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Graham Spanier served as Penn State's president from September 1995 to November 2011.

Graham Spanier’s work spotted on Penn State page, Michael Shuey sets school javelin record and more

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Graham Spanier – still in circulation

Here’s an oddity noted by Robert Silverman of Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, sentenced to jail time last week for his role in failing to act in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, has been doing some work related to the university.

Silverman writes that Spanier profiled a woman named Sarah Ellis, a graduate of Penn State’s Master of Fine Arts program, for a web page dedicated to the theater department. The story was published in April following Spanier’s conviction on child-endangerment charges the previous month.

Silverman further notes that Spanier has written eight other stories for the school since 2014 – in other words, amid the legal proceedings against him.

The author reached out to Penn State officials about this matter. He reported he was told his query was being passed along to “the appropriate parties” and that it was “a busy time of year.”

Silverman also sought comment from Barbara Dorris, the managing director of SNAP (i.e., Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), and she responded as follows:

“It’s a way of saying that the crime didn’t matter. … The message from Penn State is very clear: ‘Well, you know, if you protect a predator, no big deal’… And even when [people like Spanier] are convicted, it still doesn’t seem to be a big deal. It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘It’s okay to rape kids.’”

Michael Shuey sets javelin mark

As reported by the Centre Daily Times, Penn State fifth-year senior Michael Shuey set a school javelin record with a toss of 250 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.

Shuey, profiled by Gordon Brunskill in Wednesday’s Centre Daily Times, earned All-America honors and qualified third for the finals. He will be joined there by teammate Ryan Kerr, whose 232-foot heave was the ninth-longest in the preliminary round.

Sophomore Isaiah Harris also finished second in his 800-meter heat, running 1:46.62 to qualify for the finals. He finished fourth last year.

C.J. Thorpe – from Pittsburgh to Penn State

Another Centre Daily Times writer, John McGonigal, began a series on Penn State’s incoming freshmen football players with a feature on guard C.J. Thorpe, who grew up in Pittsburgh but never seriously considered playing for the hometown Panthers.

That is at least in part because his dad, Chris, once played at Penn State. And as the younger Thorpe told McGonigal:

“With Penn State, it was more of a family surrounding. At Pitt, you could tell they were recruiting you the whole time. When you go down there, it’s a recruiting trip. When you go to Penn State, they tell you the facts and let you make the decision on your own.”

C.J. added that he tried to “finesse” a sideline pass out of Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi for last year’s game between the two schools at Heinz Field. And had that happened, Thorpe said he would have worn a Penn State T-shirt on the Pitt sideline.

Alas, no pass was forthcoming.

“It was worth a shot,” Thorpe told McGonigal.

Pitt had the last laugh, of course, hanging on for a 42-39 victory. The rematch is scheduled for Sept. 9 in Beaver Stadium.

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