Franco Harris and others tell it like it is during the open comment session of the May 3, 2013 PSU BOT meeting.
Recap of Speakers
1. Robert Bannon: Robert spoke of his unique perspective as a survivor of child molestation and as a Penn Stater. Mr. Bannon shared his perspectives on the Sandusky scandal by writing letters to all of the November 2011 BOT members -- none of whom had the decency to respond. Mr. Bannon called their failure to resign from the BOT "unfortunate" and their desire to seek re-election "repugnant."
2. Bill Cluck: Bill reminded the BOT/Keith Masser of his promise to vote on each of the recommendations of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale - then held a single vote on all measures. Bill also chastised the BOT for their lack of openness and transparency regarding the conflict of interest rules. Cluck finished by recommending that a new Creamery ice cream be named after Paula Ammerman - Trustee Fudge.
3. Vincent Crespi: Professor Crespi chastised the BOT for their lack of concern for the residents of the State College borough by accelerating the vote on the natural gas pipeline in November 2011 to eliminate the opportunity for the public to be informed. Crespi noted that the pipeline project has now been delayed due to public dissent over it and alleged violations of the State College Borough's home rule that specifically outlawed pipelines in the borough.
4. Gordon De Jong: The distinguished emeritus professor remarked that academics should always be the focus and Penn State and that PSU should strive to be the Stanford of public institutions.
5. Janet Engeman: Ms. Engeman also spoke to the lack of information and lack of transparency provided by PSU regarding the construction of the natural gas pipeline.
6. Franco Harris: Franco remarked that the PSU General Counsel has chosen to defend against a lawsuit alleging responsibility for sexual abuse suffered by Victim 6 in 1998 but yet chose not to defend against those allegations with regard to the NCAA sanctions. Harris chastised the BOT for their lack of leadership during the Sandusky crisis and for letting BOT vice-chair cram decisions down their throats. He offered that they might want a drink of "kool aid" (ref. to John Surma) to wash it down. Franco ended by telling the BOT that the alumni will never give up.
7. Paul Ferrera: Ferrera is a soon to be graduate who voiced his displeasure about recent BOT candidates who had nothing in their platforms aimed at the current students, such as improvements of general studies programs, on-line learning, and interdisciplinary majors. Ferrera believes the BOT members are too focused on reforming the Board and pro-Paterno agenda.
Comment: I wish Mr. Ferrera well in the unemployment line. Maybe at that point, he will learn that the November 2011 BOT caused him to earn a degree from Pedophile State University -- and not Penn State. Then, maybe he'll figure out who is looking out for our student's best interest.
8. Jeff Goldsmith: Jeff spoke to reforms needed to the BOT and that the current Board is insular and not representative of the interests of Penn State. It has taken a "circle the wagons" mentality and spent untold sums of money of failed PR efforts.
9. Brian Hand: Brian addressed the rising tuition costs and how they squeeze out students from working class families and that the BOT has not helped by adding exorbitant costs (e.g., the Freeh Report). He noted that that BOT is not fighting for the University.
10. Herb Kunkle: Kunkle, an orthopedic surgeon from Chester County, gave his background with Penn State and that PSU needs to focus on education.
Ed Hintz: Business and Industry BOT representative remarked that he felt it was inappropriate for speakers to single out BOT members by name for decisions made by the Board....then he singled out John Surma, Paul Suhey, and Stephanie Deviney for their service. Uh, okay. His final comment on his accessibility to the speakers was met with derision by a few members of the audience.