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April 4, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - One day of the summer of 2013 still sticks out for Carl Nassib. The defensive end was worried because he had yet to pay his Penn State tuition. "I walked up to Bill O'Brien's office and I was like 'crap, I'm not going to be able to practice,' " said Nassib, who started his Penn State career as a walk-on. "And he said I was on scholarship. That was pretty intense. " The West Chester native said he's thankful every day to be a part of Penn State's defense. While many dread practice, Nassib said it's his favorite part of the day. And it shows.
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April 3, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Coming off a tough 2014 season, Penn State's offense already seems stronger to Christian Hackenberg. And it's not only physical toughness, the sophomore quarterback said, but mental fortitude after overcoming adversity last year. "My mind was in a lot of places last year. I kind of lost that ability to focus on myself when I need to and make sure I'm doing my job," Hackenberg said Wednesday. "It's awesome having the confidence I have in them now to make sure they're doing their job, and the confidence in my leadership to step up and hold them to the standard of doing their job. " Coach James Franklin has made a point of defending his quarterback during spring practice.
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March 30, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The music blaring from the speakers inside Penn State's Holuba Hall on Saturday afternoon was not quite as loud as a packed stadium. But the situation coach James Franklin set up for his players was meant to mirror a specific game scenario. "Today, we took the Illinois situation exactly, yard-line situation, timeouts, and went through it again," Franklin said after practice. "We want to learn from some of the mistakes we did last year. And [Saturday] the offense was able to line up in four-minute offense and play pretty good.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
A task force will review Pennsylvania State University's Greek system in the wake of revelations that a fraternity shared online pictures of naked women while they were asleep or passed out, the school's president said Monday. "This comprehensive examination of fraternity and sorority life and its culture will not be simple and it may not be comfortable," Eric Barron said. His announcement came in a statement Monday evening but had been in the offing for days, after news of Kappa Delta Rho's private Facebook pages stirred up a growing chorus of calls for action.
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March 23, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin began to lose his voice Friday, sometime between the Nittany Lions' first spring practice and when he left the facilities at about 11:30 p.m. - after "hamburgers and wings and talking ball" with about 180 high school coaches in town for a chalk talk with the Penn State coaching staff. But the second-year coach still yelled across Holuba Hall around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Trace McSorley threw passes, and he squirted water on the back of Joe Julius during an end-of-practice kicking competition.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
SO MUCH ABOUT the Penn State Kappa Delta Rho fraternity case is depressing. There's the secret 144-member Facebook page with photos of naked and half-naked passed-out women, some in sexual poses that cops describe as "graphic" and "appalling. " Dubbed "2.0," the page is not to be confused with its first Facebook iteration, "Covert Business Operations," which was taken down when a victim who was the subject of a nude photo complained. It's chilling that these young men so lacked empathy that the only thing they learned from her pain and humiliation was to honor her request, wait a bit, then start back up again.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
If the past is any indication, the fraternity scandal at Pennsylvania State University - the latest in a string of incidents across the country - will blow over without any fundamental change to Greek life in State College. Last week, the school said it would consider a review of its fraternity system after students at one, Kappa Delta Rho, allegedly posted nude photos of sleeping or unconscious women on private Facebook pages. The fraternity's national organization has suspended the chapter for one year.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Strong words - scrawled on cardboard, bedsheets, and white paper - made it clear: Pennsylvania State University students were angry. They were angry at the brothers of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, especially the 144 members of two invitation-only Facebook groups containing photos of naked, unconscious women. And they were upset with the university administration for not taking a stronger stance. More than 100 students and other supporters demonstrated Friday afternoon on the snowy campus.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University is considering a review of its fraternity system after one of its chapters shared nude photos of women on private Facebook pages. "I think it makes sense," president Eric Barron said Thursday during a break in university board of trustee committee meetings here. Barron cited national incidents of fraternity hazing, racial discrimination, and sexual impropriety, and said that while Penn State has some of the best fraternities, it also has some problems.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Jason Laughlin, and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
A former FBI director and Pennsylvania State University used then-president Graham B. Spanier as the scapegoat when the school needed someone to take the fall for Jerry Sandusky's years of child molestation, Spanier contends in a suit filed Wednesday. Spanier's complaint alleged that Louis Freeh defamed him in a 2012 report that asserted that he ignored information that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, sexually abused children, in some cases on school grounds. Spanier was "never aware of any child abuse accusations," the long-awaited suit, filed in Centre County, states, adding that he hardly knew Sandusky.
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