Even in the middle of summer, with few classes and even fewer students around, Penn State York was buzzing about a commissioned report criticizing Joe Paterno and several former Penn State University top officials.
"Did you see the report?"
"It's all over the news, every channel!"
"Joe's in it a lot."
Those little conversational tidbits were overheard popping up all over campus among staff and students about the report, which slams Penn State's top brass for covering up incidents of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing boys
Penn State University's board of trustees brought on former FBI director Louis Freeh to look into Penn State's handling of allegations against Sandusky.
Isolated: The report blasted Penn State's legendary, late coach and targets former president Graham Spanier for repeatedly covering up Sandusky's actions.
But a few students on the Penn State York campus Thursday said they are hoping people realize all that activity is isolated to top officials at the main campus, not at York.
And the students, for the most part, didn't think the Sandusky saga affects them personally.
Senior Denario Thompson, a York resident, said incoming or prospective students might get affected by the ordeal in terms of how they view the university, but he said he doesn't think about it.
"It doesn't affect me," added junior Johnny Cheng, a forensic science major.
Cheng said he'd still go to Penn State if he had to choose again. But he does wonder why it took so long for the incident of child abuse to come to light, since Freeh said evidence points to Spanier, Paterno and other top officials knowing about complaints against Sandusky as far back as 1998.
Beyond football:Alannah Lentz, a senior, said she thinks the university got "rid of the people they need to get rid of," but also worries the outside world will paint all Penn State students and staff with the same broad strokes.
"We didn't know about it," Lentz pointed out. "It's just as hard for students to swallow."
And there are so many things about Penn State that have nothing to do with Sandusky or football, she said.
She is the campus leader for their THON fundraising efforts, a university-wide campaign that raises millions of dollars for childhood cancer research.
"We are always more than a football team," Lentz said.
Penn State York spokeswoman Barbara Dennis said their campus puts all coaches through training on spotting child abuse.
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