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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
June 11, 2015 | By Tom Sixeas, For The Inquirer
SCOTLAND - Things were looking rather bleak for North Penn heading into the top of the seventh inning Tuesday. The Knights hadn't scored and only had one hit. But they tied the game in the seventh without a hit and won it in the eighth when senior shortstop Mike Christy connected for a two-run homer to push them past Shaler, 3-1, in the PIAA Class AAAA baseball semifinals at Greene Township Park. North Penn will take on Wyoming Valley West in the state final Friday at Penn State at 5:30 p.m. North Penn will be looking to claim its second state crown in the past three years and third in the last seven.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Vivenzio says he thought pledging a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University would mean brotherhood and honor. Instead, the 21-year-old from Great Falls, Va., says, he was force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit, and hot sauce; made to guzzle hard alcohol until he vomited; burned on the chest with a cigarette; and once was beaten by a member of Kappa Delta Rho after he failed to participate in a ritual. And the university, he contends in a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, failed to act after he reported the abuse more than a year ago, including his telling the school about the existence of private Facebook pages fraternity members allegedly used to post revealing photos of females who may have been aware they were being photographed.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A FORMER fraternity member who told State College cops about alleged hazing and sexual assault at his frat is suing Penn State University. James Vivenzio, 21, of Great Falls, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the university was negligent in enforcing its anti-hazing policies and in responding to his initial allegations about the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. Vivenzio had disclosed an alleged invitation-only Facebook page that included...
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two presidents and a former president at Pennsylvania State University benefited from a collective $4.1 million in compensation in 2013-14, a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows. They include Rodney A. Erickson, who steered Pennsylvania's flagship university in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and stepped down in May 2014; Eric Barron, who replaced Erickson; and former president Graham B. Spanier, who was forced out as president after the Sandusky scandal broke in November 2011 but who remains on the payroll as a tenured faculty member.
SPORTS
June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the starting outfield cemented for St. Joseph's Prep last season, Dan Schuhl had to wait to become a full-time contributor. "He sort of came out of the bullpen for us," Hawks coach Joe Falcone said. This year, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder not only earned a starting spot but also worked his way up from near the bottom of the batting order to the No. 2 position. "I went on a good streak during the regular season," Schuhl said. "I had, I think, eight straight hits and a few sacrifices.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the world's leading managers of electricity networks on Tuesday agreed to open a research center in partnership with Pennsylvania State University at the Navy Yard, reinforcing its emergence as a smart-energy campus. Alstom Grid, a unit of French industrial giant Alstom, will open the Microgrid Center of Excellence at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The center will be involved in the deployment of new technologies related to "microgrids," which are localized electrical systems that can operate autonomously from the regional power grid.
SPORTS
May 31, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aram Keshgegian and Eric Jackman looked at each other and both started counting with their fingers. Keshgegian and Jackman, teammates on St. Joseph's men's rugby team who also went to St. Joseph's Prep, couldn't remember which of their former high school teammates are playing in the Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park this weekend. St. Joe's Prep will be well-represented in the 20-team rugby sevens tournament that starts with pool play at 9 a.m. on Saturday - with Keshgegian and Jackman both on the Hawks, Ryan McNulty playing for Penn State, and Dan Conmy for Notre Dame.
SPORTS
May 30, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State women's rugby team didn't have much time to celebrate its fourth straight national championship. Soon after beating Central Washington in the title game on May 9, the Nittany Lions jumped into a retooled training regimen with a reshaped roster. The sevens season - a quicker brand of rugby played with seven players a side instead of the traditional 15 - was only a week away. "It's a lot to ask for people to stay and practice and do sevens," PSU team president Katie Meuller said.
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