Seeking to make amends for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the university said it has given more than $1.1 million in football bowl revenues to its new center for child abuse research and treatment.
The Center for the Protection of Children, started in the wake of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, will offer treatment for abused children and a primary care clinic for foster kids. It also will sponsor research into the prevention, detection and treatment of abuse; offer training; provide advocacy; and collect data.
“We expect that the center will become a national leader in clinical care, research, education and direction of policy related to child abuse and neglect,” Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement Wednesday.
The funding is more than twice the amount that Penn State had promised in December. The university said higher-than-expected bowl revenues allowed it to give more. Penn State’s share of Big Ten bowl proceeds totaled $2.6 million, of which $1.5 million has already been donated to the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape, a group that operates rape crisis centers across the state.
The Center for the Protection of Children will be based at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and bring together clinicians, scientists, legal scholars and educators. Its director, Dr. Andrea Taroli, said the project has an “ambitious agenda,” and that the additional funding will help it get off the ground more quickly.
“I am very excited that Penn State has enabled the Center to have a solid foundation upon which to build,” Taroli said.
The center could collaborate with other Penn State entities, including the law school and its Children’s Advocacy Clinic, as well as the Children, Youth and Families Consortium. More than 400 faculty members from disciplines including human development, education and agriculture are involved in that effort.
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Standing shoeless in a hallway while all around his Oregon teammates celebrated clinching their trip to the national championship, running back LaMichael James was asked for theumpteenth time how he felt about all the individual accolades coming his way.
James bore a here-we-go-again grin. He said he couldn’t think about it because the Ducks still had one more game. This has become a mantra for James, who has tried to deflect the attention that has increased with each carry this season — even though he’s constantly asked about it.
The small yet speedy sophomore is among the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the only running back joining a trio of quarterbacks: Auburn’s Cam Newton, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Boise State’s Kellen Moore.
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Gerard Anderson is by far the biggest dunker in the NCAA. The 6’6″ senior forward from the Cal State Fullerton Titans complied some amazing highlights this past season ans will be competing in this season’s upcoming NCAA dunk contest. I will be tuning in, you should to.
The round of 32 is over and we have arrived in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen. The tournament so far has provided us with unexpected upsets, overtime games, and thrilling buzzer beaters. The darlings of this year’s tournament are the Panthers from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and the Ivy League’s Cornell Big Red.
The ninth seeded Panthers have defeated both UNLV and the tournament’s overall number one seed Kansas on their path to the sweet sixteen. UNI has been led by senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh who has carried his team with some clutch three points shots.
The 12th seeded Big Red have defeated Temple and Wisconsin, each by double-digit margins, to make it to the round of 16. Cornell has been led in scoring during the tournament by senior guard Louis Dale and have had senior forward Ryan Wittman and senior center Jeff Foote patrolling the paint.
Both the Panthers and Big Red have monumental challenges ahead of them in the Sweet Sixteen
Cornell will be going up against the freshman phenom/highlight producing John Wall and the number one-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. Since the Jayhawks were eliminated, Kentucky has become the favorite to win this year’s national championship. Kentucky has faced very little opposition during the tournament. The Wildcats defeated East Tennessee State University and Wake Forest by an average of about 30 points. Cornell’s size inside will make Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins work hard for every bucket. However, the talent and fire power that Kentucky possesses with Wall and Eric Bledsoe in the back court will propel them into the Elite Eight.
UNI will face off against Tom Izzo‘s Michigan State Spartans. Tom Izzo has been one of the most successful college coaches over the past 10 years. Izzo has led the Spartans to five Final Four appearances and a national championship in 2000. The Spartans have been impressive during the tournament and ended their second round game against the Maryland Terrapins with a game winning three pointer by sophomore guard Korie Lucious (who also had 13 points). Michigan State will be playing without their star junior guard Kalin Lucas, who tore his Achilles tendon against Maryland. Although junior guard Durrell Summers picked up some of the scoring slack by dropping 26 against the Terrapins, the Spartans will have to rely heavily on Luscious who is not as good offensively as Lucas. The absence of their floor general will be too much for the Spartans to overcome as Northern Iowa will advance to the Elite Eight.
The other teams advancing to the Elite Eight will be Ohio State over Tennessee, St. Mary’s over Baylor, Duke over Purdue, Syracuse over Butler, West Virginia over Washington, and Kansas State over Xavier.