Dear Senator Mitchell,
Much like the FALSE allegations of integrity issues with Penn State athletics, there is no rift between students and alumni.
The four students who were sent out to the March4Truth protest on behalf of the PSU BOT have shown their true colors and have refused to engage the alumni. As an alumnus who reached out to the students to debate the issues, I found that the four students who came to the rally were simply voicing a set of opinions that were not reflective of the student body.
Moreover, the student's characterization as the alumni as a vocal minority (words first used by PSU BOT member, Keith Eckel) is simply false based on the May 2012 Penn State Alumni Opinion Survey. The survey results revealed that 89% of alumni believed at least some of the decisions of the BOT were wrong, while 58% believed most to ALL were wrong. It is notable that nearly an identical percentage of alumni (59%) followed the news of the scandal very closely, meaning that the alumni opinions were well informed.
The PSU alumni are upset about a great many decisions that emanated from the factually challenged and now totally discredited Freeh Report. Specifically, that there was no evidence that Paterno covered up Sandusky's crimes, thus there was no integrity problem with the football program. Next, the PSU officials facing charges have yet to get their day in court, thus any conclusions about the actions or inactions regarding the 2001 incident are pre-mature.
And, finally, we resent the fact that you would collect money from PSU to monitor the PSU Athletic Department's progress on something that it undoubtedly had more of in its little finger than you do - integrity.
When all is said and done in this scandal, and the facts are revealed, PSU will sue the NCAA to recoup the money it forced us to waste by paying you for doing NOTHING.
Raymond M. Blehar
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