 2012 NCAA sanctions and $60 million fine - will be the first time all the school's trustees get together to review that painful, costly, divisive deal. So says Albert Lord , the former Sallie Mae chairman and CEO who is one of this year's new crop of elected Penn State board of trustees. In a letter to "alumni and friends" of Penn State, Lord and the eight other trustees, elected by graduates since 2012, say a revised agreement "must terminate the Consent Decree and all sanctions, acknowledge the NCAA's responsibility for its errors, and return all funds to the University.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHILE ATTORNEYS for men connected to the Jerry Sandusky case advocated for their clients' reputations in a City Hall courtroom yesterday, veterans without jobs or housing fought in a very different way for their reputations at a Veterans Resource Fair six floors below in City Hall's courtyard. The sounds of former soldiers looking for work carried up those six floors and into the fancy courtroom, at times drowning out the voices of lawyers for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier and former FBI director Louis Freeh.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
IN AUGUST 1988, Jay Paterno was a 19-year old reserve quarterback on his father's Penn State football team. Jay stood near his dad in the New Orleans Superdome during the Republican National Convention as Joe Paterno delivered a spirited seconding speech for the presidential nomination of George H.W. Bush. I was there, too. I remember a Pennsylvania lawmaker spent $150 on buttons touting JoePa for governor. When I asked the coach about it, he said, "He sure wasted $150. " Fast-forward 26 years and the question facing 45-year-old Jay Paterno is whether his Democratic campaign for lieutenant governor is a waste or a winner.
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