The Different World of Penn State

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One morning I was listening to NPR Morning Edition and one of the segments was about how students at Penn State feel the molestation scandal will affect their chances at getting a job. Now maybe I’m completely out of the loop on this but I’m lost on how that can really be a reason for someone not to get a job, hell what person interviewing someone from Penn State for a job would bring that up in the interview? So if your alma mater has some serious scandal that gets national to global news coverage because BBC news follows this story to, not like us here in U.S., it affects you personally? How? No really, I’m not getting that. So do Lacrosse players that attend or use to attend Duke University have to worry about getting a job because of the rape scandal a few years back? How about any former Duke students? Do the students who attend those schools who do those fucked up black face and degrading shit on Martin Luther King Jr. Day make it hard for all those students at those schools to get a job? Does this theory mean students at Florida A&M University, Syracuse and any other University with a scandal this year fall into this problem or it is something those at Penn State will go through? Not sure if I believe some place will not hire a person because they are a Penn State Alumni and it boils down to this scandal.

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2 thoughts on “The Different World of Penn State

  1. You are missing the main point of the original story you listened to. People aren’t considering a bias against Penn State students because of the scandal, but instead because of how a sizeable portion of the student body responded to the scandal. When news broke out that Joe Paterno had been aware of multiple rapings of little boys and the school fired him, do you remember how the students responded? They chose to riot in the streets, vandalize public and private property and generally run amok.

    So unlike the other examples you gave, where it would be wrong to blame the student body for controversies, this is an example where the student body showed its true colors in response to the controversy. So unlike the other examples, this is a perfectly rational case of judging the students by their own actions and choices.

  2. I get that but the story I listened to never but that spin on it. If they did that would be a whole different conversation. Maybe in the comment section on NPR that comes up but the students in the interviews for the story never even brought that up. Your point makes some sense. Another point would be if we were talking about those who overboard in such a manner, how is that different from protesting against wars or the civil rights movement both for and against it? I my personal views on a matter shouldn’t trump my qualifications for a job should they?

    This is more of a case of our country being little too “hands on” for certain careers. Again maybe the jobs these people are looking to try to get that combing through your life like you’re a politician is needed. That is something that really was spoken on, what are those students looking to do with their lives? I get your point and agree but also still feel that would be overkill. That’s saying that a person doesn’t know when to become and keep it professional even though they were part of the rioting.

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